Friday, May 30, 2014

Pure & Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask Review!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
I know I'm PROBABLY like overposting right now by doing two posts back to back BUT I'm really super excited about this one, SO BARE WITH ME!
For those of you who know me in real life, you know that I am basically obsessed with face masks. I LOVE them. I use them ALL the time, AND somehow convince my husband to do them with me! :) I love the way my skin feels after I wash them off, and if it weren't so time consuming I'd seriously do one every single day.

SO, of course I was super stoked at the opportunity to test and review a new one! Last night I tried out my Dead Sea Mud Mask that I received from Pure & Essential Minerals, courtesy of Tomoson. I LOVE IT!!!!!! Love is really an understatement here, this mask made my face feel so ridiculously clean, I'm about to use it again right now.
Meet the Dead Sea Mud Mask. It's a greyish, not as thick as most masks I use, ALL NATURAL face mask. ALL natural! When I first put it on, it kind of burned a little, I'm not going to lie, but I suspect that is because I had just done a microdermabrasian on my face. :) Leave this bad boy on for 5-10 minutes until its dry, then use circle motions to rinse it off and WHAM, super clean, exfoliated, silky smooth face. Ryan felt my face last night after I used it, and was like okay, okay I will do it too. It's THAT good.
This mask is a best seller on Amazon, and you can click right HERE to purchase it and find out more.
It has over 21 minerals in it, which will revive your skin and leave you feeling fresh, clean, and looking younger! Win! I'm seriously all about all natural products right now, and I am totally loving this one. 
Here's a picture of me with my mask on for your viewing pleasure.

Again if you'd like to purchase this Dead Sea Mud Mask, Here is a LINK you can click to order it!

Okay, that is seriously all for tonight folks! I'm going to be posting a bunch more tomorrow though because I have a box filled with stuff that I need to review!

xX Ashley C.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Healing Tree Bamboo Charcoal Soap Review & Giveaway!!!!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
Today I am bringing you a review of my new favorite soap and another GIVEAWAY!!!!! It's from a company called The Healing Tree, and is an all natural, fragrance free soap made out of Bamboo Charcoal. I've used a charcoal scrub for my face before that left my face feeling SUPER clean, so I was definitely excited to try something out for my body as well!

For those of you who have never used this type of soap before, charcoal soap has tons of benefits for your skin. Mainly:

  • More absorptive than regular soap
  • Detoxifies the skin
  • All natural
  • Removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores
  • Leaves you with smoother skin
  • Fragrance free
Some people say this soap can be a little drying to your skin, because it does basically remove all of the junk out of you, but I moisturize like a maniac anyway, so I don't see any drying. It left my skin feeling super soft after my shower. The one I received is actually a blackish color, like you'd expect charcoal to be, not the greenish color in the picture above. It however doesn't make a big huge mess or anything. While this product is fragrance free, I think it has a nice, clean scent to it and I really really enjoy it. I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for super clean skin, without that nasty soapy residue that you sometimes experience with other bar soaps and shower gel. I have had these little bumps all over my arms for years, and was diagnosed with keratosis pilaris a few years back, and I'm hoping that this soap will help with my condition! I will definitely keep you updated!!

To find out more about The Healing Tree's Bamboo Charcoal Soap, you can visit their website here:
The Bamboo Charcoal Soap retails for only $3.99 too, which is a killer price for such an awesome product!

They have a couple of different products as well that really intrigue me, namely their Green Tea soap!
Anyone tried Charcoal soap before??? If so, what was your experience? :)

Who's ready for the giveaway! The winner will receive a bar of this fabulous product! Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to the US at this time! Good luck!
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Until next time!
Xx Ashley C.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Flirty Little Secret Firming Bronzer Review!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Today I am bringing you a review of an AWESOME product that I got to try out courtesy of Tomoson. It's called Flirty Little Secret Firming Bronzer. I LOOOVE body bronzers so I was pretty thrilled to test this out.
Now, I want to start by saying that this is not a self tanner, just a body bronzer, so it will wash off in the shower. However, it gives you an instant, perfect, non orange, beautiful fake tan. I also love that it has shimmers in it that make you basically glow in the sun. You have to rub it in pretty quickly to make sure that it doesn't end up streaky though because the firming stuff in it makes it dry up pretty quickly. 
This bronzer makes you about 2-3 shades darker without making you orange. As far as the pheromones go, I don't really know because I can't smell myself, but I'm sure they work too!

Here's some pictures of my experience with this bronzer for your viewing pleasure:
Here's my actual bottle I received. I definitely have to compliment them on their packaging! I just love it, but maybe I'm just a sucker for shiny things! :)
Here you can see the shiny brownish color and consistency of the lotion. It goes on super smooth as well, which is a big plus in my book.
AND last but not least you can see here the difference it immediately made to my skin tone. I know this isn't the best lighting or quality of photo, but you can definitely tell that my left leg is significantly darker than the right. I wish I had gotten a sunlight picture so you could see the shimmer in it!

My overall opinion of this product is I absolutely LOVE it and am definitely going to continue using it once I run out!!
If you'd like to find out more about this product please visit their website HERE

Until next time,
Xx Ashley C.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ipsy May 2014 Unboxing & Review!

This month marks my ONE YEAR with Ipsy!!! So, today I bring to you my May Ipsy Glam bag.
For those of you who don't already know, Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that for only $10 a month, brings you 4-5 deluxe sample to fullsize makeup, beauty, or skincare products!! Usually the bags have a much higher value than the $10 too, so its totally worth it. If you'd like to sign up for Ipsy, please use my referral link HERE!

This month, there were a TON of different items and a bunch that I wanted. Unfortunately I didn't get exactly what I would have loved to have, but overall it was still a pretty good month.

My favorite part of the bag this month is actually the bag itself. It is SOOO cute and a kind of canvas like material and I absolutely love it. It's going to be my new lipgloss bag for sure!

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo #1 in Celestial and Opal - Value $7
First up is an eyeshadow from Pacifica. I received eyeshadow duo #1 in Celestial and Opal. As for quality, it's a really nice shadow. It has a really smooth texture, and had I received the other shade, I probably would have really loved it. I'm not a huge fan of purple shadows though. I love Pacifica's products though.

Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer - FULL SIZE! Value $19.99
Next is a concealer called Boo-Boo Cover Up. I'd definitely never heard of this in my life until I received it, and that is one thing I really love about Ipsy. I was kind of skeptical I'm not going to lie, but this stuff is AWESOME. It covers up EVERYTHING!!! Dark Circles, Age Spots, Acne, you name it. Freaking awesome, new favorite concealer. I received this in medium and it seems a little light, but it blends in pretty well. It contains ingredients that promote healing as well, so it will help your imperfections get better.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil - Travel Size Value $13
I'm all about getting stuff to make my hair better right now, so this is a pretty great sample for me. I received the travel size version of Balanced Guru's no frizz oil with organic sesame, grapeseed, jojoba, and tamanu oils. This stuff smells reallllllly good too and made my hair frizz free on a hot and humid day here in Tennessee. Love it!

Hang Ten Classic Body 50 SPF Sunscreen - Value $2.17
I also received a very handy sunscreen from Hang Ten. This is yet another brand I've never heard of in my life. Apparently it is affiliated with Coola, which I don't really love... so I don't know if I'm going to love this. I do however work in the sun so I'm going to test it out on my face. I found it to be a little bit on the runny side which is unfortunate, but it's not greasy, which is good. Here's another picture to show you.
See, runny city.

Avene Thermal Spring Water - Value $9
Okay so this one really confuses me.... I don't really understand the whole idea of paying a very high amount of money to spray spring water on your face when you can literally open a bottle of water or turn on a faucet and do the same. This, Ipsy, is a miss.

Bag Value - EST $47

OVERALL this month was pretty decent. I feel like they did a good job if matching products to the seasons, and most of this bag I like. As with all mystery bags, you can never be certain, but AGAIN if you want to subscribe, make sure and USE MY REFERRAL LINK HERE

Now on to the good stuff! Ipsy's coupon codes for May!! There's a ton!

Xx  Ashley C.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Valentia Skincare Even Glow Serum Review!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Today I am bringing you a review of another GREAT serum that I am testing out courtesy of Tomoson.
This one is called Even Glow Serum, by Valentia Skincare. It's 99% natural, 20% vitamin C, and packed with other awesome ingredients such as Organic Rosehip Seed Oil & Sea Buckthorn oil, Resisthem, hyaluronic acid, and green tea extract, to give you, guess what, beautiful, GLOWING skin!!!

The first thing I want to say about this serum, is that it is definitely much different than the other similar ones I've tried. Unlike most, it has a nice orange tint to it, and smells pleasant, like tea, and not like chemicals at all. Some of the Vitamin C serums that I have tried pretty much reeked of chemicals and this one does not. It's also a little thicker than the others, so you don't have to use as much. It leaves my skin feeling tight and refreshed. I've only been using it about a week so far, and I can't wait to see what it does for my skin. So far my acne is clearing up and I've lost a little bit of redness in my face!
One other thing I want to mention about it is that I love the packaging. The box is classy, and doesn't look cheap like some of the other vitamin C serums I've seen out there.

