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Open Box: FCS Fall 2012 Soap Box

So, despite the fact that there was a little bit of a mishap with my box (which the lovely Hannah got all cleared up for me in under 48 hours), I got it 2 days after it shipped.  I’m just so glad that it didn’t get shipped to my old address!
I’ll just be talking about the scents since I haven’t tried any of the products themselves unless I’ve had them in a different scent.  Here’s what came in the box:
Snickerdoodle Whipped Cream – This was the product I was most interested in, and not just because I love the whipped cream product.  Unfortunately I got more of an oatmeal scent than snickerdoodle scent.  It smells good, just a little disappointed that it didn’t smell more like a snickerdoodle cookie.
Something Nutty Milk Bath – I don’t have a working bath quite yet, but I do love the scent.  It’s just like smelling a fall kitchen.  It reminds me a little of when I’m baking.  Once I have a working tub I’ll be looking forward to trying out their milk bath product.  Beware of this scent, it smells so delicious that you might want to eat it.
Ripe for the Picking OCD – This is a hand sanitizer.  And it’s my favorite type of hand sanitizer because it doesn’t dry out my hands!  Seriously, it hasn’t dried them out at all, which is saying something since I live in the desert.  The scent is really nice for a hand sanitizer.  It’s a lot of different apple scents all mushed into one.  To me, apple scents are really just for like hand soaps and such, but it’s a delicious scent if you love apples all over.
Pumpkin Coconut Crunch Itty Bitty Gritty Lip Scrub – First off, I love that this is in a tube like chapstick instead of a pot.  The scent is perfect for fall.  It’s like a sweeter version of pumpkin pie.  It’s a really tough scent to describe since it really does smell like a pumpkin pie with coconut.  Not something that you can really understand unless you’ve smelt that before.  Absolutely in love with this scent!
A Roll in the Leaves Bath Fizzy – Still without tub 😦 so that’s sad.  Anyway, this scent kind of smells like the Leaves candle from Bath & Body Works, but with a little bit of a twist.
Roast My Marshmallow Fortune Cookie Soap – This soap, like the hand sanitizer, doesn’t seem to be drying my skin out any more than it typically does here in CA.  As for the scent, I was dreading even having to put this up to my nose for a whiff.  I absolutely abhor marshmallow scents.  They always smell too sugary and fake, not like a real marshmallow, and often leave me with a headache.  This one smells absolutely divine (and no headache)!  I don’t really smell the fiery “roasted” part of the scent, but that’s just fine with me as that’s probably what gives me a headache in the first place.
Figs & Berries Eco Suds – This is a laundry detergent.  I think it’s pretty neat that they make a detergent, but my skin is often so picky with detergent for some reason that I’m not sure if I’ll use this for anything more than like sheets.  That said, I do think it’s an okay fragrance.  Not really my cup of tea though.  It’s just sort of too much berry for me.  I’ll have to use it on the guest bed sheets to be sure, but I just think it’s maybe a little too fruity for me since I tend to lean more floral, nutty, bakery or just really fresh smelling.
Cram Your Face in My Sweet Pumpkin Pie Mask – I’m actually pretty excited to try this out.  It smells nice, especially compared to most face masks which reek of something I wouldn’t normally want to put anywhere near my face.  It just has a nice pumpkin scent.  So glad that they included a mask in this quarter’s box!
Overall I think that this quarter is pretty exciting in terms of scents.  Of course, I do tend to lean more towards these types of scents anyway, so that might be it.   It’s very unfortunate that I don’t have a working tub, but maybe one day.  My two favorite scents from this season’s new scents would have to be Something Nutty and Pumpkin Coconut Crunch (oh, or A Roll in the Leaves, so I guess that’s really a top 3 scents).
Sorry for the long post, but I did have to get through 8 products and that takes time.  Hope you enjoyed!
What scents are you most interested in?  Do you get the Fortune Cookie Soap box?
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NOTD: Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Sweet Tart-an

Today is another nail of the day post.  They’re just so fun and easy so hopefully you don’t mind.

This was my first attempt at a Sally Hansen Salon Effects polish, and it’s pretty clear that I need some more practice.  I absolutely love this pattern though.  I don’t think I’ll be purchasing these again, but maybe I will just to see if I can put them on properly next time.

