Monthly Archives: December 2013

Hottie’s Hot Product Pick Of The Week!

Hello hotties!    Starting with the new year, I’ve pledged to bring you a hot product of the week review post.  I will be highlighting products that I use daily and love personally.   These are my holy grail products that I would be bereft if I had to live without.

For my first spotlight product, I’m choose Beauty Sleep by Brazen Cosmetics.  Beauty Sleep is described as an overnight mineral treatment and I can tell you that I love this product.

I was introduced to overnight mineral treatments a couple of  years ago.  I was VERY skeptical as not only do I have sensitive skin, but I also tend to have dry skin.  How could a *powder* work for that?   Honestly, I have no idea…maybe it’s magic.   All I know is that I can use this treatment once or twice weekly and my skin always looked refreshed and renewed.

This product comes with a little tiny powder puff for application but I prefer to use a nice fluffy kabuki brush.  I recommend tighly closing eyes and mouth when you’re applying….it’s powdery and I recommend you try not to inhale it.

There are some folks that have more oily skin that prefer to use this product on bare skin underneath their mineral foundation.  It’s reported to help control oil and extend the life of their mineral makeup.  However you choose to use this product, just USE IT or at least give it a try…..you won’t be disappointed.  Just look how radiant my skin is after using this magical product:

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This product and many other amazingly effective skin care and makeup items can be found at The Rhinestone Housewife!

Arcana Necklace Made Of Tears Review

Today we’ve got another review from the Queens Of Snow and Air, Necklace Made Of Tears.

Necklace Made of Tears:  Poor Lully. Sticky spun sugar with frankincense tears, peach nectar, violets, lacrima water, and cardamom.

In bottle:  Spicy aqauatic.

Wet on skin:  Spun sugary goodness with a peach and violet kicker.  After just a few seconds the frankincense pops up and adds a nice deep edge to the blend and keeps it from being sickeningly sweet.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the peach nectar really comes out and it’s delicious with the spun sugar and francincense.    After just a bit the cardamom shows up and boy howdy is it nice!   All of this is lightly backed by the aquatic of the lacrima water (tears).   The cardamom is creamy and smooth and just the right note to tie it all together.

Verdict:  This is a gorgeous blend, quite possibly a top ten for me.    If you like sugar blends or blends with a hint of an aquatic note then this is the blend for  you.

Queens of Snow and Ice-Necklace Made Of Tears
Queens of Snow and Ice-Necklace Made Of Tears

The rest of this amazing collection can be found at The Rhinestone Housewife.

Arcana Little Lully Review

Chugging right along with the Queens of Snow and Air reviews, we’ve got Little Lully.

Little Lully:  Our heroine. Innocent, gentle, rosy-cheeked. Tender new blossoms of lily of the valley and honeysuckle are kissed with coconut milk, copaiba balsam, and butter CO2 extract.

In bottle: Cocoa butter!

Wet on skin:  A very light floral which I suspect is the lily of the valley is softly mingling with coconut milk.   The honeysuckle peeks  out and dances around with the butter CO2 extract.

Dry on skin:  As this dries down the florals are front and center and the copaiba is supporting them and grounding the whole blend.   You can catch a light whiff of the coconut milk and butter CO2 lingering in the background.

Verdict:  If you like soft pretty florals, then this is the blend for you!    The coconut and copaiba keep this blend from being too cloying and elevate it to a sophisticated and warm grown up blend.

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Queens of Snow and Air-Little Lully

You can find the rest of the collection at The Rhinestone Housewife.   This collection is limited edition so get them while you can!

Arcana Gehern The Troll Review

Oooh, a troll perfume oil to review.  How exciting!   This is the third installment in the Queens of Snow and Air collection, Gehern The Troll to review.

Gehern the Troll:  He lives high in the mountains in his frozen cave. Fresh gingerroot, warm gingerbread, nectarine, bergamot, sweet orange.

In bottle:  Spicy ginger!

Wet on skin:  It’s a blast of fresh ginger sprinkled on top of fresh gingerbread.   Yum.   The bergamot and citrus round it out and keep it from being too foodie or sweet.

Dry on skin:  As this blend dries down, the gingers and citrus blend together perfectly and the nectarine takes center stage for a bit.   The bergamot is creamy and rich, supporting the gingers and citrus notes to perfection.

Verdict:  The was a surprise hit for me.   The bergamot grounds this blend and keeps it from being too sweet, cloying or foodie.    A fresh blend of ginger and citrus makes the oil appropriate for both boys or girls with a sophisticated spice.  Who knew a troll oil could smell so good?   Give this one a shot….it’s amazing!

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Queens of Snow and Air-Gehern The Troll

This blend and the rest of the Queens of Snow and Air can be found at The Rhinestone Housewife.

Arcana Astrid The Cold Review

Hello hotties!    Today’s review will be another selection from the Arcana Queens Of Snow and Ice LE collection, Astrid The Cold.

Astrid the Cold:  The mystical, enigmatic queen of air. Neroli, chilled vodka, rich amber, oak moss, coconut husks, lavender.

In bottle:  Neroli and lavender.

Wet on skin:  The neroli is up front and center.  Embracing the neroli we have a slight coconut husk floating around in chilled vodka.  The oak moss is every so slightly hiding in the background with the lavender.

Dry on skin:  As it dries the neroli softens and takes on a bit of a creamy note and the oak moss settles down into the background.   The amber and lavender amp just a bit and start to round this scent out.

Verdict:  It’s amazing to me that a blend with amber in it can still impart a ‘cold’ vibe.  It’s a genius blend of notes to keep this blend from being too’cold’ or ‘wintery’.  It’s like wearing a warm fuzzy coat out in a frozen winter day.   Beautiful!

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Astrid The Cold-Queens of Snow and Air

This blend and the whole collection can be found at The Rhinestone Housewife.  These are limited edition so if you see something you like, get it while supplies last!

 

Arcana Astrid’s Diadem Review

Hello hotties!   Today’s review is going to come from the new Queens Of Snow and Air collection from Arcana.  This collection is based upon an obscure fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm and it’s just a wonderful and whimsical collection of goodness now available at The Rhinestone Housewife.

Astrid’s Diadem:  The Queen of Air’s regalia. A bright sparkler of Madagascar vanilla, Bourbon vanilla, sugared lavender creme, citron, lemongrass, peppermint, and a touch of stately patchouli.

In bottle:  Mostly fruity with slight spice.

Wet on skin:  Up front is the citron and lemongrass with just a whiff of peppermint hovering in the background.

Dry on skin:  As this oil dries down the citrus amps just a bit at first, and then the sugared lavender creme slides in with almost a marshmallow vibe.   After a bit the citron settles down and the vanillas come out to play.   There is just the lightest of whiffs of the patchouli that hovers at the edge of this scent.

Verdict:  Wow, this is a stunner, an absolute stunner of a perfume oil.  I’ve been wearing it non-stop since it came in.   It’s a gorgeous warm and grown up scent and not foodie at all.   It’s like getting a hug from a fabulous lady you want to grow up to be like.  Like Auntie Mame!

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Astrid’s Diadem-Queens Of Snow and Air

Arcana Queens Of Snow and Air Available at The Rhinestone Housewife

The gorgeous new collection from Arcana, Queens Of Snow and Air is now available at The Rhinestone Housewife.   This collection is based upon and obscure fairy tale by the brothers Grimm.

The Queens of Snow and Air Perfume Collection

The elements of a dark, obscure tale from the Brothers Grimm, presented in the order in which they appear. In 5 ml amber glass bottles and are $18.

 Little Lully:  Our heroine. Innocent, gentle, rosy-cheeked. Tender new blossoms of lily of the valley and honeysuckle are kissed with coconut milk, copaiba balsam, and butter CO2 extract.

Small Cottage in a Clearing:  The cozy scent of milky coffee with white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and a faint undercurrent of dangerous black musk.

 The Old Forest:  Smoky resins with Bourbon vanilla bean, wild honey, dragonsblood, dark musk, kush, a hint of fir needle, and a drop of antique vetiver.

 Gehern the Troll:  He lives high in the mountains in his frozen cave. Fresh gingerroot, warm gingerbread, nectarine, bergamot, sweet orange.

 7 Apples Grow in Ice:  Honeyed winesaps and green apples with pearl musk, skin musk, white pepper, and a tiny hint of frozen grapefruit.

Astrid the Cold:  The mystical, enigmatic queen of air. Neroli, chilled vodka, rich amber, oak moss, coconut husks, lavender.

 Sigrid the Wise:  The beautiful, merciful queen of snow. Labdanum absolute, smoky frankincense, myrrh, and glorious, golden vanilla.

 Necklace Made of Tears:  Poor Lully. Sticky spun sugar with frankincense tears, peach nectar, violets, lacrima water, and cardamom.

 The Sighing Bridge:  Dark, sweet pipe tobacco with 3 precious ambers.

 Snowflake Palace:  At last. White tea leaves, white amber, silvery soft musk, and a swirl of wood smoke.

 

We also have some returning favorites that will be in the shop for a hot minute so get them while you can!

 

Arctic Bear:  Cave in to shivery pleasures with this festively icy blend straight from the North Pole. A playful mix of aromatic Northern bayberry, frosted Siberian fir needle oil and the dry freshness of snowy woods. Hail the Great Arctic Bear!

 Black Maria:  Abandoned remedies, emptied tobacco tins, and the intangible essence of impending trouble. Ginger syrup, apothecary honey, golden Cavendish, vanilla, tonka, and Dutch caraway.

Bluestocking: 

“I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a poem, and to be given away by a novel.” —John Keats
Lavender, warm milk, rich vanilla, white heather, yuzu, petitgrain, and a smattering of sunflowers.

Comfort 2013:  The sugarcoated balm of holiday solace. Bright pomegranate and fluffy snow lift the soul while splashes of citrus, tonka, and rum warm the heart.

 Frozen Heart:  The essence of a snow queen’s glacial affections. An enchanted concoction of spiky black pepper, cold peppermint, icy watermelon, pale vanilla, and pearl musk. Beware of glittering women in sleighs who promise you the world.

 La Befana:  Notes of ripe apricot, Sicilian blood orange, dark chocolate, smoked vanilla, and toasted biscotti combine to evoke la Befana, the Christmas witch of Italy who slides down chimneys to leave sweets for very good children and lumps of coal for the very bad.

 Old Year’s Night:  And in with the new. Black coconut, fresh ginger, champagne, vanilla, massoia bark, skin musk, peru balsam, sugarcane, ecru musk, and the merest whiffs of icy bergamot and frozen pear.

Pax Mundi : A prayerful ode to world peace. Smoky frankincense, bay laurel, myrtle pepper, peach nectar, myrrh, balsam of peru, Atlas cedar wood, and gentle copaiba.

Snug:  The scent of staying in to watch the snow fall: dark honey amber, marshmallow, and the glow of beeswax candles.

Solstice Sugar: Rejoice in the return of the sweet sun-child throughout all the jolly festivals of the Winter Solstice. The scent of warmest celebrations and Yuletide feasts with notes of toasty almonds, apple cakes, baking spices, and honeyed mead.

Tinderbox:  The essence of a baroque case filled with tempered firesteel, flint, and linen charcloth: resinous black amber, woodsmoke, sweet mallow root, frankincense, cubeb, and sandalwood.

 The Ulda: The elusive fairy folk of the Nordic Sapmi region are said to live underneath the Earth and travel in reindeer-drawn sleighs tinkling with silver bells. With white almond, resinous Baltic amber, crisp bayberry, warm cardamom, and pink pepper.

 Winter Malaise:  Sigh. A carb-laden base of syrupy sweet mango and thick, rich vanilla is prodded with cinnamon, clove, black anise, and iron-distilled patchouli. Perfect for that date with your light box.

Winter Mirth:  The scent of favorite scarves, gleeful snow days, and a lighthearted whirl of holiday parties: green coconut, baked pumpkin, nutmeg, red patchouli, and brightest lemongrass.

 Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s Winter Correctives:  Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s now-obscure scientific preparations originated in the 1930’s in the workshop of a small midwest university. Often found wild-eyed at all hours in front of his bubbling beakers with an illegible stack of notes at his side, Goodfellow was called everything from mad scientist to astounding, unprecedented genius. Here are a few of the formulae he devised specifically to alleviate winter’s dark days. May they blast and soothe your doldrums and bring you whatever you seek.

Laughter:  Giggly raspberry with sparks of pink and black pepper, and what Goodfellow himself described as “a gay tangle of euphoric herbs” which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Ooomph:  For those late afternoons when eyelids begin to inexorably droop. Coffee, coffee, more coffee, cream, and a brew of stimulative herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Prosperity:  It’s always good to keep one’s coffers filled. Golden pumpkin, lime, amber, almond, a pinch of cardamom, and a pastiche of herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

 Tranquility:  A palliative mix of apricot, peach, cream, sweet clove, and a union of calming herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Rhinestone Housewife Exclusive Blooddrop Review Diamond Pumpkin Perfume Oil

Hello hotties!

I know it’s been so very long since I’ve done a review post, but my allergies have been the worst they have ever been this year.  Boo!  Now that I’m finally able to smell again I’d like to review our gorgeous exclusive for The Rhinestone Housewife from Astrid of Blooddrop, Pumpkin Diamond.

Pumpkin Diamond: The Pumpkin Diamond is a one of a kind stone in a brilliant, bold pumpkin color. This perfume is warm pumpkin cake with nutmeg, vanilla, sweet orange, dried apricots, fresh ginger, aged patchouli, and African myrrh. It also mimics the Pumpkin Diamond’s color!

In bottle:  Warm sugary spice.

Wet on skin:  The spice comes out with maybe a bit of the sweet orange?  No  craft store spice here, just warm and rich and deep.   As it starts to dry down, the vanilla and dried apricots start peeking out.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down, it richens up and deepens quite a bit.  The nutmeg and pumpkin cake really start popping out and it gorgeous!    The ginger grounds the whole thing and there’s just a hint, the lightest whiff of patchouli wafting around.  Nothing hippy dippy or dirty about it.  The African myrrh also adds a gorgeous background that supports the sweetness of the pumpkin and vanilla.

Verdict:   Gorgeous and hands down my favorite pumpkin scent I’ve ever tried.  In fact, it’s the *only* pumpkin perfume oil that I can wear.

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Pumpkin Diamond Exclusive Perfume Oil

 

You can also find all kind of other goodies from Blooddrop here:

Blooddrop Fineries exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife.

Arcana Queens Of Snow and Air and Returning Favorites

Arcana Holiday 2013

 

 

 

PERFUME OILS

 The Queens of Snow and Air Perfume Collection

 Little Lully:  Our heroine. Innocent, gentle, rosy-cheeked. Tender new blossoms of lily of the valley and honeysuckle are kissed with coconut milk, copaiba balsam, and butter CO2 extract.

Small Cottage in a Clearing:  The cozy scent of milky coffee with white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and a faint undercurrent of dangerous black musk.

The Old Forest:  Smoky resins with Bourbon vanilla bean, wild honey, dragonsblood, dark musk, kush, a hint of fir needle, and a drop of antique vetiver.

Gehern the Troll:  He lives high in the mountains in his frozen cave. Fresh gingerroot, warm gingerbread, nectarine, bergamot, sweet orange.

7 Apples Grow in Ice:  Honeyed winesaps and green apples with pearl musk, skin musk, white pepper, and a tiny hint of frozen grapefruit.

Astrid the Cold:  The mystical, enigmatic queen of air. Neroli, chilled vodka, rich amber, oak moss, coconut husks, lavender.

Sigrid the Wise:  The beautiful, merciful queen of snow. Labdanum absolute, smoky frankincense, myrrh, and glorious, golden vanilla.

Necklace Made of Tears:  Poor Lully. Sticky spun sugar with frankincense tears, peach nectar, violets, lacrima water, and cardamom.

The Sighing Bridge:  Dark, sweet pipe tobacco with 3 precious ambers.

Snowflake Palace:  At last. White tea leaves, white amber, silvery soft musk, and a swirl of wood smoke.

 

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 Returning Arcana Yule Classics

Arctic Bear:  Cave in to shivery pleasures with this festively icy blend straight from the North Pole. A playful mix of aromatic Northern bayberry, frosted Siberian fir needle oil and the dry freshness of snowy woods. Hail the Great Arctic Bear!

 Black Maria:  Abandoned remedies, emptied tobacco tins, and the intangible essence of impending trouble. Ginger syrup, apothecary honey, golden Cavendish, vanilla, tonka, and Dutch caraway.

Bluestocking: 

“I have met with women whom I really think would like to be married to a poem, and to be given away by a novel.” —John Keats
Lavender, warm milk, rich vanilla, white heather, yuzu, petitgrain, and a smattering of sunflowers.

Comfort 2013:  The sugarcoated balm of holiday solace. Bright pomegranate and fluffy snow lift the soul while splashes of citrus, tonka, and rum warm the heart.

 Frozen Heart:  The essence of a snow queen’s glacial affections. An enchanted concoction of spiky black pepper, cold peppermint, icy watermelon, pale vanilla, and pearl musk. Beware of glittering women in sleighs who promise you the world.

 La Befana:  Notes of ripe apricot, Sicilian blood orange, dark chocolate, smoked vanilla, and toasted biscotti combine to evoke la Befana, the Christmas witch of Italy who slides down chimneys to leave sweets for very good children and lumps of coal for the very bad.

Old Year’s Night:  And in with the new. Black coconut, fresh ginger, champagne, vanilla, massoia bark, skin musk, peru balsam, sugarcane, ecru musk, and the merest whiffs of icy bergamot and frozen pear.

Pax Mundi : A prayerful ode to world peace. Smoky frankincense, bay laurel, myrtle pepper, peach nectar, myrrh, balsam of peru, Atlas cedar wood, and gentle copaiba.

Snug:  The scent of staying in to watch the snow fall: dark honey amber, marshmallow, and the glow of beeswax candles.

Solstice Sugar: Rejoice in the return of the sweet sun-child throughout all the jolly festivals of the Winter Solstice. The scent of warmest celebrations and Yuletide feasts with notes of toasty almonds, apple cakes, baking spices, and honeyed mead.

Tinderbox:  The essence of a baroque case filled with tempered firesteel, flint, and linen charcloth: resinous black amber, woodsmoke, sweet mallow root, frankincense, cubeb, and sandalwood.

 The Ulda: The elusive fairy folk of the Nordic Sapmi region are said to live underneath the Earth and travel in reindeer-drawn sleighs tinkling with silver bells. With white almond, resinous Baltic amber, crisp bayberry, warm cardamom, and pink pepper.

Winter Malaise:  Sigh. A carb-laden base of syrupy sweet mango and thick, rich vanilla is prodded with cinnamon, clove, black anise, and iron-distilled patchouli. Perfect for that date with your light box.

Winter Mirth:  The scent of favorite scarves, gleeful snow days, and a lighthearted whirl of holiday parties: green coconut, baked pumpkin, nutmeg, red patchouli, and brightest lemongrass.

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 Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s Winter Correctives:  Professor T.S. Goodfellow’s now-obscure scientific preparations originated in the 1930’s in the workshop of a small midwest university. Often found wild-eyed at all hours in front of his bubbling beakers with an illegible stack of notes at his side, Goodfellow was called everything from mad scientist to astounding, unprecedented genius. Here are a few of the formulae he devised specifically to alleviate winter’s dark days. May they blast and soothe your doldrums and bring you whatever you seek.

Laughter:  Giggly raspberry with sparks of pink and black pepper, and what Goodfellow himself described as “a gay tangle of euphoric herbs” which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Ooomph:  For those late afternoons when eyelids begin to inexorably droop. Coffee, coffee, more coffee, cream, and a brew of stimulative herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Prosperity:  It’s always good to keep one’s coffers filled. Golden pumpkin, lime, amber, almond, a pinch of cardamom, and a pastiche of herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Tranquility:  A palliative mix of apricot, peach, cream, sweet clove, and a union of calming herbs which combine to bear a strange olfactory resemblance to rich cheesecake.

Happy Holidays From The Rhinestone Housewife-Coupon Code Included

Happy holidays from The Rhinestone Housewife!  We want to celebrate our first holiday shopping season by giving back to you, our customers.  It’s you that keep us going by letting us enable you with wonderfully delicious products.   Without you, we couldn’t do what we love….so thank you!

From now until Saturday 12/7 at midnight PST, enter coupon code YULE2013 (case sensitive) for some amazing discounts.   $1-50.00 you will save 20% off your entire order, $50.01-100.00 you will save 30% off your entire order and 100.01 and up will save you a whopping 40% off your order!   Totals are before shipping is added and if you need an alternate or expedited shipping method please feel free to email us before placing your order and we are happy to accommodate your holiday shipping needs.  At this time we cannot guarantee any delivery date but our TAT has remained at 1-3 days. (we pay the elves in candy….they work all the time!)  We are also able to invoice you via PayPal if that is your preferred method of payment.

In case you hadn’t discovered it yet, we’ve got a ton of new men’s products added to our MANLY MAN section, including After Shave Balm and Shave Oil.  We’ve also added quite a few new soaps that will appeal to the more masculine folk in your life.  Feel free to peruse our selections here.  You are  sure to find something perfect for presenting under the tree this year!                http://www.therhinestonehousewife.com/products/category.php?cid=20

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We are also ZOMG excited to announce two exclusive new products from ZOMG Smells!  We’ve got a perfume oil and a soap to present to you, Zombie Disco Housewife.   You can find these in our EXCLUSIVES section:

http://www.therhinestonehousewife.com/products/category.php?cid=19

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We’ve stocked up on all your favorites and have completed inventory so you can be assured our stock is current and ready to ship during this busy season.

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Rhinestone Housewife!