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Empties September- December 2020
These are some of my empties from the last few months. Here’s my quick review of them and whether I plan to repurchase: Neutrogena - Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel Moisturizer My go-to moisturizer during the summer and got me through til September. I did a longer review of this on my page if you would like to read. Would I repurchase: Yes; and I plan to when it warms up again! FIRST AID BEAUTY - 5 in 1 Eye Cream Also did a review of this. It was hard to say if it did much, and therefore I don’t have much to speak of. Would I repurchase: No; there’s other eye creams on the market I prefer with a similar price, if not cheaper. Briogeo - Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Scalp Scrub Shampoo A cult favorite scalp scrub, and I see what the hype was as it definitely cleaned my scalp as a weekly refresher. I bought the 1oz size for $11 and was able to get about a month and a half worth of use from it (using it once a week). Would I repurchase: Probably not; the full size version is $42 and there are much more affordable scalp scrubs and clarifying products that give you similar results. boscia - Cactus Water Moisturizer I bought this to replace my hydroboost moistuizer as the seasons changed. I also did a longer review of this in comparison with Neutrogena as they’re both gel moisturizers. Would I repurchase: No; I wasn’t a fan of the tackiness and it didn’t seem worth the price point. fresh - Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer Fresh is one of those brands that is definitely pricey, but it shows in the quality of their products. You’re paying for a more luxurious feeling, and this moisturizer worked really well with both my oily skin, and the cold weather. Would I repurchase: Yes, and I already did! I got the full size version in the holiday set they had with their rose toner (which I also love). Not Pictured: HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Facial Toner A solid, affordable toner. Check my page to read my full review of it. Would I repurchase: Yes; a great toner to have in my arsenal during the warmer months. Ayele&Co. - Sunflower sweets serum My go-to face oil (it’s called a serum but really it’s a face oil). I’ve been using this for years and it’s become a staple in my nighttime routine. This is compatible with oily, acne prone skin, and I truly think it’s helped my skin’s oil production level out. It helps seal in moisture overnight, and I think it’s given my skin a nice inner glow. Would I repurchase: Yes! Always! I cannot recommend this oil enough, especially if you have oily skin. Here’s to a new year and new beauty finds!
Sunflower Sweets Serum by Ayele&Co
Oily skin needs oil too!! Just the right kind of oil ;) The Ayele&Co. - Sunflower sweets serum is a beautiful example of what an oil for oily and acne-prone skin should look and feel like! This oil-based serum is targeted towards those with acne or acne-prone skin and hyperpigmentation. Ayele&Co, a black-owned brand, really nailed it with this one! According to their website, the key ingredients are: ￼￼￼Adansonia: contains vitamins A, D, E and F, which help to “rejuvenate damaged skin cells” and is rich in omega fatty acids, which we all know is vital to the health of our skin. ￼￼￼Jojoba: is extremely similar to the natural sebum we produce, which makes it a wonderful supplement and is less likely to clog the pores of acneic skin. ￼￼￼Vitamin E: a powerful antioxidant that “may be effective at reducing UV damage” and also prevents the oxidization of the oil. ￼￼￼Tea Tree: has anti-inflammatory and anti microbial properties, which have been shown to be effective at treating acne. Full Ingredients List: Tripeptide‑5 , Vitamin E Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Turmeric Oil Root, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange), Fetau Nyamplung Oil. **This product does include fragrance (orange oil), but the actual scent is not noticeable whatsoever! Overall, this oil has been an absolutely wonderful edition to my routine. Considering it includes jojoba and vitamin e, which tend to be a bit heavier, it’s one of the lightest oils I’ve used. I’ll even use a couple drops of this in the morning before sunscreen. It gives the most beautiful sheen that’s not too oily but makes you look like you’re glowing from within. I also truly think this has been an amazing supplement to my acne fighting routine; my skin hasn’t looked this healthy in awhile! Side note: if you’re sensitive at all to tea tree oil, I would still give this a try!! I couldn’t even smell a hint of fragrance or tea tree, which makes me assume there’s a pretty small amount. My skin is not irritated by this at all! They JUST restocked this bad boy, so if you’re interested, RUN. She sells out like crazy!!
