Thursday, December 15, 2016

Getting Even

Over the last year, I’ve been actively trying to find different skin care products that will help even my skin tone and lighten my acne scars. I’ve gone through dozens of serums (in addition to all the cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and masks) and these are the ones that are currently working for me. I use 2 in the morning and 2 at night before I apply my moisturizer. Check ‘em out...

These are my winners. 

This one from Klurskin (Ultra Bright Hyaluronic + Vitamin C Serum) is actually one of my first serums ever. It's perfect for everyday--I use this one in the morning after/on top of my Glossier one, but before my moisturizer. This really lightened my dark marks on my forehead and cheeks.

This Glossier Super Glow serum is super lightweight--has the same texture as water. I use this one in the morning after I cleanse, but before my Klurskin serum. Sometimes I use this at night as well. I noticed it dramatically lightened slight dark circles under my eyes. 

I bought this 111 SKIN Celestial Black Diamond contour gel/serum from Space NK and I initially got it because the salesperson said I had frown lines and that this would help, but it also helps even skin tone because of the retinol and other things in it and depuffs my eyes. I keep the applicator in the fridge, so that I can apply it to depuff my eyes. It was super expensive, but it honestly makes my face look and feel like a dream. I use it at night before I put on the Darphin face oil. 

This is more of a face oil, but I still consider it a serum. This Darphin Niaouli Aromatic Care oil is sooooo soothing. I put it on at night after the 111 SKIN serum. It feels and smells really good. I noticed it actually cleared up my skin while keeping it moisturized. It has a slight tingling/menthol-ish feeling too, which I love. 

Even though black don't crack, I still feel like I needed something more to keep my skin as vibrant as it was in my early 20s (as I approach my 30s). I think my regimen is working. My skin is getting clearer and more even-toned as I age and I think it's with great help of the wonderful skincare products I keep stumbling upon. I encourage everyone to really get in the habit of good skincare--you'll thank yourself 10 years from now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


So I’m literally a sucker for face sprays and this is the season where they are really needed. I’ve tried soooo many over the last year and the ones below are in my current rotation. I love "misting" myself as I like to say. They’re a quick way to not only keep your face hydrated, but they literally give a little pick-me-up during the day—they smell good, are energizing, and feel great. In the spring/summer months, I like to keep them really light and cooling. In the fall/winter, I like them to be super hydrating and soothing. Take a look at the ones I’m currently using and loving…

Caudalie Grape Water is great because it’s 100% all natural and is super light yet very hydrating. It’s perfect for sensitive skin as well and it can really cool you off in the summer and hydrated—I honestly use this all year round. The way it sprays out is very gentle too, which is nice. This brand also makes another face spray that’s even better for summer because it’s super cooling and sets makeup-I love their Beauty Elixir as well.

CocoKind Organic Rosewater Facial Toner is awesome because you can use it as a toner as well (spraying on a cotton ball then applying to face). I use this as a face spray throughout the day. It’s made of pure organic rose water and that’s it, which is wonderful. It’s smells really good and feels great. The best part is that I found it at Marshall’s for $7. This one is definitely a steal especially for the price.

The Mist by La Mer is obviously luxurious. It leaves a dewy glow to your skin and feels refreshing. However, don’t get it in your mouth when you spray because it doesn’t taste good.

Folie Apothecary Palo Santo & Peru Balsam All Purpose Mist is one of my absolute favorites. The label rubbed off because I’ve carried this around for months every single day in my tote bag or purse. The best part about this spray is that you can use it over everything from your face to your linens. It helps fade dark marks to improve and even my skin tone, which is what I always look for in skincare products and it smells awesome! I often spray it in my home and at  my desk at work. This one really provides moisture and a mood uplift.

Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray is great for keeping oiliness/shine under control. It can be used over or under makeup or just on bare skin. I really like using it for when I wear makeup because it keeps my face matte. I tried it without makeup too and it does keep the shine away, but I have to pat it in or it will leave white powdery specks. It feels good on my skin though and definitely helps with keeping the shine to a minimum. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Getting Toned...

When it comes to toner, it’s all about the ability to clarify and moisturize my face. I’ve tried so many different ones over the last 2 years and currently, I’m using the ones listed below.

The first one I use is by a food brand called Al Wadi Al Akhdar and it’s just pure natural rose water. I use it on days where I just want something refreshing and quick. It really keeps my face soft and moisturized and is really soothing after I do a detoxifying face mask.

The Oil Absorbing Tonic by La Mer is great for in the morning after I wash my face. I use this right before I apply makeup (if I decide to wear makeup that day). It keeps me pretty matte, but also leaves a very subtle shimmer to my skin.

Humphrey’s Citrus Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Toner is great to use any time. Mainly, I’ll use it at night right before I apply a face serum. It’s also great for mornings where I’m not going to apply makeup and just want a fresh feeling all day. It smells like lemons and oranges, which is uplifting.

Garnier’s Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water is great for removing makeup. I always use it after I wash my face or sometimes if I’m feeling really lazy and don’t have face wipes, I’ll use it to remove my makeup after a long day or night. It leaves my skin so refreshed and clean. I use it until there are no traces of makeup or dirt left on the cotton pad/ball.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

All Black... what else is new?

So I literally fell off the face of the [blogging] earth, but I'm trying to get back on. I actually do have a lot to share, but often too busy (or lazy) to do it, so please bear with me as I try to get back into making this a habitual thing. I have nothing cool to say for my outfit below, so just continue to scroll down the page. Thanks!

I made the choker, the top is vintage, the skirt is from Zara...

Handbag by Vavvoune, shoes are from Zara...again. 

Pics by Siobhan Allaeddini (using her iphone btw)

Adorn yourself.

Adorn was launched a few weeks ago and I forgot I never shared the whole story behind it with everyone outside of friends, family, and the beautiful influencers I reached out to. I guess it's better later than never...

The Adorn collection was designed using vintage trim from the 60s through 80s. This collection is inspired by summertime in the 70s. These chokers are limited edition since there are only 5 or less of each design. Although they’re inspired by a retro summer, these chokers can easily be worn through fall and winter—adding a pop of color to your outfit or subdued nudeness for everyday. They can be worn alone or you can stack them for a bolder look. Adorn was captured by Brooklyn-based photographer Shen Williams (@shendig27) and modeled by Valerie Blaise and Jazmin LaBrie. Bum-Cake’s Adorn collection is playfully chic with many retro colors like mustard, amber, mahogany, salmon, among others. Similar to Bum-Cake’s previous collections, these pieces are to be worn with confidence. They come in 2 sizes—small and medium/large. They are $18 each (with free shipping) and range from polyester and rayon to cotton and silk blended fabrics.

See the look book below or click here

Hope you enjoyed this and I hope you like the chokers, to shop the collection, click here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Scrub a Dub Dub...

For the past couple of months, I've been using all types of scrubs on my face to try and keep my skin smooth and to help get rid of the few acne scars that I have on my chin and forehead...etc. Luckily, I found my "fantastic 4"--Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator, Folie Rose & Chamomile Facial Scrub, Acure Brightening Facial Scrub, and Origins Modern Friction Instant Brightening Pads. These scrubs are currently saving my life and I rotate their use every 2-3 days or so. I love, love, love these products and I'll tell you why...

This Kiehl's one is awesome because I can actually use it as a facial cleanser as well because it lathers nicely. It feels refreshing and I literally only need a pea-sized drop for my entire face, which means this will last me probably at least a year. Also, I use this in the morning and at night every other day or so. 

This is one of my fave Target buys that happens to get the job done--it's cheap, quick, travel-sized, and most importantly, it works really well. This one felt very "scrubby"--kinda like sand, but leaves my skin super duper soft and glowy. This is the travel-sized one, so it's easy to carry around.

I use these Origins pads only about 2-3 times a month only because it's not necessary to use more than that. This actually feels more like a toner. It's really refreshing and feels tingly the first few times. It actually kinda reminds me of those clearasil face pads. This actually did brighten my dark spots from acne scars, but I only use this one at night.

This Folie scrub is one of my all time fave skincare products. It feels luxurious in a really calming all-natural kind of way. I like the way it feels--very soothing and relaxing. It's an oil based scrub, so it feels really nice (if you're into cleansing oils and things like that--I'm obsessed). I actually put it on my lips too when using it on my face because it's kinda sweet as if it were a lip scrub. I massage it into my skin for about 5 min and then I rinse with warm/hot water and pat dry. This scrub is the most moisturizing of them all. I have naturally oily skin and it's still perfect for it. I use it every other night and I'm seriously into seriously.

I just have my brows and liner on--no concealer or foundation. 

Just have my brows on, but no other makeup. 

Okay, I totally have makeup on here, but the glow is on "fleek", honey!!!! 

If you haven't started scrubbing yet, what are you waiting for? Get on board! Go get you a scrub and get your skin fed for the summer. Get on glow, who dis? Go...NOW!!!! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016


As summer approaches, I'm finding more and more time to travel and go thrifting. I was in Cali about a month ago and I found these lovely pieces shown below. I'm usually not into pastels, but I'm really feeling them for this summer. I'll be traveling again soon to do more thrifting, but this time it will be to restock Bum-Cake instead of my own wardrobe. 

Dress + Shoes from a yard sale in Echo Park, Los Angeles. 

Dress from Sunday's Best Thrift Apparel in Echo Park on Sunset Blvd.

Dress from Luxe Ville in Echo Park, Los Angeles. 

Photos by Shen Williams (@shendig27)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bring on the drama

So as stated on IG, my friend Kristina (also a jewelry designer) came over my house one rainy day and decided to style & shoot me. She's the hidden talent was uncovered (photography skills). She took the photos below on her iphone5s--if that's not badass, I don't know what is.

And there you have it, my most dramatic shots ever. 

Kristina's IG: @thewaywild 
Her jewelry: @seethesis