Exclusive Only At Sephora

𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐚: 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 Beauty 𝟑𝐩𝐤 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐓𝐫𝐲 𝐌𝐞 𝐊𝐢𝐭. 𝚂𝚝𝚘𝚌𝚔 𝚞𝚙 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙶𝚎𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚘𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚖𝚘𝚘𝚝𝚑 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚕𝚘𝚠𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚔𝚒𝚗 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚗𝚕𝚢 $𝟷𝟸! 

They were kind enough to gift me a 30pk as well as the 3pk. I’ve been using these for a week now and I’m extremely impressed with what it’s done for my skin. The bit of texture I had has been minimized and I’m feeling a lot softer. 

These came just in time because I had noticed some unruly black heads. Luckily that’s not an issue anymore with these pads that are basically an instant facial. My favorite part is the glow that I wake up to the next morning after using just one peel pad. I wish the vinegar smell was non existent but I’ll deal with it as long as it continues to make my skin look beautiful. 

I love that it doesn’t burn my skin, only tingles but it doesn’t leave any trace of redness on my face. I’d much rather continue using this than spending $150 on a facial!

 I was dealing with a few beak outs prior to using these and when I woke up, I noticed one of the bigger pimples had dissolved. I’m pretty shocked considering I’ve had issues with Apple Cider Vinegar products in the past, but this one has done more positive than negative. 

I take two fingers slip them into the small cotton pad glove and get to town rubbing it across my face. The vitamin A, C and E  nurtures and acts as antioxidants while the Alpha Hydroxy Acids remove dead skin cells and revitalize my complexion. 

I’m going to keep using these and see what it does to my dark spots because it’s supposed to help combat against them. I’m so excited and I will keep you all posted! 

Check out Sephora.Com to get your Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Pee Pads today! If you love the 3pk you could always upgrade to the 30pk!

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𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘 𝐀𝐓 𝐒𝐄𝐏𝐇𝐎𝐑𝐀: 𝟑𝐏𝐊 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐏𝐚𝐝𝐬

•resurfaces, balances, and brightens skin. 

•suitable for normal, dry, oily, and combination skin.

•Skincare concerns: Dullness and Uneven Skin Texture, Dark Spots, and Pores

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Gifted but opinions are my own!

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Derma•E Anti Age Me Please

Anti-aging products is skincare you can never have enough of! I’ve been using this serum during the day so that I can incorporate the day cream with it as well. Using these two in conjunction is supposed to amplify results and I’m seriously so excited to keep using this and see what it does for my skin. So far I’m captivated by how these products make my skin feel. The serum doesn’t leave any sort of tingling sensation or irritation which I’m thankful for. It’s amazing having such powerful ingredients on your face and not even feeling them because they’re so gentle! The cream leaves me hydrated without feeling like there’s any residue on my skin and I’m really looking forward to the vitamin A making my skin more supple. Right now my face feels so silky smooth. I can’t wait to share my final review with you all. Thank you so much dermae for gifting me with this Anti-Aging Regenerative Serum and Anti-Aging Regenerative Day Cream. They’re an amazing addition to my collection. Follow me on my Derma•E Journey!

Benefits:

Vitamin A is called the skin vitamin! It makes skin supple and youthful. Glycolic Acid acts as a shovel basically digging out all the dirty and filth that’s inside your pores. I really love it because it makes it even easier for products to sink into the skin! Diminishes fine lines and dark spots!

Affordable Hair Care (Esalon)

This isn’t my typical blog post, but I’m a beauty influencer and focus on beauty. I think what’s on top of your head falls into that category too!

I’ve been lucky enough to test out a line of hair products. I originally wanted the products because I have two beautiful biracial daughters. I’ve such a tough time trying to find the right products that accentuates the beauty of their tresses. That’s all changed now.

Thanks to this brand called Esalon who focuses on hair care I can rest assured I’ll be able to tame the fly always and combat against the breakage that occurs within my daughters hair.

Of course they aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the luxurious products of Esalon. I too have found splendor in using their shampoo that focuses on breakage. It’s called “Repair Shampoo” and it really helps me because I always keep my hair up in a pony tail. If you know anything about hair you know that’s not a good idea. I live in Florida and it’s hot, I can’t help it.

Since using this shampoo for a couple weeks I’ve noticed less and less breakage. My husband doesn’t complain constantly about my hair getting in his barely there beard, haha. It looks a lot healthier too and less like a frizz ball at the ends. I always hated that.

It doesn’t have a rich lather which is fine because that means it’s sulfate free. Sulfate has been known to strip hair of its essential oils and also strip you dyed hair even quicker. If you wanna reduce your salon bill, you should switch to a sulfate free shampoo.

That brings me to another product that Esalon offers. There’s this nifty little spray called Camo Mist and it basically camouflages any discolored hairs that you might wanna mask. I can’t afford going to the salon so this has been a great alternative for me. You’ll have to check out my Instagram if you wanna see what happens to my grey hairs when I spritz a bit of that on. It doesn’t transfer to my clothes or turn my forehead the color of my hair (brown) so I’m grateful for that. That would’ve been a bummer.

If you do dye your hair often and you’re looking for nutrition and hydration for your hair I definitely recommend this line of hair care products. If you need extensive attention DEFINITELY check out their hair masks and hair oils which is infused with Argan oil. There’s two types of hair masks the Leave in treatment masks that’s great for detangling and hydrating and the Leave in for 20 minutes and wash out mask! The 20 minute mask is a great one for my girls because like I mentioned above; It really helps to tame their mane.

When I want to use a hair mask I go without conditioning my hair because it’ll get too oily. That’s not a cute look on with, haha.

I was talking with a friend and she told me it’s good after you’ve conditioned to rinse the rest of your hair out with cool water because it’ll lock in your conditioners nutrients. It also helps fight frizziness the next day!

Have you ever used Esalon products before? Let me know in the comments. If you’d like to learn more about these products then follow me on Instagram! You can check them out as well.

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Just a few of my favorites!

Check out these links to learn more about them:

Repair Shampoo

Repair Conditioner

Weekly Retreat (Smells delicious)

Universal Leave In (Smells delicious)

Rodan & Fields Unblemished Acne Treatment Experiment

Results are real. Not a paid or sponsored post.

I hadn’t used a product from Rodan+Fields since I was 13 and my mom bought me Proactive. When a R&F representive reached out to me I was excited to try the products again. Before getting started I took a test to find which regimen was best for me and I ended up with Unblemished. This system is formulated to combat acne, while brightening skin and removing texture and fine lines.

Let me start off by saying I really like how the system is numbered because I’ve always had complications with the order of skincare products.

Never thought an acne product could work with just a weeks worth of use! I was completely wrong but extremely pleased to find that Rodan & Fields Unblemished acne treatment system did just that! It stopped my break outs and lightened the appearance of scars from cystic acne.

I have suffered with acne breakouts forever but since I’ve grown older they happen less but when they do happen they tend to leave behind some sort of scarring in remembrance of it’s irritating presence. Most of the scarring and blemishes that occur on my skin are around my neck area. First off the system helped to keep breakouts at bay which I couldn’t believe, but I had to because it was real.

The exfoliating cleanser basically pulls any presence of dirt, oil and grime out of pores so that irritation and germs won’t grow and cause pimples. It’s as simple as that! I also never thought I’d have a face without blackheads—never in a million years especially since my pores are kinda big. Thankfully this regimen helps to minimize the appearance of pores. Unfortunately it leaves my skin dry so I had to use another moisturizer on top of the one it comes with.

I’m definitely going to keep using this treatment whenever I start noticing a break out. I’m going to start experimenting on my shoulders because it says you can use on your body as well and I’ve terrible scarring and acne there.

I had a pimple erupt on my chin because I stopped using this treatment so I could test another product. I used the exfoliator, toner and dual acne treatment and it definitely impacted the ugly pimple because it shrank in size.

I really appreciate the SPF that’s included because when using skincare with peroxide it’s good to have something to protect your sensitive skin form sun exposure.

If you’ve got acne and want something to help your breakouts, and scarring please check these products out! I know a very special person who is a rep for Rodan & Fields and they would be happy to find what will work for you!

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Real Results (NOT EDITED)

Imagine what 2 weeks of treatment can do!

What it does: (Taken from Rodan+Fields Representive )

Gentle Exfoliating Acne Wash: Salicylic Acid and gentle-exfoliating beads help clear clogged pores and remove excess oil and impurities. Colloidal Sulfur and minerals nourish skin for a healthy-looking, more radiant complexion.

Clarifying Toner: Mild Alpha-hydroxy Acids gently exfoliate skin, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and helps visibly firm. Green Tea Extract and Aloe Vera Extract calm and soothe.

Dual Intensive Acne Treatment: This unique dual-chamber formula contains 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide on one side and nourishing botanical extracts on the other, creating a balance of acne-fighting and skin-nurturing ingredients needed to care for adult skin. Pomegranate and Chamomile extracts help to calm visible redness, while Ceramides help condition, hydrate and visibly plump skin.

Shine-Free Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide provide broad-spectrum sun protection, while Vitamin C brightens skin for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion.

Forming A Routine With Formula 10.0.6

I feel like one can never have too many skin and bath goodies! When I first tried Formula 10.0.6 I was so excited! The labels held so many promises behind them and me being who I am ate it up. Of course not everything is going to work for me, but those that have—I just can’t get enough!

Let’s start with Be Berry Sassy + Three Times Sublime. Anytime I’ve had a breakout my go to was Be Berry Sassy because I felt like she really helped to alleviate the pain that my acne caused while also making it less noticeable. It’s probably the acidic nature that’s inside of the product that helped.

What’s inside? Well there’s a couple key components. Cranberry acts as an exfoliant that helps boost collagen production while also fighting against aging. What does the bamboo do? Well that is perfect for people like me who have acne (me on occasion). The antioxidants and amino acids combat against stress while also helping to strengthen the skin—healing and regenerating it. The tiny exfoliating beads work lovely against my skin knocking out the dirt and impurities so that my natural glow can come through.

As for Three Times Sublime I absolutely fell in love with the consistency of the product that’s squeezed from the tube. Its packed with Pink Grapefruit and Jojoba so you already know with those two comrades your skins in great hands. Pink Grapefruit is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and anti aging benefits as well as giving the skin glow capabilities.

As for Jojoba it helps to subdue the natural oils called sebum that your skin produces while keeping it soothed and smooth. It’s thickness works great as a mask or just as a wash / scrub. It’s been great getting rid of those blackheads that like to try and bury themselves within my skin. It also gives off a beautiful clean glow once rinsed. I mostly use it as a mask because it dries quickly and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. After the two mentioned above I definitely obtain clear, clean, silky smooth skin!

No Stress Zone is perfect for fighting against the every day pollution that likes to invite itself upon your skin which causes many things like break outs, aging and such. The ingredients tucked away inside detoxify and rejuvenate while the other helps to soothe any inflammation. This works best for me when I use it without any other cleanser—add that into the mix and my face looks like a tomato.

Now let’s move onto a more satisfying skincare routine which is masks that you peel back. I LOVE the Draw It All Out because when it dries you feel your pores just tighten up! It’s such a satisfying sensation when you apply something and actually feel it working. Charcoal is infused within this formula so you’ve got a gem on your hands when this is in your skincare routine. Charcoal unclogs your pores that are filled with dirt and toxins while also helping to add a glow. It definitely helps my skin when I’ve noticed a dullness.

Now you can’t just have a sickening sexy face, you’ve gotta also work on other parts of your body! Big shout to Sweet Buff Up because nothing polishes a body good like that sugar scrub! The smell is nice and subtle but that brown sugar is not! You slather that on and get to scrubbing you can feel it working its magic making your skin soft and smooth while giving it a kiss with fragrance! I absolutely love it and using My Softer Side body butter really compliments the job Sweet Buff Up does. It smells so good and it’s thick but dries pretty fast but leaves your body feeling slick and silky. I like using the Butter Up moisturizing stick on my elbows because they can get a little crusty and that is extra powerful against dryness.

So after giving you a little information on some of my formula faves which one do you wanna try? Follow My Journey On Instagram

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What’s in it? (Taken from Formula 10.0.6 )

Three Times SublimePink Grapefruit + Jojoba / This miraculous multi-tasker makes light work of stubborn blackheads, to remove excess oil, unclog pores and eliminate blemishes. Pink grapefruit cleanses while jojoba exfoliates. Its 3-in-1 formula acts as a wash, scrub and mask for the complete complexion overhaul.

Draw It All OutCharcoal + Plum / This peel works like a super charged magnet to attract and bind dirt that is clogged deep within your pores. Bamboo charcoal and wild plum work quickly to detox pores and gently exfoliate.

Sweet Buff UpBrown Sugar + Cocoa / Awaken your senses while you rejuvenate and soften your skin in the sweetest way! Brown sugar polishes while cocoa butter nourishes, leaving you with your sweetest, softest skin. Go ahead, indulge in a treat for your body!

