Monthly Archives: April 2012

FOTD With The Naughty List and The Arena (& day 61!)

I wanted to play with some more of my Evil Shades colors the other day and decided to use a The Naughty List and The Arena.   I just love how easily these color blend….super creamy and nice to use!

Face:  Defy Gravity under Holika BB cream in Baby Bloom.    Evil Shades finishing powder.

Lips:  Caged Gypsy by Evil Shades

Cheeks: Ravishing blush by Evil Shades

Eyes:  Tick: Tock Infinity base in Milky Way.  Evil Shades The Naughty List used in outer crease and under outside portion of lower lid.   ES The Arena used on lid and also used to blend crease color and up to brow.    Black pencil liner on upper lid and water line, one coat black mascara.

Brazen FOTD with Scorching & Karma (& day 62!)

I had fun with another Brazen look today.   I’ve been loving playing with the bright spring colors that I don’t normally wear.

Face:  BB cream and Defy Gravity  with F&F finishing powder.

Cheeks: Abandon

Lips:   Make Out gloss

Eyes:  MAC Untitled, Tick: Tock Infinity base in Milky Way.   Scorching applied to entire eye area, Karma placed in outer corner of upper and lower lid.  One coat black mascara.

Brazen FOTD w/ Tease & Karma (& day 63!)

I did another Brazen FOTD and was so happy with the results!

Face:  BB cream and Good Bye To You over Defy Gravity.   F&F finishing powder.

Cheeks:  Perfect 10

Lips:  Burlesque

Eyes:  MAC Untitled under Tick: Tock infinity in Milky Way.    Immaculate applied to entire lid, with Tease applied to outer corner and under eye as well.    Immaculate used to blend up to brow bone with Odette applied under brow.     Karma foiled as liner with one coat of black mascara.

Brazen FOTD (& day 64!)

Today I used all Brazen colors.   I’m super into the bronze/orange/gold pigments right now so I did a bright gold eye today.  As always, if you are interested in any of hte Brazen products, simple click the banner in my side bar to go check out the goodies!

Face:  Defy Gravity primer with Holika Baby Bloom BB cream over that.    Goodbye To You as concealer under eyes.

Cheeks:   Abandon blush

Lips:   Lola gloss

Eyes:  MAC Untitled with Tick: Tock Milky Way over that.    Brazen’s Prowl all over lid and up out beyond crease.   Then I used Immaculate and blended that up to the brow bone with Odette placed just under eye brow.    Black pencil liner on upper lid only with one coat of black mascara.

I’m totally lame and on my phone whilst taking pics……I was on hold and decided to multi-task!   Sorry!

FOTD with Kettle and Punkins (& day 65!)

I played around with my Chinovi pigments today and boy was I happy with the result!   I wanted to play with the warm colors so I chose a couple of orange colors and went to work.

Face:  Holika BB cream in Baby Bloom.   Brazen F&F finishing powder.

Cheeks:   Brazen’s Perfect 10 blush

Lips:  Brazen’s lip gloss in Lola (I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love Brazen gloss….go buy some now!)

Eyes:  MAC paint in Untitled then Tick: Tock nude base.    The following colors are all Chinovi;  Punkins on inner half of lid and under inner portion of lower lid, Kettle on outer half and blended out beyond crease and under outer portion of lower lid.    Buttercream applied up to brow and used to blend Kettle.   Brazen’s Odette used as a highlighter under brow and inner corners.     Black pencil liner applied to upper lid and water line.   One coat black mascara.

If you are interested in the Chinovi pigments, you can check them out here:

http://www.chinovicosmetics.com/Home.html

As always, you can check out all the Brazen goodies simply by clicking the banner on my side bar.  You should go there and get some gloss.    You too will be seduced by their lip glosses!

FOTD with Rave and Dead Weight (& day 66!)

I wanted to play with a couple of new Altered Ego colors I got.  I decided in honor of the nice weather that I would do a bright eye AND bright liner look.   Normally I choose one or the other but I was really wanting to do something fun and springy.  Besides, I knew we were going to see a movie so who was gonna see me?

I’m very happy with how it came out.  It was actually a bit more wearable than I thought it would be.   I even went with a pretty dark gloss for my lips.  Oh and I got all spicy and wacky with the photo editing so I apologize in advance!

