Glamping toiletry must-haves

Around the same time as planning the trip to Alaska, a friend of mine floated the idea of staying in a yurt. While the yurt plans never panned out for Alaska, I kept glamping in a yurt high on my list of things to do before the end of the year. Needless to say, my dreams of glamping in a yurt came true a couple weekends ago!

Seattle glamping in a yurt
Glamping on Orcas Island

Since this yurt adventure was the first time in a few years since I had last been off-grid, it took a while to figure out what essentials to pack. My goal was to bring no more than a single backpack for this 3-day trip. This meant packing light and bringing toiletries that would either play multiple roles, or strategically packing complementary essentials. Here were my glamping must-haves:

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REVIEW: Trilipiderm Ultra Hydrating All-Body Oil

It’s been a while since the last update on my skincare routine, and a bit has changed! Earlier this year, I started experimenting with all natural oil (especially, rosehip seed oil) to replace my traditional face creams (you can read all about it in this post). Since trying the first couple bottles of rosehip seed oil, I loved it and the results, but I didn’t love the yellow tint it left on my skin. This left me looking for other all-natural alternatives.

As timing would have it, the blogging stars aligned and I’m excited to do a Trilipiderm Ultra Hydrating All-Body Oil review, thanks to a bottle I received specifically to try for this review post. If you’re local to Seattle and looking to try it, it’s available for purchase at Pharmaca (also online here).

trilipiderm ultra hydrating all-body oil review

For starters, this is a super attractive product because it is 100% plant derived with no preservatives, no parabens, and no silicone. On top of this, it is also fragrance free, non-staining, and comes in an easy-to-dispense spray bottle. For this review, I used the product every night after a shower for 2 weeks straight. I applied the oil all over my face and body and my pros and cons are below.

Pros

– The simple all-in-one made the Trilipiderm All-Body Oil a single product go-to
– The oil itself feels light and non-greasy
– Oil was quickly absorbed, so I didn’t have any issues with waking up on a greasy pillowcase (which has happened with previous oil-based products)
– A little product goes a long way. Even after two weeks of consistent usage, I’m surprised by how much is left!

Cons

– I found myself having to wait a little longer than usual to apply makeup, if I used the oil on my face. Even though the oil is fast-absorbing, it is oil afterall and my liquid eyeliner would fall right off if I tried to apply it shortly after applying the oil

Final verdict

Overall, I really enjoyed my trial for the Trilipiderm Ultra-Hydrating All-Body Oil review. I’ll be swapping out my current face routine and body lotion for this single product moving forward.

Along with this all-body oil, I’ll be sharing some of my go-to essentials for Fall road trips in a few days!

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REVIEW: Glasses for less than you expect from GlassesUSA

As a four-eyes with no option to wear contacts (yay for horrible astigmatism!), glasses are my go-to accessory. If these are going to be stuck on my face for all hours of the day, I want them to be an extension of my style! The glasses industry is definitely not what it used to be, where I used to only be able to update my frames once every other year because of the expensive pricing. Nowadays, we can get prescription glasses for $150 and under, which makes it easier to justify multiple pairs to keep our looks feeling fresh (sound familiar?)!

When the GlassesUSA.com team got in touch for a review, of course I had to say yes! Today’s GlassesUSA.com review is for a pair of frames that are a bit outside of my colour comfort zone. As someone who loves black frames coloured, these brown pair of Barbara frames somehow swayed me to try something new.

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Frame selection
There were so many amazing frames to choose from on GlassesUSA.com! From Chloe to Ray-Ban to Adidas, it was great to see so many options for less than what most in-person optical shops sell frames for. I decided to select these Barbara frames because of the intriguing blended colour and price tag of $125, including prescription lenses!

Shipping and delivery packaging
Shipping time was one of the most impressive parts of submitting my order! I put my order in at the beginning of the week, and within a week my glasses arrived. The packaging of the glasses surprised me from a minimal waste perspective. The glasses arrived in a hard case, wrapped in a corrugated box (the “Nice to See You!” box in these photos), and placed in a FedEx mailer. No bubble wrap or extra waste!

