St. Ives, Puerto Rico and My Summer Beauty Life

St. Ives

This is a sponsored post brought to you by St. Ives and M Booth. By the time you read this, I’ll be prepping for a trip to Puerto Rico. Yes, girl. For an actual vacation. I don’t even plan to take my laptop with me which you know says A LOT. It’s time. It is loooong overdo and while us Floridians have been baking in warmer weather for months now, Esposo will literally have to drag me off of the beach when it’s time to check out.

Fresh Hydration Lotion

I’ve been packing for said trip since last week and included in my luggage are these St. Ives Fresh Hydration Spray Lotions. I’ve bragged about these before on Instagram and uh yeah…I’m still bragging. Nothing says “I need some moisturizaion but don’t have time to slather myself” like a spray lotion. And especially one from St. Ives. Formulated to replenish moisture into skin, St. Ives has given us a Spray lotion with lovely subtle notes and natural moisturizers. It’s lightweight enough to wear during the day but you’ll be surprised at how well it keeps the ash and dry skin at bay.

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The HolBOX Review – My Kind of Subscription Box

I haven’t been riding the subscription box train for awhile. I mean, truthfully…when you are the opposite of a hoarder, more random products that you probably won’t use not only clutters your space but also seem pointless if you’re already beauty blogger. However, when a gal pal told me about The HolBOX, I knew I had to at least give this box a whirl.


First of all, ignore the fact that I have found a way to justify bringing MOAR items up in my house, but here’s why HolBOX is different. You ready? This box is designed for women who want to live a more holistic life. The products featured aren’t just beauty-related. In fact, many have multipurpose uses that can be used for the body (in and out), household, hair, etc. You get 5-7 full size samples of goodies that come to you wrapped in a beautiful piece of fabric that can used for the head or however you see fit. See!! Not just your average beauty box…

The HOLBox

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11 Ways To Use Coconut Oil

Ways To Use Coconut Oil

I love me some coconut oil, y’all. It is truly my bread and butter and is the IT ingredient in just about every way. There are so many ways to use coconut oil that my small list of 11 uses doesn’t even hit the tip of the iceberg. It’s the only product that not only lives in my kitchen, but also lives in my bathroom, bedroom and toddler’s room. Coconut oil could run for President and I’d be right there campaigning and spreading the word about how fantastic this glorious stuff is. 

I’ve heard that some people don’t like coconut oil. A good friend of mine thinks the stuff is too greasy, smells too nutty and tastes awful in food. Whatever girl. I’m not hatin’ a sista but I’m hoping that she can one day see that light and fall in love with my beloved coconut oil.

My list of ways to use it is over at

Your turn! How do you like to use coconut oil?

My Love For The Massive Beauty Aisle In Publix

Publix Beauty Aisle

If you’re in the Southeast parts of the United States, you know how much we love Publix. Known for their stellar customer service, amaziiiiing bakery and deli departments, Publix is staple grocery store here in Florida. In fact, when I lived in Cali for a brief stint and would go back home, my first stop was always Publix. While I’ve always associated the brand with tasty noms and clean floors, Publix is an ideal stop for us beauty lovers! Especially for my beauty lovers who are prepping up for Game Day! This sponsored post through Unilever and Publix will highlight some of the great products that you can get while scoring delicious snacks for Game Day by “Discover More in Store”.

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Look! Whish Has Made Shaving (Almost) Fun Again

Through Mom Central, I got the opportunity to test drive some Whish shaving products and for the first time in…forever, I’m not hating shaving! Ugh. I have a love/hate relationship with the whole concept. It’s crazy to think that in the 7th grade I begggggged my Mom to let me shave my legs. Now I’m all like “Ugh…I HAVE to shave.” And #1 reason why I love winter time? Because I don’t have to shave. Yes, girl. It is a serious matter.

Whish Body products Whish Body Products has a goal of providing an unparalleled treatment for the body. All of their products are without parabens, sulfates and petrochemicals. They use organic ingredients and I was surprised at how luxurious shaving products could be. Whish Shaving I’m a low maintenance girl when it comes to shaving and for years I’ve used whatever hair conditioner I had on hand as a shaving cream. Yes, feel free to judge me. I realized that it was high time for me to step my game up and use an actual shaving cream. Whish’s Shave Crave Shaving Cream really shouldn’t even be called a shaving cream. It’s more like a fluffy pillow of awesomeness. I mean, really. There’s shaving and then there’s shaving with Whish’s Shave Crave. After you attempt to say that 3 times fast, check out some of the specs of this cream…

  • It includes squalene and jojoba seed oil. Both which help hydrate the skin.
  • Organic shea butter is dumped in to help protect and heal the skin.
  • It smoothes the skin with organic coconut oil.
  • Flavors include the decadent yet subtle Lavender, Almond, Lemongrass and Pomegranate.
  • It was was created with the power of men’s shaving cream but without the yucky chemicals.

