Monday, May 25, 2015

Music Monday

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gypsy Rose Cosmetics

A few months ago, I had found out that a pal I had met through Black Milk Clothing had launched Gypsy Rose Cosmetics, a natural cosmetics line with some of her best friends. All three ladies also happened to be former LUSH employees, so obviously my ears perked up. Gypsy Rose Cosmetics procured the cutest care package with an assortment from their brand spanking new product line + being a former LUSH employee myself, to say I'm picky about the products I use on my body is an understatement. Gypsy Rose Cosmetics passes the test, so scroll down to see what goodies the gals sent me + to snag a coupon code for 15% off your order.

I opened up my parcel to find a nice assortment of products - The Fortune Teller shower gel, The Tattooed Temptress body wash, The Ringmaster Lip Balm, The Amazing Cure-All Tincture + a pair of   their Mermaid High Waisted Knickers.

The Fortune Teller is reminiscent of LUSH's sought-after Twilight shower gel. Lavender, bergamot + lemon are some of my favorites, super calming and mind-clearing. I prefer the consistency of GRC's shower gel over LUSH's formula + like how the shimmer powder is actually suspended in the gel, unlike Twilight, which sinks to the bottom of the bottle + refuses to surface. I love The Fortune Teller's scent, but wish it were a bit stronger. 

The Tattooed Temptress smells just like a chocolate orange. Upon opening the jar, I just kept sniffing it + sighing, hahaha. Its amazing! This sugar scrub is gentle + leaves you moisturized, plus the scent lingers for a bit, which I like.

The Ringmaster is probably my favorite product, because I use it daily. It smells + tastes like Orbit Sweet Mint gum, but without that slightly creepy artificial aftertaste. The consistency is also amazing - its not waxy or sticky + moisturizes really well.

The Amazing Cure-All Tincture is good for a plethora of uses, thanks to the essential oil blend. My favorite as of late? Using after I shave, mixed with equal parts water. Sounds weird, but its awesome.

The High Waisted Knickers are cool, but I feel that since I'm so short, they come up too high on me. It might be that I'm just not used to the cut, but I can see myself wearing these as a bathing suit bottom, not underwear. I was telling a friend last night that if I'm daring enough, I may wear them to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

Gypsy Rose Cosmetics offers all of their scents in multiple products. Each scent has its own shower gel, body scrub, soap + lip balm. I've been eyeing The Mermaid shower gel + The Bearded Lady, which is their new deodorant paste. If you use the code GYPSYGIRLS1, you'll save 15% on your order.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Music Monday

Friday, May 1, 2015

Vinyl Me, Please + a #RandomActOfVinyl

Over the holidays, I was hanging out at Sarina + Tim's house + decided to shuffle through Tim's ever-expanding vinyl collection. I had come across the Perfume Genius' Too Bright + noticed it had something attached to it that said Vinyl Me, Please - including a recipe for a cocktail. Obviously, being the nosy midget I am, I picked Tim's brain about the company. Lo and behold, I learned that Vinyl Me, Please is a record subscription service. Each month, subscribers are sent a record, which is carefully chosen by their music loving staff, along with a plethora of other goodies [an original art print - which looks killer in a record frame, a custom cocktail recipe, plus a slew of other perks only available to members].

I knew I needed to look further into this, so I sent an email to the powers that be, which led to a solid phone chat with co-founder Tyler Barstow about music, Long Island + the direction he saw VMP going in. After learning more about the company, I decided that I needed to get my hands on the next release.

April arrived + soon enough, so did my surprise from Vinyl Me, Please. April's Record of the Month just so happened to be Menomena's 2007 release, Friend & Foe.

I was like a kid in a candy store + opened the box as fast as my little hands could. Wow. This was way cooler than I had anticipated + photos don't even do the art justice. The album has a six panel gatefold cover, with cut outs on the front. You can spin a disc of art on the cover, which changes the faces + shows the track listing. Genius, I tell you. The art print included is also really nice - I feel like I could hang it in any room of the house [pretty sure I'm going to put it in the kitchen or bathroom when I move into my new place at the end of the summer]. As for the drink, The Old Square, I have yet to drink it because I've been battling a killer sinus infection, but next week I will be heading over to Swallow in Huntington Village to snag one! Oh, as for the music? Its awesome. I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy the selection, but its a solid album start to finish. The dudes at Vinyl Me, Please know whats up. 

While I was on the phone with Tyler, we decided that a contest would be really rad. I haven't done one in ages + they had yet to participate in a contest, so it was perfect! I've had to keep this a secret for MONTHS, so I'm stoked that we can get this started. Scroll down to get the details.

I'm all about random acts of kindness, so this is a random act of vinyl. The prize is a three month subscription to Vinyl Me, Please [valued at $75]. What do you have to do to enter? Just comment once below with a band//album//song that you really dig that you think we [me, fellow readers of the blog + the dudes at VMP] should check out. Super simple, but hella informative for everyone involved. 

Now, for those of you who know me, I always want to do a little more. We decided to give away TWO subscriptions, not just one. One winner will be chosen from the blog, but we will also be choosing another winner from Instagram as well. All you need to do for the Instagram contest is follow @VinylMePlease + repost the photo below with the hashtag #RandomActOfVinyl. You can enter on Instagram as many times as you'd like. The contest starts today + ends at 11:59p EST on Friday, May 8, 2015. Winners will be chosen the following day + contacted within 24 hours after the contest ends.

Good luck - I can't wait to see what y'all are listening to! :)