Spellbound Herbs

So I finally started using the pine scented soap I got from Spellbound Herbs in Cambria, California way back in November. I had a  very hard time making myself use it because it’s such a pretty bar of soap. I’ve used it a few times now and I feel I can give my honest opinion on it.

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Surrender to silence hear the butterflies whisper…

… is what the tag for this “butter ball” says.

“Sshh…be still and listen…you may hear the butterflies whisper. Your skin will enjoy the plant butters extracted from the seeds of the cocao and shea nuts. Expressed coconut oil is also present to luxuriantly nourish your dry skin. The water will carry the exotic scent of the butterfly pea flowers carried from the opium triangle.”


I am going to preface my review by saying I am always honest if I post about something on here and that is not about to change.


It sounds like a lot of melodramatic hullabaloo for a bath bomb to me. This is the second “butter ball” I’ve used from the rain Africa shop that I stopped in during my trip to New York City last December and I still have mixed feelings.

I’ll start with the pros on this butter ball. Their butter balls are advertised as being really good for your skin and very moisturizing. It definitely delivers on that. My skin feels so soft and moisturized. I’ll admit with all the stress of training for my new job, I haven’t exactly been taking care of my skin so I feel like this is really making up for that.

The scent is amazing. I’ve never heard of butterfly pea flowers but they smell devine. It’s a very fresh floral. So fresh I feel like it almost borders on citrus. I love it. The scent is strong. I think part of that is because  it’s because it’s filled with so many bits and pieces of flowers. It’s pretty much makes your bath look like someone dumped lawn clippings in it but they’re fun to squish between your fingers. They turn your fingers blue for a moment but it rinces away quite easily.

Now for the cons. My biggest pet peeve when it comes to bath bombs is when they sink to bottom and barely fizz. I’m wondering if these have a shorter shelf life than the lush bath bombs. I feel like I only really experience this with lush bath bombs I’ve had for a while.  The fact that it took forever to fizz out while rolling around on the bottom and the lack of color just made it boring.

Part of the fun of bath bombs, for me at least, is how pretty it makes your bath. This particular butter ball does not deliver on that. I don’t blame the people who made it. Its just my personal preference.  I do feel the store I got these butter balls from is geared more toward a sophisticated, dare I say mature bath. To be quite honest though,  the bath just looked like someone dropped lawn clippings in it.

This is the second butter ball I’ve used and the second time my whole body is just on fire. I highly suggest being cautious if you have sensitive skin. I’m posting this 2 days after the bath and my skin is still on fire.

Have you ever used this brand of bath products? What do you think?

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A little update…

It’s been a about a week and half since I last posted on here. A lot has been going on since then. I guess the biggest recent change in my life has been getting a “real” job. I say “real” job because it’s my first job that doesn’t have anything to do with art or makeup in any way. I’ve been training for this new job for just about two weeks now. About the same time that I haven’t blogged on here. It’s been going really well. I like the people I’m working with a lot. The schedule doesn’t interfere with my workouts and they’re flexible enough to give me days off if I get a makeup job. Over all I really like it.

What’s going on with you guys?

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I’m going to change the format of my perfume roulette series.

 

So I’ve been wearing perfumes and recording my thoughts on the scent and how it wears for a while now. Yeah, I’m that kind of blogger. I’m going to be changing the format of my perfume roulette series. Instead of posting a tiny update about a single perfume daily, I will be posting a week worth perfumes once a week. My plan is to post these on tuesdays.

Keep in mind, this is  just how it wears on me, to me. Everyone’s skin chemistry is slightly different so even if you try these same perfumes, they may smell different to you.

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The Fizzy Filly 

This past weekend, I went to my first Bay Area Brony Spectacular convention. I don’t by any means consider myself a “brony” but I will say, everyone I spoke to was so nice and welcoming. They made me feel less out of place. I hung out with them, played table top games with them, and never once did anyone ridicule, chastise, exclude, or mock me. They were quite seriously some of the nicest people I’ve ever met at any convention, and I’ve been to a lot so that’s really saying something.

In the vendor hall, they had people selling art, glassware, and plushes. I even found a booth selling my weakness, bath bombs. The Fizzy Filly etsy shop is currently on break but they have some amazing smelling fandom themed bath bombs. I got way too many full size, a fandom box of 4 My Little Pony bad guy themed bath bombs, a sugar scrub, and got a couple of mini bath bombs. I got the mini bath bombs in the Steven Universe scent and used them in the hotel bath just to test them out. I can’t find a description of this particular sent scent but it was very sweet and fruity, very refreshing. I was particularly impressed by these because they were tiny and yet they still turned the whole bath a beautiful turquoise blue, they didn’t stain, and they didn’t react badly with my skin, which is something I’m always concerned about when buying bath bombs from independent shops. I will post individual reviews of each bath bomb and the scrub as I use them.

A big part of shopping at cons besides finding cool fandom products, for me at least, is being able to interact with the people who create these things. I spoke to three different people at this particular booth and each one of them was so nice and seemed very passionate about their product. Their products and customer service are great. I highly recommend them.

Do you have any suggestions for independent shops that sell bath products?

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We’ll always have that place off Ocean Avenue…

Yellowcard is my #1, all time favorite band. I’ve been listening to them since I was a kid. I’ve been going to their live shows for the last 5 years. Their music has gotten me through so much. I know it sounds cheesy, but they were they for me in some of my darkest moments. They’re a big part of the reason I’m still here today. The depths of the gratitude and love I feel for this band are unfathomable.

So, to be at their last LA show and see them play my favorite album, Ocean Avenue, in it’s entirety for the last time was such am emotional experience. I was simultaenously so excited to see my favorite band, and so sad to see it end. I am so glad my best friend was there to hold my hand while I cried during my favorite songs. It was just a flood of joy and excitement while they were playing, but when it was over, it was like, wow this is really over?

I had the best time of my life singing my lungs out with them last night. A lot of my favorite concert memories are from this band. I’ve only seen them live 7 times and each time was special and unique. The first time I ever saw them live was at Warped Tour 2012 in Ventura, California. That in and of itself was an amazing experience but seeing them perform on the main stage and getting their autographs were the absolute best part. Waiting to meet the guys outside the House of Blues on sunset after an amazing show was so much fun. Seeing them in Vegas at the boulevard pool at the cosmopolitan will forever be one of my favorite shows. The venue was so cool and it was amazing to look up and see them on the marquee. Getting VIP at the Vinyl at the hard rock in vegas was another great memory. I remember getting our photo taken with the band, standing next to LP and Sean came next to me and something along the lines of let’s cuddle and we did for four glorious seconds while we took that picture.  I will always cary these amazing memories, and and the love for the music in my heart.

Meet and greet at the vinyl at the hard rock in vegas

Got this at the show last night,

Outside the House of Blues on sunset blvd

We’ll always have that place off ocean avenue.

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Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe in Yourself collection

So I got my Tarte Cosmetic Make Believe in Yourself collection order on thursday and I damn near died over how cute the packing is! It was love at first sight!! I went to see my favorite band on their final world tour (which got its own blog post) on friday and I thought I would use it that night and let you guys know my thoughts. Just a heads up, this collection is limited edition. So if you want it act fast because I’ve heard they’re selling out on tartecosmetics.com. However, I’ve also heard the collection will be available in sephora stores soon. So it sounds like you still have plenty of time to get it but I just wanted you guys to know this won’t be around forever.

If you want to know my first impressions and see how I did this look, keep reading!

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