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Lavender Rosemary Bathsalts

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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I love getting and receiving home made gifts during the holiday season anytime, and if you’re still scrounging to get a thoughtful gift together here’s a quick easy one that anyone can do.

 

First, to make this gift you’ll need a cute little jar. One of my favorites are these green Ball Jars, you can find them here.

Those are a little big, so if you’d rather make stocking stuffer size gifts, check out these.

Don’t have time to make fancy pinterest worthy labels?  That’s ok, I’ve got you covered.  These are the cutest little chalk board labels and you can just write right on them, too.

Now for the salt mixing. 

DIY Lavender Rosemary Bath Salts
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Epsom Salt
  2. 1 cup Himalayan Pink Salts
  3. 1/2 cup baking soda
  4. 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  5. 5 drops of Cardamom Oil
  6. 3 drops of Rosemary Oil
  7. Optional: Dried Lavender, and dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Put it all together, screw your lid on your jar and shake it up! Label them and give them away. Make sure you keep one for yourself too.
Notes
  1. I use and recommend dōTERRA essential oils for my projects. They are therapeutic grade oils that I'm confident won't have adverse reactions on my skin like other oils have in the past. If you'd like to learn more about these oils you can read here. Or shoot me an email. I will happily help get you set up. :)
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October Ipsy Review

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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I feel like I’m doing a marathon of Ipsy reviews lately to catch up on what has been a very fun experiment. My daughter and I started our Ipsy subscription in August.  She’s a super girly girl, and I thought for $10 a month it was an easy way to have a little bit of fun with new make up every month.  We really look forward to our Ipsy Glam bag. If you’re curious about what we got in previous months you can check here and here.

If you’ve never heard of Ipsy they are a monthly subscription. For $10 a month, they send you a beauty bag designed to your needs. You fill out a questionnaire and they send you items that best suit you each month.  I requested items for my daughter and I that matched our complexion, and requested more natural items when they are available.

First off, I have to say of all the bags…this teal bag is my absolute favorite.  We went out of town last weekend, and I packed all my little travel bits in it. I love the teal blue. The contents of the bag I was again pretty pleased with.  I’m alway glad to get a new finger nail polish, and pretty much got things I would use.  Even the lipstick…which I almost never wear lipstick I would consider using.  So here’s the run down.

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The Ayres Patagonia Body Butter was a great inclusion for us.  It’s a trial size, so compared to the item I linked it’s probably about $9 worth of cream. I love having little trial sizes, because when I went out of town I brought it with me. The smell is nice, not too over powering. It’s probably one of the more natural items of the month…here’s it’s description from Amazon:

Enriched with plant emollients, herbal extracts and vitamins, this ultra rich creamy body butter provides relief from dry, rough skin. Vitamin E natural antioxidant provides protection to your skin while shea nut butter gives long-lasting hydration. Just drift away on a cool breeze of delicate jasmine and aromatic rosemary blended with lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, patchouli and fir. Inspired by Patagonia’s snow-capped mountains and blue lagoons, this fresh scent inspires a soothing sense of calm.

I’m not sure if I’ll be buying this again, but I’m definitely enjoying it for now.

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Next is the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, which boasts being an all natural product. It has a light fragrance that reminds me of the grape flavored tooth paste I used as a kid. It says on the label to use a tiny dot…and it’s true, a little goes a long way.  I’m actually really enjoying this cleanser, even with it’s weird grapey fragrance. It’s not cheap stuff, so I’d guess the little bottle they send me is about $8 worth of their product.

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The nail polish I received by Nicole Opi was a pretty gold color, named On a Gilt Trip.  It was not the type of polish I try to get, I tend to get Zoya and now thanks to last month’s bag, Pacifca’s nail polish. I actually haven’t used this nail polish yet.  Gold glitter doesn’t seem to be my thing, so I may end up giving it to a friend.  It’s value is about $5.

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The lipstick…oh this lipstick.  I’m not usually a fan of lipstick.  Maybe I’m weird, but I think it tastes weird. I didn’t have this problem with Noyah’s lipstick sample. The sample is about half the size of the one for sale, hard to think it’s an $18 lipstick, but I liked it. No weird taste, and I actually really liked the color they chose for me to use.  This also claims to be a natural product. I think the overall value of this is about $9.

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Last but not least is Skone’s waterproof liquid eyeliner. I don’t use liquid eyeliner ever often, but this is here just in time for Halloween for us.  As you can see, I haven’t opened it yet, so I can’t attest for how great it is, but if you ask me next week I can tell you. It’s valued at $15.

This being my third bag, I have to say overall I’m pleased with the diversity of stuff I’ve received. They are trying to stick me with as natural products as they can, but I’m thinking they could do a bit better in this category. The overall value of the items received in this bag was less than last month but still totaled around $40, so definitely worth your $10 monthly investment. We will be keeping our subscription for now, and are looking forward to our November bag!

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. 🙂

Ipsy Review — September

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Last week I posted my first Ipsy Review which wasn’t rated too highly.  I definitely received my money’s worth of stuff, but it wasn’t things that I thought I’d use. This month was way different.  I was actually really delighted with this bag.

If you’ve never heard of Ipsy they are a monthly subscription. For $10 a month, they send you a beauty bag designed to your needs. You fill out a questionnaire and they send you items that best suit you each month.  I requested items for my daughter and I that matched our complexion, and requested more natural items when they are available.

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1.  First thing I used from the box was the Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish.  The color was gorgeous, and probably not one I would have picked out on my own.  I absolutely loved it though, and I loved that they chose the greener option for me. This polish was valued at $9.

2.  Next up is Be a Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder. I told you last time I was a make up noob.  I need a make up brush! I haven’t used this yet. Hopefully Ipsy will send me a brush soon, or I’ll have to get out and get one. I’m looking forward to using this powder though, it’s valued at $12.

3.  The Cailyn Art Touch Lip Gloss I tried right away as well.  I liked the color choice for me, and I’ll be hanging onto it for special occasions. I don’t wear lip color often, so I’ll hang onto it for my husband’s company Christmas Party or some other fancy event. The lip gloss was valued at $19.

4. I told you I really scored with this one. Next I got a Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand cream. Click that link I gave you. Just click it.  It’s valued at $34 whopping bucks, and that’s the one they sent me.  I’d never spend $34 on a hand cream, specially one that tiny, but I’d gladly spend $10 to get it. This hand cream has a nice gentle fragrance, and fake cheap smelling fragrances make me nauseous. This one is pleasant, and I love the way it make my skin feel.  I’ll be sad when this one runs out…because unless I win the lottery, I’m not buying any more.

5. Last but not least is (ok, maybe it is the least?) is Avon’s Big and Daring Volume Mascara. Amazon there has it for $4.99, but it looks like Avon sells it for $9.00.  Either way, I’m glad I have it because I do where mascara just about every day. I was really running low on my old one, so I got this just in time. It’s not a green mascara, which would have been my optimal choice, but it’s ok, I’ll take it.

All and all, and maybe I’m wrong, but this bag was worth around $70?! Really? Once you get your bag, you can go back to Ipsy’s website and review your items and check out any discounts you can get on similar products. The deals are pretty good, and I was super happy with this bag, unlike last time. I’m expecting my October bag any day now, and I’ll put up a review for it too, and my final decision as to whether or not I’ll be continuing Ipsy. If the bag is more like September’s bag, then most definitely.

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. 🙂

Ipsy Review – August

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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In August just before I had my baby, I was facebooking late one night and stumbled across an advertisement for Ipsy.  I’m not big on make up, but my daughter and I enjoy having make over nights. I knew once little man arrived I would have less time to spend with her having our fun make over nights, so I thought this might be a fun monthly treat to make up for the lack of time I’d have for a while.

Ipsy is a monthly beauty box, or..bag I should say. For $10 you get samples according to your preference.  You fill out a beauty questionnaire, and they send you items that best suits your needs.  I requested items to match our complexion, and more natural items when they were available.

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When I got the August bag, I was delighted in it’s pink packaging.  My daughter and I felt like it was unwrapping a present. We had no idea what would be in the bag, and I think that’s the funnest part.  We opened it up, and had some fun.  The eye shadow, and the eye pencil were our absolute favorite.  They label this bag as being worth $40, here’s my findings.

1. Coastal Scents Shadow Pallete Sample was the first item we pulled out.  My daughter was delighted, but I was a little disappointed.  The colors were too bright for me, and after a quick search I found these are not high end shadows.  These 4 are typically given as free samples, with perhaps a value of $2. This was the closest comparison I could find.

2. Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Balm was a win for me.  Valued between $5 and $6 dollars depending on the retailer, it wasn’t necessarily a score, but when the cold weather comes I become addicted to lip balm.  This organic lip balm was a happy score.

3. Klorane Dry Shampoo was a confusing addition.  I sprayed my daughter was she walked by tried it on my daughter’s hair and it left her hair looking weirdly white until I brushed it out.  After I brushed through it, I didn’t really see a difference. I’m not sure how or when I’d use it, and I’d definitely be open to suggestions.  We’re going camping in a few weeks…maybe it will come with us. It retails between $17-$25 for the size spray we got.

4. Manna Kasar Sheer Glo will eventually be a fun edition if I could actually get some foundation.  I think..just maybe you’re supposed to mix this with your foundation.  Told you I was a make up newb. My daughter and I used this as blush when we had our make up night, and the price online is jaw dropping.  The small sample I got is half the size I linked up there. A $14 value.

5. Urban Decay Eye Pencil was also one of our favorites. The pencil retails for $20, and they sent us a lovely purple one…they called it plushie. Sadly now I wish I had mascara to match it.

 

Once you get the items they ship to you, you can go back to ipsy’s website and rate them to earn credits.  There are also special deals if you want to purchase more of what you have.  Overall their August bag wasn’t overly impressive to me. There wasn’t much I’d use every day other than the lip balm. I feel the overall value of the bag is more than $40, but since there wasn’t much I was really excited about I’m rating it a 4 out of 10. Since this was my first experience with Ipsy and the price is so low, I didn’t cancel my subscription and decided to give them a shot in September.  Check back for what I got!

Important Note: I am not being paid for this post, nor was I approached by Ipsy to do this review.  I purchased this bag, and reviewed it all on my own. I think this service would be great for fashion minded ladies who’d like to try new items but don’t necessarily have the time to go out and find them on their own. If you sign up for Ipsy with one of the links I provided in the post, or by clicking here I receive a credit that enables me to get more freebies. You can earn credits too once you sign up. 🙂

Homemade Natural Hair Detangler

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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I love my messy hair!

This is the face of a wild child. This is my daughter, and all her curly hair.  I don’t have curly hair, so I’ve had to learn and relearn how to manage this head.  Brushing her hair would always end in tears.  She’s an out doorsy, rough housing, climbing trees full of life wild child who won’t hold still long.   Particularly if it hurts. I’ve tried a couple things to tame these curls over the years.  Here are some of my favorite go to recipes to help ease the tears. The first recipe is slightly tedious, but I like the way it leaves her hair feeling.  I also am glad to know it’s natural.

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Ingredients:

*  1 cup of water

*  1/4 cup marshmallow root

*  1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

*  1 tablespoon of oil (oils like coconut, olive, or jojoba)

*  5-10 drops of lavender essential oil (Email me to ask about my trusted essential oil brand)

 
Simmer the water and the marshmallow root for about 20 minutes.  Allow it to cool, then strain the liquid through a cheesecloth, and add in the rest of the ingredients. Then put it in a spray bottle and tame that wild hair.

 

 
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This is what I ended up with.  Who knew my crazy girl had such beautiful hair in there.  Now I know what you’re thinking.  I don’t have time for that.

 

 
 

I hear you, I don’t always have time for that either.  So when I don’t, here’s what I use instead.
 
In an 8 ounce spray bottle I put in the following:
 

*  A healthy squish of conditioner, like Avalon Organics Conditioner.

*  water

 

It pretty much ends up 1 part conditioner (or less), 10 parts water.  Shake it up, and spray generously.

 

 
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