Monday, June 29, 2009

Fyrinnae Swatches

It took me 5 hours and some cramping fingers but I finally got these done! Behold swatches of the 24 Fyrinnae colors I own.

Edit: I forgot to mention these are swatched dry over a primer

polar bear, trickery, rapunzel, melty, gorgeous devil, chlorophyll

newcastle, equalty, dark magik, kabuki, sennyo, kitten in heels

shallow sleep, digital faerie, dragon tears, velocraptor, leif, elven dagger

dragon wings, dragonskin, sea turtle, njordr, japan, embrace

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My MAC FF haul

I got my MAC haul from the friends and family discount. I'm pretty happy with everything, although Freshwater seemed more impressive at the counter and its really close to NYX's Maui and a couple other colors I have.

Chrome Yellow e/s
Freshwater pro pan
Prep+Prime w/ SPF 50
l/s from top to bottom: Bombshell, Creme de la Femme, Blow Dry, Show Orchid

Blow Dry is less orange irl, and Show Orchid is much brighter

& my entire MAC lipstick stash all together

Friday, June 19, 2009

Target brand Up & Up Baby Wipes as Facial Wipes

If you are looking for some affodable but amazing make up remover or facial cleaning wipes check out the Target brand (now called Up & Up) unscented baby wipes.

-hypoallergenic real-cloth wipes
-alcohol free
-natural aloe and Vitamin E
-cushiony texture for superior cleaning

I saw this idea from someone else on a make up board and forgot about it until we ran out of baby wipes for my nephew. I promply thought of these and ran off to get them. I think everyone uses make up wipes at some point, but a lot of brands do run kind of expensive for these tiny packs of only 20 or 30 wipes, or super expensive for packs of 100.

The Target brand baby wipes comes in packs of 88 for $1.97. I believe there is a jumbo pack of around 300 for about $4 and small pack of 40 for $1.27. Each cloth is really long, one side is textured the other is smooth. The unscented kind have no smell at all. I've used them on my eyes with zero irritation. I've used them to take off lip products and there is no taste left over. What I love most is that there is no residue left over on my face. Any other wipe I've used leaves my skin feeling damp and tacky like I didn't rinse off my cleanser all the way. These Target wipes leaves my face feeling very clean like I just got out of the shower. I also use these to clean my make up brushes and wipe down any powder from my vanity area.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Easy Flacky/Itchy Scalp Fix

All my life I've had oily hair. About 24 hours after I wash it it's greasy and gross again so I usually wash it every night. However there are days when I get home too late or I'm just too tired to wash it so I'll put it off for a day. You'd think with all the grease I wouldn't have a problem with flakes but it actually creates them because the extra "moisture" on my scalp makes that skin come off and I end up with white bits in my hair. The extra oil makes my scalp itchy too so scratching it makes even more flakes.

There are plenty of products out there that are marketed towards this problem and its hard to know whats going to work for you, but there is something so simple that my mom's been using on me since I was a kid that I always come back to: Apple Cider Vinegar.

Yup, the smelly brown stuff that anyone with a nose should fear.

When ever I start getting a flaky or itchy scalp I get a big cup and fill it with 1/3 Vinegar and 2/3 warm water. I put it on in the shower and let it sit while I wash my face. Then I rinse it out and use my usual shampoo and conditioner. This totally cures the itching and stops the flakes. It does leave your hair smelling for a while so don't do this if you're going out in a few hours.

I believe you can get this at most grocery stores. Be sure to use a organic/natural brand like Bragg's as others can be dilluted and have added chemicals which may make them less effective. You want the purest form you can get.

Apple Cider Vinegar is also good for curing ring worms (soak a cotton ball and tape it on), relieving a sore throat (gargle & spit, don't swallow), and many other things (my mom uses it to clean our bathroom and kitchen floors).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mascara: The 3 month rule.

One of the most commonly advertised "rules" for mascara is that you're suppose to throw it out after 3 months. The reasoning behind this is that bacteria gets in the tube and can infect your eyes.

Is this a genuine issue, or is it a marketing scam to get you to need to buy more mascara, thus giving cosmetic companies more money?

I believe its the latter.

Lets look at this bacteria issue for a moment.

1) How would it get inside your mascara? Every tube of mascara I've seen has a tiny opening with a rubber stopper that prevents too much product from getting out, and basically anything else from getting in. You can't put any dirty fingers inside, and you're probably not going to spit in it or blow dirty air inside or something. The only place the applicator wand touches is your eyelashes. I can only speak for myself, but I usually put on eye makeup after washing my face, so theoretically I don't have germs in my eyes when I put my mascara on. On that note, your eyes don't make bacteria all by themselves, and they have a natural way of flushing out anything that isn't suppose to be there (tears!).

2) If it did get bacteria inside, so what? There's bacteria in the air, which gets in your eyes. Its on our fingers, which come into contact with ours eyes and mouths all the time. If you get an eye infection I think its more likely that it'll come from your fingers then your mascara. I got pink eye once when I was 10, and I never used any form of eye make up back then. I haven't had any eye infections since then and my current mascara's are between 2 & 3 years old.

3) Don't we do the exact same thing with lip gloss? We put the same wand on our lips and back into the tube everyday. As long as it doesn't go bad people generally use the same lip gloss for several years or until its used up. If there is bacteria its not going in our eyes, its going in our mouths which to me sound a lot worse. No one's telling us to throw out our lip gloss after 3 months because it might make us sick.

I think its pretty illogical to think your mascara is going to breed some horrible bacteria after 3 months. Like I said above, all of my current mascaras are a few years old and I haven't had any problems. I have yet to have one dry up. I've only in my life used one mascara up and that took a few years and was one with the lash primer on one side & the mascara on the other so it was half what you get in a normal mascara. There has only be one mascara that I thought went bad, but it was 5 or 6 years old and I didn't remember if it smelled bad to begin with or not.

This is just my opinion. You don't have to hold onto your mascara until the end of the world like me, but don't toss out something that still works great and waste that money.

This look here was done with my 3 year old Maybelline Great Lash mascara, it still looks great right? Look no germs...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Review: ELF Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging 5 out of 5
Price: $1
Size: 18 pads
Where To Buy:
Would I buy Again: Yes

Our unique fragrance free formula allows you to quickly and easily remove your make up while leaving your face fresh and clean. Eighteen pads are conveniently packed in a travel case that lets you easily store the pads in your travel case or everyday bag.

Smooth pad over closed lid and lashes. Tissue off lashes before reapplying makeup. Leaves eyes feeling fresh and clean. Recommended for use with e.l.f. Earth & Water Mascara Duo and e.l.f. eye makeup.

I really love these eye makeup remover pads. They are so great at removing makeup and I don't have to rub over the same area again and again to get everything off. It says is doesn't have a fragrance but I think is smells like baby whipes. The pad is very thin but it picks up a lot and its very sturdy. The only thing I would complain about is that after I use it my eyelids are a little sticky (like my eyelid just sticks together a bit) so I need to rinse with water. Also it doesn't 100% remove mascara but I'd say it gets 80-90%. It would be really great if elf made a jumbo or refill pack because it only holds 18 pads.

-gentle baby whipe smell
-cleans makeup off fast with no rubbing
-pad is thin but very sturdy, won't fall apart
-doesn't burn or irratate eyes
-package is very small and portable

-leaves skin a little tacky/sticky
-doesn't completey remove mascara

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fab $1 pink lipstick haul

These are only $1 and pretty good quality imo. I'm going to do swatches of my other Wet N Wild colors soon.

525 Retro Pink - light/mid tone pink with slight purple tone

521 Fuchsia w/ Blue Pearl (MAC's Girl About Town & Lickable dupe) - bright hot pink with blue pearl