Friday, 30 December 2011

My New Do..Plus Some Christmas Goodies

Recently I was due to have my blonde highlights redone. I decided that I'd go for some extra colour, and instead of having the cropped fringe, I'd try having a side fringe for something different. I'm loving my side fringe, it's easier to maintain than the cropped one, and I think the colour gives it definite "oomph" :)


 (Uh, excuse the lack of foundation here :/)


While I'm posting, I wanted to add a couple of pics of my awesome Christmas presents. Starting with my Bluesky Kit. This is a cheap version of Shellac. I became obsessed with Shellac after a mani I had. I loved just how shiny and how long it lasted without any chips. I decided that I wanted to try applying the soak-off-gel mani myself, but because the actual Shellac brand is so pricey, I went for a cheaper brand. The kit came with UV lamp, top/base coats and nail polishes.






I have used it, but it's only been a couple of days of wear, so a review will follow after a trial period. So far so good, however, I do need to master the art of application, lol.


My other much loved Christmas present, was a parcel of Possets perfume. I love this company for their delicious foody blends. I haven't tried them all yet, but when I have there will surely be a review.





ps. Possets have a 30% off sale, check it out here.

I've been having fun playing with these goodies :)

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Liebster Blog Award.



Wow, I feel not only honoured, but totally humbled by a fellow blogger for nominating me for the Liebster Award. This blog award is fantastic for supporting and showcasing bloggers who have less than 200 followers..I totally fit this criteria, lol. I haven't been doing this for for long, and am still trying to find my way in the blogging world, but I am enjoying this journey that gives me a way to write about my passions in life. This nomination has given me such a boost of encouragement..I am so grateful!

When a nomination has been received, the criteria is as follows:


  1. Thank your nominator/s and link back their blog/s.
  2. Select & reveal your five chosen blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
  3. Advise your chosen blogs of their nomination via a comment on their blog.
  4. Copy and paste the award onto your own blog.
  5. Request that your award nominees then forward it on to their own chosen bloggers.

I would like to express my genuine thanks to the gorgeous Mel, talented and honest writer of the blog Yeah, yeah, ragger, ragger . It means so much to receive this nomination from such a fantastic person!


The blogs that I am nominating are:
Ritual Eyes- Not only is this an informative blog on all things beauty related, Michelle is also a talented lady who creates and sells mineral eye shadow.
Em's 2 Cents- A very honest blog about anything and everything.
Beauty and the Bronzed- A bronzed goddess with a new beauty blog.
Alice Jane in New Castle- General life commentary from a crossdresser who is gradually coming out to the people around her. (Alice has the BEST legs!!)
Shadows*N*Stitches- An entertaining blog on makeup reviews, swatches, makeup looks.

Well, I must say it felt good to share the love, and nominate other worthy bloggers. Please take the time to check out their blogs, you won't be disappointed :)

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Adding Some Colour ..

After a pretty rough week, I decided to cheer myself up with some bright lips and nails. 




Bright nails are nothing new to me, but I really don't wear bright lipstick. I decided to give one of  my OCC lip tars some love. I wore Trollop, which is a hot pink colour. I have 5 in total, and really need to play with them more, I tend to apply too much when only a little is needed for pigmented opaque colour. It applies like a gloss, but looks more like a lipstick..it's great stuff!!


The nail polish I used is just a random I bought from some cheap store, but surprisingly is quite a good polish. I just love coral shades on the nails, especially in summer.


I must say, after applying these colours, it improved my mood..how could they not brighten my day! :)

Monday, 19 December 2011

Sweet Libertine

Some time ago, mineral makeup seller Sweet Libertine offered 2 eye shadows for the cost of postage. Of course, how could I pass up an offer like that??? I threw a sample pack in the shopping cart also, because I can't receive a parcel that only contains 2 pots of shadow ;) It took quite a long time for the Sweet Libertine goodies to arrive, however, that was due to such a huge response, not surprisingly, to free eye shadows.
The 2 full size shadows I received:




CAFE AU LAIT: *A light brown eyeshadow with a gorgeous peach shimmer
 Lovely neutral colour with shimmer. When applied dry it is lighter, but there is visible red glitter throughout, which doesn't seem to appear when wet.












DISCO BUTTERFLY: *This mineral eyeshadow looks gray but actually reflects light to look purple, blue, or pink. Would make a great smokey eye.
A very shimmery silvery lilac, such a pretty colour.


 
Baggie samples:


STARDUST MEMORIES: *A very pale gray mineral eyeshadow with a subtle multi-color sparkle.
Silvery white with multi-colour shimmer. Perfect highlighter shadow.


 
KING FOUCALT FIGHTING: *A light tan/gold with a green and silver sheen. 
Brilliant shimmery silver.


 
SERENDIPITY DO DA: *A gold/white mineral eyeshadow with a copper sheen.
White gold shimmer.


 
DAZED & CONFUCIUS: *A sheer purplish beige mineral eye shadow. 
Mauve shimmer.








KANGAROOSTER: *A medium-to-light olive eyeshadow with a gold sheen that turns olive green when applied wet.
Dry, I find it to be a champagne colour. Wet, it is a shimmery pewter.


 
SMOKING GUN: *A smokey grey with a blue hue that shimmers with pink, green and blue. 
Gun metal grey shimmer with a blueish hue.


 
BOOMBOX: *A reddish purple mineral eyeshadow. A fun, punky color.
Violet shimmer, I found this one a little harder to apply, it didn't seem to adhere well.


 
CAT FIGHT: *A dark purple that shimmers with blues, greens and pinks. 
Smokey grey with shimmery purple hue.


 
SULTRY: * (not listed)
Gorgeous blackened purple shimmer.




THAI SILK: *A stunning orange mineral eyeshadow – works well with all eye colors.
Awesome metallic coppery orange colour- HOT!!




It was hard for me to decide what shadows to use for an EOTDs, so I did 2. The 1st one I used DISCO BUTTERFLY on the lid with SULTRY in the crease, and STARDUST MEMORIES for a highlighter. 











I so needed THAI SILK on my lid..here it is :)



Along with a huge range of mineral eye shadows, on offer are also blushes, bronzers, mineral veils, lip balms, lip gloss and lip tints. I found the colours easy to work with, apart from BOOMBOX, it didn't seem to have the same consistency of the others. Having a look at the blushes, I'll be sure to get some samples, as my next order needs to have a full size of THAI SILK! :)

You can read more about company owner Sarah Waller HERE.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

The Morbid The Merrier

If I could only buy perfumes from one seller (as devastating as that sounds :/) it would be The Morbid The Merrier. So far, although I haven't felt the need to purchase full sizes of all samples that I've tried, there hasn't been one that I don't like. My last purchase over a month ago, came with some yummy extras to celebrate Halloween.














One of the vials was totally crushed during transit. I know I could have had it replaced, but I was much happier with the freebie sample. I bought full sizes of:
DELINA: *It's black garters and blood red lips, sweet and sinister simultaneously. Lotus gives it innocence, amber grounds, and red wine gives it just enough naughty! I think it's something Miss Delina herself would have liked.
    Delina is sweet, she draws you in with her intoxicating florals. She is mesmerizing and heady, very sultry.. I so love this beautiful, feminine perfume.


FUN HOUSE: *Fresh milk spun with black amber, ripe berries, and bright, wild sunflowers... hints of pepper and incense barely concealed underneath.
    In the bottle, this perfume smells sweet and creamy. On, I get some of the spice of pepper, and a touch of heady incense. After wear, it becomes powdery in a nice, soft way, yet the sweet milkiness lingers beautifully. Comforting, but of course, has a dark side. I am so glad that I went ahead and just bought a full size.


CLEO: *Blackberries, sweet spices, pale musks, and dark woods.
She's spiced, sweet berries, rich and woodsy, but not too sharp. Cleo has experienced life, but she's not bitter. After wear she softens, almost soapy, but there's enough spice to prevent her from disappearing. Another unsniffed perfume bought full size, I love it!


Samples:


HORSEMAN: *Fiery jack-o-lanterns, black leather boots, temple incense, and the edge of a dark Autumn wood. Opens sweet, almost caramel-foody, but after only a few minutes on the skin, it darkens dramatically, almost changing into a different scent altogether.
Sweet,spicy and hello leather. I'm not generally a fan of leather, but this is not over powering. It truly compliments this perfume. It is such a sexy unisex scent. It has enough sweetness for me to wear . It is blended so well, no note outdoes the other. This one is currently on its way in full size :)


BROM: *Rich pumpkin darkened with spices and ginger, buttery, flaky crust, and a generous dollop of cream and benzoin.
The sweetness of pumpkin, richness of the spices and ginger with the bakery note of pastry makes a perfect perfume for me. The only problem is that my skin eats this one up, and it disappears too quickly. So unfortunate, because Brom is delicious!


DHANYA: *Orange blossom, blackened amber, blood orange, whiskey, and a most decadent Indian white amber.
Woodsy, sweet and boozy. Dhanya is feminine, yet strong, she continues to sweeten over time. The amber mellows, but she still remains earthy. This one os laster on me, very nice indeed.


VOIX DE VILLE: *Succulent, juicy, ripe red apple soothed and darkened by black fruit, decadent florals and sensuous green.
Fruity and floral. THis perfume smells of apples..crisp and juicy. For some reason this perfume becomes smoky and almost dusty, however, after wear the smoke and dust clears to reveal a very sweet fruity scent, almost candied on my skin. I really love the end result, just not keen on the dusty phase of this perfume.


KATRINA: *A trio of white flowers, smoky almond, and spiced pumpkin. Sweet, but somehow really earthy, especially on the dry-down.
Dark, earthy, floral, I also detect a slight herbal note. Feminine, yet heavy and rich. Katrina has presence, she's heady. After wear, the florals continue to bloom and become sweeter, a full size is on its way!