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Glasses wear and tear
On one of the first days of receiving these frames, I took them apple picking in torrential downpour. Not only was water dripping down for 2 hours straight, but the frames were also put to the test from the cold temperatures. They held up really nicely and the cleaning cloth that came with the frames came in handy!


If you’re in the market for new glasses, GlassesUSA.com it offering an amazing 50% discount on non-premium frames (the brown Barbara frames qualify!) with free shipping when you sign up for their newsletter!

Disclosure: This GlassesUSA.com review was made possible thanks to the kind folks at the company. The glasses were provided courtesy of GlassesUSA, but all opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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Tazo Tea: Maintaining zen throughout the day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Growing up in a family that loves green tea blends, tea has played an important role in our morning and evening routines. I have so many fond memories of my parents steeping a pot of green tea at the end of dinner, giving us time as a family to sit and chat about our days while sipping joyfully. There are so many ways to enjoy tea throughout a day, not just at the beginning or end of one. I’m excited to partner with Tazo® Tea to highlight the Zen™ hot filterbag and how I like to prep and enjoy it! I selected Zen, a harmonious blend of green tea with lemongrass and spearmint, because of my love for green teas and mint flavour. Not to mention, I’ve enjoyed this blend numerous times outside of this blog post and love how easy it is to pair with other fruits for all day long tea sipping.
Tazo tea blend, Zen

At Tazo, tea is a celebration of flavour and aroma that adds a little excitement to the day. They focus their teas around taste, crafting them with exhilarating, unexpected flavor blends that delight the senses. The Zen is no exception. I like to pair the Zen blend with other citrus fruits to compliment the lemongrass and further amplify the spearmint. Lemon or lime is my favourite, especially for a mid-day refreshment.

Tazo Zen tea with lime

One of my faovurite times to enjoy a cup of tea is in the early afternoon. With the Seattle weather being in an intermediate Summer to Fall transition, the weather often shifts from brisk morning winds to warmer afternoons. I like to steep the tea, add a slice of lime during the steeping, and then take the tea on the go. Tea is the perfect afternoon drink, especially one like Zen where the caffeine level is not extremely high, so that my bed time isn’t affected.

Tazo Zen tea blend infused with lime

Having a fruit infuser water bottle is amazing for taking tea on the go! After getting splashed in the face a few too many times by fruit slices, I invested in a double walled fruit infuser water bottle. This makes transporting and enjoying the lime-infused tea a lot more pleasant. I’m excited to try and get even more creative with Tazo® Tea in the future! With other blends like Passion® and Awake™ English Breakfast, the infusion combos are endless. If you’re a big fan of tea like I am, head to Tazo.com to find Tazo tea near you!

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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Caseapp custom iPhone case

At the beginning of this year, I became what I feel like I’ve been destined to become… a cat mom. It’s been a hard journey in being a crazy cat lady because, as much as I love cats, I’m actually super allergic to them. I tried to adopt a cat back in 2014 (remember Gramps?), but my allergies flared up beyond control after only a month of living with him, and I thought he was the be-all-end-all for adventures in being a cat mom. Thanks to the stars aligning almost 2 years later, I’m now the proud mom of a sweet, fire point Siamese kitty named Sushi Magoo.

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In true obsessive cat mom form, my fridge is covered in photos of dear little Sushi Magoo. After given the opportunity to create my own custom iPhone case through Caseapp, my phone is now covered in her face too! haha :)

Caseapp has a handful of pre-made templates that made it super easy to design this custom phone case. The hardest part was trying to figure out which photos to use. Taking one of my favourite photos of Sushi ever (with her signature deer-in-the-headlights look), I made this fun collage of her face on a case!

I asked what she thought about the case… she didn’t seem to find it as funny or cute as I do:

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I’m super stoked to be partnered with Caseapp to give away a custom iPhone case on the blog today. This giveaway is open to all readers (including international ones!) so enter away! Giveaway ends on August 21, 2016.

If you just can’t wait for this giveaway to end and you’re looking to make a case ASAP, the friendly folks over at Caseapp are offering 20% off your whole purchase with code THEDEMUREMUSE20 from now until September 1, 2016.

DISCLOSURE: I received the custom iPhone case courtesy of Caseapp in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed about the product and process is 100% my own.

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