Day 22: Lush Charity Pot Lotion Review

I have gone through a few tubs of this lotion from Lush. It was actually one of my first Lush items that I ever bought from them. I have now become a big Lush fan and I am very happy that a classmate of mine told me about this amazing company. I love their beliefs and values and how they stand strong against animal testing. This lotion is called, “Charity Pot.” By buying a Charity Pot lotion, Lush actually donates 100% of its proceeds to charity (excluding taxes). That is pretty amazing for a company to do because usually it is 25% or less that goes to charity. There are a few different charities that you can pick from when buying your lotion. I think that this lotion is such a nice cause and that was the biggest reason that I decided to try this lotion over the others.

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According to Lush, “Since 2007, we’ve donated more than $4,750,000 to over 400 GRASSROOTS CHARITIES in 35 countries.” Information found here

I think that is amazing!

What Lush says about its Charity Pot lotion,Inside every black pot of Charity Pot is a whole lot more than a creamy body lotion to hydrate parched, dry skin. Of course, it’s filled with the finest ingredients, including Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, and made by hand with love. Not to mention the gorgeous fresh, ylang ylang floral fragrance. What makes it so special? Every penny (yes, every single penny) that you pay for a pot, excluding the tax, goes to fund and support grassroots charities all around the world. You end up with softer, floral-scented skin AND you’re doing a world of good with every pot purchased.”  Information found here

Want more information?!? Check out this video from Lush!

Kudos to Lush for donating all the proceeds to charity!!!

Lush is known for its natural ingredients that they put into their products. Lush’s tagline is fresh handmade cosmetics, which it even states on their bag. With that being said, I felt like it was very important to check out the ingredients and talk a little bit about them.

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Ingredients as shown on Lush’s website

Water (Aqua) , Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao) , Glycerine , Stearic Acid , Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) , Geranium Oil (Pelargonium crispum) , Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta) , Triethanolamine , Cetearyl Alcohol , *Geraniol, *Citronellol , *Limonene , *Linalool , Fragrance ,Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) ,Methylparaben , Propylparaben

As you can see there is a lot of natural ingredients with the featured ingredient being Ylang Ylang oil on their website. It also has fair trade cocoa butter. But, there is also parabens included. I’m surprised that these are included in this lotion since Lush strives for being all natural. I honestly don’t know that much about parabens, but with more and more things going paraben free I am honestly surprised that Lush hasn’t gone that way yet. Hopefully they will soon!

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All Lush products come with this yellow sticker which states when the product was made, who made the product, and the expiration date.

MY THOUGHTS

Packaging

I’m not the biggest fan of lotion in tubs because I like easy access with using a pump. I’ll be honest sometimes I choose my Indigo Wild Almond lotion over this especially if I’m in a hurry because that lotion comes with a pump. Although, Lush states that its packaging is not virgin and made from 100% recycled plastic. I really think that is awesome of Lush, so all in all, I will still buy this over and over pump or no pump.

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Sizes & Prices

The price is hefty, but I don’t mind because I love the cause! This lotion comes in 2 different sizes. The small tub is $5.95 for 1.7 oz and the large tub is $22.95 for 7.9 oz. Remember that this lotion is made fresh so yes it will be more expensive than lets say a generic lotion bought at a Target or Wal-Mart.

 Color

The color of this lotion is light yellow.

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Scent

The scent isn’t the best in my opinion. It does smell super strong in the tub. Some people I know have been turned away from this lotion because of that. But, honestly it smells differently when applied to the skin. It isn’t as strong and it is nice and soft instead. It is a mixture between floral and cocoa.  It reminds me of freshly cut flowers.

Texture

The texture is semi thick. It isn’t too liquidy and isn’t thick like a body butter. I feel like this lotion has a nice texture and it blends into the skin very easily. The lotion isn’t greasy at all.

Moisture

This is what makes this lotion amazing! I have super dry skin especially during the winter months. My legs become super dry and itchy if I don’t apply lotion. Using this lotion keeps my skin moisturized and feeling so much better. Even if the scent isn’t my favorite, this is the selling point for me. Like I said above, the scent doesn’t linger and once applied to the skin it is nice and soft.

Overall thoughts!

I really like this lotion if you haven’t realized that by now. Even though I’m not the fondest of the scent, I still do love this lotion. When I went to Lush at Mall of America they had the little Charity Pots sitting up at the register. Of course I decided to throw one in with my other purchases! I will continue to buy this lotion, but I really do hope that they make it paraben free!

Comment and let me know what you think of this lotion! What do you think of the scent? Comment down below and let me know! I love hearing from you all!

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 21: What I would buy if I had $500-$1000 to spend on beauty products…

Day 20: Happy Easter and The Beauty Scenario Tag

Day 19: April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Day 18: Easter Goodies!

Day 17: My Niece Does my Makeup

Day 16: Wizard of Oz Collection by Julep

Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

Day 14: Soap & Glory Endless Glove

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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Day 14: Box Swap Item #4 Soap & Glory Endless Glove

When I opened this product from my box swap I did with Stephanie Wright (Effie) from the UK last month, I was presently surprised to receive a Soap & Glory product. It made me smile because Effie thought of me and how terrible my hands have been this season. I work at a hospital so therefore I wash my hands a lot! I work 12 hour shifts so I get long stretches off. My hands would heal and then once I went back to work they would get red and extremely rashy. It has been terrible! It makes me smile because she remembered our little conversation. I did go to the doctor for this and she first prescribed me a steroid ointment. Well, I didn’t want to be on a steroid cream for long term. I used it for awhile, but I felt like it didn’t really help. I just felt like a greasy mess. So I decided to go back to see my doctor and asked for a different alternative besides a steroid cream. She found one for me, but when I went to the pharmacy it was almost $400 US dollars! My jaw dropped and the pharmacist said that it was a brand new cream on the market and yes super expensive. I decided that I had to find an alternative way.

I’ve heard a lot about Soap & Glory. A few of my followers told me that I needed to try this brand! Recently, the Sephora that I go to started getting some Soap & Glory products in, but I have never seen this particular product. So good job Effie!!! 🙂 Also, I was very curious on if I would find this when I recently went to Mall of America’s Sephora. I found a bunch of Soap & Glory products, but this particular product was MIA.

Endless Glove is a moisture mask and hand cream.

This hand cream is a perfect size for putting it into the purse, placing it on the nightstand, etc. Although, I don’t recommend placing it on the night stand if you own one of these!

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She loves to steal stuff off my nightstands!

Okay, now that I swerved from the point of this post, let me get back to ENDLESS GLOVE!

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What Soap & Glory says, “ENDLESS GLOVE™ is a new 2-in-1 moisture mask and hand cream that’s so marvelous, it’s miraculous. Formulated with EIGHT-OIL AQUA WRAP™, VITAFADE-BC™, MACADAMIA & GRAPESEED OILS, POMEGRANATE & SHEA BUTTERS, it lays down a velvety smooth moisture barrier that works for 12 hours after you apply it.” More information here

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Sorry for the poor picture quality! :/

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Propylparaben, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Allantoin, Dipropylene Glycol, Limonene, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Coumarin, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6), CI 14700 (Red 4) According to Soap & Glory’s website (link above in description).

Most of these I have no idea what they are, but these ingredients are in most hand creams. There is alcohol type ingredients which tends to dry hands out, but in moderation it is okay. Also, I spot Propylparaben which is a paraben. I don’t know much about parabens, except that there is a big debate on weather they’re ok to use or not. There are more and more products coming out that are paraben free. Even Lush lotions aren’t paraben free and they strive on being natural. Like I said, I don’t know much about parabens, but hope to learn more.

Use
I keep this hand cream in a basket on my nightstand, along with my remotes, etc. Mirya usually doesn’t dig in the basket so I’m safe! I don’t take it to work because I use unscented products at work due to the no-fragrance policy. Although, I would love to bring this to work and see if it helps while actually at work.

Scent
I have a hard time distinguishing this scent of this hand cream. I am also terrible at describing scents. I would describe this scent as mixture of floral and fruity. I do like the scent, but it sure isn’t my favorite. I think that it is a very girly scent.

Formula & Color
This formula is very silky and smooth. The cream has a semi-thick consistency that is yellowish-white in color. 

Overview
The first few times I applied this hand cream, it felt amazing. My hands felt so silky, smooth, and just amazing! The following times I applied it, I didn’t have quite the amazing feel that I originally had felt. I think that it was because the day after I received my package, I went back to work for stretch on after my long stretch off. Of course, my hands got super dry. Don’t get me wrong I still really do like this product, but I just feel like I need to pair it with something more moisturizing for my hands to get their full benefit. This product is more of like putting on a glove or making a barrier for protection, hence the name. I just feel like I need more deeper moisturizing so that is why I would rather pair this with something else.  I don’t think it lasts nowhere near the claim of 12 hours. But, I don’t know many creams that do last a full 12 hours. Overall, I really enjoyed trying this hand cream and love the silky feel it gives them.

Once again, Effie, thank you for my first Soap & Glory product!

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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LUSH Valentine’s Day Collection Review

If you’ve been following me you know that I did a recent Lush UK Haul and I got a few of the Valentine’s Day items!

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All descriptions are from the UK site because it was an international order. See links below.

ITEM #1 Prince Charming Shower Gel

What Lush says, “With marshmallow root, Fair Trade vanilla and fresh pomegranate juice, Prince Charming will sweep you off your feet and carry you off into the sunset, leaving your skin silky soft and smelling lovely – the fragrance is made using a beautiful blend of grapefruit, sandalwood and geranium oils.” UK site here. US site here

This is definitely a different scent from Lush.  I kind of find a lot of Lush scents to be interesting if that makes sense. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. I do like this scent, it just isn’t my favorite. I more smell the grapefruit and the  pomegranate and don’t really smell that much marshmallow. It is pretty strong in the bottle, but once applied to the skin it has a nice more subtly scent.

Pros

  • Made with fresh ingredients such as: grapefruit oil, sandalwood oil, geranium oil, and almond oil.
  • Little goes a long way so even though it is a tiny bottle it should last for awhile.
  • Nice lather!

Cons

  • Expensive for a tiny bottle
  • Limited Edition
  • Parabens!!!! Not sure why Lush puts parabens in their products! Naughty Lush!!!
  • Has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in it!

Overall Thoughts

I liked it, but I don’t feel the need to rush out and buy more even though it is limited edition. I am also annoyed with Lush that they have parabens in their body washes!

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ITEM #2 The Kiss Lip Balm

What Lush says, A delightful, whipped up gloss made from luxurious and protective butters including Fair Trade shea and cupuaçu. This preservative free tinted lip gloss gives a touch of colour to the lips. It’s so easy to apply you won’t even need a mirror!” UK site here. US site here.

This was probably the item that I most wanted to get out of the Valentine’s Day Collection. I think that the packaging is adorable.   I also wanted to try something from their lip product line that would have some color. I have tried the Honey Trap lip balm and I really like that one.

Pros

  • The scent is sweet so it is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
  • Great texture: light and airy
  • Love the scent
  • Not sticky
  • Nice pink color with a hint of shimmer

Cons

  • Limited Edition
  • Packaging: I wish that it was in a tube or something different than a tub. I don’t like applying the lip product with my fingers or holding up the tin up to my lips.
  • Lasting power quite isn’t there! I wish I could invent a lip gloss or lip balm that lasted all day!

Overall Thoughts

I really like this lip product and I do hope that they bring it back next year. I like the nice feel that it gives my lips. I also really love the scent.

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Gives a nice pink color to the lips!

ITEM #3 Close To You Massage Bar

What Lush says, “This smooshable massage bar is beautifully fragranced with Fair Trade vanilla absolute. Inspired by the humble Jammie Dodger biscuit – as you peek through the heart shaped hole on top of bar you can see into the sumptuous white fondant centre.” UK site here. US site here

So one time I was in a Lush store and the girl was very interesting in trying to sell me a massage bar. Well I never wanted one, until I decided that my boyfriend should give me a back massage and if I have this product well then he has too! You can use this product for more than a back massage, but that it my main use for it.

Pros

  • Smells amazing! Reminds me of the scent from the Snow Fairy shower gel from Christmas time
  • Super moisturizing!
  • Fresh ingredients such as: organic shea butter, almond oil, and many more.
  • Melts easily with touching skin temperature
  • Adorable!
  • Now my boyfriend gives me back massages!
  • My back smelled amazing for hours afterwards!

Cons

  • Expensive which is normal for Lush
  • Limited Edition
  • Turns the skin slightly pink

Overall Thoughts

I really do like this massage bar. Love the scent. I wish that it wasn’t limited edition, but honestly the massage bar will last awhile. I’ve used it once and I’ve barely made a dent in it.

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ITEM #4 Neon Love Soap 

What Lush says, “This is a unique soap with an uplifting, fruity fragrance. Bergamot and rosewood work together to create a rich scent, whilst fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yoghurt nourish and soften the skin. ” UK site here. US site here

So with a Lush haul I of course have to get some soap! So I decided to pick this one up!

Pros

  • Good scent! Smells very fruity. I mostly smell passion fruit.
  • Moisturizing on the skin
  • Has natural ingredients such as: fresh passion fruit, coconut oil, and a few others.
  • Lathers well and makes light pink lather.

Cons

  • My piece didn’t have a heart in it like how they showed it online. 😦
  • Expensive
  • You guessed it! Limited Edition!

Overall Thoughts

I did like this soap, but I’m not going to run out and buy more of it even though it is limited edition. It has a nice scent, but it isn’t my favorite.

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All in all I am glad that I got my chance to get the Valentine’s Day Collection because it’s going fast! I do think that Lush did a good job with creating this collection. My favorite items were the lip balm and the massage bar. Make sure you check it out while you still can! Comment and let me know if you’ve tried any Lush products and what is your favorite!

Xoxo

Brittany

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Huge LUSH UK Haul

If you’re a huge Lush lover like I am and live in the United States, you may know that Lush products aren’t cheap! I heard about people from the United States ordering from the UK site because it was cheaper. Well I decided to check it out! I figured that it probably wouldn’t be that much cheaper because then I would have to pay for international shipping. Well it doesn’t hurt to check it out…right?!? Another reason I decided to order from Lush UK was because the US site was out of Let the Good Times Roll which is almost a crime in my mind. I even tweeted them with my sadness. Then I started wondering about ordering from the UK site again and that is just what I did. I decided well if I’m going to order I might as well make it a good sized order.  I also knew that I wanted to get a lot of products so it was a good timing.

Steps on ordering from Lush UK

  1. Check to make sure your bank/credit card allows international purchases
  2. Go to their UK website here
  3. Set up an account
  4. Add products to cart that your heart desires
  5. Add the same items to the Lush USA site here
  6. Compare the prices by using a currency converter using Google. I typed in British pounds to US dollars into Google and it brought it right up. (fyi: currency exchange rates change everyday)
  7. Decide which is better pricing and if it is worth it
  8. Click check out
  9. Enter address (Change country to United States. There was no place for State so I put my City and State under City)
  10. Enter Zip Code
  11. Add a message for samples! (I added that I would like samples of shampoo and conditioner for oily hair and that I wanted to try the Karma Kreme)
  12. Review and Submit
  13. Wait until a wonderful Lush package arrives at your door step.

So how did ordering go for me?

It was super easy! I ordered on a Friday and I got my package the following Wednesday! That is crazy fast for international shipping!!! My package also had tracking so that was nice. I was really surprised when it came so fast!

The Packaging! 

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See I told you it was a huge Lush haul!

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Yay packed by Dale!

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In Lush Heaven! The aroma of this box was amazing!!!

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It’s here!

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All the packing! An overflowing Target bag! At least they know how to package their products! Thanks Lush!!!

THE PRODUCTS

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In Lush Heaven!!! Sadly one of my bubble bars was broken, but hey it had a long trip!

Lush Valentine’s Collection

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Prince Charming Shower Gel
The Kiss Lip Balm
Close to You Massage Bar
Neon Love Soap

Bath Bombs

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Starting on top then going clockwise.
Sex Bomb
Phoenix Rising
Honey Bee
Think Pink (Not available in  the USA)

Bubble Bars

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Karma
Creamy Candy
Pop in the Bath

Soaps/Shower Gel

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Rock Star
Neon Love (Also shown in the Valentine’s Collection photo)

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Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly
Prince Charming Shower Gel (Also shown in the Valentine’s Collection photo)

Body Butters/Hand Cream

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Buffy Body Butter
Tiny Hands Solid Hand Cream

More Lush Goodies!!

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Starting at top then going clockwise.
Mask of Magnaminty
Roots Hair Treatment 
Let the Good Times Roll 😀 My Holy Grail product!!
Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion

Extras/Samples

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Got a tin for my massage bar!

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The samples!!! The I love Juicy shampoo spilled a little out of the sides, but nothing too serious!

So was it worth it?

After this post you may be commenting, “you need LA or Lush Anonymous,” but like I said if I’m paying international shipping I might as well make it worthwhile. I do think that it was worth it because even with international shipping (which was a lot), it was about 3o dollars cheaper! In not speaking of shipping it was $67.03 cheaper! That is astronomical!  I think that is crazy! For example the Dream Cream in the US is $26.95 for 8.4 oz!!! Since I got it from Lush UK it was £9.38! That comes out to be $15.31 for the same size!! So yes it was worth it!!! So I won’t be buying anything from Lush for awhile because well I’m all stocked up! Until next time I run out of Let the Good Times Roll! 😛

With that I hope you enjoyed this post!!! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products! I will be having a lot of happy baths in my future!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

My Skin Care Routine Blog Hop!

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Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body? The skin is part of the Integumentary System, and without that…we would look very freaky. Imagine that! Was that a scary visual? So taking care of the largest organ in the body is pretty important. I belong to this amazing Facebook group called, “The Beauty and Fashion Blog Community” and this month’s blog hop is SKIN CARE! I have been meaning to write a post about this for awhile now and now is the perfect time.

More information on the Facebook Group here!

MY SKIN TYPE IS…

Dry

MORNING SKIN CARE ROUTINE

CLEANSERS

Washing the face is a very important step in the skin care regimen. Getting rid of all those impurities is a must!

I use a few different cleansers at this time. I haven’t found my holy grail one yet, besides my Lush facial scrub that I will talk about later. But, I don’t want to use a scrub every single day!

Clean & Clear Morning Burst 

What Clean & Clear says, “From the invigorating MORNING BURST collection comes MORNING BURST Facial Cleanser. This unique gel cleanser with Vitamin C and Ginseng wakes you up with a fresh citrus scent while soft BURSTING BEADS burst with energy and vitamins, leaving your skin feeling clean, energized and ready to face the day.” More information on this product here.

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I really do like this cleanser, but I am also not a fan of it at the same time. That is why I say I don’t have a holy grail cleanser yet. Comment on any recommendations!!!

It does smell nice and does wake me up, but I hate that it has all that chemical junk in it.  Yes, there is sodium lauryl sulfate in it. Surprise!! That is what makes it lather so well. It is oil free and has bursting beads which is a good thing.  It does clean my face nice and I don’t get any redness or breakouts from it. I do feel like it does dry my face out a bit, which I already have pretty dry skin so that is a con. But, all in all it is a nice cheap cleanser that you can get at a variety of locations (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.), but I am willing to try a different one.

Zum Face Gentle Facial Cleanser

This is by a company called, “Indigo Wild.” It is hard to find so I have been slowly using it. If you’re wondering more about, “Indigo Wild” and other products they make I did a review here.

What Indigo Wild says, “This gentle facial cleanser penetrates pores with saponified oils of certified organic coconut, olive and jojoba, pure essential oils of lemon and geranium, vitamin E and vegetable glycerin. It’s gentle, hydrating, and perfect for those whose skin is on a liquid diet.” More information on this product here. 

This is a natural facial cleanser and it is made from: Saponified oils of certified organic coconut, certified organic olive, castor, and certified organic jojoba, pure essential oils, tocopherol (vitamin e), sodium borate and vegetable glycerin.

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It does lather really well without those harsh ingredients. The scent is of lemon and geraniums, but it is a stronger scent. Luckily it doesn’t last on the face. It does have a pump for easy assess. The price is expensive for what you get, but you only need a tiny bit at least. It does cost $10 for 4 oz. Since it is hard to find and shipping is hefty I don’t use it everyday, but it does make my face feel clean and refreshed and I don’t have breakouts from this product. I also love that it is natural!

Let the Good Times Roll Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 

What Lush says, “A luxuriously soft and sweetly-scented cleanser, Let The Good Times Roll is made with maize flour and corn meal to gently exfoliate, and a dash of cinnamon powder to cleanse and warm cold winter skin. Its rich, velvety texture leaves your skin perfectly balanced, glowing and smelling like sweet and salted caramel corn. No wonder this cleanser is so popular!” More information on this product here

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I love it! I would use it everyday if I could, but I probably shouldn’t use an exfoliater everyday. I did do a review of this and you can check it out here. I have been using it for awhile now since my review and I have to say that this is a holy grail product of mine. It smells amazing for one thing! It makes my face feel nice and smooth. It’s made fresh and made of natural ingredients. I just love it!

TONERS

Eau Roma Water Toner by Lush

This was a step that I never thought was important until coming across Lush.

What Lush says about it, “Dry, sensitive or mature needs a gentle touch. In a world of “technology” loaded cosmetics, using a toner with only two active ingredients may seem unusual. But at LUSH, we believe in using effective ingredients instead of filler. Our most moisturizing toner, Eau Roma relies on the King and Queen of the essential oils world, rose and lavender. Both oils have been used for thousands of years to treat dryness, redness or irritation. Rose is particularly nourishing and cooling, while lavender helps your skin produce the right amount sebum (oil) to keep it suppler. Simplicity at its best.” You can find more information here

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I think doing this step using this toner is important for me because it is for dry skin. It helps moisturize my skin and get it ready for my moisturizer. The scent is very light and it softens my dry skin. I apply my moisturizer when my toner is still wet. I don’t know why, but doing it that way makes it seem like it lasts longer. It also helps my redness go away.

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Lush is known for being made from fresh ingredients, so they do have an expiration date.

EYE CREAM

PurMinerals Tone-Up Eye Cream

I think that a lot of eye creams have a lot of false claims. I’ve tried a few eye creams and this one is very new to me, so I won’t have that great of a review on it yet. But, I decided to look at the claims on the website and this is what I found.

  • 66% increase in skin hydration after 14 days
  • 60% reduction in skin roughness after 56 days
  • 50% reduction in wrinkle depth after 28 days

What PurMinerals says about it, “This intensive eye treatment is designed to firm, lift and smooth the delicate eye area for total eye fitness. Containing two breakthrough clinically tested super-ingredients—including our proprietary Dermafit Mineral Complex—Tone Up provides essential hydration, stimulation and antioxidant protection to minimize the look of premature wrinkles, roughness and dryness. This all-in-one formula is the pür solution for puffy eyes, dark circles and crow’s feet. Paraben-free.  Net Wt: .5 fl oz”  You can find more information here

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Like I said I haven’t used this product much yet, but first off the pump doesn’t work which is a big con! But, it is moisturizing, which is nice for my under eye area.  I work alternating 12 hours shifts, so I haven’t seen much improvement yet, but I never do with eye creams.

MOISTURIZER

Juniper Oil-Free Face Moisturizer from The Balm

What The Balm says, “Juniper Oil-Free Face Moisturizer has a wonderful lightweight texture, perfect for anyone who prefers to live an oil-free lifestyle! A mixture of humectants ensure that your skin is perfectly hydrated throughout the day.” You can find more information here

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I love this product. It is moisturizing for my dry skin. I know it says for normal to combination skin, but it really does help with moisture. I don’t get oily from it either. It does have a nice light smell that I like. It has a nice consistency that makes it easy to blend into the face.  The reason I found this product was through Hautelook and I got it for half price. At that time I decided to order two, this is my second one. I will definitely order more when I’m out!

NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

CLEANSER

Purity One Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy 

What Philosophy says about it, “purity made simple one-step facial cleanser is our award-winning cleanser, loved by all for its multitasking, 3-in-1 approach to cleansing. purity made simple gently cleanses, tones and melts away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating. skin is left feeling perfectly clean, comfortable and balanced.” You can find more information here

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I love this product! When I first heard about it, I didn’t think that it would work as well as it does. It is really gentle! It removes my mascara like a pro!!! Also it cleanses my face!!! A makeup remover and a cleanser all in 1 step. A little bit goes a long way! I have had this for quite awhile and I’m almost half-way done with it.

EYE CREAM

Tarte Maracuja C Brighter Eye Treatment

What Tarte says, “Refresh, renew and recharge tired eyes with our eye treatment enriched with C-brighter™ technology. By harnessing the power of maracuja fruit, vitamin C and advanced botanicals, this skintuitive™ eye treatment visibly hydrates, firms and brightens the delicate eye area. ” You can find more information here.

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I still have my idea about eye creams promising too much! I don’t really notice much difference with this eye cream. It does moisturize my under-eyes, but it doesn’t help with my dark circles what so ever. But, I still say no eye cream can help a nurse’s under-eyes with rotating shifts. I just felt like it was an important thing to include in my skin care routine because I have been using it for the last few months. I won’t repurchase it either because it is too expensive!

MOISTURIZER

Tarte Maracuja Oil

What Tarte says, “Not all oil is created equal. This earth-prescribed treatment oil targets your individual skin concerns and delivers harmony and moisture for firmer, brighter, smoother-looking skin.” You can find more information here.

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I really like this oil! I love that it is pure maracuja oil and natural. I was not a fan of the price at all! Since I only used it once a day it did seem to last long, but I do have really dry skin so I did use it up quicker. I use about 4 drops or so and apply it all over my face. It makes my skin feel nice and moisturized. I don’t have any redness or breakout problems from it. Also when I wake up my face feels super soft.

So that ends my skincare routine! Make sure to check out the other lovely posts down below!!!! I plan on checking them out too because I’m in hunt for a different everyday morning cleanser. With that, I hope you all have a wonderful day! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what you think of them!!!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

Check out all the wonderful blogs below to see their skin care routine! 

Fortune Cookie Soap Winter Soap Box 2013: The Nightmare Before Christmas!

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THIS YEAR CHRISTMAS WILL BE OURS!

Collection based off of, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Fortune Cookie Soap has done it again! They have come out with another new and exciting collection. This is just in time for the holidays and it is a collection that is based off of, “The Nightmare Before Christmas!” I know you must be thinking that I must be affiliated with this company because I just reviewed a bunch of products from, “The Quarter Quell Collection” or The Hunger Games. I am just letting you know that I am not. I just really like this company and I was really excited for that movie which I thought was amazing by the way! I will link my review down below regarding that collection if you’re interested in checking it out. The reason I got these products so fast is that I am part of the subscription service that this company has and items from this collection were included in the Winter Soap Box. These products are on sale now. I am honestly not that big of a fan of, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Although this box makes me want to re watch that movie because I hardly remember much about it.

A little bit about the subscription service?

http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/pages/the-soap-box

FCS has 4 major product launches 4 times a year and with the Soap Box subscription service I am able to get a sneak peek on the products before the actual release. Also, I can find out what I like because the products come in smaller sizes and then order the product if I decide I want to. Check the above link for prices and more information.

The link to see the entire collection: http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/this-year-christmas-will-be-ours

An overview of the box! The aroma while opening this box was amazing! A mixture of chocolate, chai, bubblegum, and peppermint, and much more!

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Item #1 “Jack” Bath Fizzy

“If we had a nickle for every time we called each other a “Jack Head” while we were making this fizzy, we’d be rich! Ha! With notes of iced lemon and airy menthol, warmed by woodland moss and smashed cranberries.”

Sadly mine came damaged, but I did send them out an email today. I am not too concerned about it because I know FCS has awesome customer service. But, I did post a photo of what this product should look like. Mine was broken into a million little pieces. Sad day! Oh well! I can still smell that it smells good. It isn’t my favorite smell of them all, because I’m not a big fan of the airy menthol part. But, overall as a bath fizzy I think this would be relaxing.

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What he should have look liked!

 Item #2 “Sally” Fortune Cookie Soap

“For our favorite rag doll, we wanted to create a fragrance that captures her spirit. Fresh breezes, fluttering white cotton and dry crackling leaves, held together by twine.” 

I thought that this fortune cookie soap was adorable and creative. It does smell very fresh! Like fresh clothes that were set out to dry outside. I really do like the smell.

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Item #3 “Oogie Boogie” OCD Hand Sanitizer

“MY BUGS!!! MY BUUUUUUGS! COME BAAAAAAAAACK!!! A mix of smushed winter berries against backdrop of sweet muted cinnamon.”

I think this hand sanitizer smells amazing! Whats not to love? Winter berries and cinnamon!

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Kind of looks like there is a little surprise in there!

Item #4 “Lock, Shock, and Barrell” Bath Melt

“Everyone’e favorite tick-or-treaters! Which will land on tour doorstep? Literally. Frosted woods of pine and spruce, warmed with hints of spice.”

It does smell really woodsy as if I was taking a walk in the woods. It’s not my favorite scent, but if you like woodsy type scents then you would like this one.

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Item #5 “Sandy Claws” Exfoliating Body Butter

“‘Dis beech will rough you up- IN A GOOD WAY! They call him Sandy CLAWS for a reason. So anyway, it smells like chocolate and chai and yumminess. Mhm.” 

I do like this scent. I am a fan of chai and of course I love chocolate. I also love exfoliating body butters since of their moisturizing factor so I’m excited to try this product.

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Item #6 “Zero” Dry Shampoo

“Not play favorites, but .. um.. kind of maybe the best fragrance in the entire box. Yeah. Ghostly billows of sweet peppermint, with just the faintest whisper of pumpkin. “

This does smell amazing! I love the smell of both pumpkin and peppermint. I think it has a nice amount of scent to the dry shampoo without it being overpowering. I did also try this because I had a hard time smelling it in the container so I decided to try it on my hair and it does a good job of absorbing oils.

