LUSH – Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb


Price: $7.75

I’ve always had a thing about constellations, the moon, and the night sky.

This had to be the first.

Hubbygift_2“Shoot for the Stars” was a part of the LUSH “Christmas Bathtime Favorites” set my SO gifted me.

(That’s why it’s covered in miscellaneous glitter and pink powder; they’ve been snuggling all together)

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 5.41.26 PMThis has bergamot and Brazilian orange oil, but it doesn’t smell too citrusy. It had a more toffee-floral scent, if that makes sense. Very small hint of citrus.

It leaves your skin smelling like “Honey I Washed the Kids” and “Honey Bee.”

Watch it go:



Much like Lush Dragon’s Egg, this one goes fast. It spews and gushes blue until it leaves behind three golden stars that melts into pretty glitter goo you can smear on your skin.

I’m sad my lackluster bathroom light tinted the whole shot. Thankfully, even with the yellowish tinge, you can tell how deep the colors are. Deep sea blue.

shootstars2Here’s a color-corrected version, though it still doesn’t do this bomb justice.

In the right bottom corner, you can see the leftover stars.

shootstars3When you smoosh the leftover stars, you get this golden glitter goo that feels just like a rice-powder scrub, grainy and slick.

shootstars4After bath. If you look closely, you can see residue glitter sparkling on the surface.

I hope they release this again. It’s too good not to.

PS: if you have dry skin, don’t skip the lotion after this bomb. Some bath bombs are moisturizing enough for me to go without, but this one will leave your skin dry after awhile. Not too lasting. But the scent lingers.

Lush Christmas Bathtime Favorites Box


Price: $89.95

(currently out of stock)

This was part of a Christmas gift from my SO. He knows how obsessed I am with bathing come winter. I wallow in sweet water and prune myself daily.

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 2.28.08 PMScreen Shot 2018-01-02 at 2.29.57 PMThis was a great assortment of bath treats.

Among these, I’ve used “Golden Wonder” and “Butterbear.”

Hubbygift_1These came wrapped nice and tight with packing peanuts, which I removed for sake of presentation. Smells like heaven.

The bath bombs come separated into two floors. First floor had:

  • Christmas Sweater
  • Butterbear
  • Snow Angel
  • Sherbet Dip
  • Luxury Lush Pud
  • Star Light Star Bright

The only nitpicky thing I have to say about packing is … everything gets mixed up. So your bombs don’t stay pristine; they might get a glitter here and a blue there from tumbling in that big box together.

Hubbygift_2Second floor:

  • Lord of Misrule
  • Shoot for the Stars
  • Never Mind the Ballistics
  • Thundersnow
  • Golden Wonder

A total of eleven amazing bath bombs/oils.

Again, you can see how they rubbed against each other. It’s a wee bit messy. But I’m excited to use everything.

Lush Heavy January Hauls

NuriBox1First off, a dear friend sent me a box of goodies from Japan!

T’was technically supposed to be a Christmas present, but with New Years and all, I finally got my hands on it today.

NuriBox2Items included were… :

  • 3 boxes of Shirukotto cotton
  • 1 Japan Lush Intergalactic box
  • 2 Pokemon Terrarium collectible
  • 4 Kororo Fruit jelly
  • 1 Milky taffy bag
  • 1 Lip balm for extra dry lips

I love everything. N knows me so well. I, in turn, sent her a box of Nexxus hair products, Soap&Glory body scrub, an assortment of masks, and brush cleaner.

Lushbogo1My mini Lush bogo deal also arrived!

  • 2 Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb
  • 2 Saucy Snowcake

And this along with…

HubbyGift1… Hubby’s gift of Christmas Bathtime Favorites Box, I’m set on Lush. At least till June, methinks.

candlehaul1Finally, my $10 deal BBW candles arrived. I bought

  • 1 Lavender Marshmallow
  • 1 White Mint Latte

Love the scent of lavender marshmallow but not so much white mint latte. Ironic, because I assumed vice versa.

LUSH BOGO 1+1 deal seems to be still working, so go take a look if you’ve missed out!

2017 December Empties


Technically, these are empties I’ve been hoarding since October (minus the Rip-Van-Winkle status old makeup items I chucked way before in an attempt to spring clean)

Once again, I listed my empties according to these two categories.. but these are mostly items I’ve saved. Likely, I liked them enough to keep for months!

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2017empties_2December FS/DS Loves!

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (Saves me from flaking skin)
  • Soap&Glory Smoothie Breakfast Scrub (Best body exfoliator. Smells like heaven.)
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara (One of the few mascaras that doesn’t give me panda eyes)
  • L’oreal Hydrafresh Moisturizing Cream (Moisturizer that doesn’t feel greasy or peel when applying makeup)
  • E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack (great sleeping mask)
  • It’s Skin Powder 10 Formula Gf Effector (great essence)

December FS/DS Likes!

  • Etude Hydro Glow on Primer (perfect for glowy makeup. non-greasy)
  • Davines Love Shampoo (unlike other Davines shampoos, the smell is great)
  • Su:m37 Essence (costly but good)
  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo (smells delicious and doesn’t dry my hair out)
  • Maui Moisture Shampoo Hydrate + Shea Butter (hydrating. smells great.)
  • Tata Harper Clarifying Mask (smells great and works as an okay exfoliator)
  • Lush Rose Jam Bath Gel (smells like a confectionary)

Empties Category:

2017empties_3Hair&Body: 3 FS + 4 DS

2017empties_4Skin: 3 FS + 5 DS

2017empties_5Makeup: 2 FS + 3 DS

+ Bonus: Empties from some time in Spring 2017.


Catch96 – Game of Thrones Makeup Brushes (Rose-Gold)


Price: $79.95

(Sale: $39.95)

My SO and I are both big fans of Game of Thrones.

When I saw these brushes on sale, I waved my macbook and yelled I was going to get them and no one can stop me, fire and blood .. but my SO beat me to it. He ordered a set for me and we waited with baited breath.

Shipping took about 2-3 weeks. (I think it ships from China)

GOT_brush_1GOT_brush_2These came wrapped individually in plastic covers.

We got the Rose-Gold Set. They feel heavy, like scepters in your hands.

GOT_brush_7The pouch they came in was kind of meh.

I wonder why they didn’t go full-on gold. The pink rendered the brushes kitschy.

GOT_brush_4The details are drop-dead gorgeous. Each symbol holds the house motto, with the exception of the “Hand of the King” symbol.

  • House Baratheon – Ours is the Fury
  • House Targaryen – Fire and Blood
  • House Martell – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
  • House Stark – Winter is Coming
  • House Lannister – Hear (Me) Roar
  • House Tully – Family, Duty, Honor
  • House Greyjoy – We Do Not Sow

There are a total of 8 brushes in this set. My only regret is the lack of House Tyrell’s golden rose.

GOT_brush_5The set includes (but is not limited to) a flat thick liner brush, tapered blending, flat long packing brush, flat shader, and a blending brush.

Bristles are of decent softness and density … but I don’t think I can ever use them! Too pretty. This set is strictly for display.


Currently, the brushes are on display as such.

The vase is a generic glass vase that I was gifted a million years ago. Stones were purchased from Michaels.

I should have them next to me while I blast through season 7!

The Body Shop – Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter


Price: $16 (on sale: $9.60)

Caroline Hirons turned me to this gem. I’m kinda in love with it.

I have combination skin that runs dry and oily, prone to breakouts–especially with oils. Most cleansing oils don’t work for me; even if there’s one that works, the journey doesn’t seem worth the payoff. (Those breakouts are easy to trigger but hard to exterminate)

This cleansing butter is perfect for those who’s got a love-hate relationship with oils.

camomilebutter_2Here’s the off-white miracle balm that gives in softer than real butter. It …

  • Gets make up off
  • Doesn’t leave a residue
  • Is not drying
  • Is gentle. No breakouts.

It is a bit of a hassle to manage. Your hands should be clean before touching the butter, lest you contaminate the rest.

camomilebutter_3Here’s a teeny red heart. (Cameo: BH Cosmetics Lip Liner in “Retro”) It’s cute but has to go.

Spread a mini dollop of cleansing butter on the teeny heart.

camomilebutter_4The butter melts into a gentle, oily gel when in contact with warm skin.

Rub gently in a circular motion for about a minute then wash off the residue. There will be nothing left behind.

For my evening double cleansing, I use this right after a swipe of Bioderma. Everything goes off and my skin is left moist, not dry.

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$16 might be a tad pricey, but the Body Shop often has promotions like this where everything goes on sale (and free shipping to boot).

I often stock up on 2-3 of these during the sale. That lasts me for half a year or more.


Bath&BodyWorks 3 Wick Candle Haul- August 2017

3wickcandle1B&BW recently had a “Buy-Two-Get-Two-Free” promotion.  Plus they had the $10 off $30 deal going on.

I usually don’t go for candles, but well, “Winter is coming” (despite it being August. It gets cold quickly where I live). Figured some scented ambience would be nice.

3wickcandle3I grabbed Eight candles and paid for four. Here’s what I grabbed:

  • Lavender
  • Midnight Blue Citrus
  • Bergamot
  • Rose Water & Ivy
  • Almond
  • Hot Cocoa & Cream
  • Marshmallow Fireside
  • Pumpkin Cupcake

Spent 30 minutes in the store, sniffing candle covers.

3wickcandle2Tried lighting two so far: Lavender & Midnight Blue Citrus.

They have a mild throw but pleasant calming scents. My favorite scents so far are “Hot Cocoa & Cream, Almond, and Midnight Blue Citrus.”


I’ll be looking for this next year 🙂

3wickcandle4Dancing light

Ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag


Price: $10

Agust2017_3My August Glam Bag. I resubscribed to Ipsy two weeks ago, and this was the first bag I received.

Can’t say I’m wowed. The only reason I resubscribed was because it seemed like they stepped up on the variety of brands… but these are brands I’ve been getting from Ipsy since 2014. Nothing new.

Adorable bag as always.

Agust2017_5Shade of TheBalm shadow/luminizer I got: Kuwakaribisha

Agust2017_4Swatches. Leftmost is Kuwakaribisha, and the rest are individual swatches of the Hikari bronzer. Cute colors!

Agust2017_1I noticed they changed from a pink envelope to a gold one.

Hope September is better.

DIY Lip Palette

selfpalette3Lip samples I’ve accumulated over the months.

The thing with these samples is that I rarely remember to use them. And there’s always one or two colors I’d never use in this lifetime. But they’re so cute with their mini lip brushes and teensy pockets! So I hoard them.

Until months later when I realize I want to declutter.

selfpalette4And declutter I did. Messy, but compact.

I started mixing everything in an “Elf shadow quad pan” (that I sanitized) and heated the bottom with a hair dryer.

Created one sheer lipstick, one lipgloss, one matte-ish lipstick.


From top to bottom:

  • Dior lipstick (Be Dior, Wonderful, Tribale, Smile)
  • Honest Beauty Lip Gloss (Creative Kiss, Dreamy Kiss, Inspired Kiss) + YSL Glossy Stain (Rouge Splash, Onde Rose, Plump Lip)
  • Clinique lipstick (nude pop, punch pop, love pop, cherry pop) + a dab of NARS matte lip pencil (Let’s Go Crazy)

Pretty happy with the outcome. All three are shades I’d use in a heartbeat.


Here’s what I used:

  • Lip card samples
  • Tiny spatula (used the pointy end of a sanitized angle toothbrush)
  • Hairdryer (it will get hot, so do use oven gloves!)
  • ELF empty palette (I got them for less than $1 during their sale)


Have fun mixing & melting.