My blog woes and a thank you to website developer Peter Mac

 

DAMMIT WORDPRESS!

DAMMIT WORDPRESS!

 

As many of you would be aware through twitter, I have been having a pretty sh*t time the last couple of months with technical issues on My Funny Valentine. It’s shaved years off my lifespan and there is now a hole in my desk from the head banging.

The problem started soon after I moved from Blogger to WordPress. A handful of readers started noticing that they could not access my blog on their usual browser no matter what they tried- they would just get an error message like this:

 

Catchable fatal error: Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in /home/myfunnyv/public_html/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 2828

More and more concerned readers started coming forward with the same issue. For some, it would only be a transient problem and simply clearing their cache did the job- for others the problem stuck around for months.

The confusing bit was that there was no pattern in terms of browsers, links, or timing of the problem. I myself couldn’t see the problem, my host server’s technical support team could not replicate the problem, nor could anyone else I contacted for help. It’s hard to fix a problem that doesn’t exist on your computer!

Through all of this my readers have been unbelievably lovely, especially Dani from Call It Beauty, Charlotte from Lipglossiping, Violet from Violet Le Beaux, Jessica from Getting Cheeky, Jane from Modesty Brown,  and many others, for helping me through it with screenshots and advice.

I was inexpressibly relieved we finally sorted out the problems, hopefully for good. *knock on wood*

The last person I want to thank is Peter Mac .  He is a freelance software programmer and website developer who kindly agreed to help a blubbering, panicked idiot who knew infuriatingly little about computers (yours truly). Even though the problem was vague and didn’t show up on his computer; even though my little blog is nothing in the scheme of things; and even though I was of little help- he said he would try his best to fix it.

If I was trying to build a new website, Peter Mac would be the first person I would call. Not only does he have considerable experience as a software architect but he’s such a genuinely nice guy, with an amazing can-do attitude and a real passion for his work.  Where others I’ve contacted about this problem had told me that they can’t fix it if they can’t see it, Peter actually went out of his way to help me.

Highly recommended! You can find him at www.petermac.com  and  www.threerock.com .

 

Posted by on Aug 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.

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Midnight blue smokey eye FOTD using Pixie Epoxy

 

Blue smokey eye look with Ameli Black Scandal and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Blue smokey eye with Ameli Black Scandal and Fyrinne ae Pixie Epoxy

 

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy is a remarkable product, and one that’s completely different to any eyeshadow base/primer type product I’ve ever used.

I’ve been playing around with it the last week or so, testing it out with different types of eyeshadows and techniques and getting a better feel for the product (there was a lot of FAIL along the way lol).

I really liked the effect of using Pixie Epoxy on my Ameli Black Scandal eyeshadow (swatched in yesterday’s Pixie Epoxy review) so I thought I would photograph a look with it. Enjoy!

 

Blue smokey EOTD with Ameli Black Scandal and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Blue smokey look closeup with Ameli Black Scandal and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Face of the day makeup breakdown:

Eyes:

– UDPP all over lid

– MAC Omega eyeshadow in crease

– MAC Scene eyeshadow all over mobile lid and smoked under bottom lashline

– Pixie Epoxy sparingly applied just on lower part of mobile lid where we want the shimmer shadow to go.

– Ameli Black Scandal (shimmery blackened blue) eyeshadow on mobile lid.

– Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Champagne on inner corner and tear duct area.

Cheeks:

-MAC Blushbaby blush

Lips:

-Revlon ‘Demure’ Super Lustrous lipstick (reviewed here. )

 

Blue smokey eye look with Ameli Black Scandal and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Blue smokey look with Ameli Black Scandal and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

 

The main thing that I noticed using Pixie Epoxy with Black Scandal versus without is that the shimmer in the shadow is much more pronounced, and it does not budge.

Interestingly, ‘Black Scandal’ looks more black used on it’s own (the shimmer component mostly gets eaten by the brush), and more metallic blue when used with Pixie Epoxy.

Posted by on Aug 23rd, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD | 0 comments.

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Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy: review and swatches

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy with mini Dizzy photobomb

Prior to Pixie Epoxy I had a love hate relationship with sparkly eyeshadows. I adored the way they look when first applied, but hated the way that the sparkles would always disappear from the eye and end up on my cheeks a few hours in, even with primer.

Mariella from Musing on Beauty heard my cry for help on twitter a month or so ago and told me about Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. So I took  myself to the Fyrinnae website, and ordered myself a tube of this, as well as some loose shadows.

[cue parting of clouds and angelic choir]

PIXIE EPOXY WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

What it does:

It works like a slightly tacky eye shadow base which grabs onto all the components of your eyeshadow. This intensifies the colour, accentuates duochrome effects, gives a foiled effect to dry shadows, and is AMAZING at keeping sparkles in place.

You do not know the potential of your shimmer/sparkle eye products until you have tried it with the Pixie Epoxy. Not exaggerating.

Ameli Black Scandal eyeshadow swatched by itself on top, and with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on bottom

Ameli Black Scandal eyeshadow swatched by itself on top, and with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on bottom

 

How to use it:

You need the tiniest dab of this on the eyelid. Blend out to where you want to place the shimmer/glitter shadow, and give it a little time to dry down slightly (it should feel slightly tacky but not wet).  Apply the eyeshadow in a patting motion with a flat brush and then blend edges well.

When I first used this product, I used the same amount as I normally would with my Urban Decay Primer Potion, and believe me, it was a hot mess. Learn from my mistakes! 

The Pixie Epoxy is not meant to be used under matte eyeshadows. When I’m doing a look with a matte eyeshadow (in the crease for example), what I found works best for me is to blend the matte shadows in before applying the Pixie Epoxy. Then I would apply a tiny dab of the Pixie Epoxy over the top where I want the shimmer shadow.

This product is not a primer, so you will need your usual eyeshadow primer underneath (I use UDPP) to stop creasing .

Final thoughts:

This is a cult product for a reason. I feel like it’s breathed new life into my eye shadows and really believe that everyone needs to give this a try.

I will be posting a FOTD look using the Ameli eye shadow (swatched above) with Pixie Epoxy in the next day or two.

Price:  $7.00 US

Availability: www.fyrinnae.com  (the site is down at the moment, and I have no idea how long it will be before you can order again. Online service is not Fyrinnae’s strong point. Neither is shipping time)

 

Posted by on Aug 22nd, 2011 in Dizzy, Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Saturday Skin Care: MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream

from MOR website:

Indulge in velvet luxury created by an Emporium Hand Cream. Be seduced by a superb formula that glove your hands with protection from dryness and gives the promise of beautiful soft skin.

Fresh and Fruity Feijoa flits with a blend of Candied Citrus, Pear Blossom and Apple Leaf, leaving the warm base of Vanilla to balance this delectable fragrance

Price: $24.95 AUD

Availability: Myer department store (Australia), www.morcosmetics.com (international shipping)

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream Emporium collection

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream Emporium collection

 

The MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream is from the new Emporium White Collection. Like all MOR Products, it is exquisitely packaged and makes you feel a little like you’ve entered the boudoir of Marie Antoinette.

Scent:

Feijoa Lime is one of my favourite scents from MOR (this is the conclusion I’ve come to after much nosing about with the samples at Myer). The sweet, ‘candied citrus’ and vanilla notes are balanced beautifully with a guava-like tartness. A touch on the strong side but really lovely nonetheless.  I’m always sniffing my hands when I use this product.

MOR products are generally heavily fragranced, so I urge you to check out the scent notes in person so you know which of the scent lines you like before purchasing.

 

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream Emporium collection swatch

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream Emporium collection swatched

Texture:

Feijoa lime Hand Cream is a thickish cream consistency. It feels more emollient than their Hand and Body lotions, which makes it perfect for colder weather.

Performance:

I love how rich and moisturizing this product is, and how it leaves my hands soft but never greasy.

 

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream

MOR Feijoa Lime Hand Cream

 

Ingredients:

 Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoa Seed Butter, Ceteareth-20, Parfum, Shea Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, Glycerin, Cyclopentasilxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Allantoin, Carrageenan, LEcithin, Carbomer, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate,Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Limonene

 

note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration.

 

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