Sunday, February 23, 2014

EOTD featuring Tick:Tock Cosmetics' Age of the Dragon

PR sample.
I purchased this. 

I wore this look for work earlier this week. Tick:Tock Cosmetics' Age of the Dragon is one of my favorite duochrome eyeshadows. Every time I looked in the mirror, I had to blinky-blink and admire my pretty eyelids!





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue all around eye area
Tick:Tock Cosmetics Age of the Dragon all over lid and beneath lower lash line
Tick:Tock Cosmetics High Noon to highlight tear duct area
Too Faced Cosmetics Semi-Sweet in crease
Too Faced Cosmetics Triple Fudge on outer crease
Urban Decay Nooner to blend out crease
Too Faced White Chocolate on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath brow
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper lining upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Friday, February 21, 2014

EOTD: Dare To Be Nude Maybelline Color Tattoos

I purchased this.
PR sample. 

This past weekend I encountered a display of Maybelline's new 2014 Spring Dare To Go Nude collection of Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows. I love Maybelline's Color Tattoos. The display was pretty picked over, but I grabbed Pure Nude, Beige-ing Beauty, and Sleek & Spice. Nouveau Cheap blog has great swatches of the entire collection here.

Here's the look I did on Sunday using the three Dare To Be Nude Color Tattoos that I bought. It was a perfect, simple look for running errands and doing chores around the house.




WHAT I USED:
Maybelline Color Tattoos
  - Beige-ing Beauty on inner 1/2 of lid, blended into crease
  - Sleek & Spice on outer 1/2 of lid, blended into crease, and beneath outer 1/2 of lower line
  - Pure Nude on inner 1/2 of lower lash line and to highlight tear duct area
Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black to line upper lashes
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

EOTD: Darling Girl - Redemption, Texas Tea, Trust Fund, Black Arabian, and Calla

I purchased this.
PR sample.

I wore this Darling Girl Cosmetics look to work today. I love how well Redemption and Texas Tea blend. I think it's because Redemption has a base that uses the same, or similar, pigment that's used in Texas Tea.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue
Darling Girl Cosmetics Calla on brow bone
Darling Girl Cosmetics Black Arabian in crease
Darling Girl Cosmetics Texas Tea on outer 1/3 of lid and beneath outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Cosmetics Redemption on inner 2/3 of lid and beneath inner 2/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Cosmetics Trust Fund to highlight tear duct area
Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black to line upper lashes
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighting Pencil on lower waterline
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Eddie Funkouser Eyeliners - Graffiti Liquid Liner and Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

PR Sample*.

I am excited about today's review! I hadn't heard of Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics until recently, but I now have a huge and ever-growing wishlist of Eddie Funkhouser makeup items. I had the opportunity to review a couple of Eddie Funkhouser's line of eye makeup products, and the short version of my review is: I love them! They are amazingly high quality at remarkably affordable prices.

Read on for a more detailed review and photos of these two products:


As always, click on the images for maximum awesomeness!  


Top: Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze
Bottom: Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black

First up is the Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner.  Here is the website's description of this product:

Add beautiful, hologram-inspired impact to eyes for an amazing accent of multidimensional, fashion-forward color. 

I received the Graffiti Liquid Liner in the shade Haze. The website describes Haze as "metallic luscious grape."

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

The Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner has a very fine, high-quality brush, which allows extremely accurate application of the eye liner. The eye liner formula is neither too thick nor too thin. It has the perfect "Goldilocks" consistency: it's "just right." The color is a bright, metallic, royal purple, and the metallic cast leans toward fuchsia.

As you can see in the swatch photo below, it's easy to get a clean, precise line, and there is no bleeding at all. The liner takes a while to try--longer than most similar products that I've tried. However, once it is dry, the Graffiti Liquid Liner stays put, and won't budge or smudge until you're ready to remove it. I've used my usual cleansing products to remove it, as well as soap and water, and it removed cleanly and easily with both.

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner is $9.99 and is available in two other colors, Indica (metallic ocean grown blue) and Kush (metallic harvest green). This is a high-quality product, and I hope Eddie Funkhouser will add more colors to this line.  If he does, I look forward to more fun, thematic shade names.

Left: Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze
Right: Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Next up is the Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus.  Here is the website's description of this product:

Emphasize your eyes with the Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus. With a tapered brush tip, this precision liner is designed for maximum control in creating effortless, clean lines every time.  

The Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus only comes in one color, Absolute Black.

The eye liner applicator has a tapered felt tip, which means you can use it to apply a thin line, a thick line, or anything in between, as you can see from the swatch above.


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Edit 3/9/14: When I first posted this review, I thought this liner was a felt-tip liner. Eddie Funkhouser reached out to me and let me know that it's not actually a felt-tip liner. I hadn't looked closely enough when using it. It is actually an amazingly-tapered Nylon brush tip! Eddie stated the "Nylon brush tip is a huge point of difference and what truly stands us apart from other liquid eyeliners." I was stunned to discover it's actually a brush, as I've never seen one so finely and perfectly tapered before. Here are some photos to prove it!

Can you see why I mistook it for a felt-tip liner?


But it's not! It really is a perfectly-tapered brush!


I wish I could find a brush that is this perfectly tapered for use with my gel liners and well, pretty much every other eyeliner I own!

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Now, I love a good, black, felt-tip eye liner, but I am extremely picky about them. I'm picky about the way the pen feels when I'm holding it. I'm picky that the felt tip must be neither too hard nor too soft. I'm picky that the formula is not too thin, that it applies cleanly, that it dries quickly, that it lasts all day, and that it removes easily without any raccoon-eyed grief.

Over the years, I have tried many felt-tip eye liner pens, and have previously found only two others that I like enough to use daily: Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner and Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. Now that I've used the Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus, I'm hooked! It is equal in quality to the Kat Von D Tattoo liner, but the price tag is approximately 40% less than the equivalent Kat Von D product (for the same amount of product), and in my book, if if there are two similar-quality products, but one is less expensive, I like that one the best. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black is now my #1 felt tip eye liner of choice, and once I user up my current stash of other black felt tip eye liner pens, I will be replacing them with the Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus.

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is $10.99. It is only available in the one shade. I'm really hoping that Eddie will expand the color options. I'd love to be able to buy this pen in purple, blue, teal, military green, and especially in a rich brown.

Here is a simple look I wore this past weekend using both the Graffiti Liquid Liner and the Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus.



Overall, I'm very impressed with these two Eddie Funkhouser products. In an email to me last week, Eddie stated the following:

To make my brand and message accessible to the masses I have tapped into relationships within the beauty industry to create the highest quality ridiculously affordable products on the market. (Don't be fooled by my price point! My line consists of many Italian formulas and those that are not are just as phenomenal).

I've got to say, he's dead on accurate regarding the high quality products at "ridiculously affordable" prices. I'm so intrigued by the level of quality for the relatively low price, that my wishlist for all sorts of Eddie Funkhouser products has quite long now. 

Not only are the products great, but my email exchanges with Eddie were absolutely delightful. He is so sweet and positive, and seems to really care about making women feel great about themselves. Check out my friend Rebecca's personal story about Eddie Funkhouser that will warm your heart. I have no doubt that when I buy Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics, I'll be supporting a really good, wonderful, and real person--the kind of person I'd want to sit back and hang out with over coffee or a drink. 

You can buy Eddie Funkhouser products on his website here, at a few other online retailers listed here, and I'm told that this brand is available in select Rite Aids. I don't have a Rite Aid conveniently located to either my home or work place, but the next time I'm near one, I'll definitely be stopping by to see if they carry this brand, and if so, I have a feeling I'll be leaving with my pocketbook feeling significantly lighter!

Have you perused the Eddie Funkhouser website or seen them in a Rite Aid? Are there any products that you find particularly intriguing? 

* Product received for consideration. This is no way affects my opinion of the product. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

EOTD: MAC Indianwood and Smoke & Diamonds

I purchased this.

I think everyone knows I love a good, neutral eye look, but this is probably my favorite neutral look of all time. I've been wearing this particular eye look off and on since Fall 2008 when I bought MAC Smoke & Diamonds, which is one of my favorite eyeshadows of all time. I will cry when I run out, since it was a limited edition color.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance all over eye area
Urban Decay Strange on brow bone
MAC Indianwood Paint Pot on lid, blended up into crease, and beneath lower lash line
MAC Smoke & Diamonds on top of Indianwood
MAC Shroom to highlight tear duct area
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lash line
Benefit They're Real mascara
Chinovi Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Saturday, February 8, 2014

EOTD: Darling Girl - Jeweled Taupe, Nice F*cking Model, Toxic, Slave For Sensation, Calla

I purchased this.

My friend Tiffany often wears a similar combo to today's eye look, and I'm always mesmerized by her eyes every time she blinks and the colors shimmer and flash. So I decided to use some of the same colors she uses to create this look and I love it so much I wore it yesterday and again today.





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue over entire eye area
Darling Girl Calla on brow bone
Darling Girl Slave For Sensation in crease
Darling Girl Jeweled Taupe on lid
Darling Girl Nice F*cking Model on top of Jeweled Taupe and around tear duct area
Darling Girl Toxic to line upper and lower lashes
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper tightlining upper lashes
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighting Pencil on lower waterline
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

EOTD: Darling Girl Inamorata, Valiant, Smoking Gun, and Calla

I purchased this.

I hope everyone's warm and safe. It's been bitterly cold and snowy here. It's hard to capture good photos when there's no sunlight, just the bright, white glare of snowy weather.  Anyway, I wore this soft, neutral look to work today using Darling Girl Cosmetics eyeshadows. You really can never go wrong with Darling Girl!






WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue over entire eye area
Darling Girl Calla on brow bone
Darling Girl Inamorata on lid and beneath inner 2/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Valiant on outer corner of lid, blended into crease, and on outer 1/3 of lower lash line
Darling Girl Smoking Gun in crease
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath eyebrow
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to line upper lashes
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Chinovi Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn



Sunday, February 2, 2014

EOTD: Broncos Colors with MOI Minerals and Fyrinnae

I purchased this.

I'm not a big football fan, but it's not every day that my hometown team plays in the Superbowl, and my husband is such a huge Broncos fan that I'll be watching the game with him today and rooting on the Broncos. I decided to do an orange, blue, and white eye look as a sign of my Broncos team spirit. GO BRONCOS!!!





WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance around entire eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue around entire eye area
Urban Decay Strange on brow bone
MOI Minerals Copper on outer 1/3 of lid and lower lash line, and blended into crease
MOI Minerals Statham on center 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
MOI Minerals Timelord on inner 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
Sugarpill Tako to highlight beneath eyebrow
Fyrinnae La Noche mixed with Inglot Duraline to line upper lashes
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk on lower waterline
Sugarpill Tako to set Milk
Benefit They're Real! mascara
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown

Saturday, February 1, 2014

EOTD: MOI Minerals - Timelord, Mercy, Antique Red, and Fortune Cookie

I purchased this.

I've been working with my eye doctor to find contact lenses that I can wear all day long with my dry eyes and in this dry climate. We think we finally found a brand that I can wear to work! I celebrated by wearing one of my top three favorite eyeshadows today: Mercy by MOI Minerals. I even got compliments on how much easier it is to see my pretty eye makeup when I'm not wearing glasses. Woo! Yay!






WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue over entire eye area
MOI Minerals Antique Red on outer 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
MOI Minerals Mercy on middle 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
MOI Minerals Timelord on inner 1/3 of lid and lower lash line
MOI Minerals Fortune Cookie to highlight around tear duct area
Urban Decay Strange on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath eyebrow
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil on lower waterline
Benefit They’re Real! mascara
Chinovi Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn