Skincare Trends to Avoid

Hey Babes,

Happy fall!  It has been a long, LONG hiatus from this blog; however, I am back!  I know I promised a weekly upload, including weekly YouTube videos, but I did not keep my promise.  I struggled with time management and fell back into the rabbit hole of a sporadic schedule.  Thankfully, my time has cleared up and I wanted to write a quick blog about some of the skincare trends that should be avoided, INDEFINITELY.  Social media has become a platform for skincare enthusiasts alike to communicate and exchange skincare tips, advice, hacks, etc.  Some of the skincare hacks can be helpful, unfortunately, some skincare hacks are not helpful at all.  

  1. Over Cleansing: Using cleanser for more than 5 minutes to wash your face.  

Problem: The issue with washing your face for more than 5 minutes is the cleanser can strip the natural oils from the skin and break down your skin moisture barrier.  

Solution: Double cleansing – Using two different forms of cleanser to get rid of the dirt from the face.  For example, using a cleansing balm to remove makeup and follow up with a gentle cleanser to get rid of any lingering dirt from the face.  

  1. DIY Chemical Peel: Buying chemical ingredients and mixing it together to create a chemical peel at home.

Problem: Many of the ingredients that are sold online are counterfeit.  The chemicals that are used in chemical peels are sold to chemists and medical companies, exclusively.  The ingredients can be dangerous to the skin when applied.  Also, if the ingredients are not mixed properly, it can be dangerous for the person combining the ingredients.  

Solution: Make an appointment with your trusted dermatologist and have the chemical peel professionally done. 

  1. Using Glue to Remove Blackheads: Spreading glue onto the blackheads; waiting for the glue to dry and peel the dried glue off the face to “remove” blackheads.  

Problem: Elmer glue and other glues have preservatives that can irritate the skin.  The preservatives can cause irritation, inflammation, and overall damage the skin.

Solution: To safely remove blackheads, AHA’s and BHA’s are great chemical exfoliants that can hydrate the skin, as well as get rid of blackheads. 

  1. Over Moisturizing: Layering different creams, moisturizers, and oils to the skin simultaneously.  

Problem: Applying too many moisturizers can signal your skin to “slow down” or “stop” the production of our natural hydration producers.  

Solution: Use light and breathable moisturizers in the summer and stick to a heavier, but non-comedogenic creams in the winter.  Also, stick to moisturizers that are designed for your skin type.  

  1. Layering products in the incorrect order: Applying skincare products on the skin that doesn’t help the skin.

Problem: Layering the products in the “incorrect” way can cause pore clogging and make the products non-effective to the skin.  For example, applying an oil before a serum will make the effects of the serum ineffective because oil is a sealant and the serum can not penetrate the skin. 

Solution: The suggested way most dermatologists and estheticians recommend is as follows: cleanser → toner → serum → moisturizer → sunscreen.

6. Sunscreen Contouring: Applying sunscreen to the highest points of the face and avoiding the sides of the nose and under the cheekbones to have a “natural” contour.  

Problem: Any form of exposure to the sun without sunscreen will harm the unprotected areas; leave long-term damage, and increase the risk of skin cancer. 

Solution: ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN!

It is okay to participate in harmless skincare trends and exchange different tips with other people; however, take precautions when dabbling into new products and unique hacks.  Sometimes, the hacks might not work well for your skin and cause serious damage.  Remember to subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel.  Like, comment, and share some of the skincare trends you avoid.  

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Top Skincare Products for Men

Hey Babes,

Happy New Year! I have returned to my home base!  I know I have been gone for a while; however, I started a YouTube channel called Bougie Babe Ken.  Currently, my time is populated with school, work, and YouTube.  But my fingers were craving to write another blog post for my original babes.  I’ve missed writing my posts and helping brighten your day.  Many of the support I get from my babes help me stay positive.  Sorry I left, but this is the year of consistency.  I will be uploading a blog post or a video more frequently.

