October Giveaway


Since October is one of my favorite months, I’ve decided to do a giveaway of some of my favorite things.

To enter all you have to do is:

Go to my Instagram @allthingsadoredofficial

  • Follow me
  • Like the giveaway post
  • Tag two friends who might also want to enter
  • Comment what you are planning on dressing up as for Halloween

Open to US and International participants.

Winner will be selected at random on Friday, October 13th!

Good luck!! πŸ™‚

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Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub

Voted one of Allure’s Readers’ Choice winners in 2016, the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrubs are definitely worth trying out; especially if you are looking to get your skin summer ready. 

The shea sugar scrubs come in several different scent combinations, including: Coconut Lime, Marula & Jasmine, Moroccan Rose, Brazilian Nut, Tropical Mango, Pomegranate Acai, Hawaiian Kukui, Passion Fruit & Guava, Lychee & Plum, and Original Shea.

I have tried the three pictured above, and would absolutely repurchase them. It is a very gentle scrub that exfoliated very well and leaves your skin feeling very soft and moisturized. 

The application is simple and self-explanatory. You just scoop out the desired amount of product into your hand and apply in a circular motion to the area of the body you want to exfoliate. The sugar disintegrates as you scrub, and moisturizes your skin. Once you’ve scrubbed enough, rinse with water. I usually use this product while I am in the shower, after I have washed with soap.

So where can you pick up these scrubs to try out for yourself, you ask. Ulta has a large selection (actually I think they carry every single version), and they often have a two for one, or buy one get the second 1/2 off deal. But for the regular price of $7.99 (18 oz.) you are still getting a great product for an inexpensive price tag. I have also seen them for sale on Amazon and at some Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.

Thanks for reading! ☺️

Soap & Glory Vitamin C Facial Wash

This is the second product I’ve tried from Soap & Glory, and again I am totally impressed. The first product I tried was their Hand Food, and to put it mildly, it is the greatest hand lotion in all the land. You can read my complete thoughts on the review I posted previously here.

So with the sheer amazingness of the first product of theirs I tried, I figured I’d press my luck and try another (with fingers crossed).

I was in the market for a new face wash, and while wandering aimlessly through Ulta, I came across the Soap & Glory display. Now first, you must know that I am a total sucker for great packaging. Soap & Glory has that indeed, big cheers to whoever is in charge of that.

Based on how impressed I was by the Hand Food hand lotion, I did not hesitate to grab the Vitamin C Facial Wash off the shelf. I read the labels, glanced over the beautiful aqua blue gel with little pink dots within and proceeded to place it in to my bag of purchases.

When I got home I placed it my shower so it would be ready to go. Before diving right in, I remembered how concentrated their hand lotion was – a little goes a long way. So I squeezed about a pea sized amount in my hand and went to work.  Wow! Wow! Wow! Foamy, refreshing, and cleansing! Loooooooved it!

I have used it ever since. Now I will be the first to admit, I do not have acne prone skin. It is fairly normal most days, and can get a little dry here and there. For me this stuff is one of my favorite face washes to date. In fact, I am still working on my first bottle. This stuff lasts forever! So for a $12, 11.8 ounce bottle, your money will go far, and $12 is extremely inexpensive for the quality product that it is.

For those of you who need more convincing, it has a rating of 4.5/5 on Ulta’s website, based on 249 reviews.

Also here are the details from the description on the Ulta website if you are still contemplating πŸ˜‰

  • Face Soap And Clarity 3-in-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash smoothes and purifies for super clean, fresh and bright skin.

With complexion-friendly, non-drying, easy-rinse ingredients including natural Superfruit Yuzu and Ultra-Soft Scrub-Beads, this high-tech foaming facial wash is a multi-tasking miracle.

β€’ Cleansing, foaming and smoothing.

β€’ Gently, polishes and purifies.

β€’ Energizes and brightens.

β€’ Strategically formulated for oily/combination skin.

In a nutshell, the Vitamin C Facial Wash from Soap & Glory is refreshing, effective, aromatically pleasing, and inexpensive. Try it for yourself! At $12, what do you have to lose?! My bet is that you’ll be just as impressed as me. πŸ™‚

Of course you can find this product online at the Soap & Glory website, Ulta, and Target.

Thanks for reading, and let me know your thoughts below!

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir

Magic in a bottle…. no, seriously! Once you’ve tried this product, and have incorporated it into your beauty routine, you will find it hard to live without.

First let’s start with the smell. The website describes it as an uplifting citrus aroma – which it is. However it is not overpowering or bold, just a nice sweet smell, that I believe has a slight honeysuckle aroma as well.

Next, the texture… it is super light and silky. In short, it feels great on your skin. It is super versatile as well. I have used it as a moisturizer for my face and lips, and to blend my foundation with my kabuki brush. Both applications are spectacular. Their website (Farsali.com) lists other great uses as well.

This product is for anyone and everyone as it is completely natural. The ingredients include: rosehip seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, 24k gold, vitamin E, lemongrass oil, and orange peel oil.

It comes in two sizes 15ml ($35.00) and 30ml ($54.00). I’d recommend just getting the larger size right off the bat, because you are going to love it.

Be forewarned – this product does sell out from time to time, so plan accordingly πŸ™‚

Photo Infirmation: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir – Radiating Moisturizer.

Muddy Body Clay Masks

If you are in the market to try a new face mask, this is the one to try! Muddy Body Clay masks are nothing short of AMAZING! 

I recently purchased the Detox Mask, and Wow! This mask made my skin feel so soft and clean. I try a lot of face masks and never before have I noticed such an immediate result. My face felt so clean and refreshed that I didn’t even want to put makeup on after using it.. And I love doing my makeup! 

The clay masks come in three different versions: Detox, Refresh, and Relax. 

The Detox mask has ingredients of activated charcoal, coconut, and cacao; with noted key benefits of drawing out toxins and bacteria, and the promotion/repair of healthy skin cells.

The Refresh mask has ingredients of cucumber, matcha, and aloe vera. Key benefits include acne prevention, and skin moisturization and nourishment.

The Relax mask has ingredients of rosehip, chamomile, and lavender. Key benefits include the restoration of skin tone and texture; and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.

Thus far, I have only tried the Detox version, but based on the results I have experienced, I will definitely be trying out the other two versions of their product.

For the price tag of $23.99 for a 2 ounce jar, the Muddy Body Clay Masks are a great value. I really like that it comes in a powder form because I try a lot of different products and this enables me to mix what I’m going to use with each application, which in turn allows for me to use the product with out it going bad or drying out like other masks I have purchased in the past.

There is a bit of a learning curve on how to get the water-to-clay mixture just right, as the directions are a little arbitrary. But it is easy to figure out by your second or third mask, so you aren’t wasting any product.

Derma Rolling

  

Or more commonly known as micro needling involves rolling a derma roller, which has hundreds of tiny needles, over the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Many use it on their face and/or lips to reduce wrinkles and acne scars, to diminish stretch marks, and to plump lips. The tiny punctures made by derma roller activates the skins natural healing mechanisms and acts as a catalyst to rejuvenate and renew skin.

So far, I have used my derma roller twice. While I can not speak on the effectiveness quite yet, I can comment on the pain and/or uncomfortability of regular use.

On a scale of 1 to 10 on the pain scale… It is definitely no higher than a 1. You will feel a slight irritation after use, but again it is minimal. I would equate it to the feeling your skin has when you’ve got a bit too much sun. 

One huge recommendation would be to only use this treatment in the evening. Your face or body with be noticeably pinkened after use. No blood, just again like you had a little too much sun.

I do have to say that the process is kind of relaxing and therapeutic in a lot of ways, and I will continue the treatments so I can speak to their effectiveness. But to those of you who are reluctant to try because of pain or disfigurement, be rest assured that you don’t need those fears any longer.

If there is anyone out there that has had more long term use of using a derma roller and you’d like to share your experiences and/or tips, please feel free to comment below. 

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

DIY Lip Scrub

  

With the weird weather we’ve been having lately in Southern California, I decided to take advantage of one of the rainy days and make myself some lip scrub. 

You can find a ton of DIY recipes on Pinterest for these, varying in tastes, aromas, textures, etc. 

I opted to concoct my own recipe because I didn’t want to have a bunch of leftovers. So this recipe (below) will probably make you enough lip scrub for approximately 4-5 applications.

First let me mention that this lip scrub is completely edible, smells amazing – kind of somewhere between an Orange Dreamcicle and an Orange Julius, and it leaves your lips feeling soft and exfoliated afterwards.

The Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grapeseed oil
  • 3-4 drops of vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops of orange extract

The Process: 

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Once you’ve got your ingredients all blended together, simply apply a small to liberal amount to your lips and rub in a circular motion for about 1-2 minutes. Afterwards either rinse off excess or lick the rest of it off your lips πŸ™‚

Substitutions can be used for the sugar, depending on how course or fine you prefer the grain to be. Some other options include brown sugar, or sugar in the raw. The cane sugar I used falls in the middle in terms of grain size.

Happy scrubbing!! πŸ™‚

If anyone tries it out, please share your experience in the comments below. Or if you have a lip scrub recipe you’d like to share please do so below as well. Thanks!