LXXXIX: Why Does My Face Hate Everything?


I’ve been suffering from the same breakout since mid-February.

Now that I’ve rid myself of those annoying stressors, I need to rid myself of this annoying breakout. So, I decided to try The Body Shop’s Tea Tree line.

This line was talked about alongside Murad’s skincare collection which is what brought it to my attention. So, instead of getting my usual (Murad) I decided to try it out and here we are!

Let’s talk about it:


This was a vicious breakout and it was more aligned with the kind of breakout that I get during finals time each year, but has lasted much longer.  

Each pimple hurt like the Dickens and they left horrible dark spots when they’d finally decided to go away (if they decided to go away).

Again, I’m used to getting breakouts around finals time, but they usually don’t hurt as much and they don’t leave my skin damaged once they’ve gone away.  

So, I decided to try a strong product that would quickly get rid of the breakout and blemishes. Another plus, for me, with this product was the fact that they also promised to help mattify the skin as it cleared it. Big bonus for me since I have combination (dry-to-oily skin), right?!



So, I decided to get the whole shebang which came with the following:

  1. A Skin Clearing Facial Wash (8.4 fl oz)

  2. A Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner (8.4 fl oz)

  3. Tea Tree Oil (.33 fl oz)

  4. A Mattifying Lotion (1.69 fl oz)

  5. And, A Skin Clearing Clay Mask (3.85 oz)

(These products are listed in use order)



I used the products as instructed for two weeks before getting to the point of deciding whether or not the products were for me. Which they weren’t…

Now, I know that, for many, two weeks of product use is not a lot at all. But, for me and while dealing with my skin, two weeks is plenty of time.

I am used to using Murad which starts working on the second day of use, so that was the standard for me when I started this product.

Upon initial use, I did notice that it started to work quickly, but after about a week I also noticed that my skin was super dry, rough, and blemished. So this product has potential to work and it’s definitely filled with cleansing agents that get into the pores and clear them out. BUT, it’s like it leaves your skin dry, bruised and shriveled afterwards and I do not want that for myself.



I’m sure that, from reading, you can see where this post is going. I definitely stopped using these products, packed them back into the box and switched to water and moisturizing oils for a while to restore my skin.

I do want to say that I was shocked by how much of this product you get for such a good price ($39 USD). You get a lot of product with this purchase and, if this product goes well with your skin type, then I highly recommend that you invest in these products. But, for me, it just didn’t work.


In order to fix the blemishes and dark spots that have formed on my skin because of these products (in conjunction with my break out), I have just been using water to wash my face and I’ll occasionally use Garnier’s Skinactive Micellar Cleansing Water to cleanse my face but apart from that, I’m currently not putting cleansers (medicated or otherwise) onto my face.

To help restore my skin, I’ve been using (and am obsessed with) Black Radiance’s Luminous Dry Oil Moisturizer which I LOVE — not just because of its ingredients but because of how it feels on my skin.

So, overall, I’m going to say that this line was NOT for me, but I’m sure that there are people out there who lean more towards oily skin who would love this product. But, if you have combination skin, this product may be too harsh for you.

Thanks for reading! 🖤

This is not a sponsored post.

LX: Winter Is Coming?

Dry skin sufferers such as myself, winter is neigh!

This is such a hard time for me, personally, because I suffer from overactive sweat glands in addition to having extremely dry skin.

So, I can moisturize, but I will sweat it off and then be dry and crackly for the rest of the day which isn’t fun for anyone. Our skin is honestly like the petal of a rose and if we don’t care for it, then it will wither.

In this post, I am going to suggest a couple of soaps, lotions, and cleansers that normally help me through the winter in the hopes that they will help you as well!

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Black Soap

Black soap is usually pure and unscented.

This is beneficial when you have extra dry skin caused by the perfumes within other soap brands.

I find Black Soap to be a very good mix of oats, honeys and natural oils that leave my skin feeling fresh without the residual dryness that scented soaps cause. Although I am able to use scented soaps with less problems in other seasons.


Nivea Lotion

This is very reasonably priced and well-formulated lotion.

It is very thick and, from my experiences, coats my dry skin very well. It even protects me through my sweat!

You can find this lotion in your local Target, CVS, or WalMart and, best part, you won’t break the bank to get it.


Pond’s Facial Moisturizer

Because I prefer to wash my face with just soap and water instead of using specific cleansers, I find it super necessary to have a good product that doesn’t irritate my skin and also moisturizes me.



Aveeno’s skin relief moisture repair cream is another gem.

Now, I normally save my Aveeno products for after my nighttime shower and use my Nivea products after my daytime showers, but this would definitely be an excellent all day moisturizer simply because it lasts.

Both Nivea and Aveeno provide a thick and moisture enhanced formula that is so beneficial to those with drier skin, but, if I had to choose, I would definitely choose Aveeno products because they really work for dry skin and eczema sufferers.



Finally, Clinique has what would have to be the most gentle cleansers that I’ve had the pleasure of coming across.

Now, I’ve tried a ton of cleansers simply because every time that finals roll around I get a horrible break out that is hard to get rid of. But, after these break outs, I usually find that the cleansers that I love are just too harsh and full of chemicals to use all year so I just resort to soap and water.

But, Clinique is the perfect balance of medication and moisture to clear the blemishes and keep the healthy balance of nutrients on your skin, so if you’re looking for a year-round cleanser, I’d recommend this one!

So, for those of you suffering from dry skin during the winter months, give these products a try. They are cost effective ways of caring for your skin and maintaining that healthy balanced glow!

LIII: Colourpop No Filter Foundation Stix

I struggle with foundations. I struggle to find the perfect shade for my warm dark skin. I struggle to find the perfect formula for my combination (oily and dry) skin.

Colourpop recently released foundation sticks which are the perfect medium between a liquid foundation and a pressed powder. It’s literally a cream foundation in stick form, for those who do not yet use them.

I’m fond of foundation sticks and I normally use either Smashbox or Anastasia Beverly Hills. I am, however, very open to new brands that can better service my color-matching needs.


The Question Is, Do They Meet My Color-Matching Needs?


I have, once again, been let down by the make-up industry and their “many foundation color options”. Again, the amount of brands that brag about all of the colors and shades of foundation that they have compared to the number of African-American women like me who struggle to find a color that doesn’t make us look crazy… 🙄

Maybe my skin tone is not one that comes with a perfect match foundation. I mean, honestly, my skin doesn’t need foundation anyway. I have beautiful skin! But, I do want the option to wear it, so help me out brands! Help me out.


Left: Deep Dark 197 W

Right: Deep Dark 213 N

Excuse my nails and grubby fingers, nobody’s perfect. 😹


Look at this deception!

It looks like these would be perfect right? One for an all-over foundation and the other for a cool soft contour.

BUT, the color of the inside of our forearm is NOT the color of your face. Of course it won’t work!

Now, this isn’t a complete Hateogram to the whole Colourpop No Filter Foundation Stix line (because Colourpop is over there working pure magic with their products), it’s just me acknowledging and slightly complaining about the fact that, if and when I want to wear make-up, I’ll still be grabbing and blending two foundations to get that base going!

And let’s not even get into bronzers! 🙄