Monday, July 31, 2017

Nailed It: d.i.d nail paint


I’m back, and here with one of my favorite topics, nail polish (remember when I had a line). This time I’m night highlighting nail art, I or my favorite nail artist did, but a polish line. One think you may not know about me, is other than Japanese Nail Art, I really like supporting nail polish/nail care brands that are owned by women of color (WOC), I have a few favorites, that I’ll let you know about in another post, but I came across a new one and I’m so excited.





d.i.d nail paint is a 8- free, and cruelty free nail polish line, which was started by nail technical Adrienne Blanks  The line launched with a Indiegogo crowdfunding even a few years back, and now the bottles have changed and the brand seems to be doing well. The color range is not as expansive as some of your name brands; however the collection has a core group of colors, along with some bright options for the summertime.  I’m personally in love with “The Nude Collection”., and picked up “Skinny Dip” as well as “The Nail Care Essentials” kit  (Non acetone+ moisturizing remover, Start (Primer), and Photo Finish (high gloss top coat) ).  The one color from the line I’m dying to get my hands on is “Sweet Potato Pie” ( I could go for an actual slice too), but it’s sold out. Overall I’m happy with my purchases, the primer and top coat are AMAZING (and play well with other polishes), and the nude is perfection.  

My nails are so well moisturized after using this remover.

The Remover is one of the most unique nail products I have tried. It’s unlike any other “safe” remover I’ve tried as well, it is 100% moisturizing, removes polish well (I had polish that had glitter in it), and has absolutely ZERO polish remover smell (even the other healthy ones have similar scents). I highly recommend this product to those who have issues with the scent, and also want to keep the toxins around them low.



If you want to purchase anything from d.i.d nail paint check out the website, or social media accounts:









Monday, May 1, 2017

1 Day Pressed Juicery Cleanse + Dairy Free Journey

Today I wanted to take you on a small journey that I’m taking.  First off I love food, I would definitely call myself a foodie but today I decided to do a 1 day juice cleanse (I don’t see myself being able to last longer than that).  I’m doing this cleanse to prepare myself to eliminate dairy from my diet (on a vacation/special occasion I may have a little). I can’t really drink liquid milk, and have too much dairy or it makes me bloated, my skin breaks out, and I have stomach issues. The one type of dairy I can tolerate is cheese (which is generally low in lactose). However, I found maybe in the last year that I eat cheese multiple times a day (it’s so good right), and while it doesn’t cause the same stomach issues, my skin sometimes pays for it as well as bloating (hell and gas since we are being honest).


I’ve decided to try it for just the month of May, if it goes well and I actually feel better starting from the inside out I’ll definitely continue this lifestyle.



1 Day Cleanse Information:

Who:  Press Juicery

What: Cleanse 1 + 2 Cleanse Waters (recommended for first time cleansers or athletes aka gym rats who need a higher caloric intake)

Where: Walnut Creek, CA

However you can purchase online and they will deliver or there are several locations in the Bay Area including Marin, SF.  If you are in SoCal, NYC, Vegas, Seattle, and Hawaii you can find the Press Juicery as well.

How: Check out the Vlog of my 1 Day Cleanse

Also check out




Interested in going EVEN HARDER (3 day cleanse), then check out

Friday, April 28, 2017

Style Steal: QHEMET BIOLOGICS Spring Sale


WHAT: 25% Off (sub total)

Sale includes hair and body products.

WHEN: Saturday 04/29 at 8 a.m. EST, 7 a.m. CST, 6 a.m. MST, 5 a.m. PST


Monday, April 24, 2017

Mezcal Paloma

Since the sun stayed out for consecutive days in Northern California, I was inspired to make a great sunny day drink (you can make this without the Mezcal, it's very refreshing). Traditionally a Paloma is made with tequila and it's the most popular tequila cocktail in Mexico (yes, it beats out a Margarita). Adding Mezcal (Tequila's fraternal twin as it is also made from the agave plant) instead of tequila gives the drink a bit more depth as it can be a bit smokier in flavor. 


There are so many recipes for a Paloma many call for grapefruit soda, but I don't drink soda and I find fresh squeezing or muddling fruit provides a much better flavor (you can create your own soda) and cuts back on some of the sweetness. 




Ingredients needed:


1 Grapefruit (you will get two servings)

1 lime

Agave Nectar 

Club Soda


Equipment needed:

Juicer/Hand Juicer/Squeeze by hand

Spoon/Shaker (you can stir or shake)


My Recipe:

Into a shaker or glass

  1. Squeeze 1/2 Grapefruit (this is about 1/4 cup) +save 1/4 of a half for garnish

  2. 1 tsp lime juice

  3. 1 tsp or 1tbsp of Agave Nectar (depending on the sweetness I prefer 1tsp)

  4. 1/4 cup of Mezcal should be equal parts to the grapefruit juice (I also prefer a smoky Mezcal like Veda)*

  5. Mix ingredients 1-4 together wither in a glass with a spoon or in a shaker

  6. Use 1/4 of grapefruit wedge to rim glass and dip in salt 

  7. Pour ingredients 1-4 into low ball glass (many use a highball but this isn't my preference)

  8. Top with club soda and place 1/4 grapefruit wedge on the rim of the glass

*remove the mezcal for a great non-alcoholic beverage 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cute Collabo: Reebok + FACE Stockholm

Photo Credit: FACE Stockholm

I’ve known of FACE Stockholm as a cosmetics brand for a very long time, and have picked up an item along the way. What I admire as much as FACE Stockholm’s cosmetics line, are the collaborations they have with Reebok. For the past few years the collaborations have focused on the classic Reebok line (low and high tops), in limited edition and often times in metallic colorways.  While I’ve wanted a pair for a while I never “pulled the trigger”. The most recent collaboration features the Rebook classic Freestyle Hi Rebook, circa 1982, that year is significant since it’s the same year that the first FACE Stockholm (founded in 1980) store was opened in Sweden by Gun Nowak.  The current Reebok + FACE Stockholm are available in colors Loyal, Optimistic, Courage, and Tough.  While I like all the colors, I’m really in love with Loyal (an almond milk white), and Optimistic (a light nude).

Photo Credit: Reebok


Which ones would you pick? Happy Shopping!

Photo Credit: Reebok

Where to Buy:


You can get them on either the Reebok (they are literally only one cent cheaper there) or on the Face Stockholm sites. They retail for $89.99/$90.00


P.S. Some of the previous collection is on sale as Face

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Honey & Petals Customer Appreciation Month


I’ve introduced you guys to the Honey & Petals brand before. A quick reminder, Honey & Petals is a whole body skincare brand based in Los Angeles that’s hallmark is the brands Plush Oil.  The store has recently been restocked with the You Sweetest Summer Collection which features the Notorious F.I.G and Call Me Peaches fragrances What I really wanted to let you all know it that they are having a customer appreciation month, which features 20% off all orders.  There are other items such as Face Oil that will be released as well so you can purchase using the discount code, now and later on this month.



Photo Credit: Honey & Petals


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beauty Quickie: Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30 (sneak peek)


I’m so happy, I’m able to bring you this sneak peek, before it’s store wide release, I hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more on this product as well.





 WHO: Kiehl’s


WHAT: Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30

HOW (it looks, smells, cost etc.): 


Luxuriously thick, white cream with zero fragrance I can detect. When I say thick it was a bit scary for me, because I automatically thought it would make me look chalky.


Price Point:




50 ml $27.50 or 125 ml $47.50








KEY INGREDIENTS (first 3 of 34) :

Water, Glycerin, Squalene




And bonus points for it having some salicylic acid which will help with my acne prone skin.








  and in stores in April






Ultra Facial Cream Sunscreen SPF 30, is a play on Kiehl’s very popular Ultra Facial Cream (which I never tried before), so far after a few days of use I can say I really like it.  If left my skin moisturized, but didn’t make it greasier or leave an awful sheen (it absorbs into the skin within a minute). I also love that I get some sun protection (which no matter how dark you skin is we all need it), without making me look chalky, smelling of chemicals, or again making me look like an oil slick. Only drawback is the list of ingredients is kind of long and it’s not all natural.




Overall Rating:  Let’s wait on that until I can give a full review upon the brick and mortar release (I’m leaning towards a 4.5 out of 5)  

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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