Month: February 2012

My Pretty Zombie LE Easter Swatches & WTF

As usual, I got lightning fast shipping from My Pretty Zombie.   I just couldn’t resist the limited edition Easter colors and once I read the story behind the WTF set I had to get those too.  Plus, I think it’s always good to have a set of beautiful neutrals.   I also received three free samples in Miasma, Disquiet and Pzcdiot.  These swatches were done over Pixie Epoxy with no flash, just a nice bright light.

Limited Edition Easter Colors (stand outs are Deviled Egg, Ham, Rabbit's Foot)

Limited Edition Easter Colors

Limited Editon Easter Colors

Limited Edition Easter Colors

Limited edition Easter colors.

WTF? Colors

The duochrome/colro shift on Miasma is insane and super cool!

My free sample colors

The colors that I received as free samples are NOT colors I would have bought and boy would I have been missing out!   All of these shadows are easy to work with and have great color pay off.   My Pretty Zombie is fast becoming one of my favorite indie companies.   I will definitely need a full size of Miasma.

If you like the Easter colors, don’t wait as they are limited edition…..get them now!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyPrettyZombie?ref=seller_info

NA/VA Contest Winners! (+ proxy winner!)

Hello everyone!    We have our contest winners and I have contacted three via email but one winner (Heather Miewald) you didn’t provide your email address.   Please email me at h.mcnaughty at gmail dot com so I can send out your bottle of Plumeria Sapphire!

The winners were:

orata

Heather Miewald

Leigh Barnes

erisea

Of the three that I have emailed, if you don’t see an email please check your spam folder.  After 48 hours I will choose another winner and you lose out.

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Heather never emailed me so the proxy winner is Alaska Clawson.  Please email me at h.mcnaughty at gmail dot com
Thank you and congratulations!

 

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Alaska Clawson never got back to me so proxy winner part deux is Marlfox!  Congratulations!

Mellow Yellow Makeup Challenge!

So this weeks makeup challenge was titled Mellow Yellow.  Yellow could be used in any way that you wanted it to be.   I chose to do a really simple eye in a super bright yellow and decided to keep the lips simple.  I also did a nebula nail manicure last night and since it includes some yellow I included a couple photos of them as well.

Face:  MAC primer with foundation in NC15 and matching concealer.

Cheeks:  Meow blush in Twisted.

Lips:  Skin Actives Liquid Rainbow mixed with a little Sailor Moon from Victorian Disco.

Eyes:  MAC Paint in Untitled with Lucky 107 Concrete Eye Primer.   Sailor Uranus from Victorian Disco all over lid and blended up into crease a bit.   Meow’s Skelecat brushed onto brow bone with Meow’s  Vixen applied under brow.   Meow’s Yellow Snow applied to inner corner of eye with one coat of black mascara.

Brows:  Meow’s Brow Beater in Auburn.

For nails I used all OPI.   Black, White, Curry Up Don’t Be Late, Cong-line Coral, Austin-tatious Turquoise.

Victorian Disco Swatches And Review

Victorian Disco is a new indie makeup company for me so I was super excited to find them.   First of all, I *love* all things disco and when you throw in some Sci-Fi geekery then I couldn’t say no.    I ordered the fifteen sample pack from the etsy shop on 2/20/12 and received my order on 2/25/12.   All arrived safe and sound and I also received two free samples.

I ordered samples of:  Droids, Tatooine, Leia’s Bikini, Baroque, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus, Sailor Saturn, Godric, Zoey, No Mercy, Keith’s Truck, Francis and Jockey.   I received free samples of Sailor Pluto and Revolutionary Ball.  All swatches were done over Silk Naturals Stick Em Primer.

The adorable little package.

Samples of goodness.

The Sailor Scouts Collection

Sailor Scouts

Sailor Scouts

Galaxy Down The Street Collection

Galaxy Down The Street

Galaxy Down The Street & Revolutionary Ball

Brains 4 Beauty

Initial thoughts:  Shipping was lightning fast!   I didn’t particularly care for the way the sample packets were folded and sealed with the label.   I found it creased the bags and made them hard to open and store, however all the labels are marked whether the pigment is safe for use on lips so that was really cool!  I was able to unfold them and keep the label on the baggie.

I found a couple of the colors to be a bit lacking in the pigment department (Droids and No Mercy) but several of them were pretty amazing.   Stand outs for me were Revolutionary Ball, Godric and Sailor Venus.  I have not yet had a chance to actually try them on my eyes so I’ll be sure to feature a few EOTD’s.    I’m guessing that with a bit of tweaking to the formula these pigments would be quite outstanding.   At the present time these would be best applied over a very sticky or tacky primer like Pixie Epoxy or Lucky 107’s Concrete Primer.

Be sure to check out the wonderful geekery goodness on etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/VictorianDisco

Darling Girl Swatches And Review

I’ve ordered from Darling Girl a couple of times and have been impressed each time.   I’ve collected a stupid amount of DG lip products but I’m pretty strict about tossing them after six months or so.  Or a dog eats them, or the cats bat them onto the rings of Saturn.  I don’t know where they go but they seem to disappear faster than a single sock.  Bottom line, I have no self control.   😀

I was very interested in a quite a few of the eye shadows so I purchased from the Sweet Treats Collection as well as the Sweetheart Collection.    I’m really, really happy with everything but particularly impressed with the shadows.  I loves me a good duochrome/color shift and DG has some of favorites so far.  I’m always particularly enamored with blue/brown and brown/green and there are a couple really nice ones here.

I ordered on 1/29/12 and received my order 2/14/12.   It was well packaged and everything arrived in one piece with no leakage or breaks.

Such festive wrapping!

Look at all those goodies!

The lippies.

  • Super sparkly!

Lovestruck and two taupes.

The Sweet Treats Collection

The stand outs so far for me are Flan de Naranja, Dr. Pepper Cake, Dulce de Leche, Lovestruck and Puppy Kisses.   All of the lippies are nice but I’m particularly loving Still Your Sunshine.   The website can be a bit difficult to figure out but there’s a new and updated one in the future from what I hear.    And DG prices can’t be beat so go check out this fabulous indie company!

http://darlinggirlcosmetics.ecrater.com/

Morgana Cryptoria Order And Swatches

I splurged and ordered some Morgana lip glosses and lipsticks and thought I would swatch them for you!   Morgana Cryptoria has the *best* vegan lipstick around.   Really beautiful deep rich colors in nice formulas.  I ordered on 1/18/12 and received my order on 2/14/12.   You can sign up for an account on her site and keep track of your orders which is really nice.    I also ordered a couple of eye shadows and swatched those as well.  The shadows are swatched over Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.    One of the glosses had a cracked lid so I emailed and had a reply within and hour that a replacement would be sent out.  That’s pretty awesome customer service!    It’s a little bit of a wait (TAT is clearly posted on the main page of the site) but totally worth it, let me assure you!

These look as beautiful to you as they did to me?  Then you should go check out the cool stuff now!

http://www.morganacryptoria.com/

Buford T. Justice And Adenocarcinoma

I think I’ve avoided posting this because I’m just not wanting to deal with it.   I’m angry and adrift and yes, a bit depressed but mostly I’m deeply and profoundly sad.   Fuck cancer.  Big B has been my best friend since the day he entered our lives.  He’s been my protector, my doughnut and coffee buddy, my dress up model and napping compatriot.

Big B had a stumbling episode and was non weight bearing on his front right leg two weeks ago so I brought him in to work and we took x rays and did labs and a thorough exam. We knew he had some arthritis in his shoulder and neck and found some more in his elbows. He had a really infected anal gland so we emptied and infused them. While Dr. Evergreen was expressing his anal gland he found a small lump either inside the gland or duct. He was able to express it a little bit and it seemed quite a bit smaller.

A week later Big B still seemed a little bit sore but we upped his Tramadol to keep him comfortable and checked his anal gland again. At that time the lump was the size of a pea and had doubled in size from the last time we checked it. Dr. Evergreen recommended a visit to the surgeon that we love (Dr. Fry) to see what he thought about removing it. I couldn’t really put my finger on it but Big B had just seemed ‘off’ to me. Dr. Fry got us in right away and he recommended aspirating the lump before surgery. This could tell us if it’s cancer or not and determine how aggressive he would need to be with the excision of the entire anal gland.

Unfortunately the lump came back as adenocarcinoma which is nasty. Both Dr’s recommended chest films and an ultrasound before we do surgery to make sure it hadn’t spread to Buford’s organs before we put him through a really nasty surgical procdure. We got the worst possible news that we could get, the chest films showed changes in his lungs and the ultrasound showed nodules in his liver and kidneys. Dr. Evergreen thinks we have maybe four weeks but possibly closer to two weeks for Big B.

There is a great holistic vet in NY who has compounded some Chinese herbs to help support his system and keep him feeling good for as long as possible.   He started those last night and they seem to be helping.   Monday was a rough day and he felt like crap but I heard Big B get up this morning and head down the hallway to check on me about 5am.    That’s something he’s always done….check on mom before she gets up and make sure everything is as it should be before the start of the day.

In the mean time Big B and I will be spending lots of time together and getting a ton of donuts.

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