Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Favorites!

I cannot believe that we are heading into December 2011 already. Where the heck did my year go? And I'm getting married next year! Holy jeez. (People have started asking about Save the Dates. Word of advice? Please don't ever ask. It aggravates even us laid-back brides. Plus, asking sort of implies that you assume you're invited, and...well...awkward.)

Anyway. Before the major freak-out commences, I'll lay out the favorites in November. It's a small list this month, and this blush has been featured before, but it's such an easy favorite.
Sorry about the flash photos...it's that time of year, you know?
Cake Milk Made Hand Cream
Thank you for the rec, Ashley! I really love this stuff! A little dot is enough to keep both hands happy, and it smells so freaking good. Simply amazing. A bit pricey at $16 for 3.4 oz, yes, but I find that even some drugstore lotions are $8-10, and this one is paraben-free! I will need to try out more Cake products in the future, for sure. Check out my original review here.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique
Yeah, this black sparkly thing is awesome. Awesome. It has a bit of a learning curve, I think, but after a bit of fiddling around with it, I actually find it to be pretty easy to use daily. I like to blend it into the outer corner of my eye (over a more neutral color like peachy gold) for the perfect, effortless smokey look. It adds drama and depth to a basic eye look. It can be sheered out, or applied more heavily. There are a couple of looks with it here, here, and here (okay, this last one is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at least you can see it at full glittery intensity!), and my review is here.

MAC Blush in Harmony
Hands down my favorite blush. That is all. (Review here, featured previously here in August's monthly favorites post. Also made it in my travel bag over the short holiday - so easy!)

Rouge Dior in Nocturne
This has been my go-to red lipstick this month. It's quite wearable, despite being red - I think the subtle gold sheen tones it down and makes it very flattering. I took it on holiday, even! If you pick up just one of Dior's les rouges ors for the holiday, it should be this one! Here's the review.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
I was really doubtful about this line of lip balms, given their price, but I've been using this for the entire month so far, and my lips are in the best condition they've ever been during the colder months (okay, let's face it - my lips are always dry). It does slightly annoy me that the balm bumps into the rim of the tube when you use it, but you know, whatever. It doesn't gunk up after reapplication, the packaging is solid and screws on so the cap won't come off accidentally, and it always twists back down (don't you hate it when your balms stop twisting down? Ugh). Find my review here.

Flourish Lavender and Vanilla Perfume Oil
I really love the scent of lavender - but it has to smell like the actual flowers, and not that weird incense-y scent that you sometimes get with lavender - and this combination is divine. I'll be posting a review of the full sizes that I have sometime soon.

Okay, that's it! What were your favorites this month?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dior Silver Lake + Comparisons

First of all, I know he doesn't read my blog, but thank you, S.!

We have a funny story, which I tweeted about at the time. I was reading Makeup Magpie's post about Dior Silver Lake, and S. walked by as I was ogling (quietly!) the bottle shot, and he said, "Ooh, you should buy that, it's a nice color!"
This would catch your eye, too, right?
I was a little confused at that point. I told him (distractedly, as I was still reading) that it was limited edition and only available on Dior.com so I probably wasn't going to be able to get my hands on it. And I moved on with my life.

Later on that afternoon, though, S. casually said, "You'll want to get a blog post ready, that Dior polish is coming in, erm, 5-9 business days." Eeeeeee!
Two coats of Dior Silver Lake over Zoya base coat, under Zoya top coat. It looks different on each nail, depending on the light and the blurred aspect, doesn't it? It's very complex - I love it!
So here it is. It is a dark silver-black color with intense foiled shimmer. The shimmer is mostly silver, but there are also green flecks in it, so in some lights, green sparkles catch your eye. The formula is the same trustworthy Dior formula with the flat brush, and it applies beautifully. Love.
L-R: Zoya Trixie, Dior Silver Lake, Sinful Colors Secret Admirer
It's already been compared to Chanel Graphite by The Beauty Look Book and of course, there is the post that started it all (I suppose I should be thanking Makeup Magpie!). I don't own a whole lot of high end polishes, but I thought I'd do a small comparison, just to show where it falls in the color range. Here it is with Zoya Trixie (silver) and Sinful Colors Secret Admirer (black with intense silver shimmer).
Ah haha, Dennison as backdrop! He fit the color scheme. L-R: Zoya Trixie, Dior Silver Lake, Sinful Colors Secret Admirer.
With flash.
SC Secret Admirer is probably the closest I could come up with, but you can see that it has a true black base, while Silver Lake has a gunmetal base. Trixie is a lighter, truer silver, but I figured these were good just to gauge the contrast in shade between the three. They all sparkle quite a bit (and they all actually have a foiled sort of base - Trixie doesn't seem like it does, but you can see it when you try to remove it) and they are all lovely. In all honesty, though, while going through daily activities, I'm not sure anyone would be able to tell the difference between Secret Admirer and Silver Lake; they're both dark and sparkly in the same sort of way. Which means that this latest exclusive offering from Dior isn't exactly the most unique thing, but I actually prefer it because of its metallic, lighter base, versus Secret Admirer's black cream base. It's certainly not a must-have, but I'm happy with it, and I think it will get a lot of wear during the festive holiday season.

