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Friday, December 26

Expecting a new haul from The Conservatorie

Oh, just spent another 50 USD on makeup, 14 of it on shipping alone. Decided it's not worth waiting for the Archetype order to arrive and chose the second best option. Besides - Conservatorie was having their 20% off sale too.
I wonder, how big a parcel is 4 ounces? Anyway that's what I will be getting in a couple of weeks - 4 ounces of Caramel Light in Deluxe formula. Plus some Silica microspheres (supposedly a good primer, hiding the fine lines and for adding the glow) and Boron glow (like the name says). The one thing I did not like about the Conservatorie foundation samples was (besides their relative darkness) that the result was matte - mixing some of these shiny compounds into it might make it more to my liking.

Picked out 3 eye shadow brushes too - one can never have too much of those:
Synthetic Oval Smudger Brush
Synthetic Oval Shadow Brush
Synthetic Oval Taklon Lip Brush
couple of makeup containers TC-1 Round Matte Silver Jar - 40g
and 11 different micas + eye shadow base mix.

I tried to pick out mica blends that would be wearable without adding the eyeshadow base mix. I now hope they are just that.
18 K Gold Foil Mica

Antique Gold Mica

Brown Coco Mica
Chameleon Glitter Mica

Dark Bronze Mica

Gold Earth Mica

Salmon Interference Mica
Shimmering Nude Mica makes a wonderful sheer pink blush

Silver Black Mica - gave it away, too dark for me
Super Brilliant Mocha Mica

Xian Vistas Mica

Will do reviews on them as soon as they arrive.

(Ordered December 26, shipped January 3, expected to arrive January 13-15)
(Arrived January 13)

Tuesday, December 23

Conservatorie Honey Light, FOTD

To prove to myself that Conservatorie's Honey Light really is as orange as I claim it to be, I made a series of photos of me wearing it. The photos unfortunately do not confirm it as well as the mirror does. (Honey Light is the only one I chose in Conservatorie's Deluxe recipe - cant actually tell the difference from the Premium+ recipe).

I did not bother with primer or with applying lots of layers - it would have just gotten more intensely orange.

(just look under the eyes - orange is noticeable there but that's nothing when compared to the neck)

Do I need to add, that I absolutely hate the orange look on me? :P
Life a female version of a "Guido"...

I was truly amazed when I received these testers - on the homepage Honey looks sooo "olive" to me and IRL is such a bright orange, the feeling of disappointment is comparable to the one I had when I swatched SN Shock for the first time and found out it's bright orange (in my imagination Shock should have been pinkish golden smth and not the color of the setting sun).

I am getting a small inkling that Conservatorie's foundies are not as covering as Archetype's... bummer... they are so much more affordable. They're also full matte, lacking the beautiful glow Archetype has. That in itself should not be a very big problem - I can simply mix some shine into them, there is some talk regarding boron and silica microspheres on the forums...

It's so difficult for gals with pale skin to find the right foundation tones. Hopefully I can tweak he Caramel light into suitably white powder by adding TiO2.

Friday, December 12

Rants and ravings

It is so dark outside - continuous twilight of 5-6 hours until it gets dark again. All swatches and FOTDs look bad - it takes away all the fun in making them. I think the last time I saw the Sun happened a week ago.
See? I'm hardly overreacting...

One must either keep all the lights are on all day long or live in perpetual darkness and as this would not be bad in itself - all the bloody shops you happen to drop in play the same damn cheesy Christmas songs over and over again. I would very much like to sneak in a shop and secretly change the playlist: Bob Rivers' interpretation of Christmas songs would considerably improve the overall ambient, IHMO:
"The restroom door said gentlemen..."
"Carol of the Bartenders"
We Wish You Weren't Living With Us"

Later addition: it's February now...
The Chinese new year event left the park Kadriorg so slippery (thousands came to the festivities, trampled the snow into ice) that my dog keeps on falling on his ass.
They left pretty ice sculptures behind though:

Wednesday, December 10

Huulepulgad ja läiked

Kust leida odavat, hästi pigmenteeritud ja kauapüsivat huuleläiget?
Vaja oleks oranži ning sellist loomulikku lillakasroosat.

Enamus poes müüdavatest odavama hinnaklassi omadest haisevad mingi jubeda keemia järele ja Joik ju oranži ei tee. Kui veidi täpsustada, siis - ega Joik tugevalt pigmenteeritud huuleläikeid ka ei tee... ei püsi kuigi kaua peal.
Here's a swatch of Joik's lipgloss:

Hilisem lisandus:

Fyrinnae'l on üle 20 USD tellimustele free shipping ja neil on oranž huuleläige Hair Dye täitsa olemas: osta või mitte osta? Review'd on kaunikesti seinast seina nende lippie'de osas... üks lippie oleks 4,5 USD.

Veel hilisem lisandus:

Tuleb leida kusagilt suvaline odav hügieeniline huulepulk/huuleläige, see korraks pigmendi sisse kasta ja huultele mätsida... nii raske see siis oligi.
Fyrinnae omad jäävad seekord ostmata.

Nn to buy lipsticks - just take the hygienic one you possibly already have, dip it into the appropriate pigment (you probably have some blushes) and voila! there's your lisptick. Same goes for lipgloss.