eyeliner on a cat

eyeliner on a cat
beauty, scent & style scrutinized for pleasure

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Getting to Know... Perilously Pale from The Beauty Spotlight Team

This week, we delve into the mind of Christa, author of the beauty blog Perilously Pale. I've always liked her blog not because her reviews always seem to interest me, as does her writing, but because I feel a very special, pallid kinship with her. Yet neither of us have a real problem with our low-melanin status, and that's what makes us part of the Sisterhood of the Porcelain Pigment.

Click HERE to read Christa's interview!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sandalwood Again ["come with us now on a journey through time and space..."]

A couple of years ago, I very accidentally happened into some very vintage sandalwood oil. I'd bought a cute mini flask, green, corrugated glass, that I had plans to fill with something special. When it arrived, it was already full of liquid. A dab on my hand and a few long inhalations told me that this was sandalwood oil. Very old, probably from the 60s or 70s. It was, as I like to call it, the cosmic motherlode, and I love to imagine who used to own it and what his or her life was like at the time.

Silver Factory hijinks.

While my life is more The Mighty Boosh than Doctor Who (thankfully, yet regrettably), every once in awhile, I like to revisit the past and bring out that little flask. It now resides in a lovely deerskin medicine bag given to me by my beautiful friend and employer, Angela Shore, who creates spectacular oils for her brand Jiva-Apoha. Today was one of those blessed days. I put a dab of vintage on one hand, and a dab of Angela's sigh-inducing sandalwood she obtained from India last year, on the other hand. As per usual, I called in my husband to be the sniff-tester, and I took note of his reactions [he is a very gifted savant fragrance critic- I guess creativity is creativity, no matter how you slice, dice or roll it].

First, the vintage. Seventeen sniffs later, he said, "Powerful. Ripe, almost skunky. Dirty leather and dusty sex. Easy Rider with twice the drugs." That's a lot of drugs.

Lord Hopper on his low-rider.

Then, Angela's sandalwood. He measured his words more carefully this time."Gentler. Sweet. Godly."

Siddhartha under the Bodhi tree.

I totally agree. And do the scents represent the times from whence they came? Absolutely. And they are both wildly attractive to the point of obsession, as far as I'm concerned. They are both gifts from the earth, and when they're gone, there will be no more that is exactly the same.  So in the meantime, I will treasure every drop and allow myself to occasionally experience the sublime nature of real, precious sandalwood-- not the fragrance industry's estimation of what it should smell like. And the best part? The unleashing of my husband's unwitting genius in distilling the essence of fragrance in very few, pithy and mostly hilarious words. I often find the best inspiration to write about my own passions in the people and places that orbit in galaxies far, far away from fragrance. Even if they happen to sleep next to me at night.

Crimping for the greater good

Friday, November 22, 2013

Truly, Madly, Deeply: New vs old Besame Cosmetics products

I've been a fan of Besame Cosmetics for years, and have seen almost all of my favorite products come and go, for various reasons. But I have held on to some of the lovely little compacts and lipsticks, and only wish I could still get their delicate rose facial moisturizer and translucent loose powder. Anyway, I have tried some of their newer offerings in order to compare and contrast.

First, I'm very happy to see that the size of their lipsticks have grown to full size, instead of lil' babies. Those little ones were very cute, but they were not any less expensive for their size. I picked Merlot, a matte brick red that is extremely highly-pigmented, soft and very comfortable to wear. The delicate vanilla fragrance is nice too. In these respects, all that has really changed with the lipsticks is the size. They have always been top quality, and suitable not just for vintage junkies-- these are just plain amazing lipcolors.

[old on left, new on right]

[Merlot- gorgeous on pale skin]

[note the flat, tapered edge to the lipstick- perfect for precision application w/o a brush]

The other product I HAD to get was the Violet Brightening Powder. It's in loose form with an included puff. I applied a dusting of it after using a lightweight liquid foundation (Urban Decay Naked Foundation), and the finished look was really stunning. With the smooth complexion and the deep, matte lips, I didn't feel like I needed any other makeup at all. 

[translucent, violet loose powder-- perfection!]

[a product that's a blessing for the fair-skinned]

Besame has been the big winner in the game of packaging for a LONG time, which is why I could never part with anything. I've got little eyeshadow and blush compacts that I'm hoping I'll be able to find refills for one day, but if not, I'll just save them for the day I get my dream vanity table. 

[get a load of the lipstick sample matchbooks! I love them]

[modern packaging, including the new lipstick sample matchbooks]

[older compacts- both eyeshadows, plus the old lipsticks. Tiny and cute- minaudiere-friendly]

[old eyeshadows, and old vs. new lipsticks]

Besame has a new souffle formula foundation that I must try, there's 1930s cake mascara, cashmere pressed powder, and even vintage-style crimson rouge-- all worth a try, because Besame never disappoints. If you like your vintage style with a wink and a nod, and not necessarily head-to-toe phoniness, Besame will be your new cosmetics BFF. If you can only try one product from this brand, make it a lipstick. If you can't decide on a color, order those genius little matchbooks to sample!

[all products were purchased by me for my own personal collection. I have not been compensated by the brand monetarily or with product]

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue eBay charity auction-- it's on!

There is a super cool auction going on right now that benefits Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue in Georgia. There is a tempting variety of things on offer, including an 8 oz bottle of Jiva-Apoha ATMAN (SPIRIT) Body Oil ($140 retail value). It's an uplifting and very sensual Ayurvedic skin treatment oil that is also my personal favorite, all year-round.

For all my fellow beauty/skin/hair care buffs and animal lovers out there, take a look and see if anything catches your fancy!

(I love their classic tattoo-style logo)

I nub me some pit bulls and feel very strongly about how unfairly the breed has been treated in the media and especially how they've been mistreated at the hands of greedy, soulless people who only want to exploit them. Pit bulls are, in my opinion, the most loyal breed of dog there is, and they will lay down their lives for their loving family, if necessary. They also give the BEST slobbery kisses, they are sensitive and thoughtful pets and will sit on anyone's lap just for some affection (whether they fit on said lap or not). I worked at an animal hospital for 11 years, and during my time there, not one single pit bull came through that front door with a bad attitude. In fact, they were hands-down the friendliest patients we had, and several neighborhood pitties would practically drag their owners through our door when out on a walk, just to say hello and get a biscuit for the road. It's not luck, I assure you, it's the benefit of a caring owner who understands the breed and its genetic traits, and forms a bond based on a mutual desire for affection AND protection. Trust means everything when you are the guardian of any animal.

For those who don't know, I work for Jiva-Apoha and donated the bottle of body oil for this auction on the company's behalf (my boss and Jiva founder Angela Shore is a badass and can't resist a good charity). I really hope to work with Friends to the Forlorn again-- partly because the founder, Jason Flatt, and the staff I've been in contact with (Bree, I'm looking at you, kid) are SO friendly and loving towards these dogs. I urge all of you to bid on an item or two, or check out the rescue's membership and shopping pages on their website. If anyone would like to donate any items for future eBay auctions that benefit Friends to the Forlorn, you can contact them via email at info@friendstotheforlorn.org. And hey! If you're in the market for an amazing dog and are anywhere near Georgia, you can fill out an application form online as well. Please feel free to share the auction and/or rescue website links on your social media drugs of choice.

The Jiva-Apoha ATMAN body oil auction ends on Monday, November 11th, (Veteran's Day!) at 6:00 am Central Time.

OMG a truckload of puppies! (pic courtesy of FTTF Rescue)

Thanks for reading my passionate divergence from the norm here on eyeliner on a cat. I'd like to leave you with this brief but amazing video about a little boy and his beloved pal Tator Tot, who saved his life!

Pit Bull Puppy Saves 4 year-old Boy's Life

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Beauty Spotlight Team: Lisa Marie from Beauty Crazed picks her top Beautiful Blues

Once Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed starts writing (bad) poetry, you know it's time to put an end to our favourites lists - so please tolerate this last one from her and at least know that you have our next Beauty Spotlight series to look forward to where you will learn all the deep, dark and disturbing (yes, we're talking about Elvira) secrets from all the Beauty Spotlight ladies!