Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Baby, The Stars Shine Bright Shopping Haul - 7.18.12

I dropped by h.Naoto SF recently, but they haven't received many new items I'm interested in yet (read as: no new Gramm items). So I swung by Baby, The Stars Shine Bright to see what I could see.

I don't wear lolita too much anymore, especially not the sweeter styles, but I do enjoy AATP and some of Baby's jewelry to pair with a gothic or mori girl look. After trying on some head-bows I found a few lovely things in the jewelry display case and I couldn't resist.

I absolutely love their attention to detail when it comes to wrapping your items up for you. My items were packed away in a little baggie with a bow and tucked into a larger Alice and the Pirates bag after the shop girl asked if I had a preference between Pirates and Baby. It was an easy choice; everything dark

I also got this lovely little Alice and the Pirates sticker that will probably grace the back of my iPod touch case.

I bought the Fragrant Rose Memories necklace in Antique Gold. It's a gorgeous piece and the shop girl graciously suggested I look over all the ones they had left in stock so I could choose the one I thought was in the best condition.

And here I am wearing it with my Gramm halter-neck one piece (which by the way is receiving an update soon!).

The Fragrant Rose Memories ring was relatively cheap, so I decided to get the set. It came in an adjustable size that actually did accomodate my teeny fingers.

The thing that caught my eye the most, however, was the Creeping Ribbon ring! It's absolutely perfect and a piece that Baby decided to release in sterling silver! It was definitely worth every penny.

I was shocked when I tried it on and it fit my finger perfectly. I am forever struggling to find unique rings that both fit (I have nothing but bad luck with adjustable/one size rings) and are of high quality.. and this met both of those requirements.

And that concludes my retail therapy for the week!

♥ le petit alice

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TokyoMilk Dark - Review

TokyoMilk has a gorgeous Dark line that I absolutely love the design for. I was lucky enough to receive the "Tainted Love" set from the Femme Fatale collection and the "Chance" Rollerball from the Fate & Fortune Collection as gifts from my boyfriend.

Chance is a great scent for the Summer and Spring! It has a very nice, fresh smell. It's sweet, but it remains light, not cloying and wears well. I don't wear it as much as Tainted Love, but I still like it a lot. I also got a tiny bubble bath as part of my present.. but I haven't used it yet. ^^;

The Tainted Love set contains the Tainted Love eau de parfum, Tainted Love shea butter handcreme and the La Vie En Rose lip elixir.

Tainted Love smells lovely and has quickly become one of my favorite scents to wear.  The Tainted Love fragrance notes are dark vanilla bean, orchid, white tea, sandalwood. I'm great at describing scents but it has a very warm, vaguely spicy smell. It reminds of gingerbread, actually. Because it is a warm scent I enjoyed wearing it more during the fall and winter months. The scent usually becomes somewhat subtle by the end of the day, but definitely doesn't completely disappear. I should mention that if you don't like super sweet smelling perfume you might not like this one as much. It's not that it's sugary sweet or over the top, but I like my perfumes a bit more on the sweet side than the flowery side.

I'm not a big lotion fan, but the handcreme is nice and buttery. I do put it on my elbows which tend to dry out more than anything else and it definitely helped.

The the La Vie En Rose lip elixir has flavor notes of rosewater, sweet orange, peach and tahitian vanilla. Once again, I like sweet scents and tastes and I was surprised how much I liked this combination. All the flavors are pretty muted and work well together. It has a mostly fruity taste/scent. The orange and rosewater flavors seem the be the most dominant.

As far as lip balms go, it's just... normal. I honestly have yet to find a single thing that seems to help and/or prevent flakiness for me besides just drinking water.

These sets make awesome gifts and I'd actually like to see what the rest of the collection is like! I'm very happy with it overall and I hope TokyoMilk continues to add to their Dark line.

To close here's a shot of the perfumes I wear regularly!

left to right: Harajuku Lovers 'Music' | TokyoMilk Dark 'Tainted Love' | Kat Von D 'Sinner'
Viktor and Rolf 'Antidote' | Blood Concept 'AB' | Burberry 'London (hiding in the back)
♥ le petit alice