Skin Care Routine Using Items You Already Have At Home… And Some You Don’t

Sometimes when I ask people about their skin care routine, they tell me they don’t have one because they can’t afford one.  Now that my friends is what is called… a load of poo!  A skin care routine definitely does not have to be expensive.  In fact, there are many drug store products that can be used annnnnnnnnnnnnnd there are also many products you already have at home that can be used in your skin care routine as well!  

Here are my tips for an inexpensive skin care routine:

1. Cleansing 

I like to use Noxema Classic Clean.  Its really inexpensive and it works great.  A standard jar can last at least two months.  You can purchase Noxema at any drug store and sometimes you can find it at any drug store and many grocery stores carry it too.  It usually runs for about $4.

2. Exfoliating

Baking Soda is an excellent exfoliator.  Its inexpensive and usually everyone already has it in their home.  Just take a few teaspoons and rub it on your damp skin.  the coarseness of the baking soda will gently give your skin a deep clean removing all dirt and oil from your skin. Baking soda can be purchased starting at $0.75 you can’t beat that!

3. Toning

Apple Cider Vinegar is like a magical potion that was sent down from heaven to cure all ailments and enhance our beauty.  ACV can be used to replace many beauty products.  ACV can even be used to tone your skin and set it back to its PH after cleasning and exfoliating. Just pour a little on a cotton ball and rub all over.  Since ACV is potent, you may want to dilute it with a little water first so that its not too harsh on your skin.  ACV can be purchased at any grocery store.  I prefer unfiltered ACV because its organic.  That usually runs about $3  or $4 but it lasts for months. 

4. Moisturizing

Now this one should be no surprise to you guys because you know I loooooooooooooooooooooove Coconut Oil.  Coconut oil can be used for pretty much anything.  Cooking, hair care, relationship issues… Coconut oil is the cure for everything.  Take a fingerfull of coconut oil and rub it on your hands and BAM you have a good skin moisturizer to end your skin care routine.  Coconut oil is probably the most expensive product on this list because it runs anywhere between $6 and $20.  Sometime you can go to stores like Marshalls and TJMaxx and find it on the clearance aisle.

Voila!!! You just got a whole skin care routine for under $20!  So get rid of the idea that you can’t afford a skin care routine because you can!

Until next time lovies…

Moisture Comes From Water… Check the Label!

I feel like my title is common sense but… when I saw a post on Instagram that said that exact same thing I was like really?

So, when it comes to having natural hair, I’m a newbie to the trend (I say trend because its my personal opinion that everyone will hop off of the natural hair bandwagon eventually).  But anyway, I’m still trying to figure out what products work best for me and which products don’t, hair styles for short natural hair, and how to not  wake up looking like Samuel L. Jackson every morning…. but that’s another post.

One of the main things I’ve been trying to figure out is which products to use for moisture.  My hair has a 4c curl pattern (Type 4 Hair), so it takes a lot for me to retain moisture.  Due to this, I’ve been buying every product under the sun to maximize the moisture in my hair.

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Yesterday while scrolling through IG, I saw a post that said “Moisture comes from water, not products.  Check the ingredient list of your products and look for water”   This statement did wonders for me… and while it seems like it would be common sense, I know I can’t be the only person that was like WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAT!!!!   OK so, luckily, the majority of the products I’ve been using have water as the main ingredient so I’m in the clear.  BUT, this definitely taught me to look at the label of the products that I’m buying in an attempt to retain moisture in my hair.  

The Magical Wonders of… The Konjac Sponge

A few months ago when I signed up for Julep, I got a Konjac sponge in my first Maven box.  I wasn’t really sure what a Konjac Sponge was or what it was used for so of course I googled it.   Konjac sponges have been used for many years by Japanese women and in 2014 it made its way into the US becoming the new IT product….  Yea i’m really late with this discovery.

This is a Konjac sponge… And it’s my favorite new beauty tool. This thing has completely eliminated my black heads. It’s made from the root of the Konjac plant and the fibers in the sponge act as a magnet to pull out the dirt from clogged pores. It has a squishy texture which allows it to generate a rich lather without you having to use a lot of cleanser. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and my skin is beyond smooth. They start out at about $5 (Target) but go up to about $140 or sometimes higher. I got this one in my July Julep Maven box. They last for about 3 months and then should be replaced. (Note: when the sponge dries it is very hard so please wet it to soften it so that you don’t injure your skin) 

Julep Maven Mini Review + Giveaway

I’ve been a Julep Maven for a few months now and I’m completely in love with it. 

