Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2012 Lush Holiday Haul

Hey there lovelies! If you've never heard of Lush before, I'm sure you are not alone...considering it was just this year that I really got to know them! I'm so glad I did though. Every year they do special limited edition Halloween and Christmas collections that people wait on pins and needles for. After watching countless videos on YouTube showing these items, I was super excited for this years holiday releases. I watched and waited with the masses, and as soon as they came out I made my list and planned my trip to my local store! 

Here is what I wound up with:


A bag full of bath time goodies!

The Enchanter Bath Bomb
Halloween Collection - $6.25

This one was a must for me. I'd heard that this one replaced one from last year that I had become very interested in. Sadly, I don't remember the name of that one, but apparently it had flower petals inside it. Let me know in the comments if you know the name of that one! This bath bomb has lime and neroli oils and it smells citrusy and zingy. Just look at that color in the tub...stunning! Even my hubby was impressed. This one goes on my to buy list for next Halloween for sure.

So White Bath Bomb
Christmas Collection - $6.35

The Lush website says this bomb is soft and fruity with bergamont and neroli oil, and orange absolute. This smelled amazing. I couldn't wait to use it because every time I walked into my bathroom where I stored it, the smell beckoned! I took a picture of the action in the tub, but it didn't do it any justice. It fizzed nicely and a neon pink foam came out at the end. Such a surprise when the outside is stark white. I had such high hopes for this one, because I hadn't gone out planning to purchase it, but when I smelled it I had to have one. But sadly it really irritated my skin. I have dry skin right now, and I'm not sure if something in this bothered that or what. It left my legs stinging. I usually take a quick shower after my baths to rinse off, and I'm glad I did this time. The irritation only lasted an hour or so, but it was enough to be disappointing. This one may not do the same for you if you don't have dry sensitive skin, so don't rule this one out. The smell alone is worth the try!

Cinders Bath Bomb
Christmas Collection - $4.95

This little cutie hadn't been on my list either, but again it won me over with its scent which they say comes from cinnamon leaf, almond, and sweet orange oils. Yum! Even my 8 year old son oooed and ahhhedover it. It's much smaller than most of the Lush bath bombs I've tried and I was worried it wouldn't have the impact of the others, but I was wrong! It fizzed quickly and the vegan crackling candies popped like a fire long after the bomb had dissolved. It was really exciting! This one exceeded my expectations and out of all the Lush products I've tried thus far, this one is my favorite! It goes on my list for next Christmas.

Party Popper Bath Bomb
Christmas Collection - $5.95

I had this pretty little thing on my list because of the description on the Lush website: bergamont, tangerine and rose oil with dehydrated honeydew melon soap flakes inside. Sounds fruity and yummy! I haven't used this one yet, but I'm really looking forward to it! It's on my to do list for Thursday night bath night, and if you follow me in Instagram, you will no doubt catch a pic of it in action!

Oat fix Fresh Face Mask
$6.95 - only in stores

I've used the Cosmetic Warrior this past Summer, and I really liked it. It didn't irritate my skin or strip and dry it out like so many masks do to me. So when my skin started getting dry early this season, I thought I'd give Oatfix a try. It has oats, mashed banana, and ground almonds in it. It says it is perfect for dry skin or super sensitive and irritated faces. That was me! It feels and smells like you are rubbing cookie dough on your face. It's a little odd, but it feels nice. It was ok, but I'm thinking I will stick with the Cosmetic Warrior as I felt like it was much more delicate with my highly sensitive and dry skin.

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar
Christmas Collection - $7.25

Last but not least, I grabbed this cute little number. It was also not on my list, but so many of the items I wanted ended up either being out of stock or were pushed to online sales only at the last minute. I've never tried a bubble bar before and I liked the smell of this one, so I figured I'd give it a go. It has jasmine and ylang ylang oils in it, so it smells very soothing! just what you want on Christmas Eve. I have not used this yet, but I plan to get multiple uses out of it. I'm pretty sure I can at least get 2 uses out of it with my jacuzzi tub. If you have that size tub, how many uses can you get out of this if you cut it?

