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REVIEW: Revlon Parfumerie

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Scented nail polishes aren’t exactly a new concept, and Revlon has had a scented range of nail polishes out for a long while now. However, they’ve recently released a new Parfumerie collection, and it looks to be a little fancier than their previous scented polishes.. They’ve even dressed the bottles up to look like tiny, colourful perfume bottles, and offer twenty-four shades/scents that are grouped into Fruits & Forals, Sweets & Spices, and Freshes.

They go for around $15.95 in Australia, but last time I was at Target, they were having a 2-for-1 deal, so of course I had to go for it. The first one that caught my eye was Espresso, a basic black that promised to represent my beverage of choice. I had a hard time picking a second, because the scents that appealed were paired with colours that didn’t. Eventually I settled on Bourdeaux, a deep wine red in two coats.

For those unfamiliar with the concept of scented nail polishes, they are formulated to give off a scent once dried. I don’t have that much experience with scented polishes, but I find that Revlon’s is slightly scented even when wet, which makes putting them on a less unpleasant experience, aromatically. Espresso smells a little like coffee, and Bourdeaux smells heavy and sweet.

The polish doesn’t take too long to dry, and once it does you can smell it immediately. It’s kind of like a long-wearing perfume for your nails, but it’s hardly noticeable until your fingers are right up in your face. Because then you can smell it a lot. Which is fine if you’re doing something like brushing hair out of your eyes, but confusing when you’re eating finger foods. For instance, say you’re eating spicy broadbeans at your desk*, and suddenly your nostrils get assaulted by a heavy, sweet perfume. Your nose is like “great smell!” but your tongue is like “are you eating beans or drinking perfume? I DON’T KNOW!” and then your spicy broadbeans are ruined forever.

But not so ruined that you stop snacking at your desk.

The scent does eventually disappear over time though. I’d say you get about three days of solid scent before it fades away into something you’d barely be able to smell if you pressed your fingernails to your nose. The colour is quite long-wearing, considering the fact that you can’t use a top coat (it would interfere with the scent, you see). It can go over a week without chipping, though I did notice a little bit of wear around the cuticles and a little at the tips as well. This doesn’t annoy me that much, but apparently it’s an issue for some people.

That being said, the formula of the Parfumerie polishes are not amazing — at least not the ones that I purchased. I find them to be a little thin and too streaky for my liking. It took me around three coats to get the nail polish to something I’d find acceptable. Thankfully, the colours are really nice, and I do enjoy the novelty of the scents. The bottles are pretty cute too, so all in all, I think they are a nice addition to my nail polish collection.

Go check them out if you’re into fancy-looking nail polishes, I guess. Especially if they’re being offered at a two-for-one deal.

* In case there’s any confusion, the spicy broadbeans are dry, and you are shovelling them with abandon into your mouth with your hands. Maybe if you ate them with a spoon, the nose/tongue dysfunction could have been avoided.

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Winter Essentials

It is coming into the colder months in this part of the world, and while my feelings towards Winter have previously fluctuated between resentment and indifference, I have recently come to embrace the chill.

SInce I am a millennial living in a capitalistic society, I believe I owe a lot of this newfound comfort to my material goods (I love you material goods). Thus, I bring you my Winter essentials for this year (or really, any year):

Toe socks

I love socks. I have knee-high, OTK, crew, ankle and bed socks — mostly in crazy patterns and colours — but the kind of socks I had been coveting for ages were toe socks. For one reason or another, I never got around to purchasing any, until last December, when Walgreens had a bunch of Christmas-themed toe socks for sale. They were the cutest, so obviously…

toe socks!

I also have a pair with Santa on them, and another with snowmen. They are like gloves for your toes! My extremities tend to get super-cold, particularly in the winter and even if I’m snuggled under a warm blanket, so wearing socks to bed is a definite must.

Sweat Pants

I’ve mention these before, but since then Kyri took the sweat pants home, and I suffered a few lonely, sweat-pantsless months. I experimented with pyjama pants, my own sweat pants, boxer shorts…nothing seemed to fit as comfortably. Then one glorious day, Kyri came over and he brought the sweatpants back! True, he did specify it was so that he could wear them when he’s over, but I mean, let’s be real here, I’m gonna be wearing the pants. Forever.

Space Heater

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Another thing from Kyri, although this was a gift rather than a thing I shamelessly stole. Kyri is a big fan of temperature control, and a couple years ago he decided he would pass this onto me via this heater. It took me a while, but now I am kind of dependent on this little heat-provider; it’s the only thing that makes coming out of the shower during Winter tolerable.

Scented Candles

My family thought I was mad for burning candles in the summer — “why?” they would ask, milling about in their underwear and fanning themselves.

“do you not want the smell of a hot pumpkin caramel latte wafting through our home?” I would rebutt.

“no” they would say, walking away in disgust.

scented candle

Well now my candles are totally weather-appropriate — they’re cosy and smell of Winter things (because I bought stuff mostly from the winter range) and I will light a hundred if I want to! Who’s the mad one now, family?!*

Hilariously, the last time I used this candle I closed it in a way that trapped the heat and made the glass expand, so I can’t get the lid open. THANKS, SCIENCE. My first instinct was to add heat to the lid, so I immediately exposed it to an open flame…yeah, don’t do that. Because of the burning. Hot water or a hairdryer would have been better, but none of those are in my room. Only lighters.

Lip Balm

Lip Balm is for every season, but especially winter. Because of the cold and the chapped lips. I carry a bag of various lip products, including tinted lip balm, with me everywhere because I am obsessive. But also I keep a tube of Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm next to my bed for easy night-time access, because it is now the only non-tinted lip balm that I own.

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It is very moisturising without being sticky, and also smells strongly of honey. I don’t recommend it if you don’t like the smell of honey…but they have a bunch of other “flavours”, like pomegranate, grapefruit and mango. The only other one I have tried was the pomegranate one, but it belonged to someone else and I was kind of drunk and don’t remember what it smelt like. It probably doesn’t smell like honey.

Moisturiser

Again, because of the cold and chapped skin etc. I have at least three full-sized face/body moisturisers and several small samples that I use in rotation. I got them all from Bellabox, because they insist on giving me more than I can use. Not that I’m complaining.

But my most favourite moisturiser is one for your hands. I’d heard a lot of good things about Hand Food by Soap and Glory. It’s a brand from the UK, but I guess Sephora started stocking it as well, because that’s where I found it. Kit Cosmetics in Australia also stocks Soap and Glory stuff, so when this runs out, I’ll be heading to a Kit Cosmetics counter to stock up on more.

hand cream

It smells like marshmallow, and does exactly what it says on the tube: it’s non greasy and very hydrating. I use it pretty much anytime my hands feel dry, or I just want to smell product (seriously, it smells so good!). On the flight from San Francisco to Auckland, I managed to sneak the entire tube past the TSA onto the plane, because I couldn’t imagine a 14-hour flight without it.

So yeah, I like things. Let me know if you have any cold-weather recommendations, because me and Winter, we are still deep in the honeymoon phase.

* me. it’s still me.

Lush Pamper Party

I am a fan of LUSH, but until a few weeks ago, I had no idea that as well as selling sweet-smelling bath products and skincare, they also host private pamper parties. They’re held after hours, so parties will have the whole store to themselves, as well as two LUSH staff to host it. There are a few different packages, but we went for the Girls’ Night In, which involves getting a facial, a fruit platter, chocolate-coated strawberries and tea, and time afterwards to go on a little shopping spree with the LUSH gift vouchers that were included in the package.

Pamper Parties need a minimum of four people, and Kelly, Austvina, Juliana, Mary and I booked ours at the QVB store. Our hosts were the lovely Anna and Bec, who talked us through the products they were using, offered advice and generally let us run amok in the store.

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On Beauty…boxes

Oh yeah, I have a blog thing. Hi.

Lately I’ve been getting way into beauty products and make-up. I blame it on my obsession with nail polish. Nail polish is a gateway that leads to harder things like lipstick and eyeshadow. I’ve been watching beauty vloggers on Youtube, is the stage I’m at. Beauty vloggers, guys. I devote a portion of my time to watching people talk about how to apply make-up, will spend 15 minutes at a time sitting through an entire haul video*. What have I become?!

Anyway, a thing that I keep coming across on my beauty vlogging voyages is the beauty sampler box (I’ve also come across this concept while cruising the food blogs, but I digress). Essentially, it’s a subscription service on a month-by-month basis — usually in one, three, or twelve month increments — and each month, you receive a box filled with around 5-6 beauty products, often sample-sized, but sometimes there are a few full-sized products in the mix. It gives you a chance to try out different brands and products to find out what you like or want before splashing out the cash for it. Birchbox and Glossybox are the big names in the US and Europe respectively, but alas! they’re not available in Australia.

I did a little bit of research, and found that there are a couple of different options available here, such as Lust Have It, I Love This Box, Bella Box and Beauty Basket. Although the Australian boxes are slightly more expensive than their American/European counterparts ($15 rather than $10), I was already enamoured by the idea of getting a bunch of beauty products in the mail.

So I signed up for a Bella Box. It arrived a couple of days ago, and I think it’s pretty rad.

bella box!

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