Apr 23, 2014

Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash Product Review

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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Challenge #13 - Molton Brown Ylang Ylang Body Wash vs. AVEENO® Stress Relief Body Wash

Before I review this, let me tell you about my first encounter with Molton Brown. I joined a cheap ($19 a month) gym while in college and got sick of the "muscle-heads" looking at my ass while I was on the treadmill. Gyms always position treadmills in the front (ladies) and weights in the back (men). I wanted a guy to notice me, but these "gentleman" didn't have half a brain!

So I left that JUNGLE gym and decided to join a RITZY gym. REAL RITZY! $80 a week ($320 a month). I signed a contract that had so many pages, you would've thought I was buying a house. HAHAHA

After paying all of that, I really didn't need a gym membership, because all of my food money went to them! HAHAHA  I was in college! I was super thin and the youngest there. The people there were very mature ladies and very mature men (old doctors & lawyers). Too mature for me! They didn't look at my ass. They were too busy checking their heart and pulse monitors. HaHaHa So, instead I ended up enjoying the gym's amenities. One amenity was Molton Brown (made in England) body wash. I fell in love with their Warming Eucalyptus. It was perfect after a workout. A powerful, yet pleasing scent! A fabulous lather! It was soothing to my muscles! My skin was soft! I Loved Molton Brown! Now here's my review of the Ylang Ylang Body Wash.

I seriously don't know what has happened to Molton Brown, but the formula is different. I read a lot of beauty reviews and there was chatter that their formula had changed (but I didn't believe them). Molton Brown recently changed ALL the names of their body washes, which I thought was odd. Ylang Ylang was formerly called Relaxing Yuan Zhi. There are TWO POSITIVES! The bottle it comes in looks exquisite! The scent is awesome! Now the problems. Once you pour it, the scent seriously dissipates as you shower (and I poured a lot, which I never had to do in the past). So it's weak! It lathered, but even that was weak. Molton Brown use to really lather with just a quarter size in your palm. I am SO DISAPPOINTED in this! It's $30 a bottle! I wish I could show you my facial expression right now. HaHaHa I really thought Molton Brown was going to knock it out the park! I want to knock this bottle out my bathroom! HAHAHA It breaks my heart to say this, but I can't recommend it. Nobody has money to waste. I'm going to use this as hand wash. I'm going to purchase their Eucalyptus (formerly Warming Eucalyptus) and do a review on it (I know crazy). I'm interested in seeing, if it's just limited to their Ylang-Ylang formula (I hope so and will let you know). I challenge anyone to purchase AVEENO®s Stress Relief Body Wash and compare it to Molton Brown's Ylang Ylang! I know it sounds super crazy, but AVEENO® puts this to shame. The scent is better. It lathers better. It's MUCH cheaper. It makes your skin softer. PLUS IT RELAXES YOU AND PUTS YOU TO SLEEP! This just goes to show you, more expensive does not equal better. Save your $30 on this one. I'm not trying to make Molton Brown look bad! I'm not trying to make AVEENO look good! I'm just speaking the truth! I told you the story above, because I KNOW what the ORIGINAL was like (the plus of being older). Someone just trying Molton Brown for the first time, doesn't know. BTW, there was NOTHING relaxing about this body wash. HAHAHA You see how much I'm typing!!! Do I SOUND relaxed? LOL :P
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  Molton Brown Ylang Ylang is Not Sweet

Apr 22, 2014

A Daily Dose Of Laughter

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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Challenge #12 - Get a DAILY dose of laughter! - One of the best ways to de-stress is to LAUGH. A simple SMILE can change your mood. Nowadays, I make sure I get a daily dose. I still read the comics section, in my local newspaper. I follow a local comedian on Twitter, who always cracks jokes about current events and what's going on locally in the city. Jacque, (a host) from QVC, is always posting funny sayings and pictures on instagram that make me giggle. I think the most important thing, is to surround yourself with positive people, as much as possible. Connect with people that will lift you UP and make you LAUGH & SMILE. Over the years, I cut a lot of people out of my life because they didn't make me feel good. They drained me with no outlook, no progressiveness, jealousy, negativity and superficiality. You can't expect EVERYday to be a good day, but when someone complains all the time, it becomes tiresome. If someone makes you cry more than smile, evaluate your relationship with them. Anyone that truly loves and cares about you, wants nothing but THE BEST for you :) They'll want to put a SMILE on your face (not a frown or tears). I hope I can make you SMILE and LAUGH today. Have a great Tuesday!

