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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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
Garnier Soothing Rosewater Facial
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!