Monday, September 21, 2015

Late-Summer/Early Fall Look - Purple, Bronze, Peach, and Gold

I purchased this.
PR samples.

It may officially be fall, but here in Colorado, it still feels like late summer. There's a nip in the air both morning and evening, but the daytime is warm; yet, the trees are ever-so-slightly beginning to fade into autumn shades. Yesterday, I was in the mood for something summery, but I wanted to incorporate some pretty fall colors, so I pulled out some of the eye shadows from Darling Girl Cosmetics' Queens of Horror Halloween collection (which is available now!) for my eyes, and a few other high end products for the rest of my face. This is what I came up with.






WHAT I USED:

Eyes:
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - eye primer all over eyelid area, upper and lower (not yet released)
  - Glitter Glue all over eyelid area, upper and lower
  - Calla on brow bone
  - Hello, Clarice on outer mobile lid blended into crease, and on outer lower lid
  - Prom Queen on center mobile lid blended into crease, and on center lower lid
  - Queen of Scream on inner mobile lid blended into crease, and on inner lower lid
Becca Champagne Pop highlighting inner corner
MICA Beauty Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in Black to tightline and waterline lashes
Dior Diorshow Mascara (2 coats)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel

Face:
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach to correct under eye darkness
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Light Beige
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Light to conceal undereyes
Your Minerals Veil Setting Powder to set foundation
Lorac The Resort Palette bronzer to bronze and contour
Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Bellissima on cheeks
Hourglass Dim Light on apples of cheek
Becca Champagne Pop on upper cheeks

Lips:
NYX lip lining pencil in Nutmeg
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheap Lip Liner in Pillow Talk
Fresh Shine Gloss in Sari


Sunday, September 13, 2015

EOTD: Japonesque Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Duo in 02

I purchased this.

I returned from vacation this week to find my September Birchbox in the mail. It was an awesome box with some great things in it. One of the items in the box was the Japonesque Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Duo in shade 02, which consists of one darker matte brown and a lighter, peachy-pink sparkly shade. I figured I'd use them in a look today and take pictures.

Please disregard my crazy eyebrows. I didn't touch them at all when I was on vacation. I have an appointment this afternoon to go get them cleaned up.





WHAT I USED:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot to prime eyelids
MAC Bamboo in crease and on brow bone, and on lower lid
Kat Von D Indwin on top of Bamboo
Japonesque Velvet Touch Eye Shadow Duo in 02
  - darker shade in deeper crease and outer lower lid
  - lighter shade on moving lid
Kat Von D Liberatus to highlight beneath eyebrow and on inner corner
MICA Beauty Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in Black to tightline upper lashes
Dior Diorshow Mascara (2 coats)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sneak Peek! "Queens of Horror" by Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.

Hi! This week I received samples of the upcoming Halloween collection from Darling Girl Cosmetics. Queens of Horror is a set of 12 eye shadows and 1 Balm Gloss 3D. The set will be released on Darling Girl's website on September 12, so keep an eye out for it! In the meantime, I have swatches of everything!

All eye shadows are swatched over Darling Girl Glitter Glue.

As always, click on each image to view it larger. The larger versions definitely show more of the complexity and sparkle within each shade.

L-R: The Bride, Do You Like Scary Movies, Got Face?, Hello Clarice, Hotel Hell, Married To The Macabre

L-R: The Bride, Do You Like Scary Movies, Got Face?, Hello Clarice, Hotel Hell, Married To The Macabre

Those first six shades are all purples and greens, and man, are they gorgeous! I particularly love Do You Like Scary Movies and the grayish purple of Got Face? Married To The Macabre is ultra shiny--I've never seen another green shade quite like it. I wish my camera would have captured how utterly unique and amazing it is.

L-R: Onryo (Vengeful Spirit), Possessed Princess, Prom Queen, Queen Of Scream, Shower Scream, You B*tch

L-R: Onryo (Vengeful Spirit), Possessed Princess, Prom Queen, Queen Of Scream, Shower Scream, You B*tch

My favorite is Prom Queen, followed by Queen of Scream. Prom Queen has an incredible balance of reddish-maroon and pink sparkles that is so pretty it hurts! Queen of Scream is such a gorgeous orange-peach shade with super strong sparkle. Once again, my camera completely failed to capture how thoroughly unique and sparkly these colors are.

When I first unpacked this collection, I could not get over how uber-sparkly it is. Unfortunately, try as I might, there was nothing I could do to get my camera to pick up the sparkle in the first set of shadows. However, I was able to snap an out-of-focus shot of the second set of six shadows that shows the sparkliness...and a bit of the mess in my room behind me. :)

Look at that sparkle!!! It's mesmerizing!

Last--but certainly not least--is the Balm Gloss 3D called "I'm Into Survival." This shade is a gorgeous Barbie pink with holographic turquoise sparkles. It's beautiful, and like all of Darling Girl's Balm Glosses, it feels really nice on my lips. 

I'm Into Survival Balm Gloss 3D

I'm Into Survival Balm Gloss 3D

I'm really loving this collection. I totally dig that it's heavy on purples, which I think is perfect for fall. I'm also thrilled that Darling Girl is releasing it in time for people to wear their favorite "scream queens" right around Halloween.

Do you have grabby hands for anything from this collection? 


Friday, August 21, 2015

Swatches: Fyrinnae Lipsticks

I purchased this.

Hi! Guess what? Fyrinnae has come out with lipsticks!!! Who is as excited about this as I am? I've been shopping with Fyrinnae for about 10 years, and they're one of my favorite indie makeup companies. I adore their eyeshadows, love their blushes, think their powder primers and finishing powders are the shiznit, so naturally I'm super psyched that they now have lipsticks.

As always, click on the images for maximum awesomeness (when enlarged, you can really see the highlights in the metallic shades).

Top, L-R: Drawn That Way, Indulgence, Legendary
Middle: Misfit
Bottom, L-R: Pumpkin Spicy, Purr, Witchcraft

Fyrinnae currently has 10 lipstick shades, but will be adding to the color range with time. The lipsticks are $10 each, and they also sell hot-poured samples at $1.50 each. They claim you can get at least 2-3 uses out of each sample, but based on the samples I bought, I'm guessing it's probably closer to 15 uses...maybe more. As you can see in these photos, the samples do vary in size. My sample of Drawn That Way was the fullest and Legendary and Witchcraft the least full, but I'm still going to get at least 10 wears out of those two--quite likely twice as many as that because these lipsticks are so opaque and pigmented.

Top, L-R: Drawn That Way, Indulgence, Legendary
Middle: Misfit
Bottom, L-R: Pumpkin Spicy, Purr, Witchcraft

Kittybomb!


Oops... let's try that again without the cat...

Top, L-R: Drawn That Way, Indulgence, Legendary
Middle: Misfit
Bottom, L-R: Pumpkin Spicy, Purr, Witchcraft

And now on to the actual swatches!

Top, L-R: Drawn That Way, Indulgence, Legendary
Middle: Misfit
Bottom, L-R: Pumpkin Spicy, Purr, Witchcraft

These lipsticks are solid and thick, but not remotely uncomfortable or drying. They feel really nice on my lips, like a second skin. I love how comfortable they wear!

Top, L-R: Drawn That Way, Indulgence, Legendary
Middle: Misfit
Bottom, L-R: Pumpkin Spicy, Purr, Witchcraft

Of the shades I purchased, three have a bit of a shift--Indulgence, Misfit, and Witchcraft. Four have semi-matte to matte finishes, which seem more like a cream or satin finish to me--Drawn That Way, Legendary, Pumpkin Spicy, and Purr.

Top, L-R: Drawn That Way, Indulgence, Legendary
Middle: Misfit
Bottom, L-R: Pumpkin Spicy, Purr, Witchcraft

While I love the metallic/shifty shades and think they're pretty awesome, they just don't look that great on me, but someone younger and edgier could probably rock them hard. My favorites are Pumpkin Spicy and Purr. Pumpkin Spicy is exactly the shade of warm, nude brown that I've been looking for everywhere for years. And Purr is one of the prettiest colors I've ever seen in my life. I have never counted my lipstick collection, but I am guessing it's around... I don't know...maybe 250? 300? ...and Purr is absolutely unique among the mauve shades I own--and I own a lot of mauve, believe you me.  I'm most definitely picking up full sizes of Pumpkin Spicy and Purr.

Overall, I'm super impressed. I didn't expect to be disappointed since Fyrinnae always does everything with perfection, but I'm still impressed by the formula, the unique shades, the low price for such high quality, and of course, their exceptional customer service and turnaround time.

What do you think of Fyrinnae's new lipsticks? Do you see any must haves? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Swatches: Baby Blush Lip & Cheek Tint from Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.

Hi everyone! I know I've been absent from my blog for a few weeks. It's been a busy month!

I received samples today of a new product being released on August 1 by Darling Girl Cosmetics. They're called "Baby Blush Lip & Cheek Tint," a multi-use product that can be used as a lip and cheek stain.

There are four Baby Blush shades, and I have swatches below of all of them.

All swatches are on bare skin.

L-R: Bubble Tea, Dolly Wink, Right Meow, Too Cute

The top of each swatch has been blended out to show what it might look like when smoothed across your cheeks. The bottom of each swatch has been swatched without blending out to show what they might look when applied heavily to your lips.

L-R: Bubble Tea, Dolly Wink, Right Meow, Too Cute

While I have yet to give these Baby Blushes a full day test run, I put one on my lips as I was doing these swatches, and it feels super creamy and moist. My lips feel like I'm wearing a thin balm on them. The color definitely leaves a stain behind, as you can see in the below photo. This photo was taken after I had scrubbed my arm for about 60 seconds with antibacterial soap and water, then dried off with a paper towel. If that much color is left on my arm, I have a feeling that as a blush and lip tint, the color is really going to last!


Each Baby Blush will be available this coming Saturday, August 1 and will cost $10.50. Make sure you check Darling Girl's "What's New" page for them!

Friday, July 10, 2015

EOTD: Pink and Neutral with BFTE Cosmetics


PR samples. 
I purchased this.


A couple of weeks ago, I got together with two of my good makeup buddies, one of whom is Kimberly from Libby's Pink Vanity blog, who also happens to be the owner of BFTE Cosmetics. Kimberly gifted the girls at the get-together with some BFTE eye shadows, including one from the limited edition Cursed collection called "Furies" (and Furies has now been made permanent!) and two from the Summer 2015 collection, called "Tan Lines" and "Life's A Beach." I thought these three shades would look really pretty if used together. (Thank you so much for the pretties, Kimberly!)

My lids have been looking extra-hooded lately. *sigh* This whole growing older thing is really taking a toll on my eyes.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue over entire mobile lid, crease, and brow bone
Darling Girl Cosmetics Calla on brow bone
BFTE Cosmetics:
  - Tan Lines on inner 1/3 of mobile lid, blended into crease and up onto brow bone
  - Furies on center 1/3 of mobile lid, blended into crease and up onto brow bone, and the tiniest bit to
    blend out the lower lash liner
  - Life’s A Beach on inner 1/3 of mobile lid, blended into crease and up onto brow bone
Tarte Fashionista and Power Player (blended) lining upper and lower lashes
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop highlighting inner corner
Vincent Longo The Curl waterproof mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Monday, July 6, 2015

EOTD: Pink and Taupe with Urban Decay and NARS

I purchased this.

My grandparents and aunt are visiting from Hawaii right now, and tonight, we had a birthday party for all of the grandkids and grandkids' spouses since we're all born within five weeks of each other. We had so much fun spending time together. A lot of my friends my age don't have grandparents and have even lost their parents, so I feel so blessed to still have both of my parents and my grandparents in my life.

Anyway, this is the look I wore today. I wanted to wear some new eye shadows that I hadn't pulled out yet. I've worn NARS Subra (the crease color) before, and it is most definitely a burgundy shade, so I was amazed at the taupey-purple tones it took on when paired with the peachy-pink of Firebird on the moving lid.




Here's a full face photo. It's not great since I took it in my car, my hair was still wet, it was raining, and I was using an iPhone. But it gives an idea of what the full look was like.




WHAT I USED

EYES:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over eye area
MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC30 on brow bone
Urban Decay Firebird on moving lid
NARS Subra Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in crease
Urban Decay Freelove to blend out Subra
Urban Decay Hijack on lower lid
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop to highlight inner cornerB
Vincent Longo The Curl Waterproof mascara
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline to tightline upper lashes
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

FACE:
MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC30
Clinique Cheek Pop in Pink Pop
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop to highlight cheekbones

LIPS:
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Hazelnut