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SRSLY: Pink Dandy

This is an old review I did for the old Geek Chic Cosmetics blog, but I felt like it fit better here.  And this is a company I love!  They have the only facial moisturizer I will use besides Na-PCA, so I guess it’s a ‘Holy Grail’ product of sorts.

I was going to place another order a while ago, but they were moving locations.  Everything is back up now, so check it out!  As soon as I get over my financial aid experience from hell, I plan on placing another order.

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A few weeks ago after hearing about them in a giveaway, I placed an order with Pink Dandy, a bath and beauty store on Etsy. Everything is fairly affordable and not pricey at all. Shipping is reasonable at 3.50 for the US, and 5.00 for Canada. 10.50 for other international orders! Pink Dandy carries a wide variety of product: facial care products, lotions, bath bombs, whips, candles, shampoo/conditioner… and the list goes on. I picked up a few products on a whim, and was happily surprised.  I have fairly sensitive skin and drugstore products tend to only exacerbate the issue.

(Unrelated, but one of the only products that I swear by from a store is Desert Essence: Facial Cleansing Pads. I have very acne prone skin that likes to freak out on me, and this stuff is… godly. It’s also good if you have a problem with dead skin cells. Seriously, I thought I got all my makeup off and then used one of these and got a bunch of gunk off my face. Ew.)

Store:

5/5

It’s Etsy, so the store looked clean and nice.  Everything was laid out in reasonable manner, and check-out was simple. I was personally very impressed with the photos of the products… very professional.  But that’s probably because I’m so awful at photography.  (EASILY IMPRESSED <.<) Everything that I ordered is vegan and all natural.

I bought three things: Pumpkin Glycolic Acid Facial Peel, Citrus Zest Face Cream, and an Organic Strawberry and Coconut Cream Face Mask.

Shipping:

5/5

Everything arrived very quickly, I was very surprised! I had ordered from another store on Etsy, and it took ages… so I guess I had some sort of bias. But everything arrived in about a week, a long with a free sample of a body lotion (that my hands loved!), and a coupon for 10% off if I ordered again within a specific time period. Everything was very nicely wrapped, no spills or anything of that nature.

Formula:

5/5

FACE CREAM:

Ingredients: Purified Water, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis), Emulsifying Wax NF, Palm Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis), Essential Oils of: Lemon Peel (Citrus Medica Limonum), Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis), Grapefruit (Citrus Paradise), phenonip.

I have been looking for a good face-cream for a long time. I go to stores searching for them and have a hard time even finding a face cream, yet even one that works. What attracted me to the cream is that it said it’s good for acne breakouts. I often have problems using moisturizers on my face as they tend to have some ingredient in them without fail that makes me break out worse. This one did not. It’s a very lightweight cream, and you don’t need much of it to keep your face moisturized. I use it once in the morning, and once before I go to sleep and my face feels soft all day and doesn’t dry out. It isn’t greasy at all. It also has a very nice scent.

FACE MASK:

Ingredients: Organic Strawberry Powder, Bentonite Clay, Coconut Milk Powder, Pink Kaolin Clay (Kaolin), Oat Flour.

SMELLS AMAZING! Par for course, it seems. This is actually a ‘mix it yourself’ face mask. The directions say to ‘mix 1 tsp water or milk per every 1 tbs of mask’, but I found that that was way too much mask for my face and I ended up rinsing out the extra :(. I found out that if you basically mix 1/3 tsp water with 1 tsp of mask, that it was more than enough. Most masks tend to really dry my face out to an extreme, and this one didn’t. My skin actually felt quite a bit softer after I removed it (10 minutes is plenty), and just used a tiny bit of the citrus zest face cream to balance things out. Mask was easy to remove. Did not irritate my skin. This product also claimed to help with acne breakouts, but I need to use it more extensively to find if this actually helps. I would recommend using it 1-2 times a week.

4.5/5

FACIAL PEEL:

Ingredients: PUMPKIN (CICIRBOTA PEPO), WATER (AQUA), GLYCOLIC ACID, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BILLBERRY FRUIT EXTRACT (VACCINIUM MYRTILLUS), SUGAR CANE EXTRACT (SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM), SUGAR MAPLE EXTRACT (ACER SACCHARINUM), ORANGE FRUIT EXTRACT (CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS), LEMON EXTRACT (CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM), KOSHER VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL (MATRICARIA CHAMOMILLA), CINNAMON BARK (CINNAMOMUM CASSIA), GINGER ROOT POWDER (XINGIBER OFFICINALE), ALLSPICE ESSENTIAL OIL (PIMENTA OFFICINALIS), NUTMEG POWDER (MYRISTICA FRAGRANS), METHYL/PROPYL PARABENS, EDTA.

This one smells like a freakin’ pumpkin pie. It’s pretty amazing. This does not require any mixing on your part like the face mask, all you need to do is spread it on in a thin layer. And try not to eat it. Like the page suggests, try it on a patch of skin first as it is 5% glycolic acid. This product claims to ‘resurface and polish skin for a more youthful look and to aid with acne and scaring’… but again, I have not used the product long enough to see if this is true although it did improve my skin’s texture as far as the short term goes. And it felt good.

Would I buy again?

Yes! Fast shipping, good product, nice packaging. Good products for those who struggle with acne or breakouts.

Overall:

/5

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Update: I’ve actually talked to the store owner directly now as she is going to do a review of sorts for Geek Chic Cosmetics, and she is very nice!  So 5/5 for customer service.  I just hope she likes our stuff as much as I like hers!

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SRSLY: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

So, I’ve been meaning to do a Too Faced review for awhile, but was putting it off because it was going to be fairly large (aka, I’m lazy).  So… instead I decided to break up the review into bits as I ordered multiple items.  In this post I’ll go ahead and review my actual shipping experience and overall packaging, plus give you the deets on Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I’ve been meaning to check out this primer for awhile due to all the raving reviews, and finally got the money awhile back to try it.  (Check out Phyrra’s comparisons of eyeshadow primers here.)  I originally just planned on buying the TFSI, but Phyrra suggested I give their foundation a shot as well, so I bought…

Amazing Face Liquid Foundation in Warm Vanilla ($36)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18)

I ended up getting a free Deluxe Tanning Bed in a Tube, plus a free sample mini-tube of more TSFI.  My only complaint is that I wish the free gift was a choice rather than just one option… I don’t tan, I don’t use bronzer, and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon.

But I guess that’s what I get for ordering so close to summer!

Shipping:

4.8/5

I would have given this a 5/5, but I have a feeling that they forgot to mark my order as shipped when they shipped it.  I placed my order on April 7th and received confirmation, and then heard nothing until April 12th, which is when I received my shipping notification saying I would receive it in ‘5-7 business days’.  I was slightly annoyed that it was going to take almost 2 weeks to ship an order from a major company, but then the product ended up arriving the next day!  So all in all, it only ended up taking 6 days to get here, which is not bad at all and about what I expected.

Packaging:

5/5

One word: gorgeous!

All of the packaging, as you can see, is quite elegant and sturdy.  My cats had fun with the pink shreddings.

The TSFI and Bronzer both came in fairly standard squeezy tubes, though I noticed the product in the Bronzer tube tends to come out a bit too easily.  I’m not using it beyond a swatch though, because I’ll probably save it for a giveaway I might eventually do.  The TFSI tube is great.  The winner, however, is the foundation packaging!  It’s great!  The bottle is glass, and looks so pretty.  Getting product out is fairly easy.  I just put my finger over the tip and then tip it over to get a dollop on my finger.  I’ll go more into this in my next review.

Formula:

5/5

It’s simply fantastic, and a little goes a long way.  Which is good, because at $18 a pop… that’s important.  A small bit on your finger is enough to cover both lids.  I give the formula a 5/5 because it pumps up my eyeshadows vibrancy and shine, plus makes it so it doesn’t crease the entire day.  I don’t have to touch it up once.  Some people have complained of it creasing, but that’s odd to me… I have pretty oily lids, and I don’t have a problem.  I guess there are people out there with more oily lids than me!  However, unless it’s a super bad problem I would highly recommend this product.  (From what I’ve read it works for most people, very few it doesn’t.)

It’s easy to work with and has a good feel.

So, to put it to the test I used the following colors without primer and with primer:

1. Geek Chic Cosmetics in Scientist Salarian

2. Geek Chic Cosmetics in What’s under the helmet?

3. Geek Chic Cosmetics in Matriarch

4. Geek Chic Cosmetics in Archangel

Big difference!

I will definitely buy this again when I run out, which looks like won’t be for awhile.  You can buy the colors shown here, and you can buy Too Faced Shadow Insurance here, and I’m sure you can also buy it at Sephora or on Amazon or something.

What’s your experience with TFSI?

Overall:   

/5

SRSLY: Wasting Light

In case you haven’t heard or for some insane reason you don’t care for them (HOW?), Foo Fighter’s new album Wasting Light came out yesterday.

The most epic thing about this album is that it was recorded entirely on an analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home.   I know, right?  Also, Pat Smear is back on lead guitar officially for the first time since The Colour and the Shape. Butch Vig also produced the album, the guy who was behind Nevermind by Nirvana. Pretty all-star cast overall, no wonder it’s so fucking awesome.

I’ve gone ahead and highlighted my favorites.

  • 1. Bridge Burning
  • 2. Rope
  • 3. Dear Rosemary
  • 4. White Limo
  • 5. Arlandria
  • 6. These Days
  • 7. Back & Forth
  • 8. A Matter of Time
  • 9. Miss the Misery
  • 10. I Should Have Known 😀
  • 11. Walk

The album kicks off to a great start with the kickass intro of Bridge Burning (These are my famous last words!). The drums and guitar are just… electrifying.  Grohl’s screaming White Limo had me trembling (What doesn’t about Grohl?). I found it hard to believe those were his pipes for a second.  Things simmer down a bit in the next song, but Arlandia has one of my favorite chorus’ on album.  I love the contrast from the verses to the chorus and back, and the build up to the final chorus was pretty orgasmic for me.  (I’m a sucker for those pauses and build ups, shh.)

I Should Have Known was hair raising and hauntingly beautiful.  Period.  My favorite song on the album.

I should have known/Look at the shape you’re in
I should have known/But I dove right in

While nothing will ever measure up to Best of You (my personal favorite song), I feel like I’ve been needing to hear this from the Foos for a long time.  And they delivered.

Back to the basics indeed.  A beacon of light in the apocalypse of Beiber and the like minded.
/5

Coming Up:

  • I just got my Too Faced order!  So I’ll be reviewing that tomorrow or today.
  • Uh, 3DS.  LOL!

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SRSLY: Immersion

Up where they walk! Up where they ru-... uh, wait, wrong song.

One of my new favorite bands, I heard of it from a friend since they are now opening for Linkin Park on their tour.  If you don’t like Linkin Park, don’t worry!  Because this band really isn’t anything like them.  Pendulum is an Australian-British drum and bass/electronic rock band with mixes of alternative rock and heavy metal.  It even has a video game like feel to it in certain songs, which is always awesome.

They have a very diverse range in their music, and I can’t honestly say there is a song I don’t like on their new album, Immersion.

This is the track list, and I’ve bolded my personal favorites.  Most songs blend into the next one, so it’s pretty cool to listen to them all in a row.

  • 1. Genesis
  • 2. Salt in Your Wounds
  • 3. Watercolour <— that’s how you can tell it’s British
  • 4. Set Me on Fire
  • 5. Crush
  • 6. Under the Waves
  • 7. Immunize (feat. Liam Howlett)
  • 8. The Island, Pt. 1 – Dawn
  • 9. The Island, Pt.2 – Dusk
  • 10. Comprachicos
  • 11. The Vulture
  • 12. Witchcraft
  • 13. Self vs. Self (feat. In Flames)
  • 14. The Fountain (feat. Steven Wilson)
  • 15. Encoder


The music videos are always trippy and cool looking.

4.7/5

SRSLY: Vickinator’s Geekery

If you didn’t see see my last post about Vickinator’s Geekery, then you should check it out.  She does awesome geeky buttons that are high quality, for a low price.  She even does custom buttons.  I placed another order, which included my custom button (finished in under a week!), plus two others.  It seems I was given a free button as well! DOMO.

I swear I’m not a math geek, but I know 39 digits of Pi.  Just because.  :B So it seemed only natural to get the pin.

I also love Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  And Fenris.  To be fair, his voice actor looks like this.  His voice is even better.

Close-up.

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Quick and Dirty:

  • Shipping: 2.00 for first button, .30 cents for each after.
  • Cost per button:  1.50 for most.
  • Shipping Speed: 5/5
  • Customer Service: 5/5
  • Quality: 5/5

Overall: / 5