Friday, June 29, 2012

Random Looks from June

I haven't updated in over a week! Things have been crazy around here. However, today is the first day of a 10 day "staycation", and I'm hoping to have some time to play with makeup, take photos, and update my blog.

I found a bunch of Look Of The Day photos on my camera that I know I took during the month of June. I have no idea what I was wearing in most of them, but thought I'd post them here anyway, to remind myself of some of the looks I did. It also appears to be a photo documentation of the number of bad hair days I had this month!

This smoky eye look is my favorite of the bunch. I have no idea what brand or shades I'm wearing, but it should be easy to recreate. Gorgeous jewelry is by Alicia Stardust at Elements & Artifacts.

I like this simple, neutral look. Perfect for a day at the office:

My favorite part of this look is the lip color. I think it may have been MAC New York Apple, but am not entirely certain. Another simple, neutral look for the office: 

I remember this look and remember loving the way my eyes looked, but now, I have no clue what brand or shades I was using. I love the necklace and earrings in this photo - I bought them in Bratislava a couple of years ago for only 4 Euros for the set!

The primary eyeshadow on my lid is Virus Insanity Eyeshadow's "Clawdeen," which might possibly be the singularly most complex and amazing eyeshadow I've encountered so far. Clawdeen is described as "a shimmery medium brown with iridescence that shifts from green to gold to purple." As you can see from the photo, it is definitely not your run-of-the-mill brown. In fact, when I am wearing it, I see less brown than gold, silver, purple, green, rose, and even a bit of aqua. Everyone needs this color. It's beyond amazing! The gorgeous Labradorite pendant and custom earrings are by Alicia Stardust at Elements & Artifacts

A really bad hair day, but my eyes looked so pretty! I think the lid color was Sugarpill's Lumi with Milani Brown Stone in the crease, but again, just not positive about it! No idea what the lip color was. Too bad -- it's pretty! I wish you could see the earrings in this photo better. They are so super cute and were a gift from Alicia Stardust at Elements & Artifacts

And these last two I added because they make me laugh. One of the weekly video challenges for a makeup group I'm in was "drunk makeup" or "non-dominant-hand makeup." So I mixed myself a deelishus whipped vodka + juice beverage or three, and decided it would be a brilliant idea to do drunken makeup with my non-dominant hand. This was the result. I'm three sheets to the wind in these photos, which makes me laugh even more at the cheeziness of them. The lip color is Geek Chic's Chrysalis Joystick, which is an awesome, bright, metallic purple.

I look just downright scary in this photo. That's what happens when I'm drunkenly applying my makeup with my left-hand!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The "Not An '80s Band" Collection from Darling Girl Cosmetics

Note: Several weeks after this post was written, the name of the collection and the eyeshadow color names were changed. This post reflects all of the new/current names.

I am a child of the '80s and I looooove '80s music (and a certain band that shall remain unnamed for legal purposes)!

A couple months ago, Susan of Darling Girl Cosmetics and I were discussing our mutual love for [unnamed popular '80s band], when Susan had the idea that we should collaborate on a collection of eyeshadows inspired by the music of this band. So we put our heads together, came up with a list of songs we loved, and eye shadow colors/finishes that we should thought would represent each song.

And thus was born the Not An '80s Band collection of Darling Girl mineral eyeshadows.

I received samples of the colors today and couldn't wait to swatch them. Unfortunately, I forgot to pull the shade in the room where I took the photos, so the swatches are lighter on the left half from the sunlight and darker on the right half from the shadow. :/   (All swatches are over Darling Girl Glitter Glue.)

Here you go, the Not An '80s Band collection in all its glory.

Top row, L-R: After You've Gone, Blue Silver, Cut Me Deep, Shooting Star
Middle row, L-R: Miles From Nowhere, On The Hunt, Tell Me Now, Lonely Satellite
Bottom row, L-R: No Sign of Life, Dancing on the Sand, One Night Stand, Razor's Edge

L-R: After You've Gone, Blue Silver, Cut Me Deep, Shooting Star

L-R: Miles From Nowhere, On The Hunt, Tell Me Now, Lonely Satellite

L-R: No Sign of Life, Dancing on the Sand, One Night Stand, Razor's Edge

I randomly took a few up-close photos to show you the sparkles in the colors:

L-R: Cut Me Deep, Shooting Star

On The Hunt

No Sign Of Life

Top to bottom: Shooting Star, Cut Me Deep, Blue Silver, After You've Gone
(Look at all the pink sparkle in Shooting Star!!!!)

