Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cosmetic Blog sale!

Cosmetic Blogsale once again! 
This will probably be my very last one, I know it isn't much but these items need a loving home!


1. I am offering Free Shipping with the US Only, on orders of $10 or more. 

2. I will accept international purchases, but please be aware of international shipping prices.

3. I will only accept Paypal Payments Only, BEFORE shipping.

4. Please Email me with Title BlogSale! at kntroyonATgmailDOTcom

5. Smoke free home. I do have one cat, however, the Cosmetics are kept in a train case at the top of the closet in a room far, far away from said lovely's fur paws. 

6. Please feel free to ask any questions. I put my asking price next to the original price ($$)

7. Pictures are provided to show product usage, only. Though I try to get colour correct, these are not the most accurate. So Please do research and be sure of Purchase before buying. 

8. Please note that I am a person, and not a corporation. I will not accept returns and I am not responsible for damages or lost packages by Shipping.  I will be shipping First Class USPS that comes with tracking, and I will use a lavish amount of bubble wrap for safety of all items. 
I take care and every precaution in packaging items. I am not responsible for lost packages, That would be an issue with the postal service, so please keep this in mind when you make a purchase. If you would like your items sent with insurance so that you can get your money back (if the items are lost or damaged by the postal service) please let me know, it will be an additional fee to you. I am not a company, I am a person. All Sales are Final, No Returns, NO Refunds, please.


Pending Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Rosewood No. 09 (Used 3 times) :: $19 ($29)

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Midnight Brown No. 09 (Used 2 times) :: $19 ($29)


I have to particular on how I sell this item. Be 100% sure of your Purchase. 
Suqqu Face Brush. Very Lightly Used (maybe all of 14 times), well cared for, washed 2 twice, maybe shed 2-3 hairs, 
$225 including first class shipping, invoiced 
 (Original cost: $285)
However I will accept a Paypal "Gift" and I will drop the amount to $200, first class Shipping included. 

They really need loving homes
IT Cosmetics Airbrush blush stain in Rose glow (used 3 times) - $12 ($24)

Pending IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination in Fair (used 3 times) :: $17 ($35)

Thank you for Looking! ^__^

Sunday, March 15, 2015

For the love of all that is Merino

     I cannot recall the very day that I decided to start knitting, but it was some time in my early 20's. Cheap craft store acrylic yarns, and after last minute holiday gifted scarf, after scarf, something changed and I decided to take it more serious. 
     Now, after 4 years of challenging myself to take on new projects to improve my skill set, repeated repetitive stress injuries (since I apparently don't know how to take enough breaks), and growing into a bit of a yarn snob, I've found myself caught up in the excitement of an actual "yarnathon". I found this Wonderful store Eat.Sleep.Knit. in November last year, and after an yarn order, was unknowingly was registered automatically into the yarnathon. After some playing around on the site I gathered all the information available about the Yarnathon. This year, I have a game plan and I am prepared. It may be a bit over zealous but I believe I can achieve my goals. I want to at least complete a 5k, but I also want to at least try for a 10k.
     The yarnathon consists of achieving 26.2 miles of yarn. A single purchase of yarn automatically registers you in 1 of 4 teams. Each team member gets a prize at the end of the year for actually participating in the Yarnothon and if you reach "milestones" (at every 5k completed) there are prizes along the way. There are different ways to achieve this goal (All the details are on the site). You can flat out BUY 26.2 miles of yarn (which admittedly is a lot of money). You can purchase some yarn and use that yarn to participate in knit-a-longs, and "booster" club badges that earn you yards that apply to your total Mileage. There is also Trivia! 50 yards for every question you answer correctly! Well, that's what I am doing. 

So far, I have planned for the year with yarn purchased from ESK, all are going to be 2015 Christmas gifts, except the sweater, that's for me ^__^

1 hat
1 scarf
2 sets of finger-less mittens
7 shawls
1 tunic sweater

Unfortunately, I still have OTHER things I want to knit with yarn not from ESK. With such a full plate the other projects may actually have to wait until next year. 

Currently on the needles:

1 of 7 shawls
 Malabrigo Yarn - Sock Yarn - Velvet Grapes

The Tunic Sweater:

 Dream in Color Yarn - Smooshy - Cocoa Kiss (Lot A)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SOLD! Yarn Destashing

I am offering Free Shipping with the US.

I will only accept Paypal Payments, BEFORE shipping.

Please Email me with Title YARNSALE! at kntroyonATgmailDOTcom

This is my first yarn destashing!
BUT I have been a seller before on Amazon and Ebay with 100% possitive feed back. I have also been a Swapper and Blogseller on Makeupalley for years with 100% positive feed back, if you have any worries or Questions please feel free to ask me.

I will include Shipping insurance only at the request and cost of the buyer.

Smoke free home. However, not pet free.
I do have one cat, and I TRY to keep her away from my yarn. The yarn is stored in a Rubbermaid container in the top of my closet.

There is nothing wrong with any of this yarn, Most of it is unused. I have just honed my personal preferences, and due to arthritis some fibers just aren't working out.
This is a Discontinued Yarn!
Araucania Chaiten Color 6
100% Silk
108 grams
Not used, just wound into a ball by hand. This is 108 grams because part of a second ball (used ball) is include with this unused ball, so there is a "cut" in the yarn.
 1+ Skein
 (Original Price was $20 a Skein)
My asking Price for 1+ skeins is $7

This is a Discontinued Yarn!
Araucania Chaiten Color 7
100% Silk
280 grams
Not used, just wound into a ball by hand. This is 280 grams none of this was used, but some of the skeins weren't 100 grams like they should have been, Because this is 3 skeins there are "cuts" in the yarn.
(Original Price was $20 a Skein)
My asking Price for 3 skeins is $20

Noro Taiyo Sock yarn
109 grams
New, not used
(Original Price was $20 a Skein)
My asking Price for 1 skeins is $7

Poems Sock yarn
91 grams
New, not used
(Original Price was $19 a Skein)
My asking Price for 1 skeins is $7

!!!If sold as a LOT, I am willing to Discount total to $35 with Free shipping!!!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Portland Black Lipstick Co. Review and Swatches

Recently, on one of my many late evenings on Makeupalley, I saw a post about Portland Black Lipstick Company, someone just asking about them. I had never heard of the company, so I quickly felt compelled to research them. If there is one thing I love, it's "Indie" cosmetic companies. So within a couple of hours I ordered some sample.

If you've seen my some of my other posts, you know I have terrible sensitive and easily dried out, peely lips. 99% of the lipstick on the market dries my lips out so badly that I cannot wear it even for a few hours, let alone daily. I didn't wear lipstick for years, and then when I started, I was eliminating formulas left and right. The only brand that didn't get burned at the stake and was easily accessible at Ulta I found was Poppy's Lipstick Queen.

I am extremely sensitive to ingredients. A lot of chemicals really just don't agree with me. I was never a pusher of more natural products until I discovered that natural products were the only thing that didn't cause my skin irritation.

Now on to the Review,

I believe when I initially made my order the Company was on a Holiday, and I was unaware. They were slammed with orders when they got back. I did pop a quick message to make sure everything was okay and I got a delightful and professional reply within 12 hours from the owner Kim Damio. She sent everything out promptly and even took the time to confirm everything with me. Normally, they ship out within 3 days ordering. I recieved my order from Usps a day earlier than scheduled. Which is fantastic because I was DYING to try them.

Basic ingredients for some/all of their lipsticks:

Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, May Contain Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, other FDA approved mineral pigments, and/or carmine.

It looks like a list of ingredients for a Balm. It feels like a balm, but I assure you they are 100% lipstick awesomeness. Yes this will be a Glowing Review.

I ordered 4 samples:
Coffee Black, Black, Undead Red, and Blood Red.

Now for Swatches!
My Bare Lips (my bare lips stock photo lol):
I want to make a quick note that the center of my lips is THE most difficult spot for lipstick to apply and stay on my lips (besides the outside corners). It usually will not adhere well and lipstick (even the most "glorious" and "high end" apply patchy here. I did not have this issue with Portland Black, which is fantastic, but you will see in the Last photo that nothing lasts in that area, so you can see the line from the inside lip and mouth wear more clearly. Portland Black still did a better job holding up than any lipstick I have ever tried.

Coffee Black, up close:I attempted to take the photos at different angles and different in Natural Light to give the best result I could
I never wear browns, but this one spoke to me, I actually think I like how this looks on my complexion more than Black. Coffee is going to become my new dark lip lover.

Black, up close

Undead Red, Upclose

Bonus: My lovely decided she wanted to see the lipstick upclose as well

And then curl up in my legs while I photographed

Blood Red, up close

Blood red after 4 hours of drinking and 90% humidity outdoors:

Now since these are samples, I applied them with a lipstick Brush, my skills with a brush need fine tuning, but I did my best to attempt clean lines but my lips are often difficult to work with (scaring on my the left upper lip causes uneven application but apparently most people don't see it) I applied these Opaquely  for photos, but I wore Blood red until there was nothing left and then applied it again blotted down. It was divine (no photos though as I was barefaced at that point). 
The Formula is amazing. This is THE best lipstick I have ever worn. My hunt for the Perfect Dark and the Perfect Red is completed. 

Have you tried Portland Black Lipstick Co. or any other Indie lipstick Brands? What where your thoughts and experiences?

And as always Thank you for Looking ^_^

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Soap! and an Update

If you haven't noticed my last few posts: 

I have been spending my time and nervous energies hobbying like a mad woman. It's been quite an adventure and still very much in the "experimental" and "testing" phases. I am making cosmetics for myself and anyone else who might be interested in some "custom made" cosmetics. I have made myself a highlighter (<3 Turquoise opal) and custom made a shade for someone who was interested in a violet version, As well as Lipsticks, Lip Balms (Mother Day), and several super simple super amazing Lip glosses (posts will come eventually...?). 

The Cosmetics were a side effect of my bigger(?) plan. Soap Making.

Each year, I sort of decide a theme gift for Christmas. One year was paintings, another, was hand knitted gifts. The knitting for 10 people took about 6 months. So did the paintings. This year, it will be Soaps and Lotions (there will still be knitting, and paintings). 

Cold Processed Soap (Using lye. ...yes like fight club) takes about 4-6 weeks for the soap to "age". Translation of "age": the lye will still burn. It takes 4-6 weeks for the finished soap to become a pH balance that is soothing and useful to the skin, verse being harsh, burning, drying, and possibly damaging. So it takes TIME. 

Also I know me, I love doing something myself, but in order to do it right, it takes me many, many times. The first few batches of soap were a success. One very much wasn't. I checked off each step but I missed something (forgot to add an oil), and made a dangerous batch of soap. Too much lye not enough oil = it will burn. I caught the mistake moments after finishing the batch. Had to wait for it to harder and remove from the mold, and it went into the trash the next day. 

BUT do not fret! I said to myself. 

Making soap isn't something you can do in a rush. You have to have hours. I'd say at least 3 hours. For prepping, measuring, mixing, Mixing together, and then clean up. Longer, if you want to make more than one batch. 

Today, I made one very large batch (10lbs) WHILE rebatching a soap that didn't fit into little peeps (like the marshmallows) mold as successfully as I originally hoped. When they are ready (dried, cut, and aged) I will post pictures ^_____^

Here are pictures of a successful and aged batch. However, I missed important information in the process of adding the colourant. Even though I read it 4 times. I added too much of the colourant. Just means when you suds with this soap the suds turn a grey color. But it isn't so bad that it will stain skin or anything, though it is obviously too much colour. 

(You can see it on the surface of the soap the pale grey/milky water marks from just washing with the soap)

I still think it is a success and I am VERY happy with it. Though I don't know if I will give this batch away as gifts. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Good Soldier

For your ears. If you are into this kind of thing. Cause I am. I so am. And it's getting me through my work day.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipsticks - a review-

Now, I must say that I longed for these for quite a while.

After months of weighing all the possible pros and cons. Once I decided to make the financial plunge in investing in these lipsticks I spent months researching any and all kinds of swatches I could find online for what colors I think might work my complexion.

I decided on Tsuyazaura (aka #3) and ichijiku (aka #17). I only went with two because, lets face it I am not made of money, these are the most expensive lipsticks I have ever purchased and I wanted something I could wear for red days and something I could wear everyday.

Now I assume that you are here because you have hear of Suqqu. I only became aware this company existed through the lovely forum community of makeup enthusiasts at Makeupalley. Suqqu, encase you have no knowledge of them, is a Japanese Cosmetic company, that for the average person is quite expensive. Also, they are only available in the UK and Japan. They are not available in the US. If you want to purchase Suqqu there are about two or three online companies that sell it at an ::cough:: insane mark up, or ::cough cough:: insane shipping. Thankfully, I was able to get mine the cheapest way possible, getting someone in the UK to make a custom purchase for me. Which still, these lipsticks high priced. I very well thanked the lady who was kind enough to help me make this purchase.

Now for the Eye candy. Photos and swatches from the first day I received them.

 An Ingredients list for anyone who might be interested in this information

 Close up of the packaging... because I am like that

 Another packaging close up. They are rounded edge square smooth black tubes. My goodness they are sexy.

 On Top is #3 Bottom is #17

As you can see in this picture #3 is a warm pink and #17 is a bricky red

Figure swatches are supposed to be accurate in terms of how it will apply on your lips (I don't know how true that is, but I like finger swatches none the less. 

Arm swatches with #3 on the left and #17 on the right. They are absolutely beautiful.

Now that your eye have had a fest I will give you my opinion of these highly sought after lipsticks.

I am in love with the color. Seriously. I think they are both exactly the colors I have wanted and I made the right selection when I made my purchase. But in terms of lasting time on my lips, I honestly didn't have very much luck. Why, when so many other review talk about decent lasting power? Well, because I am picky. My lips are babies, and with out tons of moisture they dry right up. When I put on these beauties I found my lip got uncomfortable rather quickly. My lips are BIG BABIES. Seriously... So I tried adding moisture before i put them on to no avail. My lips were still dry feeling. The more moisture the more the product wouldn't last on my lips as well. Now I am the kind of person that prefers that her makeup never makes her uncomfortable ever, because if it does, I honestly won't reach for it. And if I don't reach for it? Well that makes it a waste of space. As much as I honestly love these colors, and worked very hard to save the money and talk someone into helping me get them, they just make my lips uncomfortable. Now I know a lot of woman who love their Suqqu lipsticks, but the formula just does not love me back.

For example, I cannot wear Mac anything, OCC liptars, Illamasqua, Shiseido Perfect Rouge, Givenchy, Guerlain, Lancome, Any Nars... I mean Dior addict lipsticks made my lips dry. So keep that in mind when taking my word for anything.

Sad day for me. Oh well, maybe I can find them a happy home with lips they will love back. :D

Thanks for stopping by and reading!