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Friday, May 30, 2014

Soap And Glory Orangeasm Body Butter & Body Wash Product Review

The next product in my Soap & Glory Series, is ORANGEasm. Orangeasm is Soap & Glory's newest scent and collection. It's not available in the States (yet), but is available in the UK. I ordered mine from a UK eBay seller. I'm going to cut straight to the chase. I hate it (LOL) and will not buy it again. It's not the product that I dislike, but THE SCENT. I was expecting it to smell like sweet oranges and this turned out to have a SOUR orange smell. It smells BITTER, SOUR, MUSTY and STALE to my nose. [If you're under 21, skip the next sentence.] I want to know who the HELL are the Soap & Glory girls f*cking, because this doesn't come close to an orgasm at all! HaHaHa If you like sour and bitter oranges (citrus), then you'll love this. If not, stay away. How the product works, is a different story. The Orangeasm Body Wash is in the same great packaging w/pump as all Soap & Glory Body washes. It dispenses and lathers well. The body wash is very creamy and moisturizing. It rinses clean. It's scented with fresh green mandarin, sicilian lemon and sweet orange peel oils (all three equal sour-sour-sour HaHaHa) The Orangeasm Body Butter has the same scent as the body wash and whipped consistency as all Soap & Glory body butters. It's a light to medium weight (whipped) and easily absorbs into the skin. This particular body butter also looks like it has bits of orange in it (see gif below). It's very moisturizing! This collection also has a Super Tonic Fragrance you can purchase with the same scent, but I'm glad I didn't order it, because I don't want to smell like this. HaHaHa Bottom line, it's a really good product but I (personally) HATE the scent. Go to the store and do a sniff test. YOU may like it. I've read some reviews from other bloggers and this is a scent, you'll either LOVE or HATE. I ONLY gave these a Bittersweet rating because they work so well. My favorite collection is still Sugar Crush :) They should've named that Sugar Obsession! LOL Have A Great Weekend.

Orangeasm Body Butter (RRP £10.50/ €12.29 - 300ml)

Orangeasm Body Wash (RRP £6.50/ €7.61-500ml)

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  Soap & Glory's Orangeasm Collection is Bittersweet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Product Review

Do you use a highlighter after applying makeup? If someone would've mentioned the word highlighter to me a couple of years ago, I would've immediately thought of highlighter pens I used in school. HaHaHa Highlighters highlight, illuminate and give skin a beautiful glow.

I just recently started dabbling with highlighters, so I'm no expert. I've tried Etude House & MAC in the past, but when I came across The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) on a beauty blog I was immediately smitten with it. It seemed "richer" and more "polished" than the others I've tried.

My skin has made vast improvements over the years, by using better skincare products. My "without" picture looks really good, but this champagne gold highlighter gives my skin a really nice glow over my makeup. I love the results and would highly recommend it. I also love the packaging. It comes in a round mirrored compact. The compact is very lightweight (think plastic, but it doesn't look cheap).

foundation: urban decay naked skin #6 / concealer: benefit boi-ing #3 / lipstick: marc jacobs neo-noir lip gel
highlighter: the balm cosmetics mary-lou manizer on cheeks and nose

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  The Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Luminizer is Sweet

Monday, May 26, 2014

Floral Wonderland

How about a little wonderland to start your week? I love this May 2014 Elle Hong Kong "Floral Wonderland" fashion editorial, featuring Ling Yue. She's wearing so many gorgeous designs and what about that floral-sleeve statement jacket!?! Gasp! If you could surround yourself with anything for a photo shoot, what would it be? Just sit me in a chair and surround me with lots of frosted cupcakes & elaborately decorated cakes. HaHaHa THAT shouldn't surprise you ;) Have a beautiful week you guys!
magazine: elle hong kong may 2014 // location: hotel le meurice a paris
photographer: michèle bloch-stuckens // model: ling yue
hair: raynald // makeup: megumi itano // jewelry: cartier
designs: armani prive, chanel, christian dior, elie saab, giambattista valli, schiaparelli, valentino 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter Review

Hey Everybody! Happy Friday! Last Friday in my Soap & Glory Series, I talked about the girly-girl scented Clean On Me Shower Gel. Well the body butter (lotion) that matches it (they have the same scent) is called The Righteous Butter ($22 USD / $22 RRP) . If you like that scent (described as fresh bergamot, mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, and amber with woody and warm vanilla notes), then you'll love this body butter. This body butter is white and resembles whip cream! It's very creamy and moisturizing! I would say it has a medium weight to it. It's not too heavy or light, so it's perfect year round. It absorbs into the skin. It's not oily or greasy. Just as I mentioned last week, I would test this scent out in the store before purchasing. On another note (a musical one), it's amazing how many people have covered The Righteous Brother's song "You Lost That Loving Feeling". I remember Tom Cruise singing it in Top Gun. Elvis Presley sang it. Daryl Hall & John Oates also had their own version. It's a cool song. I love how Soap & Glory uses movies and songs for their products. I also want to thank Kizzy from The Dainty Dolls House! The Righteous Butter was one of the Soap & Glory Products she sent me. Very much appreciated! Have a Great Weekend Everybody! It's a holiday weekend here in the States (Monday is Memorial Day!).
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  Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter is Sweet

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Brew la la Coffee: Chocolate Macaroon Coffee Review

Calling all coffee lovers! I reviewed Ooh La La Brand's Brew La La Chocolate Macaroon Coffee ($7.95)! I like it! This review is short because, it's everything it says it is. This coffee will taste good year round. When you open the bag, you can smell the chocolate! It's a sweet smell. It's always a good sign, when the grounds of coffee smell good. HaHaHa It has a chocolate aroma and taste. I think both milk and dark chocolate lovers would love this coffee. You can also taste macaron (sweet). This coffee is dark and rich. There's nothing weak about it. I purchased this in November of last year and it still has oomph to it. Notice the expiration date below. The packaging keeps the grounds dry and fresh. The top can be folded down and closed. It does not seal. To keep it extra fresh, place the bag in a canister or ziploc bag. It's a delicious coffee!

Here are my other reviews: Organic Strawberry Chocolate Tea, Pumpkin Pie Coffee, and S'mores Hot Chocolate.

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  Brew La La Chocolate Macaroon Coffee is Sweet

Monday, May 19, 2014

MAC Playland Collection Review: Red Balloon Lipstick and Young At Heart Casual Colour

"A funtastical wonderland of enchantment and delight!" Don't you like the sound of that? That's how MAC Cosmetics described their MAC Playland Cosmetic Collection (released several weeks ago). This collection reminded me of the childhood game Candy Land, because it boasts A LOT OF COLOR! There are yellows, blues, oranges, greens, pinks and every color in-between. I purchased two items from the collection: Red Balloon lipstick and Young At Heart (casual colour) lip & cheek color. For some reason, I'm on a PINK makeup color-kick this year. HaHaHa No two shades of pink are the same! LOL This collection is pretty much sold out on MAC's website, but it's still available on Nordstrom's website. Here are my thoughts.

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MAC Playland Red Balloon Lipstick ($16 USD) - Supersweet
I SUPER LOVE this lipstick! It's moisturizing. It has a beautiful gloss (shine) to it. It feels good to the lips. It's highly pigmented. It's perfect. It really is. I need to order another one. That's how much I like it. Let me tell you this! This is not your regular RED lipstick! I see it more as a dark, rich HOT PINK! Think raspberry! Yes, that's what it is RASPBERRY :)

MAC Playland Young At Heart Casual Colour (Cheek & Lip) $21 - Sweet
This true cotton candy floss pink can be used on your cheeks and lips! It didn't look good on MY lips (think powdered donuts hahaha), but I did like it on my cheeks. It's highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Dab & blend! Dab & blend! The color is buildable and it's very creamy. I swatched both the lipstick and the casual colour on my hand below, so you could see the difference in the two colors.

I seriously didn't know how these two colors would look together (on my face) when I purchased them. As you can see, they did complement one another. I'm very pleased and will be using these a lot this Summer. At first, I wasn't going to buy anything from this collection ( I wasn't sure if the colors would be too clownish or too BOLD on me), but I'm glad I did. It worked (so that's why I thought I would do this review for you). I didn't buy anything from the MAC Maleficent Collection, but if you love RED definitely check it out. Have A Sweet Week Everybody!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Soap and Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel Review

Next in my Soap & Glory Series, is Clean On Me Shower Gel ($16 USD / RRP $16)! This has to be...THE MOST... girl-iest shower gel... I've ever used. HaHaHa How can I describe it? Think fluffy, pink powder-puffs with lightly dusted powder. Think Barbie. Think Pink (well the formula is actually a white-ivory color. HaHaHa). Think light floral scents. Think Cher in the movie Clueless, with her pink fuzzy frou-frou pen. This is positively, unmistakably Girly-Girl! I think of three things when I use this...powder, flowers and sugar. HaHaHa If you like those three things, then this is for you. If not, wait two weeks and I'll have another Soap & Glory product just for you (Think Whipped Cream). This scent had to grow on me (I ordered it online). I liked it, but I didn't LOVE IT. It wasn't love at first shower gel, like my beloved Sugar Crush. HaHaHa I'm liking it more now (I love how the scent smells (so soft) after I shower, more than when I'm showering), but I would still buy Sugar Crush over this one (just my personal taste). What I DO LOVE about this shower gel, is how well it lathers (the lather is very rich) and how it rinses clean! If I were you, I would test this scent out at the store, to see if you like it (before purchasing)! This product has been out for a super long time, so MANY have already used it (and from what I've read, love it... however, some can't get with the scent... so that's why I mentioned it). The bottle states, it has a built in body lotion, but I think you'll still need a body lotion afterwards (at least I did, and I have very dry skin). It's available via Sephora (US), eBay and I was a little perplexed when giving this a grade. It doesn't deserve a Bittersweet rating. It's better than ok. I will say, it's on the low end of my Sweet scale. I'll let my readers express their feelings in the comments section. I always love hearing what you guys think. Next week, I'll showcase the body lotion that pairs perfectly with this scent. Have A Great Weekend Everybody!

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  Soap and Glory Clean On Me Shower Gel is Sweet

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Jill Stuart Secret Control Correcting Concealer Review

Oh gosh! How fancy is this? A concealer inside a chandelier crystal!?! HaHaHa Cheers to imagination and presentation! Jill Stuart gets an A+ for both.You will never view concealer the same way again. HaHaHa Jill Stuart's Secret Control Correcting Concealer comes in 5 (FIVE) shades, and unlike other concealers, they all do different things (it's not about your skin tone):  

(01) Luminous Pink - for those who want to make the area around their eyes brighter   
(02) Warm Pink - for those concerned about blue circles under their eyes, or who want to make their eyes appear more flushed and vivid   
(03) Cream Yellow - for those concerned about brown circles under their eyes, or who like a natural finish  
(04) Light Beige - for those who want to make their skin brighter, and to cover acne and blotches
(05) Medium Beige - for those who want healthy skin, to cover acne and blotches...can also be used as nose shadow and along the face line. I purchased (05) Medium Beige on eBay from a Hong Kong seller (here and here). You can view other vendors in my previous Jill Stuart review.

Here are my thoughts: The Medium Beige #05 Correcting Concealer illuminated my skin and blurred small imperfections. I also noticed it toned down the redness in my skin. Overall, I felt it made my complexion look more even and smooth. It also gave it a nice glow. It does not hide freckles, dark spots or under eye circles (<--I guess I would have to buy #03 for that! HaHaHa). I won't stop using my Benefit Boi-ing Concealer (it helps with my dark under eye circles and sun spots), but I will definitely use this in conjunction with it. I was really surprised at how much product you get. The package (chandelier crystal) is small, but you get an ample amount of product. You only need 1-2 dabs per cheek. This is safe to use all over your face (as I did below). You don't have to dab it on just one area (like your normal concealer). It's light coverage, but effective. As my friend and fellow blogger Jo of White Roses and Coffee said in my previous Jill Stuart post (comments section), Jill Stuart's products are not cheap (she's purchased them before). That's why I wanted to test them, and share my thoughts with you. This concealer alone, can cost you from $29 on eBay to $37 elsewhere. This is a nice little LUXURY, but I don't know about buying it again & again for everyday use. I see some results, but nothing that has me swinging from chandeliers. HaHaHa I still give it a sweet rating, because it does what it says and it's really cute.

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  Jill Stuart's Secret Control Concealer is Sweet
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