PurelyGreat Natural Deodorant

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Sweating stinks! Living in Florida, I sweat a LOT! Sweating is gross in general but if you end up forgetting your deodorant, it really sucks to be you. Unless you hate people and use your body odor to repel them… (If this describes you, you may want to skip this post.)

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I recently had the opportunity to try out some all natural deodorant from Purely Great. I have tried a few natural deodorants in the past and was not very excited about them. When my son first started having armpit odor, we bought him natural deodorant too. I prefer to use natural products as much as possible since there are possible risks when using chemical products. The major concerns I’ve had are breast cancer and Alzheimer’s risks. Studies have not found any conclusive link between aluminum and breast cancer or Alzheimer’s. Even still, I feel that better safe than sorry is the way to go. I’ve seen experts flip-flop on their theories too many times.

Men's Patchouli Cream Deodorant and Women's Citrus Cream Deodorant from PurelyGreat

Men’s Patchouli Cream Deodorant and Women’s Citrus Cream Deodorant from PurelyGreat

The PurelyGreat Natural Cream Deodorant comes in a glass jar, which is quite different from any deodorant I’ve ever tried. It is eco-friendly and vegan-friendly. It also doesn’t make your shirts deodorant crispy in the armpit area, BONUS!! Some of my hubby’s work t-shirts have rock solid armpits, lol.

So, what are you supposed to do with deodorant that isn’t in a stick or applicator??

From the PurelyGreat website:

How-To Use

As these are all natural homemade deodorant products, the method of application varies from what you may be used to with traditional store bought roll-ons, sticks or sprays. It may take a little getting used to!

This homemade deodorant product is best applied after showering or bathing. Take a small amount (size of a dime) of cream deodorant on your fingertip and applying it down the center of your armpit, rubbing gently until smoothly applied.

Yes you have to apply with your fingertips, it is after all completely natural!

Use this homemade deodorant cream sparingly you only need a little. Many of our customers only apply it a few times a week to stay fresh.

This is a water-based all natural product and will wash out of clothes unless you use too much.

Do not apply any deodorant immediately after you shave.

As you get near the bottom of the jar the cream deodorant may start drying – just add a bit of water and stir!

Our products are all natural, however sensitivity to ingredients may vary, see list of ingredients for any known allergies or sensitivities you may have. Should you experience any irritation, discontinue use.

Do not use immediately after shaving underarms.


 I used the Women’s Citrus Cream Deodorant first.


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the jar. The jar was pretty full. There was some oil floating on top of the paste. The scent was a light citrus-y clean and not overpowering. I used one of the sticks to stir the oil into the paste. The consistency is like a thin paste. I found it very quick and easy to pick up a small amount and swipe it on my underarm. After I applied the paste, I just quickly washed the paste off. The paste dried fast once it was applied. I think that the paste dries faster than a gel deodorant.


I wasn’t too sure that a dime sized amount would be enough. I didn’t realize how easily the product spreads. Since I was pressed for time, I ignored the “Do not use immediately after shaving underarms.” warning. Which was not smart. There was some burning. Not Fight Club terrible, definitely not fun though! Seriously, wait a while after shaving to apply the deodorant!

I am sure you want to know at this point if the product works….

I’m happy to say that it definitely works! I’ve used the Women’s Deodorant on work days, weekend days where I’ve been outside most of the day, even to a job interview. I did not have any odor whatsoever!! I did not notice any more sweating that I would have with a combo deodorant/antiperspirant. I do tend to sweat a lot, it’s hot and humid here allllllll the time. I will say that the deodorant only worked for one day at a time for me. Sometimes with my typical, non-natural deodorants it will take a while the next day before needing a refresh. Such as I can get away with not re-applying if I start doing chores on the weekend mornings. This product could use a reapplication before you get sweaty again but definitely had me covered during my daily activities.


I also tried out the Men’s Patchouli Cream Deodorant. The texture is the same. The scent is a bit more masculine than the Women’s Citrus. I like using this scent in addition to the Women’s, I love the earthy smell of patchouli.


My guys also tried out the men’s product too. My teenage son has zero odor after a full day of use. My husband has very sensitive skin and will only wear one type of deodorant, EVER! He did try the PurelyGreat deodorant out, he said that he did not like the texture of it on his skin. He does like the scent of it, despite not caring for the texture. My hubby is definitely a gel deodorant fan.

The jars hold 45 grams (which is 1.58733 ounces). I have been using the Women’s formula almost exclusively (using the men’s formula occasionally too) for a few weeks now and have barely made a dent in the jar. I will me able to get at least 2 months out of this jar, if not 3 or more months!!! The retail on the jars is $15.00 Canadian (around $13.65 US currently), and  there is a special right now for $12.99 Canadian (around $11.82 US currently plus $8.00 shipping). These products are pretty economical! Delivery time is approximately 5-7 business days within Canada and 10 days to USA.

Still hesitant? PurelyGreat offers a money-back guarantee (click for details)!!

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Juara Skincare – Botanically Based Beauty

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Hi beauties! I recently tried out some skincare products from Juara Skincare. Juara has a wonderful line of luxurious products that smell as amazing as they sound! Juara skincare is botanically based on Indonesian herbal formulas and paired with scientific results. A beautiful fusion of east and west! Juara products are 100% Vegetarian,  Cruelty-free, Paraben-Free and contain no artificial colorants, sulfates, or phthalates. The line was founded by 4 Women of Asian ancestry that are dedicated to producing quality products.

I was able to try several items from their line and I am excited to share them with you!


The sample packets came in a pretty little golden bag. There were several different items in this pretty little bag for me to try out.


I sampled the Clove Flower and Turmeric Serum, Candlenut body cream, Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer, Avocado Banana Moisture Mask, Turmeric Antioxidant Facial Radiance Mask, Rice Facial Cleanser, and Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner.

They all sound delicious, don’t they?! ^_^



First up is the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask. Both of the masks from Juara are different from other masks I’ve used. These do not harden when you wear them. You also don’t end up looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon which is a nice change. The masks are also great to leave on overnight without staining your pillows and sheets!! I am not a huge fan of bananas so I was a little worried about having a banana smell on my face for a prolonged period of time. Thankfully the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is fragrance free, which is nice for those with fragrance sensitivity. The mask itself is smooth and silky like a really rich skin cream. A little goes a really long way with both of the masks I tried. My skin felt very soft and really hydrated when I removed the the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask. I did not have any breakouts or other skin problems after using this. I really liked that the mask felt light, not greasy or oily at all!

From the Juara website:

WHAT IS IT: An ultra rich, creamy leave-on mask that provides the skin with an intense dose of moisture for a softer, healthier complexion and instantly soft skin.

WHAT’S KEY IN IT: Nourishing avocado hydrates and revitalizes, while mineral-rich banana puree helps soften skin and maintain an optimal moisture level.

WHAT IT DOES: Fights dryness and dehydration immediately and leaves a moist, supple feel. You will LOVE IT.

WHO IT IS FOR: Suitable for all skin types in need of extra moisture. Fragrance-free. Paraben free.

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Butter, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Squalane, Hydroxyethylacrylate/Sodium Acrloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Banana (Musa sapientum) Fruit Puree, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil Unsaponifiables, Carrot (Daucus Carota sativa) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chloryphyll, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol.

Full sized Avocado Banana Moisture Mask is 2.8 ounces and retails for $35. The Juara website lists some alternate uses for this mask too, check it out.

Juara_skincare_turmeric_antioxidant_facial_mask The other mask I tried is the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask. This mask is incredibly silky feeling! There is a very faint scent of turmeric in the product itself, but the scent did not linger on my skin after removal of the mask. I am pretty sensitive to fragrance. I have a really sensitive nose and a lot of fragrances give me migraines. I am happy to say that this mask did not bother me whatsoever. I did feel a little warm tingle while using this product. Nothing unpleasant or painful though, it just lets you know it’s beautifying your skin! The Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask can also be left on overnight without fear of ruining your bed. This mask does have clay in it but it does not harden or make you look scary while wearing it. No frightening your partner in the morning, SCORE!! My skin felt really soft and smooth after I removed the mask. I also did not have any breakouts or clogged pores after using this, just really happy and healthy feeling skin!

From the Juara website:

WHAT IT IS: A non-drying mud mask treatment that detoxifies, brightens, and strengthens stressed, tired and dull skin in one single application. Great instant pick-me-up.

WHAT’S KEY IN IT: Turmeric brightens and evens out complexion, as well as provides antioxidant protection from free radicals that can damage your skin.

WHAT IT DOES: The turmeric complex we use fends off free radicals and toxins that may accelerate the aging process. After continued use, skin will look brighter, stronger, and healthier.

WHO IT IS FOR: Suitable for all skin types.
Dermatologist Tested. Fragrance-free. Paraben-free.

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Glycerin, Kaolin Clay, Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Oil, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Myristyl Myristate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahyrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Carrot (Daucus Carota sativa) Seed Oil, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl) Acetate, Hydroxyethylacrlyate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol, Polysorbate 60.

Full sized Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask is 3 ounces and retails for $35.

You can also purchase small, travel-size jars of Juara masks here. The set is $16 for 3 0.5 ounce jars. This is a really nice sampler set! It includes the Avocado Banana Moisture Mask, Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask, and Rose Willowbark Blemish-free Mask. The individual jars are $9 each, so the set is a great deal!!! Juara_skincare_clove_flower_and_turmeric_serum_candlenut_body_creme_sweet_black_tea_and_rice_facial_moisturizer

The next few items came in cute little paper sample packs. Yay for eco-friendly packaging!!!

The Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum is a non-greasy, super moisturizing serum. The serum is oil-free which I absolutely love! I have super oily skin and worry when trying out new skincare, I don’t want to be an oil slick! This serum gave my skin a firmer feel to it and left it smooth. There is a slight scent with this product that is very clean smelling and subtle. The scent fades pretty quickly so I would imagine it would be okay for fragrance sensitive folks. I had no reaction to the fragrance myself. The sample packs I used had several uses in each. I got about 4 light applications from each packet. A little goes a long way with this serum. (Especially when using after the Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner!!!) The website says to use at night, which I did, but I really liked using the Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum in the morning to help my face look more alive. It really helped calm my grumpy skin down and firm up my skin so I could look human again. I am soooo NOT a morning person!

From the Juara website:

WHAT IS IT: Powerful youth elixir to help prevent and reverse the visible signs of skin aging. Works great under makeup, or worn alone.

WHAT IT DOES: Reduces the look of fine lines as well as increase firmness and youthful luminosity. Skin will immediately look and feel more vibrant and well rested. See results in just 4 weeks!

