Specific Beauty: A skincare brand I’ve fallen in love with

Oh snap. There’s a fairly new skincare brand on the market. Weeee! But what makes this brand more unique than others? This line is specifically designed for multi-hued skin tones. Hollers!!

Designed by dermatologist Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, Specific Beauty promises to alleviate some of the issues that those with multi-hued skin tones deal with. Be it more even skin tone, improved skin texture or more moisturized skin, when used together, the Specific Beauty products result in better all around skin. Do I think it works?

I used 5 of these products together for 6 weeks and I was shocked at how well each product was. One of the things that draws me to this brand is that all of the products are paraben and fragrance-free. As someone who suffers from adult acne, hyperpigmentation and eczema, I always require and desire gentle products. I didn’t detect any bit of fragrance from the cleansers, moisturizers and wipes. Yay!!

Daily Gentle Cleanser ($8.99)

I love how reasonably priced this cleanser is. A cleanser for under $10 ain’t bad, uh? I found this one to thoroughly cleanse without drying. It’s a thick cleanser so a little goes a long way.

It is non-foaming and it always takes me some time to get used to cleansers that don’t foam. While it may not be a big deal for some, I love that there’s a pump to dispense the cleanser. Specific Beauty gets 10 cool points for that!

Skin Brightening Serum ($24.99)

The color of this serum threw me off. I was expecting it to me white. Ha!

According to the Specific Beauty website, this serum uses a special multi-benefit complex of licorice, anti-oxidants, retinol and niacinamide – to provide the skin with the ultimate brightening benefits. (source) I didn’t experience any brightening or the lightening of dark spots after my 6 weeks of use but I always feels it takes months and months to see the results of these kind of products. The good news is, the serum feels light and non-pore clogging making it easy to use daily. This product is a little more on the expensive side but still less than most skin brightening serums I’ve seen on the market.

Daily Hydrating Lotion, SPF 30 ($17.00)

The consistency of this lotion, I found, to be nice and thick.

It was perfect for my combination skin. It has SPF in it which is GREAT. Not so great is that SPF-smell. I know it’s hard getting rid of that scent and SPF is an absolute must have but the SPF fragrance was stronger than I would have liked.

 Night Treatment Complex ($18.99) 

The Night Treatment Complex has more of a gel-like consistency that always felt so absolutely divine on my skin during the evening beautifying regimen.

This moisturizer comes without SPF making the fragrance a lot more pleasant for me.

 Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths ($6.99)


I am an enormous fan of these cloths. On one side they’e got little scrubby pads that are perfect at deep cleansing. They aren’t so good at removing waterproof makeup but if you’ve got another remover on hand, your best bet is to use that and leave these cleansing cloths to get rid of foundation and the daily grime.

Overall, I’m a fan of Specific Beauty. The products are gentle enough for us sensitive skin guys and gals. While the line is designed for multi-hued skin tones, don’t let that discourage you from using it. Because of how gentle the products are, I think it can benefit anyone. Not only can you get the brand online but you can also get them at at select Target and Walmart stores. The store locator makes it easy to find which stores in your area may carry Specific Beauty.

What do you think? Have you heard of this brand? Think you’ll give it a whirl?

A night cream for a beauty queen

So remember when I told y’all Palmer’s Cocoa Butter was making facial care products too? Yep yep! In addition to a great Daily Facial Lotion, they also have a Night Renewal Cream.

But wait…that’s not the best part. The best part is that the jar comes in one of those cupcake papers. Eeeee!!

I know. But the smallest things bring so much joy to my face. Literally. But I digress…

The packaging of this cream is quite thorough. It covers everythiiiiing.


This cream goes for $8.47 at Wal-Mart. Not bad at ‘tal. Because it’s a night cream, it’s a bit thicker than a moisturizer you would wear throughout the day. In fact, I found it to be so thick that it did well as a hand cream.

According to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula, the Night Cream has anti-aging properties. I don’t look for skincare products to have such but it’s always good to good to get an early start. I love how decadent that cream feels.

It practically sank right into my skin. I think I’ll hold on to this for when the winter months hit. Then again, I live in Florida. The winter months consist of December and January. 8) Either way, if you’re looking to add a night cream to your beauty routine, this isn’t a bad one.

Face sunblockin’. Protect thy skin!

The minute summer struck, I was on a mission to find great and all-natural sunblocks for my face. The all-natural part was very important to me considering my super sensitive skin is prone to break out when I use products heavy in synthetics and fragrances. Insert Nature Gate’s FaceBlock with SPF 25.

I am absolutely in LOVE with this sunblock. It is everything that this brown girl with sensitives skin could ever need and love when it comes to sunblocks.

Well, well…look at that. Not only does it exclude fragrances (yes!), it is also rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Both help to keep the skin moisturized while the UVA/UVB protection to help prevent sunburn. And honey, forget what you’ve heard. Brown girls burn too. The way I see it, any and everyone with um…skin can burn. This sunblock has been my shield against those rays. The consistency is a little different than your average sunscreen. In fact, when I first used it, it was a bit on the watery side…

But it thickened up when I rubbed it in.

One of the problems that many brown girls run across when it comes to sunscreens is the ghost-face that it tends to give us. Nothing sucks more than walking around with that white cast all over. It’s hard to find a sunscreen that doesn’t give that effect but I happy to say that this one is ghost face-free. Yay! When applied all over, it doesn’t look like I have on anything at all.

I look so sessy, don’t I? Ha!

