1 Year Blogaversary GIVEAWAY!!

****This Giveaway is closed! Congratulations to Rachel Marquez!!****

Hey y’all!

I’ve decided that I’m celebrating my one year blogaversary until the end of the year. In a strange turn of events, I want to give someone else a gift to celebrate this milestone achievement. Haha! Well maybe not so strange. I’d like to think I’m a generous person. In any event, keep reading to find out how to enter!

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Super complicated giveaways that involve a million different people overwhelm me. So to keep this simple, I’ve curated a box of things that I’m currently enjoying to gift to one of my loyal subscribers. I’m actually giving away two boxes, so if you follow me on social media (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) be on the lookout for another giveaway soon! How crazy would that be if you won both?! Stranger things have happened right?

The box that I’m gifting includes all the items you see above. Like I mentioned, these are all things that I’m currently using and have grown an affection for. Let’s talk a little more about each item and why I enjoy it.

Shea Moisture’s Pure 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO)

I’m currently obsessed with JBCO. There are so many ways that you can use it, the possibilities seem endless. This oil is good for hair and skin. The most intriguing thing I’ve learned about JBCO is that it can be beneficial in growing your eyebrows. Who would have ever though to slather oil on your brows to give them a fuller, thicker appearance over time. I mean, what can’t this oil do? Word of caution other naturals out there (I didn’t realize this until recently), JBCO better serves as a sealant as opposed to a moisturizer. It cannot penetrate the hair shaft (there’s one thing it can’t do). It can, however, seal in your moisturizing oils such as coconut oil or olive oil and give her locks a more lustrous sheen.

Earth Therapeutics Purifying Vegetable Facial Sponge

This little sponge is quite fascinating. I appreciate the lather that it creates in addition to the added benefits of the charcoal. Since my skin is oily and acne prone, I’ve been using this sponge in conjunction with my regular face wash. The package indicates that it can also be used without additional products. An article on ecosalon.com says this about activated charcoal (read the entire article here):

“Activated charcoal means the carbon is infused with oxygen and is prepared for… skincare products. This oxygenation creates a super porous surface, increasing its ability to absorb matter and toxins. Possibly the most absorbent cosmetic ingredient out there, activated charcoal is said to have the ability to absorb thousands of times its own weight.This super absorbency, plus antibacterial properties, makes activated charcoal an ideal ingredient for oily and acne prone skin types. It is used in acne products to draw out impurities, heal pimples, and prevent further breakouts.Also an anti-aging ingredient, activated charcoal is said to tighten pores and smooth the skin. It also reduces inflammation, which is significant in preventing premature aging. Proponents claim it decongests the skin and calms irritation, leaving behind a clear, even toned complexion.”

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea

I’ve been using other Mario Badescu products for a while now and have been loving them. I picked up this spray from the checkout line at Ulta (that’s how they get you!). I was also familiar with the brand, and needed something smaller than my usual face mist for traveling. I’ve been using this spray after cleansing at night. It’s said that this mist is formulated with an infusion of nutrient-rich botanicals and cucumber essential water to revive dull, tired skin. Aloe vera and cucumber – both rich in essential vitamins and minerals – deliver a cooling boost of hydration as green tea provides powerful antioxidant protection, (Ulta.com).

Tree Hut Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Scrub

With cooler temps hitting us hard, I’ve been working over time to keep my skin smooth and moisturized. For me, exfoliation plays a big part in that. After noticing that my skin still looked dry on really cold days, even after lathering up in my favorite oil blend, I incorporated a sugar scrub into my shower routine. Since then, I’ve notice how soft my skin has been. I especially like the Tree Hut brand because of the range of scented scrubs they offer and the affordable price. They also may a really cool sugar lip scrub that you can literally eat! I’m sure it’s probably not safe in large quantities, but the fact that there’s no clean up involved with use (other than your tongue) it makes it easy to use on a regular basis.

Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

 I. Love. This. Stuff! Honestly, I meant to by the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray, and didn’t notice until a couple of weeks into using it that it wasn’t what I thought. Nevertheless, it works like a dream. Especially since I wear a full face pretty much everyday (no I don’t feel like I have to, but applying my makeup in the morning is my therapy). It helps to keep my makeup from literally sliding off my uber oily skin. I don’t think I’ll be using any other setting spray any time soon.

NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer

I’ve used eyeshadow primer in the past. However, I’d been trying to cut corners and make my concealer pull double duty as an eyelid primer. My eyelids said nah. I noticed that my eyeshadow would crease horribly as the day progressed, so I grabbed this primer from one of my favorite brand. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s effective. It holds up well again my little oil mines that I call eyelids.

Morphe x Jacklyn Hill The Vault Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve been loving on Morphe eyeshadows for much of the year. It’s pretty much all I wear on my eyelids these days. So much so that I have to force myself to used my more expensive eyeshadows so I don’t feel wasteful. The color variety is extensive and the shades are highly pigmented. What more could a girl want in an eyeshadow?

Ecotools Dry Body Brush

Dry brushing is still a fairly new thing for me. After having it recommended to me by two different people, I decided to give it a try. It’s honestly a little conterintuitive at first because who wants to brush their dry skin? But the benefits are well worth the awkward adjustment phase. It’s actually quite soothing when you get into. Plus, it’s actually really good for your skin. According to MBGlifestyle.com, some of the benefits of dry body brushing include:
  • Increased circulation which could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Helps with shedding skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help reduced ingrown hairs.
  • Improved vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.
  • Rejuvenation of the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
  • Helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores (Read the full article here).

Thank me later.


How to Enter

Now for the moment we’ve been waiting for! How to enter this awesome, amazing, wonderful, splendid giveaway! I know I’m pushing it, but I’m excited! So all you have to do is:

  1. Be subscribed to my blog. If you’re not already, subscribe below.
  2. Subscribe to my email list ( I promise not to spam you :-). You can do that here.
  3. For a BONUS entry, follow me on social media! (Instagram , Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter). Each follow counts as an additional entry!

That’s it! Good luck! I’ll announce the winner here on 11/27/18! (This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.)

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, talk to me! If you like what you see, subscribe!

Talk soon!

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