Good News Friends!

Super fantastic news! I will be getting a camera soon! A friend of a friend is giving me their old Canon DSLR so I should have it in a couple of weeks! *stops freaking out* Seriously I am beyond amazed and so thankful. <3 So thankful!

Also I am finally getting to Chemawa in the morning. Leaving at 6:30am!

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Thursday Guest Post

Review: December Visage Box from Hello Waffle

Hello all! I’m this week’s Thursday guest-blogger, Dana. You may remember me from such blogs as I Smear Pigment on My Face,  or such reddit usernames as /u/danakimberlyy. I know that I’m a little bit late to the party on this one, but today I’ll be talking a little bit about Hello Waffle’s December Visage subscription box. December’s box was themed after Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the colors included were meant to be used either in a smoky eye look or a more neutral-toned look. You’ll see more what I’m talking about in a minute.

Dec Visage

Packaging

Here’s what Christine’s (Owner of Hello Waffle) packaging looks like for the Visage box. It’s a lovely presentation and is supposed to be themed along with the colors.

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Listing Information

Here’s the listing that comes along with the package. It lists the colors, gives a brief description, and shows how much everything is worth. Additionally, on the back Christine included a brief synopsis of A Christmas Carol to read, if you’re not familiar with it. This month, Christine provided halflings of the eye colors and contour colors, a full size of the lip color from Tilt/Shift Cosmetis, and a sample of Hello Waffle’s new finishing powder.

Jars

Jars

Here’s a picture of all the colors in their respective jars (minus the finishing powder, since I decanted it into something else).

Eye Colors

Colors: (Top to Bottom) Bah Humbug; Ghost of Christmas Past; Ghost of Christmas Present; Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Next up, we have swatches from all of the colors. Sorry if these colors seem a bit out of order, but I like to swatch in alphabetical order just in case I forget what I did.

Bah Humbug

Color: Bah Humbug

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Here’s a close up of Bah! Humbug.  This was meant to be one of the more neutral colors, which would ideally be paired with Ghost of Christmas Present (the golden color). It’s a very light coppery color and applies with a kind of metallic look to it. I really like it. This is probably one of the colors that I would likely use most out of the bunch.

Christmas Past

Color: Ghost of Christmas Past

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: This lightish grey color is the next of the bunch, Ghost of Christmas Past. It’s a very light grey color, bordering on almost light. There’s not a TON going on, but it’s great when paired with Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come for a more smoky eye look.

Christmas Present

Color: Ghost of Christmas Present

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Next, this is Ghost of Christmas Present. The color is a very, light golden neutral tone. I really like it, and it reminds me of Shiro Cosmetics‘ Baker’s Boy, just a little more pigmented. It has a little more gold going on here and there’s a gorgeous golden shimmer going on as well. My sister was pretty jelly of this color and wanted to steal it.

Christmas Yet to Come

Color: Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Photo: Swatched over Elf Glitter Primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: This was the last shadow color that came in the December Visage box, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. It is a very dark color that I really, really want to classify as black, but there’s just so much glitter and shimmer going on that I feel like it’s more of a dark, smoky grey. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the color, but it’s not a very pure, dark, black color. If you’re looking for a black color with a bunch of shimmer going on, this is probably what you want (and HW rocks at this, have you seen Edgar Allen Purr?).

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Shadows

Here’s a close up of the shadow colors in their jars.

Contouring

Colors: (L-R) Scrooge; Marley

Photo: Swatched over bare skin on top and Elf Glitter Primer on bottom; taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Okay, so next up, Christine provided everyone with two contouring powders: the lighter color, Scrooge, is meant as more of a highlight, and the darker one, Marley, is meant as a contour. Both came in halfling sizes and seemed a bit more cool-toned to me. In the above picture, I built up both colors a little and swatched over bare skin on top and Elf Glitter Primer on bottom, so you can see what both colors really looked like.  Scrooge was a very light color. It’s a pure white, bordering on grey kind of color. Marley was more of a dark grey color, bordering almost on brown. I’m not a huge fan of these colors, but I tend to be a bit more of a warmer-toned person, so this could be why.

