Archive for February, 2012

Today’s RR gives us a look at two vampy permanent shades from OPI and China Glaze:

Index and Ring: Evening Seduction; Middle and Pinky: Black Cherry Chutney

Evening Seduction is an almost-black creme, while Black Cherry Chutney is a shimmery, blackish deep cherry color.

So, what else do you guys want to see compared?

My friend Vijaya first let me in on this independent, Etsy based company. I’m so happy she did. I love discovering new, lesser known makeup brands.

I ordered the 8 o’clock collection, which contained 5 eyeshadows. Lord Gold I got for free because I mentioned “Fierce Nerditude” (you will read about this later). The shades I got can be purchased individually.

I love the clever logo design!

On the back, the names are printed, along with indications of whether the product is lip safe or not.

I swatched all 6 colors over the following: bare skin, NYX Skintone eye base, NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil, and finally, I dipped a brush in mixing medium (I made my own. I will do a post about this later on).

The colors (descriptions taken from the website):

  • Rave- “Without a primer Rave goes on as a sheer cerulean blue with a hint of a green undertone that is full of blue, silver, and purple glitter. Over a primer this color becomes a more intense blue with a purple sheen!”
  • Hiccup- “A gorgeous teal-green with tons of shimmer, Hiccup is one of our top sellers! This shadow is highly pigmented and will also work great as a liner.  Apply it all over from lid to crease and you will be shocked by the dramatic effect—it might be better to call this color the Cure for Hiccups!”
  • Heathen- “Oh that Heathen. It just couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be brown or gold so it decided to be tan. A light golden tan with gold shimmer, Heathen is just gorgeous. We love the way it looks paired with Ocoee or Whittney”.
  • Lord Gold- “Lord Gold knows what he wants and he isn’t afraid to take it!  This Lord loves all things metallic and wants to share his glory with others metal lovers. If you pair him with Bullet, Flashbulb, or Lives and he might just spare you.  Lord Gold is an awesome metallic, dark golden brown”.
  • Dark Eden- “A silver-grey with pink and blue undertones, Dark Eden is much more complex than your everyday black. It’s perfect for those days when you’re feeling a bit naughtier than average. Looks amazing with shimmery neutrals or with an intense deep purple. We do recommend pairing it with Mad Molly for times when you are truly wanting to show off your bad girl side. Whatever you choose, Dark Eden will introduce you to a new kind of paradise!”
  • Lives-  “A metallic, shimmery red!”

Overall, I had very good results with these shadows. The only disappointing one was Lord Gold. These are mineral loose eyeshadows, so I expected some sheerness, but Lord Gold was too sheer to be of any use on its own. I could only get it to work by using it over MAC paint pot in Indianwood, or NYX Gold Jumbo Eye Pencil. Even foiling it with a mixing medium only marginally helped. If I were to grade this shade by itself, I would give it a D.

Tessa recommends using these over a sticky base or with a mixing medium. I agree with her wholeheartedly. I got the best results using either MAC  paint pots or NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. To make the most out of it, I dipped a brush in the mixing medium before applying the shadow, then used one of the aforementioned bases over the lid before starting the application. I did this for all 6 shadows. Except for Lord Gold, I got splendid results using this method.


L-R: Foiled, NYX Milk, NYX Skintone, Bare Skin.


L-R: Foiled, NYX Milk, NYX Skintone, Bare Skin


L-R: Foiled, NYX Milk, NYX Skintone, Bare Skin

Lord Gold:

L-R: Foiled, NYX Milk, NYX Skintone, Bare Skin

Dark Eden:

L-R: Foiled, NYX Milk, NYX Skintone, Bare Skin


L-R: Foiled, NYX Milk, NYX Skintone, Bare Skin

Dark Eden is described as a kind of black, but I see it as more of a complex purple. Lives is so beautiful in person. I would wear it all the time if I could. It’s sort of like a burnt crimson. Like leaves during autumn.

The one problem I see here is the need for a sticky base or mixing medium. I know a lot of people want something they can just dip their brush in and work with. It is more time consuming to apply these, and you have to be sure they stay on your lids. Not everyone will want to take the trouble to buy/use a mixing medium, or find a sticky base to use these over.

Personally, I love Tessa’s fun makeup brand, and I don’t mind taking the time to apply these. The colors are very pretty and fun to wear.

I paid $10 for this collection, and everything came wrapped up in a nice bag, with free samples! The shipping was free. If you mention “Fierce Nerditude” in the comments section (on ALTERED EGO’S Etsy website, not mine!), you get a free full sized eyeshadow of your choice!

Pros: Gorgeous shades, special deals and very low prices, good quality, cute packaging of products.
Cons: Not easy to use. You would need a sticky base or mixing medium

Grade: B+

Altered Ego Cosmetics

It looks like you guys have some great (or at least life challenging) plans for 2012! I hope this year goes well for all of you. Unfortunately, my year got off to a bad start (you read about my sick cat), but let’s keep looking forward, shall we?

The winner is….bin du!

Please respond within 48 hours with your full name and address. If the winner does not respond within the given time, I will select another winner.

The winner was chosen by All prizes are furnished by me.


Sleek Palettes Haul!

Ohhhhh yeah! I finally got my hands on some Sleek palettes. An Ebay seller was offering a deal which included three popular palettes: Oh So Special, Storm & Au Naturel.

The beautiful colors:

Clockwise from the top:Storm, Oh So Special & Au Naturel.

And guess who couldn’t stay away from the makeup:

I couldn’t make her budge! :P

Tuesday Talk: Vol. 4

Apologies for the absence of moi: stupid Internet didn’t work for two days, and even though we have access, there are still problems. Which means that your beloved blogger might have trouble posting later this week.

Oh technology. Why do you torment me so?

1) How are you today?: Kind of frustrated (stupid Internet problems), but once I get to Wednesday, I’ll feel better. I have my fave class that day!

2) Favorite ice cream flavor?: Stonyfield Farms Organic Gotta Have Vanilla. But I won’t turn down other flavors!

3) What’s your no-fail eye makeup look?: Shimmery neutrals (like NYX Nude on Nude Natural palette, or UD Baked and Smog) paired with black eyeliner & mascara.

4) Did you attend your HS prom?: Yup! I went with my buddy Jackie. I made the decision to go on the very same day of prom, so Jackie’s mom helped me find a dress, shoes and a purse (all borrowed) and she did my hair and makeup. It was very nice of her to help me, and it was fun!

5) Any plans for this week? : Go to the doctor and find out what’s been causing this dizziness. :(

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1) How are you today?:

2) Favorite ice cream flavor?: !

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4) Did you attend your HS prom?:

5) Any plans for this week?

When I was a kid, I didn’t like bananas. Didn’t like the fruit, the cookies, anything flavored with banana. My mom nearly went….bananas (laughter ensues) trying to get me to eat them.

Now, as an adult, I eat bananas. They’re not my favorite fruit, but I do love them in my soaps.

I purchased Lush Banana Moon soap years ago, when it was still sold at Lush stores. I think it’s only available online now, but I don’t want to bother with shipping just for one measly soap bar.

What’s my point in this long tale? I chose Chagrin Valley’s banana soap when I made my purchase from them.

Photo credit: Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft

It’s described as: “A great complexion soap made with real bananas, heavy cream, dark brown sugar and topped with a layer of rolled oats. Bananas, rich in magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants vitamins A, B, C and E, are also high in sucrose, fructose, and glucose (natural sugars)”.

What it claims to do:

1) Heavy cream, with its very high butterfat content, softens and helps retain the moisture.

2) Alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in fruit and milk, have been used for centuries to soften and gently exfoliate the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids work by loosening the bonds that hold dead cells together, allowing them to slough away more easily and revitalize dull skin.

3) Bananas and cream are an excellent choice for smoothing and moisturizing dry skin.

4) The top layer is loaded with rolled oats, for an extra boost of exfoliation where needed.

5) Dark brown sugar, rich in molasses moisturizes and nourishes your skin while the shea butter and evening primrose oil improve elasticity and seal in moisture.

I loved the layer of oats for exfoliation. What’s fun about this soap is that you can turn it around to get a different shower experience. The smooth sides lather you up, and the rough side sloughs away dead skin cells and grime.

What wasn’t so much fun was the lack of moisture and the empty promise of hydration. I felt this soap did not provide much hydration. Lush Banana Moon gave more moisture (which was one reason why I liked it so much). I got the impression from these claims that I was in for a rich, moisturizing experience, when in fact all I got out of it was a decent scrub and wash, and I needed a body lotion afterwards. This is fine for me, but people with dry skin will be disappointed.

I like the soap overall. It doesn’t leave much of a scent (banana or otherwise) once I rinse off, but for something that claims to be “very high in butterfat content” it should be more moisturizing.

Pros: Lovely scrubbing effect, nice lather, cleans skin efficiently, comes in sample sizes.
Cons: Does not hydrate skin much (despite the claim), not much of a banana scent (some may not mind, but it does say it’s made with bananas, so some people may expect the scent to be there).

Grade: B

Sold at Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft ($7.35 for the full size; $2.60 for the sample size).

Maiza is a very talented dancer working right here in NYC. She stopped by one day for a photo shoot with Paul Newland of Solvara Photography.

Face: Smashbox Photo Finish primer, Nix’ie Cream Foundations in Beige 3 and Neutral 2 (mixed), Ben Nye Neutral setting powder.

Eyes: UD Original Primer, UD Jones e/s (lid) Coastal Scents Shimmery Peach from the 88 Warm palette (lid), NYX Golden Orange e/s (lid), E.L.F Studio Matte pigment in Chestnut (crease and outer v), MAC Blacktrack gel liner (upper lashline), Jordana EasyLiner for Eyes in Coffee Bean and Sephora Flashy Waterproof in Deep Black (lower lashline), Wet n Wild Brule e/s (browbone), NYX Nude e/s (inner corner), Smashbox Bionic mascara.

Cheeks: Nix’ie Sensuous blush mixed with E.L.F Blushed.

Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Nude Velvet.

Maiza’s website:
Paul’s website:

All photography by Paul Newland


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