Monday, December 30, 2013

EOTD: Darling Girl Leviathan and Black Arabian

I purchased this.

I wasn't going to blog this look because I can't remember everything I used to create the look, and I only have the one photo. But it turned out so pretty that I figured why not toss it up on my blog so I don't forget about it?

For this look, I used Darling Girl Cosmetics Leviathan on the lid, beneath the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line, and Black Arabian in the crease and the rest of the lower lash line. I don't remember what I used on the tear duct area.

Leviathan is a stunning teal with an incredibly strong green duuchrome--in the photo below, you can really see the green up near the crease, but it shifts around, depending on the light. If you like teal and you like duochromes, add this one to your Darling Girl wishlist. I'd had it on mine for months and months, and can't believe it took me so long to finally buy it. I should have bought it a long time ago!


Daily Lovelies Giveaway

Nothing to disclose.

I just found out that today is the last day to enter The Daily Lovelies blog giveaway. The Daily Lovelies is an indie cosmetics and nail polish company that I recently learned about. I have a few of their eyeshadows, but I haven't reviewed them yet. I really liked my initial swatches, so I'm looking forward to reviewing the product soon. In the meantime, if you enter the blog giveaway today, you can get a chance to win a whole bunch of Daily Lovelies eyeshadows and Sigma brushes. Good luck!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review & Swatches: Eccentric Cosmetics

I purchased this.

I recently heard about an Etsy-based indie cosmetics company called Eccentric Cosmetics. I saw some swatches in a makeup group I'm in, and they looked so pretty and ultra-sparkly that I just couldn't resist the urge to throw my money in Eccentric's direction. 

Shipping
Eccentric is based in Australia, but shipping was really fast to the U.S. I ordered on November 30. On December 2, the owner sent me a message letting me know it had posted. I received the package on December 9. In my experience, that is amazing turnaround time, even with shipping from Australia to the U.S.

Customer Service
When I ordered, I asked the owner a quick question in the comments field of the order form. (My question had to do with making sure it was cool to order both a blogger review pack as well as a regular sample pack.) The owner responded right away, and was very friendly--great customer service!


Packaging
The order was sent in a bubble mailer, and inside was the cutest little package with a business card. The sample baggies were neatly packed up in baggies inside of the plastic bag pictured here. It was a pleasure to open such a thoughtfully and neatly arranged package.

I ordered both a blogger review pack (5 samples of my choice) and an additional 10-sample pack (again, colors of my choice). I received everything I ordered as well as two additional samples, for a total of 17 eye shadow samples.


Price
Full size eyeshadows are USD $6.00 each. The sample baggies have 1/4 teaspoon of loose eyeshadow in them, and are $6.00 for a five-pack or $12.00 for a 10-pack. 

Product Descriptions and Swatches
Following are Eccentric's descriptions of each of the eyeshadows I received, along with my swatches. 

  • Archangel - vanilla with multicolor sparks.
  • Artificial Intelligence - purplish red shifts to a coppery orange, transforms to a golden green, depending upon the angle and how close to the light the eyeshadow is. Filled with blue and green sparkles. 
  • Biological Manipulation - metallic copper rose shifts to metallic golden sheen over an olive green base. 
  • Digital Love - light pink base changes to a deep pink, and a warm lilac purple. The sparkling highlights change from aqua to green, depending upon the lighting and the angle. 
  • Faint Young Sun - metallic gold sheen with a red undertone. Filled with orange sparks. 
  • Lychee - silverish white with multicolour sparks.

Top row, L-R: Archangel, Artificial Intelligence, Biological Manipulation
Bottom row, L-R: Digital Love, Faint Young Sun, Lychee


Mischievous Punkmetallic red sheen with a purple matte undertone, filled with purple sparks. 
Munchies - shimmery acid green filled with blue sparks.
Mystic glowing blue with flashes of purple, and greenish yellow sparkles. 
Nomad metallic army green filled with red and orange sparks. 
Otta Bengawarm brown with a gold duochrome filled with red shimmers, silver, and gold sparkles.
Peachy warm creamsicle orange with violet shift filled with purple sparks.

Top row, L-R: Mischievous Punk, Munchies, Mystic
Bottom row, L-R: Nomad, Otta Benga, Peachy


Safety Netpale bronze with turquoise shimmers, filled with orange, and gold sparks.
Sea Spiritreddish brown undertone with a green sheen that shifts to aqua at different angles. Filled with blue and red sparks.
Swimming Elephantbeautiful lush emerald over a matte grey base, with turquoise, and gold sparkles. 
Underagepale taupe with gold shimmers.
Urban Graffitiblackened antique gold, filled with orange, and red sparks. 

Top row, L-R: Safety Net, Sea Spirit, Swimming Elephant
Bottom row, L-R: Underage, Urban Graffiti


The majority of these eyeshadows are high quality and stunningly beautiful. Their pigmentation is rich, the colors are just loaded with shimmer and sparkle, they feel like silk and blend like butter. 

The only one I didn't care for is Swimming Elephant, which was disappointing, as it's the color I was most looking forward to. I had difficulty swatching it, and found that even though I lightly patted the eyeshadow on top of glitter glue, using the same brushes and technique that I used with the rest of the swatches, the sparkle just would not stick, and most of what came through was the matte gray base with a little sparkle around the edges.  

The product listings in the Etsy shop are chock full of punctuation and grammar errors and basic typos that could have easily been caught if run through a spelling checker. (I did edit them when I added the descriptions to this post.) While most people aren't bothered by this, I do find it a turnoff, as it's incredibly distracting to me when I'm trying to read the descriptions. Poor grammar, punctuation, and typos won't make me not buy a good product, but it does always leave me with a nagging curiosity as to how much care is going into the product itself if that's the low level of care going into the marketing of the product. 

Final Thoughts
All in all, I'm very pleased with my Eccentric Cosmetics order. The eyeshadows are unique and formulated really well. Shipping is fast, packaging is neat and clean, and customer service is top notch. I would have no problem at all purchasing from Eccentric again. I'm looking forward to using these eyeshadows in upcoming looks. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

EOTD: BFTE Blue Me Over, Royalty, Spider Venom, and Dew Drop

I purchased this.

I did today's look using some beautiful, rich eyeshadows from BFTE Cosmetics. In case you haven't heard, BFTE is closing shop on January 31, 2014 for an undetermined amount of time. So if there are any BFTE items you want to try or that are staples in your makeup repertoire, you may want to do a little shopping before the end of January.






WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
MAC Brule on brow bone
BFTE Blue Me Over on inner 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
BFTE Royalty on middle 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
BFTE Spider Venom on outer 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
BFTE Dew Drop in crease
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Sumita Eye Liner Pencil in Jamun on lower waterline
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powder in Deep Auburn and Dark Brown

Thursday, December 26, 2013

EOTD: Brija Cosmetics Whitelighter, Sawyer's Heart, Unkindness of Ravens, Consulting Detective

I purchased this.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! I had a really great time with my family. We ate a ton of good food, got very silly and laughed a lot together, and there were even some good gifts exchanged. I think my favorite is a 1st edition copy of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, which is my favorite book of all time. I used to have a 1st edition copy, but about eight years ago, I gave it away to someone whom I thought would really appreciate it, so it was super exciting to open my package and see a beautiful, mint condition copy of the rare book I once gave away.

I didn't receive any makeup at all, so I'm glad I did some mega-shopping for myself on Black Friday! One of the companies I bought from on Black Friday was Brija Cosmetics, which I'm using in today's look.

Back in about 1984 or 1985, one of my favorite eye makeup looks was to wear yellow and pink eyeshadows together. I don't think I've done that combo of colors since those days! I was feeling a bit nostalgic today, and decided to try to recreate one of my looks from the old days, but hopefully do it with a little more skill and hopefully without making it look totally '80s. I think it turned out really pretty. It's a nice, soft look for running errands and lounging around the house, which is exactly what I'm doing today.





WHAT I USED:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot all around eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue all around eye area
Brija Sawyer's Heart on outer 2/3 of lid, blended into crease, and outer 2/3 of lower lash line
Brija Whitelighter on inner 1/3 of lid, tear duct area, and inner 1/3 of lower lash line
Brija Consulting Detective lightly applied to outermost corner of lid and blended into crease
Brija Cosmetics Unkindness of Ravens to tightline outer 2/3 of upper and lower lash lines
Brija Wide Eyed Waterliner Pencil on lower waterline
Sugarpill Mochi on top of waterliner pencil on outer 2/3 of lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

EOTD: Christmas Look with Sugarpill Cosmetics

I purchased this.

Merry Christmas, everyone! And almost as importantly for the Whovians out there, Happy Regeneration Day! I'm more excited about about today's Doctor Who than I am about opening Christmas presents with my family.

