Bath and Body Works’ Best Fragrance Yet

I’ve been a loyal BBW customer for years, but while I would browse through the floral and fruity perfumes, my mind would always go to a certain candle, called Mahogany Teakwood. That’s what I always wanted to smell like: woody, musky, and androgynous, rather than the typical sugary sweetness of many of their fragrances. But sadly, that one scent wasn’t offered as a fragrance, just as a candle. So I would sigh longingly and just buy something else, wishing the whole time that they would just make that candle into a body mist for pete’s sake. And apparently I wasn’t the only one who was obsessed with that candle’s unique scent: due to customer requests, BBW decided this summer to release Mahogany Teakwood as a fragrance at long last!

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When I found this, I wasn’t initially aware that BBW had finally released Mahogany Teakwood in fragrance form. I was checking out some Eucalyptus Spearmint perfumes ( another great scent) when I saw the display of these, sitting seductively by the register. I heard the angels singing as I bought four bottles, as excited as a kid in a candy store. Guys…this is my new favorite fragrance, and I’ll tell you why.

It’s different. It’s unique. It’s not what most women smell like; it’s actually marketed as a unisex scent, and I agree wholeheartedly with that description. It’s very masculine. But as someone who prefers men’s colognes over generic women’s scents, this one is a gem. It opens with a very clean, fresh scent, almost soapy, and then it mellows into a woody, piney, musky middle, highlighted with lavender and geranium. The base is pure mahogany balanced with musk. It’s unlike anything BBW has come out with in the past, but it’s a much more magnetic scent than anything I’ve owned by them before. Every time I wear Mahogany Teakwood, I get stopped and people ask to smell me. Seriously. Two women told me I smelled like a sexy man; someone described the scent as comforting, while another called it the perfect unisex perfume. And I agree. This is scent for someone who’s not afraid to be a little gender-bending and a little mysterious; it’s a sexy scent but not in an obnoxious way. In a word, it’s perfect.

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The Spring Beauty Tag

Hey there kittens! I got tagged for the Spring Beauty Tag by http://brittsbeautyblog.com! To participate, all you have to do is answer a few questions about your Spring beauty habits.
1. Do you change your makeup for Spring? If so, how?
I like wearing something a little lighter since the weather is warmer. During the colder months, I’m all about full-coverage pale foundations, but now I’m moving into the BB creams and powder route! My favorite BB cream for Spring is definitely Ponds Luminous Finish in Light. It is, in my humble opinion, the best drugstore BB cream available right now–it’s lightweight and hydrating, but it also provides really good coverage and fades those pesky dark spots. If I need a little more coverage, I’ll use my Lorac Porefection Baked Powder, which has salicylic acid in it to keep my oily skin under control–a necessity for the Spring. We all like glowy skin, but no one wants to be shiny.

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Also, I like wearing more orange lipstick in the Spring. It’s young and fun, but still edgy. One of my favorites is from the Maybelline Vivids line, called Vibrant Mandarin. It’s one of the more unique colors at the drugstore, a creamy red-orange with a teeny bit of pink.

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Just a swipe of it plus some mascara and you’re done! Needless to say, I will be using my Nars Matte Multiple pretty often too!
2.  What is your favorite Spring fragrance?

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I liberally douse myself with Bath and Body Works Oahu Coconut Sunset every morning. It’s a hybrid of my two favorite fragrance notes, coconut and amber. It is warm and exotic smelling, and people always tell me I smell good when I wear it. Also, I like Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue as a Spring fragrance; it may be one of those perfumes that everybody wears, but hey, it’s popular for a reason.
3. What is going to be your favorite accessory this Spring?
Hmm…probably sunglasses. I am fond of wearing large, dorky sunglasses. I also love necklaces with an ethnic vibe.

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4. What is going to be your most worn item of clothing this Spring?
As soon as it gets warm, I head straight to my floral babydoll dresses. They’re cool and are easy to dress up or down. Throw on boots and a beanie and you’re insta-grunge, or pile on the necklaces and mess up your hair and be hippie-chic.
5. Top three favorite Spring nail polishes?
I tend not to wear the traditional Spring shades. I like my polishes to make more of a statement, and right now I’m loving my Revlon Leather polish, which is a black color that’s got a textured, “leather” finish, and two nail polishes I actually got at Forever 21–the cool teal called Jelly Bean and the classic red called Sangria.

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6.  Do you prefer pumps or sandals for Spring?
Pumps? Yeah right. Watching me stagger around in high heels would ruin my street cred. =P For me, it’s going to be my studded boots. Not very Springy, but they add some toughness to an otherwise pretty look. Either that or barefoot.
7.  Favorite Spring jacket?

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I am pretty much never seen without my trusty faux leather motorcycle jacket (although it MUST be fake leather or I will not wear it. NO real leather or real fur for me.) I think a punky leather jacket is the perfect way to add some edge to the typical flowery dresses of Spring, plus it’s good for when the sun goes down and it’s still a bit chilly outside.
8. What is your favorite flower?
It may be a little clichéd, but roses have always been my favorite flower. I don’t know if that’s because of my Beauty and the Beast obsession when I was little, or because it’s the symbol of the Tudor monarchs (hey, I’m a history nerd!), but to me, roses are the classic example of Nature’s most beautiful flower. If I’m ever brave enough to get a tattoo, one of them will be a blue rose. Has anyone read The Glass Menagerie? With the “Blue Roses” joke? Got the idea from there…

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