Glitter bombs from Hard Candy

I don’t care how old I get, I’m always going to love glitter. I’ve heard these stories about how women should over a certain age shouldn’t wear glitter. Whatever yo. I’ll be 93 years old with glitter on my nails and won’t give a darn what anyone says. Shoooot. Life is short, wear glitter. Hard Candy would agree with me.

Who knew they had so many glitter bomb-y type products? I didn’t!

Check out this Eye Def creamy eye shadow for example:

While my oily eyelids won’t let me get down with creamy eyeshadows, I absolutely love the intense glitter in this baby.

In fact, there is so much glitter in it, that when you smooth it out, it becomes more of a pewter grew with a punch of magenta glitter. That said, this will probably be worn best solo than as a base. Throwing another shadow on top will take away from the awesomeness that is this Eye Def. If you’ve got oily lids like me, you better wear a primer. Not a bad deal for $6. These Eye Def shadows also come 7 other stunning shades. If you’d rather have your glitter be a little more versatile, check out the Show Girl All Over Body Glitter for under $4.

This is your basic arts and crafts-type glitter. And it’s loose alright.

Use too much of it and it will be everywheeeere.

Buuuut, if you need something a little more concentrated, there’s the Glitteratzi Body Spray for $6.23.

The distribution of glitter was there but the fragrance was just so…unpretty.

Yep. You’re better off rolling with the loose glitter. Still. If you’re a lover of glittah, Hard Candy at Walmart has you covered.

POLL: St. Ives Apricot Scrub…yay or nay?

If I could list my Top 10 Beauty Staples, this kid would definitely make the cut. I’ve been using St. Ives Apricot scrub since I was a teen Clumps. I mean, who HASN’T heard of this world famous scrub? While I only use it every now and then, I can alway guarantee,  that this baby will leave my skin smooth beyond smooth. And guess what? They’ve made the formula free of parabens and phthalates.

Yea mon! And yeah, I’ll sing praises over the almighty scrub that this is, but I have to admit…it isn’t all wonderful. When my skin is super  inflamed and my pimples are too tender to touch, the Apricot Scrub isn’t the best thing to use. In fact, those with super sensitive skin should probably stick with the Gentle formula of the scrub. While it is just as effective as the Naturally Clear, it isn’t as harsh. And who doesn’t love the faint but not overpowering apricot scent?

So what do you think, darlings?

 

ETA: How could I forget St. Ives’ Green Tea scrub? It is definitely a gentler version of the Apricot Scrub.

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St Ives’ newest: Naturally Smooth Body Lotion

We all know our how much I love St. Ives. And I mean, I LOVE St. Ives. Even more so now that they’ve become paraben-free. My eczema-ridden skin sings praises. I’ve tried several of St. Ives lotions and I am excited to announce that they are adding a new kid to the crew.

According to St. Ives, “Formulated with a natural, fruit-derived AHA complex, the dual-action, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly to provide intense hydration while a multi-fruit blend with alpha hydroxies gently exfoliates skin by promoting cell turnover. Perfect for all skin types, Naturally Smooth Body Lotion works to improve texture, revealing fresher, smoother and younger looking skin – naturally!”



Like all of the newly formulated St. Ives lotions, this one feels absolutely wonderful on the skin.

Aaaand, the paraben-free formula means that my skin won’t have to go haywire shortly after application. I’m not the biggest fan of this fragrance though. While it isn’t overpowering, it doesn’t smell THAT good. It has a plasic-y/fruity smell. The good news is that is dissipates quickly and is virtually hard to sniff once on your skin. Woot!

My skin does 10x better with products that aren’t heavily scented and loaded with synthetic ingredients. Which is why St. Ives is one of my top drugstore-friendly skincare lines.Them being super cheap has something to do with it too. ;) Because I’ve only been using this for a few weeks, I can’t really speak on if my skin has improved or not. My guess would be that it would take a good month or so to determine that. The good news is, because this lotion feels good all over and is great at ash bashin’, the likeliness of me using it to actually see results is pretty high. It’s getting a little colder ‘roun these parts and this lotion will be one of the ones in my stash.

Any St. Ives lovers in the house?

Want skin that smells like Strawberries & Milkshake?

Look at that pretty body butter thingy. It’s darling, uh? I’ve been spotting I Love… Cosmetics and have kept my eyes on their cutesy pieces. Popular and well known in the UK Canada, the brand I Love… reminds me of someone. Philosophy, that’s who! With similar packaging and flavor-esqe scents, I was hoping that I Love..’s products were just as nice as Philosophy’s.

Good news is, they kinda are. I tested the Moisturizing Body Butter ($7.99) and while I’m not a fan of fruity scents, I have to admit, it smells pretty good. And the consistency is whippy and creamy.

The Strawberries & Milkshake scent is pretty dead on but it isn’t overpowering. It lightly scents the skin but won’t leave you smelling like a strawberry field and dairy farm. The body butter feels good on the skin too.

It isn’t watery and sinks into the skin nicely. While this isn’t a butter that I could regularly wear (you know, with my skin issues and all), this will make for a perfect holiday gift for my sisters. I Love… also has other fantastic scents like Blueberries & Smoothie, Coconut & Cream, Mango & Papaya and Raspberry & Blackberry. They also have a slew of other lovely goodies including shower gels, hand creams and balms.

Keep your eyes peeled for this kid. Duane Reade, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS  should ‘em.

LUSH Halloween bath goodies

I love how LUSH gets all giddty about holidays. I’m not all that crazy about Halloween, but I just had to have that adorable Pumpkin Soap. Doesn’t that cutesy bubbly bar make you want to jump in the tub?

I mean…you should always want to jump in the tub, but it’s great to have incentives. For $6.95, this soap is fantastic. Laced with clove, cardamom, spearmint and fresh pumpkin, the Pumpkin Soap also includes cinnamon. As I showered, that was the the prominent smell. I also got a hint of ginger which made me crave for ginger snaps like you wouldn’t believe. The best thing? The cute pumpkin face lasted after 2 weeks worth of washin’. Weeee! Oh, and if you aren’t a  fan of long-lasting scents, you’ll love Pump even more. While bathing and showering will fill your bathroom up with gingery goodness, you can rest assured that the scent fades away a bit. It is slighty fragrant on the skin but it isn’t overpowering. Which, for me, is a relief. I love ginger snaps but I don’t really want to go around smelling like them. You can grab Pump from LUSH stores and LUSH online. And then there’s the Calavera Bath Bomb.

Y’all know just how much I love bath bombs. While Twilight bath bomb will be my forever, favorite Calavera isn’t too shabby either. Per LUSH, “Calaveras (skulls, in Spanish) are an iconic image for Day of the Dead, a Mexican celebration that honors and respects the dead. We were so inspired last season by the idea that this time of year could be filled with love instead of scary creatures, we invented a line of Day of the Dead products.

Pretty cool, uh?

If you know anything about bath bombs, you know that in addition to providing a luscious bath experience, they are are also entertainment for your bath water. Take Calavera for example. The second I dropped it in the water, it got to spinning and spewing colorful bits.

And then…

What the? For a second it looked like a bubble bee. Don’t laugh at me. I was recently stung TWICE by a bee so now I’m totally on bee radar. I’ve had some random stuffs pop out of a bath bomb but I just knew LUSH wasn’t crazy enough to drop any bees in ‘em. A closer look revealed something more.

Marigold petals! Oooh okay, I get it. A good 2 minutes later and the the bathwater was lime green.

It’s a zesty bath bomb that is definitely the pick me up. If you’re a lover of fruity lime scents, you’ll dig this bath bomb. It goes for $5.95 and you can get it from LUSH stores and LUSH.com.

Both of these Halloween goodies are limited edition. Grab ‘em before they’re gone!

L’Occitane, L’Occitane. How I love thee, L’Occitane.

I absolutely love L’Occitane. I love saying their name. I love walking into the stores and I absolutely adore the packaging of their products. I am in complete and total shock that I have yet to try their World Famous hand cream. Wellllls, I finally got my hands on it (hehe, no pun intended). I can totally see why just about everyone who tries it loves it.

Isn’t the packaging just beautiful? The limited edition packaging  for the Shea Butter collection, which includes Ultra Rich Body Cream, Hand Cream and Lip Balms are inspired by Bogolan traditional fabrics. I love when beauty products and packaging have some kind of meaning behind them.

But that’s not it…the scent of these products also come from an inspiration; more specifically flowers that are indigenous to the African continent. Desert Rose from Morocco, Hibiscus from Egypt and Cocoa Flower from the Ivory Coast are pleasantly placed in the Shea Butter collection products. Let’s rap about the Hand Cream first.

Retailing at $26 for 5.2 oz and $10 for 1 oz, this is perhaps L’Ocittane’s post popular product. Rightfully so. With a faint hint of hibiscus, this hand cream will find a permanent spot in my makeup bag. Yes, it’s a bit on the pricey side but if you don’t mind making a splurge on a skincare product, I’d definitely snag this hand lotion. The consistency is creamy and totally ash bashing.

It leaves the skin feeling moisturized without feeling greasy. It is absolutely perfect. Even more so because it’s an actual hand cream.

Meaning it fits in your hands; making it perfect for purses, pockets and briefcases. And then there’s the lip balm ($12)…

At first glance, this balm looks a lot like the hand cream. Even after you pop the top, it looks exactly like the hand cream.

I’m not digging that as a lip applicator. It doesn’t make application difficult, but it isn’t ideal. Lip applicators should be smooth, gentle and pleasant. This one, on the other hand, isn’t as pretty. In fact, I much prefer to put a bit on my finger and then apply on the lips. Which, of course, isn’t exactly sanitary. The consistency of the balm is a lot like Carmex.

It isn’t super thick nor is it super thin. It sits comfortably in the middle. I will say, though, the smell and fragrance are 10x better than that of Carmex. It’s a nice long-lasting balm that I think is great for every day use.

As if I needed another reason to love L’Occitane.

You can snag these from Loccitane.com.

 

Disclosure: I was compensated for the contextual link listed in this post.

A Dragon’s Blood bar of soap?

Yup. I’m back with a pretty soap from Soap Hope. I am probably the weirdo in my neighborhood because who really goes around taking pictures of bars of soap chillin’ in wood chips? A beauty blogger, that’s who! And I have no shame in my game. Plus, I always feel like “natural products” look so much better in natural settings. Know what I mean?

This is another wonder from Indigo Wild’s ZumBars. Have you ever heard of Dragon’s Blood? Yeah…well, me neither. It’s a tree resin. And contrary to the name, it doesn’t really come from the blood of a dragon. At least I hope not. Even if it does, though…it smells just wonderful. I’m a gal who loves woodsy scents and this bar is giving me that and more.

Plus I found it to be one of the few ZumBar soaps whose scent lasts for quite some time. Of the three that I’ve tried, I think this one may be my favorite.

Not that I’d toss my Cedar and Citrus Mint away. Will forever love Soap Hope for making these soaps affordable.