Sep 21, 2014

Ipsy September 2014 Glam Bag : Street style

This glam bag feels like it came forever ago, but I’m pretty sure it only came a week ago. Still, my bad.

  1. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask - I honestly haven’t tried this mask yet, because I haven’t gotten the chance. Just based off of dipping my finger in it and rubbing some on the back of my hand, I can vouch that it feels nice. And it smells nice too. It’s not too overwhelming and vaguely salon-ish. As a product it’s only meant to be left on 3-5 minutes before rinsing which is around how long I usually leave my normal conditioner in for.
  2. LeeAnni Eco 3-in-1 Revolution Light - I’m pretty sure LeeAnni Eco is more of an indie company and while I haven’t heard of it, I was pretty excited to see it in my bag! The 3-in-1 component in this is toner, serum and moisturizer in one. It definitely feels nice, though I haven't been using it long enough to see if I’ll have any adverse reactions. If I do purchase a full size, it will be the normal, rather than light formula.
  3. Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in fringe - I like this liner well enough for what it is, a brown liner. I only really use pencil liners for tightlining, and this works well enough for that purpose. I’m not entirely sold on the brown, though.
  4. Hikari Lipstick in cabernet - I really like this color, even though it’s not a typical shade for me. It’s a buildable color, which is something I like in lipsticks. And the formula feels fantastic. But like anything that feels fantastic, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of lasting power.
  5. Crown Brush Infinity Shadow Crease Duet Brush - I haven’t actually used this brush yet, but other than a few loose hairs which I’ve since removed, it seems like it will get the job done. It’s soft, the shadow side is fluffy and the crease side is the perfect size and shape. And I love dual ended brushes, they’re great for travel or on the go makeup bags.
  6. Ipsy the bag - I kind of love the square Ipsy bags, not gonna lie. They’re big enough to easily fit in exactly what I need for a weekend. This one is a nice pewter color and the four studs are actually studded in, rather than glued on. I’ll definitely hold on to this bag for cosmetic reasons.
Ipsy Glam Bag September 2014

Sep 18, 2014

Alkemia perfume oils : smell like a sea goddess

I really love perfume. So much so that I’ve more or less put a self-imposed ban on buying big bottles of anything. It’s not that I don’t want to be a signature scent kinda girl. I’m just not. I either haven’t found the one or it’s maybe just never going to happen.
So I think sample vials are thebombdotcom. If I get given the option to choose samples at checkout? Throw in some perfume! Even if I’ll never use it. I seek out the little tubes everywhere. But most of my favorites I’ve purchased directly from the source — I’m pretty into indie fragrances.
These are from Alkemia on Etsy. I think I read the description of every available fragrance. Twice.
And then I made lists and crossed fragrance off and added new ones. I take my online shopping very seriously. And you know, I just like making lists. My order shipped incredibly quickly and included a free sample with my samples.
  • Calliope - A beguiling divertissement of piquant clementine, orange blossoms, white orchid, sugared currants, tonka, and vanilla musk whirled with flirtatious teases of billowy cotton candy floss and kisses of saltwater taffy. I don’t like gourmand fragrances usually. I don’t usually like sweet fragrances. But the description fro Calliope was entrancing and the fragrance lives up to up the description. It’s young and playful and it mixes florals and candy floss perfectly.
  • Sea Goddess - An oceanic hymn. Warm skin caressed by iodine and seawater swirled with seaweed and a whisper of seaspray roses and beach plums on a summery breeze of honeysuckle, nardo, and champaca blossom. I can’t tell if this makes me feel like a mermaid or a surfer babe who shrugs off the typical, coconutty smell of sunscreen. It smells like cool summer by the shore, rather than the typical heat of August.
  • La Sirena - A mesmerizing spell of oceanic aquatics, saline seaweeds, and garlands of fresh Tiare flowers offered to the sea. Hauntingly elusive. Apparently tiare is a kind of gardenia. Good thing I love white florals. I think this smells more watery than Sea Goddess, at least on my skin. But this is more tropical and almost cleaner.
  • Wing of Bat - A damp mossy cave redolent with moonlight reflected in a chypre of oakmoss, green patchouli, crushed ferns, dirt, ambergris, and a hint of leather. I wanted to love this so hard. The description is beautiful, but it sits so poorly on my skin, almost soapy and green rather than dirty, leathery and green.
  • Miel de Sauvage et Tabac - Sweet, spicy pipe tobacco flecked with wild honey, freshly crushed honeycomb, the pollen of forest blossoms, and smoked black amber. Warm. Dark. Golden. Luminous. Untamed. I wasn’t expecting to love this fragrance as much as I do. It’s actually absurd how much I like it. Much like Callope, it smells exactly as described on my skin. A subtle spice with sweet tobacco and the honey that’s clearly honeycomb. If the balance was more heavily towards tobacco rather than honey and there was a hint of vanilla, I feel like this is what Idris Elba would smell like.
  • A Roll in the Hay - A delightful summertime romp with dried hay, fresh green grass, early summer wildflower honey, vanilla grass, vanilla leaf, and wild poppy. This was my free sample and it went totally unnoticed by me when I went through the entire store. But it is sort of enthralling. It really reminds me of summer. There’s something so nostalgic about it to me, but I can’t exactly put my finger on why. Maybe it has to do with being younger and running through the fields close to my friends’ old houses? But either way, it’s impressive.

How do you feel about indie fragrances?

