Wednesday, October 19, 2016

South of France Orange Blossom Honey French Milled Soap Review

I definitely review soaps the most of out of anything on my blog. And today....another soap review. I tried a Shea Butter soap from them long ago. It was kind of my stand in, because I really wanted to try the french brand, Pre De Provence. But I'm not a fan of some of the ingredients, so this is a great alternative to those!

South of France claims:
Infused with the aroma of freshly-made Proven├žal honey enriched with the essence of orange blossoms
Mass Balance Sustainable Palm Oil, Saponified Coconut Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Shea Butter, Natural Colorants, Blends of Natural and Essential Oils and Fragrance
6 oz bar

The brand has a ton of different scents. I started with the Shea Butter- because I can't resist anything with Shea butter in the title. And now all these months later I picked this one up on sale for $3. They don't go on sale very often unfortunately! I picked this one up because it was the first I saw, and I couldn't possible put it back down once I smelled it! It smells great! I've never smelled orange blossom though, so I can't say whether it smells like it, but I do get a bit of honey. It mostly just smells very fresh. It's been scenting up part of the bathroom and I love it!

The lather is thick, rich, and cleansing. And it leaves my skin feeling pretty soft. Plus, it's a light orange, my favorite color!

It doesn't melt away from sitting in the shower like some of the softer handmade natural soaps. It's supposed to be triple milled so it lasts longer. It's not lasting a super long time, but it's doing OK.

The bar is a bit larger than most at 6 oz.

And it comes in a very nice, recyclable packaging. 

It's all natural, free of junk ingredients, non-gmo- cruelty free, and made in the USA (although I thought it was made in France at first!).

Saponified mass balance sustainable palm oil, saponified coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, organic shea butter, natural colorants, blends of natural essential oils and fragrance.

It's my favorite of the two I've tried so far- and definitely just a favorite soap overall. I would highly recommend it. It kind of reminds me of the Dove Go Fresh Mandarin and Tiare Soap, maybe because it's orange. But I think it would be a great more natural alternative to the Dove one!

I will definitely be trying out more. The fig one sounds great- actually they all do!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Deep Steep Snowflake Argan Oil Scrub

These are basically the only scrubs I've reviewed in the last year. And for good reason! I love them. They all basically do the same thing they just smell a little different. Oh, and some have Argan Oil. 

Deep Steep claims:
Deep Steep's moisturizing argan oil sugar scrub gently exfoliates dead skin cells, , leaving smooth, radiant, polished skin.

So snowflake doesn't really tell you much about the scent. I had no idea what it smelled like until I opened it outside the store. It basically smells like Lemon Sugar Cookies. And I love anything that smells like Lemon Sugar Cookies. It was part of the holiday collection, but I think this one should be part of the permanent line.

The scrub is the same as all the others. It's not the most scrubby scrub. You can kind of adjust it by having your skin more dry or damp when you use it Dry skin means more scrub, while damp makes it more gentle. Also the sugar crystals dissolve a little slower on dryer skin. I like a lot of scrub action so I tend to use it on dryer skin. Although I wish it was a bit more scrubby still.

It almost functions as an in shower body lotion since it leaves an oil coating on the skin. Some people probably won't like it, but I love it! I just towel dry and my skin is super hydrated and soft. The oil eventually sinks in and leaves you with smooth skin. 

The jar usually lasts me about 3-4 uses. But I'm kind of heavy handed with it. Your mileage might vary.

It leaves a subtle scent on your skin too!

Sometimes I even use them as a lip scrub and on my face. I don't think it's supposed to be used on the face...but oh well. 

As always it's vegan, cruelty free, all natural, made in the USA, gluten free, non-gmo. etc 

Sugar, Lemon Extract, Organic Vanilla Fruit Extract, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Aroma, Rosemary Leaf Extract

I bought it for around $6 at TJ's. The retail price on them is around $10-11. I wouldn't mind paying full price for them, but why do that when I can get them for less. I'm kind of sad though because this is the last in my stash and I haven't spotted any new ones in TJ's! 

This is definitely in the top 5 scents of the ones I've tried. It doesn't quite beat the vanilla peppermint, but it's good enough that I wish it were permanent.

Have you tried anything from Deep Steep? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments?

Now I kind of want some Lemon Sugar Cookies.....

Monday, October 17, 2016

Shopping My Stash: Tom Ford Golden Mink

Just like the last time, I'm going through my collection and seeing if I can dupe a palette. A very expensive palette. Mostly for fun. Also to keep myself from wanting to purchase new shadows by looking through what I already have. And because I definitely cannot afford an $80 palette with only 4 shades, so why not dupe it?

So today, Golden Mink. I tried to dupe the Cocoa Mirage palette last time. I already know this is not one of the palette I would buy. Their is a deeper shimmer shade, a brown beige pink shimmer, and then two glitter shades. One glitter shade is already pushing it for me, I definitely don't want two! But maybe they look better in person and on the eye than the swatches I'm finding online. 

I already know for a fact I don't have anything to really dupe the two glittery shades exactly. I also don't have a dupe of the deep/medium shimmery brown. Nor the pink. So I guess if I wanted to buy one, since I don't really have the shades, this would be the one!

I tried to pass off Urban Decay Provocateur as one of the glitter shades. It's not pink enough. I have nothing that can pass for the more gold glittery shade. And the medium/deep brown shade I tried to layer shades. I layered Too Faced Amaretto, Gilded Gold, and Hazelnut. Looked OK on my hand, and like mud one the eye.

The only thing I liked was using the glittery shade as a inner corner. I probably would have never thought to do so otherwise.

My overall look was ...muddy. And I just wasn't really inspired my the colors. Probably because they were so off. I put glitter in specific places and it just doesn't really look that way. But that's how Urban Decay glitter shades work for me!

This shop my stash didn't really turn out so great for me. I had more fun with the Cocoa Mirage one. 

Although I don't have dupes of the shades, I don't find it's a palette I would want or buy. But I would love the see the glitter shades in action in person.

Is it a palette you would buy? Do you have dupes? Let me know in the comments!

Game of Thrones Modern Cod Cakes

I heard they are pushing back Game of Thrones to start in August. And the sixth book STILL isn't out. And they are splitting the last book (although still unwritten) into two seasons. I'm not very happy with Game of Thrones. But I still love trying the recipes, because it's kind of fun trying medieval recipes. These cod cakes I made roman or historical first. They were very strange, and although I'm glad I tried them I wouldn't make them again. The more modern version, I liked a lot more. They were really good, except for some strange reason I though the cod came out rubbery. Could have been the fish, could have been the way I cooked it (not used to poaching fish!). I don't think it was the recipe.

It was mostly potato with some bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper then you just fried them up. It says to use grapeseed oil, I always tend to use Olive Oil. But I probably should have used grapeseed since it has a higher smoke point. Everything was snap, crackling, and popping all over the place!

Overall, the flavor was good. And I almost would make them again, except I don't want to risk any more rubbery fish. 

Also, I tend to hate pan frying anything. It's my least favorite thing to do as far as cooking.

Click here to check out the recipe for yourself!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer Review

A very nice man gave my Mom a $100 gift card in Kohl's. So she split it. I used my portion to get this primer. I have wanted to try Loracs much raved about eyeshadows but the last thing I need is eyeshadow, so I'm putting that purchase off for awhile (a long while!). I needed a primer though, so I figured I may as well tried it if only just to say I've tried something from Lorac.

Lorac claims:
This gentle, lightweight, oil, fragrance and paraben free formula keeps your eye shadow picture-perfect from daytime to Prime Time. Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw to be used Behind The Scenes on photo shoots and on the Red Carpet, this unique eye shadow primer easily glides on for crease-resistant, silky-smooth color that lasts!

I've tried it in hot weather, cool weather...and it just doesn't work very well. From a $21 eye primer I expect the shadow to look freshly applied all day. This fades, creases- sometimes just as soon as I put an eyeshadow on if I don't apply thin enough layers. It just.. isn't that good.

I've tried using a little, tried using a lot. It just doesn't work very well for me. Applying thin layers and laying down a little powder helps, but again at that price I expect better.

It's the typical texture you would expect from an eyeshadow primer. And it goes on clear...which is what I prefer.

I do have pretty oily eyelids and eyeshadows do love to crease and fade so maybe it's better on normal lids? 

The packaging is very Meh. It doesn't have that pointed tip that some have. It's like a lip gloss tube that they just decided to use to hold eye primer. Also, I'm not too thrilled that the lettering has rubbed off. I expect that from drugstore stuff, not so much for the more expensive stuff. 

You get .53 ounces for $21, Too Faced Shadow Insurance is .35 ounce for $20, and the Urban Decay is .33 ounce for $20. You are definitely getting more for your money compared to some of the other popular primers.

I've tried a couple different eye primers (Urban Decay Original and Eden, MAC Paint Pot) and my favorite of them all so far is the Too Faced Shadow insurance. It makes my eyeshadow last pretty much all day. It is pretty pricy though, which is why I haven't repurchased it. 

Isododecane, Talc, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-40 Stearate, Propylene, Carbonate , Beeswax (Cera Alba), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Mica , Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, 77491, 77492

So overall, wouldn't purchase it again, wouldn't recommend it. Maybe it works better with Lorac shadows? 

What's your favorite primer? Let me know in the comments.

Speaking of Lorac...doesn't there new Mega Pro look nice? Still way more lighter shades than I would use but they seem a little darker than they were in previous palettes. I kind of want it, but I'm sticking to my eyeshadow no buy!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Badger Vanilla Madagascar Classic Lip Balm Review

I'm exhausted. And I don't really know why. All I really did today was make sugar syrup and then marshmallows. I'm waiting for them to set up now, so I can cut them. I just made regular ones. But now I'm thinking maybe I should have made peppermint or coffee flavored ones or something. Maybe next time. Anyway, I thought I would do a quick review in the meantime.

I really like Badger products. Well, all the things I have tried so far. So I really wanted to try their lip balms. But I kept ending up with another every single time. Mostly because I grab whatever is on sale. This time, I completely ignored the other balms on sale and went home with the Badger Balm in vanilla.

Badger claims:
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, & Aloe moisturize and protect lips.
  • Flavored with organic extracts of Vanilla.
  • No petroleum, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
  • Leaping Bunny Certified cruelty-free.
Try it. Use it. Never lose it! USDA Certified Organic lip balm from Badger. Our Classic Lip Balm sticks contain Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Beeswax, as well as Organic Aloe, Seabuckthorn and Rosehip extracts. These ingredients moisturize and protect, making these lip balms excellent for facing the elements. They have a light texture, and come in unique flavors made from the real stuff - steam-distilled essential oils, no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Badger Organic Lip Balms are smooth and glossy - and they contain a bounty of antioxidants. They moisturize your lips and make them feel great!

They have a ton of scents too choose from. But as always I went for vanilla. Because that's almost always my first choice. That or anything with vanilla.

And I do not regret it. This is definitely one of my favorite lip balms of all time. 

It has a very nice vanilla scent, mixed in with the natural scent of beeswax. I really like the scent, although I was a little unsure of the beeswax scent at first. I could live the rest of my life using this lip balm and be just fine. 

It's the best for dry lips without being oily or greasy. Or wearing off quickly. I feel like it really hydrates and seals in moisture and I don't have to reapply. It's like magic. SO many other balms will hydrate for an hour and then leave your lips feeling dryer. Not this stuff right here!

It's all natural. It's organic. It's cruelty free. It's made in the USA. 

The ingredients are great! Some natural brands will use the cheapest oils in their balms and Badger does not cheap out.

Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive) Fruit Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), *Ricinus Communis (Organic Castor) Seed Oil, CO2 Extract of *Vanilla Planifolia (Organic Vanilla), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Leaf Extract, *Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip) Fruit Extract, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, *Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Extract. * = Certified Organic

One of the best! And under $3. I would highly recommend it. If you have dry lips, try it!