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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

MY FIRST EXPERIENCE GOING THROUGH GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

 Another agenda to tick off my bucket list during the jolly days of COVID. 

I have never been under General Anaesthesia, I am the type of person who'd like to stay awake through the drilling, sawing, cracking and wisdom teeth pulling... AKA wisdom teeth removal. 

It was a scary through "going under"... getting "fully knocked out". My mum went through several surgeries and she happily announced that she had never failed to experience the terrible nauseating sensation followed by a woeful vomit - all in order to "wake up fully".


THE INJECTION

I was pushed into a docking station where my Anaesthetist greeted me and asked where to send the invoice. Lovely. The Anaesthetist tapped and tapped away at my veins, finally one popped. A beautiful vein is what he called it. I looked down, wow, it looked like worm. He inserted the cannula... man, I'd say that it's equivalent of shoving half a toothpick into your arm. After the insertion, he realised that it was in the wrong position and proceeded to insert a second cannula. I have a high pain tolerance but MAN I was a little squirmish watching him shove a second toothpick further up my arm.

Here's a picture of a cannula in case you have not seen one. The silver bits goes all the way in, just don't look and it will be over in a jiffy. I made the mistake of watching the Anaesthetist stick it in my vein. 


INJECTED and KNOCKED OUT

Once the cannula was in and taped down, he injected the anaesthesia into my vein, apparently it will make me nice and relaxed. They proceeded to push me into a room which I assumed was the surgical theatre? I wasn't sure, 10 seconds in images were a little staggered, as if I was a drunk without the drunk sensation. They docked me next to the surgical bed and asked me to transfer. I remember transferring onto the bed and I have no memory of anything else until I woke up. 

I didn't dream

I don't remember the surgery

It's as if time had escaped me. Now I understand what it's like when people get drugged. It's a scary thought. 

THE WAKE UP

My surgery was scheduled for 11:00am, I was knocked out 20 seconds after the injection and woke up at 11:45am. I believe I woke up in the pre-recovery room with nurses walking around, as soon as they saw me waking up one nurse came and asked for my name/date of birth. Everything looked fuzzy at this point, I answered her question with a slur. I was pretty much in and out of consciousness. By 12noon, I was wheeled into recovery and more or less awake. One of the Asian nurses told me usually Asian females often feeling a little dizzy or nausea when they wake up. 

I was docked in recovery, I was given the choice of egg sandwhich or ham + cheese. I asked for egg. Shortly food came. The nurse advised that I will need to eat and pass urine before I can be discharged. I was STARVING, it was lunch time and I have no had anything to eat since 7ish the night before. I gobbled up my egg sandwhich, water, coffee, apple juice and biscuits in 10 mins. The nurse came back shocked that I had chucked all that food into my belly. The next step was to pass urine. I got up, walked to the bathroom to pass urine. Things were a tiny bit fuzzy but almost normal by this point. I went back to my bed and started to get changed. By 12:15 I was sitting on by bed texting my husband and waiting for the Surgeon to come and speak to me. 

No dizziness.

No Nausea

No Vomiting

No groggy feeling

Nothing. It was just like waking up but the visuals were slightly fuzzy. 

By 12:30PM, my Surgeon came and had a quick chat with me and I was discharged. Hoooorayy. 


THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

The beds were separated by a curtain, I was able to hear some first hand experience of the girl curtained off next to me. Unfortunately, her experience wasn't as pleasant as mine. The had a lot of trouble staying awake/waking up in general. I heard her talking about feeling dizzy and unable to eat. The nurses were lovely, they went to her and told her to try and stay away and have a little bite of the sandwhich. 

We were wheeled into recovery at roughly the same time. By the time I was discharged she was still trying to wake up. 


THE AFTERMATH

The Anaestheisa wore off completely, I didn't experience any pain, I didn't feel tired or the need to nap. It was pretty much business as usual. I was hoping to see some lotto numbers, have some sort of mind blowing out of body experience. Ha, i guess not. Anaesthesia really affects people in different ways. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

WORTH THE HYPE? EM COSMETICS SWATCHED AND REVIEWED



EM COSMETICS FADED CLEMENTINE $34USD


I had my eyes on this for the longest time, initially, it was the only thing I wanted. The application and swatches looked amazing on Instagram and youtube. Oh I watched a LOT of youtube - I was a real sleuth. I was lacking a stunning peachy blush in my collection and was keen on this. I was concerned that this blush would end up acting as a highlighter as a few reviewers said the colour did not show up. I really didn't need another highlighter....

My first impression was "Wow, Michelle even used good quality hard cardboard.. not the cheap stuff". The compact itself is chunky but flattering. A decent mirror that is indented in the contact lid. The blush is baked, next to Magic Hour - it looked lighter. It looked like a highlighter. I felt my heart drop when I witnessed this. It was a recrudescence of disappointment - seems to happen every time I purchase products.

I took a fluffy blush and gave it a whirl and swished it onto my cheeks. WOW I was in awe.
It turned my frown upside down. I was flabbergasted by the warm peachy tones on my cheeks. It was just STUNNING. I was instantly head over heels, faded clementine turned into my favourite blush within seconds.

I was legitimately concerned about the shimmering effects accentuating my pores - it's a popular occurrence. Alas - it did not! Faded clementine stood the test of time, after 6 hours it sat tightly on my cheeks.


My skin tone is somewhere between a MAC NC25-NC30.




HEAVEN'S GLOW | MAGIC HOUR $34USD

Described as a warm peachy pink with a soft gold pearl.
I personally found this show be less pigmented on my face when compared to faded clementine, even though it swatched better. Nonetheless, this blush is equally beautiful. I recommend it to those who are looking for a more pinky tone. However it still works well on olive skin.

I probably could have gone without this blush but I am glad that I picked it up. It triumphs the other blushes I have by a mile. There is a small amount of kick back, depending on the type of brush that you use. Just for comparisons...It's not as finely milled as Hourglass.

I don't think this blush will show up on a lot of skin tones.

A soft fluffy brush is the ideal for Em Cosmetic's blushes.

This blush is beautiful but I think I could have gone without it.






DIVINE SKIES PALETTE $38USD

Palette Includes:
Terra: Milk Chocolate Matte
Phoenix: Warm Clay Matte
Sunset: Soft Peach Matte
Radiant: Bleached Copper Shimmer
Magic Hour: Duochrome Nectar Shimmer 
Heavenly: White Gold Shimmer

I really didn't need another eyeshadow palette. I was reluctant to get this, I asked several people who had ordered from Em Cosmetics to see if this palette was worth it. I received some positive feedback and thought - heck. I need to make it to $100 so I chucked this palette into my cart.


First impression - wow this is a tiny palette. Considering it was the most expensive item in my cart. But once I swatched the shades.... I can't help but feel impressed. It was pigmented and the colours were beautiful.

There is kick back if you use a small fluffy brush, however I like to use a small flat dense brush and pat my eyeshadows - less kick back and less fall out.

The shades are absolutely gorgeous. 3 mattes and 3 shimmers. Best to apply the shimmers with your fingers.

I wore it for 11 hours and it did not crease. I don't prime my lids.
There was a bit of fading (as expected) especially with the shimmer shades, but the matte colours lasted surprisingly well.  My whole face was creasing except for my shadows. The Duochrome nectar shimmer colour is my favourite. Oh my lids, this palette worked incredibly well, it's small but I think it's worth it. I was going to purchase a Tom Ford eyeshadow palette... I won't be doing that anymore.

The colour palette is more pink based, I don't think the matte shades will show up well on deeper skin tones as the shades are quite soft.



COLOR DROPS SERUM BLUSH SOFT AMETHYST $25USD

To be honest, this was the only product I wanted from Em Cosmetics for a long time. I actually wanted Rose Milk but it was sold out. I also realised that I had enough pink blushes and wanted to try a different shade.

Soft Amethyst is a rose berry shade.

The consistency of the serum blush is one of a kind, so easy to blend and almost gel like. It's pigmented and it doesn't streak.

The one thing I noticed is that it gets crusty around the bottle (see pic). I would prefer a pump bottle VS a droplet dispenser. As beautiful as this is, I think I could have done without it... ironically it was the product that caught my eye initially and I wanted to purchase multiples.

WORTH THE HYPE? 
Yes, from the products I have tried so far. They are of high quality and all Made in Italy.
I would 100% repurchase the eyeshadow palette and faded clementine.


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Monday, June 8, 2020

LIST OF 100+ BLACK and INDIGENOUS OWNED BEAUTY BRANDS AND WHERE THEY SHIP TO

Please note that this is a live list, tried to make sure it's as accurate as possible but there may be human errors.

All photos belong to the brand.
All information extracted from the brand's website or summarised

Please email if you would like to add your brand:

lilyscorner123@hotmail.com  (Please include where you ship to! :)

IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER


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54 Thrones
  • Luxury skincare created made in Africa with plant based solutions
  • Ships Internationally



79 Lux

  • Organic and wild crafted skincare for the body
  • Ships Internationally (according to checkout - however unable to accept online payment through the online store and recommended to email for purchase)
https://www.79lux.com/



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Alikay Naturals 

  • Premium all natural and organic hair care, bath and body products
  • Ships Internationally


Anita Grant
  • A range of Afro hair care
  • Ships Internationally







A Complexion Company
  • Eco-luxury African Wellness and clean beauty company for women of colour living within 
  • Ships to a selection of International countries that can be found in the Country/Region drop down button at checkout



Adwoa Beauty

  • Clean gender neutral beauty, hair care and merch
  • Ships US (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other US Territories) 
https://www.adwoabeauty.com



Ayele And CO
  • Organic, cruelty free skincare and cosmetics 
  • Ships Internationally




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Base Butter

  • Aloe veral gel based moisturiser for PH balanced and hydrated skin + cleansing cloth
  • Shipping location TBC



Beauty Bakerie
  • A range of Cruelty free cosmetics
  • Ships Internationally




BeautyStat Cosmetics
  • Vitamin C Skincare Serum, moisturiser and eye cream 
  • Ships US and Canada 




Bekura Beauty

  • Speciality, avant-garde line of sanctuary botanicals for skin and hair 
  • Ships US (US Stockists available https://www.bekurabeauty.com/us-partners/)
https://www.bekurabeauty.com



Beneath Your Mask
  • Non Toxic, vegan, organic beauty, skin and hair care
  • Ships Internationally



Bevel
  • Shave products to help reduce bumps and skin irritation + skin + Hair products
  • Ships US, US territories, Canada and to APO/FPO/DPO addresses



Black Girl Sunscreen

  • Sunscreen with natural ingredients 
  • Ships Internationally 




Black Opal Beauty
  • A range of both makeup and skincare 
  • Ships US
https://blackopalbeauty.com




Bomba Curls
  • Natural and organic curl care products 
  • Ships Internationally
https://bombacurls.com





B. Simone Beauty

  • A variety of lip products + Merch 
  • Ships US
https://bsimonebeauty.com/




Briogeo

  • Natural haircare products  fortified with hair healthy oils antioxidants and vitamns
  • Ships Internationally 




Bush Balm 

  • Balms incorporating wild harvested medicinal plants expertly collected on Aboriginal Lands in Central Australia. 
  • Ships worldwide except New Zealand 



Bush Medijina

  • Handmade skincare using bush recipes from local Aboriginal Women. Groote Eylandt Australia. 
  • Ships Internationally



Buttah Skin
  • Enriching skincare for multicultural tones
  • Ships Internationally
https://www.buttahskin.com/



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Carol's Daughter

  • Natural hair care body and skincare 
  • Ships US




Charlotte Mensah
  • Award winning Afro hair stylist, located in London; Hair products and tools 
  • Ships Internationally


Coloured Raine
  • Cruelty Free cosmetics made in the USA
  • Ships Internationally, however suspensions due to COVID19. See here




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Danessa Myricks Beauty

  • Cruelty free colour makeup
  • Ships Internationally 





Dehiya Beauty
  • Plant based, Vegan Botanical Skincare + Tools
  • Ships Internationally (Can also be purchased from Glory Skincare https://gloryskincare.com/)
https://dehiyabeauty.com/




Dilkara Essence of Australia

  • Natural hair care using ingredients sourced from local Indigenous communities. 
  • Ships Australia




Dizziak
  • Hydration wash, deep conditioner
  • Ships Internationally


Dr Locs 

  • Homemade organic product line created for the loc, dred and dredlock community 
  • Ships Internaionally 





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Earth Blended

  • Alternative healing and contemporary Aboriginal Art
  • Ships Australia, New Zealand, US, UK and Ireland 
https://earthblended.com/






Epara Skincare 

  • Luxury organic and natural skin care using African ingredients.
  • Ships Internationally



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Fenty Beauty

  • A range of colour cosmetics by Rhianna
  • Ships Internationally


Form Beauty
  • Premium hair care for consumers with coily and curly hair. Offers 30 day money back guarantee. 
  • Shipping Information TBC




Fortify'd Naturals

  • Natural hair care products, cruelty free
  • Ships Internationally





Foxie Cosmetics
  • Vegan and handcrafted bath, shower, face, body, hair and fragrance.
  • Ships US, Canada, UK and Mexico. Also offers local pickups (free of charge in Nashville Only)



Frederick Benjamin Grooming

  • Men's Grooming 
  • Ships Internationally 




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Golde

  • Superfood health and beauty products
  • Ships US




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Hair Rules

  • Wide range of hair care products + Salon in New York and Los Angeles 
  • Ships US


Hanahana Beauty
  • Handcrafted skincare using 100% natural products + merch
  • Ships Internationally



Holy Curls

  • UK based vegan and cruelty free curly hair care made with naturally derived ingredients.
  • Ships Internationally
https://www.holycurls.com




Hyper Skin 
  • Cruelty free skincare that treats hyper-pigmentation and enhances glow
  • Ships US (working towards international shipping, please check back)



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Indigiearth 

  • Range of skincare, soaps and oil and premium bush foods (incl, chocolates, chutney, jams, spices, teas etc)
  • Ships Australia





Iman Cosmetics

  • A  selection of foundations, highlighters and coloured cosmetics
  • Ships US, Alaska and Hawaii (IMAN Cosmetic Partner in Africa, France and UK see here
https://imancosmetics.com




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Jane Carter Solution

  • Natural hair care products for all hair types and textures
  • Ships US




Janet and Jo
  • Vegan, cruelty free, 10 free nail lacquers
  • Ships US



Juddarnje

  • Natural chemical free skincare using Indigenous Australia ingredients 
  • Ships Australia and New Zealand




Juvia's Place
  • A range of cruelty free colour cosmetics 
  • Ships Internationally

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Kakadu Tiny Tots

  • Soaps Candles and Aboriginal Children's Clothing 
  • Ships Australia (Please email for International Shipping)





Karen's Body Beautiful 

  • Retail store and spa for natural hair care
  • Ships to a selection of international countries





Kayaire CBD Skincare


  • Luxury CBD Skincare line
  • Ships Internationally




Kaylux Cosmetics
  • A range of highlighters, lip products, lashes and powder 
  • Ships Internationally




Kintsugi Candle Co

  • Scented Candles + Apparels and Accessories 
  • Ships Internationally 


KNC Beauty
  • All natural lip mask + tools
  • Ships Internationally



Koyvoca
  • A selection of hand crafted colour makeup
  • Shipping Location TBC
https://koyvoca.bigcartel.com/ (website under maintenance see Instagram here)




Kurly Belle

  • Hair care for curly hair, natural hair and relaxed hair.
  • Ships US Canada Europe and UK

https://kurleebelle.com/




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Lamik Beauty

  • Makeup line made with vegan, natural and organic ingredients + merch
  • Ships US


Lauren Napier Beauty 
  • Range of skincare for different skin types
  • Ships Internationally 



Lena Lashes 
  • Lashes, mink lashes, liquid lipsticks
  • Ships Internationally




LimeGreen

  • Natural, Vegan, Multi-Use Skincare
  • Ships to a selection of International Countries that can be found in the Country/Region drop down box at checkout
https://www.brooklynlimegreen.com




Loving Culture
  • Revitalising organic hair oil
  • Ships US, US territories and Canadian territories. For international shipment email info@lovingculture.com 







Luv Scrub
  • The original mesh Body Exfoliator 
  • Ships Internationally 



Lowanna Skincare 

  • Indigenous owned, Australian made native ingredients 100% cruelty free and vegan skincare.
  • Ships Internationally




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Makeup by Sparkle

  • A range of lip kits, sets, gloss, mattes and vinyl
  • Ships US





Mary Louise Cosmetics
  • Natural Skincare made easy
  • Ships Internationally




MDM Flow

  • A range of coloured cruelty free lip products and Mascara
  • Ships Internationally 


Mented Cosmetics
  • Cruelty free and vegan makeup 
  • Ships US only - International shipping to launch soon
https://www.mentedcosmetics.com/





Mielle

  • Organic hair and all natural skincare 
  • Ships Internationally
https://mielleorganics.com



