Apr 15, 2014

Ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag : Beauty Rocks!

Long time no update?

Anyway, I got my Glam Bag yesterday, which was a nice treat to come home to. I've been getting my shipping notices late and according to the site lots of people got their notices several days before I did.
The theme this month was Beauty Rocks (insert metal hands here a la Avril Lavigne.)
Ipsy April 2013

My bag is relatively unrockin' at least by my standards. That said, the product selection is pretty sweet.

1. Cailyn 12. apple pink -  This color looks awful in the container, very terra cotta on my hand but it's pretty legit on my lips. I don't have a picture of that because allergies turn me into a horrific mouth breather which results in chapped lips. I do like the brush included in the lid.
2. Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the shadow in champagne - This is on the center of my swatches in the picture below. The shadow is somewhere between chalky and silky smooth, with a good primer I can definitely see using this as a highlight color.
3. Urban Decay 24/7 velvet glide-on eye pencil - I love UD's 24/7 liners. This is no exception. The formula is super soft, matte and lends itself well to smudging. Definitely rock and roll.
4. Demeter roll on perfume oil in jasmine - Straight up one note jasmine. So I'm all about it.
5. Dr. Brandt microdermabrasian - I haven't tested this out yet, but it seems promising. My skin has been pretty mediocre by my standards, lately. So hopefully this helps get rid of the dullness and all the other ick. 6. Ipsy the bag - I really liked last month's bag, despite not posting about it. This month's is pretty okay and I can definitely get behind the fact that it's slightly larger than the standard.
Ipsy April 2013
L to R: Cailyn, Elizabeth Mott, Urban Decay

Mar 19, 2014

Etsy Scents

I really like smelling nice. I mean, who doesn’t? As much as I would love to have a signature scent, the last time I did was in high school. I graduated from body mists to Moschino Cheap and Chic’s I Love Love.
Now I’m seriously all over the place with my fragrances. I like jasmine, a lot. I like heady stuff. Stuff that smells like damp earth, like dudes, like party girls. The list goes on.
A while ago there was a feature on xoJane that featured a bunch of indie fragrances. So obviously, I jumped on that bandwagon.
Delightful Rot Perfume

Delightful Rot
  • Castiel: “Softer, clean masculine scent. A hint of frankincense, touched with heavy wet clouds and the worn cotton of a khaki trench coat.” This scent is obviously inspired by the character from Supernatural. But Estelle said she thought it was what Jonny Lee Miller’s Sherlock would smell like, and I’m inclined to agree. I love it on me, too. I definitely get the heavy wet clouds, but it’s definitely warm. 
  • 67 Chevy Impala: “A man’s scent. Bay rum, spiked with graveyard dirt, gunpowder, a touch of leather and a ring of salt, with an overtone of masculine musk.” Not going to lie, this is pretty damn masculine, but I think I wear it well. It feels unexpected when if I’m wearing it while all dolled up.
  • Thor: “The scent of a thunderstorm. Rain, we and heavy in the air, soaking through earth and trees alike, with a crackling note of ozone.” This was a free sample with my order. I wanted to love it, I really did. I love Thunderstorm by Demeter and I even love this in the vial. But it doesn’t work with my body chemistry at all, especially after about an hour or so.
  • Die gute Fee: “A strikingly unique and quirky green scent. The odd and alluring mix of lime, fig and white cinnamon brings about the sparkling image of The Good Fairy the pops up here and there throughout the fairy tale world.” This was the second sample including in my order. And uhm, I’m in love. I don’t really get lime from it but there’s definitely some sort of spice and it is green smelling. And it is so good. Which is really saying something, with my beauty & style aspirations being closely aligned with evil queens.

Daisycakes Soap Solid Perfume

Daisycake Soap
  • Violet Solid Perfume: This is straight up violet smelling. Sweet and dry. There’s a great article on io9 about violets stealing your sense of smell and being magical. Needless to say, I’m in love. I’m tempted to have some sort of garden party as an excuse to order a bunch of scents from the store to sniff at before handing them out as very appropriate favors.

Mar 17, 2014

Inspired by DIY : Skull Bookends

This DIY was inspired by this post on The Band Wife.

