Monday, September 1, 2014

EOTD: Tick:Tock Cosmetics Age of the Dragon

I purchased this.

One of my favorite eye shadows of all time is Age of the Dragon from Tick:Tock Cosmetics. I hadn't pulled it out since earlier this year, so I figured it was time to wear it again. 

Because I have partially hooded lids, any color used on my lid always transfers onto my crease. Typically, this drives me crazy, but I really like how Age of the Dragon took on a greenish cast when it transferred onto the darker brown matte shade I was wearing in my crease with this look. It's not what I was going for, but I like how it turned out.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Tick:Tock Age of the Dragon foiled on lid using Darling Girl Cosmetics Superstar Serum
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette:
  - M4 on brow bone
  - M2 to transition between brow bone and crease, and beneath inner 2/3 of lower lash line
  - M1 in crease and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner in Black Noir smudged along upper lash line
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black – one coat
Benefit Bad Gal mascara – one coat
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate on brows


Friday, August 29, 2014

EOTD with Kat Von D Monarch Palette

I purchased this.

I did this look for work a couple of weeks ago. It's so easy to put together a nice, neutral eye with the Kat Von D Monarch palette. The colors blend so easily. I notice that in the photos, it does look like there's some creasing in the crease, but there wasn't--I took these photos five minutes after doing my makeup, and in the mirror, it looked fine. It just turned out slightly off on camera for some reason.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Kat Von D Monarch Palette:
  - Mixture of Entomology and Tiny Death on brow bone
  - Disintegration on lid
  - Summerfly in center of lid, on top of Disintegration
  - Shadow Box in crease
  - Killing Jar on top of Shadow Box and blended onto brow bone
  - Papilio beneath lower lash line
Milani Brown Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner smudged along upper lash line
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! waterproof mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EOTD: Neutrals with Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

I purchased this.

I know I've said it before, but I have to say it again: I LOVE MY SMASHBOX FULL EXPOSURE PALETTE!!!

Seriously, it's by far my favorite neutrals palette, which is saying a lot since I have some gorgeous palettes of neutral shades. It's just so versatile, and I love that each shade in the palette comes in both a matte finish and either a sparkly or shimmery finish.

Anyway, I did this look for work. Every time I wear my makeup like this, one of my coworkers asks me if I'm feeling alright; he then says I look tired. So maybe it's not the best look for me? *shrugs* Ah'dunno!




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette:
  - M4 on brow bone
  - S4 on outer 1/3 of lid
  - S4 on inner 2/3 of lid
  - S6 in crease
  - M5 beneath lower lashes
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner in Carbon Black smudged along upper lash line and on upper and lower waterlines
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! waterproof mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate on brows

Monday, August 25, 2014

EOTD with Fyrinnae Dreamwoven Luxuries

I purchased this.

I posted swatches a couple of days ago of Fyrinnae's new Exquisites collection of eyeshadows. Dreamwoven Luxuries is my favorite of the bunch, so I had to use it first in a look. I was running late for work (the story of my life!), so I didn't have much time to focus on perfect application, but wanted to post this to show the pretty colors. What these photos don't capture is all of the color changes. In the car, when I was driving to work, a glance in the rearview mirror made the shadow look like a brown/pink/purple/blue multi-chromatic eyeshadow, and in the bathroom lighting, the mirror showed the color as predominantly gold with a brown base and a hint of green. I just can't get over how much this one changes depending on the light.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Sleek & Spice on lid and blended lightly into crease
Urban Decay Corrupt beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette:
  - M4 on brow bone
  - M3 to transition between brow bone and crease and beneath lower lash line
  - M1 in crease and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line on top of UD Corrupt
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on lid, on top of Sleek & Spice
Fyrinnae Dreamwoven Luxuries on lid
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! waterproof mascara (two coats)
Apple Superlash Avocado mascara (two coats, upper lashes only)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown on brows


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Swatches: Fyrinnae Exquisites Collection *PIC HEAVY*

I purchased this.

Yesterday I posted a sneak peek of Fyrinnae's new Exquisites collection. I was disappointed that the sun wasn't out, because I couldn't capture the complete gorgeousness of the shadows. As it turns out, yesterday's photos in the overcast lighting brought out some completely different tones in these shadows than I was able to capture in direct sunlight today.

