Tuesday, January 25, 2011

One Hand Washes the Other holiday scents!

You see that little penguin eraser? My cat loves playing with it. I have to hide it from her. Silly kitty.

Yes, this is late. Because I have no sense of time. And more of my completely unhelpful scent descriptions! 8D

Please note that the notes I notice are just what comes through on me. It'll be different for everyone, because that's the way perfume oils are - they mix differently with each person's chemistry.

Chestnuts Roasting: Kinda smells like a cookie. A vanilla cookie, with a bit more depth to it. But definitely a cookie. It's sweet and smells like you just wandered into the kitchen when someone is baking sugar cookies or something along those lines. I can just detect the rum note in there, but it takes a little while to show up. It's sweet and homey, and just a cute scent.

Ghost of Christmas Past: Admittedly, I bought this because of the Christmas Carol reference (A Christmas Carol is by far my favourite Christmas-y thing ever), but it's a lovely fragrance - very sort of a cold lilies, like someone bought a boquet of flowers but left them outside in the snow and the scent froze (I... don't think scents can actually freeze, but let's just go with that description). I can't quite tell what the other floral notes are, but there's definitely others (I'm just more familiar with lilies, and that's what I notice the most.

Peppermint Cocoa: This smells exactly like some tea I have (Mint Chocolate tea from Britannia Teas, by the way). Exactly. (Yes, I like it, it was just funny to find that the two scents were identical.) Mint and cocoa, and that's about it.

And A Patridge in a Pear Tree*: I really love this one - it's a bright cheerful pear scent with a bit of something green to it. This could easily be a year-round sort of scent. It's fruity, and very true to a real pear scent. Not sickly sweet. I wear it multiple times a week.

Yuzu*: Somewhat similar to AAPIAPT, in that it's also a bright cheerful fruity scent (so if you don't manage to get the limited edition one, you could get this one instead). I don't really know what a real yuzu actually smells like (I've never encountered one), so I have no idea if this is true to life or not.

Balsam Apple*: er. Pine trees and apples. Kinda self-explanatory. Considering it's a pine scent, and I tend to find pine-y scents kinda... too outdoorsy, if that makes any sense, I actually quite like it. There's also a touch of other fruity notes in there, but they kinda disappear on me.

Wear time is about the same as the previous order - approximately six hours. Again, this would probably be different mattering on the person.

These are still available at One Hand Washes the Other, but only until the end of January. I think they're about $3.50 CAN each. The list with all of the scent notes are here

* indicates sample. Totally wasn't expecting the fullsize of A Patridge in a Pear Tree, though. Thanks again, Becca! :D

Friday, January 21, 2011

Meet Gallifrey.

That would be my new computer. :D (Also, hello awkward reflection of me being awkward. And the mess on one side. xP Sorry about that. And I was watching Supernatural when I took that shot.) :D It's part of the reason why I've been missing for a while - I keep forgetting that I don't have everything I used to use installed on Gallifrey here (including the fonts I used to use for the graphics on this blog!), and I'm still working on that.


Stuff! Right, there's stuff.

First off, I got this little blog award from Leira Yann. Thank you! :D

So, apparently, I'm supposed to say seven things about me. Um. 'Kay. Let's see.
1. I am a university dropout. I was initially going to do linguistics, then it became English, and then it was very nearly English with a minor in History. It took me an extraordinarily long time to realise that I am utterly awful at writing essays, for one thing, and that it was very unlikely I was going to get a job remotely relating to anything that wasn't teaching (and I am not a good candidate for teaching). So I quit after two years, and started at a trade school (we just call it college over here) afterwards.
2. When I play video games, I tend to get completely wrapped up in it (which is why I often start babbling about my Pokemon progress on Twitter), and will often play for days on end. I have only finished two games ever, however, in my life. I often get half to three-quarters done and give up/get distracted by something else.
3. I am an unabashed lover of genre fiction. My favourites are fantasy (specifically in the urban fantasy realm... if you hadn't noticed by what I've reviewed here already), and romance, and sci-fi and horror are a bit lower down the list.
4. I am a very very wordy person (as any of these blog posts will prove). I am actually not chatty at all in real life, however.
5. I have never lived outside my province. And Canada is a biiiiig place, so I wouldn't even know where to start.
6. I have far too much tea around. I keep forgetting to drink it, however. I do love the stuff. Just... I'm forgetful. I am very absent-minded at times.
7. I really only like the in-between seasons, spring and fall (especially fall). Winter is too cold (ice. How I despise, loathe ice. Don't care for snow much either, but it's the ice that I can't stand. Probably because I have injured myself on it and no one's created magical ice melting boots yet) and summer is too humid.

I'd do a list of other bloggers to do this meme, but I've seen it going around for the last week or so, so I think almost everyone's been tagged already at least once!

And of course, the list of upcoming things!
  • Swatches of: 6 NYX Round lipsticks and 2 NYX Girls lipglosses; Morgana Cryptoria lipstick and eyeshadow (just one of each). I've had to wait because I of course got a breakout right near my mouth last week, so swatching that isn't the best idea right now. It would've been done earlier otherwise.

  • Reviews of: OHWTO Christmas scents (I really need to get this one up first because well, they're soon not going to be available); Arcana scents
  • ; maybe a few brush reviews, since I have some from Coastal Scents, Quo and Ecotools.
  • Book reviews. Uh... whenever I get around to actually writing them? I've been in something of a reading slump, and half of the time, can't be bothered to pay attention to a book lately (even though I'm almost forcing myself to, because I've got a lot of books out from the library, and I hate bringing them back without even opening them).

So. Yeah, that's as much as I can think of right now. :D

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hi-Fi Cosmetics Art Saves collection!

So, I actually made these swatches like... over a month ago. And I don't know why I haven't gotten around to it until now. :/ (Wait. I think finding that I got bad shots of a lot of them may have had something to do with it. I had to redo one hand of swatches completely.)

Anyway. Hi-Fi Cosmetics' Art Saves! collection. I like nearly everything in the collection. I'm generally not a big fan of neutrals - I own very few of them, but they have their uses (balancing out a brighter shade, making an entire look a bit more softer, for days that you just don't want to bother doing too much with makeup, stuff like that). If you like neutrals, this collection will probably be for you. All of the colours remind me of the finishes on electric guitars, actually. (And my descriptions today are awful. Whoo.)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

First post of the new year! Also, swatches.

Hello! Yeah, I know, I've been missing for a few weeks. It was a mix of too much social interaction, too much stuff to do, and my cat being sick. But that's over with (and my cat is better - she went to the vet and she's back to her energetic little self again) now, hooray. I always find the holidays really really overwhelming. Eurgh.

In any case, I've got some swatches for you! Meow's Xmas collection. Well, the five shades that I picked up. They finally arrived in the mail (our mail was actually delayed for about a week because of the weather - it was too windy for the trucks to get on the ferries and travel across to the province. Oh, hooray) a couple of days ago. They're very very pretty, I do have to admit, and I am not disappointed by any of them.

Present: Swatch totally doesn't do it justice - it's a gorgeous silvery/pink/pewter shade. (from the Scary Ghost Stories collection)
Spruce: army green with goldish sparkle (from the Xmas Trees collection)
Jingle: deep wine red with lots of sparkle (from the Merry Mayhem collection)
Mirth: metallic pewter/grey. (from the Holiday Wishes collection)
Hot Toddy: metallic medium rummy brown (from the Holiday Spirits collection)

All swatches done over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

As these are all part of the holiday collection, they're currently not available - but like all Meow limited edition collections, it'll probably pop up later on in the year, I'm guessing probably November like last year.

I'm going to try to update this blog more, since I apparently am terrible at remembering. I have some stuff lined up, I just need to figure out how to schedule and/or finish them. :D