Hey…

…YES I know I’m raggedy. Listen, between y’all emailing me and hitting me up on Specktra and sending me Facebook messages…

I’m here.

Habibi has been taking me to TASK! Let me tell you, it’s an interesting thing when your company is like HAHAHAHAHAPHUCKYONEEDTOSLEEP and decides to grab hold and breathe on its own. In what seems to be ‘out of the blue’ – I have requests and upticks in business sales (and customer ones), inquiries, distribution plans, production shows, professional interest and use, and private labeling…

LISTEN.

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I started Habibi 13 years ago, and always wanted it to be 100% honest in terms of ingredients, claims, and longevity. That means I moved incredibly slow to make it well known. I was hesitant to reach out, slow on the uptake of reactions, and kind of minimized its actual impact. There are a crap-ton of companies out there who promise to change your skin and your life from the very first application. Trust me, as a reformed product junkie I have sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into those claims. I’m sure I’m not alone. It took me a long time to make the switch from product victim to product innovator. And for that I had to leave these borders. US skincare is lacking for me… always has been. And it honestly wasn’t until I got eyebrow deep in Asian skincare that I really started to understand synergy… particularly without the use of chemicals or harsh (even natural) ingredients. I made friends with several Chinese Herbalists and learned about the value of ‘balance’ and ‘harmony’ between the user and the product… much like the balance of organ function to harmonize the entire body. Sound esoteric? It probably is. But you know what? It works.

That’s why the serum changed into the awesome sauce that it had the potential to be. That’s how GAIA was born (body care is coming people!), and that’s how subtle upgrades (from the elimination of shea butter in face moisturizers to the addition of tremella mushroom in the face and body serums) began to form and take tangible shape. I pulled back, moved some pieces around, and came up with a whole new level of awesome. Add to that streamlined packaging from bottles to shipping…

…all while continually filling orders…

…and it’s been a busy season for ya girl.

SO. I’m back. I am. Viseart Warm Mattes has been making my life beautiful and a full review is coming. So is the foundation one I promised because honestly I’ve been using the same stuff for more than a year, and I think it’s fair to say they are actual favorites. I love and miss you, and I haven’t forgotten about you!

Love & Light and Ciao for now!

 

Samples are all Shipped!

Thank you to everyone who participated! The last of the Seven Veils Luxury Serums went out this morning. Thank you guys for being so patient. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns!

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FREE Seven Veils Serum!

Hey Guys,

Remember when we did the GAIA giveaway and you all gave me such beautiful, valuable seven-veils-serumfeedback (which was absolutely applied)? I’d like to do that with a serum formulation that is still in the beta phase. I’m OVER THE MOON about it, but I always want to put it in as many hands as possible so that I can get HONEST (not trade or paid) feedback.

So you guys know how this works. All I need is a comment here saying YES I WANT ONE (or something to that effect)! And then back that up by sending your mailing address to us on the FACEBOOK PAGE. Why there? Because we transfer all social media data to a specific bank to keep up with you guys and it helps us serve you better. I’d like you to try it for a week and give feedback, then keep using it up (you’ll get enough for about a month’s supply) and let me know what you think overall. That’s it.

This serum is designed to work for almost everyone. If you have allergies to essential oils (lavender, roman and german chamomile, neroli, frankincense and sandalwood) then you can’t use this. But if you’re oily, dry, mature or sensitive (but not to the things I mentioned) then you should be fine.

I’ll have them sent out on a first come, first served basis. I hope you guys love it as much as I do!

All the stuff… and a Bronzed FOTD

Hey!

All work and no play man… ALL WORK AND NO PLAY. I’m scheduling some time off because I’ve been doing the MOST. I’ve been teaching more yoga than practicing, and giving just a bit too much of myself. Between Habibi drop offs and pick ups and meetings and what not, I have to remind myself to breathe. I actually yelled when I found out I had to squeeze in a meeting today.

