Friday, January 29, 2021

Skincare Meets Makeup with Iris&Romeo


If you have been following me on other social media platforms (especially Instagram) you know how much I enjoy skincare, and the time I've taken to make sure the hyperpigmentation (from old acne scars) is kept to a minimum. You'll also know that I love dewy natural looking skin and don't really enjoy heavy foundations on my skin. So when I kept seeing ads for Iris&Romeo's Best Skin Days I was immediately interested and also a bit skeptical.  I just couldn't believe there was a product that was part tinted moisturizer, part skin serum, part sunscreen/blue light blocker that would also have a shade that would be appropriate to my skin tone and not make me look ashy or completely miss the color mark.  Honestly the product line is perfect from almost everyone from the skin care guru, the lazy make up girl, or the "I only have 5 minutes" lady on the go.

But let me tell you my story about how I came to find this brand.  I didn't immediately buy it as I'm always a bit skeptical about these type of products and how they will work on brown skin. That is until Iris & Romeo released a mini version (.35oz/10g -$17 USD) of the Best Skin Days product. It was kind of a no brainer and a great entry point (I just couldn't miss a reasonably priced and a way to try the product without buying the full sized version). I sent an email with my picture so that I could get color matched properly (my color is Rich) and I ordered the product and received it within the week.  I was sold after the first use, it gives a bounce to the skin with a dewy-radiant finish that gives your skin an "I've drank so much water and I've been on the most relaxing vacation" look.  I then immediate reached out to the team at Iris&Romeo and they were so nice that they gifted me a full size Best Skin Days (in Rich), another pocket size, and two of their other product Power Peptide Lip Balm (in Peony and Nude). I truly love the Dewy 5 in 1 product and the buttery smooth lip balms and both are now definitely daily staples for me.  
The Best Skin Days Product comes in 5 shades and is $64 dollars for 1.75 oz. /50g. The Power Peptide Lip Balms comes in 7 shades and are $28 dollars for .28/8g. I know those price points are on the higher side, but both products actually last a while and are filled with some really wonderful ingredients such as Rose Hip Oil, Camilla Oil, Shea Butter, Bulgarian Rose Extract, Green Tea, Moringa Oil and much more.  Both products are also made in the USA, recyclable packaging and are also vegan.

You can find Iris&Romeo  products on their website they also have a nice Instagram presence.  Also check out my video at the end of this post so you can see how I use both products.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Black Friday Style Steal: ACTA Wear

 BLACKOUT sale for ACTA Active Wear (Men’s and Women’s)  November 23rd at 12pm MST and ends on November 29th at midnight. 

Who: ACTA  Wear 

What: BLACKOUT sale


When: Nov, 23rd @ 12 PM MST - Midnight Nov, 29th

ACTA Active Wear is a brand that is on a mission to assist athletes (and regular gym/home gym goers) to be their best in and out of the gym while also supporting charity. Every time you purchase you can allot 5% of the net profit to be assigned to 1 of 4 charities. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Black Friday Style Steal: Clean Skin Club


Who: Clean Skin Club

What: 30% off Sitewide


I SWEAR by these! I use Clean Skin XL 

Black Friday Style Steal : The Wrap Life

What: Up to 50% Off
When: Right Now! 

The Wrap Life is a brand I love! I really utilize their turbanettes during my loc journey, and prior to that (as a loose natural) I wore their headwraps a lot.  There is something from everyone regardless of how you wear your hair! 

All items are up to 50% off! 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Just Grow Already- Scalp Elixir

I am back, and yes, I am attempting to blog more frequently (in a pandemic). Today will be a bit different, as I will be highlighting a haircare item, which I typically reserve for my vlog. You will also be getting some exclusive information and a sneak peek at a somewhat dramatic change I am making to my hair today. I am loc’ing my hair! Over the past 3 weeks I have been allowing my loose natural hair to do what it wants (in two strand twist) to start the loc’ing process. With that means some changes to my natural hair regiment, one of them being adding Oils back to my hair care process. One thing I have been against over the past few years was oils on my loose natural hair as it was not a thing that I found was truly moisturizing my hair, nor was it something that was adding to the overall look/styling. However with Locs it’s a bit different, and with some of my scalp issues making sure my scalp is nourished first from the inside (healthy foods, lots of water), but also soothed and cared for on the outside. That is where Just Grow Already Bhringraj & Burdock Scalp Elixir comes in.


Just Grow Already Bhringraj & Burdock Scalp Elixir is a scalp oil created by Jen aka Just Grow Already. Jen is also a blogger who just this year (in February) started her loc journey. Through her journey, she played around with different oils, and found a combination of oils she infused with herbs (see ingredients list in the photograph below) that really worked well for her scalp health. I am lucky she is generous and decided share these oils with the rest of us and started bottling and selling it online. I have used a few oils that I purchased and already had on my hair every few days since I started the loc’ing process, but not one really assisted with my flaky scalp other than this one. It is light, absorbs well, and has a therapeutic-cooling feel thanks to the peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus oils. I have only been using it for a short time, but this will be going on my “holy grail” list of items for my hair going forward. (Note: This isn't just for loc'd hair)


The one thing that brought me to this line is that I used Ayurvedic herb in my original natural hair journey with some good success and since I was starting anew, taking things back to the beginning seemed appropriate.  Here is a little bit more about the two plants that are used to infuse the oils. Bhringraj also known as the “false daisy” is a plant that has been used for centuries in Ayurveda both internally and externally.  For me what makes this herb so good for my scalp is that it is known to soothe inflammation (I have psoriasis in my scalp which is under control, as well as seborric dermatitis), reduce dandruff, slow greying (which isn’t an issue for me but hey preventative LOL). Burdock Root has also been used for centuries in similar fashions, some Native American tribes even made candy out of it. Similarly, to Bhringraj, Burdock root is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial (so bye bye dandruff, psoriasis etc.); in addition, it is known to reduce shedding as well.  Both plants have been said to promote hair growth, but I’m one of those people that does not believe (anymore) in magical oils for hair grow your hair is going to grow at its own pace, however I think you can create the best conditions for growth from the inside out.  



If you want to get this oil, you’ll have to wait a bit. Jen usually drops new batches every 2 weeks. To keep up to date on when you can get yours and more about Jen’s hair journey on her blog and on her Instagram page. If you want to follow my journey, I will be posting a video (including demos) on my vlog in about a week and posting regularly there.


P.S. Jen is dropping a new infusion, Lavender & Fenugreek Scalp Elixir along with a restock of this one on August 31st.  

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Nailed It: Bare Hands




As most of you all know, I am a nail girl. I typically rock gels and nail art and I have been doing my own manicures for years. Now that the world has changed a lot and many places are not open, I am now a pedicure girl. I was on Instagram and following one, many nail artist/manicurist/nail specialist when I first came along the Bare Hands line. Bare Hands is also SF Bay Area based, so I really was eager to try to get back to my roots of focusing on local brands that are offering so much to the immediate community and beyond so I am so happy that I can share this with you.



Bare Hands is a Dry Gloss Manicure line, think old school buff shine (chamois buffer with the cream) but way more luxurious, plant based and also more precise due to the material of construction. Currently Bare Hands is offering “The Kit” which includes The Cuticle Oil and The Polisher (it also comes with two orange sticks), in a beautiful vegan leather case and its prices at $39.00. It is really one of the more beautifully packaged items I have ever seen in nail care.  Soon the line will be offering The Polisher and The Cuticle Oil separately (so you can restock), although The Polisher that comes in The Kit will last 6-9 months.


Now down to some of the details regarding the products. Like I said before The Polisher, it can be used from 6-9 months, the oil pen is reusable (refills will be coming soon), and the brand is cruelty/sulfate/gluten/paraben free. I personally used it myself twice (both times on my feet), and I absolutely love the shine it adds to my toes for pedicures (I have been doing paint-less pedis lately), and the cuticle oil is so nourishing (I also uses it on my hands). I personally selected the Citrine variety of the oil, and it comes unscented for those with sensitives.


Bare Hands is the brand child of Suzanne Shade who was inspired by many things including the Natural Hair movement and the leaving behind of things that are not really serving you.  You can find more about Suzanne’s inspiration and research for the brand as well as just an overall aesthetically pleasing page on Instagram (BAREYOURHANDS) as well as find out all the details and FAQs about the brand on the page.  


OH and you can get 10% off your order by using the code “WELCOME10”.

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


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