Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dope Soap

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Collection is the lovely little swag that stocking stuffers and hostess gifts are made of.

Now available exclusively at Anthropologie, these wholesome indulgences for hands and home are hand-crafted by founders Shannon and Lisa. They boast all-natural ingredients and adorable, individually designed packaging.

The three lush fragrance options Bella, Midnight, and Close are guaranteed to please even the most discerning noses. I was given Midnight—fresh cut gardenia mixed with calming jasmine. SOOOO very good. And the adorably boho label is almost too cute to destroy by opening!

Stock up on these fab soaps and candles and you'll surely be the hit of the holiday season!

Soap & Paper Factory soap and candle tins are available exclusively at Anthropologie, as well as
Shea Butter Soap, $8. 
Candle Tin, $16.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Have you met Sam?

Im a nice person, I really am, but when it comes to hair styling tools, I am a bit of a snob. You will never catch me using a run of the mill straightener or curling my do with a drug store purchased iron, you just won't. (First world problems, right?!) Thus, my new friend, Sam Villa. The Sam Villa Etc Light is a light weight, quiet, salon quality hair dryer that has changed my hair routine forever! My buddy Sam has created an easy to hold, easy to use appliance, making my hair easy on the eyes! You will be shocked by how much power comes from this little guy. Looking for a boost? Hit up my new pal, Sam.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Respect the Kingsley

Real talk: In the winter, not only does my skin get ridiculously dry, but so does my scalp.

'Dems is 'da breaks with a die-hard devotion to scalding hot showers and a ever so sensitive epidermis!

Thankfully though, I have found a magical elixir that remedies this seasonal sitch: Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner.

It's a "rehydrating toner and scalp energizer" that stimulates blood supply to the scalp, absorbs excess oil and protects against flaking. All you do is apply toner directly to the scalp, comb through and style as usual.

Application is super easy with the toner's pointed nozzle and the liquid comes out evenly.  I found it worked best to make a few parts, squeeze along each, rub in and then comb through. It also felt really nice and cooling, and did not change the appearance of my natural hair state at all once dry.

Now, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer on the other hand was not for me. This "cult" hair care essential boasts that it will dramatically improve the condition of your hair after just one use. In my case, it dramatically hindered the condition of my fine tresses, leaving them limp and oily. I even made sure to shampoo and rinse an extra two times to de-coat, all to no avail. My wonderful pro-hairdresser pal thankfully came to my rescue with some clarifying shampoo though and all ended happily!

The takeaway: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a thick, potent conditioning treatment that is best left to thicker locks. Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner is my pick for anyone who suffers from seasonal scalp syndrome (or the dreaded Triple S as I'm now going to call it).

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer retails for $45 (150ml) or $25 (75ml). 
Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner retails for $29 (75ml). 
Both products are available at