Aug 16, 2014

Ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag : Beauty Schooled

It's that time of the month -- Ipsy Unbagging!
Too much enthusiasm? Yeah, probably. That said, this month's bag isn't all that bad.
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty Schooled
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty Schooled
  1. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara - I pretty much live off of mascara samples because I'm not really all that biased as long as things don't get clumpy or flakey. I haven't tried taking this off yet, but I am seriously tempted to purchase the full size. Like, seriously. This is so, so black and reminds me of Benefit's They're Real! only with the notch down of intensity that I wanted.
  2. Lord & Berry Kajal Kohl-Liner in black silk - I really wanted to love this. It applied like a dream (tightline + waterline) but within five minutes or so the liner on the lower waterline started looking a bit racoonish. Yikes. Though, to be fair, finding a liner that actually sticks to my waterline has been a crazy long journey for me. I think I'll stick to UD's 24/7.
  3. Absolute You're The Balm Lip Balm in grape - This smells like Dimetapp. Before the reformulation when they had to make it not delicious. It's nostalgic but not something I would necessarily pick up on my own. It doesn't taste like much, though. It's glittery in the pot (below) but I didn't see any glitter on my lips. It's a good size, but I'm not sure if it's going to meet my crazy moisture needs.
  4. Coastal Scents Forever blush - I could leave the blush and run with the bronzer, for sure. Like everyone and their mother has said, the bitty sample sizes maybe be the Coastal Scents standard, but it does make them hard to apply. Plus! there's no names on the packaging, so even if I wanted to buy it I'm not entirely sure what product I'd buy.
  5. Dr. Brandt Pores No More - I very, very rarely. use primer. This may be great for that, but it did nothing for my pores. In fact, I kind of think it made them look worse. I'll stick to Benefits Porefessional if I need to slap on a primer. It's going to go in the trash unless my friend likes her sample, in which case it will get sent her way.
  6. Ipsy the bag - This could've been cute, I guess. It's super weak compared to last month's. I'm not entirely sure if it was a printing error or the print melted onto itself but whatever. This is probably going to get used as a pencil case.
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty Schooled
Swatches L to R: blush, bronzer, liner, balm, pore refiner
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty SchooledIpsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty Schooled
Macros of: mascara wand, lip balm
Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty SchooledIpsy Glam Bag August 2014: Beauty Schooled
Macros of: blush, bronzer

Aug 14, 2014

Sewing : Quilt, the beginnings


Back in 2011 or so I finally finished a quilt that I had been working on for...well about ten years. I fell into a weird Internet rabbit hole not too long ago and decided that I absolutely needed to make another quilt. And this time, it would be one that wasn't using fabric that is only suitable for a quilt being made by a ten year old.
I plan on doing a more intensive write up once I finish the actual quilt, but right now I'm getting so close to finishing the front. As of writing, I have one(!) block left before I start sewing it together. I'm not in a terrible rush, as I'm super ahead of the schedule that I made for myself -- because I am very serious about not making this another ten year project. And I decided that this time I was going to do it right. Proper pattern, walking foot (which I'm waiting for), coordinated handmade bias tape. As you can see, Alex has already claimed it as his own, despite not helping me with it at all.
Anyway, here's a gratuitous shot of the little beast:
#vscocam Tired, ferocious beast.

Aug 11, 2014

Comics on comics

I’ve been reading graphic novels pretty regularly for at least seven years now. But for whatever reason when it comes to comics, I’ve generally stuck to trade paperbacks. They’re just convenient. The line up nicely on shelves and in my social (media) circles there’s a very low risk of anyone spoiling things for me.
But there’s a lot of good comics out right now including some by people I’ve been following on the Internet for awhile. So I’ve been doing a few things:

L: Sex Criminals, description page R: Ms. Marvel #1 Cover
  • Comixology – I’ve been using the Comixology app to (semi) regularly read Ms. Marvel with Kamala Kahn. Because I think it’s a comic that needs to be supported – a Muslim American from Jersey City? I’m here for it. Plus on Comixology, there’s occasional free issues of comics I’m interested in. So I’ll download them and then decide if I want to get the trade paperback or not. 
  •  Amazon – I like preordering comics from Amazon, since I generally have a gift card balance floating around and they have a pre-order price match guarantee. And getting a $0.13 refund is always fun.
  • Comic book shops – In my case The Comic Book Shop. It’s one of the closest comic book shops to me and will be fairly easy to hit up after work. I only just started going here and it alleviated any of my previous concerns about brick and mortar stores. I’ve definitely encountered places where the dudes (and ladies!) and the counter have been shooting “fake geek girl” daggers at me with their eyes. Which frankly is just irksome because let’s be real, my cash is cash and I don’t need to be judged for only caring about Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye. 

I’ve had some pretty solid experiences overseas (Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury, you served me well. Along with all of the random Belgian comic book shops I stopped in while there.)
But until The Comic Book Shop, all subsequent experiences have been sub-par. I was instantly greeted by the owner and given a tour when I entered. I got asked if I read comics, then got asked what I liked which got followed by some recommendations. I walked in wanting Sex Criminals and Pretty Deadly and walked out with a whole lot more than that. So obviously, I also got a bin (box?) for Lumberjanes and I may also get on Supreme Blue Rose too. Plus they have a Ladies’ Night, which is touted as “Safe! Fun! Comics! Gal Pals! Ladies 16+” so I’ll probably head to August's just to see what all it is.
So basically I get to support not only a local business, but a local business that's (at least partially) woman owned. Which is pretty darn cool.

I'm thinking of doing mini-reviews as I read some more books (comics, novels, everything really.) But we'll see.