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Black owned skincare brands to support!✊🏻✊🏿
This company Is Called BLK + GRN www.blkgrn.com That’s features All black Artisans and small companies that is Chosen by a all black team! And they have very High Standards for the type of skincare products that they sell which is A plus for me! You can also find a lot of products I Mention on their Website! :First Product: Hyper Skin/ ($36) hyper - Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum • This is A Vitamin C serum that Focuses on brightening, Hyper pigmentation and dark spots. It is Specifically Catered to Black people or People of color doesn’t mean you can’t use it if your not a person color! This can be used on anyone! And it’s a fragrance free Formula with a pretty good price point! Also if you don’t know, vitamin C can be really effective at getting rid of Hyper Pigmentation and dark spots within the skin. With Antioxidant benefits! I was very Surprised looking at this Formula. :Second Product: Chole + Chad ($28) chloe+chad - Unscented Face Seum This is fragrance free! And the ingredients are amazing the first ingredients are green tea oil, jojoba oil, and Argan oil! All really great ingredients that are hydrating and are going to restore the Moisture barrier of the skin while providing Antioxidants and Soothing protection. :Third Product: Inua ($28) inua - Organic Vitamin C Antioxidant Face Moisturizer This one was great because it was hard to find fragrance-free Moisturizers from black owned business. But this one has a great ingredient list with Aloe, Vitamin C, and Sunflower seed oil which is really good for hydrating and moisturizing the skin! As well as a bunch of berry extracts which give great Antioxidant protection! :Fourth Product: Hanahana ($15) hanahana beauty - Lemongrass Shea Body Butter Which features 100% Sustainably Sourced Shea butter and their actually very Vocal about how they paid 2x the rate of normal Shea butter to the Specific areas that source them. To make sure they are being fairly paid. They have Multiple Formulas that Have Essential oils but because it’s for the body and the skin is much more Resilient I don’t have a problem with it. :Fifth Product: Ayele And Co ($17) Ayele&Co. - Sunflower sweets serum This Product gives incredible results the before and after pictures feature when people use this product is insane! And well the Formula is really simple and it does have some fragrant Components. Honestly the before and after pictures are so remarkable that I honestly don’t care and I’m purchasing it anyways. As it’s a product that has a very good reputation. :Sixth Product: My Mary Louise ($24) Mary Louise COSMETICS - "Spill the Tea" Green Tea Facial Cleanser This one is a really good gentle cleanser Formulated with Green Tea, Glycerin, and white Willow bark extract which is going to be amazing for anyone who does have more oily or breakout prone skin.
Mary Louise COSMETICS-"Spill the Tea" Green Tea Facial Cleanser
These 2 wil have your Skin Flawless
As someone who is of a lighter skin complexion for an African-American, I have the unfortunate ability to scar and get blemishes easily. This is something that I have struggled with since forever. I like to think that my skin is a combination, however, it really is weird considering the oily spots are my nose, my eyelids, and under my eyes and not my forehead. The dry spots are my forehead, my chin, and around the corners of my mouth. Whether it is hyperpigmentation due to sun damage, to acne (as a teenager all over my forehead) or hormones due to Aunt Flo visiting every month, it is truly annoying but a common concern for everyone. Over the past years, I’ve had some really great products that helped but actually ended up counteracting with my other products so I have found that natural-based and homemade products are best. For the past 6 months, my holy grail hyperpigmentation products are African Black Soap (both homemade or store-bought) Loelle - African Black Soap and Loelle - African Black Soap and Ayele&Co. - Sunflower sweets serum - those 2 have helped my face tremendously. Loelle Organics, I was introduced to by a work colleague years ago who had attended a beauty event in Sweden and Ayele I found on Instagram after researching the hashtags #skincare and #blackownedbusiness. Both products I use interchangeably for cleaning the skin resulting in brightening dark spots and balancing out the oil on my face. For starters, I wash my face 2 times a day with one of the two black soaps - in the morning and in the evening before bed. This soap removes dirt and impurities on my skin from products that I had placed on my skin earlier in the day. Wetting my face with lukewarm water to open my pores is always the first step before cleansing with this soap. I then start to lather the black soap in my hands and then I start to rub it onto my face and neck. Using a small amount of pressure, I massage it onto the skin focusing on the entire face, avoiding the eyes, and cleansing it all the way down to the neck. Once I am done, I rinse with lukewarm water and apply serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen. As mentioned, I also use the Sunflowers Sweets Serum specifically for oil cleansing but only once a week. Oil cleansing has the ability to also balance out the oil, even out skin complexion, nourishes the skin all the while leaving it really smooth to the touch. The way I oil cleanse is actually in the shower. By oil cleansing, in the shower, you are really able to keep the pores open while getting the benefits of the oil. How I do this is simple. Turning on the shower to a hot temperature before getting in so the steam is as hot as possible. Once the skin is wet pour a nickel-size amount of the oil into the palms of your hand and then apply the face avoiding the eyes. Massage the oil onto the skin concentrating on the oily parts of the skin and the areas of hyperpigmentation. Do massage motions working your way from the inverted triangle of the face to the perimeter. Continue this for at least 1 minute and 20 seconds. Reduce the water temperature to lukewarm while rubbing. By doing this, the oil becomes emulsified and rinses down into the drain. Now your skin is soft, cleansed, and isn’t oily not one bit. If you are going to try these 2 products, I only have one. Avoid the eyes. Both of these products have the ability to lift hyperpigmentation therefore do not get them in your eyes. Not only do they clean the skin and balance oil but after using both for 3 weeks I saw how the hyperpigmentation started to diminish leaving my skin bright and radiant.
Loelle-African Black Soap
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