Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review: Aqua de Luna "Petits by Tatyana" - Botanical Solid Perfume

Not long ago, I was contacted by Aqua de Luna, which is an independent company that produces perfumes. It was formerly located in California, but recently relocated to Maui, Hawaii. Somehow, they found my blog and asked if I'd like samples of their latest offering: Petits by Tatyana.

Normally I like regular perfumes in their regular liquid spray bottles. But I realize the value of a good solid - particularly when traveling by air without wanting to check baggage. Needless to say, one quick browse of Aqua de Luna's Website and I was instantly intrigued.

About Aqua de Luna
After a quick Google search, I discovered that this seemed to be a real indi company, that had a year long absence from it's Facebook presence. I asked Stefan, Tatyana Shapiro-Leiste's husband, who contacted me about his wife's Petits about the long absence. He said that they chose to move to Hawaii for the "rich nature", citing that 11 out of 14 climate zones are available to them so nearly anything can grow there. Sounds inspiring.

About Petits by Tatyana
Tatyana, I am told by Stefan, has a "passion for essential oils and flowers". Out of that grew an interest in creating an alternative source for personal fragrance.

These cute little solid perfumes are the first perfumes that are produced on Maui (according the press release I received). They are also reportedly 100% natural. The delivery mechanism is Shea Butter rather than beeswax or other fillers commonly used for solid perfumes. They are 100% Vegan and Gluten-Free (though I was not aware that was a concern for perfumes).  As a traveler, I'm interested in solid perfumes. Liquid gets really difficult sometimes, especially for short trips when I'm not packing luggage and flying.

Going into this review I expected the following things based on what I read in the press release:
  • That the perfumes would be SOLID - most solid perfumes I've tried have been the type where you swipe your finger across the top and you barely see a dent.
  • That these perfumes would be pungent - Essential oil, in my experience usually means "strong fragrance".
  • At least one of them would cause me to sneeze uncontrollably - Essential oils do this to me. More so if they are floral. 
With that in mind... here are the scents and what I thought of them:

Ancient Spirt
Description from press release:
"Ancient Spirit is a mélange of ancient sacred scents, a unique combination of well known essential oils used in the ancient world. Connect your spirit with these sacred oils!
Ingredients: Frankincense, Agarwood, Galbanum, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Labdanum, Cedar, Cassia, Lily, Jatamanshi, Palo Santo in pure Shea butter."
My Experience with Ancient Spirit
When I first smelled Ancient Spirit in it's pot I was taken aback by the bitterness and woodsy smell. It was interesting, but not necessarily something I liked. When I put it on my skin, immediately it reminded me of the smell of a rain forrest (my only experience being the forests of Belize), but more like if your nose was to the ground. However, after a couple of hours the initial impact wore off and I began to smell some earthy sweetness that was pleasant. The scent itself was never overwhelming - you'd have to get very close to smell this one on the skin.

The texture on this one was so squishy! My finger sunk right into the "solid" perfume. Spreading it on the skin was almost gritty. I would have thought it was a moisturizer sample if I hadn't been told it was a solid perfume.

Bamboo Forrest
Description from press release:
"Bamboo Forest, lush green airy scents, inspires to take in the rich green floral fragrance of a healthy nature. Happy dreams come true by enjoying the vibrant colors of the mystical bamboo forest as only found like that on Maui.
Ingredients: Cedar Atlas, Lemon Rosewood, Parsley, Pine, Palos Santo, Orris, Oakmoss, Mimosa with pure Shea butter."
My Experience with Bamboo Forrest
If Ancient Spirit reminded me a bit of a rain forest with my nose to the ground, this reminds me of the rain forest in late morning, early afternoon after it has rained. The first thing that I can smell immediately is the Pine, with a little of the Cedar. The parsley is there as well as just a hint of Rosewood. It's simply fresh. My hope for this perfume is that the scent is translated into a shower gel or a bar soap for the bathroom, maybe even a lotion. It is perfect for rainy humid days meant for lounging around and feeling clean and beautiful. The initial scent is strong, but it dies down quickly. It actually dies down faster than Ancient Spirit. Seriously... this would be lovely as a lotion and shower gel.

In terms of texture, my finger didn't sink in quite as much as it did with Ancient Spirit, but again... something was off. This was not "solid". I have the feeling I ended up using a lot more product than I was meant to because of this.

