Thursday, July 24, 2014

EOTD: Geek Chic Cosmetics - The Righteous Man, Across The Narrow Sea, Born in Fire, and Moonchild

I purchased this.

This is a look I wore to work last week using mostly eyeshadows from Geek Chic Cosmetics. For work, it's a pretty bright look, but I felt like it wasn't too over-the-top. I really like this color combo.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Light 21 on brow bone
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Champagne in crease
Geek Chic Cosmetics:
  - Born in Fire on outer third of lid and lower lash line
  - Across The Narrow Sea on inner third of lid and lower lash line
  - The Righteous Man on inner third of lid and lower lash line
  - Moonchild to highlight tear duct area
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powder in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EOTD: Chinovi Cosmetics - Tears, Nieces, and Leather

PR samples. 
I purchased this.

I did this look one day last week. I love the way these colors blended together. 




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Chinovi Cosmetics: 
  - Leather on outer corner, in crease, and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
  - Tears on outer half of lid
  - Nieces on inner half of lid
  - Declaration to highlight tear duct area
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette #M2 beneath inner 2/3 of lower lash line
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette #M4 on brow bone
Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner lining upper lashes
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil

Sunday, July 20, 2014

EOTD: Darling Girl Anam Cara and Sunset Strip

I purchased this.

I did this look primarily using two of my favorite eyeshadows from Darling Girl Cosmetics, Anam Cara and Sunset Strip.

Anam Cara has very special meaning for me. It's a gorgeous smoky purple that was a custom eye shadow I commissioned from Susan of Darling Girl, which she ended up adding to her general catalogue. Anam Cara is a Gaelic word and the simple translation is something akin to "soul friend," although the meaning is much more extensive and deeper than that.  I gave this eyeshadow that name as a tribute to a beloved group of girlfriends who will be my anam cara forever.

Sunset Strip is a gorgeous peachy-pink that reminds me of living near the ocean in San Diego and the beautiful sunsets I regularly watched from a place called Sunset Cliffs.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue on main lid only
  - Calla on brow bone
  - Anam Cara in crease and outer lower lash line
  - Sunset Strip on lid and inner lower lash line
  - Nestling (d/c) around tear duct area
  - Zero Gravity Eye Candy Gel Liner lining upper lashes
Lancôme Hypôse Custom Volume Mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

Friday, July 18, 2014

EOTD: Milani Bella Eyes - Gold, Teal, Cappuccino, Caffé, and Ivory

I purchased this.
PR samples.

I did this look a couple of weeks ago right after I bought my first few Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder eyeshadows and it was playing with this look that is what convinced me to track down some of the other shadows that I couldn't find the first time around.

My eyes were watering something fierce on this day, and it looks like most of the Bella Ivory that I placed around my tear duct area ended up washing off with my tears. Oh well!




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow:
  - Bella Caffé as transition between crease and brow bone
  - Bella Cappuccino in crease
  - Bella Gold on lid
  - Bella Teal beneath lower lash line
  - Bella Ivory around tear duct area
Wet'n'Wild Cover All Powder in Fair/Light on brow bone
Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black lining upper lashes
EM Cosmetics Waterliner in Teal Tease on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara

Monday, July 14, 2014

Swatches: Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Eyeshadow Quad

I purchased this.

I will never forget the day I first set eyes on the Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Eyeshadow Quad. It was September 7, 2014. I was fighting off jet-lag on my first full day in London and spending a day with two really fun and lovely women--Robyn from Stay Beautiful, and Jade, who works at MUA. They were showing me all of the best makeup shopping in London, and took me into a gorgeous department store called Liberty. We meandered around the cosmetics department, and when I saw the Tom Ford counter, I swear the heavens opened up and I heard the angels sing.

I had never seen a Tom Ford product in person before. I'd only drooled after the brand while shopping online. I ran over to the counter and the first thing I saw was the display of all Tom Ford eyeshadow quads lined up one after another. They were all gorgeous, but the one I had to stick my fingers all over first and foremost was the Silvered Topaz quad. I swatched it on the back of my hand, and fell head over heels in love. I swatched the others, too. They were pretty, but Silvered Topaz stole my heart. I saw it again later that day at Selfridges, and was sorely tempted to buy it, but at a U.S. equivalent of $92, that wasn't the type of impulse purchase I was ready to make. I saw it again when I took my husband to Liberty a few days later and I showed it to him. He said I should get it, but again... $92 is a lot of money! So I observed a modicum of self-control and did not buy it.

Since then, not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about the Tom Ford Silvered Topaz Quad. At the beginning of 2014, I told myself that if I got enough money for my birthday, I would buy it. Well, I got more than enough cash for my birthday this year, so I placed an order. I'm glad I got it in the U.S. In the U.K., it was the equivalent of $92 U.S. dollars, but in the U.S., it was "only" $79. Still, it's the most money I've ever spent on an eyeshadow palette, so it still felt frivolous. I'm sure it is frivolous, but since it arrived, I couldn't care less. My #1 "Only In My Dreams!" makeup wish has come true.

Look how pretty it is!!!


This photo was taken in direct sunlight, no flash:


This photo was taken in direct sunlight with a flash fill:


Do you see why I fell so hard for it? I'm a neutral-loving gal, and to me, this is the neutral quad to end all neutral quads.

The individual shadows don't have names, so I've named them Pretty Sparkling Champagne, Pretty Satin Gray, Pretty Satin Plummy-Taupe, and Pretty Chocolate Brown Matte.

This swatch photo was taken in direct sunlight, which seems to have washed them out a bit.


This swatch photo was taken in the shade with flash.


There are simply no words to describe just how silky, rich. and luxurious these eyeshadows are.  I desperately want all of the Tom Ford eyeshadow quads now, but I need to come to terms with the fact that is simply not going to happen...unless I win the lottery. In the meantime, I'll just be super happy I have this one Tom Ford quad, and bask in its glory as much as possible.

Still, I may just have to start buying lottery tickets now!

What is the #1 item on your "Only In My Dreams!" makeup wishlist?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

EOTD with Darling Girl "One Hit Wonders" Eyeshadows

I purchased this.

This look was created using three colors from Darling Girl Cosmetics' One Hit Wonders collection. I need to pick up a few more shades from this collection now!




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue all around eye area
  - Calla on brow bone
  - I Melt With You in crease
  - Mexican Radio on outer third of lid and lower lash line
  - I Want Candy on inner two-thirds of lid and lower lash line
  - Trust Fund (d/c) around tear duct area
  - Chocolate Cherries Eye Candy Gel Liner 
Elizabeth Mott They're So Big mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

EOTD: Featuring Sugarpill Olivia

I purchased this.

I posted swatches yesterday of Sugarpill's newest Limited Edition eyeshadow, Olivia. I was so excited when I first saw Sugarpill post about it, since olive green is my favorite shade of green. This is the first look I created using Olivia.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over lid, crease, and beneath lower lashes
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all over lid, crease, and beneath lower lashes
Sugarpill Cosmetics:
  - Stella on outer 1/3 of lid
  - Olivia on lid and blended into crease
  - Mix of Lumi and Tipsy around tear duct area
  - Weekender beneath lower lashes
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown