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:

May Box of Sugar: Thirty AF

Ahhh Sugar Sugar has really been expanding their horizons with different types of products than they have made before, but while still staying within their brand. It is very cool and exciting to see them expand their product line, while continuing to make their tried and true products that everyone knows and loves!

The April’s Box of Sugar focused on very natural and fresh products. This month’s box of sugar has all new items in it as well, all centered around pampering yourself! Traditionally, the May Box of Sugar is a birthday theme box because the founder of Ahhh Sugar Sugar, Haley, birthday is in May.

The first new product featured in this box is an invigorating scalp shampoo and scrub called Clarify This. I have been extremely interested in these types of products lately, but have not taken the plunge and tried them. Now I get to! So far, I have heard nothing but good things about this product, and I cannot wait to try it and see what it does for my scalp. I have very long hair, that can tend to go flat throughout the day, and I am curious to see if this product can help with that at all. The scent notes for this product have not been revealed to us yet, but it smells very similar to a scent from another indie vendor. To my nose, I smell lemon, blackberry and vanilla, and I am HERE for it!

Next up, Geode Bomb: a sea salt bath bomb! This bomb is lovely and simplicist, topped with a generous amount of sea salt. This has a very nice floral scent with a fruity touch. I am very excited to drop this in my new tub and relax!

Cake in a Jar, body and soap scrub, is a twist on two of their classic products. They took their infamous body frosting and layered it with their AH-mazing sugar scrub to make a fun new shower and bath treat! To top it all off, it is scented in Birthday Suit, how fitting! Birthday Suit has scent notes of fruit loops, birthday cake, jasmine, and clary sage. To my nose, I get the sweet bakery smell that is grounded by the clary sage and jasmine. I very much enjoy this scent, and I am glad to have it back in my collection!

Wake Your Face Up energizing facial moisturizer. This is a VERY new product that I was not expecting to see from Ahhh Sugar Sugar, but am so happy to see them step into this space. This moisturizer is said to have caffeine extract to help “wake up your face” (get it?) It also has lemon essential oil, beet root extract, and aloe vera gel, all of which are very good for brightening and moisturizing your skin. This smells like a lemon. Just a pure lemon scent, which I do not find overwhelming on my face at all. This does seem a little heavy on my skin, but I also have very oily skin and it is the middle of summer, so anything I put on my face seems heavy. I will continue to use this, and make a dedicated review later. What do you think of this product so far?

Cake Face Mask, a wet and dry customizable duo mask. Now that I think about it, I am surprised we have not seen a mask from Ahhh Sugar Sugar before! If we have, please correct me in the comment section down below! This mask has french green clay and kaolin clay separated from organic aloe vera gel. Them being separated allows you to make a fresh mask in the amount that you want anytime you would like to use this product. I enjoy clay masks as spot treatments and on my nose, and I cannot wait to use this! Again, I will do a dedicated review of this product at a later date.

I feel as though I say this in every Box of Sugar review, but I am blown away! Ahhh Sugar Sugar continues to step up their game and make amazing new products every month! I am telling you guys, Ahhh Sugar Sugar is makin’ some moves! Ya’ll better watch out! I am very excited to see where they go, and how they continue to incorporate the new products in with the old favorites. What do you guys think of this month’s Box of Sugar? What do you think of all that Ahhh Sugar Sugar has been doing lately?

Makeup Empties!

This round of makeup empties is about a year worth of empties! I used to wear makeup everyday, but I have not done so in about a year. I still occasionally wear a full face, but not to the degree I used to. I am still happy to see progress with working with my makeup stash, and I will continue to do so! It is just nice to see products being moved out throughout the year.

Revlon Colorstay Powder Foundation: This was an okay powder foundation. It has a nice level of coverage, but it was much too dry and powdery for my liking. It did not blend into the skin nicely, but would cling to any sort of texture I had on my skin. I will not be repurchasing this.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder: I very much enjoyed this powder to set my liquid foundation. It helped give a flawless look to the skin, it did not cake up, and it blended in nicely to the skin. I would repurchase this product.

Becca Mineral Blush in Flower Child: This was a very nice blush! It looked very natural on my skin, and blended in beautifully. I love to buy the sample size makeup products, because they are so much easier to go through, and I do not get as bored with them. I have several more of these smaller blushes from Becca, so I will not be repurchasing this product any time soon.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: This is my preferred method of putting on liquid foundation. I really enjoy the Real Techniques sponge, and you cannot beat the price point. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a makeup sponge. I have already and will continue to repurchase this.

Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation: I really enjoyed this foundation at first! It gave full coverage and lasted throughout the day. As I continued to use this though, it almost got thicker and thicker. I had trouble blending this in, and getting a more natural finish from it. This also felt very heavy on the skin. I will not be repurchasing this right now, but exploring other foundation options.

Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara: This is my go-to mascara. This product does not fail when I need volume and length to my lashes. I have and will continue to repurchase this, and I highly recommend this to anyone!

Pacifica Ethereal Powder: I believe this was originally supposed to be used as an eyeshadow, but I enjoyed it as a highlighter for my face. This gave a very natural “lit from within” glow to the face that I enjoyed very much. It blended in nicely, and wore beautifully. I would recommend this, but I have not repurchased simply because I have other highlighters to get through.

NYX Matte Finish Spray: I have gone through bottle after bottle of this. I very much enjoy this product. It keeps my makeup on all day long, and keeps me looking matte. I wish they made this product in a bigger bottle! I highly recommend this to anyone that needs help keeping their oils at bay throughout the day. I have and will continue to repurchase this.

Milani Conceal and Perfect Powder Foundation: I did not enjoy this foundation. This was another powder foundation that was much to dry and powdery. This did not have any coverage and left your skin looking terrible. I would not recommend and I will not be repurchasing.

I know that I do not have a problem with finishing foundation productions in my collection, but I will be excited to see some eyeshadow start to roll through these empties! That is where I need to cut down in my collection right now. I have so many eyeshadows, but only 1 face! Do you find that you work through different makeup products quicker than others? What have you used up lately?

Ahhh Sugar Sugar: Twenty Four Karat Tea Tonic Infused Facial Toner

Now this is something to write home about.

I do a lot of reviews on Ahhh Sugar Sugar. I love the brand, what they stand for, and the cool chicks behind it all. I do not love everything they do, and I am honest about that, but I do enjoy trying it all! I am cautious about what I put on my face. I have sensitive, acne prone skin so I try very hard not to irritate it or break it out. I would honestly not try facial products from most bath and body companies for several reasons. But when Ahhh Sugar Sugar came out with a facial toner, I did not hesitate. I know Haley and the Ahhh Sugar Sugar team. I have been using and following them for years. I trust their methods, intentions, and products. And they did not disappoint.

First, the packaging. This facial toner comes in an amazing and luxurious frosted glass bottle with a dropper. It is classy. It is elegant, and it is bougie. It is everything that Ahhh Sugar Sugar is and continues to be. They do not skimp on their presentation, which makes using their products so much fun. It is art in your bathroom.

Now onto the good stuff. This facial toner is said to brighten and refresh tired, dull skin. It also has several ingredients that are great for soothing skin as well. I like that they are not claiming that this product will do a laundry list of things. They are keeping it simple with what this product will do for your skin and how it will do it for your skin.

I have noticed after using this product for a few weeks, that my skin is brighter, clearer, and less textured. It helps soothe any irritated or red patches on my skin, while giving my overall complexion a total “wake-up” and refreshed feel. I use this as a moisturizer during the day, and it is perfect for this combo girl’s skin. It is very light, and sinks into the skin quickly. It has a light herbal, floral scent that is not at all strong or overpowering, but is from the oils and ingredients themselves. The one thing about this product that I do not love is that the botanicals in the bottle can stop your dropper from grabbing product, or they come out with the product onto your hands and face.

Ahhh Sugar Sugar is having a preorder right now, where this and several other products are available to buy. Go check it out here: Ahhh Sugar Sugar Preorder. Tell me what you think and what you buy! Thank you for being here!

The Dirty Goat: State of Grace Face Oil

I have used and loved facial oils for years now. In high school and college, my mom and I would research different carrier oils, mixing oils and essential oils to use to make our own homemade facial moisturizer. Since then, I have started dabbling in trusted skin care brands that provide facial oils.

The Dirty Goat makes skin care, shower, and body products that are luxurious and homemade. She has the most unique and intriguing scent blends that will make you come back for more! But I digress, we are here for her State of Grace Face Oil!

