Monday, December 22, 2008

My Little Guilty Pleasure- Sephora Vanilla Cupcake

A recent Sephora order made last month has arrived with something extra: A birthday gift in the form of a mini (2.5 oz) Vanilla Cupcake bath & shower bubbles.

It's cute. It's shimmery. It smells like dreamy buttercream. Not exactly the stuff one is supposed to pursue after a certain age. But I could not help myself and ended up wishing the hot water would never end so I could keep playing with the sugary bubbles.

Vanilla Cupcake is shamelessly foody (I swear I could also smell coconut in the almond-butter-sugar-vanilla mix). It's also addictive for those of us not opposed to the genre, and I had to stop myself from ordering the entire product line. It's a fun scent, but I don't really want to smell like that, and eventually I was happy it didn't linger on my skin once I was all dried up.

Speaking of dry, the fun ends once I'm out of the water. Despite the promises of hydrating ingredients like aloe and jojoba oil, my skin ends up feeling like it has been washed in regular (drying) soap. The gel's strength is not in pampering, that's for sure, but it doesn't stop me from using it again and again (and slathering myself silly with creams and oils once I'm out of the shower and back to my senses after the sugar high).

Bottom line: It's not something I'd buy for myself, but this product is addictive in a guilty pleasure kind of way. It's like wearing a plaid miniskirt and knee high boots. Not very appropriate but a lot of fun.

Sephora Vanilla Cupcake Body Collection ($12-$16) is available online and in store. The one I got was a Beauty Insider perk that came as a GWP during the month of my birthday.

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  1. LOL, I know the feeling, as I have the same weakness. I won't usually wear perfumes like that but Caron help me, I love me some foody bath and body stuff. Almost every night I use B&BW Warm Vanilla Sugar hand cream, and sometimes I use the shower gel. I have Body Shop Mango Body Butter and I am currently lusting after several kinds of cake-scented crap at the Ulta store. If I did not have some kind of budget my bathroom would be filled with every sort of cake and pie themed body cream and shower gel out there. Is there a 12-step for this?

  2. My guess is that their foody shower gels is a large part of the success of Philosophy. There is something very satisfying about completely immersing yourself in those smells while in a hot steamy shower but then having none of the aftereffects (aftersmells?). Doesn't interfere in the slightest with smelling like a grown-up later!

  3. It's such a treat, isn't it? I still have mine from my birthday and use it when I need a pick-me-up!

  4. Haha! I love these! I'm constantly on a diet so I can't help myself when it comes to sugary smelling bodywashes. It's like being indulgent, without the calories. I know, that's a little weird, but no weirder than my addiction to chocolate-scented conditioner (my cousin makes it...) or black nailpolish. (On my toes!)

    Happy holidays!


  5. Hello!

    It's me again, Eva, the infrequent commenter. I got the Sephora Vanilla Cupcake bath & shower bubbles for my birthday, too, this past October. Would you like it? I'm set in my bathing ways, so I haven't touched the bubbles, nor will I. You're more than welcome to them if you'd like to extend the guilty pleasure.

    Happy belated birthday, and happy holidays!



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