Monday, December 19, 2011

[ENDED] Win a $10 Gift Card to Sugarcandie Beauty Bar!

Super-easy giveaway. Win a $10 gift card to Sugarcandie Beauty bar by following these steps:

1. As long as you don't already "like" them on Facebook, go and "like" them now: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sugarcandie-Beauty/158809300827606.
2. After "liking: them, write on their wall that I, Lisa Neff, sent you.

We will then both win a $10 gift card to use on Sugarcandie products :-) To make the gift card even sweeter, everything on the site is 45% off right now! Gift cards expire within 10 days of issue, so act fast!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

[ENDED] BTFE Giveaway :-)

Beauty From the Earth is having a giveaway of their three holiday collections: Sweet Tooth, Winter Wonderland, and Nutcracker.

BTFE product photo.

Here are the directions to enter, which can be found on here, too:

Want to win one of our Holiday Collections? We will give away 1 of each. To enter do any of the following. Each one you do enters you once. Do all four and get 4 entries. You have until Sunday night.
#1 - Like this photo
#2- Share this photo
#3- Comment on this photo
#4- Blog about this contest, leave link to blog below.
Good luck!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ship-It-Free Friday is Tomorrow, Friday, December 16, 2011!

BTW, tomorrow is Ship-It-Free Friday for thousands of online merchants, just in case you were going to do any holiday online shopping :-) http://www.freeshippingday.com/.
To save even more money, be sure to sign up for either Mr. Rebates and/or eBates at the following links:
Mr. Rebates: http://www.mrrebates.com/raf/refer_a_friend.asp 
eBates: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=i0Y5O5OtST4%3D

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Aromaleigh Foundations Are Coming Back (Thank God)!

This is such awesome news from Aromaleigh: "Will be posting first available shades of 1 of 3 of our new foundation formulas, "Gossamer" (based on Aromaleigh v1 Voile) soon... then moving on to Gossamer's levels 2-4. Once we roll out "Gossamer", we'll start formulating the new foundation based on Aromaleigh v1 Glissade... we're not sure how long this will take, we just know that one shade level will be released at a time. Thanks for your patience while we get all the new products released."
Yippee! No more having to search for my correct color from another company! Aromaleigh does light colors very well :-)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Do You Like Free Stuff?

Like . . . Darling Girls Cosmetics Twin Peaks (Breast Cancer Awareness color) and five deluxe samples of Spectral Shifts as well as two Jane Cosmetics lipstick rounds in Satin and Leather? Well, if you do, head on over to the giveaway at The Velvet Rose Petal here and enter to win! Good luck :-)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Win a $50 Gift Certificate From Simply Just Minerals!

Win a $50 gift certificate from Simply Just Minerals! Just follow this link and do what it says :-) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.284828004894163.65841.222255484484749&type=3. I'll have a review of them in the future, but I can vouch for the company. The colors are simple, and a lot of them are matte. They aren't very pigmented over UDPP, but they are hugely bright and colorful over Fyrinnae PE or something similar. Think Hi-Fi Cosmetics (in a lot of cases) but without the degree of shimmer. And the owner, Maria Pattengill, is a sweetheart. Very quick shipping. I highly recommend Prairie Fire and Sugar Rock (I liked the latter so much I bought a full size of it). Good luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

We Have Winners!

Karla T. and Chloe, YOU TWO are the winners of the Fleurs-de-Lisa giveaway! Both winners must contact me via Facebook message or through my blog within 48 hours (11:30 am EST on Saturday) to let me know how you want to split everything. It would be helpful to have your mailing addresses and to know how you want to split the magazine subscriptions so I can get that taken care of right away. Congratulations!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tick:Tock II: Black Friday Preview


This my second review of Tick:Tock Cosmetics. Improved areas are marked with ***. Just for the sake of mentioning it, the two co-owners took my previous comments and criticism very well and incorporated some of them fairly quickly. They addressed the vegan issue with this text: “This product, and ALL products by Tick:Tock Cosmetics are always 100% Vegan!” Tiffany and Elizabeth clearly have a healthy working relationship, which forms the basis for a great product and a great company. I was very impressed with their professional reaction, and thus their company went up several notches in my mind just on principle. The Store Envy tabs were explained, too, but I still think the way Store Envy does that is just plain weird!

The Web Site Itself: 5 of 5 Stars
Tick:Tock still has among the best product/swatch photos on the Web IMHO. Nothing has changed. See my original post here for deets.They have added a lot of new colors, but although the text of a tab at the top implies that they have 36 original colors (“Tick:Tock Originals [36]”), sample sizes are included under that tab, thus indicating double the actual number of available colors. Despite that, the product line, including new eyeshadow colors as well as two colors of eyeshadow base, has grown impressively since my last review. A new fall  (winter?) eyeshadow collection should launch soon, and they did have a good-sized Halloween collection (including their first attempts at lip gloss; reviewed later below), the shadow of which are now on clearance. They will be offering a gloss in the Christmas collection. BTW, they are good at frequently changing the well-designed banners as appropriate. Considering the banner is part of the “storefront,” this is just good window dressing and keeps the shop looking new and up to date!