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Item #7 “Holiday Worlds” Whipped Cream Body Butter

“Halloween! Christmas! Thanksgiving! Easter! Four festive fragrances to capture the magic of each season. Which Holiday Town will you land in?”

I think that this smells amazing! Another one of my favorite fragrances. I would probably buy this in a full size because I do love FCS body butters. It smells sweet like sugar cookies and bubblegum. I decided to look on their website and this is what is said regarding this scent: Buttery cutout cookie with frosting sprinkles, powdered sugar and a thick smear of sticky bubblegum. I was pretty close at describing the scent!

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Item #8 “What’s this?” Roll on Perfume

“Our second annual mystery fragrance contest! No hints!”

They’re having a contest and a $50 FCS gift card is up for grabs! Well then I guess I’m not going to tell you what I think the scent is! All I will tell you is that I think it smells amazing!

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Overall, I love receiving my FCS boxes 4 times a year! I was excited to receive this one and I look forward to the next one! My favorite scents included: the roll on perfume, the body butter, and the hand sanitizer. I also did like the exfoliating body butter and the dry shampoo. I wasn’t a big fan of bath melt. But, overall I think that Fortune Cookie Soap did a really good job on this collection. They also have many other products that are part of this collection so make sure to check it out and remember these products aren’t available for very long!

Well until next time…

Xoxox

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

Fortune Cookie Soap: Quarter Quell Collection (Hunger Games)

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So with the new Hunger Games Catching Fire movie coming out Thursday night I decided I better share the wonderful products I got that were inspired by the movie. Well at least it is coming out Thursday night for me, but previews say Friday. Call me crazy but I am going to the first show at my theater so it is going to be jammed packed. I would have waited and went during the weekend, but it is my weekend to work and then I would have to wait until after Thanksgiving to go. I did read the book series awhile back before the first movie came to theater. I am excited to see the next installment of this series. This movie has created a lot of popular beauty and skincare items out in the industry too. There is a makeup collection by Cover Girl, although I don’t plan on getting anything for it.  But, this post is about a company called, “Fortune Cookie Soap.” It is a bath and body brand that makes numerous items. I would compare it to Lush. But, the thing with this brand is that they have a subscription box service and they make a lot of themed products: such as,  “The Quarter Quell.” I decided to order a few products from this collection.

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Overview of the products. I do wish the packaging was different, but it isn’t too bad!

Now I am going to list the items that I got. Underneath each of the titles and price I am going to list the description from website (also in italics).

Item #1 “The Pearl” Body Wash $11.99 8 oz.

A sweet promise of things to come.

French vanilla & African vanilla with a gentle rain of sweet flowers and a whisper of musk.

I think that this smells amazing. If you love the scent of fresh vanilla then you will love this scent. I have tried this product and it leaves a nice subtly scent on the skin that is not overpowering at all. So far I really like this body wash. It is pretty runny so be careful not to spill any.

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/the-pearl

Item #2 “Nightlock” Sugarscrub $12.99

Sheesh!! It always comes back to the berries!!! Muddled raspberries & pomegranate smushed into blueberries.

Chock full of three different kinds of exfoliating berry seeds. Trust us, you won’t regret the decision to use this Nightlock!! 

I really like this scrub. It smells amazing! It smells like berries which is a scent that I love! There is also exfoliating berry seeds which adds a nice little touch. I used this scrub on my hands. I am a nurse and I get super dry skin so this will be nice to get rid of all those dead skin cells.

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/nightlock

Item #3 “Tick Tock” Whipped Cream $10.99

Beware, the clock is ticking… Twisted medley of waterlily & peppermint sprigs livened by hints of citrus zests. Dripping moss and swirling ozonic ocean air against a backdrop of delicate spring flowers, like the soft whisper of butterfly wings.

I really like this whipped cream body lotion. It has a thicker consistency so it is super moisturizing. I also do like the scent. I can smell flowers with some citrus, but they’re very subtle. It also has hints of Musk. I also would describe the scent as a fresh clean laundered type smell.

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/tick-tock

Item #4 “Golden Cornucopia” Bar Soap $7.99

Your heart is racing, your palms are sweating and you feel like you’re gonna pass out. Let’s face it, the golden cornucopia was never a good time. The thought of having to make that split second decision to go for it and get supplies, or make a run for it without anything – makes me break out in a cold sweat! The cornucopia represents strength, speed, fear and blood.  In contrast, we made this bar soap a sweet, warm funnel cake scent with top notes of buttery cream, milky caramelized sugar, and powdery sweet confectioner’s sugar topping a sweet bread pastry. Makes me feel better 🙂

This is my favorite product that I got from this collection. It smells amazing! It also looks amazing! It is in the shape of a cornucopia which fits, “Hunger Games Catching Fire” really well. It does smell very sweet kind of like how it is described above.

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/golden-cornucopia

Item #5 “Poisonous Fog” Steam Me up Scotty! $5.99

A poisonous, curling vapor of dusky breezes, with just a whisper of wind-blown leaves, heliotrope, woods of cedar and  sandalwood, dark musk creeping with just a hint of roasted marshmallows, brown sugar, coconut and soft vanilla. Be careful, this scent gets deep under your skin… Soooo, what exactly is a “Steam Me Up Scotty!” and how do you use it? Basically, it’s a heavily scented fizzy designed for an aromatherapy type shower experience. You choose your mood.

Directions: For maximum results take a hot, steamy shower. Simply unwrap & toss the shower fizzy on the floor to the back of your shower, out of the stream of water. You want it to slowly fizz during your shower, rather than quickly run down your drain. It’s like your personal little aromatherapy room, the steamier the better! 

I thought that this was really cool. Usually it is all about bath bombs, but it is nice that they have something for the shower too! I really do like the scent. It is pretty strong in the package and right away in the shower, but after that is it a very nice amount of scent. This scent smells very woodsy, but it is a good woodsy.

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 http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/poisonous-fog

Item #6 “Golden Boy” Bath Bomb $5.99

Ahhh Finnick, Finnick, Finnick. We love you. We love your muscles, your loyalty, your heart, your sense of humor aaaannnnd your muscles. (ooops! did I already say that?) Oh, and your sugar cubes.A deliciously light and creamy scent of fluffy white whipped cream, warmed with the sweetness of dark vanilla.

With this came 8 mini fizzy sugar cubes and they do smell divine! It smells like cake in my opinion because of the vanilla scent and the whipped cream. I have not tried this product yet. It wasn’t necessarily what I was thinking that they would look like. They look more golden and much better in the picture than they do in real life. It just looks like a sugar cube in real life.  

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/finnick  

Item #7 “Marry Me?” Bath Bomb $7.99

Just like Katniss – as this unique bath bomb twirls and fizzes out, it reveals a majestic, and strong Mocking Jay shaped soap inside. Brilliant, right?! A complex and unique scent with sweet bergamot, citron & fresh pear. This is one of those tricky scents that you catch different notes every time you smell it! A fresh, gentle breeze crowned with delicate violets sitting on a delicate base of soft sandalwood.

I have not tried this product yet, but I am excited to try it out! I will post a video or picture on it later if you want me to. Comment down below if you would like to see the Mocking Jay shaped soap inside. When I opened this I wasn’t that excited about it because it looks like a giant sugar cube in the shape of a diamond and the picture on the website made it look so much better. But, I did not realize until writing this post that there would be the Mocking Jay soap inside so now I am glad that I got this product. It does smell really good. It smells sweet and woodsy with some floral notes.  

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/products/marry-me?utm_source=expressrex

Item #8 “Silver Parachute” Shampoo Bar $8.99

Salty…..gritty…..ocean. For this collection we went with bold, intense fragrances. This ocean scent is unlike anything we’ve ever used before. It’s tide pools and cold rocky beaches strewn with driftwood. A breath of fresh, clean salty ozone. Notes of watery greens are surrounded by swirling white musk and the gentlest touch of vetiver.

I have tried Lush shampoo bars before and I really like them. They’re perfect for traveling. This shampoo bar smells like the ocean. I really do like the scent. It’s not too overpowering. It will be interesting to try this shampoo bar out. Hopefully it will give me luscious golden locks like the girls in hair care commercials (umm yeah right to the models actually using the shampoo being advertised)!

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/silver-parachute

Item # 8 “Nuts & Volts” Fortune Cookie Soap $3.79

Quite unexpectedly…Nuts and Volts found a way into our hearts. 

 Bright verbena & Sicilian lemon, crowned with jasmine, and creamy helitrope, darkened with amber, white musk, & precious woods.

First off, where is the “Quarter Quell” packaging sticker. This sticker is just generic which makes me sad because what if I wanted to give this one away as a gift. They wouldn’t even know what collection this soap belongs to. This is probably my least favorite scent. I still like it, but it isn’t my favorite. It is a scent that is hard to describe but it smells woodsy and musky. I also can smell the amber notes. It also comes with a fortune inside stating, “Stupid people are dangerous.” That is an interesting fortune to get, but I guess that it is true.

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http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/quarter-quell-collection/products/nuts-volts

My overall thoughts…

What I like about this collection? I felt like they had a wide variety of products. As you can see in the photo above, there were many items that I did not get.

What could have been better? I did like the stickers that they added to the packaging, but I wish that all the bath bombs, soaps, etc came in something other than a white sleeve. I guess I’m not really sure what they could have done instead, but when I tried opening it either the sticker ripped or the white bag ripped. But, that isn’t too big of an issue because that just means it’s bath time!

Bonus: The Wizarding Collection

Also in this package I got these 2 items from the, “Wizard Collection.” They had this promo (I think I saw it on Facebook) where certain discontinued items could be added to the cart and it lasted 48 hours, these items became, well, “undead,” in FCS’s own words. My point is that they always have really cool collections. Before the, “Quarter Quell” collection they had a “Once Upon a Time.” Coming soon! Unboxing and review of the Winter Soap Box: The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m excited!!!

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That concludes this post. I hope you enjoyed reading about my addiction to FCS and their awesome collections. Also, let me know what you think of this collection. Also, are you a fan of the “Hunger Games” movies?

Xoxox

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy