Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mini-review: Eddie Funkhouser "Haute Boheme" Hyperreal Eye Color Palette

PR sample. 

A couple of days ago, I did a review of the Eddie Funkhouser Professional Brush Collection. In that review, I posted a look that I'd created using the brushes I reviewed. The look was also created primarily with Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics, including the Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Haute Boheme. This is such a pretty, four-shade, eye color palette, and the shadows have an excellent formulation-- they are soft, pigmented, and blend beautifully. Because I like this palette so much, I wanted to show you a little more of it.

Eddie Funkhouser Haute Boheme Hyperreal Eye Color Palette

Top, L-R: Peacenik, Vagabond
Bottom, L-R: Dilettant, Gypsy

The back of the Haute Boheme palette

This is a gorgeous palette for the any time of year, but especially for the fall season. It's got four really pretty, earthy tones, that are reminiscent of the changing colors of the trees around my house right now.

Dilettante is a very deep, forest green with a hint of very fine, green sparkle. Gypsy is a lighter, warm-toned green that reminds me of the color of green leaves and has a hint of gold shimmer. Vagabond is a beautiful cinnamon-brown that's got the faintest copper tone and it just screams "autumn" to me. Peacenik is a mid-toned, satin peach that is neither too gold nor too orange. (To me, it's a "perfect peach.")

The following swatches were done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyelid primer and were taken in natural sunlight:

L-R: Dilettante, Gypsy, Vagabond, Peacenik

L-R: Dilettante, Gypsy, Vagabond, Peacenik

I also did a look using these four shades. Applied on top of eyelid primer, they lasted all day long and didn't bald, fade, or crease.

The Hyperreal Eye Color Palette is also available in three other color combos. Now that I've used this one, I want to try them all because the colors are so pretty and the formula is really, really nice. Each quad is $14.99 on the Eddie Funkhouser website and also available at select retailers.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance all over eye area
MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC25 on brow bone
Eddie Funkhouser Haute Boheme Hyperreal Eye Color Palette:
  - Peacenik on inner lid and beneath inner lower lash line
  - Gypsy on center lid
  - Dilettante on outer lid and beneath outer lower lash line
  - Vagabond in crease and beneath lower lash line
Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black lining upper lashes
Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara (two coats on the lowest setting)
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Deep Auburn and Dark Brown

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Swatches: MAC Heirloom Collection Pressed Pigments

I purchased this.

It's been a while since MAC Cosmetics has released anything that has really grabbed my attention, but when I saw some swatches of MAC's Heirloom Mix mini pressed pigments, I just knew I would be making a purchase once they were released.

I picked up these beautiful babies that were delivered to my house this past Friday:

Top, L-R: Enchantment, Nostalgic
Bottom, L-R: Victorian Plum, Noblesse Oblige

They are all such beautiful, sparkly colors that I could hardly contain myself!

All swatches are done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyelid primer. The following three photos were taken in direct sunlight:

L-R: Enchantment, Victorian Plum, Nostalgic, Noblesse Oblige

L-R: Enchantment, Victorian Plum, Nostalgic, Noblesse Oblige

Just look at the way they sparkle!!!

L-R: Enchantment, Victorian Plum, Nostalgic, Noblesse Oblige

These next two photos were taken in indirect sunlight with flash:

L-R: Enchantment, Victorian Plum, Nostalgic, Noblesse Oblige

L-R: Enchantment, Victorian Plum, Nostalgic, Noblesse Oblige

When I first swatched Noblesse Oblige, my very first thought was that it could possibly be a dupe for my beloved and long-discontinued MAC Smoke & Diamonds. As it turns out, it's not an exact dupe, but it's the closest I have found so far. Noblesse Oblige has a much more shimmery/sparkly finish, whereas Smoke & Diamonds is more of a satin finish. But the shade and tone are the same. I am absolutely over the moon to finally--after six years of searching--find a color like Smoke & Diamonds.

Left: Noblesse Oblige; Right: Smoke & Diamonds

Have you picked up any of the MAC Heirloom Mix Pressed Pigments? 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: Eddie Funkhouser Professional Brush Collection

PR samples.

