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.

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.


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

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

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? 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review & Swatches: Espionage Cosmetics

I purchased this.

A few weeks ago, I attended Denver Comic Con. One of my besties, Wendi from Makeup Zombie blog, drove up to Denver with her husband and another friend. We spent the day wandering around Comic Con, which was an absolute blast. I had read that Espionage Cosmetics was going to be vending there, so I told Wendi I wanted to seek out their booth and check out their makeup. I've heard good things about Espionage Cosmetics for a couple of years now and have wanted to try their products, but just never seemed to get around to it, so I was excited to find their booth at the Con and start playing with things!

Espionage Cosmetics' owner, Jaimie, helping a customer at their Denver Comic Con booth.

Espionage Cosmetics is an indie company that makes mineral makeup, lip serums, nail wraps, and a modicum of bath/body products.  They carry all sorts of fun, random schwag, too. Their products are predominantly inspired by nerdy and geeky things; hence, their tagline: "Nerd Make-up, It's a thing."

By the time I hit up the Espionage Cosmetics booth, I'd already blown my wad over at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab booth, so I couldn't spend as much as I would have liked. I found dozens of eye shadows I wanted and the most adorable Doctor Who nail wraps, as well as other odds and ends that were super cute. Despite seeing so many things I wanted to buy, I limited myself to five eye shadows: E.V.P., Josephine Baker, Clockwork, Riveting, and Tokyo Rose. I also bought a "Glitter Is The New Black" pin.

Each jar of eye shadow is shrink-wrapped for protection and includes a sealed sifter for a highly professional and clean presentation. I removed the shrink wrap prior to taking this photo. 

Top, L-R: E.V.P., Josephine Baker
Bottom, L-R: Clockwork, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

Top, L-R: E.V.P., Josephine Baker
Bottom, L-R: Clockwork, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

Each of these eye shadows blows me away in person. They're richly pigmented, are full of awesome sparkle, and have a really nice formula that leads to smooth, even, and easy application.

Following are Espionage Cosmetics' descriptions of the colors I purchased, interspersed with my swatches.

  • E.V.P. - Can you feel the presence of something awesome? This chilling black with pumpkin, gold, highlights is sure to speak to others of how awesome you are. Obviously. 
  • Josephine Baker - How do you fit a bad ass story of rags to riches to espionage to fighting Nazis and racism into a single color of awesomeness? We're still working on it. In the meantime, this shimmering color does its best to live up to the super spy's "Black Pearl" nickname. The dark shades of cocoa swirl with iridescent green for a deadly color you don't want to mess with. 

L-R: E.V.P., Clockwork, Josephine Baker, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

  • Clockwork - There is no color description for Clockwork. 
  • Riveting - There is no color description for Riveting. 

  • Tokyo Rose - A legendary enigma of World War II, Tokyo Rose was once the perfect ruse for female spies and now lives on as the perfect rouge, or eye shadow, or lip color, whatever suits your spy fancy. with the innocence of pink bubblegum and a powerfully distracting sparkle, this pink is anything but under the radar of awesomeness.

L-R: E.V.P., Josephine Baker, Clockwork, Riveting, Tokyo Rose

The depth and complexity of these colors doesn't come through in these swatches. Tokyo Rose, for example, has an amazing lightly iridescent shift that is the reason I bought it--it's unlike any other pink shade I've seen. Riveting is a stunning and complex olive green with loads of sparkle. Josephine Baker is one of the prettiest brown-green-teal shade that is so uber-complex and shifty that I can't even describe how stunning it is in person. I will be posting some looks soon using my new Espionage Cosmetics eye shadows. (For swatches of a couple of these colors plus some other shades, visit Makeup Zombie's post on Espionage Cosmetics.)

Wendi/Makeup Zombie & Jaimie (the Espionage Cosmetics owner) at the Espionage Cosmetics booth.

My favorite shades are definitely Josephine Baker and Clockwork, but I love each one that I bought. When I was at the Espionage Cosmetics booth, my hand was covered in swatches of a multitude of gorgeous pigments. I had a really hard time narrowing my selection down to five and I am happy with the shades I chose. I will absolutely be back for more!

Espionage Cosmetics eyeshadows are $7.50 each, or you can buy them in themed four-packs for $25 - $35 each, depending on the collection. In addition to eye shadow collections, there are a variety of bundles at varying price points that include serums, nail wraps, eye shadows + nail wraps, etc.

Wendi and I spent a long time talking to the owner, Jaimie, of Espionage Cosmetics. Not only is she beautiful and have amazing hair, but she's really smart and nice and easy to talk to. We really enjoyed the conversation we had with her, and I came away highly impressed by her business ethics and her general philosophy about being a predominantly web-based indie makeup company.

I highly recommend Espionage Cosmetics eye shadows. They are high quality pigments, packaged cleanly and professionally presented, the website is really easy to navigate, and the owner, Jaimie, is a friendly and professional business owner. I will be back for more--hopefully soon!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Swatches: Lumos Shimmering Pearls by Darling Girl Cosmetics

PR samples.

artwork yoinked from the Darling Girl Cosmetics website

Darling Girl Cosmetics recently came out with a new product called Lumos Shimmering Pearls. The Lumos Shimmering Pearls are shimmering cream highlighters. The Darling Girl website describes them as "lightweight cream luminizers that highlight and add luster to the skin, giving you an ethereal glow."

There are 11 shades of Lumos Shimmering Pearls, catering to a multitude of skin tones and shade preferences. Unlike any other highlighters I've ever come across, several of the shades have gorgeous duochrome effects.

I have swatches below of 10 of the 11 available shades. The one I'm missing is Astra.
Here are swatches of these 10 highlighters taken from two different angles.

L-R: Celestia, Calypso, Leilani, Maricela, Neveah, Ophelia, Orion, Shona, Sitara, Vega

L-R: Celestia, Calypso, Leilani, Maricela, Neveah, Ophelia, Orion, Shona, Sitara, Vega

My favorite of the highlighters is Leilani. It's such a gorgeous rose gold duochrome. My second favorite is Maricela, which is a stunning, deep peach shade. I also love Shona, which I think I could use lightly as a cream bronzer. I also adore the color of Sitara, although it's too deep for me to wear on my face; however, I'm going to give it a test run and see if it I can wear it on my eyes without it creasing. If so, it'll be a gorgeous eyelid shade.

Overall, I'm super impressed by these highlighters, particularly the shade range and duochrome effects of some of them. I am off to shower and do my makeup now--I think I'll be wearing Leilani (again) today!

What is your favorite way to use/wear highlighter?