Fortune Cookie Soap Box: Mean Girls Themed Fall Collection

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The latest Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box arrived on the weekend so, after trying everything out, today’s post is a mini review, first impressions type post for each of the upcoming Autumn scents. Fortune Cookie Soap are an American company that make bath and body products and their signature products it, unsurprisingly, a fortune cookie shaped soap. They release seasonal collections four times a year and these Soap Boxes are full of sample sizes of the upcoming scents in a range of products alongside two full sized products. Calling them sample sizes seems a bit mean considering the amount you get, they’re great travel sized minis and even the body butters can do more than one use if you’re careful with them.

As well as the seasonal collections often having the theme of the season, they also have a second theme. This time the theme is the movie Mean Girls which, I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen in a while so some of the references may go over my head. I was surprised at how many I actually got but fans of the movie will probably recognise everything. I do love how they use in jokes as well as the more well known references when it comes to these themes.

As this is the Autumn (Fall if you’re American) collection it isn’t actually available yet, the release date is August 18th at 6PM CST, I think that’s around midnight here in the UK. It’s worth either staying up late if you want something or waiting a bit as they often restock things a couple of weeks later and things sell out so fast.

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Advent 2016: Christmas Day!


It’s Chriiiiiistmaaaaas! I always feel like that should be said in the style of Noddy Holder in the Slade song, it just feels wrong saying it’s Christmas any other way. I hope you’re all having a good day, it’s not too stressful and that you’re able to relax and have fun. 

You don’t normally get advent presents on Christmas Day but I guess that Marks and Spencer decided to be different so this is the present for day 25. It’s a fair sized perfume, though it always feels a bit risky including a perfume in anything like this as it’s so personal and I find a lot of them go a bit odd on my skin. This perfume is from a company called Shay and Blue, a fairly new company having started in 2012, and it’s a 10ml bottle of Atropia Belladonna.
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De-Cluttering My Makeup

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I’m pretty good when it comes to not buying too much makeup or body products, I might have quite a lot of loose pigments from Shiro Cosmetics and eyeshadows palettes but I’m going through my makeup collection every so often to make sure it doesn’t build up. I always make sure that all of my makeup will fit inside one drawer and all of my perfume and nail varnishes fit inside another. I know I have more than I need but I like collecting the makeup and I don’t go over the top with most things.

This week as I haven’t been feeling good I decided to get the couple of tray things I keep my makeup in and sort through them, does anyone else find that clearing things out and sorting through things makes you feel more refreshed? Other than a few things, which I will say as I go along, I am not actually throwing these things out, they’re going to be offered to people and some of them possibly put on eBay in a while when I’ve got some more things from my room when I sort it better.

I have recently ended up watching a lot of decluttering videos on YouTube as well so I think that inspired me a bit. Like with a lot of those YouTubers I watch most of these things I am getting rid of because I have dupes that I prefer or that I have simply not used them in so long or I like them but they aren’t me. I’ll stop giving an explanation and get on with it.

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Fortune Cookie Soap: Let it Grow Spring 2016 Soap Box

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This morning my spring edition of the Fortune Cookie Soap Box arrived so I’m going to do a post about it now I’ve had a bit of a play around with some of the things. It’s more of a first impressions than a proper review but I have looked at everything.

If you haven’t heard of them before Fortune Cookie Soap are a company in the USA who make bath and body products and their signature product is the fortune cookie shaped soap. They have a large range of permanent products as well as regularly releasing limited edition seasonal ranges that are around for a while and mini collections that are a lot more limited and sell out fast. Their website is here but this collection isn’t available until February 19th. They do a Soap Box that’s released every few months before each of the main collections is released, normally for the seasons so four times a year. As I live in the UK this has taken a while to get here, if I believe the postage sticker thing then over a month as it says 2nd January postage so that’s worth knowing if you’re worried about it arriving if you order it in the future. The box contains 8 -10 samples of a range of products, one in each of the scents that’s going to be released in the upcoming range. Included in this are two full sized products; one of their fortune cookie soaps and a small size of the OCD hand sanitizer. They used to only sell this size but have recently started to sell a larger version too.

Each of the seasonal collections has another theme alongside normally, this time it’s Let it Grow which I think it based around something Dr Seuss related if I remember correctly, maybe someone can tell me which one as I can’t find it after looking online for a bit. I don’t know what it’s based on so I won’t get any in jokes and none of them really stand out as obviously to do with anything Dr Seuss that I remember.

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Advent 2015: Day 6

  
Today was the first duplicate from Yankee Candle, which was going to happen soon as there’s only six scents available in this calendar. I’ve burnt the other one of the  Christmas Garlands and liked it so this one has been burning today. The Marks and. Spencer advent present today was a bottle of Nuit Parfum perfume, I’ve never heard of it before but have looked it up and it’s a collaboration with Rosie Huntington-Whitely and it’s a fair size bottle at 15ml.
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May favourites: A bit of everything (again)

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I love reading people’s monthly favourites, seeing what they actually use and like as everyday products and things. I’ve ended up with another mix of lots of things in mine, I like a lot of things and have found new products or rediscovered ones I’d forgotten or not used in a while from a few different kinds of product outside of beauty as well so it’s a bit like last month with a bit of everything in there. Maybe I should keep that as part of the title every time, or would that be a bit repetitive? Anyway, here’s the products I’ve loved, I’m not sure where you can find some of them online so I’m going to link the things I can find.

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Recent Purchases: TK Maxx and Red Nose Day

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I recently ordered a few bits from TK Maxx, I wasn’t planning on getting much besides the t-shirt but I needed a notebook and when I saw the one I felt like I had to get it and it’s for a good cause, at least I think Comic Relief is a good cause. When I was looking around the site I saw the mini bottles set of Marc Jacobs perfumes, one of them being Honey which I love, and ended up getting that too. I’m a sucker for mini things plus the fact I like having small bottles for travelling as in the past I’ve had glass bottles break and I’d rather lose 4ml of perfume than a full 30ml of 50ml. All of these products can be found on the TK Maxx website and the T-shirt and notebooks are probably available in most of the stores around the UK until Red Nose Day, 13th March, though smaller sizes tend to sell out quickly, at least that’s what I’ve found in the past.

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Advent day 17

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Today’s mini perfume is one that I remember having years ago, it’s a bottle of Ghost perfume. It’s one of those scents that Boots used to include in the Christmas samples sets they did for perfumes.

I seem to remember it being in a moon shaped bottle but that may have been another version of Ghost that was done in the past. I like this bottle though, it’s a simple design that stands out to me with the frosted glass and the name in silver along the bottom so it doesn’t take over the bottle but it’s still there. The top is a simple stopper like a lot of these sample sizes but the hole is bigger so it’s easier to get the actual perfume out. It is quite hard to get the lid off which might be annoying but it does mean it should be safe in my bag if I wanted to travel with it.

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Advent day 8

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Today’s product is one that takes me back to when I was little, I’m sure that someone I knew must have worn this perfume though I have no idea who. It’s the ‘red door’ perfume by Elizabeth Arden in another 5 ml bottle. Unfortunately it was very hard to get a good angle of the box as the gold is very reflective and I’m still camera-less, hopefully it shows it well enough though.

I really like the design of the bottle, the simple glass base and the red semicircular top with a gold band is simple and does give it a classic feel though it could have been designed at any time as it’s so simple so wouldn’t necessarily look out on place amongst more modern bottles. The top stays on very well and there were no spills when I tried shaking it or holding it upside down though I wouldn’t recommend keeping it in a bag as it’s just being held in my the stopper for the bottle rather than attaching round the edge.

The official scent notes I found on theperfumeshop.com for this perfume are:
“Heart notes: Jasmine, Moroccan Orange Flowers, Ylang-Ylang, Vibrant Red Roses, Oriental Orchid
Top notes: Rich Freesia, Lily of the Valley, Wild Violets, Forest Lilies, Carnation
Base notes: Sandalwood, Oak Moss, Honey, Spicy Vetiver”

For me the carnation is the stand out scent, it’s an almost spicy floral that lasts on my skin so almost overpowers the other scents. There is a hint of jasmine which always goes a bit odd on me so this isn’t a perfume I would wear but it’s a nice warming one that I like and will probably open and smell it at times. Because of the carnation being so strong on me it’s harder to pick out any of the notes that are meant to grow as that fades though I do get a more powdery quality and maybe lilies later on after wearing it for a couple of hours. I might be smelling the spicy vetiver along with the carnation giving it extra punch but it’s not obvious.

This is a fragrance that has been sold since 1989 so it’s a classic and this paired with the Elizabeth Arden name probably does help to make it feel more sophisticated and grown up to me. Although this scent is floral it’s a spicy, warm floral rather than the lighter scents I tend to associate with the word. It’s quite a rich scent to me and a little goes a long way. It has a very good throw and lasted well on my skin, hours later and the scent is still going strong.

It definitely seems like a grown up scent to me that wouldn’t be so popular with teenagers though it would depend on personal taste, it’s definitely not one I would get for someone without knowing they liked it. The price tag, £25 RRP for 30ml and £35 for 50ml, was lower than I expected and it seems to be available from a large range of shops. Not one I’ll be buying now for myself but it’s definitely one I might try in the future so will be keeping this sample.

Advent day 7

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In the calendar today was another perfume though this one is larger than the others and looks a good sized product. It’s the Candy Kitten turquoise perfume in a 20ml spray bottle. I have to say I’m not that impressed with this one, though it isn’t one of those that gives me a headache it doesn’t really leave much of an impression. It’s a nice enough perfume and reminds me of a Charlie one I used to have when I was younger, I think it was called ‘instinct’ but may be wrong as they seemed to do so many. I wasn’t able to keep this on my skin for long as it did react to it but that happens fairly often so it’s not the perfume’s fault it’s just my skin acting up again! It does mean I can’t comment on if this scent changes later or how long it lasts though.

The bottle itself is nice enough, feels like it would work as one to have in your bag and wouldn’t break if it got knocked a bit but I haven’t tried this to be sure. The lid stays on well and doesn’t fall off when knocked which is always a good thing if you’re thinking of travelling with it. The design overall is pretty standard for a purse sized bottle and the spray is nice and even.

The official scent description given on the Tesco website is:
“The fragrance opens with a bright burst of citrus from bergamot and apple, followed by an enchanting heart comprised of earthy cedar wood and tender jasmine. The fragrance dries down slowly to a wonderfully sensual mix of earthy sandalwood and creamy vanilla”

From this to me it sounds almost like it should be somewhere between the other two perfumes in this calendar, Paul Smith’s ‘extreme’ and Katy Perry’s ‘meow’, and I’d say that probably sums it up. It definitely doesn’t stand out like the Paul Smith one in the day 3 of this advent calendar but is a fairly light and fresh scent as opposed to the sweet scent of the Katy Perry one. It’s definitely a fresh perfume to me rather than fruity or earthy as the description seems to suggest. I do get a hint of floral but it is the general floral perfume scent you often get to me rather than being able to pick out a certain flower.

I think their target audience if probably teenagers, maybe younger teenagers or girls who are just getting into perfumes though that may be because of it reminding me of the ones popular with my friends at that age. The price range is definitely on the cheap side though I couldn’t find this outside of a gift set, they have this set of 6 products including the ‘purse sized’ bottle that was in the calendar and a 100ml bottle for £16.66 at the moment.

As I have this perfume I might try and spray it on my clothes and use it but I wouldn’t buy it myself. I think the gift set might make a nice present for a younger teenage girl or someone who likes these sorts of scents as I think it’s a fairly inoffensive scent and not one of those with an unusual note or a niche market.