Hotties! I got to participate in another fun collab with the ladies of Indie Makeup And More and the theme this time was the seven deadly sins. I got Greed, which is totally fitting! Now, when I was originally brainstorming this look I was going to go with all green and gold and maybe draw a money symbol on my face. In other words very literal.
I decided to think outside the box and when I googled greed I remembered that another name for greed is avarice and avarice is the Orange Lantern in the corps. Green Lantern of course is very well known but the orange lanterns with the power of avarice, well that seemed like a cool idea! I decided to go with it….oranges, golds and yellows it is! This look is all about excess, extreme greed…..the preciousssssssssss.
Face: I started with an airbrush base, flesh colored foundation with lots of gold and a little bronze mixed in. Morgana’s Fire Opal powders finished over the whole face. Lots and lots of sparkly powder.
Cheeks: I added a little straight orange to the foundie mix and added to cheeks and topped with Aromaleigh Sunday Girl.
Lips: Morgana Solar Flare packed with MAC’s Marigold glitter.
Eyes: Brazen’s Cheeky foiled on lids and blended under lower lid as well with Brazen’s Buzzed in crease and blended out and also applied underneath eye as well. Meow’s Yellow Snow applied to upper brow bone with Brazen’s Scorching applied under brow and on inner corner of eye. Urban Decay Whiskey liner on upper and lower lids with two coats of black mascara on lashes. Kat Von D Deadhead orange shadow on brows.
I wanted this look to be too much of everything…too much orange, too much sparkle, too much shimmer, too much jewelry. Not a pretty look, but an interesting and slightly gritty look none the less. Greed typically isn’t pretty and I wanted to portray that just a bit but still have it be somewhat ‘glamorous’. I topped this look with a super duper bright orange wig, a champagne sequin sweater, a huge vintage necklace and all the warm colored sparkly bracelets and rings I could find. I hope you like it!
Hello hotties! I had a fun collaboration this week with the ladies on IMAM (Indie Makeup And More) featuring the planets and I chose Mercury. Now Mercury is interesting because if you google pictures of it, you get two very different looks. One is all reds and gold and hot looking and the other is a beautiful azure, gold and white vibe. So I decided to do two looks.
The first was done with Brazen shadows in Cheeky, Immaculate and Tree Hugger and this represents the hot Mercury.
The next FOTD is to represent the other images of Mercury that you see. Here I used Brazen shadow in Music Box and Ice Queen and Geek Chic shadows in Oldest Profession In The Universe, Cosmic Cathouse and Pangalactic Painted Lady. Lippie is Meteor Madame.
These were swatched over Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way and photographed under a bright light with no flash.
First up are Child Who Swallowed A Star, Duck Hat, Good Doggy and I Never Liked Turnips. I Never Liked Turnips is my favorite out of this bunch.
Then we have Tackiest Thing Here, Elaking On Air, Wartime and Wizard’s Apprentice. I really love Tackiest Thing Here…it’s got some really gorgeous subtle red flash that’s hard to see but just beautiful.
These were swatched over a taupe colored primer by TIck Tock Cosmetics and photographed under a bright light with no flash. On to the pretties!
First up are Affair Of The Diamond, Death Of Marat, Dictateur Sanguinaire and Madame Deficit. The stand out for me in this set is Death Of Marat.
The next set is National Razor, Sun King, The Republic and Versailles. National Razor is really pretty and super complex.
Shipping and TAT were lightning fast and I found these shadows very easy to work with. I can’t wait to try them on my face!
Hello hotties! This week I got to try a new indie brand to me, Ten Three Labs. I decided to try the Howl O’Ween Collection sample sizes, as well as the Bad Bitch sample size collection and a Smudge Stick in All Vamp Everything. I was lucky enough the also receive a sample of Artificial Angels perfume oil as well as a full size of Shelley’s Big Eye and a Salve Stick in Nightlock. On to the swatches! These were photographed under Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way, under a bright light with no flash.
All these shadows were a joy to work with!
First we have Howl O’Ween, Mouth, That Goat Got Devil Eyes and Shelley’s Big Eye. The stand out for me in this set is Mouth.
Next up is Antoinette, Bathory, Coretta and Cruz. I loved Bathory….it’s gorgeous!
This third group is Dandridge, Hatshepsut, Hiawatha and Joyce. Hatshepsut is gorgeous and would a great color to wear with either warm or cool colors.
This last group is Murasaki, Pearl, Seondeok and Sotomayor. Pearl is absolutely amazing!
This next photo is of All Vamp Everything, swiped ones, twice and three times. It’s got great slip and is very moisturizing and quite natural and easy to wear with a simple face on the go.
Artificial Angels–A somewhat cloyingly sweet scent. Maybe TOO sweet…Nothing good can come of such sweetness. Apple, black cherry, sugar cane, olive.
In bottle: Sweet with cherry.
Wet on skin: Cherry, cherry and more cherry with a bit of apple and sweetness.
Dry on skin: The apples comes out more with the olive which should be weird but gives it a good non-sweet note to ground it. The sugar cane comes out at the very end and just wafts gently around in the background.
Verdict: I love this! It’s sweet but the olive keeps it from being too cloying or little girl smelling.
Fair Season-It’s fall! Fall’s great. And fall means fairs all around America. Funnel cakes and giant turkey legs and rides with people getting sick…You know, fun! Cola, beer, candy corn, cotton candy, caramel, buttered popcorn, firewood, pumpkin, brown sugar, amber.
In bottle: Sweet amber.
Wet on skin: Cola and amber are right up front with the firewood and brown sugar hovering in the back ground.
Dry on skin: This has dried down to a beautiful blend. The cola and caramel are blending gorgeously with the rest of the notes. The firewood grounds the scent and the brown sugar really warms it up.
Verdict: I love this and am wearing it right now.
Well, I’ve got a lovely swatch post for you today. Up for your viewing pleasure is Darling Girl’s Halloween collection, Who Ya Gonna Call. As usual Susan took customers suggestions for names in this collection and I’m happy to say that one of my suggestions made it into a color this year, The Flowers Are Still Standing. These are swatched over Tick Tock’s Infinity base in Milky Way and photographed with no flash either under a bright light or in natural light.
First up is Don’t Cross The Streams, Ghost Job, He Slimed Me, Key Master and Mass Hysteria. The stand out for me is Key Master.
And next is Spiritual Turbulence, That’s A Big Twinkie, The Flowers Are Still Standing, There Is No Dana and The Tragic Death Of Mr. Stay Puft. That’s A Big Twinkie is my favorite. This is a versatile color that you could wear every day.
It’s been so long since I’ve done a review that I thought I’d jump right in and review a somewhat new but local brand to Seattle called Atomic Cosmetics. Several of my friends who are also performers endorse this company and rave about the products. I had been hesitant to purchase because a while back there was some sort of ‘glow in the dark’ or ‘uv reactive’ shadows they were selling. At this point there is no uv reactive or glow in the dark pigment that’s approved for use on the eyes in the US but those products seem to have been pulled so I decided to just bite the bullet and try some stuff out.
The Site: I’m sorry to say this, but I find the web store really clunky and painfully difficult to navigate. Too much flashy stuff going on and it’s always been slow for me. I’ve tried on multiple web browsers and never had great luck. It took me a long time to place my order which is a no-go for me. That said, she also has an actual retail store in Seattle that I’ve never been to.
The Shipping: My order was over $75 so it shipped for free. I did not receive any sort of tracking number and in fact ended up having to go down to the post office and sign for the package. What a pain. Everything was wrapped nicely and arrived with no leakage or spills. It also arrived within a week of ordering.
I’ll start with the lipstick. I ordered Boca which is described on the site: “ It’s a warm, orange-y red that SCREAMS tropical heat!” In the tube it looks beautiful, and the color is bright and vibrant and super orangey which I love. Once I put it on, the color goes hot pink. Like, “Hi there, how *you* doin’?” pink. WTF? The actual formula is nice, with not too much slip, no annoying or cloying fragrance and it seems to have nice lasting power. For those of you that care, it does indeed stain your lips and makes complete removal difficult. The price point is $20 which is a lot and I was a little disappointed in the packaging. The lid doesn’t fit quite right on the tube and wobbles around quite a bit. Enough so that it makes me nervous to carry it around in my purse because I just know the lid will jiggle off and cause a huge mess. I would expect better quality packaging for $20. I would consider purchasing again only if I could try the product on before buying.
Ingredients: Who the hell knows. It’s not listed on the web site or on the product. A big no-no in my book.
Next up we have the face primer, Optimus Primer. It’s described on the site thusly: It all begins somewhere! A thin layer of Optimus Primer is the best way to start. Ingredients: Again, who knows? No ingredient list on the site or on the product. Use at your own risk I guess.
So, I’ve been using this for over a month now and I’m not impressed at all. I get better makeup wear when I use the Nyx primer or even the Brazen Cosmetics Triple Threat primer which is my favorite. This product is 4oz and priced at a whopping $40! First of all, that’s a lot of money and secondly, it’s a stupid amount of product for which you use very little at a time. I think the package size needs to be revisited. I would not purchase this again.
The next product I tried was the Curtain Call Makeup Setting Spray. Described as: A non-toxic setting spray? YES. Put down that aerosol hairspray and step away from the toxic misters. Curtain Call’s botanical film formers hold your makeup in place safely and effectively. Atomic Cosmetics is the dazzling natural make up line for glamazons who care about their flesh. Theres something for everyone: for the fashion forward, and for professional day looks.
Wow, this did NOT work for me. When I tried to spray it onto my freshly and carefully made up face, instead of a fine mist it came out in huge drops of product that promptly made my mascara smear all over my eyes and caused my makeup to run. How can this possibly work? My Urban Decay All Nighter doesn’t do that. Honestly, I just threw this product away. I don’t care how good it is for you skin if the application method and packaging doesn’t work.
Ingredients: An actual ingredient list! Distilled water, aspalathus lineans (Organic Roobios Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (White Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) extract, phenoxythenol, methylsulfonylmethan (MSM), dimethlaminoethnol, sodium hyaluronate acid, EDTA, citric acid.
I would not purchase this product again and in fact can’t find it on the site anymore so I’m not even sure if it’s still available.
The last product up for review is the Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion. This is described: Abracadabra! You just put a spell on your eye shadow to allow for easier applications and once dry… seamless blending! I have mixed feelings about this product. It definitely was a LOT easier to blend the shadows once dry but I don’t think it had to staying power of my beloved Duraline by Inglot. At $10 it’s a great deal as you get 2oz so it should last forever. Would I purchase again? Most likely not.
Ingredients: Surprise, surprise…none on the site, but there is a list on the product. Distilled water, aloe vera extract, chamomile extract, jojoba protein, cucumber extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide.
All in all I was pretty disappointed in the products that I ordered. At over $80 there is nothing that I loved and nothing that would make me go back for more. What do you guys think?