Monthly Archives: July 2010

Ok, I lied…

Yeah, I said I was going to do another post after I got back from my business trip. I was meaning to throw together a Make Up For Ever post w/ the mini-haul I did a few weeks ago. Clearly this did not happen as it’s been over a week since I last did a post. Bad, beauty blogger, bad!

ANYWAYS, the reason I thought I might do this was b/c I was scrolling through my Flickr account and I realized I had uploaded a bunch of photos from recent (i.e. within the past 2 months!) Korres and Make Up For Ever (MUFE) hauls, but never did anything with them. They’ve been languishing on my Flickr photostream with only like 2 or 3 views per photo. It’s a sad, sad day when perfectly beautiful cosmetics photos aren’t shared w/ the world. 😉

In any case, I had seen promo pics for the MUFE Aqua Creams on Temptalia’s blog and got super excited to see them at my local Sephora (by local, I mean a 30-45 minute drive away b/c I live in the Mid-West and that’s how we roll). Being the beauty junkie that I am, I just had to swatch. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t love multi-purpose cosmetics that come in a rainbow of shades???

SO, after the initial loss of oxygen to the brain due to the excitement at seeing these bad boys on the shelf, I swatched my little heart out. I have a nagging suspicion that although I only walked out that day w/ 2 Aqua Creams and an Aqua Eyes pencil, I’ll be back for more of both (incidentally, I actually wound up buying #20 Intense Blue which has not been photographed as of yet, but looks amazing under MAC Atlantic Blue).

Without further ado, please look at the pretty pictures!

Make Up For Ever Haul
The boxed lovelies (there’s a bottle of brush cleaner in the pic b/c I got that in the same trip):
MUFE Haul-3

Unboxed:
MUFE Haul-2

MUFE Haul-1

Uncapped Aqua Cream #21 Turquoise which is described as a “vibrant turquoise shimmer” which I think is pretty accurate.
Aqua Cream 21-2

Aqua Cream 21-1

Uncapped Aqua Cream #22 Emerald Green described as a “golden green sheen” which is again pretty accurate.
Aqua Cream 22-2

Aqua Cream 22-1

Finally, swatched on my hand (I’m MAC NC42 for reference). From left to right: Aqua Cream #22, Aqua Cream #21 and Aqua Eyes 7L-“light turquoise sheen” which matches AC #21 pretty well.
MUFE Aqua Cream and Aqua Eyes swatches

One more thing about these products, they claim to be waterproof so those who get incredibly pissed off when their makeup smudges, rest assured that these stay in place. I have horrendous allergies and blink a lot on top of having oily eyelids and wind up sporting raccoon eyes with poor quality eye makeup. Having these stay in place for 8+ hours over the weekend one day was heaven.

For those of you who love the Aqua Eyes #7L pencil, but can’t justify shelling out $17 for eyeliner (and really, who can blame you?!) I know that Milani LIQUIF EYE metallic eye liner Pencil in Aqua is a really good dupe color and formula-wise. It retails for about $5.50 and the best part is that you can pick it up at CVS or Walgreen’s and maybe Target too and not have to trek out to a specialty store. Heck, I have the rest of the shades except for black and find them all to be really nice.

Well, like in my life, I’ve been overly verbose and have probably bored you all to death and will just plan to do the Korres stuff in another post. Looks like you’ll have that to look forward to this weekend. I swear. I’ll post it. For real. No, don’t look at me like that! I’ll do it!

Until next time, my mutually makeup obsessed readers! ^____________^

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First Post

It’s Saturday night (technically Sunday morning as it’s 1:27 in the AM) and I’m at home after having watched the fabulous Kathy Griffin perform at the Fox Theater. In my typical scatter-brained manner, I’m petting my cat, surfing the web, Tweeting, and IMing w/ one of my besties, Diana (the art maven responsible for the designs you will see here, and yes Brad, you get a shout-out too!) whilst listening to my husband attempt to organize the unwieldy music collection currently on his 1.5 TB HD (which we’re still not sure will fit the rest of the music collection which hasn’t been digitized and consists of approximately 2,000+ CDs). However, I digress; I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think up catchy/appealing blog names. B/c everybody knows when trying to launch something as important (please note the sarcasm) as a beauty blog, one must pay special attention to branding.

In any case, I’ve been babbling about blog names to pretty much anyone who will listen (so sadly this falls to the aforementioned husband and bestie). There have been numerous attempts at capturing the essence that is me and my scatterbrained existence. By day, I’m an engineer at a Li-Ion battery company in the Midwest (for those in to alternative energy, this shouldn’t be too difficult to narrow down). By night, I collapse from exhaustion from the long hours I work (it’s true!) on the couch w/ kitties and nail polish. Thankfully I manage to avoid nail polish on the cats. 😉

(Yeah…so the rest of this post is written like 2 weeks after the initial two paragraphs above.)
SO, based on these factors, I’d been tossing around ideas that conveyed a generic nail polish/cosmetics theme or that also incorporated science/engineering w/ cosmetics. One of the names considered, but ultimately tossed out was “Lucky Lacquer” which seemed pretty cute. Unfortunately, a similar URL had already been taken http://www.luckylacquers.com which, for the record, has nothing to do w/ nail polish.

Another was pretty brilliant, in my opinion, but made for an impossibly long URL which, let’s be honest ladies, you don’t want to spend five minutes trying to figure out how you misspelled madamecuriesmakeupbox.com. The latter was actually something the hubby came up w/ in an attempt to help me identify a viable blog name and end the obsession surrounding THAT little quest. He then informed me of one the names he thought of, but mentally tossed aside: Makeup and Entropy with the related tagline, “Creating disorder from order and looking glamorous while doing it.”

LIGTHBULB! That was fatntastic! How he could have thought that was a discardable (yeah, “That’s not even a word!” Props to anyone who can name what that little gem is from) is beyond me. Thus, the idea of Makeup and Entropy was born!

So, what is Makeup and Entropy you ask? Why yes, I am getting to a point in a rather convoluted way! Makeup and entropy is pretty self explanatory, well, I suppose once you know what entropy means-it’s basically a measure of microscopic disorder in a system (WOOT! Using my ChE degree after all! TOTALLY worth the small fortune I’m still in debt for to get it!)

ANYWAYS, anyone who’s close to me knows exactly how disorganized and random I am. My poor husband has often found the remote control in various locations around the house other than in the living room-where it belongs. I’m also the type to start a small task, then walk away from it, completely forgetting what I’d initially intended to do, you know, such mundane things as feed the cats. >.> Hence, why I use “entropy” to describe this blog’s ramblings about cosmetics-a sick, beautiful addiction I have. So much so, that it was suggested that I start a blog to share that obsession w/ the masses.

In my day to day life, it’s pretty amazing for me to manage getting out of the house put together in any way. *I* like to think I manage to look glamorous (or at the very least, presentable) when walking out the door.

Perhaps my new reading audience can help me out w/ that-let me know what you think about my swatches and looks? Help me grow and be a better blogger and cosmetics photographer? 😉

Well…if not, there’s always talking to myself!

For now, please enjoy the entropy inspired offering of various nail polish swatches.

Cheers!

This was my 4th of July manicure-Lippmann Collection Happy Birthday over Zoya America.
Lippmann Happy Birthday over Zoya America

Chanel Illusion D’or over China Glaze For Audrey
Chanel Illusion D'or over CG For Audrey

An impulse buy at CVS that did not disappoint, Sally Hansen Spectrum:
Spectrum

Orly Charged Up-It looked so nice and purple-y!
Charged Up

From China Glaze’s Summer 2010 Poolside collection, Pool Party. This was a reddish pink that looked amazing on. It positively glowed and looked great on my skin and I think would look just great on someone w/ a tan.
Pool Party

For reference I’m NC42. So, what do you guys think? Let me know!

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