Friday, September 28, 2012

Darling Girl Zombie Apoca-Lips Swatches

Today, I have lip gloss swatches for you from Darling Girl Cosmetics. Darling Girl released its Halloween collection two weeks ago, and I ordered right away. I ordered "Try Me" sizes of all of the Zombie Apoca-Lips glosses, as well as one of the general catalog glosses, Zombie, since it fit the theme.

Look how cute these sample sizes are! There is 1.5 ml of product in each of these mini lip gloss tubes, which is more than enough product to test out several times.

L-R: Almost A Ghost, Brain Daddy, Gina Cadaverous, Graveyard Betty, Hellspawn,
Hide And Creep, Jasmine Boneforhands, The Littlest Zombie, Living Dead Fabulous, and Zombie

The listings for these glosses indicate that while they're each pretty on their own, they may be layered over a dark shade to bring out their "true beauty and shiftiness." For that reason, I swatched them over bare skin as well as over Tick:Tock Cosmetics' Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole. I wouldn't wear this eye shadow base on my lips, but it gives you an idea as to how they look over a dark color. Even though Zombie isn't part of the Halloween collection, I swatched it over the black base just like the others.

And here are the swatches, each under a different lighting setting. This is my first time arm-swatching lip gloss, hence the messiness. :)

L-R: Almost A Ghost, Brain Daddy, Gina Cadaverous, Graveyard Betty, Hide and Creep,
Hellspawn, Jasmine Boneforhands, The Littlest Zombie, Living Dead Fabulous, Zombie

They're all so sparkly and shifty that it's hard to say which is my favorite. I like them all! I'd probably be more likely to wear Living Dead Fabulous and Almost A Ghost the most often, since they're both more typical of the color lip gloss I generally wear than, but all of them are going to get some use, that's for sure!

Try Me Size (1.5 ml) mini lip glosses are $2.25 each. Full size (3 ml) lip glosses are $5.25 each. They are limited edition, and I don't know how long they'll be offered, so if you like any of them, you should order soon!

Which are your favorites? Are you going to buy any Darling Girl Zombie Apoca-Lips lip glosses?

Purple & Gold with Sugarpill

Don't forget -- only a few more days to enter my blogiversary giveaway!

I did this look for a party I went to last month. I forgot I'd taken photos and just found them on my computer.

I was inspired by this look on Makeupbee, but mine ended up looking nothing like it -- which is just fine!

I don't recall everything I was wearing on my face that night, but I'll list below the products I do remember.

Because I have slightly hooded lids, my crease picked up some of the gold from the center of the lid. :(

Urban Decay Naked Foundation 3.0

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Brule all over lid up to eyebrow
Sugarpill Poison Plum over lid and beneath lower lash line
Sugarpill Goldilux in center of lid and middle lower lash line
Sugarpill Dollipop in crease
Black eyeliner on upper and lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Ardell #110 lashes

Geek Chic Cosmetics Chrysalis Joystick

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Color Club Insta-This with Essence Make It Golden

If you haven't entered my one-year blogiversary giveaway, you can enter to win some fun stuff from Cleanse Your Soul, Chinovi Cosmetics, Anastasia, and Travalo!

In this month's Birchbox, I got a bottle of Color Club's Insta-This from their Custom Collection. I'd seen a preview of the polishes, and knew I was getting one, and wanted any of them except for the blue one... so of course I got the blue one. Isn't that how it always works with these subscription boxes?

Birchbox says that the Custom Collection colors were inspired by Fall 2012 collections. Honestly, I don't see how this blue is a fall color -- it's so nautical and summery to my eyes. *shrugs* Anyway, I decided to try it out just in case it really did turn out to be awesome. It's very bright and very blue -- totally not my style. So I put a layer of Essence Make It Golden on top, which made it slightly more wearable for me, but after 36 hours, I'd had enough and went for a different nail look.

But since I know there are blue-lovers out there, here is what I ended up with after putting the Essence glitter coat on it.

To achieve this look, I used the following:

1 coat CND Stickey base coat
2 coats Color Club Insta-This
1 coat Essence Make It Golden
1 coat China Glaze Fast Forward quick-dry top coat

Monday, September 24, 2012

I did this eye look with five colors from the Fall 2012 collection from Chinovi Cosmetics. I can't tell you which colors they are yet, as they haven't been released, but if you like them, keep your eye on Chinovi's site, as they should be going live very soon!

And if you enter my one-year blogiversary giveaway, you could win samples of each color from the Fall 2012 collection  for yourself!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

EOTD with Too Faced Poison Orchid

I am so happy that I was one of the lucky winners of Phyrra's Too Faced Poison Orchid eyeshadow giveaway. I knew Poison Orchid was pretty from the photos she posted, but when I received it in the mail last Monday, I was absolutely blown away by how gorgeous it is. I also didn't realize how sparkly it is -- photos just don't do the sparkle justice. I usually wear different eyeshadow colors every day, but I love Poison Orchid so much that I wore it Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday this past week. One of the things I love most about it is that the sparkles in it are reflective, so if I wear it on my lid with a different color in the crease, the sparkles pick up the other color, giving Poison Orchid a duochrome-like flash. I wore it on Tuesday with teal, on Wednesday with pink, and on Friday with green, and it flashed with each color. It's really amazing, and of course, my photos don't capture it at all -- but believe me, mirrors don't lie, and every time I passed a mirror, I would flutter my lashes a bit to see all of the pretty sparkly colors!

This is the Poison Orchid look I wore to work on Friday.

For this eye look, I used the following:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Brule on brow bone
MAC Golden Olive pigment in crease and inner lower lash line
MAC Strawberry Patch pigment on inner lid
Too Faced Poison Orchid on lid and outer lower lash line
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Black along upper lash line
Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner pencil in Black on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics unreleased brow powders

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blogiversary Giveaway!!!


Hi! I know I haven't blogged in a week. I've been busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest!

However, I'm going to make up for it with a giveaway! September marks the one-year anniversary of my blog, and to thank all of the wonderful beauties who have followed, commented on, and enjoyed my blog, I'd like to offer a chance to win some fun prizes.

This is what you could win:

***Many thanks to Vanessa of Chinovi Cosmetics, who generously donated the Fall 2012 Collection samples and full size OMG collection full size jars!***

How do you enter? All you have to do is follow these OFFICIAL RULES!

Note: Please read the giveaway rules carefully. It's crazy how many people entered my last giveaway without following some of the very most basic rules (like leaving me a way to contact you!) Only eligible entries may win!

  • This giveaway is open to all of my blog followers worldwide. Shipping will be via first class mail and, within the U.S., will include delivery confirmation.
  • You must leave a comment on this post telling me what you love the most about autumn, and provide your email address written like this:  name @ domain dot com (Required -- 1 entry)
  • You must be a follower of my blog via Google Friends Connect or Bloglovin'. In your comments below, tell me your GFC user name or if you follow via Bloglovin' (Required -- 1 entry)
  • You may gain an extra entry by following @kissmysparkle on Twitter. Include your Twitter user name in the comment below. (Optional -- 1 entry)
  • You may gain an extra entry by following @chinovicosmetic on Twitter. Include your Twitter user name in the comment below. (Optional -- 1 entry)
  • You may gain an extra entry by Tweeting about the giveaway. To be eligible for this extra entry, you must provide me with the link to your tweet in the comments below. An example of what you could tweet is: I've entered to win the @kissmysparkle one-year blogiversary giveaway! You can enter at  (Optional -- 1 entry) 
  • Giveaway starts Wednesday, September 19 and closes at 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) on Sunday, September 30.
  • Winner will be chosen on Monday, October 1 using's number generator. Winner will be notified via email and the winner's user name will be posted here on my blog. Winner must respond within 72 hours of the time I send my email or the prize will be re-awarded.
  • The number of eligible entries will determine the odds of winning.
  • This giveaway is hosted by me -- Sam of KissMySparkle blog. If you have questions, please email me: sam (at) kissmysparkle (dot) com

Thursday, September 13, 2012

GOSH Holographic Hero Swatches

A lovely lady from the UK CP'd (custom purchased) the re-release of the GOSH Holographic Hero nail polish for me, which I received in the mail last weekend. I've heard a lot of buzz over the Gosh holo nail polish for a while now, so when I heard it would be available again, I wanted to try it out, because I really love linear holos. I'm so glad I have a bottle of it!

This photo was taken indoors, with flash. If you click on the picture to view a larger image, you can really see the different colors in the bottle.

This photo was taken outdoors in indirect natural light. 

The friend who sent this to me said this polish runs a little thin and can be patchy, so before I applied it, I applied one coat of the only silver polish I have in my collection, Boggi Chrome Craze Nail Paint in Pure Chrome. (I know nothing about this brand. I've had it sitting in my nail drawer for years and years. I'm guessing I picked it up at a drugstore, but I really don't know.)

