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:


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Cover Shots: Indya Moore + Elle






This cover shot is so good Indya Moore is absolutely stunning. From the moment I saw her as “Angel” on  the T.V. show “Pose she captivated me and the rest of the audience with her beauty, but kept all of us capture with her storyline due to her acting ability. Indya is of course also a model, as you can tell from this cover. I’m lucky enough to be an Elle subscriber so I can’t wait to get this cover in the mail. I also highly suggest you check out “Pose” (which is currently streaming on Netflix), and gear up for season 2 which should be back this summer.



Beyond the Cover:



The full article to accompany the photo shoot  (and more photos) can also be found on



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Innersense Organic Beauty


While I have a tried and true hair care routine, I always like to support SF Bay Area local businesses. So you know I was excited when I stumbled upon Concord, CA based Innersense Organic Beauty. The company is really their third love child (as their daughter and son are their continued inspiration of the brand) of a Joanne a stylist and Greg a long time veteran of big beauty. They wanted to commit to toxin free beauty which birth the Innsersense Organic Beauty brand. If you are in the SF Bay area there are several salons (as well as other salons nationwide), you can also order online at  


So I know you are wondering what I picked up to add to my wash day routing.  I ended up getting the following 3 products, and what’s great is they have ample travel sizes so you can test out the products prior to making a full commitment.

Color Radiance Daily Conditioner ($9-80):

Water, Aqua- EAU, Behentrimonium Methosulfate8, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin7, Stearalkonium Chloride7, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice3*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)1*, Sodium Benzoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil4*,Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil5*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil)2*,Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract6*


I Create Hold Gel ($-9-70):


Water, Aqua- EAU, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Gel*, Organic Glycerin*, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Maltodextrin Copolymer**, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Organic Rooibos African Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract2*, Organic Honey Extract3*, Rice Amino Acids4, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein4*, Organic Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract6*, Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract5, Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate**, Sodium Benzoate**


I Create Lift Volumizing Foam ($12-28):



Water, Aqua- EAU Water, Galactoarabinan5, Pullulan5, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice1*, Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Decyl Glucoside, Sorbitol Powder3, Potassium Sorbate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Vanillin, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey2, Citric Acid, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer5, Vaccinium, Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil4*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Macelignan

*Certified Organic

**Plant Derived


I really enjoyed all three and I’ll be keeping one in my permanent weekly rotation. a video of how I use the products, and my first reactions.



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Black History Month Honor Roll

In honor or Black History Month (honestly it’s every month for me), I want to bring you small handful of my favorite products that I use on a consistent basis, as well as a couple fun fashionable items. It should be also noted, that these brands are also woman owned which is a bonus!


Skin/Body Care:
Photo Courtesy of  Honey and Petals

Honey & Petals is a body and skincare brand base out of Los Angeles California. The brands main staple items are it’s Lux Oil and Body Butters which are great for people with skin conditions like eczema, and are smell great (you can get unscented varieties too). I use one the body butters almost daily. The brand also has bath accessories, as well as skincare products.

Photo Courtesy of Shea Shea Bakery

Shea Shea Bakery is a literally bakery in Shea Butter form and is based out of Florida. The brand is vast, but I think their claim to fame is there Body Butters which are housed in the cutest handmade decorative containers. Each Body Butter smells exactly like its name, from Pecan Pie to Peach Cobbler your sweet tooth will be satisfied (low calorie style).  The brand is also vast as it also has skincare, lip scrub, candles, and even melting waxes all in forms that are almost good enough to eat (but don’t!).


Photo Courtesy of The Honey Pot Co

The Honey Pot Company is a recent find ( I heard about it on a podcast), and I couldn’t be more happy with it. The Honey Pot Company is a feminine care product company which has everything from wash to pads, and tampons. All the products are gynecologist approved and are infused with herbs. The company is also partnered with Happy Period which is an organization that provides hygiene kits to those who are homeless, low income/living in poverty.  The products also work as good (really BETTER) than common name brand hygiene products. They are available at select Targets.



Photo Courtesy of Nirvana Wild
Nirvana Wild is one of my favorite accessories shops. Each item is thoughtful, and earthy. You can find some beautiful, unique one of a kind pieces (I especially love her necklaces) that will have people consistently asking where you go it. Another thing I love about the line is the price points are really reasonable, I’ve come across similar pieces (especially some of the crystal jewelry), that is prices at 3 times what you will find a Nirvana Wild.  So if you are looking for a well-made, unique, and reasonably prices piece of statement jewelry this is the place to shop.


Photo Courtesy of PeaceImages
Peaceimages  is my go too to pick up a piece of cultural art in the form of jewelry. The influences are Egyptian, East Africa, West Africa, and even India. I find the pieces many of which are hand crafted to be delicate, but bold at the same time, and make not only and impact in the visual, but an impact on your mood.


Honorable Mentions:

The Crayon Case (dope make up brand out of New Orleans)

Jade & Fox Co. (Kick as Body/Skincare Company out of Atlanta)

Melanin Haircare (New Haircare Line from YouTuber Naptural85)



I hope you give a few of these a try this month (and for many months to follow).

Thursday, January 24, 2019

DIY: Pre-Shampoo Scalp Treatment

This one is straightforward, I have a sensitive scalp that will get inflamed and scale up. I have used many store bought products, and I swear by a few of them. However buying premade can really be costly as well as sometimes change the overall look of your hairstyle/hair after use. So of course, I decided to make a Pre-Shampoo for my scalp.




Ingredients (I did not do exact measurements):

2 oz. Jojoba Oil (preferred oil if I am using it directly on my scalp)

12 Drops of Peppermint Oil (scalp stimulant)

12 Drops of Rosemary Oil (promotes hair growth, scalp health, reduces shedding)

6 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (Anti-Bacterial/Fungal and Anti-inflammatory)


Note: You can use any carrier oil you choose, I see similar recipes with coconut oil, but that is a no for my scalp.



How to Use:


I use it directly on my scalp (I do not use this on the rest of my hair). I usually section my hair (4 sections) and place a few drops in one section and massage it in with my fingers, I then go back with a scalp stimulator comb and use that to massage my scalp further. Then I repeat on the rest of the sections. There is no need to let it sit etc., after you finish your sections you can go right to washing your hair as normal.

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