Sunday, September 24, 2017

Samples Review: Paco Rabannne 1 Million, Michael Kors Sexy Ruby. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

I recently got a sample set with a MAC brush I ordered, but was probably not supposed to order. Because I'm supposed to only be getting one MAC brush a year. Oops. But at least I got some samples I can make a quick post on. Right?

Paco Rabonee 1 Million
When I got this, I suspected it might be a male fragrance. It looked masculine. And all I needed to do was google it and find out. Instead I splashed it all over me. And realized it smelled quite masculine. THEN I googled it. But it was too late and I went out smelling like men's cologne. It's nice I think for a man. But not something I want to wear. And hopefully I've learned my lesson. Or maybe they need to be more specific on the label. Made in France.

Michael Kors Sexy Ruby Eau De Parfum
I don't think the name is as clever as they were thinking it was. But it actually smells really good, and something I would buy a full bottle of. It's supposed to be raspberry, apricot, jasmine, and cashmere woods. It just smells like a fruity, sophisticated night out. Mmmm. And lasting power was pretty great on this one too! Made in the USA.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris
I just finished a bottle of Black Opium, and they definitely smell similar. Lasting power is just as great. It's hard to describe the scent, but it smells really nice. And..sophisticated. I would definitely buy this perfume too. Macy's was knocking it out the park with the perfume samples they picked out for me.  Notes are Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss. Made in France.

So two out for three..I would definitely buy. 

Shea Radiance Pure Unrefined Handcrafted Shea Butter Review

It's been awhile since I've had quality Shea Butter. I like to try different brands every time. Just to see what's out there. This is a brand that was new in my local healthy grocery type store and I had wanted to buy it for a couple months, but held off because it was almost twenty dollars.Then one day...a sale! So it went home with me.

Shea Radiance claims:
We gently mixed 100% Natural and Unrefi ned Shea Butter to make it softer and easier to apply. Pure Unrefi ned shea butter with all the bioactives.
Th is butter has NOT been refi ned or stripped through chemical or physical refi ning process. No color or dyes added.
Uses: great for hair and body care.
Bene fits:
• Deep penetrating, long lasting moisture
• Great for cracked heels
• Deep conditioning treatment for hair
• Sunburn relief
• Gentle enough to be used on babies
• Great replacement for mineral oil
 and petroleum gel products

You get 14 ounces of pure, unrefined Shea Butter. With that signature smoky natural scent that Shea Butter has. It has grown on me over the years and it almost signifies to me whether the Shea Butter is good quality or not. When the butter has no scent- that usually means the butter has been refined, often a chemical process that strips some of the healing properties of the Butter.

The last Shea Butter I had was mass-produced, bulk, cosmetic grade Shea Butter. It was cheap and waxy. And I couldn't stand it. It really does make a difference in the quality and this is quality shea butter. Although just a teeny bit gritty. It melts easily though and you won't even notice it after it's rubbed in. 

One of my favorite things about this Shea Butter is it's responsibly and ethically sourced. And it benefits the women in West Africa that produce it. Click the link here, they give you more information on it.

So what do I use this Shea Butter for? Everything. Put it anywhere you have dry skin. It's excellent as facial moisturizer, it even provides some protection from the sun. I haven't found anything better for my hair-although I do prefer the yellow shea (mixed with palm oil) more for my hair, I like this too. I use it as a carrier "oil" for essential oils. On my lips. Just every and any where. 

I highly recommend it. If you are looking for a quality Shea butter, this is a great one. The price is a little bit more, I liked getting it for the fourteen dollars I paid for it, almost 20 is pushing it. But if you can find a sale, pick it up!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Glenn Jones

I've got to get back to blogging. I just haven't really felt like it the last couple of days. But I need to jump back into it. It's like my therapy. Feeling sad? Write a blog post. Especially a blog post about music. I love sharing music. Good music of course.

So let's talk Glenn. I love eighties music. And Glenn is essential to my eighties playlist. 

Especially this song. I had to post the live clip. It's not his best. I think he was nervous. But this video never fails to make me crack up, even on my saddest days. Still a great artist. 

And since I posted that, I thought I would post this one, it's not my favorite song-but you can tell he was getting used to performing.

Other favorites....

At Last- LOVE this song.
Show Me- LOVE this song too!
I am Somebody- My least favorite of these songs-but I really,really, really, like it. 

Check him out!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Game of Thrones Recipe: Venison Stew

It's weird that I didn't make not even one Game of Thrones recipe while the show was on. I usually get at least one in the while the show is on. I know what it was because there were only seven shows this season, instead of 10. I really missed my last three shows. No idea why they cut the show so much. 

Anyway, I'm still making recipes from the North. This time, venison stew. Except no venison. I just used ground beef. 

I don't think I'm a big fan of stews. And with the past week being real cool and rainy, it wasn't like I was making it out of season. 

First I made the bacon. Real bacon. I don't really eat real bacon, unless it's in a recipe. And I might have subbed it out for Turkey Bacon, but I needed the grease. Turkey Bacon doesn't make grease like actual bacon. So I just sucked it up and used it. I added that to get cooked ground meat.

Then I cooked the carrots and peas with the onion and garlic in the butter and added the broth. After that was done I added it with the beer, barley, the stock (for some reason I bought chicken stock-IDK what I was thinking!), and the seasonings. And I was actually able to find the smoked salt. Which was new to me. Not sure if I like it yet.

Anyway, I went out and bought a dark beer specifically for this recipe. I've only cooked with beer once. It was for a beer cheese soup and it was OK. I used a light beer though. This time I needed a dark beer. And I had no idea what I was looking for so I grabbed this. Made in England. It said nut brown so I assumed it would be dark enough. 

I was hoping it would be good. But in my opinion, all beer is nasty. Especially this. 

And I think that was a big part of where this soup went wrong for me. It tasted too much like the beer. I hated it the first day. The next day it wasn't as bad. The day after that it was significantly better.

But still not good.

I'm not a fan. And I would never make this again. Never, ever. 

I got the recipe from Inn At the Crossroads blog in case you are curious to check it out for yourself. But I don't recommend it. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Have you seen the teaser? It's supposed to be dropping tomorrow and I can't wait to have a look at what she's launching. From the teaser it looks like it will be a pretty diverse line. I want to see if she has any foundations because...I kind of need some. And I'm really curious to see the shade range. 

Anyway, just thought I would share since I'm kind of excited to see it tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tony Moly Master Lab Snail Mucin Sheet Mask Review

What's the grossest thing you've done in the name of beauty? I've read some stuff, but for the most art my skincare has been on the more conservative side. I've been hearing about the snail mucin thing for a little while, but I don't think it's something I would have ever actually bought. So I have to thank my friend Tia for getting this for me! Thanks Tia! And in case you were curious, these maks come in other fun varieties, such as jellyfish, oyster, etc.

Tony Moly claims:
Our Master Lab Sheet Mask Collection features an ultra thin hydrating sheet mask made of natural cellulose for even and consistent absorption of active ingredients! Each Mask features a customized formula that targets specific skin concerns: Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C - Hydrating Water type formula Snail Mucin - Nourishing Essence type formula Ceramide - Moisturizing Serum type formula, Caviar
Snail Mucin - Regenerating and Antiaging

Sooo. I'm not a fan of snails. I don't think there's another animal that used to gross me out more in my younger days.  I remember riding my bike up and down the pavement and finding snails along the way. I would always get off my bike and watch the snail scoot along, leaving a trail of yucky slime along the way. And I would be careful not the run the bike over the slime, because I couldn't even bear the thought of my bike tires touching the slime. 

The slime still grosses me out. But I think there is a disconnect since I don't actually see where the slime is coming from. I don't see the snail. But when I really thought about it, I would be kind of grossed out. I start thinking about how they get the slime? Is there just a big factory? Is it collected in a cruelty-free way? I'm curious to know the answer, but at the same time repulsed when I think of a snail factory. Which means I won't be looking into the topic further. 

Moving on. 

The mask itself has a fresh floral scent. It's not a bad scent. In fact, it's pretty pleasant. I wonder what snail mucin smells like? No, scratch that. I don't actually want to know. 

The mask itself is like most other masks, except more mucous like. I noticed it dripped down and the texture wasn't exactly like the other masks I used. I guess because of the snail mucin? I kept it on pretty much until the sheet dried, to get all the snail juice goodness out. Even though I was slightly grossed out, and I can't believe I just typed snail juice goodness.

My skin seemed brighter, looked smoother, healthy and made me feel glow-y. I definitely had a good skin day after this mask. So much so a random creepy guy tried to come up and talk to me at work on my break- no worries, I made up an imaginary boyfriend. 

Snail Mucin: Water Glycerin Dipropylene glycol Alcohol Propanediol Methylpropanediol Allantoin Panthenol Olive Oil PEG-8 Esters Snail Secretion Filtrate Butylene Glycol Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract Coptis Japonica Root Extract Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract Acorus Calamus Root Extract Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract Chlorphenesin Hydroxyethylcellulose Disodium EDTA Xanthan Gum PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil Caprylyl Glycol 1,2-Hexanediol Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer Carbomer Arginine Cyclopentasiloxane Cyclohexasiloxane PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Fragrance

Overall, it was a good mask.It was a fun mask.  I'm glad I tried it. But I don't think I will be trying it again. I just don't think I can get with the snail mucus thing no matter how great it made my skin look.

Fun fact: I hate snails. But I have tried them. As in...eaten them. They were garlic butter snails. Or something like that. I don't remember how they tasted. And I can't believe I tried it. And I wouldn't try them again. I guess I'm ok with trying weird things once, and then it's out my system and I never want to again.   

Would you try this mask? Would you eat snails? Let me know in the comments!