Friday, February 16, 2018

Goapele



Let's see...how do I know Grapple? Well one of my first roommates in college used to play the song Closer all the time. And when I say all the time I mean it. She wore the song out. I feel like she would play it 5 times in a row sometimes. By the end of the freshman year I was sick of it. But I had it on my IPOD. Probably in an all night download session. I always skipped it, until a couple years had passed and I liked the song again. 

It's a very positive song. A good vibes only song. Putting positivity out into the universe and hopefully that's what you get back. 



For years that was the only song I knew by her, so I listened to most of her other stuff and found two other songs I really like.

First Love- I had heard this on the radio a couple times, so it wasn't new to me. I just finally discovered the artist.



And the last song..Play. A completely different song from the first two, but I like it.



Give them a listen!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Best Beauty Products of 2017

I know it's late. And I know I've been missing in actions for well over a month. I was busy moving, etc. But the blogging break was kind of nice. I almost considered just giving it up entirely, but it's my favorite hobby...so I'm back!

And bringing in my first post of 2018 with one of my favorite posts to write. Favorites. 

Let's get started!


1. MAC 168- I don't think I did as many brush reviews as I intended to do last year. And unfortunately, this brush isn't available anymore since MAC switched over to all synthetics. Which I'm not going to buy.  Unless it's a brush that's meant to be synthetic. But the original goat hair 168 is one of my faves. Best blush brush ever, but easy to use for contouring and powder or whatever else you want. Probably still one you can pick up in cosmetic company outlets.




2. Zum Tub Patchouli Ylang Ylang and Dragons Blood Bath Salts- Completely natural and smell amazing. Plus since they use essential oils, I'm sure they have therapeutic benefits. I've tried two so far and love em! I highly recommend trying them out in any scent you find appealing!

3. Bedu Evening Primrose and Vetiver Camel Milk Soap- Probably the most adventurous soap I tried last year. Camel Milk soap. And I really like them. This particular scent has been my favorite. It's one of the most relaxing scents I've ever come across. You can't go wrong with most of the other scents, but this one is special.

4. Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Wash- This is one of the best basic face washes you can get that is mostly natural, very affordable, and does everything it's supposed to do. It's not drying and you get a lot for the price. I'm kind of bummed because I had to take it out my suitcase because of weight limits  (DARN 50 pounds!) so my bottle was left behind. I need to buy another one, because I miss it! 


5. Dr. Bronners Patchouli Lime Body Lotion
I'm a little bit shocked this made it on the favorites. I don't think I loved it when I reviewed it. But in the end I love the scent it left on my skin and that it stuck around so long. It's not the most hydrating, but if you have normal skin and it's not the dead of winter it should be fine! 


6. Dewey Tree Tea Tree Blemish Sheet Mask- One of my best-est friends Tia bought me a bunch of sheet masks for my birthday to try out and this one was without a doubt my very favorite! It doesn't smell like tea tree (which is good!), it's refreshing, and it got rid of some spots that were trying to pop up on my face. I seriously loved this one and it was definitely my favorite! 

7. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium- This is what you want to wear on date night! And it lasts. Plus the bottle is pretty. Downside is it's a bit pricey.


8. Dr. Bronners Lavender Hand Sanitizer- Just a couple spritzes and you have the best smelling hand sanitizer. I don't go anywhere without it! Must have! I've gone through a couple bottles. Someone will always comment on the scent when you use it!


9. Zum Bar Frankincense and Myrrh Body Oil- I don't think I gave it the best review, but this stuff grew on me. It's my "Jesus Oil." I feel like it has healing properties. I don't know if it actually does or it's all in my head, but I love this stuff. The scent lasts forever too!


I thought I would have more but I only tried to include stuff that were actually favorites. I had a couple that were definitely a step above like, but I just wasn't sure enough to include them.

I know it's late to ask, but what were your faves of 2017?








Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bedu Sandalwood And Saffron Camel Milk Soap


I think Camel Milk soap is becoming kind of "normal" to me now. I was so hype to try it out. I still like it. It just doesn't hold the same thrill it had in the beginning when it was brand new to me. Or more likely I just haven't come across one where the scent captivated me like the Evening Primrose and Vetiver one. I picked this one up because it was still on sale. I think I picked all the ones up at my local store except the lemongrass.

Bedu claims:
Camel milk is saturated with protective proteins beneficial for skin and is a superb natural cleanser. By virtue of the high amount of proteins, it is most effective in reducing inflammation and speeding recovery of skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, and well as accelerated wound healing and reduced inflammation.
Camel Milk contains age defying Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids (known to plump skin and smooth fine lines). It naturally keeps the skin moisturized and prevents sign of aging, sun damage and pigmentation, with its gentle exfoliating and lightening effect. Rich in Vitamin C, (a natural anti-oxidant) it increases collagen production and improves skin resiliency.
High in vitamin E and Vitamin A, which stimulates cell turnover, Camel Milk protects the skin against pollution and cell mutation that can be caused by sun exposure.
It is a natural source of Essential Fatty Acid Linoleic (known for moisture retention), and deeply moisturizing lanolin, which provides a calming and soothing effect on the skin and is beneficial for all skin types–even the most delicate and youngest skin.
Sandalwood is skin softeningantiseptic, anti-inflammatory
Saffron improves skin tone, bringing radiance to dull to skin, as well as youthfulness and nourishment to prematurely ageing skin. It's an excellent treatment for blemishes and dark circles. Its anti-bacterial properties stimulate blood circulation, thus giving freshness to the skin. It is ideal for curing acne and wonderful for brightening the complexion. It also helps to repair dry skin and enhances skin texture.
Shea Butter is a natural Vitamin A cream, and a superb moisturizer with exceptional healing properties for the skin. The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing.

So this particular one is sandalwood and saffron. I've had a couple sandalwood soaps now. Most of them I don't like. Except for one. And this is not that one. In my head I love the scent of sandalwood, and I might even like the first sniff, but I tend to just grow to hate it. Or...not hate, but very strongly dislike. That's what happened with this soap. I don't like the sandalwood scent. And I'm not sure wha the saffron contributes to scent, because I don't think I've ever sniffed Saffron. 

Other than the scent, the soap is fine. It's not too drying. Although it's kind of dry and color and that's taking a toll on my skin. It's still not as dry as some soaps make my skin.

It lathers nicely. Has a little bit of scrubby action if you use the bar directly on your skin. Cleans well, rinses cleanly.

It might be excellent for the skin, but since I'm  not a big fan of the scent, I would pick the evening primrose and vetiver over this one. It is definitely my favorite of the different camel milk soaps I have tried. 

They are made in Jordan of all natural ingredients. Which is what I like to see. 

Ingredients:
 Sodium Palmate (Saponified Palm Oil), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Saponified Palm Kernel Oil), Water (Aqua), Sodium Shea Butterate (Saponified Shea Butter Oil), Parfum (Fragrance), Camelus Dromedarius Lait Powder (Camel Milk), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Glycerin (Vegetable Glycerin), Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Powder, Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Flower, Capsicum Annuum (Paprika) Extract (Plant Based Pigment), Bixa Orellana (Annatto) Powder Organic (Plant Based Pigment), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Have you tried any camel milk soaps? Would you try them?

I have one more...which is the turmeric and honey. I should be reviewing that soon so stay tuned!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Favorites

It's Christmas Eve Eve! And I just wanted to share some of my Christmas favorites. Thinks I watch and listen to every Christmas! And I mean every Christmas.

So I'll start with movies. I do watch other Christmas movies outside of these three. Sometimes I even watch a new Christmas movie. But I HAVE to watch these three. Otherwise, is it actually Christmas? I don't think it would be.

So my three favorite are pretty easy.





And then when I'm with my family-we watch A Christmas story. It's my Dad's Favorite. But since I'm in Maryland on my own I probably won't be watching it. But it is funny!

And then I have three FAVORITE Christmas Albums-with a couple of random Christmas songs thrown in. But I'll share my playlist a little later. For now, these three albums. I love them. Really, really.

Boyz II Men Christmas Interpretation


Kirk Franklin Christmas With the Family


Motown Christmas-Theres this one and then a newer one too that I love.




MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush Review




There's a nasty little rumor going around that MAC is going to be discontinuing all their natural hair brushes and going completely synthetic. Well not a rumor, it's confirmed. Which really sucks. Natural hair brushes are IT for powder products. Synthetics just don't do it. I don't know why MAC is switching, supposedly to go "cruelty free" but I don't think that's right. I think synthetic brushes are cheaper to manufacture. So they can probably save money. I wonder if the new brushes are going to dupes of natural faves. Will they be replacing cult favorite 217 with synthetic hair? IDK. But anyway, on to the review.

MAC 168 claims:
The 168 Large Angled Contour Brush is ideal for the expert application of cheek contour. It features fibers that form a buffed edge and are soft and firmly bundled. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

This is my favorite blush brush. Favorite. If I only had to pick one it would be this one. It's a soft, small, natural goat haired brush that applies the perfect amount of diffused color without looking overdone. This brush almost does the work for you.


It also works great for contour. Applying small amounts of powder. You can use it for highlight. And bronzing. It's very versatile.

It's the only angled brush in my collection. I had a cheap angled brush years and years ago but the quality was horrific. I think it was Cherish brand. No comparison between that brush and this one. 


I've had this brush now for at least three years and it still looks pretty great. It doesn't get heavy use because I rotate it with my other brushes so they can all get some love, but it's holding up pretty well and if it lasts for years for makeup artists, I know it will go the long distance for me.

It took me awhile to like the MAC brush design but I do really like them. They have wooden handles, with nickel ferrules. They look professional. And this particular brush is hand-crafted in Japan.

It will cost you $35 dollars and I think it was worth it. Although I wouldn't want to pay it again. I'll just keep this one forever and ever.

What do you think abut MAC discontinuing their natural brushes? Do you have the 168? How do you like it?


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Samples Review: Calvin Klein Obssessed, MAC Cleanse Off Oil, MAC Lady Danger Perfume

I finally caught up on Walking Dead. And I'm ready for the next season. So no more Walking Dead distraction . Back to makeup and blogging. And speaking of makeup, is anyone as disappointed in the Fenty makeup line as me? We we were all hype in September when she came out with so many brown girl shades, from the jump. Only to have them completely out of stock for the next four months. Meanwhile she's come out with a lipstick and an eyeshadow palette. But no restocking of any the of shade that would match me. So now I don't even want the foundation. And that makes me kinda sad. 


1. Calvin Klein Obsessed- I didn't have much hope since I was already against the name of the fragrance. It's only the most over used word in the beauty industry. But since it was free I gave it a chance. And I don't like it. It's supposed to be an Oriental Aromatic Green. It just smells strong and icky. The notes are supposed to be Lavender, Sage, Neroli, Citrus, Elemi, Violet Leaf, Musk, Helvetolide, and Ambrette Muscenone. A lot of those scent notes I don't know. But...ick.

2. MAC Cleanse Off Oil- I usually sick to good oil coconut oil and face wash and that does the trick. But I do really like this. It's an oil-but it foams up. And it actually really helps remove hard to get off waterproof mascara. It has a nice light citrus scent that was pretty nice too! But I don't think I would go out of my way to spend $32 on a mere 5 oz. Nice, but overpriced!

3. MAC Lady Danger Perfume- I tried the Candy Yum Yum and didn't like that. I had read in a review that almost all the the MAC fragrances made after the lipsticks don't really smell that good. And if I'm basing it on the scent of this one and Candy Yum Yum, that's true. It smells masculine. Kind of a little sandalwood. Maybe some citrus. It smells nothing like I would imagine something that matches the lipstick would smell like. 

So two perfumes I don't like. And a makeup remover that was pretty good but overpriced.