Thursday, July 29, 2010

Breakouts beware! - Bare Escentuals Special Offer

 Now through September 8, 2010 you can get a full size blemish therapy with brush and a SPF 20 Multi-tasking concealer aka Bisque, all for $36! Just use the coupon code: HEAL at checkout if shopping online at www.bareescentuals.com  or you can just go to your closest bare escentuals boutique. 

For more details, you can go: here! 

I have to say, Bisque is awesome and they have shades to suit all skin tones.  I normally mix Bisque with Summer Bisque and apply it right after foundation.

The blemish therapy is fabulous!  The best use for this blemish therapy is if you have one of those zits that hasn't quite surfaced yet but you know it is coming.  Apply this to it and you will wake up and no zit in sight.

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Sale at Yes to Carrots!

I have become a big fan of Yes to Carrots products. My all time favorites so far are their Lip Butters, Hand & Elbow Moisturizing Cream and  Yes to Cucumbers facial towlettes.


Right now, Yes to Carrots is having a big sale on select items.  You can save up to 30% off.  Just wanted to share the sale info with my readers as Yes to Carrots have some really great stuff.

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Leslie Blodgett - How I did it

Awesome article about Leslie Blodgett from Bare Escentuals and how she got where she is today. Click on the link and check it out!

How I Did It: Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals

A cosmetics queen and her loyal fans
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Where did this all get started? The story of my passion for going all natural

I did not grow up in a family who could buy the best products for their kids or who was heavily into designer make up.  I was not raised by earthy hippies who love all natural products and taught me all about them.  No, I was just a girl who bought Cover Girl and Maybelline when it was BOGO at Kmart with the money I made babysitting on weekends.  So how did that girl come to be this woman who is truly passionate about not using chemicals in anything used for cosmetics, skincare, haircare or bath & body?

It all started in the Spring of 1994.  I was a Junior in High School and was noticing that my lips were hurting.  They were itchy and seemed like they were cracking around the edges.  It did not look pretty and I had no idea what was happening.  I went to the Dr and was told that it was likely herpes, otherwise known as a cold sore, yay?  I used medications that burned and hurt and it seemed like it got a bit better over time but of course, not better in time for my senior pictures to be taken.  I somehow managed to get them calmed down enough and wore make up just right so you can't really tell how bay my lips were.  I moved on quickly as I thought nothing of it, aside from the trauma of needing to look good for my pictures.

As I grew older, I started to have these reactions more and more and the flare ups were worse and worse.  By the time I was in my 2nd year of college it was really bad.  My lips would obviously swell and puff up, the blistering & cracking was more severe and painful. There was redness all around my mouth.  My friend joked that it looked like I had a kool-aid stain.  Nothing seemed to help it go away.  I had no idea what was causing this.  Again, I went to a Dr.  He walked in, asked me what I thought I did.  I said, well I was out in the sun?  He said, don't do that anymore, handed me a prescription for hydrocortisone and left the room.  I was puzzled but went and picked up the hydrocortisone and suddenly, something worked.  It made my lip swelling go down, it finally made the intense itching go away.  Eventually, the cracks and blisters healed. After more of these reactions, I was starting to notice a pattern that did not involve the sun.  It was a lip balm I wore all the time.  I stopped wearing it and the reactions were almost gone.  I came to notice that these reactions came about anytime I wore something that said SPF on it. This made me start doing some research about SPF and I found out a lot about the chemicals used and that I was not the only person who had reactions to it.

When I was working on my BA in 2000, I took an advanced Psych course with an instructor who had severe life threatening allergy to "fragrance." Not just scents but anything with fragrance listed as an ingredient.  If you had anything on, she could tell and would ask you to leave class. I started to wear fragrance free deodorant and used all natural shampoo and conditioner on the days we had class.  She educated us what fragrance listed on something means.  It pretty much allows many chemicals to be lumped into an ingredient list by calling them "fragrance."  This peaked my interest in my move towards all natural even more.

I had a job at a daycare for a while and when the children went outside, they had to wear sunscreen.  I carried a baby and the next day, the entire arm that had been in contact with the baby was broken out in tiny itchy blisters.  That is when I knew, it was definitely SPF and I needed to get this checked out.  I went to a dermatologist for my reactions to SPF and of course, she was all out of the skin strip test. 

I kept doing research and started to read ingredients more.  I had seen Bare Escentuals on QVC a few times that year and finally in June 2001, I decided to give it a try by ordered the Summer in the City collection.  I have to say, I was hooked and I had no idea how good it was for me or that it was so natural. I  just thought it looked nice and fun and like something I would enjoy.  I had not worn much make up in years.  My skin was not looking too great. I was using harsh acne treatments and still not having much success.  I was able to wear all BE products except their Vitamin E sticks which had SPF.

When I went to Hofstra University for Grad School in Art Therapy, I decided to find a dermatologist down there.  I got the strip test on my back and let me tell you it was not fun.  They tape it to your back and you have to leave it on for days and not get it wet.  I was insanely itchy and uncomfortable but I did get diagnosed with lots of chemical allergies.  Of course, none of these explained the SPF reactions.  Apparently, I am allergic to a handful of chemicals but I am also chemically sensitive so even if I am not technically allergic, I am having a bad reaction.  This was when the new me was born. Another reason for me to be so sensitive emotionally to the thought of chemicals going into my system is that I lost my brother to cancer when I was 18.  Childhood cancers rarely have an official cause and I often wonder if it can be related to environmental toxins. 

I did more and more research on products I could use and could wear.  I wore more and more Bare Escentuals and loved it.  I found a sensitive formula sunscreen from Neutragena that was good for the time being.  Eventually I grew more aware of new products on the market and now I even have my BF using chemical free or low chemical products.

This is the story of how I got started.  Now I am at the point where even if I don't react to something, if it contains chemicals, particularly ones that contain ingredients on my "avoid list" I still choose all natural.  Of course, even natural things can be bad for you or cause an allergic reaction (too much of a good thing, etc.) but wouldn't you rather have your body exposed to natural products? All the make up, lotion, skincare, haircare, etc that we use absorbs into our system and becomes part of us.  It is just as important as the food we eat. 

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Beauty Au Natural blog has a facebook page

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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Federal Legislation

As someone who is passionate about removing chemicals from beauty products and using all natural items for cosmetics, skincare, haircare, bath & body products, I think this sounds like it could be an excellent thing. Go make your opinion known!

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Federal Legislation

For the first time in 70 years, Congress is ready to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the products we use on our bodies every day.

What's in the Legislation?
According to our understanding of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, provisions of the legislation would:
  • Phase out ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;
  • Create a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations;
  • Close labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company web sites, including the constituent ingredients of fragrance and salon products;
  • Give workers access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;
  • Require data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing;
  • Provide adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry; and
  • Level the playing field so small businesses can compete fairly.
What You Can Do
Ask your U.S. Representative to support the Safe Cosmetics Act. Congress needs to know that this issue is important to constituents!
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Double Dipping and Mineral Make Up

People often comment on my flawless application or my excellent blending and I think part of the secret is something I always thought I did because I was lazy.  I double dip!  I think this is a bad habit I picked up studying painting in college LOL My pour messy paint brushes!

Double dip? What are you talking about Heather? Well, I use the same brush for majority of my eye colors. There is a trick to getting this to work. You have to start with the lightest color and move gradually towards the darkest. If you need to go light again, you have to pull out another brush.

An example: For the video and photo look that I posted yesterday, BE congo, vine, gracious & root my brush use was as follows.

I used the Bare Escentuals Contour Shadow Brush.  I first used it to apply Congo from lash to brow until I was satisfied.  Then I used the same exact Contour Shadow brush to apply Vine to my lids.  After that, I moved darker and used the same brush again to apply Gracious to the crease & V.   I double dip! Actually, you could probably call this triple dipping if you want to get technical.  I then used the flat edge liner brush to wetline Root and the long handled Blending Brush to blend.


Some tips if you plan to try double dipping:

Make sure majority of the eye color is gone from the brush before dipping in the next color.  A little bit is okay, I think it might be the secret to things looking more blending but too much of the previous color will change the color you are applying and it will be less consistent when you go to apply on the other eye since you will probably have more of the darker color and less of the lighter color. 

Never go from dark to light.  The darker colors will make the lighter colors muddier or will overpower them.

Never double dip if foiling.  If you are foiling, it is best to use multiple brushes or save the foiling for the last darkest color. Having the brush damp for foiling will interfere with how easy it is to switch colors.

Don't jump too far in color families.  If you are going really colorful with colors from all over the rainbow in your look, you probably want to use multiple brushes.  If using a beige and some greens, you should be okay or a pink and then some purples you should be okay. Keep your colors close in range for double dipping.


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Photos from look in video - BE congo, vine, gracious & root

I am wearing:
  • BE Brightening Prime Time face primer
  • BE Foundation in Fairly Light
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Tinted Feather Light MV
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Optimist Blush
  • BE Clear Radiance & Well Rested on eyes lash to brow
  • BE Congo lash to brow
  • BE Vine on lids
  • BE Gracious in Crease & V
  • BE root wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lipstick in French Pastry


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Bare Escentuals - My first video! Congo, Vine, Gracious & Root



I have to say it was fun to make and this is still new to me and I consider it practice.  I used my Canon camera to film it.  Not entirely easy to apply and look at the camera but look at a mirror too.  I am sad it came out so pixely but it is a learning experience.  Next time I will try to film right on my macbook!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Facebook fan Lush contest! What's new at Lush?



HEAD-TO-TOE SUMMER LAUNCHES

Soothe, scent and show off skin
The scents associated with summer are perfunctory – the ocean air, fresh flowers and all-time LUSH favorite, freshly cut grass. We love it so much that we bottled it up and threw in loads of other beneficial ingredients for extra sun-kissed skin. LUSH Grass Shower Gel ($9.95 / $18.95 / $29.95) is loaded with wheatgrass juice that is packed full of enzymes, proteins, minerals, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. This soothing shower gel also contains sandalwood oil that balances the skin and an uplifting blend of bergamot and neroli oils that will brighten your day even more than the shining sun shining.
From weekends away to dinners with friends, summer activities are endless and leave hardly any time for primping. Make it quick and easy with LUSH Ultrabalm ($12.95), a multi-purpose answer to all skincare needs. This eco-friendly miracle does was petroleum jelly does without the petroleum! Instead, this balm has an emollient base of jojoba oil, rose and candelilla waxes that make it perfect for lips, dry skin, cuticles, shaping brows, smoothing rough skin on heels and elbows, and calming sunburns.
With summer comes the ultimate exposure, literally. Dare to bare skin and expose those buxom bosoms with confidence. LUSH Lovely Jubblies ($24.95) (not available on the website yet) has meadowsweet infusion and tiger lily petals to tighten and firm the tissue. Your bosom buddies will be happily nourished with beeswax, cocoa butter and organic oils like evening primrose, almond and avocado that deeply soften skin. The organic oils give skin nutrients and work to soothe, protect and condition skin. The feminine scent includes rose as well as sensual jasmine and ylang ylang, which are well known aphrodisiacs, so your bared skin won’t be the only thing tantalizing...the sun that is.

Shiny, happy hair
LUSH is rocking out to a little R&B this summer and we don’t mean music. LUSH’s version of R&B ($18.95) is a hair finisher that Revives and Balances all hair types (including ethnic), making coarse tresses manageable and moisturized. When three of our store staffers (who are some of our best customers) told us about the lack of products that deal with hair ethnic hair that becomes dry, frizzy and splits, we decided to come to their rescue. So, we worked with them to create a hair moisturizer chock-fill of softening and conditioning ingredients such as oat milk, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado butter, jojoba oil, and candelilla wax. The result? LUSH-trous locks that are silky, shiny and ready for a close up!
Available from July 12, 2010.
 
LUSH TURNS UP THE HEAT...WITH NEW AT-HOME SPA PRODUCTS

Brimstone Body Scrub $4.95
Brimstone is a deeply fragrant, invigorating body scrub that delivers nourishment the skin needs. Much like natural sulphur springs, sulphur powder conditions skin and cleanses with its antibiotic and antiseptic properties. The super mineral is found in every cell of the human body, mostly in our skin, hair and nails and does everything from increase circulation to clear problem skin. Combined with cleansing China clay, exfoliating sea salt and calming hemp oils, skin is led back onto the path of righteousness. Plus, the blend of lemongrass, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang essential oils leave a delicate floral scent on the skin – leaving you “brimming” with pride! (Vegan)
To Use: Wet scrub and body, gently rub in circular motions around body for the ultimate exfoliation. Use one per shower or bath. If used in the tub, the left over sea salt makes a lovely, detoxifying soak.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Fine Sea Salt, Kaolin, Organic Cold-Pressed Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Citric Acid, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Sulphur Powder, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool

Glorious Mud Body Mask $5.95
Rub this dynamic, fizzy mask of Rhassoul mud all over your body for the ultimate skin soothing treatment. The aloe vera calms skin and creates a natural barrier against harmful environmental elements effects, mineral-rich Rhassoul mud deeply cleanses and draws out any impurities, while sesame oil soothes skin and attracts toxins so they can be washed away. And the glorious scent of vanilla leaves senses satisfied and skin nourished. (Vegan)
To Use: Wet block and gently rub mask in circular motions around body, let dry and then rinse off for the ultimate skin soothing treatment. One block will last for 2-3 treatments and can be used in the shower, bath or sauna.
Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cold-Pressed Sesame Oil (Sesamum indicum), Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Perfume, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, *Limonene
Available from July 12, 2010.



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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bare Escentuals look with Ecstasy, Intuition & Smoky Sequins

I attempted to make a video today for the first time, it was a good practice run. I might be able to edit it and get what I want out of it but for now I am looking at is as practice.  It doesn't help that I got distracted when the BF walked in eating pancakes and trying to chat LOL I never bothered to tell him I was filming.

I am wearing:
  • BE Brightening Prime Time for face
  • BE foundation in Fairly Light
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Tinted Feather Light MV
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Papaya Blush
  • BE Clear Radiance mixed with Well Rested from lash to brow
  • BE Ecstasy from lash to brow
  • BE Intuition in crease & V
  • BE Smoky Sequins wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lipgloss in Berry Rush


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Friday, July 23, 2010

Bare Escentuals Look - Siren, Peacock, Suspense & Biscotti

I am wearing:
  • BE Brightening Prime Time face primer
  • BE Fairly Light Foundation
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as Concealer
  • BE Tinted Feather Light Mineral Veil
  • BE Warmth
  • BE So Fab Blush
  • BE mix of Well Rested and Clear Radiance on eyes, lash to brow
  • BE Sired from lash to just above crease
  • BE Peacock in crease & V
  • BE Suspense Wetlined
  • BE Biscotti 100% Natural Lipgloss
  • BE Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black



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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bare Escentuals look with Strawberry Mousse, Non-fat Candy, Rock Candy & Brocade

What a busy blog day! I finally had time to take pics before I left for work.

I am wearing:
  • BE Brightening Prime Time for face
  • BE Foundation in Fairly Light
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as Concealer
  • BE Tinted Feather Light Mineral Veil
  • BE Warmth
  • 100% Pure Blush in Strawberry
  • BE Strawberry Mousse from lash to brow
  • BE Non-fat Candy in crease & V (looked smokier in person, must be the flash washed it out?)
  • BE Brocade wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • BE Lipstick in Rock Candy



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30% off Bare Escentuals for only 4 hours today!

From a BE Facebook Announcement:
Check it out—today for four hours only, get 30% off select goodies. Go to http://bit.ly/9h33Av from 3-7 p.m. PDT. (6pm EST)
 
I am not affiliated with Bare Escentuals but I still love them! 
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All about Badger - Healthy Body Care

Badger is a family run company that sells awesome organic items. They are based in New Hampshire and their facility is referred to as the Badger Mines. It all started with a balm for a carpenter's dry cracked hands. They started selling Healthy Body Care products in 1995. You can find badger at www.badgerbalm.com 

"Badger now features the world’s most unique variety of USDA Certified Organic Problem-Solving Balms for body-mind-spirit healing. Simple, hardworking blends of chemical-free, 100% natural, & organic ingredients. The best stuff for your skin."

 Badger adheres to the USDA Organic Standard so they offer quality organic ingredients.  Over 90% of Badger’s products are 99% to 100% USDA Certified Organic. This guarantees that the utmost care was taken in the sourcing, selection and preparation of our ingredients. Their lip balms are now made with fair trade certified cocoa butter.  Thier SPF lip blam is not USDA organic certified because zinc oxide is considered a "non-agricultural" ingredient.

Badger still sells their healing balms in all varieties.  They also sell moisturizers, suncare, baby care, lip care, oils, body butters, soaps and aromatherapy. Badger's sunscreens have the highest ratings for safety and effectiveness by the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Safety Database! These sunscreens protect you from both UVA and UVB rays with mineral Zinc Oxide. They also contain Organic Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter & Shea Butter to moisturize your skin while protecting it.

I personally love their lip balms and sunscreens and plan to try many more of their products.  I think the aromatherapy items look fantastic.

If you are interested in buying Badger products, check this part of their site out: Where to buy.  They have an online store but also list stores that sell their products if you want to find someone close to home.  I also have to say, if you have any questions, they are extremely friendly and quick to get back to you.  Quick, everyone, run out and find a badger!



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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My first Buxom - Trixie

I have to confess, I have never worn a single Buxom product.  When the lip glosses first came out I was scared as I tend to have reactions to many products and had been sticking with natural products only.  I used to have horrible skin reactions to products, especially on my lips so I wanted to be extra careful with them. I would sell or gift any Buxoms that I received in kits.  Now that the Buxom line is getting bigger (see Sephora.com) I have been getting more and more tempted to try their products.  I looked at the ingredients and they are free of many of the bad ingredients I avoid.  Sadly, the thing I wanted to try most, the lipsticks (in pencil form) have soy in them.  I am allergic to soy so to stay safe, I will avoid this until I get re-tested at the allergist in 6 months.  I also need to avoid the Lashliners for now, they also contain soy.  A good BE friend, Rachel, sent me a Buxom lip gloss in Trixie and it arrived today.  I decided to wear it around the house tonight, just to be safe.  So far so good.  Darn it, another addiction!

What do you think?


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Bare Escentuals - Babies think it tastes yummy

Thought I would share a pic that makes me laugh.  This is my adorable nephew Oliver, Ollie for short.  His mommy is my best friend.  While I was holding him, he decided to try to eat my face!  The pic looks more like a kiss but I assure you that I am lucky I don't have a hickey on my cheek right now LOL His mom commented later that he was sparkly.  Must have been from the Tinted Feather Light Mineral Veil.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Got a haircut while wearing the Bare Escentuals Big, Bright, and Bold Collection

Went to get a haircut today and decided it was the perfect day to wear my newest BE collection.  I love it!  I even got compliments on it.

I am wearing:
  • BE Brightening Prime Time for face
  • BE foundation in fairly light
  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE warmth 
  • BE Tinted Feather Light Mineral Veil
  • BE Prime Time for Eyes
  • BE Limelight on lids
  • BE Vivid in crease & outer 1/3 of lid & V
  • BE B&B Liner in Indigo
  • BE Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lipstick in French Pastry
 Before Haircut:
After Haircut and Blowing hair straight:
I am not affiliated with Bare Escentuals. I purchased this item for personal use.
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Bare Escentuals shout out on Twitter!

I saw on twitter that Bare Escentuals recommended that people follow me on twitter!  I have to admit, I had no idea what the whole #FF was about but I looked it up and realized, holy cow! BE just suggested that people follow me along with DKNY and Kim Kardashian!

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Bare Escentuals Ink, Midnight & Indigo liner comparison

With the recent Big & Bright liners from Bare Escentuals all being blueish or purplish, I figured people might want to see a comparison. Unfortunately, they are all pretty different and pretty pretty!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bare Escentuals Big, Bright, and Bold Collection

I got my Bare Escentuals Big, Bright, and Bold Collection today and I was super excited.  If ever there was a kit made for me, this has purple and green eye colors with a deep purple liner. Leslie kept mentioning the colors on Facebook and then I saw the pic of the kit in one of the photos of her BE stash.  I was waiting for it to come out.  I had to get it and the price can't be beat!

It is available at www.qvc.com for only $18.24  Item # A203773
This is a 4-piece collection with full size items.  Awesome deal and these colors are amazing.  I can't wait to wear them.

Here are some pics!
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My Atlantic City Lush Haul

During my quick stop in Atlantic City I made sure to stop at Lush at the Pier Shops at Caesar's. I had a coupon too, woohoo! Here is what I got:

1 - Sole Revival Foot pack - contains 7 foot products for only $20! You get a volcano foot mask, 2 little feet bath bombs, Running to the Embassy Body Butter, Pied de Piper Foot Lotion, Fair Trade Foot Lotion, Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (Best part is that my BF saw the ad for this in the window and pointed it out to me right away LOL)

2 - MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melts (best smelling bath EVER!!!)

1 - Floating Island Bath Melt

1 - Dreamtime Bath Melt

1 - Mint Julip Lip Scrub (Holy WOW this is amazing!)



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Monday, July 12, 2010

My mini-vacation to the Jersey Shore - Wildwood NJ

After I finally bought my car, we knew we could still go on a mini-vacation during the week we both took off a while ago.  I had compiled a list of possible places to go, in decent driving distance and we looked them all over.  The winner was Wildwood NJ & the Jersey Shore.  It is funny, my last car's first roadtrip was to King of Prussia in PA and over to Atlantic City NJ.  This time my new car went to the whole Jersey Shore.

We got the last room at this cool retro motel called the Caribbean. It was such a fun place and the people were very nice.  It was one of our top 2 choices but the other motel, though it looked nice, had come reviews about the lady who runs the place being a bit nasty.  She had asked me our ages when she emailed me back which struck me as odd and even though I told her our ages and that we are quiet, we still look pretty young and funky so I was worried she would not like us LOL  We made the right choice.  Our room was on the 2nd floor overlooking the pool.  I always found a parking spot where my car was covered in the shade, one spot per room.  The pool was a cool crescent shape and though it was smallish, it is perfect.  They have tons of lounge chairs and chairs outside your room.  Unfortunately, people from another room were almost always in the chair outside our room so we never really sat out there.  We did, however, use the pool and chairs down there.  On the rare occasion the pool seemed quieter (a large extended family was staying at this time and generally took over the pool and patio area) we would go swimming to cool off.  We were on the Jersey Shore where it is known for being hot during the East Coast heat wave.  We almost always needed to cool off LOL  

This motel is pretty funky, all retro doo-wop, even the rooms.  Here are some pics:


On the first day, we went to the Boardwalk after getting settled in.  We walked and walked in the heat.  We were already exhausted from the drive down and just trying to find some food and hopefully air conditioning.  Usually I plan this stuff better but I wanted to wing it, we learned this first night that we better at least plan possible places to eat since you can check reviews online and never know what you might get otherwise.  We ate at Stewarts of Wildwood (as in Stewarts Root Beer).  The food was good but a bit much for my tummy.  I got a Buffalo Chicken sandwich and asked for no cheese but I am pretty sure there was blue cheese on the bottom.  Luckily, it was so spicy, I didn't eat much of the bottom. I took a pic of myself and I look frazzled and soaked with sweat so I know I was tired and way too hot.  We walked the boardwalk and took the tram car back to the other end and hobbled to the motel.

I knew I had to go swimming so I went in the pool while the BF played on his netbook poolside.  He won't swim if there are many people in the pool, I was too hot to care.  After we cooled off, we went out for a late dinner.  We ended up walking to Duffer's Restaurant and Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor.  They have an outside ice cream parlor, mini golf and an arcade and gift shop so this place was pretty booming. We got a table after a little wait and ordered some dinner.  I got what I would normally call a French Dip but it had a different name on the menu.  The BF got a sandwich, can't remember what.  Then we shared some BBQ Babies which are dough rolled BBQ pulled pork that get fried.  Very unusual contrast of flavors and textures but I liked it.  I kept staring at the sundae counter in awe.  My dairy allergy and lactose intolerance said NO NO NO but my eyes said YES! I was a good girl and didn't get anything but I had to have a taste of my BF's peanut  butter chocolate ice cream.  He ordered a single scoop and got about 3! We walked back to the motel and relaxed in the air conditioning for the night.

On day 2 we needed breakfast.  I took the BF to a place called Larkins.They have been around since 1950 and are truly old school retro.  We had a nice quiet breakfast, very basic but there is nothing wrong with that.  I got french toast & bacon and I love that they use cinnamon as much as I do when I make it.  After Larkins, we knew we wanted to go fudge shopping.  I drove over to the road here the best rated fudge shops were and we parked, paid the meter (shocked to see you could pay it by cell phone if you wanted LOL) and walked over to Laura's Fudge and then the Fudge Factory on the Boardwalk. We rushed back to the car with barely a second to spare before the meter ran out, then back to the hotel to get our fudge in the cool AC as soon as we could.

After that, we knew it was too hot to go to the beach (especially for the BF who has trouble with the bright sun).  We decided it was time to drive up to Margate and see Lucy the Elephant.  We just missed the tour at that time so we waited for the next one.  They have a tour every half hour.  We got a water ice to kill time and snapped some pics.  We saw a bunch of people leave from the first tour and somehow, we were the only ones for the 2pm tour.  We had a private tour of Lucy, pretty cool.  We climbed up into her belly and got to watch a video about her history.  Then we looked out the windows that are her eyes.  After that, we climbed up top to stand on her back and see the view of the town of Margate and the Atlantic Ocean.

We drove back towards our motel and I stopped to buy my ticket to the Silver Bullet.  I badly wanted to go but the BF dislikes boats, especially speed boats so he said it was ok if I wanted to go alone and I did.  What a fun time!  It is a speed boat ride, a dolphin seeing tour, and a fun cruise all in one.  We got to see the bay, the whole coastline of Wildwood, some dolphins in the water and got splashed too!
After the 90 min boat ride I was starving.  I went back to the motel to get the BF and we went back to the Boardwalk.  This time we ate at the DooWop Diner and it was so good.  I got thePorky Pig (BBQ Pulled Pork on a bun with fries) and the BF got At the Hop (Grilled chicken with bacon, onion rings, jack and
American cheese smothered with BBQ sauce on a bun with fries). Now that was a satisfying dinner.  Just a sidenote: if you accidentally find a french fry in your pulled pork sandwich, leave it there, it is quite yummy!

We wandered the boardwalk, took the tram car and I played a quarter toss game.  I only let myself toss 4 quarters, why keep trying to keep losing? LOL I wanted to play a water pistol game but the BF kept insisting if just the 2 of us played, they would make us wait for more people.  I don't think so but he would not listen, oh well.  We did a little cheesey tourist shopping.  After that long day in the heat and boat ride I was pretty tired.  We walked back to the motel and rested as much as we could.

On to the third day. We went back to Duffer's for breakfast.  No wait this time.  I got french toast and bacon (again).  Not bad but nothing exciting to write home about.  After Duffer's, we headed to the beach at Wildwood Crest.  Did I mention it is only a block from our motel.  Mind you, the walk on the beach to get close to the water is a lot more than a block.  Wow, did I love this beach.  I  have not been to many coastal beached but out of all of them, this is my asbolute favorite.  The sand was soft and white.  The sand under the water was smooth.  I hate it when my feet get stuck on rocks or plants or something else under the water.  That did not happen here. I went out into the waves a couple times to cool off and it felt great.  I loved not wishing I had aqua shoes on and after last year when waves pushed rocks on my foot and scraped it up at Rehoboth Beach in DE, I loved feeling safer here.  After the BF had enough of the sun, we headed back to the motel and jumped in the pool.  It felt nice to have the pool to just us.  We showered and got dressed and headed out to get a cooler for the drive home so the fudge and chocolate would not melt.  We drove around to see what was around and headed to Cool Scoops for lunch. We didn't see any indication that they had more food like shown on their website menu so we just got hot dogs in hot rods (hot dogs with chips served in a hot rod).  The food was not bad.  I enjoyed the hot rod while sitting in a retro car turned booth.  I so badly want one for my future house! They had dairy free ice cream so woohoo I got some.

From here we went back to the motel and headed to Cape May for Washington Street Mall shopping.  We found it okay though it was a little hard to find parking, not too bad.  We walked and looked in the shops.  I got some fun stuff at Bath Time and Just for Laughs. We got a ton of popcorn and kettlecorn at Cape May Popcorn & Pizza and Best Darn Kettlecorn. From there we walked over to the coast and took pics of the beach and looked in the beach side shops before heading back to the car.  I found a cool little jewelry shop called Summer Shine Jewels and got a pair of earrings and a necklace. 
We headed back to Wildwood and eventually went to Li'l Kurtz's Seafood for dinner.  We ate at a picnic table on the bay right after sunset.  It was really nice.  The poor BF ordered deep fried soft shell crab and did not realize it would be the WHOLE crab deed fried LOL He said it was hard to eat but tasty.  I got fish n chips.  After dinner, we went back to the Boardwalk one last time.  We took pics of everything lit up at night, we got dessert.  The BF got an apple & cinnamon crepe and I got a Dutch Ice in blue raspberry.  I felt sad knowing this was our last night at the boardwalk.  I still could not convince my BF to play a stupid water pistol game with me so we took the tram car back and relaxed at the hotel and started to pack our bags.
 
The last day was here.  We checked out and walked to Wildwood Crest beach to snap some pictures.  Then we headed to breakfast at the Star Diner & Cafe.  By far the best breakfast of the trip!!! Guess what I ate?  French toast with bacon LOL  I am a creature of habit.  After our delicious breakfast, we headed to Atlantic City.  My BF had a sun allergy reaction from the day before so he was miserable and it was roasting hot out.  All the statues at Caesars were dressed like cooks or chefs because Food Network was coming later this month so that was fun for some pics. We went to the Pier Shops at Caesars first.  I got a coupon book at the main desk with my AAA card which gave me a discount at It's Sugar (where they had a Lucy the Elephant made of jellybeans!) and Lush, woohoo! I got candy and bath stuff.  Then we watched some of the water show in the Pier Shops and headed out to the boardwalk until the BF could not take it anymore.  We walked to the Atlantic City outlets and I got a nice bag at Fossil. Even though I would have liked to have seen or done more, I didn't want my BF to melt or get sick so we headed home. 


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