Mothers Day Gift Ideas Blog Hop: May 2014

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Today is the first day of May! That means it is the month that Mother’s Day is part of! I am very big on family, and my mom is one of the most important people to me! Without her, I would not be who I am today! I would not have had the success that I have had in my life, if it wasn’t for my family. I belong to this lovely group on Facebook called, “The Beauty and Fashion Blog Community.” I really love being part of this community, and being able to interact with other beauty bloggers. Each month we do something called a blog hop, and this month we decided on, “Mothers Day Gift Ideas.” Quite a few ideas come to mind when I think of this, but all in all, it depends on the person that you’re buying for and their interests. Hope you enjoy!

1) Origami Owl Necklace

If you don’t know what Origami Owl is yet, then I suggest that you check it out! It is a jewelry company where you can make lockets. This company was started by a young girl named Bella, and the companies’ motto is this…YOU TELL STORIES WITH WORDS….we tell stories with jewelry. I think that is why I love this company so much. I love the personalization part of it. There are many different shapes and colors of lockets. Once you pick your locket out, you can personalize it with plates, dangles, and tons of different charms. You can find their website here.

It would be a fun gift for any jewelry loving mother to receive. It would also add an extra touch by adding birthstones of children, grandchildren, etc to the locket.  I thought that the locket down below was super cute for someone who loves gardening. Both the photos below were found on the Origami Owl Living Locket Facebook group. You can find that group here.

 

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Just some more examples of some adorable charms that are available!

Photo: While you enjoy your family this weekend, why not spend some time with your brothers and sisters picking out charms that Mom would love for Mother's Day!

 

2) Scentsy Fragrance Candle Wax & Warmers

I used to sell Scentsy. Actually I put in my last order yesterday. I still do love the company, it was just getting to be too much with selling it. I am not a very good business woman! Since I sold Scentsy for awhile, my mom and grandma both have a good amount of warmers. If you don’t know what Scentsy is, then you have been living under a rock. No! Just kidding! Or am I? But, Scentsy is a company that sells warmers that melt scented wax with the use of a light-bulb or a heating element.

You can find a copy of the catalog here.

Here is a picture of a couple of my favorite warmers. The owl also comes in a plug in!

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3) Jamberry Nails

I recently discovered this company! I have yet to try these nail wraps, but I still wanted to include them in this post. Moms are super busy, so they need something long lasting and quick. These come in so many amazing designs! Pictures found from their website here.

  

4) Fun at the Salon!

A fun thing for a busy mom would be a gift certificate to enjoy a massage or a manicure/pedicure. You could also treat her to a facial!

5) Shutterfly 

You can find their website here.

Moms love personalized things, well at least my mom does. Shutterfly is an amazing site! I love it! You can make many personalized items on it. My favorite item to make is the photo book. I guarantee that most moms will love if you give them a photo book. I really love the customized path for photo books because I like making each and every page exactly how I want. Two years ago, I made my mom a phone case for her Iphone and gave it to her for Christmas. There are also mugs, mouse pads, pillows, table runners, plates, and a ton more items that you could personalize for your special mum or grandma! Overall, Shutterfly is just amazing!

6) Fortune Cookie Soap & Lush Mother’s Day Collections

If you’re buying for a mom that loves skincare and taking baths, then I recommend both of these companies! Fortune Cookie Soap has a new Mother’s Day Collection! Click the links underneath the photos to see more information of both companies!

7) Willow Tree Figurines

If you’re buying something for someone who loves figurines, I recommend Willow Tree! I have quite a few of them and I love them as well! My mom and grandmas both love them too! You can get Willow Trees at Hallmark and a few other stores. I usually get mine from Hallmark. You can find more information here.

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With that, I hope that you enjoyed my Mothers Day gift ideas! Let me know if any of these ideas helped you decide what to get your mom, grandma, etc! Make sure to check out all the other blogs that are a part of this blogging community!

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Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap: Spring Box 2014

 

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I was really excited to receive this yummy smelling package in my mailbox. I’ve had it for awhile and am finally sitting down to do this post. I even felt like skipping this post because I got it awhile ago, but I just couldn’t. I can’t do my Fall box, my Winter box, and then skip my Spring box. Nope not happening! I think the reason that it took me so long to write it is, I just wasn’t feeling Spring yet. Even though at the time, I could have probably skipped to Summer because the Winter was terrible this year. A few of my items were actually frozen so I had to un-thaw them! Now I am definitely feeling Spring. If you don’t know what Fortune Cookie Soap is, then you should check them out. You can find their website here. FCS is a lot like Lush, Bath and Body Works, and The Body Shop. The thing that sets them apart from the others is that they send out little subscriptions boxes 4 times per year. This is my third time receiving a box from them. Four times a year FCS comes out with new product launches so this subscription service gives the subscriber a little heads up on what the new products are.

THE THEME
Something that I love about Fortune Cookie Soap is that they always seem to have a theme for their boxes and product launches. This new product launch theme is called, “The Garden of Good & Evil” My last soap box dealt with the movie, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Check out my previous FCS boxes! The Quarter Quell collection was a separate collection that I ordered from when Catching Fire was in theaters.

 

THE PRODUCTS (All the descriptions are from the card included in the box)

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THE GOODS: Rainbows! Butterflies! Fig leaf bikinis! We’re not gonna lie, The Goods gave us a run for our money. 🙂 But we think we’ve done “The Garden of Good justice, with three fragrances that are pure, angelic, and virginal. You know, all that”good” stuff! 

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1) Native Nectar Body Wash: Fresh cracked coconut. No machete required.

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Reading the description of the product, I thought I would hate it. Good news, I really liked the scent of this body wash and I have already used this up. If I needed a body wash, I would purchase this one. I’m not going to because I already have a few other body washes and soaps to use up before repurchasing any others. I didn’t really smell that much coconut in it which is a good thing because I’m usually don’t like coconut scents. This just reminds me of fresh Spring air. It moisturizes the skin surprisingly well. It doesn’t lather as well as other body washes, but I think that is a good thing because those types tend to strip the skin more.
2) Afternoon Delight OCD: Pink watermelon dancing with fresh apricots, crowned in white florals.

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I loved the scent of this OCD or hand sanitizer! It is my favorite scent out of the box. I wish that this scent came in more than just this. It reminds me more of Summer because of the fresh watermelon scent. The apricots and the white florals added to the watermelon makes the scent amazing. The OCD is also not drying like normal hand sanitzers. So I just searched their site and I have good and bad news. The good news: they have this scent in pretty much every FSC soap product I could think of. The bad news: I’m on a no buy. Oh well! Another bad news: I can’t find where I put this lovely OCD.
3) Marshmallow Dreams Cuticle Butter: Lavender sprigs draped over sage and basil, livened with a splash of vodka, and a swirl of sticky, sweet marshmallow fluff.

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I really like this product because of the consistency. It reminds me of Lemony Flutter from Lush, but just with a different scent. It is super moisturizing for the cuticles. This jar will last forever because it has a very thick formula and a little bit goes a long way. The scent is very light and refreshing. This stuff is not sticky and is honestly a perfect consistency. Once again, FCS made a great product!

 

THE EVILS: Yeah, Baby! It’s the strangest thing, but once we started on The Evil’s they just came naturally. Weird, huh? 😉 We don’t know what Evil smells like, but we’re betting it goes something like this…

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1) Make it Rain Whipped Cream: Grab your umbrella! Sparkling droplets of citrus & jasmine dripping with musk, clutched by bloated cedarwood boughs.

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I love FCS whipped creams. They’re super moisturizing and they’re one of my favorite products to apply on my hands. They remind me of The Body Shops body butters. The consistency of this product is light and fluffy. I do like the scent as well, but it isn’t my all time favorite scent. It reminds me of being outside and it is very earthy smelling. I would not repurchase this item in this scent, but I would of course purchase this in the Afternoon Delight scent.
2) Forbidden Fruit Fortune Cookie Soap: Dusky verbena creeping over fresh blueberry skins and lemon zest.

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Love these soaps! I think that these little soaps are very unique. A soap shaped like a Fortune Cookie and than a business named after them. The scent is amazing! It is very fruity and just amazing! This is my second favorite scent from the Spring collection. I have not used this yet, but I plan to sometime soon!
3) Me so Thorny Steam Me Up Scotty! Me love you long time! Sorry, I couldn’t resist! Citrus, lavender and french vanilla corrupted by a dark shadow of patchouli & sandalwood.

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I actually threw this guy away without using it because I did not like the scent. It was way too strong. I could definitely smell the patchouli. These are a nice product to have because you use them just throwing it on the floor during a hot shower.

4) The Bloom Bloom Room Bath Fizzy: A strip club for flowers?? I wanna go! A sinfully sweet combination of Jasmine, Lilac, and Lily of the Valley darkened with throbbing musical notes of fresh peach & citrus, all swirling around poles of decadent spun sugar.

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These remind of Lush’s bath bombs, but this one is much smaller. They of course also have big ones like Lush in case you were wondering. I have yet to use this, but I’m not too fond of the scent. It is sort of strong, but it isn’t a bad scent or anything. I really like the fruity notes in the scent, but I feel like the floral is a little to overpowering.

5) Venus Fly Trap Perfume Oil: Bergamot, narcaisse & musk lurk beneath delicate notes of water orchid, sparkling lemon & pink jasmine.

Sadly, I lost this little guy. I wasn’t too impressed with the packaging. I was scared I would spill it all over, so I never smelled it when I initially opened my package. Soon after that it was lost. I really wish that I could find it because I looked at some reviews online and it has a few awesome reviews!

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So that concludes this Fortune Cookie Soap box post! Overall, I was quite impressed. I really love Fortune Cookie Soap and I love supporting smaller businesses. My favorite scents were the Afternoon Delight OCD and the Forbidden Fruit FCS. My least favorite was the Steam me Up Scotty. I love receiving these boxes each and every season. I look forward to receiving my Summer box. They also have an adorable Easter collection going on right now, along with some Harry Potter items that were resurrected for Easter. Comment and let me know if you have tried Fortune Cookie Soap and what you’re favorite products are! I love reading your comments!

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November 2013 Favorites!!!

Yeah I’m sure people are sick of hearing this, but, seriously…NOVEMEBER OF 2013 is OVER…HOW?!?!?!?! How is October of 2013 over? How is November of 2012 over? As I get older I feel like my life goes faster and faster! I know as a kid I always said, “I can’t wait to be in my 20s.” Well I am, and somedays I wish I could be a kid again. I will be turning 25 in December and when I think about the fact that when I was a senior in high school the today’s seniors were in elementary school, I feel old, even though I know I am not. Anyway onto the point of this post…so with each end of the month comes my monthly favorites series where I share whatever I was loving in that month! I figured I better get this post up soon because as you can tell months go by so fast and it’s already December 2nd!

Under each product name I have a description in “italiacs” and that came off of each of the websites listed below.

1.  NUDE’tude Palette by The Balm 

“This amazing palette consists of 12 beautiful shadows that make wearing nudes sexy! These satiny smooth colors can be applied naturally, i.e. “let me slip into something more comfortable” or beautifully layered. The wide range gives you light highlighters as well as brazen bold shades that work to add definition and emphasis to your lids. Nude`tude allows you to dramatically dress up your eyes—if nothing else!”

http://www.thebalm.com/nude-tude.html

I love this palette! It has amazing packaging and colors! I have been loving a neutral eye this month for some reason so I’ve been using this palette quite a bit lately. I will have an in-depth review coming up on this palette. I love using the colors: Seductive, Sophisticated, and Sultry together. I also love the color Spunky. These eye shadows are so buttery and soft. I just love them!

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2. Purminerals Hot Rocks “Depth, Dimension, Drama”

“Add depth, dimension and drama to your look with pressed, micronized minerals in a patented, three-dimensional design! Multi-tasking Pür Rocks help to enhance and brighten eyes, lips and cheeks with a dose of luminous colour. Vibrant, organic jewel tones of garnet and pink zircon capture the splendor of a desert sunset, illuminating the face with shimmering, rosy undertones. Paraben-free. Net Wt: .4 oz/12 g”

http://www.purminerals.com/Pur-Rocks

I think this blusher is first off adorable with the little rock design. This blush reminds me a lot of Benefit’s Rockateaur except not as expensive. Pur Minerals has a lot of sales so you probably won’t have to pay full price for this product if you decide you want it. I just think that it gives a nice rosey glow to the cheeks. The blush is also pigmented and easy to apply.

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3. Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow, & Shimmer

“Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow.”

http://www.thebalm.com/mary-lou-manizer.html

As you can tell I love The Balm products. First off, look at the packaging. It is just cute and unique. Also, the pigmentation of this highlighter is amazing. This can also be used as a eye shadow. I usually use it as a highlight, but be careful since it is so pigmented you will only need a tiny amount on your brush. You only want a small amount of glow, where you can notice it, but that it still looks natural.

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4. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner in Brown

“A long-wearing waterproof liner infused with Amazonian clay to glide on effortlessly smooth and deliver true color in a seamless application.”

http://tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-Amazonian-clay-waterproof-eyeliner

I almost took this out of my monthly favorites post because I had a hard time finding it online. Looks like they’re changing some of their eyeliners, but I did find some colors in the link above. This eyeliner I thought was very easy to use. It also has a nice dark brown color that glides on effortlessly. I did get this in a Tarte Discovery kit at Sephora once upon a time.

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5. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

“Our sweetest confection exfoliates lips smooth, prepping them for your favorite lip color or balm. A blend of exfoliating Fair Trade sugar and moisturizing jojoba oil, this lip scrub is sure to leave your lips enticingly soft and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time! Scrub Bubblegum over your lips (be sure to lick off the excess) and then apply your favorite lip color for a flawless finish.”

http://www.lushusa.com/Bubble-Gum/03056,en_US,pd.html#q=bubble%2520gum&start=3

I love this lip scrub! It’s basically bubblegum flavored sugar. This lip scrub makes my lips soft and it does taste good. I know it sounds gross to lick your lips afterwards but that’s why it is flavored sugar. They also have other flavors such as popcorn, and a new cola flavored one.

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6. The Balm Crease, Love, & Happiness Double-Ended Smudger Brush/Tapered Crease Brush 

“Drag the small end of Crease, Love, and Happiness along the lower lash line for soft, natural definition or use it on your eyelid for precision. Fall in love with the larger end which defines your crease and applies shadow all over your lids in one smooth sweep.”

I love this brush because it fits my crease perfectly. I use this brush all the time. It is soft and it applies shadow how I want it to. I do use both sides, but the one for my crease is my favorite side. I use the other side to place shadow.

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Side to place shadow.

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Side I use for my crease.

7. Fortune Cookie Soap “I Yam What I Yam, Said The Marshmallow” Body Butter

“Whip your skin into shape daily. Tests have shown only small amounts of vitamins can be absorbed by the skin at one time.  Therefore, it is better to apply smaller amounts more frequently than larger concentrations occasionally. With this cream, my friends, less is definitely more.”

http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/collections/body-butters

I got this little body butter in my Fall Soap subscription box and I have received a few more body butters from them since then and let me tell you I LOVE THEM! They’re super moisturizing and they smell amazing! I could not find this exact scent which is a mixture of pumpkin and marshmallows, but they do have a ton of different scents available. I was just loving this scent this month because I felt like it fit perfectly during the month of November.

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8. ChapStick Moisturizer Hydration Lock

“ChapStick® hydration lock provides advanced moisturization to revitalize and visibly improve the appearance of your lips.”

http://www.chapstick.com/products/hydration-lock?product=hydration-lock

I got this ChapStick in my Birchbox as an extra and I love it. I have the scent vanilla creme. It smells amazing and it is super moisturizing! During the Fall and Winter months I am always using some sort of chap stick.

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9. The Balm’s Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain

“Stainiac “hint of tint” works with all skin tones. Dab just a touch on your Cheeks and Lips; layer to pop the color. Fear not those dreaded streaks most tints leave behind – Stainiac’s aloe-infused gel-based formula is designed to give you more time before the stain sets.”

http://www.thebalm.com/beauty-queen.html

You must be thinking…jeeze does this girl work for The Balm? I don’t what so ever, I just love this company and think they have amazing products!  I also got this product in a BirchBox. I am kind of feeling bad for canceling my BirchBox at this moment. Well, honestly most of the samples from BirchBox weren’t this good. Anyway, I felt like this stainiac gave my lips an amazing color and that it lasted a long time. It wasn’t moisturizing at all so I put on a Maybelline Baby Lips over it for some moisture.

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10. Mirya’s & Molly’s Monthly Favorites!

Clarice The Reindeer Dog Toy

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=20861666

“The holidays will surely be filled with joy when your dog receives the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer PetHoliday Flattie Rudolph/Clarice Dog Toy; detailed with a festive red holiday scarf. Let him toss, tug and gnaw at the toy until he finds the squeaker housed internally for added fun!”

Play-N-Squeak Cardinal/Woodpecker Cat Toy

“This Our Pet’s Play-N-Squeak Cat Toy looks just like a real bird so it can be a fun toy for your cat.”

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Our-Pet-s-Play-N-Squeak-Cardinal-Woodpecker-Cat-Toy-Cats/23704349

Mirya has been loving both of these toys. She loves stealing Molly’s toys and she loves this bird because it makes a bird noise. Molly also loves it when Mirya isn’t watching and she loves tossing it around. Mirya has been loving her Clarice reindeer toy which has a squeaker in it for entertainment.

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Mirya also loved my Maybelline Baby lips too! (this is the one I use over my Stainiac lip stain)

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She also liked my EOS lip balm!

And a little extra….

Books: Sadly I haven’t been reading any books this month. I started last month the Nicholas Sparks book, “The Longest Ride.” Well life got busy and I never got to read it. But, I will read it this month! I do love Nicholas Sparks so his books are always a favorite of mine.

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Movies: Frozen and Catching Fire

I loved both these movies. I almost liked Catching Fire more than the original Hunger Games. I thought that they did a really good job with it. I can’t wait for the next 2 movies to come out. They’re splitting the book Mockingjay into 2 parts. I also saw the movie Frozen. I am a huge animated movie fanatic. I love animation. The creativity behind it fascinates me. It’s amazing how far animation has gone over the years. I also thought that Frozen had a really cute story line.

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Tv Series: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and The Voice

This month I am still loving “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” I am always looking forward to Thursday nights because of this show. I just think that it is creative and I love the love story between Alice and Cyrus the genie. I recommend checking out this show if you like the original Once Upon a Time, characters from Disney movies, and magically type shows. I also have been loving The Voice this month. I am team Christina! I love Jacquie Lee and Matthew Schuler! I am also loving Team Adam.

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That concludes this post!

Let me know what you have been loving this month!

Xoxoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

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

Fortune Cookie Soap Fall Box 2013

The Fortune Cookie Soap Fall Box of 2013

Fortune Cookie Soap is a bath and body company that makes numerous amounts of products such as: soaps, body wash, bath bombs, clay masks, and numerous other products dealing with bath and body. Apparently 4 times a year they have new products come out and during those times they send out subscribers a preview box of all the new products. These boxes ship out about 2 weeks before the launch giving you a chance to try out the product before committing to the full-size product. It includes 8-9 exclusive FCS products in mini size. The price is $19.99 and includes shipping. The pricing for Canada is $28.00 and international is $34.00 which also includes shipping.  Here is the website for FCS: http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/
Just click on Soap box if you’re interested in subscribing for the soap box or just look around their website and you can tell that they have some amazing products. Another thing that they have going on right now is “Magic is Coming.” If you’re a fan of “Once Upon a Time” you will love this collection! But, this collection is limited edition!
So Fall is the time of year for some amazing scents such as pumpkins, cinnamon, and many more. I love Fall. I think its gorgeous outside with all the colorful leaves and I love pumpkin pie! You also can’t forget about Halloween! The scents during Fall are probably my most favorite.
This is what the box looks like and let me tell you the box smelled AMAZING!
What I saw when I first opened the box.
Overview of the packaging! Very Fall like and I was in Fall scent heaven when I first smelled this box.
The box came with this little card which shows all the products included.
Here is a explanation of all the products included.
 Product #1
“Pick of the Patch” Personal Space
They say size doesn’t matter, but when it comes to pumpkins – the bigger the better, baby!
So basically this product is a room spray and it smells like pumpkins and smells amazing! If you love the smell of pumpkin pie then you will love this smell!
Product #2 
“<Insert Cookie Cutter Name Here> Bath Oil
“Cookie cutter, shmookie cutter!! We kinda pride ourselves on not being cookie cutter around here. Our new fall cookie fragrance is anything BUT your average cookie scent, filled with luscious goodness and baked vanilla.
If you’re a fan of baths and a fan of vanilla then you will definitely like the smell of this. It smells exactly like a vanilla cookie.
This bath oil came up wrapped like this which I think added a nice little Fall touch!

Product #3 
“You’re Insecure, Donut What for…” #fall Milk Bath
YOU KNOW YOU SANG THAT WHEN YOU READ IT! This yummy cinnamon sugar donut scent will light up your world like nothing else.
This product looks like a bunch of tiny white flakes. It smells like cinnamon cider to me which smells amazing!
Product #4 
I Yam What I Yam” Said the Marshmallow” Whipped Cream
Can’t you just see an adorable little marshmallow proudly saying this? Cuz in our world marshmallows can talk, and unicorns fart glitter and rainbows.
So the saying to this product on the card made me laugh hopefully it made you laugh too! Too bad boyfriends and husbands can’t fart glitter & rainbows. 
 
This smells AMAZING and it is super moisturizing! This is probably so far my favorite product! I love the smell, the texture, and I think that saying is funny and cute!
 
Product #5
“Leeeaaf Piiiile!!” Bath Fizzy
Let’s face it, jumping into a big ol’ pile of leaves sounds like more fun that it actually is. With notes of apples and acorns.
Once again this smells amazing! It smells like walking outside on an Autumn day and then stopping by an apple tree and eating a good juicy apple.
Product #6
“Cranberry + Apple = FTW” Wax Tart
Of course we’re talking about our favorite libation, the Washington Apple, (AKA the panty dropper) Oh! You mean the fragrance? Yeah, that’s good too.
So basically you burn this in a wax warmer so the room can smell like this scent. It does smell really good. I mostly smell the apple scent .
 
Product #7
“Autumn Daze” Furtune Cookie Soap
“Deuces Summer!” till we meet again.. With notes of apple, cardamon, and pecan.
This probably grabbed my attention first when I opened the box because it is the shape of a fortune cookie. Well that isn’t surprising hence the name of the company, “Fortune Cookie Soap.” In my opinion it is very unique. This also smells amazing!!!!! It smells like a nice Autumn day mixed with an Apple pie! It also has a fortune inside!
Product #8
“Inidan Summer” OCD Handsanitizer 
AKA two more months of sweaty backs and cracks. #sorryimnotsorry With notes of blueberry, woods, and musk
So this is a earthy scent so if you like earthly scents you might like this. This is probably my least favorite scent compared to all the others. It does have a very light scent. It smells like the woods and you wouldn’t think that the woods would smell that good, but with the blueberry and musk it does make it smell pretty good. But, like I said I am more of a fan of the other scents.
Overall, I am happy with the Fortune Cookie Fall box.This box honestly got me excited for Fall to start and get over the fact that Summer is almost over. I do love my Fall scents!!! This is a very good idea for the company to do because it introduces people to the amazing products that they have to offer. I will say that I am 100% sure that I will buy something from them. I might check out that “Once Upon a Time Magic is Coming” collection. But, I better hurry up because they’re limited edition!
Picture of everything together after opening the box!
They even made it smell extra Fall by adding a cinnamon stick.
My cat is even interested in the Fortune Cookie Fall Soap Box!
Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post.
Xoxo,
Brittany