Today, I will be discussing some highly rated skincare products for men.  I have noticed there are more men starting a skincare routine and indulging in self-care.  Self-care is an important practice, and everyone should prioritize their health – including men.  Self-care is more than getting your nails done or having a glass of wine; it is taking the time to focus on the things that benefit you and make you happy.  Men are meant to be the provider and don’t focus on positive outlets that can make them happy.  Modern men are forgoing that ideology and investing in themselves.  Luckily, my favorite topic – skincare – is a popular self-care practice that people invest in.  Here are some great skincare products that men should consider investing in. 

  • Jack Black Pure Daily Facial Cleanser – $19

The first step in anyone’s skincare routine is to wash your face.  Washing your face twice daily help keep the skin clean for all dirt and bacteria.  The Jack Black Pure Daily Facial Cleanser is a great cleanser to do just that job.  The 2-in-1 cleanser and toner removes oil and dirt while hydrating the skin for a fresh look.  Key ingredients such as Aloe leaf help soothe and reduce redness, organic rosemary and sage leaf provides antibacterial benefits, and with hazel tones and cleanses the skin.  Your skin will look great and fresh after using the cleanser.

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Jack Black Daily Facial Cleanser via Amazon
  • TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face – $20

Vitamin C is one of the top rated ingredients in skincare.  Vitamin C brightens the skin, reduces aging, and evens out dark spots.  Vitamin C helps the skin look fresh and rejuvenated and the TruSkin Vitamin C Serum is a perfect example.  The product is plant based and synthetic additives free.  The serum diminishes fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles.  The serum also contains jojoba oil, witch hazel, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E, which are known to hydrate the skin, fight inflammation, and tighten the skin.  One of Amazon’s highest rated serums, the TruSkin serum is a great way to keep your skin looking bright.

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TruSkin Vitamin C Serum via Amazon
  • Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer – $20

The eyes are a sensitive and delicate area and should be treated with care.  The Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer is cool on contact and infused with caffeine and artic root which minimizes puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.  The roll on applicator ensures the product is smoothly and evenly distributed.  No more worrying about how tired you look.  The eye cream is a great way to moisturize the skin around the eyes without doubt. 

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Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer via Kiehl’s
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – $60

Exfoliating is a good way to rid your body of dead skin; however, exfoliants can be too harsh and leave the skin scarred.  Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant uses a rice based powder that is gentle enough to use daily and scrub the dead skin away.  The exfoliate is formulated with salicylic acid which clears clogged pores, draws out excess oil, promotes cell turn over, and refines skin; colloidal oatmeal thar attracts moisture to skin and locks it in by forming a protective barrier; and ginkgo, a cleanser that protects the skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. Together the ingredients combine to preserve the new layer of supply skin. 

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant via Dermalogica
  • BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter – $13

Although many don’t consider beards apart of skincare, it is still an important part of self-care.  Beard oils and creams aides in hair growth and moisturizes the hair.  The BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter uses Shea Butter, Mango butter, Tea Tree Oil, and many more plant based ingredients.  The butter is formulated with all natural and essential oils to soften and add a healthy sheen to beards and mustaches, while gently moisturizing the skin beneath. 

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BreedLove Beauty Beard Butter via BreedLove Beauty
  • All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave – $16

A good aftershave is always appreciated, especially one that smells good.  The All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave does just that.   The aftershave aids in soothing, repairing, and minimizing the pores while leaving a spicy smell.  The mixture of cinnamon and Ashwagandha reduces inflammation and adds moisture to the skin.  The aftershave also includes with hazel, aspen bark, and lavender to tighten the skin and prevent acne. 

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All Things O’Natural Spiced Aftershave via All Things O’Natural
  • Laneige Lip Glow Balm – $15

If you are looking for an affordable product with great quality, this lip balm is the one.  The Laneige Lip Glow Balm is an amazing product and I know from experience.  These product keeps the lips hydrated and heals the dry skin on the lips.  The lip balm contains Shea Butter and Astrocaryum Murumuruseed; these ingredients moisturizes the lips and leaves the lips soft and radiant for longer.  It is a perfect on the go lip balm that will work wonders. 

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Laneige Lip Glowy Balm via Laneige

It is good to invest in skincare and practice keeping the skin healthy, youthful, and fresh.  There are more than plenty of other products that cater specifically to men’s needs.  If you have a favorite product or your own skincare routine, comment down below.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Want more skincare tips?  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  I would love to see more interaction from my babes.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @bougiebabe.ken, my Twitter @ken_monet, and subscribe to my YouTube channel Bougie Babe Ken!  Thank you for reading!

xoxoxo,

Bougie

Fall Skincare Essentials

Hey Babes,

Fall is here and it is time to transition!  All the crop tops, shorts, and bikinis are walking in a single file line into the closet while the fall and winter clothes are making an entrance.  Autumn is great for turtlenecks, scarves, hats, petticoats, and thigh high boots; however, the icy winds and cold temperatures dry out the skin.  Combine the cold winds with dry air from radiators and you have a disaster waiting to happen.  Skin loses moisture during the cold seasons which can cause flakiness, irritation, and sensitivity.  And you can’t take cute selfies when all you want to do is scratch your face.  Changing up your skincare routine is necessary to keep your skin looking healthy, young, and smooth.  Here are some essentials for everyday fall beauty. 

Add Some Thickness to the Mix

It is time to ditch the light moisturizers and start shopping for heavier creams.  Using a thicker moisturizer compensates for the natural moisture the skin loses.  According to dermatologists, using a thick cream with ceramides, lipids that help form the skin’s barrier, and retain skin moisture, helps keep your skin hydrated and firm. 

Bat the Eyes and Pout the Lips

If you are not already moisturizing your lips and using eye cream, then its time to start.  Using eye creams and lip balms make it easier to keep the face looking together.  The skin does not do well when the seasons transition.  Make it easier by using lip balms and eye creams to make sure the whole face is hydrated.  Also, lip balms have dual usage; us the lip balm to moisturize dry spots on your skin. 

Put away the exfoliate

Now that the weather is changing, so should your use of exfoliates.  You don’t need to use exfoliates as frequent as you would in the summer and spring.  After using a scrub, the skin becomes raw and sensitive.  Exposed skin in a cold setting in a recipe for disaster.  Use a softer exfoliate bi-weekly and don’t forget to put a balm on afterwards.

Sunscreen is Still Necessary

Don’t you dare put away that SPF 50!  The sun is still bright in the sky and your skin is still in danger of getting burned.  The sun might not feel as smoldering as it does in the summer, however, it can still damage the skin.  In addition to using SPF, add vitamin C to your regime.  Vitamin C blocks the sun rays that sunscreen does not and helps boost collagen production in the skin.

Buy a Humidifier

Humidifiers are known to boost hydration by adding moisture to the air.  The more moisture added to the air, the more it will share with your skin. 

And these are the essentials when transitioning to fall skincare.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Want more skincare tips?  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  I would love to see more interaction from my babes.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet!  Thank you for reading!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Tips to Maintain Your Mane in the Winter

Hey babes,

Fall is here! Halloween is around the corner, and my sweet tooth is coming in. The cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and candies I will be enjoying because of the Halloween and birthday parties. Almost everyone in my life has a birthday in all the Fall and Winter months; my own birthday is in November. And you know what that means, I need to look good. It’s great to have days where you can relax in some sweatpants, but some days deserves a fashion show. And this includes having the hair done.

Fall and winter can be harsh for natural hair. Hair breaks off when the harsh wind hits it. The cold air makes the hair brittle and brittle hair creates split ends. Split ends do not look good. My hair is NOT allowed to look like the witch brooms of the Sanderson sisters. Babes, we must protect our hair. Luckily, I have some tips for keeping our hair moisturized and healthy.

-Hats are friends, not food
Please save a babe and donate a hat. Keeping the hair protected from the wind is important to keep the hair from breaking. Not all hats are good for hair. Silk lined hats are best because the fabric does not absorb the moisture in the hair or cause friction like other fabrics. Silk lined hats can be found on Amazon, Grace Eleyae, and Etsy.

-Protective Hairstyles
Braids, twists, ponytails, buns, wigs, etc. are great hairstyles that will protect the hair.  There is a variety of braids at affordable prices.  Box braids, crochet braids, and even Senegalese twists come in different colors and sizes and still protect your hair.  Adding extensions to your hair is another fun way to protect your hair this winter!  Either online or at your local beauty supply store, extensions are cheap and reusable.  If you want a fluffier ponytail, or more length to your hair, extensions are the best to use.  And lastly, wigs.  Wigs can change your personality in a moment.  Each wig is a different look.  You can be a red head on Monday and have deep blue hair by Thursday.  The change is nice but be careful about wig glue.  Your edges will begin to thin out if there is too much wig glue. 

-Let your SLOW GLOW

Moisturizing your hair in the winter is essential to keeping your curls healthy.  Hair dries out in the winter; oiling and moisturizing the hair keeps it from feeling like straw. Oils such as Jamaican black castor oil, aragon oil, avocado oil, and jojoba oil are great in the winter because of its nourishing, and rejuvenating properties.  Using the L.O.C./L.C.O. method seals moisture in and keeps the curls defined.  Grab your favorite leave-in conditioner and curl defining cream, go to Netflix on your laptop, and enjoy the end of the night by watching your favorite show and giving your hair some TLC.

-Cut it out!  

Trim those split ends, sis.  There are hundreds of videos on YouTube on how to trim your ends at home.  Split ends prevent hair growth and create weak hair strands.  Let those ends go! 

– Keep the heat out of the kitchen

Steaming your hair is good for the hair, however, using heat to straighten it is not acceptable.  Curling or flat ironing the hair dries and burns the hair.  We do not need to add ways to dry out our hair this winter.  Put the flat iron away and search stretching styles on YouTube.  I promise you will appreciate the stretched method more than using heat to straighten your hair. 

And these are a few tips to maintain healthy hair in the winter.  Post a pic of your best curls and tag me on Instagram.  Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  I would love to see more interaction from my babes.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet!  Thank you for reading!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Review: Dove Re-Styling Milk

Hey Babes,

It’s great to be back! Life is in a repetitive stage and I am exhausted.  Summer consists of three months and I did not have a “Hot Girl Summer” liked I planned to do this year.  I wanted to go on trips, have a daily activity, meditate, post more blogs, and take control of my life.  Now we are in August and time is running away from me.  I don’t appreciate it.  Summer is one of my favorite seasons; I need more summertime.  Some of the reasons I love about summer is the way nature blossoms; more people come together to inspire; fashion is dramatic yet light; and its not freezing cold outside.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of mosquitos; the smell of trash that sits out the street too long (if you’re not from the city, you’re blessed); people playing with fireworks every night; and the excruciating heat, but Summer is the best season.

Another reason is the amount of hair products that come out.  Most companies release hair products that prevent frizz, seal in moisture, and define the curl.  I have tried an abundant amount of hair products and not many of them worked.  Luckily, I was chosen to review Dove’s new Between Washes Re-Styling Milk for the company’s new campaign.  Dove and Influenster sent me the complimentary product; I was excited to try it.  I did review the product on my social medias already, but I wanted my blog readers to also know about the product.  

The packaging was standard.  The item came with a card with instructions and the benefits of the product.  The 6.8 oz. bottle was wrapped in oatmeal white tissue paper.  After opening the product, I sprayed three times to get a decent amount.  The consistency is creamy and light.  I followed the instructions and ran the re-styling milk through a piece of my hair.  I scrunched my hair at the ends to add texture as the card instructed.    After a few minutes, my hair did curl.  After the first try, I applied the milk on half of my hair.  The half without the product felt dry and looked dryer.  My hair resembled the broom of the wicked witch.  The half with product felt soft, smelled soft, and looked soft.  It was a miracle! Finally, a product I need in my life.  Dove’s re-styling milk worked like a charm.  It worked for 30 minutes.  After a half an hour, my hair turned into a big fur ball. 

I wasn’t surprised, but I did want the product to prove me wrong.  My hair was still soft, but my curl was nonexistent.  Dove’s Between Washes Re-Styling Milk did its job for a short time.  I would rate the product four out of five stars.  It needs improvement, but it was a decent execution.  If you want shorter reviews on products, follow my Influester – @kenmonet.

Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on the post.  Become a Bougie Babe and subscribe to the blog!  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet and Twitter @Ken_monet!  Thank you for reading the post and supporting Bougie Babe!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie