Product Review 

Two weeks ago I received the AMAZING products in the above picture to try out, from the lovely ladies at the ETSY shop ORGANICskincareByTNS. Almost every product they sent I totally fell in love with. 

They sent me their facial moisturizer, vitamin C Serum, Facial Toner, Shampoo/Body wash for her, body butter, magnesium lotion and Muscle Rub.  

The only product I wasn’t a huge fan of was the lotion. For me personally it was to oily. I run a little more on the oily side of the spectrum so it was just a little much. It was however very nourishing and made my skin feel really soft.  

The magnesium lotion was great. Helped with pain, and also I felt like it help me sleep a little better. On the bottle it says to rub on your belly for a good night sleep. And the couple nights I did this I felt like I slept better. 

The muscle rub is FANTASTIC. It works just like Icy Hot. But to me it doesn’t have the strong smell that Icy Hot does and it didn’t burn like Icy Hot. But it made my muscles feel better. Less sore. Anything I can find like this is a treat bc at times I can take less medicine bc of products like these. 

The Moisturizer, Toner and Vitamin C Serum are amazing. I had never used a toner before this one so I don’t have a lot to compare it to. But every night after using the combination of three my fave felt so smooth. And my complexion has been so clear since starting with these products. The moisturizer is very thin and not oily at all. I like that it is thin bc I can wear it under my makeup everyday and not feel like my faces is caked with product. All of their products have a very natural smell to them. Which is another thing I liked. I don’t like creams and serums that have a strong smell because I am more prone to get headaches from products that have a strong smell. 

Last but definitely not least the Shampoo/Body Wash for her. This stuff is truly fantastic. It’s non sudsing so you don’t need a lot. And it really cleans your hair. I was actually able to go 8 days without washing my hair.  And it wasn’t until the very last day did it even begin to look slightly oily. (I don’t wash my hair but about twice a week anyway bc the more I wash it the more oil my and greasy it gets. So this was great!!!! And it works just as well as a body wash. My skin was soft and very clean. And again you don’t need a lot to do the job. One of the best parts other than it being organic is that there are no artificial scents in this product. So the smell is nice and fresh without being overwhelming. This one I’ll be buying more of for sure!! 

 I actually can’t wait to try other products that these ladies have. I have tried many moisturizers and face prouducts and this line is by far my favorite for many reasons. These products are truly organic and don’t have any dyes or coloring in them. And they just feel good on your skin!!!  

April was so great. She offered y’all a coupon code that can be used in their ETSY shop(will not work on their product website). Below is the code and it’s conditions for use; 

25% off all available products on purchases of $35 or over, valid thru April 30th

the code is: THEWORLDSEESNORMAL25
I highly recommend you go check this shop out. You will NOT be disappointed by the products. 

-Amber 

PRODUCT REVIEW 

Some of the products I received to review were from ETSY shop FarmHouseCandlesKY. Not only were the owners Tyler and Ava just the nicest people, they were great to work with. And they have amazing products to boot! 

Okay, I know you are thinking candles?? Really?? What’s so special about candles?  Well, for starters I find candles to be very relaxing. I burn them when I take a bath and many days just because. So it’s important to me to find a good quality candle. And the candles from Tyler and Ava’s store are just that!!!!  They all made from soy so they burn so much cleaner than the average everyday candle. One cool features that is unique for this shop is that the wicks are wood. So not only does it burn cleaner, but you get this cool crackling sound while you burn the candle. Their scents are also spot on and truly amazing!!  They were kind enough to send me Vanilla, Peach and Lavender candles and Sweet Pea and Snickerdoodle wax melts.  Each were true to form and smelled just like they should. It’s been hard to choose what to burn because I love them all so much!!! 

One thing I expect from candles is the scent to fill the room, without totally overpowering it!  And these do just that. The vanilla and the snickerdoodle smell like you’ve got something freshly baked. And the peach, well like a peach. And the lavender is so relaxing. I have enjoyed burning it solely in the bathroom when I bathe, to help me relax at the end of a long day!!  Another great feature of these candles is the burn time!!  It is fantastic, and much longer than most candles. I bet I have burned my vanilla candle for 8hrs or more and still have half of it left. Something you don’t find with comercially made candles these days. 

These are the best candles I have found in a LONG time. And this shop will have a long time customer in me!! They have all the qualities I want in a good candle! Long burntime, burns clean and amazing smell!  If you are a candle lover I highly suggest you check them out!!  

Tyler an Ava have been kind enough to give me a COUPON CODE to provide to my readers for your next purchase. SAVE10 will get 10% off of your first purchase!  So hurry on over and check them out, because this code will only last till the end of MARCH!   You won’t regret it!! 

-Amber

Future Product Reviews 

Below are pictures of products that I have received this week to review. So over the next couple weeks you can expect reviews on:

Essential Oils from Cure OilsOrganic Skin Care from The Natural Sisterhood (Etsy)

Port Pillow and back support pillow from Louise’s Sewing Basket (Etsy)

Candles and wax melts from Farmhouse Candles KY. (Etsy)Thanks to all the companies who sent me products to trial!!

Find beauty within- Do You!!!  Makeup Haul!

Now you might be wondering why I would include cosmetics, beauty products and makeup on this blog. The answer is simple. I feel it’s important that we all feel good about ourselves when our disease processes often make us feel so terrible. And if you are anything like me, most days unless I’m going somewhere, makeup or skin care is the least of my worries.

 I recently read somewhere though that changed my way of  thinking. I read that even if you are home in your sweats and you are a person who wears makeup normally, you should put on a little. Even if it’s just the basics. At first I thought it was hogwash and just a way for cosmetic company’s to make more money. But then I tried it. And most days it works. On days that I’m home and feel bad if I’ll at least put on my moisturizer, some mascara and some lip gloss and most of the time it will perk me up a little bit. There is something about laying around in your Jammie’s looking like a ragamuffin for days that can really bring down your sense of self and how you feel about yourself. So in the last few months I have been doing that most days. And I feel like it helps so much. So I really recommend that you try it. It doesn’t have to be a full face, maybe just your moisturizer, mascara and something on your lips. And nothing says it had to be the expensive stuff. Lord knows my makeup isn’t the high quality stuff. Just use what you like and have on hand.  To make you feel better about you. When so many days we feel so bad about ourselves. 

I know there will be some that read this and say that lady is just playing into the industry about how a women had to wear makeup to be beautiful!!  Ohhhhh so far from it. If you only knew me. I don’t believe you have to wear cosmetics to be beautiful.  My sister for instance is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out. And most days you won’t find an ounce of makeup on her face. But she takes care of her skin by using moisturizers and cleansers. And that’s what makes her feel beautiful. That’s really all I’m saying. Don’t let your disease take your beauty away from you. Whatever it is you do to make you feel pretty and confident, THAT is what you should keep doing!!! YOU BE YOU!!!! 

Now on to my most recent makeup haul! I purchased a couple products from ULTA and got all the rest as a gift. So let’s dive right in. 

We will start with what I actually purchased first. 

First is the Ulta setting spray. Being that I’m really pretty new into this makeup game I knew I needed a setting spray but didn’t know where to start. I did know that I was tired of my makeup rubbing off on everything I touched to my face.  So I thought I’d start here. And I’ve been very happy. It’s a very light spray that I apply at the end of all my other makeup. And the best part it smells really great. Ok, so maybe that’s not the best part but I really enjoy the smell. Each time I’ve used it I’ve been very pleased that my makeup “look” has lasted all day (10+ hours) and doesn’t come off on my phone anymore. I would definitely recommend this product and will buy again. 

Next is the Ulta Brightening Serum With Vitamin C. I wasn’t completely sure what I was getting when I bought this but I LOVE it. It’s very light, I apply it in the morning before my moisturizer and the rest of my face. And then again at bedtime. I don’t always put moisturizer on top at bedtime. This product is so smooth and leaves my face feeling silly smooth.  It’s so far the best product in this category I have bought. And I will be buying over and over again!

It leaves my face looking fresh and almost dewy on its own. It’s my go to product on those days when I only want to put on one or two things. Great product. 

Now onto the gifts I received from Ulta after my above purchases

This is probably my least favorite product of the bunch. These are pre-moistened pads for eye makeup remover. I was teally excited to try them as I feel like my eye makeup is often the hardest to remove. However, I did not like the product once I tried them. I felt the pads were to moist and got everywhere. Even after trying to squeeze them out. And the liquid on the pads actually hurt my eyes. Maybe I don’t use them correctly but it seems impossible not to get a little in your eyes. And when that happens my eyes burn. They may work for some people but for me they did not.  Not a product I will be buying in the future. 

Next are these beautiful colors for your checks. I will admit I never wear anything on my cheeks bc they are always red due to my lupus. And I’m

Not good with blush vs highlighted.  (Like I said earlier this makeup business is pretty new to me). At any rate, I love these colors. I have been using the French Glow, which I’m thinking is more of a highlighter, and it’s beautiful. It takes some of the natural redness out of my cheeks and just gives me a really soft pretty glow!!  Another product I will buy in the future. 

On to this awesome eye shadow pallet. These colors are amazing. I didn’t get to pick them, but they are the colors I wear most with the exception of one. I have enjoyed this pallet. The colors are nicely pigmented and I don’t feel like I have to cake a ton on to get the look I’m going for. Very easy to layer and blend!!! 

Two of the three products Pictured here I love. The other isn’t for me. I had never really used any eye shadow primer and man I didn’t know what I was missing. The Ulta Beauty Nude Matte primer has been a game changer. It’s amazing that I can apply my eye makeup in the morning and it’s still in place and not all face by the end of the day!! What a difference it has made in my makeup game. The Ulta Beauty Amped Lashes Mascara is phenomenal!  I have really blonde lashes that you can hardly see, and with this mascara my lashes look full and voluptuous!!  The product that hasn’t been for me is the Ulta Beauty Medium Brow Tint. Like is said about my lashes my brows are also very very light. When I applied this tint it felt like it was WAY to dark and looked out of place on my brows. Not to say a different shade wouldn’t work better.  But for now the medium tint is much to dark.

Last but not least is this beautiful lip color, Ulta Beauty Matte Petal. When I first pulled it out of the package I thought. No way that’s wat to Dark I can never pull that off. Because I geberaly wear different variations of pink. But I tried it and LOVED it. My only complaint is that it doesn’t last very long. It seems like I am having to reapply within an hour or so. And I don’t have time to be reapplying lipstick all the time. Love the color just needs to be longer lasting. 

Here is a picture of the whole haul! Great products overall. And a line I would definitely recommend!!

The one thing I want you to get out of this blog isn’t necessarily about the makeup, although finding a new product to try is exciting. I want to to remember to DO YOU. Whatever that is. Do whatever makes you feel pretty. It doesn’t matter whether anyone else thinks you look gorgeous or not. It’s all about how you feel. And how it makes you feel on the inside.  So find a routine that works for you and make you feel pretty. That’s the takeaway. 

‘People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realising that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.’ Salma Hayek

Leave me a comment letting me know what makes you feel beautiful.  I can not wait to read them!

Xoxo, Amber 
*if you enjoy this types of blogs let me know. I may do more. 

Product Review

It’s time for another round of reviews of the products I received from the amazing owner of The Spoonique Boutique on Etsy. All of her products are homemade and amazing. I’ve yet to come across a product I didn’t like and if you remember she sent me a LOT of products. 

First we will start with BIRTHDAY CAKE candle.  Amazing, amazing smell!!!  Truthfully made me want to eat a cupcake, LOL. Was strong but not overbearing.  My only criticism,if you want to call it that, was that it didn’t seem to fill the whole room with the scent. Mainly, just the area where the candle was sitting.  And I like my candles to fill the whole trim. Some may not. That being said I would still buy another, simply because it smells so good. 

Next, I want to talk about the face masks. Both are AMAZING!!! They come in either calming scents or peppermint scent. My favorite was the calming scent.  The product went on so easily and provided a nice full coverage without feeling like your face was caked in mud. I usually left them on for about 15 minutes. And I was truthfully shocked at the results. I’ve used other masks in the past with little luck. But these made my face feel so amazingly soft. I have used them a couple more times and had the same result. She’s got a long time customer here. A+ on this product!!! 

Next on my list are the Foaming Bath Salts. These are a lot of fun and they smell amazing. They do just what what the label says they should. And makes taking a hot bath more fun and enjoyable. 

