Lush Review: Ceylon Tea Bath Cocktail

June 23rd, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

A bubbly, frothy melon-colored bath.  This was a belated birthday treat to myself.  I was occupied in a good way with celebrations with family and the completion of a school course.  I didn’t get a chance to enjoy this bath cocktail until yesterday.

1 Luverly Bath Ballistic: A mild floral.  My first guess was chamomile; which is incorrect.

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Gardenia extract
  • Straw flowers

1 Auntie Pamela Bubble Bar: A very spicy sweet fragrance; very cinnamon.  Judging from the ingredients, it must have been stored next to a bubble bar made of cinnamon or the like.  So don’t go solely by my account.  I love this bubble bar enough to re-purchase for a future bath cocktail.  I threw this into the bathwater and it melted in no time.  I didn’t even have to crumble it!  The bathwater was quite warm though; maybe this helped?

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

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt: Sweet floral scent.  Just in case you’re wondering, it’s very easily crumbled under running water.

  • almond oil
  • chamomile powder
  • marigold powder
  • synthetic musk

A Ring of Roses Buttercream Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

 

Handbag Phenom: Onna Ehrlich

June 20th, 2011 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I’m lusting over Onna Ehrlich’s Francoise Croco Bowler and Dawn Croco handbags!  They are so gorgeous, roomy, and look well-made!  Simple design- I love that because some handbags are wayyy overly designed… ugh…  I’ve only seen these two particular bag styles offered no more than once or twice in sample sales.  Both times I missed out =(.  Drat!

*Photocredit: Onna Ehrlich

Kate Spade: Just a Few Handbags I’ve Been Loving!

June 14th, 2011 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags, Style & Fashion | No Comments »

Do you remember the Kate Spade Sam?  The “it” bag of 2000?  It was a classic minimalistic (I mean this in a good way) handbag which was quite cute.  I bought it in black and a deep silvery-grey (eventually we parted ways via eBay).  My qualm about the Sam was that it was too bulky as a good shoulder bag.  I was sad that I had to sell it but it was the right thing to do.  I’ve always been in love with Kate Spade’s 7″x5″organizers and re-fills- cute, cute!  Kate Spade has caught my attention again with her lovely Maryanne, Billie, and Kennywood.  Such beautiful shoppers and totes!  May I say, I adore the gold metallic dot-jacquard lining!  The Maryanne has the timeless elegance of a Chanel without the outrageous price tag.  I suggest you save up for this one!  Worth every penny!!!

*Photocredit: Nordstrom & Gilt Groupe

 

Lush Review: Perennial Garden Bath Cocktail

June 14th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Cosmetics, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

My Perennial Garden bath cocktail was a sweet white powdery floral citrus blend.  A perfect before sleep treat.  My mind is always busy with some mundane thought but all I could think of were the pop-pops of the bath bubbles for a change.  All I needed was a rubber ducky to sail on by.

1 Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb: Mild florals and citrusy.

  • Seven rosebuds
  • Rose absolute
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Jasmine absolute

1 Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar: Sweet citrusy.

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

1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.  I’ve used this bath melt a few times already but now its scent reminds me of a Connecticut Muffin Angel Cake muffin =)

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

A Ring of Roses Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

 

My Favorite Timbuk2

June 2nd, 2011 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I should have written on this very topic years ago, so better late than never.  I love the Timbuk2 in blackberry, plum, and lavender (can you tell I love purple?) and wish they didn’t discontinue these pretty colors.  Too bad at the time I didn’t realize how much I liked this trio; I would have bought the laptop messenger version in a heartbeat.  I also wish all their bags had interior mesh pockets on the sides (perfect to hold a large water bottle or eyeglasses/sunglasses).  I will have to make do with altering a beerdaleer for this task.  Please bring BPL back Timbuk2!  I would love you more!

*Photocredit: eBay & net-kauf.de

 

B. Makowsky’s Ollie Satchel

June 2nd, 2011 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

Another beautiful, well-made (leather), reasonably priced satchel for its quality, and highly functional design by B. Makowsky!  Gee, I haven’t gotten over my honeymoon state-of-mind yet with the Melbourne Shopper and here we go again!  I think he’s a bag genius!!!  The Ollie comes in two sizes, the 12″ and 14.”  For me it’s a tough call between the blue metallic and silver.  I’m usually very decisive about things, except when it comes to stuff like handbags lol and in particular B. Makowskys.

Details of the Ollie (large) as per Zappos:

  • “Dual handles with an attachable crossbody strap. Handle drop: 6″ in length. Crossbody drop: 24.5” length.
  • Front exterior slip and zipper pockets.
  • Side and rear exterior slip pockets.
  • Flat bottom.
  • Top zip closure.
  • Interior lining with a back wall zip pocket and multifunctional slip pockets.
  • Dimensions: 14″ maximum width x 4″ deep x 9.5″ high.
  • Bottom Width: 12 12 in”

Details of the Ollie (small) as per Endless.com:

  • 9″ high
  • 12″ wide
  • 3.5″ deep
  • 21.0″ shoulder drop

*Photocredit: Endless.com

InterDesign Three Drawer Organizers

June 1st, 2011 Posted in Decor, Organization | No Comments »

I just bought two more InterDesign 3 Drawer Organizers to hold and separate my hair barettes and other small items including bath related or haircare related samples and lip glosses.  I initially started organizing with these InterDesign drawers about a year ago.  They hold what I need, are affordable at ~$11.99 each, attractive in design, and easy to clean.  I tend to keep items fairly light weight in them so I cannot attest to heavier items.  They don’t seem as sturdy as organizers made of thick acrylic so I wouldn’t overload them.  I believe they are made of Resipreme plastic.   They measure ~6-1/2″ sq. x 6-1/2″ h with chrome-plated drawer pulls.  I’ve seen someone on You Tube use these drawers as her main cosmetic organizers.  I usually order them online from The Container Store; they may have some on display at your local Container Store if you would like to check them out before purchasing.  I really do like these organizers a lot and highly recommend them.

*Photocredit: The Container Store