Wednesday, October 30, 2013

EOTD with Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

Some products in this post were gifts and some were purchases I made.  


A couple of days ago, I posted about receiving Sugarpill's Cold Chemistry palette as a gift from a wonderful friend. Today, I have my first look using all four colors from the palette. 

So many looks you see online using Sugarpill are so over-the-top bold and bright, but I prefer to use the colors in a more wearable way for daytime/office wear. The Cold Chemistry eyeshadows applied very smoothly and practically blended themselves. My little crystal ball tells me I'll be using these eyeshadows a lot more in the future!






What I Used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light on brow bone
Sugarpill Soot & Stars on outer 1/3 of lid and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Sugarpill Subterranean on middle 1/3 of lid
Sugarpill Elemental Chaos in crease and beneath lower lash line
Sugarpill Diamond Eyes on inner 1/3 of lid and inner corner and to blend out Elemental Chaos
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Light on brow bone
Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil on waterline
Sugarpill Bulletproof to set waterline pencil
Kat Von D Tattoo liner in Trooper along upper lash line
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Anastasia Brow Fix
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Dark Auburn
Benefit They’re Real! mascara

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette

This was a gift. 

I know everyone and her mother blogged about the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry eyeshadow palette when it was first released, but my dear friend Jessi from Lacquered, Painted, Polished gifted me with the palette yesterday, and it's so pretty I had to blog about it.

I'd been lusting after this palette for about a year before it was officially released, but when it was finally available, I was in ultra-savings mode, and couldn't justify the expense, so I was positively over the moon when I received it as a gift from Jessi.

Look how pretty it is!



This photo was taken indoors in indirect sunlight, without flash:


This photo was taken outside in direct sunlight. Look how sparkly Soot & Stars is. It has so much fine rainbow sparkle it's ridiculous!


And now, on to the swatches. This first photo was taken indoors with flash:

L-R: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos, Subterranean

This second one was taken in indirect sunlight:

L-R: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos, Subterranean

This next photo was taken in indirect sunlight, with flash:

L-R: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos, Subterranean

This last photo was taken in direct sunlight: 

L-R: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos, Subterranean

I can't get over how highly pigmented each of the colors is. They are smooth as silk and applied like butter! For some reason in my swatch photos, Elemental Chaos looks a bit patchy, but it's not at all. I like it so much more than Sugarpill's other pressed purple eyeshadow, Poison Plum, and will wear it a lot more, I'm sure. I'm actually not sure which color of this palette is my favorite. They are all so stunning that I think they're all my favorite!

I'll post a look with this palette soon.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Ninja Polish Enter The Dragon

I purchased Enter The Dragon.
I received Nouveau Vintage as a gift.

Ninja Polish's Enter The Dragon is a glitter top coat that looks best worn over another color. When I first wore it over black, I was underwhelmed, but then I tried it on top of a couple of brown nail polishes, and I was positively overwhelmed by how much it really looks like dragon scales!

All week I've been wearing Enter The Dragon on top of Color Club's Nouveau Vintage. My apologies for the chips at the tips of my nails--as I said, I've been wearing this all week, and I type a lot at work, so chips are inevitable.

Click the images to view full-size for maximum glittery awesomeness!

In the next few pictures, I'm holding a bottle of Ninja Polish Enter The Dragon:





In these pictures, I'm holding a bottle of Color Club Nouveau Vintage, which is the "underwear" for Enter The Dragon:



Close-ups to show just how much rainbow sparkle is in Enter The Dragon: 


The blurry photo gives an idea of the ridiculous amount of sparkle Enter The Dragon gives off when it catches the light: 

In addition to Enter The Dragon, I also own a few other Ninja Polish "Dragon" polishes, which I'll have to post photos of soon, because they're all really fantastic!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Darling Girl Cosmetics' "Oh The Horror!" Swatches

I purchased some of these items and others were PR samples.


I’m going to tell you a secret that I’ve never told anyone else. 

<whispers> As much as I love Darling Girl Cosmetics, I wasn’t looking forward to this year’s “Oh The Horror!” Halloween collection when I first started seeing sneak preview swatches and color descriptions!!! </whisper>

Alright, so that may not be the most scandalous secret, but I still feel guilty because I should have known they'd be awesome, since Darling Girl never releases anything that's not awesome!

The reason I didn't think I'd like this collection because a significant portion of it is made up of colors that are “blackened” or that have black mica bases, and I’ve never, ever liked eyeshadow colors that are blackened, and another portion is made up of bright colors, which I'm still trying to get used to wearing, since I naturally gravitate toward neutrals. 

But then I received some PR samples, and liked loved them enough to buy the rest of the collection, too (except, somehow, the shades Bathed in Blood and Pumpkinhead must have slipped out of my shopping cart, because I managed to get all of the colors in this collection except for those two!) Through the process of experimenting with the colors in this collection, I discovered something about my taste in makeup that I didn’t know about before: I may not like blackened eyeshadow shades, but I actually LOVE them when I use them over a black eyeshadow base or black eyelid primer!!!

