Since there is a brief lull in between seasonal releases from Solstice Scents, I recently used the opportunity to buy some products that I'd been wanting to try, and also some that were on clearance. So this is totally it until the spring release. I got my tax refund a few weeks ago so I've had a little more discretionary spending money at my disposal, so that's been nice. Consequently, I have a few more hauls to share with you in the next week or so.

Here's what I got:
Enchanted Forest Dead Sea Salt Oatmeal Milk Bath
Rosemilk Day Lotion
Exquisite Antioxidant Face Mask
Ganache in Flintlock
Whipped Soap in Flintlock
Gehenna Perfume
Perfume sample in Moonlight on the Grove


I saw Gehenna on clearance and I had to have it. I already have the glace, but this is a very powerful, intense scent, and I wanted to have more control over how much I used, so I got the perfume. It is the perfect sexy summer night scent.

I wasn't much for Moonlight on the Grove, which is pretty much straight-up jasmine. It's not bad, just a little too one dimensional for me.

I went though a week or so of wanting to smell like wood smoke, so I got some Flintlock, and all my dreams came true. G, who had initially not liked it, suddenly decided he did. Cursed Ohio weather and allergies, wreaking havoc on the poor dear's smeller!




I love these bath salts! So fresh and invigorating, extremely green smelling. This is going to sound odd, but when I first smelled it, underneath the woodsy green smell, I caught a very faint whiff of my favorite meal on the planet, Massaman curry. Thought I was going nuts, until I realized two ingredients in the salts are coconut and lemongrass! Don't let this turn you off, it doesn't actually smell like curry. I don't know why I even mention it, other than it was mildly amusing to me. Moving on...



This face mask in its dry form smells and looks similar to the oatmeal mask, except there is just a touch of cocoa, plus vanilla bean flecks! Once you add water though, it turns into this yummy chocolate cake batter consistency, good for slathering on and scaring your significant other when they least expect it. The chocolate smell is not strong, remember, this is just cocoa powder, the real thing and not some artificial chocolate-like concoction. Wonderful stuff.



This lotion is awesome! I love the rose scent (which is not overpowering) and it is light enough that I will be able to use it in summer. It soaks right in and doesn't feel greasy. It feels quite gentle and my skin has not had any unhappy reactions, which pleasantly surprised me. Plus, you get 2 ounces of face lotion for around 8 dollars, which is a steal.

That's all for today, and thanks for reading!
I almost never do these taggy tag things but I'm going to be a sport because my lovely blog buddy from Just Peachy was kind enough to think of me. So here we go...

The Rules
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves on their blog.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus eleven questions for the people you have tagged to answer.
3. Choose eleven people and link them in your tag.
4. Email the person to let them know that they’ve been tagged.
5. No tag backs.
6. You legitimately have to tag.


11 Random Facts About Me:


1. I met my BF G over ten years ago on the Counting Crows message boards (one of our all time favorite bands). We found out we lived only 50 miles apart and that got the gears turning. Everyone thought I was crazy to agree to meet him, but I don't do anything without cold, calculating contemplation and I knew I had to do it. Our first date was seven hours of wandering about an area mall, and at closing time we were pretty much an item.

2.The Myers-Brigg Personality test says I am an INFJ, of which only 1% of people are. Which explains why I rarely fit in anywhere perfectly. Not familiar with the test? It's quite insightful, and this description sums me up very nicely.

3. My real name means "one who listens". I am indeed one to stand back and observe and take things in before stepping into the fray.

4. I have some very minor manifestations of synesthesia, which means your senses get mixed up, and sounds have colors, tastes have shapes, words have sounds, etc. As a child I assigned genders and personalities to numbers and described yellow for example as a "thirsty" color, but never really thought of it as weird or unusual. I also have some sensory defensiveness, in which bright lights, loud sounds, too many people, drain my energy and are overwhelming. Certain textures of food as well, particularly raw fruits and vegetables, are just intolerable- have had that bizarre issue pretty much forever. For example, I can eat applesauce, apple butter, dried apple chips, apple fruit leather, but no raw apples. Weird, I know.

5. I've never been into sports, but I took ballet for 15 years and Hawaiian/ Tahitian dance for 10 (yes, this involved wonderfully flattering grass skirts and sequined bras.) I started when I was 3 and legend has it at my first recital I stopped dancing on stage and yelled to my mom in the audience "mom, I love it!"

6. I was raised Catholic and attended Catholic schools for 12 years, but really stopped following it in the 8th grade. I dabbled in Wicca in high school and college and now consider myself a sensitive, progressive, ethical atheist.

7.  From the 7th to 10th grades my goal in life was to be an Egyptologist. I was obsessed with all things Egypt. During the summer I was the geeky girl lounging poolside reading a book on translating hieroglyphs, or random concepts in astronomy like black holes. I still love those subjects but can't really think of them as viable sources of income. As if being a library technical assistant is, of course.

8. I'm not a party/bar person, but I have done karaoke a few times and it was pretty fantastic. I love to sing but have always treated it as this top secret thing that could never be revealed or shared. Getting over that fear even slightly was a huge, epic deal for me. I haven't done it in a while but it is on my list of things to do. I so miss the applause.

9. I'm a not-so-extreme couponer. I like nice things, but I can't stand paying full price for anything, so I am always clipping coupons for groceries, using Ebates, scouring the interwebs for codes, and combining sales/coupons for the best deals. I am not, however, one of those people that clear shelves or stockpile 150 cans of peas just because they're free. Everything in moderation, people.

10. I'm totally into the Steampunk aesthetic and love making jewelry reflecting that style.

11. I have worked in libraries my whole working life, except for the one summer in high school when I cleaned pools. Good times.

My 11 Questions For You:
1. Have you done much traveling? If so, where?
 Not as much I'd like. Went to NYC in 2008 and that was by far the best vacation ever. I really want to go back and would ideally live closer to that area.
2. What is your idea of relaxing?
Reading, walking, being outside.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start your blog?
 Started in March of 2011. Truncated explanation, blogging was a good diversion from personal life issues and a creative outlet that I'd been desperately needing.
4. Bacon?
Yes, please. I'm sorry, Wilbur. I really am. I just can't quit you.
5. Do you have a monthly makeup budget?
Not really. I just subtract all of the practical stuff like rent, groceries, and other bills from my monthly income and whatever is left I can spend how I like. I should probably put more towards an emergency fund or investing nonsense, but my income really isn't that high to begin with, and I figure I deserve to have a little fun.
6. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Somewhere sort of isolated where it's easy to get to somewhere busy and cultured. I like a little hustle and bustle, but I want to be able to get away from it easily when necessary.
7. Do you prefer to shop online or in actual stores?
Of course I buy all from all my favorite indie brands online, but things like clothes I really have to try on in person.
8. Do you do have an interesting job? Are you still in school? What is your dream job?
I'm a Library Technical Assistant. It has its pros and cons. I got my BA in English Literature in 2006. I think I always saw myself as a writer even at a very young age. When my parents once gave me a huge cardboard box to play in I turned it into a library, stocked with only my own stories. Guess that was a tip-off, huh?
There are a lot of things I'd rather be doing, such as baking, making jewelry, working with animals, hiding out in a tree house writing my memoirs. Working with the public is a little challenging (not in good ways) for me, and I do feel underutilized and unfulfilled in that area of my life.
9. How many text messages do you send in a day?
 Pretty much zero. I'm not really into texting.
10. Do you have a close relationship with your family?
 I see my nuclear family regularly, but my more extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) who we were once very close to have sort of drifted apart as I've grown up. I'm really conflicted about this and I miss them alot.
11. What is your go-to makeup brand?
 I love trying new products, so I move around alot from brand to brand. Not hard-core loyal to any one in particular.

