Hello my little beauties! Sorry that I have been so absent lately, but I took a trip up to Michigan to pick up some things from Ikea this weekend and I have been working hard at building everything. I thought I would share some of the beauty room storage ideas that I had before going to IKEA.
We all know that IKEA is a very affordable option for all of us insane beauty lovers and collectors. We own so many items, that finding a way to sort everything out and put everything away is always hard. I wanted to show you some of my favorite pieces for beauty room storage that I actually currently have in my room (sorry the pictures will be IKEA stock pictures since my room is not picture ready yet, but the first picture above is actually my room)
There is a giveaway on my Instagram that just launched today. The giveaway is hosted by me and my friend Fanii, of www.themakeupfeminist.com
To enter, subscribe to my blog, head over to my Instagram and read all the rules. The giveaway ends August 13th, with two winners announced on August 15th. It is open to all US and Canadian peeps…sorry to exclude everyone else this time around, but for our first one, we didn’t want to face the customs hassle. Next time I’ll include you as well.
Good of luck to everyone!
Kisses, hugs, and glitter bugs,
Vanda, aka Miss Viggity xoxo
Curling my hair is not my forte. I don’t have long hair, it’s now just between my chin and shoulders. I feel like I look weird with curled hair :). I recently ordered the Bellami 6-in-1 Complete Curler Set. I figured if I’m growing out my hair, I might as well dabble in hair curling, as well as try out different types of curl.
Welcome back, beauties!
Our lives revolve around scents. Really, they do. Our sense of smell is such an important part of our lives. A scent can instantly transport you back to a specific moment in time, to a happy memory, to a terrible evening, remind you of your favorite meal, your favorite aunt, grandma, friend, pick you up when you’re down, relax you when you’re stressed, etc. Scents are all around us, and there is nothing that can alter my mood as quickly as a much-loved fragrance.
I go through cycles. I purchase a fragrance, obsess over it, won’t wear anything else, then just as quickly tire of it. I am not someone who wears the same fragrance all the time, as I find it awfully boring to always smell the same. I mean really, would you only wear one outfit for the rest of your life? Would you only want to eat one meal forever? Would you want to wear the same lipstick or eyeshadow each day? Nope, I most certainly would not! I cherish the fact that I live in a land of options, in every aspect of my life. I value my freedoms, and one of those freedoms is the right to switch perfumes.
Sweet, sugary, youthful, or overly floral scents are never high on my list of favorites, although this girl reserves the right to change her mind in the future ;). I gravitate towards, earthy, musky, spicy, some would say sometimes “mature” scents. I like to notice my own fragrance throughout the day, to catch an unexpected whiff of it. I have some favorites that cost under $6, and some favorites that cost over $100. If I like it, I buy it, so let’s get on with the show.
If I have to name a “signature” scent, I would say this perfume comes the closest. I have worn it for about 12-13 years now, and it is a scent that a lot of my close friends identify with me. I’m talking about Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Oh dear god, I adore this scent. While relatively “floral” for me, this has just the right balance of musk and floral to make me giddy with scent-gasm. I don’t mess around with no cheap shit, so I go straight for the eau de perfum. One of these days I will treat myself to a small bottle of the pure perfum, but until I hit the jackpot, this will do. Launched in 2001, Coco Mademoiselle is a Chypre Floral. Top notes are orange, mandarin orange, orange blossom and bergamot; middle notes are mimosa, jasmine, turkish rose and ylang-ylang; base notes are tonka bean, patchouli, opoponax, vanilla, vetiver and white musk. Definitely not a shy scent, Coco Mademoiselle will get you noticed, and very few who come into contact with it will ever forget it. I remember trips to Starbucks where the male baristas would recognize it. It’s a favorite for a reason, and I will always feel sexy and sophisticated when wearing it. The eau de parfum retails at $70 for 1.2 fl oz, $92 for 1.7 fl oz, $122 for 3.4 fl oz, and when you can get it, $200 for the limited edition 6.8 fl oz size.
Second on my list is Tom Ford‘s Black Orchid. Introduced in 2006, this is a newer addition to my fragrance family, but it is definitely a favorite that I foresee wearing for years to come. An Oriental Chypre, this is an opulent and sensual perfume. The top notes are French jasmine, black truffle, ylang-ylang, black currant and effervescent citrus. In the floral-spicy heart, dwells the Tom Ford’s black orchid, imaginary more than real, and the base combines woodsy notes (patchouli and sandalwood), dark chocolate, incense, amber, vetiver, vanilla and balsam. I find this fragrance to be very masculine, yet in a feminine way. Basically, this perfume has balls! While on me it doesn’t have the sillage of Coco Mademoiselle, it definitely isn’t a beach fragrance. The patchouli is also pretty dominant on my skin, so I clearly adore it. This retails at $112 for 1.7 fl oz, or at $159 for the 3.4 fl oz size.
Tocca Margaux. I fell in love with Tocca fragrances about 18 months ago. I was drawn to the bottles, they’re so cute! There is a huge range of scents within the line, so everyone can find a favorite. Mine of course is Margaux. Described as a Floral Woody Musk, this was launched in 2013. I remember it had just come out when I stumbled across it, and it was love at first sight. Top notes are blood orange, bergamot, cassis and gardenia; middle notes are jasmine, violet and cashmere wood; base notes are musk, benzoin, vanilla and heliotrope. The immediate fragrance that this reminded me of was Rapture, by Victoria’s Secret. I used to LOOOOVE that in college! Not sure what the notes were for that, but this immediately took me back to those days. Upon initial spraying, this starts out quite intense, but it lacks a lot in sillage. Still, I adore it, and it satisfies my spicy/musky perfume love affair. Plus, let’s be real, the bottles of Tocca look hella cute on a nightstand, dresser, or makeup desk. This only comes in one size, 1.7 fl oz for $68. They do release sample packs with roll-on versions of all the fragrances each Christmas season though.
Oh Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, how I hated everything you two came out with! Hated! Then they had to go and release the Elizabeth and James Nirvana fragrances! Damn it, I can’t hate them completely anymore!. Exclusive to Sephora, Nirvana comes in two scents/personalities, Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. I am not even sure if that is the official name for them, but everyone refers to them as such. Released in 2013, the two fragrances are designed to be mixed, but of course can also be worn separately. My favorite out of the two is the Black. It’s a dark, woody, somewhat masculine scent again…is there a recurring theme here or something? With notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla, this is a sensual scent that makes you immediately picture yourself wearing dark lingerie and brandishing a whip. Oh how very Fifty Shade Of Grey! The White is a musky-floral, with notes of peony, lily of-the-valley, and musk. I do not like wearing the White alone, but I don’t mind it mixed with the Black. Alone, the White is a little too floral for me. Both come in a 0.34 oz roll-on for $22, a 1 oz for $55, or 1.7oz for $75. Oh, and they have also recently added pure perfume oils of each at $35 for 0.47 oz.
The last mention on this post will be my Auric Blends perfume oils. Auric Blends perfume oils come in roll on bottles, each bottle containing 1/3 oz. With over 40 fragrances to choose from, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. They can be found at a lot of hippie stores/head shops, or can be ordered directly off the Auric Blends website. Did I mention yet how much these cost? No? Ok, sit down, prepare yourself, perhaps cushion the floor around you with some pillows. Ok ready? They cost $8.49!!! Yes! Girl, yes! Now there’s a hippie shop by me that hasn’t realized how much they cost, and I get them for $5.50! I know what you’re saying, you’re saying “Vanda get the f*ck outta here, no freakin way”, but yes, it’s true. Now it’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I would go with Majik. Majik is a scent that most people that smelled it on me call “your church scent”. Don’t let that deter you, they mean it in a good way. A heavy incense type of fragrance(god, how I love incense), this is described as an Oriental Wood fragrance with notes of Myrrh and Amber, which would explain the “church” references. It’s the myrrh. I’ll have you know, Majik has been voted “Best Love Potion” by the New York Press, so go away naysayers! At the amazing price of $8.49, you can afford to buy quite a large amount of the different scents, and mix-and-match your way to your own custom, personalized scent. The sillage on most of these is pretty amazing, and they last a pretty long time on the skin, depending on the scent. I find that some of the lighter, more floral scents don’t last as long. The most well-known scent in the line is called Egyptian Goddess, a soft floral, soft powder, and musk combo. While it is lovely, I find it to be too soft, and a few minutes after applying it, I can no longer smell it. It could just be me. Anyway, give these a go, seriously. They’re cheap, portable, and totally customizable.
That is all for this edition, although I’m sure some of these will change soon, and I might do an updated post 6 months from now. Until them, what are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
Kisses, hugs, and glitter bugs,
Vanda, aka Miss Viggity xoxo