Lush Review: Pop in the Bath Cocktail

September 30th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

I’ve been staring at my Lush goodies for weeks now wondering when there would be some free time for a bath cocktail.  At the end of the day, there’s always something to do- a task of the day that wasn’t quite finished…  Guilt of not getting to certain chores that I had set off to do at the beginning of the day and became so side-tracked by other unforeseen obstacles.  This time I set my foot down for a little treat.  If Venus had bodies of water, they should be as salmon pink as this bath and just as florally sweet.  I created a rejuvenating bath cocktail which Aphrodite would envy and I was surprised at how well the ingredients mingled.

1/3 Easter Egg (Pink) Bath Bomb: Sweet Candy Fluff scent reminding me of pink Peeps marshmallows.

1 Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar: Floral citrus scent, strong but not overwhelmingly so like certain perfumes.  If you love florals, do give this a try. I thought I had sensed a little citrus in this; sure enough it was a correct guess.

  • Bergamot oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Orange flower
  • Mandarin oil

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil


Summer Pudding Soap: Love it almost as much as Sandstone Soap.  I really wish this could be part of Lush’s permanent line somehow, though I doubt it since it has such a seasonal name. As an aside, I did make English summer pudding last month (I was inspired by this Lush soap).  The dessert made an excellent end-of-summer delight.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Ground almonds
  • Glace cherries
  • Almond oil
  • Buchu oil
  • Juniperberry oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Gardenia Extract

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

My Little Pony Tees

September 30th, 2010 Posted in Fashion | No Comments »

I saw these tees recently and had to have the “Sweet as a Cupcake” one =).  Too cute!  I bought from 80s Tees previously but didn’t receive the best customer service (this was several years ago) =(.   I decided to give them another chance.   Hopefully I won’t be disappointed this time.

*Photocredit: 80s Tees

Nail Polish Storage Solutions

September 26th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Organization | No Comments »

For those of you with large nail polish collections, the solutions below may be right for you.  It’s a shame that I haven’t seen more companies making train cases for nail polishes available to the public like the black and silver damask pictured below by OPI.  I do like the acrylic stands by OPI a lot.  They look very professional to me and can hold quite a bit.  You do need ample desk space if you feel the need to display your collection.  Nail polish is also best stored upright; even if you choose to store it in tall Sterilite or wooden drawers.  I like to give them a good shake from time to time so they don’t settle for too long.  Always remember to re-cap after use or they will dry up quickly.  I’ve seen people add polish thinner to rejuvenate their nail polish.  Even my nail salon does that occasionally.  Any thoughts on this?  I haven’t tried it myself yet so I cannot attest to whether or not it’s a good method to use.   My favorite brands include OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Sinful, Milani, Revlon, Brucci, and L’Oreal.  I love all colors and finishes.  Brucci (Black Cherry) will always be very special to me since it’s the first brand of polish I ever owned.  Currently I’m wearing Minted by Revlon and have received so many compliments already.  It’s a pretty color- I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet.

Over the years I’ve given a bunch of my polishes to charitable causes.  It makes so many people happy (beauty therapy is always a good thing!) and I get to pare down my collection.  I don’t want to own too many bottles or have colors which are too similar to each other…  To each his own.   I’m also gearing up to swap on Makeup Alley for colors I’m interested in and would have eventually purchased.  These are two good ways to scale down and update one’s collection besides giving them away to family or friends.  My mother, sister, MIL, and SIL don’t wear nail polish as often as I do.   I also have a feeling they like much more subdued colors than I do e.g. ivories and pale pinks.

If you have any comments, storage ideas, or personal polish favorites, please feel free to post a comment.  I would love to hear from you =)!  BTW, I’ve included pics of fantasy storage (last three pics) for your viewing pleasure.

*Photocredit: Transdesign & eBay

Cosmetic/Vanity Storage Solutions

September 25th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Decor | No Comments »

There are two new sources I’d like to share on this topic.  Yes, some more wonderful ideas I’ve collected from You Tube.  Storables and Sally Beauty.   I personally own the large acrylic organizer and love it (purchased it from The Container Store).  The acrylic is super thick and sturdy.  It will look great on any vanity table.  Though these two products may reflect very different sizes of makeup collections, I wanted to post them together anyway.  I almost forgot to mention another great idea for storing MAC palettes; try an acrylic DVD holder (measures 10 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 8 1/2″)- it’s not a bad solution and will match any other acrylic organizers you may have.  Hopefully your vanity area is more spacious than mine.

P.S. Another place to check: Muji: Storage

*Photocredit: Storables, Sally Beauty, & Amazon

Wild About Pono

September 22nd, 2010 Posted in Jewelry | No Comments »

I knew that lucite and resin jewelry were making a comeback but Pono is extraordinary.  I’m so nuts over their chunky beaded necklaces and wooden bangles.  Totally chic!  Below are some of my Pono Annex favorites.

*Photocredit: Gilt

Mirror, Mirror…

September 22nd, 2010 Posted in curiosities, Decor | No Comments »

I recently received a catalog from Scully & Scully and fell head over heels when I saw their gilded mirrors.  Totally fit for a queen.  Majestic!

*Photocredit: Scully & Scully

NYCupcake’s Pampered Ponies Spa

September 22nd, 2010 Posted in My Little Pony, Special Projects | No Comments »

Lickety-Split was part of my first batch of spa-goers.  She signed up for “the works”/Day of Beauty Deluxe Package  =)); and for good reason…

Her spa package included a shampooing, deep conditioning, luxury bath, and hairstyling, with no symbol touch-ups needed.

*Special thanks to my husband who photographed LS (excluding first two pictures, which were photographed by her previous owner)*

MPP & MLP Collection

September 17th, 2010 Posted in My Little Pony, Special Projects, Toys | No Comments »

My Little Pony: 3rd. Generation (1984 to 1985), Rainbow Ponies

Earth Ponies:

  • Trickles
  • Confetti

Unicorns:

  • Starflower
  • Pinwheel*

Pegasi:

  • Tickle*
  • Flutterbye

My Little Pony: 3rd. Generation (1984 to 1985), Unicorns & Pegasi

Unicorns:

  • Skyflier
  • Sparkler*
  • Powder
  • Gusty*

Pegasi:

  • Heart Throb
  • Surprise

My Little Pony: 3rd. Generation (1984 to 1985), Earth Ponies

  • Tootsie
  • Lickety-Split
  • Cherries Jubilee
  • Posey

My Little Pony: 2nd. Generation (1983 to 1984), Rainbow Ponies

  • Sunlight
  • Skydancer
  • Moonstone
  • Parasol
  • Starshine
  • Windy

My Little Pony: 2nd. Generation (1983 to 1984), Unicorns & Pegasi

Unicorns:

  • Sunbeam
  • Twilight
  • Glory
  • Moondancer

Pegasus:

  • Medley
  • Firefly

My Little Pony: 2nd. Generation (1983 to 1984), Earth Ponies

Earth Ponies:

  • Seashell
  • Bubbles
  • Bow Tie
  • Apple Jack

My Little Pony: 1st. Generation (1982 to 1983)

Earth Ponies:

  • Cotton Candy
  • Snuzzle
  • Blue Belle
  • Minty
  • Blossom
  • Butterscotch

Pre-My Little Pony: My Pretty Pony

  • Brown version
  • Pink version

My Little Pony: 3rd. Generation (1984 to 1985), Rainbow Ponies

September 17th, 2010 Posted in My Little Pony, Special Projects, Toys | No Comments »

Earth Ponies:

  • Trickles
  • Confetti

Trickles:

  • Earth Pony
  • body: yellow
  • hair: rainbow salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow
  • eyes:green
  • symbol: three red watering cans (pouring silver drops of water)

*Photocredit: Flickr Alyzaria

Confetti:

  • Earth pony
  • body: white
  • hair: rainbow salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow
  • eyes: purple
  • symbol: pieces of red & green confetti
  • *In the UK and Australia, Confetti was sold in Bow Tie’s pose and she came wearing the outfit, “Wedding Bells.”

*Photocredit: Flickr madameroyalemlp

Unicorns:

  • Starflower
  • Pinwheel

Starflower:

  • unicorn
  • body: blue
  • hair: rainbow salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow
  • eyes: green
  • symbol: a group of magenta stars
  • *Another version of Starflower was sold outside the U.S. with a painted (non-glittery) symbol.

*Photocredit: Flickr madameroyalemlp

Pinwheel

  • unicorn
  • body: bright pink
  • hair: rainbow salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow
  • eyes: blue
  • symbol: four gold pinwheels w/purple handles

*Photocredit: Ponyland Press

Pegasi:

  • Tickle
  • Flutterbye

Tickle:

  • pegasus
  • body: purple
  • hair: rainbow salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow
  • eyes: blue
  • symbol: three silver feathers

*Photocredit: Flickr flightbypony

Flutterbye:

  • pegasus
  • body: orange
  • hair: rainbow salmon, pink, blue, green, yellow
  • eyes: purple
  • symbol: four magenta butterflies
  • *Another version of Flutterbye was sold outside the U.S. with a painted (non-glittery) symbol.

*Photocredit: Ponyland Press

My Little Pony: 3rd. Generation (1984 to 1985), Unicorns & Pegasi

September 17th, 2010 Posted in My Little Pony, Special Projects, Toys | No Comments »

Unicorns:

  • Skyflier
  • Sparkler
  • Powder
  • Gusty

Skyflier:

  • unicorn
  • body: peach
  • hair: red w/white streak
  • eyes: purple
  • symbol: a group of glittery purple kites w/ (painted) blue tail

*Photocredit: Flickr lauramsanger

Sparkler:

  • unicorn
  • body: blue
  • hair: curly purple w/red streak
  • eyes: purple eyes
  • symbol: a group of and glittery blue diamonds arranged to form a large diamond (with one left over)

*Photocredit: Flickr lauramsanger

Powder:

  • unicorn
  • body: purple
  • hair: white w/red streak
  • eyes: lavender eyes
  • symbol: a group of glittery silver snowflakes

*Photocredit: Flickr lazysundae

Gusty:

  • unicorn
  • body: white
  • hair: deep green w/red streak
  • eyes: sea green eyes
  • symbol: a group of glittery magenta leaves

*Photocredit: Flickr lauramsanger

Pegasi:

  • Heart Throb
  • Surprise

Heart Throb:

  • pegasus
  • body: pinkish-purple
  • hair: curly dark pink
  • eyes: blue eyes
  • symbol: a group of pink hearts w/glittery silver wings
  • *A known, slightly different version of Heart Throb was made in Italy, with notable changes to her hair and symbol.

*Photocredit: Sugarminty of My Little Pony Arena

Surprise:

  • pegasus
  • body: white
  • hair: curly chartreuse
  • eyes: light purple
  • symbol: a group of glittery purple balloons w/ (painted) pink strings

*Photocredit: Ponyland Press

*Reference: KimSites.net