Bath & Body

Agent Provocateur Wants You To Strip!

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?

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Customizing Your Haircare

The sense of scent is a unusual and unique mystery! Different scents are appealing to different people. Some people find the smell of a baking pie very comforting, some enjoy the sweet scent of a ripe peach, others enjoy the smell of wet glass after a rainfall. The good news about your choice of scent is that you can have it and customize it to suit your haircare! Yes, indeed, I did say haircare! The internet offers wonderful shopping options and some very posh brands of haircare are available, believe me I know, as I’ve tried them all! But for the last few years I’ve turned to smaller companies that create a wonderful utopia of haircare products that suit my need for not only a good volumizing shampoo and a deep quenching condition but also a sweet smelling one or a foody scented one!

I’ve come across some wonderful small shops that offer wonderful customization for shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, hair gels, hair refreshers, and more! These small shops offer a wide range of scents that will suit any need! Scents range from fresh baked goods like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, different fruits, and of course wonderful sweet scents to ease your need for sugar!

I guess some people would wonder why I have a need to smell like a cupcake or a peach but hey that’s another mystery that’s unique…it all comes down to being a girl!

Some scents I’ve come across in haircare that I’ve tried, fallen in love with, and stash in my washroom would be the following:

Bunny Hugs-A dreamy and creamy blend of sliced fruit, with oranges, marshmallows and whipped cream.

Cherry Cupcakes-Sweet, frosted vanilla & cherry cupcakes with light notes of almond & toasted coconut.

Island Girl-A cocktail inspired fragrance blending of lemon and lime with cherry and pineapple.

Violet Fairy Cakes-These little vanilla frosted, violet topped petit four cakes are perfect for a fairy tea party.

White Cake-Scrumptious white cake with sweet almond notes!

Banana Split Cupcakes-Chocolate banana cupcakes topped with strawberry cream and a cherry!

Sweetheart Cake-Fluffy mini cream puffs stuffed with a soft strawberry buttercream with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Pretty in Paris-Sweet summer strawberries, oodles of marshmallow cream frosting, cotton candy and vanilla cream makes this one sweet treat.

These are just some of the scents that line my bathroom cabinets. The companies I shop from offer a wide range of scents to suit every need, truly when I said wide range I mean it! Scent lists available from most sites go from 100-500 blends or more! Some companies are even willing to blend a custom scent to suit your needs if you happen to not locate one from the huge list they already have!

I find that many of the haircare products linger very long in my hair and give off an amazing throw which means I am constantly asked, “Wow what is that wonderful smell”…! I always love to smell sweet and gorgeous I guess it comes with the girl territory and when someone remarks on how wonderful my hair smells I just glow and feel very tickled they noticed!

These companies offer a wide range of items that can be customized but this blog entry is solely dedicated to the haircare line of items!

Some shops to check out:

Cherriflip An absolute favorite of mine hands down! Wonderful Shampoos, Conditioners, and Other great haircare products! Truly Uniquely blended scents available that cannot be located anywhere else! Cherriflip currently has a sale going on, 20% off your entire order! Take advantage of this great deal!

Skindazzles Another favorite and the home of my very favorite, signature scent, Bunny Hugs! Skindazzles has 10% off select items at the moment!


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A wide range of different haircare needs with tons of scents to choose from! Ongoing sales change week to week!

The Little Shop of Beauty Little Shop of Beauty is one of the few shops that offers hair gels and hair sprays in custom scents! Free Deluxe Samples with orders!

These are just some of the dozens of shops that offer customized haircare! Have a search and you’ll find a million more!

If you aren’t familiar with these forms of shops please keep in mind prior to ordering that they make your order upon your submitting it! This means that certain items do take a longer wait time! Some companies have wait times up to one month while others get products out faster! Basically your items are not sitting on a shelf and placed in a box for shipment, they are freshly made and then shipped to you! They are immensely popular as well which causes the wait time to go up accordingly, especially around the Holidays! Prices are affordable but some companies are Canadian which means costly shipping options! On the plus side some companies do run specials with 10%-20% off orders!

Personally I love the option of clicking on a bottle of Shampoo and asking for it in any one of 500 scents! Many of these small shops revolve the scent lists as the seasons change and the holidays come up! I love smelling like sweet, juicy fruits in the summer and gorgeous pies, cakes, and cupcakes in the winter! I like the scent of cool mints or warm cakes and baked goods in my hair during Christmas and possibly the smell of caramel apple or candy corn during Halloween! If that isn’t customized haircare I don’t know what is!

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Some of the many haircare products that overflow from my washroom cabinets!

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Sneaky Little Spontaneous Purchases!

On my rush to get home last week I decided that it would be such a grand idea to stop into Bath and Body Works to pick up the three newest 3 in 1’s!

A little history behind these new 3 in 1’s:

They are a big ripoff of Philosophy’s 3 in 1’s and could………possibly…..be better! You did not hear that from me, if you spread the word you heard it from me…I’ll deny it! I have no shame, I’ll claim you a liar and laugh about how ridiculous you are to spread such a rumour as this!

Now around Christmas 2005, Bath and Body Works introduced three very simple 3 in 1 Shower Gels. They were, as I recall, Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, and Gingerbread. Obviously they went over pretty big because summer rolled around with new 3 in 1’s. Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, and another, the name of which, escapes me at the moment. After this, quite a few were released with the new seasons….

Now these must have been quite a smashing success because this year they went nuts and released around 12 new scents! They never did anything like this on such a large scale so the variety was quite lovely! Peach, Melon Cooler, Island Coconut, Frosting Forever, Iced Tea, Etc..Etc…

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Oh my how naughty! Does this remind you of anything? Talk about shameless copying!
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Now my story got off track slightly and I have to somehow pull myself back to the right mind frame! All this variety frazzles my nerves!

As I was saying I decided to pop into Bath and Body Works to purchase three new 3 in 1’s in particular! I had wandered on the website during my work day and noticed that they were $6 during the HUGE Semi-Annual Sale! I was shocked that something they introduced a few short weeks ago was cut in half from it’s original $12 price tag! WOW!

The three newest scents that they had put out were Island Coconut, Sunset Mango, and Beyond Berry! These scents were introduced after the above mentioned ones so I was quite pleased that I’d be nabbing myself a little deal!

I now realize what a conspiracy the $6 price tag is! Heed my warning and you can avoid the drama of Spontaneous Purchasing!

When I entered Bath and Body Works that day the line of people was what borderlines on the absurd really. People holding tight to dozens and dozens of bottles of body sprays,body lotions, etc…. These people were acting like there might very well be a shortage of lotions, shower gels, and body sprays sometime in the near future (Dear oh Dear maybe they knew something I didn’t?!?!?!)! It’s actually very difficult, to hold your head high, walk through the aisles, and avoid bins that are marked $3, $4, $5, etc….

I’ve come to the conclusion that the gimmick of setting the newest 3 in 1 scents at $6 a piece is just to get your little ass in the shop because when you are there you aren’t settling for just those three shower gels! You’re wanting some of everything! Before long you’re running around with the rest of the minions gathering up bottles of lotion that will keep you smooth for the rest of your living days!

I’m happy to report I didn’t give into temptation! I resisted! Bath and Body Works evil little plot to get me in the shop and spend a zillion dollars didn’t work!! I went in, purchased the three bottles I said I would and not a thing more!

Go on, pat me on the back! I deserve it right?

Ahh..the temptation of spontaneous buying weights heavy on my mind and heart but resist I did and came out a stronger person for it!

My Very Small Haul from This Year’s Semi Annual Sale!
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Sex Bomb, Sex Bomb, I Mean Flower Bomb!

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…..

Oh
My
Goodness!

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!

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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!)!

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The Mailman Cometh!

‘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! 12

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!
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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
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Wild Blackberry Peach Cobbler, Sugar and Spice (awww that’s me! Sugar and Spice and everything nice!), Blueberry Muffin
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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!)
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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!

Excel Blushes
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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!

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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!

Excel Eyeshadow
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I’m so pissed off at myself for not getting more of these! They are great! Really a nice pigment to this shadow!

KATE
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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
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These are AMAZING! Period. The End. Drop everything. Get these NOW.

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Clio
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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!

Various Mascaras
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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
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Truly chuffed proper with this! I used it a bit before! Encrusts my lashes with little bits of glitter! Love this! Need a backup!

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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
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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!

Majolica Majorca
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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!
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I was feeling spunky so I said hell why not get all the blushes too! And I did just that!
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And if this wasn’t nice enough! Two MJ compacts arrived from MUA today! How sweet my shadows can have a new home!
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Lavashuca Jewel Lipsticks
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Few colors I didn’t already have!

Aube Shower Eyes Palettes
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If you recall I had
previously blogged about these! Loved ‘em so much I needed
MORE!


Cyber Color Shadows
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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!)
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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!

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