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?

Before I end this blog I have a few announcements!

First…… I will be hosting another DIY Workshop in Atlanta GA on July 19th. Learn how to create a rustic decorative candle lantern out of easy to find materials. Make it a girls night and come out for some creative fun, chick here for tickets and more information.

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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?

Get Your Glow On | Aveeno Positively Radiant |Product Review

Hello Passionista- 

My blogging journey has been unique and I have enjoyed it all. I’ve learned a lot, shared a lot, and still have a lot to learn. One thing I’ve been working towards is getting recognized by brands and gaining partnerships with brands I use to create quality beauty, skincare, and hair content. I’ve always enjoyed the maintenance of being a women. The innovative products on the market makes life easier to keep up with yourself. My preferences change just as much as the industry trends, so I am able to always try new products and brands to see how they work for my body type/ skin type/ hair type and give my opinions and tips. 

I recently received my first brand box from one of my favorite brands…. Aveeno! They reached out to me after I posted a skincare blog post that included one of my favorite Aveeno products, and sent me some Positively Radiant products. I’m super excited share these glow getter products with you. 

GET YOUR GLOW ON

Aveeno Positively Radiant Micellar Gel Cleanser Makeup Remover

This gel cleanser draws out your skin’s dulling impurities while removing makeup, dirt, and oils from your skin. I have been using it every day for about 2 weeks now. Before bed, I wash my face and apply a generous amount of the micellar gel cleanser all over my face. The gel formula is easy to rub into face with hands and it lathers really good with just a little bit of product. The Aveeno scent is light and fresh, I appreciate the gentle scent without having in harsh fragrance chemicals in the formula. After massaging into my face for a few minutes, I use a face towel and cold water to wipe product off.

My favorite thing about this product is that it washes away make up, dirt and oils to cleanser skin for a positively radiant glow. I appreciate the finger pump bottle for a clean dispensing of the formula. This is a 5.1 fl.oz. product that I feel will last at least 3 months if used at least 3 times a week.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Max Glow Infusion Drops

The infusion drops are meant to even tone & textures leaving your skin with a dewy glow. The product claims to give a 48 hour moisturization for a lit- from- within glow. I love that it only takes a drop or two to massage into you face and your skin feels flawless. I’ve used a drop every morning after washing my face with cold water. It has been taking the place of my daily moisturizer cream and last all day long. I’m not a big fan of the drops being in a small tube, I think a bottle with a dropper would be better. It would make it easier to get all of the product on your face without any waste.

Beauty Tip:

Was you have with cold water to prevent wrinkles and saggy skin.



#SephoraSquad

Hello Passionista!

One of my blogging goals for 2019 is to partner with 3 brands as a Brand Ambassador/ influencer.

My first opportunity has come, I applied for the #SephoraSquad 2019. The #SephoraSquad is a beauty influencer program that highlights some of the most authentic and inspiring digital influencers.

For three years, I have been sharing my beauty secrets, thoughts and opinions on products I use, and my skincare and hair care regimens. I’ve shared my favorite trends and not so favorite trends, as well as tried the latest beauty products just out of curiosity and to share with you. I love the skin that I am in, I love taking care of it and I love sharing it with you. Becoming a part of the 2019 #SephoraSquad will help me produce more true to myself beauty content to share with you.

You can support my #SephoraSquad application by clicking the link below and leaving a testimonial.

https://www.sephorasquad.com/testimonial/thepassionista__

Your love and support is great appreciated!!! 🥰😘😍

Blue Agave Cooling Mask |Product Review

Hello Passionista!

I am loving this new cooling mask by Biore. It is a whipped nourishing detox mask with blue agave and baking soda. The natural baking soda has the ability to give your pores a really deep cleaning. The blue agave conditions the skin. The formula combination works to eliminate impurities under the surface of your skin. It lifts dirty and unclogged pores. The whipped formula texture is fluffy and allows for a smooth application to your face. It really has a cooling and pore-tingling affect to it. I felt it as soon as I started applying it to my face.

One of my favorite things about this mask is that it’s blue. The color really sparked my interest which was why I purchased it. I don’t think I’ve ever purchase a Biore product before, so this was a first for me.

