Goodies from the Aisle of Doom

So you know those aisles at Ulta and Sephora right before the cash register with all the adorable, petite, affordably priced little minis? I call it the aisle of doom – and it’s where I picked these little cuties up (damn you, Ulta).

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I’ve never tried a Stila Convertible Color before, but I’ve heard others rave about them, so why not pick up three of them for $20? That’s a damn steal. It would be irresponsible not to buy them at that price – I practically saved money, right? Right.

I’m quite the fan of the whole dewy look, so I am very pleased with these. The set is called the Stila blooming bright convertible color trio, and they give long lasting, pretty, natural color that stays nice looking all day. From left to right we have Lillium, a nude pink, Petunia, a coral pink, and Hibiscus, a coral red. I’m pale as all get out – let’s use a nice term and call me “porcelain” – so Lillium gives a wonderful, natural flush on me when buffed out, and it’s set to become my staple blush for the spring and summer when you don’t want a lot of stuff on your face, but still want to look fresh, natural and pretty. I’d say if you have $20 to spare, this might be a great way to spend it (and if you’re not as ghostly as I am, maybe check out the slightly darker trio set in the beauty in bloom color way).

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Empty of the Week: COLAB Dry Shampoos by Ruth Crilly

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 

About two months ago I went on my honeymoon to the UK and the second my foot hit UK soil I made a beeline for the nearest SuperDrug and Boots stores. Of course I had plans to pick up the usual UK suspects that we don’t have full access to in the US, such as Soap and Glory and Rimmel, but I was hoping to pick up a few more unknown products that would turn out to be gems – and these are them. Sparkly, sparkly gems.

I remembered seeing these COLAB by Ruth Crilly dry shampoos in passing in some YouTube videos, which is what made me curious enough to pick them up – that, and the smell. Oh Lordy, the smell. When picking them out, I did so based solely on aroma and I came away with one original formula in the Rio Tropical fragrance, and one extreme volume formula in New York Fruity fragrance:

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The original formula in Rio is a good dry shampoo – it does what it’s supposed to do, soaks up oils without leaving residue in your hair, and it does this while smelling fabulous. I’d totally use it again, but it’s not like I couldn’t get that from some dry shampoos here in the states (I’m looking at you, Batiste and Suave).

But the extreme volume formula? It does all this and then gives you the volume of your dreams. I need this stuff. It is now my hair crack, and I cannot live without it. But for some reason, these cannot be shipped to the United States. I am devastated. Empty of the week conclusion? You can live without the original formula, but you need the extreme volume one in your life. Immediately. Go pick them up, then make a shrine to Ruth Crilly. 

My Perfume Collection: I Hope You Like Flowers

Behold: the perfume collectionTop row, left to right: Velvet Tuberose by Bath and Body Works, Midnight Rain by La Prarie, Original Pink by Soap and Glory, Enchanted Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift. Bottom row, left to right: Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture, English Pear and Freesia by Jo Malone, Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift, Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture, and Twilight Woods by Bath and Body Works.Top row, left to right: Velvet Tuberose by Bath and Body Works, Midnight Rain by La Prarie, Original Pink by Soap and Glory and Enchanted Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift. 

Bottom row, left to right: Viva La Juicy La Fleur by Juicy Couture, English Pear and Freesia by Jo Malone, Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift, Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture and Twilight Woods by Bath and Body Works

Let’s start from the top and work our way down, shall we?

Velvet Tuberose: White Tuberose, Diamond Orchids, and Cashmere Musk

Unfortunately, this is no longer available for purchase unless you want to hunt some down on eBay. They don’t even have the smell in other products any more. However, I can tell you that it smells deliciously more warm and more dark than the rest of my collection, while still maintaining the flowery smell that I prefer (if you couldn’t tell). I’m hoarding this like the world is ending while I wait in hope that Bath and Body Works will bring it back.

Midnight Rain: Guava, Mandarin, Pomegranate, Freesia, White Lily, Vanilla Orchid, Plum Flower, Amber Flower, Patchouli, Vetyver, Cashmere Woods, and Musk.

Why yes – yes that bottle is in the shape of a raindrop and has sparkles all over it. Which is the entire reason I picked it up. Honestly, I could have cared less what it smelled like, I just wanted that bottle – but luckily it smells wonderful. It’s basically a sexy, more sophisticated version of a flowery scent and I love putting this on when I have important things to do – it’s almost like a power scent that makes me feel grown up. It’s super long lasting, too.

Original Pink: Fresh Fruity Citrus with Bergamot, Summer Rose, Peach, Strawberry, Gardenia Blooms, Jasmine, Patchouli, Warm Amber and Lush Musks.

Where Midnight Rain is the sophisticated perfume, Original Pink smells like a high school girl who just got doused in pink lemonade and I love it. You’ll practically get thirsty when you spray it. Warning however, it’s not super long lasting, so you’ll need to spray on more through the day.

Enchanted WonderstruckWild Berries, Pink Poppy, Passion Fruit, Peony, Sugar-Glazed Champaca Petals, White Freesia, White Musk, Hypnotic Vanilla and Blonde Woods.

I don’t care if you like Taylor Swift or not – the girl can make perfume, ya’ll. I was personally hesitant to pick both this and the original Wonderstruck up, simply because they are celebrity perfumes, but it smells so, so good. This is definitely my staple every day, signature perfume in the winter, and the original Wonderstruck takes it’s place in the summer. I’ve used almost three bottles of both now. It’s basically a darker version of Wonderstruck, it lasts all day, and both me and my husband love it.

Viva La Juicy La FleurWild Berries, Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Gardenia Petals, Soft Jasmine, Vanilla, Caramel, Sandalwood. 

This is a light, fun version of Viva La Juicy that I feel like I could wear everyday since the original is a bit too dark, serious and sexy for me to want to wear all the time. I usually alternate it with my Wonderstruck in the summertime if I feel like switching it up. Be warned though, it doesn’t last long so I have a rollerball of it that I tote around as well.

English Pear and Freesia: ummm … exactly what it says. Pear and freesia. Also, Amber, Patchouli and Woods.

This was my wedding perfume and it’s different from everything else I own. It’s light, sweet and sheer – perfect for a bride. I do find that it doesn’t last all that long, however, which is surprising for such a damn expensive perfume.

Wonderstruck: Freesia, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, Golden Amber, Sandalwood and Peach

This is my staple summer perfume that I wear everyday during warmer months. Love her or hate her, TayTay’s perfumes are on point. Just like Enchanted Wonderstruck, you can expect this to last forever and I’ve gone through several bottles and have rollerballs of it stashed everywhere.

Viva La JuicyWild Berries, Mandarins, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Jasmine, Amber, Caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Praline

This is possibly the most grown up perfume I own, which is why I don’t wear it as often as the others. It’s definitely darker and sexier and I usually only wear it on nights out. It lasts a looong time too, so expect to smell like it the next day.

Twilight Woods: Apricot Nectar, Mimosa Petals, and Tuscan Cypress

Again, sorry, it doesn’t appear Bath and Body Works sells the perfume any more, but unlike Velvet Tuberose at least they still have lotions, sprays, etc in this scent. You can still find the perfume on Amazon and eBay. This is like Velvet Tuberose in that’s its flowery and girly while still being darker. I love this smell but don’t use it as often because it’s being phased out and I’m hoarding it too.

Empty of the Week: Bobbi Brown Corrector

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 

You think you have under eye problems? Oh, honey. I’ll show you under eye problems. I’m one of those people who just constantly looks like they’re recovering from a black eye. Thus, the quest for the magical combination of under eye products that will make me look like a real, rested person is never ending. But, I have found one step that won’t be changing any time soon, and that’s the Bobbi Brown Corrector.

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I go through one of these probably every two to three months, for a good reason. Whether I’m wearing full face makeup or not, a swipe of this goes a long way to eliminating the blue tones under my eyes. I personally wear the shade extra light bisque (because the tone of my skin is what’s commonly known as glow in the dark). I can’t recommend it enough – it’s something that I always have back ups of, because heaven forbid I run out and someone thinks a zombie attack is happening.

Empty of the week conclusion? Definite repurchase. GO GET YOU SOME. 

Let’s Talk: GlamGlow Review

GlamGlow. You know what I’m talking about – that insanely expensive little pot with a star on the lid that you pass in Sephora. The one that has rave reviews, but you simply can’t bring yourself to drop $69.00 plus tax on 1.7 oz, even though it purports to be made with unicorn magic and baby angel kisses.