Dior Silver Lake is $22, exclusively on Dior.com

Monday, November 28, 2011

Two Rouge Diors to Make Your Day

After my Dior makeover, I came home with, amongst other things, two Rouge Dior lipsticks: 428 Pisanelle Pink and 841 Belle de Nuit. Pisanelle Pink was released with the Fall 2011 "Blue Tie" collection, and Belle de Nuit is a limited edition color from the holiday 2011 collection - it is one of Les Rouges Ors.So, apparently, I do need the holiday lipsticks. The first time I swatched them, I wasn't impressed. Then I ordered Nocturne after seeing it on Temptalia (and LOVE it), and then after having Belle de Nuit put on me, I caved. Sigh.

I asked for a nude, and the makeup artist gave me Pisanelle Pink to try. It's not what I consider a "nude lipstick," but it is a nice, soft color that is almost MLBB. I do have a MLBB shade (another Dior), but it's peachier and a little more sheer than this one. This one is a creamy pink with subtle gold shimmer. It has the same fabulous Rouge Dior formula I've come to love: soft, smooth, and non-drying. You also don't really feel it on your lips, which is quite exciting to me. Pisanelle Pink, which is a lighter shade, lasts a good three hours.
Rouge Dior 428 Pisanelle Pink.
You can kind of see the very subtle gold sheen here.
See? Not quite nude, per se, but it's a lovely natural color. So I bought it, because it is considerably pinker than my Primrose Crystal Rouge Serum. There is a difference, I promise! I'm not about buying five of the same shade - I don't wear lipstick often enough to justify that.

Belle de Nuit is also the belle of the ball. It's a fabulous warm coral with sparkly gold sheen. The gold that you can see in the bullet (first photo in this post) actually shows up on the lips, which is nice to see. It never goes overboard, though. It's a subtle sheen. Ooooooh.
I could not get the stupid editing program I use to preserve the color of this swatch, even though it turns out beautifully in iPhoto. What do you all use to edit photos?
I really love this one, even though it's warmer than I usually go for. I think it's the perfect coral, honestly, with that lovely golden sheen. This one is limited edition, so if you're looking for it, go get it now!

Honestly, I do recommend both of these. The Rouge Dior formula is also getting to be one of my favorites - so wearable! Creamy, but not oily or heavy, and I find they do last. Lighter colors like Pisanelle Pink do last perhaps 2.5-3 hours, while darker colors like Belle de Nuit last four or five hours. Do you have any of these? Which Rouge Diors are your favorites?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

What's In My Makeup Bag, Travel Edition

S. and I went to San Francisco to visit my aunt and uncle for Thanksgiving; we left on Wednesday and came back on Saturday, just in time for S. to run the Seattle Marathon today! (Yes, he's a crazy person. Why would any sane person want to run 26.2 miles? There are motorized vehicles for that, you know?). I like San Francisco, so that's always a good time. We spent Black Friday in Napa Valley, avoiding the crowds and chaos, and I actually really enjoyed that. I've already done most of my Christmas shopping, so I didn't need to be tempted by sales.

