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Shea Moisture: Even & Radiant with Raw Honey Skincare

Yes, even in my mid-50s, I still experience the occasional hormonal break out. And thanks to the current state of the world and mask-acne, I have been experiencing even more break outs. So, obviously, as a WOC, I have been in a constant battle with trying to maintain even skin tone and minimizing hyperpigmentation. You can imagine my excitement when I was offered the opportunity to try SheaMoisture's newest skincare line-Even & Radiant. This line is "made for melanin-rich skin, for a radiant, more even complexion, the Even & Radiant collection is blended with natural Raw Honey and Charcoal to help visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots and post-acne spots while helping to restore skin’s natural tone."

The Even & Radiant Collection includes the following five products:

3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm ($11.99) – This 3-in-1 multi-tasking cleanser removes oil and impurities, instantly melts away makeup, and moisturizes to leave skin feeling refreshed, soft and nourished. I will be incorporating this balm into my double cleansing routine.

Top 6 Blue Nail Polishes for Summer! Response Post

Come on now! You know when I saw Amanda's post of ItIsAmandaaa of her Top 6 Blue Nail Polishes for Summer, I had to chime in. Amanda did a collaboration with Cali of ThreeSixtyNails. I will link their posts below. 

If you have followed me for more than 10 minutes you already know I LOVE blue nail polishes! Just as Amanda said in her video, I often have people tag me on blue polish posts and I love them!
While this is supposed to be my top 6 blue polishes I could have easily taken it to my top 100. Again, I love blue polishes! I remember the very first blue polish I ever purchased, Sally Girl Mean Streak. But I digress. Back to the reason for this post. I am drawn to mid-tone blues for Summer, cobalt, bright, holo, they all speak my truth.

On the Road to Recovery...

After a rookie mistake, I find myself needing to start over. I must remember to follow my own rules, "Do not over buff!" I am often asked about my nail care routine, so I find this a great time to re-document my nail care routine. I first shared my process over 8 years ago. I will share that original link here. My process, as well as my products,  have changed over the years. This will be my routine to bring my nails back to a healthy state. I will, at a later time, share my maintenance routine. 

Also, one disclaimer. I am not a nail professional. This is just what works for me.

Tools: These are some of the products I use, but use what you have available.

Cotton Rounds: to remove any old polish
Clippers: to remove any major length
Cuticle Pusher: this is a personal preference-metal, ceramic, plastic, wood, whatever you like
Nail Files: to smooth edges. I have several types of files in my arsenal, each has a purpose
Cuticle Nippers: used to clip hangnails and any dead skin

Derma E: Anti-Acne Skincare

PR Sample
If you are one of my Instagram followers, you know my love for DermaE products. DermaE has been a part of both my morning and evening skincare routines for the past couple of years. Yes, I have been gifted some of their products for review, I have purchased even more. With that being said you can imagine my excitement when I received yet another gift. This time and right on time, I received the DermaE Anti-Acne line. 

We Are Onyx ONYXBOX September, 2017 Subscription Box Unboxing

I have been slow to dip my toe into the subscription box game. I recently decided to give the Onyx Box a try. What I saw that drew me in was that the We Are Onyx box is "Curated with OUR Melanin in mind!" So this is my unboxing of the September OnyxBox. 
Upon opening the box, I was greeted with this beautiful artwork celebrating a rainbow of melanin.