Skin care

A few months ago I kept being asked about my skin care routine, since I wear such heavy make up on stage and yet I still get ID’d! It took me a long time to realise that going to sleep with any make up on my skin was a HUGE mistake. I’d did it for years and I’m only glad I didn’t do more damage! Now, I swear by Lush skin care and I’ve found that taking the extra 10 minutes at the end of the night to remove in make up isn’t a chore, but a small ritual I take pleasure in. It means I actually look forward to it! Anyone else made this life changing but mundane discovery?

My current favourites are;
Malki Dead Sea Soap
Ultrabland (as a make up remover)
Angels On Bare Skin(every other day)
Eau RomaToner and refresher
Celestial(as a night cream)
Enzymion(as a day cream and make up primer)

I’m trying out Dark Angels too, at first I thought it was really harsh on my skin but the results are spectacular! I’ll check in again with a full review soon.

What are your skin care faves?

Sig

*Disclaimer, Lush have never heard of me, I just love their skin care! Hair products though…. :/

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Packing It Burlesque 2 – Pack Harder!

Travelling around for burlesque shows, LARP events and visiting family has taught me that I used to pack WAY too much. Streamlining my luggage was the only way to save my sanity, and packing smart meant I was huffing around less stuff I ultimately didn’t need, which is especially important when travelling on public transport. Whether planes, trains or buses, most of them have luggage limits which isn’t always helpful when you’re going from Glasgow to London with 3 acts worth of luggage, make up, shoes, props and civvie clothes! I’ve condensed what I take and when possible use other ways to transport anything I need. In this short series of posts, I’m going to discuss how I pack my essentials, from a burlesque perspective.

I hope the first part of this little series was helpful, today we’re moving on to the the biggest part of the travel – the suitcase. Again, in the cases of public transport, it’s best to check and double check the weight limit of your suitcase. A cursory look at some travel sites show the average weight allowance is up to 20kg, and you can get luggage scales from places like Home Bargains or Boots to double check before you leave. My personal suitcase has dimensions of L66xW42xD19, so that’s the size I’ll be referencing. I’m also assuming an overnight stay at the location.

Before I pack, I get all my act stuff together. I have a checklist for each act on my Google Drive (yes, I’m that nerdy!) and starting from the outside in, I piece my costumes together, minus shoes. For illustration purposes, I’ve used my Mama costume.

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Once everything is together, including props small enough to pack in, I fold it in itself as small as possible. If I have a belt in the costume, I wrap it round the folded costume, which helps keep it all together. I stuff my shoes with tights/stockings for the act, put the shoes in a plastic bag and put on top of the corresponding costume. If I can, I’ll use one pair of shoes for all acts, and some acts I have are better performed barefoot anyway! I pack the acts in from the bottom of the suitcase up, as seen below, this ensure the heavier things are at the bottom and I have space nearer the top for more fragile props and such.

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Costumes and small props in, I then pack a small laundry bag (another Poundland find!) of underwear, safety knickers for under the costume underwear, another roll of tit tape, and a regular bra or two (if you’re lucky enough to not have to wear a bra you obviously can consider not bringing one!). I pack my civvie wardrobe, usually a vest, tee shirt and skirt. I place the vest inside the tee shirt, then lay the skirt over the tee shirt and roll it up as tightly as I can. I also pack a dress to wear for curtain call and place that inside a nightie, then a dressing gown (perfect for backstage!), fold it up and add to the suitcase. By this time, the case is usually ¾ full. If I’m wearing wigs for any of the acts, I place them in wig bags and put them in last. Some of my wigs are styled and pinned so I treat them delicately! Any other delicate props, hair accessories and such go in at the very top. If they are very delicate, I wrap/stuff what I can in either a hand towel or scarves, which can double up as accessories too, obviously!

Lying the suitcase flat, I find little spaces in between things to stuff travel size hairspray, tampons (even if I’m not due!) and deodorant. I used to try and bring shower gel and such, but I’ve found it easier to pick it up from a shop when I’m there, if the hotel room doesn’t provide it.

Zipping up, I always zip it to the bottom so it’s less easy to access. I’ve never experienced it myself, but I’m always nervous of stories of people wheeling along a street and finding out the zip has been opened and a thief has tried to grab whatever is on top. If it doesn’t end up in a theft, chances are they’ve broken something. Not good! I also tie a colour ribbon onto the handle, especially handy for black suitcases, so it’s easy to spot in a sea of black suitcases! Other things to consider is a tag with your name, accommodation you’ll be staying at (under ℅), the dates you’ll be there and a contact number you’ll be using while at that particular location. If your luggage gets lost, there’s a better chance of it reaching your destination rather than being returned to the point of departure. The other side of the tag should have your home address.

Remember to weigh your suitcase once you’re done! It’s not just about the weight limit, you need to lug it around too, so make sure you’re not going to struggle. Next week I’m going to talk about the extra bits, so if you want to tell me about any information and advice you have, let me know!

Sig

Packing it burlesque!

Travelling around for burlesque shows, LARP events and visiting family has taught me that I used to pack WAY too much. Streamlining my luggage was the only way to save my sanity, and packing smart meant I was huffing around less stuff I ultimately didn’t need, which is especially important when travelling on public transport. Whether planes, trains or buses, most of them have luggage limits which isn’t always helpful when you’re going from Glasgow to London with 3 acts worth of luggage, make up, shoes, props and civvie clothes! I’ve condensed what I take and when possible use other ways to transport anything I need. In this short series of posts, I’m going to discuss how I pack my essentials, from a burlesque perspective. First up, the carry on!

Not that kind Babs!

Not that kind Babs!

Generally my handbag will have my phone, charger, foldaway bag, hand sanitizer, gum, purse and passport in it. For travel, I try to pack it full!

I’m really particular about my make up. It’s an issue. Most of the time, I try to pack it in my carry on. I tend to go barefaced the day before and after a show to give my skin a chance to breathe, the most I’ll do is throw on some tinted moisturiser, mascara and lip balm. The bonus of that is there’s more space for the stage make up! Most importantly, pack the glitter well. We’ve all opened our bag to find glitter everywhere, and it’s not called the herpes of the craft/burlesque worlds for nothing! I use sandwich bags to pack anything loose like powder or glitter. I like using the travel or trial size products wherever possible, the best ones to look for are mascaras, cream blush and foundations.

If I’m doing different make up looks for my acts, I tend to stick to a basic base (which is easier on my skin to switch up the looks!) and use mostly lipstick and contouring to make a big difference in a small way. I sometimes change the shape of my eyebrows too. Again, it means I’m packing less. Alongside the make up, I use the wee trial pots you get in Lush and decant my cleanser (Ultrabland ftw!) and moisturiser into them. You can also get travel size bottles and tubs out of drugstores, but these are free! If I can double up the use of a product I will. My moisturiser is a decent primer, cream lipsticks are great to use as blush and I use liquid liner as a mascara, especially if I’m using false eyelashes anyway.

I put any costume jewellery I’ll be using in sandwich bags and also stick them in the carry on, and pack a small pencil case (not just for school!) filled with mini pens, a sharpie, tit tape, some business cards and a small note book. Nine times out of 10, I’ll stick a pair of nail scissors, clear nail polish (for a multitude of uses!), nail glue and a small sewing kit (grab them from the £ shop or the complementary ones in some hotels!) in that pencil case too. I roll up a pair of slipper socks so I can use them while I travel as well as when I’m backstage. Using an empty Tic Tac tub, I store bobby pins and hair bobbles and pop them in the bag. I usually pack a snack or two, a bottle of water and a sachet packet of my beloved Pukka Tea. And done!

Whew! Sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. By using different bags and cases, pretty much everything I’ll need is at my fingertips whenever I’m travelling. I’ve seen those full bag inserts with all the different compartments, but I’ve not tried them out yet. What do you think? Anything you think I’m mad for missing?

Sig

Doe Deere & Lime Crime: A Sordid History

*This is probably the last post I’ll make on this subject here. I just wanted to publish this timeline outside of tumblr. I am continuing to write about Xenia and Lime Crime over on tumblr at Oh Dear Doe Deere. See you there!*

Reposted with permission, the links are not clickable at the moment, but I’m working on it.

Doe Deere & Lime Crime: A Sordid History
Last updated: September 16th, 2013
Disclaimer: This timeline was created to highlight the longstanding and problematic business practices of Lime Crime. Most of the content presented here was noted or discussed by other bloggers, LiveJournal users, people commenting on the Examiner thread, Doe Deere Blogazine posts etc. and I do not take credit for creating their contents. Links to original posts and sources are included for the sake of crediting the original authors. If there is an error in this content or how it was sourced, please contact me directly at doedeerelies [at] gmail [dot] com.

2003
Xenia begins selling DIY clothing on eBay under the moniker Thunderwear!.
October – Xenia opens the invite-only LiveJournal community LittleBigGirls to create a community for DIY eBay designers to advertise their auctions.

2004
Xenia releases a CD “I Belive in Fairytales” with her band SkySalt. She also begins hosting events to promote her band.
Xenia changes the name of her eBay store to Lime Crime and begins friendship with Amy Doan, who sells clothing on eBay under the moniker Shrinkle. Some of Xenia’s designs seem to be influenced by Amy’s designs and color palettes. She also launches her own website, limecrime.net, to promote her new line of DIY clothing and discusses dropping out of FIT to pursue her music career.

2005
April – Xenia threatens to sue a 13 year old girl over how she credited her images and then the MeanestBastard community takes her to task with how she dealt with the entire ordeal.
A majority of the members of the Little Big Girls group leave. MissMeganMaude, a former member of the LittleBigGirls group, writes a blog post highlighting how Xenia ran the LGB group and how she would attack other DIY designers personally if she didn’t like them. Amy comments on Megan’s post letting her know she disagrees with Xenia’s actions.
May – Amy’s comments in another MeanestBastard post seem to suggest her friendship with Xenia is over due to how she treats other people.

2006
Lime Crime the clothing line shuts down and Xenia focuses on her make up tutorials and begins selling repackaged glitter on her website. Her personal style changes from bold and bright colors to soft and feminine pastels as her website relaunches. She briefly returns to making clothing, relaunching with a collection called “A Little Country for an Urban Girl” , but many of her designs appeared to be heavily influenced by her friend Supayana’s work and Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2005 collection.
Xenia also starts reselling children’s party favor heart shaped glasses as if they were adult sized ones for $14.

2007
January – Xenia begins holding raffle contests for prizes like a stuffed unicorn and a jewelry box.During the first raffle, the entrants money supposedly go to a local animal shelter despite no specific shelter name being mentioned.
April – Xenia says she raised $200 in a raffle for “The Brooklyn Shelter” during her second raffle; however, no animal shelter exists in New York City under that name. Her PayPal account is reported when the facts don’t add up.
May – Xenia’s PayPal account is suspended due to the fraudulent charity raffles.
July – Xenia posts a blog explaining that she only resold a fur coat because it was her mom’s and that she still will continue to wear furs she owns. She also begins supporting the charity Bid-A-Wee.
October – Xenia relaunches her music career under the pseudonym Doe Deere.
November – Xenia writes about teaching children not to be cruel to animals and not supporting the clubbing of seals; the blog post has a very different attitude toward fur and animal rights than her previous post in July.
Xenia begins promoting her single “SF Disco”, declaring it a “gay anthem” and describes how alluring she finds gay men in heavily stereotyped terms to shamelessly self-promote herself as a new gay icon:
“While on the subject, let me say something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. I love gay men. It’s mutual – every single one that I’d met so far has been so incredibly nice to me. Gay men are mysterious creatures… Usually big on pop culture, they have immaculate taste and tend to latch onto artists of big talents and with big futures (Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Cher, Bjork). Simply put, gay men know good shit and do not tolerate crap. Which is why it is so amazing for me to have their support in this… Writing a song is the least I can do. Really, guys. Thank you for being the way you are and bringing color into the world.”

2008
February – Xenia continues promoting her music and decides to go by the name Doe Deere primarily.
August – Xenia relaunches her livejournal blog as Doe Deere Blogazine and begins doing makeup tutorials again.
October – Lime Crime Makeup officially launches
The original collection features eye shadow, glitter, blush, primers, and brushes. Prices range from $12.00 USD to $25.00 USD.
November – Xenia reposts an old image of herself dressed as Hitler in a Halloween retrospective post (image since removed, viewable here).

