Lush Bath Haul!

Lush Bath Haul

 

I’m a little ashamed to say that I’m late hopping on the lush bandwagon. I’ve heard the rave reviews for years now but I’ve been a little stubborn at deciding to finally try it out. I convinced myself that it was all just hype. Well, the other day I was doing some online shopping (guilty habit of mine) and was browsing through the lush website and I don’t know what changed my mind, but I decided to try out some of their bath products.

I had to order them online because there isn’t a store anywhere near where I live (sad face). As a first time Lush product tester (my own self title), I’m going to give you my first impression and likes and dislikes of the product in case you’re like me and still hadn’t tried it yet and need some convincing. I decided for my first time, I would only get the bath bombs and bubble bars.

Lush Collage 4

 

On the left is the assortment of products I purchased before I unwrapped them. On the right are the products placed into my bath bin in my new bathroom (sneak peak for you). The bath bombs I purchased are: Twilight, Sex Bomb, Big Blue, Honey Bee, Butterball and the Pop in the bath bubble bar. As an added bonus, Lush included a small sample of the Miranda soap.

Butterball

 

First product up is the Butterball bath bomb. It was much smaller in size than the other bath bombs, but as far as smell, it was my third favorite!

Lush Collage 3

 

Big Blue has to be my second favorite scent of all the bath bombs. I wasn’t sure what the bubble bars where, but I know I wanted to try one so I decided to go with pop in the bath.

Lush Collage 1

 

Twilight was the first and only bath bomb I’ve tried so far because I didn’t want to use them all up in one day. I liked the scent of twilight because of it’s floral scent but it’s not like the musky floral smell that your grandmother might have wore, it’s a delicate floral scent. I still haven’t used the miranda soap yet, but will update you when I do.

Lush Collage 2

 

Ok so I’ve seen and heard a lot of reviews on Sex Bomb so I’m really eager to try it. It will probably be the next one I try. It also has a floral scent like Twilight but I stated before, it’s delicate. Honey Bee has to be my absolute favorite scent out of all of them! As the name suggests, Honey Bee has has slight honey smell but not in a overbearing, really sweet way. That’s why I think everyone loves Lush so much. They’re scents are amazing!

Lush Collage 5

 

You know that I couldn’t do this post without showing off the Twilight bath bomb I tried. I used the whole bath bomb, although I’ve heard that a lot of people like to only use half and save the other half for later. When I put it in the bath, it started turning a rosy pink color and then as it got closer to the middle of the bomb, the water turned blue and then purple. One thing I really noticed that surprised me was that the bomb made my water so moisturizing and made my skin feel so soft!

I’m so happy that I decided to finally purchase these products because now I’m obsessed (which may be a bad thing)! I will definitely be purchasing more of these products in the future! I hope you enjoyed this post and if you’re still on the fence about buying Lush products, then I hoped this gave you a more informed decision as to whether or not to buy it!

Have you ever tried Lush Products? If so, which are your favorites? Tell me below!

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Favorite Fall Inspired Looks

Favorite Fall Inspired Looks

 

Yesterday, for the first time in what felt like forever, I could feel a presence of fall in the air. Living in the south, summer’s can be almost unbearable sometimes purely due to the insane humidity we have here. For the past three months temperatures here have reached in the high 90s to low 100s. Pretty much every day felt like I was boiling as soon as I stepped out of the front door. Well, let me tell you, that was not the case yesterday.

There was a cool breeze all day long and the temperatures had finally dropped to the upper 70s. I don’t know about you but when the temperature starts to drop, I get that familiar feeling you get every year when things start to turn colder and the leaves start to change. That feeling always brings to mind the smell of pumpkin spice, the feeling of cozy sweaters and that faint tingle of chill in the air. I FREAKING LOVE IT!

Besides Christmas, fall is my favorite time of the year. Especially when it comes to clothing. I just feel like you can do more with your wardrobe when its cold out. You know, layering and what not. Since I felt the nostalgia of fall, I thought I would go ahead and do a post on some of my favorite fall inspired looks. Most of these come from Pinterest (one of my favorite places) and Instagram.

Skater Skirt Styled For Fall

 

Skater Skirt Styled For Fall pic

{  Source : gurl.com   }

High Waisted Burgundy Skinny Jeans

High Waisted Burgundy Skinny Jeans

Cozy Mustard Sweater

Cozy Mustard Sweater

{  Source: Stylecaster   } 

Plaid Blanket Scarf

Plaid Blanket Scarf

Source: Life With Emily  }

Charcoal Tweed Coat

Grey Tweed Coat W: Wellies

{  Source: Sortra   }

Floral Patterned Dress

Floral Patterned Dress For Fall

{  Source:  Fash For Fashion  }

Black Wool Hat & Blue Coat

Black Wool Hat

Source:  Lookastic  }

Looking at all of these really makes me excited for fall! Are you ready for fall? Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!

Are you ready for fall? What is your favorite season? Tell me below!

 

Fried Chicken: Recipes For The Crispy, Crunchy, Comfort-Food Classic By Rebecca Lang

Guess what time it is?!?!? That’s right, I’m doing another cookbook review. You didn’t think I was done with that did you? haha. Today, I’m going to be talking about a book I received a few weeks ago called Fried Chicken by Rebecca Lang. Of course, as the title suggests, this is a book about fried chicken.

Fried Chicken By Rebecca Lang

I’ve been meaning to do this review when I first received it a few weeks back, but as you probably know (if you follow my posts), I’ve been in the middle of moving lately, so my blog had sort of fallen to the wayside for a little while. However, I am doing it now, so better late than never right?

Growing up in the south, as I did, you kind of get used to eating certain types of foods. I can’t speak for all southerners, but the common consensus is the greasier the better. Biscuits, gravy, grits, sausage, and yes fried chicken. I’m not your “typical” southerner. I like chicken just as much as the next person, but it’s not my favorite. My absolute favorite food is Italian. I could eat it all day everyday for the rest of my life if someone asked me to. But when it comes to chicken I like it only on certain occasions. To be honest, I’ve never made fried chicken before in my life.

That’s what I love about this book. Rebecca makes it super easy to learn and there are a wide variety of recipes than just your typical fried chicken. I read through and found some of my favorites and want to share them with you.

Cornmeal - Crusted Chicken W White Barbecue Sauce

Fried Chicken Cookbook 8

 

Sage & Apple-Brined Fried Chicken

 

Fried Chicken Cookbook 1

 

Creole Chicken And Buttermilk Waffles

 

Fried Chicken Cookbook 2

 

Chicken-Fried Chicken W Purple Hull Relish

 

Fried Chicken Cookbook 3

Beer-Battered Chicken Sandwich

 

Fried Chicken Cookbook 4

 

Mexican Lime Fried Chicken Tacos

 

Fried Chicken Cookbook 5

Korean-Style Fried Chicken W Gochujang Sauce

 

Fried Chicken Cookbook 6

I haven’t had the chance to try any of these yet, but I’m planning on making at least one this weekend! Thanks so much for reading my review and I hope you enjoyed it.

Have you ever made fried chicken before? Which is your favorite recipe? Tell me below!

***This is a sponsored post. I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

 

 

Red Velvet Cake 2 edited

 

**Edit: Keeping with this week’s theme of throwbacks, I thought I would “resurrect” this old post I did on red velvet cake. It’s from earlier this year. I hope you enjoy! **

I love this cake anytime of the year, but I think we mostly see this as a Christmas dessert. Yes? No?

The color red though, makes this, in my opinion, easily interchangeable with Valentine’s Day and given that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (6 days to be exact), I think Red Velvet Cake is a perfect thing to make to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Or chocolate. You could always go that route, either way I won’t judge you.

 

My favorite part about Red Velvet Cake is the cream cheese frosting. I’m kind of obsessed with cream cheese and the recipe I’m going to share with you features a cream cheese frosting with pecans. It’s a recipe that has been passed down from my grandmother.

 

The recipe for this delicious cake is below. Let me know what your favorite Valentine’s Day treat is in the comments below!

 

As always thanks for reading!

Red Velvet Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Channing
Decadent, Rich, Classic Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting and pecans.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups Self Rising Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • Red Food Coloring (as desired)
  • [For Frosting]
  • 1 box white powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg of cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together; Grease a 9×9 inch pan with butter (or crisco) to keep the cake from sticking.
  2. Pour the mixture into cake pans.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees till cake begins to brown a little on top, then turn the top of the oven on and brown cake on top.
  4. When brown, take out of the oven and set aside.
  5. Then carefully turn cake over onto a plate and let cool before frosting.
  6. For the frosting – mix all the ingredients together and frost cake when cake is cool. Enjoy!
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My New Obsession: Aquarium Nails!

I recently came across an article talking about aquarium nails and my interest was peaked. Now I’m normally I’m a no fuss kind of girl when it comes to my nails. A couple of coats of nail polish and I’m good. I hardly ever have my nails professionally done. I would be lying though if I said that I didn’t enjoy getting my nails done. There’s just a special kind of feeling you get, having your nails freshly manicured. As far as all the nail trends that we’ve have within the past year (think stiletto nails etc.), I really am not the type to run out and have something done just because it’s the new “it” thing. However, when I saw this article for aquarium nails, I suddenly felt that I had to have these done right away.

If you haven’t heard of aquarium nails, they’re a sort of new phenomenon in the nail world where a double paned acrylic is injected with some type of oil and then glitter is sprinkled into it to make it look as if the glitter is floating through your nails. Hence the aquarium name. I know some of you might not like this new trend, and that’s okay. Everybody has different tastes. I just think these are cute and fun and I would definitely like to try them out myself. To give you more of an idea of what they look like, I’ve decided to include pictures of my favorite ones that I’ve found on Instagram and other places online.

A lot of these are really long in length and I don’t think I candle handle my nails being too long, so I would do a version of these but shorter in length. Here are some of my favorites:

Aquarium nails 3

Aquarium nails 2

Aquarium nails 1

Aquarium nails 4

Aquarium nails 6

Aquarium nails 7

 

 

Like I said, I really like these and think they’re cute and fun, but I realize they may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Thank you so much for reading and I hope I see you back here Friday for a new Friday Favorites!

What do you think of Aquarium nails? Tell me below!

Summer House W/ Swimming Pool – Psychological Thriller About Nasty People On An Opulent Vacation

Summer House W: Swimming Pool

 

Aside from all the cookbook reviews I’ve done (which I love), I’ve never done a “regular” book review. Mainly because I don’t have a lot of confidence in my ability to properly convey the messages and story lines from a good book into a review. I got Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch delivered to my house a few weeks ago and between doing my best to read it and trying to move at the same time, it took me a lot longer to read it than it normally would.

Also, since my blog has been very content “light” recently given that I’ve been so busy moving, I thought this would be a good a time as any to try and write my first review of this type. To give you an idea of what this book is about, I will start off by giving you the description that is printed on the back of the book. It reads as follows….

When famous actor Ralph Meier dies following a medical procedure gone horribly awry, his doctor, Marc Schlosser, needs to have convincing answers ready. After all, reputation is everything in this business. 

It all started the previous summer when Marc and his family agreed to spend a week with the Meiers and a few of their friends at their extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Just as the group settles in for days of sunshine and relaxation, a violent incident disrupts the the idyll, and darker motivations are exposed. As shocking realities unravel and it seems no one can be trusted, circumstances that surround Ralph’s death months later become disturbingly tied to the summer house, and the vacation that had once been a dream soon develops into a living nightmare. 

This is the description that really sold me on this book. The only type of books that really interest me are ones of mystery and suspense and that’s exactly what this book is.

When you first hear how Marc treats his patients, you kind of think he’s an a#$hole. Like for instance, he makes a comment about making his patients think he’s giving them more attention, but really he’s only giving them more time. Basically he says that he spends 20 minutes with each patient but it’s not because he’s giving them extra care and attention, he’s only making them think that because he can figure out all that he’s need to know within about the 60 seconds of first meeting them. I don’t know about you, but when I see a doctor I want honesty and for the doctor to be straightforward with me, so a doctor that puts on a facade is kind of a a#$hole to me.

Despite my view on him, his patients view him as a concerned and thoughtful listener. Wow, are they being snowed. This next bit may or may not be a spoiler depending on what your idea of a spoiler is, but one thing that does endure me to Marc’s character is the fact that he is willing to help Ralph peacefully leave this world on his own terms. Before I go any further, I guess I should tell you that Ralph is suffering from terminal cancer, so it’s inevitable that he will pass away, but he chooses to end his life before he has to suffer any further and that’s where Marc comes in.

Ralph however is a very hard character to like. Ralph is a famous actor and big man with huge appetites many of which are food, woman, and other eccentricities. These eccentricities border on repulsive because he looks at woman creepy as he does with Marc’s daughters, and even down to the way he takes off his clothes.  I for one had a really hard time liking him.

This book takes you on different twists and turns as we find out what actually happened that fateful summer at the summer house. Even reading the first chapter you will become enthralled with how Herman Koch is able to quickly and successfully capture your attention. I highly suggest you read this if you’re into mystery and thriller books.

I decided to not go into detail about all the characters because I wanted to let you decide which ones you like and find out more about them on your own, but I wanted to give you a real quick breakdown of the two main characters so that you’ll know what your in for. I hope you enjoyed this review and tell me what you think if you get this book!

What are you reading right now? Tell me below!

***This is a sponsored post. I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

NYX Favorites (Review)

Wow, this is really difficult to “write”. If you follow my blog week to week you might have noticed a short absence from me. As I said in previous posts, I’ve been in the middle of moving and I’ve finally moved into my new place, but now I have a huge hurdle to overcome in the way of unpacking. I don’t know which I like less….packing or unpacking. Both of which are two necessary evils for me right now.

Why did I say this was difficult to write? Because even though I’ve been absent from my blog for only 4 or 5 days, it’s a huge adjustment to get back into the swing of things when you’re so used to posting regularly and then you stop. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty to say, I just am having a hard time pulling those thoughts from my brain and onto text.

Regardless of my current absence, part of this post is me promising that I’m going to get back to normality with my blog which means consistent posts for you. I truly appreciate those of you who have remained unwaveringly loyal readers and you won’t be sorry.  Starting this Friday and next week, I will be back to my 3 days a week schedule. If I can manage to get my new place in order and things unpacked, I’m thinking of doing a home tour if you’re interested.

Any who, now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get to the actual post for today. As you can tell by the title, this post is all about my favorite NYX products.

Nyx 1

 

Nyx 2

 

Ok, so I’ve been using NYX now for almost and year and it has to be one of my favorite cosmetic products on the market. I know I’m a little late in joining the NYX bandwagon, but better late than never right? I try to review products that I don’t see a lot of reviews on and these three products are perfect for that.

Let’s start with these two little gems. The Pore Filler and the HD Photogenic Concealer.

NYX CollageFirst things first, Let’s talk about the awesomeness that is NYX’s Pore Filler. What’s so great about this product is that it does exactly what it says it’s supposed to do. I like to wear this product as a sort of primer for my makeup but you can use it on it’s own. I’ve tried a lot of primer’s and this one has been by far the best primer I’ve found and makes my makeup looks UH-MAZING! The only thing I would change about it, is adding more product to the tubes because you can run out of it pretty quickly. I recommend this product to any and everyone.

Second is the HD concealer. Now, I do like this product, but it’s not per say, the best concealer out there. So why is it my favorite? Mostly because it has the perfect pale shade which, if you’re someone who has pale skin, you know how hard it is to find products that somewhat match your skin tone or even something lighter than your skin tone. Such a real struggle. I can tan with the best of them, but I prefer not to because I don’t want my skin to turn into leather. If I do tan, it’s usually via self tanner. If you want to pick this one up yourself, I got this in the color CW10.

Nyx 4

 

I saved the best for last!! Hands down, my favorite product of all the NYX products is the Matte Finish Spray. Similar to the Mac Fix +, this setting spray sets your makeup for a long lasting makeup wear. If your face gets really shiny like mine, then you will love this spray because it gets rid of shine and helps your makeup look flawless. This is my holy grail product and swear by it! Seriously, if you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting on?

Thanks for reading my reviews and I hope I’ve helped some of you who were maybe on the fence about some of these products!

What is your favorite NYX product? Do you like NYX? Tell me below!