Other TMTM perfumes I've tried are:
NATALI: *Natali is a brooding yet comforting blend of sweet, spicy orange and dark, fragrant chocolate with a heart of vanilla and wood. Directly out of the tin it smells exactly like a Terry's Chocolate Orange. After a few minutes, however, the scent begins to mellow and change into something extraordinary. A little incense, a little tobacco, a little mystery.
    When 1st applied, I get chocolate with zesty orange. The orange gives the chocolate a lovely citrus twist. Not a fake lolly choc-orange like jaffas, but like a splash of oj. This adds freshness and lifts the rich aroma of dark chocolate. Unfortunately, upon drydown, the perfume has only a subtle smell of this lovely orange, it almost gets lost in the chocolate. It's a shame, because it was the citrus twist that made Natali appealing to me. After not much wear, I can only detect a scent by sniffing my wrist, which is a deal breaker for me, because I like to get an aroma from my perfumes. I will not be getting a full size.

DESSERT ABISINTHE: *I took my usual absinthe perfume oil and softened it with cream and sugar and soft citrus. Upon opening, the first notes are lemon, sugar, and anise - very reminiscent of a lemon sugar cookie.
I find this scent to be sweet, yet interesting with the aniseed based absinthe twist. The touch of lemon makes this perfume a beautiful blend of bakery goodness, tart and booziness that the absinthe gives. It is complex, yet feminine.
   
COCOA D'ABSINTHE - Sweet and sinful Dessert Absinthe, with ribbons of dark bitter cocoa throughout.
    A rich chocolate take on Dessert Abisinthe. Although, there are elements of rich creamy sweet notes, I don't find this too foody. It's a grown-up chocolate anise perfume..but, with a slight boozy twist. The sharpness of the anise quickly mellows, with an almost leathery touch, not strong, but gives it just enough depth. I find this perfume so likable. I get a choc-mint scent that blends so well together. I love foody scents, but this perfume isn't that simple, I love it's complex and sexy nature. Yumm!

BALTUS: *Pumpkin, black fig, 3 musks and 2 sandalwoods, swirled with bittersweet cocoa and a drop of espresso. Indulgent!
    This combination reminds me of rich coffee, with a spicy pumpkin touch. It is a very syrup-y scent that is balanced with bitter chocolate, so that it doesn't become too cloyingly sweet. Chocolate and coffee blend so well together, pumpkin just gives it that extra sweet something.

MAXIMO: *A complex and beautiful blend of sweet cocoa, spicy black pepper, earthy patchouli with a heart of vanilla and wood.
    At 1st application, I smell the lovely scent of cocoa and vanilla. Upon drydown, it appears to be an almost masculine scent. Leathery and sexy, but definitely for my man.

LUCY:* White-out! A melange of white, white, white. White musk, white sandal, vanilla bean, indian white amber and white pepper. But don't worry. I've added enough black to keep it interesting.
    Lucy is ahead of her time, sweet, yet headstrong, she's smokey and independant. I love Lucy. The smokiness gives this bottle of white a sexy side. After wear, this perfume mellows with an almost soapy fragrance, a beautiful luxe soapy nature. I'm glad I bought a full size.


 EGGBERT: *Sweet yellow cake, tiny coconut shreds, candied walnuts, sugared violets, and vanilla, with a palate-cleansing dose of wood and moss.
    This perfume has enough foody element to satisfy sweet tooths like me. But, don't let that yellow cake and coconutty goodness fool you. The moss and wood give it earthiness, that sets it apart from being just a foody scent. The nuttiness grounds this perfume, adding to this rich, almost unisex, but sexy perfume. Love it!


 ANNABELLE: *Very complex, but with key notes of buttery carnation, rich honey, and a bite of clove. Smoky and sweet.
Rich, dark, woodsy but not sharp. Annabelle has a sweet homely side. She's earthy and intriguing. Beautiful fragrance.



Full size perfumes come in 5ml bottles with dropper to make spills less likely. Perfume oil samples are in small vials, with enough for a few applications. Solid perfumes either come in a tin, or twist-up tube. I have used both oils and solid perfumes, personally I find that the oils last longer, and the individual notes are more prominent. So far, I've ordered 3 times, and find customer service to be very good. Any questions that I've had, have been answered quickly.


I find myself being intoxicated by TMTM's scents. The perfumes I've tried all have a dark, rich quality, and are unique. The perfumes represent the often quirky old world theme, which I adore. They tend to lean towards heady, incensy scents. With such strong blends, I am happy to report that not one has given me a headache. 


Currently TMTM have a Holiday 2011 collection, consisting of 4 scents. 
X is for Xerxes - devoured by mice:     rich chocolate, sweet amber, and a kick of black pepper

M is for Maud - who was swept out to sea:   golden honey, tangy orange, baked apricot and ginger

Z is for Zillah - who drank too much gin:   frankincense, myrrh, black cypress and juniper

Q is for Quentin - who sank in a mire:   almond cake, glazed walnuts, and black tea leaves.

(Taken from the site)


Currently, I'm waiting on an order to arrive..I have a feeling I'll be ordering again soon, Xerxes, Maud and Quentin are calling me!! :)

Monday, 12 December 2011

Tree and Sapling

Just a quick post to showcase etsy seller Tree and Sapling. Once again I was tempted with a too-good-to-refuse Heartsy voucher. I only purchased a few things, as my pile of natural soaps is getting a little out of control, lol. As pictured, along with the soaps, I purchased a jar of whipped soap and received the cute flower soap as a freebie.




I've gotten as far as having a sniff of these goodies, and they do smell good! I am impressed by the packaging, it looks so classy. I believe that Tree and Sapling products would make great gifts, especially for those that appreciate natural soaps, lotions and products for men also.

In my order, I also received a card, which is a nice personal touch. This card included a coupon code to receive 25% off, which I'll be sure to use in the near future!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

FOTD

Foundation hadn't come near my face for some time, initially the reason purely being that I wanted to have a break. Because my skin has been better than normal, meaning less blemishes, the "break" from foundation lasted quite some time. When I recently decided to wear some, I decided to post my blog's 1st FOTD :)




















What I used:






Foundation- Everyday Minerals Intensive Formula mineral foundation in Beige Neutral. This mineral powder has lasted me for so long, and I've barely made a dent in the jar. The foundation is full coverage. It lasts the day on me without touch-ups, and using a kabuki brush makes for easy application, without caking.




The base, crease and highlighter shadows I used from my "NARS" palette.




For a few dollars, I bought this on a cheap shopping site (can't remember which) obviously at that price, I knew it was a fake, but I thought it would be fun. Little did I know just how much I would use this palette. It contains the only eye shadow that I have ever seen the metal bottom of!


Base colour is a neutral shade. Didn't show up in a pic, but it's the colour I've used the most in this palette.


Crease colour is a dark brown.














The lid colour- A gorgeous golden bronze shadow. I received this care of the lovely and talented Michelle, creator of Ritual Eyes. As well as an informative beauty blog, there are photos of available eye shadows. Of all the shadows I have from Ritual Eyes, they are all well pigmented and the texture makes them easy to work with wet or dry. Ordering is as easy as sending Michelle an email, listed in her blog. Pricing is as follows (taken from her Ritual Eyes facebook page)
Full size 3gm pot full to the top, no sifter,$6 per pot with $4.55 shipping AUST ONLY, can fit multiple jars in one post pack :D **** Sample baggies also available**** with approx .25 gms of product, enough for multiple uses. $1.50 per sample bag with .60c shipping, shipping on more than 1 sample bag is $1.10.




Eyeliner- Majolica Majorca pen liner. The product is dispensed simply by twisting the bottom until it clicks allowing liquid liner to saturate the brush end. It is so easy to use, with the ability to apply thin or thick lines. I bought 2 of these liners for a great price on ebay. 












Mascara- I always reach for Mirenesse Sexy Secret Weapon Mascara. I love how this mascara accents my lashes and, most of all, I never have to worry about those dreaded "panda eyes", as the mascara comes off each lash in small rubber-like balls in water, it does not run. I also love the packaging. :)










Blush- Walkee Talkee from Everyday Minerals. It gives me a lovely pink flush. It does have shimmer, but I don't find that it's too much.














Lipstick- yet another Everyday Minerals product. Named Icing on the Cake, this lipstick is a muted pink. I like the colour, but I wear it a lot mainly to use it up. This is one of 4 Everyday Minerals lipsticks that I own. They are nice on the lips, I'm just not thrilled about the packaging, and there are "gritty" pieces throughout the product, there were 4 that I had to discard of because they had just too much of this "grittiness".




Lipgloss- Bourjois Rose Charismatic (29) which is a frosted pink shimmer. I am a huge fan of Bourjois glosses, super glossy and long lasting, plus there's so many colour choices in their range.




..and that's what helped me create my FOTD :)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Sweet Anthem: Holiday and Halloween 2011 Collections.

Being a fan of Sweet Anthem perfumes, I had to take advantage of the sample set of  6 Holiday perfume oils for $12. I am surprised that I stopped at the samples, but I know that there's at least 2 that I want full sizes of. Meredith also sent solid perfume samples of Nell and Tara.



 AYN: *Just a dab prepares you for any philosophical discussion. An objective perfume for him or her featuring deep herbs, fruits, and spices.

• Top Notes: Blackberry, Rosemary
• Heart Notes: Hollyberry
• Base Notes: Sage
Sharp, spicy and fruity sweetness. It seems to have a rich boozy quality, when first applied. I find Ayn an uplifting blend, yet dark enough for wear in cooler months. It dries down to a woodsy. sweet scent with just enough spice. For a perfume with such strong components, it has quite a mild throw, unless I sniff my wrists. I get wafts that remind me of a sweet menthol, almost like the cough lollies, "Butter Menthols". I like it!

SYLVIA: *How frail the human heart must be. When a hot bath won't cure what ails you, this perfume surely will: a bit of bubbly under the mistletoe, with wreaths of osmanthus and tuberose, will make anyone merry and bright.

• Head Notes: Champagne, Mistletoe
• Heart Notes: Osmanthus, Tuberose
• Base Notes: Cedarwood.
Sharp, herbal note, floral and slightly tart effervescence. On me, Sylvia softens to an almost powdery note, I find this stage more wearable. This perfume is not for me, but I appreciate the complex blend.

EUGENE: *  All your wits will vanish this season with a dry spices blend perfect for making merry. Green spices and black pepper celebrate with clean woods and musk.

• Top Notes:
• Heart Notes: Orris, Black Pepper
• Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood.
Smoky, woodsy and sweet. The smell makes me think of a thick green forest, with smoke in the distance. This fragrance softens with a nice soapy quality. A great fresh unisex blend.

STANFORD: *Made for tarts, harlots, and chastised sweethearts. Herbal teas and heady liqueurs are softened by sweet woods and fruits.

• Top Notes: Absinthe, Orange Peel
• Heart Notes: Cassie, Fig
• Base Notes: Angelica Root, Green Tea
 Soothing blend. Herbal and earthy, but not sharp, just a touch bitter at first. Conjures up images of snow on pine trees.

SHEILA: *Oh, most gracious of beings, my queen. A commanding perfume with sharp, herbal top notes that demand to be heavy, smoky, green, and woody on skin.

• Top Notes: Chamomile, Rosemary
• Heart Notes: Lotus, Tuberose
• Base Notes: Myrrh.
Sheila begins smoky, woody and quite sharp. Like burning autumn leaves, harsh yet warm.

LINDA: *A gold-wrapped chocolate infused with sweet liqueur, enjoyed in a cozy leather arm chair by the fire. Nothing entirely too fancy, but a staple nonetheless.

• Top Notes: Cherry
• Heart Notes: Black Pepper, Currants
• Base Notes: Cocoa, Gold, Leather.
Linda is sweet, syrupy, grounded with leather and spices to prevent a cloying fragrance. It is such a warm, heavy scent. Perfect for cooler months. I love it!
Some interesting perfumes in this collection. My faves are Linda and Ayn..yummm, but could be loved by foody haters :)


Only a day later, I was thrilled to receive another Sweet Anthem order, purchased with a Heartsy voucher. EDP sprays of Caroline, Beatrice and Vicky. Solid perfume samples of Adrej and Phoebe were added to my order, which was perfect, as these, along with Vicky, make up the Halloween 2011 collection. I'd like to add, that the packaging is so cute!



Halloween 2011 collection:

VICKY: *Love don't take no reservations, love is no square deal. A devastating blend of almond, cinnamon, and sweet orange.

• Top Notes: Sweet Orange
• Heart Notes: Cinnamon
• Base Notes: Almond.
I purchased this perfume unsniffed, and so glad that I did. It starts with a bitter citrus note. Dries to a slightly powdery, yet tart fragrance, with a touch of spice. It's feminine and not too foody. Lingers beautifully.

PHOEBE: * While leaves crackle underfoot on cold dirt, the imminence of the year's inaugural snowfall looms in the sharp air. Northwest pines and a local lavender create a fougere for those transitional months, when the moon hangs high and your exhaled breaths are barely visible.

• Top Notes: Pinyon Pine, Snow
• Heart Notes: Lavender, Maple Sugar
• Base Notes: Amber, DIrt, Tobacco.
Phoebe is intoxicating and feminine. Sweet. floral and superb. I adore her in solid form. When I read the notes in the description, I'm surprised (not disappointed) it's not sharper than what I actually detect. I need this one!

ANDREJ: *As the wax shapes cast divine shadows on the wall, St. Andrew's Day closes in a meeting of the magical and the mundane. This auspicious mix of acorns, clove, hazelnuts, and orange peel accommodates a rather uncomplicated musk.

• Top Notes: Clove, Orange Peel
• Heart Notes: Hazelnut
• Base Notes: Acorns, Hay Absolute.
Andrej in solid form is sharp, smoky and spicy. The strong notes dry down with a slightly creamy quality. It's a unisex blend.
In my orders there was also:
Beatrice, reviewed here.

CAROLINE: *Ambergris, Bergamot, Champagne, Jasmine, Lemon, Oakmoss, Vanilla Sugar.
On first sniff, I found this perfume very strong on lemon and florals. Quickly, the scent mellowed, still very citrusy and floral, but lovely, tangy, yet sweet and feminine. Quite a summery, bubbly fragrance.

NELL: My review of Nell in oil form is here. In solid, she isn't quite as sharp, and I find her sweeter. I prefer Nell in solid form.

TARA: *Black Tea, Damascus Rose, Red Currant, Rosewood, Saffron, Thyme.
On the skin, Tara is herbal and earthy, almost like smelling roots. The overall throw that I get has a tart, floral note to it. Quite a nice fragrance.

Other Sweet Anthem perfumes that I've tried to date are:

JULIET: * A starcross'd love – balmy jasmine sambac flowers and orange blossoms are encircled in enchanting spices. Nips of fresh mango and a faintly glimmering sea shore lay the scene in fair Verona. (Spice)
• Head Notes: Mango, Pink Pepper
• Heart Notes: Clove abs., Jasmine Sambac, Neroli
• Base Notes: Muskwood, Tobacco
.
    At first application, when wet, I find this perfume to be very green..woodsy ferns, quite herbal and a little pungent. In no time, once dry, the pungent scent fades into a sweet, feminine perfume. Quite intoxicating. Lovely floral, with a tart, citrus note. I only get a hint of smokiness. I'm definitely considering a full size.

