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Worth the Splurge? Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream vs. Prtty Peaushun

I’m a bit of a body moisturizer freak and am constantly trying out new creams, oils, lotions and potions. My recent go-to has been the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, but I have also been intrigued by the Prtty Peaushun  Skin Tight Body Lotion for quite some time. Given what I’ve heard from other reviews, it sounded as though the two may have similar formulations so I thought that I would compare the two today! So, to see my thoughts…and if I have a preference, keep on reading!

Lotion that Sprays?! – Kiss My Face Air Kiss Light Moisturizing Lotion – Fad or Fab?

I keep seeing spray lotions popping up all over and it’s definitely peaked my interest. I have no issue with standard lotions, body butters or even body oils so I’m not sure why I care, but it’s a shiny new object, right? 🙂 I stumbled across the Air Kiss Light Moisturizing Lotion from Kiss My Face the other day and instantly added it to my basket since it’s the first cruelty free option I’ve seen. Having tried it out, I thought I’d share my thoughts. Keep in mind that this is the only spray lotion I have ever tried so I have no basis for comparison.

So Long Summer! – August Favorites

::sigh:: Well, Summer is unofficially over. Though I am dreading the chilly days, the messy months of snow and sleet, the dying leaves, and the general malaise of Fall and Winter, there are some things I’m looking forward too as well. But that’s getting ahead of myself. Today we’re focusing on the last days of Summer and what I’ve been loving throughout August! It’s been kind of an uneventful month and I don’t have much in the way of makeup to share, but there are plenty of other goodies for your reading pleasure. Let’s just get into it, shall we? J

Where to start? I guess I’ll go with body products. I have absolutely been adoring my Deep Steep Dry Oil Body Spritzers! My favorite scent so far is the Brown Sugar Vanilla, and it will be perfect as the weather starts getting cooler too. It just has that warm, comforting feel to it. I’m not going to go into it much more since I literally just reviewed these, and you can check that out here. Amazing scents aside, these dry oils are just the absolute best moisturizers I have tried probably ever.

Sticking in the realm of moisturizing oils, I’ve also fallen in love with Coconut Oil, specifically for shaving my legs. Again, I recently wrote about this as well so I’m not going to drone on about it, but you can check out that review here. I’ll just say that it has totally changed the way I view shaving and my legs are thanking me for it!
Bailey likes it too! 🙂
For my hands – wait for it – I’ve been addicted to the Soap & Glory Endless Glove 2-in-1 Moisture Mask & Hand Cream. And surprisingly, I also recently wrote about this as well! In case you missed that, check out the review here. Smells good, does what it says, keep hands soft and smooth, moisturizes. What more do you need to know? Excellent stuff. J
Moving on. Something I have not written about yet (I know, crazy) is Manuka Honey. I’ve been using it to wash my face in the morning and I feel like my skin really likes it. Manuka Honey is known for it’s anti-bacterial properties, so it’s great for acne-prone skin, but it also helps soften and hydrate the skin. I actually feel like my skin looks more youthful with a bit more glow, as well as maintains a better oil balance throughout the day when I use it. I’m not going to get into all the potential benefits and what-not of using Manuka Honey here because this would end up insanely long, but I have really been loving it this past month.
Sticking with the honey theme (and making an unintentional pun), I have also really been enjoying the Amber Honey Exfoliating Scrub from CSI, which I believe is part of VitaCost’s in-house anti-aging line. It is an intense physical scrub for the face. Just a tiny little dot will be plenty to exfoliate your entire face. It will definitely get rid of any dryness or dead skin lingering about. It is not for the faint of heart and I would run the other way if you have sensitive, or otherwise irritated skin, but if your skin reacts well to exfoliants, this one is definitely great for the occasional intense scrub.

