Monday, August 17, 2020

Just Grow Already- Scalp Elixir

I am back, and yes, I am attempting to blog more frequently (in a pandemic). Today will be a bit different, as I will be highlighting a haircare item, which I typically reserve for my vlog. You will also be getting some exclusive information and a sneak peek at a somewhat dramatic change I am making to my hair today. I am loc’ing my hair! Over the past 3 weeks I have been allowing my loose natural hair to do what it wants (in two strand twist) to start the loc’ing process. With that means some changes to my natural hair regiment, one of them being adding Oils back to my hair care process. One thing I have been against over the past few years was oils on my loose natural hair as it was not a thing that I found was truly moisturizing my hair, nor was it something that was adding to the overall look/styling. However with Locs it’s a bit different, and with some of my scalp issues making sure my scalp is nourished first from the inside (healthy foods, lots of water), but also soothed and cared for on the outside. That is where Just Grow Already Bhringraj & Burdock Scalp Elixir comes in.


Just Grow Already Bhringraj & Burdock Scalp Elixir is a scalp oil created by Jen aka Just Grow Already. Jen is also a blogger who just this year (in February) started her loc journey. Through her journey, she played around with different oils, and found a combination of oils she infused with herbs (see ingredients list in the photograph below) that really worked well for her scalp health. I am lucky she is generous and decided share these oils with the rest of us and started bottling and selling it online. I have used a few oils that I purchased and already had on my hair every few days since I started the loc’ing process, but not one really assisted with my flaky scalp other than this one. It is light, absorbs well, and has a therapeutic-cooling feel thanks to the peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus oils. I have only been using it for a short time, but this will be going on my “holy grail” list of items for my hair going forward. (Note: This isn't just for loc'd hair)


The one thing that brought me to this line is that I used Ayurvedic herb in my original natural hair journey with some good success and since I was starting anew, taking things back to the beginning seemed appropriate.  Here is a little bit more about the two plants that are used to infuse the oils. Bhringraj also known as the “false daisy” is a plant that has been used for centuries in Ayurveda both internally and externally.  For me what makes this herb so good for my scalp is that it is known to soothe inflammation (I have psoriasis in my scalp which is under control, as well as seborric dermatitis), reduce dandruff, slow greying (which isn’t an issue for me but hey preventative LOL). Burdock Root has also been used for centuries in similar fashions, some Native American tribes even made candy out of it. Similarly, to Bhringraj, Burdock root is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial (so bye bye dandruff, psoriasis etc.); in addition, it is known to reduce shedding as well.  Both plants have been said to promote hair growth, but I’m one of those people that does not believe (anymore) in magical oils for hair grow your hair is going to grow at its own pace, however I think you can create the best conditions for growth from the inside out.  



If you want to get this oil, you’ll have to wait a bit. Jen usually drops new batches every 2 weeks. To keep up to date on when you can get yours and more about Jen’s hair journey on her blog and on her Instagram page. If you want to follow my journey, I will be posting a video (including demos) on my vlog in about a week and posting regularly there.


P.S. Jen is dropping a new infusion, Lavender & Fenugreek Scalp Elixir along with a restock of this one on August 31st.  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Nailed It: Bare Hands




As most of you all know, I am a nail girl. I typically rock gels and nail art and I have been doing my own manicures for years. Now that the world has changed a lot and many places are not open, I am now a pedicure girl. I was on Instagram and following one, many nail artist/manicurist/nail specialist when I first came along the Bare Hands line. Bare Hands is also SF Bay Area based, so I really was eager to try to get back to my roots of focusing on local brands that are offering so much to the immediate community and beyond so I am so happy that I can share this with you.



Bare Hands is a Dry Gloss Manicure line, think old school buff shine (chamois buffer with the cream) but way more luxurious, plant based and also more precise due to the material of construction. Currently Bare Hands is offering “The Kit” which includes The Cuticle Oil and The Polisher (it also comes with two orange sticks), in a beautiful vegan leather case and its prices at $39.00. It is really one of the more beautifully packaged items I have ever seen in nail care.  Soon the line will be offering The Polisher and The Cuticle Oil separately (so you can restock), although The Polisher that comes in The Kit will last 6-9 months.


Now down to some of the details regarding the products. Like I said before The Polisher, it can be used from 6-9 months, the oil pen is reusable (refills will be coming soon), and the brand is cruelty/sulfate/gluten/paraben free. I personally used it myself twice (both times on my feet), and I absolutely love the shine it adds to my toes for pedicures (I have been doing paint-less pedis lately), and the cuticle oil is so nourishing (I also uses it on my hands). I personally selected the Citrine variety of the oil, and it comes unscented for those with sensitives.


Bare Hands is the brand child of Suzanne Shade who was inspired by many things including the Natural Hair movement and the leaving behind of things that are not really serving you.  You can find more about Suzanne’s inspiration and research for the brand as well as just an overall aesthetically pleasing page on Instagram (BAREYOURHANDS) as well as find out all the details and FAQs about the brand on the page.  


OH and you can get 10% off your order by using the code “WELCOME10”.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Style Steal: Peach & Lily Memorial Day Sale


If you are a K-beauty fan then I know you’ve heard of the Peach & Lily brand, and their online store that host all your favorites like May Coop Raw Sauce, Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask, Lagom Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser and more. Peach & Lily rarely has a site wide sale but this Memorial Day they are giving you a chance for up to  40% off your Summer favorites


Who: Peach and Lily (Peach Slices) and some of your favorite K-Beauty Brands

What: Up to 40% off your Summer Favorites

Where: Peach & Lily 

When: Friday, May 22nd @Noon PST Ends Monday, May 25 at 9PM PST


Monday, April 20, 2020

Shelter In Place and Beyond Nail Care

Hey y’all, I’m back healthy and safe and I hope you are doing the same. What we won’t be discussing is the elephant in the room. What we will talk about is how brow, mani, pedis, waxing have all been put on the back burner.  What I will say is, IT IS NOT WORTH IT to sneak out to someone who is still offering services. Okay enough of that, let’s get to the fun stuff NAILS. As most of you know I love all things nails from polish to art, and for a few years now I’ve been doing my own gel sets. Now my hobby is a privilege because, my  hands, and now my feet (yeap, I’m doing gel pedis now) have NOT skipped a beat.  I know this isn’t everyone’s hobby and everyone isn’t into DIY so I’m here to help you and some wonderful nail artist whose businesses have been hit hard.  Below is a list of artist I follow some are from the Bay Area and some aren’t who are offering the most beautiful press/glue on nail options.



Happy Shopping!!

First Shelter in Place Set, and My first time doing a gel pedi.


Artist Offering Press Ons:


















Bay Area offer Press Ons:











My current gel set



Going au Naturale? Here are some artist that are offering manicure kits and nail oils:


nailsbycanishiea (Northern California)










Check out my some of my other nail work on  instagram (bastylefilegirl)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Anti-Ashy/Dry Skin Round Up

The cool but dry season (soon to be followed by the cool but wet season) is creeping upon California. Which means dry skin and ashy season is lurking. I have been doing all I can to preemptively attack try hands, feet (and body), as well as to keep my naturally combination (and acne prone) moisturized in the right places right places. 



Check out a few of my favorite items to combat the cooler weather, and yea these will work for snowy locations too, I promise. 



In addition to my Honey & Petal and other  staple butters I also really love King Beard & Co’s Body Butter, is a spectacular blend of multiple butters and it smells like a vanilla hot chocolate!  It simply works well. Also for all you Belle Butter fans, it’s one of the closer formulations to the regular shea butter  blend.




DITCH THE OILS FOR THE FALL/WINTER I REPEAT DITCH THE OILS FOR THR FALL/WINTER. Focus on rich and nutrients crèmes. One popular drugstore brans from Finland, yes Finland (it gets cold there, they know about winder skin protection) and try out one or both of these products:


Lumene Sisu Moisture Remedy Day & Night Cream

This product is really the first one you should try it solid and you do not really need another moisturizer other than this. It not only moisturizes but also provides a barrier to the chilly air and pollutants that all around us with some key ingredient that you do not really find in American products such as Pure Arctic Spring Water and potent, Antioxidant-rich Nordic Pine Bark and Spruce Knot extracts.




I also picked up  Lumene Intense Hydration 24h Moisturizer which is excellent and the next best thing to the brands Sisu product but is only for day use and does not have some of the free radical protection claims. This one is also easier to get your hands on the Sisu product (above) is hyper popular in Finland and is getting a small cult following in the States.  While it is different, it does have Pure Arctic Spring Water to promote a healthy-looking complexion, replenishing Organic Nordic Birch Sap and our Hydra-Technology, supporting continuous hydration throughout the day.




I am also interested in the brands overnight hydration recharge crème and I might get that in the future. I picked up the Valo Vitamin C Glow Boost Essence with Hyaluronic Acid and Lähde Hydrating Pure Arctic Miracle 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water both of which I plan on making homemade sheet masks with.




All Lumene products can be found at Amazon and even Target and CVS (online) 


Make sure you follow me on Instagram (bastylfilegirl) I’ll be updating you on all my winter skin care finds 


P.S. for the fellas King Beard & Co also have a bears butter (I am sure it is excellent too)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Pattern Beauty from Tracee Ellis Ross

Long time no see. If you been a reader of this blog for a while then you know I went from relaxed straight hair to natural hair. You also then know that I do a lot of videos on my YouTube channel that are specific to curly hair.

So the last week and a half have been super exciting for the curly girls of the internet world and beyond. Actress, Tracee Ellis Ross launched Pattern Beauty, a hair care line that caters to Curly, Coily, and Tight textured hair. So far the line is focusing on cleansing, conditioning, and moisturizing (there is no styler yet), and has a Hydrating Shampoo, and Leave-In conditioner that can accommodate all three of those hair types. What I also love is there are 3 distinct conditioner, which allow based on different levels of moisture depending on your hair. Enough of me talking about the line and as Pattern Beauty says “Every Curl Has A Story” so check out my Pattern Beauty story/experience:


P.S. If  you missed the launch (most everything is sold out online), then you are in luck as Patten Beauty will be sold at Ulta starting September 22nd.



P.S.S. For you ingredients sticklers...

hydrating shampoo:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propanediol, Glycol Distearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Mel (Honey, Miel), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Biotin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Glycolipids, Glycerin, Phospholipids, Amodimethicone, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, Hydroxyacetophenone, PEG-150 Distearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Celluose, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, PEG-150 Stearate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-1M, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool
Intensive Conditioner:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-8 Beeswax, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Polyglycerin-3, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyquaternium-37, Polyquaternium-10, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Benzoate
Leave In Conditioner:
Aqua (Water, Eau), Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Biotin, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Mel (Honey, Miel), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trideceth-3, Trideceth-15, Cetrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Acetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal

Monday, July 29, 2019

Nailed It: People of Color Beauty


I always strive to support businesses owned by Women of Color so I was happy to support People Of Color nail polish. So happy that I literally ordered it on a flight from Paris (lol don’t judge me). I came upon this brand from a friend who makes awesome jewelry. (@peaceimagesjewery on IG). 

People of Color nail polish is made down South, Southern California to be exact. The polishes are vegan, cruelty free and 10 free (free of no formaldehyde, no toluene, no dibutyl phthalate, no camphor, no formaldehyde resin, no xylene, no parabens, no ethyl tosylamide, no triphenyl phosphate, and no artificial fragrances). The polishes have been designed, developed, curated by people of color for people of color. The colors are so beautiful and compliment dark olive to the deepest shade of brown skin, that doesn’t mean no one else couldn’t rock them. I picked only 4 colors (Valley Girl, California Sunflower, Walk of Fame, Purple Palm) but the line has 10 colors and a base/top coat.


I applied the polish two light coats (back to back without dry time in between, not recommended if you are polishing your nails),and I got deep color and full opaqueness after the first coat. You can also see how vibrant and shiny the colors are without any topcoat. I love each and every color and while I wear gels on my hands almost exclusively, these are going to look great with my next pedicure and many more to come.


Check them out at their online store and on IG:

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