Updated Skin Care Routine ft. Blooming Iris | Fall Edition

Hey guys! I am back for another beauty post. Today’s topic is skincare. With the transitioning weather from summer to fall, it is necessary to take note of the temperature changes when picking new products for your skin. If you haven’t read my latest skincare routine, click the link to read before reading this one! Let’s get started:

06097Oatifix Fresh Face Mask | I start off my routine with this fresh face mask from Lush every morning. It contains bananas, oats, almonds, illipe butter, sandalwood oil, and glycerin to lock moisture into your skin. Hands down, this is the best face scrub I’ve ever used for under $10. It leaves my skin soft and dewy which I like, considering I have extremely dry skin. If you’re looking for a face m/’ask that smells good and is inexpensive, this is your guy. One con I’d say would be that it is recommended by Lush that you keep their fresh face masks in the refrigerator because it is all natural and vegan, although I don’t do that (and it still works perfectly). I don’t put it in the refrigerator simply because when you’re ready to use it, it’s all cold and hard which I am not in favor of. Overall, it is a great product to have!

alovera-tonerAfter washing my face, I use my Blooming Iris Aloe Vera Toner. Blooming Iris is a skincare line created by my dear friend and entrepreneur, Akabalon. She uses pure aloe vera straight from the plant! Imagine washing your face and it feeling like butter, then on top of that, adding another layer of moisture on top of that with this toner. I spray this on my face about three times, rub it all in, and let it set on my face. After 3-5 minutes, my skin is radiant and glowing! Fun fact: Aloe vera contains two hormones that provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. If you have these problems, anything with aloe vera will be the right product for you.

img_5321Cortizone 10 | Once the toner has set, I go in with my favorite product of all time, Cortizone 10. As I’ve stated in my latest skincare routine,  I tend to have redness and itchiness on my face. I also use this when I get small bumps on my face. It is very helpful for people with eczema, rashes, scars, and acne. You use a dime size amount and you’ll be fine. When I skip this step or run out for a few days, I notice my small bumps start to resurface or I start scratching my face. So this product is a life saver for me!

img_1644Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel | I then finish off with my favorite moisturizer of all time. This baby is $20.I t does wonders for the skin and is super soft when applying! Use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel to instantly quench dry skin and boost’s skin’s hydration level. This oil-free formula quenches dry skin to keep it looking smooth, supple, and hydrated day after day. The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream. This gel moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturizing skin with up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The non-comedogenic gel moisturizer can be worn under makeup and leaves your skin more supple and smooth.

As you can tell, my skin routine has shortened for the fall season. My focus is all on moisture, and all of my products have a significant amount inside which makes my skin happy and hydrated!

My summer skincare routine: http://wp.me/p8aBTL-lq

Favorite drugstore products for dry skin: http://wp.me/p8aBTL-PP

Are there any products you recommend for the fall season? Comment below.

xoxocharleymone

 

 

Best Drugstore Skincare For Dry + Sensitive Skin

Hey loves, happy Tuesday! I’m here to talk to you today about the best drugstore skincare products out there for [extremely] dry and sensitive skin. Now I know skincare products can be expensive. You don’t have to do have an expensive skincare regimen to achieve clear and hydrated skin! If you read my latest blog post on my skincare routine, you’ll notice I listed some other good products that are also from drugstores that work well, like toners. Feel free to read!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Daily Cleanser

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser | Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser boosts the three signs of healthy-looking skin: softness, evenness, and radiance. This oil-free formula is infused with antioxidant white tea and moisturizing vitamin E. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser is dermatologist tested and won’t over-dry skin. I like this one because its super soft on the skin and keeps my skin hydrated after I wash it! Also for $8.