And here's the GOSH Holo swatchfest!

This first photo of this polish taken in the shade. It doesn't look like anything special here.

Once you get in the sunlight, the you can see the "oil slick" lines of the linear holo.


It's not my favorite silver holo (that honor goes to Ozotic 509), but I do like it. While it's fairly plain and unimpressive when not catching direct light, when it's in direct sunlight or lamplight, it flashes a multitude of different colors. The linear holo is not as strong as some of the other holos I've worn, but it's still there, and very pretty.

If your pocketbook doesn't allow you to buy a fancier holo like the Ozotics, and if you have access to the GOSH brand (or someone who can hook you up), it's a good substitute. I bought two bottles and paid for shipping to the U.S. from the UK, and it still cost me less than it would cost to order one bottle of Ozotic plus shipping, so it's much more cost-effective alternative to the higher-end linear holos.

To achieve this look, I used the following products:

CND Stickey base coat
One coat of Boggi Chrome Craze Nail Paint in Pure Chrome
Two coats of GOSH Holographic Hero
One coat of Seche Vite top coat

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Petrizzio Plum Noir Lipstick Swatches

The week before last, I received an unexpected package from Rocío of Makeup Like Graffiti blog. Rocío lives in Chile, and one of the lovely gifts she sent me was a lipstick from a Chilean brand called Petrizzio. The shade is Plum Noir. I took one look and knew it would be an absolutely perfect color for me. I love trying makeup from other countries, and this one is really nice -- it's very creamy, and applies with a nice, smooth opacity. I really, really love it. The color is a perfect plum color for fall, and I think I'll be wearing it often!

Look how pretty it is!

The below photo was taken indoors, with flash.

The below photo was taken in indirect natural light, no flash:

Have you ever tried a makeup product from another country that you just loved?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Paintbox Soapworks Mini-Haul

I used to have a serious soap problem. I love luxury soaps. Back in the fall of 2010, I went on a soap no-buy because I had so much soap, that I was sure I could go at least six months without buying any more. Well, after six months, I extended the no-buy because my stash was larger than I thought it was. I finally used up my last bar of soap this summer -- almost two years after starting my no-buy! (And during that time, I only broke my no-buy one time, and bought one bar of a soap that I couldn't resist getting.)

I was so excited to be able to buy luxury soaps again, and so the first soap-stop I made was at Paintbox Soapworks. I hadn't ordered from Haley's shop since January 2010, and I loved what I ordered and have been desperately working my way through my soap stash, anxiously waiting to get to a point where I had reduced my soap stash to nil and had to buy more.

Previously, I'd used her glycerine soaps in Man In The Moon, Lavender Truffle, Orange Crush, Gingermilk, Gold, Frankincense, & Myrrh, and a couple of others that I can't recall now. I also positively adored her Beet It soap, because 1) I have a bit of an obsession with beets (enough so that yes, I do have a beet tattooed on my body), and 2) the inspiration for that particular scent came from a silly beets vs. no beets debate I accidentally started in a forum conversation as a result of my passion for all things beety. I loved Hayley's glycerine soaps -- I have never encountered a simple glycerine soap before that was so highly fragrant, had a beautiful smooth surface, and with such a luxurious lather.

And so, as soon as my two-year-long soap no-buy was over, I hightailed it right for Paintbox Soapworks. I was extremely bummed to see that Beet It is no longer being sold, because to me, it's a perfect fall scent and I love its deep, shiny red color. But!!!  I was super jazzed to see that Hayley had expanded her soap product line to include hot process soaps. As much as I wanted to buy all of them, I tried to limit my purchase to only two. (I'm trying to not get into a situation again where my bathroom linen closet holds a veritable Great Wall of soap.)

I placed my Paintbox Soapworks order on September 2. It shipped on September 4, and I had my order in my grubby little hands on September 6 -- seriously the fastest turnaround time ever!

This is what I found in my package:

I ordered two hot process soaps, Mandinka and Whiskers. Hayley generously included two samples of her glycerine soaps, The Queen Is Dead and Blackbird.

Mandinka - "I'm dancing the Seven Veils...a heady & exotic blend of spiced honey, carnation, sandalwood & rich saffron. Deep burgundy shot with veins of gold, Mandinka is a deep, sexy blend reminiscent of sticky incense & shifting sands. Spicy & almost edible, it lingers on the skin as a rich honeyed floral, cut through with dry sandalwood and saffron. It's heady, languid & decidedly feminine." 

I had to get Mandinka not only because of how beautiful and exotic the scent description sounds, but because Mandinka is one of my favorite songs from the '80s. I've been singing it at the top of my voice in my car for ... hmm... 25 years now. Wow. Now I feel old.

Whiskers - "Dry, soft sandalwood, soothing vanilla & a trace of fresh air clinging to warm fur. Velvety soft ears. Warms paws in your lap. A small, pink nose. or a big wet one. Whiskers is dedicated to that wonderful weight of a four-legged friend curled up on the couch beside you. Bury your hands in their fur, scritch under their chins, tell them everything that's roiling around in your mind and they will sigh & purr in sympathy, contentment & adoration. Very quiet, soft & warm, Whiskers is a deeply comforting unisex scent in honor of our furry companions." 

The whole idea of a soap made in honor of our four-legged friends does kind of make me think of wet dog, but I promise you -- this soap does not in any way resemble the scent of wet dog! I used it in my bath tonight, and it is such an incredibly wonderful scent; my very first thought is this is the kind of soap couples will keep stealing from each other in the shower, because it's so wonderfully unisex. It's a beautiful vanilla sandalwood scent that's wrapped up in a warm, animalic musk, with the scent of something almost leathery that makes me think of being wrapped in a blanket on a cold night, snuggled up on a leather sofa, with a warm dog or two curled up with  me. I love it. Also, two hours after using it in the bath, I can still smell the scent very, very strongly on my skin -- but it's not overpoweringly unpleasant. I just love that the scent sticks to my skin!

I can't get over how pretty these two hot process soaps are. They're almost too pretty to use... almost. When the wrappings are removed, this is what they look like:

I love that aged, marbled look they both have (Mandinka on the left, Whiskers on the right. The smaller bars are The Queen Is Dead on the left and Blackbird on the right.)

The Queen Is Dead is a black soap with so much gold shimmer in it and such a beautifully smooth surface that part of me feels like it should be bezel-set and hung around my neck! Instead, I am using it as a hand soap. Here's the scent description: "The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen! Blackened honey, glossy leather & a glittering swirl of smoke rising from the earth. This is a truly wicked blend, inspired by the enormous black bees that hold forth in our garden as the earth scorches in the late summer heat. Sweet but sinister, certain not for the faint of heart, it calls to mind gothic queens with waspish waists and poisonous kisses." 

I really like The Queen Is Dead. It's another unisex scent -- very leathery and semi-sweet.

Blackbird - I couldn't wait to use this one either. It's also being used as a hand soap at my bathroom sink. Here is the description for this one: "The flutter of ebony feathers, razor-sharp claws. A proud, iridescent blend of sleek lavender ruffled by dark shadows of patchouli & musk. Deep & heady & a little bit wild, Blackbird blends herbaceous lavender with dark resins, sweet tonka bean & musk, & an earthy bit of clary sage & patchouli. It's a complex, slightly masculine scent, a different & dangerous take on lavender for those brave enough to come near." 

Well, I don't like lavender. It's probably my #1 most disliked fragrance, so I don't love this soap. I do love every other note in the description -- clary sage, for example, is one of  my most favorite scents in the world, and I love patchouli and musks, warm creamy tonka, and resinous notes. The use of so many scent notes that I love makes this a soap that I will use until it's finished, but the presence of the lavender means I probably won't ever order a full size bar. However, as I expected, the quality of the soap itself is outstanding -- it's smooth and has such a luxurious lather.

Paintbox Soapworks' hot process soaps are nut free and vegan. Her soaps contain no SLS's, propylene glycol or parabens.

The hot process soaps are $7 for a 5 oz. bar. The full size glycerine soaps are $6 for a 6 oz. bar. You can also order a sample collection of five glycerine soaps (of your choice!) for $6.

Paintbox Soapworks also sells Sorbetto Sugar Scrubs, Solid Scent Balms, and various creams and lotions, but I have not used any of those products, so can't comment on them.

So all of that is a really long-winded way of me telling you that you need to go check out Paintbox Soaps now and order! I'm already excited to take a shower in the morning so I can use my Whiskers soap again. I'm also really tempted now to pull out Mandinka and start using it even though that would mean I'd have four soaps in use in my bathroom all at once. And once I'm done with these, I'll be going back for more, you can bet on that!

