Monday, March 2, 2015

EOTD with The Tasting Menu Shadows from Chinovi Cosmetics

PR samples.
I purchased this.


Back in January, I posted swatches of the eye shadow collection, "The Tasting Menu," a collaboration between Vanessa at Chinovi Cosmetics and myself. At the time, The Tasting Menu wasn't for sale yet, but it is now!

I really love the colors in this collection and had so much fun collaborating on it with Vanessa. She did such a great job of pulling together a beautiful palette of shades for this collection.

For this look, I used five of the eye shadows from The Tasting Menu...aaaand I forgot to brush out my brows before taking pictures. Oops!




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce & Tangy on inner 1/3 of moving lid only
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Chinovi Cosmetics - The Tasting Menu:
  - Bisque de Citrouille on inner 1/3 of moving lid
  - L'Entrecôte on outer 1/3 of moving lid and lower lid
  - Coteaux Bourguignons in crease and on lower lid
  - Macarons à la Rose to blend out Coteaux Bourguignons
  - L'Escargot around inner corner
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil on lower rim
Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara (two coats)
Anastasia Dipbrow in Chocolate with Chinovi Deep Brown & Dark Auburn brow powders on top

Sunday, March 1, 2015

EOTD with Ghoul School Shadows from Darling Girl

PR samples.
I purchased this.

A few weeks ago, I posted swatches of Darling Girl Cosmetics' Ghoul School eye shadow collection that is based on Monster High. Well, guess what? The Ghoul School Collection is went up for sale yesterday! If you love purples, blues, and grays, this is a collection you don't want to miss!

I did this look using five of the colors from this new collection.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Maybelline Color Tatoo in Blue Paradise as base on moving lid
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue all around eye area
  - Sugar Skulls on moving lid
  - Siren Chic in crease
  - Goth Moth above crease
  - Calla on brow bone
  - Egyptian Princess beneath lower lashes
  - Pearls & Chains to highlight inner corner
Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil in Fool's Gold on lower rim
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
The Vintage Cosmetic Company Connie Lashes
Anastasia Dipbrow in Soft Brown in inner brow and Dark Brown on outer brow

Saturday, February 28, 2015

EOTD with NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this.

Yesterday I posted swatches of the NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow palette. I did this look using five of the colors from the palette. They blend so beautifully, and even though I applied them at 6:45 a.m., they were still going strong--no fading or creasing--when I washed my face 15 hours later.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Tarte Free Spirit on brow bone
NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow palette:
  - Ursa Major on outer 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
  - Himalia on center 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
  - Europa on inner 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
  - Andromeda to highlight inner corner
  - Subra applied as upper lash liner with Darling Girl Cosmetics Superstar Serum
Benefit They're Real! mascara (two coats)
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Friday, February 27, 2015

Swatches: NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

I purchased this.

I've had this little beauty sitting unused for about three weeks because I desperately wanted to take pictures of it before I used it, but these are the darkest months of the year, and I've been incredibly lighting-challenged. You have no idea how much self-control I had to subject myself to in order to keep from using it before I was able to get photos!


The NARS Narsissist palette is limited edition and includes seven shades that are available in NARS's line of Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow singles plus one shade that is unique to this palette (Ursa Major).

Oops, I forgot to move the protective sheet, so the mirror looks dusty!
Top row, L-R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra
Bottom row, L-R: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax


Top row, L-R: Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra
Bottom row, L-R: Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove, Sycorax

Anyone who has been playing with makeup long enough knows that it's often possible to achieve more intense color payoff by applying the shadows wet, aka "foiling" them. However, this palette is formulated specifically to be used wet or dry for different effects. And so, of course I swatched them both dry and wet.

