Makeup Monday part four – the end and roundup!

makeupmondayYou guys are rad

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in and played show and tell with makeup this month! Don’t forget to check today’s linky this week for the last posts from the group and check out the previous Makeup Monday posts to see the (far better and more detailed) posts everyone else shared.

I learned a lot this month, including how to tightline my eyes and that I’m pretty sure I prefer matte lipsticks/stains I need to try more of them out.  I’ve been on a quest to find a nighttime moisturizer with repairing properties and a daytime moisturizer with SPF. Reading reviews and poking around this month has me settling on trying a travel size of the Josie Maran SPF 40 (haven’t gotten it yet) and a few days of samples has me hooked on Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex (that’s an affiliate link cause I just bought it, ow) for night.

For my final post, I have some stragglers, some nail polish and some scents.

Miscellaneous beauty stuff

  1. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment (this stuff is okay but it makes my eyes sting if it gets anywhere near them, will not get it again)
  2. Josie Maran Argan Oil sample (awesome for hair, recently started trying it on my face, probably not a buy though)
  3. Klorane eye makeup remover (I LOVE THIS, and I’ll get more when I run out)
  4. Pixi Flawless & Poreless (got this as a sample, total buy, it’s magical)

Perfume

I stopped wearing perfume when my kids were newborns and I’ve only recently started wearing any again. I have a few favorites but I’m very picky and one of the only drugstore kinds I like is Michael by Michael Kors. I’m obsessed with Gardenia. I have a little collector bottle of Chanel’s Gardenia that George gave me in 1998 but I don’t love the way it smells so it hangs out in my medicine chest. Other stuff I like and sometimes wear in addition to my BPAL scents:

  1. Pacifica Island Vanilla
  2. Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia (I’m new to both of these and really love them)
  3. Kai
  4. Lush Silky Underwear (no longer available and so awesome)
  5. Lush Lust (this smells like jasmine and sex)
  6. MCMC Phoenix (I won’t buy more of this cause holy expensive, but man the sample smells awesome)

It’s safe to say I like white florals, gentle musks, some vanillas and citrus.

Last chance to play along

I will draw a blog participant at random on Tuesday, June 4. You can get one more entry in this week. The winner will get whatever random stuff I want to send in a little makeup care package.



Makeup Monday part three

Eye makeup ahoy

I’ve always been way more into eyeliner than eyeshadow. Shadow feels dark and weird on me most of the time so I’m sure I just haven’t figured out how to wear it correctly. In my early 20′s my idea of makeup was primarily lots of eyeliner and also glitter and it hasn’t evolved a whole lot since then.  In fact I only recently bought my first liquid liner. I don’t wear eye makeup that often but when I do my routine generally consists of a swipe of the Revlon creme stuff in the pale sandy color and a thin THIN line of liner. I recently learned how to tightline and I’m not doing it totally right because I’m using a felt tip liquid liner but wow it really does look lovely and I’m thrilled with how it doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup.

Here’s my stash. I sorely need an eyeshadow brush set. As you can see.

Eyeliner pencils

  1. eyelinersNyx slim eye pencil in Karat (loves this and it comes in a billion colors)
  2. Avon glimmersticks liner in Emerald
  3. Covergirl liquiline blast in brown (meh, I suck at using this)
  4. Victoria’s Secret Verysexy sparkly liner they don’t make anymore (it’s so old I’m tossing it)
  5. Avon Ultra Luxury Eyeliner in Khaki
  6. Rimmel London soft kohl in jungle green
  7. Jordana (??) Kohl Eyeliner in Bashful Blue
  8. Sue Devitt Kalahari Eye Intensifier (I love this)
  9. Clinique Quickliner in violet (nice stuff)

Eyeshadow and mascara

eyeshadows

  1. Some old Rimmel eyeshadow they don’t even make anymore so I should probably toss it.
  2. Two Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows (MY FAVORITE STUFF IN THE WORLD)
  3. my Blinc Mascara which I need to replace cause it’s old
  4. Benefit They’re Real (this stuff is not fucking around)
  5. Watt’s Up highlighter

 Third chance to play along!