If you'd like to pick up a bottle of Valentia's Even Glow serum for yourself or learn more about the product, you can visit them HERE
You can also visit them on Amazon here to pick up a bottle for $35:

More reviews tomorrow!!!
Xx Ashley C.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Instanatural 100% Emu Oil Review!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

So today I am bringing you a review of a pretty interesting product! I was sent a bottle of 100% Pure Emu oil from Instanatural last week courtesy of Tomoson to test out. At first I was like... Emu oil.... okay that is pretty weird, but I checked out what it's used for, and it's pretty awesome!!!
Emu oil can be used for TONS of different things. Hair, stretch marks, as a moisturizer, acne, and as a wrinkle reducer. It has TONS of fatty acids in it that are SUPER great for your hair and skin.

The first thing I want to mention about this product is that I was extremely pleased to find out that it has literally no scent to it. I was expecting a weird scent considering it comes from an EMU, but it doesn't really smell like anything. It has a thickish, white consistency to it, and a little goes a long way!!! I've been using it in my hair to bring back some of the life to it, and it really has helped. My hair is FRIED from bleaching it from black to blonde, so a great leave in conditioner was what I needed. The first time I used this I basically drenched my hair in it and left it in overnight. After washing and conditioning my hair, it was left soft, bouncy, and significantly less dry. I've been using about 6 pumps of it as a leave in ever since, and I feel like it is really helping my hair.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has extremely dry, brittle hair. I haven't used it as a moisturizer yet, but I'm sure it would be awesome for that too! I would DEFINITELY repurchase this product!!! It's great!

If you'd like to find out more about Instanatural's 100% Pure Emu oil, please visit them on amazon HERE. This is seriously a hair lifesaver product! You won't regret it!!! :) It's $23.95 for the product, and they offer a 100% MONEY BACK guarantee after 100 days!!! So there's basically no risk if it doesn't work!!!

Let me know if you have any questions about this product and I can update you guys later about it because I DEFINITELY plan on using this product until it is completely GONE!
More reviews coming YOUR WAY very shortly!

Xx Ashley C.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Pretty & Polished Candy Coated Swatch & Review!

Time for another tiny piece of my Pretty & Polished May Beauty box!!!

This time it's "Candy Coated"! I received a mini of this baby in my box this month and I LOVE it. It's one of those things I didn't realize that I needed until I owned it.
I love it SO much. It's like the perfect baby pink with adorable purple glitter in it. I don't know how I lived without it before and it is literally perfect for Spring!! :)

Here's your swatch of the day!

I hope you love it!! 

Xx Ashley C.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Julep "Golden Ticket" Mystery Box!!

Okay so as you all know I LOVE Julep mystery boxes!! Usually they do a box with a LE polish in it but this month, they have switched it up a bit!
They just announced their Golden Ticket mystery boxes. For only $24.99 you can pick up one of three versions of this box packed with $100+ of Julep polish and goodies. There's no product overlap this month, which is awesome and I think it's due to everyone complaining about getting multiple boxes and them all having the same thing in them!!
There will be one lucky winner in EACH version of the box who will receive a "Golden Ticket". A gold capped Julep bottle filled with star confetti. If you get it, you win a chance to name a Julep polish in an upcoming collection, and you will receive 25 bottles for yourself, or to share with friends!!! I WOULD personally LOVE the chance to win a polish that I could name. I'd name it after my daughter for sure.
The sheer novelty of this box basically has me sold, and I plan on purchasing at LEAST one of the versions once I see some sneak peeks!!! I'm SURE Melissa will probably end up getting all three through, so watch out for her unboxings!!! :D

HERE are the links to the mystery boxes this month!!

CLICK HERE for box 1!

CLICK HERE for box 2!

CLICK HERE for box 3!
Sorry I don't have any pictures for you guys of these boxes this month, there aren't really very many since they are all 100% mystery!!!!!

And make sure and check out the Maven program too!

Julep Beauty Inc.

See you guys later today with another review courtesy of Tomoson!

Xx Ashley C.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pretty & Polished Tales of Lagoona Review & Swatches!!

So I've decided to take a different approach to reviewing my May Beauty box from Pretty & Polished. I'm going to review a different polish from it in separate posts throughout the week and then do one BIG post of everything. That way I don't have to rush and swatch them all at once and not be able to wear them.

FIRST of all this is officially my ALL TIME favorite P&P!!!!
This is the MOST BEAUTIFUL polish I have ever seen. I swear. It has the most amazing, easy to apply formula, and looks BEAUTIFUL in the sun. I'm SO glad I got the May box because I might have died without this polish. Just saying...

Who's ready to meet TALES OF LAGOONA!?!?!
It's the most BEAUTIFUL blue holo.

Isn't it GREAT!?! I received a fullsize bottle of this in my May box. Exclusive to the box, so it won't ever be sold on their site alone! 

I'll post another Pretty & Polished review tomorrow!! 

Xx Ashley C.

Monday, May 5, 2014

La Beaute Pure Vitamin C Serum Review + GIVEAWAY!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

So I am just FULL of giveaways this week and I'm REALLY excited to bring to you another review plus a giveaway of a product that I've been testing out for about a week now also courtesy of Tomoson!

La Beaute Pure makes a Vitamin C serum for your face for anti-aging and that is supposed to fade dark spots! I've been out in the sun ALOT lately due to my job, and this is literally just what my skin needed to feel refreshed and back to it's old self. Upon putting the serum on my face, I felt immediate results of the product. Once the serum dries, you can literally feel you face tighten up, which is AWESOME! I love when you try a product that you've never tried before  you can feel it working! This is definitely going to become part of my beauty routine from now on! I've been in search of a product to bring back the tightness in my face, so I was super happy to be a part of this campaign. I haven't noticed my dark spots fading just yet, but I've only been using the product about a week now!!

You can purchase their product for $29.99 on and HERE IS THE LINK!
For a product that really works, this is a great price. PLUS I HAVE A GIVEAWAY if you'd like to try it out for yourself!!!

Before I post the giveaway here is a link to their Facebook page so you can check out what the product is all about!
La Beaute Pure Facebook Page
Link to the product:

On to the giveaway! It will start today at 2 PM EST and run until 2 PM EST next monday, 5/12!

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Stay tuned for LOTS more reviews this week and NAIL POLISH SWATCHES!

Xx Ashley C.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Giveaway is fulfilled by La Beaute Pure on

Aqua 41 Perfume & Cologne Review and Giveaway!!!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
Last week, I received two awesome new additions to my perfume and (my husband's) ever growing cologne collection, courtesy of Aqua 41 and to review! I LOVE smelling great, so I was super excited to be invited to this campaign to test out these two new scents.
PLUS I have my VERY FIRST contest courtesy of Aqua 41! The winner will be sent their very own fragrance to try out by Aqua 41! :D Good luck!

Aqua 41 is a brand of fragrances "inspired by the deep blue". I personally love the oceans, and I really love both of these scents, especially the men's, and I can definitely see how these scents relate to the ocean. The cologne has a nice, crisp, masculine scent, that reminds me of laying out on the beach and listening to the waves. The perfume, on the other hand, is a deeper, muskier scent, reminiscent of a sunset on the beach.

Like I already said, I really love these two fragrances, especially the men's. It smells so so so good, I could literally sit around and sniff my husband all day long. I like a man with a nice, clean, crisp cologne on him, I mean who doesn't!? I can't smell myself really when I wear the women's, but he says it also smells really nice! PLUS they are only $40 a piece, which is AWESOME! You can purchase them from the Aqua41 website HERE. If you're looking for a new perfume or cologne that smells really great, but isn't so overpowering that it makes you sick, then you will love this! I will definitely be purchasing more when I run out.

Product information courtesy of Aqua 41:
Men's Fragrance Elements:
"Top Notes: True Heart: Dry Down:
Black Pepper, Sea Spray Sparkling Bergamot, Citrus Tonic Clary Sage, Lavender Leaves, Ozone
Notes: Amber Resin, White Woods, Warm Musk"

Women's Fragrance Elements:
"Top Notes: True Heart, Dry Down:
Violet Leaf, Cyclamen
White Rose, Night Blooming Jasmine, Creamy Vanilla Bean, Warm Sandalwood, White Cedar, Silver Musk"

If you'd like to find out more about Aqua 41 and their products, make sure and visit their website. One other thing to mention is they also shipped me my products SUPER fast, like it got here within two days fast!
I am going to update this post with a 50% off code as soon as I receive it, so that you can test out this awesome new product too! :)

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More reviews to come later this week!
Xx Ashley C.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Prizes will be shipped by Aqua 41 to the winner! :)