Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beauty Quickie: farsali Rose Gold Elixir

My skin is naturally oily most of the year with the exception of the late Fall and Winter when it gets a bit cold in California. I’m also one that is a fan of natural skincare, and I typically like an oil (instead of cream) based products.  So I was happy to stumble upon a skincare product, even though beauty/makeup junkies have made this product popular.

 WHO: Farsali

WHAT: Rose Gold Elixir  

HOW (it looks, smells, cost etc.): 
A citrusy fragranced (think freshly peeled orange), 100% clear oil with gold flakes. The oil is light and not viscous at all making it easy to use. The packaging is a simple white dropper bottle with gold accents to match what’s inside.

Price Point:



Rosehip Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, 24k Gold, Vitamin E, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Peel Oil




This product has become a staple of my day and nighttime skin care routing (the company does have a separate nighttime formula). I use it in the A.M right after I put on my sunscreen and at night time as my final skincare step. What’s really great about the product and what I alluded to originally is this can also be used for makeup application. If you check out farsali’s YouTube and Instagram pages you’ll see ladies mixing this with foundations, concealers and more. I’m personally a fan of using this product on my lips for deep penetrating moisture.  This product gives you a natural glow, and never makes you look greasy because it’s made from quality ingredients that are great for your skin it absorbs quickly.


Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5 Stars (would have given it 5 but I hate products you can only purchase from one source i.e. no brick and mortar options)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Event Alert: Dreamers + Doers Marketplace

Event: Succulent Workshop with Cactus Jungle

When: Saturday, 10/22/2016, 3-7PM

Where: Urban Outfitters @ The Public Market Emeryville, CA

What: Enjoy learning about succulents with Nicole Dirlam and Georgia Tapp of Cactus Jungle (Includes complementary Drinks and Snack); also if you want to shop and are an UO Rewards member use your Urban ID at checkout for 10% off full priced items and 30% off Sale items



Can’t make it no probably Cactus Jungle is conveniently located 1509 4th Street in Berkeley, CA. They frequently have events there an airplant terrarium class on October, 23

LUSH Hot Oil Treatment (Kinky)

When I went to go get my latest haircut (Deva Cut/ Dry Hair Cut), my stylist mentioned that my hair was in great condition (so a trim was really all a needed). Cut (pun intended) to two weeks later, and my hair is still pretty much freshly cut.  I wanted to make sure I maintain the great condition, by not only using the right cleanser/conditioner and styling products but also making sure I use a great treatment/deep conditioner.  I recently stumbled upon the fact that LUSH has a new line of hot oil treatments.


This particular one is recommended for damaged and likely overly treated hair.

If your hair feels like damaged goods, stir up your routine with this hot oil treatment. Melt down the solid treatment and smooth the rich mixture through your locks. Extra virgin olive oil, almond oil and organic avocado oil nourish parched hair, leaving it smooth and shiny, and fair trade vanilla absolute perfumes locks with a long-lasting sweet and comforting scent.”



This one is designed for curly hair.

“If you're dreaming of enviously silky, hydrated curls, give Kinky a whirl. Made with lanolin to protect natural curls, this restorative treatment delivers intense moisture without diminishing your bounce and volume. With an uplifting floral blend of ylang ylang and rosewood, its exotic perfume is a treat for your senses too.”



This one is designed for tangled hair, which could also be used for curly guys and girls who really need a good pre wash detangle.

“Tame your tangles with this nourishing pre-wash hot oil treatment. Extra virgin olive oil, organic jojoba oil and guar gum make for a rich, silky mixture that smooths out knots and leaves locks gleaming. Rosewood and ylang ylang oils blend together for an exotic floral perfume that envelops the senses and keeps moods bright all day long. Tangles begone!”

I clearly got the one is called “Kinky” (*slight side eye* I always feel weird when I’m not sure who is using “black hair” vernacular), since I have coily/curly tendrils. Overall I liked the how the product made my hair feel after I rinsed it out, what I also liked is that you didn’t have to wet your hair before applying this treatment (which can just be a mess).


Check out the video below for how to use this product.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Event Alert: Marimekko’s Coat Drive



Marimekko is currently collecting gently used coats at select locations. The coats will of course be donated to those in need, as the temperatures drops for the fall/winter seasons. With a donation, customers will receive $75 off a new Marimekko winter jacket.


