My New Favorite Bath Bombs: ReeRee’s Bath and Body

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(Listed Above: Lime bath bomb, Sweet Orange shower melt, Unicorn bath bomb, Lavender shower melt, Mermaid Tail shower melt, and Grapefruit shower melt)

Bath bombs are one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind. I love the way they add swirls of color and glitter to the bath, the serene spa-inspired scents and how soft my skin feels afterward.

I am excited to share my new favorite bath bomb brand -ReeRee’s Bath and Body! This indie beauty brand was engineered by my amazing sister, Heather Gooss. I have always admired her creative abilities and the way she infuses perfection and passion into her work.

So far I have tried the Mermaid Tail bath bomb. It smells so good -like the smell of ocean waves and cotton towels. I love the epsom salt in the bath bombs, and the gentle sea foam green the water changes to.

I can’t wait to try everything else! I am especially excited about the lime bath bomb. ❤

If you want to try a splash of awesomeness, you can purchase these as well as other bath bombs and shower melts at ReeRee’s Bath and Body Etsy shop. You can also follow Heather on Instagram, @reereegooss.

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Wild Field Soaps

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I just got back from a fantastic road trip! I went ruby mining and gold panning, and spent time with my family in Virginia. During my travels, I came across a farmer’s market in Franklin, North Carolina with a lovely soap shop!

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The name of the shop is Wild Field Soaps, and the owner is very sweet. She was easy to talk to and clearly has a strong passion for soap making. I love her emphasis on high quality, environment friendly ingredients. I bought a bar of the Mermaid Mojito soap, and can’t get enough of it! It smells beautiful and is so gentle on my skin. ❤

I also got samples of her Down to Earth, Dirty Mimosa and Lavender Bergamot soaps, which I can’t wait to try.

Wild Field Soaps can be found at the Franklin NC Farmer’s Market

Hours: Saturday 8 am-12 pm.
Address: 200 Block E Palmer Street in Franklin, NC 28734

You can check out the Wild Field Soaps facebook page to learn more!

5 Things I Am Loving

Hello friends. ☺️ It’s been a while since I have posted. So, without further ado, here’s a peek into my life and current loves.

1. Returning to Wellness

I have enjoyed this winter, and have left my sweet spot for my comfort spot. I am ready to get back into fitness amd healthy eating. Here are my two goals: complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Challenge and eat my recommended amount of vegetables.

2. Birthday Goodies

I had so much fun getting free birthday goodies! I received a Bite lipstick birthday from Sephora, and a mini Nars blush from Ulta. I also enjoyed two delicious pastries from Panera Bread.

3. Makeover at Sephora

I had a fun makeover at Sephora, where I was introduced to my perfect red lipstick. It is called Maneater by Smashbox, and is a metallic liquid lip. I will turn to this lipstick again and again!


4. Building A House!

Ben and I are building a house! I am ecstatic for the colors we have chosen, and most importantly, my chandelier. ❤

5. Before the Rain Falls

This novel is intense, beautiful and riveting. It is a story about a woman who is charged with murdering her sister and her journey as an inmate in the 1940s Texas prison system.

[Trigger Warning: There is a rape scene in the book. While it is handled with care and complexity, please keep this in mind while deciding on whether to read.]



And that’s it for now, my friends! What are some of your favorites at the moment?

$4 Nine West Boots!

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I found the most amazing pair of boots at my local Seeds of Hope thrift store! I got this pair of Nine West Boots for $4, during a 1/2 off shoes sale! These amazing suede boots  retail for approximately $70!

A couple of quick tips for buying boots at the thrift store!

  1. Wipe the interior with antibacterial wipes. For extra measure, use some Gold Bond inside the boots as well. Sanitation is key!
  2.  Make sure to look at the tread on the boots, and the condition of the zipper.

That’s it for now!

Zenni Optical Glasses

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I want to share one of my best kept secrets -Zenni Optical. People shower me with compliments and ask me where I bought my glasses all of the time.  I think my favorite compliment so far, has been, “Those green glasses just slay me!”

My green glasses have become part of my signature look, and are so fun to wear.

In fact, I love Zenni’s glasses so much, I now own three pairs.

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Shop my Glasses at Zenni Optical 🙂

 

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Shop my glasses at Zenni Optical 🙂

 

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Shop my glasses at Zenni Optical 🙂

I love that all of Zenni Optical’s glasses come with automatic uv protection.

Zenni now offers prescription sunglasses- a must have for my sensitive blue eyes. I can’t wait to order a pair!

If you are looking for trendy, affordable eye wear, I really recommend Zenni Optical. ❤

 

 

Blogger Spotlight: Looking Fly On A Dime

If you want to be like the greats, learn from the greats. –
Raphael Saadiq

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I have a few thrift blogs that I devour weekly, because I love them so much. One of them is called Looking Fly On A Dime, by blogger Patrice Williams. If you remember, I post previously about the book she wrote, also called Looking Fly On A Dime.

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Patrice J. Williams started her quest for budget friendly fashion during college and then plunged deep into the thrift world when she moved to NYC and began her career at a top fashion magazine. I love looking at the amazing outfits she comes up with –and I really love all the advice she gives on how to find your own clothing gems.She has a fun challenge, called #ThriftyThreads365, where she buys only previously used clothing for an entire year. I plan on taking up that challenge in 2017.

Since I love this blog so much, I would love to share a taste of her blog with you, so here are 3 of my favorite blog posts at Looking Fly On A Dime:

1. Thrift Shopping: How It Can Help and Hinder Your Personal Style : I love how she points out the pitfalls of thrifting and what you can do to avoid them.

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2. 7 Ways to Update Your Wardrobe without Spending a Dime : This was really good advice for me –sometimes you need to look at your wardrobe different and use a little creativity.

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3. How Creating A Thrift Wishlist Can Save You Time and Money : THIS! This advice is one of the hugest things that has helped me in my thrifting endeavors.

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Looking Fly On A Dime truly is an inspiration to me and enriches my life. Whenever I find hidden treasures, I feel the need to share with everyone!

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Disclaimer: I am not in any shape or form being compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Tuesdays With Heather Marie: Empties Review!

 

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Hello everyone!

I am excited to announce that I have a new blog post series in the making. Once a month, I will feature a guest post from Heather Marie! She will give reviews on beauty, fashion and other budget friendly products. Heather Marie is a wiz at finding great deals, and pretty much awesome all around. I promise I’m not biased -even if she is my little sister. 🙂

 

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For today’s post, Heather will be giving reviews on 5 beauty empties. In case you don’t know, an “empty” is a review on a completely finished product. Instead of a review at the initial buy, she can give you a much better picture of how that lipstick or skin care works.

Without further ado, let’s welcome Heather Marie!


 

A little about Heather:

 

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“My name is Heather Gooss and I’m a cook, a card crafter, a painter, an amateur pianist, a skilled movie watcher, and a book lover. Professionally, I’m almost done with my degree in applied mathematics and am working part time. While I’m not sure where I’m going in life right now, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the ride!”



Empty #1: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

 

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I bought this lotion with a coupon that made it free! I didn’t think much of it at first; I just bought it because it was free. However, the more I used it, the more I liked it. It is a very creamy lotion that feels very hydrating and luxurious. It is not greasy and has no real scent. I like to put it on before bed and allow it to soak in overnight. It makes a big different for my dry, cracked hands. I definitely plan to buy Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion again!

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!


 

Empty #2: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

 

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I was given this travel size skinny serum and have added it to my morning routine. I have medium to loose curls and normal hair, aka not fine nor thick. I think it helps with my hair not being too frizzy. However, I am not satisfied with using it alone. I use it in conjunction with a curl defining cream and hair spray. Since adding it to my routine, I feel like my hair stays styled longer. I will probably try an alternative when I replace this one.

Rating: Meh, It’s Okay…

 


 

Empty #3 Alba Botanica Hawaiian 3-in-1 Cleansing Towlettes in Deep Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

 

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I like using make removing/cleansing wipes each night to clean my face. I tried these because they were a dollar cheaper than my normal wipes (mentioned in the next review.) They cost $5.29 at a Walgreens in Washington State. I thought these were okay, but not ideal. I have very oily skin, so I thought they would be okay. But, they were more drying than I’d like. They removed my makeup but I had to rub a little harder than I have to with other wipes. I also noticed that I was getting a little more acne with them. I’m not sure if they wipes weren’t cleaning my face enough or if they solution on the wipes was irritating my skin or otherwise causing the acne. Either way, that was a bummer. Overall, I do not plan to buy these again.

Rating: Bottom of the Waste Basket! 

 


 

Empty #4: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Facial Wipes with Tea Tree Oil & Calendula

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These are by far my favorite face wipes! Again, I have very oily skin, and these clean me right up. I love how well they remove my makeup, which is a definite plus. They have a more greasy feel to them, however they do not give me acne. In fact, I’ve seen an improvement since I started using them. They have no real scent to them. Overall, having a simple routine for the evening helps me be more consistent with my skin care, and these are perfect. I will definitely buy the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Facial Wipes again!

Rating: A Beauty Must-Have!

 



And there you have it! 4 Fantastic Empty Reviews! We’ll see Heather Marie again in September!

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Note: Just so you know, this post includes affiliate links.   This helps me to find more hidden deals and review more fantastic beauty products! As always, I only link to beauty items that rate a Beauty Must-Have. Thanks for your support!