My Favorite Biodegradable Exfoliating Cleansers

If you care about your skincare routine, you probably have an opinion about the impending ban on microbeads. I love that these microbeads are being banned because they do not dissolve and may pose a threat to the environment. However, some ladies are a bit frantic because their staple cleansers won’t be around anymore. Well, fret not. I have pulled together a list of my favorite natural exfoliants. I have purchased each of these products within the last year and have LOVED each of them.

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My Updated Skincare Routine

Skincare is super important to me. Although I care deeply about my skincare, I don’t have a lot of time to worry about it. I have to get through my skincare AND daily makeup routine in less than 10 minutes. In case you’re curious, here’s exactly what I use: Continue reading “My Updated Skincare Routine”

Sizzlin’ Summer Deals

There are some super hot deals on the Internet that I have to share!

First, e.l.f. Cosmetics is running deals on makeup that will heat up any Summer look! Tomorrow only, e.l.f. is running their best offer of the year: 50% off everything! This offer is valid tomorrow, 7/8 only on orders of $35 or more with code OHYEAH. Use this link to shop tomorrow.

While you’re in the saving mood, make sure you check out Priceline’s Fun in the Sun Hotel Sale — you can save up to 25% on select hotels. Book before Aug 1, 2014 and travel before Aug 30, 2014. Use this link to save!

If you missed Bath and Body Works’ semi-annual sale, don’t fret. Their summer sale is still underway! You can save up to 75% on select items. You don’t ned any codes, so head over ASAP!

Also, Ulta is currently running a special on hair products. You can save up to 50% on select products. To check out their sale selection, take a look at their circular. This special only lasts through July 26.

If I find any other deals, I will post them here. If you have any you would like to share, leave them in the comments!

 

Silky Summer Legs!

The time has come when you can no longer stretch the time between shaving your legs. With the warm weather, there’s no room for stubble. Here’s how I achieve silky-smooth legs for the summer.

 

First, I use a hair removal cream. My cream of choice is Nair with baby oil. Sometimes I like Nair’s Morrocan argan oil shower power cream. It’s awesome for doing this routine in a rush. You can apply the cream right before you get in the shower and it won’t wash off until you’re ready. As for the Nair with baby oil, it leaves your legs super smooth.

I leave the cream on for the allotted time on the bottle (since starting my biotin challenge, I’ve found that I need to leave it on for the max amount of time). I rinse the cream off with the pressure from the water and my hands. There will likely be a little residue leftover, but I try to remove all of the visible cream.

Next, I use a body scrub to exfoliate my legs and to help remove stubborn hairs. This step is super important. If you have ever used Nair and had tiger stripes after removal, this step helps. I typically use body scrubs from Bath and Body Works because their grain isn’t too abrasive. I rub the body scrub for a few minutes, then I rinse with warm water.

After rinsing, I bathe normally…following up with a shower pouf on my legs. After towel drying my body, I rub my legs down with a nice, moisturizing lotion/body butter.

To me, doing this routine makes my hair removal last a little longer. I only have to do this every other week. Let me know how it works for you in the comments!

The Busy Girl’s Skincare Routine

I used to receive a lot of compliments about my clear skin in college. Since then, I let my former routine fall by the wayside–there doesn’t seem to be as much time in my days anymore. As a result, my skin has suffered. For the first time in my life, I started having awful breakouts and blemishes. I know it’s because I have increased the time between shampoos since returning natural AND sometimes being too tired to remove my makeup at night. Sigh. Anywho, I’ve settled on a routine that is easy and gives me the results I desire: my old face!

When I wake up, I wash my face with raw African black soap. I spoke about the wonders of this soap in a previous post. It gets my face really clean, without leaving it feeling dry. It clears up all of my blemishes. So much so, I purchased a liquid body wash version to try on my bacne marks.

After using the black soap, I moisturize with a bit of Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream. Most days, I add a bit of EOS lip balm and I am done. I try not to wear makeup all the time (and light coverage when I do), unless there’s a special occasion. In the summer, I like a bit of tinted moisturizer to protect my skin from the sun. See the video below for my usual makeup routine.

The hard part comes when I have to remove my makeup. The way I do this is with good ol’ cold cream. I use the CVS version of Pond’s cold cream because it is slightly cheaper (and I earned some Extra Care Bucks on my purchase). After applying the cream, I wipe it off with a warm, damp washcloth. After which, I add a bit of moisturizer.

If I need a little extra help or “get right” for my skin, I do have a few tricks (like using a non-toxic baby wipe to scrub dead skin from my lips). I’ll do a full post about that, so stay tuned!

