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.

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Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Review: Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream

Hey Babes,

Summer is coming to an end with August being the last month of summer vacation.  The leaves are changing colors and the wind is biting at our skin.  Summer is not over, but the weather change is affecting my face.  As you all know, my skin is dryer than hair damaged by heat for over ten years.  My day skincare routine has saved my skin from the harsh sun, however, my skin still felt dry when waking up.  I knew I needed to change something else – my nighttime routine. 

My night routine didn’t change much from my previous routine post.  On the other hand, I did not replace most of the products I used after I finished the bottle.  Stupidly, I thought she (my skin) would act accordingly during the midnight hours.  That didn’t happen.  I was faced with a dilemma; how do I repair my skin when I’m not awake?  I didn’t know where to start, honestly.  The first thing I thought to do was to look for ingredients that help with repairing the skin.  Skin is important to me and I do research the ingredients of the products I use.  It is important to me to align myself with companies that are ethical and socially responsible.  I researched about a few companies and I saw an interesting product – the E.L.F. Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream. 

E.L.F. is an affordable drug store makeup company that is sold in many stores such as Target, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, CVS, and E.L.F. cosmetic stores.  I purchased the massaging cream at Target for $14 plus tax.  The ingredients, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene; Cetyl Alcohol; Vitamin C; Pomegranate oil; and Carrot oil, sold me on the product.  Hydrogenated Polyisobutene is a polymer that thickens the oils in cosmetic products which creates a softer and smoother look.  Cetyl Alcohol is a non-drying alcohol that holds the ingredients together.  Vitamin C, pomegranate oil, and carrot oil are antioxidants that nourish the skin; brighten dark spots; and repair damaged skin.  These ingredients were solutions to the issues I had with my skin.

After my first use with the recovery overnight cream, the consistency caught my attention.  I noticed the cream did not completely sink into the skin.  With the massager alone, my skin did not absorb the product.  I massaged the rest of the product into my skin with my fingers.  The substance didn’t feel sticky or greasy; it felt better on my face after I put it in the refrigerator for two minutes. 

The morning after, my face felt moisturized.  My appearance wasn’t affected immediately, however, my face did feel smoother.  After a few weeks of use, the massaging overnight recovery cream became a favorite.  Rolling the massaging beads on my face feels relaxing, especially after a rough day.  The cream works best on a fresh, clean face so I use the Beauty Shield product after applying my Vitamin C toner from BreedLove Beauty Co.  I noticed my skin felt nourished and hydrated in the morning. The bumps and ridges of my skin felt smoother and less visible. I like the product thus far and recommend it for people with minor skin damage.  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!  I would love to see more interaction from my readers.  For any updates, follow my Instagram @Ken.monet!  Thank you for reading!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie