My Introduction to Nyx

I’ve been pinching my pennies of late, but still craving new products to try. I had never before tried any products by Nyx, which is a budget, drugstore brand with quite a range of colors. Their new Butter Lipsticks and Butter Glosses have been much loved in the make-up blogosphere.  So when I recently found myself in Ulta, which was having a buy-one, get one 50% off sale on Nyx, I went, “sure, why not?”

NyxI ended up choosing four lippies from four different formulas. I picked (L-R):

— Butter Lipstick in Little Susie, a pinkish coral.

— Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen, a deep purpled berry. Very vampy.

— Lipstick (often called Round Lipstick) in Doll, a pinkish mauve.

— Aqua Luxe Lip Gloss in Glitter Dreams, a fun pink sparkle.

Little Susie, Doll, Copenhagen, Glitter Dreams

Little Susie, Doll, Copenhagen, Glitter Dreams

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Current Manicure Featuring Butter London & Femme Fatale

Butter London + Femme Fatale Mani

My nails have seen better days. The last few weeks have been a nonstop frenzy of wire wrapping and polishing as I reach the completed stages of some custom work, a full wholesale order, and also a retail update for my website. My poor cuticles, man. No cuticle oil on this planet can undo the abuse I do to them. Not to mention the breakage. Making jewelry is not easy on the nails. Last week I had to cut them all perilously short because the breakage and peeling had gotten so bad.

After about a week sans polish, I decided I wanted something sparkly, so I painted on two coats of Butter London’s Toff, a neutral dark mauve, and then two coats of Femme Fatale’s Midsummer Petals glitter topcoat. This topcoat, wow. There’s pink, copper, gold, and iridescent glitter in there, along with a few pieces of opaque rose glitter. It is very pretty. Two coats of Seche Vite finished it off, and I am pleasantly surprised the mani in no way looks or feels gloopy.


Butter London + Femme Fatale Mani

Butter London + Femme Fatale Mani

Bite Beauty – Deconstructed Rose Lipstick in Crimson

So, I think at some point before the move, I was like “I’m going to review Bite Beauty’s Deconstructed Rose lipstick in Crimson.” I took swatches. I did full face shots. I wrote notes on it. And then I never posted it. I’m blaming it on the fact that I was already beginning the packing process, which has the unhappy side effect of turning one’s brain to mush. Which means I’m going to have to go through my files and see what ELSE I forgot to post about.

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lipstick in Crimson

Voici Crimson, which Bite describes as a “muted dark purple.” There is no universe in which that is an accurate description of the color. It’s a lovely reddened deep berry.

Bite Beauty Deconstructed Rose Lipstick in Crimson

It arrived with condensation on it, but it was easily wiped off and in no way affected the lipstick’s performance.

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Perfume reviews! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Only Lovers Left Alive

This week, I had the chance to sniff and skin-test eight of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab‘s scents based on the Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive. I have seen the film– it’s a moody, slow-as-molasses film about two vampires (Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston), and spans about a week or so in their centuries-long love affair. I think I liked the overall feel of the movie more than I liked the movie itself– I found the plot to be absolutely threadbare, with events barely explained. It’s more or less a feature length character study, but even in that, it seemed meandering and directionless. Essentially, it’s about Eve, a vamp who still has a lust for life, and Adam, her musician husband with perma-ennui and suicidal tendencies. While everybody involved gave wonderfully nuanced performances, I tend to be a viewer who gravitates towards plot, so while I’m glad I saw the film, it was not entirely my cuppa. My friends, on the other hand, were utterly enthralled. Different strokes and all that.



I have been a fan of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (or BPAL, as the Lab is known to fans) since 2004. I was really intrigued by the descriptions of the scents based on the film, and so I purchased decants of 8 to try though a decant circle. The perfumes are limited edition, $30 per full bottle. Continue reading

Move complete!

Hey everybody! Just a heads-up that as of yesterday, I now have internet after my move. The demands of my jewelry company are paramount at the moment, as I’m working through a big, exciting project on a deadline. But I should be back to posting by the end of the week. Thanks for your patience!