Monday, October 27, 2014

c. Booth Review: Mimosa Honeysuckle Body Souffle & Honey Almond Dry Oil Mist

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{About $7 at TJMaxx}

Walking around TJMaxx, I came across this body lotion and dry oil. I've been looking everywhere for lotions that are either honeysuckle, peony, or Jasmine scented. My favorite hand lotion was discontinued, so these scents have been on my scavenger list for a while.



The Mimosa Honeysuckle body souffle is wonderful. I *love*love*love* the scent of this lotion. It smells exactly like honeysuckle (some lotions can be labeled a scent, and it smells nothing like it!), and reminds me of the deeply scented honeysuckle candles from a very popular company of bath & body products.

It feels great on my skin, it is very moisturizing, and it absorbs very well. (I usually like to put lotions and oils on right after a shower, while my skin is still very damp. It helps it absorb better, and you don't feel like its just sitting on top of your skin.)

 
{About $5 TJMaxx}

The Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist is my favorite of the two. I typically love odd sweet scents, like Popcorn, Caramel, Cucakes etc. If you love those types of scents, this one is for you. This dry oil mist absorbs great into the skin, and has a wonderful sweet smell. It says honey almonds, and it almost reminds me (slightly) of the roasted sweet almonds you get at amusement parks. Not the burnt notes at all, but more of a deep vanilla/almond scent. I love it! When you spray it, it is indeed a very fine mist, not heavy at all. I've already received a few compliments while wearing it, so I know I'm not the only one that thinks it smells good lol.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this available it Walmart on my last shopping trip. (Although, I did pick this one up at TJMaxx for a bit cheaper.)

Have you tried c. Booth before? I want to say that I had heard of this company before, but I'm not sure that I have. I'm glad that I found it at TJMaxx, and plan on ordering more when from the actual c. Booth site in the future.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mini Bathroom Fridge (Beauty Post!)

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While in the shower, I was thinking about beauty posts that I wanted to write up. In the middle of my shower, I forgot that I needed my face mask. I reached over, and pulled it out of my little refrigerator on my counter. My first thought was "I'm glad I remembered to place it in there, and didn't have to run cold & naked to my kitchen to pull it out of my fridge." (running out freezing cold in the middle of my hot shower is a pain in the butt, ruins any relaxing moment I had lol.). Then I thought, "Hey! maybe I should write about the convenience of this..."

So alas, here's the blog post instead of my beauty DIY :-)




I tend to do a lot of face masks and diy's at home. When you do all natural diy's, they don't typically contain any chemicals or preservatives to help protect them from going bad (like store purchased ones would). When you make face masks with perishable things (like mashed fruits, veggies, etc.), its important to keep these items refrigerated to keep them safe to use. They don't keep forever, but the shelf life is extended by a few days before you need to toss them away.

Keeping them in the kitchen really isn't too much of a hassle, but it if you're like me, I always forget to grab these items before my shower :( I end up running to my kitchen, rummaging for my bottles of goodies, and then resuming my shower. Not fun.



A few years ago, my hubs went out and got me this mini hello kitty fridge. Its been perfect to store all of my homemade face masks! Its super cute, and it keeps all of my beauty products within easy reach for my bath time or night time beauty routine.

When I went on my first trip to lush, and I was pleasantly surprised to know that their products are so natural, some of them even need refrigeration to keep them fresh (I was amazed to find fresh healthy options for my skin.)! Mini fridges are perfect for these sorts of items that you'd rather not keep in the kitchen.



Not only is it great for face masks/scrubs, but I also find it handy for:

Setting Sprays (Feels very cooling to spray over or under my makeup.)
Perfume (Feels cooling as well.)
DIY Sprays (I use apple cider vinegar, and spray it into cotton balls for a toner.)
Facial Toners
Eye drops (Cooling effect on irritated eyes)
Medicines (some pills & certain birth control need to be kept cool. Easier to remember to take before bed!)



I've read people even put their foundations in there for the cooling effect & preservation. I personally find it *too* cold on my face. Also, I don't know if that does anything to the oxidation process (perhaps changing the color until it warms up on my face?). If I'm in a rush, I don't have time to see if the color is going to warm up, or how my contouring is going to look in comparison to my cold foundation.

If I have products that don't fit in it, I just pour it into little spray bottles so it fits in my fridge :-)

If Hello Kitty isn't your thing, I did find a few on Ebay, Amazon, & Target as well. Just google Portable mini fridge.


This is really a splurge product, not really something out of necessity... but, it really does help me to keep everything in one spot. Its just inconvenient to keep things I need in another room. Would you keep a little fridge in your bathroom? I read that this is very popular in Asian countries (I thought I was a weirdo for keeping something like this!)



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Puree Face Mask DIY




I'm always looking for natural ways to cleanse and brighten my complexion. I have Atopic Dermatitis, which causes my skin to have small dry spots from certain products. All natural is usually the way to go.

Pumpkin is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, some of them include;
  • Alpha & Beta Carotene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
One of the reasons I use this mask/scrub during the chilly weather, is because the enzymes in pumpkin help dissolve dry skin cells. Also, the Alpha-Hydroxy acids help to brighten and smooth out the skin.



I personally love adding peppermint to my face masks. It gives me a great "cooling" sensation, and makes my skin feel extra clean. Use very sparingly, and adjust the measurements as needed. Essential oils are very concentrated, and the potency can cause irritation if not used in correct moderation.


Pumpkin Face Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

3-4 drops of essential oil (I used peppermint)
1/3 cup Ground Almond Flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Mix all of the ingredients, place into a sealable bowl. Keep it in the fridge, I typically use it within 5 days.




I placed everything into a hello kitty container I got from Target in the dollar bins. It was super easy to do, and I feel good knowing the ingredients in my skin care.


What's your favorite at home beauty DIY?

**Editor's Note** This face scrub is very "wet". Its best to be patted on, and scrubbed with a face cloth since the little bits of pumpkin can easily fall off. The facial scrubber helps to rub the pumpkin in while exfoliating :-)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oscar de la Renta





 




 Oscar de la Renta and his PR girl.  Questions.
 -Oscar de la Renta
 

All Natural Raw Pumpkin Puree

 


I wanted to try some new recipes using pumpkin ('tis the season!), so what better way than to use my Magimix.
 
Raw Pumpkin Puree Recipe
What you need:
1 Small Pie Pumpkin
1 and 2/3 cups of distilled water

 Dice up the small pie pumpkin (remove the seeds, and cut off the stem). Place the diced up pumpkin pieces into the Magimix, cover, add the water, and pulse it until you get it to a thick paste like consistency. That's it! Super Easy.

I scooped it into 3 mason jars, and placed it into the fridge for later use that week. I used the raw puree in a few recipes I tried out, along with making a DIY all natural face mask. I'll post the face mask recipe next :-)

Have you tried making pumpkin puree before? I don't think I'll ever purchase the canned version again.



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Everything But The House: Online Estate Sales

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{Current Estate Sale I Found Being Auctioned}

I was approached by "Everything But The House", to see if I would be interested in trying out their online estate sales. If you read my blog, you probably know by now how much I enjoy antiquing & rummaging for vintage items.

Typically, when I shop estate sales, I stick to either vintage home goods, vintage jewelry or vintage toys (along with some occasional thrifted items I can turn into DIY's to adorn my home). Everything But The House has all of that and more.

I know of a few sites where you can auction off/bid on things people personally sell, but I didn't know that there was a place here in Louisville that specifically catered to Estate Sales. I was pretty excited to try them out.

The website is called www.EBTH.com. They really do live up to their name, as they have a large variety of items for sale; things you would typically find in any estate sale.


      
{Current Estate Sale I found Being Auctioned} 


The process is simple, and I found their website to be very user friendly. You just simply go on to their website, search through items you find appealing & bid. If you win the item, you can either choose to pick it up or have it shipped (for an additional charge.).

I did bid on a couple of items, and finally won one for the budget I had, it was a beautiful deep red glass set. 

 
 {Glass Auction I won on EBTH.com}


 







I loved the hue of the glass. I had been looking for a deep red pitcher, and was lucky to find it on their site!


At the moment, they do have a ton of beautiful sales going on, including the ones that caught my eye; like the Louis Vuitton luggage set shown above, and the vintage jewelry set<3 

For more info, check them out on their website.

They also are on social media! Follow them on:

Twitter
Facebook

Thank you Everything But The House for the opportunity to check you guys out!

Have you ever bid on online auctions? 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purses, Pouts, & Pearls! {Louisville Event}


 
{One of the beautiful bags that will be in the designer handbag bingo!}
Kate Spade "Rachelle" bag. Kindly donated by the Kate Spade location 
at the Shoppes of the Bluegrass.


I have great news to share with you guys<3

There is a new event in Louisville, that benefits the amazing work of the American Cancer Society. The evening includes bingo for designer handbags (!!!), a silent auction for high end items, gift bags, light bites & signature cocktails.

Tickets are $45 per person; Tables of 8 & 10 are also available!

I hope you're able to come out and support a wonderful cause<3

For more information on the event and tickets, check them out here.

Purses, Pouts, & Pearls
November 7th, 2014, 6-10 p.m.

Woodhaven Country Club
7200 Woodhaven Road
Louisville, Ky.