My Questions for You:

1. Take a Myers-Brigg type assessment here. What type are you? (This takes a few minutes, but it is really helpful. There are lots of tests out there, this one is free and pretty straight-forward.) Do you think it's accurate?
2. You're on a deserted island with only three beauty products at your disposal. What are they?
3. You can only have one meal for the rest of your life (appetizer, entree, and dessert.) What is it?
4. You can listen in on the eulogies at your own funeral. What do you think people would say about you?
5. Sunrises or sunsets?
6. Who would play the starring role in a film about your life and why?
7. What was the scariest/ most challenging thing you've done in the past year?
8. If money was not an issue, what is the luxury makeup/skincare/beauty/fashion item you would like to try most?
9. Top three favorite smells? (Perfumes or real-life)
10. What colors do you wear most often? Any colors you don't like to wear?
11.  What is the earliest memory you have?

And now, my lucky victims!
(Actually, only do this if you want to. No puppies will die if you don't feel like it.)


Don't They Know Who I Am?
Vulcan Butterfly

It pours. So the saying goes. This post can also be called UGH  part 2. So I wrote in my initial "ugh" post that my mom was admitted to the hospital due to bariatric starvation in January. She was released on a "watch and see" basis, and the watching proved that she was not getting any better, in fact, getting worse. Her nutritional imbalances caused a host of fun side effects, like her legs swelling painfully and then peeling like she had suffered a nasty sun burn. And she continued to lose weight, less than 100 pounds, and it wasn't pretty. So earlier this month she went back for another week, and this time they did fit her with a feeding tube, which she only has to use at night. This is good, because she can still eat regular food too and can move around easily enough. She got out a couple weeks ago and she seems *fingers crossed* to be in better spirits and is feeling a little better.

Ah, but this is where the "ugh" part 2 comes in. My dad, I may have mentioned before, has terribly bad knees and can barely walk, and has been needing them replaced for the longest. Things just kept getting in the way: waiting for disability to be approved, mom getting sick, blah, blah, blah. This past Saturday night G and I get a call while we were out from my dad, telling me that he is in the grocery store parking lot, and can't move. He heard his leg snap as he moved to get out of the van to pick up some prescriptions for my mom, blacked out for a minute, and now it hurts excruciatingly to move. I'm pretty distressed, so we drive from 30 minutes away and find him in the parking lot. He's not going anywhere, so we go ahead and get mom's medicine and then call 911. The EMTs arrive and have to lift him from the van to a stretcher, which was also not pretty. Hearing your parent scream in pain like that...not good. At this point he only thinks he did something bad to his already ravaged knee, but once he gets inspected he's told that he's broken his femur. Getting out of the van. No falling, just moving to get out. So he's in the hospital now, and it's been determined that his bones are too weak to support a knee replacement right now, which disappoints me because I was hoping he could just get it done rather than having to go through a painful healing process twice. Anyway, they have to build him back up because he was also calcium deficient and plus the time spent on knees with no cartilage, bone-on-bone, just wore him down. He's going to be moved to a convalescent home today so he can get physical therapy. And from there...we'll see.

Mom is holding up well, considering that self-sufficiency does not come easily and she is prone to complete mental instability. Maybe this physical scare (both dad's and her own) has perhaps been a wake up call to start mending the things in her life that are broken while she can. I hope.

So, lesson for the kiddies? Try to enjoy something every day and take care of yourselves, because you just never know. That is all.
I've decided to cram about three posts worth of stuff into one post today, just because I can.

This past weekend I went for a little spa day. I got my hair cut and my eyebrows shaped, and then I colored my hair too. I go to an Aveda salon, and I always have a great time there. They really take their time and the oils and products they use smell fantastic, too.

Here's me the morning of my appointment...hair not straightened, no eye makeup.




And here's after everything:
It is launching tomorrow evening and there will be a 25% off sale as well.  Right now you can check out the site, register, and make up a wish list here. If you haven't tried BFTE yet, this is your chance! There are a ton of new items and it is much easier to navigate. Check them out!
Birchbox time again! Going to keep it short and sweet this month as I haven't tried everything yet. It was a pretty well-stocked box with some good variety, not the exact one I would have preferred, but not bad as a whole.

Here's what I got:





Another nail polish. I do like the seafoamy color. The Birchbox gods are trying to tell me something...stop biting your nails you crazy girl! The One Love Waterless Beauty Balm is way too greasy for cleansing or moisturizing for me, so I've been using it at night as a cuticle cream, and it works fine for that purpose. Smells a little like satsuma, quite pleasant. The Supergoop wipes are handy, I will use those this summer. The hair powder smells great (lavender-y) but I think I'd prefer it in a more convenient spray version. I'm not a tea person, but it was nice they included three different flavors, I may actually try them or give them to G. The Harvey Prince Ageless was my least favorite thing. It's a pink grapefruit-y scent. Oh, bad. So bad. It's a pink nightmare. It's the very incarnation of citrus scents gone terribly wrong.

Still, not a bad box. Coming up on my one year anniversary of doing Birchbox, and I'm going to stick with it. There have been some duds, but I've also tried quite a few products I've really liked, and with the Birchbox points I've accrued this year, I'll be able to get them for free soon! Definitely a great deal!

I've had my eye on The Morbid the Merrier for a while now, and finally I was presented with a deal I could not resist. I had around 12 dollars in my Paypal account from my quarterly Ebates rebate, and the Morbid the Merrier had a 30% off sale. That meant I was able to get a five piece perfume sampler and a solid perfume for about 2 dollars out of pocket. How awesome is that? I reasoned that if my experience was a fail somehow, I would not have really lost anything.

TMTM is owned and operated by one person, Lysa, and she has managed to create a really unique brand identity, a mildly creepy and macabre victorian/circus mash-up. Clowns scare me (you know, like Pennywise), but I did not let this deter me. TMTM also used to be on Etsy, but has since moved to its own site, and offers a variety of perfumes, solid scents, lip balms, and a limited supply of coordinating body products. This was one of my few initial misgivings about ordering. I love to layer my scents, so I was worried that I would love a perfume, but not have anything to match it with. My solution will likely be to order some of HoG's pumpkin butter in Aether and add the perfume to that, and voila, problem solved.

I ordered on February 14th (the sale was for Valentine's Day) and I got the notice that my order was shipping on February 24th. From the tracking, it seems like it wasn't accepted by the USPS though until February 28th, and from there it moved quite quickly. I got my order on March 1st. A tiny bit outside of the stated 7 day TAT for shipping, but 2 weeks from start to finish is not too bad.

My purchase arrived in a bubble wrap mailer and the perfumes were wrapped like a little present or cracker, along with a wonderfully unsettling business card with a hand-written thank you note from Lysa (love her handwriting and the personal touches are always appreciated).



Here's what I got:
Perfume samples in
Barnum
Cleo
Voix de Ville
Lucy
Horseman
free sample of Annabelle
Solid scent in Maximo



The sample vials are the standard ones I've encountered from Haus of Gloi and Solstice Scents, with handwritten labels. The solid scent is in a lip balm tube, which is adorable and quite convenient, but I admit I have gotten thisclose a few times to swiping that tube on my lips. I'm no expert, but I don't think that would be a good idea. When you've got a purse chock-full of lip balms and one rogue, sneaky little solid scent, best be doing some double takes first.

Having amassed a fairly considerable collection of samples from HoG and SS, I'm trying to be more discriminating with what I purchase, for my poor budget's sake! I want scents that don't smell like anything else I've tried and are unique and memorable. For the most part TMTM has succeeded with that, but there were some scents that I couldn't help but make comparisons between them and scents I've already tried. I sort of hate doing that because it implies I'm disregarding the effort the other perfumer puts into creating their scents, and that isn't my intent at all. The comparisons are certainly not always for ill. Sometimes it just boils down to personal preference, and I'm going to have to be a bit ruthless when choosing which scents make the cut.

Onto the scents! Bolded descriptions are from TMTM website.

Maximo
A complex and beautiful blend of sweet cocoa, spicy black pepper, earthy patchouli with a heart of vanilla and wood

I decided to buy this one because I was just curious about how the solid scents would work, plus I have a locket that I want to use for a jewelry project and was thinking of depotting some of the perfume into the locket. Lysa actually has a scent locket on sale on the website, which gave me the idea.
It has the texture of a lip balm (which makes it all the more treacherous!) but doesn't feel greasy upon applying. The scent is lighter than I'd expect the perfume oil counterpart to be. It doesn't have a lot of throw as a solid scent. It stays very close to the skin.

