We are now a few months into 2017 and it’s about time I highlight some of my favorite new additions to my beauty regimen. Above is a selection of new additions for my face. My biggest skincare issue lately has been dealing with hormonal acne and dry skin. Unfortunately, so many of the products I use to stave off acne usually end up drying my skin. I’ve found that the one-two punch of an acne fighter mask followed by a moisturizing mask (the Purlisse one above is a fave) the next day helps quite a bit.

Pictured: Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask; May Coop Raw Sauce; Purlisse Moisturizing Sheet Mask and The Ordinary products

Focus on Skincare: The Ordinary by Deciem deserves special mention. I stocked up on almost half their line. I’m so tired of buying beauty products that only contain a small % of the active ingredient you need, or products that have so many ingredients, it’s not clear which is working for you and what may be irritating your skin. With the Ordinary you get exactly what you’re paying for, no additives, free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, animal oils, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, and all the other stuff that really has no place on your skin. There’s a lot of literature on their site that helps you not only identify the best products for your specific skincare concerns but also how to apply them. No more guessing which serum goes before which oil etc.  You’ll think they cost an arm and a leg but the best surprise is how affordable they are.

Through  the winter months, I did not do my hair many favors by my recent travels, leaving braids in too long, and just not doing what I need to do. I’m so lucky to now have above as part of my haircare regimen. All seek to moisturize and strengthen my hair.

Focus on Haircare: CurlSmith

As with skincare, it always comes down to the ingredients. The recently launched Curlsmith (Food for Curls) is about integrity and transparency in beauty. You not only learn the ingredients in each product but exactly what role they play in your hair health. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a company take such time and care in making sure that their consumer is properly educated and informed. I have been using the deep treatment oil serum like a drug and I couldn’t recommend it more.

Because I added above, I was able to clean and clear out a ton of products that I’ve been holding on to even though I know they aren’t effective.

What new Beauty Products are you using in 2017? Any products you’re discarding?



  1. T

    October 31, 2018 at 12:35 am Reply

    Do you use Deciem products on your hair?

    1. simplycyn

      November 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm Reply

      I actually haven’t tried any of their haircare

  2. Lisa

    March 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Does curly Smith hair products work for type 4c hair. I ask because on Instagram the models that they use all have straight hair meaning not coarse or kinky hair texture. Please let me know.

    1. simplycyn

      April 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

      Yes it does- i’ve been loving it for my hair. What are your major hair concerns?

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