Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Embroidering My Way Through March

Hello lovely readers. Have you noticed my absence?

Well, a few factors have kept me from posting new content -- mainly it's due to my needing a new computer. I think it's been about two weeks since I turned the damn thing on, but even when it's on it won't connect to the internet. I lose interest in blogging at lightning speed when I have to sit for an hour waiting with my fingers crossed that it will connect. Most things I need from the internet can easily be done on my iPhone, but posting blog content and creating visually pleasing photos are not among them! (I mean, have you even seen the Photoshop app? It's worthless in comparison to the real thing.)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Perfume Review: Lanvin Arpege

Lanvin Arpege glass deco perfume bottle

Lanvin Arpège

The scent of Arpège, for me, calls to memory plush, green velvet furniture; potted ferns and jades; Siamese cats; 1960's prints; colorful cloisonné bangles; red lipstick; red fingernail polish; and a general feeling of contentment. It's an elegant French classic, as was my maternal grandmother, for whom Lanvin Arpège was a signature scent. The sense of smell can evoke childhood memories, such as vivid scenes of enchanted holidays and weekends with our loved ones. So, naturally, what I associate with this perfume will be entirely different from that of anyone else.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jewelry Spotlight: Jewelmint and Erin Fetherston collaboration

Jewelmint and Erin Fetherston collaboration

It's been a few years since I ended my Jewelmint subscription. I only bought a few of their pieces before canceling because it wasn't really my style. Honestly, I joined just so I could buy the highly coveted, classy-yet-punk Silver Swan Bracelet. When the Jewelmint and Erin Fetherston collection was announced in early February, I immediately fell in love with the rose gold kitty ring. I visited the website again and again to peek at it. I told myself I wasn't going to buy it...

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Read Makeup Labels: MAC Cosmetics

How to Read a MAC Cosmetics label batch code

How To Read Makeup Labels: MAC Cosmetics

Have you ever wondered what the label on the bottom of a MAC lipstick means? Those numbers and letters aren't random. It's the batch number or batch code that helps date when the product was manufactured. For instance, I know that I bought this lipstick, Heroine, just after January of 2012 because of the label. Why is that something you should care about? Beyond the quality of the product, expired cosmetics could potentially be damaging to your skin, so you want to make sure you can find out how old the products you're using actually are. There's a general guideline for how long you should continue using a product, but I'll save that for another day. Let me show you how to find the age of that MAC product you're using.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Monthly Beauty Box Giveaway: March

Monthly Beauty Box Giveaway, March 2014

March Beauty Box Giveaway

Congratulations to last month's Beauty Box winners! Now that the winners have been announced and contacted, it's time to setup the giveaway for March. I've created a tab at the top of the page with details regarding the Monthly Beauty Box Giveaway. I've gathered here a variety of different products, including eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, blush, lip moisturizer, hand lotion, and makeup remover -- fourteen products in all! I really enjoy testing out products that I might not think to buy on my own, so hopefully the winner will discover a new product here to enjoy through winning this giveaway.