Cantu Shea Butter has been a charismatic brand and staple in my natural hair journey, as it was the very first product line I used after going natural. Known for their distinctive smell and moisturizing properties, the Cantu Shea Butter product line is perfect for my coily, thick, natural-hair.

On a past trip to target I purchase a few products from the line. Having used the line in a while, I was anxious to test them on my now thicker, much longer natural hair.

The entire wash day experience was a nostalgic exercise as the scent of the products took me back to the beginning of my natural hair journey. The products collectively worked to moisturize, soften, repair and add shine to my thick coils.



This shampoo did a great job of cleansing my my hair without causing it to feel dry or brittle. It removed the excess build up of products I used throughout the week and restored moisture prior to conditioning.

$4.99, Target Stores, 


After cleansing my hair with the sulfate-free shampoo, I applied the Cantu Hydrating Cream Conditioner directly onto my wet hair. The conditioner did an excellent job of restoring the moisture and elasticity to hair while it added shine and defined my curls. After rinsing the product out my hair was noticeably softer and shiner.

$4.99, Target Stores, 


Once the conditioning process was done, I detangled my hair using the Coil Calm Detangler. The product did a decent job of detangling my hair and helping to remove any knots caused during the washing process however, my hair did feel dry after the entire process was done.

$4.99, Target Stores, 


The Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream is my favorite product of the entire line. It is a definite product staple as is does an excellent job of moisturizing, softening and maintaing the overall health of my hair. After applying this leave-in my hair is noticeably shiner, softer to comb through and easier to manipulate. The product works great for defining my natural curl pattern and improving the manageability of my hair. I would definitely  recommend this products for all hair types.

$5.39, Target Stores, 


The Edge Stay Gel is another favorite from the Cantu line as it is one of the best edge gels I’ve ever used. It’s ability to tame and control flyaways while adding moisture and shine is impeccable. The hold was strong enough to withstand throughout the day and helped to prevent frizz.

$3.99, Target Stores, 


The Conditioning Creamy Hair Lotion has been a great overall moisturizer for my hair especially since I’m currently wearing my hair in protective styles. It does a great job of adding moisture and softness to my braids and twist, while acting as a creamy conditioner.

$5.99, Target Stores, 

Ditch the traditional way of cleansing your skin and switch to oil cleansing. Oil cleansing is arguable the most effective way to cleanse your skin naturally as it is can be beneficial to everyone regardless of your particular skin type. When used directly unto skin, oils as a cleanser eliminates impurities by surfacing dirt and allowing them to be easily rinsed away baring softer, hydrated and glowing skin.

So How Does The Oil Cleansing Method Work?

The oil cleansing method is pretty simple however if you are new to the technique it may take a couple of tries to figure out what blend of oils works best for your skin. Using Jojoba Oil as a base, I personally mix Almond, Castor, Avocado and Coconut oil together in an applicator bottle and shake to combine oils together. I apply the oil mixture all over my face, massaging it using circular motions for about a minute. After coating a clean rag with warm water, I place it directly over my face and allow to steam. Once the rag becomes cold again, I slowly wipe away the oils off of my face.

Still Not Convinced? Let Me Explain Further……

According to chemistry, oil cleansing works as a result of the “like dissolves like” theory. In other words when you cleanse your skin using oils, essentially what your doing is dissolving and wiping away all the  excess oil and unwanted dirt from your face and replenishing it with clean, nourishing oils.

What Oils Are Best Are Best For Oil Cleansing And What Are The Benefits?

ALMOND OIL – is an all-natural oil that is superior in nourishing and reviving any skin type. This natural skin-nourishing oil is easily absorbed and and won’t clog your pores, promoting clear, soft, healthy skin. Sweet Almond Oil also works as a deep cleansing agent for the skin, helps remove dark circles and sun spots, relieves Eczema and Psoriasis, treats minor skin rashes, reduces fine lines and other signs of aging and promotes hair growth.

CASTOR OIL is one of the superior oils available that fights aging of the skin. The thick sometimes dark oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that heals acne scars and combats hyper-pigmentation and dark spots. Castor oil also promotes hair growth, conditions and thickens hair and prevents premature graying.

AVOCADO OIL – is an all-natural oil that is superior in hydrating and moisturizing the skin. It’s ability to absorb deeply into the skins layers makes it an excellent skin repairing agent. The high-level of vitamin E found in avocado oil also helps to protect the skin from inflammation and softness. Avocado oil also has great ant-aging  properties capable of providing protection against free radicals.

COCONUT OIL – is one of the superior oils available that promotes beautiful youthful skin. In addition to its superior hydrating properties, coconut also aids in healing and rejuvenation of the skin’s collagen. Coconut can also help to restore the elasticity and flexibility of the skin while improving the moisture and lipid content after only light consumption. Therefore Coconut can be very beneficial to those with dry skin or other related skin conditions including acne and eczema.



  • Works for ALL skin types
  • Does not contain any harsh chemicals
  • No suds
  • Helps to clear acne
  • Combats dry skin
  • Adds natural  glow
  • Removes makeup
  • Softens skin texture
  • Will not strip skin of it’s natural oils


  • May take time for skin to adjust to new regimen
  • Can be a bit pricey depending on the quantity and types of oils you choose.


Now that your familiar with the oil cleansing method, how it works, the benefits and the step by step process, try it yourself!