2009
Doe Deere Blogazine continues to feature new tutorials, outfits of the day, and editorial pieces. Xenia also gets interviewed quite frequently about her music and make up line.
August – The repackaging of TKB micas by various companies breaks in the indie cosmetics blogging community; Anastasia of Lipsticks and Lightsabers writes a blog post comparing the Lime Crime magic dusts to TKB and Beauty From The Earth micas, supporting the claim that Lime Crime’s products were repackaged. Lime Crime responds by claiming that TKB is copying their products despite TKB’s line of pop micas existed before Lime Crime had even launched as a cosmetics company. Beauty From The Earth later confirms that they had repackaged said micas directly from TKB and would label them as such along with discontinuing the practice.
September – Jessica Allison compares TKB micas, Lime Crime eye dusts, and eyeshadows from other companies on her blog. The swatches she provided again suggest that Lime Crime’s eye dusts were repackaged TKB mica and provides the price per ounce breakdown that shows how inflated Lime Crime’s prices are.
October – Lime Crime lipsticks launch
Lillian Low discusses her earlier experience with Lime Crime as a fashion label. Her mother purchased a dress from Lime Crime that was poorly hemmed with gaffers tape and when the dress was posted to MeanestBastard, Xenia then calls Lillian’s mother an “asshole” for purchasing something with such shoddy workmanship.
The Examiner Article “Is It A Crime to Look This Good?: Lime Crime Makeup” is published and it soon becomes a forum to discuss all things related to the repackaging scandal anonymously.
The Mineral Make Up Mutiny (now defunct) launches and the make-up blogger community begins demanding more transparency about repackaging.
November – The news of the repackaging scandal continues to spread and a member of a make-up LiveJournal community calls Xenia out for having re-sold basic glitter for an inflated price when she first began doing makeup tutorials.
A gallery of comparison swatches between Lime Crime and TKB mica is posted to the Examiner thread, providing strong evidence that at least some of the eye dusts are repackaged TKB.
LeGothique posts a review of Lime Crime’s lipsticks, which results in Xenia threatening to sue her for defamation and eventually forces her to retract her original review and post an apology.
In response to the blog posts and comments about the repackaging scandal, Xenia writes a blog post and makes a video speaking out about her “haters”. While the post has been deleted from her blog, it is still available here via the Internet Wayback Machine. The post claims speaking out against Lime Crime’s customer service and requesting refunds via PayPal are fraudulent and she will not stand for it. Her post also encourages her fans to use social networks and blogging to refute these claims on her behalf against the “bullies”. The comments under the blog post also show that Xenia was actively censoring certain comments from fans disappointed in her actions and wanting more transparency from Lime Crime.
In the meantime, Afrobella interviews Xenia about the on-going controversy. Xenia denies all wrong doing; the comments on the post highlight that Lime Crime does not allow returns and that there are multiple sources confirming similarities between TKB micas and Lime Crime magic dusts.
Lillian Low responds to the “haters” video by saying that not everyone is lying and her experience with Lime Crime/Thunderwear! shows plenty of reason for people to criticize her customer service.
December – A Youtube beauty vlogger, proudchapina, posts a video criticizing Lime Crime’s eye dusts for underperformance and the size of the jars she received not containing the amount of product they were advertised to hold. Two days after posting the first video and receiving legal threats from Lime Crime along and racist attacks from Lime Crime fans she made this response video.
In collecting information for the “Lime Crime: A History” post, someone comments on the post saying that she was sold child sized sunglasses marketed as high-end designer glasses. When confronted over this, Xenia blames the buyer for not asking questions before making her purchase. No refund or return was offered to the buyer.

2010
January – Ana from Lipstick and Lightsabers writes a wonderful post explaining all the repackaging drama and discusses Lime Crime’s legal action toward Grey of LeGothique for her review of their lipsticks.
Lillian Low blogs/vlogs comparisons between TKB micas and Lime Crime magic dusts, giving further proof that the eye dusts are merely repackaged mica.
February – Xenia congratulates Amy on the launch of Sugarpill via twitter.
Soon after Sugarpill Cosmetics launches an anonymous poster on the Examiner thread claims Sugarpill is simply repackaged LaFemme and supplies links to a Flickr account named princessmoth with pictures as evidence. Another anonymous user on the Examiner thread makes note of identical features between the camera details of princessmoth’s pictures and Xenia’s from her public Lime Crime flickr account, most notably that the camera date was set to 2027. The identical Exif details from the flickr accounts show that Xenia had not only been posting to the Examiner thread anonymously, but that she had intentionally gone out of her way to sabotage the launch of Sugarpill by trying to suggest that Amy had repackaged products.
Lillian Low also pointed out that “princessmoth” was the title Xenia gave to a makeup tutorial she had done several years ago, making it even more undeniable that the princessmoth flickr account was run by Xenia. Sugarpill also did not begin sending out packages until the 15th of February, further indicating that the products posted on Febuary 14th by princessmoth were not Sugarpill products but something photoshopped to look like they were.
Lime Crime also begins promoting their products as vegan, despite still having beeswax in the lipsticks. Xenia then asks on twitter why vegans don’t use products containing beeswax. It is speculated that Xenia’s interest in veganism is a possibly a result of Sugarpill’s launch, which specifically emphasized their commitment to developing vegan products.
March – Temptalia publishes her review of Lime Crime lipsticks, giving them a C- grade overall. Xenia comments on the review thanking Christine for her critiques and responds to some of her concerns with the lipstick formula. However, Xenia then sends her street team Christine’s personal email address to send her their opinions on how wonderful Lime Crime lipsticks are to her directly or comment on her website. In response to having her email put in the newsletter and Xenia’s lack of professionalism, Christine decides to not review any more Lime Crime products on her blog.
April – Xenia travels to London for a promotional event for Lime Crime at SpaceNK. The blog London Beauty Review attends the event and provides this description of their Xenia, all while being fully aware of all of Xenia’s misdeeds:
“From what you’ve read about her scheming ruthless business practices and underhand blogger-muzzling tactics, you’d probably expect Doe to be something of a diva in the flesh, and for her personality to be as distinctive as her outfit. However not even the most ardent of her detractors could have made that accusation after seeing her at the launch this evening. If anything she’s, well… vague, and spaced out. Perfectly nice, pleasant to talk to, but she doesn’t make a splash in the room. She’s happy to chat, and there’s no sense of snootiness or reserve, but she is still somehow quite detatched.”
And more importantly :
“Nobody at the launch discussed repackaging with Doe. Nobody uttered the words “duct tape dress” or “animal shelter” in her presence. No-one reiterated any of the accusations from the now-infamous Examiner thread. Maybe we should have taken Doe to task, tried to get some answers for the many fellow bloggers she’s upset. But at her own launch? Surely she’s entitled to enjoy her own party, and we as guests would be acting pretty shoddily to deliberately make her uncomfortable in that context. And to attack such a mild-mannered, whimsical being just wouldn’t have seemed OK, even if we had had the will to. (Maybe that was an intentional effect – I don’t know.) We asked one of Space NK’s PRs if they were aware of Lime Crime’s reputation online. Yes, was the answer – but it’s the products that are important, and the brand itself. Lime Crime’s ability to recruit hordes of young fans has a strong appeal, it seems, as Space NK look to branch out to a new demographic of shoppers.”
In contrast to London Beauty Blog’s decision to be civil in person, in Xenia’s 13 Things I Learned In London post, she takes the opportunity to insult British bloggers Anastasia (Lipsticks and Lightsabers) and Lillian Low (Funnyface’s Place) by including that she learned “trolls and haters only have the guts to troll anonymously”. Not only is this statement passive-aggressive, but it’s completely inaccurate in and of itself as both Anastasia and Lillian were not posting anonymously when they each wrote about Lime Crime. When asked specifically what #6 was in reference to, Xenia again takes no issue passively referring to anyone who has called her out online, as in her mind “trolls had the opportunity to show their faces in person, but they much prefer keyboard heroics.”, only to have the same commenter reply with “=\ Doe I love you lotsss and what you do but I think that’s a little immature. There are haters every where, and if they -did- show up in person, that’d be rather immature of them as well.”
August – A commenter named Rosalie calls Xenia out for her treatment of Christine of Temptalia and Grey of LeGothique. In response, Xenia says that Christine’s review wasn’t objective and that she has evidence to prove otherwise. Despite being requested to provide proof that Christine wasn’t fair in her review, she never posts anything supporting her argument. Christine respondssimply by reiterating that she didn’t find Lime Crime’s actions to be professional and that she has no interest in working with them in any capacity again.
September – ModCloth interviews Xenia as the blogger of the moment and the comments again go back to the repackaging controversy and other questionable business practices. Mod Clothapologizes for disappointing their fans in choosing to feature Xenia on their website.
November – Amy’s twitter is hacked and just happens to re-tweets a Lime Crime tweet.
December – Xenia announces the launch of gel eyeliners

2011
January – Xenia answers a Formspring question (now deleted) about the duct taped dress that was sold to Lillian Low’s mother and again insinuates that Lillian made it all up. In response to this, Lillian fully explains what happened between her and Xenia, including posting emails they exchanged that refute what Xenia said in her answer.
February – Xenia and Mark relocate to Los Angeles
March – Xenia goes to Japan LA charity event for the tsunami victims; she is accused on the Examiner thread of only being there to take pictures with Amy’s friends – several of whom look uncomfortable with being photographed with her or are only in the periphery of the shot.
The Pop Romance collection of lipsticks launches; however, the promotional images are found to be heavily edited (as pointed out by a commenter named Justine) but Xenia denies photoshopping the photos for anything beyond artistic purposes.
Xenia and Mark foster a pair of bonded Persian kittens, but decide to only adopt one despite the recommendations of the shelter that the pair be kept together. Fans reiterate that it’s important to keep the two together, but Xenia insists that it’s okay to keep only one of the cats and names it Smoosh.
April – Xenia pens an article about the “lies” written about her and attempts to reframe her legal issues with Grey of LeGothique. Comments in the post call her out on many things, including dressing up like Hitler. Xenia claims that she can dress up like Hitler because her “grandmother is Jewish”.
In response to this post, Doe Deere Lies launches.
July – Tragically, Smoosh the adopted cat passes away suddenly only four months after being adopted. Xenia for some reason includes some discussion of how she’s been treated by people in Los Angeles in his memorial post, but eventually it is edited out. Fans and animal lovers alike again emphasize that Smoosh should have never been separated from the other cat he was bonded to.
August – The controversy causing magic dusts are finally reformulated and new, smaller packaging is introduced.
In response to having posted other artists’ images without permission, Xenia tweets that taking their work is a compliment and shouldn’t result in legal action toward her.
September – The Lip Noir collection is announced.
Lime Crime begins sending out glitter stickers and working with singer Kerli, seemingly mimicking Sugarpill’s contest with Kerli earlier in the year and their glitter stickers.
October – Lime Crime starts following all of Amy’s/Sugarpill’s followers on Twitter; Amy states that she doesn’t know why Xenia is doing this.
Xenia befriends Kandee Johnson as a way to be “introduced” to Amy at the Beautylish event in Los Angeles, despite knowing who Amy is since 2003. The interaction between Xenia, Amy, Christine and Kandee does not go over well and Kandee apologizes to Amy for getting caught up in Xenia’s plan. Kandee later deletes her post about Lime Crime products after Beautylish is over.
November – Xenia deletes the comments entirely off of her blog after criticism continues to crop up, effectively erasing many of her less than professional moments.
The Carousel Glosses launch and the swatches appear photoshopped; once fans receive the product they look quite different in real life and have application issues.
December – Lime Crime discontinues their Pro program with little warning, upsetting many professional make up artists.

2012
January – The China Doll palette launches and immediately receives criticism for their usage of racist and sexist stereotypes and inaccurate representations of Chinese culture and clothing, along with the ubiquitous problems with the promotional images being heavily photoshopped. Criticism also arises from the palette’s similarity to Sugarpill’s matte pressed eye shadows.
Discussion on the Lime Crime Facebook about the campaign also devolves rapidly.
Mai writes a blog thoroughly discussing exactly what is offensive about the ChinaDoll palette. Initially, Lime Crime reaches out to Mai and says they have read her post and would like to discuss it with her. However, after Mai contacts them several times, Xenia brushes off the discussion.
February – The China Doll palette launches and the PR release includes the phrase “whether you like it or not”, likely a response to the criticism the China Doll campaign received.
Lime Crime formally defends the China Doll palette and declares that what people are calling cultural appropriation is actually cultural exchange. Not surprisingly, there several critiques (via Lillian, via Mai, and via Magga) are written in response to what is seen as a dismissive response. A boycott of the palette and Lime Crime is launched in response to Lime Crime’s statement.
Xenia also mocks people who called her out for cultural appropriation on her own Facebook page.
The blog Panda Tells All reviews Lime Crime lipsticks and Carousel Glosses – finding that there was debris/hair in one lipstick, quality control issues with how the lipsticks are set in the tube, and a defective lipgloss brush in her order. When Panda asked what to do about the brush, Xenia tells her simply to trim the defective brush instead of offering a replacement. Eventually Lime Crime’s customer service rep Emma contacts her and says if Panda ships back the defective gloss, a new one will be sent but Panda would have to cover the postage – which Panda finds disappointing. Only after posting this review does Lime Crime comment on her review that they’ll cover shipping and the replacement gloss.
March – Lime Crime attempts to pass of a similar looking photo featuring Sugarpill Cosmetics as being their own products; Jangsara, the original artist, has to publicly clarify that the look did not use Lime Crime products.
April – The Palette D’Antoinette begins being promoted along with a new line of nail polishes.
May – Uniliners launch; Lime Crime starts buying likes on Facebook.
June – Lime Crime uses a random image off of DeviantArt from 2009 to promote the ChinaDoll palette; only after many people call them out on using an image they didn’t have permission to use nor uses their products do they apologize.
July – Magic dusts are discontinued completely
The Aquataenia palette launches; it immediate gets compared to Sugarpill’s Heartbreaker palette that was being promoted back in April.
September – Promotion of the Alchemy collection begins.
October – A promotional image for the Alchemy Palette are found to be stolen from Eclectic Enchanments, a store on Etsy. When Storm Eldermoon, the owner of the image, confronts Lime Crime over this she receives a very unprofessional email from Lime Crime’s “legal team”.
An image from Christine’s original review is used without credit on the Lime Crime facebook page, prompting Christine to have to personally ask for her image to be taken down.
November – Velvetines liquid lipstick and Zodiac cosmetic glitters launch, along with the introduction of a “fairytale mirror”. The mirror is quickly found on Ali Baba.
December – The fairytale mirror is found to be wholesaled at $3.35/piece but retails for $29.99. Bree confronts Lime Crime about this, but her comments are deleted from their Facebook page.
The Zodiac Glitters launch – but concerns are raised about whether or not Lime Crime is abiding by the United States’ FDA standards that does not permit cosmetics manufacturers to sell glitter specifically as an eye product and must warn customers to not use glitter as an eye product. The glitters originally were advertised to be used primarily with nail polish, but eventually became listed as an eye product. Presently, Lime Crime’s warning is listed under the ingredient list for the glitters, which is hidden unless it’s clicked on.

2013
January – A customer reports receiving a Carousel Gloss containing hair in the product.
March – Lime Crime is accused of stealing earnings from their affiliates as a former affiliate comes forward with her experience and emails from Lime Crime’s customer service.
April – A customer reports having an allergic reaction to Lime Crime’s eye primer; more customers begin reporting their experiences with Lime Crime products directly to the FDA.
May – Lime Crime is again caught using uncredited images – this time blogger Lanah Grace’s photo was used to promote their products on their official website without asking for permission or compensating her for the use of her image. When she contacted Lime Crime about this, there was no apology offered nor was she given any compensation for helping advertise their product. The image, however, was removed after the complaint was sent.
At the end of May, Xenia announces she will be giving a talk at PHAMExpo called “Don’t Quit Your Daydream”, as a motivational talk and how to on turning one’s individuality into a business.
June – In doing some research to update the blog, I ended up coming across an old blog post by Xenia in which she presumes a reader is Asian by her last name and demonstrates her stereotyped views of Asians yet again by including this in her response:
“From your last name, I’m assuming that you are Asian. Unfortunately, Asian parents – especially fathers – can sometimes be authoritative and overbearing. They have a set vision of how they want their kids to turn out and often leave no room for exploration and experimenting. It’s saddening, and makes me appreciate my liberal upbringing all the more.”
While doing continuing to do research, another older blog post on Doe Deere Blogazine definitively proves that Lime Crime was selling their products as vegan when they still contained beeswax and carmine.
Despite the initial idea that Xenia’s talk was going to be focusing on how to take your individual interests and turn them into a successful business, her comments and Instagram pictures about the speech take on a hostile tone and suddenly focus on “haters” and how much money she has, and herslef rather than actual advice for people looking to start their own business or get more direction on how to approach the working world. On discussing the upcoming speech she wrote this
“Haters: the subject I’m aching to address in my speech on Saturday! In my 10-year online career, I’ve had my share of them. They all fit the same profile: sad, broken people who feel trapped in their own life, so they chose to bully others who appear to be doing better than them. I say: screw ‘em!!! Don’t let some anonymous asshole on the Internet stop you from pursuing your ambition! Kick ass and prove them all wrong! #HATERS: Having Anger Toward Everyone Reaching Success”
“For me, being ME turned out to be not just good, but great business. By age 28, I was completely independent, working from home running my own website, making my own hours, and paying bills easily. By 30, I moved to the city of my dreams, rented a condo and established Lime Crime Head Quarters in Beverly Hills. By 32, I’ve bought a house and am moving my ever-expanding business to the most prestigious building in the valley. I did all of this with no debt and no help from investors. More importantly, I DID THIS BY BEING 100% ME”.
However, with some simple research, it’s easy to find that many of these statements aren’t true and that Xenia’s financial status several years ago did not appear to be as stable as she was making it seem to fluff up her speech.
Xenia’s emphasis on money and the purchase of a new home also lead many to speculate that this speech is going to be the starting point for a new venture for Xenia that involves teaching people how to run a small business and emulate her success in a way similar to Gala Darling’s Blogcademy.
The speech at PHAMExpo ended up focusing a fair amount on “haters” ; small segments of the talk can be found here and here ; isolated audio and partial transcript of the Q&A session are here.
Lime Crime’s website and promotional images are redesigned in a style very similar to that of Betsey Johnson’s branding and illustrations.
July – Babette Launches; reviews note that the color is not the same as the shade seen in the advertisements
Lime Crime announces that price increases have begun and will soon occur across their entire product line
Xenia responds to a fairly sexist comment left on her Instagram picture; however, the inclusion of the person’s username results in a giant flame war and an onslaught of Lime Crime fans attacking the original commenter.
August – Xenia posts an Instagram video of her new home’s bathroom and then responds to a comment on that video about how she must be rich by declaring stating “I am rich, but I wasn’t always”, setting off another debate in the comments about her choice to even respond to such an innocuous comment and if it is polite or not to discuss one’s financial status as something that’s achieved by “wanting” it bad enough. These comments lead to more speculation that the soon to launch “Doe Deere: Celebrate The Power of Individuality” may be marketed as a way to easy money and success through purchasing her advice.

Oh Dear, Doe Deere!

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I’m tired of people accusing me of Photoshop like there is a special circle of Hell for Photoshop users. First of all, obviously the campaigns I model for are going to be retouched – no company would ever release raws straight off the camera. But Instagram is the real deal. Sure, there are a few filters, but overall nobody has the time to photoshop their body, hair color (!), or face. My pictures look good because I do my makeup on-point, understand lighting (note how I’m usually in the floral bathroom, against a window) and know how to pose myself in a flattering way. Sometimes I’ll pop in a pair of colored contacts for effect ( Desio Color Contact Lenses green), but that’s it.

The whole point of cellphone-photography is that it’s honest & spontaneous. So don’t hate me because my selfies are beautiful.

You know what I’ve been playing with recently? A website called Foto Forensics, where you can upload pictures to see if they’ve been photoshopped. Of course, my main source of entertainment was the Unicorn Queen herself, Xenia Vorotova. Her ‘candid’ photos have been worked on, a lot of them quite extensively, and the funny thing is she genuinely believes she can convince the disbelieving masses otherwise just by throwing a strop. The latest is the screencap above, so I thought I’d test that theory.

By running the above photo through, I saw a great deal of retouching in it. Let’s have a look below. First off is Xenia’s ‘real deal’ photo, and to compare, a picture I took a few days ago, standing in front of my sister’s glass doors, on a fairly bright day, as per Xenia’s excuse. (Please note I wasn’t taking the picture for this purpose because I’m not a time traveller! It was just good luck :p)

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So, without even looking into the analysis page of the Foto Forensics site, it’s pretty obvious one of these is not like the other. For one, I’m under no impression that ‘my selfies are beautiful’. Truthful, perhaps. I’m happy with that. But more than that, my analysed photo isn’t nearly as bloody bright! I’m wearing a full face of make up, including drawing in my eyebrows (but is it on point I wonder?), I have reasonable bright hair, and I’m all mysteriously pale and shit. And yet, apart from the outlines on my person, the details are pretty subdued. Even Xenia’s floral wallpaper is massively brighter! Her eyes and eyebrows (or really, where her eyes/brows should be, ammarite?) are hella bright for what shows on the original pic, and those nude coloured (so saying as they look nude but can’t say either way if any product was used) lips are as lit and defined as my lips are with my beloved NON nude lipstick. And let’s not get started on her magical special secret recipe hair compared to my sadly lacking just dyed normal ginger hair.

Ok, ok – I get that you’re going on my word that my photo is not retouched. By the same token, however – Xenia is asking you to believe her is too. Who is telling the really real truth here? I’m not telling you to believe me without merit – quite the opposite. I’m asking you to consider the evidence, and maybe even look into that analysis page for further research (for my own sanity I’m not even gonna try to put it in my own words so you may as well go straight to source) and decide for yourself what is what.

Xenia has made her fortune by lying, scheming, backstabbing and manipulating her way to the middle. She espouses magical special snowflake preciousness for her customers, then berates and insults them in the same breath, all the while charging them high end prices for low end make up. I don’t like her. I don’t like how she treats people. I don’t like how she uses and discards decent people. And I’m not going to shut up about it either.

I’m just giving my opinion, and the facts as best as I can. I don’t mind if you disagree with me. Hate me for it but don’t think you will scare me in any way. This will NOT be deleted or hidden. I’m Scottish, and therefore scarier than you. The internet never forgets anyway.

Doe Deere Lies – what happened?

Ok, straight off – I’m not going to discuss everything in this post to respect the wishes of a valued member of our community, but I’m writing this to hopeful answer some questions until such time we can discuss it more openly.

To begin with, for this who have no idea what I’m talking about, let me sum up. Lime Crime is a make up brand headed by Xenia Vorotova, aka Doe Deere. Since it’s inception in 2008 (IIRC) it has been surrounded by controversy, and with each fresh scandal, people leave the sparkly pastel special snowflake world and return to the real world. When they do, they are dubbed ‘haters’ (oh how I loathe that word) regardless of the (99% of the time) very real and understandable reasons they choose not to support the brand anymore. These people are expected to remain silent over their concerns so as to not influence the opinions of potential or existing customers. Despite this, more and more people are becoming better informed and making choices that reflect that.

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During this, there has been DoeDeereLies. Started on tumblr by an old customer of Lime Crime (nicknamed DDL), it quickly became a sorting house of the various misdeeds of Xenia and shone a light on how she really ran her business. Following a start that was fairly bitchy (by DDL’s own admission), there was a deliberate choice by the blog owner to remain respectful and report the verifiable facts. The blog mostly ran on submissions from followers and very quickly gained traction as a reliable source of information. Even some people who remained customers of Lime Crime used the blog and interacted with us ‘haters’ in a friendly way. Recently, by numerous requests, DDL made a Pinterest profile and created a ‘dupe’ list of cheaper/vegan/unphotoshopped/better quality products for Lime Crime products. It was instantly popular. DDL has the respect of many people, on both sides of the Lime Crime battlefield, so to speak.

Last week, DDL disappeared. The tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and Pinterest accounts associated with DDL were completely purged without warning. Emails to the gmail account for DDL were bounced back. People were worried. I was one of them. Searching for answers, we all had theories about what happened. In reality, we had no clue, and no way of knowing if, not when, we’d know what happened.

There’s a thread on Xenia on Get Off My Internets, and DDL made a reappearance there, asking people to contact her privately through GOMI if they wanted to ask her what happened. Of course, I did, and we’ve had a chat since about what she wants to happen right now. She doesn’t want to publicly talk about why the accounts are down, but will discuss it privately. So basically, until further notice – DDL is around but requests we keep the chat about this private. After everything she has worked so hard for, for our use, I hope we all can honour that request. DDL may choose to change her mind at any time, but until she does, I just wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page and are aware of her request.

I’ll update as and when I am able, but for now – please to be supporting DDL during this time. She deserves it.