Category Archives: Fragrance

France, Switzerland, and Italy Beauty Haul | Video

In the last few weeks I picked up a lot of beauty products in all of the countries I visited. So, since I was busy with traveling and finals, I decided to wait until I came home to film a haul! So, come join the party and see what I got, no spoilers here! :)

PS: So sorry for the bad lighting & coloring in this video. I pre filmed this and then bought new lightbulbs after editing it since I wasn’t satisfied with how it looks! But, hopefully you will like how my future videos will look, because it will be a vast improvement!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review | Video

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Jewelry Paddywax Candle Goodbyn Mason Jar Cookie Company Lollia Shower Gel Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is one of my favorite boxes to look at reviews of, because I love how they curate a box that covers beauty, fashion, and lifestyle that is well worth the $39.95 price tag. Although I wouldn’t splurge out on it monthly (broke college student, much?), it is such a lovely gift to give yourself every once in a while! As I’m a part of PopSugar’s Select Beauty Bloggers, I was sent a box this month- perfect timing as it was my birthday month! Let’s take a peek inside:

As you can see in the video, the 6 items (plus a bonus item) totaled a whopping $124 value! That’s over 3 times what the box costs- amazing, right? In the video I share my initial reactions, but keep reading for my full reviews & additional photos!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye
Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye
  •  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye ($50)- I sneaked a peek at Allison Anderson’s unboxing blog post and saw she got a pair of earrings from this brand, which weren’t my style (I don’t even wear earrings), so I was pleasantly surprised with this dainty little necklace. It didn’t fit my neck, so I needed to use an extender, but it is a beauty! It’s so simple and elegant.
  • Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle ($10)- I always see them include candles in these boxes, so I was so pleased to get one this time around! Waiting to burn this until I get back from Europe, but it smells lovely. It is a fresh smelling, but not what I was expecting! It smells a bit floral to me. Would love to try more from this brand, so glad to have the option to with this box!
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookies
The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate! Cookies
  •  The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookie Mix ($12)- I was elated to find a baking related item in the box, because I am an avid baker! If I wasn’t in the beauty industry, I’d probably be a pastry chef. I had a bit of sticker-shock with the price of this mix, so I doubt I’d buy it again, but the mason jar packaging is adorable and the mix was so easy to make. Plus, the cookies are delish!
  • Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set ($8)- This mini meal box is perfect for people who go to school or work and want to bring along a snack to save money. I could see this housing peanut butter, hummus, or any other dip with the fruit, vegetable, or dipper of your choosing! Not sure if I’ll get much use out of it, as I always tend to buy lunch and snacks on the go, or buy prepackaged food.
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Popsugar Pink Swatch
Bite Beauty Popsugar Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Swatch
  • Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss ($22)- I was so excited to see Bite Beauty in this box, because I have always wanted to try more products from their brand, especially after using their Agave Lip Mask I reviewed a while back. I’m not a huge gloss gal, but I loved the fruity scent and the sheer pink that adds the most subtle tint. You can’t find this shade, as it was an exclusive PopSugar pink- how cool is that! It’s a bit sticky, but it’s manageable because it gives the glossiest look ever!
  • Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel ($22)- Another beauty product, yay! I have never heard of this brand, but the packaging is too cute. The shower gel seemed very liquidy and has a pretty strong scent. It is supposed to smell floral, but, to me, it reminds me of baby body wash. Would never buy such a pricy body wash, I swear by Caress and go through it like water!
  • thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar- this was a free “special extra,” which I wasn’t nuts about. I really just don’t care for these type of bars!

Overall I really thought this box was impressive. Way more so than the last box I received almost a year ago. Such great brands featured! I like mixing it up from beauty-exclusive subscription boxes because I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime.

Want your own Must Have Box? Save $10 on a 3 month subscription with code AUG14SELECT until 9/10/14!

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**This post contains products that I have received for free. POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Products That I’ve Used Up (June & July Empties) | Video

Another month (or two), another empties video. I passed on posting a June empties video because I hardly had any products, but in July they really stacked up! I think this will be my last empties video before I go abroad next month, so let’s enjoy it!

Products mentioned:
Caress Body Wash (Passionate Spell, Aqua Sparkle, Emerald Rush)
Gilette Satin Care Shave Gel
Daiso Charcoal Nose Strips
Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Nose Strips
LUSH Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb
LUSH D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap
Bath & Body Works White Barn Flannel Candle
L’OCCITANE Neroli & Orchidee Candle
beautyblender blendercleanser liquid
Bath & Body Works Secret Wonderland Fine Fragrance Mist
Lady Gaga Fame Perfume
Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Facial Wipes
Simple Cleansing Wipes
Batiste Hint of Color Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo
Benefit Porefessional
Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex

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**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Caress Fresh Collection: Aqua Sparkle, Juicy Escape, and Emerald Rush Review | Fragrance Friday

Caress Fresh Collection Aqua Sparkle, Juicy Escape, Emerald Rush Body Wash Beauty Bar Soap Review
Caress Fresh Collection

Recently, my current favorite body wash brand, Caress, launched their new Fresh collection. It contains 3 scents of body wash, and a fresh beauty bar soap. The scents are all very fresh but different and special in their own way.

Aqua Sparkle contains lilac and aquamarine, Juicy Escape contains lily and pink grapefruit, and Emerald Rush has gardenia and white tea. All of the fragrances have additional top, heart, and base notes- they are truly composed just like a perfume is!

