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Random photo post. Also the backlight on the laptop is dead. :( I currently have my desktop monitor hooked up to the laptop so I can use it. *le sigh* It’s an old laptop. It’s at least 5 years old. I’ve been expecting this with the way the monitor has been acting but still. Oof. On the bright side, I can see colors correctly now. Tomorrow is payday and I must be good for we have to rent a carpet cleaner, get some paint, and I have to get papers notarized and sent off to David[1. Sascha’s dad.]. And of course we have to pay bills.

Also I’m doing eyeball shots for Andrea of My Pretty Zombie so you should go see! Also for those of you[2. I can’t for the life of me remember who it was who asked me about it. But either way it’s good info for everyone!] who were concerned with her not listing ingredients in her listings she has been listing the full ingredient list in new listings and will be in the process of going back through older listings to add them. :d Now onto the pictures.

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FACE
SKIN79 Rose Mist Toner
Darling Girl Cosmetics Skin Quenchers – Dry Oil Spray Honey Almond
Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional
Skinfood Ginkgo Green BB Cream #1

CHEEKS
Darling Girl Cosmetics Soft Focus Blush Azalea

BROWS
My Pretty Zombie My Pretty Zombie

EYES
My Beauty Addiction Shadow Poxy Eye Primer
My Pretty Zombie Katrink
My Pretty Zombie My Pretty Zombie
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Blackest Black

LIPS
High Voltage Cosmetics Lip Candy Heart of Glass

BEHOLD, my bed hair. It’s hot isn’t it. I’m doing eye shots for My Pretty Zombie. So I decided to just do two different colored eyes instead of wiping makeup off and putting on a different color. xd This may be a theme for awhile until I get them all done.

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So the top 5 companies from the last poll are:

Morgana Cryptoria (52%, 22 Votes)
Shiro Cosmetics (50%, 21 Votes)
High Voltage Cosmetics (43%, 18 Votes)
Darling Girl Cosmetics (36%, 15 Votes)
Venomous Cosmetics (29%, 12 Votes)

So now we have a new poll! All 5 companies offer both lip products and shadows. Some of you have commented that you’d love to see more lip items since most indie giveaways are just shadows. So what do you want to see? I’ll definitely be purchasing some lipstick from Morgana, but the outcome of the poll depends on who else I’ll be buying from. :d This will be for the giveaway for 100 GFC followers. Also to note if any of the awesome sauce indie companies would like to donate a little something for the giveaway that would be awesome! Black Rose Minerals is going to be donating a sample pack for it and I’m going to be purchasing a couple of shadows from her as well. If you’re interested in donating anything feel free to email me at toxidlotus@gmail.com. Thank you!
[poll i d= “12”]

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Morgana Cryptoria
Sale in 6 hours….25% off all in stock lipstick. Coupon code is dutchoven. Code works on orders $30 and over. The coupon will not work until the sale begins. Sale is on lipsticks only and ends Monday night at 10pm PST.

Darling Girl Cosmetics
Buy 2 products get 1 product of *equal or lesser value free. From Saturday 12:00AM CST through Tuesday 12:00AM CST. You will need to leave notes at check out on the free items you would like. Do NOT add them to the cart or you will be charged for them. **There will be no refunds.

Hi-Fi Cosmetics
30% off sale with code MEMORIAL30. Works for both Artfire and Etsy.

Shiro Cosmetics
Use coupon code BEARS for 10% off your entire purchase. Good until 11:59 PM PST on the 30th.

Black Rose Minerals
Get 25% off starting now through Monday May 31st midnight PST! Use coupon code rougenoire excluding the deal of the week and with a min. order of $10.

Bokeh Face
Through Monday at midnight, get a free loose eyeshadow of your choice with every $20 purchase.

High Voltage Cosmetics
Buy ANY 10 Samples and get 10 Free! Buy any 20 Samples and get 20 Free! Leave choices in Paypal Merchants comments box. Purchase Any 5 Lip Candies or Amp’d Up Glosses for $20.00

My Pretty Zombie
HOTDOG gets you 20% until Monday!

Rockeresque Beauty Co.
From today-Monday if you place an order type in “3DAYWEEKEND” during checkout to receive 10% off your entire order!

Geek Chic Cosmetics
From Saturday to midnight on Monday receive 25% off everything, use code memday25.

Sobe Botanicals
SALE until next Wednesday (June 1st) use code SummerTime for 20% all orders on our website SobeBotanicals.com

Tick:Tock Cosmetics
Starts: Friday May 27 at 4pm -Ends: Sunday May 29 at 10pm. Buy 2 get 1 free. Order 2 or more pigments as you normally would. When checking out, specify your color choice for your free pigment in the notes section! [Depending on availability, you may be contacted to choose a different color so please make sure you use a reliable email address!)

My Beauty Addiction
Weekend SALE #1 Purchase our Pick 3 Velvet Foils and get a 4th one FREE
Weekend Sale #2 Buy any 20 or 30 gram Foundation and get a 10gram blush or illuminzer FREE. Please write in your blush color or iluminizer in the ‘Notes To Seller’
Weekend Sale #3 Buy any two Color Rich Lipsticks and get one FREE. Purchase two, and write your 3rd color choice in the Notes To Seller
WEEKEND Deal #4 Any 5 gram eyeshadow purchase will receive a surprise NEW UNRELEASED color in your package. (One per order)
Weekend Deal #5 Buy any two Body Mists and get a 3rd one FREE. Just purchase two and put your 3rd scent choice in the notes to seller. Remember to check out our profile page for all of the available scents, you can choose a different frangrance than what is listed. Just tell me in the notes if you want a different scent

Virus Insanity Eyeshadow
It’s not really a memorial sale, but it’s a good price. – 10 random full sized eyeshadows (random colors that I choose) for $25.
6 random full sized eyeshadows for $15.

Moi Minerals
Code sunnyday gets you 25% OFF all weekend, excludes only sample orders. Etsy & moiminerals.com

Meow Cosmetics
Save 20% with code: chillax or Free Shipping with code: kittymail or Spend $75 and save 20% and choose free shipping too! Just use code chillax and then choose a FREE shipping option when you checkout

Evil Shades Cosmetics
20% off Sitewide (Excluding the close out Wicked gloss as supply is very already limited) Discount will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hours of purchase. If you prefer you can email your order to customerservice@evilshades.com along with your PayPal email address & I will send you an invoice with the discount so you do not have to wait for a refund.

13 Gypsies Perfumery
*MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALE* Get 40% off your merchandise total by using coupon code FORTY (in caps) in the space provided during checkout! The coupon code cannot be combined with any other discounts, including the 50% off some of you received coupons for – you can use one or the other, but not both. The coupon code expires at midnight EDT on 5/31/11.

Troika Organics
8oz Sugar Scrubs 3 for $25, or 4oz Sugar Scrubs 5 for $20

Cult Nails
Buy 3 Get 1 free sale. Actually it works more like spend $40 get $10 off. So you can mix and match with the glass files if you want. Just put at least $40 worth of product in your cart and use code: neverforget at checkout.

Steam Bath Factory
Use the coupon code Remember when you check out via etsy and get 25% off your entire purchase. Sale ends midnight on Monday {Texas time}

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I added a donation button to my sidebar. I was a little hesitant because I don’t want to come off as a beggar, or have people look at me differently over a donation button. Though after asking on twitter if I should do it or not, the consensus seemed to be do it. haha So what is the donation button for? It’s for the lovely AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D lens.

Some of you already know that my current lens is a little broke. A couple of years back Sascha dropped it on the floor on accident. I’m not sure what happened but sometimes won’t focus at all, sometimes it will. That’s why some of the photos I post of swatchs/fotd/notd are blurry.

While it’s not a huge deal, it bothers me a lot and it does affect my photos which is a drag. It also doesn’t focus while zoomed out half way. It will only focus zoomed all the way out or in. Which can be annoying. So anyways, there is a donation button to the right over there if anyone would like to help with my lens fund. Thank you very much! I shall now try not to feel weird about putting a donation button up.

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FACE
SKIN79 Rose Mist Toner
Now Foods Grape Seed Oil
Skinfood Red Bean BB Cream #1

CHEEKS
Bokeh Face Amazing Mineral Blush Lotus

BROWS
My Pretty Zombie Dirty

EYES
My Beauty Addiction Shadow Poxy Eye Primer
Darling Girl Cosmetics Violetta
My Pretty Zombie Thunderpants
My Pretty Zombie Wicked Crochet
My Pretty Zombie White Lines
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Blackest Black

LIPS
Darling Girl Cosmetics Holo-Gloss Jelly Bean

So I uh went a little overboard making faces. :shifty: But I was having fun! hehehe

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FACE
SKIN79 Rose Mist Toner
Now Foods Grape Seed Oil
Skinfood Red Bean BB Cream #1
Skinfood Ginkgo Green BB Cream #1
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Powder Translucent

BROWS
My Pretty Zombie My Pretty Zombie

EYES
My Beauty Addiction Shadow Poxy Eye Primer
My Pretty Zombie Old Bruise
My Pretty Zombie White Lines
Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Blackest Black

LIPS
Venomous Cosmetics Lip Poison Austin Boy
essence xxxl shine lipgloss super girl #05

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My dye from Morgana Cryptoria arrived today! I chose Special Effects in Cupcake Pink and Wild Flower. After attempting the first dye job it was clear that I really needed to tone my hair. Still too much yellow to do my normal process. Normally my hair is pretty much white and I just add my dye to conditioner and let it sit in my hair so the pink is super light. Didn’t work this time. Though this is also the first time I’ve used Special Effects dye. So I ended up having to re-dye my hair as only the roots and tips were pink, the whole middle area all the way around was kind of orangey-pink, and the purple looked gray. So I added much less conditioner to both and the color came out much better. The pink I don’t think I can add any to. There are still a couple of lighter areas but overall way better, the purple came out great, just much darker than I wanted. Now to see how long it stays in my hair, and figure out what color to use for my brows. haha I need to get my hair trimmed badly and I want to bleach, and tone it when the colors fade out to see if that helps.

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Hooray. I’ve decided to post more random photos of Sushi. Just because I can. hehehe The photos of her in my blue bin, is her digging around trying to find hair bands/clips to steal and play with. I’ve given up trying to keep her out of them. Also there’s a photo of Kai showing how happy he is that the bank sent him his new hello kitty bank card. hahahaha On a side note, see how much he loves me? He’s willing to go through god only knows how much humiliation so I can have my hello kitty bank card. All because our bank won’t let him have a normal card. For him to have a normal card they’d have to make mine normal too. So he decided to keep his awesome hello kitty card. <3

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BB cream charts! I managed to find a couple of skinfood bb creams and a skin79 bb cream off eBay for a combined total of $20. All from different sellers too. Woot! Anyways I ordered Red Bean[1. affiliate links] and Ginkgo Green BB Creams from Skinfood and of course my Diamond Collection Crystal Pearl BB Cream from Skin79. I’m doing comparisons of the three because these are the three I have in full-size tubes. I’m actually very happy with all three. They all match my skin-tone extremely well and all bring something different to the table. Crystal Pearl is a dewy/shimmery bb cream. Red Bean is hydrating for dry/rough skin, and Ginkgo Green is full of nutrients for skin correction and protection. Red Bean is really moisturizing and doesn’t make the oily areas on my face more oily. It’s super great for my cheeks because my cheeks tend to get super dry. The Ginkgo Green works the best on my forehead/nose where I get oily as it seems to actually keep it from getting too oily. The Crystal Pearl isn’t too dewy so it works great all over my face, however it also works well if I just want a tiny bit of highlight in certain areas. It comes with a highlighter on the lid which is super shimmery, so I tend to use it sparingly. So far between all the samples and these, these match my skin-tone the best. However, fear not! For I have a small obsession and will be trying other brands of bb creams for comparison. Blended swatches on the back of my hand weren’t completely blended in, blended swatches on my arm were. :d Comparison #1 and #2.

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…Answer it! I want to do a giveaway when I hit 100 Google Friend Connect followers. I plan on doing some random things plus some things from an indie company. The problem is, I don’t know which company to choose, this is where you come in! Vote in le poll down there and let me know which company you’d like me to purchase giveaway items from. :d You can choose up to 5 companies. Companies that I’ve already done a giveaway for aren’t on the list. :)
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There are other blog posts I should be working on(like the one for new bb creams I have, or the rest of my High Voltage swatches, or Darling Girl swatches or all the swatches from Reggie…), but I don’t feel like it. haha So I’m sharing with you a few of my recent creations! Okay the header from Cause I think I’m Cool is older but this is the original I did. I ended up having to resize it because it was a little too big. But I liked the original so much I had to share. I love, love, love the header I did for Chantel. :d There is also the little logo I did for Darling Girl Cosmetics, which I really like. :) I did one with and without blush and she chose the one without blush. Here’s a link to the other labels I’ve made.

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Concrete Minerals is on Heartsy right now! Vouchers have been restocked and you can currently buy a $9 for $21, and if you have VIP status you get an extra $10.

You should read Top Misconceptions about Indie Companies by Candace. She did a good job with the article and what she says is so true.

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My pores are in love! No really. It’s amazing. I’ve always had an issue with pores, especially on my nose. I’ve tried all sorts of products that claim to reduce and tighten and make pores magically disappear, but none have really worked all that well. The POREfessional from Benefit Cosmetics is amazing. It’s a flesh colored balm that reduces the appearance of pores and you can apply under or over your makeup. It claims to be oil-free, lightweight, translucent and silky. It’s all of the above. When I first applied it I thought it was going to be this heavy, goopy, mess of a concealer that in face looked too dark for my skin. However, once I blended it in, it matched my skin perfectly and my pores were dramatically reduced, and within 10-20 minutes I could barely see them. It truly is silky smooth as well, it doesn’t feel like you have anything on, and it’s easy to apply other foundation/bb cream/etc over it. I’ve had this on my face for 8+ hours and it hasn’t “melted” like many face products do on my nose/forehead because it gets so oily. In fact my nose seemed less oily at the end of the day than it usually is. I did a photo comparison of my nose since my pores are the worst there. In the photos you can see my nose with nothing on, freshly cleaned with witch hazel, just the POREfessional on, just skinfood‘s Ginkgo BB cream on and then the bb cream over the POREfessional. I wish I’d remembered to take a photo a little bit later because the pores on my nose were even less visible. Oh well.


The POREfessional comes in a squeeze-tube and is 22mL or 0.75 US fl. oz. It doesn’t take much to cover problem areas as a little goes a long way. I’ll be stocking up on this as it’s an amazing product and has provided an easy fix for my pore issues.

  • »»Product: 5/5 Product does what it claims exceptionally well.
  • »» Value: 4/5 Price is a little steep from retailer.
  • »» Ease of Use: 5/5 Extremely easy to apply.
  • »» Packaging: 5/5 Product packaging is sleek and looks good.
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[Rating:5]

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