Mira's Hand

  • Simple Moroccan skincare + Body care 
  • Ships Australia




Mischo Beauty 
  • Luxury vegan 10 free nail lacquer + tools
  • Ships US and Canada


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Naturall Club 
  •  Handmade Avocado hair products 
  •  Ships: US and Canada (Form Available if you wish to be notified when they ship Internationally)
https://naturallclub.com/



Nine Three Beauty
  • Hand Crafted cruelty free highlighters
  • Ships Internationally




Noodle and Co Apothecary
  • Hand crafted soaps
  • Ships Internationally 
https://www.noodleandcoapothecary.com/



NolaSkinsentials
  • Handcrafted, all natural, cruelty free vegan skincare
  • Ships US, UK and Canada


Nyakio
  • hand made, small batch beauty products using cold-pressed oils crafted with ethical, sustainable and natural ingredients from around the world. 
  • Ships US Available from Target(US) 


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Oui the People

  • Skin razor, Shave Gel to Milk, refills and bodycare
  • Ships US and Canada 




Oyin Handmade
  • Skincare made with natural, organic and food grade ingredients
  • Ships Internationally

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Pat McGrath Labs
  • A wide selection of high quality makeup products
  • Ships Internationally (store locations available here)





Pattern Beauty

  • Hair Care + Tools and Accessories 
  • Ships to selected International Countries, please see pic above. Email hello@patternbeauty.com to request your country 



Pear Nova 
  • Cruelty Free Nail products, Merch and nail appointments
  • Ships US (check back for International Shipping)


Pholk Beauty
  • Natural, vegan, affordable skincare
  • Ships Internationally
https://pholkbeauty.com



Plain Jane Beauty 

  • Clean, cruelty free organic cosmetics
  • Ships US and Canada
https://plainjanebeauty.net/


Prime Beauty Cosmetics 

  • A range of cosmetics pigments, eyeshadow palettes, lip products and apparel
  • Ships Internationally 




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Range Beauty

  • Affordable, high performance, clean makeup products
  • Ships Internationally


Rosen Skincare

  • Skincare for acne prone skin types
  • Ships US, Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, Ireland and France





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Salt Spray Salt Co

  • Bermuda based scented handmade soap and body products 
  • Ships Internationally





Scotch Porter

  • Men's grooming products
  • Ships Internationally



Countries where delivery services are not available for Shani Darden Skincare 

Shani Darden Skincare

  • Anti aging products and skincare 
  • Ships to 150+ countries across the globe List of countries they do not offer delivery services above.
https://www.shanidarden.com



Shea Moisture

  • Raw Shea butter, African Black Soap, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Manuka honey, Coconut oil. Skin and hair care. 
  • Ships Australia, US (Available in Canada via Stockists)
https://sheamoisture.com.au




Shop Kaike

  • Plant based skincare brand + Bath and Body 
  • Ships US






Skimdo
  • The Cult 7 day hold curl styling cream + merch
  • Ships Internationally. Stockists available in England and Brooklyn, USA
https://www.skimdo.com




Skin Buttr
  • Natural skincare products made from shea butter
  • Ships Internationally


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Tahlia Waajid

  • Natural hair care using nature inspired ingredients
  • Ships Internationally (COVID Restrictions apply)




The Crayon Case




The Honey Pot Company
  • Wipes and pads for female health through plant based products
  • Ships Internationally
https://thehoneypot.co/




The Lip Bar 

  • Vegan Cruelty Free lip Colors 
  • Ships Internationally 



The Mane Choice
  • Vitamin rich hair products
  • Shipping locations TBC


TPH By Taraji
  • Clean and Luxe hair care
  • Ships US (Purchase from Target.com)
https://tphbytaraji.com/




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Undefined Beauty

  • Cruelty free, Clean beauty skincare 
  • Ships Internationally 


Uhai 
  • Superfood (Baobab) hair care products 
  • Ships US


UnSun  Cosmetics
  • Mineral Based, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB Sunscreen
  • Ships Internationally 



Uoma Beauty

  • A range of coloured cosmetics and foundations 
  • Ships  Internationally 




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Vernon Francois

  • Hair styling collection for textured and curly hair 
  • Ships Internationally


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Willow & Co


  • Australian Indigenous beauty brand. Vegan, Cruelty free organic skincare
  • Ships Internationally
https://www.willowcoorganics.com/


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