Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Favorite Equation: MAC Party Parrot + Viva Glam Nicki

I've never been huge on mixing lipsticks. It's for a kind of silly reason, actually: when you apply the second lipstick over the first, the colors mix on the end of your lipstick tube. It's only in the past few months that I've admitted that you can just wipe the lipstick off on the back of your hand, and the small amount you waste in the process is Not the End of the World.

How did I reach this conclusion? I found a great combination: MAC Party Parrot lipstick with Viva Glam Nicki on top, concentrated primarily in the center of my lips.

Party Parrot, Viva Glam Nicki, Party Parrot + VG Nicki

The colors combine to create a beautiful pink coral, very similar to MAC Impassioned. And actually, VG Nicki is a great layering lipstick in general; it looks amazing on top of dark fuchsia lipliners and under soft pink glosses.

Admittedly, I look a little zonked in the header image. (I throw my makeup on at 6am several times a week, and it shows.) But I think you can see how much dimension and pop this combination has!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Yet Another Blogsale

I've been purging like crazy for the past month, and my collection is slowly but surely being cut down to just the products I love. Hence, time for another blogsale!

I have attempted to show usage/condition via photos. Please Google swatches or ask for more information if you are curious about any of these products, the exact color, etc. Please be forewarned that I keep my makeup in bags and drawers, so the outer packaging may be banged up. If you want more pictures or information, please contact me and request it.

 Send requests to IdiotBird at Gmail dot com. I will invoice you (no gift payments, please) and will hold items for up to 24 hours after that invoice has been sent. If you have not paid for your items within 24 hours (or if you never respond to my e-mails), I will open them back up for sale. Items are only  officially "yours" after you've paid.

Payment must be done through PayPal. $5 minimum purchase. I charge the actual cost of shipping + $1.50 to cover materials and PayPal fees; this generally amounts to $3 -$5 per package unless you've bought a ton and/or you've gotten heavy items. US ONLY SALE: I do not ship outside of the US because of issues with customs. I apologize for the inconvenience. Payment must clear before shipping.

I use PayPal ship, which comes with a built-in tracking system. :) I package as carefully as I possibly can, but I am not responsible for packages once they leave my hands. With that being said, if you receive your items and feel that you have been mislead about their condition/usage, please contact me and I'll see what I can do to rectify the situation. I'm a very honest person, and the last thing I want to do is appear dishonest!

Also, I clean my entire collection about once a month with an alcohol spritz. However, I will not sanitize these items before shipping them out unless you ask me to, because I know some people are very particular about how they sanitize their products. Be forewarned that some of the cream products may have very tiny brush hairs in them, as creams are wont to get, but again, I have kept them quite clean; I'm very, very fussy. If you ask me to sanitize items, I will sharpen pencils and spritz blushes, lipsticks, and foundations with alcohol. I always wipe down the outer packaging with alcohol before sending.

all items in this photo, $1 each


all items in this photo, $2 each

Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown, used 3-4x

Josie Maran mini Coconut Water Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise, used 2-3x

Flower Beauty Creme Eyeshadow in 02 Good as Mari-Gold, used 3-4x

Milani Minerals blush in Luminous, at least 3/4 remains

ColourPop Lippiestix in Frida, used 2-3x

Bite Beauty travel size lip pencils in Cranberry and Quince, used 2-3x

Butter London Lippy glosses in Trout Pout and Teddy Girl, used 2-3x

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless foundation in 110 Porcelain, used 2-3x

all items in this photo, $5 each

Depotted Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers in Sx01 and Sx02 (this small amount goes a long way!)--$5 for both

MAC lip liner in Subculture, sharpened maybe once

MAC 209 brush, lightly used

MAC eyebrow pencil in Lingering, at least 1/2 remains

Sleek powder blush in Scandalous, barely used

Lancome Pink Zinc eyeshadow, at least 3/4 remains

MAC Cream Colour Base in Crushed Bougainvillea, barely used

Canmake Cream Blush in #13 Love Peach, used 1x

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, unused

PERFUME MINIS, all at least 3/4 full: DKNY Be Delicious, Gucci Guilty Intense, Haus of Gloi Peach Mama (label smeared)

all items in this photo, $8 each

 Korres Cheek Butters in Eros Coral and Philia Rose, used 2-3x

MAC lipsticks in Impassioned, Sounds Like Noise, Relentlessly Red, and Viva Glam VI Special Edition, all lightly used

all items in this photo, $10 each

Scott Barnes cheek palette in Posh, lightly used

Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Armageddon (with box), used 2-3x

YSL Babydoll Kiss & Blush in 02 Rose Frivole, used 3-4x

Ineke fragrance sample set. Includes 6 vials in their original packaging; no $15 voucher. All lightly used. $5 for the full set.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

FOTD: MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

Let's get this out of the way: I don't really care that much about Miley Cyrus. Her music doesn't impress me, and I'm not particularly bothered by her attempts to cut away at her wholesome "Disney star" image. We all do stupid stuff when we're growing up. I do find her awkward appropriation of minority cultures more than a little discomforting, and thankfully, I'm not the only one. That being said, I bought this lipstick for two reasons that have fuck all to do with Miley Cyrus:

  1. It's a Viva Glam lipstick, so every cent I paid goes towards helping people who are living with HIV/AIDS, and
  2. It's a color I like in a formula I like.

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus is an Amplified finish lipstick. The color is a mid-tone fuchsia with some faint iridescence; however, it never looks sparkly. I think it leans more warm than cool, but depending on the lighting, it can pull warm or cool in photos. This was an unusually slick, glossy lipstick for an Amplified, but I still found it pigmented, creamy, and comfortable to wear.

BASE: MAC Face & Body in N1 + White, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly + Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer in Radiant, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in Sx01

EYES: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Wet n' Wild Brulee eyeshadow, Wet n' Wild liquid eyeliner in Black, Milani Liquid Eyes pencil in Black, MAC False Lashes mascara, Darkness K-ma1 false lashes (cut in half) applied with Duo lash glue, Shu Uemura Hard Formula brow pencil in Seal Brown, Anastasia clear brow gel

CHEEKS: Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glow in Isadore, Benefit Moon Beam [D/C]

LIPS: MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick [L/E]

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PK Perfumes Giveaway!

I've recently become enamored with Paul Kiler's work, particularly Gold Leather, so I decided to prep for a giveaway. Because I'm a fan of "reader's choice," I decided to let a super-scientific poll decide which PK Perfumes fragrance I selected for the giveaway.

And the poll results said...'s a tie. Oops. I honestly expected Gold Leather, Red Leather, or Violet Chocolatier to win the day, so this wasn't entirely surprising. But a tie? Hmmmm. I finalized the results with a coin flip (also super-scientific!), and Violet Chocolatier was the winner.

But! I bought myself a Gold Leather purse spray. Hence, I'll be adding a sample vial of Gold Leather to the prize, along with a few other bits and bobs I have floating around. :)

For a chance to win PK Perfumes Violet Chocolatier (and the aforementioned bits and bobs), comment on this blog post with a description of your dream fragrance. What would it smell like? Where would it take us? If paintings had smells, which would your dream scent smell like?

Please be aware that there are some rules for this contest. You must be at least 18 years old and located in the US to enter. You must be prepared to provide me with your full name and address if you win. You may only enter once. Entries will be finalized on March 18th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. I will use to pick a winner.

You do NOT have to be subscribed to this blog to enter, but I will announce the winner in a blog post, so it might help to bookmark BOGL for the next two months if you've entered. If you do not respond to that blog post within a week, I will draw a new winner. Make sure your name is on the comment, because that's how I'll announce the winner. (I don't recommend just typing up your e-mail; you're asking for spam.)

Also, I want to remind everyone that I pay for these giveaways out of my own pocket. That's not me trying to guilt you, that's just me saying that I have to have the money available to send the products out. Hence, it may take me a week or two to get the goodies sent to you after you win. But they will be sent! :)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

REVIEW: Korres Cheek Butters

My apologies for the oddly-colored brows. I was trying out a new pencil and it...obviously didn't go so well. Wearing Eros Coral in this picture.

It's taken me quite a while to review these pretty cream blush pots, and I think I know why. I am something of a cream blush fanatic: if a brand announces it's coming out with a range of ooey gooey cheek products, I go a little berserk and insist on trying them, especially if they're at a great price. These Korres Cheek Butters were only $12 each on Sephora during the 2014 "we need to clear out our holiday shit" sale they always have at the end of the year, so I jumped.

And then I got sick.

And then I got distracted by all kinds of other cream blushes. Cue Christina Perri's "Only Human."

But even when I started to use these, I felt a little out of my depth. It's not because these are OMFG SO UNIQUE, it's just...I simultaneously enjoy them and feel apathetic towards them. Weird, right? Let me explain.

Eros Coral on the left, Philia Rose on the right.

I purchased two shades: Eros Coral and Philia Rose. I was actually most interested in the red shade, Chara Crimson, but it was no longer available on Sephora. In fact, none of these cream blushes are available on Sephora now; if you want them, you'll have to buy them from HSN at $25 for 6 grams.

What suckered me in was...well, affordable cream blushes, let's be honest. But I also think the packaging is really beautiful. Yes, it's plastic, but it's very sturdy plastic, and the designs on the lids? Freaking gorgeous. The colors also look quite pretty in the pots: Eros Coral is, as the name suggests, a true coral, and Philia Rose looks like a soft, neutral pink.

Interestingly, these shades take on a bit more of a "brown" tone when they're actually applied to my cheeks, particularly Philia Rose. This is not inherently a bad thing, but I tend to prefer "clear" blushes without a hint of brown because my skin is so pale. As it stands, these look nice on my cheeks, but not incredible.

The formula is also not what I expected. These are called "Cheek Butters," so I expected them to be more emollient and tacky like Korres's famous Lip Butters. The formula is actually on the dry side, and you'll have to run your finger over the product several times to warm it up. Hence, this is a cream blush formula that is best applied with your fingers so your body heat can smooth it out.

The dryness of the formula is simultaneously a pro and a con. On the pro side, it dries down on the cheeks and doesn't feel sticky. It's also decently long-wearing; both shades clocked in at 6+ hours of wear on me, depending on what I was doing and what the weather was like. This makes them a feasible cream blush option for people with oilier skin. On the con side, this is not the most flattering formula on my dry cheeks. It can also look a little patchy if you aren't quick with your application, since the product dries down so quickly. I use a "pat, spread, pat" sort of motion and work in sections.

Although this is not the best cream blush formula for my skin type/shade, and although they're not an astounding buy for the price, I would recommend these cream blushes to people who like a less emollient texture and more subdued shades, provided you can find them on sale. Heck, I'd even purchase that Chara Crimson shade if I could find it at a (very) reasonable price. But if you want something that's revolutionary, or great for dry or pale skin? Take a pass on these guys.

RATING: 3 out of 5

Bonus picture of Sim-Sim...and for once, she's not sleeping!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Hunger Dames: Valentine's Day Special

When it comes to boyfriends, bad dates, and rubber ducky boink fests, Miss Scarlet Fairweather has been there, done that. Enjoy her ruminations on love, lust, and Grindr.

Added bonus: inappropriate Lifetime movie titles!

Ding! sound effect: SoundFXForFree
Audio Credit: The Crystals - "And Then He Kissed Me"
Scarlet Fairweather: Facebook

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Don't Let Me in Five Below

Have you ever been in a Five Below? Some people would call it a "junk store," but if you're like me and you love cheap, kitschy thrills? It's a gold mine. An "everything is under $5" gold mine. And it's a great place to find fun things to do on a Sunday afternoon when you're recovering from a drag show.

The thing I love most about Five Below is the assortment of "10 for $1" candies, which I ALWAYS hit up. (Hey, sister likes variety!) I also enjoy perusing the beauty section for travel-sized temptations and cheap containers; I actually keep a mixture of MAC Face & Body in N1 and White in a $1 Five Below tube for every day use.

Now, I've noticed that these shiny "flash tattoos" have become quite the trend; Beyonce was wearing them in just about every magazine this past summer, and they're available for 4 sheets for $22 (or $5.50 per sheet) on Sephora. I've always loved temporary tattoos, and I openly admit to hoarding sheets of them throughout my teenage years. But $5.50 a sheet? Too rich for my blood, even if Queen B looks faboosh in them.

Five Below to the rescue! These sheets of flash tattoos were $2 each, all with different designs. There was a fourth sheet with designs inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, but to be honest, they looked a bit smudgy and meh, so I passed.

I expected these to give me some difficulty, but they were actually super easy to apply. I cut out the designs I wanted, peeled back the cellophane, and placed them design-side down on clean, dry skin. Then I held a damp hand towel over the tattoos for a full minute, holding on tightly so I wouldn't "smear." (The instructions say to wait 20-30 seconds, but I like to play it safe.) The paper peels back easily, and voila! Shiny, super-fun tattoos! The feathers are especially cool, yeah?

They're not perfect, of course. You can see that they kind of crease on the skin and look very obviously "not real." They also flake quite easily if you touch them or flex your skin before they've dried.

But you know what? I like these. I'd buy more. I think they're fun for a night out on the town, or for a day at the beach. And they'll survive that day at the beach, too: I took a 15 minute shower that included some thorough body exfoliation courtesy of St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and they didn't budge. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of these on long summer weekends!

The best part? No commitment: these guys are easy to remove with baby oil.

Super gorgeous application photo courtesy of my brother.