I have been a huge supporter of Boxwalla for years – some of my most-adored skincare brands were introduced to me via their monthly beauty box (think African Botanics, Votary, and Twelve Beauty, to name a few…), so when I received word that a makeup shop was opening, I knew it was going to be incredible.
(I was right.)
Lavanya and Lola wanted to create a safe space with no judgment – where inclusivity and diversity are the heart and soul of the shop and I promise you, it’s brimming with thoughtful brands and artisans. I have found some incredible new makeup brands that have become staples.
Here are some of my favorites!
I am fully obsessed with the Manasi 7 All-Over Colour Pots, as you can see above. These little pots of lip and cheek color goodness are award-winning, versatile, and organic. (Wild-harvested too!) They can be worn in limitless ways, built up from a subtle shade to a statement look, or layered with our other colors to create unique shades.
Formulated with the perfect balance of oils and waxes, this creamy blendable formula glides on effortlessly and blends easily into the skin and onto lips for a truly natural flush of color. My most-used shades are Fuchsine, Sanguinello, and Dianthus.
Flavedo and Albedo
Another gorgeous brand, Flavedo and Albedo creates some of the most beautiful shades for the face and eyes. The Dew Tints in Grapefruit and Rose are both incredible for creating a youthful flush on the cheeks, and the Velvet Eyeshadows are the coolest cream-to-powder, cushiony-soft eyeshadows with a non-greasy texture. You can use either wet or dry and the balance of pearl and pigments melts to give a rich, weightless color. Super long-lasting.
I must mention that Flavedo and Albedo is a 100% percent plastic-free brand. Quite impressive.
Oh, how I love Madame Gabriela lipsticks – in particular, the two shades above. This formula hydrates, nourishes, and plumps lips and the collection is free of phenoxyethanol, petroleum-based products, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMO ingredients, talc, glycol, and artificial fragrances. Never tested on animals.
Marie Hunter Lipsticks
Let’s talk about gorgeous, velvety, super-pigmented matte lipsticks, shall we? Be still my beating heart, Marie Hunter. These lipsticks make my lips so happy and the way they brighten my face is unparalleled.
Purposeful is a perfect neutral for the day, Rush Street is a sublime plummy raspberry, and Boss Lady is my favorite red, although missing from the photo because it’s currently lost in one of my purses.
Here are swatches of all the aforementioned lipsticks.
Finally, the gorgeous Eye Magic shadow palette by Lovinah. I don’t even know where to begin with this perfectly curated mix of jewel tones and neutrals.
You can create endless looks with this Nilotica, Squalane, and crushed gemstone-based eyeshadow. The palette includes foil, matte and metallic shades with silky-soft textures and each provides a long-lasting payoff. The shades are extremely buildable, blendable, and easily adhere to the eyelid. A definite favorite of mine.