Swatch Post! Femme Fatale Super Sampler

When Femme Fatale reopened after the holiday break, I placed a small order for a super-sampler containing past colors of the month (COTM, for short), and also some new shades. In the order was also a sample of their mineral veil, which will not be swatched here, since it’s transparent. I also ordered a mini of Secret Shiny, because oooh pretty. Totally valid reason.

Hopefully I’ll be doing some EOTDs with these soon, but for now, take a peek at the swatches!

The Wayward Prince, Lovely Luck, Diaphanous, Mineral Veil

The Wayward Prince, Lovely Luck, Diaphanous, Mineral Veil

Diaphanous, Lovely Luck, The Wayward Prince

Diaphanous, Lovely Luck, The Wayward Prince

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My First Orange Thyme Order: Review & Thoughts

On December 1st, 2014, I made my first order at Orange ThymeI got a shipment notice on 12/9 that my items would be mailed on 12/10. That was fine– I had been following their FB posts and knew that the TAT could take that long. However, my order wasn’t actually dropped off at the post office until 12/16. Between 12/13 and 12/15, I had emailed the shop about my tracking number not updating, and I did not receive a response to either of my two emails. Part of the reason I was so keen to know the status of my order was that it contained several holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, and I wanted to head any issues off as soon as possible. (I also run a by-mail business, and let me tell you, the sooner a seller knows of an issue, the better for everybody involved.)

I mention all of this up front for two reasons: the lack of customer service disappointed me and may impact how willing I am to place an order in the future. I have also read on two indie forums that my experience was not all that unusual for this company, even outside of the holiday rush. Not to mention, a friend of mine had an almost identical experience to mine regarding delayed shipment.

I am going to review the products I received on their own merits, but when it comes to “do I recommend this company or not?” it really comes down to how willing you are to place an order knowing that customer service may be nonexistent if there is a problem with your order.

Okay, so onto the products–  I had heard about Orange Thyme for a while, and I was keen to sample their range, because sometimes I want a well-made product with a straightforward, non-fussy scent. As much as I love indie perfumes in all their glorious complexity, there are times when I want straight-up rosemary mint, no frills.

So of course the first thing in my cart was:

Rosemary Mint soap

Rosemary Mint soap

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Subtle Thermal Stampicure featuring Femme Fatale

Today’s post is of my current mani, which features Femme Fatale’s Twilight Sorcery thermal stamped with Cult Nails Nevermore. Twilight Sorcery is an incredibly subtle thermal– it stays a berry shade in any temperature, but shifts from red-berry to purple-berry. Still, it’s a beautiful polish, full of richness and depth. It covered easily and evenly in two coats. I did notice that my bottle is prone to separating– a lilac-y gold layer develops whenever I let it sit for more than a day or so, but it’s easy enough to shake up.

Stamping plate used was from the MoYou London Kaleidoscope collection!

Warm

Warm

Warm

Warm

Femme Fatale - Twilight Sorcery

Femme Fatale – Twilight Sorcery

Cool: Pointer & Middle. Warm: Ring & Pinkie.

Cool: Pointer & Middle. Warm: Ring & Pinkie.

Cool

Cool

My cell phone case is awesome.

I matched my cell phone case!

January 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

Today’s post is about the January Ipsy bag I received, which was merely so-so. I mean, still a great deal for $10, but there was nothing here that really excited me.

January 2015 Ipsy Bag

Astrida Naturals – Orange Mint Lip Balm: This is not a very good lip balm. It’s thin, wears off inside of 20 minutes, and I found it to be actually drying. Probably the peppermint oil, although I have worn peppermint-scented balms before that did not dry me out. Not a fan.

Teadora Rainforest At Dusk Nourishing Body Cream: The actual texture of this cream is nice. It’s a silky lotion that absorbs nicely. However, it is very strongly scented with a very pungent floral scent. Not a bad scent, per se– although that is subjective. But one I would not wear if I were going to be in a close quarter or office space. Not bad for winding down at home, but in general not something I would buy, either. Continue reading

A Few Recent Manicures!

I bought myself several polishes over the holiday break, so here’s a quick post with some shots of various manis I’ve had since the start of the year!

Smitten Polish Bifrost stamped with Essie Rollin' With The Chromies

Smitten Polish Bifrost stamped with Essie Rollin’ With The Chromies

My new years’ nails were a simple stampicure– Bifrost, a deep blue holo by Smitten Polish, stamped with Rollin’ With The Chromies by Essie. A nice mani for nails I was growing out after several nasty breaks.

Colors by Lllarowe's Madame Vastra over Cult Nails' Flushed, then matted.

Colors by Lllarowe’s Madame Vastra over Cult Nails’ Flushed, then matted.

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Colors By Llarowe - Madame Vastra

Colors By Llarowe – Madame Vastra

Colors By Llarowe - Madame Vastra

Colors By Llarowe – Madame Vastra

This is Colors by Llarowe’s Madame Vastra, a green/yellow/orange flakie in a sheer purple jelly base, over two coats of Cult Nails’ Flushed, a royal purple. I matted it, which is a cool effect, but mattes ALWAYS chip on me inside of two days, no exceptions.

Arcane Lacquer's Liquid Fear topped with Indigo Bananas's Bonanza!

Arcane Lacquer’s Liquid Fear topped with Indigo Bananas’s Bonanza!

Arcane Lacquer's Liquid Fear topped with Indigo Bananas's Bonanza!

Arcane Lacquer’s Liquid Fear topped with Indigo Bananas’s Bonanza!

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Arcane Lacquer’s Liquid Fear topped with Indigo Bananas’s Bonanza!

And a shiny flakie mani– this time I used Bonanza! by Indigo Bananas (a blue to green shifting flakie) over Liquid Fear by Arcane Lacquer (a magenta crelly with blue interference). I was a little underwhelmed by the formula for Liquid Fear. Three coats to opacity, and I still see bits where it’s uneven, and I got tip wear within 24 hours. But at least this combo makes my inner Jem-loving six year old flail with joy.

That’s it for now. I have a few more thermals I’m aiming to do next!

Makeup Geek Basics – Gel Liners & Matte Shadows

Makeup Geek Gel Liner

Back when I decided to reorganize my shadows into empty palettes, I realized one gaping hole in my makeup collection: even though I had the first Urban Decay Naked palette, I was absolutely woefully low on good neutral blending mattes. Most of my neutrals were shimmery. And the ones that I had in matte leaned neutral/cool, whereas I look best in neutral/warm. So I went to Makeup Geek to fix that problem.

If you have never heard of Makeup Geek, they are a lovely little line that sells pretty eyeshadows, gel liners, blushes, and lipstick. They’re some of the best products out there you can buy for relatively little money (these shadows were $6 each).

After agonizing over the swatches, I chose Vanilla Bean, a barely there shade for blending up into the browbone, Peach Smoothie, a pale nude peach that looks particularly nice with my yellow undertones, Creme Brulée, a warm leaning neutral mid-tone brown, and Cocoa Bear, a warm cocoa brown. Somehow, two colors snuck into my cart as well: Bitten, a burgundy, and Twilight, a satin grey-purple.

Vanilla Bean, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Bitten, Twilight

Vanilla Bean, Peach Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Cocoa Bear, Bitten, Twilight

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Life’s Entropy Lip Theory Satins – Cosmos Collection Swatches & Review

Life's Entropy Lip Theory Satins

I was planning on posting this on Monday, but then I remembered that the Cosmos Collection of Life’s Entropy Lip Satins will only be available until the end of the month, so I decided to bump it up a bit.

As you now, I’m a pretty big fan of Life’s Entropy lip products– I think they are far and away some of the best on the indie market. So when Jane released these five colors as part of a limited winter collection, I hastily placed an order for a full size and the rest in samples. She modeled these after the NARS Audacious line in terms of pigmentation and feel, and for the most part, I’d say she did a good  job. The only color I felt did not really reach that aim was Plasma, but even then it wasn’t bad. Just a bit drier than the rest.  These lipsticks feel nice to wear– they are creamy and opaque, but they don’t have too much slip to them.  There is a slight vanilla scent. The packaging on the full-size lipstick was meh. I appreciated a lipstick bullet (you don’t see that very often in indies!) but the case felt light and a little thin. Hopefully that will change when the permanent line debuts.

Overall, I think they are very much worth their modest price tag of $12 each. Especially as they are vegan!

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