I was lucky enough to be introduced to Urban Skin Rx at a brunch they sponsored, hosted by Toya from NaturallyShesDope. About 20 bloggers, influencers and girl bosses met up at the Barcelona Wine Bar in Philly on May 5th to network and learn about the benefits of using this brand and my oh my, were we in for a treat! (Side note: The Barcelona Wine Bar is super good! The food was delicious, the drinks were spectacular and the service was amazing. If you get a chance to go, don't walk, RUN!) After an informative teaching session, we were blessed with goodie bags of trial sizes and a few full sized products from Urban Skin Rx that addressed our personal skin issues.
me with. I suppose fine lines are better than the alternative but... it's whatever.
At the beginning of the week I took some pics of what I was working with. View them right below:
I have been using the Even Tone Cleansing Bar and pH Balancing Toner morning and night, the Super C Brightening Serum and DermShield SPF30 Moisturizer in the mornings and the Clear Complexion Acne Serum and HydraBalance Instant Moisturizer at night. I've also been taking the Even Tone Supplement Vitamins in the morning (they recommend 2 a day but due to dietary restrictions, I am only taking one a day). All of these products are pictured below with their prices and links to them in the Urban Skin Rx online store.
Now for the break down:
How To Use: you wet the exfoliating sponge, lather the bar inside the jar, then gently rub the soapy sponge on your face. You can leave the lather on for a few minutes to give it a chance to really get into your pores and work it's magic.
Does It Deliver? YES!
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
The Scoop: This stuff is AMAZING. It made light work of removing ALL my makeup in one rinse. My skin felt fresh and clean and a little firmer after the very first use. It even took off my waterproof mascara and eyeliner without any effort at all. One thing to watch is that it doesn't get in your eyes when you are swiping across them. It stings a bit, but what soap doesn't burn if it gets into your eyes. I rinsed it away with warm water and the stinging went away without any lasting affect. In my opinion, this is a small price to pay for not having to scrub and scrub to get that stubborn make up off. I'll take 2 please!
refreshed and clean and ready for the next step. I love the cool feeling it leaves behind. It surprised me to see anything on the cotton after applying this because I thought the cleansing bar was really thorough. I think I will be incorporating this toner into my everyday arsenal forever. A+
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 /5
The Scoop: This product is absolutely wonderful! It brought on the glow up like nothing I've used before. Seriously though! It left my skin feeling amazing and looking so hydrated and healthy! I believe this serum will leave an accumulative effect because Vitamin C serums usually do. I can't wait to see how my skin looks after 30 days of using this consistently. I'm using it morning and night and it is worth every single penny of the price. This serum is definitely going to be a staple in my arsenal. A+
neck. Can be used morning and night.
Does It Deliver? YES!
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
The Scoop: Ok, I know you're probably thinking, yea right, three for three? This has to be a fluff piece! But I'm being completely honest here. I love it! For real! I think I've found my new go-to face cream, y'all! This whip is super silky and extremely hydrating. It doesn't clog my pores and it feels heavenly as it slides across the skin. Can I get a "whoop, whoop!!"
The Scoop: So far, I like it. I only use this at night because I don't want to over do it with the strong serums on my slightly sensitive skin. This stuff has 5% Benzoyl Peroxide and the most I've used on my skin before was 2% in a prescription, if memory serves correctly. I will revisit my rating at the end of week two and hopefully then, I will have some results to report.
AND it smells fresh too. BONUS: IT WORKED WELL UNDER MY MAKEUP!!!! I will say that it is slightly heavier than most moisturizers which had me worried it might be clogging my pores but Ihave had not any new breakouts so I'm going to say my fears were unfounded. I'm sold. This will be a summer staple for me whenever I go to the beach. I don't need to use it everyday as I wear foundations that already have SPF in them so using this when I'm wearing makeup is probably overkill. For days when I am not wearing makeup, this is a definite must, but as I've mentioned above, I'm fighting acne and unless I'm being really lazy, I usually have at least foundation on to even out the appearance of blemishes. I know some people have complained that this sunblock made their skin turn ashy gray but that has not been my experience. I did read a comment Urban Skin Rx left on an Instagram post saying they were reformulating this to address that issue so I'll keep a look out for that as well. But for me, for now, I'm happy with this SPF moisturizer as is.
Does It Deliver? Too soon to tell but I am cautiously optimistic.
My Rating: Too soon to tell but again, I am optimistic this stuff works. I will explain below.
The Scoop: So, I think this stuff works and here is why... I used it on day one before bed as directed (on my face and neck). When I woke up the next morning, my skin did have a soft, supple feel and the lines between my eyebrows didn't appear as deep as they normally do. Additionally, when I wrinkled my brows, the lines were there but they didn't stay creased like they normally do. The skin smoothed out much faster. The down side is that my neck was very itchy and red. I couldn't help but to scratch, which of course, lead to irritation. Fair enough. the minute I washed my face and neck, the irritation was completely gone and left nothing behind to remind me of the pesky redness and itch. As it was the only product I put on my neck, I am pretty sure this was the product responsible. Okie dokie.
On day 2, I applied this serum to my face only (avoiding eyes and neck) and when I woke up, the same results were happening on my brows AND the crows feet that are trying to creep in at my temples BUT my neck (which did not have the product on it) did not have any itch or irritation. So I know this stuff is doing something, and I think it's actually doing exactly what it's supposed to do.
I plan to continue using this serum but only at night and only on my face, not my neck. I will be keeping a close eye on it because I don't want to risk damage to my skin. I think with sparing use (only at night or every other day) I will be fine. In my opinion, this will not affect my rating, because the product seems to be doing what it claims to do. I will adjust my application for my personal needs (as everyone SHOULD do when using anything on or in their bodies).
after a week of use!
My Rating: Too soon to tell. I will revisit at the end of the month.
The Scoop: Ok, I have some dietary issues that I do NOT want to upset and any changes like vitamins or supplements have to be closely monitored by my doctor. I am so not trying to have a flair up - no one wants that, trust me. SO, I have been taking one of these a day to be careful and so far, they are gentle on my stomach and I am not experiencing any adverse affects. This is a huge plus because any change to my normal diet (adding vitamins or things known to agitate my condition) can often have an IMMEDIATE affect. This supplement is obviously gentle and like I said above, I feel like I have more energy. That's gotta be the Vitamin C and probably also the detoxing affects too. I'm stoked!
I will continue to take this vitamin supplement for the rest of the month as long as I don't have any side effects and give thoughts on it at the end of the challenge. WHEW THAT WAS A LOT!
Thanks so much for reading and following the challenge. I can't wait to see what next week brings!
Blessings, love bugs! 💋
Review Snapshot: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
Color Options: ⭐️
(40 foundation shades, 20 concealer/contour shades, 10 highlighter shades)
Price Point: ⭐️
($10 - $54)
(long lasting, buildable coverage, high pigmentation)
Ease of Application: ⭐️
(fingertips or brushes, glides on and blends beautifully)
(beautiful boxes, sleek cases, lovely light scent)
Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I don't gush. Ok, sometimes I do, but it takes a really special event or product to make me gush. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is such a product line.
I went to Sephora today thinking I might pick up a foundation (because I was almost out) or an eye shadow or something, but I ended up buying the entire collection. It is FIRE! While this line doesn't have every single make up category filled, what it does have, is ON LOCK. Riri definitely did her thing. She brought the #blackgirlmagic to #Sephora shelves with a fierceness and I commend her for it.
Heres what I bought:
Soft Matte Longer Foundation in 360 ($34): This is a medium to full coverage foundation. It is a liquid. You have to shake it well before using it. Be aware that the foundations do oxidize after you apply them so give it about a minute or so before applying additional layers. I put some on my jawline and watched the color blend into my skin as it dried. It was like watching some voodoo magic on my face. Astonishing and lovely!
There are 40 shades of foundation in this collection, ranging from the very lightest complexion to the darkest chocolate tones. I was shocked and in awe of them all. They are creamy and rich and long lasting. I didn't get the primer as I just bought primer a couple of weeks ago and couldn't bring myself to buy more so soon. Next trip though, this will be a must have because it was smooth and silky.
Match Stix Trio in Tan 300 ($54): This is a set of concealer, contour and highlighter. There are several sets available, or you can purchase the Stix individually for $25. I opted for the set (Caramel/Truffle/Rum) as I will use them all and they were perfectly matched for my skin tone. Also, I will be going back for some of the brighter, more fun colors too. For now, I stuck to the natural colors for me, but Unicorn and Confetti, both purple, are on my radar for my next trip to Sephora! (P.S. these sticks are magnetized so they are easy to keep together. Ummm... that's TOUGH!!!)
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo ($34): First I grabbed the Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby set. This set is perfect for my yellow undertones and gives a definite shimmer pop to my skin. The Mean Money powder has a soft shimmer to it while the Hu$tla Baby color is almost a glittery gold. Both can be used as a shadow, highlighter, you name it. The box says, "creamy, long-lasting, endless ways to glow" and says they are "for cheeks, eyes, or anywhere you want to glow". While I was shopping, one of the Sephoraites (my made up word of the day lol) was wearing them as an eyeshadow. Another had them as an illuminator on her apples and across her shoulders (even though it was hidden under her robe lol).
Anyhow, after checking out, I ended up going back and picking up the Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule set because I couldn't get it out of my mind as I was leaving the parking lot. Yup, I found another parking spot, fought the lines again and bought a second highlighter because it was just that amazing upon reflection.
Universal Blotting Powder ($32): This powder is amazing. It is mattifying and acts like an Instagram filter for flaws and shine. I swear, I dusted a very light coating on my skin and it looked like I had Photoshopped my face or something. So glad I grabbed this on a whim. It is worth every penny and more!
Gloss Bomb ($18): There is only one color lip gloss in this line (so far) and it is BAE! Home girl Riri made a rose gold lippie for brown girls. *sniff sniff* It too blends with your skin to create something completely new and beautiful, with a touch of shimmer. It is moisturizing and smells AMAZING!
The only things I didn't get were brushes (because I have sooooo many of them now), but they were so plush and soft that I will probably end up buying some of them next time I come to Sephora. The travel brushes were absolutely amazing. I have a travel brush set I keep in my purse that I paid $25 for and I could totally see replacing that set with the Fenty Beauty's travel brushes, even though they are twice as expensive. I'll pay it, not even because of the name but because they are high quality and worth it.
Also, as mentioned before, I didn't get the primer because I just bought primer like a a week or two ago. But I can see I'll prob go in on that next time too because it was so silky on my hand when I tested it.
All in all, this line is a winner. I give it 5 stars because it meets every single need and want I have when it comes to makeup. Once I have done a complete look with this line I will post pics.
Have you tried this line? Leave a comment below telling us what you think!
Thanks for rocking with me!
Carla Helené 💋
My name is Carla Helené. I am a cheeky naturalista, serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator and self love advocate who encourages women to embrace their truth, love themselves and make margaritas out of life’s lemons. Is there a recipe for this? I’m not sure I but I know we can figure it out together.
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