I did this Christmas look last night. We don't go to my mom's house for the family Christmas until this afternoon, so I have plenty of time before then to figure out what I'm going to do for my makeup today. I'm trying to decide if I should go with a sparkly look using traditional colors, go with a gentle neutral eye, or just ignore the fact that it's a holiday, and wear whatever the heck strikes my fancy?

For this Christmas look, I mostly used Sugarpill. It's hard to resist those brilliant golds and reds around the holidays!






WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
MAC Brule on brow bone
Sugarpill Asylum in crease
Sugarpill Goldilux on lid
Sugarpill Junebug beneath lower lashes
TKB Trading Aisha Gold around tear duct
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Morgana Cryptoria Embers glitter on top of Blacktrack
Brija Cosmetics Wide Eyed Waterline Pencil on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powder in Dark Brown

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

EOTD: Darling Girl Scry Harder, Woogy, Just Harried

I purchased this.

Yesterday, I posted a sneak peek look at the upcoming Darling Girl "My Three Witches" collection. Today, I have a look for you using three of my favorite My Three Witches eyeshadows: Scry Harder, Woogy, and Just Harried.





I'm really, really in love with Scry Harder, especially paired with Woogy. If I had to give up all makeup and wear one look for the rest of my life, this one would be a contender, I think. I just adore those gold-brown champagne shades so much. *swoons*

WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
Darling Girl Calla on brow bone
Darling Girl Woogy in crease and outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Scry Harder on lid and inner 2/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Just Harried around tear duct area
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Brija Wosmetics Wide Eyed Waterliner Pencil on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Deep Auburn and Dark Brown

Monday, December 23, 2013

Swatches: Sneak Peek! Darling Girl "My Three Witches" Collection

I purchased this.

Darling Girl Cosmetics is going to be releasing a new collection soon called My Three Witches. It's inspired by the TV show "Charmed." I've never seen the show, but I love Darling Girl, so when I had an opportunity to buy a sneak peek collection, I jumped on it.


Please note that the names are not set in stone, and Susan at Darling Girl may still do some tweaking to the names. If she does, I'll update this post with the new names.

There are 10 eyeshadow colors in this collection:

  • Just Harried
  • Hell Hath No Fury
  • The Horsemen
  • Love's a Witch
  • A Painted World
  • Re-Witched
  • Scry Harder
  • Whitelighter
  • Witch Way Now
  • Woogy

Top row, L-R: Just Harried, Hell Hath No Fury, The Horsemen, Love's a Witch
Middle row, L-R: A Painted World, Re-Witched, Scry Harder
Bottom row, L-R: Whitelighter, Witch Way Now, Woogy


Following are swatches of the My Three Witches collection:

Top row, L-R: Just Harried, Hell Hath No Fury, The Horsemen, Love's a Witch
Middle row, L-R: A Painted World, Re-Witched, Scry Harder
Bottom row, L-R: Whitelighter, Witch Way Now, Woogy


L-R: Just Harried, Hell Hath No Fury, The Horsemen, Love's a Witch



L-R: A Painted World, Re-Witched, Scry Harder


L-R: Whitelighter, Witch Way Now, Woogy

This is my favorite collection so far from Darling Girl Cosmetics. There is such a great variety of shades, and every color is rich, sparkly, and really beautiful.

Sadly, what my camera refused to pick up were the sparkles/shimmers in these eyeshadows. The Horsemen is especially striking, as it's a really neat dark gold color that is just loaded with pink/purple sparkles. 

My favorite eyeshadow in this collection is Scry Harder. I love champagney colors, and this one has just skyrocketed to the top of my favorite Darling Girl eyeshadow shades. Woogy is a gorgeous brown that has similar champagne tones, and pairs beautifully with Scry Harder. I love the two of them together. A Painted World is a gorgeous blue, and while I haven't worn it yet, I'll bet it will pair nicely with several other colors in this collection.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this collection and look forward to wearing every single one of these eyeshadows. Tomorrow, I'll post a look using Scry Harder, Woogy, and Just Harried. 

Review & Swatches: Brija Cosmetics Eye Shadows, Blush, and Waterliner

I purchased this.

I've heard good things about a relatively new indie makeup company, Brija Cosmetics, so a few weeks ago, I ordered a couple of sample sets as well as a product called Wide Eyed Waterline Pencil.

I ordered on November 29 and the package shipped on December 5, which is really good turnaround, especially during the holiday season.

I ordered the Wide Eyed Waterline Pencil, a sample pack from the Charmed collection, a sample pack from the One Tree Hill collection. I received everything I ordered, neatly packaged, along with a business card and two additional samples, Whitelighter and Consulting Detective. I thought it was strange to get a sample of an item that was already in one of the sample packs (Whitelighter), but hey, it was a freebie, so I'm not complaining. I'll just gift it off to someone else so they can try it.



Following are Brija's descriptions of each of the products I ordered along with swatch photos and my thoughts.


You Saved Me: A One Tree Hill collection. This collection includes six eyeshadows, one lip tint (not included in the sample pack), and one highlighter/blush. A full size collection is $41. A sample collection (powder only) is $8.75. Individual full size eyeshadow jars are $5. Sunrise Highlighting Powder Blush is $7 for a full size jar. The Peyton Lip Tint (not pictured below) is $6.50 for a full size. 
  • Keith Scott - a warm, semi-matte, deep brown.
  • Comet - a medium bronze with peach duochrome and gold and red/pink sparkles.
  • Sawyer's Heart - a light red shadow with red, blue, and yellow duochrome.
  • Unkindness of Ravens - a dark blue, almost black, with blue duochrome and silver sparkles.
  • Game - can be used as both an eyeshadow and a blush. It is a medium orange that look amazing with browns and all blues. 
  • Rivercourt - a medium silver grey shadow that leans towards blue. It has a subtle green, blue, and gold duochrome, with blue and green sparkles. 
  • Sunrise Highlighting Powder Blush - a light pink with strong blue/purple interference and peachy orange duochrome...great for layering over orange blush (such as "Game"), with a light hand as a highlight, a brow bone highlight, eyeshadow, or for brightening the lips.
Top row, L-R: Keith Scott, Comet, Sawyer's Heart
Middle row, L-R: Unkindness of Ravens, Rivercourt, Game
Bottom: Sunrise Highlighting Powder Blush

Click on the image above and check out just how sparkly Comet is! It is just stunning! Keith Scott is my favorite from this collection. I am always on the hunt for the perfect brown that doesn't lean red, blue, purple, green, and isn't too sparkly, but has shimmer. Well, Keith Scott is it. It is the very, very rare "perfect brown." I have hundreds of brown eyeshadows, and none of them are what I've been looking for in a brown, so I was practically jumping up and down with excitement when I received and swatched Keith Scott. 

Sunrise Highlighting Powder Blush is too pale for me to wear strictly as a blush, but it's great to add a little highlight to the upper cheekbones, and I have used it as a brow bone eyeshadow, and on my skin tone, it works well that way. 


Charmed collection. This collection includes six eyeshadows.  A full size collection is $27. A sample collection is $7.50. Individual full size eyeshadow jars are $5.  
  • Kit - a light grey taupe with red duochrome.
  • Manor - a deep burgundy/brown with a touch of pink.
  • Whitelighter - a light yellow gold with a white brightening base. 
  • Orb - periwinkle with purple and pink duochrome and a touch of turquoise.
  • Freeze - a light icy/frosty blue - reflects blue to white duochrome. 
  • Premonition - a light nude pink/peach (no carmine thought!) with red and purple duochrome and a light touch of purple sparkles. 
The photo below also includes a swatch of Consulting Detective, which I received as a sample. It's described by Brija as "a light plum purple with a pink sheen. It also has fine blue shimmer." 

Top row, L-R: Kit, Manor, Whitelighter
Middle row, L-R: Orb, Freeze, Premonition
Bottom: Consulting Detective

Each of the Charmed colors has an ethereal glow about them. I don't watch the TV show that inspired this collection, but I love how each color seems "witchy." I think my favorite is Kit, because I don't have anything like it in my collection. I also really like Whitelighter as an inner corner highlight. 

I'm really glad Brija included a sample of Consulting Detective, because the whole reason I ordered from Brija in the first place was to order the Sherlock set (because I'm a huge fan of the show and the colors look outstanding), but apparently I checked out without adding it to my basket! Boy did I feel dumb when I received my order and discovered my mistake. I'll be back soon to get the Sherlock set!


Wide Eyed Waterliner Pencil. This is only available as a full size for $7.

Following is the description of this pencil from Brija's website: 

"Wide Eyed is a pencil specifically for the waterline...it is a shimmery nude that has no visible color on the waterline, but virtually removed all redness! This gives the eye a brightening, more awake look! The pencil glides on without tugging and lasts all day. Wide Eyed can also be used as a lower lash line base to make other eyeshadow colors stick."



What can I say? I LOVE this product! While the description says it has no visible color, I do see a very fair nude/ivory shimmer on my waterline, but it's subtle, and looks natural from any distance at all. I like using something on my lower waterline to remove redness and make my eyes look brighter, but my nude pencils are so stark, and my highlighter pencils are so shimmery, that I really hoped this one would be the perfect medium...and it is. I've used it almost daily since I received it. 


Final Thoughts
Overall, I'm impressed with Brija Cosmetics. I think the prices are fair, the products I samples are really good quality, and the turnaround time was terrific. I do wish samples were available for non-collection single eyeshadows as well as the other collections. I will be shopping with Brija again (soon!) to pick up the Sherlock collection that I missed on my first order. 

Have you tried Brija Cosmetics yet? What do you think of them? 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

EOTD: MAC Sumptuous Olive, Cranberry, and Pink Venus

I purchased this.

I did this look a couple of weeks ago when it was below zero degrees outside, and I hadn't seen the sun in a week, so the pictures were taken indoors with a natural light bulb and flash fill. The color's a bit off, but close enough.






WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over eye area
MAC Brule on brow bone
MAC Sumptuous Olive on lid and beneath inner 1/2 of lower lash line
MAC Cranberry on outer corner and blended into crease, and beneath outer 1/2 of lower lash line
Sugarpill Bulletproof lightly applied to outer corner
MAC Pink Venus to blend out crease, and to blend out both shadows beneath lower lash line
MAC Shroom around tear duct area
MAC Blanc Type beneath eyebrow
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes and on lower waterline
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics brow powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Saturday, December 21, 2013

EOTD: Urban Decay Shattered, Twice-Baked, Hijack, Oil Slick, Sin, and Crystal

I purchased this.

I really love wearing blue and brown together, and I'm just tickled pink by how pretty this looked. I think it's my favorite blue/brown look to date.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance on entire eye area
Darling Girl Fluff In Loving Color Eyeshadow Base on lid
MAC Painterly Paint Pot on brow bone
Urban Decay Shattered on entire lid and beneath inner 1/3 of lower lash line
Urban Decay Oil Slick on outer corner, on top of Shattered, and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Urban Decay Hijack on outer lid, on top of Shattered and Oil Slick, and beneath middle 1/3 of lower lash line
Urban Decay Twice-Baked in crease
Urban Decay Sin to transition between crease and brow
Urban Decay Crystal around tear duct
Urban Decay W.O.S. on brow bone
Urban Decay Corrupt on waterline
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
MAC eye shadows in Charcoal Brown and Brun on eyebrows

Friday, December 20, 2013

EOTD with MAC Patternmaker Palette

This was a gift.
I purchased this. 

I used the MAC Patternmaker Palette for today's look. I adore how "glowy" the Star Violet eye shadow in this palette is. 





WHAT I USED:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot all around eye area
MAC Patternmaker Palette:
  - Pattern Pink on inner 1/3 of lid and beneath inner 1/3 of lower lash line
  - Star Violet on middle 1/3 of lid
  - Smoke Ring on outer 1/3 of lid and beneath lower lash line
  - Circularity around tear duct area and to blend out crease
  - Dark Spot in crease
MAC Trax on top of Smoke Ring on lid only
MAC Brule on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath eyebrow
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil on lower waterline
Elizabeth Mott They’re So Big mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powers in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

EOTD with Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette

I purchased this.

I'd been really wanting to get the Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons palette, but it was never available at the same time that I had money. Finally, late this summer, it went on sale for less than half price, so I snatched it up. It's a really lovely palette of mostly neutrals, with a nice mix of satin shadows, matte shadows, and sparkly shadows. The color I love the most in the palette is a beautiful purple called Framboise, which I used in this look.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight
Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette:
  - Cut The Cake on inner 1/3 of lid and beneath inner 1/3 of lower lash line
  - Framboise on middle 1/3 of lid and beneath lower lash line
  - Lovey Dovey on outer 1/3 of lid
  - Licorice Latte in outer corner, beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line, and lining upper lashes
  - Coffee Bean in crease
  - Hot Cocoa to blend out coffee bean
  - Marzipan to transition between Hot Cocoa and Vanilla
  - Vanilla on brow bone
  - Peach Fuzz around tear duct area
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper to tightline upper lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner Pencil in Perversion on upper and lower waterlines
Too Faced Lashgasm mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn