Once A Vamp, Always A Vamp

Cant’ take the goth or vamp out of me, no matter which way you spin the world…

As evidenced by my Pinterest pages…

Bella and ‘N Spice or really just the whooooole kit and caboodle.



Holiday 2016 – Lime Crime Diamond Crushers

Wait…WHaAaaAT!?  Where were THESE when I was competitively Ballroom Dancing, dang it?!  

These are the PERFECT, iridescent light catchers (and I’m highly irritated that they’ve come out now…several years too late!)  The names are as sassy as the shades, and I love that they (along with many other companies) are following suit of such brands as Colour Pop and showing swatches on a variety of skin tones.  *LOVE*



FLUKE. . .

I can’t well wear them to the dojo (lest my partner’s gi light up like a Christmas ball) but…I hope other people indulge in the high-wattage glow! 

The Diamond Crushers are meant to layer over lip color, but I’m sure you could use them on your own.  You could also very likely get creative (because…why not?) and use them to reflect light to / from other areas.  Eye gloss, anyone?  

Summer 2016 – MAC Blue Nectar

I’m not totally sure to whom I can attribute this curious blurb – MAC, of course, but I mean specifically.  I appreciate verbal creativity and find illustrative words a great deal of fun, but I wasn’t as crazy about this one. . . Sorry. 

“Within the realm of the rose, a mysterious kingdom of blue ripe with temptation… Court seduction with only the most potent strains of Lipstick–Fixation, Carnivorous, Aphrodisia Invite intrigue with the intoxicating essence of sheer colour in Plushglass. Surrender to instinct, let your Blue Nectar flow.”

Fortunately the colors aren’t quite as contrived as the description!  They aren’t necessarily for the less bold of the group, though – with colors like “Lured In,” Ablaze,” and “Heroine,” you need to be prepared to make a solid statement.  

The Collection, per Temptalia, will include the following:

MAC Lipstick

  • Courting Seduction – Creamy pastel lavender (Amplified)
  • Lured In – Mid-tone pastel purple (Amplified)
  • Invite – Intrigue Cool, bright fuchsia (Matte)
  • Intoxicate – Bright raspberry red (Matte)
  • Lush Extract – Deep royal purple (Matte)
  • Riot House – Light vivid orange (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Give In – Creamy natural pink (Matte)
  • Sweet Venom – Intense pink coral (Matte)
  • Heroine – Bright purple (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Ablaze – Bright apricot (Matte) (Repromote)
  • Breathing Fire – Bright, warm fuchsia (Matte)
  • Barbecue – Vivid orange-red (Matte) (Repromote)
MAC and Temptalia Image

MAC and Temptalia Image

MAC and Temptalia Image

MAC and Temptalia Image

MAC and Temptalia Image

MAC and Temptalia Image


  • Fulfilled – Full-blush creamy pink
  • Ample Pink – Full, soft rose (Permanent)
  • In Abundance – Bright coral pink
  • Robust – Sheer bubblegum pink
  • Fashion Fanatic – Sheer baby pink
  • Full for You – Ultra-cool pink with silver pearl
MAC and Temptalia Image

MAC and Temptalia Image

The Collection will be available online and in-store on the 2nd of June, 2016 – MAC, Dillard’s Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdales!

Le Frog Prince…

Lipstick Queen always pushes the envelope where traditional is concerned…  The Frog Prince range, which includes a lipstick and a lipgloss, is welcoming a newbie to the lineup, Frog Prince Blush.  



That Frankenstein, froggy, swampy green seems unbecoming at first….but it has proven itself in other formulations to blossom into a delicious pink, fit for a princess.



The blush is designed to adapt to your skin’s unique pH, allowing for a budding rose shade most flattering on YOU to emerge.  Vitamin E combines with  shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil and olive oil to both nourish and moisturize your cheeks while you innocently flush.  

Why do I love it?  It’s unconventional…and it comes out natural.

