I’ve recently gotten into indie bath and body products. I wrote about my first experiences trying them as part of my January Beauty Favorites post and I was so impressed that I wanted to try more. I bought quite a few Alchemic Muse products as Christmas gifts and they all looked so nice that I had to buy some for myself. Alchemic Muse is a good indie brand to start with because she keeps a lot of stock (so there’s no mad rush to buy things before someone else does) and her turn around time is so fast (I placed a few orders and they all shipped either the same day or first thing the next day). The prices are reasonable and so is her shipping- she ships in flat rate boxes so you can get a lot of items before it kicks you into the next shipping tier. I stocked up on a bunch of products that seemed too good to live without- the Cream Soap, Body Whip, and Foaming Body Scrub, and I received a few Perfume Oil samples to try. Here is my full Alchemic Muse review.
My January beauty favorites included a couple of brands that were new to me as well as one that I love. I’ve heard so many great things about indie bath and body products but I only got around to trying some recently. I was gifted a couple of indie products to try and I’ve fallen in love. I can see why indie products are an addiction, I already want so many more things! Two of my gifts have made this list in addition to an older lipstick that I’ve been getting a lot of use out of lately. My January beauty favorites were pretty easy to pick, they’re all products I can’t live without this month: Altitude Soap’s Sleepy Peppermint Whipped Soap, Cocoa Pink’s Ginger Crème Brûlée Perfume Oil, and NARS’ Schiap Lipstick.
My November beauty favorites signify a pretty significant change to my routine from previous months. Now that the weather is finally getting cooler, my beauty routine has changed quite a bit. Unlike the warmer months where I was all about playing around with new makeup shades, right now I’m focusing on keeping my look simple. I’m all about berry shades for makeup and nails and I’ve been craving scents that smell warmer and a little spicy. I’ve also been using everything I can to combat hair static caused by heaters and sweaters. My November beauty favorites were Essie’s Recessionista, Dior’s Hypnotic Poison, and Josie Maran’s Argan Oil.
I like to rotate the perfumes I wear pretty regularly so it can take a while to use up a bottle. I used to buy the biggest sizes I could because they were generally a better deal but now I buy smaller sizes so I can try them out. If I love it and wear it all the time I can always buy another bottle. If I don’t like it as much as my other perfumes, I’m not stuck with a bottle that will take me years to finish. That’s why I really like perfume minis. They’re a great way to try a scent and the little bottles look so cute on my dresser. I’ve received a few Atelier Cologne samples and really liked them so I picked up a couple of their mini perfumes to try: Orange Sanguine, Vanille Insensee, and Rose Anonyme.
I’ve always loved the idea of a signature scent, something that suits me well and a fragrance that others can associate with me. But there are so many nice perfumes out there, it’s hard to stick with just one! Although I did strictly use Fantasy by Britney Spears for quite a few years (I still love it during the summer), now I tend to buy lots of different perfumes in the same scent family. I’ve found that I’m mostly drawn to sweet, vanilla-based scents and I hate anything floral. I like spicier vanillas during the winter and fruitier vanillas for summer. I recently discovered Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot and it is perfect for warm weather.
I’ve written before about my disdain for subscription boxes. There are a few exceptions (like Julep and Graze), but for the most part I hate the disappointment and feeling that I should have spent my money on something I actually wanted instead of a surprise box of samples. I can be pretty picky but I do like trying new products. When I saw that Birchbox was collaborating with Cupcakes and Cashmere for the May 2015 box, I decided to try it out. I’ve been a fan of Emily’s for awhile (Cupcakes and Cashmere was the first blog I started reading regularly) and Stacie had tried Birchbox before and liked it so it seemed fitting that I try the Birchbox + Cupcakes and Cashmere collaboration.