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?

Beds for Adults…and for Adults Whose Kids Have Moved Out

This post is brought to you by the very cool brand FRETTE and if you didn’t know that bedding could be so beautiful, then honey…you live with a toddler. Welcome to my world. The world of “What’s that spot?”s and “Why shouldn’t I change the baby on the bed again?”-type questions. Pre-baby I took so much pride in my linen and bedding. I was serious, y’all. I had a whole little system down. And now I have this…

Bed sheets

Between pregnancy nausea and exhaustion, I got lazy. This is where FRETTE comes in. The luxury bedding site has stunning prints that will easily have your guests trying to swipe your sheets after they come for a visit. So long “I purchased these in college” sheets. These sheets and comforters are all kinds of grown up. They are sexy and stunning and gorgeous and okay, well yeah…somewhat expensive, too!

I did say luxury, girlfriend. But, I’ll tell you what…in about 25 years when my child raising days are over (right? kinda? hopefully?), I will definitely be investing in FRETTE’s Hotel Classic collection.

FRETTE bedding

There’s always something refreshing and comforting about crisp white sheets and I’ve always wanted to own a stunning white duvet in my bedroom. Probably not a good idea at this time in my life but just you wait…I’ll get there. And for us beauty lovers, FRETTE is giving us the chance to purchase lovely towels and bathroom essentials since many of us spend our lives in there anyway.

FRETTE bath

Makes sense. I’ve always been a fan of lighter towels and wash cloths too because I can always get an idea if I’ve removed everything. Does that make me weird? Probably. Oh well.

 Do you feel the need to invest in high-quality and fancy bedding and towels? Or is it just me?

butter LONDON doesn’t just sell polishes. But you knew that…right?

So butter LONDON makes more than just nail polish. Did you know that? I knew but then I forgot. They do nail polishes so well that I’ve never really had to the desire to spend my money on any of their other products. Years ago I tried their lipgloss and it was so insanely fragranced that I vowed to never try any of their Lippys again.

Butter London

Well, that was forever and a day ago and I couldn’t NOT try these samples that I got in the mail. I’m no fool. bL has lips, cheeks and eye products but when you visit their site, you’ll see that it’s really the nail products that they display.

Butter LONDON Cosmetics

Not that I’m complain’. There’s a reason why I collect buttahs. But let’s take a closer look at some of their other beauties.

The Wink Eye Pencils are a lot like the eye pencils from many other brands. Nothing fancy but the formula is nice, smooth, build-able and it doesn’t budge. Like at all.

Butter LONDON Wink

My swatch of Cheerio (a gilded yellow shimmer) stayed put a few minutes after application. I don’t really know how to wear yellows well, but honey, I’ll be trying because this is gorgeous. It goes for $18.

Butter LONDON Cheerio

bL also has a nice selection of creamy eyeshadows. Okay, so honestly…I’ve never been a fan of these type of products. My lids are insanely oily and I have the toughest time getting these creamy products to adhere. Still, Sun Kiss WINK Cream Eye Shadow is nice and muted gold that will complement many skin tones. It also goes for $18. And back to the Lippys…

Butter LONDON Lippy

GOOD NEWS! They don’t smell like flowers on speed anymore. Yay! The subtle whiff of vanilla didn’t trigger a headache and all was well. It’s a thick gloss and like many sheerer glosses like this, the color in the tube does not translate on your lips.

Butter LONDON Lippy Twee

Yeah. I kinda hate when that happens. If the tube is pink, I want pink, bro! But hey, Twee is cool with me. The added moisturization kept my normally ashy lips in check and for that, I am grateful. Such awesomeness will run you $20. And then there’s Chuffed…

Butter LONDON Chuffed

I won’t spend too much time here because we already know how much I want bL to run for President, but yeah…this full coverage, shimmery bright orange is stunnning.

Overall, I think butter LONDON does well with cosmetics. The price points are a bit higher than I think they should be, but fans will appreciate the diverse colors, great formulas and nice collections that they come out with.

Have you tried anything other than nail polish from buttah?

Two Reasons Why Urban Decay Should Give Us More Nail Polishes

Oh dang, Urban Decay…y’all should really do more nail polishes because these two here…

Urban Decay nail polish

Ohmigoodness. They are some kind of awesome. And I’m not just saying that because EVERYTHING Urban Decay makes is awesome. The formula of these are just spectacular and when I got press samples of them, I couldn’t wait to take ‘em for a drive. The outside packaging alone is fierce and wild and everything we would expect from UD.

Urban Decay nail polishes

These limited edition polishes retail for $15 which sits nicely in Urban Decay’s pricing profile. Bang is a bright orange with a subtle iridescent pearl and on the outside it looks all normal and meh.

Urban Decay Bang

But when it hits the nails, that subtle iridescent pearl really shines in and out of light.

Urban Decay Bang nail polish

Gorgeous, right? This shade has been on my toes for a good week now. And then there’s Chaos…

Urban Decay Chaos nail polish

I’ve always appreciated a good cobalt blue and this one doesn’t disappoint. Zoya has quite a few cobalt blue polishes but this one is nice because like Bang, it has that nice pearly iridescence sheen.

