Buy It and Try It

Holiday Escape with Sol Janeiro

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Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I will let you know where I bought the items and the purchase price. (And if there are any deals!) There will be items for every budget level and I will include a product review. Be sure to check back each Friday!

Skin care is a wonderful gift for those you love. Our skin is more than the “packaging” for our bodies. It reveals our heritage, our passions, and our travels through life. Every laugh line, scar, and freckle reveals something about who we are and how we live.

The Bum Bum Beauty Escape by Sol de Janeiro is $59 at Sephora, but you can get up to 20% off the products if you purchase it during the fall sale. (The sale ends on 11/15/17).

Two of my favorite products that I am happy to share with my family and friends are the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter Doce de Leite.

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Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is infused with Guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet. And this scent! I’m not sure if the aroma comes from the Guaraná, Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí, Coconut Oil, or pistachio (or more likely a blend of all of the ingredients) but it is fantastic. Imagine a mixture of pistachio, almond, jasmine, vanilla, and salted caramel. Mmmmmm …

The Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter Doce de Leite is a lip butter infused with nourishing Cupuaçu, Açaí and Coconut Oil. It does not have a taste and smells heavenly.

The Brazilian Crush Spray Body Fragrance Mist contains Alcohol, Deionized Water, and Fragrance. It doesn’t smell as rich as the Bum Bum Cream or the lip balm. The scent of the alcohol is quite a bit more fragrant that I would have expected. It is not something I would be interested in using, but I purchased this set as gifts for friends who love using a fragrance that matches their body lotion, so I know they will be happy.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored. I purchased everything discussed in this post.

Have you purchased a “holiday” gift set this year? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.


While you put on makeup, or wrap presents, why not listen to a good book? Starter Zone, the first book of my new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles, is now available on Audible!

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When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

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