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5.24.2016

31 Days of Lipstick PART 2 >> 11-20

I'm smack in the middle of 31 Days of Lipstick which means we're either in the too-sweet white paste of the oreo, or we have become the neglected middle child in a family of over achievers and shit heads. A couple of wins, a couple of flops, and some tried and true favorites:
  1. NYX – Bloody Mary (Matte Lipstick)

    Mood:  Gonna kill a man
    A photo posted by Shay Lorseyedi (@_shay_shay_) on

    What's Up:  I'm a fan of the NYX Matte Lipsticks because: a) they're cheap  b) they have decent staying power without being too drying -and- c) they come in all the coolest colors. Bloody Mary was no exception. It is a bright pink that isn't gonna punch you in the face even if I might. (Sidenote: You know how everyone is telling you that you have to throw out lipstick after a year or so? Well they're right, but you can probably stretch it a little longer as long as it doesn't have a weird scent or funk layer. I've had this tube for about 2 years, and I've noticed the pigment is starting to separate, but it isn't terribly noticeable.)
    NYX Bloody Mary Swatch // Crappy Candle  NYX Bloody Mary Wear Swatch // Crappy Candle
    1st pic: Bloody Mary Swatch // 2nd pic: Bloody Mary Swatch after I punch all y'all in the face.

5.11.2016

31 Days of Lipstick PART 1 >> 1-10

I'm 32% done with 31 Days of Lipstick! I haven't passed out from the sheer exhaustion of it all! I only had one existential crisis! Here's what happened during the first 10 days!
  1. Nars – Red Square (velvet matte lip pencil)

    Mood:  ill, and by that I mean actually ill.
    A photo posted by Shay Lorseyedi (@_shay_shay_) on

    What's Up:  Red square has awesome staying power, but is a touch on the dry side. It is very bright lipstick, and very easy to apply. (Sidenote: This shade meshes well with balm: I dab balm on top for brighter color. I apply balm first, then the pencil, for a more muted color.)
    Nars – Red Square Swatch || Crappy Candle  Nars – Red Square + Balm || Crappy Candle
    1st pic: Red Square Swatch  ||  2nd pic: Applying balm first then Red Square over the balm.

4.27.2016

31 Days of Lipstick 💄💄💄

31 Days of Lipstick | #crapstick31


I'm not a big-time makeup wearer, but I can't seem to stop myself from buying it. I've got a mountain of expensive-ass tubes of guck, and by-golly, I'm gonna use it. For each day in the month of May, I'm going to wear a different lipstick. Every day, all day, I'm going to feel pretty. Pretty when I go to Target. Pretty when I'm at the gym. Pretty when I slouch in my bed-desk, giving myself deep neck wrinkles. Pretty when my Russian hacker/stalker watches me through my laptop's webcam.

4.09.2016

Prid vs Nexcare Acne Patches - Battle of the Holistic Spot Treatments

Prid vs Nexcare Acne Patches - Battle of the Holistic Spot Treatments
All Images © Crappy Candle / The Acne Experiment

Welcome to the first ever Battle of the Holistic Spot Treatments. We have two contenders, raring to go. In one corner, we have an old-as-time ointment that smells like grandma's weird tea, and in the other we have some fleshy stickers built to suck your puss out like a pack of jolly monsters:

2.27.2016

Mandelic Acid Review - The Acne Experiment

Mandelic Acid Review - The Acne Experiment
All Images © Crappy Candle / The Acne Experiment

Mandelic acid is a relatively new AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that is supposedly a great option for acne prone skin. It's said to be gentler than glycolic acid and lactic acid, humectant, and is thought to have antimicrobial properties. This makes sense because mandelic acid is made from bitter almonds, which are just bursting with antioxidants.

