Thursday, March 31, 2011

FREE Limited Time Deal at BloomCircle

 BlomCircle is an online beauty store with a massive inventory and reward points with purchases good towards future purchases. Right now they are having a deal where if you sign up (it's free) you get a $40 credit on your account. FORTY BUCKS! FREE!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm in the mood for love......

How can you not feel beautiful when you're being pampered? Thee are a lot of products out there that are fun ways to oomph up your romantic life while notching down your stress levels. When we relax, our health, our relationships and our interior life all benefit and give you a glow that no $200 lotion can provide.  There's something fun about going with your partner to an adult store and picking out things together on the spur of the moment, but for the shy types (or those inconveniently located) you also have tons of online options now as well. Some of these products are total CRAP and some are delightful. I'm in a good mood today (case in point!) so I'm going to focus on the positive and give you some of my suggestions.

Shunga Vanilla Massage Oil

This is made from cold pressed almond oil, so it's incredibly moisturizing. Almond oil has a little more thickness than some of the other options, so this is a good way to go if you want something a little less messy and doesn't need much reapplication. I recommend this line for people who want a slightly sweeter scent than your regular herbal scented massage oils.  It absorbs really well but still leaves a smooth surface on the skin to work with. I also like to put some of this in the tub for a relaxing, moisturizing bath.

Kama Sutra Oil Of Love in Cherry Almond
Kama Sutra Oil of Love is "oil' in name only. It's actually a latex safe water soluble formula. This is a flavored "oil" that gets hot when you blow or breathe on it, making it a perfect toy to experiment with if you're just learning about such things. Fun without being intimidating! Warning: This stuff can get STICKY. You definitely want to wash it off after you're done playing unless you want to feel like a half eaten lollipop! Some similar brands taste neeasty but these are pleasant. I really like the cherry almond for it's more earthy almond flavor with a hint of cherry sweetness. 

Kama Sutra Honey Dust
This stuff is famous! Made with real powdered honey, it's a silky soft powder that adds a subtle sweet flavor to the skin. It comes with a feather duster, so you can tease your partner for a giggle. It also makes an EXCELLENT body powder and if you sprinkle it on your sheets it gives them a sweet smell and a satiny texture. Very finely milled and available in a number of scent/flavor options. This is hands down their most popular product.

Royal Lavender Aromassage Pleasure Oil (w/carnation oil and vitamin e)
I like to use lavender in the evening since it's so relaxing, and combined with a massage, well, how much more relaxed can you get? Carnation oil has a natural subtle sweetness that blends well with the lavender and vitamin E has been proven to help heal the skin. The best part? I adore the jelly massage mitt! Excuse me while I make that gurgling noise that Homer Simpson makes when thinking about things like "world's biggest donut...." 

Kama Sutra Treasure Of The Sea bath salt
Um, I guess I really like Kama Sutra's line of stuff. Classy looks, well made products, and nothing you'd be horrified to leave sitting on the nightstand. A nourishing blend of sea salt, seaweeds and marine minerals, this is a luxurious bath salt! It turns the water a lovely cerulean with a light "ocean" scent. Leaves the skin soft and refreshed, and is a great addition to a tub for two! This is a nice start to relax the muscles before you get 9or give) that massage :-)

Cal Exotics Ginger Lime Pheremone Mist bed and body spray talc
I LOVE this stuff. While available in many scents, the Ginger Lime is my favorite. This is a spray powder that you lightly mist over your sheets for not only an invigorating aromatherapy boost, but it also creates a silky texture on the cloth and absorbs perspiration. While it does say it works as a body talc, I find it sprays too directly onto the skin- stick with more old fashioned body powder application.
All of these products are available in multiple scents/flavors (except for the bath salts) - these just happen to be examples of some of my favorites.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Once again, one of the best beauty deals out there

For $10.00 you can get the month's box, or you can get a subscription and receive one box for free. With each purchase you get points to redeem towards the full sized items, so it's a win/ win! hands down one of the best deals ever.  Sign up for them at Birchbox 

 From a previous box-
Serge Lutens L'Eau Fragrance
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten (which was a full size retailing for $22!)
Blow Up Thickening Mist
This month’s box is all about shine, starting with a sweetly shimmery lip glaze in a champagne hue (it’ll match a glass of bubbly perfectly). We’ve included a tinted moisturizer that evens out skin and adds luminosity at the same time, and a genius hair styling product to add gloss and hold to your coif. A spritz of the latest scent from cult perfumer Serge Lutens and you’re ready for anything!
Want more? Of course you do. Check out the Birchbox Shop, which has gift picks for everyone in your life, plus party essentials for yourself. In the Haute Box, you’ll find quick fixes for winter skin woes, day to night party tips from Stila’s pro artist, and a video tutorial to help you master the smokey eye once and for all. Have fun!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Let The Good Times Roll w/ the Sampler Village Mardi Gras sampler

Sampler Village once again gives good time for all! Boxes go on sale next week, so run over and get your before they're gone! Here's links to sellers that were in my box.....

Jade Dumpling 
avacado sushi roll magnet

Pure Simplicity Soaps
White Tea handmade soap

Mardi Gras soy tart

Gingerbread Cupboard
Beignet soy-paraffin wax melt

Designs By Taylor 2U
hair pin

Loopy Gal Creations
100% cotton crocheted scrubbie

Ms Formaldehyde
large rose hair clip

Saltbox Scents
cotton ball sampler of Iced Lemon Danish

Rustico Natural
Dragon's Blood goat milk soap

Fun Favors
Mardi Gras cupcake toppers

Purely Pleasures
Powdered Lavender Flower Bath Powder

Creations By Mal
Scrabble Tile Pendant

Mardi Gras soap

Rockabetty Beauty
Lid Luster Eye Shadow in Stunner

Amandas Scents And Dreams
Green Tea Foot Bath

A Penny 4 your Thoughts
soy melt

Organic Pagan
Organic Lavender Herbal Bath Salt bag

Global Jewelry Bazaar
metal and (clay?) pendant

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hippies Bath & Body

Hippies Bath & Body is a handmade company that I first got exposed to through different sampler boxes. Well, now I've used the solid lotion, the lip balm, AND the soap and I'm here to tell you, they hit a three'fer!

Their mission statement is :

About US

Located in the beautiful James River Region in Central Virginia, Hippie's Creations is a small artisan studio where we handcraft all of our products. Hippie's Creations is a family business. Each items is handcrafted and by buying our products, you are supporting not only a small business but a family that is proud to bring you quality products"

not only do they sell bath and body products, but also handmade jewelry, bath puppets, leg warmers and more! One stop shopping :-) 
Hippie's Bath & Body Flower Power Soap Bar
"My bars of soap may not be the fanciest around but they are handmade goodness for dry, itchy and ashy skin and scalp. My family and I have been using these soaps we have noticed how our skin is so soft & smooth. We also have heard customers saying the same thing about our soaps…their skin feels clean, good and soft.

I take pride in making my soaps- and use hot press method. I am inpatient and while I occasionally use the cold press method, hot press allows me access to my soap faster and well, lets me use it.

