About Me

Who am I?

I am Olivia, a B-List beauty blogger who has been blogging for  7 years!  I live in the USA.  I was a teen in what was considered a great decade: the 80's!  I am now a wise and mature woman who pretty much knows beauty is not just about some cosmetic item but how one carries their own true beauty.  I don't claim to be some great makeup artist or beauty guru, but I do claim to be a great q-tip (makeup applicator).  I am Jill of all trades and mistress of nothing.

Who likes this blog?

British Beauty Blogger admitted this.  So did Eugenia Weston, creator of Senna Cosmetics and Kandance Westmore of the ever famous Westmores. I commend them for their brave confession!  Anyone else like to confess?

Slim pickings means originality and reference status.  I write what you see unless stated!

Since brands choose and think about the big stats,  I am left to fend for myself when it comes to beauty stuff.  I have to scavenge the vast crevices of my brain.  Yes, I wrote the Definitive Guides.  Yes, I wrote the tutorials on Into the Palette.  Yes, those are actual volunteers!  See the guidelines to volunteer here

Please don't insult me with just a press release in the hopes I will PR your product(s).

I may not be a big blog but these posts take time.  You found my blog, prove to me your product is worth all its words with a sample!  You gave my blogger friends a sample, don't treat me like a chump! If my blogging for seven years isn't worth anything to a brand, then the product isn't worth the words printed!

Please, don't plagiarize and make LIBEL REMARKS because it doesn't make me feel good and doesn't reflect well in the beauty blogging community either!!!

Remember, if you you choose to plagiarize, make sure search engines and screenshots do not exist!!!!!! 

If you like a post on this blog, please mention it.

Proper blogging etiquette is the rule when you are a blogger/vlogger.  No matter how big or small a blogger or vlogger is, appreciation is the best karma!

I am the originator of  the Depot with Floss method.

Or depotting makeup with dental floss.  If people take credit for this, then they haven't learned blogging etiquette. Enlarge the pic below for proof!  Sources for the pix: LiveJournal effloresce_, Cozy Cot forum here and here.

And proof it was on Makeupalley way back.  The URL is the same as the one mentioned in the pic above!!

Does this blog make money?

No, and honestly it probably never will since I hate to start worrying more about my hits and the money I could, should, and would make if I did this and that.  My real life does enough of that for me.  Anything I receive as a sample are mentioned.  Any affiliate links are mentioned.  If you don't see a mention, most likely the post came from my wallet and/or my brain!!!

Do I accept samples for review?

Yes, I do.  If I receive them, I always review them!  PR samples are always stated.

Are your reviews honest?

This isn't a happy-go-lucky-everything-is-great-and-beautiful blog.  All products aren't great.  PR samples have the same odds as receiving the same outcome as the products I buy on my own. 

Any other questions?

Just email me by clicking the icon below - maquillageobscura at gmail dot com:

*Special thanks to Aldona from Working Beauty for the comic strip!*