That leads me to the Himalayan Pink Salt Bath Scrub. This product is tremendous!! I have multiple rough areas on my body and after using these in the bath my skin was as smooth as a babies skin. And really a little goes quite a long way so this small container will last you awhile. The smell is tremendous as well.  Another product I will be buying in the future. 

Then the last couple of  products that I will be discussing today are soaps. The first one is the Goats Milk Sweet Pea Soap.  This is one of my favorite actual bar soaps I’ve found in awhile. Knowing that it is made clean and not with a ton of chemicals in it makes me even happier. But the small is great and it does good things for your skin.  After using it I felt very clean and my skin felt very smooth.  Another great product by this shop.  

The other soap that I have used from this shop I wasn’t as big of fan of and it make he the shape and size. I felt like I had a hard time holding on to it and so it was hard for it to do it’s job. But the product smelled wonderful and left a good after-shower smell!  Because of the Shea Butter it did leave my skin feeling smooth. If only I could have held on to it better. Lol 

I have a few more products to review but overall almost every product I’ve tried has been pretty fantastic! If you are interested let me know or you can find her on Etsy or Instagram @ Thespoonqiueboutique. 

I hope when you get your products you enjoy them as much as I do!! 

-Amber 

PRODUCT REVIEW 

So last week I received a TON of product from Tracy Wood and the Spoonique Boutique on Etsy and Instagram. She sent me everything from bath bombs to lip gloss. It will take me a LONG Time to use everything but I thought I would give a quick review of what I have used so far. 


This stuff is totally amazing. Put it on your lips and rub it in for a few seconds and then wipe it off and your lips will be soooooo soft. I do this a couple times a week. And I LOVE it!  

This lotion smells soooo good. And I have been using it on my feet. I have the driest feet this time of year and this has helped them to become so much softer. Would definitely recommend!

Maybe my favorite product yet. The pomegranate bath bomb!!! Totally amazing I can’t say enough good things about it. Smelled amazing and my skin felt super soft after I got out of the bath and I smelled amazing too!!! Two for one!!!! 

This little treasure is MY FAVORITE!!!!! Best facial mask I’ve ever tried!!!! I put it on before getting in the bath and let it sit. Then washed it off when I got out. OH MY GOSH. My face has never felt so smooth and amazing. I will definitely be buying this in bulk!!!!
So far everything I’ve tried has been great. So please head on over to Tracy’s shop on Etsy, The Spoonique Boutique and pick up some of her amazing products!  You won’t be disappointed!! 

(This is not a paid or sponsored  advertisement, this is a true rating based on my experience with the product) 
-Amber

Product Review

Over the last few months I’ve been trying to find products that make my daily life easier or better. When you have so much pain daily anything you can find that makes your day a little better is a bonus. So I’m going to talk about a few products I’ve been using lately in hopes that they help you in some way. 

The first one is MAGNESIUM LOTION by Life-Flo. This lotion contains magnesium and coconut oil so it’s helpful and super soft. One thing I love about it is the smell, it smells so clean and fresh. And due to the content of coconut oil it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.  I have a lot of pain in my hands, so for the last few days I’ve been using the lotion on my hands. And I can tell a big difference. My hands aren’t as stiff or painful when I use the lotion.  The direction says to use it in the morning and night. And reapply as needed. I purchased this off Amazon, you might be able to find it other places. But Amazon is just so easy. I  would  definitely give this product 5 stars!!!! Below is a picture of the bottle. 

The next product(s) I have fallen in love with are part of the Bath and Body Works Sleep line.  I have been using the Night Time Tea Lotion and body wash. This product contains Cedarwood and Orange essential oils.  The body wash is fabulous because you can use it as bubble bath. And it feels super luxurious. And the smell helps me to relax when I’m tense or anxious.  The lotion is just as good!!  I often times will put it on at night to enjoy the relaxing scents of the essential oils. The lotion is thick but not greasy, so you don’t feel all greasy before you get into bed.  I would give both of these products 5 stars!!  See pictures below. 

 

I hope you find this to be helpful. And if you chose to purchase the products that you enjoy them as much as I do.  If you ever used these or start using them comment and let me know what you think!!
-Amber