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Bath & Body Works, Fortune Cookie Soap, and LUSH Haulage! and my babies!

18 Jun

Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works is having their Hello, Yellow! sale, which features products up to 75% off! I managed to order these goodies and found a 20% coupon floating around the Internet. There was no free shipping option, so the coupon basically covered shipping and taxes.

  • PocketBac Anti-Bacterial hand gel: This was a special set they had, with 8 little hand sanitizers for $5. They retail for $1.50 each. It included 3 Peach Bellinis, 1 Fresh Lemon, and 4 other ones from their Fresh Market fruit scents. I really like these because the scents aren’t overbearing and actually last.
  •   Pink Grapefruit body lotion: It is described as, “JUICY: This seductively tangy fragrance blends fresh pink grapefruit with sweet valencia orange, mouth-watering clementine, white woods and soft musk.” I love this fresh and zesty scent, lol. One of the rare lotions I’ve actually finished before, and this is a repurchase. I find even my straight male friends to enjoy this scent and ask me for it when they are feeling dry. xD I paid $2.40 for this 8 fl oz bottle. It retails for $9.50.
  • Orange Sapphire body lotion: “an exotic blood orange fragrance inspired by the fiery passion and sunswept beaches of Brazil” I love this so so so much. The fragrance is a bold citrus, and might be strong to some people. I find it sometimes smells like men’s cologne, but I think it’s pretty sexy. This retails at $9.50 and I paid $2.10 for this.
  • Orange Sapphire EDT: “Master perfumers have layered exotic blood orange with tantalizing notes of white jasmine, golden honey and citrus sangria to create a sexy new fragrance inspired by the fiery passion and sunswept beaches of Brazil.” I usually am very hesitant about buying more than one item of the same fragrance, but I love the scent… plus the bottle is incredibly gorgeous! This 2.5 fl oz bottle retails for $29.50; I paid $5.90.

I love this bottle.

  • Slatkin & Co. scented candles: These candles are all 14.5 oz with 3 wicks. I find that its very important to buy big candles with more than one wick so they will burn evenly. I already own a couple of them (including an Orange Sapphire one, LOL) and I love how strongly scented they are without being over the top. The scent fills up my 15×15 bedroom very well. Burn time is 40-65 hours. They all retail for $19.50. I purchased them for $7.80.
    Pineapple Orchid: “Delicate white orchid blended with sweet pineapple and rich black currant.” This is a powdery floraly scent and if I sniff it enough, it starts smelling a little bit like bubblegum, lol.
    –  Juicy Nectarine: “A juicy mixture of luscious nectarine, tropical mango, and a hint of lemongrass.” Smells like a juicy peachy sorbet. My mouth is watering.
    –  Strawberry Patch: “A sparkling blend of ripe strawberries and juicy mango mingles with hints of freesia, jasmine and soft vanilla.” I don’t detect much vanilla or floral in here, but it is extremely juicy smelling. I burned this for about 30 minutes and I had to blow it out because I was getting a craving for strawberry ice cream.

These 3 items were purchased in-store, without coupons.

  • Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Soap in Island Margarita: The website says it has mandarin lime and white nectarine. It smells like lime taffy to me, lol. I love these soaps for cleaning my makeup brushes. They are great! I paid $2.50 for the 8 fl oz bottle (originally $5).
  • Slatkin & Co. Pomegranate Lemonade scented candle: Told ya I love these things! “Juicy pomegranate, pink grapefruit and lemon zest blend with rose petals and sugared citron.” I’m not catching too much pomegranate, but it smells like pink lemonade. I believe I paid around $10 for this.

Fortune Cookie Soap

You know I love my Fortune Cookie Soap, and a few weeks ago, they were launching a new summer collection with giveaways on BlogTV. At the end of the chat session, they had free shipping for an hour, and a discount on items from the new collection. I jumped on the chance and ordered a few things I’ve been wanting to try.

  • Dragonfruit fortune cookie: The color is so so so summery. It’s pretty much like a day-glo orangey coral. This is one of the newest scents to the company and it smells like fruity candy. Love it!
  • Whipped Cream in Something Tropical: I got a sample of the whipped cream in my last order, and I really enjoyed the texture. I ordered a tub in Something Tropical (a blend of tropical fruits, which smells divine and super summery).  I use it after I shower, and don’t find it too thick or heavy for warm days.

  • Kryptonite fortune cookie: I don’t have a photo of it because I purchased it as a gift for my cousin. It’s a neon green fortune cookie that actually glows in the dark! It smells exactly of green apples.

Like I said, they were having a contest where you have to answer some trivia questions, and the prizes were items from their new summer line. I was lucky enough to win the Hubba Hubba fortune cookie! I don’t usually like bubblegum, but I actually enjoy this scent. Smells like it has a touch of baby powder or something.

This is a sample of their body scrub that was included. 🙂 The bottom of the container popped open and it leaked a little inside my box, but the scent is very yummy, so I didn’t mind too much, lol.

Check out their new stuff! They have new bath bombs, solid conditioners, and even lip balms! 🙂

LUSH

I purchased this on a whim because I am not overly familiar with LUSH products. This was sitting in a salad bar type cart, on ice, and the sales associate suggested this mask to me. It was about $6 and she said it would last around 5-6 applications, which would come out to about $1 a mask. Not a bad price. It is supposed to soothe the skin and detoxify it as well. I  have used it once and noticed it brightened my skin and also left it feeling very soft afterwards. It is a thick and goopy texture with seaweed bits, and extremely refreshing when cold. It needs to be kept refrigerated and lasts only for a few weeks before it expires. I believe it is gentle enough for everyday to every other day use.

Sunflower babies!

I’m excited for them. 🙂

 

AHHH! Fortune Cookie Soap Haul!

24 Mar

Fortune Cookie Soap is a company I heard about from Leesha a while back, and for Christmas, I ordered a few products as stocking stuffers. I fell in love immediately!

Their soap is glycerin-based, so it is extremely lovely for dry skin, and won’t leave any nasty chemicals. It is also paraben and SLS-free. I do suffer dry skin on my legs and arms (with keratosis pilaris AKA “chicken skin” on my upper  arms). I received one as a gift as well (my friend and I made a joint order… and my gift was in there, lol), and the first one I tried was “Pink Power”. Oh lordie lord, this stuff smells lovely! Like… PINK. Haha, that’s a terrible description, but it just smells so girly and lovely, exactly my type! It also comes with a small (and witty) fortune tucked inside… like a real fortune cookie! 🙂

I noticed that the soap does not foam very well — glycerin soaps are not supposed to. But they are extremely gentle and nourishing, and really great for those with eczema. My skin didn’t feel stripped of moisture, but felt slightly supple to the touch. Usually, I would associate dryness with cleanliness, but honestly, I do not feel “dirty”, lol. Or maybe it’s just because I enjoyed the whole showering experience so much it doesn’t really cross my mind… Now I am not being paid or sponsored by FCS, I’ve spent a good deal of money shopping from them (and Shannon is awesome!), so I can say this: ever since I started using the soaps, every other soap I have in my bathroom (Dove, C.O. Bigelow, Olay, Bath & Body Works, etc.) just does not make my skin happy. Yup. For realz, haha.

So this time, I decided to make another order, because I noticed some new things for spring, and also, to try out some other items from them. I didn’t get any fortune cookie-shaped ones for myself.


*not shown is the Pink Watermelon/Seeds of Love, a fortune cookie, and its proceeds go to helping Japan.. and it smells like a watermelon soda!*

Clearly Complexion ($7.50): It smells a lot like tea tree oil, an antibacterial ingredient that can help with acne. Can’t wait to try, especially with the way my skin likes to misbehave. It’s a dove-gray color, and although the top looks rough, the whole bar is smooth. I recommend cutting this up into smaller blocks and leaving it in a soap dish by the sink, so it won’t melt as quickly. 🙂
**update**: I used this tonight after removing my make-up and I found it to initially clean my skin of oils and didn’t feel dehydrated after I rinsed off. It actually felt quite nice. However, after a few minutes, I felt my skin tighten. When I got out of the shower, my face felt indeed very tight. I suspect it is the kaolin clay in this. I would recommend this to anyone with oily skin, rather than my dry/combo variety.  My skin is sensitive and breaks out to anything too moisturizing or too drying, but I don’t think this will break me out. I am pretty dry for the most part, but after a few hours I get oily mostly on my nose. This might be a better soap for me to use once or twice a week, and maybe bumping up to three to four times a week when it gets into the middle of summer, when I will definitely be oilier.

Creamy Dreamy Oatmeal Cookie ($6.95): One of my *favoritest* (not a real word, I know) scents in a soap. Oatmeal sounds funky, but it is so incredibly relaxing and comforting. The top and the bottom of the soap has little oatmeal chunks, perfect for exfoliating (ahem, summer legs!).

Bar Soap Sample Pack ($6.95): A bag of 11 samples of their bar soaps. If you’re like me and love switching soaps and love trying new ones, this is perfect. =)

In the Loop Bar Soap (with Groovy soap dish) ($10.20): This soap is so adorable! Literally smells like Froot Loops and milk… You know when you’re at the bottom of the bowl and you stick your face in the bowl to drink the rest of the sugar-sweetened milk? Yup. That’s the scent. Childhood memories galore. =) I chose to add the Groovy soap dish for an extra $2.95. (The soap itself is $7.25.) The soap dish is grooved with four holes in the middle to drain your soap. It will allow the soap to dry and not melt in your shower (unless you keep it right under the faucet, which is a no-no anyway). FYI, it is actually cheaper to add it to a soap you are purchasing than to add it to your cart separately.

Cupcake Bar Soap ($6.95): I. LOVE. THIS. Upon first gaze, I knew I had to have it. How freakin’ adorable is this!??!? It smells EXACTLY like a cupcake… and the frosting? Oh, my word… THE FROSTING! I was so tempted to eat it. Seriously. I wanted to eat soap. I shake my fist at you, FCS, for making this so delicious smelling (and looking!), but I will instead give you a ginormous hug for being so awesome. ❤ I don’t plan on using this at all… but rather as a decoration for my vanity. So, every time I do my make-up, I will see this sweet little cupcake and smile. The only thing I would say is that the frosting is a little mushy (it made me wonder if it was REAL)… But other than that… lurve. 🙂

This thing is huge!!!!

Hubba Hubba Body Butter (sample): I saw this cute little container tucked in under my soaps. 🙂 It smells like Dubble Bubble! Ahhh! ❤ I tried it on the back of my hand and it sinks into the skin really well, so no greasy residue. Plus, this is a very generous sample!

Hello Kitty likes cupcakes!

Hello Kitty likes cupcakes too.

Overall, I am extremely happy with my purchase.

The only downside is that shipping is kinda pricey. I was able to justify it with a St. Patrick’s coupon code… But if you give them your e-mail, they will send you a 10% coupon for your purchase. =) And customer service is outstanding. Shannon is super friendly and sweet!  You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter for specials and new items.

Thank you so much for the awesome products! Keep up the good work!
Now, if you made a cupcake lip balm… I would be all over that… Yum.

TIP: If you plan on storing the soaps in the same box or container, wrap them up separately, or in a baggie, so the scents don’t mix.

FTC: I am not sponsored by Fortune Cookie Soap; I paid for everything with my own money. My reviews are purely my own opinions.

Little Sephora Haul (OPI Polishes!)

18 Feb

I saw in my Beauty Insider e-mail for a free OPI nail polish (Access 24/7) with any online order, and I HAD to get it. T_T Plus, certain OPI shades were on sale for $5 (originally $9).

2 coats each, no base coat, no top coat

I got:

– Access 24/7 – “opaque juicy magenta pink”
– Special Request – “opaque modern tangerine coral”
– Fancy Schmancy – “sheer metallic silver”
– Run with it! – “opaque metallic dove gray”
– IM Beauty – “opaque bright yellow buttercup”

I really love OPI polishes because they go on really smoothly and applies really well.

I was looking most forward to IM Beauty because I’ve been hounding for a pastel yellow polish for a while now. It’s still not the shade I want, but I’m not entirely unhappy with it. Here I compare it to other yellow polishes I own:

**3 coats to achieve opacity (though the Sally Hansen was opaque within 2 coats), no base coat, no top coat

Sephora by OPI IM Beauty, Forever 21 Love & Beauty Light Yellow, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening

Special Request happens to be my favorite, just because I love coral nails, especially for summer. Here I compare it to similar polishes I own:

**3 coats to achieve opacity, no base coat, no top coat

Pure Ice Coral Reef, Sephora by OPI Special Request, Revlon Tropical Temptation, OPI Off With Her Red!, Wet n Wild Sunny Side Up

Access 24/7 is a nice bright hot pink. I only have one other color to compare it to, “Flirt Alert” from Pure Ice. I bought mine at Walmart a few years ago. I’m not sure where else they have them… The Flirt Alert’s first coat was nearly  completely opaque while the Access 24/7 was still sheer.

**after 1 coat

Pure Ice Flirt Alert, Sephora by OPI Access 24/7

**2-3 coats each, no base coat, no top coat

Next is the Run with it! polish. I imagined it to be a little lighter, and contemplated returning it before I tried it. But I tried it on anyway, and I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a lot prettier on the nail than the bottle.

**2 coats (only!), no base coat, no top coat

Sephora by OPI Run with it!, Maybelline Express Finish Gray-T Glamour

Last, but not least, is Fancy Schmancy. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this, but it really doesn’t look silver to me. It sure is sparkly… and sheer. I normally don’t wear shimmery nails (I like opaque cremes), and it was a baby blue color in the bottle with a grayish tinge to it. Looks gross in the bottle actually, like some really tacky nail polish from Bonne Belle you bought as a kid with your $5 weekly allowance. On the nail, it actually looks quite pretty. The shimmers are very fine, but they are not especially easy to remove (unlike cremes)… but a lot easier than glitter polishes. Oh, yes, I really have nothing to compare this to…

**3 gloppy coats later.., no base coat, no top coat

My nails now…

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Mint

**3 coats (I like it VERY opaque!), Seche Clear – base coat, Seche Vite – top coat

Yeah, I know. I really suck at painting my nails and it gets really messy… I just kind of let it wash off when I’m in the shower, lol.

The Face Shop haul

27 Oct

My friend and I were hanging out today and she wanted to travel to “Korea Town”, a neighborhood of predominantly Korean businesses in Manhattan. We stumbled upon The Face Shop. 🙂

I loved the charming little store, and it was connected to a bookstore. They had makeup, skincare, body care, and even items for men! The associate was also nice and I envied her clear pale skin. >< I managed to buy a few cheap (under $3) facial masks to try out. 😀

from left to right:

  • Clean Face Sebum Control Soothing Mask Sheet ($3)“This new and improved, Green Tea treats oily or problem skin more quickly and effectively.”
  • Pearl Mask Sheet ($1.50) “What is Pearl? A rare, precious stone rich in calcium which helps illuminate, clarify and hydrate lackluster skin. The concentrate of Pearl in this gentle mask sheet are effectively absorbed to clarify and refine skin.”
  • Fresh Fruit Aloe Mask Sheet ($2)“The Benefits of Aloe: Aloe soothes and hydrates sensitive skin without irritation. Made from all natural pulp for the gentle delivery of Aloe extract, this refreshing juice-like mask sheet comforts and revitalizes skin.”
  • Vita B Mask Sheet ($2) – “Formulated with Vitamin B and extracts of Cucumber and Broccoli, this vitamin drenched sheet mask gives the skin an energy boost to fight stress. Vitamin B moisturizes, brightens skin tone and helps fight acne. Patented Phytolex Nanoliposome effectively delivers beneficial ingredients deep into the skin and helps protect tired, rough skin from environmental damages.”
  • Vita K Mask Sheet ($2)Formulated with Vitamin K and extracts of Brown Seaweed and Kelp, this vitamin drenched sheet mask soothes and helps purify the skin. Vitamin K purifies the skin and helps reduce dark circles under the eyes. Patented Phytolex Nanoliposome effectively delivers beneficial ingredients deep into the skin and helps protect tired, rough skin from environmental damages.”

Tonight, I tried the Pearl mask. You’re supposed to use this after cleansing and toning the skin. When I first removed the mask from the package, it was very drippy and I had to run to the sink to unfold it. The mask is made of a soft cloth material, much like Biore pore strips, minus the sticky part. I was able to fit it in my face (I have a wide face!) and I had to leave it on for 15-20 minutes. I ended up leaving it on for 2oish and it was starting to dry up and peeling from my forehead. Thus, I peeled off the rest of it. Now the package says I should just massage in the remaining liquid on my skin, but my face felt slightly sticky so I just rinsed with a little bit of water. I must say, during the time I had it on, it was very refreshing and felt great against my undereye area. I’ll look forward to trying these out in the next few weeks whenever my skin feels tired or wacky. 😀 I cannot complain about the smell, it is slightly perfumey and smells like skincare lotions (soft and powdery), but it’s not overly obnoxious and actually pleasant and relaxing. Overall, I enjoyed the mask, and it left my skin lightly hydrated and smooth, and also brighter as well. 🙂

The Face Shop is located on 35 W32nd St in Manhattan. 🙂

***I was not paid by The Face Shop to do this review. I simply stumbled into the store to browse beauty products and purchased a few items with my own money to try.***

I have a huge clothing haul coming up, because I went ballistic with online shopping. I bought mostly clothes for work, so that’s how I justify my credit card bills. :X

Collective FOTD and ELF mini-haul.

18 Oct

SURPRISINGLY, I’VE BEEN TOO DANG LAZY TO PHOTOSHOP.

So I’m trying to catalog my FOTD (Face Of The Day) looks through pictures everyday and hopefully it will give you some idea what I’ve been doing.

necklace: f21
dress: f21
sweater: AE

Smokey eyes

My usual thick liner but not as heavy—I wanted to showcase my bangs.

the outfit. a black merino turtle neck and a pencil skirt from h&m. necklace from agaci.

Skimped on shadow. Wore MAC Bite of An Apple. ❤
Top: f21
Necklace: f21


Vertical Spirals using a 3/4″ curling iron. This was taken at the end of the day, after it’s loosened a bit. Still looks nice, IMO. Very bouncy. Hehe.

Too lazy to post all products used, but if you ask, I will reply.

I also have a mosquito bite on my left eyelid, so I am holding off on putting too much eyeshadow and recording videos. I have had to wear false lashes for the past few days and it is not especially fun/easy when you’re in a rush every morning.

Of course, I will continue to try to gather video ideas and churn them out whenever I can.

I placed an ELF order last week, where they had a treasure hunt sale (60% off certain items and an extra 50% off entire order). I came home to this tonight:

Left to Right:
ELF Studio blushes in Gotta Glow, Berry Merry, and Blushing Rose
ELF Beauty Encyclopedia Eyes in Basic Eye and Natural Eye

My entire order was just under $15, plus shipping.

ELF Studio Blush – They are powdery and soft and heavenly. I approve. I shall acquire more when the time is right.
Gotta Glow – NARS Albatross dupe! – cream highlight with gold sheen
Berry Merry – A deep rosy pink with a gold sheen to it. Not ‘berry’ (i.e. purply) to me, but still pretty for fall/winter.
Blushing Rose –  A peachy rose color, slight gold sheen to it, and not quite as pigmented as the other ones. Had to swatch a few times before getting the color on my hand.

On to the palettes!

I LOOOVE the colors but hopefully I will not have to settle for damaged goods. I reckon the colors will be gorgeous. Not a huge fan of the cream shadow but meh. Also the sponge-tip applicator for eyeshadow is a dud. The brush on the other hand… is a nice surprise.

I am really disappointed with the palettes because an eyeshadow was cracked, and one of the cream shadows was dipped/swiped. Gross. I e-mailed customer service, and will await their news.

I’m pooped.

[[[[[UPDATE]]]]

ELF is sending new palettes to me, free of charge. Hurray!!! I’m assuming I get to keep my old ones, lol.