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

5 Bougie & Affordable Online Boutiques

Hey Babes!

It is time of the year.  The weather is starting to toy with our feelings; the snow has melted, but the wind is still thriving.  I know there is someone in front of their mirror contemplating wearing a light blue jumpsuit or wearing a leather jacket, a pair of jeans, and rain-boots.  On the other hand, this is the time we start to look for new and better outfits to purchase.  The newest Spring collection of your favorite designer has launched, and you’ve made room in your closet for everything and anything.  But did you prepare your wallet the same way you prepared your closet?  No.  I don’t judge you.  I also neglected my wallet and decided space in my wardrobe was more important.  I was fascinated with the different patterns, the intricate cuts outs, and the vibrant colors, until I noticed the price tag.  The price tag of these designer stores made me put some of my old clothes back on the hanger, luckily, I found some affordable online boutiques that aren’t a complete sham.  I know what you’re thinking, “online boutiques are nothing but people recycling clothes from other stores with cheaper material and overpriced.”  Yeah, I know.  There are some clothing brands that sell us a piece of fabric for more than what we make an hour.  And there are also some clothing brands that sell good quality clothes for a decent price. 

  • 3udora

3udora is a black woman owned online boutique that focuses on unique and eccentric fashion.  The online boutique includes sizes for all women, sizes ranging from small to XX-Large.  The founder of 3udora, Candice Jean-Pierre, fell in love with fashion at a young age.   She grew up in an area where many of the retail stores had the same clothing and girls’ fashion were predictable.  She decided to create a modern, sophisticated, and unique Afrocentric clothing boutique.  She asses the quality of her clothes by trying on samples and testing the clothes herself before posting her clothing on the site.  She believes that the clothes she designs bring a sense of belonging to the women who purchased it.  In her words, “They preserve the afro-culture of these women [black women] and celebrate it, while everyone else just looks at it as a trend.”  Personally, I have purchased from the site before, and I love the quality of my head wrap.  The material is stretchy, breathable, and versatile.  I recommend this store to everyone. 

Founder of 3udora
  • Rebellious Fashion

Rebellious Fashion is one of the many well known popular online boutiques we see dominating Instagram.  The online boutique has gained much traction since created in 2013.  The online retail store is based in the United Kingdom and has been in business for over 20 years.  Rebellious Fashion was made to be different, risky, and classy all in one.  The clothes trend on many different platforms and focus on making the buyer feel good.   The quality of the clothes is very good, especially for a mainstream online boutique.  And if someone receives a malfunctioned product; the customer service is excellent. 

  • Papaya Clothing

Papaya clothing is an online boutique with physical retail stores located in the United States.  Papaya clothing has been in the game for over three decades.  The store has a variety of sizes for all shapes and sizes.  Papaya clothing prides themselves in helping millions of women find the best clothes that will fit their style.  The best thing is the company has control of their supply chain; the company is direct with all operations and customer savings.  The company tests the wear of their clothes before posting the items.  The clothes wear well and can last for months, even years, after purchase. 

  • Poppy Apparel

Poppy Apparel is an upcoming boutique that has much potential.  The boutique sells different clothes for any occasion.  Although it is a newer website than the big names on the list, the brand started to receive buzz from smaller influencers.  On the other hand, the company does not have an about page or speaks much on the experience of creating the boutique.  The brand is nice but needs to step up their game to receive notoriety in the fashion world. 

  • Kloset Envy

Last, but certainly not least, Kloset Envy is next on the list.  Kloset Envy is all about looking good but not breaking the bank.  Jai Nice, founder of Kloset Envy, tests her products on herself and the Kloset Envy models before selling her clothes.  She styles and buys her clothes, as well.  In my own experience, the quality of the clothes is exceptional.  The fabric doesn’t feel scratchy on the skin at all.  I suggest ordering up in size because the clothes are snug.

Don’t forget to share, like, and comment on this blog post! Comment below the different boutiques you like to shop for clothes. Also, follow me on Instagram @ken.monet for blog and challenge updates. Remember to post March challenge updates on your Instagram with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by March 29th at 11:59pm.

Bye Babes!

xoxoxo,

Bougie

March Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey Babes,

It is March!  It is now the start of a new challenge.  The February challenge winner is HelenWong!  Her posts are on her Instagram @collenlau;the posts are sentimental and beautiful to see. In addition, her captions are inspiring! This month, I will be challenging my readers to give up something that isn’tgood for them.  Together, let’s un-learnour bad habits; stop indulging in junk food, and start evolving into betterhumans.  I will be giving up onchocolate, alcohol, and falling asleep late at night.  To grow into the best, bougie version ofourselves, we must fix our flaws.  I willbe posting one lucky winner on March 31st and the winner will receive a $50Visa 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 for the month of what you are giving up and why with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by March 29th at 11:59 pm.
  3. The activity must be completed in MARCH OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of you completing a similar challenge from a long time ago.
  4. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.
  5. The caption should explain what you gave up for the month and why you chose to give it up.

And those are the rules! I loved seeing the January and February challengesyou guys posted. I can’t wait to see the posts for this month. Don’t forget tolike, share, and comment on this post. Also, follow my blog and @ken.monet onInstagram.

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

February Bougie Babe Challenge

Hey Babes!

Happy Black History month! It is time for the newest challenge of the month. I thought long about this challenge, which is why it took me until now to announce it. I didn’t know if I wanted to combine black history with Valentine’s Day festivities. However, I felt that it would be too obvious. I want to create challenges that better my reader and myself. This month’s challenge is to enjoy love. Once a week, complete an activity that you love to do. I know it’s sounds easy, but life can get in the way of our alone time. Spend time with yourself while reading a book; cleaning the house; writing a poem, or trying new recipes. I will be posting one lucky winner on February 28th 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.
  1. Challenger must upload a picture each week of them enjoying the activity they love with the hashtag #BougieBabeChallenge by February 27th at 11:59 pm.
  1. The activity must be completed in February OF 2019! Do NOT upload a picture of an old vacation or activity you completed a long time ago.
  1. Comment on this post once you have uploaded your picture with your email address.
  1. The caption should explain what the activity is and why you chose to partake in it.

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

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie

Winter Skincare Routine + Winner of January Challenge

Hey Babes,

Starting my Spring semester in college and beginning a new job are the amazing blessings in my life currently.  It is great to earn some money for my bougie lifestyle and get an education to fulfill my bougie future.  On the other hand, I don’t have time to write blog posts as frequently as I used to do. But, I’m back!  And I have a new skincare routine for the Winter.  My skin dries out quicker in the winter than the other seasons.  During Winter, I take precaution to keep my skin refreshed and rejuvenated.   My new skincare routine can be modified if you have oily skin.  Some of the products below you have seen from a previous post; the other products are new.  Check out my new skincare routine below!

  • Botanics All Cleansing Foam Wash

My favorite facial cleanser of all time, the Botanics foam wash is great for all skin types.  I use a dime size amount of the cleanser and mix it with a small amount of warm water.  The cleanser foams in your hands and deeply cleans your face.  Also, the product does not have alcohol to aide in cleansing.  Personally, I use the cleanser all the time and I still have the first bottle I ever used.  The cleanser can be used for two years; however, I don’t expect to have the same container for another year.  My next step in my skincare routine is my lip scrub.

  • BreedLove Beauty Coffee Lip Scrub

The coffee lip scrub from BreedLove Beauty is one of the best lip scrubs I have ever gotten my hands on.  The coffee lip scrub removes all the dead skin on my lips without feeling harsh.  The smell of the scrub is subtle; the scrub smell won’t overpower your senses.  After using the scrub, my lips feel soft as rose petals.  The scrub also moisturizes my lips, so they aren’t dry.  I don’t use the scrub every day; I use the scrub three times a week.  I love having soft lips.   After the scrub, I use my toner.

  • Studio 35 Beauty Witch Hazel Toner

This toner is inexpensive and works wonders on my skin.  Depending on the day, I use the toner after using the Botanics foam wash.  The toner picks up anything that my cleanser left.  Usually, the foam wash gets all the dirt from my face, however, the toner makes sure to get excess filth that might be deep in my pores.  My skin doesn’t dry after I use the toner.  In addition, the toner is a big factor in my smooth and clear skin.  This next step is my most recent addition to my skincare routine – tea tree oil.

  • Garnier Soothing Rosewater Facial Mist

This another product I have raved about before in a previous post.  The facial mist gives a nice refresher for my dry skin and brings back the moisture in my skin.  The product can be used before makeup as a primer and after makeup as a setting spray.  The facial mist is perfect for a little help when you feel dry.  You can read more about my raving about the product in my previous post.

  • Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil

I doubt the brand of the tea tree oil is the best for skin, but this oil has given me life.  The first time I applied the oil to my skin, I noticed a clear difference.  The dark spots on my face lightened overnight.  The smell of the oil is strong, even with only a drop.  I rub the oil on my face with my fingertips and watch my skin glisten.  It is one of the best additions I have added to my skincare routine.  The next thing in my routine helps dull the smell of the oil.

  • Ponds’ Dry Skin Cream

I need to be sponsored by Ponds’ because I love this cream.  This cream saves my skin every time I massage it in.  The salve is so creamy and light.  Once applied, it softens and rejuvenates the skin.  The Ponds’ cream can be used in every season, depending on how much you put on.  For the winter, I doubled up on the cream for the harsh winds and cold air.  In the summer, I prefer a small amount of the cream.  I suggest this cream to every dry skin person I meet.  It is the best and affordable.  Buy it.  My last step on my skincare routine is another new addition. 

  • Jason Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream

This is a new cream I apply after I use my Pond’s cream.  It is a bit heavier and creamier than the Pond’s cream, but it works for my skin.  I don’t feel my pores clogging and crying for air.  The cream is a nice addition in keeping my skin healthy and clear. The vitamin E in the cream evens my skin while the avocado oil renews my skin’s softness.  The product works wonders, and I love the results I get from it.  Although the Pond’s cream is the best thing that can happen to my face, the Jason vitamin E cream is the icing on the cake.

And that is my new skincare routine for the winter!  Tell me your skincare routine in the comments down below.  In addition, the Bougie Babe Challenge winner is…. Ms. SUNSHINE!  Her post is down below!  Check out her Instagram and show her some love.  Thank you all for participating in the Bougie Babe Challenge of January 2019!  I will be posting the new challenge of February by tomorrow, stay tuned!

Bye Babes!

Xoxoxo,

Bougie