Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Haul - Moeggenborg Sugar Bush (again)

After my other recent Moeggenborg Sugar Bush haul, I decided the fudge was perfect for small gifts this Christmas, so I went back to the site and ordered several more.

I got another box of the traditional chocolate walnut, to go with the two I already have from my first order.

I got two of the maple walnut fudge.  This was not available the first time I ordered, but I'd talked to owner Mary about it once more and she said they'd be making some for family gifts so she added some to the site as well.  

I also decided to try the peppermint fudge.  This will probably be all mine since my menfolk aren't mint fans.  Maybe I'll take it along to our family get-together on Christmas day.

Mary is awesome at including fun extras and when I saw this I couldn't help a big ol' heartfelt laugh.  You see, when I'd been talking to her about the maple fudge, we'd also talked about maple candy.  She said they didn't make them but if I found someone who did I should see if they also make maple creams.  I did find someone, and that post is already up, so it was such a joy to see that she'd made and included some of these.  Even the little wrappers are festively cute.

Thank you, Mary!!!
(I haven't tried them yet, waiting till Christmas.)

And that is my quick and simple Moeggenborg Sugar Bush haul.  I'm not sure yet who will get gifts of fudge, but it will be fun deciding!

Review - Yes To Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner

I received this set of Yes To Coconut shampoo and conditioner as a gift recently.  I've been curious about the whole Yes To line for some time now and was super excited when they came out with the coconut line earlier this year.  (Unfortunately I hated the coconut lip balm.)  The price is what always keeps from diving in and exploring these products.  But hey, now I'd been presented with some!

This coconut shampoo and conditioner is labeled 'ultra moisture' and says it is for normal to dry hair, and that it smooths and restores.  I guess my hair would be considered dry, but by the second day the problem is more that it's oily.  I wash my hair every other day.

So what do I think of this stuff?  It was okay.  I've had worse, but I've also had better.  In fact, my plain old Pantene 2-in-1 seems to work better on my hair.  I did use this several times, just to see if the hair had to go through a readjusting period.  My hair felt amazing while washing/conditioning it in the shower.  It was soooo soft and silky!  Out of the shower and after towel drying my shoulder length hair, the first thing I noticed was that it wasn't as easy as usual to get a comb through.  It wasn't hard, but I did noticed an obvious difference.  Once my hair was dry, and throughout the rest of the day, it didn't quite feel as soft as usual, but it looked like it was laying more nicely, in a more relaxed and behaved way.  There wasn't as much static or fly away ends.  But it just didn't seem impressively shiny or soft.  On the second day, it seemed about the same, and didn't seem as oily as normal by the end of Day Two.  I didn't really notice any change or improvement after using is a couple more times.

In the end, I wasn't impressed with this enough to spend that kind of money, not when the more affordable Pantene 2-in-1 seems to work better for me anyway.

Thank you again for this gift, Sunnee!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Subscription - Walmart Beauty Box

Did you know Walmart had subscription boxes?  I didn't either.  My sister stumbled across it online and mentioned it to me.  They have a beauty box and a baby box.  I don't know about the baby box, but I did sign up for the beauty box.  It is quarterly, with the seasons.  They say the box is free, but you're paying $5.00 shipping.  It has several sample or full sized products that are beauty related, like makeup, skin care, etc..

I received my first box today!

This is the winter box.  When you sign up, you don't get any choices like for what your preferences are.  And since the boxes are 'free' they are probably all the same for everyone.  My sister and I did wonder if the colors of any makeup products might vary from box to box.  I purposely avoided looking up any YouTube videos or blog posts about this box, because I wanted to be totally surprised.

One thing I was pretty sure I would like about this box is that the brands are familiar and easy to get if I find a product I love.  I was hoping like it crazy it wouldn't be filled with makeup products, and I was happy to see that it's not.

There is this sample of Maybelline's Dream Wonder Powder.  It's on the cardboard, under a plastic sheet.  There is a $1.00 coupon on the back of this.  I don't wear makeup, so I'll pass this on to someone who does.

This Covergirl's Outlast 'all day lipcolor,' in color #542/Brazen Raisin.  It looks slightly more brown than the camera is showing.  The package says to use the white one as a moisturizing, shiny top coat, or just use a regular lip balm.  I do love lip balms but I don't wear lip color, so I might pass this set on to someone else too.

Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes in 'original fresh' scent.  There are five in this travel pack.  It says these can be used for makeup removal or just a quick face wash.  I don't remember ever trying these types of wipes but they do seem to be all the rage.  I will go ahead and try these.

Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream, in a 1.75 oz. jar.  I do like (and need) face creams.  I've never been into all the fancy anti-wrinkle or age defying types.  Just give me a simple cream.  I'll try this though.

This is Dove's Deep Moisture body wash and I was very happy to see it.  Love me some body wash!  I've used Dove in the past and have enjoyed it.  I will gladly use this little 1.8 oz. guy.

To go with that, I received this Dove shampoo and conditioner set from their Advanced Hair Series.  This is the Oxygen Moisture one.  I don't know if I've used Dove shampoo but I do know I absolutely loved a leave-in conditioner spray that they used to have.  Looking forward to trying these.  They are one ounce each.

I'm please with this first box.  No, it's nothing "Wow!" worthy like some of the proper beauty boxes, but for low maintenance girls like me, it's rather fun.  Looking at the products, even if you were to buy these out of the travel section, you're probably paying at least a dollar each, so the Pond's and Dove products have already passed the $5.00 you pay for shipping.  The Covergirl lip product looks to be full size.  I don't know how much that sells for but it's pretty much free in this box after the other things.  I think this is a fun little box!

I ask again, did you know Walmart had subscription boxes?!  lol

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Haul - Boston Post Dairy (aka Top of the Hill Sugarbush)

When I ordered that fudge recently, I went back and asked if they made maple fudge and that started a conversation about maple sugar candy.  That place does not make them so back to good ol' Etsy I went.  The fudge lady had also said that if I could find someone who made maple creams, those are delicious.  Well, I'm not sure what sort of creams she was talking about, but I found an Etsy shop that does both the hard candies and a cream type.

Of course I ordered some of each.

I don't know if I've ever had maple sugar candy, to be honest.  A coworker was talking about his parents making them years ago and they just sounded so good.  This bag I ordered is 6 oz., contains 25 cute little maple leaf shaped candies, and sells for $5.99 in the Etsy shop.  I have not tried them yet.  They look like they will dissolve quite quickly, like they are pressed sugar.  I was thinking they'd be more like hard candy, like the sample piece I got that you can see in the first picture.  That one is much harder and has that sort of clear look, like lollipop candy.

The maple chocolates come in a cute plastic container, four to a pack.  They are pretty big, one ounce each.  They are described in the Etsy shop as 'Our Maple Chocolates have a creamy maple filling and are hand dipped in milk chocolate. Each of these delicious chocolates are rolled and dipped in chocolate by hand. The filling is made with our own Vermont Maple Syrup, and maple flavoring to give it that sweet taste.'  This four pack sells for $4.25.  I'm definitely looking forward to trying these.

I mentioned the sample piece of candy I received.  And I've also noticed on the enclosed business card that they also make goat milk soap.  Hmm!  I don't see any of that in the Etsy shop!  Maybe they have a sister shop for that?

Anyway, just wanted to share my random little haul.  Have you found any little goodies lately?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review - Yankee Scenterpiece

I recently received this Yankee Scenterpiece wax warmer as a gift from a very generous waxy friend.  I'd been curious about this since seeing how much ScentMyWay (on YouTube) enjoys hers.  I've never had luck with Yankee's tarts but I thought maybe this might be better.  Several people have been waiting for me thoughts on this, and I finally had a chance to use it today, so here goes.

There are several different colors and styles to choose from.  I really like this one that I received.  It's simple and fairly neutral.  It reminds me of the clay pots we probably all made in school.  This one is a little over four inches tall and about four and a half inches wide.  It's quite heavy, very solid.  There is a nice long cord with an on/off switch.  The cord is longer than the Glade warmer cord, and I really like that.

The wax comes in a sturdy plastic cup with a resealable plastic lid.  There is 2.2 ounces of wax and the label claims you'll get approximately 24 hours of fragrance.  I only have one 'meltcup,' as they are called.  It was part of the gift but did not actually come *with* the warmer.  This one I have is Winter Garden and is described as 'Quietly captivating . . . the refreshing scent of lush evergreen branches captured in icy splendor.'

The cool thing about this system is you don't have to measure any wax, don't have to break off pieces or cut chunks.  You just put the whole cup in the warmer and you're ready.

So, how did it work?  
I'll just say it.  I was disappointed.

 See this?  This is the meltcup after about 35 minutes of being in the warmer.  At this point I started noticing the first wisps of scent.  See how much is left to melt?  Yeah, it took a full hour to get fully melted, and it took that full hour to really consistently smell anything.  I'm too impatient for that.  I've been spoiled by years of tea light warmer usage, where I have scent within the first couple minutes.

The scent itself was nice, but it was way too light for me.  I don't know if this scent in particular is light in general?  Or is it the same old deal of having no success with Yankee's tarts?  I'm not sure.  If anyone is familiar with this scent, let me know.

I don't really want to give up on this yet because I feel bad for not liking something that was gifted to me.  After Christmas maybe hubby and I will go visit the Yankee outlet store near here and see if they have any of the meltcups there.  Or maybe I'll browse the website and pick out a few.  I think I'll just set this aside for now though.  I have too many other Christmas/winter tarts that I need to get going on.  Even if I do get some other scents in the Yankee meltcups, I think this would only be good to use on days you know you're going to be home all day.  The slow melt time is definitely not for those times when you have a few hours and want to pop in something quick.

Have you tried the Yankee Scenterpiece system yet?  What are some Yankee scents that you know to be strong, that I can look for in meltcup form?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Box o' Wax From Sunnee

Got a very heavy box from Sunnee (Fragrance Obsessed) yesterday.  Apparently this package was a thorn in her side, trying to find a box for it all, and I'd wondered why.  Usually we just bounce small or medium flat rate boxes back and forth among our little chatty group.  So I suspected something besides wax was coming.  When I got the very heavy box I was like 'Whaaaaaat did you do, Sunnee?' and tore into it like a kid on Christmas.

See that big blue box in the picture?  Yeah, you don't know what's in there yet . . . 

A Yankee Scenterpiece system!  I was laughing and OMGing as I pulled this out of the sneaky blue box.  I've been curious about these since ScentMyWay showed hers on her YouTube channel.  I've never had luck with Yankee tarts.  She made these melt cups sound promising.  And you can save the cups and use other wax in them if you're ambitious enough.  But I already have more than enough warmers and wasn't sure I wanted to dive into this.  Well now I have one, thanks to my crazy-generous waxy friend.

She was worried I might not like the design.  It's fine.  It's simple and somewhat neutral.  It's different from what I already have for warmers.  It's perfect.  It reminds me of the clay pots we probably all made as kids in school.  I was surprised how heavy it is, and how deep down in there the cup actually sits.  I'm excited to try this!  Sunnee has demanded a full review, so I will get to work on that soon.

She also included one scent cup, which I forgot to take a separate picture of.  It is Winter Garden scent, which is described as 'Quietly captivating . . . the refreshing scent of lush evergreen branches captured in icy splendor.'  I'll have more details about all of this when I do my full review.

She also sent this shampoo and conditioner set from the new Yes To Coconut line.  This got another hearty chuckle and cheer from me.  I'd been excited when this line came out not long ago because I love coconut.  Yes To products are something I always want to try more of but the price always turns me away.  I absolutely hated the Yes To Coconut lip balm, but was still excited to see these hair products.  If anyone is interested, let me know and I will do a review.

And then of course there was a boxful of wax because that's what we do, bounce boxes of wax off each other throughout the year.  What smellies did she send my way?

Ten Digit Creations / Cider Lane - '(BBW type) - Mulled cider, warm caramel, and sweet cinnamon.'
I can see how people love this for fall.  I'm not a huge cider fan but this is somehow 'prettier.'

Cranberry Woods - '(BBW type) - Cranberries, black currants, cinnamon bark, and woods.'
Another pretty fall scent.  This one could carry over into winter.  I think the black currants are working hard in here.

Sweater Weather - '(BBW type) - Cuddle up with an aromatic blend of eucalyptus, juniper berry and fresh sage that celebrates the arrival of crisp autumn breezes.'
I've been hearing a lot of talk about this one and now I can try it.

Mandarin Cranberry - 'Mandarin oranges and tart cranberries.'
I get more of the perfume-y type cranberry in this than anything else, at least on cold sniff.

 Sugared Cranberry - 'Zesty cranberries and tons of sugar.'
Yummy!  A sweet cranberry scent, but still that deeper, warmer type cranberry.  And still a good winter scent, not just fall.

 Cranberry Cinnamon Cider - 'Tart cranberry and spicy cinnamon cider with notes of bergamot and lemon.'
I was really curious about this one when I pulled it out of the box, and oh my is it good.  It's the spiced cranberry scent that I love, with just a hint of cider 'aftertaste.'

 Cranberry Apple Marmalade - 'A festive blend of crisp apples, peaches, oranges, spiced cranberries, and cinnamon.'
A nice fall, spiced fruit scent.

 Sniff My Tarts / Serendipity Marshmallow Smoothie, Fresh Fruit, Lemon Sugar
Super sweet, super yummy, slightly creamy, bright and perky scent.

Sniff My Tarts / Orange Chiffon Cake
Not getting much of anything on cold sniff, maybe a hint of sweet cake.

Rosegirls / Pecan Waffles, Monster Cookie, Marshmallow Smoothie
Oh.Em.Gee.  Monster Cookie ramped up and to die for.

Rosegirls / Wildberry, Strawberry Jam, Ice Cream Scoop Bread
Delicious creamy berry scent.

Rosegirls / Pie Crust, Harvest Bake Sale, Apple Butterscotch
Ohhh so good for fall.  An apple scent with a touch of bakery.

Rosegirls / Cranberry Orange, Cranberry Marmalade
Kinda light on cold sniff, and a bit more of the perfume-y cranberry, but still a good scent.

Rosegirls / Hurricane Daiquiri, Raspberry Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream
An almost effervescent note hits me first, followed by that sort of signature creamy Rosegirls note.

Streetman Candles / Country Nights
Wish I had a scent description because I'm really not sure what I'm smelling.  Something bakery, with a hint of spice . . . ?  Coming from Sunnee, I wonder if it's pecan waffle related.  hehe

Streetman Candles / Spruce Berries
A sweet spruce scent with a slight touch of berries.  It's light on cold sniff.

Butterfly Lane / Peppermint Cupcake
Strong cake note with a sweet mint tucked way down inside.

Beezy Tarts / Apple Clove Butter
Not much apple on cold sniff, but a healthy dose of spice.

Beezy Tarts / Southern Pecan Pie
Yummy, warm, nutty bakery scent.

Beezy Tarts / Caramel Apple Butter
Nice!  A sweet caramel apple scent, perfect for early fall.

Beezy Tarts / Cranberry Orange Scone
A lot of orange coming through on this version of cranberry-orange.

Beezy Tarts - Maple Glazed Bacon
This one was so funny because she had it taped shut, and had written a black marker message on it saying how horrible it was.  Hubby and I both had a reaction of 'It's not that bad.  No, wait.  Eeuw.'  LOL!  At first you just register it as a nice breakfast food scent, but then it quickly becomes a sort of smoky and bitter after-note type thing and you wonder why anyone would want their house to smell like this for hours on end.  LOL!

And that is my wonderful Box o' Wax from Sunnee.  She's outdone herself once again, and I thank her endlessly.