ANITA: *Moroccan Mint, Peppermint, Pink Sugar, Turkish Mocha, Vanilla.
    I have this in a spray, I'm so glad that I got a full size! When I 1st spray this on, I smell mint and wafers. The mint begins to mellow, letting seep through, the scents of mocha and vanilla. I keep smelling my clothes, because this is wear the scent is strongest, and boy does it have lasting power on the clothes. As common with Sweet Anthem perfumes, the scent changes again with time, to a slightly sweeter perfume, the faint traces of mint seem to prevent the perfume from being too cloyingly sweet. Mmmm, I'll just keep sniffing away.... :)

EMILY: *Almond, Coconut, Honey, Milk, Oatmeal, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Yuzu.
    Yet another full sized spray that I am so glad I gambled on buying unsniffed. When wet, I get the notes almond, sandalwood and a little coconut. It almost smells earthy, not at all what I was expecting, ok, not great. A little time passes, then hello tropical, sweet Yuzu. The coconut appears a little stronger at the perfect time to compliment the yuzu, along with the subtle creaminess of milk and oatmeal. Two days later, and when I sniff the top I had been wearing, the perfume is still there..coconut, yuzu, vanilla, gorgeous tropical scent. I love it!!

KAREN: *Coconut, Jasmine, Violet.
    Wet, this fragrance is strong on flowers, and I can't detect the coconut at all. It's a little strong for me for some time. Upon drydown, I get a little of the coconut, but it's still overpowered by the jasmine and violet, well I'm assuming both, as I have no idea what their notes are, lol. The florals have powdered a little, and I get a slightly metallic note. After wear, I'm not a fan of the scent I get on my wrist, but like the throw, as I get more of the coconut that I adore. I'm wondering if I'd like the spray, but not sure if I like it enough to take that chance..

MADELINE: *Black Currant, Cognac, Immortelle, Pine, Sandalwood, White Ginger.
    I so wanted to like Madeline. I was expecting a boozy fragrance with pine giving it a nice twist. However, for me it was mostly pine, and reminded me of, I hate to say it, floor cleaner. It did mellow over time, the sharpness of the ginger remained. Unfortunately,it gave me a headache, so I'll be quick to pass it on.

REBECCA: *Agarwood, Amber, Black Pepper, Bluebonnets, Ginger, Honey, Pear, Tobacco.
    When I first applied Rebecca, it was like "whoa, woodsy!" I thought that there must have been amber in this perfume, then after reading what notes are in Rebecca, realised it had to be the Agarwood. There is a slight hint of sweetness from the pear and honey, but my skin seems to amp the agarwood. My 1st impression was not a good one, I wasn't overly keen, but as time passed, the strong woodsiness began to have a smokey, spicy side, and the sweetness was more noticeable, only barely, but enough to lift this fragrance. This is such a mysterious, exotic and sexy scent. It is incensy, but I don't find it too heady. Not quite for me, altho, the more I wear it, the more I like it, and I do appreciate the beautiful blend of these notes.

MIHO: *Sweet Orange,Lotus, Violet, Coconut, Musk, Sea Moss.
    Comes out of the bottle a floral and fruity blend, feminine  and summery. As the perfume mellows, the coconut and musk emerge, introducing a more soft side. Very nice, would consider a full size.

WENDY: *Black Currant, Civet, Gardenia, Matcha Tea, Peony, White Cedarwood.
    Wet, this perfume is a very rich, earthy scent. It's quite invigorating with the cedarwood woodsy note. It softens nicely with the florals appearing, but not becoming too heady, being grounded by the slight sharp notes. Quite an interesting scent. I'm sure to use up the sample, but not sure I'll buy a full size.

    ALICE: *Edelweiss, Hemp, Musk, Mysore Sandalwood, Tobacco, Tuberose, White Amber.
    A spicy, smokey floral. A little sharp at first, but quickly mellows. It's a sexy, rich, earthy type of perfume. After wear, it becomes sweeter. Lovely blend.

RED QUEEN: *Black Cardamom, Bourbon, Fig, Honey, Leather, Rose, White Pepper.
    When I applied this perfume, I got smoke and leather and sweetness, in that order. Rather than smelling blended, it seemed to contrast, as in the different notes were trying to outdo each other. After reading the notes of this perfume, I could begin to detect the notes, the smokey scent indeed was the black cardamom, I could smell the fig and honey, quite obvious, once I knew. I am so not good at detecting scents on my own. Upon drydown, the leather is still there, and the black cardamom, but not so in your face smokey. The booziness of the bourbon begins to appear,  and it becomes a softer, more wearable (for me) perfume. I was surprised that there is rose, as I really can't seem to detect that note, this perfume doesn't scream floral, as most perfumes with rose often do. This was a summer release, but to me, it would be more suited to autumn.A nice fragrance, am wondering if it would be more preferable to me in the edp version.

LOUISE: *Amber, Benzoin, Lavender, Maple Syrup, Opium, Pumpkin.
    At first, this perfume reminds me of a lozenge..funnily enough. Slightly like a honey and lemon one, well there is maple syrup in there, not sure where the lemon-y smell comes from, lol. The pumpkin gives a slight fruitiness to this interesting perfume. If I really search, I can detect a slight lavender note, but it's not strong, and doesn't ruin this scent for me, as I'm not a fan of lavender. Louise is slightly smokey and spicy. On drydown, I am left with a sweet fruity scent. Unfortunately it doesn't last very long on my skin.


Hmm, I wonder how long I can last before making another Sweet Anthem order.. :)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Out and About

A few weeks ago, having a Hen's night to attend, I thought it would be a great excuse to visit my local BT for an eye brow wax AND Shellac mani. The brow wax was first, always good to get that one over and done with, lol. Then came the mani. Being my first Shellac-ing, I was very excited to see how these soak-off gels would be like. Regular polish has no lasting power on me, I would say this has a lot to do with the fact that I'm not very gentle on my nails. At a cost of $40, I was quite impressed with the results. Applied just like gels, nice and thick, super shiny, and best of all, not damaging to the nails. It was hard to decide what colour to go for, but I eventually chose a dark purple.



Seeing that I like to change my nail colour often, the only con I can think of, is that after almost 2 weeks of the same colour, I had gotten bored with the purple, as nice as it is. In hindsight, I would have gone for a lighter colour, and applied various polishes over top, whenever I felt like a change. A little searching on the internet, and I discovered that it's fine to apply regular polish over Shellac, as removing with an acetone-free remover does not effect the Shellac underneath. I have to admit that I did experience a slight chipping on 2 nails a little under 2 weeks of having the Shellac mani. I seriously had not been kind to my nails, amongst general house cleaning, I'd also moved furniture. This chipped my actual nails (only 2) but the polish was in tact, however, after filing my chipped nails, a couple of days later the Shellac began to lift slightly, then chipped. I'm assuming that the filing "broke" the sealed edges, causing damage to the Shellac gel. 

Removal was simple. I had the option of spending $10 to have the Shellac removed, but instead, I opted to do it myself. All I was required to do was place an acetone remover soaked cotton pad onto my nails, then cover in foil. I heated the foil briefly with a hairdryer, then left the foil on for approximately 20 minutes. Most of the polish came off with the cotton pad, the rest came off easily using a cuticle stick. I really think having a Shellac mani is most definitely worth it. My nails were not only left undamaged, but were actually stronger, and I was surprised at how much they'd grown in a couple of weeks.


My BT is located in a chemist, which can be a "problem". As I had my mani, I had way too much time to look around, and be tempted by too many goodies. As well as my beauty treatments, I ended up purchasing tanning lotion and tinted spf moisturiser. 





The Summer Tan lotion was bought on recommendation at $30, whilst the Suntanned Sweeties tinted moisturiser at $19.95 was a necessity..besides, I couldn't go past that super cute box.


The tinted moisturiser only came in one shade, which looked quite dark in the pump bottle. 



It is quite a dark shade, but only really tints the skin, rather than giving any coverage. There is some shimmer to the moisturiser, however once applied, it's not noticeable. I like that this is a pump bottle, easy to dispense, not to mention, hygienic. The only thing I am not thrilled about, is that it is only an spf 15, I normally don't use anything less than 30. The cute packaging is to blame for my lack of inspection, lol.






It's a typical moisturiser tint consistency, I find that they are slightly thicker than regular moisturisers. It blends quite easily, and a little goes a long way.



As you can see, although there's very little coverage, it does give a lovely bronze glow, without turning me into a disco-ball. 


The tanning lotion, simply named Summer Tan, is a very dark brown lotion. It is so dark, I was almost too scared to apply it. Of course, as I massaged it in for an even application, the extremely dark brown became a lovely tan colour. It took some time to ensure the application was even with no streaks, but with my previous bad attempts at fake tans, this was by far the easiest one I have come by so far. The colour once dry, is pretty much the colour achieved, even after showering the next day. I was happy that I had the look of a gorgeous tan, not an orange mess. If I had to list something that I didn't like, it would be the smell typical of fake tans, it was still noticable after showering, but it's worth it for nice tanned looking skin :)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Opulent Alchemy Review

When I first heard about Etsy seller Opulent Alchemy, I was a little meh about it all, thinking that I really wasn't interested in dupes of various store bought perfumes. I finally decided that for my blog, I'd buy them for reviewing purposes, any excuse is a good excuse, right?? ;) The hardest part of this purchase was trawling through the incredible list of perfume oil dupes listed in Opulent Alchemy's blog. My order arrived in a cute little box.


The fragrances, including postage cost a total of $25, very reasonable for 7 perfume oils.


The packaging includes roller-ball application. The labels are very cute. Perfumes ordered as follows:

JLo- Love at first Glow: *The original version has bergamot, neroli, Georgia peach, pink jasmine, wild rose, osmanthus, freesia, sheer musk, blond woods and vanilla absolute.
I've read some pretty scathing reviews about the original, I have no idea what it smells like, but I'm liking Opulent Alchemy's version. It starts off quite sweet and musky. Very quickly, I get a fresh, only slightly woodsy, yet sweet, but not overly so, scent. It is subtle, "airy" and lingers close to the skin. I really like this summery scent.


