Watch A Video and Donate To Save the Children

Mom and Baby

When Mother’s Day rolls around I always forget that I am a Mother, too. I am always so quick to start getting cards together for my Mother, Mother-in-Law and all of the motherly figures in Elle’s life. And of course I firmly believe that you don’t have to have given birth to be a Mother. I also think about those who have lost their Mothers (or children) or may not have strong relationships with with Mothers.

I am loving that for each view of #YoureDoingOKMom video thru Mother’s Day, Johnson’s Baby will give $1 to Save the Children up to $50,000. Pretty epic, huh?

And have you seen the video? Brace yourself…

I cried, of course. I get all weepy when it comes to babies but really somehow I hope Elle thinks like this. Many days I struggle being her mama and I hope that I’m doing the right things. She’s this amazing little being and I like to think that I have something to do with it. So maybe I am doing OK.

I could wear my nails like this forever…

Pretty Skittles nails

First of all, I am proud of myself for doing something more than just a basic color. I lost myself for a second there. I used to be all konad’y and design’y and dang…I got lazy. But baby…I am back! Okay, granted this isn’t anything mega fancy, but still, it’s a big deal to me and I’m lovin’ it.

Classy Skittles nails

The one accent nail is just boring to me. I’ve been doing it for years and *yawn* I’m over it. And at the same time, I don’t always feel desirous of doing designs on each nail. Okay, I NEVER feel desirous of doing that. But something like this…

Zoya Skittles nails

It ain’t so bad. I am going to commit to doing a classy skittle nails look at least once a week. I am loving not only using different colors, but the pop from the white bubbles and then the subtle sea sparkle on the ring finger.

Sophisticated Skittles nails

I used:

Deborah Lippman I Know What Boys Like (blupurple)
Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl (pink)
China Glaze White on White (white)
OPI Mermaid’s Tears (the base color on the ring finger)
Zoya Maisie (this looks like the water in Playa del Carmem, Mexico. Really.)

Look at me. Doing my nails like a big girl. I’m so proud of myself.

GLOSSYBOX April 2014 – Was it worth it?

Another month means another peek at a GLOSSYBOX. I’ve been reviewing these for quite sometime and somehow, it appears that GLOSSYBOX seems to be one of the few beauty subscription boxes that is still a truckin’. The hype has died down for many, but lé gloss is still giving us gorgeous pickings for a smooth $21/month. I received this sample box a week or so ago and as always, the goal is to make sure that the samples provided are worth at least $20 or so. Aaaaand that they give a nice range of products.

GLOSSYBOX USA April 2014

At first glance, nothing stood out to me which was a bit sad as I always look forward to the Ohh La La factor that I get from a GLOSSYBOX.


GLOSSYBOX Ciate

As always, we’ve got 5 samples and that includes the following:

GLOSSYBOX Ciate polish

A bottle of Ciaté London Paint Pot. I’ve heard of this brand but haven’t ever used any of their nail polishes. I do know that they are on the higher end side of things so it’s nice to try a different brand. They regularly retail at $15 a bottle. And the shimmery gold of a shade isn’t too bad either.

GLOSSYBOX Aqua Spa

I’ve never heard of the brand Aqua Spa but their Relax Body Crème is a nice and thick lotion that I found slathered nicely over my dry skin. The lavender scent is nice, but heavily fragranced for me. A 9oz bottle of this regularly retails for $8.

GLOSSYBOX Bellapierre Cosmetics

Helllooooo Bellápierre Cosmetics. Each subscriber got a tube of their Vanilla Pink SUPER Gloss (retails for $24.50) and the cinnamon-y shade, I guess, is a safe shade for everyone. A bit boring for my taste, but I do dig how long it lasts.

GLOSSYBOX Bellapierre Cosmetics on lips

It also goes nicely with a brown lip liner.

GLOSSYBOX LaSplash Cosmetics

LA Splash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base is also in the box and outside of getting it in a GLOSSYBOX, you can expect to pay $9 for it. I love a good eyeshadow base but I have never seen one as sheer as LA Splash’s. I can’t wait to see how this works.

GLOSSYBOX Caldrea

…and lastly there is Caldrea Body Wash. An 11oz bottle of this will run you $18. I am loving the travel sized version of their body wash and the scent seems to be subtle enough to keep headaches at bay.

Once again GLOSSYBOX has given us products than more than go over $20. We’ve got a little somethin’ in the skin, makeup and nails department and I’m actually okay with not seeing anything for hair. Because helloooo…those hair products never worked for my hair type anyway. Another score for GLOSSYBOX. Click here to subscribe. That is an affiliate link so if you click it and purchase, I get a few monies. Not enough to retire, but hey…it’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’. :cool:

The Blogger with A Brand: A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

I seriously know the best people. I’m not even kidding. As if being a beauty blogger isn’t hard enough, I know a select few that have launched their own products. How freaking awesome is that? Add A Girl’s Gotta Spa! to the list.

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New to the market at only 3 months old, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products are really a great fit for those of us with skin types. Founder Shannon Smyth has developed such a fantastic formula of ingredients that are fitting for those of us with dry, normal and combination skin. The line currently provides an Energizing Citrus Body Wash ($31) and Energizing Citrus Body Lotion ($33). Both will arrive to you housed in 8 fl oz bottles and you can slather away knowing that you’re supporting a brand that truly cares about the ingredients in its products. And yeah, speaking of the ingredients, Shannon has kept it simple.

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In addition to being cruelty-free A Girl’s Gotta Spa products are also vegan and do not contain the following:

  • Sulfates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Parabens
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Petrochemicals

Of course I’m doing cartwheels because I am all for any brand that omits synthetic fragrances. What you’re left with are the healing and moisturizing properties from olive oil, shea buter and cocoa butter in the natural body lotion and a blast of citrusy notes from the body wash.

best-body-wash-chemical-free-lotion

I’ve got to get my hands on these and not only support my girl but to also pamper my skin without having to worry about the crazy chemicals that tend to make my skin go crazy. And what better way to gift a mama this Mother’s Day than with products that were MADE by a mama. C’mon…who doesn’t love the gift of luxury bath products?

Learn more about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products here.

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 123

Beecology Honey & Lavender Soap

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time! 

Pink Sith – wonders if you can smell that? What is it? It’s Spring, and she has 8 great recommendations for a Spring fragrance.

Prime Beauty – checks out the new Japonesque Color Cosmetics line. Does it live up to the fantastic reputation of the brush line? Find out!

Phyrra – shares her favorite coral and peach lip products! Find a new favorite to love.

we heart this – shows you the trippy packaging and gorgeous shades of the MAC Proenza Schouler collection (repeat after us: pro-EN-za SKOOL-er.)

Clumps of Mascara – adores butter LONDON. But how awesome (or not so awesome) are their products outside of nail polishes?

EauMG – have you tried the newest addition to the Thierry Mugler fragrance family? The new Alien has had a makeover and she’s looking great!

Gouldylox Reviews – I don’t think of myself as a warm or a cool person normally, but this warm Monarch palette from Kat Von D is one of my new favorites!

Lipglossiping – celebrates the discovery of a fabulous mineral foundation for those of us with a deathly-pale complexion!

My Beauty Bunny – Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies! My Beauty Bunny celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a day at the park with the Bunny World Foundation, and oh yea, lots of cute, fuzzy bunnies!

Nouveau Cheap – The new Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Bronzer & Blushes have landed and boy are they adorable!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – Obsessed with high end makeup? Want lots of pictures and swatches? Yeah, you needs you some Ommorphia Beauty Bar! Eugenia, who writes the blog from Montreal, Quebec, always tempts me with products to lust after. For example, this week she is enticing me with YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush! Check it out…but keep your wallet out of sight!

 

Question of the Week:

What’s the last lip product you applied?

B says, “Jack Black Lip Balm. I’m always wearing that wonderful stuff.”

 

What about you, mama? What’s on your lippies?

See you next week!

4 Reasons Why I Like Being On the JOHNSON’s Baby Cares Council

Okay, so don’t hate me for it but a few months ago I went to NYC and totally forgot to tell y’all about it. I know, I’m horrible. The JOHNSON’S Baby Cares family sent me to NYC to visit one of their home bases and while there I not only got the opportunity to hang with some of my favorite fellow bloggers, but also learned about the brand’s newest launches, got to speak with some of their scientists AND I got an idea as to what other cool things the brand had going on. It was an exciting 2 days and gave me more of a reason to be proud to be a member of the Council.

And yeah, I know I’m supposed to be that natural mama who had a drug-free birth, ate her placenta, pledges allegiance to coconut oil and drinks her greens and there’s just no way I should be supporting a brand like JOHNSON’s but give me a second to explain why I do support them, mkay?

They don’t mind changing

Recently JOHNSON’s has reformulated some of their products to remove many of the not so good ingredients. This a HUGE deal. Mainly because, helllooo…it requires the scientists to work diligently to provide the same product but use different formulas. Everything has to look the same including the color, scent and touch. It’s a gruesome job that many companies won’t even think about doing, but JOHNSON’S did and while many of the products still aren’t perfect to many, they are better.

They tell you what’s in the products

This is kinda cool because many brands don’t. Some brands will say “Natural ingredients”. Ummm….what? Excuse me but WHAT natural ingredients? Details are important. Especially when it comes to baby products. JOHNSON’s has nothing to hide and will lay out what each ingredient is and why it is used in a product.

