Monday, March 19, 2012

Death By Chocolate 2012! Out Of The Box, Baby!

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Out Of The Box Sampler is a time tested favorite- they've been around since 2006 and every box is a delight! Sign up for the email newsletter and get reminders for when the next box will be available. Check out their Facebook page too- tons of giveaways, links to sellers and more! If you're a seller in the handmade market, contributing samples is an excellent way to get exposure- I know that personally I buy at least a few items every month from stores I got exposed to through Out Of The Box. Check 'em out and let 'em know The Beauty Pirate sent ya! April 2nd- Bunny Hop boxes go on sale!
March Sponsor Back Home Scents & Suds  wax tarts in Pistachio Cake & German Chocolate Cake
Coconut Mango Velvet Body lotion Soap That Makes Scents
bath salts Lost Lemonade
Cocoa Salt Scrub Zosimos Botanicals
pink chocolate Face Scrubbie Jodi's Craft Emporium
got chocolate? magnet Little Stitches Designs
Chocolate Coconut Soap Rainwater Soaps
Devils Food Cookies Scented wax tart cup Candle Confectionery
Macintosh Apple wax tart Angela's Candles
Chocolate Mousse Sugar Scrub Inspiri Body
soap bar Tiki Bar Soap
Mint Chocolate Raspberry Candy wax tarts Ugly Duckling Designs
Chocolate peppermint Cupcake soap Blissfully Essential Organics
Chocolate Mint cookie Caseosa Crafts
nibbles set Jane Marie Foods
"Chocolate Lab" candle Candle Abracadabra
Dark Chocolate bath Salts & Chocolate Covered Cherry Bubble Bath Bar The Crainery

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My February Beauty Army

Well, I think I made it pretty clear that so far I've been extremely happy with Beauty Army. EXCELLENT customer service, choices actually using my survey info instead of sending me the same thing as everyone else anyway, and only $12 for full sized items and high end deluxe samples. If you pay for a year membership all at once, you get a month free. After being so happy with my first two months, I bit the bullet and did the prepaid membership. I know that's a commitment, but the professionalism I've observed so far has been phenomenal.
The place where I see room for improvement is in their beauty insider updates. They sent out a post Oscar email talking about the Red Carpet beauty trends, but it was only a few sentences that were blurry and hard to read without a lot of info. If that's all I have to complain about, I'm doing pretty good!
My February picks were Cellceutical Cellgenensis,  M.A.D. Skincare Youth Transformation Age Corrective Serum, MyFace Cosmetics Blingtone Eyeshadow (full size) in Carribean Queen, laRocca Cosmetics 24K Exfoliating Cream Facial Cleanser (with 24k gold flakes in it!), Indie Lee Daily Moisturizing Oil in Lavender, Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream

Monday, March 12, 2012

Time For My Next Fix! (Beauty Fix!!)

I've talked about Beauty Fix with you gals before, but I just wanted to share with you one of my latest kit picks. Beauty Fix is a seasonal beauty club where for $49.95 you pick out 8 products plus a makeup bag is included. It comes out 4 times a year and you're offered tons of different products to choose from. Often the products are full sized and there have been times when the retail value of my choices came out to $500 or more! Seriously! Needless to say, I consider this to be a really darn good deal. All BeautyFix selections are chosen by a panel of makeup and skincare pros, so they're generally all winners. I've been exposed to some fabulous stuff that I had never heard of before, many now holy grail items in my beauty routine.

A sampling of some of my latest picks? (Do remember, this is what I picked, trust me, there's tons of stuff to choose from) And wow- watching the video, I can totally hear the bronchitis that slammed me on my tchukas mere hours later......

Kelly Teegarden Organics
Vitality Rose and Cucumber Eye Cream (Deluxe Sample Size) 

Makeup Finishing Spray (4 oz.)
Makeup Finishing Spray (4 oz.)
No beautiful makeup application is complete without being set for success. Eliminate that heavy powder look with a quick spritz of this finishing spray, the original makeup saver by Skindinavia. It’ll preserve the freshness of your cosmetics, preventing streaking, smudging and color loss. The unique cooling sensation will have you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day, with the confidence that your makeup is too.

Skindinavia Full Sized $29.00

Sugar Souffle Scrub (16 fl oz.)
Sugar Souffle Scrub (16 fl oz.)
Indulge in this all-natural body scrub while it effortlessly buffs away rough areas, dry skin and dead skin cells, revealing beautiful, radiant skin. LaLicious Sugar Souffle Scrub contains emollient, conditioning coconut oil that instantly absorbs into your skin. Pure cane sugars gently exfoliate while vitamin E and almond oils protect and moisturize for soft, touchable skin. An inviting Brown Sugar and Vanilla scent.