Pricing: 5 of 5 Stars
The pricing is still the same. They have fairly frequent sales, especially if you “like” them on Facebook. See my previous review for deets. The Halloween eyeshadow collection is now on clearance.

***TAT, Shipping, and Packaging: 5 of 5 Stars: Sorry to be so vague below, but I’ve been sitting on these products and wasn’t in the habit yet of photographing/recording every part of the unwrapping process when the packages came in, LOL.
Ordered: Sometime during late fall
Shipped: Within 3 days!
TAT: 3 to 4 days?
Shipping: $?
Actual shipping: $?
Shipping email: No
DC/tracking: Yes
Invoice: Yes
***Packaging/presentation: Much improved! The samples baggies were contained in a slightly larger “taxi” baggie so I didn’t lose them, and – best of all – they ditched the evil longer samples baggies in favor of the smaller square ones! I can’t tell you how dorkishly happy this makes me!
Sample packaging: Square zip-lock sample baggies
Extras: Yes  (x 3 for reviewing purposes)
***Product: 5 of 5 Stars
Colors Ordered (my take in italics)/Sent for Consideration (my favorites are bolded)

● Happy Hour (extra; available on Black Friday): This is Tick-Tock’s first attempt at a duochrome (DC), and they did it quite well J I thought it was just a tiny bit imbalanced: The yellow was stronger than the pale blue flash, which was quite faint, but it was well blended and did what DCs are supposed to do: Flash a different color depending on lighting and/or angle. Unfortunately I can’t wear yellows in almost any form (excepting Aromeleigh’s Dandelion), and my camera couldn’t quite capture the DC essence of the shadow, but I’m quite proud of them for getting this right. COOL DC COLOR, BUT I WON’T PURCHASE :-(

● Oh-Nine-Hundred: Army green with green and gold shimmer and green glitter. I didn’t find anything special about this color, but I didn’t find anything wrong with it either, except that to me it’s inaptly described. I think of Army green as being much deeper, but perhaps they meant one of the greens that appears in the camouflage print? NOT A REPURCHASE :-(

Back to the Future (available on Black Friday): No description yet. I loved this color so much, I asked them if I could buy a full-size jar of it before it will be released on Black Friday (happily, they complied). It’s a stunning mélange (yes, I was a French major, LOL) of mainly teal with purple and blue sparkage! Pigmentation is very good, and it applied like a thick, colorful carpet on my lids over Fyrinnae PE. ALREADY PURCHASED IN FULL-SIZE! 

Delorean (extra; available on Black Friday): No description yet. Vroom, vroom! I love Tick:Tock’s sideways references to time J This shadow is an explosion of purpley-blue shimmery goodness! POSSIBLE REPURCHASE :-)
From left to right, top to bottom: Happy Hour, Oh-Nine-Hundred, Back to the Future, and Delorean in natural light
From left to right, top to bottom: Happy Hour, Oh-Nine-Hundred, Back to the Future, and Delorean with flash
● Salvador Dali: Deep purple with purple and red shimmer and purple glitterJ If they deepened the base color a bit and loaded it up with just gold shimmer and glitter, I’d wet my pants for it. PROBABLY WILL NOT REPURCHASE :-(

Grandfather Clock: Rich chocolaty brown with loads of gold shimmer and gold glitter This is perhaps the first time I have ever seen a deep brown shadow gilded with the requisite amount of gold in it (according to me at least). This shadow has a thick, pillowy texture applied over base and Fyrinnae PE. If I could walk on it, I would leave footprints behind. It’s a buttery soft sparkling mink coat that I want to bury my face into. The gold shimmer and glitter absolutely mesmerized me. I’m pretty “jaded” in terms of eyeshadows (I’ve literally tried almost everything out there), so this is no mean feat. ALREADY PURCHASED IN FULL-SIZE!

Times Square: Dark silver with loads of shimmer and sparkle I can’t wear cool-toned colors at all, so I knew I was taking my chances by ordering a sample of this shade, and I’m so glad I did! It actually showed up as a navy base on me, and I guess enough of the shimmers in it are warm-tones enough that I can pull it off. DEFINITE REPURCHASE! :-)

● Spring Green (MIA): Light minty green with loads of holographic and purple glitters. Although I lost the sample of this and couldn’t swatch it for you (I’m sorry), I did like it quite a bit. It’s a very bright spring green, the shade of the little budlings that come out just before leaves appear on the trees in the spring. I would consider getting a full-size jar of this :-) NOT A REPURACHSE :-(
Salvador Dali, Grandfather Clock, and Times Square in natural light
Salvador Dali, Grandfather Clock, and Times Square with flash
Clepsydra (extra; “water clock” in Greek; available on Black Friday): No description yet. Tick:Tock is going all intellectual on us now, LOL! I swatched Clepsydra and Tempest Fugit along with Delorean because I’m fairly new to blues, and they all looked kind of similar to me; swatching them together showed the differences. Delorean is more purpley-blue than the other two; Clepsydra is more towards the teal side and has a more satin finish; and Tempest Fugit is a light, shiny blue. They are each beautiful, but I prefer Back to the Future to Clepsydra for a teal (it’s more complex).  I like Clepsydra but would prefer a more sparkly finish. I don’t do blues well, SO THIS WON’T BE A REPURCHASE FOR ME :-(

Tempest Fugit (extra; time flies” in Latin; available on Black Friday): No description yet. Although blues are very tricky for me (they usually look fake and Mimi-ish), and I can’t find any pattern among the ones that DO work on me, Tempest Fugit was one of the lucky ones that passed through my blues-don’t-look-good-on-me filter. It’s quite “shiny” (I can’t think of a better word [“frosty” and “sparkly” just don’t capture it]) and highlighted my hazel green eyes nicely. POSSIBLE REPURCHASE :-)

● Delorean (see above for review). Delorean looks truer to life in this photo compared with the one above.
Clepsydra, Tempest Fugit, and Delorean in natural light
Clepsydra, Tempest Fugit, and Delorean with flash
● ZomBLING lip gloss (Halloween collection; extra; no longer available): No description available. I told Leeb I would be glad to test their recent efforts at making lip gloss (for the Halloween collection), and I was scared when I saw their selection: purple-based wine with holographic glitter! I’ll be 51 years old in December (I know; I’m an ancient relic in the beauty-blogging world!) and casual in my appearance, and although I like lots of sparkle on my eyes, I’ve never dared to try it on my lips. Plus I’ve heard on Makeup Alley that glitter can feel “gritty” on the mouth, so I was blinded by the fear of looking like a disco ball with bleeding lips! I’m happy to say that was not the case at all. The lip gloss was thick and very sticky (comparable to MAC but not quite as thick) and stayed on my lips for several hours in a stain-like fashion. I had fun wearing it around the house, but I’m not sure I would wear it out. But that’s just me. Your mileage may vary :-) They will be offering a new gloss in the Christmas collection.

ZomBLING close-up in natural light
ZomBLING on my (paper-thin) lips in natural light
ZomBLING on my lips with flash
● Black Hole (extra) Eye Shadow Base (sample): Our take on the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil...IN BLACK HOLE! This is Tick:Tock’s take on NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil without the greasiness (thank God for that). I chose not to review this product because there are many other and much better reviews of it on the Internet. I did, however, try it, and this stuff is the bomb! I have never tried a black base before, and I does really change the color of the eyeshadow applied, effectively giving you two colors from one pot of shadow. Eyeshadow adhered to it like white on rice and did so for a very long time. However, I’m not a fan of fingers in pots in general, plus I’m happy with my current bases/primers and don’t need any extra “special effects,” so I won’t be purchasing this product. If they came up with a lighter, creamier (like UDPP) version in a tube with a doe-foot applicator, I’d snap it up pronto! Nevertheless, I am grateful that they sent me a sample for consideration.
● Infinity (white) Eye Shadow Base (sample): Please see review for Black Hole but substitute “white” for “black,” LOL.

Would I Buy Again?
Yes! In fact, I already have :-) I bought full sizes of Grandfather Clock (possibly the most stunning gilded brown I have ever sported on my eyelids) and Back to the Future (even though it won’t be available until Black Friday!). Tick:Tock Cosmetics is now officially on my radar as being an all-around great company. If it keeps going like this, I expect it to give some of the more-established companies plenty of competition in the future! My only question now is: Why on Earth are they keeping the Tea Time LE collection LE?  I need me some, Earl Grey, Raspberry Tea, and One Lump or Two?!

***OVERALL RATING: 5 of 5 STARS!

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Please note that I purchased some of these products, and some of them were provided to me by the company owners for review purposes.

 BTW, ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ATTENTION: Incomplete Giveaway Entries!

ATTENTION!: The following people should know that although they have completed a few of the requirements to enter the contest on my beauty blog, Fleurs-de-Lisa, they have not completed ALL of them and thus will be qualified unless they finish the process by November 28, 2011 (yes, I extended the end date): Taylor(leslie), Deborah, Kimberly M., Jennifer R., Allison W., Taryn W., and Zillah. You must complete the first four Rafflecopter instructions and then add at least one (or more) BFF(s) you are entering with!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Test It Up! Challenge

OK, since my recent no/low-buy was a total bust (albeit a small one), I'm going to try another tactic to reign in my cosmetic spending: I'm going to post here the eyeshadows I wear each day until I have tested all 200+ eyeshadows/eyeshadow samples I currently have not tested. I can't buy anything (except samples of Xmas collections) until I test every single last one. First up: Dawn Eyes Cosmetics Chrome Collection #7 on one lid and #8 on the other lid. (I work from home and didn't go out today, so it's OK if I'm a testing dork for the day!) Of course, this will lead to lots of reviews, LOL. Look for my colors on the Test It Up! tab :-)

Does anyone want to join me?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

[ENDED] Yet Another Giveaway @ The Velvet Rose Petal!

Anne over at The Velvet Rose Petal blog is having a giveaway for the Wet 'n' Wild 2011 LE Holiday Palettes plus a lip gloss. Enter here for your chance to win!

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Dawn Eyes Cosmetics Chrome Collection: Duochrome Metallics!!!!!

I swear to the dear Lord above that I almost wet my pants when I saw the preliminary swatches of the new collection from Dawn Eyes Cosmetics: Chrome Collection. They are DUOCHROME METALLICS (yes, I'm yelling, LOL)! I cannot wait to swatch, photo, and try these and then report back to you :-) They will be available next week, but here are some photos to tide you over until then.


1. Blue to gold to green; 2. pink to lavender to blue; 3.  green to pink to lavender; 4. coral to lavender to bright green; and 5. lavender to pale orange to blue
6. Light blue with traces of lavender; 7. medium blue undertone, purple mid-tone, pink/gold overtone; 8. bright pink overtone, deep fuchsia undertone; 9. bright copper with a rose overtone and a green/gold undertone; and 10. fawn undertone with brilliant blue/teal overtone
11. Fawn undertone with brilliant green overtone; 12. medium blue undertone with golden overtone; 13. light blue to lavender to bright pink; 14. light bright pink/lavender to copper/orange to coral
<Hyperventilates> Be still my rapidly beating heart!

Monday, October 24, 2011

[ENDED] The Grand-Opening Giveway is LIVE!

OK, my grand-opening giveaway is now LIVE! You can see the prizes under the "BFF GIVEAWAY!" tab on the far right, but I've provided some photos below to whet your cosmetic appetite :-)

First, for your perusing pleasure, there are two (transferred; partial) magazine subscriptions -- SPIN and Martha Stewart Living:
SPIN magazine
Martha Stewart magazine
Next, for yumminess in and after your shower or bath, there are two full-size Sugarcandie Beauty Bar items: Bella Body Creme and Midnight Monster Mash Body Scrub:
SCBB Midnight Monster Mash and Bella closed
SCBB Midnight Monster Mash and Bella open
Last, fun for your face: lots of miscellaneous eyeshadow samples from various indie cosmetic companies plus a mega-load of large Aromaleigh samples:
Miscellaneous indie eyeshadow samples
Mega-load of large Aromaleigh samples
And here is your Rafflecopter by which to claim you official entry. Even if you pre-entered, it/they won't count unless you do this official entry. All people who pre-entered my giveaway by following me and leaving a comment on my blog have earned one and two extra entries, respectively :-) Because the prize is large, I'm allowing the giveaway to last for 3 weeks.
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Please note that I purchased all of these products except for the magazine subscriptions, which were Facebook "freebies."

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Aromaleigh v.2: First Collection is Up!

The first collection from Aromaleigh v. 2 is up, and it's called "Fall Tapestry." You can see it here (and order full sizes or a full sample set):


Have fun! Personally, I hope they offer single samples soon. Hopefully she is sending sample sets to bloggers for review :-)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Huggies Naturally Refreshing Green Tea and Cucumber Baby Wipes


Item: Huggies Naturally Refreshing Green Tea and Cucumber Baby Wipes

What? Baby wipes on a beauty blog? Yep. I first read about them being used as facial wipes (i.e., to remove makeup) on Makeup Alley. I read several positive reviews on using Huggies wipes in this manner, and I was looking for some good (but not too expensive) wipes anyway, so I decided to give them a try. 

Before this, I had been using Korres Pomegranate Cleansing and Make Up Removing (gotta love the lack of punctuation there) Wipes for Oily and Combination Skin (neither of which I have, but I got them with a Groupon certificate to a cosmetic site; $12 for 25 = $.48/wipe). Although they burned my sensitive skin just slightly, I liked the way they smelled as well as their convenience. That's how I got hooked on wipes and went searching for a cheaper alternative to the Korres wipes; hence, the Huggies Wipes. 
The wipes that started it all
 I got 184 Huggies wipes (!) for about $7.99 ($7.99 for 184 wipes = $.04/wipe) at the Giant Food Store where I grocery shop, but I imagine that you could buy them just about anywhere. They didn't have them in the cute pop-up dispenser like other versions, but the green tea wipes were specifically recommended on MUA for make-up removal purposes, so I just got the refill pack. 
The better (and cheaper) wipes!
Well, I'll tell ya: They work great for removing regular (not waterproof [WP]) makeup! I wear WP makeup only once in a while, so if you're a WP gal, you'll need something stronger. But these also work well for wiping away cleansing oil used to remove eye makeup without having to wash your face all over again :-) They have a nice, light fresh scent and leave my face feeling as smooth as a baby's buttockular area :-) In fact, I figured they'd have to be safe and gently beforehand because they are made for baby arses. They are also great for, er, personal cleansing.

If you're interested, here is some safety information about them from the Huggies Web site:

Product use: Skin/personal cleansing [Ha! See?]
Product description: Clear, colorless liquid with a pleasant odor on a white polypropylene/cellulose wipe.
Emergency overview: May cause mild eye irritation.
EU Classification (1999/45/EC): Not classified as a dangerous substance or
preparation.
US OSHA Classification (29CFR1910.1200): Not hazardous
Canadian WHMIS Classification: Not a controlled product.

Guess they're safe enough for a . . . baby :-) So, clean up, gals (and stay that way!)
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Please note that I purchased this product for my own use.

Monday, October 3, 2011

(My) Darling Girl Fall Picks + Halloween Preview Colors + SALVation Review!


Susan Woodall, the owner of Darling Girl Cosmetics, is the epitome of a “darling girl” (from Webster's: "very pleasing: charming"), so I’m assuming that the store name is eponymous :-) She’s a kind and classy lady who has a good business head, a kind and generous heart, and a creative imagination. I am glad to have gotten to know her through purchasing and through The RAT Pack Facebook page. So, without further ado, I give you . . . 

Company name: Darling Girl Cosmetics

The Web Site Itself: 5 of 5 stars
I’ve never dealt with an eCrater store before or since my shopping experiences with Darling Girl (DG), so I don’t know how similar or different they may be from store to store. One is always limited by the design constrictions of whatever store “engine” one uses. The landing page has the adorable DG geisha logo on it as well as some product photos. I had almost no trouble navigating the site to place my order(s), but I must say that it is a rather skin-and-bones, bare-basics Web site. It gets the job done, but seems somewhat dry in doing so . . . until you start looking at all the loverly (a bow to My Fair Lady) product photos and swatches contained within. The products can be found in outline format under the tab “Categories,” and the list of products is impressively comprehensive! Susan is one prolific woman :-) Because I mainly crave, collect, and use eyeshadows, I buy them the most. You can look DG shadows up by collection or by color. However, the complete range of products ranges from eyeshadows to the well-regarded Hologloss lip glosses to body salves. Her Glitter Glue eyeshadow fixative is highly spoken of, although I haven’t tried it myself . . . yet. Theoretically, you could get just about everything you need for beauty and skin care at this one e-store!

Pricing: 5 of 5 stars
Pricing is uber-reasonable, plus you have three, rather than just two, sizes to choose from: sample (1/8-teaspoon in a 2" x 2" zip-lock baggie for $.70), mini (1/4 teaspoon in a 3-gram sample jar for $2.25), or full size (3/4 teaspoon in a 5 gram sample jar for $5.50). The only thing I thought was a little "off" is the pricing/size difference between the sample and the mini sizes. The mini is exactly twice the size of a sample, yet it costs quite a bit more than twice the price. Maybe it's because the minis come in a jar rather than a baggie? Whatever the reason, if you prefer your loose shadow in jars, it's worth it because these shadows are so good. If you prefer your shadow in baggies (like I do), you can save a little money by getting two sample sizes and combining them in one baggie.

