Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Run for Another with Janji

I know I don’t talk about it much on the blog, but I’m fairly active with CrossFit, Yin Yoga, and running being my favorite activities.  Prior to a minor injury that I’m  “actively” (still working out but being very cautious) I came across a brand for running called Janji. Janji has taken the platform of some of the eyewear brands, by not just supply a fashionable and functional product but also giving back in return. I have a couple pair of their running shorts which I absolutely love and I can wear both on runs and at CrossFit,  not to mention my purchase helped another!


Here is how they brand came to be:


It was one of the hottest days of the year when Mike Burnstein and Dave Spandorfer were on their way to the Division III NCAA Track and Field Championships. They recognized how lucky they were to have water to cool them down and rehydrate, but also realized that a better part of the rest of the world doesn't share this same luxury.


From there, Janji was born. The founders took great pride in creating something that allows runners to give back not just on race day, but every day through what they wear. Today, Janji boasts collections from 8 different countries in Africa, South/Central America, Asia, and the U.S. Every piece of apparel can give from a week up to three years of clean water to someone living in that country, through partnerships with water.org, Living Water International, MSABI and DIGDEEP.


Janji means 'promise' in Malay, and the Janji promise is to foster a community of kindred runners that want to run not only for themselves, but Run For Another.


Check out the brand in action:


Photo Credit: Janji

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First Look: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails

Photo Credit: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails

Early on in this blog, I introduced butter London to some of you with that introduction to the brand I was introduced to the at the times Creative Director Nonie Creme.  Nonie was such a wonderful creative force behind the brand, and a friendly, smart and wonderful person, which is why I was so sad when she left the company.  At the end of 2014 I started hearing a buzz that Nonie was coming back with her own brand Nonie Creme Colour Prevails. I watched the twitter page for a while and in early 2015 the line launched, and shockingly it wasn’t at a high price point or at an inaccessible location, it was right at Walgreens and Drugstore.com. Now don’t let those locations and the price point of nothing over $20 fool you, the polishes from the Colour Prevails line are still unique and are also 5 free so it’s not full of any of the hazardous items we want to avoid. The line which was inspired by Alexander McQueen’s 2001 runway show, “Moth” is more than just polishes; there is mascara, lip gloss, matte lipstick, lipstick, eyeliner, eye shimmer, eye shadow palettes, CC Cream, and Foundation.  And each product is more than just one thing, which harkens back to the duality of the moth theme, almost all the products are two sided so you are getting so much more for your money!

For me the must haves for me so far are clearly the polishes, eye liner, and mascara.

L to R: Mannequin Hands CC Creme Basecoat, Privileged (Lt. Blue), Girls Club (Lt. Purple), Clacker (Grey), Locker Topcoat

L to R: Privileged, Girls Club, Clacker

Check out pictures and details from the nail polishes on my Instagram page (coming soon)!  Yes, the bottle is gorgeous and I know many are worried about how to apply.  The bottle is made to be ergonomic so the application process is a breeze.

One last thing, depending on if your Walgreens has extensive cosmetics section you will probably not be able to find it in stores.  So far I’ve seen it at some Walgreen’s in NYC, which means it probably is at the Walgreen’s in SF on Powell Street (the beauty section is huge and glorious).  I purchased mine via drugstore.com and because I shop there occasionally everything was a little less than the retail price %6.40 for the nail polishes and $10.40 for the eye products.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beauty Quickie: FOREO LUNA mini

Photo Credit: Sephora

LUNA mini

HOW (it looks, smells , cost etc):
This palm size, colorful (multiple color options), round, rubbery bristled, sonically moving object is far more useful than it’s strange appearance may lead you to believe, the shape is actually ergonomic and makes it easy to handle.
 The LUNA mini model is a two speed device which uses the T Sonic technology that delivers 8,000 pulses per minute which removes deadskin, dirt, and yes makeup too. Price Point: $139 for the mini model and $199 for the LUNA and LUNA Men’s ( 8 speed devices)



Sephora, and http://www.foreo.com/


I’ve used  another cleansing brush for a while now and it gets pricey replacing the brush several times of year, and to be honest it doesn’t travel well. Not to mention if you have   have sensitive skin traditional bristles for you The LUNA mini is great it stays charged for over 300 uses, and when in use I can’t even really feel the individual  bristles on my face, but somehow my face is cleansed to perfection. Spending 139-199 bucks up front and never really having to worry about charging, additional purchases beats out any cleansing brush on the market financial which is why I’m a huge fan!  

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars (Perfect)


Check out my first time using it here:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Gnarly Whale Beach Waves

A while back I’d been looking at The Gnarly Whale’s Beach Wave product as a curl refresher, but I was a bit hesitant because I had never seen any black girls use a beach wave product in their natural hair. Honestly, salt in some instances is deemed drying and therefore bad for natural African American hair. I went back and forth and decided not to buy it, but was still very interested. Luckily I was not alone and a curly hair blogger Quest for The Perfect Curl (Elle) with hair similar to mine asked about the product on her facebook page, month’s later she bought the product and used it.  I was so glad she did, it was my green light to move forward with my purchase.  The first item I bought was in the sale section, the pineapple ginger beach wave spray. It smells wonderful just like a tropical vacation, and it works really well, I use it to refresh my curls or to change up styles mid-week.  I also use it on my scalp after especially after my noon workouts.


Another great thing about The Gnarly Whale is they aren’t just beach wave spray they have other hair care items as well as great soaps. You also won’t feel bad about buying from them, because they give back  10% of their monthly profits go to charity monthly, 5% goes to Earth Justice: a non-profit law organization that's dedicated to helping protect and preserve places, nature resources, wildlife, and our environment. 5% goes to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium: a non-profit aquarium that strives to protect marine life and environment while inspiring and encouraging the human spirit through education, rehabilitation, rescue, release and more.



Check out my video (it also has a link to Elle’s video):




Monday, February 16, 2015

My DevaCut at MaduSalon

This post is better late than never! This year I decided to finally let someone else help take care of my hair for a change. For me that meant getting a DevaCut, what’s a DevaCut you ask? It’s basically a cutting technique for women with curly hair (all curls great and small) perfected at the DevaChan salon in NYC (there are more around the country now) . The process is simple you go to a Deva Certified Stylist with your curly hair in its natural state (no blow outs/ or pony tails).  The stylist will cut your hair curl by individual hair, this way you know exactly how your hair will look curly.


I choose to go to MaduSalon in San Francisco, because they have a variety of Deva Certified stylist many with hair similar to the texture of my own which is always cool. The process was pretty simple she did a very light trim of my hair, cleansed my hair, applied stylers and I sat under the dryer. Once I was out of the dryer she then shaped up my hair (still not cutting too much). This left my hair in a great shape which will grow out nicely. Check out my results:




DevaCuts can be a little pricey, BUT if you go to someone who does them well you only have to go back every 6 to 8 weeks!

Monday, February 9, 2015

SF Beer Week Pre-Party at Anchor Steam

February 6th kicked off SF Beer Week and also was my birthday, but the day before I was lucky enough to get an invite from The Infatuation SF to the Anchor Steam Brewery SF Beer Week Pre-Party.  The event was held in San Francisco at the Anchor Steam brewery guest got to enjoy great food paired with wonderful beer including Sliders (fried chicken, falafel, or pulled pork), beer floats, chili, beer/chees pairings, and much more.  All the staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they love what they do, the elements of the artistry and science of beer were all around us.


Two very helpful members of the Anchor Steam Staff

I really love beer, but I have to be honest I don’t really drink Anchor Steam, because the type I see most frequently is too light. So I was very grateful that I got to try a variety of Porters (Anchor Porter), Brown (Brekle’s Brown), Belgian Style Ales, and a limited variety that’s only available at the brewery OBA.  I had a great time, and can’t wait to check out the other SF Beer Week events in the East Bay.
The Equipment

Forget Wine and Cheese, Beer and Cheese Please

This was SOOOOO good

The exclusive OBA

Yeap making beer is Science!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Current Obsession: Ear Pins

What rock have I been living under to miss out on ear pins? Ear pins are basically a cross between and ear cuff and an actual earring. They are so darn cute and the looks that I’ve seen (primarily on Etsy) can go from day to day casual to Swarovski crystal night time chic. One small warning, take your time and look around before you purchase many places have the same quality ear pins but are at a 98 dollar price point where others have the same looks at 20 dollars (although sometimes you have to wait for shipping from overseas) .
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