Monthly Archives: July 2012

BFTE Swatches & FOTD with Isis, Addicted and Tangerine

Aren’t those colors beautiful?  I finally caved and placed an order from BFTE (Beauty From The Earth).  I’m not  surewhy I hadn’t purchased from them before.  I ordered the Rainbow Collection, Mix & Fix, two sets of lashes (one set that I didn’t mean to order!) and the Color Of The Week which was Splash.  With the COTW I got to pick three shadows to try so I chose, Isis, Addicted and Tangerine.  I also received a free sample of Chenille.  On to the swatches!

For this Face Of The Day I used the following colors:

Face:  Peachy Girl BB cream, MAC concealer in NW15, set with Evil Shades matte powder.   Completed look finished with Brazen’s Fierce & Flawless.

Cheeks:   Meow’s Frozen Grapefruit

Lips:  Nude liner topped with OCC Lip Tar in Melange.

Eyes:  MAC Untitled under Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.  BFTE colors used:  Tangerine on lid and middle of lower lid, Addicted applied to outer V and under outer portion of lower lid, Isis used on tiny section of outer V and foiled as liner on upper lid.   Physician’s Formula taupe liner on waterline of lower lid.    Brazen’s Immaculate used to blend out Addicted and up to brow.   Brazen Scorching applied just under brow and inner corner.   One coat of black mascara and Brazen brow powder in Raquel.

I’ve got little spots of no shadow on the outer corners of my eyes because I had a reaction to a pigment used and my eyes won’t stop watering!   I could have edited the photo but I like to leave them as raw as possible to properly show off the colors.

FOTD With Sleek Ultra Mattes IV Palette

I’m so sorry I’ve been absent from my blog.   We’re currently remodeling (replacing all the floors, the fireplace and painting) and I’ve been focusing on that.  Well, I plan to make it up to you!   I’m bringing you a FOTD today, with swatches and reviews from Beauty From The Earth as well as OCC Lip Tars coming up this weekend.  Oooooh!   Ahhhhhhhh.

Face:  Holika Peachy Girl BB cream over Smashbox oil free primer with MAC NW15 concealer set with Evil Shades matte powder.

Cheeks:  Meows Frozen Watermelon  (I’m loving this blush right now!)

Lips:  Brazen Balm Stick in Risque

Eyes:  MAC Untitled as primer and Sleek Matte Brights Palette colors.  Bammi used on lid with Strike on outer V and blended a bit above crease.   Prowl used on inner corner as well as to blend out Strike and up to brow bone.    MAC liquid liner in Defiantly Feline on upper lid and winged out a bit with Physician Formula liner in taupe on water line of lower lid.  One coat of black mascara.  Brazen brow powder in Raquel.

How Do I Choose An Indie Company?

I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I choose between all the indie companies out there.   I certainly don’t have a set ‘formula’ per se but I have some criteria that I generally follow.   I’ve jotted down some thoughts for you guys but please remember that something that does or doesn’t work for me might or might not work for you.

For starters I’ll admit that I generally don’t purchase from brand new companies.   The only time I’ll order from a brand new indie is if I get a glowing review from a good friend or fellow blogger.   If I  know the new owner personally then I’m always willing to support a friend and will always try them out.    I need to build  trust in a company as a lot of disreputable indie makeup companies have sprung up.  I’ll give you an example of each so that you can see what I look for.

A few months ago the wonderful Vanessa Warriner launched her new indie company, Chinovi Cosmetics.     The web site is professional, the photos are accurate representations of the products and the ingredients are listed on each individual product listing.  I put that one in italics because it’s important to me.  I had an experience with some not  approved for eye ingredients and want to know exactly what I’m buying.   All of the ingredients in Chinovi products are approved for the use they are intended.   The site is easy to navigate and it’s simple to find all the information you may need.   Check it out here:

Things I like to see!

