Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Wishlist 2012

Hello world! After being M.I.A. for so long I thought I'd come back today and share my Christmas beauty wishlist with you. Although I personally don't like asking for specific gifts, I thought it would be fun to come up with a wishlist so let's get to it!

Dear Santa,

1.   Dolce & Gabbana Rose The One: $66-98
I was sold on this scent the moment I opened the sample I received. As implied by its name, this fragrance is a rose scented perfume. It has notes of Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin, Peach, Muguet, Bulgarian Rose, Peony, Geranium, Madonna Lily, Plum, Ambrette Seed, Vanilla, Amber, Musk, but if you ask me, all I pick up is a blend of roses. I think of it as a mature and sophisticated fragrance perfect to wear for a nice dinner out with that special some one.

2.    Sexy Little Things Noir Tease: $25
I received a deluxe sample of this body mist with my black friday haul from Victoria's Secret and instantly fell in love! Strangely enough I had never before smelled ANY Victoria's Secret body mists, fragrances, or body lotions, and honestly I don't know why. It is described as "a warm blend of black vanilla, frozen pear, and blooming gardenia." I can't really describe it in my own words, but I what I can say is that it is definitely a very flirtatious/sexy scent. This should come to no surprise coming from Victoria's Secret ;)

3.   Fresh Sugar Perfection Duo: $22.50
This too came into my radar through a sample from Sephora during my birthday month and I became hooked. I hate when lip balms claim to be tinted and turn out to just be clear so I was very pleased to find that this product actually lived up to its claims. That slight tint is just enough so my lips don't feel naked and what I love most is that once it wears off it leaves my lips feeling baby soft. Yes it's expensive but once in a while it's nice to pamper yourself, don't you think?

4.    Khroma Khloe's Kardazzle Face Palette: $13
As you can probably see for yourself, the colors offered by this palette aren't anything special or out of this world. We could all easily find very similar colored products from drugstore brands, but as the Kardashian fan that I am, I would love to test the quality of their newly released make up brand Khroma. As far as I know their products can be found at select Ulta's, CVS's, and Walgreen's in the US. I went to my nearest Ulta recently thinking there would be testers out so we could swatch them in store, but I was wrong. So I am yet to try these guys out, and very very eager too!

So there you have it, the best way to win me over is to send me samples LOL I'm just easily persuaded guys, I can't help it! I'd love to hear what made it onto YOUR list this year so please leave it in the comments :)

Wishing you an amazing holiday season,

Michelle <3

Sunday, September 23, 2012

DeLUSHious Sunday Treats: Buffy Body Butter

I don't know about you, but when I hear the term "body butter" I picture a lotion tub with gooey-buttery, creamy goodness in it. I mean, if something claims to be butter, should it look like this?

Unpleasing to the eye as it may be, I have to say, I love Buffy!


Buffy comes in a solid form as you can see in my very professional cell-phone photograph and the picture from the LUSH website, which is why I was confused as to how in the world I would slather its buttery properties on my body, of course as always LUSH came to the rescue with some pretty handy instructions.



“Massage our Buffy body butter all over your wet skin in the bath or shower to make you softer and smooth to the touch, paying special attention to your backside. We add ground rice, almonds and beans to Buffy to act as exfoliants; the rough textures eliminate lumps and bumps and sloughs away dry skin cells to reveal brighter, fresher looking skin. Rinse off the exfoliating bits and pat yourself dry. There's no need for body lotion after a Buffy slaying session, because the cocoa and shea butters keep your skin beautifully smooth, moisturized and soft to the touch.”


Oh! I need to be wet… (insert “that’s what she said” here)

Some pretty hefty claims if I do say so myself, especially for something that looks quite plain. However once again, judging a book by its cover did not work for me. For several days Buffy sat inside a LUSH bag in my bathroom, unused, not even touched or sniffed, it was borderline neglect. It wasn’t until I needed to exfoliate so I could use a skirt that I brought this baby out, and boy am I glad I did.
and that's what it looks like after being abused for about a month, this used to be the big size.

While in the shower I literally buffed my body with Buffy, and I immediately felt its moisturizing properties, it was amazing. For someone with dry skin like me, this bar of essential oils and shea butter is a life-saver. Add to that the fact that it smells quite pleasing, and the fact that it exfoliates brilliantly and you’ve got yourself a must-have product for those of us who suffer with dry or dull looking skin. I should also point out that my self-tanner went on so much more evenly and easily after I used Buffy, no more awkward dry patches!

I hate to say anything negative about “Buffy, the dead skin slayer” but this stuff melts so easy if you leave it in the shower, not only that, but I have to shut off the water while I use it, and if I use too much, after I rinse, my bathtub gets all slippery, which could be quite serious to a klutz like yours truly. So if you are considering purchasing this body butter, do keep in mind that it is a bit high maintenance, not only that, but it’s not cheap. This retails for $11.95 for 3.3 ounces and $22.95 for 7.0 ounces, not a whole lot of product, but if you can spare the change, it’s worth it.

Another thing, when I pair this with my Ro’s Argan body conditioner, oh my goodness, my skin feels heavenly, it brings out the narcissist in me, and I like it J

Hope you enjoyed this week’s LUSH review, see you next Sunday!