Jet City Burlesque Polish Collection by Joy Lacquer

Hotties, I have exciting news to share with you! It’s so nice to find new vendors to work with but it’s even better when that vendor is close and lovely to work with. We recently welcomed Joy Lacquer into The Rhinestone Housewife family and now we’ve launched our new collaboration – the Jet City Burlesque Polish collection! This collection is near and dear to my heart and I really believe it’s got something for everyone. Available exclusively at The Rhinestone Housewife.

We were lucky enough to have some wonderfully talented bloggers swatch and review this collection so I am going to start with those, then you can see individual photos and listings below. If you are at all into nail polish and nail art, I highly recommend that you follow all of these lovely bloggers and swatchers.

Pampered Polishes – You can see a really fun YouTube video of the polishes being swatched and some quick thoughts and comments. If you like what you see, subscribe to the channel and like the videos. Each of these ladies was a gem to work with and so talented!

Caffeinated Cuticles – Even more video swatch fun Part 1 and Part 2 and also two blog posts to check out here and here.  The macros are gorgeous!

Polish and Paws – There are some beautiful collages and beautiful long nails to check out on this blog post.  I have photography and nail envy.

Lacquered Mama – More amazingness to be found in this blog post.  Macros, bottle pictures and really beautiful nails to be seen all over her blog and Instagram….check them out!

So, if you are mesmerized by all the sparkle and color, you can check them all out!

Boylesque – Considered part of the Neo-Burlesque revival, boylesque is the term used to describe male performers in burlesque. While boylesque was not invented in Seattle, Seattle enjoys a vast variety of talented performers. This color is a soft khaki green with warm brown undertones and it applies like a dream. It’s both masculine and feminine at the same time, with a light green shimmer and flawlessly smooth minky finish.

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Burly-Q – A nickname many performers use for burlesque. Burly-Q the nail color, starts with a stunning jungle-green base and contains scattered multi-sized opalescent glitter in shades of blues and lime greens. There is a multitude of green/blue and turquoise holographic micro glitter. It’s also lightly sprinkled with subtle pink/purple sparks, giving the jelly polish an astonishing depth. The squishy teal base is perfect for yielding to each of the fine elements; truly dimensional! Opaque in 2-3 coats and 3,2, Oh! top coat is recommended for a smooth, glossy finish.

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Glitter Lips Red. Sparkly. Glamorous. A prerequisite of stage, the sexy look of red glitter lips is one of the most recognized elements of burlesque. Glitter Lips is a bright candy apple nail color with shades of scarlet, maroon, crimson and vermilion red micro glitter. This gorgeous red has a scattered holographic finish that works perfectly with it’s cranberry jelly-type base. Opacity is reached in 2-3 coats and top coat is recommended. If a pink glitter shade is more up your alley, see Glitter Lips’ glorious cousin The Rhinestone Housewife!

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Hottie McNaughty  A local Seattle performer, Hottie has been described as the love child of Bugs Bunny and Carol Burnett. Hottie was known for using humor and ‘giving good face’ in her performances and performing to odd and unique music. One of her signature stage colors being orange, the polish made to represent her started with a fire-y tangerine base semi-creme base. It’s scattered with orange and contrasting purple iridescent glitter ranging from medium to large sizes. The more subtle elements include blue, orange and gold microglitter shimmers, giving this crelly (creme-jelly) a fantastically cheerful finish.

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Lost a Pastie! –  Equal parts titillating and horror inducing, losing a pastie happens. You never know when or where but it strikes terror in the hearts of club owners in the Seattle area due to liquor laws. Lost a Pastie the polish, is a marvelous interpretation of nude encrusted with Swarovski crystal. It’s packed with holographic silver and gold glitter that appeals to the sparkle fanatic in all of us. It also contains a range of ultra-luminous orange, pink, teal and purple opalescent glitters. The nude polish base contains a light blue flash that subtly complements the abundant glitter effects, and creates a truly exhilarating finish.

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Neo-Burlesque –  Neo-Burlesque is the revival of burlesque performance. Though based on the traditional Burlesque art, the new form encompasses a wider range of performance and neo-burlesque acts can range from classic striptease to modern dance to comedic and witty parody. For 2018 color of the year, Neo-Burlesque was created with an ultra-violet purple base and packed with gold/copper chrome micro-flecks. Scattered throughout is an ultra-fine holographic dust and electric blue flecks. The finish is smooth as butter and in the direct sun, you’ll see a beautiful linear holographic effect.

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Pink Door –  Whether triple, colored or hidden, burlesque performances happen behind many different doors in the Seattle area. Every collection needs a soft pink hue and this one fits the bill as perfectly as the ballet pink slipper it was inspired by. Soothing and pleasant, Pink Door has a true creme finish and is opaque in 1-2 coats.

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Show At Midnight  Burlesque being a slightly subversive form of entertainment, frequently shows were speak easy style and later in the evening. A salute to the midnight hour, this polish is a shimmering, deep navy with scattered holographic glitter and an ever-so-subtle lapis blue sparkle. It’s everything you’d imagine when envisioning the dimensionally deep sky and tiny far-off galaxies, this incredible space blue is opaque in 2 coats.

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Stage Kitten –  This is the term used for the stage assistants that are responsible for gathering the performers garments after they strip out of them. The true unsung heroes of burlesque! Stage Kitten is a warm taupe, almost leaning mauve. The color looks as soft as a kitten and it’s finish is a rich true creme, similar to the color of a perfect vanilla latte. Opacity is easily reached in 2 coats.

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The Rhinestone Housewife –  A tagline given to Hottie McNaughty, it embodies everything that Hottie stood for. A sparkly house with a quirky gem-of-a-hostess. This raspberry color is the pink cousin of our luscious red Glitter Lips polish. It sparkles and shimmers with facets just like that of it’s namesake. Silver sparks with a chrome effects are scattered in with copious amounts of pink holographic microglitter in shades of magenta, punchy pink strawberry and bubblegum. This mouthwatering shade is a must-have for pink polish lovers.

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If you are interested in mini bottles, you can get the entire collection as a set here for $72.00

Twisted Wonderland Winter Perfumes Available at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hey, hotties!   Well, we may be a day late and a dollar short, but just in case you missed them, we have some winter perfume oils and edp’s from Twisted Wonderland available just for you! These are super limited so if you want something, pick it up!

First Frost – Red roses, fallen snow, gin martinis, winter fir, crushed cranberries

Perfume Oil

First Frost EDP

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Happy Hellidays:  If you need me I’ll be sitting in the corner avoiding everyone. A big-girl sized glass of wine, a brick of surprisingly tasty home-made fruitcake, and just a hint of smoke from the fireplace

Happy Hellidays Perfume Oil

Happy Hellidays PO

Happy Hellidays EDP

Krampus Woods: A wintery blend of fir trees swirled with peppermint and hints of benzoin and vanilla

Krampus Woods Perfume Oil

Krampus Woods EDP

Krampus Woods EDP

Making Christmas: crumbled wrapping paper, cobweb musk, sugarplum dreams, fireplace embers, fallen snow, & the distant aroma of cakes & pies from Christmas Town

Making Christmas Perfume Oil

Making Christmas EDP

Making Christmas EDP

Who-Feast: To Whoville! The aroma of a freshly baked baguette slathered with a sweet honey clove spread

Who-Feast Perfume Oil

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Who-Feast EDP

 

And of course the Simply Meant to Be Duo

Bone Daddy Jack: Snow swirling through the air accented with sweet smashed pumpkins and wafts of sugarplums and smoke

 Ragdoll Sally: Freshly sewn linen, smashed sugarplums, snowflakes swirling through the air, and just a small whiff of sweet smoke

Pefume Oil

Duo EDP

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The Rhinestone Housewife Presents: Joy Lacquer; Jet City Burlesque Collection Part 1

Here is a lovely first look at five of the new polishes from the Jet City Burlesque polish collection that will be available exclusively at The Rhinestone Housewife. So. Much. Sparkle.

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*Provided for review

Hello! How are we on this bleh Monday? I can help with that bleh! I have pretties 🙂 A 10 piece Valentine’s Day collection called Jet City Burlesque. Whether you are into celebrating or not, this collection has something for you. Holo, shimmer, glitter, texture, creme, jelly… am I missing anything? Seriously, some of the best quality polish I have tried! Have you usedJoy Lacquer? I have and they are fabulous! I will say that these were all a tad thick. It could be the cold or maybe just the makers formula but either way they are workable without any tweaking! They are just thick for my taste. It’s all about preference. That being said, they are super smooth and the thickness makes for amazing stamping polish. Let’s get into the first 5!

Pink door is the first one. “Whether triple, colored or hidden…

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Healing My Nails After Removing Acrylics

Hotties! Over a year ago I got tired of my ridged, lined, peeling and ugly nails.  I have always had ugly nails. They grew weird and were weak and bendy and not awesome. So I got acrylics. I loved them!  They were long, and pointy and the polish and nail art stayed on forever without chipping….it was great! Well I finally got tired of spending the time and money to keep them up so I removed them.

Oh.

The horror.

The ugly, ugly horror of what they looked like when I’d removed the acrylic. And they hurt. Real bad. In this post, I am going to show you how I went from this (taken 6/21/17):

 

after removal

To this (taken 1/3/18):

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The first thing I’m going to say is that it’s a LOT of work. I did some research and settled on a routine that I thought would work for me. I was lucky enough to participate in a product test by Different Dimension, their cuticle oil called Boost, which can be found here.

It is described as: Boost contains a special mix of Lavender Essential Oil, Lemon Essential Oil, and Myrrh Essential Oil. Use to help strengthen and grow out weak nails!
Lavender – Helps strengthen nails, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties help to keep bacteria from infecting cuticles. Hydrating properties
Lemon – Helps to brighten weak and dull nails. High levels of Vitamin C (natural antioxidant) nourishes cuticles helping to strengthen nails. Helps with discoloration of nails from removing polish.
Myrrh – Has amazing hydrating properties, helps to prevent dry and brittle nails (which lead to breaks). Has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties

I was instructed to use this up to five times daily, and use regular hand moisturizer and take a photo each day. The photos below and days 1-14 in order of the progress. The only polish I used was Sally Hansen Hard As Nails as I found it was thick enough to really protect my thin and damaged nail and nail beds.

Day 1

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Day 8

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Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

As you can see, it’s a slow road to heal your nails and cuticles.  Once the 14 day product test was over, I started adding in other treatments. After doing some research I found a few things that are great for healing nails and cuticles and keeping them happy and healthy.

Dead Sea Salt – Dead Sea salt naturally contains over 20 beneficial minerals, most of which are effective for improving nail health.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice contains antioxidant vitamin C which protects nails, removes stains, and encourages stronger growth.

Olive Oil – Olive oil is one of the best moisturizers for nails (plus skin and hair, too!)

Honey – Honey is packed with enzymes to nourish and heal skin, and it’s a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture into the skin.

Using a rotating variety of the above ingredients, I soaked my nails 2-3 times a week for 5-10 minutes each time.  The most common combos were sea salt and lemon, and honey and olive oil.  Sometimes I got crazy and did honey, lemon juice and sea salt!  Go wild! I really do think these helped.

I also found this amazing nail hardener called Quimica Alemana nail hardener and it’s worked like magic for me.  I will warn you, it’s got formaldehyde in it so if that’s a no-go for you, you should skip this.  Also read the reviews as some people are very sensitive to it. At first, I applied as directly, only to the top half of my nail and I had a burning sensation so I took it off immediately (I patched tested it on one nail). I waited a couple more weeks and then tried it again, but put it over Sally Hansen Hard As Nails and that worked like a charm. I did that for a couple more weeks, then tried the Quimica Alemana directly on my nail and it was fine. I have been using it ever since. It’s fairly thick and takes a while to completely dry but it’s worth it.  My nails have never looked better!

I also started taking Biotin and religiously use cuticle oil or balm and keep my hands moisturized at all times. I make sure to wear gloves when doing dishes or cleaning and that has also helped a lot. I also switched to a glass nail file, which has helped to keep my nails from peeling when I shape them.

So there it is, that’s how I took my nails from wrecked to decked! Do you guys have any special tips and tricks that you use?

Quick Sleeping Beauty Manicure

Hey hotties!  So in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been really into nail art lately. I took my acrylics off in July and have been working really hard to grow my natural nails out. After many months of lemon and sea salt soaks, moisturizer and the most amazing nail hardener in the world – Quimica Alemana  I’m finally not embarrassed of my nails!

This was not a labor intensive mani, with just two nails stamped but I wanted to test out the Happily Never After Nail Stamp set from Bundle Monster. Once I saw the Malificent image, I knew I had to use it! I went with a kind of Sleeping Beauty blue color on the rest of the nails, with a grey on my ring fingers.

What I used:

  • Joy Lacquer Stick It To Me base coat
  • Joy Lacquer Classy, Sassy And A Little Bad Assy on all fingers except ring fingers – 2 coats
  • Joy Lacquer Sarah on ring fingers – 2 coats
  • Topped with Joy Lacquer 3…2…Oh! fast dry top coat (this stuff is AMAZING and perfect if you don’t want to smudge your nail art)
  • Stamped with Bundle Monster Violet Waves stamping polish. This is a perfect substitute for black if like me, you have issues with black stamping polish running or smudging.
  • Bundle Monster plate Happily Never After BM-XL193 and I used the queen and text images.

I am by no means any sort of nail art expert but I really do like how these came out.  Text is always hard to stamp but I think I did alright, other than scraping a little too much polish off before I picked up the image.

What do you guys think?

Joy Lacquer Now Available At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties! We are always so happy to find new vendors to add to The Rhinestone Housewife family, and we are even more happy when those vendors are local to us! Joy Lacquer has everything that we look for and love. Amazing products that we feel confident using and recommending, great packaging, cheeky and puny names (an extra bonus!) and sparkly. Well, Joy Lacquer has all of those things and more!

We have started with a selection of some Joy Lacquers best sellers, their famous fast drying top coat, and new Sisterly Love winter creme collection (indie cremes are the BEST!) and some cuticle butter balm and glass nail files.  Don’t know what a glass nail file is?  Well, it will change your life! (and the way you file your nails)

In the coming months you will also see another collection launching as well as a custom collection based on something that is near and dear to Hottie’s Seattle born heart, so stay tuned!

Sisterly Love Winter Creme Collection 2017

Joy – an ultramarine reminiscent of the clear blue sky color seen on a crisp winter day.

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Maggie –  a rich mulberry merlot, the color of wine enjoyed with holiday dinners.

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Anna – a deep magenta punch color, reminiscent of delicious holiday desserts.

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Ren – in nature a wren is a lovely little brown songbird, while this color is warmly reminiscent of your winter mug filled to brim with rich hot chocolate.

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Mallory – a lucky green inspired by the change in leaves’ color, from the new growth of spring to the deep hunter evergreens of winter.

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Melissa – a luscious pumpkin orange color, one often associated with a bountiful autumn harvest.

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Sarah – the same soft gray color of your favorite cozy winter sweater.

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One Little Unicorn – As the only sparkle in a set of creme finishes, this unique topper is as glittery and precious as a baby unicorn.

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Core Collection:

The Three of Us – a beautiful pink scattered holographic with flecks of tiny iridescent chameleon blue sparkles.

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Classy, Sassy and a Little Bad Assy – A pearly peacock blue that hints at undertones of teal green and gold, this beauty has a linear holographic finish.

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Birkenstocks No Socks – a creamy, mint-green turquoise with a strong scattered holographic finish. 

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Immaculate Reception – A deep maroon polish with a gorgeous blue chrome shift and a linear holographic finish.

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3…2…Oh! Quick Dry Top Coat – Your top coat drying is the one time when a 3-minute finish isn’t a bad thing! Our crystal clear top coat is the perfect (and fastest) way to finish off your manicure. The strong, glossy finish has been known to resist chipping for up to 10 days!

If you guys want to check out what else Joy Lacquer has to offer, check our their store!

Sale at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello friends!  Just a quick note to let you know that we are having a sale at The Rhinestone Housewife to celebrate my birthday!  Use code BIRTHDAY15 to take 15% off all orders $10 or more, effective now until 1/1/18.  This includes all the yummy new Solstice Scents, Joy Lacquer products, new Bundle Monster stamping plates and accessories and all products that are already marked down.

Enjoy!

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Solstice Scents Winter Update Live at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties! Trust me, I know it’s been forever, but we’ve finally got Solstice Scents restocked at The Rhinestone Housewife.  And on top of that, we’ve also stocked the Winter Collection.  Please read on for details – available while supplies last!

ATTIC – Vanilla, Red Cedar Heartwood EO, Cypress Wood EO, Sandalwood EO, Dried Rose Petals

Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

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CASTING SHADOWS  – Golden Amber, Nag Champa Incense Accord, Dried Sugar Maple Leaves, Wood Smoke

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

DEVIL’S TONGUE – Chypre, Leather, Fine Tobacco, Woods, Frankincense and more

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

ESTATE AMBER EAU DE PARFUM  – Estate Vanilla, Golden Amber, Amber Resin, Cardamom Absolute, Organic Coriander

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Available in EDP

FOXCROFT INTENSE – Decaying Leaves, Dry Leaves, Dirt, Wood Smoke, Fir Balsam, Cedar, Cypress Wood, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Vetiver, Rain, Bayberry and more

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

LACE DRAPED SPECTRE – Vanilla Musk, Spicy Pink Carnation, Pink Pepper, Rose, White Musk

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Available in EDP and Perfume Oil

We have also restocked all GC perfume oils, EDP’s and EDP samples.  Enjoy!

Bundle Monster Now Available at The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello hotties!

Here at The Rhinestone Housewife, we are always looking for new and innovative products to present to you. I have recently become a lot more active in nail art and in particular, nail stamping. With a little bit of practice, you can achieve truly amazing results that look like you’ve spent hours on – it’s really amazing! I just knew that i wanted to share this super fun and easy way to make gorgeous nail art with you guys!

Bundle Monster has long been a fan favorite of nail art and stamping. They offer great options in stamping plates, stampers, polish and all sorts of other nail art supplies. Another great feature of their site, it informative tutorials and photos of their products in use.

We have chosen to start with plates and stampers to offer at The Rhinestone Housewife. Should customers demand more, we are happy to expand the collection to more plates and supplies. I tried to pick a nice little variety of plates to start with. Some gothic, some cute, come artsy, a couple of sets and of course, they are all gorgeous and fun!

Here are a couple of manicures that I’ve done in the past so that you can see the fun things you can create with nail stamping:15665379_10211529959623938_2156961335304773651_n16194960_10211893350788490_4147607011670354408_n17554195_10212504526587503_1356668701079116729_n

And off to the goods!

Mystic Woods Nail Stamp Plate Life’s Boutique

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Happily Never After Set Of 5 Nail Stamping Plates

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The Nutcracker Set Of 5 Nail Stamping Plates

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Poesie Perfume Review

Hello hotties!  I know it’s been a while but I wanted to post up a review of a great new company that I tried for the first time, Poesie Perfumes! I really appreciated the fact that I was able to purchase the small apothecary bottles, a typical 5ml bottle as well as a larger 9ml bottle.  Customers love options! The branding on the packaging was spot on and quite posh. Everything arrived safe and sound.

Purchased:
Enchantress of Numbers: clean lemon and fresh lavender, corrupted by a ribbon of caramel and sweet amber.
In bottle: Clean and herby.
Wet on skin: Bright and lemony with a healthy whiff of lavender.
Dry on skin: As it dries down the caramel peeks out and it’s quite lovely with the lavender.  The sweet amber grounds everything with a dash of woodsy goodness.
Verdict: Quite lovely and would make a wonderful sleepy scent as well as a nice soft scent for those times you want something comforting and relaxing. Stays fairly close with medium sillage.
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Codename Madeleine: rich butter cookies, heady jasmine blossom, bright cardamom.
In bottle: Sugary cardamom with soft jasmine.
Wet on skin: The jasmine is right up front and it’s gorgeous….rich and lush.
Dry on skin: As it dries I get a lovely waft of sugar cookies but they aren’t too buttery, they are nice and sugary.  The cardamom is lovely and fresh and it’s absolute perfection with the jasmine blossom.
Verdict: Jasmine is one of those notes that never seems to work for me but this blend is absolutely perfect….just gorgeous! I’ve been wearing it non-stop since I got it.  If you like a nice combination of foodie but but not too gourmand and jasmine with some spice, this is for you!
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Just Like Heaven:  delicate lavender, heavenly marshmallow accord, resinous incense.
In bottle: Green and herby.
Wet on skin: First up is the lavender which is quite soft and cloud like – I think that’s the fluffy marshmallow. The lavender becomes a bit more sharp as the incense starts to blossom.
Dry on skin: The incense and lavender are combining to become an interesting combination of heavy and light. The marshmallow provides a nice cloud of sugary sweetness but it isn’t cloying.
Verdict: I’ll admit that I liked this a lot more than I thought I would.  It’s a warm a sexy scent, spicy but not at all artificial smelling. If you like resinous scents, you like this one.
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Sixties Salad:  tangy pineapple, delicate pistachio, fluffy marshmallow.
In bottle: Very sweet and lightly fruity.
Wet on skin:  The first thing I get is pineapple and a brief whiff of pistachio.
Dry on skin: As it dries down, I get a lemony vibe with the sweetness of the marshmallow.  It’s not listed, but I swear I’m getting a light toasted coconut as well.
Verdict: If you like sweet, fruity scents, then you’ll like this. If you liked the tangy and weird fruit salad that you grandma made for holidays, then you’ll probably lie this as well. It’s light and whimsical.
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Fan Dance:  sugar-dusted tart raspberries, vanilla bean.
In bottle: Sweet and fruity.
Wet on skin: It’s all tart raspberries right at first with a swirl of sugar. The vanilla bean is quite  soft at this point.
Dry on skin: It’s dried down to smell like tart fruit dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with feathery vanilla syrup.
Verdict: This is a warm, sweet fruity blend that smells pretty much like how you’d expect it to. If you like sweet foodie blends, you’ll love this!
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Too Dreamy: maraschino cherry, sweet amber, creamy sandalwood, rich oud, skin musk, green cherry stem.
In bottle: Woodsy and musky.
Wet on skin: It’s all woods and musk at first with a snap of green.
Dry on skin: The is the star now and it seems to be best friends with the musk. I’m still getting the green cherry stem but not really any of the maraschino cherry.
Verdict: If you like a heavier and more substantial blend, this might be for you. This comes off as unisex for me and would be equally appealing to those who like spicy or woodsy scent.  It’s not head shoppy at all to me. Good sillage and throw.
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The Aviation:  candied violets, spicy juniper, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a hint of cherry.
In bottle: cherry accord liquor.
Wet on skin: It actually smells a lot like the cocktail! It’s a light ethereal violet at first with a nice base of the juniper.
Dry on skin: As it dries down it’s become very soft and quite pretty. The lemon is giving it a nice zing and the sugary violets and cherry is so juicy.
Verdict: This is one of my favorite cocktails and I’m happy to say that this is also one of my favorite perfume oils. It’s sophisticated, sexy and unexpected. If you like a scent that’s not right up in your face, you’ll like this.  I could see this being a great warm weather scent. This stays close, like a comfy sweater. Medium sillage and throw.
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Frosted Hummingbird:  Notes: toasted pecans, buttery cake, warm cinnamon, decadent cream cheese frosting, juicy pineapple, sweet banana.
In bottle: Rich and buttery.
Wet on skin: This is super buttery and rich with the heavy frosting, and the toasted pecans are just dancing around the edge.
Dry on skin: Now it starting to smell like a succulent pineapple that is just ever so lightly garnished on top of the frosting. There is just a touch of banana.
Verdict: If you’re a fan of gourmands, you will like this.  It’s very heavily foody with the cake and cream cheese frosting. Medium sillage and throw.
 My two favorites are Codename Madeline and The Aviation.

Filthy Farmgirl Now Available At The Rhinestone Housewife

Sometimes you find a product that just know you want to showcase at The Rhinestone Housewife. That’s definitely what happened when I stumbled upon Filthy Farmgirl and their hilarious bevy of body care.  Everything about this company and their products appealed to me from their irreverent style to the affordable price point. The bar soap is a generous 7oz and sells for $8. There are too many to list them all out on the blog, but I’ve featured a few of my favorites. You can see the rest of them here.

Filthy Pussy Soap – Rose Mint scented the label is just adorable. I know it’s definitely leaning to the, ahem…naughty side but with a kitty face that adorable, how could you resist? $8

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Filthy Monkey Soap – Captain Banana Pants scented and I’m sure you’re wondering, “what does that mean?”. I’m a sucker for banana and this hits all the right buttons. Plus it’s a luxurious lather and made my entire bathroom smell delicious.

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There is also a nice selection of limited edition holiday Filthy soaps available while supplies last.  You can see the selection here, and they are $8.

filthy elf cinnamon soap

Filthy fruitcake soap

filthy balls eggnog soap

We also picked up a nice little selection of lip balm in various flavors (I’m addicted!), check them out here:

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And last but not least, body lotion!  I don’t know about  you, but I am a scaly girl right about this time of year. I would describe this lotion as light but full coverage.  In other words, it glides on easily and not greasy but does seem to fully hydrate your skin. There are several scents to choose from located here.  They sell for $18 for 8oz.

My current favorite is the Tiger Chai. It’s delicious but not overpowering and kept my skin smooth and soft all day.

Tiger Chai Lotion

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Sold Out Conjure Oils Available At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties, it has been too long! How are you all doing? I’ve love to hear from you.  We have a little bit of new product available while we revamp The Rhinestone Housewife. If you happened to miss out on the Conjure Oils Viva’s and Divine Love, well we’ve got a limited number available.   We were also lucky enough to score a bit of the much coveted Bathory Facial Serum. These are sold out at Conjure Oils but you can grab them for a very limited time at The Rhinestone Housewife while supplies last.

The Viva Collection is available while supplies last and are $20.

VIVA BORIQUA: Fresh orange zest, golden honeycomb, clary sage, vanilla blossom, aged amber steeped in tonka bean, incense cedar and tobacco leaf.

 
VIVA CUBA: Citron, fresh grated ginger, rosewood, toasted tobacco, rum, and a drop of aged rhus khus.

 
VIVA MEXICO: Sugared bergamot, candied grapefruit, golden frankincense, labdanum, saffron infused patchouli, black copal and crimson amber.

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Divine Love is available while supplies last and is $20.

DIVINE LOVE: Cardamom pod, red frankincense, smoked oud, crimson amber, Spanish moss, cacao infused patchouli, and tourmaline infused gem elixir, the gemstone that is associated with eighth wedding anniversaries as well as protection from heartless thieves.

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Bathory Facial Serum is very limited so if you want it, grab it now! It’s presented in a 5ml roll on bottle and is $35. I have been using this stuff every day and I’m loving it.  If you do the 10 step Korean skincare routine, you can use this as your serum step.

I feel that to tell the story of Countess Erzebet Bathory never does the tale justice, as the entire truth of her crimes of depravity aren’t known for sure as she is known as one of the most prolific serial killers of all time, killing up to 650 women. It is said that she would summon young virgin women from the villages that surrounded her castle to come and work in her household which was a wonderful and prestigious dream come true for a peasant girl of such a lowly social stature. Sadly, the dreams of these women were soon dashed by the sadistic Bathory who, believing that it would grant her eternal youth, she would drain these unlucky young ladies life’s blood into her bath where she would luxuriate in the exsanguination – one of the most diabolical beauty treatments of all time!

BATHORY – Conjure Cosmetics Facial Serum: 100% cruelty free and 100% vegan. Inspired by the darkness of the Hallows season, I have developed the most amazing, Goth girl skin facial serum. It is all natural, non greasy and won’t clog pores. It is a blood red oil infused with alkanet root that is used to soothe skin irritation. The oil is a blend of deeply nourishing and softening fractionated coconut oil, wild crafted marula oil that is moisturizing, balancing, softens fine lines and reduces redness and organic sea buckthorn oil that heals sun damaged skin, acne, anti oxidants that slow the aging process, heals rosacea and other skin discolorations. Essential oils of rose, frankincense, patchouli and palo santo are gently added to soften skin, fight the aging process and lighten the complexion. This is a limited edition product at this price so don’t wait!

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The Rhinestone Housewife loves Conjure Oils and we are always excited to see what new and exciting things they send out way.

 

Solstice Scents Winter Collection at The Rhinestone Housewife

We know you have been waiting for this, the Solstice Scents winter update is available at The Rhinestone Housewife!  Available while supplies last.

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Winter EDP’s

DARK GINGER SPICECAKE
Gingerbread, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar, Amber, Benzoin

FLINTLOCK
Saddle Leather, Virginia Cedar, Tobacco, Black Pepper, Woods, Bayberry & Evergreens

MONARCH
Rich Red Musk, Fir, Juniper, Cedar, Frankincense, Labdanum, Moss

OUTPOST
Sugar Crystals, Spruce, Fir, Patchouli, Soft Woods, Bayberry, Mistletoe, Amber

SNOWMINT MALLOW
Peppermint, Vanilla Cake, Sugar Cookies, Flaked Coconut & Marshmallow Creme

SNOWSHOE PASS
White Amber, White Musk, Vanilla Accord, Peppermint Cream, Cold Winds

Winter Perfume Oils

BUTTERED RUM MALLOW
Rum, Marshmallow, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Clove, Butter, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Brown Sugar & All Spice

DARK GINGER SPICECAKE
Gingerbread, Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar, Amber, Benzoin

FLINTLOCK
Saddle Leather, Virginia Cedar, Tobacco, Black Pepper, Woods, Bayberry & Evergreens

 LEMON GINGER CREAMS
Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies Filled With Vanilla-Lemon Cream

NIGHT STAR
Patchouli, Nutmeg, Frankincense, Myrrh, Woods and Lemon

OUTPOST
Sugar Crystals, Spruce, Fir, Patchouli, Soft Woods, Bayberry, Mistletoe, Amber

SNOWMINT MALLOW
Peppermint, Vanilla Cake, Flaked Coconut, Sugar Cookies & Marshmallow Creme

SNOWSHOE PASS
White Amber, White Musk, Vanilla Accord, Peppermint Cream, Cold Winds

SUGARVALE
Candied Pecans, Butterscotch, Buttered Rum, Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Hot Pralines & Milk Chocolate Cocoa

WINSLOW’S
Rows of Christmas Trees, Clove Studded Oranges, Bayberry Tapers, Handcrafted Wreaths & Mistletoe

Conjure Oils Hallows Reviews

Hotties!  I’m so excited to bring you these reviews.   As always, Conjure Oils has created some amazingly inspiring scents, just for you! Masterfully created with high quality ingredients, you are always guaranteed to find a scent that you will fall in love with.   These are now available  at The Rhinestone Housewife while supplies last.

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Ayao – A whirling cyclone of crisp fall leaves fills the air coupled with slithering wisps of wood smoke, tonka bean and black plum.

In bottle: Wood smoke and something slightly earthy….maybe the swirling leaves?

Wet on skin:  It’s all wood smoke and tonka bean at first. The smoke continues to amp up but then settles nicely into the tonka and just a bit of rich plum.

Dry on skin: The smoke softly wafts into the background and the crisp leaves swirl right up front and they are a great compliment to the plum…..rich and deep.  The tonka bean is the perfect note to finish it off.

Verdict: Deep and rich, without being heavy.  It’s dries down into a totally wearable scent.  Something tells me this will get even better with age. Medium throw and silage.

Caer Ibormeith – The joy and pain of true love and inevitable death: yew berry accord infused black patchouli, swan feather soft vanilla musk, red amber and stout clove.

In bottle: Soft pearly musk.

Wet on skin: The soft musk and clove are the first up and they are gorgeous!  The clove is not strong at this point but does ramp up a bit as of the red amber peeks out.

Dry on skin: The yew berry and red amber are having a party and I’m so glad I was invited! The patchouli is handled with a deft hand and the clove is soft and creamy.

Verdict: I’m quite possibly dead, this is so gorgeous. It really quite lovely, yet extremely unique….I don’t think I’ve smelled something like this before. I’ll definitely be keeping a bottle of this. This could be unisex.  Good throw and silage.

Charon – An ancient memory of Tunisian opium, precious oudh, aged tobacco and chthonic rhus khus.

In bottle: Tobacco and oudh.

Wet on skin: This blend opens with something woody…..maybe the chthonic rhus khus (vetiver)?  The opium and tobacco and right behind.

Dry on skin: The tobacco is really amazingly soft and lush and it’s so, so good with the opium.  The vetiver is used with a very subtle hand here and it really grounds this blend perfectly.

Verdict: Wow, another stunner.  This one is for those of you that want a unique scent that is warm and rich and sexy.  Unisex. Medium throw and silage.

Hekate’s Torch – Often depicted with two torches that allow her safe passage between the worlds, allow Hekate’s Torch to guide you along your path. A light in the darkness: earthen patchouli, apotropaic clove, spiritually uplifting frankincense, Persephone’s pomegranate and illuminated bergamot.

In bottle: Refreshing!

Wet on skin: The bergamot is bring and refreshing with the pomegranate adding a bit of fruitiness as it settles in.

Dry on skin: The pomegranate is really coming to the front and it’s so pretty.  The clove is very soft and hanging around in the background while the frankincense and earthy clove nestle together. Good throw and silage.

Verdict: Typically I don’t love bergamot but this oil seems to have the perfect balance of green, fruity and earthy.  This is so well blended and I LOVE the pomegranate, I’m also betting this will age really, really well!

King of Terrors – The musty shadows of the cemetery, haunted loam and moss, metal sting and arterial spray.

In bottle: Loamy ground.

Wet on skin: I can definitely pick up the musty darkness of loam and moss….this is deep and mysterious at this point. The metallic note has appeared and it’s a very interesting counterpoint to the brooding earthiness.

Dry on skin: As this dries and softens the damp earthiness settles in and mellows into a nice soft earthy musk.

Verdict: A very surprisingly wearable scent that stays close with mid level silage.   Unisex.

La Madama – Offerings of warm vanilla infused bourbon, juicy mangoes, star jasmine blossoms, cigar smoke and a pinch of blessed salt.

In bottle: Bourbon and soft tobacco.

Wet on skin: The star jasmine is right up front but it’s a bit of a foodie version with the mangoes and vanilla…quite lovely! The mangoes become more prominent just as the salt rolls in and gives it just a tiny touch of an aquatic feel.

Dry on skin: The warm rich vanilla bourbon and grounding the fruitiness of the mango and star jasmine. The softly wafting cigar smoke is the perfect compliment for this blend

Verdict: Gorgeous!  It’s so pretty, warm….like an embrace from a good friend – perfect for those that want a close scent. Unisex. Medium silage and throw.

Les Mortes – Still waters, crystal musk, beeswax candles, water lilies, white amber and sweet offerings of coffee and beignets.

In bottle: Water lilies and beeswax!

Wet on skin: This is very aquatic at first with a nice current of crystal musk and beeswax candles swirling around. This stays as a very pretty aquatic scent before it dries down.

Dry on skin: The white amber and crystal musk is absolutely stunning and it’s such a good choice with the water lilies.  As it continues to dry down the sweetness of the beignets appears but do not make this blend foodie.

Verdict: This scent is very interesting, aquatic but with some sweetness and richness that you don’t normally get.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and even though it’s got foodie elements, it’s not foodie in any way. Good silage and throw.

Libitina – A wistful and somber meditation on eternity: smoked amber, dragon’s blood, aged black patchouli, rose hips, cypress, white myrrh and black storax.

In bottle: Patchouli and dragon’s blood.

Wet on skin: Black patchouli, cypress and black storax are right up front….knocking on the door. The smoky amber and myrrh are right behind.

Dry on skin: This is very woodsy, dark and heavy. The patchouli is dark and mysterious but doesn’t take over the blend and the dragon’s blood is handled very gently.

Verdict: If you like dark and resinous blends, with woodsy and brooding notes….this will be right up your alley.  It’s got serious throw and silage.  Unisex.

Simbi – African green musk and violets, falling water, the spark of ozone and lightning struck sandalwood.

In bottle: Soft violets.

Wet on skin: Delicious falling water and violets hit you first….and it’s mesmerizing.  The green musk is just the right support for the violets.

Dry on skin: As this has dried down you get a just a tiny whiff of slightly charred sandalwood.  This grounds the whole blend into a very pretty but not cloying floral.

Verdict: A gorgeous floral but this a floral that anyone can enjoy.  It’s pretty and ladylike without being precious or cloying.  Medium silage and throw.

Thanatos & Lethe – Black opium, poppy flower, kush, vanilla flower, cannabis accord, blue lotus attar, aged patchouli and mimosa.

In bottle: Kushy!

Wet on skin: It opens up green and herby and I think that’s the cannabis accord.  It’s closely followed by the vanilla flower and opium. As it settles down, poppy flower and mimosa peek out.

Dry on skin: The blue lotus attar is has appeared as it dries down and it’s really pretty with the aged patchouli.

Verdict: This is a nicely unique blend of resins and florals – gorgeous, dark and rich.   Good throw and sillage.

Valkyrie – Honey mead from the halls of Valhalla, the smoke of oak and juniper fires from the battlefield and the magnificent golden musk of eternal glory.

In bottle: Honey and musk!

Wet on skin: At first sniff this is warm and rich with the honey mead and musk the most prominent. The juniper fire is just showing up, licking at the edges.

Dry on skin: The juniper is giving it a bit of a refreshing vibe and it’s so very pretty with the sweetness of the honey mead and richness of the golden musk.  I’m not sure of eternal glory smells like, but I suspect it’s like this!

Verdict: I’m literally dead and waiting for a Valkyrie to take me off to somewhere that smells like this because it is indeed glorious! It’s got foodie elements but isn’t foodie at all and it very refreshing.  I love this.  Good silage and throw. Unisex.

Wanyudo – An infernal and damned philtre of ginger root, red patchouli, tonka bean, cinnamon sticks and burnt marshmallow.

In bottle: Dry red patchouli.

Wet on skin: The red patchouli is here and it’s gorgeous!  It quickly partners with the ginger root and cinnamon sticks.  The cinnamon isn’t craft store-ish at all, but is dry and almost wispy.  The patchouli is receding as it dries down.

Dry on skin: This has settled into a gorgeous ginger scent, with the tonka bean lending a nice balance with the burnt marshmallow.  The red patchouli is just softly in the background and it’s a good base for this blend.

Verdict: I really love this.   It’s definitely a cinnamon and ginger heavy blend but it’s creamy and lush, not craft store smelling at all. Great throw and silage.  Unisex.

Washers At The Ford – A Victorian mourning fougere: bog moss, heather, pitcher plant, water poppy and emerald ferns under a slate gray sky that threatens torrential rain.

In bottle: Bright greens.

Wet on skin: The heather is mingled in with the emerald ferns and this really does smell like you are out in a garden, sitting among the greens and wild heather.  You can almost feel the storm on the horizon as you pick up a bit on ozone.

Dry on skin: The bog moss gives this blend the feel of air heavy with moisture during a storm.  The greens and heather smell like they’ve got a fresh, dewy layer of rain.

Verdict: Amazing!  This is very atmospheric and yet still wearable.  A great scent for those that enjoy aquatics, fresh greens and realistic, atmospheric scents yet still want something that’s totally wearable.  Medium silage and throw.

 

Conjure Oils Les Fleurs de Mal Review

I am so happy to be able to bring you a review of the eagerly anticipated Les Fleurs de Mal by Conjure Oils.

Les Fleurs du Mal – The corrupted blood of ancient dragons is infused with patchouli black. The midnight musk petals from les Fleurs du Mal are caramelized cauldron bound with black opium, black fig and dark muscavadao sugar. Defiled deeply by the scent of smoke of crimson red leaves and Scandinavian churches ablaze, filling the crisp autumn air with sweet despair. Nema!

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In vial: Red musk and just a hint if something juicy/fruity.

Wet on skin:  It’s dark and heavy with black and resinous sugar. The smokey opium is starting to swirl around.

Dry on skin: Well, the Dragon’s Blood has arrived and it’s a cloud of resinous, creamy goodness.  The sugar mellows a bit and wafts just a touch love lovely sweetness with the fig.

Verdict: Normally I don’t care for dragon’s blood, but this is different. It’s creamy and oh so rich.  This is a dark, resinous blend that would be great for those who like incense, resins and other smoky scents.  I bet this is going to age beautifully!

*Note – I accidentally layered this with Conjure Oils Hell Broth (Black coconut, almond blossom, toasted patchouli, nutmeg, beeswax and bubbling green sugar cane syrup) and it was magical!