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Ursa Major Is Out Of This World

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Hello and Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m very excited about today’s featured organic skincare line, Ursa Major! Their products are simple, pure and they maintain a minimal, essential skincare line that just plain works. I mean, they even clearly state:

 

“We believe anything’s possible in life when you look and feel your best.”

 

I don’t think anyone can really disagree with that statement. When you feel your best, you tend to also look your best – you radiate from the inside out. Ursa Major’s products definitely make me feel good, and let me tell you, their ingredients alone will do that.

 

Before you start skeptically thinking “Oh, Sammie is totally paid to say all these great things. They’re probably not all that…”  I just want you to know that all of the products that I have been reviewing or featuring are nothing but my honest-to-goodness opinion. I would not feature anything on my blog that I don’t enjoy or actually use. Same goes for my music! Just wanted to get that out there.


 

So, let’s jump right in! I have been on the hunt for a nice little shaving cream, and one that is unisex is a plus (hey boyfriend, you can borrow it if ya like! *wink*)! Ursa’s Stellar Shave Cream is nothing short of Stellar. Ursa Major describes it as:

 

a nourishing, concentrated, non-lathering shave cream.”

– Actively nourishes the skin
– Soothes & hydrates
– Close, comfortable nick-free shave
– Soap-free formula offers unbeatable post-shave feel

 

It is exactly all of that. The shaving cream aroma in itself, blending in hints of ginger, grapefruit, vetiver (LOVE) and bergamot (DOUBLE LOVE), is enough to want to use it all the time – even at the slightest bit of hair on my leg. I mean, let’s be real. Ladies, you need this shaving cream. Men, you also need this shaving cream. You’ll all thank me later.

 

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Face Balms, face balms, face balms…ahhh where do I begin? I love ’em. But particularly this Fortifying Face Balm with aloe, carrot, kendi and myrtle. Ooof, a doozy of amazing stuff right?! The ingredients just make me so happy!

 

This lightweight moisturizer has some amazing benefits for your skin:

 

-Anti-aging properties (increases firmness and elasticity)
-Deep hydration that is lightweight, almost a serum-like texture, plus it’s fast-absorbing!
-Strong calming and antiseptic properties to help soothe irritated skin (aka mine, cus let’s be real, it gets irritated)

 

And the aroma is somewhat herbal-y. Lavender, lime, spearmint and rosemary. HELLO! I freakin’ love this stuff. Seriously, my go-to every morning and night. Cannot get enough.

 

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So, if you weren’t sure of the difference between lotions, creams and balms…here’s a little run down for you! Lotions, creams and balms all have one common goal, to hydrate, treat and repair dry skin. However, the difference between these three products is the consistency, thickness and the depth of moisturizing and repair.

 

A lotion has the lightest consistency of the three and is designed mainly for light-weight topical moisturizing. Generally, lotion will moisturize skin for a brief period of time and does not contain agents to treat and repair skin.

 

A cream has mid to light consistency that is usually used on the face area. Generally, a cream is formulated for the face with additional anti-aging and treatment ingredients added to achieve a desired skin outcome.

 

A balm has a denser consistency and is designed not only to hydrate the skin but to also treat and repair dry skin such as hands, joint areas and feet. A balm helps to repair, protect and nourish the skin.

 

So there you go! :)

 


 

I have a little bonus treat! Yes, it is definitely a treat. The Trailside candle by Ursa Major! This is my first candle that is all-natural scented, and made from scratch right over yonder in Vermont. (Ursa’s headquarters.)
This 100% natural soy wax candle has a blend of the most pure, most beautiful scented (in my opinion) essential oils! It contains cedar, spruce, sandalwood, mint and orange. So, you know that it smells amazing!  What I love too about this candle is that it has a more subtle scent “throw” than the candles most of us are used to – with their synthetic fragrances and enhancers. I adore it, it’s the perfect gift – for yourself, or someone special.

 

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If you’d like to purchase Ursa Major’s wonderful products, as well as follow them on social media, click the links below!

Instagram: @ursamajorvt
Twitter: @ursamajorvt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ursamajorvt
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/UrsaMajorVT

 

Now, what kind of post would this be if I didn’t include a lil playlist or song? Lucky for you, I created this “Breakfast With Friends” playlist this morning and I’m loving it! Happy, bubbly, AWAKE…it’s a fun one! So, enjoy and thanks for reading!

 

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Xo

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P.s. Happy happy happy birthday to my sweet baby sis who is turning 24 today! I LOVE YOU JORDIE!!! :)

Playlist No. 38

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

Enjoy todays playlist! It’s a good one, with some new tracks from Haerts recently released (as in TODAY!) self-titled album!

 

Have a beautiful day! xx

 

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Interview with Nashville Trio LANY

 

So, typically, I don’t post on Thursdays – but, seeing as how I didn’t post anything yesterday and my good friends in LANY posted a couple of rad new tunes yesterday, I just HAD to share with you their infectious new songs.

