I was really excited about MAC's Style Black collection because it meant the return of the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator that everyone was raving about. I wasn't able to get my hands on it last year, and after hearing that this along with the mask was selling out fast I knew I couldn't let it get away again! I went the day after its release and I was able to get both, the MA at my counter informed me that I got the last Mask! YAY, that just made it so much better, LOL, like it was a special tube...
If you're curious to hear about my first impressions on these two products check out this video...
So Far, I am very impressed by the Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask. I've never tried a mask that "warmed" when applied with water, it was trippy and really neat! I do like the exfoliator but honestly it's not as special as the mask. So if you ask me which one I'd rather purchase, it would ahve to be the thermal mask, but hurry, its selling out fast!
I will update you guys if my thoughts on these products Change!
It was time to switch out my caramel apples scent shot from Candles By Victoria, which by the way, I love! I was debating between Chocolate Strawberries and Nutella. Well i couldn't decide to I decided to mix the two! I used the smallest chunks, maybe 1/12 of each (LOL, i cut the scent shots in half, then cut a third off of half and cut that in half) and the scent throw is insanely strong, which is another reason why I love Victoria's scent shots!
(can you see my "surprise tarts" in the background?)
So, what does it smell like? Well, I mostly get chocolate from it, but with a nutty undertone (the hazelnut from the Nutella). The strawberry scent is very light in the mixture, but i get whiffs of it from time to time. I was trying to recreate the scent of a Strawberry Nutella crepe, which is my fave, but obviously without the "crepe" scent and the addition of chocolate, LOL. Overall, the scent is definitely very foody and strong, if you like chocolate these are scents to check out!
Candles By Victoria never disappoints! With her creative works of art (the cinnamon buns candle is all wax) and super strong scents, its a candle lover's dream! With over 500 scents to choose from, from bakery to perfume and even Lush scent dupes, there is definitely something for everyone!
Victoria, with the help of her husband Matt (aka "Candle Man"), and daughters Chelsea and Melissa, hand-pours each candle and tart, and you can definitely smell the love in these candles! Victoria is always willing and ready to answer your burning (I love my puns, LOL)questions. From candle emergencies ( I've had my share, hehe) to scent requests, Victoria goes above and beyond the call of duty!
Big CONGRATULATIONS to miss Aarin Elizabeth! iVi Scents has been open for a month and recently sent out their 100th order! WooHoo! To celebrate this milestone Aarin is holding a contest. You could win free iVi Scents products!
From left to right: Cool reserve, For Fun with Fuchsia glitter (also from MAC) on top, Rich Dark Delicious, Beyond Jealous, Dry Martini
It was hard to resist picking up cool reserve cause its so pretty! I also love the combination i created of the For Fun nail polish with MAC Fuchsia glitter patted on top of it. Looks like a pink disco ball =)
My camera does not do it justice, its so pretty =) I want it!!!
Look at my sad little Candy Fluffing candle from Candles By Victoria...
Its almost completely gone, this may be the last time i burn this little guy. But not to worry, I have a larger one coming on Wednesday (if UPS delivers it on time) so YAY! If you guys haven't tried Candles by Victoria yet, i highly recommend them =)
This tastes more like a brownie rather than a cake. The "cake" does have a crunch similar to the edges on a brownie. The thin (approximately 1/4-1/2 in thick) layer of cake encloses the chocolate "lava"
The consistency of the lava is a cross between chocolate pudding and hot fudge and tastes like a cross between the two as well.
Retails for $3.99 (for two) and can be purchased at a Domino's near you!
I dont know about you, but i haven't completely mastered the roundbrush blowout. The bathroom ends up feeling like a sauna after a while and i start feeling like i have carpal tunnel. Well now you can put the round brush and hair dryer down and pull out your large barrel curling iron instead and get the same effect!
The E.L.F. eye transformer can be purchased at www.eyeslipsface.com/ under their Studio Line. It retails for $3 but ELF always has a ton of coupon codes so you can get it for less. The eye transformer is used to "convert your shadows into brand new shades with these four opalescent shadows."
The best way to see their transforming "power" is to use it over a dark shadow or base. I swatched them over MAC's blackground paintpot.
There is a greenish, goldish/orange, pinkish, and purplish (lots of "ishes") shade. You can see that swatched alone they look like white shadows but over the shadow you can see the difference.
I think this is awesome because it gives you endless possibilities of colors with the shadows you have already, and for $3 for 4 shadows, i think its a great deal!
Green nail polish isn't always that wearable in my opinion. Irene by Zoya, however, is a gorgeous olive golden green that I think would compliment most skin tones. I think its a perfect color to transition into the fall season.
What do you guys think? I am loving this color and I'm wearing it on my toes too!
On a different note, these pictures really bring out my paleness, LOL.
OMG, I just burned myself with a curling iron! can you say "OUCH!" I was curling my hair and had the iron in my right hand, i accidentally let go and i tried to catch it with my HAND!!! WTH! can you say "GENIUS???" Well, now my right hand is in pain. I think its really interesting how the other fingers on my right hand that didnt get burned feel really cold, and all the heat is rushing to the fingers that were injured.
This is probably one of my more serious burns. The other time was when (i was being stupid, of course) i burned my hand on the metal racks in the oven!!! I hope this doesn't blister. I only had some neosporin around the house so i put that on it. Any other suggestions??? Should i pick up some Aloe?
Well on a different note, here's waht my Posh nailpolish looks like today (day 7). I think its time for a change of color =)
So, this is what my nails looked like on day 4. You can see a little "bald" spot on my middle finger. But for the most part, only minimal wear and tear on the tips. And keep in mind, this is without a base or top coat!
Here's a picture of my nails on Day 5. You can see that the chip on my middle finger has gotten a little bit bigger but still very minimal.
Something to note about this polish, its one of the matte velvets, is that it doesn't stay matte. I haven't been using a hand cream or lotion of any type (zoya suggests not to) to keep it looking matte but I noticed that it wasn't as matte as when i first applied it. Its not shiny like normal polishes, but its not as matte anymore either.