Butter UpPlum + Cocoa Butter / Perfect for on-the-go and travel, butter up, down and all around with this rich and creamy moisturizing body stick! The dreamy scent of plum, along with the deep hydration of cocoa butter, will leave your skin soft and smooth!

My Softer SideKiwi + Almond Oil / We have you completely covered with this super-rich, hydrating body butter. Kiwi and almond oil create an intense moisture barrier to take care of all your dry skin woes. Get in touch with your softer side!

No Stress ZonePeach + Seaweed / This skin-defending cream mask is your barrier for defending delicate skin against the daily effects of toxins in the air. Antioxidant-rich peach flower extract detoxifies and rejuvenates, while anti-inflammatory rich seaweed helps to shield skin from everyday pollutants. Declare this mask your entry into No Stress Zone!

Be Berry SassyCranberry + Bamboo / Revive your skin with this deep-cleansing exfoliating scrub, packed with cranberry and bamboo to repair and restore your skin’s natural radiance. Say hello to your vibrant and sassy glow!

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Gifted products but my opinions are my own.

Drunk Elephant Came To SLAAI™ My Day

 

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I sound like such a broken record! Anytime I mention Drunk Elephant it’s “OMG this is so incredible”, “OMG I love it so mach!” But I won’t apologize for constant amping up when I find a brand that I love whom is hitting on all 10!

I won this SLAAI Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser during the Drunk Elephant 500k giveaway. Which by the way congratulations on such an incredible milestone, I’m sure 500 million will soon follow! Before using this I’ve tried one other balm and I liked it except for while using it an after using it my eyes had a film over them. I literally had blurry vision for like 5 minutes! I thought something was wrong with my eyes but I googled and saw that happens with that product. I felt a bit better but was annoyed.

So when this showed up on my doorstep I was ready for a test run! I even put my makeup on just so I could try this out. I was super excited because I’d already heard so many amazing things about it. The only thing I wasn’t stoked on was I WISH this mini slaai also came with the magnetic lid and spoon because honestly thats such a rad factor but I guess it only comes with the larger sized Slaai.

Oh well anyways, I grabbed the spatula from my other balm and used it to scoop out the buttery goodness. I probably had about the size of 3 peas scooped up and I applied it to my dry dolled up face. As I smoothed it around it melted into a warm oil which was so tantalizing! Just imagine a nourishing fruit salad blend infused inside the formula nourishing and soothing my skin as I gently rubbed it against my eyes and entire face.

Thankfully my vision didn’t blur and the many African oils infused within Slaai makes for the absolute richest & non irritating cleanser on the market so they didn’t burn either! After soaking in the glory of its essence, and making sure to coat every inch of my foundation covered face I followed what the directions told me to do next which was splash my face with some water and that’s when the magic really happened! The oily butter turned into a milky substance and my makeup just began to melt off my face.

I couldn’t stop massaging the product into my skin because it felt like actual butter and it was soooo soothing! My waterproof mascara easily came off my lashes without any intense rubbing at all!

There’s absolutely no scent which I was hoping it would smell like strawberries and kiwis, but that’s ok—Drunk Elephant products don’t have a scent so I won’t complain.

After a minute or two of massaging it in I washed it away with warm water. My complexion was glowing, and my makeup was gone! No raccoon eyes whatsoever! Although I was excited about that I was a bit confused because it felt like my skin was still slick as could be. I knew I had removed all of Slaai so what was it that was leaving my skin so buttery and silky?! I have always been used to a squeaky clean feeling, so this was a new sensation for me. Apparently it’s a good thing though—the new feeling of clean means my skin was treated like a queen by the gentle, nourishing hands of Slaai.

I love the feeling of hydrated skin and it’s really satisfying when you wake up the next morning still feeling and looking refreshed.

From the fruit extracts to the African oils this magic in a jar should be in everyone’s daily routines! Yes, I said daily because this is gentle enough to use as a daily cleanser as well as a makeup remover.

I was also gifted a tiny Bamboo Booster Exfoliant but I’ve yet to use it because, I’ve been using A-Passioni Retinol and its best not to exfoliate while using those formulas together.

Bamboo Booster has ultrafine bamboo and charcoal particles that gently exfoliate. If you mix it with Slaai you’ve got a buttery Exfoliant to take away your worries and your day. Be careful not to get it in your eyes though!

Once I use the Bamboo Booster + Slaai together as a team I’ll share that experience with you as well! Until then Follow Me On Instagram

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What’s in it? (Taken from Drunk Elephant 🐘 Website) Here are some of the key ingredients that make for an extraordinary makeup melting experience that nourishes and moisturizes while working to create a strengthening barrier within your skin.

