Blac Chyna is known for her bold makeup looks and extensive wig collection.  Her entire brand is all about being ultra glam from head to toe.  Underneath it all, Chyna has impeccably beautiful skin.
Even without a stitch of makeup, her skin is blemish free, even toned and has the most healthy glow. I'm sure some of it is genetics.  But after studying the regimen's of women with pretty skin, I learned that most of them have at least one beauty secret responsible for their perfect skin.

 Chyna is no different.
She's currently featured on the cover of Elle Magazine.  As part of the feature, the interviewer asked Chyna to divulge her private beauty rituals.  Chyna doesn't reveal much regarding her skin reggie on social media so I was all ears.

One part of her interview, in particular,  really stood out to me. One of her non-negotiables with regards to her routine is her obsession with moisturizing.

"It all started when someone said, "You have really nice skin." And I was like, "Oh you know what? I actually do." I never realized it until somebody said it to me. I never used to really moisturize my body. I would take a shower, but I wouldn’t really lotion up. I don’t know it wasn’t a thing, but now I have to oil my whole body. So now I'm OCD with the oil. My sheets are oily, my robes are oily. Skin is really important." 

I have brought up the topic of going to bed greasy so many times.  Ever since I discovered that countless women are oiling up their faces at night, I was hooked.  Going to bed greasy sounded pretty scary at first but once I learned that Beyonce, Gabrielle Union, and random flight attendant supermodels were all advocates, I gave it a shot.

It's a small step that creates a big difference.  After reading Chyna's snippet, I have to admit that I'm not as committed to greasing up all over as I should be.  Sure, I switched to using body oil gel instead of lotion and it made a world of difference.  But I only really oil up when my skin is exposed or when I'm headed out.  I don't really put much attention towards oiling my skin before bed like Chyna.

Perhaps I should.

Imagine waking up with soft, ultra-hydrated skin that retained some of the moisture from last night's shower.   That's how life should be.

Winter's coming and it's bringing the dry, crisp air with it.  Now is the time to develop habits that  protect our skin for months and years to come.  Although Chyna didn't elaborate on which oil she prefers, I think I have an idea.
Months ago, Chyna posted this image on Snapchat with no caption.  I quickly took a screenshot and saved it hoping to one day have some context.  The Elle article basically explains the significance of these two products.  I'm guessing that Chyna applies coconut oil all over her skin post-shower.

And, for her face, she opted to splurge on the infamous LA Mer moisturizing soft creme.  According to Chyna, La Mer is "super expensive and ridiculous but worth it."  I wonder if she was influenced to try La Mer by her former bestie Kim K who's a die-hard fan of the brand.

La Mer's claim to fame is the "miracle broth" which is derived from sea kelp and various nutrients.  As you may have heard, I've started blending a tiny pinch of chlorella powder with my daily moisturizer.  We all know that chlorella is from the algae family and is loaded with nutrition. So perhaps I've created my very own variation of a miracle broth cream.  My skin has been looking pretty good lately and I give some of the props to my new and improved superfood moisturizer.

It's worth giving it a try and you don't have to invest hundreds of dollars to try it.




Blac Chyna is known for her bold makeup looks and extensive wig collection.  Her entire brand is all about being ultra glam from head to toe.  Underneath it all, Chyna has impeccably beautiful skin.
Even without a stitch of makeup, her skin is blemish free, even toned and has the most healthy glow. I'm sure some of it is genetics.  But after studying the regimen's of women with pretty skin, I learned that most of them have at least one beauty secret responsible for their perfect skin.

 Chyna is no different.
She's currently featured on the cover of Elle Magazine.  As part of the feature, the interviewer asked Chyna to divulge her private beauty rituals.  Chyna doesn't reveal much regarding her skin reggie on social media so I was all ears.

One part of her interview, in particular,  really stood out to me. One of her non-negotiables with regards to her routine is her obsession with moisturizing.

"It all started when someone said, "You have really nice skin." And I was like, "Oh you know what? I actually do." I never realized it until somebody said it to me. I never used to really moisturize my body. I would take a shower, but I wouldn’t really lotion up. I don’t know it wasn’t a thing, but now I have to oil my whole body. So now I'm OCD with the oil. My sheets are oily, my robes are oily. Skin is really important." 

I have brought up the topic of going to bed greasy so many times.  Ever since I discovered that countless women are oiling up their faces at night, I was hooked.  Going to bed greasy sounded pretty scary at first but once I learned that Beyonce, Gabrielle Union, and random flight attendant supermodels were all advocates, I gave it a shot.

It's a small step that creates a big difference.  After reading Chyna's snippet, I have to admit that I'm not as committed to greasing up all over as I should be.  Sure, I switched to using body oil gel instead of lotion and it made a world of difference.  But I only really oil up when my skin is exposed or when I'm headed out.  I don't really put much attention towards oiling my skin before bed like Chyna.

Perhaps I should.

Imagine waking up with soft, ultra-hydrated skin that retained some of the moisture from last night's shower.   That's how life should be.

Winter's coming and it's bringing the dry, crisp air with it.  Now is the time to develop habits that  protect our skin for months and years to come.  Although Chyna didn't elaborate on which oil she prefers, I think I have an idea.
Months ago, Chyna posted this image on Snapchat with no caption.  I quickly took a screenshot and saved it hoping to one day have some context.  The Elle article basically explains the significance of these two products.  I'm guessing that Chyna applies coconut oil all over her skin post-shower.

And, for her face, she opted to splurge on the infamous LA Mer moisturizing soft creme.  According to Chyna, La Mer is "super expensive and ridiculous but worth it."  I wonder if she was influenced to try La Mer by her former bestie Kim K who's a die-hard fan of the brand.

La Mer's claim to fame is the "miracle broth" which is derived from sea kelp and various nutrients.  As you may have heard, I've started blending a tiny pinch of chlorella powder with my daily moisturizer.  We all know that chlorella is from the algae family and is loaded with nutrition. So perhaps I've created my very own variation of a miracle broth cream.  My skin has been looking pretty good lately and I give some of the props to my new and improved superfood moisturizer.

It's worth giving it a try and you don't have to invest hundreds of dollars to try it.




You guys know that I love an Instagram Beauty Secret reveal.  Today I stumbled upon a post that is pure gold.  Who doesn't love a good transformation pic?  This one is so inspiring that I had to share it with y'all.  Luckily for us, she shared the exact routine that caused such a dramatic change in her skin.  Best of all, it's only 3 steps and all of the items are readily accessable no matter your budget.

Let's discuss.
Instagram user Shylajanai posted this image and was bombarded with likes and comments.  Her caption laid out the details of what products created her perfectly flawless skin.

According to Lajanai, the 3 life changing beauty items were:
//African Black Soap
//Thayer's Witchazel
//Rosewater facial spray

Below, she provides a bit more detail about her specific routine. Plus we get to see a close-up shot of her glorious skin in motion. (click on image below to view video)
first I wash my face with the 100% pure black soap every morning and every night (don't know the brand but I get it at Mid k), then at night I tone my face with the Thayers witch hazel and put on the eucerin face lotion and spray the rosewater by Mario Badescu. I only use the rosewater in the morning if I'm wearing make up that day, I'll soak my beauty blender with it. Also let's address a few things: I know I have big eyes, I get it from my daddy. No I'm not lying, I don't have any reason to because although I had bad skin my confidence was never touched, I'm honestly just tryna help my sisters out. I'm not high, The sun was in my eyes because I was facing it dead on, I'm sure y'all have heard of squinting. I have combination skin sometimes it's dry sometimes it's oily. And nah that ain't my hair.
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Did you notice how she mentions that she soaks her beauty blender in rose water before applying makeup?  I thought that was brilliant.  Whenever I use a makeup sponge to apply foundation, the product seems to go deeper into the skin, providing a more flawless finish.  Imagine applying a blend of rose water and your favorite foundation at once.  I suspect that it'll add a bit more luster to the finished look.  This may be a something to try during the dry fall and winter months.

This is the second time I've featured someone with flawless skin who attributed all they had to African black soap.  Seems like black soap can be life changing if your skin responds well to it.  I've already reintroduced black soap back into my routine because I keep hearing so many great reviews.

Now let's talk about the obvious. This woman was able to overcome active acne AND somehow eliminate all of the discoloration associated with it.  I'm sure you're wondering how.  I was too.  Based on some of her responses in the comments, Lajanai didn't really take any deliberate action to create even toned skin.  She sorta attributes it to the black soap but wasn't quite sure if black soap was the true hero.  We know from the other article that pure (raw) black soap has the ability to address acne, exfoliate, and even out skin tone.  Some say the long-term effects of black soap is like having microdermabrasion done.  This soap is an actual dream come true.  Keep in mind that Lajanai's transformation took about a year so the fading was probably a gradual process.  But through it all, she remained consistent and was rewarded because of it.



You guys know that I love an Instagram Beauty Secret reveal.  Today I stumbled upon a post that is pure gold.  Who doesn't love a good transformation pic?  This one is so inspiring that I had to share it with y'all.  Luckily for us, she shared the exact routine that caused such a dramatic change in her skin.  Best of all, it's only 3 steps and all of the items are readily accessable no matter your budget.

Let's discuss.
Instagram user Shylajanai posted this image and was bombarded with likes and comments.  Her caption laid out the details of what products created her perfectly flawless skin.

According to Lajanai, the 3 life changing beauty items were:
//African Black Soap
//Thayer's Witchazel
//Rosewater facial spray

Below, she provides a bit more detail about her specific routine. Plus we get to see a close-up shot of her glorious skin in motion. (click on image below to view video)
first I wash my face with the 100% pure black soap every morning and every night (don't know the brand but I get it at Mid k), then at night I tone my face with the Thayers witch hazel and put on the eucerin face lotion and spray the rosewater by Mario Badescu. I only use the rosewater in the morning if I'm wearing make up that day, I'll soak my beauty blender with it. Also let's address a few things: I know I have big eyes, I get it from my daddy. No I'm not lying, I don't have any reason to because although I had bad skin my confidence was never touched, I'm honestly just tryna help my sisters out. I'm not high, The sun was in my eyes because I was facing it dead on, I'm sure y'all have heard of squinting. I have combination skin sometimes it's dry sometimes it's oily. And nah that ain't my hair.
A post shared by Shy-luh Juh-nay (@shylajanai) on

Did you notice how she mentions that she soaks her beauty blender in rose water before applying makeup?  I thought that was brilliant.  Whenever I use a makeup sponge to apply foundation, the product seems to go deeper into the skin, providing a more flawless finish.  Imagine applying a blend of rose water and your favorite foundation at once.  I suspect that it'll add a bit more luster to the finished look.  This may be a something to try during the dry fall and winter months.

This is the second time I've featured someone with flawless skin who attributed all they had to African black soap.  Seems like black soap can be life changing if your skin responds well to it.  I've already reintroduced black soap back into my routine because I keep hearing so many great reviews.

Now let's talk about the obvious. This woman was able to overcome active acne AND somehow eliminate all of the discoloration associated with it.  I'm sure you're wondering how.  I was too.  Based on some of her responses in the comments, Lajanai didn't really take any deliberate action to create even toned skin.  She sorta attributes it to the black soap but wasn't quite sure if black soap was the true hero.  We know from the other article that pure (raw) black soap has the ability to address acne, exfoliate, and even out skin tone.  Some say the long-term effects of black soap is like having microdermabrasion done.  This soap is an actual dream come true.  Keep in mind that Lajanai's transformation took about a year so the fading was probably a gradual process.  But through it all, she remained consistent and was rewarded because of it.



A couple of weeks ago, my ancient AC unit finally gave up.  The worst thing that could happen was being without AC in the middle of July.  Part of me contemplated enduring a hot summer without the modern necessity of cool air, but then I thought of how the sweltering temperatures would affect my beauty & nutritional items.

Needless to say, I gladly made the hefty investment so I could survive the summer while preserving my favorite products.  I thought I was doing my part.  But then I came to realize that some serious beauty enthusiasts have really taken their beauty regimens seriously.  Believe it or not, some even go as far as to procure mini-fridges to keep their valuable beauty stash at optimal temperatures.

I'm not gonna lie, I contemplated getting a mini beauty fridge but the lack of space prevented me from moving forward.  If I ever get my dream house and huge bathroom, I'll definitely revisit this concept.  The very least I could do is ensure that I store my current products in the right place.  Part of this weekend's agenda includes tossing out old bottles of condiments so I can make room for my most beloved beauty favorites.
Because space is limited, I plan on making sure that I only focus on the products that will thrive in cooler temperatures.  Here's a short list of what I have so far:

Sheet Masks
I'm kinda on the fence when it comes to sheet masks.  On the one hand, sheet mask warmers were invented for the purpose of heating our masks so the product is better absorbed by our thirsty pores.  On the other hand, placing sheet masks in your fridge prior to use can help close pores while providing a wonderful cooling sensation. So which one is better?  Both.  Let's say, for example, that I've stepped out of the sauna and want to indulge in a sheet masking as part of a full spa day experience.  That's when I want to reach for a chilled mask (post cleansing).  This also holds true if you do a steam facial that day.  But, winter months, a warm sheet mask might make more sense so the product is better absorbed.

Facial Rollers
All of the face rollers I own have now found a new home.  And that place is the freezer.  We've talked briefly about how well the face responds to cold temperatures.  All of that added blood flow and increased circulation does great things.  In the mornings, I like to grab my giant "ice roller" and sweep it across my face and cheeks.  Then I grab the smaller jade roller to deal with puffy eyes.  Finally, I reach for my micro current facial roller to finish off the routine.  I also keep it in the freezer because it feels so invigorating when it first touches the skin.  I'm hoping it tightens my pores as it firms the facial muscles.  What more can one ask for?

Leave-In Conditioner
Back in the day, I used to keep my leave-in spray in the fridge.  We all know that it's highly recommended to conduct a final rinse using cold water. It helps to close the cuticle layer.  But, sometimes I was too chicken to deal with the frigid temps so chilling my leave-in was the next best thing.  I haven't done this in a while but I'm definitely reinstituting this practice ASAP.  Humidity levels are at an all time high and I need all the cuticle sealing help I can get.

Eye products
The next group that will be migrating to my fridge are all of my eye products.  This includes, but is not limited to, eye creams, serums, and eye sheet masks.  Not only will my eyes be experiencing maximum hydration, they'll be less puffy as well.

Let's also add any product with vitamin C to the list of beauty items that benefit from being stored in a cool environment.

Facial Spray
Lastly, I'm keeping at least 1 bottle of facial spray in the fridge.  Here's what happens.....I spend precious time applying makeup only to break out in a sweat once I sit in my car.  We all know that warmer temps make us sweat but the worst part may be how hot weather ignites oil production.  That's the last thing we want, especially after just applying makeup. So my plan is to lightly mist with chilled facial spray just before leaving to keep my skin cool for just enough time to allow my car AC to kick in.  Hopefully, my plan works and I can avoid overly greasy skin this summer.