Busting Beauty Myths + Giveaway!

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So girls (and the handful of guys that read this blog)…let’s talk about beauty myths, shall we? I could probably write a book on ‘em because there are just THAT many. The sad thing is, when it comes to skincare and my obsession with trying to have and KEEP clear skin, I’ll probably try anything. Except dab pee on my pimples.

Naw. I can’t get down with that. I don’t know if it’s a rumor within the family or not but my girl cousins have this running joke that Grandma has always had clear skin and her “liquid output” is the reason why. Everyone is too afraid to ask her. And to try it. I mean come on, dude. I’m comfortable with my body but I’ve gotta draw a line somewhere.

Check out my list of beauty myths…

Black don’t crack.
Yeah no. Everyone gets wrinkles.

Good skin is all genetic.
Not always. Good skin is also determined by lifestyle and diet.

Water is important for hydration but it won’t necessarily lead to healthier skin.
So not true. Our skin contains a good amount of water and hydrated skin is healthier skin.

Black girls don’t need sunscreen.
Yeah no. The sun don’t discriminate, mamacita. EVERYONE needs protection from the sun.

Going a day without washing your face never hurt anyone.
Pfft! Lies! I can’t be the only who has gone to sleep without washing their face only to have pimples greeting me the next morning. It’s good to get in the habit of always washing the face before bed.

Eucerin skincare
My favorite Eucerin skincare products for when my skin needs that extra hydration.

 

I could list a dozen more but I’d love to hear some of yours. Are you forever running into crazy beauty myths? How ’bout this…you tell me what they are and you could be entered to win the following:

· $125 Visa Gift Card
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion
· Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Moisturizing Face Lotion

You could use that gift card to treat yourself to a massage, or take yourself out to eat or if you’re practical like me, you could use it to put some gas in your car. Ha! Press your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it takes a minute or two to get goin’ so be patient.

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* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.

Wrapping Up Summer With Eucerin

So we really know there is no “end of summer” when it comes to living in Florida. Like seriously. It’s so hot that even alligators are sneaking in peoples’ houses to stay cool. Ha ha. I’m kidding about that last part. My Eucerin ambassadorship is still truckin’ along and this time the cool kids at Eucerin have asked me to talk a little bit about hydration and how insanely important it is. Especially during these hot months.

CamelBak and Eucerin

In this month’s pack I got an awesome CamelBak bottle.

Purple CamelBak water bottle

Have y’all ever used these? I’m in love with them. I’ve purchased 2 of my own but I love everything about this one because it’s larger than my standard 22 oz bottle. Woot! I carry around a water bottle daily and the CamelBak rocks because it’s virtually indestructible and the straw makes for easy gulping.

CamelBak water bottle

It’s some kind of cool. And as always, I’m slathering my faithful Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer all over.

Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Moisturizing Body Lotion

It’s my favorite daily moisturizer because it not only keeps the ash at bay but it also keeps me all protected with the SPF 15 dumped inside. This, y’all, is a necessity for everyone. And of course I especially love it because my eczema doesn’t go all crazy on me. This tend to happens when I’m wearing body moisturizers that have a ton of fragrances in them. Thank you, Eucerin. Thank you so much.

I hope you gals and guys are staying cool. Later this month I am going to be hosting a Eucerin giveaway so stay tuned to those details. In the meantime, stay hydrated and keep that gorgeous bod of yours protected with SPF!

* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.

Can The Wonder Cloth Replace Makeup Remover?

Imagine a world without makeup remover. In this world, you wouldn’t have to deal with buying and re-buying your makeup remover. You wouldn’t have to worry about it accidentally spilling in your luggage during trips. You wouldn’t have to spend countless dollars on cotton swabs, balls and rounds. In this world, a simple piece of cloth would remove every ounce of your makeup saving you time and money. I was graciously sent a sample of this  cloth to test drive.

Say hello to The Wonder Cloth, y’all.

The Wonder Cloth

Probably designed by a makeup junkie like me, The Wonder Cloth claims to be an all natural makeup remover. Not only does it promise to thoroughly remove makeup with water alone, it says it also cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Um, yeah. Okay. Just call me Skeptical Sally.

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Wonder Cloth

The cloth contains 60% Rayon and 40% Cotton and it’s a pretty decent size…

The Wonder Cloth Clumps of Mascara

Clean The Wonder Cloth

It feels incredibly soft too.

I would gladly trade my lint-y pals for this baby here. I figured the best way to test this was to put on a full face of makeup and see if The Wonder Cloth could remove everything. I used the most pigmented lippy that I could find. That’s OCC’s Pretty Boy

The Wonder Cloth before

The Wonder Cloth after removing makeup.

Dirty Wonder Cloth

My findings:
-While it feels soft on the face, I couldn’t use this for exfoliation. It isn’t tough enough.
-It removed foundation and blush easily. But then against, do would a regular washcloth.
-Mascara was tough to remove as was eyeliner. I got a good chunk of it of but still needed to follow up with my regular makeup remover.
-The OCC Lip Tar stained the cloth. Womp.
-This is a one time use product. I would only feel comfortable using this once before tossing it in the washer.

Does it work? I guess. But I found it to be most comparable to an average wash cloth – just a lot smoother. It definitely feels great on the face and it removed some traces of makeup but I wouldn’t trade it for my makeup remover.

Ah well. You can grab this baby at Amazon and even Bed, Bath & Beyond. Mama Clumps said she’s seen it at her local Walgreens as well.

Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels

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Oh summer time: sunshine and breezy summer dresses, suntans and cool drinks, flip flops and …cracked heels? Wait a minute, that doesn’t really fit the ideal image of those long summer days and late summer nights we love and look forward to. Unfortunately, cracked and dried heels happen to us all and especially during the summer months. From those lovely sandals we adore to wear when the weather is just right, to the harsh sun and brutal beating our feet endure during our beach and hike adventures; our poor feet go through quite an ordeal to keep us walking on.

After everything our feet go through for us it is our duty to return the favor with proper care and a little “feet R&R” from time to time. If you aren’t too keen on getting massages and pedicures or you honestly just don’t have the time or the funds to frequent a beauty shop, here are some nifty little home remedies for cracked heels:

· One of the most common things you hear, even more so when the weather gets warm, is to drink plenty of water.

· Exercising is always a great method to relieve cracked heel side effects and pain; exercising increases circulation which can help the blood flow and healing process for your feet.

· Another effective remedy includes a little indulgence that you can do in the comfort of your own home; soak your feet for roughly 20-30 minutes in the evening, then sooth and soak your feet in a natural moisturizer, slip on cotton socks and sleep the night away while your feet relax and soak up the moisture.

· Also, try to use a pumice stone to carefully reduce the thickness you’ll notice on your heel; this will help limit the amount and frequency of the cracking and splitting that can become rather painful and unsightly.

Our feet deserve a little TLC (tender loving care) from time to time and it is our job to give it to them. Our bodies let us know when something is wrong or when we need to start taking things a little easier, our feet do so when they become painful and start to crack. Pay attention to the signs our bodies give us and the long-term benefits will be more than worth it.

The glorious liquid gold from M.Steves

M.Steve's Boost

It’s been a lil’ minute since I’ve shown y’all what skincare products I am currently using. Of course I’m always testing something but every now and then a product makes its way into my medicine cabinet and just doesn’t leave. I got this wonderful bottle of M.Steve’s Ultra-Nourishing Boost with Rose Hip Seed Oil to review and I’m really wondering where this liquid gold has been all of my life

Random Fact: In the lactating world, breast milk is also called liquid gold. So much so that any woman who has accidentally spilled a bottle of the stuff has been known to have a full out breakdown. Fo reals. But back to the ‘facial’ liquid gold. I really really dig this stuff. And I can’t believe this is my gateway product into the M.Steves brand. Are you familiar with them?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost

The brand was founded by Mally Steves Chakola and each product focuses on tackling aging concerns. I typically don’t review anti-aging products but sometimes  when I find one to be so freaking awesome, I can’t help but ring the alarm about it. What’s so fab about this oil? I mean, it’s an oil. How is it different from the other thousands of oils out there? I’m so glad you asked.

-It’s lightweight (perfect for those hot summer days and nights).
-It can be combined with other beauty stuffs (like your foundation).
-A little goes a long way.
-It’s fragrance-free. Perfect for fragrance haters like yours truly.
-It’s hydrating without being greasy.
-It’s vegan!

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost back

This glorious oil has made its way to the M.Steves line simply because it has been known to firm and smooth fine lines. Okay, I don’t have those yet but honey, I’m all about preventative care. I will be keeping this bottle of lusciousness nearby. It’s not cheap though. It’ll run you a good $64 but hey, you know how I feel about investing in skincare. Some things you can’t put a price on. Ya dig?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost in hand

Check out M.Steves for some of their awesome anti-aging products. I kinda want everything because the packaging is just adorbs!

The Very Cool Schick Quattro TrimStyle razor

This sponsored post is brought to you by Glam! Remember that time I told you I’d be reviewing the Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle®? Well, I’m baaaack. I’ve had my eyes on this razor for years and I can’t believe I’m just now reviewing it. I’m not going to be hitting the beach and pools as much as I’d like to this summer but that doesn’t mean I don’t have to keep the hair situation in tact. Y’all know I have no issue with hair on the body but let’s face it, rockin’ shorts, skirts and swimsuits looks a lot better when you don’t have grizzly-like hair crawling up your legs. Trust me on this. And so the Trimstyle is crazy useful. I had a quick trip to NYC a few weeks back  and what better time to test drive a new beauty product than when you’re traveling?

Schick razor

Things To Love About The Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® Razor:
-The trimStyle razor and bikini trimmer is a battery-powered vibrating trimmer.
-The handle is easy to control.
-Portable. Although it’s heavier than the average razor, it is still small enough to toss in a bag.
-Contoured rubber handle. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but the rubber handle gives great control.

Schick Quattro

Gorgeous handle, huh? My biggest issue with shaving is that a lot of the times the handles just won’t fit nicely in my hands. I don’t have that problem with this baby. The battery-powered vibrating trimmer just needs 1 AAA battery and it is housed nicely in the handle. You won’t have to worry about any water seeping in. I’m not sure if the vibrating makes much of a difference when shaving but hey, it’s a nice little feature to have.

Schick blade

Schick Quattro razor

Perfect for taking on trips and for keeping in the shower, I’m adding this razor to my list of awesome razors. I’ve already got a few other Schick razors on that list so this kid will be in great company. So yes, my loves…if you’re looking for a razor this summer, I’d definitely take a look at this one.

Quattro

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True Life: I put gel on my face. And I liked it.

My love for NUANCE Salma Hayek products continue. I hosted a party on behalf of the brand a few weeks back (post coming soon) and now I’ve gone from liking the brand to being totally obsessed. I mean, what’s not to love? The products are affordable, easy to find and they are preservative-free. This CVS-exclusive brand has quickly become one of my favorite brands and it’s because their products always feel high-end.

Like this gel cleanser…

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

Man, this stuff is fantastic. I’ve been using it for a month now and it is absolutely wonderful. I spotted this at one of my CVS’s (but haven’t seen it at any others) and I can’t believe I waited so long to try it. Both oily and dry skin lovers can get behind this because it’s hydrating, soothing and cleansing. I know people are suspicious about cleansers that don’t foam up but you really don’t need suds to thoroughly cleanse the skin.

Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser

And yeah, I can be a lover of the suds too but this cleanser is just ridiculously refreshing. Especially on these too hot to think Florida days.

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel Cleanser promises

NUANCE Salma Hayek Gel ingredients

Pro’s

-It feels cooling. If you’ve got sunburned skin, this will feel so good on your skin.
-A little goes a long way.
-The woodsy fragrance is niiiiice. And because of that, men may like this cleanser too.
-It thoroughly cleanses the skin. I checked by using a makeup remover after using the cleanser.
-Great and gentle enough for acne prone skin.

Con’s

-The lack of suds may have you questioning if your skin is really cleansed.
-It is not suitable for cleaning off waterproof makeup. You’ll need a makeup remover for that.
-May not be available at your CVS.
-It’s a tad bit pricey for a drugstore face cleanser.

 

Cost- $9.99
Where To Buy – CVS stores and CVS.com.
Do I recommend it? – Yep, I think it’s fantastic!

 

Have you tried any of the Nuance skincare products yet? Oh! And if you haven’t checked out the cleansing wipes, ooooohmiiiigoodness, you better get on it. Stat!

Put Some Shimmer In Your Life With Oro Gold Cosmetics

Oro Gold Cosmetics

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I remember going through this insane “gold everything” phase in middle school. I had everything from gold necklaces to gold bracelets, rings and earrings. And the worst part is, I would wear them altogether. Just about everyday. Crazy, uh? I’m not as in love with gold as I used to be (I love white and rose gold though) but I am all over the brand Oro Gold Cosmetics.

You have heard about Oro Gold, haven’t you? Technically the name of the brand is “Gold Gold” because “Oro” is the Spanish word for gold. Ha! And the crazy thing is, there is actually GOLD particles in these products. Yeah, I know…who knew gold was actually good for skin? Oro Gold Cosmetics has cosmetics for everyday use as well as skincare products that promise to transform your skin after multiple uses. I have yet to try anything from them, but I’ve got my eyes on quite a few of their products. The good thing about their products is that they are so specialized. Like, where else do you find a brand that has products JUST for neck care?

I’m not sure but I’m pretty sure when aging first starts to show its signs, one of the first places it hits is the neck. I think I’m saved by genetics because neither my grandmothers nor mother have sagging neck areas. But, just to be safe I’d love to dabble in Oro Gold’s 24K Neck Lift Cream. This baby promises to lift and adds a ton of moisture to the skin. I’m guilty of not really paying attention to the neck area and it’s high time that I start preventive care in that department.

Then there’s the Oro Gold Cosmetics 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. I mean, who wouldn’t want to use a cleanser that has Vitamin C and 24K gold in it? The foaming action is supposed to be great for not only cleansing the skin but for removing makeup as well. Um, yeah…that’s definitely up my alley!

Wanna feel super fancy? I do! Oro Gold Cosmetics 24K Collagen & Caviar Mask looks spectacular! This product contains 4 super products: 24 Karat Gold, Caviar, Collagen and Aloe. I can’t pretend that I knew caviar has been used in skincare products but hey, I’m all for putting some on my skin if it promises to hydrate beyond belief and keep those wrinkles at bay. The things we do for great skin, huh? A tub of this is pretty pricey but directions only tell you to use it once a week. That seems reasonable enough for me!

Orogold Cosmetics

So yes, I’m all for taking care of the face but what about the body? I am huge about taking care of the skin all over. I couldn’t ignore my skin if I wanted to, as it is super sensitive. I so need that Golden Body Butter in my life. I’m a fan of all body butters but I tend to adore ones that are shea butter dumped in them. Shea butter is a stable in my life so it only makes sense that I obsess over skincare products that have shea butter in them.

Have you ever tried anything from Oro Gold Cosmetics? Be sure to follow Oro Gold Cosmetics on Twitter!

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.