Scents & Suds

MiN New York a masquerade on Tuesday celebrating the launch of FATE by Amouage Perfumes.


I loved the shop’s vintage decorations. They very much reminded me of Sleep No More.


Despite my bias against perfumes (preferring perfume oils), I was pleasantly surprised by the men and women’s version of FATE. I didn’t get the blast of alcohol smell, which was awesome. The top note of the women’s floral reminded me of a bouquet.

New York has such neat shoppes!

Today I came home to discover a surprise Birchbox!


My subscription ran out in March, so this was an extra surprise. I had received an email from Birchbox apologizing for not delivering the March box and sending a consolation, and assumed it was a wrongly addressed email.



Thank you Birchbox for the slew of goodies: amika Obliphica Hair Treatment, Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS, COOLA Cucumber Moisturizer, and Cargo Lip Gloss.

My favorite is the extra find, a Pilot Acrobal pen.


It wrote in super smooth pink ink!
I love it!

It made me miss Lost Crates. I hope they come back.

Thank you Birchbox for this box of cheer!


Surprise! What greeted me in the mailbox today was a thank you gift from January’s campaign. It’s a hot pink lip tar from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, aptly named January Rising.

I don’t usually wear makeup, but I decided to try it out anyways.


It was shockingly bright on me.

Thank you January! Hope everything goes well.

After a oppressively gray winter, I was craving seriously craving some color.

Zoya nail polishes

To spruce up, I ordered some nail polish from Zoya.

Not only was I super intrigued by the happy yellow of Darcy and the spunky seafoam of Neely, (I was less excited about Blaze), Zoya had their Earth Day sale, which made everything awesomely half-priced.

When the package arrived, I jumped on Darcy.

Oh Yea

I felt pretty friggin’ sweet with bright yellow nails.

Though, when I laid down the first coat, I was at shocked at how streaky the formula was. It was a little gross. I couldn’t get anywhere near the smoothness in the photographs I saw online.


This was probably the first time I actually bought nail polish. I own two other beloved colors, like the awesome emerald from color club, but they were all given to me one way or another. This was fun. I might get more in the future.


How is this sooo goood?

I’m now pressing my nostrils on my wrist, trying to draw in all of the spiced vanilla scent of the famed Storyville. This perfume oil masterpiece is an extremely rare and discontinued blend, fetching well over hundreds of dollars for a measly 5mL. I’m INCREDIBLY fortunate that I got the change try it. I was surprised by its gentleness, since vanilla usually hits me like an explosion. Storyville was stunning.


Thank you so much Becca for gifting me the sample!!! You made me EXTREMELY HAPPY.

I came home to find an amazing gift from Birgitte! I’m sooo happy at the moment!


First of all, she wrote a lovely card that said “Greetings”. It was perfect for me.

Her package included a packet of tea and four vials of Possets perfume:

Lovechild – Sweetbaby

Vanilla concentrated with lavender and amber

Lovechild – Meltbaby

Cherry, coconut, and rose. What a wonderful combination to which [Fabienne] added a bit of extra secret wonderfulness.

Xmas in New Orleans

A creamy thick white-flower floral that is, paradoxically enough, the essence of winter

Love on My Tongue

Fetching and unusual, a snow and strawberry blend

My favorites are Xmas in New Orleans and Love on My Tongue. Xmas in New Orleans was a light, clean rapture of flowers, blooming in the air. Sadly, it’s incredibly fleeting on me. Like the little match girl who lit the entire box of matches out of desperation, a part of me want to just douse myself with the entire vial. Love on My Tongue smelled like Strawberry Sour Punch Straws, just without the sour. It’s very reminiscent of my favorite candy. I can’t stop sniffing my wrists! It is soooo gooood.

Love on My Tongue

Thank you so much!!!


I got this awesome Wild Cactus mini-nail polish from the February Birchbox and painted my nails.

Remember the last two times I said was going to cancel? That totally didn’t happen.

Instead I continued to re-subscribe every month, because I just love getting stuff in the mail.

I don’t wear makeup, so a lot of the Birchbox items don’t appeal to me. However, they’ve been good at giving me things I’d actually use, like shampoo and sunscreen.

For February, I got samples of Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Squares (tasty), Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (useless for me), Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (smells amazing), Juicy Couture Couture La La (grooooss), and Color Club Fiesta Collection in Wild Cactus (favorite of the lot).

I very rarely paint my nails. Usually, after a couple of minutes of painted nails, I get the incessant itch to scratch off the polish because the color would look hideous to me. Thus, I was super skeptical upon receiving Wild Cactus. This lovely emerald surprised me. It made me feel awesome.

It now rests as my second favorite nail polish, with the first being my Wet n’ Wild from a super sweet friend.

I love surprises in the mail. When I subscribed to Lost Crates, I enjoyed “forgetting” my quarterly subscriptions and finding a lovely box of stationery in my mailbox every few months. Well, I thought I had cancelled my Birchbox subscription in October, but evidently not.


Here’s an November Birchbox!

The joy of trying out new samples trumped any irk I might’ve felt for not cancelling. Here’s what I got:

Chuao Chocolatier Assorted ChocoPod
I thought my snack was going to be a potato chip smothered with chocolate. Nope! It was a delicious blend of chocolate and potato chip powder, into a crunchy treat (similar in texture to the innards of a KitKat bar).
Chuao Chip

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector
The product has a silky texture. I don’t think I’m going to be using it much.
Skin Vanish Corrector

stila all over shimmer liquid luminizer try-me-set
Perhaps I was expecting face glitter, but I saw no difference with this on. Also, no one’s skin “shimmers” naturally. I’m not a fan of processed beauty.
Stila Shimmer Liquid

Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Petite Cologne Absolue
The Rose Anonyme perfume sample came with a stunning film noir photo-card. Unfortunately, the scent was not as stunning. My skin is not a fan of incense, oud, and patchouli. All I got was wafts of not-so-good dried, spiced herb smell. Despite not behaving well on its own, it layered quite nicely with Blood Bath by Delightful Rot.
Rose Anonyme

Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray Travel Size
I now finally know how people get their hair to stay in awkward configurations! It’s all about the hair spray! I’ve never used hairspray before, and this one was a pretty good experience.
Oscar Hair Spray

As I said before, I’m not quite a part of Birchbox’s target demographic. Being surprised by this box was super fun, but I finally decided to cancel (for real this time). Thanks for the good time, Birchbox!