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Which DNA testing kit is right for you? Wondering about your ancestry? So am I!
Growing up in Latin America in a cultural melting pot, does make me wonder where do I really come from. At least I have been wondering recently, honestly ever since I wrote about my mother for the blog. I know for a fact that part of my mother’s family comes from Spain on my grandfather’s side but that’s all I know about my ancestry on mum’s side and I want to know more. My dad’s side is more straightforward (sort of, not exactly) but I would still like to know more.
While researching for DNA test kits I needed one that was available worldwide and that’s how I stumbled upon Nebula genomics and their different options for at home DNA sequencing. They offer free worldwide shipping and that is just perfect as you all know I live in Asia.
They also offer a wide variety of options in terms of services which intrigued me and are the only ones doing a full DNA sequencing, how cool is that?
I did this project 5 years ago, when I started my blog but in these 5 years I have been quite inactive and I want to change that.
I spend a lot of time on social media but I enjoy more blogging and reading blogs than on Instagram for example, although I admit TikTok is very funny!
This Xmas of Blog I will be sharing what I get in my homemade advent calendar, that I created with the help of my hubby.
Why a homemade advent calendar? You ask? Well, I couldn’t get the calendar I wanted and the others available didn’t have things of my interest so instead in between my husband and me we bought items I actually wanted to try that were small and could be of interest to me.
Do I know what’s in the calendar? Only 50-60% yes, but I don’t know when I’m going to get it so that’s exiting!
Today December 1st I received German cookies and KitKat, that was quite unexpected. I was excited about the cookies & baffled by the KitKat but at this time I have to say I already ate some cookies and really enjoyed the KitKat.
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As I predicted in my black friday shopping recommendations post Anita Grant would be having a cyber monday sale instead of a black friday deal. The sale event is 25% off and will be valid until December 1st midnight UK time.
Anita Grant is an ethically sourced, ecofriendly and organic haircare and skincare brand that has been a staple in my routine since 2017; so when I tell you the products are good it’s because they are GOOD and have been tried and true.
I have a long list of favorites so I will do a separate post with more details (if time permits), but for now I will simply list my favorites over the years so you can have an idea of what to look for at the site.
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I have been living in Japan for a while now and because I don’t live in Tokyo I can’t say I have found physical stores that cater to curly hair although I do know about one hairdresser that does devacuts in that area, with that being said I have an extensive collection of products that work for me and that bring me joy while caring for my curly hair in Japan and I will share with you where I have purchased these items from.
Beautylish: They offer free shipping to Japan with a minimum spend and cash on delivery payment which is quite rare in general. Here I purchase my Briogeo products which I absolutely love and need to write a review about soon.
Iherb: They are now offering a wide variety of brands such as: Curlsmith, Curls, Mielle Organics, Devacurl, Carol’s Daugther, Aussie curls, Camille Rose and Shea Moisture. I have tried Curlsmith, Curls, Mielle Organics, Devacurl and Shea Moisture and I have to say my favorite brands are Curlsmith and Shea Moisture. If you want a detailed post about a product, let me know in the comments and if I have tried it I will write about it just for you. You can get free shipping with a minimum spend.
Safe & Chic: This store specializes in ethical beauty and has everything from makeup to skincare to haircare and even clothing. I mention it because here you can buy Innersense Organic Beauty and Rahua both great performing brands. I have a detailed review on Innersense Organic Beauty in the blog and my favorite products are the shampoo and the volumizing foam. From Rahua I like their shampoos and conditioners.
Anita Grant: Is a British brand with handmade, cruelty free, organic, small batch products that I simply adore shopping from you can find my favorite products such as the Creamy Cafe latte , aloe vera shampoo, the curl conditioning cowash and rhassoul deep conditioning cubes here. I have also posted a blog post with a Rhassoul Clay recipe which is just fabulous for cleansing your hair strands while retaining moisture, make sure to give it a read.
I hope you have found this list of places I shop from useful and that it can help you in your new life in Japan and if you’ve been here for a while and didn’t have the scoop well now you know.
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Now for the good stuff, as I promised yesterday I would try to post some more about the products I love from Anita Grant so I decided to share my Rhassoul clay mask because it’s a double function clay it’s moisturizing but also cleansing so you’re getting the best of both worlds.
Apply to dry hair and massage your scalp to remove product build up. Leave it on for at least 5 minutes and up to an hour. You can follow up with a shampoo like I do or your regular conditioner. For this wash day I used the Anita Grant Aloe Vera conditioning shampoo.
I hope you have enjoyed this little recipe where I showcase some of the products I mentioned yesterday for the holiday sales.
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Today I will be listing stores/brands instead of individual products that have a nice selection of products and/or are offering good deals you need to know about.
Osocurly: UK based curly hair accesory brand that will for a fact have a significant discount. Normally with my code CURLYSAKURA for Osocurly you would get 15% off your order, but the discount is so significant that the codes have been deactivated during the sale, so you are in for a treat. What can you find at Osocurly? Mostly curly hair accesories such as Satin bonnets, Mist spray bottles and scrunchies. They also have satin pillowcases which are a dream to sleep on and are purported to keep your skin smooth while you sleep and these pillowcases will reduce breakage whether you have curly or straight hair, so I think they are a good investment. They offer products for adults and children. Please note that the store is closed right now and will open specially for the black friday sale, you can however sign up for early access via text messages.
Missha: This is one of my favorite Korean skincare and makeup brands, I highly recommend you check them out. They have an early access offer of up to 60% off so if you are looking to stock up on their legendary essence or are new to the brand and just want to give it a go this deal is actually quite good. What can you find at Missha? Things such as an extensive range of skincare and makeup. Don’t know where to start don’t worry I got you covered with my favorite products: MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++(50ml), Time Revolution The First Essence 5X, Sheet Masks (all their sheets masks are amazing but my faves are the propolis and guaiazulene ones, feel free to choose what you like based on your needs).
Anita Grant: A UK based brand I have been using for years and have lots of favorites to share with you, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. Anita Grant is an ethically sourced, ecofriendly and organic haircare and skincare brand that has been a staple in my routine since 2017; so when I tell you the products are good it’s because they are GOOD and have been tried and true. I don’t know yet if they will have a black friday sale but last year they had 30% sitewide for cyber monday, so I expect them to come up with something good this year too. I have a long list of favorites so I will do a separate post with more details (if time permits), but for now I will simply list my favorites over the years so you can have an idea of what to look for at the site. My favorites list: Bentonite clay for skin and hair, Creamy cafe Latte Leave-in detangle conditioner (read the review here), Organic Unrefined Mongongo oil, Rhassoul clay, Japanese Camellia Kissi Oil, Rhassoul Deep Condish (I have a recipe), Babassu Shampoo Bars (You can choose from a variety of bars, I’m currently using the coconut milk and honey one and I love it!) Co-wash conditioner (I’m very picky when it comes to cowashing and this is one of my favorite cowashes ever. I like the citrus mint version better, but you can choose whichever you like between unscented, rosemary mint and citrus mint), Organic Virgin Argan Oil, Vanilla Dry Oil (I love this for my skin specially in winter, but it smells so great I use it all year round), Aloe Vera Conditioning Shampoo, Ylang Ylang Floral Water (perfect for my rhassoul clay recipe, I like Ylang Ylang floral water better than rose water and we all know rose water is bomb). Whew Chile this was a long list of products I hope I didn’t bore you, if you made it this far congratulations and thank you for reading. We only have one more recommendation left and it’s the end of the post I promise.
Curlyellie: It’s a UK based Custom Crafted Plant based haircare brand for Curly, Dry, Damaged, Frizzy and Wavy hair created originally for children but basically anybody can use curlyellie because it’s hypoallergenic as well and smells delicious ( You know how much I enjoy a good sensory experience and you get that with Curlyellie). I just discovered this brand this year when they kindly gifted me products and I can’t stress enough how good these products are, even if they were gifted to me you know my opinions are authentic. I like the whole range but my favorites are the detangling spray, the hair mask and the shampoo. They also have a sister brand Curlyellie intense more specifically for adults and while I haven’t tried anything from this range yet I thought I would share just in case you’re interested, because I find the range intriguing. Now on to the best part I got you the scoop on the Black Friday deals from Curlyellie they will be offering 10 pounds off with purchases over 36 pounds and 25 pounds off orders over 75 pounds and the codes are FRIDAY10 and FRIDAY25 depending on how much you spend.
Please note that none of the curlyellie links are affiliate, so the blog doesn’t receive any commission if you click them and use the codes (I note this since these products were gifted) the rest of the links are affiliate so the blog does make a small commission if you choose to buy using the links provided (All products mentioned purchased by me, except for the clothing items that I think I will buy too during the sale).
Thank you so much for reading and happy holiday shopping.
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This a general post of products I have been loving in 2021 that would make a nice addition to your haircare, makeup or skincare arsenal; it’s in no way comprehensive because I’m doing this last minute but it includes products that spoke to me all year round or recently impressed me!
Innersense Organic Beauty Shampoo & Foam: I like the entire collection, but my standouts are the shampoo and the foam, if I had to choose something to try first it would be these two items. The Foam enhances definition and plays well with others and the shampoo cleanses gently but effectively.
Nature Lab Tokyo Clarifying Scalp Scrub: My favorite scalp scrub, I use it about once a month with my shampoo brush and it helps exfoliate my scalp and feels lush and relaxing. Pictured here is the travel size because I ran out of the full size and I’m determined to use up my travel sizes before repurchasing.
For makeup I will share a few bits and pieces that I have been reaching out during the year and that I have been loving.
Huda beauty medium nude obsessions palette: I love this palette so much that I even attended a wedding wearing it, so it’s safe to say it’s among my favorite palettes. It’s travel friendly and I think it suits every skin tone.
Lily Lolo pressed bronzer in Honolulu: This has become a quick favorite of mine in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share it with you. This shade looks pretty dark in the pan but it’s actually very buildable and well suited for Light-Medium (my skin tone) to Tan skin but they have 2 other shades that might suit lighter and deeper skin tones than mine.
Rituel de Fille Metamorphic highlighter in The Siren: This is a very pretty cream highlighter that I find myself reaching for frequently. The first time I used it I dipped my dirty highlighter brush in and it changed the beautiful shade to what it’s shown in the picture but on the skin it looks great now that I use my fingers to apply it, it has a bit of a learning curve but it’s my fave.
To not make it too long I’m including just a few skincare products that have really impressed me and hope they impress you too.
100%pure Bright Eyes: This eye mask is just golden it does what it promises: depuff and brighten and I enjoy using it. They come in a pack of 5 and this is my last one! I need to get more because I love it.
Missha Propolis Mascure sheet mask: This mask is my favorite as it gives a wonderful glow right after you use it. I also find the experience quite enjoyable, I also like the guaiazulene mask but I didn’t have one at hand and in all honesty this was the only sheet mask I have ever photographed when I received it.
Missha Time Revolution The first treatment essence Rx: This is a cult classic and what better moment to stock up on it than black Friday. It’s a very lightweight essence, that brightens the skin and refreshes the complexion. I have been using this for a long time and even though I have tried other essences this one is still my favorite for some reason.
Real Barrier Extreme Cream: I recently won this moisturizer in a giveaway and it’s just so lovely I had to include it my black Friday Recommendations because I think it’s perfect for winter. It has a thick texture, is fragrance free (ideal for anyone with sensitivity, not my case but I still mention it in case that’s important for you), absorbs easily into the skin and leaves it well moisturized.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 play Moisturizing shower cream-gel: This product is a very recent discovery, but I include it as a bonus because the scent is fantastic. Everyone knows the bum bum cream scent is delicious, well this one is better and I’m just in love with how this shower gel leaves my skin feeling. I bought a travel size but I highly recommend you get the full size as you are bound to love it if you like fragrant, relaxing experiences in the shower like me.
Well, that’s it for my impromptu black Friday Recommendations post, I hope you enjoyed it and happy shopping!
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I’ve been trying Innersense Organic Beauty for a while now with a few bits and pieces here and there but had never done a full wash day using only Innersense until today.
Let me tell you I’m impressed.
The latest additions to my collection are the I create hold gel and the Quiet calm curl control they both have a very pleasant scent, I have used the gel twice and today is my first time trying the curl control and my hair looks hydrated and juicy. I just know this will be a good wash day.
Innersense Organic Beauty Sweet Spirit Leave in Conditioner: You don’t need this product but you might want it, because the scent is just amazing. It detangles well although after the conditioners there aren’t many tangles left but what is really striking is the delicious sweet scent of this product.
Innersense Organic Beauty I Create Hold: It’s one of the best gels I have used for curly hair, it gives amazing strong hold, smells great, it’s flexible doesn’t leave the hair crunchy and the curl definition is beyond beautiful. If there is one product you have to try from Innersense is this one!
I hope you have enjoyed this review of my now complete collection of Innersense Organic Beauty. I have received several of this products as gifts with purchase in the past that’s why you see a lot of trave sizes but this must be my second or third bottle of them. They rebranded some time ago and some products are from the old collection, but because I’m a product junkie I never got around to trying them. Now that I got the gel I’m hooked on the entire line.
NOTE: There is a 25% off sale going on at Safe & Chic using code Innersense25 for a limited time, so it was lucky that I decided to wash my hair today with this brand and blog about it!
Fine mist Spray bottle: this bottle offers a continuous, ultra fine mist to make refreshing your hair 1000 times easier, ever since I purchased it I have started to enjoy refreshes. I used to hate them, now they are a breeze. This is because the mist saturates the hair without making it overly wet and there is no mess afterwards.
Shampoo brush: I’ve been using a shampoo brush almost since the beginning of my journey, but this shampoo brush from osocurly is definitely my favorite. It gives a very gentle scalp massage while applying shampoo. The correct way to use it is in a left to right or viceversa motion without bunching up the hair at the top of the head, this way you avoid tangles and breakage. Remember be gentle. The objective is to exfoliate a bit and relax a lot with the massage.
Satin Scrunchies: If you have curly hair and are NOT using satin Scrunchies, then you need to start now. They are gentle in the hair and don’t pull and tug at it. You can also tie your hair for sleeping by taking all your hair to the front and using a single loop of the satin scrunchie to put it all together.
Today I feature my favorite cleanser of all time, The Jordan Samuel Skin: The After Show Treatment Cleanser.
It is a gel to oil formula with a citrus/fruity scent, not overpowering Just sensory enhancing.
Cleansing my face is a pleasure with this. It includes ingredients such as olive, jojoba and grape seed oils which are perfect for a first cleanse used in removing makeup, other notable ingredients are sugarcane, willow bark and apple extracts which provide gentle exfoliation.
I use it as a first cleanse most times but I also use it as my second cleanse sometimes. It’s a very versatile & enjoyable product! I just repurchased a bigger size replacement as this one is empty. (Pic was taken before opening, also love the elegant packaging)
Have you tried Jordan Samuel Skin? Let me know in the comments