Foundation and Make Up Brush Cleaner By Cecilia Rosslee

How many of you neglect cleaning your make up brushes? I know I am guilty of not taking very good care of my make up brushes and when you stop and think about all the oil and bacteria that finds its way to your brushes, it’s gross.  Recently I read an article that e-coli can be growing on make up brushes. If you haven’t eaten lunch and want to be grossed out you can read this article by thegloss.com about just how dirty your make up brushes are. Gross.

After reading that article, you better believe I will be taking better care of my make up brushes.

When searching for products to review and feature in my monthly give-aways I turned to Etsy where I came across Cecilia Rosslee from Carmel, California.

After contacting Cecilia, I was sent two bars of her Foundation & Make Up Remover bar soap in the mail. I couldn’t wait to try this out on my make up brushes and see just how well this soap would work in cleaning the dirty grime and build-up of foundation and concealers off of my brushes.

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This bar of soap is a nice size, comparable to a Dove or Irish Spring bar. It is all natural, handmade and a non-chemical product. The soap is cold-pressed, made from high-grade extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil not only cleans the brushes but it also helps to condition the bristles on your brush. It also has a lovely light scent.

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When I tried this bar out, I filled up my kitchen sink with warm water and threw in my brushes. Next, I took the bar of soap and wet it, I couldn’t believe how creamy and soft this soap is.  I took each brush and rubbed the soap and rinsed until the water was clear. This was incredibly easy to use and I couldn’t believe just how dirty my brushes were…I am almost ashamed of myself for letting them go this long with out a washing.

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After I was done washing each brush I laid them on a paper towel to dry over night. The next day I took a few dry brushes and rubbed them on the paper towel to see if there was an excess make up dirt and guess what? There wasn’t! This soap did a great job and my brushes were soft to the touch.

Make sure you store your bar of soap in a soap dish or draining container to prolong the life of the soap. I have a feeling this is going to last quite a long time with proper care.

I am so happy I came across Cecilia Rosslee’s Etsy Shop. Not only does she sell the Foundation and Make Up brush cleaner she also sells lavendar, oatmeal and rose body soaps all 100% handmade.

This Foundation and Make Up Brush cleaner would make a great gift for anyone who wears make up. I wish I would have stumbled upon her store two years ago, this would have been great to put inside my bridesmaids’ gifts. Great gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays or even a little hostess gift for your best friend.

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Want to buy one for a gift? Use coupon code MOTHERSDAY for 15% off your purchase from her Etsy Shop.

GUESS WHAT? You Could Win one bar of her Savon de Carmel Foundation & Make Up Brush Cleaner will be featured in my May’s Give Away on Facebook. You have to be a Fan of the page and watch for contest details!! Contest Starts May 2nd. U.S. Shipping Only.

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Urthbox- April

UrthBox ($19.00-$79.00 / free shipping) Monthly subscription of Healthy snacks. Boxes available in Class, Gluten-Free, Vegan or Diet. There are several different size boxes-mini,small,medium and large. 1,3,6 month plans available.

I received my first Urthbox today and I was really happy with the contents inside. I was shocked by the amount of full size products included in April’s box. The box I received is the Medium Size Classic. I purchased a coupon through Giltcity.com and got three months at a discounted price. This box is great, especially for me since I have changed my dietary restrictions and am focusing more on Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Vegan Products.

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Contents Inside

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1.) Annie Chung’s Roasted Seaweed Snacks- Sesame Flavored. 2.5g of Fat, 30 calories, 70mg of Sodium. I think I will pass on trying these! It brings me back to a terrible time eating Seaweed Salad at Tao in Las Vegas…one of the funniest…yet the worst stories ever!! ($1.44)

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2.) Hail Merry Macaroons- 4 Choco flavored Macaroons, Gluten Free, Vegan, 11g of Fat, 130 calories, 30mg of Sodium. I can’t wait to try these! My mom’s macaroons are the only ones I love but now that I am doing Gluten Free, I hope these are delicious! ($40.00 for 8 bags)

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3.) Elianni Vegan Mushroom Pate-Vegan, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, 5g of Fat, 60 calories, 70mg of Sodium. ($4.99)

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4.) Rescue Pearls Natural Stress Relief- (Received 2 boxes with 28 capsules in each) These are dissolvable capsules, Non- Habit Forming, Alcohol Free and Homeopathic. I am interested in trying these, I will admit I have terrible anxiety and maybe these will help me. ($9.99)

