LUSH UltraBland Facial Cleanser

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A while back I spent a small fortune at LUSH and this UltraBland cleanser was one of the items I picked up.

I have to be honest. I wasn’t impressed. It just didn’t seem like anything special and it feels like it’s not rinsing off. So it get pushed to the side for months.

A couple days ago I gave my face a break from makeup and so at the end of the day I used this cleanser (it’s not the best for makeup removal) with the idea that maybe I could finally start finishing it up. But something amazing happened!

It worked miracles for my dry winter skin! I swear it’s glowing now! And so now I am convinced this is the best cleanser I’ve yet to use when my skin is being super dry! And now I know it’s not the best cleanser in the summer months when the last thing I need is more moisture!

It still feels like it’s not rinsing off but once I get out of the shower and moisturize my skin feels just fine!

One of my only complaints with LUSH (besides the costs!) is their use of parabens in some products, including this one. This is probably the one thing that will keep me from repurchasing unfortunately. Really hoping they find a way to eliminate them soon!

<3 Lolo

Pregnant with PCOS – Genetic Testing Results

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The results of our genetic testing came back really quickly. As I mentioned before we did a newer test called Panorama Genetic Testing. They take my blood and my boyfriends cheek swab and can then isolate the baby’s DNA. They told me it would take 2-4 weeks for results but it’s been just slightly over a week!

Basically everything came back as the baby being at a much lower risk than the general public for everything they test for except for one thing. With that particular condition they just weren’t able to isolate enough of the chromosome they needed so it came back inconclusive. Basically there just wasn’t enough to test. This was a all a huge relief but it’s looking like my OB also want to run a few other tests just because of our genetic backgrounds even though no one in either family has what they want to test for. I’m so tired of being probed and poked! Thankfully I get a month free of doctors appts now! We will have the blood drawn for those tests later down the roads.

One really cool thing about doing the Panorama Test is that they can also tell you the sex of the baby! Everyone kept telling me it would be a girl and my son has his heart set on a boy. I felt this pregnancy has been so similar to my pregnancy with my son that even though people had it in my head it would be a girl, I felt it would be a boy. My son and I were right! Thank goodness I kept a good amount of his clothes over the years! 7 years is a long time to hold on to them but they still look like I just packed them away! I sold most of the big stuff so right now any little bit helps!

Mani Monday!

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Julep Abigail. Silk Finish. I like it but it does remind me a bit of that 80’s frosty pink makeup trend. And please excuse the fact I didn’t clean up the edges before the photo. I choose sleep pretty much over everything else these days 😜

November Empties Part I

I’m trying to clean up the house for future baby but also because my boyfriend and his brother (autistic) will be moving in soon so everything needs to be cleaned out and moved around. I am such a neat freak but admit things can get away from me. Lately that is NOT the case and I can’t stand things laying around I don’t “need.”

Hence, a mid-month empties post!

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Skintimate Shaving Cream – what can I say really except that it’s the only brand I’ll buy bc it’s thick enough my legs don’t get irritated when I do shave instead of wax.

Uberliss Shampoo and Conditioner – I loved these, then I hated them, then I got a much needed hair cut and liked them. They didn’t make my hair look worse so for me that’s a plus but I won’t buy them.

ReVive Eye Serum – this was a super expensive eye serum from Glossybox but I just didn’t feel it did anything for me. I used this one up but sold the other one I had on EBay for cheap and made someone else’s day😊

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered (red with sparkles) – I swatched this one months and months ago. I’m simply not going to use it so off it goes.

Borghese Make Up Remover – I use this before washing my eye makeup off and it doesn’t remove it completely but it helped.

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer – love this stuff! Makes my nose pores almost invisible. I just wish I could get it to work on my cheeks just as well. I have a couple other primers to use up but will repurchase this.

folle de joie Perfume Sample – I liked this but the boyfriend either didn’t notice it or didn’t care for it. He is really sensitive to scent and typically says something but never did with this one.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – again, just ok for me. I have long lashes and I guess more than most people so this didn’t separate as well as I would have liked. Otherwise it was good.

Mally Volumizing Mascara – this one make my lashes look fake or plastic-like. I gave it a few tries, set it aside and never went back. Time to trash it.

Biore Nose Strip – I love these things but forget to use them. They hurt when you pull it off but there is something fun about seeing all the gunk they suck out!

