Greetings from the rather misty shadow of the most frivolous genie you’ve ever seen, fellow rogues!
Yes, this wishful rogue is back once again, lusting after items her gold purse won’t quite stretch to cover! Fortunately, the items are generally in permanent collections, but you know rogues – if there’s loot to be had, they’ll be lusting after it. Sometimes, improved Treasure Sense is a real pain in the backside… ;-)
So: which brands have caught this rogue’s eye in April (thus far)? Well, this month, we’re kind of breaking it down by brand and roguepart. First up, we have the nails, courtesy of Chanel:
Chanel’s polishes have, unfortunately, one of the best formulae I’ve ever tried on my nails. I say sadly because they’re $40 a bottle here, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t worth every cent (US readers, please don’t explode ;-))
Ballerina is one of those shades that’s kind of a bit pointless to own – it’s super sheer, really just gives your nails a soft shine, but DAMN THEM FOR CALLING IT BALLERINA (because now I have to have it). Stupid drive to collect ballet themed things… (I have the OPI NYC Ballet Soft Shades colours, but, but…!!).
Holiday is a vibrant orange that I must have walked past the Chanel counter and swatched about a million times. Orange is such a hard colour, but I don’t have anything like it in my polish hoard (which, admittedly, is pretty modest. I don’t have a LOT of colours in it full stop!), and this one just looks really bright and fun on my nails. Plus, I am fond of the colour navy, and I think this polish would just be ridiculously perfect with that. Even Hilarion the Paladin would probably approve, and he’s a real diva when it comes to polish, let me tell you…
Coup de Coeur is such a rogue shade … no, seriously. I mean look at it – it’s purple, a little smoky, very sophisticated, kind of stealthy… :-D Plus, what kind of a rogue would I be if I didn’t steal hearts as well?
Next up are the eyes, courtesy of NARS!
I have yet to own a single NARS eyeshadow, but I’ve been lusting after them forever – I think it’s time we took a look at exactly which shades I’d start with…
Lhasa and Kamchatka: These two shades I love for their gentle haziness. There’s somthing about adding grey or taupe to a shade that makes it really dreamy, and of course it speaks to me as a rogue! What could be more perfect than the colour of the stealthy haze generated by a well-timed smokebomb? Lhasa was recently bumped up on my radar by the excellent review of it over at Auxiliary Beauty, which I appreciate very much!
Night Flight: Do I even have to explain how appropriate this shade is in every respect for a rogue? Plus it has blue sparkles. That is all.
Étrusque: This is kind of in the same boat as Night Flight. Seriously, people, it’s a gold that shimmers almost as much as the hoard underneath a Red Dragon – and it doesn’t even smell faintly of barbecued adventurers! Bonus: the Etruscans were awesome, had faultless taste in Greek Vases (Exekias…drool…), and lived in an awesome area (Tuscany). It’s a win-win on this shade, really.
Tropic: This one is probably the peak of frivolity in this post, because I literally want to own it because it looks stunning in the pan. Every time I’ve swatched this, I am disappointed by how it actually works, but in the pan…that is something else. Merfolk had a hand in this, I’m sure…
Outremer: Okay, we have to pause here for a moment, and have some reverent silence …. … … Alright, you can blink again now. This shade has been on my most wanted list for as long as it has existed. It has never left the list. It will never leave the list, until I finally scrape together the funds to ransom it from Mecca Cosmetica. This shade, from its glorious colour to its fabulously evocative name (implied adventure is irresistible to a rogue!), is perfection for me. If you’ll excuse me, I need to go over there and take a moment…
Alright, while Syl’s getting control of herself again, let’s take a look at the lip offerings from Urban Decay!
As you know, I recently reviewed another shade from this line, the toxically gorgeous Venom. The formula on these is perfect for me, so I’m keen to explore a few more!
Lovelight: from what I’ve seen, this shade fits into my favourite bracket for MLBB lipsticks: a bit pink, a bit peach/coral, and a bit golden/sparkly! Since MLBB lipsticks are a bit of an addiction of mine (next to the violently violet ones), I think Lovelight here would make the perfect addition to that arsenal. One day, I may even get myself a bandolier for them…
Gash: The colour and name of this lipstick appeal to the ghoulish rogue in me! It helps that the colour is a darkly, rogueishly sexy one, too. Just sayin’…
Jilted: As you may have realised from my previous review of a fabulous fuchsia, I have a bit of a thing for eye-wateringly fuchsia lipsticks with a hint of blue. This one exactly fits that bill in UD’s Revolution line, and the only thing stopping me from picking it up on the first round was the fact that I would have received it just before I got married. The name seemed a little inopportune (although on reflection, I’m not sure what getting a venomous kiss before the wedding says either… ;-)).
Last but not least, we’ll move onto the skin, where I thought I’d bring you a little rogueish geekery via the medium of Think Geek:
These are such an awesome idea! DO WANT. Although only 3 are pictured, you can choose from Ranger, Paladin, Fighter, Rogue, Mage and Cleric! You can also choose based on your alignment, which adds an extra element of fantastical awesome. The descriptions, taken from the website:
- CLERIC: Rose amber, frankincense, myrrh, champaca flower, Peru balsam, cistus, palisander, cananga, hyssop, and narcissus absolute
- FIGHTER: Leather, musk, blood, and steel
- MAGE: All mystique and thrumming power: gurjum balsam, Sumatran dragon’s blood resin, olibanum, galangal, oleo gum resin, and frankincense
- PALADIN: Immaculate white musk, sweet frankincense, bourbon vanilla, white leather, and shining armor
- RANGER: Untamed wilderness: buckskin accord with Terebinth pine, Russian birch, black ironwood, elder bark, hay, armoise, juniper, patchouli, galangal root, Spanish moss, and cabreuva
- ROGUE: Soft, well-worn black leather, hemp, and rosin
- Neutral: A flawless skin musk.
- Lawful: Rigid oak, blue chamomile, rhubarb, and fig leaf.
- Chaotic: A whirling mélange of multicolored musks with wasabi, rooibos, heliotrope, and mastic.
- Good: Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia, and sugar cane.
- Evil: Smouldering opium tar, tobacco absolute, green tea, black plum, kush, ambergris accord, ambrette seed, and costus root.
Sadly, these cannot be shipped outside the US, but if they could, I’d have them in a heartbeat. They’re even on sale at the moment, so if I’ve piqued your interest, hop on over and check them out ;-)
Well, that’s it for April, folks. I’ve started the genie working, and hopefully he’ll be able to rustle up a few of these goodies for me someday soon.
Until next time, fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!
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