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

Three Strand Twist Tutorial

Hey Babes,

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Xoxo,

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

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.

Don’t forget to follow my Instagram, @ken.monet, for blog updates, giveaways, and more.  Like, share, comment, and follow the blog. Thank you for reading!

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