Friday, April 28, 2017

Recent Wax Reviews


Jamianne's Wax Nature's Beauty: I'm not sure of the scent notes of this one but to me it's a nice woodsy, musky, cologe-y type scent. It had moderate throw for about 8 hours. Overall grade: A-. Would repurchase.

Supertarts Harry- "magically delicious and french baguette." I love the notes in this one on cold; ooey gooey marshmallows and sugary cereal and the warm yeastiness of freshly baked bread. It's a tart that I received in a destash so I'm not sure of it's age and it was removed from it's clamshell. It had moderate to light throw for about 6 hours. Overall grade: B. Would like to purchase new and see how the throw is.

Sassy Girl Aroma Blue Sugar Pinecones VBN: this is a well done blend. You can really smell all the notes: the masculine cologne type blue sugar, fresh pine needles and wood, and creamy vanilla. Strong throw for 10-12 hours. Overall grade: A. Would repurchase.

Destination Wax Mirror Of The Witch: cotton candy, orange and strawberry. This actually doesn't smell super sweet or fruity to me like other similar blends I've tried. To me it's kind of a light citrus with a touch of spice. Moderate throw for about 8 hours. Overall grade: B. Probably wouldn't repurchase.

Vintage Chic Scents Five Families- "Sugar Cookies Whipped Cream Birthday Cake Vanilla Wafers Cannolis." A nice vanilla bakery scent but an older tart with light throw for a few hours. Would like to smell it fresh. Overall grade: C. Might repurchase.

Hayden Rowe Candle Co Champagne & Roses: this is a nice fresh rose scent with a touch of effervescent champagne; not to tart or boozy. Very pleasant with moderate throw for about 8 hours. Overall grade: A-. Would repurchase.

Starry Skies Delightful- "strawberry satsuma cotton candy fizzy soda." This truly is a delightful and scrumptious smelling blend, similar to a "Backwoods Barbie" type blend from other brands, with the addition of fizzy soda. To me it smells like an orange creamsicle with sweet strawberry. Strong throw for about 10 hours. Overall grade: A+. Would repurchase.

NOTD: Pure Ice Bedtime

2 coats. Such a shiny, glowy polish with a smooth finish. Can't beat it for .99¢ from Walmart. I'd recommend it for purple lovers.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

NOTD: MDJ Creations Michaelangelo

2 coats. This was pretty easy to work with, not too clumpy. I feel like it didn't photograph that well; prettier IRL.

Perfume Surprise Prize Review

Hey all! I was super excited last week to see I had won an Instagram giveaway from a perfume subscription box called Perfume Surprise!
The prize was a gift set of Bvlgari Omnia Parabia full sized EDT, lotion and soap in a nice travel pouch. I had never tried any Bvlgari fragrances before and was overjoyed for the opportunity! The products look so luxe.

For anyone curious about the fragrance notes in Omnia Parabia, I looked them up on Fragrantica: "Bvlgari presents a new addition to the Omnia collection in October 2015, the fragrance called Omnia Paraiba, named after Brazilian semi-precious stone Paraiba Tourmaline, known for its blue – green color. The fragrance is an exotic floral - fruity and woody.
Perfumer Alberto Morillas focused on passion flower scent, inspired by Brazilian jungle, beaches and ocean. Bigarade (bitter) orange and Maracuja passion fruit open the composition and lead to the floral heart of passion flower and Brazilian gardenia. The base notes include vetiver and cocoa."
I received the items today and have been wearing the perfume and lotion for several hours. My verdict is that I like the scent overall but am not in love. It is a bit too green/herbal for me with a slight lean towards a perfumey fresh aquatic note that I don't usually care for. I didn't pick up much of the tropical fruits and florals, although it is a bit softer and muskier on the drydown, while I like. It was super strong and almost overwhelming for the first hour or so. Strong sillage that radiates outward so I wouldn't recommend wearing it around those who are known to be sensitive to fragrance. I think this fragrance will linger for several hours. If you are interested in a long lasting aquatic/green scent, I would definitely recommend it.
After a while I did some fragrance blending to make it more my type of scent. I sprayed some Yves Rocher Noix De Coco on over it and I liked the bit of tropical sweetness it added. I will probably wear Omnia layered with other fragrances from now on.
I am super grateful to Perfume Surprise for sending me this luxurious gift! 
Perfume Surprise is a monthly subscription box. "Perfume Surprise is the only monthly perfume subscription service with luxury designer perfume brands and jewelry for you to enjoy and keep for only $24.99/month. Each month you will receive five spray bottles of 2.5 ml with designer perfumes and a 3-piece jewelry set. Visit www.perfumesurprise.com for more information. 
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This sounds like a wonderful deal to me for all the products you receive and I may consider subscribing in the future. If you are interested in Perfume Surprise you can use code 5OFF for $5 discount on your first box!

Are you interested in Perfume Surprise? Do you like perfume or jewelry subscription boxes? Let me know in the comments below! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Zoya Earth Day Sale Haul

Hi all! If you have ever been interested in trying Zoya nail polish now is the time!
They are currently having their annual Earth Day promotion where you can use code EARTHLUV at checkout to get 50% off 6 polishes or more and free shipping!
I chose some lovely spring colors and they shipped the next day! They arrived today and look beautiful. I also received a free 2 oz polish remover with my order.
Have you ordered from or plan to order from Zoya? Do you have any favorite Zoya shades? Share them in the comments!

Wax Haul: Hayden Rowe Candle Co.

Hayden Rowe is another relatively new wax vendor that I heard about through a Facebook wax discussion group. Their classic aesthetic had me intrigued; I was interested in the photos of other people's hauls wrapped in pristine black and white striped tissue. The labels are simple and classic too. I had been wanting to order for a few months and I finally had the funds to place a small order. 

I ordered in the last week of March and sadly a few days after that the owner of the company had a tragic loss of a family member. She did a very good job of keeping in contact with her customers through her Facebook group and via messages. I believe at the time her website stated 5-15 business days but it was extended to 20 business days due to dealing with that issue which is quite understandable. I believe mine may have exceeded that time by a few days but it didn't conern me.
I received my order on Friday the 21st but wasn't even able to pick it up from the post office until the 25th. I was so excited to open it and wasn't disappointed!
It's so nicely wrapped and Christina included her business card, a sticker and a nice hand written thank you note. I love personal touches like that. The wax was securely nestled in a bunch of tissue and everything was in perfect condition.
I had ordered 6 scents: three clamshells and three scent shots.
All of these smelled wonderful on cold sniff and the ones I'm most excited about are Apricot Camomile and Tonka Bean. There was one tiny issue which was that I had ordered a Hazelnut Coffee scent shot but received an extra Italian Biscotti instead. I let her know via pm and she offered to send the item even though I said it wasn't necessary. Very good customer service!
I am also extremely impressed with the amount of free samples I received; 6 different scents in adorable star and duckie shapes! 

Samples are a great way to sniff scents that you wouldn't have necessarily ordered and find new favorites. The Lemon Ice and Dreamsicle smell especially yummy to me. I can't wait to share these melts with you! In fact, I will be melting the champagne & roses scent this week so look for that in my next round of wax reviews.

Have you ever heard of or tried Hayden Rowe wax? When choosing a new vendor to order from, what sorts of attributes do you look for?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NOTD: Teal & Shimmer

A super easy 1 coat teal creme; London Tomboy from Pacifica. I'm impressed by the Pacifica polishes I have. They seem to have great formula and the bottles are so pretty! Accent nails are Zoya Monet. It's pretty thick but looks so pretty and mermaid-y when it dries.