News — Rat​s’​ droppings, human urine and arsenic… Police warn against counterfeit cosmetics | Fashion | The Guardian

Rat​s’​ droppings, human urine and arsenic... Police warn against counterfeit cosmetics | Fashion | The Guardian

Scary stuff. Another good reason to stay away from counterfeit goods.
Rat​s’​ droppings, human urine and arsenic… Police warn against counterfeit cosmetics | Fashion | The Guardian.

Rat droppings, human urine and arsenic – just some of the substances found in fake beauty products which police say are putting consumers’ lives at risk.

Make-up, perfume, electrical hair stylers and sun cream are among the counterfeit goods being highlighted by the City of London Police in a campaign bearing the slogan “wake up – don’t fake up!”.

Real Neat Blog Award: Return of the Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blog Award

Two lovely makeup & beauty bloggers Ryane Zamora and Glam Necessities have nominated me for another Real Neat Blog Award! I am so excited to answer their questions, and pass new nominations on to some new-to-me blogs.

The Award Rules are:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

Questions from Ryane Zamora:

What does the rest of your day look like?
Taking care of my little peanut who is teething/feverish/cranky/mischievous. Maybe some swatching and working on my website if I can squeeze them in!
What is your favorite lip product for summer?
Nivea lip balm, Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Papaya.
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Papaya
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Papaya

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Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove, Romantic Rose & Tea Rose

Milani — Baked Blush & Rose Powder Blush Megapost

This ongoing post contains swatches of Milani Baked Blushes (Bella Rosa, Bellissimo Bronze, Berry Amore, Corallina, Dolce Pink, Luminoso, Rose d’Oro) and Rose Powder Blushes (Coral Cove, Romantic Rose, and Tea Rose).

I will update this post with any new Milani blush swatches, as well.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, Bella Rosa & Rose d'Oro

Baked Blush

These blushes are awesome, period! It’s just a bonus that they come pretty cheap, as well. Granted, the packaging leaves a bit to be desired, but when I pick these up at a little over CA$6 a pop on sale, I’m not complaining!

These are a bit shimmery for blushes; out of all of mine, only Bella Rosa is matte. Luminoso is not overly shimmery. Bellissimo Bronze is sparkle city.

Berry Amore, Corallina and the legendary Luminoso are my faves. Admittedly, I have been too chicken to try Bella Rosa, yet!

Milani Baked Blush is US$8.49 / CA$7.99 (I have no idea why it’s cheaper at!) and 0.12 oz / 3.5 g. It is made in Italy.

This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it’s buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of colour to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.

The label:
Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink, label

The included mirror and brush (not very good! I’d recommend using your own blush brush):

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Blue Moon Lagoon

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Nail Lacquer — Blue Moon Lagoon

Collection: OPI 2003 Summer, It’s Summer for Shore

Since I’m planning on re-swatching many of my older polishes, I thought I’d encourage myself to get going on that by doing a “Throwback Thursday” (yeah, not too inventive!). It’ll just be a quick swatch and a comment for these older polishes.

Blue Moon Lagoon is a sheer baby blue holographic shimmer/nanoglitter. I did three coats in my swatch; you’d need an extra one or two for full opacity. I’d prefer to use just a coat or two on top of an opaque polish.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Blue Moon Lagoon, swatch

OPI Nail Lacquer in Blue Moon Lagoon, label

OPI Nail Lacquer retails for about US$9.50 / higher in CA$ (I see a range of prices) and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. OPI nail polishes are currently free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor. (Since this is an older polish, I suspect this is not 3-Free.) They are made in the USA.

OPI has been owned by global beauty company Coty Inc. since 2010.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose

Milani — Color Statement Lipstick — Plumrose

I’ve heard all the gushing over Milani’s revamped cosmetics line (they most recently did this around 2013, I think), and while I already love the Baked Blushes, I still hadn’t tried their well-reviewed Color Statement Lipsticks.

Milani occasionally goes on sale at, the only source of Milani that is currently easily accessible to me. When that happened again recently, I picked up yet another Milani blush (one of the new Rose Blushes!) and Color Statement Lipstick in Plumrose.

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Clinique High Impact Lip Color in Citrus Rose

Clinique — High Impact Lip Color — Citrus Rose

Perhaps I’m a bit weird, but I love Clinique’s silver metal lipstick packaging. They’re sleek, cute, have a nice weight to them, and the brushed metal rings help provide grip and prevent unsightly fingerprints. LOVE! The High Impact Lip Color tubes have alternating wide and narrow bands (the Different Lipsticks just have the narrow bands all the way down). My favorite tubes are the Butter Shines with their bamboo-inspired styling (though those lack the brushed metal finish and therefore have an issue with visible fingerprints).

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PBS Kids Peg + Cat

Love/Hate Tag

Styled With Joy just did her Love/Hate Tag (check it out!), and tagged me to do it as well. Thanks, Joy!

Rules: In this tag we have to share 10 things we love and 10 we hate and nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

Things I Love:

  1. Alphabetical Order
  2. Blue Cheese
  3. Dune
  4. Family
  5. Handbags
  6. Nail Polish (duh)
  7. Peg + Cat
  8. Pizza
  9. Potato Chips
  10. Staying up late

Things I Hate (hard…hate is a strong word!):

  1. Car drivers who blare music from their stereos (the one and only exception has been one guy who made everyone listen to Simon & Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence at full blast)
  2. Clowns (thanks a lot, Stephen King)
  3. Dora the Explorer
  4. Housekeeping
  5. Moths
  6. Removing glitter nail polish
  7. Rudeness
  8. This fruit
  9. Tropical weather
  10. Uggs (sorry)

I am tagging the following bloggers:

  1. Admirably Legal
  2. Bottled in Denmark
  3. Chubbychicsdiary
  4. fromSandyxo
  5. Mascara On the Run
  6. Nerdy Librarian Girl
  7. Pretty & Cie
  8. Reflections by Mirela
  9. Thexlifestylexblog
  10. The World of Cos