Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lilly Anne's Garden Autumn 2017 Box Featuring Vinailicious

                                                                           *Provided for review.

          Aaahhhhhh... The first taste of fall. Well, not literally taste but close enough lol. Are you ready for fall/autumn? I most certainly am. I do not tolerate heat very well. Even though I am only in CT, my body totally rejects heat. Totally miserable without an air conditioner. So fall, yes. You are so very welcome to stop by! Please feel free to bring Lilly Anne's Garden Autumn 2017 Box, hoodies, bon fires, pumpkin everything AND apple everything! Do you have a favorite? I'm guessing PS will win here lol! I am 50/50. I just love to bake :) Make sure you read to the bottom for a bonus!!!  Hope you are ready to drool!!!

          Think I will go in order of my daily use so let's start with the scrub. You will receive a 2oz. jar of a SUGAR scrub in the scent Autumn Rain. Brand Scent description: "It's a crisp autumn day and the rain has just begun to fall. The fresh, dewy, cool autumn air carries the scent of dried leaves and hay bales from the farm next door as well as amber and fresh cut wood from the wood pile across the yard. Fallen leaves, hay bales, fresh stacked wood, cool autumn air. A fresh, invigorating, strong scent that is true to it's name." My description: You're in an open field early in the morning. Before the sun is out, but it is still light. Dewy grass under your bare feet. Close your eyes and take a deep breath through your nose. That's the scent you get when you use it. Now imagine you are in the same place as before but now it has just stopped raining. Close your eyes and take another deep breath through your nose. This is the scent that is left behind as you dry off your hands after the scrub. It's magic. there are before and after scents. Just like before and after rain. It's got the leafy wood smell in there subtly as well. Perfectly autumn. I use less than a teaspoon and it is plenty. Using sugar instead of salts is less drying for your hands and actually attracts moisture. The oils in this are wonderful. Leaves your hands smelling very clean, fresh, and soft.

          After I let that sit for about 5 minutes, I use some Apple Harvest Festival lotion. This is a very thick heavy lotion, perfect for the drier months to come. It comes in a 2oz. bottle and it only takes a blueberry sized dab to do it's job. Once the warmth from your skin softens it all up it soaks in and leaves your hands incredibly silky. Brand Scent Description: "Notes of sweet slow-cooked apples with mulled berries and citrus rind provide a bright top note leading to a warm blend of star-anise, cinnamon sticks, and cloves for middle notes, and a succulent caramelized brown sugar rounding out the base. Candied, baked, dumplings or turnovers, all the great smells of the local apple festival." My description: Exactly that lol! It reminds me of when I am baking apple fritter bread. Fresh from the oven, using a pot holder to fan the luscious steam into my face. Oh so yummy!

          Immediately after I lotion up, I use the oil. I let them soak in together. The Pumpkin Bread oil is my favorite thing in this box I think. I used this last night at my birthday dinner. My mother in law saw me and asked to sniff. I handed her the bottle and she took a large whiff. She then put it right on her wrist like a perfume so she could continue to sniff it lol! It really is a homey, delicious, take you right to Thanksgiving dessert type scent. The oil itself is marvelous. It comes in a 5ML roller ball bottle. I will say, I don't care for the roller ball application. I feel like so much comes out. I prefer the click pen with the brush. This is purely my opinion though. and I have solved my over use by using a clean up brush. I swipe some oil off the ball with the brush to apply it. Less oil used and a bit more precise. For me anyways. Here is the Brand Scent Description: " This one is fresh baked and right out of the oven. Makes your mouth water while it fills your home with the scent of fresh baked pumpkin bread. Catch the smell of pumpkin pie spice with just the right amount of baked crust. A must have fragrance for fall." My description: I agree. The best part is, that as the scent fades, it leaves just the cinnamon smell behind. This really smells exactly like a fresh baked pumpkin bread!

