Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Escada Desire Me Eau De Parfum Review

I'm so glad I blog. It's my escape from all the crazy things happening in the news. I don't talk politics or news here...because this is supposed to be my happy place. But I think so much has been going on these last few months, it just leaves you with a heavy heart.

 But...let's talk perfume. I'm almost out of my YSL Black Opium. I have a little bit left...I'm saving it for a special occasion. In the meantime, I needed something else to use, so I bought two perfumes from Perfumania. They are discontinued. But that's just fine with me. I like an older fragrance. I think some perfumes get better with age. Some. And I like a discount. So I bought this one and Escada Magnetism. 
Escada claims:
Escada Desire Me Perfume by Escada, For the woman who turns head and flaunts her charms this is afeminine fruity notes entice with bitter-sweet citruses and mandarin which open to a pulsating heart of peony and fresh green leaves. The base is a gourmand delight of desirable treats and include notes of edible elements: tiramisu, coffee, cookies, cheese-cake and dark chocolate. 

I didn't know Escada was a UK brand until I saw it on the box. It's made in the UK too. I incorrectly assumed most fragrances were made in France. Except The Body Shop perfumes. I think those were made in the UK too. 

Anywho, the notes in this sounded delectable. Coffee, tiramisu, dark chocolate, cheesecake, cookies. Mmmmm. I've never had a scent with such foodie notes. And I'm a sucker for dessert so I thought I would love it.  It's not all food though, it has mandarin, peony and green leaves- whatever all that smells like.

So..I'm not great with notes. It smells a hint something I've smelled before in a man's cologne. But it also has a sort of powderiness to it, that makes it a little more feminine. I'll be honest I don't really like the scent . Especially the top notes. And they seem to last quite awhile unfortunately.

It's just not me. And I thought it would be. How wrong I was.

Hours and hours later it goes kind of foody. And I can see where they get the chocolate, cookie savory notes. That part I love. But I don't notice it very often. Only sometimes. And I only smell it when I put my arm up to my wrist and really sniff. 

It has OK lasting power. Maybe around 6 or so hours. Longer if you put it on your clothing. That can extend it to  the entire day.

I paid around $30 for it. I think it was originally around $80 but I think it's quite a bit older so that's the reason for the price drop. 

So overall...I'm not a big fan. I don't hate it. And I'm hoping I feel a little different about it when the weather turns cooler. I think maybe it's a bit too heavy for summer. And I'm usually a person that thinks you can rock anything in any season.

Oh..almost forgot to talk about the bottle. I like collecting perfume bottles now..and this is definitely not a very exciting bottle. It's rathert boring....but I'll probably keep it anyway.

So....I don't love it. I don't hate it. But I don't like it either. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Zum Tub Dragon's Blood Shea Butter Bath Salts Review

Happy Sunday! I think Sunday is my favorite day of the week..because Game of Thrones. As soon as Friday comes I'm like OK. Just gotta get through to Sunday at 9pm. I don't think I've ever watched a show that makes me feel as anxious as Game of Thrones. And I'm happy I have it on HBO Go, because I pause it and shout at the TV, sometimes turn off the TV completely and say I can't possible finish the episode.... but I can't really not watch it either. So it's usually right back on in a couple seconds. I can't wait for tonights episode. I really can't. I watched last Sundays episode twice...back to back. So yeah...I'm just biding my time. And blogging in the meantime. And speaking of Game of Thrones...dragons were definitely the star of the show last week. So dragon's blood bath salt review? I'm reaching..but whatever.

Zum Bar claims:
  • A steaming bath doesn’t extinguish this dragon’s flame. Dracaena-infused natural bath salts submerge dry skin and stress. You emerge a new you.
    • 100% pure essential oils
    • All-natural ingredients

    • It's been awhile since I've reviewed anything bath related it.Remember when I was all heavy into Lush Bath Bombs? Then all the sudden I was over them. Anyway, this was a copycat purchase. I didn't even really consider buying it until I saw my sister buy it as a gift. Then I got curious. What's...Dragon's Blood? I originally thought it was a mix of essential oils. Or at least I read that somewhere. But dragon's blood is a resin much like frankincense and myrrh. 
 The way the resin looks...

Anyway, I picked this up at Wegmans for $7.99. A lot of the reason I skipped it was because I didn't know how many baths you could get out of it. I wanted something that I didn't use up in two baths. Or one time like Lush. This says you get 8-10 baths. That's alright with me.

So the first two times I used it I was pretty disappointed. I used a little over the recommended 2 tablespoons and I could smell the scent, but it was too light. The last time I used it I used closer to double the amount if not a little more. And I was much happier. I could smell it! And it smells pretty good. And sticks to your skin. 

As for the scent, it's really relaxing. It smells ...exotic. Almost peppery and powdery. It's really hard to describe. But I do really like it. 

It was relaxing. It left my skin hydrating. And if it's not just my imagination I really think it helped with some of the muscle pain I had from working out.

Almost forgot the packaging. I've never had bath salts come in a shaker type packaging. But it's cute.  And actually really practical. Just be careful of getting it wet. I don't think that would be good for the salts!

Overall, I am happy with the long as I remember to use more than the recommended amount. I'm even happy with how many baths I get out of it. Much better than the amount I would get from Lush bath bombs. 

Another thing...I love that I can recognize all the ingredients. And I love that's it's made in the USA. 

Zum Bar for the win! Now I think I need to get my hands on the Dragon's Blood Oil body oil. I still have the frankincense one that I've been hoarding. If I ever finish it up I will definitely be getting that!

Harley Pasternak Hollywood Workout Light Body Toning Workout Complete

I did it!


Another program down! I think this makes the third one I've done. Not sure. But I did  ALL 25 workouts. The program was five workouts a week, for five weeks, 25 minutes each.The first couple were hard to get through, I don't think my body had ever been so sore Thank you 8 pound weights. But I persevered.

Then there were days when I just didn't want to. I needed an extra break. Like four days would have been more manageable. But I was able to convince myself that once I started it would go fast. And besides didn't I want to go through the entire program and not miss one? I did. I really did.

At times it was boring. Harley says the same thing every workout, and you basically you the same exact workout rotation every week.They really should have recorded him saying more. But its the workout that counts.

I don't think I lost anything. I didn't get on the scale. I don't think my clothes fit THAT much better. But my arms look better, as do my legs and booty. And I'm stronger. And I got my heart pumping. Heart health is extra important and I like knowing I gave it a workout each week. So that's a five week program for the win.

I'm going to take a week (maybe week and a half break) and play some Just Dance for some Cardio and then I will start the next program! Your Shape Fitness Evolved here I come!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gladys Knight and The Pips

It's music post time. This time...Gladys Knight. And the Pips. Can't forget the Pips. I love, love, love Gladys Knight. She has such a unique, soulful voice and I love her style and face! That might be a strange thing to say, but she has just has face that looks like she is full of joy. I can't look at Gladys without smiling. But back to the music!

I think my favorite Gladys Knight song is Love Overboard. This clip is from A Different World. I LOVE this song!

Of course, If I Were Your Woman. Alicia Keys tried it, I definitely heard her version first.. But she just doesn't have it like Gladys.

And can't forget Neither One of Us. Classic Gladys song. When music had lyrics that touched you and meant something.  I love her hair in this performance too.

Babyface penned, Gladys Knight vocals. You already know it's a LOVE. This should have been on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. It would have fit in perfectly.

I love the original of this song by Barbra Streisand. And I absolutely love Gladys Knights version. That voice!

And one last video. This vid made me laugh my head off....

A couple of other songs:
Everybody Needs Love- A completely different sound from her usual stuff. She really can sing any genre of music, from any decade.
Don't Turn Me Away
I Feel A Song
Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
I've Got To Use My Imagination- I hear Papa Was A Rolling Stone so much in this song. But I love it! That voice!
Midnight Train to Georgia
Help Me Make it Through the Night
I Hope You Dance- This was off one of her solo albums
I Who Have Nothing- Another solo. No pips.

What's your favorite Gladys song? 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tony Moly Master Lab Ceramide Moisture Care Mask Review

Mask review time! This was a lovely gift from one of my best friends Tia (thanksTia!). They have been super nice for a little skin treat pampering session each week. This particular one was one I kind of was holding off on because it has Ceramide. I had no idea what Ceramide is..or what it's supposed to do for the skin. Apparently Ceramide is a lipid molecule found in high concentration in cell membranes. It holds the skin together forming a protective layer that plumps skin and helps the skin retain moisture.  Sounds good to me. So let's get to the review!

Tony Moly claims:
Tony Moly Master Lab Ceramide Mask Sheet uses the nude seal fabric - a new material made of natural cellulose with silky soft texture and an excellent absorption & adherence function better than cotton - to closely adhere to skin and effectively deliver active ingredients to make it healthy by providing deep moisture and nourishment.

So I'll start off talking about my skin type. I have oily/combination skin. Oily in the T-Zone, dryer in the cheek area. But it's summer time so I think my cheek area is more "normal" now. 

The first thing I noticed about the mask (other than it was cold since I keep it in the refrigerator!) was the nice fresh scent. It's very, very light. But nice and pleasant and something I don't mind sitting around with on my face- because I leave them on pretty much until it dries out. I figure more contact time with the skincare serum can't hurt, right?

It was very refreshing. And pretty hydrating. A little sticky, which is why I always use them at night so that way I don't have a sticky face during the day. And also to give the "essence" time to really skin in overnight. 

Most of the hydrating masks I've tried so far have been a little too hydrating. All skin needs moisture, no matter how oily. But most of the time moisturizing masks are way too much for my skin and I get super oily the next day. I didn't notice that much with this one. So it was hydrating, but not too much.

Other than that I'm not sure I noticed too much else of a difference. I think those with dryer, dehydrated skin would benefit the most from this type of mask. 

Tony Moly masks are made in Korea. I think they are the most recognizable of the Korean skin mask brands that have become super popular in the US. And they are very easy to find now, Ulta and Amazon stock them if you are curious and want to try them for yourself.

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipropylene glycol, MethylPropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract,Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Acorus Calamus Root Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract,Hydrated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Panthenol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-60 Hydrogenated castor oil, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance.

It didn't really top the Dewey Tree Tea Tree ( I know I mention is every single face mask review-but that really was my favorite!).

Have you tried any of these mask? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Blossom Menstrual Cup Review

I have a different type of review today. Mostly we talk about makeup, sometimes food, skincare and anything random that pops into my head here. Today I thought I would bring in a different review. I've always wanted to try one of these cups- not long ago I got a gift card from amazon and I could't find anything else I wanted to order-so I finally picked one of these up.

For years now I've been a tampon girl. Pads are way to messy for me and I found myself going through toilet paper extra quick using them. Not to mention I get the sticky flaps stuck to the pad, to the floor, to my leg, everywhere but where they are supposed to stick. Plus I don't like having to see the pad every time I used the bathroom.  They are also uncomfortable.. So I was never a pad girl. I'm not sure when I started using tampons. It's been a long time now. They had a bit of learning curve, but once I got the hang of them, I stuck with them pretty faithfully.

As much as I like tampons, they have a couple downsides- they are expensive, they are bleached and soaked in chemicals and then those chemical can potentially be observed into your bloodstream, if you flush them they can eventually lead to a clogged toilet, and if you throw them away they can sit in a landfill for who knows how long (yuck). That's not all, they can potentially increase cramping, risk of TSS, and sometimes they leak. 

So I've been seeing alternatives.  I saw these period panties called THINX. But they remind me of pads too much and I can't figure out if they are supposed to be used in conjunction with a tampon-or alone. And they are pretty pricey. And I don't think I would like washing them. But I do like that they have a foundation that funds helping women in developing countries manage their cycle. In some countries young women are not allowed to attend school on their period-which disrupts education. Can you imagine?

That's not all THINX does though- I will link the website so you can check if for yourself if interested. After seeing all that...I think I might purchase a pair in the future. Just because I like what they are doing-and not that I think about it, they would be good for pantyliner days.

For now though I decided to try the menstrual cup. 

The first one I had seen was the Diva cup. I saw it in Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I picked it up, read the box, and put it back. It sounded interesting but I really didn't want to fork out $20 dollars on something I wasn't sure would work, so I got my usual box of $8 tampons and kept it moving. 

I'm not sure what made me look it up again. But for whatever reason I went on Amazon and decided to check out reviews. I found that there are a lot more cups then just the Diva Cup. They have the Lena Cup, Luna Cup, Lunette, Athena Cup, Lily Cup, Moon Cup and on and on. They even have cheapies where you can get a couple of them for a lot less than some of the other cups I mentioned above. 

I went with the Blossom. I liked the price. The reviews seemed to be good and it was one of the first that popped up in the search results. For some reason it took awhile to be shipped, but they did give out shipping updates. I meant to use it that cycle, but it came too late, which was a bummer. When it did come the box was all squished, they packed it in an envelope. I kind of wish they put it in a box, but whatever. The cup was fine.

 So I stuck it in the cabinet and patiently waited for the next time to test it out.

The cup itself is orange-you can pick your color, much bigger than I expected (I bought the small), and kinda soft but the rim is firm. It comes with a cute little bag to store it in too. Which I quite like.

 Wednesday night was the night I finally got to test it out. I heard many people say it was easier to use in the shower. And to really fold it up. Like really, really fold it up as small as you can.  So that's what I did.  It took a little time and some finger strength to squeeze it small enough to get it up there. But I did it. 

It's pretty comfortable once you get it in. I wouldn't say I couldn't feel it. I definitely knew it was there the whole time, but it didn't hurt or make me feel uncomfortable. It says that you can leave it in the entire day. So that's what I did. Although I kept wanting to go the the bathroom to check and see if it was doing what it was supposed to. Every time I checked, everything was fine. No flooding.

I wasn't sure if I should change it as soon as I got home-but I decided to just go ahead and wait it out. I left it in about 12 hours and then decided to go ahead and shower and empty the cup. I pulled the little tab-which was definitely helpful in taking it out. It  hurts more to take out than to put in. And I didn't find it to get better each time I took it out. It almost made me think I would go back to a tampon because I dreaded that part that much. It's not unbearable pain, but all the same I didn't like it. But once I had it in again and ready to go for the day, I kind of loved the cup again. Of course until it was time to take it out again.

My period is usually about 3 days. And then I get barely there spotting on the 4th day for which I think I will just use a panty liner for- I would not use this for that. I found it held fine the 1st and third days, but the 2nd day I definitely needed to empty it after about 9 hours. My 2nd day is always the heaviest. And third day is pretty light. I don't get much cramping-very rarely and only ever about an hour IF i do. But some people do report lighter cramping with the cups vs tampon or pad methods or no cramping at all.

I am overall very happy with the cup. The only thing is emptying it. It's easy to clean and rinse out.  You just need a proper place to do it. Public bathrooms are a no no. You definitely need a place that has the sink in the stall. But not only that I would be uncomfortable washing it in a sink in public. I just feel the sink or tub or wherever should be cleaned/disinfected after. For now putting it in at home in the AM and emptying and re-inserting it at home in the PM is working for me.

When the cup is full, I'm not sure if it's just my imagination ( it probably is), but I keep thinking I can feel the liquid moving around as I lay down or get up. And sometimes I could feel the suction change as I moved. But it didn't leak or flood out as I thought it would. 

I'm going to stick with it.I'm not sure how much healthier putting silicone up your hoo-ha is than putting a chemical-bleached soaked tampon, but for now it seems to be the best option. And I'm liking the money it saves. They are supposed to last from 1-15 years. I don't really think 15 years. But  2-3 seems reasonable.

The one thing I really don't like about the cup is it doesn't say anywhere on the packaging where it's made. It does say manufactured in the USA with medical grade silicone on Amazon, but it's weird it's not in the little booklet or on the box. 

What do you think? Is this something you have tried? Would you try it? What's your method of dealing with a visit from Aunt "Flo"? 

Also if you do decide to buy it, there is a coupon code that will get you 10% off for the Blossom Cup. It's CUPSHARE on Amazon. It's not an affiliate code, just a code they sent in an email a couple weeks after I got mine.  I wish I had known about it before.