August Empties!

It will be a short and sweet empties post for this month. I believe this is the first time I have had a month of products where everything I finished up I loved and would recommend! These are some tried and true favorite right here from tried and true vendors.

Hallo Queen Whipped Meringue from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I love Ahhh Sugar Sugar Whipped Meringues! They are highly scented, super moisturizing lotions that keep my dry skin from cracking! Hallo Queen smells like amazing maple apples! Everytime I put it on, someone is always commenting on how edible in smells.

The Dirty Goat Raspberry, Strawberry, Guava Goat Milk and Honey Body Lotion: This is a super lux lotion, with it’s high quality glass jar. It is very light and silky while still being moisturizing enough for the dry skin on my hands. I used this throughout the summer months, and it was perfect. This scent is just sweet and fruity enough without being overpowering. I look forward to enjoying this scent again next summer.

LUSH Aqua Marina Face Cleanser: This is my holy grail face cleanser. I do a double cleanser every night, and this is the second cleanser that I use in that system. This is perfect for my super sensitive, combination, acne prone skin. It does not cause me to break out, does not dry out my dry spots, keeps my oily spots from becoming too oily, and just overall cleanses my skin. I have been using this for years, and I cannot imagine using anything else at this point.

Lemon Mint Grass Hand Soap from Ahhh Sugar Sugar: I loved this hand soap! It was super gentle, beautiful and smelled amazing! I very much enjoyed using it and I would gladly repurchase.

I was a little upset when I realized that I did not have a lot of empties this month, but then I checked out what I have in use, and I have a lot of products that are close to being finished. I love when I am able to use up a product and move it out of my stash, and am able to put another product in use, it is like a high! Anyone else feel me? If you do, I recommend checking out A Beauty Guru Made Me Do It, all one word though, on Instagram and Youtube. She is amazing with project pans and empties posts!

How did everyone else do this month? Are you happy with what you used up and moved out, and most of all, did you enjoy what you used? I know I did! Thank you for being here, and I hope you enjoyed my delightful ramblings.

Detanglers

I do not buy detanglers, nor do I normally use them. Even when I was a child, I do not remember my mother using detanglers on my sisters and I. This all started when I received a detangler in a Box of Sugar from Ahhh Sugar Sugar. Then I received another one. I started noticing detanglers from different indie brands, and I got curious. So I purchased a detangler from The Dirty Goat on a Facebook Destash group, and I started testing that one out. I received another one in a mystery grab bag. So for someone who does not purchase or normally use detanglers, I am up to my ears in them!

I have been comparing the detanglers from my two favorite indie brands, The Dirty Goat and Ahhh Sugar Sugar. They both work and perform beautifully, but there are noticeable differences in the product that I love and want to share with you.

Both companies detanglers work well to detangle hair for an easier brushing experience. Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s does what it says it is going to do. It detangles without leaving your hair feeling oily or heavy, or like you have any extra product in it. I do not feel like I have to be too careful about the product not hitting my roots; though with any product that has added oil in it, it is best to keep away from your roots. The scents from Ahhh Sugar Sugar are stronger and linger in my hair for longer than The Dirty Goat’s, which is an added perk of using a detangler.

The Dirty Goat’s detanglers have a much more noticeable amount of oil in them than the other detanglers that I have tried. This product works quicker than Ahhh Sugar Sugars, because of the high oil content, but you have to be very careful to only put this at the ends of your hair and to stay away from your roots. This detangler feels more like a leave-in conditioning treatment to my hair; it leaves my hair feeling noticeably softer and smoother. I cannot get second day hair if I use this product, because of all the added nourishing oils from the detangler. The scents for these products are lovely, but not as strong as Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s, nor do they linger as long.

Overall, I love both products and I enjoy that they are different! They offer me different uses, which I would normally not have, and I value the different things they do for my hair. Are there other detanglers that I should try? What are some of your favorites? As always, thank you. Thank you for reading my delightful ramblings.

The Dirty Goat: 6% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Toning Solution

The Dirty Goat makes more than just amazing whipped scrubs and perfect all natural deo, she also makes fabulous skincare products! I have slowly been branching out and trying more of her skincare products, and the most recent one that I have been testing is the 6% AHA Toning Solution.

First off, can we talk about how she puts right on the label what percent the acid or active ingredient is in her formula? I love this! A lot of big skin care brands won’t disclose their % ‘s on their active ingredients in their formulas. I think it shows a lot of character and integrity that Erica discloses this to her customers.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is said to help reduce wrinkles, smooth skin, and helps clear up discolored spots and acne. I use this toning solution after I wash my face and before my moisturizer. I have been using it for about a month and a half, which is about how long I like to give skincare to notice a difference, either positive or negative.