So the trip was good, and let's face it, going on holiday is usually great, but I hate packing. And unpacking. And when you have makeup and skincare to pack, it's 10x harder, isn't it? I try to pack lightly, but I still need to wear a full face (or my definition of a full face) every day, especially during the holidays when you have nice dinners, etc. Also, my relations haven't seen me in a while, and I don't want to show up looking atrocious. So makeup is a must for me. Here's what I took on the trip:
EcoTools blush brush, UDPP Eden, Benefit Magic Ink, Dior 5 Golds quint, MAC Harmony blush, UD Underground liner, Dior Primrose Crystal and Dior Nocturne. Not pictured: a brow brush and a shadow brush, Chanel Perfection Lumière.
And here's a shot of the skincare products I took:
Travel-sized Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, Clinique City Block SPF 40, Clinique liquid facial soap (in a toner container! So tricksy), Clarins Eye Contour Gel, and the little sample container is full of Clinique Moisturizing Gel
And the bag it all sat in (well, the skincare and anything that was a liquid was tucked away in a clear, quart-sized Ziplock bag, of course, so that I wouldn't be tackled by a member of the TSA):
I'm not sure why the Fresh bag needed to be so exuberantly metallic and red, but, whatever. It's a nice enough bag - quite sturdy and thick.

I realized that I usually only use eye and blush brushes, so really, I just need a small set of eye brushes to take along, rather than the full Sephora travel set, which has all kinds of other things in it. I have an Ecotools set on my Christmas wishlist, so we'll see if any of my family members come through on that. This time I just tucked two brushes into the blush brush sleeve, and that worked out well enough.

S. and I shared a carry-on (that I made him carry, of course, haha) so I tried to keep things small and tidy. What do you think? I tried to pick good neutral shadows and my favorite blush goes with everything. What does your makeup travel bag look like? What are your essentials?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cartoon EOTD: Hermes

I couldn't think of anything for this week and I needed to do it pretty early, because I knew I wasn't going to be in town for the Thanksgiving holiday; Tracy said she wanted to do Hades, so I decided to go with another character from Disney's Hercules.
Hermes! The messenger god.
As a kid, I was really interested in Greek mythology - I had all kinds of books and I read tons of the myths and stories. So, I really wanted to do one of the gods, and I've always liked clever Hermes - he also seemed less prone to violence and irrational action, as well. My inspiration? His winged cap and sandals!
Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Shadow Enhancer*
Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics
Powdered Wigs (matte white), Shiro Cosmetics Likelike (pearly white), Triforce (sparkly gold)
UD 24/7 liner in
El Dorado (gold)

I know I did the reverse of Hermes's actual coloring - gold wings and white lids, instead of a gold cap and white wings, but I didn't think I could get the white to show up well enough as wings (I need to get my hands on UD Yeyo, I think). The basic gold-white combo is still there, so I was happy enough. I wish the gold showed up more clearly, but it's vaguely wing-esque, right?

Don't forget to check out Tracy's Hades look! Let me know if you have any suggestions for a cartoon character, too! I'm always open to new ideas.

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

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Christmas Wishlist and Gift Guide

Okay, it's wishlist time again! In honor of Black Friday (are you out and about, taking advantage of the deals?), I decided to drum up a list of Christmas gifts. Anything catch your eye, spark your fancy, tickle your toes?

[Note: I don't do that affiliated link business, so feel free to click away and ogle with me!]

Want! I am an earring girl. I never go out without them (unless it's to work out or something), and I want these!!! Kendra Scott "Eileen" Leaf and Stone Statement Earrings, $48. (Confession: I bought these for myself. ._. It was my birthday, okay? ._. )
image source: Nordstrom.com
I want a leather (or faux leather) cuff.  I quite like this one, though I'm not sure if it does or does not remind me of extra purse straps. Cara Accessories Double Wrap Buckle Bracelet, $31.90.
image source: Nordstrom.com
I'm not a necklace girl, but I still find this one gorgeous. Would be a great gift!  Stein & Blye Short Torsade Necklace (Nordstrom exclusive), $44.90.
Erm, yes, I may be a kid at heart. I kind of want one of these cute beanie things. Like this Oscar the Grouch hat, $38.80.
image source: shopfuego.com
Of course, I have to throw makeup in here! Six red lipsticks? Yes, please! Ultraflesh Perfect Reds 6-piece Set, $29.
image source: sephora.com
I really want a digital kitchen scale for baking, so that I can start weighing out ingredients versus measuring them out by volume. Less dishes! This one (EatSmart Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale with Extra Large LCD and 11 lb Capacity, $25) seems reasonable, and I like that the numbers are large!
image source: Amazon.com
And then for the gamer you love: Professor Layton and the Last Specter, $29.99! I love these puzzle games. Other good options: Piccross 3D, Plants vs. Zombies (this one's on my personal wishlist!), some iteration of Final Fantasy, a fun family Wii game (Guilty Party is cute!), Skyward Sword, a massive Xbox360 shooter...the list is endless.
image source: Amazon.com
If you wanted to go more old school, board games are still fun! Ticket to Ride, $49.99 (usually on sale at Amazon) is a personal favorite. You have to make train routes to match tickets that you pick up. There's a Europe version, too. Other fun, interesting games include Carcassone, standbys like Uno, and ones on my wishlist: Pandemic, Power Grid, Forbidden Island

