SheaBassador | The Final Box and Gifts

Hello Passionista!

Well, the time has come… the end of the SheaBassador program. I received my last box right before christmas. I’m so grateful I had this opportunity and hope for more great brand ambassador programs with Shea Moisture and other brands this year.

Because this was the last package of the year, they actually sent me 2 boxes. One was this month’s featured products and the other was a gift of random product received in previous packages. So I had the chance to stock up on some of my favorites.

Today, I decided I wanted to pamper myself and have a self care day. This is the first time this year (2020) I have actually did any self care activities. Just my luck, I have some new favorite skincare products this month’s Shea Moisture box to enjoy during my self care day.

What’s in the Box?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Leave- In Conditioner

This is not my favorite leave in conditioner. But I do like that the formula is not to thick and heavy on your hair. I can’t pin point exactly what I don’t like about this conditioner. I just know it make my hair feel a way that I don’t like after washing it out. It’s not a horrible leave in conditioner but just not the one for m

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Skin renewal Recipe Body Yogurt Moisturizer

This body yogurt smells so heavenly to me. I like using it after I shave and exfoliate my skin. I feel like it really helps renew my skin with hella moisture. The formula is thick but not hard to rub in. You don’t need a lot of the product, just apply a little to each part of your body and rub it swiftly. Also, I appreciate the form of packaging this product has, very accessible.

Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil & Witch Hazel Skin Rescue Moisturizer

This is the first product I have used with hemp seed oil in it. I love that the formula also contains witch hazel. It doesn’t really have a smell. I wish it had some type of scent to it. It feels very light on the skin and gives me a restored glow.

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Shimmering Body Lotion

I’m not a big fan of body lotion. I prefer body oils or body butters. But I can’t stay away from the 100% virgin coconut oil scent. This product line smells amazing to me. I think this is a summer time body product. But right now I have it sitting on my desk and I used it to moisture my hands after washing them. I love to just inhale the scent after applying this product cause it smells so good.

Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone free miracle Styler Leave in Treatment

I received this product 3 times now. The first one was a sample size, then I got a full sized one and now I have another one. Y’all know this is my favorite leave in treatment. I highly recommend this product.

Coconut & Hibiscus Illuminating Hand & Body Scrub

This is my first time using this body scrub… and baby !!!! it smells sooooo heavenly. I like to use a body scrub in the shower once a week to exfoliate my skin. Today was my first time using it and I scrubbed my body twice. The product not only smells good but it also feels really good on the skin.

Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

This is a great product. But it is hella greasy. Luckily it’s not heavy on the hair, but it’s super greasy. I think the coconut and hibiscus line of hair products are all greasy. And maybe my texture of hair doesn’t hold or need the amount of moisture it provides. I do like my curl results when I use this product, I just don’t like the greasy stains left on my head rest and pillows. LOL

These are some more products that I received in previous boxes:

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Shampoo

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Face Lotion

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Glow Priming Moisturizer

Coconut & Cactus Water Pick Me Up Lite Masque

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Fresh Bar Soap

Tell me, what’s your favorite Shea Moisture product?

Wine Me Down | Winc

Happy 2020, Passionista!

I don’t know about y’all but I’m finding it hard to get back into my daily routine after this holiday season. I don’t know what it is but by 3pm everyday I am fighting to stay awake. It’s like my energy is just completely drained mid-afternoon. So around 5 or 6pm I’m ready to wine down and call it a night. My new subscription wine box has come in handy with helping me wine down from a long exhausting day of adulting.

Winc is a wine delivery service that allows you to select 4 of your favorite types of wine and ships it to you for only $39 + complimentary shipping.

How it works?

Visit Winc.com to take the palette profile 6 question quiz. You will be given recommendations specifically to match your palette. Then, you are able to shop and select 4 bottles of wine to be shipped to you with complimentary shipping.

My 1st box shipped directly to my front door within a week of ordering. I love a Red Blend just as much as I love a Rose. Which is why I selected a red blend, a white blend, a Rose, and a Chardonnay to have a variety to fit any mood I may be in each day.

