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LUSH Volcano

One of the first things I did the day after the wedding was to treat my poor, tired feet! By the end of the night, the front pads of my foot were aching from walking back and forth to the photo booth many, many times. I had that thing for 3 hours for unlimited pictures and I intended to get my money’s worth! So I took it slow the next day and fished for something to soothe my slightly sore feet. Enter LUSH Volcano.

LUSH Volcano

Described as “DEODORIZING FOOT MASK TO SMOOTH AND SOFTEN”, this product comes in either 4.4 oz or 11.1 oz and retails for $13.95 and $22.95 respectively. More vivid description found on their website:

“To avoid eruptions of noxious fumes, and for the softest soles imaginable – slather on our thick kaolin and pumice Volcano foot mask to draw out deep down dirt and slough off rough skin. We raided the produce bin and added fresh papaya and lemon juices to cleanse, as well as tomatoes, potatoes and anti-fungal essential oils to deodorize against odor and foot gremlins. After putting up your feet for ten minutes, massage off using the pumice blend to scrub off dead skin cells and you’ll be left with soft, lovely and smell-free feet.”

Directions indicated on their website are as follows: “Plaster the foot mask onto clean, dry feet (tops, soles and even in between the toes) and wrap them up in plastic bags. Let sit for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Finish with a foot lotion for maximum results. Volcano will remain fresh for up to three months. Always check the expiration date on your product.”

What I love about this product? It leaves my feet baby soft and fresh smelling of minty goodness. I read the description and was expecting a fruity smell, but I was so wrong! The smell is fresh and minty — and it feels just like it too! I slathered it onto my feet just as instructed and then wrapped them up in plastic. I actually ended up massaging my foot through the plastic and worked the foot mask all over my feet. By the time I was done, I unwrapped the plastic and rinsed my feet off in warm water while massaging my feet as I do so. I dried my feet and it feels tingly all over….just like the sensation of having come into contact with something minty on your skin. And what do you know? I looked at the ingredient list and it contains menthol! It’s refreshing and relaxing. If foot odor is one of your concerns, fear not — you will be rid of it following the use of this product!

What I don’t like about this product? If I have to be picky, the price. But for what you’re getting, it’s definitely worth it. There’s no way I can get all the ingredients they’ve listed out and come up with this randomly. I’m definitely going to get more when I run out.

This item is available exclusively at LUSH stores worldwide and online.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy April Glam Bag the day before my parents came to town, so I haven’t gotten to it until now. I did like a lot of the things on first glance and end up keeping them. Here’s what I got with my ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag

I actually liked every single thing I got with this month’s Glam Bag. The only thing I might pass on is the lip balm and maybe the eye shadow. The Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow looks so beautiful. The shade I got is Champagne and it looks like it would work well both as an eye shadow and highlighter. I’m not going to swatch this one until I’m sure that I want to keep this. I might gift it to one of my husband’s nieces (wait, that makes them my nieces as well right?!). I’m definitely keeping the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. I own lots of UD 24/7 eye pencils and most of them are actually travel sized ones that I’d get during ULTA’s after Holiday sale. Eye liner is one of the few makeup items I’d first reach for, so I’ll get good use out of this one. The Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm I got is in the shade of Apple Pink. I think it might look okay on me. I know that my husband tends to like more natural looking shades on me as opposed to a bright red or pink. But I do have a ton of lip products already, so I’m not sure if I want to commit to this or not. The dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion is definitely a keeper as I’m into this type of facial care products these days. Another definite keeper is the Demeter Jasmine Perfume Oil Roll On. I LOVE Jasmine. It’s my favorite floral scent. This one has a teeny bit of artificial smell to it, but it’s still jasmine to the core. I thought this month’s makeup bag looks really cool, but I’ll be passing it on to someone else that can give it more love.

Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm

dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion

Demeter Jasmine Perfume Oil Roll On

Overall, great bag as it did not disappoint! I hope this keeps on with the next bags I’m getting.

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

The latest press release that I am drooling over is something I have to share.

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

Kitty like. In fact, Kitty LOVE! Let me tell you guys something. I’ve been busy the past week cause I just got married. Zoya holds a special place in my heart because I ended up using Zoya Cosmo for my mani and pedi. I wanted a holographic shade, but my nails are uneven in length and on the shorter side for most of my fingers. I didn’t think it would look good. I wanted a shade that would dry fast too because I was running around last minute setting up the stuff for the reception and I only have a couple minutes to spare. Solution? Enter a Zoya Magical Pixie shade. I picked Cosmo since it would go with my dress and man…..what a lifesaver! It dried SUPER fast. Forget the top coat — I didn’t have time for it. I applied 2 coats for my pedi in between curling my own hair and right before I went downstairs of the hotel for pictures? I slapped on a coat of that on my fingers. Talk about last minute, huh?!

Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Collection

So yeah, you can see why I’m so in love with Zoya’s Magical Pixie stuff right now. I think Zoya Bar would’ve gone well with my dress as well, but my wedding is over and done with. This might be useful information for someone else though. I didn’t use a top coat after application, but I didn’t find the texture bothersome or in the way at all. Trust me, on that day a lot of things are just a blur. ;)

Wedding DIY #5 – Hospitality Baskets

Today’s post is on something wedding related (again), but it’s not something new. I’ve seen it before years ago when I was still living in the East Coast at a wedding I attended. I saw it at the last wedding I attended too. I just put the basics together of what I could think of my guests possibly needing that I can provide such as antacids, safety pins, body sprays, face wipes, shout wipes, lint remover, gum and more. Shown below is what the basket would look like for the women’s restroom. The men’s basket is more sparse due to the fact that there are things in the women’s basket that doesn’t apply to men at all or have an equivalent object to it (like hair ties, bobby pins and feminine products).

Hospitality Baskets

I hope it comes in handy for some. I know that the last wedding I attended (which was my cousin’s), my fiance got a killer headache and the pain pills came in handy. Thanks cuz! Now, I hope to return the favor to someone else when needed!

Wedding DIY #4 – OOT Guests Welcome Bags

We just picked up the first of our out-of-town guests today! Being that most of them had to travel quite a way to get here, I wanted to make sure that I provide them some goodies in a bag for their convenience. I’ve received welcome bags from the last 2 weddings I have attended as an out-of-town guest. I worked from there for ideas on what to include in my OOT Guests Welcome Bags.

OOT Guests Welcome Bags

I stuffed a bunch of things in the gift bag. Shown are contents for a one person welcome bag. Just double the food and drink portion for the most part for welcome bags for 2 people. Each person gets a water bottle, a bag of goldfish crackers, 2 bags of chips, 2 packets of sandwich crackers, a pack of mint gum, a pack of sweet gum, a wine topper favor, a bookmark favor, a mini spatula favor with accompanying local baking mixes, a few packets of headache medicine and antacids, various pamphlets in relation to things to do in town, and not shown is a box of plain M&M’s and a homemade map with markers of restaurants and things like gas stations or drugstores nearby. I have one family with young children (2 under 3) and I also included stuff for them like a block puzzle set, various rubber duckies and a small blow up toy of a ship for the bath (they have 2 boys). Welcome bags for females contain a night mask too just for fun (unless they’re really using it to aid with sleep). I got most of the food items in bulk at our local Sam’s Club and the pamphlets are from the visitor’s center in Norman. They were so nice when we stopped by there to pick up a few thing for our guests. They gave us more than we thought we were getting! They even included a pad of post-its for each welcome bag.

OOT Guests Welcome Bags (food and drink portion)

OOT Guests Welcome Bags (favors portion)

OOT Guests Welcome Bags (pamphlets and stuff)

I’m handing the rest of them out tomorrow. I sure hope it helps some of our out-of-town guests out. I know that my uncle from Philly already started with some of the bags of chips in his bag! :)

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