TAT and Shipping: 5 of 5 stars
Most of the samples I'm reviewing here were purchased by me more than a year ago (I know; shame on me for taking so long to review them) or were received more than a month ago as payment in kind for some writing work I did for Susan. However, I *did* reorder some of the colors I swatched below, so I do have a "representative" TAT to report.
Ordered: 08/27/11 (Saturday night during a sale)
Shipped: 09/08/11
TAT:9 business days (but I've had faster TATs from DG during non-sale periods)
Shipping: Don't remember exactly, but it was reasonable (i.e., between $2 and $3)
Actual shipping: Not designated on eBay shipping label
Sale refund posted : 08/27/11
Personal shipping email: No
DC/Tracking:Yes
Invoice:Yes, through PayPal payment confirmation
Packaging/presentation: Samples were each in a 2" x 2.5" baggie, which was then enclosed in cute 6" x 4" zebra-print bag
Extras: Yes: DG geisha sticker, 2 Halloween preview colors (Witch & Famous, Pretty Plasma),  free mini w/ $10 purchase (Peacemaker])
Packaging: Standard bubble mailer

Product: 5 of 5 stars
Colors ordered (formulator's description after colon, then my take in italics and my favorites bolded)


Photo key (left to right, top to bottom): Landry, Resolute, Santa Baby, Tragic Romance

Indoor with flash





Natural light, no flash
• Landry: Grapey brown metallic with pink shimmers This appears a bit lighter and brighter in real life; it's a great fall neutral  NOT A REPURCHASE :-(
• Resolute: Coppered brown with interesting metallic sheen I'm not sure how I feel about this shade; I didn't get metallic from it at all, but that's relative isn't it? The tone on me was a warm camel satin. NOT A REPURCHASE :-(
Santa Baby: Copper with pink undertones and if you look closely there is delicate blue shimmers Finally! A warm red I can pull off; it's not too cool-toned and not too orange. I REORDERED :-) 
• Tragic Romance: Warm purple with loads of gold interference Something about this shade leaned too "grapey" for me even with the gold interference; it made me looked bruised, but it may work for gals with different skin tones than mine. NOT A REPURCHASE :-(
Photo key (left to right, top to bottom): Chaos, Chi Chai Monchan, Dr. Pepper Cake, Faren Hite, Fireside, LaLa

Indoor with flash
Natural light, no flash
• Chaos: Coppery brown pearl with purple undertones and subtle blue shimmers This shade made me look like I had been punched in the eyes; there's something about brown and blue that make my eyes look bruised (even MAC's Blue-Brown and Aromaleigh's
Chi Chai Monchan: Metallic pink copper with gold flecks Hot damn; this color is a Barry White love song poured into an eyeshadow, smooth, silky, satin pink bedsheets and all! I REORDERED :-) 
Dr. Pepper Cake: Metallic plummy brown with red and multicolored shimmers This color makes me feel good just having it in my arsenal even if I never wear it (which, of course, I will). It's the kind of color you can just swatch and get lost in, it's that beautiful and complex. Great fall shade. I REORDERED :-) 
• Faren Hite: Warm bronzey pink with subtle sparks of red Another great fall color for me. I'm a whore for anything pink and warm-toned, especially if bronze is mixed in, LOL. This shade is what I *wanted* MAC's Pink Bronze pigment to be, but this DG color is less "sharp" and gaudy and more well-blended. I DIDN'T REORDER BECAUSE I LIKED SANTA BABY AND CHI CHAI MONCHAN BETTER :-) 
• Fireside: Earthy maroon with shimmering glints of metallic sparkles Again, too grapey for my liking but nevertheless a beautiful shade. NOT A REPURCHASE :-(
• LaLa: Sheer cool blue-ish purple with pink iridescence Although I can't usually pull off anything blue-toned, this gorgeous shade worked on me. The blue and purple were so nicely balanced with the pink iridescence, I liked despite my usual prejudice against such colors!  PROBABLY NOT A REPURCHASE :-(


Photo key (left to right, top to bottom): Jeweled Taupe, Peacemaker, Pretty Plasma, Witch & Famous
Flash
Natural Light








 • Jeweled Taupe: Metallic bronzey taupe with multi-colored shimmers like jewels Despite the fact that this shade is not, IMHO, a taupe at all (taupe is a mix of grey and brown), it *is* a shimmery straw/hay shade that looks very nice on my eyes. Think of a sparkly hayloft at twilight, all a'glint in the setting sun, and you'll get the picture POSSIBLE REPURCHASE :-)
• Peacemaker (color of the week): NO DG description due to it's limited nature This color looked purple on my monitor, but it swatched as a lovely almost-navy blue. Not my color, but a unique one; you don't see too many navys out there. CAN'T REPURCHASE :-|
• Pretty Plasma (extra): Aqua blue pearl with contrasting black glitter. Not my color, but gorgeous nonetheless! NOT A REPURCHASE :-(
Witch and Famous (extra): Plummy taupe with gold reflect DEFINITE REPURCHASE!
Skin Care Product Received

• SALVation: Susan sent me an adorable little tin of this balm, and I've been using it on my cuticles (almost) every night before bed. If I had had my wits about me, I would have taken some before-and-after photos. Take my word that it has worked well for me for this purpose. No longer dry and overgrown, my cuticles are smooth and tame :-) The only thing I would change is to offer it in a swivel-up tube as well as the tin because the tin's lid is hard to remove, especially if you have hand arthritis, deformed wrists, and a bumb thumb on the left hand! DEFINITE REPURCHASE :-)


Salvation

FINAL SCORE: 5 OF 5 STARS

Would I buy again?
Can't you tell yet after reading this glowing review, LOL?
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Please note that I purchased all of these products for my own use.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Aromaleigh is Making a Comeback!

This post from Miss K.'s blog is so exciting, it deserves to be copied and pasted AND linked, so here is it:

A new Aromaleigh, under new management, that is…
This is a time of change and transition, which you’ll see happen gradually as so much is happening behind the scenes in order for Aromaleigh V.2 to grow and blossom…

During this transitional phase, you’ll find many products available from Aromaleigh’s former collections, as well as great deals on ingredients such as the cosmetic glitters and Pure Hue mica pigments. You can also expect to see a few Limited Edition eyeshadow collections rolled out as we work towards developing, testing and releasing a line of fresh, innovative and new Aromaleigh products with the same quality and value you’ve come to expect in the last 13 years.

To conceive this new product line, we’ll be setting up a series of polls because your input and feedback is very important to all of us working together in this new venture. These polls will help the new team understand what you desire out of the new Aromaleigh.

Aromaleigh’s founder, Kristen Leigh Bell, will be acting as the Creative Director, and Director of Product Formulation for the new Aromaleigh. With all the amazing, improved pigments and ingredients that are available now, the opportunity to work for Aromaleigh in this capacity is very exciting!

We’ve been working hard to get the transitional site up and running, but here’s what you can expect in the coming months:

1. A series of polls and feedback forms for you to offer your input, feedback, wants and needs
2. Availability of current collections and other possible previous inventory.
3. Some new LE collections to carry us through while your input is analyzed and the new product lines are introduced.
4. Good, positive changes spanning many aspects of business at Aromaleigh.
We’re very excited for what the future holds for Aromaleigh V.2… and hope that you are as well!


WHOO TO THE HOO!

Because I'm Far Too Lazy to Do It . . . A Halloween Post From The Velvet Rose Petal!

Since I'm not a huge fan of Halloween and because I'm far to lazy to compose a list of special and limited-edition Halloween collections, I'm pointing you to Anne of The Velvet Rose Petal, who had composed a comprehensive list, including Altered Ego, Black Rose, Brazen, Dark Heart, Darling Girl, Dawn Eyes, Evil Shades, Lucky 107, Meow, Moi Minerals, My Beauty Addiction, My Pretty Zombie, Noella Beauty Works, Persephone, Rock-A-Betty, Stella Starish, Sweetpea & Fay, Tick:Tock, Venomous, Virus Insanity.

 Anne's link is here:  http://thevelvetrosepetal.blogspot.com/2011/10/halloween-limited-edition-offerings.html. 

 My head is swimming! How about yours? Have fun, ghouls (ummm . . . I mean girls)! 

 AND DON'T FORGET TO PRE-ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Aromaleigh Pure Hues Now Available

From Miss K. just moments ago: "Due to the large inventory of raw ingredients and micas/pigments that we’ve got waiting for new homes, I’ve decided to begin offering the Pure Hues as they were made available during last year’s clearance sale. Many beautiful shades are available! This is the complete swatch chart from last year’s clearance sale, but not ALL the shades on this chart are available. Shades NOT available are the ones that have an “X” over the top of them.": http://dormantdream.com/2011/09/25/many-pure-hue-mica-pigments-now-available/.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Aroamleigh Updates Continue . . .

From Miss K.: "And also, LOST IN FAERIE... a few jars 1, 2, 3 available of some shades": http://dormantdream.com/aromaleigh/limited-edition-eyeshadows/lost-in-faerie-eye-collection/.

What are you waiting for?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Some More Aromaleigh Updates


From Miss K.'s Facebook feed on my home page:

1. "Spells! inventory has been updated with a few jars of sold out shades from my personal "stash bag"... enough for a few jars for you, and one for me!":  http://dormantdream.com/aromaleigh/limited-edition-eyeshadows/spells-eye-collection/.

2. "Wonderstruck inventory updated- some sold out shades there are now a few jars available of!": http://dormantdream.com/aromaleigh/limited-edition-eyeshadows/wonderstruck-eye-collection/.
3. A few sold-out colors have a few jars left now in Astronomical Collection- Dark Matter, Milky Way!":  http://dormantdream.com/aromaleigh/limited-edition-eyeshadows/astronomical-eye-collection/.
She didn't specify which colors she added, but you can look at the drop-down lists to check if there's something you've been looking for :-)


Friday, September 16, 2011

Mae Minerals $20 Giveaway :-)

I don't know this company, Mae Minerals, but I just entered to win $20 worth of their makeup free. You can enter, too, at: http://apps.facebook.com/hooplasoft_giveaways/data?o=FogzPJr06L7dSmV%2F8c6At99H5VuH7wC7qCWvAqswxus%3D%0A.

You'll have to "like" their page on Facebook during the entry process, and the entry app will ask to access your basic Facebook data, but if you're OK with that, why not enter?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Aromaleigh Update: A Teesny Speck of a Post

Per Miss K.'s Dormant Dream Facebook page: "Found 9 jars of Melancholy Maiden, 1 Milky Way, and 1 Wingardium Leviosa . . . just added to inventory!" Here's a chance to get these OOS shades.

I'm sorry it's taking so long to get this blog going. I've just been overwhelmed with health issues and physical pain, and now more work is coming in so I'm trying to keep up with that. However, I'm about one third done with my opening post (Darling Girl review). Then I just have to take photos of the contest prizes and the contest will go live. First the Darling Girl post and then the contest :-) Hang in there with me, 'K?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Aromaleigh Eyeshadows and Supplies Are Back!

This is just a quick post to let you know that Miss K. from the now-defunct Aromaleigh is offering for sale a limited array of eyeshadows from the following collections:

MYTHOS
WONDERSTRUCK
SPELLS
ASTRONOMICAL

Here is the link to her new business, Dormant Dream, with all the information you need. Cosmetic formulators, Miss K. is also selling micas, pigments, and supplies here.

Now, everyone go get these goodies before they run out!

And don't forget to pre-enter my upcoming giveaway!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August 20, 2011: Tag! Your'e It!

I was tagged for the Top 10 Award by Susan Woodall of the yummy Darling Girl Cosmetics! Considering that I haven't formally launched this new blog yet, this was a very sweet gesture by a very sweet woman :-) Here's my award:



Susan wanted to know what my top 10 favorite cosmetics items are, so here are my answers :-)

1. Everyday Minerals Pick Me Up Pink Color Correcter: I just tried to find this product on EDM's Web site, but appears that it's been discontinued :-( I found it far better than a green color corrector for diminishing the ruddiness on my cheeks. Luckily I have an extra full-size jar stashed away. If anyone know of any other brands of good pink color correctors, would you please let me know?

2. Everyday Minerals All Spice eyeshadow (soft neutral pink champagne laced with delicate white shimmer): OK, this product is still being sold; whew! Although the description says "pink," to me it looks more like a lightly-browned biscuit with a little shimmer -- the perfect neutral brow-bone highlighter.

3. Just about ANY eyeshadow by Aromaleigh: I hated mineral shadows at first, but I became a MMU convert, and Aromaleigh aficionado, several years ago. Don't ask me to name a favorite because I can't. And don't get me started on what I'm going to do when I run out of my three AL foundation back-ups :-(

4. Visine (regular formula): Yep. I never apply my makeup without first getting redness out of my eyes. I don't go whole-hog with it because that can cause rebound redness. Just a drop in each eye after I show and before I do my "face."

5. Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy: I never apply a shimmery shadow without first revving it up with this primer, which amps up the shimmer/glitter/sparkle factor. I hear DG's own Glitter Glue is very good, too, so that will be on my shopping list soon (especially if Fyrinnae keeps pulling their disappearing acts).

6. Not cosmetics, but just about ANY Shower Smoothie from Sugarcandie Beauty Bar: Aside from having the absolute yummiest scents ever, as well as really excellent customer service, I really like that this whipped shower soap doesn't contain sodium laureth/lauryl sufate, which is harsh on human skin and even worse for little fishies, frogs, salamanders, and so forth. I go SLS-free whenever I can.


7. MAC 239 eyeshadow brush: Desert-island Holy Grail item. Before I found this, I was applying eyeshadow with my fingers. Messy for me and unsanitary for the shadows.


8. Tweezerman metal lash comb: Yes, it looks like a miniature instrument of torture, but it tames clumpy mascara into submission. Just use it very carefully, or you'll look like a lopsided cyclops, LOL.


9. Sephora Eye Makeup Remover Pen: Catches any glob or blob I somehow manage to leave behind (usually mascara, but I've used it to eradicate other things, too).


10. Cover Girl NatureLuxe Foundation in Alabaster: Because it's a great match for my fair and cool-toned complexion; it really does feel like light silk on my face; and it gives nice medium but buildable coverage.
....and here are the next 10 tagged. :D



**Rules of the Top 10 Award**
1.  Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
2.  Put the Top 10 Award logo on your blog.
3.  List your Top 10 cosmetics.
4.  Choose 10 bloggers to tag, link to their blogs, and let them know.