Monday, October 31, 2011

Cartoon EOTD: Magica De Spell

image source: Villains Wiki
"Ducktales, woo-oo!" One of the catchiest theme songs ever, right?  Also, she's a witch, and it's Halloween today - yeah, yeah?  See how I did that?  Haha.  This is probably a more wearable eye than most costumes call for, though.

Anyway, Magica is all evil enchantress-esque, with purple eye shadow and killer lashes.  It's times like these that I wish I had some falsies lying around, but I don't, so that's that.  I thought I needed to do more purple, so this was the perfect excuse.
Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Shadow Enhancer*
Shiro Cosmetics
Lance the Dragon Tamer (indigo with gold glitter)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in
Perversion (blackest black), Woodstock (fuchsia)
Bare Escentuals Buxom mascara
I used two of the new Urban Decay pencils that I bought during the Sephora Friends and Family sale (haul posts coming up soon) - I really like them!  I also love all the glitter; I just left the fallout there.  I felt it looked magic-y.  Yeah.  That's a real word. *cough*

Lance the Dragon Tamer is incredibly pretty - I can't believe I let it languish alone for so long.  I will be breaking this one out far more often, for sure.  I also tried to smudge some black eyeliner on the bottom lash didn't turn out horribly, but of course, taking it off was awful.  *fist shaking*

Don't forget to check out Tracy's look - she's doing the Gruesomes from the Flintstones, another fitting one for Halloween!  Also, we've decided to expand our base of inspiration here to all cartoons, not just the TV shows.  If you have any suggestions, let us know!

*Items marked with a star were sent by the company for evaluation purposes.

Giveaway Winner!

Rafflecopter is an awesome thing.  I just picked the winner of my 100 Follower Thank You giveaway: Beth Quah Soo Jing!  Beth, I've sent you an email.  Thanks to everyone for entering and for your kind comments.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween is Tomorrow!

I'm not very festive, but here are some of my more outrageous cartoon EOTDS.  Links are to the original posts.
Lydia, from Beetlejuice.
Slimer, from Ghostbusters.

Shredder, from TMNT.

Funshine Bear, from The Care Bears.

You can click the "cartoon" tag on the right sidebar to find all of my cartoon EOTDS; Tracy's got a bunch of good ones, too!  And stay tuned for our cartoon looks tomorrow.  It was supposed to go up yesterday, as usual (hence, Cartoon Saturday), but I was sick and didn't get my act together in time, so Tracy postponed for me!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Foodie Friday! #5: Foodie Favorites - The Sweet List

I posted a list of some of our favorite savory recipes a little while ago, and today I have a list of our favorite dessert recipes!  Most of these appear on my baking blog, but I'm linking you to the original blog post - not mine.  Except for the bread recipe, because I couldn't find that online.

Butterscotch Bourbon Pudding, from David Lebovitz
Amazing amazing amazing.  That is all.  If you don't like bourbon, skip it, but it really does make the pudding complex and adds depth.  I like butterscotch.  I like pudding.  Win!

Mint Brownies, from Gramma's Cookin'
If you can find them, use mint chips instead of Andes mints - the stronger mint flavor adds more contrast.  I don't actually like chocolate, but S. loves these, as do his coworkers and boss.  Plus, that mint + chocolate combo seems to be timeless.

Blood Orange Bars, from Slush
I made these into wedges (baked in a round cake pan) when I made them, but the shape doesn't matter - they're delicious either way.  Blood orange flavors work nicely in baked goods, I find - and in drinks.  I don't actually like blood oranges by themselves too much.
Ginger pear bread, wrapped up for delivery to a friend who had just had a baby.

Ginger and Pear Bread, from Baker by Night
This is a quick bread (which you can also make into muffins!) that has chunks of pear and lots of fresh ginger in it.  It is fantastic, and you need to make it.

White Sandwich Bread, from Abigail Dodge
I make bread every week, and this is the recipe I've been using lately.  The ones in the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day are good, too, but I like to switch it up every now and then.  Dodge's recipe is just as easy, and very tasty.  You can sub out half of the flour for whole wheat, though you'll need to add a little extra water and sugar to compensate.

Coconut and Lime Cookies, from Sweet Pea's Kitchen
I've posted about these before, but they are that good, and I'm not even a cookie girl.  They're lightly crisp on the outsides and chewy on the inside, scented with lime and flavored with coconut.  These were super popular with our friends, and I'll be making them over and over again.

Crisp, Salted White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies, from Smitten Kitchen
A mouthful of a name, but so freaking worth it.  I eat white chocolate once in a while because it's less offensive to my taste buds (it's fake chocolate, after all) and these cookies are amazing.  You need the salt - it's crucial.  It balances the flavors, cutting the sweetness of the white chocolate.  The oats add a hearty crispness, and S. and I both love these.

Iced Pumpkin Scones, from The Shoebox Kitchen
Hands down my favorite kind of scone.  The icing is a bit indulgent (this was a Seattle snow day last year - they're rare and the whole city shuts down, so we were on a little holiday) but you can skip it - the scone is still plenty delicious without it.