2018 Pacificana Chardonnay

2018 Passarola White Blend

2017 Rosa Obscura Red Blend

2018 Pretty Young Thing Rose

The best snack combination is red wine and kettle popcorn. If you’re a spicy girl like myself add hot cheetos in with you popcorn. Thank me later!

Tell me, What’s your favorite type of wine?

Blogmas Day 18 | My Clean Beauty Skincare Routine

Hello Passionista-

I was recently selected by Influenster to receive a Vox Box from the Biossance Clean Academy to kick start a new routine with these clean and sustainable goodies. Now that I have developed my clean routine I’m ready to share it with you.

First a little about Biossance.

Biossance developed a patented technology that allows them to create a accessible cure for malaria. This innovative biotechnology makes it possible for them to impact the world with clean beauty options. Using the rich history of science and sustainability, Biossance is able to create skincare that is effective and safe without harming the environment or animals. The company strives to make clean beauty the new standard.

I am a huge supporter of plant based consumer goods with non toxic or harmful chemicals and added ingredients. I’m elated to be able to share with you my new clean beauty skincare routine that has kept my skin feeling and looking well polished and hydrated.

Watch how I used each product here.

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Mask

This gel to cream mask really transform your skin from look dull to radiant glow in 5 minutes. I like to use this mask in the morning time to start my day with a fresh clean face. 3 to 4 times a week I will apply the mask before getting in the shower then wash it away after my shower and follow up with the rose oil. The best fresh face you can curate at home.

Squalene + Peptide Eye Gel

I’m not a big fan of eye gels and never really used them before. But I’ve learned that you should take preventative measure to control puffy eyes and sagging before it actually starts. So I use this eye gel twice a week for my under eye area. Lord knows I don’t want all of my late nights and early mornings to catch up with me in the form of permanent sagging eye bags in the future.

Squalane +Omega Repair Cream

This whipped moisturizer really soothes the skin and leaves your face looking all dewy and fresh. It’s hard to accomplish a dewy look with a fresh face and no make up. So I love using this product before bed after I’ve cleaned and toned my face but also throughout the day as needed.

Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

I love a good oil product for my face and body. This rose oil is meant to brighten and hydrate the skin for that natural glowing look. Not only does it hydrate the skin but it protects the skin from moisture loss. And a little bit goes a long way. I used this product at night before bed and in the morning before starting my day. It truly lasts all day and night. It give you that picture perfect rose glow.

Rose Vegan Lip Balm

This vegan lip balm packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Y’all know I am big fan of anything with hyaluronic acid in it. That means that the product is water based and works to give your skin the overload of hydration it needs. I apply the lip balm before bed so I don’t wake up with crusty lips, but I also use it throughout the day when I’m not wearing lipstick.

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary in exchange for my honest review.

Tell me, what clean beauty products are you using?

Blogmas Day 17 | My Holy Grail Feminine Products

Hello Passionista !

Ladies it’s time we talk about our periods…

So (any) guys reading this, you can stop right here and come back tomorrow. lol

For years we have been focused to purchase hygiene products that are made up of harmful materials that should be used on our bodies. We finally have products on the market for our periods that are safe and made with our vagina’s in mind. Just last week I went into Target and was so proud to see that the organic section of tampons and pads are growing. It was like half of the aisle. I still have an issue with the fact that Target is about the only retail store that sells organic tampons and pads, but we are slowly getting there.

I want to share with you the organic hygiene products I use and my experience with them.

I’ve covered a review on the L. brand before… click here to read. I have been using these pads in tampons for about 2 years, since I stumbled upon them in target one day. and for a while they were the only organic brand on the shelf in stores. I’m proud to see that more organic brands are taking up space on the shelf with harmless feminine hygiene products for out vaginas.

I noticed a few new things about this brand when I was last in target. Not only do they have more shelf facings in store but they have expanded their product line. There is a new variety pack of tampons that offer light, regular, and super tampons. Which is great for a girl like me who has unpredictable cycles. Every brand offers regular and super tampons but I’ve never seen light ones. Of course I tried them last month and LOVED them. Same experience as the others, no leakage and fully protected. I would say the lights are great to use on that last day or when spotting. Also, I see that the brand has launch new packaging. I was already in love with the clear pale and sustainable resealable bag but now they offer a box for different variety packs.

The Honey Pot makes herbal- infused pads with wings. They are made by humans with vaginas for humans with vaginas. I started using them about a month ago and feel in love with them. I’m not a “pads” girl. I normally use tampons but its not good to sleep with tampons, so of course I wear pads to bed. When I first put on a Honey Pot pad the feeling was unexplainable. At first I didn’t like it. I am not used to any tingling feelings down there like that. But as did some research on the company and learned more about herbal infused pads I started to understand what was going on. The pesticide free cotton is infused with essential oils that creates a cooling effect that soothes your vagina and helps with cramps and discomfort. I don’t experience cramps much, they only come that first day while I’m trying to sleep of course. Normally, I would treat a cramp with a stick on heating pad while I sleep so that I can get some good rest. But when I wore these pads I didn’t have to use my heating pad. After I got used to the cooling feeling down there I noticed I didn’t cramp at all. These pads are made up of lavender, rose, aloe vera, and mint to soothe, refresh, and reduce irriration.

I also started using the Normal Wash by The Honey Pot. This foam wash is great for washing away odor-causing bacteria and balancing your pH for long-lasting freshness and protection. We all know how important it is to maintain a normal pH balance. This formula is 100% natural and made with herbal ingredients made just for your vagina. The foaming wash is made up of coconut oil, lavender, grapefruit seed extract, apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver. And made without artificial fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. The OBGYN tells us that we should not wash with our vaginas with soaps and cleansers with fragrance, yet just about every body wash and soap has some type of scent. I use the Aveeno body wash that is fragrance free, but its not sold in all stores for some reason. I still use my regular body wash to cleanse the rest of my body. But I now use the foaming wash to cleanse my vagina. I recommend this wash to any women who doesn’t typically experience irritation or dryness and can use new products without any inflammation or sensitivity.

Goodwives are cool, convenient, and eco-friendly disposable wipes perfect for on the go use during that time on the month and others. I have been using them for a few months now. They are really good for clean up and refreshing through out the day when are on or off of your cycle. Not only do they offer feminine hygiene wipes but they offer personal care body wipes as well.

Rael Organics makes period and skincare products that are better for you and the environment. This month was my first time discovering this brand (in target) so I decided to try their panty liners. They are so small and compact yet thick enough to absorb a lot. I gave away all my always liners so I could start using and continue to use these.

Tell me, What feminine hygiene brands are you using?

Blogmas Day 15 |Beauty Products I’ll be leaving in 2019

Hello Passionista-

It is no secret that I am a product junkie. Most of you come here just to see what products I am using on my face and hair, or to read my reviews before purchasing a product. First things first, thank you for using me as your beauty resource. But, today I want to keep it real about a few products that just haven’t been working for me.

Often times I buy products to try based off go industry trends and not so much of a personal need or desire. And I always get samples and products from brands to try and review. Not everything makes it to the blog but I try my best to give my honest opinion and review to most of all the products I try. One of my goals next year is to do more social media post of product reviews and leave blog post for most creative content. So Stay Tuned, Girl!

As I was doing some end of year cleaning, I created a basket of products that I need to just let go of. Not because they didn’t work or wasn’t good for me but for various reasons. As a influencer I try so many products and not all of them can be apart of my everyday/ weekly line up. So some of them I really do only try once or for a week or 2 to give a review and then they get pushed in a closet somewhere, lol.

Body Products

Face Products

I thought about doing a giveaway, but then I thought it would be weird to send a stranger product that I have already opened and used. But don’t worry, I’m not throwing these products away. I actually send out a text to my family and friends letting them know what I’m getting rid of and let them come shop for things they may want to try.

One day, a brand is going to add me to their PR list and I’m going to get sooooo much product that I’ll have enough to do a giveaway (of unopened product) for y’all. GOALSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

Blogmas Day 7 | Product Empties & Shopping 4 Hair Products Online

Hello Passionista!

I’m back with another basket of empty products I have been collecting to share with you the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let’s start with…

The Shea Moisture sugarcane extract & meadowfoam seed silicone free miracle masque has been a game changer for me. I received this product in a SheaBassador box and before using this product I didn’t use a masque after every wash. Since using this product I see the difference in using a masque or deep conditioner vs when just conditioning the hair and using a leave in conditioner. My hair is a lot softer and not as tangled after the final rinsing. This is a product for all types of hair. If you’re looking for a hair masque to give your softer hydrated curls, I recommend you type this product.

Now, I’ve been using rice water for a year and never seen a product on shelf with rice water. The Shea Moisture purple rice water strength + color care conditioner (which I received in a SheaBassador Box) is the first hair product I’ve seen marketing on self with rice water as a ingredient. I don’t have any color in my hair, but I like how the conditioner nourishes hair with the ability to protect even colored hair. If you are a natural girl with color in your hair, I highly recommend you try this conditioner with the shampoo to nourish and balance your hair.

Not only does Camille Rose have great hair products, they have amazing skin and body care products. I used the Camille Rose Orange Honey Bath Elixir during my self care bubble bath sessions. It foams up really easy and creates the perfect bubble bath experience for a long hot self care night or it can set the mood for a night romantic shared bath.

I’m not big on taking vitamins, I honestly need to better with taking vitamins. So when I had the opportunity to try the Camille Rose Super Foods vitamins, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get me started on a daily vitamin. One thing I wanted to achieve with the Super Food vitamin is stronger nails and of course thicker, longer hair. I can honestly share that I saw results with stronger nails (fingernails and toenails). I have a history of having my nails break really easy. Taking 2 pills a day really helped my nails grow out naturally longer than they have ever been before without acrylic. I plan to continue to take the Super Food vitamins.

I’m not a Clinique customers. I see a lot of YouTuber using Clinique products but I never had a need for any of their skincare products. Someone gifted me a perfume samples that included the Clinique Happy scent. I must admit I like the scent. It’s not something I would pick for myself on my own but now that I’ve tried it, it’s a scent I would love to have in my collection. To me it smells slightly sweet but very mature.

Village Naturals Therapy Aches + Pains Cold & Allergy Relief Mineral Bath Soak-Everytime I take a bath I use epsom salt. It helps keep the water hot longer and it soothing to the body’s natural aches and pains.

I normally don’t use gels on my hair because I alway experience flaking. But the Chasing Curlz Instacurls Defining Gelle worked really well with my hair. I used in it combination with a curl cream to do twist outs. The belle gave my curls a nice hold that help my twist outs last a day or two longer than normal. I would love to re-purchase this product but its a online only product and I’m not eagered to purchase one hair product online that I could buy in store.

The Emilia Pro- Therapy Keratin Hair Mask is another great product that works really well for my hair but can only be purchased online.

There are a lot of things that I will order online to be delivered to my front door. Hair products are just not one of those products yet. I would rather go in store to purchase my hair products so that I can use it right then. I miss the hype of some products cause I’m just not shopping online for hair products. TELL ME, do you shop online for hair products?

SheaBassador | Clarify & Hydrate Box

Hello Passionista!

Shea Moisture has out done themselves with the latest box sent to me. I was so excited to receive a box of all skincare products. I’ve switched out the products I use for everyday skincare routine to incorporate some of these products and my skin feels and looks better than ever.

Here a glance at what was in this months box, just incase you missed my unboxing video on IGTV.

The african black soap skin care collection includes the following key ingredients:

African Black Soap that clarifies oily, blemish prone skin.

Bamboo Charcoal that absorbs oil and impurities to help detoxify skin.

Aloe that soothes and nourishes skin.

African Black Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar

I’m not a big fan of african black soap by share moisture because its not authentic african black soap. So I have not used this product on my face or body. But I do use it help wash my make up brushes and skincare tools. The bamboo charcoal ingredient is meant to detoxify the skin. So, I figured if it detoxifies skin then it can detoxify my brushes.

African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wash & Scrub

I have incorporated this product into my Sunday self care routine and part of my weekly routine. It is gentle and soft enough on the skin that I don’t think it would cause any micro tears. The only thing I don’t like about the product is it burning my eyes. lol! I was having too much fun scrubbing my face and got too close to my eyes. When I went to wash try face my eyes were on fire.

African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Foaming Facial Wash

I love that this product is sulfate free. It makes it so that my skin is not dry feeling after finishing. I have alternated my micellar gel cleanser for this product as a daily cleanser in the shower. It has a wonderful minty smell and tingling feeling that lets me know it working.

The 100% Virgin Coconut Oil skin care collection includes the following key ingredients:

Organic Raw Shea Butter that deeply moisturizes with vitamins and essential fatty acids.

Coconut Oil/ Coconut Milk Blend with conditioning properties to help smooth and soften skin.

Acacia Senegal that seals in moisture.

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Face Lotion

I have never used a face lotion before and don’t think this is a product I would purchase on own. But I have being enjoying it. Now that the cold weather is starting to kick in this face lotion is great for a morning refresh. I have a daily mositurizer that I use daily. But for the past 2 weeks I have used this face lotion as a morning refresher. I like that it doesn’t make my skin hot and sweaty as I get ready for my day.

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Overnight Face Oil

Now, I am in love with this product. I have exchanged my old product for this one for daily nightly use. It really helps restore my skin overnight so I don’t wake up looking and feeling crusty. I love that oil is light weight with no smell. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all and hydrates my skin well.

100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Glow Priming Moisturizer

This moisturizer is bomb. Before receiving this product I was using the Glow Getter Moisturizer. But since receiving this priming moisturizer I have enjoyed the healthy looking glow it gives my skin.

Special shouts outs to my bestie for having a self care night with me and trying these products with me.

Natural Hair Twist Out Using Taliah Waajid Natural Hair Products

Hello Passionista!

I’ve been treating my hair to a new product line and I love the results. So far I have used Taliah Maajid’s Green Apple and Aloe line to style my hair in two different ways. Taliah Waajid products has my twist outs looking so juicy and hydrated. Surprisingly, flat twists styles never turn out right on me, but I tried it using this brand and loved the 1st time results.

I purchased their product during the Curls, Kinks & Culture Fest in Atlanta, GA. This a brand has been around for a minute but I’ve never tried their products. I was chatting with one of their brand ambassador about never trying the product before and she did a demo on a section of my hair using one of the curls cremes from the latest product line. I liked the feel and smell of the product so I decided to purchase 3 of the products from the line to take home and try them out on different styles. Best of all, they were having a Festival promotion – 3 for $25. You can’t beat a deal like that for natural hair products. Here is what I purchased:

Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Nutrition Leave- In Conditioner

Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Apple Seed Oil

Green Apple and Aloe with Coconut Nutrition Curl Definer

To shampoo and condition my hair I used some Shea Moisture products, as well as a Lotta Body Hair Mask. Then, I used the Taliah Waajid Green Apple and Aloe products to style my hair.

I can’t express enough how much I enjoy the scent of this line. It smells so blissful like fresh green apples. I appreciate the packaging of the leave-in conditioner. The bottle sprayer has a lock feature that prevents leakage, which is great for travel. The sprayer also give you a wide range of product to help spray the product directly and even throughout your hair. Most sprayer give you a stingy mist of product that hits one spot of your hair at a time. I end up having to spray the product into my hands and rub into my hair in sections. But with this sprayer I am able to spray the product directly onto my hair and the products is distributed to a good range of hair per spray. To some people this is not a big issue, but for me this factor is major. The leave- in conditioner has a nice consistency that moisturizes, revitalizes and soften your curls. Using this product made it eacy to detangle my curl and prepare for twisting.

I used just a small amount of the curl definer to twist my hair into small sections. The creme feels really thick and heavy, but is actually lightweight on your curls if you use just the right amount. I can be a little heavy with product, especially curl creams. But you honestly only need one finger rub per section to style your hair.

Since I don’t apply heat to my hair, I allowed by twist out to completely dry over night. Before untwisting my hair I used the apple seed oil to moisturize my scalp. My hair feels stronger, my curls are more defined and my twist out has lots of volume.

Style 1- Individual Twist

Style 2- Flat Twist

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Skincare | Olay Product Review

Hello Passionista

So, I am really late with putting this review out but better late than never. Last month, I received a VoxBox from Influenster to try and review some Olay products. I’ve been moving at such a fast pace these last couple of weeks it slipped my mind to create content for this Influenster campaign.

OLAY Pressed Serum Stick

I have never used a serum stick before. Honestly, I’ve never even seen a product like this on shelf but I guess it’s a new skincare innovation. It is a great idea for convenience with your skincare routine. The packaging is sleek and nicely designed. I found it to be great for travel. I recently went on vacation and was able to pack this in my carry on with no issues. I was worried it would melt in hot temperatures, but it remained as is through travel.

I’ve added this product to my night time skincare routine. I don’t use it every night, but I do make use of it most nights. After washing my face and patting it dry with a towel, I rub the stick all over my face. I use my fingers to really press the product into my skin. The product directions suggest that this product can be used in the morning and at night. My morning skincare routine is near perfect and I’m not ready to change it. So, I will continue to stick with using the serum stick at night. If you are looking for a product to give you refreshed and hydrated skin daily, this is a product I would recommend you try. It’s packed with Vitamin B3 + Sake Kasu. The Vitamin B3 will help your skin retain moisture to keep your skin hydrated. Sake Kasu is known for amino acids and antioxidants.

OLAY Retinol 24 Night Serum Fragrance – Free

I used the OLAY Daily face oil in the morning to moisturize my face. I’ve been using the face oil for a few months and it has become like the most important part of my morning skincare routine. I was elated to receive the OLAY Retinol 24 Night Serum to add to my nightly routine. I use it after applying the pressed stick to my face, before I press the product into my face with my fingers. This is a water based serum so I know it is really giving my skin the hydration it needs while I sleep. The greatest benefit of this product is waking up with flawless skin everyday. I don’t have any fines lines and wrinkles (Thank God) but this product helps reduce and improve the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines and firms skin without any irritation.

Have you tried these products before? What’s been your experience? 

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SheaBassador | Manuka Honey & Yogurt Glow Getter Collection

Hello Passionista

Shea Moisture has sent me yet another amazing ambassador box. This manuka honey and yogurt glow getter collection feeds your skin with goodness. 

Key Ingredients 

Manuka Honey helps restore antioxidants and nutrient-rich hydration to skin. 

Yogurt Extract contains Lactic Acid to encourage cell turnover and renewal for an enhanced glow. 

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant known to help boost radiance, improve texture and invigorate skin.

My 1st Impression & Review

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Glow Getter Nourishing Cleanser with Vitamin C

This cleanser is thick yet nourishing to the skin. I use it once a week, massaging it in a circular motion into my skin (face and neck). I love the soft feeling of rubbing the cream against my skin. It actually lathers when you add a little bit of water to really get a deep clean.  

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Glow Getter Honey Mask with Vitamin C 

I love how light and fluffy this face mask is. I love the glow that this mask give my face during and after use. Directions say to keep it on face 10 minutes, but I let it stay on longer. I use a warm face cloth to wipe the mask off my face and apply the pressed serum. 

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Glow Getter Pressed Serum Moisturizer with Vitamin C

The Glow Getter collection is the perfect 3 step process for flawless skin. I use this pressed serum daily to moisturize my skin for a golden glow. I recently went to the beach and used this serum several times a day to keep my skin from feeling dry and brittle. 

These products can be purchased at Target.

Don’t forget to skincare with friends…