Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Merry Christmas, readers!

I just wanted to wish a happy holidays to all of my readers and people who pop in here! Hopefully, your day has been good! :D :D

I wish I had gotten a picture of my EOTD for yesterday - it was pretty cute! Green and red and lots of shimmer. My batteries died, however. xP I had to wait for them to charge. Maybe I'll recreate it.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book Review: "Agents of Light and Darkness", Simon R. Green


Image yoinked from chapters.indigo.ca, because my camera's batteries keep dying.


When we last left our hero, John Taylor, he had just decided to move into the Nightside fulltime (he also acquired a secretary for his job, but that's besides the point - and she likes constantly poking fun at him) again. Couldn't have come at a better time! Things are on the move! Things are always on the move in the Nightside.

To be exact, the "things" on the move are angels (the so-called "agents of light and darkness" there in the title). They are not cherubim. They are not even like those annoying angels from Sinfest. Or like the angels from Supernatural (who are quite badass, I'll give you that much). And absolutely none of that "Touched By an Angel" crap. Noooo, the angels who have come to the Nightside are full-on Biblical. No one can even look at them without turning to salt. They care about nothing but what they have come to recover.

And what they're looking for is the Unholy Grail - the cup held by Judas at the Last Supper when he betrayed Jesus. Someone in the Nightside has it, and they will saltify anyone who they think has it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fyrinnae swatches!

Fyrinnae. One of the most beloved little indie makeup shops out there - and with good reason. Their products are awesome, their customer service is awesome, and they are all around awesome. The end. I love them. These are swatches of my first two orders (haven't made a third yet, will most likely be doing so in the new year, though). Some of these aren't available anymore, though. :/

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Meow Hallowe'en 2010 swatches!

(Yeah. Two months after they stopped being available. Ahem.)

I only got four of the eyeshadows available from the (really really big) Hallowe'en shop that Meow offered - two from the Alien Abduction collection, two from Dance of Death.

Friday, December 3, 2010

*reappears out of nowhere*

Sorry, lovely readers, I've been away for the last couple of weeks. I was busy finishing up my assigned work for my course (and before that, finishing up NaNoWriMo - I completed the 50k, despite not really being into the story after a while). End of the year madness, of course, but now I only have to wait until my final exam is announced and I've got more free time again! And I need to reply to your comments sometime today!

(Also, is it really weird that I'm kinda already trying to figure out what my Christmas makeup looks are going to be? Even though it's not for a few more weeks...?)

Upcoming!
  • Swatches! Fyrinnae (finally. Took me long enough), Meow Hallowe'en 2010, and Hi-Fi's Art Saves!

  • Book reviews! Simon R. Green's Agents of Light and Darkness, Jim Butcher's Fool Moon, Mercedes Lackey's The Faerie Godmother, and probably a few more besides. (... writing reviews of new releases? What is this nonsense? Heh.)

  • Uh. Whatever else I think of? I don't know yet.

Friday, November 19, 2010

So. Much. Shiny.

Meow Cosmetics have opened their Xmas Shoppe, which is all of their Christmas collections. I thought Hallowe'en had a lot. I was wrong. So much sparkly stuff. o_o There's 12 collections.

They also have an early Black Friday sale starting tonight - the usual: US has free shipping, Canada has free shipping at $30+, and other international has free shipping at $50+.

(There's stuff I'm pretty sure I want, but I'm going to hold off for a while, since these are going to be available for a month and a half or so, and it's not quite the rush that there was for the Hallowe'en collections. But SO MUCH STUFF. I'm especially liking the Xmas Tree, Glacial Grove, Holiday Ghost Stories, Merry Mayhem, and the two December-only collections. It's going to take a while to narrow everything down.)

And now for something completely different.

I was going to do a proper NaNoWriMo post, but then I realised that a) a lot of people have said what I wanted to say, and I'd just be repeating them and b) meh. So instead I'm posting about a program that I was introduced to through NaNoWriMo... last year, I think, actually.

Liquid Story Binder is developed by Black Obliesk Software. It's basically exactly what it sounds like - a virtual binder. On using it for the first time, it can be overwhelming because it's such a versatile program, and can be rather complicated at first.

I initially wasn't that drawn to it - there was too much for me to even think of using, and I just couldn't be bothered to figure it out. And then as more and more of my writing settled itself in the same universe, and I needed a way to be able to cross-reference between storylines and character profiles and timelines, I realised that it was probably much better to use than I thought.

It's a teeny little program - download size comes in at about 7 mbs. And then you open it, and then you discover just how much is stuffed into that itty bitty program.

I would say it's like Microsoft OneNote meets yWriter5 meets a simplified version of XMind. And maybe a few others besides. I mean, sure, you could use any of these programs individually, but eventually having several programs open all at once can get a bit taxing (and that's if you're actually organized. I am not. This helps with the organization a lot).

Off the top of my head, this program can:
- produce outlines
- create mind maps
- create character listings
- has a fully-loaded word processor (that's more like Wordpad than Notepad) which also has a full screen mode
- produce storyboards
- a built-in journal section
- an image gallery
- create checklists
- create timelines
- a playlist manager (which I've never used because my sound card is on the fritz and I rarely listen to music on my computer anymore)

I'm still looking for the option that makes me tea, but it does A LOT. And it's teeny. I think the developers have access to Time Lord technology.

Considering all it can do, LSB costs a fairly reasonable $50 USD. If that made you wince a little (I did just say how small the program was, after all), that $50 registration/license/whatever code entitles you to 1) free upgrades for... basically forever... from the time you buy it and 2) the ability to use the program on any computer (that runs Windows XP through 7, of course) you wish. (It was actually point 2 that I was concerned about, because my computer is getting up there in age, and I may need to replace it within the next year, and I didn't particularly want to spend another $50 to get a new license when I do. Apparently, it's nothing to be worried about.) Which - considering the racket that a lot of programs have (Microsoft Office, I'm looking at you and your "three computers only" license deal you have going on) - is incredibly reasonable. (It's also currently discounted for the month of November - 50% off. I paid $24 CAN for it. They're supporters of NaNoWriMo) You can also test-drive it for 30 non-consecutive days and see how much you like it.

I don't have any screenshots of my own setup (suffice to say it's very simple and everything centers around a listing), but the LSB website has examples of how it can be set up.

All in all, I really like this program. :D

Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: Lethal Lather



I first heard about Lethal Lather from Eyeconic Makeup, and as LL offers a little sample set ($2.50 for three mini-bars of soap), I decided to try them out. All of their products have names that are on the morbid side (hello, creepiest forest in the world!), but they're actually quite pleasant products.

I picked the following scents: Aokigahara, Anetzi, and Mata Hari. The samples aren't that big - the site says that they're about the size of a hotel bar of soap, but you can get a few washes out of them.

Anetzi is a bright light green coloured soap, that smells of a mix of eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint, and other... bright smells. It is also fantastic for post-workout showers and when you're sick (seriously. It helps to clear the sinuses. It's kinda awesome. I loved it when I had the flu). Actually, it kinda reminds me of a nice version of Head and Shoulders (which... I use, so, you know, not an insult there). I mean that in the best way possible. I swear.

Aokigahara smells rather greenhouse-y, with lots of watery, planty scents to it. It's also bright blue. (And I shall warn you that the blue bleeds a little, but it rinses off easily enough with no staining. So you may find bits of your shower surfaces dotted in blue, but it comes off.) It smells rather "clean" though. And like a greenhouse.

Mata Hari is a dusty rose colour. At first smell, I thought it was rather spicy-floral, but now that I've used it, it... well, it reminds me of Christmas hard candies (you know, the ones that are like sweet cinnamon-flavoured and come in a little tub and they stick together and it's a pain to seperate them but they're nice sometimes? Those?). Almost exactly that. Not that I mind, it just took me a while to remember what it smelled like.

All of the ones I've used have the same sort of moisturizing soap feel, and there's no sticky feeling like some soaps can have. The scent doesn't last for very long (I'm personally okay with this, because well, sometimes soap scents layering with other scents don't always work well) post-shower - except for Mata Hari. I smell faintly of Christmas candy for a few hours afterwards.

Shipping was also superquick (it was shipped the day after I ordered), and shipping prices are reasonable.

:D

Now back to writing. I am behiiiiiiiiiind in NaNoWriMo, oh noes!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Shiro Cosmetics swatches! :D

So. Shiro Cosmetics. What can I say about this place that hasn't been said? Adorably geeky products, crazy good service (I was not expecting a convo note on Etsy stating when she was going to ship it out - which was the next day), cute packaging (the little red bag it comes in! :D). Some of the prettiest satin shades I've seen. Basically made of win all around. Don't know why it took me until now to get around to trying them out. But they are AWESOME. :D

And swatches (even though Anastasia's are much better. Damn you camera and utter lack of natural light. DAMN YOU. *waggles fist*)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Haus of Gloi mini-review!




This will just be a mini-review, because I don't have that much to review. I got a soap (Madcap Garden), two perfume oil samples (one I bought - Elevenses, and one that was included free - Moon Dog), and a limited release lip balm (in Bloody Marshmallow).

I haven't used the soap yet, so I can't review anything on that. But the lip balm. I like it. I'm not precisely a lip balm conniseur or anything, but I do have quite a bit of it (everywhere, actually). It's a little bit grainy right out of the tube, but it melts superquick and you can't feel it on your lips. It also soaks in quick as well. The scent I got was Bloody Marshmallow - and it smells exactly like homemade marshmallows. Not sickeningly sweet, but just sugary and fluffiness, the way that a good marshmallow should smell.

The two perfume oil samples - it's kinda funny that I got sent Moon Dog, because that was the other scent that I was debating getting for soap and decided to not get for now. Ha. Weird, that. Anyway. Elevenses ("What about second breakfast? Elevenses?") is pretty much exactly as it's described - like a treat of tea and citrusy-flavoured biscuits, and the almond note comes out strong (so, uh, if you really don't like almonds, don't get this one). Once it warms up, the tea scent comes out, with something that smells like baked goods following it. Moon Dog smells like mild coconut and a bit of something musky, and a bit of something watery (and I love the mythological reference in the name!), and once it warms up, I smell the clove and nutmeg - a strange sort of combination, but it totally works (I just checked, and the notes should be sandalwood, coconut, clove and nutmeg. I don't know where I'm getting the ozone-y water smell, but I smell it for some reason).

Madcap Garden smells like all my favourite kinds of tea (well, not so much on the chamomile, but everything else - peppermint and black tea? Yes), and the soap itself has golden shimmery stuff on it (you can kinda see it in the picture). :D It's really really pretty.

So, yeah! I like Haus of Gloi. :D I shall definitely be buying again from them in the future!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One Hand Washes the Other review!



Okay, so I love Hallowe'en. Which is kinda funny because I never actually do anything for it. Seriously. I don't. I don't dress up (beyond wearing more obnoxious eye makeup than I regularly do - and I didn't even get to do that this year because I was too busy focussing on my midterm exam). I don't go anywhere. I never decorate. On the other hand, I can get cute skull and bat and black cat things for fairly cheap and I can stock up on black candles, so, you know. There's some good things in there. (It also doesn't help with the Christmas creep - come on, stores, give the other holidays their day in the sun!)

Anyway, so I heard about OHWTO's Hallowe'en scents and um. After reading the descriptions, I just had to get a few of them. One of the ones I wanted took a while to get back in the shop, so I ended up waiting about two weeks just to order them.
I got: Coven, Calaveras, and Pumpkin Eater (I believe these scents are still in OHWTO's shop, but not for much longer!).

There were also three free samples thrown in: Choco Pumpkin, Pomengranate, and Juniper Sage. And there were Hallowe'en stickers and little plastic creepy crawlies in the envelope (I would've included them in the picture, but I seem to have misplaced the envelope)! :D

(Here comes my weird sort of scent descriptions.)

Coven: Because of this, I discovered that I needed much more incense-y perfumes in my life. I love it. Love it, love it, love it. It seriously does smell like a bundle of mixed incense sticks, with a little bit of smokiness to it. On first smell, it's kinda... churchy, but it quickly shifts from churchy to witchy. It also starts off strong and stays strong (unlike the other two, which are mild to begin with and then warm up). There's also a bit of something cinnamon-y in there too.

Calaveras: This comes out as a spicy-sweet rose scent on me - kinda chai-ish with roses. The rose scent isn't so strong in the tube, but it really comes out when I wear it. (I actually like rose scents quite a bit, but it's always hard to find one that isn't old-lady-rose scent - some of you will know what I'm talking about. This most definitely is not that sort of rose scent.)

Pumpkin Eater: This one could probably be considered a bit more masculine, probably because of the patchouli in it. But it's not a hippie sort of patchouli. "Earthy" is very accurate. Very sort of "out in the middle of the night, stomping around on wet leaves with smooshed pumpkin nearby". In a good way.

Choco Pumpkin: Basically exactly what it sounds like - like cocoa and pumpkin (for some reason, it's more of a cocoa than a chocolate smell to me - I think I tend to associate most chocolate scents as fairly sweet, and cocoa as not as sweet, and this isn't as sweet, so let's go with cocoa).

Pomegranate: Pomegranates are one of my absolute favourite fruits (and in fall, I try to stock up on them as much as I can because they keep for so long). This smells like pomengranates that are surrounded by some flowers - I can't quite place the sort of floral scent, but it's like that. You can smell the pomengranate note well enough, but there's a very strong floral note to it too.

Juniper Sage: This was a weird one, because I smelled it and I thought Christmas. For some reason, half of our Christmas decorations smell exactly like this (I don't know why, they just do). So, to me, this is a wintry sort of fragrance. I'll actually probably wear the sample more closer to Christmas because of the weird memory connection to it, but it is pleasant - like pine needles and outdoorsy-ness.

I also love the solid perfume format. I don't really need to worry about the containers breaking along its postal route and spilling everywhere, and it's just more durable.

Wear time for me was about six hours or so for all of these, which is fantastic.

As of right now, the only reason keeping me from buying more stuff from OHWTO is uh... I can't choose what I want. Ha. Too many choices. And I'm waiting for the winter/Yule fragrances, too - don't even know what they are yet, but I imagine they'll be wonderful, considering the fall ones.

One Hand Washes the Other can be found on either Artfire or Etsy. :D

... wow. I can babble a lot. o_o

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I am really good with excuses.

Yeah, so that list of things that I said I was going to post? Going to have to be put off for a little bit. My midterm is this weekend and I'm busy playing catchup with my assignments for the course (the reason for this is I wasn't enrolled in my course until it was nearly two weeks late - which means that I had four weeks to do six weeks worth of work. It's a distance course, I'm not physically in a classroom, but there is still a ridiculous amount of work. Once I finish these, I still have to do forum discussions and do a follow-along example question per chapter, each of which is at least five pages). I do actually have most of the reviews done, I'm just missing pictures right now, so they don't have that much more to be added.

So. Yeah. I am a busy little creature, but I have schoolwork to do instead. ): At least once I finish this, I'll be caught up and won't have to do 2 assignments a week anymore. Sure, I'll have NaNoWriMo to deal with, but I have developed habits to make everything pretty productive during that month (I'm still trying to figure out how I completed NaNo last year with six courses that I could barely keep up in. o_o), so hopefully posting shouldn't be too bad, but now it just means that all of my Hallowe'en posts will be delayed so they won't be going up until after the collections have been taken down. xP Stupid timing there, me.

I did have an EOTD from a few days ago that I decided against posting because my blending skills (I have new brushes! I just still need to figure out how to make them work!) are laughable. (Just saying, but Hi-Fi's Dark Carnival and Spookshow actually go together really nicely, which surprised me. I just need to work on my blending.)

So. Yeah. There you go.

... this is a really long post for what it's actually about. Why am I so wordy? D:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Posts to come!

Posts to come in the next week or two weeks or so:
  • Fyrinnae swatches! (I have this about half done, so... you know.)

  • Book review of Mercedes Lackey's The Faerie Godmother!

  • If Canada Post ever gets my more recent stuff to me (they seem to be stupidly slow this last week), swatches of four Meow eyeshadows (I bought two from Alien Abduction, and two from Dance of Death), and a mini-review on Haus of Gloi

  • One Hand Washes the Other Fall/Hallowe'en scent review!