Apr 21, 2014

Dove Chocolate and Nicole By OPI Chocolate Manicure: Better After Dark & Promises In The Dark


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AVEENO®. I'm a 2014 AVEENO® Ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. I received a 12 oz bottle of AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion and a $100 Visa gift card for participating in the #AveenoDailyChallenge. Come with me on my three week personal journey, as I commit to activities that will help me de-stress, meditate, reflect, and take time for myself. I'll be using AVEENO® Daily Moisturizing Lotion everyday, along the way.
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Challenge #11 - De-stress by getting a manicure/pedicure (an unexpected surprise) - I did not plan on writing about manicures, pedicures or even chocolate today. HaHaHa I received an unexpected parcel Friday. The post lady handed me a small box, with Nicole by OPI printed on it. I didn't order nail polish, so I was puzzled. Well, back in Jan-Feb I entered a Valentine's Day contest, hosted by Dove Chocolate and Nicole by OPI. There was a chance to win TWO (2) Limited Edition nail lacquers. I entered everyday, but didn't expect to win. Well, I won! One nail lacquer is called Better After Dark (like a milk chocolate) and the other is called Promises In The Dark (like a dark chocolate). Seductive names huh!?! LOL I can't wear them now, but they'll be great for Fall/Winter. Both of these can be found on eBay CHEAP. I quickly swatched them, if interested. I thought it was funny, because Friday so many of us said we didn't care for dark chocolate. Well, this is a different way to love both dark & milk chocolate and de-stress! LOL Have A CHOCOLATEY Monday!

Promises in the Dark looks like DARK CHOCOLATE. It's definitely a dark brown.

Better After Dark looks like MILK CHOCOLATE. As you can see, both have a nice gloss to them.
Dove Chocolate even gave winners a coupon for a FREE Dove Dark Chocolate Bar.

...and of course complete your manicure with AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion ;). Again, I quickly swatched, but you get the point. I know brown is not for everybody, but I LOVE "dark" "vampy" colors. LOL My chocolate beauty collection is growing: Ciate dark, mint, orange & white chocolate nail polish remover (UK HERE; review HERE); Etude House heart-shaped dark chocolate smudge eyeliner and Holika Holika dessert time chocolate cupcake lip gloss .
 
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  Nicole By OPI Limited Edition Dove Chocolate Duo Set - Supersweet

Apr 20, 2014

Obiqo Gentle Face Wash and Intensive Facial Serum Review

This is a product review for Obiqo. I was sent their Gentle Face Wash and Intensive Facial Serum for review. 
All views are 100% my own.

I enjoy trying skincare and cosmetics from around the world. I believe fabulous products can be found everywhere and are not limited to one place. A representative from Obiqo contacted me, and asked if I would like to try a couple of their skincare products. Obiqo is made in New Zealand. I've never tried anything from New Zealand before! HaHaHa Plus, it's a sea-inspired skincare range, is against animal testing, doesn't use artificial colors and believes in recyclable packaging. So sure! I decided to try their Gentle Face Wash and Intensive Facial Serum. Here's my review.

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Obiqo Gentle Face Wash - Sweet
This clear, liquid gel, face wash comes in a flip-top squeezable tube and I must say smells really good. It's refreshing. It's crisp. It's rain on a tropical island. It boasts sea kelp, anti-oxidant sea lavender, camomile, cooling cucumber and aloe vera. When you wash your face, it foams up! It's very moisturizing, but not heavy. Your skin feels soft afterwards. It removed my makeup with no problem. I have dry/sensitive skin and the two weeks I used it, I experienced no adverse reaction. My skin also felt plump after using it. No dryness, but I did feel like I needed a little extra moisture after using it (I have really dry skin). So I applied the serum.


Obiqo Intensive Facial Serum- Sweet
The facial serum is milky white in color and comes in an easy dispensable pump. I didn't detect a scent (fragrance) with this product. It smells clean. When applied, your skin feels super soft and firm. The texture of your skin will feel fabulous. Again, no dryness but I felt I needed a third step, like their day or night cream. If you have really dry skin (like mine), I would add their day or night cream to the regimen (3 step process, instead of a 2 step process). I experienced no adverse reaction while using the serum. It felt really good.
My Final Word: I really can't complain about Obiqo Skincare Products. The only thing that stopped them from getting a supersweet rating was they didn't add enough moisture (hydration) to my dry skin. Other than that, they feel, smell and work really good. I experienced nothing adverse. I can see these products working great for normal and combination skin. If you have dry skin, add one of their day/night creams to the regimen. The price is great for what you get.

Coupon Codes:
Buy 2 or more Obiqo skincare items and save an additional 5% - Coupon Code OBZT2RHI
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ō’bi’qō a. & n. 1. n. skincare inspired by the sea, with nourishing, moisturizing, anti-ageing natural marine extracts. 2 a. vital, rejuvenating, refreshing, uplifting, restorative, essential, hence - obiqo moment, (colloq) time out of the day reserved for self. A point of stillness in a busy life.
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Apr 19, 2014

Whish Blueberry Body Oil Product Review

This is a product review for Whish.
I received a bottle of Whish Blueberry Body Oil to review. All views are 100% my own.

I spotted the brand Whish on social media a couple of weeks ago. I thought their packaging was really pretty and their illustrations (advertisement) were very cute. I made a quick note to give their products a try and left it at that. You can imagine how I felt, when I received an email from their PR group asking if I would like to sample one of their products. My reply was yes! With a cherry on top! HaHaHa Whish sent me their blueberry body oil ($28/3.5oz) to review. Almost every product from Whish, comes in SIX (6) scents: pomegranate, lemongrass, almond, lavender, coconut and blueberry. They sell body wash, sugar scrub, shaving cream, body butter, hair inhibitors, serums, deodorant wipes and a Summer tanning line. Below is my review of the blueberry body oil.
The first thing I noticed about Whish's body oil, was the sleek packaging. It's minimal and sophisticated. I love that it's glass! It sits beautifully on a counter or vanity. You will want to display it. The second thing I noticed was the pump. The pump is great! It's sturdy and easily dispenses the body oil. I also want to mention, the container & pump for the body oil can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth. The "label" for the container is printed ON the glass bottle. I mention all of this, because I admire a company that not only thinks about their product, but also their packaging. To me, both are equally important and shows pride in what they do.
The third thing I like about Whish, is that their products are paraben, sulfate, DEA, TEA and petrochemical free. They use naturally sourced and organic ingredients. They don't test on animals.
The fourth thing I like about Whish is the SCENT! Omg'd, the blueberry smells like REAL blueberries! The snozzberries, smell like snozzberries. HaHaHa Sorry, I had a Willy Wonka moment. But this oil smells REALLY good. I love it. Finally, the fifth and most important question is, do I like this product? The answer is, I like it...but I don't love it! Let me explain. This product promises to enhance my skin's natural luminance and it does. If you look at my hand below, I applied the body oil to my hand and rubbed it in. Do you see how my skin has a nice glow? I then applied more product on top, so you could see the consistency of the oil. Now, does this product reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? I didn't notice anything (you can see the lines in my hand), just a nice glow to my skin. So what about moisture? It's a pretty heavy oil. It's great for colder climates and for Fall & Winter. If you're looking for an oil that has a great scent and will provide a glow to your skin (luminance), then this product is for you. If you're looking for moisture, ummm maybe not (this sits more on top the skin, than sinking into it). I do want to mention, it's NOT sticky (so that is a plus). Overall I like Whish's body oil, but I'm not in love with it. However, I will definitely try some of their other products, because their scents are amazing. I'm very interested in their body wash, shaving cream and body butter. When I try those products, I'll review them for you here on the blog.
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  Whish Blueberry Body Oil is Bittersweet