Monthly Archives: September 2012

BFTE Rainbow Set Swatches

This was my very first BFTE purchase and it was a good one!   You get to try a variety of their really amazing colors and it comes in a handy tin.   These colors were swatched over Detrivore primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

The first set features Lemon, Tangerine Wacky, Addicted and Whisper.   Out of this batch, Wacky is my favorite.

This set features Raspberry, Lava Momma, Karma, Grape and Midnight Kisses.  I loved Raspberry right off the bat!  The soft pink sparkles are gorgeous.

The last set includes Envy, Green Apple, Gem, Peacock, Blue Bayou and Blueberry.  I really love Envy…it’s a green I’ll wear!

If you want to pick up this collection (which I highly recommend!) then you can check it out here:

Meow Swatches

All swatches done over Detrivore primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.   First up we’ve got Bahia Solano, Bora Bora, Hanalei Bay, End Game and Hysteria.  My favorite is Hysteria.

Then we’ve got Pina Colada, Mimosa, Jungle Juice, Lazy Days and Chaos.  I’m loving Pina Colada and Jungle Juice.  Pina Colada is just about the most perfect highlight color ever.

Meow seems to really be knocking it out of the park with their soft and shimmery colors this summer.   Some of the shifts are really quite remarkable and if you would like to check them out, go here:

Darling Girl Ghost With The Most Swatches

This is a really fun collection.  I enjoyed swatching these and can’t wait to put them on my face.  As usually I’ve swatched these over Detrivore primer and photographed them under a bright light with no flash.

Here we have Never Trust The Living, Delia’s Song, Married In Red, It’s Showtime and Prince Valium.   I got to name Married In Red so it’s my default favorite!  Never Trust The Living will also get a lot of wear I can tell already.

This next group seemed very patriotic to me!   We’ve got Strange & Unusual, Jump In De Line, Nice F*cking Model, Inferno Room and Lost Souls Room.   I actually like all these colors but I’m partial to Nice F*ucking Model.   Heh.

We wind this post up with Recently Deceased, Sandworm, Stupid Parlor Tricks, Headshrinker, Miss Argentina and Bioexorcist.   I found Recently Deceased difficult to work with but I suspect it would make a fantastic liner.  My hands down favorite was Headshrinker….it’s a deceptively sexy neutral.

These are limited edition and can be found here:

Darling Girl Zombies Swatches

I was sooper excited to receive my Darling Girl order today.  First up, I’ve swatched the Zombies collection for you.  I purchased a mini set of the pigments and two of the glosses.   All swatches are done over Detrivore primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.   Enjoy!

First we have the blushes in Living Dead Girl, Dead Rising and Zombie Supermodel with Gina Cadaverous gloss.   My favorite of these is Living Dead Girl.  I can’t wait to try it!

These are the Spectral Shifts in Pushing-Up Daisy, Viral Viola and Zombie Queen with Living Dead Fabulous which I listed as a blush but is a gloss (D’oh!).

If you are interested in any of these, they are limited edition and you should purchase them now before they are gone forever!

Urban Decay Rollergirl Palette Swatches & FOTD

At the low, low price of $13 I just couldn’t pass up the Urban Decay Rollergirl  palette.  I love trashy and I love the 70’s so it was a no brainer for me.  It features four colors of shadows, one eyeliner and one lip gloss.     The shadow colors are Woodstock, Verve, Suspect and Darkhorse.   It also comes with Whiskey eyeliner and Crush lip gloss.

Can you spot Ecto 1?

These swatches were done over Detrivore primer and photographed outside in direct sunlight.

I used all of the colors in this look including the liner and gloss.  I loved how it came out and am totally in love with this palette.   For $13 on sale  you can’t go wrong!,default,pd.html?start=7&cgid=9999&prefn1=isOnSale&prefv1=true

Virus Insanity Swatches

I’ve had these gorgeous babies around for a while and always enjoy playing with them.   Virus Insanity is kind of known for their duochrome shadows and I seem to have picked some beautiful ones in this order.   Pigments are swatched over Detrivore Primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

Below we have Peppermint Latte, Kitten Tails, Scaredy Cat and Pear Cobbler.   Scaredy Cat was of course my favorite.  It’s a pretty unique shadow that I haven’t seen before.

Now we have Autumnal Equinox, Ira, Outrageous Orange and Cinnamon Cappuccino.   I really love Autumnal Equinox and can see myself wearing it a lot!

If you’re interested in any of these shadows then you can check them out here:!duochrome-eyeshadows

Geek Chic Cosmetics Swatches

I’ve been terribly remiss in posting lately so I’ve planned several swatch posts with lots of photos to make up for it!   I started working out again (yay!) but I’ve also been exhausted (boo!) and had put off the swatches until I caught up on some other stuff.   Today I present to you, Geek Chic Cosmetics (GCC) in all their glory. I got a little of every thing and I hope you enjoy.   Shadows were swatched over Detrivore primer and photographed outside in natural light.

