ArtNaturals: Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Hi lovelies! I hope you’re all doing well. Ah, it’s FINALLY October! My favorite month of the year. Yes, I’m one of “those” people. Sometimes I cringe at the thought of how basic it sounds because everyone hypes up Fall, but I truly can’t help myself. It’s the most festive time of the year and I love it. Crisp morning air, crunchy and colorful leaves, knitted sweaters, fuzzy socks, candles, spiced drinks, and pumpkin everything! LET ME LIVE WILL YOU?! I mean the real question is, if you’re not excited – why? I’m especially excited for all the Fall-themed posts I have brainstormed too! If you have any special requests, please let me know!

With the season still in transition, my hair tends have a fit. I mean, cold mornings and warm afternoons – I can’t blame it. Using the right products can be difficult for bipolar weather. And on top of keeping my hair happy and  healthy, I try to still being mindful of the products I use as well. I always want to go for something more natural and animal friendly products. Today, I’m reviewing a shampoo and conditioner from one of my favorite brands, ArtNaturals. They are an animal cruelty free, color-safe, sulfate free, paraben free, BPA and SLS free brand that I love! They have a wide range of hair, skin and body care as well as other amazing aromatherapy products. Today, I am sharing my thoughts on their Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. If you’d like to know my thoughts on this product, please keep reading. Before I get into it, I do want to briefly touch base with you on my hair type and situation. As you may know, my hair is dyed. I’ve had ashy hair for probably a year now so it has been processed multiple times. I also have scalp psoriasis. I suffered from scalp psoriasis for nearly 6 years before finding a product that would keep it tame. I came across ArtNatural’s Argan Oil + Coal Tar shampoo one day while exploring the depths of Amazon (dangerous). I didn’t think much of it at first because I have literally tried every coal tar shampoo at your local drugstore, numerous topical treatments prescribed from my dermatologist, and freakishly weird home remedies that your great aunt told you to try; everything, and nothing works. But I purchased the ArtNaturals Argan Oil + Coal Tar Shampoo on a  whim and was pleasantly surprised. It did take a few months, but one day I realized something amazing had happened –  I no longer had any scalp psoriasis symptoms! It’s truly an amazing feeling to not have an irritated scalp. Thus, I put so much trust into this brand. Perhaps I should go in depth about that in another blog post! – Note to self.

Anyway, back to what really brings us together today, ArtNatural’s Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. For those of you who fear oils and immediately turn away from anything oil related, WAIT! This is for you. If I’ve learned anything from all the knowledge that Lush has given me about taking care of my body, it’s that oils are not the enemy. They are God sent saviors. Regardless of your skin or hair type, there is an oil out there for you. Argan oil is one of the more popular oils known to people. If you’re not familiar with it, below is a little break down of the benefits! And then I’ll get into the review so please keep reading!Benefits of argan oil: 

High in vitamin A, C, and E. Loaded with antioxidants, linolec acid and omega-6 fatty acids, helps promote cell production and healthy hair growth, can help eliminate dandruff and dry scalp, can protect your hair from heat or heat styling tools, can help tame frizz and flyaways, and repair split ends.

The Breakdown

ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo and conditioner retails for $15 each.

 Hair Type: sensitive and oily scalp, processed hair, coarse with dry ends.

Claims: Animal cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free, BPA and SLS free. Uses organic Moroccan oil, keratin, botanical extracts, antioxidants, and vitamins to “reinvigorate, strengthen, smooth, and shine” hair. Helps with dry, flaky scalp, dandruff, frizz, flyaways and split ends.

TextureShampoo – Suds well and cleanses hair without drying. Conditioner – Thick and creamy. I probably wouldn’t recommend it if you have very thin, fine hair, unless you use it in moderation and at the bottom, not focusing on the scalp.

Scent: The shampoo smells nice and refreshing, like fresh linen. The Conditioner has a much more mellow scent, sort of nutty and doesn’t stay in the hair.

