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?
I know it’s been so very long since I’ve done a review post, but my allergies have been the worst they have ever been this year. Boo! Now that I’m finally able to smell again I’d like to review our gorgeous exclusive for The Rhinestone Housewife from Astrid of Blooddrop, Pumpkin Diamond.
Pumpkin Diamond: The Pumpkin Diamond is a one of a kind stone in a brilliant, bold pumpkin color. This perfume is warm pumpkin cake with nutmeg, vanilla, sweet orange, dried apricots, fresh ginger, aged patchouli, and African myrrh. It also mimics the Pumpkin Diamond’s color!
In bottle: Warm sugary spice.
Wet on skin: The spice comes out with maybe a bit of the sweet orange? No craft store spice here, just warm and rich and deep. As it starts to dry down, the vanilla and dried apricots start peeking out.
Dry on skin: As it dries down, it richens up and deepens quite a bit. The nutmeg and pumpkin cake really start popping out and it gorgeous! The ginger grounds the whole thing and there’s just a hint, the lightest whiff of patchouli wafting around. Nothing hippy dippy or dirty about it. The African myrrh also adds a gorgeous background that supports the sweetness of the pumpkin and vanilla.
Verdict: Gorgeous and hands down my favorite pumpkin scent I’ve ever tried. In fact, it’s the *only* pumpkin perfume oil that I can wear.
You can also find all kind of other goodies from Blooddrop here:
I’ve got some exciting news for you all (and myself!). Starting September 4th I will become a staff member at August Animal Care, providing care of all sorts of critters in the greater Seattle area. August Animal Care has been around since 2005 and was founded by the most fabulous photographer, Julie Austin. She has taken some seriously amazing photos of me and the kids and I’ll share some here. Big B was a particular favorite and when I’m missing him I really enjoy looking at the photos of us together.
I was asked to write bios for the website so I thought I would share them here. Why is it so hard to write about yourself? lol Anyhoo, here is what I came up with for my ‘long’ bio:
A Seattle native, Jeanine has spent most of her life caring for animals in the great Pacific Northwest. She got her start in animal husbandry in 1990 and has garnered experience in everything from exotic animal care, wildlife rescue, veterinary assistance to dog rescue and spent the last six years managing the highest rated kennel facility in western Washington. With a knack for taking care of animals that require a higher level of care, she enjoys taking the time and using her experience to tend to special needs animals including dogs with mobility issues or chronic diseases, diabetic cats and exotic animals including parrots, reptiles and fresh and salt water fish tanks and everything in between. Jeanine also has vast amounts of experience with dog aggressive dogs and dogs on a ‘crate and rotate’ system or dogs with less than stellar social skills. She worked personally with several Hurricane Katrina dogs that needed particularly difficult rehab and treatment. Jeanine is so skilled with dogs that have special medical needs that the director of Clackamas County Dog Services calls her personally when they get a sick or injured dog in the shelter that requires extensive medical rehab. In other words, she’s a sucker for a hard luck case.
For the past ten years Jeanine has also been performing as beloved local burlesque performer, Hottie McNaughty-The Rhinestone Housewife. Known for her irreverent and cheeky style, Hottie approaches everything with a wink, a smile and a joie de vivre that has made her popular with local and international audiences around the world. Always using her powers for good, Hottie has produced several benefit shows including Bearly Naked Cabaret benefiting PAWS and Animal House benefiting Clackamas County Dog Services. She also produced Toys For Ta-Ta’s (I, II & III) and Beach Blanket Bimbos both of which benefited needy local children. Hottie has also appeared in several benefit calendars with her canine companions, Buford T. Justice, Doogie Howser and Minerva McGonagall and is a popular local model.
You can find Julie Austin’s photography page here: http://jaustinphotography.com/
And you can find August Animal Care’s page here: http://augustanimalcare.com/
Hello Hotties! I’m so sorry that I’ve been lax in updates lately. Sadly my camera battery and charger went missing so I haven’t been able to do swatch posts, but the new replacements should be delivered today. Yay! Instead I’m going to post about something that happened on Halloween. A couple of months ago, a woman made a blog post about repeated harassment on public transit. This one single post blew up and everyone was talking about it. I was involved in a conversation with a clueless gentleman on FB and posted about it. If you missed it or would like to refresh your memory, it can be found here:
It’s long, but worth the read and also links back to the original post that sparked the whole debate. The gist of the asshats argument was that if women were just more nice and polite whilst we turned men down, then we wouldn’t get such bad reactions from men. I know, I know….just take a deep breath. It’s funny how the men that got the most worked up about her blog post were most likely the ones that should have taken it most to heart. This previous post is important, I promise you.
Ok, fast forward to Halloween night. My friend and I decided to head out to a costume contest with another large group of friends, so there were about eight people total in our group. I was dressed as Wonder Woman and my friend was Frost and we were with all of the Avengers (really!). I headed up to the bar with a friend to order drinks and while there got into a discussion about Wonder Woman’s armor. One of the people that I was speaking with mentioned Wonder Woman’s origins and I explained that they had changed her origins recently in the comics. His eyes got all wide and he said something to the effect, “OMG you’re dressed and Wonder Woman AND you’re a comic geek?” I replied yes, politely excused myself and then gathered our drinks and headed back to our groups table. That was the extent of my conversation with this person. I know he was interested but I wasn’t, I’m married and was wearing my wedding rings….so I excused myself and pointedly made sure not to make contact with him the rest of the night.
We all had a great time and the night came to an end. Frost and I said good-bye to our group and left. About one mile down the road I realized that I’d left my credit card at the bar so I turned around and went back to grab it. I head in, close out my tab and start heading towards the door. I run into the man who had been so impressed with my Wonder Woman knowledge and he asks me if I’m leaving. I reply that yes I was, I tell him to have a good night and turn to leave. This is where it gets creepy. As I turn, he grabs my arm, pulls me into a full embrace and plants an open mouthed kiss (with tongue) on me. I’m shocked. I’m stunned and I’ll admit that I’m a little afraid because none of my group of friends are anywhere to be seen. I felt isolated and vulnerable. As soon as he lets go I bolt for the door and I hear him say behind me, “What you’re just going to leave after that?” Um, yes.
I’d be interested in hearing people’s thoughts on this. I’m terribly mad at myself for not just punching him in the dick but I was shocked and scared and just wanted to get the hell out of there. I’m creeped out by the fact that he seemed to wait until he knew I was alone to prey upon me and I can’t help but doubt myself and my behavior. It’s funny that I did exactly what the sexist asshat said women should do to avoid bad confrontation and it got me assaulted.
I’m very, VERY interested in hearing what you all have to say on the subject. Thoughts? Advice? Personal experiences? Dirty limericks?
Ok, so normally I don’t sweat the snow too much. I grew up in New Hampshire and learned how to drive in the stuff. We’ve have gotten a *lot* of snow for the Seattle area. It’s been snowing off and on since Saturday afternoon but we got dumped on today and are supposed to get more tonight.
Dear Continental Airlines,
First off let me say that I really don’t normally get upset about travel SNAFU’s. There are so many minute details that all have to come together to make for flawless travel that it’s pretty rare when it happens. Not to mention having to remove shoes and jackets, and still requiring the extra Hottie hair pat down after the cosmic ray scanner. When I was little, traveling was fun and kind of glamorous, now it’s all about getting from point A to point B with as little hassle as possible. So I try really hard to be patient and just go with the flow.
On my recent trip to New Orleans with Iva Handfull we traveled via Continental Airlines to the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. With the exception of the hour long baggage drop at SeaTac the trip down was a breeze with no delays and our luggage made it no problems. The trip back proved a little more problematic. It started out innocently enough and we got to the bag drop, all checked in online. The line wasn’t too bad and we get to the counter and our luggage is whisked away. It wasn’t until we were heading to security that we realize the lady didn’t ask for our ID. I’m pretty sure I have ID checked whenever I check luggage, and Iva agreed as well. We breeze through security(with the exception of the enhanced Hottie hair pat down and subsequent cosmic rays) and wait to board.
We were about forty minutes late taking off from NOLA which then caused us to miss our connecting flight in Houston. After much running around from Terminal C to B, back to C and then landing at Terminal E (and a VERY nice Alaska Airlines agent-wish we’d flown Alaska!) I was informed by a surly Continental/United gate agent that I had to check in with Continental/United customer service. We head to customer service and the agent tells us that there is room on the next flight out at 9:05pm and we’re all booked. Yay! We ask about our luggage and were informed that it would go out on the next flight as well. Double yay! We board the plane and land in Seattle on time.
We head to the baggage claim and wait. And wait. And wait. No luggage so we head to the Delayed Baggage Information agent desk which is through the hobbit door and takes you into the Land Of Lost Luggage. Without saying hi or can I help you? the customer service agent holds out her hand and says, “baggage ticket”. Oh, that’s how you want to play, huh? I whipped out and slapped down my baggage ticket and she informs me that our luggage should be landing in Houston shortly. Huh? I thought it was already in Houston? She told me it hadn’t even left NOLA on the correct flight in the first place. Three huge suitcases containing our burlesque costumes and the entire inventory of ties that we took to vend at NOBF. We are issued a Delayed Baggage Information file reference number and told that it our bags should land in Seattle in the AM and they would be couriered out to us.
The next day, I call the Continental Airlines Baggage Resolution Center (aka The Land Of Lost Luggage) and am informed that my bag will be landing in Seattle at 1pm and will go out on the 3pm truck for delivery. I confirm my address and am told it will be delivered between 3pm and 9pm. 10pm rolls around and nothing to I once again call the Resolution Center. The agent that time acted shocked that I didn’t have it because according to the courier company it was delivered. Uh no, it hasn’t been. She contacts the courier company and they tell her it’s on the truck for delivery. I ask about compensation and the agent said I could get some ‘vouchers’. I tell her that I just want my $35 fee back that I paid for the bag and she tells me that’s not possible. Midnight rolls around and I finally just call the courier company directly and the lady that answered tells me the drivers said they couldn’t deliver it that night because they all had to be back by 2:30am to pick up bags at hotels. What the what? I have no clue what she was talking about but she promises my bag will be delivered between 9-11am the next morning. Because it’s now a work day for me, I tell them they need to change the delivery address to my place of work since that’s where I’ll be during the ‘guaranteed delivery’ window.
I get to work and the hours roll by. At 10:30 I call the courier service again and am told that the lady last night gave me the wrong window, it’s supposed to be 9am to 1pm. I inform her that my place of business closes from 1-2 for lunch so the driver would have to make sure it was before 1:00. I ask the agent to let the driver know that we were closed at that time and she assured me she would. 12:50 rolls around and no suitcase. This time, just for shits and giggles I call the Airlines Baggage Resolution Center again and thankfully the agent I got this time was the only person during the whole FUBAR situation that seemed to know what she was doing. I don’t know her last name, but her first name was Donna and she was an angel. I’d like to take a moment to thank Donna and Continental/United should thank her as well because she single handedly kept me as a customer. She was appalled that I didn’t have my bag, immediately contacted the driver of the courier company who assured her he’d have it to me by 1pm. Donna told me to call her after I got my bag back and she’d make sure my compensation was significantly higher than my $35 bag fee.
1:05 rolls around and I clock out and we lock up for lunch. At 1:35 my cell phone rings and it’s the delivery driver with my bag. He tells me that he was never informed that we closed at 1pm for lunch and agrees to wait until we’re back in the office at 2pm. At 2:20 he shows up and I’ve got my bag back. I call Donna and she issues me a generous travel voucher good for a year on Continental/United Airlines.
Congratulations Continental for the single worst luggage experience I’ve ever had. It’s actually quite impressive that although my luggage was never technically ‘lost’ there didn’t seem to be a single person that could deliver one suitcase 45 minutes north of Seattle in less than two days. Bravo.
BOOBIES for WOOBIES! – A Fundraiser for the Women/Children’s Shelters of Snohomish County, Produced by Discontinued Trim Productions!
The Non-Profit, Women/Children’s Shelters of Snohomish County, serve to meet the physical and emotional needs of Women and their children, by providing nutritious meals, a warm and safe shelter, and as much strength and support the volunteer staff have to offer.
Help us raise funds, by joining us for one night, and one night only of a spectacular mix of Burlesque, Boylesque, Cabaret, Comedy, Drag and Bellydance . This Variety Show is one that you won’t want to MISS! Come see an incredible array of talented performers express themselves in so many different ways and all for the same cause.
TICKETS & VENUE
Pre Sale Tickets $15 – Tickets at Door $20
Location: Theatre off Jackson
409 7th Avenue S., Seattle, WA
Must be 21+ to attend
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Show starts at 7:00 pm
Hosted by None other: “The Man, The Mystery, The Mustache” Ernie Von Schmaltz
– Christine Anne
– Heidi Von Haught
– Hottie McNaughty
– Iva Handfull
– Jo Jo Stiletto
– Kendra Hayes
– The Luminous Pariah
– Miss Elaine Yes
– Pinky Shines
– Ruby Whiines
Raffle Tickets can be purchased at the show, or bring an item to donate and receive a Raffle ticket. REMEMBER….. WE RAFFLE AMAZING GOODIES donated and/or made by our very own talented performers and other folks from our community.
Greatest needs for the shelter are listed below.
1. Toiletries (such as lotions, deodorants, feminine products, towels)
2. Gently used or new Blankets
3. Gently used of new coats
4. Kids games, books, and clothing