Monday, August 29, 2016

Glitterati - Plum Delicious/Tea & Cakes

Scent Description: Plums, strawberry, hints of peaches and apple, sweet vanilla, rich red berries/none available.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.6 oz

Location of Warmer: Kitchen, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A faintly sweet and fruity tea blend. Hints ever so slightly at what could be bakery. It almost seems like a sophisticated perfume.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 All of the notes soften up and meld together, but it's pretty much the same scent. This made for a nice backdrop while I cleaned the house.

Scent Strength: 1/3

Scent Throw: 2.5/3 This filled the kitchen/dining area, office, and most of the hallway.

Melting Power: 3/5 I got about 5 hours of scent from the quarter chunk I melted.

Repurchase: Yes indeedy! I will probably melt a little more next time just to make sure this throws further and melts a little longer. Bad Liz! You have too much wax to be skimping out on your melts like this!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stop & Chat: August 26-28

See that squinty eye? Bunny's not amused with my constant picture taking.
We had a lovely surprise roll in on Friday: cooler weather! I woke up Friday morning to a text from Michael, telling me to open up the house windows. I checked the weather and it was 70F out! It felt ah-may-zing!

Haul: Etude House August 2016

This is a prime example of why samples are awesome, both for consumers and businesses. In my last haul post I mentioned receiving a freebie of the Toning White C skincare set. I loved it so much I went back and bought full sizes in the skincare set. Thus, this haul!

The price breakdown of each product will be a little different. I will share the price in USD found on the international Etude House storefront, the price I pay here in Korea in both Won and USD, as well as the sale pricing I paid on the particular day I went to the store. That's a lot of numbers and I don't blame you if you think it's too much information, but I think it's good to include all of this information, both for other people and for my own records. This blog doubles as a personal diary, after all. ;)

Another side note, the English translations of each products' purpose might not flow very well. I still included it so you could get an idea of each products' purpose.

Let's move on to what I got... even though you can see it all right here. Shh, we all know you're just here for the pictures. :P

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lasting Scent Candles - Caribbean Cupcake

Scent Description: Island fruits, buttery cake batter.

Date Received: April 8, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.9 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A pleasing, tropical cake blend that is perfect for the end of summer heat!

Warm Sniff: 4/5 No surprises once this was melted. Well... there was a surprise, but not in the scent that was presented to me.

Scent Strength: 2.5/3

Scent Throw: >3/3 This filled the entire living room, bedroom, hallway, and part of the kitchen/dining area.

Melting Power: ?/5 More on this in just a moment.

Repurchase: Unfortunately, no. While this was melting I noticed a developing headache that only got worse as time went on. After some troubleshooting, I theorized that my headache was due to the wax. After some trial and error (and some much regretted attempts at melting this scent again) I can conclude that something about this scent gives me migraine level headaches. It's been several days since I last tried to melt this tart, and I'm still dealing with the aftereffects. I'm really bummed because 1. I really loved this scent, and 2. I had finally eradicated my headaches for several weeks before melting this.

I've never had wax that's given me a headache before, so I hope that this was just a one-off thing and I haven't unleashed a beast on my sinuses and brain.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Stop & Chat: Hamster Update

Bunny doesn't like to stay still so she's never in focus.
It's so amazing to see how the hamsters have warmed up to Michael, me, and life in our household. It's also fun to notice the differences between their personalities, although Hammy is still undergoing some changes.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Olde Primitive Treasures - Buttered Blackberry Jam Bear Claws

Scent Description: None available.

Date Received: March 1, 2016

Weight Melted: 2.2 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4/5 A nice blackberry bakery scent with a hint of what could be chocolates and syrup.

Warm Sniff: 1/5 I can't say I got much once this was melted. It had a very fake vanilla note that some vanilla/cake scents tend to have.

Scent Strength: 0/3 I couldn't smell it to tell you how strong it is.

Scent Throw: 0/3 It didn't throw. At all. I had to shove my nose into my wax dish to smell anything, and then I only got that fake cake/vanilla note.

Melting Power: 0/5 If it can't throw or perform, how can it have any melting power? I did not let this melt for very long at all before I dumped it.

Repurchase: Sadly, no. I don't think I've had wax perform this badly before. I'm glad this wasn't the first tart I tried from OPT, otherwise I would have never ordered again.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Glitterati - Lavender/Ice Cream Scoop Bread

Scent Description: A well-rounded herbal scent of lavender blossoms/none available.

Date Received: June 22, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.5 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 3.5/5 Crunchy bakery mixed with herbal lavender. I was a bit apprehensive at how crunchy the bakery smelled.

Warm Sniff: 4/5 The crunchiness toned down and the rest of those ice cream notes helped taper down those iffy notes. This was a pleasant non-metallic herbal lavender and sweet bread!

Scent Strength: 2/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire living room.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got a little over 6 hours of scent from 1/5 of a chunk. Why am I cutting my chunks so small? Probably because I've bought into the Glitterati hyper and want to get the most mileage out of my unicorn wax. LOL

Repurchase: Yes! I'll probably buy this in a full bag the next time my name comes up on the customs list. (Note to self 1 year from now: buy full bag of this.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Orly - Cupcakes and Unicorns over Etude - #21

Direct sunlight.
 I can't take a dark cream and not layer something shimmery, glittery, and/or sparkly over it! That's just not my style.

Orly Cupcakes and Unicorns is a clear based layering polish with tiny duochrome flakes that range between gold, pink, magenta, and orange. Mixed in are some red bar glitters as well.

Indirect sunlight.
It's hard to quantify how many layers this is. While I applied to each nail only once, I had to pat the glitters on in thick layers to get all of the bar glitter to come off of my brush. Anyone who messes with big glitters knows what I'm talking about. Taking the application style into consideration, this was nothing out of the ordinary. I did not put a top coat over this, and it dried surprisingly smooth with some nice shine to it. I'm used to glitters like this needing a top coat.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vintage Chic Scents - The Blob

Scent Description: Pomegranate blackberry marshmallow

Date Poured: February 8, 2016

Weight Melted: 0.8 oz

Location of Warmer: Living room, in tealight warmer

Cold Sniff: 4.5/5 A super sweet concoction with just a little hint of tart blackberries to give it a bite.

Warm Sniff: 4.5/5 No surprises here. You know, I thought I was moving away from sweet scents. I can see now that is very much not the case.

Scent Strength: 1.5/3

Scent Throw: 3/3 This filled the entire living room.

Melting Power: 4/5 I got about 6 hours of scent from a quarter rose.

Repurchase: Yup! If I ever get back to consistently melting. I feel like I've made no dents in my stash this summer. Why, then, did I buy from TBG? Because I have no self control and I was reaching the end of a month and had money leftover from my 'allowance.' I'm very good at making adult decisions. LOL

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Etude House - #21

Direct sunlight.

This lovely color from Etude is probably my favorite out of the colors I picked up in my haul. Not only is the formula great, the color makes my heart bleed. I think it's because this is a vampy shade and that seems to be big in the Fall.

Indirect sunlight.
This polish could almost be called a jelly, if you're able to apply a layer thinly and evenly enough. I wouldn't call it that, however, as I'm not quite able to get that first layer to apply evenly.

These pictures have two coats and no top coat. As you can see, it levels out nicely and has a beautiful shine to it.