1000 Roses Moroccan Beauty Oil: Eco-Luxe for Less.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Andalou Naturals brand, but many people seem to be in agreement that the 1000 Roses line is luurrrvely. I noticed the 1000 Roses face mask in Whole Foods and was very tempted, but I already have three face masks I’m using up. I’m trying to buy less, people! However, my dry skin has been crying out for oil lately, and whilst I use argan, jojoba and pricky pear seed oil in rotation, none of these smell particularly nice or feel particularly luxurious. I’ve heard awesome things about face oils from brands like Kypris, Gressa, La Bella Figura and In Fiore, but they are all pretty pricey. I wanted something that felt eco-luxe without the hefty price tag.

I think this oil truly delivers. Here’s a pic of it, in all its 16 dollars glory (actually on sale at Vitacost right now for 13.57!!)

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First of all, the packaging (to me) feels very luxe. As you can see, the product comes in a pink glass bottle. Glass is always preferable to plastic, both in terms of being environmentally friendly, and in feeling more luxurious and looking prettier on the bathroom shelf. Second of all, I love pink, so brownie points for that!

Now for the ingredients. The ingredients list is truly stellar, for the price. Take a look:

Ingredients: Helianthus annuus (sunflower), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba), rosa canina (rosehip), punica granatum (pomegranate), vaccinum macrocarpon (cranberry), camelina sativa, argania spinosa (argan) and hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oils*, PhytoCellTec (Alpine rose, malus domestica, solar vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Soothing Complex:[hyaluronic acid, magnolia officinalis bark, Phoenix dactylifera (date) leaf cell and boswellia serrata (boswellin) extracts], sorbitol, caprylic/capric triglycerides, tocopherol (vitamin E), aloe barbadensis extract, camellia sinensis (white tea) and aspalathus linearis (rooibos)*†, citrus tangerina (tangerine) and pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) oils*, rosa centifolia (rose) oil.
*Certified Organic. †Fair Trade.

OK guys, this is a product under 20 bucks, and we’re talking rosehip oil as the third main ingredient! Not only that but we’ve got fruit stem cell extracts, geranium AND rose oil, argan oil, sea buckthorn oil…this is crazy!! It’s like a who’s who of green beauty blogger best ingredients list.

Here are the claims, and they’re hefty:

Rose and Fruit Stem Cells

  • Alpine Rose/Malus Domestica/Solar Vitis
  • Boost Cell Vitality
  • Improve Resilience
  • Counteract Aging

Bioactive 8 Berry Complex

Certified Organic Portfolio of Superfruit Antioxidants; Acai, Aronia, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black Elderberry, Goji, Rosehips, and Sea Buckthorn.

Certified Organic Aloe Vera

Soothes inflammation, oxygenates and hydrates, advances dermal absorption of active ingredients.

So, the question is, does this product deliver on the claims?

WAIT!! Did I mention the smell?! This product smells DI-VINE. I am not kidding. If you don’t enjoy a rose scent, then…well, we can’t be friends. (Joking. Sort of). But if you love the scent of rose and/or geranium, you won’t be disappointed…

Anyway, onto the claims…I’ve been using this product now for about two weeks, and I definitely notice a difference. On application, it’s very soft and silky, rather than heavy or greasy like my bog-standard oils are. So I can put it on before make-up, for instance. I feel like it makes my skin look dewier after make-up application. My skin does look smoother and more hydrated. It doesn’t deliver intense hydration the way that a balm does (my One Love Organics balm delivers more of an instant hydration wallop) but it’s definitely a skin softener and smoother.

Overall, I’m incredibly happy with this purchase. For the price, it can’t be beat. If you’re considering buying an eco-luxe face oil, you might want to check this out first!

 

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Tarte ‘Tarteist’ Blush palette

I hope you like my new-look site! I was going for something a bit more minimal and clean. (Side note – my intention from now on is to get better at photography and take my own photos for this blog!) So, being now almost exactly one year into my green beauty journey, something has definitely shifted within me – I’m starting to get a feel for not just the brands that I enjoy, but also what works on my skin, what make-up looks best on me, and how much money I’m willing to spend on product. When I first started getting into green beauty I was trying all sorts of random products, but now I’m able to curate (I hate that word, but can’t think of a better one) my collection more thoughtfully. One thing I’d been on the lookout for a while was a (relatively) clean blush palette. Blush isn’t something I know much about or am particularly drawn to when I’m shopping, so a palette with a few different options makes sense for me. One palette is all I really need in my blush universe. When I was in Ulta and saw the ‘Tarteist’ blush palette, I think I made a soft sighing sound. It just looked so perfect for Spring. I’ll admit, despite my newfound inclination to research before I buy, this was a total impulse buy (an impulse that set me back 38 smackaroons!). I think I was also drawn to the weight and heft of the palette, as much as the colors. It’s very luxurious. And the colors are gorgeous, especially for pale skin. Because my skin is dry, I usually prefer creme blushes, but I do find that powder blushes tend to last longer. From left to right the colors are:

“Live” – light poppy-coral (matte)

“Laugh” – pink-brown nude (with a very slight shimmer)

“Love” – pink-mauve (matte)

“Dream” – spring pink (matte)

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Those are my color descriptors, by the way, but I think they’re pretty accurate. I’ve been experimenting with this palette for about two weeks, and I think my favorite colors right now are “Live” and “Laugh,” but I really enjoy all of them. The powder is finely milled so it doesn’t look too dusty on my dry skin, and it’s very highly pigmented. The lasting power is pretty good too. I can still see it at the end of the day, though not as bright as upon first application of course. I just recently sent off for three Gressa skin products, including the bronzing sculpting serum, and I think all of these colors are going to look darn pretty buffed into that. I’ll take a picture for you, I promise 🙂

This certainly isn’t the cleanest product in the world, but it is at least formulated without parabens and suflates, and Tarte doesn’t test on animals. To put this product in context, I recently received a 100% Pure brand creme blush (“Baby Pink”) in my Petit Vour box, and whilst it’s super clean and a very pretty and buildable color, the lasting power is just no match for Tarte’s. I love the colors for Spring, and I think it’ll last me a looong time. I’m slightly tempted by some of the blushes from “Silk Naturals,” but true to my new minimalist spirit I know I don’t need them, so I’m just going to revel in this – it’s a thing of beauty.

 

 

Spring Favorites: Green Beauty, Part 1!

Hi – and happy Spring!! I recently had a spring cleaning-type purge of some old and unloved makeup and skincare products (I’m aiming to be more minimalistic and conscious of my purchases) but I also acquired a few new things that have brought me a lot of joy since they came into my life. I’ve got quite a lot to share with you, so consider this blog ‘part 1.’ More to come soon! Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

RMS Beauty Lip Shine in “Sacred.” ($25.00)

I’d heard a lot of buzz about this lip product in the green beauty vlogosphere, so I was keen to try it. I have to say, I really like it. The ingredients are organic and apart from some artificial pigments they’re stellar: castor oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, buriti oil, beeswax, vitamin E and rosemary. What makes it so special is how highly pigmented is…a beautiful reddish pink that on my lips pulls pretty pink. It’s also beautifully shiny and even once the shine wears off what remains is a light stain. I like the fact that it doesn’t dry out my lips, and that I can also wear it on my cheeks: whilst it’s not part of the lip2cheek line, it’s certainly wearable on the cheeks, and just gives a more dewy finish than the matt lip2cheeks. If you’re looking for a lovely Springtime lip color, this might just float your boat.

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Whilst we’re on the topic of lovely lips, I’ve really been enjoying Hurraw! Lip balm in the flavor ‘Vata.’ ($4.19 on Vitacost). I don’t know if you’ve heard of this lip balm brand, but it’s popular in the vegan beauty community, and the ingredients are organic as well as vegan. I was SUPER excited to learn about this lip balm flavor because recently I’ve become interested in Ayurveda, and my particular dosha type is Vata (air). Vata’s need earthy grounding scents, and this one is specifically designed with Vata types in mind – it smells of cardamom and very faintly of almonds and rose. It also contains the tridoshic (good for all doshas) herb ashwanganda, which is commonly used in Ayurvedic practices for maintaining general health. The ingredients are just so thoughtful – sesame oil is the main oil, which is perfect for Vatas as it’s heavy and grounding. And I love the formula – it’s shiny but not too shiny, and honestly it makes my Burt’s Bees balms feel waxy and sticky in comparison. Of course, this lip balm is available in tons of other flavors, including ones for the other dosha types – kapha (earth) and pitta (fire). Hooray for Hurraw!

Another two favorites this month have been my Fig + Yarrow Complexion Water ($18.50 on Amazon – I can’t remember the vlogger who raved about this, but I was sold) which is on a par with the Little Barn Apothecary Geranium and White Tea Beauty Mist ($8.00, exclusive to Petit Vour) which I received in my most recent Petit Vour box. I think I actually prefer the scent of the Little Barn product, BUT the fig + yarrow spray wins in the spray department because it’s a lot lighter and finer. It might be the bottle nozzle, in which case I’ll use up the fig + yarrow first and decant the Little Barn one into it. Score!

The scent of the fig + yarrow is lovely if less intensely floral – sandalwood and neroli. I have to admit, I’ve heard a lot about hydrosols, setting sprays, beauty mists and so forth. I really felt that this was something I didn’t need in my life – or that I could just use aloe water or rosewater as so many people do. But I’m ever willing to give things a go, and now I think I will always have a beauty mist on my shelf. It has a myriad of uses, contain good-for-your-skin ingredients, smell amazing, and I love their versatility…

  • When I’m stressed, I just spray a bit around my head. The scent is relaxing and energizing. Apparently the Little Barn beauty mist contains healing plant energies 😉
  • Toner (before putting on serum)
  • Make up setter
  • Refresher during the day
  • Hair scent (just spray on my hair)
  • Add moisture to my face before applying makeup
  • Awesome when traveling and needing a pick-me-up

I hope you enjoyed my Spring favorites so far. Be on the lookout for Part 2, coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Taking a Break from Blogging…

Hello everyone!!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’ve decided to take a break from blogging (for now), mainly because I want to invest my time into some other things and writing projects, and I just don’t have the time to spread around! I have had a wonderful time in this little community, and really enjoyed meeting you all!! I will be continuing my green beauty journey, as I truly am passionate about it…and I know I will miss sharing my finds and reviews with everyone and comparing notes. I am really amazed at how this blog grew so fast, and if I could keep it going and do all the other things I want to do I certainly would…but never say never! I may well be back at some point in the future.

Thank you so much to all those who supported, followed, and commented. I will try to continue reading and commenting on your blogs!!

Liv xx

Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Mascara and Dreamlit Under Eye Brightener Review!

Pacifica has been one of my favorite brands since starting on my green beauty journey. It’s accessible (Target, au naturellement) relatively cheap (compared to many green/organic brands) and the packaging has this amazing art deco vintage thing going on that makes me want to crack open an Agatha Christie, dig out my flapper costume, and smoke cheroots.

So I was very happy to try out Pacifica’s Dreamlit Under Eye Brightener in “Bare.” ($15.00)

I’m really glad I’ve finally found a decent mineral concealer! This stuff does the trick, and best of all it doesn’t sink into fine lines or look dry. I put this down to my favorite of ingredients which is – as you know by now – coconut oil. This concealer also contains caffeine and reflective minerals, and I think it does a really good job of banishing dark circles. As an added bonus this looks nice on eyelids for a natural eyeshadow, or in the corners of your eye for a wide-awake look. However, it wouldn’t work for covering up zits or scars because it’s too shimmery. Pacifica also sells this in a pinker more translucent shade called “Dreamlight,” which looks more like a bog-standard highlighter than a concealer. Plus you’re then buying a product strangely named “Dreamlit Dreamlight.” 🙂 It’s a shame there aren’t more shades for different skin tones, but for fair skin the “Bare” shade is lovely. However, if you’re after a deeper tone, matte or full coverage, be aware that this ain’t that.

I also bought the Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Long-Lash Mineral Mascara in “Abyss.” ($14.00) I was excited about this one because my Suncoat Sugar Based mascara is, well, let’s not put too fine a point on it. It’s crap.  Would I have finally found the mineral mascara of my dreams? Weeelll, not really. I guess the crazy long name sounds like it’s overcompensating for something, so maybe I should have been wary…

Though it’s had good reviews, the best thing about this mascara is the color – it’s a deep, deep black and really makes your lashes pop. But it doesn’t really separate lashes that well, nor does it really lengthen. At least, not in comparison to non-mineral mascaras that I’ve used up to this point by Benefit, Too-Faced and Smashbox. It’s a step up from Tarte’s – I can’t stand Tarte mascara because it has a wand with REALLY scratchy bristles, and it’s definitely a step up from the sticky sugar-based Suncoat. But it does tend to flake a bit during the day, and weirdly makes my lashes feel stiff. Also, I just discovered, that it contains one of my ingredient no-no’s: Disodium EDTA (considered low risk by EWG, but I’d rather have no risk thanks!) To be honest, you may as well just use a regular brand mascara as use this. I’ve heard that the best mineral mascara is W3LL People’s, so maybe I’ll just have to bite the bullet and splash out on that once this tube is used up.

How about you? Any mineral mascara joy?

Top Tip: Use Coconut Oil When Applying Mineral Eyeshadow…!

Hi Friends,

Today I want to share a little beauty secret with you. I don’t think it’s life-changing or mind-altering, but it has certainly made me a little bit happier when putting on makeup (I don’t ask for much).

So, when I first got into green beauty I bought a few loose mineral eyeshadows…you know the ones that come in a little pot? I love them, but here’s the thing – they’re messy, they’re hard to apply, and the powder often drops onto my cheeks and under my eyes despite my best efforts. It’s especially difficult to apply shimmery, glittery powders.

I experimented with applying with my fingers (smeary and uneven application) a brush (disaster! Powder everywhere!) and wetting my finger to pick up more shadow so it wouldn’t drop everywhere (back to smeary and uneven application).

But there is a happy ending to my story.

Because, if you dip a finger into solidified (room temperature) coconut oil and THEN into the powder, it glides on like a dream – no creases, no weird uneven application, and no glitter on my cheeks making me look like a ten year old at a birthday party.

Hooray!

Try it. And let me know if it made you smile.

Liv 🙂

Festive Nails: Mineral Fusion Nail Polish in “Brilliant” Review!

Hey all!

First off, a big hello to my new followers! I’ve been blessed with a little flurry of newcomers to my site, and I’m just thrilled you could join me 🙂 I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

And how was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I have to say, after three days of eating, drinking, and eating some more (no leftovers – except for cranberry sauce…does anyone EVER use up all the cranberry sauce??) I’m now ready for…CHRISTMAS! Honestly, I love Christmas – not so much the shopping and so on, but the good fellow feeling of Christmas; the idea that on Christmas day so many people, whether religious or not, are focusing on family and having a good time, rather than work and the usual every day worries that consume us. I personally am not religious, but being from England I’ve been raised to cherish the rituals that surround Christmas, from the tree-buying to the hot-chocolate drinking to the carol singing. I can’t wait!

And to get in the festive spirit I’ve been wearing lots of glittery nail polishes recently. Yes, they’re a drag to remove, but so worth it! I’ve recently been dabbling with the Mineral Fusion brand, and I must say I am in love with the formula. I used to be a big Essie fan, but compared to that brand MF polishes are so thick that you only need one coat –  a great time saver. I bought two recently, a raspberry pink with tiny silver sparkles (“Brilliant”) and a dark blue-black with green chunks of glitter called “Galaxy.” I’ll leave the latter for another day, as I don’t have a picture of it yet.

Here’s a picture of one coat of “Brilliant.” One coat is all you need because the formula is so thick and opaque. The brush is also very wide and thick, which I personally like.

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Some people don’t like wearing pink, but I’m pale and cool-toned and I always think pink is a great color on those with pale skin. Plus, it’s such a happy festive color – perfect for the holiday season. I also love that it’s not too Barbie-pink – it’s got a nice undertone of violet so in most lights it’s quite raspberry colored. And the shimmery sparkles are lovely; not too overdone.

Mineral Fusion nail polishes are 5-free and available at Whole Foods and Sprouts…I’m not sure where else, but I’ve heard they’re exclusive to these stores, or you can buy them for $7.99 online at the Mineral Fusion website.  I bought this one for $5.00 as part of a deal at Sprouts last week, which I think is still going on…

Have you tried any Mineral Fusion nail polishes? What did you think?

Liv 🙂

November Favorites (Stocking-Stuffer Friendly!) w/Coupon Codes…

Hello!

I feel like it’s been a while since I did a ‘favorites’ sort of post, but I have one for you now. SO THERE! 😉

I’m in love with the following products, some of which I picked up with my own fair hand, some of which I received in subscription boxes. DISCLAIMER: I’m not sure the R.A.L in “Audrey” is quite worthy of being a ‘favorite.’ I’ve included it because I’ve literally worn it every day since I bought it, so I MUST like it, right? I guess so, but I’m not sure I’m as psyched about it as everyone else on the blogosphere. Am I missing something? I’ve included a piccie of myself wearing it, and I’d love you to tell me if it looks good or if I’m just fooling myself!

Secondly, if you do nothing else scroll to the end of the post for some info. about a gorgeous eyeshadow that’s a GWP offer this month…

O.K, let’s go! Here’s a piccie of my favs. for this month. Apologies for the blurriness. I’m still using a crappy old cameraphone, because I’m, er, lazy…

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Going clockwise…

1) Deep Steep Honeydew and Spearmint Moisturestick: I actually picked this up today at T.J Maxx (see my Black Friday post) but I love, love, LOVE it, and I’m sure I’ll be using it constantly. It smells fresh and lovely and contains lots of hydrating butters and oils. It retails for $5.95 at the Deep Steep website, but I got it at T.J Maxx for $1.99.

2) Mullein and Sparrow Cheek and Lip Tint: Woe is me, because although my Vegancuts insert card stated this was $10.00 full-size, it actually retails on their website for $22.00. I’m assuming I received a smaller size in my Vegancuts box. (Update – nope. It’s 1oz full-size) Anyway, I am IN LOVE with this product. Not only does it leave the glossiest, dewiest, most perfectly rose-tinted shine on lips and cheeks, it smells amazing. You know those stores that sell incense and it’s like walking into a hippy-den? It smells like that! Checking out the ingredients I discovered this was because it contains Patchouli oil. You don’t see Patchouli used much these days, but it should be, because it’s a gorgeous scent. All day you’ll get wafts of Patchouli if you wear this on your cheeks, and if you’re a child of the 70’s you’ll know how great that is! Peace out, man. Buy it at www.mulleinandsparrow.com

3) The Wonderseed Hemp Handcream (Lavender Spring): I received this in my Kloverbox, and I’ve used it every day since. Hemp seed oil is super moisturizing but this smells strongly of lavender so if you’re not into that, this isn’t for you. I, on the other hand, adore lavender, and I use it right before bed to keep pinkies soft and to help me sleep…($12.95 – www.thewonderseed.com) COUPON CODE: save 20% with code KLOVER20

4) Red Apple Lipstick in “Audrey.” Right, here I go with the piccie:

AudreyIs this what it looks like on you? It’s just a lot more subtle than I thought it’d be…I do like it though, because it’s creamy, glossy, and very wearable…a neutral medium-pink shade. I heard through the grapevine there’s a COUPON CODE: Thanksgiving sale, save 5% using this code: GOBBLE

5) Kosmatology Hand Sanitizer in Grapefruit and Clove. Another Kloverbox goody. I’ve been using this every day…as a teacher, germs are just one marked essay away, and I’ve already gotten sick this month so now I’m being extra careful. This contains alcohol but no nasties, and I love the scent. Very Christmassy, because of the citrus-clove combo. ($3.99 – www.kosmatology.com) COUPON CODE: save 20% using coupon code Klover20. Expires 12/31/14

6) The All-Natural Face DivaStix in Black Kohl. Another awesome Vegancuts find! At first I was like, NOPE. Because when I dragged it under the eye it was super bumpy and blotchy and looked terrrrible. But then I had a brainwave and smudged it with an eyeliner brush, and the result was gorgeous. Very natural looking. Here’s a couple of piccies:

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IMG_1917 (2)Nice, huh? But yeah, it does need a proper smudge. I used a sharp-edged flat brush because you have to push it up into the lashline as well. This costs a weirdly specific $4.88 at ANF’s website: www.theallnaturalface.com. And apparently they double as eyeshadows (although not this color, unless the goth look is what you’re after!).

