Lush Review: The Baker’s Bath Cocktail

January 31st, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

How can I describe this???  I sweet scented peanut buttery bath which turned from a gorgeous teal to a milky tan after I added the Happy Blooming Bath Melt.  I have more Fizzbanger and will probably try it with my leftover half of

1 Fizzbanger Bath Ballistic: Candy sweet, mildly floral. Not sure if it reminded me of anything in particular.  I’m sorry I can’t be more specific about the scent at this time.  Overall it’s a great bath ballistic which could be used in combination with many Lush bubble bars and bath melts.

  • Fizzy candy
  • Cinnamon leaf oil
  • Petigrain oil
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Gardenia extract

1 Auntie Pamela Massage Bar: The scent reminded me of peanut butter brittle but not exactly.  It’s not what I really expected but that’s not a bad thing =).

  • Chamomile powder
  • Rose absolute
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Rose petals
  • Red golden glitter
  • Gardenia extract

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

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

*Recommended soap bars: Honey I Washed the Kids or Porridge Soap.  I used Miranda Soap only because it was the only one in my bath room.  I keep my Lush (in a plastic container) in another room now to keep them better preserved.

Pacifica Frangrances

January 26th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Cosmetics, Toiletries | 2 Comments »

I’m so glad I finally gave Pacifica a chance!  I had always wanted to try their products but it wasn’t until a rave YT review which reminded me I had kept aside one of their catalogs for future purchasing.  Sephora had a generous coupon code not too long ago so I went ahead and bought two more roll-ons.  The scents are so nice, reasonably priced, love love love the roll-on packaging, and overall their packaging is absolutely beautiful!  I own 4 of their roll-ons at this time (perfectly purse-sized).  My small qualm is the fragrances don’t seem to last very long on their own =( so I suggest applying lotion beforehand.  This helps the lasting power somewhat. I am waiting to use up some of my other lotions to justify buying a tube of their body lotion.  I’m on a Project 10 Pan of sorts.  Pacifica, please also create some travel-sized or minis of your lotions etc.  I adore mixed samplers!

*Photocredit: Pacifica Perfume

Stephanie Dawn

January 17th, 2011 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

Stephanie Dawn is another brand I have uncovered with my new-found love for Vera Bradley’s quilted accessories.  I believe that there is a place for every brand in the fashion and accessories world because everyone has something unique to offer to an audience of equally varying likes and dislikes.  I do favor Vera Bradley’s products slightly more; however, from Stephanie Dawn, I adore their Bloom Dance print!  Just tugs at my heartstrings- I’m a color, pattern, texture fiend!  Stephanie Dawn currently has plans to sell from their online website however this plan is still under construction.  You may find Stephanie Dawn at the time of this post at CCJC.  As an aside, I’ve been overall pleased with the customer service I’ve received from CCJC.  They are easy to reach by phone and are very willing to provide assistance.

*Addendum: December 28, 2012

Something made me think of them today so I checked the .net site and they have officially launched!  Yayyy!

*Photocredit: CCJC

Boutiques.com

January 17th, 2011 Posted in curiosities, Fashion | No Comments »

I created an account recently at Boutiques.com.  It’s so much fun to customize!  Scary also how accurately the program has adapted to my fashion tastes!  Give it a try!

This is how Boutiques.com describes themselves:

“Boutiques.com is a personalized shopping experience, brought to you by Google, that lets you find and discover fashion goods through a collection of boutiques curated by taste-makers — celebrities, stylists, designers, and fashion bloggers. Boutiques uses visual technology to help fashionistas discover and shop their look and creates the opportunity for designers to showcase their collections and latest inspirations online.

Boutiques.com is built on technology developed by our team of fashion experts who work with engineers to “teach” our computer systems to understand various patterns, pairings, and genre definitions. When signed into your account, Boutiques.com learns about your style and preferences and in turn, provides you better results and recommendations over time. Ultimately, Boutiques.com will provide shoppers with a much richer and interactive shopping experience and help drive traffic to retailers’ websites.”

I hope you will visit my boutique, LeMarais’ Boutique, to check out my must-haves!  Hoping to do further customizations in the near future so it will become even more me =)

Reference: Boutiques.com

Photocredit: Givenchy

Thoughts on Vera Bradley

January 16th, 2011 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I’ve finally changed my mind about Vera Bradley. I didn’t like the brand when there was a craze several+ years ago. I’m normally a big fan of leather designer bags and definitely still am. Recently I spotted the pattern called “Sittin’ in a Tree” and I think it’s cute and has a younger vibe to it. I also like the retired pattern, Americana very much. I bought my mom, as one of her Christmas presents this year, a Poppy Fields Villager (I considered the Pleated tote too but liked the interior pockets of the Villager slightly more). It’s good to finally have a bag that I’m not afraid to use and it’s machine washable (colors have not faded on my totes yet post-wash). I feel a little more connected to my past (to the hot pink, down-to-earth bag which was my first love- the one with generous compartments)…  I like the Villager, Pleated, Bowler, Carried Away (this one is humongous) styles.  My MIL bought me a Gabby for Christmas and I’m glad she did because I most likely would not have considered this particular style on my own; consequently nor would I have discovered how wonderful it is.  My current favorite patterns are Americana, Apple Green, Imperial Toile, Sittin’ in a Tree, Folkloric, Make Me Blush, and Poppy Fields.  What are your favorites?  I have to know!

*Photocredit: Vera Bradley