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About skyelyric

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    La Calavera Catrina
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    Aureus, Kumiho, O, The Butterfly, The East, Aglaea, The Lion, Miaiphonos

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    i'm an art geek and techno-hippie. love photography, calligraphy, photo restoration, anything yarn, critters, music, gardening, reading, learning new things, dance of all kinds, anything outdoors. hell, if someone tells me about it, i'll probably be interested.
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  1. skyelyric

    12 days swap 2017

    Are you coveting anything currently available from Haus of Gloi? Scrubs are always useful, and Snow Wolf, His Sweater, and Rosy Cheeked all sound nice, scent-wise Are you coveting anything from the Paintbox Soapworks update that just happened? Yuletide Mariner is one of my favorite scents from Paintbox Are you coveting anything from Cocoa Pink? never used anything from them How do you feel about pomanders? sure! How do you feel about savor soaps? scrubs or moisturizers in the non-foody range, like pipe smoke or the balsam and cedar, or something citrusy sounds good. Or Perfectly Posh? never heard of them, so no idea Favorite animals? all of them! dogs, foxes, dragons, frogs, little songbirds, hummingbirds, even the fuzzy wee beastie that ate all of my pea seedlings last spring (my neighbor has rabbits...like, ALL of them it seems). Weird question, but it's on my mind: Do you have a strong preference for consumables (soaps, candles, food, etc.) over other stuff? not a strong preference, but I like things I can use or things that have a purpose, and probably not a huge amount of soap-type stuff because I can only use so much. Would you be interested in one of the Colorpop pallets? Anything else from Colourpop? I have so. many. eyeshadows. probably set on the makeup front, though they look fun. Would you like any holiday music? if so, do you prefer a CD or MP3? either format is fine, and sure...holiday, non-holiday, quirky stuff you listen to because you hate holiday music, it's all good. Do you like toffee or fudge? love both Do you have feelings about fruitcake? We're talking whiskey soaked homemade fruitcake, not a brick in a festive tin. I've never had actual fruitcake, so I'd be down to try this. I am familiar with the old Claxton fruitbrick, and we make stollen every year and lebkuchen, which are sweet bread/cookie things with candied fruit (and I love both), but I've never actually had real fruitcake. Any strong nail polish and/or makeup preferences? I think I'm basically set on makeup, though I'm still hunting for a nice brick/tawny red family lip stain. Nail polish I don't wear often, but I love shimmery/metallic/etc., and kind of intrigued by mattes, but not a fan or cremes or anything with a lot of glitter. If I have to fight to get it off later, I won't generally wear it. Are you interested in anything from my etsy shop? https://www.etsy.com...winklentwilight(bags, stuffies, hats, fingerless mitts, lefse cozies...) I love the knot bag style and that fox fabric is adorable. How do you feel about amigurumi (little crochet stuffies...animals, characters, ornaments, etc.)? love them, ornaments or stand-alone little things. If I were to crochet you something wearable, do you have any preferences? Do you like hats, scarves, gloves, other? And would you prefer something fun and whimsical (e.g. fox face hat or owl mittens), something delicate and pretty (e.g. lacy wraps or scalloped boot cuffs), or just something like a basic, no frills beanie or cowl? Do you have a Ravelry account and a list of favorite patterns? whimsical, pretty, basic, I love it all. Cowls, hoods, hats, handwarmers (just the tube with a thumbhole kind rather than the short finger version, I like my fingers free), or mittens, decorative scarf/shawlette type stuff that I can wear indoors as an accent rather than hidden under a heavy coat ...I'm not too picky and I LOVE wearing handmade things. on ravelry I'm firechild, I have favorites and a ginormous queue, some for me, some for other people/projects What kind of hot drinks do you like, and if tea or coffee or cocoa or cider or alcohol, give specifics? love any tea except rooibos, or anything with licorice root coffee, generally medium roast, no flavor or lightly flavored (though I can always mix in some plain) I like hot cocoa, generally not flavored though, just plain chocolate version. What kind of candles do you like, scent, etc? pine/christmas tree scents (like Yankee mistetoe for reference), clean or citrusy scents mostly, votive, tealight, little jars, wax melts, any are usable around here. Mixes or seasonings for the kitchen? I love to cook, so sure. About the only herbs I don't cook with much are rosemary, thyme, and tarragon, but anything not heavy on any of those is great. What is something new in your life that you wish you had more "things" for? other than knowledge/brainspace I wouldn't know how to answer this...patterns on ravelry? What are your top places to get a gift card from? amazon, joann fabrics are probably my most-used shops, penzey's spices Which holiday symbols/themes do you like the best (or least)? Such as Santas, snowflakes, reindeer, etc. My favorite winter visual themes are snow/ice, winter landscapes, winter plants (holly, spruce trees, etc.), animals Do you like puzzles? yes, both jigsaw type puzzles and brain teasers, especially word games.
  2. skyelyric


    Like everyone else, I get TKO on summer vacation. Daybreak starts with nearly straight up lavender, but as it dries, the coconut/vanilla softness makes an appearance. I have a smidge of TKO atmo left (never tried the actual oil), but I actually prefer Daybreak as a sleep scent. I confess I haven't worn it as a daytime scent for fear I'll just curl up in a snuggly ball somewhere and get nothing done.
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    Lizzie, I get the opposite reaction to you--when I smelled it in the bottle and wet on my skin, I was horrified at the chemistryfail, because it smelled like soured, rotting flowers, like when you leave something in the water in a vase too long. However, before it even dried down, I was surrounded in this beautiful, bright floral cloud...huffed my wrist, still not pleasant, but the throw was *completely* different. After drydown, what's left on my skin is a bright, almost fruity floral. I'll have to test this more with a more normal application than my suspicious tiny test.
  4. skyelyric

    Dead Leaves, Tomato Leaf, and Black Pepper

    Yay tomato leaf! I love that smell and I get it here, playing nicely with the sharp tang of the dead leaves (I always think of a pile of leaves after a fall rain, drenched, decaying a little, with a cold wind blowing the scent around)--basically this is my backyard right now...the end of my tomato plants with all the neighborhood leaves blown into my yard. On my skin, I don't get the black pepper, though I get some of it sniffing the bottle. Once it dried, I get a little bit of a powdery sweetness creeping in, but my skin tends to do that to a lot of notes, and it doesn't bother me. The scent in the air around me has that dry, crumbling vibe, but if I huff my wrist I still have the gorgeous tomato leaf hiding. Definitely a keeper for me.
  5. skyelyric

    Dead Leaves, Raw Leather, Bourbon Vanilla, and Clove

    While I can catch whiffs of the individual notes, on my skin this blends into a very nice overall haze of scent. The dead leaves in this blend don't have the tanginess that I expect with that note, they're gentled by the vanilla and clove into something almost reminiscent of scented tobacco to my nose. The leather is a soft, subtle one underpinning the rest of the scent. It's a littel sweet, but still unisex/masculine leaning. My overall impression is that of an older, scholarly gentleman's study with his pouch of pipe tobacco and well worn leather couches. I'm not super-enamoured of it to wear, but I would adore that vibe in an atmo. eta: my skin eats this. I'm not a slatherer by nature but if I use just my customary drop it's totally gone within half an hour, any throw or staying power requires a pretty heavy (to me) application.
  6. skyelyric