EOTD with Fyrinnae Te Amo

I did a really simple neutral eye look last week using Fyrinnae's Te Amo as the main lid color. Here is Fyrinnae's description: "This shade is a glowing iridescent copper highlight, almost ghostly, despite how the photos make it appear. A sticky base makes more color come through, but it works well and 'glows' over regular primers." I seem to be reaching for Te Amo a lot lately; it's definitely among my favorite Fyrinnae colors. It's a great color to use when I wear neutral colors to the office, but want to add a little pizzazz to the look.

For this eye look I used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Brule on brow bone
Fyrinnae Te Amo on entire lid and inner half of lower lash line
Milani Brown Stone on outer lid and blended into crease and outer half of lower lash line
Fyrinnae Polar Bear around tear duct area
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline along upper lash line
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Flex mascara
For the brows, I used a brow powder that's still in the testing stage by one of my favorite indies

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Winterberry EOTD with Coastal Scents

I wore this eye look on either Thursday or Friday this week. It's been a crazy hectic week, which is why I can't remember, even though it wasn't that long ago! I used my Coastal Scents Winterberry palette for this look. I really love the Winterberry palette -- such gorgeous colors and endless combinations of colors for so many different, pretty looks. 

For this eye look I used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Brule on brow bone
Coastal Scents Winterberry #3 as transition between brow bone and crease
Coastal Scents Winterberry #7 in crease
Coastal Scents Winterberry #12 on outer lid and blended into crease and beneath outer half of lower lash line
Coastal Scents Winterberry #10 on center lid
Coastal Scents Winterberry #1 on inner lid and around tear duct area
Coastal Scents Winterberry #5 on inner half of lower lash line
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black on upper lash line
Sephora Nano eyeliner pencil in Pure White on lower waterline
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Flex mascara on upper lashes
Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Pop of Purple on lower lashes
For the brows, I used a brow powder that's still in the testing stage by one of my favorite indies

Monday, September 3, 2012

Auburn Hair for Autumn & Bronzed Makeup

I had auburn hair for years and years, and about three years ago, I stopped coloring it. I don't remember why. Anyway, about a month ago, I bought a box of L'Oreal Superior Preference in Medium Auburn, and finally decided to use it today.

When I saw the color of the red dye on my hair, I got a little worried that I'd gone way too red too fast, but once I got the color rinsed out and my hair dried, I decided I absolutely love it. I mean, I LOVE IT!!! I don't know why I stopped coloring my hair auburn. I will probably be keeping it up for a while. I love it so much. It makes me feel like me again! It's a nice bonus that my husband likes it, too.

Here's a picture of the back of my head, showing the reddish-auburn in the sunlight.

I also took the following photo today. One of the ladies in a makeup group I'm in wanted to see our "bronzed looks." It's hard for me to do a bronzed look without a summer tan, but I tried anyway as a last hoorah for the end of summer. Sure, summer isn't officially over for 3 weeks, but it's already been feeling autumnal here for a few weeks, and I'm so excited about autumn, that I've already been wearing a lot of fall colors and dreaming of pulling my sweaters out of storage. Since I can only imagine I'll be wearing nothing but fall colors for a while, it was fun to do one last summery look.

I didn't get any full-face pictures with my eyes open because it was so incredibly sunny that I was squinting in all of them. Also, I wore a dark auburn brow powder to match my new hairs. I'm not sure what I think about brows this color. Maybe I'm just not used to it.

Anyway, here's my "bronzed look" today.

Benefit The POREfessional primer
Mineralogie Cream Concealer #U3
Tarte Smooth Operator undereye concealer in Light
MAC Studio Fix in NC25
Bare Minerals Warmth
Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
Clinique Aglow blush
Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starburst
Guerlain Meteorites Perles in Teint Rose

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl Glitter Glue on eye area and beneath lower lash line
MAC Brule on brow bone
Chinovi Goddess on inner 3/4 of lid
Chinovi Divine on outer 1/4 of lid and blended into crease
Chinovi Nude Pearl Plus around tear duct area and beneath inner 1/3 of lower lash line
Chinovi Extra beneath outer 2/3 of lower lash line
Chinovi Hot Cocoa lining upper lashes
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Lycra Flex mascara
Unreleased dark auburn brow powder from an unnamed company I love!

Revlon Brown Sugar Lip Butter
Mark Glow Baby Glow lip gloss in Sun Luxe