I got these cuties as a gift from my sister-in-law (younger brother’s wife) when she came back from a work trip to the U.K. back in November of last year.
She got me the Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum from the brand Fresh and she got me a Cream-Gel Blush and Lip Gloss Trio from the brand Glossier!
I’ve never actually purchased anything from either of those brands before, but I’ve lusted over Glossier for awhile now and Fresh for even longer than that.
Isn’t my younger brother’s wife the sweetest? There were no iffy scents or unwearable shades. Everything she got me was stuff I’d actually wear and enjoy!
I’ll go over the notes and everything else below.
Fresh Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum (30ml travel size)
A little sweet, a little zesty, completely iconic, Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum is an effervescent citrus sprinkled with sheer caramels.
Top Notes: Sicilian lemon, tangerine, açaí
Middle Notes: sugared magnolia, sheer honeysuckle, peach nectar
Bottom Notes: caramel, warm amber, cypress
The 100ml retails for $90 while the 30ml retails for $50.
As if the 30ml size wasn’t adorable enough, the shape of the actual perfume bottle was reminiscent of a sake bottle, which I thought was so cute! Honestly, it looked like something you’d find in the minibar at a hotel lol
I’ve been meaning to purchase the infamous Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum since forever, but then they released other scents and I kinda got overwhelmed and couldn’t decide between them (they all sounded so good) so I just never got any of them.
Brown Sugar smelled even better than I could’ve hoped! It smelled like Lemonade and a ton of Sugar, so I’m not quite sure why it was named Brown Sugar (not a very fitting name). Either way, I loved the scent!
The lemon in this thing was neither sharp nor overwhelming. It was a bit musky though and strongly reminded me of the musk found in Philosophy Unconditional Love Eau de Toilette (reviewed here) and Versace Eros Pour Femme Eau de Toilette (reviewed here) except those leaned more berry and this baby leaned more lemon.
They described Brown Sugar perfectly as a little sweet and a little zesty. First, I got lemonade (zest) and then, I got the sugar (sweet). Two hours later, the scent was completely gone. Basically, it meant that the scent was light enough to be worn in this unbearable heat that we’re currently experiencing and soft enough to be worn to bed.
Personally, I’ve really been enjoying wearing Brown Sugar recently and wholeheartedly recommend you give it a try!
Glossier Cloud Paint
Gel-cream blush you can’t mess up.
What it is: A seamless, buildable gel-cream blush that’s fun and easy to wear
WHY IT’S SPECIAL:
– Lightweight, pillowy formula that instantly blends into a natural, flushed-from-within glow
– If you can fingerpaint, you can Cloud Paint—simply dab it onto cheeks wherever you like, and tap into skin
– Comes in six shades inspired by NYC sunsets, optimized to work across a wide range of skin tones
Storm is a warm rose
Dawn is a sunny coral
Puff is a light, cool pink
Dusk is a brownish nude
Haze is a deep berry
Beam is a soft peach
As you can see, Cloud Paint came in squeeze tube packaging that’s reminiscent of Oil Paint. The tubes were actually pretty small and cute, clocking in at 0.33 fl oz / 10 ml per tube and retailed for $18 each.
First, how adorable and whimsical is the name Cloud Paint for a Gel-Cream Blush? I just can’t.
Second, the shade my sister-in-law got me was Beam, which was described as a soft peach (you could see a swatch of it on the tube’s cap). On my skintone, this particular shade was incredibly flattering! It wasn’t stark unlike certain shades of Peach that would just clash against my skintone. It looked so nice and soft and glow-y!
The texture on this stuff was pretty great too! It truly was akin to fingerpainting! Just dab the tiniest amount (pigmented and buildable formula) and paint away!
Honestly, the last Gel-Cream Blush I’d fallen in love this fast, was those old-school Cream Blushes from E.L.F., way back in the day (long-discontinued). That said, the E.L.F. Cream Blush had a bouncier texture while the Glossier Cloud Paint went on more wet, with a lot of slip to it.
If I had to choose a shade for myself, I definitely would’ve gone with Beam. I’m obsessed with the Glossier Cloud Paint and totally plan on purchasing the shade Dusk at some point!
Glossier Lip Gloss
High shine without the stickiness.
What it is: A comfortable, long-wearing lip gloss with a glassy finish
WHY IT’S SPECIAL:
– Fuzzy doe-foot applicator scoops up just the right amount of gloss, giving you instant shine in one swipe
– Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil keep lips cushiony soft and moisturized
– Comes in three shades: Clear for a transparent crystal finish, Holographic for an opalescent shimmer, and Red for a subtle, sheer tint
For whatever reason Clear only comes in the 0.14 fl oz / 4.2 ml size while the Holographic and Red only come in 0.12 fl oz / 3.5 ml size.
They retail for $14 each but you can purchase them as a trio for $36
The packaging was pretty plain, but I like the fact that it was transparent (particularly the clear shade which reminded me of an old-school fave from The Body Shop, also from way back in the day).
This stuff was pretty thick (kinda’ like MAC Lipglass) hence the glassy finish, but somehow wasn’t as sticky (witchcraft?).
Glossier Clear Lip Gloss
Clear for a transparent crystal finish
Glossier Holographic Lip Gloss
Holographic for an opalescent shimmer
Glossier Red Lip Gloss
Red for a subtle, sheer tint
I haven’t worn Holographic yet, but I have worn the other two. On the lips, Red had a whisper of a tint to it (might as well be clear lol) while Clear was my favorite of the three!
All in all, I love everything I got from my sister-in-law and feel so thankful and grateful to her! ♥