I Luv BBW – Bath & Body Works Review & Semi Annual Sale


As you already know from my previous post I love Bath & Body Works.  I’ve been using their products since they began and continue to love them more and more.


Recently I participated in the #BBWSummer Twitter party. If you’re not on Twitter yet you are missing out. It’s one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. Plus it’s a great place to connect with all the brands you love.


During the #LuvBBW party we talked about summer, our favorite Bath & Body Works products and tons more. Their parties are always a blast.

I was thrilled to win a fab gift bag with tons of amazing products. Especially since they were scents I have not yet tried.


I received the Malibu Heat Triple Moisture Body Cream, Malibu Heat Fine Fragrance Mist, Malibu Heat Shower Gel, True Blue Spa Cooling Sunscreen Mist in SPF 30, True Blue Spa After Sun Moisturizer Hold It Right There, Slatkin & Co. White Sand Candle and a cute tote bag.



Malibu Heat

Malibu Heat reminds me of a yummy Malibu Bay Breeze. My hubby thought so too. Malibu Heat is a fresh blend of juicy pineapple, California orange and creamy coconut milk inspired by hot pink sunsets and twenty-seven miles of beautiful beach.


True Blue Spa Cooling Sunscreen

I had never tried their sunscreen before and it went on really nice. I’ve found that the spray sunscreens can smell a bit potent but this had a nice fragrance and gave great coverage.

Who wouldn’t wear sunscreen when it feels this good to put on? This SPF 30 sunscreen is a cool, refreshing mist that’s ridiculously easy to apply.

  • The fast drying formula compliments your on-the-go lifestyle
  • Quick-drying, ultra-lightweight texture

True Blue Spa After Sun Moisturizer Hold It Right There

Holy creamsicle! This smells amazing! This moisturizer went on very smooth but the kicker for me truly was the smell. Once you achieve the perfect tan, you’ll of course want to keep your pasty, pale friends jealous as long as possible. However sun exposure can cause dry skin and cause free radicals to age and damage skin. Their special after sun formula contains antioxidant vitamins C & E to help combat free radicals.

  • With soothing, moisturizing Aloe Vera to calm sunkissed skin
  • Lightweight, spreadable formula
  • Not tested on animals

Slatkin & Co. White Sand Candle

I love Slatkin candles and I love the beach! Who doesn’t? Now I can have the best of both worlds. Like the first long days of summer at the beach – sparkling grapefruit and sandalwood, with coconut milk and summer jasmine.

  • Highly fragranced candle created exclusively by Harry Slatkin and developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts
  • Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance
  • 4 oz. candle burns approximately 20 to 30 hours


I am so thankful to Bath & Body Works for giving me the opportunity to try out these amazing products. I loved them all. Go figure!


Their Semi-Annual Sale is going on now so hurry and go stock up!

Top 10 Minnesota Picks

Ahhh Minnesotahhh! The land of 10,000 lakes, walleye pike, wild rice and 10 other things that are my personal faves. My mom is from Minnesota so I’ve been visiting family there for years and wanted to share some of my personal fave things about the great state.


10. The Saint Paul Hotel & The St. Paul Grill – I make sure to schedule a Sunday into any trip to MN I take so I can head to The St. Paul Grill for brunch which is located in the Saint Paul Hotel. My favorite item is their sausage gravy and biscuits. It is out of this world! The gravy is a spicy cream sauce that is to die for. They also provide a little pastry tray for the table which has chocolate croissants, sticky buns and more.


9. Cheese Curds – Fried cheese curds to be exact. The first time I ever had cheese curds was at the Mall of America, although you can usually find them at their State Fair. During a recent trip to Minnesota I was pleasantly surprised that the hotel we stayed at (Ramada MOA) offered fried cheese curds at their restaurant. Score!


8. Mall of America – How could I write about Minnesota without including the largest mall in the US? Not possible! Not only is this the one stop spot for shopping cause ever store known to man is there, but there’s a theme park, shows, LEGO Land, restaurants galore and more. Plus as I mentioned above the location of my first cheese curd experience.


7. Illume – Minnesota is home of Illume candles. They have the most amazing fragrances and their diffusers last forever. I adore them. You may read more about my love for Illume in my previous blog post HERE.


6. Bridgeman’s – The famous ice cream locale for Minnesotans. A chain throughout the State that has been slowly diminishing unfortunately. They have the best Butter Brickle ice cream ever! Plus they make a mean Turtle Sundae. Now if only they would open in NJ or ship to me.


5. Bakers Square – If you want pie, and who doesn’t want pie, then Baker’s Square is the spot. The Caramel Pecan Supreme is my absolute fave.  Their Candy Cane holiday pie sounds delish though.


4. Patina – I love love love this store! They have the cutest finds. They sell everything from bridal bingo to kids toys, cookbooks and lotions to purses and tee-shirts. I never walk out empty handed in this store. Such a cute store. I frequent the Highland Village location but they have a few stores scattered throughout the State.


3. Your Best Face (YBF) – Another great brand based in Minnesota. I came across them on Twitter and fell in love with them. You may read more about them in this previous post I wrote about them HERE. Great skincare, super moisturizing and smells like homemade biscotti. Yum!


2. The Lexington – You’ve got to go to “The Lex” when you’re in St. Paul. Established in 1935 they are a classic! Any occassion is a good occassion to be at “The Lex”. I personally love their Filet Mignon and they make a mean dirty martini. It’s very reminiscent of the “The Oak Room” in New York City.


1. My Grandma – I saved the best for last! No hyperlink here. 🙂 My grandma will be 95 this February and she is a total rockstar. Enough said.


From food to family and shopping in between, Minnesota’s got it all.





Illume Balsam & Cedar Ceramic Candle – Product Review

Ok I’ve been completely obsessed with Illume products ever since my visit to the Red Door Spa. At the Red Door Spa I came across Illume products for the first time and wrote about my love for them HERE.

Recently Illume was having a holiday contest on their Facebook page. Of course I had to participate. Needless to say I won and received a Balsam & Cedar Ceramic Candle. The scent is amazing. It smells like the holidays but at the same time has a really clean scent to it. It’s not overly piney like many pine/holiday scents tend to be. It’s clean, fresh and holidayish and I adore it. Plus I can totally reuse the ceramic jar it came in once this scent runs out. Perfect!


Make sure you like Illume on Facebook and check out their website http://www.illumecandles.com/.


*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.