Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yankee Candle Cinnamon Roll Review & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Yankee Candle

Price: $1.00

Description: Blend of creamy rich frosting and spicy cinnamon

Review:

Pros
  • Icing is very sweet smelling
  • Cinnamon is spicy and sweet smelling
  • Smells very similar to a cinnamon roll
  • Very warm scent
 
Cons
  • Cinnamon is a tad overpowering of the frosting

Yankee Candle Cinnamon Roll

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yankee Candle Apple Cider Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Yankee Candle

Price: $1.00

Description: Hot cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg

Review:

Pros
  • Has a fresh apple scent
  • Spices aren’t overpowering – but add to the apple
  • Great fall scent - smells amazing
 
Cons
  • None!

Yankee Candle Apple Cider

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Seasonal Sensations Vanilla Comfort Candle Review & Photos

Rating: 7/10

Sold: Target

Price: N/A

Description: An 18 oz soy wax blend of toasted vanilla, cinnamon vanilla, and vanilla caramel.

Review:

Pros
  • Three different scents in one candle
  • A whole 18 oz!
  • Will take a while to burn through all of the layers
  • Has soy wax
 
Cons
  • Burns a little dirty sometimes

Seasonal Sensations Vanilla Comfort

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mainstays Pumpkin Spice Candle Review & Photos

Rating: 6/10

Sold: Walmart

Price: I think I only paid $10.00 for this, but I see other Mainstays 20 oz candles are $30.00

Description: A 20 oz. candle that smells of strong spice and pumpkin. A great fall scent!

Review:

Pros
  • A good fall scent
  • Good pumpkin scent
  • 20 oz of wax!
 
Cons
  • I can’t get the candle to not burn dirty :(. It gets soot all over my ceiling.

Mainstays Pumpkin Spice

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mainstays Hazelnut Cream Candle Review & Photos

Rating: 6/10

Sold: Walmart

Price: $1.00 to $3.00

Description: Sweet, creamy vanilla with hazelnut to create sheer warmth

Review:

Pros
  • Small size (3 oz) – good to tell if you want to purchase a bigger size
  • Has a “bakery” scent
  • Smells of strong vanilla with a hint of hazelnut
  • Beautiful caramel color
 
Cons
  • Does not burn clean – leaves soot in air

Mainstays Hazelnut Cream

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Better Homes and Garden Oatmeal Cookie Candle Review & Photos

Rating: 6/10

Sold: Walmart

Price: N/A

Description: 18 oz candle that smells of freshly baked oatmeal cookies

Review:

Pros
  • Large amount of wax for a cheap price
  • Smells amazing
  • Each scent is easily recognizable as an ingredient in oatmeal cookies
  • Comforting scent
 
Cons
  • Does not burn well – burns dirty and leaves black soot in the air

Better Homes and Garden Oatmeal Cookie Candle

Friday, March 25, 2011

Slatkin & Co. Creamy Nutmeg Review & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Bath & Body Works

Price: $17.00 for 14.5 oz

Description: An inviting and warm blend of fresh ground nutmeg, vanilla and pralines atop a base of dark, rich rum

Review:

Pros
  • Creamy and warm scent
  • Does not have a strong nutty scent, but a smooth nutty scent
  • Has a vanilla undertone
 
Cons
  • These candles can be a little on the expensive side

Slatkin & Co. Creamy Nutmeg

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Coco Lime Verbena Review & Photos

Rating: 2/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle – tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: Tart lime, with a splash of coconut and hint of verbena

Review:

Pros
  • Strong scent throw
  • Summery scent
 
Cons
  • Smells a little too much like plants
  • Not a fan of the lime scent
  • I don’t smell any coconut
  • This is definitely one of those scents that… I just don’t like

Candles By Victoria - Coco Lime Verbena

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Snickerdoodle Review & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle – tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description
: A perfect blend of gourmet sugar cookies rolled in cinnamon & sugar

Review:
Pros
  • Strong scent throw
  • Good for kitchen area or any other area
  • Very spicy smelling
  • Cinnamon is very strong
  • Still sweet smelling
  • Warm scent
 
Cons
  • May be a little too strong for some areas of the house
  • Kind of makes me want to eat the candle… :)
Candles By Victoria - Snickerdoodle
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Banana Nut Bread Review & Photos

Rating: 8/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle – tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: Fresh baked bread with banana slices and chopped nuts

Review:

Pros
  • Strong scent throw
  • Good for kitchen area or any other area
  • Very nutty smelling
  • Smell of banana is not overpowered by nutty smell
 
Cons
  • Not sweet smelling, which I usually consider banana bread to smell like
  • Doesn’t have that “warm” scent

Candles By Victoria - Banana Nut Bread

Monday, March 21, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Fresh Baked Bread Review & Photos

Rating: 5/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle – tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: The fresh aroma of hot baked bread straight from the oven!

Review:

Pros
  • Strong scent throw
  • Good for kitchen area
  • Not sweet smelling
 
Cons
  • Smells a little too much like flour
  • Doesn’t really smell like bread to me

Candles By Victoria - Fresh Baked Bread

Sunday, March 20, 2011

MAC Haul!

Mac Haul

Today I took a trip to one of my closest MAC's and I picked up a few things!
First, I had to pick up another Fix+ because I'm almost out of my other one. The second and third things I have been wanting for quite a while. I got Studio Fix Powder and a Mineralized Skinfinish Natural. I'm super excited to try both, and reviews will probably be up in about.. two weeks maybe (just so I can test them out a bit).
Has anybody tried these products? If so, what are your thoughts? :)
Happy hauling everybody!

Candles By Victoria - Sugar Cookies Review & Photos

Rating: 8/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle – tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: Fresh baked sugar cookies, right out of the oven!

Review:

Pros
  • Strong scent throw
  • Very sweet smelling
 
Cons
  • Sugar smelling
  • More sugar, than cookie scent

Candles By Victoria - Sugar Cookies

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Peanut Butter Cookies Review & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: Warm and yummy, right out of the oven!

Review:

Pros
  • very buttery scent
  • has a very warm scent to it
  • strong scent throw
  • very comforting
  • cookie smell

Cons
  • not a strong peanut butter smell

Candles By Victoria - Peanut Butter Cookies

Friday, March 18, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Lei Flowers Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: plumeria, blended with Pikake and other tropical florals

Review:

Pros
  • beautiful maroon color
  • reminds me of the scent some doll had when I was younger
  • not too sweet, just fresh smelling
  • not too overpowering
  • floral scent that I actually enjoy

Cons
  • None!
Candles By Victoria - Lei Flowers
 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Edward Cullen Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Descripton: mixture of sunshine, lilac, and honey

Review:

Pros
  • such a brightening scent
  • lovely yellow color
  • almost smells like warmth
  • great lilac scent
  • very fresh
  • can still smell the honey
  • mood booster
  • great for all rooms

Cons
  • None!

Candles By Victoria - Edward Cullen

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NYC Sunny Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Drugstores

Price: $2.99

Description: Sheer bronze glow

Review:

Pros
  • great for lighter skin tones
  • can be used as bronzer or blush
  • not too dark
  • does not make the face look muddy
  • it's matte - therefore it's great for contour
  • does not over-bronze the face, but rather gives it natural looking shadows and warmth
  • lots of product - has lasted me a very long time
  • outstanding price!

Cons
  • may not be good for darker skin tones

NYC Sunny Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Treasure Island Review & Photos

Rating: 7/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz.

Description: A tropical blend of pineapple, pina colada, mangos, and a splash of coconut milk

Review:

Pros
  • follows description accurately
  • one scent does not overpower the others
  • very fruity smelling
  • good scent throw

Cons
  • Personally, I'm not a fruity candle type so this scent doesn't really attract me

Candles By Victoria - Treasure Island

Monday, March 14, 2011

MAC Blot Powder Review & Photos

Rating: 9/10

Sold: MAC Cosmetics, online

Price
: $23.00

Description: Provides shine control without adding any noticeable color or texture to the face

Review:

Pros
  • acts as transculent powder (shades run light - my shade is medium and I'm NW15 - NW20)
  • does not make the face look cakey
  • good to use midday when t-zone area is shiny
  • takes all the shine away
  • lots of product (.42 oz)
  • will last a long time if only used for touch-ups
  • also great for setting foundation

Cons
  • price could seem a little steep, but I think it's worth it

MAC Blot Powder

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Hawaiian Dream Review & Photos

Rating: 5/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz

Description: blend of fresh tropical fruits with a slight hint of coconut

Review:

Pros
  • very fruity smelling
  • strong scent throw
  • not too overpowering in a room

Cons
  • not really the scent for me
  • for me, too many scents are combined (but that's just my opinon :) )

Candles By Victoria - Hawaiian Dream

Saturday, March 12, 2011

MAC Perfect Topping Mineralized Skinfinish (MSF) Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: MAC Cosmetics, online

Price: $28.00

Description: Shimmery golden beige, with a hint of lavender

Review:

Pros
  • great cheek highlighter!
  • makes the perfect glow on the cheek area
  • does not stand out as an actual color, just a brightener
  • a ton of product

Cons
  • MSFs are always fairly expensive - not sure if it's worth the price

MAC Perfect Topping MSF

Friday, March 11, 2011

Candles By Victoria - Honey I Washed the Youngins (Bathtime with Pooh) Review & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: Candles By Victoria, online

Price: Depends on candle - tart shown is $1.99 for 2 oz.

Description: Crunchy toffee bits with generous drizzles of sweet honey

Review:

Pros
  • great clean smell
  • fresh and energizing
  • good scent throw
  • not too overpowering
  • would be great for a bathroom

Cons
  • None!

Candles By Victoria - Honey I Washed the Youngins

Thursday, March 10, 2011

MAC Blonde Mineralized Skinfinish (MSF) Review, Swatch, & Photos

Rating: 10/10

Sold: MAC Cosmetics, online

Price: $28.00

Description: Soft pink to rose degrade

Review:

Pros
  • not too much shimmer, just a perfect sheen
  • would look great as a highlight for darker skin tones
  • still works great as a highlight for lighter skin tones as long as you use the lighter side
  • swirl all together for a great blush color or contour your cheeks with the lighter shades
  • lots of product, will most likely last me forever
  • perfect color of pink (pictures don't do it justice), almost a light rose

Cons
  • easy to apply too much (but even this isn't much a con!)

MAC Blonde MSF

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Covergirl Simply Powder Foundation Review & Photos

Rating: 7/10

Sold: Drugstores

Price: $5.00 to $7.00

Description: Covers like a liquid, but goes on like a powder.

Review:

Pros
  • good coverage - especially for a powder
  • matte finish
  • standard amount of powder
  • good for t-zone areas
  • also nice for days when you just want to put some powder on - no foundation needed

Cons
  • shade range isn't too great - lightest shade is still a little dark

Covergirl Simply Powder Foundation

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Revlon ColorStay Active Review & Photos

Rating: 6/10

Sold: Drugstores

Price: $11.00 to $13.00

Description: Provides smooth, natural, light coverage that lasts up to 16 hours

Review:
Pros
  • good coverage
  • doesn't make face an oil-slick
  • SPF 25

Cons
  • shades seem very orange toned
  • the lightest shade is not very light
  • feels very thick and sticky
  • harder to blend than most foundations
  • would not consider it to be "light makeup"
  • Revon ColorStay Active

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Review & Photos

    Rating: 8/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $8.00

    Description: Baby-smooth perfection; 14 hour hydration; ideal for dry to normal skin

    Review:

    Pros
    • hydrates the skin
    • light to medium coverage
    • good amount of product
    • does not accentuate dry areas
    • compact packaging
    • doesn't take much product
    • effortless blending

    Cons
    • can make those with oily skin feel a little more oily (I don't actually mind this)
    • horrible color range - no light shades, the lightest is still too dark for me

    Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse

    Sunday, March 6, 2011

    Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Review & Photos

    Rating: 3/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $8.00 to $9.00

    Description: Velvet, matte perfection; air-soft feel; good for normal to oily skin

    Review
    :

    Pros
    • good amount of product
    • packaging is pretty good

    Cons
    • makes face look cakey
    • accentuates dry areas
    • does not cover extremely well
    • face is oily within a couple of hours
    • mousse does not last long on face at all

    Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

    Rimmel Stay Matte Powder Review & Photos

    Rating: 9/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $4.00 to $6.00

    Description: Goes on smooth to even out skintone. Offers a natural, matte finish.

    Review:

    Pros
    • great setting powder
    • completely translucent
    • very slim packaging
    • does not make face look powdery
    • very affordable

    Cons
    • compact can open easily
    • does not keep face matte all day

    Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Covergirl Oil Control Clean Liquid Makeup Review & Photos

    Rating: 7/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $5.00 to $7.00

    Description: Controls oil, while preventing dryness

    Review:

    Pros
    • light to medium, buildable coverage
    • non-sticky after applying
    • dries to smooth finish
    • good shade range
    • cheap and easy to find

    Cons
    • accenuates dry areas
    • can be more difficult to blend

    Covergirl Oil Control Clean Makeup

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    CoverGirl CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer Review & Photos

    Rating: 7/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $5.00 to $8.00

    Description: Lightweight moisturizer with SPF 15 that has a sheer tint of color to help even out skin tone and hydrate the skin

    Review:

    Pros
    • Moisturizes very well
    • SPF 15
    • little coverage
    • gives the skin a noticeably brighter effect
    • does not make the skin extra oily
    • shades that fit anybody
    • 1.35 fl oz - more product than most foundations/ tinted moisturizers
    • great price

    Cons
    • could use a little bit more coverage - If you have an uneven skin tone, I would not recommend this

    CoverGirl CG Smoothers Tinted Moisture

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Revlon PhotoReady Makeup Review, Swatch, & Photos

    Rating: 4/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $10 - $15

    Description: For poreless, airbrushed skin in any light

    Review:

    Pros
    • good coverage
    • pretty good color range

    Cons
    • does not blend easily
    • shimmer in the foundation - makes face look very shimmery (this may just be the color I have - Ivory)
    • extenuates dry areas
    • oily within about 4 hours

    Revlon PhotoReady Makeup

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Rimmel Steel Grey Lasting Finish Pro Review, Swatch, & Photos

    Rating: 7/10

    Sold: Drugstores

    Price: $3.99

    Description: Dark, taupe-y grey

    Review:

    Pros
    • beautiful color, very unique
    • brush applies evenly
    • formula dries quickly - no problems whatsoever
    • amazing price

    Cons
    • Not as opaque as I wish it was - needs about 3 coats to be fully opaque

    Rimmel Steel Grey Lasting Finish Pro