Saturday, December 30, 2017

Bedu Sandalwood And Saffron Camel Milk Soap

I think Camel Milk soap is becoming kind of "normal" to me now. I was so hype to try it out. I still like it. It just doesn't hold the same thrill it had in the beginning when it was brand new to me. Or more likely I just haven't come across one where the scent captivated me like the Evening Primrose and Vetiver one. I picked this one up because it was still on sale. I think I picked all the ones up at my local store except the lemongrass.

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.
Sandalwood is skin softeningantiseptic, anti-inflammatory
Saffron improves skin tone, bringing radiance to dull to skin, as well as youthfulness and nourishment to prematurely ageing skin. It's an excellent treatment for blemishes and dark circles. Its anti-bacterial properties stimulate blood circulation, thus giving freshness to the skin. It is ideal for curing acne and wonderful for brightening the complexion. It also helps to repair dry skin and enhances skin texture.
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 this particular one is sandalwood and saffron. I've had a couple sandalwood soaps now. Most of them I don't like. Except for one. And this is not that one. In my head I love the scent of sandalwood, and I might even like the first sniff, but I tend to just grow to hate it. Or...not hate, but very strongly dislike. That's what happened with this soap. I don't like the sandalwood scent. And I'm not sure wha the saffron contributes to scent, because I don't think I've ever sniffed Saffron. 

Other than the scent, the soap is fine. It's not too drying. Although it's kind of dry and color and that's taking a toll on my skin. It's still not as dry as some soaps make my skin.

It lathers nicely. Has a little bit of scrubby action if you use the bar directly on your skin. Cleans well, rinses cleanly.

It might be excellent for the skin, but since I'm  not a big fan of the scent, I would pick the evening primrose and vetiver over this one. It is definitely my favorite of the different camel milk soaps I have tried. 

They are made in Jordan of all natural ingredients. Which is what I like to see. 

 Sodium Palmate (Saponified Palm Oil), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Saponified Palm Kernel Oil), Water (Aqua), Sodium Shea Butterate (Saponified Shea Butter Oil), Parfum (Fragrance), Camelus Dromedarius Lait Powder (Camel Milk), Sodium Chloride (Salt), Glycerin (Vegetable Glycerin), Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Powder, Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Flower, Capsicum Annuum (Paprika) Extract (Plant Based Pigment), Bixa Orellana (Annatto) Powder Organic (Plant Based Pigment), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

Have you tried any camel milk soaps? Would you try them?

I have one more...which is the turmeric and honey. I should be reviewing that soon so stay tuned!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Favorites

It's Christmas Eve Eve! And I just wanted to share some of my Christmas favorites. Thinks I watch and listen to every Christmas! And I mean every Christmas.

So I'll start with movies. I do watch other Christmas movies outside of these three. Sometimes I even watch a new Christmas movie. But I HAVE to watch these three. Otherwise, is it actually Christmas? I don't think it would be.

So my three favorite are pretty easy.

And then when I'm with my family-we watch A Christmas story. It's my Dad's Favorite. But since I'm in Maryland on my own I probably won't be watching it. But it is funny!

And then I have three FAVORITE Christmas Albums-with a couple of random Christmas songs thrown in. But I'll share my playlist a little later. For now, these three albums. I love them. Really, really.

Boyz II Men Christmas Interpretation

Kirk Franklin Christmas With the Family

Motown Christmas-Theres this one and then a newer one too that I love.

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush Review

There's a nasty little rumor going around that MAC is going to be discontinuing all their natural hair brushes and going completely synthetic. Well not a rumor, it's confirmed. Which really sucks. Natural hair brushes are IT for powder products. Synthetics just don't do it. I don't know why MAC is switching, supposedly to go "cruelty free" but I don't think that's right. I think synthetic brushes are cheaper to manufacture. So they can probably save money. I wonder if the new brushes are going to dupes of natural faves. Will they be replacing cult favorite 217 with synthetic hair? IDK. But anyway, on to the review.

MAC 168 claims:
The 168 Large Angled Contour Brush is ideal for the expert application of cheek contour. It features fibers that form a buffed edge and are soft and firmly bundled. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

This is my favorite blush brush. Favorite. If I only had to pick one it would be this one. It's a soft, small, natural goat haired brush that applies the perfect amount of diffused color without looking overdone. This brush almost does the work for you.

It also works great for contour. Applying small amounts of powder. You can use it for highlight. And bronzing. It's very versatile.

It's the only angled brush in my collection. I had a cheap angled brush years and years ago but the quality was horrific. I think it was Cherish brand. No comparison between that brush and this one. 

I've had this brush now for at least three years and it still looks pretty great. It doesn't get heavy use because I rotate it with my other brushes so they can all get some love, but it's holding up pretty well and if it lasts for years for makeup artists, I know it will go the long distance for me.

It took me awhile to like the MAC brush design but I do really like them. They have wooden handles, with nickel ferrules. They look professional. And this particular brush is hand-crafted in Japan.

It will cost you $35 dollars and I think it was worth it. Although I wouldn't want to pay it again. I'll just keep this one forever and ever.

What do you think abut MAC discontinuing their natural brushes? Do you have the 168? How do you like it?

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!