Collective Haul – Sephora, CVS, Sephora, Target, HauteLook, LUSH

So here is an overdue haul!! The last “haul” I did was back in March, when I did my Arizona haul. I’ve been trying hard to save money and not spend as much, and once the last of my giveaway prizes are bought, I will be putting myself on a spending ban. I’ve got some significant changes happening in the next couple months, and I need to save all the money I can! So here is a collective haul….which means it’s pretty much everything I’ve bought – beauty-wise – in the last 3 months! I do have a small haul I have to film from this past weekend when I was in Indiana for my uncle’s wedding, but then I believe that’s it for hauls for the next few months. So without further adieu, here you go! Let me know if you see anything you’d like me to review!

Makeup/Brushes:

Ulta:
NYX was Buy 2 Get 1 Free
* NYX Runway Collection Palette – Secret World
* NYX For Your Eyes Only Palette – Smokey Eyes
* NYX Runway Collection Palette – Champagne & Caviar
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Cottage Cheese
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Oyster
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Dark Brown
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Baby Blue
* NYX Jumbo Pencil – Pacific
* NYX Lipliner – Hot Red
* NYX Round lipstick – Peach
* NYX Round lipstick – Eros
* NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss – Plush Red

Revlon was also Buy 2 Get 1 Free
* Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Peach
* Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Soft Nude
* Revlon Matte Shadows in Vintage Lace

Ardell’s were Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
* Individuals – Short flare
* Individuals – Medium flare

* CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion
* Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Eyeliners

CVS:
* Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Forever Stay Eye Pencil – Chocolate Brown
* Milani Liquif’eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil – Black

Sephora:
* Smashbox LashDNA Mascara

Target:
* Sonia Kashuk makeup bag
* Sonia Kashuk bent eyeliner brush

Lucky Vitamin:
* EcoTools 6 piece eye brush set

Walgreens
* EOS Lip balm – 3 pack

Cosmetic Company Store Outlet:
* MAC 165 Brush
* MAC 227 Brush
* MAC Peaches Blush
* MAC Vanilla Pigment

HauteLook: POP Beauty
* Glowbelle blush/highlight palette
* Lid Silver eyeshadow palette

Skincare:

Macy’s:
* Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Target:
* St Ives Hydrating Vitamin E Body Moisturizer

Hair Care:
Target:
* TRESemme Heat Tamer
* TRESemme FreshStart Dry Shampoo

Nail Polish
Walgreens:
* Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure
Ulta:
* Seche Crystal Clear Base Coat

LUSH
Mail Order:
* Honey Hugs Shower Gel
* Mirand Soap sample
* Queen of Hearts soap sample

In Store:
* Happy Blooming bath melt
* Sunny Side bubble bar
* Flosty Gritter bubble bar
* Butterball bath bomb
* Avobath bath bomb
* Floating Island bath melt
* Melting Marshmallow Moments (MMM) bath melt

Quick side not about HauteLook – it’s a website that sells brand name/designer products. Anything from Shoes, clothes, makeup, accessories to baby toys! Click here for an invite to sign up for HauteLook and find some GREAT deals on designer brands!

For more info check out Part 1 (makeup) & 2 (skin/nails/hair/LUSH) of my haul videos below!

Collective Haul – Part 1

And I know I keep saying this, but stay tuned for my 50 subscriber contest! I know I owe you guys, but technical difficulties delayed this contest a little bit. Just waiting on Amazon to ship my last prize and I will be ready to put up my Giveaway video!! 🙂

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LUSH Cocktail Series: Refreshing Mimosa

So my next cocktail was supposed to be a “Hot Chocolate” cocktail (a subscriber request!) but I didn’t have everything for it. So I proceeded with one of the other cocktails on my list: the mimosa! For the younger ones who may follow me, a traditional mimosa is an alcoholic drink made from champagne and orange juice. This cocktail has a distinct citrus smell with champagne undertones, and definitely smells like a delicious mimosa! 🙂 This cocktail is made up of: Super Nova bath bomb, Sunny Side bubble bar, a TINY piece of Ma Bar bubble bar, and of course, You’ve Been Mangoed bath melt. All of the “ingredients” used for this cocktail I’ve written about before. I’ll post a link to the blog posts where I originally wrote about them. The only one I haven’t used yet is Super Nova!

Super Nova Bath Bomb:
So this bath bomb is fairly new to me. Before the cocktail video, I had only used Super Nova once before, and just a small sample of it. I fell in love with the scent. The main ingredient that gives this bomb the “champagney” undertone is the cognac oil. The oil has a distinct alcohol-like smell. This bath bomb also contains orange oil and lime oil, which is what gives it the delicious citrus smell.

Sunny Side Bubble Bar:
Sunny Side bubble bar – Beach Bum Cocktail

Ma Bar Bubble Bar:
Ma Bar bubble bar – Cherries Jubilee Cocktail

You’ve Been Mangoed:
You’ve Been Mangoed – Pink Lemonade Cokctail

Check out the video below to see how the cocktail turned out!

By the way – for a normal bath (and not in a HUGE tub like this one) the proportions I would use are: 1/4-1/2 a bath bomb, 1/3-1/2 bubble bar, 1/3 bath melt.

Keep your eye out for more videos! I’ll be in Indiana this weekend for my Uncle’s wedding, but I’ll try to get something up! But eh LUSH cocktail may have to wait ’til later on next week. Hope everyone has a great weekend!! 🙂

LUSH Cocktail Series: Pretty in Pink

So judging by the title of this cocktail, all of you LUSH fans out there already know the 2 main ingredients. This particular cocktail is very artificially sweet smelling. Does that make sense? It has that sweet, sugary, artificial candy-like fruit smell. I can’t quite put my finger on it! This cocktail uses: Big Pink Shell, Creamy Candy bubble bar, and Melting Marshmallow Moments bath melt.

Big Pink Egg bath bomb:
This bath bomb was limited edition for Easter, and smells like the candy fluff powder (and the candy fluff mum) and leaves your skin smelling sweet and candy-like when used as the main ingredient in a bath or used with Rockstar soap. This can be substituted with the Think Pink bath bomb, which has a similar smell 🙂

Cream Candy bubble bar:
This bubble bar is made with vanilla absolute (for the sweet, vanilla-y scent) and contains skin-softening ingredients like cocoa butter (there are literally chunks of cocoa butter in this bubble bar!) and almond oil. However, this bubble bar alone doesn’t leave your skin feeling quite as soft as when you use You’ve Been Mangoed or Happy Blooming bath melts. But it’s definitely a must-have if you like the girly smelling bath products.

Melting Marshmallow Moments (aka MMM):
This bath melt is again, not quite as moisturizing as You’ve Been Mangoed or Happy Blooming, but is still good for the skin. This bath melt fizzes slowly instead of giving off that ring of essential oils as the other 2 do. MMM smells deliciously like a big pink cupcake (or Marshmallows!), and with the use of cocoa butter and almond oil is also fairly moisturizing for your skin.

Check out the video and see how it all looks when it comes together!

Let me know if you would like to see a cocktail made with any other LUSH ingredients! And I’ll talk to you all soon! 🙂

May 2010 Favorites

Hi everyone!

Keeping this month’s favorites short and sweet! Here’s the list of products featured in my May Favorites:

Hair Care:
Halo Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner
Halo Purity Clarifying Shampoo
S-factor “Serious” Conditioner
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray

Skin Care:
LUSH Honey Hugs Shower Gel
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment
Burt’s Bees Doctor Burt’s Blemish stick
Tweezerman Facial Blotting Paper
LUSH Lip Scrub in Sugar Lips
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Buffer
EOS Lip Balms – Summerfruit (red) and Honeysuckle Honeydew (green)

Makeup:
MAC Shadow – Vanilla
MAC Shadow – Naked Lunch
MAC Shadow – Satin Taupe
MAC Shadow – Sketch
MAC Shadow – Print
Revlon Matte Shadow – Vintage Lace
Rimmel Moisture Renew – Latino
Revlon Colorburst – Soft Nude
Revlon Colorburst – Peach
CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion

Makeup Tools:
EcoTools 6 piece eyebrush set
MAC 227 Brush
MAC 165 Brush

If you have any questions on any of these items, please feel free to post a comment on here or on Youtube and I’ll get right back to you!