7. Glamourdoll Mineral Eyeshadow in “Poodles.” Have you tried the Glamourdoll brand yet? If not, you should! Their all-natural mineral products are just lovely, and I encourage you to check out the range at www.glamourdolleyes.com. Pretty soon I’ll be swatching a whole host of their eyeshadows which I bought in a sample package, but this is my favorite thus far…it’s called “Poodles,” and it’s a light pinky shimmer, with a touch of lilac. Here’s a swatch:

PoodlesIsn’t that gorgeous? And here’s some GREAT news! “Poodles” is Glamour Doll Eyes’ “Gift With Purchase” ($10.00 minimum) this month! ($6.00 value). I am also very keen on their colors “Mushroom” and “Graves in May.” GORGEOUS colors, both.

I hope that made your Black Friday! Leave your thoughts/questions/comments in the box below!

Liv 🙂

#BlackFridayFail – What I bought (and only slightly regret buying).

Every year I smugly tell friends and family that I will NOT be participating in the Black Friday madness, and every year I totally, totally do. I call this the Black Friday Fail (hashtag optional). It all started when I checked my email this morning and found about 100 emails from various companies advertising their Black Friday deals. I think you’d have to be Ghandi to resist.

I was very discriminating, however…

The best online deal, at least for me, was the Pacifica ‘$10.00 off’ deal and free shipping (if you spend $50.00) plus the free gift box. I’m buying my sister a little natural beauty gift package for Christmas filled with items I love, so I was happy to get the box as a freebie, and of the goodies below I bought two  – one for me, one for her…

I bought:

– 7 free topcoat and basecoat – “Gloss” (I’ve heard good things about this product, and I like that it does double-duty). $9.00

– Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Long Lash Mascara (this has had amazing reviews, so I’m really eager to try it. I still haven’t found a natural mascara I like). $14.00

– Island Vanilla Solid Perfume (you know my love for this; I got another for my sis) $9.00 (only a bit miffed that it was $8.00 at Sprouts today!

Aside from the online bonanza, there was plenty on offer in bricks-and-mortar-land. I didn’t buy much natural beauty stuff in stores. Instead I went a bit clothes-crazy. The best deal I found was at NYC Company – a black cotton jumpsuit with 70% off, and then I got a $10.00 off ‘lottery ticket’ in store – so instead of paying $70.00 for it, I got it for a song at $11.00!! I also got some sweaters at Target (40% off) and a pair of boots at Broadway Shoes for 40% off. However, I did pop into T.J Maxx. Here I must pull out the trumpets and play a fanfare…have you ever perused the natural beauty product selection at T.J Maxx? It’s stellar! I mean, amazing. Some day soon I will dedicate a whole post to it. In the meantime, I’ll just tell you what I bought…prickly pear seed oil at $9.99 for my sister (40% off), Juice Organics hair conditioner for $5.99 (yes, really!) and the best of the bunch…THIS!

This little beaut. is Deep Steep’s Honeydew and Spearmint Moisture Stick. It retails for $5.95 on their website, but I got it for $1.99. It’s awesome – anything with coconut oil is awesome IMO, because of the dewy finish and moisture it provides – and it’s super portable…perfect for traveling. You can use it as a lipbalm or just for general moisturizing.

Well, that’s it! I have a twinge of regret when I think about the money spent and the sad truth that Thanksgiving has become a consumer’s dream slash nightmare…but then I shrug, because a) I scored some deals and b) I had a wonderful Turkey day with my family, and truly feel deeply grateful for all that I have. I don’t want to break the cheese-o-meter but last night my hubby and I shared all that we were most thankful for about each other and our relationship. Preeeettty cheesy!! But, I loved it!

How about you? Did you score any deals? Did you have  a good Thanksgiving?