We have reached the end of the pre Mother’s day gift guide posts. While there are many more things available than what I have listed, I have listed a few that caught my eye as I was doing my own shopping. And for my final one I am listing Herbal Dynamic Beauty and their gift sets.
Oh before I forget they have a 25% off code: MOTHER25. You can use that on the gift sets or on regular purchases.
I know this is about gift sets, but really I would be remiss if I did not suggest that mask as a possible gift idea. It is just such a fantastic mask to have in your skincare arsenal. It feels good on the skin and when you use it, you skin feels fantastic. However the real magic comes later. the mask works to draw out deeply clogged pores and bring them to the surface so you can clear them out. This means the day following the mask use you end up with more break outs that need to be cleared away. I like to use this a week before I need my skin to look it’s best for an event. I’ll take a weekend home, use it on a Friday afternoon and spend the weekend clearing away what gets drawn to the surface and then hit the following week with extra fabulous skin.
While it is an amazing gift, there are skin care gift sets for mothers day as well. One of my favorites is the set of Hydrating Recovery essentials. Usually $74 it is currently on sale for $54, It includes: YOUTH REFRESH® HYDRATING STRAWBERRY ANTIOXIDANT CLEANSER, CLEAN & CALM® COOLING CUCUMBER EYE CREAM, and YOUTH REFRESH® HYALURONIC ACID & OAT OVERNIGHT RECOVERY MASK.
I would purchase this solely for the Hyaluronic Acid and Oat Overnight mask. No shade to the other products (as I haven’t tried them) but that overnight mask is fantastic. I applied it over night and the next morning my skin was hydrated and many of my fine lines flitted away in the night. Admittedly you have to keep using it or the wicked little lines return, but it was a nice way to wake up.
The second set I would look into is the Anti Aging Heroes set. I know, getting someone something called anti-aging as a gift might send the wrong message but these are really nice products. Maybe you could just term it The fabulous skin set instead if you choose to pick this one up. Usually it retails for $66 but is now on sale for $55. It includes the YOUTH REFRESH® HYDRATING HYALURONIC ACID SERUM, YOUTH REFRESH® PRICKLY PEAR ANTIOXIDANT DAILY FACE MOISTURIZER, and the VIVID REVIVAL® VITAMIN K CONTOURING EYE CREAM. Of these three the only one I have tried is the Hyaluronic Acid serum. It is something I have purchased at least twice since I first tried it. It is a fabulous addition to any skincare line.
Whether you are looking for sets or singular items, Herbal Dynamics beauty is a great place to check out for Mother’s day gifts. And don’t forget, you can get 25% off with the code MOTHER25. Happy shopping.
As this is the season where gardening sort of takes over my life for a while, I know you have heard me mentioning my planting. Gardening is a family passion shared by generations of my family. Growing up we moved around a lot. Some of the places we lived were houses and had spaces for gardens and others were apartments. All of the apartments had window boxes and hanging plants in any window that could catch the sun. My grandparents sacrificed part of their back porch to build on a green house. So in my family plants and gardening supplies are always good gift ideas and this year Botanical Interests has several that are well worth taking a look at.
The first that caught my eye is the Microgreens collection. Priced at only $18.50 this collection includes: Microgreens Ciao Bella Basil Blend Organic, Microgreens Jazzy Mix, Microgreens Mellow Blend Organic, Microgreens Sunflower Organic, Microgreens Upland Cress. Whether you grow plants just to have something green and growing in your space or if you use them for cooking, this is a very good collection to have on hand and a great gift. As I often find it difficult to find cress at my local grocery store, this is one that I would defiantly look at picking up. At the moment the Ciao Bella Basil is actually planted out in my garden. It is a good grower in both the garden and in containers.
Speaking of containers…
Botanical interests has a gift set specifically for container gardening. It is unsurprisingly called the Container Vegetable collection (retail $21). It includes: Bean Bush Contender Organic, Carrot Tonda di Parigi, Cucumber Spacemaster 80, Kale Dwarf Blue Curled, Lettuce Romaine Little Gem Organic, Onion Bunching/Scallion Tokyo Long White, Pepper Sweet California Wonder, Spinach Lavewa, Squash Summer Emerald Delight, Tomato Cherry Falls. Last year we grew the little Gem Romain and I have to say I felt very fancy when making my salads. It is small enough that each head is a single serving so you can make some restaurant-y looking plated really easily. Which I know sounds a little bit extra but I sometimes find that when trying to stick to my diet, if i make the plates look a little prettier then i feel like I am getting something extra special which keeps me from adding on calories later to ‘make up’ for the salad heavy dinner. the bunching scallions we grew the summer before last (I forgot to re order last year) and they were very drought tolerant as well as delicious. Both are in the garden this year again.
