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I haven’t done a beauty post in quite a while, and I wanted to review two products that I picked up at Sephora last week. The first I’ll do today, and it’s the Deluxe Fragrance Sampler for Her. This is a really cool concept. There are 12 sample fragrance vials with an atomizer in the box, and the cost is $50. You try the samples, pick your favorite, and take the enclosed certificate back to the store to redeem for your favorite of the bunch. It was such fun to pull out the booklet, read about each one, and just try things out. Of course, this is made more interesting when your husband used to sell fragrance and has an opinion that is usually pretty different than your own. 🙂

First up, Aquolina Pink sugar. This is completely delightful. You can smell the caramel and marshmallow, and it just felt so homey and comforting. The price point is completely agreeable, too. Overall, it was my second favorite of the group!

Next, Donna Karen’s Cashmere Mist. OK, I can’t stand this fragrance or anything about it. The bottle looks like a drugstore thing to me. It smells too heavy and floral for my taste, and I rank it tenth of 12.

On to Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy. Aside from the fact that all I can picture from this brand is 20-year-olds carrying LV Speedy bags with their Ugg(ly) boots and words on their butts, this actually smells pretty nice. It’s a relatively generic fragrance, but ok. Fell squarely in the middle of my list.

Prada Infusion D’Iris is a scent I don’t understand. The Music Man loves it and, for the life of me, I just can’t figure out the attraction. Maybe he just likes florals more than I do, because it smells like old ladies and moth balls to me. Could just be how it reacts to my chemistry. Shrug. It ranks eleventh for me.

Next up, – Emilio Pucci Vivara Variazioni Acqua 330. Now, I like Pucci, and this smells just like their clothes. Breezy, fresh, cool. Also like their clothes, this fragrance is completely unlike me. Although I liked it, it definitely has a water/soapy smell to it which gives me a headache. If you like those sorts of fragrances, it’s pretty amazing! Tenth over here, but only due to personal preferences.

Kenzo Flower By Kenzo is a head scratcher for me. Like why is there a poppy on the bottle when there isn’t a poppy note in it? Hmm. I also don’t get the attraction here. It has a powdery quality that I don’t love (but then again, I also hated Baby Soft back in the day). I’ll pass.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is beautiful, sells amazingly well, and will probably be around forever. I like it quite a bit, but it smells better just out of the bottle than it does lingering on me. Plus, I like a classic and all but always prefer something a little less well known for myself. Just my preference, but this is fourth for me.

Harajuku Lovers G is so stinking cute. Who could resist that bottle? This fragrance makes me happy. On myself, I smell mostly the coconut, but that’s a smell I really enjoy. Given that it’s fall/winter, I didn’t want to go with that one this time around. Number three on my list.

Michael Kors Very Hollywood leaves me speechless. Hate gardenia. Hate it. Dead last, ’nuff said.

Versace Bright Crystal is beautiful. I know, I know, it’s hard to read that this is a blend of Donnatella’s favorite scents and think that it’s going to be beautiful, but it really is. It came in fourth place for me only because Pink Sugar is so completely wearable and Harajuku Lovers G is so refreshing and tropical, but this is a solid, beautiful fragrance. It definitely feels rich, and I liked wearing it.

But y’all, I have found my Chanel No. 5 in this set. It’s called Stella McCartney Stella Nude, and I am in. love. with. it. It’s hard to explain, and when you look at the notes, it looks strange. Moroccan Rose, Grapefruit, White Peony, Pink Pepper, Precious Vanilla, Grey Amber, and Musk? Yeah, weird. And yet somehow it works. I read all these reviews of it, and they all say that it’s crazy similar to Stella. Well, I tried Stella, and I can’t stand it. Stella Nude is a Sephora exclusive, and it’s just the juice right now, no ancillary products. It’s a really new fragrance, so they may come out with them in time. There’s a holiday gift set that includes a candle, but I think that’s a weird combination (though the fragrance is soft and sensual, so ok maybe). In fact, the first time I put it on I said to the Music Man, “It smells like ME to me, but it might be a little too sexy”. I’ve decided that it isn’t. 🙂

So jazzed that I got that set and got to try all of the fragrances, and of course even more excited that I found a perfect fit for myself. If you have a gift to buy for the holidays or want to try some new scents for yourself, I highly recommend this set. They also have a second set with best sellers, and a deluxe sample set. Love Sephora!

Stay tunes for a review of the Tarte Treasure Chest, $52 with a value of almost $700!

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The PedEgg

Has anyone used this thing? If not, get thee to Walgreens or Target and spend the $10. It’s seriously the best $10 I ever spent. OK, maybe not THE best $10, but I can’t presently think of anything better.

One of the quirks about me is that I’m 5’2″ and have size 9.5 feet. Freakish, no? Add to that years of callouses from playing sports that laugh at pumice and those sandpaper things, and you’ll get a picture of these plates of meat (a little Cockney for you).

I’d seen the crazy PedEgg commercials, and I was skeptical. I mean, who buys “As seen on TV” stuff? Yeah, I was desperate. I purchase said “egg”, schlep it home, and bust it out of it’s industrial strength package. As ElleBee pointed out, it looks as though it would feel like a box grater on your feet, and yeah, it kind of does. Slough lightly.

I set out and spend probably a good hour *ahem* shaving my feet. My three year old is the one who called it shaving, but it’s fairly accurate. Emptying the collection bin is the only relatively gross part, but you’d be shocked at how much skin you can shave off and how easy it is to make your husband empty it by saying “Hey honey, look how GROSS this is”.

Pros: Does a great job getting the ickies off of your feet. Cheap. Pretty good hand feel.

Cons: Can take off more than you want to, causing a little pain if you’re not careful. Difficult to find in some areas.

Overall: Fan-freaking-tastic!

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