Galactic

Color: Galactic

Photo: Swatched over Burt’s Bees lipbalm (regular); taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: This month’s guest indie product was Galactic from Tilt/Shift Cosmetics. Before this, I hadn’t tried Tilt/Shift, so I was definitely excited about this color, especially since it was so pretty. The color came in a full size jar, which I wasn’t a huge fan of, due to the need for a brush application. I brushed the color on and built it up to a medium opacity to get it to this point, which I was pretty happy with. The color looks like a dark maroon in the jar and brushes on as more of a berry color. It could have definitely been darker if i kept going. I really like the color and would totally consider ordering it if it came in some other form of application device than a jar. I also really liked the scent of the color, which was more of a spearmint. I wear peppermint Burt’s Bees, so this was really nice.

Finishing Powder

Color: Hello Waffle Finishing Powder

Photo: Taken in natural lighting.

My Thoughts: Last up on the docket, we have Hello Waffle’s new finishing powder product. Christine sent out samples with this month’s box and I decanted mine into another jar that I had. The finishing powder is more white, rather than green tinted, and applies relatively light. I don’t feel much of a difference from the other finishing powder I own, so that was nice to discover. I would definitely recommend trying out this new product when Christine releases it in the near future.

 

Other NotesTo be honest, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the colors in this month’s box. I generally wear more purples and browns, and don’t go out much, so the smoky eye look is a bit lost on me. I did try it out a couple of times, and it looked nice, so if you’re really into the smoky eye look, these colors would be great for you. Additionally, Christine was spectacular about pairing my shipping for this month’s box and my Black Friday order and sending everything to a different address (because I couldn’t wait until I was home). She is always awesome to talk to and provides excellent customer service, should you ever need it. I know that November’s Visage box was awesome, and this month’s looks incredible too, so I would definitely recommend signing up next time slots are put up (the 29th of every month at 9 AM EST). Thanks for reading and allowing me to be your guest poster today, and feel free to visit me at my blog, I Smear Pigment on My Face here: http://danasmakeupjourney.blogspot.com/ .

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Update to a personal note

EDIT: I got an email back from Ritz Camera. They told me to replace my camera body. t.t I tried fixing it but it still doesn’t work.

Thank you to everyone who sent positive thoughts and prayers and whatever else. The manager decided to give us a $75 fee as long as we pay it today. I went to DHS yesterday and the person I met with said she would have my benefits on the card today. If it wasn’t on by 12pm to call her. It’s still not on. I called and left a message. I am getting ready to go in. I have to have it today.

Also I have to go to a workshop tomorrow for TANF. And then Friday I can finally go to Chemawa to get this tooth pulled. Now the infection has spread to a tooth above it and it hurts like a bitch. I’ve been taking massive amounts of Ibuprofen to try to keep the pain down a little. My right eye is all blurry and has a lot of pressure on it. Cannot wait until Friday. And my camera broke on Monday while I was taking photos of Fumiko’s birthday party. I am going to try to fix it today but I don’t know if it will work. t.t

So I just got back from DHS. They didn’t transfer my account to Milwaukie until this morning. So the money won’t be on the card until tomorrow morning. She gave me a letter to give to the manager. *sigh* I am so tired. I don’t even know what to do anymore. Also thank you to the two people who sent me money on paypal. That was so kind of you and I really appreciate it. It will be going to the $75 fee we have to pay. Thank you so much.

I am going to try to fix my camera now. Wish me luck.

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A very personal post

Some of you may know that because of circumstances that happened last year the kiddos and I are on TANF. I get $506 a month in money. $500 of that goes to our rent which leaves us in $6 cash. It goes onto my EBT card on the 1st of the month and our SNAP(food) portion goes on it on the 3rd. We share a two bedroom apartment with my mom. The kiddos and I have one room and my mom has the other. Well Saturday we went to get rent money and there was nothing on my card. We rushed home and checked online and nothing. This morning(Monday) I dropped Fumiko off at school at 8am and went to DHS. I found out that my TANF ended in December. I had no letters no phone calls, but in December I received my renewal application for SNAP. So the DHS worker spends about 30 minutes trying to figure out what happened. It turns out that they had my home address listed as our current address, but the mailing address was our old POBOX. I also found out that in May when my DHS worker in Oregon City told me she sent my case to the Milwaukie office where we moved to. She told me she updated my address and everything was fine. It turns out she never sent my case to Milwaukie. >.< And when she updated my address she didn't update the mailing address. So there was nothing they could do about it. But because it was closed I could re-apply at the Mikwaukie office where I was. So I quickly filled it out and handed it back in. Waited an hour for an appointment and they couldn't get me in today. So I have an appointment for 9am. My mom talked to the manager and he told her if we don't have rent in by tomorrow that we will get a 72 hour notice. I have no idea if they'll be able to reinstate it tomorrow. It may take a couple of days. They even said while I was there that it was their fault the application renewal was sent to another address. I asked why they sent my SNAP paperwork to the correct address but sent the TANF paperwork to another address and she couldn't give me an answer. I am beyond devastated. The kids and I were homeless at the beginning of the year and it's not something I ever want to do again. If you could send any prayers, thoughts, positive energy, voodoo magic that would be really awesome. I am hoping and praying that tomorrow they will come through because I don't know what will happen if we can't pay rent tomorrow. I really wish my disability would come through. This has been a huge struggle and I don't need anymore curve balls thrown at me right now. Sorry for the wall of text, I am just very upset and I needed to get this out and need some positive thoughts. It was really hard to keep it together today for Fumiko's birthday part and I am just mentally and physically exhausted. Thank you.

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FOTD: Mannequin Dollipop

Today is Fumiko’s Birthday Pary! She turned 7 on the 31st. =d This is my face today. Also yay. My moms friend brought a car for us to borrow so I can get to the dentist at Chemawa on Wednesday. Thank goodness.

FACE
Mizon Snail Recovery Repair Gel Cream
Pixi Beauty Flawless & Poreless Primer
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in 10 Porcelain Ivory

CHEEKS
Glamour Doll Eyes Blush in Nouveau Riche – blush
Glamour Doll Eyes Blush in Ms. Monroe – highlight

BROWS
Sugarpill Cosmetics ChromaLust Smitten
Sugarpill Cosmetics Tako

EYES
NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base Skin Tone
Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadow in Mannequin – all over lid & lower lashline
Sugarpill Cosmetics in Dollipop – middle of lid & lower lashline
Sugarpill Cosmetics in Tako – brow highlight
Glamour Doll Eyes Static Line Gel Liner in Bad Seed – upper liner
Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retro Glam mascara Black

LIPS
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Fanservice

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My very first guest post at Leesha’s Lacquer!

I got to do a guest post for Leesha’s Lacquer. =d It’s my very first! You can see it here!

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Body Fat Scale

Review: Smart Weigh Body Fat Digital Precision Scale

press sample

Official description

  • Design – The Smart Weigh Body Fat Scale features a unique fitness inspired design to motivate you to stay in shape. The tempered glass platform and stainless steel accents contribute to its contemporary look.
  • User Recognition – Help your family stay healthy by using the features this scale has to offer. Through a simple set-up process, the scale can be programmed to automatically recognize up to eight users.
  • Vital Data – It is most empowering to know vital information about yourself. This scale measures body weight, body fat, body water, and muscle and bone mass. This information will help monitor your health status.
  • Convenience – With the Smart Weigh Step-on technology you can just step onto the scale to get a weight reading with no unnecessary tapping entailed to switch the scale on. Features a large negative LCD display.
  • Advanced Technology – This scales uses BIA technology to provide fitness information about yourself with just a few details. This scale comes auto calibrated and uses 2 CR2032 batteries which are included.

Where to buy
From Amazon – It’s currently on sale for $34.95.

Directions
You just need to step on.

Packaging
This comes in a cardboard box with handle on it. It has a bunch of information about the scale and company on the outside. The scale comes with instructions and is inside of a bag inside the box. The scale itself is black and silver. It has a screen on the front with buttons for setting it up and viewing your bmi and bone density. On the back there is a button where you can set the weight measurements and an area for the batteries. It has 4 short legs. It takes 2 CR2032 lithium batteries.

So this scale is pretty cool. It’s very light and sleek and easy to use. It has 8 profiles for you to set your information. There’s a button on the back where you can change the weight measurements from pounds, stones and kilograms. All you have to do is step on it and it starts up and weighs you. The screen is really easy to read as well. It’s recommended though that if you are pregnant you shouldn’t use it because sends a low level electrical current through your body to measure your BMI and bone density! Overall this is a really good scale and I like it a lot. =d And on that note it is able to calculate body fat, body water, muscle mass and bone mass! The current is really mild so you can’t feel it. Contact is made through the stainless steel bars! The scale is also not supposed to be used for kids under the age of 10.

Smart Weigh Body Fat Digital Precision Scale
  • Packaging
  • Design
  • Quality
  • Durability
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Reads BMI, Bone Density, Body Fat, Body Water and Muscle Mass
Easy to read screen
Easy to use
Lightweight
High Quality

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This scale is really lightweight and works very well. The screen is easy to read and it's easy to use.

Buy or not
Definitely!

4.8
User Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
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