Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Clear Proof® Acne System Review

A little over a month ago I received Mary Kay's Clear Proof Acne Care System compliments of Influenster. For those of you who aren't familiar with Influenster it is a community for social media lovers to share news, products, and reviews (for more information head over to influenster.com). Luckily I was eligible to receive Mary Kay's Clear Proof Acne System. It retails for $45, however Mary Kay does offer trial sizes for those of you who are not a fan of the steep price or who just want to give the system a test run. My usual skin routine consisted solely of me using a facial cleanser and a facial moisturizer so I was more than willing to try something new. After using the system I have concluded that it is effective. Does the kit clear up all of my acne? No. But does my skin look significantly different? Definitely

Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel - $16
This stuff is everything. With a little water the gel transforms into a very rich lather. As with most facial cleansers, the face wash will leave your face dry. For this reason it is very important to immediately follow the next steps unless you are into that dry ashy feeling on your face.

Clear Proof Blemish Control Toner - $15
This was my very first time adding a toner into my skincare regimen. Upon washing my face with the cleansing gel I put the toner onto a cotton ball and applied it  all over my face. The toner is used to cleanse the skin completely and help control excess shine. This too left my face a bit dry but the toner thoroughly cleanses the skin which left my face feeling completely clean.  

Clear Proof Acne Treatment Gel - $10
With my acne prone skin this gel was heaven sent. It helps clear new pimples while preventing new ones while also  clearing old dark scars.  While this is not the best acne clearing spot treatment I have ever used, I can definitely say that it works. 

Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer - $18
This is the final step. This is honestly one of the best facial moisturizers I have ever used.  While most facial moisturizers often leave the skin oily and shiny looking this one does the complete opposite and a little bit goes a long way. It gives the skin a clean smooth feeling. Out of all the products in the system this is what I will most likely be repurchasing.  

Final Verdict
Overall I would give the system an 8 out of 10. For those with moderate acne this system will make a huge difference.. After using it consistently I saw results in as little as a week. The only con that I found about the system is that after using a combination of all the products I found that my face would often have a very oily residue which caused my face (particularly my t-zone) to look very shiny. I used E.L.F Essential Shine Eraser Sheets to elimnate this shine. Other than that I would highly recommend the use of these products. With consistency results will be seen. The system can be purchased here.

xoxo,
Akilah 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Borrowed from the Boys

For me it will always be comfort over style. Any given day you will catch me in a pair of boots or sneakers with leggings or jeans. For this reason I have been dying to get my hands on a pair of boyfriend jeans. My quest to find the perfect pair has not been easy. After searching long and hard it finally dawned on me that I could easily make my own... for cheap. I found this particular pair in the men's section at a thrift store for 8 bucks and made them my own by distressing them and cuffing the bottoms. I added a slightly fitted blazer (burgundy is slowly making its way into my favorite colors) and a pair of simple suede pointed toe heels to complete the look.


Jeans: Plato's Closet | Blazer: Forever21 | Purse: Forever21

xoxo,
Akilah

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Trends: Wool Floppy Hats

Hey there! It has been an extremely busy last couple of weeks for me, but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things. Recently many different hats have really caught my eye, particularly floppy hats. In my opinion there is no better accessory than a floppy hat for the fall. These hats add an instant touch of chic sophistication to any outfit. But don't think that floppy hats are only designated for the colder seasons.These fashionable hats have ability to be worn all year round. Whether paired with a faux fur vest and thigh high boots for the fall/winter or your favorite bohemian dress with sandals for the sping/summer, adding a floppy to your outfit instantly creates an effortlessly fashionable look. Check out some inspiration below.

   
 

xoxo,
Akilah

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipstick: Fall Favorites

The fall season is in full effect and I could not be any more excited. This fall it is all about dark lip colors. For the longest I have been addicted to Wet n Wild's cosmetics, particularly their MegaLast lipsticks. These lipsticks are super rich and pigmented with a semi-matte finish. They can also be worn for hours without having to reapply. What I love most about these lip colors are the price. The lipsticks currently retail for $1.99, but luckily I have been able to snag these at a discount during buy one get one 50% off and even buy one get one free sales at CVS and Walgreens. Here are my favorite shades which all happen to be perfect for the fall.




xoxo,
Akilah

Friday, September 26, 2014

Little Black Dress

It is a well known fact that a little black dress is an essential go-to piece that should be in every girls closet. With many lengths, necklines, and styles to choose from finding the perfect one is not difficult. Last year I came across this Audrey Hepburn-esque textured midi dress online and instantly fell in love. This dress can be dressed up or dressed down and can be worn during any season. I paired my LBD with a pair of edgy wedges, a faux leatherette envelope clutch, a small statement necklace, and my favorite dark lipstick. 


 Dress: Forever21 |Necklace: Forever21 |Clutch: Ebay | Shoes: Gojane
xoxo,
Akilah

Friday, September 12, 2014

Style Files: Crochet Braids

I change my hair very often, but I must say that protective styles are what works best for me. I have tried it all: weaves, wigs, braids, twists etc. As much as I love my natural hair, it has become very difficult for me to find the time to style it as much as I used to. For this reason I decided to return to my favorite protective style: crochet braids. This is the third time I have had crochet braids installed. I have previously used Model Model Glance "Water Wave" hair which I absolutely loved! I left a small portion of my hair out in the front and it blended perfectly with my twisted out 4c hair. This time around I decided to use marley braiding hair for more versatility. I used Janet Collection Noir Afro Marley Hair in the color 1B which I purchased from Ebay for about 5 dollars a bag. Unfortunately, I do not know how to cornrow my hair very well, so I had my stylist install the crochet braids for me. I have about 14 straight back cornrows and 2 and a half bags of hair were used.




 Shortly after the installation of the braids, I went home and sectioned the hair. I applied Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner and then brushed each section using a paddle brush. I rolled the hair in about 2 inch sections using pink and orange perm rods as shown below. Lastly, I dipped each perm rod in hot water for about 15 seconds making sure to dry access water off with a towel. I slept in the perm rods overnight and spritzed my hair with Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Hair Sheen the following morning and below are the final results. This is by far my favorite crochet braid style! Over the next several weeks that I wear this style I plan on experimenting with different sizes of perm rods and creating different looks.


xoxo,
Akilah