So there it is…half way through November and already a bunch of pry stuff. I’m not sure I’ll get through much more by the end of the month, but I’m sure glad I can’t toss these out now! 😜

Pregnant with PCOS – Genetic Testing

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As if it’s not enough to have PCOS, I am also “old” and therefore have all these other potential issues to be concerned about on top of the risks of being pregnant with my condition.

My boyfriend and I initially decided we would not opt to do any kind of genetic testing because it wouldn’t make any difference to us.  We would still have the baby regardless.

However, at my last weekly scan they went over different types of testing available should we decide to do it, and gave us some literature to read over.  If we wanted to do it all we have to do it tell them at my next visit, which is tomorrow.  But the catch….the one thing to tempt me…we would find out the sex of the baby with the one test called Panorama Prenatal Testing.

I brought the information to my boyfriends house and he said he would pay for us to do the test if my insurance doesn’t cover it.  I think we are both excited to know what we are having, but the rest terrifies me.  I told him that I was afraid it would come back positive for a condition in which the baby doesn’t usually survive or dies shortly after birth and I didn’t know if I would want to know that for the next 6 months I would only have moments with my child.  It upsets me even typing this out, but my boyfriend is such a wonderful man.   He told me that if that’s the case then we will just savor every moment and give that baby so much love while we do have them.  I know it would be extremely difficult but I know having him by my side would give me the strength I’d need.

So we’re going to do it.  A blood sample from me, a cheek swab for him, and in a week or two, we know more than most people do at this point.

I’ve read mixed reviews on this test….some false positives and issues where the sex of the baby is wrong.  I’m hoping maybe some people stumble across this post and can share their experience with it?

November 2014 Birchbox Reveal and Review – Holiday Hacks!

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For this month’s Birchbox I went with the BuzzFeed Holiday Hacks box vs. choosing a sample.  I was definitely interested in the samples, but the BuzzFeed box includes a candle to which I can not say no.

Here is what came!

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Greenleaf Signature Candle in Silver Spruce – you can smell this candle as soon as you take the Birchbox out of the outer packaging!  It’s definitely a pine tree scent and perfect for Christmas time.  My son actually just picked out a similar candle for me for my birthday the night before this box showed up so I am good to go for awhile!

Amika Dry Shampoo – I already received this sample before and I honestly haven’t even tried that one yet but I’m holding onto these because they are supposed to be clear vs. white which does not work at all with my dark hair.

Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips – I was also excited for this item because I’m having a severe case of chapped lips already!  This is very thick and keeps my lips protected for hours on end.  I’m not sure yet if it’s improving them but they are definitely not getting worse.  I love its all natural too!

Dr. Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask – I love masks!  I usually don’t take enough time to do them (especially lately) but anything that’s supposed to minimize pores is worth trying in my opinion!

Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24hr Mascara – I have soooo many mascara samples back stocked!  I’ve read some good reviews on this, but I’m afraid the Mirenesse brand doesn’t sit well with me after I got a full sized lip product that was just awful.  I’m sure I’ll get around to trying it eventually but I’m just not excited enough to break it open just yet.

I’m really pleased with this box overall and I definitely don’t say that every month with Birchbox.  It also looks like a lot of the regular monthly boxes are pretty awesome this month!  I’m really looking forward to December!

October 2014 Empties!

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I feel like something is wrong with me because I love saving my trash and writing about it at the end of each month!

I didn’t use up too much this month, but it still feels good to be using stuff up and making room for all new stuff once this baby comes and I can sign up for more boxes again!

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Dove Purely Pampering Nourising Body Wash in Pistachio Cream – I bought this because it sounded different and I did really like the scent and it seemed to moisturize well which is MUCH needed lately!  It’s a very clean, feminine scent and I wold buy this again.

Julep Rock Star Hand Creme – I do like Julep’s hand scrub and hand cream a lot!  I think I actually have a second one of these ready to go after I used up a few more sample sized hand creams I have stashed as well.

Skin Inc Custom Blended Anti=Aging Serum – I used this under moisturizer and didn’t find that it made much difference for me personally.  I have seen quite a few really good reviews for this though so may be worth a try,

Yaby Foundation – now that I have moved on to a different foundation I am realizing this one was mediocre but did the job.  I used this mostly over the summer and was mixing it heavily with a luminizer.  This came in an Ipsy bag and I got lucky that the shade worked well for me.

Skin Medica Dermal Repair  Cream – usually really high end creams works wonders for me, but this one just didn’t compare to a couple others I used up before I opened this one.  I used it all but in the future I’d probably pass it along.

Origins Make A Difference Hand Cream – another really good hand cream.  It smells really good and worked as well.

