On my quest for controlled skin this summer, I have been searching for the right product to help keep my breakouts to a minimum.

A friend of mine had suggested years ago that I try products from the Body Shop. In my research, I came across an advertisement introducing their Skin Clearing Tea Tree Oil Line. I was skeptical at first, as I am with any new product, but I decided that it was worth a try.

Plus, it was on sale! Who doesn’t like a good discount?

Finally, it arrived, and I was surprised at how small the bottles were, but that didn’t deter me from testing the products.

I’ve been using the product on and off for three weeks. My first reaction, the smell. If you use tea tree oil as a part of your regular regime, then you’re familiar with the smell. There’s no “it’s so fruity’ moment, it just smells like Tea Tree Oil.

If you’re not a fan of the smell, then this product is not for you.

A little product goes go a long way. You don’t need a lot to cover the areas of your face because it lathers up well.

After a few seconds, I felt the cooling effects. It wasn’t intense, but you’ll notice when it happens. Using it regularly, I hardly noticed the effects after the first 2 – 3 washes.

With other washes that I’ve used, my skin felt very dry and tight. However, this product left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized.

After drying my face, I followed with the mattifying toner.

The instructions on the bottle suggested for best use, a shake of the product would activate the mattifying powders. Like the wash, a little product goes a long way, and the smell was the same.


My Overall Results

Still too early to tell, but my skin tone looks a bit more even, and my acne scars have faded slightly.

I don’t want to get my hopes up too soon, as I am with a lot of products I’ve tried in the past, butI’ll continue using the product until it’s finished.

Currently, it’s at the half way mark.

I also plan to purchase the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mask, as I’ve read great reviews.

If you tried the products, let me know in the comment section.

I have always been a huge fan of the Pantene Line; The Pantene Gold Series did not disappoint. The products have always been fantastic, and the smells are just as awesome. I got an incredible opportunity to review my latest vox box from Influenster which featured the Gold Series Line.

Which Pantene Gold Series Items did I get?


I received Shampoo, the conditioner, and Butter creme. The shampoo definitely removes any previous product, and the smell is great. However, it tends to feel watery and not as rich as most shampoos. On the other hand, the conditioner did not disappoint.The conditioner was richer than the shampoo and contained Aragon oil in its ingredients, which is a super plus for me.

The butter creme was a great start to begin my wash and go. The steps after Butter creme was: Detangle, spritz with Aragon Oil and a Leave In.

My Results

My wash and go lasted about four days. I loved the shine, the smell and the fact that my hair didn’t felt dry and it looked healthy.

About the Author

My name is Kay, and I love shoes.

I am a Proud Texan, Mom of 2 genius babies lol and Fur-mom. I love Fashion, Tacos & shoes. But I have realized over the last few years I am a serial dater I have stories for days most are crazy, sexy cool lol. I have started sharing them with friends a few years back and thought it would be neat to journal my lessons on my blog.

On my blog, you get a view of crazy dating scenarios and the lessons I have learned from them all, Fashion ideas, and also my frustrations since I chopped all my hair off and went natural lol. In my shop, you get the first seat to my courses, my workshops and adorable pieces I have found while travelling all across the US.
XOXO Hugs and Heels,
Kay

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Hey loves! I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Over the years, I couldn’t be more thankful for good hair days. But over the last couple weeks, I have been grateful for good skin days, and it is all thanks to this little bottle. Meet my skin saviour, Island Skin Line’s Coconut Oil Virgin Wildcrafted. But first, let’s backtrack a bit….

I’ve always had problematic skin. I’ve suffered from acne since I was in the fourth grade and it has always been a burden. I’ve tried all the over counter products you could think of. I even visited a dermatologist who prescribed Retin-A, and it was of no use.  Currently, I don’t suffer from the pimples as frequently as I did as a teenager but I do suffer from minor breakouts especially in the summer and dark spots.

Summer has always been the worst time for my skin. The intense heat sends my skin into a frenzy, and it rebels. While I live in Jamaica, which is summer most of the days, when the summer season rolls around, it is incredibly hot.

As summer approaches, I was a bit apprehensive about finding a solution to combat the harsh weather. A couple of months ago, I had an allergic reaction to a particular body product and had to seek some alternative to alleviate my pain.

In my Google research, (Yes, I’m one of those persons who consult with google first before visiting a physician), coconut oil seemed to be the solution to my issue. I was quickly discouraged and thought my problems wouldn’t go away as a 10ml bottle of coconut oil in Jamaica costs around $2,000-2,500 JMD which is equivalent to $15-19 USD.

My significant other suggested that I still browse the nearby pharmacy to see what other products could be used. As fate would have it, I found Island Skin Line and the price wasn’t ridiculous and it’s Jamaican made which was a big plus as I enjoy supporting my fellow country men and women.

I paid roughly $10USD for a 120ml bottle and lasted me a month and a half. Over the course of 6 weeks, my symptoms not only cleared up but so did the annoying breakouts I had, due to lack of water and copious amounts of sugary drinks.

Overnight, my annoying pimples and rashes disappeared, and my skin had this strange glow about it. I was unsure whether or not this bottle had worked this well so last month, I decided to purchase my second bottle, and I must say that this thing works!!

The effects of summer have slowly crept in my skin has started to react, but it has been minimal as I have been using the coconut oil religiously.I use it under my makeup as a moisturizer, as a makeup remover, and as a night cream. My skin has never looked or felt better.

I plan to explore their skin line further to see what other benefits my skin could achieve. You can visit their website here.

Until next time nuff love!

Hey, Guys and Gals! I hope your Easter is going extremely well. Unlike, mine which has been a roller coaster all weekend as I’m battling the flu.👎😷

Sucks…I know.

The weird bodily fluids took it upon themselves to organize a strike during the holidays, shutting down the normal operational activities of my body.
*Shakes head* Good help is so hard to find these days?

I hate getting sick. I will admit that when I am, I’m stubborn, more needy, miserable and require every ounce of attention when trying to recover. Overall, I’m a big baby.
Nick can vouch for this as he’s the one nursing me back to health, although I refuse to take any of it the easy way. I mean come on….I may feel weak and woozy sometimes, coughing every second….. You know what? I’m just going to do what he says.

I mean I have one foot in the grave so I might as well try to get better.

 Here’s a list of some of the methods I’ve been using to keep the flu at bay.
1. Honey and Lime (for a sore throat)
2. DPH
3. Salt Wash ( for a sore throat)
4. Lots of soup
5. Drinking fluids
6. Rosemary Oil (to ease congestion)
7. Resting (most important)

However, I didn’t let the flu stop me. As I went to Portland to experience the magic that is Somerset Falls. I’ll post that later this week. Of course, it was a challenge as I was full of phlegm, galavanting in the rain, as it was a rainy day in Portland, with nothing but my peach bath suit on, full of cough syrup.

Now that I’m back home, I’m feeling the effects of my ‘wild child’ moment, sipping on DPH (more like forced by Nick), binge watching How I Met Your Mother for the umpteen time, waiting for the drowsiness to set in. 

It’s been two hours.

Anyways Guys, take the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick this weekend as I’ve noticed there’s a nasty bug is going around. Wash your hands regularly and sanitize!

Let me know some of the methods or things you do to get rid of the flu.

Not everybody will like or love my hair and that’s ok.

I love my natural hair.

I have been natural all my life….25 years to be exact. I have experimented with colours, protective styles but I’ve never ventured the processed hair road. Mainly because I was scared to lose my edges and the idea just didn’t appeal to me.

I made the decision to loc my hair on August 19, 2015, and I think it was and still is the best decision I’ve made for my hair. I can wash and go as I please and not worry about what the wind will do to my hair, I don’t have to host the weekly face off with the knots in my hair and the dryer anymore ( I know those of you with loose natural hair know what I’m talking about) and I’m now able to put my hair in a bun without the assistance of a second or third person.

It has been a liberating journey but it wasn’t always so. Here are some of the things that I’ve learnt on this journey.

1. Everyone will question your decision

This happened frequently when I was in the decision-making process. A friend of mine actually said that I would not look good with locs, that it was better to process my hair. While I could have argued with them about this, I decided not to because not everyone would/will understand or even agree with your views and that’s fine. So, I listened to those friends and family members who had opposing views on the matter, however, I was resolute in my belief as did my mother and early that August morning, I was at the Beautiful Earth Haven Salon undergoing my transformations.

You cannot live your life for others, you just have to be confident enough in yourself and do what makes you happy.

2. Patience

Patience is key in this process. Of course, I did extensive research on locs for months. I had already conditioned my mind that this would be a slow and somewhat frustrating process so I was ready to embrace it. I embraced all the frizz, all the unruliness of my hair ( honestly, it wasn’t all that unruly). Of course, I had moments (still do) where I see some women with their long beautiful locs and think ‘when will I get there?’ For the first three months, I had a serious case of Loc envy. One thing to remember, let your hair do its thing. It knows what it wants and what it will become so be patient and don’t force it.

3. Myths

There will be endless conversations on myths regarding locs. From myths like ‘locs are dirty, they can’t be styled to you’ll have to shave your head when you change your mind’. The myths are NOT true as I said I did a TON of research.
I don’t know who is spreading these false facts but your locs are as clean as you want them to be. I wash my hair every week or whenever I feel the urge to and I style it often. As for the ‘shave your head’ part, that is a personal choice, usually for those with sister-locks. There is a pull-down process which takes awhile you’ll have to find out from your salon about the cost for the service. It’s important to do your research, once you have the facts, you’ll easily be able to identify the myths.

4. Every journey is unique

Regularly I get hit with the ‘how can I get my hair like yours?’ questions and the answer is…..you can’t. No hair quality is alike, yours is different from mine and from every other loc’d haired person in the world. Educate yourself by understanding how to achieve healthy hair based on a personal regime, the ingredients of products you use and learn the dos and donts. Join communities and forums and learn from others. The key thing to take away, don’t stress! let your hair do all the work just treat it well.

Do you have locs? I would love to hear about your experience in the comment section.