This is an honest Diptyque review and also, somewhat, an experience confession. My sister and I both work and thus value the notion of budgeting and exercising fiscal responsibility. While it may be easy to go out and buy anything and everything featured on many-a-blogs, it’s not a realistic option.
For the longest time, I have seen Diptyque be featured in magazines, blog posts, and countless instagrams. And, for the exact same long time, I have chosen not to purchase a Diptyque candle because of the cost. A 6.65 oz Diptyque candle retails for $60.00 and a 2.4 oz Diptyque candle retails for $30.00 (these costs do not include tax or the Diptyque Limited Edition releases which often are marked-up). It’s tough to justify a 30-dollar candle and it’s even tougher when that candle costs over 60 dollars. However, after reading several reviews online, my sister and I decided to save and invest in a smaller Diptyque candle (while realizing that yes, we are paying over $30 on a candle).
Now, for the review, these Parisian Diptyque candles have a cult-like following for a reason and have managed to remain popular despite fleeting trends in the blog-sphere. Ditpyque candles are luxe, beautiful, aromatic, and most definitely the definition of extravagant. I purchased Diptyque Baies because it is the perfect “starter” scent - Baies contains notes of blackcurrant leaves and Bulgarian roses and the undertones remind me of mysterious, delicious berries. Baies is subtle, not over powering or intoxicating, but still able to freshen the air with elusive notes. The candles are long lasting, and the scent has reach as even a mini Diptyque can fill a large space. With its beautiful trademark lettering and black and white label, Diptyque candles would fit any home and any decor and would make wonderful gifts.
I always try to end a post by addressing the “bottom line” - are Diptyque candles worth it? While Diptyque products are of amazing quality and design, Diptyque is an indulgence for the wallet (and that’s my confession!).
If you’ve ever spent money on a luxury product, share your experience and whether the product was worth it (…and worth the investment).
The month of November simply flew by, and I’m already prepping for the holidays with gift shopping, planning our trip back home, and decorating with anything and everything that sparkles. My beauty routine was simple and build for comfort - moisturized skin, a red lip, and a seasonal polish.
Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter has been a life saver during these past few very cold days - subtle, soft, easy to absorb, and lightly fragranced, Tatcha Indigo is a great body moisturizer whether you are on the run or indulging in a skin pampering session (and no worries, the naturally-derived indigo shade disappears with use of the lotion but still makes for a fun product).
Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Private Party was a gift I received from my fiance last Christmas - this lipstick is luxe, gorgeous, glamorous, retro, and most definitely a treat. Although the Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lipsticks are priced at $50 (gulp!), the texture and pigmentation of these products is unrivaled. Velvet Rope in Private Party is a red satin matte, think soft without the shine, that is “the” shade for holiday parties and celebrations. While the price may be an issue, I recommend at least swatching the products (because seeing is believing!).
I’ve recently discovered REN Clean Skincare via the highly popular Flash Rinse One Minute Facial. REN skincare products are free of several irritants and bad-for-you ingredients - formulated for various skin types and at affordable price points, REN has a product for every one. I had the opportunity to try several samples of REN Clean Skincare and each one is better than the other (even in sample amount!). My favorites include the REN Ultra Moisture Dry Cream, the REN Firm and Lift Eye Cream, and the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. My skin has been very happy, and therefore, I’m very happy with REN (be sure to ask Sephora for samples as you may just discover your new HG product)!
Essie No More Film is a moody, rich purple that is opaque within one application - it’s freezing and dreary outside, so I keep reaching for this shade to keep up with the season (in a chic way, of course).
It’s officially December and it’s time to shop for gifts and treats! While we rarely muster up the strength to brave the Black Friday crowds, we’re all for transitioning into the work week and finals week with a little bit of shopping. This year, Cyber Monday appears to be part of a a longer Cyber Week event for many shops; however, at least today, stores do add a bit of extra incentive with lower shipping requirements or free gifts with purchase. We’ve put together a list of our budget conscious favorite products and affordable Cyber Monday deals (well, Cyber Week, really). And because we’re not made of money (ha!), most, if not all, of our Cyber Monday picks are under $50 and $100 so make your wallet, and yourself, retail-happy!