Beyonce- Heat: *A vanilla oriental for women that sizzles … glamorous, confident & seductive. Top notes of are sweet with a bite - red vanilla-orchid, magnolia, neroli & peach. A sultry heart of honeysuckle, almond & musky cream, leads to the base notes of sequoia wood, tonka & amber.
Begins sugary, and a little tart, which prevents the perfume being cloyingly sweet. It's a fun, girly scent. It has an almost effervescent quality. With a name like Heat, I was expecting some spice, there was none, but I still find it an enjoyable fragrance to wear.


Britney Spears- Fantasy: *This feminine scent possesses a blend of red lychee, kiwi, cupcake, jasmine, white chocolate, musk, orris root.
This is one of the few perfumes that I've bought "over-the-counter". It is long gone now, but I loved it. I thought I'd purchase a perfume that I'd tried, to see how close these dupes are. I know it's a girly fragrance, I almost hear giggling teen girls, lol. The scent is bright, bubbly, and sweet like candy. It evokes the colour pink.  I'm happy to report that the dupe smells the same as the original :)


Aquolina- Chocolovers: * Unmistakable, senusal, mysterious, the scent of chocoalte has incrediable powers. Chocolvers (type)contains essential & fragrance oils of Corainder, Patchouly, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon , Lily of the Valley, Hazelnut, Malt, Toasted Caramel, Musk, & Vanilla Absolute.
This is a rich cocoa scent, with a slight citrus-y note. The tartness lifts the dark scent, making it an ideal perfume for any time of year.

Estee Lauder- Pleasures: *Refreshing, flowery fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of white lily, lilac, rose & violet …accompanied by a hint of sandalwood.
Instant bouquet of flowers, but not too heady. Such a feminine scent. Evokes visions of walking through a blooming garden in summer.

Jessica Simpson- Fancy: *Oriental/vanilla fragrance is sexy, luscious gourmand that is as alluring as it is feminine. Perfumer Alexis Dadier whips up a delectable scent, with top notes of pear, apricot & red berries; heart notes of gardenia, jasmine, almond & caramel; with sensuous base notes of sandalwood, vanilla & amber.
Sweet, fruit and floral. Girly, fun fragrance. Very nice perfume.


Sweetie..Hot Apple Pie....
Syrup-y baked apples with cinnamon. Warm, sweet and mouth-wateringly delicious, I can almost taste it! So foody, so yummm, I love it!


I am so glad that I placed an order with Opulent Alchemy. I know there are plenty of cheap dupes out there, but they are often cheap AND nasty, with this seller you can be sure that what you are applying is not harmful in any way, in fact, it's also vegan. There's so, so many I want to try..for reviewing purposes, of course!! ;)


Saturday, 19 November 2011

Dapper Owl Review

Not really needing more bath and beauty products, I still had to buy the Heartsy voucher for The Dapper Owl, $10 for a $32 voucher, sounded pretty good to me.


The owner is Alexandra and she is a full time college student. In her words "I love making soaps and other bath products in my spare time. My favorite things to include in my shop are bright, fun colors for kids and old fashioned recipes that are good for everyone and vegan friendly!"


My order was packaged well, and I appreciated the personal touch of a hand written card offering me a discount on my next order.






I purchased the following;
Tangerine soap: "This layered soap smells wonderful! Tangerine and orange come together to make a beautiful, citrus filled soap. I've added orange peel to the mixture to give it a little bit of extra scrubbing power. Orange peel is a natural exfoliant and is gentle, yet effective when used on the face."


Solid perfume in Bee's Knees: "This is one of my best selling scents! I love the blend of oatmeal mixed with high notes of honey and creme and almonds. It's a soft smell that lingers gently on your skin without being overpowering".
I like this blend of rich, yet gentle creamy honey, with oatmeal and almonds in the mix, it has an almost caramelized honey note to it. Unfortunately for me, it's so close to the skin that I must keep sniffing my wrists just to capture the sweet, dainty scent. If there was more throw, this would be one of my fave perfumes.


Summer Love solid perfume: "Here for the summer only, this wonderful scent is reminiscent of driving down a country road in the summer with the windows down. A wonderful blend of blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries along with gentle notes of peaches and magnolias make this a wonderful, girly scent!"
Effervescent fruity with floral fragrance. Feminine, uplifting summery scent. Soft, yet bright.


Sweet Darlin' solid perfume: "This is one of my absolute favorite scents ever. This is an imitation of Victoria's Secret 'Love Spell' scent and matches it wonderfully! This little pot is also much more convenient than carrying around a large bottle in your purse." 
Quite a similar "feel" as Summer Love, but is fruity instead of floral. Sweet and slightly tart. Fruit punch anyone??


The solid perfumes are stored in clear tubs with screw top lids and labels covering the top of the lid. Small enough to carry in a handbag for convenient re-application.


Alexandra also included a strawberry soap..a very generous freebie!!