Sunday, January 19, 2014

Update on Mustard: Blog 1.0

 
A lot of you have been asking about Mustard, my puppy (see also: the love of my life. <3) I was going to post this as a FB update, but words just kept pouring out of me. So, here it sits, on a makeup blog that has nothing to do with puppies, but everything to do with awesome things I love.
 
The deets on Mustard:
 
As most of you know, Mustard Danger was diagnosed with diabetes about 1.5 years ago. We didn't know until it was too late. He basically went into severe ketosis overnight, resulting in blindness. It was a very rough time for us. He was pumped full of fluids, and for a few days we thought he wasn't going to make it. Since then, he has been on a strict diet and getting insulin shots twice a day. If not for these shots, his Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) could send him into a diabetic coma and kill him.
 
This past week, Mustard had been acting weird. He hasn't been eating and he seemed weaker than normal. Losing weight is a side effect of his diabetes (diet), as is occasional muscle weakness. I have been very worried about his weight (he is currently only 16 lbs - he should be around 23!!) and we had talked to the vet about ways we can help him gain. No matter how little he weighed, dude never had an issue eating. The fact that he wasn't eating OR drinking water (diabetics need copious amount of water to regulate insulin levels) had me worried. In the same breathe, I knew that since we upped his insulin (as instructed by the vet to help him gain) that him acting "weird" was probably just a temporary side effect of the new dosage coupled with adjusting to a new eating schedule.
 
This past Friday night was one of the scariest moments of my life (btw, I've lived a very odd and wild effin life, so this is saying a lot). Mustard started showing signs of a catatonic state. He was shaking, dizzy, and not very responsive to sounds. For a blind guy, he is always awesome at navigating and following the sounds of your voice/taps to gauge where he is. It was almost as if he couldn't hear. He was falling over, his joints were locking up, and eventually he started seizing - which lasted for over an hour. It was an emotional ride, and a crash course in severe hypoglycemic seizures thanks to my google-fu. After feeding him bits of honey (rubbing it on his gums with a cotton swab when we could find an "in" between spasms and bites) his blood sugar rose again and the seizing subsided. Around 3 am it happened again. This time it only lasted for about 2 minutes. We fed him a lot more honey, and he eventually passed out. I crawled into bed a little before 4 am and woke up around 7 am so Mark could get some sleep (he stayed up the whole night watching him).

Saturday (yesterday) we got to the vet  at about 10 am. She  concluded that it was in fact a hypoglycemic seizure, just as we suspected, and it was due  to  renal (kidney) failure.
Science time:
A proper blood sugar level for Mustard would be about 100. Since he is diabetic, his blood sugar levels are heightened. We give him insulin to bring down those levels. When we took him into the vet, his levels were estimated to be about 35. This is obviously WAY under where he needs to be, so it sent him into a hypoglycemic seizure.
Kidney's filter toxins from the blood. Because Mustard's kidneys aren't working, all of the toxins were getting into his bloodstream, which made him feel sick and nauseas, which is why he wasn't eating. If he doesn't eat, his glucose levels drop dangerously low and it is extremely  hazardous to his health.
There isn't an easy way to tell how much his kidneys are failing without doing a biopsy, but she said that by the time these symptoms occur, the kidneys are at about 90% failure. I am assuming it is just a matter of time before his other organs start shutting down.

The vet wanted to keep him for the weekend, but because they are closed on Sunday he would had to have been admitted to the referral clinic, and simply put, we just can't afford it.  She then suggested we put him down. (Ummm?! What?! Not my baby!!). Please also note that she didn't just say this because she is an asshole, she really is doing all that she can to help him (us) but has to be realistic at the same time. So, we met in the middle: she pumped him full of fluids, prescribed some anti-nausea medication along with some Gaviscon to help ease his stomach pain, and put him on a baby food diet... without insulin. A part of her is convinced he won't make it through the weekend. Of course, it's 5pm on Sunday night and he's still here - albeit not quite mentally. He's not physically suffering, but I can tell he isn't happy. He has bouts of alertness, but for the most part he is dazed and confused. And drooly.

I wish there was an easy fix, but his illnesses are working against each other. If we give him insulin, he could become hypoglycemic. If we don't give him insulin, DKA could send him into a diabetic coma. If we treat one and not the other, he could die. Finding a "happy balance" is frightening. It won't happen overnight. It will be trial and error. What if one of those errors are fatal? I fear the day I come home to find my heart has passed away.

He goes back to the vet at 8 am tomorrow to start a full day's worth of IV treatment. I'm not sure where we go from there. To be honest, it is all dependent on how well he accepts the treatment tomorrow. Even if he does respond well, will he be this miserable for the rest of his life? In fact, will he even have a long life, or are we just temporarily prolonging the inevitable? Will he go back to being a smart, sassy, sweet cuddle-bug like he was just a few days ago, or will he continue to be stuck in this sad, wandering state of confusion and uneasiness that we have to pump full of medication just to satisfy our selfish needs of not wanting to lose him? I want to do what's best for all of us, but it seems, no matter what decision is made, someone is going to suffer. Man, tomorrow is going to suck.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Madd Style Cosmetics... on Buzzfeed?!?! *dies*


As most of you know, I am the creator/owner/mastermind behind Madd Style Cosmetics. It is my baby. It has been at the center of my life (Fiance and Puppy excluded) for the past 4 years. TODAY, after a trying day at work, and an even trying-er (is that a word? can it be?) day at home (the most amazing dog ever opened the refrigerator, ate all of the Christmas candy, and demolished the house... awesome.) I was tagged in a comment with a link attached. Go ahead, click this... then come back here so we can jump around and squeal together about Buzzfeed placing Madd Style as #5 on the List of Online Beauty Shops You Need In Your Life.

Happy New Year!

Usually there is a disclaimer here. 
Today it is totally unnecessary.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

MAC Spider Queen Pro Palette by Rick Baker

"Six shades of highly pigmented powder in a limited-edition M∙A∙C + Rick Baker Pro Palette. Applies evenly, blends well. The mid-tone violet of Dusty Purple, deep eggplant of Indian Ink, citrus green of Lime, intense black of Carbon, bright frost of Deep Purple and warm yellow green of Moss" - MACcosmetics.com

"Legendary special-effects artist Rick Baker brings his movie makeup magic to M∙A∙C with a unique collection of three Halloween looks designed by the artist (Bride, Day of Dead and Zombie). Includes: M∙A∙C Monster FX, two limited-edition Pro Palettes x 6, four Acrylic Paints, two Paintsticks, three Chromagraphic Pencils, Set Powder, and more." (from website)

When I first saw this collection, I knew instantly that the Spider Queen palette had to be mine. Purple and green is my favorite color combo for eyes, so it just made sense to pick this up. I decided not to get anything else from this collection just because most of it is permanent to the line  (standard and PRO) and I can get that at any time.

What's Included:
  • Lime - Muted medium dark chartreuse green with yellow (matte) (permanent, PRO)
  • Moss - Warm yellow green (frost) (limited edition)
  • Deep Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)
  • Indian Ink - Deep eggplant (matte) (permanent, PRO)
  • Dusty Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)
  • Carbon - Intense black (matte) (permanent) 

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Lime - Muted medium dark chartreuse green with yellow (matte) (permanent, PRO)

Moss -  Warm yellow green (frost) (limited edition)
Deep Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)

Indian Ink - Deep eggplant (matte) (permanent, PRO)
Dusty Purple - Midtone neutral purple (satin) (limited edition)

Carbon - Intense black (matte) (permanent)
Have you picked up anything from the Rick Baker Collection for MAC?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tarte Power Couple Amazonian Clay Blush & Bronzer Duo

"This limited-edition power couple blush and bronzer duo is the ultimate accessory to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. Infused with Amazonian clay and mineral pigments, Tarte’s signature Amazonian clay blush in Dollface and matte bronzer in Park Ave Princess will give you a healthy pop of color and a beautiful sunkissed complexion." - Sephora.com

When I first saw the Tarte Power Couple Amazonian Clay Blush & Bronzer Duo I knew I had to have it in my collection. I absolutely adore Park Avenue Princess. As a super-mega-pasty girl, it's hard to find a bronzer that isn't too dark or won't turn me orange. Park Avenue Princess is the only bronzer, that I have found, that plays well with my skin type. Then there's the blush... as we all know, I LOVE Tarte blushes, so purchasing this was sort of a given. 

Product:  The quality of this compact is everything you would expect from Tarte. The powders are soft but not very dusty, highly pigmented, long lasting, and blend flawlessly. As with my previous Tarte reviews, this blush/bronzer duo had a general wear of 7+ hours without fading. When I used it with setting spray, it lasted for more than 9 hours before I noticed the bronzer fading and 10 hours before the blush needed a touch up.

Packaging. This compacts is gorgeous. It's on the larger size, covering most  of the palm of my hand, yet is sleek enough that I still feel comfortable carrying it around in my bag. Because of the size, the mirror in the compact is also huge. It is the perfect sized mirror for traveling.

Price.  This duo retails for $30 and contains .25 oz of blush and .25 oz of bronzer. To give you an idea of how awesome of a deal this is, let's break it down using SCIENCE!! (or maybe just some basic math will suffice)

The average Tarte blush is .2 oz and retails for $26. You are getting MORE blush here, PLUS a full-size bronzer for only $4 more than a regular blush. Hot dayum, folks!

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Park Avenue Princess swatched on left to show pigmentation.
Blended out on right.

Dollface Blush swatched on left to show pigmentation.
Blended out on right.

Have you checked out this compact from Tarte?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Mascara Of The Moment: Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara


I was sent Lash Love Lengthening Mascara as a promotional item to test out for Mary Kay. Being somewhat new to the brand, I was pretty stoked to try it out, especially when an acquaintance - who is a Mary Kay rep - told me that this is her favorite mascara. 

I like it. The formulation is nice: it's not too wet, yet it's not crazy thick so clumping is basically a non-issue. I did notice that it gives my lashes some length, but it's not *omfg wow*. This was sent along with the Lash Love primer, and when used in conjunction with that, the length was superb (however that product dried out rather quickly, so let's leave the primer out of the equation.)

The wand head is nice as well. It's not my favorite, but I don't hate it. It's a plastic tip with plastic bristles. It does a wonderful job at combing through the lashes. It's curved like a curling wand, however I don't notice it adding any curl.

Worth a re-purchase?  Unlikely. Don't get me wrong, I like this mascara. I would just prefer something that beefs my lashes up, since my lashes are pretty long already. I'm a volume kinda gal! I also think there are better length enhancing mascaras out there at this price point. This mascara would be good for anyone who wants to add a bit of length while still keeping a natural look.

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My naked lashes! Ooooh lala!

Two coats of the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara
Have you tried this or any other Mary Kay mascaras?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I was sent this product for consideration of review.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Finders, Keepers! Olive Oil Hair Care by DesignLine

"Finders Keepers" is a quick little blurb about the awesome finds I decide to keep 
throughout my everyday adventures. Enjoy!


I think my stylist is catching on to the fact that I want ALL THE NEW THINGS! Upon my last visit, she used these two new products in my hair - Olive Oil Restoring Oil and Olive Oil Evoo Lite Leave-In Conditioner.

By nature, my hair is very thick and coarse. Coupled with bleaching the roots every 12 weeks, and dying it hot pink every 6 weeks, it is also pretty dry. Needless to say, I am a bit of an expert when it comes to taking care of it so it always looks healthy... especially when it comes to products. You name it, I've probably tried it.

These two products are amazing. I've been using them for about a week and a half now (both work on damp and dry hair). The shine they give your hair is out of this world, but the major difference I've noticed is how soft it leaves my hair! Mark even noticed - and any of you who have a man in your life KNOW that them noticing you've switched a hair product is darn near impossible!- so that basically solidified my love for these. No matter what product I've tried in the past, these trump them. Consider me a fan for life.

I bought these on sale at Regis Salon about a week and a half ago. The sale is still running currently. It is BOGO 50%. In the end I believe I paid a little under $18 for the 2. Let me know if you check them out!


Have you tried these or anything else from DesignLine?
What are your thoughts?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light


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"Create your perfect light. Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on your skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer, younger, and lit-from-within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With six universal shades available, you can create your desired effect—not unlike having a personal lighting technician. Ambient is free of talc, gluten, fragrance, and nanoparticles. It is available in six universally flattering shades from least pearl to most pearl." - Sephora.com

I've had this powder in my possession for well over a month now and I have been using it every day. I haven't had a chance to pick up the other colors (yet) - but they are all on my on-going list of things I "need" in my life. lol

Product: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light isn't like any other powder I've tried before. It's finely milled and super smooth texture glides across your skin flawlessly , drawing light to the high-points of your face. This shade in particular isn't shimmery at all. It leaves a nice color-less glow to the skin.

This shade is really close to my skin tone. Most days I use it as a daily highlighter for cheekbones and the bridge of my nose but I have also used it as a setting powder for the evening. I adore the natural glow it gives my skin, as well as making it look smoother overall.

The downside: because this product is so soft, it kicks up a lots of product. When I first went in with a powder brush, I ending up loosing a lot of product. I suggest using a flat foundation brush to apply the powder. Gently pat the flat side of the brush onto the product and sweep across your face, this eliminates product waste as well as distributes the powder evenly.

Packaging. Hourglass products always emit an air of posh-ness that I still don't think I am deserving of. The packaging is sleek, high-end, and sophisticated.  The only downfall to this specific compact is that it is a trap for fingerprints. Of course, any proper lady would be wearing fancy gloves when using this, so maybe it's my fault for not being prepared. lol

Price. Hourglass' packaging isn't the only thing that screams high-end, their prices do as well. The Ambient Lighting powder retail for $45 for .35 oz of powder. It may be a bit pricey for some however, considering I have been using it everyday for over a month and haven't even scratched the surface, so to say, I know this product will last me for well over a year. So, quality AND quantity makes it worth the splurge.

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 Have you tried any of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders?
What's your favorite from the bunch?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I paid for this junk with my own moolah.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Swatchapalooza: Urban Decay Vice 2 palette

Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in our decadent, revamped formula. In case you weren’t around for the frenzy of the original Vice Palette, here’s the deal: yes, Vice 2 is limited edition and it WILL sell out. (With 20 EXCLUSIVE shades you won’t find anywhere else, what would you expect!?)

About a week ago, Urban Decay released their new fall line, which included the Vice 2 palette and the Ocho Loco 2 24/7 pencil set. Of course I immediately peed myself from excitement,  changed my pants, and bought them quicker than I could rationalize the purchase and talk myself out of it.

I swatched the Ocho Loco 2 pencil set here, now let's get on with the Vice 2 palette which includes 20 new shades! *head explodes*

What's Included:

Smokeout: dark taupey-black satin
Lovesick: black matte with iridescent micro glitter
Shellshock: bright metallic silver
Coax: medium metallic pink with golden iridescent micro-sparkle
X-Rated: baby pink satin
Prank: deep navy matte with tourquoise floating pearl
Madness: bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-glitter
Strike: antique gold shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle
Stash: deep olive green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle
Poison: charcoal satin with iridescent micro-sparkle 
Radar: metallic brown shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter
Damaged: bright metallic emerald shimmer, 
Voodoo: metallic purple shimmer with iridescent purple micro-glitter
Betrayal: bright purple satin with blue shift
Derailed: medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer 
Dope: warm champagne satin
Toxic: metallic copper-pink shimmer with tonal micro-glitter
Habit: light nude matte
Ambush: metallic brown satin
Rewind: medium brown matte


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Smokeout Swatch

Lovesick Swatch 

Shellshock Swatch

Coax Swatch

X-Rated Swatch

Prank Swatch

Madness Swatch

Strike Swatch

Stash Swatch

Poison Swatch

Radar Swatch

Damaged Swatched

Voodoo Swatch

Betrayal Swatch

Derailed Swatch

Dope Swatched

Toxic Swatched

Habit Swatched (can you see it?! lol)

Ambush Swatched

Rewind Swatched

Did you pick up any of the new UD products?
What's your favorite from the new fall-line?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I paid for this junk with my own moolah.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


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