Now I’m going to show you  an example of an new indie company that I would choose to avoid.   The site is actually just a Facebook page rife with text speak and grammar issues.    The three times I have looked at the ingredient list, they have changed, with the owner stating that carmine had been in the ingredient list by mistake (she was claiming to be a vegan company) and still claims to be cruelty free but has silk derivatives listed.   *scratches head*  The colors themselves are suspect as they look like neons and last time I checked, they are still not approved for use around the eyes in the US.  Unknowingly (I assume) this young indie makeup owner has already violated at least three federal guidelines which can be found here:

I snapped a couple screen shots so that I could show you guys something I very much DON’T want to see when I’m researching a new indie makeup company.

Home grown berries?!?   WTF?  And then the ingredients were changed again.  Now it’s a 100% organic company which is against FDA regulations to claim.

Some of the ingredients listed above just make no sense and honestly you would have NO IDEA what’s actually in the ingredients.  This gets a huge BUYER BEWARE from me.   When researching a new company, there are times when I might have a question about ingredients.   Typically I will email the owner and if they are professional they will take the time to answer my questions.    If I get a defensive answer or no answer at all then I’ll just move along to a more professional and therefore trustworthy indie.

I hope this has helped.   What do you look for when contemplating a new purchase?

MOI Minerals Swatches

I’ve now received my second order from MOI Minerals and realized I forgot to swatch the first batch!   This time I ordered more shadows and then more lippies.   I received samples of Outer Space, Lusty, Jelly 444 (Lovesick on the site), GRV #1, GRV #3, Pink Stiletto and Spawn as freebies, the rest I purchased.  I’m am absolutely loving the lip gloss formula.  I find it long wearing especially if it’s over a long wear pencil.

All eye swatches done over Detrivore primer with lip swatches done over bare skin.   If you see anything you like, then go check out the new website!

Eye Shadows

Eye shadows

Gloss and balms


ZOMG Smells Reviews

I hadn’t tried ZOMG yet so I decided to try their sample pack and the shipping was exceedingly fast.  Everything was well packed with no leaks.

Ice Cream Soda Root Beet Float:  From childhood love to fully-grown treat: root beer floats are classic and tasty! We have hand-blended our Root Beer Ice Cream Soda fragrance from fond memories of sweet sarsaparilla fizz and hand-dipped vanilla ice cream.

In vial:  Super fizzy cream soda.

Wet on skin:  Sarsaparilla and a bit of fizzy cream.  As is dries, the sarsaparilla fades a bit and the creamy vanilla comes out.

Dry on skin:  It’s got a little bit of the weird fake ‘cola’ smell that all the oils I’ve tried has but it’s not bad at all.

Verdict:  It’s a pretty straight up root beer scent.  If you like creamy sarsaparilla I say go for it!


Love Durian:  Durians: the King of Fruits. They taste like heaven, but smell like hell–we’ve reversed that. 🙂 This is the scent of a ripe, joyous durian with all the onion gravy and rancid sweatsock taken right out! Quite possibly the sweetest scent ever made.   Banana, pineapple, strawberry, gooey brown sugar, and the tiniest bit of sticky coconut. A little bit of an inside joke there.

In vial:  Sweet!

Wet on skin:  Plasticy sweetness.  It smells like the old roller ball lip glosses from when I was little.  This very fruity and sweet.   I think it’s the gooey brown sugar that’s off putting at this point.

Dry on skin: Ok, now the plastic/overly sweet part has faded, it’s got a nice spicy quality to it.

Verdict:  I like it!  It’s a nice and has an  uncomplicated sweet quality to it.


Sugar Dragon:  A pillager of patisseries and chaser of confectionaries, the sugar dragon collects cherry vanilla, candied almond and clove into a dragon’s hoard of sweetness, then curls protectively around them in a coil of red musk, incense and a hint of smoke.

In vial:  Cherry cinnamon cough syrup.

Wet on skin:  A blast of cough syrup, followed by a touch of cinnamon and clove.     There is a bit of smoke lurking in the background but it’s soft and not at all sharp.

Dry on skin:  As it dries the red musk comes to the front with candy and clove hovering at the edges.

Verdict:  This is a pretty straight forward red musk blend.   I like the addition of the candy clove vibe.


Sparkle Receptors:  This scent is specifically designed to tickle the sparkle receptors in your brain in a way that we hope will improve your mood if you need it and sustain your good spirits if you started out sparkly. Strawberry gum, bright citruses, warm happy amber, the light floral tease of red currant, sparkle, and fizz.

In vial:  Sparkly and fizzy.

Wet on skin:  Super citrus, but it’s bright and juicy smelling.  Lots of sparkle and fizz with maybe just a bit of the red currant?

Dry on skin:  Oh man, this dries down really nice.   Normally I *want* to like fizzy scents but they just don’t work for me.  This one is really bright and fresh with out smelling too much like candy.  I think the tad bit of amber in there really helps!

Verdict:  A surprise hit for me, I wasn’t expecting to like this one and I might have to pick up a bottle!


Pink Seven:  Sweet, utterly girly and floral, Pink Seven is (rather appropriately) made of seven pink things: Pink Lady apple accord, pink lemonade, pink grapefruit, pink geranium, pink cotton candy, fresh strawberry, and red currant for a little extra blush.

In vial:  Apple with a bit of grapefruit.

Wet on skin:  Yum bright apple and geranium.    The ‘pinks’ are starting to make an appearance, but I’m not getting any of the cotton candy for strawberry.

Dry on skin:  The currant and geranium are the dominating notes which makes me a bit sad because I really loved the apple.  Sadly the candies never appeared.

Verdict:  A little too bright and fruity for me.


Candied Head:  A scent specifically formulated for the days when choosing between smelling like a sweetshop and smelling like a headshop is simply impossible. Holly has this problem a lot. Sugared, cakey, amber-licious and incensey.

In vial:  Sweetly spicy.

Wet on skin:  Head shop!   Well, a good smelling head shop that also sells candy.  🙂

Dry on skin:  There’s definitely an amber cake vibe going on here.  It’s just a *bit* off putting with the gas station incense note added in.

Verdict:  Ultimately I ended up not liking this.   It reminds me of Karma by Lush and it smells a bit like flea dip to me.


Wait Until Evening:

With due respect to K.C. and the Sunshine Band, who were clearly operating from a solid base of knowledge, the procedure as stated for getting down is not in line with modern laboratory science. We humbly suggest a few minor edits to the procedural manual, in order to eliminate the ambiguity that may cause less-observant researchers to get down improperly. These are as follows:

1. Do a little dance

2. Make a little love

3. Wait until evening 

4. Get down

We look forward to the board’s adoption of this new language. The study of funk is too important to be disrupted by slapdash procedures.

(a scent meant to occupy that scientifically crucial space between making a little love and getting down. A dark, funky, musky blend of patchouli, myrrh, red ginger, spikenard and blackstrap molasses.)

In vial:  Patchouli and a touch of molasses.

Wet on skin:  OH yum, dirty patchouli and myrrh with a touch of molasses.   I don’t know what spikenard smells like, so maybe a bit of that, too?

Dry on skin:  It’s deepened into kind of a dusty resin thing that I’m digging.  It does smell dirty and funky but only in the best way possible.   The ginger is just the right kick.

Verdict:  My favorite out of the whole batch….I’ll definitely be purchasing a bottle.

Brazen Brow Powder Swatches and Looks

Are you guys ready for the gigantic Brazen brow powder post of doom?  Well, here it is!  I’ve swatched them all and I’m so sorry, but the swatches ended up looking a bit like little sperms.  😀   I also used each color on my actual brows so you can see what they look like in action.   My natural color brows are a pretty neutral light brown/brown.

I enjoyed working with these powders a lot and it was pretty cool to see how the different colors looked and how much they changed the look of my brows.

Angelina-Black Brown
Audrey-Dark Medium Brown
Ava-Brown Black
Bettie-Rich Black
Brigitte-Medium Taupe Brown
Clara-Reddish Brown
Dita-Blue Black
Jane-Very Dark Brown
Jessica-Rich Burgundy Red
Joan-Orange/Red Brown
Marilyn-Light Taupe
Raquel-Medium Brown w/Hints of Warm Red Undertones
Sophia-Dark Brown with a Hint of Red
Veronica-Pale Yellow Blonde

NA New Bastet’s Garden Reviews

I had a chance to review the Bastet’s Garden scents…..Rose Sapphire was the surprise hit for me!

Rose Sapphire-Precious Resin of Black and Blood Rose Essential Oil, Nokturne: Sapphire (Amber Musk); an evening perfume blend for an evening out, for another, in gratitude of something we have achieved or simply sharing with yourself and a glass of wine. We must love and enjoy our selves first and foremost.

Rose Sapphire

In vial: Spicy rose.

Wet on skin: Deep, spicy rose with a hint of musk. It’s very deep and rich and sexy. The rose isn’t cloying on me at this stage which is nice.

Dry on skin: Boy, this is really amazing. It’s tried down to a spicy musk Sapphire with a hint of a deep and sexy rose.

Verdict: OMG, a rose scent that I can actually wear. Not only can I wear it but I love it and it actually smells sexy on me. Definitely bottle worthy and I can’t wait to see how it ages.


Lavender Santalum-Australian and French Lavender, Nokturne:Santalum (Aromatic Egyptian Sandalwood of Aswan); a perfume blend of intoxicating sleep, rest and bliss.

Lavender Santalum

In vial: Lavender and medicinal….like strong shampoo.

Wet on skin: Like strong powdery lavender. Right around the edges I can catch a whiff of the santalum.

Dry on skin: As it dries down a spiciness of the sandalwood variety appears. The sandalwood does a nice job softening the lavender and the result is a lovely sleepy time blend.

Verdict: Lavender typically doesn’t work for me but I actually kind of like this. I’m going to try it at bed time.


Coconut Moonstone-Egyptian Coconut Husk, Nokturne:Moonstone (The true Husk, black and white Fleck, essence and whole of African White Vanilla with a kiss of Crystalline) and a drop of peach to nuance the natural sweetness of the blend; a perfume blend for summer days and summer nights.

Coconut Moonstone

In bottle: Like coconut and a plastic doll arm? (what the what?)

Wet on skin: It smells like coconut extract and angel food cake with just a bit of plasticy vibe in the background. All of this should work for me but there’s something that’s gone super plastic on me. I’m not sure what it is but it’s interfering with the other lovely components.

Dry on skin: The plastic note has softened a bit but there’s something here that just isn’t working for me. I think it’s the peach and the vanilla together.

Verdict: This was a surprise as this should be a home run for me and I bought a bottle unsniffed.


Violet Santalum Sweet-Egyptian and French Violet, Egyptian Jasmine and Lilac, Sandalwood Sugar from a natural occurring Sandalwood Cask and Santalum Sweet, a very soft and natural Egyptian Sandalwood; a perfume blend for when our feline nature searches outside of the Garden for a little something different and unique and when we allow ourselves not to attach memories but create new ones.

Violet Santalum Sweet

In vial: Tea rose.

Wet on skin: Very strong old fashioned rose smelling to me. It gave me almost an instant headache, but florals to that to me routinely. It’s gone through a bit of a mothball stage and I think that’s the jasmine.

Dry on skin: It softened a bit but it’s still all floral all the time time on me. I don’t get any santalum at all, or it’s just overpowered by the florals because I amp them so bad. I do pick up a touch of the soil note.

Verdict: I wasn’t expecting to like this as florals don’t work for me. I’m sure it will smell lovely on those who can wear them.

Nocturne Alchemy Reviews Part 1 (& day 1!)

I ordered an embarrassingly large amount of perfume with this last update as they all sounded so good!   There were some that I just knew I would regret if I passed on them.    I figured I would break the review posts up three to four reviews per post.  Hope this works for you guys.  I also included photos of the bottles as some folks had requested that.    Enjoy and on to the reviews!

Karkade Summer:Santalum LE-Hibiscus Leaf of Aswan, Sugar Resin, charmingly Aged Nokturne:Santalum (Aromatic Egyptian Sandalwood of the Aswan area) with Egyptian and Indian Black Tea.

Karkade Summer: Santalum

In bottle: Hibiscus leaf…..very green.

Wet on Skin:  I’m getting a slightly spicy black tea with a hint of sandalwood.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the tea actually gets a bit stronger but the entire oils mellows and softens with the sugar resin.

Verdict: I like this a lot more than I thought I would!   It’s really sexy and I’m super glad I got a bottle as I think age will only make it better!


Bastet’s Somnolent Summer-Aged Sapphire, Egyptian Sugar Crystals, a drop of soft Apricot Essence Incense, a few drops of Sweet Black Pepper and Vanilla-Amber Incense.

Bastet’s Somnolent Summer LE

In bottle: Powdery and sweet.

Wet on skin: Right at first it smells just a little bit like cola or maybe sassafrass? I think that’s the sugar and black pepper together.

Dry on skin: Wow….this is super sexy! If Dr. Pepper has a risque aunt who always got a little too tipsy at the holiday parties, I image this is what she’d smell like.

Verdict: Oh. Em. Gee. I love it. It’s soooooo gorgeous.


Sphinx X LE-Sphinx is getting the X treatment of beautiful Vanilla Love Crystalline, Kobalt, Crystal and French Vanilla blended into the Permanent Collection scent (PC version available in the Egypt & Her Wonders section): Amber, Milk Chocolate, Sweet Milk, Egyptian Coffee, Nutmeg, Vanilla Bean, Gingerbread, Dark Chocolate, White Amber, Anise and Poppy.

Sphinx X LE
In bottle:Chocolate!Wet on skin:Hmmmm…this is an interesting combination of cocoa and anise. I’m definitely liking this so far.Dry on skin:As it dries down it softens and yet deepens at the same time. I definitely pick up some black tea and hot chocolate? Yeah, it ends up smelling like expensive hot chocolate and yet also like a really pretty perfume.Verdict: As I haven’t tried the CG Sphinx I had no idea what to expect from this. I really like this, it’s a perfectly blended perfume oil… know all the different notes are in there, but they just really become one in this blend.

And thus concludes the last post of my 90 day challenge.   I actually did really well  up until the last week or so.  Yay for me!

Moving An 85 Gallon Fish Tank

Old Location

We are remodeling the living room which included floor to ceiling bookshelves and a new tile floor.  This also means that we got to move an 85b gallon fish tank.   It’s a lot of work but not necessarily *hard* work so I thought I’d share it in a picture story.  Enojy!  (oh and all the fish made it)


New temporary location
Oh. Joy.
Lots of buckets!

The big fish. I’ll admit it, I’m a little afraid of him.

The sad thing is that once we’ve got the floor done, we’ll have to move it another foot or so to the right.   *sigh*

Wig & Headpiece Blog Sale!

I’m destashing a ton of my costume stuff pretty cheap.  I’m always willing to combine and accept other, reasonable offers.   Leave a comment or email me at h.mcnaughty at gmail dot com

Christmas headpiece. $10 plus $5 for shipping. Head and wig not included
Orange and white feather head band. $5 shipped, wig and head not included.
Black feather headband with flower and rhinestones. $10 shipped. Wig and head not included.
Red and gold showgirl headpiece. $20 pus $10 for shipping, head and wig not included.
Pink and yellow feather clip. $15 shipped, head and wig not included.
Medusa snake cap, $15 shipped, wig and head not included.
Super cheesy handmade hat, $5 shipped, head and wig not included.

Short flippy brown wig, $7 shipped, head not included.
Platinum beehive wig, $7 shipped, head not included.
Drag Marilyn wig, $7 shipped, head not included.

Conjure Oils Mlle. Victoria’s Lupertine Burlesque Cabaret Reviews (& day 2!)

Today I received my Conjure Oils order!    Of the bottles that I got De Faya and Eva Martin were new to me so I thought I’d review those for you.

De Faya:  De Faya’s gutsy glamour comes from her ability to proudly display the military look! Strong and tall, she marches this sexy look decades ahead into the future!  A bold, confident blend: White sandalwood musk with glowing golden notes of honeysuckle, bergamot and aged tonka.

In bottle:  It smells green and just a bit herby.

Wet on skin:  At first I get bergamot  and sharp sandalwood.   As it starts to dry down, the golden muskiness starts to come out.

Dry on skin:  As it softens and mellows the white sandalwood peers out and it’s delicious.    The tonka is also making an appearance and blended with the bergamot and honeysuckle it’s delicious goodness.

Verdict:  I love this.  I’m definitely getting a Marie La Veau vibe here.  I’m not sure what combination of notes is causing it but I swear I pick up a little sassafrass.   If you like Marie La Veau then please try this one!


Eva Martin:  Mlle. Éve Martin is truly an original! Her geometric dress revealing the most suggestive views of the female body. It’s almost scandalous!  Toasted coconut, caramelized vanilla bean, peach, and heady magnolia ignited with red musk.

In bottle:  Peach and caramelized vanilla.

Wet on skin:  Fresh on the skin I’m picking up on the coconut and peach.  As it settles in you can pick up the toasted part of the coconut and just a touch of red musk.

Dry on skin:   This is spicy, coconutty peachy goodness with just a hint of something floral floating around in the background.

Verdict: It’s lovely and I’m glad I got a bottle.

Happy 4th Of July! (& day 3!)

Happy Independence day everyone!  I decided to do some 4th of July inspired makeup and nails.   Everyone stay safe and don’t blow any body parts off!

Face:  Holika Holika Peach Girl BB cream.

Cheeks:  Brazen’s Heartbreaker

Lips:  MOI Minerals Love Song

Eyes:  MAC Untitled under Tick: Tock taupe Infinity base.  Femme Fatals’s Star Rube used all over lid and up to just under brow.  Geed Chic Kingslayer applied just under brow.  Brazen’s Music Box foiled as a thick liner with a coat of CargoGlitter Top Coat over it.   Brazen’s brow powder in Jessica and one coat of black mascara.

OPI Absolutely Alice, No Time The The Blues used with Sinful Ants In Your Pants and Pearl Harbor used for nails.

Femme Fatale Swatches (& day #4!)

I was lucky enough to receive my order from Femme Fatale yesterday.  Yay!   I got right down to business and swatched them up for you!   All swatches are done over Detrivore primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

Response From Owner Of Spa In The City (& day 5!)

This is a follow up to my previous post, When Good Brows Go Bad.  I received a response from Tennille at Spa In The City today.   I don’t think I’ve experienced customer service this poor in a long time.  It’s no wonder that salon is run like a hot mess if she refuses to take any feedback at all.  Needless to say, I won’t be returning.  Perhaps I should nominate them for Tabitha’s Salon Takeover?


Hello Jeanine,

Thank you for the email and the pictures.  I honestly felt your brows looked great, but I can see how you might have felt they were cut too short. Maybe I just didn’t take enough time to make sure they were perfect (in your eyes). All easy fixes for next time.
Again, I apologize for the fact that you didn’t get a phone call about the switch of technician’s. That was a front desk error, all other clients have been notified of any changes, but unfortunately it seems you got missed. I am surprised that you have a welt on your skin as I used the same wax and products as Kelly did. I would guess maybe it was a reaction to something I put on your skin when combined with the waxing that your skin didn’t agree with.  How is your skin doing today? In all my years of waxing I haven’t ever had a complaint such as this, so I am kind of at a loss. All I can do is sincerely apologize. I have seen people welt on other body parts before, which is common with sensitive skin.
I am sorry, we don’t give refunds for services performed, and to be honest I have never been asked to for a service I personally performed. However, we’re more then happy to make it up to you in a different way. If not with me, another technician perhaps.
As for the facial, I performed the facial that you were scheduled for. Was this a scheduling error? The receptionist booked you for a champagne facial? I would have loved to do a chemical peel on you, that is what I mentioned to you during the facial. Chemical peels are fantastic facials. A lot of this seems like a misunderstanding. I would normally offer you a free chemical peel at your next visit, but it sounds like you’ve already decided not to return. Let me know if you want to give us another try.
Thank you for your continued loyalty to SITC this past year. Let me know how your skin is progressing.
Tennille Wilson
Edited to add final email from Tennille:
I was hoping you would be pleased with my complimentary $125 chemical peel offer, but it seems you would rather be “that” customer then except heart felt concern or an apology. I have refunded your $15.
Well, after that dramatic flouncing I would never go back for sure!    I’m glad to have the $15 dollars back for my mangled brows.  Maybe the owner of this business can learn something from this experience.