Friday, May 22, 2020

Style Steal: Peach & Lily Memorial Day Sale


If you are a K-beauty fan then I know you’ve heard of the Peach & Lily brand, and their online store that host all your favorites like May Coop Raw Sauce, Shangpree Gold Black Pearl Hydrogel Eye Mask, Lagom Cellup Gel to Water Cleanser and more. Peach & Lily rarely has a site wide sale but this Memorial Day they are giving you a chance for up to  40% off your Summer favorites


Who: Peach and Lily (Peach Slices) and some of your favorite K-Beauty Brands

What: Up to 40% off your Summer Favorites

Where: Peach & Lily 

When: Friday, May 22nd @Noon PST Ends Monday, May 25 at 9PM PST


Monday, April 20, 2020

Shelter In Place and Beyond Nail Care

Hey y’all, I’m back healthy and safe and I hope you are doing the same. What we won’t be discussing is the elephant in the room. What we will talk about is how brow, mani, pedis, waxing have all been put on the back burner.  What I will say is, IT IS NOT WORTH IT to sneak out to someone who is still offering services. Okay enough of that, let’s get to the fun stuff NAILS. As most of you know I love all things nails from polish to art, and for a few years now I’ve been doing my own gel sets. Now my hobby is a privilege because, my  hands, and now my feet (yeap, I’m doing gel pedis now) have NOT skipped a beat.  I know this isn’t everyone’s hobby and everyone isn’t into DIY so I’m here to help you and some wonderful nail artist whose businesses have been hit hard.  Below is a list of artist I follow some are from the Bay Area and some aren’t who are offering the most beautiful press/glue on nail options.



Happy Shopping!!

First Shelter in Place Set, and My first time doing a gel pedi.


Artist Offering Press Ons:


















Bay Area offer Press Ons:











My current gel set



Going au Naturale? Here are some artist that are offering manicure kits and nail oils:


nailsbycanishiea (Northern California)










Check out my some of my other nail work on  instagram (bastylefilegirl)

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.



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