Top to Bottom: On The Hunt, Miles From Nowhere, Shooting Star, Cut Me Deep

Top to Bottom: Razor's Edge, One Night Stand, Dancing on the Sand, No Sign of Life, Lonely Satellite, Tell Me Now

Here are individual swatches of each color. 

After You've Gone

Blue Silver

Cut Me Deep

Shooting Star

Miles From Nowhere

On the Hunt

Tell Me Now

Lonely Satellite

No Sign of Life

Dancing on the Sand

One Night Stand

Razor's Edge

I honestly don't know which colors are my favorite. They all turned out so beautifully. I think the first few I'll play with are After You've Gone and Lonely Satellite. And I cannot wait to use Shooting Star as a liner -- with all of those hot pink sparkles mixed in with the black shadow, it is going to be beyond pretty.

I'm not sure of the exact date that Darling Girl plans to release this collection, but I think it's imminent -- within the next few weeks. ETA: You can buy it HERE!

Do you see any favorites that you just have to have?

* PR samples were a gift from Darling Girl Cosmetics

Monday, June 18, 2012

Light Yellow & Steel Green for Monday

I love how today's eye look came out. I never would have thought wearing yellow and green would look so good on me, but these shades were really flattering.

Apparently I forgot to a take a picture with both of my eyes closed, and also, my formerly neatly-groomed brows must have gotten mussed up when I put my clothes on. What can I say? It's Monday!

Coastal Scents 88 Cool Shimmer Palette chart was shamelessly stolen from Blix (with her approval).

Mineralogie Cream Concealer #U3
Urban Decay De-Slick
MAC Studio Fix NC25
NARS Orgasm blush
Guerlain Meteorites in Teint Rose

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Darling Girl Glitter Glue
Geek Chic Newb on entire brow bone
MAC Claire de Lune on inner half of lid and blended up into crease
MAC Olive on outer half of lid and blended up into crease
Coastal Scents Cool Shimmer Palette #34 - on top of Claire de Lune
Coastal Scents Cool Shimmer Palette #29 mixed with #33 on top of Olive
Coastal Scents Cool Shimmer Palette #33 beneath lower lash line
MAC Brun to lightly contour inner eye area
Ben Nye MagiCream Liner in Black MC-01 to tightline upper and lower lash lines
Wet'n'Wild Copper eye liner on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara on lower lashes
Urban Decay Supercurl mascara on upper lashes
MAC Brun on eyebrows
Anastasia Brow Fix

Brazen Cosmetics Lola lip gloss

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mercy Moi!

I have a new favorite purple eyeshadow! That takes a lot for me to say, because really, all purple eyeshadows are my favorite purple eyeshadows. I mean, I really love purple eyeshadows and I have a ton of them and they're all gorgeous.

However, I received an order of samples this week from Moi Minerals, and one of the shadow samples I ordered was "Mercy", which is described as "Deep purple/blue lights when applied and then color shifts to a rose/copper...becomes more metallic rose copper when wet."

Holly from Moi Minerals generously upgraded my sample of Mercy to a full size, and she couldn't have picked a better color to do it with. I am in love with Mercy! It's an incredibly complex color, but to my eye, it's predominantly purple, but it definitely looks more rose/copper in certain lights.

I had to take a ton of photos of this color on my eyes (it's the main lid color in the below EOTD photos), as well as swatches, and a photo of the shadow in the jar.

So here you go, Mercy from Moi Minerals:

This photo is very close to the true color I see in the jar. In real life, it may have a tiny bit more of an amethyst purple about it.

The following swatches were taking in various lighting settings.

Do you have a favorite purple eyeshadow? I'd love to know about it!