Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Sparkly Demise of Fyrinnae Callipygian

It happened, the day I was long dreading.  I experienced my first eye shadow fatality.  I had hoped I could escape the beauty reapers cold grasp, but alas, twas not mean to be. 

Join me in a solemn tribute to the best blackened emerald a girl ever had.

RIP Callipygian

Happier days, I recall how you used to sparkle in the sunlight.  You had a flair for drama...even back then.

Remember this day?  We frolicked in the colors of the sea...it was the best of times. 

But I have to face it, this whiff of shimmer is all I have left.

Share you stories, what was the first loose shadow you ever lost to a loose lid or a clumsy hand?

Exploring Aromaleigh v2 With The Moulin Rouge LE Collection

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to win a contest hosted by LiAnn over at Sparklecrack Central (who you should be following if you don't already!) My prize was part of the new Aromaleigh  Moulin Rogue collection.  I had yet to try any of their products since they relaunched as v2 in October 2011, so I was extra thrilled to win...seriously, I may have teared up.   

I love the Moulin Rogue theme too.  It conjures up images of turn of the century France, imbibing Absinthe (not as romantic when you taste it, trust me on this one) and watching the painted ladies dance the night away. I am sucker for history so I was all over this collection.

I have much to swatch so I am breaking the post up into two parts. 

The Brights!


 Quadrille is a springy sage green with sparkles gold and blue sparkles

Can Can

Can Can is a warm peachy coral with rose sparkles


Soiree is an intense bubblegum/candy pink with cobalt blue sparkles


Fee is an icy frosted blue with blue and violet sparkles


 Femme is a watermelon pink with green and gold sparkles



 Knickers is a light frosted peach with golden sparkles.


Plume is a steely blue with blue sparkles


Risque is light frosted lavender  with green and rose sparkles


Paillettes is a warm goldenrod color with gold sparkles


Madame is a smokey orchid/mauve with pink, green and copper sparkles

Final Thoughts

If you were a fan of Aromaleigh before, I think you will be a fan still.  Their shadows are well pigmented, the lighter frosted shades (Fee, Risque) were a touch patchy, but not overly so.  Their brights are really, really bright.  The pinks had a tendency to stain, but again, not terribly. it just took a little extra to take off.

One way Aromaleigh stands out is their creative use of sparkle.  Their mixture of shadow and sparkle is unconventional, even a touch unsettling, but in a good way.  Soiree is the perfect example.  It is a vibrant in your face pink and the blue sparkles at first don't seem to fit.  They felt out of place, however the more you work with it, you find the blue sparkles highlight the pink giving it a slight purple cast.  It's really quite unique.  My must have choices from the collection are Madame, Femme and Quadrille

Where to buy: Aromlaeigh
Price: Samples $1.00  Full Sized $7.00

Monday, July 30, 2012

More Gorgeous Glittering Golds From BFTE

Hey a quick stop off to show you some of the super pretty gold shadows I've been accumulating from BFTE. Summer is the perfect time to rock a gold eye so take a look and see if you find a new must have!

Okay, one of those isn't gold, but it's really hard to do a nude/beige highlight post when you are as pale as a ghost.  On with it!


Canyon is a shimmery peachy nude.  Amazing highlight color!!


Honey is a shimmery sandy gold with gold sparkles

Valley Girl

Valley Girl Shimmery midtone gold with sparkle.  Another great versatile gold

Snake Oil

Snake Oil is a rich near metallic gold


Fawn is a shimmery orange/gold, for some reason in person it reminds me of an Orange Julius.

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake is a shimmery marigold...gold

Final Thoughts

You would think after 10+ golds I would have my fill, but they are all so unique and different and I use them all in completely different ways.  I plan to go back and grab a few more of the tan/sandy golds to round out my collection.

Do you have a favorite go to gold?

Where to buy: Beauty From the Earth
Price:  Samples $2.00 Full Size $6.50

It's the BFTE Cosmetics Summer Giveaway!

Time for another giveaway!!  This time I've decided to do it for one of my favorite brands,  BFTE Cosmetics.  I can't say enough wonderful things about the quality of their products and service, so now one lucky winner will have a chance to try some of my favorites, plus some other wonderful products supplied by BFTE Cosmetics.

What will one lucky winner receive?

16 of my favorite eye shadows

I've gathered my all time favorites (so far) and used them to create a Pick Your Own 16 piece Sample Set. 

Orangery, Sweet Nibblets, Mississippi Mud, Very Vanilla, Victoria, Charm, Saturday Morning, Oak, Celtic Charms,  Romp, Sensuous, Miracle, Illusion, Valley Girl, Spider Venom and Wizard's Wand

And more shadows!

6 Eyeshadow samples in : Fawn, Meow, Chaos, Crystal, Future Ex-Wife and Mosh Pit

Now for the face goodies!

11 Cheek and Face Samples
Blushes: Tango, Tipsy, Sleepy Hollow, Doll Face, First Kiss, Blushing Beauty and Love Child
Highlighters: Lynx and Pyxis
Translucent Veil and Medium Bronzer

Trial size of BFTE Mix and Fix Mixing Medium  (Great way to use their mineral shadows wet)

All together, this prize retails for approximately $70 USD.

Give away starts 7/31 and Ends 8/14

There is no purchase necessary to enter the raffle.  Must 18+ to enter and a resident of the United States.  Use the widget below to enter.  I've provided lots of ways to earn entries. All items are brand new, never opened.  I will take great care when mailing these!  Once the raffle is over, I will select one winner at random to receive the prize.  If your name is chosen, you will have 48 hours to claim your prize (I will do my best to find you, but make sure the contact info gathered in the widget is accurate!) If the winner does not claim the prize after 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and so on.

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*Disclaimer The items in this giveaway were supplied by Cult of Taupe and BFTE Cosmetics

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Cuticle Diaries: Week 1 Progress

Week one is over! I attacked these cuticles....lord the moisture I slathered upon these raggedy sad hands. So, is it working? Have I seen a noticeable improvement? Let's take a look.

First here is a reminder where I started.

You poor unfortunate souls, so dry, so sad.

But, I did see some decent improvement this week.  Here...I'll show ya.

I am really pleased.  My left hand looks significantly better, at times during the week it was nearly totally repaired.  I still struggle with my right hand.  Being my dominant hand, it is subject to more wear and tear and is proving to be stubborn.

Here is a breakdown of my routine from the last week.  I think I will continue to follow this for the upcoming week.

These are products I use nightly on my hands and cuticles.

Pure Vitamin E oil
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Shea Butter Hand Lotion With Sugar Cane and Bee Pollen (possible allergenic)
Lansinoh Lanolin (Used by Breast Feeding Mothers, also makes a wicked cool lip balm)

I tried a few sequences for application, here is what works best.

After shower moisturize you hands and cuticles with hand lotion.  Next, apply the Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream. After the cuticle cream, apply a thinnish layer of Lanolin to your cuticles.  Finish by dabbing the cuticles with Vitamin E Oil.  Put on a pair of white cotton gloves and get thee to bed.

The cotton gloves are a huge part of this method.  Basically use whatever emollient, creamy, lotiony goodness you have. And use ALOT of it.  Once you put on those gloves, you won't gunk up your bedding, hair and spouse.  Now, if I could just stop taking these off in my sleep I'd be all set.

See you next Sunday!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup: 7/27

  • Pinked Polish: Wanna see a fabulous Glitter Gradient look no further!!!!
  • Makeup Chronicles:Take advantage of some great deals that ULTA has on Chi Irons, Philosophy, and Bare Minerals...oh and you can save 20% on your entire order!
  • Baking Beauty:Does Maybelline's SuperStay Stain gloss really last 10 hours? Click to find out!
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista shares some great lines from Sally Hansen that will make your nails and your wallet happy!
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: PREVIEW: Dickinson's Witch Hazel Skin Care Line
  • adore-a-polish: A neat little trick to get more out of your next bath bomb purchase.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura talks about another one of her favorite products on Taupe-tastic Tuesdays. Cargo Yukon is the definition of taupe.
  • GlitterPukee: Glitterpukee reviews one of the more interestingly named hair care brands. The sexually charged name of LAID hair care uses Phero-attract technology to keep you on the top of your game and seem more attractive to men. Six pheronomes are at work but..does it work?
  • Midnight Manicures
  • Join Midnight Manicures as Jeanie brings you the latest collections and products through the Tweezerman Ambassador program!
  • A Little Polish: Stephanie shows off her Thirst Quenching Pink Lemonade inspried Mani, a great way to cool off this summer!
  • Beauty Product Review: Getting tired of having a messy looking Makeup/skincare area? Clean it up with some beauty do-it-yourself tricks and beautify your beauty counter!
  • A Frugal Beauty: A Frugal Beauty shows you just how BOLD the I *heart* matte palette from Wet N Wild can be in her The Bold and Beautiful Series: The Bold Look
  • Sincerely Stephanie: Wanting to get your hands on Clarins 230 but don't want to pay the price? Check out Darling Diva Polish Ringer instead!
  • Très Beau Glamour: Did you know that Piña Coladas are great way to obtain beautiful skin? Nay Denise shares a new beauty secret of hers that will give your complexion a glow, give you a boost of energy and deliver a ton of hydration.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Want a sneak peak of Color Club's upcoming collections? Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom has a preview from Cosmoprof North America 2012!
  • Beauty Info Zone: Here's a chance to win two of the great products from Reviva Labs - Light Skin Peel and Seaweed Soap. Learn all about them and enter to win if you are in the US.
  • Mani Curiously: Dom tries to go On Safari with China Glaze's newest collection with these beautiful swatches and review!
  • Spontaneous Chick: If you're looking for a fuller pout check out my Jane Iredale review to see if her plumper is right for you.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has finally found the perfect must-have nude lipstick! True Love from Susan Thompson Cosmetics is gorgeous with a remarkable formula, and it's Cruelty Free.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L from Beauty by Miss L has reached to 1000+ followers on her blog and to celebrate that she did a small "Thank you giveaway" to all her lovely old & new followers.
  • Beauty Binge: Beauty Binge Highlights her Top 5 Drugstore Skincare Buys!
  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor tries Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation...will it pass the test?
  • The Glossy Pages: A Beautiful World, Changemakers in Beauty | Meet Joshua Onysko, Founder of Pangea Organics
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: So grateful to have been chosen to receive the Influenster's Summer Beauty Voxbox. Check out what I got!
  • Captivating Claws: Captivating Claws has some gorgeous polishes from Enkelini to share with you.. plus a sweet GIVEAWAY!
  • Lacquered Lover: Lacquered Lover had the chance to check out Layla's ENTIRE new line of polishes including Hologram, Magnetic, Soft Touch and a Christmas Collection!
  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: I love the new Robin's Egg Nail Design. You will to...come and see it!
  • Gorgeousskin: Loving Giorgio Armani's Rusted Gold #25. See it in action here on my FOTD!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado: Cling wrap isn't just for the kitchen. Try this cute cling wrap manicure with my step by step tutorial.
  • Geniabeme Beauty Blog: Gradient nails are so pretty and easy! Take a look at Genia's pink and blue graident nails!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Does Ioni Cosmetics Fanciful Lipgloss Delight or Disappoint?

I have another installment of my exploration of Ioni Cosmetics. Or as I affectionately call it "Pretty stuff only me and two other people can find". Today, I will review Ioni Lipgloss in Fanciful.

So far, I've been pleased with the quality of Ioni Cosmetics.  In fact I ran back to the store and bought up 3 more lipsticks after trying Drama, which I reviewed here.  Now, glosses are not a hot product for me.  I love how they look on other people, but I just find them to be rather high maintenance.  That won't stop me from trying them out now and again, just in case I find one that stands out. So, is this my lucky day?

Fanciful is a rosey hot pink non sticky gloss.  No sparkles or shimmer to speak of.  Just a rosey wash of color.

Fanciful is what I would call medium sheer.  It gives you a deep glossy tint, but never comes close to opacity.  For a non sticky gloss, this held up remarkably well.  2 hours with minimal bleeding, the glossy shine is essentially gone after and hour or so.  You can layer this over a liner or lipstick for a more dramatic look, or keep it sheer for a soft summer lip.

Final Thoughts

Nothing about this lipgloss drives me wild or turns me off.  It's afforable and a great value for the money. My Ioni display only had 4-5 colors of gloss, so the selection isn't mind blowing, but they have the essentials covered.  Ioni Cosmetics are still tough to find.  I've attempted to contact them about their current distribution and I will let you know when I learn more.  For right now, check your local stores and keep an eye on Cherry Culture.  They carry LA Splash, which shares a parent company with Ioni Cosmetics.

Where to buy:  I found mine at a local pharmacy.
Price: $1.99

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Operation: Flush Out the Beaver (The Cuticle Diaries)

Alright, I've tried denying it, hiding it, ignoring it...nothing works.  So it is time to confront the problem head on.  *deep breath* This is hard, but I have a beaver problem.
Image from The Hot Pepper

I am not sure how it started, but it is now clear.  At night, while I sleep, beavers come into my home and knaw on my cuticles.  The evidence is unmistakeable.  See for yourself...

And then there is this!

Clearly beaver attacks!  Come on....what?!  That could totally happen.

Ugh, ok, I confess, I have terrible cuticles.  Seriously damaged goods.  So, I thought this would be a perfect time to rehabilitate these ragged, angry flesh scraps.

So, what brought me to this low state?  Mainly my job.  I work all day around optical polish, which is incredibly rough and drying.  I avoid it as much as I can, but it is kinda like working with cardboard..it just robs your hands of all moisture and awesomeness.

To add insult to injury, I moisturize ALL THE DAMN TIME.  I rub my cuticles with oils, butters, lotions.  I sugar scrub them.  Nothing works.   So I am stepping up my game.

On Sunday July 22nd, I started a month long intensive rehab on my cuticles.  During this time I will not use polish or any other chemicals.  I will employ a few products during this month.  Mainly Vitamin E oil, Pure Lanolin, Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Balm, and Shea Lotion.

I can not do much to avoid my daily work exposure, but I will be in mega hydration mode each night.  Each week, I will post my progress and hopefully in 30 days, my cuticles will garner envy...not embarrassment.

Game on beavers.....game on!

Shiro Cosmetics Delivers Unto Me Gorgeous Greens

Heyo!  I have two more eyeshadows from one of my hometown indie brands, Shiro Cosmetics.  It took me a criminally long time to try them out and I am so glad I did.  I've been very happy so far with their formulas and fun use of colors. Green has a special place in my taupey heart, so here are a few I decided to try out.

Here are Beyond the Fence and Kokiri Emerald.  These two shades seem like companions to each other.  They work together beautifully in a look or when paired with other colors.  These are versatile shades.  The pigmentation on these is great and they apply and blend easily.

Beyond the Fence

Beyond the Fence (Tributes Collection) is a warm forest/olive green with a golden shimmer.  Surprisingly, I don't have many shades similar to this.

Kokiri Emerald

Kokiri Emerald (Legends Collection) is a lighter, slightly springier version of Beyond the Fence, both having a green base with a golden shimmer.

Final Thoughts

Lovin' Shiro Cosmetics.  The quality is exactly where I want it to be and they have produced some amazing colors, including one so awesomely unique, I am surprised it doesn't have a cult following (more on that in a later review).  They have reasonable pricing on samples and full sized products,  they are Vegan and Cruelty Free...they also give you candy!

Where to buy: Shiro Cosmetics
Price: Sample (1/4 tsp in baggie for $1.00), Mini (1 gram for $3.50) , Full Sized (2 gram for $5.00)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Under the Sea Look w/ Fyrinnae and BFTE

Hey all, I've been dying to tear into some brights lately and teals are my passion at the moment.  So here is a look using Fyrinnae and BFTE.  Hope you enjoy.

Here are the products used in this look.

Base: Too Faced Shadow Insurance/NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Upper and Lower Lid:Fyrinnae Pteranodon with Fyrinnae Dragon''s Wing layered over the top. ( Love this effect!)
Crease: BFTE Emerald City
Brow Bone: BFTE Butt Naked
Liner and Outer Corner: Fyrinnae Callipygian

What are your favorite brights this summer?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Can You Remove a Full Manicure in 5 Mins Using 2 Cotton Balls?

I am the luckiest girl in the world.  I married a crafty man who loves him some Pinterest.  He recently found a link to Gingerbread Manne a nail blog with a simple yet impressive tutorial for polish removal.

Now, I absolutely HATE polish removal, especially since I've been using glitters and we all know how ludicrous glitter is to get off nails.  I've largely stopped painting my nails because I am sick of it taking 20 mins and as many cotton balls to get it off.   This method takes 5 mins and uses 2 cotton balls.  That's for ten nails.  Being the skeptic I am, I thought I would give it a shot and see if it really worked.

Here is what you need.  Polish Remover (does not need to be acetone) two cotton balls and a pair of scissors.  That's it....that's all.

Step 1. Unroll one cotton ball,  in my case I had to snip it with scissors to get it to open.  I ended up with a little extra bit, I set it aside.

Step 2. Tear the puff strip into nail sized pieces.  I kept mine on the thicker side so it could hold a little more polish remover.  I made 11-12 pieces One puff is enough for 10 fingers.

Step 3.  Dip the end of one of your bits of cotton into the polish remover (I poured it into cap) You don't need to dunk it, it will travel up the cotton pretty quickly.

Step 4.  Press the wet cotton onto your nail.  Make sure to push it on firmly. 

Repeat Step 4. on the rest of your hand.   I did one hand at a time. Keep your other hand free to finish removal.

Let these bits sit on your nail for 1-2 mins.  If any look to be drying out just use an extra bit of cotton to dab on a bit more remover.

Step 5. Tear the second cotton ball in half, moisten slightly with remover and use to push the saturated cotton off your finger.  The cotton and polish should wipe off easily.

Here is the final result.  Less then 2 mins and 1/10th of one cotton ball for a nearly naked nail.

This is the first hand without and followup cleaning.  You can see almost all the polish is off.

Once I removed the bulk of the polish, I went back over my nails with the extra bits of cotton I had remaining from my second cotton ball.

Final Results
 Right hand clean

Left hand cleaned

And here is the final tally.  Ten nails, five mins and slightly less then two cotton balls consumed.  That is all it took to remove a manicure that consisted of

1 layer of Seche Vite Basecoat
4 Polish layers (including 2 glitters)
2 layers of Seche Vite Top Coat

Final Thoughts

I am totally and utterly converted.  Not only was this method fast and resourceful, but concentrating the remover only on my nails saved the skin around my nails from drying out.  I usually get so frustrated removing glitters that I bust out the pure acetone big guns, which is just way more chemicals and drying then one person needs exposure to.  I will never use any other method to remove polish.

Check out Gingerbread Manne, the blog where I found this amazing tutorial.