Saturday, November 30, 2013

EOTD: BFTE Cocoa and Double Chocolate (aka Neutral With a Kick!)

I purchased this. 

I did another super easy look the other day with two main neutral colors, BFTE Cocoa and BFTE Double Chocolate. BFTE describes Cocoa as "dark neutral toned brown with silver shimmer." It's really shimmery, and the silver shimmer has a bluish cast. I even added a tiny bit of Sugarpill Lumi (white with turquoise sheen") in the very centermost part of my eyelid, and it made hardly a difference at all because Cocoa has its own bluish shimmer. 



I really love this look because as simple as it is, and even though it's neutral and office-appropriate, it's got an extra bit of kick with all of that silver-but-really-looks-blue shimmer. I'm going to keep this one in mind for those days when I'm running late and need something fast and simple but fun.

What I used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue
BFTE Cocoa on lid and beneath inner ½ of lower lash line
BFTE Double Chocolate in crease and beneath outer ½ of lower lash line
Sugarpill Lumi lightly dappled in center of lid
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath brow and inner corner
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Anastasia Brow Fix eyebrow primer
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Dark Auburn


Friday, November 29, 2013

EOTD: Mon Ennui Hyperbole Blue, Blindfold, Sea Dragon, Pink Mist, Oil Slick, Tesla Coil, and Slipper

I bought this.

I did a swap recently with a girl in a makeup group I'm in, and I ended up with ~30 samples of Mon Ennui ("ME") eye shadows. I've heard great things about ME, but the prices are so high, that I've never tried them before. I understand now why people rave. ME's shadows are so sparkly, richly pigmented, and of incredibly high quality. I had so much fun playing with them for the first time.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance around entire eye area
Darling Girl around entire eye area
Sugarpill Tako on brow bone
Mon Ennui Hyperbole Blue on lid
Sugarpill Bulletproof in outer corner
Mon Ennui Blindfold in crease
Mon Ennui Pink Mist above crease
Mon Ennui Sea Dragon beneath lower lashes
Mon Ennui Tesla Coil around tear duct area
Mon Ennui Slipper to highlight beneath brow
Mon Ennui Oil Slick lightly dabbled with a damp brush in the center of lid
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil on waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi brow powders in Dark Auburn and Dark Brown

Thursday, November 28, 2013

EOTD: Thanksgiving Look with Original Naked Palette & Glitter!

I purchased this.

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for so many things, included being back to blogging for the past couple of months! I really feel like it's giving me a creative outlet that helps me maintain my sanity. Thanks to all of you who read and comment and keep it fun!

I'm also grateful for my family and friends. Today, we had Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house and I stuffed my belly full of amazingly delicious Thanksgiving goodies.

I was going to recreate a dramatic look that I posted a few days ago, but I was running late (the story of my life!) and decided to go with a soft, neutral look, but add some glitter for the festive holiday. I pulled out my Naked palette, as I haven't given it enough love lately.


 Ugh, every single picture I took from this angle turned out blurry! 
I guess my camera couldn't handle too much Naked awesomeness!



WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over eye area
MAC Indianwood Paint Pot on lid, blended into crease and along lower lash line
MAC Painterly Paint Pot on brow bone
Urban Decay (UD) W.O.S. on brow bone
UD Naked to transition from brow bone to crease
UD Buck in crease
UD Darkhorse in outer corner and lightly blended into crease, and along outer 1/3 of lower lashes
UD Half Baked on outer 2/3 of lid
UD Toasted on inner 1/3 of lid
UD Smog along outer 2/3 of lower lash line
UD Sin along inner 1/3 of lower lash line
UD Virgin around tear duct area
UD Creep smudged along upper lash line
Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Gel Eyeliner in Funk lining upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Auburn and Dark Brown

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

EOTD: Darling Girl Custom Color-Anam Cara- plus Swag and Tank Taupe

I purchased this.

I recently asked Susan at Darling Girl Cosmetics to create a custom eye shadow for me. The end result was this beautiful smoky purple with lots of sparkle that I named "Anam Cara." I paired it with Swag, which is a similar color, but lighter, and with the matte Tank Taupe. I am going to be wearing Anam Cara a lot--it's the perfect purple for me!





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over eye area
MAC Painterly paint pot on brow bone
Darling Girl In Living Color Shadow Base in Little Black Dress on lid
Darling Girl Glitter Glue all over eye area
Urban Decay W.O.S. on brow bone
Darling Girl Tank Taupe as a transition between crease and brow bone
Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil smudged along outer 2/3 of lower lashline
Darling Girl Anam Cara on outer 2/3 of lid, blended into crease, and outer 2/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Swag on inner 1/3 of lid, blended into crease, and inner 1/3 of lower lash line and tear duct area
MAC Blan Type to highlight immediately beneath eyebrow
Rimmel ScandalEyez Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude on waterline
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Elizabeth Mott They're So Big mascara
Chinovi brow powders in Dark Auburn and Dark Brown

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EOTD: Chequered Lily Pharaoh's Curse, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Samhain, Monster's Bride, Snow Glass Apples

I purchased this.

On Sunday, I posted a review of my first order from Chequered Lily Apothecary, then posted my first look with some of those colors yesterday. Today, I used several more of my new Chequered Lily eye shadows. I am very happy with how easily they all applied and blended.

Photos were taken in indirect sunlight with flash fill.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
Chequered Lily Pharaoh's Curse on inner 1/3 of lid and crease
Chequered Lily Dead Men Tell No Tales on center 1/3 of lid, crease, and tear duct area
Chequered Lily Samhain on outer 1/3 of lid and crease
Chequered Lily Snow, Glass, Apples to blend out crease
Chequered Lily Monster's Bride beneath lower lashes
Chequered Lily Penny Arcade lining upper lashes
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural on brow bone
Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil on waterline
Elizabeth Mott They're So Big mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Dark Auburn

Monday, November 25, 2013

EOTD: Chequered Lily Fireflies, Snake Charmer, Pharaoh's Curse, Snow Glass Apples

I purchased this.

Today's look features Chequered Lily Apothecary again. I'm having so much fun playing with the eye shadow samples I got from there. I am absolutely head-over-heels for Fireflies, especially when worn with Snake Charmer, as I find them highly complimentary.

Photos were taken in indirect sunlight with flash fill.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
Tick:Tock Cosmetics Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole on lid and beneath lower lashes
Chequered Lily Fireflies all over lid and beneath lower lashes
Chequered Lily Pharaoh's Curse around tear duct area
Chequered Lily Snake Charmer in crease and blended onto brow bone
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural on brow bone
Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil on waterline, lining upper lashes, and below outer 1/3 of lower lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Dark Brown brow powder

Sunday, November 24, 2013

EOTD: Darling Girl Cosmetics Crucifixion, Red Door, & Honey Pot

I purchased this.

In a makeup group I'm in, this week's challenge is "DRAMATIC!" I don't do well with dramatic because 1) it's just not "me", and 2) I don't have may opportunities to wear dramatic makeup, and 3) dramatic implies using false eyelashes, and I have a hate-hate relationship with falsies.

Still, it's Sunday, and what better way to spend an afternoon than playing around with making a dramatic (for me) look? I used three eye shadows from Darling Girl Cosmetics that are incredibly deep and rich. And no, I did NOT wear falsies. I opened my drawer of falsies, gave them aaaalll the finger, and closed it right up again. Ha!




What I Used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl (DGC) Glitter Glue
DGC Crucifixion all over lid and beneath lower lashes
DGC Red Door in crease
DGC Honey Pot above crease and around tear duct area
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural on brow bone
MAC Brule to highlight
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper to line around entire eye area
Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil on waterline
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powder in Dark Brown

Review & Swatches: Chequered Lily Apothecary *PIC HEAVY*

I purchased this.


Chequered Lily Apothecary has been on my radar for a while, but I didn’t pay too close attention to them simply because I'd only heard the name, but never seen anyone use their products. Then, in late-October, I saw Swedish Beauty Junkie’s swatches of some of Chequered Lily’s eyeshadows, as well as their names.  Not only am I a sucker for pretty colors, but I’m a sucker for specific types of marketing ploys, and when products are named after geeky things I love, you can be sure I’ll whip out my wallet ASAP. In this case, it was the Neil Gaiman- and David Bowie-inspired names of some eye shadows (Neverwhere; Snow, Glass, Apples; Jareth 2.0) that drew me in, leaving me with the inexorable desire to throw my PayPal account in Chequered Lily Apothecary’s general direction.

I ordered a set of ten eye shadow samples. It’s a custom set, so I was able to select each of the ten colors. A set of ten samples is $5.50 plus $1.50 for U.S. shipping, for a total of $7, which is a really good price.

I ordered late at night on October 26. The package shipped on October 30, and I received a nice email giving me a heads up that the package was on its way and I should be on the lookout for a bright green envelope. On November 1, I found that bright green envelope in my mailbox and held it in my hands for approximately one-eighth of a second before ripping right into it.

I opened that sucker so quickly that I failed to stop and take pictures or even note the packaging. If I recall correctly, all of the sample baggies were wrapped neatly in paper…but to be honest, that could have been the other product order I received in my mail on the same day. Either way, I can tell you I was not unhappy with the packaging! The samples came with a business card that indicates all of the places where Chequered Lily has an online presence.


I received the ten eye shadows I had ordered: Haunted, Monster's Bride, Pharaoh's Curse, The Labyrinth, Haute Cocoa, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Snow Glass Apples, Fireflies, Samhain, and Snake Charmer. In addition, the shop owner also included two additional samples of her choosing: Penny Arcade and Cast No Reflection.

Now I’ll get to the nitty gritty of this post – the swatches!

All photos were applied over Darling Girl Cosmetics’ Glitter Glue and taken at differing angles in direct sunlight.

I took two sets of photos so the swatches wouldn't be cramped together. This is the first six. 

Top row, L-R: Cast No Reflection, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Haunted
Bottom row, L-R: Fireflies, Haute Cocoa, The Labyrinth

Top row, L-R: Cast No Reflection, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Haunted
Bottom row, L-R: Fireflies, Haute Cocoa, The Labyrinth

Top row, L-R: Cast No Reflection, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Haunted
Bottom row, L-R: Fireflies, Haute Cocoa, The Labyrinth

L-R: Cast No Reflection, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Haunted

L-R: Fireflies, Haute Cocoa, The Labyrinth

Following is the second set of six swatches. 

Top row, L-R: Monster’s Bride, Penny Arcade, Pharaohs Curse
Bottom row, L-R: Samhain, Snake Charmer, and Snow Glass Apples

Top row, L-R: Monster’s Bride, Penny Arcade, Pharaohs Curse
Bottom row, L-R: Samhain, Snake Charmer, and Snow Glass Apples

Top row, L-R: Monster’s Bride, Penny Arcade, Pharaohs Curse
Bottom row, L-R: Samhain, Snake Charmer, and Snow Glass Apples

L-R: Monster’s Bride, Penny Arcade, Pharaohs Curse

L-R: Samhain, Snake Charmer, and Snow Glass Apples


Five of the twelve colors I received that I find to be either significantly enhanced or dramatically different when applied over a black base--Haunted, Fireflies, Penny Arcade, Snake Charmer, and Snow Glass Apples. 

I used Tick:Tock Cosmetics Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole under these swatches.

Top row, L-R: Haunted, Fireflies, Penny Arcade
Bottom row, L-R: Snake Charmer, Snow Glass Apples

Top row, L-R: Haunted, Fireflies, Penny Arcade
Bottom row, L-R: Snake Charmer, Snow Glass Apples

Top row, L-R: Haunted, Fireflies, Penny Arcade
Bottom row, L-R: Snake Charmer, Snow Glass Apples

L-R: Haunted, Fireflies, Penny Arcade

L-R: Snake Charmer, Snow Glass Apples

I really like the formula. I think the eye shadows are smooth, well-blended, and easy to apply. The colors are very rich from their strong pigmentation.

While I like most of the colors I chose, my favorite color by a mile is Fireflies. It is an ultra-sparkly duochrome, with bits of super fine, flakey-like sparkles mixed in with the eye-safe micro-glitter. I also adore the rich hues of Snake Charmer and Dead Men Tell No Tales, along with the glowing sheen of Snow, Glass, Apples. The only color I didn’t like is Penny Arcade, but I think it was significantly improved when applied over a black base. 

Chequered Lily Apothecary has a new fan! Chequered Lily’s prices are quite reasonable, the shipping is speedy, and the quality of product is excellent—especially considering the relatively low price.

I am very happy with this purchase and can’t wait to do a few looks with my new eye shadows. I hope to post the first one within the next day or two. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

EOTD: Sugar Skull Minerals Ugly Ducking, Velocity, Secrets Secrets, Mermaid, On Thin Ice

PR sample.

I just realized I have close to 200 followers. I guess when I reach 200 I'll have to celebrate with a giveaway! Now I have to figure out what to give away. I'll put my thinking cap on!

I haven't pulled out my Sugar Skull Minerals eye shadows in quite some time, so it was fun to play with them again. I don't think the company is around anymore, which is unfortunate, because when I first encountered Sugar Skull, it was a fledgling mineral makeup company that seemed to have a lot of promise. At least I still have a few items from them that I can enjoy for quite some time to come.

All photos were taken in indirect sunlight with a flash fill.






WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance on entire lid area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue on entire lid area
Sugar Skull Ugly Duckling on inner 1/3 of lid
Sugar Skull Secrets, Secrets on outer 2/3 of lid
Sugar Skull Velocity in crease
Sugar Skull First Date to blend out crease
Sugar Skull Mermaid beneath lower lashes
Sugar Skull On Thin Ice around tear duct area
Urban Decay W.O.S. on brow bone
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper along upper lash line
Milani ShadowEyez in Almond Cream on lower waterline
Elizabeth Mott They’re So Big mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

EOTD: MOI Minerals - Diego, Pandora, Swiss Mocha

I purchased this.

I don't know why I haven't given my MOI Minerals eye shadows much love lately. They are really complex and beautiful. Now that I remember how much I love them, I'll be pulling them out more often!





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
MOI Diego on inner and outer 1/3 of lid & blended into crease
MOI Pandora in center of lid & blended into crease
MOI Swiss Mocha in outer corner and beneath lower lash line
Urban Decay Naked 2 to blend out crease
Urban Decay W.O.S. on brow bone and to blend out Swiss Mocha
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath brow
Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Liner Pencil smudged along upper and lower lash lines and waterlines
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics  Dark Brown and Dark Auburn brow powders


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

EOTD: Starlooks Topaz Eye Pencil & EM Michelle Phan Teal Tease Waterliner

I purchased this.
Referral links.

I received this month's Ipsy Glam Bag this past Thursday. I thought it was strange that they sent me two eyeliner pencils--a Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Topaz (i.e., silver) and an EM Michelle Phan Waterliner Intense Color Eyeliner in Teal Tease. 


I wasn't particularly excited about either color, since they're eye liner colors I rarely use. But then I swatched them side-by-side on the back of my hand, and was completely wowed by seeing them together.


So I decided to do a look using both of these eye liners.




I really like how well the silver and teal compliment each other, and I liked the simplicity of the look even though they're colors I rarely wear. The EM Michelle Phan Waterliner pencil really stuck to my waterline, too. I'm really interested in trying out more of her waterline pencils since I usually have such a hard time keeping color on my waterline for more than about two seconds!

WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance on entire eye area
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural all over lid, brow bone, and beneath lower lashes
MAC Blanc Type to highlight inner corner and beneath brows
MAC Charcoal brown in crease
Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Topaz lining entire eye
EM Michelle Phan Waterliner Intense Color Eyeliner in Teal Tease along upper lash line and lower waterline
Elizabeth Mott They're So Big! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil in Seal Brown