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Good tidings and look what has come into my possession! Three shades from the Fall 2014 semi-matte color line-up.

Since these are limited edition, I have swatched them alongside similar shades for comparison.

Of course they were for comparison. They certainly weren’t to ward off bad luck.

Careful, It’s Vine-tage:

L-R: Sally Hansen CSM in Plum Luck, Careful, It's Vine-tage, Zoya Lael, OPI Funky Dunky

L-R: Sally Hansen CSM in Plum Luck, Careful, It’s Vine-tage, Zoya Lael, OPI Funky Dunky

OPI Funky Dunky is the closest when it comes to color, although FD is a little glossier. CIV is a little grayer as well.

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So Berry on Trend:

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On the index and ring fingers: OPI Just a Little Rosti. On the middle and pinky: WnW So Berry on Trend.

I applied a matte top coat over the ring finger to see how it would affect the comparison to SBOT.

These two are very, very close in color, but JALR is a bit redder. So Berry on Trend is more berry.

Echo Dark:

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No comparison here, just the shade swatched on all fingers. I don’t think I have a shade similar to this (shocking, really. I do love my blue polish!) but I ordered OPI Incognito in Sausalito and it looks like it could be a close match to Echo Dark.

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I couldn’t help myself. I had to check out a few of the new Colorstays.

 

Rainforest is a deep, lush, shimmery green.

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When I first saw it, I thought of it as a deeper and less emerald MAC Jade Dragon.

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Fall Mood is a frosty metallic light bronze.

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In sunlight:

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Delicious is a bright reddish tangerine orange creme.

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Indigo Night is a medium royal blue creme.

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It looks like a less dusty version of OPI Dating a Royal.

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Midnight is a soft deep blue with teal undertones.

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What do you all think of these shades?

 

 

 

 

 

Eco Emi- September 2014

I present to you…..my last Eco Emi box for a while. :(

I cancelled my subscription. I just wasn’t very impressed with the last few boxes, and my limited college student budget can’t accommodate a $15 per month gift-to-me that isn’t very satisfying.

I’m a little disappointed, but I’m going to keep my eye on the website and read future reviews on other people’s blogs. If the boxes improve, I may resubscribe.

 

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So far I love the coffee and the cookie. I like the eye serum, but I’ll have to keep using it until I decide it’s worth spending any money on.

As you can see by the bamboo towel, yoga mat cleaner and wipes, there wasn’t much else in the box that I could really use.

The Spiderman collection came out a while ago, but I still found a few bottles at Rite Aid.

Super-Powered

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It’s a stunning deep blue with shimmer. It’s bluer than Mysterious. I’m not able to capture how jewel-toned and captivating this shade is on camera.

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1000 Watts

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1000 Watts is a very yellow gold with some interesting green shifts. Sadly, they don’t really show up in photos.

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Did you get anything from the Spiderman collection? Did you see anything you liked?

I selected two shades (technically, glitters) from the display I found at Walgreens.

I considered getting Cauldron Couture, but Splatter Spell seemed more unique.

L-R: Pumpkin Spice and Splatter Spell. Two coats all around.

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Pumpkin Spice is a fairly dense red, gold and orange glitter in a clear base. Two coats did not give me full opacity, but it covered better than I expected.

Splatter Spell forced me to push the glitter around to center it on my nails. However, this wasn’t a colossal feat and I was able to achieve satisfactory results after two coats.

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I like both of them and I would recommend both if you’re looking for new Halloween themed glitters. Splatter Spell might be  a decent substitute for Maybelline Dotty. I’ll have to do a swatch comparison to see how they differ.

What Halloween collections interest you?

This was in an Eco Emi box I received a couple of months ago.

 

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Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques is a natural/organic makeup and skincare brand. Eco Emi has featured a few of their products in the past.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Vegan) Matte Ingredients: Sericite, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Wax, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli Seed) Oil, Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Certified Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Silica, Certified Organic Non-GMO Lecithin (from soy), Certified Organic Non-GMO Capryllic/Capric Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Comfrey-derived Allantoin, Certified Organic Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Extract, Natural Non-GMO Vitamin E (+/- iron oxides, mica)

Unfortunately, the eyeshadow wasn’t wrapped up very well. This is how it arrived in the mail.

 

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It’s messy and inconvenient, but I was able to use it nonetheless.

The swatches went on smoothly and with decent pigmentation. I had no trouble blending or applying this.

 

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I really had high hopes for these. I wore them on my eyelids with primer for about 4 hours before I experienced fading. The fallout was atrocious. There was dark eyeshadow all along my cheekbones, requiring massive cleanup.

