Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sir Fergus Of Bravo

I guess it’s time to formally introduce my newest foster, Sir Fergus Of Bravo.  On 2/28/12  Fergus was found by a nice lady in Oregon after he wandered down her long driveway and tried to cuddle up next to her house.   Can you imagine stepping out of your house and finding this poor lost and sad soul curled up on your porch?

The condition that Fergus was found in.
Fergus when he was admitted to Clackamas County Dog Services.
Fergus upon admission at Clackamas County Dog Services.

His kind savior immediately sought medical attention for him by delivering him to Clackmas County Dog Services.  Weighing in at a measly 37 lbs they immediately started IV fluids and medications and most importantly….FOOD!

Amazingly, Fergus didn’t appear to have any long term complications from the starvation.  He ate well and put on weight at a reasonable rate.   His muscles were so atrophied that he had some trouble walking but that didn’t stop him from winning over every one he met.   Fergus continued to recover and by 3/5/12 he weighed in at a whopping 46lbs!   At that time the director reached out to me to see if I would be able to provide a medical foster for him.  I agreed and on 3/16/12 through the help of two transporters Sir Fergus made the trip up to WA and landed with me!

He made the trip like a champ and was checked out by Dr. Evergreen that very day.  He heart and ears were good and he was up to 48lbs!    He found some elbow dysplasia, an eye lid tumor, several nasty teeth that needed to come out and most likely  a partially ruptured disc in his back.   Poor guy.

I took him home and introduced him to the back yard right away.   He marked everything out there and then came in and cuddled up on his nice, comfy new bed from Auntie Rayanne.

Sir Fergus the very day I brought him home.
Ewww....those mushrooms to help my immune system are gross!
He loves tummy rubs!
Fergus all cleaned up after a bath!
He definitely knows how to work 'the cute'.
Learning how to enjoy a kong stuff with goodies!

Fergus came to me house broken and knowing sit, down, shake with each paw and can catch a treat!   Clearly  he was someones beloved pet that either got dumped or lost.   He was so  very lucky to land in the lives of people who cared and took the time and effort to do something.   Fergus is still gaining weight (he’s at 52lbs!) and getting stronger but will still need some surgery in the near future to complete his journey to full health.

Fergus hard at work behind the desk at EHVC. Working is hard!

If you have any information about Fergus, please contact Clackamas County Dog Services at 503-655-8628.

Special thanks to Fergus’s rescuer, Clackamas County Dog Services, DRAW, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care and all of those who have sent good thoughts!

Fergus today.

Julie Austin Doggie Photo Shoot

Several weeks ago Julie Austin came over to get home photos of Big B and I.   She was also kind enough to take pics of rest of my motley crew.   These were all taken in my front and back yards with natural light.   You should check out the photos on Julie’s site…they are amazing!

http://www.jaustinphotography.com/

Buford T. Justice
Puppy dog ear!

Joxer The Mighty Master Of Mayhem
Joxer The Mighty Master Of Mayhem
Huh? Dash doing what he does best....looking cute.
Minnie. "Oh my dog, the camera is going to eat my soul!"
Minnie
Patrick Star.

Stage FOTD With Darling Girl Ruby Soho

I had a show last night so I decided to do a drag face with a couple of new Darling Girl colors that I hadn’t had a chance to try yet.   Let me just say that the DG Water Color pain pots are amazing as an eye shadow primer.   They wear like iron on me and survived all night performing with no creasing at all.

I’m also using this look as my Living Doll entry for our weekly challenge in NTMS.

Face: MAC full coverage foundation in NC15 with matching concealer and custom finishing powder.

Lips:  MAC red liner with Morgana Cryptoria It Girl lipstick.

Cheeks: Aromaleigh blush in Sunday Girl.

Eyes:  DG paint pot in Pyramid Of Skulls with DG’s Ruby Soho patted all over lid and up into crease just a bit.   DG’s Pumpkin Eater used to blend and soften the edge of Ruby Soho and up toward brow bone as well as out and under outer portion of lower lid.   Meow’s Sexpot under brow.   Black gel liner, one coat of black mascara and false lashes.   Silk Naturals brow cream in brown.

