Naturalle Drea’s Skincare Tips

Along with being asked about my hair and makeup, I get asked about my skincare routine. Of course black don’t crack but you still have to take care of it. Skincare is something I will spend my coins on if it helps with anti aging, moisture and brightness.

I have combination skin, an oily T-zone and everywhere else is normal for the most part. My skin tends to be drier in the colder seasons and pretty oily when it is warm outside. My skin can be very funny with certain skincare products. I normally can’t stick to one products because my skin will randomly breakout or act crazy. I’m not skincare expert but these tips I am about to share have helped my maintain my skin looking radiant and healthy.

Drink Plenty of Water

I know that this one is debatable but I believe in this one. I used to hate drinking water because it had no taste and I didn’t like to when I was younger lol. I have noticed a big difference in the way my skin looks when I started to drink more water. I normally drink 2 liters of water a day and constantly running to the bathroom lol. I know some people who drink a gallon a day, it is all your preference. I purchased this bottle from Amazon and I love it because I can infuse my water to make it more interesting. I fill the bottle up twice during the day. You can catch me normally drinking lemon water or some other combo.

Washing Your Face Morning and Night

I know some people who only wash their face in the morning and just go to bed at night. You are out all day in the environment, probably touching your face more than once, you wear makeup, if you talk on the phone most of the day, you have that receiver to your face all day and so on. You need to wash the day off basically lol especially if you wear makeup like myself.

**Lazy Tip, if you are like me and dread washing the makeup off at the end of the night, use a makeup remover wipe (I love the ones by Alcone or Neutrogena) to take off the makeup and then use a micellar water (I love the ones by Garnier and Urban Hydration) to cleanse the rest of your face. You are removing the makeup and dirt off of your face at least before going to bed.**

Also another tip is to dry your face off with a clean towel or paper towel. I was guilty of drying off my face with the towel I use for my body and couldn’t figure out why my skin was breaking out and not clearing up. You need to use something clean to dry your face or you can just let it air dry.

SPF, SPF, SPF

You really have to protect your skin, especially from the sun. You have to protect to all the time because you only get one. You want to look for a moisturizer with SPF or one to apply under your moisturizer. I am currently using this moisturizer by Neutrogena which contains and SPF. If you use any other SPF please let me know.

Treat Your Skin, Exfoliate and Masks

Besides washing your face twice a day, you need to treat your skin as well. I try to exfoliate my skin at least twice a week and use masks once a week. Exfoliating your skin helps to remove the dead skin and masks have a lot of amazing benefits such as hydration, brightening, pore minimizing and so much more. Here are a few of of my favorites.

Keep Your Routine Simple

I thought I had to use all these products and do all these skincare steps for flawless skin. I was using cleanser, toner, essence, eye cream, SPF, moisturizers, the Holy Spirit, setting mist and so on and it was beginning to become too much. I realized that I didn’t need all the extra steps for my skincare routine. I recently realized I can’t use eye creams now because I had a pretty bad reaction to one. It may work for some people and it may not work for others. You honestly have to do what works for you but your skincare regimen shouldn’t be so complicated. Just try some things out and see what works for you.

So that is it for my skincare tips. What are some tips you follow when it comes to skincare? Comment below and let me know. See you guys tomorrow!

Liquid Lipstick Battle

I started this series on my previous platform and my collection of liquid lipsticks has grown since then lol. I absolutely love liquid lipsticks, they have just become a favorite for me. If you see me wearing makeup, I am usually wearing a liquid lipstick lol. I will link the last post I’ve done with this series here http://naturalledrea.blogspot.com/2016/07/liquid-lipstick-battle-part-3.html

Okay I do have a few requirements on if I am going to love or dislike it. It has to be comfortable to wear. I have tried some liquid lipsticks that felt super dry or tight on my lips and it was just a no go. The second is the wear time. I don’t like when I spend all the time carefully applying the lipstick for it to last for an hour or so. A good liquid lipstick should last most of the day and sometimes you can’t help with the fading from eating and drinking throughout the day but it should still last. The last requirement is pigmentation. I want a bold, colorful lip and have been disappointed by some liquid lipsticks that do not have that pigmentation outside of the tube.

With that being said, do any of these liquid lipsticks live up to my requirements? Let’s jump into the reviews.

