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Beauty and news for girls with meow. Today is Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Super Awesome Perfume Collection


Okay, the perfume collection isn't really that awesome, but I think the photo of it is!

I took the photo for a perfume contest. I didn't make the finals =(

I'm actually quite sad about that.

The perfumes are (in no particular order): Japanese Cherry Blossom (BBW), Amber Romance (VS), Crabtree & Evelyn Vanilla, Ylang Ylang (Cream Perfume Company), Be Kissable (Avon), Vanilla Musk, Dark Vanilla, Vanilla Fields, Dream Angels Heavenly (VS), Harajuku Lovers Love.

You should check out the finalists for the perfume contest. There are some cute photos in there.

I really wanted a chance to try the "I Heart Unicorns" perfume. It sounds so fun! It's nearly impossible for me to drop $50+ on a bottle of perfume that may not work for me, though (especially since I don't have $50+). =/

Me and my guy worked hard to get that photo just right. It would have been nice to at least make it to the finals.

Also, I might as well mention that this perfume collection isn't really complete... there's a bunch of perfume that's either 28 hours away at my parents' house or in the mail on its way to me.

Anyway, I'd love to hear your opinions of my photo (even if they're negative). Cheer me up or give me some idea of why it's not a winner. Please be commentful!


Quick Thoughts on Vaseline Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3™


I was surprised this wasn't in the same Allure Magazine article that mentioned Dove Body Wash with NutriumMoisture. To me it seems like this is a sister product (in terms of what they claim to do). I would've liked to read Allure's beauty breakthrough writeup of Stratys-3™.

I'd been trying out Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture, and it seems like Vaseline Sheer Infusion would go hand-in-hand with that, but I'm not going to be buying the Vaseline lotion.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion, Botanical Blend Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion, Vitamin Burst Vaseline Sheer Infusion Body Lotion, Mineral Renewal

Vaseline Sheer Infusion has three formulas, and each of the three formulas has its own unique scent. None of them will go well with any fragrances I wear. Also, I have sensitive skin, and I prefer a serious skin-fixer to be fragrance free. That way I can still use it when it when my skin is having an irritation-fest. What good is Stratys-3™ if it's in a product that I can't use when my skin needs it most?

Plus, if this stuff is so great for skin on the body, shouldn't it also be awesome for skin on the face? I'd really like to see a lotion with Stratys-3™ that's safe for facial use.

Vaseline should consider removing the parabens from their Sheer Infusion line, since the whole point of this lotion is to sink deeper into skin and that's exactly what we don't want parabens doing.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3™ Ad

So, I'll love it if Vaseline releases a paraben- and fragrance-free face-and-body lotion for sensitive skin. As is, the Sheer Infusion line doesn't have what I'm looking for in a moisturizer. I'll stick with my Skin MD Natural Face, Hand & Body Shielding Lotion.

When Vaseline releases Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3™ Unscented for Sensitive Skin, I'll be first in line to buy a bottle.

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FedEx: Are You Paying for Quality of Service?


FedEx's customer service has been like nonexistent. And they've been throwing a tantrum ever since they lost a package.

It was like seven months ago. My SO bought something on Ebay. He had a tracking number and kept any eye on it. We went out grocery shopping one day, came back, and found a note on the door from FedEx. There was no package on the doorstep. According to the tracking status, it had been delivered.

My SO called up FedEx to find out what was going on. They said the driver wasn't around but they'd get him to call back. No one called back. My SO called FedEx again the next day, and he just kept getting the same runaround every time he called. FedEx wouldn't let him file a missing package claim because he wasn't the sender.

My SO never got the package, never found out what happened to the package, and he never got his money back.

Ever since then, FedEx has had the worst service ever. Me and my SO live with two other people, so that's four people who all receive packages from FedEx who are getting the silent treatment.

FedEx no longer knocks on the door or rings the doorbell when leaving packages. They used to, but now they don't. We've gone outside at night to find a package sitting on the doorstep. God only knows how long it'd been there; we had been home all day and never heard so much as a footstep.

We've also gone outside and found a package with a note taped to it. Yes, that's right, that note they usually tape to the door: it was taped to the package itself. What good is that? I mean, why even bother? Doesn't that defeat the entire purpose of leaving a note?

FedEx's response? The driver isn't required to knock or ring the doorbell. It's also not a requirement to tape the note to the door; he can put the note wherever he wants, including on the package.

So, we get no notice that a package has been delivered. We get no note on the door. We have no idea if we receive a package or if a package goes missing.

I'd recommend everyone avoid sending any packages via FedEx. Seven months of this awful service and no one at the company even cares. I know all delivery services have their problems, but this is just so unbelievably petty.

It's bad enough they lost a package and didn't do anything about it. Now it's like they're trying to make sure as many of our packages as possible go missing or get stolen. How is that for customer service?

According to FedEx they're not doing anything wrong, but their behavior seems questionable at best. They don't have to bother keeping customers happy; they're too big and too ingrained for it to matter. The money they get from this house is pennies and if they lose our business it's inconsequential. We can't complain to anyone that could really do anything because as long as FedEx delivers the package they've done their job.

Am I asking too much here, wanting to receive my packages? I mean, that's the point of FedEx, right? To be faster, better, and more expensive than UPS and USPS? Are people who send packages to this house via FedEx getting their money's worth? Are they getting what they paid for?

Cat in a Boxending this post on a cute note =^. .^=

I encourage any responses to this, whether you're answering any of the above questions, commenting on my rant, or leaving your own stories about FedEx, UPS, or USPS.

Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion


This is just a quick first impression of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion.

First off, it reminds me (superficially) of Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion.

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion

Both lotions' bottles have white bodies with red tops. Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion forms a protective barrier on the skin and keeps out irritants and chemicals. Similarly, Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion claims it protects skin from external damage and reinforces skin's protective barriers.

Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion

Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion

Body lotion protects your skin from external damage such as pollution and harsh climate changes. Eucerin Body Lotion is enriched with provitamin B5, glycerin, and pH5 buffer to deeply moisturize as it reinforces skin's protective barriers. Non-greasy formula absorbs quickly for all-day softness.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Panthenol, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Shea Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, BHT

The only ingredients that Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion and Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion share are Water and Phenoxyethanol. And I'm definitely not wowed by the Eucerin Body Lotion's ingredients.

I tried out the Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion tester in Walgreens. The lotion absorbed quickly so there was no slippery film greasing up my hands. That's like the only positive thing I have to say about it.

The bottle states "Lightly Fragranced," but I disagree. It has an annoying, generic, perfumey smell. Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion is fragrance-free, which I love! It seems backwards for Eucerin to put fragrance in a lotion meant to strengthen skin's protective barriers, given that fragrance is often a skin irritant.

So, Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion is not something I would buy. It has an artificial-smelling fragrance and its ingredients are nothing special. I have trouble believing this "fortifies" or "reinforces" skin any more than your average cheapie drugstore lotion, especially since so many drugstore lotions have formulas that are way more advanced than this one.

Anyone else try out Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion?

My NV Beauty Parcel


My NV Beauty Valentine's Day Give-A-Way parcel arrived!

Nicole sent me AVON'S "Be Kissable Sassy Soufflé Body Crème," "Be Kissable Eau de Toilette Spray," and Speed Dry nail enamel in "Adoring Rose." She also wrote me a nice little note and threw some extra goodies into the box!

NV Beauty Parcel

The extras include AVON's Nail Experts Soft Cuticles Warming Scrub, Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Hand Cream for Extra Dry Skin, Foot Works Conditioning Foot Soak, and seven lipstick samples, plus an ELF Individual Lash Kit.

Yay! I have lots of new stuff to try out. Thank you so much Nicole!

Don't forget to check out Nicole's blog, NV Beauty.

AVON Nail Enamel and Lipstick Samples

The nail enamel is very pretty and very appropriate for Valentine's Day—or any other day of romantic merriment. And those are the seven lippies.

NV Beauty Parcel including Bubble Wrap

There's also some bubble wrap for me to play with later. *^_^*

Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture


This stuff is supposed to be da bomb. I've been using it for a couple months or so... and I'm not seeing it.

A lot of people also love Dove Beauty Bar (including my SO). I've tried using it a couple times, but it dries out my skin and makes me itchy. I don't know why.

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For a while I used body washes for acne (pHisoderm Anti-Blemish Body Wash; JASON Natural Tea Tree Oil Satin Soap - yes, it's for hands and face, but I have sensitive skin and this is a huge bottle). Then I read about big beauty breakthroughs in Allure magazine, and it talked about how Dove with NutriumMoisture was this totally amazing thing. So yeah, reading that a product is a scientific breakthrough can influence me to buy it. I know, I'm weak.

So, I got Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture. It's supposed to replenish lipids lost during cleansing and penetrate deep down to moisturize.

Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash with NutriumMoisture

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil or Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Isethionate, Tallow Acid or Palmitic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Pentaerithrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, BHT.

I like that it's unscented. It's very creamy and doesn't seem to irritate my skin. Is it a miracle in a bottle? Not that I can tell. My skin is still itchy sometimes after I step out of the shower (I had that problem before I switched to Dove with NutriumMoisture). So the body wash doesn't cause any problems, but I haven't seen it fix any, either.

Maybe it's the frog in the frying pan thing. I'll stop using it and see if I notice any changes.

By the way, Dove's bottles are very thoughtlessly designed. The narrow, curved top makes it impossible to store the bottle upside down. Dove likes to make thick, moisturizing formulas which are great but require upside down storage. They need to seriously rethink their packaging: it's designed for style without any consideration for consumers' needs.

Unless the Dove with NutriumMoisture turns out to do amazing things for my skin, the inconvenient packaging alone is enough to keep me from repurchasing.

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My VivaBella Parcel


A few days ago, my parcel from the VivaBella Bonanza Giveaway (Viva Woman) arrived. Sesame sent me some wonderful stuff. I love it!

VivaBella Parcel

I received some olive skin care products, face masks, hand cream, and a bracelet.

VivaBella Stationery

She wrote me a little note along with the items. Isn't that just the cutest stationery!

VivaBella Tebe Olive Skin Care

The Tebe olive oil/olive leaf extract skin care products are Face Nourishing Day Cream, Eye Cream, Face Polish, and Lip Moisture Balm.

Me Wearing the Merri Love Lock Bracelet

I love the Merri Love Lock bracelet. I was really hoping to get it, and I'm so happy I did. It's adorable and it's even small enough that it can fit tightly around my twiggy wrist.

Thank you so much, Sesame!

Makeup Mix Shop Haul


I recently (well, sorta recently) ordered from The Makeup Mix Shop. Here's my haul:

Makeup Mix Shop Haul
  • L.A. Colors All-N-One Makeup Stick: Pink Satin
  • L.A. Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow: Black Pearl
  • L.A. Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow: Lollipop
  • L.A. Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow: Snow White
  • L.A. Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow: Sunshine
  • Kleancolor Dome Duo Shadow: Pixie
  • E.L.F. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
  • L.A. Colors 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow: Serenade
  • Jesse's Girl Baked Powder Eye Shadow: Terra Bronze
  • Jesse's Girl Baked Powder Eye Shadow: Cherry Blossom
  • E.L.F. Nourishing Cuticle Pen

I haven't had a chance to try everything yet. I've used the E.L.F. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer a few times, and I think it does help my eyeshadow last longer. *^_^*

The Makeup Mix Shop has great service and great prices. My package arrived quickly and everything was nicely packed, nothing was broken. I definitely recommend ordering from them!

VivaBella Bonanza Giveaway


VivaBella is holding a giveaway for goodies valued at US$500 to be given to 3 lucky winners.

My Beauty Look Book Parcel


I recently won the November Giveaway over at The Beauty Look Book. The parcel arrived super fast. I wanted to post photos as soon as I got it, but I wasn't able to. Now I am!

WoOW! She said she was going to throw in some extra items, but I had no idea it'd be this many! *^_^*

  • L'Occitane mini scented Hand Cream in Ylang Ylang
  • Hard Candy Just Nails Nail Color in Sugar
  • Vanilla Bean Noel mini Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Gel
  • Sephora Lip Gloss in Rosy Glow
  • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream mini
  • L'Occitane mini Verbena Body Lotion
  • Shiseido Cle de Peau Beaute Energizing Cream mini
  • Clinique All About Eyes mini
  • Terax Hair Care Miele Hydrating Shampoo sample
  • Chanel No 5 mini
  • Bvlgari Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum sample
  • C.O. Bigelow Ginger Mentha No 1314 Lip Shine Shimmer

Thanks so much I love it! <3 <3 <3

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