Okay.  Now I'm hungry.  This needs to end.  Hope I've tickled your sweet tooth! :D

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Thursday Post

Wye Oak: Civilian.  Some of their other songs are a little too sleepy for me, but this one is the perfect combination of smoky vocals and frenzied instrumentals.

Because I'm a science nerd.

He paints with tea!  These are so awesomely beautiful.  Although it does make me wince when I think of tea + my teeth!

This may be one of the most adorable, heart-warming stories ever.  I'm sad about the oil spills, but hearing about others step up to make up for that is...encouraging.

I made dinner rolls.  They were awesome.  And easy!

Did you see this?  More realistic renderings of the Disney Princesses.  See the collection on Yahoo, too.

Have you entered my 100 Follower Giveaway?

And, because I had a request for more Dennison photos, here he is.  Yes, that is his couch.  And yes, he does think he is a cat.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bath And Body Works: Candles and Hand Soaps

I like B&BW shower gels, hand soaps, and candles.  I still have enough shower gels to last me until this time next year, so when Fruity Lashes posted a 20% off B&BW coupon code a few weeks ago, I limited myself to hand soaps and candles.  They were having some of their usual sales (I feel like they have perpetual sales, they just rotate them through their product line), so I got two big 14.5 oz candles for $20, and three little candles for $5, and soaps were on sale, and all kinds of nonsense.

Here are all of the goodies!
Hand soaps were 6 for $20.  Big candles were 2 for $20.  Little ones were 3 for $5.
With the doggie in the house, I've been more active about buying candles and other odor-neutralizers.  He's not especially smelly, and I love him, but I do realize that he smells like a dog, and sometimes visitors aren't always fond of that.  I put the Scent Portable in the shoe closet, which also stores the dog food and our heavier coats; it's a fresh cotton scent, which I prefer for long-term use.

The massive candles are 14.5 oz.; the Apple Crumble has been burning lately, and it's lovely.  I was a bit apprehensive about it at first, since I don't like apple-scented products.  I was hoping it would be more "crumble" than apple, and eventually, it is.  It starts off with the sweet, tangy smell of apples, but after a little while, it softens up into a buttery, sugary scent that still retains enough tangy fruit to prevent it from descending into a cloying mess.  One night, it was burning, and when S. and Dennison came back in around 10 PM (Dennison needs to go out for a last bathroom break before we turn in for the night), S. commented on how warm and comforting the apartment smelled, especially after coming in from the brisk fall night air.  The Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle is my favorite, though - spicy and sweet, with rich caramel's amazing.  I need another one.

The tiny candles are Marshmallow Fireside, Lavender Macaron, and Caramel Apple.  They're 1.6 oz each and super cute.  I'm looking forward to changing up the smells around here!

The hand soaps are all varied in scent; they're an indulgence.  I know drugstore hand soap is probably just as good and far cheaper, but I really don't like the smell of some of them, and it's such a hassle to refill little bottles from the massive bulk bottles.  Yes, I'm that lazy.  I just feel like the apartment is a little more polished with these soaps, and the pumps are easy.  The bottles are all recyclable, and I like changing up the smell every time.  It's the little things, you know?

Anyway.  There's that little peek into my apartment-keeping habits and "domestic goddess" tendencies.  Bath and Body Works, for the win! ;)

Have you entered my giveaway? :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EOTD: White and Green (Almost Neutral Series)

You may not find white and green to be a particularly "almost neutral" combo, but I am here to convince you otherwise!  The white I used is a pearly, almost gold-esque white (Shiro Cosmetics' Likelike), and the green (Shiro Cosmetics' Link) is not as shimmery or glittery as others I have in my, er, arsenal.
Shiro Cosmetics Likelike (pearly cream), Link (forest green)
Benefit Magic Ink, UD

Green is one of my favorite colors for eye shadow, and I think it may be a little easier to incorporate into softer looks because a lot of greens have a brownish base, especially the olives.  Switch out the white on the lid for a taupe or beige color, and this combo becomes even more wearable.  I will admit that this probably looks more "almost neutral" because the white doesn't stand out too much against my skin.

So, what say you?  Too colorful to be considered "almost neutral," or would you give it a shot?

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Blog Milestone and a Thank You

*throws confetti* (that's a lie, I would never - it's far too messy, haha)

But, snark aside, I've hit 100 followers!  Woohoo!  I honestly try not to put too much into the follower count, because I'm sure it's not a complete evaluation of who actually reads a blog.  But I never really thought it would happen, either, because let's face it, it actually is a lot of work to get the damn box to even show up (glitches galore!), let alone click it.  In short, before this deteriorates into a mushy confessional: I do really appreciate those of you read daily, who leave comments and put up with me on Twitter, and I feel like I've gained so much from the beauty blogging community.

Okay, enough of that.  I'm not much for sentiment.  I HAVE NO FEELINGS.  Or maybe just one.  But I'm not going to blag on about it.  I do heart you all, though, so I thought I'd do a little giveaway.  I know a lot of you have told me that you want to try Indie brands, but don't know where to start.  Others are already in love with various Indie companies, but there's always that one other company you haven't quite gotten to yet.  I wanted to offer this giveaway internationally, and I also wanted to include a little bit of everything, so I decided to offer a selection of my favorite products from Darling Girl Cosmetics.  Because, I love her lip balms and the Spectral Shifts, and I also wanted to offer some mineral shadows for all you nail polish frankening geniuses.  These items were purchased by me, but Susan (the owner of DGC) has been really lovely about putting everything together for me.  I'm going to handle things a little bit differently, as I would prefer it if a business owner handled all of the winner's details and private information.  So!  At the end of the giveaway, I will email both the winner and Susan; at that point, the winner will email Susan his/her details, and everything will get underway!

