Haus of Gloi – Indie Fragrances & Body Products

The last couple of months, I’ve been lurking around Reddit’s beauty subs, mostly Makeup Addiction and Indie Makeup and More. It turns out there is a whole world of independent makeup and fragrance companies that sell their own creations online at pretty affordable prices! It is really interesting. Although I am planning on purchasing some indie makeup (I’ve gotten a start with ColourPop and looking into purchasing from Fyrinnae and Shiro Cosmetics as well), I went ahead and ordered some fragrance and body products from Haus of Gloi, an independent vegan shop based in Gresham, Oregan.

My order - it came packed in tissue paper (and newsprint) and included a handwritten note and a piece of Asian candy.

My order – it came packed in tissue paper (and newsprint) and included a handwritten note and a piece of Asian candy.

Along with perfume oils, the Haus also produces soaps, scrubs, hair oil and body lotions. They have a catalog of year-round scents, as well as limited edition seasonal scents. Although it would seem counter-intuitive to order scented products online without the chance to smell them first, most indie shops including the Haus offer sample sizes so you can essentially “try before you buy” without making quite a financial commitment. For my initial order, I got four perfume oil samples and a bubbling scrub sample, all from the general catalog. With my order, I also received a free perfume oil sample of an autumn seasonal scent! With shipping, my entire order came out to about $13.00.

The perfume oils came packaged in a small linen pouch.

The perfume oils came packaged in a small linen pouch.

Apothecary

Old books, bubbling concoctions, herbs and creaking floor boards! A pure essential oil blend of: Lemongrass, rosemary, blood cedar, sweet basil, lavender and the tiniest drop of vetiver.

On first smell in the vial, it comes off as very sharp, medicinal and herbal. On the skin, it mellows out a bit and loses it’s sharpness but it smells exactly what you’d think an apothecary would smell like. It comes off a little bit soapy as well, so I think it would make a good bath product. About three hours after I put it on, it faded quite a bit and smelled more herbal rather than medicinal. Another three hours later and I couldn’t smell it at all, it had totally faded.

Cozy Sweater

Pale skin musk, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, softly burning nag champa incense and a fine aged vanilla.

It really does remind me of a soft cashmere sweater. The nag champa incense is most prominent in this, it what I can smell first in the bottle and on my skin. It has better sillage, but I don’t think it’s too strong. On the dry down, I can still pick out the incense but it’s mixed well with the other notes and just is a nice perfume-y scent that is indeterminable.

The longer it wears, the muskier it smells. Smells like a vintage oriental fragrance. Definitely one for the cooler months (which won’t be happening here for awhile). About eight hours after I initially put it on, it’s faded a lot and smells a bit more powdery. I couldn’t smell the nag champa or musk at all.

Insalata Nocturna

Italian lemon, rubbed tomato leaf, olive leaf, black fig syrup and basil.

In the vial, it smells earthy and herbal, like gardening in wet soil (in a good way). I can really pick out the basil and tomato leaves. On the skin, it smells totally different! The herbal and earthy notes totally disappate into a soft, almost powdery perfume where I can’t really pick out any specific notes. It smells really nice and it was quite surprising. Although the description of this seemed a little too earthy and foodie, it’s actually quite pleasant. Sits very close to the skin, not much sillage.

Vice

Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts and blanketed in black chocolate.

In the vial, all I could smell was chocolate and something sort of caramel-y. On the skin, I could catch the Turkish coffee, graham cracker (I think that was the caramel note I was sensing) and only a little bit of chocolate. On the dry down, it’s just chocolate, I can’t smell anything else. I think I would like this better as a bath product rather than a perfume. In general, I just don’t like the smell of chocolate on my skin. However, on a second wear I could pick out more caramel notes, the chocolate didn’t seem so heavy and I liked it a lot more.

Pumpkin Queen (my free sample! This is a seasonal fragrance only available for Autumn)

Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.
In the vial and initially on the skin, it smells very creamy, warm and cinnamony. It’s quite strong, but not over powering. I was able to smell it on myself all morning. A few hours later, it faded a bit and lost some of the cinnamon. It smelled a littler muskier, but still had a sweetness and creaminess in the background. It’s very much a straightforward fall scent, in a good way and makes me wish that San Antonio had real fall weather!
This was such a unique product! And smelled OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS.

This was such a unique product! And smelled OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS.

Mango Sticky Rice Bubbling Scrub

Sweet mango, coconut infused rice and toasted sesame
Our soft bubbling scrub is made from scratch and never a base! A delightfully scrubby and lightly foaming confection.Our foaming base is whipped until it produces soft peaks, similar to that of whipped cream. A blend of two sugars is then folded in, both fine and medium grain for  fantastic scrubbing and polish it off with a heaping scoop of shea butter to leave you cleansed and smooth but never dried out. We use Optiphen, a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative system. 100% vegan, always.
In the jar was OMG LOVE. It smells warm and toasty, and I can totally pick out the rice, with the sweet mango in the background. Knowing what the notes are (rice and mango, duh) it totally smells like the real thing, but I think it’s blended well enough that it could be a wonderful perfume without people thinking you smell like dessert.
As a scrub, it had a really interesting texture. Sort of spongy and thick, it’s foams up nicely and the sugars are really nice exfoliators. I prefer sugar scrubs because the sugar dissolves as you work it in and it won’t leave your tub gritty. My only complaint about this product is that the wonderful scent doesn’t stay on my skin after the shower. I would definitely purchase in every available product! It really smells so good.
Close up of the scrub after I used it once. It came to me completely filled to the top.

Close up of the scrub after I used it once. It came to me completely filled to the top.

I am so excited to have discovered this company! I’m looking forward to trying more of their scents and products, especially the seasonal scents. They seem to have a pretty big following, even though it’s just a two-person team handling all aspects of the operation. This is definitely a company you can feel good about buying from.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show X MAC – Let’s do the Time Warp!

UGH, no one is allowed to put out any more makeup collections themed around my favorite movies because apparently I want them all!

Special cardboard packaging with The Lips.

Special cardboard packaging with The Lips.

There's even pictures on the inside of the box!

There’s even pictures on the inside of the box!

For the Halloween season, MAC teamed up with The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the cultiest cult film ever. I remember my parents letting me watch this with them when I was about nine years old. Looking back, OMG I can’t believe they let me. It’s pretty raunchy but obviously all of that went over my head. I do remember them telling me about how people go to midnight showings, dressed as the characters and throw toast and other things. After being a fan of the film for years, I went to my first shadow-cast performance at the Alamo Drafthouse with a group of friends a few years ago and it really is so much fun. I think this MAC collaboration is the perfect way to commemorate the film’s 40th anniversary!

Riff Raff eyeshadow palette, Strange Journey and Oblivion lipsticks and Crazed Imagination blush

Riff Raff eyeshadow palette, Strange Journey and Oblivion lipsticks and Crazed Imagination blush

The collection is pretty extensive and unfortunately, a good chunk of it is already sold out. I purchased a few pieces online when it premiered a few days ago and that’s what I have to show you here. The entire collection can be viewed at MAC’s website and it also available to purchase at MAC stores (but not the department store counters).

Riff Raff eyeshadow palette, Strange Journey and Oblivion lipsticks and Crazed Imagination blush

Riff Raff eyeshadow palette, Strange Journey and Oblivion lipsticks and Crazed Imagination blush

The Riff Raff eyeshadow palette includes six eyeshadows. On the left side there is Oh Rocky!!! (deep silver Veluxe Pearl), Blackberry (muted burgundy plum brown, Matte) and Heavy, Black and Pendulous (grayish blue with pearl, Frost). On the right side, Crystal (violet duochrome with pearl, Frost), Graphic Style (deep silver, Veluxe Pearl) and Carbon (intense black, Carbon).

Lipsticks include Strange Journey (yellowish brick red, Matte) and Oblivion (vivid blush red, Amplified). I really wanted Frank N Furter, but it wasn’t available until several hours after the collection premiered online so by the time I logged back in, it was already sold out. However, I really like the two I was able to snag.

The blush is Crazed Imagination, (muted plum with hint of pink pearl, Sheertone Shimmer). This blush was quite a pleasant surprise. It’s not nearly as pigmented as it appears in the pan, so there is no worry about over applying. It’s a very pretty color that would work across skintones.

Don't dream it, be it

Don’t dream it, be it

This was SO FUN TO PLAY WITH. The muted, dirty tones of the face and eye products, compared with the vividness of the red lips totally captures the look of the film.

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So I was trying to pose in the spirit of the film, but I really felt like this instead:

WEEEEE!!!! I <3 THIS!!!!

WEEEEE!!!! I <3 THIS!!!!

This has also totally inspired me to dress up as Magenta for Halloween!

Columbia and Magenta with Dr. Frank N. Furter

Columbia and Magenta with Dr. Frank N. Furter

Pulp Fiction x Urban Decay featuring Mrs. Mia Wallace!

I’m back! I took some time off to pack up all of my things and move into a new apartment, so it’s been a process to say the least.

Anyway, during that time Urban Decay announced and released a limited time collection celebrating the 20th(!) anniversary of the iconic film Pulp Fiction, specifically to mimic the look of Mrs. Mia Wallace, as played by Uma Thurman. The collection features a matte eyeshadow palette, a red lipstick and lip liner, nail polish and glitter liner, all encased in limited edition black packaging and boxes featuring the movie logo.

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Trying my hardest to channel all the bad-assery of the film. Not sure if it's working.

Trying my hardest to channel all the bad-assery of the film. Not sure if it’s working.

I LOVE THIS COLLECTION SO MUCH. Pulp Fiction is one of my all-time favorite movies and the front of the eyeshadow palette features Jules Winfield’s totally badass Bible verse, so you can recite it every time you use it ;)

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On first look, the palette looks very similar to UD’s Naked Basics matte palette, but it’s really very different. I actually prefer this one to Naked Basics and I’ve used it quite a bit in the time since I got it. Vengeance is described as a deep taupe-brown matte-satin and it is MY JAM. Also included is Righteous, a light matte cream; Tyranny, a warm brown matte; Furious, a white satin; and Anger, a black satin with slight tonal shimmer. It also includes a card on how to recreate Mia’s/Uma’s makeup in the film.

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The red lipstick and lip liner are new shades called Mrs. Mia Wallace, a deep blood red, using UD’s Revolution lipstick and 24/7 Glide On lip liner formulas. They are smoooooth and so pigmented, a great vampy shade for fall.

The nail polish, also named Mrs. Mia Wallace, is the same deep blood red as the lip products, but looking at the bottle close up I can detect a bit of gold shimmer. It is so beautiful on and wears like a dream for a solid seven days. In the film, Uma is actually wearing Chanel’s Rouge Noir, which looks like it has a little more brown in it but I love UD’s modernized take on it (although it should be noted that the 90’s are coming back in a big way!).

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To round out the collection, UD also added a Heavy Metal glitter liner in Gunmetal. It is black and silver glitter in a black base. Yeah, Mia doesn’t wear any glitter in the film but I think it complements the collection nicely. It’s a really nice, wearable glitter liner that doesn’t necessarily scream “GLITTER!!1!” when you wear it. Grown-up glitter makeup, if you will.

Truthfully, this isn’t an earth-shattering collection by any means. Neutral matte/satin eyes paired with red lips and nails, easily dupable by a multitude of brands. However, if you love the movie or haven’t yet found a matte palette or red lip/nail that you love, I suggest checking it out! It is available now, at Ulta, Sephora and UrbanDecay.com.

Top row L-R: Righteous, Tyranny & Vengeance Second row L-R: Furious, Anger, Gunmetal liner Third row L-R: Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick, lip liner

Top row L-R: Righteous, Tyranny & Vengeance
Second row L-R: Furious, Anger, Gunmetal liner
Third row L-R: Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick, lip liner

Be cool, Honey Bunny!

(also no list of what I wore in this look because I took these like a month ago and honestly, I don’t remember!)

EDIT: After I hit publish, WordPress told me that this is my 50th post! Yay! Also, I’m a terrible blogger if it took me nearly two years to get to 50 posts…

OPI’s Sheer Tint Top Coats

So I picked up all four of OPI’s newest creation – Sheer Tint Top Coats.

They're so cheery!

They’re so cheery!

This new product line are designed to give your nails a sheer wash of color or you can layer over regular polish to transform or enhance the color. Also, since it’s formulated as a top coat, it’s super shiny and glossy. It’s basically lip gloss for your nails, and ya’ll, I love a good lip gloss. Right now, Sheer Tints come in four colors – Don’t Violet Me Down, I’m Never Amberrassed, I Can Teal You Like Me and Be Magentale With Me.

It's just so fun, I can't.

Wearing two coats of Sheer Tint on each nail, glitter is China Glaze Luxe and Lush.

I can’t wait to try these tints on colored polish! I’m thinking using a tint on one nail as a accent or even over glitter polish to transform it. So many possibilities! My only complaint about these is that the yellow/orange shade sort of made my nail look like it was stained yellow, rather than wearing a polish. In sunlight, not so much, but in low light it looked sort of bad. But other than that, I love these!

Getting ELECTRIC with Urban Decay’s Pressed Pigment Palette

Hi ya’ll! I’m so sorry for the long absence, I’ve had a hectic past couple months! But let’s get to it.

ELECTRIFIED!

ELECTRIFIED!

I recently purchased, through Ulta’s new points program (more on that later), Urban Decay’s Electric Pressed Pigment Palette. Now, what makes this palette different from UD’s other eyeshadow palettes? It contains only pressed pigments – it’s highly concentrated, pure color. These colors aren’t just limited to eyeshadow, you can apply it as blush, mix with a balm for lipcolor or even tint your hair, like hair chalking or whatever else you want to experiment with.

Not for the faint of heart.

Not for the faint of heart.

However, because these are pigments rather than blush or eyeshadow, they are formulated a little bit differently. In the U.S. packaging for this palette, the brighter, red-based shades (Slowburn, Savage, Jilted and Urban) are labeled with a warning that they should not be used in the immediate eye area. Apparently, everywhere else  in the world where this palette has been released does not carry the warning. I’ve seen other bloggers use these colors on their eyes so I would suggest doing what you think is best or feel comfortable with. From what I’ve read, bright neon pigments are typically labeled as not safe for eye use in the U.S. because of the ingredients used to create the color, so it’s not unique to just this palette.

Neon on neon on neon

Neon on neon on neon

So much color and shimmer!

So much color and shimmer!

Anyway, back to the fun stuff! As per usual with Urban Decay products, these shadows are soft and buttery with very little fallout. They apply and blend like a dream! I used Savage, the hot pink shade, as a blush and it really just melted into my skin and gave me a natural-looking flush. For my eyes, I used Fringe, Freak, Gonzo and Thrash.

 

Blues and greens

Blues and greens

Black liner and mascara makes the color pop even more.

Black liner and mascara makes the color pop even more.

The possibilities are seriously endless with this palette, since pigments are more flexible. I can’t wait to try some as lip colors and in my hair!

Brights on brights

Brights on brights

Other makeup worn in this look:

Just a quick mention about Ulta’s new rewards program. Before, they would send you a voucher for a free product based on your spending level each quarter. Now, they have switched to converting your dollars spent into points which can then be redeemed AT ANY TIME on WHATEVER YOU WANT. Now, I also get my hair done at Ulta, so I can rack up a lot of points pretty quickly. In fact, I had already hit Platinum status when the new program launched (oops…). Anyway, by the time the Electric palette came  out, I had a little more than $20 in my account. Combining my points with a 20% off coupon that I had just received (because Ulta doesn’t mind letting you combine discounts), I got the Electric palette for like $12 with tax. So worth it and I didn’t feel guilty adding another palette to my collection. Anyway, it looks like Ulta is providing opportunities to earn more points, such as triple and double points days, more points when purchasing certain products, etc. Also, I think Platinum members earn points at a faster rate.

Thanks for reading!

Revlon’s Legacy Collection Lipsticks

Revlon recently allowed their fans to vote on retired lipstick shades to bring back and they have spoken! Revlon released the Legacy Collection of lipsticks, consisting of retired lipstick shades spanning the decades, from the 1940s up till the 1990s. I have been anticipating this collection since forever! A few years ago, I purchased Fire & Ice lipstick in reproduction vintage packaging that Revlon released a few years ago and it has since become one of my favorite shades, so I was very excited about this collection of vintage lippies.

The Legacy Collection consists of five retired Revlon shades: Icy Violet, released in 1946; Snow Peach, released in 1956; Fifth Avenue Red, released in 1958; Jungle Peach, released in 1963; and Sandstorm, released in 1999.

Revlon Legacy Collection

Revlon Legacy Collection

All of the lippies are in Revlon’s Super Lustrous formulation, which are “sealed in with mega-moisturizers to seal in color and softness.” It’s a very creamy formula that is lightly hydrating and emollient. It’s very comfortable to wear!

First up is Icy Violet, the most vintage color of them all. It was released two years before my dad was even born!

Icy Violet, 1946

Icy Violet, 1946

A somewhat frosty, plummy brown with violet tones, Icy Violet is very wearable and not nearly as lavender on as it appears in the tube.

Icy Violet

Icy Violet

I really liked it more than I thought I would! It’s a great shade for the office, a little different than your typical MLBB (“my lips but better”).

Second up is Snow Peach!

Snow Peach, 1956

Snow Peach, 1956

I LOVE this shade! It’s just the perfect coral pink and it debuted with the most fabulous commercial!

Snow Peach

Snow Peach

The third in the lineup is Fifth Avenue Red, a timeless 50’s red.

Fifth Avenue Red, 1958

Fifth Avenue Red, 1958

You can never go wrong with a red lippie and this is no exception. It’s a tad darker, not quite a true blue-red, but very wearable, especially for daytime.

Fifth Avenue Red

Fifth Avenue Red

The fourth lippie is Jungle Peach, a peachy nude.

Jungle Peach, 1963

Jungle Peach, 1963

This so reminds me of something Twiggy would have modeled! I love this because it’s a nude that still has a bit of pink in it so you don’t end up with corpse lips.

Jungle Peach

Jungle Peach

Finally, Revlon rounded out the collection with Sandstorm, since brown lips were a thing in the 90’s.

Sandstorm, 1999

Sandstorm, 1999

This is nice because it’s a bronze-y brown with a lot of shimmer. Although it’s my least favorite of the five, I could still see myself wearing it this summer, especially sheered out to just a tint. In the picture below, I wore a few layers of it so you could really see the color.

Sandstorm

Sandstorm

I picked up this collection at my local Walgreens, but I’ve also seen it at CVS and I’m sure it’s available anywhere Revlon is sold. But I would suggest to go searching now, because I’m not sure how long this limited edition collection will be in stores!

Swatches!

Swatches!

Other makeup worn in this look:

BzzAgent Campaign Review: Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

Being a member of BzzAgent, I am sent products from time to time to review for the blog. This month, I got a bottle of Neutrogena’s brand new foundation called Nourishing Long Wear Makeup.

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup

The back of the bottle says that it has a 12 hour wear time, can resist heat and humidity, and is clinically proven to make skin tone appear more even in four weeks. It also contains SPF 20, but please remember to always wear a separate sunscreen! Makeup or moisturizers with added sunscreen do not adequately cover your face to prevent UV exposure, so always wear one under your makeup (I like Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunblock).

Swatch of Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

Swatch of Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

I was really excited to try this foundation! I use Neutrogena skincare products regularly and have also used their makeup in the past,too. I wore this particular product a couple days to work this past week. It feels really nice, not too heavy and not drying at all. It does set pretty quickly, so I had to work a little faster than normal. I didn’t think it quite lived up to the 12 hour wear time, as it looked quite patchy on my cheeks by the 12th hour. But at 8-9 hours, it still looked pretty good so it’s a good workday choice. I can’t critic on the skin tone claim yet, as I haven’t used it long enough (I’m a bit skeptical on that front), nor can I comment on it’s resistance to heat and humidity as south Texas is going through some pretty crazy Artic weather right now! Maybe I’ll do another review in mid-July when it’s 110 degrees outside!

Wearing Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

Wearing Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup in Nude 40

I can’t say that I’m willing to switch from my Urban Decay or MAC foundations to this Neutrogena one, but I think it’s a good choice if you’re in a pinch and need to pick up something from the drugstore. I like the buildable medium to full coverage and that it still feels breathable. I wish it came with a pump because it’s a little hard to get it out of the bottle, but otherwise it’s a solid product. You can pick it up at your local drugstore or at Ulta for $14.99.

Other products used in this look:

I guess since the weather has been so gray and cold, I’ve been drawn to my favorite summery, bronzey looks, which is what I did above. It’s so easy and makes your skin look so luminous! Have a great week, ya’ll!