My Ride or Die Skin Care Products

Skin has always been in and the older I’m getting, the more I realize that I need to really start giving it TLC every single day. This year, I’ve been trying a good amount of skincare products. Some I was thrilled with and others… hmm. Let’s just say, I would like my money back. But, I won’t dwell on the negative. Keep on reading to see my absolute favorite skincare products!

 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes /Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water 

The very first step in your skin care routine is to remove all your makeup (if you wear any). I’ve been using the Neutrogena makeup wipes since maybe 2013 and those are the ONLY wipes I’ve used since. It removes it all so easily and doesn’t burn my skin or leaves a weird odor. It usually takes me 2-3 wipes to clear all my makeup, depending on how much makeup I’m wearing that day. Now, don’t be fooled. Even though your makeup APPEARS to be wiped away, it’s not. While the wipes takes away whats on the surface of your skin, the Garnier SkinActive Micellar water really gets into your pores and removes dirt, oil AND makeup. You can use micellar water as your makeup remover as well. If you choose to do this, I recommend using a microfiber wash cloth. I personally use small cotton pads to remove dirt from underneath the surface of my skin after I wash my face. Speaking of face washes…

 

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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser 

I picked up the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser from Walgreens one day off a whim. I was in between facial cleansers at the time and I heard a lot of great things about this line and their cleansers. So I just picked it up and hoped for the best. Now, for someone with oily skin, hydrating my skin is usually the last thing I want to do. WRONG! Sometimes your oily skin is a cry for hydration. After using this cleanser, I immediately started noticing that my skin was producing less oil. Don’t get me wrong, ya girl still gets oily! But it’s totally under control now thanks to this hydrating cleanser.

 

Alright so we’ve removed our makeup, cleansed our face and now it’s time for my favorite part – skin treatments!

 

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Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks by Wander Beauty

My dark circles are stubborn as hell. A lot of people have been telling me it can be one of three things. Either I don’t drink enough water, don’t get enough sleep or can be hereditary. It is for sure hereditary in my opinion. All I drink is water and no matter how much sleep I get, my dark circles stick to me like glue. So for my under eyes, I’ve been loving the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks. These are the first eye treatment product where I actually see a difference. I love using these right after a long night or even right before bed. My favorite way to use these masks is to leave them in the fridge for a little while first. Usually, I’ll shower, eat dinner or tidy up while waiting for them to get cold enough then apply them under my eyes for 15-20 mins. Once they’re off, I pat the serum into my skin and let it soak up before applying my eye cream.

 

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Neutrogena Hydrogel Masks

Okay. Let me put it this way. If I had to choose one skin care product to use for the rest of my life. It would be these masks. I know that is a VERY bold statement to make but I’m being so honest. There are three kinds of Neutrogena Masks. I love the Hydro Boost hydrating mask for my dry days, the Radiance Boost brightening masks is best to prep your skin for makeup before an event and the Deep Clean purifying mask when your skin needs an extra *umph*. I like to keep these masks in rotation cause sometimes I need a little of this, a little of that. The best part is that you can find them at Target, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart… pretty much anywhere you can get drug store priced skin care. And these face masks go great with…

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
To date, this is my favorite moisturizer. I was skeptical to try it at first cause it said “gel-cream” and thought for sure it wouldn’t work well with my oily skin. Boy, was I wrong. I tried this moisturizer during the warmer months here in NY and it kept my skin hydrated through the heat and now that winter is approaching, I’m confident it will do the same. The combination of the mask and this gel-cream always leave me with glowy skin and to be honest, that’s how we all want to look when we’re bare-faced.

 

Let me know what are your favorite skin care products below!

 

Product Review: Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection

Being a curly girl requires plenty of trial and error. Sure, we didn’t ASK for curly hair, but it’s what we got and we have to take care of it, right? Right. Throughout my transition, I’ve tried multiple products from brands that claimed to work with all typed of curls. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t fall in love with anything. There are some products that worked really well for my hair type (3C/4A), but I always knew there was something better out there for me.

And of course, I was right!

I first heard about Curls while watching my favorite talk show, The Real. Mahisha Dellinger, CEO, was a guest on the show to talk about Curls’ new Blueberry Bliss line. Then one day while I was at Face Values, I took a look at the natural hair care aisle and saw a couple of the products from that line on the shelf. Each product from the line is less than $25. I bought 5 products and after my first use, I immediately fell in love!

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Products from left to right: Reparative Leave In Conditioner, Twist-N-Shout Cream, Curl Control Jelly, Reparative Hair Mask, Reparative Hair Wash

The entire line smells AMAZINGGG! Like, good enough to eat, amazing. The Blueberry Bliss line is designed to soften and hydrate the driest curls and help promote growth. This line of hair care includes products like a leave in conditioner, hair mask and growth oil. Even though I didn’t try everything from the line yet, I’m sure I will love the rest of it. But in the mean time, let me share with you what I did try.

 

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Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner

For the longest, all I ever wanted was a leave in conditioner that wouldn’t make my hair feel weighed down the next day. This reparative leave in helped me to achieve just that. On wash day, this is the first (and sometimes the only) product I put into my hair after cleansing. And when I have day 4 or day 5 hair, my curls are still soft and I can always add more leave in into my hair for moisture. I also love using this leave in to detangle my hair. It makes combing less of a hassle, making my comb and fingers run through my hair smoothly.

 

 

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Blueberry Bliss Twist-N-Shout Cream

I’ve just started doing flat twists to my hair and I have been liking the results before I tried this product. I never used anything special in my hair specifically for my flat twists… until I found this cream. Typically, I let my flat twists sit over night, or if I’m in a bit of a time crunch, I let them sit for a couple of hours. On the packaging it says to use the cream and release your flat twists once your hair is completely dry, but I find that I love my results if my hair is damp.

 

 

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Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of using gel in my curls. I only use gel if I’m doing any bun hairstyles. This jelly definitely defines my curls and controls my frizz. It is super lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky or leaves white flakes. Once I’m done putting all my products into my hair, I finish off with this for my go-to wash and go style.

 

 

 

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Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Wash

I never really had a go-to shampoo for my curls, only because I never really found one that really cleaned my hair. So that’s why I decided to give this one a try. Usually I’ll wash my hair twice. The instructions on this bottle said to work the shampoo into the scalp and during the second time, to comb through the hair and leave it in for 10 minutes. I’ve never combed my hair with shampoo so I was skeptical to try it. It was a little hard the first time because with the shampoo, my hair has no slip. But once I rinsed my hair out, it felt so clean!

 

 

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Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

This hair mask is meant to be used as a conditioner but can also be used as a deep conditioner. I’ve mostly been using it as a deep conditioner and it has been working wonders for me. Already, I’ve seen a small amount of growth and the driest areas of my hair are loving the hydration!

 

 

 

 

Long story short, this Blueberry Bliss line by Curls is the truth! It smells good, works phenomenally and definitely gives great results. Check out curls.biz where you can find products for all curls, kinks and waves.

 

Soft Skin is Always In!

I’ve recently took a Spring Break trip to the beautiful South Beach, Florida. While it was about 40 something degrees up north in New York City, I was having fun in the sun. Unfortunately, the heat and the sun dried up my skin by the time I made it back to NYC. So, I wanted to share with you how I used African Black Soap products to restore my skin back to greatness!

First off, if I’m wearing a full face of make up, I like to make sure that I’m removing ALL of it. I use Neutrogena make up remover wipes to take off my make up after a long day but I always feel like it never cleans beneath the surface. So to get a deeper clean feeling, I use Garnier SkinActive’s All-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water, which not only cleans the make up that was left behind, but it takes away dirt and oil on my face, leaving my pores feeling refreshed!

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Something else that became part of my skin routine is Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar with Shea Butter. This soap has really helped control the oil in my T-zone and the clinical acne I used to have on my forehead. I rub the soap over my face in circular motions about 3-4 times week and rinse it with cool water.

For a mask, I absolutely love Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Facial Mask with Tamarind Extract and Tea Tree Oil. This mask hydrates my skin and again, controls the excess oil in my T-zone. And even though the packaging doesn’t say it, I really feel like it helps lighten my dark under eyes. I use this mask only once a week and I apply it with a flat foundation brush. I leave it on for 15 minutes before I rinse it off with cold water.

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And of course, last but not least, moisturize with your favorite moisturizer. At the moment, mine is Ahava’s Time to Hydrate Night Replenisher. This lotion is on the pricier side at $51, but for a drug store brand, my favorite is Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Lotion.

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Black soap is a gentle cleanser and is commonly used by people that suffer from rashes, dryness and other skin conditions. Here are some of the great benefits of African Black Soap:

  • Improves skin tone
  • Helps heal problem skin
  • Reduces inflammation and skin irritations
  • Improves skin tone
  • Acts as a deep cleanser

There are many other uses for African Black Soap. What do you use it for and how has it improved your skin? Share in the comments below.