*Update: Pinrose will no longer be offering this kit, but I feel the discussion should still be had.
There has been a lot of talk recently about Sephora‘s latest offering. In October, cosmetic company, Pinrose, will be offering a Beginner’s Witch Kit. The kit includes tarot cards, rose quartz, sage and a variety of essential oils. The link above is to Sephora’s website, the kit isn’t up on the site just yet. Just do a search for Pinrose in October to get your own online.
When this was announced, my fellow witches (I’m an ecclectic urban witch, fyi) had a collective fit about it. While I respect their opinions, I don’t understand the ire. I think, and this is just my assumption, is that they feel the practice of the craft is not being taken seriously by this company. I can see where that assumption could be made. However, I think we are getting into “fake witch” shaming territory here, which could take us into a very negative direction. I’m reminded of all the times I’ve been accused of being a “fake geek girl” because I didn’t know the minute detail that this particular person was talking to me about. I feel shamed everytime this happens, and I don’t want to be “that witch” that shames someone for reaching out and exploring the craft for themselves.
Hear me out. If someone is alone in their desire to learn more about the metaphysical or magick or whatever spirituality, they may not know where to start. Perhaps they feel comfortable shopping at Sephora. They see the kit. They want to know more. They buy the kit, take it home and then once they feel more comfortable, then they go to their local metaphysical store to ask questions. Now they know what questions to ask! They buy books and become more schooled in things. Their friends notice a positive change in their energy. They ask about that change. This new witch passes on her knowledge and so on.
Now, I realize that the preceeding paragraph was a “best case” scenario. Will there be people just embracing this as a fad? Absolutely! You have people jumping on bandwagons for pretty much everything. There’s no stopping that. I just hope that my fellow witches don’t throw out beginners that really want to explore and learn magick for themselves. I don’t think anyone can say that there is only one right way to get started. Just get started. After all, there are beginning witch kits available everywhere from metaphysical stores like Psychic Eye to Etsy and Amazon.
I do have a recommendation for those of you that are interested in the craft and how to practice it. This wonderful book. It is available on Amazon.
“Wiccapedia” has tips from everything from setting up your altar, minerals and their uses, oils and herbs and their uses, basic casting and a history of Wicca and Paganism as a religious practice. This book is something I revisit on the regular to get answers to questions or to just reconnect with the practice.
So, if you see someone purusing the shelves at Sephora and pick up a kit, don’t give them a hard time. Don’t be a gatekeeper. It might have been really hard for them to do that. Encourage their curiosity and embrace them as your sister/brother in magick. So mote it be!
As you all know, I love being a platinum blonde! Since discovering the platinum assymetrical pixie cut, I’m hooked for life. Finding your ‘do is kind of a big deal. We all use our hair, or lack thereof, to enhance our look. Hair is an important accessory, so like make-up, it is a lot of fun to play with it and try new things. Also like make-up, your look is temporary because hair magically grows back and colors fade over time. So, if you don’t like how something looks, change it!
To cut the brassiness of my bleach-blondeness, I use a purple-hued shampoo recommended by my stylist. If I used it enough, I would get a slight pastel purple hue to my hair, which I liked, but I also like going back to blonde as well.
Recently the kiddo and I went to Ulta to get some supplies, like ya do, and saw this shampoo and conditioner by Brite Organix…
I was intrigued. Since it does not require a commitment, I thought, “Why the heck not?” So, I gave it a go. Here are some pics, not filtered, after one wash…
As you can see, it really gave it a nice silvery pastel purple hue. I really like it! Also, it will fade with each wash of my regular cleansing conditioner by WEN, so no committment. Just a fun thing. Also cuts the brassiness right out, so win-win.
I did a little research on Brite Organix. Their products are vegan, which is great. They also have a variety of different products, hair colors, shampoos, etc. Check out their website here. They are an Australian company, but if you want to check out their products in person, just visit your local Ulta store.
NYX has some beautiful new palettes in a collection entitled, “In Your Element”. As suggested by the name, each palette is inspired by an element of nature.
I picked up the Wind palette. As per usual with NYX, the pigments are rich and long-lasting. The colors are beautiful.
I used two of the blues on my eyes in this picture. Just a quick swipe of color over the lid from the crease to the lash line. I finished with the sparkly light blue over the whole lid. the lipstick is also from the Elements collection, from Water. It is a metallic/violet/black shade that I love!
To celebrate the big screen release of “My Little Pony” the movie, Ulta has an exclusive eyeshadow palette, that celebrates the beautiful colors of the series.
The colors are gorgeous! The pigments are rich and last all day.
I took the palette out on a test run:
To get this look, I applied an eyeshadow base and then applied Rainbow Dash from the crease to the lash line. Then I applied Twilight Sparkle over the whole lid. That is it. Really simple, and it gives you such a pretty glittery look that lasts all day.
Get your own palette here. It is a limited edition, so best get on it if you want these great colors.
“My Little Pony” the movie opens in theatres this Friday, October 6th.
I know that make-up is hardly a geeks only thing, but I am raising a geek and this is our experience.
One of the responsibilites and quite frankly, fun, parts of raising a kid, is hearing the question, “Mommy, can I start wearing make-up?” I know if you have a little geeky boy, this might not apply to you, but it just might. Make-up is not a girls-only thing anymore. So, when I speak of raising a girl, I am speaking of my own personal experience of raising a daughter. I don’t mean to make any assumptions of gender in any way.
My answer to that question was an enthusiasic, “YASSSS!” I love make-up. I have way too much make-up, and I absolutely do not care. Dark lipstick, sure, more glitter, yes please. I use make-up for fun.
However, there are times and places for all types of make-up. Gothy for the club, more conservative for the workplace, that kind of thing. So, when teaching my kiddo how to use make-up, I needed to teach her about all the aspects of make-up use.
Just like with putting on a face of make-up, teaching about make-up requires a foundation. Where to begin? Well, I started with proper skincare, which we will go into on a later post, and how to apply a “basic face”, which I learned many years ago from a fantastic book called, “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”. I still have my copy to this day, and I was happy to pass it down to my kid. I was pleased to learn that this book is still available on Amazon. Get it here. I recommend the spiral bound version for ease of use.
Ms. Crawford found herself sick in bed after a photo shoot, and to not go nuts with boredom, her friends encouraged her to write a book. Being who she is, she did just that. She didn’t just write any book; what she did was create a manual to make-up with all the basics. Things like picking a good foundation, using concealer, brushes and how to keep them clean, and how to put on your “basic face”. Your basic face should take you about five minutes to apply and be appropriate for work, school, whatever. Her philosophy is that make-up is an option, not a requirement, and if you want to wear it, then make sure you do it in such a way that is occasion and location appropriate.
After you apply your basic face, then if you are headed to a party or a club, then you can build on this basic face by adding a smoky eye, glitter, anything goes.
After you perfect your basic face, then go nuts! I know we do. We recently bought a ton of glitter, cause…glitter!
Next time, we’ll talk more about skincare and fun make-up to try.