DKNY Be Delicious Skin Perfume – I tend to like fruity and sweet perfumes.  This one has a light scent and worked well for me for work since I’m hovering over peoples faces and can’t wear anything too strong.  I refuse to buy full sized perfume since starting subscription boxes, so I wouldn’t purchase this, but I do like it.  My perfume tray is still loaded up!

RealTree Perfume – this one falls more into the sweet sugary scents and also was light and good for work.

Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion – I was worried moving on from my beloved Lorac primer, but this works amazingly well also so it’s been an easy switch.  I potted this and am still using it and have some other shades to try soon as well.

Julep Green Tea Blotting Papers – I prefer to use blotting papers mid-day at work vs. applying more powder so this come in handy.  They worked really well and lasted me quite a while.  I won’t be buying anytime soon as I have several other packs to use up already :)

All in all a good month of empty bottles to toss in the trash!

October 2014 Birchbox Reveal and Review

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Here is another super late post…hopefully next month I can stay on track considering I won’t have as much to post about with my heavy cut in sub boxes for awhile!

Birchbox has been doing this “Choose Your Sample” thing for a few months now.  I wasn’t excited AT ALL for any of the choices this month so I didn’t choose with the understanding I would get my “regular” box.  Ha!  Jokes on me because I still got one of the choices which I really thought I would not!  Here is what showed up:

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Lord and Berry Glitter Eye Pencil – the dreaded sample choice I didn’t choose…and probably the last one I would have.  I’m 35 with one kid and one on the way, my glitter eyeliner wearing days are numbered.

Ellovi Butter in Vanilla – smells good but so tiny.  I do like that it’s all natural though, but I wouldn’t purchase the full size.

Benefit Porefessional – I’ve tried this before and it just doesn’t work as well as my usual primer so I’ll be passing this along.

Dr. Brandt Vacuum Cleaner – I will definitely be giving this one a try as pores are probably my number one complaint with my facial skin.  Hopefully it works good!

Amika Dry Shampoo – I usually pass along all the dry shampoo samples I get, and then every once in awhile I wish I had one to try for either volume or oil.  I have dark hair and they tend to leave a powdery look in my hair but I’m going to hold onto this one just in case.  The packaging is cute and it smells good!

Birchbox rarely blows me away but it is a good way to try some things out and earn points for full size purchases.  I’ve been a subscriber for 13 months now and have used my points for a really nice watch and a super cute fancy serving tray.  I’m accumulating more each month and have a bunch of “favorites” on the site to someday spend them on :)

<3 Lolo

October 2014 Glossybox Reveal and Review

I’ve been really slacking on posting lately. I usually do it at night after my little one is asleep but the little one I’m cooking is wearing me out so badly that I’m in bed at 8pm as well!

I actually got my glossybox on the early end of shipments this month. It was a nice surprise especially considering it’s my last one for awhile. Here’s what came:

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Nails Inc Matte Top Coat – I would have loved this had I not had one that I rarely find myself using. It’s up for trade.

Amore Perfume – I love perfume minis and this one smells so good! Looking forward to using it.

Sesha Mask – I haven’t used this yet but it’s supposed to be hydrating which my skin desperately needs.

Proganix Anti-Fade Argan Oil – this smells really good but not sure it’s going much for my hair. I’ll still use it for the scent!

Tarte Power Pigment in Awakening – this is a really pretty pink on my skin tone. I love it but I need to use a balm with it bc my lips are dry and this is pretty dry as well.

I’m going to miss Glossybox. One bad box every once in awhile was ok with me because when they are good they are really good. Hopefully I’ll be able to rejoin soon!

<3 Lolo

BzzAgent Campaign Secret Outlast Deodorant

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I’ve still been lucky enough to receive more Bzzagent campaigns.  The most recent is for Secret Outlast Completely Clean Clear Gel Deodorant.  I was sent a full size of the product to sample at no cost to me, simply for trying and honestly reviewing it.

Well…this one I can say for sure is a winner!

I’ve used original Secret as long as I can remember.  I’ve tried other kinds in between and they just never seems to work for me.  As effective as that formula is, I will be switching to the Outlast one now.  It goes on a clear gel, dries quickly and STAYS clear.  That’s especially a plus when wearing certain types/colors of clothing.  It also doesn’t hurt that it smells good too.

I’ve been using it about a week now and so far so good.  I’ve still got to get in a good sweat to make sure it REALLY holds up :)

<3 Lolo

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