Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Unboxing....Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015 #decemberglambag #ipsy

The theme for the Ipsy December Glam Bag is For You With Love From Ipsy. "Thank you for an amazing 2015. You do not know how much your love means to us. You've helped make us who we are today. For that we are forever grateful. With love from Ipsy."

These are the products that I received in my December Glam Bag:

BeFine Exfoliating Cleanser with Brown Sugar
Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red

tarte cosmetics Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
Crown Brush C412 Brow Duo Brush

My favorite products this month are the lipstick & brow duo brush. I can never have enough lipstick & I love to get makeup brushes because I'm always losing them.

Ipsy is a monthly subscription box which comes with full-size or deluxe-sized products plus a makeup bag. The cost is $10 each month with free shipping to the US & Canada. It is delivered via USPS. I think it's well worth the money that I spend & a great way to try new products & add to your makeup collection. Ipsy sends out multiple variations of each Glam Bag so my review is the products that I received. Yours could be different & I love seeing what everyone else gets in their bag.

So. That's my Glam Bag. What did you get in yours?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Trying more essential oils: Penny Royal Essential Oil & Pine Essential Oil #simplyearth

I have received 2 essential oils that are both new to me. They each came in 15ml amber glass bottles & are 100% pure essential oils. I'll tell you what I have learned about each of these oils & how I am using them.

The first oil that I received is Penny Royal essential oil which has a nice minty scent. This oil is mainly used to scent commercial detergents so I have added a couple of drops on my dryer balls. I also add a couple of drops in my diffuser for a nice scent. It mixes nicely with geranium, rosemary, sage or citronella.

Now that I've told you the two ways that I am using this oil, let me give you this Warning: You will really need to do your research before using this oil as it is a very dangerous oil. If you are pregnant or nursing, avoid this oil completely & do not use around children. It is extremely toxic if ingested so never take penny royal internally for any reason & do not apply it to your skin.

The other oil that I received is Pine essential oil. This oil has a lot of uses but my favorites are in a diffuser & while cleaning. I love the scent of pine in my diffuser & it provides a stimulating & refreshing aroma in my home. It mixes well with grapefruit, cedar, rosemary, sage, eucalyptus or lavender oils. Another way I use this oil is for cleaning my floors. I add 1/2 cup of white vinegar & several drops of the oil to a gallon of warm water in my mop bucket. My floors get clean & my house smells great!

Both of these essential oils are from Simply Earth & I love a company that gives back! 13% of profits are donated to organizations committed to serving others.


I received these products for the purpose of testing and review. Regardless, I only recommend products that I personally use and believe will be good for my readers. The opinions expressed above are 100% my own based on my personal experience and use of these products.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Crowdtap Sampling: Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion and Body Wash

I am a big fan of Aveeno products so I was really happy to be chosen by Crowdtap to sample the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Lotion and the Aveeno Skin Relief Gentle Scent Body Wash.

My Crowdtap Kit arrived & there were 2 samples of the each product so I was able to share some with friends so they could experience these products along with me.

The lotion is silky white with a fresh coconut scent. It glides on smoothly & absorbs into my skin quickly without any greasy or sticky feeling. My skin feels soft & smooth immediately & the scent is subtle but makes me think of summer.

The body wash is also white with the same fresh coconut scent. It lathers well & rinses off cleanly. My skin feels great when I get out of the shower. After my skin is dry, I apply the lotion so the lovely scent is layered so it will last longer.

I have somewhat sensitive combination skin but I have not experienced any irritation or redness while using these products. I just have soft & smooth skin!

I already use several Aveeno products & have already purchased full-size bottles of each of these products so I can continue using them.

You can find these products on the Aveeno website.

#Aveeno #AveenoAdvocates #Crowdtap #ILoveCrowdtap 

I am a member of the Crowdtap Aveeno® rewards program, and Aveeno® sent samples of these products for the purpose of testing and review.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Smiley 360 Mission: TAZO Chai #SweetMeetsSpicy

I qualified to test TAZO® Chai tea from Smiley360. I've never had the love of hot tea that my husband does. Being from the South, I drink iced tea. I've tried several varieties of hot tea but just never found one that I would want to drink again. But I had never tried chai tea so I was looking forward to this Mission.

I was excited to tear into the envelope when it arrived. I found 3 coupons for free boxes of any filterbag tea or latte concentrate. I will use one of these coupons to get a box of Tazo for myself & will share the other 2 with family or friends. I also found 3 filterbags: 1 classic, 1 chocolate & 1 vanilla caramel. There was also a Tasting Guide & a Smiley360 Sharing Guide.

I took the filterbags to the kitchen & decided to try the TAZO Classic chai tea first. I didn't want to wait for the kettle to boil so I used my Keurig. Instant gratification! While the filterbag steeped in my mug, I could smell the flavors. The most noticeable to me was the aroma of cloves & cardamom. The scent of cloves is one of my favorites! When I took my first sip I immediately tasted the cloves & a second later the taste of the black pepper hit my taste buds. I have never tasted tea like this before! I just might learn to love hot tea after all.

Within a few days, I had sampled the Vanilla Caramel & Chocolate flavors too. While the Vanilla Caramel was steeping, the aroma of caramel was prominent but when I tasted the tea, it was the flavor of vanilla that was stronger. The Chocolate aroma was strong while the boiling water was pouring into my mug. I expected a big chocolate taste but the cinnamon & cloves came through & then the hint of black pepper at the end.

Once I had sampled all 3 of the flavors that I received, I took my free coupon to the grocery store to check out all of the other flavors. There was a big selection! My photo doesn't even show them all because their were more on the top shelf along with the latte concentrates. But what I was really looking for was the Pumpkin Spice Latte since pumpkin is my favorite flavor this time of year. But my store didn't have it in stock so I went to another store looking for it.

Success! The second store that I tried had the TAZO Pumpkin Spice Latte in stock so I used my FREE coupon to get some. I also bought the Chocolate Latte and, because I didn't want my hubby to feel left out because he drinks hot tea almost every day, I decided to buy a box of the Awake English Breakfast tea for him.

I love sharing information about products that I haven't tried before with my friends & family. As well as telling them about this product & all of the choices available, I also got to share a coupon for a FREE product with 2 of my friends! It pays to stay on my good side.... just kidding!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I took my first sip but it really was unlike any hot tea I had ever tried before. It was an unexpected pleasure! I have served it to friends & family & have gotten a lot of positive responses. I may have turned some more Southerners into hot tea lovers!

If you've never tried chai tea, you need to taste this. If you love chai tea, you need to try this brand. #SweetMeetsSpicy!

Go to the website to see all of the products Be sure that you scroll to the bottom & click on the Get Coupon button. Enter your email address & you'll get a coupon for $2 off of any TAZO Chai product.

You can follow TAZO on Facebook & on Twitter Their Pinterest page & Instagram will tempt you with product photos.

I received this product free for the purpose of my review. Opinions are 100% my own.