Lola – Ultra Thin Liners

You may or may not have read my original post about Lola when I decided to try their tampons. (FYI – if the word tampon bothers you then this is not a post for you). In that post, I explained the amazing deal I got by combining a “two boxes for the price of one” offer with a friends referral code.

My second post about Lola came two months later where I discussed how I liked the tampons and decided to keep my subscription.

This review (a year after my first post) is about the new Ultra Thin Liners that Lola offers. Spoiler alert: I LOVE them!

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I’ve also written about the Target Cartwheel app and since then gotten a Target RedCard. I’m a Target fanatic which is why in the past I decide to try the Up&Up brand liners. You can almost always get 5% off of Target brand items using cartwheel and my RedCard lets me get 5% off of everthing.

Surprise! The Target brand liners were awful. They’re the kind that doesn’t stay put and ends up getting bunched or sticking to your skin.

Anyway – after straying from my go-to Carefree Body Shape liners that I use every single day I didn’t want to try anything else. Until I got an email from Lola about their new liners and decided to look into it.

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I love that their liners have edge to edge adhesive which ensures that they’ll stay put throughout the day! They’re also made of 100% natural organic cotton so they’re breathable. Yes – these probably cost more then your go-to liner but they’re absolutely worth trying.

Not to mention Lola was started by two women who met in grad school and had a crazy idea to change this industry. I’m trying more and more to support people like them instead of big corporations!

If you’re interested in giving this product, or any Lola product a try PLEASE use my referral code kbailey6. You’ll get $5 off and I’ll get a $5 credit added to my account so I can keep trying Lola products and updating you all!

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.

Target December Beauty Box

Whoa! For the month of December Target came out with not one but two beauty boxes!

They have one for him and one for her!

Let’s talk about the women’s beauty box first.I’m interested in this box because you get to try the TRESemmé Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo. I also can’t get enough make-up pads and I love anything Nivea. What I find really cool about this box is that they give you something to store it all in!

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Here’s what you’ll find inside for $10:

  • Nivea Soft Creme -$4.79 for 6.8oz
    Lightweight, fast-absorbing formula enriched with vitamin E and jojoba oil for soft, supple skin.
  • Derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer – $12.39 for 2oz
    Hydrating powerhouse of vegan, non-GMO ingredients for a firmer-looking complexion.
  • Almay Non-Oily Makeup Remover Pads – $4.99 for 80 pads
    A blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea removes makeup without feeling greasy. Hypoallergenic.
  • CoverGirl Outlast Lipstick in Ever Red-dy #507 – $7.99
    Moisture-rich formula and vibrant, long-lasting color offer fresh, all-day wear in 2 easy steps.
  • TRESemmé Pre-Wash Conditioner $4.99 16.5oz and Shampoo $4.99 25oz
    Use conditioner before shampoo to leave hair smooth, polished and voluminous without weighing it down.
  • Modella Black and White Purse Kit – unable to find
    Keeps makeup organized when you’re on-the-go or works as a clutch for a night on the town.
  • Goody Ouchless Headwrap and Elastic – Price is hard to determine, isn’t sold this way
    Hair tie and headwrap duo made without metal for reduced snags and a comfortable hold.
  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Sunscreen* – $33.99 for 1.7oz
    100% mineral sunscreen offers antioxidant-rich protection in a lightweight, tinted formula.

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Now for the men’s beauty box. I think this purchase would be great for stocking stuffers! Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 10.46.08 AM.jpg

For $7 here is what you will find inside:

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.

Lola Subscription Review

So I’ve tried Lola for two months and I haven’t cancelled my subscription. To see my original post about Lola please click here.

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.26.36 AM.jpgOriginally I signed up for a 2 box subscription where each box has 18 tampons. You can customize how many light, regular, and super tampons comes in each box. They cost $18 for two boxes (36 tampons) or $9 for one box of 18 tampons. They are still running the promotion where you can sign up for a two box subscription for just $9. If you use my referral code KBAILEY6 you can get $5 off your first order.

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REVIEW:

I typically use Tampax Pearl. I’ve always preferred using a higher absorbency because I hate having to change them frequently.

I found that the Lola tampon was a little more difficult to put in because the applicator doesn’t open and compress as smoothly as Tampax Pearl. However, this really wasn’t a problem and it is made of plastic which I prefer.

I was very worried that these — or really any brand other than Tampax Pearl would leak. I did not have the problem at all except of course when you should have changed it sooner. You know the times when you go to the bathroom and think you should change it but you don’t? That’s when you’ll have a problem with the Lola tampons.

I have recommended these to my friends and family and I haven’t had any issues with them If I do I will return to update this post. Honestly, I’m waiting for them to come out with pads as well! Overall, I am really glad to have found such a responsible brand that cares about what we put in our bodies. I will continue using Lola and if you want to give them a try as well use my referral code: KBAILEY6.

The best offer you can get is to sign up for a 2 box subscription (with the lowest monthly frequency). Your first order will only be $9. But with my referral code, you can save $5 bringing your total to $4. Then after you receive your first shipment change the number of boxes you receive down to 1.

 

 

Target September Beauty Box

For someone who is just starting to explore make-up, these beauty boxes are a no brainer! This box is nearly a $40 value for just $10.

I’ve tried the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream before and I wasn’t that fond of it.  I am trying to stock up on different kinds of lipsticks and I absolutely love S.W. Basics but their products are so expensive. My advice is that if there are three or four products within a Target Beauty Box that you are interested in trying that you should go ahead and buy it!Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.01.16 AM.jpg

  • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara – Full Size $7.49
    • Get over-the-top lashes for a glammed-up look with cup-shaped bristles that lift your lashes to new heights.
  • EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner – Full Size $8.59
    • Strengthen and restore your hair’s natural beauty with an all-natural deep conditioner for all textures and hair types.
  • Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser – Full Size $5.99
    • An everyday liquid cleanser that deep cleans and exfoliates dirt and oil from pores, leaving skin clean, soft and smooth.
  • S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balm – Full Size – 4 pack is $15.19
    • All-organic beeswax, extra-virgin coconut oil and fair trade cocoa butter work together to soak and heal dry, cracked lips without leaving a sticky residue.
  • Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream – Full Size $32.00
    • Skin-perfecting, hydro-ionized mineral water infused with 6 essential minerals to give your skin 24 hours of continuous hydration.
  • OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo OR Conditioner -$5.79 each
    • Shampoo: A deliciously creamy and nourishing blend infused with coconut milk, whipped egg protein’s and coconut oils to help strengthen and hydrate your hair.
    • Conditioner: A hydrating formula that softens and conditions your hair with a special blend of coconut milk, egg white protein’s and coconut oils
  • Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick – Full Size $6.99
    • All-in-one lipstick with the perfect balance of high-impact color, moisture, all-day comfort and staying power.

 

Click here to go to the Target September Beauty Box page