Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Taste Test

So yeah, this happened. ENJOY!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beauty Quickie: DevaCurl SUPERCREAM


 

WHO: DevaCurl

WHAT:
SuperCream

HOW (it looks, smells , cost etc.):
Medium density  white cream,  most notably it smells better than any DevaCurl product I’ve experience (faintly sweet coconut). The packaging is a bit awkward as you can’t truly control how much you are getting out in a pump, it would be much better in a screw off top container.

Price Point: $28 for 5.1 oz. that may seem pricey but a little goes a long way (it has excellent slip).  

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Coconut Oil, Jojoba Protein, and Corn Starch (this is what they are using as part of anti-frizz and hold)
Free of the following:





Phthalates

DEA/MEA/TEA

Sulfates

Silicones

Paraffins
 

 

WHERE TO BUY:

DevaCurl.com

If you are in the SF Bay Area, you can find the product on the shelves of The Beauty Center Stores. Per DevaCurl, the product will be on the shelves of Sephora and Ulta by the end of the month.

THE VERDICT:
I use at the very least two DevaCurl products every time I wash my hair, so trying this was very exciting for me.  Supercream claims to do everything that is needed for super curly (aka highly textured, coily, African American Hair), and it really does.  I can stand by all the claims they are making on their site, the only thing with this is it does not provide enough hold. I’m used to being able to wear styles for a week and after 3 days by hair looked 7 days old.  I could quickly remedy this by placing a tiny bit of gel on top of the product (which I’ll do in the future), but in order for this product to be perfect it would have to be reformulated with more hold to be truly the only product I need to style, define, and moisturize.


Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars (Almost Perfect)

 

Check out a more detailed review and how I used the product:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Event Alert: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Grand Opening in Pleasanton



Who: Kiehl’s Since 1851

What: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Grand Opening

Where:
Stoneridge Mall
1 Stoneridge Mall Rd.
Pleasanton, CA

When:  Wednesday July, 1 2015
10AM to 9PM
If you can’t make it the grand opening day check out the store during its regular hours Monday through Saturday, 10AM to 9PM; Sunday, 11PM to 7PM.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cover Shots: Taraji P. Henson + W Magazine


 
 
 
Shockingly I actually don’t watch the smash hit “Empire”, but I have been familiar with Taraji P. Henson for a long time. I’ve been a fan of hers since she was doing films which primarily featured black actors, and of course I'm a fan of her role on  “Person Of Interest” where many in the mainstream media first really got to see her acting chops. With the rise of “Empire” so has her status as “It Girl” (although she is a fully grown woman, although she doesn’t look it with a kid in college). It’s fitting that she would be on cover (and inside) W Magazines (August 2015), #thepopissue.

 

There is much more to this woman than her beauty, and her acting chops check out  the interview that accompanies the stunning photographs.

 

Photo Credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot W Magazine

Monday, June 15, 2015

Style File Find of the Week: Denim Joggers


Photo Cred: Hollister Co (this is the pair I got)

I know many ladies have done it, worn our boyfriends (brother, or male besties) clothing, but have you ever asked a guy “where’d you get that?”, so that you can pick up the item for yourself. This weekend I did just that I saw a guy in some really cool jogger jeans and after some thought he let me know he got them from my former workplace Abercrombie and Fitch (yeap, worked there for several years!).

Photo Credit : Hollister Co.
 

After pursing the site and finding out they were $69 bucks, I took my little sisters advice and checked the Hollister website. On the Hollister Co. Site they were $15.73 to $26.97  they also have them in women’s but the men’s version looks much better and since they aren’t a fitted style it doesn’t really matter if you buy the guys version.  This is perfect summer wear; you can wear them at your ankles or push them up when it gets warmer and throw on a simple top a go!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beauty Quickie: Belle Butters Black Current and Lavender Oil Cleanser



WHAT:
Black Current and Lavender Oil Cleanser

HOW (it looks, smells , cost etc):
Medium viscosity oil, which a bright yellow tint which smells most notably like lavender with a hint of sweetness to it.  

 

Price Point: $25 for 2 oz. and it comes with a pore cleanser pad (I use my Foreo, but the cleansing pad is pretty much a manual version of that).  The container is small, BUT a little bit of the product goes a very long way!

