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!!