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!).


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.



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.


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.


Honorable Mentions:

The Crayon Case (dope make up brand out of New Orleans)

Jade & Fox Co. (Kick as Body/Skincare Company out of Atlanta)

Melanin Haircare (New Haircare Line from YouTuber Naptural85)



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

Nathan & Co. 

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

Oakland, CA 94611

(510) 428.9369

Urban Indigo

3339 Lakeshore Ave.

Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 459.0451

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


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Zen In A Jar Body Honey

Picture Courtesy of Zen In A Jar

As I may have let you know before I love podcast and in the past my love for podcast and body/skincare collided as I recommended a company for business of the week to The Friend Zone Podcast. Well, after listening to not one, not two, but three of my favorite podcast (The Friend Zone, Jade and XD, Getting Grown), they let me know about a wonderful company called Zen In AJar. When I first heard about the company from the Gettin’ Grown podcast, I went to the site, but there weren’t any of the body care products available so I purchased three room an linen sprays (Maisey- A sweet lemon fragrance, Pumpkin, and Coffee Shop), since I was moving and wanted to living up my new place. 


Jump to a month and a half, where the two other podcast recommendations came up. These recommendations were very specific. They all ranted and raved about the Body Honey product from Zen In A Jar, and so I had to know more (of course the minute they spoke about it, it was sold out). I immediately followed Nikki the owner/operator of Zen In A Jar so that I could make sure I wouldn’t miss out when they went on sale next, and even then going to the website the minute they went on sale, I still couldn’t get one fragrance I really wanted (Pink Cashmere).  I ended up with Vibes (nag champa + lavender) Love (peach + rose) and, Posh (Lavender + Vanilla + Rose) and I'm so happy with each of them. The smell absolutely lovely, and are a GREAT moisturizer for your body, I happen to use mine in the shower (see picture below) while I'm still damp. What is even better is that you can use them in  your hair too, I plan on using it to seal my twist and to put a little on my hands when taking my twist out.



Zen In A Jar’s Body Honey is hard to get your hands on due to it selling out FAST so I highly suggest that you follow Nikki on Instagram as she always updates when these popular products are available (she’s been dropping batches on Monday’s). The only drawback for us Bay Area folks is the shipping (which was 11 bucks for two bottles) takes a while so if you are trying to get it fast for the holidays you may want to order ASAP if there is anything left or get this as a post-holiday treat. East Coast  folks especially those in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) you can pick up the items.

Again make sure you are following Zen In A Jar online (Instagram is the best place) to see when new items are released.


Update: I was able to get order Pink Cashmere (after over a month of trying) during the Cyber Monday sale.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Primal Life Organics: LED Teeth Whitening System

We are excited about the LED Whitening System- it is 100% peroxide free and will help whiten the teeth as well as remineralize and heal the gum tissue.

The Teeth Whitening System works THREE Ways:

 Blue light technology whitens teeth and reduces growth of bacteria that causes gingivitis (but does not harm good oral bacteria needed to fight bad bacteria and strengthen internal immune system)

 Red light technology promotes wound healing and tissue repair, reduces inflammation and can help prevent recurring mouth sores. Red Light has been shown to protect gum tissues and teeth surfaces from bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis.

 Activated Charcoal Gel: Peroxide free gel made with olive oil, activated charcoal, essential oils and clays. Gentle on gums and oral tissues. Clays contain minerals to strengthen teeth. Helps teeth look whiter and feel stronger and cleaner.

Please help us change Dental Health around the globe!!


P.S.  You can get $10 dollars off your purchase of the LED Whitening System or any purchase of $50 or more! Use coupon code TODAY10 (valid  OCT 13-  OCT 15)

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