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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THRIFT STORE FINDS: Beginning of Spring Edge

The weather is starting to get warmer, with the temperature being at a steady average of 70-degrees; this is the perfect weather to get away with wearing a nice leather jacket and black booties with no stockings. For a mid-week link-up with friends at happy hour, I will be wearing a black leather jacket, white oversized short sleeve collar blouse, and a blue knee-length skirt with black booties.

Leather, Jacket, and Blouse came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Skirt came from:
Prime Thrift
3115 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

Purse came from:
B-Thrifty
4917 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746

IN BETWEEN WASH DAYS!

IN BETWEEN WASH DAYS!

Keeping up your hair between wash days with the wrong product is challenging. So, when you find the right product, Make sure to stock up on it! Camille Rose’s Curl Love Moisture Milk is the best product for wet and dry hair (hence: it’s always sold out). In between wash days, I use this milk to manage my curls. This hair milk has the perfect blend of Macadamia Nut, Avocado, and castor oil that restore moisture to my hair and prevents product build-up. I section my hair into eight sections, apply the curl milk at night from my roots to the ends, put my hair in Bantu knots at night, take them out in my morning and go about my day with a fresh hairstyle.

My Favorite Five Ingredients:
Avocado Oil – strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent breakage.
Castor Oil – helps moisturizes , hydrates, and reduce dandruff in hair.
Macadamia Nut- helps add shine, strengthen, and nourish the hair follicles.
Green Tea- improves hair growth, and acts as a humectant to moisturize and condition the hair and scalp.
Rice Milk- nourish dry and damaged
hair.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE CAMILLE ROSE’S CURL LOVE MOISTURE MILK

THRIFT STORE FINDS: Transitioning from Winter to Spring Attire

Transitioning from winter to spring can be a little tricky because I cannot fully transition my closet to my spring/summer outfits due to the weather fluctuating from 62 to 75 degrees. It’s still on the cool side of spring, which means it is not time to start placing my spring/summer clothes into my closet. I always go through this dilemma this time of the year, which is why I invested in a couple of transitional outfits to help get me through this unpredictable weather. One of my go-to outfits for this seasonal transition is a checked Bermuda short, with a pinkish-red blouse, denim jean jacket, and tan booties. Based on how cold it is, I can opt-in or out of wearing nude stockings.

Bermuda Shorts and Blouse came from:
Goodwill of Greater Washington Retail Store
8228 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

THRIFT STORE FINDS: That ’70s Show

If I were a schoolgirl back in the ’70s, I would wear a suede vest, white high-waisted corduroy pants, and a white tie-neck blouse on a casual 60-degree day out with friends. What would you wear during this decade?

Suede Vest came from:
Prime Thrift Virginia
3115 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

Corduroy Pants came from:
Prime Thrift Georgia Avenue
6101 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

COSIGNMENT FINDS: Farewell to Winter!

We got a dose of spring last week with 70-degree weather, and this week the temperature has dropped to 50 degrees, which sucks because I have plans to do brunch with my girls this weekend. This weekend’s weather is not ideal, but I can say farewell to winter with style by wearing a tan Harve Bernard leather skirt with a stolen black sweater from my mom’s closet, a black fedora hat, and black ankle boots.

Leather Skirt came from:
Current Boutique
7220 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

website: Pre-loved Gems for Fashion Lovers | Current Boutique

Fedora Hat came from:
2nd Ave Value Stores
13770 Smoketown Road
Woodbridge, VA 22192

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.

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Red Apple Lipstick: Gluten-Free & Vegan Lipstick

Red Apple Lipstick: Gluten-Free & Vegan Lipstick

Red Apple Lipstick was gracious to sponsor my 2nd Annual Galentines Day Slumber Party. They sent an array of colors full of pinks, reds, and purples to my guest and me. I was fortunate to find the color “Audrey” (a soft pink) in my bag, a popular color from Red Apple Lipstick that is crafted with the highest quality ingredients to ensure long-lasting color and moisturized lips. I usually wear a lot with red, so I couldn’t wait to wear this pale pink with the outfit I picked out for brunch the next day with my girls. I wore a gold shimmer pencil skirt with an oversized black sweater and a black fedora hat, and this Audrey color added a timeless touch to my sophisticated look for the day. I applied a little bit on my lip, and Viola! My lips look and felt smooth and supple. Who knew a gluten-free and vegan lip line could make my lips look like this?

Side Note: the Rallye Balm is fantastic for everyday wear. It kept my lip soft and moisturized.

My Favorite Three Ingredients
Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil) – s a humectant that helps retain skin moisture by preventing water loss through the skin’s outer layer.
Olive (Olea Europea) Oil – provides relief from cracked and chapped lips, and natural SPF protection.
Prunus Amygdalus Dulas (Sweet Almond) Oil – has nourishing properties that lock in moisture to leave lips soft and plump

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR LIP COLOR ON RED APPLE LIPSTICK WEBSITES

2ND ANNUAL GALENTINES DAY SLUMBER PARTY

2ND ANNUAL GALENTINES DAY SLUMBER PARTY
Video Production by Lightning World LLC @earthtopanama

Last week, we celebrated our 2nd Annual Galentines Day Slumber Party. Last year was a huge success, and I decided to continue this tradition of incorporating Self Care and Fun into our Galentines festivities. We had fun and partook in a good girl talk while enjoying vegan beauty products that I discussed on my blog.    

Partnership:

This year I partnered with Style Me Shanny for the fantastic decor and Lightning World LLC for the timeless footage and production.

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Sponsors:

Thank you to Canviiy for providing their Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum. Click Here to view their products.

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Thank you to Red Apple Lipstick for providing a sample of their lipstick, lip balm, and a $5 discount card. Click Here to view their products.

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Thank You to Mad Hippie for providing samples of their full advanced skincare line. Click Here to view their products.

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Canviiy’s Scalp Bliss

Canviiy’s Scalp Bliss

Many strive for long, thick, beautiful hair, but few are willing to maintain proper scalp health to achieve this goal. I was excited when Canviiy provided products for my Second Annual Galentine’s Day Slumber Party because I am guilty of neglecting my scalp and wonder why I am experiencing dry and itchy scalp. This week I added Canviiy’s Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum and Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum to my morning and night routine. See my review on each product below!

Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum

Often, in between wash days, I experience an irritated and itchy scalp due to product buildup or just neglecting my scalp altogether. There wasn’t a product that worked, oils would clog the pores, and other brands had harmful ingredients that weren’t good for me. The Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum was just right; it wasn’t too thick that it’ll clog my pore, and it had healthy ingredients. I use this lightweight serum before I put my hair in a pineapple each night before bed. I applied a pea-size amount of product on my scalp and began massaging for three minutes. Immediately, the cooling sensation cleansed my scalp of any impurities and toxins found in my pores.

Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum

Proper scalp health contributes to long and healthy hair. I don’t believe my hair grew five inches after five days of trying the Sea Mineral and Organic Restorative Serum. Still, giving my scalp the proper tender love and care it needs by massaging it every morning with this serum helps strengthen the hair follicles and allows the serum’s nutrients to penetrate the scalp and promote long-term hair growth.

My Favorite four Ingredients found in both products:
Aloe Vera Leaf Extract- repairs dead skin cells on the scalp, promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, and reduces dandruff.
Witch Hazel- help treat scalp sensitivity and provide relief from symptoms such as itching and tenderness.
Peppermint oil – improve hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Manuka Honey- cleanses and protects the scalp.

Good News, For those located in the DMV area, Canviiy will be launching its Scalp Bliss line in CVS Oxon Hill, MD location. For those of you living anywhere else, Click Here to purchase your very own Canviiy Itch-Calming Organic-Based Serum and Sea Mineral & Organic Herb Infusion Restorative Growth Serum