Saturday, April 18, 2015

EOTD: Spring Gold, Peach, Coral, Green & Blue with Darling Girl Cosmetics

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We've been having typical weird April weather for Colorado--five inches of heavy, wet snow on the ground in the morning, and warm and sunny by evening. I am really looking forward to moving out of the weird weather of April and into May, which is one of my favorite months of the year. I decided to do a springtime look today since I have beautiful, warm, burst-in-bloom spring weather on my mind. I used mostly Darling Girl Cosmetics for this look.

Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion all over moving lid and brow bone
Jordana Glam Rock Green eyeliner pencil on inner half of lower lid
em Michelle Phan Teal Tease Waterliner on outer half of lower lid
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue all over moving lid and brow bone
  - Calla all over brow bone and crease
  - F*Bomb on top of the Jordana Glam Rock Green pencil
  - Lush on top of the em Michelle Phan Teal Tease pencil
  - Gilt Trip on inner third of moving lid and blended up into crease
  - Paper Planes on center third of moving lid and blended up into crease
  - Heat Wave on outer third of moving lid and blended into crease and up onto brow bone
  - Princess Peach to highlight beneath brows and around tear duct area
Sugarpill Bulletproof to line upper lashes and very lightly and close to outer 1/3 of lower lashes
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black (2 coats on bottom, 4 on top)
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Friday, April 17, 2015

Swatches & Review: House of Beauty Lip Hybrids

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Instagram is dangerous! I was poking around on Instagram the other day, and I stumbled upon someone who had posted photos of House of Beauty's Lip Hybrids. I followed that picture to another to another to another and another and half an hour later, I had ordered three of the House of Beauty Lip Hybrids myself. OOPS!

The House of Beauty Lip Hybrids are each packaged in a small 5 gram jar. The typical jars look like the two on the ends in the photo above. The one in the middle is in a different jar only because the company's supplier ran out of the normal jars, so they had to make do with temporary packaging for a while.

The three colors I bought are Nude & Rude, Taupe, and Kathryn.

These colors are thick and rich and pigmented. They're thicker than a gloss, but creamier than a lipstick. They're incredibly hydrating like a balm.

Look at how thick the formula is! These Lip Hybrids are super thick and only a tiny bit is needed for full pigmentation, yet they're not remotely sticky and they don't bleed. They feel really nice on the lips and are easy to remove with just one swipe of a makeup remover cloth or even a tissue. They last for hours on end, although they do wear off quite quickly when I eat and must be reapplied after a meal.

L-R: Nude & Rude, Taupe, Kathryn

L-R: Nude & Rude, Taupe, Kathryn

I did these swatches on my arm with a really large dollop of each color. Just a fraction of that amount provides full coverage on my lips. House of Beauty recommends applying them with a lip brush. I have applied them with a lip brush, with a disposable doe-foot applicator, and with my finger. They go on easily, smoothly, and evenly no matter what method I use to apply them.

Nude & Rude

I am so glad I bought these House of Beauty Lip Hybrids, and I have a growing wishlist of colors I'd like to purchase. They are such incredibly high quality and of all the lip products I've used in my life, these are definitely among my favorites; I have worn them every single day since I received them.


They are very opaque, yet they do change color so very slightly when worn over different shades of lip liner or lipstick. Kathryn, for example, looks like a greige shade in the jar, but turns to a beautiful nude-brown on my lips. When I wear it over a plum lip pencil, it wears like a warm, natural gray-plum color.


The most similar products I can compare these to are the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks ($20 for 3.2 g/0.11 fl. oz.), Too Faced Melteds ($21 for 12 ml/0.4 fl. oz.), and OCC Lip Tars ($18 for 10 ml/0.33 fl. oz.), but I like the House of Beauty Lip Hybrids so much better than any of those other lip products. Not only do I like them better, but they are cruelty free, all natural, and handmade.

One unique thing about the Lip Hybrids is that they come in a wild variety of "non-traditional" colors like green, blue, yellow, orange--and varying shades of each. They have 73 different shades and a variety of finishes from semi-matte to glossy satin to half metallic and a number of them have a combination of these finishes (e.g., semi matte satin foil metallic).

House of Beauty states that delivery should be within 7-14 days after ordering. I ordered on a Friday morning and received my package the following Tuesday, which is fast for a small indie company!

Overall, I'm am extremely impressed with this product. I only have two issues with this product:

  • Nowhere on the website does it state how much product you're receiving. Just because the product is in a 5 gram jar does not mean you're receiving 5 grams of product. I'd like to know how many milliliters and/or fluid ounces I'm getting for the $14 price tag.

  • For the $14 price tag, I'd like to see this product sold in nice tubes with a doe-foot wand rather than in cheap jars. The jars are cute, and it's easy to toss them in my makeup bag and go, but I would much, much rather have this in a typical lip gloss tube.

However, I still think the Lip Hybrids are a great, quality product, and well worth the money. A jar will last a very long time because such a small amount is needed. I will be back to purchase more. In fact, I just added Ebonie, Iron Rose, and Hawt Cocoa to my shopping cart over at House of Beauty. I'm going to try to wait until next month to buy more, but I may not be able to resist!

Oh, one more thing--if you follow House of Beauty on Instagram as well as some of their various models, they occasionally post coupon codes that you can use for discounts. I got 10% off my first order, and of course, every little bit helps when you're a makeup junkie like me! 

Are any of the 73 shades of House of Beauty Lip Hybrids calling out your name? Which ones appeal to you the most?  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Swatches: Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad

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For today's post, I want to show swatches of my new, precious, beauty baby: Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad.

I have a thing for Tom Ford Cosmetics. Unfortunately for me, Tom Ford is a luxury brand that is typically far, far outside of my budget. However, my Christmas shopping rebates started rolling in from Mr. Rebates, and I recently received enough back that I was able to use the little windfall from my rebates payment to splurge on another Tom Ford goodie.

Let me digress... if you haven't heard of Mr. Rebates, it's very similar to Ebates. Whenever I am going to do some online shopping, I always check both sites to see if there are any rebates available from the etailers where I'm shopping. Typically, I've found Mr. Rebates gives bigger rebates to online shops like Sephora (not always, but often)--as much as 12% back, which is awesome, considering Sephora rarely does sales, and also considering the stupid amount of money I hand over to them regularly. If I'm shopping for makeup, I can typically get a rebate for my purchase from other online stores like Ulta, Too Faced Cosmetics, and Nordstrom (it's one of the only ways to get discounts on MAC Cosmetics). When I'm doing my Christmas shopping, I prefer to do it online and always check both sites for rebate offers, and then I go with whichever one is offering the highest amount. The rebate amount usually pends for a few weeks to months, and then becomes available for deposit into my PayPal account. In a typical year, I get about $100 back from my online shopping, but last year, I got closer to $200 since I did a majority of my Christmas shopping online. Every little bit helps! If you haven't signed up for either program, I'd love it if you'd use my affiliate links to sign up for both Mr. Rebates and Ebates.

Anyway, back to the story of how I adopted a brand new Tom Ford eyeshadow quad: in March, all of the Christmas shopping I did online finally paid off as a whole bunch of my pending Mr. Rebates rebates became available, and I was able to deposit $79 (plus a few odd cents) into PayPal. Naturally, because I'm a makeup junkie, when I saw the amount, my first thought was, "Hey! $79? You know what else is $79? Tom Ford eyeshadow quads!"

And that would be how I became the proud mama to a beautiful new beauty baby, the Orchid Haze eyeshadow quad from Tom Ford Cosmetics.

Just look at it! Isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen? I thought my Tom Ford Silvered Topaz eyeshadow quad was the prettiest thing I'd ever come across until I opened up this baby and saw it in person. I was sorely tempted to get the Golden Mink quad, but I'll save that one for next time. I am so glad I bought the Orchid Haze quad.

The colors are stunning. Each of the four colors is a warm-toned and brown-based. In my opinion, the overall color scheme of the quad is more of a "brownie berry" than an "Orchid Haze," but hey, it's just a name, and I'm certainly not going to get my undies in a bundle over the name when it's all about the beauty of the actual product.

Here are swatches of the four shades from this quad. They're not individually named, but you can tell from looking at the photo above which shade on my skin matches up to which shade in the quad. I swatched over Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion.

These eyeshadows are incredibly silky soft and buttery smooth. It's definitely an over-reaction that only other makeup junkies will understand, but I get all sorts of verklempt when I think on their utter and complete perfection.  They blend so beautifully on my skin and when I'm wearing them, every time I look in the mirror, I'm amazed at how gorgeous my eyes look. This quad is seriously the shiznit for making blue eyes really pop. The darkest shade in the quad is quite deep, but can be blended out to a much more subtle shade, making this quad perfect for daytime office wear, yet it can be built up for more of an intense, evening look.

I have worn all of the eye shadows in this quad several times since I received it, but haven't been able to take photos because each time, I ended up running late for work or wherever I was going. I will definitely be using it again very, very soon, and will try to get a picture of the look I create using it so you can see how beautiful all of the colors look when worn together.

Is there a cosmetics brand you're head-over-heels crazy about, the way I am with Tom Ford Cosmetics? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Giveaway! Chinovi Cosmetics "Tasting Menu" Eyeshadow Set

Hi! Not long ago, I posted about a new collection from Chinovi Cosmetics, "The Tasting Menu." Last Fall, I collaborated with Vanessa of Chinovi Cosmetics to develop this collection, and we're both really in love with it.

Today, I am excited to bring you a giveaway of a full set of Tasting Menu eyeshadows! This giveaway includes one set of the six Tasting Menu eyeshadows.

The contest starts NOW and closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2015. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. GOOD LUCK!

By entering this contest, you confirm that you are 18 years or older. This giveaway is open to entrants with U.S. shipping addresses only. The giveaway runs closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2015. You must enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Winner must respond within 72 hours of notification or forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected. Read all official contest rules here.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Swatches: Liquid Stardusts from Darling Girl Cosmetics

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Hi everyone! Today, I have swatches for you of the four Liquid Stardusts from Darling Girl Cosmetics.

Liquid Stardusts, L-R: Interstellar Cupcake, Space Odyssey

I've only pictured two of the four Liquid Stardusts here because two of the ones I have are in the old packaging, which turned out to have some issues. This current packaging is terrific..

Darling Girl Liquid Stardusts are supposedly quite similar to Lorac's 3D Liquid Lustre, but at a fraction of the price. I haven't tried the Lorac product myself, but I have friends who have tried both and say they're basically the same. The main difference--besides the price point--is that Darling Girl Liquid Stardust are handmade (with love!), feature unique combinations of color, and are most definitely cruelty free. (Lorac is less-than-transparent regarding whether they're cruelty free.)

Anyway, on to the swatches! The top part of each swatch is done on bare skin and the lower part is done over a black base.

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

Here are a couple of out-of-focus shots to show what the sparkle looks like in the Liquid Stardusts.

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

My favorite is Interstellar Cupcake, which combines pink and copper holographic glitters. I think these work really well on top of eyeshadow to provide a little extra sparkle or as an inner corner sparkly highlight. They dry down relatively quickly and last until I remove my makeup--without any sparkly fallout on my cheeks. I imagine they'd work wonderfully as extra-sparkly cheek highlight or on top of a black eyeliner.

Have you tried the Darling Girl Liquid Stardusts? What do you think of them? 

Friday, March 20, 2015

EOTD: Blue-Gray and Pink with Sugar Skull and Notoriously Morbid

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I've been on a kick with blue and pink looks lately. I just can't get enough of them. I did this look using some colors from Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics and some from Sugar Skull Minerals. 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Hydrangea Hype on moving lid
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Calla on brow bone
Notoriously Morbid Battalions of Sorrow to transition from brow to crease
Sugar Skull Minerals Momento on inner moving lid
Sugar Skull Minerals Oh, You're Clever on outer moving lid
Notoriously Morbid Autumn Flower in crease and beneath lower lash line
Notoriously Morbid Ebenezer, I Release You very lightly on top of Battalions of Sorrow
Notoriously Morbid Nothing is Trivial around tear duct area
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion along upper lashes
Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Splashes mascara (two coats)
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Swatches: Kisu Liquid Lip Color from Darling Girl Cosmetics

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Darling Girl Cosmetics has been on a tear lately with the release of so many new products. I have been particularly excited about the Kisu Liquid Lip Colors, since Darling Girl has always done such an amazing job with lip products.

The website's description is: "Kisu Liquid Lip Color are a lightweight gloss with the pigmentation of a lipstick, and as they wear away, you left with a flush of color like a lip stain. To make things even better, they are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and smell like cupcakes!"

Kisu Liquid Lip Color, L-R: Air Kiss, Kiss & Tell, S.W.A.K.

So far, there have been 8 shades released in the line of Kisu Liquid Lip Colors and they are $7 each. I only picked up three of them so far, but I'm sure I'll be getting more because they're really great.

Kisu Liquid Lip Color, L-R: Air Kiss, Kiss & Tell, S.W.A.K.

Kisu Liquid Lip Color, L-R: Air Kiss, Kiss & Tell, S.W.A.K.

Kisu Liquid Lip Color are just awesome. They are super comfortable on the lips. They have really good wear time, and as they wear off, they do leave behind a bit of a stain so your lips still have some color. Of the three I bought, my favorite is Air Kiss, because it's that gorgeous rosy-brown mauve that I adore so much. The only photo I have of me wearing any of these is an iPhone photo I posted on my Instagram. It's not the best quality photos, but I'll post it here so you can see how nice it looks on the lips.

Kisu Liquid Lip Color in Air Kiss on lips

Are you excited to see Darling Girl Cosmetics bringing out so many new lip products? What are your favorites?