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Birchbox June 2017

Finally, Birchbox got it right.  I like the fact that there wasn’t a theme. No sun or beach items. Solid products I can use all year round. The monthly subscription is just $10, so I got more than my money’s worth.


Earth’s Nectar Coconut Curls

Coconut and almond oil conditioner and heat protectant. Full-size $23.50


The Beauty Crop Blush Duo. Color: Papaya Don’t Preach. Full-size $10


Marcelle Hydra-C 24 Hour Energizing Hydrating Gel. Full-size $27



Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint. Color: New York. Full-size $14


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. Full-size $65

This is one of my favorite products that I’ve only been able to get in travel or gift packages. I love it as I do all Estee Lauder products.  This serum has a consistency like aloe vera, and it works.

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Stay Blessed,




Ipsy June 2017

I’m really lovin’ my Ipsy subscription boxes this year. This may be my favorite so far. The theme is Volume Up and Ipsy brought the heat.



Take a look at this bag. Adorable. I really make use of my Ipsy bags. I use them in my purses, car, at work. They’re fun and unique.


Gold and bronze are my favorite makeup colors and Ipsy always delivers. I can’t wait to use this Beauty For Real eyeliner in the color 24 Karat.  This is one of those items I’d never get around to buying, so to have it shipped to me and for only $10 a month is a real luxury.


I want to take a moment to point out this info card which features natural hair. This is nice to see. Diversity and inclusion are always good things


Ipsy added Chia Curl by Trissola to this month’s box. It’s great for naturally curly hair. Since I straighten my hair, I will give this to a friend.



The Balm is a favorite company of Ipsy. This month I got the Instain blush. I’ll use this as an eyeshadow instead of a blush.



City Color is a really a really inexpensive brand that packs a lot of color.


On the left is Beach Cottage which is a jade color layered in gold. It looks amazing in person. Next to it, is the Instain blush in the color Pinstripe. You can see how these would look great together as eyeshadows. I’ll be playing around with these all summer.


You know I love me some lipgloss. NYX’s Whipped Fouette is perfect for the summer. The color is Cocoa Bean and it smells like yummy chocolate. It’s a nice muted shade which goes nicely with the bright eye color in this month’s bag.

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Stay Blessed,



Posted in BEAUTY, Birchbox, BODY, lifestyle, SKINCARE

Birchbox-May 2017

My May Birchbox had some familiar favorites and a surprise.


I’ve received several Coola products in my monthly subscription boxes. They always work great, so I look forward to using this sunscreen/primer. Full-size $42


I’ve used Whish body cream before and it smells luscious, but the sample tubes don’t have enough product to see if it works. This cream is supposed to help stretch marks and scars. Full-size $36


I don’t know why Birchbox keeps sending me hair products I can’t use. Full-size $24


I’m excited about this mascara by The Beauty Crop. Not only is the packaging adorable, but the mascara has argan and jojoba oils in it. Full-size $22


This perfume is described as sophisticated and glamorous with notes of sandalwood and jasmine. I call it heaven. Full-size $105.

Stay blessed,


Posted in BEAUTY, Ipsy, lifestyle, SKINCARE

May 2017 Ipsy Bag

Of course, this month’s Ipsy bag has a  summer theme.



I received a clear plastic bag decorated with ice cream cones and fudgesicles. This will be handy at the pool or beach.


This is a repeat from Ipsy. I got this brush last year and it’s perfect for highlighting. I guess I have a spare now. In fact, I’ve received about four Luxie brushes from Ipsy over the months. No complaints here.


This Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighting duo is another duplicate. I think I gave the other one away, so I’ll use this one. On the right side of the picture is a Hikara cream eyeshadow pigment. These pigments rock. A couple of months ago, I received a gold one and it’s one of the most gorgeous golds I’ve ever owned.  This month’s cream pigment is a metallic coral pink color. Just swipe it on and go.


I haven’t bought a mascara in years, thanks to Ipsy and Birchbox. I usually receive great quality mascaras. If I don’t like one, I toss it and move on the next.


How can you go wrong with coconut oil?

Nice bag, but I can’t wait to see what June brings. It should be good.

Stay blessed,


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Birchbox -April 2017

I’m a little late with this Birchbox review for April but I think it was worth the wait. I received five items in my monthly subscription box and all for $10.



Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream is described as healing and calming for the skin. According to the box, you apply it to your face and let the warmth of your hands help the skin absorb the cream. Full-Size $48


Number 4 Jour D’Automne Sugar Texturizing Spray. This didn’t work well on my hair. But if you like salt texturizing spray, this is supposed to be gentler. Full-Size $22


This is a Michael Todd blue-green algae antibacterial toner. It should be good removing sweat and oil from your face and neck after a good workout. Full-Size $19


Amika hair products work like magic on my hair. This is a blow out spray with seabuckthorn berry.  It leaves my hair looking fabulous. Full-Size $48


My favorite part of my Birchbox is this Beauty Crop GRLPWR lips liquid lipstick.


