Here Comes the Sun: The Sequal

And now for the arms….

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If you have been following along, you will have seen the results I posted on the Nivea’s Sun-Kissed Radiance Fair to Medium Gradual Tanning Lotion on my post Here Comes The Sun. I figured if my legs were going to have color, then I had probably better apply some to the other limbs that are often exposed too. I applied the lotion three days in a row to try and catch up to my legs a bit and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

It is worth mentioning again that my walls are wood paneled and it makes everything look orange so the results aren’t orange in real life. It’s also difficult to get the lighting conditions to be the same photo to photo.

The underbelly of my arms (the whitest part) now has a nice subtle golden tone where it was super white before and I love how even the color is across the board. I’m still glad I got the light to medium versus the medium to dark version of the lotion. I very much doubt that I would have liked the results as much if I had gone with the darker version.

If you are looking to get ahead of the warm weather and build your sun free tan now, give Nivea’s lotion a try. It’s pretty great.

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Changing Things Up

As you may have noticed, I changed the name of this blog.

When I started this blog, it was the next chapter in a shopping blog I kept on Blogspot called Armoire of a Reverie. Dumb name…I know. I had a descent following on that site. Elizabeth McKay actually followed me. I was finishing up college and had loads of time and energy to put into mixing and matching things that I was wearing. It didn’t hurt that I had loads and loads of clothes back then.

Fast forward five years: I have moved 3 times and have taken on some pretty difficult jobs. With each move, I left things behind and changed what I was wearing to better fit what I was doing. It became exhausting to keep up the parade of outfits and accessories. It was exhausting to pack and unpack all of that mess every time I moved. I’m tired just thinking about packing all of that mess. (I’m still selling stuff, if you’re interested)
Game over.

When I moved to this blog, I intended to focus on my gift for seeking out sales. I am signed up for just about every newsletter out there and I can almost feel it in my bones when a good sale is about to hit. I published notices about sales and posted show and tell pieces after I had shopped the sales myself. This was tough to keep up.

My shopping habits changed in a pretty noticeable way in the past year. Instead of mopping up at every great sale, I would pick up a few staple pieces. Plain stuff. Boring stuff. Bread and butter stuff. Stuff that doesn’t get readers excited. Basically… I got boring.

Sorry I’m not sorry!

I find myself gravitating towards more plain items now. I love items that can be worn with anything and I LOVE being able to grab something simple and not think too much about it. It is a pretty interesting change from what I was into only a few years ago. Layering necklaces and an abundance of color are just not my deal anymore.

So about the name…
What’s the deal?
What is my deal?
What’s the deal with this blog?

I don’t know.
Won’t you stick around to find out?

Here Comes The Sun

I was in high school when Jergens came out with their gradual tanning lotion. It was kind of a big deal. All of us lily white girls bought and used the stuff as we tried to get color before prom. I will never forget the smell and how orange everyone became. Obviously there were some kinks to be worked out. Anyone not using the Jergens method, were getting spray tans and looked equally as orange. We were all new to this and it showed.

It has been about twelve years since I tried, and subsequently ditched, my first tanning lotion. I figured it was time to give it another go. Surely a decade was long enough for improvements to be made.

I recently purchased Nivea’s Sun-Kissed Radiance Fair to Medium Gradual Tanning Lotion and gave it a whirl. I love Nivea products and had high hopes for this lotion and I was not at all disappointed. The lotion feels great, as all Nivea lotions do, and the smell is very mild. But the big question stands: How well does it work?

As you can see by the photo below, this lotion works surprisingly well!

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The photo on the left was taken before the first application. The second photo was taken in the evening after two applications; one the night the first photo was taken and another the following morning. I didn’t realize how effective the lotion was until I put the photographs together. It seems more subtle in person. I’m glad I took the pictures because I probably would have over done it in a hurry with two applications a day. I’m going to dial it back to one application every other day.

My purpose for trying this new tanning lotion was to get a little color on my legs before it’s time to wear skirts and dresses without black stockings. I also want to have some base color before I go to the beach in a couple of months. Ideally I plan to get some real sun on my legs to help deepen the color provided by the lotion. The lotion is great, but I can see how without real sun the lotion will begin to appear orange from use over time.

In summary, I really like the lotion. It provides gradual  and even color, feels great, and doesn’t stink! That is a substancial improvement over the old Jergens product. Nice job Nivea. Two thumbs up!

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FENTY BEAUTY

Rihanna’s beauty line is blowing up in print and online. Her products are so popular that a person has to be stationed next to the display at Sephora to thwart theft. That’s pretty major.

I decided to get a little something from her line for myself and purchased the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer.

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It’s really really pretty y’all.

At only $18.00, this lip gloss much more affordable than the other popular and coveted brands out there. Rhianna has created an extremely desirable product line that is meant for ALL skin tones and she has priced it within reach. Mad respect Rhi Rhi.

WHEN YOUR LIPSTICK IS DISCONTINUED

Doesn’t it seem like as soon as you find the perfect shade of lipstick (or bra), it gets discontinued? That’s basically what happened to me with my favorite Clinique lipstick. My go-to shade was 24 Nearly Violet and I was sad when I went to buy a new tube and they didn’t carry it anymore.

Clinique issued a new shade that’s similar called FA Beauty. I like it fine, but it’s a little bit different. Looking at the photo above you might laugh and think I’m crazy, but they are different. Nearly Violet had a deeper hue and Beauty has a more coral tone. I like both, but I really wish they hadn’t discontinued my favorite color.

FORGET WHITE STRIPS!

I got a little carried away at Target over the weekend and bought a whole line of Crest whitening products. All I really needed was a new tube of toothpaste and I ended up with a new toothbrush, mouthwash and a whitening paste.

I have only been using these products for a couple of days and I’m already noticing a difference and all without the pain and sensitivity that comes with using whitening strips. It’s a nice alternative and brushing and swishing are already part of my morning routine so there are no added steps!

Next time you are in the market for a new tube toothpaste or toothbrush, give these a try. Prepare to be wowed!

URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 BASICS

It has been over a year since I purchased my Bloom palette and I have used all that is left are the more dramatic color. I had been looking for a new basics palette and settled on the Naked2 palette by Urban Decay. I had the original Urban Decay Naked Basics pallet before and enjoyed it but wanted to try something new.

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I picked up this palette at Ulta for $29.00 and had $8.00 in rewards that brought it down to $21.00. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I like it better than the original. The tones are softer and I am able to use all of the colors. They are flat in tone so I punch it up with a little sparkle from what is left of my Tartelette palette.