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Behold, Haus of Gloi’s Butterbombs, Wish they were Better | Valentine Stuff 2013 Still Up!

I’ve really got some sort of online hangover, it’s not that I don’t enjoy the net anymore, please, don’t think that AT ALL…I sooo love doing this.  I actually love that I’m typing this now because no sense in pretending I’m a product post factory, right?  Honesty is good stuff and deserves posting when appropriate.  I just noticed that I’ve been get sleepy earlier ever since my best friend cousin’s wedding last February.  I think it’s really the massive “sigh” after something major more than anything else.  I put in a lot emotionally on that one because it really meant so much to me…and now..we’re back.  In the bath and body department, Haus of Gloi power couple Matt and Briton have “dunnit” again in their secret vegan lab of delight.  My friends, you are not looking at dessert.  Behold their new babies (please note: not for eating) their dinky, scent filled, glam-ly gourmande scented Butterbombs.

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“Toss these little scoops in hot bath water for a fizzy, slightly foamy and decadently moisturizing bath. Crumble under running bath water for best results! Please be cautious when moving around or standing in the tub, these little bombs can make things slippery!” – Haus of Gloi

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From Top:

  1. TOASTED – “Reminiscent of warm milk, aromatic rice and burnt sugar. “
  2. A SIMPLE ROSE – “Bulgarian rose absolute supported by Egyptian geranium in a base of amyris wood.”
  3. WHITE BLUEBERRY – “Blueberries awash with white vanilla sugar, cream and a sprig of white thyme.”
  4. SEA SALT BROWNIES – “Dark chocolate brownie accord with supporting notes of cocoa c02, a gentle touch of coffee co2 and speckled with sea salt.”

 

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To be honest, this first time I am mildly disappointed with these Butterbombs because I was so excited about them  and I’ve never experienced anything lacking from a Haus of Gloi purchase.  I have no complaints about the scent experience or the aromatherapy end on these butterbombs, in the smell department these guys at HOG do no wrong practically ever.  Read more to know about my experience and why I prefer HOG’s bubbling scrubs over these.

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Post-Holiday Tub Time & Video | LUSH Golden Wonder bath bomb

I remember a time when I was little and my parents used to give me magic capsules to play with from the US.  They were little pills that you threw into warm water and they’d pop in the water and grow into animal-shaped sponges.  I recall being beside my 4 yr-old self with glee and I was quite excited to identify as fast as I could what animal each pill turned into.  This fragrant gift-shaped holiday bath bomb by LUSH called Golden Wonder reminded me of that time and has just rekindled the delight I once had for bathtime magic in an actual bathtub.  Golden Wonder also has a cute holiday feature, try shaking it to hear small bits knocking about inside that are part of the bath surprise (if you don’t hear anything don’t fret, it just means it got stuck), an action plainly in tribute of how curious kids shake their gifts under the tree.

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LUSH Golden Wonder holiday bath bomb Php275.00, KEY INGREDIENTS: Sweet orange oil, cognac oil, and lime oil.  Contains edible gold lustre and soluble gold paper stars.

“This isn’t a bath – this is an event !  We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long standing customers will recognise the smell of Snowshowers shower jelly.  “

Please note that it was not this sunny in the bathroom today in fact it was quite overcast outside.  I had to color balance this just to brighten it up, and the video demo at the end of this had to be shot on vivid setting otherwise you would have hardly seen the colors because it was such a grey day.  It’s important to note that in my experience I realized a LUSH bath bomb will not completely cleanse you because they’re different from the LUSH Bubble bars which are actually soaps you crumble and run in the bath.  fOR bath bombs, you fill your tub, drop these in and WATCH, you can choose to watch it happen around you in the bath or wait for it to finish before stepping in.  Bath ballistics by LUSH aka bath bombs provide a visual aromatherapy experience for tub time, kinda like tub fireworks…visual splendor, no deafening bang.

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It’s supposed to be covered in soluble gold lustre but the one I got lost most of the sheen probably from sitting in the boutique for too long.   Now, if you’ve got a Golden Wonder bath bomb of your own and still want to be surprised by what it does READ NO FURTHER and leave the blog now LOL.  Because next up is what happens once you drop it into the tub.  Read more to see find out what this Golden Wonder bath bomb does and watch the demo video after.… Read the rest

The LUSH Times 2012 Catalog + LUSH King of Skin in a Tin

This LUSH Times catalog, which by the way you need to get at your LUSH store NOW (did I mention that it’s free), is the most awesomely edited cosmetics catalog slash price list I’ve come across.  It’s already the third day since I came home with it and I’m still opening it up to browse through it.  The LUSH Times is just bursting with what I need and want to know about all the LUSH products they have on hand and it’s all “embroidered” together with great written copy, lovely photos, and proper layout.  If you’re a beauty blogger you most certainly need this in your life.  I’m so glad the saleslady stabbed my shopping bag with it at the last minute…she nearly forgot they had some issues when I was walking out, I just happened to ask about the price of one more item.  I also love that it’s not glossy and is made of recycled paper.

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I also left the store with my own tin of King of Skin Php475 which is basically a solid lotion/body butter bar which melts into your skin full of good things like avocado, almond, virgin coconut oil, and what else… *nosedive into LUSH times*…Rose, Frankincense, Bananas, Jojoba, and Oats, too…what’s not to love skinwise, right.  I just stuck mine in the ref because it’s a bit melty and the ants were trying to get at it even with the tin (ants know the good stuff from the bad)!  Read more to see what I love about the LUSH times (more photos of its insides) and my compressed thoughts on LUSH King of skin.… Read the rest

Fresh Seaberry Exfoliating Soap – Smell the Holidays in a Cake of Soap

Fresh is the brand name.  If you’re actually planning on giving soap to people this Thanksgiving or Christmas from the U.S. or elsewhere, or momentarily have access to a Sephora store, then bless them with this bath soap and this bath soap alone.  I actually now wish I’d gotten 2 or 3.  Friends brought this home from Sephora for me and it cost me about US$16.50 or Php690.00 in total. No bath soap scent so far reminds me of the holidays as much this one does.  I particularly appreciate how it doesn’t smell overly “gourmande” in nature but brings in warmth and freshness of the holiday season at the same time.

KEY INGREDIENTS: Shea butter, Seaberry/Seabuckthorn Oil, Cranberry fruit & seeds, Bitter Orange Peel, and Bamboo.  Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in Omegas that restore and soften the skin, Shea butter also helps nourish and hydrate.

Paraben free | 100% Natural fragrance | Rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7, & 9 | Triple-milled to last longer

Look at this thing, it’s GI-MONGOUS!  It’s a well-equipped multitasking bar and scrubs the skin surface well if you apply more pressure.  You can feel the cranberry, bamboo, and bitter orange bits as you scrub the bar against your skin, it might feel a bit grainy for some so it might not be their cup of tea, but if you go gently it’s just as good as a regular soap bar.  I kind of went scrub happy so part of my arms got a bit red because of my excitement, but only temporarily.  It’s so great that the soap bar itself sort of “doubles” as a scrub puff or loofah.  It lathers like forever and a day plus the lather is quite silky and buttery, building up steadily as you rub it in.  This reminds me of the Snoe soap I sung praises of several months back but that one dissolves away much quicker.  Since this is triple-milled this Fresh Seaberry soap won’t melt away fast on you like the wicked witch  other soaps tend to.  It’s a heavyweight hitter this soap and although I love my bath oils and gels I do once in awhile miss the act of directly foaming myself up with a bar of good solid soap.  I wouldn’t use this on my face directly, I believe it’s really a body soap, if I were to try I’d take some of the lather on my hands and test it on my cheek.  This smells so, so…in tune with the last months of the year because of the strong scent of cranberries and orange wrapped up in the creaminess of Shea butter.  I sniffed this and got flashbacks of candles and cookies and presents, and even turkey because of the cranberries and I like that for once it’s not that sickly vanilla base scent that so many gourmande type soaps tend to have.  Quadruple Like, as in.… Read the rest

A Bare it All Beauty Book: “No More Dirty Looks” – The Ultimate Guide to Safe & Clean Cosmetics

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack from Hong Kong!!  Did ya miss me?  *Crickets* Anyway, I’ll be teasing you a bit with something that’s NOT from Hong Kong for now because this book I got off Ebay for about $US 16 (Php650+) is the first book I’ve ever bought online for myself (and obviously not the last) and it got me super duper excited when I saw it arrived for me in the mail before I got back.  It’s only proper that this is the first actual book to be featured on the blog.  Two lovely journalists based in New York decided that they had had enough of “ignorance is bliss” when it came to beauty.  Siobhan O’ Connor and Alexandra Spunt decided to research and test the most common, within reach, frequently used beauty products on the market and put them under a simply worded microscope for us to really know the truth behind what we put on ourselves…almost everyday.  The No More Dirty Looks book gives us a 1000x zoom in on the chemical “DNA” of our most favored beauty products.  It’s a pretty paperback that’s about an inch thick and the conversation within (that’s how it feels, like a well-informed friend came over) is engaging as well as super informative.  I’ve only skimmed over the first few chapters but I’m already excited to read it all the way to the end.

“You probably bathe daily.  Every other day, sometimes?  Fair enough; us, too.  But every time we decide we want to wash, plump, moisturize, nourish, shine, buff, soften, bronze, and otherwise play around with how we look and feel, we are reaching for a bottle whose contents are largely a mystery.  That’s not because we’re all idiots; that’s the way the cosmetics industry has set it up.  They will boast about one or two ingredients in their ads –usually the natural ones– while obscuring the bulk of the ingredients in four-point font in a barely contrasting color on the edge of the bottle.  And yet ingredients lists are the most transparent thing these companies provide us.” p. 4,  No More Dirty Looks.

I know right?  They sooooo understand beauty enthusiasts like you and me because they love beauty as well.  You needn’t go and give yourself a ban on several beauty products afterwards, that’s everyone’s own personal choice to make but for make-up professionals like me it’s good to be informed.  I’m so excited to read the entire book.  I learned about the No More Dirty Looks book from an online video conversation I had last September with Soapwalla brand founder, Rachel Winard who likes calling herself a “chef” in a kitchen of organic beauty.  She was in Manhattan and I was up late to join in the class conversation.  I was issued an online VIP invitation for the  fashion week project spun together by PowHow, Colette beauty boutique in Paris, and French VOGUE :).

“My name is Rachel and I’m a Brooklyn girl who is the creator and chef of Soapwalla. I started making luxury organic face and body products in my apartment kitchen to alleviate my painful sensitive skin rashes caused by lupus, a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune illness.  Soapwalla products are comprised of the highest quality products available, made with organic, vegan, food-grade ingredients, and never harmful or synthetic additives such as petrochemicals, parabens, pthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfate.”

Rachel Winard’s skincare brand, Soapwalla, has reached European shores and is currently being “curated” in Paris by Colette and in the UK as well.  I was invited to participate in a complimentary online class  by PowHow and I met some indie beauty brand owners who were being streamed live from Manhattan New York. … Read the rest

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