Nostalgic for 90s perfumes

16 Jan

Once in a while, I reminisce about the scents I wore in High School and College.  Some of those, I really miss.  Do you have lovelies ever get those moments?

Here is what I’m missing right now:

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Clairborne, by Liz Clairbone.  It used to come in these wonderfully colorful plastic covered bottles!  I loved the red ones!  The scent is unmistakable and unforgettable. Crisp, floral, light.  I love this fragrance and have been considering buying it again now.

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Tuscany Per Donna by Estee Lauder.  I was so in love with this scent when I was 17 and 18. It was warm and sensual, and it made me feel beautiful.  I felt invincible when I was wearing Tuscany Per Donna.  It looks like this still in product just like Clairbone, but the bottle has changed a lot.  I also can never find it at a brick and mortar store, and I’d really like to try it before I buy it.  Because what if I hate it now?  AmIright?

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Il Bacio By Borghese.  I think this was one of the first scents I bought at Lord & Taylor and received a gift with purchase.  Free gift with fragrance purchase was a game changer for me at the time.  I remember this being a musky scent.  Very grown up, or so the 19 year old me thought.  I think this fragrance is completely out of production at this point.   I’m only able to find it on market places and the prices are sort of all over the place.  I also don’t know how a 20 year old fragrance can hold up and retain its scent integrity.

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Colors by Benetton was the first perfume I ever asked for from “Santa”.  I smelled it on my cousin and immediately coveted the scent.   It’s still in production, the bottle is different (I hate it!! Why is it green?), and I have no idea if it smells the same.  It was crisp, what I thought at the time, almost unisex.  It seemed modern and hip, and I was 14 so who knows what it really smelled like.

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I recently bought Vanilla Fields by Coty for my mom, and it’s still as lovely as I remembered.  It’s the perfect vanilla scent.  Nothing more nothing less.  It’s warm, it’s feminine, it’s divine.  I’m getting this for myself soon.

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Ex’cla-ma’tion was another Coty fragrance.  Available in your local drug stores and inexpensive enough to save your allowance to purchase.  I actually don’t even remember how this smelled. I do remember it was strong and intense and I think flowery.  I don’t know if this is still in production, but I think I remember seeing it in the past year.

I hope you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane.

Are there any beauty products you remember fondly?

~Anns

I wrote a guest blog post on Modern Transparency – go check it out and give Antione some love!

15 Jan

I wrote a guest post on a non beauty blog.  Antione is an 18 year old from Chicago and he blogs about  poetry (he writes his own) life, good things, experiences and all that makes us humans.

Hope you enjoy the post!  Follow his blog to see where his life journey takes him next.

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Review – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream

13 Jan

I honestly cannot remember the last time I received an eye cream in one of my beauty subscriptions.  This was a nice change, even though I had a Kiehl’s product not too long ago.  Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream seemed different enough from I usually see in the monthlies and have received from Kiehl’s.

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream costs $37.00 USD for 0.5 fl oz.

What the manufacturer says:

Midnight Recovery Eye

A restorative eye treatment for younger-looking eyes by morning

  • Leaves under-eye skin feeling strengthened and replenished
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines
  • Reduces puffiness and dark under-eye circles
  • Infused with the same natural ingredients as Midnight Recovery Concentrate plus Butcher’s Broom, which improves microcirculation and reduces inflammation
  • No parabens, fragrance, mineral oil or silicones

 

What Your Fairy Godmother says:

At first impression, this has a very pleasant scent.

It’s a thick cream, and you don’t need very much of it.  The sample was very typical sample size and I used it for almost 2 months.  So, even though the price is high you will get a lot of use from the regular size tube.

I’m not able to confirm any diminishing for lines.  I’m not saying it doesn’t work in the long run, but it didn’t make a difference in a month.

I don’t think it reduces puffiness.

I don’t have dark under-eye circles, so that claim didn’t apply to me.

Overall, this is a nice moisturizer, but I think if you are looking for some serious wrinkle relief, you may want to look into something that is specifically made for wrinkles.

Would I buy it? 

I would, if I didn’t already have a favorite eye cream.  I’m basing this on how well it kept my eye area moisturizer.  It was good, but what I’m currently using is better.

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

Review – Hey Honey Walk the Walk Propolis Foot Cream

9 Jan

I was very excited to see this in my December Bitchbox.  I suffer from dry skin and especially dry feet.  I’m constantly trying to moisturize them and add some softness.  So Hey Honey Walk the Walk was a nice surprise.

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This retails for $23.00 USD for 5 Oz.  The sample which was under an ounce, lasted me for over a month.  I used this almost every night before bed.

What the manufacturer says:

WHAT IS IT:
A highly effective foot balm that softens, protects, and refresh your feet while repairing your dry, cracked heels.

WHY USE IT:
Propolis extract purifies and nourishes while naturally antiseptic sage and basil essential oils eliminate bacteria. Vitamin E promotes a supple, renewed texture as chamomile and Aloe Vera extracts soothe inflammation and discomfort. Take care of the feet that carry you around so you are ready for whatever the day brings! Bonus: It’s an excuse for a great foot massage!

WHO IS IT FOR:
Anyone with feet in need of TLC.

HOW TO USE:
Apply balm to clean feet and massage until absorbed.

What Fairy Godmother says:

The first thing I noticed about this was the scent.  It smells like herbal. Sort of minty, sort of menthol.  It smells natural, I liked it

When you apply it, it feels cool on your skin.  This feels so nice before going to bed, it cools down your tired feet and relaxes you.

It’s not greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin.

In the morning, you wake up with noticeably softer feet.

Any downside?  No, this does what it says.

Would I purchase?

Yes.  This is a nice foot treatment to keep around when your feet need a little extra attention.

ATTITUDE………………………..

6 Jan

Friday FunDay Re-Blog!

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How many times have we written about attitude, but, do we really get it, do we really see, that it is controlled by us, by our minds and how we see things. Life gives us good cards and bad one’s, but, attitude we give ourselves, and nobody else, we cannot copy the attitude of another, and we cannot make up an attitude to suit ! You wear your attitude on your sleeve, wide open for the world to see, but we fight it with letting our minds play naughty tricks, if we have good cards or not, we can still have good attitude, our attitude cannot go by the way our cards are played…. if we lose everything, do we stick with a lost attitude, where we can feel sorry for ourselves and stay in a dark place, if that was your choice, what comes next, you just sit and…

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Growing out hair and how to not look lame

4 Jan

I’m growing out my hair again, because I seem to have developed commitment issues with hair length.  Short, Long, Extensions, Go crazy and cut it off.

Here are some fun hair dos I found, including my own braid headband!

 

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sorry for my naked face 🙂  I was lazy and all I did was fill in my brows super dark and wear a bit of lipstick.

Thanks for reading!!

~Anna

Braided Inspiration

3 Jan

Happy New Year, lovelies!

I was so inspired by my braid crush, that I ended up doing a braid hair do on my own hair.

I’m not awesome at fancy styles and even less awesome in braiding, but this turned out okay.

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What do you guys think?

Happy Tuesday and thanks for reading!

~Anna

Empties – December 2016

31 Dec

Last post of the 2016 year!  Happy New Year everyone!  What’s better than sending off the year than with a bunch of used up beauty products?  Am I right?   So what did I use this month:

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This month was full of International used up products haha.

From left to right:

e.l.f.  make-up mist & set reviewed here

Soap & Glory Hand Food – reviewed here

Clarins  Multi-Active Jour – reviewed here

Hot Heads Clean Shampoo – no review because this is only really for extension wearers and it’s not readily available.  However, I still wanted to include it since I used up the little that was left since I removed the extensions.

Ziaja hand creme.  This is a Polish skin care line.  The line is available online and even on Amazon. Here is an example

Tony Moly Pure Aura CC Cream – not a review for this cream only, but I do talk about it in this Korean cosmetic post.  It’s also one of my favorite CC creams ever.

 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector – reviewed here

Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid – reviewed here

L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm – reviewed here

Thanks for reading and see you Lovelies next year!!

Review – Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

30 Dec

Birchbox introduced me to many amazing products this year, and the Air Repair Complexion-Boosting Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid is one of them.  I actually wished this sample was bigger, that’s how much I enjoyed this moisturizer.

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$21.00 USD for 2 Fl Oz of product

From Birchbox:

We’ll admit it: Our case of wanderlust shows no signs of abating. We could, however, do without the dulling effects travel (and stress and dry weather and…) has on our complexions. That’s why we never go anywhere without this intensely rejuvenating face cream. It’s packed with antioxidants and humectants to hydrate and revitalize skin, so that even at our most jet-lagged we’re still rocking a radiant complexion.

HOW TO USE

Gently massage onto face and neck after cleansing. Use as often as needed. For a more intensive treatment, apply liberally and let absorb into skin for 10–15 minutes. Remove excess with warm, moist washcloth.

My Thoughts:

I never had to use it as a mask, my skin has been pretty okay so far.

However, I loved this as a moisturizer.  This was my daytime moisturizer.  It absorbed beautifully and created a nice canvas for additional product application. Whenever my skin started to feel drier, I reached for this and my skin was back to normal or better.

I used to most often after camping and other outdoor activity.  It worked so well.

I’m really impressed with hyaluronic acid!  I think this ingredient works amazingly to hydrate skin.

Will I purchase?

Possibly, or I will look for another hyaluronic acid product.  However, I don’t think this is too expensive to buy and use when your skin really needs it.

Have you tried Air Repair or another hyaluronic acid moisturizer?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

New Year’s Eve Beauty – Braided Fancy Hair

30 Dec

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This looks like pearls woven into braids!

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I’m loving braids for fancy events.  These are my favorites and I cannot wait to have longer hair to wear my tresses like so!