Wow, barely even started and I'm already a bad blogger! Well, it's a good thing I have a bunch of pictures of pretty products! Woo, try saying that five times fast!
Yeah, so because I have absolutely no self-control, I broke my self-imposed no-buy and pounced on a few new products. To be fair, part of it was because I found a couple of items for a friend for Christmas. But I wouldn't give my friend things I haven't tried myself. What if they suck? Ok, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
One of the beauty products my friend E (that's what I'll be calling her) loves is a good lip scrub. She tends to buy the mint julep scrub from Lush, but always complained that it never came with a scoop or something so that she could apply the product without sticking her fingers in the pot. Even though I have another idea for what to get her (shhh, it's a surprise!), I still decided to look around and see if I could find her an alternative. Now, I love Lush as much as the next person, but I thought looking on Etsy for something from a small, independent seller might be a good way of making all of E's dreams come true (well, at least for that) and helping out an up-and-coming business.
This led me to Spectrum Cosmetics, who had the most awesome alternative to those cumbersome scrub pots: lip scrubs in a tube! Apply just like lip balm and rinse off until you reach the desired affect. Even though I did see other products like this on Etsy, I decided to explore this particular store. I think it was just because I like the packaging, the big variety of products (from eyeshadows to men's cologne), and let's be honest, I was curious about the flavors Erica, the shop's owner, chose for the lip scrubs. I ended up buying three scrubs (two for E, one for me--what?) and a lip gloss in this gorgeous gilded coral that I absolutely HAD to try. The package came about a week or so later, which is very good TAT to me. And the presentation was amazing! I'm not a person who gets too hung up on how the products come shipped to me. As long as they are protected from damage en route, that's all I care about. And Erica ensured that, as well as adding a cute handwritten note and an eyeshadow sample. I am nuts for samples (who isn't?) and so this scored some major points with me, as well as being a good tactic to get me to try something other than her lip products. So, here is what I bought below:
I've already tried some of the products and overall I'm very pleased. I've already used the lip scrub I got for myself and, when I pair it with my Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm, it works like a dream and my lips are super-soft and smooth. The best part? The flavor I got for myself, lemonade, tastes fantastic! And it works just beautifully, exfoliating my lips and smoothing them out, especially when I pair it with my Jouer lip conditioner, or my Maybelline Baby Lips balm. The other product I've had time to sample extensively was the coral lipgloss. Now, I bought this particular gloss because the photo on the site made it look gilded and gorgeous. In real life...well, not so much. Don't get me wrong, it is lovely, it's just not as pigmented as I had hoped. I think it's just because my lips are very pigmented in their own right, so the color wouldn't show up as much as I would like. Here's a shot of how it looks on me:
In the end, I still love this gloss and I think it works well as a wearable, daytime, for-the-office shade, as well as a layering shade to add depth to other colors. Also, it's incredibly smooth and not sticky at all, which makes this one of the more comfortable glosses I own. Absolutely lovely, makes me want to try some of her other glosses.
The final thing in the Spectrum package was a sample of Serenity, a beautiful green eyeshadow. I haven't had a chance to try it out, but I'll post pics up when I do! Overall, I really like this company and will probably buy from them again. I'm dying to try their eyeshadows and I will need to replace my lip scrub when it runs out! Also, Erica, the owner, ships very quickly and seems to understand the little touches necessary to make a package really special. I seriously enjoyed the note she threw in as it was sweet and promised all sorts of surprises!
When I give E her entire gift (pics to come when it's complete!) I'm definitely slipping in the business card for Spectrum!