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?

Blogmas Day 10| Do you trash your expired beauty products?

Hello Passionista!

Okay, Beauties! We have to talk about expired beauty products. If I’m being honest I just started paying attention the expiration icon on my beauty products, meaning skincare and makeup.

Have you ever since this icon on your beauty products before?

This icon meaning that your product is good for 12 months. Depending on the product the icon may read 6M, 12M, 18M,or 14M. Most cosmetic products should have a shelf life of at least 2 years before its considered no longer any good to use. Only products with active ingredients like acne meds in it have expiration dates with a specific date on it.

A few days ago I went through all of my products to check the expiration dates and this is what I have to get rid of.

I was slightly sad about the eye shadow palettes because as you can see from the picture I barely used them. I was really upset about my skincare products because I WANT THEM.

Here’s my issue? If I purchase a product in May for example and the label has a 12 month icon on it how am I suppose to keep up with the date for when I should throw the product out. Also, if I’m purchasing a product in May, how am I suppose to know how long that product has been on the shelf or in warehouse storage since manufacturing. THIS ICON IS ACTUALLY POINTLESS. It’s not telling me anything.

Here’s my dilemma? Some skincare products will start to look or feel different once the expiration date has passed. This may cause break outs on your skin, and no one wants breakout. Picture below is what the expired product from my collection looks like months after the advertised expiration date. None of the formula look watery or like they have started separating the oils from the soild ingredients, which is a good thing. But I still decided to trash them anyways.

As a beauty influencer, I have a lot of beauty products. I may use a product for a month or 2 then I’m on to trying something else for content purposes. So it rare that I finish an entire bottle of something before the expiration date. Should companies produce smaller packaging sizes? I would appreciate smaller packaging that I know I will use entirely rather than wasting perfect good product.

Let’s discuss… Tell me

Do you pay attention to the expiration date on beauty products?

Do you use your products completely or do they go to waste?

Have you experienced a break out due to a product being old?

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?

Make It Classy | DIY Herbal Hair Rinse

Hello Passionista

I have experienced yet another great beauty DIY from Make It Classy DIY beauty box. Each DIY beauty box is plant- based and free of chemicals for your everyday beauty routine.

I had the pleasure of assisting the CEO & Founder of Make it Classy, Victoria (who is also a fellow blogger) during the Ultimate Women’s Expo in Atlanta, GA. During the expo, I worked at the Make It Classy booth with Victoria and a few other ambassadors. The day was filled with me talking and networking with women who are curious and passionate about natural beauty care. There was even a station for customers to make a quick clay mask sample for face and hair to take home and try. I felt truly in my elment being able to share my passion for embacing natural beauty and DIY projects.

A few weeks back I posted a video of my using the Make It Classy DIY Beauty Box for Rose Water on IGTV, click here to watch. Today, I want to share with you the Make It Classy DIY Beauty Box for Herbal Hair Rinse.

After making my herbal hair rinse, I used it to rinse the conditioner from my hair after cleansing. I used the entire bottle provided for one rinse. The DIY beauty box comes with enough ingredients to make 2 batches of the product. If you don’t use the entire bottle in one usage like I did you may store in for up to one month in the refrigerator. My scalp felt refreshed and my curls looked more defined than ever. Picture below is how my curls looked after using the hair rinse.

Tell me, what are your thoughts about herbal hair rinses for your natural curls? Have you ever used a natural herbal hair rinse?

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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Coconut & Cactus Water |June SheaBassador Box

Hello Passionista- 

I have some exciting products to share with you from my June SheaBassador box. I am really enjoying all the products I have been receiving from Shea Moisture. The theme for this box is Coconut & Cactus Water. The smell of this product line is heaven sent. It means like morning fresh air on the beach, something like what I imagine a zin beach vacation smelling like.