Here comes the comparisons: it smells like Solstice Scents Jack and the Devil minus the pumpkin, with cocoa added. Hold the tobacco. Okay, so that makes them two entirely different scents, but there are some general similarities: woodsy, somewhat sweet/foody, patchouli-ish. Different enough that I would try this as a regular perfume, it was a touch maddening trying to apply enough to actually smell it properly, because it smells quite nice.

Cleo
black berries, sweet spices, pale musks, and dark woods.

Unfortunately a little forgettable. It's sort of like Solstice Scents' Thornwood Thicket  but it ends up smelling a bit muddled, like it's not quite sure what it wants to be. It's not bad or unpleasant per se, I've just seen the dark berry/incense/woods concept expressed more clearly.

Barnum
My tribute to the man himself. This is what I imagine a great showman like PT would smell like! A refined and dangerous blend of tobacco, musks, woods, and earth. Sensual, sexy, dark, but slightly sweet.

Ok, NOW we're getting somewhere! This is tres sexy, but not for me. I've instructed G to  wear this scent for my amusement and pleasure, and he has kindly agreed (as if he had a choice!). It's a sweet breath of fresh air, but musky and a little dark too. Just lovely. It would smell nice on me, but I think this is just G's scent. It has great throw. I opened the vial, took a whiff, and after closing it the scent still hung in the air around me.

Voix de Ville
Succulent, juicy, ripe red apple soothed and darkened by black fruit, decadent florals and sensuous green.

To me this is a simple, inoffensive scent highly reminiscent of the Country Apple scent that I used to buy at Bath and Body Works in high school. It's crisp and fresh, with just a touch of something earthy and green at the end. I don't really get anything dark or floral from it. Nice but not a necessity for me.

Annabelle
Very complex, but with key notes of buttery carnation, rich honey, and a bite of clove. Smoky and sweet.

This was my free sample so I tried it having no idea what the scent notes were. I was so proud of myself because I was able to identify two of the main notes immediately. I thought to myself "huh, this smells sort of like HoG's Honey Tree, just not as intense."  I also smelled clove, which warmed it up nicely. I think I was most excited about this scent because I was able to pick out the notes and suddenly felt like I was actually starting to get this crazy perfume business. I looked it up and identified the missing ingredient, carnation. Carnation is a funny flower to me; it just makes me feel a little melancholy. But I think the warm and spicy clove elevated it from being totally depressing to just a slight emotional owie. It is precariously close to approaching the edge of mildly cloying, but this was actually one of my favorites, and one of the most distinctive scents I tried.

Horseman
Fiery jack-o-lanterns, black leather boots, temple incense, and the edge of a dark Autumn wood. Opens sweet, almost caramel-foody, but after only a few minutes on the skin, it darkens dramatically, almost changing into a different scent altogether.

This one smells strikingly similar to Solstice Scents'  Black Leather, Red Lace. Keep in mind that I did not like Black Leather, Red Lace when I initially tried it. I liked Horseman. It was smoother and creamier, the leather note less sharp and in-your-face. I didn't get a caramel-foody smell, but it had the same sort of vanilla component that I recalled from BLRL. It was how I'd hoped BLRL would smell. So I pulled out that vial to compare them, and lo and behold, I suddenly liked BLRL a LOT more than I did before! I had given it a little time to age and meld and it had turned into a much better scent. I wore Horseman on one arm and BLRL on the other and they do smell quite alike, and both, very nice.

Lucy
White-out! A melange of white, white, white. White musk, white sandal, vanilla bean, indian white amber and white pepper. But don't worry. I've added enough black to keep it interesting. :-)

I will not make a lame joke about loving Lucy. But I do. I really do. Lucy is a complex gal, lots of white (I love white musk especially) but with this creamy, spicy kick which is unexpected but totally welcome and distinctive. I bought this on a whim because I felt I should get a variety of scents and not choose all of them from the same scent family, so to speak, and of course it ends up being my favorite!


So, anything I'd change? I guess ideally I wish some of the scents had more descriptions. It's hard imagining what scents smell like, and while some of the scents contained more evocative explanations, some just include the scent notes and are a little vague. If a scent lists woods or musk as a note, I'm going to wonder "what kind of wood, what kind of musk?" I am quite fond of the verbiage and I like reading lengthy descriptions that really illustrate the story behind the scent. Not that I expect perfumers to be creative writers as well. I'm sure lots of people appreciate straight-forward and to-the-point, but for me, the more information I can devour, the happier a camper I am. Still, simply a matter of taste, and it doesn't turn me off from repurchasing; just makes it more of a mystery!

And the final verdict? I will definitely try The Morbid the Merrier again. I want Lucy in full size for me and Barnum for G, and I'd like to try some more samples and the lip balms as well, those sound divine!

Have you tried The Morbid the Merrier? What did you think?







I forgot I even had this post saved. It's been in my drafts folder for months. See, I got a new camera for Christmas and I've been working with it and seeing how to get the best shots possible. It's a Canon Powershot A3300, not a fancy camera, but it does have a lot of neat settings. It's been a little overwhelming trying to determine just the right combination for my macro eye shots in particular, which is probably why you notice my posts contain a random hodgepodge of pictures with flash/without flash, a variety of poses, backgrounds, lighting, etc. I so admire the bloggers who manage to have the exact same pose or format for their pictures and they always look great. That consistency confounds me!

There are good things about my new camera, but one of the downsides is that the flash is way too bright, and if I get too close to my eye, it totally whites out. With my old camera, I could use the flash really close up and while it didn't capture the detail or the saturation of the colors well, it did capture sparkle and shimmer. My Powershot gets lots of detail, but without the flash the colors look flat. Sigh. I've even resorted to covering the flash with a piece of coffee filter, so some light comes out but not the full blast, and that helps a little at times. Still, it's a battle. I'm starting to think I'm just a sucky photographer! I don't know why I'm so obsessive about it, just one of my many quirks I guess.

Anyway, here are some eye looks that I had filed away here. I won't try to list all the colors because I don't really remember, sorry! They aren't totally awful, just not exactly what I'd hoped. What do you think? Anyone want to share their techniques for taking good photos? Settings, lighting, etc? Especially if you have a basic point and shoot like mine!




I did this look last week with some shades I got from my recent Fyrinnae order, and I'm wearing it again today for St. Patrick's Day.

Lid: Aztec Gold
Crease: Envy Me
Highlight: In the Spotlight
Inner Corner: a tiny bit of We're All Mad Here
Liner: Lucky Charmed (ha, how apt!)
Blush in Enchant
lips: Jouer lip gloss in Birchbox Pink



However, when I started this look Aztec Gold would NOT cooperate with me. It's one of those colors that seem to be layered, with a base and then a different color on top. Aztec Gold has a really green base, like Kermit the frog green, but the color as a whole is a gorgeous antiqued greenish gold. And I couldn't get this color to apply without losing that top burnished gold layer and just looking totally green and a little patchy. I was thinking I wanted a more gold/green look and it was just not going in that direction. I thought to myself "Huh, I look like the bloody Swamp Thing." So instead of fighting it, I just went with a super green look, and it turned out okay.




Actually, the version of it I did today turned out better (no time for pictures today). I may do it again because I sort of like this look. The only thing I did differently was use the tiniest amount of Pixie Epoxy and I patted the color on with almost absurd delicacy so as to not disturb the layers.

And here's a closeup:



That's all for today. Hope you all have a great St. Patrick's Day!


It has been several months since I've purchased from Fyrinnae so I decided to remedy that recently. I've been on a more neutral kick lately so I decided to focus on those.

Here's what I got:

Top Left to Right: Lucky Charmed (free sample), Knickers in a Twist, Aztec Gold, Book of the Dead
Middle L-R: Herbivore, Envy Me, Orangutan, Kurisumasu!
Bottom: Enchant Blush
 
And some swatches, swatched over Pixie Epoxy, first with no flash, then with flash:

Herbivore, Envy Me, Knickers in a Twist, Book of the Dead





Orangutan, Kurisumasu! , Aztec Gold, Lucky Charmed




My favorites so far are Orangutan, Book of the Dead, Kurisumasu! and Lucky Charmed, which I already have 2 samples of, but I can never have enough. It is one of my all-time favorites. Enchant looks shockingly Day-Glo peachy pink, but actually rubs down to a pretty flattering color. You just need the tiniest speck for a nice glow.

I was bored a few days ago and decided to test out the Eye Rock eyeliner stickers that I got in my Birchbox last month. As stated in the title, Liber Vix has nixed them, for several reasons:
1. Too dramatic for daily use. I wore the most basic style and it still felt over the top. They might be fun for a costume or to wear for a very brief time period, or with a darker eye look so the liner blends in more seamlessly, but totally not for everyday.
2. Stickers are too tricky to stick on and keep stuck, defeating the ease-of-use purpose. They started peeling up from the ends almost immediately and looked pretty lame.
3. The black color of the liner is not dark enough to pass as real liner. It looks like grey/black ink printed on paper, which is what it is, but I wouldn't want others to know that.
4. It felt weird and my eyes started watering soon after applying. I was able to keep them on for about twenty minutes and then I had to take them off.

One plus: They did remove easily and in one piece, and did not disturb the rest of my makeup or leave any residue. This of course may be due to only having worn them for a few minutes.

So, for me the cons definitely outweigh the pros. I would rather take my chances with regular liner than use these. At least I can wear waterproof liner, I'm not sure what would happen if these got cried or rained on.

Following are some pictures of them on. I figured since I looked pretty ridiculous anyway, I may as well go all out and wear the most out-there color I received from my recent Morgana Cryptoria order, Witches Brew.

I'm sure there are people who could pull these off, I just don't think I'm one of them.

The eye shadows are Kurisumasu! and Knickers in a Twist.





After taking those silly things off I put on my Fire Sparks lip gloss from Morgana Cryptoria and felt much, much better.




This Solstice Scents haul is mostly scent repeats for me. When Nightgown was restocked I stalked the site like a ravenous mountain puma and a few other items just happened to fall into my cart as well. There was a sale going on at the time, so I got a Whipped Soap in Outpost (OMG, I'm really loving this scent right now...cold forest, wood smoke, a touch of sweetness, ahhhh), a full size of Spellbound Woods, a Botanical Toner for Oily or Troubled Skin, and a sample of Lace Draped Spectre perfume. Today I'm just going to talk about the two items that are new to me, Lace Draped Spectre and the Botanical Toner.  Okay, most of this has really nothing to do with the actual products, but rather, how they make me feel and what they remind me of personally, so, be forewarned. Liber Vix occasionally likes to wax poetical about her smell-wells, in case you hadn't noticed.
Today I'm going to share my thoughts on my recent order from Morgana Cryptoria. (You know, in my English classes a million years ago the teachers told us to never start an article or report by telling the reader what you are going to discuss. Well, you could say I'm a rebel, but really some days I just can't be arsed to write some witty intro.) Anyway, this was just my second order, and I must say I liked it more than my first order. That order had just consisted of several lip balms (which have since been discontinued), and while I really liked the colors I got, they were a bit too dry and tricky for me to apply well. I thought I would have better luck with the newer lip glosses and gel lipsticks, and I finally got around to placing an order on January 22. I received it on February 13th, well within the stated TAT, which at the time of my order was 15-20 business days. It's a little longer than I'm used to waiting for indie orders, but this order proved to me that the wait was well worth it!
It feels that way sometimes. Like the space between then and now is a string that could be folded in on itself, and I could walk across as easily as crossing a room. But it's not that simple. Things have changed, in little ways. I've grown, in little ways. Perhaps not observable to most. But I've always observed my surroundings, myself, the string between then and now, with a piercing gaze, wondering why. Wondering what keeps me here. I know why I came here first, a year ago. I wanted to escape, to dive into something separate from myself yet wholly myself, to find something to be excited about, immerse myself in, a place in which to heal, and move on.
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