Monday, July 16, 2018

Crave Skincare


For all of you who got her via my YouTube channel welcome to my blog! I wanted to do this review through and cross platform because it’s covering multiple items and I wanted to give each of them enough time to shine. 
 
I have already introduced you to the use of cannabinoids (CBD specifically), in skincare items and I’ve also already introduced you to the Crave Skincare brand via its one body care product Alchemy.  What I did over this past month is dive face first (literally lol), into a morning skincare routine that consisted exclusively of products from Crave Skincare. Crave Skincare is an all-natural, handmade, and well thought out brand that uses a variety of oils and botanicals. What makes them different is one botanical that is used throughout the line is CBD and Hemp Oils.
 


 
I’ll break them down by each product in order of use (all of which I love).
 
 
Crave Oil Cleanser + War Paint Remover
Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil, D1-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Hemp oil with Hemp extract (Aerial parts), Castor Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Kukui Nut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cucumber Seed Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Kalahari Watermelon Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Elemi Oil, Rosemary and Sunflower Oil, Bisabolol, Phytosterols, Alpha Lipoic Acid
This product will be my new go to oil cleanser (now that the one I use to use is no longer made), a little goes a long way, and like a really quality oil cleanser it gets your skin ultra clean without any stripping or making your skin fill oddly tight.
Crave 40 Winks Eye Serum
Ingredients: Water, Safflower Oleosomes, Tremella Mushroom Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Lactobacillius Ferment, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein + Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein + Superoxide Dismutase, Lactobacillus/Nereocystit Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate (Sea Kelp Bioferment), Nannochloropsis Occulata (Algae) Extract + Pullulan, Saccharide Isomerate, Betaine, Lactobacillius Ferment + Cocos Nucifera Estract, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Glycerine, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extract (Aerial parts), Lecethin (Sunflower, Non-GMO), Sodium PCA, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 + Panthenol + Sodium Hyaluronate + Algae (Dunaliella Salina) Extract, Hydrococtyl (Centella Asiatica) Extract,Beta Glucan (yeast), Tocopherol (Vit. E), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Resveratrol (Grapeseed), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone
This product is great as well and easy to apply, although it’s a bit looser than a traditional serum. I highly suggest putting this in the refrigerator to make it even more refreshing during applications. While it didn’t take care of darkness, I did notice I was significantly less puffy (especially since I use this in the morning when my bags are at their worst).
 
Crave Virgin Skin
Ingredients: Water, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Safflower Oleosomes, Tremella Mushroom Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Lactobacillus, Glycerine, Betaine, Licorice Root Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment and Cocos Nucifera Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (fatty acids from Coconut Oil), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp) Oil with Hemp extract (Aerial parts), N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Lecithin (Sunflower Non-GMO), Licorice Root Extract, Sodium PCA, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Coconut Endosperm, Algae Extract + Pullulan, Saccharide Isomerate, Xanthan Gum, Ferulic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract (Gotu Kola), Beta Glucan (Yeast), Bisabolol, Sunflower Oil and Rosmarinus Officinalus (Rosemary Antioxidant), Canarium Luzonicum Oil (Elemi Oil), Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone.
 
Out of the two products you should use post cleansing this was my least favorite (I’m dedicated to the next one I’ll list), I just don’t’ think it is for me specifically because I’m not really looking to firm up my skin although it does have some benefits I do want such as brightening and evening the skin tone, but since I did not use this one consistenatly for the entire month I cannot 100% say it hits all though marks, although it has great reviews and may be the product you are looking for.
 
Crave Radical-C Serum
Ingredients: Agua (Water), Lactobacillus/Nereocystis Luetkeana Ferment Filtrate (Sea Kelp Bioferment), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Lactobacillius Ferment, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vit. C), Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Citrulline, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Betaine, Lactobacillus + Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extrat (Aerial parts), Lecithin (Sunflower Non-GMO), Sodium PCA, Tocopherol (Vit E), Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Glycerin, Ferulic Acid, Melatonin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Bisabolol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract + Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone, Quercetin
 
Similar to the 40 Winks product in that it is less like a traditional serum you’ll find in a drug or a department store, it’s is less viscus and a bit more watery. However it’s still powerful, and a little goes a long way (the full size bottle will last a while). While this product is also “anti-aging” like virgin skin, what I love about it is that it has some non-oily natural hydrating ingredients, and it’s really a great antioxidant potion for those who live in a city environment where the sun is present (i.e. Cali). It’s really an all in one product, you can kick out your hyaluronic acid, environmental defense cream, and vitamin C serum because this takes care of all three. The small amount you use really moves across your skin and absorbs easily with no film, or oiliness.
NOTE: You either use Virgin Skin or Radical-C Serum not both
 
Crave Salvation Oil Serum
Ingredients: Squalane Olive Oil, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Borage Oil, Echium Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extrat (Aerial parts), Chia Seed Oil, Moringa Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Black Cumin Seed, Rose Hip Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Lecithin (Non-GMO Sunflower), Sea Buckthorn CO2, Bisabolol, Vitamin E, Phytosterols, Tetrahydrocurcuminiods (Tumeric), CoQ10.
I 100% prefer to hydrate/moisturize with an oil, but it’s always so hard to find one for someone with combination skin that won’t have me looking like an oil slick by the end of the day.  The word serum is misleading when you open up the bottle, because it’s 100% an oil. That said product has a few ingredients (that I love) that I used independently in the past as skin hydrators and, or mixed myself. This has all of my absolute skincare oil favorites, plus ones I never heard of, ones I wanted to try, with a splash of CBD on top, it really could not get any better.
 
Crave Glo-Berry Glistening Skin Oil Serum
 
This is really similar to Salvation Oil (I love them equally), but with a shimmering/dewy (but your skin isn’t oily) finish to it. I love this one, but I don’t wear it every day. I use it when I’m going out, or on the weekend for the most part. I don’t want to waste next level glowing skin at work LOL.
 
Ingredients: Squalane (Olive), Opuntia ficus indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Daikon Seed Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed (Hemp) Oil + Cannabidiol (CBD), Psidium guajava (Guava) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Oil, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Caprylic Capric Triglycerides, Red Raspberry Oil, Sunflower Lecithin (Sunflower, Non-GMO), Tocotrienols (Vit E), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Bisabolol (from Chamomile), Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (Tumeric antioxidant), Alpha lipoic acid
 
NOTE: I usually use one or the other and not both Salvation Oil and Glow Berry at the same time, but you technically can do that.
 
 
 
Here’s exactly how I used the products by visiting my YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY6rB2csYGk  
 
My overall thoughts, I love the line and I’ll definitely continue to use it. The items I will probably keep re-ordering forever even if I add in products from another brand are the Oil Cleanser + War Paint Remover, Radical-C, Salvation Oil Serum, and Glo-Berry Glistening Skin Oil Serum.  Hell, I actually already reordered I even the full size of the Salvation oil as well as ordered a travel sizes of all the products to put in my carry on this summer when I travel.  You can check the price points, any further product information,  and purchase CraveSkincare online.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beauty Quickie: Alchemy Lux Body Oil

 

WHO: Crave Skincare

WHAT: Alchemy (Lux Body Oil)

HOW (it looks, smells, cost etc.): 

The fragrance is a natural beautiful (but not heavy)  Ylang Ylang scent that is absolute heaven.  The oil itself is really light not heavy or (“coaty”) and absorbs well. It has a yellowish-green hue (similar to really good olive oil). The amber dropper bottle packaging is something you’d see at a really traditional apothecary with some really nice branding, Crave Skincare’s  classic “C “with a pink metallic “A” that denotes it as Alchemy (the other products in the line carry different center letters).

 

Price Point:

 

$48 for 4 oz

 

KEY INGREDIENTS:

 

Caprylic Capric Triglycerides (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Hemp Oil)+ Hemp Extrat (Aerial parts), Macadamia oil, Jojoba oil, Kukui Nut oil, Baobab Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Squalane Oil (Olive), Rosehip Seed oil, Lecithin (Sunflower Non-GMO), Essential Oil Blend (Elemi Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Rosemary with Sunflower Oil, Balsam of Peru, Cistus, Ylang Ylang oil, Vitamin E, Alpha Lipoic Acid. 

Also vegan and cruelty free

WHERE TO BUY:  

Crave Skincare (craveskincare.com)

 

 

THE VERDICT: 

 

This product is infused with hemp which like CBD has antioxidant properties that are great for your skin.  Combine the use of hemp with some other oils that I’ve used (individually) in the past that have natural sunscreen (Red Raspberry See Oil), moisturizing/anti-hyperpigmentation for brown skin (rosehip seed oil) and some other skin friendly properties and I’d say this is a winner. My only real gripe is you forget how small 4oz is when ordering, and since it’s a body product (and one I really enjoy) I’m using a fair amount during application, especially post shower.

