Category Archives: Skin Care

Summer 2021 Skincare Favorites- Skincare products that give me a natural glow

Somebody start playing Lil’ Rob Summer Nights immediately! The heat has arrived in southern California which obviously means summer is here. This summer I’m going to show off all my skin care hard work and really let my skin shine. So here are some products that I use to help keep me looking juicy and glowing all summer long.

Neutrogena

Hydro Boost Sunscreen

I don’t know what Neutrogena is doing that makes this sunscreen so perfect but every other sunscreen needs to take notes. This sunscreen is hydrating and feels almost like a moisturizer. It has a similar texture to their other hydro boost products, like their water gel moisturizer which I LOVE. This wears wonderfully under make up since it is not thick or greasy. Most importantly, this sunscreen does not leave a white cast so this is great for all skin tones. Definitely my top summer must have item.


Solis Modoern Wellness

Illuminating BB Oil

Not to toot my own horn but TOOT TOOT! Solis Modern Wellness put a little twist on our popular BB Oil. The Illuminating BB Oil will hlep you get that juicy glow all summer long. It’s made with nontoxic and vegan shimmer to give you an illuminating glow all over from head to toe. I love putting it on my legs when wearing biker shorts to give a little more oomph! to a casual outfit.

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Solis Modern Wellness

Citrus Body Polish

Tooting my own horn again, TOOT TOOT! You need this body polish in your life immediately. Showing more skin in the summer is just what has to happen to survive the scortching heat. To ensure your skin is looking on point exfoliating should be done at least 2x a week. Of course, I’m biased and think our body polish is the best but go ahead and try it out for yourself.


Fenty Beauty

Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm – Hint Hint

When I first bought this product I was a little mad that I paid $18 for a lip balm. Like, what?! Burt’s Bees would NEVER lol. However, I quickly realized that this wasn’t just a lip balm, but the perfect combination between a lip balm and lip gloss. The texture is one of a kind leaving your lips hydrated, non sticky, glossy and the lightest hint of color. This is the lip product you need when out by the pool or enjoying the sun and want to enhance your lips with a natural look.

These are some simple summer skincare necessities that I use to survive the summer. However, I want to know what are some products you use in the summer? Let me know in the comments below!


Best Affordable Facial Cleansers for Sensitive, Dry and Acne Prone Skin- CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser and The Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm

At the beginning and end of a long day of mommying, my skincare routine always begins with the same 1st step- cleansing. For many years, I thought that after washing my face I needed to feel “clean” by having a striped tight feeling afterwards. However, with time and experience I realized that your skin should never feel like that. As I’ve gotten older, my skin has changed from oily to dry and I’ve tried many different cleansers in search of the perfect one. I am happy to report back to y’all that I not only found the perfect one but TWO!

Let me break down how and why I use the Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm & the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser.

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Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser

The Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser is such a gentle product that at first when I used it I thought ” This can not possible cleanse my skin enough”. However, with time I noticed my once dry and itchy skin becoming more supple and hydrated. Of course with the help of a moisturizer, the hydrating facial cleanser restored my skin barrier. What I loved most about this cleanser was that is non-comedogenic, which is a big word for it doesn’t clog your pores. Also this cleanser is fragrance free, which is a great benefit for people who have sensitive skin that can become irritated with artificial fragrances. My skin is a complicate mess of dry, sensitive and acne prone so it has always been a struggle to find something that checked off my list of needs. This has become my must have cleanser and I can not recommend it enough.

The Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm

If I was already if-y about the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser I was even more skeptical about the Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm! I had never used anything like this to cleanse my face because it is oil based and I thought it would cause breakouts. I was completely wrong! The Oat Cleansing Balm is such a great product, I noticed a difference over night. I use this particularly on days that I’ve worn make up because of the oil base it acts almost as a double cleanser, really removing and breakdown any makeup and build up. Also, this cleanser was heavenly during the drier winter months because it wasn’t harsh or stripping leaving my face feeling clean and supple. Highly recommend for all dry and sensitive skin types!

Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser

  • Gentle for everyday use
  • Hydrating Soothing
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Light and refreshing for the summer
  • Available in most drug stores

Inkey Oat Cleansing Balm

  • Gentle for everyday use- even better for make up days
  • Hydrating & Soothing
  • Can double as an ultra hydrating face mask
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Must have for the winter
  • Available only Online or Sephora

If you have a facial cleanser that you think I should try out let me know!

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Tried it! Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant- A Natural, No Aluminum or Baking Soda, Alternative Deodorant.


When I first heard of “Natural Deodorant” I couldn’t help but think ” Musty, Stinky, BO” just to name a few words that came to mind. However, my family health history has lead me to a more natural way of life. I’m definitely not perfect, I don’t always use “Clean” make up or organic food. However, I really try and incorporate small changes that will help me live a healthier lifestyle.

My family, on both my mother and fathers side, have a vast history of breast cancer. Family history wasn’t enough for me to make changes until my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Breast cancer hit home, literally, and that was when I realized I needed to take my health more seriously. Those health concerns only grew when I had my baby girl. I want to do anything and everything possible to ensure I live a long and healthy life for her, so I can care for and love her for as long as God allows.


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I am a full on sweat-er. I put my shirt on and I already have sweat marks. I used to use the clinical strength antiperspirant deodorant from drug stores and that STILL wouldn’t keep me 100% dry. Although I wish what I’m saying was an exaggeration it’s not and I’m here to give you all the bare nasty honest truth. Let’s get down to what everyone really wants to know, does this deodorant actually work? and my answer is yes but also no. Let me explain.

Pros

  • Great smell
  • No white marks or residue on clothing
  • 8/10 controls sweat
  • Lightens armpit darkness (Hyperpigmentation)
  • Helps with ingrown hair

Cons

  • Wet formula takes some time to dry down.
  • Need to reapply to avoid BO
  • Packaging
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I give the Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant a 7.5/10

This deodorant has many benefits that makes me really want to make this work for me. Unfortunately its not my go to everyday use, especially my busy moving and grooving days. I absolutely love the smell or better yet lack there of. The smell is very light almost nonexistent which I personally love. My favorite benefit however is the lightening effect, which definitely brightened and lightened my arm pits. As well, I noticed a significant reduction in ingrown hair which I am extremely prone too.

However, as much as I love the benefits that I mentioned above I have to keep it 100 with you guys… it didn’t stop me from being a little stinky at the end of the day. Mind you that I am a stay at home mom that is cleaning, cooking and keeping up with a 1 year old but unless I reapplied towards the afternoon I could definitely smell myself. Also, the packaging makes applying a little difficult once your half way through the product. The product is suck towards the bottom of the tube and doesn’t apply product as evenly with the roller top.

Regardless, I love the benefits so much that I still use this deodorant at night after I shower so that I can sneak in those lightening factors. If your not a heavy sweat-er like me and are looking for a natural deodorant then I would say giving the Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant a try.

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How to Keep Smooth & Moisturized Skin During the Winter- 3 Steps to Healthy Hydrated Skin.

Having dry skin is a struggle year round, however during the harsh winter months dry skin takes a turn for the worst. Dry skin not only looks horrible, but feels just as bad-itchy and at times painful. I used to think that I didn’t need to moisturize as much since I was going to wear long sleeves and jeans, which meant nobody would see my ashy ass elbows or knees. That all changed when my skin went 360 on me post partum, and now every inch of me is drier than the Sahara. Thankfully, it’s possible to keep your skin supple and healthy during the winter with just 3 simple steps.

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Gentle Cleansers/Body Wash

It’s easy to over look what kind of body wash your using in your daily routine, since we care more for the scent than anything else. However, using a gentle formula will cleanse your body without stripping it of its essential oils. Those essential oils that your body produces keeps your skin healthy, which is usually striped away while using harsh soaps and body washes. Look for products that are formulated for dry or sensitive skin, which will effectively cleanse your body without drying our your skin even more than it already is. Also, Fragrance Free is your sensitive skin’s best friend!

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is very important, especially during the drier colder months. Exfoliating will help remove all your rough patches and reveal smooth skin. Exfoliate at least once a week, but I do not suggest exfoliating everyday. Try one of my brands body polishes that are designed with skin loving oils and non abrasive exfoliates like sugar to help reveal beautiful skin.

