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Ombrè lips

Thursday Guest Post!
Hi amigos! I’m Dimitri from Superdimitri and I’ve been invited to make a Guest post, so here I am.

I was thinking about a topic and since I was out of inspiration for a full makeup look and a product review wasn’t a good idea (since Luna is the best doing that), I decided to show you guys these looks inspired by the ombrè (gradient) trend.

Ombrè is everywhere in the fashion & beauty industry, so you can search for a lot of inspirational images -that’s what I did. I made these lips looks based on this trend, I hope you like it.

Although these looks might appear hard to achieve, they’re actually quite easy to do and I enjoyed a lot when working on them: they allow you  to create hundreds of possibilities, sky is the limit.

Actually I made all these in less than an hour!

Ombrè lips are a pain in the arse for a daily look since you have to carry every shade you used with you for re-applying, so keep that in mind whenever you decide to create a gradient  look.

What do you guys think about this trend?

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My Top Ten Indie List


In no particular order(and by no particular order I apparently meant alphabetical order…) I’m going to list my top ten favorite indie companies and then I’m gonna tag a few people to do the same. ;)

  1. Cocoa Pink – oh man. I fell in love with her scent fear of cemeteries. It’s amazing. She was going to drop her hallow’s eve scents and I bugged her on a few occasions to keep it. Luckily someone suggested changing the name to Dirty Carnation which she liked so yay it stays. I’m in love with her voluptuous body butter and her bubbling scrub is pretty awesome too. Her shampoo is awesome and it makes a great kitty wash. ;)
  2. Darling Girl Cosmetics – Susan has a million and one shades of shadow to choose from. She has some beautiful shadow colors, but I especially like her colored lip balms and her lip scrub in a tube. If you haven’t purchased anything with the rose/passionfruit scent you’re missing out. She also has cream blushes which are awesome, especially Pink no Corisu. ;)
  3. Detrivore Cosmetics – Oh man Distorria has some gorgeous shadows. She also lives within driving distance of me so I get to pick up my packages in person. Woot! I love the theme to her shadows, I love their creepy names and they’re just beautiful. A little birdie also told me that she’ll be selling perfume oils soon too. ;) If you don’t own Omen you need to remedy that. GORGEOUS purple!
  4. Evil Shades Cosmetics – oh man. She has beautiful lippies and shadows and everything. She made a shadow after me called Toxic Lotus, it’s gorgeous, you should get it along with Eplefe and um all of her other shadows. If you like pink lipstick you have to get Fearless, it’s freaking amazing, and Deception? Perfect freaking nude. I want all of her lippies and shadows and blushes, and okay pretty much everything she sells. Her spectrum pots and primer have been the longest lasting eye primers as well. Check them out. ;) Also drooling over her holiday shades!
  5. innocent+twisted alchemy – Gosh these colors are beautiful. They remind me of the old Aromaleigh formulas. They’re just shiny and complex and pretty. She offers sample pods/clamshells and she fills them to the brim, she’s also a sweetheart and does all the art for her company. She’s very talented. Twisted is one of the most amazing colors ever, and I love Innocent as well, I love all of her shades and can’t wait to get my claws on her holiday set.
  6. Linnaeus Cosmetics – Okay so Marin is possibly the sweetest, cutest, quirkiest creeper in the universe. I loves her. Her shadows are rich and beautiful and the formulas are like butter. They’re just wonderful. Plus she was super awesome and made the Axolotl collection for me! *squee* There are no duochromes but her shadows have beautiful sparks of color and look complex. She’s definitely a keeper. Can’t wait for her shop to open back up at the beginning of the year.
  7. Morgana Cryptoria – Oh jeez what can I say, I need one of everything please. She has gorgeous, amazing lippies. I have a few of her balms that are rich and amazing, I’m sad to see them go, but the new glosses and gels look pretty awesome, and she did turn some of the balm colors into glosses. Hooray for diabolical druscilla! I have Azalea and Azalea blue in cute little flower pots that Amanda from Karmic Dreaming sold me during a blog sale. Love them. I currently have an order from her and am trying to patiently wait until Wednesday so I can pay for it. Can’t wait to have more of her lippies!
  8. My Pretty Zombie – Seriously Andrea is a goth Mary Poppins. I kid you not. She’s tied with Marin for cutest, sweetest, quirkiest, most awesomely nice person ever. She’s genuinely nice and aims to please and has the best customer service. Besides her being awesome, she makes amazing shadows, if you want duochromes check her out, because she has some sort of magic touch for duo’s. Kid you not. mNg trio, Husbandry Afflictions collection, monstrous industry, illustrated ink, there are so many pretties it’s hard to choose. PLUS she makes zombie barbies. When I first shopped with her the barbies gave me the creeps, it was mostly the blood painted on, I don’t do well with blood, but now I kinda like them, and kinda want one. She did trade me a zombified barbie hand pendant for a scarf(I’m still making the scarf. >.> ). So check her out cause if you like creepy you’ll like MPZ. Also don’t pass up Unicorn Pee or her MDMA blush of freaking awesome sauce.
  9. One Hand Washes the Other – Becca is a crazy, blunt, firey witch troll that stands over her giant cauldron making black magic soap of amaze. Seriously that stuff is magic. She was also awesome enough to make a glycerin free formula for me, which is even more awesome, AND, AND SHE MADE MY MOST PERFECT SMELL. I Smell Like a Witch is omg perfect. The only thing better is mixing I Smell Like a Witch with Cocoa Pink‘s Fear of Cemeteries. It’s like magic and the most amazing smell EVER. I’m counting the minutes until we get paid so I can order creamy soap and everything possible in I Smell Like a Witch. Seriously, right now, I smell like a witch yo and I like it. Also Becca has black magic soap in jars, and soon she shall have scrubby black magic soap in a jar which I can’t wait to try!
  10. Persephone Minerals – Vic is like the queen of duochrome shadows. She’s got some pretties and holy crap if you haven’t seen her Sailor Senshi collections you must go now and see them, they’re amazing and I need them all. NEED, seriously NEED them. They bring back so many awesome memories of watching Sailor Moon, and YES I do love Sailor Moon, so pffft. Vic has amazing colors and her holiday collections are no disappointment. I’ve been swatching them the past few days and they’re beautiful. All I have left to swatch is the reindeer collection and they’ll all be up for your viewing pleasure.

There are other companies that I love as well like Black Rose Minerals, Venomous Cosmetics, Pollen Cosmetics, and yes even Madd Style Cosmetix(please don’t burn me at the stake). They all have beautiful, amazing, quality shadows and you should check them out. I think next time I’ll do a top 15 or 20 list. XD Some of these companies have been around for awhile, others are brand new, but gosh they’re worth checking out and trying. There are some new companies sprouting up that I’d like to try so maybe next time I decide to make a list I’ll have some new companies up, and well a long list. XD

And now I tag Luna, Amanda, Claire, Mandy, Stephanie, Andrea, Sammi, Angela and Taryn.

Let’s see your favorite top ten! ;)

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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My Pretty Zombie Anniversary Sale Yo!

My dearest Andrea from My Pretty Zombie is celebrating her company anniversary with an awesome sale for you! With code THIRTYTHREE you get 33% off! Woot! Sale runs from 07/27 through 07/29. You can find my swatches here, here, here, here, here, and here. :WTF: hehehe Don’t forget to pick up your Husbandry Afflictions trio. ;)

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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4th of July Weekend Sales!

Keep checking back. Sales will be added as I find them. :D

Black Rose Minerals is having a sale! Get 24% off your entire order of $10 or more with coupon code bonanza! Ends Monday July 4th at midnight PST!

Simply Sweet Skin – 20% of everything from July 1st through July 4th at midnight.

Geek Chic Cosmetics is having a 25% off Anniversary sale until July 13th.

Bokeh Face is offering free domestic and international shipping through July 4th.

B.Koi Cosmetics is having a 4th of July sale now through the 4th. 20% off with promo STARSANDSTRIPES on everything including sale items.

Lucky 107 from fri-mon everything except milf {which is the cotw} is 40% off to celebrate independence day! All orders over $40 {before shipping} get the stars & stripes collection free.

High Voltage Cosmetics 20% off sale for Fourth Of July Weekend? Refunds will be sent same day. There’s no special coupon or code or anything. As soon as the payment clears the refund will be sent!

Meow Cosmetics Save 20% on Rainforest and Carnival collections Now through MONDAY code: CatsLuvFireworks

Madd Style Cosmetics All orders over $15 in the artfire shop will recieve 20% off their ENTIRE order! Even better, you may use this coupon as many times as you like from the 1st through the 4th only! (coupon NOT good for holds/reserves) use code FIREWORKZ

Lux Naturals *4th of July Promo* Monday 7/4/11 Only- Free Watermelon Soap with purchase of $20 or more (not including tax and/or shipping). Just write code WAT711 in the comments section during checkout. Can’t be combined with any other offer. Limit one per household.

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Finished product

DIY – How to depot NYX Jumbo Pencils

Let me start off by saying I know there’s a whole slew of videos and instructional posts on how to depot these pencils, I’m adding my own anyways! Who knows maybe someone hasn’t seen this yet. Now let me say, I loathe watching videos. It’s really a combination of it making me literally car sick to see, and I’ve been using Kai’s old laptop since my health got really bad and it takes me at least 10+ minutes to just partially load a video. I also know I’m not the only one who loathes video tutorials! ;) Let me also add that this works on the wetnwild idol eyes. I actually took photos of the process using a wetnwild pencil. Photo thumbnails are displayed in order.

Now! You’ll need the following things:

  1. An old towel or paper towels.
  2. A microwave safe glass, or two or three.
  3. Pliers to remove the plastic cap at the end of the pencils. Please note, sometimes it’s metal.
  4. Empty 5 gram jars with lids, with labels.
  5. Pencils to depot.
  6. A microwave.
  7. A refrigerator. XD

Alrighty! You want to lay your towel out to protect the surface you’re working on. Take your pliers and remove the cap at the end of your pencils. It’s a 50/50 chance of them being glued on. Two of mine weren’t glued and came off fairly easy, the other two were glued on and ended up breaking the ends of the tube when I got them off. On that note, be careful if you break the ends because they can and will leak out the end and go all over your cup.

Once you have the caps off the end of the pencils take an empty jar and set it inside your microwave safe cup, now place the pencil tip down into the jar, so that the butt end of the pencil is resting against the inside of the cup. Now place the pencil inside the jar, inside the microwave safe cup, into the microwave. You’ll want to start with 30 second increments so you can see how long it takes your pencil to melt into the jar. My pencils took anywhere from 2-3 minutes per pencil to fully melt. Also note, if you have a minute plus button, don’t use it. For whatever reason it doesn’t get hot enough to melt the pencils and you end up having to nuke it for a much longer period of time.

Once your pencil is empty be careful taking it out, the cup will be hot. Use your pliers to carefully pull the empty pencil out of the cup. If you’re like me and you used a cup that isn’t that wide you’ll want to use the pliers to carefully grab the edge of the jar and lift it out as well. It will be hot so be careful if you’re taking it out with your hands. Now that you’ve successfully de-potted your NYX or other brand pencil you’ll want to place the jar into the refrigerator for around 10 minutes. This will allow it to solidify. If you have a lot of pencils or a poor memory you’ll want to put labels on your jars to identify your melted pencils. I however like to live on the edge and didn’t label mine.

Easy peasy! Behold step by mostly step photos!

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Hey look, another poll! And giveaway info!

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!

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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Indie Memorial Weekend Sales!

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 :ILU: minizer 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}

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Hey look, a poll…

…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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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Oh Orglamix, Where have you gone?

I thought I’d post a small update on Orglamix since I’m getting tons of hits from google looking for information. It appears that Cheri has up and disappeared. :WTF: She was supposed to open back up on May 1st according to someone on her fan page. However she was banned from Etsy and the shop is now gone. The Orglamix website has been up for quite some time and it doesn’t appear that there’s anything new on it. Cheri hasn’t responded to any concerned people on her fan page, and she even went so far to delete all posts by fans and make it so they can only reply to current posts. Several people have received refunds from their Paypal disputes, others are still waiting for either their product or a refund. If you want to stay updated you can follow the Orglamix Fraud page on facebook.

So do we know where Cheri is? Nope. Do we know if she closed shop? Nope. Are a lot of people unhappy with the whole situation? Yep. My best advice to those who haven’t received orders, or have and are unhappy for whatever reason is to file a Paypal dispute. Hopefully your time hasn’t lapsed and you can still file. My other advice is to follow the Orglamix Fraud page and see what other customers are saying/doing. And finally, keep your chin up. There are so many amazing indie companies out there who truly care about their customers and care about making quality, safe products! <3 If you have any questions or need recommendations, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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