September 25, 2012 § 4 Comments
Nails of the Day (NOTD): Chanel Blue Rebel from the Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection.
Pretty much a sucker for any navy blue, dark blue, or midnight blue polishes (the deeper the better!), so when I saw the chance to pick up two of the three lacquers from the Les Jeans de Chanel collection slightly-used for half the price, I took it. I have Blue Rebel and Blue Boy.
Blue Rebel is a lovely, lovely dark navy blue color, as you can see, and applies opaque with two coats. The packaging is so typically Chanel – chic, minimalist, and functional. Not going to buy any more Chanel lacquers, as they’re extremely expensive – but I’ll definitely be looking for similar colors.
(Also I should invest in a quality base coat and top coat. My nails are lacking that pretty polish because I just used Caronia. And hey, it works well enough with other drugstore polishes, but I guess Chanel demands more).
Lips of the Day (LiOTD): Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten
This and Adore are my favorites of the Kissable balm stains – funny, because I never thought I could wear a bright pink lip out. This one’s also the least drying, and I wore it for 4 1/2 hours before having to reapply after lunch (it stained pretty well, with some fading in the center of my bottom lip).
I also *love* how these Kissable balm stains pull differently on people, depending on the pigmentation of their lips and their skintone. This one’s a pretty bright pink on me, but on others, it can look a little deeper, and a little more raspberry. Googling it’ll show you – the differences are subtle, but they’re there! Not going to do a full review on any of the colors I own since there are so many reviews out there, but suffice to say: I love them!
(a little bit shy to post a full face here, so we’ll save that for maybe a year from now, haha!)
The Haus’ Pumpkin Queen is deep, spicy, and earthy – pumpkin and peach mixed with spices and herbs, hay, and amber, all of which keep it from becoming too rich and fruity. This one’s pretty heady and I love how the smell morphs throughout the first few hours of slathering it on – from a mix of everything, to the spiced peaches taking the foreground later on, with the pumpkin just adding some richness in the background.
I just had to layer with DC Summer’s Cauldron, which is spicy and smokey in its own way. I’ve owned that little tin for a month or so now, and the smell has shifted in an interesting way – less spicy, with more floral with a touch of citrus coming out. With this, I’ve learned that less is more, so I only dabbed a little on my wrists and the base of my neck.
The combination was a little too strong, admittedly – maybe not entirely work-appropriate, since my colleagues smelled something spicy and fruity in our area (and I didn’t let on it was me!), but I still liked it. Maybe for nights at home, though.
Yay of the Day! (YOTD): Tea Pigs
I thought that I’d do a Yay of the Day every time I did “Thing of the Day” posts – things that make me happy, or excited. Mini-features or peeks into my life, I guess?
I ordered these through the TeaPigs website, all the way from the UK (I know, right. Shameless tea junkie here): a Mix ‘n’ Match Box of 12 sampler packs and 15 tea temples of the Everyday Brew (English Breakfast). I liked the option of the sampler packs – you could choose 12 varieties of tea, for a total of 24 tea temples. I’m most excited about the Chocolate Flake, Chai, Popcorn, and Rooibos Creme Caramel teas. #obsessed
I am trying to be more consistent with this blog, ugh, but work has gotten in the way D: This is me trying to update more frequently! Goal for the week: 2 more posts!
September 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m pretty sure I first heard of Haus of Gloi over at Claire’s Beauty–specifically, this Indie Interview post with Evonne of Darling Clandestine, who mentions that she uses her own scent concoction mixed into Aether Pumpkin Butter. Aether. Pumpkin Butter.
Aether pumpkin butter: it sounds pretty, appetizing, and luxurious all at the same time! Ok, there you go, curiosity piqued: I visited Haus of Gloi.
The Haus is an indie, vegan bath, body, and fragrance line based in Oregon. It’s run by Matt and Britton — all the scents are crafted and blended by hand, so you’re pretty much assured of getting interesting and unique products, whether they’re pumpkin butters, body emulsions, soaps, emulsifying scrubs, bubbling scrubs, and perfume oils.
I like that they put a lot of thought into their “branding.” For example, the website’s overall theme changes with the seasons – right now, it’s autumn, as you can see from the screenshot. Whether it’s spring or autumn, the site reflects their aesthetic (a mix of quirky and arcane come to mind), is really easy to navigate, and only has the essentials.
BUT browsing the catalog is difficult, because everything sounds so appealing! Check out the pumpkin butters here and be tempted.
Since this was my first order, I decided to order pumpkin butters in the sample sizes (2oz) so I could get a variety of scents: Elevenses, Troika, and Twice is Nice. I also ordered a perfume oil sample in Honeysuckle Lemon Curd (which I’ll review in another post). I received my little haul – with a free sample of Picaroon – thanks to my aunt’s obliging friend (who allowed me to ship this to her) and to my aunt (who brought them home from her business trip).
The pumpkin butters come in little plastic jars with screw-on lids — and as a bonus, they’re sealed, which I didn’t expect from an independent business. Once you open them, they look like whipped butter, close to the pictures in the catalog.
I scooped a small amount on the back of my hand to show you the texture – doesn’t it look thick and luxurious? Be warned: a little of this product goes a long way; it was enough to cover my entire forearm. I’ve used them each a number of times for my whole body (usually after I shower to lock the moisture in), and I can tell you that these pumpkin butters also go on smoothly and sink well into the skin. If you use a little too much, you might feel a bit more stickiness on your skin, but that’s not really a bad thing for me, as these are all so moisturizing.
On to the scents (official description in italics, my impressions below):
Twice is Nice: Sweetest offerings of opulence! Buttery sugar cookie, with shavings of creamy coconut and topped with toasted almond slivers!
– I’ve found that with the Haus, scent descriptions are generally spot on: this smelled to me like a freshly-baked, buttery coconut macaroon. The almond’s also there upon initial application, but fades away behind the buttery, coconut smell. I thought I smelled delicious, honestly – but my younger sister also said I smelled like virgin coconut oil. She got the scent right, but not in the way I would’ve liked!
Troika: A trinity of soft milks, almond, oat and coconut, lashed with sweet agave nectar and the ethereal scent of clean white.
– This is the most subtle of the scents I chose – it smells clean and soft, not too overwhelming at all. The prominent notes are really the milk and almond, with a hint of the coconut. I can’t really distinguish the other scents, but they’re there to keep the fragrance from being TOO simple and boring. At first, I thought this was exactly similar to Vanilla & Co’s Milky Almond buttercream, and then I compared the two – yep, Milky Almond is Troika’s more boring sister.
Elevenses: Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, its the little snack in between. Bring out the old cracked china! Tiny, little, fluffy orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds and a wee steaming cup of black tea!
– This was my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE of all three scents. It makes me feel like I’m in Hobbiton, having second breakfast in Bag End – astringent black tea, orange cakes flecked with spices, and something creamy tying it all together (must be the almond). I love this so much I’ve only used it twice – on days that I need a pick-me-up.
I thought that these were such tiny, tiny jars, but you get a surprising amount of use with these products – I’ve used Troika five times, and there’s still a little over half the jar left.
I did a little sleuthing around Google before I ordered these, and I found out that Julia of Bless My Bag has also ordered from the Haus. You can read her post about them here, especially if you’re wondering about shipping to Manila.
I should add that Matt and Britton have great customer service as well – when I sent them an email to correct my shipping address, they responded promptly.
As a bonus, they include a free sample of perfume oil with every order. Turnaround time (the time in between placing your order and them shipping it out) is also very fast – it took 2 days for them to ship out this order.
PROS: packaging, generous sample sizes, very moisturizing, spreads and sinks into skin well, amazing scents, scents linger for 3-4 hours, affordable prices, fast turnaround time, great customer service, they ship worldwide, and all products are vegan-friendly
CONS: none that I can think of!
Try? I would recommend these products to everyone, whether they’re from the general collection (as all 3 of mine were), or they’re from the themed seasonal collections (Autumn is up right now). Right now, Elevenses is the only one I would repurchase in the full size – not because I didn’t like the other products, but because I want to try everything else. Yes, everything.
(and in fact, the entire Autumn line of pumpkin butters is on their way to me!)
September 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
Since an officemate introduced me to Reddit, r/MakeupAddiction has quickly become one of my favorite subreddits. I agonize over looks that I’ll never be able to get right, look for things to add to my to-buy list, and get tips and tricks and be entertained by the lovely MUAers, in general.
Lo and behold, one morning – in the middle of the stressful and hellish month that was July – I clicked on a post talking about the perfect summer lip color and was immediately *sold*. A pretty coral color + Zoidberg = NEED.
So I went to Shiro Cosmetics and placed an order for five of the sample intertubes in Trololo, Why Not Zoidberg, Ridiculously Photogenic, Team Buffy, and Three Wolf Moon.
Then I settled down to begin what would be a three-week long wait and decided to keep browsing Reddit (no surprises there, hahaha). The comments and a lot of Googling brought me to Luna over at Toxid Lotus, and eventually, to Claire over at Claire’s Beauty. It was through them that I first heard of Darling Clandestine, Haus of Gloi, and Etsy/indie bath and body products in general.
I started browsing the Haus, DC, and Etsy, and with every click, it was almost like my money was begging to be spent. “Tina, you need to *smell* like butter cookies sprinkled with coconut and almond. Hey, don’t you need a bright, summery perfume? And in a handy-dandy solid that’s easy to lug around? No, come on, seriously, you need these now!”
Honestly, it sounded like that in my head at the time that I was salivating over the pumpkin butters and perfume solids. The massive Googling I did to see whether their products were worth buying brought me to reviews that convinced me even more: I had to have ’em.
At that point, I was only worried about the logistics, especially since the things I wanted to buy could only be shipped through regular mail, and were considerably more bulky than the Intertubes samples. The Philippine Postal Service isn’t considered very reliable after all, and Customs is notorious for overcharging taxes, asking for bribes, and even stealing from the packages (despite having Comm Biazon at its helm now). And then I got a text message from my Mom saying, “Your aunt is going to the US. If there’s anything you want to order, order it already and she will email you the address where you can have it shipped.”
Everything fell into place, really. The heavens conspired, and now, I have ALL OF THIS:
I’ve tried most of them already, and I am seriously addicted – I’ve a list of shops I now browse regularly, and I’ve got a regular ol’ shopping list for the coming months. But first – the things I already have for the next post – specifically, the Haus of Gloi pumpkin butters and the Sakura Bath & Body lip balms!
Considering this is only the second post on Three Tii’s, I feel a bit silly (but I’ll keep the optimism and act as if there are people reading this already), but – how did you discover Indie? Any favorites? :)
P.S. Crappy pictures for now because I have yet to unearth our camera. Sorry!