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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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5 Things: Facial Cleansers
5 Things, Complexion, Skin Care - Be the first to comment! - October 15th, 2013

Facial cleansers fall into the category of things which I want to blog about, but things which don’t usually merit an entire dedicated review to each one. I mean, when it comes to cleansers, either they get your face clean or they don’t. Either they’re too drying or they’re not. That’s pretty much my criteria when it comes to cleansers. Bonus if they remove eye makeup. It seemed like facial cleansers were the perfect subject for a new 5 Things post. Without further ado, here are five cleansers that I deemed acceptable.

1. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. This gentle cleanser cleans well, doesn’t strip the skin, and gets most eye makeup off. It rinshes easily, and there isn’t much scent. I especially like to travel with this one. It’s not especially lather-y, so a decent choice for dryer skins.

2. Eclos Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser. Cleans? Check. Doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry? Check. Removes eye makeup? Mostly check. (Mascara is stubborn.) I like the pump for ease of use. This one is more lathery than the Fresh one.

3. L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. Cleans? Yes. Dryness? No. Removes eye makeup? Not really. I love the foamy texture of this one, and it’s my other travel standby because the travel size bottles are just SO HANDY.

4. Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash. Cleans? Yup. Dryness? Nope. Removes eye makeup? Better than the others. Bonus points: smells like coconut and Pacifica is a local company to me. I like this one a lot.

5. Lush Let The Good Times Roll. Cleans? Pretty good. Dryness? No. Removes eye makeup? Not a chance. Bonus: smells A-MAY-ZING and it’s gently exfoliating. I actually reviewed this last year, but I’m mentioning it again because Lush just made it a permanent part of the line! Woohoo!!

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EOTD: She Bop Toxicity
Cat, Eyeshadow - Be the first to comment! - October 15th, 2013

I was wearing a black shirt to work the other day, so I decided I needed a pop of color on my eyelids. Madd Style’s She Bop was just the thing, toned down with some browns so it didn’t get too crazy. Also, pink and brown has always been a favorite combo of mine.

I put She Bop on the lid. She Bop is a deep pink color with a silvery shimmer and TONS of aqua glitter. Using a sticky base will help the glitters stick better. As it is, a lot of them disappear. (Which is fine, for work…) The crease is Toxicity, from Detrivore Cosmetics. Toxicity is a dark brown satin with a blue and pink shimmer. It’s super-pretty. I used Detrivore’s Lobotomy to highlight in the inner corners and under the brow. The eyeliner is a brown pencil from Givenchy.

The blush is limited edition coral-y color from MAC, and I’m wearing Fresh’s Sugar Shine Lip Treatment.

Since it’s been a while, here’s a bonus Theo picture! He’s such a snoozy boy.

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Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel
Best Of, Body Care - Be the first to comment! - October 14th, 2013

When Lush introduced their Rose Jam Bubbleroon, I was immediately hooked. The scent… it’s SO GOOD. It smells exactly how you’d imagine a rose jam would smell like, which is to say, deadly good. I want to roll in it, it’s so good. When I saw they’d introduced a limited edition shower gel in the same scent, I jumped all over it, budget be damned.

ZOMG. The shower gel is EVEN BETTER than the bubble bar. It’s a serious scent-gasm in the shower every time I use it. I bought the largest size bottle, and will be going back for at least one more before it disappears. It’s a holiday limited edition, so hopefully it’ll stick around through December.

I heard a rumour it might be coming to stores as well, but I kind of want an excuse to order a bottle of Sonic Death Monkey, so I’ll probably get it online.

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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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EOTD: Shiro Halloween Pretties
Eyeshadow - Be the first to comment! - October 13th, 2013

It’s that time of the year, when Shiro Cosmetics brings out the awesome Halloween colors. I used Pumpkin King and Ragdoll, which are really nice together.

Pumpkin King (in the crease), is a blackened copper packed with orange sparkles. Use a sticky base for extra sparkle action. Ragdoll (on the lid), a faded rust matte base filled with lilac and blue sparkles, is one of my favorite orange-y reddish colors. I used Tears of Retail Employees to highlight. The eyeliner is a metallic brown shade from Sephora, which I don’t think they make anymore.

I used Thing blush from Detrivore and totally forgot to put my lip gloss on before taking a picture. I wore this with Aveda Uruku Color Gloss in Luna.

Shiro has two new eyeshadow colors (a purple and a grey-red) and a new lipgloss (a burgundy) to add to this years Halloween collection. I must have them!

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5 Things: Haircare!
5 Things, Hair Care - Comments (2) - October 12th, 2013

I have a small stack of haircare products I need to write about, but I don’t really want to review them each separately. Instead, it’s time for a fresh 5 Things post, haircare edition! So you know what I’m dealing with, the roots get bleached every eight weeks, and the blue is applied every four weeks. Chemically processing my hair every four weeks = dry hair. However, I love the blue (and so does practically everyone else I meet) so keeping the damage under control is my main goal when selecting hair care.

1. Giovanni Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Hair Mask. That’s right, it’s not just Deep, it’s DEEP DEEP! I’ve been using this hair mask twice a week in place of conditioner, and it seems to really help my chemically-processed and really dry hair. I also think it’s been helping to keep my color fading, since the blue seems to fade less quickly since I’ve been using it.

2. Andalou Naturals Brilliant Shine Shampoo. It contains citrus oils and sunflower oil, and is supposed to help with shine. The scent is amazing (tangerine! orange!) and it also was friendly to my color-treated hair.

3. Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Shampoo. After I finished the Brilliant Shine, I decided to try the Moisture Rich shampoo, since my hair is pretty dry. It has a nice orange and vanilla scent, and my hair quite likes it as well. Which brings me to…

4. Andalou Naturals Brilliant Shine Conditioner. I’ve found that this conditioner (replete with sunflower oil and citrus, just like the shampoo) in combination with the Moisture Rich Shampoo makes my hair quite happy.

5. Aveda Color Conserve Shampoo & Conditioner gets an honorable mention. I was using this these two products when I started coloring my hair blue, and they don’t suck. In fact, they’re pretty decent. I switched to the Andalou products because I was feeling cheap, and it’s my opinion that the Andalou products actually do a better job at reducing fading.

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Origins GinZing Moisturizer Review
Complexion, Reviews, Skin Care - Comments (1) - October 11th, 2013

After I got totally hooked on Origins’ GinZing Eye Cream, I tried a sample of their (then) new GinZing Moisturizer. I was pretty much sold on it after one try. As moisturizers go, it’s pretty fab.

The GinZing line is Origins’ “radiance” line, which usually translates into skincare for folks in their early 30′s. It’s advertised as being like a shot of espresso for your skin, and contains ginseng and coffee bean. It has a really lightweight texture, what I tend to think of as a cream-gel texture. It’s recommended for all skin types.

What I like about it is that it provides an adequate level of moisture for my oil-rich skin, without being greasy or heavy. I loooove the lightweight texture! That it has a bright and refreshing citrus aroma is a total bonus. At $26.50 for a 1.7 oz. jar, it’s definitely on the low end price-wise for a department store brand.

If you are looking for a lightweight moisturizer (that’s still pretty hydrating), it’s worth checking out Origins’ GinZing. I give it two thumbs up.

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