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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Swatches: Fyrinnae's Newest Eyeshadows

I purchased this.

Fyrinnae recently updated their site with several new eye shadows. I decided to pick up all of the new color, as well as a few recently released shades that I hadn't yet nabbed. Fyrinnae also sent me a freebie sample of an amazing Arcane Magic eye shadow called Incubus.

Click on the photos for a detailed, up-close view of each image.

Top row, L-R: Beyond Binary, Birb of Paradise, Capybara, Caramel Layer Cake
Bottom row, L-R: Celestial Beauty, Incubus, Istanbul, Vesuvius, Zanzibar

Top row, L-R: Beyond Binary, Birb of Paradise, Capybara, Caramel Layer Cake
Bottom row, L-R: Celestial Beauty, Incubus, Istanbul, Vesuvius, Zanzibar

I've swatched all of the shadows from my latest Fyrinnae order below. They're all swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

Top row, L-R: Beyond Binary, Birb of Paradise, Capybara, Caramel Layer Cake
Bottom row, L-R: Celestial Beauty, Incubus, Istanbul, Vesuvius, Zanzibar

Apologies that my swatches got a little sloppy. By the time I realized I'd messed up the edges, it was after midnight, I was tired, and I figured you'd still get the idea of what these colors look like whether the edges are even or not.

Top row, L-R: Beyond Binary, Birb of Paradise, Capybara, Caramel Layer Cake
Bottom row, L-R: Celestial Beauty, Incubus, Istanbul, Vesuvius, Zanzibar

For a couple of years, I wasn't really digging the shades Fyrinnae was releasing. Then, all of a sudden earlier this year, the guys over at Fyrinnae started releasing the most amazing new shadows, and I just can't resist any of them!

All of these shadows are gorgeous, but the freebie they sent, Incubus, is hands-down my favorite. It's one of those "if I could marry it, I would!" eye shadows. Another favorite is Capybara, a beautiful, shiny, light aubergine. I'm also pretty excited about Istanbul, as it's a blue that I'm head-over-heels in love with. I don't typically wear blues, but Istanbul is a complex, denim blue that I can't wait to get on my eyelids. (I'm probably also drawn to it since Istanbul is by far the #1 place to visit on my travel wishlist.) anzibar is another standout. What doesn't come across in my swatches--sadly--is the heavy gold sheen that makes Zanzibar a truly stunning, warm teal. Several times since I received these shadows, I've done a quick, simple look using just Caramel Layer Cake as an all-over single wash of color on the lid combined with Zanzibar lining my upper lashes. It's a really pretty combo and perfect for summertime.

Birb is my least favorite shade because I rarely wear rich, deep blues of this sort--although as a liner, I have a feeling it'll be really pretty. Also, the fallout on this one was atrocious. It doesn't have the same "pebbly" texture that most of the other shadows have from the binders that Fyrinnae puts in them. Incubus didn't have the pebbly texture either, but I didn't have fallout problems with it. I guess Birb of Paradise is just short-bus special among this lot when it comes to the fallout.

As I post this, Fyrinnae's site is currently offline. They are stating they'll return by July 3, so if you don't have any of these colors, make sure you visit their site on or after July 3 and pick up a few. They're exceedingly pretty.

What is your all-time favorite "if I could marry it, I would!" eyeshadow? 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swatchfest: New-in-2015 Lip Products from Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.
I purchased this.

This year, Darling Girl Cosmetics has released several new lines of lip products. I don't have all--or even most--of the individual shades, but I do have a handful of them, so I thought I'd do a swatchfest of each of the new-in-2015 Darling Girl lip products that I own.



First up are the Balm Glosses. Darling Girl's description of the Balm Glosses is: "Our Liquid Kiss Luxe Balm Gloss (or just Balm Gloss for short) have a smooth, velvety feel, but not sticky! Made with moisturizing argan oil and avocado oil to help keep your pucker smooth and hydrated."

There are nine Balm Glosses in this line, and I have six of them swatched for you.

L-R: Darling Spice, Faerie Wings, Love Bug, Queen of the Night, Taupe-tation, Tickled Pink

These are the descriptions from the website for each color:

  • Darling Spice: sheer mauve with golden pearl. A great your-lips-but-better gloss or layering gloss.
  • Faerie Wings: sheer mauve with violet holographic glitter that changes from blue, violet to reddish pink.
  • Love Bug: soft mauve with silver iridescence. This is a great your-lips-but-better gloss and looks great layered over other lipsticks.
  • Queen of the Night: plum with red tones and blue iridescence. Moderately pigmented. It can be worn fairly sheer for a wash of color or built up for a more opaque look. If you are going for full opacity, a coordinating lip pencil is suggested.
  • Taupe-tation: somewhat opaque taupey gray with holographic mica-based glitter than changes from pink to gold. 
  • Tickled Pink: sheer grapefruit pink with holographic mica-based glitter that changes from gold, green to blue, although the most prominent shades are gold and green. This will add just the softest touch of pink to the lips, but the shimmer and sparkle from the glitter makes it so pretty. 

My swatch of Taupe-tation looks more blue-gray than taupe-gray. The rest of the swatches are true-to-color, but my camera was just not interpreting the taupe shade of Taupe-tation well at all.

My favorites are Darling Spice, Faerie Wings, and Love Bug. I gravitate toward mauve and brownish-pink tones, so it only figures that I wear Darling Spice and Love Bug quite heavily. Faerie Wings is so ultra sparkly it'll blow your mind. Seriously! Click on the photo above for maximum awesomeness and to see a full, detailed view of the shifty, 3-D effect of Faerie Wings.


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

There are eight Kisu shades, and I have four of them swatched below.

L-R: Air Kiss, Kiss & Tell, Kissy Face, S.W.A.K.


These are the descriptions from the website for each color:

  • Air Kiss: rosy mauve
  • Kiss & Tell: raspberry pink
  • Kissy Face: warm, berry-tone pink
  • S.W.A.K.: yummy, berry-tone red
I love this formula, and each color is awesome, but there's just no way around the fact that Air Kiss is not only my favorite shade in this line, but it's my favorite Darling Girl lip shade overall. In fact, if it were the end of the world, and I had to choose only one lippie to wear every single day for the rest of my life, Air Kiss would absolutely be a top contender.


The last set of swatches are of the Pucker Paint Matte Lip Cremes and the Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tints.

Darling Girl's description of the Pucker Paints is: "Pucker Paints are lightweight liquid lipstick that glide on silky smooth and dry down to a matte finish. Unlike a lot of matte lip products, these will not leave you running for the lip balm moments after applying. Pucker Paints are NOT kiss proof or smudge proof. However, after they set completely, they are smudge resistant. You will get a lot less transfer from these than a typical lipstick or tinted balm. I typically get several hours of wear before needing to reapply."

Darling Girl's description of the Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tints is: "Sparkle-matte-ic are lightweight liquid lipstick that glide on silky smooth and dry down to an ultra-matte finish with a lustre or sparkle. Sparkle-matte-ic are NOT kiss proof or smudge proof. However, after they set completely, they are smudge resistant. You will get a lot less transfer from these than a typical lipstick or tinted balm. I typically get several hours of wear before needing to reapply."

There are 20 Pucker Paints, and I have three of them swatched below. (I have two more showing up in the mail this week. I'll try to swatch those separately.) There are six Sparkle-matte-ic shades, but I only have one (which is why it's in the swatch photo as the Pucker Paints).

L-R: (Pucker Paints) Drop Dead Red, Punky Princess, Tea Time; (Sparkle-matte-ic) Berried Treasure


These are the descriptions from the website for each color: 

  • Drop Dead Red Pucker Painttrue red with a slightly metallic finish
  • Punky Princess Pucker Paint: deep, rosy mauve 
  • Tea Time Pucker Paint: pinky beige-nud
  • Berried Treasure Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tint: fuchsia with blue holo-sparkle 
Of the Pucker Paints I have, I love Drop Dead Red, although I don't get any of the "metallic finish" noted in the shade description. It's a matte, true red, and it looks awesome on me, if I do say so myself. I also really, really love Punky Princess, as it falls into the range of mauve shades that I can rock like nobody's business.

I only have one Sparkle-matte-ic and I am glad I picked the one I did. I love berry tones, and I think I'll get a ton of wear out of this one in the fall. Below is a close-up of Berried Treasure, which hopefully helps show just how awesome these matte lipsticks are with the holo-sparkle. I have plenty of matte lipsticks from a number of various big box and indie brands, and none of them have any sort of added sparkle, which makes the Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tints a really unique product in my arsenal of lippies.

Berried Treasure Sparkle-matte-ic Lip Tint
(click on the photo for maximum awesomeness and a detailed view of the sparkle)

I hope you enjoyed these swatches of some of Darling Girl's newest lip products! It was fun for me to finally swatch them all side-by-side, and realize (again) just how truly awesome they are. 

Do you have any of the new-in-2015 Darling Girl lip products? Which products and shades are your favorites?