October 20, 2010

Caudalie Discount Code

Hey, everyone!

Caudalie, an upscale skin care line, is having a Friends and Family sale.  Use the code FF2010 between October 21st and 25th to get 20% off your order!

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Their products sound amazing.  I read some reviews on Sephora.com, and was really impressed!  I literally want to try everything they offer.  LOL!  

Use the discount code at: www.caudalie-usa.com.


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October 18, 2010

Review: Ariel's Secret Garden

What is this?  A post from Kate Gene?

No, you are not hallucinating.  [Insert excuses for not blogging here.]  After (what's considered) a century of silence in the beauty community, I am back with a review of a wonderful company: Ariel's Secret Garden.

Ariel's Secret Garden is an Etsy Shop that sells delicious homemade bath treats.  Sherri and Ariel, the mother and daughter team behind the brand, sell fresh goat milk soap, pretty bubble bars, luxurious body frosting, and other fragrant goodies to pamper your skin.

I ordered a five ounce bar of Honey Crunch (their LUSH "Honey I Washed the Kids" dupe) during their summer sale.  My grand total, including shipping, came to $7.84.  A little over a week later, a weighty, sweet smelling envelope arrived in our mail box.

[The only item I actually ordered was the bar of soap pictured on the bottom, right.  Can you say "generous"?]

After eagerly tearing into my bubble mailer, my jaw dropped.  I received far more than I ordered.  Sherri and Ariel are notorious for their cute packaging and substantial samples.  Still...  I had only ordered one bar of soap!

Nestled safely inside layers of bubble wrap, I first discovered the samples:

Lavender Martini Soap Samples

Lavender and booze may sound like a strange combination, but together create a lovely aroma!  Although I normally prefer to use liquid hand soap, I used these samples every time I needed to wash up.  They left my hands feeling soft, smooth, and lightly scented.

Mulberry Soap Samples

Mulberry smells like a sweet, slightly tart, ripe mulberry.  It was my favorite fragrance of the bunch!  Like my Lavender Martini samples, they left my skin looking, feeling, and smelling wonderful!

Cherry Bomb Soap Freebie

As if the samples I received weren't enough, a whole bar of Cherry Bomb soap was thrown in.  It smelled exactly like a cherry sucker!  It felt fantastic on my skin, and had a very strong scent.  I prefer heavily perfumed products, and this more than met my needs.

Honey Crunch Bar of Soap

This soap smells rich and yummy.  It was the only bar of soap out of the bunch that was created using olive oil.  I typically prefer goat milk soap, however, this bar didn't let me down.

Everything Else

A coupon card, a personalized thank you card, and a Hello Kitty bag with an umbrella charm were also thrown in.  (I live in the rainy Emerald City; the charm is very fitting!)

I can't thank the ladies at Ariel's Secret Garden enough!  They are true professionals and very sweet!  I will definitely be purchasing from them again in the future.  Please check out their Etsy Shop, YouTube Channel, and blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


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