22 November 2011

Unfailing the 30 Day Challenge : Questions 7 and 8!

7) Favorite Eyeshadow Color?  MAC Ricepaper or Urban Decay Skimp and Wreckage (from the Mariposa Palette - I am in love with this palette the way the rest of the world is in love with the Naked Palette).  Ricepaper is a gorgeous natural highlighter from MACs perm range.  Skimp is lovely blended over the lid for a quick brightening eyeshadow look.  Wreckage is lovely on its own, its a true ash brown with silvery and golden sheen in it, but blended a tiny bit with a bronzer (or a shade like MAC cork) it takes on this lovely purple tinge and its UHMAYZING.  The warmth juxtaposes the ashy edge Wreckage has and makes it really beautiful.
I LURVE THIS PALETTE!

8) What is my favorite daytime look?  Ahem.  See this post and this post. If there is one impression you take away from my blog, it is that I love winged liner and nude lips (just like Lauren Conrad apparently - omg I am a Hills clone in a parallel universe, I feel ashamed).  But its true, I actually wear it so much I'm borderline bored with it, but I can't think of any other makeup that is as flattering on me or as quick to do.

21 November 2011

Weirdly Beautiful Nail Treatment Courtesy of YouTube


The video above is to Sokolum79's interpretation of Emma Watsons UK Elle manicure. Its feminine and unexpected. I think I'm going to try it in my nails tonight. I'm blogging from my IPhone. This is not working as planned.

UPDATE:  Blogging from my laptop is much more advantageous and informative.  Will not blog from Phone in the future.  Lesson learned partly sponsored by Alice in Chains.

20 November 2011

The Usual Suspects: What I Keep in My Purse & My Stereotypical Look

Just business as usual.  First Up - My purse.

I try to be minimalistic, but I think it just appears that way.



















- Grey Purse (I forget the model number ) by Etienne Aigner.
- Black Leather Sugar Skull wallet by Loungefly.
- Modella Pink Cheetah Print Makeup Bag
-White and Silver Contact Emergency Thingie - It has a contacts case and spare set of new contacts.  Dead Handy.
- Lauren Conrad Sunglasses from Summer 2011.  (I feel ashamed of myself for owning an LC product, but these are awesome, and HUGE.  Which I love.  I secretly think I'm Bono.)
- Keys
- Mentos
- Hot Pink Ink Pen
- Skagen of Denmark Steel Chainmail Watch (I love this watch.  Its awesome and waterproof and can be sterilized should I choose).
- Pandora Champagne Leather Double Strand Bracelet
- Pandora Silver Charm Bracelet

I carry my watches and my bracelets around because I wear them daily, I just keep them in my purse because generally I remember them in my car on my way to work.  Keeping them in my purse makes it so I can still wear them.


Whats in the Hot Pink Bag of Doom.

There is a lot of shit in that little pink bag.


1) The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream
2) Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Gold Dust
3) LAVANILLA Laboratories Vanilla Lavender Rollerball
4) LAVANILLA Laboratories Vanilla Blackberry Rollerball
5) Urban Decay Lip Love Lipgloss in Drizzle
6) Mini Benefit They're Real Mascara
7) Essence Lipstick in Soft Nude (or Creamy Nude, I forget and the label is worn off)
8) MAC New Temptation Sheen Supreme Lipstick
9) MAC Viva Glam Gaga II Lipstick (FAVORITE LIPSTICK EVER)
10) Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Wallflower
11) Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Serum Eyeliner in Extra Black
12) Urban Decay DeSlick Powder
14) Karina  Mini Metallic Bobbie Pins


Yeah, My Kindle is pretty bitchin'.
I also carry my Kindle around with me, because I compulsively read.  Right now I'm finishing up the latest book in the Rosie Winters Mystery Series and am partially through the Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The skin is from Gela Skins and this Kindle is the previous model before they revamped the line and released the Kindle Fire. I probably should join Good Reads at some point.

The Think Tanks Typical Face:



I still have the ducky bathroom curtain.  I'm only 25, not a grown up.

I'm a Scientist by trade.  Most of my colleagues don't see the need for glitter liner on a day to day basis, so I've toned it down to a typical look.  It's very similar to the previous face I posted but a little more refined and pared down.  Mainly I mask my dark circles, do my signature liner, try to contour my face a wee bit and draw subtle attention to my lips.  Overall, I like it.  It's fast and pretty easy.

FACE
- MAC Select Cover Concealer in NW25
- MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
- Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Finishing Powder
- Tarte Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer

EYES
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Cream Shadow in Golden Sands
- The Browbone shade on the Neutral side of the WnW I Heart Matte's palette
- MAC Naked Lunch
-Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner
- L'Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Mascara (or MAC Haute and Naughty Lash or Diorshow Lash Plumping Serum/ Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara)

LIPS
- Urban Decay Lip Love Lipgloss in Drizzle

19 November 2011

Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

Tarte has been a recent discovery of mine.  Which is funny, because it's not like Tarte is a new brand or anything.  I just sort of avoided it because I didn't think it could deliver the type of strong, long lasting color and finish of cosmetics I wanted to buy.  I've since come off that opinion quite a bit and have been thrilled with the products I've purchased from them. This product is probably my second favorite, if not favorite of the three products I own purely because it lets me go sans foundation.  Oh yeah.  Who doesn't like that boon?

From Tarte's Website - powder retainer not depicted.


The powder is translucent and has a softer, slightly less fluffy texture than MUFE HD powder, but about the same particle size as it's main ingredient is silica.  The next ingredient is kaolin, which is industry-speak for clay, which this is reported to have.  In fact, it's supposed to be Amazonian Clay, which I can't tell if it is or not because its described as kaolin and not kaolin du amazon or some other such nonsense.  So I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it is.  The next ingredient is a binder - lecithin.  Following up your binder is lysophosphatidic acid - which I presume is the PM20 (aka pore minimizer 20% - literally).  This is supposed to reduce your pore size by 20% after four weeks of daily use.  

I've only been using it for two, so I can't substantiate that claim, because without the powder on I can't really tell if my pores have shrunken by any percentage, and I'm assuming 20% shrinkage would be hard to detect in your pores prior to the four week marker.  However, with a liberal application of powder over un-made up skin I get a really nice soft focus finish.  Over foundationed skin, I get a nice soft focus finish as well, but the pore masking properties are more obvious because, well, I have foundation on.  So my pores should be more masked anyway.

In terms of actually setting my makeup - this powder is ok.  I need a fair bit on a small dense brush to set my concealer, and even then if I'm slightly heavy handed with my MAC Select Cover it can crease a tiny bit after application of powder.  You really have to buff it into the under eye area, so this powder is ok for that purpose.  MUFE HD performs a bit better for me in that respect.  However, buffed generally over the face with a MAC 109 I get a nice semi-matte finish.  Oilier areas of my face need a second pass, and it lasts about 3 hours or so before I need to touch up with a blot powder.

The only other thing worth mentioning is that you have to invert the container and tap it whilst upside down to get the product into the cap so you can apply it to your face.  This is purely because there is a single hole for the powder to escape in the middle of the plastic insert inside the powder container.  But it only takes a few taps and after a couple of uses the powder flows more freely.  If you click here, you can read how Tarte describes suggests getting the product out of the container.  However, I was not aware of this until about now, so I have no idea if the "perfect amount of powder" is actually dispensed.  So.  Just, you know, FYI.


Yes. I had to do it.  And for the record, the white guy on the bongo's kills it.  Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder retails for $28 at Tarte's website and on Sephora's.  Happy pore-shrinking!

18 November 2011

Tanaka Facial Massage: AKA the best thing ever

Seriously.  I'm not kidding.  I now have a more sculpted, lifted, depuffed, smoother face.  My skin/ face looks great.  Bonus: I have a significantly reduced double chin.  I feel like that is reason enough to try this.

Basically, the Tanaka Facial Massage works by stimulating the tissues of the face in such a manner that releases fat, toxins, inflammatory agents within your muscles and promotes lymphatic drainage.  If this is actually scientifically true or if this is a load of bupkiss, I haven't the slightest idea.  What I do know is that it works.  I can see the improvement in my face, and it didn't take long as I've been dedicatedly doing the massage morning and night for about two weeks. (I also hedged my bets by using a drugstore firming/ anti-aging/ facial recontouring cream - so take it or leave it).

The entire massage takes three minutes total and instructions can be found on You Tube, in a series of videos.  I'll link the first video, but there are five, and the actual instruction in which the model performs the massage on herself doesn't occur until the middle of video two and the beginning of three.  You can do the massage in the shower with your facial cleanser of choice or post cleansing with your moisturizer of choice.  If you have dry skin, you're going to need to use a bit more of your moisturizer as the act of massaging your face makes it absorb faster, especially if you're looking for the slip of freshly conditioned skin to use under makeup.  Also, if you have delicate/ more translucent/ thinner skin you could experience an increase of redness shortly after the massage simply because the massage is generating friction and opening up blood vessels in the epidermis, but it dissipates rather quickly.  So.  Fair warning.

Anywho! Here is the vid.  The face creams I've used with it are from the Garnier Fructis Ultra Lift Night Cream range, which are generally very hydrating and non-greasy. 



08 October 2011

Day 4/5/6: All in one neat little post!

Slacker!


Day 4: Do I like wearing foundation? If so, what are your favorites?

- Short answer, no.  But I wear it everyday.  Slowly I am trying to find a new favorite, and actually have grand plans to test out MACs Matchmaster foundation.  I prefer sheer to light coverage, as any higher tends to make my face look wider because it completely drops out the contours and shadowing of my bone structure.  Yeah, I over analyze foundation coverages so sue me.  In the past I have vastly enjoyed MAC Face & Body and MUFE HD Foundation.  I have been using the Body Shops Extra Virgin Minerals but it's beginning to clog my pores, so I've discontinued its use. I also dearly, dearly love Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation and but Warm Sand is my winter shade.

Day 5: Favorite Lipstick, Lipgloss and Liner

These are toughies!  Most days I go sans lipcolor.  If forced to choose, I'd select the following.
MAC Up the Amp Lipstick


VS Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper Extreme in Clear

I don't use lipliner.  I'm not a fan.  I think I own maybe one?  I like the VS Lip Plumper because its shiny, a little goes a LONG way, and I do notice it subtly filling out the vertical lines in my lips.  It also is universal and makes even the driest unfriendliest lipstick usable.

Day 6: Do you like falsies?

- Yes.  I do. I like the idea of them.  However, I cannot wear them out in daytime, or even night time without feeling like people are staring at them.  Even using little baby ones.  I dunno.  I'm weird like that.  However, if you're interested in my latest foray into falsies... check out this post.


