Love Each Other Blushes & Face Powder

The Pet Collection

During mine and Lizzie‘s first year in college, one of our friends who was still in high school¬†stayed over at our dorm so often that we had cave-like bed space under my bed. ¬†Subsequently, we jokingly started referring to our friend as “our pet” and later just “pet” (the nickname may also have been influenced by the amount of binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer we were doing). ¬†So we decided to name our blushes after our Pet!

These blushes are silica-based, which makes them super soft and completely matte!  Kaolin clay keeps them from moving during wear without any trace of cakiness.


Also featured: Our super soft translucent mattifying finishing powder!  Made with mattifying silica and moisturising kaolin clay, this finishing powder goes on smoothly and minimizes shine without being drying.  I like this powder on foundation, bb cream, and bare skin.

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Drug Store Baked Eyeshadows


What is baked eyeshadow?

Baked eyeshadow are traditionally mineral eyeshadows, though many contain plenty of non-mineral ingredients.  Baked eyeshadows are made in a wet mixture, shaped into domes, and as the name suggests, baked.  They can be applied dry for a sheer glittery shadow or wet for a more metallic sheen.

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First Love Each Other Cosmetics Co. Eyeshadow Collection

Introducing… our Sensimilla Eyeshadow Collection!

Twelve beautiful mineral eyeshadows in neutrals and brights, and with the exception of our shimmery white shadow, all of these colors are perfectly matte!


From left to right, top to bottom:

  • TRICHOMES¬†: pearlescent white
  • DOOB¬†: matte light beige
  • CRUTCH : matte dark¬†beige
  • TOKE : matte taupe
  • CBD : matte rusty orange
  • 420 : matte sunshine yellow
  • STEM : matte yellow-green
  • LEAF : matte blackened green
  • PURP : matte purple with brown undertones
  • PERP : matte¬†purple with grey undertones
  • BLUNT : matte brown with green undertones
  • BOWL : matte charcol black

INGREDIENTS : silica spheres*, titanium dioxide, cannabis sativa seed oil, and mineral pigments (iron oxides, chromium oxide, ultramarines) *Trichomes contains mica in place of silica.

We decided to use hemp oil as a binder in these shadows and have found it works wonderfully — these stay motionless and creaseless all day with a primer. ¬†We let this ingredient choice inspire the names for this collection,¬†including¬†Sensimilla.¬†Sin semilla in Spanish means “without seeds” and this collection is without any seedlike glitter!

 Of these eyeshadows, Trichomes, Doob, Crutch, Toke, CBD, 420, and Bowl are all lip safe!  Stem, Leaf, Purp, Perp, and Blunt are not.

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Ancient & Medieval Women’s Tattoo Art

Ancient Tattooing

Many descriptions of the history of tattooing describe the line and dot tattoos present on √Ėtzi, the Ice Man, and then jump ahead to the Western world in the 1800s. ¬†They skip thousands of years of history! ¬†I can’t possibly hope to cover all of these years in this one post, but I am going to present an overview of where tattooing has been recorded. ¬†The other generalization there is to be made about histories of tattooing is that women are largely left out. ¬†I want to highlight the history of women in tattooing, as I think it is fascinating and vital to understand the evolution of the art of tattoo. ¬†That being said, I do not intend to highlight women’s tattoo art to the exclusion of other important movements and figures.

One of the innate qualities of the art of tattooing is its impermanence.  People comment often on the permanence of tattoos, but this permanence is relative.  Tattoos are observable only as long as the person wearing them is alive.  From this perspective, tattoo is the least permanent art form.  Until the invention of the camera, tattoo art could be recorded only in drawings done by others.  Several civilizations have preserved tattooing from ancient times to modern ones, and others found ways to mummify bodies in bogs or tombs allowing modern humans to see ancient tattooing.  All of the information I provide in this post should be taken with the consideration in mind that some of what we think we know may be completely wrong because of the impermanent quality of historical tattooing.

It’s important to note also that some of the nations and people I discuss are still very much alive today, as are their tattoo traditions. ¬†I present them in the section titled¬†Ancient Tattooing because their traditions date back to ancient times.

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Almay Shadow Softies, Liquid Eyeliner, & Liquid Lip Balm Review

Almay is a company that I don’t see getting much love on the internet. ¬†I can somewhat understand this, as they do not have the reputation or inventory of other drug store brands. ¬†But I do think there are some undervalued products, and¬†it has a special place in my heart. ¬†My friend Lizzie Lee¬†introduced me to the liquid lip balms, and for Christmas this year she gave me an Almay single eyeshadow in a beautiful mossy green! ¬†She also has a couple posts on her blog using the Shadow Softies in¬†Seafoam (1,2).

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Maybelline Color Tattoo By Eyestudio 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadow

The Basics

Maybelline Color Tattoos are frequently compared to the infamous Mac Paint Pots. ¬† I don’t own any Paint Pots (yet), but I do have a Color Tattoo¬†Obsession¬†Collection. ¬†So while I can’t comment on the wear of the different products, I can do some fact listing.

The Color Tattoos are $7 for 4g of product, while the Paint Pots are $20 for 5g.  So while the Color Tattoos are $1.75/g, the Paint Pots are $4/g; more than twice as much.

The ingredients in the Color Tattoos and the Paint Pots are fairly similar. ¬†The largest difference I noted is that the Color Tattoos list a cyclopentasiloxane¬†(a silicone emollient)¬†as the first ingredient, and¬†isododecane¬†(a hydrocarbon emollient) as the second. ¬†The Paint Pots list isododecane first and¬†dimethicone (another silicone emollient) second. ¬†The cost of cosmetics grade cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone seem to fall within similar ranges (cyclopentasiloxane is $3-5/kg, dimethicone is $1-6/kg), so it’s likely Mac’s higher price tag is mostly for brand name reasons.

Someday I’ll be able to pick up some Paint Pots and do a real comparison review. ¬†Until then, let’s focus on the Color Tattoos.

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Sweater Weather

First Accomplishment of 2014

For the past two months, I’ve been knitting my first sweater. ¬†I can’t believe I finished it! ¬†It’s the first thing I’ve knit that’s not a flat rectangle. ¬†Knitting a garment like a sweater is terrifying. ¬†Because you’re creating the fabric as you sew the garment, you don’t actually know that it’s going to fit until the very last moment. ¬†And if it doesn’t, you have to knit any number of pieces all over again. ¬†So I was very nervous to tie off the ends and try it on!

The original pattern came from a Rowan knitting book, the yarn from Valley Yarns.  The sweater was longer and the back was saggy, so I adjusted it to my liking.  I also lengthened the sleeves to match my lanky arms better and, very thankfully, they fit.  Knitting allows me a healthy release for my unhealthy perfectionism, so I think I ended up taking out each piece three times each.

Now that it’s finally done, I’m not sure what I’ll knit next. ¬†It’s between a cat hoodie from scrap yarn, or investing in some nice wool for a deer patterned set of socks, gloves, and a hat (just in time for winter to be over). ¬†For now, enjoy the pictures of my frizzy fishtail braids and the finished sweater.

Full sweater

Shameless selfies.



Left: pattern detail.
Right: neckband, shoulder, hem.