Monday, November 12, 2018

Botanical Societies Rosemary Essential Oil Review



Another oil review. Because I love my oils. I bought this one for about $5-7 from TJ Maxx. They were my go to for essential oils but I have since started to order online as I trust the oils from certain companies a little more. Botanical Societies is a company you can't really find anything about online-that being said I have had a couple oils from them- I think they are legit. And I've liked them.

Botanical Societies claims:
-couldn't find anything and threw the box away 


You get 10 ml of product. Unfortunately I threw the box away so I don't have much more information than that.

Let's start with talking about the scent.

It's smells exactly like if you were to get fresh rosemary and chop it up. At first I wasn't the biggest fan of rosemary but the scent has really grown on me. It smells really herbal and a bit medicinal and really freshening.

Mostly I like to diffuse it. It helps with concentration and memory. And I feel like it helps ward of colds and sickness too. So when I add it to my body lotion I feel like I'm warding off any germs that might be circulating. I don't really know if it's true, but that's how I feel.

It's also great for stimulating hair growth. I have added it to shampoo but I haven't really been consistent enough to note any results.

I've loved to add it to essential oil blends. I made a super relaxing rollerball blend by mixing it with Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Mint. Most times that blend relaxes me so much I go right to sleep!

I've also tried it on joint pain. Sometimes my ankles hurt a bit after doing high impact dance workouts and a drop mixed in some lotion got rid of the discomfort completely.

So in conclusion, I love Rosemary oil. And even though I don't like not being able to find more information about it online- this oil has served me well. I would purchase this brand again if I saw it in TJ Maxx. Otherwise, I have no idea where to actually find it. 


Random: I got my new diffuser! And I love it. It's so much better than the other diffuser I had before. I wish I had bought this one first. It's the Plant Therapy diffuser in Rose Gold. 



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Zum Bar Haul (Indigo Wild)

Quick haul of some products I was really happy to see. I was really into natural soaps, and then a chaotic year and not having easy access to them had me using any old stuff on my skin. But I want to get back into using all natural soaps again-so I placed an order with Iherb. And Amazon. Iherb shipping takes forever (to overseas locations) but they are finally here. And this is what I ordered.


Zum Tub Lavender Bath Salts- I bought this from Amazon for about $12 or so. And it smells like real Lavender Essential Oil. I love that about Zum products- they use quality essential oils to scent their stuff. I've already used it once and will try it a couple more times before I post a review. 

The rest are soaps.

I have Zum Patchouli (first one I cracked open), Rosemary Mint, Oatmeal Lavender.


Zum Seaweed, Lavender Mint, Patchouli Orange.


And last but not least- Lavender Lemon and Charcoal.



I'm eventually going to try them all out but this is what I have for now! 

Heatwave


Taking it back to the old school again today.

Today's artist- Heatwave!

This song is one of my favorite songs of all time. Always and Forever. Many people know the Luther remake. And I love Luther BUT the original can never be beat, in my opinion. I love how he switches effortlessly from full voice to falsetto. Amazing. We won't talk about the outfits.



This is my favorite song to listen to when being indecisive. I often sing it when other people are being indecisive as well.






These are other songs on my Heatwave playlist but I can't find a live performance for.

Happiness Togetherness
Grooveline- ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
Boogie Nights- Another funky fave

I'm going to go listen to Always and Forever with a big old smile on my face now.





Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

I made Chicken and Biscuits a couple weeks ago and almost convinced myself I wouldn't want regular old Chicken Pot Pie anymore. That was a lie. I still LOVE Chicken Pot Pie and this was a great recipe.


It calls for store bought pie crust- but I prefer homemade. So I made the first one that popped up for me on google when I put in apple cider vinegar pie crust. And it was amazing. I should have saved it for future recipes. I could probably find it and pin it here-but laziness is upon me.


Next I got started on chopping the veggies. Yum fresh veggies. Oh and cooking the chicken. I used chicken breast this time.

This is what the filling looked like. Check out all the specks of pepper!I accidentally added too many peas. But that's OK. Veggies are good for us!


Baked and bubbly! Mine came out the teeniest bit dry. I should have added more cream- but it was still super good. It wasn't very noticeable- I've just become super critical of the things I make now.

 And plated!



I got the recipe from a blog called Family Fresh Meals.

Click here if you want to make it for yourself- as for me, I'm pinning it because it's a great recipe and if I needed a really good pot pie I wouldn't hesitate to make this one again!








Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Urban Decay Vice Disobedient Lipstick Review


Lipstick Review time! This time- the fourth color that came in the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick palette.


Urban Decay claims:
Disobedient- Cream Medium Pink

Prepare to get hooked. Vice Lipstick comes in a massive lineup of 135 addictive shades and six indulgent finishes—our biggest lineup yet! 
Please note SALE shades do not qualify for Custom Engraving.

Our shade range has it all: Bold brights. Dark, sexy shades. Super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin, there’s something for everyone—from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again. Several shades were inspired by some of our other lip products (and even our Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils!).

I'm not really a bright pink lipstick wearer. I tend to go for more fuchsia or purple type of pinks. Rich, darker pinks because I find they look best on my skin tone. A bright cool pink can look kind of clownish if not applied carefully on me.

And I have to apply this really carefully. It's just too bright so I have to blot it down a lot. Also, it tends to go on streaky. I think it's because of my coloring though, as I've seen it on other skin tones and there didn't seem to be a problem.

Another thing I notice is that it can kind of bunch up into lines and look patchy if you look closely. A lip scrub can help...but it can still settle even using a lip scrub beforehand. 

Long story short, I'm not a fan. 

But as always, I had fun trying such a fun color. And I will still be using it up by mixing it with other colors. I've found I really like mixing it with a blue toned reds. Then it gives me the prettiest rosy color and if I blot most of it off, it creates a lovely stain.

So I did have fun experimenting with it!

Unfortunately, it's not my favorite- and that's OK. There were some in the palette I loved and some not so much.


In order to not look so crazy I blotted it way down. 

Have you tried any of the VICE lipsticks? Are you a bright pink wearer? What's your favorite? 



Gold Glitter Nails

I've been really into watching nail polish tutorials lately. Mostly acrylic/gel nails. So much so I've been thinking of buying an acrylic system and giving it a try. But then another part of me thinks I should put that time, effort, and money into growing my nails out. But......I really hate long nails. I just feel like all kinds of icky stuff gets stuck under them and I can't stand it so I always cut them down.

Back in the day (middle school), I used to buy those Kiss Acrylic and Gel kits and attempt to make nails myself. But they never worked and then I would be stuck with the glue on my nails for awhile and it was not cute.

I probably won't do the acrylics. But I did pull out some loose nail glitter that I've had for years and made my first attempt at a glitter nail.

And it's so pretty. But kind of thick looking. The first hand I needlessly did two coats of glitter. The second hand came out better- less thick. Then I topped it with two topcoats- OPI Top Coat (hate it)  and Poshe (LOVE!). 

Wearing two top coats has really been working on my nails- although I prolly wouldn't buy the OPI for the combination again. It does make my nail polish last for the most part about 4-5 days without chipping AND it stays shiny. But it can be an expensive combo so I'm mostly doing it to get rid of the OPI. 

So I'm just going to use it until the bottle is gone.

I used OPI Goldeneye. And then an OPI gold multi-color glitter which would not photograph anywhere near as nicely as it actually looked. It has the prettiest rainbow effect in certain lights.


I'm going to keep experimenting with the glitter. And maybe pull out my stamping system again.