Sunday, December 14, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

I love to yammer on and on about beauty and bath products. You haven't noticed? That's a mighty big rock you live under! Did you have to take out a mortgage on it? But yeah, I have an addiction to things like soap, makeup, lotion, and nail polish. 

There are worse addictions out there. Like meth. And reality television. 

Because if my obsessions, I do get a lot of folks asking about My list of All Time Faves. This would be a HUGE list. But I've decided to compile a small list of some that are at the top of said list. 

It's also getting close to Christmas and My birthday so... I guess this blog post could be one of those Two Bird killing stones that you hear so much about. 

Ready?  

Onward! 



First item that I adore is something that I also miss. Glam'Eyes mascara by Rimmel has to be the best mascara I have ever used. Ever. Proverbial hands are proverbially down! I curse the Makeup Gods for discontinuing it. I wept into My Cheerios for weeks after discovering it was no longer gracing the shelves of My local Walmarts and Walgreens. This right here was the only mascara I've ever worn where a) I didn't need 21,575 layers to make My lashes look huge and b) everyone accused Me of rocking fake lashes every time I used this stuff! It was perfection on a wand! And now it's gone! I have yet to find a proper replacement. Rimmel, why do you hate Me? My poor, frail lashes were depending on you!


Next on My list is something that I've held dear since the late '70s. (Shut up and get off of My lawn, dagnabbit!) Royal Bain de Caron was the cologne that My biological father wore when I was growing up. 

Parfum Caron released it in 1941. I love a long-lasting product!

 

I say cologne, and so do most reviews and product descriptions, but this scent is very gender-neutral IMHO. I can smell the cologne-ness of it* but it also has a powdery smell that is very clear, and a touch of floral. Someone had recently gifted Me with a bottle (the bottle is still gorgeous with its unicorns!), and the nostalgia was like a freight train. And it still smells just as wonderful as it did all those years ago! 


If you haven't heard... I love roses. The smell especially. Number 1 Very Best Smell! A while back, someone gifted Me with a bottle of Tea Rose perfume and I thought I might die of happiness. It is legit the most perfect, true rose smell I've ever encountered! This perfume makes Me weep joyously every time I put it on My wrists. I spray it on My pillow cases. If anything deserves a Dreamy Sigh, it's this stuff right here. 


Two things that the Holiday Season wouldn't be right without? The smell of pine trees and Bath And Body Works

Remember Me going on about My love of rose as a scent? Pine is Number 2 Very Second Best Smell! I usually wear it as a perfume around the winter months, even in Florida and its tropical, jungle-ish ways. 

Would that make Florida Christmas a Jungle Balls kinda thing?

I'll be here all week. Try the salmon. 

B&BW usually has at least one pine scent during the holidays. Sometimes two! I love to hit them up for these scents in their Home Fragrance Oil. It goes on My wrists and pillow cases and stays for eons! I could drool. Honestly. It's such a great way to relax. It inspires daydreams about winter forests. 

Thankfully, winter is when a lot of pine-scented items hit store shelves. Hallelujah! I can pick up air freshener sprays, Febreze, lotions, all kinds of things! So. Much. Pine. Yay. 

 

If you know Me at all, you know the image above.

 

My obsession with glitter is long-lived and strong as hell. All the pretty, shiny bits of love! My inner drag queen is always purring like a kitten when there is glitter involved. Needless to say, I've tried a lot of glitter over the years.

 

I can't remember the year, but I discovered the Fantasy Makers Confetti glitter one year and I was so excited! New Glitter! Wet N Wild only puts it out at Halloween time, and I've only ever seen Walgreens carry it.

 

I gave it a try, and I fell in love. It's a super silvery glitter, super fine, and has such a fun rainbow shine. I never need to use a primer or any sort of adhesive to keep it on My lids. It never gets in My eyes.

 

It.

 

Is.

 

Perfection.

 

I just wish they'd put out more colors!

 

So every year, I hit every Walgreens in My area, and buy ALL THE GLITTERS!!!

 

 

Speaking of Wet N Wild, they're also pretty clever with the nail polishes.

 

Just below My addiction to glitter, is My addiction to nail polish. It's like little jars of heaven, applied to My nails. *drool*

 

One thing I am wont to do is put a black base down and then add a glitter polish over top. The black base just makes the glitter's color(s) jump out at you! It really makes everything more bold. So I go through a LOT of black polish.

 

Right now, the best black for this (that I've discovered so far) is the Fast Dry I've posted above. The fast dry makes it so much easier to change My polish as frequently as I do (sometimes every day).

 

 

Do you see that image just above this text? That lotion? It's sent to Me from the Gods themselves.

 

Backtracking, I have OCD. And the hand washing that is always portrayed in media? No. Everyone has their own obsessions and compulsions. One of Mine is the need to use lotion on My hands. A lot. So I always have a travel size lotion in My purse or pocket.

 

Jergens did right by Me with this one. The travel size is easily found, cheaply priced, and the lotion itself is fairly badass. It works so well and has a very pleasant smell. I dig it. A lot.

 

 

Silk Works, I love you. You area easy to find (usually Walmart for Me), you're inexpensive, and your hair serum saves My wallet and My hair. A dab of said serum replaces conditioner, so I save money on conditioner. I use actual conditioner a few times a month now, so the bottle lasts longer. And the serum works so gooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!! And it smells great. AND! AND! It's meant for hair AND skin! So silky smooth!

 

 

More OCD love for lotion! Beau Jardin by Heathcote & Ivory is an amazing series from the UK. I was gifted their Lavender & Jasmine hand lotion not too long ago and it's amazeballs. It goes beyond the wonderful, calming smell. It goes beyond the wonderful way it smooths My skin. It's the consistency. It's thicker than most lotions. I only need a dime-sized glob for it to work it's wonders. It's a glorious formula and it works so well!

 

 

And here's some more from Beau Jardin! This set contains a travel-size lotion and bath gel. The one I was gifted is their Rose & Geranium scent.

 

Oh Em Gee.

 

The rose scent is very realistic, so is the gerenium. Beyond that, you get a green, kinda earthy scent. To Me, it smells like the leaves and stems you'd smell if you fresh picked the flowers from a garden. It's a truly wonderful blend of smells. I adore it.

 

Heathcote & Ivory? Kudos to you!

 

 

I found this Lucky Brand lotion at Bealls. I honestly never tried the perfume before, but the lotion smells SO good. SOOO GOOD! The lotion is good, but the quality isn't anything new or novel. It does, however, contain... GLITTER! It's a super fine glitter that just leaves a colorless sparkle on the skin. It's nice for the arms and shoulders. I really do love the smell though. I may have to find the perfume and give it a go!

 

 

Sephora. Sephora... we need to talk.

 

You're Golden Sparkle Body Oil is My prized possession. The buttery, amber scent* is so divine. The random-sized gold flecks are like gold leaf upon My skin. The oil softens My skin like a caress from an angel.

 

BUT THEN YOU TOOK IT AWAY FROM ME.

 

Why did you discontinue this glorious product? It is liquid perfection in a fun little bottle. Please bring it back?!?! I will love you for forever. I swear it. Long, hot love. With tongue. Please?

 

I've saved My bottle. I only use it on Special Occasions. I wish I could use the hell out of it, knowing that I can just buy more.

 

I weep as I type this.

 

 

Take a look at this lotion. The one hovering above these words. Read the ingredients. Take it all in. Bask in it's majesty.

 

Deep Steep, you geniuses!

 

I could babble for days about how good this lotion is. What it does to My skin is a miracle. My skin thrives on this stuff. It goes above and beyond anything I've used before. And it's a nice, semi-thick lotion. The whipped consistency is not unlike yogurt. It feels so silky and nice.

 

But wait! There's more!

 

I was gifted the Coconut & Lime scent. I love these scents. I love them together. HOWEVER! I am really kinda sick and tired of coconut/lime scented products being 75% coconut scent and 25% lime. Or sometimes even 90% coconut and 10% lime. It's getting old, and honestly? I prefer lime to coconut as far as scents go. Fresh lime (and also lemon) is such an invigorating scent! If you strip out the sugary sweetness that a lot of citrus scented body products have, the freshness wakes Me up and keeps Me going. This coconut/lime scent? 80% non-sugary lime and 20% coconut. YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Finally! If I could hire a legit choir of angels to sing praises at this lotion, I truly would.

 

 

Daisies are My favorite flower, but they don't have a really notable scent. so when I spied Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs, I was curious as to what it smelled like. It's a really nice floral blend (the website also notes fruit but I don't smell the fruitiness*). I do, however, note a hint of... well it's not banana in the traditional sense. It's more like the ripe, greenish smell of the peel when you first open it up. It's really nice! I like it with the florals!

 

 

More roses!

 

Issey Miyake got it right. It's got the true rose scent, but not like the Tea Rose perfume I mentioned above. Tea Rose doesn't have the alcohol scent that some perfumes do. This perfume does. So it's mostly rose, a bit of other florals, and then that alcohol scent. I hope that makes sense? I still love this perfume, though!

 

 

And... we're back to classics!

 

Some people call Chanel No. 5 a "grandma scent" and I really disagree. In My brain, the Grandma Scent is more subtle and powdery. Chanel No. 5 is just vintage glamor in a bottle. And that's why it's lasted since 1921! Coco, I bow to you.

 

 

Lancome has some great products. I could wax poetic all day.

 

When I was working at Macy's one of the Lancome Goddesses in My store turned Me on to their Juicy Tubes in Moulin Rose. A great gloss, AND IT SMELLS LIKE ROSES. 'nuff said.

 

 

I used to find Bee & Flower rose soap in Chinatown, back in the day. It's a nice soap, nothing super special, but it smells like roses, and I adore the packaging. I'm so very giddy that I can randomly find it at drug stores and health food stores on occasion. And of course, there is always the internet.

 

 

Nag Champa is probably my Number 3 Very Third Best Smell!

 

Many, many people try to make Nag Champa incense and oils and fail miserably in My eyes. If I'm going to get the soap, the incense, the oils... it really HAS to be the Satya Sai Baba brand, which is made by Shrinivas Sugandhalaya. It's the only way I like it. That powdery scent in there that many other brands miss!!

 

So... yeah. That's a list of the Tops Of The Top. I have other loves that I could add in to this list, but alas... this has become the Verbose List Of Doom And Pictures. I hope this didn't become a TL;DR for ya'll and maybe someone reads this and discovers a new love for themselves!

 

 

 

 





* - I cannot sniff bath products and identify every "note" in their fragrance blends. I know folks who can, and I envy them! I try My best to describe what I smell, though! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tell Em That Its My Birthday

Remember the last time I casted on Twitch?

 

Me neither! I think it was about 3 years ago...

 

Oops.

 

But oh hay! Guess what? This year, on My birthday, I'm gonna cast!

 

So on 12/26, get yer pretty little asses to My Twitch page

 

THE TWITCH BITCH IS BACK!

 

 

I'm going to raid a friend's house and play some of them there vidya games! It'll be a hoot. Promise. I haven't gotten the exact time frame down yet, so keep an eye on My Twitter account for updates.

 

So here is a poll for ya'll. I need to pick what games I'm gonna play for a few hours. You can pick more than one! If you want to donate a game (on Steam) for Me to play on My birthday cast, please choose Other and type in what game you're donating!

 

Here's My Steam info iffn ya want it:

 

Steam

 

Steam wishlist

 

Which game(s) do you want to see on SquidMango's Birthday Cast?
Aura: Fate Of The Ages
Bastion
Braid
Darksiders
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Portal
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth
The Ungarden
Other
Please Specify:
Poll Maker

Monday, October 20, 2014

Every time I speak my mind I'm lyrically critical

Hi! My name is Paige Delaney D'Winter and I love video games!

 

I've been playing video games since I was a wee lass, so probably since about 1980. Yes, I'm that old.

 

 

Get off my lawn.

 

The first gaming systems I owned as a child were the Colecovision (1982) and the IBM PC Jr (1984).

 

 

 

My very first favorite video game was Adventure for the Colecovision. Your character was a square. You fought dragons that kinda looked like ducks.

 

 

Not a lot of issues with pixelated boobs there, eh?

