Monday, May 31, 2010

Lots of stuff! Very long post xD

 Okay, um.. So I was backlogged again. My intentions of swatching my collection by brand, thwarted. My camera had died. UGH. But I got a new, better one! So I have lots of stuff to show you. First off, Color Club Fast Woman. I bought this because I adore dark red jellies, and I wanted something lighter than Revlon Devlish. Blood red, is really my goal. And... it is that color..in SOME artificial lights. However, in sun or some indoor lighting, it's like the light rays penetrate the lacquer and light it up from within- this jelly turns BRIGHT red! This isn't a mere shade/direct light issue; it's actually the type of light it's in. Let me show you.

In my office- it's a nice dark red.
Still dark, same room.

A few feet away, in my bedroom- WOAH!
Full sun- bright, retro red.

Bright red in the shade. It does not change color, as long as it's in a natural type of light. To prove it?

Here it is, in a dark SHADOW in my bedroom. As you can see, it's still a bright red!

At first, I was really unsure. I don't wear bright colors like this- and I'm not big into classic reds. And at my office, if I move anywhere away from my desk or the lobby, it's this bright a** red! But I get SO many compliments on it, that I don't really miss the deep bloody color I bought it for. The formula is lovely, but I can't remember if this swatch is 2 or 3 coats.

Okay, another polish I swatched that day was Color Club Catwalk Queen. Now I do stand by my dislike of very dark can't-see-color-without-a-spotlight-and-a-magnifying-glass colors. But Catwalk Queen is a nice deep eggplant/black basde with a tyrian purple shimmer that does show color in all lights, and I do adore it. That said, I don't have another color like this in my stash, because I don't see the point.





Indoors, outdoors, shade and a bonus pic I thought was pretty. It is a very glossy, shimmery color with nice depth. Once again, the formula is luuurvely. This is 2 coats. Now, that WAS the last of my Color Clubs, ...until I bought Electronica and Rev'd Up. I have worn them both, but didn't take pictures because my camera was dead! Ack.

 Lastly, I want to show you my mannequin hands color. There isn't one that I have ever seen, on the market. This is a franken with a base of ChG Heirloom Organza with a couple drops of OPI YDKJ, a few of Ginger Bells, and some yellow-brown mineral foundation pigment from AllNaturalFace. It's sort of jelly-ish, but is opaque at three coats. There wasn't good sun this day- it was late and a bit cloudy. But you can see how well it blends in with my skintone! I really need to remember to wear it matte, but I included a blurry pic.. because that.. sorta gets the idea across? As you can see, my nails are stubby nubblins- there was a bit of an accident and instead of saving the chips, I decided to just chop 'em off. They'll grow back.



Annnd I almost forgot. A bit of a skittles style swatch- Sinful Bali Mist and Let Me Go alone and over black. Let Me Go is a frosty sheer lavender with an overwhelming light teal shimmer that turns into a bright blue flash in the right direction. Bali Mist is a pink-purple with a pink shimmer that turns gold to orange in the right light. 





PHEW! OMG I am SO done. But I still have a couple of reviews to do, and I'm gonna start including more eyshadows and lipgloss! I don't have chem for the next two months, so that helps. God help me when I start Orgo, though!

Friday, May 21, 2010

NYX Sale!!

 Okay, let me just tell you that before I was a polishaholic, I was a lipglossaholic. However, when I decided to stop putting random carcinogenic chemicals and parabens on my face, I threw all of my glosses away, and instead, replaced them with natural alternatives. More on those later. What you need to know is that I made myself every color I could ever want, and it was cheap, and fun, but the gloss doesn't have the sort of lasting power that I wanted and isn't thick enough. Now if I wanted, I could reformulate it- it's easy enough to do. BUT I DON'T WANT TO. However, this has led me to one very big roadblock when it comes to finding lipgloss:

It is extremely hard to find gloss with no parabens in it, or even brands that care to divulge their ingredients.

And I think it's totally f**ked up that they don't. Ingredients are on my lotion, my food, my conditioner, etc. What makes my face so different? And ladies, why are we using products by companies that want to keep secrets from you? Ugh, don't get me started.

Anyway, in the lipgloss arena, NYX provides. I'm probably going to go to Ulta and haul, or slowly start replenishing my collection with them. I think some of their glosses are a bit oversexualized, but that's all in good fun.  They've got pots, tubes,...pocket rockets. And a good selection of colors. I prefer glosses that look like jelly, with no shimmer, although that's not always true.