Happy Sunday! Today, I have a review for you that I'm really excited about. I promise, you'll want to pay attention to this one!

promotional image from

Eddie Funkhouser® Color Cosmetics very recently released a Professional Brush Collection and I was the lucky recipient of three eyeshadow brushes for review:

L-R: Eye Contour Brush, All Over Eye Brush, Crease Brush

While I did receive these items for consideration, all opinions are 100% my own.

First off, if you haven't seen any of my previous posts on Eddie Funkhouser's products, here's a quick synopsis of Eddie Funkhouser® Color Cosmetics: 

Eddie Funkhouser® is a game-changing cosmetics brand created by veteran makeup artist, spokesperson and expert product developer, Eddie Funkhouser. 

With its refined, minimalist packaging and world-class, studio-grade formulas (created predominantly in Italy), the Eddie Funkhouser range has the look and performance of prestige cosmetics delivered to customers everywhere at an unprecedented value.

Now, on to the makeup brush review!

When I first heard about the new brush line, I was curious because I have been very much wanting to expand my current brush collection. Most of the brushes I use are "okay," but nothing to write home about. However, in my search for quality, affordable brushes, I've wasted a lot of money on adding more mediocre brushes to my collection. I wish I could afford luxury, high-end brushes, but unless a Brush Fairy comes along and places them under my pillow some night, I'm not going to be getting any expensive brushes any time soon. 

When I first received these three new eye makeup brushes from Eddie Funkhouser, I was looking forward to trying them, and I assumed they would be relatively nice for their affordable price range, but didn't expect much more than that. 

Product Description:
Each brush is hand-made to exacting standards for studio grade performance. Each brush uses hand-scored hair and has an expertly-sculpted brush head that is integrated into extremely durable metal ferrules, then fused to premium hardwood handles and finished with multiple layers of lacquer for a lustrous, piano-black finish. The brush hair is hand-dyed with a unique ombre tint that gives it a very modern, chic look. The ferrules are made from premium aluminum, providing superior balance, lighter weight, and less shedding. The multiple layers of lacquer seals the hardwood handles for exceptional durability and lasting beauty. When regularly cleaned and properly handles, these brushes should last for many years.

Before I used these brushes, I washed them (as you should with all new brushes!) and hung them upside-down to dry. There was no shedding at all when I washed them, and they maintained their shape during while drying. After they dried down, there were a few loose hairs in the All Over Eye Brush. There were a few teeny tiny broken bits of hair that fell off on their own, one larger loose hair that I easily pulled out, and another larger loose hair that I couldn't pull out, so I opted to trim it down to size.

Each brush from the Eddie Funkhouser Professional Brush Collection arrived double-wrapped in plastic. Each brush had an individual plastic brush sleeve around it, and then that was inserted into a larger plastic sleeve that folds over and seals at the top. I was happy to see the extra care that went into the packaging of these brushes. 

The brushes picked up each eye shadow I used and distributed it evenly and smoothly across the surface of my skin. More importantly: THESE BRUSHES ARE S.O. S.O.F.T.!!!! Let me restate in case you missed that: THESE ARE THE SOFTEST MAKEUP BRUSHES I HAVE EVER USED

There is not one single brush in my collection that comes remotely close to the softness of these Eddie Funkhouser eye makeup brushes. They felt so good against my skin as I was applying my eyeshadow, and before I'd even finished my makeup, I had already decided that I have no need to keep expensive, unaffordable, high-end, luxury brand brushes on my wishlist, because these brushes are so soft, feel so good in my hands, and apply makeup so expertly, that they are everything I've been wanting--and more. I say "and more" because I honestly had no idea a makeup brush could ever be this soft. 

Cost Comparison:
The Eddie Funkhouser Eye Contour Brush is $10.49. The All Over Eye Brush is $8.99. The Crease Brush is $8.99

Sigma eye makeup brushes will run you $14 - $19, depending on the brush. A starter set of five Real Techniques brushes costs $18. Makeup Geek eye makeup brushes are around $7 - $8, depending on the brush (and if you can snag them when they're actually in stock.) Sedona Lace eye makeup brushes will run you $14 - $17, depending on the type of brush. 

If you take a step up to the more popular MAC Cosmetics eye makeup brushes, you're looking at spending anywhere from $15 - $32, depending on the brush. 

While I have not used all of these brands of brushes, I spent several years using nothing but MAC brushes, and not one single one of my MAC brushes remotely stands up to the Eddie Funkhouser eye makeup brushes. Not only are the MAC brushes not as soft, but they don't apply makeup as effectively nor blend as well, and the wooden handles on most of them have chipped, split, and splintered.

While you can certainly spend less money on your eye makeup brushes, I honestly don't think it's possible to spend less and get the amazing the quality of the Eddie Funkhouser brushes.

What I Like Most/What I Like Least:
What I like the most is two-fold: I love the price range that is quite friendly for people--like me--who live on a budget. I also love how soft the brushes are. I could just sit around all day and rub these brushes around on my face. They feel sooooo soft and smooth. They're positively heavenly--like angels-sitting-on-puffy-clouds soft. 

What I like least is... absolutely nothing. I cannot find one single thing about these brushes that I don't like.

This is a look I created using only the three Eddie Funkhouser eye makeup brushes in this review,
along with a few other Eddie Funkhouser makeup products:

I LOVE these brushes. I believe they are the answer to my search for affordable, but amazing makeup brushes. I love the packaging, their softness, the price point, their effectiveness, and I love the way the lacquered handles won't chip or splinter. While my husband and I were in the car yesterday, the poor guy had to listen to me raving about the awesomeness of these brushes, and I informed him I would be purchasing every single brush in the Eddie Funkhouser Professional Brush Collection. I'm very excited about these brushes!

What do you think about the Eddie Funkhouser Professional Makeup Collection? 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Lionesse Beauty Bar Makeup Products

PR Samples.

I recently had the opportunity to try several cosmetics from Lionesse Beauty Bar. Lionesse is a salon in Arcadia, California, that provides hair and makeup services. They also offer their products in an online store.  Lionesse sent me the following products to test and review: 

Please note that while I did receive this products for consideration, all opinions are my own. 

Top row, L-R: Lionesse Moisturizing Primer, Lionesse Mousse Foundation
Bottom row, L-R: Lionesse Eye Shimmer, Lionesse Blush, Lionesse Eye Shimmer

Now, let's get on with the review! I am reviewing four products, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and a snack and settle on in to read my thoughts about these products. 

Left: Lionesse Moisturizing Primer
Right: Lionesse Mousse Foundation

First up are the Lionesse Moisturizing Primer and Lionesse Mousse Foundation. 

Both of these products are packaged in jars that are neatly placed in some of the nicest packaging I've encountered. The boxes they come in are really high quality and thoroughly protect the product during shipping. 

Here is Lionesse's description of this product: 
Lionesse Moisturizing Primer is the perfect way to achieve flawless looking skin. Prevent your foundation from fading with this formula, while achieving smooth-looking skin. The Lionesse Moisturizing Primer is infused with Shea Butter for added elasticity, giving you a younger look without concern of clogging the pores. Shea Butter is known to have healing properties and amazing moisturizing capabilities. The Shea Butter will smooth out the surface of the skin, allowing foundation to glide on smoothly and evenly, extending the wear of your foundation, while giving your skin a flawless look. 
This product comes in a jar with a screw-top lid and an air seal. It is packaged securely inside of a flip-top box. The packaging is high quality, which gives the impression that what is inside is a high-quality product.

This product looks like a white cream in the jar and it applies invisibly on the skin.  It has a perfumey scent about it that I found a bit surprising initially, but I kind of like it. It's not too strong for me, but could be off-putting to someone with scent sensitivities. 

This product is both a moisturizer and a primer, show I wasn't sure how my skin wouldn't react to it, since my skin is incredibly sensitive about moisturizers. Immediately upon application, my skin feels fully hydrated, soft, silky, and smooth. Very little of this product is required to cover my face. It helps keep my makeup on all day and gives me a smoother surface to work with. 

Cost Comparison
The cost of this primer is $125 for a 1.76 oz/50 ml jar. That seemed pretty high to me, so I decided to compare it against a few other primers that I have used and really like. The Lionesse Moisturizing Primer came in as the most costly per milliliter. 

  • Lionesse Moisturizing Primer - $125 per 1.76 oz/50 ml jar. This breaks down to $2.50 per ml. 
  • Illamasqua Matte Veil Primer/Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer breaks down to approximately $1.60 per ml (it is sold in British pounds, so the exact U.S. dollar price will vary depending on the daily conversion rate)
  • Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer breaks down to $1.20 per ml. 
  • Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer breaks down to $1.20 per ml.
  • MAC Prep + Prime Skin breaks down to $1.00 per ml. 

What I Like The Most/Like The Least:
What I like the most is that Lionesse Moisturizing Primer is a 2-in-1 product that can help save a bit of time in the morning. Rather than applying a moisturizer, then applying a primer on top of that, you're just applying one product.

What I like the least is two-fold. First, I dislike the price because it is significantly higher than other quality primers. The cost is likely due to the fact that it is two products in one. Still, I would like to see a 2-in-1 product that is closer to the cost of other primers that serve only one function.

Second, I have extremely oily skin, and this product makes my skin oilier than it is when I use mattifying products. As a result, I ended up with some blemishes over the two weeks that I used this product daily, even though I typically have clear skin. When I'm wearing a mattifying primer (like Illamasqua's Matte Veil), I can go for days on end without blotting my face or doing powder touch-ups. When I'm wearing the Lionesse Moisturizing Primer, I have to use one blotting sheet about every 3-4 hours, followed each time by a light dusting of powder. I think this product could be excellent for someone with dry or normal skin, but it doesn't seem to be as effective for those of us with combo/oily skin. I would like to see Lionesse release a similar product for oily skin. 

Left: Lionesse Moisturizing Primer
Right: Lionesse Mousse Foundation in "Peach"

Here is Lionesse's description of this product: 
This creamy foundation delivers full coverage and long-lasting effects without shine or greasiness. Get perfect looking skin instantly with this lightweight mousse foundation. 

Prior to trying Lionesse Mousse Foundation, I had never tried a mousse foundation before, so I was very curious about it. In brief: I love it! 

This product comes in a jar with a screw-top lid and an air seal. It is packaged securely inside of a flip-top box. The packaging is high quality, which gives the impression that what is inside is a high-quality product.

I received the Lionesse Mousse Foundation in the shade "Peach." As it turns out, it's an exact match for my light/medium warm-toned skin (MAC NC25/NC30), which is quite surprising, as I've struggled for years to find a good foundation match for my skin that is neither too pink nor too yellow. There is no scent that I can discern. 

This  mousse foundation has a very nice texture. It's smooth and sort of "squishy," as you'd expect from something with the name "mousse" in it. I only need to use an amount about the size of half of a hazelnut to completely cover my face. This amount gives me fairly light coverage; it events out my overall skin tone, but does not provide enough pigmentation to cover any blemishes or redness. If I let the mousse foundation set and then go back with a slightly smaller amount, applying it on top of the first coat, it builds up beautifully and gives me the extra coverage I prefer, but does not look heavy or cakey. I have applied it with my fingertips, with a foundation brush, and with a BeautyBlender. No matter which application method I've used, it goes on smoothly and evenly, although I do prefer the absolutely flawless finish that the BeautyBlender gives it. 

Lionesse Mousse Foundation in "Peach" on my face in the left half of this image.
You can see how it evens out my skin tone. It even provides a hint of coverage for my dark, under-eye circles. 
In the right half of this image, my skin is bare naked.  

Lionesse Mousse Foundation in "Peach" over my entire face. 

Cost Comparison
The Lionesse Mousse Foundation is $75 for a 1 oz (30 g) jar. This is equivalent to $2.50 per gram. I couldn't do an apples-to-apples comparison, as I could only find one other mousse foundation to compare it to. Below, I've included that one other mousse foundation in my price breakdown, along with a few other popular cream and liquid foundations. 

  • Illamasqua Cream Foundation breaks down to ~$5.19/g. 
  • MAC Studio tech Foundation breaks down to $3.20/g. 
  • Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation breaks down to $3.07/g. 
  • Lionesse Mousse Foundation breaks down to $2.50/g.
  • Illamasqua Skin Base breaks down to $1.71/ml.
  • MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation breaks down to $1.17/ml. 

Lionesse Mousse Foundation is in the lower-mid-range of the various foundations I considered. 

What I Like The Most/Like The Least:
I like two things in particular about the Lionesse Mousse Foundation. First, it looks completely natural and blends out perfectly with the color of my neck and ears. It covers my skin without looking like I'm wearing a ton of makeup. It's a "my skin but WOW!" look. Second, it's long-wearing. If I apply it to my face at 7:00 a.m., when I get home from work around 6:00 p.m., the makeup has not budged and my face still looks fresh and flawless. 

What I like the least is that I have to build up this foundation on my skin, applying two layers to achieve the amount of coverage that I like. 

Here is Lionesse's description of this product: 
Give those cheeks a pop of color! This Mineral Loose Blush will give your face a natural flush and protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxides. Perfect for everyday wear.
Let me start off by saying that I'm really, really picky about blush. While I have countless numbers of eyeshadows, mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, foundations, and so forth, I have relatively few blushes, and even fewer that I use regularly. I am picky about both shades and finishes, and it's rare that I like a blush, much less fall in love with a flush. I typically pick from somewhere between 3-5 blushes that I tend to rotate among. The point is, the bar I've set for blushes is really high. 

Lionesse Blush's outside packaging

Lionesse Blush's outside packaging shows the color and list of ingredients.

This product comes in a jar with a screw-top lid and a sifter, and that is packed inside of a sturdy cardboard box. The sifter has a seal over it, although in my case, the seal had come loose, so there was loose powder all over inside the jar when I opened it. Fortunately, Lionesse shrink wraps all of their loose mineral products, so even if the lid would have come loose on my jar, none of the loose mineral product would have leaked out onto anything else in the larger package during shipping. I like that there is dual protection to avoid getting powder everywhere. 

Lionesse Blush in "Rose" in the jar

I received the Lionesse Blush in "Rose." When I first swatched it on the back of my hand, I thought it was pretty, but probably too light for my skin tone, and it seemed to have far too many big sparkles for my liking. However, when I used it on my cheeks (on top of the Lionesse Primer and Lionesse Mousse Foundation), I really liked how smoothly and evenly it applied, and I found the color was actually not too light for me. In fact, it's the perfect rose shade of pink. And the sparkle? It's not too much after all. While I see a hint of glimmer on my cheeks, I don't see full on glittery sparkle, which is nice. 

Lionesse Blush in "Rose" - swatched heavily on the left and blended out on the right

This is a loose, mineral blush. I don't typically prefer loose blushes, as I find they can get messy and often apply too heavily or I have difficultly blending them out. The formula of this blush is exquisite. It feels like silk as I apply it, and it goes on smoothly and evenly. I have no trouble getting the powder exactly where I want it on my cheeks. As the last steps in my makeup routine, I always set my blush with a touch of powder, followed by setting spray. Applied this way, this blush lasts a good 12+ hours. I actually really like this blush and am going to get a lot of use out of it. 

Lionesse Blush in "Rose" on my cheeks

Cost Comparison
The Lionesse Blush is $40 for a huge 0.5 oz (15 g) jar. This is equivalent to $2.67 per gram. There aren't very many big-name companies out there who make loose, mineral blushes, so I compared this blush with a couple of loose, mineral blushes, a pressed blush that I really like, and a loose pigment that could be used for blush. 

  • Bare Minerals Blush breaks down to $22.35 per gram (!!!! Yes, seriously!!!!)
  • Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush breaks down to $14 per gram
  • Illamasqua Pressed Powder Blush breaks down to ~$7.63 per gram
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigment breaks down to $5.60 per gram
  • Lionesse Blush breaks down to $2.67 per gram. 

Lionesse Blush is by far the most economical of all of the blushes I considered. 

What I Like The Most/Like The Least:
What I like the most about Lionesse Blush is how it goes on like silk, and how natural it looks on my skin. I also really like how cost-effective it is

What I like the least about this blush is that it's a loose powder blush. As a matter of personal preference only, I would reach for it more often if it were a pressed blush. 

There is no product description on the website.

I love eye shadow, and I really love loose eye shadows, so I was super excited to try these babies. 

Lionesse Eye Shimmers packaging

This product comes in a jar with a screw-top lid and a sifter. Each jar is individually shrink-wrapped for extra protection from the loose powder leaking out of the packaging. 

The bottom of the Lionesse Eye Shimmers packaging shows the shade and list of ingredients.
(L: SH-17; R: SH-12) 

The insides of the jars, once the seals have been removed from the sifters. 
(L: SH-17; R: SH-12)

I received these loose eye shadows in shades SH-12, which is a mid-tone gold, and SH-17, which is a royal purple. The colors are not particularly complex, but are very good, basic shades. The finish is what I would call a satin finish. They have a nice level of soft shimmer, but there is very little actual sparkle. 

Lionesse Eye Shimmer swatches (swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance)
L-R: SH-17, SH-12

Blurry photo of Lionesse Eye Shimmer swatches to show the light amount of sparkle. 
L-R: SH-17, SH-12

The Lionesse Eye Shimmers are loose, mineral eye shadows. The formula is quite nice--the eye shadows apply smoothly and evenly, and they blend easily. They are heavily pigmented, and not much is required for full coverage. As with most loose eye shadows, they apply best over a sticky base on top of eyelid primer, which not only helps them last all day, but brings out the richness of their tone, as well. 

A look I created using Lionesse Eye Shimmers in SH-12 (lid) and SH-17 (crease and lower lash line)

Cost Comparison
The Lionesse Eye Shimmers are $15 for each jar, which contains 0.9 oz/2.5 grams of product. This breaks down to an even $6 per gram.

  • Illamasqua Pure Pigments break down to $20.26 per gram 
  • Bare Minerals Eyecolor breaks down to $16.47 per gram
  • Lionesse Eye Shimmers break down to $6 per gram
  • Makeup Geek Pigments break down to $4.66 per gram
  • MAC Pigments break down to $4.00 and $4.66 per gram (depending on size of jar)

The Lionesse Eye Shimmers are a high quality product for a very reasonable cost. 

What I Like The Most/Like The Least:
What I like the most about the Lionesse Eye Shimmers are the pretty colors, the ease of application, and the quality formula. They are beautiful colors, apply easily, and blend like butter. 

The Lionesse website is missing a whole lot of vital information from it's website that would strongly affect my desire to purchase these Eye Shimmers. It does not list a product description, there are no shade descriptions, no swatches, no jar sizes/amounts listed, and most importantly, the website does not list any ingredients. The product packaging has all of the size/amoung/ingredient information, but from the perspective of a consumer who would be purchasing online, I would feel like I wouldn't know exactly what I'm getting. I'd know the price and approximate color from the photo, but wouldn't know how much paying for, and more importantly, if I had sensitivities to certain ingredients, I wouldn't know until I received my order if this product contained any of those ingredients. I would be likely not to purchase based on what little information is provided online. 


I really like the range of makeup products that Lionesse offers. They offer foundation shades in several shades that seems to cover anyone with light skin to deeper skin tones. I know quite a few women with extremely fair, porcelain skin, and they would not find a shade for their extremely fair skin. There are only three shades of blush available, but they appear to be created with various skin tones in mind. The Eye Shimmers come in a nice selection of basic colors, which would cover the eye shadow color needs of the average cosmetics consumer. The only product I didn't care for is the Moisturizing Primer because it doesn't work well with my oily skin; however, I think people with dry to normal skin might really appreciate its moisturizing properties. 

I wish the Lionesse website were more thorough about advertising some of the great qualities of this brand. For example, nowhere on any of the product listings did I see anything indicating that the products are paraben-free. Even though the product packaging declares the products to be cruelty-free, I couldn't find that information on the website--and I know that would be a huge selling point with a number of cruelty-free cosmetics consumers. I would like to see more information on the website with shade/tone descriptions for the colored products, including skin swatches, and also information regarding product size and amounts. 

Overall, I think the Lionesse products that I received are excellent quality. I initially balked at the prices when I researched the products on the website, but once I broke down the cost per unit of measure, I found that three of the four products I tried were quite reasonable when compared to similar products. 

I'm definitely glad I got to try the range of Lionesse cosmetics, and I look forward to seeing if they expand the range, and trying more products. 

Here I am, wearing the Lionesse Moisturizing Primer, Lionesse Mousse Foundation, Lionesse Blush, and both Lionesse Eye Shimmers. Now I just need to do something with my hair, and I'm ready to go!
What do you think of these Lionesse Beauty Bar cosmetics? Are there any that you would like to try? 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EOTD: Sleek Sunset Palette

I purchased this.

I did this look this past weekend using the Sleek Sunset palette. This palette was released before Sleek started naming their individual colors within each palette, so I've posted a photo below of the palette with numbers for each color used.

The sun was really bright the day I took these photos, so my skin looks really washed out. My apologies for that!

You can tell I have used this palette a few times.
It didn't occur to me to take a photo of it when I first got it and it was shiny, clean, and new!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Glitter Glue over entire eye area
Sleek Sunset Palette:
  - 1 on outer corner of lid and beneath outer lower lash line
  - 2 on inner ¼ of lid and lower lash line
  - 3 on inner-middle ¼ of lid and lower lash line
  - 4 on outer-middle ¼ of lid and lower lash line
  - 5 on outer ¼ of lid and lower lash line
  - 6 around tear duct area
MAC Brule on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type to highlight beneath eyebrow
Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Eyeliner lining upper lashes and lower rim
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn

Sunday, October 19, 2014

EOTD featuring Inglot Pigment 85

I purchased this.

I wanted a simple, but pretty look for a family get-together today. I ended up deciding to use Inglot's AMC Pure Pigment in 85 because 1) hello, DUOCHROME!!!, 2) it's so pretty!!!, and 3) I have had it sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks, but hadn't used it yet.

I loved how I was able to apply the Inglot pigment lightly on the lid with a bit of matte brown eye shadow in the crease, and it turned out to be pretty without being over-done. It was also simple and quick to do. My technique could have been a lot better, but forget about that and just look at the pretty color! I think I'm going to have to wear this pigment more often!

MAC Painterly Paint Pot as primer over entire eye area
Illamasqua Vintage Metallix in Courtier as eye shadow base on lid and crease
Darling Girl Glitter Glue over entire eye area
Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 85 on outer 3/4 of lid
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner Pencil in Mushroom beneath lower lashes
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette M1 in crease
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette M2 above crease
MAC Brule on brow bone
MAC Blanc Type beneath eyebrow
Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Waterproof Perversion Eye Pen lining upper lashess
Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn 

Monday, October 13, 2014

EOTD: Autumnal Gold, Orange, and Red with Darling Girl Cosmetics

I purchased this.
PR samples.

I used five of these shades from Darling Girl Cosmetics in another look I posted a week ago. However, I didn't care for how that look turned out, but I adore the colors, so I decided to try them again. This was the result of using the same shades and I like this look a lot more.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue over entire eye area
  - Calla on brow bone
  - Gilt Trip on inner lid
  - I Want Candy on center of lid and beneath tear duct area
  - Hell Hath No Fury on outer lid
  - Crypt Keeper beneath lower lashes
 Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper along upper lash line
Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown on brows

Saturday, October 11, 2014

EOTD featuring Darling Girl's "Sammi-Sue Who"--Xmas Collection Sneak Peek!

I purchased this.
PR sample.

I received an order from Darling Girl Cosmetics (DGC) a couple of weeks ago, and in it was a surprise sample of something I was very excited to see. Before I tell you what it is, I should disclose that I'm one of DGC's "Darling Girls." Each eye shadow color in this year's upcoming DGC Christmas collection is named after one of the Darling Girls. Mine is named "Sammi-Sue Who," and I featured a sneak peek of Sammi-Sue Who in today's look. It's a gorgeous purple with a gold sheen that verges on copper-toned, especially when blended with brown shades. It's so pretty, and I am so excited that "my color" was so stunning!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance over entire eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue over entire eye area
  - Sammi-Sue Who on lid and beneath lower lash line
  - Calla on brow bone
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette:
  - Crave on outer corner and beneath outer lower lash line
  - Faint in crease
  - Naked2 to transition between Faint and Calla
Illamasqua Gleam in Mirage to highlight tear duct area
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! waterproof mascara (one coat)
Lancôme Hypôse Custom Volume Mascara (one coat)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate on brows

Based on the name of "my" Christmas color, can you guess what the 2014 Darling Girl Christmas collection is going to be based on?