CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Review: Cystic Acne City!

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Serving y’all some quality photography of CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.

Y’all after a busy ass three months, I’m back to attend to my abandoned struggle blog. I’m going to be reviewing CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, which was a big fucking disappointment to be honest.

The Backstory: For months I have been valiantly searching for a new cleanser only to be met with fuckery and disappointment. For a while, I thought that natural cleansers were better than the “dangerous chemicals!!11!!” in other cleansers. I tried an activated charcoal soap which stripped the shit out of my skin and broke me out. I tried Glytone’s Oily Skin cleanser, which also broke me out. I tried African Black Soap which made my face feel like it was splitting open and also broke me out. You get the picture. After feverishly lurking on r/SkincareAddiction and r/AsianBeauty, CeraVe’s hydrating cleanser caught my eye. A pH balanced cleanser that was actually hydrating instead of stripping my skin? I placed CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser in my cart ASAP and eagerly waited for it to be delivered to my struggle abode.

 

The Claims

 

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser claims to help repair your skin’s natural protective barrier.  It also claims to contain ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

 

The Ingredients

 

  • Purified Water
  • Glycerin
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Ceramide 3
  • Ceramide 6-11
  • Ceramide 1
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Cholesterol
  • Polyoxyl 40 Stearate
  • Glyceryl Monostearate
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Potassium Phosphate
  • Dipotassium Phosphate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Carbomer
  • Xanthan Gum

 

 

After taking a look at this ingredient list, I thought I had found the holy grail of cleansers. Ceramides and hyaluronic acids in a cleanser for only twelve dollars? My ass was lit as fuck for this cleanser to arrive.

 

Performance

 

Y’all, the first time I used this, I deadass thought I died and went to skincare heaven. The cleanser is somewhat of a jelly consistency and doesn’t foam much when I applied it. After I washed the cleanser off my face, my skin felt smooth as fuck. My skin literally felt smoother than a baby’s ass.After months of trudging through crappy cleansers that stripped my skin and broke me out, I finally thought I found the one.

Then, I realized that I got duped. For the first week I used this, everything was going well. My skin was hydrated, my moisture barrier was intact, and I wasn’t breaking out. By week 2, my skincare heaven went to shit. I got a cystic pimple on my cheek, which I chalked up to some other product in my routine. After both my cheeks and my chin broke out into a million cystic pimples and closed comedones, I realized that something was very wrong. In denial, I cut out every other product in my routine except for the cleanser and a basic moisturizer. I refused to believe that my beloved, r/SkincareAddiction praised, CeraVe cleanser could ever break me out. As the pimples consisted and got worse, I did the dreaded: I broke up with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. A sad, messy, bitter breakup it was.

Also, a note on the packaging. I rarely give a shit about packaging unless it’s really good, or really shitty, but the pump on this dispensed the perfect amount of cleanser. This was really helpful for me because I have a tendency to use a ridiculous amount of cleanser.

 

Conclusion

 

Even though CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser did leave my skin soft, smooth, and not stripped, it unfortunately gave me some of the worst breakouts of my life. While the cleanser did what it claimed to do, I would seriously recommend that my acne-prone people avoid this cleanser.

Rating: 2/5

 

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!

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LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence: The Faux Holy Grail

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                          A super high quality photo of LJH Teatree 90 Essence.

After a long five minutes of deliberation in my shower, I came to the conclusion that I absolutely had to buy LJH’s Teatree 90 Essence. Prior to my shower, I read countless reviews of beauty bloggers declaring this their holy grail product and that they wouldn’t be able to live without it. It made my heart(and my wallet) hurt to spend thirty dollars on an essence, but I did it for my pursuit of flawless skin. Unfortunately, my heart(and my wallet) made a dumb decision by purchasing this because it did jack shit for my skin. By no means is this a terrible product that broke me out in cystic acne, but I wouldn’t buy it again.

The Claims

 

LJH Teatree 90 Essence claims to brighten uneven skin tone, reduce redness, moisturize the skin, reduce sebum production, and generally improve overall complexion.

