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Welcome to INKWITCHERY!

If you’ve followed/known me for a while you’d know I’ve had a number of domains/websites (or online journals, before they were called blogs) since 2000. It has been such a long time since I’ve had a proper website. In fact my last real update was Spring of 2013! A lot has changed and most of it has been documented on my Instagram account (@inkwitchery).

This domain is my renewed attempt at keeping a cohesive online presence that extends beyond the quick FB, Twitter or IG posts.

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Um, hi!

Where have I been?!

June is nearly over and my last update was April. Not that long of a lapse but, long enough for me to start feeling guilty about not giving this space enough of my time.

Not that I’ve disappeared completely. Oh, no. I’ve been in the throes of a couple self-inflicted (ha) drawing and tarot challenges on my IG account (@inkwitchery). Those have been keeping me busy and I may attempt to do another tarot challenge in July.

Also! My eldest is on Summer break so it’s just me with the three little monsters during the day. I’m sure you can imagine the shenanigans they get into! THEN we have their 7th and 2nd birthdays coming up next month and August so it’s going to be hectic AF.

Since it’s Summer, I’ve pared down my whole makeup routine since I hate wearing anything heavy when the weather is hotter than I like it to be (warmer than 75°). It’s just not worth the hassle, honestly.

However, I do plan to post a few beauty/product reviews soon as I’m expecting another awesome Vox Box from Influenster some time this week. I love being able to try out and review new products for free – who wouldn’t?! Pics and what not will be up on my IG and in depth reviews, as always, will be here.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading my quick update! 🙂

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TooFaced Born This Way Foundation

PROS :
glass bottle with a pump
blends well
dries to semi-matte finish
no scent
good color range

CONS :
emphasizes dry patches
separates and looks cakey
not for dry skin
oxidizes
does not last long
expensive

OVERALL :
I wanted to love this foundation because it seemed like it’s on the top of everyone’s must have/holy grail lists. Sadly, it just did not work for me.

While it looked great after applying with a damp beauty sponge, over the course of the day (about 8 hours) I noticed a lot of patchy areas around my cheeks, cakey-ness and oiliness on my forehead and overall oxidation. I felt it made the oily areas I do have worse as the day wore on. It was not cute! I couldn’t believe how bad it performed and looked considering the high ratings and price point.

Once I washed it off with my usual cleanser (Philosophy Purity) I could tell my skin did not care for it. My skin is normal to dry (cheeks and forehead) and I noticed this foundation made my skin feel and look drier. Perhaps it’s the hyaluronic acid or coconut water in the formula? I’m not sure. I thought maybe it was a fluke and used it again the next day but, nope it still sucked.

I’m a fan of the TooFaced line but, I’m sad to say this was a fail. I do not recommend it.

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KVD Everlasting Lip Liners

I was lucky enough to be selected by Influenster to test out the new Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Lip Liner in LOLITA! Since I already own this shade in their Everlasting Liquid Lipstick I knew it would work well with my skintone. There’s a reason why it’s a cult favorite, it’s a universally flattering shade.

PROS :

opaque color payoff
available in 30 shades
glides on smooth
not sticky or tacky
smudge proof
long lasting
retractable
precise application
vegan and cruelty free

CONS :

can feel dry when applied w/out lip balm
price point may be high for some
only 0.03g of product compared to other brands

OVERALL :

Not only does this lip liner apply like a dream – no tugging – it stays on and doesn’t dry out my lips like other brands. I swatched it on my arm and had a difficult time trying to take it off. I ended up using two baby wipes and even then it left a stain on my skin – impressive!

However, on my lips, is another story. If you line and fill in your lips and then eat a meal, it will eventually wear away in the middle and you’ll be left with an outline of color. That’s pretty normal and I find it happens with most lip products that claim to be long-lasting.

Shade range is excellent! There are 30 (THIRTY!) shades altogether, so you’re bound to find one to suit any mood and skin tone. I do hope they’ll release other colors to match their Studded Kiss line, like my other favorite ‘Mother’.

As with all KVD products the packaging and attention to design is great. I appreciate the retractable pencil and not having to fiddle with sharpening it. As for the amount of product in the tube, there’s only about 0.01oz (or 0.3g). Unfortunately, that’s much less than other brands at this price point. If you’re on a budget (and who isn’t?) it’s something to keep in mind. The Everlasting Lip Liners are available on the KVD website and at Sephora for 18$ a pop.

** I received this complimentary from Influenster for testing but as always, my opinions are my own. **

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KVD Vox Box

Thank you Influenster.com for the chance to try out the new Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting lip liner!

AND it just so happens to be ‘Lolita’ which is my favorite KVD lipstick shade.

More pix and my review soon!

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Maison Margiela Fragrances

I recently picked up Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ for the Husband after getting a sample of the scent. He’s partial toward vanilla based scents so I knew he’d like this one.

‘Jazz Club’ reminds me a little of E&J’s Nirvana Bourbon and Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. It’s deep and heady. The vanilla and tobacco stand out at first while the dry down is quite powder-y – at least when I tried it on. While I appreciate masculine and androgynous scents on myself, this one was too powdery for my liking but it’s great on the Husband!

‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ is a staple scent of mine. Anyone who knows me personally knows I love the scent of patchouli, so I gravitate toward perfumes with it as a main note.

Like with most of the Maison Margiela scents they’re similar to existing perfumes on the market. This one in particular is a lighter version of Fresh ‘Cannabis Santal’. Honestly, if I had to choose I’d pick Cannabis Santal because of the longevity. Unfortunately though, Fresh doesn’t make a travel size version of their popular scent so I like to keep LSM in my bag for the days I forget to put on perfume (this happens often #mombrain) or need a mid-day running after the little monsters pick me up.

As a rule we tend to only buy the travel or small versions of fragrances because we like to try new scents all the time. I can’t tell you how many little samples we have between us! Also, it’s fun to experiment with new scents and even layer them together.

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