 

Make That Time of the Month Easier With These Four Tips

Credit: Wonder Showzen
Credit: Wonder Showzen

I’m not the type of girl to cringe when the subject of menstruation comes up in a conversation. It’s a part of womanhood that I embrace [while kicking and screaming]. While I may not dish all of the [sometimes horrible] details of Aunt Flo’s visit, I’m always a listener. Genetics and life itself have dealt me a bad hand in the time of the month department, so I am always open to finding new ways to cope. When I do, I am eager to share. I never want a sister-friend to be in the dark. Here are a few products, services and tips I’ve found:

1. Diet & Exercise

Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

If you’re like me, the first couple of days are horrid. Working out doesn’t seem to be ideal. You’re cramping and aching. You’re feeling like your life may end. You’re happy you have a few paid sick days in the bank. However, you need to keep moving as much as possible! Give yourself a day off when you have your worst cramping and try these workouts on the other days. Try walking around the block a few times, if weather permits. Also, limit junk foods and caffeine during this time. If you do have a craving for something sweet, try dried fruit. Dried pineapple and papaya are my favorites!

 

2. Le Parcel

Credit: Le Parcel
Credit: Le Parcel

This awesome service delivers your favorite lady products to your door each month. You schedule when you need the products and they’ll ship it automatically. What’s better is that each package also comes with a couple pieces of chocolate and a gift for you. I’ve received a bracelet, earrings, a headband and a tote bag in the past. I’m no longer using the service because they don’t carry my new product of choice, but I loved my subscription. For just a little over $10 a month, you have one less errand.

 

3. Soft Cup

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Credit: Soft Cup

A new wave of lady products has joined the lineup: the menstrual cup. While I am not sure I’ll ever use a Diva Cup or anything similar, I love the disposable option that is the Soft Cup. I stumbled upon these while on a beach family vacation. The beach is not the best place to deal with Aunt Flo–and I’m not just talking about sitting in the sand with a book while everyone else swims. That’s actually quite enjoyable for me. However, finding a good, clean bathroom may be difficult on the beach. With Soft Cups, you don’t even have to worry about it for 12 hours. See how they work here. Let me just warn you, this product isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re still up to trying them, find them in your local Walmart, CVS or  Rite Aid. If you’re on the fence, order a Soft Cup sample pack.

 

4. Impromptu Heating Pad/Ball

Credit: Think Geek
Credit: Think Geek

If you’re like me, you never know where anything is when you need it. I always lose my heating pads. When I first got married, I had a bad case of cramps and couldn’t think of anything to use in its place. My husband, who deals with the effects of  a very bad ankle injury, made me one of these! All you need is a big, clean sock, rice, and a microwave. Take about two cups of rice and microwave for 60 seconds. Dump the rice into the sock with a funnel or with the help of a toilet paper roll. Secure the open end on the sock with a hair tie and you have a quick heating ball.

 

If you have any additional tips, feel free to share them in the comment section below!

Multi-Purposing: Twist-Out Pomade

You ever wondered how natural women figured out which everyday products or tools could be used for hair? I am a witness that it is a result of experimenting. That’s just what I did a few washes ago and found an awesome pomade for my twists, thus resulting in bomb.com twist-outs.

So a while back, I tried my hand at making homemade natural lip balms. Since it’s more of a hobby than side hustle, I have an over abundance of lip balm base. I started thinking of some uses for it, but  most of them were outrageous. Looking at the awesome ingredients, I decided to use it as a pomade for my set of twists.

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The pomade/ lip balm base I used is the Macadamia & Jojoba Lip Balm Base from Rustic Escentuals. When you look at the ingredients, you see why this is awesome: macadamia and jojoba oils, coconut oil for nourishing, and a hint of castor  oil for shine. If you’re wondering, my hair doesn’t feel excessively greasy or sticky because of the beeswax.  In fact, it feels very soft to the touch. As you will see when you order, a little goes a long way.

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Macadamia & Jojoba Lip Balm Base

The first time I tried the pomade, I had freshly washed hair with only tea tree oil and a dime-sized amount of Garnier Fructis Intensely Smooth cream. I towel dried my hair, leaving it mildly damp. After sectioning and before twisting, I coated my fingers with the pomade and twisted.  I let my hair dry overnight in a silk bonnet and wore the twists for a few days. When the twists got a little old, I took them out and had awesome curls! Unfortunately, there’ no proof of that because I didn’t take any pictures. However, I did follow the same routine yesterday and these are the results!

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If you’d like to order, visit the Rustic Escentuals website! For a 16 oz tub like mine, it’ll only cost you $17.95. However, the less expensive  four ounce tub will hold you over a while.