Why handmade soap? Because most manufactured soap makers remove the glycerin from their soaps and then sell it to increase their bottom-line. But is exactly the reason behind people experiencing dry, tight, itchy skin when they use these store bought soaps. My soaps contain the natural glycerin which helps moisturize your skin."
I would compare the feel of this soap to Ivory soap as far as skin feel. It doesn't have all the harsh ingredients that some use to create a lot of suds, so it rinses quickly and cleanly with no residue. Honestly my first thought upon using this was that it would be great to use on squiggly and impatient children! Right now this is in my upstairs bathroom soap dish that I keep by the sink. I wash my hands a lot, and I like that it doesn't dry my skin out and makes hand washing a quick affair.
Hippies Creations Lotion Bar in Relax
"What is a solid lotion bar? It's thick and rich, it's great for very dry areas of your body, or rubbed lightly all over.
Solid, portable convenient packaged in a push up container. Just rub into your skin for instant relief of dry skin! Great for elbows, heels, and just about anywhere!"
This is next to the bed, as I've been using it nightly on my elbows, knees and feet. I like to warm it up in my hands and then really massage it into my feetsies. it's extremely moisturizing and makes battered, cracked heels look new again (for a little while, at least!)
Saving the best for last, I ADORE their lip balm. I have a tube in Buttercreme, and it is DIVINE. Extremely emollient and goes on so smoothly it's like rubbing satin onto your lips. It makes them downright slick, they're so soft, and it gets all the cracks and crevices like the inner bit of the lip that so many balms don't seem to want to get to. The smell sends me over the moon- it is so very very yummy! I cannot stress enough how much I adore this lip balm. This is my current "downstairs balm" (I keep a tube in the living room so that at any point when I'm downstairs and want lip balm I have a tube handy. I'm an addict.)

So visit your handcrafting artisans and shop indie! (Yes, I am aware that I also worship at the altar of Lancome, but I have room for all of my children in my heart!)

(Update for any vegans out there- there is beeswax in the balm and lotion- just an FYI. )

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Skincare RX March Beauty Cache 2011

The first bag in the Collectible Edition of the Beauty Cache is now available! (Free Shipping)

ONLY $29.95!!!!!!!!!! The powder alone normally costs thirty five bucks! 
The bag has a very limited supply and will sell out fast! Be sure to Enroll for Auto Ship of the bag, which guarantees you’ll receive every new Beauty Cache the moment they’re available.
This chic cosmetic bag is perfect for carrying your must-have beauty products with you wherever you go. It includes a variety of cosmetics, hand and body care, and treatments for aging, acne-prone, and sensitive skin.
The contents of each cache will vary, but take a look below to see what full and deluxe sample sized products were in my bag. 

FULL SIZE Products Included

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Mineral-infused mist softens and protects skin while adding a moisture boost.

Colorescience Genie Eyeshadow
Fun mineral eye colors can be used wet or dry to enhance the eyes.

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Pressed Powder
Translucent formula smooths wrinkles as it evens the skin tone.

Pharmacopia Organic Hand Cream - Lavender
Deeply nourishes the hands with Shea Butter and soothing Lavender Extract.  
Deluxe Samples included :
Phytomer Hydracontinue Instant Moisture Cream
Instantly soothes and quenches dry skin with Marine Extracts.
Skinmedica Enviromental Defense Sunscreeen SPF 30
Ideal for those with any skin type who want to provide the skin with antioxidant and sun protection.
SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex
Antioxidant serum heals sun damage, brightening, toning, and tightening the skin.
Kinerase Photofacials Daily Moisturizer SPF 50
Reduces sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles while shielding from the sun.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Kit
UltraCalming regimen relieves red, irritated, and super sensitive skin.

DDF Brightening Cleanser
Blend of botanicals and herbs reduces age spots and acne scarring while removing all impurities.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel
Plumps the skin with moisture while repairing damaged skin tissue.

Natura Bisse Cure Collection Diamond Eyes
Detoxifying, anti-aging collection. 

Caudalie Premier Cru
Resveratrol and Viniferine from Grapevines and Grape Seeds smooth wrinkles and improve elasticity.

Klorane oat Milk Shampoo
For those who shampoo daily, cleans without drying or stripping hair.
and a sample pack from DHC with Deep Cleansing Oil, Eye Bright, Velvet Skin Coat and nighttime Moisturizer

Again, this is only $29.95, but worth literally hundreds! (Free Shipping)

A New Shoe Club!

 I wanted to share this amazing site called ShoeDazzle, where you get gorgeous shoes, handbags and jewelry, and personalized recommendations from real Hollywood stylists. Everything is just $39.95. Join now and get 20% off your first ShoeDazzle item!
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These are the ones I've gotten from them so far.....