This post is sponsored by Pretty in my Pocket on behalf of Paula’s Choice. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
When it comes to skincare you generally, cleanse, tone, exfoliate, treat, moisturize, and protect. Some steps are every day while others are as needed, but they all work together to hopefully give you the results you want. This is what you get with Paula’s Choice.
Paula’s Choice takes the guesswork out figuring out your regimen because they’ve already put what works well together in a kit for your skintype. You can even get a a FREE personal skincare consultation by calling 1-800-831-4088. Non-irritating and fragrance free, Paula’s Choice keeps you on track because who wants to use something every day if hurts to use it? Continue reading A New Skincare Routine from @PaulasChoice and @Prettyinmypoc #ad→
You’ve begged. You’ve pleaded. You’ve dealt with everyone rolling their eyes, but you finally got it, a Sephora gift card. I know you heard the harps play and angels sing, but now the anxiety is setting in. You want to make this purchase count so what should you get? There are endless possibilities and perhaps some not-so endless funds so here are some suggestions in case you can’t ball out of control in Sephora after the holiday or anytime a gift card comes your way. Continue reading What Should You Buy With Your @Sephora Gift Card?→
When it comes to self-care it’s easy to default to beauty rituals and since this is a beauty blog it’s probably even easier. I want to put something else into the air about this though.
Beauty things kind of lift me up(surprise, surprise), but that’s not everyone. If that’s not you, have you investigated what helps you recharge your battery so you can keep doing what you need/want to do? What settles you? What helps you right the ship if you veer off course a bit?
If it’s a beauty thing, great, but if it’s not don’t feel wrong. What your spirit may be telling you is that getting your hair done is nice, but it’s not enough. So let me know what self-care looks like for you in the comments. Use the #burymemondays hashtag and tag me on Twitter and Instagram (@shantafabulous).
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.
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→
Luvvie Ajayi, digital strategist and humor blogger at Awesomely Luvvie sent out a series of tweets last night about black beauty bloggers being silent in light of recent events. The recent events I’m referring to are the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina and the series of black church burnings that have followed that terrible act. I’m going to paraphrase Ajayi as best I can.
My interpretation of the tweets is with great power comes great responsibility(shoutout to Uncle Ben). If black beauty bloggers have a platform then they should use that platform to speak up and not just because it personally affects them, but because their readers are affected too. Even if someone disagrees with this premise it’s not a terrible on its face and yet it doesn’t sit right with me.
What didn’t sit right with me was the vagueness of it. If you check Luvvie’s mentions many bloggers responded to her tweets in agreement so that obviously meant they weren’t being called to the carpet for their silence. But for those that didn’t respond, I’m left with this feeling of who is she talking about? I don’t like that feeling because it’s accusatory. I’m checking facebook fan pages and twitter timelines to see if this black beauty blogger or that black beauty blogger is acknowledging what’s been happening in recent weeks or if it’s business as usual. I’m judging myself because I’ve echoed this sentiment before and now I’m not sure where I stand on this.
I see multiple sides to the issue. The obvious one is responsibility as stated before. There’s the idea that silence is approval at worst and indifference at best. There’s the idea that just because I or you don’t see posts doesn’t mean it’s being ignored by individual bloggers. There’s the possibility that some don’t want to muddy the waters with their POV because they’re deferring to folks who know more or at least perceived that way. There’s also the idea that there are many ways to show support be it tweets, donations, or blog posts. How I like to do things may not be how you like to do it, you know?
Here’s the main thing for me. For the last few years when a racially charged issue has popped off the black beauty bloggers I follow are aware and speaking on it, so calling out black beauty bloggers as a whole for ignoring what’s happening is misleading. Black beauty bloggers are speaking up consistently, the question may be are folks paying attention to them. And if they’re not, why?
So I’m going to put it to you, beauty bloggers and readers alike. Is speaking up for/against an issue a requirement, consequences be damned? If your faves are being quiet on issues, like racism, are you giving them the sideeye? No matter where you stand and let me know what you think in the comments.
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→
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.