Category Archives: Holidays

2015/16 Tacky Ornament Exchange

I love this swap, it’s my favorite!   This year I really scored with a heavenly wiener dog ornament.  I also received some really pretty Shiro shadows that I’ve been gradually working through, a BEAUTIFUL red matte Sleek lipstick that I’ve been wearing non-stop as well as several Future Primitive products that I haven’t tried yet.  There is a lotion, a bubbly soap and two perfume oils.  I can’t wait to try them all out!

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Halloween 2015 Carves 7-15

Really cranking them out now, here are the latest carves!

Carve #7 Nosferatu

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

Carve #8 Bonejangles

Bonejangles
Bonejangles

Carve #9 Wicked

Wicked
Wicked

Carve #10 Wednesday

Wednesday
Wednesday

Carve #11 Groot

Groot
Groot

Carve #12 Baby Groot

Baby Groot
Baby Groot

Carve #13 Back To The Future

Back To The Future
Back To The Future

Carve #14 Doc Brown

Doc Brown
Doc Brown

Carve #15 McFly

McFly
McFly

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Halloween 2015 Pumpkin Carve #1 – Sleepy Kitty

This is it!  The first carve of the season!  I have no willpower so when I saw pumpkins for sale at the grocery store I picked one up.  I probably let it sit a little too long but I was able to carve it up just fine.

The crop this year:

700lbs of pumpkins
700lbs of pumpkins
This years victims.
This years victims.

Carve #1 – Sleepy Kitty.

Carve #1 - Sleepy Kitty
Carve #1 – Sleepy Kitty


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Tacky Ornament Swap Photos!

Happy holiday’s, hotties!

Every year I participate in a tacky ornament swap.  This year the goods were too tacky to keep to myself AND my swap partner was supremely generous.   Behold the tack:

Tacky Christmas forever!
Tacky Christmas forever!

My swap partner was very generous and added some amazing extras in my package as well and included a lot of stuff that I haven’t had the change to try before so I’m super excited:

Look at all those extra goodies!
Look at all those extra goodies!

I got fuzzy socks, holiday socks with puppies wearing Santa hats, a goodie bag, candy, jasmine tea, TFSI (a holy grail product), and shower gel and body lotion from Sixteen 92.   Whoo!  Thank you so much reddit user, aumerle!

Arcana Yule 2014 Reviews

Hello hotties!  I know you’ve been waiting for this so here it is, the Arcana Yule 2014 review post of DOOM!  These Arcana limited edition scents are available only while supplies last at The Rhinestone Housewife so grab them while you can!

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Come to Krampus:  An intoxicating invitation to the underworld. Blackest musk, charred vanilla beans, kush, thick opium, and oudh.

In bottle-Dark and brooding.

Wet on skin-Kush, kush all the way!   The kush is wrapped up in a thick whirl of blackest musk and the charred vanilla beans.

Dry on skin-The vanilla beans are the first thing I notice, and they are accompanied nicely by the opium and oudh.   The musk and kush have really settled down and add a nice balance.

Verdict-This is a serious dark and brooding blend.   If you like dark and intoxicating then this is for you.    This would also smell divine on a boy.  I’m betting this will get even better with age.

 
Krampusnacht Old leather, infernal smoke, vintage patchouli, cubeb, ho wood, a drop of fir oil, and a touch of brisk Alpine night air.

In bottle-Fir and crisp night air.

Wet on skin-Crisp fir and ho wood are the stars right at first.   The old leather and smoke make an appearance and add to the woodsy feel of this blend.

Dry on skin-The notes in this blend have lent a bit of an incensey feel to this oil.  Like really nice fir incense kept in a nice wooden box and when lit, magic!

Verdict-A rich and brooding evergreen blend that’s perfect for a boy or a lady that might like a less frivolous and sweet blend.   A ton of throw and I bet this will last forever and age beautifully.

Krampus Nog Eggnog with vodka, rum, sweet cream, nutmeg, and wicked amber.

In bottle-Spiked eggnog (the song of my people)  😉

Wet on skin-Whoa, booze!   Booze surrounded by sweet cream and nutmeg.

Dry on skin-The nutmeg is commanding attention but it’s swirled in a lovely cloud of the sweet cream and eggnog with a dash of amber.   The booze has taken a backseat and is just enough to make sure this scent isn’t cloying at all.

Verdict-A very warm and rich, snuggly scent.   I grabbed a bottle for me.   *Pro tip* This is wonderful layered with McNaughty Nog!

 

Lebkuchen Krampus Gingerbread Krampus? Yes please! Blood red musk flows through intense gingerbread, chai spices, cardamom, white pepper, incense, and sweet clove.

In bottle-Foody spicy clove.

Wet on skin-The cardamom is right up front and quite creamy, followed by the chai spices and white pepper.  The gingerbread get more prominent as the blend dries down.

Dry on skin-As it has dried down the blood red musk is in the spotlight and it really grounds this blend and keeps it from being too foody or sweet.    The sweet clove and incense have blended nicely with the gingerbread to support the red musk.

Verdict-A must have for me….I snagged a bottle for myself.  If you like spice then you need this.

 

Ribbons & Teddy Bears What remains after Krampus takes the children. Remnants of French vanilla and pistachio ice creams, apricot jam, sugared peach, melty chocolate, sticky candy canes, orange peels, and sweet coconut.

In bottle-Peach candy!

Wet on skin-A nice splash if citrusy peach with a drizzle of the pistachio ice cream.  Just a bit of French vanilla and apricot jam is peeking out at this point.

Dry on skin-Now I’m getting the sticky candy canes and coconut and it’s absolutely brilliant with the various sugared fruits.   A gorgeous cloud of sweet, bright and delicious notes.

Verdict-Love.  I stole a bottle of this for myself.  This blend isn’t what I was expecting, not cloying sweet or little girlish.  It’s a bright and cheerful oil that’s perfect if you like candy, fruity or feminine scents.

 

Schnaps mit Krampus:  If Krampus comes to your house, you’d best pass him the bottle. A boozy, rummy blend of apple, tangerine, and pear schnaps over woodsmoke, labdanum, and a hint of Arcana’s Growl blend.

In bottle-Apple!

Wet on skin-Tangerine and apples are dancing around the pear schnaps in a delightfully boozy way.

Dry on skin-As it’s died down the labdanum cuts through the fruits and booze.   There is just the merest whiff of woodsmoke and it’s a perfect compliment to the bright fruits.

Verdict-I love the brightness of this blend.  It’s not heavy or boozy but comforting and quite pretty.

 

Gersemi:  Beautiful Gersemi is the daughter of Freyja and the Norse goddess of precious objects. Perfect vanilla, frozen honey, white chocolate, oudh, skin musk, and one drop of patchouli.

In bottle-Chocolate!

Wet on skin-The chocolate and skin musk are shimmery and pretty with the frozen honey oudh sparkling in the background.   The vanilla is just the merest hint.

Dry on skin-As it dries down the skin musk amps a bit as does the oudh.   The white chocolate starts to peek out and adds a really nice sweetness to this blend.  I don’t get any of the patchouli but that might change as it ages.

Verdict-Gorgeous, hoard worthy and hypnotic.   I think it will age very nicely.   Good throw.

 

Hnossa:  Lovely Hnossa is Gersemi’s sister and the Norse goddess of desire. Sugar cookies with frosted tuberose petals, white tiare, gardenia, star jasmine, skin musk, ivory musk, and pink sugar.

In bottle-Pink sugar!

Wet on skin-The pink sugar is the star right here with a supporting cast of delicate white florals, the skin and ivory musk are keeping the florals soft and wispy.

Dry on skin-The tuberose and gardenia have really blossomed now and they are softened and warmed up with the sugar cookie and musks.  The pink sugar is the perfect compliment and while prominent doesn’t steal the show.

Verdict-This is the surprising one of the bunch for me.  Whilst I love florals and in particular white florals I typically can’t wear them on my skin but this blend seems to be working for me.  If you love florals or ‘pink’ scent, grab this one while you can…..it’s brilliant!

 

McNaughty Nog:  Exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife! Eggnog, Arcana’s beloved yellow cake note, rum, fresh milk, nutmeg, and a drizzle of toasty caramel.

In bottle-Rum and yellow cake.

Wet on skin-Delicious, delicious yellow cake wrapped up in nutmeg and a creamy caramel.  Briefly wafting in the back ground is fresh milk and eggnog.

Dry on skin-This blend dries down to a beautiful, rich and gourmand scent.  It’s all yellow cake iced with spiked eggnog caramel frosting but dusted with nutmeg for just enough spice to keep it grounded.

Verdict-It’s named after me so of course I love it!  *Pro tip* Layer this with Krampus Nog for the ultimate olfactory experience!

 

Oscura:  For the long, dark nights. Vanilla oleoresin, pure sandalwood, benzoin, balsam of Peru, 10 year aged labdanum absolute, cassia, Omani frankincense, and white cognac oil.

In bottle-Sandalwood and balsam.

Wet on skin-It’s a dark colored oil, full of balsam of Peru and redolent with frankincense.  The white cognac oil and vanilla oleoresin make me want to lick my arm.  It’s a true, gorgeous and not artificial smelling vanilla.

Dry on skin-The woods are the most prominent notes with the rich vanilla adding to the really wonderful blend.   The cassia is just a hint of spice and the labdanum and frankincense are taking a back seat here.

Verdict-This is a thick, rich and lush scent.   I’m sure it’s going to age beautifully and will be equally wonderful on a boy or girl.

 

Winter’s Wolves:  The scent of the Great Forest itself: a silent blanket of snow, fir needle, juniper, black spruce, cold white violets, and a small howl of peppermint.

In bottle-Icy and brisk.

Wet on skin-The cold white violets are nestled underneath firs and spruce, with fresh snow swirling around.

Dry on skin-The violets are the silent star of this blend, beautiful and creamy.  The evergreens are the perfect compliment and add such a lovely base for the snow and just a suggestion of peppermint.

Verdict-Lovely and surprisingly pretty and wearable.   A beautiful icy and refreshing floral without being too precious.

 

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2014 Arcana Yule Collection At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello hotties!   Are you ready for the holidays?  We are!    And The Rhinestone Housewife is so excited to be bringing to you the new Arcana 2014 Yule collection.  This collection will have something for everyone; whether you like sweet, spicy, naughty or nice there will be something just for you.  This collection is available for pre-order and should ship out within a week.    Just in time for Kramp….err, Santa.

PERFUME OILS

The Krampus Collection

While Santa Claus leaves his comfortable home at the North Pole only once a year, Krampus is a traveler, a vagrant, an unwelcome transient who picks up his mail in Hell. Sure, Santa lets him tag along in the sleigh, but while Santa is munching down cookies and basking in love, what does Krampus get? Fear and scorn. No wonder he’s so miffed!

Come to Krampus:  An intoxicating invitation to the underworld. Blackest musk, charred vanilla beans, kush, thick opium, and oudh.

Krampusnacht:  Old leather, infernal smoke, vintage patchouli, cubeb, ho wood, a drop of fir oil, and a touch of brisk Alpine night air.

Krampus Nog:  Eggnog with vodka, rum, sweet cream, nutmeg, and wicked amber.

Lebkuchen Krampus:  Gingerbread Krampus? Yes please! Blood red musk flows through intense gingerbread, chai spices, cardamom, white pepper, incense, and sweet clove.

Ribbons & Teddy Bears:  What remains after Krampus takes the children. Remnants of French vanilla and pistachio ice creams, apricot jam, sugared peach, melty chocolate, sticky candy canes, orange peels, and sweet coconut.

Schnaps mit Krampus:  If Krampus comes to your house, you’d best pass him the bottle. A boozy, rummy blend of apple, tangerine, and pear schnaps over woodsmoke, labdanum, and a hint of Arcana’s Growl blend.

And more Yule…

Gersemi:  Beautiful Gersemi is the daughter of Freyja and the Norse goddess of precious objects. Perfect vanilla, frozen honey, white chocolate, oudh, skin musk, and one drop of patchouli.

Hnossa:  Lovely Hnossa is Gersemi’s sister and the Norse goddess of desire. Sugar cookies with frosted tuberose petals, white tiare, gardenia, star jasmine, skin musk, ivory musk, and pink sugar.

McNaughty Nog:  Exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife! Eggnog, Arcana’s beloved yellow cake note, rum, fresh milk, nutmeg, and a drizzle of toasty caramel.

Oscura:  For the long, dark nights. Vanilla oleoresin, pure sandalwood, benzoin, balsam of Peru, 10 year aged labdanum absolute, cassia, Omani frankincense, and white cognac oil.

Winter’s Wolves:  The scent of the Great Forest itself: a silent blanket of snow, fir needle, juniper, black spruce, cold white violets, and a small howl of peppermint.

Label art by Alexandria Noel
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Stay off the naughty list!

On the naughty list?  That's ok, we don't care!  (P.S. Hottie's on the naughty list EVERY year)
On the naughty list? That’s ok, we don’t care! (P.S. Hottie’s on the naughty list EVERY year)

Yule 2014 Sale At The Rhinestone Housewife!

Hello hotties?  Are you staying warm and cozy this holiday season?  And for those of you in more tropical climes, are you staying warmed by the sun?  Well, I sure hope so.   Did you know that the time between Halloween and the New Year is my very favorite time of the year?   We’ve got Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year all in a fabulous, creepy and rhinestoned row with tinsel and champagne poured on top.  And crammed in the middle on the 26th of December is my birthday!  Is it the very WORST time to have a birthday…..why yes….yes it is.

This photo perfectly describes just about every birthday I've ever had.  Not my proudest moment but hey.....life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!
This photo perfectly describes just about every birthday I’ve ever had. Not my proudest moment but hey…..life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!

That’s why I like to make my own fun.   This year, The Rhinestone Housewife is having a huge sale for the *entire* season.

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This sale will run until 1/1/5 and features some great deals.    All makeup is 50% off already and all Arcana perfume oils are 10% off.   With coupon code YULE2014  you will receive 20% off all orders between $10.01-50.00, 30% off all orders $50.01-100.00 and a whopping 40% off all orders $100.01 and more.  Plus every 10th order placed will receive free shipping!   The lucky winner will have shipping refunded within 24 hours and will be notified via email.

A couple more updates:

Cirmes Tonsorial Parlour products are no longer available so what we’ve it is it.  If there’s something that you’ve been lusting after or you’re looking for a really nice gift for the gent in your life please check these products out.  Frankly, I’m really surprised these are still available.   My friend Rion loves them!  There are lots of other wonderful men’s products available in the Manly Man section.

And finally, we all know how amazing Arcana products are, right?  Well after almost ten years of being in business they have implemented their first price increase in the history of the company.  What does this mean to you?   All Arcana perfume oils are now at a $17 price point.   How do we feel about this?  Here at The Rhinestone Hosuewife we embrace it and support Julia of Arcana 100%!  Why you ask?  Because we love our suppliers and support them in any way we can.   Arcana has a cult following for a reason-because they are awesome-sauce!   All Arcana perfume oils are marked down 10% through the first of the year because Arcana and The Rhinestone Housewife love you!  Also, we have some delightful new sugar scrubs coming from Arcana soon so stay tuned!

On the naughty list?  That's ok, we don't care!  (P.S. Hottie's on the naughty list EVERY year)
On the naughty list? That’s ok, we don’t care! (P.S. Hottie’s on the naughty list EVERY year)

Halloween 2014 Jack O Lantern Carves 20-27

More Jack O Lanterns!  I’m in the home stretch now, only seven more to go before tomorrow night.

Carve #20 Lotsa

Lotsa
Lotsa

Carve #21 Zuul

Zuul
Zuul

Carve #22 Vinz Clortho

Vinz Clortho
Vinz Clortho

Carve #23 Slimer

Slimer
Slimer

Carve #24 Peter Venkman

Peter Venkman
Peter Venkman

Carve #25 Ray Stanz

Ray Stanz
Ray Stanz

Carve #26 Egon Spengler

Egon Spengler
Egon Spengler

Carve #27 The Riddler

The Riddler
The Riddler
Some of the crop
Some of the crop

Halloween 2014 Jack O Lantern Carves 9-14

Ok, I’ve been busy!  I have six new carves to show you.  On to the pumpkiny goodness!

Carve #9 Cat In Box

Cat In Box
Cat In Box

Carve #10 Eric Northman

Eric Northman
Eric Northman

Carve #11 Killer Klown From Outer Space

Killer Klown From Outer Space
Killer Klown From Outer Space

Carve #12 Lady Of The Dead

Lady Of The Dead
Lady Of The Dead

Carve #13 Wolverine

Wolverine
Wolverine

Carve #14 Poison Apple

Poison Apple
Poison Apple

Halloween 2014 Jack O Lantern Carves #3-8

I’ve been a busy Hottie! Now I bring you carves number three through eight.  Some scary, some cute and just plain, well…….twisted.

Carve #3 Booberry

Carve #3 Booberry!
Booberry!

Carve #4  Chernabog

Chernaborg
Chernabog

Carve #5  Olaf!

Olaf!
Olaf!

Carve #6 Frankenberry

Frankenberry
Frankenberry

Carve #7  Keaton-a classic grinning jack

Keaton-a classic grinning jack
Keaton-a classic grinning jack

Carve #8 Twisty The Clown from American Horror Story-Freakshow  (fyi, this is by far my favorite pattern I’ve carved so far although Jaws is a close second)

Twisty The Clown
Twisty The Clown

Carves #1-2

Hotties!  Those of you new to the blog might not know how big of a deal Halloween is around here.   I carve between 10-35 pumpkins every year and will post them all here as I do them.  It’s a month full of disposable art fun and this year I bought 850lbs of pumpkins at the farm.

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And a sneak preview of one of my costumes this year:

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Carve #1-Those of you with a keen eye will recognize this classic grinning jack from Sleepy Hollow:

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Carve #2 Would you look at this fucking clown:

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