Getting Back into Blogging and some Beauty Hauls

This year has been super busy for me that I have been very neglectful to my blog. My neglectfulness started once I started a new job last year. I was used to the hospital with doing 12 hour shifts and then I could work on blogging during my days off as needed. With having a full time job that involved a lot of computer charting, I just didn’t have motivation to come home and stare at a computer. That job just left me feeling defeated and I needed something new. I started a new job with all normal hours about 2 months ago! I am a nurse at a clinic now. Now, I feel like I am less stressed out and that I can get back into blogging little by little. I don’t want to go months at a time without a post ever again! So why not start out with showing you all my latest hauls. I got these items over the past 5 to 6 months or so. Some of them I got recently, but hey we don’t need to explain ourselves right?!?…we are all beauty lovers here.

Metamorphosis Quad by Coffee Break with Dani

Coffee Break with Dani is one of my most watched YouTubers. She has such a sweet bubbly personality in her videos. She got to team up with ColourPop Cosmetics and make this amazing quad of shadows. She put a ton of thought into the meaning and the shades of this quad. This is Limited Edition-so it won’t  be around forever. I plan on doing a review on ColourPop shadows sometime in the future.

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Too Faced Haul

Too Faced came out with a lot of new products recently. It feels like yesterday these products came out, but it has been a couple months already. I really wanted to try their new foundation Born This Way-I sadly got the wrong shade (note to self never buy foundation online). It looks too yellow on me, but I do like the formula. The palette is gorgeous! I will do a review on it coming up soon so stay tuned for that one! The kabuki brush had amazing reviews so I wanted to try it out. So far I am loving it! It is perfect for travel which makes sense since it is retractable. They also came out with new blushes. They’re so adorable with the heart shape and the cute bunnies inside. I will do a review on that blush as well.

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Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette and Eye Brush

Lately I have been really impressed by Kat Von D and her makeup line. I’ve heard rave reviews on this palette so I picked it up to see what all the fuss was about. It has a nice array of neutral matte shades. Although, I sometimes like to add a shimmery ColourPop shadow on top when I use this palette because well…this girl loves her shimmer. I also got the eye brush which is super soft and perfect for travel.

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The Body Shop Body Butters

These are my holy grail body butters that I use for moisturizing my body. I got these during a trip to Mall of America. These are super moisturizing and smell amazing! I decided on a variety of them-I think I only have 2-3 left of these. Ignore my ugly carpet in the picture.

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Some Ulta Goodies!

Urban Decay is one of my favorite brands as well so I decided to pick up their new Smoky palette about a month and a half ago. I also got the Lorac Contour Pro Palette at that time as well. Recently, Too Faced came out the Star Dust Vegas Nay palette. This is my most recent purchase! This palette is simply gorgeous!

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Click the link below for a photo on Instagram of a few more items I got. I got the Stila mascara and primer, and an eyeliner. I also picked up some The Balm products from Kohls.

That concludes this huge makeup haul! Like I said this was over 5-6 months. Yes, it is still a lot, but that comes with the territory of being a makeup enthusiastic and beauty blogger. It feels good to be back to blogging! I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what recent beauty purchases you have made and if you have tried any of the products that I talked about in this post!

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June 2014 Favorites!

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I can’t believe June is already over! Now that it is July, that means more than half of 2014 is over. Wow, life goes fast! That is why we should embrace each and every day! 🙂 It is now time for my monthly favorites! I had a lot of new found loves and some re-experienced loves this month.

SKINCARE & MAKEUP

1) Glo-Minerals The Cherry Balm

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My mom won this cherry chapstick at the Glo Minerals makeup presentation/class that my local salon put on. Lucky her! Since she loves it so much, I decided to pick one up for myself. I love love love love this stuff! It feels amazing on the lips. It smells like amazing cherries! It has helped my super dry lips quite a bit. This may be well on its way to becoming a holy grail! It is also natural and cruelty free! It is also quite a large tube compared to other chapsticks at 0.65 oz. Also, it is nice that it has SPF in it, especially during the summer months.

