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I love makeup but I've never really experimented with it until I started reading other beauty blogs. I love, love colors.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Xmas Rant Swatches

Hello all! It's been a long time since I've posted any swatches. I will try to make it up by posting Meow's Holiday Wishes and Ghosts of Xmas Past as fast as I can. I've got plenty more swatches coming so it'll be a while before I have to go purchasing again. :D

Speaking of purchasing, I REALLY need some PE. I'm running super, duper low.

Onwards to Meow's Xmas Rant swatches!

I can see why so many people love Drunken Relatives. I didn't get the purple as much as everyone seems to have. I saw it more as a deep, deep blue. You know if you draw on yourself with a blue pen and keep going over the same area with a blue pen? No? Just me? LOL. Well, that's the color Drunken Relatives reminds me of. It's gorgeous but I'm not quite sure how I'd ever use it. Oooo, what about as a liner? :D

My favorites are: Bustle (such a gorgeous color shift), Office Party (gorgeous teal with gold sparkles), and Grab Bag (drool).

Which colors do you like the most? :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Supersize Me! - Message Lost

Hey all! Just popping in real fast to say that I'm so very sorry about the lack of updates! Last week was hectic at work and even though I brought the eye shadows back with me to do swatches of, I realized 2 things:

1. The light sucks. It doesn't compare to the one in my DC apartment kitchen.
2. I am in dire need of Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy.

I am going to put in an order with the men over at Fyrinnae and then I'm going to try and use whatever I have left to do some swatches. I am also back in my apartment so swatches will be coming. I have several collections to swatch - most are Meow themed. I've also got a couple of reviews coming up from Etsy stores recommended by LeGothique (The Anderson Soap Company) and a new company by Phyrra (Face Candy Coutre).

In the mean time, here are some pictures following my second time watching "Supersize Me." I know that movie is supposed to make you NOT want to eat fast food. This is what happened to me instead:

Note: I have not eaten at McDonald's in over a year now. I used to work there and stopped eating from that place for about 6 years. Then I ate a carton of fries and was reminded of why I didn't like eating there anymore. The breakfast wasn't so bad though. :D

And who doesn't like Chik-Fil-A?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Winter Spirits Swatches

Ergh, I think the light bulb in my kitchen is dying or something because the auto-adjustment on my camera is going crazy. I also think I caught a cold from my co-worker. It's stupid. I know people get sick but I rarely get sick. When I do, it's usually pretty severe, but it's only once and then I don't catch anything for the next year or so. Last year, I didn't catch anything. This year? I've already gotten really, really sick once and now, I'm pretty sure I'm sick again.

Not cool. Wtf, body. Is it because I'm getting old? Lame.

I'll be heading home in 2 days and my dad will have delicious spicy soup waiting for me. Whee! :D It's the best cure for me when I'm sick. I don't do over-the-counter medicines because I find that they are temporary and only suppress the sickness. This is fine since that's what they are designed for. However, suppressing the cold also causes me from getting better sooner. So generally, I just let my body handle the virus with the help of super spicy soup (like, Satan's ass spicy). It usually helps me get better in 2 days. Now, my body only gets hit if there's an especially violent strand going around. Apparently, this season has been really bad or my body is just degenerating.


Alright alright, enough griping! As promised, here's a set from one of Meow's holiday collections, Winter Spirits!

I think this collection is a lot of love for the reds and purples fans out there. My favorites are: Port, Rose, Shiraz, and Merlot.

What are your thoughts on this collection?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Sugarplums and Ghost Stories Swatches

Accck. I was so busy running around yesterday, I didn't get a chance to do swatches. That's okay, I will do another set later on tonight - for today - as this post counts for yesterday. I'm still trying to do a collection a day until I run through all the Meow ones I ordered. :D

Since these collections are much smaller than the other ones, I decided to combine them. As always, eye shadows are swatched over Pixie Epoxy and both the blushes and glows are swatched over generic lotion. These were a bit more difficult to get pictures of but I tried my best. I'm not too happy about how these swatches turned out. Grrr.

First up, Meow's Sugarplums collection:

Second, Meow's Ghost Stories collection (these are all glows):

I love the Sugarplum blush and the Present glow. I am definitely going to attempt wearing Sugarplum today. We'll see how it looks with my skintone. :D

Don't you love purples??

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Merry Mayhem Swatches

Just got home from a office holiday dinner and man, I am pooped. Not pooped enough to do swatches though! I'm about over an hour too late for the whole "one collection a day" thing I promised earlier on but the night is still young, I say!

From Meow's Merry Mayhem collection...

My biggest issue was that Jingle and Ho Ho Ho looked exactly alike. Then I read the color descriptions over at Meow and they're meant to look alike. Ho Ho Ho is just sans some of the sparkles Jingle has. I tried to swatch colors in similar color groups for easier comparison on the reader's side, but I feel like that makes these swatches very hohum. Hmmm...may need to mix it up next time, haha!

Have you guys checked out this collection yet? Either way, what are your favorites?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: 12 Pains Swatches

Goodness gracious, it's been a pretty fantastic day. I woke up to a happy message in my inbox, then got a free lunch at work, came home to meet our new roomie who dropped off the check for her holding fee, and oh yeah, I also got paid today. Yay!

Not that I will see that money...darned holidays. :/

It snowed about an inch today. Urgh. I miss Upstate NY and lake effect snow. It's always so pretty. I think I'm on shoveling duty when I go home for the holidays though. Haha.

Enough of my rambling, onto today's swatches! From Meow's 12 Pains of Xmas collection, here are the pretty, pretty colors:

I tried to group the colors together in case there were any similarities; it was for easy comparing. I was really surprised at "Lights Out" since it looked so blue in the bag and it came out more of a black-blue color. I would love, LOVE to see a look with Party Crashers and Hangover. Both are fantastic colors.

As always, what are your favorites? :D

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Reindeer Swatches

Good evening all! Hope your day has been going well. :) I've had a really busy week at work and it's nice that we're getting close to the weekend. I still need to do my Christmas shopping and hopefully, start on some of the b-school application essays. I also need to make an order at Fyrinnae soon because I'm running dangerously low on Pixie Epoxy.

Enough rambling! Per the lovely Amy's (at Amyy's Addiction - seriously, check it out for some fantastic eotds/fotds) request, next up is Meow's Reindeer collection:

I think this collection is super fun. The colors are bright, happy, and definitely in line with their namesake and the holiday spirit. In the baggie, Rudolph looked like a darker fuchsia but it comes out a brilliant pretty red. Blitzen had some color shift action going on; I was seriously mesmerized. Comet has got to be my favorite of them all and I'm not even fond of greens!

What are your thoughts on this collection?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Glacial Grove Swatches

I busted out some hot pot tonight and man, I'm super full right now. I'm not quite sure what I should do with the remaining ingredients (we didn't finish it all) but at least I don't have to cook dinner tomorrow night. Work has been a little bit more stressful than usual. Budget season is here and it seems like my entire team is on edge.

I've got makeup to distract me from all that hullabaloo! :)

This collection is definitely a top favorite of mine. I love all the colors and I can definitely see myself purchasing some full-sizes of these babies. From Meow's Glacial Grove collection, here are the swatches:

I can't pick a favorite. I seriously love all these colors and can definitely see myself wearing them at some point or another. I also love how they compliment each other so well! The last picture of swatches I took was kind of a poor picture but I promise the colors do not disappoint.

The quality is smooth with very little flyaway. I'm absolutely digging Meow's holiday collections so far. What do you think?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Snowflakes Swatches

CUE BRAGGING - I got an inordinately fantastic score on my GMATs this time around. I passed the range for Georgetown and killed the range for George Washington. I wish there were more school choices to pick from in the DC area (closer to where I live at least) because I'm so happy that I got a score where I don't have to worry (as much) about getting into my top choice(s) for my MBA.

That being said, the only things I have to stress about now are applications - okay, it's a big thing to worry about. I will get around to it, I promise!

In the meantime, here are some pretty swatches from Meow's Snowflakes collection!

Meow's got the bluuuues. I love these colors! My favorites are Avalanche, Blizzard, Ice Storm, and Blustery. Honestly, they're all such fantastic colors. Much learn how to use blue! I am still stuck on mauves and taupes and neutrals (oh my!).

What colors do you like? :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Meow Cosmetics: Christmas Trees Swatches

Hello all! So sorry for the lack of posts. I have been stressing over my exam a lot for the past few days so that's why I haven't been on blogger. I have tried commenting where I can though so at least that aspect hasn't been neglected. I got the first part of my Meow Christmas order. In it, I got the Holiday Wishes, 12 Pains, Christmas Rants, Glacial Grove, Snowflake, and Christmas Trees collections. There are definitely lots of swatches to come! First up...Christmas Trees!

I LOVE themed collections and this is no exception. My favorite is definitely Cypress. It's such a pretty color!

What other mineral makeup companies have come out with holiday-themed collections?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Various Aromaleigh Collections Swatches

I've been meaning to do these swatches for a while now but held off because I knew I wasn't going to have much to post until my next order came in. I should be studying right now but procrastination is the only thing on my mind.

As always, these swatches are done over Pixie Epoxy, in my kitchen, without flash. The light is bright enough in there that if I did take a picture with flash, it'd just be a big white blob. D:

Here's a bunch of swatches from various Aromaleigh collections:

Holiday (Vault): Butterscotch
Holiday (Vault): Gingerbread
Holiday Blast: High Heels

Valentine 2009: Sweet Nothings
Spring Solstice 2009: Mallow
Ciao Italia: Lampone (camera didn't pick up the pretty sparklies)

Hot In The City: Girl's Night Out
Hot In The City: Return to Tiffany's
Holiday Blast: Champagne Toast

L'Orchidee: Pixie Cup
L'Orchidee: Unicorn
L'Orchidee: Seed Pearl

I'm super in love with Pixie Cup. :)

Anyway, since I'm participating in Meow's 12 Days of Meow Giveaways, I've been purchasing something everyday now. This means to keep an eye out for their holiday collections swatches. I haven't received my orders yet but I'm super excited to swatch them because it looks like there are so many gorgeous colors this year. :D

Check out these fantastic Meow swatches over at Painted's blog!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

EOTD: Playing Apartment Sales Agent (Purple look x8,927)

So the creepy girl moved out of our apartment - yay! I put the notice up on Craigslist (stop that wincing, it's not that bad) and we had a bevy of really nice girls come through yesterday. There's one more coming in a few minutes and then after that, my current roommate and I are going to make a decision.

Anyway, I figured I should probably look presentable. I was able to get some decent pictures of my eye. It's another purple look - I know, I know. Super boring. For some reason, these are the only pictures that come out looking alright.

Stuff used:

- UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion
- Fyrinnae Sequined Master (lid)
- Fyrinnae Freya (outer corners)
- Aromaleigh Butterscotch (inner corners)
- CG Perfect Point Plus in Black Onyx
- L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black
- Dior's Diorshow

Seriously, how do you ladies take such good pictures of your eyes? Teach me, please. :3

EDIT: OMG LMFAO!! My roommate just found this odd crystal shaped thing in the refrigerator. We didn't know what it was so we Googled it. Turns out it was a refrigerator deodorizer. HAHA shit, I guess my Asian foods and roomie's Italian cooking was stinking up the fridge. :)