Wednesday, April 29, 2015

EOTD: Green, Copper, and Gold with Darling Girl Cosmetics

I purchased this.
PR samples.

I did this look today featuring a sneak peek of an eye shadow, Basilisk, from an upcoming Darling Girl Cosmetics collection. I can't even describe what color Basilisk is--it's sort of a brown-based antique gold with tons of green and purple sparks in it. I played with it a bit, pairing it with purples and with greens and with browns and with golds, and it looks gorgeous no matter what I pair it with. I went with greens for this look.




WHAT I USED:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance all around eye area
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue all around eye area
  - Calla on brow bone
  - #breaktheinternet to transition from brow bone to crease
  - Basilisk on moving lid
  - Fira on lower lid
  - Honey Pot to around tear duct area
  - Dragon's Breath on outer moving lid
Morphe Cosmetics ES19 Dirty Martini in crease
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline lining upper lashes
Milani Liquif'eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil in Black lining both rims and smudged onto lower lid
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Black (two coats)
Gerard Cosmetics Brow Bar To Go in Medium on brows

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Swatches: Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadows

Received in swap.

Last week, I mentioned that I had done an international makeup swap with Olivia from Sparkling Luna blog. In my package from her were six of the Catrice Liquid Metal Eyeshadow singles. They look so pretty, and I am so glad I got them. The colors are insanely gorgeous, the provide full pigmentation in one swipe, and the finish is off the hook! Now I want the other three Liquid Metal singles that I didn't get.

Top row, L-R: Gold'n'Roses, Mauves Like Jagger, Nougat It Right
Bottom row, L-R: Satina Van Der Woodsen, Under Treasure, We Are The Champagnes

Top row, L-R: Gold'n'Roses, Mauves Like Jagger, Nougat It Right
Bottom row, L-R: Satina Van Der Woodsen, Under Treasure, We Are The Champagnes

The surface of the shadows have an embossed pattern that reminds me of the pattern on ColourPop eyeshadows. The aren't flat in their pans, but have a 3-D surface--rippled and wavy--reminiscent of the Kiko Water Eyeshadows. They look rather fancy, I think.

Top row, L-R: Gold'n'Roses, Mauves Like Jagger, Nougat It Right
Bottom row, L-R: Satina Van Der Woodsen, Under Treasure, We Are The Champagnes

I found the eye shadow crumbles very easily if you press too hard in the pan when picking up shadow with a brush. Once I used a much lighter touch with the brush, I had no problems with them crumbling, and they are so pigmented, I really didn't need that much of the powder on my brush, either. 

Top row, L-R: Gold'n'Roses, Mauves Like Jagger, Nougat It Right
Bottom row, L-R: Satina Van Der Woodsen, Under Treasure, We Are The Champagnes

The liquid metal finish of these shadows does not translate well in photos. They really do look like shimmery, molten metal on my skin. As I was swatching these shadows, I kept talking to myself out loud, saying things like, "Wow!" and, "These are unbelievable!" and "I've never seen anything so freaking pretty in my life!" I don't typically talk to myself when I'm swatching, but these are just so over-the-top beautiful and unique that I couldn't help myself. I would have never, ever guessed a drugstore eye shadow could ever be this good.

Top row, L-R: Gold'n'Roses, Mauves Like Jagger, Nougat It Right
Bottom row, L-R: Satina Van Der Woodsen, Under Treasure, We Are The Champagnes

I've been binging on everything rose gold lately, so Gold'n'Roses is really revving my engines! My second favorite of the bunch is Mauves Like Jagger. It's a silver-lilac-taupe with a mauve undertone. I was completely surprised by how complex it is. Mauves Like Jagger also pairs beautifully with Gold'n'Roses. Under Treasure is an antiqued gold shade that is my third favorite of the bunch. All of them are gorgeous, though, and I think they can all be used together for maximum gorgeousness. I have read that they are also formulated to be used wet, so I'll have to try that, too.

If you have access to Catrice or know someone in Europe who can pick them up for you, they are absolutely worth it (especially now that the dollar has gained so much value against the euro). They are approximately $4.33 (U.S.) each, which is a really excellent price, especially for the quality.

Have you tried the Liquid Metal eyeshadows from Catrice? 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

EOTD with Hourglass Exposure Palette

I purchased this.

Earlier today I posted swatches of the Hourglass Exposure and Obscura palettes. I was fairly certain I was going to return Exposure because of the patchiness I encountered while swatching. I decided to give it a go on my eyes first, to see if I liked it any better.

I am really impressed by how these shadows worked on my eyes! I had almost no difficulty with patchiness and everything applied smoothly, evenly, and the shadows blended together really well. I had absolutely zero issues with fallout. I think I'm going to keep it! The colors are so pretty.




WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion all around eye area
Hourglass Exposure Palette:
  - Champagne on brow bone and around tear duct area
  - Lilac on moving lid
  - Black Violet outer moving lid
  - Aubergine in crease
  - Bronze on lower lid
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil on waterline
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper along upper lash line
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Black (two coats)
Gerard Cosmetics Brow Bar To Go in Medium on brows

Swatches: Hourglass Modernist Palettes - Exposure and Obscura

I purchased this.

During Sephora's recent VIB sale, I bought two of the Hourglass Modernist Palettes. They've been on my wishlist since they first came out. From everything I've read and heard about them, it seems like people have a love/hate relationship with these palettes; they either love them and are thrilled to have them, or they hate them and returned them. There are a lot of reports of heavy fallout, yet other reports of no fallout if you apply them correctly (by patting instead of sweeping on the shadows.) I figured I'd give them a go and see what I think of them for myself.


I couldn't narrow it down to just one, so I double-splurged and bought Obscura (Earth Tones) and Exposure (Plums). They are just so pretty I could hardly bear to break into their gorgeous, perfect surfaces!

Left: Exposure; Right: Obscura

I swatched both palettes over Urban Decay's Eden Primer Potion. First up is Exposure. 

Exposure palette shades, L-R:
Champagne, Aubergine, Bronze, Black Violet, Lilac

Exposure palette shades, L-R:
Champagne, Aubergine, Bronze, Black Violet, Lilac

Exposure palette shades, L-R:
Champagne, Aubergine, Bronze, Black Violet, Lilac

The Exposure palette was the first of the two that I swatched, and I will admit, I was disappointed. They were difficult to apply, even when patting instead of sweeping the shadow on and the amount of fallout and loss of product is shameful when you're paying a premium for what should be quality eyeshadows. Aubergine was by far the worst, followed by Black Violet. No matter what I did, they are patchy and impossible to even out. Champagne, Bronze, and Lilac also had tons of fallout and weren't the easiest to apply evenly, but with a little work, I was able to get full, even swatches I think the colors are absolutely gorgeous.

Next up is the Obscura palette.


Obscura palette shades, L-R: 
Cream, Smokey Brown, Rose Gold, Coffee, Cool Bronze

Obscura palette shades, L-R: 
Cream, Smokey Brown, Rose Gold, Coffee, Cool Bronze

Obscura palette shades, L-R: 
Cream, Smokey Brown, Rose Gold, Coffee, Cool Bronze

I was happy to discover that the shadows in the Obscura palette had much less fallout and were significantly easier to apply. I had the tiniest bit of trouble getting an even swatch of Smokey Brown--it does look a little patchy in the photos, but "in real life," it looked smooth and even. The other shades all applied smoothly and evenly. Rose Gold and Cool Bronze both applied like an absolute dream. It was harder to tell with Cream since it is so incredibly close to my skin tone that I can barely see it against my skin...which means it'll make a perfect brow bone shade, naturally!

I now wonder if the love/hate reviews I'm reading have to do with which palette people purchased. I am really unimpressed with Exposure, and am strongly leaning toward returning it. Obscura however... Obscura is a palette of my dreams, full of gorgeous earth toned browns and golds that are so pretty and right up my alley. I can't wait to use them on my face and will be posting pics here when I do!

What do you think of the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes? Have you tried any and, if so, which ones, and what were your experiences with them? 

Friday, April 24, 2015

EOTD: Peach Parfait Trio from Pop Beauty

I purchased this.
PR samples.

I received the Peach Parfait eyeshadow trio from Pop Beauty in this month's Birchbox, so I decided to put it to use. I was excited by the trio I received since I adore peach tones, and yes, the colors are pretty, but I couldn't build them up, and when blending, one of them kept blending right off my face into oblivion. It was so frustrating to use. But I did my best, and this is what I came up with using the trio. I'll be passing this trio along. I don't recommend Pop Beauty eye shadows, for what it's worth. 





WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion all around eye area
Tarte Free Spirit on brow bone
Tarte Force of Nature in crease and on upper moving lid
Pop Beauty Peach Parfait Trio:
  - Lightest shade to highlight tear duct
  - Medium shade on moving lid and lower lid
  - Darkest shade on outer moving lid, in crease, and on outer lower lid 
Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows:
  - Bella Teal (wet) to line inner 1/2 of upper lashes
  - Bella Purple (wet) to line outer 1/2 of upper lashes
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Eyeliner Pen lining upper lashes very thin and close to root of lashes
Chinovi Cosmetics Brow Powders in Dark Brown and Deep Auburn 


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EOTD: Rose Golden Palette by Zoeva

I purchased this.
Received in swap.
PR samples.

A couple of days ago, I posted swatches from the Zoeva Rose Golden eyeshadow palette. I said I couldn't decide which was my favorite, but I've definitely determined that as awesome as most of the colors are, "Just A Rose" is my favorite; I am mesmerized by its rose and gold duochromey shiftiness.  Anyway, here's the first look I did with this palette.




WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion all around the eye area
Tarte Free Spirit on brow bone
Tarte Force of Nature in crease and on upper moving lid
Benefit High Brow on moving lid as a base
Zoeva Rose Golden Palette:
  - Golden Rule around tear duct area
  - Just A Rose on moving lid and lower lid
  - Wonder Full on outer moving lid and outer lower lid
  - Rusty Petals in crease
  - Shining Bright above Rusty Petals
  - Reflective Elegance above Shining Bright
  - Luster to blend out Reflective Elegance and lower lid colors
Estée Lauder Pure Color kohl pencil in Blackened Brown smudged along upper lash line, and on lower rim and tightline
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Black
Gerard Cosmetics Brow Bar To Go in Medium

Monday, April 20, 2015

Swatches & Mini Review: Zoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette

Received in swap.

I recently did a swap with the really lovely Olivia over at Sparkling Luna blog. She does beautiful looks and is such a sweetie--check her out if you haven't already!

Anyway, Olivia lives in Belgium and I'm in the U.S., so we decided to do an international custom purchase swap. She sent me so many amazing makeup goodies (and candy!) that I can't get here in the U.S., and I am super excited to play with all of them. What I was the most looking forward to receiving was the Zoeva Rose Golden eyeshadow palette, so of course it's one of the first of the swap items I broke into. (Okay, I'll admit, the very first thing I opened up and used was the candy! Nomnomnom!!!)



I have been all about rose gold shades for months on end now, so when I saw this palette, I started drooling, and immediately added it to my list of things to swap for. The palette turned out to be (almost) everything I expected. Every single shade is absolutely gorgeous, with the exception of Harmony, which should really be named "WTF?!?!" because WTF is a cool-toned gray shade doing in this otherwise stunning palette of warm, rose, gold, copper, and tan shades??? Every other color is stunning and I have no idea which is my favorite because at least six of them are so shimmery and fairly unique among my extensive collection of eye shadows.

All swatches are done over Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion.

Top row, L-R: Luster, Reflective Elegance, Copper Is King, Shining Bright, Rusty Petals
Bottom row, L-R: Foil, Just A Rose, Golden Rule, Harmony (WTF?!?!), Wonder Full

The shadows glide on smoothly, although there is a bit of powdery fallout. Copper Is King and Wonder Full were the hardest to apply evenly. Copper Is King just didn't want to blend out at all, but after working with it a bit, it was so worth it when I was able to get a full swatch--it's so gorgeous! Wonder Full had the most fallout and is super powdery and dusty. It's not chalky, but it was a little hard to get an even swatch. Using a different brush might solve the problems I had with both of those colors. All of the colors are highly pigmented, although I had a heck of a time trying to capture the intensity of the color in my photos, so if they don't look super pigmented in my pictures, just trust me--they are very pigmented and lovely.

L-R: Luster, Reflective Elegance, Copper Is King, Shining Bright, Rusty Petals

L-R: Foil, Just A Rose, Golden Rule, Harmony, Wonder Full

I took this next swatch photo using the flash on my camera because I thought it shows some of the different tones in these colors and more of the shimmer.

Top row, L-R: Luster, Reflective Elegance, Copper Is King, Shining Bright, Rusty Petals
Bottom row, L-R: Foil, Just A Rose, Golden Rule, Harmony, Wonder Full

Overall, I'm really pleased with this palette, which is also the first Zoeva product I've tried. Right now, this palette is out of stock online, but once it's back in stock, I highly recommend it if you love rose gold tones like I do. When I first looked online, it was priced at 17.50, but it's currently priced at 14.71. As of today's exchange rate, that's a little less than $16. I think it's a great value--$19 for 9 beautiful eyeshadows + 1 "WTF" shadow, which comes to $1.60 for each pan. Shipping to the U.S. from Europe is an additional 13.34 (a little less than $14.50). You can buy it from Zoeva here.

I am planning to post a look in the next few days using some of the shadows from this palette. Guess which shadow I'm not going to use? Ha ha! :)

I'm sending another shout-out to Olivia at Sparkling Luna blog. I'm loving all of my new goodies, and looking forward to doing lots of looks with everything! Thank you!!!

Have you tried anything from Zoeva? What is your favorite product from them? 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

EOTD: Spring Gold, Peach, Coral, Green & Blue with Darling Girl Cosmetics

I purchased this.
Affiliate links.

Hi! If you haven't entered my Chinovi Cosmetics Tasting Menu Giveaway, go enter now! It's still open through tomorrow!

We've been having typical weird April weather for Colorado--five inches of heavy, wet snow on the ground in the morning, and warm and sunny by evening. I am really looking forward to moving out of the weird weather of April and into May, which is one of my favorite months of the year. I decided to do a springtime look today since I have beautiful, warm, burst-in-bloom spring weather on my mind. I used mostly Darling Girl Cosmetics for this look.





WHAT I USED:
Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion all over moving lid and brow bone
Jordana Glam Rock Green eyeliner pencil on inner half of lower lid
em Michelle Phan Teal Tease Waterliner on outer half of lower lid
Darling Girl Cosmetics:
  - Glitter Glue all over moving lid and brow bone
  - Calla all over brow bone and crease
  - F*Bomb on top of the Jordana Glam Rock Green pencil
  - Lush on top of the em Michelle Phan Teal Tease pencil
  - Gilt Trip on inner third of moving lid and blended up into crease
  - Paper Planes on center third of moving lid and blended up into crease
  - Heat Wave on outer third of moving lid and blended into crease and up onto brow bone
  - Princess Peach to highlight beneath brows and around tear duct area
Sugarpill Bulletproof to line upper lashes and very lightly and close to outer 1/3 of lower lashes
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black (2 coats on bottom, 4 on top)
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil in Seal Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel


Friday, April 17, 2015

Swatches & Review: House of Beauty Lip Hybrids

I purchased this.

Instagram is dangerous! I was poking around on Instagram the other day, and I stumbled upon someone who had posted photos of House of Beauty's Lip Hybrids. I followed that picture to another to another to another and another and half an hour later, I had ordered three of the House of Beauty Lip Hybrids myself. OOPS!


The House of Beauty Lip Hybrids are each packaged in a small 5 gram jar. The typical jars look like the two on the ends in the photo above. The one in the middle is in a different jar only because the company's supplier ran out of the normal jars, so they had to make do with temporary packaging for a while.


The three colors I bought are Nude & Rude, Taupe, and Kathryn.


These colors are thick and rich and pigmented. They're thicker than a gloss, but creamier than a lipstick. They're incredibly hydrating like a balm.


Look at how thick the formula is! These Lip Hybrids are super thick and only a tiny bit is needed for full pigmentation, yet they're not remotely sticky and they don't bleed. They feel really nice on the lips and are easy to remove with just one swipe of a makeup remover cloth or even a tissue. They last for hours on end, although they do wear off quite quickly when I eat and must be reapplied after a meal.

L-R: Nude & Rude, Taupe, Kathryn

L-R: Nude & Rude, Taupe, Kathryn

I did these swatches on my arm with a really large dollop of each color. Just a fraction of that amount provides full coverage on my lips. House of Beauty recommends applying them with a lip brush. I have applied them with a lip brush, with a disposable doe-foot applicator, and with my finger. They go on easily, smoothly, and evenly no matter what method I use to apply them.

Nude & Rude

I am so glad I bought these House of Beauty Lip Hybrids, and I have a growing wishlist of colors I'd like to purchase. They are such incredibly high quality and of all the lip products I've used in my life, these are definitely among my favorites; I have worn them every single day since I received them.

Taupe

They are very opaque, yet they do change color so very slightly when worn over different shades of lip liner or lipstick. Kathryn, for example, looks like a greige shade in the jar, but turns to a beautiful nude-brown on my lips. When I wear it over a plum lip pencil, it wears like a warm, natural gray-plum color.

Kathryn

The most similar products I can compare these to are the Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks ($20 for 3.2 g/0.11 fl. oz.), Too Faced Melteds ($21 for 12 ml/0.4 fl. oz.), and OCC Lip Tars ($18 for 10 ml/0.33 fl. oz.), but I like the House of Beauty Lip Hybrids so much better than any of those other lip products. Not only do I like them better, but they are cruelty free, all natural, and handmade.

One unique thing about the Lip Hybrids is that they come in a wild variety of "non-traditional" colors like green, blue, yellow, orange--and varying shades of each. They have 73 different shades and a variety of finishes from semi-matte to glossy satin to half metallic and a number of them have a combination of these finishes (e.g., semi matte satin foil metallic).

House of Beauty states that delivery should be within 7-14 days after ordering. I ordered on a Friday morning and received my package the following Tuesday, which is fast for a small indie company!

Overall, I'm am extremely impressed with this product. I only have two issues with this product:

  • Nowhere on the website does it state how much product you're receiving. Just because the product is in a 5 gram jar does not mean you're receiving 5 grams of product. I'd like to know how many milliliters and/or fluid ounces I'm getting for the $14 price tag.

  • For the $14 price tag, I'd like to see this product sold in nice tubes with a doe-foot wand rather than in cheap jars. The jars are cute, and it's easy to toss them in my makeup bag and go, but I would much, much rather have this in a typical lip gloss tube.


However, I still think the Lip Hybrids are a great, quality product, and well worth the money. A jar will last a very long time because such a small amount is needed. I will be back to purchase more. In fact, I just added Ebonie, Iron Rose, and Hawt Cocoa to my shopping cart over at House of Beauty. I'm going to try to wait until next month to buy more, but I may not be able to resist!

Oh, one more thing--if you follow House of Beauty on Instagram as well as some of their various models, they occasionally post coupon codes that you can use for discounts. I got 10% off my first order, and of course, every little bit helps when you're a makeup junkie like me! 

Are any of the 73 shades of House of Beauty Lip Hybrids calling out your name? Which ones appeal to you the most?  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Swatches: Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad

I purchased this.
Affiliate links.

Hi! If you haven't entered my Chinovi Cosmetics Tasting Menu Giveaway, go enter now! It's still open for a few more days.

For today's post, I want to show swatches of my new, precious, beauty baby: Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad.


I have a thing for Tom Ford Cosmetics. Unfortunately for me, Tom Ford is a luxury brand that is typically far, far outside of my budget. However, my Christmas shopping rebates started rolling in from Mr. Rebates, and I recently received enough back that I was able to use the little windfall from my rebates payment to splurge on another Tom Ford goodie.

Let me digress... if you haven't heard of Mr. Rebates, it's very similar to Ebates. Whenever I am going to do some online shopping, I always check both sites to see if there are any rebates available from the etailers where I'm shopping. Typically, I've found Mr. Rebates gives bigger rebates to online shops like Sephora (not always, but often)--as much as 12% back, which is awesome, considering Sephora rarely does sales, and also considering the stupid amount of money I hand over to them regularly. If I'm shopping for makeup, I can typically get a rebate for my purchase from other online stores like Ulta, Too Faced Cosmetics, and Nordstrom (it's one of the only ways to get discounts on MAC Cosmetics). When I'm doing my Christmas shopping, I prefer to do it online and always check both sites for rebate offers, and then I go with whichever one is offering the highest amount. The rebate amount usually pends for a few weeks to months, and then becomes available for deposit into my PayPal account. In a typical year, I get about $100 back from my online shopping, but last year, I got closer to $200 since I did a majority of my Christmas shopping online. Every little bit helps! If you haven't signed up for either program, I'd love it if you'd use my affiliate links to sign up for both Mr. Rebates and Ebates.

Anyway, back to the story of how I adopted a brand new Tom Ford eyeshadow quad: in March, all of the Christmas shopping I did online finally paid off as a whole bunch of my pending Mr. Rebates rebates became available, and I was able to deposit $79 (plus a few odd cents) into PayPal. Naturally, because I'm a makeup junkie, when I saw the amount, my first thought was, "Hey! $79? You know what else is $79? Tom Ford eyeshadow quads!"

And that would be how I became the proud mama to a beautiful new beauty baby, the Orchid Haze eyeshadow quad from Tom Ford Cosmetics.


Just look at it! Isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen? I thought my Tom Ford Silvered Topaz eyeshadow quad was the prettiest thing I'd ever come across until I opened up this baby and saw it in person. I was sorely tempted to get the Golden Mink quad, but I'll save that one for next time. I am so glad I bought the Orchid Haze quad.


The colors are stunning. Each of the four colors is a warm-toned and brown-based. In my opinion, the overall color scheme of the quad is more of a "brownie berry" than an "Orchid Haze," but hey, it's just a name, and I'm certainly not going to get my undies in a bundle over the name when it's all about the beauty of the actual product.

Here are swatches of the four shades from this quad. They're not individually named, but you can tell from looking at the photo above which shade on my skin matches up to which shade in the quad. I swatched over Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion.


These eyeshadows are incredibly silky soft and buttery smooth. It's definitely an over-reaction that only other makeup junkies will understand, but I get all sorts of verklempt when I think on their utter and complete perfection.  They blend so beautifully on my skin and when I'm wearing them, every time I look in the mirror, I'm amazed at how gorgeous my eyes look. This quad is seriously the shiznit for making blue eyes really pop. The darkest shade in the quad is quite deep, but can be blended out to a much more subtle shade, making this quad perfect for daytime office wear, yet it can be built up for more of an intense, evening look.


I have worn all of the eye shadows in this quad several times since I received it, but haven't been able to take photos because each time, I ended up running late for work or wherever I was going. I will definitely be using it again very, very soon, and will try to get a picture of the look I create using it so you can see how beautiful all of the colors look when worn together.

Is there a cosmetics brand you're head-over-heels crazy about, the way I am with Tom Ford Cosmetics? I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Giveaway! Chinovi Cosmetics "Tasting Menu" Eyeshadow Set


Hi! Not long ago, I posted about a new collection from Chinovi Cosmetics, "The Tasting Menu." Last Fall, I collaborated with Vanessa of Chinovi Cosmetics to develop this collection, and we're both really in love with it.


Today, I am excited to bring you a giveaway of a full set of Tasting Menu eyeshadows! This giveaway includes one set of the six Tasting Menu eyeshadows.




The contest starts NOW and closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2015. Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. GOOD LUCK!



By entering this contest, you confirm that you are 18 years or older. This giveaway is open to entrants with U.S. shipping addresses only. The giveaway runs closes at 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2015. You must enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Winner must respond within 72 hours of notification or forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected. Read all official contest rules here.


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Swatches: Liquid Stardusts from Darling Girl Cosmetics

I purchased this. 
PR samples.

Hi everyone! Today, I have swatches for you of the four Liquid Stardusts from Darling Girl Cosmetics.

Liquid Stardusts, L-R: Interstellar Cupcake, Space Odyssey

I've only pictured two of the four Liquid Stardusts here because two of the ones I have are in the old packaging, which turned out to have some issues. This current packaging is terrific..

Darling Girl Liquid Stardusts are supposedly quite similar to Lorac's 3D Liquid Lustre, but at a fraction of the price. I haven't tried the Lorac product myself, but I have friends who have tried both and say they're basically the same. The main difference--besides the price point--is that Darling Girl Liquid Stardust are handmade (with love!), feature unique combinations of color, and are most definitely cruelty free. (Lorac is less-than-transparent regarding whether they're cruelty free.)

Anyway, on to the swatches! The top part of each swatch is done on bare skin and the lower part is done over a black base.

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

Here are a couple of out-of-focus shots to show what the sparkle looks like in the Liquid Stardusts.

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

L-R: Space Odyssey, Interstellar Cupcake, Santy's Sneaky Sleigh, Grinchy Claus

My favorite is Interstellar Cupcake, which combines pink and copper holographic glitters. I think these work really well on top of eyeshadow to provide a little extra sparkle or as an inner corner sparkly highlight. They dry down relatively quickly and last until I remove my makeup--without any sparkly fallout on my cheeks. I imagine they'd work wonderfully as extra-sparkly cheek highlight or on top of a black eyeliner.

Have you tried the Darling Girl Liquid Stardusts? What do you think of them?