Face:  Lazy day face with just tinted moisturizer and  Evil Shades matte finishing powder.   Brazen Goodbye To Use as concealer.

Cheeks:  Brazen

Lips:  Brazen gloss in Make Out.   Super yummy!

Eyes:  Tick: Tock Infinity base in Milky Way. Altered Ego colors used:  Dead Weight on lid and blended a bit out into the crease.    Courtesan blended up to brow bone.   Rave foiled as liner and a bit of Brazen’s Odette under brow as highlighter.   One coat of black mascara.

FOTD with Regifted Xmas Sweater and Misfit Toys (& day 67!)

I did a quick FOTD.  Sorry about the bandana but I had just deep conditioned my hair and wanted to let it air dry.   Just call me Cinderella!

Face:  I was being super lazy so just moisturizer and sunscreen on my face.   Brazen Goodbye To Use as concealer and Evil Shades matte finishing powder.

Cheeks:  Atomic by Evil Shades.

Lips:  Candied by Evil Shades

Eyes:  Tick: Tock nude tester primer.    The following are all Evil Shades:  Regifted Christmas Sweater applied to lid.   Misfit Toys blended into the crease and outer V, upper and lower lid.    Yellow Snow blended from crease to brow and also to inner corner of eye.  One coat black mascara.    Odette by Brazen applied just under brow as a highlighter.

Chinovi Cosmetcis Gigantic Swatch Fest (& day 68!)

When a super positive review for this new company showed up on a fellow beauty bloggers site, I decided to give them a shot.    At the time I ordered, there were no color descriptions up on the site and I had some serious trouble deciding so I just ordered sample baggies of each color.   Shipping was super fast and I had them in my hands within a week.

I haven’t had a change to use any on my face yet but I did want to get them swatched for you guys.     So far the quality is really nice.  There are some serious glitter bombs in there as well as more plush finishes.   I don’t believe there are any matte finishes at this time.

All swatches were done over Silk Naturals Stick Em eye shadow primer.

Look at all those little baggies!

If you’re interested, go check them out.  There are some really beautiful and sparkly colors in there!

http://www.chinovicosmetics.com/Home.html

Kiddie Pool Time!

I pulled out the kiddie pool for the dogs for the first time this year today.   Well, only Patrick and Dash really like to splash around in it but the other dogs will drink out of it.  Haha!   Bib B used to enjoy it but Minnie and Joxer are less than impressed.

Minnie
Dash the Wonder Puppy
Dash
Dash
Patrick the old man.
Patrick

While the Boxers were out acting dumb, Fergus enjoyed some nice, warm filtered sunlight.

Sir Fergus Of Bravo
Fergus doing his zebra impression.

Evil Shades Review and Swatches (& day 69) Tee-hee.

I finally got my grubby little hands on my Evil Shades order!  The order truly was a saga for anyone involved as there was some theft of mail happening and many orders were affected.   Thankfully there was an investigation made and an arrest involving four different post offices.   Crazy!

I placed my original order on 2/17/12 and then placed another order on 2/24/12, to be combined with the first order.  It shipped within the TAT and then it disappeared along with a bunch of other orders.    A second replacement order was shipped on 4/7/12 and was received 4/19/12.  Everything was packaged well and there were no leaks or spills.

The samples come in little clam shells and not baggies. Normally I depot everything but the packaging is so cute I don't think I'm going to.
Super cute packaging!

All swatches of shadows were done over Pixie Epoxy and photographed with no flash under a bright light.  Blushes and lippies were swatched over clean and dry skin.

The lippies. All of these are pretty amazing but I really loved the texture of Caged Gypsy.
Super high quality lippies and I really like them.
The blushes are very complex, and it was hard to capture the depth of them.
The stand out for me so far is Atomic. I love a good, bright blush!
The shadows are all complex featuring different finishes....everything from super sparkly to plush.
The stand outs for so far are Halcyon and Zombie.
How gorgeous are these?!?
These two colors are super perfect together and I can't wait to try them on my face.
I picked up some of the Holiday 2011 colors. Naughty List! It's becoming a regular thing for me now.
The stand outs for me are Sweater and Misfit Toys. Sweater will be perfect for spring/summer!

I had a really beautiful FOTD to show you using Halcyon and Fallen Leaf but Zero bumped my arm when I was applying mascara and I ruined it.  I’ll do another one for you guys.  I still want to try out Sweater and Misfit Toys together.

So, would I recommend this company?  Yes.    I won’t argue that it took two months to get my order but it wasn’t through any fault of Evil Shades.    She totally worked with everyone and got replacement packages out to everyone as soon as she could.  I’ve had several bad experiences with the USPS myself this year so I know it’s been really bad.

I can say that the product was definitely worth the wait.  The owner did offer refunds to those of us that wanted them but I chose to wait for the replacement order and I’m glad I did.  The products themselves are really high quality and I’m particularly impressed with the blushes and the lippies and can’t wait to try more.

Check them out here:

http://www.evilshades.com/

Brazen Swatches and FOTD (& post 70!)

Lovelies!    I got the most amazing Brazen haul ever and I thought I would share the sparklies.   If you’re interested in any of the goodies that you see, you can simply click the Brazen banner in my sidebar to go directly to the site.  They’ve got some fun new stuff coming up so don’t miss out!     I’m pretty much already addicted to the Defy Gravity and Beauty Sleep.    I picked up some more fun colors in shadows this time and I can’t wait to try them all out.  Stay tuned for more FOTD’s featuring more of the colors.

Wouldn't you love to get this in the mail?

The face stuff.
The lippies.
The shadows.

And on to the swatches.  These were all done over Pixie Epoxy and photographed with no flash under a bright light.

The blushes.
The blushes.
Eye shadows.

Eye shadows.
Eye shadows.
The lippies.
The lippies.

I also had a chance to do a FOTD using exclusively Brazen stuff for the first time!

Face:  Defy Gravity primer under Holika Baby Bloom BB cream.   Goodbye To You in light under eyes and Fierce & Flawless finishing powder.

Cheeks:  Tantalize blush

Lips:  Pixie gloss

Eyes:  Immaculate all over lid with a little bit of All My Love in crease.   Odette under brow and Bewitch foiled as liner.  One coat black mascara.

Nocturne Alchemy Reviews (& day 71!)

I received my most recent order and wanted to post up some reviews for those of you who might be on the fence about ordering!

BASTET’S GARDEN: Apricot Kobalt Special Edition-African Apricot, Apricot Cream, Vanilla Cream, Nokturne:Kobalt. A delicious way to spend an afternoon. Purrrrrrrrrr.

In bottle: Spicy musky fruit.
Wet on skin: Spicy apricot cream.
Dry on skin: This softens into a really sexy and spicy blend predominately Sapphire but the green peppercorn and and amber and patchouli round out the apricot perfection!
Verdict: Buy it now! Something about the apricot and peppercorn make this blend special.

BASTET’S GARDEN: Raspberry Kobalt Special Edition-Aromatic Egyptian Raspberry, rich Egyptian Vanilla (Nokturne:Kobalt). Simplicity.

In bottle: Raspberry and chocolate.
Wet on skin: Raspberry and cardamom with just a bit of kobalt peeking out.
Dry on skin: The kobalt comes to the front and I can definitely smell the cardamom, amber and chocolate all blending in.
Verdict: This is so pretty, I love it!

Hathor’s Raspberry Cheesecake Vanille LE-For the dessert of Spring, the Goddess Hathor has blended an ethereal cheesecake into a puree of raspberries and RA has woven a special Vanilla blend of Crystal Vanilla Musk and Crystalline into the perfume. Spun Raspberry Sugar resides within.

In bottle: Raspberry sugar!
Wet on skin: It smells like the raspberry topping you might get on an expensive cheesecake. I can start to smell a bit of pastry now.
Dry on skin: Yummy, sweet, raspberry cheesecake with pastry.
Verdict: It does rather make me want to eat my arm.

Eternal Luxor Dark LE-Black Tahitian Vanilla, Incense, Black Coconut, N:Tabasheer Black Musk, Black Amber, Egyptian Allspice Incense and Black Galbanum Honey.

In bottle: Sweet and a bit coconutty?
Wet on skin: Very sweet with maybe a bit on tobacco? Maybe that’s the Tabasheer and honey playing together.
Dry on skin: As it dries down I can definitely smell the black coconut and the musk blending together perfectly with the vanilla. Scrumptious!
Verdict: Luxor has been one of my favorites no matter which version it is!

Supreme Deity Duality:  Egypterrian-Egyptian and Hungarian Spice, Black Rose Resin, Raspberry from Bastet’s Garden with a base of Sapphire and Crystal Nokturnes. Slowly poured into each other for seven days to create the seven skies of Egypterra. Created with ‘connection’ in mind.

In bottle: Sweet and fruity.
Wet on skin: I can smell the raspberry and crystal for sure.
Dry on skin: This is such a lovely scent. I can definitely pick up the Hungarian spice and black rose resin now. They blend beautifully with the raspberry and crystal! At this point I can’t pick out any Sapphire but perhaps with a big of aging….. ***Edited to add that I think I can pick up a hint of the Sapphire now and I suspect it will get stronger with a bit of age.
Verdict: Srumdiddlyuptious! You should buy it now! Even the bottle is amazing. It’s a beautiful green bottle with a cobalt colored lid. Normally the first thing I do is remove the reducer caps and replace them with want caps but I’m going to keep this one as is because it’s so striking.

Nokturne: Moonstone-The true Husk, black and white Fleck, essence and whole of African White Vanilla with a kiss of Crystalline.

In bottle: Sweet vanilla.
Wet on skin: Soft, pretty and wonderful vanilla. It’s intoxicating.
Dry on skin: Boy this is super comforting and beautiful. I can’t wait to start layering this with everything and see what happens!
Verdict: So, so happy that I scored a bottle of this!

Gothic-Black clove, sweet smoking tobacco, patchouli incense, frankincense and myrrh resinoid, vanilla skin musk.

In vial: Soft and maybe a bit floral or powdery?
Wet on skin: Slight tobacco and some sweet clove.
Dry on skin: The clove has definitely come out as well as the smoking tobacco. I think I can also smell the soft patchouli and frankincense but I’m not sure what frankincense normally smells like. The vanilla skin musk slides in at the very last minute and it’s beautiful!
Verdict: I got a freebie of this and boy am I glad I did! I can’t wait to see how it ages!

 

http://www.nocturnealchemy.com/

Magnetic Nail Polish (& day 72!)

I had my first foray into magnetic nail polish with mixed success! Four of my nails look amazing and the other six are varying degrees of fail.    It takes a little bit to get the hang of the magnetic but once you’ve practiced a bit I think anyone could do it.  I purchased a magnetic that can do three different patterns.  I used two coats of China Glaze Magnetix in You Move Me with Seche Vite base and top coat.

FOTD with Team Seneca Crane’s Beard and Bakers Are Sexy (& day 73!)

I got to play with a couple of the new colors in the “Not A Hunger Games” collection from RockABetty Beauty.  And I also did a bright eyeliner look for the makeup challenge for an FB group.

Face: Holika BB cream in Baby Bloom, custom finishing powder.

Cheeks:  Meow’s Tart.

Lips:  Coral stain with Four Horsemen by RockABetty Beauty over the top.  (So fun and sparkly yet professional enough for work!)

Eyes:  Tick: Tocks nude tester eye primer (which I LOVE!)   Team Seneca Crane’s Beard all over lid and  up into crease a bit, Bakers Are Sexy applied above crease and blended out with Peta’s Mom Is A Bitch up to brow.    I used RockABetty Beauty The Wet Spot as a foiling medium and foiled Chemical Warfare by Darling Girl as a bright liner.  One coat of black mascara.

RockABetty Beauty Swatches (& day 74!)

I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate from RockABetty Beauty last week and got my goodies today!   I figured I’d swatch them for you guys since I got samples of the “Not A Hunger Games” collection.   There are a couple of really pretty stand out colors for me.  I got samples of all the NAHUG collection, a small pot of Four Horsemen lip gloss and a bottle of The Wet Spot.    I also got a free sample of Mary Shelly.

If you see anything you like, please go and check them out!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RockABettyBeauty

These were all swatched over Pixie Epoxy and photographed under a bright light with no flash.