  • Lethal Lather review!

  • Perhaps a NaNoWriMo post? Since I'm doing that this year (just like every year for the last eight...)


So. Yeah. I have stuff planned. I think.
(I should make this a regular thing, because if not, I'm going to forget what I was planning on doing.)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hi-Fi Cosmetics Nightmare 2010 swatches!

(Trying to get these in before Blogger disables image uploads for a while today.)

I actually managed to do neat swatches, you guys. :D (And then I accidentally applied all of these wet because my brush wasn't yet dry from washing it. Durr.) The lighting wasn't the best (it was a cloudy day when I took these pictures), but they still came out pretty good, I think.

Personally, I really love Spookshow, Lords of Salem, and Dark Carnival (which is weird, because I usually don't care much for blue shadows since I'm blue-eyed and it's really easy to screw up pairing blue shadows with blue eyes, but I think this one is going to be super-workable because of the dark grey-blue base), but they're all pretty wonderful shades. (And with the free samples I got, I love Punk Rocker and Silver Bells. Especially Punk Rocker. I'm going to have to look into getting a full-size of that one.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review: Something From the Nightside, Simon R. Green



The Nightside is not a pleasant place. It's somewhere in England, though where precisely is unclear. And all you ever fear exists there. All the ghosties and ghoulies walk around and are somehow mostly cordial with each other. Mostly. Okay. Not really, but they are better behaved in this book than you'd expect, though they also spend much of their time being creepy and dangerous. It's somewhere that normal people should never ever be, in any case.

And then there is John Taylor. Seemingly normal, something of a specialist and a detective. He's come back to the Nightside - not because he wants to, but because someone is lost and they need to be found, and he's the only detective that can do it.

But John's not normal. Not at all. He has a very very special talent, something extremely helpful to any detective. He can find anything. Absolutely anything. A lost person, a forgotten dream, bullets in a gun, tangible or intangible, it doesn't matter. He calls it his Gift, though it is as much a gift as it is a curse. He's also constantly trying to escape the Nightside, though things always manage to drag him back.

He gets a visit from a scared (and wealthy - the wealthy part is very important) mother asking if he can help her find her daughter. If there's one thing John's good at, it's finding someone or something. But the problem is - the daughter was lost in the Nightside. That's never a good sign.

WOO.

NEW LAYOUT. FINALLY.

I like this one much better. :D (Needed a bit of help from Blogger Buster because I occasionally forget where things are when it comes to Blogger's templates.) I think this is a bit easier on the eyes than the last layout. I liken the whole "I need a new layout! D:" stage I went through to getting a new house, and being uncomfortable with having people over to visit because it doesn't look like it's yours yet - it needs new paint, new colour schemes, etc., but you don't have all of the time in the world, so you choose a couple of colours you're comfortable with and promise yourself you'll fix it up later. That's... kinda what was going on here (I actually created this blog in like January, which will tell you just how long it's taken me to do anything with it. ._.)

Spent the weekend working on a Java assignment that just did not want to work (nothing more frustrating than a program telling you that there was a character not typed in... when it was there anyway and I had typed it in over and over and it was just like "ERROR: NO SYMBOL FOUND. WILL NOT COMPILE". Hate Java sometimes. Rawr), so this is why it took so long for me to get around to this. Sometimes school gets in the way.

In any case, coming up (as in, before the end of the week)!:
  • Swatches from Hi-Fi Cosmetics' Nightmare 2010 collection!

  • Something from the Nightside review!

Friday, October 15, 2010

EOTD: I can't think of anything witty.

I seem to be over my flu-like illness (yesterday... had way too much energy and didn't know what to do with myself. Ended up being awake until nearly 3 AM. o_o).

And then I unexpectedly got asked to work today (I currently work as a substitute library tech at a little public library - when I get work, it's at random). (Of course, by doing that, I've still got half an assignment to finish up tonight, because work was busybusybusy and I had no downtime to work on it.)

I have no idea how my eyeliner looks so... worn. O_o It shouldn't look that bad. And I swear my mascara is not that clumpy. Also, whut at the messy glasses. I need to learn to clean my glasses after eyemakeup and before taking a picture. Also, it's a little messy, but it's better than the fail that I did on Thanksgiving, heh (I've got brushes on the way that are actually intended for the crease instead of trying to do it with a smudger brush. Yes, that's what I'm using right now. :/).

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HEY! LISTEN!

(... I had to. I'm sorry. I know some of you are just like me and wanted to throw your boomerang at Navi when she started that in Ocarina of Time.)

Just found out that Shiro Cosmetics is releasing a Legend of Zelda collection. Seriously. I've been meaning to check them out because of the fact that - hey, Pokemon-inspired colours (SoulSilver and Diamond have been my favourite games as of recently)! Just hadn't managed to figure out all of the shades I wanted to try. But this? I most definitely have to get these. HAVE TO. I think my main colours I want to try (as of right now) are Ganondorf, Kokiri Forest, Master Sword, and Hearts. This will probably change. And possibly get longer. Okay, I want most of it but I'm trying to narrow it down at the moment. Heh.

And now I want to restart my game of Phantom Hourglass (it's been a long time I played that and I don't remember where I was anymore)!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hi.

I've kinda got the flu (or at least, that's what I think it is), so uh, nothing major to update about.

I was tinkering around with the layout a day or two ago when I realised that I had to reupload the original CSS/HTML file again since the rounded corner thing has actually screwed the layout up a bit and it's really hard to find out where to take it down from. (I tried. Blogger told me I was missing a div layer section. I can't find the div layer section.) I have a vague idea (but my brain is so slow today and yesterday that nothing is incredibly clear) of what I may do for a new banner (because I really don't care for the current one). (Yes, I spend far too much time focussing on this, I really do. I just want to make a decent layout that's not eye-searing. D: And once I figure out something, I will shut up about it. I swear.)

Also - I shall soon have swatches of Hi-Fi Cosmetics's Nightmare collection, since I just got the sample set today! (I already love Spookshow and Lords of Salem and I haven't even used them yet.) But maybe when I'm not aching with the flu and everything hurts to move. I think I have another book review nearly done, so maybe that'll be up in the next couple of days.

/done babbling about nothing at all

Sunday, October 10, 2010

EOTD: Happy Thanksgiving. :D



Yeah, it's Thanksgiving here in Canada. i.e. we eat a lot of turkey and have to put up with immediate family. I'm kinda sick, so it's a weird sort of day for me.

But I did get a good image of my eye makeups for the day! (Even though I had something of a blending fail on it...)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hi-Fi Cosmetics swatches!

Oh, these. You don't want to see what my first attempt with making these swatches were (hint: it involved long lines of UDPP Eden. Apparently, that looks really yellow on the back of my hand, which is weird because it looks nothing like that on my lids. I don't know.)

Anyway, these are swatches of the five Hi-Fi shadows I bought during the summer (plus the two samples that were included). If you ever needed any proof that I really really really like greens, reds and pinks, and metallics, this would be it. That's all it is. Heh.

Morgana Cryptoria swatches!

I swear I am the messiest swatcher ever. xP

Anyway, these are swatches of the samples by Morgana Cryptoria (formerly known as Morgana's Minerals) that I bought about a month back or so. It took me a while to get around to doing so, even though I've been meaning to do this for a very long time. There were a lot of colours that didn't want to co-operate with my camera. :/

Saturday, October 2, 2010

So. Many. Hallowe'en. Collections.

So, with the launch of Meow's Hallowe'en collections (4 directly related to Hallowe'en, 2 that seem to go a bit longer), I figured I should list the ones that I know of.


Uh. I think that's all. ._. (Oh, and Aromaleigh's got three limited edition collections out that as far as I know have nothing to do with Hallowe'en. Might want to check them out, American visitors. I can't order from them anymore. Curses, international suspension!)


So far, I've ordered from Hi-Fi Cosmetics (sample pack of the Nightmare 2010 eyeshadows), OHWTO (three solid perfumes - Coven, Pumpkin Eater, and Calaveras. I already have them, they smell amazing), Meow (two from the Alien Abduction collection, two from the Dance of Death line) and Haus of Gloi (only got one of the LE lipbalms, since the ones available for soap didn't quite strike me as something I'd like for soap). I'm planning on getting a couple of shadows from Morgana's Cryptoria and Fyrinnae, and maybe something from the not-really-Hallowe'en collections from Meow. I was going to get something from Evil Shades, and then I noticed that you can't get any of them seperately, and I really just wanted two, maybe three of the shadows, so no go on that.

My monies. Where are they going? ._. Why am I so distracted by the shinies and sparklies? And then I remember all of the upcoming Christmas/Yule collections, and then I start making D: faces, because I'm going to want a ton of those too.


(Information from Phyrra, Painted, Gothique, and Eyeconic. Thanks for the links! :D)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Swatches! Aromaleigh

I don't have that much of Aromaleigh - I only started buying from them just before everything started to shut down, so there isn't that many here. And considering that they're doing clearance right now, I figure that now's as good a time as ever to post swatches (since, uh, there'll be little point to do so once the shop closes up completely).

Layout, I do not like you.

Okay, really not liking this layout. It's clunky and the background is almost too busy. I need to do some tinkering with it, probably over the weekend (I have to work around an assignment I'm trying to finish and all). So much for being a website administrator in training and I can't even get a blogger layout right. :P It'll get fixed up.

I'm also still trying to figure out how to organize everything. I'm not very good at this whole "blogging" thing - I'm more of a "ramble a lot on LiveJournal, Twitter, and Tumblr" person, so this is a tiny bit different to me (if you haven't guessed by now, I am very, very wordy and I don't quite know when to stop typing - and then I agonize over everything I just wrote the second I submit it. It's kinda hard going from a lurker to a blogger/commenter. ._.)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Review: "Storm Front" by Jim Butcher



Harry Dresden is somewhat accepted to be a strange sort of man. After all, he's a wizard. Who works as a private investigator in Chicago and helps the police department. (And he has a giant cat. But that's beside the point.)

He also doesn't get that much work. While a lot of people are interested in the sheer novelty of a real, honest-to-goodness wizard (named Harry, no less!) who's listed in the Yellow Pages, they don't really avail of his services. So he's not exactly respected.

And then one day, three strange things happen all at once. Harry gets a call from his friend on the police force, Lt. Karrin Murphy, to come by and see a crime scene - she thinks it's something he might have some knowledge about. He runs into the mob boss of the city, Gentleman Johnny Marcone, who tries to make a deal with him. And then he gets a job finding a missing man. All at once. Harry goes from barely being able to get a job to having too much on his hands to deal with.

And to resist addding more spoilers, I won't continue with the storyline.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh noes.

Somehow, with nearly ten years of wearing makeup, I managed to escape the tiny tragedy that befalls all makeup wearers - their favourite (or really really expensive, or both) eyeshadow pan shatters/pigment jar spills.

Guess what happened to me yesterday? Oh yes. Of course. My little itty bit of luck had officially run out. Now, it could also be the universe's way of saying "CLEAN YOUR DRESSER ALREADY NOTHING CAN FIT THERE ANYMORE YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF ON THERE THAT YOU DON'T USE AT ALL" (which is totally plausible - there is an alarmingly amount of stuff there that I never touch), but either way, I am a wee bit sad.

The victim was my mini jar of Fyrrinae's Titania shadow - a lovely soft satiny light pink with a slight blue glow. I have been using it as a browbone and that spot where the nose and eye socket join (I somehow always manage to get lid shadow all over the place there and it drives me nuts) shadow for the last little while - it's pretty close to my skin colour, so it's not too out there. And it tipped. All over the dresser.

All hope was not lost! About half landed into a tissue that had been lying around (told you I need to clean the dresser - there's random stuff everywhere), so I managed to funnel that back into the pot. There's a nice bit still stuck to the tissue that I can use for a while, swiping my brush directly off the tissue itself. But there's a quarter that's just... all over the place (at least it wasn't a full jar? D: I was planning on getting a fullsize of that one anyway, this just means I'll be getting it sooner since there's more of it gone now. Heh. But something that's basically three times that amount? Eeh. What a mess. Now I know why some people freak out when their MAC pigments spill). Sadface.

I guess this is one of the hazards of makeup application - every now and again, things just decide to fall apart. Or explode. I'm actually surprised it took this long (I am crazy clumsy and am generally a danger to myself), since if there's anything remotely stupid someone could do, I've probably managed it at least once. But no, all of my eyeshadow pans over the years have remained surprisingly intact. Until now. Blarg.

(I suppose this means I need to clean my dresser. Which I really should do. Seriously, I never use most of it, and I'm not even sure why I have it.)
(Why, yes, I am this overdramatic all the time, why do you ask?)

((Also, I have been absent from this blog because 1) I've been trying to finish up some other writing that I want to have completed by the end of the month - I've been ridiculously behind on my WriYe goals, and 2) we had a hurricane blow through and I spent most of this past Tuesday following the #igornl hashtag on Twitter all day - when I wasn't without power. So. Yeah.))

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gosh Velvet Touch liner swatches

First proper swatch post. Just saying, but making swatches is a bit more difficult than it looks - trying to get the light right and the angle and settings and then my camera decides to turn flash back on after I set it without flash... arg.
Anyway. Right. So, I only have four GOSH liners at the moment, but I figure because the GOSH website's swatches look so little like the actual shades, having a few more real-life pictures can't hurt.


(Top row, L-R: Green Devil, Purple Stain
Bottom row, L-R: Copper Girl, Golden Moss)


This was taken under artificial light and then a soft light layer added to it to brighten it up a bit, but this matches what I see.

Green Devil is a matte medium green. It goes well with nearly any green I've paired it with.

Purple Stain is a matte medium purple, leans slightly pink. It applies slightly lighter than the other three colours here.

Copper Girl is a shimmery orangey-red copper. (Very red. I can't really wear it without something patted over because that precise shade can make me look sick if I'm not careful. I didn't realise this until after I had bought it.)

Golden Moss is a shimmery olive-y golden green. Until I got Green Devil, this was my go-to shade for any eye look that had green, gold, or brown. It works well with any of those shades.

I find that these liners apply well - I tend to wear them on my lower waterline (even though I think you're not supposed to... um... yeah), and I rarely find them migrating off too much or fading. (I should note, I don't have very oily eyelids, or very oily skin in general. This will obviously be different for everyone.) They don't tug at the skin and they aren't hard. They each cost about $14.

All products were bought by me, and this is a personal opinion.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hooray, initial layout is complete!

Wow, that only took a small eternity. I imagine this will change again over the coming months, but I now have something I don't entirely hate. So, that's something. And now I can get on with content.

Okay - what do I have planned for the next couple of weeks?
  • Swatch posts! Fyrinnae shadows and lip lustres, Morgana Minerals eyeshadows, and GOSH eyeliners, off the top of my head

  • Book review: I'm rereading the Dresden Files, so I should soon have a review for Storm Front on the way, and possibly Fool Moon, but let me get through the first one.

  • I may try for an EOTD, but first I have to figure out how to take a picture of my eye without completely screwing up. I will get it figured it out.



I guess that now I have a blog, I should finally start commenting on other people's blogs instead of being all lurky and stuff. And I need to start up my blogroll. Stuff to do, stuff to do!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hello.

Ignore the terrible, terrible layout - I am working on a new one. This is just a placeholder until I get something sorted out.

Anyway, just as a first post since I've had this sitting around for a good few months, this is actually supposed to be a blog and I really do mean to post to it. Life just... got the better of me.

Okay, so this is going to be a... I'm not sure, actually. It's a blog. Durr. Probably makeup reviews (and sometimes E/FOTDs, if I ever learn how to take a picture of my face that doesn't make me look rather inebriated when I am in fact not. I am not the most particularly photogenic person out there). Book reviews (and squeeing). Blah blah blah. Other things that I will make up my mind about later. (Which, yeah. I know. Doesn't particularly sound too interesting, but I hope this little corner of the Internets will eventually become more interesting than... this. Because a plain white blog that has been bare for something like six months is a little sad. Hopefully, I should have a few posts proper by the end of next week. 8D