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5.) Wai Lana Thai Curry & Lime Chips- Gluten Free, Wheat & Soy Free, Cholesterol Free, 30% Less Fat than regular potato chips. 6g of Fat, 130 Calories and 204mg of Sodium. These are not for me, they have a nice light texture different from a potato chip but I don’t care for the taste. I will have to see what Grandma thinks! ($2.99)

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6.) SunRype 100% Fruit Strip Strawberry Watermelon (2)- Nut Free, Gluten Free, 0g of fat, 50 calories, 5mg of Sodium. A Healthy version of the childhood favorite fruit roll ups. ($2.00 approx)

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7.) Roots Blueberry Flavor Powder- A blend of powdered vegetables and fruites. A whole day’s worth of super foods. Blueberry Flavor. 0g of Fat, 30 calories, 51mg of Sodium. My guess is too mix this in a smoothie.($1.50)

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8.) New Tree Orange Pearls- Belgian Dark Chocolate covered Orange bites. 66% Dark Chocolate, Rich In Fiber, Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. 2.5g of Fat, 97 calories, 12mg of Sodium. ($2.25)

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9.) Caveman Cookies- Grain- Free, Paleo, All Natural, Dairy Free. 3.5g of Fat, 60 calories, 0mg of Sodium. This is a cookie that can be eaten while following the Paleo life. ($6.25 for 8 cookies)

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10.) Zouq Curry Crunch Sweet & Sour Mix- Gluten Free,Gluten Free, Vegan No Cholesterol, MSG Free. Mixture of nuts, dried peas, and crisps. 9g of Fat, 152 calories, 129mg of Sodium. ($17.88 for 12 pouches)

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11.) Unreal Candy (2)- No GMO’s No Preservatives, No Chemicals, No Corn Syrup. These are similar to a snickers bar and tasty. Did not have nutrition facts listed on product. ($ ?? unable to locate pricing)

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12.) La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Tortillas- High Fiber, Low Carb, 2g of Fat, 50 Calroeis, 210mg of Sodium. These are prefect for my family. We eat a lot of turkey tacos and my husband is a “take a sandwich to work every day guy” these will be nice to pair with tuna fish. ($11.12 for 2 pack)

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13.) Natural Delights Medjool Dates (BONUS ITEM)- Dried Dates, 0g of Fat, 140 calories, 10mg of Sodium. I am not a big fan of Dates so these will end up with Grandma. ($5.99 1lb bag)

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14.) Honey Grams (2 BONUS ITEMS)- Gluten Free, Wheat Free. Does not contain nutrition information. These were delicious! (Unable to locate)

Overall, I was very happy with this box. Urthbox introduced me to a ton of new products that I was unaware of or would probably never even come across in the grocery store. Definitely looking forward to May and June’s box.

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HauteLook Lip Bag

HauteLook offered a speciality one time purchase curated with some of the hottest lip colors. This bag is $24.00 plus shipping and values $160.00- it’s your last chance to purchase one from HauteLook as the sale ends tomorrow Monday 8am Pacific Time.

I was pleasantly surprised with the contents in this bag. Lucky for my readers I will be giving away one of the item’s in May’s Monthly Give away via Facebook. You must be a fan of our Facebook Page to win.

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Products Included in this Lip Bag

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1.) NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Nectar- $4.50

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2.) Lord & Berry Lip Crayon in Scarlett -$18.00 <——Included in May’s Give Away Item **

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3.) Crown Brush Lip Brush -$7.25

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4.) Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby Lustre- $15.00

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5.) Laura Geller Lipstick in Sugared Maple -$18.00

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6.) Mirenesse Lip Bomb Laquer Stain- $35.00

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7.) MIrenesse Glossy Kiss for Lip and Cheek- $27.00

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8.) Red Lipstick Case $3.00 approximately

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9.) La Fresh Travel Makeup Remover Wipe-$ .75 approximately

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10.) Swoon Lip Gloss Pick Up Artist-$15.00 Ingenious idea! Use this applicator and never throw out your lip gloss without getting the last drop out of your lip gloss!

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11.) Lipstick Make Up Bag-$17 approximately

I was very happy with this purchase, I definitely feel that I have gotten my money’s worth and now will be able to try new products I was did not know existed. Can’t wait to dress up my lips. Pucker Up!

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Sockwork: Socks with a Purpose

Sockwork: Socks with a Purpose 

Through the power of Twitter, I had the opportunity to do a review for a company called Sockwork. This is a monthly subscription for you guessed it…socks. They were kind enough to send me out a box for a review.

Sockwork offers a subscription for men and women.  First choose your style: professional, fun or a mix of the two and then select your membership.

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Month-to-Month : 2 Pairs of Socks $20.00 F/S

3 Months: 2 Pairs of Socks (Billed every 3 Months) $60.00 F/S

6 Months: 2 Pairs of Socks (Billed every 6 Months) $114.00 F/S (Discounted to $19.00 a month)

12 Months: 2 Pairs of Socks (Billed every 12 Months) $216.00 F/S (Discounted to $18.00)

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Inside my box was two pairs of men’s dress socks from Richer Poorer Inc, a company designed in California, made in Korea. My husband loves socks and he always wears a nice pair of socks with his wardrobe.  The sock expert in the family was quite impressed with the quality of socks received in a subscription box.

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The first pair of socks are a deep forest green with orange polka dots. Made with 68% combed cotton, 16% polyester, 13% nylon and 3% spandex.

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The second pair of socks are grey with a yellow geometric design. Made from the same components found in the first pair of socks.  I loved these the best, in fact these will disappear from my husbands sock drawer over time.

Sizing 6-12 men’s

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Neither one of us were familiar with this company and I decided to search for them on the internet. They have a nice website and I was able to find both of these socks currently for sale each retailing $12.00.

I wanted to see just how much it would cost to order from Richer or Poor Inc. and with Tax and Shipping (Illinois) it would cost $30.45 for both pairs. You’re getting a great deal with a subscription from Sockwork.

What, I like most about Sockwork is every month they donate a percentage of their profits to a different Veterans charity. While corresponding with Sockwork I learned that members of their team and family members have served in the military. I have great respect for Veterans who have risked their lives to protect us and our freedom.  I don’t know about you, but I am more inclined to buy from companies who donate to charities. Sockwork donating to a different Veteran’s Charity each month is a wonderful idea. On their Twitter account they state they are Veteran and Woman Owned.

This month’s donation will go to Stop Soldier Suicide, you can read more about this charity by clicking on the link.

This would be a great subscription to give someone- it’s thinking outside the box and keeps the gift whimsical to open every month.

Perhaps a great idea for Father’s Day?

You can also receive 10% OFF your first order by using the code SOX2014.

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Father’s Day Subscription Gift Ideas

Here is a starting list of subscription boxes geared towards men. How about gifting a box for the man in your life? Father’s Day is coming soon!

Clothing, Fashion & Accessories

1.) Root Bizzle – Monthly Tie Club 1 Month $25.00, 3 Month $23.00 (Upfront) 6 Month $20.00 (Upfront) Free Shipping. Select Subscription, style profile and size ties. Discount Code: FRESH2014 at Checkout to Save 50% on your first tie.

2.) Grover- Premium Clothing Subscription, 1 Month $49.99, 6 Month $249.95 (1 Free box),12 Month $449.1 (3 Free Boxes).

3.) Trunk Club- Monthly Personal Shopper, Selects clothing based on his style. Prices Range from $100-$300.00 a month.

4.) Birch Box For Men- Monthly Grooming & Lifestyle Box. Monthly $20.00 F/S or Yearly $195.00 F/S <—best deal box cost is $16.25 a month.

5.) Curator & Mule- Seasonal Subscription $60.00 a Season. Receive 4-5 lifestyle or accessory items such as hats, sunglasses, wallets etc.

6.) Manpacks- Create Boxes filled with items such as underwear, shirts, socks, grooming etc. One Time Purchase or Quarterly Purchase. Price Varies.

7.) Sockwork: Socks with a Purpose, Monthly sock club. Receive 2 pairs of socks. Monthly $20.00 F/S, 3 Months $60.00 F/S, 6 Months $114.00 F/S or 12 Months $216.00 F/S

8.) Quarterly ($50.00-$100.00 / + $8.00 shipping) Curated items from celebrities and influential people. Examples include: Coco, Nina Garcia,Bill Nye & many more. Ships quarterly.

Food & Snacks

1.) Carnivore Club- Monthly Assortment of Hand Cured Meats. 1 Month $55, Bi-monthly or Quarterly Subscription $50.00

2.) Mantry- Food of the Month Club curated from America. Monthly Subscription $75.00 F/S

3.) Taste Trunk- Monthly Food Box. Choose from Gourmet, BBQ, Sweet or Health curated boxes. Subscriptions start at $23.99.