I am very happy to report that this toning solution does not break me out, which is always my biggest concern. It also does not irritate my skin, which I was worried about seeing as this is my first time using an AHA. With regular use, I do notice that my skin stays smooth, no more little bumps on my cheeks or forehead. This toning solution has also helped to fade some old acne scars, and kept new acne scars from forming. I have also noticed that my skin seems brighter, not the dull look it can sometimes get between facials.

This toning solution did not dry out my face, irritate my eyes or any dry patches on my skin. I did always follow up with a moisturizer, which helped continue to work this into my skin. It does have a sort of “chemically” smell but nothing that is super offensive, and the scent does not linger on the skin.

I believe that I paid around $20 for this product, which for the amount of product you get, 8.5 oz, and how little you need to cover a face, I think that is a very fair price. I would gladly repurchase this product, and I highly recommend anyone wanting to branch out into some acid toners, to give this a shot.

To stay up to date on current pre-orders and restocks, I suggest following The Dirty Goat’s facebook group. It is there that Erica posts current product releases, and what to look for next. Tap this link, and get yourself invited to the club!

What would you like to see next? As always, thank you for being here, and reading my Delightful Ramblings.

July Box of Sugar: Girl’s Trip

Can Ahhh Sugar Sugar do no wrong? This Box of Sugar is perfect and just screams summer fun! This idea is made even more perfect by all of the products in the travel bag being airline standard for flying! How ingenious is that! I am loving all the fun tropical scents, and I cannot wait to go on my next trip so I can take this cute little travel bag. Now just to find the time to plan that much needed vacation…

Tropi-Cali Clarifying Body Wash: Ahhh Sugar Sugar body washes are super moisturzing and lathers nicely in the shower. This is scented in sugared oranges, tropical flowers, and exotic star fruit. To my nose, this smells strongly of a sweet tropical fruit scent. The sugared oranges stand out in this, with the flower and star fruit grounding and added a subtle tropical note to the scent.

Girl’s Night Spritz: I love these mists! I use these to help freshen a room or add a nice touch to my bedsheets. This is scented in pomegranate, floral mist, and sultry amber. To my nose I get, a sweet, powdery amber scent. I really enjoy this! I cannot wait to use this in a room or on my pillowcase.

I AM Body Butter: Would this really be a Box of Sugar without a Whipped Meringue! This tube is in the perfect size to throw into a beach bag or purse. This whipped meringue is scented in lemon cookie, blackberry, and powdery vanilla musk. The lemon cookie is very strong in this blend.

Dream Big Solid Shampoo: I really enjoy shampoo bars, even though I don’t use them very often. Ahhh Sugar Sugar’s shampoo bars are extremely moisturizing which is needed for my dry hair. I love that this shampoo bar has a string connected to it, so you can hang it to dry between uses. That is perfect! This is scented in mandarin, orange blossom, white musk, and neroli. This is a very nice balanced orange scent, and I enjoy this scent in a shampoo bar.

I AM Bath Bomb: It is very nice to have a mini bath bomb in this box. I love these mini bombs to throw into the tub for a quick, easy bath. This is scented in the same scent as the above whipped meringue. The bath bomb picks up more of the blackberry scent, which is what I prefer.

Flossy Posse Bath Frosting: I love that we receive bath frostings regularly in BOS’s. I mean, I don’t even need to buy bath frostings anymore…. But that doesn’t stop me! This bath frosting is swirled in beautiful pastel colors and scented in rich vanilla cream, kaffir lime leaves, and sugared rose. To my nose, I smell sugared vanilla lime, with the rose as an undernote to help mellow and make it not too sweet. This is a beautiful bath frosting and I am excited to use it.

Let’s Party Travel Pop: This is a pop up of all the essentials you often forget at home! There are hair ties, Q-Tips, cotton swabs, floss, and bobby pins! This is such a thoughtful thing to include, and something that makes this subscription box stand out compared to others.

This box was simple and perfect in its simplicity. They have provided the perfect travel bag and all of the needed products. It inspires you to plan that summer trip, because it screams summer fun! I loved this idea and it was just what I needed for a midsummer pickup! What did you think of this month’s Box of Sugar? Did it give you all the summer vibes and make you want to plan that summer trip? Let me know in the comments!

July Empties!

I am so excited to have some empties to share with you all! I have been using products, but it is nice to finally see some empties rolling through! Also, August is my BIRTHDAY month!! It is LEO season, and I am here for it! Any other August babies out there? Show some love in the comments!