With the cooling affect of the formula, I thought it would be nice to add some steam while I letting the product sit for 5 minutes or more. I used my facial steamer from Amazon. The steam mixed with the cooling feeling of the mask made my experience feel like I was at the spa.

Pros

Non-Greasy, smells good, and very moisturizing

Cons

Messy and leaves skin red after use

If you have not already, please click here to leave a testimonial for my #SephoraSquad application.

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Skincare | The Unprepared Pimple

Hi Passionista!

This past weekend I took some time off to spend time with my girls on a Cabin Trip. The weather was just right for a cozy cabin affair. But just when I thought I was about to have a stress free weekend of fun with my girls, a PIMPLE came trying to ruin my fun. I rarely get pimples. So…. Of course, the 1 blue moon I get a pimple I am away from home and all my skincare products. But I was not about to let a lil red dot pimple stress me out or ruin my fun.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A PIMPLE AND NO SKINCARE PRODUCTS?

Honestly, the only skin care products I packed was my Honest Beauty Gel Cleanser and O’Lay Daily Moisturizer. My skin has been clean and clear for the most part of the season. I haven’t experienced any harsh breakouts or anything. So, only packed the basics for skincare. I had to raid my friends cosmetic bags for products I could use to really deep clean my face and treat this pimple.

I was able to borrow a face scrub (Aveeno Positively Radiant daily Scrub), a facial cleanser (Cetaphil Daily Face Cleanser) and toothpaste was baking soda.

I used the Cetaphil to clean my face. The Honest Beauty Gel Cleanser I packed is gentle and mild, I don’t think it was enough to get the job of removing excess (Natural) oils and sweat from face. The Cetaphil formula is a bit stronger and is meant to cleanse your skin of oils without drying your skin out. Next, I used the Aveeno scrub to gentle scrub all the dirty out of my pores to prevent more pimples from surfacing. Finally, I placed a dot of toothpaste with baking soda on the pimple and left my face alone for the rest of the day.

The best thing you can do to your face when you have a pimple is keep it clean and keep your hands off you face. By the end of the weekend the pimple was all dried out and disappeared leaving no dark spot.

BLOGMAS Day 22| Yes To Foaming Sheet Mask Review

Hello Passionista,

I have been trying so hard to not miss a day of blogmas. And I missed a day of blogmas 🤦🏾‍♀️!!!!!! So disappointing, but I’ve been super busy this month. I’m not just being lazy and not blogging I just had an intense Friday. Maybe I’ll do a bonus blog, but for now BACK TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULED PROGRAM.

I love a good pamper day. Pampering myself is a important part of my self care. I enjoy doing a at home facial, a bath with salts and scrubs and body oil to nourish my skin.

I recently adding a new product to my at home pamper day routine. Instead of a clay mask, this time I used the Yes To Cucumbers Bubbling Paper Mask, purchased from Target. I’m not really sure I had any expectations before using this product. I was curious to see how it felt and if it really worked.

It really worked. I applied the sheet mask just like any other sheet mask. It was not foamy when I took it out of the packaging. The sheet mask was nicely soaked with the formula. I don’t even know how long it took the mask to foam up. I didn’t feel it foam up. After I applied the mask, I enjoyed my hot bath soak with bath salts and once I was out I looked in the mirror and the mask had foamed. I was concerned that maybe the foam formula pull leave my skin feeling dry after taking the mask off. To my surprise the mask felt my skin feeling really hydrated. I used my face water mist to set my face after the mask and went about the rest of my pampering.

Have you tried this Bubbling sheet mask yet?

BLOGMAS Day 20|SpaScriptions Clay Mask Review

Hello Passionista

Surprisingly, I have managed to keep my skin hydrated and moisturized this winter. I haven’t had any breakouts (fingers crossed I keep this same energy). 

I was trying to define a consistent winter skincare routine for daily care, but I’ve gotten comfortable just trying a bunch of different products, as usual. SpaScriptions is a new brand I discovered in Big Lots. Owned by Global Beauty Care, SpaScriptions is meant to help repair and replenish your skin. This sample kit came with three 1.7oz size samples of masks was less than $10. 

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So far I have only used one of the mask- The Clay Mask! 

The formula is soft and thick, it easily spreads across your face. I love that the kit came with this facial spatular for application. This is a plus because I can use it for just about all of my masks. 

I appreciate the fact that the clay mask remaining soft after sitting on my face for 20 minutes. It did not harden or flake. I was able to wash the mask off with no issues and leaving no mess in the sink.

I would love to work with this brand on a skincare or beauty campaign because I really enjoyed their product. I could see myself adding SpaScription to my lists of favorites and use their products more often. It would even be nice to explore more of the brands line to create a speciality skincare routine, since I can seem to nail a seasonal or morning / night routine.

Top 5 Faves | Skincare

Hello Passionista

Thought I’d share some of my latest favorites, what you crushin on? 

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel

img_0607First things first … I love that is product is 100% all natural. I’m not really natural crazy when it come to products but this is a product I put on my face. And daily! Also I love that is product is fragrance free. Although it has that witch hazel scent, there is no perfumes added to alter the natural scent. I wish I could buy this in bulk (larger than 16oz) with like a little refill bottle or something. But the formula is great. I have been using this product for a little over a year, just to cleanse my face after every shower. I use cotton pads from the dollar tree to wipe my face, then I proceed to a mask or scrub.

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Mask

img_0603I have a sweet thing for sheet mask. I must say I enjoy them more than spread a masks across my face and standing over a sink to wash it off. Yeah, I’m a little lazy. But that’s why someone started marketing sheet mask. I use them at  least 2 times a week. Yes To sheet masks are always so soft. There literally made of cotton, which cause me to leave it on until it dries. Sometime! Yes To has the coolest packaging graphics. Yes To Coconut products really hydrates my skin and enhance my glow.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel with SPF 15

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This has been my life line since summer. Every morning after washing my face, I moisturize with this. I did not understand how much a little SPF helps. Honey! My skin tone has been even all year… I never happens. This product is my best friend. I love the the tap is bigger enough for the tube to stand up on the counter and small enough to carry around. But it was kind expensive so I hope this bottle last me a while.

Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub

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I have had this product for at least a year. Theres’s no expiration date on the product so I hope thats okay. Basically I use this product the few days before and after getting a wax. Its a gentle exfoilator that feels good. Time to go buy another!

Lush Bath Bomb- Butterball

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My absolutely favorite. An colleauge put me on to Lush and it changed my life. The butterball has been my favorite from the every beginning.  I nice hot soak not bubbles, just hot water and oils. Such amazing self care.

Skincare Regimen

Hello Passionistas

Surprisingly, people have been asking me to share my skincare routines. Well…. I have been trying to put together a skincare day/night routine for a while now. It’s been hard and took some time because I don’t really have a routine. I don’t do the same things every night nor do I used the same products on a daily basis. I like to spice things up and mix it up a bit. So, my first thought  was to start a day/night routine. After a week of trying to keep up with a routine I was uninspired to blog about it. It wasn’t real. It wasn’t me. So I canned to whole blog idea. But then I realized I can create content of the things that I do and how it works for me.

Welcome to my first of many skincare regimens. My skin hasn’t been giving me any issues, so this is what I do to maintain healthy glowing skin on a weekly basis. I do not do this every night. The only thing I faithful do in the morning and night to my face is wash it with a face towel and cool water.

Don’t worry- I promise to share more regimens when my skin is irritated, breaking out, or having a tude that I need to adjust.

This skincare regimen is for my everyday normal (clear, non-irratiating ) skin. I will do this at least once a week to 4 times a week, at max.

Cleanings Balm (or wipe)… 

Something to clean and wipe away all the grits and grime in the surface of my face from make up and day to day activities (like touching my cheeks every time I think I lost or left my phone).

Face Scrubs …

Gentle exfoilation helps keeps pores unclogged and pimples away.

Hydrate …

Bring a glow to the skin and boost it with plenty of hydration.

So Ladies… here is my regimen in action

Yes To Coconut- Ultra hydrating coconut oil cleansing balm

Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator pore clearing face scrub  (Zinc + Oat + Pumice)

Emilia Hydro boosting gel

Please share your skincare regimens with me and leave me feedback in the comment box. If you were looking for my lipstick of the week (that I’ve recently been posting on Wednesday’s) come back on Friday.