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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 cupuaçu 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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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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