The Night Lip Balm to End Them All

The Body Shop had failed me – its lip products weren’t keeping my lips moisturized enough to last the night and I had been constantly waking up with dry lips. Eager to find a solution to this issue, I ordered some products aimed at long term moisture maintenance. First, is Sky Organics Shea Butter ($14.40)Continue reading “The Night Lip Balm to End Them All”

Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Does she know of me? Would my father have told her? Did she share in his confidences? While the whole while he lied to me? Or is she the only one who would understand my heart right now? If I find her would I find a breathing piece of myself I had not known wasContinue reading “Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo”

Review: Adagio Coconut Grove Pouchong

Pouchong tea is a very lightly oxidized, green oolong from Taiwan. It’s highly valued for its rich, naturally sweet fragrance of honey, flowers, and quite often, coconut. We thought the flavor of fresh coconut, then, would be the perfect complement to this delicate cup. – Adagio This tea truly delivers on the coconut flavor, withContinue reading “Review: Adagio Coconut Grove Pouchong”

Review: Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Pore Purifier

Clear pores of daily debris and pollution plus brighten skin with a blend of antioxidants, salicylic acid and other skin-fortifying ingredients.  – Paula’s Choice I had high hopes for this serum. I purchased this as an alternative treatment/serum for my non-retinol evenings, attracted to the formulas mix of anti-hyperpigmentation, anti-acne, and calming ingredients – allContinue reading “Review: Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Pore Purifier”

Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

It is a story as old as time, that we always find what we needed was right at home. But, therein is the riddle: a child has to leave to return. My mother had to. She says it often. She only appreciated her mother, only understood her mother, after she had left home. I hadContinue reading “Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez”

Review: Adagio Ali Shan

Ali Shan is an alpine green oolong tea from Taiwan. While relatively new, Ali Shan is one of Taiwan’s most famous tea growing areas, producing beautiful high mountain oolong teas from its misty peaks. Warm sugar and deeply layered floral aromas, with a melting, creamy mouthfeel. Mellow and light-bodied, this hand-crafted Ali Shan oolong isContinue reading “Review: Adagio Ali Shan”

Review: Be Plain Vitamin Brightening Ampoule

Daily dose of multi-vitamins packed with vitamin-rich actives, all working together to protect, firm and energize the skin over time. – Be Plain This is an incredibly unique product – a light ampoule that absorbs quickly into the skin, and despite it’s mid-price point cost (around $21), it packs a lot of punch in itsContinue reading “Review: Be Plain Vitamin Brightening Ampoule”

August Reads

August has been such a great month for diverse reads. As women in translation month (#WIT), August for me has provided another great opportunity to read global women’s voices often ignored by English-speaking publishing companies (who prioritize english-written works and when they do seek translated books, skew heavily male). In addition, I’ve read Radio SilenceContinue reading “August Reads”

Review: Adagio Keemun Rhapsody

Perhaps the most famous of Chinese varieties, prized for its rich, toasty flavor, mineral flinty notes and smoky, sometimes incense aroma. Our Keemun Rhapsody is a complex showing of excellent quality Keemun. Toasty, biscuity aroma with a browned apple sweetness. Earthy fruit flavor, notes of aromatic lychee fruit. Lingering perfumy smokiness long after the cupContinue reading “Review: Adagio Keemun Rhapsody”