Monthly Archives: January 2013

Update & Bdellium Tools Sneak Peek

I recently did a swap with Product Hoochie and the package she sent my way arrived a few days ago.  So I hope to get that post ready to share with you soon.  I had originally planned to work on that today but I ended up on a contagious cleaning spree.  For some reason I can’t always seem to just clean one room or focus on one particular task, it just starts to spread like a highly infectious disease and the next thing I know I’m completely committed and cleaning things with a toothbrush half the time.  I swear it’s hereditary because I hear from my cousins that they find themselves doing similar things.  It’s like one minute you’re a normal human being cleaning your surroundings in a very sane controlled way, then it’s almost like you’ve blacked out, lost a few hours and snap back only to find yourself doing a disturbingly thorough deep clean as if you’re preparing for the CSI of house inspectors to make a visit.  We all have our quirks…right?

Now onto the sneaky peek!  I ordered a few Bdellium brushes from Amazon.de a few weeks ago while ordering a birthday gift for a little buddy of mine back in the Mitten.  Amazon is such an enabler by the way.  I had been hearing and reading great things about Bdellium for quite some time so I thought I’d pick up a few brushes from their various different ranges.  I will of course do a review once I get a good feel for them.  Let me know if you’ve used Bdellium brushes and what your thoughts are.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

*The purple 957 Precision Kabuki is a limited edition only available through Amazon.

Just a quick pic taken with my phone.

Just a quick pic taken with my phone.

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Maybelline: Light In Purple Color Tattoo

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Maybelline New York

Product:  Color Tattoo 24hr Gel Cream

Animal Tested:  Yes

Cruelty Free:  No

Vegan:  No

Color:  85-Light In Purple

Formula:  Poor

Pigmentation:  Poor

Wear Time:  Okay

Amount of Product:  .14 oz. / 4 g

Price:  €6,95 EUR (Converts to about $9.34 USD / £5.93 GBP)

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Availability:  This color is only available in Europe.  I found mine at my local DM Drogerie here in Germany.

What I liked:  I loved how this looked in the little jar at the store.  It almost seemed to have a bit of a subtle duo-chrome effect.  It even looked promising when initially swatched it on my hand.

What I didn’t like:  The formula was not nice.  The consistency felt really slick and did not apply opaque at all.  The lilac color almost completely disappeared once it was on my eyelids.

My two cents:  I was oh so excited and full of optimism when I first laid eyes on Light In Purple, as evident from my previous post.  Sadly though, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.  Aside from looking pretty in the jar, it had absolutely no redeeming qualities.  As I mentioned above it was not like other nine Color Tattoos I that I own.  It felt really slick whereas other colors I have from the line have more of a thicker slightly more dry creamy feel in comparison.  Once it was on my eyes all that was really left behind was the shimmer.  This color can’t be built up either.

Just for the sake of being able to give a fair review I kept it on overnight.  After just three hours of wear I noticed that Light In Purple had already began it’s disappearing act.  By the time I woke up the next morning it looked as though someone had tried to remove it during the night as there was only a trace of it left in the form of the shimmer.

Sine it just didn’t seem that this would be something I would be able to make work on it’s own, I decided to give it a try as a base with my Sugarpill Heart Breaker palette since it was so sheer and by sheer I mean virtually colorless.  I didn’t even like it as a base because it’s just too shimmery and it caused my Sugarpill shadow colors to come off really strange.  Not to mention that it just does not seem to the staying power as other Color Tattoos.

I really wanted to love this, although I would have settled for liking it, but it seems that it was not meant to be.  After trying to make it work and find a use for it, I decided to return it.  For the record, I don’t take returning cosmetics lightly as it’s something I don’t like to do.  However, these little suckers are on the pricey side for a single drugstore eyeshadow in my opinion and I just could not justify keeping something that I would never use and would surely end up in the garbage.

Tips:  Just do not bother with this, it’s a complete miss.

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New Color Tattoo’s Spotted in Germany

Tonight I was in DM and I stumbled upon a display for the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Creme-Gels.  I know there have been two new sets of colors released in the U.S. but as far as I know, this is the first time they’ve added anything new to the line here in Europe.  So in other words, this is rather exciting news for all of us ladies living here in Germany.   At the moment I don’t know if these are limited edition or whether they will be part of Maybelline’s permanent collection, but I will do some digging so that I can let you know when I do a full review.  There were four colors available but I only two appealed to me.  While I think that three of the colors are the same or similar to some of the recent U.S. releases, there was one that I believe is exclusive to Europe.  As I said I will do some research and stop back by my local DM to hopefully get some pics of the display if I can manage it and at the very least some swatches of the other colors as well as a complete list of the new color names.

Without further adieu, here is your little sneak peek…

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I know this is a bit of tease, but I didn’t want to say or show too much before I do my review.  I will say this though, Light in Purple is pretty awesome in the jar.  We shall have to wait to and see if it’s as lovely once it’s applied.  Keep an eye out for these reviews and as always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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My Big Fat China Wish List

Captain Canada just got back from Switzerland and he heads to China this weekend.  So you can probably guess that I am working on a wish list.  Along with a good rice cooker, some nice udon bowls, and anything Hello Kitty I am hoping that he can find Nfu Oh nail polish while he is there as well as some Korean cosmetics.  I already have a few things from Skin 79, Misha, Skinfood, Holika Holika & Baviphat on my list.  However, I was wondering if any of you might have some suggestions.  If you so, please comment below.

I am quite looking forward to getting my hands on some new things.  It seems I’m always coming across different cosmetic products from Korea & Japan and quite frankly, more often than not the packaging is out of this world.  I also feel that being so fair that these products might just work well with my pasty glow in the dark the skin.  By the way, if he comes home with even one bottle of Nfu Oh I will probably faint due to sheer surprise and excitement.  With that said though, I would honestly rather have the Captain at home with myself and the Incredibly Bullie Duo where he belongs.  I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the end of his work travels for a little while at least.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Sugarpill: Heart Breaker Palette

Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Sugarpill

Product Name:  4 Color Heart Breaker Palette

Animal Tested: No

Cruelty Free:  Yes

Vegan:  Acidberry, Velocity & Mochi are but 2 AM is not

Formula:  Excellent

Pigmentation:  Excellent

Amount of Product:  4 grams / .14 oz. x 4

Price:  $34 USD

 

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Availability:  I ordered my palette from Beautylish since they had a nice little deal where they would throw in the coveted @#$%! if you purchased the Heart Breaker palette.  (I believe you can still take advantage of this special but only while supplies last.)  You can order directly from Sugarpill Cosmetics, who just happen to ship internationally.  If you live in the UK you can also find this palette as well as other Sugarpill products at Love Make Up. While Sugarpill palettes are normally £24.99 on Love Make Up, the Heart Breaker palette is currently on for £21.00.

What you get:  Acidberry – matte lime green with a slight pearl sheen.  Velocity – vibrant matte royal blue.  2 AM – matte purple with a slight pearl sheen.  Mochi – matte mint sea foam with a slight pearl sheen.

What I liked:  These shadows are so incredibly pigmented, soft and buttery in texture.  They produce very little fall out and these are one of the few eyeshadows I’ve used that have not irritated my sensitive eyes, even when used as a liner.  Each individual eyeshadow pan is monstrous in size so you’re getting some major bang for your buck as far as size and quality are concerned.  The packaging is ridiculously adorable and I love that they included a mirror that is both large enough and has enough magnification to actually make it useful.

What I didn’t like:  The only legit gripe I have is that the palettes are no longer magnetic.  In the past they were, but last June they revamped them and decided to glue them into place.  With that said though, I’m sure there was some reasoning behind the decision.

My two cents:  Let’s just say it was love at first swipe!  I had been swooning over and coveting Sugarpill shadows for ages and I am so glad that I finally took the plunge.  This palette along with the other two individual pressed shadows that I own have been nothing short of awesome.  The first two weeks I had these, I wore them exclusively.  My husband even thought they looked great and each time I bust out my Heartbreaker palette he comments on them.  Good thing I married  guy that has not only embraces but quite likes my Rainbow Brite tendencies.

Keep in mind that Sugarpill pressed eyeshadows are also available individually.  So if you’re not digging all the colors in this palette or just find palettes bulky and cumbersome there is no need to fret.

I will definitely be adding more Sugarpill to my collection.  In fact I plan to pick up the Burning Heart and Sweetheart palettes as well which are the only other two palettes available at this time.  I have read that there are some new products in the works though so I will be anxiously awaiting their release.

I could not help but mention that I have a bit of a girl crush on the company founder Amy Doan a.k.a. Shrinkle.  She saw a gap in the market and decided to pull up her boot straps, get stuck in and do something about it, all the while striving to provide her customers with a superb high quality product.  She also has the most amazing hair I have ever laid my eyes on.  If you’d like to learn more about Amy and the story behind Sugarpill then check out her interview on Beautylish.

Tips:  Prep your lids with a good quality eyeshadow base or primer to help maximize color vibrancy and wear time.

I apologize if you’re disappointed by the fact that I did not include swatches, but I did make an attempt and I just didn’t feel that I did the product justice, and felt as though it would be unfair to include them.  However, if you would like to see some great swatches that do in fact do the Heart Breaker palette justice then head over to Temptalia or Scrangie and read their thoughts as well.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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