img_1640Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub, Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment |For $8, this face wash helps treat breakouts while gently exfoliating your skin. It is best used for acne-prone skin. This foaming scrub clears blemishes, even blackheads, and helps prevent new breakouts from forming. With Micro-Clear technology and clinically proven acne medicine, this face wash works to cut through pore-clogging oil, allowing medicine to penetrate to the source of breakouts, unclogging congested pores and removing dirt and impurities. It’s gentle exfoliators help smooth away roughness, revealing clearer, healthier-looking skin without over-drying. ***This scrub is formulated with naturally derived grapefruit extract and Vitamin C.

img_1645Noxzema Ultimate Clear Daily Deep Pore Cleanser | This product is GOLD! The Daily Deep Pore Cleanser has a rich, creamy formula to clean deep down and help eliminate pore clogging impurities such as dirt and oil, helping to reduce shine. It’s tingly sensation lets you know it’s working, haha. This will run you about $4! Not bad at all if you ask me. I use this one every other day because of how strong it works. Nonetheless, it reduces the size of blemishes and does a great job at removing dirt from your face.

 

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Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Mud Mask | This baby will run you about $7, but it’s the best! It draws out impurities from clogged pores with Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask with Strawberry and Yarrow! This skin-refining mud mask with berry boosters goes straight to work on clogged pores. Strawberry and Rosemary eliminate impurities, while yarrow clarifies skin for instant complexion perfection! Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure is perfect for a relaxing night in, or for deep cleanse to refine your skin! I’ll use this at night before bed, after I take my make makeup off (if any), and then apply moisturizer.

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Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Clay Facial Mask | These babies are $4 each and great for sensitive skin! Creamy clay gets into pores to remove dirt and oils while dead sea minerals and sea salts help replenish hydration and plankton and algae extracts reveal radiant skin. Also, the dead sea minerals and sea salts help with the removal of blemishes. I don’t use this product that much considering my skin is EXTREMELY dry. I use it when my skin feels excessively dirty — like if I’m too tired to take my makeup off or forget the night before, I’ll use this in the morning to make sure I remove all makeup, dirt, oils, etc.

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Charcoal And Black Sugar Dual Action Scrub Facial Mask | Also for $4, This dual-action charcoal and black sugar mask works in two ways to ready your face for the world. Activated charcoal works naturally to purify skin, absorbing oils without over drying while black sugar works as a scrub to gently exfoliate dull skin cells, revealing ultra-soft and smooth skin. This unique mask and scrub combo kicks impurities to the curb so you cart put your freshest face forward.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel | ***BEST SELLER*** and the most expensive thing on this list, $20, this product does wonders for the skin and is super soft when applying! Use Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel to instantly quench dry skin and boost’s skin’s hydration level. This oil-free formula quenches dry skin to keep it looking smooth, supple, and hydrated day after day. The unique water gel formula absorbs quickly like a gel, but has the long-lasting, intense moisturizing power of a cream. This gel moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin. Hyaluronic acid acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturizing skin with up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The non-comedogenic gel moisturizer can be worn under makeup and leaves your skin more supple and smooth.

Get your hands on these products. I promise you won’t regret it! Remember to drink water, eat healthy, and exfoliate!

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DOTW | Living an Unfiltered Life

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4

We live in a filtered world. A world that no longer accepts reality and instead demands that women and men master the charade. We live in a world where people are self-absorbed and self conscious more than anything. We like to play roles that don’t fit who we truly are to match what’s expected of us. We live for pleasing others before ourselves and yearning for acceptance. Think of this question: who are you?

No but really, who are you? The real you — your unapologetic self. The one who is happy with the way he lives and how he views hisself. Did you forget that you were made in God’s image? (Gen. 1:27) If you’re having trouble figuring this out and need guidance, pray this:

Lord, help me live an authentic life. Help me see where my true beauty and worth lie – in being a child of the Most High God. Help me have the unfading beauty of a gentle spirit. Thank you for valuing me so much that you sent Jesus to die for me. Thank you that you take what is broken and ugly in me – my sin – and wash me white as snow. Help me live to glorify you, not myself.

In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

 

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Mini Target Haul | June 2017

 

Hi loves! So I did a mini shopping trip today at Target and picked up a few hair care products + a skin care essential.



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Miss Jessie’s® Coily Custard | This product is a lotion base and is best for fighting curly hair shrinkage! Also works well for people with kinky curls. You can also use this for wash n’ go styling, rod sets, and as a daily curl refresher. This product helps to turn hair with a tight curl pattern to a lose moisturized curl. I, myself have very tight curls. I haven’t tried this product yet but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I had to get it for myself!

FOR DAILY USE: Evenly distribute a capful or more to damp, freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. Spread a generous amount until you have good coverage. Make sure you scrunch the hair to encourage curl. To dry: either use a diffuser attachment to dry the hair or air dry and GO! To refresh curl dampen hair and apply a capful or more of Coily Custard and repeat steps above. [link to product here]

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Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls | This product works well if you want larger expanded curls, wash n’ go styling, and a quick dry styling lotion to achieve big, soft curly hair. One thing I like about this product is that it is so light on your hair! This product is definitely a go to if you want something that will enhance your curls, yet don’t want to use a lot of product. [link to product here]

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SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner & Shampoo | I love this! These products detangle, moisturize, repairs and restores lifeless dry, damaged or over-processed hair. The sea kelp inside provides mineral-rich nutrition which seals and smoothes hair cuticle.

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Argan oil inside restores shine while helping promote hair elasticity. Lastly, the shea butter deeply moisturizes while conditioning hair and scalp. I just started using these products to wash my hair, mainly because my hair can get very dry — especially in its natural state. Using the conditioner more frequently than the shampoo has made my hair extremely moisturized and I can see a significant increase in shine! [link to the shampoo here]

 

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Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Flexible Hold Straightening Mist | Get a 48H straight finish and heat protection for the perfect sleek style. This straightening mist with argan oil from Morocco protects your hair from the heat of your flat iron, while taming frizz to seal in smoothness and shine for a lasting, sleek finish. Haven’t tried this before, but I did want to add something to my heat protectant that would keep my hair super straight as well as protected.  [link to product here]

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Clear Aloe Vera Gel | The key to moisturized skin! Well, one of the keys at least. I usually go for an aloe vera masks (which is also a good alternative), but this time I went with this. Usually, this product is ideal for people with sunburns. You can use this product as a substitute for any type of oil you use on your skin. It is up™ to 97.7% pure aloe vera gel and provides fragrance-free, alcohol-free and dye-free cooling moisture therapy! This cooling and soothing, non-oily gel is absorbed quickly and helps skin retain moisture and promote healing for irritated skin. I also hear you can use this product as a hair mask. I’ll have to look more into that! [link to product here]



That’s it for my mini Target haul. I’m trying my best to find a good long term hair care regimen that won’t do so much damage on my hair when I flat iron it on my own + products that will make my curls poppin’ when I want to wear it in its natural state! Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comment section below! I’d love to hear your feedback. Thanks for reading! 🌻

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What’s in my Makeup Bag? When I’m taking a trip home from college, sleeping over at a friend’s, or wherever the destination may be, these are my essentials for travel.

FACE

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L’Oreal Paris True Match, $7 | Out of my top 3 fave drug store foundations, this one would be ranked #2 in the shade Nut Brown. This foundation provides a medium coverage, while also giving a radiant glow. I rank this #2 because it’s one of the foundations out of my collection that is just more liquidity than the others which I am not that fond of. Nonetheless I love this foundation because not only does it give my skin a radiant glow, it stays on through out the day.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Mist & Fix Spray, $14 | THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. Definitely a 10/10 setting spray. I usually use NYX’s setting spray but I decided to up my game a bit and try something new and I’ve been in love ever since. This setting spray will literally keep your makeup on all day.

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SheaMoisture Face Primer, $16 | This product I also love. This primer is liquid based and goes on the skin very smoothly. Those who aren’t aware of what primer is used for, it is used to prep and prime the skin before you apply your makeup. The key ingredients in this primer are Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E! This primer can be worn alone, considering it also restores moisture which I love because I have dry skin.

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L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer, $5 | A very popular product. I own this product in three colors — fawn, medium beige, and cocoa. I use cocoa on my dark marks before I apply my foundation, fawn for my highlight, and fawn + medium beige for cleaning up my brows and prepping my eyelids for eyeshadow along with my primer.

EYES

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NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow, $5 | I get this in the shade ‘Bonfire’ and I love this shade because it blends right in with my foundation, giving me a natural look. NYX also has other shades which are very pigmented and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for pigmented eyeshadow for a low price.

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Wet n’ Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner, $4 | I prefer liquid eyeliner over any other form because it is easy for me to put on. I usually put this over my eyeshadow if my face is pretty dull for a special occasion. If you’re looking for an eyeliner that doesn’t crease or smears, this is the one for you.

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Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara, $6 | Definitely one of my top 5 drug store mascaras. This mascara doesn’t leave chunks on my eyelashes like some others do when I tend to put an excessive amount on. Fortunately with this, you don’t need to put an excessive amount on to make your eyelashes look fuller, thick, and dark. This gets the job done!

LIPS

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, $6 | In the shade ‘Avenue’, this  dark brick red shade goes well with my a plain face with settle eyeliner — at least that’s how I like to wear it. I love Colourpop’s matte lipsticks because you can put on one layer and it’ll stay on all night or day.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, $6 | In the shade ‘Limbo’, this is the perfect brown lip! It goes well with a natural bronze look which is what I like to go for. I’ll wear this with a lot of highlighter and just mascara.
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Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip, $6 | This lip gloss in the shade ‘Finder’s Keepers’ is perfect for the most natural look, especially for WOC. Definitely the go-to shade for a natural face if you’re looking for a subtle hint of color.

HIGHLIGHT

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Colourpop Super Shock Highlight, $8 | In the shade ‘Avalon’, this highlighter is a true copper color. I like it because I don’t do much contouring, so this darker highlighter gives my face a radiant glow close to my natural skin color. Almost like a bronzer.

BROWS

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Colourpop Brow Colour,  $6 | When I say this works just as good as ABH Brow Pomade… I get this in the shade ‘Black N’ Brown’ to fill in and outline my brows. After that, I use some clear eyebrow gel to set it and voilá!

Along with all of these goodies, I keep a face brush, beauty blender, small blending sponge, makeup remover wipes, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow grooming brush in my bag which are all essentials when applying makeup. I try not to carry too much when traveling. I just pick my go-to items that I know will look amazing on me. Have you tried any of these products or recommend any good items to try? Comment below on your thoughts! Thanks for reading.

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Beauty Spotlight: Cari Naturals

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Today’s beauty spotlight goes to this black business! Cari Naturals is a line hair and body products that are all natural and cruelty free with a Caribbean twist. I got the chance to collab with the wonderful creator, Kathyana Philippe. She aims to use her products to aid to people of all skin tones and hair textures. She wants to encourage others to love their skin and embrace their beauty. She also strives to use Cari Naturals to promote peace, love, and unity – not just here in the United States but all throughout the world!

PRODUCTS:

 

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Made with 100% all natural and organic Argon Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, and a mixture of essential oils, this product is amazing! It is sale now for $9.50 (originally $10.50). This serum is very lightweight and has a tropical scent to it. I’m not a big fan of body serums but this one is definitely a bang for your buck! This product can be compared to various glow serums from high end brands like Bare Minerals & NARS, although it’s biggest competitor (in my opinion) is Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer.

I’ve been using Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer for 2 years now and I can honestly say that all this product has provided me with is moisture, no glow. With Cari Naturals Caribbean Goddess Glow Serum, you get both! Take a look at this..

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Here’s my arm without the glow serum on it and after, both with flash. *inserts heart eyes emoji*!!!!!!! Im telling you, definitely a bang for your buck. This product works best when applied directly after showering. Although I have not tried this yet, Kathyana says that this product can be mixed in with liquid foundation for added shimmer! PLEASE NOTE: SHAKE WELL BEFORE APPLYING! Contents may settle if not used occasionally, which is normal. Also, applying can result in the staining of lightly colored clothes. Due to the richness in pigment of this glow serum, be mindful that a little will go a long way!

If you’re not into glow serums, Cari Naturals also has a lot of other products like these body butters!

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Stranilla Souffle, Glow Butter, Sage n Tings, & Original by Cari Naturals.

Unlike the serum, these body butters come in a thicker form (kind of like coconut oil).

Stranilla Souflee

This product is made with 100% unrefined shea butter and a blend of coconut, jojoba, vitamin E oil, and other essential oils. With this product, you can start your day smelling like a fresh basket of freshly picked, juicy strawberries topped off with sweet and fluffy whipped cream! This product is best for people with sensitive and dry skin like me, and eczema, scars, and/or sores.

Glow Butter

This product is not just for the summertime but all year round. With it’s rich bronze pigment, this body butter not only gives you the most genuine Caribbean sun-kissed glow, but keeps you moisturized ALL DAY! This product gave my skin an instant and very noticeable glow, so I give this product a 10 out of 10! (MY FAVORITE because it is very similar to the serum.)

Sage n Tings

What do you get when you mix a little bit of all natural, pure sage oil with the sweet smell of ginger? You get Sage n’ Tings! With the same awesome benefits as the Cari Whipped Body Butter in Original, not only will you be moisturized all throughout the day but you’ll smell irresistibly amazing as well!

Original “Holy Grail”

The absolute HOLY GRAIL of ALL body butters ever created. With the scent of rich shea and calming lavender, this butter is perfect for men, women, and children. It’s rich and fluffy texture is guaranteed to keep you moisturized! If you’re into products without fruity scents, this is definitely a go to.

 

I hope you all enjoyed this review and thanks for reading. If there are any other beauty/skin care products that you would like me to review please shoot me an email at charleymone@yahoo.com! Stay beautiful and make sure to check out her site! Thank you ❤️

xoxo,

Charley Mone🌴

Pink Paradise Lippie! 

Here’s that new new! N.O.R.E by Norrell Cosmetics! 😍

I’m wearing the shade “Pink Paradise” in the collage above.

Pros: it had me at hello! The color is super cute and it’s highly pigmented! Also goes great with my skine tone. Would suggest this to any women of color. Matte formulas usually last longer than glossy formulas due to the fact that they’re drier. But this new lippie stayed completely creamy. I only used one coat to apply and that one coat was enough! I even ate with it on all day and only had to reapply once.

Cons: it stained my lips a bit once I took it off.

Rate: on a scale from 1 (worst. lipstick. ever.) to 10 (thebomb.com). I’d say an easy 9/10!

I’ve gotten the chance to speak to and collaborate with the CEO of this brand! She says, “N.O.R.E By Norrell is a cosmetic brand that I founded in September this year! I have launched a line of Matte Liquid Lipsticks and my goal is to expand into a full line of cosmetics. N.O.R.E represents diversity and beauty; I make products to fit all skin tones! I want to inspire women of all ages to follow their dreams and goals and to say that it is possible! I started with $500.00 and a dream. I want women to feel not like they need my products but to feel confident wearing them. N.O.R.E is ALL ABOUT BEAUTY!

Get the scoop on new items and check out her site at www.norebynorrell.com! (Instagram: @norebynorrellcosmetics) #SupportBlackBusiness!

xoxo,

Charley Moné 🌴 Continue reading “Pink Paradise Lippie! “