Eva-Nyc Clean It Up Shampoo: This shampoo was nothing to write home about. I did not love it and I did not hate it. It cleaned my hair, but it did not do anything special. I would not repurchase it and I do not recommend it.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar Carousel Shower Gel: This was the first shower gel that Ahhh Sugar Sugar ever put out and it came out in a Box of Sugar! I have been holding on to this for years now, and I felt like it was time to use it up. I did enjoy this shower gel. It lathered nicely and moisturized the skin. I would not repurchase this though. I far prefer the bath frostings.

LUSH Kitchen Maypole Body Lotion: I love the LUSH Kitchen body lotions, and I wish they continued to make them. This lotion moisturized well, soaked into the skin and did not leave a greasy feeling. This smelled like sweet mint and the fragranced lingered on the skin throughout the day. I would definitely repurchase if this ever came out again.

The Dirty Goat Probiotic Deodorant: This is the ONLY deo that I use! This is simply the best on the market, and it is created by an amazing boss babe! I highly recommend this product and I will continue to repurchase this! Go check out my review of this here.

Amika Triple Rx Mask: I really enjoy Amika hair masks! This was super nourishing, moisturizing, and smelled amazing. This helped make my color treated, curly, frizzy hair more manageable and adds back a lot of moisture that my hair needed.

Mad Hippie Advanced Skin Care Vitamin C Serum: I very much enjoyed this serum! This did wonders for my skin. It helped clear my skin up and keep my skin clear. I highly recommend this product and I will be repurchasing! Check out my full review of this

June Box of Sugar: Summer Fling!

I am a summer baby! I love everything about it, and I just soak it all up while I can, at least until I can convince my partner to move further south or to an island 😉 Anyone else live for the summer? I get so excited for the summer bath products to start arriving, because it means that 1. Summer is here and 2. I get to enjoy all the amazing fruity, floral, intense, sweet summer scents!

This Box of Sugar reminds me of their old classic Boxes. It has old favorites, a few new products and all new scents. So basically, the perfect monthly subscription box. I am curious now though, do you guys have a favorite “type” of box? Do you love the all new boxes or do you like to see some classics thrown in as well?

Talk about a classic product! I MET YOU IN THE SUMMER Bath Frosting is the first product from this box. Can we just talk about how pretty this product is? The beautiful pastel colors swirled together with a darker floral label; I am here for it! This product is scented in sandalwood, white cedar, peaches, bergamot, and vanilla. The sandalwood and white cedar are very strong in this, with the peaches and vanilla rounding it out with some subtle sweetness. I think this smells like a man’s body wash, and I quite enjoy that! I am very curious to see how this scent warms up in the heat of the water!

(pre) Shaved Ice Pre-Shave Treatment is a new product in this box. This product was made to be used right before you shave to help exfoliate and nourish the area for the best shave. It has lemon juice and different salts in it to help exfoliate and brighten the skin and coconut oil and kokum butter to moisturize and nourish the skin. This product is scented with jasmine, watermelon, tropical mango mojito. This smells (almost) sickly sweet to my nose. The watermelon and tropical mango are front and center with the jasmine trying to help ground the scent a little. Not my favorite on cold sniff, but I think this will work nicely in the shower.

LET’S FLAMINGLE Whipped Meringue Body Butter is another classic from Ahhh Sugar Sugar and one I am sure many people are glad to get in their boxes! I know I love to have these on hand to throw into a bag or leave on a nightstand! They are perfect body butters because they are super moisturizing but don’t leave you feeling greasy, which is key in the summer! This is scented in pink champagne, lemon macaroons, and buttercream. To my nose, I smell the macaroons and buttercream with the pink champagne and a hint of lemon rounding out the sweet scents.

For the last new product, we received ALOE HA Sun Soothe. This is an oil and toner mist to help soothe irritated, dry, or sunburned skin. I am so excited for this product and cannot wait to use it! This just seems like such a good idea to me! This is scented in orange and hibiscus. I get a floral orange scent which is just delightful and delicate. I really enjoy this scent.

Overall, a nice classic Box of Sugar from Ahhh Sugar Sugar. I know which products I am most excited to use. What are some of your favorites? As always, thank you for being here and reading my delightful ramblings.

June Empties!

How is June over with already? The days just fly by, and there always seems to be more things that I want to do before the day is over. Anyone else have that feeling more and more these days? I hardly had any empties last month, so I was hoping for a lot more this month to help even things out. I do have more than the month before, but not as many as I was hoping for. Oh well, I continue to use and enjoy my products, and the empties will come as they come.

Bath Bake Love Vanilla Bean Bath Cream: This product surprised me! First of all, it lathered up like a dream! It created loads of bubbles and lather that washed while leaving you moisturized. It also smelled amazing! I would highly recommend checking out Bath Bake Love and all the amazing products they create. I will definitely be making another purchase from them soon. They can be found here: