Friday, September 04, 2009

Gifted: Origins and Sonia Rykiel

What is all kinds of lovely, is wrapped beautifully, and smells of rose and tiare? Two new gifts of course! I'm so blessed to have friends and family that appreciate (and likewise have an appreciation for) the passion for beauty products. I was shocked to receive a call from my cousin who told me that she had a kit of body products from Origins known as Shedonism. Shedo-what? I needn't wonder another day, before she met me for coffee and plopped a box full of the most amazingly warm-yet-subtle-yet-island-scented items before me. As we munched our way through macarons and lunch (to DIE for, those macarons), I couldn't help but wonder if she'd need to use the restroom or take a call, so I could open up the roll-on oil and douse myself in it again. Not only was there a perfume oil, but also a body lotion, shower gel, and candle. It's perfectly non-offensive mixed with other fragrances, but wonderful all on its own. If you can get your hands on this stuff, by all means stockpile!

So I get home, open my mail box and there lies yet another surprise. Two in one day? Too much (but not too much--you know, I'm not complaining here)! This one I tear open--nobody was around, giving me the chance to be a bit shameless--to find something that I have only read and dreamed about. Hand-carried back from Japan, my girlfriend sent the item from Hawai`i--and that item: Sonia Rykiel's Sublime Lipstick in shade 14. This has started a huge problem--I now want every lipstick from this line, regardless of the color. The smell is divine--like a lightly moisturized rose garden (no idea what that is, but I can imagine it), and the wear is so moisturizing and indulgent. It reminds me of YSL's Rouge Volupte formula, but in the typical size of a lipstick.

Along with the lipstick came a mirror/keychain, and a foundation/powder sample. Now this is where American companies need to step their game up--we never get anywhere near this kind of swag with the purchase of a lipstick! Every other country in the world is doing it...why can't we?

I'm just so thankful. These items have kept a smile on my face through what has been a non-stop work week of hell.

On a side note, I began my 10 day (I think...I have a tendency to extend the dates) detox this morning. It's the Master Cleanse, and I have made it an annual thing for the past four or five years now. It's so refreshing to press reset on our bodies, and although this way is a bit of a sacrifice, well..I like sacrifice. I love being in the kitchen, so it's never really a whiz to complete, but I know there are great things to come back to when I'm finished.

Is anyone with me on the detox (perhaps modified)? What has been your experience with Origins and Sonia Rykiel products?


Krystallia said...

I havent tried either of this brands but the lipstick looks gorgeous :))I would also try Origins too..Isnt it wonderful to receive packages?Makes your whole day!!

fantastic said...

@krystallia: it really does! I think that's why I ought to order online more....right?! ;)

Tali said...

The lipstick is soo gorgeous! I wish i didnt see it because now im going to google Sonia Rykiel!!
Good luck on your cleanse.. hope you dont get any headaches!! (And woah 10 days?.. i was thinking 4!)

Sophie Schaaf said...

Don't feel left out on the whole swag situation, here in NZ we never get anything free not even with magazines. I lie... I do remember getting a tiny Chanel mascara once a long time ago.

I've never done the master cleanse... would love to try it, let me know where to begin and I'll come along for the ride :)

fantastic said...

@sophie schaaf: we need our mags and companies to listen up! Are there blogger events there?

The can easily google it & find the proportions, ingredients, etc. Today is day 2 for me...but I would love to have you join in!

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