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Morgana Cryptoria’s LE #14 (Pink Violet)

Morgana Cryptoria’s LE #14 (Pink Violet)

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I'll have an easier time working with this color than with LE #12. This color's a bit more of a blue-red base, and while LE 12 isn't truly an orange or russet base, it's just orange enough that it presents a bit of a challenge. This color will be a bit easier to use - it's a bit pigmented for a blush, but I might be able to use it as a lip color. (Guess I'd better make sure it's lip-safe, first… ...

Morgana Cryptoria’s LE #12 (Peach Rose)

Morgana Cryptoria’s LE #12 (Peach Rose)

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I ordered this color “swatch unseen”, so I didn't have much to go on besides the in-jar photo on the vendor's website. When it arrived and I opened the pot, my first thought was “...oh, damn.” It looked a lot like Aromaleigh v1's Pique, which looked a lot like Simply Naturals' Black Cherry, which I later discovered was essentially Winterveld/WinterRose Mica. I didn't suspect either Morgana or Aromaleigh of repacking either of those colors, but I didn't love...

Morgana Cryptoria’s Ptolemy Auletes

Morgana Cryptoria’s Ptolemy Auletes

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I don't really have any other colors like this - not many that are this color of orange (certainly I have very few deeper oranges with this level of actual pigmentation, and surprise, those are from Shiro - BE doesn't make too many colors that are this well-pigmented) and none with the accompanying red-violet shimmer.

China Glaze’s BFF

China Glaze’s BFF

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The day started out a typical Seattle winter - overcast, grey, drizzly - when suddenly there was sunlight!! Luckily I'd taken off IDK last night, so my nails were clean; and I gave myself a relatively fast two-coat manicure so that I could go down and take photos of this in sunlight. I actually missed my first window and had to wait for another break in the clouds. The sunlight I got was kind of weak, but it was sun!! ...

Morgana Cryptoria’s Pyramid Scheme

Morgana Cryptoria’s Pyramid Scheme

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I'll have to get out my sample and check…but I think this color may be a near-dupe for Infernal Chaos, from Aromaleigh v1's Victoria's Revenge collection. I would love that, because by the time I decided to buy fullsize colors from that collection, Infernal Chaos had utterly and completely sold out. (There weren't even samples available any more. It was snapped up that fast.)

Morgana Cryptoria’s Selene

Morgana Cryptoria’s Selene

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I was drawn to this color for two reasons: the description “champagne beige”, and the color itself. It looked like it might possibly be a close relative of Define Beauty. It's a bit too neutral to exactly match Define Beauty, though it's a bit too pink to match Beyond Skin Deep (which was the warmer variant of Define Beauty.)

Morgana Cryptoria’s Cleopatra collection

Morgana Cryptoria’s Cleopatra collection

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I purchased five colors from this collection to start, and added others as I saw other swatch photos and EoTDs using the colors. I eyeballed Aspbite, because the brighter periwinke-ish blue appeals to me (even though I know I really don’t need any more blues) and Isis, because it’s a gorgeous-looking turquoise-green. I later ended up getting Aspbite but passing on Iris. The photo of Alexandria made it look like it was similar to Aromaleigh v1’s Oberon,...

A cup of coffee, a beauty blog, and me…

A cup of coffee, a beauty blog, and me…

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How did everyone survive the first week back to work/school/regular routine? Are the post-Christmas blues dragging you down? Yeah, well, we can't have any of that silliness. New goodies to look at, giveaways to check out, and blogiversaries to celebrate!! Tomorrow is my official blogiversary (have you entered the giveaway?), and I'll be posting reviews and pics of my recent arrivals. My final Aromaleigh order finally arrived this past week along with my Christmas-day order from Morgana, and...


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