How was your weekend?  The highlight of my Saturday night was doing some light housework while jumping on random Instagram lives.  When the notification came in that Megan Milan was live, I decided to join.

It was pretty casual with no real agenda. She did the IG live to give a quick update to her fans and answer questions in the comments.  I sat patiently and waited for the person to ask the question that has been on my mind since I first seen a pic of her.  Megan’s skin is amazing.  I couldn’t believe that no one asked her to divulge her secrets.

I waited long enough, I finally jumped in her comments and asked her to reveal her favorite skin products. As soon as she read my question, her whole demeanor changed. Suddenly, her voice was full of excitement and energy like she was waiting for someone to ask.
She responded by saying, “my skin favorite product is witch hazel. Witch hazel! Witch hazel!” Megan continued on with a story.  “Once I had these stress-induced breakouts that were so bad that I thought I might need to see a professional.”   Mind you, Megan is an aspiring model so having clear skin is an absolute must.  She tried all these natural products and nothing worked until she tried witch hazel.  Soon her skin cleared all the way up and she’s been singing the praises of witch hazel ever since. The other product Megan gave props to was coconut oil.  She uses all natural coconut oil as a moisturizer.  Let’s add her to the list of beauties who attribute their glowing skin to coconut oil.

So what’s so special about witch hazel?  One website proclaimed that witch hazel as one of the most powerful natural acne treatments known to man.  It’s a powerful astringent with the ability to kill acne-causing bacteria.  Witch hazel is an amazing toner that can remove excess oil deposits and clear out pores.  Did I mention that witch hazel is also an antioxidant?  Not only is your skin getting the anti-inflammatory, acne-fighting benefits, but you there’s also the anti-aging factor due to the antioxidant component.  That’s what makes witch hazel so amazing. After Megan revealed her favorite product, a bunch of other people in the chat co-signed on how witch hazel helped them.

I had a few pesky little breakouts so I decided to give witch hazel a try.  I pulled out a bottle buried deep in my product closet. For the last couple of days, witch hazel was my main astringent and, I’m happy to say, that I’m completely acne free this morning.  Let’s not forget that witch hazel also has the power to help create this type of transformation.  Yay for witch hazel!   Thanks Megan!!!

The other pressing question that several people asked Megan was regarding her signature lip color you often see her wearing in most of her pics (NSFW).  It’s a deep wine color that looks amazing on her skin.  Megan confirmed that she has one lip color that she pretty much wears all the time — Stilla’s all day liquid lipstick in Chianti.  Stilla boasts of 6 hours of budge-free longlasting wear.  It’s also infused with vitamin E and avocado oil to help keep lips moisturized.  Even after eating and drinking Chianti still looked great on her in the video.  But instead of the rich plum color, it had faded into more of a muted mauve shade.

Lastly, Megan was asked to share her favorite workout for toned abs. Without skipping a beat, she blurted out “Russian twists…. that’s all you have to do and it gets your stomach together.” I had no idea what Russian twists were so I headed over to Youtube for a visual.  Anyone who’s done Russian twists before know that this is a total ab workout.  It strengthens your all parts of your core. It’s obviously an awesome oblique exercise, but this movement also targets your main abdominal muscles as well.  And, if you make sure to pull your stomach in during the workout, you’ll also engage your transverse abdominal muscles (your inner corset).   Russian twists also involve a lot of back and spine movement so if you have any back issues, you may want to skip this one.

Check out 4 ways to do the Russian Twist from beginner to advanced level. 

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.