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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

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):

 

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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.

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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?

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.

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!

Les Fleurs du Mal
Les Fleurs du Mal

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!

STOD Review Conjure Oils – El Diabolito

While I post a lot of SOTD’s (scent of the day) on The Rhinestone Housewife FB page, I haven’t posted them a lot here so  I thought I’d give it a shot!  Today, I am wearing El Diabolito by Conjure Oils.

El Diabolito by Conjure Oils
El Diabolito by Conjure Oils

El Diabolito: flick the angel off of your shoulder and indulge the devilish side. Smoke, chocolate and warm spices conspire to make debauchery a divine pastime.

In bottle: Bittersweet chocolate powder.

Wet on skin: At first it’s all hot and spicy with just a hint of some earthy chocolate swirling in the background.

Dry on skin: The sweetness really starts to emerge in the dry down with the smokiness as the perfect balance. The spicyness is absolutely perfection here…..rich and deep.

Verdict:  I smell like a sexy mocha. It’s easy for perfume oils to veer into craft store territory with any sort of cinnamon or spice note but El Diabolito manages to avoid that completely.  This is spicy, warm and rich.  Perfect for those who love chocolate but don’t necessarily want to smell like cake.

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Arcana Stars + Flowers Reviews

Hotties!  Here they are, reviews of the Stars + Flowers collection.

Arcana Stars + Flowers
Arcana Stars + Flowers

Adhara: The maidens. Vanilla cream, tangerine, clementine, Nagami peel, black coconut, and a touch of sweet violet.

In bottle: Bright citrus!

Wet on skin: The vanilla cream blended with the tangerine and clementine are so pretty together.  The sweet violet is soft and cheeky in the background.

Dry on skin: The vanilla is definitely foody and creamy and with the citrus notes it’s quite creamsickle-y but the dark coconut and violet are the perfect balance to the bright gourmands.

Verdict: Bright, effervescent and bubbly.  If you love citrus and vanilla, you’ll love this!

Bellatrix: The lady warrior. Sweet, jammy fir absolute with 3 honeys, honeysuckle, tiny strawberries, and blood orange.

In bottle: Fresh honeysuckle.

Wet on skin: Fresh pine needles and honeysuckle…it’s kind of a genius combination.

Dry on skin:  The honeysuckle really warms up and as the fir mellows.  The strawberries are fresh and very precious with a generous drizzle of honey.

Verdict:  The honey is pretty soft in this blend and it’s all honeysuckle on me.
Betelgeuse: Orion’s hand. Atlas cedarwood and blood cedar with smoldering oudh, osmanthus, brown musk, bacon, and vetiver.

In bottle: Smoke and all smoke!

Wet on skin: This a a serious oil.  Heavy, smokey and musky.

Dry on skin: I can’t really distinguish the notes in this, but it’s all incense, smoke, wood and musk with a healthy dose of vetiver.

Verdict: Don’t worry, you won’t smell like bacon!  But if you’re into the heavy, smokey and incense blends then you most certainly need this.

Electra: The lost Pleiad. Pink carnation petal ice cream, Mexican bakery vanilla, eggnog, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In bottle: Frothy pink.

Wet on skin: Mmm, carnation and eggnog are swirled together, tasty and creamy   Plop a scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top and it’s spicy, sweet and lush.

Dry on skin: The spiciness of the carnation really ramps up and it’s a great balance with the sweet notes.

Verdict: This is so pretty.  Carnation is one of my favorite flowers and if you’re a carnation lover then you should pick this up.

Miaplacidus: Gentle waters. Sea air, spring water, cucumber, juniper, hyacinth, lavender, China musk, and 1 drop of hyssop.

In bottle: Fresh aquatic.

Wet on skin: The juniper is right up front, with a splash of very soft cucumber water.  The hyacinth and hyssop petals are gently swirling around with a fresh spritz of spring air.

Dry on skin: Bright hyacinth and salty sea are lovely with light cucumber and exotic musk.   Lavender and juniper are perfect to balance this out.

Verdict: A fresh, aquatic blend with an sophisticated twist of heady florals.

Mira: The amazing. Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows, and white chocolate.

In bottle: Sugary chocolate accord – dark in color.

Wet on skin: Rich milk chocolate and coconut drizzled in rum marshmallows.

Dry on skin: The white chocolate and marshmallows are rich and luscious.  The tiare blooms and scent swirls around with the sugared rum and cocoas.

Verdict: A rich gourmand dream with an unexpected white floral that is perfection.

Sirius: The brilliant. Bright white grapefruit, golden amber, linden flowers, tart red currant, cassis, and pomegranate.

In bottle: Bright citrus.

Wet on skin: Oh man, this is ALL bright citrus – right up in your face, bracing and proud.

Dry on skin:  The citrus and cassis are stuck in a swirly embrace of juicy, bright cloudiness, with a flash of linden flower and a healthy dose of pomegranate.

Verdict: A lively and energetic blend, this would be perfect for those hot summer days.

Arcana The Prynne Collection Part 2 Reviews

Now that all The Rhinestone Housewife anniversary sales orders are packed up and ready to be dropped off at the post office, I thought I take a couple of moments to review the second part of the Arcana Prynne Collection!  These are available while supplies last!

Cocquette – A flirty blend of honeyed strawberries, pink cotton candy, Tahitian vanilla, French cognac absolute, and balsam of Peru.

In bottle:  Sweet pink candy!

Wet on skin:  It’s a bloom of pink strawberry right at first followed closely by the tropical vanilla.

Dry on skin:  The strawberry is soft and the sweet cotton candy is definitely giving this a pink vibe.   The cognac and balsam of Peru and just quietly hovering around the edges, lightly grounding the cloud of pink fluffiness.  It’s a delightful fluffy pink cloud!

Verdict:  If you like ‘pink’ or ‘sugar’ scents or anything with a sweet candy vibe, this will be right up your alley.  Personally, I’ve love to see what this is like layered with something like black coconut or patchouli.


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Coquette Perfume Oil

 

Fancy Boy – So indulged! A slice of warm bread smothered in golden honey, white chocolate, almond bits, and rich vanilla.

In Bottle: Chocolate and vanilla.

Wet on Skin:  At  first it’s all white chocolate and almond, with a slight whiff of honey.

Dry on Skin:  The warm bread note has appeared and it’s added a really beautiful ‘warm’ feeling.  The vanilla is deep but rich and soft, while the chocolate and almond has settled down.  The honey ties the whole blend together.  At the very end the chocolate and honey ramp up and it’s delightful.

Verdict:  A chocolate blend that manages to be not too foody or cloying.   It’s really nice!

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Fancy Boy

 

Floozy – Silky opium smoked with boozy amber, dark vanilla, and sandalwood.

In bottle:  Smokey and resinous

Wet on skin:  This blend is all silky smoked opium right from the get go!  The boozy amber and vanilla saunter in and tangle with the opium.

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down, the sandalwood has made an appearance and it’s particularly lovely with the dark vanilla. These two notes really help to richen up the smoked opium and amber.

Verdict: If you like smokey blends or resins of any kind you might enjoy this.  The dark vanilla adds a warmth and depth that isn’t foody in any way.

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Tramp – Red roses, worn leather, blood cedar, oudh, and 3 trampy musks.

In bottle:  Soft rose and light leather.

Wet on skin:   A very soft leather with a soft wood, which I expect is the blood cedar. The leather really does smell worn and not sharp at all.

Dry on skin:  The rose has amped a bit and it’s like completely couched in the swirling oudh and the musks.  The musks aren’t pungent but warm with a lot of depth and they are perfect with the earthy wood.

Verdict:  Surprise!  I liked this more than I thought I would.   If you’re into rose and leather than this might be a good choice for you.  Normally I amp leather notes to the point of it overpowering everything else but this blend doesn’t do that for me.

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Tramp



Arcana Hallowe’en Reviews – Sunken Lyonesse, Terrors, Ravenous II

Oh, I know you guys have been waiting for this!   The Arcana Hallowe’en collection is always highly anticipated so without further ado, here it is!

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Isolde:  White chocolate, pale almond milk, delicate vanilla, cream, and a touch of sheer musk.

In bottle:  Delicate cream.

Wet on skin:  The almond milk is the first note to appear with vanilla very lightly following behind.

Dry on skin:  The creams really come to life here and the white chocolate lends a nice hands in blending the soft vanilla and musk.

Verdict:  This is a soft, feminine and comforting scent.

Tristan:  Sandalwood, caramel, animalic musk, sweet tree roots, and a hint of Cornish violets.

In bottle: Sandalwood and musk.

Wet on skin:  Mmmmm, sexy musk and woods are right up front and knocking at the door.

Dry on skin:  The caramel is rich a sexy and super gorgeous with the woods and very faintest hint of violet.  The musk keeps this from being too sweet or cloying.

Verdict:  Gorgeous, rich and sexy.  Even with the violets, this would be equally amazing on a boy or girl.

Unearthly Lovely:  Dusty honey, bee pollen, and vanilla bean.

In bottle:  Soft vanilla.

Wet on skin:  Very light and ethereal honey at first with the vanilla bean just peeking in the door.

Dry on skin:  This is all honey, but not dirty honey…it’s soft and slightly dusty with a nice, rich vanilla chaser.

Verdict:  This would be great for people who typically can’t wear a more swarthy honey. It’s very soft and pretty and would be completely office or work appropriate.

Marble Flowers:  Opulent tuberose petals, neroli, sheer bergamot, white amber, pearl musk, and white cognac absolute.

In bottle:  Bergamot and neroli.

Wet on skin:  Bergamot and tuberose are the stars here at first…it’s bright and bracing and fresh.

Dry on skin:  As this dries down the white amber and pearl musk soften up the bergamot and floral.   The white cognac absolute is the perfect, grounding note here….it’s just the right compliment for the brighter notes.

Verdict:  A beautiful, rich floral and should appeal to those that might not typically enjoy florals.   I believe this will age beautifully.

 

Nereids:  Shimmering water, sweet apples, Tiare, rain, pink jasmine, green musk, and wildflowers.

In bottle:  Aquatic apples.

Wet on skin:  The apples and tiara are both floating around in the sparkly water….like if you went to a party and they were bobbing for apples and someone had the brilliant idea of adding flowers to the water.

Dry on skin:  The rain and green musk descend on this blend and saturate the apples and florals.  The jasmine is just pink and sweet enough and the wildflowers are a nice addition.

Verdict:  The lovely, fresh and alluring aquatic floral.   I want to wear this while dancing in an impromptu rainstorm.

 

The Sullen Courts of Sleep:  A tenebrous blend of amber resin, coconut milk, skin musk, and French cognac.

In bottle:  Soft coconut.

Wet on skin:  Ugh, the French cognac is gorgeous and creamy….lush.   The coconut milk and skin musk are succulent and rich.

Dry on skin:  As this dies down the amber resin is the perfect compliment to the lush and creamy coconut and cognac.  It’s warm, rich and very, very heavenly and not in a foodie way.

Verdict:  This is the surprise hit of the collection for me.   It’s so lovely and everyone should buy it!

 

Sabbath Eve:  Crisp, dead leaves, evening woodsmoke, dark amber, and smoking church incense.

In bottle:  Dead leaves and incense.

Wet on skin:  Smokey goodness and incense.  The dark amber just starts to appear on the front edge of this drying down.

Dry on skin:  The incense really amps up as this dries down with the woodsmoke swirling around.  The amber and leaves add a nice earthy vibe.

Verdict:  Do you love resinous, smokey and churchy blends?   Then this one is for you!   This would be equally magnificent on a boy or a girl.

 

The Kraken:  There’s a Kraken in the Celtic Sea? Of course! There’s a Kraken in every sea. Gorgeous smoked vanilla, black vanilla, saltwater, China musk, and black musk.

In bottle:  Saltwater and musks.

Wet on skin:  The smoked vanilla is first to this party on the high seas with the black vanilla close behind.   The saltwater is just whirlpooling around behind the other notes….waiting to suck you down into the briny depths.

Dry on skin:  The black vanillas and the musks are the real stars here and the saltwater the is perfect complimentary note for this blend.

Verdict:  RELEASE THE KRAKEN!  (you knew that was coming, right?)   This is the aquatic for those that typically can’t wear aquatics.

 

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The Terrors

Apples Crave Terror:  Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles), ice-cold apples, and an extra shot of smoky frankincense.

In bottle: Earthy apples.

Wet on skin:  Smoky, chilly apples are here and they are proud!

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down, the Terror slinks out of the shadows and becomes the star with the crisp apples a bright supporting player.

Verdict:  Do you like apples?  Do you like Holy Terror?   Then you’ll love this!

 

Peaches Crave Terror:  Yellow and white peaches with Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles).

In bottle:  Peachy resins.

Wet on skin:  There is a lovely peach medley happening here at first.    The Terror is still lurking about in the background waiting to descend and devour the juicy goodness.

Dry  on skin:  The resins and beeswax have really taken the stage and they are rich and dark and so very nice with the white and yellow peaches.

Verdict:  Do you love peaches and Holy Terror?  Don’t wait, this will go fast!

 

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles) with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

In bottle:  Rich dark pumpkin spices.

Wet on skin:  Oooh, the pumpkin pie spices are lovely and rich and not at all craft storish and the Terror…..oh the Terror!

Dry on skin:  The pumpkin pie spices are sooooo good with Holy Terror.  It’s like a terrifying match made in Hallowe’en Town.

Verdict:  Well, you need this.

 

Strawberries Crave Terror:  Deep red strawberries and Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles).

In bottle:  Dark strawberries.

Wet on skin:  The strawberries and smokey and dark and really nice.

Dry on skin: As this dries down it’s a dark strawberry and the Terror is deep and juicy and utterly lush.

Verdict:  Do you like strawberries and Terror?  Try a Terrifyingly gorgeous strawberry!

And…

Ravenous II

Apples Crave Apples:  A special request from the ladies of Reddit IMAM! Notes of golden apple, green apple, Winesap, Fuji, fresh apple, baked apple, spiced apple, apple cider, and a hint of apple.

Verdict:  Apples, apples and more apples with a dash of apple cider.   An apple extravaganza if you will.

Apples Crave Cake (exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife):  Fresh, crisp red apples blended with our Yellow Cake layering note.

Verdict:  Apples and the most perfect Yellow Cake layering note.   I want to eat my arm every time I wear this.

Apples Crave Red Musk:  Candy-red apples and lascivious red musk.

In bottle:  Crispy, fresh apples.

Wet on skin: This is all red apple right up front and it’s fresh a delicious!   The red musk is slinky and and really alluring.

Dry on skin:  Oh man….this is getting good!   It’s the most bright real, fresh apple scent that I have ever come across.   The red musk is the best party crasher ever.  She’s vibrant, salacious and so tasty.

Verdict: Well, I knew I was going to love this because this was one of my suggestions to Julia for Apples Crave.   I bought a ton of this so that no one has to go without it in their lives!

Apples Crave The Tropics:  Lots of green apple and sweet coconut flesh with sexy tuberose, Tahitian Tiare petals, and a drop of lime.

In bottle:  Soft green apple and lime.

Wet on skin:  The lime is soft and almost sugared smelling and it’s really petty with the green apple.  The Tahitian petals are soft and the perfect compliment to the greens of the lime and apple.

Dry on skin:   The Tahitian Tiare and tuberose are here and they are amazing!  The Tiare petals and sugared lime are the perfect duo and they are playing VERY nicely with the green apple and soft coconut.

Verdict:   A sweet, sexy and very wearable scent.  It’s sophisticated and very work appropriate.

Arcana Lady Justice Reviews

You know you want them….well here they are.   The Arcana Lady Justice collection reviewed for your olafactory pleasure!  Photos courtesy of Hpy from Arcana.

De Minimis Non Curat Lex:  The law does not concern itself with trifles.  AKA Circus by the Sea. A cool blend of saltwater, ocean air, rain-soaked blackberries, neroli, coconut, and a hint of green cognac absolute.

In bottle:  Fancy orange flower water.

Wet on skin:  Yum, saltwater, and fresh invigorating ocean air!  It smells of fresh spring rain.

Dry on skin:  The fresh aquatics amp up as this dries down.   The neroli makes quite an entrance here and dances around with the coconut.  The blackberries and green cognac softly waft around in the background.

Verdict:  A lovely aquatic with some soft elements that really ground this blend.   It’s quite lovely….I imagine a very classy lady wearing this.

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Gideon:  Inspired by a spunky orange tabby kitten named after Gideon v. Wainwright. Apricot, golden amber, and a saucerful of cream.

In bottle:  Spunky amber.

Wet on skin:  Sweet golden cream…..warm and comforting.  The amber is so very soft and decadent.

Dry on skin:  The apricot really ripens here and and absolutely delicious.   The golden amber and apricot is absolutely succulent.

Verdict:   Oh sweet baby Jesus….this is amazing.   Sexy and succulent and so lovely.   The surprise hit of the collection for me.  It stay close but it’s so warm and comforting…..like a hug from a great friend who also happens to have awesome boobs.

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Miranda:  Inspired by a soft grey kitten named after Miranda v. Arizona. Pink tuberose petals, Monoi de Tahiti, pearl musk, strawberries, and sugary watermelon.

In bottle:  Forals and soft musk.

Wet on skin:  The pink tuberose and sweet watermelon and right up front, knocking on the door.   The Monoi de Tahiti really blooms at this point and is playing ever so nicely with the musk and fruits.

Dry on skin:  As it dried down, this blend really richens up and deepens into a lovely  yet grounded soft white floral.   Something in this blend is giving almost a bit of a peppery vibe and I like it.   Keep in mind that there is no pink pepper listed in the notes but I’m picking up that vibe.

Verdict:  Julia insists that she’s not huge on florals but dayuuuuuum girl, you been knocking it out of the flower festooned park lately!  This is drop dead freaking gorgeous.  Grown up and sultry this would be perfect when you really want to heat things up.

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Peppermint Candyflip:  A psychedelic blast of cold peppermint dries down to a trippy candy center of blue frosting, sugar cookies, pink musk, blueberry candy, bakery vanilla, bergamot syrup, and lemondrops.

In bottle:  Minty vanilla.

Wet on skin:   A lovely bright sugary mint, in fact it smells like those mints you get at the hostess stand of a restaurant.  I love those!  The peppermint intensifies for just a bit before the bergamot and sweets come out.

Dry on skin:  The blue frosting and sugar cookie reminds me of cotton candy here.  It’s sticky sugary sweet.   It’s still getting the peppermint and the sweetness is now being softened by the pink musk and  lemondrops.  The mint hangs around for a while but it’s not a super bracing peppermint but it’s minty none the less.

Verdict:  Well, I KNEW I was going to love this one right from the description.  It’s a great minty candy that sweet and refreshing and downright pretty.

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Forlan Skincare Night Cream Review

Hello hotties!

This past month I’ve been using a new night cream by Forlan Skin Care. Here’s what the company has to say about it:

  • Specifically Formulated Anti Aging Cream And Ultra-Hydrating Night Moisturizer In One That Helps Reduce The Appearance Of Fine Lines And Wrinkles While You Sleep.
  • Powerful Combination Of Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, & E) That Help Fight Premature Photo Aging By Blocking DNA Damaging Free Radicals Promoting Softness And Elasticity.
  • Contains Natural Ingredients: Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Licorice That Helps Alleviate A Variety Of Skin Conditions Such As Dark Spots And Hyperpigmentation.
  • Pro Hydration Formula Gives All Night Deep Moisturization And Is Non-Greasy And Paraben Free With A Reusable Bottle And Airless Pump Dispenser Making Targeted Application A Breeze.

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I find this cream to be just right for nigh time use. It’s a bit heavier but not greasy in any way.  There is no color or artificial scent so it should be appropriate for those with sensitive skin.

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Baiden Mitten Review

Exfoliation at it’s best!    Those of you that know me know that I love to exfoliate.   I exfoliate daily and am always looking for a new way to do it.  Well, here is the Baiden Mitten.

You use this product a little differently.  You don’t want to use it with soap or use it circular motions.  You wash any oils off your body, sort of sluice the water off your body and use this in an up and down motion.  There is a video if you’d like to see it in action:

Baiden mitten in action.

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I like this a lot!   I didn’t get as much exfoliation as the video but I also exfoliate pretty frequently due to my eczema.   You don’t want to use the mitten more than once weekly or so and make sure it dries out completely between uses.
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Arcana Summer Constellation Reviews!

Hello hotties!  We have a lovely new Arcana collection that is perfect for those magical sultry summer nights.   Summer Constellations will be available in the shop on July 1st but we wanted to make sure you had some reviews to check put so you can decide what’s on your hot list.   These will be available while supplies last so if you see something you can’t live without, get it while you can!

These will be available at The Rhinestone Housewife, Arcana’s Ebay shop and also at Pretty Indulgent.

Summer Constellations

Cygnus: The Swan. Of all the myths surrounding Cygnus, our favorite is that he is vain Queen Cassiopeia’s pampered pet. Soft, antique amber, rose petal syrup, rose-infused cupcakes, and fluffy white frosting.

In bottle: Rose candy.

Wet on skin:  The amber and rose are soft and delicate yet warm and snuggly.  It’s very sweet and wholly lady like.

Dry on skin:  The rose really blooms towards the end but it’s not a sharp floral at all.  The amber and frosted cupcakes really take the edge off of what can be a sharp floral.

Verdict:  It’s rose!  And foodie!  But not too rose!  And not too foodie!

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Delphinus: This matchmaking dolphin convinced beautiful sea-nymph Amphitrite to marry Poseidon. Peach sorbet, sugared coconut milk, and a tiny drop of Key lime.

In bottle:  Sugared lime!

Wet on skin:  It’s like peach sorbet with lime squeezed over the top right at first.  The lime fades a bit and the peach really shines!

Dry on skin:  The peach and coconut milk have combined to give it a bit of a vanilla vibe.   Definitely a sweet peach sorbet scent.

Verdict:  Perfect if you love peach and are looking for the perfect warm weather scent!

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Draco: The bold dragon who stood sentry over Hera’s golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides. Crisp apples, black amber resin, pineapple, black tea, and cognac absolute.

In bottle:  Apple tea.

Wet on skin:  The black amber resin is super in your face right at first. Then the apples and tea swirl around with just the briefest hint of pineapple at the edges.

Dry on skin:  Apple and pineapple black tea with a shot of cognac to richen everything up.  The resin is the perfect note to ground it.

Verdict:  This is a gorgeous apple scent.  It’s not foodie at all, and not spicy either.  It’s a lovely new way to showcase the apple note!

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Lacerta: The Lizard. Ancient Greeks identified no constellation in this spot, but Native American Chumash astronomers saw a lizard, while Chinese astronomers recognized Tengshe, the flying dragon-snake. Cassis, strawberry, watermelon, blackcurrant, opium, white musk, and a hint of luminous green scales.

In bottle: Watermelon!

Wet on skin:  It’s very freshly fruity right at first with the watermelon and strawberry right up front.  The musk and cassis are very subtle in the background at this point.  The white musk is creeping around and it’s really pretty with all the fruits.  The blackcurrant is also adding just a bit of a spicy note.

Dry on skin:  Ahh, the green scales are curling around now….and the fruits have taken a back seat to the musk and soft opium.

Verdict:  This turned out much different than I expected!   It’s less fruity and more grounded and grown up than I thought it would be.  Very soft and appropriate for work.

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Lyra: Containing the bright star Vega, Lyra represents the enchanted lyre of gifted, tragic Orpheus. Smoky oudh with cool vanilla, caramelized apricot, golden woods, rich musk, and honeyed osmanthus.

In bottle:  Cold, smoky oudh.

Wet on skin:  Woodsy but in a wearable soft way….not masculine.  The smokiness of the oudh softened right away and now I’m getting just a bit of the caramelized apricot.

Dry on skin:  The musk has shown up and it’s a sexy one but not too swarthy and it’s *perfect* with the cool vanilla.   The osmanthus is just barely there, peeking in.

Verdict:  This is lovely and warm and rich, but not cloying in any way.  Just the right amount of dark and light.

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Ophiuchus: The snake-handler holds the constellation Serpens in the night sky. Blackest vanilla, sweet cream, and patchouli wind around mandarin, tangerine, petitgrain, ginger, citron, and bright frankincense tears.

In bottle:  Citron and patchouli.

Wet on skin:  The sweet cream and petitgrain start this off warm and creamy.  Then the patchouli and citrus just barely start wafting around.

Dry on skin:  The patchouli steps up and it’s a nice, creamy patchouli and a nice balance with the black vanilla.

Verdict:  This is gorgeous and my favorite of the collection. If you like patchouli then you need this and if you’re hesitant about citrus, then this will be perfect for you because it’s not in your face citrus but soft and creamy.  Not gonna lie, keeping one of these for myself.

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Piscis Australis: The Southern Fish gulps water flowing from the urn of Aquarius. A clean, airy handful of acacia blossoms, neroli, tuberose, asphodel, and native gardenia petals are scattered over banana fruit and white amber.

In bottle: Gardenia and just a hint of banana.

Wet on skin:  Gardenia and banana and ohmygodiloveit!  I actually really enjoy the smell of gardenia but it tends to be a note that I can’t wear.   It’s very airy as the banana fades out a bit and the tuberose blossom.

Dry on skin:    The gardenia is lush and creamy and it’s so unexpected with the banana!   It’s not green or sharp in any way…..very succulent.

Verdict:  A beautiful floral without the green herbal note that you often get with florals.  It’s lovely!

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180 Cosmetics Hyaluronic Serum Review

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So I’ve been super into serums lately and serums that include hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are my favorites.   180 Cosmetics Hyaluronic Serum is my favorite so far.  It goes on nicely with no sticky films that some serums leave behind.  It’s odorless and leaves my skin feeling super soft in the morning.  This serum is a gentle exfoliator so I like to use it in the evening, two or three times weekly.

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It retails for $13.88 and this is what the company has to say about it:

 

  • CONTAINS THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF THE ABSOLUTE BEST QUALITY SWISS HYALURONIC ACID AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET- enriched with natural ingredients and vitamin C for maximum results. Also contains powerful antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals
  • REVERSE THE SIGNS OF AGING WITH THE NEWEST 180 COSMETICS PURE SWISS HYALURONIC SERUM + VITAMIN C THAT HAS TAKEN THE WORLD BY STORM! Watch this truly revolutionary serum reverse the signs of aging right before your eyes, as it restores skin’s elasticity and leaves it looking and feeling smooth, supple, and rejuvenated.
  • FOR AGES 40 AND ABOVE – we also recommend using the 180 Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum or cream + Peptides, for maximum results.

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Elite Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules Review

Hotties! We all know that fish oil is good for us but unfortunately many of us don’t care for seafood and drinking fish oil? Well, that’s pretty gross. I was excited when I was asked to review these.

I started taking one capsule of the Elite Omega 3 Fish Oil  a day and after about a week I was able to notice a big difference in my skin. It seemed more clear and I wasn’t experiencing as many random little blemishes.    I will admit that they have a bit of an aftertaste so  you want to make sure you eat something when you take it.

I also started giving them to my dogs and they think they’re just amazing treats! *gross*

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