Mongongo Oil– has a fatty acid profile as rich as coconut oil that protects the vital lipids in skin as it melts dirt and other impurities from skin.

🥗 Fruit Salad Blend– a mix of non-fragrant soothing fruit extracts and replenishing fruit oils that help comfort + moisturize skin. 🥝🍓🍉

Baobab Seed Oil– super-penetrating oil that intensely softens and helps dissolve makeup with its high fatty acid content and deep moisturizing properties.

Marula Seed Oil– a moisturizing oil, high in antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9., that preserves and nourishes your skin while restoring its youthful glow.

Kalahari Melon Seed Oil– lightweight oil that soothes while moisturizing and restoring elasticity.

Ximenia Oil– rich in vitamin c and is very nourishing and moisturizing.

A Passioni Skincare Affair

I began using my A-Passioni and let me tell you— it feels SO GOOD to get back on my Retinol grind! I started out with a brand that isn’t as powerful as this and my skin loved it. It only made sense to move onto bigger and better things which is this Retinol from Drunk Elephant! I feel like I can handle anything because I’ve been packing on a pea size and A HALF instead of the recommended dosage of A-Passioni which is a PEA size. Does that make me adventurous? I like to think so. They say too much of a good thing can be a bad, but let me live and find out for myself.

Since using this for a couple days I haven’t noticed any odd behavior from my skin except it’s beginning to sprout ugly little zits. Which that’s my skin purging and that is going to happen with formula transitions. I’m a beauty influencer, testing out products is my thing and having to deal with a little purge isn’t that horrible. It’s just my skins way of getting used to things, BUT I have to keep an eye on it because if it gets too out of hand it could mean ‘GIRL you gotta stop’. 

As I was saying, I’ve been using this now for 2 days— A dollop during the day and a dollop at night on each occasions. Only thing I did different this time around was derma roll which isn’t recommended because of the acidic nature of some of the products I used. But I’m a wild woman and I  do what I want plus everyone is different and before continuing my routine I did a patch test. My skin didn’t burst into flames so that was a good sign. 

Before I began rolling I applied a Vitamin C serum to my skin so I’d have a slick surface to roll against. I’m out of C-Firma so my go to Vitamin C has been by Live Skincare. It’s great for the skin, I  especially use it for a brightening effect and it does help with my break outs.

After putting a bunch of tiny holes into my skin I applied A-Passioni with a few pumps of B-Hydra. The B-Hydra definitely helps to calm any wild inflammation or burning sensations. Vitamin B is a friend to Vitamin C and they tend to compliment each other for a more maximized effect.

B-Hydra always gives the skin a nice cool coating of nutrients that help the appearance of aging and also help with brightening the skin—DOUBLE whammy. I like it because it’s an awesome agent to mix thicker substances with while getting the added benefits that I mentioned prior. 

I decided not to end the pampering there though! After applying my serums, and creams I sealed it all in with a moisturizer infused with crushed diamonds and rolled a cool jade stone across my face. I am trying to awaken that collagen and get it dancing with my A-Passioni! 

If you’re wondering WHY I put myself through the horror of pins in my face it’s not that bad. The little needles puncture my skin causing a rejuvenation because the products  used are going to be amplified because they’re basically trickling down a little tunnel into the tissues of my skin! That’s why I like derma rolling—it’s for sure getting the job done. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to state them. I’m totally open for conversion and if you’d like please follow me on my journey! I think it’s going to be a fun one. Follow Me On Instagram

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Products:

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni + B-Hydra

Live Skincare Vitamin C Serum:I’ve explained A Passioni & B-Hydra in a post prior to this one if you’d like to revert back to that one for information on the products. 

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What Vitamin C does: (Taken From Site) http://www.liveskincare.com-Removes Dark Spots & Pigmentation-Our Vitamin C Serum Fights the bacteria which causes Acne-Gets Rid Of Acne in Just 7 Days (We will talk about that another time)

Check out the products mentioned: Vitamin CI do have a discount code = 15% off! >> GIGI15

A-Passioni + B-Hydra — Sorry I don’t have a discount! It retails for $74

Yes that’s me after that little rendezvous with my skincare routine. I decided to really seal the deal with my Pixi Beauty DetoxiEYE Patches and my SNP birds nest eye patches… I definitely need to blog about this one in a separate post! Stay tuned 😉