Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Over 100 fans!

For gaining over 100 fans, there will be a giveaway! You can enter the contest here until August 17th.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011


New Marshmallow Sugar Lip Scrub is available! Flavored with natural marshmallow root extract, with softening mango seed butter and macadamia oil. Only $5! http://www.etsy.com/listing/72278718/marshmallow-sugar-lip-scrub-with-mango

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ingredients Series: Mica

Mica is a common main ingredient in mineral eyeshadows. The term actually refers to a group of silicate minerals with very uniform cleavage (that's how it breaks, you guys) caused by the uniform hexagonal structure. This makes it useful for mineral cosmetics because it forms uniformly-sized granules which usually appear glittery or shimmery, like sand, but without a scratchy or gritty texture. The amount of sparkle increases with the increased size of the particles -- conversely, low-sheen or matte micas have a smaller particle size. The opacity of mica powder decreases with the increased size of the particles, so sparkly micas will tend to be sheer. The opacity can also be altered using metal oxides, particularly titanium dioxide, which is very white and opaque. Micas are also used in mineral foundations and finishing powders and veils, although the latter are often made with lighter mineral powders such as silica and talc.

Micas are composed of various metals bonded with silicates (silicon+oxygen), oxygen, hydroxides (OH, oxygen+hydrogen), and sometimes flourides. For example, one kind of mica is called aluminoceladonite, or potassium aluminum magnesium iron silicate hydroxide. There are many unique chemical structures that fall in this category, so it's much easier to just call them micas. They are defined by their tetrahedral structure and form layers or sheets which can be sheered or flaked into large flat pieces. Thin, translucent sheets of mica are known as isinglass. Because micas have stable structures, the material is not reactive and is useful in many applications such as electronics. This chemical stability also makes the ingredient non-irritating for cosmetic use. Most allergic reactions to mineral cosmetics are caused by another mineral, bismuth oxychloride, which is losing popularity as a cosmetic ingredient for that reason.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Urban Decay Quinceanera Bag

This glittery purple makeup bag is available from www.urbandecay.com for $26 and is the second limited-edition 15th anniversary product released this year, out of four total. People have already noticed that this is not comparable to the amazing value of the 15th Anniversary 24/7 liner set (16 full-size liners and sharpener for $92) and might not be worth the price. Now that I can inspect the bag more closely...

Cosette says it smells funny, kind of like plastic pool toys or water wings.

*Kitteh not included. Only for scale.
The lining is pretty except the print quality is lacking...

But it IS quite glittery. And purple. There is no denying it.
When it comes down to it, the bag is made in China, the hardware is plastic, it smells strongly of vinyl and won't hold the proper shape even though it's brand new, and the special 15th Anniversary print lining is badly pixelated. This needed to either cost less or be higher-quality, especially with the high expectations for these limited edition specials. If you're not utterly IN LOVE with the design, you should probably pass on this bag. There are going to be a lot of complaints from Urban Decay fans out there.