#SheaMoisture Product Review!

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I received my latest Shea Moisture box. For those who are new to the blog, I’m a 2018 Shea Moisture Brand Ambassador so I’ll be reviewing a lot of Shea Moisture products.

I received the Mommy box a while back and I had to figure out if this was a box worth blogging about. Don’t get me wrong; I generally love Shea Moisture and I can say for certainty and without the brown-nosing aspect, 99% of their products are on point.

But with the Mommy box….well, I wasn’t sure.

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It’s a box catered to moms for pampering, which I love. But do any of these work? Let’s go….

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All Over Body Scrub

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Now, the scrub is a low later body wash and boy, they weren’t kidding when they said low lather. I think they meant no-lather, but I digress. It does smell great, but does it work?

On a loofah, hell no, it didn’t. On a scrubbing brush, yes, actually.

I wasn’t a fan of the scrub at first but then it occurred to me I was using it on the wrong tool. Once I switched from the loofah to the brush, it worked like a charm but that was because of the brush itself. The shower scrub isn’t anything by itself.

Bottom Line: If you buy this, make sure you have a great scrubbing brush to go along with it. Bonus: use it on your feet or hands for manis and pedis action! 

Next up: The Massage Lotion.

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I really love the massage lotion. It’s super thick and it smells great. It’s a nice, light floral with a touch of nutty goodness scent that’s perfect for spring and summer. It’s not heavy at all, and it kept my skin feeling soft and supple all day.

What I didn’t love about it was how impossible it was to get out of the bottle! Seriously, Shea Moisture, y’all need a new bottle for this.

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Bottom Line: Great lotion but it really needs a new bottle.

Last: Stretch Mark Intensive Repair Oil

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I loved this oil, though I have some reservations. I’m not entirely sure if it works, but I will say the skin around my tiger stripes did feel a lot more moisturized. Now, I need to be clear: this isn’t something that will get rid of stretch marks, but it will make the area around the stretch marks not feel so hard and dry.

So, maybe it did work because it did what it was supposed to do?

Bottom Line: If you want your stretch marks gone, this isn’t the product for you. If you want them just moisturized and smell great at the same time, this works great!

Overall, it wasn’t a bad box but I do believe the others I’ve received before were better. I do recommend the light scrub for your feet and hands, however, because I think it works great for that purpose.

 

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Product Review: Fenty Beauty Beach, Please

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I love Fenty Beauty. I can’t stop singing its many praises since its release and given I’m a diehard Rihanna stan, I have more reasons to love it. When I heard Rihanna was coming out with a body line under the Fenty brand, I was like, ‘Bitch, please take all of my money.’

ALL OF IT.

As an awesome anniversary gift, my husband gifted me the entire ‘Beach, Please!’ collection, valued at $135

USD:

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My body was ready.

When I received the package, it came as a plain cardboard box and I think this packaging is brilliant because you don’t know what’s inside of it and they’re smart not to have Fenty Beauty broadcasted all over the box for someone to jack your ish.

But inside the box, tho…

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Isn’t that dope?

Each product is individually wrapped/packaged, which makes a lot of sense.

Fun box and packaging aside, how do these products actually work?

First up to the plate:

The Fairy Bomb!

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I love how it came inside a big box just for it. It didn’t come covered in a plastic wrap.

And when you open the box…

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Doesn’t it look like a pomeranian?

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It kinda does!

The trick is, I’m guessing, you just pom pom your body with this and it’ll release some fragrance and sparkle. Did you catch a little shade in my post? Yeah, because it didn’t work.

Pros: 

  • It’s cute.
  • It smells good.

Cons: 

  • It’s pricey. $42. When you buy it in the Beach, Please package, it’ll come out to around $45 so you’re not really saving any money.
  • You might feel you like you have to beat yourself up with the pom pom to get any out.

Bottom Line: Save your money.  I wish I had.

Next batter up:

Face & Body Kabuki Brush

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You can pretty much use this for any product, not necessarily Fenty. I personally love to use this along with the body lava because I feel it spreads it better than my hands and fingers.

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It’s dense but mighty. The brushes are hella soft and I haven’t experienced any shedding.

Now that we know the player, let’s see how this works:

Pros:

  • It works very well. Blends easily.
  • I don’t have to put so much work into using the brush. At ease with it.

Cons:

  • It’s pricey. $34 USD. You might find cheaper elsewhere.
  • It does not clean well. At all. In fact, the body lava left some residue and a bit of a stain on the brush.

Bottom Line: It does its job but you might be able to find better for cheaper.

Final hitter of the night:

Body Lava

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This was the main one I wanted to get so I was hella anxious to see if this one actually worked.

And thank the Good Lord Almighty it did!

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Using the kabuki brush, I only put a little. And really, all you need is a little. Two pumps will cover your entire arm.

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I had to see if this was going to work and I was really hoping it would. I guessed right.

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Shimmer!

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More shimmer!

It smells nice and light and leaves my skin feeling oh-so silky smooth and soft! I loves it!

Pros:

  • It comes in two shades depending on your skin tone.
  • A little goes a long way. You need to spread it so your won’t feel sticky icky icky.
  • It made my skin feel softer.

Cons:

  • It’s pricey. Almost $60 USD. This is definitely a splurge.
  • Some have complained how sticky it is, but I also feel they might have used too much. You don’t use this as a lotion. The less the better.

Bottom Line: You might be able to find something that does the same thing for cheaper, however, the body lava does make your skin softer so it’s worth the splurge, IMO.

Overall, I wish I only purchased the Body Lava by itself, and not the entire package. The Fairy Bomb did absolutely nothing for me, and I think I would’ve saved some money on getting a better kabuki brush.

If you’ve tried any of the Fenty products, what did you like or not like about it?

Product Review: K-Beauty SkinFood BrownSugar Cleansing Wipes

I have to admit from the jump, I wasn’t sure if any K-beauty products would work for my skin. I’m older (38, I ain’t ashamed), still get acnes and blackheads (like wth??), and my skin is either crazy oily or crazy dry. It’s like it can’t decide what it wants to do and it often feels me like:

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Finding a great makeup remover has been quite the challenge, especially when there are products who promise they’ll remove all of the makeup and well, not really.

Ulta has their own K-Beauty section so after walking throughout the store, I naturally ended up there. I’ve many a great things about K-beauty so I figured let me dive my toes a bit more and review another product.

Enter Skinfood.

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Obviously, I can’t read Korean, but I can read English so I flipped it over.

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Sounds promising. Now what are the ingredients?

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It’s not a great picture so here are the ingredients listed:

Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dipropylene glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Cyclohexasiloxane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Isopentyldiol, Black Sugar Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Lepidium Meyenii Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake), Sucrose, Trehalose, Butylene glycol, Poloxamer 184, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Malic Acid, Fragrance.

Yeah. That’s a whole lot. I love the fact it has so much fruit in it – orange, papaya, and lemon. Hell, it even has sake in it! I love sake!

But some of these other ones? Let’s check them out for a minute:

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

I learned that this is an organic replacement for silicone. So hey, those who are allergic or don’t want to use any products containing silicone, these wipes might be in your interest.

Dipropylene glycol

This is a common fragrance found in nearly all hair and beauty products as a masking agent. It provides fragrance.

Cyclopentasiloxane

Remember when I just said this product might be good to use if you want to avoid silicones? Yeah, scratch that. Cyclopentasiloxane (and yeah, I can’t pronounce it, neither) is a silicone, but apparently, it’s a healthy silicone. It acts as a hair conditioning agent.

PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides

The jury is still out on this out. I read from this blog, this is an ingredient to be avoided. Then I read here, it’s actually good for you. So consumer beware. This is an ingredient that helps with taking off makeup.

So, now that we know the players, let’s play the game:

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Yes, this is an old picture of me since I just removed my braids. But I have to show me with a face full of makeup.

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I just took off my lipstick and well, it’s all on there.

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It thoroughly took off my face makeup.

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And yes, this is me with no makeup, y’all. My face isn’t even clean with soap.

