Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Hunger Dames: Scent of a Drag Queen


Welcome to an extra special episode of The Hunger Dames, featuring our old friend Scarlet Fairweather and our guest Miguel! Our olfactory explorers smell a variety of fragrances and let us know that we smell like fruity plastic, condoms, and Nair.




flute music:SoundBible
Scarlet Fairweather: Facebook

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

REVIEW: Colourpop Cheek Products


If you've read my review of the Colourpop lip products, then you probably already know that I think they're a "good" brand. Not stupendous, not horrible, not Holy Grail Worthy...just plain ol' "good." So I assumed I wouldn't be too tempted by what else they had to offer; after all, I'm not a huge eyeshadow person.

Then they came out with highlighters. And I think we all know how I feel about highlighters. Since I was already buying the highlighters, I figured I'd let a few blushes fall in to my bag as well.

All of these products are $8 per unit. Each unit weighs 4.2g/0.15oz and is housed in a simple plastic screw-top jars. Unlike Colourpop's Lippiestix (which are smaller than the standard lipstick), these are about par for the course: MAC Cream Colour Bases are 3.2g each and Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Moist Glows are 4.5g each, for example.

The formula is a cream-to-powder that's practically identical to the Colourpop eyeshadows. It has a moussey texture with a lot of slip. They're easy to apply with fingers or brushes, though I personally favored using my fingers because it makes them a bit easier to blend. This formula apparently dries out easily, so be sure to put the lids on tight.


Daylight on top, flash on the bottom.

On to the swatches! I decided to order 2 blushes (Holiday and Thumper) and three highlighters (Smoke n' Whistles, Hippo, and Lunch Money) for my testing purposes. I tried to pick shades that were different, but still workable with my skintone. Holiday is a bright coral and Thumper is a cool-toned pink; both shades have a matte finish. Smoke n' Whistles and Lunch Money have similar yellow undertones, though the former is slightly cooler and paler. Hippo is a pale lavender color.

In swatches, these look particularly impressive. The pigmentation is way high on both, and the blushes look smooth and beautiful while the highlighters look mega reflective. Of course, swatches can be deceptive--let's look at how they actually perform on my cheeks.


In the left photo, I'm wearing Holiday and Lunch Money. On the right, I'm wearing Thumper and Hippo. The blushes are probably jumping right off the picture at you, and they should. I found these an absolute dream to blend. Despite being a cream-to-powder product, they did not look dry or cakey on my cheeks. It was also easy to apply a small amount of color for my pale skin, but you could easily pack more on.

The only disappointment I have regarding the blushes is that the staying power is average. They lasted for about 4-6 hours on my cheeks, depending on what I was doing that day, how much I applied, and how warm and humid it was outside. My cheeks are dry, so this makes me wonder how they'd perform on oily skin. They're so easy to slap on, though, that I'd have no problem tossing the little plastic pot in to my purse.

The highlighters, however...they were a let-down.

To be fair, they aren't AWFUL. Hippo definitely gives me some glow, especially in photos. But for the most part, they just look like very visible shimmer on my face--click on the photos above and look at the picture on the right, and you can absolutely see Hippo's shimmer particles on my cheeks. Lunch Money looked like glitter smeared on my cheeks, but it didn't even have the decency to give me a megawatt glow in my photos.

As added proof, here's a close-up of Smoke n' Whistles on my cheek:



I'm fine with highlighters being glittery. I'm fine with them being very natural. But if you're going to look like straight-up shimmer on my face, the least you can do is give me some glow as well.

Overall, I think some people will enjoy the highlighters, and many people will enjoy the blushes. I might even buy more of the blushes if the mood strikes me...but for now, I'll pass on getting more of the highlighters. In fact, I'll probably sell mine off or swap them away. They're just too "meh" in a sea of better products.

RATING: 4 out of 5 for the blushes, 2 out of 5 for the highlighters.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Quick-n-Dirty Summer 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. These prices are already extremely low, so I do not haggle.

Payment must be done through PayPal. $8 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.

CHEEK PRODUCTS


Colourpop Highlighters, all used 2x -- $5 each. Shades are Smokin' Whistles, Hippo, and Lunch Money. Can include boxes at your request.

Korres Cheek Butter in Eros Coral, used 2-3x -- $8.

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Creamy Lip and Cheek Oil in Timeless Coral, at least 90% remains -- $2. Mini size.

Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit, at least 90% remains -- $10.

Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss and Blush in #9 Rose Epicurien, used 3-4x -- $15.

*PEND* Canmake Cream Blush in #13 Love Peach, used 1x -- $2.

Kiss Me Touch Me Lip and Cheek in #02 Peach, at least 95% remains -- $2.

