Ok, Saturday night and I'm bored, so I took a few pics before the batteries died.
My Love Each Other / Paris Couture For Sure nails. I couldn't take a decent picture, but at least this shows how sparkly Paris Couture For Sure is. I'm holding OPI Designer Series Design.
I swatched a few of my newest polishes. I forgot to label them. I don't remember which ones they are. I know that the top right is Design, bottom left is China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out. I'll come back and label them when I can figure out which is which. I just thought it was a pretty picture.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Ok, Saturday night and I'm bored, so I took a few pics before the batteries died.
I've been really into nail polish lately. I realized that I'm blessed with very nice nails, and I'm taking advantage of it.
Last week I changed my nails three times. First was Revlon Midnight Affair, which I hated. I covered it with China Glaze Ruby Pumps, which made this awesome blackened red with insane glitter. Very cool. After that I did OPI Black with Creative Limelight. That was AWESOME. I should take pictures.
Finally today I got tired of dark nails and just did the coolest french manicure ever.
ORLY (hahaha... ORLY?) Love Each Other with OPI Paris Couture For Sure tips. The ORLY (YARLY) is a fascinating purple-pink barely there shimmery iridescent glaze. You have to catch the light just so to be able to notice it on bare nails, but it's really cool over black. Paris Couture For Sure is a dense yet fine silver holographic glitter and my tips look like they're covered in diamonds. Stunning. I think this is my new favorite combination. I'm going to have to get a second bottle.
I went to ULTA today and finally got my hands on OPI Designer Series Glamour! It's the most unique color I have seen... Kind of dark blue but kind of purple at the same time. It's different every time you look at it. I could stare at it for hours.
I'm kind of in the mood for neon colors. I saw China Glaze Pink Voltage at ULTA and now I want it. It's a little hookerish, but it's SO BRIGHT. I have a lot of the China Glaze neons, but not this one! It burns my retinas.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Finally, a moment to myself to sit here and blog!
I've been on an etailer frenzy this month. I don't know what's gotten into me!
I think I've ordered from ten or so different etailers this month alone. I really wanted Coconut Hut, but she's closed until April. So I got the next best (or better) thing: Skindazzles. I freaking adore Skindazzles. The only problem is she's in Canada, so even if she ships my order the next day it still takes two weeks to get here. Well worth it, but the wait is TORTURE.
Sad Skindazzles-related story: I've been trying to actually finish some products. Working through my stash was one of my New Year's Resolutions. I finished my Skindazzles Halloween Cupcakes Whipped Body Frosting (absolutely divine, by the way) and went looking for the rest. I opened my Iced Black Tea Whipped Body Frosting and was shocked- it had grown little orange spots!! Mold! EEEW! It was only five months old! Mayan Gold also fell victim to the weird lotion mold. Luckily, Blueberry Cobbler, Happy Birthday and Buttercream Crunch survived.
In all of my years of collecting (read: hoarding) bath and body products, I have only had one other thing grow mold. And actually, it didn't grow mold, it came to me moldy. A glitterbug from LUSH that they wouldn't even replace! Bastards.
Moving on... So many topics to address, so little time!
I'm absolutely in love with TiGi Brunette Goddess shampoo and conditioner. It works great, but the most important thing about it is the scent. Incredible. Like thick, sugary almond buttercream. It's so unique and I can't live without it now. All it needs is to have more products in the line! Just shampoo and conditioner? Weak.
Since Brunette Goddess is lacking in product variety, I have two other hair product loves. Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner and HealthySexyHair Pumpkin Potion Leave-In Conditioner.
Carol's Daughter. I won't lie, the only reason I bought it is because it says "vanilla". When I got it I was a little surprised and slightly confused. The scent wasn't really that vanilla... It is kind of a dirty smelling chai vanilla scent. Funky but not bad. The bad part is the texture. It is WATER. It's not oil, not cream, but weird watery... something. I have never seen a watery conditioner like this.
Despite the weird texture and smell, I decide to use it. Surprise! It's awesome. It doesn't weigh down hair or make it look greasy, but it does make it shiny and smooth. It's unlike any serum or leave-in I've used. The scent on hair is much better than in the bottle. Kind of a flat vanilla, almost coconutty. The best part is I can keep adding more and more without my hair getting greasy. A word to the wise, though- be careful trying to get it out of the bottle. Like I said, this is basically vanilla-scented water and it WILL pour out all over your countertop.
Come on Carol's Daughter, who puts water in a flip open bottle? At least put it in a pump or sprayer! Weirdos.
On to the Pumpkin Potion. Doesn't do a whole lot to my hair, but is smells like PUMPKIN PIE. Yep. Anyone who knows me knows I also have an unhealthy obsession with all things pumpkin.
What else... Hmm...
OPI! I love OPI. I absolutely love OPI Designer Series polish. It's so freaking cool. It's extremely smooth, the most excellent holographic shimmer you have ever seen, and it has the PRO WIDE BRUSH. Mmm... love that Pro Wide brush. You have to see this stuff. I'll try to post some pictures, but it's so hard to capture on film.
MAC for Barbie. Or is it Barbie for MAC? Either way I'm psyched!! I have a love/hate relationship with the whole "Barbie" image and what it entails, but one thing is for sure... Barbie always has great makeup. Besides, can I ever pass up hot pink lipgloss and green eyeshadow? Nope.
You know what smell I hate? I hate the smell of freshly showered people. Ugh, it nauseates me. I do not enjoy the soap and water scent outside the shower. I don't understand the whole clean perfume trend. Do you want to smell like cheap soap? If so, why?
Only exception is Philosophy Pure Grace. It doesn't really smell like soap to me, but it is light and clean. It smells like Amazing Grace, but crisper if that makes sense.
Okay, there is one other exception. Irish Spring. It smells so good. It doesn't smell like soap, it smells like... a spring. In Ireland. Something like that. I won't use the soap because it's hell for your skin, but I did buy a spray from Cleanse Your Soul that smells just like it. I tried the one from Bathed and Infused, but it smells absolutely nothing like Irish Spring.
Bathed and Infused sucks. Not one thing I ordered from them smells anything like it should, the lotions are weak, thin and not moisturizing, and it costs too much for such a cheap product. As disappointed as I am in the products, I was tempted to buy the "Rock Candy" scent to see if it really smells like Rock Star. Hmm. We'll see.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I know, I know. I haven't updated in far too long, and believe me, I have tons to yap about!
It seems that lots of people have been googling me recently. Just last week someone found me by googling, "whipped assed videos". You might want to check my other blog for that one... heh.
Just a quick couple of comments for now:
WTF is up with Revlon? Just who do they think they are? I got a little excited when I saw the new Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer colors, and I bought Midnight Affair without a second thought.
I looked at my receipt a while later and realized that I had paid SEVEN DOLLARS FOR REVLON. OPI is only .50 more and infinitely better.
I used the polish tonight and I am incredibly disappointed. It is terrible. It's chalky, chunky and dull. The brush is tiny and sucks. It takes forever to dry. It looks pretty in the bottle but just looks like black on my nails. I feel stupid.
Seriously, Revlon, WTF. First of all, you suck. Second, you are now charging high-end prices for your crap! Eleven dollar drugstore eyeshadow?! If it was good I'd definitely pay more for it, but it's still the same cheap, chalky crap as ever.
Revlon, you are a drugstore line. Behave like one.
Also, LUSH North America price increase today. I had sworn off LUSH for their shitty customer service and hadn't purchased anything but the discontinued stuff in the summer. Recently I decided I needed more bubble bars, so I ordered a ton of stuff. It's already expensive for an inexpensive product with absolutely no packaging (or packaging that is useless and leaks) and now they're raising prices again. This company needs to get their act together. Seriously.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
Inspired by the person who hit my blog by googling "GULP BPAL" yesterday:
Gulp is NOT BPAL. It is FeMaledictions and it smells awful. I wouldn't suggest buying it unless you want to smell like a greasy taco. Cause that's what it smells like. Tacos. And grease.
I wouldn't recommend FeMaledictions. I have nothing positive to say about that "company".
My two cents on FeMaledictions?
Shipping took forever, no turnaround time stated on the website, after responding to my first email there was no communication whatsoever and no response to my additional emails, the oils are very cheap in quality and not unique. The product I ended up with was cheap base oil visibly separated from cheap fragrance oil. The stuff won't even mix back together! Everything I ordered resembles a lava lamp.
Everything that I ordered was either too weak and greasy to smell, or smelled exactly like stuff I have ordered from other etailers. Unique my ass. I was missing an item that I ordered and it was replaced with something I didn't order. My box was filled with advertisements for companies that have nothing to do with fragrance or bath and body products.
The pros? Everything was labeled nicely and the "viles" are large. They're about twice the size of the standard 1/32oz vial.
Apart from other issues that arose after I had ordered, the website it an eyesore. It's so hard to navigate and the color scheme is not conducive to a pleasurable shopping experience. It is conducive to squinty headaches, though.
Now, BPAL (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab) on the other hand is wonderful. Be prepared to wait a month or two for your order to be shipped. The product is well worth it. The best items, I've found, are the Limited Editions that are released quite often. Lunar oils, seasonal oils, special series such as Carnaval Diabolique.
Now, don't call me a BPAL fangirl, cause I'm not into that. What I will say is that BPAL is infinitely superior to pretty much all fragrance oil companies. The quality of the oils is incomparable. They are unique within the fragrance market (though a lot of the scents are similar to each other) and they are very often imitated.
Personally, I own over 300 (most likely more, I haven't counted in a while) different Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab oils. My personal favorites are: Monster Bait: Closet, Monster Bait: Underpants, Bliss, De Sade, Chrysanthemum Moon, Beaver Moon, Mme. Moriarty Misfortune Teller, Miskatonic University, Dorian, Snake Oil, Samhain, Trick or Treat, Snow White, Red Lantern, Jack, Loviatar, Vice, Jolasveinar... The list can go on forever.
What I would like to say to you if you are considering making a purchase from a perfume oil etailer is this: Do your research and make an educated purchase. Know who you are buying from and how they treat their customers. Without good customer service, a company is worthless. Why bite the hand that feeds you?
On the same tangent, I will, however, buy fragrance oils from bath and body etailers. I love to buy as many samples as I can just to see if I like the scents. I know full well that these places use pre-manufactured stock oils in their scents, and I am okay with that. The reason? They are not claiming to be unique, hand-blended oils, and they do not mainly sell perfumes. I am too lazy to buy stock oils and blend my own scents and make my own lotion and bubble bath or what have you. I would love for someone else to do it for me, and put it in a pretty package with a goofy name.
Wow, that was more of a rant than I planned. It's early, it's Saturday, I'm going back to bed.