Wet N Wild Mega Liner — the best $4.00 liquid eyeliner ever??

A few weeks ago I was doing some grocery shopping — and for some weird reason, the local grocery store has a great selection of Wet N Wild products! There was a sale on certain things — buy one get one free.  I couldn’t pass that up, could I?  So I picked up their Mega Liner in Indigo Blue and Plum.  Let’s just say I wasn’t expecting much from them.

Boy was I wrong!

Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Plum & Indigo

Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Indigo and Plum

Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Plum & Indigo

The packaging claims these liners are: fast drying & smudgeproof.  Are they? Well let me tell you, one of the nights I was testing these my allergies were killing me. My eyes were red and watery and I was using eye drops all night and probably rubbing my eyes without even noticing.  At the end of the night, neither color had budged. No smudging, no smearing and no fading or flaking.

RESULT!

That said, I wish Plum were more opaque.  I have to go over the same area 2-3 times to get a truly solid line of Plum.  But did I mention these were $4? Indigo Blue is more opaque and to my delight, it’s also METALLIC. (Whereas Plum is matte.)

Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Indigo

Wet n Wild Mega Liner in Plum

I’m just super impressed with these and I definitely want to try the other colors in this line.

I’d give INDIGO BLUE 4 Kitteh skulls (taking one off for needing 2 layers)

And I’d give PLUM 3.5 Kitteh skulls (for needing 2-3 layers)

Wet N Wild is cruelty-free!

 

 

 

 

 

FOTD: Aug 20, 2012 (Inspired by LetzMakeup)

I not sure how my google fu led me to Letz Makeup but I am so glad it did!  What a great makeup artist and blog!  Looking back over older entries like a stalker, I was really inspired by this one: Uplifting Cat Eye Liner.  When I was trying to take some pics of my new hair color, that’s the eyelook I was sporting.  Here’s my version:

Face:

Vapour Organic Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 100

Kevyn Aucoin the Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX01

NYX blush in Mocha

Eyes:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance over lid

Urban Decay Kinky over whole lid

Urban Decay Barlust in crease and lower lashline

The Balm Mary Lou-manizer in inner corner and lower lashline

Revlon* Colorstay eyeliner in black

Urban Decay 24/7 liner in perversion in waterline

Bare Essentials Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara – upper lashes

Too Faced Lashgasm – lower lashes

Brows: Matte taupe from One Night in Morcocco palette (review of this coming soon b/c I love it)

Lips:

New York Color/NYC in Fashion Ave Fuchsia.

All in all I don’t think it came out half bad.  Next time I am going to be more bold with the liner, though and really get a crazy cat-eye going.

Yoshi says no one does a better cat-eye than he does!

* Revlon was bought before they lost their cruelty-free status

Another day, another hair dye

So lately my hair has been bordering on pastel and while that was fine and all… I was longing for some COLOR.  I was really inspired by Phyrra’s Flameshock eyeshadow look so I thought combining pinks and oranges might work.

Unfortunately the turquoise in my fringe and sides wouldn’t budge so I had to do some improvising.  I did the fringe, sides and roots with Hot Hot Pink, which turned the turquoise a lovely red-purple.  Then I used Electric Lava (a bright orange) on the ends of my hair.  The orange and pink blended together in an unexpected way giving me a bright orange-red.  I love it!

What do you think?

Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink and Electric Lava

Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink and Electric Lava

I have to say getting a good picture of these colors was HARD.  I’ve been waiting for a nice sunny day for over a week — but alas and alack, it has been raining every day.  I took these inside with a daylight bulb and flash.  I didn’t alter the colors at all on the computer — they really are this freakin’ vibrant!

Tish & Snooky’s Manic Panic is cruelty-free!

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette — review and swatches and OMG MARS CURIOSITY

I have been putting off writing this tonight because I’ve been obsessively watching NASA’s livestream of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars.  MARS, people. Frakking Mars!  It was hugely exciting and inspiring.

Science… It’s a beautiful thing.
Ok, ok, back on topic!  I recently picked up Urban Decay’s “Smoked” palette and let me tell you, it’s a winner.  I know their “Naked” palettes are hugely popular but I am just not really into earth tones.  But this? It’s… dare I say it….MARS TONES.  Ok, ok not really, I’m still just super excited. If it was based on Mars, it would be red, right?  But if I were to create a palette inspired by space, I think it would be pretty close to this one.

Pictures? I haz them:

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette.
top row: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
bottom row: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette, daylight:
top row: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
bottom row: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

Urban Decay “Smoked” palette, indoor with daylight bulb:
top row: Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
bottom row: Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

The colors are gorgeous and richly pigmented. It’s also nice to see several matte shades included (Kinky, Freestyle, Backdoor and Blackout).  The real standouts for me are Mushroom (a taupe-tinged silver with slightly warm undertones) and Asphalt (a lush metallic pewter.)  The only shadow that didn’t wow me was Blackout, which was a little patchy.  Another nice thing is that the non-matte shades are more metallic/shimmery than glittery.

It’s a really well balanced palette that has both warm and cool tones, which I think makes it extremely versatile no matter what your skin tone or skin undertone.  These colors are fierce.  Not only that, but it comes with a full sized 24/7 Pencil in “Perversion” which is amazingly smooth and inky-black.  It’s like the Spinal Tap album of black eyeliners:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Perversion

It also comes with a travel-size tube of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion which seems to be the gold standard of eyeshadow primers, though if I’m honest, it’s one that has never worked that great for me. (I prefer Too Faced Shadow Insurance though even that one will not stop the creasing of my unusually oily eyelids.)

But wait, that’s not all!  It also comes with a little booklet!  The booklet is pretty nice as it not only includes a variety of 12 different smokey eye looks, but also has a glossary of terms and techniques and examples of brushes you can use to get the best smokey eye.

Urban Decay Smoked Lookbook

Urban Decay Smoked Lookbook

Pretty handy, right?  If you’re wanting to expand your Urban Decay eyeshadow collection, I don’t think you can go wrong here.  All the shadows are beautiful an great quality.  If you love a smokey eye, again, you can’t go far wrong here.  And if you love a smokey eye but have no idea how to do one, you might find this just the trick. (Pssstt… you can also buy the booklet separately!)

All in all, I’m going to give this 4.5/5 Kitty Skulls. (Um, my new rating system, ok?)  I took off one kitty eye because the Primer Potion is pretty meh for me.

The Smoked palette can be bought at Sephora, Urban Decay and wherever Urban Decay products are sold.

Bonus: Urban Decay is Cruelty Free!

 

PS: I keep changing my layout because I can’t settle on one!  I think this one will work for now though!  And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo + Atomic Turquoise

Friends, let’s face it: my hair was way too long.  Now you may be thinking, “Umwhat? Your hair was pretty flippin’ short!” — but no, for me it was way too long.  Since I like to bleach the everlivingcrap out of my hair, having longer hair (even a short bob) is pretty much out of the question.  Thankfully I found someone locally who could give me a great haircut!

Let’s look at the photographic evidence.  I just realized most of these were taken in my car. What can I say, the lighting is great in there, ok?

Before!

Here is my hair on a better, previous day.

 

As you can see, my hair was getting pretty damaged!  I’d just washed and blow-dried it here, making zero effort into styling it because that’s how I roll.

After!

Improvement, no?  All the damage was cut off and I got my trusty, fun, easy as all get out pixie cut! Huzzah!

So of course it was time to immediately bleach the everlivingcrap out of my hair again.  sadly, the very faded blue-green didn’t want to budge, so I was limited in what I could do.  I decided to do Atomic Turquoise on the fringe and Pretty Flamingo.  Atomic Turquoise is a new favorite of mine but I had never tried Pretty Flamingo before.  Exciting!

RESULT!

The Pretty Flamingo is a warm, soft pink.  Almost a coral. Actually, it’s the exact color of a flamingo.  I like it but I admit it’s pretty unusual for me as I typically go for more vivid colors!  While I do like it a lot, when it fades, I will likely go back to my beloved Hot Hot Pink.  Or, if I can get the Atomic Turquoise to budge, might try something different altogether.  I typically do bright colors in the spring and summer and then darker ones in the winter.  I think we’ve got a few more months of summer, unfortunately.

Even still, once again Manic Panic did not disappoint!  And did you know they have 2 new colors out?  Rockabilly Blue and Voodoo Blue!  Voodoo Blue looks like a deeper shade of Atomic Turquoise to me and I can’t wait to try it!

Manic Panic can be purchased at ManicPanic.com, Sally Beauty and Amazon.com and are cruelty-free!

Re-dedication to being CF

Ricky Gervais, being awesome

The past several weeks have been a whirlwind in the beauty community, as so many once-trusted cruelty-free brand have decided to sell out their morals for a quick buck and go quietly (or loudly) off the cruelty-free lists by deciding to expand into China.

Well, good luck with that, I guess.  But it has made me even more dedicated to buying only CF beauty items and only featuring CF on this blog.  (Which means my recent Revlon purchases won’t be reviewed here, even though I bought them before the news about Revlon selling in China came out. Bugger.)

Please rest assured that any items I review here will be CF to the very best of my knowledge.  As I branch out into sampling brands from around the world, the waters get muddied a bit, but I will also do my best to find out about a companies animal testing practices before I feature them here.

I won’t be tossing out my makeup from newly-nonCF brands because for me, that would be terribly wasteful.  The money is spent already, you know?  But the least I can do is just use them up quietly and replace them with a CF product later.

If you’re as passionate as I am about this issue but don’t know where to start, I heartily recommend Leaping Bunny.

 

I love bunnies, ok?

Long time no see!

Sorry about that.  I had an inadvertent hiatus there but I am back!  I have lots of fun things to review and show you but first I wanted to discuss my thoughts about an issue that is close to a lot of our hearts:  animal testing.

The Blogosphere was rocked when recently brands like MAC, Avon and Mary Kay all went quietly off the cruelty-free lists.  After some investigation from keen bloggers, it was discovered that these brand are expanding into China, where animal testing is required (either by doing testing themselves or letting the Chinese government do testing for them, it’s not entirely clear.)  A lot of people felt betrayed by this as these were brands that have been cruelty-free for decades in some cases.

Then, cruelty-free brand Urban Decay said they were going to start selling in China and again, people were upset and felt betrayed.  I know I’m not the only one who loved that the brand’s motto was “We don’t test on animals. How could anyone?”  There was a massive uproar and this past week Urban Decay announced that they will NOT be selling in China and thus, keeping their truly cruelty-free label intact.

Well huzzah, right?  Fast forward to now, when I see that Revlon — one of the first major US brands to forgo animal testing — is no longer on the cruelty-free list.  [insert the sound of a record player needle scratching across a record here]   Exercising my google fu turned up this petition by PETA, asking Revlon to “come clean” about their policies regarding animal testing. Right, so do they or don’t they? I just don’t know anymore!

It’s all incredibly shady, isn’t it?  That we, the consumers, have to constantly be on our guard in case some cosmetics company decides to put their profits ahead of their ethics. Without telling us.

But hold on there a second, the waters are murkier than all that.  What does it mean to be truly cruelty-free anyway.  Take Burt’s Bees, which doesn’t test on animals — but is owned by Clorox, who does.  Is it better to avoid Burt’s Bees altogether so that evil Clorox doesn’t get a cent of your money?  Or is it better to buy from Burt’s Bees and show Clorox that CF is something that matters to you regardless.

What about non-cosmetics items?  I’m not talking about things like medicine etc but what about, say, deodorant?  If you buy strictly cruelty-free makeup but buy a deodorant that is nonCF, are you suddenly an evil, horrible hypocrite?  What if you’re like me and live in a really shitty, rural part of the country where your access to CF items is extremely limited? Seriously, if I want to buy CF shampoo my options are…. let’s see…. nada, unless I want to spend a LOT of money on shampoo.  Well, I could buy Burt’s Bees… but… well… you see my dilemma.

The more I research (and soul-search) the more I see this just isn’t a black and white issue for me.  It’s hard to know where to draw the line or even if a line should be drawn.  What I see is that, thankfully, attitudes regarding animal testing in cosmetics are changing. More and more people are seeing that it’s just unnecessary and cruel to make animals suffer for something so frivolous. But we still have to be diligent and let companies know what’s important to us.

So what’s it’s all mean, to me, personally? Hell, I’m still confused.  But I do know that I will do my best to feature only products from cruelty-free brands on this website.  (Though I do have a few Revlon items I wanted to blog about, bought before this whole damn fiasco started and I thought they were still fully CF. Bloody hells!)  Most of all, I think I just have to do my best to stick to my morals and ethics and not beat myself up too much that I can’t do everything all the time.  And I certainly am not going to judge anyone who feels differently.

I think this is a deeply personal issue and each person has to decide for his/herself where they stand on it.

Thinking about all of this is exhausting, isn’t it?  Let’s just all have some damn ice cream!

Now here’s a picture of a cat.