I think I'm caught up to speed!  Huzzah!

05 October 2011

Day 3: Favorite Brand

Oh god.  This is a tough one.  I don't have a favorite, and the brands I do rank amongst my Inner Sanctum of makeup all have the same sort of things that I like about them.  They have diverse product/color ranges, high performing foundations, lack of intentionally gimmicky packaging in their perm line, a median price point, and generally, don't leave me disappointed.  Oh! And generally tend to have insanely editorial promotional pictures for their collection launches.  Things like that generally sway me.  So huge surprise my top four are as follows: MAC, NARS, Illamasqua and MUFE.  Drugstore High Performers: Physicians Formula, Prestige, NYX and Maybelline.

04 October 2011

Falsified

I tried out Ardell 116 lashes.  They look pretty Bitchin'.  I regularly fail at putting lashes on, and this was one of my more successful attempts.  For the use of slanted tweezers really helped in the placement, as did waiting until the  glue was supertacky to stick them down.  Of note, I am wearing The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation in the shade 202 or Neutral Vanilla (really nice moisturizing foundation) and Illamasqua Facade Lipgloss.  Eyeshadows are PF Eye Brightener in Taupaz and UD Darkhorse and Creep from the Naked Palette.


I really like these.  They were easy to use and had a nice full band of wispy lashes.  I feel that these are good for slightly more dramatic but still natural looking lashes.  Perfect for a night out when you want a little more oomph.

Day 2: How Did I Learn to Put on Makeup?

I think it was Youtube, by a freak accident, or not so freakish accent.  I believe I saw a Lauren Luke video featured on the front page when I was looking for a music vid for Paramore.  So, I watched that and thought it was ok.  Then I stumbled upon Sarah Victor and watched all of her videos in one sitting.  I was inspired and learning on Youtube worked for me because I could mimic what I was seeing on my face to varying degrees of success.

03 October 2011

Day 1: When Did I Start Wearing Makeup?

Casually?  I was 12.  I had a Wet nWild Purple Eyeshadow Quad and a WnW Frosty Pink Lipstick.  This was back when WnW was in the HUGE white packaging with metallic detailing, and I believe I topped it all off with Covergirl's Professional Mascara in the maroon packaging.  Yeah.  I remember, that stuff.

When I turned fourteen I saved up $180 worth of babysitting money to go to a Clinique counter and have a makeover.  I remember they told me to wear Superbalanced Foundation in Porcelain Beige, and I had Air Kiss Lipgloss in Teddy Kiss.  I think the lady tried to sell me a lipliner but my mom said no.  But I got the whole shebang otherwise.  Skincare, foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow duo, eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss.  This was the natural look. 

After that it was pretty much drugstore makeup, until I springboarded in makeup at the tenderage of 21 and never looked back.  Now its High End all the way, baby!

06 September 2011

Fall 2011 - Lacquered Oranges

Taken on iPhone4 w/ flash.

Taken on iPhone4 in daylight/daywhite conditions in from of window.
I am not the best photographer.  I take pictures on an iPhone and edit contrast or color balance to get what I think is an accurate image (ie. in focus, accurately depicting color, appropriately resolved to convey information, not over-exposed so that you lose information or under exposed so that you obscure information).  To me daylight and flash conditions should produce radically different results purely because you are working at different color temperatures.  If I was a better photographer, or really just not taking pictures with an iPhone, I would be able to compensate for this and produce an accurate photograph no matter the lighting conditions.  But I'm not, so take this or leave this as you will, both photographs give an idea of what a lacquered orange lip looks like.

Lacquered Orange I feel is a great color for fall purely because it is vastly unexpected.  Paring ultra shiny lips with matte clean skin is a beautiful juxtaposition of textures, and the luxe look of the vinyl-esque lips would carry great into the holiday season.  I achieved this lip look  applied 2-3 layers of Benefit's Cha Cha Tint to the lips and topped it with Inglot AMC Lip Gloss in 545.  It gives a liquidly lurid garishly orange lip, that pops and snaps off the face.  I really like it.

01 September 2011

Giant Hand of Swatch Vol 3 - Back in Black

I love Black.  Now for a bunch of swatches of things that are black including the New UltraFlesh Black Magic Eyeliner Palette (this is meh).

Number Key is Below

1) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Matte Eyeliner Dry
2) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Matte Eyeliner Wet (w/ Illamasqua Sealing Gel)
3) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Shimmer Eyeliner Dry
4) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Shimmer Eyeliner Wet (w/ Illamasqua Sealing Gel)
5) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Smudge Gel Liner (this does not set - it smudges)
6) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Shimmer Kohl Liner
7) UltraFlesh BM Palette - Black Kohl Liner
8) MAC Midnight Media Mattene (Remember this?)
9) YSL Gloss Pur Black
10) Fyrinnae Immortality (w/ Pixie Epoxy)
11) Fyrinnae Dark Fantasy (w/ Pixie Epoxy)
12) Fyrinnae Dokkalfar (w/ Pixie Epoxy)

30 August 2011

Anna Sui Rouge G in 200 and Lipgloss in 703

I've wanted to try Anna Sui cosmetics for the longest time.  I'm generally not one of these crazy people who engage in Makeup snobbery, generally. I am universal in my jones for makeup as long as its good quality and performs well.  Anna Sui is the exception to the rule.  I wanted Anna Sui because it was gorgeous and I wanted to be one of those chicks who has a semi-hard to get high end bit of purse candy just so I could whip it out and make those more discerning women, who would recognize the Sui label, pant with jealousy.  I guess that makes me a bit of a bitch? Fair enough, check this out.  (You may commence the eye rolling and judgement!)