Overall it’s great for the actual health of your skin (you will glow), and feel smoother and be moisturized without feeling greasy or any residue. It also has some hidden benefits due to the addition of hemp oil and helps with overall inflammation of your skin (and the muscles below). I’d definitely hope for a larger size in the future, but understand it that doesn’t happen since all the products from Crave Skincare including this one are handmade.

 Helpful tip: Use it as a bath oil to extend the use.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars (really a 5 but the size LOL)

 

 

P.S. Stay tuned for some more from Crave Skincare

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Happy Birthday frank body + Flash Sale

 

“Happy Birthday, to them Happy Birthday to them”, okay let me stop before I get sued for attempting to sing Happy Birthday to the very popular brand frank body. frank body is turning 5 years old, and in celebration of their Birthday frank body has created a limited edition birthday fragrance of its famous coffee body scrub (shockingly I haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet, but soon and I’ll tell you more about it).

 

Photo Courtesy of frank body

 

 

 

 

The Birthday version of the scrub is a little lighter than its usual formulation (due to more sugar being used), but still gives nice exfoliation just the same and who doesn’t want to smell like cake? (I’m a gourmand fragrance lover so I know I do.  

 

More on the limited edition fragrance:

 

Extra delicious, extra sweet, extra hydrating body scrub. More sugary than frank's other coffee scrubs but just as tough on dry skin and bumps. Leaves you with skin as smooth and sweet as frosting. This is one time you can have your cake and scrub with it too.

 

Made with raw sugar that easily dissolves for a soft and even exfoliation, coconut husk to keep skin supple, the frank body signature roasted and ground Robusta Coffee Beans to wake up skin and stimulate circulation and Matcha Tea and Avocado Oil to nourish, moisturize and replenish the skin while adding in some anti-aging benefits.

Photo Courtesy of frank body

 

 

 Sale Details:

 

 Who: Frank Body

 

What: 5th Birthday Flash Sale (15% off)

 

When: Today through tomorrow (ends on 6/6 at 5pm EST)

 

Where: frankbody.com

 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Beauty/Health Find: The CBD Skincare Company




I like many people have been using CBD which is a cannabinoid (one of the main two) found in the marijuana plant for a while now. And nope, it does not get you high like it's friend THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the plant, and holds some really healing, helpful,  properties  such as anti-seizure, and anti-tumor  as well as some great beauty benefits (improvement of hair, skin, and nail appearance). CBD is  an antioxidant (stronger than vitamin c and e) which helps protect from free radicals and fight the signs of aging. Not to mention it helps treat some specific skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. The  main property I use it for is anti-inflammation and I use it via  transdermal (through the skin your largest organ) micro dosing (small doses depending on the amount that is in each product). I  typically use a skin salve (think Bengay, but all natural, better working, better for you and not stinky), but I was looking for other more affordable options.

I came upon The CBD Skincare Company via the  Instagram account of one of my favorite fitness ladies NatalieKnowsFitness. I thought she was promoting the brand but, come to find out that she owned the company. I looked over the site, and what they were offering and since I'd already done my research on topical CBD I made a purchase. Note: This claim of anti-inflammation and pain reduction has been studied by several respected and notable institutions, including the National Institute of Health(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/).




After using both bars for a little over a week (mostly at night post gym or anytime post workout) I’ve noticed my skin is much softer, and it also aided in getting rid of a pimple quickly. I also noticed that it added in my recovery from post gym soreness (I also tested this by not using my usual CBD infused topical salve for inflammation while testing this soap out). I  even used it on my face (I absolutely love skincare) and it's a good addition to my skincare routine. As a matter of fact CBD (hemp oil) has been used in skincare brands for years way before the legalization (in some states) or pro-legalization boom.  

 
 
Another great thing about this product is it seems to be  long lasting. I cut each bar in half and placed them in the driest area of my shower for daily use. Both of the original halves I started with are still almost the size they were when I started and I have two unused second halves to go.
 
 
Now let's get down to the ingredients and other details (where to buy etc.). The CBD Skincare Co. has a total of 10 soap options, 7 of which that contain 50mg of full spectrum CBD and 3 that have 100mg of full spectrum CBD. The ingredients of each are really simple saponified sunflower/safflower, coconut, and palm oils (with retained glycerin). Each then include it's specific dose of CBD and all natural oils for fragrance. The 50 mg options are priced at $12 per 4oz bar, and the 100mg options is priced at $18 per 4 oz bar. The soaps are also cruelty free, Non GMO, 100% Natural, and Eco Friendly. You can purchase the soaps at The CBD Skincare Co website and following them or ask any further questions about the brand on the following social media locations:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nailed It: DIY Gel Nails

Recently I've been doing my own gel manicures at home ( it's my personal passion/hobby). I also realized that I hadn't done any nail post here in a while, and that I hadn't shared any pictures on the blog (seriously I'm trying to blog more).  It's not that I don't love getting my gels done at my favorite places by my favorite nail artist (Bisou Nail Lounge, Masako at Anton's Salon and Annex, or Laurel aka Pizza Perfect Nails in SF), it's just saving money is a priority and I've found that when I do my own they last way long (I found a really good gel base that works for me).

Check out what I've been up to over the past few months.


This was my first set back, not sure why I insisted on a dark color (hardest to work with especially for a novice/hobby). These lasted 2 full weeks and I could have gone longer.




These were my birthday nails, I was paying homage to the amethyst stone, and my favorite color with these.  They might be my favorite as well (I nailed it with the hand drawn glitter lines). These lasted 2 weeks as well (and could have gone longer), the striping tape was hard to work with though.




I took inspiration from one of my favorite nail artist Unistella and her "Diamond Nail" creation. I added my own special flair to my thumbs to make them my own unique design. These were so fun. ( These lasted close to three weeks).



These were an oops nail. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do and ended up here. I didn't love them as much as the others, but other people really enjoyed them (they were also a tad too long, I like my shorties).


An Au Natural look doesn't have to be boring. These were subtle and eye catching at the same time. These lasted for soooooooo long I really could have gone 4 weeks with these, but I ended up just going 3.


These are a close second for my favorite nails. These were TOO FUN (well still are, I have them on now). I used a splatter technique I  used to do with regular polish.




If you want to see any of my future nail work then make sure you are following me on Instagram,
http://www.instagram.com/bastylefilegirl
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Walk MS 2018






I rarely ask anything of my readers, or really talk about causes that a close to me but if you could do me a huge favor and take some time to check out the link below that would be great. http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/CAGETEAM MS, has impacted not only a close friend (who is now passed away), but also a family member you passed away last November. This year a friend of mine who has a connection to MS as well reached out to me to ask if I want to do the walk, and I jumped at the opportunity. If you can help us (our team) reach (and get beyond) our goal of that would be great.




Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PUCKERED


 


Hey guys, I was able to get my hands on a brand that I had not heard of (currently sold exclusively online), PUCKERED.  PUCKERED was founded by Sylvia Russell who has been working in makeup artistry and lifestyle for decades. Sylvia has done stints with the Tampa Bay Cheerleaders as a makeup artist, was the beauty and lifestyle expert from Tampa’s WFLA, Channel 8 and Channel 10, as well as a range of other work. She started PUCKERED in August 2017 and plans to move the brand from strictly ecommerce to pop ups and eventually retail locations.  PUCKERED is touted as “a beauty brand with a passion for lips” which celebrates “…the beauty in every woman and empowers women of color and of different ethnicities, to create the life they want.” I really enjoy the sentiment behind the brand, which is why I was willing to support it with a purchase.

 

I ended up purchasing two items once gloss (in Scarlett Red) and one Liquid Matte (in Creme)


 

Overall the formulation of both the gloss and matte applied well, had lasting power (I only wore one around the house), and didn’t dry out my lips. They also smell good (faint vanilla scent), and have a nice applicator (thin doe tip).  The one thing I did find frustrating not only here, and comes up  when I can only purchase online is that the colors weren’t swatched or represented on an array of skin tones to give me an accurate  visual description of the color. This is even more for a brand that celebrates “…the beauty in every woman and empowers women of color…” The color Creme I purchased looked orange online, but was 100% a totally different color when you get it home (see the color from the site below), now I’m stuck with a color I have to do magic with lip pencils and other colors to make work. I really just like to put on a color and maybe a lip liner that matches exactly and go. Other than that complaint which is kind of major I would say that everything else is good I really did enjoy the gloss, I’d even be willing to repurchase the gloss I have and pick up the  “Rosette” and “Baby Doll” colors of gloss as well without fear they wouldn’t work for me once I got them.




 

 Facts about the product:

Vegan and Gluten Free

Hours of kiss proof wear

Soft silk texture wit a flexible feel

Paraben and sulfite free

Cruelty Free

Made in the USA

 

 

 

Price Point:

 

$12-$21 depending on if you get a liquid matte , mattetastic metal, hydrating lip gloss  line and define lip liner,  or lip kit.

 

 

 

If you’ve had experience with this brand or would like to know additional information please let me know.

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