Blue Light
Description from press release:
"Blue Light consists of sensual fragrances from sacred flowers well known since centuries. Unusual and rare to find it comforts your skin and the air around you. Simply beautiful all day long!
Ingredients: Blue Lotus, Pikake (Jasmine), Sandalwood and Palo Santo with pure Shea butter."
My Experience With Blue Light
The scent is very floral. The jasmine notes are heavy and the sandalwood is light. It might just be the Dayton allergy season, but the second I put this on I started sneezing and getting a runny nose. It's a shame because it is quite a lovely, beautiful scent. It is still clean and fresh smelling but as a floral rather than the more woody Bamboo Forrest. In terms of potency and length of smell, this one was more potent to me - I can smell it without putting my wrist directly up to my nose. But it's not overwhelming.

Ah ha! A "solid" solid perfume! The texture of Blue Light was much more what I expect from a perfume solid. No more gooey fingers! Thank you!

Maui Aloha
Description from press release:
"Maui Aloha includes memories from paradise, fragrances that reminds you every day of Maui's beauty and welcoming nature. Carry a piece of Aloha on your skin and each day will bring you joy and happiness.
Ingredients: Tuberose, Pikake (Jasmine), Neroli (Orange Blossom) with pure Shea butter"
My Experience With Maui Aloha
This scent is DELICIOUS!  It's a wonderful floral. The jasmine doesn't overwhelm like in Blue Light. Maui Aloha smells more blended. I appreciate the fruity neroli undertones, in particular. It's that smell that really reminds me of island life and the beach. Maui Aloha is also very feminine, if you're looking for a girly perfume.

Oh dear, back to the soft texture again. It's not as soft as Ancient Spirit, but it's not the solid feel I had with Blue Light.

Pink Shadow
Description from press release:
"Pink Shadow is a homage to the fragrant flowers of Hawaii. Always used to inspire the beautiful woman from the ancient Hawaii. Enjoy this combination and feel the spirit of Aloha on your skin.
Ingredients: Hala Flower (Hinani), Lokelani (Rose), Lemon Balm,  Ylang Ylang with pure Shea butter."
My Experience with Pink Shadow
Wow! Out of all the scents this is by far the nicest of the floral scents. The flower is not strongly rose - but it's a unique rose. It was a little fruity. It dries down to almost only the Ylang Ylang, very woody. That's really a shame because it takes only a couple of hours to dissipate. Pink Shadow was had the least amount of wear time for me (about 2 hours) before even I could not smell it.  I was also surprised to find that it did not set off my allergies. Rose-based florals usually have the "runny nose" effect with me.

The consistency was nice, however, being more like a traditional solid.

Cost of Petits by Tatyana
Each tin is 0.35 oz. You can obtain the entire set for $45.95 (regularly $64.75) or individual scents at a cost of $9.95 (regularly $12.95). The Aqua de Luna site gives two prices, as though there is a sale.

Overall
As a collection of scents, there is a variety and probably something everyone could like -  including a couple of scents that might be considered androgynous, like Ancient Spirit and Bamboo Forrest. I was not happy with the "consistency inconsistency" (Pink Shadow and Blue Light really felt solid while my finger sunk into a gritty goo in Ancient Spirit ). For the price I would hope that there would be more consistency in terms of texture and that the scent would last longer than it does. I do not mind that every scent is light - these are great for someone who wants to only be smelled when someone is up close.

Bottom Line
In terms of scent, my picks are Bamboo Forrest, Maui Aloha and Pink Shadow. You can pass on Ancient Spirit. I would consider repurchasing Bamboo Forrest and Pink Shadow but I do have concerns about the texture.

Really wish these had been sheered down and put into a shea butter moisturizer. Particularly Bamboo Forrest!

Disclaimer
The Aqua de Luna products was furnished to me by the company for the purpose of review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with Aqua de Luna.

Images are from the Aqua de Luna website.

Friday, April 29, 2011

How to Make Fascinators

Stumbled upon this video linked of of The Cheap Girl USA...



I am inspired! Still wish they told us exactly WHERE to get these sort of things... fascinator bases, millinery wire, etc. Grrr

To the Beautiful Royal Couple: Dude... I'm wearing a funny little hat!

We at Pretty in Dayton Blog would like to congratulate Prince William and Princess (Kate!!!) Catherine on their wedding. Although we realize that the United States was partially founded on the concept of rejecting their monarchy's sovereignty, we are very happy to see them properly hitched.

After all, it gives us an occasion to wear this in public:

The Fascinator!
Fascinator Obtained for about $9 from H&M in Las Vegas with the help of The Daily Nail

Cherio!
Styrch

P.S. My husband reminds me that half of him does recognize you as Sovereign as he is half Canadian.

More "Fascinator" Pics

The Fascinator!


The Fascinator!

I am so going to get more of these... or maybe even learn how to make them myself!

Coveted Item of the Week: Richard MacDonald Nightfall (Sculpture and Lithographs)

If I had a million dollars...

I don't know that I've featured "fine art" on here before but after my trip to Vegas I just had to share the wonderful artwork of Richard MacDonald with you.


Lady of the Star Night Lithograph
Coveted Items of the Week: The Nightfall Series by Richard MacDonald

I feel a little bit foolish posting these items in my covet series. But I WANT!!! Nightfall, Third Life is too much for me to be able to afford but one can dream right? And what else are my covet posts for, if not for dreaming?

Staying at the Bellagio, I had a lot of time to wander the many galleries that were available for the public to browse. I went into both of Richard MacDonald's galleries (in the "O" theatre as well as in the Via Fiore shops) on several locations just drooling over the works of art, based on Cirque Du Soileil performers.

Nightfall Sculpture
The Lady of Star Night Lithograph captured my imagination, and thus the night fall series captured my heart. There are four stages of this work: Lady of Star Night, Nightfall, and Nightfall, Half Life, and Nightfall Third Life. I believe the "Half Life" and "Third Life" refers to the size of the work. In the original sketch, Lady of Star Night, the woman is completely enshrouded. Clearly, taking that concept to a statue would be difficult. Thus, in each of the statue versions of this concept, the lady gradually becomes unwrapped (more exposed) as they take her down in size.

The first piece that caught me was the original sketch Lady of the Star Night. In that image the lady is absolutely enshrouded in darkness so that you can only see her face. This was translated into a work called "Nightfall" where the woman is still enshrouded, but not as much. The next iteration, Half Life the woman is slightly more exposed. The last iteration is Third Life, totally gorgeous statue, where the woman is nearly uncovered).

Third Life, Image from Richard MacDonald Sculpture
Nightfall's story is one that is quite beautiful. She not only represents the moon, but also represents stepping from the past into the future (represented by the spheres). Personally, I like to think of the iterations of the statues as also following the monthly lunar cycle, becoming more exposed as the month goes on. I also like to think that the woman is in the present, with the past behind her and looking toward the future.

The curator we spoke with did a wonderful job of explaining to my husband and I the value of "fine art" vs. "decoration art" which really got us thinking about what we hang on our walls and see on a daily basis. 

Looking around the gallery, we saw many statues for around at a more affordable price that were gorgeous... so we left thinking Third Life was the same. We were incorrect. The Atelier collection size (which might be 1/5th life or 1/8th life), is much smaller than that of Third Life (obviously) and yes, size translates to money. Sad for us.

I absolutely must thank the curator for taking the time to speak with my husband and myself. She really did encourage us to learn more, ask questions, and to not get discouraged about prices when you're talking about Fine Art. 


Will I Get It?
The curator encouraged me to purchase Lady of Start Night lithograph, but my husband and I have a hard time stomaching the cost of something that is not even the original. I might settle for purchasing my own print... or I may try to take up the challenge of oil painting my own Nightfall based on the Third Life statue.

Check out this YouTube video of Richard MacDonald explaining his work. I would like to share that with you here:



Learn more about the Art of Richard MacDonald at his website.

Images were provided by the curator, and from Richard MacDonald Sculpture.

Edited to remove pieces at the request of the company.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pretty in Vegas - The Bellagio Conservatory

How could I go to Vegas, stay in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino and NOT take a lot of pictures of their Conservatory? Ok, easily... I'm not a great photographer so I tend not to pull out my camera all the time. However, I love flowers. So sit back, and just enjoy the floral eye candy!

Bellagio Conservatory


Bellagio Conservatory


Bellagio Conservatory
Icelandic Poppies - I totally want some of these at home!


Bellagio Conservatory
Gerbera Daisies... LOVE!

Bellagio Conservatory


Bellagio Conservatory


Bellagio Conservatory


Bellagio Conservatory
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Bellagio Conservatory
Lacecap Hydragea - I'd never seen one before but I love it!

I got the chance to meet up with one of my oldest friends, Eric. Literally, I've known him since I was in pre-school. I got to meet his wife (who I instantly adored), and got to introduce my husband to Eric (who I knew would get along). After pre-school, we lost touch until High School but quickly became friends again because we both got into theatre. After High School we lost touch again, but Facebook has a way of bringing people back together. We tried to see each other in Vegas last year, but travel arrangements didn't line up. This year, we had some luck.

So of course I had to get a picture with Eric for my mom...

Old pals - Eric Luchs and I
Eric and I
And the obligatory silly picture for any fellow "Huron Players" readers out there...

Old pals - Eric Luchs and I


Thanks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What NOT to say to a partner who is going through a fitness journey...

Spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends... take notes!  You may be jealous, you may be a little passive aggressive, you may feel guilty that you aren't in as good of shape as they are getting. If your significant other is going through a weight loss or fitness journey, there are certain things you just shouldn't say to your partner!

Stuff my husband says:
  • "I lost 8 lbs last month, but I didn't mean to."
  • "You still take up too much space on the couch."
  • "So do you want to start trying to have kids now?"
  • "Eh, Gap jeans always get loose."
  • "So will you wear the school girl skirt now?"
  • "How much longer until you can wear that bikini you wore on our honeymoon?"
  • "The living room smells like a gym."
  • "You're such a calorie freak."
  • "Will power!" (in response to a food situations).
  • "Quit buying so much stuff!" 
  • "Here, try this." (piece of food)
  • "I went to lunch to day at (favorite restaurant) and I feel like a fat happy bastard now."
  • "I hate tofu."
  • "You have incisors! Use them!"
  • "I still have probably have a lower percentage of body fat than you."
Ok, just had to get that off my chest. You understand I'm sure. Maybe I'll write separate posts addressing the particular issues that I think are the most problematic, telling you my thought process, and a good solution or another way to express the thought.

Rant over! :)

    Turbo Jam Giveaway Winner - Congratulations to Cat! @miss_pragmatic

    Wow! Cat's on a roll for the giveaways this week. First she won Tiffany LeMay's Stella & Dot Giveaway and now Turbo Jam! She should have gone to Vegas with me...

    When ordering my list I took the time of the comment into consideration first (which I then verified on BeachBody that the person fulfilled my requirements), followed by Facebook liking and order of tweets for a total of 7 entries. The number "2" was chosen by Random.org and that was Cat.

    For the others who entered: 
    I really want to share Turbo Jam with you all, because I believe in it. If you would like to purchase Turbo Jam through me using my Coach's discount I would be happy to work something out with you. (Mostly I'm talking to Allison, since Lindsay has a coach discount of her own).

    Join Team BeachBody

    Disclaimer: I am an Independent BeachBody Coach. BeachBody does not pay me to advertise their products. I do earn a commission if you purchase BeachBody products through me, but I am not compensated for this giveaway. I purchased this Turbo Jam Basic set with money out of my own pocket.

    Quest for My Pretty - Weekly Weight Loss Report

    Hello folks!
    I spent five days and four nights in wonderful (gluttonous) Las Vegas beginning last Wednesday, lasting through Sunday. I decided to enjoy myself and not worry about my diet. I didn't want it to get in the way of having fun with my husband. So I ate at Bouchon, Nobhill Tavern, Noodles (several times, discovering a fondness for Chinese Broccoli) and of course the Buffet at the Bellagio (where I indulged in not one but 3 Mimosas). I ate hazelnut gelato twice, which I haven't had since Italy trip in 2000. And I discovered The Sugar Factory (more on that in a later post I expect). Reader ggggg would be very proud of me I think.

    I am ashamed to admit I only got in one actual scheduled workout (yesterday - ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Intervals). But I spent an enormous amount of time walking up and down The Strip, around shopping malls, and of course, Casinos.I have the blisters to prove it.

    So lets get in with it shall we? Needless to say, I expected an increase from last week.

    Weight: 155.6 lbs (-2.0 lbs) WOW!

    Reader ggggg: Good advice! Lets see if I lose next week too. 


    I also purchased my first swimsuit since my Honeymoon 7 years ago. DKNY One Piece in hot frakking pink Hibiscus. It felt so good to make that purchase.

    Want to see some food porn from my trip?

    Noodles
    Zombie 11 - imagine my surprise when I ordered this drink and it was on fire! yes, I drank the two person drink myself.

    Zombie 11 at Noodles


    Bouchon
    Appetizer
    Asparagus with Ham
    Dinner at Bouchon


    Main Course - Trout Almondine
    Best Fish I've had in ages!

    Dinner at Bouchon

    I didn't take pictures of the deserts oddly. I guess I wanted to remind myself that I chose relatively healthy choices for my main courses. Except for perhaps the Zombie 11 drink.

    Travel always did agree with me and my weight...

    Back to routine!

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Penhaligon's Royal Celebration Prize Draw!

    Guess what??? In honor of the Royal Wedding, Penhaligon's LTD is having a prize draw. It's a really good one, so I had to share it with you!

    The winner will receive:
    • 1 100 ml bottle fragrance of your choice
    • 1 100 ml bottle of fragrance for your "prince or princess" 
    All you have to do is go to Penhaligon's Prize Draw

    Note: If it doesn't look like an entry page, no worries. Look on the lower left hand side for a pink box that says "prize draw" and click it. It blends in very well and is hard to see at first glance.

    My Favorite Suggestions for Fragrance Choices If You Win:
    For Ladies: Artemisia, Amaranthine
    For Gents: Sartorial, all the way. :)

    Follow Penhaligon's LTD on Twitter.
    Penhaligons on Facebook

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Winners of Tiffany LeMay's Stella & Dot Pretty in Dayton Giveaway!

    I just wanted to report back that I heard from Tiffany LeMay of Stella & Dot that she received 13 entries for her Giveaway she was performing with Pretty in Dayton (read about that here). There were no additional referrals (for $70 second prize of referring your friends) so Tiffany was kind enough to draw TWO names from those who came from Pretty in Dayton.

    Winners - Leaving off Last Names to Protect My Lovely Readers

    As I understand it, Tiffany will be contacting Cat and Cindy privately about their prizes.


    For the Everyone Else... I have some questions!
    Considering we only received 13 entries for this giveaway, may I ask you to put into comments the following?
    • If you chose not to enter this giveaway, why? Was it the brand, the prize, the steps involved? Facebook? Please let me know.
    • For the future, what types of giveaways are you most likely to participate in?
    • Anything else, please let me know.
    Thanks!

      Evil Shades - Hardcore Lips "Not Your Barbie"

      I've had a little fascination with this lip gloss for a while due to the name. I finally broke down and purchased it:

      Evil Shades - Not Your Barbie


      Evil Shades - Not Your Barbie


      Yeah! Now there's a hot pink for ya!

      Color
      Incredible Barbie pink that reminded me a lot of MAC's Barbie Collection lipstick and lipglasses I own.

      Application
      Doe foot applicator. This one can get a little streaky if you're not careful. I'd suggest actually putting a base on under it, like a coordinating (or not) lipstain.

      Wear
      Because this is very pigmented, you'll get decent wear on it for a gloss. But as with most glosses, expect to reapply after your morning tea.

      Bottom Line
      If you're looking for a hot pink that's not too expensive, this is a good one to get!

      "Not Your Barbie" can be purchased from Evil Shades for $5.75 for 0.20 fl oz.

      Sunday, April 24, 2011

      Me! In Pleather Hot Pants

      Went shopping in Express. Found these. Did not purchase. But there is something fun about Pleather hot pants


      !!!




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      China Glaze Summer 2011 - Island Escape

      China Glaze has made me very happy:

      China Glaze Tropical Escape Collection


      Give me a rainbow bright summer collection full of distinct colors that in no way even slightly resemble one another! I mean really, doesn't it just kill you sometimes to look at gorgeous collections and see two pinks, or three reds, or two blues and you think "couldn't you just have completed the rainbow?" China Glaze's extensive holiday collection had several greens, several whites, several reds and it started to feel a little repetitious. Then again, they also know how to make repetition work to their advantage (Bahama Blues 2008). But I was really in the mood for variety this season. Thank you, China Glaze!

      The Colors


      108 Degrees

      China Glaze - 108 Degrees




      108 Degrees is a berry red with the same glittery flecks that were present in the Summer Days collection. It reminded me of Raspberry Festival, but it's more pink. It's almost like the fruity companion to Watermelon Rind... Watermelon Pulp? Watermelon Meat? Anyway, it would have been at home in that collection. In Island Escape, it's a clear standout for me. Truly beautiful.

      Papaya Punch

      China Glaze - Papya Punch


      China Glaze - Papya Punch


      I have a soft spot for orange polishes. This is such a dutch orange color, and in the bottle I really liked it. On my tips I didn't like it as much. The cream finish is fine, but I think this will be more of a toes color for me. It reminded me of pumpkin, though papaya works well too.

      Electric Pineapple


      China Glaze - Electric Pinapple


      China Glaze - Electric Pinapple


      This was a streaky mess on me and took three coats to apply somewhat even. I'm sorry my images of this didn't turn out better. I had some stray sparkles on my brush from 108 Degrees which decided to tag along on this polish. This chartreuse creme is one of those "fugly" colors I think certain people can pull off much better than I can. I could really see this popping on someone's nails if they had darker skin than me. In order to make this really work for myself I might have to crackle over the top. I've heard it compares to Fiercely Fiona, but I do not have the polish to compare. I am somewhat reminded of the traditional "highlighter" color.

      Cha Cha Cha

      China Glaze - Cha Cha Cha


      China Glaze - Cha Cha Cha


      Moonpool? Is that you? Probably not, but that's what I thought when I saw this metallic green. I will have to compare the two. You know I desperately love my Moonpool bottle, and I'd suggest picking up Cha Cha Cha if you ever had a hankering for the color. I'm guessing it's probably a brighter sister.

      Oh look! I was right... Siobhan has them swatched side by side. Cha Cha Cha is the brighter of the two.

      Blue Iguana


      China Glaze - Blue Iguana


      China Glaze - Blue Iguana

      No picture I take could possibly come close to how complex and beautiful this color is. It's a bright blue, with shimmer that has a few different colors (I caught blue and purple in there at least). I absolutely loved this color. This polish looks like a foil in my picture but it's not. It's closer to the shimmery flecks in 108 Degrees than a foil.

      Senorita Bonita

      China Glaze - Senorita Bonita


      China Glaze - Senorita Bonita


      This hot little number is a metallic fuchsia purple. This one I can see looking great on a lot of skin tones and being an easy color pick-me-up for the summer. It's bright, it's fun. What's not to love? Ok, I'll admit. This one didn't play nicely with my top coat. But I might have been a little heavy handed with my application.

      Application
      Each of these colors (with the exception of Electric Pineapple) applied with two coats.

      Wear
      On every color, I got a solid days wear. Where you see chips in my pictures, my nail is a fault not the polish. I put these on over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite.

      Bottom Line
      My favorites are 108 Degrees and Blue Iguana. Skip Electric Pineapple. Overall, it's a good collection to pick up if you're looking for summer brights.

      You can purchase this collection at the usual suspects:
      Disclosure
      The China Glaze products was furnished to me by PR for the purpose of review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with China Glaze.

      Saturday, April 23, 2011

      Finally! I Have A Use For MAC Paradisco, and it's called New Fixation!

      I've had MAC New Fixation pigment sitting untried on top of my stash drawers (not even filed away, just so I'd remember to use it) for months now, afraid to touch it. But I finally got it out. And the funniest thing happened - I also used it with one of my least favorite shades (Paradisco) and decided I really liked the combo:

      Face of the Day - April 12, 2011


      Face of the Day - April 12, 2011


      How weird is this? In some angles, my face is starting to look heart-shaped:

      Face of the Day - April 12, 2011


      Face of the Day - April 12, 2011
      Eyes
      • MAC Pigment in New Fixation - All over lid.
      • MAC Eye Shadow in Paradisco - In crease.
      • Meow Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Virgin - Along browbone
      • MAC Penultimate Liner in Black - upper eyelid.
      • MAC Power Kohl Liner in Feline - waterline
      • MAC Plushlash Mascara in Plushblack

      Face
      • Meow Cosmetics Pampurred Puss Foundation in Frisky Sphynx
      • MAC Blush in Springsheen - Haven't pulled this out in forever. 

      Face of the Day - April 12, 2011
      Lips
      • MAC Shine in Long Stemmed Rose - My favorite Slimshine. I wish that it was still around.
      • AVON Perfect Wear Gloss in Constant Coral

      Brands used:
      MAC Cosmetics, Meow Cosmetics, Avon

      Disclosure
      All products used in this look were purchased by me with the exception of the Avon gloss, which was given to me by a fellow blogger (Jenny from Mommin it Up).