Not so yogi.

So yeah.

In the middle of all the business crap, I go back to my first love (creating) whenever I can. I am not a fan of bath bombs as they stand on the market today, so I’ve been experimenting with packing more into the standard formula to really give you a bathing spirit bath bombsexperience worthy of Habibi. A few hits and a WHOLE LOT OF MISSES later, I pulled together a recipe that will both hold that fizz that everyone likes, but also take care of your skin. One of these babies will basically make you feel like you’re bathing in silk.

My raggedy friends keep coming on social media talking about “Look! Orange Cheesecake!” SMH. While they do look DELICIOUS, they will not taste like orange cheesecake if you decide to take a bite. And I am not responsible if you decide to take that challenge. Just saying.

So that’s that. My current packaging is OOOOOOKAY. Not amazing like I really want, so I’m working on that. My other issue with bath bombs is that they’re generally unsanitary with the way they’re currently sold. If you’re a fan of the biggest bath bomb maker in the country, then you know that all kinds of random mofos have had their hands on your bath bomb before you actually purchase it and drop it in your tub. And then you’re soaking in all the cooties in the universe… NO MA’AM! Can’t do it. So while I love all the little boxes and what not that are floating around right now, I’m all for upping the ante. Who has time to be mediocre?

I’m also working on the most amazing bath soak you have ever used in your life! I used it last night… MAMA! Limited though. Look for it around Mother’s Day. Ain’t no way in the world I’m mass producing that stuff. It is literally that precious. Gonna be so AWESOME though! It might come out again around Holiday ’16…

See what I mean? All the stuff.

Meanwhile, I did a bronze thing with a lot of matte in between. Some people can do the full ‘glow’ look, but on me it is always more GREASE than GLOW. So there’s a whole lot of FOTD BronzeInnisfree powder between the brows, under the eyes, and on the chin. I dug out the Guerlain Africa Rhythm Bronzer (which is a true bronze, my goodness) and used it as a blush/contour, and eyeshadow through the crease. Tom Ford’s Metallic Mink Pencil is on my waterline, and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is on my lashline. Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara and Anastasia Brow Definer round out the whole eye thing. The Burberry White Highligher (that thing is magic) is on the high points of my face and on my lids. That’s Marc Jacobs lipstick in Mahogany on my lips, covered in Anastasia Lip Gloss in Gilded. The base is a mix of that Natasha Denona Glow Foundation madness (which is so much more grease than glow. I’m just saying) and NARS Velvet Skin Tint (what? I’m being open. Hush).

Forgive the hormonal mishaps randomly sprinkled on my skin. I’m getting a facial tomorrow.

 

Coming with me to 2016…

The year is nearly up, and I refuse to make a single resolution. Instead, I’ve set short term goals (like getting the tint pulled off of Liz’ front windows ’cause after 5 years I got pulled over… AS IF! #lagirlproblems) because there’s a much better chance of achieving them. While there is plenty for me to leave behind in 2015 (the motto for the new year is SIMPLIFY), there are some practical items that I’ll be dragging along with me.

BODY:

Jade (thin) Yoga Mats. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but when I tell you that I keep several of these in my car, one in my suitcase (it never gets unpacked), jade matand one in the house… I’m not kidding. Since I probably exclusively practice yoga (what do I mean probably, and WHY haven’t I cancelled my gym membership? SMH Goal for 2016. Yep), I can pull one of them out anywhere and practice or meditate. They are damn near like a security blanket at this point. I love them because you can literally fold them down into a small square like a scarf and shove them into the tiniest spaces. They weigh next to nothing, and they grip like nobody’s business. That and a little bottle of homemade mat cleaner and I’m good to go. Since I’ve been training private clients (and the #1 excuse is: I don’t have a yoga mat), it’s easy to whip them out and lay them down and declare DOWNWARD FACING DOG. 😉

Habibi SPIRIT Deodorant

You’d think that a person who has access to so many fragrances wouldn’t SPIRIT1opt for the one universal unisex one, but I’ve been using this deodorant every single day since formulating it over the summer. The scent is light and non-offensive, and busts funk on men and women with a single swipe. Between practicing and teaching, there’s little to no time to freshen up between classes so literally a swipe is all I have seconds for these days. The best proof is after class #3 and someone is like: “You smell so fresh…” there have been times when I’ve lifted my arm to take a whiff, just to make sure they’re telling the truth. I gave them as gifts after my last training, and now all my yogi omies are singing the praises. It’s good stuff, even if I am a little biased.

Holika Holika Aloe Gel

Man look. I’ve already talked about having no time. When I tell you that there is a holika aloebottle of this in just about every mobile thing I own (I’m talking gym bag, purse, car…). First of all, the packaging is mad convenient. There’s a ton of product and a little bit goes a long way. If I have to shower at the studio, it goes head to toe… HEAD TO TOE. I’ll even slap some on the edges of my hair to keep it flat under my wrap (natural hair DO care) because the sweat/pouf struggle is real. It keeps my skin under control in a pinch because with all that heat, some bacteria is bound to try to sneak in these pores… and I am NOT having it. I rinse my face between classes, slap on some gel and follow with my next must have.

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It’s probably real raggedy for me to be toting this around like it didn’t seven veilscost a damn mint to formulate. But my excuse is that I make it, so I’ll take the hit for being ratchet with it. I keep one tucked safely a bubble pouch (see… raggedy) in my gym bag. I will run a pump through my hair with the aloe (what did I say about the pouf struggle?) and always ALWAYS one pump on my face. Sometimes a little around my eye and lip area. Everything gets so dry after teaching hot yoga, so healthy moisture non negotiable. Habibi was born of a need to deal with my own skin problems. So I practice what I preach early and often.

FACE:

I’ve been using NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer since it came out years ago. I’ve converted many a makeup skeptic to its wondrous finish and staying power. Now I hear that NARS is getting cute and thinking about discontinuing it. Why… WHY malagaFOR HELL would you discontinue one of your absolute best products? That had better be a rumor. As soon as I found out I had an appropriate meltdown and bought two. I might get two more while you playing. That is NOT cool NARS. Not cool at all. I swear up, down and all around by this stuff. And trust me when I tell you I’ve used all manner of foundations and tinted moisturizers and nothing holds a candle to this stuff for natural finish and performance. I’m so mad about this. I’m going to drag this relationship on for as long as humanly possible. Hmph.

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Beauty Bakerie Lip Whips are a recent discovery for me. They require quite the learning curve (I’ve ended up with lips drier than the Sahara Desert… walking around lookin’ like Ashy Larry with a hint of color), but once you master the art of putting these babies on, they do NOT MOVE until you take them off with an oil based cleanser. They’re not kidding about the staying power. Although I love Dose of Colors, these actually last longer. I’ve worn them while teaching the hottest, sweatiest yoga classes, then food and drinks after, and my lips will look as good as the moment I first applied it. These lippies are EVERYTHING. Love.

And every oily girl must have Innisfree No Sebum Powder in her arsenal. Forget innisfreewhat you think you know about HD powders and oil control everything; this little pot of magic is cheap and highly effective. On my oiliest days I layer the tinted moisturizer BETWEEN layers of this powder. Stuff’s epic. I buy them 3, sometimes 4 at a time. Like the aloe, there is a pot of this everywhere I  need to be, including a backup in my glove compartment. I’m so serious about this powder. The only thing that would make it better is if I could get it from my local beauty supply instead of having to raid Amazon.com every few months.

That’s it! I’m dragging all this goodness into the New Year with me! What are ya’ll carrying through with you?

 

 

 

HABIBI Bath Tea Giveaway!

Okay, it’s time for a new Giveaway!

Habibi Bath Teas

The new Habibi Bath Teas were released just a week ago, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response! I’m so thrilled that people are snapping them up, and trying them out! We’ve had such a fantastic first week, that I want to pay them forward in a Giveaway!

The teas come in three fragrance/herb blends:

Lavender & Chamomile

Lemongrass & Sage

Vanilla & Rose

We’re going to give away a complete set of 6 tea bags (two of each fragrance) to TWO WINNERS. We’ll pick one winner from Facebook (HABIBI BATH & BODY), and one winner from Instagram (HabibiBody).

To qualify for the giveaway, all you have to do is follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN ON MARCH 15TH.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

Updates, Plans, Musings and what not…

Hey Guys!

I know it’s been a minute since my last post. Been running around like a (fill in the blank) trying to get things squared away for Habibi in 2014. Man Alive… it’s been kicking my (fill in the blank)!!!! But honestly, it kind of comes with the territory. And I signed up for this job, so I’m going to do it.

globe1First, we went Global. Like, FOR REAL global. Not me cussing out the shipping carriers for trying to shove a bar of soap into a flat rate box and spending $50 (of my money) to get it to the Philippines in less than 12 months. Now, there’s no more rigamoro associated with getting shipments out of the country. Just hit this little button at checkout:

… and they take care of the rest. We fill the order, and they ship it. Easy peasy. So, to my Canadian loves (I’ve gotten every one of your emails), you can now shop through the site without having to jump through payment and shipping hoops. Whoo hoo!

Meantime, my workspace has been transformed into a laboratory full of leaves, flowers, oils… you  name it… it’s probably shoved in a corner somewhere. I finally perfected a Bath Soak formula that’s been stuck in my head for the last six months. No… really. Sometimes I have this fabulous IDEA, and the process of taking it from fantasy to reality can be a bit much, particularly with ingredients that have to be collected and tested and … wait, you don’t care about any of this stuff. 🙂

Habibi DEEP STEEP Bath Soak
Habibi DEEP STEEP Bath Soak

Turns your bathing experience into a spa experience. That’s kind of all you need to know. Oh, and it’s awesome. LOL I started this company to accommodate high-maintenance, fussy spa-loving types like me. So I make product for myself ‘first.’ If I wouldn’t buy it, I’m not going to ask anyone else to buy it either.

Which brings me to the Bath Tea…

Habibi BATH TEA
Habibi BATH TEA

So a really REALLY freak ass long time ago, I wanted to do bath teas. And when I tell you that it went all kinds of wrong… OMG. You’d think this was a fairly simple process. But for the ingredients I want (completely organic/locally sourced), the bags had to be able to stand up to the leaves, nuts and berries I wanted to shove into them. Plus, everything I use has a shelf life. So that means I can’t have tea bags hanging around until whenever someone decides to pop them into the tub. Problem. This has been a process, and a task that I’ve addressed and abandoned a million times over. But I’m happy to report that I finally pulled together a stable blend that does exactly what I want it to do. I even got to up the ante on the ingredients (There’s a fat little Tahitian Vanilla Bean or two shoved in there). Total Bathing Awesomeness.

Habibi BATH TEA

I’m so happy with the way they turned out. I’ve used a few myself (I’m always the first pancake), and they work beautifully!

Habibi BATH TEA

That’s done and up and ready for sale. Bath Soak is not far behind. We got rid of some fragrances, added some fragrances (Organic Grapefruit is back, and a ‘reformulated’ Pomegranate is  better than ever)… and we’re just getting started! So it’s been a lil’ bumpy (which explains my lack of activity on this blog), but we’re coming through it beautifully. 🙂

Meanwhile, there’s a BUNCH of makeup to talk about, and I promise to get to it! More Tom Ford (Spring 2014), NARS, Urban Decay… and the most insane foundation palette you’ve ever seen.

It’s all coming… please bear with me. Thanks for your patience. Ciao for now!