Say Whaaaattt....
This picture illustrates one thing and one thing only.  The packaging is amazing! I never save packaging, ever.  (With the exception of the MAC Viva Glam Gaga II and Cyndi Lauper Lipgloss boxes).  However, you'd be a moron to throw something like these boxes away.  I have the boxes in a drawer in my jewelry box that I rarely go into so they don't get messed up.

Sigh... it just keeps getting better.
The rose theme is carried onto the packaging.  It's ever present in the ornate quality of the plastic lipstick case and in the whimsical rosette that tops the lip gloss tube.  They may be plastic and semi-commonplace in Asia, but this almost trips my rift more than Guerlain... and that is saying something.  In fact, when I pop the cap off the lipstick I almost feel like bursting into song.  Something along the lines of "I feel pretty... oh so pretty!"


Do you feel the pretty yet?

The detail is not lost in the interior of the lipstick.  The brand is emblazoned among the screw top case.  The lipgloss is less exciting.  You just unscrew it and reveal a rectangular, flat doe tipped brush.  Womp, womp.

Swatches.  Read the in picture captions, they reveal all.
Now down to the nitty gritty.

ANNA SUI ROUGE G  LIPSTICK in 200

- Rouge G in Anna Sui talk means the lipstick is a glaze finish.  I guess by glaze they mean glorified lip balm, because this lipstick looks exactly like a glorified lip balm.  A luscious, silky, succulent lip balm - but a lip balm none the less.

- The lipstick is INCREDIBLY soft.  You don't need a lot of pressure to apply this.  In fact, if you applied more than medium pressure, you'd probably damage the lipstick.  Which would be unfortunate as this is not cheap.  It would also ruin the allure of having a dress lipstick. No one likes pretty packaging and a slightly deformed lipstick.  It's obscene.

- I have a love for purple lipsticks.  I think they are a fantastic funky alternative to a pink or a mauve.  I also think that this would have been a great purple lipstick, had the shade had any opacity to it.  I guess it's more of a "show" purple lipstick and not and "achieve" purple lipstick.  I was left with lovely glossy, albeit un-purpled lips after application and  the slight sting of an opportunity for purple greatness passing me by.

ANNA SUI LIPGLOSS in 703

This gloss is a standard nude with a pink hue.  Its a nice thick gloss that is ultra shiny without being too sticky.  The shade sheers out on the lips, so this is great for layering over a brighter pink lipcolor to sheer it out or by itself as an everyday nude lipgloss.  The brevity of this description has more to do with it being a general well performing generic gloss than it having any major functional issues.
IN GENERAL

- Holy crap do these things reek.  Open them up and Anna Sui assaults you with an over-reaching scent of roses. It's like the lip products are the Allies, your olfactory system are the Germans and your nose is the new Normandy.  Quite literally all you can smell are roses.  ROSES and ROSES and ROSES.  It's so overwhelming that when I opened the product I thought someone was burning citronella until I realized what exactly I was smelling.

- There are no discernable taste to these.  Which is nice.  Because I would not want to taste what these smell like.

- These products are remarkable for the intricate packaging and the label of Anna Sui.  Everything else is very average, I feel.  I wish I had a different opinion but I don't.  You don't really need these.  They need you.  They need your love.  Because otherwise they would be generic and mediocre.  Like a highschool girl who tries to re-invent herself for prom.  Fluff and glitter and pretty over a regular base.  It all washes off eventually.

26 August 2011

Fall Lippies 2011 - Wine + Berries

Fallll Lips!  One of many!


This is pretty easy and pretty, pretty!  Its STILA (not NARS, I'm a moron) Acai lipstain - one pretty even coat with NARS Nana lipgloss.  A bright bluish red stain with a blackened grape lipgloss.  Super divine!

23 August 2011

The Giant Hand o' Swatch Vol 2

I am horrifically sunburned.  I went to the beach as a birthday/ relaxation trip on Sunday and OMG, am I roasted.  It hurts to move most of my face, so no makeups for me for a while.  However, that does not mean that I cannot keep up with my Hand of Swatch, because my hand is not sunburned for the most part.

That's right... gaze at the swatches... they are so pretty.... gazzzeeeee.....

18 August 2011

Faves & Fails : Friday Edition

I have discovered the elliptical at the gym.  My thighs may never be the same.

FAVES

- Palladio Eye Ink in Black Ink - My new drugstore eyeliner love.  It's great!  A felt tipped liner than gives a super black line of eyeliner, no re-lining, no wobbly lines (*ahem*UD 24/7 Liquid Liner *ahem*).  Love it.  I used it in my Duping Lana Kane's Archer Face Post. 
peninsulabeauty.com

- The Body Shops Olive Body Butter - It's thick, rich,moisturizing.  Smells fresh and clean.  Does not leave me greasier than a pig on a spit. AND! It doesn't make me itch!  It also seems to kill my weird white girl ashy-ness that I sometimes have (bonus? I have weird skin....).
Thebodyshop-usa.com 

- The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask - A clay mask that tingles, refreshes and sucks out clogged pores like a facemask shaped hoover vacuum.  This is so great!  A little goes a long way, and afterwards a light moisturizer is all you need to have firm, poreless, hydrated skin.  Excellent pick me up.
thebodyshop-usa.com    

FAILS

- Benefit Coralista Blush - Why do people like this!?!  I tried it out (again) as a BI sample from Sephora and honestly wasn't impressed (again).  It's not pigmented enough to show up on my skin, its such a soft rose with a tiny bit of coral that its sorta pointless unless I pack it on.  But then it gives me massively shimmertastic cheeks.  I should digress, because this powder does one thing fabulously - smell overbearingly like roses.  Blech.

- My Lower Eyelashes + Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara - This is more of my bottom eyelashes are sparse and fine and long.  This product, while having many a warranted merit I'm sure, does not work for me.  It just leaves me with blobby lower lashes. 

RANDOM

Future Mail Calls

- Inglot Cosmetics - They um, erm, eh... fucked up? and sent me a cream blush and super dark concealer instead of my Matte Gel Eyeliners.  I have to wait another week to get my products, which is semi-irksome, as it took a weekend to get a response and they weren't sent via expedited shipping.

- Amazon.com - Diorshow Lash Primer Serum, Anna Sui Gloss in 703 and Anna Sui Rouge G in 200.  Yeah baby, Anna Sui! You may see them featured in a Giant Hand o' Swatch sometime soon. 

Favorite Song Right Now

- Coma by Eighteen Visions and Our Darkest Days by Eighteen Visions.

Oh mai.. so hawt.

Favorite Hair Product

- Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Conditioner -  I don't know what sorts of alchemy goes into the manufacturing of this, but it forces complete submission of my hair.  Its super love.  I got my hair chopped and it was being unruly, one application of this and I was golden.  Smooth, lots of body, non-greasy.

Weird Craving

- Does Patron count?  I feel it should.

Obsessive Television

- South Park.  Yeah.  I just watched all of season 14 straight through this weekend.  My mind is not quite the same.

Books 

- THE PLAGUE KING by Jonathan Maberry.  RUN! Do not walk to the bookstore/library and buy the Joe Ledger series (Patient Zero and The Dragon Factory).  If Stephen King and Tom Clancy were put in a blender and some World War Z was added, you'd get this series.  It's pretty amazing. 

Clearly, I have the mentality of a college aged boy this week.  Metal, booze, crude humor and shoot-em up books.  For realzies, I'll let you know when I've gotten back to my typical irregularly scheduled programming.

Prelude to a Haul: MAC MAC Me Over

Before we get started, watch and appreciate:

K. My work here is done.  Just kidding!

WHAT TO BUY

- Outre Eyeshadow -  A matte ochre yellow eyeshadow?  Uhhh whats not to like?  I kid people who are cool toned and fair may not be too jazzed with this, but this is a shade that is unique to the MAC Perm line and I for one see it as a beautiful fall-esque crease color and a funky complement in a dark brown smokey eye.

- Equilibrium Blush - A shimmery cool toned tan blush.  I can see this being perfect for contouring or a lovely neutral cheek to complement an intense eye or bold lip.

- Street Cool Shadestick - A lovely taupe, a perfect base for other taupes?  (It seems only fair to include this because Outre will only look good on certain skintones.  Same applies here.)

- Fatigues Nail Lacquer - A green-blue dusty greyish creme nailpolish.  Sounds remarkably complex, but looks pretty on the nails.

- Smoked Purple Lipstick -  A beautiful unusual smokey purple color.  I'm not sure if I've ever seen this in lipstick form, but I can't resist.  It fuels my addiction for "ugly" purple lipsticks.  See also  Rebel, Runaway Red  and  Prince Noir.   I vastly enjoy all of these lipstick shades. A great diverse range for fall.

WHAT TO SEE IN STORE

- All of the Fluidlines -  I know Dark Diversion will not blow.  (I own it, and it doesn't).  I really would like to include Midnight Blues and Envy but I'm concerned that the texture, consistency and performance will be subpar.  Also, I already own shades similar to this in MAC pearlglides.

- Evil Eye Eyeshadow Quad - The name does it for me, the swatches are what don't. Everything looks dark and one dimensional.  Like it wouldn't matter what shade I put on, it would all blend out the same on my eye and be dark and muddy.

- Illicit Lipglass - I like the color in the swatches, but I own a lot of other similar milky, pinky, peachy lipglasses.  If this one is special and unique enough I'd say do it.

WHAT TO SKIP

- For the record I hate most of everything in the Icelandic Cool collection.  It's way to pale, pastel and shimmery for someone like me.  I'm dark and yellow toned and not fair.  This will look like death on me.  Therefore, SKIP!

- Secret Lover Lipstick - Wtf.  This is like Iron Maiden Lipstick from that one collection that had Full on Fuschia Blush and Ravishing Lipstick.  Pale, non-descript and no color once on the lips.  Why pay $14 for glorified lip balm?

OVERALL

This collection is weirdly one dimensional.  Its not colorful or diverse enough for my liking.  There are things I can find that I like, but most of the products leave me lukewarm.  Anyone remember Cult of Cherry or the MAC Make Up Art Cosmetics Collections?  Now those were some outstanding fall MAC showings.

14 August 2011

One Lovely Blog Award

Something fun that was bequeathed to me from The Unknown Beauty Blog .  Thanks! :D
 
The rules are simple, answer 7 things about yourself and then pass the award on to as many other bloggers as you can.

1) I can't tell my right from my left hand.  A lot of the times I point in the direction rather than say "make a right turn" or what not.  Inherently, I realize at  25 I should know my right from my left, or at least know the cheat trick.  But in times of stress I'm useless with it.

2) I'm not 25 yet.  I'm 24 until 23 Aug.  However, mentally I have already transitioned.

3) Nine times out of ten when I have a craving it's cheese.  Even when I don't know what I want, if I have cheese I'm usually satisfied.  If you are ever craving cheese and have tomatoes and a Mango-Ginger Stilton on hand, they make a great salad.  Also, I vastly enjoy Amy's Organic Matar Paneer.  You know, when I get the craving for Indian Cheese.

4) I use subheadings because I cannot transition from a technical writing perspective.  So while I may misspell things, become vastly in-articulate with my opinion and generally just fail at writing intelligently, I will always have subheadings.  Subheadings are my friends.


5) I get a massive kick out of writing Faves & Fails: Friday Edition.  I enjoy talking about more things than just make-up.  Hence why the Random subheading is so large and so random. PS.  I thought including a giant picture of ham in the latest edition was incredibly hysterical.  It also made my very hungry.

6) I used to write What Lachesis Thinks!  I had it for two years or so.  It was my poor girls therapy to deal with the stress of graduate school.  I wanted to re-invent myself as something more sophisticated (ish) and I wanted to leave the memories of my stress behind.  Because holy shitsnacks was I stressed, and massively unhappy.  However, I got my graduate degree and have become significantly less stressed and significantly more happy and wanted a blog to reflect this change.

7) I want some cheese right now.

Uhhh... By leaps and bounds the Think Tank is chumming the waters of obscurity and should have not basis for giving an award.  But I do like the following blogs:

11 August 2011

Faves & Fails: Friday Edition

Another week another meme.  What's a girl to do?

FAVES

- Sula Natural Lipgloss in Beautiful Stranger - This is a lightweight golden shimmery gloss.  Think Stila Kitten diluted by an order of magnitude.  Perfect for having a lovely SUPER SHINY pout.  It also smells like fruit salad and is non-sticky, which is nice.  Also, really cutely styled.  This is definitely a carry around gloss just for the packaging alone.
I'm so pretty!

- NARS Exotic Dance Eyeshadow Duo - I love NARS.  I blame this girl for that.  However, this is one of my favorites.  A very pretty shimmery tarnished gold and a beautiful sheer shimmery ice white.  The beauty of this duo lies in the white shade as it is completely sheer and goes on soft and highlight-esque without packing on a ton of color which counterpoints the gold nicely.  Also, if you can add in Mekong you've got a NARS trifecta.

- MAC Hue Turquatic Eau de Parfum - I love this scent. A love, watery, unisex esque citrus floral.  I get lots of compliments on smellin' so bitchin' when I wear it.
Lovely simple packaging!

FAILS

- MAC Hue Turquatic Eau de Parfum - I wish they had the old packaging, to me the scent reads more clean, clear and crisp (like the old turquoise, glass and black plastic packaging) than this new "redesigned" shenanigans.  The new, overly stylized packaging doesn't remind me of a pretty sensual sea spray.  It reminds me of what light looks like when its filtered through swamp water.  But I digress.  I like very simple, minimalistic type things.  This is not that its weirdly gaudy.  Do not like.
Swampy and Gaudy.  Ew.

- LASplash Remarkable Precision Pen Liner in Royal Navy - Sooooo.  This stains.  As in, eats through Palladio herbal eye primer to give you lovely blue raccoon eyes that only a thick layer of MAC paint pot could correct.  Heh.  WHAT.  I DID NOT SIGN UP TO HAVE BLUE STAINED EYELIDS.  RETURN!


RANDOM

Future Mail Calls

- I'm thinking of doing a Linnaeus Cosmetics order because of all of the indie twitter buzz.  That and the owner is very cool and nice. Plus, she has some shades that I am dying to try like Bouffant and Jounce.

- I may order MAC Hocus Pocus ES and MAC All of My Purple Life from the Blogger's Obsession Collex.  Two shades I have nothing like!

Favorite Song Right Now

- HEAVY IN YOUR ARMS by Florence + the Machine - I get apoplectic about this song.  I have a deep emotional connection to it in my car.  I'm I look like I have Tourettes instead of singing.

Favorite Hair Product

- Sally Hershberger Spray Wax -  I dunno what this is called, but its awesome when my hair grows out and gets shaggy between cuts.  It gives the back weight and dimension and it smells AMAZING.  Sort of sandalwood/ patchouli baby.

Weird Craving

- Ham.  There I said it.  JUDGE ME.
That's right bitches.  I'm Giant, Hammy and Delicious.

Obsessive Television

- Archer -  I can quote most of season 1.  When I get bored I watch Archer.  I don't care how many times I've seen it, its freaking hilarious.


Well thank God for them internets.

Books

- Sunshine by Robin McKinley - I have a friend who thought this book was absolutely stupid.  But I love it because it's the closest I've ever found to an author mimic-ing my internal dialogue.  I love the main character and I sort of secretly want to be a baker because of this book, even though I can't bake.
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK.
Yay!

