Hello hotties! I had a fun collaboration this week with the ladies on IMAM (Indie Makeup And More) featuring the planets and I chose Mercury. Now Mercury is interesting because if you google pictures of it, you get two very different looks. One is all reds and gold and hot looking and the other is a beautiful azure, gold and white vibe. So I decided to do two looks.
The first was done with Brazen shadows in Cheeky, Immaculate and Tree Hugger and this represents the hot Mercury.
The next FOTD is to represent the other images of Mercury that you see. Here I used Brazen shadow in Music Box and Ice Queen and Geek Chic shadows in Oldest Profession In The Universe, Cosmic Cathouse and Pangalactic Painted Lady. Lippie is Meteor Madame.
Hello hotties! Today I bring to you a review post a year in the making. I know, I know….it’s al ittle late for Hallowe’en reviews but in the honor of A Christmas Carol I’m trying to bring you reviews of collections past. I feel like this Arcana collection didn’t get as much love as it should have at The Rhinestone Housewife and we still have stock available so I’m encouraging you to pick any up that sound good to you as once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!
Bean Sidhe-The red-eyed Irish fairy who wails of death’s approach. A delicate blend of dark vanilla and sugared milk is spiked with woodsmoke, pale apple, porter, and glowing red musk.
In bottle: Vanilla and apple.
Wet on skin: Warm and yummy vanilla milk with a touch of red musk. There is a very faint wisp of woodsmoke and just a bit of porter.
Dry on skin: The sugared milk and dark vanilla are super tasty together. The red musk and softened up and the smoke and porter add just a touch of edge so that the whole isn’t too cloying.
Verdict: Delicious! It’s a soft, warm and snuggly scent.
Bright Pink Giant Slugs–Aren’t you glad to live in a world where these exist? Guava, caramel, pink musk, smoke, damp wood, turbinado sugar, slug musk, and honey.
In bottle: Pink sugar.
Wet on skin: There is just the briefest whiff of delicate wood smoke all wrapped around the caramel and pink musk. I don’t know what slug musk is but I assume that’s the earthy musk that is grounding all the sweets.
Dry on skin: This is a touch scent to describe. I’m getting the sugar first and foremost but it’s not a sickly sweet kind of sugar, it’s like taking a big whiff of a bag of Sugar In The Raw. The smoke, damp wood and musk are VERY lights but add a nice depth to the blend.
Verdict: I really like this oil. It’s hard to describe but it’s rich and sweet and I think would smell equally nice on a boy or girl.
Croque-Mitaine-A terrifying French bogeyman who waits under the bed, ready to grab any child who refuses to sleep. Chocolate absolute, gooey marshmallow, vanilla bean, peru balsam, and a hint of clove bud.
In bottle: Chocolate marshmallow
Wet on skin: At first this blend is all a swirl of marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla. As it softens down the clove and basalm come out and really take the foodie edge off.
Dry on skin: So imagine that a marshmallow had been stored in a yummy smelling wood box and lightly dusted with dark chocolate powder and then swirled in light clove smoke and this is what you’ve got.
Verdict: Wow, this was a surprise hit for me. Foodie, but not too foodie and would be equally snuggly on a boy or girl.
Euryale-The second eldest Gorgon, Euryale was famous for her sharp fangs and piercing shriek. Ripe pomegranate and black cherry with hints of ginger, vanilla, and cardamom.
In bottle: Dark cherry and pomegranate.
Wet on skin: This is all pomegranate right at first drizzled in black cherry and ginger. The cardamom is just a slight whisper in the background, telling you secrets of delicious things to come.
Dry on skin: This is shriek of pomegranate and cherry, amplified by the ginger. I don’t think there is red ginger but if there was this would be it. It’s a sexy song of fruit and sensual spice.
Verdict: This is one of my favorite blends, a top ten for me. If you love cherry, pick this up while you can!
Gigelorum-The smallest Scottish beastie in existence. Cider, winesap apples, myrrh, oakmoss, black pepper, citron, and patchouli.
In bottle: Apple cider dusted with black pepper.
Wet on skin: The black pepper is the star here with the myrrh and oakmoss supporting the apples. The myrrh really amps up and with the citron gives it a nice punch.
Dry on skin: As this dries down the fruity aspect of the apples and cider slowly fades to the background and the oakmoss and myrrh really blossom and the black pepper gives it a nice edge.
Verdict: This would a glorious on a boy! Sexy, fresh and slightly beastly in the best way possible.
Glashtin-This Manx water horse nicely offers rides, then drags his victims under the waves forever. Astringent black tea, oats, ginger, sea water, and bee pollen.
In bottle: Bracing tea,
Wet on skin: Tea and sea water right out of the gate! The bee pollen is a beautiful compliment to the tea and water and kind of wraps them in a warm cloud.
Dry on skin: The ginger has made an appearance and it’s the star here. All wrapped up in tea and softened with the oats this has turned into a nice, snuggly scent.
Verdict: I really enjoy this. It’s a rich and snuggly scent which is interesting as it has a bit of an aquatic edge to it.
Kijimuna-A zingy scent for the mischievous prankster wood sprites of Okinawa. Grapefruit, yuzu fruit, rice milk, rice wine, massoia bark, lemongrass, and banyan.
In bottle: A creamy fruit popsicle.
Wet on skin: Yuzu fruit, bright and sparkling with the rice milk and grapefruit. As the fruit settles in the massoia bark and banyan add a nice depth and keep it from being too bright or fruity.
Dry on skin: The lemongrass has made an appearance here and it’s glorious. It’s a perfect compliment for the sparkly fruits and exotic milk and rice wine.
Verdict: A very surprise hit for me! Soft, sexy, grown up and refreshing.
Lechuza– Recite the Hail Mary backwards in Spanish to escape from the shape-shifting witch bird of Mexico. Bergamot, sweet orange, kumquat, bitter cacao, frankincense, tobacco, black pepper, and black tea.
In bottle: Bergamot and black pepper…all the way!
Wet on skin: Uplifting bergamot welcomes you in and the bitter cacoa takes your coat and offers you a seat. As you settle in you smell sweet orange tea all spiced up with black pepper.
Dry on skin: The bitter cacao blends beautifully with the bergamot and sweet orange with just a hint of kumquat. All swirled up in black tea and just a dash of the peppers and spices, this is a gorgeous, rich scent.
Verdict: Wow, what a stunner! Sexy, warm, rich, grown up. I love this shape-shifting bird witch of Mexico!
Medusa-Beautiful, horrifying Medusa could turn anyone to stone with a glance. Hot cinnamon and spiced lime with dirty musk and sugar.
In bottle: Cinnamon and lime!
Wet on skin: Hot and scorching cinnamon all the way at first with a bright burst of spicy lime. The musk and sugar and hiding in the shadows, lurking about the edges.
Dry on skin: This blend dries down to all hot cinnamon and is gorgeously supported by the lime, dirty musk and sugar. No craft store cinnamon or spice here!
Verdict: If you like cinnamon then you’ll LOVE this. This is one of those blends that I always get compliments on when I wear it.
Skookum-The Chinook version of Bigfoot. A Northwest blend of fir needle oil, juniper, hemlock, rain, tiny wildflowers, strawberries, and a pinch of cool earth.
In bottle: Fir needle oil all the way!
Wet on skin: Woodsy, evergreen, fir needles, hemlocks and earth. Like walking through a forest of evergreens in the Pacific Northwest. Just a hint of rain and wildflowers peek out as it settles in.
Dry on skin: The evergreens remain the star of this oil, and they are PERFECTLY supported by the ever so soft wildflowers and grounded by the pinch of earth.
Verdict: A gorgeous evergreen blend that doesn’t suffer at all by the ‘Pine-Sol effect’. You know what I’m talking about but this oil will be perfect for those that love fresh, green, earthy or outdoorsy scents. Like when you have a fresh Christmas tree in your abode and every morning you wake up and and enjoy the smell.
Stink Ape-Why is Florida’s version of Sasquatch called the Stink Ape despite smelling like warm sugar cookies, vanilla pods, ruby grapefruit, pink pepper, fruity osmanthus blossoms, cedarwood, bergamot, and cardamom? Because of a classic smear campaign by jealous rivals.
In bottle: Citrus sugar cookies!
Wet on skin: Stink Ape is all red grapefruit and bergamot. It’s refreshing and bright and quite lovely. The cardamom is just a whisper in the background and adds a nice soft spiciness that is much needed.
Dry on skin: Osmanthus blossoms have, well…..blossomed and are mingling quite nicely with the vanilla pods and bergamot. The cedarwood and pink pepper give it a nice base to really let the citrus shine.
Verdict: The name does NOT fit this oil. It’s beautiful and while it might stink, the the words of my nephew, “It stinks good.”
Strigoi-Unwelcome even in Hell, these Romanian super vampires are disproportionately likely to be redheads. Black rose petals and violets with dragonsblood resin and kush.
In bottle: Deep, dark blossoms.
Wet on skin: This is ALL black rose and violets at first. While the florals are the star, the dragonsblood and kush and softly wafting behind the scenes, waiting to pounce.
Dry on skin: The rose and violet have blossomed in the heat of night and distracted you from the dragonsblood resin and kush and there’s nothing for it, you’re a goner.
Verdict: This scent perfectly embodies it’s name. Dark florals and deadly resins. You better watch out.
Suvannamaccha-The essence of a Thai mermaid: golden jasmine, coconut, pearl musk, skin musk, and a drop of hyssop.
In bottle: Jasmine and musk.
Wet on skin: Pearl musk and skin musk gently dance around a base of golden jasmine. The jasmine is very soft and quite light and once the coconut makes an appearance really blossoms.
Dry on skin: A very beachy coconut is right up front and grabbing your attention. The jasmine is quite retiring now and the musks have really blossomed again.
Verdict: A warm, beachy scent of all coconut, soft jasmine and gorgeous musks.
Happy holiday’s, hotties!
Every year I participate in a tacky ornament swap. This year the goods were too tacky to keep to myself AND my swap partner was supremely generous. Behold the tack:
My swap partner was very generous and added some amazing extras in my package as well and included a lot of stuff that I haven’t had the change to try before so I’m super excited:
I got fuzzy socks, holiday socks with puppies wearing Santa hats, a goodie bag, candy, jasmine tea, TFSI (a holy grail product), and shower gel and body lotion from Sixteen 92. Whoo! Thank you so much reddit user, aumerle!
These were swatched over Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way and photographed under a bright light with no flash.
First up are Child Who Swallowed A Star, Duck Hat, Good Doggy and I Never Liked Turnips. I Never Liked Turnips is my favorite out of this bunch.
Then we have Tackiest Thing Here, Elaking On Air, Wartime and Wizard’s Apprentice. I really love Tackiest Thing Here…it’s got some really gorgeous subtle red flash that’s hard to see but just beautiful.
These were swatched over a taupe colored primer by TIck Tock Cosmetics and photographed under a bright light with no flash. On to the pretties!
First up are Affair Of The Diamond, Death Of Marat, Dictateur Sanguinaire and Madame Deficit. The stand out for me in this set is Death Of Marat.
The next set is National Razor, Sun King, The Republic and Versailles. National Razor is really pretty and super complex.
Shipping and TAT were lightning fast and I found these shadows very easy to work with. I can’t wait to try them on my face!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Theres 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.
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.
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?