First up we have Sugarcube, Cupcakes!, Captain Tightpants, Ambassador and Purity Burns.  Out of this bunch I really like Sugarcube.   It was really pretty as an all over lid color with just some mascara.

Next up are Cowabunga Dude, It Came From Dimension X, Yellow Jumpsuit, Master Sensei and Cool But Crude.  I had a hard time seeing much of a difference between Cowabunga and Dimension but my hands down favorite was Cool But Crude.

These colors are from several difference collections and you can check them all out here:

Violette Market Diablo Canyon 2012 Reviews

I received my Violette Market order including two bottles from the Diablo Canyon 2012 LE.    I think I chose well because so far I’ve liked them both upon bottle sniffing.

Chocolate Mallow Pumpkins:  Dark chocolate, cocoa absolute, plump pumpkin, gooey vanilla marshmallow and golden amber dust.

In bottle:  It smells a little bit like chocolate liqueur.

Wet on skin:  I definitely get the various chocolates and cocoa as well as the marshmallow.  The vanilla appears and it’s rich and heavy and a little toasty.

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down it smells like very expensive dark hot chocolate with vanilla marshmalllows melted on top and a dusting of amber.

Verdict:  Hey, what do you know it’s the first pumpkin scent that has worked for me!  I’ve always been so bummed because most pumpkin scents are loaded with spice and I end up smelling like a craft store.


Pink Fire Pumpkin:  Hard to transport and even more difficult to catch, but no need for candles! Extinguishes itself naturally at sunrise on the morning of November 1st. Pumpkin flesh, pink carnation, and a pinch of clove dust.

In bottle:   Carnation, slightly shampoo like.

Wet on skin:  Ummm, spicy warm floral.  Like a super spice carnation up very close.  So spicy that it’s a little almost menthol smelling.   I guess that’s the ‘fire’!

Dry on skin:  This has settled down into a really grown up and firey floral blend.   I pick up on all three of the listed noted but they are blended together quite beautifully.

Verdict:  Yay, another pumpkin scent I can wear!


Brazen Cosmetics Perfume Oil Reviews

I had a great opportunity to review some of the Brazen perfume oils recently so I figured I would share my thoughts with you all!

Redhead:  A bold, fresh ginger base, citrus notes of juicy-ripe orange and vibrant clementine, sweetened with sticky comb honey and mellowed by the soft, woodsy tones of sensual sandalwood.

In bottle:  Bright citrus.

Wet on skin:  The ginger is prominent with orange citrus bringing up the back.   The honey comb is hovering in the background.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the sandalwood comes out and softens the whole blend with a bit of spicy citrus.

Verdict:  This blend does indeed evoke the feeling of a redhead.  It’s red and bright and softly spicy.   This is a feminine blend without being cloying or two little girl sweet.   I can’t wait to see how it ages!



La Patisserie de Paris:  Oh la la… it’s breakfast in the city of love! Sugary, creamed almonds crammed into a sweet shortbread pastry sprinkled with granulated rock sugar and a hint of succulent cherry, blended together with smooth, velvety Chantilly cream and the strong punch of a well-brewed espresso. Bon appetit!

In bottle:  Almond pastry!

Wet on skin:  Like a fresh almost tart and a cup of cafe au lait!

Dry on skin:  So this is a very straight forward foodie scent.   I get the almond, pastry, coffee and bit of creamy cherry.

Verdict:  Delightful!


Described as grapefruit, lemongrass, cranberry, fig, lily and a hit of spice.

In vial:  Grapefruity goodness!

Wet on skin:  Definitely citrus and grapefruit.   As it blooms I can definitely pick out the spice and cranberry.

Dry on skin:  As it settles in it really reminds me of a lovely pick me up summer scent.   It’s very citrusy with just a hint of a bite from the fig and spice.   I would describe this as a *bright* scent.

Verdict:  Perfect for those hot days or just when you’d like a nice smelling pick me up.


Malice:  This is a mystery scent because Sandi was nice enough to write the notes on the invoice but I three it away!  D’oh!   I do know that it’s a preview of a Halloween scent.

In vial:  I shit you not but it smells like dill pickles to me.

Wet on skin:  Ok, yeah…I get just a whiff of dill pickles at first.  But then it because a nice and sharp gingerbread scent.   Like sniffing allspice or powdered ginger.

Dry on skin:  Oooh, this smells pretty much just like pumpkin pie.  It’s amazing.

Verdict:  Perfect if you want to smell like cream, delicious pumpkin pie.


May 27th:  Inspired by the date May the 27th. This day is special as it is our Sandi’s birthday! And like our Sandi, this fragrance is as sweet as sugar and pink, pink, PINK! Perfect for all you girls out there looking to sport a tiara and find a Prince Charming. We began by trying to envisage what that fairytale princess would smell like… so we baked a giant vanilla birthday cake, topped it with some strawberry sugar buttercream frosting and finished it with sugary cotton candy. So cute, enticing and indulgent.
In vial:  Like pink strawberry candy.

Wet on skin:  Pink, sugar and cotton candy!

Dry on skin:  This is a very straight up pink sugar scent.  It’s lovely, like light bubbly perfume that smells like cake!

Verdict:  Definitely for those that love pink, sugar or candy scents.   It’s a nice creamy and spicy foody that doesn’t go plasticy on me.   Yay!


Calliope:  This one’s for the floral lovers out there. Don’t get the wrong idea, this is NOT your grandma’s floral perfume (sorry G-ma!), this is a dainty subtle floral scent that is flirty and feminine.  Lovely rosehip is superbly blended with heady jasmine for a light, fluffy feel. Satsuma (spicy Japanese tangerine) then kicks it up a notch to give it a whole new dimension. Then we add an undercurrent of earthy sandalwood to bring it over the edge into a complex, multi-faceted fragrance.

In vial:  Soft rose.

Wet on skin:  Citrus and rose.  After just a few seconds you can pick up the sandalwood lurking in the background.

Dry on skin:  White the sandalwood becomes more prominent the florals ramp up on me pick time.  The jasmine and rose completely take over.

Verdict:  I tend to amp florals to an unbearable level but this should be lovely on someone who likes white florals with just a hint of spicy citrus.

FOTD Using BFTE Fall Collection

Face:  Holika BB cream in Peachy Girl.   Evil Shades matte powder and Brazen Fierce & Flawless to finish.

Cheeks:  Meow’s Iced Watermelon

Lips:  Make Up Forever red Aqua liner under Geek Chic’s Once Bitten.

Eyes:   TFSI under T:T Infinity base in Milky Way.  BFTE colors used:  Sassafras on lid with Silver Maple in outer V and Sycamore under bottom lashes.   Beautiful applied to brow bone to blend out Sassafras.   Brown liner with one coat of black mascara.   Brazen brow powder in Raquel.

BFTE Fall Collection Swatches

Whoo-hoo got my order today!  These are Beauty From The Earth limited edition Fall Collection swatches.  I swatched these over Detrivore primer and photographed them under a bright light with no flash.  The colors include Sassafras, Sycamore, Silver Maple and Sweetgum.    Sassafras is my favortie….it’s a very complex antique gold.  There are only a couple more of these left so if you want one I’d suggest getting the set NAO!

Free Brazen Samples!

Did you know that if you’re a new customer to Brazen you can get free samples?  Well here’s how you do it:

Are you a BRAZEN VIRGIN? Never tried our makeup? Get some free samples to try us out, we know you’ll love us.

We’ve gotten a ton of mail so far, what are you waiting for? TRY BRAZEN NOW!

PLEASE NOTE- please send us a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) so we can get your stuff out to you quick!!!

Brazen One Hot Summer Swatches & Contest!

You heard it here first…..a Brazen Contest!   What do you win?  Samples of the limited edition One Hot Summer collection.   You’ll get sample baggies of Enigma, Indiscretion, Liaison (which I spelled incorrectly in the photos, d’oh!), Plunge, Skinny Dipping, Tryst, Villain and Wrecked.   This is a gorgeous collection and the winner is going to be very lucky indeed.

If you just can’t wait, then use the promo-code JEANINE at checkout for free worldwide shipping & free sneak peek 3G gloss on all overs over $30!  The Brazen site is currently being updated but will be back up on Monday.  This contest IS open for international entries.

The rules:

1. Follow my blog or follow me on twitter

2.  Leave a comment with your favorite summertime treat, adult beverage, ice cream…you name it!

3.  Be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment.

4.  Contest will run from Saturday 9/8 through Thursday 9/13

The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the last valid day of contest and winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.

The winner will receive their prize directly from the Brazen Maven so I’m just a happy third party!

The Day FB Blew Up & The Sexist Asshat

Today started out totally normal until a shared blog post blew up Facebook.   Yesterday I read a heart wrenching blog post about a girl being systematically and regularly harassed whist riding on public transportation.    You may have already seen it but in case you haven’t, here it is:

I was so utterly and totally appalled by the victim blaming that was going on that I just couldn’t take it any longer and had to post about it.  What follows is screen caps of the FB conversation between myself and some random guy I don’t know.   He thinks he can’t get a date because women are all oversensitive and hostile.  No dummy, you can’t get laid because you’re kind of a sexist douche.

So yes.  I totally wasted my day arguing with this silly sexist stranger.     I did think that it raised awareness to what women sometimes have to deal with on a day to day basis.  This dummy has NO CLUE!   He blames the women he asks out for his failure to easily score dates.  Um, no….I’m pretty sure it’s your personality ass hat.