Candace Aliké Smith — A Writer's Self Care Journal

“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life.”

Elsie de Wolfe

Hey there. I’m Candace.

Welcome to my little corner of the web. I’m a marketing writer, matcha enthusiast, and mom of one living and learning in the ‘burbs of Dallas. I founded this site in 2015 to help women of color find non-toxic health and beauty products. Since then, the content has expanded to include herbs and oils, journaling, local sips, and travel. My mom Cherise pops in monthly to offer valuable mental health and mindfulness content as well.

I recently traded the dizzying pace of social media for unhurried moments to reflect in this space. Email me at if you’d like to talk about tea or matters of the heart.

Be well.

“One day to collect the scattered fragments of myself, and give them symmetry, and wholeness, and use.”

— Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

  • Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”

    Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”

    Hey ladies! Short nails don’t care! I painted my nubbins with Sinful Colors “Soul Mate” this morning. Sinful Colors is not the “cleanest” non-toxic nail polish brand (whatever that means), but the varnishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). Expecting an “all-natural” or completely “non-toxic” nail varnish is a bit silly in […] Read more

  • 4 Life Lessons I Learned from Wildflowers

    4 Life Lessons I Learned from Wildflowers

    Hello lovely! I stumbled upon this gem of a quote online yesterday, and for some reason it continues to speak to me. Daisy: What kind of a garden do you come from?Alice: Oh, I don’t come from any garden.Daisy: Do you suppose she’s a wildflower? Alice in Wonderland Do you suppose I’m a wildflower? I mean, […] Read more

  • Pacifica Mystical Eyeshadow Palette

    Pacifica Mystical Eyeshadow Palette

    Hey there, beautiful people! This post is long overdue. As an Influencer of Hope for Soap Hope, I have the distinct privilege of hosting an awesome summer giveaway. Up for grabs is the Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow Palette by Pacifica. Keep reading to learn how you can enter! About The Palette   Opal Moonbeam Celestial […] Read more

  • Let’s Talk About Infinity Jars

    Let’s Talk About Infinity Jars

    Hello beautiful people! Time sure flies. It was over a month ago when I received these gorgeous glass cosmetic bottles from Infinity Jar in exchange for an honest write-up. If you enjoy DIY beauty as much as I do, I think you’ll agree with me that these glass jars truly are a must-have! One thing […] Read more

  • Will Calamine Lotion Work as a Primer for Oily Skin?

    Will Calamine Lotion Work as a Primer for Oily Skin?

    Right now is a prime time to talk about priming! I stopped using Milk of Magnesia (MoM) as a face primer when I read about how damaging it could be to the skin over time. MoM is too acidic for daily use, and can break down your skin’s protective barrier if used too often. No […] Read more

  • Unboxed — VeganCuts Beauty Box

    Unboxed — VeganCuts Beauty Box

    Hey, beautiful people! My May VeganCuts Beauty Box arrived in the mail yesterday, so I thought I’d share my first impressions with you. I also included a few discount codes for anyone interested. Enjoy! The Terre Mere Cosmetics blush brush ($34 value) I received is a 100% cruelty-free brush ergonomically designed to highlight your features […] Read more