Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Comics Haul – Week of 11Oct10

I know some of these are from a week or so ago but I don’t always get to my Comic Pusher on every Wednesday.  Hey I’m a busy Faerie, computers and networks won’t sparkle themselves and someone has to eat the last Reese’s cup in your candy stash.  Anyway, on to my picks from this haul and other random ones I grabbed off the shelf that caught my eye.



1 – X-Men: Curse of the Mutants #4
Marvel
Written By: Victor Gischler
Penciled by: Paco Medina
Inked by: Juan Vlasco
Colored by: Marte Garcia

I have been drooling about this series coming out all summer long.  I am in love with Vampires, just not the sparklie kind.  I am talking about the Lost Boys, no holds barred, Blade movies, do what you want, kick arse kind of Vampires!  I first read an X-Men/Vampires comic back in ‘90 something that centered on Storm being transformed by Dracula himself that was a one shot deal.  Later on in the late ‘90s that idea was revisited on the premise that Storm was still a Vampire and how she was living her life as such.  I think it was a 4 part comic but I’d have to check.  I just love this whole theme and I was super psyched to see it coming back.  How awesome is it that Wolverine’s mug would be gracing the cover in just this manor.  He’s all ready a don’t mess with him kind of guy, now he’s even more destructive as a Vamp!

2 – Blade: Curse of the Mutants #1 (One Shot)
Marvel
Written by: Duan Swierczynski
Art by: Tim Green
Colors by: Nathan Fairbairn

Vampire stories always need Blade.  Like the movie said he’s got all their strengths and none of their weaknesses.   And you can’t do a Vampire Marvel story without him.  On the flip through I was pulled in by the art.  It was reminiscent of the kind of art I grew up with in the 80s and 90s as a kid.  Course the paper and the ink is better today.  It has that simplicity that packs so much punch that I love.

3 – Storm and Gambit: Curse of the Mutants #1 (One Shot)
Marvel
Written by: Chuck Kim
Penciled by: Chris Bachalo
Inked by: Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Wayne Faucher, al Vey, Victor Olazaba, Mark Irwin, and Chris Bachalo
Colored by: Antonio Fabella and Chris Bachalo

This was the pairing of my youth from that revisit of the Vampire comic I spoke about above.  Only in the revisit Storm and Gambit were Vampires.  This one has them kicking Vampire butt and taking names.  No disappointment here.

4 – Namor: Curse of the Mutants #1 (One Shot)
Marvel
Written by: Stuart Moore
Art by: Ariel Olivetti

Vampire Merfolk!!  SQUEEEEE!!  Okay I think I have made you all tired of my Vampire obsession.  Moving on to something else.

5 – Farscape: Scorpius #6
Boom!
Story by: Rockne S. O’Bannon
Script by: David Alan Mack
Artwork by: Gordon Purcell
Color by: Nolan Woodard

If you have never seen the show Farscape you need to run out right now and pick up all 4 seasons and the movie Peacekeeper Wars.  You are missing out if you are not up on this show or this comic.  I love baddies with accents and personally I don’t think any villain comes to within an inch of the awesome that is Scorpius.  Trust me you have never met anyone more calculating, more collected, and more vicious to attain his goals than you have with Scorpius.  You will fall in love and might actually root for him.  Or maybe just be hooked like me.  Now go run out and get the DVDs, movie, and all the comics.  Why are you still here?

6 – Spike #1
IDW
Written by: Brian Lynch
Artwork by: Franco Urru
Color by: Andrea Priorini

I know I said enough with the Vampire theme but this is Spike, totally different Vampire.  I did a flip through in the comic store and I about died laughing when I got to the Twinkle picture.  I won’t forfeit any details but all I have to say is this is classic Spike in the Whedon spirit.  Kudos to Brian Lynch and if you aren’t following him on Twitter you need to do that right now.



7 – Superman: the Last Family of Krypton #1
DC
Written by: Cary Bates
Artwork by: Renato Arlem
Color by: Allen Parsealaqua

What if Superman’s parents escaped to Earth with him?  What if they were around to raise him?  How would the world be different with that influence sooner in our lives?  I don’t know about you but I am stoked to see where this can lead.  And fear not the Kent’s are involved as well

8 & 9 – Angel: Only Human #1
IDW
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Artwork by: David Messina
Colored by: Mirco Pierfederici and Ilaria Traversi

I grabbed both covers this one and I am horribly behind on the Angel comic series.  This was a frivolous purchase but sometimes I like to grab books that I know I’ll get around to reading once I pick up the rest of the series.  I was sad to see Fred’s character go and be replaced by Illyria in the series but it was fun to watch Illyria attempt to live in today’s world.  This story follows Gunn and Illyria aka Blue as they head to see Fred’s parents.  Nothing could go wrong here.  Right?

10 – Wonder Woman #602
DC
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski
Pencil by: Don Kramer with Eduardo Pansica
Inked by: Jay Leisten, Michael Babinski, and Ruy Jose
Colored by: Alex Sinclair

I know I know.  Booooo!  Hisss!  Evil Wonder Woman costume change!  Shame shame!  I get it.  But it is Wonder Woman and I had to know how the story was going to go despite all my hang ups with her costume change.  Wonder Woman doesn’t need pockets.  However she does kick some serious arse and take names.  She’s Wonder Woman; it’s in the job description.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Brash and Bold FOTD - Pink Smokey Eye Look



I admit this idea was a bit of an experiment.  I tried a brand of cosmetics I've never used before and was unhappy with how it mucked up my look.  Despite the apparent eye creasing that is going on I think you still get the idea.

What you'll need...

Eyes
MAC Venomous Villains Maleficent My Dark Magic Mineralize Eye shadow - pink side only
MAC Venomous Villains Dr. Facilier Brash and Bold Pigment
Jessie's Girl After Midnight Creme Eye shadow
MAC Venomous Villains Cruella de Vil Sweet Joy Eye shadow
Urban Decay Original Eye Primer Potion
Stila Black Shimmer Black Diamond Mascara
Too Face Lash Injection Pinpoint Mascara
Too Faced Black Lava Gloss Eye Liner

Lips
Benefit High Beam
MAC Venomous Villains Maleficent Violetta Lipstick
Urban Decay 24/7 Ozone Lip Liner
Benefit Prrrowl Pink Shimmer Gloss

Face
MAC Venomous Villains Maleficent Briar Rose Beauty Powder
Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight
MAC Pro Longwear SPF10 NW20 Foundation


How To
Begin by applying Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion all over your lid and crease.  Next using your finger pat Jessie's Girl After Midnight Creme Eye shadow all over lid and into crease.  Using a flat eye shadow brush pat MAC Brash and Bold Pigment onto eye lid about 3/4 of the way up.  Using a flat eye shadow brush pat, do not sweep the pink side of MAC My Dark Magic Mineralize Eye shadow onto upper 3/4 of lid and into crease.  Using a flat eye shadow brush pat MAC Sweet Joy Eye shadow onto brow to highlight.  Very gently so as not to remove any of My Dark Magic gently sweep a puffy eye shadow brush or a soft blending brush along top of crease and brow to blend.  Using Too Faced Lava Gloss Liner line close to lashes of upper lid and along lower lash line.  Using a puffy shadow brush gently sweet to blend and smudge liner along lower lash line.  Curl lashes and apply Too Faced Lash Injection Pinpoint Mascara to upper and lower lashes.  Wait to dry and apply Stila Black Diamond Mascara to upper lashes.

Using a foundation brush apply MAC Pro Longwear Foundation to entire face, make sure to blend and buff.  Using a blush brush pat and gently blend MAC Briar Rose Powder to cheekbone.  Use a light hand to apply; you want it to be a hint of pink.  Using a puffy brush apply Too Faced Candlelight to entire face and a few extra taps on cheekbones.

Dab a tiny bit of Benefit Highbeam to lip's cupid bow and pat to blend.  Line lips with Urban Decay Ozone liner and lightly smudge onto lips.  Apply MAC Violetta lipstick.  Apply Benefit Prrrowl Pink Shimmer lip gloss to finish.

See what I mean about creasing going on in the lids.  Ugh!  If I do this look again I'm swapping out Jessie's Girl Creme Shadow for another black cream shadow.  I also might try this without an eye primer and see if that was the issue.  Please ignore the timestamp.  I did not know it was on when taking these shots.

A photo of me in my glasses to show you how this will look if you are a glasses person as well.  Don't you love how Highbeam makes my lips pop a bit?

Ugh disregard the creasing.  How this will look with eyes closed in glasses.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Build-A-Bear Star Wars Outfits - Han Solo and Princess Leia

Aren't.  They.  Just.  Too.  CUTE!! 


Doesn't it make you just want to hug and squeeze them and love them all over!!  Ahem. *composes self*  For Halloween this year DragonMonkey and I decided it was time to get new outfits for Chance and Chicklet, our Build-A-Bear Coyotes.  Well that's not really what happened.  See what happened was we were at the mall and I made a bee line for Build-A-Bear remembering that Star Wars outfits were available.  Which then lead to us deciding it was time to change their outfits for Halloween, after many girlish noises of joy and glee were exclaimed along with much jumping and hopping about like a child.  It was quite amusing actually, if you don't mind seeing an adult woman act like a child.  Any way, aren't they just adorable!  Here is a solo shot of each.

Chance as Han Solo
Chicklet as Princess Leia
So cute posing with our Tauntaun sleeping bag from Thinkgeek.com.  I also have some close up shots of their outfits as well.  Just to show off a few of the details.

This is Han's blaster.  It comes with an elastic band so you can attach it to your animals hand.  Thus far the cats have been unsuccessful in removing it.
Detail of Han's blaster belt.  It has a Velcro closure to hold it in place around the waist and for the blaster.  Also the vest comes attached to the shirt.  I would recommend leaving the plastic tags in place so you don't have to worry about losing it.
Detail of Leia's hair.  It slips onto the animal's head like a hat and all you have to do is make sure the ears are pulled through and secure.
Detail of Leia's belt.  This also comes attached to the dress with plastic tags.  Again I recommend leaving them in place so the Velcro closure doesn't fail you.

Both outfits are 5 piece outfits for $15 each at Build-A-Bear workshops and online.  Han's outfit comes with shirt, vest, pants, blaster belt, and blaster.  Leia's outfit comes with dress, belt, hair, and boots.  I presume each boot in Leia's outfit counts separately.  Han's outfit does not come with the black boots.  We purchased the Black Rubber Boots for $7 to complete Han's look.  These boots are also suggested for the Darth Vader look (not shown). 

Star Wars outfits available according to the online store are; Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Jedi Knight (very Obi Wan Kenobi), C-3P0, Anakin Skywalker, and Clone Captain Rex.  Remember not all outfits come with shoes so double check before making a final purchase.  Animals can cost $10-$25 depending on what you choose.  Chance and Chicklet are both Coyotes from the Wild Furry Friends line and were purchased online since many workshop stores do not carry every animal in stock.  Animals purchased online come pre-stuffed and ready for play.  This is nice if you are like me and find the whole animal stuffing process done in store a bit unnerving.  Also a Star Wars sound is available to be included inside your animal if you desire. 

We are planning on heading back to get the Darth Vader and Jedi Knight outfits.  I was a bit saddened that C-3P0 was available but not R2D2.  I can't have all my wishes granted I guess.  We are happy with our new look for our animals and think it's perfect!  They really do look lovely on our bed beside Tauntaun the sleeping bag.

Help me R2D2 Droid (phone) you're my only hope!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ms. Pixie's Hairy Fairy, a Ladies Chocolate Shaving Bar Review

Bath drawn, check
Reading book, check
Gillette Venus 3 with a new blade, check
Geeky Clean's Hairy Fairy bar, check


I wanted to put this product through its paces and my legs not only gave the Hairy Fairy bar quite a challenge but could have posed as the name sake.  To give you a bit of background, I am cursed with a heritage that is both Italian and Polish/Lithuanian which resulted in my leg hair being thick, coarse, and dark.  Shaving is a process that I dread cause it is never quick and easy.  When I first stumbled upon the Hairy Fairy I was intrigued.  Could this product be the one that solves so many of my shaving woes?  The answer is yes.  I opened up the wrapping on the bar and took a nice long sniff.  Heavenly!  It was chocolatey, rich, creamy, and reminded me a of a perfect fudge brownie.  And that was just the smell.  The bar itself I could tell was handmade and contained more natural ingredients than a regular bar of brand name soap.  The heat from my hands caused a slight bit of melting not enough to make me worry.  I soaked in the bath for a time as is my ritual and then began.  The bar glided effortlessly over my legs as I applied leaving a swipe of chocolate in its wake.  Grabbing my razor I took the first swipe, followed by a second, third, and fourth.  Normally I have to swish the blade in water after each swipe due to the amount of build up on the razor.  With Hair
Fairy I was able to do 4 swipes before I noticed any build up and even that was mild.  A few swishes in the water and I inspected my razor blade.  Clean!  No gunk, no build up, no film, nothing.  I also tried a drying test.  I applied Hairy Fairy to a part of my leg and let it sit a few minutes till it "dried" before shaving.  This did not seem to affect the products ability to perform nor did it cause any change in build up on the blade.  Now I was sold.  This bar does and says what it claims and I will definetely be using this instead of canned lathers and creams.  Plus at $5.50 per bar I know I will get way more use out of this than any canned foam I have used.  I will of course need to track how many uses I get out of the bar to be sure but since I did not need to reapply as I normally have to I know this bar is going to exceed anything I have used in the past.

Sparkles
*The product glided onto my legs with ease straight from the bar and did not need reapplication. 
*It created it's own lather as my razor glided over my legs which was perfect for areas that I sometimes have to go over again.
*My razor did not gunk up at all.  Each swipe rinsed away cleanly from the razor blades with a few swishes in the bath water.  It also allowed for up to 4 swipes on my leg before needing to be rinsed.
*The lather and shaving residue rinsed cleaning off my legs as well as off the tub.  No shaving ring was left behind either.
*The bar itself had a very nice chocolate scent that I did find myself sniffing just because.

Sputters
*Bar was a little slippery when wet.  Just enough to make you mindful and careful about your grip.
*I did notice a small amount of dryness on my legs about 15 min after shaving before I applied my lotion.  Not enough to be annoying but those with dry or sensitive skin may want to take this into mind when trying it.
*There was a faint hint of chocolate and clean scent after use but this did not last for very long.
*Being a bar soap you will have to purchase a soap dish or tin for storage.

Available at GeekyClean.com

Overall: 4 out of 5 Faerie Wings

More Pictures Below

Top view of unwrapped product

Bottom view of unwrapped product

Side view of unwrapped product