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Peach’s May 2016 Most Wanted List

It’s been quite some time since I did a shopping/wishlist style post – probably because I’ve been trying to squirrel more money away for my theoretical, maybe, someday, probably move to a different climate (preferably somewhere with less humidity and no mosquitoes, thanks) and the best way to resist temptation is to bury my head in the sand and pretend that I don’t see all the pretty things begging for my bucks.

But I’m also trying to get in the habit of writing here regularly again, and want list posts are simply fun to make. So I’m thinking to try and do this monthly – just round up all the fun things I’ve stumbled across and resisted (or not). Posting about shopping can be almost as satisfying as actual shopping… uh, maybe?

With that said, read on to see the top ten items I’m most wanting this May!

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5 Holiday Hot Cocoas, Reviewed: Maple, Peppermint, Gingerbread & Beyond!

So the other night, I was playing one of my online games with a friend and we were chatting about all kinds of random shit while we farmed an instance – you know, as you do. Somehow we started talking about holiday drinks, specifically hot chocolates, and I began telling her all about the (probably slightly abnormal amount of) hot cocoas that I’d bought from World Market. I believe my diatribe included the phrase “I just have a lot of feelings about hot cocoas” – which, you know what? Yes. Yes, I do. So now I’m going to write them down here and inflict them on all of you as well!

Seriously, though. I do have, as of this writing, about six different types of hot cocoas in my cupboard. I’m not even including the Salted Caramel stuff that isn’t actually mine but looks oh-so-tempting whenever I go to heat up some chocolate Cashew milk as a base for my nightly cocoa. I’m also not including all the various types of coffee mixes that I have that sometimes include mocha/chocolate (yeah, this is on top of my legit coffee stash) – sheesh, somewhere my dentist is cringing, right?

World Market Hot Cocoa Trio

Today I’m going to review five hot chocolates that I purchased during World Market’s holiday hot cocoa sale. Yes, they have sales just for hot chocolate. Yes, I am the precise audience that such promotions are meant to entice. What can I say – on cold days, there’s seriously little that I love more than a nice, warm mug of hot cocoa, topped with whipped cream and some sprinkles or spices.

So let’s get started, shall we?

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Summer 2015 Sephora Haul

Wow, it’s been awhile since I did a haul post, huh? I’m happy to say that the reason is mainly because I did manage to stick to a beauty no-buy for several months; beyond the essentials like replacement shampoo, deodorant, renewing my PocketDerm script, etc, I’ve been a very good girl and have stuck to just whittling down my massive stash rather than making new purchases.

However, when eBates emailed me with the opportunity to turn my cash back reward into a Sephora gift card, I saw the excuse for a haul and jumped!

This urge was only solidified when I saw that Sephora had brought back a kit that I’d missed and envied horribly last year: their Summer Sun Safety set. Given how the sunscreen category seems to have exploded this year (seriously, browsing through the sun protection category, it seems like almost every brand has recognized what we Asian beauty devotees already realized: people with different skincare needs also have different sunscreen formulation needs, as well – look at all those new products!) it’s actually probably a blessing in disguise that I waited until this year, just for the new variety!

As you can see, I ended up buying a few more things than just the suncare kit… they had a number of kits that really piqued my interest from brands that I’d been lusting after for some time, so I just went a little nuts. This is a full-blown Sephora haul!

Hit the jump to see all the madness~

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My End-of-Summer Bath & Body Works Haul & Thoughts

So last week, Musings of a Muse posted a coupon code that gave free shipping and a ‘Pumpkin Pail’ with almost $80 worth of various pumpkin-themed goodies for $25. Now, just like the rest of the internet, I adore pumpkin anything, so when I saw that they were ALSO having a 50% off all their summer candles and a buy 3small  items for $10 promo…? When you add that to the cash back from eBates, of course I had to jump on the opportunity and do a little hauling.

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I mean, how freaking cute is the pumpkin-shaped loofah? And look at all the goodies in the Pumpkin Pail! Totally irresistible. Don’t worry if you can’t see inside the pail so well – I’ll be unpacking it and giving you a better look at everything after the jump.