WHAT’S IN IT: Clove Flower, Turmeric, Goji Berry and an age-reversing Palm peptide combined with fresh sea algae and hyaluronic acid infuse skin with immediate vitality, hydration and a sense of wellbeing, leaving skin radiant, soft and smooth.

WHO IS IT FOR: All skin types and anyone concerned with aging who wants to have younger, fresher, healthier looking skin.
Unfragranced. Alcohol free. Oil-free.

Ingredients: Water, Chondrus crispus (Red Algae) Extract, Hydrolyzed Chondrus Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Lycium barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Eugenia carophyllus (Clove Flower) Extract, Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens esulenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Bambusa vulgaris (Gold Bamboo) Leaf/Steam Extract, Pisum sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Plankton Extract, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Phyllanthus emblica (Aamla) Fruit Extract, Tetrahydrocurcuminoids, Ferulic acid, Di-Potassium Glycyrrhizinate, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Levulinate, Potassium Sorbate.

Full sized bottle of the Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum is 1 ounce and retails for $62. Remember, a little goes a very long way!

The Candlenut Body Creme is like heaven in a container! This smells intoxicating and feels as good on your skin as it smells. I would love to dive in a vat of Candlenut Body creme and live there. Forever! My skin was baby soft and smelled amazing after using this body creme. If you are a fan of Shea Butter, you need to try Candlenut Creme. It’s like Shea Butter’s big sister who figured out life already and knows how to get things done! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I just don’t even know how to describe the awesomeness in this stuff. I’ll leave it at that.

From the Juara website:

This rich, luxurious body creme provides the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, known for its high content of essential fatty acids, which has been used for centuries in Indonesia to treat dry, rough skin. The unique properties of candlenut oil allow for superior skin penetration with a comfortable, velvet finish. Result: Skin looks and feels soft, smooth and supple.
Paraben free.

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cyclomethicone, Illipe (Shorea stenoptera) Seed Butter, Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Oil, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Dimethicone, Carrot (Daucus Carota sativa) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Fragrance/Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol.

Full sized Candlenut Body Creme is 7.5 ounces and retails for $35. There is a travel size tube which has 1.2 ounces and is $10 that would be a great place to start if you need proof of the amazing feel before fully committing. There’s also Candlenut perfume oil, soap, shower gel, and body polish. You need this in your life. Seriously.

Another beautiful skin helper is the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer. This moisturizer leaves your skin feeling really moisturized and not greasy.  I used this moisturizer alone, paired with the Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, and paired with both the serum and Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner. Even with using all 3 products together I never felt overloaded or greasy. The Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer is light, silky, and smells so great. I used it twice a day and did not have any breakouts or pools of oil on my face. The scent is very light and clean and did not bother me at all. The scent is soothing so it was nice to put on before bed. My pillow would smell nice all night. I was able to get about 5 uses per packet out of the moisturizer. It takes very little to cover your face and neck area. Especially when your skin is toned and ready to absorb.

From the Juara website:

WHAT IS IT: A hydrating moisturizer that combines fermented sweet black tea (a.k.a. Kombucha) with nourishing rice bran oil to make skin more radiant, smooth, and hydrated.

WHAT’S KEY IN IT: Fermented sweet black tea, clinically proven to significantly soften the skin and enhance skin radiance in addition to its anti-aging properties. Rice bran oil, high in fatty acids and natural Vitamin E, hydrates the skin. Avocado Oil strengthens the skin barrier to retain moisture.

WHAT IT DOES: Immediately makes the skin look more radiant and smooth. It enhances skin’s elasticity and ability to retain moisture. Regular use reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

WHO IT IS FOR: Suitable for normal to dry skin.
Dermatologist Tested. Paraben free.

Ingredients: Water/Eau, Candlenut (Aleurites moluccana) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil Unsaponifiables, Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Cyclomethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Illipe (Shorea stenoptera) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Squalane, Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea Ferment, Hydroxyethylacrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol, Fragrance/Parfum.

Full sized Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer is 2.0 ounces and retails for $49. The Juara site has also listed a creative use for this item. Go take a look.


The Juara Rice Facial Cleanser smells so light and fresh. There is a good amount of lather despite being sulfate-free. This cleanser feels DIVINE! It softens your skin so much while it attacks the makeup and extra oils on your face. The thing that amazed me the most about this cleanser is that it removed all of my waterproof eyeliner and mascara effortlessly!! No scrubbing or extra effort required either! I love that I did not need to bust out a separate makeup remover to use around my eye area after washing my face. This alone made me love the Rice Facial Cleanser!!!! I use pretty budge proof eyeliner, which is great during the day. At night it takes makeup remover to get it completely off. Until I met this cleanser. My face feels so clean and ridiculously soft after using this cleanser. Life=changed. That is all.

From the Juara website:

WHAT IS IT: A foaming, sulfate-free rinse-off cleanser which removes make-up and skin-dulling debris with gentle cleansers, while evoking the traditional Indonesian ritual of a rice water rinse.

WHAT’S KEY IN IT: Rice starch, known for its soothing and softening properties, helps prevent moisture loss by enhancing the skin’s protective barrier. Also rich in amino acids and proteins naturally found in rice.

WHAT IT DOES: This gentle cleanser removes dirt and make-up without any taut after-feel. Its soap-free formulation prevents moisture loss and will leave your skin feeling super soft.

WHO IT IS FOR: Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Great for anyone wanting to cleanse without stripping the skin. Also great for people interested in helping their skin lock in moisture.
Dermatologist Tested. Sulfate-free. Oil-free. Paraben-free.

Ingredients: Water, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenypropanol, Fragrance.

Full sized Rice Facial Cleanser is 4.75 ounces and retails for $25.


Last but not least is the Juara Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner. This product is a multi-tasker. It is a moisturizer, toner, and serum in one. It smells marvelous and is the perfect follow up to the Rice Facial Cleanser. The toner has hyaluronic acid in it, which is a super humectant. Hyaluronic Acid is a great ally to have in the fight against dry and/or aging skin. The amazing ingredient can hold in moisture well beyond its own weight. I’ve seen claims from 500-6000 times its weight. Even at twice its weight, that’s powerful stuff! I used it before to help me get through a sunburn! Add tamarind, a blend of antioxidant teas, and soothing rice bran extract and you have a super skin friendly toner on your hands! You could get away with not using a moisturizer after cleansing, but I still used one. This toner just feels and smells so nice!

From the Juara website:

WHAT IS IT: An oil-free, fragrance-free skin quenching toner serum that provides hydration to thirsty skin while it calms and softens skin instantly with a single pump.
WHAT’S KEY IN IT: Tamarind works to increase the skin’s hydration level and enhance skin smoothness and suppleness. Moisture-binding hyaluronic acid makes skin feel instantly soft and supple. A calming infusion of white, green, and black teas comforts and delivers healthful antioxidants to the skin. Vitamin-rich rice bran extract provides calming benefits, minimizing redness and other signs of stress.
WHAT IT DOES: Fights dryness and dehydration immediately, reduces redness, and increases skin softness. It just WORKS! You have to try this.
WHO IT IS FOR: All skin types.
Especially formulated to suit all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Water, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarind Seed (Tamarindus indica) Extract, White Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract, Rice (Oryza sativa) Bran Extract, Honey Extract, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate.

Full sized bottle of Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner is 4.75 ounces and retails for $29. You won’t regret buying any of these products!

Juara has been available on Hautelook previously. Keep an eye out in case they appear again!

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Have you tried any of these amazing products yet? I’d love to hear about your experience! What sounds the best to you?


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Sugarpill Birthday Sale!!!!


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It’s already here! The **Sugarpill Cosmetics** Birthday Sale!!! ^_^

The sale is today ONLY so don’t wait! Items will sell out super fast and you do not want to miss out.

Sugarpill is one of my all time favorite companies. Their products are ridiculously pigmented. They come in a huge variety of colors. The shadows blend so effortlessly and beautifully. Supgarpill products are cruelty-free and most are also vegan. Plus, Sugarpill is an Asian-American, woman-owned, US business!!!! What other reasons do you need?!


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A Gift from Peach and Lily

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Hey everyone!

If you’re still shopping for the holidays, or need some pampering for yourself after braving the hordes, I have great news!

Until December 26th, you can get 15% off at **Peach and Lily**! Use code HARAJUKUHOLIDAYS. There’s still time to get your gifts by Christmas if you order by December 21st with 2 day shipping!


There’s some great new products available in the store too, check them out. The May Coop products look really amazing!

If you need any recommendations, check out my previous Peach and Lily posts here and here.

Happy shopping!

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Darling Girl Cosmetics ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Colllection

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Can you believe the holidays are upon us already?! It seems like just yesterday it was summer. We are now a couple of days away from Thanksgiving! Something to be thankful for is sparkly goodness. I have some sparkly pretties to show you today! Darling Girl Cosmetics has released a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas collection!!!!!!

First off, you must read the poem created for the collection by a fellow Glamour Girl. You can check it out here.

The artwork is super adorable too, isn’t it?!!!!!

Sparkle time!!!

L-R: 8 Tiny Reindeer; Sugar Plums; Wink; New Fallen Snow

L-R: 8 Tiny Reindeer; Sugar Plums; Wink; New Fallen Snow

8 Tiny Reindeer. This looks like a perfect reindeer-ish brown with loads of sparkle. The DG site says: Pinkish copper with pink and purple sparkle.

Sugar Plums. Another color that looks like its name. It’s the perfect sugar plum-y purple pink. DG says: Lavender with silver iridescence and color shifting lavender sparkles.

Wink. A super soft peachy pink. It doesn’t show very bright on my arm apparently. The color is really pretty IRL. DG’s words: Soft peachy pink with gold highlight.  Makes a beautiful blush or highlighter depending on your complexion. I think this would be really nice as a highlighter on me!!! ^_^

New Fallen Snow. New fallen snow is one of the prettiest things in the world to me. It’s so bright and clean. This color is another that is just so right on with its name. Fresh snow has that shine to it that this pretty color mimicks with the pretty sparkles added to the icy blue base. I loooooove this color. I like wearing light blue and other wintery colors this time of year. Perhaps it will bring me a white Christmas? I can dream….. DG’s color description: Pale silvery blue with silver iridescence and pink and blue sparkle.  The pink and blue aren’t really super noticeable they just kind of blend with this shade to make it more iridescent and sparkly.

L-R: Bowl Full of Jelly; Jolly Old Elf; Ashes & Soot; Kerchief & Cap

L-R: Bowl Full of Jelly; Jolly Old Elf; Ashes & Soot; Kerchief & Cap

Bowl Full of Jelly. I found this one to be a deeper version of Sugar Plums. They are similar, but not the same. I think Bowl Full of Jelly has a bit more sparkle than Sugar Plums. To me, the more sparkle the better!!! Per DG: Dusty mauve with pink undertones and gold iridescence.

Jolly Old Elf. Deep, festive green with tons of sparkle!! To me, this is a perfect Christmas green! It also has a good bit of sparkle to it, which will look great standing next to the tree!!! DG says: Rich pearly evergreen with golden undertones and pink and blue shimmers.

Ashes & Soot. I’m not a lover of brown in general. For a brown to be interesting to me it really needs to have some shift or sparkle or other type of sass. When applied, this beauty bursts with colors. It seems almost duochrome to me. This baby has copper, purple, and gold going on in there. The purple almost looks red with the copper. I really love this brown! LOVE, that means a lot for a brown. DG describes this beauty: Sooty gray brown base with golden undertones and copper iridescence and some violet tones lurking about.

Kerchief & Cap. This one is a nice light color. So pretty and golden. This is just a pretty color that will go with anything. DG says: Lightest golden beige with strong gold iridescence.  Pair this with a bold liner for an easy but beautiful holiday look.

Blurry Sparkle shot!

Blurry Sparkle shot!

A full-size (3/4 tsp.) of these shades will run you $5.90. A petit (1/4 tsp.)  is $2.50.

Cheeks Like Roses Duochrome Blush

Cheeks Like Roses Duochrome Blush

Cheeks Like Roses, how could this NOT be part of the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Collection?? It’s too perfect! The swatch on the left is over a sticky, clear primer (like Fyrinnae’s pixie epoxy, but from a now defunct Indie).  The swatch on the right is over bare skin. Why? Cheeks Like Roses can also be used as an eyeshadow. Also, I wanted to make sure the duochrome’ness showed for you. The best thing about all the DG blushes I own is that they are shifty. The shift in them acts like a contour/highlight, depending on the shade that you get. So these are like a bonus color or highlight with the pretty base color. I have a hard time getting blushes to show up in pictures so I prefer to swatch them.


I took some full-face pics, but my camera made weird color swirls. Since the time change, I am not able to take any daylight pictures so you may not see many full-face pics for a while. *readers all breathe collected sighs of relief*

Here’s an eye pic for you though… I used New Fallen Snow, Ashes & Soot, and Sugar Plums.


Of course my camera never EVER does the true beauty of Susan’s creations even a fraction of what they deserve. If you think they are beautiful in pics, you will be even more happy with the actual products!

If you want to grab any of these beautiful colors, or any of the other pretties that Darling Girl Cosmetics offers, RUN! The shop will be closing for the holiday season on December 1st! A lot of Indies close during this time of the year, I know I would if I could. So go get your pretty sparkles while you can!!!!

Just in case you are itching to read the original version of the poem, A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, you can read it here.

Happy Tuesday to all, and to all a good night…. (lame?)

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Perlier shower and bath cream kit

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A while ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sampler pack of Perlier goodies from iFabbo.


The Perlier 8-piece Mini Set with Bag is available on HSN.com and retails currently for $19.95, but is on sale right now for $16.95. I’m not sure how long that will last….

The kit comes with:

  • 1 oz. Honey Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Honey Shower Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Olivarium Bath & Shower Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Olivarium Body Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Cream Shower Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. White Almond Body Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. White Almond Shower Cream Mini
  • Clear Zip Top Bag


I also got an info sheet along with the items.

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I’m not good at describing scents, or singling out a particular note in a scent. I don’t wear a lot of different scents or own a lot of scented items since I have migraines. I also have allergies to a lot of scents. It’s very unfortunate because I really love fragrances!!!

I did not have any issues with the light and clean scents these products have! Each variety of the Perlier products has a very clean smell. I really enjoyed all of the scents that I received. Out of all of them, the Honey was my absolute favorite. It smelled sweet and fresh.

Something that I found very interesting about Perlier is that they have put a lot of research into their products. They employ chemists, pharmacists, scientists, and agricultural specialists, no shortage of thought here! They produce their ingredients on 150 acres of land. The area they farm the ingredients on is pesticide and insecticide free too, something we should all be concerned about. Perlier is also cruelty-free.

From the Perlier website:

Perlier provides products that are:

  • Scientifically formulated

  • Studied and tested with Modern Scientific principles with over 80 years of research background

  • Efficient and functional in their results producing a real scientific action that can be measured

Perlier makes Bath & Shower, Body Treatments, and Skincare. They have many different product lines to offer.

Here’s a few more pics of the 8-piece set.

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Check out the many luxurious items from Perlier, you won’t be sorry!!

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Palladio Beauty Lips


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Are you tired of seeing my lips yet? Tough. I’ve been on a lippy kick lately….Today I have some lip products from Palladio Beauty to show you. Palladio Beauty is one of my favorite companies. For many reasons. First off, they are fellow Floridians!!! Always nice to support beauty in your backyard! The best part about Palladio Beauty is that their products are designed to be good for your skin. Palladio offers high quality products that promote your skin’s health and help you look your best! Palladio products have skin loving ingredients such as ginseng, green tea, gingko biloba, vitamin E, natural humectants, aloe vera and chamomile. AND… they are cruelty-free!!! Palladio Beauty has a wide range of products, makeup, nail treatments (which I adore!), and skincare. You can purchase Palladio on their website (unless you are a Florida resident!), at your local Sally’s Beauty Supply, or select websites listed here. So far they sound pretty great, right? The first item to show you is the Precision Lip Liner in Candy Apple.


