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Everyone Baby Collection Review

Big news, everyone. I’ve joined the Aunt club!

My first nephew was born just a few weeks ago and I couldn’t be more in love with him. I could literally sit and watch him sleep for hours. Creepy? Yes. Insanely adorable? Absolutely.

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Everyone Baby Collection

So when I heard EO Products was launching its Everyone Baby Collection in May 2016, I figured the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Their products are just the thing a conscientious parent (or obsessive Aunt) looks for when carefully choosing what to apply to their little one’s soft skin. And they’re great for adults with sensitive skin (or anyone who just wants a little bit of quality pampering!).

Everyone Baby is…

  • Certified non-GMO
  • Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Synthetic fragrance-free
  • Gluten-free
  • And made with organic ingredients and natural scents!

That’s a long list of a lot of good stuff, right?

The awesome team sent me their Baby Wash, Baby Lotion, and Baby Wipes to test out (retail prices listed at the end). They have two gentle, soothing scents that smell light and baby-fresh: Calming Chamomile + Lavender and Gentle Calendula + Oat.

I genuinely love both of these scents and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. If it was a do-or-die situation, I’d probably say I favor the Chamomile + Lavender. I usually don’t have an affinity for lavender, but in these products it’s subtle and smells like fresh meadow air, not a cloying lavender perfume.

The Baby Wash contains coconut-derived cleansers for a natural bath time. As a big fan of the properties of coconut, it’s a great selling point.

The Baby Lotion is hypoallergenic and made with nourishing and yummy things like olive oil and mango seed butter (I don’t know what that is, but it sounds kind of amazing, am I right?). I’ve included photos of the ingredients label for each of the products so you can take a longer look at what you’re putting on baby!

We have yet to test the wipes but they’ll probably be thrown into a diaper bag since they’re the perfect small size for travel. They’re also flushable and have a sticky resealable flap that you can’t see in these photos.

I would definitely suggest checking out these products for your wee one or for yourself if you like to avoid harsh chemicals in your skincare. They’re available in Whole Foods or on the EO Products website, and they’re definitely affordable (see retail prices below). They’d also make a great baby shower gift if you don’t have a bitty baby of your own to spoil!

Let me know your thoughts on the new Everyone Baby line in the comments! Would you try them out?

Thanks for reading!

-Ashley

Everyone Baby Wash (12.75 fl oz): $7.99

Everyone Baby Lotion (8 fl oz): $6.99

Everyone Baby Wipes (30-ct.): $5.99

Just a heads up!: These products were sent complimentary for testing purposes. Thanks so much!

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Beauty, Food, Haul

Drugstore Haul

When I go to Walgreens to pick up a prescription and my friend asks me to check for something in the cosmetics section… 

 
It was supposed to be an in-and-out trip!!!
However, I was in need of new concealer and I found the new Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray for only $4.99. Can’t beat that!

(The Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Redness Control was $9.49 and the L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer in warm Light/Medium was $10.49.)

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LUSH Bath Bomb Review | I Think It's Ashley
Beauty, Haul, Review

Christmas LUSH Bath Bomb Haul!

I’ve never been a big bath fan.

They’re hot. They hurt my neck. They leave the bathtub all sudsy and your fingers all prune-y.

It wasn’t until I didn’t have a bath anymore that I really started missing being able to take one. I endured 4 years away at college without being able to pamper myself in the tub. But now, just after college graduation, I finally have a tub again. And, boy, have I mastered the art of taking a bath.

I’ve found that perfect warm-but-not-scalding-hot temperature, learned to keep the door open while filling up the bathtub so that the bathroom doesn’t get overwhelmingly steamy, and have been using LUSH bath bombs–the perfect mix of light, delicious fragrances and beautiful H2O colors.

LUSH Bath Bomb Haul | I Think It's Ashley

For Christmas, I got 3 LUSH Bath Bombs. I’m fairly new to their products–I’ve used a couple of their bath bombs (Pink and Butterball), love their stick fragrances, and keep my Mint Julips Lip Sugar Scrub in my makeup bag at all times. I’ve loved the bath bombs in the past, so I was really excited to try out three new ones: Golden Wonder, Lord Of Misrule, and The Experimenter.

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From Left to Right: Golden Wonder, Lord Of Misrule, The Experimenter

I’ve only had a chance to try out The Experimenter, but I will make sure to do a review on all 3!

Hope you all had a great holiday season and Happy 2016! Thanks for being awesome readers!

Ashley

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Beauty, Haul

May Empties!

Life is weird. I keep waiting around for the moment when I am going to become an adult. I still say things like, “When I grow up…” and, “I’m not ready to be an adult!” But I just graduated from university, packed up my apartment, and am moving states.

All this ‘moving on’ has me really nostalgic, I suppose, because I have found myself really craving the old school blogger and YouTuber posts/vids lately. I love that my favorite YouTubers are growing up, too, but sometimes I just really want a good old-fashioned haul video.

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That being said, I thought I would collect my used up products this month so I can do an EMPTIES post! I’ve never done one before but I have to say, gathering up my empty bottles and products was extremely satisfying. In grade school, the best feeling would be when I would completely use up the ink in a pen or completely finish a tube of lip balm. Looking at my pile of empties was that type of satisfaction x1000.

So here we go, my May 2015 Empties!

 

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I’m starting off pretty weird with this one, but seeing as I spent half my time sick this month, it only seems appropriate to mention the insane amount of vitamins I took. I took a full bottle of Airborne and then this full bottle of Wal-born (the cheaper Walgreens brand) plus a bunch of other additional vitamins.

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I don’t know if candle qualify for empties, but I burned them out and I’m obsessed with candles so…why not? I got this Trick-Or-Treat candle at Bath & Body Works last fall and finally finished it this month. It has a super sweet marshmallow scent that I like, but is strong enough that I only needed to burn it 10 minutes at a time to fill up my whole room with a full scent. Hence why it lasted so long.

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I love citrus scents and this Lemon Verbena B&BW candle was heavenly for me. It’s a good spring/summer transition scent and is very sweet but not as overpowering as the Trick-Or-Treat candle because it is balanced by the lemon.

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This Big Island Bamboo candle is probably my favorite of the three, but I got it in the mini size so it only lasted a few days. It’s a more nature-smelling scent than the others and sort of reminds me of a warm spring morning.

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My mom got me these Trader Joe’s facial cleansing pads and I was wary of them for a long while. Once I tried them, I actually sort of liked them. They’re really strong and can sting your skin if it is sensitive (and your eyes even if you avoid the eye area). I’m assuming there was alcohol in them which would cause the irritation? But I love tea tree oil and my face felt REALLY clean after using them. I would swipe them gently over my face after washing my face sometimes even and it would still take off dirt and oil residue so I feel like they’re really effective at cleaning skin.

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My sister got me a bunch of Seacret products for my birthday and Christmas and they are so moisturizing and lasted me a long time. This body lotion has a scent that I’m not a huge fan of (but it didn’t bother me, just smells generic) but it absorbs into skin quickly, leaves it smooth, and doesn’t leave it sticky.

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My facial skincare routine has been in constant flux the past few years as my skin has developed super dry patches. Living in southern California, I think the pollution and increased sun exposure are both the blame. That being said, this Aveda botanical kinetics face cream is amazing. It hydrates my face without leaving it feeling oily or greasy. It didn’t do the tough job of tackling my eczema-like dry patches but the rest of my normal-type skin felt great after using it. Expensive, but would repurchase.

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I made the mistake of walking into B&BW to “just look” and walked out with three products. This was one of them. The salesman was really great at his job and completely convinced me I loved this scent, Paris Amour. I like it, not head-over-heels about it, but it smells nice. Overall though, I am not a fan of B&BW lotions. They’re generally pretty sticky and the scents are a little much.

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I got this little travel size Soap & Glory Hand Food hand lotion while in London last spring (actually, I got a few of them…) and I am super sad that it’s gone. It has this really juicy smelling scent that isn’t B&BW-overpowering and is really creamy. Would definitely repurchase at Sephora in the states, although it won’t feel as special as when I bought it in London.

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Can I even put sunnies in my Empties post!? This is more of a stretch than the candles, but I actually used these sunglasses until the point where they were cracking. Retired sunglasses that survive being lost, dropped, or sat on deserve to be in this post. I loved them and went back to Target to try to find an identical pair but couldn’t…so I bought the closest looking ones!

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Bought this while in Paris. Doesn’t work but I used it up anyway. Oh well.

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Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. My favorite YLBB lip color ever. It’s practically lip balm with how moisturizing it is but the color is great and neutral. My lips are naturally a bit darker with brown and sort of mauve tones and this lipstick is what I wear when I want to look like I’m not really wearing lip color. Am 100% going to repurchase.

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From left to right: Orange Creme Blistex lip balm with SPF 15, Baby Lips with SPF 20, and the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. The Orange Creme smells exactly like one of those popsicles which makes me want to eat it but it is a little thick and ‘cheap’ feeling on my lips (because it was cheap). Baby Lips is Baby Lips and most people know if they like it or not. I think it is really moisturizing but this scent was kind of boring (wait, was there even a scent? If so, it was forgettable).

 

And, that’s it! All my May 2015 Empties. Ah, what a good feeling using up the last drops of all of these products.

 

What products have you used up this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

Ciao for now,

 

Ashley

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Haul, Home, Review

Bath & Body Works Haul!

I’d like to lie and say that I’m not addicted to candles, but honestly? ADDICTED. There is something about lighting up a nice candle that smells like a hot summer night, salty beach water, watermelon lemonade, musk, or pumpkin spice that just sets the mood in the best way.20150306-152730.jpg

Needless to say, I am addicted to Bath & Body Works candles. I am a girl, I am basic, and I can’t help but pop in the store and smell at least one or two or ten candles, even if I can’t actually afford one at that moment. So when I casually walked into a B&BW in San Diego at the end of January, I was beyond giddy to find out it was their big annual sale. And I do not disappoint…I did not walk out empty-handed. Nuh-uh. No way.20150306-152913.jpg

 

I made out with a 3 wick Lemon Verbena candle, a small Bergamot Woods (by far my favorite smelling candle EVER that I burned through in less time than I’d care to admit), a tiny Fresh Balsam candle that is probably the freshest nature scent I’ve smelled of theirs and also my favorite holiday scent, an Iced Blackberries hand cream, and three hand soaps: Iced Blackberries, Cocktails & Confetti, and Love, Peach & Joy.

I purchased the Lemon Verbena separately, but all the rest came out to less than $10. I mean…WHAT? I didn’t even feel guilty for buying all of that (unnecessarily, I might add).

One of my favorite parts of their candles is the descriptions of their scents. If you guys are interested in reviews of products I buy, let me know in the comments. Also, let me know what your favorite B&BW scents are, I’d love some recommendations for my next spree!

Ciao,

-Ashley

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Lush’s Mint Julips

Yet again, I’m here to tell you how in love I am with LUSH. Now, I know what this looks like. My last two posts have been about LUSH (Pink & Butterball bath bombs), and here is yet another LUSH review. Although I would love to say that I’m a bona fide LUSH addict, the truth is that I’m much too poor and much too new to this LUSH lifestyle to call myself anything other than a n00b when it comes to everything this magical store has to offer. Nonetheless, here is my latest purchase.

Mint Julips Lip Scrub

 

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It’s a vegan lip scrub (“A lip smacking cocktail,” the front saucily reads) in the scent Mint Julips.

Tasty mint chocolate sugar lip scrub for smooth moves and sweeter kisses.

The description, as usual, totally sells me on this product. But the product itself is effective and sweet. The directions say to “scrub and buff your lips to softness, lick off the excess then apply your favourite LUSH Lip Balm.” I would add to scrub gently, no matter how much dead skin you’re trying to get rid of. It will buff away eventually and since it’s sugar, rubbing the grains can be kind of harsh on your lips if you rub too hard.

I admit that I find myself applying this sometimes just to lick it off or for the tingles from the mint. Luckily, it’s totally safe to do, and there are enough oils in the mixture that licking my it off my lips and applying lip balm immediately after doesn’t completely dry out my lips. In a colder/drier environment, that may not be the case, however.

Ingredients: Castor Sugar, Cold Pressed Organic Castor Sugar, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Vanilla Extract (Vanilla planifolia), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), *Limonene, Flavour. *Occurs naturally in essential oils. (This is all according to the product label.)

Unlike some LUSH products that expire quickly, this one says it lasts 14 months.

Do you have any lip scrubs, LUSH or otherwise, that you’re loving? Let me know!

Ciao,

Ashley

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Lush’s ‘Butterball’ Bath Bomb Review

In my last post, I talked about how I fulfilled my long overdue dream of trying out Lush products and made the prettiest pink bath (check out the link for my thoughts!). I only bought two things at Lush that day, although I could have bought so many more things, and here is the second item!

Lush’s Butterball Bath Bomb!

It’s described as “beautiful butter cream hydration for the skin.”

20150120-182605.jpgTo be honest, I didn’t buy this bath bomb for its looks. If this bath bomb were a person, its appearance would be sort of a Plain Jane with mousey brown hair and acne spots, unlike the ‘Pink’ bath bomb who is likely a beauty guru with perfectly manicured nails and an IG on fleek.

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But the smell of this one was UHHHHHH…UH-AMAZING. It’s probably a psychological thing because of the name, but the scent is what I imagine Butterbeer to be in bath bomb form. So all you HP nerds, holla.

Our vanilla-scented Bath Bomb is anything but boring when you lay back into a cozy white blanket of creamy, buttery froth. This little fizzer is the ultimate in comfort with chunks of creamy cocoa butter; it’s fantastic for rehydrating dry skin. Baths can dry your skin if they’re too hot, so if you’re in need of a long, lingering bath pop one of these gorgeous beauties into the tub for a vanilla custard soak to lull you into a deep relaxed state – and leave with sweeter, softer skin.

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What this bath bomb lacks in fun colors and designs, it totally makes up for in scent and practicality. This bath bomb does what it says-it nourishes the skin leaving it feeling incredibly soft and rehydrated. The photo above proves why it has its name–when the bomb fizzed away, it left these spots of oil floating in the tub that look just like melted butter. It kind of looks like diarrhea water, let’s be real, but I can assure you that it is only similar in appearance, not smell.

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See what I mean about the diarrhea water though?

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After the bath bomb is done fizzing, there are a few bubbles on the surface of the water that dissipate quickly and you are just left with the ‘buttery’ water. It’s not a bath bomb that you want to get your hair in (unless you need a deep oil treatment) as I can imagine it will make your hair greasy, but my skin felt amazingly moisturized after. It was so oily that I was slipping around while laying in the tub. True story.

20150120-182704.jpgI enjoyed my Butterball bath with a little white wine (if I’m going to be indulgent, might as well be really indulgent) and a little YouTube for good measure.

If you have any good Lush product recommendations, please let me know in the comments because I would love to go back and try out more things!

Thanks for reading and if you’d like to, please follow my blog! Let me know if you did because I’m in need of more great blogs to follow-beauty, fashion, health, travel, writing, I love it all!

Ciao,

Ashley

 

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