This January I travel from Miami to Tampa, it was my first time ever visiting this beautiful city. It was a bittersweet trip. I was happy to be able to spend time with my family and get closer to my cousins. I also went to Busch Gardens for the first time!
So not going to lie, I had a blast at Busch Gardens. The roller coasters were a blast. My favorite was by far Montu. Cheetah was pretty bad ass too. We got to drink AND ride roller coasters ? Yes please ! I didn’t ride Sheikra because I hate drops…bummer I know. The park itself is vibrant, colorful filled with plants and wild life. We were lucky enough to go on a weekend with amazing weather, no rain and it was cold. As an animal lover I was skeptical about going to a place where they keep animals, but hey I have seen worse. I got to feed kangaroos and hey peep that hippo butt. It was fun running around the park with my family, we even took grandma. It’s safe to say we all had a good time drinking, riding, and being tourists in our state. A Floridan’s specialty, am I right?
Now the reason I was in Tampa wasn’t the happiest. That’s why I said it was a bittersweet trip. In my last post I stated I don’t like to share my personal life but here I go again. I was up in Tampa for a celebration of life for my cousin who passed of this disease. I was lucky to have the opportunity to celebrate his life. I was also lucky enough to get closer to family. In the past year I have lost two people to ALS. Below I am going to include the link to donate to the ALS association. Feel free to donate as little or as much as you can, any little bit helps.
Today is Bob Marley’s 73rd birthday and I know it’s cliche but it’s a perfect day to share and educate my journey these past few weeks with CBD. For those of you who don’t know CBD is Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. CBD is all natural, found in plants and is one of the best medicines. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high. This is completely legal in all 50 states and you can find it at your local smoke shop. Some times we need to be our own advocate, we have to educate not only ourselves but also educate the public. There are still alot of misconceptions of hemp, marijuana, and CBD.
I did a some research on my own, then I went to my doctor with my note-book and pen. I asked him a bunch of questions and what was best for me. I don’t usually share about my personal life but I do have epilepsy, so my doctor helped guide me in the right direction. Lucky for me I got my medical card! There is so much information available online, I suggest before buying anything you read a little on what is best for you. Also remember each person reacts differently. After lots of reading and lot’s of notes I finally got the courage and decided what I wanted.
Remember all of this contains no THC! I wanted to have a variety of different dosages and different ways to intake it. Some were great, some not so great. The same notebook I was keeping notes in I am documenting my journey with CBD. The gummies were not so great they are low dosages that are good, but taste not so great and are really chewy. The Just CBD tincture that goes under your tongue is not the best tasting but has high dosing I think is perfect for before bed. It doesn’t taste bad, just an herby taste. I like to use 4-6 drops on those nights when I can’t sleep. I haven’t been doing much vape-ing lately but I was interested in the cartridge and a pen. The tincture can also be used in my vape pen, although I haven’t tried it yet. The silver pen has been my favorite so far, and it tastes the best. Strawberry flavored and 5ml CBD oil, can’t beat that. The cartridge was also strawberry, I it used quickly. I use the vape pens through out the day. They help me relax in general. If I’m feeling anxious I can grab a pen, or if I’m having a bad migraine grab a tincture and maybe and hour or so later I can start to feel better. I have noticed the most feeling is with the tincture. I started my journey in November and since then my skin has cleared up, my headaches have gotten better, my anxiety has decreased, and I am sleeping through the night. I have also been taking vitamins and drinking more water. I am adjusting here and there but I am keeping a close diary of my journey and hope to keep staying on track through out 2018!
A newbie- rose and citrus reminds me of rose jam and lush pulled out all the stops to make it a LOVE boat with hearts everywhere. The pink on the front is the shape of a heart and it has tiny hearts on the bottom. This boat is a fruity and floral delight.
Lush introduced the US to their skin loving bath oils. Now these had been available through the Lush kitchen and Lush UK. For those of us over the pond this gives us more chances to see them up close before purchasing or risking them melting in shipping! I had ordered a bunch of bath oils and had only tried two and did not like them very much. So I am giving them another try!
I decided to give delight bath oil a try before giving up on lush’s bath oils all together. I mean with all the skin loving butters packed into these little guys I couldn’t resist. Delight is lemon scented. A sparkly, spicy little guy. I paired him with snow fairy, for a very sparkly, sweet and spicy, citrusy bath. I made sure the water was really hot, to ensure it would melt the bath oil, then dropped it in. At first it sank to the bottom and all the glitter fell off and also sank to the bottom. It took a while to disolve, there were beads of oil slowly forming on the top of the water but any one that knows me knows how impatient I am. So I grabbed the ball of cocoa butter and rubbed it all over, paying special attention to the areas the needed some extra TLC. This left my skin so smooth, I didn’t need any oil or lotion after. Perfect for winter months or dry patches.
I am glad I gave these bath oils another chance. I am realizing that everything I hate with Lush at second sniff or second try I actually do love. Snow fairy hated it, now I am actually using it a lot. These bath oils, I have so 2 buckets filled with every bath oil that lush has to offer and I have had them sitting there because I didn’t think they were useful. Boy was I wrong. I am excited to start using them more. Stay tuned for more blog post about these lovely bath oils.
FYI two buckets of fun filled with bath oils… when I was young buckets of fun meant buckets of vodka now that fun mean buckets of bath oils oh man how times have changed !
With the new Valentines rage just being released I had to review my favorite products from the lush Christmas range 2017. There were some old favorites and some new ones. If you follow my instagram you have seen me trying these babies out. I have had some mixed feelings about products but have come to love most of them!
Cristingle Body Conditioner- Just thinking about this minty body conditioner gives me chills. I stocked up on this lovely cooling sensation. I can’t get enough. It’s amazing on its own but even better for bath cocktails. Warning this contains menthol so it does make you freezing cold. If you have a cold, suffer from migraines or body aches this is your go to! I cannot live with out this in my bathroom!
Twilight Shower Gel- I get sleepy just thinking about this amazing shower gel. Another staple in my collection. As someone who suffers from insomnia I cannot live without twilight shower gel, sleepy lotion, twilight solid perfume, twilight body splash… you get the idea! This intoxicating lavender and vanilla will have you falling into dreamland before you know it. I am seriously in love with this purple masterpiece. For us that stay up all night, this will help not only sleep better but make bath time 10000 times better.
Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream- This shower cream will have you not only wanting to jump into Santa’s sleigh but wanting to chug some vanilla coke. I couldn’t believe how similar they smelled, like a spicy vanilla coke. Since it is a shower cream it leaves the skin more moisturized and is perfect for winter. I was pleasantly surprised by this refreshing new Christmas staple and will be using it even in the summer months.
Snow Fairy Shower Gel- I could not get the top on this sugary scented sparkly gel fast enough when I first got my hands on it. As you can see I have the 500 ml bottle. So naturally I gave it another try in a bath cocktail and it started to grow on me. So much pink cotton candy scented sparkles in one big bottle ! You can say I have a love hate relationship!
Snow Fairy Body Conditioner- After falling for the pink sugary shower gel I couldn’t help myself and grab the matching body conditioner. This bad gal holds in so much moisture and the scent lasts so much longer than the shower gel. I thought it was going to be way too sweet of a scent but it really does blend well and makes skin feel sooo soft. Say good-bye to rough spots and hello to cotton candy smooth skin.
Man on The Moon Bubble Bar- Can you say the most adorable bubble bar ever made? So I am biased towards neroli scents, he was already a winner in my book. This is a bright citruis-neroli blend and is a perfect pick me up for when you are in a funk. I tried him out and I couldn’t help but fall in love! I have about 15 in my lush collection now. The amount of bubbles that come from this one little guy is unbelievable! Not only crazy bubbles but I did feel this bar did soften up my skin. This massive mustache wearing fellow might be my new favorite bubble bar…
Now that Christmas has come and gone I can’t wait to try out the new Valentines 2018 products old and new! Did any one try out the Lush Christmas exclusives? What products are you excited to try?
Where do I begin? Ho Ho Ho ! In Miami there are too many celebrations to count! I am not a grinch so I do celebrate them all and I am lucky enough to be surounded by family and friends that love me very much!
The first celebration took place with my best friend and her family. This was a Cuban celebration a few days before Christmas known as the San Lazzaro Party. We danced, we drank, we smoked cigars, we truly celebrated. This is my second holiday season with my best friend by my side and that is something to celebrate!
Next up we have Noche Buena, another cuban tradition, also known as Christmas Eve. My family tends to go out the Cuban way. The entire family gets together and roats a pig. We make hot chocolate for the kids, and have adult beverages for the big kids. I enjoy getting together with my family, we are one big family my mom has about 20 cousins. It is nice to come together for the holidays and catch up.
Last but deffinetly not least Christmas Day! I guess I was a good girl this year because Santa brought me everything I asked for! I spent the day relaxing at home with family. Some of the things I got were a bath caddy, a bath robe, a bunch of clothes, my dad got a nes (I will be using it). And yes those are BFF mood bracelets, be very jealous. The biggest gift is my animals that clearly remind me how much of a gift they are to me. This holiday season was both tough but a blessing. I am thankful for not only the material things but the family and friends I have in my life to celebrate the season with.
Day one was filled with dancing and art. Good music and art what more can you ask for? I was lucky enough to be invited to an event hosted by dutch masters. Yeah, been smoking those for years. There was art everywhere and the amazing artist were also at the event. Make sure to check them out on instagram (handles in photo). I call the last one life imitating art. I was a little busy enjoying the open bar and dancing my ass off. The DJ was just as good as the art, he had the entire place on their feet all night. The overall vibe was amazing.
Day two Miami decided to be the coldest day it has been all year. I love the cold weather so what better way to enjoy the weather than to walk the Wynwood walls? There was a block party going on with live mural painting, a DJ, food, and of course a bar. While exploring there was so much more than just the walls. There were pop up bars, pop up art studios, pop up coffee shops, and food trucks. Jazz was even being played like a mini block party on one of the closed off streets. There was an alley way closed off with a bunch of vendors selling different hand-made items, even jewelry. There was something for everyone. Basel is one of the times of year where the entire city comes alive.
The giant golden wonder oh man oh man, where do I begin? The colors, the smell, the fizz, the size alone will take your breath away. This is one massive way to start your Christmas season! It was bigger than my head and weighed more than my dog. It quickly became my new favorite Christmas product. It actually looks like a gift. Only downside, I could not get a pretty picture of this guy because it came damaged in the mail. This however did not take away from my bath.
It’s size alone can leave you staring at it for days, it fizzes for minutes literally. Mine fizzed for about ten minutes. What starts off yellow exterior bursts with colors leaving you with blue and gold water. The scent is not too strong for its giant size, an amazing blend of citrus. The lemon really stuck out to me so I blended it with my lemon melt shower gel from the kitchen. I was blown away by everything about this bath bomb! It’s a great way to help even the biggest grich get into the spirit. I say treat yo self! I will definitely be ordering another one before Christmas!
It’s Christmas and that can only mean one thing, LUSH CHRISTMAS! Not only is it the best seasonal products but the most festive baths! Shown above are only some of the items from my mini lush Christmas haul. Due to unfortunate circumstances my Christmas shopping trip was cut short but no fear! More products and reviews to come! Pictured about are Santa’s Christmas, Rose Jam, Twilight, Christingle, and Snow fairy.
This year Lush is taking a new initiative with naked packaging but I went the traditional route, I have yet to buy my new batches of Rose Jam and Twilight I might give those a naked chance. Santa’s Christmas smells just like vanilla coke, I wasn’t sure if I wanted a bath or to go drink a bunch of cola. I did stock up on the Snow Fairy and Christingle body conditioners, boy can you say smooth skin? Snow Fairy is sweet like cotton candy and Christingle is minty and seriously makes your body tingle. Snow Fairy at first I couldn’t put the top back on fast enough it was way too sweet for me, next thing i know i have a 500 ml of the matching shower gel! It’s like bathing in the sugar, I can understand why some don’t like it, last year not a fan this year I can’t get enough. I use Twighlight almost nightly and have started to love the lavender and minty mix of replacing Sleepy lotion with for the season Christingle.
I also picked up Berry Berry Christmas shower gel, the Twilight Sprinkle jar, Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub, Man in The Moon bubble bar, and a Giant Golden Wonder bath bomb. Keep your eyes out for more reviews and more bath art and cocktails coming up ! PS i have been using sheet mask lately not lush but totally helping me relax, can be found at Urban Outfitters . I have been posting all my daily baths on my instagram @stardustfunk , give us a follow !
Halloween has so mush to it. The movies, the candy, the zombie frappuccino, the crazy costumes, all of it. You can say it’s my favorite holiday. The zombie frappuccino not so much a fan. It was apple, brain, and ass. My best friend and I went all out on our costumes, we even got our make-up done. I was a unicorn and she was a nun, pictured above. With Halloween you can go one of two ways dark or magical. I was torn but I went with magical, and was a sparkly pink unicorn. PS the tutu lights up. As with every great party comes the after party. That consists of the best scary movies, the best candies, and of course you top it off with a horror themed bath.
My recovery bath was “Meat the Family” by the mad bombers, pictured above. This GIANT bath bomb was scented leather and roses. With Leather Face on it what a perfect scent. It was giant and turned the water blood-red. Best part is it didn’t stain the tub. It left my skin so soft after the bath, it was truly a skin soothing bomb. It was such a blood bath, in the best way possible. This was a giant fizzer, this bad boy lasted for a few minutes and created beautiful blood-colored water. With such morbid water it had such a beautiful complex scent, leather and roses. It was strong was the perfect mix of floral and manly. Perfect for Halloween.