 

When I was a kid, I was a Super Duper Tom Boy (Deluxe Edition), but I've become quite a... chick, for lack of a better term. If you don't know who I am, I've embraced My femme side and I dove headfirst into the adult entertainment industry at age 18. So needless to say, I've kind of wandered the spectrum as far as how I identified as a biological female.

 

Recently, I've seen all of the chaos that is GamerGate, primarily on Twitter.

 

 

So, I've decided to make a long-winded blog post stating My view on this whole thing.

 

First off, I don't really give a shit if Zoe Quinn cheated on Eron Gjoni. No shits given. I also don't really give a shit if she did so with Nathan Grayson. Even more shits not given. Does cheating suck? Sure. But I don't really care if it's true. Is it true about the whole Sleeping Her Way To The Top thing? Also don't give a shit. It happens all of the time, in pretty much every single form of business. So I don't care. Does that sort of behavior suck for those that don't do it? Yes. But no one has shown me hardcore, irrefutable proof that these two people banged, then colluded to put her on a pedestal, professionally. So I continue to Not Give A Shit.

 

I do think that going on a Super Public Temper Tantrum was a shitty move on Gjoni's part. Bad form, dude. Keep that shit to yourself and your close pals. No need to start a smear campaign. It really did no good for anyone involved. I mean really. Look at how insane shit as become.

 

 

No one should be threatened. No one should be doxxed. No one.

 

But shit just got worse.

 

So here are the points that I'd like to make:

 

Both men and women are being threatened. People who do not identify as either gender are being threatened. This is not ok.

 

Both men and women are being doxxed. People who do not identify as either gender are being doxxed. This is not ok.

 

Women such as Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, and Brianna Wu have major spotlights in all of this, major voices in all of this. Yet they choose to only point out that women are being victimized. In order for all of this to end, and for women such as these to stop being seen as Raging Harpy Hosebeasts, they need to use their huge followings to also say "Hey. Harassment, threats, and doxxing is bad. Not only against women. So if you are a follower of mine, please do not do such things in my name. Or in the name of our cause." I've personally tweeted this to all three women, and all three have ignored Me. Some of their followers have talked shit at Me for this.

 

Some say that the "women" who are spouting threats and doxxing men and other women are just sock puppets. This may be true. But it hasn't been proven. So the legit feminists need to take the above statement and sing it from the rooftops. Feminism isn't about Man Hate. So feminists need to make it clear that things such as #killallmen, threats of castration, and doxxing in the name of feminism is BAD.

 

I've watched feminism change over the years. Once Upon A Time, a common opinion amongst feminists was that sexually liberated women such as myself, who chose to be in the adult entertainment industry, were horrible people and what we do is a crime against women. Thankfully, this has changed over the years. Now I see a lot of feminists embracing that women such as myself are empowered by what we do. That we embrace our bodies and our sexuality. That slut-shaming is bad. That no one has the right to shame, harm, or harass a woman based on their attire or their actions. YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! This makes me SO happy. I literally did several Snoopy-like happy dances. But the whole GamerGame thing has brought some opinions and articles to My attention. Things such as feminists shaming video game characters who are basically animated renderings of women like Me. Women in the gaming industry are putting down games that feature scantily clad female characters or the plot of Saving The Princess. For some reason, it's not ok to slut-shame a woman who wears minimal clothing and who says very sexy things, but when a video game character does it (hello, Bayonetta), it's a crime. This makes no sense to Me whatsoever! I agree that there need to be more types of women represented as characters in games. But the same goes for male characters. And how about transgendered characters? Genderqueer characters? Androgynous characters? I am all for variety in games. But I am not clueless to the fact that Hot Chicks in games has a huge demand. I for one LOVE seeing hot chicks in video games (mmmmmmm Ivy in Soul Calibur). I don't have issues with Unrealistic Armor on women in games. It's fiction. I laugh at it and plot future cosplay ideas. But I also laugh at how unrealistic other things are in video games. Such is a character carrying 23764875285825182517251 items. But it's still just a game. I also know that the Guy Saves The Princess plot is ancient. It's been in fiction for centuries. It's not going anywhere. It also has a big market. Folks still like that form of entertainment. Should there be more variety there too? Sure. Lemme have a princess saving the dude. Oh wait, that happened already. But sure, let's have it happen more. And again, let's include characters who aren't male or female in the way that society sees as "normal".

 

There is a lot of hypocrisy in this whole fiasco. From both sides. Each side has people pointing out the Bad Actions of the other side, yet both sides have people who are active in said Bad Actions. Again, both sides have people making threats, doxxing, etc. Not enough people on either side are standing up and saying "hey, both sides need to quit this shit" and this is a huge part of why this big ball of vitriol is not ending.

 

Blanket statements suck. If part of a group treats you like shit, don't denounce the whole group. Even if they simpy disagree with your opinions.Blanket statements about all female game developers being subpar or that they are in cahoots to get their games out there suck. So do blanket statements about people against all GG people. Some of them do not threaten. Some of them do not doxx. Some just don't agree with 100% of what the anti GG folks have to say. Oh well. Shit happens. Not everything you say or believe in is going to have the backing of 100% of the world. Suck it up and move on.

 

Some people out there, on both sides, are showing a lot of hate towards people like Me. I'm kinda sorta neutral in all this. I'm a woman but I love sexy video game characters and I don't take up the mantle of Super Angry Feminist. I have some GG people upset because I am not flaming the Anti GG people. I have Anti GG people upset because I'm not raging against all men. I'm choosing not to rage. I point out flaws. I laugh at some stupid shit. But I don't rage. I wont be a part of the problem.

 

Some people are saying that, because I love sexy chicks in games, and because I'm not kissing Zoe and Anita and Brianna's asses, I'm obviously a "tranny" and I should be castrated and die. Sweeties... I've been a Professionally Naked Woman for 18 years. I was born with a vagina. It's still there. There is a huge group of people in the world who can vouch for My vagina. I would also like to state that it is NOT OK to use "tranny" as a slur. This is a disgusting insult to the transgendered community. This is also something that the Big Three ladies in Anti GG need to tell their followers. Trans-shaming is NOT OK.

 

GamerFruit is awesome. It is also awesome that GG people are embracing a total stranger's import business, making him logos, and starting charity events in the name of GamerFruit. Kudos! See? Not everyone in GG is doing bad things.

 

Anita Sarkeesian gets a lot of threats. She continues to travel and speak. That's very cool that she isn't going to back down. HOWEVER. Her idea that Utah needs to change it's gun laws because of threats against her is honestly unrealistic. Several states allow concealed carry. I live in one of those states. If you are planning to go to a state with such a law while you are receiving frequent death threats, you need to asses your plan to go there. Is it worth it? An entire state cannot change it's law overnight, and it won't do it just for you. She has the right to feel safe when she speaks, but Utah residents also have the right to carry weapons if they are licensed to do so. If I had been her? I would not be speaking live in states where a higher form of security can be implemented. Does that suck? Yes. But hey, we're in the internet age. She doesn't have to be live to get her point across. To point fingers at Utah and it's laws is silly, IMHO. Point your fingers all you want at the jackholes who make the threats.

 

Yes, the lack of women in the gaming industry is bad. But the lack of people who do not identify as woman or man in the industry is also bad. But throwing a hissy fit isn't going to solve it. Making calm, non-biased statements in favor of equality in the industry is a great thing to do. Not reprimanding the folks who doxx and threaten in the name of equality for women? Bad. Tsk.

 

Zoe Quinn made a very immature tweet that will in no way help her cause. I pointed this out to her in a very calm manner. Her response wasn't to talk to Me as an adult. Her response to Me was to make the textual version of fart noises. Also not going to help her cause. Shit like this is just going to keep fueling the fire. It's also just going to make feminists look stupid. No one really, truly wins that way.

 

An anti GG girl was threatened by GG people. I tried to reassure her that not all of us out there are against her. I also told her that I get threats too. I wanted her to see that she isn't alone and that it's happening on both sides. Instead of talking to Me like an adult, she told Me that she was blocking Me. Mature. Also not going to help this Big Burrito Of Drama stop.

 

Both sides need to regroup, act like adults, and come to agreements. Agreements that video games and the industry that creates and sells them need to have a huge variety in gender representation. And sexuality representation. And race representation. Both sides need to make it known that the extremists on both sides need to stop being violent asshats.

 

People need to stop speaking for Me. I am a woman but I am not exactly like every other woman in the world. I am not exactly like every other woman gamer.

 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I Look Fly Yeah, I Look Good

This is part 1 of a 2 part review! Woop woop! Get excited ya'll. If I don't see confetti being flung about by naked revelers, I'm going home.

 

 

So I got a lil love from UPS today. In the package were some fun, shiny goodies and a note from a fan.

 

"I know you've been kinda bummed lately, so I thought these would cheer you up! I also know you said that you want to do more reviews on your blog so... 2 birds, 1 stone! Enjoy!"

 

Inside the package were some super groovy nail polishes, as well as some new makeup! Stuff I've not tried before! Huzzah!

 

Today I will review the makeup bits, leaving the nail polishes for a second part. Oh yes, I will be leaving you hanging!

 

 

Sorry, kitty.

 

So here we go!

 

First we have a foundation and pressed powder set (not sold as a set) from Maybelline's FIT me! line.

 

 

The foundation is #310 Sun Beige, and it's in their Shine Free stick form. It goes on almost powdery, which I prefer to super wet liquid foundations. It matches My skin tone almost perfectly, which is unusual. As a mixed chick, I have a hard time finding suitable foundations. It took a few layers to conceal My dark under-eye circles, but it hid blemishes super easily. Huzzah!

 

 

The pressed powder, #315 Soft Honey also suits My skin tone well, but it's a tiny touch darker than the foundation. It's not the most efficient at adding to concealment, but it works. I don't like the puff applicator that comes with it though. It's super thin, and the edges are a bit sharp. I can easily replace it, easily too since the space they have in the compartment under the powder is spacious. Useful for storing money and other tiny things as well!

 

 

Next is a lip liner from one of My favorite brands, Rimmel. It's #070 Enchantment, from their Exaggerate line. It's a great mauve with a hint of magenta. The tip of the liner has a nice slant, and it's auto "sharpening" which I love.

 

 

 

Lastly is... OMG SQUEEEE IT HAS GLITTER!!!!!!!! Ahem... sorry. It's Hard Candy's Plumping Serum volumizing lip gloss in #416 Spark. It's a stunning, pearly glitter in a pale pink with a pale gold shine. I am in love. It does the whole Sting Your Lips thing to plump them. I really... I just can't be more excited right now. Holy stuff...

 

 

 

So here's the final look. (The eyeshadow I have on is a blend of a pale blue and gray from a Profusion Pro eyeshadow pallet that I've had for years.)

 

 

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Would you like some aspirin For your bad hair day

I dye My hair. A lot. Have been since I was 13 years old.

 

My hair makes Me Furcifer pardalis.

 

 

It makes Me Doryteuthis opalescens.

 

 

 

I've been very lucky to have minimal adverse effects from My color experimentations! Much knocking upon wood is happening as I type this! Huzzah!

 

This week, however, Shit Hit The Fan.

 

Most of you know My usual hair color:

 

 

I've spent the last month lightening My hair. I had gotten it to this color:

 

 

So I wanted a nice, bold red. This is what I chose to use:

 

 

This is the samples of what several shades of brown would become. Since My shade was lighter than these, I was excited, and not at all worried.

 

 

This is the end result:

 

 

What. The. Legit. Fuck. I basically went a full 360. Back In Black.

 

I am so very angry right now. I've had to cancel all photo shoots for the month of August, since they were all scheduled with the impression that I would have lightish, vibrant, RED hair.

 

FML doesn't even begin to describe this for Me.

 

I've used L'Oreal's hair dyes a lot. Tons of times. This was a first time shocker for Me. A first time disappointment for Me, from their products.

 

Since I don't want to damage My hair by stripping it AGAIN, I'm stuck with this craptastic shade of WTFery for at least the next month.

 

No bold red for photo shoots.

 

No bold red for Dragon*Con.

 

I make much cry face now... BBL.