What’s in the box:

  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Bar Soap
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Wash
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Lotion
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Scrub
  • Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Pick Me Up Lite Masque

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Bar Soap with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

This bar soap is enriched with vitamins and coconut water to keep your skin feeling hydrated and silky through this summertime heat. I haven’t seen any products on the market like this. So this was my first time using a bar soap with coconut water, and my first time using any product with cactus water. I’m not a fan of using bar soap for bathing. I’m more of a body wash type gal. So I used the bar soap for washing my face and hands. I like that the product doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry after use. It honestly made my skin feel hydrated like I used a moisturizer.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Wash with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

Like I said before, I am a body wash type of gal. So this product came right on time, as I was in need of some new body wash. The product is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oils and sulfates, so I had no issues or reactions to using a new body wash. I normally try to stay away from body washes that have fragrance in it. But this product has a light paradise scent of essential oil blends instead of a fragrance chemical. The formula is light and cleanses the skin really well. My body washes of choices are Aveeno and Nivea but I think I’ll be adding this product to my must have a rotation of body washes.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Lotion with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

Lately, I have been using body oils instead of lotion to moisturize my body. I have found oils to last longer and be more light weight on the skin with less perfumes and dyes. So I only tried this lotion at night after showering. The formula is thick and takes a lot to rub in, but it excels in keeping your skin hydrated. Most mornings I’d wake up not needing to apply oil all over my body because I still felt hydrated. Because the product is so thick, I think it will be a treasure to have in the colder months of the year when my skin feels the driest.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Body Scrub with Blue Agave for dehydrated skin

I love a good body scrub, so this was the first product I was excited to try when I received the package. I use a body scrub in the shower at least twice a week. I love that the formula for this product is silky and gentle on the skin. I found that this scrub is great to use before getting a wax or before shaving. I’ve only had this product for 3 weeks and I have already used all of it. My location ULTA store did not have it in stock during my last visit but I am on the hunt for more of this body scrub.

Coconut & Cactus Water Quench & Refresh Pick Me Up Lite Masque with Blue Agave to Quench & Maintain lighter than air volume

So, I’ve started doing a Live @ 9pm segment on Instagram every Tuesday. Each week I get on live and chat about all things skin care, hair care, and self care. This week I decided to use the Pick Me Up Lite Masque on my dry hair on live. I normally use a hair mask after shampooing my hair, but the directions states this mask can be used on wet or dry hair. I applied the mask to my dry hair detangling it with my fingers and letting it sit for almost 2 hours. 

See the live footage here and tune in next Tuesday Live @ 9PM on Instagram

QOTD: What skincare or haircare products have you used that have cactus water in it?

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Product Review | Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleaning Mud Mask

Hello Passionista

I find it important to do a face mask at least once a week. Using  a mask helps promote clear skin and treat harsh areas to prevent break outs. I have my daily skincare regimen for cleaning my face. But I like to treat my skin several different ways. Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite Formula 10.0.6 facial products. I’ve mentioned this product in a previous blog, but I’ve recently rediscovered how amazing the at home facial experience is with this product. 

The Deep Down Detox Ultra-Cleansing Mud Mask with Orange + Bergamot by Formula 10.0.6 helps cleanse your skin of impurities and recharges your skin giving it a natural balance. 

I start by applying the mud mask all over my face. The formula is thick, soft and smells citrusy fresh. The fragrance is very light but enough to enjoy the experience. . The directions states you should let the mask sit for 10 to 15 minutes, this is when I like to take advantage of my facial steamer. Using the steamer gives me a at home spa experience that cause me to relax and give my skin the attention it needs. Steaming your skin is a popular beauty secret to clear skin without break outs.

After steaming my face, I use a warm face towel to wipe away the mask, leaving my skin feeling and smelling good. This mask does not make my skin feel tight or dry after use. My skin looks cleans with a natural glow. To seal the deal, I use a face serum right after wiping away the mask. The packaging advises to repeat this process 1 to 3 times a week. I use it maybe once every other week, substituting it with a different mask in between time.

What mask are you using to remove the impurities from your face?