LUSH Big Blue bath bomb

I think this bath bomb is total winner. LUSH.com says this baby contains lemon, sea salt and lavender. I wasn’t in love with Big Blue at first smell. But when I heard that it would turn my tub a beautiful hue of blue, I snagged it up with the quickness.

How gorgeous is that? I threw in a bubble bar and bath melt (those reviews coming soon) so the water was a little more on the green side. Love love looooove everything about this bath bomb. Except the little surprise in the water.

Yep, that’s REAL seaweed. I’m not a fan of it at the beach so it definitely didn’t make me happy in the tub. But I see where you’re trying to give us the FULL experience, LUSH. And for that…I love you.

Get more deets about this bath bomb here.

Johnson’s for Beauty Challenge

Y’all know me…I am ALWAYS up for a challenge. Especially when it’s beauty related. Johnson’s has challenged me to come up with creative ways of using their body care products. They have provided me with lotions, baby powder and body washes.

The easy thing would be to just apply it on my skin, right? Welllll, because my skin has been insanely sensitive these days, I am going to discover other ways to use these products. And I’ll be updating you along the way.

If you have any suggestions, let a sista know. 8)

Dry Skin Confessions

Oh gee, how do I start this off? I guess I should just come out with it.

I have dry skin. And I’ve always had dry skin. It’s not something I’m proud about either. It’s¬†embarrassing. You can’t exactly go around scratching your lower back with intense frustration in public without people giving you the side-eye. But to my rescue, I present two drugstore (aka affordable) brands that have been coming to my rescue. First up…

Aren’t they sexy?

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Foundation for Newbies: Cover FX Big Cover Up kit

Now y’all know me. I’m not much of a foundation wear-er. A lot of it has to do with my acne-prone skin and my¬† crazy belief that foundation will break me out even more. And then there’s the whole “being a woman of color” thing and trying to find the perfect foundation with all of my hyperpigmentation issues. Plus, I live in Florida where we have two seasons–hot and hotter. Wearing a face full of foundation is almost pointless with our humidity.

BUT that does not mean that I will turn down the chance to review foundations as the opportunity presents itself. I was first formally introduced to COVER FX at the Makeup Show NYC back in May of this year. I was sent their Big Cover 3 Step Essentials kit and can’t wait to share it with y’all.

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Acne Sucks: Alba Botanica Natural ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash

Welp…it looks like I’m having another one. And it’s bad. I’m assuming it’s just my skin wanting to attack me for whatever reason. I’ve been drinking my daily 64 oz of water and taking my daily vitamins. Then again, my dermatologist has prescribed me a new cream and perhaps my skin is having a reaction to that.

So I stopped using it and switched over to Alba Botanica’s Natural ACNEdote Deep Pore Wash.

An all natural acne cleanser? So up my alley!
It’s not every day that you’ll run into an acne cleanser that DOES NOT contain harsh ingredients. Which is kinda loco because if your face is already breaking out like mad, the last thing you need are unnecessary and super harsh ingredients. Especially if your skin is sensitive.

But leave it to Alba Botanica to change the game. Please oh please, darlings…tell me you’re familiar with this brand. If you’re like me, you may have passed them by in Whole Foods or your favorite health food store. But girlfriend, the next time you are mindlessly shopping, check them out!

My skin has been absolutely loving the wash. Check out what it does NOT have.

The fact that it doesn’t have any artificial fragrances has me dancin’ in the streets. Since it contains willow bark extract, (which is a natural source of Salicylic Acid) it has a natural and earthy smell that I find pleasant and not too overwhelming.

It also contains lemon balm and parsley extracts. Those kiddos act as natural oil blotters…which, I love! So yep…to my sista girls with oily skin, this wash may be up your alley as it cleanses your skin thoroughly but doesn’t over-strip it. It’s like the perfect balance. Yin and yang, homies.

I’m also digging the consistency of the wash. It reminds me of castile soap in that it feels water-based. But it doesn’t have the richest lather. Which definitely isn’t a flaw in my book.

Has this dramatically changed my skin and cleared up my acne over night? Nope. But then again, what does? When you suffer from acne, you know you have to be patient. Has it kept the oily pores at bay while thoroughly cleansing my skin to prevent more pimples? Yeppers! And for that I will forever love and shout to the rooftops about the awesomemess of this cleanser.

And it’s only $9.95 for a 6 oz bottle. Not bad at ‘tal. The ACNEdote line also has a scrub, moisturizer, gel and astringent. I am so on it.

Any Alba Botanica fans? The lip balms look dreamy. I think I’ll scoop one up the next time I’m in Whole Foods attempting to say no to the vegan chocolate chip cookies.

Which, by the way, I always fail at. Womp!

Peace, love and healthy skin!

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