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

Time to Act: Femicide

Hey Babes,

I wanted to speak to my readers about a topic that is currently happening in our world – femicide.  Disclaimer: I received all my information from credible sources and the topic also discusses rape, death, sexual abuse, etc. 

On August 24 of this year, a young university student, Uyinene Mrwetyana, went missing.  Almost two weeks later, a man turned himself in to the authorities claiming to be Uyinene’s killer.  The 42 year old suspect described the details of the murder and led the authorities to the place he “dumped” the body.  Mrwetyana went to the post office where the suspect worked to inquiry about a parcel.  The murderer explained to the victim that he was not able to assist her at the time and she needed to come back later.  Unfortunately, she came back later when the two of them would be alone; the suspect then attacked her, killing her at the scene.   According to IOL, the man locked the doors of the post office, attacked her, and penetrated her.  In her last final moments, she fought back.  The brave woman fought her attacker before he could bludgeon her to death with a scale.   The killer contemplated burning her body, instead he left her body in the next town over. 

This young woman’s life was cut short by a man with a malicious soul and she’s not alone.  Blood boxer and karate champion, Leighandre Jegels, was shot days before by her soldier boyfriend, Bulelani Manyakama. Violence against women have risen in the recent years.  President Cyril Ramaphosa promised he will work with legislators and other government officials to raft a reform and tackle the crisis; however, he did not declare a state of emergency.   This is more than rafting a reform and talking about making the world safer for women and children, we need more than a discussion.  We are more than a conversation.  Bolivia, Venezuela, South Sudan, South Africa, America, India are a few countries where violence against women is on the rise.  Women can’t walk down the street or reject a person’s advances in fear of being killed.  Patriarchy allows women to be beaten, raped, assaulted, neglected without justice.  For example, Brock Turner served three months in jail for raping Chanel Miller.  He committed a crime that a person can serve 14 years in federal prison; he was sentenced to six months and served three months. 

Our abusers are getting away with tainting our lives.  We need to act.  For instance, Bolivia declared femicide a national priority.  The government announced a ten point emergency plan which will include: educating public sector employees and civil servants on gender violence and prevention, increasing government spending on gender violence and prevention, training school and university educators about the psychological, sexual, and physical violence women and young girls face.  We need more countries and governments to recognize this is a global issue and we need protection.  If you want to have your voice heard, spread awareness; educate men, and women about the crisis; please volunteer and donate to organizations that specialize in preventing violence.  See organizations below:

https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/program/womens-childrens-health/gender-based-violence-response-prevention/

https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/take-action

https://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/prevention

Do your part in the fight to end the femicide! 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

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

It’s Time to End

Hey Babes,

I know that you haven’t heard from me in a while.  I haven’t been consistent in my work and I apologize.  The April challenge winner is @Colleenalau!  Her May challenge consisted of being grateful for the small things in her life for the entire month.  She kept a journal to record her challenge and posted a picture for each week on her Instagram.  If you are interested in seeing her challenge, don’t hesitate to follow her!

The April challenge was a blast; forcing myself to attend the gym for twenty-one days was no joke.  I still attend the gym at least twice a week.  It is not easy.  My arms hurt, legs are in pain, my core is screaming at me, and I’m not sure if my back is sweating or crying out for help.  Although my body parts are not happy with me, I love knowing that I’m working on being healthy and a better vision of myself.  That is what being a Bougie Babe is all about.  We, as bougie babes, need to be constantly working to evolve into better versions of our former selves.  Whether that be separating yourself from your draining work, manipulating friends, and emotionally damaging family; it is to create the person we strive to be in life.

Unfortunately, separating yourself from some of the familiarities are difficult.  Removing yourself from an unhealthy environment with the ones you know affects the relationship.  Some people learn to be cordial and mature about the end of bond; others may lash out or react negatively.  It will affect everyone in a different way.  I learned my lesson when it comes to ending a bond.  It hurts.  Once, I cried for a few days wondering if I was wrong for ending the relationship.  After a few weeks, I used my pain to fuel my desire for growth.

Losing a loved one that is not physically gone can affect your spirit.  It troubles you and creates a smothering atmosphere around you.  You begin to blame yourself for the other person’s actions; taking on their sins as your own.  You will want to rekindle the friendship/ relationship – don’t.  The connection ended because of toxicity.  Why go back to what hurt you in the first place?

Take the time to heal and evolve into the person you envision.  Take the time to consider that you may have grown from the person, or they grew apart from you.  If you need to remove yourself from any malicious or negative environment, please do so.  An apple tree cannot grow in concrete.  Surround yourself with ambitious people.   Set goals that you want to achieve.  Live the life that you want and let them live their life.  Wish them well and hope they receive their blessings.  It’s okay to end a relationship with someone close to you.  That person brought a purpose into your life at the time you needed to learn something different.  It’s okay to appreciate who the person is and to appreciate what they did for you.   It’s now time to appreciate and love them from afar.

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Bye Babes,

Xoxoxo

Bougie

April Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey babes!

Congratulations to the winner of the March challenge, Joyce Cheng! I hope you enjoy your prize and participate in the next Bougie Babe Challenge. Speaking of the next challenge, it’s a new month and we all know what that means – Challenge time!

It’s April, and when I think of this month. I think of growth. We celebrate Earth day and Easter in this month; both holidays represent adding to your life and growing to become a better version of yourself. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ and us gaining a second chance. Earth day brings awareness to our dying earth and giving us the tools to grow a sustainable world. Each holiday guides us to add positivity in our lives and that is what I wanted to do this month. For this month we will be adding a positive habit into our lives. I will be posting one lucky winner on April 30th and the winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Here are the rules:

  1. You must be following my blog, Bougie Babe and following me @ken.monet on Instagram.
  2. Challenger must upload a picture everyday or 7 pictures all together weekly on your progress with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by April 29th at 11:59 pm.
  3. The caption should explain what you gave up for the month and why you chose the hobby or habit.
  4. The activity must be completed in APRIL OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of you completing a similar challenge from a long time ago.
  5. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.

And those are the rules! I loved seeing the January, February, and March challenges you guys posted. I can’t wait to see the posts for this month. Also SHARE THE CHALLENGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS! Don’t forget to like, share, and comment on this post. Also, follow my blog and @ken.monet on Instagram.

Bye Babes!

xoxoxo,

Bougie