Next time I’m just going to try doing MissJenFABULOUS‘s Argyle nail tutorial (seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyJegRR2Z00).  They look like a lot of fun and they look easy.
Anyway, my full review on these nail strips coming up in about a week.  I just did these Sunday, so I’m waiting to see what type of wear they get before I do a full review.
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NOTD: Zoya Belle

Today I have a nail of the day post.  This was a pretty popular part of my old Xanga blog, so I thought I’d do one here.

Zoya Belle came from the Birchbox Blogger collection.  It’s a nice, warmer pink with a little bit of a golden sheen.

As you can see, even with 2 coats there is plenty of VNL to be seen here.  The opacity on this was so sad.  I would actually use this over top a similar pink creme color.  It’s a shame since this is such a pretty pink.  Just look at that golden sheen!
I wouldn’t buy it again as I’m sure there are plenty of colors I could find that are the same, but it’s here in my collection to stay now.
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Review: Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Wipes

Today’s review is about these cleansing wipes that I got at Sephora.  I can’t remember exactly why I bought them since I already had an open package of wipes, but I suppose that’s beside the point.  These babies cost $10 at Sephora for 25 wipes.  I know it seems a tad outrageous, but I think they’re worth it.
The packaging is fun and colorful, but is essentially the same as every other brand’s face wipe packaging.  I do wish that it came with the plastic re-sealable lid like the CVS brand ones, but overall I guess I can’t complain much.
The clothes themselves are soft and have the perfect amount of saturation.  They aren’t dry like I find the CVS ones to be (although after writing this review I found that the lavendar/nighttime ones from CVS aren’t drying) and they aren’t overly moist like the Ponds Morning Refresh ones are.  The cloth isn’t quilted though.  So if you prefer that type of texture, these aren’t going to be for you.
I think the best part about them for me is that the cleanser on the clothes doesn’t dry my skin out.  Virtually every other makeup wipe I’ve ever tried has left my skin pretty stripped of all natural oils and feeling like I need to immediately put on an entire bottle of facial moisturizer.
Overall Grade:A, I took off the plus because of the packaging.  Those little sticker things really don’t do it for me.  I adore these regardless though and will be repurchasing whenever I run out of all my makeup wipes.
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Review: Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry

So, I am aware that these chubby sticks have been reviewed to death, especially this shade, but I just had to review it.  Right now, these are my absolute favorite.  Each one costs $16 and is available anywhere Clinique makeup is sold.
The packaging is very nice.  It’s like a jumbo crayon, so perhaps not the most sophisticated, but I think it’s really nice.  It also makes it very portable.  I haven’t had any issues with the cap falling off in my purse, but let me know if you have had that issue.
Super Strawberry is a nice, neutral pink.  I find it slightly rosy, but that could just be me.  I think it’s a great color and I nice one that’s easy to try out if you’re new to these.
Hand swatch of Super Strawberry
These are marketed in the tinted lip balm range, so keep that in mind.  A lot of people think that they should be more pigmented, but they aren’t meant to be.  On my lips the color of these can be built up to something more intense, but for the best performance of the product I wouldn’t.  Perhaps that is why some people find it drying.
Bare Lips
My Lips with Super Strawberry
As you can see, I built up the color to much farther than one should.  With this much pigmentation you can’t get the most moisturization out of it.  Which is strange because you’d think that with more product you’d get more moisture.  But you don’t, or at least I don’t.  It actually makes my lips dry out a tiny bit if I use too much.  Now if you use just enough to get a nice, natural flush of color than you’ll have much better results.
On to the results.  This stuff doesn’t last overly long, I get maybe 3 hours out of it, but I also eat and talk quite a bit so it may last longer for you.  It fades very naturally and evenly though, so no patchiness like I get with the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains.  The best part in my opinion is that even after the product wears off completely, I still don’t feel like my lips are drying out.  Of course, once it wears off you’ll eventually need to re-apply or apply something to stop them from drying out, but it doesn’t feel awful like a lot of other products do.
Overall Grade: A, I do find them a bit pricey.  Considering how much I love them though, I’m willing to spend $16 on each.
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