Review: Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

I liked these cleansing cloths. I love the way they smell and the way they feel – so soft!

I tried these against the wipes I currently use, the Yes to Cucumbers wipes. I used these on one half of my face and my usual on the other half. If you dare, I did post a before and after on my twitter account.

I was pleased with how these worked, but I don’t feel they worked better than the other (much cheaper) wipes. They were easy on my sensitive eyes, but I did not find them more effective at removing even my eye makeup. Overall if you’re looking for a quality, gentle, effective facial cleaning cloth I would recommend these as an option but my bottom line is that I’m sticking with the less expensive option.




Review: Stila Spring Palettes

As part of my June Bloom Beauty Ambassador Kit, I got to try out 2 of Stila’s Spring Palettes: In the Garden and In the Moment. They are $39 at I think it’s a great price for an assortment of 10 eyeshadows.

In The Garden Palette

In the Garden is a collection of botanical- inspired shades. They are all shimmery, which was not my favorite – I like matte eyeshadows as well and when you are buying a collection of 10 different eyeshadows, I would prefer some variation. Here is a look I did using “nectar”, “sage”, “moss”, and “juniper” shades:


I love posting creepy close-ups of my eyes. Next…

In The Moment Palette

In the Moment has light baby pinks, pale lavenders, deep plums, mid-tone neutrals, and sparkly black. It was definitely my favorite of the two. Here is the look I did using the “instinct”, “impulse”, and “glance” shades:

Like I said, I liked them both, but In the Moment was definitely my favorite! As someone who does not wear heavy makeup everyday, I was pleased that these are not super potent and to get them very dark you need to apply quite a lot. Perfect for spring!



Review: Booty Parlor Flirty Little Secret!

Another great pick from my June Bloom Beauty Ambassador Kit was Booty Parlor’s ” Flirty Little Secret” Firming Bronzer with pheromones. This company is all about helping women feel more attractive, desirable, confident and sexy.

The price seems high ($32 for a 4.5 fl oz. bottle),  but a little goes a long way so I would say the price is right. I am not really into bronzers in general and I try to stay out of the sun, but I decided to try this out on my legs and was really impressed. For me, it is not for everyday use because it has a lot of chemicals. For a special occasion or a time you want to look especially glowing, I say go for it.

I was terrified that on pale skin the bronzer would look ridiculous and orange…and at first it did! But you have to keep rubbing it in and then it looks awesome! Even on your ankles and feet, it blends really nicely and just looks like you have a great tan. If your skin is moisturized already I think it blends better. It also has some shimmer in it but not too much – it does not look overdone or too bright. I could feel the firming action a little bit but I didn’t see a big difference on my lower legs.

One thing to watch out for, despite how this product will make you feel like you have an incredible tan, it is not a sunscreen and is not a sunless tanner, either. You wash it off with soap and water. So watch yourself in the sun and for awhile after you apply it – make sure it dries completely.

So now for the big question – do the pheromones they pack into this bronzer work? I can’t say for sure the pheromones were working their magic, but I can’t read people’s minds either…maybe they were! But if you really want to have fun, check out Booty Parlor’s Website…they have quite a range of products 😉

Overall a fun and effective product! You can pick it up now on – definitely worth a try!



Review: Pacifica, Pacifica, and More Pacifica!

The month of June sure was a great time to be a Bloom Beauty Ambassador! I got to try so many fantastic products and I’ll be sharing them with you over the next few days! First up is the incredible box of 5 Pacifica products.

If you’re not familiar with Pacifica products, they definitely get the Rainy Day Box seal of approval. They are natural, vegan, safe, and sustainable. Pacifica’s founder, Brook Harvey Taylor, studied aromatherapy and her expertise comes through with their products amazing scents. Pacifica products are manufactured in the USA and the company uses local suppliers for their boxes and many of their ingredients. Green Beauty Lover that I am, I especially love that they do NOT use parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, artificial colors, and animal products, and they do not test on animals. They’re all over on my Green Goddess Board.

Here are the 5 products I tried, and my thoughts on them all. You can snag them for yourself at

Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On:

I really loved this perfume – the scent is wonderful, light but noticeable and long-lasting. I love roll-on scents, it makes it so easy to drop in your purse to refresh if you need it. The price is also great – it is a lot of product (especially for a perfume). If you are a fan of vanilla scents I would definitely recommend this! 1% of their proceeds from the sale of any product in the Island Vanilla scent line (including this roll-on perfume) benefits the Ocean Futures Society. How great is that?

Color Quench All-Natural Moisture Lip Tint:

I tried out the Blood Orange color and the Coconut Nectar color. I like the feel of these lip tints – very smooth and incredibly moisturizing! The colors are great, as are the scents. The size of the tubes are more than generous and they come with an outer case as well. For every day use, I liked the Blood Orange more than  the Coconut Nectar. It has a nice pink hue that compliments a lot of makeup and clothes. The Coconut Nectar is much more pale and shimmery which can look very beautiful, but I think it is a bit harder to wear every day. I wore it for a night out and really loved how it set off my darker eye makeup. It definitely will not tint your lips. I did not like that they have no SPF and I did find they left a little white film at the corners of my lips a few times. Overall I really liked it and I do find myself reaching for them quite often.

Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter:

What a fantastic lotion! It smells amazing – citrus-y but not overwhelmingly so. It has a rich scent that stays with you but since I love citrus I find it layers well with other products. The consistency is also wonderful! It does not leave a film like some body butters. It soaks right in and your skin feels very moisturized and soft. If you are looking for a new lotion and you like citrus scents, this would be a great pick!

Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter:

Another fantastic lotion! See everything I said about the Tuscan Blood Orange? Ditto here. I am not a huge fan of coconut smells but I really enjoy this scent.

Coconut Pearl Bronzing Body Butter:

This product was really great. It really adds more shimmer than color, however. I guess I would describe its effect as evening out your skin tone. That was great for me since I am rarely a fan of bronzers. Pacifica does coconut scents (which I am rarely a fan of as well) wonderfully – this smells heavenly. The consistency is great (another of Pacifica’s strengths) so it blends well and leaves your skin looking and feeling great. If you are looking for a light shimmery lotion I would recommend this product.

I was thrilled with all the products I got to sample from Pacifica. It is a great company with great products and you can get them all from!



Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

I whipped up these chocolate explosions for the dads in my life to sweeten up today’s festivities!

I am hoping to get back to regular posting soon!  The recipe and step-by-step instructions (and pictures) for these treats will be up first!



Pin of the Day: Crayon Art

June is here! This month is bringing a lot of excitement for me: a trip to Boston to start it out and then a trip to New Orleans at the end, plus I am starting the HUGE summer program at the Science Center on Monday! I feel sure there will not be a single dull moment this month.

June is going to be a great month for The Rainy Day Box, too. First of all, it’s raining! Not some wimpy shower, either – I heard the rain before I saw it which makes me feel very cozy and crafty. Naturally I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. This cheerful DIY art looks like a lot of fun to make and I do believe it will be the perfect thing to add some color to my office!

I found a wonderful tutorial here. Her pictures are spectacular and so happy! Basically you get some crayons (personalize it, people!), hot glue them to a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer on high to melt the wax to your satisfaction. Voila! I am pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board and it’s so do-able I think I might just do it today!

Pinterest strikes again!



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