ENJOY A SUMMER SODA ALL YEAR 'ROUND WITH THE 2015 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SODA FOUNTAIN COLLECTION FROM WHISH!

by Christina in


SUMMER- ALMOST OVER...?!

It really does seem as though this summer by went entirely too fast and with August fast approaching, I know that getting ready to go back to school is on the horizon! My teenage step-son will be entering high school this year and I don't even know if I'm ready [lol!] but, he's taking a huge milestone that will be filled with fun memories and I'm excited for him :) My fiance is working on his Master's and I my B.A. in communications-we will both be taking our last 2 semesters to wrap up each of our degrees too!

With everyone in the household going back to school, it's quite easy to get wrapped up in trying to ensure that things are ready to go for that first day. It also means that it's a little bit more difficult to find time to relax and as for scoring new beauty products or "splurges", it's at the bottom of my list of must-need items :/ Things such as the kiddo's clothes, back-to-school supplies, haircut and more come first;  if I have anything left after everything else is purchased, then I might spend a bit on myself for skincare and cosmetics that I've been craving for the Fall/Winter seasons ;)

Since we've all started going back to school at the same time a few years ago, I began to get creative when looking for my coveted beauty items. Sales and promo codes are a GREAT place to start- if you go to the right places at the right times, you can manage to score some pretty great finds for decent prices :) I LOVE Sephora.com, ULTA.com, Beauty.com and even places like Amazon.com! They all have constant online sales and deals along with great bonuses like FREE samples to web purchasers only- plus stores like Sephora allow both online and in-store purchases to be counted towards their rewards program and that allows for you to score even more FREE items and discounts throughout the year. Move up levels and the discounts and freebies get even better!

As for PROMO codes, those are fairly easy to find as well; I stick with sites like RetailMeNot.com , Promocodes.com, Fatwallet.com and Brad's Deals. These sites are great at giving site-only exclusive codes and you can see if others have tried them out and what their comments are on the promo code too! Fatwallet has a LOT of great offers for cashback when using certain payment methods or deals and I've found quite a few good offers for printable and online/promo codes at Brad's Deals as well.

That's  also why I wanted to share with all of you today a great find that I managed to come across recently that's affordable and fun! The new Whish body collections are great for bringing you back to the cool moments in the summer- while you were taking a nice sip of cold, refreshing soda! I DEF miss that feeling with the start of the school year, so I loved the idea of these products immediately :) Check out my verdict below:


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SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

WHISH BODY BUTTER [BLACK CHERRY] 

$15

I'm VERY picky about moisturizer in general, which means that I have fairly high standards when it comes to what I choose to moisturize my body with! After all, this is one of the MOST important products AND steps in one's skincare routine and it's VERY crucial to make sure that you're using the right product too.

I'm not big normally on "cutesy" smells and names, but these products from Whish really caught my eye right off the bat! They aren't full of bad-for-you ingredients and instead, are composed of natural, good-for-you formulas that your skin will thank you for! This Body Butter is made with organic: shea butter, raspberry butter, aloe, seaweed extract, & even rice bran oil!

 The 16 oz. generous pump-handled bottle makes this item a great buy and excellent for an affordable gift for a woman of any age or skin-type. Even though it's scented, I absolutely LOVE the scent and it didn't seem to bother me or irritate my skin at all. I'd recommend this product to anyone :)

WHISH BODY BUTTER [KEY LIME] 

$15

I've tried quite a few moisturizers and body lotions out there, but I actually enjoyed  this one right from the first use! I also got the chance to try out Orange Cream and Ginger Melon, but Key Lime was my FAV "flavor" :)

The scent is very reminiscent of Key Lime pie and summer all wrapped into one product and it won't leave your skin feeling greasy. In fact, I noticed this to be a nice alternative to the usual scented moisturizers I've gotten in the past. A lot of lotions that are scented can leave a film or greasy feeling or an overpowering scent that lingers in an unpleasant way, however this moisturizer from Whish didn't do that at all!

Plus, it's affordable like the entire collection which means you can get more than one flavor- for yourself and for a girlfriend or family member ;) If you're seeking a decent moisturizer that's fun and won't break the bank- this is the item for you!



WHERE TO SCORE THE WHISH SODA FOUNTAIN COLLECTION:

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KEEP YOUR SKIN FEELING REFRESHED THIS SUMMER WITH CARAPEX'S BOTANICAL FACIAL CLEANSER:

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TIPS FOR KEEPING SUMMER SKIN REFRESHED FOR THE SUMMER:

1. ANTI-OXIDANTS ARE YOUR FRIEND!!! THESE GUYS WILL REALLY HELP TO KEEP YOUR SKIN PROTECTED FROM THE DAMAGING RAYS OF THE SUN + PREVENT SUN SPOTS AND PREMATURE AGING! PACK THEM ON WITH AN ANTIOXIDANT RICH MOISTURIZER OR DAY CREAM-PREFERABLY ONE THAT'S OIL-FREE.

2. DON'T LET YOUR MAKEUP SUFFER FROM THE DREADED "MELT" AND INSTEAD GO FOR A PRODUCT THAT WILL STOP IT DEAD IN ITS TRACKS, STARTING WITH A GOOD PRIMER AND COMPLETING YOUR LOOK WITH MAKEUP FINISHING SPRAY TO LOCK MAKEUP IN PLACE. 

3. REDUCE SHINE, OIL, & DIRT WITH SOME BLOTTING PAPER! THEY'RE AN INEXPENSIVE SOLUTION TO THAT AGE-OLD SHINE PROBLEM AND YOU CAN TAKE THEM WITH YOU ON-THE-TO AS WELL.

4. STAY WELL-HYDRATED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER AND REDUCING FOODS HIGH IN SALT CONTENT/YOUR SALT INTAKE AS THIS WILL ONLY CAUSE YOUR SKIN TO LOOK AND FEEL DRY AND CAUSE PUFFINESS TOO!

5. MAKE SURE TO REMOVE THOSE EXCESS LAYERS OF DEAD SKIN CELLS THAT CAN CAUSE IT TO LOOK DULL AND LACKLUSTER AS A RESULT! EXFOLIATION WILL ALSO HELP REDUCE CLOGGING AND SIZE OF PORES :)



SUMMER SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

CARAPEX BOTANICAL FACIAL CLEANSER $14.47

- Ingredients:  No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors.  Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!   - Scent:  This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.  - Color:  This product has no added colors  - Lather:  This premium product may not lather as thickly as a store-bought product. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather. Lather does not cleanse; it merely looks and feels good. This product will cleanse as well (or better) without excessive lather, and without irritation.

- Ingredients: No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!
- Scent: This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.
- Color: This product has no added colors
- Lather: This premium product may not lather as thickly as a store-bought product. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather. Lather does not cleanse; it merely looks and feels good. This product will cleanse as well (or better) without excessive lather, and without irritation.

I was REALLY impressed with the overall quality and feel of my skin after using this cleanser and it's probably the first naturally-minded, gentle facial cleanser that I've come across that really does work well-consistently! The formula isn't too thick and doesn't lather up like the typical cleansers usually do, but that is because this product doesn't contain sulfates! It will cleanse without leather AND irritation :)

If your skin is easily effected by artificial fragrances, chemicals, or colors which means that you can use this cleanser on a daily basis without any aggravation to skin. At under $15 this product from Carapex is very affordable and for the quality of organic skincare you're receiving, it's a wonderful value as well. I'd recommend this to anyone of any age and skintype- it's all-around great facial cleanser :) 



BONUS PRODUCT REVIEW:

CARAPEX RENEWAL FACIAL CLEANSER $14.47

- Ingredients:  No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors.  Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!   - Scent:  This product has no added perfumes.  - Color:  This product has no added colors  - Lather:  This premium product may not lather as thickly as other products. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather which does nothing but make bubbles.

- Ingredients: No sulfates, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!
- Scent: This product has no added perfumes.
- Color: This product has no added colors
- Lather: This premium product may not lather as thickly as other products. Most products use sulfates (a detergent and irritant) to produce rich lather which does nothing but make bubbles.

This cleanser product from Carapex will replace your current exfoliating cleanser after the first time you use it! I loved how fresh and clean my skin skin felt after using this cleanser and even though it also doesn't lather up as much as many facial cleansers out on the market. The reason being, is that this product doesn't contain harmful detergents which although they can cause lather, will also bring skin irritation and dryness.

If you've had issues in the past with exfoliating cleansers being too harsh or rough on the skin, this is DEF the cleanser for you :) With the cost coming just under $15 as well, the pricing is just right! You really get a great value in this cleanser for the pricing. I'd recommend this Carapex Renewal Cleanser to anyone looking to add a good, organic product to their beauty regimen or you want to replace your existing facial cleanser with a better alternative that really works- for a decent price!


CARAPEX HEALING AFTER BATH LOTION $14.47

- Ingredients:  No sulfates, no detergents, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!  - Scent:  This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.  - Color:  This product has no added colors

- Ingredients: No sulfates, no detergents, no harsh chemicals, no artificial fragrances or colors. Compare our ingredients to your regular brand!
- Scent: This product has no added perfumes, although there may be a very slight scent from the natural ingredients used. This is not a perfume, and will not linger.
- Color: This product has no added colors

Carapex really does make excellent naturally-minded skincare products that are top-notch quality, affordable, and deliver! This product is not exception, and my FAV out of this bunch that I am reviewing today! The moisturizer is chalked full of natural ingredients including shea butter, aloe vera, soybean oil, vitamin E, and Japanese green tea extract and it really leaves skin feeling soft without being greasy :) The formula is not heavy or thick, but goes on light and is almost whipped in texture.

There is a very light scent to the product when first applied due to the aloe vera and shea butter, but this disappears after the product dries [takes about 3-4 minutes, tops!]. I like putting this moisturizer on after I get out of the shower and sometimes in the am. when I get up and it lasts all day, providing great softness and protection. I'd recommend this product as well to anyone- even those with very sensitive skin or other chronic skin issues and ALL ages and skin types! It's affordable and would make a great gift for a girlfriend or yourself too. 



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