I’ve been sitting on this for awhile now. Last HalloweenTime (also known as early Autumn, or the most wonderful time of the year) Michael’s had huge plaster skulls. I really wanted one, but I refused temptation, telling myself I could only buy one if I had a project in mind for it. I saw The Band Wife’s tutorial on truebluemeandyou and pretty much ran out to the store to get a skull and some gloss white paint.

Skull Book Ends & Harry Potter

I then spent approximately two months looking for the most appropriate bases for the book ends. I didn’t want to buy a huge piece of wood and nothing stashed in my dad’s garage was going to work out. So I eventually snagged some pre-cut rectangles that I think are meant for wood burning. Either way, they were pretty cheap.

I used (probably) the wrong hand saw in my dad’s garage and definitely chipped the poor guy more than once in the process. Not to mention the huge amount of dust that I had to clean up. I E6000-ed the halves to my (dried) painted wood bases.

Skull Bookends & Harry Potter

I wasn’t totally sold on the stability of the pieces, though. And it was largely mea culpa, since my bases were a touch on the small side. So I hit up the store for some Dap – the kind a lot of people use for decoden frosting. I put it on the inside and outside of where oversized plaster skull met wood, smoothing into a nice seamless edge.

The bookends are now holding what is probably the most appropriate series I own – Harry Potter (A Song of Ice and Fire was a close second, but since I have the paperbacks, it doesn’t look as immense, ya’know?)

Mar 12, 2014

MAC Cosmetics Cyber & Flat Out Fabulous

Mac Flat out Fabulous & Cybera
I'm not one to finish lipsticks. Or chapsticks. Or nearly any product for that matter. But I decided to splash out some money on some lippies of a higher quality, something I rarely do. I went to my local MAC store and had an artist help me pick out two colors.

Mac Flat out Fabulous & Cybera
Mac Flat out Fabulous & Cybera

MAC Flat out Fabulous Lipstick
I went in asking for something that was fun, but not too ostentatious that I could wear to work. She suggested Flat Out Fabulous. I probably looked at her like she had three heads. Yes, it's super bright. But it's also super buildable. I have fairly pigmented lips and I can wear it with one lighter coat or apply it a bit heavier for more of a pop. This is showing up way more red than it actually is. Seriously.
MAC Cyber Lipstick
And Cyber. I'd been lusting after Cyber for awhile, I'm a sucker for vampy gothy lips. So I swiped some on in the store and fell in insta-love. I wore it for the rest of my shopping trip and so many ladies said it looked good on me. So definitely swoon-city. (And ignore the patchy bit in the center is because I'm an idiot and started applying Cyber when I still had makeup remover on my lips. Good job, girl.)

The makeup artist suggested that I also pick up a tube of prime + prep (primarily to wear under Flat Out Fabulous, as it's one of their Retro Mattes.) And I'm glad I did. At first I was skeptical that it was just an overpriced chapstick, but it holds Flat Out Fabulous on like glue (I've had it survive Chinese food and macarons!)

Mar 10, 2014

Inspired by DIY : Spider Smoking Shoes

This DIY is 110% inspired by this post over on Cupcakes and Cashmere. I even got the same shoes as her.

Smoking Shoes
That part wasn’t intentional, though. It’s surprisingly hard to find inexpensive smoking shoes, which was the whole point of this DIY. But this was the only pair at my local JCP, and they were both in my size AND on hella markdown.

Anyway, there was a fair amount of (soul) searching for the appropriate patches to use and I eventually settled on the spiders that I found on etsy.
Smoking Shoes

My practical advice if you’re going to do this DIY? If you’re using iron on patches make sure they don’t have any small details like the legs on my spiders. They’re a massive pain to iron on and any and all of the glue I tried refused to fully hold onto the adhesive packing of the patch.

That said, they’re holding up pretty well. I’ve only worn them a few times to work – with how gross this winter has been I’ve been mostly wearing boots. I still wouldn’t mind a pair of Charlotte Olympia Jack o’Lantern flats (or really any of those Halloween things) though.

Inspired by DIY is going to be a semi-regular series where I do DIY projects that I've seen online.