Sunday, August 20, 2017

August Book & Beauty Giveaway!

I love finding new books to read especially when I find them at knock out prices, so I recently started thinking why not pick up some extra copies of books that look like a good read and combine them with some makeup for a Books & Beauty Giveaway feature on my blog?

I featured my first Books & Beauty Giveaway last month and it was a big hit! I love the responses I received so I have put together another one for all of you amazing readers. The book for the giveaway this time around is called Unbreakable by Kami Garcia and it is the first book in a two book series. It is a great read to prepare for Halloween, it is a book full of all things supernatural.

 Speaking of Halloween I will have several fun Halloween themed reviews and giveaways coming soon, plus the Wedding Guide reviews and giveaways will be starting next month so keep an eye out for all of the excitement and fantastic prizes.



PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky winner is going to win the prize pack shown above which includes a Hard cover copy of "Unbreakable" along with several beauty goodies which are; Kat Von D Lock-It sample pack, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara sample, Aloe lip care lip stick, 180 Pro miracle hair repair leave in treatment, Angel eyes eye crayon by Be A Bombshell & a set of eyelashes.

This is open World Wide! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email!
 
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Giveaway entry question: Name a book you read and loved recently OR Name a book you'd like to read. 

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cave Tools Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Cave Tools for the review free of charge.**


With the summer heat we like to avoid turning on the oven too often because it creates unnecessary heat in the house, so instead we like to throw some meat and veggies onto the grill. Letting everything cook on the grill creates delicious BBQ and helps keep the house cool! A company called Cave Tools sells a lot of useful products for the grill including brushes, lights and more. I've reviewed their shish kabob skewers in the past and we loved them so when I was asked if I wanted to work with them on another review I was happy to agree. This time around I was sent the Rib roast BBQ rack which can also be used for cooking chickens, turkeys, ham and more!





The ribs we bought were a little short for the rack but the rack still held them into place just fine as you can see from the photos above.You can use it as shown above for ribs or you can flip it over to place a whole turkey/ham,etc onto it to cook. The rack is dishwasher safe and is easy to clean, the food comes off without any issues. The ribs turned out well, the rack helped cook them evenly and made it to where we didn't need to keep turning them over to make sure everything was cooked which was nice. My step-dad did think it was a little difficult to add extra BBQ sauce while they were cooking, it would be easiest to use a pair of tongs to lift but the meat and brush on the sauce that way. This rack sells for $17.99 and can be purchased along with all of their other great grilling products on their website linked at the start of this review.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Owl Natural Soaps Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Owl Natural Soaps for the review free of charge.**
During my time as a blogger I've seen some pretty neat and interesting products so you'd think I would seen almost everything by now yet I am still amazed at the unique and crafty products I find across the internet. I don't generally buy bar soap but I couldn't help but want one for my bathroom when I spotted the works of art Owl Natural Soaps creates. Owl Natural Soaps is a delightful Etsy shop that creates and sells handcrafted artisan soaps. For my review I received a Unicorns and Rainbows bar of soap, shop owner Sorina also included three sample soaps. It is mind blowing the amount of work that goes into each bar of soap, I've seen neat swirl soaps before but this completely beats what I've seen. Each bar of soap cost $6.50-$8 per bar, I know some might think that is a hefty price tag for soap but a lot of time, dedication and love go into each bar to turn it into a true work of art and I think they are completely worth the cost.


 


























Unicorns and Rainbows features a rainbow, clouds, a flower and a unicorn mane/horn! That is several layers that go into each bar of soap, some of which aren't simply poured on because they are hand crafted and placed onto the soap during the molding process. Each bar of soap weighs 6oz and measures 4.5x2.75x1 inches so it is a pretty hefty bar of soap.

When my package first arrived it was hard to pick out individual scents because all of the soap scents mixed together so I separated the sample soaps from the bar and waited twenty four hours before checking them out. After placing separating them I was able to get a feel for how each one smelled. None of the scents are overwhelming yet are strong enough to stay on your hands for a short time after washing so you can enjoy the smell of the soap every time your hands are near your face.


Unicorns And Rainbows: The website description states this is scented with citrus, apple, berries and apricots sprinkled with shaved coconut. The scents mixed make quite an interesting combination, it smells sweet, fruity and floral all together it has a seductive charm to it. I personally think this smells like a freshly opened package of that fruity kids gum that features a zebra on the packaging, it was a scent I loved as a child and still love today. My fiance says it has a light blueberry scent to it and that it smells clean, he also mentioned this was a product he would want to use as well. This bar of soap was our daughters favorite out of the four soaps we received.

                

Peppermint Swirl: This smells just like peppermint candy canes at Christmas time, it would be a perfect addition to the bathroom during the holidays.

Pumpkin Patch: This scent was my fiance and our sons favorite. My fiance noted that to him it smells like spice and coco butter, I agree about the spice scent it is not overpowering though. I think this a great soap for guys, it has almost a musk smell to it that is pleasant to catch whiffs of.

Mermaid Lagoon: The Unicorns and Rainbows and this soap are tied for my favorite. I love the color blue so I might be a little biased because of it but it really does smell fantastic. It has almost a woodsy smell to it because it is a bit musky with hints of a sweet floral touch giving it a romantic aromatic smell. I actually put this one in my kitchen because that is where I wash my hands the most through out the day and I love smelling the scent lingering on my hands afterwards.

The lather from the soap is slightly foamy and creamy you do not need to use a lot of this soap in order for it to cover both hands, a turn or two of the soap in your hand and you are set. The formula used also doesn't leave the bar a goopy mess after using it several times, it does leave a little bit of a ring behind like all soaps do if it isn't dried properly so if you do not already own one I suggest getting a soap dish to help preserve the life of your soap and keep your counters clean. My hands get pretty dry during the summer and can tend to get small cracks along the top of my hand, some soaps cause irritation to those areas so I was happy to find this soap actually helps it feel more moisturized and doesn't leave my skin feeling dried out.




Monday, August 14, 2017

Tani Giveaway & Review!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used and are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Tani for the review & giveaway free of charge.**


Home is my sanctuary because I can do what I want and wear what I want without having to worry what anyone else thinks, if I want to workout in my Pajamas I can! A company called Tani creates and sells a number of comfortable clothing pieces you'll never want to take off, why? Their products are made from a fine silk that is soft, smooth and cooling. For my review I was able to select one top and one bottom of my choice, I selected the Silkcut long sleeve shirt retail $75 and the GO Power Leggings retail value $145.





Both pieces are comfortable as can be, the silk material is one of the softest materials you will ever wear and it hugs your body just like a second layer of skin. The material is pretty stretchy but bounces back into place after being worn, it washes and dries well without any issues. My biggest issue is the materials are thin enough they are extremely see through and leave almost nothing to the imagination. You don't even need to bend over in these leggings to show the world your bottom side and what underwear you are sporting for the day, I don't have a big butt so I don't think the issue is that my backside is stretching the materials too far. Unless I am working out in home I won't be wearing these out of the house unless it is under a skirt. Even with the see thru nature of these I plan on working out in them because of how comfortable and soft they are (I work out in my bedroom at home, no need to worry gym goers!) it almost feels like you aren't wearing anything at all. The long sleeve top is perfect for wearing by itself or under another shirt as a second layer which I plan to do this winter.

PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky reader is going to win a Top & Bottom combo of their choice!

This is open to US/Canadian Residents! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email!
 
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Giveaway entry question: Please visit Tani (link of rafflecopter form) and leave me a comment letting me know which top and bottom you'd like to win. 

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Zaful clothing review!

**This was not a paid post . My honest opinions were used and are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Zaful for the review free of charge.**



I have recently been thinking of adding a few new additions to my wardrobe. I am very self-conscious and can be a bit picky about what I end up buying so when Zaful contacted me about working with them I was actually surprised to find I liked quite a bit of their selection (they offer all sized even up to a 5xl). Not only do they offer a ton of cute and fun clothing items but they also offer fantastic prices, I was offered my choice of up to $50 worth of clothing. So what did that amount get me? I ended up with two dresses and a pair of leggings, which is pretty good in my opinion. My review of each item is listed below:



Empire Waist Lace Panel Dress - This one I don't have a photo in I wanted all of the detail to be shown so the photo above is from the Zaful website. This dress is gorgeous, it can be worn out for a date night or you could even wear it to a wedding. Since it is black you can pair pretty much any accessory you want with it. The dress is comfortable the materials used are so soft and flowy. If you wear a bra with straps you will be able to see them so I would go with a black bra or go strapless, be wear it is a little form fitting so if your bra creates a "love handle" under where it sits you may be able to see it in this dress. The top will compliment your chest in all the right places while being classy and not exposing too much, the design of the bust area helps make your wait appear slimmer. Length wise I am 5'4" and it is a floor length dress for me. Retail Value $19.99 comes in size XL to 5XL

Tiny Floral overlap flounced flowy beach dress in purplish blue - This dress is made from a type of Polyester material and has a zipper on the side. I think this dress is absolutely adorable, I love the print design but there is one small flaw the gap where your chest sits is huge! I am not small chested by any means I wear a 34DD and the top was still pretty roomy and opened up a bit too far for me so I added an under shirt (the black across and the two thin straps are part of that). Otherwise this dress fits nicely in all the right places, it is a great summer dress and goes nicely with a pair of wedge sandals. Retail Value $19.99 comes in size XL to 5XL



Fish Scale print sexy bodycon leggings in blue -Aside from my Christmas leggings this is my first completely out there printed leggings, I fell in love with these on the website but was a bit disappointed in them in person. The print itself is fantastic, it is shiny and creates a rainbow in the light it is the size I was upset with, I generally wear a M in yoga pants/PJ pants/underwear however it was on clearance they only had XL available and I figured if they were too big for me I'd gift them to my sister in law. Instead of being too large they were too small, they go about half way up my butt and stop so if I bend over or do anything really anyone behind me better prepare for a full moon. If they were made from a stretchier material or were a bit bigger they would be perfect. Retail Value $9.93 comes in size S to XL.

They are currently having a summer sale which includes bathing suits and more at 2 items for $15.99 and they have other offers as well along with free shipping.



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**This is not a sponsored post, In exchange for posting this I receive a chance to win a free three night stay at the resort mentioned below but I was not paid anything nor did I receive anything aside from an entry for this post.**



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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Busy Beauty Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Busy Beauty for the review free of charge.****


It is always a bummer to realize that in the rush of things you forgot to shave a big patch of hair on your leg, or you realize you forgot to pack shaving cream for the trip you are on. A brand called Busy-Beauty has designed a showerless shave-gel for the busy gal on the go! They sell 3.4flz bottles at $9.97 each and the brand packaging is quite delightful with it's retro inspired appearance.




This bottle is the perfect size to add into my To-go bag along with a travel sized razor. It is a clear thick gel that comes out in pumps, to use you simply need to apply some of the gel to your skin, shave and then rub in the extra gel as a post shave moisturizer. One pump of the gel will cover a decent amount of skin, I'd say it would cover a 4"x4" patch.


The gel has a light mint smell to it which almost reminds me of toothpaste but not in an unpleasant way. The bottle says "Hair will collect in the back of razor for disposal when you're ready" I can see two small issues with this though. 1.) Depending on the size of razor you use it might not have a large backing where hair can collect, if you buy one of those cheap two blade razors there isn't anywhere for the hair to go aside from back onto your legs. 2.) If you are extra hairy again you might run into issues with your razor actually catching the hairs which could lead to needing water or a wipe to rinse off the excess hair. I tested this on a patch of my arm using the razor you see above, for me it worked wonderfully and it left the skin feeling smooth and refreshed.

This product is paraben free, cruelty free, vegan, has natural essential oils, is good for sensitive skin and it comes in a TSA approved size. I am personally unsure if I will be bringing this with me on my travels as I don't travel often but I love how moisturized my skin feels after using this so I may include this as a regular product during my shaving routine as a post shave product because it smells good and feels great.