Month: May 2014

Meet the Parents

meet the parents

I attended a bachelorette party one weekend and met this really cute gentleman. He and his friends hailed us a cab at the end of the night and paid for it making sure we got back to the hotel safely. We exchanged numbers and began chatting over the next few months. We scheduled a few dates, but couldn’t quite get our schedules on the same page, so my friends thought it would be a good idea to ask him to be my date to the wedding of the previously mentioned bachelorette. Sure, why not? Can’t be that big of a deal, right?

We set up all the plans, and he appeared pretty excited that we were finally getting on the same page. He brought a gift for the bride and groom, which I thought was insanely thoughtful considering he really did not know the couple. And the gift? A very nice bottle of wine. Well done, date.

It was an afternoon wedding, so after the reception, everyone made plans to hit up a local bar and watch the football game. Get that? After the reception? This means most of us were pretty tipsy, if not totally obliterated. I was at that point of tipsy where my mouth and my brain stop making connections and I talk incessantly about ridiculous crap while being the most overly friendly person you’ve ever met. Yep. I’m that girl. When I get this way, everyone is my best friend, I’m in love with everything and everyone, and we are all going to ride off into the sunset on the most gorgeous sparkling unicorn. Yes, that’s the kind of tipsy I was on this particular night. Unicorn tipsy.

You see, the problem with being unicorn tipsy is that I really enjoy making everyone around me happy, so I readily and enthusiastically agreed to forgo the bar plans with my friends and accompany my date to another football party. WHY IN THE HELL DID I DECIDE THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? OH WAIT, UNICORNS. VERY SPARKLY UNICORNS. So, he explained that someone would pick us up from the reception site downtown and drive us to the party. After about 20 minutes, he alerted me that our ride had arrived. I said my goodbyes, and followed him to the street. He motioned for me to jump into the front passenger seat, and as I said hello to the driver, I realized that this driver is a bit older than me…like father-ish older. My date then made the introduction, “Glitter, this is my dad…Dad, this is Glitter.” WHAT!? WAIT, WHAT? WHY IS YOUR DAD PICKING US UP? OMG. I’M UNICORN TIPSY AND I’M MEETING HIS PARENTS! THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO WELL, AT ALL!

We continued on to this “football party” and when we arrived at a very nice residence, I assumed there to be loads of other people inside conversing, drinking, eating, yelling at the refs, etc. What I was really and secretly hoping is that everyone else inside was unicorn tipsy too. No such luck. (You should know I don’t have any luck by now.) We walked into the home, and there were 5 people. FIVE. FIVE EFFING PEOPLE! His mother, brother, grandfather, another brother and sister-in-law.

Let me just pause here and say WHO TAKES A GIRL A DRUNK GIRL TO MEET THEIR PARENTS/FAMILY ON THE FIRST DATE POST-WEDDING RECEPTION? WHO DOES THIS!! At this point, I was totally screwed. There was no sobering up. Except, if I ate. I thought to myself, “Maybe I should indulge in some food and try to pull myself together.” The hosts brought out some hot wings, and I desperately dug in trying to soak up all the wine in my system. The hot wings were vanishing quickly with others jumping in as well, and his brother says, “Dude, I thought you said she wasn’t going to eat. This is crap. We didn’t order enough hot wings for this.” Um, okay. Hot wings are a no-go. Check. I spoke to his mother for a bit about dogs and dog care because, at this point, what else was I going to carry on a conversation about? Maybe I should’ve told her how awkward this was, or how I wouldn’t have gotten so tipsy had I realized I would be meeting his whole family, or how I was really just interested drinking beer and watching football?

After a reasonable and considerate amount of time, I politely asked him if he could return me to the reception site. He obliged and drove me back.

I never heard from him again. But seriously, what did he expect when he decided to take a unicorn tipsy drunk girl to meet his parents on the first date?? How in the world did he rationalize that as a brilliant idea? Even worse, I cannot even remember the details of any other conversations I had with his family that night. They probably remember this story as, “Hey, dude, remember that time you brought that drunk girl here?” I know that’s exactly what I would say to my brother.

Had I not been so tipsy, I would have fully and properly analyzed that request and kindly said, “No, thank you.” But, c’est la vie. You win some, you lose some. And sometimes you meet the parents.

Stay Glittery, Daters!

xoxo,

Candice

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Favorite Perfume: Hermes Un Jardin en Mediterranee

Hermes Un Jardin en Mediterranee, $94 (1.6 oz) available at Sephora
Hermes Un Jardin en Mediterranee, $94 (1.6 oz) available at Sephora

I’m very picky about my perfume choices because I’m pretty sensitive to scent. I have to try a sample for a few days before I ever purchase a perfume because most give me a headache after a little wear. Plus, I tend to gravitate toward natural, earthy, herbal, or floral scents. If it has any sweetness to it, forget it. But, the Un Jardin en Méditerranée by Hermés is absolutely lovely. It’s my every day scent, and I think three or four of my friends have purchased it as a result. Sure, it’s pricey, but these days, what perfume isn’t? So, let’s get down to the actual review!

First, how gorgeous is that bottle? It just looks like a spring time Mediterranean garden! Un Jardin en Méditeranée was created in 2003 by Jean-Claude Ellena, one of the world’s most accomplished luxury perfumers. Mr. Ellena explains that it is “A perfumed expression of a Mediterranean memory, a mosaic of olfactory, visual and tactile sensations.” Hermes describes this fragrance as “a novella that describes the spirit of a Mediterranean garden luxuriant with trees and flowers, and evokes a mosaic of smells pilfered from a private garden in Tunisia. Like a travelogue, this perfume conjures an idyllic world of shadows, water and light, on a theme of fig tree allied with Mediterranean zests.”

Holy Olfactory Heaven! Um, yes, that’s exactly what this smells like. Every time I spray it, I  feel like I’m walking through a garden in Provence, basket in hand, picking flowers while having a glass of rosé. This is truly one of the first fragrances that really transports you somewhere within your own imagination. Who doesn’t want to feel like that when walking out the door in the morning for work? Attacking the day just got super classy!

Fragrance Notes:

Top Notes: lemon, mandarin orange, bergamot;

Middle Notes: orange blossom and white oleander

Base Notes: cypress, fig leaf, musk, red cedar, juniper, and pistachio

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  • Smells incredible
  • Evokes imagination
  • Unisex scent
  • Gorgeous Packaging (i.e. looks great on your vanity)
  • Receives compliments from men and women alike

Cons:

  • Pricey at $94 (1.6oz)
  • Doesn’t have great staying power — you’ll need to reapply throughout the day, especially on a hot or humid day.

Despite the few cons, I absolutely love this fragrance! I try to keep a fragrance rotation going, but I keep reaching for this one. I just can’t stop. Sometimes, I even spray it on after the shower before bed just because it smells so lovely and luxurious. I really love how the cedar mixes with the citrus and floral. It’s a bit herbal and vegetal with a hint of fruit and floral without being sweet. Even better, men looking for a lighter, more subtle scent could totally pull this one off.

What perfume are you wearing today? What notes do you gravitate toward when choosing perfume? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts!

Stay Glittery,

xoxo,

Candice

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Review: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

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My lovely friend, Emily, recently mailed me a box of goodies and samples that she didn’t want, and in it, I found this gorgeous Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara ($26). After one use, I was hooked, and it has been one I continuously reach for lately. The packaging is just gorgeous and classic in gold with navy accents. I have to admit, I feel a bit fancier when I grab this one out of my makeup bag.

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Please ignore my unkempt brows. They are under construction. Long story!

Estée Lauder bills this one as one that seems to “multiply, magnify, and grow [lashes] to extremes.” I tend to agree. This one provides amazing volume while also lengthening. It is fortified with a vitamin-complex lash conditioning formula and three high-volume fibers within the light mousse formula.  Estée Lauder’s website explains these three fibers as follows: (1) unique interlocking fibers to build volume and length; (2) hollow fibers create massive volume without weight; and (3) ball fibers fill in and fill out even the sparsest lashes.

Please ignore my unkempt brows. They are currently under construction.
Please ignore my unkempt brows. They are currently under construction.

It is definitely a high volume mascara that is not heavy on the lashes. I love that about it because I tend to find that some of the high volume mascaras contain a very dense gel-like formula that serves to weigh down any curl in your lashes. This formula is a little bit wet and takes a second to dry, but I actually prefer wetter formulas in mascara. I have experienced some flaking on my bottom lashes, but almost every mascara flakes on my bottom lashes, so that’s not killing it for me. (I still haven’t figured out why.) If you also have this problem with most mascaras, a top coat of clear mascara or the Anastasia Lash Genuis over your applied mascara will prevent that from happening. 

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (available at Sephora, Dillards, Nordstrom, etc. $26)
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara (available at Sephora, Dillards, Nordstrom, etc. $26)

The wand is an oversized natural fiber tapered comb that’s really easy to use. It is not curved. It’s very similar to the original L’Oreal Voluminous wand if you’ve ever used that one. The fibers aren’t too close together such that you end up with clumpy spider lashes, but they aren’t too far apart to where you feel the need to go in with many coats to get all the lashes. I find it to be a very easy application where generally one coat is sufficient. However, if you’re headed for a night out or simply want more drama, two coats is where it’s at!! Often, when I am wearing this mascara, I don’t wear eyeliner because the mascara creates such an intense lash line that you just don’t need eyeliner! (Score! One less step in the morning!)

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

All in all, I really love this one. If you like big voluminous lashes, I highly recommend this one. I will definitely repurchase this one when it runs out! Here’s a few different looks where I used this mascara!

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Stay Glittery, Beauties,

xoxo,

Candice

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