Or hashtag a post on Instagram or Twitter. As an added bonus, I will draw a blog participant at random after the final Makeup Monday post on 5/27. You have two more chances to enter via blog post. The winner will get whatever random stuff I want to send in a little makeup care package the first week of June. Huzzah!



PopSugar Must Have Box – May Review

I was over PopSugar’s Must Have box last month and also recovering from oral surgery HORROR AND MAYHEM so I skipped the review. And by review I mean taking stupid pictures and telling you what was in the box.

May’s PopSugar Must Have Box

This month I opened it at the end of the day after using it as a carrot to get my work done first. I saw a flimsy tote bag and almost peed myself because last month’s big fun item was a reusable dry cleaning bag and I have dry cleaned something precisely twice in ten years, which effectively made it the stupidest thing I’ve ever not actually paid for since I’m on my free boxes right now, thank you friends and family. Thankfully the tote was just like… randomly hanging out in there to scare me. The rest of the stuff was great!

The stuff!

hat

Kooringal Giselle Mid-brim SPF 50 hat in graphite ($27). I love this hat. So. Much. It has a wire thingy in the brim to keep the shape and a string thingy in the inside to tighten it and it’s heavy and perfect and I ADORE IT. I can’t wait to wear it all summer and feel glamorous.

pacifica lip balm

Pacifica Color Quench lip tint in guava ($9). People seem to like this a lot! I like other Pacifica things, but I hate the way this smells. It’s a nice item but I’ll be giving it away. Literally, in my Makeup Monday prize package.

Mindy Kaling’s Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends ($14). At first I thought I’d give these away but then I thought they might make nice blog topics. Or insufferable ones. I guess we’ll see!

chips

Way Better Snacks ($3) sweet chili chip things. These look good. I will probably eat them tonight. They were kind of earthy but yummy. Nice heat.

Beauty Blender ($19) pink egg makeup sponge that looks vaguely dirty and I can’t figure out why and also the stuff that cleans it ($18). It’s so soft. I keep rubbing it on my face. The word sponge makes me laugh. Also shit, that thing is expensive. I better not lose it. And by I better not lose it I mean my turkey children better not destroy it or touch their butts with it.

The Modern Cocktail margarita sampler ($10). They carry this at Bealls of Florida so… That. Also I can’t drink without getting sick anymore so this will be a gift. It’s definitely adorable regardless of my cocktail snobbery MARGARITAS SHOULD ONLY BE MADE WITH FRESH LIME JUICE and inability to imbibe.

It also came with a Charm & Chain $30 gift card. That I’ll probably stick in the #makeupmonday prize as well.

Was it worth it?

Overall this was definitely a good month. Including the gift card the stuff totals $130.  I would have paid $35 for the hat alone. I love it that much. And the bizarre makeup egg that I’m told is amazing was worth almost $40 total with the cleanser it comes with. Win win win! Suck it, dry cleaning bag.

Makeup Monday part two

The face and skin stuff edition

When it comes to foundation, I’ve never had much luck. It wasn’t until I was having my makeup done for my wedding in 2004 that I learned that my “oily” skin is actually dry/combo. Turns out I’m not 15 anymore! Between my dryness and fuzziness, foundation looks bizarre and NOT GOOD on me. I have decent skin and don’t mind my moles and spots so I don’t really go for stuff with a ton of coverage but holy shit now that I’m 33 I’m like yeah, okay. We could use a little coverage.

