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A pouch (yes, I said pouch.  But not a kangaroo pouch. Although that would be kinda neat to receive a kangaroo in the mail) of shea butter arrived in an Eco Emi box.

I’ve tried raw shea butter before. I used to purchase plastic tubs of very yellow, slightly waxy African shea butter from street vendors in Harlem. That product was good, but it did stain my clothing and was a little too waxy for my liking.

When I tried Karitex’s version, I was FLOORED. This stuff is what I’ve been waiting for all my life!

Okay, maybe not all my life. I am pretty sure I spent the first 10 years of my life waiting for Paula Abdul to call me and ask me to tour with her as a backup dancer. :P

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It is as soft as cookie dough, but not sticky, waxy or grainy.

This is what it looks like when I pinch a little out of the pouch.

This is what it looks like when I pinch a little out of the pouch.

I cut a slit into the side of the pouch and squeeze a little out. It’s just the right consistency for this method. I am able to remove the amount I need.

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You can see how pliable it is in the above photo. The heat from my hands warms it up. I then rub it into my skin and get a luxurious, deep moisturizing experience. This has been a lifesaver this past winter, when my legs get super dry.

My skin feels much softer and smoother the next day. I find that I can actually skip a day of moisturizing when I use this.

Karitex, thank you for changing my skincare routine. I will be buying this when my pouch runs out (ha, that tickles me!) I love the eco-friendly packaging so much. It’s great to see a company put some thought into their carbon footprint.

Now that I’ve found a great shea butter, I can go back to waiting on Paula’s phone call. It’s been 20 years. Did she lose my number? :P

Karitex’s online store. 

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Minis! The minis are attacking!

Well, not really. But I did find these two at the Cosmetics Market and they were quite diplomatic and agreeable. No warfare going on here.

Stylenomics:

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Essie calls it a “wealthy, rich and opulent dark green”. On me, it’s a bluish green-black creme that is seriously more black than blue. It’s not easy to tell it’s blue-green unless your hands are in direct sunlight (vampires might wanna avoid this).

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Direct sunlight:

 

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Beyond Cozy:

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Beyond Cozy is a gritty glitter infused pale silver. Essie describes it as a “decadent silvery gold glitter”.

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I really wanted Beyond Cozy when it first came out, but now that I’ve seen it on my nails I think it’s nice, but not a must-have.

What are your thoughts on these two?

Ciate Mini Nail Polish Swatches

A few Ciate minis found their way into my stash.

Darn nail polishes. Always meander their way into my nail polish-hungry hands. :D

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L-R: Twilight, Mojito, Glass Slipper, Play Date.

As you can see, Mojitio and Glass Slipper have opacity issues. Mojito is definitely streaky.

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Candy Cane and Tinsel Town

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Candy Cane wasn’t as great as I had hoped for. Tinsel Town would make a good layering polish.

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My favorites are Twilight, Tinsel Town and Play Date.

 

The courageous and astute Syl of The Painted Rogue invited me on an adventure that required my best and most brilliant coral products. Our swords were quite effective, but what really slayed those persistent fiends were my favorite bright coral lip, cheek and nail products.

Why did they work so well at blasting the bejesus out of the undead? Personally, I think zombie hordes prefer blood-red lipsticks. Made out of fresh blood. Coral was just too much for them.

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From left to right: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo, Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Papaya, Ciate Mini nail polish in Play Date, Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Coral Reef, L’Oreal Nail Color in Precious Coral.

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Ciate Mini nail polish in Play Date:

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This pinkish deep coral melted the eyeballs of our enemies with its brilliant shine.

Revlon Papaya and NYX San Paulo:

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Nothing wounds a foe better than a stunning lip color. Papaya is a juicy coral gloss, perfect for simple summer makeup. San Paulo is a rosy coral pink, but she’s no damsel in distress; one flick of her wand (applicator) demolishes undead hordes dozens at a time.

Revlon PhotoReady Blush in Coral Reef:

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Like a helmet, Coral Reef covers cheeks in a coral-infused barrier of protection spells, keeping claws from tearing at well moisturized faces.

L’Oreal Nail Color in Precious Coral:

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Our best diversionary tactic yet, Precious Coral weaves a distraction spell over anyone who gazes upon it-be they a wizard, zombie or barmaid. The upside to this is that I can sneak out of the tavern without the barmaid noticing I haven’t paid for my ale.

Those are my top 5 coral products for battle. Which coral makeups do you take with you when you go on a quest?

If you’ll excuse me, I need to run. The barmaid finally recovered from that spell. Her legs look sturdy so I’ll need a headstart. :D

I’ve never read The Hunger Games or seen the movie, but I was a little interested in the fervor surrounding it when I found out that Cover Girl released a  collection that featured a few sparklies.

I picked up Scalding Emerald.

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It’s a mix of shimmery bronze, red and green. The base is mostly emerald green. It makes me think of a greener Hard Candy Beetle.

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It is very sheer. In the photos I’m wearing three coats. I think this would make a good layering polish.

I bought this at Rite Aid for about $4.

I ordered this beautiful dichroic glass pendant on a chain.

It came nicely wrapped and with a lovely note.

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It feels sturdy and it’s not too heavy or uncomfortable to wear. I love it! I don’t own anything like this, and it’s such a fun piece to wear.

Check out Cindy’s awesome shop.

This tiny bottle of liquid foundation is rather cute, yes?

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I like things that use less packaging. It’s also good for travel.

My shade is Caramel Beige W7. To be precise, it’s not my exact, perfect shade, but it comes close. I wish it were a little more golden. Once it’s blended onto my face, it’s difficult to tell there’s a shade mismatch.

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From the website: With patented color technology, True Match™ Makeup precisely matches your skin’s tone and texture and coordinates perfectly with True Match™ Powder, Blush, and Concealer. Formulated with Precise Match™ Technology so you can control coverage and fine-tune it. Ultra-pure formula contains no oils, fragrances, or pore-clogging fillers, so all you see is beautiful, radiant, flawless skin. With Vitamins A and C, wheat germ and grape fruit extract to keep your skin nourished, protected and healthy.

The coverage is supposed to be light to medium. This is accurate. I layered it on to build up coverage. I tend to prefer medium to full coverage foundations, so light coverage wasn’t sufficient for me. I applied a little more for extra coverage.

The foundation stayed in place and didn’t migrate for at least 7 hours. I don’t think you should go swimming wearing this, but for an average work day it should stay put.

I didn’t experience any cakiness or patchiness. I was able to blend it easily with my fingers. The formula is a little thin so try a little bit at a time and figure out how much you would need.

Pros: Buildable coverage, doesn’t seem to clog pores, affordable, easy to use packaging.
Cons: Coverage may not be sufficient for some people, could use more golden tones in the product line, some may prefer a pump dispenser.

Grade: A

Sinful Colors Oh My Mod Swatches

Truthfully, I have two from Oh My Mod (Feel the Vibe and Chick Chick) and one from Mod in Bloom (Nice Stems).

Feel the Vibe

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Feel the Vibe is a deep tangerine creme.

 

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Chick Chick

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Chick Chick is a canary yellow creme.

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Nice Stems

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Nice Stems is a pale blue creme with slight green tones. It photographed  a little more blue. It’s similar to China Glaze For Audrey, but it’s a little lighter in color.

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I had issues with the quality and application. All three went on streaky. They dried down well enough for me to apply a second coat without any problems. The final results were not bad, but not spectacular either. You can see VNL with Chick Chick and some unevenness overall. I would not recommend these unless you were desperate for one of these shades and you had to run into a drugstore to buy nail polish. The colors are nice, but the formula isn’t worth the hassle. I recommend trying for a better quality polish if you want a basic orange or yellow.

Milani Lipstick in Sweet Nectar

This intense tangerine creme lipstick will be a staple in my makeup bag this summer.

It took me a while, but I am finally on board with orange lip colors.

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It’s a deep orange with faint red tones. It kinda reminds me of really nice summer tangerines.  Anyone want to go to the farmer’s market?

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It’s opaque and applies smoothly to my lips. The pigmentation is very good.

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For comparison, here it is with Orange Edge, On Fire Red and Neon Red.

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If you have a medium, tanned or deep complexion, you have to buy this. You have no choice in the matter. :)

Eco Emi- March 2014

My box came a couple of weeks ago.

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I love the nail polish metallic confetti!

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I like the lip gloss and cuticle treatment. I LOVE the shea butter. It’s rich, intensely moisturizing and easy to work into my skin. I am already looking into buying more when I use up this supply.

I haven’t tried the wipes yet or the nail polish remover. I am very curious about the n/p remover because I am always looking for naturalish n/p removers.

If you like hemp granola bars, you might get used to the Kuli Kuli bar. It has a very strong, almost fig-like taste mixed with nuts. I won’t repurchase it.

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