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Entries for Monday, February 28 2011

Morgana Cryptoria’s Brew HaHa

Morgana Cryptoria’s Brew HaHa

Posted on Monday, at

This color is a bit darker than I imagined, based on the pictures from Morgana's website. It's definitely a deep blue-grey. I can probably use it as a contour or accent shade, but it's also dark enough that I can probably use it for a non-“bright” liner color.

Entries for Sunday, February 27 2011

Orly’s Cosmic FX collection

Orly’s Cosmic FX collection

Posted on Sunday, at

I jumped on this bandwagon late…but I jumped on it nevertheless. Maybe that's a good thing, though: I had the supreme luxury of looking through the hundreds of photos, swatches, nail wheels, indoor and outdoor pics, dupes and near-dupes…and was able to steer clear of the least interesting of the group.

Orly’s Cosmic FX collection

Orly’s Cosmic FX collection

Posted on Sunday, at

I jumped on this bandwagon late…but I jumped on it nevertheless. Maybe that’s a good thing, though: I had the supreme luxury of looking through the hundreds of photos, swatches, nail wheels, indoor and outdoor pics, dupes and near-dupes…and was able to steer clear of the least interesting of the group.

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio kits

Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio kits

Posted on Sunday, at

I haven’t had the best of luck with retractable eyeliners. I’ve tried Sephora (difficult to apply, uneven application) and Bare Escentuals (pricey, crumbles when sharpened) with less than satisfactory results. I’d just about decided to write off the whole “retractable eyeliner” thing as Something That Did Not Work For Me - because I love my fluidlines, gel liners, loose powder liners, and Sephora’s Flashy Waterproof Pencils. I have had excellent luck with these, though. They apply...

Entries for Saturday, February 26 2011

Zoya’s Gemma

Zoya’s Gemma

Posted on Saturday, at

This is going to sound really odd, and possibly triply so considering that I chose to buy this color…but here goes. When I was a smallhuman (around 6 or 7 years old) there was a toy that was a monster-figure that was kept in a plastic green barrel - along with a bunch of green slime with a kind of a blue tinge to it. This slime-stuff felt like slime, would drip like slime…but would not stain walls or skin....

Fyrinnae: Round II

Fyrinnae: Round II

Posted on Saturday, at

They behaved a bit like my Aromaleigh colors: similar pigmentation levels, similar adhesion, similar behavior when I applied them wet. All of these are good points, the product quality is definitely strong and it's excellent value for the money…but since I was half-expecting something dramatically different from Fyrinnae because of others' enthusiasm for the products, not seeing that “something different” was kind of like being a kid at Christmas. There was all that build-up for The Amazing New Toy,...

OPI’s Designer Series Illuminate

OPI’s Designer Series Illuminate

Posted on Saturday, at

There's a noticeable green flash to this polish even in the bottle. It's a slighter flash - on par with some of Zoya's middling duochromes, or the green flash in Laney - but it's there. One coat gives me a light tan with barely any of the green flash and a sparse, scattered holographic effect. Two coats deepens the brown and increases the holographics. It took three coats for me to get the green flash to a level where I...

Entries for Friday, February 25 2011

Aromaleigh v1’s Erebos

Aromaleigh v1’s Erebos

Posted on Friday, at

As another of Aromaleigh v1's “last hurrah” colors, this one is a dark color, but not as rich as some of Aromaleigh v1's previous colors. It shows up best when foiled. It's definitely a dark indigo, with no blackening - so that's a positive.

Aromaleigh v1’s Phoebe

Aromaleigh v1’s Phoebe

Posted on Friday, at

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for good rich blues. Aromaleigh had so many of them, too: Loretha, Drama Teal, Frigid Gloom, Destinationunknown, Infidel, Ozone, Spaceoddity… I wavered on this color for a while, then decided to go ahead and get it. (It's not like she's going to be re-releasing the collection later.)


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