I actually live in the city where Bath & Body Works is headquartered, so I’ve pretty much grown up with the brand – I remember when Iced Pineapple, Country Apple, and Sun-Kissed Raspberry were basically all you could smell at school, haha. I’ve since aged out of a lot of their scents – too many are too cloying and too sweet which translates as ‘too young’ for me – but I still looove their candles and their body lotion formula, so I do duck in to one of the 10 billion storefronts they have in Columbus every so often to figure out which of their current scents I can handle and wear without feeling like I’m doing tween cosplay.

This time around, however, almost all the scents that I bought were new to me and – since this was an online order – beyond Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, I really had no clue if they would be as good as they sounded. I justified it because the coupon code and online sales were so good, plus the fact that I’d pretty much only need to drive 5 minutes in any direction to do a return. Seriously, you guys, we have sooooooooo many B&BW here – some shopping centers even have as many as THREE of their storefronts. We are crazy.

This Bath & Body Works haul includes the aforementioned pumpkin set, a bunch of candles, some body lotions, and multiple body sprays/fragrances. Click the read more for photos and my initial thoughts of every scent!

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Saving the Universe via Shopping: My Top 10 Guardians of the Galaxy Merchandise Picks

If you follow me on twitter, you probably know that I’ve been hyped as hell for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie release. I read the comics and have been using Gamora (specifically, Phalanx-possessed Gamora from the impossibly amazing Nova series) as my avatar just about everywhere! That GotG just so happened to release on the weekend of my birthday was sheer kismet, and I spend the day in nerdy bliss watching Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, and Drax kick ass across the universe in 3-D. The movie was excellent, with fantastic casting, a flawless soundtrack, and a plot that ran the gamut from touching to funny to badass. Seriously, go see it – even if you’re not familiar with the franchise at all, if you dig sci-fi even a little bit, you’ll probably love Guardians of the Galaxy.

The fact that I suspect they were laying some groundwork for a possible Nova movie was just icing on the cake – seriously, I have his UMVC3 theme as my ringtone for a reason, people. The Nova love is serious. Give me Richard Rider on the big screen noooooowwwww, Marvel! Let’s get some Carol Danvers in the mix as well – I’m honestly hoping that the reason she recently joined the Guardians in the comics is because Marvel wants to introduce her to all the new GotG fans and build a base for when she gets her own movie. Captain Marvel’s a total badass, and I’d love to see her played by Katee Sackhoff or Yvonne Strahovski. And Nova? Well, the now-debunked rumours that they were considering Nathan Fillion for the role of Richard Rider isn’t a bad one, but I’m not married to that idea just yet.

Um, anyway.

With all that said, I thought I’d share some of the best (in my opinion) Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise floating around the web – both official and unofficial.

So crank up the Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 and let’s get down to business!

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Inspired Nail Polish Set by Pretty & Polished

Pretty & Polished GotG Set

Nerdy nail polishes are one of my weaknesses! I first found these polishes sometime in July, and actually purchased the Star-Lord and Gamora shades. They arrived today and look totally fab – I’ll do my best to get swatches & a review up for them after I have a chance to try them out with my various basecoats and see how the wear/lifespan rates.

From left to right: Plant We All Get Along (Groot), The Gamorous Life (Gamora), Something Good, Something Bad…A Bit of Both (Star-Lord), Draximum Security (Drax the Destroyer), and In the Black Holes of Sirius Major (Rocket Raccoon). I’ve linked to the set, but they’re available for individual purchase as well.

Click the read more for the rest of my picks!

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11 Super-Cute Coffee Mugs to Make Your Morning Java Look Totally Adorable!

When I woke up today, I knew immediately that it was going to be one of those mornings that required two (or three!) pots of coffee. As I was mixing in my creamer and adding a dollop of whipped cream, I had to stop to admire just how sweet my caffeine fix looked – the combination of my cute polka-dot-and-heart mug and the whipped cream is just so visually pleasing to me! I honestly believe that at least a part of the satisfaction borne from my morning coffee is due to how pretty I always make my drinks. Around holidays, I even go for thematically-appropriate sprinkles on the cream, like peppermint bits around Christmas or orange-and-white candy dots for Halloween. It’s a lot of fun and takes only a couple moments to give myself that little shot of fun in my mornings, but it just wouldn’t work without the adorable coffee mugs!

