Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beauty Find of The Week: Bioderma Sensibo H20


I know I don’t post here as much as I should, but if you follow my on YouTube (or SnapChat) then you know that I’ve been really into skin care (and hair care) lately. One item that I’ve been thinking of trying for a while is Micellar Water. Micellar Water had  become regally popular in Korean skincare, as well as the U.S. brands that have versions on  the shelves of my local drug stores. The first time I’d heard of it was from one of the most (maybe even the originator) brands was Bioderma.



Bioderma is a brand out of France (you can’t get it at your local Tajay, Walmart etc.) that is a stable among the Parisians. Too many of us American’s it’s the brand that celebs or skincare gurus  love. The star of the brand is Bioderma Sensibo H20.  Bioderma Sensibo H20 is a multitude of things, but the brand categorizes it as “At the cutting edge of innovation, BIODERMA has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, the Sensibio H2O micellar solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water-resistant make-up. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).Soothing and decongesting active ingredients prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing."

 
Yes, this one is almost empty, but thankfully I just receive my replacement!

For me I use it as a pre-cleanser (before I oil/balm cleanse) and it removes the  surface layer of any “grit & grime” (YUCK) making my skin a perfect pallet for my oil/balm cleansers. I also use it on the rare occasion I wear tinted moisturizer or any other type of makeup I use it to remove it. Some people use it in lieu of a cleaner all together, it’s so multifunctional (and worth every penny). You can order it online via Amazon or Beautylish.com

Monday, April 11, 2016

Glossier Haul

Hey guys, I know it's been a while since I posted, honestly I just wasn't motivated and I didn't want to bring you CRAP content just to put out content.

I 've been hearing about the brand Glossier around the internet and saw one of my favorite beauty bloggers ThisThatBeauty use one of their mask on snapchat, as well as about their cleanser on a podcast I listen to. I went to the site and well I have to say I was impressed. Glossier. prides itself in "Beauty In Real Life", "Skincare before makeup", and embracing real life beauty, imperfections and all. . These are tenants I can get behind, and since I already have a skincare regiment I like (and I'm super weird about changing up), I took a look at their makeup. and eventually picked up Perfecting Skin Tint (which is classified as skin care and not make up), Coconut Balm Dotcom, Stretch Concealer, and Generation G. I know you are like what the hell are these, well here's the break down:


Coconut Balm Dotcom-"It's our cult favorite do-anything skin salve with a mood boosting update - the same super dense formula is made with beeswax and castor seed oil for long lasting hydration, plant extracts provide antioxidants and skin-enhancing nutrients....."  You can pretty much use it on you lips, add a dewy sheen to your eye lids or cheek bones as well (hell slather it all over your face). The one I probably won't be purchasing again, since it has petroleum in it.

Perfecting Skin Tint- ":In the lan between bare skin and make makeup exsist the imperceptible wash of color that is Perfecting Skin Tint....."Evens out discoloration leaves your face looking toned , smooth, and dewy." Even cooler is the online store has a tool that allows you to take a picture of yourself to ensure you pick the right color. Even better he line expanded to include dark, deep, and rich skin tones for my women of color!!! :)

Generation G- "It's a new kind of lip color that gives the look and finish of a stain, but glides on and wears like a tinted balm. The effect? Diffused, sheer matte goodness...."


Stretch Concealer- "Ours is a new type of concealer with elastic micro waxes that move with your face. The buildable  formula covers everything from dark circles to redness and zits."


Each of the products are sheer, softy, and dewy giving you a natural look. While I'm a barefaced girl during the week, these are products you could 100% wear every day!  Have you heard of Glossier., what are your favorite products (products you'd like to try)?

I'm 100% happy with these purchases, check out my YouTube video on me applying and wearing the products to see for yourself.



Check out Glossier. here!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bumble and bumble Bb. Curl

I just wanted to share a new product line I cam across which was just released last week. Bumble and bumble is a product line I hear good things about, but I never had any idea they had products specifically for curls. They actually have revamped that curls line to include improved items, as well as brand new items. I'm so excited to try them. Check out my first impressions below:
Be sure to check out the YouTube channel to see styling videos.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My Fitbit Story


I usually try not to bring anything that can be seemingly negative to the blog. However today I have a complaint with a Bay Area based (San Francisco) company’s wearable, the Fitbit.  We’ve all heard of the device before, and seen it on the wrist of so many, but until I got one I didn’t hear anyone complain about it.

