Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bath and Body Works Candles

I recently went to Bath and Body Works, and I got 6 new candles! I had 4 that I got earlier in the summer, so I thought that I would just make a big post of all of them with little scent discriptions. I love these candles, and I totally recommend the little sizes of them, because they're only $2.50!

Tropical Spice.  Kind of a nondescript scent. I smell a basic spicy cinnamon scent, a little coconut, fruit juice... I don't know. Nothing really specific. Tropical spice sort of hits the nail on the head. (This one may not be in stores anymore)
Peach Bellini. This is a really popular scent, and I understand why.  It's a fizzy peach scent. Sort of like if you smelled a peach and then smelled sprite. Really a very accurate scent. (This one may not be in stores anymore.)
Market Peach. This scent is also really accurate, in that it smells exactly like peaches. It is very different from the peach bellini scent, because rather than the fizziness, it has the natural sweetness of a peach. this makes it a little less in your face. I love this one. (This one may not be in stores anymore.)
Coco Lobo. I guess this scent is supposed to smell like coconut, but I don't really get much of anything out of it. It's a fairly subtle scent, with perhaps a little coconut and maybe just a hint of suntan lotion. It's a very summer-y scent, but like I said, it's very subtle.
Oceanside. This scent is almost spot on the scent of Hollister. 90% Hollister and 10% Abercrombie. Although, they did have a scent called Mahogany Teakwood, that smells exactly like Abercrombie. I much prefer Hollister, though. Really a good, cologne-type scent.
Pineapple Mango. Mmmm! I just want to eat this one! It is just like a smoothy that I get from McDonalds. It has the citrus-type overlay from the pineapple, and then the underlying sweetness from the mango. I love this scent.
Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Yay! I'm so happy that they're coming out with all of these yummy pumpkin scents; they're my favorites.  This is a really spicy one, rather than a creamy pie one. Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin, but I don't really get the sweet element from it so much. I can't wait to burn this one!
Farmstand Apple. This one really intrigued me, because it smells spot on like apples.  Exactly. It's just like if you pass by the apples in the grocery store. Literally 100% match.
Frosted Cupcake. This one I really liked, because it actually smells like a cupcake. Most cupcake scents smell a lot more like popcorn than an actual cupcake. More salty and buttery then sweet. It has a little bit of a weird undertone, but I feel like that would go away once you burn it. Really yummy. Just like yellow cake.
French Baguette. BaBW just came out with a french collection, so they have a bunch of products with this pretty striped packaging. This one I also bought, just because it was interesting. It actually smells exactly like a baguette! I couldn't believe that they made a candle that smells exactly like bread! Or saltines. Exactly like saltines, now that I think about it.  It would be an excellent kitchen scent. It's really yummy too.

I really like all of these scents, and they're all very different, so anyone could find one that they like.  The ones I like the best are probably... Market Peach (even though that's not available anymore), Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Farmstand Apple, and Pineapple Mango. This will probably change once I burn them all, though.

I've only burned the first four, and they smell about the same when you burn them, but these mini candles (they're the smallest size) have a really small throw. What I mean by that, is you can't really smell them a lot. I've had the really big candles before, too and they smell up the whole top floor, so I know that it's just the size, and not the candles. So if you really like one, buy a bigger size. I love these small ones, because I don't burn candles too, too often, so I don't really use them up. It's a great way to test them out.

I love Slatkin & Co. candles because they smell really accurate to their names, they have good throw in the bigger sizes, and you can get good sales on them.  I personally like them more than the Candles by Victoria candles that I have, which I'll post about soon. Also, the packaging couldn't be cuter for these. I recommend all of them, and I hope that these scent descriptions helped you!

Do you like burning candles?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tresemme Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner

Okay, so I'm not going to pretend for a second that I know anything about hair. I don't. My thing is really more makeup. I know nothing about hair, and you know what? I don't care. I don't want to know anything about hair. But, I know when I don't like a product.  And since this, in my opinion, is a bad product, I would think that most people who are more knowledgeable about hair, or not, would agree.  For reference, I have thick hair that isn't particularly dry or oily.

So, I don't like the shampoo or the conditioner. They both work very similarly to me.  Neither are very moisturizing. At first, for the first couple months, I would say, I didn't really notice anything. I don't really pay attention to my hair, as I said. But then I noticed that my hair wasn't as shiny as it used to be. And then, once I started to think about it, these products didn't make my hair very soft either.  The shampoo didn't make my scalp feel very good either.  It was mostly the dull hair, though. I love having shiny hair, and I don't do very much to achieve it. In other-words, the only products I use for my hair, usually, are shampoo and conditioner. Usually that's enough. Not with these.

Other gripes. 
The containers are huge. You could never finish one of these! I've had them for months, and you can see on the conditioner, that it's only about half way through. Now, this is good, usually, that you get a lot of product for not super expensive, but I would so prefer if they were smaller and even less expensive, just because you're not even supposed to use the same shampoo and conditioner for a very long time.  I like the pump, and it work very well, but it's not that great.  Sometimes you have to pump it a lot to get the product out, and then it takes about 5 pumps for me to get as much product as I want.  Kind of annoying, and not as nice as it should be.  

I like for my shampoo and conditioner to smell good. These smell kind of like apple hard candy. It's a good smell, don't get me wrong, but I find that usually with green apple scented hair products, they fade to become a more just tart sort of scent. And not in a good way. They do that as soon as you wash them out. These are no exception.  Not great. Even that scent doesn't linger.

All and all, I think that no one would enjoy this product, but it's not like it was a disaster either.  I just don't recommend it at all. It makes your hair dull and does nothing good. I think that you can buy a little travel version of it, though, so if you want to try it, just go with that. 

Are you picky with your hair? Or do you do absolutely nothing, like me?

China Glaze Rare and Radiant

China Glaze Rare and Radiant from the Fall 2012 New Bohemian collection

Sorry that this picture is blurry, but when I don't use flash they don't focus; I had to get this color, though.

Rare and Radiant.  Another Chanel Peridot dupe.  It seems that every brand is coming out with one: China Glaze, OPI, Jessica--they're everywhere.  This one, at about $6 from Sally's seems to be the cheapest, though.  I think that it's a beautiful golden-green, true duochrome, and I can imagine myself wearing it all of the time. I may even buy a backup, because this collection is limited edition. So if you're on the fence about any of the colors from this collection of chrome duochromes, just get them, because you won't be able to soon.  

This color is pretty much opaque at 2 coats, but here I have 4 pictured, because I needed to do an evening coat on top. Since this is a chrome finish, it's very unforgiving. It'll show all textural issues, it bubbles if you apply it too quickly (true for all nail polishes; I was just being impatient).  The formula was perfect, though. Not sheer, not drippy, really perfect.  

Do you already have Chanel Peridot or another dupe for it, or have you been waiting for a cheaper version? If you bought a more expensive one, do you regret it now?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Chameleon Corona

Chameleon Corona

Chameleon is such an under-appreciated brand. They're a very small line, but they have some gorgeous duochromes. Corona is a mauve foil with blue duochrome. I wish that I could have got better pictures of the blue, but believe me, it's there.  The angle of the bottom picture shows a brighter fuchsia-pink, but you can't really see it in the picture... I tried! 

The finish is a foil, but it gives kind of a rough finish on the nails. It's pretty, but it's a little difficult to work with.  This was 3 coats, I believe.  All in all, I recommend this nail polish, and if you're a fan of duochromes, this is a good drugstore brand for them.

I've never really heard anyone else talk about this brand; have you tried it?