Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blog Help Please!

I went to edit my Mall Haul post, and for some reason, when I was finished editing it and went to go make sure it looked okay, I noticed all the pictures on my blog have a shadow outline to them? I don't understand why that happened since all I did was edit a post/didn't change my settings at all? I've already scrounged through Template Design like 5 times and I can't seem to fix the if anyone knows how to correct this, please let me know!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mall Haul

I'm having a fantastic Friday and I hope you all are too! After a terribly long week for the both of us, my mom decided we should take a trip to the mall. I was really trying to not spend a ton of money as I'm saving up for some big ticket items, but what the heck, I had some coupons.


I really wanted to go here so I could swatch some things (which by the way, Nars blush in Exhibit A is on the top of my wish list) and ended up walking out with just one item, which is a huge accomplishment for me!
The Clinique Black Honey Glow Set was originally on my to-check-out list, but when I did, I decided the only product I would actually be interested in is the lipstick. The blush is way too sheer, the gloss is sticky, and the entire set is way smaller than I imagined. Though you can still buy this here for a limited time only, I went ahead and just got the lipstick, (I owe a thanks to MakeupSparkle's post, she's how I found out about this product). I will do a full review on this later!
Price: $14.50

Bath & Body Works:

I honestly went in here with a list of only things I needed, but that went out the window when they didn't have 2 of the 3 things, so I just went around enjoying the last of the clearance bins!

-Pearberry Body Splash
I planned on just getting this, the Country Apple, and Sun-Ripened Raspberry one, but apparently everyone has been gobbling these up. But that's okay, I love this fruity scent and it goes with the Pearberry lotion I bought in a previous haul.
Price: $3.00
-Fresh Market Apple Handibac Hand Spray
This is absolutely my favorite hand sanitizer smell, and I think it just looks a little bit chic-er than the Pocketbacs. I wish I had picked up more of these, and some in particular for my brother, who's a germ freak.
Price: $1.00

-Butterfly Flower Travel Sized Lotion
Before we headed to the mall I checked online to see if there was any good coupons for Bath & Body Works going around, and I found this one that's good for another couple of weeks. It gives you a free signature collection travel sized body lotion, which I think is a great deal! I picked Butterfly Flower because I plan on using this as my signature spring scent, so why not start stocking up on it now?
Price: Free

-Mint Chocolate Home Fragrance Oil
From previous posts you should know how obsessed I am with this scent by now! It's perfect for winter, the smell just makes you want to curl up in a blanket in front of a fire. I got this for my room instead of another candle to insure I won't be burning down the house anytime soon; I tend to forget things are burning so not a good idea!
Price: $1.50

Of course I needed a little Scentbug to go along with the oil, so I just got one from the 75% off bins and it's a metallic blue color (it was that or pink, ick). I really wanted the wood print Scentbug, but that one was full price so I'll just get that one in the summer time, since it is pretty jungle-esque. I must say these things are really easy/fun to use, I wish I had gotten one earlier.
Price: $4.50

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bhati Beads

I first discovered these beautiful bracelets on a YouTube beauty guru's video, beautyxxgoddess! She put a link to the Bhati Beads website in the downbar, so I checked it out and absolutely fell in love. The Bhati Beads website features so many gorgeous different styles of silk wrap bracelets (among other jewelry), all hand made by Margaret Maggard herself!
 They were having a huge 30% off sale on Cyber Monday, so that's when I placed my order!
I ordered a red Silk Planet wrap, which are normally $48 a piece, but I got it for $41, including shipping!

My package came on Friday the 10th of December, and that's really the only problem I had with the Bhati Beads. I ordered them on the 29th of November, and was expecting it to only take maybe 4 or 5 days to arrive. But when I saw this cute little package, complete with hot pink tissue paper, it made the wait completely worth it!

When you receive your order, you get a little box with everything in it wrapped nicely in hot pink tissue paper (or possibly some other colors!) and a handwritten card from Margaret Maggard herself! Inside the tissue paper, there's a gorgeous little gold cinch bag with your wrap in it and a little Bhati Beads business card.

The wraps come with little toggle-style clasp ends, complete with a little silver tag labeled "BB x MM" for Bhati Beads and Margaret Maggard!

I usually wear my Bhati Beads wrap around my wrist, but I have done it around my neck as a long, dangly necklace, and even as headband! The price of these is a little high, but if you think about the various ways they can be worn, you're getting a great deal!

If you don't want to go through the shipping issues I had, you now don't have to! The Gap's line "Athleta" now sells some Bhati Beads here! There is a limited selection, but none the less gorgeous!

Here, beautyxxgoddess a YouTube beauty guru, features Bhati Beads in an Outfit Of The Day video!

And then later does a full review on them, which can be watched here!

 I would definitely recommend you check out these gorgeous homemade creations! So head over to the Bhati Beads website or your local Gap store and pick one of these up today!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Bath & Body Works Haul

Sorry for all the Bath & Body Works related posts lately, but they have been having amazing sales! This was an online order that I placed on December 26th, and it came on the 30th, which is faster than I was expecting with all the after Christmas mailing back ups. I got a ton of stuff (none of it full-priced!) and I'm very happy to say I'll only be exchanging 3 items (I had never smelled most of the stuff I ordered). I'm going to break the full-sized classic lotions up into categories so it doesn't just go on forever and ever!

-Bali Mango Travel Sized Body Lotion
 My mom really liked this scent when I got it for Christmas, so I got her another one to keep in her purse since she said she was out of the one she had been previously using. If you want a full review of this new fragrance, then check out this post!

-Orange Sapphire Travel Sized Body Lotion
Again, my mom really likes this smell so I got her one to keep in her purse. I think Bath & Body Works is discontinuing this fragrance because everything from that line has been on sale. So if you like this, go stock up! I'm not really a fan of this smell because it's nothing original, I feel like it's the same as any old orange product. But since my mom likes it, I hope they keep it around!

-Concentrated Room Spray in Twisted Peppermint
I absolutely love Twisted Peppermint, and since I can't burn the candle in my room, I thought this would be the perfect solution! But I'm sad to say it's one of the 3 things I'm going to go exchange. To me, this has only the slightest hint of Twisted Peppermint, and then there's this really sweet/disgusting other smell that isn't in the other products. This is also way smaller than I was expecting, I thought I was getting a Frebreze sized room spray, but it's about the same as a travel sized lotion. I'm glad these are only $3 right now instead of $7 because I would feel really cheated!

-Black Amethyst Body Lotion
I thought they were discontinuing this fragrance since all the stuff was on sale, but thank god Bath & Body Works is just redesigning the product art (the new one is a gorgeous purple flower). I don't really mind this one since it matches the old Eau de Toilette that I have, but I do mind that I got sent a botched bottle. I tried for half an hour to screw the cap off so I could get a good smell, but the thing just twists around and doesn't screw off. So then I tried to pop the little lotion dispenser up, and oh my god, you have to be an Iron Man to pop it up! I love this smell so I might go back and make them replace it, but I haven't decided yet.


-Signature Collection Classics Sun-Ripened Raspberry
This just sounds so good how could you not get it?! I love the smell of this, it's just a little bit fruity and then you get this fresh flower fragrance that you weren't expecting. I kind of wish it screamed  "raspberry", but I love the super girly and floral scent anyway! I will definitely get a lot of use out of this come spring and summer time!

 -Signature Collection Classics Country Apple
One of the girls in my ceramics class had this lotion a while back, and when she used it the room always smelled delicious! So of course I wanted one for myself. It's not quite as apple-y as the Fresh Market Apple, but you do get a hint and it's just a very subtle fruity smell! I bet guys would love this because it is so sheer and light, so if you have a special one in your life that could use a little fragrance, get him one of these!

-Signature Collection Classics Pink Grapefruit
I was hesitant about getting this one because a lot of grapefruit fragrances come out very artificial smelling, but this is actually one of my favorites! It's just like you sliced a grapefruit open in front of you, with a little bit of an orange hint to it. This is the perfect summer scent!

-Signature Collection Classics Pearberry
The picture on the bottle isn't all that appealing to me, but it's probably my favorite smell of the bunch! I can't really pick out the pear smell, but it's just blended so good with other berries, almost like the sun-ripened raspberry but less floral. The bottle also says "Infused with real strawberry and pear extracts" which makes me feel really good about putting this on my body because you know some of it is natural ingredients.

-Signature Collection Classics Stawberry Lemonade
I love the cute little graphic on the label, and the color of the lotion is also really girly and adorable! This sound like it would smell delicious, and it really does! You can really smell the sweet strawberries, but you also get this tangyness from the lemons. It's perfectly blended, not too much strawberry and not too much lemon. I've never smelled anything remotely close to this, so congrats Bath & Body Works on another totally original scent! I want it to be July so bad right now so I can wear this!


-Signature Collection Classics Sheer Freesia
I don't have a really big "smell dictionary" when it comes to flowers, I haven't smelled a lot of them, so I don't really know what I like/don't like. But now I know I definitely don't like freesia! Ugh, there's just such a bite to this fragrance when I take a whiff, I can't stand it. Definitely exchanging this for something better.

-Signature Collection Classics Water Blossom Joy
The packaging on this bottle is adorable, it looks like a little water color painting! As for the smell, this is so fresh! It's just like the name "Water Blossom Joy" you get that floral fragrance (this one is a little stronger, almost like perfume) and then you pick up on that fresh/clean scent, like water! So thumbs up on the name, it's exactly what you get. This will be a great spring time lotion, another thing to look forward to!

-Signature Collection Classics Lemongrass Sage
I didn't really want to get this because I thought it might smell similar to the Dove Fresh Effects Grapefruit & Lemongrass Body Spray (the yellow one), which just smells like straight up deodorant to me. But I'm happy to say it doesn't! This has a nice floral fragrance to it along with a little bit of that "fresh" smell, totally different from the Dove one. And again let me point out how cute and vintage looking the label on the bottle is!

-Signature Collection Classics Green Clover And Aloe
I had high hopes for this lotion because green clover just sounds like it would smell good. But this is just like the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" because this has a nasty fragrance despite it's cute packaging! The aloe is just overpowering and it smells like cheap shampoo. Definitely exchanging this for something better!


-Signature Collection Classics Seaspray
I got this one just because I think the bottle is really pretty (and the color of the body spray is pretty freakin' cool as well)! I'm happy to say I actually do like the way it smells, I was worried it would be a little too artificial (like the beachy hair products). But this is the perfect scent, it's almost as if you're at the beach! It's a very shower fresh smell to me and it's not too heavy on the skin. Again, I can't wait for the warmer months to wear this, since it just doesn't feel right in January!

So the sale where you can get these lotions for only $3 (saving you $6.50!) is still going on right now! So head on over to here and fill up your shopping cart!
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