The Good, The Bad, And The Echidna

I'd like to be all 'Hey, I'm too non-conformist to bend to your traditional, date-appropriate end-of-year-round-up-post expectations', but I think most non-conformists only do it for the sake of being non-conformist, and that's stupid. If you're a Rebel Without a Cause, you're pretty much just being an ass for the hell of it.

So, this is the best/worst I've discovered in 2009.

Best Face Primer: Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer $30 for 30ml
One of my 1337 products, it smooths over the skin, blurring pores and hiding imperfections, and makes my foundation blend perfectly over the top. It feels velvety, on, and creates the perfect canvas. I usually managed to screw up my primer and make my foundation mess up, but that's never, ever happened with this primer. I think it might just be idiot-proof.

Worst Face Primer: Urban Decay Brightening Complexion Primer $30 for 30ml
This isn't terrible, it just isn't for me. From reviews I've read it seems like people are either pore perfecting, or brightening - so if you didn't like one, try the other. I'm personally not a fan of dewy-look primers/foundations, I prefer a matte non-chalky finish, and this just made me feel greasy and shiny.

Best Eye Primer: Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy $7.50 for 10ml
There aren't enough internets in the entire world for me to award this. It's not technically a primer, it's more glue, for your eyes. Or your lips, or your cheeks, or whatever. It sticks stuff to them. Sparkles, glitter, eyeshadow. It's amazing. You get the vibrancy of wet application without foiling. Hell, if looks better than if I apply wet, and it's a lot easier and faster, and less messy

This is simply one of those beauty staples that anyone who wears make-up needs to own. Screw UDPP, and Eight Hour Cream, Touché Eclat and all the other highly-regarded beauty staples, grab a bottle of this right now. Actually, wait until you've finished reading, because by the end you're going to want the rest of the stuff Fyrinnae make, too.

Worst Eye Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer $20 for 2.5ml
Yet another 'not awful' product, I've tested this primer, the Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, and the Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, and soon I'll get my hands on some Too Faced Shadow Insurance, too. Of everything I've tried, this is my least favourite. It does exactly the same job UDPP does, but it's a hell of a lot more expensive (UDPP is $17 for 10ml vs $20 for 2.5ml!) and it's really dark in colour. It's lighter than a Painterly Paint Pot, just, but doesn't have that opaque pigmentation and smooth finish, it's just like liquid which goes obviously orange on me. Not keen.

Best Mascara: Bourjois Liner Effect Mascara £8.25 for 10ml
There's a reason why this is listed in virtually every EOTD I do. It can be difficult to use at first, I remember getting it everywhere and jabbing myself in the eye, but over a good primer and with practice, it's fantastic. Fans my lashes out, curls, lifts, lengthens. I don't notice the eyeliner effect much, but I love what it does to both my upper and lower lashes, so this is a longtime favourite.

Worst Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara £14.50 for 8ml
This is actually a really good mascara. Great length, volume, separation, little bit of curl, absolutely no clumping. A great all-rounder. The downside is that it makes my eyes burn. I've never had an allergic reaction to any cosmetic, so I was pretty astounded that wearing this makes me feel like I just squirted lemon juice in my eye. I even (stupidly) tried it again, to make sure it definitely was that - and yep. I didn't get it in my eye, I didn't poke myself in the eye with the wand, I didn't apply it differently to usual... it just stings my eyes to hell.

Best Eyeshadow - Bright: Aromaleigh Rocks! Sonic Eyeshadow $6.50 for 1.2g
Have I ranted about these enough, yet? Yes? Okay. I own over 500 eyeshadows, including pure wholesale dyes and mica, and Aromaleigh make the brightest non-neon eyeshadows I've ever seen. The brightest ones that actually show up on your skin. If you dig brights, go buy some. Read my [review here] and see the [EOTD here].
Oh, and buy "Dominion" from the Rocks collection, too - I bought it just because the name reminded me of Star Trek, and it completely surprised me. Amazing colour.

Worst Eyeshadow - Bright: About Face Velvet Eyeshadow $4.50 for less than 1g
Lime Crime narrowly avoids this category, because they get their own, later on. So instead, it's the About Face/The She Space Velvet eyeshadows. They're not matte, but don't have high sheen/sparkle. Not only is the website utterly perplexing with a cart system which makes you type the name of the colour into a box and add, one at a time, the product photos are terrible, inaccurate, and the colour descriptions are completely fictional.
This colour, "Slightly Insane" was described as "True lime green" and not marked as sheer.

The website says you can apply them wet for more intensity, but they have so much titanium oxide in that if you do, you'll be left with clumpy mess which looks like clay, and dries to then flake off entirely. Titanium oxide is used to whiten cosmetics, which is why they all look so pale, instead of being bright like the description promises. I'm not sure how much product you get, it's a full 3g jar but the weight of the product itself isn't given. I tipped a jar of mine out onto the most sensitive electronic scales I have and it didn't register, so it's under 1g net weight.

I can't fathom why About Face has such a large following, I know I'll never order from them again. I tried to use my About Face eyeshadows in an EOTD to post with a review, and they were so sheer, so clumpy and generally useless that I gave up, and didn't even bother to finish it. I took it all off and did this EOTD instead.

Best Eyeshadow - Complex: Fyrinnae Arcane Magic Eyeshadow $5.95 for 3g
Swoon swoon swoon. These are actual colour-changing eyeshadows, the pigment in them is one developed by NASA, and they change colour the closer they get to an artificial light source, like a lamp. It's down to light bouncing off them at micro-angles, and the reflection causes the shade to change. I'm butchering an e-mail one of the Fyrinnae chaps sent me horribly, but in essence, they're actually colour changing, rather than just duo-chrome. They're amazing. And they're just as beautiful as all Fyrinnae eyeshadows, but more complex and unique - incredible!

Worst Eyeshadow - Complex: Archetype Cosmetics Eyeshadow $3.45 for 1.2g
I should preface by saying that Archetype eyeshadows are beautiful, and incredibly well priced. Samples are just $0.25, which is incredible. Look, look how pretty they are. And then weep.

Because, unfortunately, you'll probably never get them (check the comments!). Ever. Well, you might, in a few months, if you're lucky. Archetype have incredible unique products, at an amazing price, and unfortunately, no level of service whatsoever. You'll never, ever get a reply to any e-mails you send them - mine actually failed and got returned as it said the e-mail address wasn't working. It also just looks really unprofessional - the company e-mail is someone's personal gmail account, and the same with their PayPal address. If you want to get in touch, you have to try and phone the owner at her part-time job. This is a company that ought to be on Etsy, not have a standalone website masquerading as a viable, professional business.

Best Palette: NYX 96 Colour Lip Palette £19.99
This was a surprise Christmas present from my brother, and I love it! I don't know if it's because I'm applying them with a brush, but the palette colours seem to go on smoother and creamier than their stick-lipsticks (which I own over 30 of).

Worst Palette: Collection 2000 Poptastic Eye Palette £3.99
I'm surprised to read good reviews of this. I picked it up excited by all the bright colours, and then was disappointed that it seems really sheer. I grabbed a few for friends, too, before swatching, so now I feel like a bum for giving them something crappy. Nice colours and all, just rubbish pigmentation.

Best Lipstick: Barry M Lip Paint £4.25
MAC make my favourite lipsticks, generally, but I love the colour of the Barry M Lip Paint in Baby Pink 100. It's this incredible pale pink - the one I'm wearing in this EOTD. It's a shade I've yet to find anywhere else, and although the Barry M Lip Paints don't have the same thick, smoothing effect on my lips that MAC lipsticks do, they're still pretty good for the price, and I love the colour.

Worst Lipstick: Lime Crime Candyfuture Lipsticks $16 for 3.5g
It's not an utterly terrible lipstick, which surprised me. The packaging is great, but the lipstick itself is a generic stock formula, thick, drying, and shows up every imperfection in my lips. They're extremely pigmented, and have great opacity, but they also stain your lips. I found two duplicates for Great Pink Planet (Stargazer 119 and MAC Saint Germain) which were so close, I couldn't tell them apart, forgot which was which and had to re-swatch.

The colours are by no means unique, and these cost more than a MAC lipstick (at $14 US, although per gram they are a whopping ten cents cheaper), which has an infinitely better formula. I honestly prefer my $1.75 NYX Round Lipsticks. Also, the ingredients list has typos in it ("See oil") - which might be nit-picking, but it doesn't strike me as terribly professional if you can't even spell the ingredients I'm supposed to slather on my lips.

Best Lipgloss: Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss £12.50 for 7ml
The ones I've tried weren't really 'glossy', but thick, sticky, pigmented and oh-so opaque. I love MAC glosses, but for bright colours and pigmentation, I go for Illamasqua Intense glosses everytime. Apply thinly for a sheer tint, or thicker for opaque coverage, and even when they wear off, you've still got a little coverage, like a lip stain.

Worst Lipgloss: Lancome Juicy Tubes £13.50 for 15ml
I don't understand why people like these so much, I really don't. They're £13.50! That's more than a MAC gloss, and for that you get something which is sheer, if not completely clear. Why would anyone need to own more than one clear gloss? They taste nice? Great, so does a 25p packet of mints.

Best Foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear £24 for 30ml
Foundation which could survive a small natural disaster. It's long-wearing, it has excellent coverage, and with the right technique it blends in gorgeously. I wear the lightest cool shade, Shell, which is still a little dark, but I like the formula so much I won't switch to anything else.

Worst Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid £19 for 30ml
I really didn't like this. I wore NC15, and even that was too dark for me. I'd kind've expect with the number of shades MAC has, for them to have something lighter, but no. It was orange, thin, it didn't blend or wear well, uck uck uck. Never again.

Best Concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector £16 for 1.7g
Pink-based, pale enough for me, thick, opaque, creamy, blends over liquid or powder. Generally fabulous. It's expensive, but it lasts for 3-4 months and when I run out, I really notice myself missing it. Read the [review here].

Worst Concealer: None
Since I found my holy grail, 1337 concealer, I haven't tried anything else this year.

Best Finishing Powder: Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder $18.50 for 6g
I rambled on about it for over 2000 words, so it's a fair bet that I like it. Read the [review here] if you want to see why.

Worst Finishing Powder: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder $30 for 10g
It does the job well, but it's pure silica powder. The same pure silica powder you can buy from any wholesaler for under $4 an ounce, as opposed to over $80 an ounce in a tiny jar. One ingredient does not a finished product make.

Best Blush: MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Rock (Limited Edition)
Specifically Love Rock, it's hard to find cool pink blush to suit pale, pink-undertoned skin, and bizarrely this shimmery mineralized blush is the most natural looking one I've ever found.

Worst Blush: None
I've never found a blush I thought was bad, just colours that were too warm for me.

Best Eyeliner - Pencil: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $17 for 1.2g
It's soft enough for the waterline, but you can stick it in the freezer for a couple of minutes to sharpen it. It'll fade a little over time, and rub off your waterline - virtually everything does - but it has the best sticking power out of everything I've tried, goes on incredibly easily, and it's a lovely black black.

Worst Eyeliner - Pencil: Body Shop Eye Definer $11 for 1.2g
Too hard, too grey rather than black, no staying power. Just generally a bit all-round crap, when you consider $6 more can get you the Urban Decay variety.

Best Cleanser: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap $15 for 200ml
Love this stuff! It's gentle, has the consistency of liquid soap so it's really easy to use, it leaves my skin feeling soft and not stripped, but it's really effective at getting rid of make-up, even tough eyeliner/mascara, and it's not too expensive.

Worst Cleanser: None
I can't think of anything terrible, save for supermarket cleansers/wipes, which I don't feel deserve to be compared to Clinique.

Best Haircare: Clynol Color + Care Reflex Shampoo £6.50 for 250ml
This shampoo is designed for white/silver/platinum-blonde hair, because it's purple. I mean it's... purple! It has purple dye in it, which neutralises yellow tones. Y'know what else it's great for? Purple hair. Which is what I have. So yeah, love this, it's nice to see a salon-exclusive brand which is actually encouraging alternative hair colours instead of the usual four thousand shades of ash blonde.

Worst Haircare: Sunsilk Silky & Straight Shampoo £1-2.50 for 200ml
It isn't really fair to compare drugstore/salon shampoo, but this stuff was crap. It just glued my hair together in a giant ball of ick. No thanks.

Best Problemsolver: Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector £12.50 for 15ml
Although I'm tempted to mark it down for forcing me to spell "minimise" with a "z", this stuff is great. I bought it to use as an all-over face primer, and didn't like it. Then I discovered I could use it on top of my finished foundation/powder etc for a touch-up on my nose, where my pores are the worst. It's great for when my make-up's worn off throughout the day, blurs the pores out and stops my nose from looking quite so ridiculous.

Worst Problemsolver: Yves Saint Laurent Touché Eclat £23 for 2.5ml
It's not terrible, it's a pretty good highlighter, but in my experience this wore off extremely quickly, and it's not very opaque, so it's only good on moderate under-eye circles, etc. If you need anything heavy-duty, this won't do the trick, and it wears off too quickly for my liking, and for its price-tag/hype.

Best Brush: GOSH Flat Eyeshadow Brush £7
I can't say enough good things about this brush, and I've said a lot of good things about this brush. I own 4, now, because I use them so often. I like it more than my MAC 239, but it does the same job. Just a bit better, a bit softer, and easier to clean. You can [win one here] and read my full [review here].

Worst Brush: GOSH Light Weight Duo Fibre Brush £13
As MAC 187 dupes go, it's really good. Right size, shape, does the job. The downside is that it sheds. It sheds from first use to last use, whether you wash it and dry it properly or not. Considering I apply liquid foundation with it, that's a problem for me. I'm constantly picking off fibres that get stuck to my face. Every single time I use it. It's a lot cheaper than the MAC variant, but honestly, I'd rather I shelled out £29 and just got the 187 to begin with.

Best Overall Product: Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy $7.50 for 10ml
For allll the reasons I said above. This is a really hard category, but the epoxy has totally changed the way I do my make-up, for the better. I get the same results without foiling now, which means it saves time, easier blending, easier brush-cleaning, etc etc. It's incredibly cheap at $7.50 for 10ml, and I wouldn't even consider doing my make-up without it, now. Fans of even more theatrical make-up can use it on their lips, too, or cheeks, whatever, for sticking glitter and other sparkly wonders. Everyone needs to own this, it's the best 1337 product I've ever found.

Worst Overall Product: Lime Crime "Magic" Eye Dusts $12 for 0.14oz
They're not eyeshadows, they're ingredients. They're ingredients you can buy from a wholesaler 24x cheaper. That's not 25% cheaper, i.e. a quarter, that's twenty-four times cheaper. And it's exactly the same. The colours are fucking the same. I've gone on about this enough. Check this post for an updated list of confirmed Lime Crime & wholesale mica matches.

Best Bargain: Fyrinnae Eyeshadow $5.25 for 3g
Whilst not as cheap as, say, Archetype, with Fyrinnae you get the most incredible eyeshadows, all made by two of the nicest guys in the world, in their lab, fantastic customer service, and added geekiness. The amounts are generous, shipping is incredibly cheap, $3.50 international or free, anywhere in the world, for orders over $20. Samples are $1.75, but you get 1/4 teaspoon, which is huge - that's the amount most places give you for face powder samples, and they all come in jars, rather than plastic baggies. Did I mention they're completely gorgeous?

Biggest Rip-Off: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
This was a tricky one. It was basically between Lime Crime "Magic" Dusts and this powder, both of which contain simply base ingredients which can be bought cheaply from wholesalers. Lime Crime's "eyeshadows" are pure mica, with whatever additions the wholesaler adds (tin oxide, iron oxide, titanium oxide - usually a combination of one or more of those) and the MUFE HD powder is pure silica. To work out which was, technically, the biggest rip-off, I did some math.

I'm pretty sucky at math, so if I ballsed it up, please let me know.

Lime Crime "Magic" Dusts -
From Lime Crime:
$12 for 0.14oz
(1/0.14oz = 7.142857142857143)
7.142857142857143 x $12 =
$85.71 per ounce

From TKB Trading (wholesaler): $3.50 per ounce
($85.71/$3.50 = 24.48857142857143)

24.48857142857143 x more expensive from Lime Crime than from TKB.

Make Up For Ever Microfinish HD Powder -

From Make Up For Ever:
$30 for 10g = $3 per 1g
Metric to Imperial conversion:
1g = 0.035 oz / 1oz = 28.35g
28.35g x $3 =
$85.05 per ounce

From TKB Trading (wholesaler):
$3.45 per ounce
($85.05/$3.45 = 24.65217391304348)

24.65217391304348 x more expensive from Make Up For Ever than from TKB.

So, by like... 0.17 something, MUFE Microfinish HD Powder is a bigger rip-off than Lime Crime "Magic" Eye Dusts.

Worst Brand: Lime Crime
Self-explanatory, really, unless you're new. I maintain that they sell repackaged mica at an obscene mark-up, lie about it, and accuse wholesalers of copying them, as well as employing dodgy tactics to hide bad reviews, threaten bloggers, and do things like their blogazine advertising page claiming they get 140,000 visitors a month, when stats from have it at under 13,000, typos and errors in ingredients lists, and mixing up the terms "weight" and "volume" (the "Magic" dusts are measured by weight, not volume. They used to contain 0.07oz, now they're 0.14oz, but the website says they're now "double the volume"). Read [more here].

Best Brand: Fyrinnae
Best most definitely saved for last. I can't even fully articulate how much I love Fyrinnae. Given that I adore Aromaleigh and Purely Cosmetics, too, and I'm pretty Sassy-partial, this is the hardest category of all. But Fyrinnae clinches it. I gave them a negative review in the past, when I was young and stupid, and didn't know any better. Phyrra told me they were great, and I didn't listen. I should have listened. My re-discovery of Fyrinnae is akin to my discovery that Calculator has a copy feature. All that time wasted! Aaaghhh!

They have some utterly incredible products, eyeshadows that look so good I want to eat them on toast (but I probably shouldn't), their sample sizes are huge, they have free worldwide shipping for orders over $20, no minimum order, just $3/3.50 shipping for orders below $20, they send free samples - and, and they actually check your order and your previous orders, to make sure you get things that you'll like (i.e. something similar to what you're ordering, or complementing colours) and something you haven't already got. They make products that no one else is making, like their Pixie Epoxy, Arcane Magic eyeshadows and their Lip Lustres, and ahhohmygodjustgofreakingbuyfromthemalready. Oh, and everything they make is vegan, and they make charitable contributions, too.

I also love that it's run by two men (less of this "woman owned business" crap, please. If we praise a business simply for being run by a woman, aren't we just perpetuating the stereotype that women are somehow less capable of running a business? Why do they get special praise for doing so, unless it's harder for them? Let's support gender-equality instead, whether you're making make-up or just wearing it), who make it all themselves in their lab, understand chemistry, and are massive geeks. The website and products are littered with references to sci-fi, fantasy, games, Japanese bands, mythology, etc, etc. It's a make-up-loving-geek treasure-trove.
I'm in love. I'm doodling 'Fyrinnae' in little heart-shapes on my books and everything.

...And yes, that is a very obscure Sonic reference in the title. Suck it, Nintendo.


Grey said...

You make me need to step up my writing skillz.

Also, I'm having Fyrinnae's babies.

1 January 2010 at 02:45

Anastasia said...

You can take their babies, I'll just steal them. We'll watch Battlestar Galactica together and be haaaaappy <3

Yeah this one was kinda long. Hence why I didn't finish it LAST YEAR.

1 January 2010 at 02:47

Grey said...

I'm really close to placing ANOTHER order with them. It's so hard, 20$ is so cheep and you can get a TON.

I love them so much they are my New Year / New Domain give away prize.

Do you read their blog? I'm always laughing.

1 January 2010 at 02:52

Anastasia said...

I discovered it a couple of days ago, and immediately read it all and bookmarked it x_x;

I want to give away epoxy to everyone! I've got $80 of it coming, but I want more. It's KILLING me because I'm completely flat broke until 11th Jan. Then I'm getting EVERYTHING.

1 January 2010 at 02:56

Lindsey said...

List love! Fyrinnae is definitely amazing. I HATE having to wait to order from them, because it just means that I'm building up more and more things that I waaaant. And I already have to keep cutting my cart down, because I won't let myself spend more than $35 in one sitting (and cutting it down that far is so hard). ;_;

1 January 2010 at 03:10

AxSDenied said...

Wellllp, ya pretty much convinced me to make my Fyrinnae order sooner than later. Good thing I get payed in 4 hrs. SCORE!!!

1 January 2010 at 03:12

Anastasia said...

I don't have that problem, Lindsey, since I want everything.

So, uhm. My list just stays the same length. Unless they add more things. I'll get those, too.

1 January 2010 at 03:25

Anastasia said...

Exceeeeellent. Buy it all, AxS. What're you getting? Epoxy, I hope. And some eyeshadows. Japan is really nice. Get that. And more.

1 January 2010 at 03:26

AxSDenied said...

The epoxy, and going to load up on the lip lustres (f/s in romantique b/c it looks too effing amazing not to get f/s)
And probably many many many eyeshadow samples. I already have 40ish I believe, but that just means there's like 150 I don't have yet!
And I think I want to grab another face primer, a f/s fluff (on my half face test with the 2, I think fluff worked better but it's a pain in the ass if I'm in a rush)
aaaaaand I think 3 blush samples, maybe a f/s Charm, Enrapture, Seduce and Enchant.

If I have to make like 3 orders to get all I want then I will! I promised no more makeup for awhile unless it's Fyrinnae so I might as well get it out of my system lol.

Fyrinnae is makeup crack. I would snort it if I wouldn't come up looking like a clown.....


1 January 2010 at 03:33

AxSDenied said...

Oh yeahhhh, and don't forget their Endangered Species shadows with some proceeds going to aminals.


1 January 2010 at 04:01

Robyn @ Purely Cosmetics said...

This is much better than a Top 10 list. Even better than turning it into a crossword puzzle. Remind me when I get back to order the Expoxy. I have to check this stuff out after listening to you rave about it so much!

Blank look on the Sonic reference. Surprised?

1 January 2010 at 04:53

Anastasia said...

I'm getting a ton of eyeshadow samples, full size arcane magics and a couple of lip lustres, AxS. I want it all nowwwwwwww.

And then I want the 11th to arrive so I can buy mooooooooooreeeeeee x___x

1 January 2010 at 04:58

Anastasia said...

Rofl, Robyn. I don't expect anyone recognises the Sonic reference. It was a comic strip inside an old volume of Sonic the Comic, western-style about Knuckles, the Echidna.

1 January 2010 at 04:58

AxSDenied said...

aw frik, forgot the arcane shadows. I orderd 17 lustres an epoxy and primer gel for order number 1. It was hard to narrow it down to just these. I grabbed a mini of mega-hold because a reviewer said it made her look like a low class stripper.

Maybe she was looking for high class?

1 January 2010 at 05:04

Shattered said...

I'm placing an order with Fyrinnae soon, I have to suck it up and do it.

Also, thank goodness, someone else who doesn't get all the hype about About Face! I'm seriously unimpressed with them, and when you factor in the psycho harassment Grey got, it's downright scary.

1 January 2010 at 05:27

Anastasia said...

I can't wait to try my first lustre! One is on the way, and now two more! <3

Rofl at the stripper bit. I wouldn't criticise a product because the colour didn't suit me, unless someone made it for me, personally.

1 January 2010 at 07:06

Anastasia said...

I'm hoping I won't get my own psycho-harassment, Shattered. I don't get it, either.

When they arrived, I thought "Okay, this is totally NOT what I bought, but what the hey, I like mint colours".

But they're just chalky, white, sheer crap. I threw mine away, and it's the first time I've thrown *any* cosmetics away.

1 January 2010 at 07:07

AxSDenied said...

And it was such a mean thing to say too, they refunded her money but still. Some people shouldn't be allowed to have internet and typing abilities.

1 January 2010 at 07:12

Phyrra said...

I love your list! You did a fantastic job!

And yay for your loving Fyrinnae :)
I really do think they're wonderful.

1 January 2010 at 08:02

Anastasia said...

Some people don't, AxS, it doesn't seem to stop them.

1 January 2010 at 10:29

Anastasia said...

Thanks Phyrra! Now you see why I was freaking out XD

Thanks for re-introducing me to them =D they're utterly wonderful x.x

1 January 2010 at 10:30

Pixie said...

Lovely list! I agree on most points though I think you and I must be mascara opposites, cause my two favorites are Clinique High Impact and Rimmel Sexy Curves lol.

I just placed my first Fyrinnae order in December, and I'm SO EXCITED!

1 January 2010 at 10:35

Anastasia said...

I loooove your tokidoki avatar, Pixie. I know a lot of people like Sexy Curves (can't fathom why - have you seen the original review under the Rimmel tag? The pictures are awful!) but it was terrrrrible on me. I would've LOVED Clinique High Impact though - it made my lashes look great, really fantastic all rounder, just a shame about the ohmygodmyeyesareonfire.

Ooh whatcha get whatcha get? I now have THREE orders coming to me, ahaha.

1 January 2010 at 10:37

Sagu said...

Thanks for the list, Anastasia! I'm getting really curious about the Diamond Perfect Finish Powder after reading a couple of super positive reviews of it. Maybe I should give it a try.

Fyrinnae! Next monday I'm getting some MUNNY and placing a big order. It will be my first time ordering from them. I'm crossing my fingers and toes and hoping that Fyrinnae are worth the hype!

And guess who is dying her hair purple next week, haha!

1 January 2010 at 14:34

Anastasia said...

No problemo, pretty lady!

You already know I'm a big fan of the DPF. Of course, skin is pretty individual, but it helps me get the more flawless face I've been dying for.

I can't imagine how you could NOT love Fyrinne. I started out not liking them, and they've never given me anything free (aside from the samples everyone gets in their order), and I freaking love them to bits. I mean creepy, worringly unbalanced stalker kind of love.

I probably shouldn't broadcast that.

Anyway, they're amazing. Tell me what you get, I want to enjoy your order vicariously =D

1 January 2010 at 14:39

Sagu said...

I think Fyrinnae will cause me problems. Like, you know, too much products and being a student = too little money. But I'm one of those people who rather eat simple, cheap and a bit crappy food than don't buy makeup. Yay for cosmetics madness!

Of course I'll let you know what I ordered. I'm already so excited that I think I might explode at any minute. That's not scary. Tell me that's not scary.

1 January 2010 at 14:47

Astessame said...

I wanted the DPF sooo badly but when it came right down to it...I couldn't pay the almost 8 dollars shipping on one product *sigh* maybe I'll get it someday. But I do know when I actually have money again, I'm getting the epoxy and probably a bunch of other stuff from Fyrinnae. After reading this, I'm kicking myself for not getting it while I still had my Christmas money :)

1 January 2010 at 15:22

Kate said...

Well that's *all* my Xmas money accounted for now then. Thank you!

1 January 2010 at 16:55

Soccerrocker1234 said...

Do you have any recs for Fyinnae for more neutral, but not boring, colors? (I'm light skinned w/blonde hair and blue eyes)

1 January 2010 at 18:09

Kirsty said...

This is a good list!

Quick update on the Sexy Mother Pucker:

I'm not really a gloss kinda girl, so I don't really have much to compare to... but in my opinion this is just an OK gloss.

There is no plumping action to speak of. My lips get a tingle if I pile the stuff on, but then my lips look gross. There isn't much pigmentation, but the shimmer in mine was lovely! It is so thick and tacky, it stays on my lips forever!

I doubt I'd buy this again, I don't think it's worth £8, but I am tempted to try other glosses! What do you rec in terms of long lasting ones?

1 January 2010 at 19:04

Zoffe said...

I loved reading this post! :)
I really like the way you write and what you write about.
You seem very honest and I think that's one of the most important things when blogging.
Also, this post makes me want to try out Fyrinnae! The products look awesome, and who wouldn't want to support a makeup company run by geeks?! :D

1 January 2010 at 21:57

Abbey said...

My best friend/co-blogger loves Fyrinnae, and I think I'm finally going to have to cave on a pile of things. It's so hard to narrow it down what I want though! I get a little overwhelmed when I look at the site, and have to take a break, ha.

I am SUPER excited about the free worldwide shipping. I'm Canadian, I'm used to being excluded on shipping deals.

2 January 2010 at 00:18

Lo said...

Hey Soccerrocker1234
I suggest trying out Mischief Makers and Nijiro. They're both neutral with rainbow sparkles. Mischief Makers is a sort of dove grey; Nijiro is ivory.

They're nice for people that want some interest but aren't ready to take the plunge into bright colors. That's especially true when you use them on top of the epoxy.

2 January 2010 at 00:29

RaeRae said...

(previously raxroxcool, put a nickname on my account finally)

I've just got to say that the way you organised this post was so useful for me- I think top tens of every product out there tend to miss out fantastic products, and sometimes just don't include types of products that I'm interested in.

I'm so excited about trying Fyrinnae- Christmas/birthday (birthday money left from August, dear God) is just waiting to be spent on epoxy and Arcane Magic.

P.S. We got some snow today! It didn't settle though :(

2 January 2010 at 00:34

T.R. said...

Happy New Year Everyone!! What a list. It's always fascinating to see what people like and don't like or better what works for them or doesn't.

Ana glad to see you're still playing around in your collection. :O) I got my Sassy and Aromeliegh samples. I really liked them.

Anyway, good job. I'm taking a makeup buying break in the new year. I've got soooo much that unless it moves me (or there's a heck of a sale) I'll be passing on most stuff to finish using what I got. :O)

By the way - I finally did it. I colored my hair red yesterday. Not a burgundy red but more of a auburnish red, i.e. Julianne Moore kind of color. I like it but it's taking me some time to get used to it. Going from blond to red was a heck of a giant leap. But I got compliments on it last night. So for now I'll keep it as is and see how it "tones" down.

2 January 2010 at 02:50

Anastasia said...

I do that a lot, Sagu. I reason that if I don't have money to eat, I'll just look prettier in my make-up.

2 January 2010 at 04:34

Anastasia said...

Astess, you spent your Christmas money fast! Damn girl, what did it go on?

And yeah, the shipping is a bummer. Maybe I'll buy a full-size DPF jar, dole it out into some sample-size jars and give them away to blog readers?

2 January 2010 at 04:35

Anastasia said...

Rofl Kate - but at least you won't waste it on the crappy stuff? And you won't regret Fyrinnae. It's not even possible to regret Fyrinnae. You'll just regret not building a shrine to them in your wardrobe sooner.

2 January 2010 at 04:36

Anastasia said...

Soccerrocker, I'm not sure Fyrinnae do boring colours, but I'd look under eyeshadow -> categorised by shades to suit skin/eye colour (or whatever it says)

To see what THEY recommend for your skin tone/eye colour.

Then, as far as I can see some of the must-haves are polar bear, beholder, tyr, the staggering sailor (I think you'd suit olive greens? Maybe that's just me) and I'd take a look at some of the purples, too.

Fyrinnae's stuff is all very complex and pigmented, but of course you can make it sheerer with application if it's too bold for you. You can wear a bold, complex colour and simply tone it down by blending it out a lot.

I'd ALSO e-mail Fyrinnae (there's a little contact form on their website, they're SO nice and get back to you so quickly) and ask their advice, because they know all their shades inside and out, and tend to have a really good idea of what suits people. I bet they'd love to help!

2 January 2010 at 04:40

Anastasia said...

Thanks for the update, Kirsty. I think I'd be better off saving the cash instead and trying say, a LipFusion gloss? It doesn't sound very appealing.

I'm so not the person to ask about long-lasting lip products, I'm constantly drinking Pepsi Max so I rub all mine off. But, I'd say that I think the Illamasqua glosses last the longest on me, the intense ones. They can rub off and still leave some stain behind (in a nice way, not a 'settled into your lines and you look weird' way) and they stick on my lips really, really well.

They're pretty sticky, but then all long-lasting glosses are going to be. Oh and... ages ago I tried... bollocks, I can't remember what it was. If I remember I'll let you know, it lasted hours.

2 January 2010 at 04:42

Anastasia said...

Thank you Zoffe! Yeah, honesty is the best policy - even if it gets you swamped with fangirls because you didn't like X brand.

I write my blog for myself, so there wouldn't be much point if I lied about what I thought on it. If I wanted to get umpteen free products in exchange for whoring out my good opinion, I'd be on youtube.

And do try Fyrinnae! Argh, I love them. It probably came as a surprise to long-time blog readers because I've yet to use Fyrinnae in an EOTD (that I've posted, anyway), but they're my OBSESSION lately. And they made me buy taupes! And neutrals! They named them nerdy things and I had to have them.

2 January 2010 at 04:45

Anastasia said...

Abbey, as a Briton I know that feeling. Free worldwide shipping! Eeek, and $20 goes so far. So many huuuge samples. And I get full-sizes of the arcane magics, because they're so amazing.

Argh, it's all amazing. Let me know what you order! I'm as excited about other people's Fyrinnae hauls as I am about my own, is that weird?

2 January 2010 at 04:48

Anastasia said...

Smart Lo is smart. *Glomp*

Oh! I should've put L'Oreal Extra Collagen Mascara in under worst mascara, darn. I'll mention it in the next bottom-of-the-barrel round.

2 January 2010 at 04:49

Anastasia said...

RaeRax (yep, that's sticking)

Thanks! You have no idea how much time is spent on formatting. Literally, hours. It's why I don't blog more, I suppose. Although that's my slightly-before-new-year resolution.

WE got snow, too! But ours settled, haha. Pretty thin though, you can still see the grass and my brother's ticked because he went out for a walk, slipped and did the almost-splits.

Like I'm telling everyone, tell me what you get from Fyrinnae. I've swatched what I have so far, I have another... $130 of Fyrinnae on its way to me, and I'll swatch that when I get it, too. OhmygodFyrinnae.

2 January 2010 at 04:52

Anastasia said...

Happy New Year, TR! <3

I'm jealous of people the Clinique mascara works for. Maybe I should take mine back on account of it BURNS MY EYES? I've only tried it twice. I'd give it away - but what if there's something wrong with it? *Mentally debates*

Anyway, er. It was quite long, eh? Oooh I'm glad you like them! I can't remember what you got, now. I got my massive Aromaleigh order and I love it, I'm drowning in eyeshadow right now. It's a happy death.
I SHOULD stop buying, but no. I want everything Fyrinnae sell first.

Ahh! I want to see your hair. GOOD. I'm so happy you finally did it. I bet it's stunning. Did you do it yourself, or go to a salon?

You'll probably want to pick up a red shampoo somewhere that'll keep it red, longer, otherwise it'll go from auburn to more coppery very fast.

2 January 2010 at 04:57

AxSDenied said...

lmao, your stalkeryness cracks me up :D

2 January 2010 at 05:27

Kate said...

I can't decide if finding your blog was the best or worst thing to happen to me. But really it's about time I start using good quality make-up and tools after all this time. I've wasted so much money on stuff I never use though, so maybe this will end up saving me money, maybe?