I love Caress body washes because they are so affordable ($2.99!), smell great, and lather amazingly. Although my favorite scents from them are their Fine Fragrance Elixirs (try Passionate Spell & Sheer Twilight!), these ones work just as well. My favorite scent from this launch is the Juicy Escape, because it has a nice blend of fruit with still being fresh. It’s zingy and energizing! I was expecting lilac with Aqua Sparkle, but unfortunately couldn’t detect it…and lilac is one of my favorite scent. Emerald Rush comes in both liquid body wash and fresh beauty bar soap form, but I am not a huge fan of bar soaps. I really liked it as well, because it balances fruity and floral.

Overall I can’t recommend Caress enough, because their scents are so well put together for such an affordable line. I recently ran out of all of my Caress washes, now I need to pick some more up! And bonus, they’re usually on sale at Target to save even more money.

Happy lathering!

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**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**


LUSH Cosmetics New Innovations: Granny Takes A Dip, Zeste, African Paradise, D’Fluff, Mangnificent, & Parsley Porridge Review | Fragrance Friday

6 New LUSH Cosmetics Products July 2014 African Paradise Body Conditioner Zeste Hair Gelly Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Mangnificient Soap Parsley Porridge Soap D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap Review
New Lush products: Mangnificent & Parsley Porridge Soap, Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb, D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap, Zeste Hair Gelly, African Paradise Body Conditioner

Earlier this month, LUSH unveiled 6 fresh innovations to add to their fabulous line. It includes 2 soaps, a hair gel, a bath bomb, a body conditioner, and a shave soap. I received all of these earlier in the month and have been putting them to the test to share with you all today! Let’s take a peek into the products and see my thoughts:

LUSH Cosmetics Mangnificent Soap Review
Mangnificent Soap

The first of the 2 soaps, Mangnificent ($6.95), is a blend mango (fresh and dried), Sicilian lemon, mandarin, and neroli oils to make a tropical cocktail for your body! I honestly don’t love bar soaps, but this is the nicest one I’ve tried. I love the citrusy smell and it lathers nicely!

LUSH Cosmetics Parsley Porridge Soap Review
Parsley Porridge Soap

The other soap, Parsley Porridge ($6.95), looks scary, but works just the same. This soap features parsley, thyme, and tea tree oil to act as a dirt-buster for your skin. If you can’t handle herbal scents, I wouldn’t recommend it, because it’s a bit potent. But, this one does a better job at exfoliating the skin because it has ground oatmeal. I didn’t love the scent, but since it doesn’t linger on my skin, I can handle it for 5 minutes in the shower!

LUSH Cosmetics Zeste Hair Gelly Review
Zeste Hair Gelly

The Zeste Hair Gelly ($12.95) is the first gel LUSH has come out with. I don’t use hair gel, so I handed it over to my dad, who has gelled his hair since I was probably in diapers. It has orange juice, petitgrain, and neroli oils to give this a very strong citrus scent. My dad didn’t like this gel because of the scent, but his hair looked the same as usual, so I’d say if you don’t mind the scent, go for it!

LUSH Cosmetics African Paradise Body Conditioner Review
African Paradise Body Conditioner

Just like conditioner for your hair, African Paradise Shower Smoothie ($39.95) does the same for your skin. I haven’t tried any product like this, so I was intrigued! You use the body conditioner in the shower, massaging over damp skin. Then, once you’re out of the shower- simply pat dry! You can still feel the product on your skin, it’s very hydrating and leaves legs soft and smooth with no need to apply a lotion after showering. This scent is a combination of carnation, clove, and sandalwood for a spicy floral scent. I honestly didn’t love the scent, but I like the product. LUSH has a few other scents online, so you can pick and choose to your tastes!

LUSH Cosmetics D'Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap Review
D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap

And here we have, in my honest opinion, the crown jewel of this launch! D’Fluff Strawberry Shaving Soap ($16.95) is a little piece of shaving heaven, disguised as strawberry marshmallow fluff. First off, IT’S PINK. Who doesn’t love pink? This whipped soap has fresh strawberries, egg whites, coconut oil, and maple syrup to create a scent that smells sweet and does a great job for shaving. I grab a handful the size of a nail polish bottle for each leg, and massage it to create a creamy and milky lather to shave my legs smoothly. Even without applying lotion or a African Paradise Shower Smoothie afterwards, my skin is left touchably smooth. I ran out of this too fast, and I miss it already! You NEED this one. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest store, because it’s sold out online as I type this!

LUSH Cosmetics Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Review
Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb

And last but not least, we have the Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb ($6.95), is a psychadelic looking bath fizz that smells just like the scent of a LUSH store. It includes lemon, ginger, and black pepper and turns bath water a dark purple. It looks so neat whenever you dissolve it. I used it in one bath, although I normally break them up into 2-4 pieces- I just had to see what this one looked like! The outer ring has bits of bubble bar, so you can crumble it to get some foamy suds in your tub. If you’re a bath girl, you must try this for a relaxing bath. It’s been so long since I had used a bath bomb, it was pure bliss!

Overall I was very impressed with these new LUSH additions. I mostly recommend D’Fluff, because it’s my personal favorite and works for everyone. If you’re a bath gal, you can’t go wrong with Granny Takes A Dip. If you prefer to shower, try the African Paradise Shower Smoothie. And you can’t go wrong with either soap if you love LUSH soaps, I’m just not much of a soap girl. The only item I’d say to pass on is Zeste, as my dad was really off-put by the scent. But, I give him props for doing some blog testing for me!

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**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

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