Wax On, Hair Be Gone! Shaveworks: The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion

The official start of summer is June 21st but for me, the first yacht/boat party of the year always marks the beginning of the summer season. The summer season brings good weather and that usually includes wearing as little clothing as possible or being laid up by the pool or on the lake or the river. While you’re laid up by the pool soaking up rays in your cute swimsuit or bikini, you definitely have to make sure you groomed down there; yes ladies, down there!

Waxing and hair removal is one of life’s necessary evils. For some, having hair anywhere on the body is a personal preference but I prefer to have no hair anywhere except on my head! Waxing can be very intrusive and honestly it flat out hurts. One thing I use to help combat the pain is the Not Feeling It Numbing and Cooling Spray from Completely Bare. I wax my bikini area so I use this spray pre and post waxing to help numb and soothe that sensitive area. Don’t be alarmed but it is really cold! Another product that has also helped me tremendously is the Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion by Shaveworks. I use this product to combat those pesky ingrown hairs. In most people of African descent like myself, our hair grows out of the hair follicle in a curly pattern and can sometimes get trapped underneath the skin causing ingrown hairs. I use this gel lotion not only on my bikini area, but also under my arms and on my legs after I shave to reduce ingrown hairs, hair bumps, and possible razor burn. This may be one of those products you have to hide or even share with your man!

*Tend Skin is also another great product to purchase, but has been discontinued from Sephora stores. You can find it here.*

1 oz. Not Feeing It Numbing and Cooling Spray is $10 at completelybare.com

5.3 oz. Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion is $25 at Sephora.com

February Favorites

Some of my favorite products from the month of February!

Some of my favorite products from the month of February!

Elizabeth and James: Nirvana White

If you know me, you know I am a perfume snob.  I insist on smelling delicious wherever I go and I will never just wear anything. On one of my weekly trips to Sephora, I saw this very chic display of new perfume from Elizabeth and James. Elizabeth and James is the brainchild of the famous Olsen Twins (yes, those twins…Mary Kate and Ashley) and their more affordable fashion line under their flagship and luxury brand The Row. Every project the Olsen’s put their names on are chic with every detail executed to perfection. This perfume is no different.  For goodness sake, the bottles look like pieces of art! (Seriously, I’m saving the bottle to put on my bookshelf.) There are actually two perfumes in this debut; Nirvana White and Nirvana Black. Nirvana Black actually smells very similar to Tom Ford’s Black Orchid while Nirvana White is very soft with beautiful notes of peony.  I have never smelled anything like the Nirvana White. I know I will be wearing this perfume throughout the spring and well into the fall. I recently wore it to a networking mixer and people were literally coming across the room to ask me what perfume I was wearing.

**Sidenote- The Sephora perfume consultant blended both the Nirvana Black and White and they smelled great together. They can be worn this way as well!**

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White (and Black) can be found at sephora.com

1 oz. $55

1.7 oz. $75

Shea Moisture: Coconut and Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub

Lately, my skin has been really dull and dry and not as soft as I would like for it to be. I know that lack of hydration has probably contributed to some of these issues, but I needed a fix and quickly. I headed to my local drugstore (Walgreens) to peruse the aisles for a good body scrub and lotion and I came across Shea Moisture products. I had heard from friends about the softness and hydration effects from this brand’s hair products and when I discovered they had a line specifically for your body, I already knew what I was going to buy. I am cuckoo for anything coconut so I decided to try the Coconut and Hibiscus scrub. This product smells as good as it sounds. This scrub is all natural and enriched with vitamin E. After I got out of the shower, I didn’t need to use any other lotions or oils on my body. I used this scrub with a loofah and after the redness died down (from scrubbing so vigorously), I really was as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

12 oz. $9.99 and can be found at Walgreens and Target stores.

Carol’s Daughter Scar Butter

Every time I have a blemish and it finally goes away, I am usually left with an ugly little dark mark that takes months to fade away. I was reading up on some products and came across Carol’s Daughter Scar Butter. CD is known for their natural products and I have very sensitive skin so I am always on the hunt for products with natural ingredients that don’t cause irritation or inflammation.  I’ve been using it for about 8 weeks now and I can definitely say that my skin is softer and my skin tone has evened out. Some of those pesky dark marks have even started to fade. I try to apply this product twice a day; in the morning as a moisturizer before primer and at night again as a moisturizer. I have noticed that using it in the daytime before I use a primer and put on my makeup, the scar butter makes my skin a little oiler during the day.  I have discontinued using it in the mornings but I continue to use it at night. Hopefully with continued use, these marks will go away! I would suggest using this product anywhere you have small scars or areas where you have hyper-pigmentation like the knees or elbows.  (I recently burned the left side of my mouth trying to use a hair removal cream and my sensitive skin was not having it! Good thing the scar butter has essential healing oils and the burn has gone away but I have a little ugly mark and I’m using this cream to help fade it.)

1 oz. $12 and can be found at carolsdaughter.com

Pop Beauty’s Face  Magnet Primer

Pop Beauty is a popular cosmetic brand in London now making a huge splash here in the US.  I try a lot of different products but once I find a good combination that works for me, I usually stick with it. My go-to primer is from Hourglass Cosmetics and it is their Veil Mineral Primer. The Veil primer has a very silky texture and helps me stay matte, but it can sometimes leave that white glow that you usually get after applying sunscreen. I was convinced to try Pop’s Face Magnet Primer while in Ulta and I have to say I have added a new product to my beauty regime. The Face Magnet Primer really acts as a magnet for your makeup. I noticed that my pores were smaller, my makeup stayed in place longer, and light reflected off my face in a beautiful way. Days when I am not in a makeup-wearing mood, after I moisturize, I use this primer and go on about my day.  I will still use both products, but after trying Pop Beauty’s primer, I will definitely be seeking out more products from this brand.

Pop Beauty Face Magnet Primer is $26 and can be found at http://www.popbeauty.co.uk or ulta.com

Everything’s Coming up Roses: Smith’s Rosebud Salve

One of the most sensual and beautiful smells in the world is probably the smell of fresh roses. The smell of fresh flowers seems to awaken all the senses and instantly puts us in a better mood. I was reading an article a few months ago that featured the Queen Bey aka Beyonce’. Being considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, of course everyone wants her to dish on her favorite beauty products in hopes they can achieve some of her same looks. Beyonce’ mentioned one of her favorite products to use was Rosebud Salve. Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a blend of essential oils and cottonseed oil that is an all-purpose skin prep. She uses it to prime her eyelashes before she puts on mascara.  While shopping in one of my beloved stores for all things beauty, Sephora, I came across a tin of Rosebud Salve next to the register. I instantly popped it in my bag and it only cost me a whopping $6!

If you are one of those girls that doesn’t wear much eye makeup, this product is a great alternative for mascara. It makes the eyelashes stand out without the thickness and clump factor some mascaras provide. It is also a great conditioner for the lips, cuticles, hands, and feet. It soothes dry and itchy skin and leaves you feeling moisturized all day long. I absolutely love this product and never leave home without a tin in my purse.

Purchase at Sephora stores or online at www.sephora.com and www.drugstore.com

Not So Common Scents

It’s one thing to look good, but smelling good can help seal any deal (use your imagination!) Some of my favorite scents exude confidence and sexiness and range from daytime scents to nighttime scents. My friend Chelsea (@Chelsea_Alexa and TheCoffeyBreak.com) says I have the best smelling family in the world because we ALL love to wear and experiment with different fragrances. I thought I would share some of my favorite scents with all of you…Enjoy!!

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Dot by Marc Jacobs: This ultra-femme scent is perfect for the daytime. It’s not a very heavy scent, but flirty and airy.  I wear this scent when I am running errands or catching up with my girlfriends.  There are notes of Red Berries, Dragonfruit, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Coconut Water, Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Driftwood, and Musk.  They all smell just dreamy together!

Florabotanica by Balenciaga: I love floral smelling scents and this is definitely my go-to scent! Florabotanica is not to flowery yet it’s lush and beautiful It has notes of Carnation, Wild Mint, Turkish Rose Essence, Hemp Leaves, Vetiver Roots, and White Amber. The bottle looks like a piece of modern art! I wear this scent on date nights and special events and every time I wear it, someone stops to smell and ask me what I’m wearing.  This scent will leave your followers with a trail of happy tears.

Parisienne by YSL: This is another flowery scent and I usually wear this fragrance in the workplace because it’s very fresh and light without being overbearing.  It lasts all day and the damask rose and sandalwood make this scent smell heavenly.

Black Orchid by Tom Ford: Buyer Beware!! First off, anything bearing the Tom Ford name is luxurious, sexy, and classy. This scent embodies all of that and more. I wear this scent only on special occasions and it makes me feel like I own any room I walk in. This fragrance is a little more expensive than the others but it is definitely worth the investment.  Every woman deserves to feel sexy at some point in her life and she can start with a Tom Ford fragrance.