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink(Believer)

I have seen this liquid lipstick floating all around on Instagram and wanted to see about it for myself. It seems like the drugstore brands are giving the high ends ones a run for their money. This is a really great liquid lipstick. It does not feel dry on my lips at all, has an okay wear time and super pigmented. I would suggest picking this one up if you are ballin on a budget.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge(Icon)

I saw Curly Nikki wearing this in a picture and she stated that this had a really good formula, one the best she’s tried so I had to get my hands on it. She was so right about this lipstick. It meets all the requirement and has a really amazing formula. I honestly would like to pick up more of these plus the packing is super cute lol.

Dope Queens Cosmetics (Royal Reign)

I discovered this Black Owned Business on Instagram and decided to support when they were running a sale on day. I’m not sure what took me so long but these liquid lipsticks are amazing! Dope Queens has so many unique colors and the formula is just everything. It just feel so lightweight on my lips that I forget I have it on. I just love these liquid lipsticks lol.

The Lip Bar (Drama Queen)

I heard all about this Black Owned Business when they were on Shark Tank. They persevered despite what was said on the show and have such a successful brand. The recently opened up a brick and mortar store which is amazing and are being sold in Target. If that isn’t success, I don’t know what is. I was excited to see The Lip Bar was going to be a IMATS last year and made sure to set aside money for their table lol. I absolutely love this liquid lipstick too. They also have a lot of unique colors and lightweight formula. The pigmentation is just everything and then some lol.

Too Faced Melted Matte (Granny Panties)

I crack up everytime I wear this lipstick because of the name lol. I heard some mixed reviews when this first launched and of course being the curious being I am, I had to try it. I have to say that I really like this one as well. The formula and wear time is pretty amazing and I just love the unique color of this one pictured.

Overall, I loved all of these liquid lipsticks mentioned. They all are just amazing and I highly recommend you try at least one of them ( well you should try all of them lol). I will do another review on a few more liquid lipsticks soon and let me know some of your favorites. What are some of your favorite liquid lipsticks? Comment below and let me know. Have a great Easter weekend if you celebrate it and see you guys Wednesday!

On A Personal Note…

It is that time of the year again….Allergy season and I am currently suffering. Funny thing about me is that every allergy medicine makes me drowsy, even if it is “daytime”, I still feel drowsy. I have to wait until I get off from work to take something because I would be asleep at my desk lol. I am with you if you are suffering through allergy season too.

I can’t believe my newsletter is launching next week, next Monday to be exact and I am low key freaking out! I am so happy that people subscribed to it and I want everyone to enjoy it. I wanted to be able to connect with my audience outside of social media because you never know what may happen. Remember when Instagram and Facebook went down last month.

I think it is important to have a way to reach and still connect with your followers. I was so scared to even do this newsletter. I started it sometime last year and stopped when I was in a funk about my blog. I wasn’t sure at the time if I was going to continue blogging but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. One of my goals this year is to be fearless and this was scary jumping into this. I am still tweeking a few things but the first issue is just about done. I am so excited about it and know it will be a success.

I have also been struggling with the direction of my platform. I know when I initially started, I was basically all over the place talking about everything. I felt like I was doing too much and just switched gears. I find myself wanting to broaden what I talk about but it is about my audience. I can’t just talk about whatever and expect people to keep coming back if it does not relate to them.

I know my main focus is the hair and I have been enjoying doing the hair demos and trying out different products. I know I stopped with the makeup tutorials and fashion posts, I’m not sure if I should bring those back every once in a while. My other focus is bringing awareness to Black Owned Businesses. I felt it was important to use my platform, as small as it is and support my community and culture. Black Owned Businesses really need our support and if I can help them gain some exposure or new customers, I feel like I have done my part. There are times I want to talk about motherhood and marriage but I know a lot of my audience does not have kids or is single. It seems hard when there are things you want to blog about but it doesn’t relate to your audience.

I know I will figure things out and get it together lol. I feel like I am doing well with keeping up with the goals I set for myself this month. I sometimes feel myself getting overwhelmed but I know how to take a step back and regroup. I am just looking forward to everything this year has to offer. See you guys tomorrow!

Wash N Go Demo F/Kinky Curly

Okay, what happened to the Spring weather lol? It was so nice the beginning of this week and now its cold again. This is why people are getting sick lol.

Today on the blog is a throwback post that was featured on my other platform back in June 2018. It is wash n go season for me when it get warm outside and I usually purchase a bunch of hair products to try out. I will most likely be doing another wash n go series this Summer so stay tuned for that. Today’s hair demo will feature products by Kinky Curly.

So that is it for that hair demo. If you have any suggestions on products I should try, leave them down below. Have a great weekend and see you guys Wednesday!