Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Smell This: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture by Juicy Couture

I am a Juicy girl at heart. The first time I smelled a Juicy fragrance, I was in love. My love has only grown from there. Sure, there have been a couple that I haven't cared for that much, but overall it is my favorite brand when it comes to perfume.

I think it is time to add a new Juicy to my personal collection because Viva La Juicy Gold Couture has been released within the last month and it is living up to my Juicy expectations for sure.

The top notes are will berries. Middle notes are Sambac jasmine and honeysuckle. sandalwood, golden amber, caramel, and vanilla elixir make up the base notes.

The scent is deep and rich. It smells warm and golden, hence the name of the fragrance. Many of the notes in this perfume are also in Viva La Juicy Noir, which is one of my favorite fragrances. 

Juicy Noir has gardenia and mandarin orange in it, which makes the fragrance smell different. I also think the notes are added in a different order, which may or may not make fragranes smell different. I am not an expert on that kind of thing, so I'm not positive about that.

I'm not a huge fan of this bottle, but that's mainly because I do not really like gold. The bottle is very similar to the other perfumes in the line. Viva La Juicy Noir, which was released last year was the first of the Juicy perfumes to have a metallic bottle. Gold Couture has a metallic gold bottle with the Juicy Couture emblem in the center. The choice of the gold bottle and the name Gold Couture is fitting because of the "golden" notes in the fragrance. The bottle just isn't my personal favorite. 

I don't really care for the bow on top either. I like all the other bows that are on the other Juicy perfumes, but this one doesn't seem to fit the bottle. The mesh feel of the bow and the polka dots make it look a little cheap to me. I also don't think the pink writing on the bottle fits with the gold bottle. However, I'm sure they just used the pink because that is the brand's signature color.

Juicy ads are not usually anything special and these ones are not different. They are the same as all the others just with the new fragrance featured. Sasha Pivovarova is the face of Juicy and has been for years now. She is a Russian model who has done other ad campaigns with Armani, Hugo Boss, Roberto Cavalli, and more. I think she is a good fit for the ads, but I wish they would spice them up a bit more and get more creative.

Viva La Juicy Gold Couture is available in two sizes:
The 3.4 oz bottle is $92.
The 1.7 oz bottle is $72.

This perfume is available in most department stores and cosmetic stores like Sephora and Ulta.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Smell This: DKNY My NY

DKNY, the fragrance line by Donna Karan, has released their newest perfume called My NY. I have never been a fan of any Donna Karan or DKNY perfumes until now.

There are a lot of things I love about this perfume. The most important thing is the scent itself. The top notes are raspberry, pink pepper, and galbanum. Middles notes are Egyptian jasmine, freesia, and orris. The base is made up of patchouli, vanilla, musk, and ambergris. The scent is sweet and sophisticated. It has a nice blend of flowers without it really being a stereotypical "floral" scent. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Lip Love: NYX Butter Lipstick in Razzle

NYX cosmetics were 40% off a couple weeks ago at Ulta. This was the perfect time for me to try a couple of their newer products I have been eyeing.

I picked up a NYX Butter Lipstick because I have heard and seen so many people talk about these lipsticks. The shade, Razzle, caught my eye.

I am IN LOVE with this color! Razzle is a bright, Barbie pink shade that definitely draws attention to the lips. I just can't even talk enough about how much I love this color. The color payoff is so amazing and the lasting power is really great for a drugstore brand and a lipstick in general.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ShopMissA Jewelry HAUL

I am all about getting awesome discounts on pretty much anything. Who doesn't love discounts?! 

When I watched a video a couple months ago where XSparkage talked about this company called ShopMissA, I thought she might be a little crazy. Basically this company sells jewelry, hair accessories, nail art, and other things for $1. Yes everything on this website is ONE DOLLAR. I couldn't believe it either. I had to look at the site myself because surely these products have to be cheaply made if they are only $1.

Well let me tell you, one order later and a very minimal chunk of change spent and I am completely in love with ShopMissA. All I bought from the site was jewelry and I am pleasantly surprised by the quality. 

Take a look at the items I bought below:

I'm not sure when owls became such a huge thing in jewelry, but they are EVERYWHERE! I'm not complaining though. As you will see, I bought a lot of owl jewelry because I just think owls are super cute. This ring has aqua jewels on the belly and is a pretty decent size. The band is adjustable, so I can wear it on another finger if I want. Also, any of the jewelry shown here that has any colored jewels, stones, etc. comes in other colors as well. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I'M BACK + Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale HAUL! (Wallflowers, Candles, Hand Soap, Body Wash)

I am finally back to blogging! I hope everyone is having a fabulous summer so far. I apologize for being away for so long.

I decided to get back in the swing of things by showing you what I picked up at Bath & Body Works during their Semi-Annual Sale. I got almost all of these products for about $34, which I think is a great deal. I used a coupon they had for $10 off a purchase of $40 or more.

There are four wallflowers I bought a few weeks ago that I decided to show in this post too because they are obviously from the same store. I figured I might as well show everything I have gotten there recently.

I have a lot of bath and body products at home already, so I bought a lot of home fragrance things.

I think Tiki Beach is officially my favorite fragrance at B&BW right now. The scent is a mix of coconut, vanilla, and orchids. It reminds me of summer, the beach, and just smells freakin' awesome. I have this scent in a candle that is burning as I am typing this. I also have it in the scent-portables for my car. I got the 2-pack of the wallflowers because I love the scent so much and they were 50% off.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Down to the Wire

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all that I will most likely not be posting anything until next month sometime. I have three weeks left of my senior year of college and then I graduate May 18th. There are a lot of things going on right now. I am focusing on finishing up my schoolwork and then I will get back to blogging. Make sure you enter your email on the side so you can be updated when I do begin to post again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Clarisonic Mia 2 Journey: Day 7-14

Friday, April 4th - Friday, April 11th

I learned something new about the Clarisonic that I think is pretty cool. You can remove the center part of the brush head from the whole brush head and clip the small, center part to the Clarisonic so that you can get around your nose and mouth better when you're using it. I tried that tonight and the only real problem I have with it is that you have to take it apart and unclip the head and clip it on and it just takes more time to clean my face. I might not do it every day, but I will do it every so often because it get around my nose so much better that way.

I haven't noticed any other changes as of late. Therefore, I am not going to keep doing a day to day account of what's going on with my skin. I will write about any changes I notice each week and post that.

I talked to a licensed esthetician Monday that works at the store I work at and she suggested not using the Clarisonic twice a day or even not everyday. My skin is obviously not used to this deep cleansing and I think my skin is being over-cleansed and over-exfoliated. I decided to not use it tonight and maybe only use it at night for right now.

My acne has still been a problem this week. I have been fighting to get it under control. I bought an acne mask at Ulta that I am hopeful about. I have been using the Clarisonic every other night, but I think I will try using it every night now.