Sunday, September 17, 2017

NEST Fragrances Holiday Gift Sets

NEST makes top shelf candles and home fragrances. They smell true to their scent descriptions and have strong quality fragrance that lasts. You can scent a small room without even lighting the candles.

Holiday  brings some of their best launches, but then I simply love all things holiday so I might be biased.  But let's face it, most of us all love  seasonal candles at Christmas and we also love to find and give great gifts.

There are three scents this year, their beloved Holiday, with spices like cinnamon and cloves with pine , Birchwood Pine,  a rich evergreen pine , fir and balsam  blend and NEW Sugar Cookie, a delicious enough to eat warm  , sweet vanilla and caramel laced cookies .

I've got two of the many gift sets from the brand here. The Festive Petite Candle Trio  houses three 4.5 oz candles  in a festive red and gold box.  You get one each of Holiday, Birchwood Pine and Sugar Cookie. ( $ 64)

The Holiday Scented Candle & Reed Diffuser Set set houses a  8.1 oz classic size Holiday scented candle and a large 5.9 oz  liquid reed  diffuser . This one comes in a red flocked velvet box. Candle burn time is 50-60 hours and the diffuser lasts approx. 90 days. ($ 72).

I like that the color scheme , boxes and glassware are all festive but not too boldly Christmas .  They are elegant  and whether you or your giftee likes a lot of Christmas decor or keeps it simple, they work.  Plus they can be used and displayed all through Winter.

NEST is available at Nordstrom, Bloomies, Saks, Neimans and Blue Mercury.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra Gel Eye Patches

Eyes need all the love they can get .  I use eye cream every day but I've not done any eye masks or gels until now. I had to try the new eye gel patches from Peter Thomas Roth.

These have everything in them you could want to throw at your weary eyes. glycerin,collagen, hyaluronic acid, caffiene, shea butter  , liocrice root extract, aneglica root extract,sesame seed extract aloe leaf juice, castor seed oil,  and a few more root extracts.

The patches are  thin and tear easily, a spatula is enclosed to lift them out with. Once  out of the jar set it onto your eye area. They can be applied teardrop point  up or down depending on what part of eye you want to concentrate on. They are loaded with serum so are very slippery. Once on leave for 10-15 minutes. One side did slip  a little but I pushed it back into place.

They feel cooling right off and after a few minutes on, my under eye started feeling tightened and firmed. After using the area well hydrated and stayed that way until the AM. My skin felt very soft in the morning , softer than usual and seemed lightly smoothed. After you take them off, gently rub in the leftover serum.

You can use the eye gels every day or once in awhile. I think they're perfect for weekend wind down to  erase the week and get things  shaped up for the next.

Peter Thomas Roth Hylaluronic Cloud Hydra Gel Patches are $ 52 for 30 pair jar.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has gotten all the buzz this past weekend and like most beauty mavens, I was curious to check it out. Yes another celeb beauty line but we know from her MAC collab that she knows her makeup .

I grabbed a sample of the  Pro Filt'r Soft Matte foundation when I popped into Sephora.  I love a good matte, this sounded like it would be, and I was not disappointed. It hits it out of the park.

The foundation is very matte yet gives skin some dimension . It doesn't look flat . It covers well, medium to almost full and what especially made me happy , filled in pores well both with and without a pore filling base underneath. Skin looks smooth , covered but not heavy or cakey and healthy.  For oily skin it's  great . If you are normal to drier, you'll need to prep well as it is on the drier side.

The long wear claim holds up too. By end of day most of it was still in place , If I had been headed out, a quick touch up would've gotten me out the door. It kept shine at bay until midday when I had just a little. So,  a tiny bit of powder on the nose and chin.  By 5PM I was  a good bit more shiny , it was a warm day both inside and out and my skin felt it.  But the foundation hadn't worn off much , rare for me . It held up to sweat and oil which is impressive . Seriously, one of the best mattes I've tried and I've tried/use a lot of them.

Have you tried Fenty beauty yet? The Match Stix look pretty good too.

Fenty by Rihanna  Pro Filt'r Soft Matte  Longwear Foundation is $ 34 at Sephora  and comes in a whopping 40 shades.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Marc Jacobs Decadence- Eau So Decadent EDT

Eau So Decadent is the newest in Decadence from Marc Jacobs and this time it's an EDT.

Much lighter, floral and fruity than Decadence ( review here) with it's deep amber and woods , it's the peppy younger sister.   

Eau So Decadent  starts out with fruit and dewy florals of jasmine and lily of the valley. Green notes come out too, one of the notes listed is green ivy and the black currant note adds berry fruit alongside the pear. The florals are light and mix with the fruit, keeping things not overly sweet. The drydown brings the amber  and  soft woods, with a little of the floral , especially  the lily floating in the background.

This has a good bit of presence and strength for an EDT . Once it settles it's a bit closer to the skin but initially there's a good bit of sillage and even over time , it hangs on well.  It's also quite different from the original.  I love the fun handbag bottles in this line but I think I like this version of the fragrance best. (I have not smelled  Divine Decadence) .

Full note list:

Top: nashi pear, black currant, green ivy
Middle: pink lily of the valley, magnolia, jasmine
Base: white amber, cashmere woods, raspberry gloss

Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau So Decadent EDT  will be available for $112 (3.4oz), $87 (1.7oz) and $62 (1.0oz) at Nordstrom and Macy’s now.