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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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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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EOTD: Lingered Oogie
Eyeshadow, Hot Lips - Comments (1) - October 16th, 2013

I’ve been on a Shiro kick lately because it’s October and the halloween stuff is available. I used Oogie Boogie and Dr. Finkelstein, along with a color from the Hobbit collection. I didn’t have time to photograph my face when it was fresh, so these pictures are after about six hours of wear. Not bad! I had to blot off the shinies, but I didn’t do any other touch-ups.

The lid color is Oogie Boogie, a swampy green-beige. The crease color is Lingered in Twilight, a blackened blue and green tones with slightly metallic shimmer. The highlight is Dr. Finkelstein, a somewhat sheer, ultra-pale ghoulish green-yellow-grey with blue shimmer. I used a black Physician’s Formula Kohl eyeliner on the upper and lower lashlines, as well as the inner rims.

The blush is Thing, from Detrivore Cosmetics. The lip color is an Uruku Color Gloss from Aveda in the shade Luna. I am addicted to this lip balm/gloss thing. It’s pretty awesome.

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EOTD: Glory Fullmetal
Eyeshadow, Hot Lips - Be the first to comment! - October 14th, 2013

I’ve been wearing more neutrals lately, and I just love this particular combination. I used colors from Silk Naturals and Shiro Cosmetics, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

The lid color is Glory, from Silk Naturals. Glory is a taupe with golden highlights- that’s punctuated with glints of green, copper, peach, and gold. I particularly like the description about the sparkles – “The little bits glimmer read as +1 awesome rather than a craft store tragedy.” Glory is one of my favorite taupe colors because of the sparkly bits. The crease color is Fullmetal from Shiro Cosmetics. Fullmetal is a charcoal base with a strong golden shimmer and red highlights. OH HOW I LOVE THIS COLOR. I used Tears of Retail Employees to highlight. The eyeliner is Jordana Easyliner in Brown Suede.

I can’t entirely remember what I used on my cheeks, but I think it’s Shiro Cosmetics’ Coconut Mall bronzer. I put Fresh’s Sugar Shine Lip Treatment on my lips.

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New Pacifica Pefume Products: Cosmetics!
Complexion, Earth Friendly, Hot Lips, Makeup Fun - Comments (2) - February 5th, 2013

Whoa! Stop the train! Pacifica, a Portland-based company that makes perfumes I really enjoy, is offering an expansion of their color cosmetics, as well as some skin care products. Neat-o! I’ve heard a rumour that you can find some of these things at Target, so I’ll be checking that out in the coming weeks. Look at the pretties!

This Enlighten eyeshadow quad looks nice. $14 isn’t a bad price, either, if the quality is nice. The colors look really pretty, a nice multi-use palette – I love these for travel.

I’ll have to look at the ingredients before I’d commit to buying, but I’m really interested in the Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream. As long as it’s not too emollient, it sounds like a nice tinted-moisturizer type product for summer wear. I wish it had sunscreen, but can’t have everything…

The Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples look awesome for lips and face! This one is really calling my name.

There is a face wash, a face moisturizer, and face wipes that are new too. I love the packaging, it’s well done! Hopefully these products will turn up locally at places where other Pacifica products are sold, and I’ll definitely be scoping out Targets to see if I can find them!

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Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm Review
Cheap Thrills, Hot Lips - Be the first to comment! - January 17th, 2013

I’ve never tried a Nivea lip balm before, but I needed something cheap to toss into my Drugstore.com cart on my last order to get free shipping. I tossed the Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm into my cart, and have been giving it a whirl.

I’ve tried Nivea’s shower gels before (and really liked them) but I haven’t tried the lip balm until now. The formula contains a lot of synthetic ingredients (although no petrolatum or mineral oil) and the olive oil and lemon are towards the bottom of the list. But whatever, man, at $2.99 a tube I’m not expecting much. It’s got a lot going for it!

The stick is one of those easy twist-up style balms. It’s a pale green color, but doesn’t impart any color to your lips. It’s silky-smooth going on your lips, and it’s got some decent hydrating power. Lasting power is on par with my favorite lip balms, which is to say, during the winter I’m applying some about every hour. The scent is interesting. It reminds me of lotion, but fresher. It’s really hard to describe, but I will say it’s not particularly lemon-y. If you want something that screams LEMON, don’t buy this. It doesn’t taste like much, and I like the scent, so it’s all good. If they made a lotion with this scent, I’d totally buy it. As it is, it’s pretty decent for a lip balm, but it’s not at all food-like, which may put people off.

I bought mine from Drugstore.com, and it arrived looking just like the picture – which is to say, just the tube with shrinkwrap around it. I’ve seen it pictured on other blogs with more packaging that emphasizes the words “pure & natural” and makes it look more “organic” than it is. I hate it when companies do that. The bottom line is, if you want something all plant-based and organic, this isn’t it. If you just want an affordable lip balm that’s a step up from Cherry Chapstick (which I pretty much loathe, by the way, it’s so waxy and greasy and ICK), than Nivea Olive Oil & Lemon Lip Balm is totally your friend. I give it one solid thumbs up.

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