Nine Fabulous Summer Polishes

Nail Polish Collage

 

First off, I just want to apologize for the cornball ass title but my creative juices were running dry this week. After last week’s little rant, I’m back at it with your scheduled content, and this week I decided to try something different and do a lil’ nail polish post. In the summer I know y’all want your nails to be looking fly as fuck, so I created a small compilation of my favorite hues for the summer. 

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Holy Grail Alert: MUAC’s BHA Serum Has Snatched My Edges

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Ya girl is back at it with the skincare reviews, and my edges have been snatched. When I say snatched, I mean that my hairline starts at the back of my damn head. That’s how great this serum I’m going to review is. I deadass have found my first skincare holy grail, and lemme tell y’all that I’m hype as fuck. Who knew skincare made me so happy? Anyways lemme give y’all a bit of backstory on how I found this wonderful BHA serum. Recently, on an impulse buy, I bought a ton of peels from Makeup Artists’ Choice aka MUAC, and a couple of serums after my most recent disappointments with skincare products. Honestly, I initially side eyed the fuck out of the company because most of their products had five stars and I assumed that robots were writing reviews or some mess. After lurking MakeupAlley (bless that website) for 4039400 years, I tossed my cynicism aside and took the plunge.

Here’s a very brief explanation on what a BHA is if you have no idea what the fuck I’m talking about: To start, BHA stands for Beta-Hydroxy Acid. A BHA essentially works by penetrating your pores and getting all that nasty shit outta your pores(hence the purging phase). The most common BHA is salicylic acid, which is what this serum contains. If you’re allergic to aspirin do not use a BHA containing saliclyic acid.

Some really lit links if you want to learn more about BHAs:

Paula’s Choice

r/SkincareAddiction

Truth In Aging

The Claims

 

MUAC Beta Hydroxy Serum claims to control oily skin, blackheads, and whiteheads. “Deep clean your pores with the strength of your choice, 3-4 times a week to keep deeply embedded dirt and sebum under control.” The serum apparently has a pH of 2.3 and claims that for acne sufferers the serum will take 2-3 weeks to decongest your pores.

 

The Ingredients

 

  • SD Alcohol 40 B
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Menthol Crystals

 

Lemme be real with y’all: I was very, very, hesitant to even put this shit on my face because of the menthol, and alcohol. I was extremely concerned that the menthol would irritate my skin and the alcohol would dry out my skin. Luckily for me, none of that occurred, but if you have sensitive skin I’d advise for you to tread lightly with this one. Aside from those two concerns, I appreciate that the ingredient list is extremely short and that I know exactly what I’m getting in the serum.

Performance

 

To be clear, I just want to mention that before buying the full size pictured above, I bought the sample size which MUAC sells on their website. At $6 for .5 oz, I didn’t really have much to lose.

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                                               A smol sample of the serum.

When I first rubbed this on my face, I was not impressed at all. First of all, the serum smelled like fucking alcohol. It was like I poured a bottle of rubbing alcohol all over my face. Secondly, the serum’s consistency is very, very watery. It’s literally just like water in your hands. After rubbing it into my face, I noticed that it dried very quickly. I do appreciate that it didn’t leave any sticky residue or weird film on my face. Then, the tingling began. I just want to note that I’m an experienced BHA user, and the tingling on this was almost painful. It felt like I was pricking my skin with tiny needles over and over again. In that moment, I prayed to the skincare gods that after all this damn tingling, I would wake up to flawless skin.

The next morning I woke up, ran to the mirror, and JACK SHIT happened. My skin still looked like the same, dull, pimply mess it usually was. I was ready to run to my laptop and start typing a scathing review like the disgruntled customer I was until I reminded my ass that actives need a couple of weeks to work. Thank the skincare gods I didn’t throw the serum out because the results I saw over the next couple of weeks were nothing less than a damn miracle. After about two weeks, I started purging. Hard. Every morning I’d noticed little white and black things coming out of my forehead. My forehead also became a bit flaky, but that was easily solved by upping my moisturizer game(shout out to Eucerin). I noticed that the stubborn closed comedones on my temples and forehead were slowly shrinking. Most importantly, after two weeks I completely stopped breaking out on my cheeks. I’d usually get large pimples on my cheeks that in turn left horrible hyperpigmentation on my cheeks, but those disappeared.

Fast forward to today. Currently I have NO breakouts. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Negative. For the first time in a long time, I can say that I have clear skin. Now, I’m gonna keep it real with y’all: my skin still isn’t perfect. My forehead is still purging a bit, but my closed comedones are almost gone except for a few stragglers. While I haven’t noticed this controlling my oil ass forehead, or reducing any dark spots, I’ve noticed that my skin is baby soft. All in all, this serum has my skin at the best it’s ever been, and as an acne sufferer, it means a lot to me. After I used up the sample bottle, which lasted a surprisingly long time, I bought the full size 4 oz bottle for $28.95. It was money well spent, but I have a really petty complaint about the packaging. The dispenser for the full size packaging is very inconvenient to use and you can’t really control how much of the serum you pour out. I’ve wasted a bit more serum than I wanted to because of this. Aside from that, this serum was money well spent (although my wallet is crying softly).

Conclusion

 

MUAC’s BHA 9 is the GOAT of any serum I’ve ever tried. This serum has completely eliminated my acne, and greatly reduced my closed comedones. After trying out many crappy products, this serum stands out as a beacon of light in a sea of struggle skincare products. The only other thing I could note is that the menthol and alcohol in this could possibly be irritating ingredients to those with sensitive skin, so again, I’d advise for y’all to tread carefully with this product. Also, if you have never used a BHA before, do not start with the BHA 9%. If you want to incorporate a BHA into your routine, MUAC offers a 3% serum, Paula’s Choice offers a 2% serum and COSRX offers a BHA serum(unknown %).

Rating: 5/5

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!

 I told y’all I was going to finally give a positive review. On a serious note: The shooting that happened in Orlando yesterday was a disgusting hate crime against black and Latinx LGBT community and I really don’t understand how gun control laws haven’t been enacted. I really don’t. When an individual can buy a fucking assault rifle and shoot over 50 people in a matter of minutes, we have a fucking problem. 

 

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!

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! 

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.