LUSH Cocktail Series: Beach Bum

This post is going to be short, sweet, and to the point! I just spent an exhausting 3 1/2 hours doing wedding shopping stuff with a newly engaged friend (congratulations Becca and Chris!). I had originally planned to come home and film a few videos (because I slacked off last weekend and this weekend is going to be HECTIC with my ATL family in town!), but that was when I had forgotten about wedding dress shopping! So ANYWAY, on to the reason for tonight’s post!

The next cocktail in this series is a common one. This was, I believe, the first “cocktail” I had ever seen (demonstrated by, I’m sure, one of my many favorite LUSH girls – although I can’t remember who it was!). I was fascinated with the concept of mixing bath bombs and bubble bars to create aesthetically and aromatically pleasing baths, especially after seeing the shimmery bluish green water and smelling the citrusy aroma. I’ll bet you already KNOW which cocktail I’m talking about! Yup, the Mermaid Cocktail. But I decided to be different and called it the Beach Bum. This cocktail is simple and only consists of 3 ingredients: Sunny Side bubble bar, Big Blue bath bomb, and You’ve Been Mangoed bath melt.

Sunny Side Bubble Bar:
The 4 most important ingredients in this bubble bar: lemon oil, tangerine oil, sweet orange oil, and glitter. From those 4 things it’s pretty safe to say that your experience with the Sunny Side bubble bar will be citrusy and full of shimmer! Which is really exactly what you’ll get. Oh, and nice fluffy bubbles too, of course!

Big Blue Bath Bomb:
This bath bomb is infused with skin soothing ingredients like seaweed and sea salts. The seaweed helps sooth and nourish your skin with vitamins A, E and C (which is why seaweed is such a healthy snack! Yum!) while the sea salts helps stimulate, soften and hydrate the skin. The scent of this bath bomb is a combination of citrus (lemon/lime) and lavender and leaves you relaxed.

You’ve Been Mangoed:
Because I wrote a little blurb about this bath melt in my previous post, I’ll link you guys to that particular one if you want to know more about this bath melt! 🙂
You’ve Been Mangoed Blurb HERE!

Check out the video and let me know what you think! If you have any requests for these cocktails, please let me know!

And now, I’m off to bed. Goodnight, fellow LUSHies! 🙂

LUSH Cocktail Series: Pink Lemonade

Hi again readers!

So I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful spring day! I know I am! 🙂 So this blog post is about my next video in my cocktail series. Pink Lemonade! This particular cocktail involves the Mum Still Life Flower bath bomb, You’ve Been Mangoed bath melt, Two Timing Tart bubble bar, and a chunk of the Big Pink Egg from the Easter products. As promised in my video, here’s a little more information on each of the products:

The Mum Still Life Flower bath bomb:
This bath bomb is only back for a limited time! So if you’re a fan of this scent, I would highly recommend running out to your local LUSH store (or the LUSH website) and picking up a few more! This bomb is full of lemon, bergamot, and sweet wild orange oils for a refreshing citrus scent. As an added bonus (or in my case, slightly irritating) there are marigold and sunflower petals mixed into this bomb, which as far as I know, serve no other purpose than looking pretty in the water. However, in my personal opinion the cons definitely outweigh the pros. I LOVE the scent of this bomb and hope that with the discontinuation of the Happy Pill, that LUSH comes out with another citrus-smelling bath bomb. (For this cocktail, the Still Life bomb can be replaced with bombs such as Supernova, the citrus side of the Happy Pill, and the avobath bath bombs)

You’ve Been Mangoed bath melt:
I have fallen in love with bath melts! They make my skin feel absolutely amazing after a bath! Usually, after a bath or shower I had to immediately use my Burt’s Bees Vitamin E Oil, but with the the use a bath melt, I don’t need to. Similar to the Happy Blooming Bath Melt, the ingredients, avocado, mango and cocoa butters help nourish and moisturize your skin while lemongrass, lime and lemon oils give this bath melt its invigoratingly citrus scent. When the bath melt is completely done it turns the water a milky orange color and leaves your skin feeling amazing.

Two Timing Tart bubble bar:
In my honest opinion, this fruity smelling bubble bar is not a must have. Although the bubble bar smells great (but can be easily be substituted with Creamy Candy or Comforter), the bubbles aren’t as great and fluffy as most of LUSH’s other bubble bars. Two Timing Tart contains coconut cream, which helps soften skin and is actually found in many of LUSH’s other products. It also contains Jasmine and Geranium oils which keeps the bubble bar from smelling too sweet.

Big Pink Egg:
This bath bomb smells like the candy fluff powder (and the candy fluff mum/fluff egg) and leaves your skin smelling sweet and candy-like when used as the main ingredient in a bath or used with Rockstar soap.

Watch the video to see how the cocktail turned out! And keep your eyes peeled for the next cocktail video 🙂

LUSH Cocktail Series: Cherries Jubilee

Hey readers!!

So this is my first video in my LUSH cocktail series! 🙂 I got requests to do more LUSH videos, so of course, I’m doing just that! I’m going to attempt to do 1 cocktail video a week; let’s hope I can stick to that! Like I’ve mentioned before, the weekends are really the ONLY time I have for filming. So here’s to hoping that I’ll be able to do 1 per week! Shouldn’t be too hard though, because I LOVE taking LUSH baths!

So this particular cocktail involves the Happy Blooming, Butterball, A small chunk of the Big Pink Egg, and Ma Bar. Here are some of the benefits of each of these products:

Happy Blooming Bath Melt
Before Happy Blooming, I was sort of afraid of bath melts. I was afraid there would be some kind of oily residue left in my tub after I use one, but I was wrong! The product itself is scored into thirds, so one merely has to break (or cut) off a piece and use it for 1 bath. Trust me when I say that 1/3 of the Happy Blooming is good enough for 1 bath!! The main ingredients in this bath melt are 50% calamine powder, cocoa butter, cherries and passion fruit. When the bath melt is completely done it turns the water a milky pinky/coral color and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft and SO fragrant! The smell of sweet cherries lingers on your skin for a very long time.

Butterball Bath Bomb
Funny story behind butterball, it was the first LUSH item that I’ve ever purchased (along with my beloved Honey I Washed the Kids soap!) and I wasn’t too impressed the first time I used it because it wasn’t quite as fragrant in the water as the other bath bombs I had tried. Recently I decided to give Butterball a try again and absolutely fell in love with it! Butterball is a sweet, vanilla scented bath bomb that has ingredients like cocoa butter and ylang ylang that helps to moisturize and sooth the skin.

The Big Pink Egg Bath Bomb Shell
I simply used to add a hint of candy sweetness. I used a TINY chunk from the outer bath bomb shell for this bath so the scent wouldn’t overpower the others. This bath bomb smells like the candy fluff powder (and the new candy fluff mum!) and leaves your skin smelling sweet and candy-like when used as the main ingredient in a bath.

Ma Bar Bubble Bar
This is one of my absolute favorite products from LUSH. Ma Bar is one of the few products that I am consistently stocking up on. It’s the bubble bar that smells like chocolate, toffee, and honey. The main ingredient in this one is the cocoa powder, which gives it that chocolately smell. This bath bomb also contains sweet orange oil (commonly used to destress and lift spirits) and bergamot oil (also used to destress and lift spirits, and it’s good for the skin!).

When I originally did this cocktail, I used the last third of my Marzibain bath bomb. Amazing combination, but seeing that Marzibain is not readily available at all LUSH locations (I bought mine in a retro order I did about a month ago) I subbed it with the Ma Bar. Not an identical scent, but it still had a subtle sweet smell to it!

The combination of these 4 products definitely gave the bath water a distinct cherries and cream smell. The combination of the bath melt and butterball bath bomb made the water feel silky smooth and made my skin feel amazingly soft and moisturized. This is definitely a combo I will be doing again!!

Stay tuned for the cocktail video I’ll be doing next week, and check out the video to see how the cocktail turned out: