Bath & Body Works Bath Fizzy Vs. Lush Yoga Bomb

Last week Bath & Body Works came out with a new line of Bath Fizzys! Which is fantastic because a trip to Lush for their Bath Bombs isn’t convenient for me.

I went to B&BW a few days after they came out and picked up four bath fizzys.

Currently the B&BW bath fizzys retail for $6.50 and are available in 5 scents: A Thousand Wishes, Beautiful Day, Sweet Pea, Moonlight Path, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Warm Sugar Vanilla. Bath & Body Works also has 3 bath fizzys wrapped to look like candy in their seasonal scents: Twisted Peppermint, Vanilla Bean Noel, & Winter Candy Apple.

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I didn’t purchase any of these as I was shopping for a friend who prefers bath “bombs”.

As some of you may already know – Lush is known for their “handmade, 100% vegetarian, ethical buying, naked packaged products which allows for the freshest cosmetics without any animal testing.” I love Lush products but I live about an hour away from the closest store. The creation of bath fizzys at B&BW means that I can have bath bombs any time I want AND I can use their coupons to get a better deal.

Here are the differences that I notice between the Bath & Body Works Bath Fizzy and Lush’s Bath Bombs on first glance:

  • The B&BW bath fizzys are much smaller at 4.6oz than most of Lush’s bath bombs.
  • The B&BW bath fizzys are wrapped in plastic.
    • While Lush bath bombs are placed in 100% recyclable bags.
  • The B&BW bath fizzys smell exactly like the lotions and shower gels that we all know and love.
    • While Lush bath bombs are made from various natural ingredients and essential oils which makes each one smell unique.
  • I was unable to find the B&BW ingredients online and had to physically look at the bath fizzy package to read the ingredients.
    • While Lush ingredients are available on their website with clickable links to “Lushopedia” where you can read what other products have the same ingredients.

Let’s see how the pricing and ingredients of the two products that I will be testing stack up.

  • B&BW Sweet Pea Bath Fizzy
    • Pricing: $6.50 for 4.60z or ~$1.41 an oz
      • BUT – you can use coupons at B&BW
    • Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda – makes the fizz), Citric Acid (occurs naturally in citrus fruits), Maltodextrin (food additive), Canola Oil (canola, huile de colza), PEG-180 (used as a binder and a solvent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance (Perfum) (catch-all for a companies formula), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (floral smell), Linalool (occurs naturally in many essential oils), Benzyl Salicylate (floral fragrance additive and UV light absorber), Amyl Cinnamal (floral smell suggestive of jasmine), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone (fragrance ingredient), Citronellol (a natural acyclic monoterpenoid?), Red 33 (CI 17200).
  • Lush Yoga Bomb
    • Pricing: $7.95 for 6.3oz or ~$1.26 an oz
      • Lush never has coupons.
    • Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda – makes the fizz), Citric Acid (occurs naturally in citrus fruits), Fragrance (catch-all for a companies formula), Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana), Olibanum Oil (Boswella Carterii), Ho Wood Oil (Cinnamomum Camphora), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agent), Lauryl Betaine (synthetic vegetable derived liquid), Benzyl Benzoate (solvent and preservative), Eugenol (essential oil from cloves), *Limonene , *Linalool , Snowflake Lustre; Frosty Holly and Gold Glimmer Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate (anti-caking agent), Titanium Dioxide ?, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite (bulking agent), Iron Oxides (may make the color), Silica) , Red 28 , Blue 1 , Yellow 6 . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Both of these have a TON of ingredients. But honestly – most people aren’t reading the ingredient labels before they hop into the bath. This section was include for those of you who prefer to know whats in the products you are using.

Now for the fun part:

Test 1 – Bath & Body Works, Sweet Pea Bath Fizzy

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How was the Bath & Body Works bath fizzy? First of all, it was so difficult to get the packaging off! Make sure to open this up with scissors before you get into the tub. Or else you’ll end up like me having to bite the packaging off with your teeth which leaves a very gross taste  in your mouth.When I dropped the bath fizzy into the tub it sunk right to the bottom and lasted for about a minute and a half. I stayed in the tub for about 20 minutes and my skin felt pruney. While I didn’t smell much Sweet Pea while I was in the tub the scent was still on my skin even after I rinsed off in the shower. I took a video to post – but since I do not have a premium wordpress account you can watch it here.

Test 2 – Lush Yoga Bomb

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How was the Lush Yoga Bath Bomb? First of all it smelled fantastic and took at least 15 minutes for the bath bomb to fully dissolve. The bath bomb started off fizzing and the tub became a bright orange color.

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Then the center started to disappear and there were green and purple colors coming out of the bath bomb. At this point I realized that I was sitting in a tub full of glitter. But some how there isn’t any glitter left on me. I asked my boyfriend to see if the tub was stained orange, green, or purple and he responded by telling me it was covered in glitter. Ooops!

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Wondering how you can get an awesome ring in your tub? All of the credit goes to shampoo that claims to dye your hair 😉

But guess what! Using this bath bomb was fun and relaxing. Except for the icky gray color the water turned into once all of the colors had come out of the bath bomb. If you would like to see a video of this bath bomb click here.

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At the end of the day – I would purchase a Lush bath bomb over a Bath & Body Works bath fizzy every time. BUT, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t run out and try one for yourself. Bath & Body Works lets you use coupons which means you can save a bunch of money when buying these for yourself or your friends. I love Bath & Body Works products and they are the first place that I go for foaming hand soap, lotion, and even candles. But let’s leave the bath bombs to the experts at Lush.

***Bath and Body Works now offers a 4 pack of mini aromatherapy stress relief bath bombs!

Target November Beauty Box

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This month’s Target Beauty box is a $38.00 value. Here’s what is inside:

  • L’Oréal Advanced HairCare Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo – $3.79 for 12.6oz
    “This rich formula permeates and expands every strand to make hair look and feel twice as thick.”
  • Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream – $24.99 for 1.7oz
    “Alpine rose stem cells, pomegranate, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera nourish, tighten and revive skin on a cellular level.”
  • HASK Keratin Protein Soothing Deep Conditioner – $1.99
    “Moisture-rich ingredients work to repair damaged, over-processed hair while helping reduce breakage and static.”
  • Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask – $25 for 5 masks
    “A non-slip sheet mask infused with hydro-ionized mineral water that delivers intense moisture while soothing skin.”

    • I keep getting Laneige brand Water Bank products and I just don’t like them! – BUT, I gave this mask a try as soon as I got my box. It’s a weird two-part mask that covers your entire face. It was way too big and it felt gross when I took it out of the package. I looked at the directions and saw that it was supposed to stay on for 30 minutes and thought there was no way I could keep it on. Surprisingly I kept it on my face for the full 30 minutes and I almost forgot it was there. While I’m pretty sure that it didn’t do anything for my skin it was kind of neat! Overall I would not buy this product.
  • W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick – $23.99 for full size
    “This illuminating cream creates an instant glow with premium natural ingredients and organic botanicals.”
  • L’Oréal Voluminous Primer – $5.99
    “A lightweight primer that enhances mascara, helping it go on smoothly for visibly longer, thicker lashes.”
  • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner – $5.99
    “A retractable, waterproof pencil (with a built-in sharpener) that keeps lines neat all day long.”

    • I realllly like these! They’re so easy to apply and come in so many colors.

I bought this box because I really wanted to try the W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick, Andalou Day Cream and I can’t resist another eyeliner.

Blackberry Margarita

Do you ever just come home from work and really need a drink? I feel like Monday nights usually call for a drink. So go ahead and prepare this for yourself and you won’t regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Monin Blackberry Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz of your favorite Tequila (I’m currently using 1800)
  • 3 oz of your favorite Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Ice
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • If you’re fancy: 5 blackberries to top each drink

How to:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Put each ingredient into the shaker and shake it up! Use the strainer on top to pour into your glass. If you want ice in your drink go ahead and pour that in.
    • I usually kept the ice in my closed cocktail shaker for my next drink. If you make a few of these you can empty an entire ice maker.
  • No cocktail shaker? No problem. Just mix all of these ingredients in a glass with a spoon and then add ice.

Mystery Box from Birchbox

Screen Shot 2016-09-08 at 11.58.06 AM.jpgA few weeks ago I received a mystery box from Birchbox for spending $35. I was super excited because I was going to get an entire Birchbox for free. While I love the design on the outside of the box (really it couldn’t be more perfect for my taste) I did not enjoy the stuff inside of it which was a real disappointment.

Thier mystery Birchboxes are actually old monthly boxes – this one is from November 2015. As usual, the thing I dislike most is the fragrance and this box reeks of it. I’m surprised that everything inside isn’t soaked in it based on the way that it smells.

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Here’s what came in my box:

  • Harvey Prince Sincerely – Full Size $26-55
    • Since I’m not good at explaining what fragrances smell like…“The complex blend of Indian tuberose, Turkish cyclamen, and Spanish mandarin makes for a sweetly spicy scent” It smells like a perfume for older women.
  • LOC – Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Glam Life – Full Size $8
    • SO excited that I received this in my box. I’m sick right now so I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard such great things.
  • Obliphica Professional – Seaberry Serum (Fine to Medium) hair – Full Size $38
  • Temple Spa – La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel – Full Size $18
    • This item is no longer for sale on Birchboxes website and for a good reason. It smells like a grandma (for lack of a better word). I used it once and decided I wouldn’t be using it again.
  • theBalm cosmetics in FratBoy – Full Size $21
    • I don’t use blush because my cheeks are always red through my makeup. It’s a little bright on me but I still use it as an eyeshadow.

 

Molly tries Barkbox

Lately, I have been trying every subscription box that I can get my hands on. My dog, Molly, hates when the mailman comes! We’ve thought of a bunch of different ways to convince her that the mailman doesn’t want to hurt her. We even let her get onto a UPS truck once and had the driver give her treats and that didn’t help! So I decided to get a subscription box full of stuff just for her!

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I didn’t like the prices for this box so I started to sign up and then just left the web page (when you do this companies will keep sending you deals in your email until you sign up).

They finally sent me an offer to try it once without a subscription at all — so it was time to go for it.

When you sign up you select the size of your dog – small, medium, or large and what subscription package you want.

  • $20/month for 12 months
  • $24/month for 6 months
  • $29/month for 1 month

Then they ask if you want to pay $9 extra dollars a month for premium toys.

The theme for this box was Poo York City (New York City) which I thought was really cute. However, I wish they gave you an option to personalize your box a little better when you sign up. My dog will destroy just about any toy in a few minutes & we do not allow either of our dogs to eat animal chews.

Lady Liberty Ball – Medium $9.00

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When I opened the box, Molly went right for this ball. She loves to destroy plush toys especially when they have a ball inside that she can play with. It took her about five minutes to tear off each of the points and then I took it away so she could finish destroying it another day. It’s been two days since then and she has been searching the house intently for this toy. The moment I gave it back to her she tore it to shreds.

Andi’s Famous Plush Dumplings $16.00

Surprise, I actually have two dogs but only Molly likes to play with toys. What was cool about this toy was that there were two dumplings inside of a plush box. Two dumplings mean that both dogs could have one. If only Winnie cared about destroying plush toys as much as Molly. I really enjoyed watching Molly stuff her head inside of the crinkly box as she tried to get to the dumplings. But once she had it out of the box it was less than a minute until it was in pieces.

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NYC Roasted Duck Jerky Bites $8.00

Obviously, Winnie went straight for this one. I tried to hand her one while taking a picture and her nose went right into the bag. Winnie and Molly rarely turn their noses up at something to eat and this was no exception.

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Best Treats Ever $0.00 ?

I don’t have anything special to say about these – the dogs ate them, enjoyed them, and they’re made in America. They are soft and I break them into a bunch of pieces before I feed them to the dogs.

Trachea $0.00?

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So all in all, I’m pretty disappointed that we received this because I do not let my dogs eat animal chews. Our previous dog loved to chew on the pig ears that you can buy from PetSmart but ended up getting broken up pieces stuck in her nose, throat, and tummy. We didn’t know it but over time these things really hurt her and that’s why we refuse to give them to our dogs now. I contacted Barkbox and they sent me a $5 code plus free shipping to buy something else for our dogs and also offered to send a replacement. We’ll see what happens with that but I was very impressed with how responsive they are.

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Overall, the dogs enjoyed the box but I won’t be subscribing. The box costs too much to receive things that my dogs will destroy instantly.

If you’re interested in giving Barkbox a try, please use Molly’s referral code WINNIEBARKBOX because she would love to get another box. I am sure we will sign her up again next time I receive a sign-up deal because she really did love it!

If you all would like any more information about this box – please let me know in the comments. I would love to answer any of your questions!

**I’ll update this post with the replace that we receive since Molly wasn’t allowed to have the trachea.***

Updated – We received a tough rubber toy as a replacement (I can’t remember the name of it at the moment) and it’s held up very well. It’s been three months and it is still in one piece.

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Radiant Finish Kit

I’ve been looking at The Radiant Finish Kit for a while. Why? because I needed a new beautyblender and they cost $20 while this kit is only $26. So the question was – do I just buy the product I want or spend an extra $6 to try a few more products.

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Welllll, as a product hoarder (the first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have one) I decided to spend the extra $6 and get a kit instead. What I didn’t realize is that these items are meant to be used in order and while I have products that I would rather use (Maybelline CC Cream) this made me try all of the products at once and I really like the natural look that it gave me. I thought I took a picture to post but I didn’t. 😦

Here is what comes inside:

  • beautyblender® original – Full Size $20
    • Yay! I’m so excited to have a real beauty blender instead of the knock off I’ve been using. I feel like I’m wasting much less product and that my makeup is going on smoother.
  • jane iredale Smooth Affair® Facial Primer & Brightener – Full size $48
    • Ehh. Yes this was nice and I’m sure it added it the natural look but I wasn’t impressed enough to spend $48 on the full size.
  • Supergoop!® Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ – Full size $32
    • I was pleasantly surprised by this. The more Supergoop! products that I try the more I consider purchasing full-size versions. I have very fair skin and they make great products that are made to protect your skin.
  • Cargo Blush and Bronzer Duo – Full Size $35
    • I didn’t try this because I’m waiting for my brushes to come in the mail. My cheeks are typically too red for blush and I don’t bronze my skin because it is so pale.
  • trèStiQue Perfect Multipurpose Highlight Stick – Full Size $34
    • I ended up not blending this well enough and it left very shiny color on my face. I just rubbed the rest in with my fingers.

 

I was a little disappointed in how small the sample sizes were but overall I will purchase this kit again when I need a new beauty blender!

I’ll take S’more!

Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 9.08.39 PM.jpgLast week I was scrolling through snap chat and found this recipe for S’mores Cupcakes. I always look for recipes that are foolproof and anything S’mores related is typically pretty simple. You know – they’re not meant to be attractive so you can get away with just throwing all of the ingredients together.

Before you get into this post you have to know that this was an absolute mess. I hate recipes that seem simple and turn into a disaster. This is one where you have like 6 bowls dirty and your butter explodes in the microwave (no that really happened when I only put it in for 15 seconds). It was such as a pain as I made it that I told myself I would never make this recipe again.

Fast forward to trying a S’mores cupcake for the first time and I am hooked. I will most definitely be making these again. They were so good that the typical “dieters” at the party had 2 or 3 of them!

However, when I do recreate this recipe I am going to make them as mini cupcakes instead of the full sized one. I also found that I had A LOT of ingredients left over which I hate. Although you can’t exactly make half a box of devils food cake. So I would suggest having extra chocolate chips, heavy cream, and marshmallows so that you can make more of the ganache and have extra marshmallows for topping.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 full sheets)
  • 12 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt (oops. I skipped this part and they were still awesome)
  • Devil’s food cake mix (& the ingredients to prepare it – oil, eggs, and water)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 24 marshmallows (an entire bag of the normal sized ones)
  • A package of cupcake liners (you absolutely have to use these because these are messy)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Meanwhile, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in small bowl. Press about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into each cupcake liner to make mini crusts.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to box instructions. Divide batter between cupcake liners and bake for a couple minutes less than the box instructs, about 16 minutes.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking, make a quick ganache. Place chocolate chips in a medium, heatproof bowl and set aside. Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. When bubbles begin to break the surface around the edges of the pan, turn off the heat. Pour the hot cream over chocolate chips, whisking constantly until the sauce is smooth.
    1. My heavy cream boiled up a bunch because I stopped paying attention and the ganache still tasted great. Pro tip: I used milk chocolate chips and added a bit of sugar into mine to cut the bitterness.
  5. When your cupcakes are almost done baking, pull them out and spoon about a tablespoon of ganache onto each cupcake then top each with a marshmallow. Return the tray to the oven and bake—watching closely!—until the marshmallows are golden and very soft, 4-5 more minutes.
    1. This step was a disaster the ganache is runny and the marshmallows slide off. On the outside of the pan I just placed the marshmallows on the inside of the cupcake. That way I didn’t get melted marshmallow all over the oven. When they come out it is easy to push the marshmallow back into place on top.