FAQ Friday: Dry Skin and Foundation


Happy Friday!!! Here we go…

“hi i have realllly dry skin and i used mac studio fix fluid and in some parts of my face its really dry and i mean it shows and it doesn’t look pretty ..wut product is good to make my skin look smooth and soft before apply foundation..”-via Youtube

SB Says:
Ultimately, hydration should solve many of your problems. Before this, however, I’d suggest exfoliating your skin. This way, all the dead skin cells, as well as any dry patches will be smoothed away. Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse off Formula, sutable for all skin types. I swear by this stuff! The grains are quite small, but gritty enough to be very effective. After this, try a good, super healing moisturizer. I just so happened to find a jar of Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. It’s basically a gel moisturizer. I put it on the back of my hand, and it was pure bliss. If I weren’t so oily, I’d probably use that on my face day and night, just for the amazing feeling! Or, if you want to spend the big bucks, celebrities and socialites alike love the fresh scent and soft touch of Kura Intuitif hydration creme by Sjal. Seriously, you may have spent a pretty penny, but your skin will have felt better than you ever dreamed it could!! After you do these steps, foundation will glide on like a breeze, without a dry patch in sight!

The Aphogee Treatment Tutorial

Okay, so you’ve already heard me talk about Aphogee Treatments, I’m sure. The goal of this treatment is to stop breakage dead in its tracks. Salons all over the place swear by it. It has saved my hair on more than one occasion! They have renamed and repackaged their products, which was throwing me off. Couldn’t figure out why nobody had the bottles of the stuff! Anywho, here’s a trial packet of the product, and what it really looks like. It’s a liquid, very thin, very watery. It basically spilled all down my face, floor, shirt, and everywhere else.

The directions say to use the treatment of freshly washed hair. I used Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo. This, as well as the conditioner are cult faves of mine. I’ll never live without them.

The Aphogee Balancing Moisturizer is a MUST if you’re going to use the treatment. Seriously, it says so on the package! This is a bottle that I’ve had for a bit over a year. I liked to use it before or after a co-wash to give my hair some added moisture.

Just for some added punch, I used the last of my Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Masque. It sure was sad to see it go. This is one of the first masques that I have found that may work wonders on relaxed and natural heads. I added about a tablespoon of grapeseed oil and EVOO to the masque for some extra love.

Hair is freshly shampooed. I must admit, it feels kind of nice to cleanse my hair. I do this about once a month, since I am an avid co-washer.

Time to get it on! This mess stinks. It smells overly fragrant, obnoxiously even. It’s like the treatment stank on it’s own, so they overpowered it with a perfume-ish scent to hide the original stank. lol

Kind of blurry, but this is my hair with the stank in it.

Came down to my room to let my hair dry. Directions specifically say NOT to manipulate the hair as it gets hard. You can sit under the dryer, air dry or blow dry. Once the hair is hard, and I mean REALLY hard, it’s time to wash it out!! Then, follow with balancing moisturizer. After this, I opt to moisturize the hell out of my hair, adding the masque. Afterward, hair feeling stronger and ready for war, I twisted my hair in 10 sections for a twist-out tomorrow.

Hey everyone!

I haven’t used this blog in over 3 years, but I thought I should come on over and update you! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my loc progress. I’ve been loc’d for 4 years now! This is a style I created a few weeks ago at a blog conference.

Also, I have a lifestyle blog called Peace, Love: Erin Joy right here on Blogger. It’s a lifestyle blog that covers family, food, decor and the journey to my wedding in March. I post there every couple days, so I hope you’ll follow me there! I’m still blogging about makeup on my beauty blog, Scandalous Beauty, and I’ve got new videos coming to my YouTube channel soon!

Stop Hair Breakage NOW!


One of the products that you’ll hear raved about
over and over and over again is Aphogee Treatment for Damaged Hair. By the way, the product has a revamped name and package. Here’s the description from the official website.

“This unique treatment is formulated with magnesium and modified proteins which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. The result is that breakage is drastically reduced. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is a salon service product unlike any product available for at-home use. During the process, ApHogee treatment hardens into the hair, dramatic evidence that something special is occurring. For best results a hooded dryer is required. After rinsing and moisturizing with ApHogee Balancing Moisturizer, clients are astounded with the results. ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment can help improve other salon services as well. This remedial process is highly recommended for hair that:

* Is too weak or fine to take a perm or relaxer. (use the week PRIOR to service)
* Is over-bleached.
* Will not hold color. (use PRIOR to color application)
* Breaks when combed or brushed.
* Is mushy when wet and brittle after drying.”

This is one of the products that really helped me turn my hair around. Back in the day, when I was a relaxed girl, I would use this once every few months, rod set or roller set my hair, and leave it alone! I’m starting to implement this into my routine again. To see my exact routine, check out the tutorial on my Natural Hair Blog, Naturally Scandalous.

The Aphogee Treatment Tutorial

Okay, so you’ve already heard me talk about Aphogee Treatments, I’m sure. The goal of this treatment is to stop breakage dead in its tracks. Salons all over the place swear by it. It has saved my hair on more than one occasion! They have renamed and repackaged their products, which was throwing me off. Couldn’t figure out why nobody had the bottles of the stuff! Anywho, here’s a trial packet of the product, and what it really looks like. It’s a liquid, very thin, very watery. It basically spilled all down my face, floor, shirt, and everywhere else.

The directions say to use the treatment of freshly washed hair. I used Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo. This, as well as the conditioner are cult faves of mine. I’ll never live without them.

The Aphogee Balancing Moisturizer is a MUST if you’re going to use the treatment. Seriously, it says so on the package! This is a bottle that I’ve had for a bit over a year. I liked to use it before or after a co-wash to give my hair some added moisture.

Just for some added punch, I used the last of my Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Masque. It sure was sad to see it go. This is one of the first masques that I have found that may work wonders on relaxed and natural heads. I added about a tablespoon of grapeseed oil and EVOO to the masque for some extra love.

Hair is freshly shampooed. I must admit, it feels kind of nice to cleanse my hair. I do this about once a month, since I am an avid co-washer.

Time to get it on! This mess stinks. It smells overly fragrant, obnoxiously even. It’s like the treatment stank on it’s own, so they overpowered it with a perfume-ish scent to hide the original stank. lol

Kind of blurry, but this is my hair with the stank in it.

Came down to my room to let my hair dry. Directions specifically say NOT to manipulate the hair as it gets hard. You can sit under the dryer, air dry or blow dry. Once the hair is hard, and I mean REALLY hard, it’s time to wash it out!! Then, follow with balancing moisturizer. After this, I opt to moisturize the hell out of my hair, adding the masque. Afterward, hair feeling stronger and ready for war, I twisted my hair in 10 sections for a twist-out tomorrow.

Create A Scandal: Sasha Fierce

Looky looky!!! We’ve got Nik and Johnny Lavoy! Learn how the celebrity hair and makeup artist re-creates the Sasha Fierce look. If I wasn’t scared of heat damage and/or still wore tracks (or do we call them hair extensions now?!? lol), I’d be all over this look! Give it time y’all, give it time…