January Favorites

Hi Kind Friends! Today I’m happy to share with you my January favorites. This month I tried a lot of different things than I would normally recommend so I hope you find this post and video particularly interesting.

The Honest Company Free Trial

Beauty and Home:

1. The Honest Company free trial (in particular the Face and Body Lotion and the Healing Balm): I’ve been meaning to join Honest for years and finally have made the plunge after having a lot of skin issues lately. The combination of some new stressors and using products with bad ingredients has made me feel like my skin is going to get an eczema flare up, something I’d really like to avoid. I’m excited to be joining Honest so I can make my beauty and home products less toxic. I’ll have a video all about the free trial and reviewing some of the included products soon.

2. Pixi Lash Boosting Mascara (review): I’ve loved using this mascara this month because of its natural look and also because I know I’m not getting any weird chemicals near my eyes. Can you tell I’m on an all-natural kick? Ha! The only downside is that if you don’t have naturally long lashes, it isn’t going to do much for you. It’s also more difficult to get off at night than other mascaras I’ve tried.

Pretty desk accessories


1. My new computer and motivating space: Keeping my space more organized and having my new and stronger computer has made me so happy. I’m able to sit and work for a lot longer now that I’ve organized my desk this way.

2. #USBloggerChat: Every Thursday at 8 pm I love to participate in this Twitter chat for other US bloggers like me. I’ve met so many new people and made a lot of new friends. I hope to eventually participate in more chats.


1. ASMR videos: I always thought the idea of ASMR was a little strange but when I gave it a shot I fell in love with it. The channel I currently watch is PsycheTruthASMR.

Stay tuned in the new few weeks for that video on The Honest Company and a Learning to Live Minimally update. So much has changed in my life lately.

What products did you try in January? I can’t wait to share with you a video on the books I’ve read this month.

Chocolate Whip On My Tan Lines

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip Review

Hi Kind Friends! Hola Amables Amigos! Today I’m talking to you about two fun products from the company Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter, the Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturizer and the Tough Stuff No Nonsesne 3 in 1 Body Scrub (both c/o).

You guys know me, I’m not a tanner. But there are times when I want to warm up my complexion or add a natural glow to my look (especially when I am wearing dresses). This is where the Chocolate Whip comes in.

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip Review  from Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

Chocolate Whip is a subtle brown lotion meant to be a tan extender that also helps ensure an even fade of your tan. If you don’t have a tan, it adds a subtle warm glow. Don’t let the dark color concern you, it’s subtle enough that people will think you look different but can’t explain why. It was incredibly hard to photograph so you’ll have to take my word for it. My favorite thing about this product is that it doesn’t have shimmer in it, making it a more believable color.

I don’t wear the Chocolate Whip everyday, rather only when I’m showing a lot of leg or more of my décolleté than usual. I’d also like to note it takes a few minutes to develop on the skin (to see the color) but it’s dry to the touch very quickly so you don’t have to wait to put on your clothes.

The Tough Stuff body scrub really is tough stuff! I wouldn’t recommend it for regular use but it is perfect if you are prepping for a tan. I currently use it on tougher areas of my body like my feet or on my body in general if I’ve noticed I’ve forgotten to exfoliate all month. Both the Tough Stuff and the Chocolate Whip have a pleasant but not overwhelming scent.

That is my Chocolate Whip review and my thoughts on the Tough Stuff exfoliator from Cocoa Brown. You can find Cocoa Brown in Ireland in dozens of stores (it’s very popular) and they just launched in the USA in Ricky’s NYC stores (over 30 stores up and down the east coast) or online on Amazon.com.

How often do you tan? Is it part of your regular beauty routine?

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December Favorites 2014 – New Beauty and Home Items

december favorites

Hi Kind Friends! ¿Qué tal? Today I’ll be sharing with you my December favorites. I hope you find some of my favorites helpful to you in the new year. Can you believe it’s the new year already? Yeah, me neither.

Watch my new video for more details on the products I loved this month:


Beauty Favorites:

  1. Pacifica Sea Foam Cleanser: This is not the perfect product (not the best for removing makeup) but it actually makes me happy to wash my face! I will definitely be buying a full sized bottle once this sample (from my November Haul) runs out.
  2. theBalm Cabana Boy (c/o): This purple toned blush is perfect mixed with my bronzer as a cheek contour. I love the glow it gives my face.
  3. theBalm Bahama Mama (c/o): This bronzer is ideal for those with fairer skin like myself. It’s easily buildable without looking organge-y and it has no shimmer whatsoever.

Home Favorites:

  1. The Honest Company Stain Remover: This product works amazing on dog puke, I wish I didn’t have to find a product for that scenario but that’s life!
  2. Threshold Gold  Mason Jar: These jars remind me of fairy apartments and that makes me happy.
  3. Forever 21 Bird Nightlight: It doesn’t function that well as a nightlight but as a decor item, I love it! I think I’m a little obsessive with birds, as you may know if you watched my Home Tour video.

Was there any particular product that stood out to you last month? Make sure to let me know your recommendations in the comments.

I can’t believe we are starting not only a new month but a whole new year!

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