 

Hard to see, but insanely effective scrubbing granules
Finally, I have one lonely makeup item. It’s another standard black eye liner from Butter London. It is the Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black. It is a standard creamy gel pencil liner in the vein of Urban Decay and the many others out there, but this one I’ve just gravitated to this month. It stays put – even on the waterline – and is a nice rich black. What more could you ask for? I would say that it’s every bit as good as the NARS pencil, which I reviewed here, plus it’s a tiny bit less expensive. I would definitely recommend checking out the Butter London pencils based on this one’s performance – and they have a number of unusual shades along with the old standbys. Well done, Butter London! J
I think that pretty much does it for August’s favorites. There are some other new things I’ve been testing out, but haven’t settled on an opinion yet, so I don’t want to include them here. Besides, this is long enough already! JI hope you enjoyed this trip through August’s favorites and I hope to see you again next month (well, preferably before that, but you get the idea)! J Thanks so much for stopping by and leave me a comment with what you’ve been loving!!!

Deep Steep Dry Oil Spritzers for Seriously Soft Skin

Oh. My. Soft. Skin! I am completely obsessed with the Deep Steep Dry Oil Spritzer! I have never really tried a dry body oil – or any kind of body oil for that matter, but I am so glad I finally did! I guess I always shyed away from dry oils because I assumed they would be somewhat greasy. That’s rather silly of me since I know that not all oils are greasy on the skin. Having now tried the Deep Steep Dry Oil Spritzer, I’m not sure I can ever go back to a traditional moisturizer!

If you’re wondering what in the world a dry oil is, it’s simply an oil that leaves no greasy residue. That’s not to say that it does not leave the skin insanely hydrated, soft, smooth and, in the case of the Deep Steep versions, deliciously scented. Quite the contrary. Most surprising to me is that there is absolutely nogreasy, tacky or sticky residue left behind. You just have baby soft, smooth, moisturized skin. It’s a wonderful feeling!

I always feared that body oils would be messy and/or difficult to use. Deep Steep has made them very user-friendly. Their Dry Oil Spritzers come in convenient spray bottles – hence the name – that easily mist out the oil without any fuss.  The best way I find to apply the oil is right after showering/bathing. I gently towel dry so that my skin is still damp, but not dripping with water. Still standing in the shower so as not to coat my bathroom with the oily mist, I simply spritz the dry oil onto a section of my body and rub it in for even distribution and absorption. It spreads across the skin like a dream and sinks in almost immediately. It leaves a bit of a glow to the skin, but it’s not an overtly plastic-like shine. I find my skin just looks healthy, radiant and happy. J I actually find these Dry Oil Spritzers easier to apply than a lotion or cream…and I feel like they’re more effective!

As for the scents, they are to die for! I have two at the moment – Brown Sugar Vanilla and Passion Fruit Guava. Both smell delicious! In fact, I gave each of the seven scents a whiff at my local Whole Foods, and they all smell divine! As far as I know, the available scents are: Grapefruit Bergamot, Tangerine Melon, Honeydew Spearmint, Rosemary Mint, Lavender Chamomile, and the aforementioned Brown Sugar Vanilla and Passion Fruit Guava. The Brown Sugar Vanilla is a nice warm, comforting scent; the vanilla is very subtle, but the brown sugar is definitely there. The Passion Fruit Guava is a bright, fruity scent that’s perfect for Summertime. The scent doesn’t really last all day, nor is it terribly strong, but you can smell it for a good while after oiling up. J You may get whiffs of it throughout the day, but it’s nothing overly powerful or disruptive should you want to add perfume or avoid knocking people over with your scent. Basically you’re softly scented for the day, but you and anyone who gets real close to you are probably the only ones who will notice. 

As far as ingredients go, they are quite simple! For the Brown Sugar Vanilla scent, they are as follows: Coconut Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Sugar Extract, Vanilla Plantifolia Fruit Extract, and Aroma (Organic and Wildcrafted Aroma Blend). Basically a blend of lovely oils with some scent thrown in. Deep Steep is, of course, cruelty free and is also PETA approved. According to Deep Steep’s website, their products are 100% Natural and use a 100% Natural preservative system, so no nasty chemicals in there. I believe all Deep Steep products are also Vegan and Gluten-free!

I will say that I’m not sure how long one bottle of the Dry Oil Body Spritzer will last. They contain 4 fl oz/118mL, which is a decent amount. You don’t need much, but by the same token, when you’re covering you’re entire body regularly, I feel like this will disappear faster than something like a body lotion. However, given the price point and the wonderful scents, I don’t really mind since I love having a new scent all the time.

