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EOTD: Housewife Halloween
Eyeshadow - Comments (3) - October 30th, 2013

It’s not too late to order Shiro Cosmetics’ awesome Halloween colors. This year, there are two new colors in the collection, Two-Faced and Zero. They are both really pretty and I highly recommend them!

The lid color is Housewife, from the Fullmetal collection. Housewife is a pale greige with a shimmery finish. The crease color is Two-Faced, from the Halloween collection. Two-Faced is a deep blackened grey-purple with coppery shimmer. The highlight color is Zero, a sheer, lightly metallic grey-red. It’s really pretty, and makes a great lip gloss color too. The eyeliner is from L’Oreal, it’s Violet Volt.

I’m wearing a MAC blush, and Shiro custom lipgloss in Cake!.

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Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Complexion, Reviews, Skin Care - Comments (1) - October 27th, 2013

Whoa, is that name long enough? ANYWAY. Olay is trying to get in the game with younger consumers with their Fresh Effects line of products. The Fresh Effects BB Cream Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer with Sunscreen seeks to capitalize on the BB cream trend, while also calling itself a tinted moisturizer. Influenster sent me a tube to try out. Here are my thoughts…

First, I haven’t tried a true Asian BB cream. Everyone I know who has says this Olay product ain’t even close. So let’s just get that out of the way. My review is based on my experience with this product only, so let’s just forget about the whole BB cream name. Feel free to go yell at Olay for co-opting the BB cream trend.

In Western makeupland, tinted moisturizer generally refers to a sheer foundation type product, which in my experience, isn’t very moisturizing. This Olay product also isn’t a tinted moisturizer, as those things go. It’s basically a moisturizer with tint. It’s quite moisturizing, and the tint is sheer.

I like this product quite a bit, for what it is. I don’t need a separate moisturizer with this, and I like the sheer tint it provides when I don’t want to wear makeup but want my complexion to look more even. I think it would be perfect for anyone who doesn’t usually wear foundation, but maybe wants to have a little bit of of complexion enhancement. It’s not great for oil control – I do get a bit shiny with this moisturizer, but not any worse than any other moisturizer. Expect to blot if you have oily skin, or maybe use a mattifying powder for extra oil control. It also has a pretty strong floral-y scent to it that I don’t love. It has SPF 15, which is decent if you aren’t planning on spending a lot of time outdoors. It contains niacinamide, which is a great anti-aging ingredient.

Overall, this is a good product, if you want a complexion enhancing moisturizer with sunscreen. I’ll be finishing the tube. I don’t love it enough as a moisturizer to want to use it as my daily moisturizer under makeup, although it looks okay under the powder foundation I usually wear. For that reason, I probably wouldn’t buy this product (I just mix a dab of Lush Colour Supplement in with my usual moisturizer if I want some tint). The market for this product is younger women who aren’t into heavy foundation – and I think it’s probably excellent for them!

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EOTD: Housewife Lobotomy
Eyeshadow - Comments (1) - October 26th, 2013

You can still get Halloween colors from Meow Cosmetics, so I wanted to feature another Hallowwen color. I used one of my favorite Shiro colors to go with it, since I like to use red with silver.

The lid color is Housewife, from Shiro Cosmetics. Housewife is a pale greige with a shimmery finish. It looks great paired with just about everything, but I especially like it with red colors. The crease color is Lobotomy, from the Asylum collection by Meow Cosmetics. Lobotomy is a brilliant flaming strawberry. It reads as warmer or cooler, depending on what you pair it with. It’s really pretty! The highlight color is Tears of Retail Employees, also from Shiro. I’m wearing a gray eyeliner pencil from Essence.

The blush is from Milani, it’s Corallina. I think it’s discontinued, which is too bad because it’s a great color. I wouldn’t mind trying some of the other blushes from Milani – they’re very easy to wear. The lip color is Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment.

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Shiro Custom Lipgloss Is Awesome
Hot Lips, Reviews - Comments (2) - October 25th, 2013

When Shiro Cosmetics started doing custom lipgloss, where you can order lipgloss in any lip-safe Shiro eyeshadow color, I squealed. I really did. The real conundrum was which ones to order first? I want so many…

I ordered two colors, Cake! and Fullmetal. I wanted a sheer gold-y color, because I’m kind of addicted to sheer gold-y colors. Cake! is described as pale cream with soft coppery highlight and red cherry sparks. The pictures really aren’t doing it justice – this color is really fantastic as a lipgloss. The red cherry sparks catch in the light, which you can see in my fabulous out of focus picture (I was having a terrible time photographing this, sorry!).

I also wanted a really dark color, and I’m pretty obsessed with Fullmetal, so I figured it would make a great not-black lip gloss. Fullmetal is a complex charcoal base with a strong golden shimmer and red highlights. The gold and red shimmer is so pretty when it catches the light!

The formula is lovely. It’s moisturizing, not sticky, and pretty long-lasting for a gloss. I’m totally addicted, and can think of at least 10 more colors I want to turn into gloss now. If you want to see some other shades, you can go here and here and here. On my short list: Heart Attack, Baker’s Boy, and A Regular Bears’ Meeting.

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EOTD: Bats In The Misfortune
Eyeshadow, Hot Lips - Be the first to comment! - October 19th, 2013

October is more than half over, but it’s not too late to order Halloween colors from Meow Cosmetics! Today’s makeup features two of the prettiest blue/green colors I’ve seen. I like them so much, I might just have to order full sizes (I have samples). Meow’s product photos are decent, but they don’t do these colors justice. They’re totally fab.

The lid color is Misfortune, from the Friday The 13th collection. Misfortune is a metallic green/blue with gold iridescence, and holy moly is it pretty. My photos aren’t doing it proper justice either – check out the swatches at Painted! GAH! SO PRETTY! The crease color is Bats In The Belfry, from the Asylum collection. I’m nuts about this one too. It’s a gunmetal with silver metallic finish. Go see better swatches here. The highlight is Shiro’s Tears of Retail Employees. I used an Organic Wear pencil in a navy color.

The blush is Detrivore’s Lilith. I’m wearing a lip gloss from Urban Decay that’s been discontinued – it’s the Stardust Sparkling Lip Gloss in Glitter Rock. (It’s still available though, and on sale for nine bucks, so get it while you can!) It’s a great color.

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Freeman Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask
Cheap Thrills, Complexion, Reviews, Skin Care - Comments (1) - October 19th, 2013

After trying the Avocado & Oatmeal mask, I decided I needed to branch out and try some more Freeman masks. I picked the Chocolate & Strawberry Facial Clay Mask, because I figured it would probably smell good – and I was right!

The Chocolate & Strawberry mask contains cocoa and strawberry extracts, kaolin clay, shea butter, and cocoa butter. It’s got the oil-absorbing and purifying qualities of the clay, but it’s also not super drying thanks to the butters. It smells chocolate-y, as promised. Don’t leave this in reach of little kids – it smells like food! My face feels soft and smooth after use. The directions say it’s good for normal to dry skin, but if your skin is quite dry, I wouldn’t use it. Oily to normal to slightly dry skin? Perfect. I like clay masks because they seem to reduce how oily my skin feels, without completely stripping my face (which is counter-productive). Clays are deep cleansing and the minerals are good for your skin.

If you are in the market for a nice clay mask that’s ridiculously affordable, this one is worth checking out. Two thumbs up.

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EOTD: Flash Sedative
Eyeshadow, Hot Lips - Comments (2) - October 18th, 2013

It’s October, and that means Meow Cosmetics has Halloween stuffs available too! Yay! Wear ALL THE HALLOWEEN STUFFS!!! Today I wore a colors from the Asylum collection, as well as a Zombie color.

The lid color is Flash, from Silk Naturals. Flash isn’t a Halloween color, but it is a very shimmery complex gold color with a hint of silver and diamond pearl. The crease color is Sedative, the Asylum color. Sedative is a warm metallic silver. I have a sample of it, and while it’s really pretty, it’s not quite a must-have for me, so I won’t order a full size. It is really pretty, though. The highlight color is one I did love enough to order in full size: Skelecat, from the Halloween Zombies. Skelecat is a white color with gold and green iridescence. It’s one of my favorite highlight colors. The eyeliner is a brown color from Physician’s Formula’s Shimmer Strips Gel Liner. It’s pretty darned good for a drugstore (aka inexpensive) gel eyeliner set.

The blush is from Milani, a Baked Blush in the shade Corallina. It would appear the Corallina shade is discontinued – which is too bad, because it’s pretty great. I’m wearing a new Aveda Uruku Color Gloss, this time in the shade Berry.

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Some Fresh Love
Body Care, Hot Lips, Reviews - Comments (1) - October 18th, 2013

The brand Fresh has been a favorite of mine for years, and lately I’ve been indulging in some of their products. Two in particular have been getting heavy airplay in my life recently. The Sugar Shine Lip Treatment and the Rice Dry Oil are awesome!

The Sugar Shine Lip Treatment contains cupuaƧu butter, mango butter, hyaluronic acid, black currant seed, and grapeseed oil. The lip treatment is hydrating, smoothing, softening, conditioning… it’s basically a glossy, high-shine version of Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment balm. It looks great alone, it looks great over lipstick, or, my personal favorite, over a lip stain. At $18.50 a tube it’s not cheap, but it’s a nice luxe treat.

The Rice Dry Oil is a blend of my favorite skincare oils – jojoba, rice bran, grapeseed, and borage oils, as well as white tea extract, arnica extract, and passionflower extract. It’s super-nourishing, promotes elasticity, softens and hydrates. It also has a great scent. I love to apply it while my skin is still damp after a shower. I love how it makes my skin feel, very soft and hydrated. I definitely have a thing for high end body oils, since this reminds me a lot of Aveda’s compositions. The price is similar – the Aveda oil is $23 for 1.7 oz and the Fresh is $48 for 3.3 oz. The only thing I don’t like is the bottle – there isn’t an orifice reducer or anything, so it pours out really quickly. I’m thinking I’ll decant it into a different bottle so I don’t waste any.

I’m also trying out an eye cream from Fresh – look for a review soon!

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