Skin Care

A SUNSCREEN SAFE FOR SENSITIVE + DARKER SKIN EXISTS?!

I will confess – I am not a regular sunscreen wearer. I have tried many different types over the years but some either have broken me out or leave a ghostly cast on my face that doesn’t look natural. I related to this post, Glossier, founder, CEO and all-around beauty inspiration, Emily Weiss wrote so much. I thought I was alone in the SPF struggle.

Welcome, Glossier Invisible Shield. I have had this product for a while thanks to the nice girls at Glossier but have waited to write this post to really make sure the sunscreen did not break me out and wore well.


I have the most sensitive skin – many products break me out in some form of allergic reaction but this passed the test! I have layered with make-up and no white cast — it’s simply amazing.

A lot of people with darker skin like mine don’t always think they need to wear a sunscreen as we are not the ones burning on the beach but that is not the case! A sunscreen isn’t just for the beach – it’s literally SUN day — every day!

As every skin is so different, I would test it out for yourselves and see how you like it. It has a SPF level of 35 so is perfect for daily use and has been part of my daily routine.

Thanks for making another revolutionary product, Glossier!

P.S. — They just launched Wowder (best name ever?) last week and I am so excited that I got my hands on it, will have a review coming soon!

Shop it, here.

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THE ESSENTIALS

Just because winter is dull and dreary doesn’t mean your skin has to be! It is very important you invest time in your skin care especially in these colder months when our skin is struggling the most.

WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL KIT

 

 

1. Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub Unlike what TLC told us, this is one scrub you do want. This exfoliator is for the days you feel like your skin is dull and dreary similar to the weather outside when you just long for brighter more radiant skin. I love this scrub because it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Believe me, I am someone that gets a weird allergic reaction to most scented cosmetics but this fresh blueberry scent doesn’t bother me – it feels so good getting all the dead skin off but definitely don’t use more than once a week!

2. Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask This mask saves lives. Not exactly but any time I feel like my skin is getting dry or a potential allergic reaction to something I slather this on my face and let it sit 20 minutes. After I rinse off, my skin has never felt smoother. Everyone needs this mask – and at only $20.00, you should get one for your boyfriend, mom, sister and brother too!

3. Cerave Moisturizing Lotion – A drugstore favorite. I’ve talked about this moisturizer before but it had to be done again. I got recommended this by my dermatologist and haven’t looked back since. It gives just the right amount of moisture to my skin without feeling greasy. It also is unscented and perfect for sensitive skin types like me. It also comes in a huge bottle which might not be the most travel-friendly but you won’t run out for months which is great!

4. Bite Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub If you read my previous post on the Bite Beauty Lip Lab you know I am a strong advocate for lip scrubs. In these winter months our lips tend to feel so dry it’s hard to wear our favorite lip colors. However, investing in a lip scrub like this helps remove all the dead skin just like a scrub would do for your face to allow a perfect canvas for your favorite new lipstick.

5. Aquaphor Another drug store miracle. This balm is the perfect follow-up post lip scrub. It is super moisturizing for your lips in need and also can be great for any cuts or cracked skin. It comes in multiple sizes. I suggest the large bottle for home and the smaller size to throw in your bag when you’re on the go.

6. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream Cracked skin is not cute, not to mention painful! With the constant washing of our hands in these cooler months our hands really suffer. It’s super important to invest in a hand cream to keep your hands as soft as possible. The smell of this cream isn’t overbearing and works really well to sooth skin when it needs it most.

7. Lush Sympathy for the SkinThis lotion is bananas. No really, it’s made from organic mashed bananas, vanilla extract, lemon oil and sandalwood. If that doesn’t sound like a dream, I don’t know what is. I love lush products and this lotion does a great job at moisturizing my skin without leaving a filmy residue.


I swear by these products for an (almost) flawless complexion. Pretty soon you’ll be feeling like B and saying, “I woke up like this!”

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BEAUTY: Drugstore Finds for the Girl on the Go

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Living in NYC has really shown me a fast-paced lifestyle. There isn’t always time to run to your favorite department store or beauty boutique to get what you need. I’ve learned over the years that your beauty essentials do not have to break the bank! Just like you might mix high and low end pieces in your closet — the same can translate to your make-up bag!

I love a good drugstore find especially when it’s unexpected. Duane Reade’s are literally on every block in NYC so it’s hard not to come across one while being out and about. I’ve compiled my favorite drugstore finds I can’t live without that you can easily find on your next errand!

1. Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

This is a classic. Not only can one wipe take off the smokiest of eyes but it is gentle enough on sensitive skin. I like using these before using a cleanser to make sure I get a really good clean. It’s extremely important to have make-up free skin before you head to bed. Even on your most lazy nights, keep these by your bedside for easy make-up removing. At under 10 bucks, there’s no excuse you can’t wake up like Queen B — flawless.

2. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

I was recommended this moisturizer by my dermatologist and never looked back! I have extremely sensitive skin and this works wonders to keep my skin feeling super hydrated. It also comes in a pretty large bottle for under 15 dollars which means you won’t have to restock for months! I’ve tried countless luxury brands of moisturizer and I always come back to this — you won’t be disappointed!

3. Revlon Colorburst Balm

I was always one to use the Clinique Chubby Stick but came across this one day at my local CVS and thought why not give it a try! The Revlon Colorburst Balms come in so many colors and finishes — lacquer, matte and stain — there’s a perfect lip for everyone. The packaging is super cute and easy to apply and for under 10 dollars you can’t really go wrong. The pigment is pretty remarkable for a drugstore find and lasts for hours. If you’re not a lipstick person I think this is a great alternative because they wear like a lip balm and aren’t too drying. I like mixing mine with a bit of Aquaphor (another drugstore must-have!) for even more moisture and it tones down the color. At such a great price you won’t feel guilty when you buy more than one and you can have fun testing out new colors that you might be worried to splurge on otherwise!

4. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner

For an evening look, I love a good smudgy eyeliner to play up my eyes. This eyeliner by L’Oreal is a steal! The color is really bold and lasts all day. It’s easy to smudge with a Q-tip and even comes with a sharpener which is a definite win-win. I’ve been using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Liner Pencil from Sephora which I still love but this L’Oreal one is a fraction of the cost.

5. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

I used to use this in college then tried the Dior Show‘s and Lancôme Hypnôse mascaras of the world which I still adore but recently re-discovered this drugstore gem! The L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara gives a great full lash effect perfect for everyday. It doesn’t clump and two coats is all you need. At under $6, you have no excuse not to try it!

BEAUTY: Drugstore Finds for the Girl on the Go

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Photo Cred: Dea Jenkins, shot in NYC