On a superficial note, I absolutely adore the packaging too! It’s rather simple, but it looks somehow cute and elegant at the same time. And the little duck wearing a crown logo is soadorable! Also, each scent has it’s own color so you know what you’re grabbing should you develop a large collection of these babies. J

The Deep Steep Dry Oil Body Spritzers retail for $13.95 for a 4oz misting bottle (check out VitaCost where they’re only $8.69!). They are available on the Deep Steep website, and I have seen them at my local Whole Foods too. There is a store locator on their website if you’re having trouble finding them in person. I absolutely 100% recommend giving these dry oils a try! Your skin will thank you for it. J

Miracle for Dry Skin? – Flexitol Diabetic Foot Balm

I have the worstdry elbows. Seriously. They’re not only dry and flaky, but they actually look almost dirty because they are so much deeper in tone than the rest of my body. Little rough bits of skin will actually catch on things because they’re so dry. It’s pretty disgusting and nothingever seems to do much to fix it. I’ve exfoliated like crazy, moisturized with the most nourishing creams I can find and still no improvement. One day while waiting for a prescription at the local pharmacy, I saw this Diabetic Foot Balm from Flexitol staring me in the face. I thought, “Gee, this would be great for my dad’s horrible cracked, dry feet.” And since I had nothing to do but wait at the time, I decided why not grab a tube? My dad’s interest seemed less than stellar, and it suddenly dawned on me that maybe it would help my elbows. Why not try it since nothing else has worked, right? JSo, I went about slathering my elbows with this thick cream day and night not expecting any changes. So have my elbows improved?

Hell yes!!! Literally within a day or two, my elbows looked pretty much normal again. Needless to say, I was impressed. I’ve continued using the Diabetic Foot Balm at least once a day and my elbows are still in tip top shape! The balm is somewhat thick and smells a bit grandma-like. I don’t really notice the smell much once it absorbs into the skin. It’s not exactly greasy, but perhaps tacky might describe it. It’s not an unpleasant feeling and, unless you’re using it on your hands, I don’t think it would be much of an issue. Basically, it feels moisturizing and protective, but it also feels like it’s going to stay where you put it. It’s not something I would want to use all over my body, but it’s perfect for any particularly troublesome spots. Now that I’ve fallen in love with this diabetic balm, I figured it’s about time I learn a bit more about the company and it’s animal testing policy.

Perhaps not surprisingly, I knew absolutely nothing about Flexitol before grabbing this cream. Since I was getting it for my dad who isn’t terribly concerned with animal testing, I didn’t think much about it and kind of just assumed that a Diabetic Foot Balm would be made by a company that tests on animals. After having such success with my elbows, I decided I should look into the company and see if my assumptions were in fact correct. I first discovered that Flexitol is an Australian company, which makes it seem cooler to me for no apparent reason. And then the really good news! Flexitoldoes not test on animals! J After discovering that, I knew I needed to share my experience with all of you, because I know we all have troublesome dry patches…at least from time to time. This will definitely clear them up!

For those of you who are a bit freaked out by lanolin, then you might want to skip this particular balm. It does contains Lanolin to help prevent the skin from drying and chapping. It also utilizes Shea Butter for moisture, as well as Vitamins A & E plus certain fats and acids beneficial to the skin. In addition, and perhaps its secret, it has a high concentration of chemically synthesized Urea (25% to be precise) to help break down tough skin so that moisture can be better absorbed. Urea is also a humectant, so it helps draw moisture into the skin. Finally, this balm contains an Australian herb called Centipeda Cunninghamii, which is clinically proven to have skin nourishing properties. I have never heard anything about this herb, but it may work miracles! JThis combination of ingredients has completely rescued my elbows, so thank you so much Flexitol! J

Body & Beauty Favorites for June 2013!!! w/ OCC, Badger Balm, Jack Black, Trader Joe’s & Kiss My Face

I’m not quite sure what happened to June, but since it’s suddenly over, it’s time to share my favorites for the month! J I haven’t ventured away from a lot of the products I’ve been using in prior months, and I also haven’t been wearing too much makeup in June. But fear not; I still have plenty to share! J

I think my absolute favorite thing this month has been the Coconut Body Butter from Trader Joe’s. I included it in my 5 Summer Must Haves and I must have it! J It leaves my skin so soft and smooth – and the feeling lasts long after it’s applied – and it smells soooo good! Absolutely adore the Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter.