FOTD-Darling Girl Chemical Warfare

I have been wanting to try Chemical Warfare for a while so I whipped it out this morning.

Face:  Mac foundation and concealer in NC 15.   Custom finishing powder.

Cheeks:  Darling GirlFantasia

Lips:  Allechant Minerals Ready 4D Night

Eyes:  Darling Girl Haystacks watercolor paint pot as base, then DG Chemical Warfare on outer lid with Darling Girl La La Orange on inner lid and Brazen Cosmetics For Ever above crease and up to brow.  MAC Defiantly Feline fluidline and one coat black mascara.

Darling Girl Only One Can Win FOTD

I’ve been dying to try out the Darling Girl collection, Only One Can Win.   Today I chose to feature Girl On Fire, Mayor’s Daughter La La Orange.

Face:  Holika Holida Baby Bloom, MAC concealer in NC15, custom finishing powder.

Cheeks: Cougar by Darling Girl

Lips:  First Kiss by Tick: Tock Cosmetics

Eyes:  Tick: Tock Infinity base in Milky Way, then DG Girl on Fire in crease and blended out and down to outside of lower lid.   DG’s Mayor’s Daughter applied to lid and middle of lower lid.   DG’s La La Orange applied to inner lid and under brow bone.  One coat black mascara and MAC Fluidline in Defiantly Feline.

Darling Girl Only One Can Win Swatches

There seems to be an amazing number of limited edition makeup collections out right now based on the hugely popular book series, The Hunger Games.   Darling Girl always does a great job and there were several colors that I just had to try.   I received them today and wanted to get them swatched up for you.  You can find the collection here:   http://darlinggirlcosmetics.ecrater.com/c/1493173/only-one-can-win

Lots of goodies, I will swatch the rest as I have time!

 

Venomous Cosmetics Swatchs And Review

Wow, these swatches were so bright and fun to do!  I ordered on 3/11/12 and received my package with everything safe and sound on 3/19/12.

http://www.venomouscosmetics.com/index.html

They also currently have spring limited edition collection as well as a Hunger Games inspired collection.  Check them out!

I ordered shadow samples in Gila Monster, Eyelash Viper, Boomslang, Suntiger, Moon Jelly, Pegasus and Sunspot.   I also ordered two Lip Poisons in Hypnotize and The Rescue.  I received two free shadow samples in Fire And and Man O’ War.  Oh and I also got a Venomous Cosmetics pen.  I *love* pens so this is by far my favorite freebie in a long time.  What can I say, I’m easy.

Shadow swatches are done over Pixie Epoxy and gloss samples are over bear skin.    These were taken inside under a bright light with no flash.

The glosses. These things pack a hell of a color pay off for a gloss. They're great!

These shadows are going to be super fun to play with.   For some reason while I was swatching them they made me think of comic books….all those bright, eye catching colors!   The stand outs for me so far are:  Pegasus, Fire Ant and Boomslang.

Conjure Oils Mlle. Victoria’s Lupertine Burlesque Cabaret Reviews And Contest

I had a chance to try several of Conjure Oils Lupercalia collection, Mlle. Victoria’s Lupertine Burlesque Cabaret and loved each and every one.   Valentine’s Day always seems to bring out collections of LE oils loaded with florals and rose scents, none of which work on me.   Well, not Conjure Oils!  I’ll be sharing the reviews of the oils that I was lucky enough to try as well as giving two bottles of Limited Edition oils to two lucky contest winners.   The contest prizes are a brand new (and no longer available) bottle of The Naughty List as well as a brand new bottle of the LE Leap Year scent, Bissextile Burious?

Contest Rules:

To enter the contest simply leave me a comment about why (or why not) you love Valentine’s Day.    In order to be eligible to win you must leave me your email address.  Failure to do so will get you disqualified and you will NOT have a chance to smell lovely for free.  Winners will be announced here and will also be notified via email.   You will have 48 hours to claim your prize before I choose another lucky winner.  The contest will end 4/4/12 and the winners will be chosen within 24 hours.

The Reviews:

You can find all of these oils available here until March 31st or until supplies are exhausted so don’t dally!  http://www.conjureoils.com/conjure%20ltd.htm

Mlle. Whiard
Wild strawberry, whipped cream, kiwi fruit, raw sugar and a pinch of clove.

In bottle:  Fruity burnt sugar.

Wet on skin:  I can smell the strawberry, cream and a bit of burnt sugar.

Dry on skin:   It’s a gorgeous fruity, sugary strawberry scent.  I can smell just a hint of the clove but none of the kiwi.

Verdict:  So glad I bought a bottle of this!  Normally strawberry scents don’t work at all for me but this is the perfect blend of sugar and fruit.

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Mlle C. de Villers: Pink grapefruit, red musk, French vanilla ice cream with a brandy soaked Moreno cherry on top.

In bottle:  Ice cream with brandy.

Wet on skin:   Ummmm…..I can smell the French vanilla ice cream and definitely the Moreno cherry!

Dry on skin:  It smells of candied cherry, red musk and super vanilla ice cream.  The cream note is not cloying or gross at all and the red musk just hovers on the outside.

Verdict:  I bought a bottle of this unsniffed and boy am I glad I did!  It’s amazing and hot and sexy and sure to be a go to for me.

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Ravished:  Sweltering Tahitian vanilla heat, a mahogany headboard, silken crimson sheets pulled tight and notes of golden honey ooze over mouth-watering coconut mounds.

In bottle:  Citrus honey!

Wet on skin:  Yum, this is citrusy and sweet, with a bit of peach or apricot?

Dry on skin:  Oh man, this is amazingly lovely.  I can smell the vanilla, coconut and golden honey with just  touch of the wood.

Verdict: Drop.  Dead. Sexy.  Need moar!   If fruit can be sweltering and sexy than this is it.


FOTD

I wanted to match my Captain shirt today so I chose some cool toned eye shadows.   I picked some of my new Tick: Tock pigments to play with and am pretty happy with the results.

Face:  Holika Holika Baby Bloom BB cream, MAC concealer in NC15, custom finishing powder.

Cheeks: Meow blush in Forest Flame.

Eyes:  Tick: Tock Infinity primer in Milky Way, then Darkest Before The Dawn in crease, Clepsydra on center of upper and lower lid, Evening Dress applied to inner portion of upper lid.   I used First Birthday to blend out the Darkest Before The Dawn and also applied it to inner corner of eye.  Black eye pencil applied to lower water line and smudged onto upper lid.

Lips:  MAC In Anticipation liner with Brazen Gummie Lip Glaze in Cherry.

And of course Gimli wanted to see what was going on and help. Isn't he a HUGE help?!?

Tock: Tock Cosmetics FOTD

I just need a quick and natural FOTD today but I still really like how it came out.

Face: Meow foundation in Frisky Angora, MAC concealer in NC15.   Custom finishing powder.

Cheeks: Meow  blush in SNarky.

Lips:   Brazen Cherry Gummie Glaze over Darling Girl The Pumpkin King.

Eyes:  Tick: Tock Infinity in Milky Way primer with Tick: Tock Leap Year on lid, Tick: Tock Midsummer Night in outer V and crease, Tick: Tock High Noon on brow bone with Tock: Tock First birthday under brow.  One coat of black mascara.

It’s a little bit of a lazy Sunday FOTD so I hope you enjoy it!

Tick: Tock Cosmetics Swatch Post of DOOM!

I can’t say I’ve been *patiently* waiting my Tick: Tock Cosmetics orders so I was super excited when I received it in the mail!  I placed my order on 2/26/12 and received it on 3/16/12.  I placed a fairly mega order that included the original sample set of 51 colors.  The giant sample set also includes a pot of Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Milky Way so it’s a really good deal at $35.   I also ordered a tube of lip gloss in First Kiss and the Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole.   The entire order was $42.95 delivered and I got a literal metric shit ton of eye shadow.  I found the site easy to navigate and there is also a blog and a Facebook page to keep customers up to date on TAT (turn around time) and other such customer service items.

I have to say that normally a swatch fest of this size can be rather tedious but this was fun!  The colors were so pretty and complex and vibrant.  I can’t wait to wear them on my face!   I also like that the samples come in the little baggies that I prefer with the ingredients on the label.  Each label is a different design depending on the pigment and that’s a really nice design touch.   The names are hilarious and whimsical to match the colors.

All swatches are done over Pixie Epoxy and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

There are so many stand out colors that I can’t even choose which are my favorites.  So far I can’t wait to try Happy Hour, Hour Glass, Stop…..Zombie Time, Cuckoo, Time Turner, Late Night Burger Gnomes, High Noon and Salvador Dali.   All applied nicely with great color pay off.   Would I buy from them again?  You bet!   The Infinity Eye Shadow Base was the best I’ve used yet.   Amazing stuff!   You should go check them out and buy something now.   Now I tell you!   And don’t forget some of the Infinity Eye Shadow Base.  Trust me when I tell you that you can’t live without it!

http://ticktockcosmetics.storenvy.com/

Shiro Cosmetics Swatches Part Deux

I had a chance to swatch the rest of the Shiro samples that I got.     These are all swatched over Pixie Epoxy and photographed with no flash but under a bright light.   If you like any of these colors, you should totally go and check out the site here:

http://www.shirocosmetics.com/catalog.htm

Brazen Cosmetics Swatches And Review

I had never heard of Brazen Cosmetics until I joined a group called Never Too Much Sparkle on Facebook.  I took advantage of a 30 minute Leap Day sale and placed a small order on 2/29/12.   I panicked while having only 30 minutes to peruse and shop and missed several pages of products.   Oh noes!    I received my order on 3/16/12 and wanted to share what I got with you.  I ordered full sizes of For Ever, Frisky, All My Love, Fierce & Flawless Powder and Gummie Glaze Lip Gloss in Cherry.  I received a free sample of Pharaoh and Kiss Me, I’m Irish lip gloss (this comes in a small pot).

Swatched over Pixie Epoxy under bright light with no flash.
Swatched over Pixie Epoxy in natural light.
Under bright light, no flash.
Shadows swatched over Pixie Epoxy, glossed swatched on bare skin. Outside in natural light.

So far I have loved everything that I’ve tried and I cannot wait to make another order.  The store is currently closed but you can check them out when they reopen.

http://brazencosmetics.com/offline.aspx

Shiro CosmeticsTributes Collection FOTD

I had a chance to play with  some of the pigments today and I am super happy with them so far.   They applied easily and had great color pay off.  I like to blend my shadows a lot and they blended nicely without rubbing all the sparkly goodness out.

Face:  Holika Holika BB Cream in Baby Bloom, MAC concealer in NC15, Shiro Fatality Finishing Powder.

Cheeks: Meow blush in Hot.

Lips: Nude lip pencil and Shiro Innertube in Three Wolf Moon.

Eyes:  Tick Tock Infinity eye shadow base in Milky Way.   Shiro Unforgettable in outer V and above crease, Star-Crossed on outer corner and outer portion of lower lid.   Mockingjay applied to lid and center of lower lid with Baker’s Boy applied up to brow, blending with Unforgettable.   Meow’s Sexpot applied just under brow.   MAC liquid liner in Defiantly Feline and one coat of black mascara.

Brows: Meow Brow Beater in auburn.

Shiro Cosmetics-The Tributes Collection Swatches And Review

I was so very happy to see my Shiro Cosmectics order in the mail today.  I purchased a sample set as well as the full Tributes Collection.  I swatched theTributes Collection for your pleasure tonight and will swatch the rest of the colors in the next few days!

I ordered on 2/26/12 and received my order on 3/15/12.  The samples were in baggies which is my preferred method of storage.  The baggies were folded over and sealed with the label.  I actually really dislike this method but the label was stiff enough that I was easily able to peel it off and unseal the baggie.    The ingredients are listed on the label as well as whether the pigment is safe or eyes and/or lips, which is awesome.   I also received some candy!   You can find this collection here:

http://www.shirocosmetics.com/pages/tributescollection.htm

All swatches were done over Pixie Epoxy and taken under a bright light with no flash.   Enjoy and as always, stay tuned for a FOTD featuring some of the colors tomorrow!

As always, Gimli was very helpful during the process. 😀
Little sample baggies of goodness!
Shiro Cosmetics-The Tributes Collection
Shiro Cosmetics-The Tributes Collection