Thursday, January 22, 2015

Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Peppermint Essential Oil

While researching various skin care product ingredients for product reviews, I continually run across suggestions for DIY skin care and aromatherapy products to make at home.  So, when Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals offered me an opportunity to try out their 100% Pure & Natural Peppermint Oil Extract, I was thrilled!

I love that Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals is a local company, which is located here in California.  They work with businesses all over the world to source their products.  Their essential oils are always 100% pure and natural.  Additionally, they emphasize ethics and responsibility in their business practices, especially regarding ecological impacts.  Finally, they guarantee that their products are fresh, and never stored for long periods of time in warehouses before reaching customers.

This 100% Pure & Natural Peppermint Extract is extracted from the leaves, flowers and buds of the Mentha Piperita.  This plant is a hybrid mint; it is a cross between spearmint and watermint.  The essential oil has a strong peppermint aroma, a thin consistency, and is clear with a slightly yellow tinge.

For use in aromatherapy, this Peppermint Essential Oil is definitely appropriately potent!  Just opening the bottle for the first time, it smells like one has opened a portal to a field of fresh peppermint with freshly fallen rain.  Heavenly!

I am still learning how to incorporate this wonderful product into my daily life.  My current favorite use for this product is in the shower.  The strong mint scent awakens the senses and the mind so I add a few drops to my shampoo during my morning shower.  It makes my scalp tingly clean! (Peppermint Oil is known to help with any dandruff problems.)  And it helps wake me up and get me going for the day!  (Another known benefit of peppermint in aromatherapy!)  This has been so beneficial that I can't wait to find more uses for this wonderful essential oil!

You can find Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals 100% Pure & Natural Peppermint Essential Oil on Amazon for $18.50 for 4 fl oz!  Based on what I've seen for costs of other essential oils in much smaller bottles, this is a great deal!

Verdict: Yay!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by and made possible by Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals.  Products were provided in exchange for my time in assessing their quality and writing an honest review about them. All product information is gleaned from the manufacturer's product description.  All opinions are my own based on my experiences with the product.  All photos are my own. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Celebrating Curves! A Day for Self-Love

So, today I came across two wonderful articles on that I really want to share with all of my lovely readers!  As I continue to work on an update to my Foray into Fashion Posts (Part #1 and Part #2), these beautiful moments are certainly inspiring for me!

First, is an article entitled, " 7 'Fat Girls Can't Wear That' Rules Totally and Completely Disproven" by the amazing Marie Southard Ospina:

Next, is an announcement regarding a new line at Target:

and Marie Southard Ospina's perspective!

I really hope you all enjoy these articles today!  And smile, you're beautiful regardless of how curvy or non-curvy your body is! :-)

Monday, January 19, 2015

January's Moustache!

No, I'm not growing a moustache!  I'm talking about the most amazing Coffee Subscription Box on the planet, Moustache Coffee Club!

Each month I get a box of the most amazing single origin roasted coffee beans I could imagine!

This month's bag was roasted by the Lord Windsor Roasters.  The beans were roasted on 12/23, and I received them on 12/27!  Wow! 

These magnificent little gems originated in the Kivu, Rutsiro District in Rwanda, and were produced by Kigeyo Washing Station.  They grew at 1800-2000 meters. They are Bourbon varietals and were processed by washing.  (I have very little idea what any of this means, but I'll learn eventually!)

What most interests me is that Moustache Coffee Club always includes the tasting notes for each bag of coffee they send to customers.  The tasting notes of this month's bag were: Caramel, Sweet Raisin, Sparkling Acidity.

Aka: Amazing!

The best smell ever!  Freshly roasted coffee!

I love the varieties of coffee I receive from Moustache Coffee Club.  They offer a number of subscription options as well as a free 1 oz. sample of their amazing product!  You can order your coffee beans whole or ground.  (I get whole, because I love my French Press!)

For more information or to subscribe, I'd love it if you used my referral link

Sunday, January 18, 2015

My Thoughts on January's Birchboxes!

I definitely scored with each of my Birchboxes this month!  I'm so happy about my little novice accident that happened last fall since it is why I now have two accounts, and two boxes/ month!  (I love this so much I can't imagine getting only one box anymore!)

The Neil George Shampoo & Conditioner have a wonderful minty scent.  The shampoo must be sulfate-free because it really doesn't lather up, at all!  But my hair felt noticeably cleaner, which is great.  The conditioner performs very well, too!  For $9 for the full-size products, these items fit my budget much better than the Davines shampoo & conditioner samples I've gotten before.

I was sadly disappointed with Harvey Prince's Hello Liquid Loofah.  Apparently it's supposed to lather, but I just couldn't get it to lather very well.  I don't have hard water, so I don't know what happened.  I hate the feeling that I did something wrong to make a product perform poorly!  I did get clean though. :-)

Perlier's Intensive Nurturing Body Balm smells so good!  The Lavender is perfect.  It also feels amazing!  This is a great sized sample so I put it on my legs and feet after my shower; ooo!  hours later they still feel great!

The Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner continues to make me a happy camper!  I forgot how much I love this Jauper Gold color.  Its so easy to apply, which is also great!

I put on Christian Siriano's Fragrance Silhouette.  It has a lovely light, feminine scent that perfect for an adult woman; great balance!

Finally, I think I've found my new BB cream!  Dr. Jart+ BB Cream rocked my world this morning when I applied it with my Beauty Blender.  I'm a convert, and I can't wait to use my Birchbox points for this little delight!

Manna Kadar's Lip Locked in All of Me is AMAZING!  Okay, if this is what lip stains are supposed to be, sign me up!  This is the perfect shade of mauve-y pink that compliments my skin tone, goes perfectly with Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette, and lasts all day!

Finally, I used my Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Gel today.  I'm really happy with how it performed; I know my hair looks a little flat here, but that's mostly because I tried a different hair thickening treatment on my roots than I usually use (apparently Roux beats Clarol's Hair Food).  Anyway, the curl has held all day.  I haven't been the victim of frizz or crunchy hair, so this is going on the TO-BUY list ASAP!

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 With Birchbox you get five fabulous samples each month ($10).  Plus, you have the opportunity to earn points to buy goodies for yourself (100 pts = $10 & you can earn 60 pts/month for free!).  Why not pamper yourself and subscribe to Birchbox?  You can check them out here (referral link)!

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I tried a different review format for this post than I usually do.  I included Instagram photos and pictures of me wearing the products.  What did you think of this review?  Is it more interesting than usual or not?  Better or worse than other Birchbox review posts?  I'd love feedback from you, my readers, so that I can continue to improve!  Thanks in advance!

Rocksbox Unboxing!

I've been wanting to try Rocksbox, so when I scored a code for a free month, I couldn't wait to cash in and make an unboxing video!  I think that Rocksbox is a fantastic concept for a subscription box!  I love the idea of trying out different jewelry collections with the option to buy with a 20% discount.

The jewelry is very nice quality, and arrives attractively packaged.  I received one ring, one necklace, and one pair of earrings, which is perfect given my answers on the style quiz.


I will also admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the free necklace included in my first box; its so sweet!

I'll admit that if I had the $46, I'd totally splurge on the amazing geometric ring!  The other two pieces are nice, but I wouldn't go for buying them at Rockbox's prices.

Overall, if you want to experiment with some different types of jewelry before investing in new looks - whether its through Rocksbox or elsewhere, I think that Rocksbox is a totally fun way to do exactly that.

However, for $19/month, I think I'd rather just buy myself a new piece of jewelry for my collection! :-)

Verdict: Meh, but a happy Meh!