Karen formulated a 'Black Label' lippie in two LE colors, and an eyeshadow trio to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to end breast cancer. The Black Label lippies are made from the lipstick formula with added passion fruit oil and cranberry seed oil. To make the whole collection extra special, there is added edible 23K gold leaf. The lippies are packaged in a black velvet sheath tied with a pink ribbon, and the eyeshadow trio is packaged in a small black organza bag. Both are perfect for gift giving. The lippies are Monarch, a luxurious gold with hints of copper and pink glimmer, and Carpe Diem, a golden rose berry shade. The Live, Laugh, and Love Eyeshadow Trio is loosely based on the colors of Black Hills Gold. For each lippie purchased at $9.95, $6 will be donated to the Komen Foundation. For each eyeshadow trio purchased at $11.25, $7 will be donated to the Komen Foundation.
October is also Karen's Birthday month. Happy Birthday, Karen! She is having a special gift with purchase. Any purchase over $25 will qualify for the LE Superstar eyeshadow, a blackened golden peach.
Chambord and Indian Pink are shimmers, and the rest are matte. I quite like this bunch. Not sure if the Hestia will make it out very often, but the rest are pretty nice. Chambord was my 'wild card' and I think it is my favorite of the bunch.
I did the best I could with these. Since we all wear them in a diffused 'pattern' on the apples of our cheeks, I wanted a swatch that was heavy enough to discern the color value, but not so dark as the eyeshadow swatches I typically do. Those that look light on my light neutral skin will be best suited for fair complexions. Those that show up as heavily pigmented typically are, and I require a dual fiber brush for their application. Sample size is 1/8 tsp. in a 5 gram jar for $1.25. Full size blushes are 1 1/2 tsp. in a 10 gram jar for $6.50. Bronzers (Beach Bunny and Tahiti Sweetie) in full size are $8.25 for 2 teaspoons in a 20 gram jar. (They are still labelled as "Sept." mostly for consistency, as they are in the line as of September of '08.) They are loosely divided into warm and cool. I can wear most of these, so don't let their categorization limit your possibilities.
(I have been holding out on you guys for a few weeks. I totally apologize but we had to be sure it was going to work out.)
Let me start with a little background. Ever since DD took Zoo Camp over the Summer, she has been asking for a new pet. First it was a lizard, then a snake.....then a chinchilla. Obviously, we said 'No'. We are not huge animal people. We do have our Princess Sagwa, a black 6 year old Persian cat. We also have a DS with Reactive Airway Disease (a complicated type of Asthma that generally starts as a cough for him, and then slowly goes into respiratory distress. It can easily be treated with steroids these days in plenty of time, but it is still a concern.) He is slightly allergic to dogs and cats, but seems to be outgrowing it. We had a pretty uneventful Summer/Early Fall. Until.....
Three weeks ago, I was sitting on our three season porch drinking my coffee in the morning. It was cold and rainy. Outside my window I heard a cat crying. (I was sure it was one of the big cats that roam our neighborhood. I even saw one outside our front window in 5 below temps a few years ago. He is still around, by the way!) My DH went outside to look. Turns out it was a 7 week old kitten with no Mama in sight. She was really skinny and hungry. We caught her in our cat carrier and brought her on the porch. We kew we would have to keep the kitten seperated from our cat for a few weeks. Also, there are diseases that the kitten could pass to the Princess, so we had to tread carefully. If it turned out the kitten had feline leukemia, we would not be able to keep her. We named her Cookie Dough because she has the same coloring as cookie dough ice cream. Yum!
We made our first trip to the Vet. She could not really have the feline leukemia test until she was about 12 weeks (I guess there are many false positives with a young kitten.) The Vet suggested watching her teeth as she would begin losing teeth at around 12 weeks. We made her a pen on the porch and started feeding her, as well as treating her for fleas and starting her course of shots. We also gave her a bath.
Luckily, she lost a few teeth over the weekend putting her age at about 10-12 weeks. And her test was negative. Also, the Princess seems like she will tolerate the kitten pretty well. It is really funny because this kitten just hangs with me all day. Right now she is cuddled up to me with her paws on the keyboard of my laptop. Just so you know, this was about the only way we would have considered another pet. Basically, she found us!