Father’s Day Gift Guide: Black-Owned Grooming Brands for Men

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Black-Owned Grooming Brands for Men

Father’s Day is just a few days away and there’s still time to pull off that perfectly thought out gift idea.

The men in our lives need some self-care moments just like we do, especially with all that we’ve been going through in 2020. So, as you think about that last-minute Father’s Day gift, here are eight Black-owned brands you can shop to elevate his grooming experience.

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Black Owned Skincare Brands With Products For Sensitive Skin & Eczema

Black Owned Skincare Brands With Products For Sensitive Skin & Eczema

As people across the country advocate for racial justice, there are numerous ways you can take action. Apart from donating to organizations, we can also show our support by highlighting and putting money into black-owned businesses, especially smaller black-owned companies since Covid-19 has threatened to close many.

So, today, I’m highlighting a few small, black-owned skincare brands that sell products that have either worked for my sensitive, eczema-prone skin or piqued my interest based on their ingredient list and the positive feedback from other skincare bloggers I trust.

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My Drunk Elephant Review & My Favorites From The Brand

My Drunk Elephant Review & My Favorites From The Brand

Drunk Elephant is one of the most popular skincare brands on the market, and it’s one of my favorite skincare brands. The brand has beautiful aesthetics, and the idea of a results-driven line without fragrance or alcohol is always intriguing, especially with my sensitive skin.

My love-affair for Drunk Elephant began in 2016 and continues today. Read more as I break down my thoughts on the Drunk Elephant line and my top five favorites from the brand.

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Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Vitamin C Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant F-Balm™ Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask
Drunk Elephant Slaai™ Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant F-Balm
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos
Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
#beautyonabudget: You Can Create A Budget-Friendly Skincare Routine

#beautyonabudget: You Can Create A Budget-Friendly Skincare Routine

We can all have a good skincare routine without breaking the bank!
To see my budget-friendly skincare routine, keep reading!

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HOLIFROG SUPERIOR OMEGA NUTRITIVE GEL WASH
Neogen White Truffle Knit Sheet Mask
Peach & Lily 3-Piece Sheet Mask Set
Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm
Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm
Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water
Bioderma Sensibio Eye Cream
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Eye Cream
Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster
Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
Amorepacific Vintage Essence
Institut Esthederm No Sum Sunscreen
Institut Esthederm Hydrating Spray
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream
Drunk Elephant F-Balm
Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos
Trilogy Rosehip Oil
Good Molecules Rosehip Oil
Good Molecules Squalane Oil
Jordan Samuel Skin Hydrate Mist
African Botanics Resurrection Eye Cream
African Botanics Fleur De Rose Cream Cleanser
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Foam Cleanser
D’Alba Waterfall Sunscreen
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum
Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer
Good Science Beauty Hydrating Cream
Good Molecules Hydrating Serum
Jordan Samuel Skin The Matinee Gel Cleanser
Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil
AbsoluteJOI– Bundle of Joi Ultimate Cleansing Kit
Bioeffect Imprinting Hydrogel Masks
Bioeffect EGF Essence
OSA Water Mist
Bioeffect Eye Serum
Bioeffect EGF Serum
YOU Skincare Moisture Replenishing Essence
YOU Skincare Essential Hydration Serum
Clean Skin Club – Swabs
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin(TM) Sheet Mask
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin(TM) Cream
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin(TM) Liquid
Biologique Recherche P50V 1970
Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum
Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil
N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Sheet Mask
Clean Skin Club – Clean Wipes
Jordan Samuel Skin The Performance Cream
Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
Caudalie Grape Water
Paula’s Choice RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50
Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
Clean Skin Club – Clean Towels
Managing My Sanity During Self Isolation

Managing My Sanity During Self Isolation

After spending over four weeks in my apartment, here’s how I’m passing the time while social distancing and self-isolating. From songs to movies to books and self-care, I got you covered. I’m even including websites that have been getting all my money, thanks to their fabulous sales. Read more to find out the things getting me through.

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Pamper Yourself With The Perfect At-Home Facial

Pamper Yourself With The Perfect At-Home Facial

With #quarantineandchill as the new catchphrase for the foreseeable future, here’s your step-by-step guide to the perfect at-home facial when you can’t visit an esthetician.

So, if you’re looking to pamper yourself with a facial at home but aren’t sure where to start, keep reading.

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My Honest Necessaire Review: Is it really worth the hype?

My Honest Necessaire Review: Is it really worth the hype?

Whether you’ve seen Necessaire’s products in your social media feed or they’re currently on your nightstand, you can’t help but be drawn to their luxurious yet minimalistic packaging. And the idea of skin-care-level ingredients without alcohol, silicone, and fragrance-free options is highly alluring to me.

Do you want to learn more about the Necessaire body care line? Check out my thoughts here.

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Necessaire The Body Ritual
Necessaire – The Sex Gel – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Exfoliator – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Lotion – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Wash – Fragrance Free
Necessaire The Body Ritual
Necessaire – The Sex Gel – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Exfoliator – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Lotion – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Wash – Fragrance Free
Necessaire The Body Ritual
Necessaire – The Sex Gel – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Exfoliator – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Lotion – Fragrance Free
Necessaire – The Body Wash – Fragrance Free
#OlayBodyLabs Event: NEW Launch & Live Podcast Taping with Keke Palmer
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#OlayBodyLabs Event: NEW Launch & Live Podcast Taping with Keke Palmer

Earlier this week, I attended the Olay Body Labs event to learn more about their new premium body collection.

It was an evening of hydrating elixirs, science demos and a live podcast taping with Olay Body partner, Keke Palmer.

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How To Build A Skincare Routine

How To Build A Skincare Routine

For the skincare enthusiast like myself, building an extensive, multi-faceted routine can sound like a relaxing experience. But, for the skincare novices out there, the idea of a three-step routine can seem intimidating and overwhelming.

Want to build a skincare routine but don’t know where to start? Keep reading.

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My 2019 “Best In Beauty” List

My 2019 “Best In Beauty” List

With new cleansers, creams, masks, and moisturizers coming out daily, the competition is fierce. And as you know, skincare results aren’t instantaneous. It can take weeks and even months to decipher whether a moisturizer is actually strengthening your skin barrier. Or whether that vitamin C serum really does diminish dark spots.

So, in the spirit of year-end roundups, here are my favorite beauty products of 2019 that I have reached for consistently.

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Bioeffect’s Innovative Skincare – Part 1

Bioeffect’s Innovative Skincare – Part 1

Back in June, I had the pleasure of attending Bioeffect’s Summer Skincare Soiree. During this beautiful rooftop cocktail event, I was introduced to Bioeffect’s EGF Serum and eye patches.

This past October, I attended their holiday preview event. And I was thrilled to meet the co-founder, learn more about their product line and hear about the brand’s plans for 2020.

Bioeffect was founded by three Icelandic scientists who discovered a means of bioengineering a replica of human Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF) from barley.

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2019 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales Worth Shopping

2019 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales Worth Shopping

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s my round-up of skincare & beauty deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year! Be sure to check back as this post may be updated with new deals.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

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New Brand Alert: All About Cleen Beauty

New Brand Alert: All About Cleen Beauty

Earlier this week, I attended Cleen Beauty’s launch event to learn more about the brand and meet the team.

They recently launched in Walmart, and I couldn’t wait to hear more about the line and ask questions.

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Skincare Swaps for Winter Weather

Skincare Swaps for Winter Weather

Winter weather can take a toll on our skin. The weather change and dry indoor temperatures from heaters can zap our skin’s moisture.

Here are 3 adjustments to make to your skincare regimen to help guard your skin against winter weather.

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Surviving My Flight to Italy Using Skincare

Surviving My Flight to Italy Using Skincare

Ok, so please tell me I’m not the only one who dries up like a prune on flights. My throat is generally dry, so are my hands, and always my face.

That’s why I’ve put my pride aside and now take the necessary steps to ensure maximum hydration, moisture, and barrier protection while I’m flying high.

Let me start this with a disclaimer and say that this routine requires commitment, effort, and NO SHAME.

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An Interview with Ashley White

An Interview with Ashley White

For my first post in the Beauty Secrets series, I talked to skincare expert and beauty influencer, Ashley White.

Ashley, known as @skinclasshero on social media, is a Chicago-based esthetician. I met Ashley on Instagram in 2018 and have had the pleasure of hanging out with her a few times in New York this summer. I personally love how much she educates us on skincare and beauty…all while cracking us up! If you follow her on social media or have been lucky enough to have a conversation with her, then Ashley’s funny memes and straightforward answers won’t surprise you.

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My First Express Facial with Kimberly Broomes

My First Express Facial with Kimberly Broomes

A few weeks ago, I was offered the opportunity to receive an Express Facial from NYC-based licensed esthetician, Kimberly Broomes. Check out the details of my experience here.

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GIVEAWAY – My Current Favorites from Paula’s Choice!

GIVEAWAY – My Current Favorites from Paula’s Choice!

As you know, I have been loving the Paula’s Choice line. This Seattle-based skin-care brand is known for never using fragrances, dyes, or other ingredients that are known for causing irritation in its formulations. Their products have been amazing for my skin and have replaced some of my OG must-haves.

So, I’m excited to partner with Paula’s Choice and host a giveaway with my current favorites from their line! Literally, I’m giving EVERYTHING in this photo away! That’s almost $250 worth of skincare products!

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