And for those who have mothers who just aren’t interested in herbs or vegetables, they have several gift sets for you as well. One of my favorites is the Florist Cutting Flowers collection. (retail $22). After all why simply buy one bouquet when you can make up your own all summer long (and often for years to come). This collection includes: (A) Amaranth Love-Lies-Bleeding Coral Fountain, (A) Ammi Dara, (A) Aster, China Aster Blend, (P) Celosia Pampas Plume Blend, (P) Craspedia Drumstick Flower, (P) Dahlia Decorative Double Blend, (A) Orlaya White Lace, (A) Sunflower Goldy Honey Bear, and (A) Zinnia Cut and Come Again (A=Annual P=Perennial Pt=Tender Perennial). where I live the Love-lies-bleeding in various shades seems to be really popular. Once it gets going you can walk through the neighborhood and see it decorating a number of back fences and garden gates. It is absolutely gorgeous in the garden and would look spectacular in a vase, especially in a mix with other cut flowers.
Botanical interests is a seed/garden company I have always had really good luck with. Their seeds have always reliably sprouted and I usually like what becomes of the plants. Many of the seeds I repurchase annually. While these are three of my favorites, they have many more collections for mothers day including container and garden plants, herb and vegetable collections and a host of butterfly and bee encouraging collections. If like my mother, yours enjoys gardening, this is definitely a list to check into. The link below will take you to their full mother’s day collection. Happy shopping.
I’ll admit, I have a weakness for Molton Brown Bath Products. I absolutely adore their shower gels and the wide array of fragrances available. I love that there is a scent for everyone too. Want something fresh and Fruity? Try Rhubarb and Rose. It’s floral that is well balanced with a bit of a tart note that keeps it fresh and not to heavily floral. Looking for something costal? Try out the Costal Cypress and Sea fennel. It has the fresh scent I always think of when I think of the sea side. Looking for something a little bit spicy? Then Pink Pepper may just be for you.
And those are just a few of the scents. Every time I am on the site I find new scents that i just want to try. The descriptions draw me in just as much as perfume descriptions do and I often find myself wanting to try them all. (which tends to be why I order the sampler set for myself during Black Friday. It’s my reward for having gotten all of my gift shopping completed).
And as my Mother introduced me to the brand, you know I couldn’t let a mother’s day pass without including something from Molton Brown on the list.
This year there are two items I think are well worth picking up. The first is the Floral and Fruity shower Gel Gift Set. It includes: 3 x 10fl oz in -Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel, Jasmine & Sun Rose Bath & Shower Gel and Orange & Bergamot Bath & Shower Gel.
I love the formula of the Molton Brown Shower Gel. It has a really rich lather that rinses off cleanly without leaving any filmy residue on the skin. In addition,. while the scent in the shower is intense and sort of fills your shower with utterly delicious scents, once you towel off the sent fades back to barely a whisper against your skin. It was one of the things I was concerned about when i first used it. The scent in the shower was kind of strong so I assumed it would mix and mingle with every other scent I attempted to put on. It doesn’t. It is a soft scent of clean skin and is very light. I have to say, I chose this because these scants are exactly the ones my mother likes. I know she loves the Rose and Rhubarb, but I suspect that is only because she has never tried the Orange and Bergamot.
You know me, I am not a bergamot fan, in fact i think I might be slightly allergic to it. My mother on the other hand loves it. I am pretty sure that if she could submerge herself in essence of Bergamot while sipping Earl gray tea she would. So I know this set would be a big hit for her.
The second item that tops my charts is the Worldly Traveler Drawstring Travel Pouch. I think what draws me to it is that it is a sampler kit, which you know i love. And the scent’s draw me to it. It includes: Vetiver & Grapefruit Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Re-charge Black Pepper Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Geranium Nefertum Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel 3.3fl oz, Purifying Shampoo With Indian Cress 3.3fl oz, Molton Brown Drawstring Travel Pouch
I know this is much more of a me gift than it is for my mom, because these are scents I tend to gravitate towards. But I thought I would mention it in case like me, your mother isn’t always drawn to florals.
I really like the wide array of products and gift sets that are on the Mother’s Day list for Molton Brown. There are the shower gel options or hand care options. There are even perfume options. And of course sets that include all three (Hand lotion, shower gel and perfume). And while there are a lot of floral options the scents are varied so you can indulge in just the right one for your mother.
Given some of the things I’ve mentioned about my mother this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. She is a huge fan of tea and long ago gave up most sweeteners. Except for honey.
Honey is put into her tea, drizzled on the oatmeal and added in all sorts of other places. In her pantry she has an entire shelf of honeys. I think that part of that is because of potential stick factor. she lined that shelf with easily wipeable waterproof liner and only puts honey on the shelf even if she only has one jar. Usually she has about three going at a time but there are always the additional ones she just can’t rest. In this gift basket there are several that look simply fantastic.
This tea gift contains two wonderful honeys and three distinctive teas to warm and soothe the body and soul.
Raw Italian Honey by Mitica: Award-winning beekeepers, Fabrizio and Pierpaolo Cazzola of Apicoltura Cazzola have been producing honey at Altedo in the province of Bolognia in Emilia-Romagna for over 20 years. (4.23 oz)
Beekeeper’s Daughter Honey: Beekeeper’s Daughter travels up and down the east coast, following the blossoms as the seasons change. Her honey is amber in color and has a sweet, floral flavor. (2 oz)
Honey Spoon: This 18/10 stainless steel honey spoon balances on the edge of a honey jar, tea cup, or mug.
Japanese Green Tea: Made from deeply steamed tea leaves that are grown in Japan’s premier tea region, located in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. (16 bags)
Pickwick’s Flavored Black Tea: A staple of Holland’s cafes and breakfast shops, Pickwick’s Flavored Black Tea turns a traditional taste into something truly fresh. (20 bags)
Highland Blend Black British Tea: This brisk black tea is a great way to begin your day, or as an accompaniment to a full British breakfast. (25 bags)
Bewley’s Pure White Tea with Cranberry: Since Charles Bewley first imported tea in 1835, Bewley’s of Dublin, Ireland, have been carefully selecting leaves from the world’s finest tea gardens to achieve impeccable quality and flavor. (25 bags)
Effie’s Tea Biscuits: These biscuit are the perfect complement to a cup of tea at any time of day. (7.2 oz)
Gift Presentation: Hand assembled in a black gift crate, this basket is finished with an elegant ribbon.
The second gift basket that caught my eye did so not only because I know my mother would adore every item in it, but because on Mother’s day there are always loads of people in and out of the house. While it would make a nice gift to give, it will also make a nice assortment to have on hand for when others drift in and out. This is the Mother’s day Grazing board.
Show all the moms in your life just how much they mean to you with this elegant selection of meats, cheeses, and accompaniments. There’s something for everyone, with nibbles that range from savory and spicy to downright sweet. It arrives ready to display and serve, complete with a slate cheese board. Just add Mom.
Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board – This all-natural slate is sourced from Brooklyn Slate Co.’s family quarry in upstate New York. It’s dishwasher safe, comes with anti-slip padded feet, and features a rustic natural edge.
Greek Fig Salami with Pistachio & Cinnamon by Hellenic Farms – Hellenic Farms is a woman-owned business that specializes in classic Greek flavors and inventive new products. This salami is made with all-natural Greek figs, cinnamon, and pistachio for a taste that’s sweet, nutty,and perfect with salty or creamy cheeses.
Snowdonia Cheese Company Truckle – This North Wales cheese company creates beautiful, award-winning cheeses that add both flavor and fashion to your cheese board. Fun fact: The cylindrical shape of the cheese is called a truckle!
Mt. Vikos Taverna Meze – These Greek appetizers are loaded with the briny, salty, and savory flavors of the Mediterranean. They are perfect spread on small crunchy toasts or eaten by the spoonful. Close your eyes and you might hear the gentle waves of the Aegean as you bite into this little piece of Greece.
Les Folies Fromage Fruit Spread for Cheese – This quartet of French fruit spreads is made by Guillaume et Lesgards in the heart of the French Pyrenees mountains. Each spread is infused with specific fruits and spices that are specially designed to go with a different cheeses for a cheese plate that’s bound to impress.
Castelvetrano Olives by Bono – Established in 1934 as an olive oil company, Bono brings these fruity green olives straight from Sicily to you. They are firm, juicy, and the ideal olive to round out your cocktail hour.