Deluxe Sample Size

Ultra Shine Honey-Peppermint Conditioner (8 fl oz.)
Ultra Shine Honey-Peppermint Conditioner (8 fl oz.)
Nick Chavez Ultra Shine Honey-Peppermint Conditioner combines honey and peppermint to revitalize and deeply condition each strand. Damaged and dry hair are transformed into lustrous, shiny locks. The unique formula is able to penetrate and restore health and vitality. Formulated to nourish without weighing your tresses down, and safe enough for color-treated hair.

Full Sized $20.00
LaRocca C-Gold Reperative Primer
Full Sized NINETY DOLLARS! (When one of my picks was unavailable and I got to pick something else, I said, hellz yeah, Baby! Send me another one of these bad boys!)

Raw Color All-Over Eye Shadow Brush - Blonde Handle (1 piece)
Raw Color All-Over Eye Shadow Brush - Blonde Handle (1 piece)
Raw Natural Beauty All-Over Eye Shadow Brush makes it easy to apply and layer eyeshadow for an even, smooth finish. The soft, rounded head fits perfectly into the contours of the lid, creating a wash of color for ideal coverage.

Obviously only one size! $20.00

Diva Xxtreme Body Styling Glaze (16 fl oz.)
Diva Xxtreme Body Styling Glaze (16 fl oz.)
Nick Chavez Diva Xxtreme Body Styling Glaze boosts hair volume for fuller, vivacious styles. The anti-flake formula promotes shine for hair that looks natural and voluminous, without feeling sticky or heavy. This hair-inflating glaze also helps ward off humidity, keeping flyaways and frizz to a minimum.

Full Sized $36.00

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A note from one of my favorite companies ever (and a discount to try out their AWESOME products!)

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Dropwise Essentials Health & Beauty News

A Note from Donya

Hello! And welcome to all our new subscribers. I'm finally feeling almost back to normal after an unusually long and persistent bout of some kind of flu bug –-there seems to be a few different strains of it going around these days. I'm not the type of person who can easily sit (or lay as the case may be) idle for very long so coping with this extended illness has been a real challenge for me.
After returning from Tony Robbins' Date with Destiny seminar this past December, I vowed to practice seeing the "gift" in every situation –-looking at the events of my life as things that are happening for me rather than to me. I realized that sometimes if we don't give ourselves the thing we need, the universe finds a way to do it. In this case I've come to appreciate the value of down time and being still (or quiet) for longer stretches of time instead of constantly reacting to, or analyzing everything that is going on (or not going on) around me. To quote a line from a Grateful Dead song "Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."
My big "aha!" moment came from feeling connected to what's most important –-my health. Everything else flows from there –including creativity. I was able to channel my need for being in motion into something more productive: clearing out clutter (physical and mental)! This allowed some new ideas to drop in. I like to think of it as early spring cleaning, but even more exciting, creating an opening for something new to unfold as we move out of winter into spring.
This week's article continues the inquiry into how to cut back on your sugar intake and find healthier substitutes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Remember to honor your body and spirit by taking care of yourself even when you think you don't need it!
Yours in health and prosperity,


March 7, 2012
Vol. 5, Issue No. 2

In This Issue:

1. A Note From Donya
2. Featured Article
3. Product Specials
4. About Dropwise


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Feature Article

Sugar Showdown! Finding Healthier Substitutes
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It seems like lately, every time you turn on the television or radio, or pick up a magazine there's a story about sugar and its role in the nation's growing epidemic of diabetes and obesity. You've likely been hearing a new term called Diabesity, which encompasses the intricate relationship between sugar, diabetes, and obesity.
Ever since the American Heart Association's 2009 recommendation to limit our daily consumption of added sugar to between 100 and 150 calories (vs. the 355+ calories that is actually consumed), the link between our overly sugar-laden diets and our ever-expanding waistlines has become painfully clear.

Understanding the potential health consequences of eating too much sugar is one thing, knowing what to do about it is an entirely different story … Looking at sugar consumption as a long-term health imperative rather than a simple weight management issue might give you the motivation you need to tackle it. Start with small manageable steps and work up from there.
First, aim to significantly reduce your consumption of (and eventually eliminate) highly processed sugars like corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup --which can be addicting and wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels. Read full article here.

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Dropwise Essentials is a San Francisco-based green business specializing in pure aromatherapy and organic plant-based personal care products that give people a safe and effective way to relieve stress, increase vitality, improve confidence, or manage their emotional state any time or place without popping a pill. Our products are:

  • Free of synthetic chemicals and petroleum ingredients
  • Made with high quality certified organic oils and pure essential oils sourced from around the world
  • Packaged in re-usable or recyclable materials
  • Hand-made locally in northern California
Dropwise Essentials was founded by Donya Fahmy, a writer, producer, and consultant whose avid interest in the curative powers of aromatherapy and herbs ultimately led her to design and create the seven products and seventeen unique essential oil blends that make up the current Dropwise product line. She has studied aromatherapy with Carol Schiller - a successful author of several aromatherapy books - and with Dr. Daniel Penoel - a renowned expert in the field of medical aromatherapy.

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