Johnson's Baby

 

They have products for us crunchy mamas

Not gonna lie – I’ve never used the pink baby lotion on Elle because while it does smell good, we are a fragrance-free home. For me, fragrances trigger headaches. JOHNSON’s Naturals has products that remove the overpowering fragrances but still ensures that the pH level is where it should be for a baby’s delicate skin. So yes, I will firmly admit that it was this line that completely won me over for the brand.

They support women and mothers.

I know you’re all like “Whaaaatver B! All of these companies claim  tosupport women.” So maybe you’re right. Many may claim that they do but JOHNSON puts their money (literally) where their mouth is. From joining Save the Children to help babies everywhere, launching the Care Cards campaign and making the You’re Doing OK, Mom” video, at the very least, the company does a good job at pretending to love and support women and mothers. Of course, I know they are doing more than pretending because I have actually talked with the men and women behind the brand and I don’t know. I refuse to believe that they’d invest their time and lives in sending such a resounding message that women and mothers deserve help, recognition and love. I can’t be that naive. Right?

I could really go on and on but you can look forward to seeing more posts of different (not so baby-esqe) ways to use the products and some of the other awesome products that JOHNSON’s has that may appeal to my fellow fitness guy and girls.

 

If you still have questions about JOHNSON’s products and ingredients, visit here

For The Sweetest Smelling You…

Mother’s Day is coming up! Every time this holiday rolls around I always forget that now I’m a Mother, too. I instantly get in “What should I get my Mom?” mode. Pretty sweet of me, huh? Grandma Clumps is big on scents and so I’m thinking that maybe I should get her some fragrances this year. The Love2Love fragrance line recently hit Walmart stories nationwide and while I haven’t sniffed these fragrances just yet, something tells me they will be woooonderful.

Love2Love

The brand has launched 4 blended scents including the following:

  • Freesia Violet Petal 
  • Orange Blossom White Musk
  • Fresh Rose Peach
  • Jasmine Sparkling Mimosa

You gotta love the diversity in the scents. From floral to citrusy and woodsy, there are notes to suit everyone and I think I have an idea of which one my Mom would go for.

Love2Love-Freesia-and-Violet

She’d be all over the Freesia Violet Petal since she loves the color purple and appreciates floral fragrances. These are reasonably priced at $9.98 (for 3.4 oz) and $6.98 (240ml) and something tells me that they would go pretty quickly. Your best bet? Head to your local Walmart to scoop up a bottle or two for the Mother or the Mother figure in your life. Or if you’d rather get something for yourself, I’m thinking these scents are perfect for Spring.

If you’re feelin’ lucky, visit Walmart.com and design your dream date for a chance to win a Hawaiian vacation. Share the date across your your favorite social media channels with family members and friends by using the hashtag #love2lovewalmart. Sounds easy enough, right? You can’t win if you don’t try! Oh, and enter NOW for a chance to WIN one of the many fabulous gift cards by clicking HERE.

Mother's Day

Good luck and here’s to smellin’ like Spring!

 

This post was brought to you by BeautyStat.com.

The Buzz on Beecology

Lavender. So here’s the thing about it. You either like it…or you don’t. Many years ago before I really got into essential oils, I could not stand the smell of it. It’s smelled like dirt. I truly had to grow to love it and now I can’t get enough of it. Lavender truly has relaxing and calming effects. I’ve experienced this firsthand and I love ending the day with body care products that have a little bit of lav dumped in.

Beecology

Remember Beecology? I did a quick feature of them a while back and now I’m back with a formal review of some of the products that they sent me. If you’d much rather spend your money supporting the hardworking smaller businesses, shop at Beecology! They are awesome and personable and on top of that, they have phenomenal products at decent prices.

Honey & Lavender Soap

Their Honey & Lavender Soap ($5.99) is so so sweet and when Elle’s eczema isn’t flaring up, I use it for her baths. The added shea butter and avocado oil provides just a touch of moisture and the honey mixed with lavender provides such a nice combination of sweet and floral.

Beecology Honey & Lavender Soap

Beecology soap ingredients

The Natural Lavender & Bergamot Body Wash ($8.99) is pretty stellar too.

Beecology Lavender & Bergamot Body Wash

With more of a floral scent, I’m diggin’ the simple ingredients list. I tend to prefer this over the soap because I feel like it provides just a bit more moisture in my insanely dry skin. And the scent – oh goodness. Again, you really have to be a fan of lavender to love this soap.

Beecology Lavendar body wash

But wait…you aren’t a fan of lavender? No problem, Beecology carries other glorious soaps, body washes, shampoos and lotions of various fragrances like…

  • Natural Honey and Peppermint
  • Natural Grapefruit & Lemongrass
  • Cucumber & Green Tea
  • Honey Oatmeal Morning Peppermint
  • Tea Tree Oil

See! They’ve thought of something for everyone. I will continue supporting this small business that not only provides such awesome products but puts a ton of love and care into their packaging and formulas.

Soooo, about lavender…love it? Or hate it?