1.10.2016

Paula's Choice Glycolic Acid Review - The Acne Experiment

Paula's Choice Glycolic Acid Review - The Acne Experiment
All Images © Crappy Candle / The Acne Experiment

How was everyone's holiday season? Busy? Fragrant? Bloated? I can't complain – mine was uneventful and completely devoid of drama. Any family gathering that doesn't result in drunk crying or boisterous political discussions (same thing, really) is a win in my book. Plus, I watched Making a Murderer and half of Breaking Bad in like a week. yo.

I'll get down to it. We're here to talk about the superstar of exfoliants: glycolic acid. Immediately before I started The Acne Experiment, I was using Devita's Glycolic Acid. I was happy with how smooth it made my face, but I was still experiencing breakouts. I worked through a few other exfoliant options first: salicylic acid and lactic acid have been knocked down and kicked the eff out. Bring on the main course.

11.23.2015

At Least 10 Super Crappy White Elephant Gifts 2015

At Least 10 Super Crappy White Elephant Gifts 2015 :: Crappy Candle

Tis the season for giving really crappy white elephant gifts to friends and loved ones. What better way to show how much you care than to give something that is disgusting, dumb, or just plain mean. Keep in mind, however, that what separates a fantastic white elephant gift from a run-of-the-mill bad present is a silver lining of beauty:
☞  Impractical, but hilarious.
☞  Hilarious, but hideous.
☞  Hideous, but intriguing.
☞  Intriguing, but no really wtf is this shit.
I've collected 10+ shiny turds for your perusal.

11.18.2015

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser Review - The Acne Experiment

Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser - The Acne Experiment
All Images © Crappy Candle / The Acne Experiment

I've been a real slacker. It's been 3 months since my last Acne Experiment post and it may have looked like I abandoned this thing. I haven't. I have been diligently testing a few different products, taking hideous selfies, and contemplating the infinite vastness of the universe. One might say I fell into an existential funk. Another might say that I'm being a lazy whiney baby.

9.29.2015

How to Age Gracefully

How to Age Gracefully :: Crappy Candle

You can have it all as long as you're real chill about it.  Here's how to age gracefully in 25 easy to follow steps:

9.12.2015

101 MORE Halloween Costumes for Women - Clever Girls Edition

101 MORE Halloween Costumes for Women - Clever Girls Edition
101 MORE Halloween Costumes for Women - Clever Girls Edition

Halloween is near, so I put together a fun lady-centric costume guide. If you want to be a cool girl, you'll want a cool girl costume. If you don't care whether you are a cool girl or not (because Amy Dunne did get some things right), then you probably still want a decent costume that is relatively warm/comfortable, maybe has pockets, and isn't identical to like 10 other people's costumes. If you are not a girl, by all means - pick through this guide and steal all my ideas. I can tell you with 95% certainty that I'm not doing anything for Halloween and I'd like to live vicariously through you all.

I've divided the guide up into 10 categories, you clever SOBs:

8.08.2015

Silk Naturals 8% AHA (Lactic Acid) Toner Review - The Acne Experiment

Silk Naturals 8% AHA (Lactic Acid) Toner - The Acne Experiment
All Images © Crappy Candle / The Acne Experiment

As promised, I've begun testing the first of multiple potential replacements for the now discontinued St. Ives Exfoliating Pads. I started with what I considered the closest dupe: Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner. Plain 'ole lactic acid exfoliants are hard to come by, and Silk Naturals is one of two that I'm aware of. At about $9 Silk Naturals is actually cheaper than St. Ives (given the 4 oz bottle) - quite impressive considering how cheap St. Ives already was. Also, please note that "toner" is simply a liquid product that is applied and not washed off. In the case of Silk Naturals, "toner" and "exfoliant" are synonymous. 

I tested this stuff for a solid SIX WEEKS.

6.20.2015

Paula's Choice Resist Toner Review - The Acne Experiment

Paula's Choice Resist Toner Review - The Acne Experiment
All Images © Crappy Candle / The Acne Experiment

I'm back on the Paula's Choice wagon with a my first review of a PC toner, specifically the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner for Combination/Oily Skin (which shall henceforth be referred to as PC Resist Toner). Jeez Paula, you really need to reign it in on the product names.