      Thursday, April 21, 2011

      Scenting My Cube - An attempt a making a a 5 by 5 space more tollerable

       Actually my cube is 6 by 6 but you get the point...

      Anyone who's ever worked in a "cube farm" knows it's not ideal. You have the feeling you're being watched, but you don't know by whom. You feel crowded but you can't see anyone around you. Sometimes the noise gets so loud you can't think, but you're not entirely sure where the voices are coming from. The worst part - you can smell your coworkers but you can't escape the stench.

      Gold Canyon - Scentmate
      Gold Canyon ScentMate (looks like Cylon)
      I have never been more self conscious about my own smell as I was the day I realized that not everyone working in my "cube farm" took showers every day. The day I smelled someone else, I thought to myself "what do I spell like to them? Am I just as bad?" I started bringing body splashes to work, sticking little scent things up in my cube. And that may have helped me feel a little less self-conscious, but I could still smell the sweat from my neighbor who went to the gym on his lunch break.

      At long last I have a solution:

      Gold Canyon's Scentmate Fan Diffuser - $16.98


      When I first brought my 5 by 5 space question to Melissa Keenan, my Gold Canyon demonstrator, I was really skeptical whens he suggested the Scentmate Fan. It sounded ridiculous. You put scented oil onto a pad, put it inside this gizmo that looks like a Cylon head but without the red eyes, and then let the scent disperse. She assured me I could control the scent by limiting the number of drops I put on the pad.

      Gold Canyon - Scentmate
      Pad with 50 drops of Sugar Cookie
      When I received my Scentmate, I followed the instructions (nearly).  I'll list the important steps for the review here:
      "Place ScentMate pad inside the container and add Home Fragrance OPil to the line indicated on the bottle label (approximately 100 Drops)."
      I implore you - if you are using this for home office, cube world, small spaces DO NOT FOLLOW THIS STEP!  I had "Sugar Cookie" scent filling the entire floor and I only used about 50 drops. While Gold Canyon Home Fragrance Oil bottles clearly display lines where you should fill the ScentMate to, it's a load of crap. You can get by with way less (and probably want to if you intend on having any friends in your workspace).

      When I told my demonstrator about this on Facebook she couldn't believe what I had done. It was immediately followed by another comment from another of her customers that said (paraphrased) "Thank goodness I'm not the only who did this!".  My takeaway: Gold Canyon really needs to update their literature on this product.

      In the end I found out between 5-10 drops is ideal. Your scent will fade as time goes on.
      Gold Canyon - Scentmate
      "Helpful" demarcations on bottle
      are misleading

      Styrch's Words of Wisdom for ScentMate Use in Small Spaces
      • 100 drops is way too much - Only use between 5 and 10 drops per pad.
      • 3 pads is enough - They say "1 pad per use", but they don't tell you anywhere on the website or catalog that 1 use is 4 to 6 months. You don't need to purchase extra pads immediately. I have enough for several years because I didn't realize this.
      • Have AA batteries on hand - the unite does not include them.
      • Add new drops each day for renewed freshness - once the pad looks like it's done, then replace. Remember, it's meant to hold 100 drops so this should be a while!
      Scents that are Available for ScentMate - $6.98 each
      • Ginger Lime
      • Autumn Walk - "Man in a Can"
      • Apple
      • Citrus Cream
      • Relaxing
      • Holiday Wreath
      • Pomegranate
      • Sugar Cookie
      • Sweet Pea
      • Clean Sheets
      Bottom Line
      If you like fragrance or have "Cube Funk" issues, then the ScentMate is worth trying.

      Right now I own Autumn Walk, Sugar Cookie and Sweet Pea. I suspect I'll be trying a few more. You are also encouraged to mix and match your own scents by putting more than one on a pad. I haven't tried this as I don't think my choices would work very well together at this time.

      Gold Canyon - Scentmate
      Disassembled Fan Diffuser.
      You can purchase ScentMate Fan Diffuser and related products from Gold Canyon (my demonstrator's link).

      Disclosure
      I received my ScentMate at half price for holding a Candle Party at my house. I purchased this product with my own money. I am in no way affiliated with Gold Canyon.
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