State of Grace Face Oil is one of her OG products that she has been making for years. I remember in one of my first orders I placed with Erica, she put a sample of the State of Grace Face Oil in the order, and I knew that I wanted to try more of her skin care products.

State of Grace Face Oil is a thicker oil that is packed full of essential and skin healthy oils that nourish and moisturize the skin. I find that this oil is best for nighttime use, because it is a bit of a thicker oil that can take some time to sink into the skin. This face oil will leave your skin nourished throughout the night and into the next morning. This face oil does not break me out, helps to calm my skin, and actually reduces redness and inflammation with continued use.

Now let’s get into the ingredients! State of Grace is made up of nourishing oils that help moisturize and protect the skin. Jojoba oil helps regulate oil production and helps prevent clogged pores. Rice Bran oil helps to even out skin tone, reduce pigmentation and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp seed oil has anti-aging properties to it. Argan oil helps to moisturize and soften the skin. Rosehip seed oil helps to correct dark spots and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E helps to block free radicals and keep your skin looking young. Evening Primrose oil helps to hydrate and prevent acne. Clary Sage helps to regulate oil production and reduce inflammation in the skin. Lavender Essential Oil is moisturizing and anti-bacterial which helps to prevent and treat acne.

Whew! When I said that this oil is PACKED full of amazing oils, I was not kidding. There is no filler ingredient in this bunch! Everything that has been put into this product has a reason and purpose. Products like this truly set The Dirty Goat apart from the others.

This oil is packaged in an 100% recycled plastic with a pump. This makes it easy to use, and helps protect the oils from light and air so they stay at their most effective and potent. This product cost $36 for 2oz. This is not a cheap product, but as you can see from the ingredient list, there is a reason for that. Also, 2 oz of face oil will go a long way, especially if only used at night.

I would highly recommend this product from The Dirty Goat if you are looking for a high quality face oil. You can find The Dirty Goat on Facebook and Instagram. Those are the best places to stay up to date on future restocks and make suggestions for products. Erica opens up her website, http://www.thedirtygoatsoapco.com almost weekly, during the pre-orders or restocks.

If you made it this far, THANK YOU! I appreciate all of you. Drop a comment down below if you have tried anything from The Dirty Goat or future reviews you would like to see me do! Have a great day, friends!

April Box of Sugar: Farmhouse Fresh

This month’s Box of Sugar is WAY different than anything else Ahhh Sugar Sugar has put out. They went with a totally different theme and feel than what they normally do, and this is a nice change! For this month’s box, they went with a totally clean and natural look and feel, and it seems like there might be more to come with these types of products.

The Barn at Post Oak and Ahhh Sugar Sugar collabrated again to bring us an AMAZING Soy Wax Candle. I am so happy that Ahhh Sugar Sugar uses and promotes soy wax, because that is what I like to use in my own home. This candle is scented in lemon verbena, cedar, peppermint, vanilla sugar, and eucalyptus. You know what is crazy? You can smell all of those scents, and they blend together perfectly. On the top, you get the lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus, the vanilla sugar sweeten all those “harsher” scents with the cedar giving it all some depth. Ahhh Sugar Sugar was also super kind, and provided everyone with very elegant matches in a glass bottle.

Sea Salt and Vanilla Bean Bath Oil. Ahhh Sugar Sugar has put out some nice bath oils before, but this bath oil is simple and luxurious, at the same time. I am very excited to use this, and see how this warms up in the heat of the bath. This smells of sweet vanilla bean, that is mellowed by the oil and salt.

Body Soap. Ahhh Sugar Sugar puts out Bath Frostings and Sugar-Free Bath Frostings. This is just labeled as Body Soap, so I am curious to see if this is a whole new formula, or is the same formula as the Sugar-Free Bath Frostings. This is scented in apricot, bergamont, and mint. This smells of sweet apricot, with just a hint of sweet mint.

Body Scrub. I have missed Ahhh Sugar Sugar scrubs! I ran out a few months ago, and just haven’t restocked yet. This is scented in rosemary, blood orange, basil, and thyme. This smells of sweet blood orange and herbs. It is a very nice, clean scent and one that I feel would transfer well to other products.

Hand Soap. This is a gorgeous hand soap that is all peachy and iridescent. I am excited to see them do a hand soap that is not foaming. This product looks amazing and I am excited to see how this works! It is scented in lemon, mint, and grass. This smells of minty lemon, with grass as an anchor. It is a nice clean, spring scent.