The Julep Maven box is a monthly subscription that gives $40 worth of beauty products each month to their subscribers (mavens) for only $24.99 a month.  
Each subscriber is able to pick and choose what they do and do not want to go in their box each month.  If you would like to add more items to your box, you can do so but you will have to pay the extra cost (totally worth it).  I’ll do a full review on Julep soon but this post, is more about… MY LATEST GIVEAWAY!!!  

In an effort to spread my happiness with Julep to you guys, I’ve decided to give their September box away.  

This box has a $40 value and contains four Julep nail polishes in:

  • Delores
  • Julep
  • Zoey
  • Aubrey

Any nail polish created by Julep that is not red, is Vegan and none  of their products are tested on animals.

Here are the rules:

1. Follow @myproductaddiction on Instagram
2. Repost one of these two pictures
3. Use the hashtag #myproductaddiction
4. 3 entries per person
5. International shipping available at no cost to the follower
6. Spread the word!


Until next time lovies…

Skin Care On the Inside

Last summer, I was taking a medicine called Phentermine. It’s meant to suppress your appetite. While it works, the side effects that come along with it are terrible (for some). The worst side effect I experien while taking phentermine was the cystic acne.  Everyday I was finding a huge knot of a pimple on my face.  I remember watching one closely  in the mirror one morning and I could actually see it forming.  They were all over my face and it was extremely painful.  I had no idea how to treat cystic acne since it’s basically pimples that form under your skin.

Cystic acne happens when the infection from a pimple goes deep into your skin.  It causes the development of a red bump that is filled with pus. Cystic acne itches but it also really hurts.  The worst thing about cystic acne is that if a cyst bursts, it can cause the infection to spread which causes more pimples to form.

After doing some research I learned that that cystic acne can be treat with prescription medicine such as Accutane  and birth control.  For me I did not choose this option because Accutane is known for having sever side effects and I choose not to take birth control for personal reasons.  This lead to me finding out how to treat cystic acne using other methods.  I decided my first step would be to take care of my skin from the inside.  

1. I switched my white sugar for coconut palm sugar.  It’s a bit expensive, but it has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.  Sugar in our diet spikes blood sugar levels which has a direct effect on hormones.  This can lead to the development of cystic acne

2. I started taking vitamins that promoted healthy skin. Daily I take a multivitamin, hair skin and nail vitamin and I take fish oil vitamins.  Many vitamins and supplements like Vitamin C act as an antioxidant and keep skin looking youthful and healthy.

3.  I said goodbye to dairy.  This one was hard for me because I love cheese.  I switched to vegan cheese and started drinking soy milk and eating dairy free yogurt. This is an expensive addition to my diet but it’s worth it because my skin has changed dramatically as a result of it. Dairy can cause major hormonal imbalances.  These imbalances can cause the over growth of sebum, this leads to cystic acne and other skin conditions. 

It was amazing to me how much my skin changed just by changing a few things in my diet.  Within a matter of weeks I noticed less breakouts and that my cystic pimples were shrinking in size.  Now, this may not work for everyone but it did work for me.  If you are experiencing cystic acne I encourage you to do your research and see how changing your diet may change your skin.

Until next time lovies…

Silencing Blackheads

If I had to pick one thing that I hate about my skin its the blackheads that come along with having oily skin. I’ve always felt like having oily skin has been what has kept my skin to look youthful, but controling the blackheads the come along with  has always been a struggle for me.

Silencing Blackheads in My Bathroom

Since beginning my journey to obtaining flawless skin, I’ve gone through many products in order to find what works best for me when it comes to preventing and treating blackheads.

For some reason the volcanic eruptions known as blackheads love to pop up on my forehead and chin.  Anytime I see a mole like bump on my face, I know somehow a blackhead has snuck onto my soon to be flawless canvas.

To tackle this issue I do multiple things:

Change the Envirmonment

I’m not referring to Global Warming or anything like that, but what I am talking about it protecting your skin from items in your household that can cause blackheads to form.

  • Change your pillowcase at least twice a week.  Most people sweat in their sleep.  The sweat then is absorbed by our pillowcases and transfer back to our faces as dirt.  Many African American women do not wash their hair daily, so the dirts and oil from our hair is also absorbed by our pillows and transfers back to our faces.  This can play a huge role in the formation of blackheads
  • Clean your cell phone!  Our cell phones are dirt magnets!  We touch our phones daily with dirty hands, and when we talk on them the sweat and dirt from our faces 
Keep Your Hands to Yourself(off your face)

As stated in my previous post, our hands are dirty.  Blackheads are a mixture of oil and dirt that get clogged in our pores.  One way to prevent blackheads is to keep our hands clean and out of our faces

Develop a Good Routine
While it took a while, I’ve finally found a good product that helps me silence those ridiculous blackheads that like to hide on my chin, cheeks and nose. 
To get rid of my black heads I use two things: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.  This is probably THE BEST face mask you will ever have and its all natural.  The jar of clay will run you about $8 but it will last you for years.  I’ve had my jar since 2013 and i have not even used half of it yet.  The Vinegar (depending on where you buy it) should be no more than $5 but it all depends on where you live.  You can buy any brand of vinegar as long as it is raw and unfiltered.

To make the mask, simply mix equal amounts of clay and vinegar together until a muddy consistencty is formed.  Then using a sponge, brush or your finger tips spread the mask on your face. 

Note: when mixing use a plastic spoon because using metal spoons will draw out all of the nutrients in the mask like magnet and then it becomes useless.

After successfully applying the mask, leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes.  You’ll know when the mask is ready to be removed because your face will feel really tight almost like a vaccuum and it will hurt to talk.  Rinse the mask off with a washcloth or Konjac sponge in warm water.  Your skin may be a bit red after, but that will go away in 30 minutes or less. For me, many of my blackheads are deep in my skin so the mask brings them to the surface but does not always remove them. So to get the difficult blackheads i use a blackhead extractor.  I got mine for .65 on   Wash your face with your normal cleanser (be sure to rinse with cold water to close pores) then tone and moisturize.  I like to use the the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic as a toner because it is also made from clay and i feel it blocks me from attracting more blackheads.

Get into this Indian Healing Clay, I promise you won’t regret it.

Until next time lovies…

My Instagram Addiction

A few weeks a go I let you all in on who I love in the YouTube Vlogging world.  So today, I figured I’d hip you all  to who I love on Instagram.

Like many, I too have been bitten by the Instagram bug.  Instagram is actually a big part of why I started blogging.  @myproductaddiction was born on Instagram just six months ago.  I literally stalk IG all day.  I start my day by thanking God for another day and then begin scrolling through instagram to see what I missed.  I love the fact that you can get an inside look of the latest fashion trends, makeup, beauty products and celebrity lives.

If I’m ever in a fashion rut and don’t know what to wear to work, I just open Instagram and look up hashtags like #businesscasual #workwear and #ootd to get inspiration for my next look.

So here are my  favorite Instagram pages:

I first found @mayasworld also known as Shameless Maya on YouTube after watching one of Raven Elyse’s weekly Vlogs.  Ever since then I’ve been hooked.  She started her channel as an experiment about promoting yourself on Social Media and has been running her channel ever since.  Her style is so cute and I love that she’s not afraid to cry on camera. She really inspires me to step out on faith and understand that everything will always work out.  One of the best videos I watched from her that left me in tears is her “I’m Coming Out” video where she explains her decision to wait for the right man.  Something I’m doing myself.

Her style is EVERYTHING! I just love the fact that you never know what she’s going to do with her hair. She’s always in the know of the latest styles, trends and up and coming designers. If I had to pick two people to steal clothing from it would be her and Solange. She has an awesome blog that has all the happenings when it comes to celebrities and their style.  Get into her!
My favorite cast member from season 3 of LA Hair and barber to the stars.  Child this lady right here gives me LIFE! She really has a rags to riches kind of story and never ever forgets where she came from.  I love her style and her tell it like it is attitude.  I can’t wait to read her book and to see her spin off show! 
My style is eclectic.  I like to be chic and ever now and then I like to be a little bit edgy.  That pretty much describes Mara Ferreira’s style.  I freaking love her and she’s also the write of one of my favorite blogs.  Her outfits are always super cute and chic/edgy and she posts some of the most amazing recipes that get me to step out of my comfor zone when it comes to cooking.  She’s a fellow foodie, so I love when she takes trips and tells about all the awesome places she and her husband eat while traveling.  One of the things that love most about her is the fact that she was a law student and decided she hated it and turned to fashion!  Seems like its paying off pretty well for her. 
This man here… Ok he’s defnitely on his way to become one of the BEST stylists ever!  And i’m not just saying that because he’s one of my closest friends.  Duarte’s style is unmatchable and unforgettable. I always wonder how he knows what piece will work with what.  He’s not afraid to tell you how he feels about your outfit whether it be good or bad, but trust he will have you slayed to the GAWDS!  If you’re having trouble with your style, you need him in your life.