          Lastly, after all the oil is soaked in, maybe 20 minutes or so, I apply the Blackberry Scone cuticle balm. You will get a 10G jar of the balm. This balm is a harder balm. I prefer that. It is less messy and allows you to start with a small amount then add if you need to. Waste not, ya know?! To me, balm is a sealer. It's the top layer that hold all the moisture from the other products in. I could be wrong but whatever lol. Now for the Brand Scent Description: "Notes of freshly picked blackberries are complimented by hints of boysenberries & raspberries and nuances of buttery, warm crust. This scent is more fruity than bakery, so the sweetness doesn't overpower the fruit. My description: This takes me back to Montana. Right after my husband and I got married, we won a trip to Montana for an all inclusive vacation provided by Marlboro. We have quit smoking since then (yay!!), but scents are always good for taking you back to your past. Every day we had the most amazing local food. One night we had a homemade berry ice cream and this brought me there. Super fresh berryness. So not only does this smell heavenly, it took me to a very special place as well. Totally teary right now...

          Now that your hand care is taken care of, we are prepped for an exquisite mani using Leaves Vinyls from Vinailicious! These are great for nail art and super easy to use. I will be posting my mani to my IG and FB so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.

          Are you excited yet?? If you are a fall lover, like myself, DO NOT MISS THIS! The box will be available tomorrow, September 1st 2017, for $21 USD + shipping. Since you have read so much already I will just say, links below and thanks so much for reading :) Your treats are a few apple and pumpkin recipes! Enjoy! If you have any questions about the recipes feel free to email me at <3

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          Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake
          Apple Fritter Bread
          Pumpkin Bread
          Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Monday, August 21, 2017

Beauty Bigbang ~ Aurora Powder + No Wipe Gel Top Coat

                                                                            *Provided for review

          Hi all!! How has your summer been? Mine has been pretty uneventful... We are usually on vacation right now. This year we chose to switch our "August" vacay for a "Christmas with the family in a beach house" vacay. Not too bad of a trade right?!?! My mother-in-law actually forced us to do this lol. She is amazing and rented an 8 bedroom beach house to get the distant fam together for once. My husband and girls are stoked as well!! Is it Christmas yet???? No? Well, since it will still be a little bit, why don't I go ahead and tell you about this new-to-me beauty/nail art website. It's Beauty Bigbang and it is awesome! They contacted me to review a few things and for my first review they asked me to keep it below a certain amount. 3 things for less than $15. So, I go check it out and I am floored. I have seen the chrome holo or chameleon powders for almost $50... I just don't have that type of budget so I have kind of skipped the trend. I was able to get a chameleon powder, a no wipe gel top coat (also something I have been looking for), and water decals for under my given amount. While the amount of powder you receive will be smaller, it at least gives those on a lower budget a chance to play! Today we will look at the powder then I will have a link to my YouTube for a tutorial! Yowza, Sorry for the heavy reading... Let's go!

          Beauty Bigbang Aurora Powder Item #J2831. This is a chameleon powder. Over black it is green, gold, rose gold, blue, and more. Over white it will end up like the 90's pearly looking school folders. SUPER mermaid pearly. It is very simple to use and works amazingly. I have only tried it over black so far but WOW. It is so eye catching. The color changes with every move of the hands or fingers. I have little knowledge of these type of powders but it seems to be great quality. A little goes a long way so the small amount I got will last me quite some time.

          No Wipe UV Gel Top Coat Item #J2845. I figured since it is used with the Aurora Powder I would throw my thoughts on it in here. LIFE SAVER! Ok, not really but almost. It is so nice to be able to top coat then walk away. This specific one is wonderful! It take just a minute to cure for me over black even though right on the bottle it says 2 minutes for darker colors. It was nice and shiny and had a good consistency. To me, the smell was a little stronger then your average gel top coat. Dealable though. Good price and it can be used with a UV light or an LED light to cure!!

          Here are some pics and the link to my tutorial on how to use the Aurora Powder.

          As always, all the links are below for Beauty Bigbang. Stay tuned because I have so much more to come! Thanks for reading all that. Have a wonderful Eclipse Day!!! <3

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