Urban Decay Chaos

Sweetness all around and currently available at UrbanDecay.com.

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 122

Iron Girl medal

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! 

My Beauty Bunny – Add a little more beauty to life with goodies found in the aisles of Target! Check out our review of the skin-saving It’s a Beautiful Life kit from Pacifica.

Nouveau Cheap – What if I told you that there’s an adorable little drugstore palette that can be used for face AND eyes (seriously, it works for both) with lovely, wearable shadows that resemble shades from higher-end brands? It’s true and it’s right here.

Prime Beauty – tests out her hypnotic powers with Lancome’s Hypnotic Eyes Collection. Are you getting sleepy yet?

we heart this – want to know the easiest way to tightline? Win this giveaway and you’ll find out soon enough!

Clumps of Mascara – loves COVERGIRL but this mascara is just, well..they should probably go back to the drawing board.

EauMG – From spring break to April showers, update your spring fragrance wardrobe with any of these perfumes featured in Victoria’s Spring 2014 Perfume Picks.

Gouldylox Reviews – It’s finally warm, so it’s time to switch up your colors! Makeup Wars tackled the fine art of choosing the best blush for spring and summer. Is your favorite on the list?

Lipglossiping – appreciates a pretty posey when she sees one and the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushers feature some of the prettiest around!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by My Beauty Bunny – Hollywood red carpet host Jessica Carroll has relaunched her fun fashion and beauty site DressJessXO. Not only is she sweet as pie, she always has amazing tips gleaned from celebs. Here, she shows us how to Rid Yourself of Dark Circles in just 3 steps!

Question of the Week:

Do you have a “signature” scent? If so, what is it?

B says, “I don’t have one. Just about everything that I wear is fragrance-free. Exciting, huh?”

 

What about you? Do you have a signature scent?

See you next week!

The Best Race Everrrr – Iron Girl!

I did it, girls. I smashed the Iron Girl 5K last weekend in Clearwater, Florida. If you’re not familiar with the race, Iron Girl is a race for women. And women only. Of the 6 races that I’ve ever participated in, this has been, by far, my favorite. You don’t know girl power until you see thousands and thousands of women running beside you, cheering for you and reaching their goals WITH you. It’s a beautiful thang and I was so honored that Iron Girl provided me with a press pass to attend and run this race.

Iron Girl 5K

According to Iron Girl, their mission is “to Empower Women Toward a Healthy Lifestyle!” (source). It’s a mission that I totally get behind and as long as I am able, I will always make it my duty to do at least one Iron Girl event a year. The Iron Girl event series features several events each year and the Clearwater Half Marathon & 5K held on April 13th was the first event to launch their season.

Iron Girl 5K Clearwater

Some races you participate in and then you move on. From the minute you sign up for an Iron Girl race, you are a part of the sisterhood. And they don’t stop letting you know this. From the sweet paraphernalia to the amount of support you get on race day, look no further than the Iron Girl for your first race.

And when I tell you ORGANIZED, oh my…this event was by far one of the most organized races that I’ve ever participated in. The volunteers were incredibly nice and helpful, and the registration table was easy to spot. Women from all over (and the men that support them) travel from all over to run the Iron Girl in Clearwater because it is such a stunning race.

Iron Girl Runners

The weather was a cool 72 degrees and while going over the bridge, down it and over it again wasn’t easy, I was so amazed to see so many women, mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, running buddies of all shapes and sizes crossing the FINISH line. And seeing signs like this from the guys reppin’ The Best Damn Race didn’t hurt either…

Iron Girl The Best Damn Race

The MC  steadily congratulated everyone who crossed over and we were all greeted with a stunning medal.

Iron Girl medal

I always joke and say that I really only run for cookies and medals but it really does feel good. Every time I felt like quitting, I looked over and saw another woman pushing it and that’s what motivated me. Although, yeah…downing food is a good motivator, too.

Iron Girl food

The race made sure that us racers were well hydrated and fed proceeding the race. They offered a full breakfast with scrambled eggs, bagels, fruit, sausages, biscuits and a very yummy strawberry shortcake. The latter was completely random but definitely appreciated.

Race Pros

  • Affordable! Under $50 for the 5K and under $105 for the half-marathon
  • There’s an app for the race
  • Race provides detailed information regarding travel and parking.
  • Lots of help from volunteers
  • Stunning (and accurate) course
  • Lots of post-run food and water

Race Cons

  • Because of its popularity, finding a hotel near the race may be challenging
  • The line to take a picture by the Iron Girl sign is loooooong

For more information, visit the Iron Girl’s website and follow them via their social media networks so you can jump on board when registration opens up again.

Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas

This inclusive post will talk about everyyyyy aspect of my experience aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. It really is hard to write an entire post about such a massive vessel, but hey – I’m an overachiever and will attempt this. To make things easier, I’ll break everything up in categories? Sound good?

