Products I’m Trying: June 2016

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With all of the great sales going on so far this summer, I couldn’t help but order new products from a few of my favorite stores. I didn’t go too crazy, but I did collect a variety of things that I have already started trying out. These are the few of the products that I’m currently focusing on:

 

Fragrance:
Victoria’s Secret “Victoria” Rollerball Perfume
I ordered this online without smelling it in the store first. I was drawn to the appearance of the full size product that was also part of the Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale, but opted for the smaller version for $10 in case I wasn’t impressed. I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging, and this product nailed it. I am so glad that I bought this scent! The primary scent notes listed on the website for this fragrance included berries (if I remember correctly – the product is now unavailable), so I was afraid that I wouldn’t enjoy this scent because I don’t usually favor fruity notes. However, it’s a very feminine scent that is perfect for this time of year. It doesn’t fall too far into the fresh and clean scent category, and it’s very far from too musky or spicy. It falls right in the middle as a soft, feminine, fruity/floral mix. I’ve been gravitating towards it all week.

Body Care:
Bath & Body Works “World Garden” Collection
I missed this collection entirely when it originally came out around the spring of 2014. During the summer of 2015, I could no longer resist and I started searching online for all 3 of the fine fragrance mists: Morocco Orchid & Pink Amber, Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom, and London Tulips & Raspberry Tea. Since my mists were ultimately ordered from Amazon, the prices were marked up due to being limited edition, so I didn’t get the complete sets. Naturally, I was excited to find out that these scents were returning for Bath & Body Work’s semi-annual sale this summer, and I placed an order for the matching lotions and shower gels. I cannot wait to use all 3 of these fragrances this summer, and to get the full effect of each scent by layering with gel, lotion, and mist. I am a sucker for great smelling florals and this collection is right up my alley. Not to mention, the packaging is gorgeous!

Home Fragrance:
Goose Creek “Confetti Cake” Wax Melt
Like I tend to do with a lot of the products that I try, I ordered this wax melt online without having the chance to smell it first. I have had great luck with Goose Creek products, so I wasn’t worried that I would hate it. I just wasn’t sure what to expect. The scent description for this product mentions notes of red berry, orange, mandarin, and peach, along with whipped butter, vanilla, and sugar. It includes a photo of a piece of cake, so I sort of expected a vanilla cake base with a fruity twist. What I initially picked up on after melting one cube was a strong lemon-lime type note; which makes sense, I guess, due to the citrusy notes included in the description. What it really reminded me of was cereal that I ate as a child, such as Trix or Fruity Pebbles. Like I said, I wasn’t sure of what exactly to expect – but I don’t dislike this scent, even though it’s not the type of vanilla cake scent I favor. It’s still nice, and is actually a really refreshing scent to experience when walking into a room. To me, it’s a very original approach to a foodie, fruity, spring/summer scent and I appreciate that it’s not something I can find anywhere else. On a personal, more sentimental note, Confetti Cake was a cute option to have on hand because of all the celebrating I’ve been doing this month for graduations, birthdays, holidays, etc. It’s been very seasonally appropriate!

Makeup:
Kat Von D “Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad” in Plum
I have not tried this eyeshadow out on my eyes yet, but excellent reviews forced me to add this quad to my Sephora order a couple of weeks ago. I will say that the look and feel of these shadows is great! Purple is my favorite color, so I may be biased here. However, I don’t doubt that this product will be something I enjoy wearing throughout the summer. I think what is holding me back is that I associate a deep purple or plum eye look with fall, and in the summer months I prefer lighter and brighter makeup looks. With that being said, I will push myself out of my comfort zone and try this product – and not just for swatches!

Honorable Mention:
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I feel as though I’ve seen the light. I’ve been aware of all of the hype surrounding the Beauty Blender for a while now, but I figured it couldn’t be all that much better than using brushes. I think I was wrong. Rather than splurge on a Beauty Blender, I heard about the Real Techniques sponge as a dupe and ordered it for around $7 from Amazon. The first time I used it, I was using the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation and was taken aback by how much better it sat on my skin when using a sponge application rather than a brush. I am still getting the hang of this technique and trying to figure out the best way to use this sponge, and I haven’t completely dismissed my brushes yet. For some foundations, it works better to apply it first with a brush, and then soften it up with the Real Techniques sponge. Either way, it’s safe to say I am extremely pleased with this purchase and that so far, it has exceeded my expectations.