EOTD Featuring Darling Girl Cosmetics + Eyeko

EOTD with Darling Girl Cosmetics + EyekoI’ve been busy wear-testing the shadows I pressed, and so far, I’ve been really impressed! They hold up with no fading for 8+ hours over primer (my favorite is TheBalm’s Put A Lid On It).

EOTD with Darling Girl Cosmetics + EyekoThis eye look features Darling Girl Cosmetics’s Obviously A Wig blended very lightly in the crease, and then Hope patted all over the lid. You can’t tell so much in the picture (because my camera apparently hates the color), but Hope has strong grass green shimmer, which really illuminated the eye.

EOTD with Darling Girl Cosmetics + Eyeko I finished it up with a winged eye courtesy of Eyeko’s purple Skinny Liner, which I really need to repurchase. I’ve used it so much for a pop of color that it’s almost all used up. But I love the liner– it’s one of those felt-tip jobbies, and it doesn’t smudge or migrate. A+. Especially since I have difficult eyes to wing-tip– the right one is actually deeper-creased than the left, so I have to sort of compensate and draw slightly different angles in order for it to look even when I open my eyes. Ahh, makeup symmetry problems. My wings still need some work, but they definitely look better than they used to.

I finished the look up with one coat of Buxom’s Buxom Lash mascara, and the barest touch of Urban Decay’s Scorch 24/7 liner (bronze) on the outer corner of my lower lash for definition, and Asphyxiate (lilac) on the waterline.

The whole thing is framed by my usual magenta brows– this is Jane Cosmetic’s Purple Lilac set with Mary Kay’s clear brow gel. It looks a little odd super close-up, but at a normal viewing distance, it just looks like my brows match my hair.

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Maybelline Unleashes New Nudes – ColorSensational “The Buffs”

Maybelline ColorSensational The BuffsI really like Maybelline’s ColorSensational line. Of drugstore-priced offerings in the US, I feel like they are in the top 3 of what’s available, along with Revlon’s Super Lustrous line, and a lot of Rimmel’s latest hits.

ColorSensational offers a stunning range of colors that only seems to be growing, lipsticks that comfortably last on my lips for 4 hours (or until mealtime), and no offensive scents. (I have had to return L’Oreal lipsticks in the past because they just smelled rancid. It’s really a shame.)

Recently, Maybelline released a permanent expansion to the line– “The Buffs,” which feature nine new “nude” shades. And by nude, I mean brown-based, and in a wide enough shade range that nearly everyone should be able to find something close enough to their actual skin tone if that’s the goal.

As for me, I’m very light-skinned. If I were to match my skin tone, I’d look a  bit corpse-y, so I selected two shades that were darker than my skin. One by a few shades, and one dramatically darker. I already have one shade that’s a very light pinky-nude from another brand, and I don’t use it all that often, so I figure I have my bases covered there.

The packaging is pretty standard for the ColorSensational line– these shades come with translucent taupe caps, and the stickers on the bottom approximate the shade. I always keep these in a separate, confined compartment in my purse because after some use, the caps don’t always stay on the tightest. YMMV.

Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs

The first shade I chose was Truffle Tease, which is sort of a medium taupe. It looks warmer in the bullet than it actually does when worn, I think.

Maybelline ColorSensational The BuffsMaybelline ColorSensational The BuffsIMG_7900On my lips, it definitely had neutral-cool undertones, but not so much that it made me look sick. I will probably add a little bit of a sparkle to this when I wear it, but on my skin tone, it’s a pretty good choice for balancing dark eyeshadow.

Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs

The second shade I chose was one of the darker ones in the range, Untainted Spice. Which is a pretty weird name for a lipstick, but I digress.

Maybelline ColorSensational The Buffs

I would say that this is sort of a dark rosewood-y shade. Other bloggers have said it has plum undertones, but I’d call it a brown with a pinky-plum base. I swatched it on my arm so you can sort of see what I’m getting at.Buff4

On my lips, it’s definitely a dark rosewood. I feel like these next lip swatches show it a bit lighter than it appeared in person, but I didn’t want to edit the photos too much. So I’ll just note that it appeared darker in person.Maybelline ColorSensational The BuffsMaybelline ColorSensational The Buffs

It’s a pretty lipstick, and one that neutral cool and neutral warm skin tones could both probably pull off. To me, it screams autumn, so I’ll have to pull it out again later in the year.

