Sunday, November 27, 2011

Betrayed! A Lipstick Tale


Evil Shades Fiendish was my favorite non-pink.
Then along came Cyanide and gave my a wink.
The blue perfect blue: not navy, not baby,
Sweet Cyanide, how happy you've made me

But then...

WTF!?  My tube won't turn!

I knew that Japonesque palette kit I bought was more than just an shopaholic fix a good look.  I emailed the Mistress of Color at Evil Shades and she suggested scraping it out and melting it for 5-10 seconds in a microwave safe dish.  Then I remembered that I had this thing.  It took me like fifteen minutes to find it amongst all my other totally necessary and NOT impulse beauty buys.

Pretty sure I bought this from Drugstore.com but check around.


There was so much product still in the tube.  Of course after I had already made a mess scraping it out, it decided to turn.  Whatever, Cyanide, I'm so mad at you! 


I scraped it into the kit's silicon dish with the spatula that's provided and nuked it for like 30 seconds.  The instructions said 1 minute but 30 seconds sufficed. 



When it was all hot and liquidy, I poured it into one of the empty pans in the palette I got from Beauty On Blast 101.



Viola.  Saved my fave.


(Of course I also bought two tubes more just in case.)


Friday, September 30, 2011

Lime Crime Sale!

Don't miss this sale: 55% off all eyeshadows and primer.  I personally am going for Shoe Addict and the primer.  I've heard the primer works great on lips.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Improving The Sunday Bob w/Creaclip

I'm not going to be lazy and video-blog everything.  Really.  After the elastic fiasco on Sunday, I purchased a Creaclip and used it to get a better cut.  I'm probably not using it as advertised but I still like the results.  It cost me about $36 after shipping so unless you absolutely have to have one the says CreaClip on it, I suggest you stalk eBay for the generic version.
 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Empty Palettes Galore: Beauty On Blast 101

Remember those Covergirl magnetic pots?  Well I have a whole lot of them that I bought off eBay.  Problem is popping them in and out of those stingy little 4-pan palettes is time consuming.  I guess you could store them in the clear plastic snap cases they come in but it's still time not very practical.  Solution: empty palettes!

I have purchased a total of four palettes, the first of which came from a site called BeautyOnBlast101.  BeautyOnBlast101 is run by a woman named Selima.  She's on YouTube and funny as hell so check her out.  She also sells them through eBay but I say buy them through her webstore.  I'm done supporting (fe)eBay, having left them myself after their last decision to collect a final value fee on shipping and handling.  Sellers have to charge more to compensate and eBay was supposed to be about finding bargains.  They had the nerve to pitch this as a "reward" to sellers who keep low S/H costs because they were reducing the overall fee rate to 11%  (it was 12% of just the sale) for store subscribers.  They are about to force 30day cash refunds on sellers, too, but I digress.

From BOB101 I got a small palette that looks a little like a stamp pad and a large 28-well palette with foam spacer and sticky-dot secures.  The small one is a freestyle palette with a magnetic sheet bottom. Immediately, I tried to add the CoverGirl magnetic pots.  I quickly found out that, though they fit, the fact that they already have a magnet attached raises the pan just enough to cause issues with closure.  Namely, there are protruding L-shaped ridges on the inside of the lip that dig into the pan, gouging its contents.  This wasn't really a big deal since I wanted to make a lipstick palette anyway.  I bought empty square tins from mehndi911, a seller on eBay, that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing since they fit so nice.

Small palette closed.
Open to show magnetic bottom.
15 pans fit so nicely.

I haven't decided what to do with the 28 well one.  It does not come with pans and I do not have a lot of eyeshadows that are round that can be depotted.  I've never depotted anything but I'd like to try it.  I like how it has the foam insert because I'm one of those strange people that likes order in the darnedest places.  The whole living room could be a mess but I'll be irritated if my DVDs are not neatly on their shelves.

28 wells + stickies.

Next time: recycled palettes!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

COVERGIRL Lip Perfection

I'm derailing the e.l.f. train for a moment  A few weeks ago (okay more like a month) I received two COVERGIRL Lip Perfection lipsticks from Bzzagent.  Bzzagent is a cool word-of-mouth advertising company that runs campaigns you can join and try out new products.  I'm really excited that they have been featuring more makeup items lately.  Anyway, I opted for Spellbound and Hypnotic.

My first impression when they came out of the package was, "Damn these are big!"  The containers are very slightly tapered block-style tubes - not what you come to expect from lipsticks these days.  Looking at them now, I actually do have lipsticks that are taller and/or have the same girth but the first look was like, "Wow!"


These lipsticks come in 44 colors in four categories.  Hypnotic is from the Browns and Spellbound is from the Lilacs/Mauves/Burgundies.  The others are Nudes/Corals/Reds and Pinks To Roses.
I'm sure by now you've seen the ads with Drew Berrymore sporting some deep red lips?  Well I can definitely attest to this being highly pigmented which is a plus for people like me who have darker lips.  (Spellbound stained my lips a little but it was nothing a little cold cream couldn't cure.  Pretty much all highly pigmented lipsticks will do that.)
HYPNOTIC


SPELLBOUND



What I can't vouch for is the claim that these will make your lips feel better after 7 days.  I'm not saying it's not true.  They do feel nice on; light and silky with a soft, pleasant scent. I just couldn't restrict myself to a whole week of only wearing 2 colors.  Believe me, I tried...several times.

It does rub off easily, probably because it is so creamy and never seems to "dry."  The first time I wore it out all day, I had to reapply it at least twice.  My lips were also very dry that day so that may have contributed to the wear.  All and all I think it's a decent product and I plan to add a few more colors and lipliners to my arsenal.  I found some good deals at Amazon.com and Target.com so I'm getting them while the getting it good.

Hope the swatches were helpful.