    SW '16 Q's

    9/19 Do you decorate for Halloween all year? If not, what level of decor do you have for Halloween? Hell no. I like the changing of the seasons and the different decorations that go with that, so my decorations rotate. Most of my decorating is more weather/season specific (but I do love christmas decorating), so at the beginning of November, the Weenie decorations go back away until next fall. =) I don't go all-out on Halloween decorating, it's more general fall and then some 'Ween decorations right around the holiday itself. Indoor/outdoor Halloween decorations? What do you do, and what would you prefer to receive? My outdoor stuff has to be a little bit restrained (townhouse), I put out a pumpkin and whatnot, but I can't go too nuts. I do a little indoor decorating, and I also decorate my cube at work, because hell, if I have to sit here 40 hours a week, it better have personality. What's your preferred Halloween decor style: classic/traditional (skulls, pumpkins, bats), kitchsy/cute, retro, elegant/Victorian, horror/macabre? I tend to go for mostly...nature themed? Bare branches, owls, moons, ravens, leaves, a little of the gothic/elegant thing, but a little more minimalist (like I have a couple of grey pumpkins with silhouettes on them, one a raven, one a spider). I don't really do kitsch (sp?) or horror and finally, What's your candy preference? fruit candies/gummies, caramel/toffee/honey candies, some chocolate (any shade of chocolate is fine, between the three of us we love it all), oh, and I do like licorice (sweet anyway, I was not a fan of salmiak when I tried it) 9/18/16 Fleece character hats? cute but not my thing, really...I tend to go more for knit hats and wacky colorful stuff. (and stuff that covers my poor ears) Some of my favorite hats with personality are a 'normal' knit hat with earflaps and little round ears on the top of the hat, a fleece hat with all sorts of multicolored strips of fleece tacked onto it to wave in the breeze, and a hat with fun fur in it that looks like I stuck my hand in a light socket. Who here is a Raging All THINGS HARRY POTTER fan? I’m not a raging collector of anything in particular, but I am quite fond of the HP world. (proud Hufflepuff fwiw) Do you like things with Pumpkin (or Pumpkin Spice?) I love pumpkin/squash food/baked goods, but I’m not overly fond of things that taste like pumpkin spice 9/17/16 Is there anything you would like to get from Japan? pretty stationery, the weird red-bean-mochi hard candies? virtual touristy stuff like a pin or postcard Would you object to re-using of clean mailing materials? re-use away! I love recycling sound packing materials, and would be happy if my witch did the same. 9/16/16 Is there anything you'd particularly like to get from the UK? touristy stuff, maybe a sweet? Oh, I love Fox's Glacier Mints and Fruits. World Market used to carry them here but haven't seen them in ages. Socks/sockdreams/etc: socks are good since winter is a thing here. crew or boot length would be most useful, and I do have large calves to contend with Anyone a nail polish fan? What colors interest you? I like it but I do have quite a bit. October from the Post is one I covet (it was on Etsy recently but I can’t justify the shipping for one nail polish). I definitely prefer shimmers and metallics, matte I’m on the fence about…don’t wear cremes or glitters (much as I love glitter, it’s so hard to get the polish off that I hate wearing it) 9/15/16 How do you feel about knitted stuff? love Fancy? Plain? any, I wear it all What types of things do you like to wear? that's terribly open-ended...in terms of jewelry, clothes, accessories??? I'm into beer. How 'bout you? yup Styles? not a huge fan of bitter stuff, most of what I drink tends to be belgian style ales and occasional weird stuff like prickly pear or grapefruit ales And booze? I enjoy Irish whiskey and Scotch, and occasional liqueuers to mix into coffee or mixed drinks. How do you feel about caramel? I love caramel. I make it also, but I wouldn’t say no to someone else’s. =) Salt or no? either With chocolate or without? without Would you be interested in home made food items? - garlic dill pickles - blackberry jam - dried honey crisp apples - applesauce (with or without red hots) - elderberry syrup (with honey and apple cider vinegar - great for immune boosting) - honey from our bees - rose petal liquor (made with our own rose petals and everclear but diluted down a bit so it doesn't knock you over) - baked goods of your choice, what do you like or dislike? I’d pass on applesauce since I do that myself, and probably minimal baked goods because of trying to minimize sugar, but anything else would be awesome. Would you be interested in project bags/pouches? I love bags and pouches, so sure. And to go along with the previous knitting question... Are you allergic to any fiber or do you know what kind of yarn you prefer? (merino, merino cashmere, merino cashmere silk, 100% silk, 100% cashmere, merino nylon, BFL, BFL silk, etc. Or do you like acrylic?) No allergies, and my preference is just for soft things. Acrylic is totally fine, doesn’t need to be fancy. (If you’re foisting yarn off upon me, I work with everything from thread/laceweight to bulky, and everything from bamboo/silk and alpaca to acrylic.) Would you want a quilted pot holder? Sure, I love handcrafted stuff. Do you have any prefered flavour of shortbread? plain or citrus 9/14/16: What are you interested in from the recent BPAL and BPTP updates? (Lilith, Lunacy, etc.) Think I have decants of everything I’m hoping to try…I think there was something in the first group of Weenies mentioned with leaves, leather and clove, and that sounds amazing. Would you like hibiscus seeds? I will take any seeds. I love growing stuff. Off-color needlepoint? sure…or snarky-but-work-appropriate
  7. skyelyric

    13days fall 16

    Anything here: http://paintboxsoapworks.com/ look like something you'd like to try (assuming that you're not already ordering it)? I love Paintbox in general…I did get several samples of Weenies so I can report back what is amazing to me. Do you like stuff related to Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)? I do. My heritage is not Mexican, so I don’t want to do anything appropriative, but I’ve read a fair amount on the traditions, and I’ve always celebrated my family who have passed on, I still talk to them on a daily basis, etc., and I do set up a little altar for them for Dia de los Muertos. Knitted Items? sure! I love it all. Fandom/Specific Items? I don’t really fangirl over things, but my entertainment loves are Dr. Who, Inspector Morse and spinoffs, Welcome to Night Vale, World of Warcraft, old RPGs…specific items I magpie over are interesting rocks, pottery, pins for my knapsack. I also have a thing for Minions and various mashup shirts (I have Minion Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Firefly shirts, and I will someday get the Seagulls have the phone box shirt). Fall/Halloween Icons? ravens, owls, falling leaves, bare branches/trees, clouds over the moon, pumpkins, gourds (all those lovely atmospheric cliches, right? ) First, talk to me about soaps- do you like them, and what kinds of scents/lather/varieties do you like? I love soap: hot process, cold process, glycerin, hair shampoo bars…Scents pretty much follow my general scent likes—I lean kind of unisex/masculine in soap: green, herbal, woods, leather, some citrus and fruity things. I’m not a huge fan of scrubby soaps with bits of things that don’t dissolve or things like glitter in soap because they’re just scratchy to me. I’m a big fan of sugar scrubs for that particular need. Second, tell me about teas! Favorites? Anything you'd like to try? Favorite teas are generally black (flavored or plain) and herbal. I like green and white, also. I’m up for anything that isn’t rooibos or includes licorice root (the sweet aftertaste weirds me out). Some of my favorites are a rose mint white tea, Russian caravan, chai, and the cheapie herbal teas like Celestial Seasonings mandarin orange spice, lemon zinger, etc. I’m not a tea snob by any means. =) Lastly, I go to Renn Faire- is there anything from there you might like? no idea, I’m sure I’d love something, never been to a renn faire What Weenie of year's past are you seeking from the lab? I usually strike out on most Weenies because foodies don’t work on me, and I have a sensitivity to cinnamon. There are a few in my w/l from past Weenies that I never got to try…I wouldn’t mind tracking down a partial of 2012’s Autumn Coolness, or if that one ever comes back, the newer one…my favorite Weenie hands down is La Calavera Catrina. Are you a shawl wearer- and if you don't wear one now, would you? yes! love shawls, shawlettes, whatever. Tell me about LUSH- do you like them? If so, what are some of your favorite things from there? Particularly fond scents or products? Stuff you can't stand? I’m pretty much a Lush newbie…I know I had a little mini pot of lotion that I wasn’t super enthused with, it was cocoa butter I think and I didn’t like my hands smelling like tootsie rolls. I have a bath bomb from them that I haven’t had a chance to use yet. Japanese goodies? sure! stationery bits, treats…I like things like pocky because they’re not super sweet, gummy candies, and some lovely person once sent me a candy that was like a red bean mochi in candy form, and that was kind of awesome. I’d be interested in savory snacks, too. So, in this swap, you open a goodie every day. I have seen this gift direction done several different ways, but I am interested in which you are most keen to do. Would you rather: I’m happy with whatever…it’s kind of fun to have a specific goodie to open on special days (ex: getting a pair of halloween socks or something on the 30th to wear for Halloween), but however my scarecrow wants to organize is cool. The Witch is In/Out sign? I have that for my cube at work. Pumpkin Spice or No Pumpkin Spice? not so much with the pumpkin spice…I LOVE pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread…I don’t really want to be inundated with it in other things. Spice things that are not necessarily pumpkin are welcome, cinnamon tea, stuff like that. I’m not much on foodie scents though. Milk, white, and/or Dark Chocolate? white and dark are my preferences, but the beloved is a milk chocolate person, so anything is fair game, I’m happy to share treats Do you like Yankee Candle? Anything you want from there? honestly we don’t use a lot from them. mistletoe votives or tarts, or something more outdoorsy/clean Anything you have your eye on at BPTP? claw polishes like Le Lethe, Oneiroi, Temple of Dreams, Unseelie….if they come out with a Weenie polish in a shimmer or pearl warm brown, I would be all over that…I think there was one last year and I didn’t snag it Bath and Body Works - yay or nay? sadly, *hell* no. I don’t know what’s in their stuff, but it breaks me out terribly. Sock Dreams? I own precisely one thing from Sock Dreams: a pair of armsocks that I got in the spring cleaning swap and they’re awesome, I love them. I’m down for fun socks from there or otherwise with the caveat that I have big calves, so knee socks are maybe not a great plan.
  8. skyelyric

    Under the Mosquito Netting

    The lemon note is very clear on first application, but it very quickly fades on my skin, and unfortunately in the early drydown the very lovely incense note is marred by a tart citrus-y funk for the overall impression of citronella candle. The funk stage doesn't last long and turns back into faintly lemony incense; it's not offensive, but not quite my thing either. Pity since the incense note itself is lovely on me.
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    The Book

    So very weird...when I applied The Book on my wrist I got a soft, sweet leather with basically no rose; applied in the crook of my elbow it's mostly rose, but unlike most rose scents, it's not going wonky on me, it's one of the more true rose scents I've tried and there's very little throw. If it morphs between delicate leather and real roses like this, I think I'll be snagging myself a bottle.
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    Hail Satin Nail Polish

    Love this. Haven't gotten a good picture of mine but it's a semi-sheer, milky pale pink. With two coats the iridescence turns into more of a bluish pearly sheen, but it's still quite pretty. It actually looks like a subtle white-tipped manicure. I do agree that it would be pretty as a sheer single coat, but definitely apply a base coat if your nails are at all ridged, or you'll get lines. I will say I'm quite impressed with the durability of the claw polish. Applied two coats last night, no base or top coat, dried so quickly I didn't ding my nails at all, and today I spent probably an hour scrubbing paint out of jeans and scraping it off with my nails, and nothing's chipped. Nail torture test passed with flying colors.
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    The Season of Ghosts

    Putting up a new review since I just got the 2015 version, and I'm comparing the two. Both are equally light, but the 2015 doesn't have the mellow, almost dusty vibe of the original, instead it's got a much clearer, sharper citrus from the lemongrass and blood orange.
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    Sleet Hair Gloss

    This is definitely in the same snow family to my nose as Skadi (the more recent one, I wasn't around for for the first iteration), Woods in Winter, etc., without any berries or other notes to muddy up the snow scent. Sadly sugared anything and I do not jive, I get a very chemical-y sweet note in with the cold Lab snow smell, and that's the end of that.
  13. skyelyric

    Springtime scents

    So I just got my latest lab order, and I have to say, Full Moon from this year's Lupers is a perfect spring scent.
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    The Women's Song of Mourning Hair Gloss

    This is gorgeous and very well blended--I can pick out the notes but nothing's clobbered its way to the foreground. The clove is doing wonders for me in toning down the sandalwood's sweetness, and the whole thing blends into a spicy, not-quite-incensy haze. I think this is still a little strong for me, but the scent itself is just beautiful.
  15. skyelyric

    The Cross of Snow

    In the bottle I get the moss and cypress very clearly, and there's a snowy, minty clean undertone, the overall effect is sharp and cold, very slightly sweet to my nose. Unfortunately, this is a total skin chemistry fail on me, something takes it straight to stale cologne territory.