L-R: Europa dry/Europa wet, Himalia dry/Himalia wet, Ursa Major dry/Ursa Major wet, Subra dry/Subra wet

L-R: Europa dry/Europa wet, Himalia dry/Himalia wet, Ursa Major dry/Ursa Major wet, Subra dry/Subra wet

These are definitely no regular shadows that are simply a little more intense when they're foiled. The formula is so soft, buttery, and even when applied both dry and wet. When moistened, they take on an almost paste-like consistency and become incredibly thick and intense. I have one other wet/dry palette from another brand and I really do love it, but the quality of this NARS formula is beyond anything I've ever seen before.

L-R: Andromeda dry/Andromeda wet, Lysithea dry/Lysithea wet, Giove dry/Giove wet, Sycorax dry/Sycorax wet

L-R: Andromeda dry/Andromeda wet, Lysithea dry/Lysithea wet, Giove dry/Giove wet, Sycorax dry/Sycorax wet

My favorite color is Himalia, both dry and wet. You know I love my browns, and Himalia is an absolutely gorgeous warm-toned golden brown shade. My second favorite is probably a tie between Europa (dry) and Lysithea (dry). I don't typically care for silver and gray shades, but Lysithea is such a gorgeous steel gray that my heart may have skipped a beat when I first swatched it. I think Ursa Major, Subra, Giove, and Sycorax will all make amazing eyeliner shades when applied wet. Andromeda will make a beautiful inner corner highlight both dry and wet. Every single color in this palette is absolutely gorgeous and of the highest quality.

This palette is absolutely a winner and I'm so glad I splurged on it. I'm especially glad that I had a gift card that I saved from Christmas that I put toward purchasing it, since this palette costs a pretty penny at $79. While the pans in this palette are smaller than their single eye shadow counterparts (0.03 oz per palette pan versus 0.05 per full size shadow), this palette is an excellent value: it allows you to try several shades from NARS's regular line of Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows at a significantly lower cost than buying the singles alone. For the cost of this palette, you can only purchase 2 full size shadows, as they're $29 each (but they really are worth every penny!)

In addition to this palette, I also own one single Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Callisto, which is one of the prettiest eye shadows I own. One of my friends stated, "Callisto is everything." She wasn't exaggerating. It really is everything.

I love this wet/dry formula, I love this line of eye shadow colors, and I love this palette.

Do you have this NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette? Are you thinking about getting it while it's still available? 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

EOTD: Sugarpill Penelope and Neutrals

I purchased this.

I did this look today featuring Sugarpill's new Chromalust loose pigment, Penelope. I'm not pleased with my crease blending, but the there's no denying the coppery gorgeousness of Penelope!





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Tarte Tartelette Palette:
  - Free Spirit on brow bone
  - Force of Nature as transition between brow bone and crease
  - Dreamer in upper crease and lower lash line
  - Multi-Tasker in deepest parts of the crease and outer lower lash line
  - Super Mom to highlight tear duct area
Sugarpill Penelope applied to lid using Darling Girl Cosmetics Superstar Serum
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Olive along upper lash line
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper very tightly against upper lashes
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (two coats)
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Born Pretty Store Brow Powder, Mascara, and Lipstick

PR Samples.

Born Pretty Store is an online shop with all sorts of inexpensive Asian products. It's a great place to find makeup, fun accessories, and lots of random other goodies--all at a very low cost. They recently sent me these three items for review:




My reviews are mixed, so read on to see what I loved and what didn't impress me quite as much.

Before I get into the reviews, please note that readers of my blog get a special 10% discount at BornPrettyStore.com when you use code SKG10.

First up is the Cats Fiber Velvet Mascara.


Typically, I'm wary of anything with "fiber" in the description because I have such sensitive eyes. But I will admit, one reason I wanted to try this is the adorable packaging. Look how cute that little kitty-cat shaped mascara tube is!


The Cats Fiber Velvet Mascara wand is thick, but not oversize. If there are fibers in this mascara, I don't see them. This mascara has become my go-to mascara, and here are the reasons why:

Pros:
 - It does not irritate my eyes
 - It is very black -- a dark, deep, inky, black-as-your-soul kind of black
 - It applies evenly and without clumps
 - It does a great job of lengthening my short eyelashes
 - It lasts 15+ hours without smudging or flaking
 - It does all that for only $3.99 a tube!

