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Monday, September 12, 2016

Bath and Body Works Haul ❤ Fall Favourites

September has always symbolized a fresh start for me, I always liked back-to-school shopping, and the change of the seasons.  I've been done with school for awhile, but I still get that happy feeling when I walk into a store, and they are selling school supplies. September is also the month of my birthday, which gets me excited as well.

I've never been a huge fan of summer, because I do not like the heat.  We have had a pretty strange summer here in Vancouver, with the temps going up as high as 34 C in the past week.  We may get a couple more 30 C days this week as well, which just plain sucks, IMO!  I can't wait until it is sweater weather as far as the eye can see.

I am loving me some fall shopping.  Bath and Body Works definitely knows what it is doing when it comes to the Fall/Winter scents.  I grabbed some goodies in a recent sale, and you can bet, they were all fall-scented!

I grabbed three soaps, Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, and Crisp Morning Air (which is already in use, and thus not in the photo.)  I really wanted Autumn Spiced Strawberry but they did not have that in my store yet; it sounds very intriguing!  I also got four scent portables, which I have multiple uses for.  I stuck a Sweater Weather scent portable under my desk at work, as it helps to create a soft fragrance to the room with out being overwhelming.  I also will likely put one in my car, and above the bathroom mirror.  The scents I got are Cinnamon Caramel Swirl, Pumpkin Apple, Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte, and Sweater Weather.  I grabbed two shower gels in Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte, and Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin.  Lastly, I picked up a hand cream in Golden Autumn Day.

Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte is a very sweet smell, and I love it.  I have had the body spray in this fragrance in my desk at work since last fall, and use it pretty much daily.  Golden Autumn Day is the perfect introductory fall scent, as it mixed citrusy notes, and the smell of autmn leaves.  The citrus scent helps to transition from summer to fall.

What fall scents do you have an eye on?  Bring on the chilly temps, and the sweaters!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Essie Gel Couture Review and Swatches (Model Citizen, and Dress Call)

Hello lovelies!  I am here today with a review of the new Essie Gel Couture range which has just been released here in Canada.  This range offers a wide range of shades that are meant to last at least two weeks on the nails, if you use the Essie Gel Couture Topcoat.  The first shade I purchased was Model Citizen, which is a lovely carnation pink.  I only grabbed one of these at first, as they are a bit pricey, retailing for about $12.99 at my local Walmart.  I wanted to test one of these badboys out before I bought multiple shades.  I went back and bought a second after about a week of wearing Model Citizen because I was so impressed!

These apply pretty nicely, and Model Citizen was opaque after three coats.  The second shade I purchased, Dress Call, was opaque after two coats.  With the topcoat, they dry fairly quickly, I would say comparable to my holy grail favourite, Essie Good-to-Go.  Now, I should preface this review with the fact that I have pretty peel-y nails.  Polish tends to last only a few days on me before it starts to chip at the top, due to the nature of my nails.  I was honestly blown away by how long this polish lasted on me.  You can see in the picture below that at 10 days, my nails were still, for the most part, intact.  Ignore the pointer finger, as I picked at that one.  If you have normal, non-peely nails, these will likely last the full 14 days on you.  Something funny I noticed, however, was that by day 11, the polish on one of my nails had started to peel up at the bottom, and I pulled the whole shebang right off my nail.  Has anyone else had this experience?

Essie Gel Couture - Model Citizen (Day 1)

Essie Gel Couture - Model Citizen (Day 1)

Model Citizen - After 10 days!

Essie Gel Couture - Dress Call

I am definitely going to need more of these shades, the two I am coveting right now are Make the Cut, which is a pearlized beige shade, and Off-Duty Style which is a creamy teal.  Such a gorgeous range of shades, even those of us with impressively large collections will find a few unique shades we will just have to have.