 
I originally got a Fitbit Charge HR in May of 2015 and less than 3 months later (July), the band began to bubble up and then the band started lifting completely from the hardware. Mind you, I don’t wet it or do anything crazy with it (I originally got it to track sleep).  So I reached out to Fitbit and what I will say is they have excellent  customer services. All I had to do is email the issue and send two pictures; I had a new device within a week.  Of course this isn’t the end of my story, my replacement devices band began to malfunction in the same way in September of 2015 (less than 3 months). Again the process was easy to get a replacement.

First Fitbit Charge HR

First Fitbit Charge HR
Now it’s December 2015 and the band of my 3rd Fitbit Charge HR is malfunctioning, at this point I don’t want a replacement I’d rather a refund. I was told I wasn’t eligible for one (hey I understand its business), but what got under my skin was they offer of 25% off their Fitbit Surge (a larger device/upgrade).  So they want me to spend more money on their products? Wow, that’s just crazy, especially since I know that the Surge devices are also prone to band issues per a coworker’s watch and a friend.  I wrote this blog to vent a little, but also to warn other consumers that just because a wearable is the most popular, or has the most commercials don’t mean it’s the best. Also just because you haven’t heard of problems with the device personally (through your immediate circles) doesn’t mean they are without issues.

Final Fitbit Charge HR
Final Fitbit Charge HR


 

If you have any recommendations on quality wearables/fitness trackers please let me know.


Note: I didn't  have pictures from the second time because at that point they didn't even request any

Friday, November 20, 2015

Beauty Quickie: Empire Squid Coconut Spice Organic Body Butter

WHO: Empire Squid

WHAT:
Coconut Spice Organic Body Butter

HOW (it looks, smells, cost etc.):
Medium density, off white butter meets balm texture (a little thicker/richer than just coconut oil), smells like a really moist fresh out of the oven spice cake (YUM).  It’s simply packaged in a glass container with a twist off cap.


Price Point: $18 for 4oz and $33 for 8oz   (a little goes a long way)

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Certified Organic Coconut Oil, beeswax*, kukui nut oil, Certified Organic apricot kernel oil, hazel nut oil, Certified Organic almond oil, certified organic sweet orange essential oil, certified organic lime peel essential oil, certified organic clove bud essential oil, certified organic cinnamon leaf essential oil, coriander seed essential oil, and vitamin E. 

 

*Beeswax can be replaced with Candelilla Wax if you prefer a vegan formulation.



 





WHERE TO BUY:

Empire Squid (on Etsy) or the Empire Squid website

Also check them out on  Facebook
 
 


THE VERDICT:
Fret not, I still use
Belle Butters Premium Whipped Shea Butter (it’s my day time moisturizer), but this is 100% replacing the plain coconut oil. I usually use coconut oil straight from the jar (I have a kitchen and a bathroom jar), but when I was shopping for my Red Raspberry Oil (you must try that too), I came upon this wonderfully gourmand scented butter.Like the rest of Empire Squid products (I use a couple for my face), you get great quality at a justifiable price point. This wonderful butter melts into your skin, leaving it as soft and supple as a new born. I definitely need to get this in the 8oz size. 

 



Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Current Obsession: Urban Renewal Remade Mock Sleeveless Midi Dress


I Heart Urban Renewal Remade Mock Sleeveless
Midi Dress



 

Anyone who knows me personally and heck anyone who’s checked my style choices from this blog knows that I’m not a dress girl. Which makes my current obsession a little surprising, and when I say obsessed I’m head over hills. I first saw the Urban Renewal Remade Mock Sleeveless Midi Dress in store in the grey color. My first thought with styling it was simple, a pair of white high top chucks and a jean jacket or a leather biker jacket and this could be a cool day or night look. Sadly (or luckily for my budget), they didn’t have it in stock in my size so I passed it by.

Eventually I searched for the dress online and found that it not only came in  grey but 5 other colors (I love them all but the beige). While it’s not overly expensive it isn’t cheap either with a price point of 49 dollars (definitely a mid-range purchase). I justified the $49 dollar spend since I picked up the item in Navy, because it will transition well across season  and can be easily dressed up or down so I’ll get a lot of bang for my buck.  What do you guys think of the dress, is it a Yay or a Nay? Happy Shopping!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Event Alert: Event Alert: Clarins Facials @ Bloomingdales SF


 


Who: Clarins

What: 50 minute customized facials ($50)

Where: Clarins Spa at Bloomingdales  

845 Market Street

San Francisco, CA

When: Treat yourself throughout the month of October
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