Ella Gee : The Importance of Body Language

Last week I featured Ella Gee’s I’m A Mouse, DUH! for my Saturday nail day, and I’m back with the next polish I got from my blogger pack of Ella Gee polishes. The Importance of Body Language is a polish from the Villainous Holo-Ween collection, and inspired by the evil Disney villain Ursula. Growing up, the Little Mermaid was one of the movies I made my mother watch time and time again, so I thought it was only fitting to grab this polish.

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The official description for this polish is a sparkling deep purple with intense linear and scattered holographic shimmer.

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Hello Waffle : The Alternate Universe Collection

I’m sure by now regular readers of my blog know my love of Hello Waffle Cosmetics. The owner, Christine, is one of the most generous and nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with, and her products are stunning. She recently released the Alternate Universe collection which is inspired by the television show Fringe.

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I’ve watched Fringe on and off for the past few years, and while I haven’t been able to finish the series it’s on my list of shows to binge watch. My vacation is getting overrun by Gilmore Girls… and possibly guilty pleasure watching Reign depending on how much drama/bad acting I can stand. CW shows are fantastic for that kind of guilty pleasure watching. ANYWAYS. Onto the collection.

The Alternate Universe collection consists of 12 shadows, and there’s a supplemental duo to the collection as well.

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MEMEBOX : Special #33 – K-Style #2

I’ve been lusting after a Memebox for quite some time as I think Asian beauty is a world that I want to get into but have no idea where to start. Memeboxes have always seemed like the perfect starting point – a box that has a bunch of product in it to give you a taste – but I could never decide on which one to get. When I got an email from Memebox asking if I was interesting in reviewing one of the boxes, I jumped at the opportunity.

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I received the Memebox Special #33 – K-Style #2. It has products inspired by the current Korean styles and makeup trends, and I couldn’t be happier with the majority of the products in the box.

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Ella Gee – I’m a Mouse, DUH!

When Ella Gee came out with a Mean Girls collection, I knew it was time for an order. Like pretty much every female my age, I can quote a lot more of Mean Girls than I probably should be able to. The film is pretty brilliant, even if it only has a 7 on IMDB. I picked up a review pack of polishes, with two from the I Have ESPN collection (Mean Girls) and one from the Villainous Holo-Ween collection. First up,

The official description of this polish is a sparkling grayed lavender pink with strong scattered and subtle linear holographic shimmer.

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If you remember Shiro’s Chinchillin, this is the holographic polish version of it, and it’s pretty awesome.

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Shiro Cosmetics : Chinchillin, The Red Viper, Nightfury

I’ve been trying to figure out how to do the Shiro Color of the Month posts. I try not to do single posts since I can’t talk a lot about a single shadow to make a post worth it. So I’ve decided I’m going to do them 3 at a time, so that by the time the Color of the Month shadow sale goes on you’ll have everything already posted to find. Each post will also have the links to the others at the end of the post. I also want to have how well the colors press, for those people who find pressed products easier to use.

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The first of the four posts this year features the CotMs from July, August, and September.

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Darling Girl Comsetics : Momentary Marvel #2 – Melancholia

Darling Girl Cosmetics started releasing a limited amount of stock of particular products that the owner, Susan, is thinking about adding to her inventory. She lists them under the Momentary Marvel section of her website, and I randomly stumbled upon the second one. Since it was an absolutely gorgeous swatch and right up my alley of purples, I made an order without hesitation.

All of the swatches below are done over Urban Decay’s Primer Potion on the right and Urban Decay’s Primer Potion layered with Darling Girl’s Glitter Glue on the left.

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The official description was a blue base with purple shift, which is indeed accurate. I was expecting a more intense purple shift based on her swatches though, which leaves me a little disappointed with this. If you don’t have a glitter adhesive (I used Darling Girl’s Glitter Glue), it’s literally a blue base without any real shift. With a glitter adhesive, you get a little more of the purple shift, but it’s not nearly intense enough for my preferences.
Price: $4 for 2 grams of product

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MAC : Gravitas Palette

When MAC announced the Brooke Shields collection, I was pretty unimpressed. There wasn’t really anything that is related to Brooke Shields that makes me think, Hmm, I need to have that. Then, they released some photos of a 15 pan palette, which I’m a sucker for. Plus at an $85 price point, with some limited edition shades? Not awful. Why not? Plus they’re advertising this as a cool toned palette!

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Considering this hit stores on the same day that the MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show collection, the Brooke Shields collection was still fully in stock when I walked in to chat with my favorite Sales Assistant. She had only gotten 6 of the palette in her store, but still had 3 left towards the end of the day.

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Empties #10 – September 2014

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Another month, another round of empties. I’m actually really disappointed in my empties progress this month – only 15 products, which is the lowest number since March. However, the total value of products I used up is surprisingly high. As usual, any press samples I received and used are marked with an asterisk (*). I think this month was so low because I decided to test out a few body washes, so my standard Cherry Blossom shower gel is missing. I’ve also been slacking on the whole blogging thing which means fewer makeup wipes are being used after swatching products.

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First up, Bath & Body:

Korres – Body Butter in Jasmine* (review)
I’ve been working on this since May, but unfortunately it’s not really a testament to how long this body butter lasts. I have a ton of lotions in rotation, but this is one that I grabbed when my skin was feeling particularly dry. I adore the smell – the fresh picked jasmine scent is something I’ll always be drawn to – and while it starts out slightly greasy it eventually sinks in and stops being so greasy.
Repurchase? Not at this moment. I’m trying to use up all the lotion that I have squirreled away before purchasing any new ones. It doesn’t help that beauty boxes like sending lotions too.
Price: $29 for 7.95 fluid ounces

Black Violet – Body Butter Sample in Steel Petals
I love Black Violet and I really like their body butters. However, I’m not a fan of Steel Petals. The official description is Wild violets, hummingbird nectar of sugar water & an aromatic mist of metal slowly rising into the crisp air. On me, I think it starts smelling really powdery and that’s all I wind up smelling.
Repurchase? Nope, not in this scent.
Price: This was a Gift with Purchase, so I’m listing this as $0.

Soap & Glory – Hand Food
I’ve had this since the month after I graduated college back in June 2012. I’m 90% sure it was past its prime, but I continued using it just so I wouldn’t waste it. It started separating and getting watery, so I’d have to mix it pretty intensely before using it. It was sticky for a moment before it soaked in, and after it soaked it it was nice. It smelled sweet, like cake? Kind of almond-y, and I love the smell of almond extract.
Repurchase? Nope. I like other hand creams so much better, plus I have a stash of them.
Price: $15 for 4.2 fluid ounces

Supergoop – Hand Cream with Sea Buckthorn
This came in my August Birchbox and I decided to try to get it used up this month (which was really only two or three uses). I didn’t think it was anything really special, and all I could think of when I used it was the scent – SUNSCREEN. It does have a sunscreen added in, but considering it’s marketed as a hand cream I’m really unsure why it had to have such an overwhelming amount or scent.
Repurchase? Nope.
Value: $1.87 for 0.17 fluid ounces

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Haircare:

Pantene Pro V – Aqua Light Conditioner
I believe that this was discontinued (at least at Target, where I pick up my drugstore haircare) which is really unfortunate since I really liked it. I’ve since moved on to using Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line, and since dyeing my hair I picked up Bumble & Bumble’s Color Minded line. This conditioner was really lightweight, battled my frizz pretty well, and didn’t leave any greasiness behind.
Repurchase? Nope.
Price: $4.99 for 12.6 fluid ounces

Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect Spray
This came in my July Birchbox and I’ve been using it since mid-July after running out of the BlowPro Heat is On Primer. I recently went to dye my hair, and my hairdresser commented how I don’t have any split ends in my hair even though I haven’t gotten it cut for about five months, so I’m assuming that all these protecting sprays are to thank for it. I absolutely hated the smell of this though, so I’m really glad to be done with it.
Repurchase? Nope.
Value: $4.80 for 30 mL

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Skincare:

Pur-lisse – Pur-Moist Hydra Balance Moisturizer
This came in my June Sample Society box which promptly made me cancel. I didn’t want any more skincare. I was using the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer last month and it severely dried out my skin. This was my attempt to use something a little thicker to try to rebalance my skin, and unfortunately it made me break out instead. I started using it as a hand cream after that.
Repurchase? Nope.
Value: $16.18 for 0.5 fluid ounces

Sonya Dakar NutraSphere – Flash Facial
OH GOD THIS WAS THE WORST THING EVER. Coming from my May Sample Society box, this burned so badly. I put it on my skin, two seconds later I was desperately trying to get it off of my face. I think I expected a scrub rather than this gel, but either way after the way my skin was tingling (and not in the good way) I wasn’t about to try again.
Repurchase? Absolutely not.
Value: $39.60 for 0.4 fluid ounces

Ole Henriksen – Sheer Transformation Face Cream
When Sephora was running a special on the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift PM Eye Gel, I decided to try out this face cream as well and used 100 points on it. It’s a completely average face cream, nothing special about it. I didn’t think it took care of any flakes I was experiencing around my acne.
Repurchase? Nope.
Value: $5.88 for 0.25 fluid ounces

Sisley Paris – Black Rose Cream Mask Sample*
Sisley was kind enough to send me a few of their best selling skincare samples a few months ago, and I finally worked up the courage to open one up and try it on. The Black Rose Cream Mask smells so nice. I didn’t want to take it off of my skin, and I didn’t feel like my pores were any smaller but my skin did feel softer. No bad reaction from my acne either!
Repurchase? Unfortunately, I think that it’s a little out of my price range. However, if you have the funds to spend on Sisley’s skincare, I’d definitely give this one a try!
Value: $10.80 for 0.4 mL

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Perfume & Makeup:

Kate Spade – Live Colorfully Sample Vial
This perfume was sent as a free sample from a friend I bought some nail polish off of. I had always been curious about it – I love Kate Spade’s style – and the description of the scent is exactly what I would expect from the store The top notes description of mandarin, pink water lily and star anise is right up on the list of scents I would purchase, but unfortunately this perfume is forgettable. I didn’t have any real love for it.
Repurchase? Nope.
Value: $2.25 for 1 mL

Givenchy – Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara (review)
This was such a rollercoaster mascara. I opened this in June, started tracking my daily usage of products in July, and so I used this mascara fewer than 30 times. At first it gives really natural lashes, and as it ages, you wind up getting thicker and more spidery lashes. I never found the sweet spot for when this mascara was at its peak, which is a little disappointing.
Repurchase? Nope.
Price: $32 for 0.28 fluid ounces

Sephora Collection – Outrageous Volume Mascara Sample
I have gotten so many of these throughout the years, and I finally decided to open it up. I think I used it once or twice, didn’t really see anything to persuade me to continue using it, and then forgot about it until it dried up. I’m not sure if that makes me a bad blogger or the product was just so… underwhelming that I don’t feel bad not including it in my blog.
Repurchase? Nope.
Value: $1.80 for 0.06 fluid ounces

Urban Decay – Original Primer Potion
I’ve been using this for my swatches for a really long time, so if you’re just using it for your eyes I’m sure that it’ll last even longer. I love that this helps to intensify the colors and I definitely do not experience any fading or creasing throughout the day when I use it.
Repurchase? I already had another in my stash, but after that one runs out I’ll probably be looking for a cheaper alternative for my swatches.
Price: $20 for 0.37 ounces

Givenchy – Phenomen’Eyes Mascara Sample
The Givenchy representative at my local Sephora told me that this wasn’t the mascara for me since my lashes are apparently already long (really? I never knew that…) but gave me a sample to try out. I’m not a big fan of the brush – it’s tiny! – and I didn’t really get a good testing period with it since I saw this sample as a single use kind of product. It lengthened but didn’t really add volume.
Repurchase? Probably not.
Value: $3 for 0.07 grams

That concludes my empties for this month! My empties goal for October is to finish of my Caudalie lip balm that I use every morning (I’m so close!), two hair oil samples that I’ve had sitting around, at least one of the three shower gels that are in my bathtub, and one of the indie blush samples I keep swearing that I’m going to use up. How did your empties look?

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Octopus Party Nail Lacquer – Plume & Bloom

It’s been a long while since I’ve done a nail polish review but I started picking up a few indie polishes because, well, they’re fantastic. They’re more complex than the typical polishes that you find out there and if you get a glitter bomb polish you’re going to have some really great glitters floating within the polish base.

I’ve seen Octopus Party Nail Lacquer around and I’ve always been intrigued by the name – if I had to list off my favorite underwater creatures, the octopus would be in the top three (the other two being sharks and jellyfish). I went to their Etsy site a few days before the release of their fall collection and picked out the polish that screams JAMIE: Plume & Bloom.

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When trying out new brands, I’m worried that I’m not going to like the product that I choose and I’ll wind up not exploring the brand more. I’m happy to say that I had a great first experience, and I’ve already made my second order!

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Notoriously Morbid’s Vanishing Cabinet – September 2014 – Dark Cheshire

I’m always excited writing these posts because I absolutely love getting my indie subscription boxes. They always contain some of my favorite products, and I’m surprised that it’s taken me so long to write this one up. It’s especially surprising since this Vanishing Cabinet has a nod to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

This month’s theme was Dark Cheshire, inspired by Tim Curry’s films. Tim Curry is a fantastic actor – he really commits to the characters he portrays which is really inspiring. I am a little disappointed in myself that I don’t understand half of these references, but I suppose that’s what happens when you’re not allowed to watch his films until you’re 16, and then don’t really have access to them.

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This month came with four Notoriously Morbid mini shadows, a sample as a clue for the next Vanishing Cabinet, a discovery sample from AFK Cosmetics, and an extremely opaque red lip gloss.

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