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Pacifica Solar Palette Review
Complexion, Earth Friendly, Eyeshadow, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - May 4th, 2014

Pacifica Solar PaletteI love makeup palettes. I’m a total sucker for them. Eyeshadow palettes are great, but I really dig it when they have cheek colors too. I’ve been wanting to try out Pacifica’s new eyeshadows since I first saw them, and finally decided to pick up the limited edition Solar Palette. It’s becoming my go-to palette to take with me when I travel.

The palette contains six eyeshadows, one blush, one bronzer, and three cream highlighters. The eyeshadows include a pale color for under the brow bone, a dark color perfect for lining or use in the crease, and the other shades are great lid colors. They are well chosen to coordinate together, and work for all seasons. I use the coral, light brown, and dark brown colors the most, but they are all nicely pigmented and smooth to work with.

FaceThe blush is a really flattering color, which looks dark but goes on lighter. It’s a soft rose with a bit of golden shimmer to it. It’s not a LOT shimmery, or sparkly. It would suit a variety of skin tones. The bronzer is also quite flattering and pretty. It’s light for a bronzer, so probably wouldn’t show much on deeper skin tones. Anyone fair to medium will like it.

I don’t use the highlighters much because I usually use powder foundation and creams don’t play well on powder. They’re nice on bare skin or if you use liquid/cream foundation or a tinted moisturizer. I haven’t tried them on my lips or eyes, just as highlighters on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose.

EyesIn the photos I’m wearing the blush and a bit of the bronzer, as well as the coral-y, lighter brown, and pale pink eyeshadow.

At $32, it’s not the cheapest palette out there. The pricing is in line with other nicer makeup brands like Tarte, and I find the quality to be quite similar as well.

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5 Things: Facial Cleansers
5 Things, Complexion, Skin Care - Be the first to comment! - October 15th, 2013

Facial cleansers fall into the category of things which I want to blog about, but things which don’t usually merit an entire dedicated review to each one. I mean, when it comes to cleansers, either they get your face clean or they don’t. Either they’re too drying or they’re not. That’s pretty much my criteria when it comes to cleansers. Bonus if they remove eye makeup. It seemed like facial cleansers were the perfect subject for a new 5 Things post. Without further ado, here are five cleansers that I deemed acceptable.

1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. This gentle cleanser cleans well, doesn’t strip the skin, and gets most eye makeup off. It rinshes easily, and there isn’t much scent. I especially like to travel with this one. It’s not especially lather-y, so a decent choice for dryer skins.

2. Eclos Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser. Cleans? Check. Doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry? Check. Removes eye makeup? Mostly check. (Mascara is stubborn.) I like the pump for ease of use. This one is more lathery than the Fresh one.

3. L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. Cleans? Yes. Dryness? No. Removes eye makeup? Not really. I love the foamy texture of this one, and it’s my other travel standby because the travel size bottles are just SO HANDY.

4. Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash. Cleans? Yup. Dryness? Nope. Removes eye makeup? Better than the others. Bonus points: smells like coconut and Pacifica is a local company to me. I like this one a lot.

5. Lush Let The Good Times Roll. Cleans? Pretty good. Dryness? No. Removes eye makeup? Not a chance. Bonus: smells A-MAY-ZING and it’s gently exfoliating. I actually reviewed this last year, but I’m mentioning it again because Lush just made it a permanent part of the line! Woohoo!!

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New Pacifica Pefume Products: Cosmetics!
Complexion, Earth Friendly, Hot Lips, Makeup Fun - Comments (2) - February 5th, 2013

Whoa! Stop the train! Pacifica, a Portland-based company that makes perfumes I really enjoy, is offering an expansion of their color cosmetics, as well as some skin care products. Neat-o! I’ve heard a rumour that you can find some of these things at Target, so I’ll be checking that out in the coming weeks. Look at the pretties!

This Enlighten eyeshadow quad looks nice. $14 isn’t a bad price, either, if the quality is nice. The colors look really pretty, a nice multi-use palette – I love these for travel.

I’ll have to look at the ingredients before I’d commit to buying, but I’m really interested in the Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream. As long as it’s not too emollient, it sounds like a nice tinted-moisturizer type product for summer wear. I wish it had sunscreen, but can’t have everything…

The Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples look awesome for lips and face! This one is really calling my name.

There is a face wash, a face moisturizer, and face wipes that are new too. I love the packaging, it’s well done! Hopefully these products will turn up locally at places where other Pacifica products are sold, and I’ll definitely be scoping out Targets to see if I can find them!

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Ode To A Rose
Best Of, Perfume - Be the first to comment! - November 13th, 2011

Writing about vanilla perfumes reminds me of my other favorite (or one of my other favorites…), rose perfumes. I have many favorite rose perfumes, and though it would be fun to summarize them all in one place.

Pacifica Perfume makes one of my favorites, their Persian Rose. Despite the presence of other notes, this is really a “straight-up” rose kind of scent. It’s fresh though, not fussy, and has a nice delicacy. It’s lighter, like most of Pacifica’s perfumes, so layering with lotion will make the scent last longer.

Fresh’s Cannabis Rose is much more intense. It’s really rich, with a lot of heavy base notes that keep the fragrance lasting for a long time. The official notes are Bulgarian roses, pomegranate flower, Italian bergamot, cannabis accord, sheer jasmine, dark chocolate, white musk, patchouli, and oolong tea. It has a lot going on! It’s definitely a favorite though, because it’s unlike just about anything else. It’s Rose with a Kick.

YSL’s Parisienne is a much fruitier rose. It has violets and blackberries and sandalwood notes that make for a fresh, younger approach to rose. I like it, but not as much as these first two.

The rose perfume that introduced me to rose perfume was The Perfumer’s Workshop’s Tea Rose. This was my signature scent in high school. It’s knock-you-down strong, definitely a “spritz and walk through” kind of perfume. While it’s not expensive and there are other (probably better) rose soliflores, this is probably the one that defines rose for me, just because of the pleasant memories I have of wearing it as a teenager.

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Speaking of Vanilla…
Best Of, Perfume - Be the first to comment! - November 11th, 2011

Reviewing Lavanila Pure Vanilla reminds me of some of my other favorite vanilla perfumes. Some of these I own, and some I’ve just tried in stores and lust after, but they’re all memorable in some way.

First is Laurence Dumont Vanille Gingembre. This is such a fascinating fragrance, with a sharp top note that’s almost pine-like, that warms up to the spicy ginger notes and the sweet vanilla. The official notes are anise, milk, ginger, red fruits, coconut, floral bouquet, vanilla, vetiver, and white musk. Officially, it seems that Vanille Gingembre is discontinued. However, the notes for Vanille Bourbon are very, very similar. I haven’t smelled it, but I bet it would be a suitable replacement.

I also really love La Maison de la Vanille’s Vanille Divine des Tropiques. This one is vanilla with a lot of tropical flowers tossed in, so it’s definitely not a dessert-y vanilla at all. The official notes are vanilla, tuberose, hyacinth, jasmine, heliotrope, gardenia, and aldehyde. There are several other vanilla’s in the lineup from La Maison de la Vanille, so you should get the little set if you want to try them all.

The Vanilla Eau de Toilette from The Body Shop is probably the most affordable vanilla I’ve tried. However, let’s face it, the low price means probably not the best quality. However, if you want a nice, sweet sturdy vanilla to use liberally, this one is a great value. It’s sweeter than most.

I just adore both of the vanilla fragrances from Pacifica Perfume. The first, Vanilla Vera Cruz, is almost savory compared to other vanilla scents. I guess you’d call it dry as opposed to sweet. It has subtle floral notes, in addition to a Mexican vanilla and vanilla bean scent. The newer vanilla is called Island Vanilla and it’s much sweeter than Vanilla Vera Cruz. It has some jasmine and tea notes in addition to a sweeter Tahitian vanilla. I love them both, and wish I owned them both. Someday, perhaps…

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5 Things Fall WANT Edition
5 Things, Shopping - Be the first to comment! - 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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Pacifica Persian Rose Perfume
Best Of, Perfume - Comments (1) - March 23rd, 2011

Pacifica Perfume (an Oregon company, yay!) recently brought out (or brought back, I’m not sure) their Persian Rose perfume. It’s one of my very favorite rose fragrances, so I was THRILLED. It’s just such a great rose scent!

The notes are described as Bulgarian rose, subtle violet, myrrh and delicate fruit, which basically makes it a fresh smelling rose. It’s very rosy. Staying power is above average for Pacifica – this one sticks around for a goodly while.

I wish I had more to say, but basically, if you love rose fragrances, you should get this one. It’s very rosy, very true to real roses, and doesn’t ever get fake smelling. It’s awesome!!

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Pacifica French Lilac Perfume
Perfume, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - May 6th, 2009

French LilacAnother Pacifica Perfumes catalog came to my house the other day and as a result, I was inspired to pick up another perfume at New Seasons while grocery shopping the other night.

French Lilac is one of the scents I hadn’t actually bothered to smell before. For some reason, I figured I wouldn’t like it. I’m not sure why, since I love the smell of lilac flowers. I guess most lilac scents are so powdery, they make me sneeze like crazy and I dislike them. The description of the notes in the Pacifica catalog, however, really caught my attention. Lilac, magnolia leaves, heliotrope, ylang ylang, hyacinth and subtle notes of nectarine make up the French Lilac frangrance. Hmmm, I like lilac, I like ylang ylang, I like hyacinth… I gave it a test spray at the store and was immediately caught up in the super-feminine delicate scent of real lilacs blooming. Win!

I should have known I’d love it. So far, none of the Pacifica fragrances have caused sneezing problems for me. I don’t love them all, but I can definitely sniff them with no problems at all. I wish New Seasons would carry Tunisian Jasmine. I have the candle and I love it so I’m sure I’d like the perfume. I might have to order it directly from Pacifica if I can’t purchase it in a store. I just hate paying shipping when they are based right in my hometown!

This brings my Pacifica collection to six fragrances: French Lilac, Nerola Orange Blossom, Tahitian Gardenia, Mexican Cocoa, Avalon Juniper, and Tibetan Mountain Temple. I still want Tunisian Jasmine, Vanilla Vera Cruz, and Egyptian Bergamot Rose.

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