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.

May Favorites!

Hey guys! I’m going to start doing a new series of monthly favorites on here, and here are my favorites for May.

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These are products that I use every single day, so I wanted to share them with my lovely followers. I am obsessed with the Skin Detox moisturizer by Giovanni; it’s cruelty-free, vegan, and deeply hydrating. I would recommend it to everyone. Next is my beloved Bath and Body Works perfume in Black Amethyst, a surprisingly sophisticated scent for the price-point. Two other products that I also use every day are the Equate Aloe Body Lotion and the Degree Dry Spray deodorant. I’ll be honest, I sweat like a pig, and this deodorant is the best for keeping me smellin’ great during blistering Southern summers. Moving on to the makeup…these are some of my all-time favorites. I love my Maybelline Blur and Redness Control Primer; it controls my blotchy skin and works great with both mineral and liquid foundations. I have also been loving two products by LA Girl: their Pro Powder and their Pro Conceal, which I have in the new shade Porcelain. Both are quality products that work wonders on my skin. My last two favorites are my go-to contour products, the Nyx blush in Taupe and the Revlon Highlight palette in Rose Glow. Excellent for adding light and dimension to fair skin!

That’s all for this month! XOXO!

Review: Sephora Airbrush Foundation and Marc Jacobs Matte Lip Gel

It’s summer break! YES! Now that I’m finally out of school, I can show you guys my latest little haul. This is going to be a double review, because I just got two new products from Sephora that I want to show you–the reformulated Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Fair and the limited edition Marc Jacobs Matte lip gel in Scandal. Both products have really exceeded my expectations! I got to try the Sephora Color IQ system, and my shade was 3Y01, which corresponded to the airbrush foundation. I must have really lucked out, because it matches my skin quite well. I think there are only five shades available, and somehow the lightest one was actually perfect for my skin. It’s a very interesting product; it comes in a can that looks like a small hairspray bottle, and to apply it, you’re supposed to just spray it all over your face for an airbrushed effect.

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With perfect honesty, it doesn’t work all that well if you just spray it on your face. It got all over my hair and eyebrows, so I tried just spraying it on my hand and using a brush to apply. Worked like a charm! When I spray it on my hand, it feels really cold since it’s an aerosol-type product, and it does have little bubbles in it, as you can see below.

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Blended in...see how well it matches?
Blended in…see how well it matches?

Although it does dry fast, blending is pretty easy, and it feels lightweight and slightly cooling. What surprised me the most about this foundation is that I was expecting it to be sheer coverage since it’s a spray-on product, but it actually gives me completely full coverage. As I mentioned in my review for Nyx’s Invincible foundation, I like having a full-coverage foundation that I can use on the days when my acne is flaring up, and the Sephora Airbrush foundation covers up my spots so well that I don’t need concealer. Score. It says on the bottle that it lasts for ten hours, but I am able to get a whopping fourteen hours of wear from it, and it doesn’t oxidize. It looks semi-matte, like velvet, on my skin, and I really love how weightless it feels. It is a very yellow-toned foundation, so it is best-suited to those with warm complexions. I could see this looking kinda off on someone with pinker skin, so bear that in mind. However, most foundation brands don’t usually offer a very fair foundation with warm tones; they’re usually always cool toned, which is annoying. Just because I’m pale does not mean I have cool toned skin! So I’m quite thrilled that Sephora has a higher end pale foundation that looks great on my warm-toned skin. I would definitely repurchase.

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On to the lipstick ( or lip gel, as Marc Jacobs calls them. ) I got the color Scandal, and it’s described as a warm red. Now, most of the time when a lipstick is called a “warm red,” that tends to be code for “orange-not-really-red-at-all,” but in this case, it really is a flattering red that has warm tones. It doesn’t pull orange on me, and it feels so lightweight and comfortable, with a slight staining effect.

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“Scandal” is part of the limited edition spring shades, and I bought the very last one at my Sephora. They are still available on the Sephora website, so if you are interested, go grab one before they are gone. I have been wanting to try something from Marc Jacob’s collection, and I’m so glad I got this lip gel. It has a semi-matte finish, but it isn’t drying. It actually seems hydrating. It’s one of those lipsticks that just brightens my complexion in a great way. Also, the packaging is just…gorgeous. It comes in this sleek black matte tube, and the cap is magnetized so the lipstick doesn’t come open in your purse. It feels heavy and luxe.

Wearing the Sephora Airbrush foundation in fair and the Marc Jacobs Lip gel in Scandal
Wearing the Sephora Airbrush foundation in fair and the Marc Jacobs Lip gel in Scandal

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I’m really happy with both the foundation and the lipstick, and I would recommend both!

Review: Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red

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Hello, kittens! Let me introduce you to the boldest, most daring, most alluring red lipstick you’ll ever find…Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. This is one of my very favorite lipsticks ever, and for a lipstick junkie like me, you know that’s saying something. I’ve tried hundreds of red lipsticks, but none of them can hold a candle to Always Red. This is a creamy lip stain (duh) that looks like a lip gloss in the tube, but once you apply it, it turns into a gorgeous deep red that’s bright and matte.

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Most of the red lipsticks I have tried either lean too pink, or too orange, or they’re too glossy for my taste. I have always been on the hunt for a true red matte lipstick, and one day I saw one of the girls at my college walking around with these smokin’ hot red lips. Like the unashamed lipstick fiend that I am, I begged her to tell me what she had on her lips. It was Sephora Always Red, and there began my love affair with this lipstick. It’s extremely pigmented, and dries to a soft matte finish that stays on for hours and does not feather or bleed at all.

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Because of the doe-foot applicator, putting it on is easy and precise. I’m trying to think of another lipstick I could compare it to, and I think it’s very similar to Nars Cruella in terms of color and finish, except Always Red is only 13 bucks!

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