Winter Body Scrub

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I couldn’t resist. I had so much extra cinnamon and sugar that I was itching to make a body scrub. I picked up this adorable jar at Target, and here we are!

It’s winter, and let’s be honest, we are all dry and need a good scrub to get that dead skin off (ew).

I actually got a beautiful scrub and body butter set for Christmas and I loved the scrub. The scent was very fresh and I loved it, but I also wanted a sweeter scented one that I could use as well. I found this super easy to make! Hopefully you have everything in your kitchens to create this as well.

(You need a jar)

2 Cups brown sugar

3/8 cup of honey

1/4 cup of coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cinnamon

You basically just mix all these together in a bowl, and use your hands to mash up the oil and everything together. I added slightly more vanilla to give it a cinnamon-vanilla scent. The coconut scent just barely comes through, so it smells great and it feels amazing.

 

If you try this out, let me know how it goes!

-Heather

 

October Lush Haul | Halloween & Glitter

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It seems like the entire internet is obsessed with the fall Lush that’s come out. I waited patiently until I could finally go, and I was grabbing things left and right. I picked up the new Halloween things (they were out last year too) and a few other things too.

I know this isn’t a big haul, but I don’t have much money to be spending on Lush, especially since I can only take baths at home and not at school. But I knew some of you would want to see this, so I took some pictures of them! Lush is so magical during the fall and winter. I went in and there were decorations and everyone was so cheerful. If you haven’t stopped in lately even just to browse, you should take a look.

I also want to say that the glittery Lush treats are always my favorite. I don’t think you can overlook the beautiful pumpkin or the revamped bubbleroons. They are always amazing and I can’t wait to relax into a hot bath on a crisp Autumn evening. This most certainly is one of the best parts of Autumn.

Lord of Misrule: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is one of my favorites. I say that a lot, but this has always been my all time favorite that I look forward to with seasonal releases. The smell of this is something you honestly can’t put into words. My advice is, just go sniff it. The color of it is a festive wine color and there are popping candies!

-The crown design on Lord of Misrule was inspired by the one worn by the ruler of the Pagan Feast of Fools, where a lowly peasant became Lord for a day.

-This Bath Bomb features Fair Trade vanilla absolute; the world’s first!

-Although commonplace today, black pepper was incredibly expensive in Medieval Europe.

Honey Bee: This bath bomb is very special to me because it was the first Lush product I ever bought! I was feeling nostalgic and thought it was time I tried it out again.

-A bath treat for the whole family; even the most sensitive of skins.

-Honey naturally moisturizes and softens as you soak in the caramel-colored waters.

-Sweet wild orange, perfect for gently cleansing and toning the skin, brightens your mood.

Sparkly Pumpkin: This is one of those fall bath items that smells amazing and sparkles brilliantly so you feel like your even got just a bit more festive.

-This pumpkin shares its scent with our Mr. Punch soap from LUSH Christmases past!

-Lime and grapefruit oils give this Bubble Bar an uplifting scent.

-A gold shimmering exterior will leave you sparkling in and out of the bath.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon: This was always one of my favorites, but they reformulated it so that it makes more bubbles AND they made it look like a sparkly rose!

-Want more of a great thing? Each Bubbleroon is made for two baths!

-Hop in the tub for the silkiest, softiest, rosiest-scented bubbles you’ve ever had.

-With Fair Trade Shea Butter in the base, Bubbleroons treat the skin to a softening and moisturizing soak.

What were your favorites out of these? And let me know what you’ve been buying at Lush!

-Heather

Ipsy Bag| July 2015

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Packing this month’s goodies into my makeup bag made me extremely happy.

tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess”

I haven’t used this yet, but I am going crazy over it. This is one of tarte’s most popular items and I can’t believe it was in my Ipsy bag. I love the color of this because as I’m quite pale, this is the perfect color on me without being too dark. There is a slight sheen to this, but I think it’s necessary for the kind of color and bronzer that it is. I can’t wait to start using this. I’ll make sure to tell you how it is!

jelly pong pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow 

I’m so happy I received a pencil eyeliner because mine was starting to dwindle. I love the color of this because it isn’t as harsh as a complete black liner. It seems to smudge easily and is large enough to use as an eye shadow too. I can’t wait to see what I can do with this!

Crown Brushes Tweezers

I first was disappointed that I received these because I have so many pairs of tweezers. I even have a pair that I paid $25. I always just tend to use those because they are excellent quality. However, in the fall when I go to school, it might be useful to have a nice pair at home so I don’t have to keep carrying tweezers with me. Also, my friend used them and loved them!

Vasanti Exfoliating Cleanser

I haven’t used this yet but I spread it on my hand and really loved the exfoliant of it. It feels like it’ll really clean my pores out and leave my skin squeaky clean.

Octavio Sea Salt Spray Infused with Algae Extract

I used this the other day and was in love. With the weather being so humid and hot, I don’t like doing a lot of styling to it recently. I put this in before putting it into a ponytail and it gave my hair major texture, it also smells like an amazing beach trip!

What did you receive from your monthly beauty boxes?

-Heather

Ipsy June 2015

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Makeup bags are not just a fad, I’ve had mine for over a year now, and I’m still in love with it!

This months bag was definitely summer themed, and it had some great thing inside it. The only thing that I’ve sampled so far was the face mask, and I loved it. But a primer is a great necessity for summer since you don’t want your makeup dripping off your face. The colors in this bag were also amazing. In all, I’m very happy with it!

1. Shea Moisture Lipstick “Sarah”

I haven’t used this yet, but the color is amazing! It isn’t too pigmented like other lip crayons. It has an iridescent sheen that will look beautiful in the sun. It seems like an easy color to wear with simple summer makeup.

2. trèStique Mini Shadow Crayon “Aspen Pine”

I’m so excited to use this! It’s exciting to see such an earthy color for summer. It reminds me of camping in the mountains and taking pictures of trees. There is some glitter in this which will make for a beautiful eye look. It blends pretty well!

3. dr. brandt Blackhead Extractor Mask

I’ve used this in the morning a few times since getting it and it really makes my skin soft and ready for makeup!

4. pure brazilian Leave-In Conditioner 

I haven’t tried this yet either, but I’m excited! First of all, this is a huge sample. Second, it smells delicious! I’m excited that I got this because it’s easy for my nighttime routine. Putting this in when your hair is wet and just letting it sit is much less work than the ones you need to rinse out.

5. smashbox Foundation Primer

This was so exciting to get in my bag! I love smashbox products and this is a really good item from them. I haven’t used it yet, but there is a lot in this sample to last a long time. It doesn’t feel too silicon-y, but it also isn’t liquid-y either. I’ll let you know how this feels under my foundation. It’s a super important item for summer!

-Heather

Ipsy Bag May 2015

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Another month, another Ipsy bag.

I have to say, maybe it’s because it’s my birthday month, but I am in love with May’s Ipsy bag. Every single thing in it was something I would use. There were no new weird products that had barely anything in them. Everything was an amazing size with great assortment. I’m very pleased!

1. Organic Farm-A-Ceuticals Hair Oil 

This stuff is pretty helpful for me since I just got bangs. That requires styling them every time I shower, so I need some protectant. This is organic and all-natural, and it comes with a dropper that is so easy to use!

2. Urban Decay Glide On Lip Pencil “Ozone”

I haven’t given this a try yet. However, it’s a genius idea. I hate matching lip liners to the many colors of lipsticks that I have. Lip liner is an essential if you want your color to stay put, so I’m so pleased with this! I haven’t used it yet, but I can’t wait to. The only weird thing about this is that it has a strange smell. Has anyone else noticed this? (haha)

3. Nuxe Face Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel

I’ve used this once and I’m hooked. It’s French, so I’ll need to figure out where I can get it since everything on the label is in another language.

4. Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color

I am really charmed by this product. My other eyebrow pencil was getting down to a nub, so I was so grateful to get this in my bag. But the reason I love it is because it’s so petite and cute! The size of the applicator is very thin, so drawing on brows is super easy. I’ve used it a few times and I love the way it draws on. The writing and everything on the packaging is beautiful, so this is another product I might repurchase.

5. Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust “Brown Sugar”

I haven’t used this yet, but the color looks beautiful and blendable.

What came in your Ipsy bags?

-Heather

A Fresh Drink For Your Face

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I don’t actually drink green tea. It has a lot of caffeine and it tends to be too much for me. However, almost every other human that I know drinks it. It has natural supplements that help with aging and weight loss. Green tea has been quite popular over the past few years!

Today I’ll tell you about a little alternative for your green tea. If you ever have left over tea bags or you feel like trying a little treatment on your face, you can do this.

The tea bag I’m using is the Bigelow Green Tea with Lemon. I wouldn’t recommend using any of the other fruity green teas on your face like pomegranate or something because it might irritate your skin.

Heat up your tea bag in water the way you would if you were making the green tea to drink. After letting it soak a munute or two, take the bag out and dry it. Open the bag up carefully and use the green tea leave to exfoliate into your face and leave on for about five minutes, and you’ll see refreshed and happy skin!

-Heather

March Ipsy Bag

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Are you ready for another Ipsy bag?

Products:

1. Laneige BB Cushion (Comes with several shades) “Light” “Dark” & “Medium”

This was kind of a strange product to receive. I would rather can concealer than a BB cream (or whatever this is) but I’ll give it a try. I know I’m the lightest shade so I opened the other to see the consistency and it was kind of weird! It looks like a puff saturated in makeup. I’ll try this out maybe tomorrow, but I have no idea how many uses I’ll get out of it. I imagine it might dry up after opening the seal.

2. NYX Lipstick “Hunk”

I wore this yesterday and I am IN LOVE with it. The shade intimidated me because it looks quite dark. But it’s a berry tone that goes really well with paler skin. The pigmentation wasn’t incredible, but it totally works and might stay longer with a lip liner.

3. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

You get two samples of these. I kind of wish there were more! I used this yesterday and it felt amazing on my skin, which has been stressed from being so sick lately. This is mainly for de-puffing which I don’t have a huge problem with, but it helps with baggy eyes and mostly just feels cool and refreshing.

4. Coolway Oil Treatment

I am not the biggest fan of hair care items in Ipsy bags to be honest. I’m sure this will be of some use to me, but with hair products you really need more than a tiny sample to see any results. However, I’m glad to have another oil to help my hair with heat protection. Since I’m using Wen, I might take a small break to try this out. It smells nice (if that adds anything).

5. Marykayatplay Eye Crayon “Teal Me More”

This is quite a bright color for an eye crayon! It’s thin enough to be used as a liner (possible) but I’ll see how to incorporate this into a monthly makeup look.

In all, I think this month was a pretty good Ipsy bag. I really enjoy the full-sized lipstick. I think sometimes the samples they give can’t be used very often though. Also, I’m sorry about the decreased quality but I left my good camera at school and I went home for spring break, so bear with me!

Here was last month’s Ipsy bag

-Heather

November Favorites 2014

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Hello there!

1. Pop Beauty Bronzer- I kind of put this in a drawer when I moved to school and forgot about it, and I’m so happy I rediscovered it before the holidays.

2. Sephora Lipstick- This is the perfect “your lips but better” shade of a balm.

3. Hot Chocolate- I put whatever cool ingredients that you may want to add into the mug and have a great warm drink for the winter.

4. She & Him Christmas Album- It’s full of Christmas hits! My top 5 favorite tracks from the album are “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

5. L’Occitane Skin Care- In some of my posts from earlier this fall you can see how bad my skin was. It really was pretty terrible with the transition of seasons and I needed a good moisturizer to calm down the dry skin. Since using the precious cream, my spots are completely gone and the hand cream has been a life saver. I went into the store on Black Friday to see how much it would cost to repurchase and they are quite expensive, but in my opinion it’s one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever used and I really am thinking of asking for it for Christmas.

What have you loved in November?

-Heather