Tweet me (@lachesissss) and search for TheBeauty ThinkTank on FB!
-/L.

09 August 2011

An Etsy Pastiche

Ok, I use the term pastiche loosely.  However, check out what I've been drooling over on Etsy lately.  Hella lemmings, yo.
Chemical warfare ties.
Vaguely threatening rectangle bird magnets.


A Gawjus retro dress.


Beautiful Earrings.
A witty flask.
The captions are linkies to the sellers.  I'm such an Esty window shopper, really fun stuff there.

08 August 2011

The Think Tank has a Facebook page... Say Whaaat!!!

In the interest of social networking I've given the Think Tank a facebook page!  I'm sure to include more random there than I ever could contain here (which I'm sure is not entirely true, but here's hoping!)

Yes Kids.  This blog, has a FACEBOOK page.  Yay!

It also has a twitter! Follow Me!

Your commander in all things over-exposed and doomlike,
-/L.

07 August 2011

LASplash Remarkable Pen Style Eyeliner

I have finally found my Blue Eyeliner Love. (I feel the need for all capitals because this is a joyous, momentous occasion for which I am insanely happy about.)  I wear black eyeliner.  ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME.  In fact I'm pretty sure my co-workers think I'm one of those weird people who have tattoo-ed on makeup because that is how often I wear it and how good I am at doing it. (I'm a Virgo, we're perfectionists when we step out of our neurotic bubbles).  So needless to say I wanted to break up my humdrum routine with something a bit different.


LASplash Remarkable Precision Pen Eyeliner
Enter in LASplash Remarkable Precision Pen Eyeliner.  LASplash is a bit of a sleeper brand.  Most people know them for their glitter adhesives and liquid liners, but when I was in ULTA the other day these babies caught my eye.  I'm not entirely sure why I never thought to use LAsplash before, out of all of the brands out there this one would surely deliver a product as bright as the packaging.  And lo and behold I was right.

Swotchy swotch - both shades are brighter IRL. 
I have to say.  These were exactly what I was looking for. Given that I was trying to find a blue liner that was neither too dark nor too pastel and watery, a boon of blue liners everywhere.  However, Royal Navy is totally the shit.  It's opaque in one stroke, a beautiful cerulean blue, and it's not super transferable. (ie You don't have lid transfer when you open your eye as it dries).  Amethyst is slightly less remarkable, its a typical purple with a black base, a little predictable but easier to get right as the black makes the purple opaque enough to be a liner.

In my haste I forgot to photo the tip of the pen, but it is a very stiff pointed felt tip that protrudes about an inch from the liner barrel.  Its very stiff and inflexible, which is great if you're just starting out because you can press down and get a precise line without mashing the brush tip into your lid and fucking your line up.  These do need to be stored upside down or the liquid product won't flow into the tip and it can be perceived that it dried out when it didn't.  Also, it ensures enough product flows into the tip, saturating it for ease of use.

Anyways, these are $7.99 USD wherever LASplash is retailed.

04 August 2011

Faves & Fails: Friday Edition

Hullloooooooo!  Faves and Fails time... yay!?!

I have pared my makeup routine down to a ridiculously tiny fraction of what it used to be because A.  It's balls friggin hot outside and B. When I'm hot I can't be bothered.

FAVES

1.  I went on a foundation kick in a big fat hairy way and have two heavy weight loves.  MUFE HD in 140 and NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab.  I like both of these because they give me an even, pore minimized face that looks like SKIN not six layers of products.  Great for summer, if set with a silica powder or an oil absorbing powder otherwise they get slippy.  I don't wear moisturizers with either of these products because they're emollient enough on their own.  If my skin is feeling dry I reach for a gel based oil free moisturizer and blot off any excess residue.

2. Benefit Cha-Cha tint.  I am not a fan of the moronic packaging of the Benefit stains (nailpolish brush to dispense a STAIN, pure wtf-ery).  This one however is love.  If you are a warm-toned, yellow-y, olive-y, fair girly like myself, this is the perfect tint for you.  It looks like an awesome coral-y orange, but on the skin sheers out to a warm vibrant pink. Its beautiful layered on the lips to give a warm ultra rosy flush.  I vastly enjoy this stain.  I tend to take a stippling brush and daub the product lightly onto the bristles, dab off the excess, and buff it onto the cheeks.  I place it diffusely first, then add a tinnnyyyy bit more to the apple of the cheek.

3. UD 24/7 Liquid Liners - AHHHHH THEY FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT!  A LIQUID LINER THAT IS LATEX BASED (or similar) THAT I CAN DO AN ULTRA GRAPHIC, ULTRA PRECISE 80's MOD CAT EYE WITH.  DOES EPIC HAPPY DANCE OF YAYYYYY!  PS. You need Perversion, Siren and Retrograde.

shopping.yahoo.com

FAILS

TBH - I haven't been trying any makeup lately that I've been hating.  I've sort of fallen off the lemming wagon.  I'm not super enthused by anything coming out for fall by either MAC or NARS, given that I stick to my staple look pretty hardcore.  I'm looking to be wow-ed out of the water, and I'm just not finding it.  The UD Fall 2011 got my pulse elevated, now I'm looking for the good slow burn of make-up that starts in August and carries into the winter.  But for now, there is nothing that I can say is a SUPER FAIL from personal experience.

RANDOM

Mail Calls

- Inglot Cosmetics - AMC Matte Gel Eyeliner in 85 and 83.  The Chartreuse and the mid-tone lilac shade.
- NARS Exotic Dance Duo - B'day Makeup
- This dress to wear for my B-day Beach excursion
http://www.torrid.com/torrid/Clothing/Dresses/Animal-Print-Challis-Tube-Dress-with-Removable-Shoulder-Straps-503654.jsp

Favorite Song Right Now: Monster - Paramore & Addicted to Love - Florence + the Machine

paramore.net 
 Favorite Hair Product: John Frieda Volumizing Hair Lotion.  IT HAS TO BE THE LOTION FORMULATION.  It integrates with dry hair for styling wonderfully.  Gives lots of volume and oomph at the root/ crown.

Weird Craving - Papa Johns Pizza orrrrrrr Pinneapple.  Yummeh.

Obsessive Television:  I am hulu-ing Combat Hospital.  Its a refreshing look at the war in Iraq in a drama, and while its produced in Canada and set in 2006, I really like it.  Its funny and relevant.  Its fixing the hole in my heart that Mercy left when they cancelled it.

www.abc.com 
Books - I am devouring The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Its such a dark sad book, but its so good and has a wonderful use of first person.  Plus, its narrated by the Grim Reaper and he's one witty bastard.

Thanks for Reading!

-/L.

12 July 2011

A Peek Inside My Sephora Cart

Urban Decay Sabbath Liquid Liner + Benefit Cha Cha Tint. Also, click to embiggen.



So apparently I want Navy Winged Liner and Mango tinged lips and cheeks.  Sounds perfect for August!

04 April 2011

Lemmings! - Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette

Generally, I find quite a bit of Urban Decay products to be hokey/ gimmicky/ over-hyped.  And, generally, when I buy into the hype, I end up disappointed and left with a lackluster product (ie Diamond Dust ES, Sustainability Palette, Book of Shadows Vol I & III).  However, for whatever reason (probably because it looks so boss) I want the Rollergirl palette.  Like really want it.  Just see for yourself.


To avoid messy photo filching problems, I'm just going to do a google image search and box the photos that come up.  Anyways, the red box contains the palettes.


Now this does contain one dupe that I know of from the UD Naked palette - Darkhorse.  This kind of incestuousness in UD palettes is one of their hallmarks, but I think darkhorse is lovely enough to own a duplicate of it. 

Rumor has it (and by rumor I mean Temptalia) that this is dropping in April (hopefully around the same time Illamasqua Toxic Nature comes to Sephora.com) and will bring me out of the Spring MAC-can't-design-a-decent-non-hokey-collection doldrums.  Hopefully.

-/L.

01 April 2011

Faves & Fails: Friday Edition

Everyone has a weekly meme and damn it, the Think Tank wants one, too!  So here it is chicadees, please enjoy!

FAVES

1) Launching the Think Tank.  It really has given me a new zest for blogging.  I don't feel burdened by it now. I like my new home, and I like the new format.  Hopefully, word will get around and more people will join in!

2)  Did you see the mouse fish at the bottom?  NO!?! Well go look!  Click to feed them!  No emaciated fish at the Think Tank.

3) Revlon Colorstay Foundation - An oldie but a goodie, lovely matte even skin all day long! Love it!  I wear shade 300- Golden Beige, and am a yellowy MAC NC25.

4) NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Stockholm with Inglot AMC Gloss in 543 over top.  A pretty peach/orange hued neutral beige lip. 
From cosmeticcocktail.com
 
5) Inglot Customer Service goofing up and resending my already sent Freedom Palette order.  Yay free freedom palette/ eyeshadow!

FAILS

1) Essie Chip Free Top Coat - This is useless, it makes the top of your nails sticky for like 20 minutes while it dries.  It also seems to miss the boat on being chip free as well, since I had chips within the first day.
Image courtesy of walmart.com
2) Hardy Candy Beetle/ Rimmel Zeitgeist/ Orly Cosmix Space Cadet - Any polish that is a purple/green duochrome in a black base looks amazing in the bottle, but absolutely lackluster on the nails.  All you get is a weird purple reflect.  No deep purple, no chartreuse green.  Fail.

3) MAC Spring collections.  These all have blown.  Wonder Women - oversized mediocrity.  Quite Cute - pastel themed uber kawaii.  Surf Baby - gimmicky Hawaiian.  None have truly inventive/ innovative products, and the color stories are BORING.

RANDOMS

Mail Calls -  Fyrinnae order; not expected for another two weeks - got Oil control face primer in prep for summer!
Favorite Song Right Now - Isolation by Alterbridge or New Low by Middle Class Rut
Image courtesy of austriannoblemen.com
 

Favorite Hair Product  - Volumizing Hair Powder. I like Big Sexy Hair's Powder Play.  Genius, no roundbrush or teasing required, big hair.  Great for short haired ladies like myself.
Image courtesy of primobeauty.com

Weird Craving - Sushi.  A whole smorgasbord of it.

Mmmm.

Movie I Really Want to See - Suckerpunch; for the makeup and Steampunk-esque visuals.

Books - I'm mad into steampunk romance right now.  You should check out The Parasol Protectorate/ Alexia Tarabotti series by Gail Carriger or the Iron Seas series by Meljean Brook.  Also, can't wait for the latest JR Ward book.  I'm rife with anticipation.

Image courtesy of booktionary.blogspot.com

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-/L.