Finally a Bronzer Your Oily Skin Will Love

Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

The perfect bronzer for oily skin.

Bronzer and I have never had the best relationship. It was wither too shiny, too chalky or too shimmery for me to even bother with it. Besides, oily skin that goes on shine-alert by mid-day, I’m more concerned with controlling oil than getting a warm bronzed glow.

That is until I met the Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer from TooFaced ($30). Packed with anti-oxidant rich cocoa powder and rich pigments not only does my oily skin get the matte coverage it needs, my complexion gets a summer-worthy glow that’s okay to rock all year long. It evens my skin tone and plays well with my favorite foundation, making it easy to use it all over. It also works great as a contouring powder, which can instantly slim your face and accentuate your features. And oh, did I mention this powder smells like a warm cup of hot cocoa? Brilliant!

The trick to keeping that bronzed look all day long? The right brush. My regular powder brush just didn’t do the job but when I switched to the brand’s Retractable Kabuki Brush($34) I noticed a major difference (i.e no super shiny nose by lunchtime). The super soft bristles distribute the powder evenly and seamlessly, without making a mess on your skin (or in that cute compact).

Have you tried this best-selling bronzer?


FTC Disclosure: Products mentioned in this review were received as free samples. All opinions are my own.

The Moisturizing Must-Haves Your Hair Needs From Motions Hair Care

Motions hair ProductsWhen Motions said they were revamping their entire line, they really weren’t kidding! They improved on some of their classics they also added in a couple of new products, keeping the curly girl in mind. Their Color Care System was a hit and the styling foams became my new beauty BFF’s. What other hair goodness do they have going on?

Pre-Wash Detangling Butter

Full disclosure: I never detangle before shampooing. I’ve always been afraid that my fine hair just couldn’t take it and detangling with conditioner would be enough. This butter makes it no so scary, with the consistency of a regular conditioner that moistens hair enough to make detangling a lot easier and I didn’t get as much breakage as I thought I would, the shea butter, coconut and olive oils definitely helping with that. If your hair is in need of a serious detangling session, leave it on for up to 20 minutes before taking a comb and/or fingers to hair.

Lavish Conditioning Shampoo and Moisture Plus Conditioner

These two aren’t new but a throwback to my favorite cleansing products way before I went natural. It was the only shampoo and conditioner that didn’t dry my hair out back then and surely doesn’t do so now! Formulated with of shea butter, strands are moisturized while the Shampoo cleanses them, the silk and keratin proteins keeping them strong from the inside out. The Conditioner has super hydrating emolliants and plenty of slip to make detangling a breeze and leave hair soft and ready to go.

Moisturizing Cleanser and Smoothing Conditioner

If hair is feeling extra dry, this duo is the way to go. Part of the Natural Textures Collection, curls are gently cleansed with a good-for-you mix of coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oils that smooth and soften hair. Follow up with the Smoothing Conditioner (which makes for a great pre-poo by the way!) and you’re talking about a super conditioning combination.

The hair party doesn’t stop with these though. If you have medium to thick hair and twist-outs are your thing, grab the Versatile Texture Defining Cream. The gel-crème gives the moisture and hold you need to pull it off. The Active Moisture Leave-In Detangler is a nifty little spray to use after you shampoo whether hair needs to be detangled or not and the Stimulating Scalp Balm is great for soothing an itchy scalp.

Have you checked out these products from Motions? What do you think?


*FTC Disclosure: Products mentioned in this review were received as free samples. I was also compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

2 Summer Ready Styles With Motion’s Style and Create Collection

Motions Hair Products

Along with their latest hair care collection, Motions also released the styling products you need to keep the hair party going. When it comes to this fine, curly hair my styling products have to moisturize and hold my style at the same time, especially in this crazy heat

Flat Twist-Out With Motions Light Styling Foam

Flat Twist Out on Day 3

Flat Twist Out on Day 3

Total Disclaimer: Twist-outs and I never got along. They’re either two piecey or two frizzy-both never lasting more than a day. So you can imagine how nervous I was doing this style with the Light Styling Foam. After washing and conditioning with their Treat and Repair Collection, I put in my usual leave in and styling cream, sealing with olive oil. Then I created medium sized sections and applied the styling foam. What I really liked about it was how incredibly light it was on my hair and didn’t leave it feeling greasy. I combed it through, twisted each section and used perm rods at the end.

When I took them down the next day, my hair did appear a lot shorter than it does with my regular style but the softness and the shine totally made up for it. Each curl was smooth too and the best part? It practically stayed that way all week! I just had to re-twist a few sections on Day 4, mostly for volume purposes. It gave my hair the hold it needed for a great style all week long.

Wash and Go with Motions Versatile Foam Styling Lotion

Wash and Go on Fine Hair

My go-to style for years, I wanted to see if the styling lotion could take my wash-and-go until my next wash day. Whether your doing this style, wrapping hair or heat styling not only does it give hair the hold it needs to look good but acts like a heat protectant as well. After applying my normal products, I scrunched in the styling lotion, the foam thinner in consistency than the styling foam. Once my hair dried, curls clumped together nicely and delivered the wash-and-go style that I’m accustomed to.

Other products you can play with in this collection: The Light Hold Working Spritz, perfect for pinned-curls and the Shine Enhancing Pomade for smoothing down edges.

Have you tried any of these Motions styling products before? Which one is your favorite?


*FTC Disclosure: Products mentioned in this review were received as free samples. I was also compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Getting My Curls Summer Ready With Motions Treat and Repair Collection

Motions Treat and Repair Collection

I’m thinking Florida completely missed the memo that it’s April because it went from 70 degrees to practically 90 overnight. Hotter weather means a lot more fun outdoors but it can also spell a serious curl disaster. If I’m not careful, my curls can get completely fried in the South Florida sun. When the folks from Motions reached out to take their new Treat and Repair hair collection featuring Color Care for a test drive, I didn’t realize I was getting my summer hair survival kit. Each product in this trio is formulated with coconut oil, vitamin E and amla to strengthen hair to treat hair from the inside out for strength and shine.

So how does this system work?

Step 1: Motions Color Care Sulfate Free Cleanser

This smooth and creamy cleanser works up an awesome lather sans the sulfates. It gets hair clean and leaves it crazy soft and ready for the next step. $7,

Step 2: Motions Color Care Dual-Treatment Conditioner

Using the power of Keratin and a protein complex this rich conditioner repairs and moisturizes hair (even my fried curls after a good weekend outdoors!). Paying special attention to my ends, which has seen a lot of damage lately, I applied a good amount to my hair in sections. This conditioner has a great slip so detangling was super easy. Once all the tangles were out I rinsed it out and moved on to Step 3. $7,

Step. 3 Motions Color Care Deep Moisture Mask

In my world, there is no such thing as too much conditioner so following up with a deep treatment mask was a special treat! Not as thick as the conditioner but packed with the amla, coconut and vitamin E oils all the same, I put it on section by section, racked it through my curls and covered it with a plastic cap. Then you can do a couple of chores around the house or sit under a warm dryer for up to 10 minutes – either way the mask does an awesome job of getting into hair and leaving it crazy soft and manageable. $7,

Natural Hair

After using these products exclusively for 3 weeks, my hair hasn’t been this soft and this strong is a very long time! My curls stayed moisturized, shiny and defined for up to week. The double conditioning did wonders for my hair, leading to less and less breakage and those crazy fairy knots. I also like it because it works for both natural and relaxed hair (and you have to love the price point for each of these too!)

Have you tried these new products from Motions? Share your thoughts in comments!


*FTC Disclosure: Products mentioned in this review were received as free samples. I was also compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Does the Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion Really Work?

nivea-inshower-module-packshots-front.ashxThe power of advertising is strong ya’ll! I saw the commercial for Nivea’s In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion and no sooner did I hit up CVS and grab a bottle for myself. One half of me was like, “Seriously MJ, did you really think a lotion you can wash off really work?” But the beauty blogger in me was like “OMG, you have to buy it.” So I did and here’s what happened.

It works….for a little while anyway.

Following the clear instructions on the bottle, I cleaned my skin, rinsed off and then applied it all over (except the bottom of my feet because this stuff is crazy slippery!). Making sure I didn’t miss a spot, the product thick like a lotion but went on light like a serum. I rinsed off and got out of the shower. Off the bat my skin was feeling super soft, thanks to the Almond Oil. It didn’t leave behind any greasy residue and I smelled really good!

Now the brand says this product provides 24 hours of hydration and as much as I really, really wanted to love it this is where the product falls short. You can’t really just rinse off and go, especially if you have really dry skin like I do. Following up with lotion or body oil is a must, otherwise the ashy-ness will creep up on you.

Can we chalk this one up to the beauty game? Maybe. If you use it at night, it’s a nice little beauty treat before bed. If you plan on heading out for the day, stick with regular lotion.

Have you tried their in-shower body lotions? What did you think?