June was a hard month for so many reasons despite it being my birthday month. We were in the fourth month of quarantine and also witnessing a movement that could upend the current society we live in for the better. There weren’t that many new beauty releases, but for the few that did launch they were really good. Like last month, there are a few non-beauty releases that I really loved for the month of June. Links to all items can be found at the end of this post.
Pat McGrath Mothership VIII: Divine Rose II Eyeshadow Palette
This is the mother of all of Pat McGrath’s Mothership palettes. When it was first announced and mother shared swatches of the shades included, practically every makeup enthusiast, makeup artist agreed that the curation of shades in this palette was slightly unexpected even for Pat McGrath. The star of the palette was mother’s first trio-chrome shadow Sextraterrestial, a magical shade that shifts from pink to purple to green. There are also two shades that can be used as a blush—Naked Blush and Rose Seduction. All of the shades are new (with the exception of Gold Lust 001, which was never sold in a palette only as part of her single eyeshadow kits). The shades in my opinion are quite different than any shades that she has previously released in her other palettes, While my eyeshadow looks are not as extravagant as so many beauty gurus, the shades are beginner friendly and because they blend with such ease, it’s almost impossible to do a bad look. Yes, the palette is worth the $125 price tag.
Summer Fridays Cloud Sweatshirt & Sweatpants
It literally took forever for me to get this, but it was worth the wait. Since I am still working from home this is such a comfortable set that also makes you look like you put an effort into getting yourself together for that Teams or Zoom meeting call. Unfortunately this set sold out in minutes but the quality is really great and is a set that I’ll be wearing all year long. If you’re looking for a similar set, I’ve listed some at the end of this post. It’s also important to note that this is a black-owned business and if you believe in real systemic and economical change as it relates to black people, then supporting businesses like shows how to be a true ally by literally putting your money where your mouth is.
Sunnie Galore Jett’s Green Flat Top Sunglasses –
I was actually introduced to Sunnie Galore through Kela Walker. Sunnie Galore carries the same or very similar styles to those found in luxury brands but for literally a fraction of the price. I picked up two pairs that are similar in style in two different colors. She restocks and introduces new styles regularly. From oversized to stunna frames, you can literally find a pair to match any look you decide to put together—even if it’s just to the living room.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox™ Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
How I sat on these for so long without using them, I don’t know. For a while whenever I did my makeup, I noticed that my under eye area seemed a little dry and my fine lines seemed to be more pronounced and concealer creased into my fine lines almost immediately after applying concealer. While reorganizing my beauty drawers I stumbled across these eye patches and decided to give them a try, hoping that it would add extra hydration to my under eye area. I was right. Ever since them I have been incorporating them to my morning and evening routine. After removing them, I follow up with my regular eye cream and boy what a difference it has made. My under eye stays hydrated all day. On days when I am wearing under eye concealer, there is little to no creasing and my fine lines appear diminished. If you suffer from under eye dryness, I promise you that incorporating this into your skincare routine will dramatically reduce the dryness and may even reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Beyoncé Black Parade – Beyoncé dropping this musical gem on Juneteenth was the best thing to happen for the month of June. This was not only an instant anthem for Black people but especially for Black Women who have been severely affected by the injustices that against Black people. It was a lyrical reminder of our ancestral roots and the power that we have within ourselves. I’m sure many will think that this is just a song and that it shouldn’t be taken that seriously, but I disagree. This song is a call to action, to stand firm and never be silent and it is evident in the lyrics. Currently, this is the song that gets me going every morning. If for some reason you haven’t heard it, here it is.
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Summer Fridays Cloud Sweatshirt & Sweatpants – no longer available. Shop similar style here
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What were your favorites for June in beauty, fashion or perhaps a book that you are currently reading? Do share in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram where I post (almost) daily content to my Instastories feed.