Even with primer, both shades didn’t stay on my lids for more than 4 hours.

I like the concept of organic/natural eyeshadow, but this one doesn’t seem worth purchasing. It won’t last all day, and there is the risk of fallout continuing to occur even after you finish the initial application.

Pros: Natural ingredients, lovely texture, great pigmentation
Cons: Terrible fallout, doesn’t last too long, can shatter easily.

Grade: C

You can find more Lauren Brooke products here.

I skipped the August CF due to an overwhelming case of busy. That’s what happens to your blogging habits when you’re a student.

But in any case, I am now in my final semester of college! Here’s what I’ve been loving recently:

1) Lauren Brooke Cosmetics Lash Conditioner: I received a tube of this in an Eco Emi box. It’s great as a conditioner and I’ve noticed that my lashes appear fuller and more lush whenever I use it. I’m not sure if that’s just a happy coincidence or if something really is working.

 

2) Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Uptown Mauve: This has been my go-to lipstick for summer 2014. I wrote a post about it, which can be found here.

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3) “Metal Heart” by Garbage: One of my favorite alternative songs from one of my favorite bands. I always perk up when I hear this song.

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Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com

 

 

4) The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: After years of hearing about this book and not getting around to reading it, I finally checked out a copy of this book from the public library. I’m glad I waited no longer to read it. Riveting, deeply engrossing and painfully perceptive, Baldwin lays out his thoughts on race and anti-blackness in 1960s U.S society. What really struck my inner core was the way his words still resonate today.

 

5) Walks along the Grand Concourse up to 149th Street: I live near this area in the Bronx. The weather is still warm, and I’ve been taking walks up this street for exercise. I’ve gotten to see parts of the neighborhood I don’t normally see, and I’ve found out that there’s a community garden in the area.

 
What have you all been loving recently?

Eco Emi- August 2014

So, um, it appears that time has speed up and we are actually in August right now. Not September.

Did it work? Do they believe me?

*looks around eagerly*

Here’s what I got in my latest Eco Emi box

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The roasted seaweed was good, but unremarkable. I liked the flavored nuts, but they didn’t seem to be anything special or worth buying. I think it’s mostly because I don’t really buy flavored nuts or enhanced nut mix.

I feel kind of underwhelmed with this box. Eco Emi seems to be sending a lot of body/face wipes recently. It seems to be a little contradictory for an eco-friendly company, in my opinion.

I am curious about the face powder. I’ll be reviewing that soon.

This was in a previous Eco Emi box, and I’ve been using it for a while.

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It’s a slightly waxy lip balm with a fresh wintermint scent.

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It definitely feels a little oily, but it doesn’t have the texture of Vaseline. It’s not as waxy as Burt’s Beewax lip balm.

It moisturizes and soothes my lips for a few hours. There is a cooling sensation from the spearmint oil which is pleasant.

I like that it’s not too greasy because I think greasy lip balms slide off my lips quickly and therefore don’t do a great job of moisturizing and protecting my lips. This balm stays in place and keeps my lips super soft.

You can purchase it here

Whoa….that title is really long! I just couldn’t think of a better way to name everything being swatched in this post.  It’s four lip products, but two are from one line, one is from another line, and the last one is also from another line. I couldn’t just list the names, and it would have been inadequate to call it a Revlon Round-Up.

Wait, why I am wasting time explaining my protracted blog post title? We should be swatching!

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First up are the Lacquer Balms:

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L-R: Striking, Provocateur

 

Top: Provocateur
Bottom: Striking

In shade:

 

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In sunlight:

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Provocateur is a bright candy red. It’s sort of neutral in the sense that darker skintones can pull it off. It doesn’t look garish on me at all. I quite like it.

Enticing: A brownish red. Predictably, I love this. It’s great on days when I want a more subdued red (if there is such a thing).

Both are fairly opaque and last for a few hours on my lips. The coverage is quite nice. The finish gives off a sheen  but is not as glossy as an actual lip gloss.

Matte Balm in Standout:

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Standout is a neutral red with brown tones.

In shade:

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In sunlight:

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I love the matte balm formula. I own Shameless and I love it to pieces. Standout is just as awesome as Shameless.

Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush.

I’ve long been wanting Crush because I love vampy stains, I love berry colors and Clinique Black Honey never lasts long on me so I always keep an eye out for similarly colored lip balm/stain products.

 

 

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It is pretty sheer. This is a few swipes on my arm.

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It’s a lovely sheer berry color on me. It does need a touch up after a few hours, but it’s nice if I want a softer lip color on a neutral makeup today.

That’s all the swatches I have for you today! What do you think? Yay or nay on these?

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