February 2019 Curly Hair and Skincare Favorites

February was short and sweet, per usual. I got to enjoy time with my family in Connecticut, attend two Instagram events geared towards celebrating and uplifting women of color, and still found time to fall in love with a few experiences and products that I’m going to share with you today. I hope you enjoy the monthly roundup of my February Favorites!

HeyDay  in the Nomad area of NYC

HeyDay in the Nomad area of NYC

The HeyDay Facial

At the top of February, I booked my first professional facial with HeyDay in the Nomad area of NYC. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect and only booked the appointment because I was given a $50 gift card that I didn’t want to go to waste. Arguably the best decision of the entire month.

I have oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. During the winter months I suffer from dry spots and an oily t-zone. To combat my skin concerns, I chose to receive HeyDay’s 50-Minute Facial for $95 (which would have been a total of $45 with my gift card). On their website this service is described as, “the sweet spot for most. A comprehensive, deep-cleansing facial that includes extractions.” Needless to say, I was excited about the extractions part.

All Heyday facials include a skin analysis, deep cleanse, exfoliation, mask, hydration, and a dose of SPF protection — all customized to your skin. My Skin Therapist was knowledgeable, gentle, and made me feel completely at ease.

At the end of my session, I felt relaxed and refreshed. My face was a little red from the extractions, but felt amazing overall. My Skin Therapist suggested a few products that I should stop using and recommended alternative products without being pushy. I decided to purchase one product (without asking for the price), tipped at 20%, and with taxes and fees spent $105.29 in total before skipping out the door.

If you haven’t tried a HeyDay Facial already, then I definitely recommend.

Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque

In case you were wondering, the product that I purchased from HeyDay after my facial was the Vital C Enzyme Masque from Image Skincare. I used it for the month of February and have decided to repurchase for the month of March because WOW! This powerful yet gentle exfoliate uses natural enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, boost radiance, and brighten dull skin. No more dry, flaky spots and dehydrated skin for me! I don’t think I would use this mask in the summer, but it was exactly what I needed this winter.

Camille Rose Oud Rich Infusion Moisture Treatment

Camille Rose Oud Rich Infusion Moisture Treatment

Camille Rose Oud Rich Infusion Moisture Treatment

My hair is naturally dry, but in the winter the level of dryness my tresses reach are all too high. To combat this, I turned to Camille Rose’s Oud Rich Infusion Moisture Treatment. I wouldn’t call this a holy-grail product but it got me through this February. I found myself globbing it on my TWA at least twice a week. It’s lightweight, super creamy, and has a bit of a citrus smell. If you’re into mixing oils into your deep conditioners then this product is a great base. At the price point of $17.99 I wouldn’t purchase again, but the countless 5-star reviews and praises online might persuade you to try it out.

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Finishing Oil Serum

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Finishing Oil Serum

Shea Moisture Daily Hydration Finishing Oil Serum

The full name of this product is 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Finishing Oil Serum from Shea Moisture. I know a lot of naturals cancelled Shea Moisture AND Coconut Oil in past years, but I wasn’t one of them. I found myself using the Daily Hydration Finishing Oil Serum every night to oil my scalp and add a little shine to my curls. The spray bottle is super convenient and the coconut oil doesn’t revert to a solid state. A win-win in my book.

Duolingo

Not a beauty or hair related product, but my February Favorites list wouldn’t be complete without my new favorite app, Duolingo. My boyfriend and I are traveling to Puerto Rico this June and wanted to brush up on conversational Spanish. Duolingo is a free language-learning app that offers 85 different language courses in 24 languages. I am HOOKED! The game-based educational app is easy to get started, fun, and works! I know what you’re thinking and I want to address this here and now: Yes, my mother is Puerto Rican. No, I don’t fluently speak Spanish. So where my mother’s side of the family has failed me, Duolingo is here to save the day.

And that’s a wrap! What were your favorite experiences, products, and apps this February? Let’s chat in the comments!

If you enjoyed this post check out Skin Update: Why I’m Considering a Second Round of Accutane and Summer Beauty Products I’m Rebuying This Year next!

xo, Sha