Whipped Cream: American Ballet Theatre

Monday, May 22, 2017

If you live in New York or plan on visiting soon, get tickets to see Whipped Cream (May 22 - July 1, 2017) performed by The American Ballet Theatre at The Metropolitan Opera. I found out about Whipped Cream over the weekend, and it literally made my heart skip a beat. It's about a boy that overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. The boy dreams of an assortment of sweets that help him escape from his attending physician. Schlagobers (the Austrian word for Whipped Cream) was originally premiered at the Vienna State Opera in 1924. This latest version has brilliantly been re-imagined by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and artist Mark Ryden. The set, costumes and artwork for Whipped Cream are the masterful & talented works of Mark Ryden. The score is by the late composer Richard Strauss. If you're in love or smitten (as I am) with the artwork of Whipped Cream, there is a Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream Exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery from May 20th - July 21st, 2017). This exhibit will feature drawings, sketches and paintings created for the production of The American Ballet Theatre's Whipped Cream. Many are comparing Whipped Cream to The Nutcracker Suite, however Whipped Cream displays both a sweet & dark side. It looks dreamy!

artwork & photo credit // mark ryden, stageandcinema

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Review

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

You've probably read countless reviews praising Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm! Well I'm here to AMEN those sentiments! I used some of my Sephora reward points last year to get a deluxe sample. I loved it so much, I purchased a full size jar. I've tried all kinds of of makeup removers such as DHC, Bioderma, Pixi + Caroline Hirons, MURAD, Pixi Cleansing Balm, but none of them compare to Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. It's a creamy balm (not super hard), that's easy to apply. IT'S NOT GREASY! IT'S NOT OILY! I DON'T DETECT A SCENT (just checked ... 100% Fragrance Free)! As soon as you apply it, you can see it break down your makeup! THERE'S NO BURNING! THERE'S NO TINGLING! And then you just wash or wipe off! Your face is not irritated afterwards. It strips off the hardest of makeup WITHOUT stripping your skin. Your skin feels soft & dare I say moisturized. I love it! Plus, since it's a balm its easy to transport. For the demonstration below, I used my Marc Jacobs Neo Noir Lipstick. You know how messy RED LIPSTICK can get! Just look how it wipes away so cleanly after application :) There have been many times when I've used other makeup removers on red lipstick and look like the Joker afterwards! HaHaHa The only negative I can think of, is if you are a CONTACT LENS wearer (like myself). Remove them before applying this! If you don't your contacts will have a film on them. Another thing I love about this cleansing balm is I can apply it all around my eyes and it won't irritate me. It removes eye makeup easy. I'm not sure if you know ... I didn't, until I looked on Sephora's & ULTA's website ... Clinique has a COLLECTION of 'Take The Day Off' products! Did you know that? I made a little chart below. They have cleansing oil, milk, eye makeup remover sticks and even towlettes! I haven't tried any of those, but would love to in the future. For smaller makeup removal, I still love my Neutrogena & Aveeno makeup wipes and Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Have you tried any of these Clinique products? What's your favorite makeup remover?

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  Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is Supersweet

Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash Review

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sponsored: I was asked if I would like to try Colgate's NEW Total Advanced Health Mouthwash. Sure, I said! I couldn't imagine what was so DIFFERENT about it! I've tried minty, whitening, antiseptic etc...YEAH, all kinds of mouthwash! Plus, I LOVE Colgate toothpaste! This mouthwash is separated into two parts (blue & green)! You SHAKE THE BOTTLE! You SWISH IT IN YOUR MOUTH! You SPIT IT OUT! Then you SEE THE BACTERIA (they will be blue in color) that was IN YOUR MOUTH ... IN YOUR SINK! This mouthwash removes 24X MORE BACTERIA than regular mouthwash! My mommy bloggers may attest to this, but aren't there "kid" toothpastes & mouthwash that change colors or something to see if kids are brushing thoroughly? I always thought that was cool and why didn't adults have those options. But anyway...

LET ME TELL YOU THE GOOD! Your mouth will feel SUPER MINTY FRESH & CLEAN! Your TEETH & GUMS WILL FEEL CLEAN! The more you use this, the LESS BACTERIA you will see at the bottom of your sink. This will also give you a very good indication if your toothbrush is doing a good job or not.

LET ME TELL YOU THE BAD! It doesn't say ANYWHERE in the description, but this mouthwash reminds me of OIL PULLING. Is everyone familiar? You take a spoonful of Coconut Oil. Put it in your mouth. Swish it around for as long as you can and then SPIT. I've never had a problem with Coconut Oil (some people do). I don't have a problem with this mouthwash when it's in my mouth. I swish it around and YOU CAN FEEL the product getting rid of gunk (that's great!). NEVER INGEST THIS! SPIT IT OUT! I DID!!! But despite my best efforts, some of the product did get ingested (remnants/after taste). I've used this several times, and each time I personally get an upset tummy for a couple of hours. I think it's the oiliness of the product! I could use another mouthwash, to counteract that but isn't that defeating the purpose? :( Also, when you spit ... expect the bottom of your sink to be OILY! YOU SEE THE OIL! YOU CAN FEEL THE OIL! I also don't like the cap! It's flimsy and doesn't close properly! The bottle gets oily! So despite the SUPER CLEAN & MINTY feeling my mouth gets from this product, I can't recommend it to my readers. An upset stomach, oily sink & oily bottle is a no-go for me! I'll stick to regular mouthwash and oil pulling. I can't go through all of this. If you want to read similar sentiments, check out the ratings & reviews on their website.

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  Colgate Total Advanced Health Mouthwash is Not Sweet

Bath & Body Works At The Beach Collection Review

Monday, May 15, 2017

I went to Bath & Body Works several weeks ago, to look at their Tutti Dolci Collection. I ended up leaving with something else. That something else was a new scent by Bath & Body Works called 'At The Beach'. You guys...I am totally SMITTEN with this scent! Do you like FRESH, CLEAN, NATURAL SMELLING SCENTS? DO YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO SAY, "YOU SMELL REALLY GOOD"? YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS SCENT! Don't just sniff the bottle (you won't get the full effect ... and you'll swear it's too light for your taste)! Take the tester bottle. Rub the lotion on your hands. Walk through the store. Then sniff your hands. You won't be able to stop. You will smell so good! I kept telling the sales lady, THIS SMELLS SO GOOD! She laughed and said it was new. It's COCONUT! It's PINA COLADA! It's a COOL BREEZE! It's CLEAN! It's FRESH! Bath & Body Works officially describes the scent as White Frangipani, Toasted Coconut, Bergamot Waters, and a Cool Saltwater Breeze. It's ALL OF THAT! The packaging for this collection is also really nice. The color blue is the same as the clear blue water you would find at a resort and the white just like the sand on an exclusive beach. I haven't purchased any body wash or lotion (only home candles/fragrances) from Bath & Body Works in a really long time. This collection was so good, I almost purchased the entire collection >.< I had to tell you about it.

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  Bath & Body Works At The Beach Collection is Supersweet


At The Beach Sand & Sea Salt Scrub

How CUTE is the illustration of the lady sunbather on the tube!?! That blue & red looks so good against the brown 'sandy' scrub. This scrub is an excellent exfoliator. It's just right. It's not too harsh. It's not too light. It reminds me of the soft sand you find on a nice beach. Now, this WILL NOT moisturize your skin! So if you're looking for that, don't purchase it. It's a dry exfoliator!

At The Beach Shower Gel

This shower gel lathers up so well. But what I like, is that it's MOISTURIZING. 
My skin felt so soft after using it.

At The Beach Ultra Shea Body Cream

If you have DRY SKIN (like me), I think you will love the body cream for both day & night! It will give you the moisture you need without feeling greasy. It's richer, creamier and fluffier than the body lotion below. I think it's also a great moisturizer to lather on at night for ALL SKIN TYPES.

At The Beach Body Lotion

This is a great everyday lotion, for all skin types! 
It's moisturizing, but not to the same degree as the body cream above. 

At The Beach Fine Fragrance Mist

Don't skip purchasing this one! Layer it over your lotion and spritz it in your hair! It's not perfume-y or loud! The lotion & mist (together) of this collection will allow this beautiful scent to linger on you throughout the day. This mist is not oily or greasy! It evaporates very quickly on the skin.

Tips For Shopping Online For Appliances

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Appliances are the glue that holds our lives in place. Whether you are thinking about a fridge, an AC unit or even a blender, every single one of these appliances has a role to play at the home, and the role they play can never be overstated. Of course, buying online is your best bet, because it helps you save, but you want to take every single measure to make sure that your money is not flying out the window.


Here are a few tips when shopping for appliances online:


Look at reviews 

Online reviews are the best approach to assessing the various outlets that have their wares out there. Go to places like Yelp as well as product pages of specific appliance companies and take a read at what everyone is saying. There, you are going to land on some insights that help your shopping experience. Do not always expect 100% positive ratings from users, because there is always an unsatisfied customer out there.

Look out for free shipping 

Appliances are very sensitive. They need to be transported carefully in order to make sure that there are no damages or breakages. Your retailer is best placed to oversee the shipping for you, but you need to find a way not to pay for it either. 90% of retailers allow for free shipping, subject to the condition that you shop for items up to a particular total price. Check around for the best deals on shipping and go with whatever looks suitable. If you would like to view a list of retailers which offer appliances then click here.

Take advantage of promotions  

Never at any time buy appliances online without going for discount. To this end, timing is key. Browse your favourite web pages and put down the dates when some retailers are going to have offers. Compare available incentives and go with the seller that gives you the most budget-friendly deals in the market.

LUSH Yummy Mummy, Wash Behind Your Ears, Chocolate Lip Scrub, Oatifix and Charity Pot Review PLUS LUSH Magazine Street New Orleans (VIDEO)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hey Everybody! Today's review is a little different! Do you like field trips? I hope so! I'm taking you today to my local LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Store on Magazine Street, here in New Orleans, Louisiana [Not Sponsored]. PR emailed me an invitation last year (when the store opened), but I was unable to attend because I was remodeling my home. Then my mom had hip replacement surgery. So a couple of weeks ago, I stopped by on a whim (looking tore up, from the street up LOL) and the two ladies that work there Brittany & Deveney couldn't have been more kind, helpful or knowledgeable! There were  a number of products I wanted to purchase, and before I knew it Deveney had prepared a bowl of water with an assortment of LUSH products for me to try. I was tickled pink! Below are my thoughts on each product I purchased and be sure to watch my short video of the store.

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LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask - Supersweet

I was so enamored with LUSH's 'Feed Your Face' display (see picture below)! The bowls of assorted face masks looked SO EDIBLE! I asked the ladies there, is this for your face? LOL You're going to want all of them! They asked me what my skin type was and I told them DRY/SENSITIVE and they recommended Oatifix. I expected an Oatmeal scent, but you guys this smells like banana nut bread (it contains oatmeal, bananas, vanilla). It smells SO GOOD! And it FEELS GOOD! It's so creamy. Just apply it to your face. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and you're good to go. It's moisturizing without feeling greasy and it exfoliates. I love it. But guess what? THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN STORES (IN SHOPS ONLY)!

LUSH Chocolate Lip Scrub - Sweet

You guys may remember my review of LUSH's Bubblegum Lip Scrub. I loved it and when I heard they were coming out with a Chocolate lip scrub, I flipped. This is dark chocolate, orange & tangerine oil and vanilla. It's really nice. Just enough exfoliation to polish your lips and moisture to soften them.

Charity Pot Body Lotion - Sweet

Charity Pot is a very nice lightweight body lotion. It's ylang ylang, rosewood oil and cocoa butter. It provides lightweight moisture (at least for my dry skin), but what I really liked was how soft it made my elbows and hands feel. SO SOFT! I like it for certain areas of my body, but I still love my Archipelago Botanicals OAT MILK LOTION, Aveeno Daily Moisturizing and Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Cream lotions better for all over. I love that LUSH gives back! 'With every purchase of Charity Pot, we donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.'

LUSH Yummy Mummy Shower Cream - Supersweet

LUSH Wash Behind Your Ears Shower Gel - Sweet

I always hear people rave about Yummy Mummy! It's not available year-round! Only around Mother's Day! So I had to try it! It smells so good! It's purple goodness! LOL It's sweet. It's fruity. It's candy to my nose! LUSH describes the ingredients as geranium and brazilian orange oil, tonka and cocoa butter. I use this at night right before I go to bed. Gotta go to bed smelling sweet! >.< Wash Behind Your Ears was new for Easter this year. I was going to order it online, but when I saw it was FLORAL I stopped. LOL I was thinking ORANGE & CARROTS! LOL But thankfully I tried it in the store. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it because I detest FLORAL anything. It is nice and the scent that's left on your skin afterwards is awesome. Yes, I was smelling my arm! Wash Behind Your Ears is jasmine, rose oil, neroli and sunflower oil. I use it in the mornings! It lifts me up!

LUSH Cosmetic Catalogue & Samples

So those are the things I purchased! I wanted everything Deveney tried on me and showed me (she included some really good samples). LOL Brittany talked about their composting program. They use the same company that Hollygrove Market and Farms (<--- remember my post) uses. I was so impressed that they use a local vendor. Dev also gave me a book that contains ALL of LUSH's products and explanations of everything! I knew LUSH had a lot of products, but I didn't realize they had THAT MANY! So this book will be very helpful with my future purchases. Get one if you stop in one of there stores. It has pictures and explanations for each product!

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Store, 3129 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

I can't wait to go back to my local LUSH store on Magazine. I was very impressed. I even loved their shopping bags! HaHaHa The dark floral & bees are so pretty! To see more, check out my video at the beginning of this post.  If you come to New Orleans, definitely stop by. There's also one in the French Quarter. Check out my other LUSH reviews & stories!