S.'s wishlist includes a dog hammock for Dennison (to put in the car!), warm house slippers, gloves, a Kindle cover, a rain shell jacket, a pasta maker attachment for the KitchenAid, Amazon/iTunes gift cards. In the past, he's asked for fun belt buckles (like this one!), a good chef's knife, Nintendo DS video games, a nice messenger bag, and a pea coat. This year, I bought him a Kindle Touch (and he bought one for me ;) ).

I tried to include a little bit of everything.  If you're looking for more ideas, visit:
uncrate.com
Amazon's Gift Guides

Is there anything you'd add? 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Thursday Post

Ellie Goulding: Heartbeats (The Knife cover), Cosmonaut Grechko remix. It's a good one! The sound quality of this video isn't fantastic, but I couldn't find a good one. Sorry!

And it's Thanksgiving Day in the United States! I'm currently in CA with S., visiting my aunt and uncle. We're throwing tradition out the window and going out for dinner. It'll be kind of nice, I think...who wants to babysit a turkey all day? Or wash all of those dishes??? Instead, we're going to Michael Mina...woohoo!!!

This cauliflower and garlic soup looks delicious. The only problem is, we don't have any sort of blender. And the soup consistency just isn't the same without one.

This green tunnel is beautiful.

Love this shoot. Though, Elle looks like the older one here - I thought she was younger?

Remember those realistic Disney princesses I showed you last time? This time I have a different spin. A Deviantart artist, Jeftoon01, has a gallery of "Twisted Princesses," which I stumbled upon while looking for more cartoon EOTD inspiration. They're dark and gritty and some of them are downright creepy, with alternate story lines to explain what happened to them. I think my favorite is Alice.

More National Geographic photos. I especially love the eerie, creepy quality of number 8, and 31 looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. 36 looks like he's wearing sequins :)

And, here's another Dennison pic, since everyone said they didn't mind them :)
This was several weeks ago...he decided that yes, he really did want to sleep on top of the pile of exams I was grading.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fresh Sugar Lust Set

I've wanted to try Fresh products for a long time, but honestly? $22.50 for a lip balm is a little steep. Their holiday sets are usually pretty good deals, though, so when I saw this Fresh Sugar Lust set, I was intrigued, but there were so many other holiday goodies to exclaim over, I forgot about it.  Then Cassy picked one up, and reminded me that I wanted one, so in the Sephora basket it went. It's $28 for a full-sized balm (0.15 oz), a mini lip scrub, and a tube of body cream, all in a metallic red bag. The bag is a good size for traveling, I think, and I will probably put it to good use when I visit my aunt for Thanksgiving.

I'm always a little confused by Fresh's Brown Sugar items, because they smell...lemony.  I mean, I know the name just means that brown sugar's in them, but wouldn't you expect them to also smell a bit caramel-y and sweet?  Personal problem, I guess. Not that I mind the lemony smell. It just confuses me. Apparently I'm easily confused.

See all the goodies?  Here they are!  Exciting, right?

Here are the ingredients for all three items, for good measure.
Click to enlarge.

I tried the lip treatment first; it's SPF 15, which is good.  This is the full size (0.15 oz) that's normally $22.50, so I thought it was a good deal in this set. The balm packaging is solid and weighty; the cap screws on and off so there's no chance of it coming undone in your bag. I get a little nervous with balms that don't push up against the sides of the barrel, because there is the possibility of the balm stick smushing into the sides, which really annoys me. Mine does seem a bit tilted (you can see it in the photo below), but it hasn't started scraping into the tube or anything. Yet?
See what I mean about the balm kind of leaning into the sides? It doesn't seem like a huge issue here, though.

I do think you are paying a lot for the luxe packaging, here, so you will have to decide if that's worth it to you. The balm is solid enough to stand on its own, which I really love - I hate leaving cylindrical objects sideways and having them roll around on my desk. Personally, since I am so picky about balms, I would probably pay for the convenience of knowing that a product works, rather than hunting for the next-possibly-more-affordable dupe. With that said, $22.50 is steep!

I am a little wary of falling in love with such an expensive balm, but it may very well be worth it. The formula is slightly waxy but not unpleasant, and not sticky. Upon application, the balm is a little thicker and it's noticeable - not the kind of thing that simply melts away - but it does make my lips feel wonderful. I need to re-apply every few hours, I feel, but since it's a stick and not in a pot, it's really easy to do this. It doesn't gunk up after re-applying, which is really nice.

I also love that it's not colored; sometimes I don't want color, but I still want the lip treatment. There are tinted versions available, though, if that's what you'd prefer.

The lemon smell is a bit strong, but it does fade after application. It's also not cleaner-esque; it's more like a sweet lemon treat. In short: tolerable, though I almost wish it wasn't scented.

I'll review the scrub and the lotion at a later date, but I did want to get this out there while the set was still available at Sephora. I think it's worth it, because the sizes are generous for the price.

Try it if: You were ever curious about Fresh products; for slightly more than the price of the balm itself, you get a full-sized balm, a decent sized lip scrub, and a tube of lotion. I also think it'd make a great gift.
Skip it if: You already have your favorite lip balm. If it's not broken, right?

Have you tried Fresh products? Do you think they're worth the steep prices?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today...

..I will try climbing that V4 again.

...I  have to teach.

...I will have cake.

...I am going to ogle Laura Mercier's gorgeous illuminator.

...I am going to have a (hopefully!) fabulous dinner at Japonessa.

...I am going to see Rachael Yamagata live at The Crocodile.



...I am all of a sudden, another year older.

Holy smokes.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Shiro Cosmetics Eye Shadows Make Me...Blush (A Post on Multi-tasking)

Like the average beauty blogger, I've got a lot of eye shadows. Some of them aren't my cup of tea, in terms of color, so I don't find myself using them that often. Some of them are my favorites, but I like to try so many things, I just don't get around to using them all that often. I only have two eyes, you know?

But they come in so many beautiful colors, and this wide range of colors isn't really represented very well in other products - like blushes or lipsticks, for example. Blushes are pretty much pink, coral, red, or brown. I like to play with makeup in slightly more extreme ways sometimes (versus the usual "wearable, daytime look") and I wanted a purple blush. Not plum, not cool pink/lavender, but in your face purple.  Makeup Forever makes a purple shadow/blush pressed powder thingee, but it's not paraben-free, and otherwise, I didn't find anything.

Shiro Cosmetics Rattata, a matte, bold purple. I had to color correct the left hand image because it would not translate to my computer, for whatever reason.

But I have Shiro Cosmetics Rattata, which is a warm, matte purple, and very bright. So I figured, why not? It's only makeup, and it comes off.  Thus, Rattata as blush!
Eyes: UDPP Eden
Shiro Cosmetics Bulbasaur (emerald green), Rattata (matte purple)
Sephora Long-Lasting Liner in 
Fancy Violet, UD 24/7 Liner in Junkie (green with gold glitter)
Cheeks: Shiro Cosmetics 
Rattata
Lips: Dior Primrose Crystal
What do you think? Does it look unnatural or bruised? Too strange?
I have to say, I do prefer to use a light hand with extremely pigmented products, versus building up a sheer product to any level of intensity. I also used Rattata on the lid, here, but you can see how much softer it looks on the cheeks (I used an EcoTools blush brush). I actually really like the purple - it's darker than most pink blushes out there (most of those are soft and natural; even fuchsia is hard to come by), and I find it interesting and a bit different.

I wore this shadow as blush on another day, with a less intense eye look, and I was surprised by how long it wore! It stayed on all day, over liquid foundation, with no primer or cream blush underneath. I'm not sure how differently mineral blushes are formulated from the shadows, but my blush was still going strong at the end of the day.

So, what are your thoughts? Would you rock purple blush? Am I crazy?


Also, I cut my hair. These photos were taken a week or so ago. I am not capable of magically growing out hair ;)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Channeling My Inner Reductionista

Inspired by Liz, of course.  She is a rock star, and actually makes an attempt to use up her stash.  Her empties posts are awe-inducing ;)  So I'm giving it a shot.  I had to hoard empty bottles and containers. S. thought I was seriously losing it ("Why are you collecting...empty things?"). Never mind him.

I'm doing an empties/misses/things-I-just-got-tired-of-and-tossed-out-because-I-was-never-going-to-touch-them-again-so-why-keep-them post.  I'm pretty ruthless about cleaning, and once things hit the trash can, there are no regrets, baby.  What can I say?  I don't like clutter.  Thankfully, it seems like you run out of things all at once (which is a pain for your wallet, I must say), so I didn't have to hoard random empties for too long.

Sorry, the photos aren't in any sort of logical order. It's because I'm crazy. Now you know.


Empties

Boscia Make-up Break-up Cool Cleansing Oil (original review here)
It always feels like such an accomplishment when you finish something!  This was a good one, and I liked it, but you know how it goes - beauty blogger and all. I have a Clinique cleaner waiting to get some love.  This one does a good job of breaking up all of my base makeup, though I do use a separate eye makeup remover, just because I like to be thorough. It feels good on my skin - I like how it kind of cushions your skin, so you don't feel like you're scrubbing away or rubbing too hard.  I will go back to this if the Clinique doesn't impress.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, oily skin formula (not pictured)
This is a staple.  I figured I'd just throw it in there because it makes me feel better (lookit all the stuff I finished, ma!), and to satisfy any curiosities about what soap I use. This one. (Yeah, I know, like anyone really cared. Humor me, will you?) I have a back-up already. I've been using this formula for the better part of eight or so years now, I'd say, and I like it.  It's not groundbreaking or anything, but you know, it's soap.

Origins Well Off Eye Makeup Remover (original review here)
I went through this in about six months, I think; I'm not sure how long it usually takes me to finish a bottle, but then, I've done some crazy EOTDS lately that required a fair bit of remover. Like I said in the review, I like it, but I don't love it. I have a Sephora version that I'm going to try now.

Clinique Moisturizing Gel
Another staple.  Lightweight but moisturizing, fragrance-free, not oily, all that good stuff.  Already on another bottle.  I have no idea how many of these I've purchased, but they do last a long time.  And it has a pump!

Haus of Gloi Imp Sugar Exfoliating Scrub
Got this from Ki as part of her giveaway long ago; it smells yummy (quite fruity) and it's nice and scrubby.  I used it for the backs of my arms and parts of my feet in the shower.  A little goes a long way. However, I'm not a fan of jars in the shower. They're hard to open once you're wet, and then you get wet fingers in them, as well. I suppose one should scoop some out before jumping in to the shower, but really, when it's freezing out, who is going to do that? Anyway. I'm glad I had the chance to try out a Haus of Gloi product; their perfume oils have been on my wishlist forever and I need to go take care of that at some point.

Urban Decay Primer Potion sample in Greed
I've been using UDPP for years now, and I'm glad they came out with two paraben-free formulas so I didn't have to hunt for a new one. I have a full bottle of Eden (well, it's not not full any more, but it's full-sized) but received a sample of Greed as one of my Sephora 100 point perks a while back. It's just about empty now so I'm tossing it - I'm not all about slicing into these tubes or whatever. In general, I think I like Greed a little better than Eden - it seemed to have a slightly thinner formula, but its staying power was the same. Of course, Eden does dry down to a lovely matte shade that's about the same color as my skin, so it's not like it's bad by any means. I don't need two of these kicking around, though, so I'm glad I finished this one.

Misses
Burberry Body
I got a sample of this in the mail via their Facebook campaign.  Rosie's gorgeous, of course, but this is definitely not my kind of smell.  I gave it a couple of day-long tries, and nope. That synthetic peach smell gives me a headache, and I'm definitely not a fan. The peach comes on strong in the beginning, and then...stays. I don't get the mellow, soft, sweet dry-down that others seem to enjoy - just awful fruit all the way.  And it lasted all day (which of course is a plus if you like this one!).  Pass!  Fragrance is highly subjective though, so perhaps you like it?

Ellie Saab Le Parfum
Received a sample with a Nordstrom order. To me, this one is shockingly medicinal.  Supposedly has notes of orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, rose, cedar wood, but my unsophisticated nose doesn't get any of that. Pass!

Kicking to the Curb

Bliss Fabulous Every Day Eye Cream (original review here)
It was good for a while, and I used a good 3/4 of the tube, I'd say.  But it just didn't capture my heart.  I tried another eye gel for a while (I got a sample at Nordstrom while picking up some other goodies) and  I noticed a slight difference - less bumpies under my eyes, and an overall fresher appearance. Plus, the new one sunk in to my skin a lot better.  No reason to keep using this, and I feel like I gave it a fair shot.  It's mostly gone, anyway.

Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment (original review here)
The little sample tube I received was maybe 1/3 full, but like I said above, a new eye gel is in town.  This one was okay, though I did notice after more frequent use that it tended to sting my eyes - and no, I wasn't putting it in my eyes or even very close.  I think it just traveled around the area. Nothing particularly bad, nothing particularly stellar.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Soothing Oatmeal
(original review here)
I finally gave up on this, bought the other Aveeno one I actually like, and sneakily put this on S's dresser.  He occasionally asks for lotion for his hands or knees if the weather gets really cold and dry, so I figured I'd see if he minded the texture of this one.  He hasn't said anything about it yet, but sometimes it's hard to tell whether he hasn't noticed, or just doesn't care.  Men.


Okay - what have you emptied lately? It's such a feeling of accomplishment, isn't it? The sad thing is, I don't think you'll be seeing any color cosmetics up here any time soon! Skincare is so much easier to go through. I can't use the same eye shadow or lipstick or blush often enough to turn them into empties!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cartoon EOTD: Jafar

Still doing villains!  I'm not sure why. I know I just did Iago, but...just work with me here.
image source: Disneyvillains.net
In all honesty, I came up with this EOTD to go with an outfit, not to go with Jafar. But when I took the photos and started to crop them, I was just reminded of Jafar, over and over again. I think it's because of the colors. The colors are all Jafar: gold, red, black. It looks like this, usually:
UDPP Greed
Shiro Cosmetics [Subject Name Here] (shimmery peachy nude), Hearts (blue red)
Chanel 
Mirifique (shimmery, glittery black)
Benefit Magic Ink, UD 24/7 Glide-on Liner in Gunmetal (silver)

And then - this is sneaky, like Jafar - there is a pop of color!
Appropriately surprised!
And there you have it! I was really happy with this one, especially with the outfit I had on :) I am going to try it with different colors, too - this is one of the more wearable cartoon EOTDS, I think. No?

Don't forget to check out Tracy's look - she did Jasmine! See how we did that? Haha - and have a happy Saturday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

NARS Albatross Has Almost Converted Me...

...into a gloss girl.  Almost.  I think I'd have to buy another NARS lipgloss to test my newfound affection for lipgloss, wouldn't you say? (Although I hear the other ones smell funny).

I've been impressed by NARS lip products lately (okay, so I only own two, but that's still two for two).  I'll lay it all out for you here: Albatross is a sheer white-gold gloss; it is really thick and sticky and tacky and comes with a doe foot applicator.  I could not detect a smell or taste, which I very much appreciate.
Since it is such a sticky formula, be careful pulling the wand out. It flies out if you tug too hard (and it takes some force because of the suction), and a long trail of gloss flies out with it. Ease it out as slowly as possible to prevent making obscene messes. I speak from experience.

Strangely enough, I don't mind the thick and sticky.  It freaks me out slightly, in that it feels like my lips almost stick together permanently when they touch (like when you put glue or something tacky on your fingers and touch them together). It's not exactly the most comfortable thing in the world, but it makes the color sink into my lips and it kind of feels like a glove, if you know what I mean.  Sorry, that description isn't very apt, is it?  Let me try again.  The gloss feels like it actually sinks into your lips and imparts lasting color, rather than sitting on top of your lips and rubbing off in five seconds, or gunking up because it's just sitting there in a huge gob.  You can still feel it there, though.  I kind of feel the same way about NARS Mascate, actually, even though they are vastly different products; that lipstick just smoothes into your lips and you don't feel like you're wearing a color - you now possess that color.  Or something.

Wear time is about 2.5 hours before you can't feel or see it any more, but in my opinion, it looks as good at the end as it does when you first apply it. I know that sticky/tacky consistency is responsible for this, which is possibly why I tolerate it this time around. It does get annoying - especially when I want to rub it all off and it just staaayyssssssss, but then, if you want something to last (even through coffee!), this would be it.
Freshly applied; you can see all the delicate bits of gold sparkle.
After two hours of wear. Still there! Still glossy!
It's a beautiful, beautiful shimmery white-gold color that gives me a nice, classy natural look.  I do have a MLBB lipstick, but this is a nice variation - softer, less opaque, not as peach/pink.  It's like it really does highlight my natural lip color.  I was surprised by how much I love this. I actually doubt I'll be running out to buy any more gloss any time soon, but it's good to have one, right?
It's the perfect glossy, MLBB lip!
Chanel Perfection Lumière 20 Beige
Dior Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in
Aurora
MAC Harmony blush
UDPP Greed, Stila Kitten, Diamond Lil'
Sephora Long-Lasting liner in Black, Fancy Blue, UD Perversion (double liner look here)
Click for a larger, squinting-not-required version.

Try it if: You are looking for a staple, natural-but-with-kicks lip gloss.
Skip it if: You don't want a heavy, sticky gloss, and prefer gloss with more pigmentation or stronger colors.

$24 for 0.28 oz, at Sephora, Nordstrom, or narscosmetics.com

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Thursday Post

Matchbox Twenty: Push.  Oldie but goodie.  Rob Thomas's voice is sexy.  I like a lot of their songs, and recently started listening to them again.  Don't you love when you revisit old favorites? I should try to do that with makeup more often!

Please tell me you read The Oatmeal. He is hilarious (and lives in Seattle!). Some of the comics contain crude language and cartoony graphic violence, though, so there's my disclaimer! [This post is hilarious. I nearly fell over laughing. The Cher one - OMG. Hilarious.]

Hilarious, and oh so true. If you're on the bus, and you have earphones/headphones on...they shouldn't be booming. I like my bass booming as much as the next person, but I save it for the apartment and my Creature speakers (seriously, sexy or what?).

For the gamer in all of us. This made me laugh. Another link from my brother!

OMG ADORABLE.

And I really want to try a gradient lip, but I don't have any skills. This is a beautiful post with two versions.

These nails are too freaking cute! I want to try it, but I'm such fail at nail art. Also, nail girls - DO THIS.

No Dennison photo this week. S. implied that I was going overboard. :( Sorry! I don't mean to be one of those people with their pets. ._. Though, I would love to see your pets :D (Also going overboard with the emoticons here, yeesh. How did people communicate before all of this?)

ALSO. I am going to get a Dior makeover from a visiting artist tomorrow. What kinds of products do I want to try? What do I want to look like? What kind of "look" should I be going for? Ideas, please!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cake Milk Made Hand Cream Smells AWESOME

I was looking for a new hand cream, because the last one I had, suddenly smelled funny.  It had definitely turned.  And I wasn't so enamored with it that I was going to buy another one, because I don't think I want something that goes bad so quickly.  As a climber and a chemist and someone who constantly washes her hands (and who also gets a rash in the winter if my hands dry out too much), I need to have a hand cream.  I'm usually pretty bad about it, but I'm determined to be more consistent about keeping my hands moisturized.  It would help if I had a really good hand cream, I decided.

So I tweeted for help.  And Ashley came to the rescue!  She suggested Cake Beauty's Milk Made Velveteen Hand Crème.  I threw that into my second Sephora order (hey, I forgot the Clarisonic brush heads the first time, okay?  And...I apparently can't just order one thing. Sigh) and sat back and waited. It came, and my first impression was that this was very pretty packaging.  That soft pink, the ingredients right on the back of the tube, the flat, slanted head so that it stands up on its own - fantastic.  And then I opened it up, and squeezed some out - and nearly fell over. It. Smells. So. Good.  I wish I could send this smell to you, across the Internet. It's raspberry and creamy but not cloying, and it does linger for quite some time. It's not sickeningly sweet (at least, I don't find it to be), but it is noticeable. For me, that's a selling point. But then, I like raspberries.

And the texture is amazing, as well. It's light and not greasy at all; it's smooth and almost whipped; it sinks right into my hands.  A little also goes a long way. I have also noticed that my hands do feel a lot better afterward - the cream is soothing and, as Ashley says, "fluffy."
A dot! I would use maybe a tiny bit more than this for both hands.
Ingredients.
As I said, it's right on the back of the tube, which is so helpful. The tube is small and slim and easy to throw into my backpack or my purse, which I like - the point is to use the thing, at all times. It stands up on my desk and on my dresser, which is also excellent.  Win, all around! Erm, except, I'd advise you to avoid accidentally overapplying hand cream right before you brush your teeth. I never realized how deft you have to be to maneuver a stupid toothbrush.

Try it if: You're looking for a luxurious, sweet-smelling hand cream that isn't greasy or sticky.
Skip it if: You're not a fan of scented hand cream, or of raspberries.

$16 for 3.4 oz at Sephora.com (online only).