Get Luxuriously Soft Skin with Dermesse Natural Sugar Scrub {Review}

In a former life (aka 10 years ago) I worked in a salon for about 2 years. There was a little station up in the front reception area with a small sink and an amazing sugar scrub that clients could use while they were waiting. Every time Brett would visit me while I was closing up the salon, he would use the sugar scrub and so would all the employees…men and women. Our hands were so soft!

Over the years after not working at the salon any longer, I kinda forgot about it. So when I was contacted to try Dermesse Natural Sugar Scrub, it brought back memories and I had hoped this scrub would provide the same amazing benefits…and it definitely did, and then some!

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Go Green with Dermesse Natural Sugar Scrub, a mild skin cleanser and customer favorite.  This natural based preservative free product combines mild sugar based non-ionic detergents with natural sugar, for a gentle exfoliating rinse-off treatment that leaves your skin softer than ever.

Especially suited for the face as well as the feet, knees, and elbows to produce maximum gentleness with deep cleaning, for the removal of excess dead epidermal cells.

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Benefits of Dermesse Sugar Scrub:

  • Sugar is a natural and safe preservative
  • Sugar is a mild abrasive that rinses off cleanly leaving the skin soft and moisturized
  • 98% of the product is made-up of natural based ingredients

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I prefer to use this on my hands and feet. Simply take a small scoop of the scrub and rub it into your skin in a circular motion.

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They don’t specify an amount of time to rub the scrub in, but you won’t want to stop! I probably did it for about a minute.

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Rinse the scrub off and immediately notice how soft and smooth your skin is. My hands were still soft hours later, even after washing them a few times and doing stuff around the house.

This is a perfect first step during a manicure or pedicure because it removes dead skin cells and even makes your nails moisturized and soft. I actually like this sugar scrub more than the one I used in the past because there is no added oil layer that you have to mix in and the smell of this one is nice and light.

I put mine right next to the sink and use it on my hands every few days…I bet Brett has used it too!

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I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!

 

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review

We have stayed at Disney’s Contemporary Resort three times now, but unfortunately have not eaten at every restaurant, stayed in every room or experienced everything that the resort has to offer. However, I have lots of photos to share and even a video of some of the areas around and in the resort. I already did a little bit of a run-through of our room during our June Trip Report from last year, but I wanted to share a separate full review of the resort itself.

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The Contemporary Resort is located right next to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. It is a Deluxe Resort and is on the monorail loop and is known for how the monorail travels directly through the center of the main building!

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The Magic Kingdom is within walking distance, and there is a nice trail to take between the two. The walk takes about 10-15 minutes at a normal pace. The check-in area is moderately large, but nothing compared to the Value resorts. However, I have never seen it very busy and there is also a little waiting area with a tv.

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There are 3 restaurants and 1 counter service location. The California Grill is located on the 15th floor. We’ve never eaten there, but the menu looks fantastic and the views of the Magic Kingdom and fireworks even more so. There is a viewing deck located outside for anyone eating at the restaurant to step out onto and enjoy the view.

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The Wave is located next to the check-in desks on the main floor. We haven’t eat here yet either.

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Rounding out the trio of restaurants is Chef Mickey’s. It is a character buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have eaten here twice and while we think the food is pretty standard, the character interaction is always fun and is a great way to meet the Big 4 characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald.

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The quick service location is called Contempo Cafe. It is located to the right just before you reach the Chef Mickey check-in counter on the 4th floor. There are several ordering stations equipped with a touch screen and photos of all the menu items. You order on the screen and receive a number. There are beverages and dessert cases for you to choose from. Once you order and pick up any additional items, you check out with the cashier and either wait for your food, or you can get a number to have them bring it out to your table. You can also get your items to-go. The small seating area can get pretty full during peak hours. The Refillable Mug stations are located in this area, as well.

This area also contains a few shops and an arcade. I love that there are windows everywhere you look so you can have a nice view everywhere you turn. Also on this floor is a fireworks viewing deck. There are a few rows of benches and the music from Wishes will play during the show. The view is a bit off-center, but it’s definitely a great way to relax and see Wishes without the park crowds.

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All three times we’ve stayed here, we had a room in a parking lot/main building view in the Garden Wing. The location may not have been great compared to a Theme Park view in the main tower, but the price was decent (the first time was free from a work conference and the other two times there were nice Florida Resident or AP discounts). In fact, depending on where your room is, you may even be able to catch a bit of Wishes and the Castle…a fireworks view for 1/3rd of the price!

We definitely enjoyed the extra space compared to our usual Value rooms…as did Trent!

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When you first enter the room, there are two closets on the left with a little bar area in the middle…this is where the coffee machine, refrigerator and some extra drawers are.

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There is a couch, cushioned chair, side table and dresser. There will either be one King bed or two Queen beds.

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The TV area has a small ledge that wraps around and is great for setting small items on.

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There is a large desk on one side of the room…which always turned into our “command center” with cameras, laptops, tablets and plenty of wires!

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The bathroom has two nice large sinks, but they are very shallow. They look nice, but don’t leave much room for counter space to set your stuff on. We used the space below the sinks and then even put stuff in the one sink and kept the other one for both of us to use.

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This may be totally random, but every time we use the shower or bath, the water is so fickle. You spend a minute getting the right temperature, then a minute later it’s too cold, then 2 minutes later it’s too hot…I spend half the shower adjusting the water temperature!

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The toilet is located in a separate room with a sliding door. There is extra space in this room where we placed our hamper for dirty clothes.

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Our view was also nice, as we were able to see the monorail zipping by throughout the day. Twice we were able to see parts of Wishes from our window! I’ll definitely take a fireworks view without having to pay for one!

As far as activities go, there definitely is no shortage. There is one pool with a water slide and a small “splash” zone. This splash zone is laughable compared to the one at Art of Animation, but at least they offer one. In that same area is the Sand Bar, where you can grab a bite to eat or a frosty drink.

There is a small beach located directly behind the pool that goes into Bay Lake. Next to that is the boat dock that has some seats at the end. There is a motor launch that runs in Bay Lake and services the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness to and from the Magic Kingdom. You can also see the nightly Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake.

With the monorail, we have enjoyed numerous days of not even using our car (we drive to WDW and use our car instead of the buses). Not only can you take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom, which saves a ton of time, but you can also go to the other resorts on the loop (great for meal reservations) and hop over to the EPCOT monorail. Since we are still in the stroller phase (and about to go to the double-stroller stage – yikes!) the convenience of being able to hop on and off the monorail without folding/unfolding a stroller was phenomenal…especially when I was by myself and Brett was already at a park. Dealing with the stroller can be a pain on trams. I also like the convenience of being able to walk, which is always helpful when you see the astronomically long line for the monorail to leave after the fireworks and you can choose to avoid it.

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With all that being said, perhaps my favorite part of the Contemporary is being so close to the action. From the fireworks viewing decks to the monorail access to the short walking distance, being so close to the Magic Kingdom definitely makes the vacation a bit more magical. While the resort isn’t overly Disney-themed, which many, including me at first, might think takes away from the Disney feel, the close proximity to the park of all parks more than makes up for it.

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During one of our trips, I took a stroll around the resort and filmed a bit of it to create a video for y’all. Enjoy!

While I won’t give The Contemporary Resort an overall rating, I will say that whether you like it depends on your preferences. Honestly, before we ever stayed here, Brett and I used to say we probably wouldn’t ever stay at this resort because it looked too plain…it lacked the Disney ambience. But then we stayed here once and have been hooked mostly because of one thing…convenience. So if you like being close to the Magic Kingdom and on the monorail loop, but want a bit of a better price than other monorail loop resorts, then choose the Contemporary.

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Wake Up Your Skin with Frank Coffee Scrub {Review}

I love coffee. I love beauty products. So it’s no surprise I was excited to try frank coffee scrub! To be honest, I had never heard of it before, but after a quick search online, I found a lot of reviews. Had I been living under a rock? Nope, just busy wrangling a toddler, being tired and pregnant, and doing the working mom thang…I suppose.

Have you heard of frank? Here’s some more info:

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frank is an all-natural coffee scrub for your body- an exfoliator that targets skin conditions such as cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, acne, and psoriasis. He’s made with fresh coffee grinds and other natural ingredients.

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When I first opened the package, the aroma was wonderful. As much as I like coffee, I don’t always like the smell, but frank had a light coffee smell mixed with an almost chocolaty smell…which is the only way I can think to describe it but it was probably from the sweet almond oil.

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frank really is a coffee scrub, made with natural ingredients, so you really are getting a bag of coffee almost! I received the original formula, made with coffee, sweet almond oil, brown sugar, vitamin e and orange oil.

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When caffeine is applied topically to the skin it can stimulate blood-flow and circulation, this may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Ground coffee beans are also a natural exfoliant helping to reduce dry skin, as well as target eczema and psoriasis.It’s packed with Vitamins A, E and D to moisturize your skin, as well as linoleic and oleic acids to promote skin healing. Basically lots of good stuff that hydrates your skin and makes it appear to glow.

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That sounds amazing! But how do I use it?

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Pretty much. Here are the official instructions:

  • Get naked and get in the shower. Turn the shower on and dampen your skin.
  • Get dirty by using approximately two small handfuls of scrub to cover your body.
  • Get rough with circular massage motions, concentrating on problem areas.
  • Leave scrub to dry for 5 to 10 minutes. Get clean by rinsing the scrub from your body.

So since I am pregnant and this is made of caffeine, I didn’t exactly slather it all over, but I did test it out on my legs.

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The part that sounds troublesome to me is having to let frank dry while you stand in the shower for 10 minutes. Since I was just putting it on my legs, I didn’t do it in the shower, just by the tub.

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I won’t lie, this stuff is messy. Take this photo and multiply that by 20 when putting it all over your body.

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After rinsing, my skin definitely felt smooth, soft and moisturized. I didn’t even feel like I needed lotion afterward, they felt that nice. As for the rest of my frank package, I am saving that for after this pregnancy to see if it will work it’s magic on the few stretch marks I have been blessed with this time around. If you look at their website, they have some amazing before and after photos of skin conditions being treated with frank, and stretch marks are one of them. I’ll have to let you guys know how that works out!

To see for yourself, search social media using #thefrankeffect

You can learn more about frank and purchase any one of their varieties by going to their website: http://frankbody.com

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 I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and honest. Thanks for reading!

 

Montagne Jeunesse: Renew You Sleep Spa Mask {Review}

I received two Montagne Jeunesse Renew You Sleep Spa Masks as part of a Clever Girls Collective campaign. I was not required to write a blog post, but I wanted to write one anyway so I could share the fun with you guys! and so you can laugh at me…we’ll get into that in a bit.

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Here’s a little info about these masks:

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  • 100% Natural Bamboo Mask.
  • While you were sleeping, our natural ingredients were working the overtime throughout the night to bring you healthy, beautiful skin. Mornings have never been brighter.

How Sleep Spa Works

  • Cleanse your face then snuggle up under the duvet.
  • Apply the fabric mask to facial contours and relax for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the fabric mask and massage excess product into skin.
  • Don’t wash off, that’s the beauty of it!
  • Wake up to amazing results

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Why You Should Add a Mask to Your Skincare Regime

  • The daily stress skin takes from the environment, diet and application of various personal care products call for even the most well-turned skincare regime to be boosted weekly to provide therapeutic, deep conditioning to repair and fortify.
  • Face masks offer a deep-down action that helps nourish, cleanse, remove impurities, keep skin healthy and vibrant as well as adds essential nutrients to your skin.
  • Depending on the mask you choose to use, it can help to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores so toning, hydrating and protecting products work more effectively.
  • Delivering added hydration to the skin through a mask can also improve the overall condition of the skin. Well hydrated skin equals fewer breakouts, less fine lines and dullness.
  • Massaging skin when removing a face mask can also help stimulate blood circulation leaving skin smoother and softer.

The unique thing about these masks is that when you open the package, it’s not a cream that you rub onto your face…it actually is a full mask with eye and nose holes cut out and all the beneficial ingredients all packed into it. You just place the mask onto your face and press down to make sure the mask is in good contact with your skin. Then, you relax and let the the mask and ingredients do their thang for 10 minutes.

Oh and trust me, you will look ridiculous.

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Trent’s used to me looking ridiculous by now. In fact, once he noticed me, he pointed, smiled and then ran over to touch it.

I chose to start with the fruit enzyme mask with papaya & pineapple and ohmygosh, it smelled delicious.

So after the mask works its magic for 10 minutes, you take it off and then DON”T RINSE! I know, crazy right? You are supposed to massage those leftover ingredients into your skin and then let them sink in and really improve your skin overnight while you sleep.

At first, I had to fight the urge to rinse. Every other mask I’ve ever used requires you to rinse or scrub it off afterward. But it actually felt nice to massage those ingredients in and not “waste” them. The mask itself smelled so good and the ingredients felt amazing. I woke up the next day with skin that was soft and beautiful.

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I definitely recommend these masks. I’m used to using clay-type masks, which are good for acne-prone oily skin, but it was nice to feel like I was treating my skin to moisture and nourishment.

Product Availability

  • Montagne Jeunesse Renew You Sleep Spa Masks will launch in US Ulta stores beginning July 2014. The kit retails for $14.99.

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Fun Labeling & More with Kidecals {Review}

Kids are expensive. Their stuff is even more expensive. amiright?

So when your child has something, you definitely don’t want them to lose it…or have it accidentally taken. Toys, clothes, school supplies, lunch boxes, etc. The last time we went to the beach with family, we spent a few minutes trying to determine whose sand toys belonged to whom before we could leave. My quick response was to just write a big S on most of the toys with a permanent marker so we knew they were ours, but for most other items, I don’t want to take a permanent marker to them…I wondered if there was a better way we could label Trent’s items and even help them get returned to us if they were lost.

Enter Kidecals!

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Kidecals specializes in waterproof name labels and other products including keyboard labels, chalkboard labels, pantry labels, canning labels, and gift labels. Here are some of my favorite selections!

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As you can see, they have a wide range of options. You can use their labels to make return address stickers. You can also place allergy info on items, letting others know what your child can’t eat.

They also offer popular monogram labels and even stickers to place on your front door asking people not to ring the doorbell and wake your sleeping baby inside! Their website allows you to easily search their entire selection by gender, use, age, style, best sellers, etc.

We chose a waterproof label with a firetruck on it and we customized it to include Trent’s name and Brett’s phone number. The phone # below isn’t ours, but it has been marked out on the rest of the photos in this post :) But keep in mind, you can put other information there too, as long as it will fit!

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We chose the Mega Set, which includes 24 two inch labels and 48 one inch labels = 72 total.

All their products include the most durable waterproof laminate on the market. They’re virtually indestructible! The adhesive is highly aggressive and long-lasting but it won’t damage surfaces. They guarantee your labels will stay securely fixed to any surface without peeling; and your pretty design will always remain scratch free. Their labels are dishwasher, washing machine and dryer proof and are water, heat and cold repellant.

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These labels are so cute! I had to resist the urge to label ALL THE THINGS! and just focus on items that could leave the house or get mixed up while playing with other kids. Here are some ways we used the labels…

On Trent’s fireman backpack – how appropriate!

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Art supplies, like packs of crayons and markers.

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Books are also good items to label…we wouldn’t want him to lose his current favorite book!

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I can think of so many uses for Kidecals labels. Sending your kids to camp this summer? Use Kidecals to make sure they come back with everything they left with! That long list of required back-to-school items? Label it all so you don’t have to buy things twice!

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Lucky you!! Kidecals is offering 15% off your order! Just use the code thegoods at checkout! Combine that with their free shipping and you can score a great deal!

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Kidecals is also currently holding a giveaway for $500 worth of decals! Go here to enter!

 

What will you be labeling?!

 

I received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and honest…especially the one about me losing everything. Thanks for reading!