Friday, March 22, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Body Honee

You know I'm always raving about all natural products! Well, now I get to introduce you to a 100% natural home wax kit: Body Honee ( only $14.99 ). Body Honee contains THREE ingredients: salt, sugar, and lemon! WHY is this fantastic, you ask? Because it washes off wtih WATER. If you have used home wax kits before, you know how messy and sticky they can be. It's so nice to be able to simply wash off any left over residue!

Every year, I try a new wax product and I usually come out disappointed. Last year I used NADs prepared wax strips, and actually ended up repurchasing it. However, I just wasn't impressed with the quality and it was pretty painful.

I've used similar products to Body Honee in the past, but they had to be heated up on the stove top, which is just too much work, in my opinion. Body Honee can be easily heated up in the microwave. Watch the short video below to see what comes in the kit:




Definitely read the instructions front to back before starting! You want to make sure your waxing safely and effectively.  For example, when pulling back the wax strip, pull it parallel to the skin, NOT up and away. Pulling up and away is more damaging to the skin, less effective, and hurts A LOT more. For more safety tips, check out the Body Honee website. When I followed their tips and instructions, I found the waxing process to be a lot less painful. I waxed my bikini line, under arms, and legs with this kit, which are very sensitive areas. If you wax regularly, it actually becomes less painful every time.

If you'd like to try Body Honee, head over to their online shop, and be sure to like them on Facebook and Twitter (@Bodyhoneewax) for great deals! 

Have you tried home wax kits before? Leave your experience on the brand new Scoop Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thescoopbydanielle

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for purpose of review. I always give my honest opinion.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Two Scoops??

I wanted to update you all real quick on some Scoopy business.
I've created a second blog dedicated to travel and my upcoming two month trip to Europe. You can check it out at euroscoop.blogspot.com or by clicking on the "EuroScoop" link under pages on the right side of the page.

As always, you can send me questions on twitter @danielle0090 or come by the BRAND NEW Facebook page dedicated to all things Scoop. I'll keep the page updated with posts from both my lifestyle and travel blogs. Come by Facebook.com/thescoopbydanielle and say hi!

Thanks for reading The Scoop!

<3 Danielle


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Live Love Dew

If you've been following my blog since the beginning, then you know how crazy I am for natural products! I'm also a huge supporter of small businesses, because I feel that large corporations tend to lose touch with their customers' wants and needs.

Recently, I was lucky enough to try some products by Live Love Dew, an all natural skin care line made right here in the US in the state of Ohio.  They make everything from face creams, body scrubs to bath bombs and soy candles. I love the scents of their products. I have a very sensitive nose, and therefore I can't use products with strong scents. Live Love Dew scents all natural and therefore not overpowering. I found them to be very relaxing, especially the Lavender Peppermint Sweet Feet Butter ($10) and the Citrus Fizz Bath Bombs ($8 for 6oz).

I would compare Live Love Dew to LUSH. There are a lot of similarities between the two brands, except for I'd say Live Love Dew is more natural, and just as importantly, MUCH more affordable. If you haven't tried bath bombs or bath salts before, I'd definitely say to pick up your first batch at Live Love Dew, you won't be disappointed!

Product Spotlights: 
Intense Face Cream ($14) -- This felt so soothing when I applied it. It has the consistency of a light, whipped cream and it makes my face feel like silk. Even though it is "intense", it sunk into my skin perfectly, and is light enough to wear under makeup in the morning. You can read my nighttime face routine here.

Lavender Peppermint Sweet Feet Butter ($10) -- The consistency of this reminded me of coconut oil in that it started out as a solid and as I worked it into my feet, it turned to an oil. It smells wonderful, I LOVE the peppermint! It was very aroma therapeutic. How I used it: I applied it to my feet directly after my shower. I lathered it on my feet, focusing on my driest areas and then immediately put my socks on.  My feet felt SO soft the next morning.

If you'd like to try Live Love Dew, be sure to check out their online store, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for great deals!

What are your favorite aromatherapy brands? Share them below!

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: Live Love Dew sent me the products mentioned in this post for consideration. I always give my honest opinion. 

Monday, March 04, 2013

Beauty Scoop: Aloe Protective Restoring Mask

One of my favorite moisturizers right now is the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask by the Body Shop. I bought it in November 2012 as part of the 3 for $30 sale they had going throughout the holiday season. It normally retails for $22 and you can purchase it online or at their physical stores.  The first time I tried the product, I used it as intended. I applied a slightly thick layer all over my face for about 20 minutes and then rinsed it off. It worked perfectly fine, but I honestly wasn't that impressed. Since it had soothed my skin while it was on, I decided later that week to try it as a moisturizer. That night onward, I have used it pretty much every single night. It really helps balance out my skin's oils and it feels so light and refreshing. 

At night, I wash my face in warm water with St. Ives Green Tea Scrub. I pat my face dry and apply a pea sized amount of Tretinoin Cream all over my face. Tretinoin is the generic version of Retin-A. I originally purchased the cream on Amazon, where it is no longer available, but I found the same brand on The Swiss Pharmacy. If you have oily or acne prone skin, I recommend you add a Retin-A cream to your routine. 

I let that sit on my face for a few minutes before gently patting on a very thin layer of the Aloe Protective Restoring Mask. Before I started using this as a moisturizer, my face never felt quite right. I was using the Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer With White Tea, and it never penetrated as deep as the Aloe mask. I definitely recommend you try it, and just remember to use it conservatively. As a moisturizer, a little bit goes a long way and the tub should last several months. Recently, I've been alternating between this moisturizer and the Intense Face Cream by Live Love Dew (review coming soon!), depending on my mood. 

What are your favorite Night creams and products? Share them below!

Danielle