This is pretty much me in about 50 years.  She’s not afraid to be her, and by her I mean a bad BISH!  She’s just too cute and she has not let her age get in the way of her having a good time.  That’s my kind of lady.

Ok i’m going to stop here because I KNOW i would get beside myself and have abotu 30 more pages for your to follow. 

Good Night Lovies… Until next time

Shop Your Closet Challenge: Six Months and Still Going

This is my closet… 

Actually this is just one side of my closet. The other side is pretty full too.  I actually don’t have enough room for all of my items to fit in my closet.  For years and years I have been obsessed with fashion and shopping.  My obsession with fashion is so bad that when I watch anything style related the hair on my arms stands straight up.  I’m not sure if any of you remember but in 2010 Oxygen had a show called “House of Glam”  I’m obsessed with this show!!!  Like I still stalk it even though it only lasted one season, I bought the season via YouTube two years ago and I watch it probably at least once a week… Hey! Judge your Mother!

My obsession with shopping on the other hand is now non existent.  LOL I’m you’re probably giving me the side eye right now but, I’m serious.  I really haven’t shopped for clothing in about six months.
I always wondered when and if I would ever stop being obsessed with having the latest and the greatest.  I actually never thought it would happen for me.  But, in March I came across this YouTube video about shopping your closet for one year. This was just around the time when I was looking at the mess of clothing in my bedroom thinking how I never wear more than half of the items in my closet.  So, I decided to try it out.  I honestly didn’t think I would last but, here I am six months later and I have not bought a single article of clothing.  The challenge has been hard, especially now that its September and all of the fashion magazines are showing the latest fashion trends for Fall.  I have been forced to re purpose different articles of clothing, I’ve gotten rid of tons of items that I have not worn or didn’t care for anymore which made room for me to fit more into my closet.  

In the beginning I challenged myself to see how long it would take to repeat an outfit.  It took about 6 months for me to run out of options for clothing and then I just started from scratch and started repeating outfits again.  

  1. Forced to be creative with outfit choices
  2. Saved a ton of money that helped me pay down my debt
  3. Earned money for my clothing by selling items to The Buffalo Exchange
  4. Helped others by donating unwanted items to charities and to friends
  5. Motivated me to do other challenges like walking at least 10,000 steps a day and bring my lunch everyday. 

There actually have not been cons to doing the challenge.  I’ve found that I no longer shop out of boredom or to fill voids and I’ve become a lot less materialistic. 
I’m no where near my goal of making it a whole year without shopping but, I’m already wondering if I’ll go back to my old habits when its over.  I think one of the major things I’ve learned is there is so much more to accomplish in life other than having a brand new Gucci bag.  I’ve found that I am more motivated to do other things like starting my Youtube channel, this blog, owning a home, building my relationship with God and being free from materialism.  I’m not really sure why I was so materialistic in the past, but I think a huge part of it came from attempting to keep with what I saw on Social Media and on Television. Shopping was my comfort zone, and now I’m learning to find comfort in myself.

Until next time lovies…

Shea Shea Bakery

One of the things I love about Instagram is that it puts you in contact with so many different businesses and products.  Each time I scroll through my timeline I always have to make a list of the products I’ve seen and desperately want to try.

For me, my addiction to products stems from being a sucker for cute packaging.  So when I stumbled upon the products from Shea Shea Bakery.  If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug) you know that I have become absolutely obsessed with this company and their products.  Now I won’t lie, at first I was only interested in the products because of the packing.  They custom design the tops of each of their Shea Butters so that they emulate the scent you purchased.

My first purchase was the Cinnamon Bun Shea Butter. I  couldn’t believe how much it actually smelled like a real cinnamon bun.  I swear I almost wanted to eat it, actually I tried to eat it BUT luckily they put a note that says DO NOT EAT because idiots like me will actually try it.

Cinnamon Bun Shea Butter

So like I said earlier I was first attracted to this brand solely because I loved the way the container looked and I’m a sucker for cute packaging.  But, after receiving it and using it I have to say I love it even more now because of how awesome it has been for my skin.  For those of you that don’t know, Shea Butter is a natural sun protectant. I love that I can smell like a decadent dessert and protect my skin from UV rays at the same time!

Like many women that wear heels, I suffer from dry/rough heels.  Using the Shea Butter from Shea Shea Bakery has helped the skin on my heels become a lot less rough and extremely nourished.  Now all Shea Butter can help your skin but I just love the scent of Shea Shea Bakery products and I love supporting small businesses.

Shea Shea Bakery offers numerous flavors of their Shea Butters.  So far I’ve purchased Cinnamon Bun, Buttermilk Pancake and Belgian Waffle.  They have other flavors that I’m dying to try like the Caramel Apple, Carrot Cake and Banana Pudding.

Buttermilk Pancake & Belgian Waffle Shea Butter

They also have decorative soaps that are exact replicas of donuts (I want them for my bathroom) as well as body wash and sugar scrubs.  I can’t say how the other products are because I have tried them but, several of my Instagram followers have purchased them and they seem to love them! Once I purchase I’ll be sure to do a review.

Until next time lovies…

My YouTube Addiction

Last summer, one of my good girlfriends turned me on to Vlogs and Channels  on YouTube.  For those that don’t know, a Vlog is a Video Blog.  Its basically a way to follow every day people in their daily lives… kind of like Facebook but on video.  Anywho, since last summer I’ve pretty much been obsessed with them.  It started off with my just following one Channel and then that quickly turned me into a YouTube monster! I started of watching Vicky Logan because I loved her monthly favorite videos.  Then a few months ago she and her “YouTube Sisterhood” took a trip to LA for Generation Beauty  and they all did Vlogs documenting their trip.  So then of course I had to watch all of the Youtube Sisterhood LA Vlogs.  So of course I subscribed to them and then YouTube suggested more Channels and then my obsession grew even  more. 
My obsession  got so bad that I even stopped watching regular TV because I was too busy watching video after video on YouTube.  I felt like I had to watch every video each vlogger had (crazy  I know).  They all have so many good points and topics to discuss and I can’t help but watch EVERYTHING.
I decided to list my favorite YouTube channels for my subscribers because I have to share the wealth… I love these ladies and I think you guys will too.
 She’s a shopaholic just like me, so I love when she does her Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works and other shopping hauls.  She also has a series called “From House to Home” which shows the way she decorates the home she and her husband just purchased.  When it comes to home décor, I feel we have similar tastes so I got a lot of inspiration from her when it came to decorating my new apartment.  She is also a product junkie so I look forward to her monthly favorites and  GRWM (get ready with me) videos.
She’s a part of the YouTube Sisterhood I mentioned earlier.  Her weekly vlog “Ray’s Week” chronicles her weekly events.  She’s funny and extremely down to earth.  I feel like I never know what I’m going to get from her and she always keeps her subscribers on their toes.  I love her product reviews and her weave/wig videos make me wish I had hair!  Her sense of style is pretty cute too.

Out of everyone, she has to be my favorite.  Reason #1 is her faith, I love how much she adds her faith to her videos. For me, its a big deal because when it comes to my faith I’ve made some huge decisions that many young adults don’t understand.  So, its really inspiring when I find others that are on the same path as me. She does segments called “Vicky Vibes” where she discusses whats on her mind while she does her makeup for the day.  Everyone once in a while she’ll add a friend to the mix.  She does product reviews, shopping hauls and she and her husband have a cute vlog they post on Thursdays “Life with the Logan’s” its so cute watching their marriage grow.  They are newlyweds and they really inspire single people like me to wait for their perfect mate. Oh and she’s silly, just like me and who doesn’t love a silly girl!

I love her!  She posts all kinds of things from how to decorate your Erin Condren planner and how to budget for school to GRWM and favorite products.  She’s the reason I spent $40 on a freaking life planner… so worth it though. She does “Honeybee Hangouts” where she answers questions and gives advice on how to do things and handle certain situations which is always a plus.  She is the person that turned me onto doing surveys for extra cash on (I’ll do an in depth post about it at a later date)

This chick is hilarious! I’m not just saying that because I’ve known her for more than half of my life. Unlike the rest of my favorites she doesn’t really talk about her favorite products or anything like that but, she chronicles her life and silly decisions in short videos.  Her most recent post about eating three donuts while she’s on a diet will leave you in tears.  The in your face approach she uses will have you cracking up for hours!
If I could be any youtuber I would probably be her (I’d keep my brown skin though).  I love her sense of style, her apartment, her dogs, her makeup collection, her closet… ok I just love everything.  She’s so super down to Earth and so funny.  She’s not afraid to be super weird and silly on camera and I love that.  I feel like so many of vloggers of the YouTube don’t show their real personalities so its refreshing when I find people that do.  I feel like many of the products she uses can be used on all skin shades so I don’t mind at all that she’s not a person of color.  
If you all happen to check them out, let me know what you think.   
Until next time lovies….