Sep. 20th, 2017 07:36 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
my skin's reached the point where it looks better and not worse with foundation, woo! just two scabbed-over former pimples left, and one's on the bottom of my chin. pretty much a fact at this point that my skin problems were ultimately caused by being fat (presumably because it messed up my hormone levels) and couldn't have been fixed by anything other than becoming less fat

Aug. 31st, 2017 05:05 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)


made an 18th century liquid lip and cheek rouge. essentially, the distant ancestor of benetint.

workable recipe in modern units: 50 ml 70% ethanol, 5 g powdered red sandalwood, 1 g powdered alum. (what kind of alum? hahaha you think 18th century sources are going to tell you that? i used potassium alum, since that can also be used in food.) higher percentages of ethanol will also work - my first batch used denatured cleaning alcohol because i wanted to see whether it even worked before buying additional supplies, and man do i ever regret the decision to test it on my lips anyway. it's foul even after it's dried down and i knew that would happen, what the fuck, past me. lower percentages likely won't, vodka didn't, it didn't take on a strong enough colour. whatever you use: combine it all in a suitable container, let it sit for about a week and shake it up once a day, then filter.

you will end up with less than 50 ml (the bottle i have it in originally contained 150 ml of a different product), but that should still be enough for a long time. i decanted some into a small lipgloss container because the alternative would be to apply it with a brush and my experience with benetint has taught me that that's a) inconvenient and b) unpleasant.

the effect when applied to the lips is more to darken and redden than to completely override, though my judgement may be biased by the fact that my lips are pretty dark anyway. you can see what a dark colour it is in the bottle! you can build it up if you apply multiple layers and it should last for a while since the pigment (santalin) isn't water-soluble. it does have the same downside as modern lip tints: if there's any patches of dry or flaky skin on your lips, it will emphasise them mercilessly. haven't tried it on my cheeks yet...

tangentially, i just learned that you can make scented sandalwood oil using (regular) powdered sandalwood and a carrier oil and i will probably try that next. i've never been able to find a sandalwood oil i like, so why not!

EDIT: and actually, since this stuff is pretty drying, maybe i should look into historic recipes for lip balm-like things. i found a pomade that's made of bleached beeswax, spermaceti, sweet almond oil and rosewater. that's very similar to more recent lip balm recipes. i obviously can't use spermaceti, but there's synthetic replacements for that...

May. 24th, 2017 06:30 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
the ordinary serum foundation in 1.2Y: too dark for my arm, just right for my face and neck. huh. probably because i don't buy into wearing sunscreen every single day and so my face and neck still got a little sun exposure during the winter and my arms didn't, actually. actually makes me kind of glad that i don't bother with the sunscreen thing, the even lighter shades only come with neutral undertones and there's no way that would work. so what if sun exposure contributes to skin aging, if we go by the whole "look at your mother, that's how you'll look one day if you don't wear sunscreen" thing, i'll reach age fifty and still get mistaken for being younger than i really am. and she actually uses no skincare at all! don't think that whoever came up with that phrase thought that it could backfire like this.

i've only tried it on my face once as of now, but so far, i like the effect. it seems pretty good at evening out the fading old pimple marks. now if only the two scabs i still have on my chin were gone, makeup that can cover up scabs without making them look even worse is almost nonexistant. (though to be fair their continued presence is partially my own fault, i can't always stop myself from picking at them.)

haven't received my coverage foundation yet because as the page says, the demand for all their foundations was fucking overwhelming. i'm not surprised, i love these superfluid foundations, so much easier to blend in than traditional liquid foundations and you usually only need a tiny amount. and this brand already had a reputation for good low-frills products at low prices.

Apr. 8th, 2016 08:26 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
new addition to list of good concealers: kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer. it's pretty costly, so i just have a sample for now, but that's going to last a while because you only need a tiny amount of it. i actually thought i had the wrong colour at first because of the way it stood out on my skin, but turns out that was because i'd applied too much, SX03 (fair with olive undertones) is actually perfect. very happy with it.

also with the way that my skin is improving. the glycolic acid is having an effect, i'm getting whiteheads in places that were just vague skin-coloured bumps before. which is precisely what's supposed to happen, the glycolic acid thins the skin over the stuff trapped underneath so it can get to the surface and disappear! which it does! magic.

Jan. 25th, 2016 08:30 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
man i'd forgotten how incredible this concealer is. all because my old pot went bad and i never got around to buying a new one. this stuff combined with meow cosmetics' pampered puss foundation and i'm ready for cosplay again!

(weird how makeup is something i have to consider when i want to cosplay a male character and don't want to feminise him beyond, you know, having a female body. though then again, actors wear makeup too.)

Sep. 19th, 2015 11:32 pm
elsewhence: (stars)
now these are some really fucking awesome eyeshadows.

and guess what, my pre-ordered sample set just shipped! woo

May. 30th, 2015 12:42 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
next mineral foundation that suits my skin tone: lucy minerals creamy olive. notice a pattern here? olive is an undertone. olive is an undertone. one that has nothing to do with ethnicity. don't be so ridiculously stupid.

it's pretty high-coverage too, since i chose one of the two oil control formulas. i love high-coverage powders and foundations. if i wanted to look "natural", i wouldn't be wearing foundation. (though thing is, mineral foundation usually does a pretty good job of that even when it's high-coverage. might have something to do with the way it uses the skin's own sebum as a carrier medium?) the only slight downside i saw with this company is that the samples come in little jars but lack a sifter, so opening one without knowing that could potentially end in a mess. on the other hand though they're quite generously sized, so maybe the lack of sifters just makes up for some of the cost of that, which would be fine with me...

Mar. 24th, 2015 10:56 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
you'd better believe i'd buy this whole lot if import VAT and the likes thereof weren't a thing. and this one too. i guess nail polish is to me what shoes supposedly are to women, with the difference that it's actually  pretty and fun.

i guess it's probably okay to buy a few seperate ones, though.

Jan. 5th, 2015 05:30 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
oh goddamnit i love them all. this won't end well.

Oct. 31st, 2014 01:11 pm
elsewhence: (Default)
another great foundation match: the all natural face olive warm. and they even have cream and liquid foundations and pressed mineral ones. the sample pack of light to medium shades i had  didn't include any of the olive shades though, i had to order blind based on the observation that lightness-wise the "warm" shades i got were the best match. will people drop the idea that olive skin can't be light or that white people can't be olive-toned already...

(the cream foundation is great though. i'll try using it as a concealer too - meow cosmetics' powder concealer isn't bad, but i just really like heavy cream concealers. haven't tried the loose mineral foundation yet, but i obviously liked the consistency of the samples.)

Aug. 28th, 2014 05:59 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
hm i also feel like i need less product with dreamworld hermetica's luna formulation than with meow cosmetics' flawless feline, but it may just be that the shade is even closer to my true undertones...

also once again, eyeshadow without primer slides into crease after about half an hour, eyeshadow with primer and nude shadow to set it is still there twelve hours later, still there after i take a nap, still there after i shower. tell me again how eyeshadow primer is a useless money-making scheme and dusting a bit of powder on your eyelids before applying eyeshadow is just as good, bitches

Aug. 18th, 2014 07:30 pm
elsewhence: (common eye spider)
i just seriously love how huge dreamworld hermetica's range of foundation shades is. i haven't been able to find as great a match as amenti III anywhere else. it's the perfect combination of visibly yellowish, but also enough olive-green to not look pinkish next to my neck. andrea biedermann claims that some of their shades look like this (the second row from the left, specifically), but they're not quite yellow enough for me, and if i move to the leftmost row, it gets more olive instead of more yellow and pretty much just looks dirty on me...

i just hope i can get a matching concealer soon!

(though i have to be honest, i still prefer meow cosmetics for eyeshadow and blush. their selection is just so much larger and more interesting. okay, dreamworld hermetica's are being reworked right now, maybe i'll like the results of that better, i'm just going off what i saw before...)

Aug. 16th, 2014 01:59 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
so i just got my full size dreamworld hermetica foundation and the jar was so full, and therefore packed so densely, that i had to take out the sifter and dump about half the contents into a ziploc bag to even be able to shake anything out. talk about generous. and i also got two free full size lip products in addition to what i'd ordered (one foundation and one lip product)...

Jun. 21st, 2014 11:02 am
elsewhence: (alligator)
hey, what does ghana's flag look like? gonna do eye makeup in those colours to fuck with the rabid fans

Jun. 14th, 2014 07:17 pm
elsewhence: (beauty)
we all know i will probably buy that 3D printer for makeup once it becomes available...

kind of confused at the way some are saying it will help stop racism in the beauty industry when apparently it only makes eyeshadow, blush and lipstick, though. i was under the impression that these were pretty independent of skin colour?

and also, you know, this isn't big mainstream companies, but smaller indie mineral makeup companies do offer pretty insanely diverse colour ranges for foundation products. meow cosmetics, of course, or the lesser known dreamworld hermetica that i already linked to a few weeks ago. we're getting there, because the internet makes  things much easier for smaller companies. (i got my dreamworld hermetica samples a few days ago, by the way, and i love the consistency of the luna formulation. it's sort of slightly clumpy in loose form, but applies in a really nice smooth even way. and they have such a huge range of inbetween shades in the neutral-olive-yellow category! i haven't seen anyone else offer these...)

(also, you think the ranges of foundation colours in the US are bad? try ours. they're lacking in dark and light colours, it's amazing anyone manages to find a match. then again apparently there's actually people who think that the purpose of foundation is to use a darker shade to make yourself look tanned...)

May. 17th, 2014 01:05 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
augh, i just got a full size of meow cosmetics foundation in the mail today (flawless feline in frisky ocicat, ordered it even though i wasn't completely sure about the shade because i wanted to take advantage of the easter sale, but it seems to fit quite well) to take advantage of the easter sale and now i discover this.

i guess it won't hurt if i order a few samples?? i'm just so curious about the way they offer easily twice as many shades as meow cosmetics. like 86 wasn't an absolutely huge amount...

May. 16th, 2014 02:03 am
elsewhence: (sempervivum)
okay, guess butter LONDON is giving up on the german market. it's not sold in most douglas stores anymore, their online shop has disappeared, so has their facebook account. time to pick up whatever polishes i might still want while they're still easily available and move on. not surprising, really, considering how horrendously overpriced they were compared to other countries.

(some people are predictably whining about what a horrible way of treating your customers is it to just disappear without a single definitive statement. hey, dude, the fact they're leaving the country means we aren't their customers anymore and therefore our opinion no longer matters. welcome to the real world.)

EDIT: actually i'm going to buy them from www.lookfantastic.com instead. they cost almost 5€ less a piece to begin with, and then there's a 20% off coupon, a free bottle of nail foundation (though fuck if i know what i'm going to do with it, i already have enough of the stuff to last me forever) and free worldwide shipping. that's a suitable final "fuck you" to their attempt at screwing the german market over.

May. 14th, 2014 07:27 am
elsewhence: (bernd das brot)
so on one hand essie nail polishes do seem to be a bit more resistant to tipwear and chipping, but on the other hand their colour selection looks like it might as well not have changed since the company was founded in 1981. far more reds, pinks and undefinable pastels than anything else. don't understand the hype. :|

Apr. 23rd, 2014 02:59 am
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
i really have to try whether it's possible to press mineral foundation. MAC studio fix powder is so incredibly convenient, i can literally apply it in seconds, but even NC15 is just too reddish to look right on me (though it still looks miles better than no foundation at all). i mean, you can press mineral eyeshadows if you use a binder, why not foundation...

Apr. 22nd, 2014 04:52 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
i knew i wasn't crazy! they did reformulate gold fever at some point! i have the old version in the old bottle shape and the new one in the new bottle. the old one is much prettier, the new one is just a generic flat gold glitter.

aaand i got thinking about this because i thought that butter LONDON west end wonderland looks a lot like the old version. it's just as well though, since that hasn't been available for ages.


augh the radio just rickrolled me