Least you saved me from Lime Crime, cos I was close to ebing sucked in by the pretty unicorns :/

2 January 2010 at 16:07

Grey said...

I was thinking last night we should plan a trip to visit the Fryinnae studios and then hand cuff ourselves inside.

Too much?

2 January 2010 at 17:54

Lo said...

Yeah... that mascara...

Good news is that after about a month of semi-habitually using the Talika Lipocils conditioning gel on the set that were massively damaged, my lashes are healing up nicely. I've begun to use it on both eyes now and I'm happier with my eyelashes than I've ever been.

I mean, I'd be happier if that had NEVER happened, I'm sure, but that product saved my lashes. ^.^

2 January 2010 at 18:01

Lo said...

Maybe I should try this Clinique mascara!

2 January 2010 at 18:02

beautifulwithbrains said...

This is a great post! But your blog is so bad for me, Ana. After the Sassy shadows, Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder and Aromaleigh pigments (which I can't get :( ), now you're making me wanna try Fyrinnae too! I'm gonna spend all my Christmas money after the holidays, but it's gonna be worth it

I'll probably get the Pixie Epoxy and a few Arcane shadows. I wanna keep my order small so hopefully it won't get stopped at customs. If all goes well, I'm afraid I'll place many orders with them in the future. Which is very bad for my wallet but at least I'll look pretty when broken.

2 January 2010 at 19:28

Tea said...

Damn it. I started using MUFE HD Microfinish powder long before I started reading your (and Grey's) blog, and was clueless about being ripped off. Well, not completely. I knew I could get a giant jar of Kryolan HD powder which is basically the same stuff, for less, but didn't want to wait 3 weeks for it to ship to Canada. Was trying to factor in the whole time = money thing. But... shit. Now I feel like a dumbass! One ingredient?! When my jar runs out I'm going to try the Purely Cosmetics stuff. Thanks, dude!

2 January 2010 at 20:08

CthuLynny said...

A Pox on thee you wretched thing. I was going to go ahead and mention how I now need to get the blasted pixie epoxy thanks to that swatch, and then I hit the bottom of the post and saw sonic. I now have the music to the pinball stage stuck in my head.

This is less than a week after getting the dreaded Pac Man "wha wha wha wha wha wah-wah-wah" out. Do you have any idea how crazy people already think I am without humming video game music while grocery shopping? *shakes fist*

3 January 2010 at 06:22

Anastasia said...

They love me, too, AxS! We can be together! It's not a one-way dream, I'm not crazy!

*Rocks back and forth.*

3 January 2010 at 11:33

Anastasia said...

If I save just one person from Lime Crime, and send them somewhere better, then it's allll worth it, Kate.

I have been making people buy a lot of stuff, lately. More negative reviews, perhaps? I have some companies I'm not too thrilled with.

Try Fyrinnae if you haven't already, though, you shan't regret it.

3 January 2010 at 11:35

Anastasia said...

I was thinking the same thing, Grey, except we handcuff THEM inside. And stay. Woot.

3 January 2010 at 11:35

Anastasia said...

I'm glad your lashes are back to normal, but seriously. LASH MELTING is not what one goes for when they mascara shop.

I'll send you my mini one and see what they have to say about the full-size tube in-store. It was a good mascara, apart from that whole omgpain thing.

3 January 2010 at 11:36

Anastasia said...

Haha, sorry, Gio! Ahh but Fyrinnae will ship to you for free, with a $20 order! So at least small orders are economical. I reeeeeeeeeally hope it gets there okay for you, I wasn't charged on my last Fyrinnae order.

You've gotta try them though, the epoxy is game-changing.

3 January 2010 at 11:38

Anastasia said...

Tea I'm even worse, I KNEW it was pure silica powder and I bought it anyway, but then I also bought silica powder to compare. Exaaaaaaaactly the same. I mean, of course it is, it's pure silica powder.

Although I like it, I notice a better result from the DPF, particularly when I photograph.

3 January 2010 at 11:40

Anastasia said...

CthuLynny! Ah, is that a Lovecraft reference I spy? <3

You won Grey's haiku contest - yours was great!

Sorry for the catchy-tune. After your comment I got the Sonic tune in my head, you know the one that plays when he gets invincibility in Sonic 2? Da daa, da daaa daaaa, da da da da daaa daaaa. Yep, I bet that's in your head too, now, isn't it?

3 January 2010 at 11:41

Pixie said...

zomg, I got so much from Fyrinnae. More than $100 worth :/ I mostly got stuff with much of glitter and crazy colors. I have too many neutrals already!

3 January 2010 at 13:39

CthuLynny said...

Oh yes. I am overly fond of all things cephalopod. but uh, not in the japanese schoolgirl way. Ok and I do love me some Lovecraft.

and yes thank you. That wench has a special place in my heart after making a purchase. I will try and avoid saying why as I am frightened of her flying monkies, but you know.

Why?? WHY? I spent all night hearing sonic collecting rings. I dreamt about sonic. I curse you with the Pac Man noise......the one it makes when he eats pie and ghosts start flashing. (now go grocery shopping and think about that)

3 January 2010 at 14:02

Astessame said...

Oh I didn't have much xmas money anyway *pouts* but I think I put it to good use despite not getting the epoxy or the DPF. I bought a new set of brushes and a ton of stuff from Sassy...including more gasoline rainbow (I copied your eotd for a holdiday party and got a ton of compliments--Thanks!)as well as sexy nerd and merlin's ball (I have fallen hard for both of them) And I bought my boyfriend his Christmas gift too. Now to actually get it mailed out to him--I am such a slacker girlfriend.

3 January 2010 at 15:03

Kate said...

Some negative reviews would probably be a plan. Esp since my BF has *banned* me from buying more make-up after making a $21 dollar order from Fyrinnae, but I'm getting quite a few samples, plus a couple of lip lustres and of course the Pixie Apoxy. I figured since it was free shipping I shold go for it.

One thing though - your swatch of the Arcane eyeshadow looks *completely* different to the swatch on their website, so I ended up not buying that this time, because it looked peach on their site :/

3 January 2010 at 16:46

Phyrra said...

Some safer shades (though I hate to say boring):
Damn Paladins - a soft light taupe with a gentle pale blue highlight
Sumatran Tiger - rosy peach with subtle pale green highlights
Cheetah - a soft,glowing pale peach, this shade has a slight golden shimmer
Tasmanian Devil - a rose shade with a soft blue highlight
Blue-footed booby - a pale, soft neutral sage green with a slight satiny finish
Iberian Lynx - a glimmering tawny brown with various shades of gold and bronze sparkle
Orangutan - a nearly-matte muted peach
Koala - a medium rosy taupe
Ashes - Medium grey with a brown tone and slight sheen, try pairing with Soot for a dark smokey look.
Soot - Shimmery charcoal, great for smokey eyes (try pairing with Ashes) or as eyeliner.
Glass Coffin - dove grey with vibrant pink shimmer
Snow Leopard - a soft deep taupe shade that has subtle hues of rose
Nijiro - ivory with rainbow sparkles
Kung Pao - dark charcoal brown filled with copper highlights
Ultrasuede - matte, velvety deep charcoal brown
Sidhe - soft shimmery semi-sheer gold with a green iridescence

3 January 2010 at 16:54

Anastasia said...

