My Skincare Routine+Favorite Skincare Products

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Hey guys! Today I thought I’d share my morning/night skin care routine and some of my favorite skincare products. For the most part, my routine is the same but occasionally I’ll alter it a little depending on things like what makeup products I’m going to use, how much makeup I’m going to wear, or the weather. I start off by washing my face with the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser I’ve been using this for years. It’s oil free, works really well for my oily skin and it’s inexpensive($4.29). I use this morning and night.Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, Neutrogena Oil Free Face Cleanser

I follow up with the Confidence in a Cream by it Cosmetics. Since my face wash is oil free I don’t usually like to use an oil free moisturizer. When you have oily skin you don’t want everything to be oil free…that’s going to cause your skin to produce MORE oil. The confidence in a cream is one of my absolute favorite moisturizers. It absorbs into the skin quickly, wears great under makeup and it’s an anti-aging moisturizer. It’s a little pricey and I don’t feel like there’s a decent amount in the jar for the price($48) but, it’s a great moisturizer and it does make my skin look brighter. I saw a difference in the look and texture of my skin after just a few days of using it. I use this moisturizer every night as Cosmetics, Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer

Another moisturizer that I like is the OLEHENRIKSEN Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator I use this one when I need to switch up my routine because of the heat. This is a mattifying and pore minimizing moisturizer. It’s lightweight and I don’t like to wear thick, heavy moisturizers when it’s too hot out, especially under makeup. So if it’s a super hot day, I’ll use this one even if I’m not wearing makeup. It has green tea and eucalyptus in it so it feels really refreshing and somewhat tingly on the skin. This one is a little cheaper at $34.Olehenriksen oil control moisturizer

For my eye moisturizer I use the Confidence in an Eye Cream by it Cosmetics. This works pretty much the same as the face moisturizer. It’s thick and moisturizes really well. It’s a very tiny jar…like ridiculously small and only ten dollars less than the Confidence in a Cream but honestly a little goes a long way with this stuff so I’m not even mad. I use this morning and night, that never Cosmetics, Confidence in an Eye Cream

At night if I have on makeup, my favorite product to use is the Biossance Sqaulane+Antioxidant Cleansing Oil I received this a long time ago in one of my Glossy Boxes and loved it! This is one of my favorites! They’ve changed it a little since I first started using it but it still works the same. It doesn’t matter how much makeup you have on, even waterproof makeup comes off with zero effort. Surprisingly, it’s not that expensive($30).










After I wash my face I follow up with the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner I only use this at night because it tends to dry my skin out a little even though it says that it won’t over dry. Being that I have oily skin, I don’t mind it too much. It’s affordable($8.49) and available pretty much everywhere.Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

Moving on to face masks, there’s only two that I alternate between right now. First is my favorite, the GLAMGLOW Gravitymud Firming Treatment This stuff works wonders! The overall appearance of my skin is so much better since I’ve been using this. As with all of the GLAMGOW products….it’s expensive as hell but I feel like it’s worth it. You don’t get a lot in the jar but it’s a face mask, you’re not going to use it everyday so it’s not like you’re going to go through it too quickly. It also comes with a little brush to apply it with…so cute!GLAMGLOW GravityMud Firming Treatment, GLAMGLOW

The next face mask that I like to use is the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask w/Red Clay This mask is good for oily skin. It removes excess oil and mattifies the skin. It also reduces the appearance of pores and draws out impurities. I’ve been using it in my nighttime routine for a while and I’ve noticed that my skin isn’t as oily in the morning. I love First Aid Beauty. They have products for different skin care needs at affordable prices. This particular face mask is $30.First Aid Beauty Purifying Mask, First Aid Beauty

That’s it for my face, the next two products are a body butter and a body yogurt…basically body lotion lol! The first one I’ve been using for about two weeks. It’s the Cantu Softening Body Butter I found this in WalMart for around $5.00. I’ve used Cantu products on my hair before but I didn’t know they had skin care products as well. This body butter has Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Vitamin E, it’s also free of mineral oil, parabens and sulfates. It’s super thick but it absorbs quickly and provides long-lasting moisture. Last but not least, I found what I think is the best thing ever from Aveeno! It’s their Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt The one I have is Apricot & Honey which smells amazing but they also have Vanilla & Oats. I found this in Target back in May and I’ve been obsessed with it since! I love it when I find a body lotion/butter that actually provides long-lasting results. This one is pretty lightweight if you prefer something that’s not as heavy as a body butter and it only costs around $6.



Thanks for stopping by, until next time….

Melyssa xoxo


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Fall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box

Finally, Fall is here! It’s my favorite time of the year. I just feel like everything is better in Fall…weather, clothes, Starbucks and makeup!  My Walmart beauty box came at the beginning of October and I like this one better than the one that I got over the summer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, when you subscribe you’ll receive a box every three months that contains products that are relevant to the season and your needs. You’ll only pay $5 every three months! So here’s what was inside the Fall 2016 box….

  1. Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies Nature's Bounty, Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies, Nature's Bounty Gummies, Vitamins, Health & Beauty, Fall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box
  2. Biore’ Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore StripsFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Biore' Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips, Walmart Beauty
  3. Clean & Clear Deep Action 60 Second Shower MaskClean & Clear Deep Action 60 Second Shower Mask, Fall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Walmart Beauty, Clean & Clear
  4. Vaseline Intensive Care, Advanced Repair LotionFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Walmart Beauty, Vaseline Intensive Care, Advanced Repair Body Lotion, Vaseline Body Lotion
  5. Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream and Peony Body WashFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Walmart Beauty, Dove, Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash, Dove Body Wash
  6. Village Naturals Therapy Aches & Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath SoakFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Village Naturals Therapy, Mineral Bath Soak
  7. Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body LotionFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion
  8. Simple Micellar Cleansing WaterFall 2016 Walmart Beauty Box, Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, Walmart

I’m really happy with this box, the summer box had a lot of stuff that I didn’t use. I actually like and will use every one of these products. I’ve love Dove, Burt’s Bees, and Clean & Clear. I’m such a beauty box/subscription addict, lol! If you’re interested in the Walmart Beauty Box, click here.

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GlossyBox(Part 3)

GlossyBox, Glossy Box Subscription, December 2015 GlossyBox, Beauty Box SubscriptionI’m sure this box was from December based on the packaging. I’m currently using two of the products from this box, so let’s start with those….

  1. Oro Gold 24k Hand Cream/Full size $18-Contains shea butter to moisturize and soften hands. Currently carrying this in my bag for on-the-go use. It’s super creamy and smells amazing!Oro Gold hand cream, GlossyBox, Glossy Box subscription
  2. MTJ Cosmetics High Definition Mascara/Full size $21-It has a creamy formula and a unique wand that create lasting lashes. Loving it!MTJ High Definition Mascara, Mascara, GlossyBox
  3. Color Club Nail Polish in “Feverish/Full size $8.50-This is a deep red polish with hints of burgundy. Very pretty.GlossyBox, Glossy Box subscription, Color Club nail polish, 'Feverish"
  4. Flora-Py Floral Therapy Facial Sheet/Full size $8.00-This face mask is soaked in flower ingredients and essential oils, combining hydration and aromatherapy.GlossyBox, Glossy Box subscription, Flora-py face mask, Face masks
  5. GlossyBox in “GlossyBox Mauve”/Full size $11-GlossyBox’s pearl-infused aubergine eye shadow.GlossyBox, Glossy Box Subscription, Eye shadow, GlossyBox eye shadow, "Glossybox Mauve"

*This box came with a voucher for a complimentary beauty service at an Estee Lauder counter & a free 10-day supply of your perfect foundation.

So far I love Glossy Box! I also like how they include coupons and vouchers in their boxes. My September box should be here soon, can’t wait to see what’s in it!! Be sure to go back and check out my last two posts, August 2016 GlossyBox (Part 1) & GlossyBox(Part 2). Has anything in one of the three boxes peaked your interest?

Melyssa Estremera

GlossyBox(Part 2)

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I’m not sure what month this box is from because it doesn’t say on the description card, I’m thinking May or June based off one of the coupons that was inside which expired in June. I have used one of the products from this box so I’ll start with that one.

  1. Rituals Cosmetics Shower Foam in T’AI CHI/Full size $15-This is a foaming shower gel that combines natural ingredients to hydrate and smooth the skin. I’ve used the whole bottle and it did leave my skin feeling really soft, it smells amazing and I loved the foam. GlossyBox, Beauty Box, Rituals Cosmetics, Rituals Cosmetics foaming shower gel in Tai Chi
  2. Versaspa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner/Full size $35-Hydrates the skin while creating a gorgeous glow. You’re supposed to use this daily to maintain tan and hydration.GlossyBox, Beauty Box, Glossy Box subscription, Versaspa, face moisturizing gradual tanner
  3. Nioxin System 1 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner/Full size $49-Therapeutic cleanser/conditioner which balances moisture levels and helps hair appear thicker. Also removes oils and residue from the scalp.GlossyBox, Glossy Box subscription, Nioxin scalp therapy, Nioxin shampoo, Nioxin conditioner
  4. Talika Photo-Hydra Day/Full size $29-This moisturizer contains an amino acid that creates the effects of natural light on the skin.GlossyBox, Glossy Box subscription, Beauty Box, Talika Photo-Hydra Day, Talika Face moisturizer
  5. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara/Full size $24-The customed designed wand separates, lifts and curls lashes for 12 hrs.GlossyBox, Glossy Box subscription, Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash, Benefit Cosmetics Mascara

*This box came with a special offer from Hello Fresh-$5 off your first 2 boxes at & a $5 off coupon from Ulta for Nioxin Night Density Rescue, although that one expired in June.


Melyssa Estremera

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August Essence Beauty Box

I got my Essence beauty box for this month a few days ago. Here’s what was inside…

  1. 1. Sweetspot Labs on-the-go wipettes in three different scents: Grapefruit Verbena, Neroli Mandarin, and Vanilla Blossom. These are 98% natural, gynecologist recommended and ph balanced. They can also be used for your whole body.SweetSpot, on-the-go wipette, Essence Beauty Box, August Essence Beauty Box
  2. Camille Rose Coconut Water Leave-In Detangling Treatment This leave-in treatment has a non-greasy, lightweight formula that combines coconut water with natural oils to provide hair with maximum moisture and shine.Camille Rose, Coconut Water leave-in hair treatment, Camille Rose Naturals, Leave in treatment
  3. Skin&Co Roma Umbrian Truffle Hand Cream & Citrus Amaro Hand Cream The Umbrian Truffle Hand Cream is ultra smoothing and formulated with natural apricot oil and black winter truffle and fig. The Citrus Amaro Hand Cream has avocado oil, sicilian orange and lavender.
  4. Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cowash This cowash is sulfate-free, sud free and provides gentle cleansing to remove build up and residue between washings.Eden Bodyworks, Coconut Shea Cowash, Natural Hair Care Products, Essence Beauty Box, August Essence Beauty Box, Natural Hair Products
  5. Nudestix Pencils For eyes, lips and face, this pencil contains vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers. Creates a quick and easy fresh-faced nude look.

I’m loving everything in this box although I gave the Eden Bodyworks cowash to my oldest son and I’ll be using the Camille Rose Detangling treatment for my youngest son because the only thing I use for my hair is Deva Curl. So, initially I was just trying out different beauty boxes to see which ones I would like…I actually have a new one on the way now. I’ll definitely be keeping my subscription to the Essence Beauty Box. By the way, there’s also 10% off using code NS10ESSENCE, redeem at NUBIANSKIN.COM/US before 9/30/16.

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August allure Beauty Box

Hey guys! I haven’t been posting much because I’ve been busy with school and the new house, so I have large stashes of makeup and beauty products sitting around, But, I’m getting to it…starting now with my August allure beauty box. I really like this subscription box so I won’t be cancelling it. I just finished using some of the products from last month so I’ll be doing a review…soon lol! Ok, so let’s get into it….

The first thing I grabbed from the box was the Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner. I see their products every time I go into target and I’ve seen a lot of youtubers use and review their stuff. One of my favorite Youtubers, The1nonlymaria LOVES Pixi. So this is an alcohol free toner that exfoliates and brightens the skin. It contains glycolic acid, aloe and witch hazel. The glycolic acid has been partially neutralized by ammonium hydroxide so it doesn’t irritate the skin. The price is $15 for 3.4 ounces. A coupon for $2 off a Pixi purchase of $10 or more at Target was included.

The next thing they included was the Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50. I’ve never heard of this product or brand before. It’s a mattyifying setting spray. It contains Averobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, and octisalate which are sunscreens, silica silyate which controls oil and rosemary oil. If you have dry skin it says that this may be too chalky because it’s a slightly thick liquid and leaves a little film for the first hour or so but it does disappear. It’s supposed be good for protection against incidental sunlight and short exposures. The price is $28. I’m not too sure about this one so we’ll see.Supergoop, Setting mist, allure, allure beauty box, August allure beauty box, the beauty box

Next up is the Freeze 24-7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum. It’s a line smoothing cream that moisturizes and tightens the eye area temporarily. It contains glycerin and panthenol which moisturize, aloe vera for inflammation and amino butyric acid which temporarily relaxes muscles. It says that it is a thin white lotion that dries to a powdery finish and has no scent. The price is $115. It seems like an interesting product, I’m anxious to try it but I don’t know about that price though y’all.Freeze 24-7, Anti-Aging Eye Serum, allure, allure beauty box, the beauty box, August allure beauty box

Also in the box was another pur-lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer. I received some type of pur-lisse product in last month’s Essence box that I wasn’t interested in because it wasn’t good for oily skin. This one is a light weight lotion that hydrates normal, dry or sensitive skin. The ingredients are algae, white tea and blue lotus extracts which are antioxidants and glycerin and stearic acid for moisturizing. It’s a milky, thin formula that applies like gel. It’s supposed to work well under makeup. The price is $55. Like with the last Pur-Lisse product I received, I think I’ll pass.pur-lisse, Blue Lotus balancing moisturizer, allure allure beauty box, August allure beauty box, the beauty box

I also received a Cargo Cosmetics Swimmable Eye Pencil in the shade 02 Pebble Beach. I’ve never heard of this brand either, which is what makes beauty box subscriptions so much fun…you discover new things! This eyeliner is water-resistant, soft tipped and glides on easily. The color is a deep brown-black. The price is $18. I feel like I’m going to like this one.

The last thing I received is the Wet Brush Midi brush*. It’s a cushion brush with long, flexible bristles. It claims to be good for untangling knots without snagging, even on thick waves and curls and can be used on wet hair. So, for myself…I don’t brush my curly hair. That’s a no-no for a lot of curly girls. We finger detangle in the shower and those who do use brushes don’t use this particular type. So, I’ll be giving this away. The price is $8.99.Wet brush-pro, Wet Brush Midi brush, allure, allure beauty box, August allure beauty box, the original beauty box

That’s it for now, I hoped you’ve enjoyed and maybe saw something that you might be interested in trying.






July Essence Beauty Box

Hey guys, I’ve got another beauty box to share. This one is the Essence Beauty Box. I wanted to try something that would include products for curly hair along with the makeup and skincare products. This is my first box, here’s what was inside:Essence, Essence Beauty Box, July 2016 Essence Beauty Box

  1. Ouidad Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner Product states: “This super rich moisturizing conditioner banishes dryness while encouraging optimal conditioning of your natural curl shape.” It contains Coconut, Olive and Grapeseed oils. I have been wanting to try this brand for over a year. I’m excited to see how this conditioner compares to the one I use by Deva Curl.
  2. Completely Bare Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel Product states: “Plant extracts help condition and smooth skin, special blend of essential oils create a protective moisture barrier for longer lasting hydration, chamomile extract helps soothe skin and prevent irritation…keeps in-grown hairs and bumps at bay.” I’m a sucker for scents and this smells really good. I’ll be trying this out on my legs tonight!completely bare, Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel, Essence Beauty Box
  3. pur-lisse Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer Product states: “protects + moisturizes, absorbs easily, no white tint, perfect for under makeup.” Broad spectrum SPF 30, for normal-dry-sensitive skin. I probably won’t even bother trying this, it smells like sunscreen which is fine with me but it feels kind of oily and since it states that it’s for normal-dry skin, I think I better leave it alone.pur-lisse, Blue Lotus Essential Daily Moisturizer, Essence Beauty Box
  4. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Refreshingly Clean Towelettes Product states: “Gently cleanse, tone & refresh removing dirt, oil & impurities leaving no sticky residue.” Witch hazel is really good for your skin. I’ve used their toner before and loved it. I’m going to see if I can find these towelettes in Walmart and I’ll also be buying that toner again.
  5. Ciate’ Nail Polish “iced frappe” This is a neutral, nude color polish…very pretty. I’ve never purchased anything from this brand but I love this color. I’m going to use it today when I go for a fill-in and polish change.

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    “Iced Frappe”

  6. Kajal Eyeliner Pen  This is a matte eyeliner, the color is “Inky Purple”. It comes in 7 shades and has a smudger.



So that’s it for my first Essence Beauty Box. The only product I know for sure that I’m not going to bother with is the pur-lisse moisturizer, I like everything else. I’m excited to see what I get next month!

Happy Saturday everyone!