Friday, April 24, 2015

Newer, better fragrance reviews!

I adore the perfumes of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, but while I've written reviews, I'm never really satisfied with them.  My skill at communicating what a scent smells like and why pales in comparison to that of my friend ThoraSTooth, which is why I am excited to tell you that she's agreed to let me post her Black Phoenix reviews here on Bubbles & Baubles!

Whether it's general catalog or limited edition, Thora does comprehensive and comprehensible reviews.  Even when a scent has death notes for me and I know it, a review from Thora can make me dream of what could be if my skin got along with rose or my nose with coconut!  So with that in mind, here is her review of Kumiho, a general catalog scent from the Diabolus category:

In the vial this smells bright and citrusy, with a floral overtone. It reminds me somewhat of Embalming Fluid, only less overtly lemony.  On my skin, it starts off bright, all right, with a spike of floral above that tea note.  It reminds me of Iambe and Vampire Tears also.
On drydown/maturity, it becomes much softer.  I love the tea note, but it tends to be fugitive on me.  The soft floral of white ginger lily, though, is one of my favorite notes and I had forgotten until I was frimped it that Kumiho has that note.  It's not as pronounced as in some other blends, but it's there.  There's also a slightly woody note, and the lemon overtones of the tea note have gone away.  The overall effect is a delicate mist of slightly spicy floral wafting around me, the sort of scent you notice more when the wind stirs than when everything is at rest.
I would love to have Kumiho flavored bath products, because it establishes a beautiful but short-lived atmosphere of awesome.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EcoTools Earth Day sale--30% off everything!

press release

EcoTools®, a leader in eco-conscious
beauty products, LOVES EARTH DAY!

We’re known for our renewable, recycled and cruelty-free
materials and we’re celebrating Earth Day with 30% off our
entire site. Enter code EARTHDAY30 at checkout.
*Offer valid 4/22/15 only.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Zoya Earth Day promotion starts tomorrow!

press release

With over 300 shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that Zoya is committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE* formulas, for brand new toxin-free** Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at, follow the instructions below and checkout. Let us do the rest!

1.     Visit and add a minimum of 6 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Minimum 12, maximum 48 for professional accounts.
2.     Apply Code: EARTHLUV and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order - free shipping included!
3.     Complete checkout and you're all set! If you need further instructions (including info for our professional program) on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.

The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish - we assume you're going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.
Offer valid 4/21/15 - 4/28/15 (11:59pm EST)
* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sinful Colors Flight to See

purchased by me

As I said on Monday, your best guide to all of the Sinful Colors displays this spring is this post at Nouveau Cheap.  My second layering polish from the new colors is Flight to See, a purple jelly with pink shimmer and hints of blue duochrome.  Swatches are one coat over one coat of Cult Nails Fetish.

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

Like Sheer Flight, Flight to See is most likely limited edition, and can be found in either the Flight Patterns or Color Burst counter displays at drugstores, or in the large corner end-cap display.  Sinful Colors polishes retail for about $2 plus tax.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ohio Wears Blue April 8, 2015

Wear Blue is a statewide awareness campaign that takes place on the second Wednesday of every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month. Ohioans are encouraged to wear blue that day - to work, to school, to a community event - to show support for preventing child abuse and neglect.

Since my outfit tomorrow will be a navy blue & white tweed jacket and navy pants, I thought I'd also post some blue nail polishes!

Tons more after the jump!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sinful Colors Sheer Flight

purchased by me

Sinful Colors seems to believe that for spring, more is more!  To see what I mean, check out this post at Nouveau Cheap.  Then come on back here for a quick review and swatch of Sheer Flight.

Sheer Flight is a green jelly with a boatload of gold shimmer, and I used one coat over the disappointing Butter London Right as Rain.  Sheer Flight added a depth I thought was absolutely entrancing!

Indoors with flash:

In the sun:

Sheer Flight is probably limited edition, and can be found in either the Flight Patterns or Color Burst counter displays at drugstores, or in the large corner end-cap display.  Sinful Colors polishes retail for about $2 plus tax.