Palladio Precision Lip Liner in Candy Apple

This is a super smooth lip liner. It glides on, thanks to silicone. The color of this liner is such a bright and beautiful red. This is a very pigmented liner. It looks great with lipgloss over it. I did not have any feathering or bleeding with this lipliner. It definitely lasts a long time too!!! Plus, when you remove it, your lips have a gorgeous pink stain. The stain comes off if you want it to, but it’s a nice bonus if you want a little color after your lippy wears off. Retail is $6! There are 8 shades available.


Palladio Lip Liner pencil in Coral

This next lip liner is a different formula. This is more of a traditional lip liner. It is a drier texture, but still applies very nicely! This formula has aloe and beeswax in it to help moisturize your lips while looking pretty. The Coral color leaned more on the pink side on my lips. I applied the liner and used a gloss over it. The Coral liner also left a pretty after color on my lips. This liner had nice pigmentation too. It is definitely a formula that I would recommend a lip balm underneath. Retail $3, comes in 18 shades. The next lippy is in chubby pencil form!!! I don’t know about you, but I love these!! Palladio’s version is called Herbal Lip Slix. palladio_herbal_lip_slix_pink_innocence The picture does not do this lippy full justice!!! Pink Innocence is a soft pink loaded with sparkle. The sparkle is understated but reflects light so beautifully. The formula is so creamy and moisturizes your lips so nicely! The color payoff is great and the formula glides on so smoothly. The pencils are a decent size. My only gripe is that they are not self-sharpening or retractable. You do have to use a jumbo pencil sharpener. That’s the only con… I carry a double sharpener with me, so this is a non-issue. (Wet N’ Wild has one for 99 cents!!!) Retail only $6, and there are 6 pretty shades available! ^_^ And now, the gloss!!

Palladio Plump 'n' Shine Gloss in Clear

Palladio Plump ‘n’ Shine Gloss in Clear

The Plump ‘n’ Shine Gloss is a really glossy and wonderfully NON-sticky gloss. The formula is somewhat thick on this one, which helps give your lips a super glossy shine! It doesn’t feel thick while you wear it. I did not really notice any plumping… I have small lips and don’t think anything will accomplish making them look larger than they are. Sometimes with lip plumping products, you can feel a tingling to a burning sensation. I didn’t feel anything while wearing the gloss. Maybe I’m immune? Who knows. Plumping or not, I am a fan of this gloss and intend on picking up a colored one from Sally’s soon!! The gloss comes with a brush tip applicator. Retail $6, and comes in 11 shades plus clear.

Wearing Herbal Lip Slix in Pink Innocence and Plump 'n' Shine Gloss.

Wearing Herbal Lip Slix in Pink Innocence and Plump ‘n’ Shine Gloss.

I love how shiny my lips look in this picture!! I’m wearing the Pink Innocence Herbal Lip Slix and Plump ‘n’ Shine gloss here. I’m also wearing Palladio on my eyes and skin. More on that later!!! Do you own and love Palladio too? Any Floridians out there with passion for Palladio? Check Palladio Beauty out on their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and find at a Sally’s Beauty Supply near you!


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Londontown Lakur Fall/Winter Colors

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I have a few polishes from the Londontown Lakur Fall/Winter Collection to show you today. In case you missed my gushing about Londontown last time, I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! The colors are beautiful, they apply so nicely, and they make my nails better than they’ve ever been!!!!! My nails have been growing like crazy since they have been super strong. I have been wearing Londontown Lakur regularly since I found them and my nails have been flourishing. Seriously!!! I used a drugstore polish for my Halloween mani, and my nails were all flaky and felt gross afterwards. I had a major break too, I was very sad. But it opened my eyes to how great the Londontown kur and lakur formulas really are!! Bring on the pretty stuff….enough blabby.


Across the Pond

Across the Pond

Across the Pond is a super deep blue. This is a color that reminds me of the blue on Old Glory (U.S. flag) as well as the Union Jack flag (the U.K.). Looking at the description of Across the Pond on the Londontown website, I’m thinking this is intentional.

“Inspired by our love of both London and New York City … we jump the pond quite often.”

Across the Pond is pure gorgeousness. I’m a sucker for blue polish and own far too many. This is hands down my new favorite blue. The formula goes on super smooth. When I use the kur protective topcoat with these polishes, it makes them shine like glass.

Ring Me

Ring Me

I own very few red polishes. I just don’t wear red polish or red lipstick often. I love the color red though, it’s one of my favorite colors in general. When I saw Ring Me, I knew it would be a perfect red for me. This is a rich, almost blood red. It also is a perfect flag color, in my opinion. Ring Me is vampy, classy, and beautiful. I got a ton of compliments while wearing this lovely. This is not a boring red, AT ALL! The formula is so great on this one too!! I guess I have yet to meet a Lakur I didn’t love….. I wore this one for about a week.

I did have a bit of staining with this color, nothing terrible.

Nakey nails!!

Nakey nails!!

If you notice, I do have a little bit of peeling on my nails now. This did NOT happen until I used a lower quality polish for Halloween. If you also notice, my nails are still long in the photo with Across the Pond. Halloween was the week in between my Across the Pond and Ring Me manis. Tragedy struck after Halloween, hence the shorter nails. I’m hoping the kur saves my nails!! If not, I’ll have to hack them shorter and bring back the super strong nails I had until I strayed…..

Londontown Lakur retails for $22/bottle. They are worth it, seriously! My nails have never been this healthy before. The break I had after wearing the drugstore polish just drove the point home to me how great the formula is on these babies. I use the Nail Hardener as a base coat, which is $25/bottle. I also use the Protective Top Coat, which is also $25/bottle. Yes, it’s on the pricier side. It doesn’t ruin my nails, so I’d rather have a few colors vs. a Melmer full of stuff that will look pretty but ruin my nails…. That’s just me.

I am eyeing some of the other Kur nail treatments for Christmas. I rarely splurge these days, but when I do I go all out!!!

Do your nails a favor and try some Londontown!!! I do have affiliate links in this post. If you think I am just trying to make money by posting how great this stuff is, you are wrong. Click HERE to shop without using an affiliate link. I really don’t care if I benefit personally from you buying these. I really and truly love these polishes and I think you will too!!!!!

Check out the Fall/Winter collection colors!!

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Purely You Minerals

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I love finding and trying new (to me) Indie companies! Today I have some mineral makeup from Purely You Minerals. I first heard of Purely You Minerals when I tried out the Eco-Emi subscription program. I received Berry Red lipgloss in my Eco-Emi box. I loved the lipgloss, so I researched the company.


Purely You Minerals makes a variety of beauty products. They have face products (foundation, bronzer, blush, etc), eyeshadow, and lipgloss. I had been wanting to try mineral foundation after reading an article about how much your skin ages from not removing your makeup. Mineral makeup allows your skin to breathe more. I love it for so many reasons, but a top one for me is the long shelf life. (Read this article about why you should own mineral makeup too!) I own way too many mineral eyeshadows and may never use them all. Thankfully, I can keep them much longer than products made with fillers that may possibly contain carcinogens. I digress……

Purely You Minerals offer foundation samples. I have been color matched all over the map. I definitely have a warm undertone but my skin is tricky since I tan in the shade. I am a freckly mess too. Also, living in the Sunshine State has my complexion all different shades constantly. It’s hard to lock me in to a foundation color. (Yes, I wear sunblock every day!!) This bring me to another reason I wanted to try mineral foundation. The coverage is buildable and is a “veil”, not cakey coverage. Mineral foundation gives your skin a finished look, not an overly made-up look. Also, I personally feel that you have more wiggle room with choosing a foundation color. Since the color is more sheer, you might be able to get away with having one color for all seasons. That’s what I need!!!

Picture time!!!!!!!!!

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Seems like I went all over the map with my color choices, right? Well, I wanted to make sure I got a variety to ensure a color match! I guess it was probably silly to try the fair and light shades. I’m definitely not fair skinned. You just never know with freckles… Seriously.

L-R: Warm Light; Warm Fair; Warm Fairly Medium; Neutral Medium; Warm Medium; and Warm Medium Tan

L-R: Warm Light; Warm Fair; Warm Fairly Medium; Neutral Medium; Warm Medium; and Warm Medium Tan

Looks like the Neutral Medium matches my arm reaaaaaaally well!! It is not a match on my face though really (You should color match to your jawline, not your arm ^_^). My best matches are Warm Medium and Warm Fairly Medium. The Purely you website has a lovely video on how to use their foundations, click here (sure looks like an Eco-Tools brush in the video).

The foundation is light while you wear it. I don’t feel it at all. I use a face primer before I apply. I also use a face mist after application to set the makeup and it helps your skin look more natural (imho). Another great benefit of mineral makeup is the natural sunblock qualities since a lot of the shades have titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in them, which are natural sunblock. The light to medium shades of PYM have natural spf in them. Since the spf benefits are low, I recommend using another sun protection method paired with the foundation. I use BB Cream or a primer with SPF of at least 30 in it with the foundation.

I also tried out a few other products!!

L-R: Purely Bronze Bronzer; Purely Rose Blush; Purple Hi Light; Satin Plum Loose eyeshodow; and Ochre lipgloss

L-R: Purely Bronze Bronzer; Purely Rose Blush; Purple Hi Light; Satin Plum Loose eyeshadow; and Ochre lipgloss

I love that these are all matte products. Sometimes mineral makeup looks shimmery in the container even when it’s matte. The shimmer/sparkle is the actual mineral, at least in the case of these items. Even my foundation swatches look somewhat shimmery. When you put them on, they are definitely matte.

L-R: Purple Hi Light; Purely Rose Blush; Purely Bronze Bronzer; and Satin Plum eyeshadow

L-R: Purple Hi Light; Purely Rose Blush; Purely Bronze Bronzer; and Satin Plum eyeshadow

The bronzer is a really nice shade. Not orangey at all! Purely Rose blush is a really pretty dusty rose color. I think this shade would be nice on all skintones despite being on the warm side. The Purple Hi Light is an eyeshadow, I think. I actually like it as a cheeklight, a lot! The color is similar to Besame Violet Brightening Powder… which has talc. More on this another day. The Satin Plum loose eyeshadow is a really gorgeous color. It is a deep mauvey plum with some reddish sparkle. This color is a winner! Perfect for fall too!

