#NoBareLips30 Cycle 4

Once again it’s on! Grab your favorite lippies, unlock your social media accounts, post your pix and tell a friend: #NoBareLips30 is back.

NoBareLips30

I should have actually written this post before the new season launched, but oh well CP time is a thing. So today is officially day 3, but if you can jump right in and start on day 4 tomorrow.

If you are not familiar here are the #NoBareLips30 Challenge fast facts

Who: #NoBareLips30 is a month long makeup challenge started by Keiko Kaveri to showcase the beauty of women of color.

What: The challenge is to wear different lipstick colors, styles, and techniques for thirty days according to the official calendar.

When: The current challenge runs from 12/11/15 – 1/9/16

Where: All forms of social media including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+. On IG follow me @HereIsMySpout, follow KK @KeikoKaveri, follow the hashtag #NoBareLips30

Why: The mission of this challenge is to celebrate and encourage women of color and our beauty. It is also to learn and share makeup tips.  I have participated since the beginning and I have definitely reaped the benefits of group knowledge.

How: Follow the calendar listed below. You can participate every day or just a few days. I encourage you to scroll the hashtag and see what other ladies are wearing daily. You will learn about drugstore dupes, makeup tips and most importantly see images of beauty that are not highlighted in the media. #NoBareLips30 Calendar

If you have any questions or are looking for tips please feel free to hit me up on Twitter @DerbyCityNat or @HereIsMySpout.

Product Review: Melodic Elements

Melodic Elements Natural Deodorant

Melodic Elements

Natural Deodorant

$5 for 2 oz stick

Available on Melodic Elements website

Jasmine, Lavender, Peppermint Lemongrass, Patchouli, Orange scents

ing: shea butter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, essential oil fragrance.

I know simple ingredients list right? That is one of the reasons I switched to using natural deodorants. I wanted to simplify my life by using more natural products with ingredients I could recognize. I also wanted to move away from antiperspirants that contain harmful ingredients that may be cancer causing. I made that switch for good over 3 years ago.  And while I have not regretted my decision, there have been times that I have been less than fresh and that is not okay.  Along this path of hits and misses I was happy about Melodic Elements which is not only Kentucky proud and a Louisville original, it is a Black female owned small business *triple word score* [full disclosure the owner is a friend of mine].

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. Simple all natural ingredients. There are several natural deodorants on the market but many of them contain a long list of ingredients that I have to research. I love that the ingredients listed are readily understood.
  2. Smells divine.  I purchased the Jasmine scent for myself and the Peppermint for my son. They both smell very pleasant but are not overwhelming.
  3. It works. More than wanting to use a natural product I need the product to actually work and this one does. All day long. It has been proven by lasting all day on my pre-teen son. He no longer smells like “outdoor” when he comes home from school.
  4. It lasts.  I can apply this deodorant in the morning and get at least 12 hour wear. Actually I just smelled myself and I still smell good so make that 14 hour wear.
  5. The applicator. I just don’t care for scooping out deodorant with my fingers, I need an applicator.  Not only does it come in an applicator but it works and does not get stuck.

In addition to these things the shea butter base formula glides on easy no crumbing or caking and it absorbs well into the skin.  I have not had any issue with build up or yellowing on the inside of my shirts. I still exfoliate under my arms weekly before shaving but I have not had a concern of build up. I will repurchase this product again and plan to soon actually because I am almost out however one stick lasted for 2+ months.

February Ipsy Glam Bag

February Ipsy Glam BagHey friends I wanted to share my most recent ipsy glam bag for the month of February.  I have been subscriber to ipsy for several months now and I totes love it. So much so I even shot a video *shocking* to share my package this month.  All my goodies are shown in the picture to the right and yes the makeup bag was included!

What is ipsy? ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service created by beauty blogger Michelle Phan.  For $10 each subscriber will receive a monthly glam bag filled with both deluxe samples and full size products based on the subscribers preferences.  After signing up the subscriber is asked a series of health and beauty questions to help develop a beauty profile. This profile is used to determine the best products to send.

I’ve been a member of ipsy for almost a year now and I have no plans of discontinuing the service.  There have been products sent to me that I felt did not fall into my wheelhouse, however those products were either gifted to friends or primarily given to my daughter. For the price of $10 monthly the cute bags and a couple products are enough to keep me as a customer even if it is always love.

Check out my vid below for my unboxing.

Product Review: Thayers Witch Hazel Pads

Thayers Witch Hazel Pads

Thayers Witch Hazel Pads

60 pads, about $7

Available at drug stores, health food stores and online

ing: Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Natural Grain) 10%, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Certified Organic Filet of Aloe Vera), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (made from Certified Organic Witch Hazel), Glycerin (Vegetable), Fragrance (Natural Witch Hazel), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Citric Acid.

Skincare is super important and creating a skin regimen that adjusts to the changes in your skin can be challenging.  Many of you found awesome products in your teens and just kept using them. I need y’all to do better.  One thing that should be included as part of your regimen is witch hazel. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that works to tone, cleanse and tighten the skin, read more about here.

Thayers Witch Hazel Pads are reminiscent of old school Oxy pads except they don’t feel like they are going to burn your face off.  I use them after cleansing my face nightly to make sure the excess oil and makeup are removed and to shrink my pores.  The cool soothing sensation is an amazing feeling.  I also take these pads with me while traveling for a quick facial cleanse when I cannot do a full wash.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  1. It cleanses gently without burning. I’ve used these to clean cuts and scrapes on my son without him hollering and wincing.
  2. You can actually feel your skin tightening after use however it does not feel excessively dry.
  3. The pads also soothe. After long days on the beach in the sun I wipe down my face with one of the pads it feels so good.
  4. The pads come in a plastic container so they won’t dry out.  The one thing I hate about face wipes is those packages is that they never stay sealed and they always end up drying out.
  5. My favorite thing is that the pads of a scrubby side and a smooth one. I like to use the scrubby side on my T-zone and the softer side on my cheeks and around the eyes.

I am sure some of you are thinking the product seems great but the $7 price tag is a bit expensive as compared to $3 alternative.  But I promise you it is worth it. Also using one pad a day this jar will last you for two months. You are worth it and your skin will thank you.

Natural Skin Care Products via Natural Review Box

If you have followed me for awhile you know that I love not only natural hair products but natural skin care products too.  One of my favorite subscription services is Natural Review Sample Box because it comes with so many great natural products for hair, body, skin care, and home.  I was not familiar with either of these brands prior to receiving them in the box, but I used them both and decided to do a mini review on my experience.

blum naurals cleansing towelettesBlum Naturals 

Daily Cleansing & Makeup Remover Towelettes

$6.99 for pack of 30 wipes

Available at Whole Foods, Earth Fare, VitaCost.com and others

ing: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside**, Organic Chamomile Extract*, Organic Aloe Vera Extract*, Lavender Oil*, Vanilla Oil*, Patchouli Oil*, Gluconolactone***, Sodium Benzoate***, Glycerin*.

So I love these disposable makeup remover towelettes.  I keep them near my bed so when I drag myself in after a long night I can just grab a wipe and remove any makeup, sweat, food or whatever from my face when I am too lazy to go wash it *don’t judge me*.  The awesome thing about these towelettes is that the actually do remove makeup including my eyeshadow + primer which regular soap and water or baby wipes cannot. I received the chamomile towelettes which smell lightly scented like chamomile tea.  These wipes are gentle on my skin, do no cause dryness or leave a film after use.  I will definitely repurchase.

kiki bella mud  maskKiki Bella

Beauty Mud

available on Etsy 

ing: made with natural clay from the Great Salt Lake mixed with purified water.

I use mud mask once per week as part of my skin care regimen. Mud masks help to remove dirt, oil and impurities from my skin, reduce blemishes and to firm the skin as well.  I only received a small heat seal pack of mud mask but it was enough for 3 applications.  To use I first wash my face with mild cleanser, exfoliate with a facial scrub, then apply the mud mask.  This mask is very simple it smells like mud, there are no frills to it but it works well.  The product claims that the salt found in the mud from the great salt lake is supposed to be superior for your skin. I cannot say that this mud was worked any better than others I have used, but it was not any worse so I cannot speak to those claims.

I was pleased with both products I received and I had great results incorporating them into my skin care regimen.  For more info on Natural Review Box check out my video below from my April reveal video.  If you have tried any new skin care products leave a comment below and let me know about them. 

DIY Pineapple Beauty Treatment

Pineapple is a tropical plant who’s fruit and juice is used in cooking all over the world.  Pineapple contains a natural enzyme, bromelain, which is an exfoliating enzyme that digests dead skin cells.  You can use pineapple in your beauty regimen to remove dead skin cells, balance the skin and even overall appearance.

When using pineapple in skin care remember fresh is best. If you cannot get fresh pineapple opt for canned pineapple in its own juice with no added sugar or pineapple juice with no added sugar.

Pineapple Juice Toner

Apply pineapple juice to clean skin using cotton ball, allow to sit for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly with water.

Pineapple Restoring Mask

Blend pineapple flesh on pulverize/puree setting until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and add a few teaspoons of honey.  Apply mask to face, massaging in circular motion and let sit for 5 minutes.  Rinse skin with warm water and pat dry.

Grab fresh pineapple, mash it up mix with a little honey to help form paste apply to skin. No rubbing required.

An here is a little tasty libation a la Lola Zabeth: Drunken Sponge Bob

  • 6 ounces fresh pineapple (or 1/3  can of pineapple in juice)
  • 2 ounces rum
  • sparkling water

Place pineapple into freezer until cold.  Blend pineapple flesh and rum on pulverize setting until smooth.  Spoon pineapple mixture into glass, add sparkling water and stir.  Sip and enjoy.  This also makes a delicious drink sans rum, but in my opinion everything is better with rum :)

Lola Zabeth has great recipes on her site including this one for a pineapple scrub.

13 Uses for Non-Petroleum Jelly

So back in the day my Granny had us using Vaseline err, Petroleum Jelly for everything!  Well a lot of us are now swearing off petroleum derived products like petroleum jelly, hair grease, etc and for you I have a recipe for Non-Petroleum Jelly which is super easy to make see video here.  But aside from sealing your ends or greasing your scalp what are you going to do with it?

Here Are 13 Tips for Using Non-Petroleum Jelly

  1. After shower or bath apply to your feet and cover with cotton socks.  You will wake up to softer feet in the morning.
  2. Rub a bit on your knees and elbows to knock out the ashy and dry skin.
  3. Rub into the cuticles on your fingers to keep them soft and to help prevent hang nails.
  4. Apply a tad bit over your teeth before taking pictures to help your teeth bling (yep, I was in theater when I was younger)
  5. Place a dab on your shoes and rub with an old cloth to add a quick shine.
  6. Apply around your hairline to prevent hair color from bleeding onto your neck, ears and face.
  7. Use it to remove adhesive from hair bond or eyelash glue.
  8. Apply on skin between the thighs or other areas to help prevent chaffing.
  9. Apply to cotton ball to remove stubborn makeup.
  10. Mix with epsom salt, sea salt, and/or sugar and your favorite scents to create a bath scrub.
  11. Mix with sugar-free Kool-Aid powder for kid friendly lip gloss.
  12.  Apply to cotton swap and place a little in your nasal passage to keep moist and help prevent nose bleeds.
  13. Apply to fingertip and rub over squeaky door jam to lubricate and eliminate squeaking.

So those are my tips on how to use non-petroleum jelly, what have you used it for?

Honey Grits & Brown Sugar Foot Polisher via B.A.S.K. Beauty

This recipe comes courtesy of B.A.S.K. Beauty be sure to check them out on FB.  So not only does B.A.S.K. sell great hair and body products, but they also have DIY recipes? Score!  This is my kind of company.  I will be adding this foot polisher to my recipe index, enjoy!

Honey Grits & Brown Sugar Foot Polisher

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup grits (or substitute cornmeal)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or substitute agave nectar)
  • 1/4 cup almond oil (or substitute your favorite oil)
  • 1-2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 3-5 drops lemon juice
  • 1-2 drops essential oils of lavender, peppermint, lemongrass or eucalyptus

Add ingredients to non-reactive bowl and stir until mixed.  Apply to feet using a circular motion to slough away dead skin, then rinse with warm water.  Also use it to knock out your hands, elbows and knees :)

Honey grits and brown sugar? Tell me that doesn’t sound like a Jill Scott song! Griiiiiiiiits!