Tour de Paris Brie Wedge by Henri Hutin – The main man when it comes to cheese, Henri Hutin, founded his cheese-making (and now exporting) company in 1922. This brie is creamy and soft, with sweet and nutty hints that are complemented by fruity jam and jelly.
Citterio Prosciutto & Mozzarella Cheese Rollino– Citterio is an Italian, family-owned company founded in 1878. These days, the prosciutto is dry-air aged in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains before it’s wrapped around fresh, creamy mozzarella cheese. The perfect bite.
Taralli Crackers by Mitica – This classic Puglian snack mix takes your standard cracker game to the next level. These crunchy crisps are made with extra virgin olive oil and white wine. They’re perfect with dips, cheeses, or just as is.
Organic Pitted Medjool Date Snack Pack by Joolies – Joolies runs an organic date farm in California and delivers the softest, sweetest dates that nature can offer. Dates are naturally packed with nutrients like potassium and are delicious with creamy or sharp cheeses.
Mini Toasts by Les Petits Cochons – You say cheese, we hear crackers. These crackers are extra crispy and thick enough so they won’t break when you swirl them into creamy brie or sticky fruit spreads.
This sort of gift basket is not only great for a gift as itself, but as a gift that means any drifting company can be taken care of without Mom having to worry about a think. Personally these are the two I would purchases for my mother, but thee is a long list of items availale, from the large gift boxes to a single bottle of Orange Blossom Honey or an elephant tea canister of English breakfast tea.
Sometimes it is nice to simply pick up something that can be shared and enjoyed. It lets you celebrate the day together and not worry about having items to offer those who will drop by. Plus in my family the Mother’s day meal is almost always picnic like. The weather has turned warm and the local park near my mother’s house had picnic tables placed by the lakeside. \
Providing there is no rain, foods will be loaded into picnic baskets and taken over. Especially since it is an out door space that allows for plenty of social distancing while gathering. I’ve got my fingers crossed for good weather.
Let’s face it, hair is often abused in the name of style. It is dried, curled, flattened, twisted and tied up. It is used and abused and often needs just a little TLC. Often called the crowning gory it sometimes needs a little help to shine.
This Mother’s day Chi has you covered. They have bundles that will have your mother’s (or yours) tresses looking tip top for spring. And you can even get 25% off with the code CHIMOM. While they have several available here are my two favorites.
The shampoo not only lathered nicely and cleans the hair without tripping but it removed a lot of build up other products left on my hair. The Infra Treatment was the most amazing conditioner and gave my hair body and shine. Then there is the silk infusion.
I routinely buy the silk infusion on it’s own. A little drop put on your hands and added to wert hair is fantastic. it made my hair feel like silk. There were no tangles, no snags and it just made my hair look and feel amazing. And when the central heating caused my hair to be a little dry over the winter I just put a tiny bit on my hands and ran my hands over the top of my hair and it smoothed down frizz and fly aways.
This set comes with the Original Digital Ceramic hair styling Iron in Ruby red. This is a really good flat iron. It was large enough for me to use with long hair. I could use it both to flatten and curl my hair and the digital read let me know that I wasn’t getting too hot and risking frying my hair. As I am not always the best gauge of that I really appreciated the digital numbers. they were easy to read and really helped keep me in check.
I actually lost this flat iron because it was packed in luggage that got lost. I was more upset about it than the clothes in the suitcase actually. I’ve been trying other tools lately and missing it more and more to be honest. I am debating between reordering it and ordering the Chi Spin and Curl in Rose Gold.
I have never used the Chi Spin and Curl but it just looks like it would be absolutely fantastic fun to try out. I just find it mesmerizing. If I do end up picking it up I will most certainly review it for you. And actually this might be the time.
I have used the Biosilk Shampoo and conditioner and really enjoyed them. I have not tried the therapy but it is described as having a ‘Jasmine & Honey Scent is a weightless leave-in silk replenishing and reconstructing treatment that helps repair, smooth and protect all hair types.’
And really that sounds pretty good to me. While I haven’t tried the Biosilk treatment, I have used the other two items in the bundle and several other Biosilk products over the years and my hair has always loved them. It is a very good line of hair care products. This Jasmine and Honey scent is light but not overpowering. The honey actually balances the floral so neither is overpowering. The scent is strongest in the shower, but as your hair dries the scent fades to a very light barely there scent.
This mother’s day if you are looking for hair care themed bundles , these might be two that you want to look into. As for me, in addition to gift giving it might be time for me to decide if I want to replace my super fabulous Chi Flat iron or if I want to try out the Spin and Curl. Decisions decisions…
Today we are continuing with our Mother’s day (or any holiday really) gift ideas but we are taking a bit of a break from bath, body and skin care products. Admittedly this Art of Tea Sampler set is still in the realm of self care.
Growing up my mother was always an early riser. She would get up before anyone else simply so she could brew a cup of tea and sit out on the back porch. There she would sit composing her thoughts, planning her day and enjoying the morning before everyone else was up and demanding her attention. She claimed that having that small time to herself helped prepared her for the day and when she missed it the entire day felt rushed and off balanced.
While she would switch to Earl Gray when we all sat down to breakfast (and for her tea needs throughout the day) the morning cup was varied and she liked to experiment with all different varieties.
This is why one of the items on my list of potential gifts is The Art of Tea’s Sampler pack. They have a six and a nine pack version. The teas come in a beautifully rich, leatherette box with an assortment of delicious teas packaged in eco-friendly teabag sachets.
This set includes 6 teabags of each of the following popular teas and tisanes*: English Breakfast, Green Pomegranate, Mint Green Tea, Earl Grey Crème, Happy, Orchid Oolong, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Egyptian Chamomile, Sencha Green.
I’ve purchased individual packages of the Earl Gray Creme and the Orchid Oolong for her and she has loved them both so I think this would be an excellent selection for her, or any tea lover to try out.
They actually have many fantastic looking gift sets for tea lovers, including a tea of the month club. The Art of Tea has a small sampler box if you are uncertain how well some of the teas might be received. Taste can be very subjective. My mother has a group of friends who all get together for tea and if there is something she isn’t fond of, she puts it into the trade pile so she and her friends can switch and swap. I did once get the Individual sampler box do see if these sorts of teas were the sort she liked. It contains one sachet of the different teas in the sampler box ($20). She loved it so I now just periodically pick up a bag that I think she will like from The Art of Tea’s website.
They have a wide array of tea themed products from mugs and filter bags to ceremonial matcha sets and canister sets along with a wide array of sampler sets so that you can pick up just the right product for your favorite tea lover. You can check out their gift sets here but don’t forget to visit their home page to see what seasonal and limited time treats they have available. If your mother, or anyone in your life loves tea, this is a great site to bookmark and return to through out the year.
I know we are a little past Easter but I wanted to share the Glossy Box Easter Egg with you. I am also really excited to get the box. For several year’s now they have had their Easter Egg and I have seen it, I have wanted it and I have forgotten until it is sold out. Because it sells out fast. This year was bigger and they changed the design. The design ins a Wonderland Theme and Has Alice, the rabbit and a munch of mushrooms in the design. It is a raised Gold Design on the Glossy Box Pink Background. It is also sturdy enough to be reused. Which I will be doing. The top secures into place with a gold ribbon. It is just really lovely.
I also have a weakness for Alice in Wonderland (as I’m sure do a lot of people). I have a tattoo of the Cheshire Cat actually. (it isn’t the Disney version.) But as super fantastic as the box is, it is what is inside that counts. But first the stats. If you are a member then this Limited Edition was $24. If you were not a member it was $29. Also if you were a member you could order on March 29th while everyone else had to wait until the 30th. A friend of mine told me she tried late on the 30th to purchase this and it was already sold out. (which made me feel extra victorious that I remembered. And yes, I did a happy dance.)
The first item in the box is the Alpha H Liquid Gold with 5% Glycolic Acid (Retail $54 although currently on sale at Lovely Skin for 20% off). I just received a bottle of this in an Allure box and I am absolutely loving it. Having a second bottle as back up is a definite plus. Thus far my skin adores it so I am thrilled. It also more than pays for the box and since I was already planning to repurchase the serum, seriously helps my budgeting.
The second item is the neuBROW Brow Enhancing Serum (retail $60). It is full size and surprisingly heavy for such a small tube. To be honest, growing brows is not a problem I have at the moment. Keeping them in check is. However, when my mom went through chemo about ten years ago all of her eyebrows fell out and have only been growing in sparsely. She is always willing to try a new brow growth serum so I will be passing this on to her. I know it will get a good try out.
The next item I pulled out of the Easter egg was a coppery box with KAB cosmetics on the front. It’s their Illuminating dust (retail $26). It too is a full sized item. I’ll be honest I tend to use this kind of product on my collar bone around Christmas and new years and then forget about it the rest of the year. I think it is because adding the shine to sweaty skin never appealed to me and once the summer heat hits I simply don’t think of body shimmer. Which is a little strange as there is actually more of my skin showing. While I might try it out this summer, I suspect I will keep this and give it a good use this winter season. I do like the color though. The golden toned shimmers really sit well with my skin.
While receiving an eyeliner is ever my favorite thing in one of these boxes, I will make an exception for liquid liners in this style. These are actually my favorite style of eyeliners. They are what I learned to apply when I first applied eyeliner. I love the liquid format and I love that they don’t dry out all that fast. I don’t use a lot of eyeliner, so often the pen styles can dry out before I use them up. With this style that doesn’t happen so I am pleased to have the Bellapierre Liquid Eye Liner in the full size (retail $20) in my Glossy Box Easter Egg.
The last full sized product in this box is the Kendra Professional Blow Dry Spray. (retail $36.99, also currently 20% off at Lovely Skin). Oddly enough I have another Kendra professionals product (the intense fortifying masque) that I was planning to start trying out either this week or next so it is nice to have a second product from the brand to try. I have never actually tried anything from the brand but I have heard fantastic things about it. And I am always happy to see a heat protecting spray.
There are several Deluxe sample sized products in this Limited edition. The first of these is the We Are Paradoxx Repair 3-in1 leave in conditioner/finishing balm. I have the full sized version of this and I have been using it for my Saturday night hair masks. And I used it a a finishing balm this weekend. It works fantastically well and I am thrilled to have a travel sized tube of it that I can just toss in my bag to keep with me. Applying just a tiny drop on the hands, rub the hands together and apply over the top of your hair is a great way to tame down fly aways just before a meeting or event really helps. Here it is a nice quick trick to fight the effects of humidity so this travel tube will happily live in my purse.
I have also used the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream before. It is a fantastically nourishing body lotion and as I am also in need of a hand cream I will be adding this to my purse as well so that I can hydrate after hand sanitization. I am very pleased to have it.
The Knesko Skin Rose Quartz Eye masks made me smile. I spent the last few months going through my individual eye masks and now I have a new pair to try. I also have a set from Aceology that arrived on the day I used the last of the individual ones so perhaps it is a sign. I have never tried anything from Knesko Skin, in fact I have never heard of them. I do however love eye masks and even though I am amused to find it appear right after my clear out finished, I will still happily give it a try.
Next we have a slim tube of Facial Enhancement Cream from Dermatologist’s Choice I have never heard of the brand before but I do love trying out sample sizes of moisturizers. It is a great way to find out if a product is right for my skin before investing in the full size (which saves both money and reduces product wasting). The samples aren’t large enough to let you know results, but they will let you know how it feels on your skin, which is very important. While there are broad categories that companies use I really believe everyone’s skin is different.
Part of it is your own internal systems and how your body works generally, but a lot of it has to do with the environment where you live and work as well as your daily activities. I have spent much of my life moving from place to place, often with very different climates and with each move my skin care has changed. Products I love in one place simply did not work for me in another. It was still my skin, but the world around it changed so its needs were different.
I know that’s a long way to go to say I love testing out sample sized products before attempting to incorporate them into my routine. Even if I am not moving as much as I used to, I like trying out new brands and as this is one I haven’t heard of, it is an extra bonus.
Finally we wrap up with a skincare tool from Daily Concepts. It is an adorable silicone bunny designed for gentle exfoliation during cleansing. (I tried to find this product to link, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’m guessing it was limited edition. The price is from Glossy Box. As I use it I’ll look for more information.) It is a full size (retail $8). I actually have a round one from Daily Concepts that I love using. It has a suction cup on the back and generally lives in my shower. I use it on my face while in the shower. Usually post work out. It is a great way to simply get the sweat and salt residue off the skin without overusing products.
This one is a pocket with fingers slipped inside instead of clamped around the back I am not sure how well that will work in the shower as I suspect water will gather inside, but I think it might be useful in the bathroom with regular face wash. I’ll have to give ti a go and see. I do find the ears and bunny face adorable though.
I know that Easter is over and this box is no longer available, but I did want to review it so that those of you who were curious, not only about this but about Glossy Box’s Limited edition boxes in general could see them. I adore the box and will be incorporating it into my Easter Décor for a while. At the moment it is filled with now empty plastic eggs and is going into the cabinet. I really liked the number and mix of the products. There was a good mix of full sized and deluxe samples and the quality for the price was certainly there. I have several products I am thrilled with, one I am delighted to be able to pass on and several I can’t wait to try. For me, This Limited Edition Easter Egg was the perfect spring time treat. I can’t wait to see what their next Limited Edition holds. If memory serves they are doing one for Mother’s day. I’ll have to investigate and report back in.
Happy good Friday and Easter Weekend to Everyone! I will be off for the day(and weekend) so no regular posts today. Next week normality will resume but this weekend there will be celebration and feasting with family. I hope whatever you ae doing it is fabulous. I’ll see you back here on Monday with the regularly scheduled postings.
Have you ever been going about your day like normal and then all of a sudden you remember something that you completely forgot and it changes everything? Tomorrow is Good Friday. and I am taking it off to begin the Easter Weekend Festivities.
Seriously I went about my morning as usual and then glanced at the calendar and asked myself, why is tomorrow circled in red? i think it is because we had company last weekend and so things got crazy and then I tried to catch up from that craziness that it somehow didn’t ocurr to me that there was more craziness on the way.
It is a fun crazy though. Family gathered, not only for Easter but a couple of delayed Christenings and all sorts of fun festivities. Everything is outside which is why I have the dress I do. It was gifted to me by Ever Pretty and I suggest checking them out if you are looking for an event dress.
I came across them when I had friends preparing for weddings. They not only have a wide array of wedding dresses but loads of bridesmaid dresses and other formal event dresses. But once I started looking into them I found they had a wide array of sizes and Ever Pretty had just good quality dresses’ for a night out. It doesn’t have to be prom or a wedding. And they are really well priced as well as high quality.
We tend to go to our local symphony (or did before it took a bit of a hiatus) and I love getting dressed up for that. They have dressess that are perfect for that.
For Easter I will be wearing a long skirted dress. Not only because I still haven’t started self-tanning my legs and they are ghost white, but because everything will be outdoors this weekend. It is a fresh air social distancing sort of thing, which I get, but I have no intention of freezing my ghost while legs off. So I chose a dress with a long skirt and the material is thick enough that I will not fall prey to the winter’s attempt to prevent spring from arriving.
As you may have guessed, I did not make it to makeup today. I started to gather it, and then realized how much else had to get done before the morning. And so no makeup, just a dress and a reminder of Ever Pretty’s current sale. I’ll post that down below. Because I will not be near my computer tomorrow, there will be no routine posts, but don’t worry, normality will return next week. Happy Easter Everyone.
Guess what I remembered! I remembered to order the Glossy Box Easter Egg. I know that sounds strange, but it has become a minor spring time obsession. For the last three years I have told myself, oh wouldn’t that be a nice Easter treat. Actually now that i think about it, it may be closer to five years now.
My thinking was always that Easter is the one holiday that is done at my house. Thanksgiving and Christmas, we travel. Where we travel depends on the year, but it does mean that during those holidays our house is only a staging area. I am in charge of Thanksgiving pies (mostly because they can be baked ahead, packed in a cooler and driven several hours). then after thanksgiving we look like an off shoot of Santa’s workshop as we gather everything in and figure out what is getting shipped out and what is getting loaded into a car or settled for air flight travel.
Easter is at our house. Which means the deep down company is coming clean, which is a very different cleaning than the normal everyday. Especially these days. Extra supplies are gotten in mostly because we don’t keep a lot of snacks around the house and they will be wanted all weekend. we also don’t keep soda around the house but that too will be in high demand. Cheese boards are planned, charcuterie is arranged. We pickle our own mushrooms and radishes, but load up on other picked goods. I do make a spicy lemony marinade to add to my olives. Nuts are toasted and seasoned and then there is the three to four days of meals including the big Easter Sunday meal. It is an extravaganza.
And it is bigger this year since we skipped the past two years.
And while I will also be assembling Easter baskets, I like to, at the end of it all, have something for myself. You know, besides the martini I settle myself with once company has left and things have been put back into normal working order. There is also something for my babydoll and I to share. This year we ordered an extra little something from igourmet in addition to the Easter themed baskets. Which is lovely and we will shade as we collapse post guest.
However each year I think, wouldn’t the Glossy Box Easter egg be fun. I could have my treat and add another Easter decoration to the house. And then I forget all about it. But not this year! Ha! I remembered. And it only took three post it notes and an alarm on my cell phone.
Somedays, you have to celebrate the little victories. And this week has been one of those weeks where it feels like you are just slogging through waste deep mud. It is Wednesday and I feel like Monday and Tuesday each took twice as long as usual. Some weeks are just like that. So it is nice to celebrate the little victories. Like remembering to order a limited edition before it sells out or knowing that you have a truffle cheese hidden in your butter dish at the back of the fridge that won’t be part of the group feasting.
Okay I will be honest, Today’s makeup was mostly chosen because i wanted to try out some new products or use products I haven’t reached for in a while. while I am loving testing out the Lorac Illuminating Primer, when I wear it I can’t wear a highlighter. It simply can’t compete with the prime. which is fine, but I wanted to try out the Model Co highlighter. So I went with a favorite. The elf Poreless putty primer. I think this may be the third one i’ve gone through. It is a fantastic formula. If you have dryer skin than mine they do make a hydrating version. It is a little too hydrating for me unless I am wearing a really drying foundation, so I stick with the original. I have no complaints about the original.
The Catrice Foundation I like. It is a really light shade so i am trying to reach for it a bit more before the sun starts giving me a tan. I love the foundation and it is a good product if you are going to be running around all day and need something that stays in place. It is listed as a 24 hr foundation. While I have never pushed it that far I have worn it for ten hours straight with no issues. My one problem with it is the dropper. Mine doesn’t really want to work so I end up pouring product out onto the back of my hand. It can get a little messy so I keep a cloth handy. It is the one drawback of the product, but easy to get over.
I have several Nars products in my drawer and I tend to forget about them. which is kind of funny as for a while I was using a full face of Nars as my go to look. But I don’t find myself reaching for the products much any more. They are good products so I need to remember them. I’m not sure why I over look them now, I think it might be because I have found other products I like just as well if not better. I think it may be more a factor of the world of makeup expanding. I used to have just a few go to brands that I trusted and used, now i use products from a wider range of companies. it was still fun to use this blush.
The Too Faced and the bareMinerals I will always reach for. They are both fantastic and always reliable. I need to take out some of my Too Faced shadow palettes. which Oddly i usually think of in Spring. I think it is because of the color ranges in the shadow palettes I have. Actually I need to test one out to see if I want to use it for Easter or if i want to go full on pastel.
I did not go pastel with the eyes today. I used the Eyeko Double Act dual shadow stick. I really like the formula. I’ll need to play around with it a bit to apply the right amount of product. A little does go a long way. It blends really nicely as well. I have the Dusk and Dawn Shades. Dusk was fantastic and I can see myself reaching for it often. I hoped that Dawn would be a little more brightly copper in color. It worked well, I just found myself wanting more of a contrast. And when I went to get the link from the site for the above list, I say they have the sugar and spice Double Act stick. That looks like it may have the contrast i want. I love the simple eye look and throwing a single shadow stick into a makeup bag instead of an entire palette is a great travel plan, but when I do that I want greater contrast between the two shades. I will continue playing around with this though and see if I really like the formula. If it keeps working out for me i will order the sugar and spice as well as possibly others. Today for a first use, i really liked this.
Before I forget, I also liked the Model Co highlight. It was brighter than I am used to, but it still looked nice. It was a soft glow without the glitter which I appreciate.
I am in love with the new Ultravolume Tubing mascara from Blinc. I knew I liked the length of the regular tubing mascara but this one fills the lashes out making them thicker as well as longer. I am totally in love with it. I do think that I might need to remember to curl my lashes first though. Thee is no curl to the formula and I think that if i remember my curler first I will get even more dramatic results. If you are using an eyelash curler though, remember to curl the lashes before applying mascara. It reduces breakage and pulling.
Finally we have the Pixi By Petra Lip. It was a little more pink than I was expecting. It is supposed to be a sheer wash of color (and I suppose if you sheer out ruby you get pink) I just wasn’t expecting it. However after a minute or two the color faded back a bit and just left my lips with a really nicely moisturizing lip balm. I really like it. And it doesn’t leave a trial of pink lips everywhere. Just a little balm smear on the rim of the cup. Over all for a first use I like it better than my initial impression of it.
I know I chose a bunch of new items because I couldn’t resist. I just wanted to play. sometimes, you need to give into the impulse, and today I did. And i am glad I did. All of the new items performed well for their first time out of the gate and I look forward to putting them through their paces. For now though it is back to work for me. I hope your Wednesday runs smoothly and easily and that you get to coast down the slope of the remaining week.