Category Archives: Skincare

TODAY! @Origins Launches Single Serve Mask Pods Exclusively at @Sephora

Today, Origins launches their fan-favorite masks in single serving pods exclusively at Sephora. They can be purchased for $4 individually or in a 6 pack sleeve for $24. I really like when brands make popular products in small sizes because they’re good for traveling and to try them out without the commitment. And with the holidays around the corner these little pods could be a cute gift for the skincare maven in your life.

Origins Launches Single Serve Mask Pods Available Exclusively at Sephora

I haven’t had the chance to try all these masks out, but I have tried the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and that mask is dope. Are any of these your faves? Will you be giving one try anytime soon?

These new pods are exclusive to Sephora.com and select Sephora locations nationwide beginning Friday, October 23

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Manage The Mess: @SimpleSkincare Micellar Water Makeup Removing Wipes

Simple Micellar Wipes

Simple Skincare makes my favorite makeup wipes. I eased up using them in exchange for another one of their products, Simple Micellar Water, but when I found out about the Micellar Wipes I knew I had to give them a shot. These are just as good.

These wipes removed my makeup and didn’t make my skin feel gross afterwards. There’s no strange smell and they get the job done. I follow them up with cleanser but I’m not above a lazy day. I just try not to have them too often.

As I said before I’ve exchanged wipes for other makeup removing products, but I still think these wipes have their place. I love to use them when I’m having a swatchfest or need to clean up a palette because of fallout. Make up is messy business so having a wipe on hand keeps things like brush handles from getting too gross or foundation pumps from getting too dirty.

Are wipes part of your cleansing routine?

Simple Skincare Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes ($5.97) are available in various drugstores.   

What’s Your Makeup Buying Excuse? #BuryMeMondays

What Is Your Makeup Buying Excuse BuryMeMondays

If you’re anything like me you probably buy makeup for no reason at times. Now of course you have a “reason” but you know and I know that it’s probably more of an excuse than satisfying a true need like replacing something. Nevertheless, I want to know your makeup buying excuse.

What do you tell yourself as you place the item in your cart and a little voice is saying “How many mascaras do you really need?” or “What about the last lipstick you bought?” Mine is below.

What's Your Makeup Buying Excuse BuryMeMondays

So how do you talk yourself into buying that lipstick or blush? Leave comment below.

Nail-Aid 3 Minute Pedi Peel

Nail-Aid’s 3-Minute Pedi Peel turned out to be something familiar and not what I expected all at the same time. Because “peel” and “no filing” were on the bottle I thought I was going to get something that would slough off dead skin, but instead I basically got a thick cream that tingled a little bit. Were my feet softer? Yes, but I have creams, butters, and lotions for that. It really disappointed me.

Nail Aid 3 Minute Pedi Peel Photo

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5 Reasons Your Skincare Isn’t Working

5 Reasons Your Skincare Isn't Working Titles

Lack of Consistency

Some products and regimens take weeks to work and the waiting game sucks. You may have to do it though. So using/doing it here or there when it says do it several times a week isn’t going to help you in the long run. On the flipside, don’t let this be a license to go extra hard. The key is being consistent, not overdoing it. Continue reading 5 Reasons Your Skincare Isn’t Working

@getjackblack Intense Therapy Lip Balm

Jack Black Lip Balm Black Tea and Blackberry

(Note: This is a repost from November 2014)  

I’m still under the weather but I just wanted to gush about this Black Tea & Blackberry Intense Therapy Lip Balm from Jack Black. It’s not cheap compared to other lip balms, but this one is worth it. One of the ways I know I’m feeling a product is when I’m using it unconsciously. I was reaching for this lip balm like I’ve been using it forever. I think it’s great. Continue reading @getjackblack Intense Therapy Lip Balm

You Need SPF. Everyday.

You Need SPF Everyday

So let’s dead this. You need sunscreen everyday. EVERYDAY. Indoors, outdoors, while working in an office, at a counter, handing out flyers, whatever. Put it on. Reapply as needed and be active in preventing skin cancer and excessive aging of your skin.

Now, maybe you’re wondering where this is coming from. Today, The Cut put out an interview with Salma Hayek about her new CVS beauty line, Nuance Salma Hayek.  In the article she talks about how she feels about beauty, her morning routine, and her products. All dope until she says “I am completely against SPF. Completely.” When probed why she goes on to say “90% of the time, you don’t need it because you are working in an office indoors.” We’re not going to get into the fact that many of us don’t work in an office or that statistics like that are generally made up. Perhaps she’s speaking solely about herself but even if she is this misleading information for the consumer. Continue reading You Need SPF. Everyday.

Quick Take: Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Control Moisturizer

A couple of weeks ago Aprill of Glitter Gloss Garbage tweeted some brown girl friendly sunscreen options. I was running low on my usual so I decided to give one of her rec’s, Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer, a shot.

Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer
Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30

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Don't Skip SPF: @Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil

What makes us not wear sunscreen? We forget. It may smell funny. Not to mention that if you have dark skin it can leave a white cast. So we tell ourselves it’s cloudy outside. We believe the temperature is an indication of the sunrays’ intensity. We say we’re covered up and not walking around outside all day so it’s okay. However, the truth is unless you’re in a windowless room 24 hours a day there’s a chance you’re getting sun exposure and need to be protected. That’s where SuperGoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil comes in. Continue reading Don't Skip SPF: @Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil