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.
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
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.
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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:
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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.
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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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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