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September Empties
Getting rid of these empties feels very cathartic for me today.  I’ve had a difficult month and I’m thrilled to see it, and these products, out of my life. 
St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer: I adore this moisturizer. The only place I have ever found it in person is at a Sears Grand, otherwise I have to buy them from Drugstore.com. However it’s totally worth it because this moisturizer is awesome. I apply it to my face and neck every single night before bed. 
Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea spray: I don’t even know if they make Sweet Pea any more! I liked this spray but I’m ready to move on to other things.
The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define & No Frizz: This hair product smells heavenly. However, the price point is high for the small tube so I don’t think I will repurchase. 
Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer: This is in Honolulu Sun, and it was a nice-smelling antibac scent. Got it in a 5-for$5 pack I think. 
Ole Henriksen truth serum: This was my next to last sample of this vitamin C serum. I’m still on the fence about it but I think I’ll try a new serum once this is gone.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: This was a 100 pt perk from Sephora; I’m not impressed enough to buy the full size.
Tarte Energy Lipsurgence: This was pretty and convenient but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Bath & Body Works bubble bath, Cashmere Glow: I can’t wait to buy more of this! I’m a Lushie but these bubble baths are a staple for me too. 
Suave Keratin Infusion shampoo and conditioner: I bought these recently, and while they worked well and were inexpensive, my poor scalp only responds well to Organix Tea Tree shampoo. I do highly recommend this line though! 
Skyn Iceland undereye pen: I bought this in a set after some of the others on Makeuptalk raved about them. Unfortunately, my dark circles must be hereditary because no lotion, cream, amount of sleep, etc. has helped. I wouldn’t buy this again, especially since the cream lost its icy tingle after a dozen uses.
Pacifica rollerball perfume in Hawaiian Ruby Guava: I love these perfumes! I have two other scents I’m working on but they might have to be stashed until spring now. The Hawaiian Ruby Guava was just a nice, fruity scent.  It only lasted about 5 hours on me but I still enjoyed wearing it. 
LUSH- Shark Fin soap, Tisty Tosty bath bomb, Dorothy bubble bar and Rose Queen bath bomb: all of these Lush items were awesome, as per usual. I’m especially into the Rose Queen bomb— it was filled with flower petals and felt super luxurious.
I also threw away a lot of stuff when I reorganized after getting some new storage space so September was a good month to renew.  Now I have to tackle my backups and other items that are hiding in a box in the linen closet and I’ll be all ready for holiday pretties!

September Empties

Getting rid of these empties feels very cathartic for me today.  I’ve had a difficult month and I’m thrilled to see it, and these products, out of my life. 

  • St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer: I adore this moisturizer. The only place I have ever found it in person is at a Sears Grand, otherwise I have to buy them from Drugstore.com. However it’s totally worth it because this moisturizer is awesome. I apply it to my face and neck every single night before bed. 
  • Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea spray: I don’t even know if they make Sweet Pea any more! I liked this spray but I’m ready to move on to other things.
  • The Body Shop Brazil Nut Define & No Frizz: This hair product smells heavenly. However, the price point is high for the small tube so I don’t think I will repurchase. 
  • Bath & Body Works hand sanitizer: This is in Honolulu Sun, and it was a nice-smelling antibac scent. Got it in a 5-for$5 pack I think. 
  • Ole Henriksen truth serum: This was my next to last sample of this vitamin C serum. I’m still on the fence about it but I think I’ll try a new serum once this is gone.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: This was a 100 pt perk from Sephora; I’m not impressed enough to buy the full size.
  • Tarte Energy Lipsurgence: This was pretty and convenient but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.
  • Bath & Body Works bubble bath, Cashmere Glow: I can’t wait to buy more of this! I’m a Lushie but these bubble baths are a staple for me too. 
  • Suave Keratin Infusion shampoo and conditioner: I bought these recently, and while they worked well and were inexpensive, my poor scalp only responds well to Organix Tea Tree shampoo. I do highly recommend this line though! 
  • Skyn Iceland undereye pen: I bought this in a set after some of the others on Makeuptalk raved about them. Unfortunately, my dark circles must be hereditary because no lotion, cream, amount of sleep, etc. has helped. I wouldn’t buy this again, especially since the cream lost its icy tingle after a dozen uses.
  • Pacifica rollerball perfume in Hawaiian Ruby Guava: I love these perfumes! I have two other scents I’m working on but they might have to be stashed until spring now. The Hawaiian Ruby Guava was just a nice, fruity scent.  It only lasted about 5 hours on me but I still enjoyed wearing it. 
  • LUSH- Shark Fin soap, Tisty Tosty bath bomb, Dorothy bubble bar and Rose Queen bath bomb: all of these Lush items were awesome, as per usual. I’m especially into the Rose Queen bomb— it was filled with flower petals and felt super luxurious.