Up until now I’ve only sucked it up enough to buy the wee little sample size of the original YouthMud Tinglexfoliate mask – still a whopping $25, in case you were wondering. And you know what? It’s amazing. In addition to the unicorn magic and baby angel kisses, I would probably also guess at ingredients such as children’s laughter and rainbows. Worth every penny.

BUT. Those sneaky little GlamGlow people just came out with a holiday gift set, priced at $69, with not only one full sized pot of the ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment mask, but also two small pots of the original YouthMud and the SuperMud Clearing Treatment. I mean, come on. I broke down. You would too.

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Let’s break it down here for you, from left to right:

1. YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: the original GlamGlow in the little black pot, I’ve tried this a million times and it is firmly cemented as my favorite face treatment of all time. Yes, it is a nasty green color, but it smells like a delicious, minty herbal-y drink so you won’t mind schmearing it all over your face. You pop this sucker on, and it’ll tingle (pleasantly, not ouchy) for a while, then it’ll dry down to a gray-green clay-like texture all over your face, and you leave it there for as long as you damn well please.

Technically, they say to leave it on for about 10 minutes, but I usually leave it for closer to 30 minutes to an hour, and I’ve heard people sleep with it on, my mother included. When you take it off, your skin will feel tighter, glowing, smooth and wonderful. By the next day I can always see improvement in any blemishes as well, both reduction in size and redness.

Conclusion: Buy this. Run, don’t walk. You will not regret it.

2. SuperMud Clearing Treatment: this is the black mask in the middle in the little white pot. I must say, I am not nearly as impressed with this little sucker as I am with the original YouthMud. It’s a clearing treatment, right? So it must be even better at dispelling blemishes, right? Wrong. This little guy just has some sort of vague herbal smell, tingles a little (not as much as the YouthMud) and dries down, again, to a black clay like consistency on your face. However, there is no post mask glow, no tightening, no reduction of blemishes.

Conclusion: it didn’t do anything bad, but neither did it do anything wonderful. I won’t buy it again.

3. ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment: this is tan/yellow mud on the right in the large blue pot, which is said to have wonderful hydrating powers for your skin. Again, it doesn’t look very nice, but it smells of honey, fruit and oats, which I am a fan of. When you smear it on, it does not dry down – instead it stays pretty wet and tacky. Interestingly, the tingle sensation is not as intense as the YouthMud, however, I did find that it lasted the entire time I left the mask on (about half an hour), instead of dying down after the first 5-10 minutes. After rinsing this off, I definitely noticed the whole same glowing thing going on as with the original mask, and my skin was soft as a baby’s butt. It didn’t seem to do much for blemishes, but then it’s a hydrating treatment, so whatever.

Conclusion: this was nice. I’d say made with less unicorn magic than the original, but still a good mask. I’d buy it again, especially during drier months, climates, etc.

Overall impressions: The original YouthMud Tinglexfoliate treatment is still the best in my eyes, with the ThirstyMud coming in second and the SuperMud third. I will definitely still be buying the YouthMud regularly, and will probably buy the ThirstyMud again as well for when my skin is feeling parched (I think it’ll be great for winter, and potentially for long plane rides). SuperMud, unfortunately, is dead to me.

GlamGlow also has a new PowerMud DualCleanse treatment in a little green pot as well as a BrightMud Eye Treatment left for me to try – have you tried them? What do you think?

Find GlamGlow here: www.glamglowmud.com or here: www.Sephora.com

Who is the Fairest of Them All?

It’s been all about Essie lately – let’s show OPI some love, shall we?

This lovely little shade, called Muir Muir on the Wall from OPI’s 2013 San Francisco collection, is a shimmer, plummy duochrome with hints of brown, gray and gold depending on how the light strikes its fancy. Between the pretty color and obvious Disney princess reference, I simply had to pick this one up.

 

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Muir Muir on the Wall – OPI

I must say that upon application of the first coat, I was a little horrified and thought I might be returning this one (thank goodness for Ulta’s lovely return policy), since it was a streaky, gray and plum mess. Upon application of the second coat though, I must say this turned out opaque and completely lovely. I paired it with CND’s Stickey as a base coat and Orly’s Top-2-Bottom as a top coat, and  I’m well into my fifth day of wear with only minor chips. 

Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall

Orly Top-2-Bottom, CND Stickey and OPI Muir Muir on the Wall