May Empties

Another month, another list of empties! I really enjoy reading empties post and it encourages me to continue to “Shop My Stash” and use what I have before buying more. It is also just fun to look back on what I/you have used throughout the month! You get an honest review about a product that has been used all the way to the end, which I think it pretty valuable!

Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray: I very much enjoyed this hairspray! It smelled great, didn’t give me super sticky or crunchy hair, but had enough hold to keep my flyaways down. I would repurchase in the future, but am looking at other hairsprays to try currently.

The Dirty Goat Body Cream in Paris In The Winter: I was blown away by this body cream! It is such a lightweight body cream that absorbs super easily but is highly moisturizing! The scent Paris In The Winter is a strong perfume scent, and I believe it is a Chanel dupe. I did enjoy this scent, but it is not a scent I feel like I NEED in my life. I will definitely repurchase this body cream in the future with a different scent!

Scoopable Tart Wax in Lemon Verbena: I very much enjoyed this scent, but that should come as no surprise, it is LEMON scented! I enjoy this scoopable wax, and I would repurchase if I was not trying to solely use paraffin-free wax. I also believe that this company is no longer in business.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Sugar Slushie in Summer Sangria: The more I use Sugar Slushies, the more I am finding that I love these products! They are such a unique product and are fun to work with in the shower. Summer Sangria is an amazing summer scent that smells of apples, peaches, and wine. It is a crispy and fruity scent! I will definitely repurchase this product in the future.

OLLY The Perfect Women’s Multi: I love these vitamins! I can really tell a difference when I am taking them regularly with my energy levels, sleep, and overall wellness. I will continue to repurchase this product and recommend this to everyone that I know!

Zoetic Flower Child Beauty Bath Booster: I very much enjoyed these bath salts! They come in such pretty packaging and I love the scent of anything lavender. I found these very relaxing and soothing. I do not think that I would repurchase, simply because it is only a one-use product and I would prefer to buy something that I can get more than one use out of.

Victoria’s Secret Noir Tease Shower Gel: I did not really enjoy this product very much. It did what it was supposed to do, but I am just spoiled by all of my small business shower products that using this was just boring. I have also had this product for several years, and I believe the scent was just going off. I would not repurchase.

Vanilla Coconut Hand Lotion: I received this big ‘ole bottle of lotion from my grandmother for Christmas two years ago, and I very much enjoyed it! I used this bottle to fill up my to-go bottle of lotion that I keep in my purse. It has a nice scent, and absorbs quickly into the skin! Overall, a very nice product.

N૦7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil: I very much enjoyed this cleansing oil! This took all of my makeup off and did not burn my eyes. It has a nice pump and you get a decent amount of product in the bottle, more than with most. It has a nice delicate smell that is not overpowering at all.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shower Creme in Get Blitzened: Ahhh Sugar Sugar has one of the best in-shower moisturizer formulas! At first, I did not really enjoy this scent, but after getting it in the shower I really started to enjoy it! It has a very nice eggnog and cinnamon scent that lasts nicely on the skin. I would repurchase this product and highly recommend it and this scent!

Zoetic Petal Drops Facial Oil: This is my holy grail facial oil! It is light and delicate on the skin and nicely moisturizing. One of the reasons why I love this product so much is because it does not sit heavily on my skin, but absorbs fully. I highly recommend this product and will continue to repurchase it!

Style Sexy Hair Texturizing Spray Clay: This has taken me years to finish, because I do not really have a need for texturizing sprays! I did like product, but it can be difficult to work with. It has a very powerful and direct spray, that can really clump up your hair. I would not repurchase, but it was nice and did what it was supposed to do.

May Box of Sugar: Happy Birthday, Uni-mer-cat!

It is that time of month again, Box of Sugar review time! This has been a much anticipated box for everyone that has been following along in the Facebook group! In this month’s box, we received 2 brand spankin’ new products along with the first ever soy wax candle to be featured in a box, and a regular line product. I am sad to say, I am pretty disappointed by this Box of Sugar though. I will explain why down below, so keep reading! If you loved this Box, I am so glad! All the reviews I have seen so far have all been positive, but everyone is different and allowed their own opinions. Now, onto the fun!

The first product is one of their new inventions; Fluff! This is their newest whipped soap scented in their very popular Yasss Hunny scent. I am not thrilled with this product, and it is mainly because of the packaging. I am so used to and spoiled by the frosted glass jars or even the plastic jars, that this plastic tub they gave us doesn’t jive well with me. This reminds me of a margarita salt container! The soap looks great, and I am sure it performs beautifully, but I cannot get over the packaging. The scent smells amazing, all orange, cake, and mallow. This is a popular scent for a reason! I get a strong scent of the soap through the fragrance though, so I am curious to see how that plays in the heat of the shower.

Fantasea Solid Bubble Bar is a beautifully crafted mermaid tail, that smells like coconut, fruit and musk. I cannot wait to get this in my bath and see how blue it makes my water! My mermaid tale came broken, but that is okay, I will be cutting it all up anyway!

We have another new product with Blueberry Yum Yum Lustre Custard. This is their famous custard recipe with lots of added shimmer to make this beautiful product! I love a good shimmer body lotion, and I do not feel like there are enough of these products on the market. Blueberry Yum Yum is supposed to smell like Blueberry donuts and coconut sprinkles. I smell sun tan lotion. I love the scent of Blueberry, and I am not a big fan of coconut. The scent may change over time though. We also got just a little baby 2 oz size. Most boxes in the past, I feel as if we have gotten at least 4 oz sizes.

Put on your Birthday Suit Soy Candle: This is a collaboration with the The Barn at Post Oak. I am so excited to receive a candle, and I love this scent! This smells of sweet birthday cake, with grounding sage to take the edge off. This is my favorite product from this month’s box! My unicorn did come not attached to my lid, but that is okay, I can hot glue it. I still have their Birthday Suit Bath Frosting from last years Box of Sugar!

Overall, I think that this box has amazing ideas and creations, they just weren’t really for me. With the packaging of the fluff and the size of the Lustre Custard, I do not feel like we got an amazing value for our dollar. The candle is amazing, as is the bubble bar, but they can’t carry the whole box. I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar, and continue to support and promote them on my pages, but this just wasn’t for me, and that is okay. I would love to hear your thoughts on this month’s Box of Sugar! Were you disappointed or blown away?

DERMA-E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

This is the first Vitamin C serum that I have ever tried, and I have to say, I am very impressed! I can definitely feel and see an improvement in my skin! My skin feels and looks smoother; I know longer have texture on my cheeks or forehead. My skin tone is visibly brighter and more even, so much so, that my friends and coworkers have even noticed! I was worried that it would break out my sensitive skin, but after the first few days, I have not had any issues!

The DERMA-E website says that this Vitamin C is a concentrated serum that will help brighten skin, boost collagen health, minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and approve the appearance of uneven skin tone. It has Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Aloe and other nutrient packed ingredients for your skin!

I use this at night after I wash my face. I apply my toner, use 1-2 pumps of DERMA-E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum all over my face, down my neck and on my decollete and then apply my moisturizer. One word of warning, this serum will leave you feeling tacky if you use it on it’s own, but when used with another product it absorbs easily into your skin without leaving behind any residue or a tacky feeling.

This product retails for $18.38, which I think is an amazing price for a Vitamin C serum, especially to simply try one out. I would highly recommend this product for anyone that is curious about Vitamin C products and wants to see how their skin reacts to it!

I do want to state that this is not the only treatment that I do on my skin. I get regular chemical peels and facials, which allow this Vitamin C serum to be more effective and potent for my skin. I highly recommend looking into professional grade skincare treatments for the health and wellness of you skin!

April Box of Sugar: Spring Clean your mind, body, & soul.

Man, oh man, did Ahhh Sugar Sugar throw us some new products this month! They are killing it with their product innovation! We also received 5 full-sized products again! Are we spoiled or what?

The first product is their most popular seller, their beloved bath frosting. Let’s Get Down, dawg Bath Frosting is a beautiful, delicate clean scent that smells of powdered laundry and citrus. This bath frosting is said to have scent notes of cucumber, melon, lemon balm, and vanilla cream musk. This smells exactly like their 7pm in Charleston Salt Scrub to my nose! You can’t go wrong with Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s Bath Frostings.

I am loving that Ahhh Sugar Sugar sneaks these perfume oils into our BOS! (You are) Pearfection Perfume oil smells like sweet pears. I am excited to see how this scent warms up on the skin with the added violet and sage to this scent.

Fresh to the Core Whipped Meringue is a delightful fruity scent that is perfect for spring and summer! This has scent notes of apple, melon, peach, and delicate white flower. I smell apple and melon with white flower underneath the fruit. This Whipped Meringue is in their new format with the squeeze tube instead of the pot.

These next two products are to be used as a set. We have Posh Lyfe Hand and Foot Scrub and Clean Slate Foot Mask. Posh Lyfe smells like lemon and lavender martini. It has sea salt to exfoliate and sweet almond oil and coconut oil to moisturize and soften. Clean Stale smells of lavender, orange, and cotton. It has french green clay to detox and clarify skin along with kaolin clay to soothe and soften.

I think Ahhh Sugar Sugar has the best subscription box on the market, and every month I am blown away by their innovation and creativity. If you haven’t already, get your name on their waiting list!

April Empties

I am amazed with the amount of empties that I have been using up these past few months! I am definitely not complaining, because I have a lot to get through, just surprised with how much I have been using!

Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo: I did not enjoy this product. It made my hair sticky and did not soak up the oils in my hair. It also smelled strongly of green apples. I will not be repurchasing this.

LUSH Kitchen Ponche Shower Gel: My partner used this up, and I am sad to this go! This was a LUSH Kitchen exclusive from two Christmases ago. I loved this smell, especially on my partner, and it reminds me of LUSH Christmases past.

Nо7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes: I enjoyed these wipes! They do not leave a residue on my face, and they get the majority of my makeup off. I do not know if I like them as much as my Simple face wipes, but they were not bad. I would repurchase them in the future.

L’ORÉAL Total Repair Damage-Erasing Balm: I love hair masks! They are so useful and necessary for my hair. This hair masks helps provide deep moisture for my hair, and allows me to extend the time in between haircuts. I have used this hair masks for years, and I highly recommend it.

Nature Made Vitamin C: I have used up my Vitamin C! I regularly take Vitamin C, D, and a Women’s multivitamin. This was a good Vitamin C, and I would recommend.

LUSH Kitchen Happy Blooming Body Lotion: I very much enjoy Lush Kitchen lotions. They are very light on the skin, fast absorbing, and super moisturizing. I very much enjoy the Happy Blooming scent, and I would repurchase if they ever make it again.

L’ORÉAL Ever Pure Shampoo and Conditioner: I received these from Influenster for the purpose of reviewing. I very much enjoyed these! They made my hair soft and smooth, and I could not stop using them! I highly recommend them.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringue in Saturday A.M. Cartoons: I very much enjoyed this scent and I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringues! I thought at first, this scent would be too sweet for me as a lotion, but I used this as a night cream and it was a very nice, soothing, sweet touch before bed.

LUSH Aqua Marina: I have spoken about this too many times! It is my holy grail face cleanser, and it works way to well for me to try anything else. Just try it, people!

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water: I very much enjoyed this! This took off any left over makeup without leaving a greasy feeling on my face. My one issue with this product was that it would burn my eyes at times. I would repurchase this product.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Sugar Slushie in Grape Bubblegum: The more I use sugar slushies, the more I enjoy them! This scent is absolute perfection! I would repurchase anything in this scent!

Scoopable Tart Wax in Blueberry Buckle Cake: I really enjoy this scent! I love the scent of blueberries! I very much enjoy scoopable wax, but I will not repurchase this. I am trying to transition to soy-based wax only.

LUSH Eau Roma Water: I enjoy this Toner Water when my face is feeling extra dehydrated and sensitive. I keep a small bottle on hand for those times of need. It is super gentle and hydrating. You can even put this on after makeup and it does not disturb anything.

Jouer Conditioning Lip Treatment: I very much enjoyed this lip balm. It was very nourishing and hydrating. I would not repurchase though. I have drugstore lip treatments that work just as well.

LUSH Yummy Mummy Shower Cream: I enjoyed this shower cream, but it was not a favorite. This was from two Mother’s Days ago. This is a cult favorite for a lot of LUSH fans, and they did not bring it back this year.

Bodycology Blackberry Vanilla Body Spray: This smelled just like B&BW Black Raspberry Vanilla. I received this as a stocking stuffer from my Grandparents a few years ago. It was a nice body spray.

March Box of Sugar: Hop into Spring!

Did this Box of Sugar’s arrival take anyone else by surprise? March totally slipped by and I was shocked when this showed up at my house! I did not have any expectations on this Box of Sugar, so it is all a pleasant surprise! Also, FIVE full sized products!! I mean, can the Ahhh Sugar Sugar Shack Crew get any better!

Peep Show Sugar-Free Frosting: I have a few Sugar-Free frostings in my stash, but I have yet to use one. I love the original Bath Frostings, so I am sure I will love the Sugar-Free ones, just haven’t broken one out yet. Peep Show has scent notes of marshmallow peeps, sugar cookie, black raspberry, and pink sugar. I love this scent! It smells of pink sugar and black raspberry with a hint of sweetness at the end. I am very excited to get this in the shower!

