Crazylibellule & The Poppies Solid Perfumes

March 11th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Perfumes, Toiletries | No Comments »

Crazylibellule’s Vanilla Lemon Pie and Macarons are my favorite solid perfumes.  Never have I been so impressed by a solid perfume formula!  Glides smoothly onto skin and leaves an enduring scent that’s so delicious!  These solid perfumes are 0.17 oz./5g and perfectly clutch-sized (resembling tubes of lipstick).  I believe Beautyhabit and Amazon still stock this brand.  It’s too bad they currently do not seem to have an active website of their own.  ♥ Poule de Luxe Collection!

*Photocredit: Beautyhabit

Dedicated to My Beloved “The Goodie Jar”

March 10th, 2011 Posted in Foods & Desserts, Sweet Tooth | No Comments »

Three recommends located in Manhattan & Westchester, New York:

Economy Candy: Stocks old-time favorites (oldies but goodies)…

I was so happy to find this shop!  I can’t even recall how I did; perhaps a colleague found out about my love of sweets and mentioned that I should pay this shop a visit =)  I ended up buying bags of Mary Janes and Bit O’ Honeys to share and a giant PEZ fireman dispenser to surprise a good friend.  These are atypical kid favorites but so very good!  My faves during my childhood were: Razzles, Chiclets, Fun Dip, Nerds, Wax Bottles, Now & Laters, Starbursts, Candy Buttons, Jolly Ranchers, and Sweetarts to name a few.

Mt. Kisco Main Street Candy: Stocks old-time favorites and baseball cards.  I have to figure out the exact name and address for you.  I went there yesterday and didn’t take my receipt.  What I picked up: jumbo and super-jumbo sized Smarties to surprise DH, lemon head, SweeTarts, Starbursts, Razzles, Mary Janes, Laffy Taffy, and Now & Laters.  I was really bad, I know =(

The Chocolate Chalet: I love chocolate truffles above all others.  The more decadent e.g. chocolate-chocolate combos, the better!  Our last visit was in February of this year and I believe their truffles to be phenomenal tasting and a feast for the eyes!

*Photos to be posted soon.

Z*Palette

March 1st, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Cool Gadgets, curiosities | No Comments »

The Z*Palette seems like a great invention for cosmetic lovers who tend to alter their MAC re-fillable shadow and blush palettes to fit more eye shadows or to make room for a combo of shadows and blushes.  I haven’t tried the Z*Palette yet.  Would love to receive feedback about its pros and cons…  I do notice that when I use my MAC palettes, the color dusts settle onto the palette frame around the color pan; by having the frame intact, it may make it easier to remove the color dusting with a brush or Q-tip.  The underside of a MAC palette top/cover also provides a space for color labels (I like to know which colors I’m using for a particular look).  I also can see the appeal of having a pretty, easy to identify contents, and highly customizable palette perfect for work or travel.  What are your thoughts?  Yay or nay?

*Photocredit: Z*Palette

Dynamic Display Solutions’ Acrylic Nail Polish Rack

March 1st, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Organization | No Comments »

Here is yet another alternative to storing nail polish for polish enthusiasts…

Dynamic Display Solutions offers a very sturdy acrylic tiered rack to properly store your polishes.  I have included information on their:

4-Tier Nail Polish Display
Catalog No. 7310

4 Shelves 40 rows
15.5″ wide x 15.5″ high x 9″ deep
Each row can fit nail polishes up to 1.25″ wide
Display includes header 15.5″ wide x 6.5″ high

Here is info. I compiled by personal experience concerning this particular product (please click on image to enlarge chart)…

*This particular rack will NOT fit the following nail polish bottles:

China Glaze 0.5 fl.oz./ 14 ml
Seche 0.5 fl.oz./14 ml
Nubar 0.5 fl.oz./ 15 ml
Brucci 15 ml
OPI 0.5 fl.oz./ 15 ml
Sephora by OPI 0.5 fl.oz./ 15 ml
Revlon 0.5 fl.oz./ 14.7 ml
Sinful Colors 0.5 fl.oz./ 15 ml
Nicka K 0.5 fl.oz./ 15 ml
Sally Hansen 0.5 fl.oz./ 14.7 ml

As always, you may contact me if you have any questions =)

Pros: Sturdy acrylic, fair price for quality, will hold a generous amount of nail polish bottles

Cons: Rack will not hold certain popular nail polish brands, may be difficult to get to bottles in back of row depending on rack placement (e.g. against a wall); rows are narrow and there is small clearance space in-between each tier.

I hope you will find this chart and list helpful in some way.

DDS does offer many other storage solutions, they have good customer support, items come securely packed, and shipping was timely.

Contact:

Dynamic Display Solutions, Inc.
221 Gracie Place
Hackensack, NJ 07601
1-800-627-7752

Gimbal’s Honey Lovers Candies

March 1st, 2011 Posted in Foods & Desserts | No Comments »

This Valentine’s Day I decided to buy something special to share with my honey- Gimbal’s Honey Lovers candies.  They are really good; an interesting twist on jelly bean-type candies and heart-shaped too!  This is our new coffee table candy of choice =)

P.S.  Gimbals, please make a version of Honey Lovers for tea enthusiasts (a sugar honey rock candy version to take the place of ordinary sugar cubes).  I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

*Photocredit: Gimbal’s

Highly Recommended: The Body Shop’s Body Butters

March 1st, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Toiletries | No Comments »

This is a quick two thumbs up for The Body Shop’s body butters.  I love this product because it’s very moisturizing (I have extremely dry skin during winter) without feeling oily, wonderfully scented (scent endures), and is offered in both mini and full sizes.  I don’t usually like jar packaging; I much prefer pump products but the formulation of these body butters make it easy to re-cap (no mess).  TBS’s body butters are well-worth their fair pricing (great product, generous amount) so go out and buy a couple of minis to try!  All I can say is…  I’m in love!!!

*Photocredit: The Body Shop

Lush Review: Smurfette’s Bath Cocktail

March 1st, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

I had a refreshing and enjoyable bath cocktail today.  Florally sweet and watermelon red.  This bath would have been a favorite of Smurfette…

1 Cinders Bath Ballistic: It does remind me of cinnamon, sweet orange, and apple juice.  Very quick fizz.  I only wish this bath bomb was bigger since bath ballistics normally aren’t cheap.  I’m glad they had a post-holiday sale recently and all of their limited edition products were 50% off woohoo!  Cinders was one of those bath bombs which had alluded me last year and I was thrilled to finally have a chance to try this year.

  • Fizzy candy
  • Gardenia Florida extract
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Orange oil
  • Cinnamomum cassia leaf oil

1 Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar: Slightly strawberry candy scented.  Really cute bubble bar.  So moisturizing!

  • Olibanum oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Tonka absolute

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

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

I guess I was in a strawberry mood today and followed up with The Body Shop’s body butter in Strawberry =)

*Photocredits: Lush Cosmetics & The Body Shop