Housed in a see-through counter (this NEVER happens with shaving creams), Shave Crave comes with an easy-to-use pump. I found that half a pump distributed just enough product for one leg.

Whish Shave Crave pump

A little goes a long way and once the pillow of cream hits your hands, you know you’re dealing with a very different kind of shaving cream.

Whish Shave Crave

Once slathered all over the hands, I found the cream to feel like a moisturizing whipped butter. After rinsing, you aren’t left with that streaky clean feeling.

Whish Shave Crave bottle

Using it as an experience, really. An experience that will cost you $20. And as always after shaving or waxing experience, the upkeep is just as important as the original removal process. That’s where Whish’s Ingrow Hair Serum comes in…

Whish Shaving Serum

A clinically proven treatment intended to be used pre and post wax or shave, this lightweight serum contains willow bark, Mother Nature’s natural form of salicylic acid. Healing, refreshing and cool on the skin, this serum helps to reduce redness, irritation as well as delay hair growth. I can’t spoke on the latter as I haven’t been using it long enough to find the truth in that claim, but I like the idea of using a serum after shaving. Why didn’t I think of this?

Whish Shaving Serum on skin

I can appreciate the the very light, almost fragrance free formula, too. The serum is an alcohol- free gel that feels fantastically cooling on the skin. As with the shaving cream, a little goes a long way and I reckon with regular use, this stuff will keep those pesky ingrown hairs at bay. It goes for $22.50.

Available at, I am allll over Whish and I wish I would have known about this luxurious brand years ago. I’ve noticed such a difference in the overall smoothness of my legs. Yay for whishes coming true!! Haha, see what I did there?

Dial Vitamin Boost Body Washes – Even The Men Love Them

Dial body wash

I got these bottles of body wash for review and they sat on my beauty shelf for a few weeks. Each week Esposo kept asking me if he could use them.

“Please babe,” he’d plead.

“I’ve gotta take pictures of them first,” I’d say.

Dial soap

A week would pass and he’d ask again. And then again. Ca-learly this man knows nothing about a blogger’s editorial calendar. Men, I tell ya. Esposo is far less pickier than I am when it comes to body products. All he needs is something that cleanses. He doesn’t care about parabens, fragrances (or lack thereof), pH balanced blah blah blah or anti-aging properties. He just wants something that suds up.

Yeah. And cleanses. Dial recently launched these 2 gorgeous bottles of sudsy body wash and the premise is this: they are supposed to provide nourishing moisturization from right after you begin lathering up until the end of the day. They have 2 formulas.

Dial Body Vitamin Boost

Amazing B is a lotion-infused formula that assists in drawing in moisture to keep that skin hydrated.

Dial Vitamin Boost

And then there’s Super C. An oil-infused formula that contains antioxidants to protect the skin and provide a healthy glow.

Both smell absolutely wonderful but I found Super C to be my favorite as it was energizing and citrusy and was such a perfect way to start the day. I asked Esposo which one he preferred and he didn’t care. Of course.

Way to go, Dial. You’ve managed to get my super man-ly man of a man excited about showering. I don’t know how to thank you. You can snag these from Walmart, Target and drugstores for about $4.99.

Reviva Labs’ Seaweed Soap. But you can’t eat it.

I have this thing about seaweed. You could really swap “thing” for obsession. I love the stuff. It is beyond tasty and I’ll never forget the roommate of mine that introduced me to the joys of eating seaweed. Roomie Joy and I both did a service term in AmeriCorps in Los Angeles. We lived in a convent. ‘Twas the best of times and the worse of times. But anyway…this soap reminds me of those times.

Reviva Labs Soap

And anytime a product brings back memories from way back when, you kinda have to keep and it repurchase it. It’s the law. Reviva Labs provided me with a sample of this and while many of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida girls have raved about it, I have never actually tried it. Lame B, I am. I’m a bar soap lover but I can’t use them too often as they tend to dry my skin out. But with the extra time I’ve been doing in the sun these days due to the warmer weather, I figured I could switch over to bar soaps without my skin acting up. And I was right!

Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap

For $4, you can cop yourself  a refreshing bar of soap with a base of palm and coconut oils. The built-in bits of seaweed help to gently exfoliate the skin. Sweet stuff, right?

Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap bar

My only drawback regarding this soap is the added dose of Fragrance. Totally unnecessary, in my book. Or I would have loved the use of sandalwood essential oil. That stuff is pretty expensive so even a touch of cedar (or some kind of essential oil with a woody note) would do the trick. The added Fragrance, I think takes away from the organic and natural feel of the bar. And said fragrance is either something you will love or hate. Can’t say I’m an enormous fan of it as it smells obviously synthetic and a bit pine-y in my book.

Reviva Labs All Natural Seaweed Soap

But whatever. It feels great on the skin and cleanses to perfection. Which is what a bar of soap is supposed to do, right? Go and scoop up a bar. It’s only $4. Definitely not wallet breakin’, ya know?

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.


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.


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.


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.