Ochre lipgloss

Ochre lipgloss

Ochre lipgloss is a shimmery golden deep pink. This is a perfect better than my lips color for me! My sample was flavored with peppermint, which I adore. Pretty lips+fresh breath=kissable! This is NOT a sticky lipgloss at all! It feels so good while it’s on your lips. When it wears/rubs off you are left with super soft lips. It’s a win-win here.

As I mentioned before, I have Berry Red lipgloss from PYM. Here’s a side by side of Ochre and Berry Red.


As you can see, the two colors are very different. Both beautiful and taste nice. ZERO stickiness.

So now that you are likely drooling over these babies, let’s talk about pricing. Everything in the shop is quite reasonable! The lip glosses are $7. What I have posted are sample sizes, you get much more when you order! The lipglosses also come in a tube, no messy brushes or fingers for you. The eyeshadow is $6 for 2 grams. The bronzer and blushes are $7. The foundations are $13 for 8 grams. When you use these foundations, you will use very little.

I love everything I’ve tried so far!! I’m very glad that I found this company through Eco-Emi!! There are a lot of indie companies and I love to find more that have such great products!

Take a look at the Purely You Minerals website, there’s so much more that I haven’t mentioned!

If you’ve tried them, I’d love to hear about your experience too!


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Portland Black Lipstick Company

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Hi again! I have even more lippies to show you today! I bought a few samples from Portland Black Lipstick Company. Of course, I haaaaad to try out their black, I’ve heard nothing but great things!


I got a few colors to try out. Black lipstick is a personal favorite of mine. Since black is a neutral color, it goes great with everything! I think black is a lipstick color that doesn’t get used enough. Blue lips are also another fave of mine and Indigo Bridge looked like it would be the best of both. I got four lipstick samples in all and also received a free sample of Green Glitz glitter.

All of the lipstick colors I tried out felt really great on my lips. These babies are packed full of lip loving ingredients. On the Portland Black Lipstick Company website, they list ingredients such as:

plant-based oils and waxes, lanolin, and beeswax, mineral pigments and/or carmine for color, and distilled essential oils for fragrance

All things I can pronounce and all things that make your lips feel great! Do they look great too? You be the judge….


Snow Queen is a lovely opaque white. I found this lipstick to be really pigmented and super creamy. There’s a hint of sparkle too!! In order to get the best color payoff from this one, I muted my own lip color with some foundation before applying the lipstick. I like to wear foundation under my lipstick most of the time, anytime I’m wearing a color that doesn’t coordinate with my lips.

I felt white lips are not my best look. My husband said I look scary with white lips. Guess this isn’t a work color for me sadly. I will most likely be using the rest of my Snow Queen sample to mix with other colors.  I’m going to try this again and alter my skin tone. I think maybe Snow Queen would look better if I wasn’t tanned. I’m hoping.


Chlorosis. I got this one to try since I didn’t have any green lippies. I’m not really a fan of the color green in general, but force myself to wear it. Every time I do, I forget why I don’t wear it. Chlorosis is a light to medium green. The picture of the lipstick alone looks almost lime green but Chlorosis is really more of a minty green in my opinion. This lipstick was also very creamy and pigmented. I used a lip brush to apply all the colors and they went on so smoothly.


Indigo Bridge.  I absolutely love this color! Indigo Bridge is a verrrry dark blue, so dark that it almost looks black. This is a metallic blue masterpiece. I could wear this every day!! This lipstick looks darker on my lips than it does in the off-lip product swatch picture. What a stunner!! I love this color more than the Inglot Pacific Blue Collection color (292) that I have. The Inglot lipstick has glitter in it and isn’t as deep as Indigo Bridge. If you are in need of a lovely and deep blue lipstick, Indigo Bridge is a must have!!


Black. How could I sample from Portland BLACK Lipstick Company without trying their namesake?! Impossible!! I had a few black lippies already, but have been wanting to try this one specifically. This is the prettiest black I own now. The PBLC Black is super opaque, glossy, and spectacular. It goes on like a dream and is long-lasting!! I am sad I didn’t try this one out sooner!!!! So glad I finally did though!!!!

None of these awesome lipsticks stained my lips. They don’t really smell or taste like anything to me. Just pure awesome lip color. Full-size lipsticks are 0.15 oz. They come in a twist-up lip balm tube and run $10. If you just want to try out some interesting lip colors without a full tube commitment, samples are $1 each. The chunk I got will last me several applications. I’ve worn the black at least 10 times and have a good bit left. I think the sample size was extremely generous! PBLC offers samples of their lipsticks, Corpse Paint, Phantom Complexion Powder, Night Cream, and their Glitz colors.

I also received a sample of Green Glitz with my order. Green Glitz is a light green, fine glitter. I swatched on bare skin, and over Snow Queen and Black lipsticks just to show you. portland_black_lipstick_company_green_glitz

I think Green Glitz looks especially gorgeous over a black base! I wore glitter lips out using Green Glitz. I really loved the combo!

I am quite happy with my sample purchase. I know I want full-size Indigo Bridge. Next on my ‘to try’ list…. Artificial Amethyst, Blood Red and Corpse Paint.

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Have you tried any products from Portland Black Lipstick Company? Do tell!! I’d also love to know what non-traditional colors are your faves!

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