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Lush Is Trying To Steal My Wallet
Perfume, Shopping - Comments Off - November 17th, 2011

Lush just released a bunch of new perfumes and they all sound A-MAY-ZING! This is terrible! I want all the smellies…

First, is B Scent. B Scebt is described as “A romantic, floral fragrance with a fresh lemony top note” and has notes of lemon, bergamot, fennel, lavender, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and musk. I’m having a hard time imagining a lemon-y rose, but it sounds good.

Then there is 1000 Kisses Deep. Lush writes, “With a touch of citrus and deep resins, and osmanthus blossom absolute which provides a light apricot top note, a bit like having butterflies in your stomach; this perfume encompasses that powerful rush of emotion that we call love.” Oh man. I love the scent of osmanthus.

I love apples and cinnamon, therefore I love the description of Love. Love “has a fresh apple, cinnamon spice fragrance fit for men and women.” Mmmmm. I want some Love.

Dear John is supposed to be a man smell, but who cares about that? I only care if it smells good, and Dear John sounds pretty good on paper! This one has notes of lime, pine, coffee, coriander, clove, cedarwood, and vetivert. I’ll at least be giving it a sniff.

The Smell of Weather Turning. Just read the words. It sounds enchanting, doesn’t it? I think it does. It’s supposed to “combine the fresh feeling of rain with a darker, smokier character as it warms on the skin.” I wanna smell.

Then there is Superworld Unknown. It’s got notes of cocoa, vanilla, tonka, cassie, juniper, petitgrain, neroli, lime, lemon, bergamot, rose, ylang ylang, bensoin, and sandalwood. *whimpers*

Last, but not least, is Ladyboy. It has violets. I love violets.

Unfortunately for me, it sounds like they are all online-only. I’m still going to call the local store though, just in case.

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5 Things For Fall 2011
5 Things - Comments (2) - October 30th, 2011

It’s been a while since I wrote a 5 Things dedicated to things I love to wear/use in the Fall, so I decided it was a good time. I seem to write more 5 Things articles about Spring and Summer, I guess because I like those seasons better.

1. I like to wear Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum in the Fall. This has been one of my favorite perfumes for almost 10 years now. It’s a classic that never seems to get old. I love the anise-y goodness.

2. Every year Aura Cacia comes out with an essential oil blend in the fall/early winter, in a more holiday theme. I always like them, so I usually buy one each year. Last year it was a tree blend with pine, fir, lemon, peppermint, and cypress essential oils. I use them in an oil warmer to scent the house.

3. Tuca Tuca from Lush is another perfume I prefer in the Fall (and into Winter). It’s just toooo overwhelming in the hot weather, with it’s rich violet notes.

4. I seem to have quite a few purple/purple-ish lipsticks. I like to bust these out in the Fall too. Darker, vampy lipstick seems totally appropriate this time of the year.

5. The Julep nail color Alfre is really thrilling me this Fall. I like the darker gray/purple thing going on with it.

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5 Things Fall WANT Edition
5 Things, Shopping - Comments Off - October 17th, 2011

I’ve been checking out perfume lately, so I have a few for my WANT list. Lucky for me, they aren’t too pricey… In addition to perfume, there are a few other things that are on my list!

In no particular order…

1. The Body Shop White Musk Libertine comes in both EDT and EDP concentrations, and of course I want the EDP. White Musk Libertine is a new twist on the classic White Musk, with notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream. It reminds me strongly of something I can’t put my finger on, and I was sniffing my arm for hours after I tried it the other day. MUST HAVE.

2. Pacifica Island Vanilla perfume smells like everything you want in a sweet vanilla. The notes are vanilla, honey, jasmine, fruity notes, and tea. This is more floral than foody, and it’s one of the nicest straight-up vanilla fragrances I’ve sniffed.

3. I want these three Holiday 2011 nail polishes from butter LONDON, especially Fairy Lights.

4. I also want Warm & Fozzie and Fresh Frog of Bel-Air, two limited edition Muppet-themed nail polishes from OPI. I REALLY REALLY LOVE THE MUPPETS.

5. The Celebrate Lip Tint from Lush looks fabulous. I want one!

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5 Things I Want Right Now
5 Things, Shopping - Comments Off - July 20th, 2011

It seems like a 5 Things kind of night, tonight. I’m lemming a few things, which I thought I’d share with you. In no particular order, as always.

1. I need some of One Hand Washes The Other’s Solid Perfumes. Like, three or four or five of them. I’m especially wanting Carnivale, Hivemind, and Sugar Skulls.

2. I really, really like my Dirty body spray, so now I want to try the Dirty Springwash Shower Gel from Lush.

3. Shiro Intertubes. I still haven’t tried them. I need to remedy this, soon.

4. I’ve been told that I MUST TRY Sweet Anthem’s perfumes. I’m looking at this set, in Elliott, Emily, and either Sophie or Peter.

5. I won’t have to wait long for this, but I really NEED My Pretty Zombie’s Husbandry Afflictions set. Lucky for me, I already ordered it! PS – there’s going to be a brief sale, see the shop announcement page… I might have to order more…

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Lush Colour Supplement Review
Complexion, Reviews - Comments (3) - July 13th, 2011

I’m pretty picky about my face makeup, so I’ve been a bit skeptical about Lush’s Colour Supplements. I finally decided to head to my local store to check them out, because I’ve been wanting a tinted moisturizer for summer and I liked the idea of being able to mix something into my regular moisturizer. Read on for my thoughts!

The Colour Supplements are pots of foundation makeup that you can apply directly to the skin for heavier coverage, or mix with a moisturizer for a tinted moisturizer effect. You can also use them to spot-conceal blemishes. They’re made with red rose petal infusion to calm redness and glycerin for moisturizing. The texture is very smooth and strikes me as almost whipped. It’s quite light for a concentrated product, not thick like a traditional concealer.

The product works great. I find it a bit heavier than I’d like if I use it straight as foundation, but then I don’t often feel like I want or need super-full coverage. Mixed with a moisturizer, I get a lovely even complexion that looks fresh all day. It’s not perfect – I get shiny faster than I do with mineral makeup (which makes sense, since a powder absorbs a lot more oil before the shine breaks through) but I can offset this by using a translucent powder on top. Detrivore Cosmetics’ Translucent Powder For Oily Skin is great. It’s not great on dark circles, but I could probably fix this by using a teensy bit of an illuminator under my eyes. Blemish coverage is pretty good. It wears well, no fading or weird unevenness. I’m wearing it in the picture, with a dusting of translucent powder on top.

Overall, I’m happy with this product. It’s a good value for the price, and the simple formula means it’s friendly for sensitive skin. It does what I wanted, namely giving my skin an even complexion. It’s easy to use. If you want a good multi-use product, check out Lush Colour Supplements. There are five shades, it’s likely one of them will work for you.

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Lush Enzymion Moisturizer Review
Complexion, Skin Care - Comments Off - July 13th, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve used a face moisturizer from Lush, but I was in the market for a new one and decided to try Enzymion. It’s a GO!

Enzymion contains papaya juice, lemon juice, aloe, and lime and grapefruit essential oils. The papaya and lemon are supposed to help with oiliness, and the citrus oils are toning. It also contains cocoa butter and avocado oils to moisturize.

I was worried that it would be too heavy, since I tend to shy away from moisturizers that contain cocoa butter. On the contrary, it has a light feel on the skin, and isn’t heavy or greasy feeling. It’s not any more or less mattifying than anything else I’ve tried – but then I have some of the oiliest skin I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t make it worse, certainly.

I like the way my skin feels – soft, smooth, and moisturized. So far I haven’t had any breakouts from it, so that’s definitely good. I like how it smells too. It wears well under makeup, both mineral and Colour Supplement, a Lush makeup that I’ll review soon.

Overall, I’m pleased with this product! I think it’s a nice moisturizer for oilier skins, and anyone who is combination would like it too.

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Lush Dirty Body Spray
Body Care, Perfume - Comments (3) - June 4th, 2011

Lush’s newest line for men is called Dirty. The range of products carries a lovely clean scent (amusing, yes?) and includes body wash, body spray, cologne, shaving cream, and tooth cleaner. I recently purchased the body spray for myself, and I really like it! (It smells good on guys too…)

The notes are lavender, spearmint, tarragon, and sandalwood. It smells fresh, and clean (but not like laundry detergent, I hate that kind of clean smell) and really invigorating. It’s definitely more masculine, but I think girls can wear it. It’s made to be spritzed all over, and the nice sales associate suggested a direct hit to the pits for excellent deodorizing. It has terrific lasting power for a body spray, more like a perfume. It’s pretty strong stuff.

We FINALLY had a day that cracked 80 degrees in Portland today, so I wore my Dirty spray and felt very refreshed all day long. I wish the bottle weren’t quite so ugly (it looks like bathroom cleaner) but it’s functional which is what matters.

If you want a nice fresh scent, check out Dirty. I want to try the shower gel next.

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Lush Honey Trap & Mange Too
Best Of, Body Care, Hot Lips - Comments (1) - May 29th, 2011

I can’t believe I didn’t know that Lush’s lip balm called Honey Trap has the same scent as their incredible massage bar Mange Too! Where have I been all this time?

I have been a fan of Mange Too for years. It’s made with cocoa, shea, and mango butters, white chocolate, bananas, honey, and a hint of peppermint. It smells AMAZING. It’s a little heavy on the skin, but with all those butters you’d expect that. It’s deeply moisturizing, and did I mention it smells AMAZING? I love to rub it into my arms, legs, and hands before bed. It’s probably my favorite massage bar that Lush offers.

Which brings me to Honey Trap… Honey Trap has shea butter, and white chocolate, and honey, and that delectable hint of peppermint. It’s definitely OM NOM NOM and smells just like Mange Too. It has a nice feel on the lips, decent lasting power, and I love the very subtle tingling sensation I get from the peppermint when I put it on. It works great under lipstick and lip gloss! It’s really delicious.

If you are a fan of sweet, vanilla-y scents that don’t smell like fake bakery, you must try Mange Too and Honey Trap. Two thumbs up.

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