Makeup at The Wild In-Between: Creature Feature

A few friends recently suggested I start sharing more about my makeup, um, addiction here and, really, why the hell not, you know? I mean, something has to be shared here, right? lol

So, for today's mini-review I have ColourPop's Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil in Creature.

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The color is described, per the ColourPop website, as a "deepened blackened burgundy red" with a matte finish. Both products retail for $5 each (such a steal!), and the formula for both is creamy and lovely--no dragging or skipping during application. The only caveat? It can be a bit patchy, as shown in the following photo:

Admittedly, though, I had a lip balm on prior to application, so that may have contributed to the patchiness. On the other hand, the lip balm was gone by application and I had thoroughly exfoliated my lips with my GlamGlow POUTMUD Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment before staring my makeup, so I'm not exactly sure what happened. I will, however, use this product again without applying lip balm or scrub and report back.

Oh! Also? I sort of love how the liner applied a bit more than the stix. The liner was full coverage at first swipe whereas the stix needed a bit of working with.

Additionally, as with some matte formulas, eating any sort of greasy/oily foods may wear a bit of the color away or cause the color to slip around a bit. Just a head's up.

That said, I would totally buy these products again. At $5 a pop, you really can't go wrong with Creature (regardless of the product), and if you're a vampy lip lover, you really should consider adding this gorgeous color to your collection.

xo

* All photos in reviews are mine and minimally processed to be true to the product color. All opinions are my own and products have been purchased by me with my own funds unless otherwise noted.

The Linestrider Tarot Deck: A Review

The newest deck in my life, The Linestrider Tarot, arrived just as I had decided I really wanted to give tarot reading professionally, and thus this site, a go.

Lucky me, as the art in this deck is absolutely breathtaking, making our working relationship that much more enjoyable. Because, you know, who doesn't like to work with pretty things when possible?
 

Six of Cups | The Linestrider Tarot

I was able to purchase this deck from Amazon, not knowing that the cost of the deck includes a 288-page booklet written by the deck artist. The book includes the card illustrations and explanations (both for upright and inverted cards), as well as spreads to try, traditions around tarot, and number, birthday, and plant correspondences for each Major and Minor arcana card.

To be honest, the book is well thought out, well organized, and the correspondences were a boon I have never seen in any other tarot book I own. Which, admittedly, are only two, but still.

The cards themselves, as I said, are beautifully illustrated. The artist, Siolo Thompson, indicated she pulled some inspiration from the Rider-Waite deck regarding symbolism, and it is obvious that she took her time in planning how to illustrate each card so even the most novice of readers could grasp the meanings.



The deck is a wonderful size, especially for those of us who shuffle our decks the same way playing cards are shuffled, and the cardstock has a wonderful weight. My only issue with the deck is that the cards seem to not have a coating, so they are textured and do not slip against each other easily, which means I find myself handling them a bit more gently than my other decks. Additionally, due to the lack of coating, the edges of the cards fray or catch on things, so I would advise care when using this deck.

That said, I would still buy The Linestrider Tarot, even with the cardstock issue, because it is stunning (as shallow as that sounds) and, so far, it is has been a joy to work with.

So, if you are a lover of gorgeous watercolor art, animal and human imagery, or really just dig minimalist sorts of decks that are still pretty, I would definitely add the The Linestrider Tarot deck to your collection.