Thanks to my 2014 Memebox spree, my backstash of moisturizers and facial cream is positively insane. Today, I’m going to post my Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream Review – this is a product that I’ve been using for the past eight weeks, but I’ve actually owned since the Cleopatra Memebox was released way back in winter of 2014!! Seriously, guys, this is why I’ve been trying to make 2017 the year of depop, because things are a little out of control…
Anyhow, the Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream is one that I’ve had on my shortlist for when I needed a new wintertime moisturizer, due to its myriad hydrating ingredients. Among other standouts, this cream includes sodium hyaluronate, goat milk at 10,000 ppm, macadamia oil, jojoba esters, niacinamide, and glycerin. It seemed like a great choice for a season where my skin would be battered by cold temperature and winds when outside walking my dog and running errands, you know?
Hello everybody! I’m back with another Blade & Soul preset post 😊
This time, I’m uploading a female Gon!
If you follow me on instagram or twitter (or chat with me in-game), you may know that I recently appearance changed my Destroyer. I loved her old look, but something about it just wasn’t quite right for me. Female Gon tend to have a pretty classic face shape, and while my initial Destroyer preset was made with the thought of making her a bit more “Jin” in build (so she’s quite petite compared to most out-of-the-box female Gon and I actively avoided any of the more popular FemGon hairstyles, etc), I did keep that particular trait. But at some point I got it into my head to play with the character builder to see if I could make a Gon with more unique facial structure and less default Gon to as to make my Destroyer feel a bit more personalized.
I ended up totally falling in love with my new “just for fun” preset experiment and paid the money for the appearance change voucher, so I’m going to release my old Destroyer preset here just in case anyone likes her enough to use as their own – or, at least, as a base/jumping off point for their own creation, if not using her exactly.
So, Peeps Oreos. I’ll get this out of the way, first: I don’t really like Peeps. It’s not that I find them utterly repulsive, they’re just kind of a let-down. I really like the texture of the crunchy-ish outer sugar sparkle layer. Even better when the Peeps have been exposed to air for a few hours, so that they’re a bit chewier. The problem is that somehow, they just don’t taste right to me. It’s kind of like Twinkies (except Peeps are not offensively repulsive like Twinkies, tbh) – I go in expecting a specific flavor – sugary vanilla marshmallow for Peeps, yellow cake and sweet vanilla cream for Twinkies (instead of the putrid hellcake and whatever that gross cream is supposed to be that, in reality, are somehow so beloved by people without taste buds) – and instead, it’s just kind of… close, but no cigar? There’s just something a little bland about Peeps beyond that initial sugar crust.
So when Oreo announced an Easter/Spring Limited Edition collab with Peeps in the form of Peeps Oreos, it didn’t really gross me out the way it did some people – I kind of figured, okay, at BEST, this is going to be vaguely marshmallow-flavored cream with some sugar crystals and food coloring in between Golden Oreos. Nothing groundbreaking, but the sugar crystal crunch sounded appealing enough that I grabbed a package and tossed in into my cart. Plus, you know, I like to justify my impulsive junk food purchases by promising myself to review them here afterwards 😙
So, how did I end up liking these limited edition Oreos? Click the read more for my full Peeps Oreos review!
So, if you hang out on any deal sites, you may have noticed that Amazon has been producing a bunch of sample boxes exclusively for Amazon Prime members lately – basically, you pay $X amount to have a box full of samples shipped to you, and if you buy the full-size of any of the items promoted by said box, you’ll get the original $X cost applied as a credit to that purchase.
As of this writing, there are several options:
- New Year, New You Sample Box – Stick to your resolutions with our top-rated vitamins, supplements and sports nutrition products. Costs $14.99, with a $14.99 credit when you purchase a promoted item afterwards.
- Beauty Sample Box – Try samples in skin care, hair care, oral care, and more. $11.99 cost, with equal credit.
- Men’s Grooming Sample Box – In this box you’ll find men’s grooming essentials to keep you looking sharp. $9.99 cost/credit.
- Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrip Sample Kit – A small kit featuring Crest 3D White toothpaste, whitestrip, and some dental floss. $4.99 cost/credit.
- Mr. Olympia Sample Box – Fuel workouts and discover your new favorite sports nutrition products with our Mr. Olympia Sample Box. In this box you will find several assorted samples from the selection of products below. $9.99 cost/credit.
- Luxury Beauty Box – Contains 20 samples from La Roche-Posay, Jane Iredale, Proraso, and many more Luxury Beauty brands. $19.99 cost/credit.
As I’ve been trying to be better about my health lately, I decided to go for the New Year New You Sample Box – it appeared to have a nice mix of protein powders, protein bars, vitamins, beauty supplements, and probiotics, so I was fairly certain that I’d find something I liked enough to use the $14.99 credit. And even if I didn’t, when I peeked at the possible items that you can apply your credit towards, I saw my current love-of-my-life health item (the Vega post-workout powder, which actually works for me and has been a godsend since I tend towards 2-3 days of DOMS after a good workout and that was making it super, super difficult to progress on a daily challenge type of plan like PIIT28) as one of the possible credit items, so… I was sold!
For my thoughts on the individual items that I received as well as my overall impression of the New Year New You Box, please hit the read more!
If you follow me on instagram or twitter, you may have seen me mention that I’ve started doing the PIIT28 program from Blogilates. After a few false starts where I realized I wasn’t quite in shape enough for daily HIIT workouts and ended up doing other programs to get ready for PIIT28, I finally managed to start for real this February.
So far I’m having a lot of fun, but man – the muscle soreness can be real, even with my beloved Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator! I finish each workout pretty sweaty and tired, so I started thinking… wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice, soothing bath after my tougher PIIT sessions?
And, you know, I’d been stalking the Luvmilk shop on Etsy for awhile… who just so happens so specialize in milk baths. And, you know, the shop had just so happened to recently add a bunch of delicious-sounding Valentine’s Day scents…
I mean, you can see where this is going, right? I decided to gift myself some goodies from Luvmilk, both for Valentine’s Day and as kind of a carrot for my continued perserverence in the PIIT28 program – you know, finish the workout, get a luxurious bath. That kind of thing!
And that’s all it took to convince myself! I did try to keep this relatively small, despite Luvmilk having sooo many yummy-sounding scents. It was a bit rough, but my package arrived yesterday and everything smells absolutely fantastic, so I think I chose well 😊
If you’re on the main page, please click the read more to see my haul details!
The past few days have been very cold – in the single digits with “feels like” sitting around zero fahrenheit thanks to wind chill. This means that the heat has been cranked up everywhere, and in turn, my skin is starting to feel pretty dry. I woke up this morning with the definite realization that as much as I love the finish my Vicco Turmeric Cream gives, even layered over my craploads of hydrating essences and serums, it is definitely not hydrating enough for the absolute dead of winter.
I’m going to be going through my moisturizer backlog and see what looks promising next (I’m very close to being finished with this Vicco tube anyhow), but as a stopgap emergency measure, I decided my resolution for the next week-ish would be to use a hydrating sheet mask every other morning. Ideally, I’ll also review them each for you here, assuming my laziness doesn’t get the better of me… 😏
Yesterday morning, I tried out the Skin79 Strawberry Girl Fruit Mask!
Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear view mirror, it’s time for my own Black Friday haul post! I pretty much entirely focused on cosmetics this year – initially I was plotting to get a PS4, but with the Persona 5 release date being pushed to April and no really amazing PS4 deals manifesting, I figured I’d just wait and see if anything better pops deal-wise between now and the P5 release date. Sure, Tales of Berseria is coming out in January, but as I still need to work through both Tales of Xillia 2 and Tales of Zestiria, I’m feeling a distinct lack of urgency on the PS4 front, basically. It doesn’t help that my PS3 finally bricked itself so I need to replace that one as well because Sony apparently doesn’t believe in backwards compatibility… sigh.
Uh, so, right. All that is to say, instead of dropping cash on a gaming console, I instead decided to shore up my makeup kit. In preparation for the sales, I went through my cosmetic stash and came out realizing that I desperately needed five things:
- I had somehow allowed myself to get down to only one small GWP size of mascara
- I was in serious need of more neutral matte eyeshadows for daily wear (I had TONS of shimmery palettes and vibrant mattes, but my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette was my only source of neutral mattes jfc)
- I wanted to invest in some higher quality brushes because I was sick of my powder brush shedding all over my face every time I applied my pore finishing powder. Yuck.
- I was about to run out of my shampoo and conditioner and wasn’t impressed enough with either of them to justify a repurchase, so if I could find a volumizing shampoo/conditioner set, that would be stellar!
- Eye makeup remover. My makeup remover wipes were “accidentally” thrown out by someone who will remain nameless, and the only makeup cleansing water that I had on hand was the Boscia Sake Cleansing Water – which, while it works nicely for removing foundation and SPF, is not something I recommend using on your eyes!
So, with those goals in mind, I started creeping on sites like Musings of a Muse and Temptalia, noting which sites were going to have sales and which brands were releasing limited edition sets/palettes for the shopping holiday.
I ended up managing to check every box on my list (and then some 😇), so if you’d like to see how I made out, please read on!