Which is exactly how I like it. Like most sunblocks, you’ll have to apply every few hours (and more often when swimming) but I was impressed at how well it stood up against sweat, wind and ocean water. It’s a sturdy sunblock alright. It goes for less than $9 which can be considered a steal for an all-natural brand like Nature’s Gate.

You can grab it at Whole Foods and I’ve even spotted it at Amazon for close to $4. Score!

Have you been wearing sunblock on your face, darlings?

*Insert the “You better say yes” emoticon here*

Soap Hope: All-natural products with a purpose

It’s one thing to love a product but it’s something else to love the mission behind a company. Such is the case with Soap Hope. Not only do they offer premium, all natural cosmetic and beauty products at affordable prices, but every single dollar goes into programs that help lift women from poverty around the world. Amazing, uh? I got the opportunity to test drive some of the fabulous brands that Soap Hope has to offer.

If you’re a natural beauty products lovin’ girl like I am, you’ll be aware of many of the brands. I’ve played around with Hugo Naturals before, have heard of Pangea Organics and put Mahya Cosmetics on my radar. But it was the stunning soaps from Indigo Bar that stole my heart.

Just how gorgeous is this Citrus Mint goat milk soap?

And trust me, darlin’. They feel as lovely as they look.

Formulated with all-natural everything (including dyes and fragrance), I have taken a total liking to Zum Bar. I found it to be super moisturizing, which is usually the case with all of the goat milk soaps I’ve tried. The price is about right too at $3.99. While I’ve been using this for face and body, I think it’s just too darn purty to NOT use as a handsoap as well.

So while I’ll be ordering more of these beautiful soaps, I’m also going to check out Zum Clean, Indigo Wild’s natural laundry detergent. I can’t use traditional laundry detergent because of my sensitive skin.

For more information about Soap Hope and to get your shop on, visit their website. Oh, and did I tell you that in addition to already having lower prices, they often offer coupons. Woo hoo!!

Thanks to LUSH’s Greench Deodorant, my feet don’t stink!

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s hot as a jaguar’s mouth outside. Unless of course you live in Johannesburg, South Africa or Angmagssalik, Greenland. In which case, I envy you like you wouldn’t believe.

Like okay…I know it’s ALWAYS hot in Florida but every year it seems to get worse and worse. But good thing I’ve got funk bustin’ products to keep me dry and from smelling like a foot. Take LUSH’s Greeench Deodorant ($9.95) for example.


This vegan powerful powder will work wonderfully for you and your favorite guy. It includes thyme and tea tree so your fella won’t have to smell like a dainty little flower. At the same time, it isn’t SO masculine that you’ll have your coworkers mistaking you for the boss man every time you walk by.

It’s been a few months since I’ve worn traditional deodorant so this stuff is right up my alley. According to LUSH, “Microfine magnesium trisilicate and sodium bicarbonate keep your pits dry and comfortable, free from discomfort and moisture. The Greeench can be used on armpits, backs, feet and anywhere that needs a bit of herbal assistance.” (source) Well, ain’t that just nifty? An all-purpose funk busting powder that I can pretty much dump on my head? It’s pretty epic, all right.

The Guy seems to love it more than I do. I love to sprinkle a bit of it in my shoes and socks. Sweaty feet is anything but sexy. But when it comes to using it on the pits, I find it be effective but the smell just isn’t for moi. If you aren’t a fan of the herbs rosemary, thyme, sage and clubmoss, then I’m afraid this powder may not be for you.

BUT, if you’re in the market for a healthier approach to bustin’ funk and don’t mind herb-y scents, this bacteria fighting powder will be right up your alley.

Products like this are why I really love LUSH though. They’re so innovative yo. LUSH is what dreams are made of.

Snag these from LUSH stores and online for $9.95. Have you or would you give this deodorizing powder a whirl?

Summer shavin’ with Schick. And summer reading too.

Okay, raise your hand if you’re moderately hairy but still don’t shave on a regular. Yeah. I’m that girl. I’ve never been obsessed with shaving every day. Quite frankly, I find it to be too much of a hassle and too time consuming. But check this out…

Ta da!! It’s Schick’s Intuition! I know it’s nothing new but I have rediscovered this beauty of a razor and I’m in love. First of all, how beautiful is the handle? Gorg, right? You know how us women can be. Sometimes our beauty gadgets have to be pretty and decked out in colors for us to want to play with them. The limited edition Schick razors come in this and two other fun designs.

And you know what makes Intuition the coolest of all razors, right? It comes with built-in shaving cream.

Which makes it the perfect traveling companion. And with airlines charging extra for EVERY ounce in a suitcase, packing lightly  just makes sense. They come in 3 variations; Moisture with Pomegranate extract, Naturals with all-natural aloe and the Moisturizing Care Pack with milk and honey and shea butter. And it feels sooooo good on the legs. It lathers up with ease and the 4 blades handle the rest. As long as you keep this kid in a dry area, you should get a ton of use out of it.

So yes…Intuition is the business. Snag it from Drugstore.com for $8.99.

In other news…I’m reading again!

This is such a big deal because between blogging, freelancing, working with the day time  job and Earth Blend & Flower, I never really have time to read. But in attempts to find some sanity, I went and purchased  Little Bee and Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and have been in literary heaven ever since.

I love real books. I still can’t get down with the e-reader, iPad, Nook, Kindle thing. Just…no. There’s something about the smell of an old and new book. Yes, I sniff books. You judgin’ me yet. Hehe!

Anyone else shaving their legs and reading this summer? 8)