Body shop, Nail Polish window-shopping and What’s for Dinner

Since I had time to kill before a waxing appointment the other day, I did some beauty-related window-shopping. I stopped at the Chanel counter to admire the nail polishes – and swatched some favourites on my nails (excuse the sloppy application – I only did one coat – didn’t think the Sales Associate would approve of me performing a mini-manicure at her station!). I still can’t decide which shade to put on my wish list – current favourites are Rose Confidentiel, Jade Rose and Ming.

When I got home – I compared the Chanel Rose Insolent to my Rimmel English Rose. I wouldn’t say that the Rimmel polish is a dupe for Rose Insolent – but they are definitely in the same colour family – though the Rose Insolent is pinker, while the Rimmel polish has watermelon undertones. The Rimmel polish is more opaque and applies like a dream – I’ll definitely use it for my next manicure. It has one of those lovely wide brushes that make it easy to apply polish neatly.

After my appointment, I went to the Body Shop – I was curious to try their Vanilla Perfume after reading this post by Listen to Lena. Apparently men are irresistibly drawn to this particular scent. I’m happily married and not looking to attract any extra attention – but who doesn’t want to smell as good as possible? I tried on the perfume oil – and loved it. It does NOT smell like baked goods – just has a softly sweet smell. My hubby likes it, my son says I smell yummy, and my daughter says I smell like a teddy bear (?!?) – what more could you ask for?

I also purchased a Body Shop Raspberry Born Lippy balm – I love the rosy, glossy colour and the super moisturizing effect – and it reminds me of my school days. I had some store credit at the health food store, so I picked up Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Rose. I need a new body wash, and was curious to try this brand after reading Tali’s glowing reviews. I just finished my Fruits & Passion’s Rose body wash – I didn’t *love* it – so I look forward to trying this alternative.

Finally – here’s a pic of what we had for dinner tonight: Beef Galbi and salad. Galbi is a Korean dish made with marinated ribs. I used ready-made marinade – all I had to do was wash the ribs, soak it in the sauce overnight, and grill it for 20 minutes. It tasted AMAZING – hubby loved it. I found it a bit heavy and fatty – but that didn’t stop me from eating my portion. I would cook this again – but it is definitely a “once-in-a-while” treat.

Do you like the smell of Vanilla perfume? Which is your favourite Chanel polish? Have you ever tried Galbi? I’d love to read about it in the comments.

(By the way – just found out Body Shop is offering 50% off their fragrances this weekend – valid in US, Canada and Mexico – full details are here).


  1. Anonymous
    October 1, 2010 / 10:59 am

    I love vanilla perfume, I really like LaVanilla Laboratories Pure Vanilla (available at Sephora) I got the purse size roll on and keep it at work to refresh after lunch so I dont smell like food all day. lol. My coworkers love it its fresh and sweet, not offensive or overpowering, just a nice sugary sweet scent. I love it for daytime. I havent tried the BodyShop one but now I am going to at least smell it this weekend.

  2. Anonymous
    October 1, 2010 / 1:55 pm

    Oh, I'm going to have to try out that Vanilla perfume tomorrow, thanks for the post! I am loving Paradoxal right now. It has so much grey in it, it's so unique.Your dinner looks amazing!

  3. Ella Pretty
    October 1, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    Jen – the purse roll-on sounds great. The Body Shop one surprised me – it was not what I thought Vanilla would smell like (I assumed it would be like Vanilla essence used in baking!). I'd love to hear what you think of it – and if it is similar to the one you already own.Andi – I remember seeing Paradoxal on your blog (and in your giveaway). The SA urged me to try it – and it really looks very chic on short nails – very Fall appropriate.

  4. Lena!
    October 1, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    "My daughter says I smell like a teddy bear" – that is SO precious! Happy to see you took the challenge – and that it was a success! xoxo

  5. Ella Pretty
    October 1, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    Thanks Lena – I *had* to try the scent after reading your post (and your link to postgradlife's post)…the perfume seemed to have magical properties LOL (especially in terms of tips)!

  6. Lindy May
    October 3, 2010 / 11:03 pm

    Normally vanilla scents are too strong for me but I'm curious to try their vanilla perfume (I LOVE their body creams).BTW, your galbi looks so yummy!! Believe it or not, I've never made it myself, lol. I'll have to have mom teach me how.

  7. Ella Pretty
    October 4, 2010 / 5:13 pm

    The Galbi was surprisingly easy to make – I've had it at Korean restuarants before – and the marinade I bought gave the beef a very authentic taste. I bet your mom has a very simple and yummy Kalbi recipe – the Bulgogi one you gave me was great!

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