Although that was all I managed to get on my latest trip out to Lush, there were so many things I still wanted! So, I'm going to put my Lush Wish List below. I'd love to know what's on yours!

What have you been loving from Lush lately?

Lush Wish List

  • Gingerbread House Bubble Bar
  • Happy Bubble Bubble Bar
  • Golden Wonder Bath Bomb
  • Crackersnap Bath Bomb
  • Dragons Egg Bath Bomb
  • The Sicilian Bath Bomb
  • Silver Cloud Bath Bomb
  • Happy Blooming Bath Melt
  • You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt

:)

Monday, November 26, 2012

October Empties

I know, once again I'm super late with these, but better late than never. Shall we get cracking!


I've really been trying to use up all of the samples I've amassed, so you will see quite a few over the next few months. I enjoy trying new things, and because I spend quite a bit of time online, I seem to find a lot of free samples. I'm also a Glossybox subscriber...so you can imagine the collection I'm starting to build!

Pantene Pro-V Classic Care Shampoo

We've had this shampoo lying around for quite sometime, and I wanted to finish it off. It wasn't anything to run out and repurchase. Most Pantene shampoos make my hair dry and wiry. This one was no different.

Nivea Express Hydration Daily Lotion
Sea Minerals & Lotus Flower

This lotion came in a Target Sample Bag. They post these on Facebook a few times a year, and they go quickly. I liked this lotion. The smell was the best part. It didn't sink in as quickly as I'd like, but that is just a personal preference...my husband doesn't care about that in a lotion. It was hydrating enough, but I won't be repurchasing since I have a ton of lotion samples lying around to use up first.

Professional Sebastian Color Ignite Multi Tone Shampo & Conditioner

I got these in a Glossybox earlier this year. Again, these smelled amazing, but I just didn't feel like they were hydrating enough. The conditioner was a very different texture; think hair mousse. It definitely wasn't hydrating enough, but it was pretty neat. I won't be repurchasing either of these because like before, I have tons of samples to try out...and I've seen these are quite pricey!

Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Action Toothpaste

This is my holy grail toothpaste. I buy this exclusively. I generally get it from either Target or Harris Teeter, but I'm pretty sure it is readily available in most grocery or drug stores and for fairly cheap. I buy it in the 2 packs and it lasts me most of the year! I just like the foaming action. It makes my mouth feel cleaner than the old school pastes types. I will continue to repurchase this.

Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

When Simple products were first released in the US, they did a sample giveaway on Facebook. I'd only heard of this brand on the YouTube channels of the UK beauty gurus that I follow. I liked this face wash. It was super gentle and left my skin feeling very clean without being tight. It's not hydrating, but during the summer months this is perfect. I liked this product so well that I went ahead and purchased the full size and grabbed the moisturizing facial wash as well to use during the colder months. I found these in my local Walmart, but I'm pretty sure they an be found in your local grocery or drug stores, and they are cheap!

Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Shampoo

This sample was sent in a Birchbox early this year. I really liked it. The smell was very herbal, but the shampoo gave my hair a good cleaning without making it feel dry. I don't know if I'd say it was volumizing. I'd buy the full size if I was in the market for a new bottle of shampoo. I think you have to order this online, as I've not seen this particular product in any of my local stores, but maybe Ulta or some other specialty beauty product store might have it. It's more expensive than the standard shampoos, but I'm willing to pay a little more for quality shampoo.

AHAVA Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream Wash for Sensitive Skin
Hibiscus & Fig

Got this sample in a Glossybox this Summer. I. Loved. It! This stuff was so moisturizing that it made my wash rag silky smooth! I use one of those exfoliating rags with my shower gel products, and if you've ever used one you know they are pretty rough. I like this about them, but for a product to actually make it soft...that is amazing! The scent was nice. I looked into buying the full size, but then I saw the other scents they had and now I want to try them all. I found a sample pack on Amazon that I will definately be picking up next time I need a body wash.

Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur Mask & Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask with Rosemary and Honey

These two masks could not be more different. I got the Acne Free mask sample from their Facebook page. I chose the Chantecaille mask as one of my 3 free samples when I ordered a Christmas gift on Nordstrom's website.

I HATED the Acne Free mask! I'm not saying its a horrible mask, but you need to have pretty hardy skin for this to not irritate your face. My skin was so dry and tight and red when I was done with this. I even took it off before the time was up. Can we say ouch!

The Chantecaille mask, on the other hand, was gorgeous. I heard about this brand from Anna on ViviannaDoesMakeup's YouTube channel. She raves about the tented moisturizer, which is definately on my wish list after trying this mask. Oh my gosh, it was like nothing I've ever used. I wanted to hate it because of the price, but there is just nothing bad I can say about this! It smoothed on like a dream and felt super luxurious on the skin. When I took it off, my face felt soft and clean, but not at all dry and tight. A little goes a long way, so the price of the full size can be justified I think, but I won't be purchasing it right away...maybe after Christmas with a gift card! If you are in the market for a nice detox facial mask, I highly recommend this Chantecaille one! Totally worth the money.

The 2 items I don't have close up pictures of we're the Nutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser and the Edge Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel. There is nothing fancy here.

I got the cleanser in a Target Beauty Sample Bag earlier this year. You can get the full size in most grocery or drug stores I'm sure. It's inexpensive. I probably wouldn't repurchase it just because it didn't really wow me, but it's not a bad standard cleanser.

The shave gel is a good go to if you have sensitive skin on your legs. This is marketed as a men's shave gel, and my husband does use it, but I hate having 2 separate shaving gels on the go in my shower...takes up too much space. I'm not too choosy when it comes to shave gel as long as its for sensitive skin and it does the job. I pretty much use whatever is either on sale or what I have a coupon for. This was the case here. I'd buy it again. It didn't irritate my skin, and it doesn't smell too manly! You can grab this very cheaply at any grocery or drug store.

It's so late, I won't even bother asking what you used up in October...but what samples have you been loving or hating? Do you try to use up your beauty samples, or do they just collect in your house?

I'll be posting a holiday Lush haul later this week so stay tuned!

:)


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

October Glossybox

Yes, I know I'm quite late to the party, but I wanted to share with you lovelies what I got in my October Glossybox. The pictures are a little bright because I opened my box in the car while I was waiting in the car line at my sons school one afternoon. A freelancing work at home mom of two boys has to use every scrap of time wisely!

So lets jump into it.

As usual, the box was dusty pink with black tissue paper and a dusty rose ribbon. The theme for this box was Spa Luxe. We got luxury spa inspired products.
The only brand I recognized in this months box was Carol's Daughter. I had heard of this brand before, but had never used anything from them. I was excited to see it in the box though so I could try it out though!
I received 5 good sized samples in my box. The first thing I noticed was the smell of the Peppermint soap! But I was super impressed by the large Carol's Daughter Shea Soufflé sample.
The Shea Soufflé came in the Sugared Strawberry, Island mango, and Egyptian Musk scent. As expected, it is very complex, and quite a sweet scent. I like it a lot! I am currently using my Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter, but I can't wait to finish it so I can dip into this. The texture seems very silky and hydrating.
Next I pulled out this Nastassja Skin & Wellness Enzyme Facial Peel. It smells amazing! It is very citrusy, which makes sense as a facial peel. I have ever used one before, and I can't lie...I'm a little frightened by the idea! I use a retinoid and my skin I every sensitive, so I'm not sure if I will use this of not, but I will certainly report if I do.
I got this Model Co Lip Duo Lipstick & Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Dusk/Striptease. The colors are right up my alley pinky nudes, so I am excited to try this product! It even has a little mirror on the side, but I don't think it is very helpful for use with the lipstick...maybe the gloss though. I will let you know how I get on with this!
Now to the into smelling Heartland Fragrance Co. Exfoliating Loofa Soap. Even with the cellophane packaging, this soap is very heavily fragranced. I'm not sure how this translates onto the skin as I am still using my favorite Le Chatelard 1802 bars of soap from BuyProvence.com. But now that my skin is starting to get a little dry and flaky in the colder weather, I may give this a go. I have pretty sensitive skin, so I will report on how the loofa agrees with it.
Finally, this good sized spray bottle of Alterna Professional Haircare Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist. I had just seen this brand mentioned in a Sephora email the very same week, so I was excited to see this. I think this would be great for a night out or if you are going to have holiday pictures done...whenever you need that extra bit of shine. I have family pictures booked to be taken next weekend in an outdoor setting so I will be giving this a try then.

All in all, I think this was a good box. The samples were very generous, and for the most part things I'd use. Stay tuned formy review so these products as I get to test them out!

Next up will be my October Empties post! Don't miss out on the products I've used up.

:)

If you get Glossybox, what did you get in October? What did you think of the box? Do you have a favorite product from it?


Thursday, October 18, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday

Hey all you lovlies! Here is what I ate yesterday. I think I had a snack somewhere in there, but I honestly can't remember what it was and I obviously forgot to take a picture...so just imagine some terribly bad for me type snack in between lunch and dinner!

Breakfast

Over the weekend my awesome husband made pumpkin waffles. We always make a bunch and then freeze them to eat during the week. So I grabbed one. And because my husband is so awesome, he also made us a strawberry, blueberry, banana smoothie to go along side! Yum.



Lunch

I had leftover roasted chicken so my husband made some chicken salad with Plantes & Parfums Provence tarragon mustard. Tarragon and chicken go together perfectly. Again, yum! I love a man who can and will cook.



Dinner

I had leftovers today because it was just me and the kids for dinner. Have you noticed I'm a fan of leftovers yet? But the night before I made my Oktoberfest dinner for the month (Bratwurst with Potato Cakes) and it made loads! I had enough for dinner the first night, dinner for a second night and lunch for myself today. I love meals like that. The picture makes it look awful, but I'm sure there is no real way to make that look good in a picture unless you are a professional...which I am not! But believe me, it was good.



What do you like to eat during the month of October? Do you have a Oktoberfest specialty? I LOVE German food.

:)

Ulta Haul

Ulta was having a sale a week or two ago on a few brands that I have been interested in trying out, so I decided to splash out and place an order. Here is what I got and what I think of them after trying them out for a while:



Butter London

I've wanted to try these polishes for ages, and when I missed the last buy 2 get 1 free deal I was upset! So when I saw that they were doing this deal again, I snatched up a few. These are a bit on the Summery side, but I am a fan of brighter colors most of the year. I picked up Trout Pout (a salmony coral color), Slapper (a bright teal), and the Limited Edition: Lilibet's Jubilee (a purple silver fine glittery color). These went on nicely with one coat, although I'd certainly use two. I haven't worn them for any length of time yet, so I can't talk about longevity, but I do like the colors and the formula. The only request I'd make to them is maybe a bit of a wider brush. I will be getting more of these when they go on sale again...they are a bit expensive for a nail polish.


Maybelline

There were a few bits I wanted to try from Maybelline (the Falsies Flared mascara and the Color Tattoo cream eyeshadow) and they were on sale buy one get one 50% off, so I went ahead and grabbed those too. The Falsies Flared Volum' Express mascara I got the Blackest Black and I really really like it! I have naturally long dark eyelashes, so it doesn't take much to make them look fake, but this rivaled Benefit's Bad Gal Lash without the flaking halfway through the day. And another YouTube beauty guru cult classic is the Color Tattoo 24 hour cream eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze. I never wear cream eyeshadow because it normally creases on me, but I wanted to try this as an easy sweep of color for days I don't feel like doing much work on my eyes. I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion then swept this color over my lid with a shadow brush then just took a crease brush and blended it out. It literally lasted ALL day! The first day I wore it it was 89 degrees outside and I was outside all day. It.did.not.budge. I tried again and it was on my eyes for at least 18 hours that day and the same thing. The rest of my face was long gone by the end of the day, but my eyeshadow looked like I had just done it! I will be purchasing other colors of these. So easy and great lasting power!



NYX

I hear NYX mentioned on YouTube all the time. I have seen it in stores, but never thought to try it. These items were on sale (I think like a dollar off each.), so I grabbed two to check out. I picked up the blush in Terracotta (thanks to Este or EssieButton on YouTube) and have to admit, this is an amazing color! It is the perfect natural flush on my skin tone. I think it will be my go to blush for the Fall and Winter this year for sure. I wanted to try out an eyeshadow too, so I grabbed the My Favorite Color one and again, it's great. I use it as an inner corner highlight color.

These products are just so soft and nicely pigmented for their price point. I definitely want to try out some more of their items.


Swatches

Here are the swatches of the blush and eyeshadow:




Samples

Here are the 3 samples I chose at checkout. I have used the perfume before and know I love it. I ran out recently, so this will be nice for travel. The others I just picked because I know I like the brands. I have not tried these out yet.


Have any of you tried the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow or anything by NYX? What are your favorite colors or items? I'd love to try other items!

:)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sephora Mini Haul

Hey lovelies! Sorry I've been away for awhile, but I had some family things to attend to. No matter my fondness for all things girlie, family always come first. Now that things have calmed down, I can get back to the fun.
Awhile back I did a little sneaky Sephora shop online. They came out with a few new sets, and this one caught my eye. Can you guess why?
Laura Mercier, Stila Convertable Color, Benefit, Nars Orgasam, and Tarte...oh my! The mini products are so darn cute I can't stand it! I heart minis. I have yet to use any of them because of said family stuff, but I plan to do some playing around with them over the coming weeks. You can be sure there will be some Instagrams of the madness here.
And simply because I needed to spend $5 more to get free shipping, I snatched up this Soap & Glory body butter. I have nearly used this container up! Granted it is a tiny one at 50mL, but I love it! The smell is subtly sweet, but hard to explain. It's just that smell in the background that makes you think, "hmm, something smells good."

Even here in the "south" the air has gotten cooler and very dry, so I've been using this after my shower at night. It does the trick. I'd definitely purchase the full size of this when I run out.

And outside of the 3 samples I picked with my order, that is all. Stay tuned for my October Glossybox Open box post coming at ya tomorrow! Thanks for coming by.

:)

Have you purchased any great beauty box sets lately? There are tons out for the holiday shopping season. I'd love to know if you have!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What I Ate Wednesday

 Here is what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast


Here is a standard breakfast for me. I prefer the Blue Diamond Original Unsweetened Almond Milk, but I had a coupon for the Silk kind when I went to the store last...so that's that. I really like the Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites, and I have seen today that there is a recall on the Mini-Wheats. Esh! Anywho, pretty boring, but that is that. I then got really cold and decided I'd have a cup of coffee - decaf of course. So here's that!



Lunch

For lunch I cleaned out the fridge and ate the leftovers that had been in the longest. It was a pork chop from our local fire department's pork chop dinner plates. We like to get them each year to help support the guys that would be helping us if we were ever in need. I also had a left over baked potato, so I slapped a bit of light butter and light sour cream on it and Bob's your uncle.

Snack


Because girlie things are going on this week (I'll leave it at that.), I've been feeling snacky...so sue me! I had a few of these yummy Riesen chocolate covered caramels. Love! And later in the day I had this orange marshmallow-y treat with chocolate and a cream center...indulgent I know. Shhh!

Dinner

Ok, so I had to get my flu shot after I picked my oldest saucey little person up from school, and that took much longer than intended. Then we had a bit of a meltdown during homework time, and I had a document to get out to a client before the end of business...the list goes on...But long story short, dinner didn't get in the oven until too late, so I ran out and grabbed some more naughty food for the fam. The postive to all of this is that I now have dinner for tonight with little effort! Also, I was so frazzled that I didn't get a picture of dinner:( I'm sorry. However, I do have a bit of a spoiler image for you instead.


Dessert

Finally, to end of a terrible day of eating, we had this Apple Betty with vanilla ice cream. It was yummy! That is all!

What do you go for when you've had a stressful day with no time to make dinner?

:)