The reason for the trip…

Each year, a group of bloggers take a fun trip. It really is that simple. The idea was brought about by the ridiculously talented blogger behind MomDot.com (hey Trish hey!) and she wanted to have a “different” kind of blogger conference. Something fun, lighthearted and just…simple. And so Brandcation was born. Each Brandcation is held in a different city and with a different theme. The hashtag for this trip was #SeasTheDay and I don’t think that could have been more fitting.

Royal Caribbean Liberty and Brilliance

Wait, so you got on a ship with 39 other bloggers? Did you know any of them?

Well, I knew 2 but I didn’t really know anyone else. Pretty adventurous, huh? But hey…after you go to college and live in the dorms with strangers, you can pretty much do anything. And after I left the trip, I had a ton of new friends and bloggers to follow. It turned out better than expected.

What’s so great about Royal Caribbean? And this boat…how big is it?

First of all, it’s a ship. Or a vessel, if you want to be fancy. Having been on several cruises and with this being my first Royal Caribbean cruise, I will say that this is the BEST cruise line everrrrrr. Liberty of the Seas is the 2nd largest vessel in the world. Here are her specs…

Ship Information

  • 154,407 gross register tonnage
  • 1,112 feet long
  • 185 feet wide
  • 28 feet draft
  • 21.6 knots cruising speed
  • 15 passenger decks
  • 14 passenger elevators
  • 4 bow thrusters
  • 3,634 guests (double occupancy)
  • 4,375 guests (total)
  • 1,360 crew (International)

Staterooms

  • Total: 1,817
  • Ocean View: 1,084 (842 with balconies)
  • Interior: 733 (172 Promenade View)
  • Staterooms with third/fourth berths: 855
  • Wheelchair accessible staterooms: 32

What was the food like?

This is probably #1 question I get when those who have never taken a cruise before find out that I love cruises. And I get it. People are particular about their food. As they should be. Do know that your food is prepared in bulk when you’re aboard a cruise. Cruise lines aren’t just preparing a few salads at ones. They are preparing dozens and dozens of salads for lunch at around 6 in the morning.

Royal Caribbean kitchen

It is a smooth operation and having toured a cruise kitchen, I can assure you that the chefs and food handlers take all safety precautions. Food selections are diverse and my vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free conscious eaters will be happy to know that Royal Caribbean caters to you, too.

Royal Caribbean food

Every meal I had came with veggies. I also liked the many different dining options. You could get free room service, munch on pizza at the pizzeria, dine at Johnny Rockets, have a fancy meal in the main dining room or eat buffet style.

Royal Caribbean dining room

Whatever you’re feeling, Royal Caribbean makes sure that you have good eats. And around the clock!

Sooo, how small are the rooms?

Good question. Compared to the rooms that I’ve stayed in before, my room was massive! My roommate and I had plenty of space to move around. Royal Caribbean provided ample amount of storage space, which is appreciated when you’re away from home for 5 days.

Royal Caribbean room

The beds? Ridiculously comfortable and while small, the 3-piece bathroom was still easy to manuver around in. But here’s some advice, if you plan on cruising any time soon, pleeeease do yourself a favor and get a room with a balcony. The extra money is worth it because you won’t feel as claustrophic and you get views like this every evening…

Royal Caribbean on the water

Royal Caribbean sunset

What is there to do?

You’re kidding, right? There is SO much to do and I didn’t find any “bored” moments while aboard Liberty of the Seas. I’ll let the pictures speak…

Royal Caribbean rock climbing

Royal Caribbean golf

Royal Caribbean waves

Royal Caribbean pool

…the rock climbing wall, nine-hole mini golf course and FlowRider surf simulator doesn’t even touch the surface of what there is to do aboard the Liberty of the Seas. There’s…

  • DreamWorks Experience (including parades and meeting characters!)
  • VitalitySpa & FitnessCenter
  • Three Pools
  • Six Whirlpools
  • Sports Court
  • Nine-hole Miniature Golf Course
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Jogging Path
  • Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Video Arcade
  • Boutiques
  • Art & Photo Gallery
  • Medical Center
  • Royal Caribbean Online Internet Center

And the shows…

Royal Caribbean shows

OMG, the shows rocked my socks. I saw 3 shoes and when I tell you that the performances were amazing, I’m not joking. The singing, the dancing, the little wow factors…they still resonate with me. There are also 22 bars and clubs and while I didn’t hit any of the clubs (I was too busy enjoying the shows), I heard the music was thumpin’ and the drinks were good.

A pretty fly by post of should a big ship, I know, but I wanted to give you folks an idea of what it was like to cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. For more information about the ship and to find out even more details about what you can expect, visit their site here.

Disclosure: Through Brandcation, I received a press trip to travel on and explore Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

May Day Giveaway – Win 1 of 3 Gift Cards!

Oooooh lovelies – don’t you love getting the opportunity to win big after only having done very effort? This month some of my beauty bloggin’ sisters and I are giving our readers the chance to score BIG.

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