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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This, That & Other Stuff Vol. 8 | Valentine Edition

This That & Other Stuff Valentine Edition::: press sample / affiliate links :::

You know what February means... Groundhog day! Okay, not what I was going for, but it does come up this month too (today, actually.) What I had in mind was Valentine's Day. The day of everything red and pink and half dressed, bow and arrow wielding babies. Kind of. I have a selection of the former (the red and pink bits that is) that are perfect for anyone you'd like to make your valentine. Read on for a closer look!

L'Occitane Delightful Rose Shea Hugs & Kisses Duo

What says Valentine's more than pink and roses? L'Occitane serves up both in the super cute Soledad Delightful Rose Hugs & Kisses Duo. The duo consists of rose shea hand cream (30 ml) and rose shea lip balm (12 ml) in tubes with illustrations by Soledad Bravi. The set is not only cute, but very useful as the shea butter formula is super hydrating and has a soft, sweet rose scent.

Avon Ultra Sexy Heart eau de toilette

Scents are always popular options on the day of love, and Avon is all in with a new version of their Ultra Sexy fragrance. Ultra Sexy Heart is a gourmand floral that incorporated maraschino cherries, chocolate marshmallows and rose for a sweet (but not overly so) scent. The main notes are rounded out with top notes of mandarin, and blackberry, middle notes of  red rose petals, jasmine petals, and vanilla-orchid, with base notes of chocolate marshmallow, benzoin, and Australian sandalwood oil. I thought the scent sounded a little odd, but it really works. The scent isn't heavy, and has a freshness to it that makes is easy to wear for day or evening. Plus, the pink bottle with heart accent and heart printed box makes it perfect valentine for gifting.

Avon CZ Elegance Giftset

Diamonds might just be a girl's best friend, but not everyone is made of that kind of cash. When done right, CZ's can be an okay stand in for the real thing. The Avon CZ Elegance Necklace and Earring Gift Set may not be the real deal, but these stones sparkle like crazy! A photograph really doesn't do them justice, as they flare and sparkle as well as any real stone can. The studs are a nice size (they're not too large) and a sparkly tiered pendant on a 16 1/2" chain with 3 1/2" extender.

Hard Candy top 10 Eyeshadow Pinking of You

If you have a younger beauty fan in your life, the Hard Candy (available at Wal-Mart) Top Ten Eyeshadow Palette in Pinking of You is a great option. The palette is filled with a selection of silvers and pinky-lavender hues. The bulk of which are pretty shimmery and frosty, with some of the pinks looking pretty similar, but the pigmentation is pretty good and the formula blends easily.

Hard Candy Eye Def i Eye-Lac and Nail polish in Crush on Pink (2)


If glitter is close to your heart, the Heard Candy Eye Def Metallic Eyeshadow in Eye-Lac is for you. The cream shadow has a budge-proof, stay all day formula and a pink-kissed lavender hue that happens to be packed with silver glitter. I wish the glitter was finer (more like shimmer) as it's a bit too intense ofr my liking.

I do happen to be smitten with the hard Candy Crushed Chromes Nail Colour in Crush on Pink though. Hard Candy has always done polish well and this shade is no exception. Crush on Pink is a pink-gold foil with a golden glow. Two coats give you full opacity and a really shiny, durable-feeling finish. I need to find the rest of these shades asap!

Sephora Nylon Paddle Brush Got 2b Sexy Volume Hairspray

A bit of pink is never a bad idea, especially on Valentine's day, and your hair products shouldn't be left out of the fun. Sephora Collection has you covered with their Style brush range. The range features assorted brush styles available in both black and a vivid pink shade they call Rose Quartz. I have the paddle brush, that is perfect for all hair types and textures. It's large, but lightweight and massages the scalp as you brush. Plus, the pink shade is pretty cute.

Styling foes pink (again) with Got 2b Sexy Voluptuous Volume Hairspray housed in a metallic pink can. The hairspray works double duty to set your style in place without weighing it down, and can also be used as a root spray for longer lasting volume. I love Got 2b hairsprays in general, and this one doesn't disappoint.

Are you a fan of Valentine's Day? Would you like to gift or get any of these items?