I know we're not quite out of the woods yet, but we're finally getting sunny days again here, and they're a happy reminder that spring is only five short weeks away. Volition Beauty and I want to help you gear up with a killer beauty giveaway in support of my incredible Prismatic Sheer Protectant SPF 50, the anti-sunscreen to end all others!
Win a $250+ Head-To-Toe Giveaway with Volition Beauty x FIT FOR A FEMME!
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Why should you vote? Here are a few very good reasons:
- Because if love and kindness are acts of resistance, supporting an innovative, cutting-edge product painstakingly created by a queer woman of color is an act of resistance, too, especially in an industry where women outnumber men everywhere but in C-Suites and board rooms. (Have I mentioned that Volition's cofounders are two brilliant, talented, and diverse women?)
- Because it's not just for us feminine folk. A big part of my product's success hinged on whether or not M — who is normally devoted to masculine brands like Anthony, Baxter or Jack Black — would actually pick it up and use it.
Spoiler alert: She loved it so much she ended up stealing my last lab sample. HA! Prismatic is 100% tomboy-approved and my absolute dream sunscreen. Miracles happen! It took a year of hard work to perfect the formula, but it diligently protects, nourishes, heals, and beautifies the skin immediately, all while delivering powerful anti-aging ingredients for the long haul.
- Because Volition Beauty isn't just another cookie-cutter beauty company. It's a fresh take on skincare and makeup that harnesses the spirit of crowdsourcing to democratize the playing field. It puts power into the hands of its innovators by giving us access to the world's best labs and chemists and putting true representation into action. Who are the innovators, exactly?
That's where the real beauty is: We are the innovators. Regular people who aren't afraid to create solutions that don't exist yet. Volition's winning formula empowers innovators with access, expertise, and high-quality execution, but the mission relies on community-driven creativity and passion.
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Curious about what this dream product of mine looks and feels like? Try an impossibly luxurious pale rose gold elixir marbled with soft matte gold flecks. Looks good enough to eat. The consistency is perfect; seems like a luxe milk but has the pleasant slip of a light oil or serum, and it smells heavenly. Prismatic sinks in beautifully (and quickly), leaving fresh, hydrated, more even, glowing skin. It's as if that marbled gold magic just melts on contact without a trace of shimmer, leaving you with a lit-from-within sheer glow.
When we began this process exactly a year ago, I had a long list of non-negotiable must-haves, but an even brattier list of qualities I would not, under any circumstances, tolerate in a daily sunscreen. They looked something like this:
Heck No To All This
- ashy, chalky or whitish cast
- irritating/stinging/bad for sensitive skin
- suffocating primer w/ sunscreen added as an afterthought
- runny sunscreen doubling as moisturizer
- awful or traditional SPF odor
- heavy/greasy/gross texture
- so pigmented it's technically color product
- wimpy SPF rating
luxurious feel and application
universally sheer, luminous
beneficial, good-for-you ingredients
competitively priced for the luxury category
brilliant worn alone or under makeup
This is definitely among my more colorful analogies, but if SPF is to skincare what underwear is to getting dressed, then I wanted exquisitely handmade, gasp-worthy, but ultimately wearable French lingerie.
Protecting our skin is so incredibly important, but too many of us skip or ignore this step because it feels like a chore, or it bums us out. I wanted to take something purely functional and make it addictive. Irresistible, even. I wanted it to feel indulgent, undeniably pretty, to inspire sly confidence, because we'll jump through hoops and fork over $100s for that feeling in a heartbeat.
Humans will find a million ways not to do something routine if it isn't rewarding, so why not make this crucial aspect of skincare, well, delicious?
The first step was determining whether or not something similar existed. Of course it didn't. Most SPFs were too utilitarian and therefore underwhelming, or worse, unpleasant to use; my sensitive skin lashes out at most skincare products meant to help or soothe it and I've been burned by many an SPF. On the other hand, you have all these products willing to throw efficacy under the bus in an attempt to be all the things (which is a great way to do none of them particularly well).
My dream was an SPF with twin superpowers: a beautifying boost on application with long-term, luxurious benefits through potent ingredients, on top of the anti-aging you already get for simply wearing sunscreen. I wanted folks to do double-takes in the mirror when they put this stuff on. Initial market research made it clear that this would be a very tall order. I worried it might not even be possible!
Alas, the lab was undaunted. They rolled up their sleeves and got to work. In the meantime, I familiarized myself with all the gory details of how much additional testing happens with SPF. It was a big learning curve; it costs a lot and you can't speed it up. You test, tweak, reformulate, then retest and hope you don't set off one or more of the dependent variables that can very literally make or break an otherwise sound formula. We all agreed, however, it would be 100% worth the wait (and the exercise in patience).
When I got the final version, my hands were a total wreck from a cross-country move; dry and kind of irritated and rough from gnarly cleaning solutions and manual labor. Other skincare products stung and increased irritation, but I was amazed to find that the SPF nourished and soothed my poor hands right away. It transformed them into looking and feeling absolutely beautiful and nearly new again! Instantly! I did another hand test here so you can see for yourself (instead of being a move wreck, they're just a winter wreck this time around):
M found the same to be true when her own trusty SPF ran out, so she grabbed a drugstore SPF made for sensitive skin. Right away, it made her skin red, irritated, and painfully dry. Despite the pearly pink tint, I managed to convince her to try Prismatic. Like magic, it soothed her skin immediately and even seemed to speed up healing from any damage that had been done. (That's when she stole the lab sample away from me!) She loves the product's breakthrough consistency, too.
It's everything that makes Volition the future of beauty: I'm a normal human person pitching a product that doesn't exist in today's competitive market. Volition's cofounders are beauty bosses with 40+ years of experience and only when we come together can we make the impossible happen! (And I'd better be voting for some of your genius products next!)
Let's get to the nitty gritty of the giveaway. I've hand-picked the perfect head-to-toe regimen featuring six of Volition's best products — just in time for a little springtime pick-me-up!
Thanakha Radiant Bronzer, $40
InStyle praised this chemist-created liquid bronzer for being super subtle and imparting "just the right amount of sun-kisses. It will blend seamlessly. And the best part? Thanakha, which is a Burmese beauty secret, has amazing anti-aging benefits." I love it for its versatility; it's well-suited to custom blending with foundation or BB/CC creams and moisturizer, but also for achieving an easy 'Gisele' glow with bare minimum effort — a total dream elixir on its own.
HydraSurge Rubber Mask, $30
This mask sets itself apart from the K-beauty phenom by bringing what used to be a posh in-spa treatment into homes. The high tech ingredients and two-step process yields ridiculously plumping results, plus the very satisfying experience of peeling a thick layer of rubbery goo off your face! (Head over to Volition's insta for an adorable demonstration by one of the cofounder's sons.)
Illuminating Body Milk, $35
Body schmoddy, I use this amazing whipped wonder EVERYWHERE — and I'm not alone. Teen Vogue says its "otherworldly sheen" is "like magic" used in lieu of traditional highlighter or strobing products "for radiance that can’t be duplicated by any other illuminating mainstays." it's a unique multi-use gem and the massive tub will last you forever since a very little of it goes an even longer way!
Pro tip: Byrdie loves to mix the body milk with a few drops of the Thanakha Bronzer for a sheer, lightweight "J. Lo glow," thanks to particles that are 40x smaller than what you usually find in comparable body products.
Helix Restorative Eye Gel, $52
The Zoe Report says "if you've been searching for the perfect daytime eye cream, look no further" than this Helix eye gel. Pop Sugar loves this for the way it melts into the undereye area and provides the perfect amount of slip for applying concealer. Snail mucin, another popular ingredient borrowed from K-beauty, helps brighten, smooth and rejuvenate the delicate eye area, while the unique gel consistency makes it a dream base for concealer. I use mine religiously!
Neroli Complete Créme, $55
If you've noticed that most anti-aging creams are too heavy for anyone who gets occasional breakouts, suffers from combination skin or adult acne, you're not the only one. The innovator of this #1 rated product struggled to find a moisturizer with anti-aging and skin-clearing properties, so she and Volition came up with a beautiful solution that harnesses 4 key actives to assist with cellular repair, support skin renewal and aid in skin healing and anti-inflammatory properties, all while delivering balanced hydration.
Moringa Silk Body Spray, $45
I've long sung the praises of body oils over traditional body lotions, but I'll let InStyle's review tell you everything you need to know about this light-as-silk, ultra-powerful liquid gold in a bottle: "You know a beauty product is the real deal when the beauty editors who sit around me actively bicker over who gets to keep it. That's legit what happened when I came back to the office one day toting the Volition Beauty Moringa Silk Body Spray. We all took turns spritzing the oil all over our limbs and marveled over the fact that it absorbed almost instantly and left our limbs glowing, not greasy."
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