Summer 2016 – NARS

NARS has always been a favorite of mine.  I don’t really wear much makeup and never have…but for performances on ice, on stage, or in the ballroom, these products ALWAYS held up.  In other words, the pigments are lasting, and the products are of a beautiful quality, delivering what they intend to.

The Summer Collection features fun and cheeky packaging, designed with Konstantin Kakanias’ contempo-style art.  Modern, happy, definitely that Summer vibe…  

The 10-piece Collection (check out swatches and reviews from Temptalia!) will be available in just a few days on the 15th of April at NARS Boutiques, and then at Sephora beginning on May 1 (always useful because many of us will look for a new Collection in-store that hasn’t yet rolled out!  Saves the disappointment! 😉 ) 

The Collection will include the following (thank you to http://www.musingsofamuse.com for the color descriptions!)

NARS Lip Cover:

  • Overheated (Deep Dusky Rose)
  • Do Not Disturb (Vivid Orange-Red)
  • Get Dirty (Desert Rose)
  • Members Only (Crimson) 

NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

  • Deep End (Shimmering Teal-Green)
  • Tan Lines (Rich Hazelnut)
  • Topless (Seahshell Pink)
  • Pool Shark (Iresdiscent Periwinkle)

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush

  • Liberation (Shimmering Light Pink/Caramel Rose)
  • Sexual Content (Sandy Peach/Soft Raspberry)


Paint It Black

I happened across this Black-Friday-Inspired post and had to share.  I used to get asked – during my more outwardly Goth days – “do you own black lipstick!?”…in a tone as if to insult or hit a nerve.  “Well, no…but I do have black lipgloss to match my nail polish…”  

I never did understand why that was intended to get me riled up – while I wasn’t darkening my lips to match the Nighttime sky, I didn’t think it was at all unattractive…so the question scarcely skimmed my surface.  Wearable?  Not unless you don’t mind the attention.  But chic?  Why not?! 

For shoots in particular, it works beautifully.  I can’t say I’ve seen it in the street much, though if I did I’d think “way to go, sass!” in appreciation of that individual’s hutzpah! 

Anyway, I loved the images in this post, and thought some of the blacks were quite divine.  Black is incredibly gorgeous to me in general, as colors…or absence of color goes.

My personal favorites posted? The Illamasqua Pristine is gorgeous with its warmer, blackened-berry tinge…  And MAC’s Black Knight, for it’s brooding, warm-velvet opacity.  

Traffic-halting and deviantly dynamite, all around.

Spring 2016 – L’oreal

BudgetBeautyBlog posted some great info and images of the up-and-coming L’oreal goodies, all of which appear to be launching in February 2016.

You can find my post about the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion here, which will be launching in 12 shades, and you can see more images and notes from the link above… 

The Infallible Pro-Contour Contour & Highlight Palette is next up, coming in three shades.  I’ll be honest, the image doesn’t wow me too much…I feel like they are late to the contour party.  There, I said it!  Anyway…  The compact appears to have a contour shade, and highlight shade…and a likely a sponge or brush for application (as many other compacts of this ilk from L’Oreal.)

There will be 15 shades of ColourRiche eyeshadows…and they look like they are pigment dense, based on one of the blogger’s swatches… As well as 10 Pro Matte Infallible Glosses (which may, or may not be, a re-promote from 2015’s Spring lineup.)

And there will even be new haircare…which, despite the ARSENAL of products I own, I am excited for!  The one shown in her post is an Oil Shampoo for dry and lifeless hair in need of nourishment – it’s loaded with some powerhouse ingredients (curious to see where they fall on the actual ingredient list, of course!)  I am betting there will be a few more items in the haircare division, as they never really launch just one… But then, perhaps it is just an extension of the Extraordinary Oil series for now.

Lots of newness, which is always exciting each season… I promise myself I won’t get anything else because WHY do I need it?! (I DON’T!)…  But it is such fun!!!