Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Empties 2014. Would I repurchase?

Bath and Body Works Citrus Orchid Chill: Now I know it's not technically 100% empty, but the sprayer stopped working.
Repurchase? Nope. Tired of the generic perfumey smell.

Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong Conditioner. Such a bad product. Not moisturizing, and I have to use a ton to get any detangling effect.
Repurchase?  Definitely not.

Bath and Body Works Rainkissed Leaves lotion. This lotion smells exactly like wet leaves/grass. I love it!
Repurchase: Yes!
 


Vaseline Rosy Lips: It's just rose scented vaseline with a tiny tint of pink, but it so cute!!!
Repurchase? No, as cute as it is, it's $3 for that tiny tub! You can get 10x the amount of plain Vaseline for $0.99.

Philosophy Pistachio Meringue Glaze Body Souffle: Review here.
Repurchase? Yes, yum!


Dr. Jar Ceramidin Cream: review here.
Repurchase? No, I like the serum much better

H20 Hand and Nail Creme: This is a basic hand and nail cream. It is very moisturizing, and doesn't leave the hands greasy, but has a really strong smell.
Repurchase? No, the smell is too strong for me.


So, not too many products this month. What products did you finish this month that you plan to repurchase?


Monday, April 28, 2014

Body Moisturizer of the Moment: Korres Body Butter in Vanilla Guava


Seriously, doesn't Vanilla Guava sound absolutely scrumptious?! This body butter is so good it's almost ridiculous. 
1. It smells amazing, fruity and sweet, not artificial in the least. It has an edge of tartness that keeps it from being too sweet, and once applied on the skin the scent fades to a light lingering essence of fruity goodness.
2. Spreads across the skin easily and has a nice texture.
3.Doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy. Which is amazing, because it leaves behind a noticeable sheen of shine on the skin. Once applied my skin looks so healthy and pretty.
4. Dries quickly; this is the big thing I really look for in a moisturizer. I don't want to spend more than ten minutes waiting for my body to dry. This dries down in about 5, which is awesome!




Definitely recommend this!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Candle of the Moment: Diptyque Baies


My Baies candle on it's last burn.

      Mhhh, Baies. If you've heard of Diptyque, you've heard of their candles, and if you've heard of their candles, you've heard of Baies. Baies is literally an explosion of realistic rose and strong juicy black currant, it definitely smells like a rose garden! So ridiculously good, and this is coming from someone who is not a fan of roses.

Baies vs. L'Ombre dans l'Eau EdT.
     Diptyque has gorgeous fragrances, and some of the fragrances have companion candles. Baies is the companion candle to L'Ombre dans l'Eau. These scents are almost identical, which I was enormously pleased about. On my skin L'Ombre dans l'Eau starts out with the exact same scent I get from the candle, the rose and juicy black currant garden.  Gradually, the black currant (the fruity top note) mellows and takes a backseat to the rose, and it is like wearing a portable rose garden. Baies has the black currant stick throughout, which is very nice!
     A word of warning, L'Ombre dans l'Eau edt is the strongest edt Diptyque has in regards to strength. This smells like a full strength, strong EdP. I literally need one tiny bit on my wrists and it lasts ages and is strong enough to waft the fragrance around me from that one spot. It's not for the faint of heart. Utterly gorgeous and packs a punch!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nordstrom Estée Lauder GWP Lilly Pulitzer for Estée Lauder

This technically isn't a review, it's just that Nordstrom has a really cool (in my opinion) Estée Lauder gift with purchase ($45 threshold). I stocked up on a bottle of Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, and received the GWP as well. 

Picture Explosion!!!!











The lipstick in Tiger's Eye is the only bad thing. It is ULTRA frosty shimmery copper, very early 90's. Otherwise, I'm pretty impressed with this GWP and thought it was worth mentioning, especially the bag (since I tend to just give away GWP bags, this one is actually cute) and the eye shadows, which have have good texture and pigmentation (they're very similar to how Japanese eye shadows tend to be, super fine complex shimmer with a very soft satiny feel).

This GWP is available at Norstroms.com and Nordstrom stores, right now, while supples last, according to the website. If you are like me and Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is part of your skincare rotation, now is definitely a good time to stock up. One of the better GWPs!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sense of Scents: Dark Themed

Fragrances in this post
-Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette
-Tokyo Milk Tained Love No. 62 Eau de Parfum
-Haus of Gloi Insalata Nocturna Perfume Oil


Fragrance: Givenchy Dahlia Noir Eau de Toilette

Sillage:
Low

Lasting Power: 
Medium 5-6

Opening:
A synthetic watery peachy rose note.

Drydown:
Pink pepper really comes out, and it becomes cloyingly sweet, but still smells very synthetic.


Full Bottle Worthy?
No, smells too synthetic. This actually smells similar to Burberry Body, which I like much better.



Fragrance: Tokyo Milk Tainted Love No. 62 Eau de Parfum

Sillage:
Low
Lasting Power: 
High 8-11 hours

Opening:
Very, very powdery vanilla licorice. Almost baby powdery.

Drydown:
Sandalwood really starts to show up and fades into a vanilla sandalwood scent.

Full Bottle Worthy?
No. I was actually expecting something with a deeper scent, due to the name and image of the bottle.



Fragrance: Haus of Gloi Insalata Nocturna Perfume Oil

Sillage:
Medium
Lasting Power: 
Medium 5-6
Opening:
Holy garden salad batman! This is incredibly fresh and authentic. It literally, smells like fresh cut tomatoes, leaves, basil and lemon. But it's not off putting in the least. Smells like an herb garden.

Drydown:
It starts to develop a very syrupy aspect, and the freshness fades. It starts to smell like black tea with tons of syrup and candied lemons.


Full Bottle Worthy?
No. Despite the amazingly realistic opening, the dry down isn't something I want to smell like. It's gets a bit cloying in it's sweetness.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid vs Cream

Dr. Jart Ceramidin is a pretty awesome product. It's ultra moisturizing on the skin. My review on the liquid is here.

I thought I'd write up a short little comparison between the liquid and the cream, because when I was trying to research which was better I had trouble finding any info.

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid (on left) Cream (on right)
So... the main thing to note is that these products are EXACTLY what they say they are. You can see in the picture above how drastically different their physical properties are. The liquid is literally like a liquid serum, note the liquid moniker. It's very liquidy and free flowing. The cream is a cream, hence the name as well. It's thick and feels heavier on the skin.

I personally much prefer the liquid version, since I like to layer it on top/underneath other items. The cream is too heavy to ever use under another product. I also feel that the liquid penetrates the skin better; the cream version is by no means a bad product, I just much prefer the delivery method and feel of the liquid version.

Also, I don't really notice any increased effectiveness by using both products together. The liquid works better than the cream for my dry skin. Yet, the liquid by itself is just as effect as the liquid + cream combo. I'm not complaining, one product vs two saves me money!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Small Sephora Haul

So I did a little Sephora haul during the 15% off event, to replenish some staple items.

I'm beyond excited for the Korres Luxury Body Butter Trio. When Korres body butters first came out I was obsessed with them. I gradually drifted off onto other products due to the high price and the fact I could get through the [old] tube within a month. When I saw the trio on the site I just had to have it. I purchased Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini, namely for the Truth Serum. It's a way better deal to purchase this mini kit; by itself the Truth Serum retails for $48 for 1oz. The kit is $22.50 and comes with a 0.5oz bottle of Truth Serum, plus the two other minis. Upon checkout, and browsing the 100 point perks, I really wanted to try out the ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream for hair 10-in-1, so into my cart it went!

Did you purchase anything from the 15% off Sephora sale?