Pixie - excellent! Whatcha geeeeet? I've got about $130 worth on its way to me *_____* There's still more I want.

3 January 2010 at 16:57

Phyrra said...

Also, about the Arcane swatches. They're super hard to get to show up. You can't capture the color changing nature in just one pic. You have to take several pix from several different angles.

3 January 2010 at 17:02

Anastasia said...

Rofl, CthuLynny XD Ah, I have the best blog readers.

I actually have the Sonic 2 Aquatic Ruin zone theme in my head. My brother's got a ton of OCR remixes of all the sonic tunes, which are fantastic.

The reference was actually an obscure Knuckles comic strip in Sonic the Comic. It was only in like... 3 issues, ever. I have an odd brain.

3 January 2010 at 17:05

Anastasia said...

Lol, Astess, it was hardly an EOTD. I only used one colour =P

I want to redo it with the pixie epoxy to see the difference in sparkle, but I've also got the Fyrinnae version Immortality coming, so that'll be interesting to try. You're gonna want the Epoxy, particularly if you have a bunch of Sassy shades. Yeeeess you are.

3 January 2010 at 17:09

Anastasia said...

Kate! You dork, that's because that's Dark Fantasy's like, base colour. It's Arcane Magic, when you move it close to a light, it goes bronze, then peach! Amazingness!

All the Arcane Magics change colour. At least now you see how dramatically =P

And yeah, it's definitely worth getting the free shipping. That's exactly what happened to me my first time - I got the epoxy to test it with some Sassy stuff, then saw the free shipping, most places offer that only within the US when you spend like, $70 or something. So I jumped at it, got eyeshadow samples... and fell desperately in love. Sigh.

3 January 2010 at 17:11

Anastasia said...

I'm so envious of your Fyrinnae stash, Phyrra! I even got Damn Paladins on my last order. Can you believe it? I ORDERED A TAUPE. Beholder, too. TWO TAUPES.

I should have almost all the arcane magics when it all arrives, along with... oooh, a whole lot more. =D

3 January 2010 at 17:12

Phyrra said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're ordering some of the Arcane Magics.

My favorite colors are:
OMGWTF, We're All Mad Here, Digital Faerie, Wicked, Faerie Glamour, Cupcake Sprinkles, Love Potion, Sorceress, Nijiro, Mischief Makers, Shinigami, Dressed to Kill, Sleepy Hollow, Delvian,Rapunzel Had Extensions, Darling Misfit, Otherworld, Dragon's Wing, Curiouser & Curiouser, Javan Rhino, Jaguar!

In Lippies: Lollipop-pop, Glitter Kittiez, Ryunome, Amplifier, Acidic Cherry, Shangri-La, Visual Kei, Ghostly Voice

In Blushes I liked:
Intrigue, Enchant, Mesmerize, and Charm.

In Inks:
You Want Me, Thunderstorm, and Paranormal Pink

Gah, honestly, I love just about everything I have from them and have serious like for the rest (like Kamikazi, Marhsmallow Puffs, Freya, Vanir, Tyr, Bite Me, Moon Child, Midnight Tryst, Mephisto, Faerie Realm, New Moon's Light, +20 Beautifuication, Geek Glam, Chaotic Evil, Damn Paladins, Ashes, Soot, Griffonrider, Half-Elf Hottie, Warrior-Mage, etc.

Yeah, I'm addicted. I can admit it.

3 January 2010 at 17:19

Anastasia said...

Here's what I have:

We're All Mad Here
Curiouser and Curiouser
Looking Glass
Arcane Magic: Dark Fantasy
Shallow Sleep
Geek Glam
Elven Dagger

And what I will have when my... 3 orders arrive:

Robot Takeover
Jade Ghost
Dressed To Kill
Dragon's Wing
Digital Faerie
Darling Misfit
Cheshire Cat Grin
But I Like Frogs
Blue Whale
Biker Chic
Bali Mynah
Adam & Steve's
+20 Beautification
1.22 Gigawatts
Sleepy Hollow
Parental Advisory
Neo Universe
The Staggering Sailor
Damn Paladins
Polar Bear
Winter, Again
Fyre & Ice
Professional Colors: Chrome
Arcane Magic: Warriormage
Arcane Magic: Farseer
Arcane Magic: Mystic
Android Angel
Javan Rhino
Strip Poker
Lucky Charmed
Lip Lustre: Fanservice – mini
Lip Lustre: Bloodstains – mini
Lip Lustre: Ice Cream Party – mini


Arcane Magic: Archmage
Arcane Magic: Dragonmagic
Arcane Magic: Elemental Fire
Arcane Magic: Wizard's Apprentice
Arcane Magic: Sorceress

<3 MUCH more planned.

3 January 2010 at 17:21

CthuLynny said...

I never got past sonic and super mario to be honest. The hubs is asking for a wii soon, and after seeing super mario...Im anxious!

*pets* its ok to make obscure comic references. Im a book worm myself, s I tend to make odd references to spice and "the beam"....Plus my youngest is named after an ewok.

oh and now your accursed diamond powder and fyrinnae are in my head begging me to burn a hole in my credit card. Must.....wait....till....taxreturn...

3 January 2010 at 17:21

Phyrra said...

Sounds absolutely lovely!!!!


So so glad you tried them again Ana!

3 January 2010 at 17:26

Kate said...

You just called me dork :'( I know they change colour, it just looked nothing like either of the swatches and it confused. Cos I really like the look of the base colour but not the colours they turn into, if that makes sense? So basically if I keep away from the light it'll be that colour?

Also yes the free shipping to the UK pretty much clinched it for me, because I don't think anyone else does that. I was impressed enough by how little shipping from Aromaleigh was. Clearly I'm just used to being slighly ripped off!

3 January 2010 at 17:36

Fuchsia said...

Doodling little Fyrinnae hearts? I'm just about carving mine and their initials on trees, I love 'em that much. I could spend hours looking at the little jars going 'The colours, the colours!'
Double-plus points for them being geekish lab blokes, too. I am quite hurrah-for-gender-equality, and that includes sharing traditionally girly things with the menfolk. I have my power tools, my Dr. Martens, *and* my pretty glittery face-muck, and I like the lads to have the same. (Plus, if you have cosmetically-inclined male friends, you can nick their stuff too.) Or maybe I just wish that one of my friends had a lab. Geeks they are, but not chemistry-inclined.

Have you 'Iris'? It's like a pastel 'Wicked' or a warmer, lighter 'Faerie Glamour'. (Yeah, my last Fyrinnae order was disturbingly huge.) Their duochromes just blow me away, it's like gluing butterfly wings to your eyelids.

Your reviews are snappy and useful, but I keep reading here mainly because I just like the writing... and that you have so many shades o'green! I was so fed up with green being off the menu for eyeshadow colours. So many mainstream places seem to aim for green then get scared and make it a 'hint of', or just yet another brown. Nope, not for me... I'll be in the corner cackling over my jar of We're All Mad Here.

3 January 2010 at 23:55

Anastasia said...

Lynny, no one should be allowed a Wii unless they already have either a PS3 or an Xbox 360, it's just not... gamery enough.

I controls the spice... Anyway. Well, I'm in the same boat! I want to buy the stuff I rave about, too. =[

4 January 2010 at 01:57

Anastasia said...

Me too, Phyrra, although my bank isn't <3

4 January 2010 at 01:57

Anastasia said...

It's a term of endearment, Kate! I call... a lot of people dorks ^^

When I used it in a look, I noticed when I turned my head etc, some parts of it looked bronze. But the green was definitely still there. I like it, even if I'm not a huge fan of the colour it turns into, cause I like the depth to the colour.

I'm used to the same! Anything less than $12 for shipping and I'm doing a happy skip.

4 January 2010 at 01:59

Anastasia said...

Well, I didn't want to sound TOO mad, Fuchsia.

Double-plus points for the Orwell reference. And yeah, really, while we're all bitching (okay, not me, I don't, but those other ladies) about equality and rar rar rar for women, I think men should get a little, too. Isn't that how equality works? Everyone can wear anything. Done. Except fur because you'll get paint thrown on you.

Sorry, I'm really effing tired. You might can tell. I agree, though. Sparkles for everyone, if they are so inclined.

I don't - I'm adding it to my list, thankyou.

And lastly... Thanks! I like writing, even when I ramble on nonsensically. I keep writing 'cause of people like you. Commenters who make newspeak jokes. That's why. And I do love my green. Funny story: I only like green 'cause I liked red, so I dyed my hair red, and discovered I automatically looked good in green.

I've been considering swatching ALL my green eyeshadows though. I'll need a few extra hands.

4 January 2010 at 02:06

Abbey said...

It's not weird at all to want to know what others get - I do the exact same thing when my friends go shopping.

I swatched a pile of my friend's Sassy and Fyrinnae shadows, and I'm a little afraid of payday on the 15th. I have the "There will be blood, it might be yours!" line from one of the Bad Horse songs stuck in my head when I think of it.

Oh, and I totally have a Wii but no PS3/Xbox 360 - I'm debating which to get next though - what's your opinion?

However, I do still have my N64 and Gamecube, and like, four incarnations of the Gameboy so maybe that will get me a little bit more geek cred back.

4 January 2010 at 03:31

AxSDenied said...

I don't think they have the inks anymore :(

4 January 2010 at 04:10

Lo said...

Did the inks disappear?! Ahh! NO!

A small part of me just died. I was hoping that they were going to be my solution for my waterline. *sniffle*

I suppose I didn't really need to spend any more money on beauty stuff anyway. I've dropped way more than I should've at Aromaleigh over the past month; not to mention the fact that I EBay'd Volcanic Ash exfoliator at the horrible "not available in stores" markup.

You, Ana, are a Problem. <3

So, I'm gonna leave you with this link to the web version of Ninja Ropes, just so you get addicted.

4 January 2010 at 06:44

Sagu said...

I made my Fyrinnae order today!

I also dyed my hair purple. I LOVE it. I posted a couple of pics in my blog, go see them if you're interested.

4 January 2010 at 17:54

Belinda said...

Sega do what Nintendon't. ;)

Heh, I actually have some Lancome Juicy Tubes, but I got those for free, so... yeah. ^^;

Great list! I'll definitely keep your recommendations in mind next time I go makeup shopping, as well as the ones to avoid.

4 January 2010 at 19:31

The Assessor. said...

Clinique must have re-formulated their mascara. My mom has super-sensitive eyes, and used Clinique for as long as I remember knowing about her makeup until recently. It does the same thing to her eyes, which is sad considering the brand's reputation for being good for sensitive skin.

6 January 2010 at 05:18

squidmarket said...

The Inks move my relationship with them from platonic to something akin to slavery. I don't go a day now without Pixie Epoxy and the Inks in ninja.
I'm holding off on placing a post Christmas order until they bring the Inks back, but I really need to get +20 Beautification asap.

6 January 2010 at 09:10

Anastasia said...

Damnit Abbey, after your comment I was stuck humming the song, then moved on to Brand New Day and just had to listen to the entire soundtrack again.

Lacy, gently wafting curtains.

Xbox 360, definitely. The PS3 is the technically superior machine, but it only has about 8 exclusive games for it, so eff that. Plus the Xbox has Live, which is more than just annoying 13 year olds loling over Halo, once you get into it. You can play Death Tank, for instance, which is like a new, updated version of the old classic PC game Scorched Earth. I do love the smell of napalm in the morning.

7 January 2010 at 00:42

Anastasia said...

I think maybe they're bringing them back, AxS. I read something about it on their blog. Somewhere. Maybe?

7 January 2010 at 00:43

Anastasia said...

Yeah but, you really do, Lo. You need Fyrinnae.

I know what I said before about all those other things you need, but forget that. You really need THIS.

7 January 2010 at 00:52

Anastasia said...

LOVE the hair Sagu! What did you order in the end? I want to see everyone's hauls!

7 January 2010 at 00:53

Anastasia said...

Haha, I'm not anti-Nintendo (well, after "Imagine Babies" maybe I am, WTF was that shit.) but I grew up on Sega. Mega Drive, Master System, Game Gear, baby!

Thanks Belinda :3

7 January 2010 at 00:55

Anastasia said...

Good to know it's not just me, Assessor. Thanks, I was wondering if maybe it was just a bad batch, but seemingly not.

I use their moisturiser and cleanser and really like it, it's bizarre.

7 January 2010 at 00:56

Anastasia said...

I wish I had the inks to try, Squid. I've read mixed reviews but I love everything else they do, so I'll give them a try if they re-appear, for sure.

I haven't worn anything but Fyrinnae since it got here...

7 January 2010 at 00:58

Cacau said...

Ok... now I'm going to end up ordering samples from fyrinnae... ;__;
I've been looking at their products for a long time now.... x.x''''

I'm specially interested on the lip lustres....

7 January 2010 at 13:31

Belinda said...

I'm not anti-Nintendo either, heh. Though it does really annoy and bother when I can't catch all the legendary Pokemon because some of them are only available through special events. D:

11 January 2010 at 08:59

Julia said...

Whoohoo, you're awesome! I used to be a TSS follower adn I bought more than 500 eyeshadows from her - samples and full sizes. Oh, how I trusted her so... Until, I saw Grey's post. then, I did swatch adn compared them to my aromaleigh or fyrinnae and find that HALF of TSS pigments are loaded with bases (I think it's kaolin, but you maybe right about more Titanium dioxide) To save money, maybe... That's why their samples are cheap. Also, a blogger have added swatch that some of TSS colors maybe dupes of TKB colors. I will never order from her again.
I HATE archetype's service. It's sad really that their colors are beautiful but they avoid their paying customers.

14 January 2010 at 01:37

c.han1214 said...

isnt MUFE .35 oz? or am i being dumb?

23 March 2010 at 06:25

ShimmerCoconut said...

I will sound like a poser but fyrianne is becoming my new fave brand and I have not even tried them. Based on various reviews, swatches, and the price I am sold and I am about to make a fat order. I'm so glad I discovered their greatness lol

31 July 2010 at 06:41

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