Monday, January 7, 2019

flesh Beauty

I stumbled upon flesh when Carmen aka lipstickfashion (on IG) put up a Instagram post of just one product (Swipe Flesh Lip Color). I immediately checked out the flesh Beauty IG account,  and then the  flesh website itself and noticed they were sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty although for the most detailed information on each product you should check the flesh website first. You may be wondering about some of the names of the products when you read through this, and the name of the brand itself, the brand boast 40 foundations ( I don't wear foundations so I can't give a review on that), and they are attempting to change what we think of when we say flesh tone. I think that concept is pretty cool, and lucky for me there is an Ulta Beauty near my house so I decided to check it out and "pick up a couple items for vacation" needless to day I came home with way more than I bargained for.

My initial "haul"


The line did wonderful on my recent vacation to  New Orleans with it's winter time warmth and humidity. One thing that was shocking is the fleshpot product was not sticky and didn’t wear off during the day, even though I took actual disco naps. I even managed to wear the same face (just added MAC’s RiRi Woo) all day and night on NYE. These products were a staple daily while I was on vacay and I plan to keep them as my weekend (I don’t wear anything on my face at work) go to.



Even after I got back from vacation I managed to justify picking up one last item (hard eye roll).





See the names of the products/colors below:

Swipe Flesh in Tremble and Firm

Touch Flesh in Highlighting Balm

Fleshpot in  Enchantment (limited), Disco Nap (limited), and Fleshpot

Ripe Flesh in Vibrate


P.S. This is the first orange based colored lipstick I was ever able to wear, I’m so excited!!!!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Penelope Co. Candles

Photo Courtesy of Penelope Co.

I was inspired to write this one a fluke, a person I follow on twitter complained about candle scent suggestions from a (redacted) stores annual sale. Knowing that she was really into quality product (she is an amazing makeup artist) and that she lived in the SF Bay Area, I jumped at the opportunity to suggest my favorite candle of all time.

Penelope Candles, are soy based/100% cotton wicked (that even have recycled labeling) and made right in my hometown of Oakland, CA. My favorite fragrance that I buy and ask for (it is on my Holiday list) is Flannel Shirt. Flannel Shirt is just one of those fragrances that everyone will be drawn to, it has notes of Teakwood, Cedar, and Tobacco (it’s not at all overtly/overly “masculine”). I have also smelled a few more from the brand that are also great. I have a few like “Autumn Harvest”, and “Bourbon Apple Glaze” my list since I love gourmand fragrances.


The bonus with Penelope Candles you do not have to worry about gross chemicals and an overwhelming (sickly) amount of fragrance, the candles are refreshing and subtle, and add to but never overwhelms your environment. Since they are hand poured signature fragranced candles, you will have to shell out a few more bucks than you may be used to, $22 for an 8.5oz size and $15 for a 5oz (travel-ish size). If you are in the Bay Area, you can avoid the wait and shipping cost and pick one or more up and one of the many SF Bay locations. If you are not Bay Area based do not worry they ship!

"Flannel Shirt" burning in my living room.



My favorite location because they have other cool items:


Nathan & Co 


5636 College Ave.

Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 601.1677

Nathan & Co. 

4025 Piedmont Ave (between 40th St & Glen Ave)

Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 428.9369

Urban Indigo

3339 Lakeshore Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 459.0451

Friday, November 30, 2018

Event Alert: Sephora 4th Street Grand Opening

Event: "We're Moving In: Fourth Street Berkeley"


Who: Sephora

What: Enjoy the grand opening weekend of Sephora on 4th street, which includes DJ, beauty consults, and a free gift with purchase. (Actually Grand Opening day is 11/30). Also the store is fully stock, so a lot of items you can't fine at the Emeryville, or Walnut Creek locations may be on the shelves if you get their early (I was able to pick up an item I haven't seen in store in 2 years).

When: November 30th-December 2nd



Where: 1785 4th Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Zen In A Jar Body Honey

Picture Courtesy of Zen In A Jar

As I may have let you know before I love podcast and in the past my love for podcast and body/skincare collided as I recommended a company for business of the week to The Friend Zone Podcast. Well, after listening to not one, not two, but three of my favorite podcast (The Friend Zone, Jade and XD, Getting Grown), they let me know about a wonderful company called Zen In AJar. When I first heard about the company from the Gettin’ Grown podcast, I went to the site, but there weren’t any of the body care products available so I purchased three room an linen sprays (Maisey- A sweet lemon fragrance, Pumpkin, and Coffee Shop), since I was moving and wanted to living up my new place. 


Jump to a month and a half, where the two other podcast recommendations came up. These recommendations were very specific. They all ranted and raved about the Body Honey product from Zen In A Jar, and so I had to know more (of course the minute they spoke about it, it was sold out). I immediately followed Nikki the owner/operator of Zen In A Jar so that I could make sure I wouldn’t miss out when they went on sale next, and even then going to the website the minute they went on sale, I still couldn’t get one fragrance I really wanted (Pink Cashmere).  I ended up with Vibes (nag champa + lavender) Love (peach + rose) and, Posh (Lavender + Vanilla + Rose) and I'm so happy with each of them. The smell absolutely lovely, and are a GREAT moisturizer for your body, I happen to use mine in the shower (see picture below) while I'm still damp. What is even better is that you can use them in  your hair too, I plan on using it to seal my twist and to put a little on my hands when taking my twist out.



Zen In A Jar’s Body Honey is hard to get your hands on due to it selling out FAST so I highly suggest that you follow Nikki on Instagram as she always updates when these popular products are available (she’s been dropping batches on Monday’s). The only drawback for us Bay Area folks is the shipping (which was 11 bucks for two bottles) takes a while so if you are trying to get it fast for the holidays you may want to order ASAP if there is anything left or get this as a post-holiday treat. East Coast  folks especially those in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) you can pick up the items.

Again make sure you are following Zen In A Jar online (Instagram is the best place) to see when new items are released.


Update: I was able to get order Pink Cashmere (after over a month of trying) during the Cyber Monday sale.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Primal Life Organics: LED Teeth Whitening System

We are excited about the LED Whitening System- it is 100% peroxide free and will help whiten the teeth as well as remineralize and heal the gum tissue.

The Teeth Whitening System works THREE Ways:

 Blue light technology whitens teeth and reduces growth of bacteria that causes gingivitis (but does not harm good oral bacteria needed to fight bad bacteria and strengthen internal immune system)

 Red light technology promotes wound healing and tissue repair, reduces inflammation and can help prevent recurring mouth sores. Red Light has been shown to protect gum tissues and teeth surfaces from bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis.

 Activated Charcoal Gel: Peroxide free gel made with olive oil, activated charcoal, essential oils and clays. Gentle on gums and oral tissues. Clays contain minerals to strengthen teeth. Helps teeth look whiter and feel stronger and cleaner.

Please help us change Dental Health around the globe!!


P.S.  You can get $10 dollars off your purchase of the LED Whitening System or any purchase of $50 or more! Use coupon code TODAY10 (valid  OCT 13-  OCT 15)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich

Hey all I’m BACK! I am also back with something different, while this is a lifestyle blog, my home/d├ęcor and food related items are a rarity. However, I loved an item so much I had to share it. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is a lifesaver for those on the go, and for those like me who have completely ditched the microwave (I know shocking). You can make your favorite fast food breakfast in 4 minutes or less (actually use the 5-minute option though).  I opt for a cheese less version with at least one vegetable (see recipe below), but there are so many options.


Healthier Fast Food Breakfast Sammie:

Rudis Whole Wheat English Muffin


Wellshire Uncured Turkey Ham


Vital Farms Pasture Raised Egg

Check out the machine in action:



I had originally seen this item in Target (it is available on Amazon too for you fellow Prime fanatics) for years now, but it was not’ until I ditch the microwave that I decided to buy it (Retail Price: 24.99).


If you have one please share your recipes, and if you don’t what recipes do you imagine making?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Crave Skincare

For all of you who got her via my YouTube channel welcome to my blog! I wanted to do this review through and cross platform because it’s covering multiple items and I wanted to give each of them enough time to shine. 
I have already introduced you to the use of cannabinoids (CBD specifically), in skincare items and I’ve also already introduced you to the Crave Skincare brand via its one body care product Alchemy.  What I did over this past month is dive face first (literally lol), into a morning skincare routine that consisted exclusively of products from Crave Skincare. Crave Skincare is an all-natural, handmade, and well thought out brand that uses a variety of oils and botanicals. What makes them different is one botanical that is used throughout the line is CBD and Hemp Oils.

I’ll break them down by each product in order of use (all of which I love).
Crave Oil Cleanser + War Paint Remover
Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil, D1-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Hemp oil with Hemp extract (Aerial parts), Castor Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Kalahari Watermelon Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Elemi Oil, Rosemary and Sunflower Oil, Bisabolol, Phytosterols, Alpha Lipoic Acid
This product will be my new go to oil cleanser (now that the one I use to use is no longer made), a little goes a long way, and like a really quality oil cleanser it gets your skin ultra clean without any stripping or making your skin fill oddly tight.
Crave 40 Winks Eye Serum
Ingredients: Water, Safflower Oleosomes, Tremella Mushroom Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Lactobacillius Ferment, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein + Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein + Superoxide Dismutase, Lactobacillus/Nereocystit Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate (Sea Kelp Bioferment), Nannochloropsis Occulata (Algae) Extract + Pullulan, Saccharide Isomerate, Betaine, Lactobacillius Ferment + Cocos Nucifera Estract, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Glycerine, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extract (Aerial parts), Lecethin (Sunflower, Non-GMO), Sodium PCA, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 + Panthenol + Sodium Hyaluronate + Algae (Dunaliella Salina) Extract, Hydrococtyl (Centella Asiatica) Extract,Beta Glucan (yeast), Tocopherol (Vit. E), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Resveratrol (Grapeseed), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone
This product is great as well and easy to apply, although it’s a bit looser than a traditional serum. I highly suggest putting this in the refrigerator to make it even more refreshing during applications. While it didn’t take care of darkness, I did notice I was significantly less puffy (especially since I use this in the morning when my bags are at their worst).
Crave Virgin Skin
Ingredients: Water, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Safflower Oleosomes, Tremella Mushroom Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Lactobacillus, Glycerine, Betaine, Licorice Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment and Cocos Nucifera Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (fatty acids from Coconut Oil), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp) Oil with Hemp extract (Aerial parts), N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Lecithin (Sunflower Non-GMO), Licorice Root Extract, Sodium PCA, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Coconut Endosperm, Algae Extract + Pullulan, Saccharide Isomerate, Xanthan Gum, Ferulic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract (Gotu Kola), Beta Glucan (Yeast), Bisabolol, Sunflower Oil and Rosmarinus Officinalus (Rosemary Antioxidant), Canarium Luzonicum Oil (Elemi Oil), Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone.
Out of the two products you should use post cleansing this was my least favorite (I’m dedicated to the next one I’ll list), I just don’t’ think it is for me specifically because I’m not really looking to firm up my skin although it does have some benefits I do want such as brightening and evening the skin tone, but since I did not use this one consistenatly for the entire month I cannot 100% say it hits all though marks, although it has great reviews and may be the product you are looking for.
Crave Radical-C Serum
Ingredients: Agua (Water), Lactobacillus/Nereocystis Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate (Sea Kelp Bioferment), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Lactobacillius Ferment, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vit. C), Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Citrulline, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Betaine, Lactobacillus + Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extrat (Aerial parts), Lecithin (Sunflower Non-GMO), Sodium PCA, Tocopherol (Vit E), Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Glycerin, Ferulic Acid, Melatonin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Bisabolol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract + Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone, Quercetin
Similar to the 40 Winks product in that it is less like a traditional serum you’ll find in a drug or a department store, it’s is less viscus and a bit more watery. However it’s still powerful, and a little goes a long way (the full size bottle will last a while). While this product is also “anti-aging” like virgin skin, what I love about it is that it has some non-oily natural hydrating ingredients, and it’s really a great antioxidant potion for those who live in a city environment where the sun is present (i.e. Cali). It’s really an all in one product, you can kick out your hyaluronic acid, environmental defense cream, and vitamin C serum because this takes care of all three. The small amount you use really moves across your skin and absorbs easily with no film, or oiliness.
NOTE: You either use Virgin Skin or Radical-C Serum not both
Crave Salvation Oil Serum
Ingredients: Squalane Olive Oil, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Borage Oil, Echium Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extrat (Aerial parts), Chia Seed Oil, Moringa Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Black Cumin Seed, Rose Hip Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Lecithin (Non-GMO Sunflower), Sea Buckthorn CO2, Bisabolol, Vitamin E, Phytosterols, Tetrahydrocurcuminiods (Tumeric), CoQ10.
I 100% prefer to hydrate/moisturize with an oil, but it’s always so hard to find one for someone with combination skin that won’t have me looking like an oil slick by the end of the day.  The word serum is misleading when you open up the bottle, because it’s 100% an oil. That said product has a few ingredients (that I love) that I used independently in the past as skin hydrators and, or mixed myself. This has all of my absolute skincare oil favorites, plus ones I never heard of, ones I wanted to try, with a splash of CBD on top, it really could not get any better.
Crave Glo-Berry Glistening Skin Oil Serum
This is really similar to Salvation Oil (I love them equally), but with a shimmering/dewy (but your skin isn’t oily) finish to it. I love this one, but I don’t wear it every day. I use it when I’m going out, or on the weekend for the most part. I don’t want to waste next level glowing skin at work LOL.
Ingredients: Squalane (Olive), Opuntia ficus indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Daikon Seed Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed (Hemp) Oil + Cannabidiol (CBD), Psidium guajava (Guava) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Oil, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Red Raspberry Oil, Sunflower Lecithin (Sunflower, Non-GMO), Tocotrienols (Vit E), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Bisabolol (from Chamomile), Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (Tumeric antioxidant), Alpha lipoic acid
NOTE: I usually use one or the other and not both Salvation Oil and Glow Berry at the same time, but you technically can do that.
Here’s exactly how I used the products by visiting my YouTube Page:  
My overall thoughts, I love the line and I’ll definitely continue to use it. The items I will probably keep re-ordering forever even if I add in products from another brand are the Oil Cleanser + War Paint Remover, Radical-C, Salvation Oil Serum, and Glo-Berry Glistening Skin Oil Serum.  Hell, I actually already reordered I even the full size of the Salvation oil as well as ordered a travel sizes of all the products to put in my carry on this summer when I travel.  You can check the price points, any further product information,  and purchase CraveSkincare online.

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