Marimekko Palo Alto

 Stanford Shopping Center #71 180 El Camino Real

Now through October 18th

P.S. Coat Drive Donations are also avalible at the NYC, Boston, and Cambridge locations

Monday, October 3, 2016

Tara Locklear Jewelry

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the talent of Tara Locklear. She designs the most unique, beautiful, fun, wearable works of are (in the form of jewelry).  If you are into really great craft fair, or very unique pop ups you may find her there.  I came across Tara Locklear Jewelry via the American Craft Show in San Francisco in August. I was on my way out, and hadn’t purchased anything but food when the last booth near my exit was hers. The bright white fabric backing made every one of her pieces pop which mesmerized me.  Tara takes what she says are “undervalued materials into the viewer’s focus” in short she takes skateboard decks and laser cuts/paints them into kick ass wearable art.  The variety of her jewelry is amazing, from bracelets, hoop earrings, statement necklace, all the way to drop earrings.

 The one thing that saddens me, is you can really only find her at various exhibits, art shows etc. (no you can’t purchase on her site), but she does have a list of vendors that carry her products with a few of them selling them online. If you are in the SF Bay Area you are in luck her pieces are sold at Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco


Check her out:

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/taralocklear/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/_taralocklear


SF Bay Area Where to Buy-

Velvet Da Vinci

2015 Polk Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 441-0109

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beauty Quickie: Kailijumei Lipstick

WHO: Kailijumei

Kailijumei Lipstick

HOW (it looks, smells, cost etc.): 
Translucent, jelly look, with a dried flower  and gold flakes floating in the center. The It's not heavily fragranced but smells a bit sweet (I can't 100% place the smell). The packaging is perfection (see the video below for how it works), shiny red, with a built in mirror. I wish all my lipsticks were packaged this way.

Price Point: $25 from the Kailijumei website (which is frequently sold out) , but I found mine on Alibaba for $6.95 each.

Some of the natural ingredients are candelilla resin, cocoa butter, beeswax and lavender oil. (that's the claim)

* This product also claims to be cruelty free, which is odd because to my knowledge all cosmetics in China require animal testing. (Still trying to figure this one out).



Also check them out on  Instagram



This is a really fun product, I'm not sure I would pay $25 for it, since the color (on that day) didn't change that much for me. They are basically all versions of "pink" that based on your body temperature changes colors. So depending on the day or you "mood" the shade will definitely change. Another thing I did like about it beyond the fabulous packaging is that it lightly stains your lips so you are left with brush of color after some of the shine wears off. Finally for those of you (somewhat like me) who like "clean" beauty I have to assume it's NOT "cleanest" product, while it has some natural ingredients, the color change aspect requires some chemicals I'm assuming. That being said the natural ingredients it does have makes it very moisturizing, and could be worn everyday (without having to put balm on first). All in all it's good but not great, check out the application, and colors in the video below.

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clarins Skin Boosters

We’ve all had hard days (and nights), and times where our regular skincare routine needed a boost, well Clarins took the boost idea literally.  Clarins Skin Boosters takes your favorite moisturizer and gives it an easy enhancement.

Do not let the small packaging fool you the little bottles pack a big punch, so much so you only need 3 to 5 drops added to your favorite moisturizer (or even you favorite serum, foundation, or oil).  Ease of use in skincare is one of the top 3 requirements, and the little bottles are easy to handle as well as dispensing (by tapping the bottom) is a cinch. I’ve used them (I have the Energy and Detox varieties) a few days a week for about 3 weeks and I love them, you get an instant glow. I’m really thinking about purchasing the Repair version soon.

Here are more details on the 3 varieties of Clarins Skin Boosters:

Clarins Skin Booster Energy –


Booster Repair helps your skin fight back. Its unique formula is enriched with mimosa tenuiflora extract, a Mayan plant known for its recovering properties:


• Reduces feelings of discomfort

 • Optimizes skin recovery

• Minimizes the appearance of redness


I typically use this one when I’ve stayed up way past my bed time and I’m dragging myself out of bed the next day (it sadly is usually reflected in my skin)


Clarins Skin Booster Repair – Booster Repair helps your skin fight back. Its unique formula is enriched with mimosa tenuiflora extract, a Mayan plant known for its recovering properties:


 • Reduces feelings of discomfort

 • Optimizes skin recovery

 • Minimizes the appearance of redness


I don’t have this one yet.


Clarins Skin Booster Detox - Booster Detox helps refresh and revive skin that’s had enough. Its unique formula is enriched with green coffee extract, a plant from tropical Africa, rich in caffeine, and known for its detoxifying properties:

• Detoxifies
• Revives radiance of a dull complexion
• Plumps the skin

I use this one when I’ve eaten poorly, which is usually every Sunday after a too fun Saturday (re: cocktails)

You can find Clarins Skin Boosters at the Clarins counter of your local department store (Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom etc.) or a Clarins online.


FTC: Products mentioned in this video were provided by a PR firm, however all content and thoughts regarding the product are my own.

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