bareMinerals Cognac: Trying To Find A Dupe

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes Natural Nude

I was doing a routine cleanup of my memory cards and stumbled across a couple of forgotten comparison/swatch pics. I’m pretty sure these were taken sometime during the summer because my skin in the swatch photo looks darker than it does currently.

At the time I believe I was searching for a dupe for bareMinerals’ Cognac, a gorgeous copper shade with a lovely buttery texture and rich color payoff. Cognac is a permanent shade that was included in the limited edition Regal Wardrobe palette and it was the one shade in that palette that I thought was worth keeping (as a whole the palette was too smoky for my tastes).

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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon – Fuchsia-ristic

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayon – Fuchsia-ristic

Even though I haven’t really mentioned it lately and even though I’ve already reduced my makeup stash considerably, purging is an ongoing process that I continue to tackle. I’m now down to only three lipsticks in my collection which I think is quite amazing considering the fact that I started off with over 100 lipsticks, the majority of which I’ve sold off on my blog sale.

When all’s said and done, Soap & Glory’s Sex Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons came out on top. They are by far my favorite lipsticks in terms of texture, finish, fragrance and colors. Sadly, they’ve been discontinued but a few online vendors still carry them. Out of all of my lipsticks, they were the ones I found myself reaching for time and again and I rotate through the three shades I own — Nudist, Plum Jam and Fuchsia-ristic — on a daily basis.

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Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette: Take Two!

Juvia’s Place The Nubian Eyeshadow Palette

No, you’re not seeing things. I decided to repurchase the Juvia’s Place Nubian palette. Last time I bought it directly from the Juvia’s Place website but had immediate buyer’s remorse (I was trying to purge my makeup stash, after all, not grow it) and put it up for sale unswatched as soon as I got it in the mail. This time I bought the Nubian palette when Juvia’s Place made its debut on Hautelook. It was $19 but with shipping it ended up costing as much as it did when I bought it off of the Juvia’s Place website, so about $25. This time, though, curiosity got the better of me and I swatched it.

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Trader Joe’s Mudd Pie

Trader Joe’s Mudd Pie, a variation of Mississippi Mudd Pie, starts with a dark chocolate crumb crust lined with gooey fudge…and then filled with coffee ice cream containing a fudge ripple, all topped with a perimeter of fudge rosettes. It’s a delicious, beautiful and easy to serve treat.

Oh, my god, so good!

Every year since I was eight, I’ve always had a Carvel ice cream cake on my birthday: vanilla and chocolate ice cream with chocolate crunchies. However, this year I decided to treat myself to the Trader Joe’s Mudd Pie ($6.99, 20.8 oz) when I spotted it in store. I remember reading about it in the Trader Joe’s flyer for the month of February, so it’s a relatively new product. It’s basically an ice cream cake…er, ice cream pie…but coffee flavored, so I still feel like I’m honoring my childhood tradition except in a more grown up way.

I’m a huge fan of coffee ice cream but it’s hard finding a good one that isn’t weak. This is a good one. The Mudd Pie has a nice, strong coffee flavor that’s only enhanced by the dark chocolate and fudge. I love chocolate with coffee; cafe mocha (hot or cold) is basically the only way I take my coffee when I have it away from home, so the flavor combination in the Trader Joe’s Mudd Pie is great.

The fudge layer in the pie can be a bit sweet but eating some of the dark chocolate crust with it, which has a tiny of saltiness and slight bitterness to it, cuts through the sweetness and balances the overall flavor. Personally, I could’ve done with less crust. The crust is crunchy and a little hard which makes it rather difficult to cut through. Imagine a solid layer of Carvel Crunchies because that’s pretty much what the Trader Joe’s Mudd Pie crust is and, unfortunately, there’s just a little too much crust for my liking. If they had crumbled some and sprinkled it on top of the ice cream, or if it had just been a disc on the bottom rather than also coming up the sides, that would’ve been better. I just feel that the ratio of filling to crust is a bit off.

The best part of the pie by far is the coffee ice cream in my opinion. If Trader Joe’s sells that on its own I’ll definitely be getting some on my next grocery store run.

On a related note, I really appreciate the packaging. The plastic clamshell makes it so much easier to store the uneaten portion of the pie in the freezer. It’s a very thoughtful touch.

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Old Navy Haul & Another Pair of Sorel Boots

The Old Navy website ran a pretty great promo code last week (40% off) so I decided to get a couple of items I’d had my eyes on for awhile:

  • Relaxed Full-Zip Striped Hoodie for Women (Reg. $34.94. On sale for $29 but $17.40 with promo) I don’t like super tight, body hugging clothes so I always go a size up in tops for a looser fit. This is a very thin and lightweight, unlined, cotton blend sweatshirt. I fell in love with the simple stripe pattern.
  • Hooded Twill Asymmetric-Zip Field Jacket for Women (Reg. $49.94. $29.96 with promo) Reviews say that this jacket runs large so I ordered a small and it’s perfect. This item is also lightweight and unlined with adjustable drawstrings hidden on the inside of the jacket. The jacket is very boxy, so you need to cinch the waist to make it look more fitted.

I don’t use the word “obsessed” very often but I’m obsessed with the Sorel Out N About duck boots. I purchased two pairs of the leather Out N About boots several months ago on Cyber Monday and absolutely love them. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I think they’re cute and, after I wore them a few times and broke them in, are so comfortable to walk in.

When I saw that the Out N About duck boots in the Sea Salt waterproof canvas camo print were on sale, I decided to scoop them up too.

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