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. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Aura Cacia Nurturing Sweet Almond Oil Review

I normally don't do reviews for the same brand back to back. But this is my second bottle of this...and I want to review it before I forget and end up with a third bottle and no review. I basically buy this to use as a carrier oil. And I do occasionally make my own scented body oils too. 

Aura Cacia claims:
A natural source of skin-nourishing fatty acids and lipids, sweet almond oil has a rich, skin-nurturing consistency that provides a nice glide during massage. It is excellent for bath and after-shower applications, and especially appropriate for dry-skin care.

I'm not sure why but I am really drawn to Sweet Almond Oil. I guess because of the name. I've read a couple of reviews of people confused because it doesn't smell anything like almonds. It's basically non-scented. Which is how it's supposed to be. I think if you buy unrefined Almond oil it's going to have a bit of scent. But the refined stuff is a little easier to find and more shelf stable. I almost always prefer unrefined but this is fine for the purposes I use it for.

Sweet almond oil is an oil that absorbs pretty quickly. It doesn't sit on top of the skin. It just sinks right in and leaves the skin pretty nicely moisturized. 

I like to use it as a carrier for essential oils. For example when I have a headache I will take a little of this and drop in some mint essential oil. Rub it in and apply to my temples and under my nose and also on my neck. I do the same thing with Lavender but for sleep and relaxation. I also use it for body oils. It's not my favorite for that because I feel like the essential oils don't mix in as easily as it does with Jojoba. Jojoba really seems to take on the scent of whatever you put in it. But Jojoba is pricier so I stick with Sweet Almond for the most part.

It comes in a 4 oz and then a larger size- I think 12 or 16 oz. But my local Bed Bath and Beyond  quit selling that size so I kept ending up with the 4 oz. I wouldn't pay anymore than 5 dollars for the 4 oz size. 

Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E

Overall, it's just a carrier oil. I would buy it again. But I think next go around I will try out a new oil, such as grapeseed. Maybe even Olive Oil. Perhaps even a mix. 

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go catch up on the Walking Dead. Yesterday was my Friday and I'm off until Wednesday. Mostly because I need to pack-but I figured I would enjoy myself too! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential Oil Review

I'm trying to stay on the blogging train now that I've gotten on. The one thing that is mostly occupying my time is watching Ancestry DNA vids on youtube. My sister left for Africa (today!) and as part of the trip she got an Ancestry DNA test done. We looked at her results before Thanksgiving and they were interesting. Definitely not what I expected at all. Since siblings can inherit different DNA, I wanted to test my DNA to see how similar or different it is to her so I ordered my own kit-and am waiting on pins and needles for it. I will probably do a full post on it once I get my results. Which will hopefully be before Christmas. But in the meantime, I have an oil to review.

Aura Cacia:
Pressed from the peels of ripe oranges, sweet orange essential oil is like a burst of sunshine on a fresh summer day. Sweet orange oil will lift your spirits, brighten your mood and refresh the air around you. Sweet orange's gentle, clarifying nature cheers the heart and brightens the mood. Diffuse it often to maintain a wholesome, positively charged atmosphere

United States, Peel, Citrus Sinensis

This is another one I'm not really sure what I intended to use it for before I bought it. I just bought it and figured I would figure it out when I got it. I like the Aura Cacia brand, they are easy to find and pretty affordable. I think I paid nearly four dollars for this one and you get 15 ml. Which is decent for the money. 

I don't know what I used most of the bottle for. Probably using it mixed into some water as an air refresher. Maybe I mixed some into oils as a scented body oil too. I don't recall. Towards the last half of the bottle, I started using it in my diffuser. Orange is probably one of my favorite oils of all times to diffuse. Especially with a drop of patchouli. It's my happy smell. 

Which makes sense because orange oil is said to be a great mood booster. The only thing is I do have to use quite a few drops to really get the scent I want. 

I almost forgot to describe the scent. It's basically the exact smell you get when you peel an orange. Exactly like that.

I did read it's supposed to help brighten skin. I haven't tried it for that. But I should get on that since it's winter and this is an oil you want to stay out of the sun after applying for about 12 hours. Maybe more. 

It's a kid safe oil. But it's best to use caution in pregnancy. And of course if you have any medical conditions or are on medication be sure to consult your doctor. 

It's one of my favorite oils for diffusing. And I almost bought four new bottles because they were on sale, but i passed it up because I had just recently bought a big bottle blood orange oil to replace this now that it's gone.

I haven't tried many different orange oils but I do like this one. I'm going to try more and then come back to this and see how it holds up...but so far I really like it!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cherry Danish

I love danish pasties. I've only ever had the stale kind that were mass produced in a factory but I'm pretty sure once I get my hands on the fresh stuff it will be a revelation. I made this from the blog Budget Bytes- which you can tell the blogs specialty is more food than dessert focused. But I figured I would try it out anyway. 

I made my own puff pastry. I was kind of tempted to try danish dough but it had been awhile since I did puff pastry and I wanted to make sure I still had it. I used my favorite puff recipe from Food Network. Of course you can buy it. But most of the stuff you get in the store doesn't even have butter. Which is a crime in my eyes. You can't have puff pastry without butter.

Anyway, so I made the puff pastry from scratch.

And the cherry filling. I don't like canned fruit fillings. They are nasty and they contain a bunch of strange ingredients. Fresh cherries aren't really in season so I just used frozen. I can't remember what blog I got the recipe from but it was just the cherries, arrow root powder, sugar, water, a splash of lemon juice, and almond extract.

Next I mixed up my cream cheese. Which I don't think it tastes like the cream cheese filling I'm used to. But it was ok. I think other cheese filling has more ingredients-like egg.

Then I assembled. Not like the blog, because they just looked like cherry turnovers. So I googled and saw a pastry that looked kinda pretty to me. And so I did that. I just cut the puff into squares, put a dollop of cream cheese mixture, the cherries, and then added the almonds.

Baked them up.

Sprinkled them with powdered sugar and they were good to go.

They were good, especially when given some time to cool. The cherry flavor comes out more when it's cooler as opposed to warm. They didn't taste like a cherry danish though. 

If I made them again I would do blueberry. Or strawberry. Since I like those cooked a lot more than cherries. But the cherry wasn't bad. It didn't taste at all like medicine which was good!

You can check out the original recipe here!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Bedu Camel Milk French Clay and Rosewood Face and Body Bar Review

I'm back to blogging. At least for now. December is going to be a very busy month for me.But I can't not write anything and this camel milk soap box has just been sitting ever so patiently waiting to get reviewed. I started with the Vetiver soap, which I absolutely loved. So I went and picked up like three more. The second one being the French Clay and Rosewood.

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.
French Clay heals and regenerates skin tissue, draws out toxins, unclogs and shrinks pores. It helps clear acne and prevents breakouts. It’s an excellent natural exfoliator, and it evens out skin tone.
Rosewood balances skin and slows the aging process by increasing the regeneration of skin tissues. It reduces the appearance of scars and fine lines, mollifying scar tissue to be more soft and flexible.
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 the last soap was for calming and this one is said to Detox and Revitalize. Probably because of the clay, which clay is known to draw out impurities. I guess the Rosewood is for revitalizing, which the scent is said to be. I guess. The scent wasn't really strong. It's almost an unscented soap in terms of scent when in the shower or bath, which was a little disappointing for me. 

As for cleaning, it does a great job. The lather is nice, although I think it is a tad more drying than the other soap. 

The packaging is nice. It's a good quality box that is very easily recycled. 

The ingredients are great. Of course it has camel milk, along with other natural oils and clays.

INGREDIENTS: Sodium Palmate (Saponified Palm Oil), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Saponified Palm Kernel Oil), Water (Aqua), Sodium Shea Butterate (Saponified Shea Butter Oil), Montmorillonite, Parfum (Fragrance), Camelus Dromedarius Lait Powder, Sodium Chloride (Salt), Glycerin (Vegetable Glycerin), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Black 2 CI 77266 (Plant Based Pigment), CI 77288 (Mineral Pigment), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The brand is cruelty-free, the soaps are Made in Jordan, and they are all natural. 

I'm not sure I would buy this again as a body bar, but I would try it as facial bar. I would prefer the Vetiver one over this one, mostly because of scent. That is the soap that blew me away! But unscented or low scented can definitely be a better option as a facial soap.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zum Tub Patchouli Ylang Ylang Bath Salts Review

I think I have found the best of Zum. The bath salts. I like some of their soaps, the frankincense and myrrh body oil is pretty good, but there bath salts? Amazing! I love them more than most the bath stuff I have ever gotten from Lush. 

Zum claims:

  • Salt your rim and take a dip in this moisturizing drink. Zum Tub's shea butter infusion transforms a mix of all-natural sea salt crystals and epsom salts into a submersible bathrodisiac. Your skin goes glug glug and your mind goes unplugged.
    • 100% pure essential oils
    • All-natural ingredients
    • The earthy patchouli helps treat dry skin, while the light, floral ylang ylang helps to speed up the healing process of any wounds. Ylang Ylang also relaxes the body, driving away chronic stress and anxiety. 
They have quite a bit of choices when it comes to the scent you want. But I thought I would start with this, since I'm on a patchouli kick lately. I'm especially fond of patchouli and citrus scents and I bought this thinking ylang ylang was a citrus. It's a floral, which I realized a little later. I'm not sure exactly what ylang ylang smells like since I've never smelled it on it's own. The patchouli definitely takes over and overpowers any other scent that might be in there. It's that signature patchouli, earthy, dirty, exotic scent...with just a bit of juiciness to it. I really love it. But I don't think everyone would appreciate this one, especially if you aren't a fan of patchouli. And it sticks to you!

One thing I don't like about it- no directions. How much do I use? Who knows. I just sprinkle until I'm satisfied with the scent but who knows if I'm supposed to be using more or less. I think I use about a third of a cup. I think. I can be heavy handed.

The packaging is not as as cute as the other packaging. But I think maybe that's because this one has dried flowers in it. There aren't much...and I don't really think they add too much to the bathing experience, but whatever floats their boat. 

It's hard to describe the salts. So I took a picture. 

I'm sure you get all the benefits of an Epsom Salt bath along with nice and moisturized skin.

As always, ingredients are completely natural. The salts are made in the USA. And they are cruelty-free.


Sea salt, epsom salt, pure essential oils, meadowfoam seed oil, rosemary oleo, and herbs.

In conclusion, this is quite a rich, exotic smelling bath salt experience that makes me feel like I'm bathing in luxury. I would buy them again, and I would highly recommend them if you are a fan of patchouli. I have about one more use in my jar and then I'm trying the frankincense and myrrh one next.