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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How One Woman Emailed Her Way To A Perfect Shade Of Foundation

As I have mentioned a few times in my previous posts, I am in a number of awesome Facebook groups. One of those groups is a makeup group for black women. We share tips, product reviews, and looks of the day…among many other things. This group is important for us because it’s not always easy for us to find products that flatter our features and complexions. For many women of color, a lack of such products can be a deal breaker. Recently, a member of the makeup group shared her awesome experience with Ocean Mist Cosmetics regarding that very issue. Continue reading “How One Woman Emailed Her Way To A Perfect Shade Of Foundation”

How I Organize My Makeup with Ikea’s Malm Chest

I don’t always wear makeup. When I do, I am sure to have my things everywhere. I’ve never been a vanity girl, either. I can’t put on my makeup while sitting. I have to stand. I have to boo-love the mirror a bit, so my makeup is put on properly. For these reasons, I transformed my Ikea Malm chest into a cool makeup station!

Credit: Ikea

The dresser was my husband’s from college, but I quickly inherited it for my use. I have it situated in a corner of my walk-in closet. While I use the larger bottom drawers for extra clothing storage, the top drawers are used for storing large palettes.

On the very top of the dresser is a collapsable mirror. I set the mirror in the upright position and used the extra space for a bit of organization. I have four trays (which were $1 each at Dollar Tree) to organize my eye, lip, face, and nail stuff. In addition, I use two pencil holders (also $1 each at Dollar Tree) to organize my eye and face brushes.


Malm chests are currently sold for $179 at Ikea. It may be a little on the expensive side for makeup storage, but it’s a nice investment. If you have tons of makeup, the drawers will give you a lot of room. If you don’t have a lot of makeup, you’ll find another use for the extra space (like I did). With trays and containers available at Ikea and Dollar Tree, you can further organize these chests according to your needs.

Also, if you don’t like the chest as-is, you may find something cool on