Recently I did some online shopping at Bloomingdale’s. It’s not one of my regular beauty depots (which are Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, and Target.com (sometimes Target in-store too)). But there is no reason for me not to shop there, because, of course, Bloomingdales is a browser click away now, as opposed to half a country away (I do remember the actual stores from my youth in the Northeast, last century! Yeah. It’s been a while!).
I think it was a gift-with-purchase that lured me to the Bloomies site, and further encouraged the inflation of my purchase total. I clicked around inside the “pop-up” “Glowhaus” boutique, where I ended up buying (more) lip products (I don’t need).
I’ve been quiet lately. Or more accurately, my blog has been quiet. But that does not mean I have stopped hauling new cosmetics or haven’t been making better friends with ones I already know. So, what have I been obsessed with lately? Well, it’s something unusual for me…. accessories!
It’s a drizzly November day. This is the type of weather that begs for a nice classy clip. Actually, this is when my hair does the begging, not the weather. “Put me up and out of sight!” Because, my hair will always plague me. I’ve accepted that, finally, in my mid(or closer to upper…)-30’s. On any given day my hair is loosely curly except for the top layer, which is, in a word: frizz. If I curl the top layer my hair looks ok. But I still feel like it’s “messy” and not professional enough for my day job.
In the past I’d had a few upscale and “adult” looking hair accessories. But I’d taken to using plain old hair elastics the last few years.
Something prompted me to try a France Luxe accessory earlier this year. I knew France Luxe was the best quality available from past experience. Seriously ladies. It has a lifetime guarantee. Deciding where to look was a no-brainer (Franceluxe.com. – definitely check out the “Wednesday Wow”. And no, I’m not a France Luxe affiliate, but a girl can dream.) But selecting from France Luxe’s huge variety of items was not easy. I wish I had had a cheat sheet for what sizes and shapes of clips and barrettes and headbands would work for me. So, I’m making one!
If it’s a new Diptyque candle, I want it. I don’t feel the need to try every new perfume or home spray, but I will do most everything in my power to get boutique exclusive or limited edition Diptyque candles.
New York is a limited edition candle sold exclusively in NYC Diptyque stores.
Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint Bare Melon & Bare Popsicle: Review, Ingredients, and Swatches (Color Adjusting Lip Series Part 9)
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I didn’t even blink between the time I saw the new shades of Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint for sale online and the time I pressed the “Place Your Order” button. Bobbi’s Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink was such a hit last year that I knew these two new additions would be hot as well.
So what are they?
If you are a hardcore Diptyque candle fan like me, then you may already be burning La Madeleine. For everyone else out there I’m going to tell you about this new, scented, porcelain-jar, candle from the famous Parisian perfumer. I first heard about this candle a couple of months in a sneak pre-release post on social media.
Since then I have been periodically checking online for the release. I am excited about new Diptyque candles in general (though not as much the annual holiday trio scents, which are re-imagined annually but carry forward a consistent concept). But I am also a lover of sweet smells in particular. Knowing how rare it is for Diptyque to make any sort of gourmand-ish or very sweet smelling candle or perfume, I was eager and curious to know how Diptyque would pull it off.
A side note: I have majorly curtailed my spending on beauty and candles lately, but this Diptyque candle was going to be mine, gosh darn it, no matter what. And yes, it is a splurge, even if you have not tightened your belt like I have ($85 for 7.5 oz). (Hence the less frequent posts here.)
This candle oozes luxury, from the “34 Collection” signature double box to the hand dipped porcelain jar. This can hardly be mistaken for a mass produced “Yankee” candle.
La Madeleine is described as: “A light, plump, buttery, lemon-scented Madeline, like those Proust evoked so vividly.” Whether or not you have read anything by Proust, and even if you have never had a Madeline cookie, it is easy to conjure up how it would smell.
Yet even with the website description I was imagining that there would be some sort of grounding, contrasting scent, maybe floral or spicy, to keep the candle from being cloying. But I was wrong. Surprisingly this is a straight-forward gourmand candle with no other elements of floral, spicy, or earthy notes. If there is actually a lemon note, I don’t pick it up at all for some reason. To me that means it is a bit one dimensional and too sweet, so I like to burn it side by side with Feu de Bois (reviewed here)… I can’t help thinking that a sharp floral note would have been great in La Madeleine.
As it stands, Diptyque has only a few options that even approach gourmand. La Madeleine is the newest addition, and then there is Oyèdo (reviewed here) (which I find as sweet as candy), and Vanille (which is more woody than sweet, in truth).
So, yes, it is appropriate to fill that gaping void for real, gourmand, scents. However, I still prefer Vanilla to La Madeleine. And I repeat: I wish Diptyque had made La Madeleine a little bit more sharp than sweet. Perhaps there is still hope on the horizon for a better Diptyque gourmand candle: part of this year’s holiday trio is “Épices et Délices” Candle (Delicious spices), which is described as “Warm gingerbread notes mingle with tasty honey laced in hints of star anise.” Sound good?
What do you think about Diptyque and gourmand scents in general?
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I found something totally new and exciting without even trying. Isn’t that the best way to discover things? I first tried RealHer Lipstick this past month. I would be surprised if you had tried this lipstick too, or even if you had heard of the brand yet!
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Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tints are newer-to-my makeup collection. These tints have been reviewed and swatched by many bloggers out there, but I thought I’d try to give you a different take on them–more than just the basics– so you can really try to imagine the product and decide if this would be right for you.
After I got into the brand with the lip treatments (my post), I also wanted to try these. So far I’ve purchased 4 of 6 available colors. The shades available are: Very Popular (Warm Rose), Very Nice (Pinkish Nude), Very Sweet (Shimmering Peach), Very Charming (Petal Pink), Very Naughty (Ruby Red), and Very Vivacious (Coral). I have not tried the last two shades in the list.
The tints come in little glass pots with screw on lids. While I would love for these to come in twist up sticks or even mirrored compacts, I have to admit that the pots are really fun. There is something nostalgic and satisfying about holding the glass jar of potted color in my hand.
So why have I bought shade after shade of these? The ingredients are why– it’s skincare ingredients in the form of colored makeup. Because I feel completely confident about the contents, I plan to use these all the time. And, by the way, you do need to reapply these often to maintain color, but I’ll discuss that further down.
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint Ingredients:
Cocos nuciferra (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Natural and Organic flavors, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Plukenetia (Sacha Inchi) Volubilis Oil*, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Tocopherol MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 75409, CI 77891, CI 77492) Carmine, Jojoba Esters, Mica, Trihydroxystearin
As cosmetics go, this list is astonishingly pure. Add the information provided by the brand, that all products are gluten free, synthetic free, cruelty free, made in the USA, and so on (note that they are technically not “vegan” because of the beeswax used), and I feel good about using Tata Harper products for many reasons.
However, these tints may not be for every girl or for every occasion. I find that the colors wear off quickly on both my cheeks and lips, and I have to be willing to re-apply it if want color that shows. For my lips, I like to re-apply balm or gloss throughout the day, so this does not bother me. But the color fade from my cheeks is annoying and I constantly check the mirror to see if I look like a ghost or a happy girl. My take on this is if you’re hardcore into healthy makeup then you are probably willing to check the mirror more often to re-apply tint. At least, that’s how I feel about it. I won’t digress too far here, but let’s just say that very few products on the market are “clean.” That means that any product with the “fragrance” ingredient could be sneaking in really anything. If you are genuinely sensitive and reactive, you would benefit from a brand that goes all the way in terms of purity and quality. Tata Harper, I feel, does that.
The other qualities of these tints are all good things though. There is the slightest scent from the natural ingredients that actually reminds me a bit of that old-school violet lipstick smell. It’s very pleasant. The color selection is good, and the tints come in different finishes and levels of sheerness.
-My favorite in terms of smooth application and sheerness is “Very Popular” (Warm Rose).
-My favorite actual color is “Very Charming” (Petal Pink). This does not come as a surprise to me, because I love bluish pinks.
-“Very Sweet” (Shimmering Peach) and “Very Nice” (Pinkish Nude) show up on my lips but not as well on my cheeks.
-“Very Nice” applies with heavy color pay-off and “Very Sweet” is sheer.
I am eyeing “Very Naughty” and I’m sure it will soon be mine. Any even against my better judgment, I will probably get “Very Vivacious” one day — though orange/coral is not usually for me.
Take a look:
Are you tempted?
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New in My Purse: Tata Harper Lip Treatments in Be Adored and Be Smitten (Ingredients, Swatches, & Review)
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I recently concluded that Tata Harper is not just another brand playing up the “natural” image to take advantage of consumers’ growing concern about chemicals. Tata Harper has a different, and genuine, feel to it. With Tata it’s not about avoiding and replacing suspicious chemicals. Instead she seems to start from zero, adding each ingredient to a product for a specific reason, and ending up with potent and high quality cosmetics. (Forgive me for brazenly calling Ms. Harper by her first name, and taking the liberty of assuming she herself formulates the products. Please? I love saying “Tata.”)
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Yes, it’s only August 15, but I’m ready to teach my first lessons of the school year. So follow along with me, my intelligent, wise, and beautiful class. Open your textbooks open to page blah-blah-blah-blahbady-blah….
Lesson number 1: Influenster.com is legit. In a nutshell, it’s a social media, fueled, product “review and hype” site.
Here is the truth about me and Influenster:
When a friend recently asked me for recommendations on a new serum, I quickly ran down in my mind the skincare brands I’ve tried, read about, and trust. Then I went to Sephora.com to refresh my mind about what all is out there.
August Means Back to School, and Back to School Means Back to Swatching! W3LL People Nudist ColorBalm No. 1 (Coral) Review and Swatches
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I have a backlog of items to review and swatch because with my kids around I can’t get anything done that requires time to myself. I am not ashamed to say that I will be super excited when next Wednesday – the first day of school – arrives, and my kids will be in professional hands for 7 hours of each glorious day!
Ideas for Reusing, Repurposing, and Upcycling All Those Empty Birchboxes, Glossyboxes, Allure Beauty Boxes, Target Beauty Boxes, and so on!
I’ve “instagrammed” my box projects a bunch of times now, but I think it’s time to do an actual post on the topic. If you receive multiple subscription boxes and/or multiple boxes of one kind (especially Birchboxes) then you likely have lots of cute little boxes sitting around waiting to be used for something. These can be used in countless ways. However they really take up a lot of room if you’re just storing them away for later. I think it was my 6 year old son’s request to do crafts last winter that got me to pull out all of my empty boxes. At that point I realized I had to do something with these things and so I started to experiment. I’m going give you some ideas of what you can do at home with your boxes, without a lot of fancy tools or craft expertise.