That leads me to this post – I decided to hit up some of my favorite sources for cute coffee mugs, pick out my favorites, and feature them here for you all to see. Maybe you’ll end up loving some of my curated cups here, or maybe you’ll think I have the WORST taste, we’ll see!

Feel free to comment with any other coffee cups that you think are too pretty to pass up, as this is obviously a case where I’m totally up for some window-shopping!

Paper & Clay Mugs

These handmade mugs are created by Paper & Clay Studio on Etsy, and something about their soft shape and dreamy pastel colors just makes me think of marshmallows! I think that these coffee mugs are the perfect mix of sweet and minimal – they definitely bring to mind some candy cuteness, but the clean design saves it from going overboard and veering into kitsch. I think they’re totally gorgeous!

Woodland Mugs

For people who are into a sort of cute/natural aesthetic, these Woodland Mugs from World Market are pretty adorable! Very spring-y, in my opinion. They’re stoneware with etchings on the outside made to look like tree trunks, and the insides have pops of bright color to make things interesting. And of course, the cherry on top is the cute little butterfly and bird figures perching on the handles. Cute, cute, cute!

See the rest of my picks by clicking the read more!

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Shopping the Sephora Clearance Rack: 7/8/14 Edition

Growing up with a single parent, I grew up with a love for deals and discounts well-ingrained. One of my favorite things to do in that regard is what I call the “Sephora clearance creep” – I seriously check their sale section online at least 3-4x per week. I’ve learned a few things from this constant canvassing, and today I want to share them with you!

  • Limited-edition items – whether they’re individual products, sets, or palettes – will almost always end up on sale within a few months, assuming of course that they don’t sell out. So if you see a gorgeous Tarte or Too Faced set or are lusting after one of their Sephora + PANTONE Color of the Year products and can be patient, the object of your desire will most likely turn up in the clearance pages soon enough. I recently managed to snag the absolutely gorgeous Sephora + PANTONE Color Gaze Brush Set this way – when it was first introduced, I fell in love with the gorgeous radiant orchid themed brushes and the continuing parade of glowing reviews only cemented my desire. I waited, though, and sure enough it got discounted and I was able to snap it up for only $38! Now I have a fab brush set and I didn’t have to break the bank to get it, all because I was willing to both wait and keep checking back!
  • Sephora updates the sale section very, very often. You’ll see new items on almost a day to day basis if you check frequently enough. They do tend to discount high-demand, non-limited items every so often; I usually see Peter Thomas Roth and Tarte items do a sort of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance at least a few times per month. These items tend to sell out REALLY fast – like, within a day at most usually – so when you see a non-discontinued brand or item pop up in the sale pages, make your purchase decision sooner rather than later. Do note, however, that most of these items are nearing their sell-by date – they won’t be expired when they get to you or anything, but you should plan on using them when you get them rather than putting them into a backlog.
  • If an item you’ve been waffling over disappears from the sale section, don’t despair – keep checking back. I’ve seen items go out of stock and then reappear, still discounted. My pet theory is that they’re getting in the stock from their brick and mortar locations after the items have been taken off the floor, and that’s why you can sometimes see a particular item or set vanish and rematerialize several times over a few months. Examples lately would be the Disney special edition cosmetics – the Ariel lipglosses and nail polish set has been popping in and out for about six months at this point, likewise the DKNY Delicious perfumes have been there and back again quite often!
  • Definitely read the reviews before making any buys! Some items are discounted because Sephora just overestimated how much stock they’d realistically move of that certain product, but others languish for ages as nobody buys them because they’re simply not very good items. Case in point is the Sephora + PANTONE Nail Ambrosia Trio – the colors appear lovely, but the reviews are abysmal. While you can always go out on a limb and then fall back on their excellent return policy, IMO if you’ve got like twenty people in a row claiming that a nail polish set, for example, arrived dried out and nigh unusable, I personally wouldn’t even bother.

With all that said, I thought it would be fun for me to put together a semi-regular feature where I spotlight the items from the sale section that I’ve either recently purchased or am plotting to buy soon. Let’s give it a shot, shall we?

Sugar House Lane

Nails Inc. Sprinkles Special Effects Polish – $5 – Only one color (Sugar House Lane) is still in stock, but if that color scheme appeals to you, I’d personally snap this one up. I bought the pastel blue version, Pudding Lane, a few months ago, and I was really happy with how it looked – I’ll have to do swatches for it when I get my camera situation sorted. It definitely looks like some kind of sweet candy with its sprinkles and lovely finish!

The X Look

Formula X The X Look Set – $13 – I actually bought this last month and was happy to find that, despite being a Christmas 2013 set, the polishes are still very fresh and easy to use. I’ve actually got Atom & Eve from this set on my toes right now! The set gives you mini sizes of four Formula X polishes: Atom & Eve, Mr. Positivity, Dark Matter, and Bond, Ionic Bond as well as two sets of nail accent appliqués. If you’re interested in at least two of the colors, at this price I’d say go for it!

Boscia Summer Skin Duo

Boscia Summer Skin Duo – $38 – I have this in my basket at the moment, actually! I’ve been all about trying new SPF products and BB creams this summer, and I’ve generally been quite pleased with Boscia whenever I’ve tried their products. This set was originally $78, which to me was wayyy overpriced for a sunscreen and BB cream duo, but at it’s current price point it becomes far more appealing. You get a 1.7 fl oz Daily Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++ (supposedly with anti-aging ingredients as well) and a 1.75 fl oz B.B. Cream Bronze Broad Spectrum SPF 27 PA++ (lowish SPF for my taste, but it supposedly gives you a sun-kissed look with some coverage/blurring of imperfections). Assuming a good promo code comes along in time, I plan on grabbing this set!

Too Faced Candy Bar

Too Faced Candy Bar Pop-Out Makeup Palette & Phone Case – $15 – I have a huge weakness for cute palettes, especially when they focus on shades of nudes or browns. This palette definitely falls into that, but I’m putting my foot down as I already have quite a few veeeeerry similar palettes. If I had an iPhone, I’d justify it just for the cute chocolate bar phone case, but I don’t… so no candy bar for me, sadly!

Maracuja Blush & Glow

Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow – $16 – I’ve heard a lot of good things about this product. It’s just that, similar to my palette problem, I’m a sucker for peachy blushes and thus have too many already! So while Sunlight is definitely tempting me, I’m going to resist. I think. However, it is a gorgeous product – check out the review and swatches for it that Muse did awhile back As of this writing, only Sunlight is in stock, but that can always change.

Bronze & Glow

Tarte Bronze & Glow Matte Bronzer & Cheek Tint – $16 – This is sooo tempting as it also nets rave reviews (once again, Muse did a lovely swatch and write-up of this item) but I simply don’t use bronzer enough to make buying this a good choice. I just got a VIB-size of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer and I’ve got the Holika Holika Love Fantasy Blusher in Choco en route to me from Korea at the moment (see Cominica’s review/swatches here, it’s such a cute product!), so I feel like I’m pretty stocked on bronzers for now.

Radiant Femme Set

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The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set – $39
– Another big one on my wishlist, this set features a group of products all based on the 2014 “color of the year” called radiant orchid. It happens to be a gorgeous and wearable pink, so I’m finding this year’s batch of products much more interesting than last year’s emerald offerings. You get a cute cosmetic bag, a unique chrome nail polish shade, a liquid liner, a cream blush, a matte lipstick, and a face/body luminizer. I’m just dawdling in hopes that the price goes down a bit more, honestly.

Formula X Press Pods

Formula X Press Pods – $24 – I’ve been really pleased with all the Formula X polishes and products that I’ve tried so far, so this set really appeals to me. You get 24 shades, each with just enough polish for one manicure. Sounds like a pretty fun way to try a bunch of colors IMO! Similar to the Boscia SPF set, I’m pretty much just trying to hold out for a good promo code to swoop in and snap this up.

Formula X Holograms

Formula X Hologram Polishes – $6 – Like I said above, I really dig the Formula X brand. I’ve been wanting to try the Hologram finish, and it just so happens that the only color left in stock (Voodoo, a fuschia shade) is the one I was most interested in grabbing. It’s in my bag!

So, what about you guys? See anything you plan on grabbing? Or do you already have any of the items I’ve mentioned? If you do, I’d love to hear what you think about some of my possible future purchases!I’ll probably do more posts like this once the clearance section has changed enough that I have enough new wants for another post. This way I can pretend that my window shopping is productive, right?