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My Signature Scent

"Delicious" by Gale Hayman Beverly Hills

            I am a bit of a perfume addict. At the height of my craze I had almost 20 bottles of unique fragrances. Not that that was enough, mind you; I just didn’t have the money to purchase more. I even had this wonderful scent that my husband purchased for me while on deployment in the Middle East; it was from Dubai to be exact. If I could read Arabic, I would have found out the name of that fragrance and purchased a box full of it, but I digress.

            So to say that it is hard for me to pin down my “signature scent” is a bit of an understatement. I have so many favorites and I like them all for so many different reasons. But if I had to choose ONE, one fragrance that I can’t live without, one fragrance that I always have a bottle of, one fragrance that I would grab if the house were burning down and I could only get my hands on ONE, it would have to be Delicious by Gale Hayman Beverly Hills. There are several variations, Golden Delicious, Delicious Cotton Candy, Delicious Amber but it’s the original scent that is the highlight of my perfume collection.

        It was introduced to me in my teen years by a friend of my mother’s, she was the epitome of beauty to me and I wanted to be just like her, look like her, smell like her. When I saw the oblong bottle with the peach colored fragrance topped by a translucent cat lounging lazily on the top it was love at first sniff.

        The actual fragrance itself is feminine. It smells of jasmine and roses but it has a hint of sandalwood, so it’s not a true floral scent, it has a bit of a spicy undertone. Because it was introduced in 1993 it isn’t like the more modern scents in department stores today, it is reminiscent to me of the fragrances my mother and grandmother wore. This is definitely a “grown woman’s” perfume. I think it would be too much for a teenage girl. It is long lasting and it lingers on your clothes. I often am doing my laundry and will come across a shirt that has a trace of the scent still on it. I always get compliments when I wear it and I think it is definitely a dressier scent. It reminds me of Sunday morning church services and Ladies Luncheons.

But the best thing about the fragrance, in my opinion, is the price. It sells for $22.03 for a 3.4oz bottle on Amazon.com. Don’t let the meager amount fool you, this is no cheap smelling perfume. And because it’s such an old scent, it is a little known gem which is great for me because I like to smell distinct. I love fragrances that don’t have a large following.

So there it is, my signature scent. I hope this review was helpful and that you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. I also hoped it inspired you to take a trip down a road less travelled when it comes to your fragrance choices and experiment with some lesser known brands and scents. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you discover.

March Must-Haves

Hey, y’all! I just wanted to do a follow-up blog post (with photos of swatches) to my YouTube video highlighting my absolute FAVE products for the month of March.

Here is a link to the video:

And here are the swatches:

Sephora Rouge Creme Lipstick R06 “It Girl” and Sephora Ultrashine Lipgloss “Shimmery Orange Juice”

Before Lip Color:

After Lipstick and Gloss:

Swatch:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation in “Mocha”:

Love this stuff! I bought it because I was running out of my M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Foundation and I haven’t even replaced it because I love this foundation so much!

Here is a photo of me fresh faced (YIKES!):

And after applying the Revlon foundation:

*I set this with Makeup Forever HD translucent powder since it is colorless and won’t interfere with the color of the foundation.

I was going to put the pictures for the Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches here but I have a separate post showcasing just that palette so it seems more appropriate to put the photos in that one since previously I had no photo swatches. You can view that here.

I also have a swatch of the “Midnight Affair” polish on a polish review post located here.

Can’t really swatch the fix plus, LOL! Anyhoo, these were the products I loved for the month of March. I hope you liked it and let me know if you have used or are using any of these and you love them too. I have a few more reviews coming up soon and also a tutorial and a new edition of “The Bargain Basement”. Stick around and stay FABULOUS!!!!!!

Urban Decay “Naked” Palette Review

I did it! I finally got my hands on the ever elusive Urban Decay “Naked” Palette. The Palette that flies off the shelves and vanishes from websites literally hours upon release.

 I first became interested in this palette after watching a few YouTube videos exalting the merits of this product. I thought to myself I HAVE to have it but one trip to Sephora.com and a few calls to my local Sephoras made that prospect a bleak one. They had none in stock and no idea when they would return. I signed up on the website for an email alert when the product was available, made a wish and a prayer and hoped for the best. So imagine my joy when I checked my email one morning and saw “Sephora Customer Service: UD Palette in stock” in one of the subject lines. But a sister was BROKE!

 I BEGGED my husband to give me his credit card number so I could buy it before it disappears into myth once again but he wouldn’t budge. Secretly, he was planning on buying it himself for my impending birthday later that week (did I mention I love that man?). However his plans were dashed as, within hours, the palette vanished into oblivion. I sunk in defeat as it slipped through my fingers. But I still had one hope to cling to. A quick call to Sephora Fashion Valley revealed that the palette might be in the shipment they would be receiving that Thursday morning and, if it was, they would be more than willing to hold one for me to pick up. Oh happy day!

I waited with bated breath for Thursday to arrive and called the store nearest to me (Sephora Otay Ranch) before it even opened. They had it! It was there! And they would hold one for me provided I could be in to pick it up that day. Nothing and I mean NOTHING was going to keep me from picking that palette up. Not even the fact that I got a tubal sterilization procedure that day and was doped up on a vicodin/valium/ibuprofen cocktail. I actually felt pretty stable so it was no problem for me to go there and I had a friend driving for me so I was safe.

So what was the hullabaloo about? Was the palette worth all that angst? Am I glad I captured it? ON WITH THE REVIEW:

First, let’s start with a photo:

So there it is. The packaging on the palette itself is a chocolate brown felt with gold foil lettering and inside there is a decent sized mirror. The box it came in was plastic and inside is a cardboard insert showcasing the different shadows and how they look outside the palette:

It also comes with a travel sized Urban Decay Prep and Prime Potion located to the right of the Palette in the box. Personally, I could have taken or left this item. I purchased a full size Primer Potion some years ago and just wasn’t that impressed with it. I am a DIE HARD Too Faced Shadow Insurance fan. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stuff. But since it came in the palette I figured “What the heck? Everything deserves a second chance right?”. Well, I am happy to report that I am slowly changing my opinion on the Primer Potion. I am not as enamored with it as I am with the Shadow insurance bit it is definitely a close runner up. I am going to do a side by side comparison of the two primers soon.

So now lets open the palette and look inside. It has a magnetic closure and the mirror is located on the top flap. It contains 12 shades, color names written underneath each shade which I will outline for you from left to right. It also has a Good Karma Shadow brush which I will discuss later.

Virgin– pearlescent off-white, velvet finish

 

 

Sin- frosty light beige with a slight pink undertone, reminiscent of a champagne color

 

 

Naked– matte light brown, slightly ashen, like an ash blonde color

 

 

Sidecar– very shimmery, pale gold color with minute gold flecks

 

 

Buck- matte medium brown, with a beige undertone, not a red-brown

 

 

Half Baked– very true gold, more like a frost than a shimmer

 

 

Smog– very real bronze, metallic in finish

 

 

Dark Horse– One of my favorite colors. Looks like what you would get if you mixed dark brown, olive and grey and added a touch of gold sparkle. A very unique shade

 

 

Toasted– a frosty rose gold

 

 

Hustle– Also a personal favorite, this is a chocolate brown color with a rich, almost burgundy, undertone and a velvet finish. *In my Rick Ross voice* “EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’! EVERYDAY I’M HUSTLIN’!”

 

 

Creep– off black with multicolored sparkles, another gorgeous color. I love a good, sparkly, black color.

 

 

Gunmetal– dark slate grey with a frost finish and silver sparkles.

 

Whew, that’s all of them! My hands are covered in shadow, LOL! This is definitely a must-buy and it works on so many levels for so many different skin-tones. There is literally something for everyone in this palette. From your nominal makeup wearers to the more flamboyant of us, like myself.

Now as for the brush. I have a little bit of attitude about it. The first edition of the Naked Palettes had a double-ended 24/7 liner in the shades “Zero” (black) and “Whiskey” (dark brown). Now if you know anything about the 24/7 liners they are supposed to be very good (most users swear by them) and very expensive, almost $20 a pencil. That’s crazy talk to a person who is accustomed to spending no more than $2 to $5 on a liner and that’s on a generous day. I really wanted the double ended pencil to see if they were all they were cracked up to be so you can imagine my disappointment in finding that they were absent from this edition’s release of the palette and, in place of them, was the Good Karma Brush. I mean the brush is ok but nothing noteworthy in my opinion. It is a VERY stiff medium shadow brush and I find that it works well in applying my M.A.C. reflects glitters because the bristles are so stiff that the glitter just sits right on top of them, they don’t nestle into the brush. So I am getting usage out of the brush but would have preferred the liner seeing as how if I were to go purchase both liner pencils separately, it would put me back about forty bucks. I can imagine my conversation with my husband:

 “Honey, I spent $40 today.”

“WHAT?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE HECK DID YOU GET?”

“Two pencils…….”

O_o……..*blank stare*

So, what is my overall opinion of the palette as a whole? Is it worth the $48 price tag? My answer is an enthusiastic and an emphatic “YES!”. This has become a favorite of mine and I am constantly grabbing it when I do my makeup now. I even keep it in the original plastic box to maintain it’s look (obsessed much?).  I love it. If you can manage to catch one. by the light of the full moon, you should. It is currently sold out on the website, as I am sure it is everywhere else, but don’t let that deterr you. With a little luck and persistence anything you want can be yours, I believe that wholeheartedly. Whether it be this palette or a personal endeavor.

 At any rate I have rambled long enough. I hope this was as entertaining for you to read as it was for me to write. Until next time…….stay gorgeous and fabulous!