Thursday, May 9, 2019

Cover Shots: Indya Moore + Elle

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ZOEY GROSSMAN and STYLED BY CHARLES VARENNE.

I…

LIKE…

WOW!

 

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.

 

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ZOEY GROSSMAN and STYLED BY CHARLES VARENNE.
 

Beyond the Cover:

 

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ZOEY GROSSMAN and STYLED BY CHARLES VARENNE.

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

 

 

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 https://innersensebeauty.com.  

 

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!).

 
Health/Wellness:

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.
https://thehoneypot.co/

 

Fashion:



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.
https://www.nirvanawild.com/

 

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.
https://peaceimagesjewelry.myshopify.com/

 

Honorable Mentions:

The Crayon Case (dope make up brand out of New Orleans) https://shop.thecrayoncase.com/

Jade & Fox Co. (Kick as Body/Skincare Company out of Atlanta) https://www.jadefox.co/

Melanin Haircare (New Haircare Line from YouTuber Naptural85) https://melaninhaircare.com/

 

 

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.

Monday, January 7, 2019

flesh Beauty


I stumbled upon flesh when Carmen aka lipstickfashion (on IG) put up a Instagram post of just one product (Swipe Flesh Lip Color). I immediately checked out the flesh Beauty IG account,  and then the  flesh website itself and noticed they were sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty although for the most detailed information on each product you should check the flesh website first. You may be wondering about some of the names of the products when you read through this, and the name of the brand itself, the brand boast 40 foundations ( I don't wear foundations so I can't give a review on that), and they are attempting to change what we think of when we say flesh tone. I think that concept is pretty cool, and lucky for me there is an Ulta Beauty near my house so I decided to check it out and "pick up a couple items for vacation" needless to day I came home with way more than I bargained for.

My initial "haul"

 

The line did wonderful on my recent vacation to  New Orleans with it's winter time warmth and humidity. One thing that was shocking is the fleshpot product was not sticky and didn’t wear off during the day, even though I took actual disco naps. I even managed to wear the same face (just added MAC’s RiRi Woo) all day and night on NYE. These products were a staple daily while I was on vacay and I plan to keep them as my weekend (I don’t wear anything on my face at work) go to.

 

 

Even after I got back from vacation I managed to justify picking up one last item (hard eye roll).

 



 

 

 

See the names of the products/colors below:

Swipe Flesh in Tremble and Firm


Touch Flesh in Highlighting Balm

Fleshpot in  Enchantment (limited), Disco Nap (limited), and Fleshpot

Ripe Flesh in Vibrate

 

P.S. This is the first orange based colored lipstick I was ever able to wear, I’m so excited!!!!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Penelope Co. Candles

Photo Courtesy of Penelope Co.

I was inspired to write this one a fluke, a person I follow on twitter complained about candle scent suggestions from a (redacted) stores annual sale. Knowing that she was really into quality product (she is an amazing makeup artist) and that she lived in the SF Bay Area, I jumped at the opportunity to suggest my favorite candle of all time.

Penelope Candles, are soy based/100% cotton wicked (that even have recycled labeling) and made right in my hometown of Oakland, CA. My favorite fragrance that I buy and ask for (it is on my Holiday list) is Flannel Shirt. Flannel Shirt is just one of those fragrances that everyone will be drawn to, it has notes of Teakwood, Cedar, and Tobacco (it’s not at all overtly/overly “masculine”). I have also smelled a few more from the brand that are also great. I have a few like “Autumn Harvest”, and “Bourbon Apple Glaze” my list since I love gourmand fragrances.

 

The bonus with Penelope Candles you do not have to worry about gross chemicals and an overwhelming (sickly) amount of fragrance, the candles are refreshing and subtle, and add to but never overwhelms your environment. Since they are hand poured signature fragranced candles, you will have to shell out a few more bucks than you may be used to, $22 for an 8.5oz size and $15 for a 5oz (travel-ish size). If you are in the Bay Area, you can avoid the wait and shipping cost and pick one or more up and one of the many SF Bay locations. If you are not Bay Area based do not worry they ship!

 
"Flannel Shirt" burning in my living room.

 

 

My favorite location because they have other cool items:

 

Nathan & Co 

 

5636 College Ave.

Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 601.1677

 

http://www.nathanandco.com

Nathan & Co. 

4025 Piedmont Ave (between 40th St & Glen Ave)

Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 428.9369 

 

http://www.nathanandco.com

Urban Indigo

3339 Lakeshore Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 459.0451 

www.urbanindigo.com

Friday, November 30, 2018

Event Alert: Sephora 4th Street Grand Opening


Event: "We're Moving In: Fourth Street Berkeley"

  



Who: Sephora


What: Enjoy the grand opening weekend of Sephora on 4th street, which includes DJ, beauty consults, and a free gift with purchase. (Actually Grand Opening day is 11/30). Also the store is fully stock, so a lot of items you can't fine at the Emeryville, or Walnut Creek locations may be on the shelves if you get their early (I was able to pick up an item I haven't seen in store in 2 years).



When: November 30th-December 2nd

 

 

Where: 1785 4th Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710


 

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