(Also, many thanks to bloggers like Ommorphia Beauty Bar, Temptalia, and Dulce Candy, who swatched the full collection so I could make informed purchases.)

EATABLE PILLOW! Just May Be My Favorite Soap Name Ever.

Villainess Eatable Pillow Soap

When it comes to soap, there are pretty much three brands I’m pretty loyal to. Of those brands, I have been purchasing from Villainess Soaps the longest. Probably since ’05… we are talking long term relationship here.

The reason I love Villainess is that they’re one of the few companies I’ve tried who can make a truly moisturizing hot process bar that’s packed with really interesting scent choices.  I mean, sure, you can get a shea butter lavender bar pretty much anywhere these days, but with Villainess, you get… EATABLE PILLOW!

Villainess Eatable Pillow Soap

When this came in the mail, I eagerly ripped open a bar. I’d purchased two, since I was absolutely certain I’d love it, and I was not wrong.Villainess Eatable Pillow Soap

The scent is pretty amber-heavy, very reminiscent of one of my discontinued Villainess favorites, the late, great Asphyxiate. But there is a sweeter vanilla note softening it, and the lavender is whispering in the background to keep it from getting overly dessert-y. It’s not at all an astringent lavender. It’s just… nice. It’s grounded and floaty at the same time, if that makes sense. This is a very nicely balanced scent.

Eatable Pillow is amazing. I highly recommend it, even if you don’t consider yourself a lavender person. And I’d love if it, or a scent like it, would be added to the Villainess general catalog– Eatable Pillow is currently limited edition.

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I do have a second Villainess product to share with you– the ever-popular Smooch!  Smooch! is a sugar scrub that comes in many scents, for many purposes.. Some have very fine sugar for very gentle exfoliation. Others have more aggressive sugar to really get down to business.

This product, the limited edition Pomander, has pretty mid-grade scrubbiness. Its magical property is that it’s warming. Yes, you read that right. Once you start scrubbing, this baby warms up, which makes it pretty much the best thing you could have in your shower in the wintertime. (I have had lots of experience with this formula, as Villainess’s GingerSnapped! is probably my all time favorite scrub ever ever ever.)

Villainess Pomander Smooch

Villainess Pomander Smooch

The scent is pretty much exactly as described– when it says citrus peel, that’s what it means. This scent isn’t sweet and desserty– it smells like pomanders at Christmastime, spiked with dry spices. It’s such a comfort scent. I like it quite a lot.

So there you have it, my most recent Villainess loves. What are your favorite Villainess products?

My First Attempt at Nail Stamping!

I am not usually one for nail art. Usually, I think it looks busy, and because of what I do for a living, I absolutely can’t have any sort of raised decal on my nails because I might mar my metals. But I’ve been seeing those butterfly nails that are all over Pinterest, and after I deduced it was done with a stamper and not some freehand witchery, I decided to give it a go.

I bought two plates from Vivid Lacquer to start, and two stampers (a hard and a soft). The soft seemed almost TOO soft to me, so I did this with the harder one. I liked the plate I used very much, but I think I’ll check out other companies– it took over two weeks for my order to ship, and nearly three to get to me. I might get other VL plates in the future, but now at least I know what to expect.

Stamped Mani: Zoya Keiko + AEngland Fonteyn

This is my second attempt, technically. The first was a flat black (Cult Nails Nevermore) over AEngland Fonteyn, and it just didn’t pop. I ended up doing AEngland Fonteyn over Zoya Keiko, and I love it.

Stamped Mani: Zoya Keiko + AEngland Fonteyn

There was a learning curve to get that rolling motion going, but this wasn’t too hard. In honesty, the hardest part for me was being patient enough to wait for my base color to dry.

As you see, I’m having some dry winter sadness with my hands and cuticles, so I think it’s time for a nice long soak and seal with some cuticle butter. But this was a pretty good first try. Only one smudge, and a pretty crisp imprint.

Now to make a list of polishes I want for stamping. A gold holo for sure, to go over teal. So many possibilities!

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted

Last year, Urban Decay launched a new lipstick range to much fanfare. Across the board, their Revolution lipsticks have been reviewed positively, with comments that they are long-wearing, incredibly pigmented, and comfortably moisturizing. Though I have only tried one shade of their 20-shade range, I can say that I concur: it’s great lipstick.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: JiltedUrban Decay Revolution Lipstick: JiltedThe shade I chose was, predictably, Jilted, a magenta with a subtle blue shift.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted

I’m not a huge fan of the lipstick shape– I prefer more traditional bullet shapes, because I get more precise application from them. But the packaging is nice, and the cap stays very firmly on, which is probably the most important thing for me in terms of packaging.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted

Here’s one swipe, and then two. As you can see, lovely pigmentation.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: Jilted

And on the lips. As you can see, my lips look very hydrated, though they were quite chapped when I took this picture. It didn’t capture the blue shift very well, but it’s present in-person.

Overall, I really liked the formula, and I’d love to try others in the range.

Bad-Ass Ladies of History, brought to you by Aromaleigh V2

Earlier this month, Aromaleigh launched a brand new (permanent!) collection of eyeshadows inspired by bad-ass, often-forgotten ladies throughout history– Ignis Antiquita. As this combines three of my favorite things– history, pretty colors, and bad-ass ladies– I decided to sample some of the collection, which weighs in at 40 new shades.

Now, I know a few of you who have been following my beauty-related ramblings for longer than I have had this blog are probably confused at my reviewing Aromaleigh. After all, I pretty much swore them off in 2009 when I had what easily ranks as my worst customer service experience ever. EVERRRRR.  Long story short, an order I placed was either never sent or got lost in the mail, and the company’s founder was quite rude in addressing this. When I did finally get my order, one item was out of stock, and so I emailed again to ask about it– only to have it insinuated that I was trying to pull one over on the company (they had refunded me, but they never told me about the problem, so I hadn’t known). The owner took my questions, which only ever addressed the facts of the situation, pretty personally, and in her mind, I was calling her a liar and a cheat. It was a mess. And I was far from the only person having customer service issues with Aromaleigh during this time period. So I was pretty sad about everything, because I really did like the products quite a lot.

Aromaleigh closed for a while. And then, after some time away, they opened in 2011 under what I understand to be new management. I was pretty cautious about it. I waited a while to see what other bloggers had to say about the customer service situation before I placed an order, the first of which was for samples in their LE “Lost in Faerie” collection. Which, to be honest, I liked very much. And I am happy to report that since then, I have had no problems with the CS.  And orders now ship lightning-fast. So I feel pretty okay reviewing this collection and recommending it.

So, without further ado– PRETTY COLORS.

Ignis Antiquita: Tamar, Lagertha, Agnodice, Agrippina

Ignis Antiquita: Tamar, Lagertha, Agnodice, Agrippina

Ignis Antiquita: Tamar, Lagertha, Agnodice, Agrippina

Ignis Antiquita: Tamar, Lagertha, Agnodice, Agrippina

Tamar: Inspired by Tamar of Georgia, this is a beautiful yellow-based gold with soft holo sparkles. Like any and all holo sparkles I mention here, these do not survive foiling, but rather sit lightly atop the main shade, like they’re floating in silk. This is a super gorgeous shade, omg.

Lagertha: Lemme just get this out of the way– I bought this for one reason only… fannish reasons. LAGERTHA IS THE QUEEN OF MY HEART.
"You couldn't kill me if you tried for a hundred years" - Lagertha-“You couldn’t kill me if you tried for a hundred years” – Lagertha

Lagertha, is, of course, named for the Viking shieldmaiden who was, at one point, married to Ragnar Lodbrok. It is a very pretty coppery-pink shade with holo sparkles that leans reddish-copper in some lights. It is very nice.

Agnodice: This shade is named after Agnodice, the 5th century Athenian physician. While the swatch on site shows more of a a coppery-buff shade, it was a warm buff pink on my skin with subtle undertones of mauve, and, of course, holo sparkles.

Agrippina: This one was inspired by Agrippina the Younger, and is a pretty rose-gold shade with soft holo sparkles. It’s a beautiful sort of neutral-pink, something I will definitely reach for often.

Ignis Antiquita: Boudicca, Trotula, Hervor, Clotilda

Ignis Antiquita: Boudicca, Trotula, Hervor, Clotilda

Ignis Antiquita: Boudicca, Trotula, Hervor, Clotilda

Ignis Antiquita: Boudicca, Trotula, Hervor, Clotilda

Boudicca: This is, of course, inspired by the Celtic warrior queen. It’s a really complex shade, too! The predominant shade is a russet/burgundy sort of color. Reddish with purple undertones. And it’s got holo sparkles. Because of course it does.

Trotula: This is named after Trotula of Salerno, the 12th century physician and teacher. It’s kind of hard to describe. In the sample baggie, it’s sort of a greyish steel blue shade. On the skin, though, it was a taupey-brown with greenish blue highlight. Very pretty.

Hervor: Hervor was another Viking shieldmaiden, who, according to the writeup by Aromaleigh, inspired Eowyn in Lord of the Rings. They describe it as pewter, and that’s pretty accurate. It’s a dark grey that I’d describe as “charcoal.” It’s got some subtle blue sparkle happening.

Clotilda: This one was named after Saint Clotilde. It is described by the site as “a rich, complex grey with strong gold highlights and an alternating multichrome color effect of blues, greens and red.” That sounds like a pretty color, and the swatch on the site matches it. However, the sample I got leaned much more of a navy blue that pulls grey, no gold highlight (though there is some holo sparkle). It looks purple-grey in the sample baggie.

Ignis Antiquita: Aspasia, Skuld, Eleanor

Ignis Antiquita: Aspasia, Skuld, Eleanor

Aspasia, Skuld, Eleanor

Aspasia, Skuld, Eleanor

Ignis Antiquita: Aspasia

Ignis Antiquita: Aspasia

Aspasia: This shade is in honor of Aspasia of Miletus. In keeping with the Pantone Color of the Year, it’s a very pretty orchid purple. As you can see in the shot above, it has a very pretty blue shift, and it reminds me very much of Urban Decay’s Asphyxia.

Skuld: Aromaleigh describes Skuld as a “Viking warrior elf witch,” but I know her as one of the three Norns. In the baggie, it looks like a greyed-out purple, and swatched sort of a deep violet with soft holo for me. The website swatches look more like a pewtery-amethyst; I gather this one looks a bit different depending on the skin tone of the swatcher.

Eleanor: Eleanor, is, unsurprisingly, named for Eleanor of Aquitaine. On my skin, it is a light, peach-leaning buff with very subtle multichromatic sparkles that you don’t really see once the shadow is blended out.

Ignis Antiquita: Arachidamia, Urraca

Ignis Antiquita: Arachidamia, Urraca

Ignis Antiquita: Arachidamia (foiled, dry)

Ignis Antiquita: Arachidamia (foiled, dry)

Arachidamia: Named for the Spartan queen, Arachidamia is the only one of these shades that I photographed foiled. That’s because for most of the shades, foiling them really detracted from the soft, pretty holographic effect that many of them had. But the description said “light-midtone warm taupe with strong red/pink/violet multichrome effects” and I wanted to see what would happen, since dry it was a nearly-matte warm taupe with very subtle effects. Well, foiled, the violet red really does come out! In fact, it looks like a completely different shadow!

Urraca: Of the shades I tried, Urraca, named for Urraca of León and Castile, surprised me the most. Described as a bordeaux, I expected purple undertones, and the sample bag does indeed look purply. But on my skin, there were definite warm leanings, so much that it looked more like a reddened copper than bordeaux. It does have pretty blue-dominant sparkles, though. Maybe I should foil this one and see if the results are any different.

So, there you have it, a little over a quarter of the shades. There are still lots more for me to try, which I probably will, because the formula was very nice. They were very soft and blendable, even for loose shadows. They lean powdery but silky– so you don’t need to load your brush up or you’ll waste product. What I’d suggest is to build up thin layers if you want to pack the color on.

Before I finish up the post, I have a handful more shades to share that are not part of the collection. Some are LE, some permanent. A few (Fathom, Snowsicle, Infernal Chaos, Janus Primus Vesta Extrema) were gifts with purchase.

Amandier, Password Protected (dry, then foiled), Damaged & Delusional (dry, then foiled)

Amandier, Password Protected (dry, then foiled), Damaged & Delusional (dry, then foiled)

Amandier, Password Protected (dry, then foiled), Damaged & Delusional (dry, then foiled)

Amandier, Password Protected (dry, then foiled), Damaged & Delusional (dry, then foiled)

Amandier, Password Protected (dry, then foiled), Damaged & Delusional (dry, then foiled)

Amandier, Password Protected (dry, then foiled), Damaged & Delusional (dry, then foiled)

Amandier: Amandier is a permanent shade, and is part of the “Bloom” collection. I loved it so much that I bought it in full size so I could press it. It’s a warm-leaning white base with strong gold highlight. It is like a less-chalky version of NARS Albatross. It looks amazing as a lid wash on light skin, or as a highlight. I love love love this shade.

Password Protected: This one is part of the Sherlock LE collection, and at present, is still available (and on sale!). It is described as “a muted warm mauve with coppery iridescence and bright golden sparks.” Which is pretty exactly what it is, only dry those two colors are separate. As in, once you blend it, you get what looks like matte mauve, but with copper around the edges and around the edges only. Which makes this a great candidate for a lid wash if you’re lazy– bingo, it looks like you’re wearing a crease shade. I liked this much more when foiled, where it looks like a bronze with a mauve base.

Damaged & Delusional: Again, part of the Sherlock LE collection. It is described as “a smooth plush burgundy wine frost with a striking gold highlight.” It’s a mauvey-burgundy with a mild bronze highlight, and darkens a shade when foiled.

Infernal Chaos (foiled, then dry), Janus Primus Vesta Extrema (dry, then foiled)

Infernal Chaos (foiled, then dry), Janus Primus Vesta Extrema (dry, then foiled)

Infernal Chaos (foiled, then dry), Janus Primus Vesta Extrema (dry, then foiled)

Infernal Chaos (foiled, then dry), Janus Primus Vesta Extrema (dry, then foiled)

Infernal Chaos: One of the January LEs. It is descrbed as “a soft cocoa grey/buff with a subtle copper highlight and iridescent microshimmer.” I got more of a light buff with grey undertones. A good neutral if you’re cooler-toned, but sadly not for me.

Janus Primus Vesta Extrema: Another January LE. This one is a light cool-toned lilac with subtle sparkle.

Fathom (dry, then foiled)

Fathom (dry, then foiled)

Fathom is a burgundy red. It is not nearly as purple as it appears on the site. But it’s a sort of dried blood color that leans warm.

Snowsicle

Snowsicle

Snowsicle is a cool-toned white that’s shimmery dry, and VERY shimmery when foiled. There’s no hidden interference shade. It’s pretty straightforward.

There you have it. Which Aromaleigh shades are your favorites?

I Love Duochromes! INLP polish in Nostalgia.

INLP Nostalgia LOOKIT. LOOKIT, LOOKIT, LOOKIT!

I love duochromes so very much. They’re like magic. And I love this particular duochrome because it’s very well executed.

This polish is I Love Nail Polish‘s Nostalgia, and it shifts from chartreuse green (think beetle wings) through darker green, through bronze, and finally settles on a burgundy. This is two coats.

INLP NostalgiaGorgeous polish, gorgeous formula. I’m very impressed.

And, for funsies, here’s a diffused pic:

INLP Nostalgia

Siiiiiigh. Isn’t it purdy?