EYE PRODUCTS -- ALL ITEMS $1 EACH



NYX eyeshadow in Black

Flower Beauty cream eyeshadow in Good as Mari-Gold

Clinique Brush-on Creme Liner in True Black

Essence Gel Eyeliner in London Baby

BASE PRODUCTS


MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW5, used 1x -- $15. Discontinued color. Have never used puff. Can include plastic cover and box at your request.

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless in #110 Porcelain, at least 95% remains -- $1.

*PEND* RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up in 00, at least 90% remains -- $10. Can include box at your request.

LIP PRODUCTS


MAC lip liner in Boldly Bare, at least 90% remains -- $8

Hourglass Opaque Rogue Liquid Lipstick in Icon, at least 50% remains -- $1. Mini size.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Edition, at least 75% remains -- $8.

Colourpop lip pencils, never sharpened -- $2.50 each. Shades are Pony and Frida.

Colourpop Lippiestix, all used 2x -- $2.50 each. Shades are Pony, Fancy, and Cake.

MAC lipstick in Girl About Town, at least 95% remains -- $8


FRAGRANCE -- all $1 each unless otherwise noted


Imaginary Authors -- Yesterday Haze and Cape Heartache

Aquolina Pink Sugar

Bond No. 9 Coney Island

Parfum d' Empire Wazamba

Serge Lutens -- Chergui and Santal de Mysore

Creed Virgin Island Water, $5

Sebastiane Espresso Royale, $5

Saturday, May 16, 2015

That Marc Jacobs 500 Point Perk at Sephora is 500% Worth It


I'm a notorious Sephora Points hoarder. I may toss out 100 points on a nice mascara sample or a small tube of a hydrating face mask, but dropping 500 points on a kit of minis has never melted my butter. That's because, quite frankly, none of the Sephora 500 point kits have impressed me over the past year.

Until now. Sephora is currently offering the Marc Jacobs Blacquer and More kit for 500 points. It's all makeup, and it's all makeup I would use (no bronzers, no lipglosses, etc.), so I jumped right on it. And if you have any interest in Marc Jacobs products, I suggest you do the same.

Before I get too engrossed, please note that all of these products are deluxe sample sizes. They're generous samples, no doubt, but don't expect full-sized goodies in your box.


First up, the eye products. There are two eyeliners in this kit: the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer and the Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Eyeliner (squee, cute name!). The Highliner is, as the name suggests, a creamy gel formula. It absolutely glides on to my waterline and sets quickly, so if you're in to smoked liner, you'll have to work quickly with this one. The pigmentation and formula of this remind me so much of my beloved Milani Liquid Eyes liner, but the Marc Jacobs product is a twist-up. That's better with a super-creamy pencil like this because otherwise, they need sharpened constantly. I'll stick with my Milani because I don't wear pencil liner that often, but this is absolutely worth it for the more liner-enthused folks.

The pen eyeliner is also fantastic. It has a long marker tip that's thin enough to make precise lines, firm enough to prevent wobbling, but soft enough that it doesn't scratch. This formula is also a rich, pigmented black. Unlike many liquid eyeliners, the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er has a distinctly glossy finish to it. I love my Wet n' Wild liquid eyeliner to bits, but it's matte...so this one tempts me.

The mascara is the O!Mega Lash formula. I've tried it before; I kinda liked it then and I kinda like it now. It clumps like no tomorrow, and if you aren't careful, the ends of your lashes can look bent and spidery. However, it's a very rich black that provides plenty of volume, and I dig that. I've also experienced next to no fallout with this mascara. I'm not tempted to buy a full size tube because the formula is more wet than what I normally like, but trust and believe I'll use up my sample for nights on the town.

The only "meh" part of this kit, for me, is the Le Marc Lip Creme in Magenta. The color--a satiny purple with a hint of blue iridescence--is really gorgeous and will flatter a lot of skintones. The formula is nice as well: the lipstick applies opaquely and easily with one quick stroke. I did find this formula slightly drying, however, and the staying power wasn't up to par with other satin/matte lipstick formulations. Keep in mind, however, that I wear mostly satin/matte lipsticks and I like my rouge to wear like car paint, so my tastes may not match up to yours.

The shiny black-and-metal tubes get smudged up easily, but that's a minor gripe. Overall, this is probably the best 500 point perk Sephora has released thus far. And as of this posting, it's still available on Sephora.com!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What what WHAT am I doing?!


Many beauty bloggers and vloggers enjoy asking their viewers for direction. They'll say things like, "Hey, leave me a comment if you want me to do a video on that!" or "Which of these fragrances should I review next?" I normally don't do that. Obviously, I value my readers' opinions--new comments make me squeal with joy, and I love some of the email discussions I've had--but I'm just really obstinate. I like things the way I like them, and I want to do them when I want to do them.

But I seem to have gotten myself in to a bit of a pickle. Between returns, samples and point perks, blogsales, and generous gifts (♥♥♥), I've amassed quite a pile o' stuff that should be reviewed, swatched, and or/discussed. Annnnnd I have no idea where to start. O___O

So I need your help! What posts should go to the top of my list?

  • GENERAL OVERVIEWS/SWATCHES: new bright lip products for summer (Bite Beauty and Stila), new highlighters (Chantecaille, Kjaer Weis, Colourpop, and Becca).
  • SETS: Sephora/Marc Jacobs 500 point perk, Sephora in J.C. Penny Lash Out kit.
  • GENERAL REVIEWS: Hermessence fragrances, Buxom Show Some Skin foundations, Colourpop cheek products, setting powders (MAC Select Sheer Pressed and Hourglass Ambient Lighting).
  • NOT PICTURED: How to Survive a Drag Show, the "Ask Me Anything" video

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fair-to-Light Foundation Swatch Fest

It's been a while since I've done one of these "look at all of the foundations yaaaay!" posts, probably because I haven't had enough foundation samples and have been distracted by other things. But I managed to get many, many sample packs in the past few days, and I wanted to highlight two products in particular: Buxom Show Some Skin and CoverFX Total Cover Cream.

I swatched these up against two staples in my collection: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly and Paula's Choice Barely There Sheer Matte Tint in Level 1 Fair Light, which are roughly N5 and NW15 respectively. The back of my hand is around N10-15, depending on the time of year; I'd say it's closer to N10 right now.

Please note that the Buxom and CoverFX sample packs came with two darker shades suitable for medium to ebony skintones, but I decided not to include those because I have nothing even remotely comparable to swatch them against.


Direct sunlight on top, flash on the bottom. From left to right: NARS Chantilly, Buxom Tickle the Ivory, CoverFX N20, Paula's Choice Level 1, Buxom Fair Game, CoverFX N40.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Sample Rundown #6


Can you believe it's already time for another Sample Rundown?! I can, because I'm a derp: I've mostly focused on sample packets that I've finished, but of course, deluxe sample sizes that take far longer to finish still count. I mean, you get 2 uses of something out of a sample packet and dozens out of the deluxe guys...so aren't you better able to assess the deluxe samples?

Moving right along! Here are my thoughts.

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy balm --This balm is nice enough that, when I exchanged several products and ordered a few new ones in their stead, I decided to throw another tube in to my cart. (The code "FRESHLIPS" should still work for Sephora orders!) It has an incredibly slick formula that reminds me of Blistex, and it tastes a bit like lemon and honey--very pleasant. It provides decent moisturization, roughly on par with Jack Black's popular balm, but not quite as intense as pure lanolin. Also, because it applies in such thin, slippery layers, it's good under lipstick if you use a small amount. I don't think I'd pop out the money for a full size tube because the Jack Black is so much cheaper and it has sunscreen, but this is still an effective balm.

Dior DiorShow Maximizer lash primer -- I almost feel silly posting about this, since I've mentioned it a few times in the past. But it's been a while since I've had a tube of this marvelous, marvelous stuff. One layer of this lash primer under two layers of Maybelline Full n' Soft mascara gives me the thickest, fullest, most dramatic lashes you've ever seen; people actually ask me if I'm wearing false lashes when I use this stuff. Of course, it doesn't work under every mascara: because it tends to thicken the lashes, it won't work well under stuff like CoverGirl Clump Crusher (which is designed to separate), and it made Eyeko Black Magic look more spidery. But if you can find the right combo, this is a real winner for volume lovers like me.


Living Proof Instant Texture Mist -- Ignore the fact that I look a smidgen too shiny in the above picture and look at my hair instead. It's looking decent, right, with lots of texture and healthy shine? That's because I spritzed it with this texture mist. My hair is baby fine and very curly, and this spray manages to bring some life back to my second-day hair. It enhancers my curls and makes it look like I deliberately mussed myself. Weirdly enough, I don't like how this sits on freshly-washed hair: it gets really crispy and gives me that 90s scrunched look. I dislike resembling a poodle, so I save this for days when my hair is slightly dirty and I want to do more than pull it up in a ponytail. That doesn't happen too too often, especially in the summer, but I might buy a full size of this stuff anyway. Side note: this is specifically designed for layered styles, so if you only have 1 or 2 lengths in your hair, give it a pass.

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien -- I wore this in a recent FOTD and spoke about it briefly. Since then, I've worn it a few more times and have come to the conclusion that I like the formula, but don't love it. It's comfortable, pigmented, and it fades evenly...but unfortunately, it does fade quickly. That's fine for neutral shades like this, but I like a lot of brights, and I don't want them fading off of my mouth whilst I drink coffee. I'll keep this pencil because it's a great shade for work and the size makes it perfect for travel, but for now, I don't think I'm going to purchase anything else from the range.