Skincare In The Days Of A Pandemic

It’s such a trying time for our world right now. Covid-19, now a pandemic, is not only disrupting lives and livelihoods but also taking lives. My heart goes out to you all because loss can have such a lasting hold. It’s been hard to proceed with business as usual. So, I thought I would check in today and share a few of things I’m doing to achieve a sense of calm amid the chaos that’s largely out of our control.

Last fall, I met an aesthetician and the founder of the skincare company, SoapLife360. I was so intrigued by her view of skincare as an important ritual not simply a regimen. On most days, I just go through the motions to make sure my skin gets what it needs. In times like we’re facing right now, though, I have a special appreciation for her slow, mindful approach. And, I can literally feel a shift in my vibe by starting and ending my days with a skincare ritual.

In today’s post, I want to highlight a couple sets I’m loving right now from SoapLife360. And, I got coupon codes if you find something you could use from the company as well.

Coupon Codes:

EOS15  – 15% off your entire purchase

RITUAL20 –20% off  a 360 Cleansing Ritual Beauty Set

Skincare during pandemic

I’m especially fond of this Calm Set because it comes with 2 bars of soap that’ll cleanse away viruses without stripping your skin. No matter your skin type, you’ll love the handcrafted natural soaps and the nourishing body butter in this set. It even comes with a bonus soap dish (for a limited time). Simple clean ingredients that get the job done. That’s what you get with SoapLife360. By the way, this set is only $28 (before my coupon code).

Skincare during pandemic

Another favorite is the beauty set, featuring a Vogue Beauty Editor must-have, Aloe Mist (seen before here). Whether you need to reduce acne and blemishes, attain a glowing complexion, support collagen production, or restore you skin’s moisture barrier, this system can get it done. Also, we may not be doing much traveling now, but the set includes products in perfect TSA-approved sizes so we can take them anywhere we go.

Skincare during pandemic

I’ve been using this set exclusively since early February. Get this? That is my bare face below! I have dry, sensitive, hyperactive skin, so I follow the site’s recommended ritual for me. Want to know what your skin needs, check out all the recommendations here.

Skincare during pandemic

If you’re interested in making the clean beauty switch or simply want to expand your clean beauty favorites, I recommend SoapLife360. If you’re looking for ways to keep calm while loving your skin, follow @SoapLife360 on Instagram for insightful tips and video demonstrations.

This post is not sponsored. I did, however, receive my products free of charge for editorial purposes.

Starting My Laser Hair Removal Journey As A Black Woman

This post is sponsored by Milan Laser Hair Removal.

Lasers aren’t for you. Lasers aren’t for you. I’ve heard that so often. As a black woman with hyperactive skin, I’ve been curious about laser hair removal as an alternative to waxing. But, I always hesitated because some laser technology is simply not sophisticated enough for dark skin. So, from hyperpigmentation to scarring, the possibilities of side effects for dark skin scared me away. But, after my visit to Milan Laser Hair Removal, I learned quickly that there were safe and effective options for me after all.

Laser Hair removal

Milan Laser Hair Removal Consultation

Last November, I walked into a Milan Laser Hair Removal consultation with a long list of questions. I threw question after question at the manager, interrogation style. She didn’t even flinch. Instead, one-by-one, her answers put me at ease. For one, all laser treatments at Milan are provided by medical professionals. And, the best news? The laser technology used is precise enough to target the hair follicle on the darkest skin tones.

Laser Hair removal

My First Laser Hair Removal Procedure

My response? Sign me up! Seriously, I walked in just for a consultation and went straight into an underarm laser treatment. I felt especially confident at the Brentwood Milan Laser location because of Abby, the medical professional on site. She has a background in dermatology, and her competence is so evident. She’s quick too, making the process a breeze.

Laser Hair removal

Laser Hair Removal Progress

I’ve been doing laser treatments every 5 weeks since that first session. I feel like I am basically hair-free under my arms and an added bonus is the way it seems like the skin doesn’t appear shadowed anymore from the irritation or stubble that comes with shaving.

Special Offer

I’m giving you a glimpse into how quick and easy the process is in this video. I’ve also enjoyed the benefits so much that I’m tackling my bikini line next. Stay tuned for updates on my journey. And, of course, if you’re even contemplating laser hair removal, I highly recommend Milan Laser Hair Removal. Schedule a consultation. You’d be surprised how much more affordable this method can be. As an added incentive, if you use the code Psyche60, you can get 60% off any Unlimited Package at any Milan location in the country. Can’t beat that!

Practicing Self-Love With 3 Black Woman-Owned Brands

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that wherever you are, you are feeling love (and warmth…because it’s freezing in St. Louis). I thought I’d do a fun post in honor of Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and women making boss moves in general. I’m sharing three amazing gifts by black woman-owned Brands that always make me feel loved on Valentine’s Day and every day.

Black Woman-Owned Brands

Black Woman-Owned Brands That Are Perfect For Gifting (To Yourself or Others)
1. Golden Grocer Golden Box (Monthly Subscription, $25/month)

I was recently in Golden Grocer where I visit often to get my Adina’s Vegan Cuisine fix. Golden Grocer is a natural food, supplements, and beauty store based in St. Louis. I ran into the new owner, Jamila Owens-Todd, and she told me all about the new monthly subscription box. Of course, I had to try it. The image below literally captures my reaction when I unboxed the January box and saw that it was filled with vegan goodies that I already love or always wanted to try. The subscription is only $25/month or $20/month with a 6-month subscription.

Black Woman-Owned Brands

2. Soaplife360 Skincare Products

I attended a life-changing women’s wellness event last year. I met Coco Kennell, owner and founder of Soaplife360, a natural beauty and skincare line. Y’all know my sensitive, dry skin woes. I bought a butter and soap that night, and my skin thanked me for it. So, I’ve been so excited to explore other products in the line.

I’m in the process of checking out the line, but I had to check in and shout-out the Rose and Aloe Hydrating Toner. I’ve used it EVERY day since receiving it, as a hydrating mist, as a toner in my skincare routine, and as a setting spray for my makeup. I’m also currently using the brand’s 360 Cleansing Ritual Beauty Set. It’s a perfect way to try top products from the line, and it’s TSA-approved for airplane travel. I’ll be sharing more about my favorite products and a coupon code from the brand soon.

Black Woman-Owned Brands

3. Pat McGrath Lippies

No surprise, I found my PERFECT red lip in the MatteTrance lipstick collection by Pat McGrath. If you’ve been curious to try the line but not quite sure about forking over $40 for one lipstick, the minis below might be for you. You get to try 3 MatteTrance lippies for $25! The set below is my favorite and includes my go-to red lipstick.

I’m wearing Elson from Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Colour Blitz V2 set. There are 3 sets of the minis to satisfy everyone, even the neutral lovers.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

New Products Shaking Up My 2020 Beauty Routine

New year. New decade. It’s time to explore new beauty products. I’m trying a few new favorites from Urban Decay in today’s post. I got hooked on Urban Decay’s Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation last year. I have a PERFECT match in this foundation, and the coverage is amazing even though it feels light and airy. So, I was thrilled when Urban Decay offered to send me the expanded line of Stay Naked products as well as the newbies in its All Nighter collection.

Urban Decay Stay Naked

I’m sharing how I’m using the Urban Decay Stay Naked line in the video below. I’m also linking every product I used at the end of the post. Enjoy!

Products used:

All Nighter Face Primer

Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation (70WY)

Stay Naked Correcting Concealer (70WO)

All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder

Stay Naked The Fix Powder Foundaiton (70WY)

Stay Naked Threesome Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter Palette (Fly)

All Nighter Setting Spray

Other products used (not shown):

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil (Shade 4)

Juvia’s Place Chocolates Palette

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Kiss Lashes

Mac Starlett Scarlet lipstick

 

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How To Embrace Fall’s IT Color In Your Beauty Routine

Pistachio green is projected to be fall’s IT color. It’s not my favorite color to wear in clothing, but I love eyeshadows in shades of green. I did an IT-Color-inspired makeup look in a Beauty Brands collaboration over on Instagram, so I thought I’d share everything that I used to create that FOTD here as well.

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Pistachio green is set to be fall’s biggest color trend. This color lover, though, probably won’t be wearing clothing in that hue. But on my eyes? For sure! I shopped the @beauty.brands #BBLashBash yesterday, an annual event that makes top brand mascaras only $10.98! I may or may not have bought 3. I saved so much on mascara, though, that I also picked up an eyeshadow palette and some other goodies I’m using in this video to create a fall green beauty look. Whatcha think? P.S. the sale ends on September 29. Check my stories for a link and a glimpse inside the Lash Bash experience. #economyofstyle #stlouisblogger #blackstyleblogger #liveincolor #blackbeautyblogger #styleover40

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Beauty Products:

Pat McGrath foundation (Medium Deep 26) | Mac Studio Finish concealer (NC50)

Too Faced Born This Way concealer for brightening (Mocha)

Sigma Beauty Enchanted palette | bareMineral blush (coral)

Pat McGrath matte lipstick (Elson 013) | Becca Highlighter (Topaz)

Benefit brow gel (4) | Benefit brow pencil (4)

Buxom Lash Volumizing mascara | Smashbox SuperFan mascara