Ughhhh IPSY

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They obviously knew I tried to unsubscribe (unsuccessfully, because I didn’t get the email I guess) and this is the shit they are sending me.  Um, thanks.  


Handcream?  Really?  And MORE face cleanser?  And that bag, wow, is it 1996?

I’m so done with this service.  I’m blocking them from my credit card.

INDIE: Solstice Scents

This is my first dive into indie perfumes, and if I’m totally honest, I mostly chose them at random.  Luckily the descriptions were really clear (check out the Solstice Scents page for more information.)

I know I like sugary sweet scents, and I knew I didn’t want to smell like a head shop or farmer’s market, and I was able to partially achieve that, and really find out what I want to look for in my next round of samples.  And there will be one.

I got my husband’s feedback on some of these, since he’s the one who will be smelling me most of the time.

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I should have photographed these before I used them, the ink rubbed off on a lot of the samples

This is how I did

SPELLBOUND WOODS (Sample Size)  Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cedar & Amber

At first sniff: (Danielle)  Sweet chocolatey and a little powdery in the bottle, I was really excited…. but then I put it on.  On me this turned sickly sweet, kind of cheap “vanilla fields” (yes, I was a teenager in the 90s) smelling, and the chocolate notes went away.  I almost scrubbed it off, but i was running really late.  Based on the site’s description I wondered if this bottle was mislabelled. (Husband)  “You smell like cake and hippies.  But good.”  I guessing the hippies part is because of the sandalwood.  I find it surprising, since I can’t smell sandalwood at all.

An hour weartime:  The chocolate scent came back!   It dried down to a sweet, slightly powdery, very very foodie scent.  If it were a candy I would have a bite.  I really like the way this settled on me, especially since all the way to work all I could smell was sickly sweet cheap vanilla fields smell and I was getting annoyed.

7 Hours weartime:  I can still smell the chocolatey vanilla powdery smell, I’m a baked good. I like this, but it’s very sweet and cake like.  I’m not sure how much wear I could get out of this.

In an oil burner:  This is a fantastic home scent.  The cake, chocolate, vanilla scent sits on top of very slight sandalwood and amber and makes my living room smell homey and cozy.  It’s still slightly powdery, very vanilla, and lovely.  I may buy this in full size so that I can use it as a home scent, I think I like it better this way.


BLACK LEATHER, RED LACE (Sample Size) Amber, Vanilla & Leather

At first sniff:  In the bottle this smells like new car.  When it’s first on my skin the leather smell is very very prominent, with a tiny bit of Vanilla air freshener in the background.  It fades out fast though, within a few mins the vanilla really comes through.

After an hour:  The leather smell mellowed out a lot, I can barely smell it at all any more, and it’s because quite nice.  The vanilla also doesn’t smell like air freshener now, so I can pretty safely conclude that my mind went right to air freshener because I used to have a vanilla plug in in my car.  The amber is really coming out, and I think now I can identify Amber as the hippiesh smell that I seem to be disliking in a lot of what I ordered.  I think I can conclude that I am not suited to anything with amber in it.  Trial and error I guess, at least I know now!


CHERRY VANILLA AMBEROSIA (Sample Size) Amber, Cherry, Vanilla, Whipped Cream, Orange

At First Sniff:  In the bottle it’s alcohol, and very cherry vanilla.  As soon as I put it on, all I could smell was almond, in an alcoholic way.  I really want a glass of Disaronno right now.  This is strange because it doesn’t actually have any almond in it. I really like this, but I think I might prefer it as a candle or diffuser oil in house.

After an hour:  And now the amber rears its incense scented head.  I wanted this to keep on smelling the way it did when I first put it on, back when the amber was hidden in delicious creamy cherry.


NIGHTGOWN PERFUME (Full Size) Vanilla, White Chocolate, Tuberose & Tiare Flowers

At First Sniff:  In the bottle it smells very drugstore cheap vanilla to me.  I am not getting chocolate or floral scents. When I put it on, the creamy florals came out, and became an almost but not quite  sweet rose scent. I’m getting a poupori vibe, covered with a little sugar.  The vanilla is no longer so clearly vanilla, and the chocolate is coming through more.

Three hours weartime:  This perfume has staying power!  The same rose rose rose floral, very sweet vanilla almost a baked good scent it going strong.  I think this smells nice, but I was really hoping that this would be a sexy scent and I get more “Grandma’s Nightgown” than “Agent Provocateur.”  Still, it’s pleasant, and I will wear it when I feel like smelling like poupori.


VIOLET TRUFFLE (Sample Size) Dark Chocolate, Violet, Violet Leaf & Vanilla Absolute

At first sniff:  In the bottle this smells like a dessert.  Chocolate, vanilla, and that’s it.  On my skin though, it calms down to a far more subtle, sweet vanilla.  This is a far nicer vanilla than the classic Vanilla Fields of the 90s, but still a bit boring.  The chocolate is still present but takes a bit of a backseat to the other sweetness.  I was hoping for more violet, but it seems like my skin chemistry really magnifies candy scents and incense.

After an hour:  (Husband)  More cake?  Why don’t you just wear regular perfume? (Danielle) I like smelling like cake…. but ya, this is very very edible smelling.  It’s pure cake complete with flour, chocolate chips, and butter on me.

Three hour’s weartime:  Milky, chocolatey, sugary, vanilla.  I like this, it’s a incense free version of some other’s I ordered but with the cake and chocolate amped up as much as possible.  I was hoping the violet would come out more but it seems that my body chemistry really likes to magnify sugar and chocolate.


PINK SUGAR (Sample Size)

At first sniff:  This does smell very similar to the Aqualina Pink Sugar, a perfume that gives me flashbacks to the nightclubs of my university time.

This perfume is actually discontinued, so I’m not going to do a thorough review, though I will say I’m a bit disappointed since I would probably order this out of nostalgia and love of sweet but not pure candy smells.


BLACK FOREST (Sample Size) Agarwood, Nagarmotha, Tobacco, Chocolate, Red and Black Cherries, Hay, Sandalwood, Whipped Cream & Pink Pepper

At first sniff:  Vanilla (probably the whipped cream) and tobacco.  In the bottle I wasn’t sure I would like this, but I put it on anyway and found that it very quickly started to smell like an almost floral vanilla with definite tobacco (cigar not cigarette) and pepper notes right up front.  The vanilla is soft and smooth and smells more like perfume than a baked good or an air freshener (this is good.)  The the tobacco notes, sandalwood and pepper make me think forest and gives the scent a sexier vibe – less sugar pop kid going to a club, more sexy 30 year old woman going to a wine bar (I am the latter, probably minus the sexy, which I hope to make up for in perfume.)  I’m really enjoying how peppery sweet this is.

After an hour:  The sugary sweetness is faded quite quickly, and I’m getting more and more tobacco with a little sweetness and pepper.  When I put my wrist right up to my nose I can still smell Sandalwood, something sweet, and a tiny bit of cherry alcohol scent, but it’s not overpowering at all.  I wish the cherry stood out more, but otherwise I really like this.  When I get home I’m going to get my husband to smell me to make sure I don’t smell like a cigar, and then (assuming I smell as lovely as I think  do)  I’m going to order a full size bottle.


Now that I know what I do and don’t want to smell like (it looks like Amber isn’t a good one for me, and I’m going to have to determine what other scents the sugary sweet stuff can be cut with so it smells more perfume than baked good) I think I will have more success on indie perfume purchase round two.

You can get Solstice Scents products here:



My Innocent and Twisted Alchemy Eyeshadows have arrived!

I’ve swatched them over Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray, which isn’t actually an ideal primer for these.  It does bring out the colors a little more though, as you can see from the bottom half of each swatch (with primer) compared to the top (no primer.)

With a flash:

Delirious Infatuation, Caviar and Fois Gras, Contaminated Wastelands, Chastity Hymn, Oops, Vengeance


With no flash:

Delirious Infatuation, Caviar and Fois Gras, Contaminated Wastelands, Chastity Hymn, Oops, Vengeance



I’m absolutely in love with Contaminated Wastelands and oops (I need to get Oops as a full size asap, the tiny containers are a bit tough to work with.)

I’m not so good with doing my makeup, but I wanted to try and show these in action.  This is Caviar and Fois Gras over the whole lid, and then Contaminated Wastelands as eyeliner and blended outward.  Most of the color you are seeing is Contaminated Wastelands.  I love it, greenish gold almost, but with brown in it as well.  It glitters, but not obnoxiously.

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This is done with Vengeance over most of the lid, and a Oops as an eyeliner.  I brushed on a bit of Delirious Infatuation, but that one is going to need its own look, it’s SO brilliant blue that it totally steals the show.


Normally I wear full foundation, and some mascara, but I’m sick today and I’m not leaving the house.  

I’m definitely going to be buying from Innocent + Twisted again, I love the pigmentation, and the colors lasted all day, even without using an ideal primer.

Ipsy August 2014

What’s an IPSY: IPSY sends out a package of surprises in the GLAM BAG (well, they spoil the surprise right before they ship, but when you but you don’t know what you are getting so it starts as a surprise.)

COST:  $10 a month (it’s $10 + $4.95 shipping)  Use my referral link to join if you want to share the love!

DELIVERY:  Ships Mid Month (Canada is a bit behind the US shipping from what I saw online)

WAITLIST:  Yes.  But if you refer someone they will move you off it.

This month was my best Ipsy yet.  I still canceled though.  If “OK” is as good as Ipsy gets, I’m not keeping my subscription.

The Goods:


Dr. Brandt
Pores No More Pore Refiner

Urban Decay
Perversion Mascara

J. Cat Beauty
Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Jersey Shore Sun
Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Urban Decay Perversion Sample

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This is a decent mascara sample.  It clumps up a lot, so I’m glad I got this as a sample as opposed to buying a full size and being mad about it.

The eye shadow and lip gloss:


You can barely see the shadow in the swatch, but I think it will work well as a highlighter.


It’s an OK bag.  Compared to others I’ve seen it looks like I got lucky.  I don’t even like it enough to photograph every product, so I guess that says something.

(Under $20)

   I will use the products that I like, but I don’t expect to buy any.

MEMEBOX Special #16 OMG Box


What’s a Memebox?

Memebox is a Korean beauty box service that ships from Korea to Canada and the US (and quite a few other countries). In each Memebox, you get 6-8 Korean beauty products, some are deluxe samples and some are full sizes. The normal box is $23 + shipping (and not shipping per box but per order, so if you order multiples it’s a way better deal. Superboxes, are between $29 and $39 This particular one was $23.

You can earn “meme points” as well for additional discounts, and the way and number you earn is varied and seems a little random. If you want one click here if you would like to use my affiliate link and give me some sweet sweet points or dollars or something. You get 3 memepoints just for signing up right now, which is a $3 value!

On to the box!

  1. SKINAZ Premium Vitablet
  2. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
  3. Ladykin Aqua Exfoliater For Body
  4. Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack
  5. SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo in 24H (Orange of some kind)
  6. Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in Pink Candy

  DSC_0041 Oh hey, what’s this thing?  Very interesting.

DSC_0045 Seriously, WTF is this?

DSC_0047 It kind of looks like I could play with it…?  I’m going to play with this.  It’s a toy.

DSC_0049 It doesn’t really slide very well around the floor like the rest of my toys….

DSC_0050  Backup has arrived!  I want to see too!

(The backup cat tasted the tablet, so at this point it was taken away from them.)

SKINAZ Premium Vitablet:  Full Size $46

These are meant to be dissolved in water, then used to rinse your face. They have Vitamin C and “aroma oil” which I assume is what my cat was so very interested in.


Ladykin Aqua Exfoliater For Body:  Full Size $14

This is a chemical exfoliant I guess, the ingredients are all in Korean, and I don’t read Korean, so I’m not sure what’s in it exactly. Since it “removes dead skin cells” I’m guessing an AHA of some kind.  These is some mention in the writeup about public baths. He products gets sprayed on and then rubbed off so that it will ball up dead skin and remove it. Interesting. I’ve got the question of ingredients list translation to memebox, I wonder if this will help with the KP on my upper arms (bumps.)

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask: Full Size $46


This is a weirdly textured bouncy scrub that has green tea, pomegranate and charcoal extracts. The packaging is really nice, and THIS mask smells nice and clay like, unlike my last clay type mask from Memebox, which smelled somewhat like sewage.  I like this one.  I’m excited to try it out.

Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack: Full Size $6


This is the only item that I actually found at all “OMG” worthy. It’s a 3 step process that involves a hydrogel for the bust. I’m pretty excited to try this one.  Hopefully it makes my skin smooth smooth smooth.

SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo in 24H (Orange of some kind) and Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss in Pink Candy: Full Size $18 and $22 

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Lip gloss is expensive in Korea it seems.  These are OK, I wouldn’t really buy an orangy lip product but I gave this one a try and it’s actually pretty cute. It’s gimmicky in that you put it on thick and let it try, then peel it off. It leaves being the color like a stick on tattoo.  The Hope Girl is very sheer, so I will use this for sure. It’s ombré in the bottle, but just pinky sheer in use.  

Total Value:  $152

This box is pretty fun!  I think I’m going to get good use out of everything, especially if I can get translations for the ingredients.  

(Under $30) Cheapskate Approved because it’s so high value!

  Pretty Great!

Green Pearl Mud Mask from Memebox

Ok. Live blogging the stinky Green Pearl Mud experience right here right now.

Application: Can confirm that the sewageish type smell is the dominant smell I’m experiencing. I’m sitting here in my bathroom with the fan on to hopefully get rid of the smell quickly.

About 3 mins: It just feels like cold mud on my face so far. It’s tingling a bit on my chest. Hopefully not because of an allergic reaction, I didn’t exactly do a thorough spot testing on this (so really if I break out it’s my own fault.)

After 5 mins: It’s feeling tighter about 5 mins after application. The smell hasn’t disappeared but I think it’s fading. Or I’m getting used to it.

After 8 mins: It’s feeling tighter and more tingly on my chest. I think I better remove it from there….

After 9 mins: I just realized I forgot to bring a towel and there are no clean ones in the bathroom. My inlaws are here and I don’t want to run through my house looking for a towel with stinky mud on my face. What to do…..

After 10 mins: now I’m on a mission to get a towel. I’m in the ensuite bathroom, and of course all the windows in the bedroom are wiiiiiiide open. I can’t put a shirt on without getting mud on it.

After 12 mins: fuck it. I’m just going to shower my face feels like a rock. And looks like this:


I can’t move my face. This dried really fast.

I asked if they would help but they don’t seem to care about my towel situation


After 15 mins: I still haven’t figured out my towel situation. But I need to wash this off so I’m going to shower.

Verdict: my skin feels dried out but smooth. At least I didn’t break out.