Thursday Guest Post!

Life’s Entropy Cosmos Lipstick in Blackbody vs. MAC Cyber

Hello! My name is Jules, and I consider myself to be a Makeup Enthusiast. I am not a professional by any means, but makeup is definitely my hobby. I enjoy a blend of mainstream and indie makeup, and I love comparing and contrasting the two, especially to find color dupes.

Today I wanted to work with one of the Life’s Entropy Cosmos lipsticks,  a product that was highly coveted, and limited edition. I only snagged samples of most of the collection, but I’m happy that I did! Although there were some complaints about the product (sweating, for the most part)  I was really pleased. I find the formula to be comfortable to wear, and non-drying.

When swatching these, I wanted to see if I had any similar colors in my collection, and I thought that Blackbody would be a close color match for Cyber, a permanent shade in MAC’s lipstick line.

The following swatches were done over bare skin, under a daylight bulb, with flash.

Leftm MAC Cyber; Right, Life's Entropy Blackbody
Left, MAC Cyber; Right, Life’s Entropy Blackbody
Left, Life’s Entropy Blackbody; Right, MAC Cyber

From the swatches, it looks like Blackbody has more of a brighter red tone to it. Cyber can be worn in a light layer as shown here, or be layered to become a more deeper plum, where it would have less of a red tone, and lose its closeness to Blackbody. In terms of finish, Cyber is more of a matte/satin finish, while Blackbody has more shine to it. Cyber also has a drier texture than Blackbody, and to me, is less comfortable to wear. (However, I wear all products with a lip primer!)

I know the Cosmos lipstick line was supposed to be a line of dupes for some of the shades in the NARS Audacious line, so before you come running to me telling me the obvious dupe for Blackbody, I wanted to see what else might be close! (Also, cheaper!)

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Ugh. I need an adult

I am currently dealing with pneumonia. Wee. I’ve been sick for the last couple of weeks. Thursday I saw my doctor who confirmed it was pneumonia. I am on antibiotics at the moment and I have a couple of inhalers that she’s added to my long list of medications. I don’t feel like death warmed over anymore, but I still feel weak and sick. My lungs are pretty angry. Hopefully after being on the antibiotics a few more days I’ll feel better. *crosses fingers* The kiddo’s are doing well and are no longer sick, just a bit of a lingering cough. So yay for them. Let’s pray my little plaguebearer’s don’t bring anything else home. t.t First it was Fumiko with strep throat and then last week Sascha came home with a viral infection. I ended up having to take him to the ER because of constant throwing up. They put him on some anti-nausea medication and told me it would take a bout a week for the virus to run through him. Which it did. No more sickness please! I am never going to get caught up!

Also I started a little side blog for me to keep up with my diet and blood sugar. It’s too difficult for me to remember to pick up a pen and write in a note book. This will be easier. I have to get caught up from the weekend but so far it’s working. Om Nom Nom food & blood sugar logging!

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Would you like to attend a free screening for HOME?

I was recently contacted by someone from DreamWorks Animation in Portland. They wanted to give my readers an opportunity to go to a free screening for HOME. You’ll find the dates and places and information on passes below!



Synopsis: After a hive-minded alien race called the Boov conquer the Earth, they relocate the planet’s human population — all except for a little girl named Tip (Rihanna), who’s managed to hide from the aliens. When Tip meets a fugitive Boov called Oh (Jim Parsons), there’s mutual distrust. However, Oh is not like his comrades; he craves friendship and fun. As their distrust fades, the pair set out together to find Tip’s mother, but, unbeknown to them, the Gorg — enemies of the Boov — are en route.


Screening Date: 
Saturday, March 14

Screening Time:  10:00AM

Location:  Regal Lloyd Center

Passes:  Enter Code:  gmMDF88212


Screening Date:  Thursday, March 19  

Screening Time:  7:00PM

Location:  Pioneer Place

Passes:  Enter Code: xbdLt95065


Screening Date:  Saturday, March 21

Screening Time:  10:00AM

Location: Regal Bridgeport

Passes:   Enter Code:  ozDOW68557


Screening Date:  Tuesday, March 24

Screening Time:  7:00PM

Location:  Regal Tigard

Passes:  Enter Code: KcZul95514

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Thursday Guest Post!

Project Leda Collection Review and Swatches

.Hey there guys! My names Lauren, otherwise known as Laurensics, and I’m an indie makeup and Orphan Black addict. If you’re anything like me you probably squealed when you saw the Project Leda collection from Ten Three Labs. Consisting of six perfumes, three smudge sticks (tinted balms), and one salve stick, the collection is based on the characters and references from the show.

Whole Project Leda collection

Cara, the owner of Ten Three Labs, was lovely as always. I have a nut allergy and can’t wear products with sweet almond oil, so she made a set of samples with coconut oil for the base. Cara is always communicative and willing to help, offering to help me track down my package when it got stuck in customs. Based on the US weather and Australian customs, I won’t comment on the shipping time.

Onto the products!


The sample perfumes come in cute 1 mL bottles, and have a stopper controlling the flow of perfume. This is one of the best sample designs I’ve seen from an indie company, there’s no risk of losing the sample if you drop it, something I’ve done on multiple occasions. They’re priced $3.50 USD for a single sample, and packs of 3, 5 and 10 are available for a discounted price.

The bottles which the Ten Three Labs samples come in. Look at the stopper!
The bottles which the Ten Three Labs samples come in. Look at the stopper!

I wore each perfume for at least one day, and my review is blind, I didn’t read any of the notes before wearing the perfume.

All the perfumes contain osmanthus as a base note, and as I’ve found, osmanthus doesn’t agree with my skin chemistry. Nearly all of the perfumes came off quite musty on my skin. As they say, your mileage may vary.

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Amber, patchouli, nag champa, osmanthus.

Cosima is probably the coolest Clone on the show, a fellow scientist, with a French girlfriend, and a pretty cool wardrobe.

From the bottle, it smelt quite floral, and almost like an incense or herbal shop. I was slightly put off, as I thought it would be quite strong.

It smelt a lot better on skin. Initially the smell was quite musky, almost like a lolly banana, however that faded quite quickly to make a more mature floral. There was no fading over the next few hours, by the third hour, all muskiness was gone, leaving a musty floral- the patchouli came through quite strong. I had to re-apply in just under 5 hours.

Final verdict-This is nice, but honestly not my favourite in the collection.

Brother Seestra

Labdanum absolute, petitgrain, smoke, peppered poppies, bergamot.

Brother Seestra, named for Felix, Sarah’s long suffering foster brother, is the only perfume with a different base note. It’s also my favourite perfume in the collection.

In the bottle this smells quite fruity, but also masculine, some amber comes through. Even from the bottle I knew this would be my favourite perfume.

When I smelt this on my skin, my first reaction was “Wood? And candy! Yay!” An amber smell came through quite strongly (a result of the labdanum), and while masculine, it was quite wearable. The amber smell faded slightly by the end of an hour, but the wood and petitgrain notes were still strong. This lasted five hours before I needed to re-apply.

Final verdict-My favourite. The different base note makes it work for me, and I’ll be purchasing this in full size.

Corporate Clone

Hinoki wood, green tea, cucumber, blackberry, osmanthus.

I had assumed I wouldn’t like this perfume, Rachel isn’t my favourite clone, and I’m not a big fan of corporate scents. However, I really like it.

Bottled, the tea note comes out quite strongly, masking most of the other scents in the bottle. I may have sat smelling this for a while until I convinced myself to make some actual tea.

This one started out quite woody, with the tea note also prominent. It smelt kind of like a forest. By one hour in however, the wood note was completely faded, but the tea note and cucumber were prominent. It was starting to smell musty, a result of the base note. By three hours the smell was really faint and I had to re-apply.

Final verdict-A close second favourite of the collection.

Homicidal Soccer Mum

Merlot, chardonnay, petitgrain, orange blossom, osmanthus.

Oh Alison, of course your scent has wine in it. Of all the Clones, I identify with Alison the most-something that utterly terrifies me.

It’s really hard to get a read on this from the bottle, it’s chaotic, and no note is stronger than the others.

On skin, it initially smelt like wine, but thankfully not alcohol. The base note came through strongly, making it more mature-but not quite musty. After an hour this faded to a musty, grape smell. I had to re-apply within three hours.

Final verdict-Very nice, very Alison, just not very Lauren. I would certainly wear this to the Glendale Community Theatre.

Mirror Twin

Almond, oleander, osmanthus, a small dose of dirt, a hint of blood.

Helena, one of my favourite clones, can shift from axe-murderer to small child within 2.5 seconds, and I still feel oddly protective towards her.

I actually laughed when I saw the list of notes, I would not have figured that there was blood in this. From the bottle, and on skin, my first thought was “Oh, yum! Lime ghost drops.” The sourness faded over the day, leaving a pretty fruity scent, and I had to reapply within four hours.

Final verdict-I really liked this one, it was fun and sweet, but still complex-just like Helena

Not Beth

Leather, tobacco, smoke, blood orange, osmanthus.

Sarah is the most resourceful and impulsive of the Clones, she’s the one who started everything.

In the bottle the tobacco and smoke were really overpowering, to the point of giving me a headache.

On my skin, the same thing happened, it smelt a lot like green wood, and it just stuck. It didn’t fade for around three hours, when it became quite musty, almost like the smell after it rains. I didn’t have to reapply for over five hours, which is my luck- the one I like the least has stuck.

Final verdict- This doesn’t work for me at all. Wouldn’t buy  it again.

Lip Products

The Project Leda collection also has  three smudge sticks, and one salve stick. One of the smudge sticks, The German, was a gift for a friend, so that isn’t swatched. The salve sticks are $4.00 USD, while the smudge sticks are $5.00 USD.Project Leda lip swatches


Codified Attraction

Codified Attraction in tube

A very light peachy pink neutral. This will be nice to throw on on days when I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup. I managed to get two hours of wear out of this one. It doesn’t last through either eating or drinking.

Codified attraction face swatch
Codified Attraction face swatch. The photo was taken under shade, and my foundation match is Nars Groenland.


Morgue Water

Morgue Water

A blue-tinged green with a metallic sheen, it looks almost black in the tube. This was a definite surprise in my package, and while everyone who has seen this has questioned my lipstick choices, I love it. I only get an hour out of this one, but it leaves a slight stain. It’s quite opaque as well.

Morgue Water Face Swatch
Morgue Water face swatch. This photo was taken under shade, and my foundation match is Nars Groenland. I apologise for the brightness, but this photo showed the shade off best.


Monkey Bum FaceMonkey Bum Face

Before I say anything else, how great is this name? Poor Alison must’ve been a terrible actress if it only took five minutes for Kira to figure it out.

It smells, and tastes, just like brown sugar. It reminds me a lot of hot cinnamon doughnuts, which is a plus. Like my other salve sticks, this lasts around two to three hours on my lips, although the taste only lasts around an hour and a half. It’s really moisturizing.

Where to buy?, or more specifically,

Cara has also just released the Marshmallow Menagerie collection, a collection of mashmallow scented perfumes.

Thank you all for reading, and A HUGE thank you to Luna for giving me a guest post on her blog! :)












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Left wet, right dry

Review: La Lune Naturals Black Charcoal Konjac Sponge

press sample

Official description

  • GENTLE EXFOLIATION: The La Lune Naturals Konjac Sponge gently exfoliates your skin and reveals a smoother texture and brighter looking skin.
  • 100% NATURAL KONJAC: The konjac sponge is made from the sustainable konjac plant, and is free of chemicals, paragons, sulphates and is biodegradable. Our sponge is cruelty-free and vegan.
  • PREVENT BREAKOUTS AND BLACKHEADS! Brighter, smoother looking skin begins with our gentle exfoliating sponge that contains the essential minerals. When using our sponge you’ll see fewer blackheads and breakouts. REMOVES TOXINS AND IMPURITIES: The natural konjac fibers massage away impurities and toxins in your skin
  • FREE eBook INCLUDED! FREE eBook, The Ultimate All-Natural Skin Care Guide includes a simple 5-Step Skin care system recommended by dermatologists PLUS tons of free mask, scrub and wrap recipes for your skin!
  • 2 SPONGES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE & FREE SUCTION HOOK: Hang dry your konjac sponge with our easy-to-use suction hook! This is a must have convenience to keep your konjac sponge fresh and ready to use.

Where to buy
From Amazon – Two sponges with suction hook & ebook for $12.99 USD.
From La Lune Naturals – Two sponges & suction hook for $14.99 USD.


  1. Rinse or soak the sponge in warm water. If it has dried out, allow it to fully absorb water before using
  2. Squeeze excess water out gently between your two hands (don’t wring it)
  3. Massage your face with the sponge in a circular motion to gently cleanse your skin.
  4. After use, rinse your sponge and squeeze water out before hanging to dry

The sponges come sealed in clear plastic packaging in their soft condition. They come in a a cardboard box that has a printed paper wrap on it. It has directions and product information as well as company information. It also comes with a coupon that has their other products on the other side. The paper wrap has a picture printed on it and is detailed in blacks and greens and white.

Scent and formula
It has no scent wet or dry. When it’s wet it feels like a sponge that is slightly jelly feeling. When it’s dry it feels like paper that had been wet, but it also feels like it could be sharp, if that makes any sense. It’s a weird feeling when it’s dry. The sponges are a dark gray almost black in color and have a white string through them so they can be hung up.

Natural konjac powder made from konjac potato, and it has the addition of bamboo charcoal extract.

I’ve been using this Konjac sponge from La Lune once a day for a few weeks now. It exfoliates well, but it’s gentle. My face is smoother and feels squeaky clean after using it. I don’t know if it’s helped prevent breakouts because I don’t get that many so it’s just hard to tell. My blackheads to appear to look smaller though.
La Lune recommends replacing your konjac sponge every 2-3 months and sanitizing it in the microwave every 2-3 weeks. :) You can sanitize it by microwaving it for one minute. Overall these sponges are great, they exfoliate really well and my face does feel more clean when I use it with my cleanser versus when I use my cleanser alone. The quality is great and the price is wonderful.

La Lune also makes other natural and organic products such as sea weed powder, indian healing clay and more!

La Lune Naturals Black Charcoal Konjac Sponge
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Ingredients
  • Price


Cruelty free
100% Biodegradable
Reduces blackheads


Final thoughts
These sponges work really well. They exfoliate and cleanse but are gentle and the price is great.

Buy or not

User Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)

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pH Dips

Review: pH Dips

press sample

Official description

  • pH Dips are super fast and give you results – they display complex chemistry with a beautiful colorful matrix – these strips get it done.
  • Each test strip can indicate the pH of a liquid or gel, even solutions with light color. Each box contains 100 test strips and each strip may be used one time.
  • Each of four colored pads on the business end of the strip will reliably change color depending upon the pH of the liquid. Comparing to the color chart is fun and easy.
  • This is a simple clean method for determining the pH quickly and accurately; as well, the box is a perfect size.
  • The instructions are helpful and informative; these strips have so many applications, they are truly universal, testing from 0 to 14.

Where to buy
From Amazon – 100 strips for $8.97 USD.

Grip a single test strip from the plastic box, hold the end away from colored pads. Careflly dip strip into any liquid or gel, allow all four pads to get wet and remove – colors will change almost immediately. This test is fast and simple. Compare the colors of the test strip to the colors on the box. Match the closest pH.

Test strips come in a clear plastic box. It has an insert which has the different pH colors and instructions. The strips are white plastic and have 4 colored pads on one end.

I’ve been using these test strips for a little while now. They are Ph Dips from Kruzco. I’ve used a few different types and I’ve come to really like these. They are easy to use and easy to read the results. I find these to be the most accurate that I’ve used. I use these to test the pH of my skincare products. They make it super easy. I get results within seconds. These can be used to test the pH of all sorts of liquid products! These are fairly inexpensive and are really great. I definitely recommend themm.

pH Dips
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Price


Easy to use
Easy to read results
Available online


Final thoughts
These are super easy to use and the results are easy to read!

Buy or not
I will be buying these when I run out.

User Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)

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Thursday Guest Post!

Ways to Wear Red Eyeshadow (Guest Post by Wakenda)

Hey! My name’s Wakenda, and I love colorful indie eyeshadows. If your like me, you probably have a few colors in your stash that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Sure, swatches are gorgeous on your arm, but how do you use them on your face?

Wakenda's Red Shadows

Red eyeshadow is one of those colors that can be totally intimidating. When I first got into indies I had no idea what I would ever do with it. But as I’ve branched out, it’s developed into one of my favorite colors to wear, in part because it’s bolder and more out there than the neutrals and purples I used to stick to. So today I’d like to share some ideas on how to use the red eyeshadows sitting in your stash.

Wakenda's Peachy Red Look
Look 1: Subtle Peachy Look with Red in the Outer V, using Hello Waffle’s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23

This is pretty much the first look that I ever did with red eyeshadow, and it’s a great place to start if you’r new to the color, because it’s simple and pretty and the red’s there, but not too bold. It reminds me of the patch of red on a delicious fresh peach!

Wakenda's Peachy Red Shadows

For this peachy look, I used Hello Waffle’s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23. I primed my lids and then applied Fey, a gorgeous peachy rosy gold, all over my lid, concentrating on the inner portion. 23, a pinky gold, goes on the outer third to half of the lid.  Then I used a very fine tapered brush to carefully apply a line of Cortexiphan, a warm red with a satin finish, directly into the outer half of my crease. I angled another line of red up and out from my outer corner to meet the first line in a V. Then I used a clean, fluffy blending blush to blend, blend, blend! The goal is for the original line of red to be entirely diffused. When all the harshness of the red is blended out, you can stop blending, add some winged liner and mascara and call it done!

Wakenda's Smoky Red Look
Look 2: Matte Red and Black Smoky Eye, using Notoriously Morbid’s Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse

This one is a pretty classic smoky eye look, with red added to the lid. With my more hooded eyelids, the red stays pretty subtle when my eyes are open. I feel very gothic, but that’s appropriate for a look that uses shadows named after two vampires and the hellmouth on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Wakenda's Smoky Red Shadows

For this smoky eye, I used three colors from Notoriously Morbid‘s Slay Me collection, Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse. As always, I primed my lids before I began with the shadows. I pressed Boca del Infierno, a matte burgundy red, all over my lid, making sure the coverage was rich and even. Then I used a q-tip dipped in some facial lotion to tidy up the edges and made sure the shape was flattering to my face and even on both sides. This left crisp edges to be blended out later. Then I used a flat brush to press Bloody Awful Poet, a matte black, into my upper lashes and on top of the outer corner of the red, like I was tracing over the bottom edge of the shape I’d drawn with the red shadow. I blended the two together. Next I took a round blending brush and used Gypsy Curse, a matte taupe/grey, to blend out the entire top edge of the red shadow, eliminating any harsh edges. I lined my upper lashes and lower waterline with black pencil liner, and then smudged some more red below the outer third of my lower lashes. I finished with curled lashes and a heavy coat of mascara.

Wakenda's Red White and Blue Look
Look 3: Red, White and Blue with Sparkly Red Liner, using Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake!

I wanted to pair red liner with a contrasting color. As I was looking through my stash, Shiro’s Glowstick of Destiny caught my eye, so I decided to go with a patriotic red, white and blue look. I love how sparkly and fun this look is, and will probably wind up wearing something similar when the Fourth of July finally rolls around.

Wakenda's Red, White and Blue Shadows

For my Fourth of July-inspired look, I used Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake! I primed my entire eye area and then carefully patted Fyrinnae‘s Pixie Epoxy, a glitter fixative, onto my mobile lid. I waited 20 seconds for it to set and then patted plenty of Glowstick of Destiny, a pale blue with a strong gold duochrome, on top. I used my highlighting brush to sweep Cake!, a white with a reddish sheen, from my crease up to my brow. Then I applied black liquid liner along my upper lashes, winging it out at the outer corners. I mixed Unforgettable, a sparkly red, with Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum and used a liner brush to trace the mixture along the upper edge of the black liner. I also mixed some Superstar Serum with Cake and applied it on the lower waterline. I finished the look with a coat of black mascara.

Wakenda's Red Looks for Toxid Lotus

So there you have it. Three ways to actually wear your red eyeshadows, from the mattes to the sparklebombs. Are any of these looks you’d consider? I think the third one’s my favorite, which definitely surprised me. It just feels fresh and fun. If none of these looks are your style but you have reds you’d like to find a way to wear, check out my blog. I have a bunch more red eyeshadow looks over there. Thanks for reading, and thanks for having me, Luna!

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