Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FOTD/EOTD with Darling Grrl!

Earlier this month, Darling Girl Cosmetics released its brand new Darling Grrl! collection. According to Susan of Darling Girl "this is a music themed collection mostly reminiscent of my past love of all things Punk Rock." I'd say it's not only punk, but also seems to overlap a bit with Darkwave. Either way, the shades are named after the music I grew up with, and so as soon as it was released, I absolutely had to try all of them.

The collection was released with 8 eyeshadows and Susan plans to add 2 new shades to the collection every month. Based on what she started with, I'm really excited to see the additions!

I bought samples of all 8 of the currently-released Darling Grrl! eyeshadows, and when I received them, I all but squealed out loud when I saw "Wanna Be Sedated".  All of the colors are gorgeous, but Wanna Be Sedated is the most gorgeous, rich bronzey-brown chock full of pink sparkles (and I may have seen some green sparkles in there, too?) It's definitely in the same Awesomesauce category as Jeweled Taupe, which is my other favorite Darling Girl eye shadow. The only thing about it that makes me sad is that the sparkle just wouldn't show up in pictures for the life of me. It's such an amazing little glitterbomb, yet from my photos, you'd never know it. It's so gorgeous that I want to order a dump truck's worth to unload into a giant swimming pool so I can flounder my entire body around in its total and complete awesomeness!

I pulled 3 of the 8 colors out and put them together for an eye look today. When I put "Vicar In A Tutu" on my eyelids, I almost squealed again. It's described as "cool cucumber green with a subtle pink and orange duo-chrome." I wasn't sure I'd like it, but wow, the pink in it makes the green so super-wearable, and it is so incredibly shimmery and gorgeous. I wish pictures would show how awesomely shimmery it is!

This is the look I created using both Wanna Be Sedated and Vicar In A Tutu along with Friday I'm In Love, which is a really stunning and shimmery blue.

In each of the sets of pics below, the first is taken in natural lighting and the second is taken with flash.

(as always, click on the images for a larger view)

Jewelry by Alicia Stardust of Elements & Artifacts.

Darling Girl Salmon Corrector under eyes
Darling Girl Mint Corrector on blemishes (I have a whole bunch right now, boo!)
Benefit Erase Paste under eyes and on blemishes
MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC25
Bobbi Brown yellow powder
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal
Clinique Matte Bronze bronzer to contour cheeks
Red Hot Makeup Flirt blush - the lighter color only to highlight cheeks

Meow i-prime
MAC Brule on brow bone
Darling Girl Vicar In A Tutu on inner 1/3 of lid and inner 1/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Wanna Be Sedated on outer 2/3 of lid and outer 2/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Friday I'm In Love in crease
Urban Decay 24/7 liquid liner in Perversion to line upper lash line
Benefit They're Real! mascara

NYX Brunette brow powder duo - the darker of the 2 colors on brows

MAC Viva Glam VI lipglass

Sunday, January 29, 2012


SavvyBeauty1 on Twitter posted a link to this Naked palette tutorial last week. I loved it so much I decided to follow the tutorial and do the look myself. I think it turned out well, and will probably do this look again soon. I got a lot of compliments from the girls at work, and sent the tutorial link to the one friend at work whom I know has the UD Naked palette.

Have you seen or done any great looks with the Urban Decay Naked palette that you really like?

In each of the sets of pics below, the first is taken in natural light and the second is taken with flash.

(as always, click on the images for a larger view)

I wasn't going to post this last full face photo because 1) I was having the worst hair day, and 2) I can't for the life of me remember what most of the rest of my makeup was. But then I figured, what they hey, you guys already know I'm far from perfect!

Pretty earrings from Alicia Stardust at Elements & Artifacts

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
UD Sin - inner half of lid
UD Sidecar - outer half of lid
UD Buck - transition color between crease and brow bone
UD Smog - in crease
UD Darkhorse - outer V and beneath lower lash line
UD Virgin - brow bone and inner tear duct area
Ben Nye MagiColor Cream Pencil in Black MC-1 - lower waterline
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline - lining upper lash line
Benefit They're Real! mascara

... I have no idea what I wore on the rest of my face. I think the blush was Meow's Mona Lisa, but other than that, I just don't know -- I forgot to write it down when I did it. Sorry!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

NTMS Challenge - Blix Remix!

This week's challenge on Never Too Much Sparkle! is to do a "Blix Remix" - basically, to re-create a look from Blix of Glitter Is My Crack... I immediately thought of three different looks I'd try to re-create, and figured I'd post the one that turned out the best. I only ended up doing one (so far!) because I thought it turned out well.

Blix wore THIS LOOK back in December on a night I went out with her and her husband. I was admiring her eye makeup that night, and when she told me used the Coastal Scents Winterberry palette, I was excited to try the same look since I have that palette, too. So that's the look I decided to re-create today. Here's how it turned out.
(as always, click on the images for a larger view)

The first image in each of set below is taken with natural lighting and the second image in each set is taken with flash.

If you look really closely in the below photo,
you can see in my eye the reflection of me taking a picture of myself! 

This last photo is or Morgana Cryptoria's Speakeasy, which Blix wore her on her lips in the original look, too.  I don't post pics of my lips often because I have a hard time getting good shots, since my lips definitely aren't my best feature. Even though my lips are pretty dry in this photo, it's such an incredibly gorgeous color that I had to share. 

Coastal Scents Winterberry palette:

Benefit Erase Paste (under eyes)
Sephora Mineral Foundation in Claire Light 21
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Powder
My Pretty Zombie duochrome blush in MDMA

Too Faced Show Insurance
MAC Brule on brow bone
Winterberry 4 on inner corner, upper and lower
Winterberry 3 on inner V
Winterberry 11 all over lid
Winterberry 12 on outer V and in crease
Winterberry 9 beneath lower lash line
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel liner lining upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
L'Oreal Raven eyeshadow on brows
Ardell #110 lashes

Morgana Cryptoria lipstick in Speakeasy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NTMS Challenge - Black & White (with Sugarpill)

The challenge this past week on Never Too Much Sparkle was "Black & White." I ended up doing two looks. One was more dramatic and, for me, definitely experimental. The other was much more quotidian -- something I'd wear to the office.  I did both looks using nothing but Sugarpill eyeshadows and Chromalusts (not counting the eyeliners and mascara).

I think doing two such different looks using two of the same basic eyeshadow color shows how versatile Sugarpill really is. You can go big and bold with it, but you can also go soft and understated, too.

This is the first eye look I did using Tako, Bulletproof, Lumi, and Stella:

I'm so mad that there was a rogue hair on my face that I didn't know about!

This is the second eye look I did using Tako and Bulletproof:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Meow Cosmetics End of Days Swatches

Meow's End of Days collection was calling my name and so during one of their recent sales, I picked up samples of 10 out of the 16 colors in the collection. I am so glad I did! They are really great colors -- such great colors that I decided some swatching was in order.

Now please, forgive the awkwardness of my swatches. I could blame it all on my camera, but the fact is, I have only done a few swatches before, and I'm just not really in a groove with it yet. So my swatches are a bit awkward, but I think you can still get the idea what the colors are like!

Below are photos of all 10 colors that I got, swatched in a row. All swatches throughout the post are done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance and I took a bunch of different photos in different lighting in order to try to show all of the various facets of these awesome colors.
(as always, click on the images below for larger views)

L-R: Nostradamus, Hysteria, Nibiru, Prophecy, Hopeless, 
Planet X, Armageddon, Ragnarock, Oblivion, Reckoning

Nostradamus, Hysteria, Nibiru, Prophecy, Hopeless 

Planet X, Armageddon, Ragnarock, Oblivion, Reckoning

Nostradamus, Hysteria, Nibiru, Prophecy

Hopeless, Planet X, Armageddon

Ragnarock, Oblivion, Reckoning

I took a number of photos specifically of Armageddon and Reckoning (L-R, below), because while they aren't necessarily my favorites of the collection, they were the two I found the most interesting.

Armageddon does not have a description on Meow's website. On the site and in the sample baggie, it appears to be a jewel-toned purple. However, what I find interesting is that as soon as I started to blend it, the purple went away and a strong indigo shift came out, and when I blended it down even further for a "work appropriate" look to wear to work, what I got was undoubtedly blue -- light blue, in fact -- with no trace of purple at all.

Below the following swatches of Armageddon and Reckoning are four photos of a look I created using Armageddon as the crease color. You can see in them exactly how blue this color rubs down to. In the below swatches, the top row is Armageddon and Reckoning (L-R) patted on TFSI and the bottom row is where I started to blend it out just a bit with the brush -- you can see the change in color in them even though I haven't even fully blended them out. 

As for Reckoning -- I am completely fascinated by this shade. Meow's site describes it at "bright copper cinnamon rose". I don't see any copper in Reckoning. What I think they're calling copper, I'd actually call a bright tangerine shift. In the below swatch photos, you can really see that tangerine shift in the top row, where the color is patted on. In the bottom row, I've blended it down, and the cinnamon rose colors dominate and take on a slight coral effect.

L-R: Armageddon, Reckoning
Top row: patted on
Bottom row: blended

The next four photos are of a look I did using Nostradamus on the lid and outer 1/2 of lower lash line, Armageddon in the crease, Hopeless on the inner 1/2 of lower lash line, and Prophecy on the brow bone. (Yes, I forgot to apply liner the day I wore this look!) You can really see how Armageddon is not actually purple at all when blended down. It's very pretty, but not what I expected. 
 indirect natural lighting:

with flash:

I think my favorite colors from the samples I received are:

~ Nostradamus (such a gorgeous cocoa cocoa color!)
~ Reckoning (I am crazy about pink and orange together!)
~ Hopeless (I'm nuts over the gorgeous golden sparkles in this lovely color that's halfway between teal and forest green.) 

I really like Prophecy as a highlight color, although I don't think it's particularly unique. I like every single color I got so much that I think I am going to have to pick up samples of the other six End of Days shades that I didn't get this time.

Have you tried any of Meow's End of Days collection? If so, which ones and what do you think of them?