Inaugural Order: Fierce Magenta, Swatches & Review

5/7/15 – ETA: I AM EDITING THIS POST IN THE WAKE OF SOME SERIOUSLY DISTURBING PICTURES OF THIS BRAND’S PRODUCTS. Please go check out the IMAM write up here. I cannot in good faith recommend this brand to anyone, because ew.

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Ipsy February 2015 Glam Bag

February 2015 Ipsy Bag

My February 2014 glam bag was a big, hearty “meh.” The product I was most excited to get turned out to be a bust, and only one of the products in the bag was truly a hit.

I got:

* ModelCo Blush in Cosmopolitan

* City Color Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini

* Emite Professional Eyelash Curler

* Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

* Mitchell & Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil in Flora No. 1

To start off, two of the products were more or less useless to me. I don’t use a volumizing spray (though my hair is fine, it’s so long that sprays have no effect), and I almost never curl my lashes (they are so long that when I do, they smudge mascara all over my browbone). So starting off, we’re 0-2.

The Mitchell & Peach face oil was a surprise win for me, though! I honestly was not expecting to be excited about this product. Face oils are so BLEH to me, and as someone who breaks out easily, I always worry they’ll leave me a pimply, greasy mess. However, this winter has been brutal, and I have been feeling tight and dry around my nose and undereye area, so I tried some of this out. It feels WONDERFUL when worn. It does not leave me greasy, and it absorbs easily, leaving my skin feeling like silk. The delicate floral fragrance is also quite nice.

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Beauty Quickies!

Here are a bunch of mini-reviews of stuff in my queue that I need to clear out, but none really deserve their own post. I have LOTS of stuff in the queue that are just waiting on face swatches, etc. Hopefully I’m going to be able to make some time to do that later today!

Blooddrop Cloven Rose Flutter Body Cream

Blooddrop Cloven Rose Flutter Body Cream

This is Bloodrop‘s Flutter Body Cream in Cloven Rose.  I purchased it from The Rhinestone Housewife. It is a body cream with the most amazing whipped cream texture.

Blooddrop Cloven Rose Flutter Body Cream

Blooddrop Cloven Rose Flutter Body Cream

That just looks delicious, doesn’t it?  Anyway, I found that despite its very light, fluffy looks, this melts immediately on contact and actually goes on quite oily. That didn’t bother me, actually– my HG winter lotion is Cocoa Pink’s Voluptuous Body Butter, which is also quite oily. The issue I had with this is that the scent is so strong it overpowers everything around it. Seriously, it is stronger than just perfume. People will smell you across the room when you apply it. As I work for myself, that’s not a concern for me in general, but it might be a concern for others.

The scent here was a straight up clove and rose blend, very heavy smoky floral. I liked it, but it gave my husband a headache on the two occasions I wore it around him, likely because of how strong it is. It now lives with my friend Abby, who has pledged to love and cherish it. I’d be open to ordering other scents in this formula, but it appears most of the ones I’d like to try are currently out of stock at Blooddrop.


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Perfume Review! Solstice Scents, Part 1

Solstice Scents, Part 1

Part one of my review of 12 Solstice Scents perfume oils. I ordered these shortly after they released their Woodland Collection, and have been slowly skin-testing them one at a time.

I had previously ordered from them a few years ago, though I wasn’t running a review blog at the time, and nothing I ordered is still available, so the point is rather moot. I consider this my first real order, and I was very pleased with it. For one, I find all of the little extras included (the bookmark, the postcard, a Foxcroft flier) all very well coordinated and professionally done. I received a very quick and friendly response to a customer service query, and in addition to my choice of freebie sample, Angela included an extra freebie (Hidden Lodge) she chose for me based on my scent preferences. My order shipped and arrived very quickly.

Generally, when I review perfumes, I review them two at a time, one per wrist. These babies are SO STRONG that there was no way I was going to get away with that. One a day. Possibly two if there was a shower in between. They have some serious sillage, and they stick around for HOURS.

Now that all of the basics are out of the way, here are reviews of the first six scents.

FIRES IN THE NIGHT –  The Night Collection – Sandalwood, Ginger, Clove, Orange, Amber, Wood Smoke, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Edge of the Night Base.

The first thing my skin pulls out is a clovey orange, much like a pomander. It’s buoyed up by round golden amber, and a hint of ginger. As the orange wore away, it left a smoky cinnamon amber that stuck close to the skin. A very nice wintry perfume. Unisex.

OUTPOST – Winter Collection – Sugar Crystals, Spruce, Fir, Soft Woods, Bayberry, Mistletoe, Amber.

This is the one that I expected to love. I love winter woods. I double love bayberry. I love amber and can take or leave sugar. So my thought was that this would be a bright, soft, scent. And that’s what the vial smells like. However, on my skin, it was actually quite heavy and dark. My skin, which generally amps sugary notes, inexplicably turned those glorious notes into leather and damp, rotting wood. I didn’t get any bayberry, either. Hmm. Well, I’m chalking this one up to weird skin chemistry, and passing it on to my husband.

WINSLOW’S  – Winter Collection – Rows of Christmas Trees, Clove Studded Oranges, Bayberry Tapers, Handcrafted Wreaths & Mistletoe.

YESSSSS. This is Christmas in a bottle. HERE are the bright, fresh trees I expected from Outpost, and I can smell the bayberry and pomanders quite prominently. It’s a wintry, aggressively cheerful scent. It also appears to be sold out. But when this rolls around again next year, I am buying it in ALL THE THINGS, because it’s perfect.

NIGHT WATCHER – Woodland Collection – Forest Floor, Tree Tops, Bark, Mountain Air, Fir Balsam, Juniper, Moss, Oud, Dried Herbs, Cedar Tips.

Oooh, this is nice. You get lots of dry greenness here, with a spicy undertone that is more suggested than at the fore. It smells like a distant campfire in an old wood forest, slightly damp. This is a great unisex scent. In fact, I plan on smearing it all over my husband, because it’s so damn sexy. A second wearing after some ageing (to compare with other scents) yielded a juniper top note that adds tartness and body.

CORVIN’S APPLE FEST – Foxcroft’s Autumn Festival Collection – Apple Pastries, Caramel Apples, Fresh Apples, Warm Apple Cider, Vanilla, Apple Pie, Apple Cream Cheese Danish. 

Freshly applied, my first impression was warm apple pie with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. There’s a strong bakery-pastry base, smothered in spiced apples and vanilla bean. Very sweet! Thankfully, this didn’t go at all caramel-y or cream-cheese-y on me, because while I enjoy those things, I very much do not enjoy smelling of those things. (Though it’s funny, when smelling the wand cap, I prominently smell cream cheese danish!) If you like to smell like dessert, try this one.

SYCAMORE CHAI – Foxcroft’s Autumn Festival Collection – Vanilla Chai Tea & A Ginger-Pumpkin Roll Filled With Marshmallow Creme. 

This is a super cozy gourmand scent. It smells like Oregon Vanilla Chai, heavy on the cardamom and ginger. As I wore it, the cream/marshmallow scents came to the fore, as it sweetened considerably over time. The spices were still there when I took it off at the end of the day, but they were much less present than at the beginning.

In my next review: Smoky Mountain Mallow, Maplewood Inn, Monarch, Covered Bridge, Library, and Hidden Lodge.

Polished by KPT – Mars Escapade

Polished by KPT - Mars Escapade

I am likely to be scarce this week while I get a major work order done. Since I rarely wear makeup when I’m working to deadlines, the only thing I’ve been testing this week has been perfume. But I did want to share with you a gorgeous thermal polish I wore for most of last week– Mars Escapade by Polished by KPT. This is my second polish from them, the first being the equally-stunning Same Fall Different Beginning, which I previously reviewed.

Oh man, it does not disappoint! It goes from a deep royal purple to a fascinating color I can’t describe– you can see both lilac AND peach at the same time– to a warm peachy-coral. Part of that is that the shimmer in it is amazing and very good at tricking the eye– there are both blue AND golden red shimmers in it that absolutely wow. Let me just flood you with pictures:

Cold, indoor lighting

Cold, indoor lighting

Cool (top), fading to in-between, diffused natural lighting.

Cool (top), fading to in-between, diffused natural lighting.

Warm (top) fading to cold (bottom), diffused natural lighting.

Warm (top) fading to cold (bottom), diffused natural lighting.

Warm (top) fading to cold (bottom), direct sunlight.

Warm (top) fading to cold (bottom), direct sunlight.

Warm, diffused natural lighting.

Warm, diffused natural lighting.

In-between, indirect sunlight.

In-between, indirect sunlight.

And now, for MAGIC:



*Dreamy sigh*

If they keep putting out amazing, complex thermals like these, my bank account is IN TROUBLE.

Okay, back to the grindstone!

Hey There, Slick – Villainess Datura Cleanser


A quickie review for you today– I recently bought Datura Slick to help me remove stubborn mascara and eyeliner, and I have really been loving it! I was a little bit worried that using an oil-based cleanser would turn my face into a greasy mess, but not so. Two pumps of this wonderpotion, and I have a clean, fresh face. Bye bye raccoon eyes! This stuff practically melts off the black gunk. My skin feels soft and sooth when I’m done.

I personally bought my Slick from The Rhinestone Housewife, and it is also available at the Villainess main site, where Valentine’s Day goodies were just released.  I have always had absolutely stellar customer service when purchasing from both of these websites. Check them out!