I also threw away a lot of stuff when I reorganized after getting some new storage space so September was a good month to renew.  Now I have to tackle my backups and other items that are hiding in a box in the linen closet and I’ll be all ready for holiday pretties!

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Pretty & Polished is one of my favorite nail polish companies. I’ve had a pretty awful go of things recently and impulse shopping is kind of what lead to this blog! My most recent impulse yielded these two amazing holos from Pretty & Polished, Universally Loved (left bottle, right swatch) and Nova Say Nova (right bottle, left swatch.)  My pitiful phone camera could not capture the real beauty of these polishes.  I’m thinking Nova Say Nova is going to be my next mani- so beautiful for fall!

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Haus of Gloi Round 2As promised, here is my second order from Haus of Gloi. 
Spider Silk and Tobac full size perfume oils.  The Spider Silk is for me and the Tobac is my boyfriend’s, although they are mostly unisex scents.
Lavender Sugar and Elevenses pumpkin butters (body butter.)  These are their mini sizes but there is plenty of lotion in there. I’ve been using the Lavender and it smells heavenly. Elevenses isn’t my favorite but it’s still one I will like to use, just maybe not now. It seems way too autumnal to use when it’s still 70 degrees and sunny out. 
Troika and Rose City soft bubbling scrubs.  These are also mini sizes, and I’ll admit I was confused how to use them. One of the ladies on Makeuptalk described these as creme soaps, and they’re supposed to work well with a washcloth. Either way, rose is one of my favorite scents (just look at my Lush hauls…) and this scrub is done perfectly. Troika is a mix of almond, oat and coconut and I absolutely love it. It’s a clean, almost soapy scent to me and I’m so glad I got this one. 
Moon Dog perfume oil- coconut, sandalwood, nutmeg, clove; this description sounded great but I’m honestly not crazy about the smell.
Ghost Puffs perfume oil- this buttery, marshmellow-y goodness was a free sample and I highly recommend anything in this scent for a fun change of pace. 
Satyr perfume oil- blood orange and vanilla sounded excellent; my mind isn’t made up on this one either way yet. It’s really cool to me how unique these scents are.
Persephone’s Descent perfume oil- this is a pomegranate-heavy scent; pleasant enough on me but my boyfriend absolutely loves it so I may buy the full size in my next order. 
So there were way more hits than misses in this bunch, and I’m glad I got to try these items.  I believe the next restock hits Sept. 28th, so hopefully we don’t all crash the website when more goodies become available again! 

Haus of Gloi Round 2

As promised, here is my second order from Haus of Gloi. 