The Ingredients

 

  • 90% tea tree extract
  • biosaccharide gum-1
  • methyl gluceth-20
  • centella asiatica extract
  • sea buckthorn extract
  • tremella fuciformis extract
  • buddleja davidii extract
  • thyme extract
  • trehalose
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • grapefruit seed extract
  • bambusa textilis extract
  • pinus palustris leaf extract
  • cellulose gum
  • caprylyl glycol
  • 1,2-hexanediol

As yall can see from this list, there’s a shitload of positive ingredients, and I love the fact that the tea tree extract is the first ingredient on the list. I also love the fact that not ONE of these ingredients comes up as an acne trigger on Cosdna.

 

Performance

 

The first time I used this, I was somewhat in shock of how moisturizing it was. After a complete disaster with a tea tree cleanser, I had previously vowed to avoid anything containing tea tree. The cleanser I used was so ridiculously drying that my skin was peeling. This essence, however, is the most moisturizing anti-acne treatment I’ve ever used.

Unfortunately, this didn’t do much else for my combination, acne-prone skin. I was hoping that the tea tree would help to reduce my pimples, or at least prevent them. This essence didn’t necessarily fight my acne, or heal the present pimples on my face. I didn’t notice any reduction of uneven skintone, but I wasn’t really expecting that from a tea tree essence. For the first week I used this, I did notice a tremendous reduction in my sebum production on my forehead. An hour after washing my face, my forehead is usually a greasy mess. The first week I used this, I didn’t notice any oiliness until later in the day. Sadly, it’s magical sebum reduction abilities flaked on me after the second week of using this and my forehead went back to it’s usual greasy mess.

Not related to the essence itself, but I really adored the packaging of the essence. LJH Teatree 90 Essence comes in a small bottle with a glass dropper. The dropper makes it easy not to use too much of the essence at one time.

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                    Another super high quality photo of the packaging. 

Conclusion

Even though LJH Teatree 90 Essence has tons of amazing ingredients for the skin, I personally didn’t notice anything beneficial from using it. While it’s not the worst product in the world, I’m so disappointed because I saw so many people with acne-prone skin making this their holy grail product.

Rating: 3/5

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!

 

Bougie Fashion Finds

Recently, instead of getting my studying done I tend to scour the internet for cute crap I can’t actually afford. Despite me being the brokest nigga of broke niggas, I manage to waste my life by looking at expensive ass shit. With my hours of internet browsing, I managed to find some affordable and fashionable pieces I wanted to share with y’all. Since y’all probably don’t want to read anymore of me rambling on, let’s start this post!

The Faux Leather Jacket

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Faux Leather Rider Jacket from Mixxmix , $61.09

     Faux leather jackets have been trendy for a hot minute now but my struggle self was unable to afford any sort of leather jacket. Faux leather, real leather, you name it and I couldn’t afford it. After spending 37838 hours on Mixxmix’s website, I found this fire leather jacket for only sixty – one dollars. For only sixty – one dollars I can serve super badass black girl teas. Shout out to black Jesus for helping me to find this jacket.

The Asymmetrical Mini Skirt

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Mon Cheri Asymmetrical Mini Skirt from Pomelo ,$19

Despite it being cold as shit outside, I found this adorable pink mini skirt on Pomelo. Shout out to Cardi B. for telling me a hoe never gets cold. Even if I’m freezing my ass off in this skirt, I’ll still be stunting on everyone. For $19, I’ll be looking fly as hell anywhere I go.

The Printed Trousers

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Trousers with Zips from Zara , $25.99

From the picture, these pants may look extra as hell or super lackluster depending on your fashion sense, but I fell in love with these on first click. When these came in the mail I was praying to black Jesus that these pants would fit perfectly. Now, when I tell y’all that these pants fit perfectly, I am not joking. My normally concave ass actually looked good in these pants. I was actually shocked at how well these fit. With a black turtleneck and my black oxfords, I was looking fly as hell in my outfit. Shout out to black Jesus for coming through with these pants.

The Velvet Crop Top

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Velvet Long Sleeve Crop Top from Stylenanda , $24

I had been looking for some sort of velvet shirt for the longest time and I was tragically not able to find one. After hours of picking through crappy thrift store items, I was not able to find a single velvet top. Luckily for me, Stylenanda came through with this crop top. With a leather skirt and some booties, this top will look fly as hell.

 

The Lace Up Flats

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London Rebel Ghillie Lace Point Flat Shoes from ASOS , $48

Recently, I realized that all of my flats were on their last leg, literally. Aside from them shits falling apart while I walked, I didn’t actually like any of them, I just bought them because they were cheap. In an attempt to up my shoe game, I went and splurged on these lace up flats. Normally I’d have an aneurysm at the thought of spending over twenty dollars on flats, but my shoe game was so weak that I made a special exception for these babies. Another shout out to black Jesus, because these were reduced to forty – eight dollars which isn’t too bad when compared to their original price of seventy dollars.

Anyways, that’s the end of my first fashion roundup! Hopefully this post wasn’t too shitty and anyone who read this enjoyed it. Leave  comment below describing your favorite fashion finds.

After Christmas Sale Roundup!

I hate buying things for full price. Despite my love for fashion, I’m a stingy ass nigga. More importantly, I rarely have money to buy the things I want. After Christmas sales are when I stock up on pieces I couldn’t afford on my usual budget.  In comparison to this year’s Black Friday sales(which were trash), these sales are looking amazing! Without further rambling,here is my collective 2015 sales roundup.

Fashion

 

2020AVE – 16% off outerwear with the code OUT16

Aldo – 50% off already reduced items.

Ann Taylor – up to 70% off on all sale items and 40% full price items until 1/3/16.

Ann Taylor Loft – extra 60% off all sale items.

Aritzia – up to 50% off everything in store until 1/7/16.

ASOS – up to 70% off sale items.

Banana Republic – extra 50% off on all sale items and 50% off select styles until 1/5/16.

Coach – up to 50% off select items.

COS – annual winter sale.

Dorothy Perkins – up to 50% off everything.

Everlane – “Choose Your Price Sale”.

Express – up to 60% off clearance .

Forever 21 – end of season sale with up to 75% off all sale items .

Gap – 35% off your purchase with the code CHEER until 12/30/15.

HM – up to 70% off on sale styles and select cold weather styles; free shipping on orders over $50 with the code 3247 until 1/9/15.

J.Crew – extra 40% sale styles with the code SHOPNOW until 1/6/16.

J.Crew Factory – extra 40% off clearance with the code  HEY2016 until 1/5/16.

Joe Fresh – up to 70% off on clearance.

Kate Spade – 25% off all sale items with the code THRILL until 1/6/16.

Kohl’s  – spend 100$ or more and get 20% off with the code HAPPY2016. Spend under 100$ and get 15% off with the code NEWYEAR until 12/31/15.

Last Call by Neiman Marcus – extra 30 – 60% off everything in store.

Levi’s – extra 30% off sale items with the code SALE30 until 12/30/15.

Macy’s – extra 50% off with the code WONDER until 12/31/15. 25% off women’s shoes, 50% off women’s coats, and 25 – 50% off women’s jeans.

Madewell – extra 40% off all sale styles with the code YOUWIN until 1/4/16.

Mango – up to 50% off on sale items

Mango Outlet – up to 80% off all items

Michael Kors –  up to 40% off on select already reduced styles.

Mixxmix – up to 15% off until 12/30/15.

Modcloth – extra 30% off sale styles with the code L8R2015.

New Look – up to 70% off all sale styles.

Nine West –  Up to 70% off on sale items.

Nordstrom – up to 50% off sale styles until 1/3/16..

Nordstrom Rack – extra 25% off clearance items.

Oasis – up to 50% off select lines.

Old Navy – 30% off your order with the code ENJOY until 12/30/15. 20% off clearance with the code JACKPOT until 12/31/15. Up to 50% on women’s jeans and activewear.

Pomelo is having an up to 40% off select items sale..

River Island – up to 50% off on all sale styles.

Ruche – 50$ off 100$ with the code JUST4YOU until 1/1/15.

Saks Fifth Avenue – up to 60% off select styles, free shipping and returns with the code HOLIDAY.

Saks Off Fifth – up to 75% off on clearance styles.

Shop Sosie – 16% off everything with the code HAPPY2016.

The Limited – up to 60% off on sale items, 40% off select full price skirts, and 30% off brand new arrivals.

Topshop – up to 50% off all sale styles.

Uniqlo – 20$ off 150$ with the code NEWYOU.

Warehouse – up to 50% off on sale items.

White House Black Market – up to 70% off select styles.

Yesstyle – up to 80% off all items.

Zara – annual winter sale.

Beauty

Jolse – 15% off all products and 20% off select brands.

Memebox – 15% off all skincare items with the code BABYITSCOLD15.

Sephora – extra 20% off sale items with the code EXTRA20.

Soko Glam – 40% off select items; free shipping until 12/31/15 with the code HOLIDAYCHEER.

 

Anyways, that’s the end of my roundup. If I missed any sales just leave a comment below. Happy holidays! 

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Bougie Wardrobe Essentials

Recently, I’ve been working on revamping my struggle wardrobe full of tragically outdated fashions.  I realized that in my valiant efforts to become the most stylish girl in my crappy small town, that I owned no basic wardrobe staples. Despite me buying 50 pairs of suede skirts from Topshop, I didn’t own one plain white shirt. Not one. In order to remedy this tragedy, I’ve been focusing on buying more basic things that go with the rest of my wardrobe. Here are my five basic fashion essentials!

1.) The Plain White Shirt

On my many numerous shopping trips, I bought a ridiculous amount of shirts. Leopard print, floral, dotted, you name it. In my closet you’ll find a ridiculous amount of patterned shirts from Zara. Recently, while going through my closet I realized I didn’t have any white shirts to go with anything. My floral trousers, my suede skirts, my leather shorts all had nothing to be worn with. Recently, I bought this plain white shirt from Mixxmix for $10.91.

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2.) The Black Turtleneck

Aside from me not owning any white shirts, I didn’t own any black shirts. I also didn’t own any turtlenecks. I used to be an avid hater of turtlenecks because I felt like I looked like one of those try hard bougie niggas from the suburbs. Despite me being a stereotypical bougie nigga, I didn’t want to fall into that trap. Because I’m fake, I bought my first turtleneck from Mixxmix last month. The only reason I bought it was because I didn’t want to pay for shipping fees.  When I got my turtleneck in the mail and tried it on, I was shocked. This turtleneck was like the second coming of Jesus. Instead of succumbing to the trap of tryhard bougieness, I looked like the finest nigga on the block. My normally average boobs looked like 34 Ds. I actually looked like the slim thick black girl I envisioned in my dreams. For ten dollars and ninety-one cents, I had a fire turtleneck in my closet.

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3.) Black Ankle Booties

Prior to my wardrobe revamp, the only boots I had in my closet were a dusty pair of Bearpaw boots. The only reason I even bought those boots were so I could get a knockoff pair of Uggs for a cheap price. In order to replace my struggle boots, I bought an affordable pair of black ankle booties from Joe Fresh for $24.94. The heel isn’t too high and is perfect to wear casually with boyfriend jeans. To my surprise, the quality wasn’t complete crap and they go with everything I have in my closet.

 

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Polish of the Week: Essie Head Mistress

Essie’s Head Mistress has become one of my favorite red nail polishes ever! I usually hate red nail polishes because they look like a hot mess to me, but this was a pleasant surprise. In the bottle, this appears to be a brighter red. After applying two coats of the polish, it darkened to the beautiful color pictured above. This is the perfect fall color for me and I recommend this nail polish for everyone looking for a dark red. I took so many pictures of this polish, so look below for some more struggle pics taken on my iPad.