Arcara Exclusive Apples Crave Cake Available!

Well, it’s finally here!  The Rhinestone Housewife exclusive, Apples Crave Cake is now available in the shop!

Arcana Apples Crave Cake

Arcana Apples Crave Cake

Apples Crave Cake: Fresh, crisp red apples blended with our yellow cake layering note.

In Bottle:  Crisp sweet apple and cake.

Wet on skin:  At first I pick up a bright green note, like a freshly broken branch from an apple tree.   As it settles a bit the sweetness of the cake comes out with just a whiff of apple skin.

Dry on skin:  As it dries, the spiciness comes to the forefront and dances around with the richness of the yellow cake.  It’s definitely foody and gourmand but still sexy and downright delicious.

Verdict:  If you like foody or cake scents then this is for you!    Arcana’s rich Yellow Cake single note is legendary for a reason.

This exclusive perfume oil will only be available while supplies last so don’t wait if you want to try this delectable scent.

Halloween 2014 Jack O Lantern Carves #3-8

I’ve been a busy Hottie! Now I bring you carves number three through eight.  Some scary, some cute and just plain, well…….twisted.

Carve #3 Booberry

Carve #3 Booberry!

Booberry!

Carve #4  Chernabog

Chernaborg

Chernabog

Carve #5  Olaf!

Olaf!

Olaf!

Carve #6 Frankenberry

Frankenberry

Frankenberry

Carve #7  Keaton-a classic grinning jack

Keaton-a classic grinning jack

Keaton-a classic grinning jack

Carve #8 Twisty The Clown from American Horror Story-Freakshow  (fyi, this is by far my favorite pattern I’ve carved so far although Jaws is a close second)

Twisty The Clown

Twisty The Clown

Darling Girl Who Ya Gonna Call Swatches

Well, I’ve got a lovely swatch post for you today.   Up for your viewing pleasure is Darling Girl’s Halloween collection, Who Ya Gonna Call.  As usual Susan took customers suggestions for names in this collection and I’m happy to say that one of my suggestions made it into a color this year, The Flowers Are Still Standing.  These are swatched over Tick Tock’s Infinity base in Milky Way and photographed with no flash either under a bright light or in natural light.

First up is Don’t Cross The Streams, Ghost Job, He Slimed Me, Key Master and Mass Hysteria.  The stand out for me is Key Master.

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And next is Spiritual Turbulence, That’s A Big Twinkie, The Flowers Are Still Standing, There Is No Dana and The Tragic Death Of Mr. Stay Puft.    That’s A Big Twinkie is my favorite.  This is a versatile color that you could wear every day.

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Carves #1-2

Hotties!  Those of you new to the blog might not know how big of a deal Halloween is around here.   I carve between 10-35 pumpkins every year and will post them all here as I do them.  It’s a month full of disposable art fun and this year I bought 850lbs of pumpkins at the farm.

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And a sneak preview of one of my costumes this year:

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Carve #1-Those of you with a keen eye will recognize this classic grinning jack from Sleepy Hollow:

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Carve #2 Would you look at this fucking clown:

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Arcana 2014 Hallowe’en Collection Live At The Rhinestone Housewife

Omg, omg, omg…it’s here and it’s marvelous!  The long awaited Arcana Hallowe’en collection has swooped into and landed at The Rhinestone Housewife.  This is a really interesting and unique Halloween assortment.   It’s propped up on a back bone of autumn and Halloween favorites like apples and pumpkins but they are presented in new ways with deliciously cute labels.  These are available while supplies last only so grab them while you can!

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The Doom & Gloom Duo

Doom:  A brutal mix of black amber, black musk, labdanum resin, incense, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa absolute, and woodsmoke snaking through old trees.

Gloom:  Black opium drifting down shadowy alleys, green musk, rain, sea water, petitgrain, and a particularly gloomy shot of grapefruit.

The Ravenous Collection

Apples Crave Cake:  A Rhinestone Housewife Exclusive! Fresh, crisp red apples blended with our yellow cake layering note.

Apples Crave Flora:  A fresh blend of Fuji apple, tropical Tiare blossm, tuberose, bergamot, orange flower, and a touch of vintage patchouli.

Apples Crave Frills:  Our Frilly Underpinnings blend with sweet, crisp pippins.

Apples Crave Orchards:  Dry apple cider with French hay absolute, a touch of heartwood, and a hint of rain.

Apples Crave Peaches:  Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.

Apples Crave Resins:  Citron-laced cider with dragonsblood resin, warm myrrh, and smoky frankincense.

Apples Crave Tea:  Smoky black tea leaf, golden musk, cardamom, and baked winesaps.

Apples Crave Vanilla:  Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.

Pumpkins Crave Bacon:  Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.

Pumpkins Crave Cappuccino:  Super roasted coffee bean EO, vanilla milk, pumpkin, and rum with shots of blackberry and black raspberry syrup.

Pumpkins Crave Honey:  Spiced calabaza and beeswax candles smothered in acacia honey, buckwheat honey, and mead.

Pumpkins Crave Resins:  Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea, and boozy golden gourd.

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Our Holy Terror blend with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

Pumpkins Crave Treats:  Rum-laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard, and delicate, vanilla-infused marshmallows.

Pumpkins Crave Viola:  Purple violets, lemongrass, Oregon lavender, coconut milk, and gently spiced pumpkin flesh.

New for this year:

Soul Eater:  Voracious beings appear in the dark tales of many cultures. From Haitian zombis and the teyollocuani of the pre-Columbian Pipil to ancient Egypt’s Ammit the Devourer and Hansel and Gretel’s hungry witch, they play upon human fears of being possessed, devoured, and destroyed. Rich tobacco, delicious caramel, fir needle, black spruce, peru balsam, and sandalwood.

A new addition to the Gorgon Collection:

Sthenno:  The eldest of the three terrible Gorgons, Sthenno was also the fiercest and most dangerous. Rich amber resin, whiskey, tobacco, coconut meat, and white musk.

We also have Medusa and our exclusive, Euryale so you can collect them all!

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Atomic Cosmetics Review

Hello hotties!

It’s been so long since I’ve done a review that I thought I’d jump right in and review a somewhat new but local brand to Seattle called Atomic Cosmetics.  Several of my friends who are also performers endorse this company and rave about the products.  I had been hesitant to purchase because a while back there was some sort of ‘glow in the dark’ or ‘uv reactive’ shadows they were selling.   At this point there is no uv reactive or glow in the dark pigment that’s approved for use on the eyes in the US but those products seem to have been pulled so  I decided to just bite the bullet and try some stuff out.

The Site:  I’m sorry to say this, but I find the web store really clunky and painfully difficult to navigate.  Too much flashy stuff going on and it’s always been slow for me.  I’ve tried on multiple web browsers and never had great luck.  It took me a long time to place my order which is a no-go for me.    That said, she also has an actual retail store in Seattle that I’ve never been to.

The Shipping:  My order was over $75 so it shipped for free.   I did not receive any sort of tracking number and in fact ended up having to go down to the post office and sign for the package.   What a pain.   Everything was wrapped nicely and arrived with no leakage or spills.  It also arrived within a week of ordering.

The Products:

I’ll start with the lipstick.  I ordered Boca which is described on the site:  “ It’s a warm, orange-y red that SCREAMS tropical heat!”  In the tube it looks beautiful, and the color is bright and vibrant and super orangey which I love.   Once I put it on, the color goes hot pink.  Like, “Hi there, how *you* doin’?” pink.  WTF?  The actual formula is nice, with not too much slip, no annoying or cloying fragrance and it seems to have nice lasting power.  For those of you that care, it does indeed stain your lips and makes complete removal difficult.   The price point is $20 which is a lot and I was a little disappointed in the packaging.  The lid doesn’t fit quite right on the tube and wobbles around quite a bit.  Enough so that it makes me nervous to carry it around in my purse because I just know the lid will jiggle off and cause a huge mess.   I would expect better quality packaging for $20.  I would consider purchasing again only if I could try the product on before buying.

Ingredients:  Who the hell knows.  It’s not listed on the web site or on the product.  A big no-no in my book.

Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.

Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.

Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.

Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.

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Atomic Cosmetics Boca Liptick.

Next up we have the face primer, Optimus Primer.  It’s described on the site thusly:   It all begins somewhere! A thin layer of Optimus Primer is the best way to start.  Ingredients:  Again, who knows?  No ingredient list on the site or on the product.  Use at your own risk I guess.

So, I’ve been using this for over a month now and I’m not impressed at all.  I get better makeup wear when I use the Nyx primer or even the Brazen Cosmetics Triple Threat primer which is my favorite.   This product is 4oz and  priced at a whopping $40!  First of all, that’s a lot of money and secondly, it’s a stupid amount of product for which you use very little at a time.   I think the package size needs to be revisited.   I would not purchase this again.

Atomic Cosmetics Optimus Primer

Atomic Cosmetics Optimus Primer

Atomic Cosmetic Optimus Primer.

Atomic Cosmetic Optimus Primer.

The next product I tried was the Curtain Call Makeup Setting Spray.  Described as:  A non-toxic setting spray? YES. Put down that aerosol hairspray and step away from the toxic misters.  Curtain Call’s botanical film formers hold your makeup in place safely and effectively.  Atomic Cosmetics is the dazzling natural make up line for glamazons who care about their flesh. There’s something for everyone: for the fashion forward, and for professional day looks.

Wow, this did NOT work for me.  When I tried to spray it onto my freshly and carefully made up face, instead of a fine mist it came out in huge drops of product that promptly made my mascara smear all over my eyes and caused my makeup to run.  How can this possibly work?  My Urban Decay All Nighter doesn’t do that.  Honestly, I just threw this product away.  I don’t care how good it is for you skin if the application method and packaging doesn’t work.

Ingredients:  An actual ingredient list!  Distilled water, aspalathus lineans (Organic Roobios Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (White Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) extract, phenoxythenol, methylsulfonylmethan (MSM), dimethlaminoethnol, sodium hyaluronate acid, EDTA, citric acid.

I would not purchase this product again and in fact can’t find it on the site anymore so I’m not even sure if it’s still available.

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The last product up for review is the Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion.  This is described:  Abracadabra! You just put a spell on your eye shadow to allow for easier applications and once dry… seamless blending!    I have mixed feelings about this product.   It definitely was a LOT easier to blend the shadows once dry but I don’t think it had to staying power of my beloved Duraline by Inglot.   At $10 it’s a great deal as you get 2oz so it should last forever.  Would I purchase again?   Most likely not.

Ingredients:  Surprise, surprise…none on the site, but there is a list on the product.  Distilled water, aloe vera extract, chamomile extract, jojoba protein, cucumber extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide.

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Atomic Cosmetics Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion

Atomic Cosmetics Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion

Atomic Cosmetics Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion

All in all I was pretty disappointed in the products that I ordered.   At over $80 there is nothing that I loved and nothing that would make me go back for more.  What do you guys think?

Arcana 2014 Halloween Collection At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties!  I’m so sorry for my long absence from posting but I’m back with a bang!  The summer was super busy:  new hair, promotion at my day job and one of my dogs had TPLO surgery.   Whew!    What I can tell you is that I’m ready for fall and all that comes with it; sweaters and boots pumpkin carving!   Although it’s not at The Rhinestone Housewife yet, I wanted to get you guys a preview of what Arcana is presenting for Hallowe’en 2014. These will be in a 5ml amber bottle.   I can’t wait!  In the meantime, you can check out all the other Arcana goodies currently available in the shop.

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The Doom & Gloom Duo

Doom:  A brutal mix of black amber, black musk, labdanum resin, incense, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa absolute, and woodsmoke snaking through old trees.

Gloom:  Black opium drifting down shadowy alleys, green musk, rain, sea water, petitgrain, and a particularly gloomy shot of grapefruit.
The Ravenous Collection

Apples Crave Flora:  A fresh blend of Fuji apple, tropical Tiare blossm, tuberose, bergamot, orange flower, and a touch of vintage patchouli.

Apples Crave Frills:  Our Frilly Underpinnings blend with sweet, crisp pippins.

Apples Crave Orchards:  Dry apple cider with French hay absolute, a touch of heartwood, and a hint of rain.

Apples Crave Peaches:  Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.

Apples Crave Resins:  Citron-laced cider with dragonsblood resin, warm myrrh, and smoky frankincense.

Apples Crave Tea:  Smoky black tea leaf, golden musk, cardamom, and baked winesaps.

Apples Crave Vanilla:  Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.

Pumpkins Crave Bacon:  Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.

Pumpkins Crave Cappuccino:  Super roasted coffee bean EO, vanilla milk, pumpkin, and rum with shots of blackberry and black raspberry syrup.

Pumpkins Crave Honey:  Spiced calabaza and beeswax candles smothered in acacia honey, buckwheat honey, and mead.

Pumpkins Crave Resins:  Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea, and boozy golden gourd.

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Our Holy Terror blend with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

Pumpkins Crave Treats:  Rum-laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard, and delicate, vanilla-infused marshmallows.

Pumpkins Crave Viola:  Purple violets, lemongrass, Oregon lavender, coconut milk, and gently spiced pumpkin flesh.

Soul Eater:  Voracious beings appear in the dark tales of many cultures. From Haitian zombis and the teyollocuani of the pre-Columbian Pipil to ancient Egypt’s Ammit the Devourer and Hansel and Gretel’s hungry witch, they play upon human fears of being possessed, devoured, and destroyed. Rich tobacco, delicious caramel, fir needle, black spruce, peru balsam, and sandalwood.

Sthenno:  The eldest of the three terrible Gorgons, Sthenno was also the fiercest and most dangerous. Rich amber resin, whiskey, tobacco, coconut meat, and white musk.