Oh, I also picked up a sample of a Lip Lustre in Sexy Nerd, which I'll swatch below the eye shadow swatches.

Top row, L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry
Bottom row, L-R: On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day, (far right) Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Top row, L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry
Bottom row, L-R: On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day, (far right) Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Top row, L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry
Bottom row, L-R: On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day, (far right) Sexy Nerd Lip Lustre

Fyrinnae says that these Exquisite shadows "have stronger color shifts without depending on an opaque base hue, making them stunning alone or over many other colors. The transparency makes them suitable for a wide variety of skintones without compromising color." Because of that, in addition to regular swatches over a clear, sticky base, I also decided to swatch them over several other base colors.

As always, click on the images to see them in much higher resolution.

This first set of swatches are swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and were taken in direct sunlight.

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

Plus an out-of-focus photo to show just how sparkly they are!

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

This second set of swatches are swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and were taken in overcast, natural lighting.

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

The following set of swatches are swatches over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and were taken in overcast, natural lighting with a flash fill. Click on one of these photos to see the awesome pink and green sparkles in Dreamwoven that aren't as obvious in the other swatches!

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

This next set of swatches are swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and were taken in shade, no flash.

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

This next set of swatches are swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and were taken in shade, with a flash fill.

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

These next three sets of swatches were taken over various colored bases. The top row is black, second row is blue, third row is green, fourth row is orange, fifth row is pink, and bottom row is silver. (Sorry they're not prettier--I can never figure out how to compensate for the curves of my hand when I do hand swatches!)

I didn't swatch any over a white base because, based on yesterday's sneak peek swatches (which you can see here), I wasn't particularly impressed with any of them over a white base compared to over my bare skin.

Taken in direct sunlight.
L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

Taken in shade, no flash.
L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

Taken in shade with flash fill.
L-R: Breathtaking, Dreamwoven Luxuries, Elegant Revelry, On Wings Of Silk, Princess For A Day

 Finally, I have swatches of the Lip Lustre, Sexy Nerd.

Taken in direct sunlight.

Taken in shade, no flash.

Taken in shade with flash fill.

And finally, what Sexy Nerd looks like on my lips. It's not as bright as it is when I swatch on my arm or hand and I'm unable to build up the color. It's a soft pink with a hint of a gold sheen, and I absolutely adore it. It's a perfect everyday color for me. 


My favorite Exquisites are Dreamwoven Luxuries and On Wings Of Silk. I love how On Wings Of Silk looks over the pink base and how Elegant Revelry looks over the black and green bases.

Fyrinnae's Exquisites eye shadows are $8 for a full size jar or $2.75 for a mini jar. Lip Lustres are $7 for a full size or $2.00 for a 1.75 ml trial size.

What do you think of Fyrinnae's new Exquisites eyeshadows? If you get any, do you plan to wear alone or over a colored base? 

EOTD: MOI Minerals Time Lord

I purchased this.

Today's the day of the new Doctor! With the return of Doctor Who and a new Doctor, I thought it was fitting to do today's look using Time Lord from MOI Minerals. Time Lord is described as "coppery rose with pink/lavender sparkles." It looks more like an orange-peach to me, but either way, I absolutely love this shade. It makes a gorgeous single-color wash with my skin tone and eye color.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance around entire eye area
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy around entire eye area
MAC Brule on brow bone
MOI Minerals:
  - Time Lord on lid, blended into crease
  - Ginger Spice beneath lower lash line
  - Missy to highlight tear duct area
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! waterproof mascara (one coat)
Fresh Supernova mascara (top only, one coat)
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown on brows


Friday, August 22, 2014

Sneak Peek: Fyrinnae Exquisites

I purchased this.

Fyrinnae recently released a new sub-category of their Arcane Magic eyeshadows called Exquisites. They look absolutely amazing, and I ordered immediately. They arrived today, but unfortunately, we've got cloud cover and rain, and these babies are so exquisite they deserve full sunlight swatches. However, I managed to get a few decent swatches without the sun, and wanted to give you a sneak peak of a couple of the photos I took.

Click on the photo to see a much larger image.


Check those suckers out!!! I want to roll around in all of them! Wait 'til you see the flash photos and (hopefully) sunlight photos. The sparkles in some of these shadows will make your eyes roll back in your head.

More detailed--and hopefully better--swatches to come once the sun comes out again!