Month: August 2012

Geek Chic Cosmetics Swatches

Super duper happy to get my latest Geek Chic order so I’ve swatched them up for you!

First we have N7, You Have A Destiny, Touched By Darkness, Eyes Of The Werewolf and Blood Bond.

Inside under a bright light with no flash.

And outside in bright sunlight.

And next up are Princess In Distress, We Are Coming, Universal Destiny, Bad Wolf and lip gloss in Momo.

Photographed under a bright light with no flash.

Outside in bright sunlight.

 

I whipped up a super quick EOTD with  Eyes of the Werewolf, Princess In Distress and Touched by Darkness.   N7 foiled with Duraline as liner.

FOTD with Chinovi’s Hera, Hermes & Hades

I have to say that the Oh My Gods collection from Chinovi is one of the best thought out and conceptualized collections that I’ve seen in a long time.  Many times you get a collection that’s HUGE  but has no cohesiveness to it or you’ll get a company that seems to release the same collection over and over again.  This collection is well designed and sanely sized.

I tried a different shadow application than I normally use and I’m pretty happy with how it came out.  It enabled me to use a darker color in such a manner that it seemed appropriate for my work place.   I’m definitely going to try this style with some other brighter/darker colors and see how much fun I can have with it.  I also think  this would look awesome with complimentary colors as long as they were different levels.  Yay…..experimenting!
Face:  Smashbox Photofinish primer with SPF under Urban Decay Naked foundation in 1.0.  Set with Evil Shades matte primer and finished with Brazen’s Fierce & Flawless.

Cheeks:  Meow’s Canna

Lips:  Nude liner with Lovesong by MOI over the top.   Too Faced Borderline used on lip line to prevent feathering.

Eyes:   TFSI under T:T Infinity base in Milky Way.   Chinovi colors used:   Hades it outer corner, kept tight to crease and also applied lightly  under outer corner of lower lid with a small angled eyeliner brush.   Hermes used all over lip and up above Hades to blend it out as well as to middle portion of lower lid.  Hera applied heavily to brow bone up to brow as well as inner corner.   One coat of black mascara and Brazen’s Raquel on brows.

Chinovi Oh My Gods Swatches

My sample set of the new Oh My Gods collection from Chinovi came today.   As I peered at the lovely colors in the little baggies I just knew I couldn’t wait and wanted to swatch them right away.   All swatches are done over Detrivore primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

First we have Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares and Artemis.

Then we have Hades, Hephaestes, Athena and Dionysus.  I spelled Hephaestus wrong in the photo…..oops!

And we finish up with Hera, Hermes, Poseidon, Olympian and Zeus.

I had so much fun swatching these and I can’t wait to try them with a look tomorrow.  I’m thinking Hades, Hermes and Hera!  This is a limited edition collection so if you want to try something, don’t wait!
http://www.chinovicosmetics.com/OMG_Collection.html

FOTD with BFTE Hazy Skies & Colorado’s Front Range

I totally didn’t realize until editing these photos that I had a check of kale stuck to my lip…ha!  I edited it out of all the pics for your viewing pleasure.

Face:  Brazen Defy Gravity under Urban Decay Naked foundation in 1.0.   Set with Evil Shades matte powder and finished with Brazen’s Fierce & Flawless.

Cheeky:  Brazen’s Amorous

Lips:   Brazen’s Muse over MAC Dervish

Eyes:  TFSI under Tick: Tock Infinity base in Milky Way.  BFTE colors used; Hazy Skies on center of lid and middle portion of lower lid with Colorado’s Front Range on outer V and beyond crease.   Beautiful used on inner portion of lid and Baked used to blend out Colorado’s Front Range up to brow.   One coat of black mascara.

Evil Shades Swatches

I finally got around to swatching my new Evil Shades color.  I swear, the more I work with this company, the more I fall in love with the products.   These swatches were done over Detrivore primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

First up we have Danger Sox, Phyrra’s Fantasy, Nymphette, Mudkip and Jupiter’s Reject.  Jupiter’s Reject was the surprise hit for me and I kind of want to try it out with Phyrra’s Fantasy.  It would be so fresh and springy!

Next up are Mordant, Eplefe, Victorian  Night, The City and Simply Gray.   Eplefe really impressed me as did Simply Gray.

Nocturne Alchemy Reviews

Nokturne: Blue Topaz Kobalt:  What is Blue Topaz? It was requested within the Pyramid that a Blue Musk be offered as a Nokturne. We have been searching all over the world for the perfect single note of Blue Topaz and we found a few but none stood up to the Nokturne name until one day it had occurred to me the Blue Musk, that became a new nameBlue Topaz, needed a little something special within it. So we began pouring, ever so slowly, Kobalt (Vanilla Orchid) into Blue Topaz and what was created was a beautiful symmetry of sensual scent. Why Blue Topaz? One day when testing this with Jacek, I looked down at the white gold ring I wear with a blue topaz on it and Jacek said, “yes, that would be a nice name for it”. Both masculine and feminine and perfect for a Nokturne Duality. Bastet and I have worn this and both of us talked about the sense of harmony and tranquility and how this perfume lifts the spirit, body and mind. Will there be a future Blue Topaz single note? Possibly…but until then…Kobalt is the perfect note for this new Nokturne Duality!

In bottle: Spicy vanilla flower

Wet on skin:  A bit of a floral creaminess has emerged.   Hmmm….something has gone *slightly* mothball on me…..it’s the spiciness mingling with something.

Dry on skin:   Ok, the mothball has given way to a more creamy floral.  It really smells like carnation to me which I really like but it rarely works with my chemistry.

Verdict:  After this dries down it’s really pretty on me and I’m glad I got a bottle.

*****

Karkade Summer Hessonite: Hibiscus Leaf of Aswan, Sugar Resin, Aged Nokturne:Hessonite (Alexandrian Patchouli, organic), with Egyptian and Indian Black Tea.

In bottle: Woodsy!  Definitely some patchouli.

Wet on skin:
The patchouli softens a little bit and the tea comes to the front.  As it settles I can pick up on the sugar resin and definitely the hibiscus leaf.

Dry on skin:  Once it’s dried down there’s a wonderful spiciness that comes out.  But it’s not a craft store kind of spice…..more like a spicy sugar and I think it’s the sugar resin.  What ever it is, it’s wonderful!   I imagine a patchouli scented toasted sugar cube.

Verdict:  I’ve never been overly fond of tea scents but the Karkade scents have been wonderful so far.  This is a wonderful sexy and sophisticated patchouli scent for the patch lovers out there!

http://www.nocturnealchemy.com/nkasuhele.html

*******

Haunted Ambre Lab:  This is a preview Halloweenie scent!   Yay!   Nokturne:Hessonite, Rock Rose Resin, White Patchouli, Black Ginger, White Cardamom, Gold sap of Frankincense, Wood of Myrrh, Indian Cypriol, Black Cedar, Nutmeg, Black Peppercorn and N3 Musk.

In bottle:  Woodsy and slightly masculine.

Wet on skin:  Very woody and I can definitely pick up the musk and patchouli.   It’s pretty strong at this point and just a little on the sharp side.

Dry on skin:  So the woody component has settled down and the cardamom has come out along with the black peppercorn.   As it dries down something has added a really gorgeous creaminess that I’m totally digging.   The rock rose resin is just lingering very softly in the background.

Verdict:  Super duper gorgeous and I’m really glad I bought a bottle of this. If this is an example of what Halloween is to bring then I’m excited!

http://www.nocturnealchemy.com/nhaamlable.html

Brazen Blue FOTD

Face:  Smashbox Photo Finish primer under Urban Decay Naked foundation in 1.0 with MAC concealer in NW15.  Set with Evil Shades matte powder and finish with Brazzen’s Fierce & Flawless.

Cheeks:  Brazen’s Amorous blush

Lips:  MAC  liner in Dervish under Brazen’s Come Hither gloss

Eyes:  TFSI under T:T Infinity base in Milky Way.  Brazen colors used:  Revolution on outer portion of lid with Millennium on inner portion of lid.   Immaculate used to blend out Revolution up to brow and Ice Queen applied as a highlight under brow.   Scorching applied to inner corner only.  Music Box foiled with Duraline as liner and one coat of black mascara.   Brazen’s brow powder in Joan.

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