2) Naked 3

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I used this palette quite a bit this month because it went with a lot of my outfits. I just kept reaching for it over and over. This palette was in my monthly favorites a couple months back and it is back for another monthly favorites! I just love the colors. One of my favorite shades is Buzz which is the 5th shade in.

3) Color Tattoos by Maybelline in Sunwashed Sky and Shimmering Sea

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These 2 color tattoos are my first and only color tattoos that I own. I saw them at Walgreen’s when I was shopping for my box swap. I picked the Shimmering Sea one up for her as well. I just think that the shades are very unique, especially the Shimmering Sea one. It is a greenish-gold shade. I think that it looks amazing under a neutral eye look and it helps give it a different look in the end. The Sunwashed Sky shade is gorgeous as well and more of a blue-purplish shade. Although, I would have to say the Shimmering Sea shade is my favorite out of the two.

4) Almond Hand & Nail Cream from The Body Shop

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I got this in my most recent haul from The Body Shop at the Mall of America. The Body Shop is very new to me, so I thought that I would try this cream out. So far I am loving it. The scent is nice and subtle. The formula is moisturizing. It is not greasy at all which is a big pro! Overall, I am quite impressed!

5) Glo Minerals Brush Cleaner

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I’ll be honest and tell you that I absolutely hate washing my makeup brushes! It is probably the most annoying and time consuming thing about makeup. I got this at my makeup presentation and I am glad I did. It is really nice to be able to quickly clean my makeup brushes. I still do a deep cleaning with soap and water, but I feel better now that I have included this in the health of my brushes. It does seem to clean them really well and it sanitizes the brushes as well because of the alcohol content in it.

6) No7 Exquisite Curl Mascara

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Target recently started carrying some Boots products and I decided to try out this No7 mascara. My eyelashes are straight and don’t like to curl. The wand does have a nice curve to it and surprisingly it does help them curl. It doesn’t necessarily stay curled all day, but I have not met a mascara that keeps my lashes curled all day. Something I love about this mascara is that my lashes feel like lashes and feel soft with it applied compared to it being hard and icky feeling.

FASHION

1) My yellow dress
This is the yellow dress that I wore to my friend’s wedding! I got it from JcPenney and I just think that it is a perfect summer dress.

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2) My 1960s outfit!
I was part of a collaboration, “Makeup Through the Ages.” I did my makeup look and fashion look for the 1960s. This was definately a monthly favorite because I had a lot of fun with this collaboration! If you haven’t checked out our collaboration, then I recommend that you do!

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LIFESTYLE FAVORITES

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1) Maleficent

I am a huge Disney fan! With that being said, I was super excited to see this movie! I thought that it was amazing and I also thought that Angelina Jolie was PERFECT for this role. I have a lot more respect for her after this role as an actress. I just loved the different take on the popular story compared to the usual Disney’s Sleeping Beauty story. Also, Maleficent had some amazing cheek bones in this movie. I know Angelina Jolie had to spend numerous hours in the makeup chair, but coming from a makeup enthusiast’s stand point: it was pretty amazing!

2) The Fault In Our Stars Movie and Book

Both the book and the movie are in my monthly favorites this month! I read a part of the book and then I saw the movie, then I finished the book. It is such a sad story, but very moving. I saw the movie twice in theaters (once with a friend and the other with my mum) and I cried both times. I knew a classmate from high school that died of cancer and it made me think a lot of him. He was way too young to die. Sometimes life is hard to understand why certain things happen to certain people, but nobody said life was easy.

3) Candy! 
Yes, I had to include this because I have been enjoying my candy from Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner! I would have to say my favorite is the Percy Pigs. There is just something about them that I love! I wish we had them in the USA, but that it okay because it is a nice little treat. My box of candy is shown in the photo above.

4) Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun
I got sunburned this month.  So using this feels very nice on my sunburned skin. I do like using the gel over the lotion because I think that it is more beneficial.

5) Walking the dogs!
It was nice to be able to walk the dogs this month! Finally we had some nice weather! Mirya and Maddie are both fans of going on walks.

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6) Feeding the ducks with my nieces!
I had a lot of fun going to the park and feeding the ducks! They had a lot of fun too!

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7) The Lego Movie
Having only brothers growing up, I saw quite a bit of Legos. So when the Lego Movie came out, I, of course wanted to see it. It brings back a lot of good childhood memories! Of course the theme song, “Everything is Awesome” gets stuck in my head everytime I see this movie.

8) Chasing Life
This is a new show that I started watching on ABC Family! So far I am loving it! It is about a 24 year old reporter who ends up getting cancer. It is only a few episodes in, but so far it has been really good. Instead of explaining it, just watch the preview that I posted below!

 

That concludes this monthly favorites post! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products or seen any of the movies/shows that I mentioned! Comment down below and let me know! I love hearing from you all!

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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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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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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

December Favorites 2013

So the song another one bites the dust by Queen comes into my head because another month is gone and it’s time for December favorites! Also it’s 2014!!!! That’s crazy! That means in about 3.5 years it will be my 10 year reunion!

So this month I have been loving quite a few products!

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1. Urban Decay’s Original Naked palette

I got this palette during the beginning of the month and let me tell you, I LOVE IT! I love the looks that I can create with it, and I do think I like it more than the Naked 2 which I have had for awhile. I love that the shades are more bronze-hued and more warm toned. I will be doing a post sometime in January on a comparison and review of all 3 Naked palettes.

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2. Bedhead After Party Smoothing Cream for Silky, Shiny, Healthy Looking Hair! 

Yes, yes I know that this is an odd shape. I have heard many times that it resembles the look of a penis which makes me giggle. Yes, I know real mature. But anyway, onto the point. I have numerous flyaways and I need something to tame them down without making my hair greasy. This does just that, but only a little bit is needed. My hair also does feel silky and shiny with this product.

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3. Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer in Light by The Balm

I love this stuff! I haven’t had it for that long. I got it on Cyber Monday. For a tinted moisturizer it has good coverage and makes my skin feel soft and moisturized. I have some redness to my skin so this covers it up nicely. It also has SPF 18 which is an added bonus.

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4. Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Creme

My hands got so dry and rashy this month and the past few months. My knuckles were also cracking. I would go to sleep (still do) with this caked on my hands and wear the green gloves to bed. They’re so much better now thanks to this cream. I love that it is so thick. I feel like the thicker the lotion or creme the more moisturizing. I included a picture of what my hands looked like after a night at work using their soaps and gloves, and that isn’t even them being that bad. I since then use my own soap. I’m hoping this is just a seasonal thing.

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5. Benefit’s Box O’ Powder in Rockateur 

I love love love this blush! This is my only Box O’ Powder from Benefit Cosmetics. This blush has been in a few of my posts. It’s one of my all time favorite blushes that I own. The color is a gorgeous rose gold and is perfect for a lot of skin tones. It is also easily blend-able to create the perfect look! I am not a big fan of the brush, but it does work for travel.

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6. Charity Pot Lotion by Lush

I love this lotion! I’ve gone through 2 tubs of this since I discovered it. A thing that I love about this lotion is that they donate 100% of their proceeds to charities with each purchase of this lotion. I think that is amazing because it is 100%! The lotion is super moisturizing and I love using it all over my skin (except for face) after showering. It does have a flowery cocoa scent and it is kind of overpowering in the tub, but isn’t when on the skin.

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7. Let the Good Times Roll Facial Scrub

I am in love with stuff! It smells amazing!!!! It also feels amazing on the skin! I have so many good words to say about this product! I actually ran out of it and will repurchase this stuff again and again and again! I did do a review on this so if you’re interested check it out here: https://thebeautydeputy.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/lush-product-review-let-the-good-times-roll/

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8. Jumbo Eye Pencil by Nyx Cosmetics in the color Milk

I love using this as a base under eye shadows. It makes the shadows stand out more with the base being white. This is also super creamy and blends super easy. It is also very cheap and high quality! I got mine at Ulta. They also come in many different colors, but the color milk is my favorite. Comment if you want to see the other colors of these that I own. I could do a quick post on that if you’re interested.

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That ends my December monthly favorites! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products and what do you think of them. You will be seeing some of these products in an upcoming empties post.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Here is a aww moment photo of the day!

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Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy