I can’t stress enough how important it is to exfoliate twice a week. I reviewed top-of-the-line exfoliators, and it’s safe to add Derma-E Microdermabrasion scrub to your “products to try” list. Some of you may be familiar with the benefits of exfoliation. If not, here it is; Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and promotes skin regeneration. Derma- E Microdermabrasion Scrub is unique because it buffs the skin and reduces the appearance of acne scars. This product comes in handy for those who struggle with oily skin, primarily through the warmer months when you are more than likely to experience breakouts. It’s amazing how this product includes prominent ingredients found in your kitchen cabinet, like dead sea salt to slough off dead skin cells and removes toxins from the skin, while the Grape Seed Oil kicks in to revive the skin’s complexion. After one night of using this product, I woke up the following day to smooth and silky skin. I gently apply the scrub in a circular motion to cleansed skin for one minute, then wash it off with lukewarm water, and apply Mad Hippies Vitamin A Serum to close my pores.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:
Kaolin- removes impurities from the skin and absorbs excess oil to help reduce breakouts.
Grape Seed Oil- nourishes the skin.
Sweet Almond Oil- Soothes and conditions the skin.
Jojoba Seed Oil- moisturizes the skin.
Dead Sea Salt – exfoliates and buffs away dead skin. Detoxes the skin leaving it feeling smooth and renewed.




I am a lazy girl when it comes to putting on makeup; it can be time-consuming. I feel like a good moisturizer is all I need to achieve a radiant look. Applying Willing Beauty’s Daydream Illuminating Day Moisturizer every morning gives my skin the necessary hydration it needs to provide me with a natural glow. This product has a unique HY+5 COMPLEX formula that defends the skin against environmental aggressors such as pollutions and harsh climates known to cause wrinkles and discoloration. Each morning, I gently apply a dime-size amount on my face and then go about my day. My skin looked and felt soft. A little moisturizer goes a long way, and when I decide to put on makeup, I will use this moisturizer as a primer.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:
Safflower Seed Oil- acts as a lubricant to gives the skin a smooth appearance.
Shea Butter- protects against skin dryness.
Vitamin C- helps to gently reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil- reduces skin inflammation as well as prevents skin damage and acne.
Apple Fruit Extract – protects the skin from free radicals and helps it maintain youthful elasticity.


J&L Natural Shine Face Mask

J&L Natural Shine Face Mask

What’s better than a good face mask? A great face mask with natural and vegan ingredients from J&L Naturals that works on oily and combination skin. Due to the dry climate, My skin has been dry and dull; and I needed a face mask that can restore moisture while maintaining the natural production of sebum on my skin. J&L Naturals Shine Face Mask has just four ingredients that are easy to pronounce, so I felt comfortable trying this product without skin irritation fears. After I cleanse my face, I used the wooden spoon found in the package to mix one scoop of face mask with one scoop of water and stirred until I got a clay consistency. I apply a nickel-size amount to my face for 20 minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate my skin. Once I washed the face mask off using warm water, my skin felt smooth. I woke up the following morning with clear and radiant skin. There’s enough in this container to make 150 masks.

Face Masks Ingredients:
Bentonite Clay – flushes out toxins and absorbs dirt and oil from your skin.
Kaolin Clay– prevents breakouts and helps to restore skin that frequent outbreaks of acne have damaged.
Beetroot powder– helps repair and prevents dry skin.
Orange Peel Powder– contains vitamin C, which helps to form collagen and makes skin youthful and bright.

J&L Natural Shine Face Masks Results


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Mad Hippie Advanced Skincare

Mad Hippie Advanced Skincare

Mad Hippie sent many products from their advanced skincare line to my 2nd Annual Galentines day Slumber party. I spent a month incorporating each product into my morning and night routine. And I must say that I am impressed with what each product had to offer in cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and regenerating my skin. I’ can’t wait to go to Mom’s Organic to make purchases; in the meantime, see my review on each product.

Cream Cleanser

This Cream Cleanser Cream was a winner for me! It gently washed away dirt and impurities from the day of environmental pollutants and stress without stripping my skin of its natural oil. I apply this cleanser before I go to bed each night.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Sesame Oil – helps protect skin cells from the damage caused by environmental factors, such as UV rays, pollution, and toxins.
Jojoba Oil It helps control sebum production, promotes collagen synthesis, and speeds up wound healing.
Organic Macadamia Oil – restores the skin’s barrier function, prevents water loss and the infiltration of toxins, and environmental skin damage.
Algae Extract– is excellent for hydrating, revitalizing, and toning the skin.
Orchid Extract- moisture skin, boosts the skin’s immunity, reduces fine lines, and soothes the skin.

Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil is my go-to for removing my makeup for the day. I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup, but when I do, I require a light cleanser that will dissolve makeup from my skin while cleansing and hydrating my skin. Before I go to bed, I apply a dime-size amount on my palm and massage it into my skin and wash it off with warm water.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Squalane– penetrate pores, and improve the skin at the cellular level.
Rose Fruit Oil reduce dullness and leave you with glowing and vibrant skin.
Ginger Root Extract– naturally tones the skin and helps reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and acne-prone skin.
Pumpkin seed oil naturally soothe and replenishes the skin.
Oat Kennel Oil– protects the skin from damage caused by UV rays, soothes skin

Microdermabrasion Facial

This sample was a facial in a packet! This product gently exfoliated my skin and sloughs off any dead skin to renew my skin cells. After cleansing my skin, I apply the microdermabrasion to damp skin in a buffing motion for three minutes twice a week and use a moisturizer afterward.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Bamboo– gives your skin a radiant glow.
Pumice (Volcanic Ash)– works to cleanse and purify the skin by killing bacteria and removing dead skin.
Fruit Acid Complex (Vaccinium Myrtillus) Fruit Extract – sloughs off your skin’s outermost layer, revealing a clean, refreshed complexion.
Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract – helps the skin to attract water and to hold to it.
Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract– removes bacteria and dead skin buildup on the skin.

Vitamin A Serum

I never knew how beneficial a serum is to the skin until Mad Hippie sent their Vitamin A Serum. Vitamin A is suitable for boosting hydration. After washing my face with their cleansing oil and or cream, I massage the Vitamin A into my skin, fall asleep; I wake up every morning with a natural glow.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Potassium Cetylphosphate visibly smooth wrinkles, refine rough and bumpy texture, brighten tone, and unclog pores.
Oat Beta-Glucon– combats skin damage.
Acetyl Glucosamine– repairs and treat sun damage and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Coconut Oil – replenish the skin’s vital substances to keep it looking healthy and young.
Safflower Oil – acts as a lubricant on the skin surface, giving the skin a soft and smooth appearance.

Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C has been a hot commodity during the pandemic, its said to have a unique power to fight against foreign entity that destroys the immune system. But did you know Vitamin C brightens your skin? I apply this serum every morning for a month after splashing water on my face, and my complexion was clear, and my skin tone was the tone.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Vegetable Glycerin -cleanse the skin without clogging pores.
Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder – helps soften and smooth the skin while forming the barrier.
Aloe Barbadenis Leaf -helps soothe sunburn, moisturize the skin, fight skin-aging, reduce infections and acne, and lightens blemishes on the face.
Vitamin E – reduces the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration.
Chamomile Flower Extract -helps bind moisture to the skin and soften the skin.

Exfoliating Serum

Exfoliation is essential, even if it is a serum. It’s good to have an exfoliating serum that sloughs off dead skin cells while closing pores after washing the face or simply using a facial steamer. I apply this serum after cleansing my skin at night, and I wake up to a soft and smooth complexion.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract- protects skin stem cells’ longevity, increases vitality, combats chronological aging, increases the skin’s regenerate potential, and improves both wrinkles and skin firmness eye contour.
Peppermint leaf Extract– helps brighten the complexion.
Primula Veris Extract– acts to heal skin affected by acne and rashes.
Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract– function as an astringent which helps tighten up the skin, conditions it, and improve the exfoliation (shedding) of dead skin cells.
Goji Berry Extract– helps reduce wrinkles and signs of aging.

Eye Cream

Eye creams are essential because they address puffiness and dark circles due to lack of sleep and stress. I add a small amount of eye cream under my eye before bed, and I looked refreshed when I wake up in the morning.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Shea Butter– helps soften and conditions the skin.
Vitamin C- reduce the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration.
Caffeine– reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles under-eye.
Argan Oil – works to moisturize and soothe the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Kakadu Plum– works to brighten the appearance of skin discoloration.

Face Cream

I am an advocate of moisturizers, especially for oily skin. I love this cream, I use it in the morning after splashing water on my face, and thankfully the cream did not dry out my skin or leave my skin greasy.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Cetearyl Alcohol– helps soften the skin.
Citric Acid – adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products.
Coenzyme Q10-it can have antioxidants benefits to slow down with age and cumulative.
Acai Extract– helps revive skin, heal damaged skin cells, and restore moisture.
Pomegranate seed extract– help fight bacteria and fungus in your skin.

Antioxidant Oil

Antioxidants help stop damages caused by free radicals; this is what I experienced every time I used this oil in the morning before placing it on my skin. My skin felt rejuvenated and gave me a natural glow.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

Cranberry Fruit Extract– Evens oily and blemished skin
Blueberry Extract– combat free radicals from sun exposure
Strawberry Extract– is a beautiful hydrator effect and skin protectant.
Kiwi Extract– can help defend skin from the visible effects of airborne pollutants.
Watermelon Fruit Extract– promote regeneration, moisturize, cleanse and exfoliate.


Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice

Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice

This past year my skin has experience breakouts due to stress, hormonal balance, and excess oil. I managed my stress and hormones by making minor lifestyle changes, but I struggled with breakouts caused by the overproduction of sebum in my skin, and Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice was the solution to my problem. This Glow Juice is made from exotic fruits and herbs found in Asia’s gardens to the Caribbean island. These unique ingredients helped removed any excess oil and dirt that contributed to my breakouts and improved my skin’s tone, texture, and clarity. I used a facial steamer with this product to get the full penetration of enzymes and nutrients into my skin. I tend to use Earth Harbor’s Glow Juice once a week for 10 minutes after cleansing my skin, and the results are breathtaking, to the point when a friend of mine told me that I was glowing. I would recommend this product for those who struggle with redness, dullness, acne, oily skin.

Glow Juice step- by- step process:

1.) Cleanse your face
2.) Apply Glow Juice to a cleanse face and let it sit for 10 mins
Fun Fact: I like using this mask with my facial steamer to allow the nutrients from the Glow Juice to penetrate my skin
3.) Wash off the mask and VoilĂ !

My Favorite Five Ingredients:
1.) White Willow (Salix Alba) Bark Extract – clarifies the complexion and protect skin from bacterial buildup.
2.) Pineapple (Ananas Sativus) Fruit Extract – contains organic acid and enzymes that gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin while providing deep hydration.
3.) Passionfruit (Passiflora Incarnata) Extract – soothes acne-prone skin, eradicates dryness, promotes healthy skin and refreshing goodness.
4.) Lychee (Litchi Chinesis) Fruit Extract – combat the microbes causing acne and reducing inflammation and acne scars.
5.) Guava (Psidium guarana) Fruit Extract – slow down the skin’s aging, and treat acne.

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Our skin takes a beating on a day-to-day basis. Every time we step outside of our home, our skin is continuously under attack by environmental conditions, stress, diet, and hormones. We all are guilty of neglecting our skin due to our busy schedule; Why not take advantage of this lazy weekend to give your skin the proper tender, love, and care with Eminence’s Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment. This treatment is suitable for detoxifying your skin of impurities, opening your pores, and regenerating your skin cells all in five minutes. Let me take you through my step-by-step process of using this treatment.

Step One: Cleanse
I use Tatcha’s Deep Cleanse to wash my face before applying the treatment

Step Two: Apply Treatment
I appy a thin layer of Eminence’s Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment on my face and leave it on for five minutes. Note: this treatment is powerful, so I recommend diluting it with water first.

Step Four: Apply Serum
After five minutes, wash the treatment off. Note: Due to the increased circulation from the treatment, you may experience a tingling sensation for 20 minutes and redness for up to 45 minutes.

Step Four: Apply Serum
I apply Dirty Lab’s Ultra Night Serum to close my pores.

Here is my skin fully detoxed and refreshed. I use this treatment once a week.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:

  • Hungarian Thermal Mud: has a high amount of mineral trace elements, and sulfur which improves acne conditions and nourishes the skin; the mud reduces sebum production, improves skin’s texture, tone, and vitality.
  • Cinnamon – conditions the skin and revitalizes its appearance.
  • Paprika -has an enormous amount of vitamin C source that fights the aging effects of free radicals to protect and brighten your skin.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil – acts as an emollient to keep the skin well hydrated.
  • Acai– unclog pores and encourage the regeneration of skin cells.


Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Creme Sugar Scrub

I’m an advocate for exfoliating your skin! There are times when our skin goes through a season of dryness, and we need an occasional body scrub to help revitalize and restore new skin cells. Some of your local Spa’s offer this type of treatment, But if you are on a budget, like me, then applying Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Creme Sugar Scrub two to three times a week will suffice. This product can successfully remove dead skin cells and encourages natural cell renewal while keeping the skin moisturized. I use a significant amount on my palms and gently rotate in a circular motion on my body for one minute and then wash off with warm water. After each use, my skin feels soft, smooth, and moisturized.

Four Main Ingredients:
Sucrose (Sugar)- Stearate that fills in tiny spaces between the cells improving the skin’s texture.
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil) – detoxifies the skin by pulling out toxins that help get rid of acne.
Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride- creates a barrier on the skin’s surface, which helps to reduce skin dryness.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)- is an emollient and moisturizer that hydrates and smooths the skin.

Shea Moisture Daily Moisture Hydration Creme Sugar Scrub

ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer

In everyday makeup, you will find toxic ingredients that are linked to allergies, irritation, harming your reproductive system, or even causing cancer. Now in days, makeup brands are becoming more conscious of what they put in their products. But be mindful of products claiming to be vegan, but still have ingredients that cause harm to your body. I prefer a brand that prides itself on product safety and organic ingredients like ILIA does. Their True Skin Serum Concealer is a favorite product of mines. This lightweight creamy concealer has a serum texture that adds moisture while perfectly blending into the skin to brighten the dark circles under the eye. It is best to apply this concealer under the eye before blending your foundation. According to Bobbi Brown, you should find a concealer with a yellow tone that is one to two shades lighter than your skin to lighten the dark circles under the eyes.

I’ve listed two safe ingredients that give this product an advantage over the concealers that are currently in the market right now:

Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extractprotects collagen and elastin, and reduces the signs of under-eye bags, dark circles, and a dull complexion.
Tetrabexyldecyl Ascorbateis a very stable oil-soluble Vitamin C that has an antioxidant activity that helps stimulate collagen production as well as clarifying and brightening the skin.

ILIA True Skin Serum Concealer can be at your local Sephora or on ILIA BEAUTY WEBSITE.

Herbivore’s Facial Oil Set

For those of you who are looking for vegan skincare products, I would recommend subscribing to the Detox Box. It’s a little pricey, but it’s worth the money! Each month, you are surprised with different green skincare and beauty products.
In this particular box, I received Herbivore’s face oil collection. My initial thought was, “What the hell am I supposed to do with face oil?” Since I spend $55 a month for this box, it wouldn’t hurt to have an open mind to try these products out. Especially since Herbivore is the creator of my favorite mask, “Blue Tansy.” I should’ve known that I’ll have the same reaction to their facial oils. I’m excited for you to see my take on each oil from the collection. See below:

Whoever thought of Prism exfoliating facial oil; is a genius! This product is similar to a serum but takes it a step further with having 5% fruit acid that removes dead skin cells and regenerates the skin with the proper moisture. The direction says that you could use it as often as you can. Since I have sensitive skin, using it before I go to bed each night works better for me.

Click here to purchase Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion
Price: $44.00

Prism Exfoliating Glow Portion consists of three certified organic ingredients:
Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe Vera) leaf juice- improves skin and prevents wrinkles.
Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water- induces inflammation by suppressing the growth of bacteria. Perfect for oily skin.
Terminalia Ferdinandia (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract- contains Vitamin C, and is a powerful antioxidant acid that is suitable for restoring the skin’s natural barrier. Ellagic acid helps restore elasticity in the skin.

I must say that this Phoenix oil is expensive, but it works great for those who experience dry skin. This oil was made to revitalize collagen in places where dryness is present.

Click here to purchase Phoenix Facial Oil
Price: $88.00

Please see Phoenix Facial Oil key ingredients below:
Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed oil- is rich in essential fatty acids and is exceptionally high in Vitamin C that absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue.
Hippophoe Rhaminoides L (Sea Buckthorn) Oil- has anti-inflammatory properties that are rich in antioxidants that protect from free radicals that cause skin damage and cancer.
Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil- is a moisturizing agent that works on people with eczema and other skin conditions, strengthens skin barriers, quells inflammation (chives), helps combats UV damage and dark spots.
Limanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil- helps your skin to form a barrier to lock in moisture and deliver nutrients deep into your epidermis. Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil- Reduces inflammation, alleviate stress, stimulate circulation, and enhances mood. Neroli essential oil treats oily skin, reduce signs of aging and the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

I didn’t know that it was possible to have a face oil specifically for oily skin. There’s a misconception that when you have oily skin, there’s no need to apply much moisture after washing your face because we can produce natural oils for our skin. But lack of humidity can cause sebum buildup. Lapis oil allows my skin to replenish natural oil that balances the oil levels in my skin and controls my blemishes. Fun Fact: I like to use this oil as a primer before applying my foundation.

Click here to purchase Lapis Facial Oil
Price: $72.00

Lapis Facial Oil Key Ingredients:
Tanacetum Annum (Blue Tansy)- cooling and calming properties are great for angry, irritated skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Ensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil- It’s rich in Vitamin E, Zinc, Iodine, and other nourishing antioxidants, and it works like a humectant.
Squalane- balances oil production by providing just enough moisture to keep the skin clear and healthy. Squalane oil has a powerful anti-aging properties that helps the skin age graciously as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to help with skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Jasmine Sambac Oil (Jasmine) Flower Extract- good for the skin, and it acts as a natural tonic and improves the skin’s health.

Herbivore refers to the Orchid oil as the youth-preserving oil. This oil protects against visible signs of aging. Side-note: to prevent aging, make sure you are taking care of yourself with a healthy diet, sleep, exercise, and regular check-ups.

Click here to purchase Orchid Facial Oil
Price: $64.00

Orchid Facial Oil Key Ingredients: Cymbidium Grandiflora (orchid) flower Extract- used for reparative and protective properties, moisturizing fighting free radicals, and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Camelia Olefera (Camellia) Seed Oil- protects the skin from drying out while replenishing vital nutrients. It has outstanding moisture retaining the ability and is one of the most rapidly absorbed plant oil known for its ability to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin.
Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Absolute- create a sensual sweet, incredibly floral, and slightly herbaceous absolute.
Olive Squalane Oil- An excellent natural emollient that smoothes and softens skin, similar to the skin’s natural oil (sebum), penetrates the skin quickly so great carrier for other ingredients, enhances elasticity, spreads on the skin quickly, protects against moisture loss.

#SUMMERREADY: Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

It’s hot out there! I hope everyone is using protection, that is SUN PROTECTION! My go-to product for the summer is Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 by Babo Botanicals. This non-nano mineral-based sunscreen is a triple threat; It protects you from UVA/UVB rays, serves as a moisturizer, and it’s vegan. Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion has a non-nano Zinc Oxide ingredient that provides the safest and best protection from the sun without entering the bloodstream. A lot of sunscreens on the market has chemicals; such as Oxybenzone and Octinoxate that causes premature aging, wrinkles, dark spots, and affects the reproductive health. When you bring up Zinc Oxide to someone who experienced summers in the 1970s; they’ll flashback to a thick white sunblock on the nose that their parents forced them to wear. Babo Botanicals has transformed this mineral-based sunscreen to a non-greasy formula that will leave your skin moisturized and eliminates the old fashioned thick white sunscreen.

Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion has 10 organic ingredients in this products; Here are my favorite four:
1.) Aloe Barbandenis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) – Accelerates the healing of burns.
2.) Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil – nourishes, protects, elasticity, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
3.) Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter – skin conditioning agent, helps retain moisture and reduces the appearance of rough patches.
4.) Chamomile Recuitita (Chamomile) Extract -relieves inflammatory skin conditions and calms sensitive skin.

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