Since I'm a visual person I hardly ever remember the album title but I just remember what the album art looks like.
I tend to avoid big sale shopping days. I hate the competitive
shoppers, overheating in the mall, and the lack of sizes and options available
in the stores. Of course, I’ll suffer through a line-up for a studio sale at my
favourite local lingerie brand’s headquarters or spend ages outside Opening
Ceremony for one of their famous sample sales if I'm in town, but in general,
I stay home and wait it out.
I had never really understood the hype of Black Friday as a Canadian,
but when I saw this past November that Lime Crime was offering 30% off everything on their site, I got
excited. I had kept my eye on a few products I wanted to try, and this seemed
like the perfect time to get a deal.
It was absolutely not the perfect time.
When I rolled out of
bed at 8 AM Friday morning, the Lime Crime website servers had already crashed,
and the sale didn’t even start for another hour. I decided it was probably just
a momentary glitch, a result of some sale coding changes in the back end of the
site, so I had some breakfast, worked on an article, skimmed Pinterest, and then
tried again at 9:30. The site was still down.
All day, the site was down. I tried to get through right up
until I had to leave for work, then had Emmett keep trying for me during my
shift. If I was lucky, one page would load, only to give me an error page when
I tried to move toward the checkout page.
There were Instagram apologies from
the company and hundreds of angry complaints. Some people
managed to refresh enough times to actually make an order; it only took them an
hour (or more). By the end of the day, I had pretty much given up. I reasoned I
didn’t really need any more makeup.
I felt defeated. I had really wanted a tube of Red Velvet for the holiday season.
But then, the sun beamed down through the clouds (AKA the
company didn't want to lose hundreds of sales and half of their fan base): The
sale was extended two more days, and I woke up at 5am the next morning (to be
safe) and placed my order. Turns out the sale didn’t even apply to the
Velvetines, so I picked a few extra items to try and mask my disappointment.
The stupid sale led me to spend more money than I ever planned
to (as most sales do). Factor in the time I spent clicking refresh on my
computer screen, and really it was just a total loss.
The products arrived weeks later. Still feeling disappointed by the experience, I went to work
trying out what I bought.
Carousel Gloss is a pretty typical sticky lip gloss. I haven't owned a gloss since my teen days, but I bought this one to try layering over lipsticks like D'lilac and maybe even a red or pink. I also just really like carousel-themed things right now for some reason.
Sadly the sparkle isn't as obvious as I'd assumed it was based on the photos, and I find it dries out my lips like crazy.
Zodiac Glitter in Oriphicius
I am extremely happy with the glittery-ness of this glitter. It
is iridescent and metallic, and the rainbow depths to which it shines are
My big issue with this product is the lack of primer: it comes
loose with no adhesive of any sort, which really only makes it useful for
glitter dandruff. Luckily, I have my handy tube of Too Faced Glitter Glue, which worked amazingly
So far, I've done hints of glitter in the corners of my eyes, and a
full eyelid sparkle for New Year's, and both turned out lovely. Next I'm going
to try it with a top coat on my nails.
Red Velvet Velvetine
Loved by countless beauty bloggers and almost constantly sold
out, Red Velvet is the clear champion of the Lime Crime line.
I'm not a red
lipstick wearer myself; the last red I bought was a classic Chanel that I
decided I needed in grade 8 and never even wore until after I turned 20. But
the perfect blue-red shade of Red Velvet, met with the very foreign
liquid-lipstick-that-turns-matte concept, had me curious.
Of course, when I got
to the checkout page, I found the Velvetines were the one exception to the sale,
but I spent the $20 anyway in a state of sale shopping madness.
Red Velvet is so good, it almost makes up for all the
frustration I went through trying to order it. It goes on wet and dries matte
pretty quickly, and once it's dry the colour is very long-lasting. I wore it
almost constantly over the holidays, both with pink hair and white, and I received
endless compliments and requests to borrow it.
The only issue I have is the
smell: I don't know how to explain the smell except to say it has a bit of a
plasticky thing going on.
Overall, I'm relatively happy with the products I got, but the
stress of the sale was so not worth it. Did you brave any Black Friday makeup
sales? Did it work out better for you than it did for me?