I Tried a Sleep Mask for a Week...

Admittedly, I’m not the best sleeper. It normally takes me a while to fall asleep, and it’s usually with the TV on. 

I don’t typically get sleep that’s the BEST quality. I wake up tired because I toss and turn all night long. 


Recently, I received a self-care kit courtesy of Olay to celebrate Black Southern Belle’s 30th Birthday. And THERE it was...




I smacked my teeth so so hard because they NEVER work for me. I wanted to try it out anyway because maybe the 3rd time would be the charm.


The first time I tried one was in high school, but nothing was really going on in my life for me to actually need it. The second time was in our first apartment, but again...nothing going on there in life except school, a restaurant job, and a couple bills. 


But NOW? With a mortgage, car note, full-time job, business, 3 pets, and a pending wedding? BAYBEEEEE...something had to shake.  


This is whole week of no TV paired with mask wearing has left me passing out and waking up in the same position I clocked out in. A couple of nights ago I even forgot to put the dang thing over my eyes. 


Wanna know what else came in my box?  

  • That coveted Olay Regenerist Whip
  • a workout tank
  • A SATIN PILLOWCASE! (How did they know that’s how I roll?) 
  • My new bestie aka the sleep mask


Final Thoughts? 

I’m definitely keeping up this sleep mask thing. I’m bougie (again, admittedly...), but at least this mask is serving a real, beneficial purpose to help end my bedtime struggles.  


My Skincare Routine!

If you follow my Instagram account, you know that I'm a huge lover of all things makeup! When you have a passion for highlight and contour like I do, you need to make sure you're keeping your skin as healthy as possible. Below, you'll find the skin care routine that I perform each morning and night. 

Important: What works for me may not work for your skin type. Make sure you're paying attention to your skin's needs and adapting this routine accordingly!

  1. Oil-based cleanser: My favorite is Neutrogena's Ultra Light Cleansing Oil. The packaging boasts that it "effortlessly and completely removes waterproof makeup, dirt & oil," and I'd say it does a pretty good job without me having to tug and pull at my face with a washcloth to get rid of stubborn mascara. I use 1-2 pumps and massage into my dry face and neck gently. Follow up with warm water to activate the oil mixture and remove dirt and makeup, then rinse with warm water. 
  2. Foaming Skin for Sensitive Skin: Next, I use 1-2 pumps of Simple Foaming Cleanser. I like this cleanser because it picks up anything the oil cleanser might have left behind without stripping my face of its moisture. Rinse with cool water this time! 
  3. After patting my face dry (NOT RUBBING!), I use Witch Hazel as my toner to do a final cleanse on my pores and knock out/prevent any irritations that might want to creep up. I use a small cotton pad to swipe the product over my face and neck. 
  4. Once the toner dries, I apply a light serum under my eyes and lightly to the rest of my face. Match your serum to your specific skin concerns to keep everything balanced. 
  5. I finish with a small amount of coconut oil. My skin can be very finicky, but since using the coconut oil I find that I have fewer breakouts and irritations. Find what works for you!

What did I learn from picking up this routine? 

  • You don't need all of that strong, abrasive, "wakes you up in the morning" stuff on your face. Save those things for every once in a while or as body scrubs in the shower. I have a St. Ive's scrub that I love using every other week, but I make sure that I stick with their "moderate" exfoliation products. That apricot scrub would scratch my face to DEATH! You don't need all that, sis. 
  • Moisturized skin= happy skin. I noticed that my skin only gets rowdy when I'm not drinking enough water and not moisturizing it the way I should. That combo always sends me into a red itchy mess, so at the first sign of itchiness I'll go and do steps 1-5 to start knocking out whatever it is that's irking my pores. 
  • Consistency for me has led to fewer breakouts. I'm able to spot treat and knock an irritation out with toothpaste in an hour or two because I keep up with the above routine. YES, toothpaste. I'm not buying a special spot treatment cream for something that happens every blue moon. Dab that minty freshness on and go about your business. Thank me later. 


What's your skincare routine? How do you take off the day? Let me know in the comments!