Month: July 2012

BFTE Swatches & FOTD with Isis, Addicted and Tangerine

Aren’t those colors beautiful?  I finally caved and placed an order from BFTE (Beauty From The Earth).  I’m not  surewhy I hadn’t purchased from them before.  I ordered the Rainbow Collection, Mix & Fix, two sets of lashes (one set that I didn’t mean to order!) and the Color Of The Week which was Splash.  With the COTW I got to pick three shadows to try so I chose, Isis, Addicted and Tangerine.  I also received a free sample of Chenille.  On to the swatches!

For this Face Of The Day I used the following colors:

Face:  Peachy Girl BB cream, MAC concealer in NW15, set with Evil Shades matte powder.   Completed look finished with Brazen’s Fierce & Flawless.

Cheeks:   Meow’s Frozen Grapefruit

Lips:  Nude liner topped with OCC Lip Tar in Melange.

Eyes:  MAC Untitled under Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.  BFTE colors used:  Tangerine on lid and middle of lower lid, Addicted applied to outer V and under outer portion of lower lid, Isis used on tiny section of outer V and foiled as liner on upper lid.   Physician’s Formula taupe liner on waterline of lower lid.    Brazen’s Immaculate used to blend out Addicted and up to brow.   Brazen Scorching applied just under brow and inner corner.   One coat of black mascara and Brazen brow powder in Raquel.

I’ve got little spots of no shadow on the outer corners of my eyes because I had a reaction to a pigment used and my eyes won’t stop watering!   I could have edited the photo but I like to leave them as raw as possible to properly show off the colors.

OCC Lip Tars Swatches

I was lucky enough to snag three OCC Lip Tars on sale because it’s the discontinued packaging.   I purchased Harlot, Melange and Trollop.  I’ve swatched  them on my arm as well as photographed them on my lips.    Yay!

FOTD With Sleek Ultra Mattes IV Palette

I’m so sorry I’ve been absent from my blog.   We’re currently remodeling (replacing all the floors, the fireplace and painting) and I’ve been focusing on that.  Well, I plan to make it up to you!   I’m bringing you a FOTD today, with swatches and reviews from Beauty From The Earth as well as OCC Lip Tars coming up this weekend.  Oooooh!   Ahhhhhhhh.

Face:  Holika Peachy Girl BB cream over Smashbox oil free primer with MAC NW15 concealer set with Evil Shades matte powder.

Cheeks:  Meows Frozen Watermelon  (I’m loving this blush right now!)

Lips:  Brazen Balm Stick in Risque

Eyes:  MAC Untitled as primer and Sleek Matte Brights Palette colors.  Bammi used on lid with Strike on outer V and blended a bit above crease.   Prowl used on inner corner as well as to blend out Strike and up to brow bone.    MAC liquid liner in Defiantly Feline on upper lid and winged out a bit with Physician Formula liner in taupe on water line of lower lid.  One coat of black mascara.  Brazen brow powder in Raquel.

How Do I Choose An Indie Company?

I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I choose between all the indie companies out there.   I certainly don’t have a set ‘formula’ per se but I have some criteria that I generally follow.   I’ve jotted down some thoughts for you guys but please remember that something that does or doesn’t work for me might or might not work for you.

 
For starters I’ll admit that I generally don’t purchase from brand new companies.   The only time I’ll order from a brand new indie is if I get a glowing review from a good friend or fellow blogger.   If I  know the new owner personally then I’m always willing to support a friend and will always try them out.    I need to build  trust in a company as a lot of disreputable indie makeup companies have sprung up.  I’ll give you an example of each so that you can see what I look for.

A few months ago the wonderful Vanessa Warriner launched her new indie company, Chinovi Cosmetics.     The web site is professional, the photos are accurate representations of the products and the ingredients are listed on each individual product listing.  I put that one in italics because it’s important to me.  I had an experience with some not  approved for eye ingredients and want to know exactly what I’m buying.   All of the ingredients in Chinovi products are approved for the use they are intended.   The site is easy to navigate and it’s simple to find all the information you may need.   Check it out here:

Things I like to see!

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

Now I’m going to show you  an example of an new indie company that I would choose to avoid.   The site is actually just a Facebook page rife with text speak and grammar issues.    The three times I have looked at the ingredient list, they have changed, with the owner stating that carmine had been in the ingredient list by mistake (she was claiming to be a vegan company) and still claims to be cruelty free but has silk derivatives listed.   *scratches head*  The colors themselves are suspect as they look like neons and last time I checked, they are still not approved for use around the eyes in the US.  Unknowingly (I assume) this young indie makeup owner has already violated at least three federal guidelines which can be found here:

http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/goodmanufacturingpracticegmpguidelinesinspectionchecklist/default.htm

I snapped a couple screen shots so that I could show you guys something I very much DON’T want to see when I’m researching a new indie makeup company.

Home grown berries?!?   WTF?  And then the ingredients were changed again.  Now it’s a 100% organic company which is against FDA regulations to claim.

Some of the ingredients listed above just make no sense and honestly you would have NO IDEA what’s actually in the ingredients.  This gets a huge BUYER BEWARE from me.   When researching a new company, there are times when I might have a question about ingredients.   Typically I will email the owner and if they are professional they will take the time to answer my questions.    If I get a defensive answer or no answer at all then I’ll just move along to a more professional and therefore trustworthy indie.

I hope this has helped.   What do you look for when contemplating a new purchase?

MOI Minerals Swatches

I’ve now received my second order from MOI Minerals and realized I forgot to swatch the first batch!   This time I ordered more shadows and then more lippies.   I received samples of Outer Space, Lusty, Jelly 444 (Lovesick on the site), GRV #1, GRV #3, Pink Stiletto and Spawn as freebies, the rest I purchased.  I’m am absolutely loving the lip gloss formula.  I find it long wearing especially if it’s over a long wear pencil.

All eye swatches done over Detrivore primer with lip swatches done over bare skin.   If you see anything you like, then go check out the new website!  http://moicosmetics.com/

Eye Shadows

Eye shadows

Glosses

Gloss and balms

Glosses

Glosses

ZOMG Smells Reviews

I hadn’t tried ZOMG yet so I decided to try their sample pack and the shipping was exceedingly fast.  Everything was well packed with no leaks.

Ice Cream Soda Root Beet Float:  From childhood love to fully-grown treat: root beer floats are classic and tasty! We have hand-blended our Root Beer Ice Cream Soda fragrance from fond memories of sweet sarsaparilla fizz and hand-dipped vanilla ice cream.

In vial:  Super fizzy cream soda.

Wet on skin:  Sarsaparilla and a bit of fizzy cream.  As is dries, the sarsaparilla fades a bit and the creamy vanilla comes out.

Dry on skin:  It’s got a little bit of the weird fake ‘cola’ smell that all the oils I’ve tried has but it’s not bad at all.

Verdict:  It’s a pretty straight up root beer scent.  If you like creamy sarsaparilla I say go for it!

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/ice-cream-soda-root-beer-float-1/

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Love Durian:  Durians: the King of Fruits. They taste like heaven, but smell like hell–we’ve reversed that. 🙂 This is the scent of a ripe, joyous durian with all the onion gravy and rancid sweatsock taken right out! Quite possibly the sweetest scent ever made.   Banana, pineapple, strawberry, gooey brown sugar, and the tiniest bit of sticky coconut. A little bit of an inside joke there.

In vial:  Sweet!

Wet on skin:  Plasticy sweetness.  It smells like the old roller ball lip glosses from when I was little.  This very fruity and sweet.   I think it’s the gooey brown sugar that’s off putting at this point.

Dry on skin: Ok, now the plastic/overly sweet part has faded, it’s got a nice spicy quality to it.

Verdict:  I like it!  It’s a nice and has an  uncomplicated sweet quality to it.

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/love-durian-1/

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Sugar Dragon:  A pillager of patisseries and chaser of confectionaries, the sugar dragon collects cherry vanilla, candied almond and clove into a dragon’s hoard of sweetness, then curls protectively around them in a coil of red musk, incense and a hint of smoke.

In vial:  Cherry cinnamon cough syrup.

Wet on skin:  A blast of cough syrup, followed by a touch of cinnamon and clove.     There is a bit of smoke lurking in the background but it’s soft and not at all sharp.

Dry on skin:  As it dries the red musk comes to the front with candy and clove hovering at the edges.

Verdict:  This is a pretty straight forward red musk blend.   I like the addition of the candy clove vibe.

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/sugar-dragon-1/

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Sparkle Receptors:  This scent is specifically designed to tickle the sparkle receptors in your brain in a way that we hope will improve your mood if you need it and sustain your good spirits if you started out sparkly. Strawberry gum, bright citruses, warm happy amber, the light floral tease of red currant, sparkle, and fizz.

In vial:  Sparkly and fizzy.

Wet on skin:  Super citrus, but it’s bright and juicy smelling.  Lots of sparkle and fizz with maybe just a bit of the red currant?

Dry on skin:  Oh man, this dries down really nice.   Normally I *want* to like fizzy scents but they just don’t work for me.  This one is really bright and fresh with out smelling too much like candy.  I think the tad bit of amber in there really helps!

Verdict:  A surprise hit for me, I wasn’t expecting to like this one and I might have to pick up a bottle!

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/sparkle-receptors-1/

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Pink Seven:  Sweet, utterly girly and floral, Pink Seven is (rather appropriately) made of seven pink things: Pink Lady apple accord, pink lemonade, pink grapefruit, pink geranium, pink cotton candy, fresh strawberry, and red currant for a little extra blush.

In vial:  Apple with a bit of grapefruit.

Wet on skin:  Yum bright apple and geranium.    The ‘pinks’ are starting to make an appearance, but I’m not getting any of the cotton candy for strawberry.

Dry on skin:  The currant and geranium are the dominating notes which makes me a bit sad because I really loved the apple.  Sadly the candies never appeared.

Verdict:  A little too bright and fruity for me.

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/pink-seven-1/

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Candied Head:  A scent specifically formulated for the days when choosing between smelling like a sweetshop and smelling like a headshop is simply impossible. Holly has this problem a lot. Sugared, cakey, amber-licious and incensey.

In vial:  Sweetly spicy.

Wet on skin:  Head shop!   Well, a good smelling head shop that also sells candy.  🙂

Dry on skin:  There’s definitely an amber cake vibe going on here.  It’s just a *bit* off putting with the gas station incense note added in.

Verdict:  Ultimately I ended up not liking this.   It reminds me of Karma by Lush and it smells a bit like flea dip to me.

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/candied-head-1/

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Wait Until Evening:

With due respect to K.C. and the Sunshine Band, who were clearly operating from a solid base of knowledge, the procedure as stated for getting down is not in line with modern laboratory science. We humbly suggest a few minor edits to the procedural manual, in order to eliminate the ambiguity that may cause less-observant researchers to get down improperly. These are as follows:

1. Do a little dance

2. Make a little love

3. Wait until evening 

4. Get down

We look forward to the board’s adoption of this new language. The study of funk is too important to be disrupted by slapdash procedures.

(a scent meant to occupy that scientifically crucial space between making a little love and getting down. A dark, funky, musky blend of patchouli, myrrh, red ginger, spikenard and blackstrap molasses.)

In vial:  Patchouli and a touch of molasses.

Wet on skin:  OH yum, dirty patchouli and myrrh with a touch of molasses.   I don’t know what spikenard smells like, so maybe a bit of that, too?

Dry on skin:  It’s deepened into kind of a dusty resin thing that I’m digging.  It does smell dirty and funky but only in the best way possible.   The ginger is just the right kick.

Verdict:  My favorite out of the whole batch….I’ll definitely be purchasing a bottle.

http://www.zomgsmellsshop.com/wait-until-evening-1/

Brazen Brow Powder Swatches and Looks

Are you guys ready for the gigantic Brazen brow powder post of doom?  Well, here it is!  I’ve swatched them all and I’m so sorry, but the swatches ended up looking a bit like little sperms.  😀   I also used each color on my actual brows so you can see what they look like in action.   My natural color brows are a pretty neutral light brown/brown.

I enjoyed working with these powders a lot and it was pretty cool to see how the different colors looked and how much they changed the look of my brows.

Angelina-Black Brown

Audrey-Dark Medium Brown

Ava-Brown Black

Bettie-Rich Black

Brigitte-Medium Taupe Brown

Clara-Reddish Brown

Dita-Blue Black

Jane-Very Dark Brown

Jessica-Rich Burgundy Red

Joan-Orange/Red Brown

Marilyn-Light Taupe

Raquel-Medium Brown w/Hints of Warm Red Undertones

Sophia-Dark Brown with a Hint of Red

Veronica-Pale Yellow Blonde

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