Don’t Be So Vanilla Sugar Slushie: I do not love sugar slushies, I just cannot seem to get them to work the way I imagine them too. Although, the more I use them, the more I am slowly figuring them out. Don’t Be So Vanilla has scent notes of powdered vanilla musk, pink carnation, amber, and teakwood. You get hints of the pink carnation, amber, and wood with the powdered vanilla musk over it all. It is a very interesting scent and I get why it is the staff pick this month!

Dapper Little Bunny Sink Soap: I love a good hand soap! Can you really go wrong with a hand soap? This is a very nice delicate, clean scent and I cannot wait to break it out when Spring finally makes its appearance in Illinois! This cute little soap has scent notes of white tea, ginger, and plumeria.

Spill the Tea Solid Bubble Bath: I love bubbles! They are my favorite part of the bath. This is scented in moroccan mint tea, and I am super excited to pair this with a minty bath bomb! It is all pastel colors and silver glitter, which make it absolutely gorgeous!

Krispie Cottontail Bath Bomb Sprinkles: I have really started to love Bath Bomb Sprinkles! They are such an easy way to make a fun bathing experience, without having to put much thought into picking the right bath bomb and bubble bar to pair. This is scented in marshmallow rice krispie treats and juicy gummy bears. I cannot wait to get this into the bath and see the orange bath water with that sweet scent! The Sugar Shack Crew are also insanely creative, and even made this product to look like a carrot!

Overall, I think this is a great box, with something in it for everyone! I also cannot believe how lucky we all are with getting FIVE full-sized products and getting to lovingly partake in the Ahhh Sugar Sugar teams creative and inventive bath and shower fun.

Hint for April Theme: Spring Clean your mind, body & soul. Is anyone else super stoked for some clean, delicate, maybe even a little woodsy/herbally scented products!? I know I am!

March Empties

I have so many empties this month and I am so happy about it! I am super excited to be working through my stash and getting use out of my products! Does anyone else love using up products?!

Shea Moisture Rescue and Repair Clarifying Shampoo: I did not like this at all. I had to use so much product just to work it through all of my hair. I did not feel like it truly clarified my hair or even got all of the product in it out. I will not be repurchasing, and I am looking for a new clarifying shampoo. Does anyone have any recommendations?

LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water: Do I need to say anything else about this? It is amazing and you need to try it!

Bath Bake Love Eggnog Bath Glaze: This is the first product that I have tried from Bath Bake Love, and I love it! This is an in-shower body conditioner. This was super moisturizing, and smelled amazing! The scent lasts on the skin for hours, and I would definitely repurchase!

Candy Panda Wax Dream Machine Whipped Body Scrub: This is my first time trying a whipped scrub from Candy Panda Wax, and I loved it! It is as good as everyone says, and there is a reason why people rave about them! I love the scent Dream Machine. It is all lavender and HIWTK goodness! I will be repurchasing.

Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo: If you know me, you know my love affair with NYM’s Dry Shampoo. I have been using and loving that product for so long, I felt the need to branch out and see what else the dry shampoo community had for me. I did not love this product and I would not repurchase. It is super sticky and does not absorb oil that well. It has a very strong green apple scent too.

LUSH Dreamwash Shower Smoothie: I loved this more than I thought I would! It has a very nice, calming, relaxing lavender scent. It was not super moisturizing, which normally I do not like, but I did not mind it with this. It was super creamy and calming to use on long days and the product lasted a while, since I did not use it every time I showered. I would repurchase, but I am not sure it is still available.

Vera Wang Lovestruck Perfume: I did not like this, and I forced myself to finally use it up. I was way to sweet for me, and at the end of it, you could really smell the alcohol. I would not repurchase.

Dove Curls Defining Mousse: I was pleasantly surprised by this product! It was a nice whipped texture, that smoothed easily through my hair. It did not leave my hair crunchy, but left it soft and manageable. It took care of my frizz, and left my curls defined. I would repurchase.

Young Living Thieve Essential Oil: I love this stuff! It has a nice spicy scent, and I use it when I am sick. It really helps to kick a cold or flu, before it gets worse. I defuse the oil and/or put it on the bottoms of my feet. I highly recommend looking into essential oils.

Nature Made Vitamin D Supplement: I take vitamin D with my vitamin C. I have read that taking them together helps your body absorb the vitamin C. I have yet to pick up another bottle of it, and I running low on my vitamin C, so I will be making a purchase here soon.

Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Aromatherapy Bath and Massage Oil: I very much enjoyed this. It was great to add to baths and my partner and I enjoyed using this for massages. I do not know that I will pick this up again, but I recommend trying it!

OLLY The Perfect Women’s Multi: I have used up another bottle of these! I feel really good about using these, and I feel like I have my life together when regularly taking a multivitamin. Does anyone else ever feel that way? I highly recommend trying these!