Sunday, December 31, 2017

Allure Of The Eyes...Bella Diamonds Allure Blonde Colored Contacts

While I was tidying up my makeup area, I found the Bella Diamonds Colored Contacts I purchased some time ago (and totally forgot about...oops).

This is my first time trying the brand and, out of the four series of lenses offered, I liked the look of the Diamonds the most.

I don't wear colored contacts often, but when I do, I gravitate towards hazel and brown contacts. Thinking they would be a pretty hazel shade, I chose Allure Blonde.

With a base curve of 8.6 and 14.5 diameter, the Bella Diamonds are extremely comfortable, with a barely-there-feel. The only downside to these contacts is that my vision would get cloudy at times. Also, I wish the pupil holes were a little smaller.

On my eyes, Allure Blonde leans more green than hazel. A little disappointing, but pretty nevertheless.

Here's a fun fact I learns from reading the Bella Diamond Colored Contacts box: they also protect your peepers from UV rays. Neat, no?

I purchased the Bella Diamonds for $39.95 at

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Blooming Fair & Fragrant...Bath & Body Works' Bright Autumn Blooms Moisturizing Creamy Body Wash

Sorry guys, I have a ton of posts sitting in draft limbo, and this is one of them. Anyway, on to the product.

A first time purchase, November's Bath & Body Works,' Bright Autumn Blooms Moisturizing Creamy Body Wash with Pure Honey, was an absolute hit...especially with the husband.

Bright Autumn Blooms Key Notes are: Warm Marigold Petals, Sparkling Bergamot, Cedar Leaf, Golden Amber, and Sandalwood.

A captivating blend of floral, cologne, and woodsy notes infused with a sharp freshness, warmth and iciness; Perfect for the chilliness of Fall and Winter.

The fragrance is long-lasting on the skin as well as in the shower. Every time I turn the shower on, the scent is invigorated throughout the space.

BBW states their creamy body wash "gently cleanses the skin with a rich moisturizing lather," and I totally agree; you only need a dime-sized amount to workup a velvety lather. However, as enamored I am with the scent and feel of Bright Autumn Blooms, I found myself using more than needed. After showering, my skin feels cleansed and soft.

I wish I had several backups of the creamy body wash, and all other products, in this heavenly fragrance. I'm not sure if Bright Autumn Blooms is a reoccurring seasonal scent or if it has been around for some times. But, I hope they bring it back next fall (in the same creamy formulation) because I will definitely repurchase it, and stock up as if they were emergency rations.     

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Although It's Been Said Many Times, Many Ways...

Merry (belated) Christmas!

Between work, swatching products for a dear friend's beauty line, visits from three separate groups of friends, this holiday season has been exceptionally busy this year.

Thank you for sticking with me during the lack of posts this month. I'm taking the next week off, and I plan to dedicate a lot of time to post all the holiday collections I've been loving.

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright <3


Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Swam Among The Northern Lights...O.P.I Aurora Berry-alis Infinite Shine 2 Gel-Laquer

I love nail polish; I consider it the finishing touch to my makeup looks. I used to follow nail polish collection releases religiously, then I fell off the lacquer wagon. But, I've gotten back on, and in a serious way.

I fell for all the promotional images of O.P.I's Iceland Collection. I love how blue and brown centric it is/was, along with the other splashes of colored lacquers. I got 11 of the 12 shades; I wasn't drawn to I'll Have a the shade Gin & Tectonic, especially for Fall/Winter.

I liked how the silver cap and lettering on the bottle of the Infinite Shine packaging contrasted with all the Iceland shades (mainly the blues and browns). I chose to expanded my extremely limited selection of Infinite shines, and got the entire collection in this formulation. I instantly regretted this choice the moment I started taking pictures (as reflecting surfaces as a pain to photograph).

Aurora Berry-alis is a muted, medium raspberry-pink, with a lovely, glossy creme finish. The formula is amazing! The application was flawlessly smooth, and depending on how much polish you load on the brush and your application, Aurora Berry-alis can be a one coater. However, I prefer the deeper coloring a second coat gives the lacquer.

Not to be out done by the formula, I was also impressed with the wear time. Aurora Berry-alis started showing tip wear on the sixth day. 

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