Beauty By Krystal: September 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pacifica Spray Perfume - Island Vanilla

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I have a huge perfume collection, well, more like a collection of mini perfume samples, and I have been working hard to use them all up so I've been switching up scents every day. Because of this, I've only had a few go-to scents that I wear more often than others, one of them is the Pacifica Spray Perfume in Island Vanilla, which actually lives in my purse. I love this scent, especially during the warmer months. I'm no good at scent descriptions, so here's what says:

Inspired by the unique magic of Tahitian vanilla, this sensual blend sets sweet and sultry vanilla absolute, with honey-jasmine notes and a touch of fruitiness, against a deep and beautiful base of tea.
Fun, fresh and fantastic, Pacifica Spray Perfume is made with natural, pure grain alcohol (corn-sourced and gluten-free) and Pacifica's signature perfume blends with essential and natural oils. Icy and mysterious in Island Vanilla, it's sexy, easy to wear and lovely to layer!

This has been the scent I reach for on super hot days where I throw my hair up in a bun, slip into a sun dress and grab for my flip flops - um, that's almost every day here in the sunny Bay Area of CA! Island Vanilla is sweet. feminine and really gets you in the mood to sun bathe ;)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

ELF St. Lucia vs. NARS Orgasm & Laguna

Make your guess now!
Which side is ELF and which is NARS?
(keep reading to find the answer!)

I recently picked up the ELF blush/bronzer duo, which is now renamed St. Lucia, from Target because a lot of readers said it is very comparable to the NARS Orgasm and Laguna duo. Since I already owned the two NARS shades, I thought it would be fun to do a product comparison. I'm a long time fan of ELF products, and I enjoy my two NARS products as well.

Based on looks, the shades look completely different. Orgasm looks darker and golder than the blush in the ELF St. Lucia duo. Laguna looks lighter, tawnier and more shimmery than the bronzer in the ELF St. Lucia duo.

When swatched the shades still look very different. Orgasm came off pinker and shimmery-er than the blush in the ELF St. Lucia duo, which came off as a deeper pink and much less shimmer than expected from looking at the pan. Laguna came off lighter and shimmery-er than the bronzer in the ELF St. Lucia duo, which came off as a deep milk chocolate shade with very minimal shimmer.

When worn the blushes look nearly the same, Orgasm is much more pigmented needing only one application and some blending out, while the blush from the ELF St. Lucia duo needed a few applications and light handed blending as it is very lightweight and needs more of a pressing application than a brush-on approach. Orgasm had the pink tone with golden sheen, while the blush from the ELF St. Lucia duo was just pink and lost that slight gold shimmer. The bronzer from the ELF St. Lucia duo was much more pigmented than Laguna, it only needed one application and a whole lot of blending, there was no shimmer. Laguna applied pretty light in comparison, it needed a few good applications and some light blending, it had a moderate sheen to it.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Scrub

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Ever since Beauty Army exposed me to Indie Lee's The Body Scrub, I've been pretty obsessed with exfoliating my body - this is very new to me as I never really thought to exfoliate my entire body. I've only ever exfoliated my legs and arms, but it actually does make a huge difference when you "sloth" off the dead skin cells on your entire body, makes me feel smooth, soft and feminine! As a full time, stay at home mother of two little children, any type of pampering that can multi-task at making me feel feminine and womanly is much needed and highly appreciated. Although I enjoyed the scent and feel of the Indie Lee Body Scrub, it is kind of pricey at $40 for 12oz. of product. I've recently been using the Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub which is $28 for 13oz., much more affordable for me.

The Kona Coffee & Sugar Scrub is my favorite shower item at the moment. I love the awakening coffee scent, I'm a big coffee fan so this just hits the scent-spot. The exfoliating sugar and salt granules are large and gritty, just how I like it. They simultaneously massage and smooth the skin, I especially love using this scrub on my legs before shaving because it aids in getting the closest shave while keeping my conditioned. I pretty much love everything about this scrub, and I plan on making this a staple shower product for years!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix (swatches only)

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Here are swatches of the Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix, I include this in my Products Of The Week (9/1/12) video, so please check that out for my review. I do not want to live without this product!! It's amazing, I love it and it really works! See it featured in my Perfect Skin video too!