 

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I posted back in April, a short little article about the boys and shared with you some of their tunes around that time.  But, here’s another recap for ya. LANY is comprised of Leslie Priest, Jake Goss and Paul Klein – a trio to be reckoned with. The smooth, 80’s dream-pop, almost r&b like sounds created by these three are so chill and effortless, you’ll be feelin’ the groove in no time.

 

 

I recently had the chance to do a fun little interview with Les Priest, (a close friend of mine now for almost seven years! CRAZY.) so, if you’re in the mood to get to know LANY a bit better – read on:

 

AMM:  Soooo, wanna give me a bit of background on the band? How did you guys come to be?

 

Les: Jake and I were experimenting with WRLDS last year and then Paul thought it would be rad for the three of us to do something. So in March we created LANY.

 

AMM:  Neat! Why did you want to make this kind of music particularly and what style or genre would you place yourselves under?

 

Les: I guess we’re landing somewhere between pop and r&b. and maybe sprinkle in some nostalgia. I don’t think we decided to make a certain sound exactly, but we’re definitely getting a feel for what LANY is or isn’t now.

 

AMM: Who does lead vocals? Is it you, cus I’m pretty convinced it is…

 

Les: I haven’t done vocals yet for this project. That’s all Paul. It’s interesting that you hear me.. most people that know my voice are saying the same thing. I guess we have similar timbres.

 

AMM: WHAT! It’s all Paul!? Holy moly. Yeah, you do! Okay, so, now that that is out of the way…..where do you see LANY in the future? Or, what do you wish to accomplish?

 

Les: Yep pretty crazy. We wanna do big things and make great music. I love creating with Jake and Paul. We’re ready for a lot of people to know LANY.

 

AMM: That’s awesome. Would you say that your styles are super similar, making it effortless to work with Jake and Paul? Or do you clash at times?

 

Les: Somewhere in between.. we all come from a slightly different direction musically and I think that’s why this is working well. It’s not always super easy but when it comes together it’s unique.

 

AMM: That’s really great. Unique is always the best, in my opinion. So, other than LANY’s Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter…are there any other social media outlets or links you want to provide your fans with so they can share away?

 

Les:  We have Instagram! It’s a little bare right now but once we’re all in LA I’m sure it’ll be more active.

 

AMM: Ooh! What’s the handle to your Instagram? And yes, I can’t wait for that!

 

Les: Yea! Same as the others thisislany

 

AMM: Sweet. Thanks! So, that’s about it, I think – I mean, really I’m just stoked to see you guys evolve even more as a trio and the whole LA move will be awesome.

 

Les:  Thanks! We can’t wait.

 

If you want to support LANY and purchase their music, check them out on iTunes!

Thanks so much and be sure to share the word about this awesome trio – they’re doin’ big things!

Video Of The Week – “Sweet Disposition” Cover

 

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m super excited to share this video of the week with you! It’s my cousin Alex’s band Gypsies and Gentleman and their cover of The Temper TrapsSweet Disposition“. It is REALLY GOOD too! My favourite cover of the song – and I am being as unbiased as possible – to this date. His vibrato and range is ridiculous, and the band is crazy talented! So proud of him (them all) and everything he’s done with this band!

 

Make sure you go and check out their Facebook Page, Twitter, Soundcloud and Instagram! Thanks! :)

 

Playlist No. 7 – Special Edition

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This week I decided instead of my typical playlist with top five songs, I’d do (drumroll please…) 11 songs! Annnnd, I’m also going to start including a SoundCloud or Spotify playlist if I can. I know, I know, really pushin’ the envelope here. Anyways, here they are, hope you enjoy!

 

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You can find out more info on the bands in my playlist this week by clicking the title/band name. It’ll redirect you to the specific song on SoundCloud, and then you choose to Follow them (on the right side below the player) or just go to their actual Profile Page to check out more info on the lefthand side! :)

 

Enjoy! xx

Song of the Wednes(Day)!

Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your Wednesday!

 

So, here’s my song of the day, along with the awesome music video! Really lovin’ what this NY band, ASTR‘s putting out right now. I waited (impatiently) for some new music by them to come out and voila! They just recently dropped an amazing EP titled ‘Varsity’, and it seriously rules. Varsity is made up of catchy pop tunes, with this amazing hip-hop/80’s vibe. Zoe’s vocals are bone-chilling, and every one of their songs will make you groove. Definitely check it out!

 

Check out their music video for “Operate” below:

 

You can check out more on ASTR here:

WEBSITE: http://astr.tv/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/astrtv
TUMBLR: http://astr-tv.tumblr.com/
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/user/ASTRtube
SOUNDCLOUD: http://www.soundcloud.com/astr_music