Effectiveness: Shampoo – 5/5 I love the shampoo! Smells amazing. Feels great. Very cleansing without being stripping. Gets all the collected dry shampoo out of my hair after a long week. Conditioner – 2/5 Not my favorite. Unfortunately, it wasn’t moisturizing enough for my hair color treated. I think it would be great for someone who had less-damaged or not processed, normal hair. But for someone who has been ashy/grey for almost a year, it didn’t do enough.

Packaging: Sturdy, sleek and simple.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes! I love the brand, and even though the conditioner didn’t work well with my hair, that doesn’t mean it won’t work well on yours! Definitely give this brand a go.


Use the code: “Argan10” for a discount on your purchase!

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A Berry Quick Smoothie Recipe

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well today. Sorry I didn’t post anything last week. The last bit of September has been really busy for me and I wasn’t able to get anything up. I know I shouldn’t be apologizing because I’m trying not to put a deadline on blogging, but I don’t want to be absent without reason either. Anyway, speaking of busy, here’s a super quick and easy smoothie recipe! Surprisingly enough, this smoothie fills me up and keeps me full. Sometimes when I’m lazy, I have it for dinner! I always have frozen fruits in my freezer and I highly recommend others to have some too! Whenever there’s fruits I like on sale, I buy a bunch to freeze and a bunch to eat. It’s a great way to collect fruit over time. And in case you didn’t know, you can keep fruits in your freezer up to 6 months (depending on what they are)! It makes making smoothies super quick and easy.  having that said, I also modify the recipe based on what I have at home. Sometimes I add a banana and subtract some berries or add yogurt. But for those of you who like trying new recipes, I hope you find this helpful!

Berry Smoothie

– A handful (or 2) of your favorite berries (preferably frozen)

– 2 Cups of milk (I like to use almond milk)

– A splash of water (if your berries aren’t frozen, add ice cubes instead)

– 2 Tablespoons of flax seed meal (high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. This also adds a thicker texture to your smoothie and a somewhat nutty flavor)

– 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds (high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. A great super food and can be added in just about anything!)

– 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter (or almond butter. Gives your smoothie a good source of protein and makes it more filling)

Blend, blend, blend, and enjoy! ♡

Again, this is just something I like to make when I’m in a hurry. I’m not saying that this is the right or only way to make a quick smoothie, but it’s how I like making mine. Let me know some of your favorite smoothie recipes, so I can try them myself! 🙂

Weekend Snippet x9

Hi lovelies! How are you all today? Enjoying the bipolar weather, or? It’s hard to believe that yesterday it was so humid and warm and then all of a sudden it rained out of no where – with lightning and thunder too! Personally, I liked it, but I know it’s not normal! What has this world come to (lol if you clicked on the link)? Anyway, I hope you all were at least able to enjoy the weather this past weekend. It was so lovely in San Francisco. I spent my day out and about both days. On Saturday, I went to the Farmers Market to get some fresh fruit for my smoothies since I was running low. The weather just made it all the more enjoyable! It was actually borderline hot.

We had an early start that day when we attended the Timbuk2 warehouse sale. I didn’t intend on buying anything when I went in, but somehow did not leave empty handed – how did that happen? I don’t know. We ran into some friends at the warehouse and grabbed brunch with them at (my favorite) Blackwood, before going to the Embarcadero Farmers Market. The fruits and flowers there were so beautiful! I always thought that buying from the Farmers Market was expensive, and that is true, it’s a little pricier, but the fruit is exceptionally sweet, and it’s always nice to support your local businesses, so that makes up for the cost in my opinion. I definitely want to go more often.

Here’s just a few shots from Saturday! Enjoy!

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Golden Milk Latte

Hi loves! How are you all today? Today, I have for you a little recipe. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything health & wellness related so I figured I would write about something I’ve been enjoying lately. I’m a bit late on talking about this but if you didn’t see the golden milk latte spark the blogger world last fall, here it is again.

Before I get to the recipe, here are some notes you may want to know about the components of a golden milk latte. In short, this recipe contains: almond milk (you can substitute for whatever milk you prefer), turmeric powder, cinnamon, and honey. Some people also like adding clove for more flavor and ginger for more health benefits. Below is a short breakdown of the benefits of the ingredients I typically add into my latte. It takes as quick as 10 minutes or less to prepare so give yourself that much time. It’s perfect on a cold autumn night (which is coming up soon, yay!). Personally, I drink this all year long because I love the spicy sweet flavor, plus, you can’t go wrong with the health benefits!

Turmeric powder (the star ingredient for golden milk lattes) – contains bioactive compounds, anti-inflammatory benefits which can be very beneficial for numerous health conditions, including arthritis, helps boost absorption of antioxidants (which protects the body from free-radicals), is linked to improving brain health and lowering risks of brain diseases, and can lower risk of heart disease and cancers.

Cinnamon – contains antioxidants, lowers blood sugar levels, has anti-diabetic properties, helps reduce heart disease risks, and helps fight bacterial and fungal infections.

Manuka honey – Manuka honey contains up to 4x the natural benefits of regular flower honey – but you can still substitute this for whatever honey you have at home. I just happened to have Manuka honey available in my cabinet. It is no secret that honey is natures natural antibiotic. Not only is it antibacterial/antiseptic, but it’s also moisturizing and great for sore throats, eczema and acne. [Nutritional break down of honey: contains amino acids, vitamin B’s, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.]

Together, these 3 ingredients work harmoniously and make up what is called golden milk. Of course there are many variations of this latte, this is just how I like to make mine! Hope you guys enjoy. 🙂

Golden Milk Latte Recipe

1.) Pour ~12 oz of your preferred milk preference to a sauce pan

2.) Add 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric powder

3.) Add 1-2 teaspoons of honey (or to the sweetness you prefer)

4.) Add dash of cinnamon (I love cinnamon so I tend to add a lot, but I know that everyone is different when it comes to this, I suggest doing a taste test to see what your preference is!)

5.) Whisk all the ingredients together over medium heat. Make sure to whisk it really well, otherwise you might find sediments at the bottom of your latte!

6.) Pour into your favorite mug, garnish with cinnamon and enjoy ☕ ❤

Hope you guys enjoyed this post. Let me know if you try it and what you think. 🙂 I’m going to try and do more of these health & wellness related posts, especially since cold season will be upon us shortly. If you have any home remedies or healthy recipes, please send them my way! I love finding new ones to try. Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

Color Factory

img_0754Hi loves! How are you all today? I hope your week is going well. Do you have any plans for this Labor Day weekend? I’m working this Monday *surprise, surprise*. I know it has only been a few days since we were last here, but I was really excited to share the photos I took at the Color Factory with you! I went with some friends on Monday and it was so fun! My boyfriend and I love going to art museums, but this one was very different from some of the ones we’ve visited before. This is not like your typical, framed art pieces, kind of gallery.  I think I speak for many when I say that being interactive with the art space and pieces really made an impact on my overall Color Factory experience. It really forces you to absorb the art with all of your senses. (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ If they decide to extend their stay in the Bay Area (which they probably will), I highly encourage you to try and go if you weren’t able to the first time around! Anyway, here are some of my favorite photos taken from at the Color Factory. Enjoy! 🙂 img_8073

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Rotating Macaron Table in the first room! What a great way to welcome everyone.

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img_8078Thank you so much for making it to the end. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! 🙂 If you’re celebrating for Labor Day, stay safe! img_0752

 

Flowers + Pink Clay Dry Shampoo Review

Hi lovelies! How are you all today? Happy Monday! I don’t normally post on Mondays but lately my schedule has been all over the place. But since getting my second Little Barn Apothecary (LBA) order in the mail the other day, I wanted to pop in here and mention the brand one more time before the promotion code expires! You can use my code: LINDALIEU at checkout for a little discount.

As for what brings us here today, I have a review for you on this little guy! As some of you may know, I got my hair done last week. It has been 6 months since my last session so I was way over due. I’m so happy to have gone back to my favorite ashy color. This time, my stylist added more lavender into my hair and I just love it so much! If you have ashy hair, you’d know that the biggest tip for keeping your color is to go longer between washes –  even if you don’t have ashy or color treated hair, going longer between washes is just overall better for your hair health! Having that said, dry shampoo IS actually life. My current favorite dry shampoo is this one from LBA.  They’re natural, organic, and cruelty free. If you read my last skincare review, you’d know that I love their skincare products. Their dry shampoo definitely doesn’t disappoint either. I’m actually going on 4th day hair as I’m typing this up right now (gross or impressive? You decide). If you’d like to know my thoughts on their Flower + Pink Clay dry shampoo, please keep reading. I also included a break down of my review at the end of this post in case you want to just read the main points!

First, the packaging – It’s in a cute little squeeze bottle that dispenses the product from a twist off spout. I love that this dry shampoo is a powder because not only is it less harmful for the air, but I also find that powders are much longer lasting (a little sprinkle goes a very long way), much more oil absorbent and they leaves less residue/build up in your hair in comparison to dry shampoos that are in an aerosol can. It’s sort of like setting your make up with a powder VS. using a setting spray – personally, I do both – but I know everyone has their own preferences, just thought this was a good example! The main absorbing ingredients in the Flower + Pink Clay dry shampoo is the pink clay and rice starch. This dry shampoo also leaves a light floral scent in your hair too! 🌹🌹🌹 I will definitely continue to repurchase this and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for assistance in going longer between washes, or someone who just needs a little boost in their hair!

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Day 4 Hair

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My Current LBA Favorites ♡

The Breakdown

Hair type: Course, color treated, dry at the ends and oily at the scalp

Claims: Refreshes your scalp and gets rid of grease and grime.

Directions: “Sprinkle small amount at roots and brush or tousle through to ends” I just focus on the roots and sometimes the nape of my neck.

Texture: loose powder that rubs right in!

Effectiveness: 5/5

Packaging: Squeeze tube with spout. Durable and travel friendly.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes!


Promotional code for LBA: ‘LINDALIEU’

Expires 8/31/17

Coffee Nook

Hi loves! Hope you are all doing well today. Several weeks ago my boyfriend and I stopped by a new coffee shop in SF. Well, it was new to us. I’ve seen numerous photos of this place called ‘The Mill’ all over Instagram, but never came around to checking it out until recently. I’m so glad I did, it’s super nice cafe! So much more spacious than some cafes in San Francisco. I just wanted to share some of the photos I took there with you guys. It has a really nice modern vibe to it. I especially love the shelving display and ceramic decor. The little shops around it were awesome too! The Perish Trust was by there too (where I made my very first Little Barn Apothecary purchase)! I can definitely see myself coming back here.

If you follow me on Instagram, I mentioned that one way I like to step back and regain inspiration is by visiting a coffee shop and being able to sit and enjoy my coffee there. We all become a bit tightly wound with all the other priorities we have in our lives. Whether it be taking on school, or our day jobs, or both! I think it’s super important to make time for these sessions every once in a while, whether it be for just 10 minutes, or 2 hours! Are you giving yourself a few minutes within your daily routines for relaxation? I’ve spoken about Mindful Minutes before and I want to go back to the importance of that. To me, being able to get coffee, sit down, and finish it there is so relaxing, so every once in a while, I make time for this. Like literally, I book a time in my schedule to relax. If I don’t I’ll get super cranky and snappy.

I also mentioned that I want to incorporate more reading into these sessions. Ever since college, I don’t really read novels anymore. I’ve had the hardest time finding a book to commit to. I have read a few poetry books, but because those are short and sweet, so it was easy. Currently, I am reading “Not Afraid of the Fall” by Kyle James. If you like traveling, this is a perfect book for you. In short, Kyle and his partner, Ash, quit their day jobs and travel the world! I find that so inspiring and can’t wait to finish it. Do you have any book recommendations? I’d love to know what I should add to my list!

Their cute little water set-up.We got a little window nook to ourselves. ☕♡In case any of you were wondering, I got a soy latte and a cinnamon croissant pastry and Justin got a cappuccino with a cream cheese and olive oil drizzle toast. So good! If you’re in SF, I highly recommend this cute place.

Thank you for reading. Hope you all have a great week!