A slightly sheer, pearly, warm light emerald green/true gold duochrome. Absolutely gorgeous as the lid (or crease!) shade in a green eye look. Ironically, this Book of Shadows Vol. I exclusive is the only UD shadow I can definitively say I'd repurchase.
This is not lavender. This is a rather sheer, cool, light, slightly purpley pink, i.e. lilac, with lots of matching microglitter. I might conceivably repurchase this due to my love of cool pinks, but US$17 is pretty steep, particularly considering that I can probably find something a bit more purple, which I prefer, and that I already have this in two UD palettes (which I only buy because of the "ooh, shiny!" factor.)
A somewhat sheer, slightly frosty medium warm-toned plum with a hint of tiny warm light pink sparkle. Looks nice with Grifter and/or Roach. This leans quite red, and so may not be for everyone. I like it OK (I prefer cooler purples), but nowhere near enough to pay US$17 for a full size.
Eye Shadow -L.A. Colors - 5 Color Metallic Eyeshadow in Ammunition
thespacecowgirl 11/23/2011 7:09:00 AM
An unbeatable cheap smoky eye. All the shades have surprisingly good texture and pigmentation, especially for the price, although I've found that the high shimmer appearance in the pan is just the top layer - they're less shimmery and more of a pearl beneath. Moving from left to right, I use the colors like this: bright, pearly slightly warm toned white as all-over wash; metallic neutral medium silver on the lid; pearly neutral gray-lavender as highlight; pearly neutral light gunmetal in the crease; and pearly neutral almost-black dark gray as a smudgy liner. The case is a little hard to get open and is a bit of a hazard to nail polish, but it's worth it. Best worn with winged-out L.A. Colors Glitter Liner in 3D, a divine gunmetal/silver shade.
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
thespacecowgirl 11/23/2011 6:25:00 AM
I have a mini of this that I'm working through, and I find the hype totally inexplicable. It's in no way superior to L'Oreal De-Crease, which I actually feel holds my e/s better...and for a fraction of the price, too.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Expert Eyes Eye Shadow in Lux Lilac
thespacecowgirl 11/23/2011 6:24:00 AM
You know what they say - keep your standards low, and you won't be disappointed. This is a pearly warm-toned lavender/lilac that takes two loaded brushfuls to show up. It's tolerable, particularly for a d/s product, but I'd choose NYX Frosted Lilac or even Spring Flower over this any day.
Although it is greasy, this will cure flaky skin and rough cuticles when nothing else makes an impact. I even use it on my face/as eye cream in a pinch, and haven't had any breakouts/irritation. I wish it wasn't so heavily scented, and that Walmart here sold it in the metal tins I used to buy up in Canada - the big glass jar is just asking for a disaster one of these days, especially since it, as aforementioned, leaves a greasy residue. To keep from getting the creme under my nails, I use a little pink plastic spoon that came in a box of Sweet'N Low to scoop it out.
A very pretty soft, tropical white floral; would be perfect as a wedding day fragrance.
Lipstick -NYX - Black Label Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie
thespacecowgirl 11/4/2011 5:02:00 AM
On my dark pink pigmented lips, this is a beautiful fiery reddish orange with gold shimmer. It doesn't work on me (PPP, warm-toned but not warm-toned enough for most oranges). But it's really beautiful, so if you can wear orange l/s buy it! Black Label Lipsticks have full-on color, but are the first lipsticks I've used that don't dry out my lips at all. There's a slight grape scent as I apply, but no taste or scent on the lips. The packaging is a very cute black sparkly rounded-off square tube, black lace patterned and with a "sample" of the color encased in clear plastic at the base. US$7.50 @ nyxcosmetics.com.
Polishes -China Glaze - Crackle Glaze - Black Mesh
thespacecowgirl 11/4/2011 3:37:00 AM
This is a matte black crackle topcoat. I've tried it over a metallic bright blue on my toes and a shimmery orange on my nails, and I absolutely love it - it crackles a lot more than Platinum Pieces, making big, cool-looking fissures. It lasts exceptionally well (almost a week), which is good since multi-layered manicures tend to peel off the next day. Also unlike Platinum Pieces, this didn't start getting goopy after the first use. Can't comment on the price as I received this, along with the Platinum Pieces, as a lovely gift. I anticipate that I'll be using both shades to the last drop!
Too drying, so drying that I have to exfoliate every day, and it breaks me out slightly. I don't care for the artificial cucumber melon scent, either.
Conditioner -Suave - Professionals Almond & Shea Butter
thespacecowgirl 11/3/2011 6:08:00 PM
I've never used the Aveda, so I can't make the comparison. I don't love this conditioner - it does the job, but not fantastically. It's very thick and difficult to work through my longish, thick hair, and, when dry, my hair really isn't as smooth as I'd like. While the smell originally reminded me of warm almond milk, it seems to have gotten more perfume-y and artificial as I go through the bottle. I would repurchase this if I couldn't find any of the conditioners that work better for me (namely Suave Sleek), but otherwise no.
I collected these as a tween, and had two long shoelaces strung full of them. The grape pop was my favorite, and I got in trouble for not taking them out of my jeans pockets before my mother did my laundry more than once. Nostalgia aside, I currently use these as lip balm, not lip gloss per se, so my preference is for the clear, non-shimmery ones - shimmer and pigment are both drying. Thus, the vanilla is my personal favorite. I do like that they give my lips a bit of shine, since I'm always wearing lip balm whether I'm wearing lipcolor or not. If they have a flaw, it's that the scent/flavor and formulation on new ones can be hit or miss - the cookies and cream flavor was drying, and I really dislike the smell of the watermelon one, for example. Nevertheless, since I keep several lip balms around the house, I can buy the multipacks/party packs and keep myself in stock while trying new flavors, or just nab a vanilla one if I don't feel like experimenting. I wish they'd update the packaging a bit (I loved the bubble tops and holographic labels on the Cosmic Smackers when they were sold individually for a while), but since it's just lip balm, I'm over it. BTW, Bonne Bell is a great company for customer service - when I expressed my sadness at a particular product being discontinued, they sent me several of them along with a few other goodies.
Polishes -Sally Hansen - Complete Salon Manicure - Plum Luck
thespacecowgirl 10/12/2011 10:33:00 PM
Absolutely gorgeous deep, warm plum creme, opaque in two coats - it looks black in low light, and really only shows the bottle color in bright light. It lasted a week with only minimal tipwear, and that had more to do with shrinkage. The polish itself is a good not-too-thick consistency and easy to work with. Dries in about 15 minutes per coat. The brush is perfect for my rather amateurish polish application skills. Great shade - I'll be trying it under some of my sheerer purple polishes, like Sinful I Love You. On the topic of whether the Complete Salon Manicures can really be worn without a separate b/c or t/c, the 2nd pic above is mine; the answer is "Yes, but it looks nicer with added t/c."
Shampoo -Suave - Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo
thespacecowgirl 10/8/2011 10:54:00 AM
I've never used the Aveda, so I can't compare that to this. I will say, however, that this is a wonderful clarifying shampoo that tingles a bit and smells great. It's so wonderfully refreshing to use when I've skipped washing for a day and my hair and scalp are an oil slick - it keeps me from getting those icky scalp zits. It's definitely clarifying; although it doesn't strip my hair totally, I definitely need to use conditioner after. I love the herbal minty smell. The only thing I don't care for is the very thin consistency - I usually get some suds in my nose or eyes, which isn't so pleasant.