Working mom. Paraeducator. Geek wife. Blogger. Fashion and Beauty enthusiast. Lover of vintage and antique. Frugalista. Eco-chic advocate. Cat lover, dog tolerator. Social media fail-artist extraordinaire. Obsessed with all things Halloweeny. Born saleswoman. Collector of action figures.. Native Washingtonian, Montanan by transplant. Beer drinker who secretly loves cheap wine. Nail product and fragrance junkie.
Though I'm not a big fan of the Completely Clean scent this is one fantastic antiperspirant/deodorant product. I have a pretty high stress lifestyle and this has endured some pretty bad moment since I started sampling it. I would definitely pick this up next time I want to switch products.
Aside from the formula being a little on the dry side which results in a bit more flaking than I normally can tolerate this mascara is amazing. Finding one that gets every single lash is tough and this does it without a bunch of wiggling, twisting, and mess. I didn't find it volumizing so much as offering great overall coverage that leaves every one of my lashes visibly lengthened. I'm normally a Great Lash girl but I could be converted to Colossal Big Shot if they can get the formula a little less dry. This is a review of a free product I received for testing purposes, all opinions are my own.
If you're looking for a delicious dessert wine at a reasonable price point Apothic Red Dark Blend is a brilliant choice. I don't drink wine very often but when I do this has become one of my go-to choices. I recently used it in a Red Wine Hot Cocoa recipe and it was one of the best desserts I have ever had! If you've been wanting to try the trendy winter bev and aren't sure what wine to use I highly recommend this.
I've become obsessed with Epsom salt baths recently. They're wonderful for sore muscles, not so great for skin that's already getting thrashed by dry winter weather. Them I discovered this version and I am in love! Usually Epsom salt baths leave my legs really dry afterward but since I switched to this they're just right.
If you're sore post workout, from shoveling snow, or an exhausting day of holiday shopping I much recommend both this and the clay and ginger foaming bath from Dr. Teal's.
I'm crap with makeup but discovering that these in Milk (white) and Black Bean (black) make a great creamy base for layering loose powder shadows over has been amaze! I prefer to use a brush with these as they're quite chunky. For the drugstore price and versatility they're one of my go-to secret-weapon products.
This classic is one I go back to again and again. No matter how many times I try new products and other brands I wind up picking up another tube of Great Lash. It's the perfect mascara for the price and the waterproof has got me through weddings and many a tear-jerker movie. Love it!
While these give pretty good pigment and coverage for a drugstore brand shadow pencil they are not good for sensitive skin/eyes. Every time I have worn them my eyes water and burn. I finally had to throw every single one I had bought out... and I had 7 of them!
I've worn falsies a few times in the past for special occasions (and Halloween, natch!) and I love them. My natural lashes have just lost their oomph the older I get so falsies help me get glam when I'm not feeling it at all. This is the first time I'd tried Kiss' false lashes and if I'm honest I love the lashes and dislike the glue.
The lashes themselves were very comfy, lightweight and sooo soft! They look natural and feel almost real to the touch. I didn't even really need to curl or use mascara with them, but chose to do so because that was the look I wanted. The pair I got were called Sultry and man are they ever! I will definitely purchase another pair in a less full version for everyday uses.
The glue, however, had a bad habit of getting gummy and then not sticking well and I do tend to prefer a clear glue with falsies.
After seeing some seriously gorgeous cocktails in a Chambord magazine ad a few years back I had to try it. I'm not a big frou-frou drink kind of girl but if I have one it's almost always made with Chambord now. It's great for everyday sipping with sodas, insanely good drizzled over ice cream, a sneaky sweet treat poured over fresh berries, and can be classed up with sparkling wines. I've even tried it with heavy cream and coffee as well as in Guinness both of which were okay but nothing I'd make again.
I like to think of it as the diamond earrings of liquers, it goes well with just about anything and it's always classy.
I have nothing against Disney but a paren't can only take so many princesses and talking animals/vehicles/etc. before you need a break.
Back in 2000 my brother recommended I rent a copy of Princess Mononoke and I loved it. It's one of the darker Studio Ghibli films and not my favorite but at the time it was a great introduction for an adult.
Since then we've expanded our collection with Spirited Away, Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Secret World of Arrietty.
There's something gentle and playful about most Ghibli films which has made Ponyo and My Neighbor Totoro fast favorites with my 3-year-old.
Subtle cultural differences have made the occasional guest question some of the oddities (ie. nude father and daughters bathing together in My Neighbor Totoro) but for the most part they're very relatable even with some cultural differences.
I've heard more than one complaint regarding the dubbed versions and respectfully somewhat disagree. As an adult I enjoy watching the Japanese versions with subtitles but can't expect my toddler to do the same. With messages of conservation and ecology, friendship and creativity, maturity and family I think it really doesn't matter which language it's presented in.
For preschoolers and under try Ponyo and My Neighbor Totoro.
For the whole family try Howl's Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arrietty, and Princess Mononoke.