KEY INGREDIENTS:
Organic Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Black Current Oil, Carrot Oil, Lavender Essential Oil

WHERE TO BUY:

Bellebutters.bigcartel.com

 

THE VERDICT:
I used to use another independent brand, and I swear they changed their formulation which caused some odd breakouts. Since I’m already in love with Belle Butters whipped shea butter, I decided why not try her oil cleanser. I’m so glad I did, the oil is just the right consistency not thick and hard to remove and I didn’t have any adverse reactions when I started using it. It leaves your skin dewy (think youthful not oily), and after you use it for a few weeks, your glowing skin will definitely start to get compliments. The other thing I like about this cleansing oil is it doesn’t use a lot of the oils that are in the DIY recipes or other brands i.e. Castor Oil, Olive Oil, and Coconut Oil etc. some of these oils while they are great for other parts of the body and hair don’t really translate well to the face. Grapeseed Oil is one of my favorites (it’s great in my hair too), Lavender Oil helps with scaring (dark marks etc.), and Carrot Oil is a great sunscreen. What I didn’t know is that Black Current Oil helps with cell regeneration. I hope this product never changes, and that my skin keeps reacting the same way to it for years to come!



Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars (Perfect)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Beauty Find of the Week: Bait Hair Perfume


Photo Credit: Bait Hair Perfume
 
 
I typically wash my hair once a week, and when I’m rocking my hair in a wash and go (my hair in its natural state) I’ll re-wet and run conditioner through it during one additional time during the week. Occasionally I like to wear my hair twists outs, and when I do them I like to wear them for a while before washing and restyling (a couple weeks at least).  You may also know that I love all natural fragrances specifically of the gourmand (fragrances that smell like food) variety. Combine my desire to refresh my hair regularly without full on washing it with my love for gourmand fragrances and you have Bait Hair Perfumes.

 
Photo Credit: Bay Area Style File

I stumbled across Bait Hair Perfume in the one place I almost always ignore the “Who to Follow” section of twitter.  Bait Hair Perfume is exactly what it says, a perfume for your hair but so much more. If you were to spray regular perfume on your hair (a big no no) it would dry it out, but Bait is designed to actually refresh your hair not only add fragrance. Bait Hair Perfume was designed to last since it has a higher amount of fragrance than standard perfumes, which allows it to last up to 12 hours and is formulated to cling to the hair.

 

Photo Credit: Bay Area Style File
 

As for  how the product is doing on my natural curly/coily hair I love it, since I don’t wash my hair every day it’s perfect first thing in the morning after I get out of the shower, but my favorite time to spray it is after the gym (before I shower). One thing that  I was surprised is  that this product didn’t alter the look or feel of my naturally coily/curly hair even though this product does contain silicone (alcohol, silicone, and fragrance) which is a no-no for those who are strict in the curly girl method which means I’ll be using this a bit more sparingly. Another great thing is if you aren't sure which one you want, you can get a sampler like me for $12, the full sizes are $38, and the entire collection aka The Tackle Box is $125

 
Photo Credit: Bay Area Style File

Fragrance Descriptions (I put them in order of my least to most favorite scent):

Femme Fatale: “With exotic forbidden fruits, warm vanilla, and hints of dark amber, this sensual scent has been known to lead to irresistibly dangerous situations.” This smells great, but it’s a tad too much on the amber/musky side and less like vanilla. This is definitely more of a night time scent.

Skinny Dipper: “An intoxicating cocktail of coconut, suntan lotion, and pool side aroma, this beachy scent will capture the memories of your wildest summer nights.” This one was hard to rank, because this is the one I keep in my gym bag and is the most refreshing of the fragrances. If any fragrance would be appropriate for a man too, this would be it!

Heart Breaker: “A sugar rush of pink cotton candy and decadent vanilla cupcake, this sweet and flirtatious scent will have them begging you for more.” This one reminds me of the really popular pink sugar fragrance, and I love it. It smells sugary sweet, although I don’t overtly smell cupcake but I still enjoyed the sweetness of the overall scent.


Day Dreamer: “A perfect harmony of creamy orange sherbet, coconut, and soft vanilla, this summery scent will surround your dreams with peace and love.” Ahhhh orange soda goodness and creamy sweetness is what this one reminds me of. It’s the most gourmand scent of the 4 and my favorite (definitely going to purchase the full size bottle).

(All are cruelty free and the company is in the process of being PETA certified)


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Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. However all thoughts about the product are my own.
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