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Entries for Wednesday, November 30 2011

China Glaze’s Harmony

China Glaze’s Harmony

Posted on Wednesday, at

It's a lovely purple…but sadly, there's that spreadability problem that's dogged every single one of the other polishes from the Romantique collection!! (Though thankfully, China Glaze seems to have fixed that problem as later metallics have been sturdier and have applied better.) This works fine for nail art, though I do wish it was a slightly darker purple.

The 2011 Beauty Blog Advent Calendar

The 2011 Beauty Blog Advent Calendar

Posted on Wednesday, at

Starting tomorrow, December 1, three of us - Sirvinya, Phyrra, and myself - will each be posting a little tidbit every day. It might be a mini writeup of why we love a particular technique so much. It might be a link to another beauty blog post that we found really interesting. It might be a product (commercial or indie) that we think is cool. The postings will start at 12pm GMT (on Confessions of a Makeup Addict), and come again...

OPI’s Merryberry Mauve

OPI’s Merryberry Mauve

Posted on Wednesday, at

There were apparently two Merryberry Mauves in the Victorian Holiday collection: this one, and a glitter. I like this one far better!! (And I haven't been able to find the glitter anywhere, so I guess it's synchronicity at work again. What everyone else snapped up I had little interest in, and vice versa.) This takes several coats to reach full opacity, but it makes a lovely layering polish over darker cremes. Two coats isn't quite enough to hide any VNL,...

Entries for Tuesday, November 29 2011

BareMinerals’ Pretty Amazing Lip Color in Savvy

BareMinerals’ Pretty Amazing Lip Color in Savvy

Posted on Tuesday, at

Full-opacity warm rose-tan - this is not one of those new glosses, though this is one of the newer shades. I don't love nude lip colors unless there's a nice finish to them (like NYX's Earthy Black Diamond lipstick). This does make a good base for some of my darker lip polishes, though. I have to use a lip brush to apply this, since the applicator is a bit odd and either barely applies anything or (in my opinion) applies...

NYX Cosmetics’ Volcano Black Label Lipstick (120)

NYX Cosmetics’ Volcano Black Label Lipstick (120)

Posted on Tuesday, at

The tube looks orange-red, but the shade itself applies as a semisheer pinked warm red. The color is a little hard to pin down, and it perhaps isn't as vivid a color as I would have thought for something named “Volcano”...but it's not the first NYX item name that seemed more than a little strange. The color applies well, and stays in place very well. It's more like a heavy lip tint or balm than a lipstick - at...

Entries for Monday, November 28 2011

Lost in Makeupland’s X-mas Special

Lost in Makeupland’s X-mas Special

Posted on Monday, at

It's not semisheer, but it does apply just a tiny bit less intense than it looks in the pot. Not that much, though - it's a really lovely “antique holiday” red that reminds me a bit of Meow Cosmetics' Future glow powder, but with the greater color payoff you'd expect from an eyeshadow versus a glow powder. This color isn't marked as not being lip-safe, so if this won't work on your lids I'd imagine it would look lovely on...

Concrete Minerals’ Harlequin

Concrete Minerals’ Harlequin

Posted on Monday, at

Medium olive with a silver-purple shimmer and -=almost=- a duochrome effect. It reminds me of BE's Festive, which pleasantly surprised me with how multifaceted it was…but CM's Harlequin costs less per gram and it looks prettier than BE's Festive. So double bonus there. There's less of the green color evident when applied than there is in the pot: it looks like it will be a medium moss green, but when I applied it wet there was a...

Aromaleigh v1’s Impossible Things

Aromaleigh v1’s Impossible Things

Posted on Monday, at

It's a lighter green with some yellow-ish tones, but it's more of an olive than a yellow-green. I don't know if it was the lighting, or if this is an intended effect, but it's kind of cool: this shade leans cooler when applied dry, and a little warmer when foiled. The color appears just barely less deep when applied than it does in the pot, but it's fully opaque with my regular application.

Entries for Sunday, November 27 2011

Concrete Minerals’ Hustle

Concrete Minerals’ Hustle

Posted on Sunday, at

On the vendor site, this looks like a cool muted mauve, but to me, it looked more like a warm purple-mauve. I sometimes have a little trouble wearing warm purples on my lids, unless they're of a certain color depth. Bare Escentuals' Magical is a color that I never would have guessed would look good on me, and it looks amazing with my coloring. Hustle isn't as deep a purple, though, so it doesn't work quite as easily for me....


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