Product Review: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar with skin tint

I’m very into skincare, which probably began when I first started experiencing “adult acne.” That’s a whole different story. Due to my adult acne, I experience hyperpigmentation after breakouts. I found that using spf helps to reduce the discoloration. Don’t get me wrong, the scarring still exists, but it isn’t as dark as it had been without the use of spf. 

My normal morning routine has been to apply Philosphy Hope in a Jar moisturizer after washing my face. I then apply a Neutrogena sunscreen with spf 30, followed by a matte face powder to smooth out my complexion and to cover the hyperpigmentation. The powder also helps to keep me from looking oily. 

When I discovered Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar with skin tint, I was excited because it was like all three of my products in one… moisturizer, spf and skin tint. 

I purchased it from Sephora for $39 in the color Cocoa. That’s the darkest brown. It looked like it would match my complexion well too. 

I was pleasantly surprised by the product. It covered my blemishes and didn’t feel oily when applied. It gave me a nice dewy look. The color blended well with my complexion. I applied it with my finger tips the first time, but I believe it’s best applied with a blender or makeup sponge or your personal preference for applying something like liquid foundation. It’s very light coverage, but the color is buildable, so you can apply more to areas where you feel like you need a little more coverage. 

It’s definitely worth a try. There are 5 different shades to choose from. Let me know what you think!


Product Review – Curls Blissful LengthsĀ 

Hey fam!

I decided to try Curls Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamins in February. So many people were posting about how great it is and other than helping with hair growth, their skin was amazing and they had increased energy. I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about. 

Let me preface this by saying that biotin causes me to have bad acne… biotin by itself, high doses of biotin in hair vitamins, small doses of biotin in standard multivitamins and just biotin period. 

I read the ingredients and saw biotin and was very hesitant about taking the plunge, but I liked the fact that it’s a liquid Vitamin with better absorption. I’ve never tried liquid vitamins before, so I decided to give it a try. 

First, it tastes like vitamins. There’s really nothing you can do or put in vitamins to make them taste delicious. It is what it is. It’s a small amount to swallow, you just have to get over it. It’s not horrible though. 

Second, for someone who is consistent with taking vitamins, I wish there was more than 15 days worth in the bottle. I think a standard 28-30 day supply would be great. It could be less in the bottle to preserve freshness though. Please remember to refrigerate after opening.

Third, a 30 day supply would cost more than a 30 day supply of many other hair vitamins. The bottle is a 15 day supply for $25. The only bonus is that there are always coupon codes for ordering at For 15% off use code NEW2CURLS. 

For me, my skin broke out almost immediately. I kept going for 1 week, but then decided to call it quits. I already know it’s the biotin because that happens almost every time. So I can’t say whether it works for hair growth because I didn’t use it long enough. 

Although the vitamin didn’t work for me, I love Curls products. I’ve used the Creme Brule since I was transitioning and still continue to use it. It’s one of my staples. I did these flat twists with the Curls Creme Brule… and when I go out I certainly touch up my edges with the Curl Control Paste. 

Definitely a great brand, you just have to find what works for you.