I’ve been toying with CC/BB cream and I really love the Juice Beauty stuff I’m using but my mild sensory issues make me completely nuts when I have any sort of foundation on so… that’s a thing. Right now I usually use it if I am going to be outside a lot. Otherwise I still don’t wear anything on my face at all on a regular basis. I’m currently seeking:

  1. A good everyday use moisturizer that preferably has some sort of free radical destroying factor
  2. Blush that isn’t shimmery or too dark

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  1. Ecotools large powder brush
  2. Clinique rinse-off foaming cleanser (I like this but it will MURDER your eyes if you don’t rinse well)
  3. Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer (I use this during the day if I’m going to be outside)
  4. Bare Minerals Mineral Veil (I’m enjoying this, but I’m still new to it)
  5. Mac Studio Fix powder + foundation (I ADORE this, especially since I now know to use a brush. I’ve been using it for about 8 years.)
  6. Smashbox Camera Ready Concealer (moisturizing, blend-able)
  7. Juice Beauty CC cream spf 30 (it’s a little… greasy? But I like it a lot. Except that I can FEEL IT ON MY FAAAACE.)
  8. Nuxe oil (The smell is strong but it’s nice on your cheekbones for a bit of a dewy look. Also apparently it’s not good for you. Hm.)
  9. Klorane Makeup Remover (I LOVE IT. I need to buy a full size and some cotton pads.)

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  1. Nars orgasm illuminator (this is my hands down all time favorite makeup item)
  2. Stila custom color (it’s a leeeeeeeetle pink but I really love it. But I need a better blush brush)
  3. Laura Geller blush (I dunno, it’s really… brown? And sparkly.)
  4. Tarte cheek stain (despite the scent of candy, I ADORE this shit.  I wear it on bare skin so I don’t know how it works with foundation)

How to play (and win stuff)

Write a post or #makeupmonday hashtag a post on Instagram or Twitter. As an added bonus, I will draw a blog participant at random after the final Makeup Monday post on 5/27. Every time you do a post and link it up you’ll be entered. (For a total of four entries, since I’m doing Makeup Monday every Monday in May.) The winner will get whatever random stuff I want to send in a little makeup care package the first week of June. Huzzah!



Makeup Monday: Show and tell in May

makeupmondayEver since I started getting Birchbox deliveries (then quit and started getting Ipsy bags) I’ve had a renewed love of makeup.

I’ve always collected makeup but I’ve never been particularly skilled at using it. And every since I stopped clubbing mmmmmmph years ago, I haven’t really had many opportunities to play with eyeliner or eyeshadow or uh, glitter. (I didn’t even wear makeup to work when I worked in an office.)

Anyway, lately I’ve been more and more interested in makeup. Honestly, I think the collect-y part of my soul has been deprived every since I stopped cloth diapering.

Which brings me to:

I WANT TO SEE YOUR MAKEUP.

Every Monday this May, play along by posting pictures of your makeup on your blog or on Twitter with the hashtag #makeupmonday. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but if you want to you can do actual reviews or tutorials or label your photos. You can just take and post cell phone pics or you can stage them and get fancy. You can tell us what you like and don’t. You can organize first or just take a picture of the mess of your makeup drawer. (Remember when we did a panty drawer Girl Talk Thursday? Heh.)

I’ll figure out whatever Mr. Linky has evolved to in 2013 and I’ll post one here May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Post each Monday or just once or whatever you want to do. I’ll probably do themed posts each time, like hair stuff, eyeliners, lipstick. I have no idea. See you Monday.

Extended interview with Beth from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

This spring, I had the opportunity to interview Elizabeth Barrial from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I’ve been a BPAL fan for about nine years now, and it was a huge source of squee for me to talk to Beth. I had limited space in my Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab review, so I wanted to share the rest of what she had to say. Because Beth is awesome.

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How did you originally become interested in perfumery?

“When I was sixteen, a scent passed me by one night that triggered the most intense emotional recall I’d ever experienced. The scent itself was distinctly autumn in Los Angeles: a sharpness in the wind, the sensual, heavy scent of jasmine and honeysuckle, asphalt, and far-away fire. In that moment, I was returned forcefully to a night I’d completely forgotten, and the memory surged in a way that was so clear, so precise, and so emotional that it left me breathless: when I was twelve, I experienced the most amazing evening. My friends and I snuck out one night and went for a walk. I’d love to be able to say that we went somewhere romantic and mystical, but alas, this was the ‘burbs, and the most magical thing we could manage was hanging out at midnight in the grassy area surrounding a business complex.

I had walked away from my friends, and was sitting on a little grassy hill looking at the stars. In that moment, I was completely free, completely at peace, and utterly joyous. My soul was content, and I was unfettered by worry, responsibility, or care. It was a moment, one single moment, or unfettered, perfect freedom. If there is a Platonic Ideal of Freedom, I experienced it. I had completely forgotten about that night until I smelled it again – four years later, and was swept away by the feeling again. Right then, at sixteen, I fell in love with the sense of scent and all the possibilities associated with it.

I wanted to explore the idea of the Proustian phenomenon thoroughly, first hand, because of the impact that this instant of memory recall had on me.”

How do you choose your inspirations?

“Sometimes, as silly as it sounds, dreams find life in our perfumes. Last night, I dreamt about insectoid ballerinas. It was a strange, powerful, almost delirious dream, and is now being incorporated into our Carnaval Diabolique series.

Passion lies at the root of my perfume. No matter what the theme is, be it something solemn or silly, they are always built around concepts that I truly love or loathe – ideas make me laugh, lust, or weep.”

Can you recommend any blends for newcomers?

“Snake Oil has always been, by far, our most popular perfume. Morocco is a gently spiced sandalwood blend that works with almost every body type. Embalming Fluid possesses a clean, fresh fragrance, and has been one of our most sought-after summer scents for years. Dorian is a decadent lilac fougère, Alice is all cream and innocence, and Eat Me is a light, almost sensual gourmand.

Among our co-branded scents, Crowley (from our Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett Good Omens line) is probably the most well-loved, along with Gobo (from our Fraggle Rock line), Jareth (from our Labyrinth line), Liz (from our Hellboy line), and Lady Amalthea (from our Last Unicorn line). At our sister shop, Black Phoenix Trading Post, our Snake Oil soap, Gula and Luxuria bath oils, and Erebos and Queen’s Croquet Ground atmosphere sprays are probably our most popular items.”

What sets BPAL apart from other perfume brands?

“Contemporary fragrance, just like anything else in popular culture, is predominantly dictated by fashion trends, tempered by a peculiar rigidity that is unique to the field. There is a method to classic perfumery, and there are traditional formulas that a perfumer is expected to fall in line with in order to create marketable scents, the goal being that a fragrance house should make scents that are as pleasing as possible to the largest number of people by utilizing standardized, traditional guidelines for perfume composition while taking into consideration the trends of the season.

While I understand and respect that this has its place, it is, to me, a path towards over-engineered, predictable, and formulaic perfumes that are virtually indistinguishable from one another. While there is artistry to this, it leaves very little room for innovation or invention, and it seems to me that through this pop music approach to perfumery, something wonderful is being sacrificed for the sake of marketability.

I refuse to be constrained by this, and I believe that my infatuation with the strange and sublime shows through our decade of decadence. I love scent in all its complexity and strangeness. I love the primal chords that can be struck by certain combinations of scents. I love how scent can kindle memories in a primitive, visceral way that no other sense can. Scent is a glorious sense, and through it, we can inspire passion, ferocity, dread, or grief, we can immerse ourselves in Proustian memories of times lost, and through scent, we can understand the finer aspects of love and loss.

At Black Phoenix, we focus on capturing emotions, moments, and archetypes within our creations, and we thrive on exploring the boundaries of what is considered beautiful. I think this, more than anything, sets us apart.”

Visit Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. It’s a wonderful time suck. The rest of my review and interview with Beth can be found at SheKnows Shopping.