RATE: You can use the oil- cleansing method at whatever consistency you like. I prefer to do it at night right before bed for optimal results.

THEREAFTER: After using the oil cleansing method, I don’t feel the immediate need to follow up with a moisturizer however, because I’ve battled dry skin in past I sometimes will follow up with a small amount of moisturizer after oil cleansing just to be on the safe side. But lets face it, everyone’s skin is not the same, the most important thing is to know your skin’s needs, if you do not feel the immediate need to use a moisturizer after oil cleansing then there is no need.

Go try the oil cleansing method today and let me know what you thought and what your favorite part about it was in the the comment section below!

Ditch the conventional beauty products and tools you used in the past and try these easy, cost effective and hacks that will instantly become a staple in your beauty regimen.

I personally use all of the Beauty Hacks listed in this post and get amazing results every single time!

Here are 10 Genius Beauty Hacks That Will Change Your Life!!


Use Organic, Raw, Unfiltered, Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ as a facial toner. In addition to helping to remove acne  scaring and discoloration, Apple Cider Vinegar also brightens and even out skin tone.


Add one part Apple Cider Vinegar to two parts water in a glass container, mix to combine ingredients. (I would recommend using a mason jar)


Pour a small amount onto a cotton pad and apply to the skin directly after cleansing.

TIP: If you have sensitive skin add more water to the mixture and use only twice a week.


Use Natural Baby Powder as dry shampoo. Get the freshly washed hair look by just simply sprinkling baby powder to the roots of your hair. No only will it remove excess oil and product build up but this easy hack will add instant volume to your hair.


Pour a small amount of baby powder into the palm of your hand, apply it directly to the scalp and massage in.

TIP: Opt for Baby Powders that are natural and talc-free.


Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil to remove your makeup naturally. Not only will is remove all traces of your makeup but olive oil will also moisturize and enrich the skin with antioxidants and vitamins.


Apply a generous amount of olive oil onto a cotton ball or cotton pad and apply it all over your face, targeting areas that have makeup. Once all makeup is removed  follow up with your face cleansing routine as usual.

TIP: Olive Oil is a great natural product for the skin so feel free to use as much as you need!


Use a clean disposal mascara brush to tame your edges and fly-aways.


Simply apply your choice of edge control, gel or water and brush baby hairs forward.

TIP: Tame edges using this technique overnight and tie with a scarf for the ultimate sleek look.


Use Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to moisturize and treat your cuticles. Coconut will instantly nourish and protect your cuticles will it helps to heal, ragged, broken, dry cuticles. It will also promote nail growth and keep your hands and fingers soft.


Simply rub coconut oil directly onto your cuticle bed and nails daily.

TIP: Apply the oil both day and night for maximum results.


Use hot steam to instantly reduce the appearance of pores and lack luster skin with facial steaming. In addition to to visibly reducing large pores, facial steaming also boost hydration and radiance while enhancing penetration and circulation to the skin. It also helps to soften the outer layer of the skin.


Fill a large heat safe bowl with boiling water. Place a clean dry rag over your face and allow the steam to rise up over your face for 2 to 3 minutes. Follow up with your toner and moisturizer as usual.

TIP: Use this technique up to 2 times a week.


Use saran wrap, lotion and socks for instantly smoother feet.


Coat your feet with a generous amount of lotion and then cover with saran wrap, using just the right amount so that the feet are completely covered. Next, put on socks and go to bed. Wake up the next morning with noticeably softer feet.


Use a cold spoon to instantly remove puffy eyes. Cold objects are a great way to reduce puffiness and baggy eyes quickly. The metal of the spoon acts as a temperature transmitter, boosting constricting blood vessels and boosting blood circulation.


Place 2 metal spoons into the freezer for a few minutes. Once spoons become very cold remove and apply directly onto puffy eyes. Hold spoons in place until they become warm again.


Use Castor Oil to grow your eye lashes and eye brows in just one week. In addition to providing essential vitamins and nutrients, castor oil is also an effective hair growth and thickening agent. It also aids in  moisture and nourishment for lash and brow hairs.


Rub castor directly into lash line. Next, using a clean disposable mascara brush or your fingers, coat your lashes and brows with a small amount on castor oil.

TIP: Use this technique nightly before bed.


Use Egg Whites to instantly remove blackhead from your nose and face. Egg whites are rich in vitamins and minerals that helps to prevent breakouts. They are also high in protein which can tighten pores and reduce the look of wrinkles.


Wipe one egg white into a bowl until frothy. Using a clean makeup brush, paint a layer of egg white over your nose and chin and place a small sheet of toilet paper directly on top. Add an additional layer of egg white on top of the toilet paper to keep in place. Once the toilet paper has dried and hardened, remove strip to reveal clear blackhead free skin.

TIP: Use this mixture can also be used on the forehead to remove blackheads.

Whether I am going to work or heading out on overnight trip, it is essential that I look and feel my best at all times. Traveling daily with a few of my favorite beauty and lifestyle products ensures that I can cater to my beauty and health needs while being away from home on an as necessary basis.

However when it comes to daily traveling, less is always more as I strive try travel with products that only cater to my daily lifestyle habits and easily fits into my purse without causing a strain on my shoulders/back.

Listed below, are the products that I rely on daily, the things that keep me looking fresh, smelling good, exceedingly hydrated and allergic reaction free!

1. Tide to go

Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover  is a perfect daily travel essential, especially since I am constantly getting stains on my clothes during meal time.


If your constantly in a social setting and often have face to face conversations with friends and associates, then having fresh breath is key! Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse is great for daily traveling as it is part toothpaste and part mouthwash. It is an all natural alternative that whitens my teeth, freshens my breath, and treats my gums for a healthy and luminous smile.

3. Everyone™ Peppermint & Citrus Hand Sanitizer Spray

As a germophobe living with sensitive skin traveling with hand sanitizer  is essential. Everyone™ Botanical Peppermint & Citrus Hand Sanitizer Spray is a great all-natural hand cleansing alternative that is 99.9% effective against common germs, while it cleans my hands without leaving any sticky residue.

4. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is a great refreshing mist that hydrates and softens my dry skin on the go!

5Lavanila Vanilla Summer Travel Deodorant

Traveling with deodorant is essential, especially in the warmer months when we tend to sweat a lot more. Lavanila Vanilla Summer Travel Deodorant is a great natural freshly scented deodorant that has superior odor protection properties, it’s soothing essential oil blend effectively soothes conditions and nourishes my underarm area without causes any irritation or sticky wetness.

6. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is a great daily travel essential as it works for all skin types and can be used on both face and body. It’s lightweight, hydrating and perfect for everyday use.

7. Lanolin Lano Lemonaid Lip Treatment

Lanolin Lano Lemonaid Lip Treatment provides refreshing relief for moments when my lips become really dry. Made with organic ingredients, this lip treatment both hydrates and exfoliates giving me the ultimate soft, hydrated lips.

8. Smile Brite, Travel Toothbrush

Smile Brite, Travel Toothbrush is an easy to use daily travel toothbrush. It’s None synthetic bristle dyes reduces chemical load in the mouth while it’s full-sized toothbrush head provides effective cleaning action for your teeth and gums.

9. Guess Girl

Guess Double Dare Roller Ball Perfume is a great lightweight fragrance that will keep you smelling fresh throughout the entire day. The rollerball applicator makes applying the fragrance directly to specified areas of my clothes so much easier!

10. Muji Styrene Folding Mirror

Traveling with a mirror my your purse is very daily is essential especially in those moments when I don’t have immediate access to a restroom and need to adjust my makeup or fix my hair. I am currently traveling with Muji Styrene Folding Mirror.

11. Trader Joe’s Organic Peppermints

Trader Joe’s Organic Peppermints is a great natural breath freshening alternative that is super affordable and fits perfectly into my zip tote.

12. Hyland’s Homeopathic Seasonal Allergy Relief Tablets

Hyland’s Homeopathic Seasonal Allergy Relief Tablets are essential in my daily travel needs as they temporarily provide relief for my frequent allergic sprouts.

13. Kleenex Pocket Tissue Wallet

Kleenex Pocket Tissue Wallet is conveniently designed to fit easily into my purse and gentle enough for comforting for my makeup smudges, allergy sniffles and messy faces.

14. BAGGU medium 3D Zip Tote

The Baggu Medium 3D Zip Tote is the most practical and convenient cosmetic bag I ever used as it perfectly fits all of my daily travel essentials without taking up much space.
At first glance the tote appears small but when fully expanded its opens to 8.5 in. H x 5.1 in. W x 5 in. D, the Loop allows for in-hand carrying or hanging. The bag is also machine washable and folds up for easy storage.

My review of T.G.I.N

About the Brand

TGIN or Thank God lt’s Natural offers natural hair and skincare products formulated to instantly improve the health maintenance of your hair and skin. Each product is formulated with with nourishing plant botanicals and high quality ingredients such as argan oil, alma oil, shea butter, and Vitamin E to give you softer, moisturized, and more manageable hair and skin. The TGIN natural hair care product line consists of a sulfate free shampoo for natural hair, a moisturizing conditioner for natural hair, a deep conditioner for natural hair infused with raw honey and olive oil, a butter cream daily moisturizer for natural hair, and a hair serum packed with argan, coconut, and jojoba oils. TGIN skincare products include a variety of natural bar soaps, organic african shea butters, lip balms and a body serum packed with argan, coconut, and jojoba oils.

The TGIN  Natural Hair and  Skincare products does not contain petroleum, lanolin, parabens, phthalates, or artificial colors, and none of the products are ever tested on animals.

All products are now available online, at Walgreen’s and at select health/beauty supply stores.



TGIN has a collection of 14 natural soaps all made using shea butter and olive oil with a combination of the finest, most nourishing plant oils. These great-smelling, oversized bars are rich in vitamins and natural ingredients to nourish and moisturize the skin, while producing a rich luxurious lather.

All the soaps in TGIN collection are handmade in small batches with natural ingredients and are great for people who suffer like me who sufferer from Eczema, Psoriasis, Sensitive Skin or Allergies.

The TGIN natural soaps effectively cleansed and hydrated my skin without irritating, drying or stripping my skin of it’s natural moisture. After just the first use, my skin was noticeably softer and  smoother and did not require much an immediate use of lotion or moisturizers. The lather consistency of each soap in the TGIN collection was amazing as my skin felt clean and moisturized after every use. Not to mention the heavenly smell that lasted throughout the day.

All of the soaps in the collection worked equally as good as the other but here are 6 of my favorites:

  1. TGIN NATURAL SOAP with Shea Butter and Olive Butter – HAWAIIAN HIBISCUS 

($4.99,  available at

2. TGIN NATURAL SOAP with Shea Butter and Olive Butter – GINGER AND PEACH

($4.99,  available at

3. TGIN NATURAL SOAP with Shea Butter and Olive Butter – PASSION FRUIT

($4.99,  available at

4. TGIN NATURAL SOAP with Shea Butter and Olive Butter – WILD LEMONGRASS

($4.99,  available at

5. TGIN NATURAL SOAP with Shea Butter and Olive Butter – LAVENDER FIELDS

($4.99,  available at

6. TGIN NATURAL SOAP with Shea Butter and Olive Butter – SUGAR PEAR

($4.99,  available at

Ever wondered how those models in magazines and television commercials attain such beautiful, radiant skin? Wonder not, you too can flaunt healthy glowing skin using any of these 5 simple tips.

TIP #1


Sleep is the number one secret to maintaing healthy glowing skin. At least 7 to 8 hours of sleep is needed for your physical, mental well-being, and the overall appearance of your skin. In addition to dull, lack luster complexion, lack of adequate sleep can lead to dark circles and under eye bags. Therefore, during a good night’s rest your skin cells will be nourished and replenished giving you a relaxed and refreshed look.

TIP #2


Drink lots of water. Drinking at least 8 full glasses of water everyday will give your skin a brighter, clearer, more even appearance in less than a week. It will also rid your skin of any dryness, allowing your skin to properly absorb and retain moisture.

TIP #3


Exfoliation is essential for glowing skin as it eliminates dead skin cells therefore, improving skin texture, reducing dullness and minimizing pores. Regular exfoliation makes it easier for the skin to absorb skincare products that are applied topically including, moisturizers, serums and toners.

TIP #4


Whether it’s yoga, cardio, or aerobics, exercising regularly increases blood circulation and blood flow, nourishing your skin cells and keeping them vital. Increasing your blood flow with regular exercise will promote a vibrant complexion, delivering oxygenated blood and nutrients to the skin. During exercise your skin will produce more natural oils which will instantly give your skin a  natural glow. (It is essential that you follow up with skin cleansing routine post workout to wash away any oil build up and dirt.)

TIP #5


If your looking to attain an instant natural glow and do not wish to wait to see results, try a natural glow enhancement. CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR is a a part-toner, part-serum that sets make-up, provides an instant burst of radiance and tightens the appearance of pores. Formulated with natural ingredients like grape extracts, rosemary and rose essential oil, this elixir also aids in clarifying and brightening the complexion.

After years of battling eczema, dry skin and minor allergic reactions, I’ve finally solved the problems with my skin. Gentle, lightweight, and rich in nourishing ingredients, natural baby skincare products has allowed me to retain clear, smooth, healthy skin over the course of 7 years.

But don’t let the “Baby ” label fool you, these products are superior in providing deep hydration and nourishment to my dry sensitive skin. Not to mention the magical calming affect it gives you the instant it touches your skin. Plus who doesn’t want to smell like a baby? Fresh, pure and innocent. There’s just something about the soft calming scent of Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil on my body that is instantly comforting.

In addition to being hypo-allergic and free of harsh chemicals, natural baby skincare products are also great in treating common skincare conditions like eczema and psoriasis and can be found in popular beauty hacks. Whether it’s baby powder to baby oil, you can resolve many of your adult skincare problems with a trip down the baby aisle.

Here is how I incorporate baby skincare products into my everyday routine:


Gentle, Fresh, and Calming.

SHEA MOISTURE – RAW SHEA CHAMOMILE & ARGAN OIL BABY HEAD-TO-TOE WASH & SHAMPOO is a naturally calming and comforting sulfate-free baby wash and shampoo. It’s special blend of organic Shea Butter and Chamomile helps soothe irritated skin while Argan Oil, Frankincense and Myrrh keeps the skin soft and smooth. (I usually shower with this wash at night right before bed.)

$9.99, available at target stores,

SHEA MOISTURE – RAW SHEA CHAMOMILE & ARGAN OIL BABY ECZEMA BAR SOAP is a gentle cleansing soap that naturally soothes eczema prone skin. Specially formulated with organic Shea Butter, Frankincense and Myrrh this soap nourishes, treats and protects the skin. (I use this soap during my morning showers and follow with the Raw Shea Chamomile and Argan Oil Head-to-Toe wash)

$4.99, available at target stores,


Moisturize, Smooth and Protect.

SHEA MOISTURE – RAW SHEA CHAMOMILE & ARGAN OIL BABY HEALING LOTION is a naturally calming and comforting nutrient-rich baby lotion that moisturizes and calms the skin. Shea butter and Chamomile help sooth irritated skin while Argan Oil, Frankincense and Myrrh keeps skin soft and smooth. (I use this lotion after a morning or nighttime shower.)

$9.99, available at target stores,

BURT’S BEES  MAMA BEE – NOURISHING BODY OIL withVitamin E is a hydrating body oil that hydrates and moisturizes dry skin. Shea Moisturize Raw Shea Butter Baby Oil Rub is a great alternative. (I apply this oil directly onto my wet skin after a shower.)

$8, available at target stores,


Heal, Treat and Protect.

SHEA MOISTURE – RAW SHEA CHAMOMILE & ARGAN OIL BABY ECZEMA THERAPY helps to nourish, calm and comfort baby’s dry, raw or irritated skin. It naturally treats eczema and psoriasis. (I apply this treatment directly onto any dry or rough patches.)

$9.99, available at target stores,

BURT’S BEES DUSTING POWDER is natural, talc-free and absorbent powder that dries, softens and smooth the skin. It’s non-irritating, safe, and hypo-allergenic formula absorbs naturally on skin helping you to feel comfortable throughout the day.  (I use this after both my morning and nighttime showers.)

$6, available at target stores,

The key to mastering the natural makeup look is finding products that complement your natural beauty. The right products should enhance your natural features, glamorizing your skin-tone and texture.

Almost entirely using makeup brands that are natural and cruelty-free is essential in selecting products for my sensitive skin. With the help of the products listed below I am able to achieve a barely-there makeup look that works perfectly for day or night.

Here’s how I am currently achieving my “No Makeup” Makeup Look:


Neutral and Minimal.


Neutral with bold lip.

LANCÔME SENSATIONAL EFFECTS LIPCOLOR – FASHION FORWARD is fade-free full coverage lipstick infused with soothing ingredients, that help to keep your lips soft and comforted all day.

$23, macys stores,

It has finally arrived, the season of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth, Spring! But a new season and warmer weather also means its time to switch our beauty routines once again. After months of harsh weather, our skin is in dire need of a beauty revamp especially since we’ll be showing more of it.  Exfoliating and Moisturizing  are key when transitioning your skincare routine Moisturizing helps to rebuild and replenish moisture while exfoliating helps to remove any dry, rough layers left over from the winter.

With an abundance in the production of flowers, trees fruits and vegetables, Spring reminds us of natural skincare and it’s exceeding power to heal, hydrate and alleviate your skin. Ingredients such as lemon, honey, coconut and olive oil are great natural agents that help repair dry, flaky winter skin.

Give your skin a fresh start this spring with these four DIY body scrubs:

WARNING: You will instantly gain supple, smooth, radiant skin!


  • 1/2 Cup Raw Organic Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil

How to make……

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, mix well. Safe to store in shower.


Use this scrub to exfoliate your lips and body or to exfoliate your legs before a shave.


Removes dead skin, smoothes, softens and moisturizes skin. Gives skin a visible glow.


  • 1 Cup Fine to Medium Coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Raw Organic Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (optional)

How to make……

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, mix well. Safe to store in shower.


Use this scrub to exfoliate your lips and body or to exfoliate your legs before a shave.


Relieves rough dry skin reviling smooth, soft, ultra moisturized skin.


  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  •  Lemon Zest
  •  1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Shredded Coconut

How to make……

Melt coconut oil and allow it to cool but not solidify. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, mix well. Safe to store in shower.


Use this scrub to exfoliate your lips and body. Or to exfoliate your legs before a shave.


Smooth, softens, and moisturizes skin.


  • 1 Cup Almond Oil
  • Organic Raw Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • Ground Cinnamon

How to make……

Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, mix well. Safe to store in shower.


Use this scrub to exfoliate your lips and body. Or to exfoliate your legs before a shave.


Smooth, softens, and moisturizes skin.

I’ve finally found the one, the secret ingredient to Perfect Winter Skin that is! Having experienced the wrath of this winters’ dry frigid temps, COCONUT has helped to rejuvenate, restore, and protect my skin. It has healed the excessive dryness of my face, hands and feet, resolving the issue of flaking and cracking that has particularly targeted my face.

Apart from being my absolute favorite product scent, Coconut has many beneficial properties for the skin. It is one of the superior ingredients available that promotes healthy youthful skin. It’s exceptional hydrating and restorative properties helps improve the skins moisture and lipid content; therefore aiding those with dry skin conditions like Acne and Eczema. Now you understand my obsession with it!

Using Coconut enriched products on my skin has softened, smoothed, hydrated, protected and prevented my skin from the harsh Winter temps.

Here are 4 ways to incorporate 9 Dandy Coconut-enriched skincare products into your Winter Skincare Regimen.



Don’t be fooled by the lightweight consistency, Mountain Ocean Coconut Moisturizer   has superb moisturizing properties. It’s fast absorbing, non-greasy formula helps to sooth and protect your skin in harsh temps, not to mention it’s AMAZING scent!


Looking to take your Winter Skincare Regimen to the next level? Try Alaffia’s Good Soap – Coconut , this 3.9oz bar of soap will instantly moisturize and sooth your dry Winter skin without leaving a soapy residue. It’s superior lather properties and lasting fresh scent will keep your skin moisturized throughout the day. This stuff is so good, you’ll want to shower twice a day!


This product is the true definition of a Super-Product; it can be used for almost everything ! Besides the common way of using it as a cooking oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is a great facial moisturizer and cleanser. It softens and restores moisture to the skin, helping to combat the damages of harsh Winter weather.


This unique natural-looking, hydrating blush drenches your skin in moisture while adding a subtle pop of color to your cheeks. Infused with Coconut water and Argan Oil, Josie Maran Watercolor Cheek Gelée helps to nourish the skin while enhancing your Winter Makeup look.
Keep your lips kissably soft with Burt’s Bees hydrating Coconut and Pear lip balm. It’s sweet tropical flavor will instantly hydrate and renew cracked winter lips.
This product is the true definition of a Super-Product; it can be used for almost everything ! Besides the common way of using it as a cooking oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is great for removing makeup. It will instantly remove ALL of your makeup without any excessive rubbing or tugging on the skin, revealing a softer more moisturized skin.



Who say’s Shampoo isn’t good for your hair? Bring Shampoo back to your Winter haircare Regimen again with Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo. This protein rich, hydrating, sulfate-free shampoo will nourish and restore moisture and elasticity to your hair, leaving your hair feeling clean, soft and shiny with only one wash!


This rich, lightweight smoother helps to moisturize and define frizzy, curly hair. Its seals in the moisture, softens your strands and helps to keep away frizz.

This product is the true definition of a Super-Product; it can be used for almost everything ! Besides the common way of using it as a cooking oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is a great daily Hair Moisturizer and treatment mask. In addition to adding moisture and shine to your hair and scalp, Coconut Oil also stimulates hair growth and helps to prevent hair breakage and split ends.



Keep dry, cracked feet at bay this Winter with Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Créme.

This product is the true definition of a Super-Product; it can be used for almost everything ! Besides the common way of using it as a cooking oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is a great natural Cuticle Oil. It helps restore moisture and protects your Cuticles from becoming dry and cracked in frigid Winter temps.

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The contents of a women’s Makeup Bag says a lot about her lifestyle and her choice of cosmetics; the products in your bag should reflect your lifestyle and cater to your unique beauty needs. Traveling with a Makeup Bag daily ensures that we look our best throughout the day. It also allows us to keep up with our hygiene and beauty/skincare routines when we are not at home. The key to getting the most out of your Makeup/Travel Bag is to keep the products lightweight and travel-safe. As we move into the Winter season it is essential that we travel with products that will keep our skin moisturized and helps to prevent drying and cracking throughout the day.

What’s in my Makeup Bag? A few of my current Beauty Favorites like:

WALGREENS –  Folding Travel Toothbrush

TOMS – Travel Natural Toothpaste – FRESH MINT

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Smoky Extravagant Trial Size Mascara

NARS – Trail Size Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

LANCOME – Bienfait Teinté Beauty Balm


SHEA MOISTURE Raw Shea Butter & Argan Oil Baby Eczema Therapy

BURT’S BEES – Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Crème

MUJI – Mirror

LAVANILA – Pure Vanilla Mini Deodorant

CLEAN WELL – Hand Sanitizer Spray

THYMES –  Fig Leaf & Cassis Cologne

when it comes to your make-up bag remember to…

1 Keep it Tidy

2 Opt for products that work for YOU!

3 Keep the contents small and travel safe.

4 Get rid of anything old or expired.

FALL has officially arrived which means it’s time to adjust your skincare routine. With shorter days, lower temps and drier air it is essential to keep our skin moisturized. Proper moisturizing of the skin will allow you to maintain radiant, soft, flake-free skin throughout the Fall.

Here are 7 Skincare tips for Fall to keep your skin looking good all season!

1. Protect your Lips.

Lower temps and drier air means that our lips are prone to becoming dry and cracked; keep your lips moisturized and protected with a natural non-petroleum based lip balm.

Try KORRES  LIP BUTTER – Jasmine                                                                           $12.00,  available at most Sephora,

2. Keep your hands protected.

In the Fall our hands are usually the first part of our bodies to become dry and parched. With cooler temps and constant washing our hands need extra moisture to stay soft.

Try BURT’S BEES BEESWAX HAND CRÈME – Almond Milk                                                 $9.00,  available at most drug stores,

3. Exfoliate.

Scrub away the remnants of dry flaky skin with an oil based scrub. Oil based scrubs are great for the Fall because of their ability to hydrate and nourish dry skin with natural oils while exfoliating to remove dead skin cells at the same time.

Try ECO TOOLS PURE COMPLEXION FACIAL SPONGE Charcoal                                $5.99,  available at most drug stores,

4. Invest in a creamy Body Wash.

Ditch the soap, it’s time to switch to a creamy body wash. In the cooler months our bodies tends to loose it’s natural moisture, using a natural creamy body wash helps to restore moisture as it hydrates the skin.

Try AVEENO POSITIVELY NOURISHING BODY WASH lavender, Chamomile + ylang-ylang                                                                                                $5.99,  available at most drug stores,

5. Get your Lotion on.

Now that summer is over we can finally get our lotion on! With lower temps and drier air our skin needs extra moisture to stay hydrated and protected. Use as much lotion as you need!

Try SHEA MOISTURE BODY LOTION Raw Shea Butter                                               $9.99,  available at most drug stores,

6. Don’t neglect your Cuticles.

Because it’s Fall and our feet are normally hidden away under shoes we tend to neglect our nails and cuticles. Skipping the task of getting a mani/ pedi every two weeks doesn’t mean you should avoid taking care of your nails. Like our skin, our cuticles can become very dry in the cooler months.

Try LAUREN B. BEAUTY Nail & Cuticle Balm                                                                   $30, available at

7. Switch to an oil-based Moisturizer.

As temperatures drop, the need for our skin to retain moisture becomes more important. Switching your facial moisturizer from a light oil-free moisturizer to a rich oil-based moisturizer insures that our skin remains moisturized and soft throughout the fall and winter months.

Try ESPA CALM AND SMOOTH MOISTURIZER                                                                $76, available at

The desire for beautiful skin has been sought after for thousands of years. It remains the number one beauty trend across every race and culture. The fascination with beautiful skin has turned the beauty industry into a billion dollar industry and women around the world are lining up for the next breakthrough clear skin product. Every now and then products are launched that claims to be superior in giving you clearer skin, BUT do these products really work? Or do they just treat the problem at the surface and never really resolve what is causing the harsh skin condition in the first place?

While some products do help to improve your skin’s condition, the key to having beautiful skin lies in what you eat. Combine excellent natural skin-care products with these powerful foods and watch your skin transform.


Avocado is one of the superior foods available that promote soft youthful skin. In addition to it’s superior anti-aging properties, avocados are proven to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin. Avocados are rich in abundant nutrients including vitamins (A,C,E,K, B5,B6), potassium folate, iron and copper properties that aid in skin nourishment. They are often called “antioxidants” because of their anti-aging properties. Avocados also have a high fiber content which can be extremely beneficial to individuals who have bowel trouble.


Almonds are one of the superior foods available that promote healthy skin. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, an ingredient that helps to relieve dry skin and other common skin problems such eczema and acne. In addition to its antioxidant properties, Almonds can help fight signs of aging by helping to smooth and soften the skin. Almonds are also rich in minerals including Zinc, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium and Amino Acids that help build protein in the body.


Coconut in all forms (Oil, Water, Chips) is one of the superior foods available that promotes beautiful youthful skin. In addition to its superior hydrating properties, coconut also aids in healing and rejuvenation of the skin’s collagen. Coconut can also help to restore the elasticity and flexibility of the skin while improving the moisture and lipid content after only light consumption. Therefore Coconut can be very beneficial to those with dry skin or other related skin conditions including acne and eczema.


Aside from it’s addictive sour, slightly bitter taste, grapefruits are exceptional beauty foods. With it’s high levels of vitamins A and C and strong antioxidant content, grapefruits helps to nourish and protect and protect the skin from environmental hazards. In addition to promoting softness and renewing damaged skin, grapefruits helps to stimulate collagen production thus preventing wrinkles and bringing elasticity to the skin. Grapefruits also contain amino acids which help to make the skin more firm and soft.


Lemons are essential components in creating clear, glowing blemish-free skin. In addition to aiding in digestion, lemons helps to detoxify the body and help to prevent acne. Lemons are also rich in vitamin C, a nutritional property that destroys toxins and free radicals in the body. The vitamin C in lemons also gives the skin a vibrant glow and fights against wrinkles and aging.


Pomegranate is a superior beauty food. Aside from it’s delicious sweet taste, pomegranates are packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging properties. It’s antioxidant properties helps to protect the skin against free radicals. Pomegranates are also rich in vitamin C, possessing 48 percent of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C. The presence of vitamin C in pomegranates contributes to the building of collagen, that renews and strengthens the skin. Pomegranates in addition helps to preserve skin cells, preventing hyper-pigmentation and dark spots. It has an amazing ability to speed up the healing process of wounds while it also protects the skin from sun damage and harmful weather conditions.


Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has always been praised for it’s many health and beauty benefits. In addition to being a great aid in digestion and hair treatment for dry hair, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent treatment for common skin problems such as acne, blemishes, pimples and warts. Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural remedy that helps to protect the skin from breakouts and cold temperatures by forming a protective layer on the skin to keep it from drying out. Apple Cider Vinegar contains 3 important beautifying properties that help treat acne: Beta Carotene which gives the skin a healthy youthful appearance. Anti- bacterial properties which help protect the skin against harmful environmental issues. PH Balance, Apple Cider Vinegar has the ability to restore PH balance in the skin as it’s PH is closet to the ideal PH for skin.


Spinach is a well-rounded beauty power food, it’s supreme anti-aging and antioxidant properties helps to promote and maintain youthful skin. Spinach’s prominent nutrient vitamin A, allows the skin to properly absorb moisture in the epidermis helping to remove dead skin cells from the body and block wrinkles. Spinach’s abundant minerals, manganese, calcium, magnesium, zinc, folate and selenium helps to beautify the skin promoting a clear and even complexion. Spinach is also rich in Non-heme Iron, an essential component necessary for youthful skin.


Sweet Potatoes are magical skin brightening vegetables. It’s abundance of vitamin A and vitamin C helps to treat dull, lack luster skin. in addition to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, sweet potatoes are rich in biotin, an essential nutrient that promotes hair growth. Sweet potatoes are also rich in iron and potassium which helps regulate balance in the body.


Turmeric is one of the superior foods available that promote beautiful skin. Turmeric contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In addition to cleansing the blood, turmeric also helps to increase circulation, therefore helping to make the skin more glowing and moisture enriched. Increased circulation along with cleansed blood in the body helps to prevent acne and skin disorders.


Walnuts are one of the superior foods available that promote clear skin. It contains the highest content of omega-3 fatty acids of any nut. Omega-3 fat is an important beauty fat that optimizes nutrient absorption and moisture retention, preventing dryness and eliminating body waste. Rich in vitamin E, walnuts helps to protect the skin from harsh environmental elements, it’s L-arginine property helps to heal and repair collagen tissue.


Watercress is a part of the mustard family, a  plant family, Cruciferae, characterized by herbaceous plants which posses alternate leaves, acrid or pungent juice. It’s abundant minerals including calcium and iodine helps create glowing skin. Watercress is also rich in vitamins A,C,E nutritional elements that help treat common skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Watercress is an alkaline green vegetable, it helps to neutralize acidic waste throughout the blood and lympathetic system, helping to create a healthy blood flow. In addition to increasing circulation, watercress also helps rid the body of toxins. 

In the hopes of de-cluttering and adding to my existing nail polish collection, I decided to pick up a few new nail polish color options on my past shopping trip to Forever 21. After weeks of tying out each nail color, I must say that I was pretty impressed with each color and how well they all looked on my nails. The application was pretty smooth and the polish dried relatively fast. Some of the nail polish colors, although very vibrant, did appear slightly dull however, once the top coat was added the it was perfect!

If your are someone who is constantly using your hands throughout the day, particularly one whom constantly has your hands in water I would not recommend this nail polish, just because it chips very fast. But, if you are looking for a nail polish that is going to add a pop of color to your outfit or need a quick nail paint job for an event/special occasion, then I would definitely recommend this nail polish. I do plan on buying more of these Forever 21 nail polishes in the near future just because I really enjoy the vibrant colors and fast dry time.


FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – LIGHT PINK                                            ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,         

Nail Swatch Guide F21-07

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – BUBBLE GUM                              ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-06

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – FLAMINGO PINK                       ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-05

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – TOMATO                                   ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,


Nail Swatch Guide F21-09

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – TEAL                                                  ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-10

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – AQUA                                                ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-11

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – DEEP SPEARMINT                       ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-12

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – BABY BLUE                           ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,


Nail Swatch Guide F21-14

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – LAVENDER                                     ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-13

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – VIOLET                                        ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,


Nail Swatch Guide F21-04

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – DIAMOND TOP COAT                   ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-03

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – EGRET                                         ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-02

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – TAUPE                                     ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,

Nail Swatch Guide F21-01

FOREVER 21 NAIL POLISH – BLACK                                    ($2.90,  available at Forever 21 stores,



Summer is here, so ditch the heavy creams and greasy serums we needed to protect our skin from the frigid cold temps of winter because summer is all about “Less is more”. Piling on excess product as temperatures rise will only lead to clogged pores and breakouts and who has time for breakouts especially with your luxury vacation is around the corner! But lets face it, not everyone’s skin works the same, the most important thing to remember is to know exactly how your skin works, what personalized routine is best and what products maintain results. When it comes to my skin, I always reach for natural/organic skincare products as they help to keep my regimen simple and breakout free. Burt’s Bees, Derma E and Alba Botanica are the go-to products in my summer skincare regimen.



The Alba Botanica Line is a collection of 100% natural, vegetarian personal care products crafted to nourish the distinct needs of your skin and hair. The products are rich in natural, organic and cruelty-free ingredients and do not include parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. 


The Burt’s Bees Line is a collection of natural health and beauty care products. Each product was carefully formulated to improve and sustain the skin’s temperature, moisture properties and natural nutrients. The products are rich in clary sage, chamomile, aloe, pomegranate, willow bark and bees wax.


Derma E is a collection of 100% natural, eco-friendly, vegan skincare products crafted to fight aging and address common skin conditions such as blemishes, age spots, scrars and aching extremities. Each product formula is paraben, phthalate, GMO, gluten, sodium lauryl, petrolatum, mineral and dye free.





CLAIMS: Pore-refining pineapple and skin-brightening papaya enzymes wash away impurities, make-up and dullness. Aloe, hibiscus and passion flower provide much needed R&R to soothe and balance. It’s total tropical radiance. Hypo-allergenic.


Rinse face with warm water. Apply a small amount of cleanser to palm, work into a creamy lather and massage over face and neck. Rinse clean.



CLAIMS: Smoothing, nourishing and refining humectants lightly infuse skin with oil-free hydration. Aloe, green tea, and gotu kola extracts provide antioxidant benefits. No greasy feel, just soft and silky smooth.Hypo-allergenic.

TO USE: Apply daily to clean face and neck. Wears well under make-up





CLAIMS: Draws out impurities and smooth away dull surface cells for fresh, radiant skin.

TO USE: Apply on Wet or dry skin and gently scrub desired areas of the skin in an upward motion. Rinse, pat dry and tone before applying your moisturizer. Gentle enough for daily use. 




CLAIMS: Wash away dirt, oil makeup, and leaves skin glowing without over-drying or causing redness. 

TO USE:  Wet sponge completely to soften. Massage face with sponge in a circular motion(face wash/soap is optional). Replace sponge every 1-3 months. 




CLAIMS: Vitagoods Face & Body Cleansing Brush thoroughly cleanses, exfoliates and lifts dirt and oil trapped in pores. Gentle and effective, the micro-massage movement of the head stimulates and invigorates the surface of the skin. It helps pores appear smaller and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

TO USE:  Apply face-wash to brush head and move rotate in circular motion, using 1 minute intervals for each area of your face. 



Acene, scars & treatments 



CLAIMS: Clinically proven to visibly even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. 

TO USE: Use in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning. Gently smooth over face and neck or use as a targeted treatment for dark spots.



CLAIMS: Clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin.  Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow, and Parsley Extracts, our natural acne treatment helps calm and reduce redness while Borage Extract promotes healthy skin. Resulting in clear, smooth skin. Naturally.

TO USE: Apply to face in the  morning and evening after cleansing. 


100% PURE


CLAIMS: Caffeine rich eye cream de-puffs, brightens dark circles, lessens lines and wrinkles and nourishes with anti-aging nutrients.

TO USE: Rub cream under eye at night before bed or right when you wake up in the morning after cleansing.