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The Glitter of Manhattan Portage…

This time all that glitters is gold!  With it’s many great features of generous depth to fit more on-the-go necessities, leather-free, overall practicality (and even comes with velcro silencing patches), and attractive styling (eye catchingly glittery non-glitter good whether for day or night), I knew I had to own a bag from Manhattan Portage’s newly introduced Midnight Collection.  I first saw the collection at the Manhattan Portage/Token flagship store located on Elizabeth Street in New York, but regretfully realized later on I should have purchased something from the Midnight Collection that very visit.   You know how it goes when something you like lingers on your mind ;)…  Well, maybe waiting became a virtue because months later, the Midnight Collection was further expanded with such awesome designs such as the mini messenger pictured below.  Had to snag that baby up!

*Photocredit: Manhattan Portage

Lush Review: Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly

I visited a Lush boutique in Manhattan recently (the one near East 14th. Street/Union Square Park) and remembered that I really wanted to try one of their candy sweet shower jellies (particularly because I’ve always feared it melting while being shipped and so I’ve never ordered them online).  I also heard through the grape vine that all shower jellies will be discontinued by Lush =(.  You should try them or buy a backup while you still can.  I really love Sweetie Pie with its grape jelly bean scent.  It is very slithery to work with and fell twice onto my tub.  When wet, the scent changes to a strong, less candied scent which is a bit hard to describe.  As it dries, the grape jelly bean scent returns.  SP has great lather, though I never would have imagined it until I tried it for myself.  From what I can tell, one SP jelly can last for quite a number of showers.

  • Cherry infusion
  • Coconut infusion
  • Carrageenan extract
  • Bergamot oil
  • Cassis absolute
  • Cypress il
  • Iridescent glitter

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Haul Part 2 Review (After Use)

Currently a partial review:

Rock Star Soap: left my skin clean and soft, I liked the scent much more when it was wet because it wasn’t as strong. Not sure if I like it enough to repurchase, but just try a small sample of it to see if you like it. I was surprised that this soap dried so fast after my shower.

03.04.2010:
I’ve used Rock Star a few more times now and formed a better impression of it but there are so many great Lush soap bars out there that I would love to try more, so I will keep this one in mind as an alternate.

Trichomania Solid Shampoo: I noticed when I was massaging the shampoo into my hair that it kind of reminded me of Feria conditioner which comes with every Feria hair dye kit (hair was silky soft when I was washing it). I think it’s as good as any of my well-liked shampoos so thumbs up so far. Now that my hair is dry, it looks better tamed than usual but I also used Neutrogena leave-in heatsafe conditioner for the first time so I’m not sure if that helped too? Sorry, maybe next time I will try it without the extra products to see if Trichomania can stand alone. Small wish that it leaves my hair sweetly scented; it hardly has any scent but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I did notice that when the bar was wet, I could smell the coconut a little more.
I used Trichomania again, but without the leave-in conditioner and I still love what it has done for my hair, that is, my hair is left clean, non-frizzy, and soft. This product receives five stars from me =)
03.04.2010: Trichomania still rocks! =)

Shimmy Shimmy Sparkle Bar: Love it! I’m so glittery right now =). If you dislike glitter, this may not be a good product for you. Love the smell but wish it was stronger. I smell a little like a white chocolate candy bar right now =)

I Should Coco Soap: Smells nice, very moisturizing, left a sweet citrus scent on my skin. My small concern is that it may have the potential to clog your shower since small shreds of coconut gradually slough off of the bar. I use a drain “hat”/catcher so I regularly empty it out and it’s less of a potential problem.

Glitterbug Sparkle Massage Bar: Love the blue glitter left on my skin, sweetly scented, nicely moisturizing. A product I would also love to re-purchase.

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Mini Lush Haul Update, Part 1

I just received my mini haul today and felt let down by the products I ordered. Took quite a while to be delivered too =(. I really wanted to like the brand for their creativity and uniqueness. I am willing to give them a second chance but I’m going to visit an actual store before I decide to splurge a little. There are some products that I will not be repurchasing because their scents don’t appeal to me. I call this my Part 1 review because to be fair, I have only tried 1 of their products (Smitten hand cream) so a Part 2 will be written (after use review). Below are my initial scent impressions…

Fairy Jasmine Bath Bomb: lightly sweet floral, okay scent, almost the size of a baseball

The Ex Factor Bath Bomb: sweet floral but not as floral as the fairy jasmine if that makes sense, okay scent, about 4.5 inches tall

*Shimmy Shimmy Sparkle Bar: light white chocolate scent, like this scent, love the glitter =)

*Glitterbug Sparkle Bar: delicate fresh herbal scent, nice scent, love the glitter =)

Marzibain Bubble Bar: fresh outdoorsy scent like evergreen or newly cut grass?, okay scent

*I Should Coco: light orange citrus scent- creamsicle, nice scent

Smitten Hand Cream: mild chamomile scent, i barely smell almond =(. You will love this if you love a gentle natural scent.

Rock Star Soap: taffy scent, sorry but I also think it reminds me of pungent moth balls too =(

Trichomania Solid Shampoo: very mild scent, not sure if it really smells like coconuts

We’ll see… I’m going to be using a few of the products in a couple of minutes so I will write again soon. If the products are moisturizing and all that other good stuff, Lush products will have somewhat redeemed themselves. Remember, this is only my opinion and what I like or dislike may not be the same as for you, so I urge you to go to a Lush store if you have been wanting to try their products. I also believe that since many of their scents are so mild/gentle that guys can use some of Lush’s products without fear of smelling girly.