Monday, July 28, 2014

Cocoa Pink Haul

Look how adorable the box is packaged!!! I ordered from Cocoa Pink last Thursday, and it arrived today, Monday. SO FAST!!! Even though this is my first time trying out the products, I know from frequenting bath and body boards, that if you wait to order during a sale from Cocoa Pink, because of how crazy popular this brand is, the turn around time can increase exponentially. Literally, this past weekend she did a 15% off sale, and the turn around time on the site increased to at least two weeks. I've seen it be even longer than this during other sales, which is the reason why I never ordered (I have this obsessive habit of only ordering etailer products when they have sales, I'm one of those weirdos that gets a thrill from the feeling of saving money, haha).  But I'm also crazy impatient, so the thought of waiting up to a month for products, THEN on top of that waiting for products to cure... I just can't. 

My haul! From left to right:
-Dram Perfume Vial in Hazelnut Napoleons
-Shine+ Conditioner in Strawberry Noel
-Princess Poo Shampoo in Ruby Sand Beach
-Ends with Benefits Hair & Body Fragrance Mist in Violet Pound Cake
-Soft Bubbles Foaming Sugar Scrub in Coconut Sugar
-Anti-Frizz Styling Serum in Tres Leche

First, I have to mention that the Princess Poo and Soft Bubbles Scrub were FREEBIES. I asked for a sample of the Princess Poo because my scalp is crazy sensitive, and as you can see the samples sent are super generous! I'm very impressed from the samples alone, since I will definitely be able to properly gauge how I like these two products over several uses. A+

I'm not going to write a review since I just received the products today, want to let them cure, and also want to properly evaluate them. BUT I will say I was impatient and couldn't resist trying out the Ends with Benefits and Anti-Frizz Styling Serum after my shower, and ahem, I'm already plotting what scents and products to get in my next order. Yes, I'm already plotting a next order. I'm that impressed.

More thorough reviews of each product to come in the future!

Oh, P.S. Very awesome in the fact that exact shipping is charged. So if your order ends up being under the standard shipping charge, Cocoa Pink refunds the difference. Excellent service right there!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Candle of the Moment: Diptyque Jasmin Review

Diptyque Jasmin Candle. Mine is on its last burn. :(
     The Diptyque Jasmin candle is a beautifully simplistic offering by the House of Diptyque. It has a a pleasant, soft realistic jasmine scent. It has a lighter ambiance than other Diptyque candles in my opinion, but the scent throw is just as strong. I can smell fragrant wafts of a straightforward floral throughout the room I'm burning it in. If you are one to often find scents overpowering, this is a nice airy option. The jasmine is definitely a crowd pleaser for the masses, there is no presence of indolence in the aroma (avid fragrance hounds might find that last observation disappointing, but fear not, it's still undeniably a gorgeous scent). It's a light floral that is on the verge of almost being sweet and clean, definitely a year round, any occasion type of scent. Win!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 Makeup Stash Inventory -Cheeks

This is to hold myself accountable to keeping a "smaller" (small for a beauty junkie) stash. Since April (when I last updated) I have reduced my stash by A LOT. All areas included: make up, skincare, hair care, body care, tools, whatever else there is. I used products up, gave them away, donated them, or or sold them off (I still have some left to sell, so stay tuned for an upcoming blog sale!).

Reminder to self: Probably reduced my stash by over 80% since the beginning of the year. SO MUCH STUFF!!!!! And even so, this 20% left is still quite a bit for one person. Shopping habits need to change!

The following documents the current cheek products in my stash.

My Highlighter Stash

From top left, going clockwise names/colors:
RBR Sea of Clouds: Beautiful stark white micro-shimmer
Dior Amber Diamond: Strips of varying shades of warm peach shimmers.
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight: Very natural champagne glow
Essence Bella's Secret: Finely milled light gold powder
MAC Perfect Topping: Opalescence melange.

My Beauty Powder Stash
 [These have too much color to be highlighters, but not enough pigment for a blush]

From left to right:
MAC Veronica's Blush: Gorgeous silvery pale pink shade
Milani Hermosa Rose: Bronzey beige color. Works more as a bronzer-ish type product. (sidenote: this product sort of bugs me, because of how the surface beads up. Despite using clean brushes and regularly scrapping off the bumps they ALWAYS form. Irks me!)

My Blush Stash

From top left, going clockwise
MAC Light Year MSF: Beautiful light peach with golden shimmers.
NARS Amour: Warm watermelon coral shade. My favorite for summer.
MAC Starwonder: Purpley pink with silver shimmer. Very shimmery. I admit I love the design of this more than the product. This is one of those products I just couldn't give up, though admittedly I use it the least.
Essence Renesmee Red: Literally a true bright red. Unique color and great formula.
MAC The Perfect Cheek: Super subtle beigey greyed light pink. So pretty and natural.

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 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!