Let’s review:

Pros:

  • Cheap. I paid around $9 for this.
  • Available at Ulta and online. I’m not sure if it’s available at other places. It seems pretty elusive to find.
  • It removed all of my makeup!
  • It smells clean, with a tiny bit of sweetness.

Cons:

  • Some of the ingredients might be off-putting.
  • If you want to avoid silicones, avoid this because it does contain silicones even if it’s a tiny bit.
  • In comparison to other makeup removal tissues, it’s a bit on the pricey side.

Bottom Line:

I do recommend it with some reservations. You really have to try it to see.

If you’ve tried it, what do you think?

 

Product Review: Shea Moisture box! #sheamom #sheabassdor #sheamoisture

Today, I’m doing an entire product review of the entire contents of the Shea Moisture box I received from them. I’ll speak from a mom’s perspective but also from my personal one since I also used the same products on me!

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Disclaimer: I am a Shea Moisture Ambassador, so I’m giving honest reviews of this box, regardless of how awesome they are (or how much they suck. I keeps it real.).

Last week, Bear and I received our first Shea Moisture box and it had a lot of great stuff in it. At first I was concerned because the products were tailored to babies and Bear’s a preschooler. I decided to go ‘head and try it out on him and me as well! This product review is different because I’m going to do a quick write-up of each individual product. For the hair products, I have Type 4 hair. Bear has Type 3 hair, so keep that in mind.

Let’s go!

First up: the baby wash and shampoo.

I really liked this one because it was nice and fragrant. I normally don’t use the same wash for the body and hair but Bear seemed to love it. He even said how he liked how he smelled!

In terms of the shampoo for me, it lathered very well, with no residue.

Bottom Line: I do recommend for adults and kids!


The blueberries and marshmallow root detangler and leave-in (blue label).

OMG. Can I tell you have much I love this joint??? This is probably my new favorite detangler and that’s a hard sell to me with my coils! It has a lot of slip and detangling Bear’s hair was a breeze!

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Look at those curls!

LOOK!

AREN’T THEY FABULOUS??

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2nd day curls. Annnnnnnnnd, you probably needed to see a four year old with a puppy right now.

So yeah, that’s nice but what about Mommy?

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It made my curls pop! The detangler, I found, I didn’t have to use a lot of it since it was also a leave-in conditioner. And OMG, it smelled so good! (Yes, I took out my braids but never fear, they’re coming back soon! And a different color!)

Bottom Line: Highly recommend! Even if you don’t have kids, use this on yo self! Treat yo self!


Body Lotion:

Bear liked it and I did. I didn’t find it moisturized my body as well as other lotions I’ve used. I also have super dry skin so the thicker the lotion the better for me. But for a child, I thought the body lotion was suitable.

Bottom Line: Great for kids, but mileage may vary for adults.


Baby Oil:

I didn’t try it on Bear because I wasn’t sure how his skin would respond to it. (I’m still trying to figure out his allergens.) However, I tried it and my skin loved it! It loved it like a hungry man at a buffet.

Bottom Line: Great for adults, but mileage may vary for kids.


Milk bath:

The only product I didn’t review because we don’t have a bathtub. However, I plan to give this to a friend who does a have bathtub and see if it’s suitable. I’ll report back!


The rattler:

It’s cute! LOL. I can’t say too much because I obviously don’t have a newborn or infant. I do plan to give that to Bear’s godmother who’s due any day now.


Overall, it was a great first box! I’m really happy with it overall.

If you have the Shea Moisture box, what did you like? What other Shea Moisture products have you tried?

We’re Shea Moisture Ambassadors!

It’s no secret for my love of Shea Moisture on this site. I’ve been reviewing their products for years now and I’ve even scolded them when they made a boo-boo. So, I’m super, SUPER jazzed that Bear and I are a part of the 2018 Shea Moisture Ambassador class!

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Pretty much like that.

Here’s our unboxing video. Please excuse the mess of our home. We’re still in the process of unpacking and I think we will be for a while. I promise you the next several videos will be…ahem…neater.