Friday, January 10, 2014
I've received a few messages over the months about where I am, and how I'm doing, and why I don't blog anymore. I really appreciate those messages (but will refrain from listing names to protect their privacy) and I feel like I owe everyone who might stumble upon this an explanation.
I stopped blogging last year for a multitude of reasons. First, and most basic, was that I was too busy with work and other hobbies to continue writing regularly enough. I had cut back how much makeup I was buying. Since then, my makeup artist business has flourished and grown, and I was putting more focus into that and what to buy for my kit versus buying personal items for review.
Second, the blogging network, or community, is not the same as it once was. I saw the changes happening years ago and now the community has morphed into a system of whoever has the most money and the most sponsorship gets the gold. I was never interested in monetizing or getting free products, and I watched my readership and comments go steadily downward over the last few months that I blogged. It's disheartening when you put so much work into something and it feels like no one is listening. I've talked to other friends that blog, and they said they noticed a steep decline as well, so it wasn't just me. The big bloggers and Youtubers who have the sponsorship get the majority of the attention, even if a smaller blogger has more knowledge and better reviews, for example.
To piggy back off of that, and the truthful and final reason for my departure -- I got into a very scary situation with a group of really hateful people that made me have to turn everything off and go dark for a while. To make a long, personal story short, I "pissed off" a company owner who was well known in the community, who also happened to have quite a posse of women behind her at the time. I didn't do anything wrong (I've come to terms with that), but whatever I did, she latched onto me and wouldn't let go. She found out, through someone on my Facebook that was feeding her information, where I worked, where I lived, who my husband was and what other sites I had in my free time. She began stalking me. I was receiving hang up phone calls at work, sometimes with female laughter on the other end. I have screencaps of her threatening to call my boss to tell him that I was doing something online that could have made me lose my job (I can't say the details because I no longer state what I do or who I work for.) She spread lies and rumors about me within the community. I was getting threatening emails and horrible personal messages on Facebook. She even found an OLD Photobucket account of photos of me and my now ex-boyfriend and plastered them on the internet.
The final straw was when I received a screencap showing my husband's job position, full name, and where he worked including their address. Unfortunately he was searchable on Google once she had his name, because of his position within the company he worked for (he was public on many of their networking pages, such as LinkedIn.) I turned off my Facebook for a few weeks and "went dark", so to speak. I had a few close friends that were monitoring the situation and I had also told my husband to be aware at work. She eventually moved on to bothering someone else, but that still didn't change how I felt... how absolutely betrayed and scared the situation had left me. You can only protect yourself on the internet so much, but the lengths that this woman went to were terrifying.
So, here we are. I won't shut down the blog because it's here as a body of my work and I do still get a lot of hits on my lipstick and palette swatches. You just won't see any new content from me.
Thank you all for the support you've given me over the years, and your concern at my disappearance. I really do appreciate it. If you would like to follow my makeup artist work, please send me an email at turtle beauty at yahoo dot com, and I will give you information on how you can do that. I don't feel comfortable posting it publicly here, unfortunately.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
First up is the Take on the Day eyeshadow primer. This was $4.99 (there are $1 off coupons on the display at the moment as well, so keep that in mind... I only paid $3.99).
The ingredients list is quite long and does include Talc, but there does not appear to be any alcohol in the formula. I've only done limited testing of this product and it will take weeks for me to fully test it, but so far I can say that it works just as well if not better than Too Faced Shadow Insurance for me. The texture is quite runny, so one small complaint I have is that a lot tends to come out of the squeeze tube when you use it. It has a slightly tacky quality even after drying and I feel that it works very well for the price. This will definitely be going in my kit once I buy a second one.
A new line of lipsticks were also released with this collection, called Perfect Pout Lipcolor, and I picked up one color just to try them out. They appeared to be quite similar to the Megalast lipsticks in style and color, so I wasn't too bothered. I believe this was $2.99, but it could have been a dollar more at $3.99.
The packaging is admittedly pretty tacky and cheap, but honestly appropriate for Wet n Wild and Fergie teaming up. I don't mean that in a bad way, but it's not luxe packaging. The lipstick itself has that squared/rounded tip, just like the Megalast lipsticks. This color is Di-Vinely Chilled and is a beautiful shimmering burgundy. I did find this color to be a little drying, and I figured it was because of the sparkle. It did have decent lasting power on me, approximately 4 or 5 hours, but was mostly gone after eating. The little bits of shimmer didn't go everywhere though, which I appreciated.
Here is a swatch of Di-Vinely Chilled on my arm, along with a pink eyeshadow from a Sleek palette swatched on the left with no primer/ on bare skin, and on the right over the Take on the Day primer. You can see the vibrancy and payoff difference between the two.
And here is Di-Vinely Chilled on the lips. This was two solid coats.
Last, but not least, my personal favorite item from this collection: the To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rosé Champagne Glow. This was $4.99 and is literally HUGE:
It easily dwarfs my hand. Onto what everyone really wants, a closeup of the marbling:
This particular shade has swirls of champagne, pink, gold and a burgundy tone. I would say this is more of a highlighter for light to medium skintones, and a very pale pink blush on fair skintones. It imparts the most beautiful glow, seriously. I absolutely love this and think it's a competitor for Mac's mineralize skinfinishes.
I can't really capture it, but there you go.
That's all I have for now from the new collection, and I don't think I'm getting anything else. See anything you like? What have you already gotten from this?
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The set can be purchased here: http://shanycosmetics.com/All-Shany-Products/Eyeliner-Gel-Set.html
The current price is $30 but any other time I've checked the item, it's been listed at $20. The prices fluctuate quite a lot on this site so I would recommend monitoring it for a few days before buying. The net weight of all the product in the jars is 5g. For reference, a Mac Fluidline is 3g. Thus, the pots are small and you don't get much product, but these are also inexpensive and hopefully will not dry out before you are able to use one up. As I stated in the other post, our items arrived really fast from this company.
The set comes housed in a nice box, with a plastic tray holding the eyeliners that slides out as such:
This packaging in particular is quite sturdy, I may keep them stored in this, I haven't decided yet. The jars are plastic with square clicking caps, and a plastic insert to keep the product from drying out.
I intend to use these mostly as cream eyeshadow bases. All of the colors are pigmented, though some had streaking issues. I think when using them as an eyeliner you'd have better luck over primer and eyeshadow than just how I've shown them here on my arm.
01 is a burnt orange/russet brown. Love this.
02 is a medium bright blue and had some minor patchiness issues.
03 is an aqua, again with a little streaking.
04 is a pea/olive green, really unique and opaque.
05 is a medium grey, very pigmented.
06 is a darker, close to navy blue. This was the only disappointing color. It's way different than it appears in the jar and is patchy.
07 is a periwinkle grey blue, really lovely. Little streaky on the eyeliner application.
08 is your bog standard matte black. Very pigmented.
09 is a classic vibrant orange. Very pigmented.
10 is a beautiful plum and again very opaque and smooth.
11 is a lavender-lilac. Another unique shade and surprisingly smooth and opaque for a purple.
12 is a deeper olive green, good pigmentation.
Overall I think that this is an excellent value for the cost. At $20, you are paying less than $2 per pot. While these are similar to the generic ebay liners, I feel like there are a few unique colors in here. I would have liked to see a white, solely because it would make a great base.
Set 1 is sold here: http://shanycosmetics.com/All-Shany-Products/Smooch-Collection-Lipstick-Set-1.html
Set 2 is sold here: http://shanycosmetics.com/All-Shany-Products/Smooch-Collection-Lipstick-Set-2.html
The price listed at the time of writing this post is $18 for each set, or you can bundle both sets and save 20%, bringing the price down to $32.40 (my husband said he paid $12 each for them). The box says "10gx6pcs" for weight, a Mac lipstick is 3g for reference. When I ordered from the company and when my husband did, we both received our items EXTREMELY fast.
The lipsticks come in a cardboard box as such:
The top pulls off to reveal the lipsticks with their gold cap facing up:
Since opening these, I have flipped the lipsticks over so that the number and color face upward, as I also find it easier to take them out. Unfortunately, the packaging is quite cheap (which is to be expected) and the gold tops pop off constantly.
The tube is a long and slender matte black finish with Shany Cosmetics on the cap, and the color and number on the bottom sticker.
The lipstick itself is a narrow twist up style, similar to the Mac Sheen Supremes only much narrower.
The texture of the lipstick is slightly dry, but I wouldn't say it's drying. It's got a soft texture and a slight balmy quality. I would say they are similar to the Wet n Wild Mega Last lipsticks in feel, though those are a little more pigmented.
Swatches of Set 1:
My favorites in this set are 02 and 04. I grabbed a couple of Mac lipsticks to do a quick comparison:
Morange is lighter and more yellow toned in comparison to Shany 05.
Shany 02 is really nothing like any of these but it seemed like it might be in the tube!
Swatches of Set 02 (I messed up the numbers on this, 07 =01, 08=02 and so on):
Set 02 is similar to Set 01, I don't think you need both. The pinky coral (05) in this set is really lovely, and so is the fuchsia, 02.
Overall, for the price, I think these are a great deal, especially for a makeup artist or someone starting to build their collection. I do think that the packaging needs work, but you could easily melt these into a lipstick palette or just superglue the gold caps down.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I have to start off by saying that I am not a physician and you should not take anything I say here as concrete medical advice. Always consult with a physician before you begin any new or radical changes in your medications or skincare routine. I have seen a dermatologist and an allergist now, so I would highly recommend that if you suffer from allergies and skin conditions like I do, consult a doctor as they will be able to tell you what you need more than I can.
I consulted an allergist last week because I've had off and on allergies for most of my life. They usually involved skin and sinus reactions, but more recently I've had a few anaphylaxis reactions and it scared me into consulting an allergist. I had extensive testing done, including a scratch test involving approximately 90 pricks to my skin. But that's a story for another day.
ALLEGRA/ZYRTEC/CLARITIN: These are basic anti-histamine, Fexofenadrine based, daily pills. They are available over the counter now and the price will vary depending on where you purchase. Allegra and Claritin are 24-hour doses, but the Zyrtec is labeled as 12-hour, so keep that in mind. As this is over the counter, you do not need a prescription (this is in the United States but I'm sure the rest of the world has similar products) BUT you will want to talk to a doctor about the differences and what will work best for you. I take Allegra but my brother takes Zyrtec. I get mine from Costco for around $31 for 90 pills (a 3 month supply). This helps with day to day allergic reactions: coughing, sneezing, sinus congestion, headache, and can also help with physical reactions such as anaphylaxis and dry skin.
SINGULAIR/MONTELUKAST: Montelukast is generic Singulair. This is available only by a prescription from a physician. This works in conjunction with Allegra or Claritin to further help alleviate allergy symptoms. If you have occasional seasonal allergies, your doctor probably will not prescribe this to you. I actually have not started taking mine yet, so I cannot tell you of any side effects or how I feel about the medication. It is just what I was prescribed. (Price will vary depending on insurance and where you purchase it. I got mine from Costco for $27.49, 30 day supply. It was the cheapest place by far.)
VENTOLIN/ANY INHALER: I was given an inhaler due to my throat and chest tightening reactions from an unknown allergen. Many people with asthma also have allergies, and the asthma is a symptom of the allergic reaction. If you have EVER had the sensation of your throat tightening, chest constricting, or had difficulty breathing, you'll want to see an allergist and talk to them about carrying an inhaler. Keep in mind that just because the reaction wasn't severe initially, over time you can have more and more severe reactions to allergens, which can eventually lead to an emergency room visit or even a fatal reaction if you can't react fast enough. (My Ventolin inhaler was $40 with insurance coverage.)
Your doctor may also prescribe you an Epipen for serious allergic reactions. If during the allergy scratch test, you react severely at all, or if you've ever had an anaphylaxsis reaction, be prepared to receive a suggestion to carry one of these on you. They are incredibly pricey for most people, and I actually have not gotten one yet because of the price. The base price is $250.00. I won't go into too much about these, but I just wanted people to have the information.
DOVE NUTRIUM MOISTURE BODY WASH - SENSITIVE: I just started using this about 2 weeks ago and I love it so far! In addition to being alcohol and sulfate free, it's also fragrance and dye free. It has some good things it in for your skin (coconut oil is one, if I recall correctly) and I've already noticed an improvement over using the crappy, super smelly Caress body washes. As this doesn't have sulfates, it doesn't lather and it more like a creamy lotion. I'm used to it, so it doesn't bother me at all. **I'm reading some reviews saying that this isn't fragrance free, but I do not have 'fragrance' listed on my bottle, so I'm not sure.** (This was around $9 for a large bottle.) NOTE ADDED 12/13/2012: I've looked at my bottle and realized that glycerin is the second ingredient in this, while it says 'soap-free'. It also has 'fragrance' yet says unscented on my bottle. I am contacting Dove's customer service and will update this ASAP.
EUCERIN CALMING BODY WASH OIL: This is another new purchase and as I've only used it once, I can't say much about it yet. It's definitely an oil consistency, which makes it a little strange to use, but it does "soap" up once you begin to rub it into your skin. On the ingredients, there is something that contains 'sulfate' on some listings online but my bottle doesn't say that, so I am concerned over what exactly this contains! I will also add that it smells funny... not in a slightly bad way, but bordering on a REALLY bad way. I'll get through it, but I'm not a big fan. (This was around $8.)
- Random tip: Carry a small bottle of soap with you in your handbag if you do tend to have sensitive skin. Once you've found a soap that works for you, this is really helpful when you're in a public bathroom. I find that many generic soaps used in bathrooms irritate my hands like no other, but for some reason Bath & Body Works Soaps don't, so I keep one with me in a hand sanitizer bottle. I also have one at the sink in my office for when I use the restroom at work, so that I can wash my hands and not have to worry about the itchiness and hives that happen when I use the regular soap in the bathroom.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Friday, November 23, 2012
- Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation in Nude
- Mac MSF Natural in Light
- Maybelline SuperStay Concealer in Cream
-Mac MSF in Light Year
- Mac eyeshadow in Amber Lights
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sometimes when I get bored, I play with makeup. Don't we all? I was feeling like layering metallic red and orange over black after a post I saw from Robyn earlier. It somehow started going a little Arabic so I ran with it. I really needed false lashes for this but I'm sat around at home and can't be asked. The golds in Sleek Sunset make for a perfect highlighter, and it's what is on my cheeks and brows.
- L'Oreal Magic Lumi Face Primer
- Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation in Nude
- Mac MSF Natural in Light
- Maybelline SuperStay Concealer in Cream
-Mac MSF in Light Year
- Sleek blush in Honour
-Bourjois Smokey eyeliner in Black