Krave: Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser Review

Hi lovelies! Hope you are all doing well. Today, I want to talk about a cleanser that I have been loving! My skincare back, my skin type is combination to oily skin. I also have sensitive and acne prone skin (basically everything but dry). Skincare has always been important to me. But after working at Lush, I was able to understand what a proper routine required, and ever since then I have continued to do what I can to learn about my skincare needs. As a blogger, I love trying new products, even with my sensitive skin, so I’m always trying to find the next best thing to make my skin happy. A few years ago, I tried out the Soy cleanser from Fresh, and it paired really well with my skin. This year, I’m trying even harder to be more cautious about brands that test on animals, so unfortunately, I knew I couldn’t maintain the relationship I had with the Fresh Soy cleanser. I was on the hunt for something on a parallel level. I came across the Krave brand through Instagram and thought I would give it a try, especially after hearing Liah Yoo rave about it. If you haven’t heard of her already, she is not only the creator, but she also has a very insightful channel about Korean skincare. Yes, Krave is a Korean skincare brand (and Koreans know their stuff about skincare), but wait, it gets better….THEY ARE VEGAN AND THEY DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS!!!!!! I know, it’s a good day. There was literally nothing stopping me from trying out this product. Not you’re probably wondering if I’m gassing this up to be a failed, sad, and bad story, nope, my skin actually loves this stuff. And as you continue to read this, I just want to apologize in advance because I will sound like a broken record because I say that I love it a lot…..because I love it a lot.

To skip more fluff (aka my detailed thoughts), the breakdown will be at the bottom for ya! 🙂 Anyway, I use this as my second cleanse, after removing my make up. I use about a penny size amount and that’s enough for my entire face. What I first notice is the smell. Yes it has one, and no there isn’t additional fragrance added to mask or change it. In Liah’s video, she mentions that they wanted to make it as minimal as possible, so they ditched fragrance, and I’m all for that. The smell sort of resembles seaweed, unless that’s just me lol, but it’s nothing offensive. It’s very light, you may find that you don’t even notice it at all.  The second thing I noticed is that the cleanser also doesn’t sud much, which again, doesn’t bother me. One of the things I learned from Lush is that you really don’t need the bubbles, that’s just more unnecessary ingredients. It’ll still be effective without that. The texture feels great on the skin. It is jelly-like, gentle to the touch, and  feels soothing on the skin. It doesn’t feel tight like other cleansers, I think that has to do with how it is designed to not harm your skins barrier. My skin always feels soft and refreshed after using it. Also, there is no residual feeling either! It just feels like MY skin. And I haven’t felt that way with any other cleanser, I don’t even think the FRESH Soy Cleanser made me feel that way. Like I said, my skin just LOVES this stuff 👏👏👏. Krave believes in effective cleansing, without stripping the skin. And from my experience, it truly shows. #Pressreset with Krave’s Matcha and Hemp Hydrating cleanser and be rejoiced! acs_0021-1


The texture is jelly like and gentle to the touch!

The Breakdown

KRAVE: Matcha Hemp Hydrating Cleanser – 4.05 fl oz. $16 (for all skin types!)

Is this cruelty-free? YES!!!

Is this eco-friendly? Not sure.

Is this natural? Yes.

Claims: According to their website, this cleanser is an antioxidant rich cleanser that doesn’t mess with your skin barrier. Lifts things your skin doesn’t need and leaves what it does. It has a healthy pH, is hydrating, antioxidant rich, and not irritating to the skin.

Directions: Use morning and/or night on wet skin, gently massage on face and neck. Rinse with cold or lukewarm water (stay away from hot water because it can be harmful and damaging for the skin).

Texture: Jelly-like.

Effectiveness: 5/5!!!!!!! Gosh, I love this stuff. I don’t have anything bad to say about it. I’m putting my trust in the Skincare Gods when I say that my skin has been feeling G R E A T. I’ve made a lot of adjustments to my skincare this year, but I really think that I owe a lot of it to Liah Yoo and Krave. ♡ My redness has reduced, and if I do get a blemish, it’s pretty small and not painful as it used to be either. It’s amazing!

Packaging: Very minimal and I love it! Mint is my favorite color so I really like the pop of color. It’s good quality too, doesn’t leak water or product. Made very well.

Would you recommend this to a friend? Y E S ! This cleanser is for A L L skin types. I’d  recommend it to anyone of any age. Love it.

Disclaimer: I was not contacted to do this review and purchased this cleanser with my own money. I just love it so much I wanted to share it with you! 🙂 Thank you for reading my review!


Flannel Weather

acs_0009Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well. Can you believe it’s already near the end of February? I’m going to Japan in March and I cannot believe how soon that feels now! I’m super excited. So many of my friends have been supportive and just as excited for me;  but I don’t think it’ll actually hit me that I’m going until I’m sitting in the airport. If you have any tips or suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Let me know!!! I’ll mainly be visiting Kyoto and Tokyo. 🙂 Expect lots and LOTS of photos! I plan on staying connected on social media as well so follow me on Instagram if you want to come along with me.

For today, I just wanted to share with you my outfit from a few weeks ago. I used some of the photos for my last post, Hair Talk, but I wanted to do a separate one of my outfit I wore that day. If any of you know me in real life, a large chunk of my closet consists of flannels. They are what I feel most comfortable in and if I could pick one outfit to wear for the rest of my life, it would have to be either this (or the oh-so-basic, jeans and a loose tee.) I’ll all the details down below, but I don’t believe you’ll be able to find the flannel because I stole this from my dads old clothes pile (my favorite way to find flannels). But the rest you may be able to find or find similar items! It has been a while since I’ve posted a look, I hope you guys like this one! 

Cheesing so hard because my boyfriend gifted me the sunnies I’m wearing in these photos and I’m in love with them, I mean him.

Me hoping that thigh-high socks are still a “thing”.

Details – Hat: Forever 21, flannel: Mens Ralph Lauren (super old), thigh high-socks: Urban Outfitters, booties: Target, necklaces: Forever 21, sunnies: Ray Ban

Thanks so much for reading! Until next time. x

Hair Talk

Hi lovelies! Long time no see. Hope you’re all doing well. Well I’ve popped in here to write something I can’t believe I haven’t talked about on this blog, my haircare routine. Along with beauty products, haircare is something that I feel strongly about. I’ve tried many products while I was younger, but now, I’ve come to find the products I like, and I like to stick to them. Of course, as a blogger, I’m open to trying more new products, but these are the ones I tend to go back to because I know they work for me. I’ve also added some of my hair growth tips at the end. If any of you remember when I was still on Blogspot, I had a haircare post on there, but I don’t have one on my WordPress, and it is definitely time for me to do a little hair talk since so much has changed since then. Grab a snack, because this is going to be a long read.

Hair History

As some of you may know, I used to suffer from scalp psoriasis. For those of you who don’t know, scalp psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. It is super uncomfortable to bare and can be tricky to find effective products on the market because research has not yet been able to pinpoint why or how flares happen. When it does flare, there are many over the counter shampoos and prescription steroid creams/treatments that you can get (believe me, I’ve tried them all). If you suffer from scalp psoriasis, I’m so sorry 😦 my biggest tip is to NOT push what doesn’t work. My other tip is to avoid steroid treatments because most of the time, your flares can and will come back stronger. After about 6-7 years of trial and error, I’ve found that since using the ArtNaturals Scalp 18 shampoowith argan oil and I have been able to enjoy life psoriasis free (plus they are organic and cruelty free)! It’s interesting because I have tried other coal tar shampoos and other argan oil shampoos but something about the ArtNaturals one just works. BUT if you don’t have scalp psoriasis, which is probably most of you (and so lucky you are), ArtNaturals also has a line for regular hair. Feel free to check out my thoughts on their other shampoo HERE (my scalp still enjoyed that one too!).

Along with having scalp psoriasis, my hair is also color treated, dry at the ends, and prone to feeling coarse at times. Over the years of paying close attention to my hair, I’ve also learned that it is best to not wash your hair too frequently. This is because your scalp thrives on the natural oils that it produces on its own. Yes, it is important to get rid of all the build up caused by hair styling products, but no, you shouldn’t wash your hair daily (one of my biggest hair growth tips – I can’t stress it enough). Even if your shampoo claims to be moisturizing, it can still stripping away all the natural goodness that your hair creates on it’s own. It takes a bit of training, and lots of dry shampoo, but I highly recommend everyone to stretch out the days in between washes as  much as possible! For me, I wash my hair once every 5-ish days (gross or impressive, you decide).

Haircare Routine

Okay, let’s talk products. In order to keep my hair happy, healthy, and my color ashy, my colorist recommends the Fanola No Yellow shampoo, the Celeb Luxe VIRAL shampoo, and the Joico K-Pak Color Therapy conditioner. To break it down simply, here’s how I shampoo and condition my hair:

  1. Cleanse with Shampoo with ArtNaturals Scalp 18 shampoo. DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT, scrub too your scalp too hard. Scrubbing may feel great, but it can also be extremely irritating and damaging on your scalp (especially if you have psoriasis, that is the last thing you want to do).
  2. Mix Celeb Luxury VIRAL shampoo with Joico K-PAK conditioner and leave it in the 2/3 bottom part of my hair for ~ 5 mins. While the Viral shampoo is reviving the grey color and the conditioner is smoothing out my hair, I use the wait time to wash my body, sometimes shave my legs, wash my face, etc.
  3. Rinse and pat dry.
  4. Follow with an oil and/or leave-in conditioner for extra replenishment and protection.
  5. Wait until your hair is 75% to 80% dry before brushing it out. This allows for your hair follicles to seal and will promote less fallout. I also find that using a detangler helps a lot!

On the rare occasion that I need to wash my hair more often than once every 5 days, I don’t use the Viral shampoo, I’ll use the Fanola shampoo. I do that only because I don’t want my hair to come out TOO blue, but you can do whatever you prefer. The Viral shampoos are fun for playing around with color if your hair is light enough, and the Fanola helps keep your hair brass-free. Below are the products I just talked about for a visual reference. Above is the hair oil that I am currently obsessed with! Bali Secret Hair Vitamins ~ Bali was kind enough to reach out to me and ask if I would like to try their hair vitamin capsules. My hair has been loving it. I use about 2-3 capsules on damp hair each time after I shower and it leaves my color-treated hair feeling nice and smooth. It also has a floral/jasmine smell that I love. The only downside is that you have to snip off the top of each capsule which is more time consuming and adds to waste, but they are GREAT for travelling since you don’t have to worry about it ever spilling. I highly recommend these! I also like the Organix Argan Oil and the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in conditioner as well. Above is the duo I’m currently pairing together to brush out my hair. I got the wet brush from Amazon, but any wet brush will do!

Hair Growth Tips

First things first, I want to mention one thing that you have to remember – hair growth begins with the roots. Trimming your hair can promote the appearance of healthy hair because you are trimming off all the dry and split ends, but that is not going to make your hair grow faster. It. Begins. With. Your. Roots. Just remember that. If you are considerate and nourishing to your roots, your hair growth journey will be SO much easier. These are just some helpful tips that I’ve found to work for me. I hope you find them helpful too!

  • Train your hair to go longer between washes. Washing your hair often can strip your scalp of its natural oils, thus, making it more difficult to become nourished and healthy at the root. Think of it as dry soil, flowers won’t grow there. You need to have a well nourished base before anything else. Let. Your. Hair. Breathe.
    • Tip for going longer between washes – Dry shampoo will be your best friend.
  • Brush your hair before you wash it to prevent/decrease the likeliness of tangled hair, tugging, or fallout in the shower.
  • Shower in room-temperature or lukewarm water. Hot water can not only be drying but also damaging to your skin (especially your face since it’s so delicate!). Showering in super hot water can also promote further hair fallout because it loosens your hair follicles.
  • Do NOT brush wet hair. After you get out of the shower, that’s the first thing you want to do but it should be your last. The steam from your shower opens up all your hair follicles; brushing it will only cause it to fall out more. Wait until it is at least 75% dry before going in with a wet brush (a brush made specifically for wet hair) or a wide-toothed comb.
  • (This is a given but I have to mention it) Use less heat. Blow-drying, styling, perming, etc. STOP IT. I try to style my hair only once a week and do what I can to keep my beachy waves lasting for days (let me know if you’d like to see a post on that!). And as far as blow-drying, I actually don’t even own blow-dryer (which can be problematic when I’m in a hurry). I highly recommend air-drying your hair. Air-drying might create a longer routine, but the benefits are more than worth it!
  • Use hair treatments when needed. Before, I would recommend using them weekly, but the truth of the matter is, no one has time for that. Just pay attention to your hair, and if you feel like it could use a boost, help it out!
    • Personally, I don’t bother with the $40 treatments you can find at Sephora, just some good ol’ $6 coconut oil will do the trick. If you have psoriasis or dry scalp, focus on the scalp and work your way down. If not, the bottom half and work your way up to the scalp will do (direction matters, working your way from the top will allow the product to be more concentrated at the top, and vise versa for starting at the bottom). Leave it in for at least 20 minutes and shampoo and condition as you would. Your hair will feel so nice and smooth after this!
  • Rinse your hair with cold water before getting out of the shower. This is tough to adjust to, and I have to admit, I don’t always do it, but it does promote your hair follicles to close faster, locking in all the moisture, and sealing in your hair follicles. You’ll notice less fallout when doing so.
  • Stimulate your scalp. You can massage it, brush it, or even add some peppermint oil or cinnamon to your shampoo will not only give it an invigorating feel but also promote hair growth!
  • Oral products such as hair vitamins, biotin pills, and lots of salmon, can all assist in healthier, stronger looking hair, and can help promote growth but you should not rely only on oral products as your miracle worker. It should be used in moderation, as instructed, and in addition to the other tips.

And that about wraps it up! Woot! I know that was a lot of information, but I hope you all enjoyed this post, and maybe picked up a trick or two! What worked for you? And what didn’t, let me know!  Hair care is something that I love talking about. If you have any tips on hair growth, I’d love to try them out so don’t forget to send me some. Hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday Solitude

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well today. If you read my last post, thank you. I did not share that on my other social media sites (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), simply because it’s just something that has been on my mind recently, but I did not want to advertise it. My insecurities and inner battles with my worth are not topics I always talk about but the other night I felt strongly about sharing them. I just wanted to let it out quietly. This blog is as I’ve mentioned before, a creative outlet for things I enjoy, but that’s not to say that I can always be happy. I’ve said time and time again that I want to be translucent, and that means being able to share parts of me that aren’t always happy and bright. I’m only human. If you did read it and can relate to me thank you and I hope your journey becomes easier soon. If you didn’t and would like to, continue scrolling and you’ll get there. This morning looked a bit like this: candles, essential oils, face mist (that I sprayed nearly 10 times because why not) and poetry. Now it is nearly 3PM and I’m typing up this post while still in bed. I haven’t gotten up much to be honest, but getting this post up will be my first productive task of the day, perhaps my only. After this post, I’ll probably walk to a pho place that is close by my house and order some comfort food, put on some Harry Potter, and call it a day. I still don’t feel great, but I’m not forcing myself into anything. This Sunday will be spent in solitude. Here are some of my favorite things to have when I practice a bit of self-care. I’ve surrounded myself with loads of aroma therapy to lighten up what feels like a very dark mood. My current favorite essential oils combination is eucalyptus + peppermint + rosemary. My diffuser is from Art Naturals (isn’t it so cute?!). I love the wood detail and how there is a clock on it. Other features I find great is the different timer options and bluetooth speaker so I can play music from my favorite Studio Ghibli playlist. And I also have a candle burning (of course). It’s also from Art Naturals, the scent is Sapphire and it is a perfect smokey/woodsey smell for this time of year. Topping off the mood with Harry Potter pretty soon but earlier I was reading The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. There’s just something about the way her words sink into me, I can’t explain it. If you are a fan of her work, I think you’d understand as well.

Anyway, thank you for reading todays post! Hope to see you back here soon. ♡


Dear Insecurities,

Hello again.

I wish I could say it’s nice to write to you, but it’s not.

I know it has been a long time since we’ve sat down together. I’ve been too busy trying not notice you. How long will we be staying this time? 2 hours? 3 days? 4 months? 5 years? I thought I outgrew you but maybe I was just learning to hide you. Maybe you were always there, in the back of my mind, reminding me I am not smart enough, pretty enough, strong enough. Will I ever be? I’ll take any kind of “enough” if you’d just leave me alone. I just want to feel whole. But you always limit me.  Sometimes, I actually think I’m finding my worth in this place, but you never cease to amaze me with your ability to remind me that I am nothing, even when I don’t ask you to. You’re so good at making me feel like shit. You have such a good memory for moments and feelings that I only wish to forget. But it doesn’t stop there. You’re a picker. You pick the wounds I didn’t know were there until my entire body aches. Are you just going to break me apart piece by piece until I crumble to the ground? Other people I know are able to grow back pieces that you’ve broken off, while I feel like I’ll never be whole again. It’s just not fair. You’re so toxic, and yet my body absorbs you so desperately, like a parched animal.

You’re like a virus. I’m tired of being your host.

Just tell me, once you’ve devoured me, then spit me out, will I get to feel whole in the end?


– Me


Botanic Farm Masks

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well today! Wow, two posts in one week? Can you believe it? Who am I?!! Now, the real question is, since it’s December 1st, will I spend the next 25 days watching 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family, or no? We shall see. Anyway, I thought I would give you a little insight on some Korean beauty masks I got to try out from Botanic Farm! They were kind enough to reach out to me and send me some of their favorite masks to try. After having some time to try each of them out, I wanted to share my thorough thoughts with you! My favorite of the 3 is there Egg Clear Blackhead nose mask/strips. I never use pore strips anymore because they are extremely stressful for your delicate skin, but this 3 pack preps and prepares your skin in a delicate way and helps ensure that your skin is not harmed while extracting blackheads. As the packaging implies, there are 3 separate strips to giving you clean and clear pores without harming your skin. You’ll want to cleanse your face first to have a clean palette to start with. The first strip lifts blackheads and other impurities, the second strip will assist in extracting all of the blackheads and impurities, and the third strip provides a hydrating essence to boost and nourish the treated area. I really liked how this left my skin feeling. Many nose strips feel leave my skin feeling dry, irritated, and stressed out the tearing. Some also don’t do a great job at extracting either. I like that these strips prep and pamper your skin before and after, leaving it feeling better treated. This 3-step pack is $4, which for the effectiveness, and the fact that you get a primer and essence too, is a great deal! This is hands down a 5/5 in my book!The Kiwi and Rose are both sheet masks that work similarly as they both include fruit extracts and niacinamide which helps brighten and restore skin. Niacinamide is especially helpful for aging skin, but I think anyone can benefit from it! It’s never too early to practice age-prevention. While it is now well into fall, the weather has been getting quite chilly in the Bay Area. Winter is just around the corner, so these sheet masks really help give my skin the extra boost of radiance that it tends to lack during the colder months. Plus, these are very inexpensive too as they retail for $2 each! These are an easy rating of 5/5. I’ve used a lot of sheet masks in the past and really enjoy the benefits they bring to my skin, these are no different.

Hope you guys enjoyed this short review. ✨ And give Botanic Farm a look too! I think these would make great stocking-stuffers for Christmas! 🎄

Cozy up with Vellabox

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well and had a great Thanksgiving. I definitely enjoyed being away for a little while. This is my favorite time of the year to visit home because of the “fall” smell. I don’t really notice it much in San Francisco or Daly City, because there aren’t as many trees, but home is where it is! I worked last weekend, so my reality check was not a smooth transition. But it’s okay, I’m off tomorrow so I can recharge then!

Today, I have a very exciting post to share with you all because since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to mention this and make your shopping experience a little easier. Vellabox is a monthly candle box subscription and they were kind enough to reach out to me and send me a complimentary box to try out. You guys, I am IN LOVE. Where has this been all my life?! If you know me at all, one of my favorite things to do is to cuddle up in my bed, with candle lit lighting, a warm drink in hand and a movie (or anime) on. Tis cuddle season after all! Vellabox makes my nightly rituals all the more cozy with their non-toxic, lead free, and hand poured candles. There are 3 different subscription sizes to choose from so if you have many people to gift, you can find a subscription that best fits your budget. Two of the subscriptions come with a little gift inside. Mine came with some yummy salted caramel corn. ♡ I also love the size that they come in because it’s not too big (like many of the ones I already own), but not too small either so you really get to enjoy the smell you receive, but not to the point where you will get tired of it either. Like I said earlier, this is a great gift for anyone on your list! Whether it be your mom, your sister, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, or even yourself, anyone can enjoy this. It’s a great way of encouraging self-care, relaxation, and also, you’re able to introduce your loved ones to some amazing brands that they may not have heard of yet! I’m actually thinking of purchasing the subscription just for myself because I love it so much.Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this short post and that it helped give you a gift idea for someone you know will love this.