Dew the Dew

NYX is one of my go-to brands when it comes to make up. I mean cruelty free and  doesn’t break the bank? Can you really ask for much more than that? I am lucky enough to have a store in my favorite mall, but you can also find NYX products in your local target and Walgreens. You can check out this NYX Cosmetics blog post I did a while back explaining my love for the brand.

Now I have a love hate relationship with my skin because I have combination. This means i either have super oily skin or super dry skin. Finding that balance has been hell. I have tried everything. I have loved some products that have made me break out then hated other products that drained my bank account. Until I found this bad boy…. Honey Dew Me Up Primer.

While it says primer, it works 1000x better as a serum. It goes on sticky like honey but dries smooth. I apply before bed, let it sink into my skin and wake up with a refreshed face. What’s inside is what counts! The botanicals and other ingredients help the skin to absorb and retain moisture, are anti-inflammatory and calming, and increase the smoothness of the skin.

I have been using this product for about two weeks and I can really feel the difference. I can’t wait to see how much my face will continue to improve. My face isn’t as red and I haven’t had as many break outs. Not to mention how smooth my skin feels. One change I would make is I would change the applicator to a pump, but hey still amazing!

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Rating:

Honey Dew Me Up Primer: 5/5

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Betaine, Honey Extract/Mel Extract/Extrait de Miel, Collagen Extract,  Portulaca Oleracea Extract,  Hyaluronic Acid,  Bifida Ferment Lysate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract,  Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract,  Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract,  Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract,  Lilium Tigrinum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract,  Iris Ensata Extract,  Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract,  Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract,  Allantoin,  Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide,  Panthenol, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol,   Fragrance/Parfum, Gold (CI 77480). MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

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FOMO- don’t be jelly

Lush recently released a brand new line of Jelly products. This includes some jelly bath bombs and some jelly face masks. I have been lucky enough to try them both out. Today I am ranting and raving about FOMO a new jelly face mask they released. Now the major difference in these mask is the shelf life. The old masks had an average shelf life of one week while the jelly masks have a shelf life of about four weeks. To me this is a big difference, since they last longer you tend to get more bang for your buck.

I went into my local Lush and asked a million questions and the lovely lady helped me pick the right mask for me! I usually tend to have red skin so she recommended FOMO to help calm the redness and sooth my skin. For those of you that don’t know FOMO means fear of missing out. Let me tell you, you don’t want to miss out on this face mask. It smells amazing! I could not wait to get home and lather some on.

My question was HOW?! Grab a dime size piece and massage it between your dry hands and BAM ready to apply to your face. The jelly will make your face feel so smooth. FOMO has rose and chamomile making not only smell good but feel just as good. I was worried that it would be hard to wash off, but it was easy to wash off with a wash cloth.  I was so relaxed after this mask. My skin was so smooth, soft, and less red.

Rating:

FOMO 4/5

 

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua) Calamine Powder Glycerine Propylene Glycol Kaolin Talc Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus) Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) *Linalool

*Occurs naturally in essential oils

 

Fall Full Moon

 

 

So right before Hurricane Irma hit Florida (where I live, Miami to be exact) we had a beautiful full moon. Now some of my followers know full moons are kinda a big deal for me ! This was the first full moon of fall, my favorite season so needless to say I went all out. I was also worried about the hurricane so this kinda helped relieve some of the stress ! With the hurricane coming I did have to prep, so please forgive me for not getting the best pictures !

I have become slightly obsessed with this brand witch baby soap, now this is not my first post about them, but they do offer a Spell Box. The spell box includes a bath bomb for each full moon (3) and some awesome extras. The fall box was no different ! It includes the bath bombs specific to each full moon, a soap, a body scrub, a hand salve, and a body oil. The boxes include some instructions and some whitchy extras, for example a spell candle.

This month’s bath bomb was a salted caramel latte, and it came in a coffee cup. Can it get any better? Yes you can! Not only did it smell delicious, my skin has never felt softer. I could not stop rubbing my legs. I picked up more of a salty caramel than anything but hey my skin was so soft I was not complaining  ! I paired this bathbomb with Lush’s Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. A perfect match. For those of you that don’t know it smells of chocolate and oranges. I am devastated that they are discontinuing it !

Raitings:

September Bath Bomb 4/5

Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream 5/5

Now I do something every full moon a little special, I make Full Moon Water. I make it once a month and add it to my baths, use it to water my plants, simply leave it on my altar when I am not using it, ect.

Here is my recipe and the meaning behind the ingredients:

  • A bowl
  • Drinking water
  • Fresh or dried leaves and/or flowers of:
    • lemon – for success
    • mint – for money
    • lavender–psychic powers
    • rose – for love
    • sage – for wisdom

First when the moon rises, set up your altar with the bowl, water, herbs and flowers. Cast the circle in you usual way. Then place your bowl where the moonlight will shine into it and put the herbs in the bowl and pour water over them. Here is where you’re witchy side comes out. Hold out your receptive (non dominant) hand palm-up so the moonlight shines on it. Call out to the moon with these or similar words:

“Mother moon, please share your magic with me. I charge this water, With the power of the full moon, To achieve my dreams. May mint bring me the money To fulfill my goals, And lemon give me success in my endeavors. May lavender amplify my intuition and help me hear the voice of spirit. May rose nourish my heart and help me use my powers with love. May sage clear my mind and help me use my powers with wisdom. With herbs and moonlight This water is charged.”

Finish your ritual as usual and, if possible, leave the water out to steep in the moonlight over night.

Head over to my Instagram for a chance to win items from the fall spell box from witch baby soap and goodies from stardustfunk !

Wine, Please?

Now while Miami is no Napa Valley we do have a hidden gem where you can get away for a little taste of wine country here in our own backyard. Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery has wine, beer, and food. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah amazing views! So not only is it beautiful, there is plenty to do so you won’t be bored, hungry, or sober. Let me start by stating I am no wine expert.

I went with some of my family. We enjoyed wine tasting and dinner. Everything was amazing. If you aren’t a fan of fruity wines this might not be for you. Lucky for me I am. They have everything from Lychee Dolce (lychee wine) to Avovino (avocado wine). You read that right avocado wine, and it’s actually really good. They have Florida inspired wines like Carambola (star fruit wine), Mango, Guava, Coconut, and Passion Fruit wines. Each has a unique flavor and it was hard to choose a favorite. Passion fruit was my favorite, a fruity red wine. They also have a brewery and a restaurant. I cannot wait to go back!

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Dress: Killstar 

Winery: Schnelby Winery

Green Waters, Stronger Messages

Now a days we are all caught up in technology we don’t take a minute to step back and take a minute to stop and enjoy life. I am totally guilty of this, so yes include me. We are all glued to our phones, tablets, computers, video games,  whatever our vice is we all have one. It is so crazy to think just 20 years ago we didn’t have most of these devices, what did we do back then?

bug splatWhy am I starting with all of this you may ask, in the Lush Kitchen they have a bath bomb that invokes these thoughts. Bugsplat as it’s called comes with an insert that reads “Welcome to the Drone Age” When I first got this bath bomb I couldn’t put it back in the box fast enough, all I could pick up was this strong smell. As you drop it in the bath it definitely mellows out.  It has the same scent as the bug perfume with sandal wood, pepper, and elemi. What drew me to this bath bomb was all the money you spend of this bad boy is donated to Reprive to help fund their campaign against drone strikes.  A good cause and my own lagoon ? I’m sold.

What pairs with such a spicy scent you may ask? A soft floral, and since I have been binge watching season 1 of Game of Thrones I have no better match than Ghost Shower Gel. This is one of my favorites it also has a matching jelly, it is a thick shimmery white shower gel. Ghost is a very soft floral, yet lingers on the skin for hours.  The jasmine sticks out more than the rose. However, it is not as strong as sex bomb or flying fox. If you like florals you will love this guy. My skin was so soft after this bath, I don’t know if it was the orchid infusion from Ghost or from soaking in Bugsplat for so long. I am like seriously softer than a baby!

Ratings:

Bugsplat: 3 out of 5

Ghost: 4 out of 5

ghost cat nose

Thank you for following me on this adventure! Make sure to follow on insta and twitter ! @stardustfunk !

Sesame Suntan Lotion 

Summer is a time for endless beach days, tanning by the pool, and non-stop sunshine. When I think of sun I think tanning! My go to sun tan lotion is Lush’s Sesame Suntan Lotion, once you try it you won’t go back to anything else. This luxurious sunscreen lotion has a SPF of 10 and is safe for vegans. This lotion not only protects you from the sun but moisturizes your skin at the same time. Scented like sesame your mouth will be watering, weird I know. The cocoa butter and aloe will have your skin begging for more.

The sesame oil, aloe vera extract, and cocoa butter will have you feeling refreshed even in the hottest of sun. The nutty lotion will leave your skin soft even after your day of fun in the sun. Best part is you will be sun-kissed without being burned.

The only thing about this lotion is that it does remind me of Chinese food. Now normally I wouldn’t mind but while tanning this could be kinda weird. When using this with my aunt we could not help but think of that Seinfeld episode when Kramer uses butter to tan. Yes I am a HUGE Seinfeld fan. I am not sure if this made me love the tanning lotion more or less. Thanks pop culture!

Rating : Sesame Suntan Lotion 4/5

 

So I know summer is almost over for most, but I had this saved in my drafts and never posted it ! Oops! Lucky for us Floridians we experience summer all year round!

Bubbles on Bubbles 

So I attempted to film a bath bomb demo and take some photos and that resulted with the death of my iPhone 6s. Welcome to team android.  Needless to say I am determined to review my beloved Smargadine Bubble Bath! Since this was my second attempt I decided go big, so for this bath cocktail we are going double boubles! I am adding and reviewing the flowering tea reusable bubble bar.
This bad boy who literally means emerald in Greek, was released in the lush kitchen a few weeks ago. It is a blend of patchouli, peppermint, lavender, and sandalwood this thick dark green bubble bath turns your water a light green color. The best part is it’s vegan. Your bathroom will smell like a minty forest. The bubbles will speak for themselves!

This giant tea bag is filled with blue corn flowers, and scented with rosewood oil, neroli, and orange. This bath dunk is so skin softening and has the most beautiful surprise with the blue petals bursting out. This was a floral yet orange scent. The best part is it’s reusable, you can get more than one use out of it! That’s right 1-3 uses. Lot’s of bubbles and milky glittery water? Yes please !

So this double bubble mix was bursting with bubbles. This cocktail was a match made in heaven. The forest in a bottle could use some florals and the flowering tea is bursting at it’s seams. The two came together for a refreshing and calming bath that I highly recommend.

Rating Smargadine: 4/5

Rating Flowering Tea: 3/5

Summer Time Fine

 

So this past Wednesday was the first official day of summer. Living in Miami every day can feel like summer. Although I wish I could spend most of my summer in Bimini where that picture was taken. Wherever you are, it’s summer time to enjoy the fuck out of it. When I was younger it was all about no school, music, popsicle, partying, and of course the beach. My must haves include a bit of the nostalgia of all of that good stuff with my own twist.

  • Little Black Dress: Summer approved, of course. Now i know what you’re thinking black in this summer heat. Yes it can be done. A simple T-shirt dress or a tank dress with some cute shoes and BAM your set. This is where #2 comes into play. LBDDress: dollskill Bag: killstar
  • A Statement Bag: Make it pop. It’s summer, what better time to show how you feel with a bag instead of a lame T-shirt? This can take any outfit from lame to the shit. You want something that is going to have people begging you to tell them where you copped it, just reply ” I forgot” and smile like the badass you are. boombox bagBag: dollskill
  • Starbucks: Iced Please ? What is summer with out your iced drinks and sunglasses ?ombre pink drink
  • Fishnets: Now I have been feeling these way too much lately. You can dress them up or down,  pair em with jean shorts or a dress. They are just so easy and come in so many colors. The best part? Won’t break your bank. img-7.jpgFishnets/Shirt: alien outfitters
  • Music: Now I bet you’re thinking um music? Yes ! Go out of your way and explore some new music. Support local musicians, go listen to some bands play live, ect. I went all out and got a record player. I am following in my grandfather’s footsteps and hope to start a collection. Of course i had to start with my favorite album that just celebrated it’s 50th birthday. FYI most artist have vynils and the MP3 version too.
  • Netflix: What is summer with out binge watching all your favorite movies and shows? I mean I’m all about partying and going all out but who doesn’t love to bum it out and watch an entire series in a week? Or re watch their favorite movie for the 100th time? Make sure to have fun with it!
  • Movie: The Shining

  • BEACH: If you are one of the luck ones near a beach take advantage! Not everyone is lucky as us! I have been dying to catch some up on some sun but the Miami weather has not been cooperating. Take advantage, it is summer after all! Make sure to wear sunscreen while you tan and don’t forget those lips!

      Lip Balm: stardustfunk (SPF + moisture) Towel: alien outfitters

  • Get Creative: Do something creative! Get out of your comfort zone. Do a DIY project, take a trip you have always wanted to take, get outside more. Do whatever makes you happy! Make this summer count! DIY succulentI planted this bad boy myself into one of my empty lush pots. If you are a true lushie you have a bunch left over and this is a cute way to brighten up any room.

Now if you really like all my suggestions feel free to click the hyperlinks under the pictures and help yourself. Treat Yourself this Summer! You won’t regret it! Don’t forget when shopping at Alien Outfitters Make sure to use my code for 15% off your purchase! ** StephanieR15 **

 

MDW 2017

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Memorial day weekend is very important weekend, we can’t forget why we celebrate and have this weekend off.  However this weekend I got the opportunity to have a photo shoot and I couldn’t be happier about it. It usually rains here in Miami but we got lucky with amazing weather! Between the pictures, the weather, and the sun tanning by the pool I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

romper: topshop hat: dollskill necklace: rogue and wolf lipstick: limecrime pansy

top: juicy couture skirt: nikki lipstick shoes: YRU highlight: kat von d alchemist palette

shirt//fishnets: alien outfitters belt/glasses: dollskill shorts: express boots:sam edelman

I had a blast running around Miami shooting photos. I loved styling and getting all dressed up. I can’t wait till the next one. All details are mentioned above. When shopping at alien outfitters use my code StephanieR15 for 15% off!

sylist//MUA: @stardustfunk

 

Weed Helps Epilepsy, Duh

 

Doctors who treat Dravet syndrome can’t stop their patients’ seizures—but a chemical in weed may help. Dravet syndrome is a rare, genetic form of epilepsy that affects less than one in 16,000 children. It’s diagnosed when infants who are perfectly healthy start having seizures around their first birthday. From there, doctors can prescribe medications that…

via A chemical in weed can treat a devastating form of epilepsy — Quartz

I don’t know about you but I hate taking my 3654975 pills to treat my “disability” aka epilepsy. I am just 24 years old and some day am throwing up my life or feel like a zombie from everything. Sometimes I think the side effects are worse than the pills. At the same time seizures are the worst, so what can I do when there is a gridlock state like Florida where medical marijuana is technically legal but the government has everything on hold? Just wait, it makes things frustrating and difficult. Research like this not only gives us patients hope but hopefully pushes our representatives to get moving and push the laws!