The color is Imma Bawse.  Kind of a orange-red. I love this because it dries matte and stays on forever. Check out the colors here: The Beauty Crop Full-Size $14.95.

Stay blessed,


Posted in BEAUTY, budget, Sales, SKINCARE

Budget Buys-Natural Face & Body Products at Marshall’s

I noticed that my face has been dry and dull looking lately which means that it’s time for me to switch up my skin care.  As you know, I like bargains so I headed over to Marshall’s and found the following goodies.


Alba Botanical  Hawaiian Facial Cleanser is vegan and paraben-free. It contains pineapple enzymes which not only smell amazing, but they also brighten the skin to keep it from looking dull. There’s also passion-flower, aloe vera, and hibiscus in the cleanser. $7.99 (retail price $10.00)


MyChelle is one of my favorite skin care lines. Normally, I can only afford to buy the travel kits which have sample sizes. Not today. I grabbed two full-size products. Make that the last two full-size products in the store. Pumpkin Renew Cream contains pumpkin seed oil, shea butter, and Vitamin E. Incredible Pumpkin Peel detoxifies the skin and clarifies the pores. This skincare line is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free. I really like the pumpkin smell. I paid $7.99 for each product. They retail for $28.00 a piece. Yeah. I got a bargain.


Continuing with face care, I bought these Body Prescriptions facial wipes. They’re infused with aloe vera and they only cost $2.99. Much cheaper than at a drug or grocery store where face towelettes average $6.00 a package.


I generally avoid natural toothpaste because it doesn’t whiten my teeth. However, Crest White toothpaste has been irritating my mouth, so I decided to try Nature’s Gate whitening gel. So far, it’s gentler on my mouth but we’ll see if it keeps my teeth white. $3.99 (retail $6.00)


For several years, I’ve been using aluminum-free deodorant.  I’m just about out so I decided to try Stinkbug Naturals unscented deodorant. I like the fact that there are only four ingredients: coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax, and cornstarch. $3.99 (retails for $6.00)


I picked up this wooden travel brush. It’s by Mystique and the bristles are made from Tourmaline which is gentler on the hair. $3.99 (retails for $8.00)


*Sidenote. I already own this comb, but I wanted to point out the benefits of using a wooden comb versus a plastic one. Click here for details Benefits of wooden combs.


I’ve been looking for a new body scrub. These Somerset scrubs caught my eye. Rosehip smelled so incredible that I forgot to read the label, and unfortunately, the scrub contains wheat. If you’re wheat or gluten sensitive, this scrub may cause issues. So far, I haven’t experienced any problems. This is one of the best smelling and effective scrubs I’ve ever used. $5.99

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I discovered a Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap at Marshall’s as well. I just had to buy it because you can’t go wrong with argan oil. $1.99 (retails for around $4.00)


I’ve been eyeing Alaffia’s body wash and skin lotion, waiting for a good sale. Marshall’s delivered. I found 32 oz size containers of Coconut Lime body wash and lotion for $7.99 each. They retail for $15.00 a piece.  Alaffia’s products contain high-quality shea butter, coconut, and other natural ingredients. The company is based in Togo and provides jobs and resources for the community there in Togo.

After I scored at Marshall’s, I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up another Alaffia product which I’ve discussed in past posts.


I use this black soap with shea butter and peppermint for everything. I wash my face and body with it and even clean my bathroom with it. I caught it on sale for $10.00 for a 32 oz bottle. It retails for as much as fifteen bucks. Read more about the company here Alaffia.

I have to say this is the best Marshall’s haul I’ve ever had. I can’t believe I found so many products at such great discounted prices.

Stay blessed,













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Skin & Body Must Haves

I have a list of products that I always keep on hand. Normally, I purchase them online but now I can find them locally at discount places. Marshall’s has really stepped up its natural skin care inventory.sam_1959

I always keep pure tea tree oil on hand. It’s a great antifungal and antibacterial oil which can be used for toe fungus, acne, skin tags and even bad breath.

I was surprised and pleased to find some of my favorite soap brands at Marshall’s at a discounted price. Nubian’s Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver soap smells amazing and has crushed hemp seeds to exfoliate the skin. There’s also Neem oil in it which is great for skin disorders.

Speaking of neem soap, I discovered  Auromere Ayurvedic soap and Chandrika. I use these soaps for my face, and I’ve previously only been able to find them online. Now, I can pick them up locally.


I found these Earth Therapeutics gel booties. These socks are lined with a cooling and moisturizing gel. They are simply the most delightful thing you could place on your feet. I bought them at Steinmart for $14. The booties can be hand-washed and worn over and over again.

Stay blessed,