NYX is also making me consider their Glitterati palette. The first time I saw it I was like "Ugh wtf is THAT'...but you know? The looks  you can get with it pack a punch, and I'm in to that on my eyes. HowEVER the palette is cremes, and apparently they haven't figured out how to put the preservative from their lipgloss into that, because it has parabens. I'm not so hot  on that.

Anyway, CherryCulture  is having a 25% off sale on NYX, an already affordable brand. Do check it out!


 I probably won't participate...I dunno, maybe. But they have a huge display in my Ulta.

In other news, we're getting a camera soon! Which is good because I have a few new polishes...

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile

So.. Two weeks since a post? Yeah. Still no camera. We're working on it. In the meantime, I'm just DYING to swatch polish, and shadows and glosses. Ugh! I've accumulated some new Orlys, Sinfuls and Color Clubs- The Bed, Bath and Beyond by me put in a huge display! They have a lot of polish  anyway, though. Anyway, it's been two weeks since I said that I wanted to review that Burt's Bees cleanser...


 Now, this is not specifically formulated for acne. However, that having been said, it does work. I've seen a reduction in those pesky little sparse grainy pimples I still get. The cleanser is totally smooth and creamy, with the consistency of a benzoyl peroxide cleanser. It is extremely gentle on skin, and doesn't tingle or burn. In fact, if it gets around your eyes, it still won't burn, though it is mentholated so your eyes would water. Cons? I really really hate the way it makes my face feel after I've rinsed it off- Though water its the first ingredient, it really does not act water based at all, and stays creamy as it's being rinsed. So what happens is that my face still feels like...thick and a bit oily  after it's gone, so I wipe it off with a towel and don't use moisturizer. Now, believe me, I don't believe oil is bad for my skin; I did oil cleansing for quite a while, and my favorite  home made moisturizer is shea butter based. But I dunno. I think because I don't use moisturizer, though, my skin feels a little oily after I wake up. I don't think that's the Burt's Bees fault. 

Anyway, it retails for $8-$9 bucks, and in my experience, it does work. I  might consider getting their acne stuff, but I'm still on the fence. I actually don't like Burt's Bees as a company, but that's a story for another day...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Last of the Color clubs, and other things~

 Ok so in my efforts to post pics of all my current polishes, I decided that since I reviewed three other Color Club polishes, I'd finish off what I have of that brand, since it's not too many. Fuh. Easier said than done, because it has begun to rain every afternoon now. How can I take swatches with no sun? Before I start, here's a crap pic (rainin' outside) of CC High Society with 1 and 2 coats of ChG Unplugged Holo Topcoat, respectively.




As a color, I preferred it with only one coat. It looked like the polish came that way- a grey with a holo shimmer. As a toy and distraction, obviously 2 coats were better. So speaking of holos, after I took this off, I decided to put on Color Club Revvvolution. This was a polish that I knew I HAD to have when I saw it. Gunmetal grey, AND holo? Be still my beating heart. But hell if it didn't rain all day? Sunshowers and whatnot. I literally had to run out with my camera when the clouds parted for 3 minutes to get these pics- twice. I failed once. 





I type entirely too much .That is 9 hours worth of tipwear on the middle and ring fingers, there. Also I am apparently a bit dehydrated. Shame shame. The formula is great- you can tell because I could get it super close to my cuticles. This is 3 coats. 2 is normally fine for me- holo particles block *most* VNL.

 aaaaand.. this was supposed to be a multi-swatch post, but my camera decided to die. Don'tchya just hate planned obsolescence? Hopefully we can get this fixed, soon, because LOOKIE HERE!


Wet n' Wild Wild Card, Sinful Bali Mist, Daddy's Girl (OMG WEARING IT RIGHT NOW), Social Ladder, and Let Me Go.

 As an aside, a friend of mine said that Burt's Bees facial cleansers worked really well for her acne. I had a week of junkfood binging, and broke out, so I bought some Burt's Bees Soapbark and Chamomile cleanser (not specifically for acne). 

I've used it for about a week- I'll do a review after two. See ya!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Kinky Curly Review

So, I don't have that many natural curly hair followers. If I do, then this is for you. It's also kinda for googlers.

 On the top, we have Kinky Curly (heretofore referred to as KC) Conditioner (top) and gel (bottom). The conditioner, Knot Today is really great, all natural, and super easy to work with. Like I mentioned in this post  about their charity contributions, I find that the conditioner works just as well considerably watered down. This is good to know because it is SO hard to get a hold of, here in Winter Park. Only my nearby Whole Foods carries it, but it flies off of the shelves whenever they get it in. Come on, ladies, SAVE SOME FOR ME. Also, paying shipping on conditioners is crippling, and this retails for around $11. I use it solely as a leave-in; it would be too expensive to use all of my nice conditioners as cowash materials. Just... rinsing that money down the drain.... 
 Last summer, when I first tried out KCKT, I declined on buying the gel. I had a twa and really wasn't into attempting shingling or anything on it- seeing how poor my results were with conditioner. I decided to have a go at it again, now that my hair's around six inches. Now online, at Curlmart.com , you can find the Custard in 8 and 16 oz sizes, for $17.00 and $30.00. But at Whole Foods, they ONLY sell the large size. All in all, this makes sense. But it kinda hurt, springing for $29.99 hair gel. : / 

So. After watching a couple of videos, and DCing my hair, I cowashed with my big ol' bottle of Aussie Moist, rinsed that alll the way out, and ran some Knot Today through my hair, after twist-drying it with an old t-shirt. I pulled out my Denman D3, but didn't really use it for curl definition. I don't know if it's because of my type, but this never helps me more than just conditioner would. So. Anyway. Starting at the nape I raked a VERY SMALL amount of gel from roots to ends. By small I mean barely pressed my hands into the gel until I came up with a slick layer on my fingers, not a gob. My hair hung and curled up very well, though by the time I got to my crown I felt like I needed a bit more to get the same effect. Here's what I ended up with- I clipped the roots in the front to help it not revert so much. Here's my hair fresh from a shower- it's super fluffy because I haven't put the KCKT in it yet.


And here we have my hair with the gel fully applied. It's not that white- just shiny.


Ignore that frizzy looking ness over on my left side. It's not really frizzy. The curls were well defined, shrunk up a little, and cute. On the bad side, my hair felt crunchy, even though I used so little. That's really unnerving to me because I just got over protein overload, or hair crunchyitis. The curls lasted for the whole week, though I was dying to wash them out- the crunchiness was killing me. Although, after a lot of 'hands in hair' action, they softened up- bit when I grabbed a handful of hair and squeezed, there was still some crunch, and that made me antsy.
day 3 or 4
 Each day I'd spray it with some conditioner and water, and that was all it really needed. I might try it again, rinsing it through in the shower. I was worried the first morning after, because it was sleep-smushed and I didn't know if I could fluff it without messing up the curl- but not to worry, it sprang up just fine. My hair curls up pretty okay otherwise, and honestly I'd rather have frizz than crunchy hair. But I still think it's worth it, because the jar is so. big. It will be particularly useful when my hair is longer. But if you can't abide by crunchy hair, don't waste your money. Otherwise, I would totally suggest it.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Color Club Rebel Debutante III: High Society

Hey there, is everyone having a nice weekend? I know I am- I went to the beach yesterday! Since Sunday is for relaxing, I had time to show you the last polish I have from this collection; High Society. High Society is a putty grey, or Geige as someone started calling it. It's lighter and browner than Essie Chinchilly, if my thinking is correct, but don't worry, I'll do a comparison on my next post. In artificial light, it takes on a lilac cast. Well I think so, anyway. In a way, it almost seems like a jelly on the first coat, but it's definitely not. Like the rest, the formula was ATROCIOUS. I mean, I suppose it could have been worse, but to me, it was the worst of the three. By now though I've figured that the only way to get it looking decent is to apply the coats as thin as you can get them. This is three, but strangely there is still some VNL. That normally wouldn't bother me, but in a creme? Come on.





it's more beige-lavender indoors

Now I think this mani did come out cute in the end, but lest you think it's flawless, here's a closeup of the streaky-chunkiness. This is WITH two fat Poshe coats, mind you:

imagine this without topcoat...

 As with the other two I purchased, I'm really pleased with the color. It's a very feminine French grey and I adore it. Absolute shame, too, because I might even like it a bit more than Chinchilly if the formula didn't give me so much grief. As I mentioned, I applied the coats veeeeerrrry thinly, and oh. my. god. you should have seen how slooowwwllly I did it. I really tried my hardest. I shouldn't have to work that hard to paint my nails.

....But damn if it ain't pretty.

See you next time!