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Moisturize

The most important step to keep your skin from looking like a reptile is moisturizing! Usually during the winter months, I will reach for a thicker consistency moisturizer like a butter cream. Butter creams help seal in all the hydration my skin needs and lasts all day. Solis Modern Wellness recently released the Calendula Repair & Revive Butter Cream, which has Organic Calendula Extract and so many beneficial oils such as shea butter and mango butter.

Let me know in the comments what products you use during the winter months to keep your skin glowing and healthy.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Clean Skincare at Sephora & Introducing Solis Modern Wellness

The holiday season is upon us and because 2020 has been one hell of a year, this Christmas needs to be one for the books as well. If your looking to gift skin care products to your loved ones try introducing them to clean non-toxic options, which Sephora now has plenty of! Another option for clean beauty is Solis Modern Wellness, which is a brand new venture between myself and my sister Decire. I am sooooo excited to show everyone what we have been working so hard on, such as serums, face scrubs, toners and so much more.

Solis Modern Wellness started as my sisters solo hustle and soon she invited me along for the ride. For years, I’ve been in the pursuit of the perfect skin care for my sensitive acne prone skin, but with little success. It wasn’t until after I gave birth to my daughter did my skin take a turn for the worst. My face was like it had never been before, dry, rough and dull, which was the complete opposite of what it had been my entire life. However, thankfully Decire saved me with her sugar scrub, which is now our Radiance Face Scrub. She explained how she changed her skin care into clean nontoxic options. As I sat there listening to her passion speech of healthy skin care, her skin literally was glowing and it was enough for me to change mine too. My skin is not perfect, but its the best its been for as long as I can remember and its all because of switching my skin care to strictly clean and nontoxic. Solis Modern Wellness is more than skincare, we also have wellness items that support the whole family such as our Kids Detox Reset, Nontoxic Bug Spray and Immunity Rollers. Our goal is to bring clean nontoxic beauty and wellness for the entire family.

Below I’ve compiled a few clean beauty items from both Sephora and Solis Modern Wellness so you can shop for great gift sets or stocking stuffers. I’ve tried all these products and stand by them, so whichever ones you treat your loved ones with I’m sure they’ll love!

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Favorite Sunscreen: The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen My Go-To Sunscreen For Everyday Use.

Summer has come to an end here in California, however the heat didn’t seem to get the memo. For the past couple of weeks we have had the hottest days of the summer and I am not feeling it. I can not deal with heat, I haaaaate it. Aside from putting me in a bad mood, one of the reasons I despise the summer is because of my sensitive skin. The sun has such a horrible effect on my skin because of a condition called sun allergy. Basically, I get really red itchy bumps along my hands, arms, anywhere I’m exposed to the direct sun for too long and it stays like that for days-even weeks. I didn’t even know this was a thing until I started getting the bumps after a few times I was in the sun with out sunscreen. Ironically, I played soccer most of my life but during my soccer days I wouldn’t always wear sunscreen. Even though I knew I should of been wearing it, I could never find a sunscreen that wouldn’t leave a heavy white cast. Fast forward to post soccer days, and after a few failed attempts at various sunscreens, I have finally found one that I really love and is affordable.

I have been using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen on my face but as well on my body, especially my arms, chest, shoulders. Usually sunscreens are thick and leave you greasy and yucky feeling by the end of the day, so much so that you can’t wait to hop into the shower to wash it all off. However, this is not the case with the Hydro Boost Sunscreen. Even after working out in the sun or going on a brisk walk with my daughter I never have that lingering gross “sunscreen” feeling. As well, it pairs amazingly with foundations which is almost impossible with regular sunscreens. To sum up the this sunscreen the best way is by saying… it feels like a refreshing light weight moisturizer. I can not recommend this sunscreen enough, definitely give it a try especially during these last few hot days of summer.

  • Light Weight Gel Consistency
  • Non Greasy or Sticky
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Can Be Worn Under Make Up
  • Moisturizing
  • Light Fresh Scent
  • No White Cast

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