Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick


Continuing on with my adventure into more natural deodorants, I picked up the Crystal Body Deodorant. I have pretty much always been curious about these...and now all these years later I finally picked one up. I paid about $6 for mine, which is usually about the average I see them for.

Crystal claims:
Enjoy our original Body Deodorant Rock shaped into an easy to use, silky smooth twist-up stick.  Perfect for the Women and Teens, this natural mineral salt crystal lasts up to one year with suggested use

So basically you wet the stick and apply. Easy enough, but then I kept wondering if I was putting enough on. It felt like I was just rubbing water on my armpits. And its deodorizing powers are about the same as water. The first time around 2 hours later, I was like ...."What is that smell?"....and pretty horrified to see it was me! I thought it was a fluke but got the same results the very next day. Actually I feel like my pitts smell worse with this stuff than if I were to just skip deodorant completely

It has no anti-perspirant qualities, but I knew that going in. I didn't expect it to.

It claims to last a year..and actually I think it will be longer since most days it sits there unused! Sometimes I will use it with another deodorant just to try and use it. The other deodorant pretty much does all the work.

It didn't irritate my armpits at all. But then it shouldn't have since it's basically water.....

It's supposed to be better than traditional deodorants because it's free of aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, and basically everything else. It's just a big ol' rock of Potassium Aluminum Crystal (still aluminum!). I should have done research on it, but to be honest I kind of lost most interest in it since it doesn't work for me. I kind of bought it thinking I'll look into it later. So I'm not really sure if it is better than conventional stuff or they just have clever advertising. 


So in short, I don't really recommend it based on my experience with it. But if you do decide to try it let me know how it works for you! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Muffuletta Sandwich


I'm thinking I might start posting the things I cook a little more often, since I have a large list of things I've made and want to get up before I completely forget them all.


Every now and again I make things from the Princess and the Frog cookbook. I LOVE the movie, and I also really love making things from the cookbook. I don't think I've run into a bad recipe yet. Most of them are rather simple, but I try to complicate them a bit by making them from scratch..as much as possible.



It called for french bread, but I found out there is such a thing as muffalette bread, but being I live in Maryland, I'm not sure where to find it. So I made it. I got the recipe for the bread from King Arthur Flour. I can't say it had a different taste, but the shape of the bread was fun. I think mine was a little bigger than the ten inches it called for. But it all tastes the same, so I wasn't too concerned with it.

  • 5 oz. jar pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained and chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, or 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • Sandwich:
  • Italian bread
  • olive oil
  • ¼ each of sliced ham, salami, Provolone, and Monterey Jack cheese.

  1. Combine all the spread ingredients in a bowl, stir.
  2. Slice bread in half, drizzle olive oil on each slice and top with sandwich ingredients and spread.
  3. Eat up!

I made the olive salad, let it sit for about an hour. Then layered the meat/cheese/olive oil/olive salad. Let it marinate in the fridge another hour. Took it out, sliced it up and ate it! It's actually one of the best sandwiches I've ever had! I was actually surprised because I made it not expecting to like it.

I didn't make the sandwich with ham/salami. Instead I used pastami/ turkey. Half my family doesn't eat pork and I wanted everyone to have some!

Check out my gigantic sandwich! This would be perfect for a picnic.


And yes, I would absolutely make it again! It was delicious, especially with the homemade bread. 




Try it out! You won't regret it- even if you use store bought bread!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Soapbox Peppermint All Natural Bar



It's me the non-blogger....checking in to do a quick post. It has been pretty crazy this past week...and I've just been dealing with my feeling on the disappointment that is America (Trump though? shakes head!.) And busy apartment hunting. Which is a lot harder than I thought. But I need to blog, at least on this soap that is steadily melting away, and I like to do reviews before I completely use something up and forget how I liked it! Because I will do that....

Soapbox claims:
Give Hope
SoapBox's mission is to empower customers to change the world through everyday, quality purchases. That's why this bar also gives back a bar of soap to a person in need. 

I've used this brand before...I had the cinnamon soap. Which was definitely a fave. But then they discontinued this. And I think this one is discontinued too, but they are still showing up in outlet stores so I figured I would do a review on it. The brand has changed a lot these past few months, mostly because they have been expanding into larger stores (like Walmart!). Which is good because they reach a wider consumer base and donate more soaps, but I don't think soaps are handmade anymore. I don't know how I feel about that.

So this peppermint one smells like straight up floss. I've had a toothpaste smelling soap (Lush Dirty) and this is it's cousin. I don't really want to be reminded of flossing when I shower so it's not my thing. The scent was extremely light but as I've been using it more it's been getting stronger- the opposite of most soaps.



The lather is decent, but pretty drying. Usually if I skip moisturizer it's not a big deal. Today my skin was irritated in some spots because it was rather dry. I had to lotion immediately. It just seemed to be certain area's of my skin though not all over and it could just the be the weather changing my skin a bit since it is colder. 

I forgot to get a pic of the soap. It's just your typical bar os soap with the soapbox logo! It's five ounces which is a decent size, especially at the price I paid for it.

It's mostly natural, although I'm not too sure about the Sodium Gluconate.

Ingredients:
Saponified Coconut Oil,  Water, Glycerin, Natural Fragrance Blend, Organic Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Safflower Oil, Sea Satl, Salt, Sodium Gluconate


I got the bar for $1.99, which is not too bad for a mostly natural bar. I wouldn't recommend it though, which I'm kind of sad about because I love that they donate soap to people in need with every purchase. You are supposed to be able to type in your code and see where your soap is going...I'm not too sure, from what I could tell mine might be going to Baltimore. It was kind of hard to tell, which is something I think the company could work on.

I do have a soap from them in Mandarin, so hopefully I have better luck with that one! 


Monday, November 7, 2016

Nars Liberte Blush Review







Continuing on with the blush reviews....this was an impulse purchase. I was just browsing the NARS blushes and decided I needed this. It has more of a hint of red than some of the other blushes in the lineup. I want all Nars blushes that sounded orange/red since two of my favorites are Taj Mahal and Exhibit A.

NARS claims: 
Burnished Apricot
The ultimate authority in blush, NARS offers the industry's most iconic shades for cheeks. Natural, healthy-looking color that immediately enlivens the complexion. A light application of even the highest-intensity hues delivers a natural-looking flush.
  • Silky texture in matte and shimmering shades
  • Micronized powder ensures soft, blendable application
  • Iconic NARS shades



NARS blushes are quite pricey ringing in at $30. I got mine a little cheaper for around $26 or so. I bought mine on impulse but I recommend trying it on if you can. If not make sure you purchase from a place that would be easy to exchange if you didn't like it.

NARS describes it as a burnished apricot...whatever that means. I think of an orangey color when I think apricots, and this definitely leans a little more red/pink, especially when I put it on. Although not nearly as red as NARS reddest blush. I don't get much orange at all.

I really do like the color. Not love. Just like. I don't regret purchasing, but I also don't think it's one i would replace if I did run out. 

It's super warm. Which is great because I prefer warm blushes over cool. It goes great with warmer eyeshadow looks, especially warm browns. It clashes with cooler colors. I also like to wear it with a neutral matte eye when I want my cheeks to stand out a little more.

The texture is soft and very blend able. Just make sure you build slowly! It's easier to add than take it away.....

It doesn't last all day on me. I would say about 6-7 hours and then it's gone. It tends to last better when you layer a little more on, but it can hard to do that with this one without it looking like too much! 

The packaging is super sleek, velvety, and nice. I know some people complain it gets dirty fast but I haven't had that problem. I don't travel too much with them though, they tend to stay in my makeup drawers. It might be a good idea to wipe them down every now and again though.


NARS blushes are made in Canada. They cost $30 for .16 ounces. In comparison MAC blushes will run $22 for .21 ounces and Urban Decay are $26 for .23 ounces. They are quite a bit more money than most blushes, but you need so little so it should last forever. I've used this quite a bit and you can hardly tell! 

Overall, there are other blushes I prefer over this, but it still has a place in my collection.

I probably should have gone heavier so that it picks up more.....but you get the general idea. My eyeshadow wasn't picking up as warm as it is in person, but you get the general idea.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Natural Alternative to Lush Soaps Part 2

I'm going to try for part 2 of Lush soaps. I'm not completely sure I have enough alternatives to make another full post, but I'm going to give it a try anyway. 

So let's get started. 

1. Lush Sandstone- So apparently reading the review for this, I LOVED it. I thought the concept was very unique. And it really is. I really can't remember how it smelled, but apparently very citrus like. Good citrus soaps are easy to find when it comes to natural soaps. I would definitely reccomend Plantlife Lemongrass, or Biggs and Featherbelle Lemon bar (they were in the last post). But I feel like I should choose something new. So I'm going with Plantlife Coconut Lime. You can't really smell the coconut, it's straight up lime. If you are into something citrusy I think you would definitely be pleased with this. I got my 4 oz bar for $4. Lush usually run $7-8 for 3.5. So you can definitely see the savings with that one. Let's peep the ingredients!

Lush Sandstone:

  • Water (Aqua)
  •  
  • Sand
  •  
  • Glycerine
  •  
  • Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil
  •  
  • Sodium Stearate
  •  
  • Perfume
  •  
  • Litsea Cubeba Oil
  •  
  • Coriander Oil
  •  
  • Sodium Chloride
  •  
  • EDTA
  •  
  • Tetrasodium Etidronate
  •  
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  •  
  • Gardenia Extract
  •  
  • Citral*
  •  
  • Geraniol*
  •  
  • Lilial
  •  
  • Limonene*
  •  
  • Linalool*
  •  
  • Hydroxycitronellal

Plantlife Coocnut Lime soap:
Agua (Water), Saponified Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Saponified Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Saponified Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Saponified Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Milk Powder & Proprietary Blend of 100% Pure Essential Oils.



2. Lush Demon in The Dark- I tried this when I hated mint bath and body products. I have since changed my mind, because I've tried some great mint stuff. This is terrible. It smells like mint and dirt. And I hated the wax on it. The concept and name was cool. But that's it. So my pick, Zum Bar Clove Mint. I LOVED that bar. Mint, with a hint of clove. So mint and spice. SO much better than mint and dirt. The Zum Bar was about $4 for 3.5 ounces. Lush...$7/8. Go for the Zum Bar!

Lush Demon in the Dark Ingredients:
  • Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil
  •  
  • Glycerine
  •  
  • Water (Aqua)
  •  
  • Organic Apple Juice
  •  
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Dried Peppermint Leaf
  •  
  • Peppermint Oil
  •  
  • Spearmint Oil
  •  
  • Clove Bud Oil
  •  
  • Sodium Chloride
  •  
  • EDTA
  •  
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  •  
  • Tetrasodium Etidronate
  •  
  • Eugenol*
  •  
  • Limonene*
  •  
  • Perfume
  •  
  • Gardenia Extract
  •  
  • Colour 42090
  •  
  • Black Wax (Specerit Black Z)

Zum Bar Clove Mint Ingredients:



3. Lush Sea Vegetable: This is another soap that was great in concept but didn't quite blow me away like I thought! You know that price leads you to have high expectations. I didn't expect it to smell so awful, it smelled like a toilet. Zum Bar Sea Salt was everything I expected it to be. I think the Sea Salt bar is Eucalyptus...or something. Whatever it is, it smells so fresh and good. Get it. Skip Sea Vegetable. 

Lush Sea Vegetable ingredients:
Propylene Glycol, Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Stearate,Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Arame Seaweed, Lime Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA,Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Citral, *Geraniol,*Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090,Colour 19140

Zum Bar Sea Salt Ingredients:
Saponified 100% food grade olive, coconut, palm & castor oils, in a goat's milk base, with pure essential oils, sea salt and mineral pigments. 


4. Lush Dirty- If Colgate made soap, this would be it. Smells like straight up toothpaste. I just don't think Lush does mint well. For now I've only got the Zum Bar Clove mint to reccomend. I won't re-list all the info on that...just check out  #2 Demon in the Dark on this list!

Lush Dirty Ingredients:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Glycerine, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Limonene, *Linalool,Methyl Ionone, Colour 77499, Colour 61570, Colour 77019, Colour 77891

And now...soap I've completely failed to alternatives for...Lush Sultana (mmmm...), Lush Figs and Leaves (smelled so good, not strong enough though!), and Lush Miranda (grapefruit/koolaide/kiwi...). I've just got nothing. But I'm on it! I am, I will be looking out for alternatives. And I will update as I find them. 

In the meantime, check out Part 1!

Of course, these are only soaps I've tried. I was on a complete Lush kick a few years ago. And then I was just over their soaps. I think I'm happier with other options I've found that have better ingredients and are cheaper, although I do kind of miss the creativeness of their soaps. 

Are you up for trying some alternatives? Let me know in the comments!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume Review


I heard a lot of great things about this perfume, and it was on the best selling list, at Sephora, so I thought I would try it out for myself. So it went on my birthday wish list, and I got it for my birthday. I'm not a fan of Marc Jacobs (at all!), but I didn't really realize that until a couple months after I received it. I'm not sure I would purchase or support his line further, but I am going to review what I have.

Marc Jacobs claims:
The Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Eau de Toilette 1.7 oz is an interpretation of Daisy with a more fruity and bubbly scent story. Notes include raspberry, grapefruit, pear, violet, wild rose, apple blossom, musk, cedarwood and plum. A weighted glass bottle features a gold-tone cap with a soft daisy decal in pink, white and yellow. 

I love the bottle. Although the flowers seem a bit cheap feeling, they look very pretty and vintage like. I'll probably keep the bottle long after it's empty just because I like it so much!

I really loved the scent when I first got it too! It seems strong and like it lasted forever. I'm not sure if my nose has gotten used to it, but it doesn't stand out like it did the first couple of weeks I got it. And it also doesn't seem to last as long (it lasted half the day and then through the next morning when I went to shower!), although it really could be that I've gotten used to it. That's a bummer!

Another thing it could be is that I noticed I loved it in the cold weather, and since it's been pretty warm lately, it's not wearing the same

The scent is hard to describe. I'm looking at the scent notes, and I wouldn't really say I can pick out any of those notes. It doesn't smell fruity at all to me. More...floral, musky. Not floral in a way that gives me a headache, not even floral in the way I think of most florals. I almost expected it to smell of daisies but nope! I think I'm doing a bad job of describing it. I think its one best smelled for oneself. And tested to see how you like it with your body chemistry. 


I have the big bottle, the 3.4 ounce. It's going to be awhile before I completely use it up. 

The price is pretty high, $75 for the 1.7 ounce and over $100 for the 3.4. Definitely on the pricier side as far as scents go.

I do really like it. But just like. Not love. It's a nice one, I'll have no problem finishing up the bottle (it's good for everyday!), but I probably wouldn't repurchase (or bday wishlist it!). That's usually what I feel like with most of my perfumes. It takes an extra special scent for it to be something I would want to own forever.