Tag: body scrubs

Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit Review & Unboxing

ETA: Okay, wow. This post was meant to go up back in late July, but unfortunately my motherboard died and the repairs to the PC ended up taking almost the full month of August. So this review is slightly outdated as the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit is no longer available, but I’m going to post it anyway just in case they bring it back (which, frankly, they should – this was a bomb kit and easily the best Sephora Favorites box to date in my opinion)!

I was lucky enough to grab the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit before it went out of stock, and I thought I’d post my unboxing and initial thoughts just in case anyone’s out there considering going to a brick & mortar Sephora to try and get their hands on one. Given how quickly this kit sold out, though, I would be pretty shocked if Sephora didn’t restock – seems like it’s leaving money on the table if they don’t, you know?

Since the link may or may not be dead depending on current stock levels, here is what you get in this kit:

1 oz / 30 g Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
.32 oz / 9 g Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
2 oz / 60 g Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
.15 fl oz / 5 mL Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
2.5 fl oz / 75 mL Kopari Beauty Coconut Melt
.23 fl oz / 7 mL Tarte Maracuja Oil
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
.4 fl oz / 12 mL Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask

…all packaged up quite prettily in a very on-trend faux rose-gold-and-marble box.

Read on for my individual thoughts on each item!

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Mairi’s 2016 Halloween Wishlist

I seriously can’t believe that it’s almost Halloween! I’ve been waiting for autumn for what felt like forever (the muggy, buggy, sticky summers of Central Ohio do not really get along with me…) and now that it’s finally here, it seems to be zipping by like nothing. I mean, here it is Halloween weekend, and I still haven’t published my Halloween wishlist post – so, uh, let’s do something about that, yeah?

halloween-wishlist-2016

So, I’ve selected 10 items (or… groups of items, in some cases, because I’m indecisive lol) and ranked them in a somewhat ordered fashion. If you’re curious to know what I’ve been lusting after this Halloween season, please read on to see my 2016 Halloween wishlist!

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Bite-Sized Debaucherous Bath & Body Review + Photos!

Last month I ordered some goodies from Debaucherous Bath & Body (their Etsy store is here if you prefer shopping that way) and my items arrived yesterday, so I thought I’d snap some quick photos to show ’em off.

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My order was primarily for body scrubs, since I’d finally used up to last of my (sadly discontinued along with the rest of the flawless Spa Japan line, QQ) Adzuki Bean & Rice Washing Grains from The Body Shop and needed to find a new scrub to love. Debaucherous has some really interesting-sounding scents, and the inclusion of rice bran and sunflower oils + shea butter really appealed to me. While I can’t use shea butter in face products because it clogs me, I do love it on my body & lips! Rice bran and sunflower oils are also some of my favorites for body products – they tend to absorb easily for me and leave my skin sooo soft. I think the only oil I like better is sesame! I’m also fond of sugar scrubs as they tend to dissolve easily (be kind to your drains, people!) and don’t burn like salt scrubs if I want to use them after shaving my legs/bikini area. So, with all those points in mind, I decided to give DB&B’s “Bubbling Scrub” a shot.

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I purchased one full-size scrub in the scent that most interested me, Mad Hatter Tea Cakes. From the product’s listing, the scent description is as follows:

Russian tea cakes served with freshly brewed earl grey tea spiked with aged rum, marshmallows and sugar cookies.

I’m a big fan of Earl Grey tea, and the sugary cookie/rum notes sounded like a fun addition. I haven’t actually used the scrub yet, so I’m not going to give a proper review just yet – however, for the curious, here’s a zoom-in of the scrub’s texture:

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I also purchased a sample size of the bubbling scrub in a different scent, Lucy Chiffon. It’s pictured here with the freebie perfume sample that the owner threw in with my order!

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Lucy Chiffon: Tart Lemons, Raw Sugar Cane, White Cake with a Gardenia flavored cream filling.

Caterpillars Smoking Pipe: Sweet tobacco, black amber, damask rose, vanilla deadwood, petals of dying gardenias and olibanum.

The Lucy Chiffon scent sounded really pleasant – I love how Gardenia can give a really pleasant floral creaminess to fragrance blends, and lemon/sugar cane is one of my favorite combinations ever (think Fresh’s Sugar and Sugar Lemon lines – I looove those). Once again, I haven’t actually tried this so I can’t give a review of how it actually smells in-shower.

As for the perfume sample – I’m generally not a fan of tobacco/pipe smells; chalk it up to the fact that actual tobacco smoke from cigars & cigarettes gives me sinus infections & also acts as a major migraine trigger for me. Too many bad connotations for me to ever enjoy the smell, unfortunately. So while I expect the owner picked it as my sample because of the gardenia and vanilla notes were present in a lot of my other scent picks, in the end I really wasn’t excited by this scent selection. I took a whiff anyhow – thankfully, the amber and floral notes seem to be the standouts here. I don’t think I’ll be trying it, though, just in case my skin chemistry amps up the tobacco note. I’ll probably pass this sample on to a friend who doesn’t have my allergies & issues, but please don’t take that as a judgement of the fragrance itself. I appreciate the effort she made to give me a scent that contains some of the notes that I picked in other blends, though!

Lastly, I bought a couple lip balms, because I go through lip balm at the speed of light so I’m always looking for new favorites in this category!

lipbalms

I bought two flavors:

Green Mango: Green mangoes from the Philippines blended with lime margarita.

Orxata: Also known as horchata; Ground rice, milk, sugar and cinnamon.

Her lip balms contain a really alluring mix of moisturizing ingredients: coconut, sweet almond, and avocado oils, shea and cocoa butters, vitamin e, and candelila and carnauba waxes. The end result is that they melt very easily into your lips (you can see in the photo how much the freshly opened balm had melted just from being at room temperature – around 78 degreens fahrenheit – in my house) and do seem to hydrate very well. I’ll want to use these for a couple weeks before I do an actual review, though, since I’ve had some balms start out nicely and then give me irritation after a week or so of constant use (hi, Eos and LUSH lip balms!).

I can say, though, that they feel great on, don’t need constant reapplication, and the scents are lovely without being overpowering. Expect a proper review later once I’ve made sure that I don’t have any negative reactions. The Orxata in particular would be really great during the cooler months as it really smells fall/wintery to me. Green Mango is a great fruity scent that isn’t sickeningly sweet, which is exactly what I was hoping!

I’m really excited to try the scrubs! Expect full reviews of all the products in a few weeks, once I’ve had time to use everything for awhile, but until then I hope you liked my mini Debaucherous Bath & Body review, haha! I suppose “first thoughts” would be more appropriate?

Have you tried anything from Debaucherous Bath & Body before? What did you think?