Sunday, September 16, 2012

2012 Scents of Summer

Summer is my least favorite season. I hate being hot and sticky. I hate the clothes (give me a cozy sweater and jeans any day!) I hate being blinded by the sun every time I step out the door. I'm also not a huge fan of warm weather perfume. It seems I'm on a constant hunt to find a good summer scent. Cool weather is easy. My heavy vanilla/musky/chocolate scents scream cold weather. But once it gets hot, they feel cloying and can literally choke me. This year, I think I found some pretty good warm weather scents. Here are the 10 I reached for most often this summer, in no particular order.

Burberry Weekend - Quite possibly my favorite summer scent. Sweet hyacinth flower mixed with peach. Perfectly blended, super long lasting.

Clean Warm Cotton - Ok, I'm not a super huge fan of "fresh laundry" scents, which is exactly what this is. But, on a super hot day, there is something comforting in it. I reach for this one when we go walking. It's a great pick me up.

Laugh Often by Reese Witherspoon- Lemon ice tea in a bottle. Love this one for work.

Lilly Pulitzer Squeeze - Got this one super cheap at Perfumania over the summer. It's a sweet citrus. Very well balanced and refreshing. Plus it is light so you can spray a good dose of it and not offend anyone.

Body Shop White Musk Libertine - A musk that works great in warm weather. This is a white musk so it's bright and light. There is some rose in this one making it feel nicely feminine.

Jennifer Aniston - I only bought a rollerball of this last year because I thought it would be too beachy. I was wrong. It is lovely. A little reminiscent of Burberry Weekend, but lighter. White floral scent. Very girly.

Avon FreeO2 -  This one was a sleeper in the Avon book this year. I think I only saw it twice, once at full price and then on clearance a few weeks later. The bottle is dead ugly (Avon could really step up their game with their bottles). The scent is honeysuckle and tea. It is light but short lived.

Tommy Girl - Perfumes: The A-Z Guide gives this one 5 stars and I totally agree. This one gives Weekend a run for it's money for my favorite summer scent. This is a beautiful rosey perfume. However, I think Tommy Girl will work year round.  

DKNY Golden Delicious - This is the one I reach for when I want a more serious, sophisticated scent. Works very well for work. Fruity and woody. The only drawback is the horrible sprayer. The bottle design is just awful. It's pretty and does look vaguely like an apple, but you can't aim the darn thing. I end up spraying perfume everywhere but on me!

Tea Rose (The Perfumers Workshop) - I had to include this one. It is one of the cheapest perfumes I own. I think you can get a big bottle for under $15. But it is the absolute best true rose perfume I have ever smelled. It is exactly like smelling a good, fresh garden rose bush. It is linear and one dimensional and perfect. I love it as a perfume, as a pillow spray, as a room spray.

Now that cooler temps are starting to creep in, I wanted to get this list up so I don't forget for next year! Most of these won't seem much love the next few months since I'm itching to get back to cozy scents.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cover Girl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation & Powder

A few weeks ago I received a Cover Girl & Olay Tone Rehab foundation and a matching pressed powder compact as part of a Bzzz Agent campaign.

The foundation I received is color 125 Buff Beige and the powder is 320 fair/light. Although I tend to be rather pale complected, I have a bit of a tan from walking every evening this summer. The Buff Beige color was a pretty perfect match for me. The foundation is a combination skin serum and foundation. I found that I do not need to use moisturizer before applying the foundation. This is normally unheard of for my very dry skin. The foundation has silicones which makes it easy to apply. The finish is a bit dewy without powder. I prefer a slightly more matte finish. I find the foundation does indeed even out my skin tone quite well and does not look like a mask or feel heavy. The coverage is light but buildable if necessary. I do not see any lightening or evening of skin tone when the foundation is removed. In other words, its a fine foundation but I wouldn't consider it to have any long term effects. The foundation does stay true for me for the whole day in my indoor work environment. I did not notice any caking, fading or settling throughout the day. I do prefer my other foundations (Avon Ideal Flawless or Lancome Teint Miracle) to this one. However, I consider this to be a fine choice of a drugstore foundation. I will certainly finish the bottle I have.

I was less impressed with the powder. I found it settled in my lines and wrinkles if not carefully applied. The "puff" that comes with it is useless. I threw it away immediately and preferred applying with a fluffy powder brush. I have dry skin so do not use a lot of powder normally. I like MAC Mineralized Skinfinish for its super fine light feel. This powder is heavy in comparison. It is serviceable to set the foundation but I would not repurchase it.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Galaxy Nails

 It's Labor Day and I had a little extra time to do a fancy manicure today. This style is called galaxy nails or sometimes I see nebula nails. The process is really quite easy and only takes a little longer than a regular manicure to complete. I'm not doing a tutorial or process shots. Just search galaxy nails on You Tube and you'll find a plethora of great tutorials.
I started with a dark blue for the base and sponged on pink, metallic green, pale aqua blue and lined with black and silver. On top is a chunky silver glitter polish. It's the glitter polish that pulls the look together and makes it look like you've got stars on your nails. Awesome and easy.

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sweet Delicious Madness and The Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi

Despite having 2 e-readers, an iPod, and about 3 dozen book books on my shelf, I've only managed to read 2 books this summer. Pitiful! I'm so ashamed of myself not even reading enough to log an entry in the library's summer reading program (you need 3 for each ticket). There are reasons/excuses, of course, but truth is I really wish I could carve out more time for reading because I truly do love a good book. So anyway, excuses aside, I did just finish a quite good book and thought I'd offer a little review.

I picked up Sweet Delicious Madness when it was a freebie for Kindle. This indie book tells the story of Lily, an American in Italy who is working to support her young twin boys while trying to get a divorce from her philandering husband. Lily seems a bit of a ditz to me, but a very likeable ditz. Her estranged husband's aunt lands here a job as a housekeeper at the vacation home of a famous Hollywood actor where she is in charge of staff. The story revolves around a small cast of somewhat eccentric characters, I liked that there weren't so many characters that you can't keep them all straight. The plot lines are easy to follow as well making for a very enjoyable read. There's a little romance, a little mystery, a little escapism to the lovely country of Italy. Recommended for a light, fast read. I believe there will be/is a sequel but I don't see it on Amazon just yet.