DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of Read more

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MSC Skin Care Bourbon Vanilla and Oak Soap

MSC Bourban Vanilla and Oak Soap #review #bathandbody

I am a huge fan of artisan bar soaps. Don’t get me wrong, I like shower gels, creams and washes, but there is just something about an artisan bar soap that is so much more appealing. For me it almost feels more personal and luxurious.

Combine a great bar soap with an incredible scent and it’s almost impossible to get me out of the shower – an issue that I’ve been dealing with since I started using MSC Skin Care Bourbon Vanilla and Oak Bar Soap.  MSC Skin Care + Home produces bath, body and home products that are all handmade in Brooklyn, NY and features an assortment of custom fragrance blends.  Read more

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Soaps from Bath and Body Bliss

Do you remember a long time ago when Garden Botanika made their seaweed soap? Gosh I loved that soap and I have been on the hunt for something similar for a while, which is how I originally came across Bath and Body Bliss. The owner let me know that she made a seaweed soap and it happened to be on sale, so I thought why not?

When I received my products, and the extra goodies she threw in there, I almost didn’t want to take anything out of the packaging. Everything was so decorative and had that Prim Country look to it. It crossed my mind to just sit a few soaps out for display, that’s really how pretty everything looked.

I crossed my fingers and hoped that the soap was just as good as the pretty packaging. The Seaweed Soap smelled so nice and you could just feel from the bar that this soap would just glide across your skin. The Seaweed Soap is made of kelp, sage, chamomile and is scented with sage and rosemary essential oils. I loved that this soap was mildly abrasive, exfoliating my skin nicely, while creating a great lather. This soap felt wonderful.

I also purchased another bar of soap, called the Seaside Spa Bar. This was another exfoliating soap with essential oils, butters, aloe vera juice, french green clay, kelp and flaxseed. This soap scrubbed a little bit harder than the Seaweed Soap and the seeds do become loose and stick to our skin. However, despite the seeds coming out of the soap with each use, I would really recommend this soap for people with really dry skin or stubborn dry patches.

For the kids I got them the Bubble Yum Soap, which really smells like bubblegum and has lasted the longest of all of the soaps. It seems to be a bit bigger and thicker. When I first received it, it smelled like my other soaps, but as it spent a day on its own wooden stand in the shower, that bubblegum smell really came to life. The boys really look forward to using it each day, which is good because then I know my boys are finally taking the time to get themselves clean.

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