4.) Healthy Surprise ($40.00-$100.00 / free shipping) They do the work for you by finding healthy snacks! Full size products 11-27 products depending on the subscription you choose. Also have a chocolate box available! Three boxes to choose from Starter,Big Box or Combo. 1-3-6-12 month subscriptions available.

5.) Nature Box ($19.95-$49.95 / free shipping) Monthly subscription for Healthy snacks. Choose from 5,10 or 20 full size snack bags, customize your snacks or let Nature Box select for you.

6.) Graze ($6.00 / free shipping) Receive four perfectly portioned snacks ever 2 or 4 weeks. You can also purchase one time boxes if you want extra. Choose from two style boxes. Customize the snacks to your liking. Use my friend code to get your 1st & 5th box free:  L39C66CJP

7.) UrthBox ($19.00-$79.00 / free shipping) Monthly subscription of Healthy snacks. Boxes available in Class, Gluten-Free, Vegan or Diet. There are several different size boxes-mini,small,medium and large. 1,3,6 month plans available.

8.) Turntable Kitchen ($25.00 / + taxes, fees / free shipping) Monthly subscription box. Each month receive unique food and music pairings.

Technology

1.)Gizomo Crate- Monthly Gadget & Foodie Box. 1 Month $35.00, 3 Month $105.00 (Upfront) 6 Month $192.00 (Upfront) 12 Month $342.00 (Upfront) All Free Shipping.

Beauty & Skincare

1.) Dollar Shave Club- $1.00, $6.00 or $9.00 a month. Receive the Handle on your first box and blade replacements each month.

Health & Wellness 

1.) KlutchClub for Men- Monthly Health & Wellness Box, Receive 9-12 Products. 1 Month $10.00 + $8.00 S/H, 3 Month $9.00 + $8.00 S/H, 6 Month $8.00 + $8.00 S/H.

Romance 

1.) Datelivery- Monthly Date Night Box. Plans start at $25.00 a month, Choose from 1,3, or 6 month plan. Unique home date night boxes.

Miscellaneous 

1.) Mystery Tackle Box- Monthly Subscription for fishing gear. $15.00 a month, 1, 3, 6, 12 months available.

 

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Nature Box

Nature Box is a great monthly subscription service that allows you to select your snacks each month or receive surprise snacks in the mail.

Nature Box appeals to all different types of customers. They offer Gluten-Free, Vegan, Soy-Free, Non-GMO,Dairy-Free and Nut-Free Snacks. I think there would be a slim chance that you couldn’t find something that makes your taste buds dance.

Available Subscriptions : Free Shipping in U.S.

Deluxe Box : 5 Full Size Snacks $19.95 a month

Happy Snacker Box : 10 Full Size Snacks (5 Snacks, 2 Bags Each) $29.95 a month

Smart Snacker Box: 20 Full Size Snacks (5 Snacks, 4 Bags Each) $49.95 a month

I used a 50% off Coupon and selected the Smart Snack Boxer. I thought this would be a great way to try different snacks and share with our family and friends.

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Remember reviews on foods are just my opinion only and shouldn’t stop you from trying them on your own.

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1.) Guacamole Bites:  Serving Size 1/2 Cup, 140 Calories, 6g of Fat, 360mg of Sodium. These bites are not terrible but they aren’t the greatest either. Very Salty. Not one I would want to receive again. (Give Away Item)

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2.) Yogurt Dipped Pretzels: Serving Size 6 pieces, 150 Calories, 6g of Fat, 170mg of Sodium. These were a slam dunk in our house. My husband loves any type of “covered” pretzels.

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3.) Roasted Sea Salt Chickpeas: Serving Size 1/3 cup, 130 Calories, 4.5g of Fat, 200mg of Sodium. I absolutely loved these! These were my favorite out of the whole box. Great crunch and simple flavor.

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4.) Harvest Rice Sticks: Serving Size 1/4 cup, 150 Calories, 7g of Fat, 250mg of Sodium (Vegan) These were not bad. Didn’t have to much of flavor but easy to snack on.

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5.) Black & White Granola: Serving Size 3/4 cup, 240 Calories, 7g of Fat, 65mg of Sodium. We also loved this Granola Mix. It’s delicious on it’s own and in yogurt.

Not ready to have a subscription every month? You can contact their customer service and put your membership on hold. Great Option if you can’t commit to a monthly shipment.

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