  • Spider Silk and Tobac full size perfume oils.  The Spider Silk is for me and the Tobac is my boyfriend’s, although they are mostly unisex scents.
  • Lavender Sugar and Elevenses pumpkin butters (body butter.)  These are their mini sizes but there is plenty of lotion in there. I’ve been using the Lavender and it smells heavenly. Elevenses isn’t my favorite but it’s still one I will like to use, just maybe not now. It seems way too autumnal to use when it’s still 70 degrees and sunny out. 
  • Troika and Rose City soft bubbling scrubs.  These are also mini sizes, and I’ll admit I was confused how to use them. One of the ladies on Makeuptalk described these as creme soaps, and they’re supposed to work well with a washcloth. Either way, rose is one of my favorite scents (just look at my Lush hauls…) and this scrub is done perfectly. Troika is a mix of almond, oat and coconut and I absolutely love it. It’s a clean, almost soapy scent to me and I’m so glad I got this one. 
  • Moon Dog perfume oil- coconut, sandalwood, nutmeg, clove; this description sounded great but I’m honestly not crazy about the smell.
  • Ghost Puffs perfume oil- this buttery, marshmellow-y goodness was a free sample and I highly recommend anything in this scent for a fun change of pace. 
  • Satyr perfume oil- blood orange and vanilla sounded excellent; my mind isn’t made up on this one either way yet. It’s really cool to me how unique these scents are.
  • Persephone’s Descent perfume oil- this is a pomegranate-heavy scent; pleasant enough on me but my boyfriend absolutely loves it so I may buy the full size in my next order. 

So there were way more hits than misses in this bunch, and I’m glad I got to try these items.  I believe the next restock hits Sept. 28th, so hopefully we don’t all crash the website when more goodies become available again! 

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Mani/pedi combos!

I guess since the first day of fall has passed I ought to go over the nail looks I wore for the last week of summer.  I’m still in serious denial that fall is really here. 

First is the pair on the left: Revlon Chameleon on my fingers and Silly Bees Chickadees Papaya Yaya on my toes.  I love both of these colors so much! Chameleon is one I wear frequently.  It does take three coats for opacity and requires careful application to avoid thin spots, but I like that there are no obvious brush strokes and Revlon is easy to find and inexpensive.  I paired this with Papaya Yaya, the first color I’ve tried from Silly Bees Chickadees.  I adore this color.  It pulled more red than orange on me, but I like it that way.  The glitter was even and the formula smoothed itself perfectly. 

Then, I switched to: Nailtini Champagne on my fingers and Silly Bees Chickadees Port Maria on my toes.  Champagne is an Ipsy find, and I really love the Nailtini brand as a whole.  I do get brush strokes with this one if I’m not careful but the color is so pretty that I don’t mind.  Port Maria was a nice complement to it.  As with Papaya Yaya, the formula was perfect and the glitter looked fantastic.  Opacity in only two coats, but I did three to get the jelly/glitter effect perfect. 

Credit: Accio Lacquer Instagram for Port Maria; The Lacquerologist Instagram for Papaya Yaya; anndreyhey Instagram for Chameleon; anniemarcelino Instagram for Champagne. (Someday I will learn how to take decent photos of my nails with my camera, but today is not that day.)

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Public Service Announcement: 

LUSH’s Halloween and Holiday 2014 products will be on sale online October 3rd US and October 4th UK.  I usually order from the UK site since the prices are slightly cheaper but this haul is probably going to be too large/heavy for that.  You can see why…

For the Halloween offerings I am probably going to get one of everything. There are some new items that I’m excited to try, and I have to get my hands on a Lord of Misrule bath bomb— I feel like I’m breaking a rule as a Lush junkie of three years by never buying one of these before.  I haven’t seen Pumkin on any of the lists I’ve seen so far, unfortunately. 

Of the Christmas goodies, I am most excited to try Snowcake soap, The Christmas Hedgehog bubble bar, and Snow White bath bomb as well as my old favorite Christmas Eve bubble bar. 

For more detailed looks at what’s available, The Sunday Girl has pretty awesome descriptions and photos of everything. What are you most looking forward to?

