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Entries for Monday, January 31 2011

My Favorite Things giveaway winner!

My Favorite Things giveaway winner!

Posted on Monday, at

It's midnight on the 31st of January (okay, it's 11 pm where I am), so it's time to draw the winner of My Favorite Things giveaway. And the winner is... Sirvinya Congratulations!!

Meow Cosmetics’ Terpsichore

Meow Cosmetics’ Terpsichore

Posted on Monday, at

So many of the other coral-oranges I have are either matte, or dark, or faint. This is a nice medium coral-peach with a slight shimmer. It's a good non-neutral shade that works for softer contouring or as a counterpoint to darker colors like Fashionista Femme, or even Melopomene.

Eyeshadow Swatch Project: Blues

Eyeshadow Swatch Project: Blues

Posted on Monday, at

My favorite blue eyeshadow colors, alphabetically by manufacturer and then by color name, are:

  • Aromaleigh v1's Abyss — Is it blue? Is it gold? Is it green-ish? Who gives a damn, it's metallic and it's beautiful. It's a deep blue background color with metallic gold topcolor - it reminds me of Zoya's Edyta, except more blue than green.
  • Aromaleigh v1's Bluespark
  • Aromaleigh v1's Cloud
  • Aromaleigh v1's Frigid Gloom —...

  • Entries for Saturday, January 29 2011

    Weekend Roundup: January happenings

    Weekend Roundup: January happenings

    Posted on Saturday, at

    My birthday was this past Monday, and I celebrated in usual low-key style: painted my nails, did the quarterly metrics for work, picked up my mail, ordered pizza, and rewatched the final five episodes of Caprica on DVD…and one broadcast episode of House. I know. I lead such a wild life. Well, it's not glam, but it works for me.

    Zoya’s Caitlin

    Zoya’s Caitlin

    Posted on Saturday, at

    The slightly lighter, paler version of Zoya's Kelly. This formula is a little thicker than the polishes in the <a href=”/such/obsessive/addictions/zoyas_wonderful_collection/”>Wonderful</a> collection (and on the thicker end of the spectrum of all Zoya polishes that I've used), but not so thick that it would clot up. One coat gave good coverage, but was a bit uneven. 2 coats was perfect. It's got good spreadability, so even though this manicure was done...

    Entries for Friday, January 28 2011

    Meow Cosmetics’ Melopomene

    Meow Cosmetics’ Melopomene

    Posted on Friday, at

    This is the darkest shade in the Sunless Sea collection. It's a medium-rich denim blue that can work as a liner shade (about on par with BE's Ocean, in terms of pigmentation level). Foiling does deepen the color somewhat, but even patted dry over primer it's fairly well pigmented.

    Meow Cosmetics’ Calliope

    Meow Cosmetics’ Calliope

    Posted on Friday, at

    A softer red-brown with gold shimmer. It does apply much softer than it appears in the pot, and foiling intensifies the shimmer but doesn't darken the color noticeably. This shade is good for softening or transitioning from a darker neutral to a softer shade.

    Eyeshadow Swatch Project: Greens

    Eyeshadow Swatch Project: Greens

    Posted on Friday, at

    My favorite green eyeshadow colors, alphabetically by manufacturer and then by color name, are:

  • Aromaleigh v1's Avalon — I was looking for a good greyed green...and found this one. I wanted something that was actually fairly well pigmented, and most companies that make an eyeshadow this shade make it a bit less pigmented. (I also ended up getting the matte version of this color, Swampthing, when the manufacturer was discontinuing this line.)
  • Aromaleigh v1's...

  • Entries for Thursday, January 27 2011

    China Glaze’s Anchors Away collection

    China Glaze’s Anchors Away collection

    Posted on Thursday, at

    Like many China Glaze collections, this one was divided into two subgroups: the brighter primaries (Knotty Nauticals), and the softer pastels (Sand and Sea). When this collection was originally announced, I had my eyes on Lighthouse, Sea Spray, Sunset Sail, and Knotty. I wanted a golden-yellow for stamping, and saw the perfect shade in Lighthouse. Then the descriptions appeared on beauty blogs…and Lighthouse was described as a glass fleck. Gorgeous color, but not really all that usable for nail...


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