Saturday, February 7, 2015

who's that laaaaadyyy?

Brazen Ultraglaze gloss in Rhinestone Housewife exclusive shade Sparkly Lady.
Please note the photos in this post have been adjusted for lighting tint using photoshop to make the colors of the product appear to true life. However, the product has not been enhanced, saturated or otherwise improved in any way.

Sometimes perfection just falls into your lap by chance.

This is one of those times. Sparkly Lady was a generous bonus sample for me from Rhinestone Housewife included in my order of several Arcana perfumes. Not only is it a color that is my total weakness (pink? gold? orange? ALL THREE? sign me up...) but it's also turned out to be the perfect gloss to tote around and apply in a momentary urge to make my lips twenty times more shiny than necessary.
Aaaand it's vegan!

I honestly have to resist the urge to apply a thick and super shiny layer, look at that color.
It applies nicely from the slanted-tip tube and is best when applied in a thin layer and massaged a little into the lips using the tube's applicator. The formula is a bit stickier than Shiro's but much less sticky than MAC's lipglasses or the incredibly thick and sticky Armour Beauty formula. It also has a very slight silicone-y slip to it that lends it a more cushiony feel. It's important to not apply it too thickly, because it will settle into cracks and get patchy if you try to apply more than your mouth can handle. The first time I over-applied and ended up with a ring of shimmery goodness on the inside of my lips. The second time I went for a much thinner coat and everything went much more smoothly, no patchiness or pooling at all.

It also wears incredibly well, this is a gloss that will still stick around a bit even after a few coffees. It's a perfect swiss army knife of a gloss that'll get you out of just about any naked lip emergency.

Also did I mention it's pretty? It's pretty.

Wearing Dark Matter Makeup shadows on eyes with Sparkly Lady gloss on lips.

Where to buy: Rhinestone Housewife (this is an exclusive shade!); $4.00 USD; for other shades, also check Rhinestone Housewife or Brazen Cosmetics

Friday, February 6, 2015

(ursa)major love for dark matter makeup.


Sample vials from Dark Matter Makeup
I experienced a miracle today.

It might not seem like much of one, but if you're anywhere above, like, Kentucky, you'll probably understand what I mean when I describe the miracle as "the sun". Yes, the sun. Today, I finally saw the sun for the first time since about mid-November. That's not even an exaggeration, because I distinctly remember the day in mid-November when it appeared and my girlfriend said, "This is the first time the sun's been out since Halloween".

I haven't even been longing for the sun in terms of wanting it to be spring so much as it's just been driving me bonkers how hard it is to get gloriously glittery swatches without it. There's just nothing else that's quite the same as that giant yellow sky-ball.

So, naturally, when the sun came out today I rejoiced, and then I grabbed my Dark Matter samples I'd recently received and my camera.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

future primitive has the handmade treats you need!

My two Future Primitive orders, complete with a lovely little business card!
My adventure in Future Primitive's wonderland of bath & body goodies began a while back when there was some discussion about companies that make their things from scratch. Future Primitive is one of these companies, with the added bonus of being UK-based, which means no worrisome import taxes or obscenely high shipping worries! If you're EU-based Future Primitive is worth checking out for that alone, in spite of the pound's eternally sky-high conversion rate.

You heard the soap! get in here!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

a beso for your troubles?

Beso Balm samples and a full-size of Mielo Balm.
Disclaimer: These products were purchased by me, but I was given a blogger discount in exchange for my honest review of them.
I don't even know where to begin with KaeQ.

I honestly love pretty much everything about them so far, in part because of how utterly simple everything is. And that's the kicker--the final product is simple, but their overall process isn't.

Nicole, the owner of KaeQ, locally sources the ingredients for the various fruit oils that can be found in KaeQ's balms depending on season, then presses them into oil in their own workshop, which they have videos of on their tumblr. The result is a product I can get behind--natural, handmade and local.

And the product is so good it speaks for itself.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As I Lay Stretched on My Floor, I can't help but contemplate the wonderfulness of Arcana Soaps

Look at the gorgeousness of that label art.

Lately I've been applying perfume before I go to bed.

And when I get up, naturally, but also before I go to bed. Is this normal? Do other people do this?

Or actually, does it even matter? Because the truth is, if other people had Arcana's Holy Terror, they probably would be doing this. And it's not just Holy Terror either--all of the scents I've chosen from Arcana are so good they are worthy of both morning and night application. And maybe mid-lunch. And pre-dinner.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

mac python and the holy grail

Mac Face&Body N1 in natural light.
The top swatch and has dried and oxidized some, the bottom swatch is fresh.
Foundation, for me, has to be one of the worst makeup things on the planet, but probably not for the reasons you think.

I am not really a "face" junkie. I'm a lipstick junkie, nail polish junkie, eyeshadow junkie in training. I love colors, and by extension, putting them on my face. Before my nails reached a state of ruin the likes of the Parthenon, I changed my polish weekly, sometimes less. I like changing colors and putting on new ones based on mood and season and fashion trends and whatever other influences come up.

My skin, however, kinda usually stays the same.