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I made my first unboxing video last month when the kind folks at BoxyCharm sent me the April beauty box. I was really impressed at the quality of products they selected and excited that it was a beauty box filled with full size products instead of tiny foil packets.

This month, I thought I would share my box with you!


The May box features several products that are perfect for spring and summer! I especially love that bold orange nail polish and the brow kit — something every lady needs.


If you’d like to win this box, all you have to do is:

  1. Follow @brokebutbougie and @boxycharm on Instagram

  2. Comment on one of my pictures, tag @boxycharm, and make sure you include in your comment, #BBBBoxycharm

I will select one winner sometime next week! Good luck!

Kool-Aid Lip Stains

There’s something about Kool-Aid that reminds me of warm weather and fond memories outdoors. Sure it’s a deliciously sweet and refreshing drink on a hot summer day, but you can also use the mix to make a yummy lip stain! With so many flavors to choose from, your lips will be colorful and sweet this summer.

All you need:

1 packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid mix (depending on what color stain you want)

a bit of water

Q-tip to clean up the look

(You could also add a little coconut oil if your lips are on the dry side.)


Dip your finger into the water, then into the dry, unsweetened Kool-Aid mix. Apply the wet mix to your lips like a normal lip balm. Then use the Q-tip to get rid of any bumps and even out the color!


I used the Black Cherry flavor for this look.


Try not to lick it off your lips immediately! Trust me, it’s tempting.

Where Does Your Mascara Come From?

Here’s hoping your Spring skin is budding in a healthy blush and your lips get that tinted rouge! If your eyes are feeling a little droopy, try a thin coat of mascara to give your gaze a lift.

Mascara comes in three forms: liquid, cake, or cream. Cultural aesthetic adornment dates as far back as Egyptian cultures in the East, but was left nearly untouched in the West until the Victorian era. The first mascara during that time was made by the women at home as they heated a mixture of ash or lampblack and elderberry juice on a plate and applied the heated mixture to their lashes.

The invention of motion pictures added sex appeal to appearance, and cosmetic products began being regulated in 1938 by the FDA. A grooved rod was the original mascara applicator, and perhaps the closest resembling evidence we have to our modern wands.

Contrary to popular rumor, bat guano is NOT used in mascara production. Proper use of mascara includes disposal of tube and brush after four to six months and tubes should not be shared in case of the infamous “pink eye” or other eye infection.

I’ve done some research into the most popular brands of mascara for the next time you’re feeling bold (or just running out, like I am). Here are my top finds, each valued for different qualities.

1. Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara (5oz, $9.99 on Amazon) – Featuring Beeswax, Cucumber, and Olive Leaf extract this Mascara is advertised as100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives, 100% Free of Parabens, 100% Free of Synthetic Colors. Reviews consider it slower-drying than mainstream products but with an added pliability after drying.

2. E.L.F. Wet Glass and Lash and Brow Clear Mascara ($1 on YW8 Makeup, free S&H) – This is the product if you’re just starting to wear mascara, or don’t need the color. It works as a mascara “primer” or a simple base for filling in lashes without clumping. It’s also handy for keeping down wayward eyebrow strands.

3. Maybelline New York Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Washable Mascara ($8.06, Target) – This is a “wear-all-day” kind of mascara designed to make each individual lash full. It’s rumored to be wonderful for reaching smaller Asian-heritaged lashes.

4. Avon SuperFULL Mascara ($8.25 on ebay, free S&H) –
Who hasn’t had an experience with the ‘Avon-lady’ even if it’s only been through the film, Edward Scissorhands. This mascara is great for those oily-skinned gals like myself who want to avoid a black puddle mess under the eyes at the end of the day. It sticks to your lashes, but comes off easy with makeup remover.

5. Max Factor 2000 Calorie Straight Brush Mascara ($14.95 on ebay, free S&H) – “Even better than Sephora,” claims a happy customer of this classy mascara. It’s thick, waterproof, and long-lasting.

6. Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara ($7.97 at Walmart) – Thicker, defined, and a nice feather is how customers described this product. “Buy with confidence” another suggested.

How to get luscious hair

How to get luscious hair?  The question I’m always asking as I have thin hair. It can hold a curl alright but for the most part it’s just sad, mousy brown hair. It also damages pretty quickly. So, I went on the hunt for nourishing hair masks that would give my deflated mane some extra shine and luster.

Here are some homemade hair masks that will give you that luscious hair with things you’ve got in your kitchen.

If you’ve got extra long tresses, I’d recommend doubling these recipes.

Avocado Deep Conditioner
You’ll need:
1 small jar of mayonnaise
1/2 avocado.

Mix all ingredients, smooth into head being careful to work it to the ends,  Use shower cap or plastic wrap to seal body heat in and leave on for 20 minutes.

Banana Avacado Mask
You’ll need:
1 medium banana
1 egg
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp buttermilk
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Mash banana, egg and avocado in a small bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Apply to hair from roots to tips. Leave in for 30 minutes and then wash out with a moisturizing shampoo.

Got Split Ends?
You’ll need:
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp almond oil (I didn’t have almond oil. BUT, olive oil worked just as well!)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix these together and slowly work the mixture into your hair. Focus on the ends and go up until you’ve covered all the damaged bits. Let it sit there over the next half an hour (or more) then rinse off. The mask alone won’t help you get rid of splits (you should visit your stylist and get a trim) but it will dramatically improve the appearance of the rest of your hair as well as all parts that used to look like they should be chopped off but had enough life in them to be restored.

This is the first one I tried. I went around my office the next day telling everyone to touch my hair. So. Effing. Soft.

Strawberry Mask
You’ll need:
A couple fresh strawberries
1 egg yoke
2 spoonfuls of olive oil

Mash or blend your strawberries, mix in the last two ingredients and apply to your soon-to-be luscious hair. Leave it in and rinse off after 20 to 30 minutes.
*Unlike mayonnaise and avocados, this one makes your hair smell as good as it’ll feel!