Cons:
 - None

Here is a before picture of my eyelashes without anything on them:


Here is a picture of my lashes after applying two coats of Cats Fiber Velvet Mascara.  


I really love this mascara and definitely recommend it. I will buy more when I run out!


Next up is the Affectionate Love BB Gentle Double-Effect Eyebrow Powder.


When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the cracked plastic lid. However, things do happen during shipping, and I'm interested in the product much more than the packaging. Born Pretty Store didn't send me the color I'd selected, which was the second disappointment with this product--it's hard to review something that's not quite the right shade for you.


The Affectionate Love BB Gentle Double-Effect Eyebrow Powder has two shades of powder--one lighter, and one darker, plus a separate applicator brush. I received the powder in Shade #5. 

Swatch photographed in natural light

The formula isn't consistent between the two shades; the lighter shade is really chalky and poorly pigmented. The darker color is actually quite silky, and while it has stronger pigmentation, it's still pretty poor pigmentation overall. In order to get the two swatches above, I had to apply and reapply several times and this was the heaviest swatch I could get. The applicator brush that comes with the brow powder is really cheap and doesn't work at all to apply the powder. I ended up using my regular angled brow brush from MAC, and was able to fill in my brows that way.

This photo is the same as the "after" from the mascara photo above--you can see that I was able to fill in my brows, but not dark enough for my brow shade. This product would look better on someone with lighter brows. I also had a difficult time applying the shades evenly because of the poor pigmentation. I used the lighter shade on in the inner portion of my brow and the darker shade on the outer portion of my brow.


This is not a product I will use. It's the wrong color for me, it's poorly pigmented, the chalky consistency of the lighter shade is unpleasant, and overall, I was not impressed with it. This brow powder duo retails for $3.67 at Born Pretty Store.


Last up is the Bubu Lipstick.  


I received this lipstick in shade #9, which is not a color I'd have ever chosen for myself, as it appears bright pink on the website. The packaging is cute and actually pretty sturdy for an inexpensive product. In its listing, Born Pretty Store describes this product as both a lipstick and a lip gloss, which can be confusing for a casual shopper. This product is definitely a lipstick, but it has a glossy finish.
 
Swatch photographed in natural light

The lipstick has good coverage, applying smoothly and evenly. It feels smooth and natural on my lips. The staying power is about average for me, but after it has worn away, this lipstick leaves behind the slightest stain, leaving my lips with just a hint of pink that they don't have naturally.


While I don't care for this particular shade on me, it's still a pretty color and people who love pink lipsticks might really like this shade. Fortunately, the Bubu Lipstick comes in a total of 12 shades, and I definitely see a handful of them that look like they'd work with my skin tone and shade preferences. For only $2.99 each, I think this product is a steal. It's really good quality for a super low price, and at that price, you could buy one of each color you want.


To sum up, I am in love with the Cats Fiber Velvet Mascara, I like the Bubu lipstick, and I dislike the Affectionate Love Brow Powder Duo. The fact that the mascara is terrific has me over the moon because I'm currently in possession of about 25 different mascaras from my various attempts to find a mascara that I really love. The Cats Fiber Velvet Mascara is the first one I've found that has everything going for it and I really love how it works for me. 

As always, don't forget that readers of my blog get a special 10% discount at BornPrettyStore.com when you use code SKG10

Have you ever ordered from BornPrettyStore.com? What are your favorite products to get from them? 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EOTD with ColourPop Shaaanxo Collection

I purchased this.

I recently purchased the Shaaanxo eyeshadow quad from ColourPop. I'm just loving the ColourPop shadow formula, and when I saw this new collection, I had to pick it up. It's a gorgeous combo of colors that wear beautifully together.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Tarte Free Spirit on brow bone
ColourPop Shaaanxo collection:
  - Selfie in crease and beneath lower lash line
  - Deluxe on inner lid and beneath lower lash line
  - Rebel on outer lid
  - XO to highlight tear duct area
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Corrupt lining upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown