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

Category: Reviews & Demos

  • Mapping The Unknown With My Kate Spade New York 2023 Planner

    Mapping The Unknown With My Kate Spade New York 2023 Planner

    With 39 nights of sleep until January, I wanted to get a head start on mapping 2023. That task seems a bit laughable considering how unpredictable and mindboggling 2022 turned out to be, but nevertheless, she persisted. Shopping for a planner in late November forced my decision between buying an 18-month planner that began in […]

  • Going Green With Pelindaba Lavender Dallas

    Going Green With Pelindaba Lavender Dallas

    Since leaving Instagram, I’ve relied on my mom to keep me up on all the fun things in my city. When she told me about a store at Galleria Dallas selling all things lavender, I knew I had to check it out.  Pelindaba Lavender is an all-things lavender franchise store and product gallery that opened […]

  • Pacha Soap Co French Lavender Bar Soap

    Pacha Soap Co French Lavender Bar Soap

    Happy Earth Day, lovelies.  I’m excited to share a recent Whole Foods purchase from a brand doing so many wonderful things for the environment and for humankind.  Pacha Soap Co. describes itself as a purpose-driven company of artisans who handcraft natural soaps to delight the senses and enhance well-being. Pacha prides itself on creating long-term, […]

  • Milk Makeup #LiveYourLook

    Milk Makeup #LiveYourLook

    Milk Makeup, an offspring of Milk Studios of NYC, believes that when it comes to your beauty routine, compromise is a “no, no.”  To assure they provide a cosmetic that is nourishing with a blockbuster payoff, Milk Makeup offers products that are cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan. Taking its cues from those in the community […]

  • BLK + GRN

    BLK + GRN

    What do you get when you combine 46 artisans in one marketplace who not only represent the African diaspora but also have a desire to live green?  You get Black and Green, or as they call it: BLK + GRN.   BLK + GRN is an all-natural marketplace with all-black artisans. It features creations for the […]

  • Vichy Minéral 89 First Impressions

    Vichy Minéral 89 First Impressions

    We received a few minutes of rain today in Las Vegas. Those few raindrops were appreciated.  Speaking of moisture, let’s chat briefly about the Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer by Vichy Laboratories. I unboxed and tried this moisturizer today for the first time. Unlike many serums and moisturizers I’ve used in the past that […]

  • L’Occitane en Provence Purifying Mask

    L’Occitane en Provence Purifying Mask

    Meet me in France, mon chéri! Now that little Miss Aev is on a somewhat predictable schedule, I’m excited about getting back into skincare and herbal remedies. Let’s play in this deliciously green purifying mask by L’Occitane en Provence! If you enjoy the smell of thyme, you’ll love this mask. Organic thyme is high in […]

  • How I Manicure My Nails At Home

    How I Manicure My Nails At Home

    Good evening! I haven’t posted any beauty content in awhile, so I thought I’d share 5 things to keep in mind if you want an amazing at-home manicure using acrylic nails. I’ve done my own nails at home for many years, and really enjoy this small act of self-care that I can enjoy while I […]



    I was first introduced to Be. Care. Love. on a shopping trip to my local Ross store.  Picking up the Grapeseed Skin Oil, I was pleasantly surprised that the only ingredient listed was… grapeseed oil.  This deserved a deeper look.  What I found was that Be. Care. Love. was much more than oils.  BE – […]

  • Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant

    Zion Health Clay Dry Deodorant

    With around 20 different product types and various scents to boot, Zion Health offers its customers healthy skincare and hygiene alternatives.  “It all started with a toothpaste,” and grew to include products such as face creams, pain relief spray, shampoos, clay soaps, and of course deodorants.  Using what they call “living clay” (kanwa, calcium montmorillonite, […]

  • In Review — Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup

    In Review — Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup

    New foundation alert! I stumbled upon Burt’s new line of liquid foundation last week and took it for a spin today. I’ve purchased several products from the Burt’s Bees line over the years, mostly lip products, so I was interested to see how the foundation would perform. Burt’s Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup […]

  • Brand Spotlight — Farmacy Beauty

    Brand Spotlight — Farmacy Beauty

    What began as the discovery of a “superhero plant” growing in upstate New York is now a skincare line. That plant, Echinacea GreenEnvy™, is now patented and used exclusively by Farmacy Beauty. The Echinacea GreenEnvy™ root is said to have 300% more antioxidants than the Echinacea plant we’re used to hearing about. Yes. 300%. To […]