Summer Smells

Although I’m of the opinion that Chanel No. 5 is a year round fragrance,  I do try to switch it up in the summer months. Chanel’s No. 5 Eau Premiere is my all time favorite go-to perfume (I’m dying to smell the new No. 5 they’re launching in the fall). But recently some other scents have really caught my attention.

They aren’t particularly new, but nice nevertheless.

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I was searching for a perfume that smelled like a gardenia flower and this is IT. Guys. Seriously. If you like gardenia and get annoyed that lots of perfumes smell really fake and gross, look no further. I have a smaller bottle of this that I got a little over a year ago, and I think they’ve relaunched it since. It only comes in the 100 ml bottle online. It’s the only gardenia perfume that actually smells like the flower. So pretty.

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Santal Blush

UGH TOM FORD. WHY. WHY DO YOU MAKE SO MANY THINGS I WANT TO BUY. TELL ME. This has been out for a while, and not that it’s not equally as unique and wearable in the winter, but I think it really works well in the summer. It’s still heavy enough to feel like you’re wearing a grown up perfume, but it’s just…cool. I’ve never really smelled a perfume like it before. I know it’s popular, but I never seem to smell it on a lot of other people (or maybe I’m just not hanging out with rich people often enough/ever) which is a big plus when it comes to perfumes for me.

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Bronze Goddess

I spray myself with the tester of this from the Lauder counter when I’m at work all summer long. It just smells like summer. Really beachy and coconuty. They’ve come out with rollerballs and travel sprays now which are always handy to toss in your bag.

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Roses et Reines 

This is another floral fragrance. I like Rose de Grasse from Aerin, but this is a much cheaper way to get my rose fix. I only have the rollerball, but I like it. Rose can sometimes be really overpowering, but this is a soft, summery scent.

Be sure to try these out next time you’re out shopping and let me know what you think

Impressive Spot Fighters

I’m getting new headshots taken this weekend.

Know what that means?

It means I have to develop a massive pimple right between my eyebrows. One of those giant, gross, red ones. Because why pay someone a lot of money to take closeup photos of your face WITHOUT a giant zit smack dab in the middle?

Obviously it can be edited out and everything, but it’s just the principle of it.

 I’m relying on two stand out products to get this monster down to a manageable size before the shoot:

The Neutrogena Stubborn Acne Spot Gel works surprisingly well. I didn’t expect much from it. I actually bought it when I was working out of state and couldn’t find anywhere nearby that sold my longtime favorite, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. Which, by the way,  I just knocked over in the bathroom and it spilled into the sink. Which means the money I spent on it literally went down the drain. Always fun.

Anyway, back to what I was saying about the Rapid Clear Gel. It’s the first drugstore spot treatment I’ve found that genuinely does make a difference in the duration of a breakout. You dab on a thin layer of it and, as quickly as overnight, the pimple is way smaller than before- if not totally gone. I don’t get many breakouts, but for the odd pimple, it works wonders. The Drying Lotion is something I use more for pimple prevention. I just think it does a better job if you can catch a spot in it’s early stages. If I feel like a pimple is going to spring up, I’ll put some of it on at night, wash it off in the morning, and the spot is kept at bay.

Do you have any stand out pimple products? Let me know!

Milani Lip Oil vs Clarins

Quick comparison of two different lip oils today: The Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, the high end product at $25 USD. And Milani’s lip oil, coming in at around $8.5o.

I’ve messed around with both of these lip oils for a few days now. I know the shades aren’t identical, but they’re both really sheer. If anything, I wish I had gone for a brighter color with the Milani, because it really just looks like a clear gloss when I put it on my lips. You can see it does have the slightest hint of pink in the picture below.

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Milani is on the left, Clarins on the right

Not that I bought these products expecting high color payoff, but just an observation. Anyway, let’s list off some stuff I liked and didn’t like about each, yes?

The Milani oil definitely has a stronger smell. The shade I picked was “Nourishing Raspberry” made with raspberry oil, so obviously it smells of raspberries. Strong smells don’t bother me necessarily, but if you’re sensitive make sure to base your decision on which kind of oil is used in each shade as opposed to the color, since they’re mostly sheer anyway. I’m impressed with this product and I’d buy one or two more just to throw in my purse.

Let me just say that lips have always been really dry, and flaky, and just sucky in general. So this is a longtime struggle (ugh, life is so hard) to find a product that will actually keep my lips hydrated and, well, not gross. I will say the Milani oil does an O.K. job with this. It’s not as drying as a lipstick, and more hydrating than a gloss. The staying power isn’t that great though. Once it’s worn off, my lips are still dry. That’s where the Clarins oil takes the cake.

I feel like the Clarins oil has a better lasting power. It also conditions my lips better than the Milani. When the Clarins oil has worn off, my lips feel softer with each use. It really seems to absorb into my lips and it acts as more of a treatment than just a fancy gloss. As far as packaging goes, both have nearly identical applicators. Each container does a good job of giving you just the right amount of product and precision so that you can get the oil where you actually want it.

Should you splurge on the Clarins oil? I think if dry lips are a constant problem for you, yes. Go for it. It’s quickly become one of my new favorite products.

If you don’t have dry lips that you pick at until they bleed and get all nasty… the Milani oils are great, too. They come in more colors, and they’re eight bucks. If you’re not sure how you feel about this whole lip oil trend, grab one of the Milani oils next time you’re at the store and test it out before heading to a Clarins counter.

 

 

I’m Baaack

I’m finally home! My show is over, I’m not sick with strep/a sinus infection anymore, and I have lots of cool things to write about.

I’ve got some cool, crafty things to show you guys– as well as some clothing hauls and drugstore makeup reviews. I’m still working on a good posting schedule, but I’m looking to post once or twice a week.

I’ve also been on the fence about starting up my youtube channel. I’ve gotten pretty into just being able to write stuff and I’m not totally sure I’d be very good at uploading and editing videos all the time, but I guess we’ll see.

Hopefully later this week I’ll have some of my new stuff ready to post so keep an eye out!