Friday, November 27, 2009

Peace Out With a Cold Weather Staple

For the next couple of months, I'll have the fireplace roaring daily and you can find me wrapped in a Snuggie on the couch. It's that cold. We've been having windstorms throughout the night, and sometimes I wake up in the early hours, thinking I'm in some sort of Halloween movie gone wrong. It's the sounds--they're creeky and loud, and with my 3am reasoning, it makes me wonder if the house will just split or topple over.

Since cold weather typically means long sleeved shirts and thermal underwear (hey, I get chills even in 80 degree weather--you can imagine what I go through now), to me that means slapping on some extra body moisturizer. Just because it's all covered up now, doesn't mean it'll never resurface--and if come April, your legs look like ashy abandoned poles, you'll have no one to blame but yourself after reading about this new fave.

Introducing, Vaseline Intensive Rescue Clinical Therapy Skin Protectant Body Lotion. What a mouthful. But that's neither here nor there, as all of my other moisturizers have been kicked to the curb. Over a Vaseline product? Yes. This penetrates deeper than a body butter, with zero mess. It soaks right into the skin, and even at eight hours later, the effect remains. Although it claims to be unscented, I think it has one of the most pleasant airy scents that I've come across in some time. The sort that won't mix disgustingly with perfume or body sprays. Of course, being the girl that I am, I still apply coconut oil as soon as my shower head has been shut off--but on the off chance that I forgot to do that, this lotion did its job. Not only is it inexpensive, but a few bottles of this will clear you right through Spring with skin that you can be proud of!

Another indoor/rainy day project? Nail painting. Thanks to a little shipment from 8ty8beauty, I've been able to collect a few shades that I couldn't get my hands on at the local beauty shops. They sell China Glaze, OPI, and a few other brands for a huge fraction of the retail price. I'm saying never again to $8 polish. Well, at least $8 polish that I can otherwise purchase for $2 on this site. Check out FYI from the OMG Hologram Collection (China Glaze).

Check the pointer and pinky finger. Still doesn't
do the polish justice.

Scrangie's images catch the holo effect much better than mine do. It reminds me of Minx, but at a much better price--say, three dollars-ish?

These three are the hologram polishes that I settled on. I have to admit, I'll probably be back for the rest. They're sort of addictive in a non-chunky glitter, shiny kind of way.


Non-beauty related, this is the Mr. and I's first Christmas as a married couple. Since today is the day after Thanksgiving (aka. crazy person shopping day), I'm feeling that we'll need to get on a Christmas tree hunt pretty soon. I don't have a huge array of Christmas ornaments, as I've always left that up to my mum--but for the last few weeks, I've been on a bit of a Christmas ornament buying craze. I'll feature them from time to time, as they each have a reason for belonging on the new tree :)

First up is a thin peace sign. I remember wearing peace signs on black leather cords around my neck when I was in Junior High. I guess I've never fully recovered from the desire to welcome peace.

How do you decorate for the Holidays? Are you one for Minx-ish type nails?


Pyxiee said...

I have used 8ty8Beauty before and was really impressed. I only purchased China Glaze but I really want to try Opi. I love FYI. Gosh have some Holographic ones I think I might swatch next time =) x

fantastic said...

@pyxiee: we don't get GOSH here..but i'm thinking that the next time I'm in Canada, I'll have a look at the rest of their polish line. The OPI is a great deal on the site!

Pyxiee said...

Oooh. Well if you ever fancy a swap I can send you some =) x

tina_mbc said...

Wow, a product that works better than a body butter AND is unscented??? *Passes out on the floor*! Lol! :)
That sounds like a winner product!
Veery intrigued!
But I hope that the couple of body butters that I haven't finished yet aaaand the monoi oil that I plan on getting should do the trick for now...(or I 'm trying to not want another product that's probably not available here)! Lol!
I feel you about the cold by the the crisp air, but hate cold hands and feet all the time!

The nail polishes are absolutely gooorge! Love holographic nail polish too!

Hope you have a great Christmas this year! Please post a photo of your tree, I bet it's gonna be really pretty!
Mine will be having many toy-like ornaments, I like when trees remind me of childhood christmases! :)


ladyb said...

those polishes look amazing - I need to check out that site. :)

I'm still love my vaeline coco gel outta the shower too :) but that review looks like a winner!

I'm really looking forward to the ornament posts - decorating is my second favorite part of the holidays (food is always # 1) :)

Tali said...

1. I am loving using the vaseline products at the moment. They are saving my winter skin and they just prove that sometimes old classic brands are really the best! (And cheapest!)

2. The nail varnish in the photo is to die for. Love the way you captured some of the holographic effect of it. It compiments you skin color very well!1

3. Keep up the ornament posts but like tina I want to see the FULL TREE at some point!!


Music said...

I would be interested to see the fully decorated tree when you're done.

I'm still in the midst of relocating to another country, so looks like I might not have a tree this year... :(

fantastic said...

@pyxiee: ok, maybe post holiday time?

@tina: yes, it really & truly penetrates that well! I too was shocked. I'll take a picture of the tree...once it's decorated. I can't remember all the rules on watering and setting them up though.. ?

@ladyb: I'm with is still the #1 for this time of year. Thinking of getting started on some gingerbread men today!

fantastic said...

@tali: full tree is coming! And yes, the cheapest products are always that many times better when they outdo the pricey stuff! You should get these holo'd love them!

@music: oh no..where are you moving to? Ok, it's settled. The full tree will be featured :)

Rocaille said...

This silvery holographic shade must looks amazing against your skin tone! I have to check out that website... Would you have any recommendations for darker shades?

As for the tree ornaments, I won't even have a tree this year... So I'm trying to make up for it with some christmassy decorations at the table :) I'm really looking forward to your Christmas ornaments series! xxx

fantastic said...

@rocaille: no tree, even though you seem to be in the ornament capital of the world?! every ornament i look at now, seems to be made in poland!

i did pick up some darker shades, which i'll show on, is wagon trail (a dark goldish black), and another is stroll (a deeper red gel with sparkles).

Anonymous said...

ooh very pirry metallic nails suka!

Kajal Couture said...

Finally! Someone as cold as I am!!! I get made fun of by my family and my fiance because even in the summertime heat, I always carry a cardigan around with me, because the tiniest breeze will blow by and the hairs on my arm will stick up.

I totally relate to the piece sign pendant on a black string. I think I even had peace sign earrings...err, I might still have them?

fantastic said...

@su-pah: thank you know, whenever you type like that, i actually sound it out and try to imagine how you're saying it lol

@kajal couture: i get goosebumps ALL the time. I have them right now, and I'm indoors! Bad circulation, I tell ya. We must have grown up around the same time :)

Sophie Schaaf said...

Wow I wish we could get China glaze here. I love FYI

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