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 Nordstrom.com, 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.

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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.

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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.

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?

Sneak Peek at the Bee

Oh snaaaaap. Warmer weather is here and with it are the longer days which means I can start taking more pictures outside. *squeals* I have never been a fan of studio photography. Natural lighting is the best in my book. I just couldn’t wait to show y’all this lovely bar of sap from the brand Beecology.

Beecology

This bar is just one of many lovely products from a brand whose owners are actual beekeepers. Pretty sweet, huh? I shall return with more pictures and features!

 

GLOSSYBOX 2014 Is Shapin’ Up Nicely!

Well helllloooo GLOSSYBOX. I got this box in the mail a few weeks ago and I’ve gotten into a nice little habit of just letting those pretty little boxes sit nicely on the beauty shelf before I even dive into them. The boxes are just so pretty. And I was so excited to see what kind of cool things GLOSSYBOX had for us this year…

GLOSSYBOX Feb 2014

Like always, your box will contain a little leaflet giving you a rundown of each product and its specs. I love this. I tend to rummage through the box and then go back to read the leaflet to get more information about the products.

GLOSSYBOX February 2014

Like always, I judge beauty boxes by the quality and diversity of their products. And like always, GLOSSYBOX doesn’t let me down. This was a stellar box with awesome high-quality and luxe products.

GLOSSYBOX moisturizer

I haven’t heard of the brand Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream but what a wonderfully decadent moisturizer this is. I’ll be tossing this in my travel bag for my trip to NYC. Good timing with this, GLOSSYBOX. The weather is cooler and a moisturizer like this will be well received by many.

GLOSSYBOX mineral blush

This Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose is lovely. I’m not a mineral makeup user (lazy + clumsy = naw) but I think Desert Rose is a nice and wearable shade for women of all complexions. Plus, the sample size will certainly go a long way.

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Blender

The BEAUTYBLENDER Pure Beauty Blender is huuuuge in the makeup world and considering it’s almost $20, I would say that this product alone exceeds the value of this month’s GLOSSYBOX. I am so excited to use this. I haven’t yet owned one and I’m going to be putting this baby to good use.

GLOSSYBOX hair

GLOSSYBOX usually always gives us hair care products and while they have never been geared towards my hair type, I can still appreciate the inclusion of hair products. TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray looks like it’ll be nice for my girls trying to add some volume to their tresses.

GLOSSYBOX body wash

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash is a wonderfully smelling body wash. I love that the brand uses essential oils over fragrances. Y’all know how I feel about fragrances.

Such a fantastic box! There’s a little something for everyone and the sample sizes are large enough for users to get a nice try out of each product. Way to go, GLOSSYBOX!

Purchase yours here for $21/month.

AVEENO Baby collection giveaway!

Yo. It’s gettin’ cooler ’round these parts. By the way, I was never one to say “Yo”. I clearly watch way too much Breaking Bad. Best show everrrr! And when it comes to Elle’s skincare, AVEENO Baby has been rocking our world. The brand sent me some of their products and we’ve loved them so much that we’ve already gone and re-purchased some things.

Aveeno Baby skincare

Remember how bummed out I was about Elle and her eczema-ridden skin? I was breaking my neck trying to find a product that could not only alleviate her flare ups but prevent them from happening. Since she still drinks breast milk I decided to go gluten-free for 2 weeks and lo and behold, her skin cleared up. I’ve been on a gluten-free (and dairy-free diet) for almost 3 months and so far so good. Elle’s skin is flourishing. Every now and then she’ll appear with some dry patches and that’s when I like to use these AVEENO Baby products.

I used to be all “natural skincare ONLY!” but when your baby is clawing at her itchy skin to the point that she begins bleeding, you’ll try anything. Coconut oil and shea butter just wasn’t cutting it. I find that the AVEENO Baby products are mild enough to be used daily and Elle’s skin seems to feel better when I used them. Like the Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash…

Aveeno Baby Calming Wash

Baby girl doesn’t get baths daily (they’re too drying for her) but when she suds up, this creamy wash rocks. I love massaging it on her drier areas. The Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream is my favorite though…

Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy

We use this daily and it’s the only product that not only makes her skin FEEL better but it lasts throughout the day. We ran out of this stuff and ended up buying more.

Are you a mama that has a baby with dry skin? Or are you a mama to be? Or do you know a mama who could get some use out of these? I’m giving away the full AVEENO & AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy collection.

Good luuuuck!

 

(congrats to our lucky winner – Patricia in Connecticut!)