Since so many of the shadows in this collection change their appearance significantly when applied over a black base, I have swatched every color in this collection over both Darling Girl Glitter Glue and over Tick:Tock Cosmetics’ Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole.*

First up are, from left to right: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman/Attack of the 50 Foot Woman on black, Bad Ash/Bad Ash on black, Boogieman/Boogieman on black, Camp Blood/Camp Blood on black, and The Count/The Count on black.



The second set of swatches are, from left to right: Creature from the Black Lagoon/Creature from the Black Lagoon on black, Death by Unicorn/Death by Unicorn on black, Frankenstein/Frankenstein on black, Go Go Godzilla/Go Go Godzilla on black, and Heads Will Roll/Heads Will Roll on black. 



The next set of swatches are, from left to right: Here's Johnny!/Here's Johnny! on black, I Am Pain/I Am Pain on black, The Invisible Man/The Invisible Man on black, King Kong/King Kong on black, and Lonely Assassins/Lonely Assassins on black. 



The last set of swatches are, from left to right: Monster Within/Monster Within on black, The Mummy/The Mummy on black, Ripley's Cat/Ripley's Cat on black, Seven Days Later/Seven Days Later on black, and Sleep Kills/Sleep Kills on black. 



As you can see, some of the colors—particularly those that are “blackened,” like Creature From The Black Lagoon, Here's Johnny!, Monster Within, and King Konglook slightly muddy when swatched over Glitter Glue alone, but become incredibly intense and vibrant when swatched over a black base.

Some of my favorite colors from this collection are Creature from the Black Lagoon and Here’s Johnny! because not only are they gorgeous colors (particularly over a black base), but because they are off-the-hook sparkly. I also love the beautiful neutral duochrome of Frankenstein. However, my hands-down favorite shadow from the entire collection is Bad Ash. I don’t know what it is about that shade, but it's badass.

Here are some looks I've done using some of these colors:


Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (yellow), Go Go Godzilla (green), King Kong (blue)

Go, Go Godzilla used as liner

Creature From The Black Lagoon (blue) [along with Meow WTF (purple) and DGC Teenager Dream (pink)]

Frankenstein (lid), Sleep Kills (outer V/crease)

Heads Will Roll (inner lid), Here's Johnny! (outer lid) [along with DGC Shy Violet to highlight]

I Am Pain (lid), Lonely Assassins (outer corner), Death By Unicorn (crease). 
I posted more about this look here


Do you have any favorites from Darling Girl’s Oh The Horror! collection?



* I photographed all of these swatches in several different lighting environments, but I have only included the swatches that were taken in natural lighting with flash because they provided the most accurate color and sparkle. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Autumn LOTD with Chinovi Cosmetics

I have nothing to disclose. 

Autumn is in full swing here in the Rocky Mountain region, which means that we're surrounded by trees with the most vibrant and amazing fall colors--cinnamons, pumpkins, and golds--and of course, the evergreens are still a verdant green.

I've worn this look several times over the past couple of months and love it so much that I figured I'd do it for a blog post. I wore three of my favorite Chinovi Cosmetics eyeshadows: Punkins, Kettle, and Sauced. I really love how they make my blue eyes pop!







EYES
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Chinovi - Punkins on inner 1/3 of lid and beneath inner 1/3 of lower lash line
Chinovi - Kettle on middle 1/3 of lid and beneath middle 1/3 of lower lash line
Chinovi - Sauced on outer 1/3 of lid and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Wet'n'Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in Fair/Light on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath brows, inner corner, and beneath outer corner
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Olive on waterline
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black along upper lash line
Elizabeth Mott It's So Big mascara
Anastasia Brow Fix
Chinovi brow powder in Dark Brown and Dark Auburn

FACE
Illamasqua Emerge Cream Pigment blended with Dermablend Quick-Fix Illuminator in Pearl to cover undereye circles
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in Buff Beige
Wet'n'Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in Fair/Light
Chinovi blush - unreleased shade
Guerlain Meteorites in Teint Rose

LIPS
Wet'n'Wild Cherry Bomb lipstick

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Chinovi Cosmetics "Costume Shop" Swatches

I purchased these products.


Today, I have swatches for you of Chinovi Cosmetics' Halloween collection of eyeshadows, Costume Shop. I really love Chinovi eyeshadows and think they have the best formula of any indie company I've used. The Costume Shop shadows are no exception. 

This first photo was taken indoors, in natural lighting. 

Chinovi's Costume Shop listings provide a description of each color, ingredients, and whether or not it's lip safe. I'll provide here the color description. If you want the rest of the info, please go check out the Costume Shop. 
  • ET is an alien skin green with a gold shift and soft copper sparkles.
  • Ghost is a light taupe with purple sparkles. It kind of reminds us of old brains!
  • Goblin is a very brown based green. Or is a a green based brown? We aren't to sure either! It does have some gold and green sheen and green sparkles.
  • Vampire is an in your face bright red with lots of silver shimmer and sparkle.
  • Witch is a soft medium purple with blue and teal sparkles.
  • Zombie is an almost black dark silver with lots of bronze and purple sparkles.

In addition to the Costume Shop collection that I ordered, I received two samples of Chinovi's upcoming Fall/Thanksgiving eyeshadows, Autumn Salad and Cranberry Sauce, which I've also swatched here. 

The first photo was taken indoors, in natural lighting. 
First column, top to bottom: Goblin, Ghost, ET
Second column, top to bottom: Zombie, Witch, Vampire
Third column, top to bottom: Cranberry Sauce, Autumn Salad



The second photo was taken indoors, in natural lighting, with flash: 


First column, top to bottom: Goblin, Ghost, ET
Second column, top to bottom: Zombie, Witch, Vampire
Third column, top to bottom: Cranberry Sauce, Autumn Salad


The last photo was taken in direct sunlight: 

First column, top to bottom: Goblin, Ghost, ET
Second column, top to bottom: Zombie, Witch, Vampire
Third column, top to bottom: Cranberry Sauce, Autumn Salad

From the Costume Shop, my favorite colors are Goblin and Witch. they both seem the most complex; however, I find that I'm reaching for Ghost the most often because it's great for highlighting. Vampire is probably my least favorite, but only because I can't seem to pull off vibrant reds around my eyes. (Vampire is lip safe, so I may try it on my lips next!)

Of all of these colors, I think Autumn Salad is my favorite, though, and now I can't wait for the Fall/Thanksgiving collection! Autumn Salad is green, but it has the most beautiful coppery sparkles, which I tried and tried, but just could not capture with my camera. 

What do you think of Chinovi's Costume Shop collection? 


Friday, October 18, 2013

EOTD with Darling Girl's Oh The Horror Collection

I bought these products.


I have been really having fun playing with Darling Girl Cosmetics' "Oh The Horror" collection of Halloween eyeshadows. I plan to swatch the collection this weekend, assuming we have some decent sunshine. 

In the meantime, I used Seven Days Later, I Am Pain, and Death By Unicorn in today's look. I really love how I Am Pain looks over the black base. 




Products used:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over lid/brow bone, and beneath lower lashes
Tick:Tock Cosmetic's Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole on lid only
Darling Girl Cosmetics (DGC) Glitter Glue all over lid/brow bone, beneath lower lashes
DGC I Am Pain on lid and beneath lower lash line
DGC Seven Days Later on outer corner of lid and beneath lower lash line
DGC Death By Unicorn in crease
DGC Calla on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath brow
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black along upper lash line
Elizabeth Mott It's So Big Volumizing Mascara
Anastasia Brow Fix
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Dark Auburn


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Geek Chic Cosmetics Witchcraft & Wizardry Collection

I have nothing to disclose.


Geek Chic Cosmetics recently released a Harry Potter-inspired collection of eyeshadows called Witchcraft & Wizardy. Before I went on vacation last month, I ordered a limited edition set of the shadows that came packed in a cute little tin. When I got back from my vacation, it was waiting for me, and I ripped right into it. (I used each color right away, and shared some of the colors with a friend, which is why the jars don't look fresh and clean. I didn't think to take photos before using the shadows from this collection.)

Here is the outside of the limited edition tin: 



Here is a photo of the colors packed in the tin with the cute labels on top: 



These are bottom labels with the color names and ingredient information:



These are what the eyeshadows look like in their jars: 



These swatches were taken in natural lighting. (My apologies that they're a little messy--I had lost track of time and was about to be late to a lunch date with a friend, and so I chose to pound out some quick swatches.)

Top, L-R: House Elf, Always, Mischief Managed
Bottom, L-R: Headmaster, Golden Trio, You Know Who


These swatches were taken with flash:

Top, L-R: House Elf, Always, Mischief Managed
Bottom, L-R: Headmaster, Golden Trio, You Know Who


Today, I wore Mischief Managed as a single-color wash with You Know Who used as eyeliner*. I think these are my two favorite colors from this collection, although I really like all of the colors and hope to use them and the other colors in more looks soon. 




* I did use Truffle and Peach from the Sleek iDivine Primer Palette on my lids prior to applying the eyeshadow, which is why Mischief Managed looks slightly deeper on my eye photos than on my hand swatch. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Blog Works Again!

I have been unable to log into blogger for months and months now. It turns out there was some sort of issue caused by an add-on, and my husband fixed it yesterday, which means hopefully I'm back and I'll be able to post again! Of course, we're heading into the dark months of the year, when it's more difficult to get good light for photos, but I'll do what I can. I'm looking forward to reviving this blog!