Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Makeup Palette - Swatches
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette ($55) - available at Sephora

Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes are some of the most popular ones in the makeup world, and one of the newer launches - Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - seems to be another winner from the brand.  Unlike the neutral/nude palettes, the Spectrum palette is a mix of brighter, deeper colors with a lot of blues, greens, and pinks and purples.  The eyeshadows are smooth, pigmented, and  seem easy to blend.  Scroll on for a peek at the swatches.

Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Comforting Body Polisher

Molton Brown Comforting Body Polisher Scrub with Vanilla Ylang-Ylang Sugar Olive Oil - Review
Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Comforting Body Polisher ($50)
Product provided for review
The past few days have been cold and rainy here in the Bay Area, and all I want to do is snuggle up with a good book and a cozy blanket.  It's also the perfect time for long, warm baths and trying out indulgent new skincare like Molton Brown's Ylang-Ylang Comforting Body Polisher.  This luxurious body scrub combines ingredients like black vanilla grains, sugar, nourishing olive oil and antioxidant rich yuan zhi for skin that feels smooth and toned while the aromas of ylang-ylang and cedarwood oil add a reassuring, comforting feel.

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask with Clary Sage

Burts Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Face Mask Clary Sage Review
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Face Mask with Clary Sage ($9.99)
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Hello, world...or at least the bit that drops by the blog!  I have been a lot more erratic with my blogging this year, and I would credit this to my possibly unique status of being a blogger without a laptop.  The pattern is here to stay for a while at least until I find a replacement.  Moving on to brighter spots, I have been trying a lot of skincare over the past few months - from masks and serums to scrubs and peels, I have tried quite a few products - and the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask with Clary Sage has been one such new addition to my routine.  I have oily-combination skin, and normally I steer away from oil-packed/intensely hydrating anything for my face.  I spend a lot of time indoors, though, and the low humidity has been leaving my skin feeling a lot more dehydrated these days, and that's how I ended up giving this mask a try.

Roses de Chloe Eau de Toilette Spray

Roses de Chloe Eau de Toilette Spray - Valentines Day Gift Ideas - Best Spring Summer Perfumes Fragrances for Women
Roses de Chloe Eau de Toilette  - $28 to $120 at Sephora
Fragrance Notes:  Fresh Cut Roses, Bergamot, Rose Essence, Magnolia Accord, White Musk, Amber.
Style:  Floral. Delicate. Luminous. 

Ask me to list my favorite fragrance notes, and rose (or florals) would never figure in the list.  My overwhelmingly disastrous results with trying to grow roses have contributed greatly to the dislike!  I have never bought myself a rose-based fragrance, but I have received quite a few as gifts or samples and have discovered some that I actually like.  Roses de Chloe is one such fragrance.  Described as a luminous, subtle, and graceful fragrance, Roses de Chloe mixes the delicate scent of Damascena roses with top notes of bergamot and a cooler magnolia accord to create a fresh scent that feels especially comforting in the summers.  The first note listed is that of fresh cut roses, and that is exactly what I smell when I spritz this on.  I don't really discern much of the amber or white musk, probably because I am incredibly sensitive to the smell of roses and it's all I notice in this fragrance, but I do think the spicy and warm notes are what keep it from smelling too one dimensional and flat.   To me, it's subtle, but these notes balance the rose essence and create a charming, sophisticated perfume that leaves a fresh, delicate, yet lingering scent on my skin - this soft perfume stays on my skin the whole day.

Roses de Chloe is a delightfully light, romantic perfume that mixes the old-world charm of roses perfectly with a youthful freshness creating a girly/feminine perfume without any cloying sweetness or heaviness to it.  The pure, clean notes make it a perfect spring perfume pick for me, and the fresh rose notes feel soothing and cool in the summers.  Overall, a good pick for someone looking for a fresh floral perfume for warmer months...and a great gift if you are looking for something special this Valentine's.

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Collection (2016) - Swatches

MAC Retromatte Liquid Lipcolour 2016 Swatches
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Collection ($20 each) at Nordstrom

The matte lip trend started some time last year, and it has definitely trickled into 2016 with at least a couple of brands continuing with newer versions of this classic formula.  The MAC Retro Matte lipsticks have been around and popular for quite some time, and the new Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours seem to be just as popular an addition to the range- at least going by how quickly they seem to have sold out at my local Nordstrom.   These liquid lip colours are similar to lipglosses in the creamy liquid texture as well as the packaging - tube with a flocked applicator - but the similarity ends there.  These liquid lipcolors are bright, pigmented, and pretty much opaque with none of the glossiness that's usually associated with a lipgloss.  The finish is described as "liquid suede," and it does settle into a powdery velvety finish.   The color range is mostly superbright-red-dark, but the matte finish does give most of these colors a modern, easier-to-wear look.  Scroll on for swatches.