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 Pepping Bug, Secret Garden, She Likes My Spark and Star Lake. She Likes My Spark is so, so amazing! Scroll down for an out of focus photo that really shows it’s sparkles.
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.
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.
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.
And the two extras are Hellofall and Jaycee-Boo Who. These were freebies with my order.
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.
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 theMagic 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?
Hotties! Today I bring to you a lovely collection of swatches from the Virus Insanity collection inspired by True Blood. Can I just tell you…..I am *in love* with this collection.
These were swatched over Detrivore primer and photographed with no flash under a bright light.
First we have Alcide, Vampire Bill (well, technically it’s just BILL but come on…..I just can’t NOT say VAMPIRE BILL) and Eric. These are all gorgeous but my favorite is Alcide. Although I don’t mind have Eric on my face, either. *wink, nudge*
The next set is Fangtasia, Lafayette and Sookie. Fangtasia…..FANGTASIA!! Yes, I screamed it. It’s because it’s my newest obsession and my favorite shadow hands down right now. It’s a gorgeous and wearable red and red eyeshadow can be tricky. If it’s not done right then you just look like you have cholera. Fangtasia is a great, warm red with golden flash and red glitter.
I totally forgot to include Merlotte’s in the original swatching so here it is all by itself:
Combinations that I’m looking forward to trying are Fangtasia/Vampire Bill (weird but it might just look amazeballs!), Sookie/Eric and Lafayette/Eric.
I was lucky enough to get my Darling GIrl package this week so I put together a swatch post for you. The swatches aren’t from any one collection so I’ve put them in alphabetical order just for shits and giggles.
These were all swatched over Detrivore primer and photographed inside under a bright light with no flash.
First up are Beach Blanket Bingo, Black Hole Sun, Borrowed Underpants and Bubbles. I had a hard time with Beach Blanket Bingo as it’s a matte and didn’t want to apply evenly over the primer. My favorite of this bunch is Black Hole Sun.
Now we’ve got Dirty Limerick, Emagherd!, Fireworks and Heatwave. How excited am I to try Fireworks and Dirty Limerick together? Very excited.
Now we have Paper Planes, Red Butler and Sakura Season (free GWP). Paper Planes and Red Butler were instant favorites for me. Red Butler is a gorgeous brow bone highlighter.
And last we have Sexxy Girlfriend!, Tank Taupe, and Cheeks Like Roses blush. Tank Taupe was hard to work with over the primer as it’s a matte. Cheeks Like Roses is my new instant favorite blush!
So those are the swatches! Look for some FOTD posts coming up soon featuring these colors!
Finally! I finally have my grubby little hands on my Darling Girl, “Oh The Horror” LE collection. I had to break into them, gaze stupidly at them all and swatch right away! These are all inspired by classic horror and Susan took customer suggestions for names and colors. I suggested Ripley’s Cat and Death By Unicorn. These were all swatched over primer and photographed in direct sunlight.
First up with have Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman, Bad Ash, Bathed In Blood, Camp Blood and Creature From the Black Lagoon. The standout for me was Bad Ash!
Next is Death By Unicorn, Frankenstein, Go Go Godzilla, Heads Will Roll and Here’s Johnny! I can’t wait to wear Death By Unicorn and Frankenstein together!
Up next is I Am Pain, King Kong, Lonely Assassins, Monster Within and Pumpkinhead. I love, love, love Most of these. I’m a sucker for orange so Pumpkinhead will get a lot of wear. I liked the out of focus photos because it showed all the sparkle.
And now there’s Ripley’s Cat, Seven Days Later, Sleep Kills, The Count, The Invisible Man and The Mummy. Ripley’s Cat was one of the names that I suggested so of course I love it!
I found a lonely jar that I forgot and also wanted to swatch the GWP. So here we have The Boogeyman and Inamorata.
The Witchcraft & Wizardry collection from Geek Chic Cosmetics has been highly anticipated by indie cosmetics aficionados everywhere! I received mine about a week ago but just recently had a chance to swatch them up for you. These were swatched over a primer and due to the weather, photographed under a bright light with no flash.
From left to right we have Mischief Managed, House Elf, Golden Trio, Headmaster, Always and You Know Who.
Close ups of Mischief Managed, House Elf, Golden Trio.
Hotties! I did it, I finally purchased a couple of Lime Crime items to test and swatch out for you. Today, I am bringing you swatches of the Alchemy Palette. These were swatched over primer and photographed outside in direct sunlight and also in the shade. Enjoy!
Swatched out for you is Milani Runway Eyes palette in the primary colors (#17). I picked this up on a whim because of course I cannot resist bright, fun colored shadows. These are pressed shadows in a long strip palette. I swatched these over a primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.
I found most of the colors pretty easy to work with except for the purple. The purple color didn’t seem to have a lot of pigment to it and I had to really layer it and add more primer to get it to show as much as the rest of the colors. Enjoy!
A while ago I got a chance to try some of the new Brazen Liquid Lipsticks. I love them! These were all applied with a lip brush, over bare lips and photographed inside under a bright light with no flash.
If you like these you should check out the collection we have in our shop:
Face: Chocolate Mousse primer by Colorescience under Holika Baby Bloom BB cream. MAC NW15 concealer and finished with a custom powder.
Cheeks: Rhinestone Housewife by Brazen Cosmetics.
Lips: Snazzy by Brazen Cosmetics
Eyes: TFSI primer under Darling Girl Glitter Glue. Private Dance applied to entire lid and blended just up into crease. Just a bit of Feline applies to give the crease depth and Pretty Little Panties was blended up to brow. One coat black mascara and Brazen brow powder in Joan.
And, I styled my hair a little differently. It’s so versatile, I love it!