As I sit here and type this I can hear the crickets outside my bedroom window. This can sadly mean one thing, Summer is soon coming to an end.
I always get kinda melancholy when the season changes and a new one begins. It’s almost as if I am saying goodbye to friend that I won’t see for an entire year!
The good news is that soon the weather will get cooler, the leaves will start to fall from the trees, and the nights will become longer. All this adds up to the upcoming holiday that I may very much like more than Christmas. Some of you may guess what Holiday I am speaking of but some of you may well not be familiar with it in your part of the world. Halloween
Halloween holds a spot near and dear to my heart not only because it’s my birthday but because it’s just a generally awesome Holiday! I love everything about it! Candy, costumes, nutty (like me) caramel apples, kids….!
I think one of the best things about Halloween is when the beauty industry takes a step into it and store shelves not only line up with candy and decorations but Halloween themed bath goodies, perfumes, and an assortment of bits that any girl will love!
I’m particularly partial to heading into Bath and Body Works when they start loading their shelves with body lotions, shower gels, and body sprays in an array of funky Halloween blends like Spicy Pumpkin, Apple, etc….! I’m quite curious what they’ll be introducing in the Temptations line for Halloween/Fall!
Many smaller shops online take part in the festivities of Halloween and theme many products for the Holiday!
One particular shop that I know and love dedicates an entire line of perfume oil to the Halloween holiday!
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab or BPAL to it’s diseased, addicted fans (Hey I can call them diseased because I’m one of the club with a gold membership card!) releases anywhere from 10 to 15 limited edition perfume oils every year for Halloween! This is truly an eagerly anticipated event for fans everywhere!
If you aren’t familiar with the Lab let me give you a very brief introduction to it.
The Lab started out as a very small operation that sprung up into a pretty huge full time online shop! It’s immensely popular and has an order wait time of 20-45 days!!!!!!!!!!! They sell 5ML bottles of highly concentrated perfume oil in a variety of scents. Perfume Oil is very potent and strong, a dab will last all day and into the evening too! 5ML seems small but it will last you a long time since you’ll be applying so sparely. The Lab, sadly, isn’t particularly a great place for people like me. Reason being is because they lack fruity, food, and sweet blends. A majority of the catalog are earthy, herbal, dark blends which I can’t stand. These have a huge cult following and many girls absolutely love them. Personally they aren’t for me. The good news is that if you dig deep enough you’ll find quite a few gems in the catalog! They release limited edition scents quite often and with every new moon they release a fragrance dedicated to that particular moon! I find that the limited edition scents are where the real treasures lay! They do Halloweenies during the Fall and Yule blends during the winter and Christmas Holiday! They also have themes for Valentine’s Day but those are normally too dark for me! They even went so far as to release some very silly Paris Hilton in Jail themed oils! Now if you are weary and just want to try they offer what they call “imps” of catalog blends. Imps are tiny vials of oil for you to test and see if you’d love a larger bottle! 6 are $19.50 plus shipping! They also include imps with any full size bottle purchase as an extra little gift for purchasing!
Well that’s a bit of background info on the lab….
Mostly I’m excited because shortly towards the middle or end of the month (Depending on Beth’s, the owner, schedule) the Halloweenies will pop up and be available for purchase!
Each year I really get excited to see which blends will make a come back from the year before and which new blends will be available! If you LOVE Halloween as much as I do you’re in for a real treat if you do decide to order from the Lab! The past few years I’ve collected many a fantastic perfume oil! Spicy Pumpkin, Candy scents, and so many other interesting bits and bobs have popped up! I’m especially a huge fan of the Pumpkin Patch oils which are released in a set of 5 and consist of 5 different blends of pumpkin mixed with different notes such as cocoa, pomegranate, and more!
These are actually a good investment. Sounds weird doesn’t it? Perfume Oil an investment. But actually they are. Bottles have ranged, over the course of a few years, from $14 to $17.50 and $20-22 for Limited Edition. Now if you hang onto a particular blend long enough you can fetch triple or more your money back! Not that I’d sell ANY of my rare blends EVER but it’s an interesting little fact of information to share! I’ve seen bottles of Pumpkin King go for $300 on E-bay! I’ve also seen many bottles from the Carnival Series go for $90-$120! I’ve even heard rumors of unreleased blends going for $500!!!!!!!
Occasionally with the Limited Edition blends the Lab’s Trading Post shop will release special oils that are a bit more costly! Last year they released 4 blends entitled Trick or Treat. It consisted of 4 oils, 2 Trick and 2 Treat. In order to get the oils you had to plea your case of which you wanted and why! It was all in good fun and made your purchase interesting and fun I got all 4 of the bottles! They cost $50 each and came with a cute little T-Shirt! The oils are well up in price now on E-bay but I refuse to part with them
Soon the new blends will be released and again the yearning for a new scent will fall upon me and others like me!
If you’ve never purchased from the Lab before now is a good time as any to start checking it out and see which Halloween blends will pop up that you might be interested in!
If you need any help deciding on a particular scent do let me know as I’ve tried plenty!!!!
I leave you with some pictures from my collection!
Trick or Treat Oil Blends from Halloween 2006
Pumpkin Patch Oil Blends from Halloween 2005
A few of the Halloweenies from Halloween 2006
A few Halloweenies from Halloween 2005 (As you can Sugar Skull is in both this picture and the one above! Sometimes oils get a reprieve and make a reappearance from year to year! I always buy the reruns because the blend is sometimes slightly different from the year before and it’s delightful to pick apart how they differ from year to year!)
Agent Provocateur has updated it’s website with it’s newest fragrance Strip! Yours truly couldn’t wait to get my greedy, sweaty hands all over it so I’ve gone and ordered a bottle!
Here’s the blurb from the website:
Agent Provocateur Strip has an evocative soul accord made up of exotic Ylang Ylang, Iris Bud and Geranium Bourbon. This is embraced with the heat of Hot Amber oils, Vetivert from Haiti, precious Exotic Woods and musks that react to your body temperature and exudes from your skin to release the sexual attractant within.
Now I guess I really need this because obviously, as advertised, it’s going to release my sexual attractant within! If anyone knows me you know that sexy and myself don’t actually fit into the same sentence! This fragrance is not only promising to make me smell sexy but also release my special inner sexy minx scent that will have everyone just positively wanting me! How about that for multitasking folks! (I wonder if they make an Eau De Dorky, that would probably work better on me)
In all seriousness I was disappointed by Maîtresse so I’m slightly weary of Strip but we shall see! I was so psyched about Maîtresse release I had purchased two and was utterly devastated it didn’t work with my body chemistry! The good news is the second bottle is going to a good home with my boyfriend’s mum who I am hopeful will love it more than I did! I guess with all the hype surrounding the original AP I was looking forward to it’s sister with much excitement only to have my giddy pleasure dashed upon spraying it on me!
So…here’s to hoping Strip is gorgeous! If not…E-bay anyone?
So maybe my mind is in the gutter but whenever I hear someone mention FlowerBomb the first thing that enters my mind is Tom Jones prancing around in really tight slacks singing Sex Bomb (ya well he does it for me so bugger the hell off!)!
Hey..what can I do? My mind works in weird and unusual ways!
In all my travels I have never once actually had a chance to sniff Viktor & Rolf’s popular perfume!
Not a once.
I dunno why. I dunno how. But a sample, a squirt, a sniff has not passed beneath this nose!
I shop perfume like I shop cosmetics, in obscene quanities!
My mate Lily works as a staff writer for a mag and in her travels she gets to test out just about everything we all want to get our hands on! Cosmetics, Fashion, Etc…you name it and she’s tried it out years before we even glanced at it!
She’s been raving to me about FlowerBomb for about 500 years now (Damn I look good for my age)!
On and on raving…I’m talking about the raving that you want to tell her SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!
In all the raving I have never once been tempted by the general idea of even smelling this perfume never mind buying it!
I’m a fruity type, I’m a foody type, I’m a sweet type, I am not, however, in any way, shape, or form, a flower type
Flowerbomb? I mean that shouts floral now doesn’t it? Now way! I do not want any part of floral. Floral perfumes remind me of an 80 year old woman! I’m sorry! No offense to 80 year old women everywhere but I’m not 80 nor do I want to smell like I’m 80! When I’m 80 I’ll consider it but for now I’ll happily smell girlishly delightful with my candy like scents and fruity bits, throw in something that smells like cookies or a cake and I’m happy!
I happened to get my end of a swap this week from MUA and my terrible, evil, naughty swap mate threw in a tin vial of Flowerbomb (It’s customary to throw in extras with your end of the swap)! I took one look at it and threw in the draw never to be seen or heard from again!
I happened to open said draw this morning and my mate Mai wanders in and begins squealing like a 4 year old child about how wonderful Flowerbomb smells! I’m sitting there thinking oh jesus here we go another person that wants to rave about the awesomeness of this perfume! Suddenly, out of no where the word “sweet” leaves her lips…
Hmmm my ears perked up…sweet you say…..after that the words “vanilla” left her mouth….my ears started to wriggle at this point….
Maybe I needed to rethink this Flowerbomb thing…hmmmm…..
I opened the vial very carefully, made a face, wrinkled my nose, and inhaled…..
This wasn’t what I had originally expected. This isn’t floral this is sweet nirvana!
It’s amazingly difficult to even begin to explain the complex blend of this scent! It’s almost like a sweet spicy smell! The sweet far overpowers the spicy! It’s candyish yet also has the strange warmth of baked goods. I don’t get any floral from it at all really…it’s just an interesting concoction that has many different layers!
I’ve fallen so deeply in love with it I’ve purchased the regular large bottle, the extreme bottle, and the anniversary set from Nordstrom.com yesterday! I really couldn’t resist!
The Anniversay Set
Try to avoid being as weary as I was and get to your nearest posh perfume counter to have a test! It’s truly wonderful! I can’t wait for Nordie’s to ship my order so I can knock the socks off of men far and wide (well..not all men…just one in particular that’s gone and stolen my heart! I’m kidding I’m kidding! Wrong Link! I swear!)!
‘ello ‘ello! (This was written last night and is being posted now because MySpace was being quite the bitch and wouldn’t let me post it yesterday)
I think by now we are all EXHAUSTED of my video blogs that include many, many, many, “ummmm’s”! You’ve no idea how many times I’ve gotten the piss taken out of me today about my um’s! Early this morning I got a call from my best friend shouting in my ear “Ummm so it’s me and Ummm what’s going on? And ummm are you coming out tonight? and by the way Ummmm….” You get the general idea I imagine hehehe! It’s put me off video blogging for a little bit while I gather my thoughts and remove “um” from my vocabulary! I swear to god I’m a college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering! Honest to god! Tis true! Regardless of the fact that my video blogs sound like I’m trying to count to ten on one hand and not understanding why it isn’t working! So ya…that’s my story and I’m sticking too it! But I loved that you loved them and I promise they’ll be more sometime in the near distant future! BUT fear NOT from what I understand….Peter will bring you WISE life lessons via a video blog soon! Oh my the very my! If you’re extra nice he may go back to discussing fashion, couture, and musings of his metrosexuality! Happy Days!
Tonight I’m back to typing up a blog the good old fashion way! I’m also quite knackered so I don’t have my normal valley girl, cheerleader energy (energy of not body of by the very way) to video blog so that’s also an excuse that I can throw in!
I’ve got a ton of great stuff to share in this blog! The Mailman came bearing all sorts of pressies today! I got a total of 5 boxes today and I just lumped up everything into one blog and here it is to share with you!
Questions? Comments! Shout ‘em out!
Oh by the way..someone kindly asked how I afford all this. In reply….I sell off organs on E-bay! Kidneys, few lungs, liver! You know, stuff I don’t really need! I’m kinda sorta running low on organs so if anyone wants to volunteer please by all means e-mail me! At this point I’m thinking that the love of my life would gracefully volunteer an organ or two to make me happy if I asked him to so hey I’m a lucky kinda chick ya know? BUT we can never have too many organs! So bring ‘em on! After you donate I’ll even give you a signed autographed picture of moi, yours truly! It’s quite a keepsake and you might be able to sell it on E-bay and make enough to buy back the organs you so generously donated to me! The sarcasm is flowing heavy here! Hopefully everyone is laughing at this point!
You’d love if I stop babbling now and start with the goodies right? Ok Ok I won’t make you wait any longer!
Behold! One Million Dollars worth of Cosmetics and Other Bits and Bobs (Well not a million but that sure sounded bloody good didn’t it? Pat on the back to me!)
Soooooooooooo in my travels around the worldwide web I popped onto Demeter’s website! I normally check it once and while for cool updates! Such as the time they introduced Play-Doh scented perfume spray! Now for some odd reason or another I was all over that like bees on honey! The entire idea of a perfume that smelled of Play-Doh fascinated the bloody hell out of me (They now have one that smells like crayons! God nothing fails to shock me at this point!)! So I’m thinking this is proper training if I one day become a mummy! No expensive perfumes just crayons and play-doh! Mind you I’d be quite happy at that too! Anyway….as I wandered onto the site I noticed they have a new update! Oh my! They introduced 6 new perfume sprays which I had to have! Now it’s slightly ironic as some of these aren’t exactly what a girl like myself (short, round and such) should go around smelling like! But it didn’t prevent me from wanting them all badly! RIGHT AWAY! So I ordered them and they arrived today!
These sprays are based on the popular Jelly Belly Jellybeans! If you’re familiar with the candy you’ll know that they include a little menu for making cocktails with different flavored jellybeans! Thus these scents were born!
Hot Fudge Sundae (If you can’t see the irony of me smelling like Hot Frudge Sundae than god love you for it!), Mango, Pineapple Salsa (Don’t be put off by the “salsa” part! It’s quite a lovely fruity blend!), Fruit Salad
Wild Blackberry Peach Cobbler, Sugar and Spice (awww that’s me! Sugar and Spice and everything nice!), Blueberry Muffin
The following is of my Japanese Haul! I know some items are probabily missing! It’s because I was tooling about with them and didn’t take pics! But I got a majority of the bits so enjoy!
Visee’s Jewel Crush Palettes (Ended up with 4 of the colors but loved them so much I ordered the 5th one! Will probably arrive next week!)
What’s to say about these? They are gorgeous! Unlike some Japanese palettes these are shimmer straight through! Some palettes are sprayed with a thin layer of glitter on top and the shadow beneath doesn’t contain the same amount of sparkle as that wonderful top layer! But these are sparkle right down to the core! Just gorgeous! A must have!
These were recommended to me by Haru who is the Queen of All things cosmetics! I’ve seen these numerous times but I never picked any up! Simple reason why. I’m a package snob. The package on these stinks. It’s cheap and cheesy in my humble opinion! But really when Haru recommends, I listen! And she was spot on! These are AMAZING! The shimmer and sparkle is so nice! I applied some over my blush and it boosted the color up so nicely! I think they may be to sheer to wear on their own! But as a booster to your current blush color these are truly a gem! Great, great product!
Some of you may be wondering about the brush storage! I was too. I was worried laying the brush on top would make a grave mess of the palette! But they kindly included a thin film of plastic to place on top of the blush which makes a nice little barrier between brush and blush! Perfection!
I’m so pissed off at myself for not getting more of these! They are great! Really a nice pigment to this shadow!
KATE is my new lust! I tried the dual carat shadows and fell in love! Thus I had to have more! Not sure why I avoided KATE prior to my purchases of the Dual Carats a few weeks ago! I guess I felt like there were other items that I wanted more! Glad I dove in with these because they are great! Palettes are full of sparkle! Yay! The loose shadows I was skeptical of but I seen a picture on MUA and became intrigued by the spatula applicator! Thus I got all four colors! They are amazing! Full of sparkle, shimmer, and glitter!
Gransenbon Gran Brush Blush
These are AMAZING! Period. The End. Drop everything. Get these NOW.
I ran across these on Sasa and fell in love right away! These are Made in Italy and available in Korea only from what I can understand! Sadly I’m unable to locate anything else from the line aside from these 6 lonely shadows! So each day I go to the website to drool at the array of products I can’t get my hands on! Sigh…please Q the sad music and give me a strong shoulder to lean on!
Few mascaras I’ve wanted to try! I always find Japanese brand mascara adds far more volume and lenght to my lashes than anything I can get stateside! Plus the cost is about half what I’d pay here for some crummy designer brand that doesn’t work nearly as wonderful! Bit of Kiss in there, some Excel, Kose, etc….
Kiss Pink Tiara Glitter Mascara
Truly chuffed proper with this! I used it a bit before! Encrusts my lashes with little bits of glitter! Love this! Need a backup!
Mm…drawing a blank here! Believe these are by K-Palette? Almost as nice as the Kiss glitter mascara above! Sparkly lashes are happy lashes!
Canmake a brand that fascinates and boggles my mind! Cheap as day old chips and really nice quality! Got a bunch of the shadows and three of the cheek highlighters! Such a great lot of items that’s so very affordable!
Sooooooooooooooooo weirdly enough I had this sudden need to buy all (almost all) the MJ shadows! I own the palettes but never ventured into purchasing the single shadows! Suddenly, one day, I needed them! And here they are! Glad I dove in as they are nice and pigmented!
And heck while I was at it I threw in all of the cream shadows! I know I have told everyone over and over how I hate cream shadows but I made an exception this once as it’s MJ and all!
I was feeling spunky so I said hell why not get all the blushes too! And I did just that!
And if this wasn’t nice enough! Two MJ compacts arrived from MUA today! How sweet my shadows can have a new home!
Lavashuca Jewel Lipsticks
Few colors I didn’t already have!
Aube Shower Eyes Palettes
If you recall I had previously blogged about these! Loved ‘em so much I needed
Cyber Color Shadows
Not so sure about these yet! Good pigment on them but they are a bit hard to blend! We shall see!
Makemania Silcon Plumping Gloss (A gloss made by Sony!)
I have this in clear and love it! It’s quite like slapping plaster on your lips but I love it! It really plumps up my rather thin lips and makes them look so yum and delish! Oh my! I know at least one person who is going to be very excited about the addition of this to my lipgloss collection!
That’s it for now!
I’ll be doing a step into Fall blog later next week because I’m expecting to get quite a few of the Fall line ups from Japan in the mail! Also, Jill Stuart will be releasing her fall bits and bobs so that’s something more to look forward too! So stay tune…and I’ll dazzle you with the goodies as they pop into my mail box!