January 29, 2015

January Empties with Reviews

*PR Samples

January I participated in the Green Survivor challenge.  It was a targeted no buy challenge created by Tamara of Rainbow Feet.  At the beginning of every year I like to take a moment and reflect at the amount of products I have on hand and evaluate what I need to use up and need vs. want.  This was a great way to take a pause and evaluate what I purchase and why I spend my money on the things that I do.  No matter the product it's great to take a minute or two and be a conscious consumer.

Soaps/Body Wash

Bubble & Bee Organic Bubble Bath in Peppermint:  Back when I purchased this I was looking for a bubble bath that would work well in my hard water.  After communicating back and forth with Stephanie I was confident that this bubble bath would not let me down.  I'm happy to report that I was in bubble heaven.  You do have to be a mint lover to enjoy this product because it has that in droves thanks to both peppermint essential oil and spearmint essential oil.  Please note this is for grown up use only as these minty essential oils can be too powerful for the younger set.  Recommend.

Hair Products

Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner: My tried and true favorite shampoo and conditioner.  These can always be found in my collection.  My hair continues to love using this Acure pair.  Highly recommend.


Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream:  I had nearly forgotten to finish this tube of hand cream.  It was a bit past it's prime but the consistency had not changed so I finished it.  Read my review >>>here<<<.  I will not be repurchasing.

Osmia Organics Body Oil in Sunset:  A very hydrating body oil in a scent I really enjoyed while using it.  I when on a bit of a buying spree when I discovered that I preferred body oils to body lotions and I have too many at the moment.  Recommend this scent for everyday use.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Lavender + Sage (travel size)*: If you've read my natural deodorants that work post you know that Schmidt's is a brand that will not let you down.  I do not have any issues with baking soda based deodorants and this is one of the strongest working deodorants that I've used.  Recommend.

Sparitual Nail Lacquer in Intellect (not pictured): I've been purging my nail polish collection of expired polishes and nail polishes that no longer work for me.  I'm not sure of when I purchased this bottle of nail polish but when I recently tried to use the polish it chipped in less than a day.  For this reason it has to go.  (I love Sparitual polishes so this is neither a positive or negative review of this product.  Just an overall reflection of my lack of use of the product may have resulted in the poor performance.  If anyone knows how to read the code on the bottom of the bottle and interpret it into a date of manufacture and/or expiration I would love that information.)


Sante Mascara Perfect Definition:  I loved every minute I used this mascara!  I purchased this last year during a sale Sante was having.  It gave my lashes a nice defined and natural look and did not flake or smudge.  Recommend.


R.L. Linden For Your Eyes Only:  This gentle oil based makeup remover is great at removing eye makeup.  If you are looking for a product that will dissolve your natural mascara and mineral eye shadows give this a try.  Unsure?  Then try out R.L. Linden's sample service.  

As usual all opinions are my own.
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January 12, 2015

Pinterest Picks of the Week

*PR Samples used in this post.

Welcome 2015!  As with many things in life, I'm a tad bit late...

Instead of starting off with an empties post or something predictable, I wanted to try something a bit different.  I love Pinterest.   If you have an active account you just might be able to relate to how I feel about the site.  I can fall into the vortex that is Pinterest for hours at a time.  With over 2,000 pins I have quite the collection.  

This year I've decided to take my growing collection of pins and share some of my favorites with you and eventually I plan on purchasing and testing my most popular pins off of my wishlist.

The lemon Aura Cacia essential oil and the Acure Castile Soap were PR Samples.
Essential Oil brands used are from Aura Cacia & Florame.

This week I enjoyed two pins that I tried.  First up is a simple and easy DIY Wood Cleaner from DIYNatural.com.  I made the second version she featured on her blog post, the polish version (you add a bit of olive oil to the mixture).  I pretty much stuck to the exact recipe of the original post/pin that DIY Natural blogged with the exception that I used 1/4 cup of water instead of 1/3 and to be honest that was a pure accident.  I'm happy to report that it does not seem to have affected the usefulness of my end product.

Next up is a DIY milk bath recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee.  I was actually inspired to try out this pin but the contents in my pantry.  I'm not one to typically have powdered milk in my pantry, but my mom had accidentally purchased some last summer and gave it to me when she visited.  Ever since I had been thinking about that box of powdered milk and wondering what to do with it.  I'm happy to report that after my first use with this DIY milk bath, I'm enjoying the experience of it.  I'll add it to the list of bath soaks that I enjoy.  Instead of 10 drops of lavender essential oils I used Aura Cacia's Chill Pill.  The main two scents are lavender and Roman chamomile and it's one of my favorite blends from them.

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