Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dollar Store Finds: Nivea Kiss of Shine

Did I ever share that I absolutely adore the dollar store?  Now, when I say the dollar store...I mean the $1 store.  I am not a fan of misleading dollar stores where everything inside is anything but $1 dollar.  So while browing my local Dollar Tree, I came across Nivea's a kiss of shine lip gloss.  Since, I am a big fan of their lip balm and lotion I decided to give the lip gloss a shot.  It's only a dollar!

The packaging for a kiss of shine lip gloss claims the following:
  • glossy finish without sticky residue
  • long lasting moisturization
  • leaves lips smooth
Here's what noticed while using the product (note that I've only had the gloss for a few days!)

The Nivea gloss is a clear lipgloss that applies overall pretty light to the lips. 
I can safely say that it certaintly is glossy! The gloss is not as sticky as other brands, which always wins bonus points for me.  I am not a fan of super sticky glosses.  It always feels like I dipped my lips in honey.  Ugh!

I did notice that the Nivea gloss does have a fragrance.  I can't pinpoint the scent, but it reminds me of a light floral smell.  I think this is probably the only thing I don't like about the Nivea lipgloss.  I prefer to keep flowers away from my mouth, thank you!

I also noticed that the gloss is indeed long lasting.  Meaning, it is pretty resiliant to snacking, speaking and your daily wear and tear.

Lastly, I enjoyed the size of the Nivea's a kiss of shine lipgloss.  It fits perfectly in my hand! It's on the small size, so it is perfect for travel.

Overall, I did enjoy using this lipgloss.  I purchased it for $1 so this was a win-win.  If I were to purchase this again, I would totally consider buying a different scent (too bad Dollar Tree didn't have any other scents!)

**I purchased this item with my own money. I am not endorsed by any company!**

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Birthday Gift from my blogger friend Whitney!

My blogger friend, Whitney was sweet enough to send me a bath and body works gift card for my birthday! I was delighted to receive the gift but also thrilled to check out the new spring scents!

Thank you, Whitney!  You gave me a good excuse to sniff around the store :)

I was almost out of hand soap so while at the store I picked up 3 foaming soaps, and 1 regular hand soap.

I wanted to try the newer Spring scents so I picked up the following soaps:

Wildberry hibiscus, fresh picked strawberries, paris amour, and fresh picked tangerines

My favorite purchase by far was the lotion pump that I added to my paris amour lotion.  This makes lotion lathering soooo convenient.  You can get just the right amount of lotion.  Your friends, family and boyfriends will thank you for purchasing a lotion pump.  They will no longer be victim to your lotion left overs!  Try the lotion pump, it's only $1.50! 

Thank you, Whitney for your kind thoughts and gift!  I absolutely appreciate it! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Springy Easter Wreath

While shopping at my local Dollar Tree, I picked up a standard looking wooden/wicker wreath.  After working with foam wreaths, I thought it was time to up my game.  I was so wrong.  My game does not need to be upped!! I did not enjoy working with wooden/wicker wreaths.  They are a pain!

I wanted to create a Spring inspired wreath but every time I looked at the skinny wicker frame of the wreath I lost inspiration.  So, I picked up some ribbon, eggs and flowers and inspiration struck me!  All of my supplies (with the exception of the small egg ribbon) were purchased for a dollar. 

To create this wreath simply obtain the following:
  • Wide ribbon and thin ribbon
  • A variety of fake Spring flowers
  • A variety of fake eggs
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
I started by wrapping my wreath with the wide ribbon.  Then, I snipped my fake flowers, but allowed a 3-4 inch stem.  To give my frail and skinny wreath some volume, I hot glued my flowers around the wreath.  I was careful to tuck/glue the flower stems under the ribbon so that nothing poked out.

The next step is to create pretty bows with your thin ribbon.  This can be totally done in advance.  Who says you can't be productive while watching The Vampire Diaries

Once you have glued your flowers, it is time to scatter and glue your eggs!  Arrange them so that they too create volume and an interesting pattern.  While gluing your eggs, don't forget to leave enough space to glue your thin ribbon bows.  Once everything is glued and arranged on your wreath, you are done!!

I'm pretty happy with my under $10 dollar homemade wreath.  To spice up this craft, look for interesting ribbon and unique easter eggs.  I hope you have enjoyed this craft!