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Haus of Gloi Round 1
The lovely indie enablers over on MakeupTalk have introduced me to the brand Haus of Gloi.  As their site says: "We are a small vegan business owned and operated by two individuals dedicated to bringing you the highest quality handmade bath & beauty goods and perfumes. All of our products are made in small batches to ensure quality and are made from scratch, never from a base. Our fragrances are intriguing blends inspired by seasonal tides and whatever else might catch our fancy."
Well, catch my fancy they did! I ordered five perfume oil samples during their last restock, and I am so in love with their scents. I ordered:
Ghost Puffs:"Buttery popcorn and marshmallow goo orbs, presented on a wooden stick." Basically this smells like the best Rice Krispies Treat you’ve ever smelled. 
Peach Mama: "Peach nectar and a host of resins: offertory frankincense, styrax, copaiba balsam and ambered labdanum absolute. Warmed with cassia and a barely audible breath of black patchouli."  This starts earthy on me and dries to a peachy finish.
Tobac: "Pipe tobacco, a wisp of smoke, Bourbon vanilla and two cedarwoods." This smells better on my boyfriend than it does on me, but like most HoG scents, it is very unisex.  It smells like cigars and vanilla…mmm!
Pumpkin Queen: "Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber." This was a thoughtful extra sample. I did not actually try this on myself because I’m not into pumpkin unless it’s beer (Southern Tier Pumking FTW) but I found a good home for it in a trade. 
Spider Silk: "Procured from a dream: delicate water mint, wispy grey musk, crystalline webs of amber, oakmoss, torchwood, copaiba resin, and a touch of withered violet leaf." I’m a novice at indie scents after having used the same commercial scents all my life I could not tell you which notes in this pulled on me, but I know I love how this smells! I ordered a full-sized vial and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. 
Olde Cider Haus: ”Old oak, sweet drying hay fields, crushed apple pulp and vanilla bean husks.” This is another that I loved in the vial, but not on my skin.  I traded this to the same home as the Pumpkin Queen. 
Overall, I am extremely happy with Haus of Gloi.  I made another purchase after I got these vials tested for a few days, and I cannot wait to share Round 2 with you guys soon!  If you visit their site, there are many items out of stock at the moment. They should be restocking Sept. 27 or 28 with old scents and possibly some new ones (S’mores, I have heard!)  

Haus of Gloi Round 1

The lovely indie enablers over on MakeupTalk have introduced me to the brand Haus of Gloi.  As their site says: "We are a small vegan business owned and operated by two individuals dedicated to bringing you the highest quality handmade bath & beauty goods and perfumes. All of our products are made in small batches to ensure quality and are made from scratch, never from a base. Our fragrances are intriguing blends inspired by seasonal tides and whatever else might catch our fancy."

Well, catch my fancy they did! I ordered five perfume oil samples during their last restock, and I am so in love with their scents. I ordered:

  • Ghost Puffs:"Buttery popcorn and marshmallow goo orbs, presented on a wooden stick." Basically this smells like the best Rice Krispies Treat you’ve ever smelled. 
  • Peach Mama: "Peach nectar and a host of resins: offertory frankincense, styrax, copaiba balsam and ambered labdanum absolute. Warmed with cassia and a barely audible breath of black patchouli."  This starts earthy on me and dries to a peachy finish.
  • Tobac: "Pipe tobacco, a wisp of smoke, Bourbon vanilla and two cedarwoods." This smells better on my boyfriend than it does on me, but like most HoG scents, it is very unisex.  It smells like cigars and vanilla…mmm!
  • Pumpkin Queen: "Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber." This was a thoughtful extra sample. I did not actually try this on myself because I’m not into pumpkin unless it’s beer (Southern Tier Pumking FTW) but I found a good home for it in a trade. 
  • Spider Silk: "Procured from a dream: delicate water mint, wispy grey musk, crystalline webs of amber, oakmoss, torchwood, copaiba resin, and a touch of withered violet leaf." I’m a novice at indie scents after having used the same commercial scents all my life I could not tell you which notes in this pulled on me, but I know I love how this smells! I ordered a full-sized vial and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. 
  • Olde Cider Haus: Old oak, sweet drying hay fields, crushed apple pulp and vanilla bean husks.” This is another that I loved in the vial, but not on my skin.  I traded this to the same home as the Pumpkin Queen. 

Overall, I am extremely happy with Haus of Gloi.  I made another purchase after I got these vials tested for a few days, and I cannot wait to share Round 2 with you guys soon!  If you visit their site, there are many items out of stock at the moment. They should be restocking Sept. 27 or 28 with old scents and possibly some new ones (S’mores, I have heard!)  

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