Sticking with soft skin…well, more smooth skin…I picked up the Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit Moisture Shave and really like it! For years I used the Alba Botanica Moisturizing Cream Shave and, though it works ok, it doesn’t lather at all, and I often find myself wondering if it’s even still on my skin while I’m shaving. The Kiss My Face Moisture Shave, though not as thick and foamy as a standard shaving cream, provides a decent lather that doesn’t fly all over the shower and stick to the walls (is it just me that has that problem?). It seems quite gentle, it lathers up and it definitely protects my skin without drying it out! No, it’s not life-changing, but I’ve definitely found a new favorite shaving cream in the Kiss My Face Moisture Shave.

Keeping with skin protection, I often find myself feeling lazy when it comes to sunscreen. I know I not only need to do it, but wantto apply it so that I know my skin is protected. I really love the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian & Badger Balm sunscreens, but on days where I just can’t be bothered to take another minute or two to apply a lotion, I’ve been reaching for the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spray Sunscreen SPF 50. I don’t notice a scent to this sunscreen, it’s not sticky or greasy, and it sprays on quickly and evenly. It is a clear mist and, though I don’t think it’s required, I tend to rub it into my skin after spraying it just to ensure it’s distributed evenly. This is also great for throwing into your beach bag because you can turn the cap to “lock” it and it won’t accidentally spray or leak all over your bag! Love that feature! J Something I don’t love is that it contains alcohol, so it can sting a little bit when it hits broken skin – with five cats, it’s rare I don’t have at least one scratch somewhere! Though I dofeel more protected using a lotion, on a lazy or busy day when I just want to run out the door, but don’t want to forget my sunblock…which has been most of June!…I love having the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spray Sunscreen SPF 50 on hand! J

To keep my lips soft and smooth, I’ve been using a combination of two different lip balms and I love them both!!!
During the day, I’ve been using the Badger Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm. It comes in a nice fat tube filled with organic goodness that keeps my lips hydrated, soft, smooth and happy. It has just the right consistency – hydrating and protective, but not too greasy! I’ve been using the “Creamy Cocoa” flavor, which adds a subtle pleasant taste. It’s amazing stuff and I feel lost without it! J
More of a night treatment that I have been using for my lips is the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. It is a bit on the slippery side (it’s in a squeeze tube, so it’s more of a gel formula), which is why I only use it at night – it tends to make other lip colors wear off a bit quicker. However, it is precisely the slicker texture that makes it perfect for nighttime because it is very nourishing. I wake up with lips feeling nicely conditioned, soft, smooth and free from flaky bits. It has SPF 25 as well, so it would be a great balm to wear alone during the day as well.  

Since I’m on the topic of lips, one of my favorite lip colors this month has been the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss Lip Tar in “Jealous,” which is a really pretty translucent flushed pinkish-red shade when applied. I really love the color and the consistency. It is kind of like a lip gloss, but with more of the staying power of a lipstick. The finish is not as glossy as I expected – I would say it has almost a high-satin or a low-shine finish, which I really like. It’s very comfortable on the lips and provides a pigmented, yet sheer tint of color. It only takes a little dot to cover your entire mouth, so one tube will last for ages! The brush it comes with is great as well, plus the little pouch is perfect for carrying everything you need for touch-ups throughout the day! The OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tars are great, especially for those of us who are either intimidated by, or just don’t like really opaque lip colors. They are just as great as the original Lip Tars, but much more practical for those days you want a more natural look.

I think that’s going to do it for my June Favorites! There are some favorites I haven’t mentioned because they were in my last few monthly favorites (like the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector or the Josie Maran Cheek Gelee), or I’ve mentioned them in other recent posts (like the Stila Afterglow Lip Colors). I don’t want to repeat myself too much after all! J I hope you enjoyed this, and please leave a comment with some products you’ve been loving this month – we all need temptation, right?!?! J Until next month, I hope you have a happy and healthy July!!! J

Disclaimer: The Badger Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm was sent to me for consideration by the W.S. Badger Company. I receive no compensation for its mention. All other products were purchased by me. All thoughts expressed in this post are solely my opinion.