We're using Rafflecopter because I wanted to give it a whirl (whirl?  Copter?  Right?  ...okay.  Sorry.  Moving right along).  And the idea of managing all kinds of numbers and entries gave me a headache.  Although I had this horrible sinking feeling: what if no one enters?  *cries*

But, here's how it works!  The mandatory entry is: leave a blog comment, telling me what your favorite aspect of this blog is.  Then hit the corresponding button on the Rafflecopter widget.  That's it! :D For extra entries, follow the other instructions - you can follow me via Twitter, tweet about the giveaway (post the URL of your tweet) and follow by GFC.  Don't forget to enter your entries in the widget!!!  This giveaway will run for a week and close at 9 pm PST on Monday, October 31 (Halloween!), at which time I will notify the winner.  That person will have 48 hours to respond to my email; if I don't receive a response, another winner will be chosen.  The prize package consists of:

1 Kiss You Off Color Rich Balm in Who Spiked the Punch?
1 Kiss Me Tinted Lip Balm in Twiggy
Three Diamond Dust petits: Dark Crystal, Sushi Flower, Wood Sprite
Will-O Wisp Spectral Shift petit
Harvest Moon eye shadow petit

I wanted a good mix of things; those lip balm shades have been on my wishlist for a while, and Harvest Moon is Susan's pick for a favorite, go-to eye shadow.  The Diamond Dusts - shadows with serious glitter and sparkle - haven't been put up for sale yet, but I saw her make one into a franken, and I had to have some for the nail polish girls!  So.  What are you waiting for?  (Sorry, I don't have a photo, because Susan will be mailing out the goodies. If you are interested in seeing these, visit Darling Girl Cosmetics for product info and swatches.  There are photos of the Diamond Dusts on their Facebook page.)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Foundation Swatches

Here are the promised foundation swatches.  I was almost alarmed by how different some of them are.  I've reviewed the Guerlain here, the YSL here, the Tarte here, the Dior here, and the Chanel here.  I used the Bobbi Brown for a while at some point, but it's a bit too yellow, and the finish is unremarkable.

Here's the lineup.  I'm primarily a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer girl, though I do use a powder in the summer (Estée Lauder).  My favorites in here are the Dior tinted moisturizer and recently, the Chanel; those are probably the only ones I use with any sort of regularity.  I *think* the Guerlain oxidizes on me - or is a little too pink after all; the YSL is fairly heavy, Tarte's doesn't really do...anything, and I already told you how I felt about the Bobbi Brown.
Chanel Perfection Lumière, YSL Teint Radiance, Tarte Smooth Operator, Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation, Dior Hydra Life Skin Tint

My shades are, L-R, 20 Beige, 04 Sand, Agent 06, 4.25 Natural Tan, 02 Beige Clair, 1 Natural.  All of these contain some sort of SPF rating.

Doesn't the Bobbi Brown look shockingly orange?  Eep!  You can see that the Guerlain is also a little bit too pink for me, and it tends to show up pinky orange in some lights, too.  The Dior looks a bit dark here, but since it's a tinted moisturizer, it blends very well into my skin and actually doesn't look too pink on me.  The YSL is the lightest, and tends to show up very white in photos, which is a bit alarming.  You can see that the Chanel is probably the best match color-wise for me, too.
Here's one with flash, just for kicks.

As far as texture goes, the YSL is the thickest, and Guerlain and this Bobbi Brown are the most watery.  The Dior tinted moisturizer is not as wet - almost more creamy - and Chanel's also has a thicker consistency.

In terms of coverage, Tarte's is the sheerest, and YSL is the heaviest, I think, though the Dior gives pretty impressive coverage for a tinted moisturizer.  Chanel falls in the middle somewhere.

And, we'll finish with: finish (ha!): Chanel's is powdery, semi-matte, and natural.  YSL's is matte and not as translucent as the Chanel, but still glowy.  Tarte's Smooth Operator isn't really noticeable to me - very, very natural and sheer.  The Bobbi Brown Natural Finish is um, natural - not matte or dewy or even polished - and doesn't give me any sort of glow.  Guerlain's is more matte, and silky.  Dior's is definitely dewy.

Okay. That was kind of a mish-mash post, but hopefully you will find it at least semi-helpful!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cartoon EOTD: Judy Funnie

I loved watching Doug as a kid - he had such an amusing imagination, and he seemed to have school experiences that were relatable.  He had good friends and a few enemies, some cool teachers and some scary ones, an idolized rock group, and an awesome dog.  And then there was his sister Judy.
image source:
She's Doug's older sister, and artsy and dramatic.  For the most part, they got along, though they had your typical sibling love-hate dynamic.  I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek with this look.
They're not Judy's hipster chick wayfarer shape, but they're the only black ones I have.

Hahaha.  Just kidding.  Here's the look.  I did smudgy purple and black eyeliner, since Judy seems like the kind of girl who'd have dramatic, severe eye liner.
Silk Naturals Rollick (dark purple)*
UD Zero (black), Tarte Aqua Gel EmphasEYES Plum

I probably could have gone smudgier - it looked more dramatic in person!  Probably because I rarely line my lower lashline, because it takes forever to take that stuff off!

Don't forget to check out Tracy's look - she's doing the Jetsons this week!

*Items marked with a star were sent by the company for evaluation purposes.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation

When I read that Chanel's latest foundation, Perfection Lumière, was paraben-free, I was ecstatic.  I have never loved a foundation as much as Chanel's now-discontinued Teint Innocence Fluid, and when I was told that I had to stop using products with parabens...well, it wasn't pretty.
Full size on the left, sample on the right.  The sample is ridiculously cute and very convenient, way more sanitary than pumping some out of a display bottle for you.

I have quite a few liquid foundations right now (Guerlain, YSL, Bobbi Brown, and Dior's tinted moisturizer), but this is hands down my favorite.  Perfection Lumière is supposed to be a "long-wear flawless fluid" base with SPF 10; the description on the Chanel site says that it is "Effortless to aply, with seamless blendability for a naturally flawless effect, this breakthrough foundation is the ideal all-day, everyday formula - suitable for all skin types in a diverse range of 20 shades" (taken from

Do I think it meets those claims?  Well, I can't speak for the "all skin types" bit, as I can only tell you how it wears on my skin (combination, dry in the winter, and fairly well-behaved), and I don't really know if 20 shades is really that many, but at least they made an effort.  My match is Beige 20, and it is perfect; for reference, I wear Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau in 02 Beige Clair, YSL Teint Radiance in 04 Sand, Dior Skin Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint in 1 Natural, Bobbi Brown Natural Finish in 4.25 Natural Tan, and Tarte Smooth Operator in 06 (I really should put this down somewhere - oh wait, I did!  Haha).  I do find that it lasts all day - in this moderate fall weather, at least - and it gives my face a beautiful, soft finish.  I do hesitate to use the word "flawless," but it really is appropriate - Perfection Lumière evens my skin out and gives it an overall flawless look that still manages to look natural.  I look like I have beautiful skin.  It is fabulous.
The formula is lightweight and I don't even feel it; it blends easily into my skin when I apply it and doesn't cake up anywhere.  I use my fingers, but I think I may try using my Eco Tools Finishing Kabuki, as well.  It gives me a beautiful finish that's not quite matte but not dewy, and I love it.  It is almost powdery, but in the best possible way.  The foundation does have a light scent upon application, but it's not bothersome (and I am very picky about my scents), and everything about this is just love.

I have also gotten a lot of compliments on it!  Which always makes me giggle, you know, because when you compliment someone's foundation, are you saying that their skin is beautiful, or that the foundation does a really good job of covering up their skin?  Oh, don't worry, I'm still appropriately flattered and not at all ungracious (although I'm usually taken off guard, so all I can manage is an awkward "Eep!  Oh!  Yes.  Um.  Thank you!"), but when you think about it, it's kind of funny.

Anyway, if you are in the market for a new liquid foundation, I'd give this one a shot!  They have cute samples for you, too, so you don't have to dive right in to a $55 foundation.  I am also going to try to swatch all of my liquid foundations on my arm to compare color and finish, so be on the lookout for that post, coming up soon.

Try it if: You are looking for a soft, powdery finish with a very subtle glow, something that looks like natural skin - just flawless.
Skip it if: You want heavier coverage or a dewy finish.  If you have a lot of dark spots and scars, I don't think this will be enough to cover everything up.

$55 for 1 fl oz at Chanel counters or on

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Thursday Post

Andrew Belle: In My Veins.  His voice is so very, very sexy (I say that a lot, huh?  Well, why would you bother listening to unsexy voices?  Honestly).  Some time ago, I tweeted asking for new music suggestions, and Rae responded with a handful of good ones, including this charming fellow.  I'm hooked!

This is cool.  And very geeky.  But mostly very cool.

Exactly this.  EXACTLY.  Almost-hot coffee isn't even worth drinking.

I love autumn.

And, exciting!  We're going to see The Cabiri perform next week!  They're an aerial dance troop.  I love stuff like this!  Even cooler?  I know someone in the troop!

Has anyone tried these?  They look fabulous and so exotic!

Dior Spring 2012 is breathtaking.  I will be breaking my eye shadow ban for those palettes, make no mistake (if it isn't already broken by then, ha!).

The Morbid the Merrier is having a sale.  Have you tried any of their scents?  Is there something I should be trying?  I can always use a few perfume recs :)

And, speaking of sales, there has been a lot of debate about Sephora's FF sale this year, but if it's open to everyone, what will you be buying?  I have a very small list that is comprised mostly of skincare, and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself!  Of course, I'd love to hear your recommendations - what should I be buying?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Quickie: DGC Halloween Lip Gloss Swatches

[Not that kind of quickie, you!  This is a PG blog, geez.  ... ... Okay.  Maybe PG-13.  But still.]

This is just a quick update to show swatches of the Darling Girl Cosmetics Halloween lip glosses that I purchased.  They are all holo glosses, and pretty unique, in my opinion.  The lighting may not be the same in all of them because I can't power lip swatch like some bloggers (my lips just can't take it), so these were all done on separate occasions.  Here's the arm swatch, for reference.
Poison Apple
This one does look green on my lips, though it's wearable, as it comes off as a darkened gold in most lights, with just the faintest eerie tinge.  I think it could make me look ill in some situations (depending on how bad my panda eyes are that day, etc.) but it's overall a lot of fun.
Green and red flecks, hurray!
Here's one blurred slightly to show the shimmer and shine!
Vampire's Kiss
Gives me sheer, black cherry lips with sparkle!
Lots of purple glitter in a blackened base.
Going Batty
This one is a darkened blood color, with green shift.  It gave me a little bit of trouble with application, as it's a little patchy in places.  I've removed the little bottleneck plastic guy so that I can get out more gloss on the wand, but it takes a bit of work to smooth it out.
You can see it's a bit patchy, but from far away it looks like a shimmery bronzy gloss with green shift.
Sorry they aren't the best, but these glosses are a bit hard to photograph properly!  I think they are all wearable because they aren't opaque, and they are festive and fun!  For the original review, click here.

EOTD: Coral (Almost Neutral Series)

I did a coral look before, but that one was slightly flashier, with a shimmery white base and blue eye liner.  This one is much peachier, and softer; I used a warm brown liner instead.  I had a coral colored blouse that day, and wore Dior Aurora dusted lightly all over my face for a more tan appearance.  I brushed some Darling Girl Cosmetics Charming Coral (a bright, gorgeous coral blush that was a GWP) on my cheeks, and MAC tinted lip conditioner in Soothing Beige on my lips...I felt very summery!
Shiro Cosmetics [Subject Name Here] (matte peachy nude), Shaymin (coral shimmer with green sparkles), Unsatisfactory Mark (warm red)
Benefit Magic Ink, UD
Bourbon (warm brown with sparkles)

Bourbon isn't my favorite brown liner; it's a tad too warm for my tastes, usually, but it is very pretty and I still use it regularly.  It seemed to be the right way to go for this look.  I prefer Underground in general, though; it's a cooler brown and lacks the reddish cast of Bourbon.

I'm not sure why these EOTD photos are coming out so craptastic all of a sudden!  Sorry about that.  I used the lighter coral on the outer edge, and a pop of red on the crease, just to emphasize the coral color.  What do you think?  Would you say this falls into "safe and wearable?"  Or is it still too bright for you?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Origins Well Off Eye Makeup Remover

I dropped it.  Hahaha.
When I was running out of my Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips, I read a positive review of the Origins Well Off Eye Makeup Remover by Vijaya at Fierce Nerditude, so I decided to try this instead of repurchasing the Clinique.  I like Clinique's version - it removes eye makeup and mascara very well, but it is an oil-based remover and leaves a greasy residue - it definitely has to be rinsed off.  It can't be used for little touch-ups.  I rarely touch-up an eye look (who has time for that?) but since I've been doing more EOTDs, it's nice to have the option, just in case I really screw up.

I have to say, at first, this didn't really impress me.  It took my eye makeup off, yes, but not any faster or more thoroughly than the Clinique remover I have used for many years.  It isn't oily at all, which is interesting, but it also stings when it gets in your eyes.  Thus, you kind of have to walk that fine line between a fully saturated cotton ball, and one with just enough remover on it to get all of your shadow and liner off.  If it seeps out of the cotton ball and into your eyes, it stings (yes, my eyes are closed).  If the cotton ball isn't wet enough, though, then you don't get your eye makeup off.  Sounds really obvious and dumb, yes, but I like my makeup child-proof, thanks.  Can't I get a no-tears formula?  (On the other hand, Vijaya actually found that this didn't sting her eyes, but I can only tell you what I experienced.)

I kept using it, though, because it does work.  I do enjoy the fact that my lids aren't greasy or oddly tight afterward.  I still wash my face with a facial cleanser, but it isn't necessary to rinse afterward.  Because of its non-greasy formula, this Origins remover really shines when it comes to spot-cleaning.  If your liquid liner smears, just take a cotton swab, dip it lightly into the bottle, and erase your smear/splotch.  Same if you "color out of the lines" with your eye shadow.  Since there is no residue left over, you can just continue on with the rest of your eye makeup; it's very easy to control and never gets out of hand.

I've been using this for just a few months, and it's almost all gone.  I have been doing a lot of crazy looks, though, so we'll chalk it up to that.  Without comparing it to the Clinique version, I'd have to say that it does do a good job of removing eye makeup, and doesn't tug at the skin or feel abrasive.  In that regard, it is gentle.  Don't get it in your eyes, though!

Try it if: You're looking for a good, non-greasy eye makeup remover.
Skip it if: You have very sensitive eyes that often react to products like this.

$17.50 for 5 fl. oz., wherever Origins products are sold (which now includes Sephora).

I do like it, but I don't know if I'll repurchase; what are your favorite eye makeup removers?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dior Exquis

I made room in my budget for this one, because I love golds in makeup.  And the Dior bottles are pretty.  Yeah.  Let's leave it at that, shall we?  If pressed, I will say that yes, the Dior formula is smooth, easy to apply, and usually opaque in two coats.  But I'm not trying to encourage any purchases, here. *cough*

Dior's holiday polishes all have a gold shimmer in them, and are at counters now.  I looked at all of them and this was my favorite; I picked up Merveille, as well, because it looked like such a festive red.  Now that I have it, though, I'm not convinced that it's entirely unique, so I'm debating whether to keep it or not - I haven't even swatched it.  I just stare at the bottle with an extremely thoughtful expression on my face.  S., wisely, says nothing.

Anyway.  When I bought Exquis, I thought surely there would be a dupe for it - and yes, I bought it anyway. Now that I have it, though, I can't think of anything.  Can you?
Two coats of Exquis + Zoya top coat; no flash.  It's a kind of khaki, olive, something, and flashes gold in lights.

Photo taken with flash.  The formula is smooth and easy to work with.  Dior brushes are flat and wide - paddle brushes, I think they are called?  A couple of brush strokes is enough for each nail.

Exquis is a dark mushroom color with a delicate gold shimmer.  If you look very closely, there are also teeny tiny red and green flecks that add depth to the overall color.  Sometimes I wish the shimmer were stronger, but it is beautiful in sunlight.  It reminds me of mushrooms, but in a good way.  Plus, mushrooms are cute.  I asked S. what he thought - if he thought it was worth the higher end price tag.  After some inspection, he said he likes the color because it's not flat, and it's rather multi-dimensional.  Good enough for me!

Have you picked up any holiday collection items yet?  I swatched all four of the Dior Or lipsticks, but they just didn't seem that fabulous, so I passed on them.  Now I kind of want to go back for the darkest lipstick, though.  I need to stop reading blogs!

$22 for 0.33 fl oz, at Dior counters.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cartoon EOTD: Slimer!

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I liked the Ghostbusters.  I don't think I liked Slimer, though he is way more likeable in the cartoon than in the live-action film; he's not as creepy, for one.  Anyway.  I figured it's a good time for Slimer, what with Halloween coming up and all.  I've never really been big into Halloween, but this year, looking at all of the festive makeup looks on beauty blogs has made me decide to stop being such a Scrooge (yes, wrong holiday, but you know what I mean).

So.  I decided to get slimed!
Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Shadow Enhancer*
Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics
Gangrene (slime green)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Covet (emerald green)

I deliberately tried not to have two symmetrical slime...splotches...things.  Does it look...slimy?  I wasn't convinced.  Ha!

Don't forget to check out Tracy's look - she did Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle ;)  And remember, if you have any suggestions for Cartoon Saturdays (or a cartoon we haven't done yet), send them our way!

*Items marked with a star were sent by the company for evaluation purposes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Foodie Friday! #4: A Few Favorite Recipes

Two weeks ago, in Foodie Friday #3, I shared a few of my favorite food blogs with you, and this week I'm sharing some of our favorite recipes!  Most of these are savory recipes; I keep track of my favorite sweets and baked goods on my baking blog.

Our favorite recipes are usually easy, delicious, and contain not so many ingredients.  I'm just listing a few here, with links to the blogs they came from.  We don't have any eating restrictions, generally, though we only eat meat a couple times a week.  Our meals are usually structured around one main dish, usually with a side salad or some fruit, or sometimes grains instead.  We like variety.  We also do aim for healthier meals, so while some meals may be extravagant, they are usually balanced out with a few more that are sparser in the calories/fat content later in the week.

Asian Baked Crispy Chicken Wings.  A pile of them.  That's right.

Asian Baked Crispy Chicken Wings, from Korean American Mommy
These are SO good.  We've made them multiple times since I discovered this recipe.  They do take a little bit of extra work, but it's so worth it.  They have a spicy, sweet and sour flavor, and they really are crisp.  I'm not a fan of messy foods (and prefer not to touch my food with my hands, if I can help it), but I'll throw that out the window for these.  S. is also a huge fan.

Baked Chicken and Dumplings, from Mangio da Sola
I'm not a Southern girl, but there's something so comforting about Southern food.  It's not usually very healthy, though, so we don't do it that often.  This is a simplified version of the Southern classic, and it's worth trying.

Spicy Korean Pork, from AllRecipes
This needs to marinate overnight, but it's so worth it.  S. followed this recipe and it tasted almost exactly like the kind my Korean mother cooks up.  If you like Korean food, or spicy food, you need to make this one.

Eggs & Zucchini Breakfast, from Shoots and Roots
Even though eggs are traditionally thought of as a breakfast food, we frequently incorporate them into our dinner time meals.  They're easy to cook up, filling, and suit a number of different veggies.  This one is simple, and features herbs and summer zucchini.  If you can't find fresh herbs, just use dried.  Gasp!  I know.  We double this recipe for the two of us.

Fennel Roasted Pork Tenderloin, from A Chow Life
I like fennel.  It's showcased here with yummy, juicy pork.  Plus, it's always nice to let your oven do the cooking!

Sweet and Spicy Salmon, from Living Lou
We like salmon.  I find that it's less fishy smelling than a lot of white fish, so even those who usually stay away from fish tend to tolerate salmon.  I love spicy food (and S. is getting there), so the addition of Sriracha here is very welcome.

Veggie Dishes

Herbed Spaghetti Squash, from Emril Lagasse: Spaghetti squash is awesome.  This one is fairly simple, and I was surprised by how yummy spaghetti squash is!  It's also very, very cool, all stringy and stuff.  Hence the name, I know.

Basic Pizza Dough, from Giada De Laurentiis: This is S.'s go-to pizza dough recipe.  He hasn't played too much with whole wheat variations yet, though I know it's on his to-do list.  This one is fool-proof and tasty, though, and you can change it up - crispy or chewy - depending on how you prepare it.  Maybe I can get S. to write a post on pizza making (yeah, right).

Creamed Swiss Chard, from Plangarden
I'm not generally a fan of creamed dishes, but this one was pretty yummy, especially with all the garlic. I like garlic.

Roasted Roma Tomatoes, from Allrecipes
Yummy.  I'm not big on cheese, either, but feta's okay once in a while.  This is a beautiful combination and is especially yummy in the summer time when tomatoes are at their prime.

Classic Broccoli and Cheddar Soup, from Behind the Skillet
I like soup.  A lot.  This is a good one for all of that broccoli that just keeps on coming during the early spring.  Cheese in soup form is generally okay, and this is such a great one for rainy Seattle days.  Served with rustic bread and a salad - divine.

Okie dokie, there's a fair selection!  Your turn!  What are some of your favorite recipes?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Thursday Post

Silversun Pickups: Growing Old is Getting Old.  Tell me about it.  This song is something to lose yourself in - the drums are amazing, and the beat is infectious.  I don't find a lot of their other songs as catchy, though, which is disappointing.  Maybe I'll have to give them another try.

S. and I have decided to get each other Kindles for Christmas :)  Do you have an ereader?  Which one?  Which would you recommend?

I know a lot of us have a soft spot for pumpkin spice lattes.  Now you can make the cupcake version!  Oh, and you can make the drink, too.

Villains and superheroes!

Ahhhh, so freaking cute!  (I love birds!)

I got a sample and then a full bottle of Chanel Perfection Lumière.  You can expect a rave review soon - it's gorgeous.  I love it.  (In case anyone is curious, my color match is Beige 20).

If you like YA fiction, Divergent was actually not awful.  I find YA female protagonists annoy me more often than not (and Tris wasn't an exception) but overall, the story is more tightly written than the norm for the genre and there was plenty of violence and villainy.  Not a new favorite or anything groundbreaking, but I didn't throw it in frustration, either.

Also, if you're local (to me!), it's Restaurant Week!  The restaurants are varied, but it's usually worth it.  Our problem is that we always want to go back to Joule!  We need to try some place new this time.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Urban Decay Woodstock

I've purchased two of these; the first one ended up with my mother, so I bought another one during a Sephora FF sale, a looong time ago.  I love this color, even though I'm not big on pink, in general.  I think there are always exceptions to the rule ;)

Urban Decay Woodstock is a bright fuchsia with sparkles, and it's also one of Urban Decay's newer shadows (newer, not new - I'm not sure when Urban Decay last came out with new shadows); this newer formula is paraben-free, while the older one wasn't.  At, least, so far as I could tell.  Urban Decay's website does list ingredients, which is very helpful.  I used to love Urban Decay's shadows when I could use them all, so I hope they move to the newer formula, as it seems just as good, application wise.

Woodstock is a warmer pink, and has a subtle metallic sheen; it's not patchy and goes on fairly smoothly.  It also gets bright in a hurry, so I'd apply with a light hand.  It used to be a Sephora exclusive shade, but is now available on Urban Decay's site; there, it is listed as a "shimmer" shade, which is described as "a sexy sheen - no glitter," but as you can see in the swatch above, there are tiny sparkles in Woodstock.

Try it if: You like bright, shimmery pink shades with a reliable formula.
Skip it if: Sheer washes or mattes are more your speed.

$17 on or at Sephora.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

EOTD: Soft Gold and Blue (Almost Neutral Series)

I realized that I do a lot of these "almost neutral but not quite" EOTDs (since it's a basic, everyday look for me) so I decided to do a series, to share the ways I integrate bright colors into more natural looks.
Shiro Cosmetics
Dunsparce (pale gold with purple sparkles), Triforce (shimmery gold), Veran (dark shimmery blue with red sparkles)
Benefit Magic Ink, UD
Binge (navy blue)
I apologize...I think I had the macro feature off.  Either that, or I took this picture while tripping and falling.

This time, I paired dark blue and gold.  Urban Decay's Binge liner is a navy blue, but in the sunlight it looks brighter; whenever I wear blue liner, S. comments on it in some nice boy way.  He says he likes the way it brings a bit of bright color to the look.  I love it when he notices these things :)  Sorry the open eye shot is blurry - I don't know why it came out that way!

Basically, I just change up my outer lid color and the eye liner, but I have a whole slew of neutral inner lid colors - it depends on the day, whether I go for peachy nudes, or brighter golds, or white, or taupes...the combinations are endless!

And because you must see how beautiful Dunsparce is in the sun (again!), here's a closed eye shot in direct morning sun.

Monday, October 10, 2011

NOTD: Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

This one has set the beauty blogging world afire; it's supposed to be a Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance dupe, and as far as I can tell, it seems very close (here's Temptalia's review of DL Bad Romance so you can see for yourself).  Revlon seems to be making a killing off of high-end dupes (they have released a slew of Chanel line dupes).  I did want Bad Romance, but I very rarely splurge on nail polish, so I'm glad Revlon gave it a go; this one is $4.99 and often on sale, and Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance is $18.00 and rarely - (if ever?) - on sale.
Revlon really has changed since I was a little girl; I remember playing with my mom's polishes, and they were also pink or peach or some variation of the two.  Or maybe that's just my mom being boring?

Since I wasn't sure how dark the base of Facets of Fuchsia would be, I put on a single coat of Sinful Colors Secret Admirer (black with ultra fine silver sparkles) first, so that I would have a dark base.  Then I put on two coats of Revlon's Facets of Fuchsia, and proceeded to happily ogle my nails.  It's very, very pretty.  As always, I used Zoya base and top coats.
Ta-da!  Glitter and sparkles!

Blurred, to show the sparkles.

If you can find it, I would scoop this one up!  I don't think it's limited edition, but it's been hard to find, since everyone is on the lookout for it.  I found mine in a quiet, lonely neighborhood Rite Aid.  I've seen displays at Target, though, too, but those were all empty.  I want to try it over a gray base, too, and maybe try another manicure with tons more glitter.  The possibilities are endless!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cartoon EOTD: Shredder

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The Shredder (real name: Oroku Saiki) is the main villain in The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I was a huge fan - still am, really.  Growing up, I was into a lot of toys and genres that were widely considered "boy" territory - TMNT, Mortal Kombat, Legos, etc.  Oh, I definitely had Barbies and Polly Pockets too, but I loved Hot Wheels and violent video games equally.  And now look!  I have a beauty blog!  And I like makeup!  Which just goes to show: stereotypes are silly.

Enough philosophizing for today.  I picked Shredder, which means purple and silver and spiky things.  Yay!
Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Mirifique
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on liner in Gunmetal
Shiro Cosmetics Rattata (matte purple), Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics le Fontaine (silver with silver sparkles)
I wanted to do a turtle, but you know, they're all just green.  Haha.  Not that green isn't good.  Oh well.  This one ended up being a lot of fun anyway.  Don't forget to go see Tracy's look!  She's my cartoon buddy :)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Think Pink for Team Pink Eye!

I'm blogging with Team Pink Eye this month to raise awareness for breast cancer.  They are also trying to raise money to donate to the Susan G. Komen foundation; please visit their team page if you are interested in making a donation.  It's a very important cause and affects everyone involved - patients and their families and friends.  Here's a link to the some breast cancer statistics in the United States.

Every Friday, participating bloggers are posting pink looks to show that we are "Passionately Pink."  There are also giveaways, sponsored by Team Pink Eye (through donations from a lot of indie companies) to raise money for the cause.  There will be a set of giveaways each week in October, and yes, we have one for you here! (This is sponsored by Team Pink Eye through a donation from Darling Girl Cosmetics.)

Here's your chance to win a pot of pink eye shadow, Twin Peaks (I love the name!) from Darling Girl Cosmetics.  (Even if you don't win,  you still can purchase this color from Darling Girl Cosmetics in the month of October; $0.25 of every sale will be going to charity.)  This giveaway closes at 10 pm CST on Sunday, October 9th, 2011.  Winners will be picked up and notified by Monday, October 10th, 2011.
image used w/ permission from Darling Girl Cosmetics
To enter: A $5 donation to the team (do that here!) will get you an entry to all of the giveaways going on this week.  After you make your donation, leave a comment on this page, with your name and email address.  Be sure to use the same name for both your donation and your comment!  Then, to see the full list of other blog posts and giveaways this week, go to the Team Pink Eye page!  (You can enter as many giveaways as you want in the week with one $5 donation - just don't forget to leave a comment on each host blog for the appropriate giveaway!)

Now, here's my look.  I love EOTDS most of all, so I am going with that, and I also did pink nails this week!  This is a subtler take on pink than I think most people are used to; it's soft and pretty and almost work safe!  (And also very similar to my Sailor Moon Black Lady look, oops :P  But I used a whole different set of cosmetics!)
UDPP Greed
Shiro Cosmetics
Kawaii (pastel pink), Urban Decay Woodstock (fuchsia with silver sparkles), Stila Lil' Diamond (shimmery gray)
Benefit Magic Ink, UD
Crash (eggplant with sparkles)

For the nails, I used Sinful Colors Feeling Great, which is a fun, bold fuchsia cream.
Such a happy, clean pink!  I don't usually go for pinks, but I do have a few, and I like bright ones!

There you have it, pink pink pink!  I'm not trying to guilt anyone in to doing anything, so do what makes you comfortable.  I know everyone has mothers or sisters or daughters or wives or girlfriends, and we have all been touched in some way by an extraordinary woman, so sometimes it's enough to just keep someone in your thoughts for the day.  Have a good weekend, everyone!