Showing posts from August, 2017

Destashed Eyeshadow Singles

Hi all! Today I was going through my z-palette and took out three shades that I think for me did not really have a place in my palette. Now, I do think my z-palette has a lot of redundancy and can be pared down even further, but for these three there was just no reason for me to keep them in my daily rotation.

Interestingly, these three all came from the same palette: the BH cosmetics 28 shade foil eyeshadow collection. Now I think this was an excellent palette, and I still have many from the palette, but I either had dupes for the three shades that I picked, or other shades that I used much more.

These are the three:
from l-r, we have a yellow shimmer, a red/copper shimmer, and a light beige shimmer.

For me, though I love yellow eyeshadow, I currently am more interested in matte yellows. The copper shade is very red, but I have a higher quality dupe in the Milani metallic palette. The last one I thought was a dupe for Stila Kitten, but when I actually ended up with Kitten, I found Ki…

What I Did Buy: August 2017

Hello! I've spent so much time anti-hauling and ranting and raving about what I don't need to buy, so today I thought I would talk about some recent purchases I've made, why I made them, etc. They're mostly all eyeshadow! I'll organize them according to what I already have been using, and what has yet to arrive!

Products I've Been Using/ Cost:

Wet 'n Wild Greed Palette/ $.98. I've been really interested in discontinued makeup recently, and I heard about this palette after reading a thread on that very subject. This palette was really cheap, but the two mattes in here are very special. Each pan has the same pressed design as the eyeshadow singles currently sold today, but I am convinced they are of a different formula. The mattes in this palette are smoother, and just as opaque. They are still being sold on Amazon, so I would highly recommend getting one. Nyx Butter Gloss in Praline/ $5.00. This is such a pretty lipgloss. I actually use it in place of lip …

TMO: Mermaid Makeup Edition

One of my most popular items on this blog has been my little rant on makeup, mermaids, and unicorns. Honestly, though, if I had to choose, I think mermaids makes more sense for me in terms of its role in makeup branding? Huh. Maybe not.

Anyway, rant aside, I have a few products that I want to mention today as part of this TMO. As with all of my TMOs, I will try to show promotional images from the brands, and give measured criticism.

The first product I want to mention is really a generality. I am talking about full indie eyeshadow/highlighter palettes. For me, I think the highlighter palettes are a tad more grievous. Here we have Bitter Lace Beauty's "Mermaid Dreams Bundle," costing $214.00

I find this to be audacious and disgusting. Hear me out. 
1. These are all swirled highlighters. The swatches on the site showcase the different tones in each pan. However, what do they look like when mixed together?  2. This is a palette of highlighters. HIGHLIGHTERS. The difference …

Ipsy August 2017 Review

Many Ipsy reviews tabulate the cost of the bag, which I think is a tricky practice. It is hard to pin down the exact value of something because 1.) markups 2.) subjectivity. If you are not going to use something then it really has no value to you, does it?

Before I go into any more detail, the items I received in my August 2017 bag were:
1.) Crown Medium Contour Brush, $7.00
2.) The Balm Eyeshadow Single Sample, 0.6 g, $2.92 (using the unit price of the Bon Voyage 2 palette)
3.) (2) Secret Key Face Masks,$2.00
4.) Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Sample $7.14
5.) Naked Cosmetics Translucent HD Finishing Powder (full size) $15.00

Total (approximate price) $33.00

Overall, I think this is a really solid bag. I will use all the products. Finding the market value of all these items is a bit harder. If I go price per gram of the original cost of the item, of course it will be a lot higher than if I do price per gram of the discounted price. However, I believe that "discounts" are more…

Products I am Trying to Use Up

I am by no means a Project Panner. I don't like feeling rushed to use or complete a product, especially because I don't think my collection is necessarily out of control. However, there are a couple of products I have that I like,

 but I really want to use up. So, today I'll go through each of these products, and whether or not I will repurchase them.

1. Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. First, the positives. I do love how this makes my skin look and feel, especially after finishing makeup application. It is refreshing and does, for me, help with oil control. Negatives: The spray has become so annoying to use. I am about 78% finished with the product, but the spray really got worse over time. It's hard to press, and does not create a fine mist.

2. Wet n Wild Setting Spray: So I had some of this product still in the bottle. But from prior experience, since this was my third time buying this spray, I knew this amount would not be usable. When it gets low, the mist becomes weak an…

TM(yself)O: Summer/Fall Palette Edition

Hello! So, the makeup world is in a perpetually changing state, and today I have some new and not so new releases to talk myself (and perhaps you, reader) out of. Now, some releases I don't bother with acknowledging (Limecrime, Jeffree Star, Kylie, etc), because I know I will never purchase from them.

The products mentioned today are specifically things I would buy, for one reason or another, but also products I feel like I do not want to/nor should.

All images used in this review are promotional images releases by the company, used by me to critique and provide commentary.

First up is the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette ($50.00). Now, this will be a permanent item. There is no rush. NONE. Furthermore, if you have the Modern Renaissance, you have most of this palette:

Now, I know they are not identical. As I have mentioned before somewhere on this blog, the strengths of this palette over MR are more of a variety of shimmers. However, I personally can't purchase this kno…

Sparkly EoTD w/ Fyrinnae!

For today's look, a couple of things going one.

One: I am getting tired of the whole "set your primer" spiel. One, my lids are not oily. Two, I don't think it does me any favors. I have been getting frustrated with a lot of my looks lately because I feel the colors are muddying together.

Two: I am trying something a little new with eyeliner. I have always liked the look of a legit wing, but it is a scary endeavor. Today I think I worked out a "baby wing" thing that I am going to keep practicing, and continue to use.

Products used:

1- From the Tarteist Pro to go palette: Drive (a pink-toned light brown)
2- Wet n Wild Brulee single (a warm toned cream)
3- Warm Taupe from the Modern Renaissance palette
4- Fyrinnae Single Mythical Dalliance ("rosy and bronze sparkle with lime green shift")

5-Stila Cosmetics- Kitten (champagne shimmer)
6- Milani primer
7- Physicians Formula Eyebooster AND Milani Eye Tech Extreme (for the wing)
8- Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

EoTD with z-palette single shadows

Good morning!

You know, it's ironic. In my quixotic quest to find the ideal purple eyeshadow, I think I have come to the point where I don't know purple eyeshadow even works on me.

Today's look mainly involved four single eyeshadows. I am trying to go back to enjoying the colors of my z-palette, especially because I know I have to destash at least one of them.

So, we have:
1.) Wet n Wild Creme Brule
2.) Coastal Scents Victorian Pear
3.) Coastal Scents Panama Rose
4.) ABH in Fudge

Now, I chose Victorian Pear as my transition color because it's on my list for possible shades to destash. It's a nondescript satin taupe, but randomly with green glitter that barely shows up.There are literally pieces of green glitter embedded in the shadow. When I first saw that, I thought it was a mistake. But when I actually used the color, I found the glitter was throughout. I'll try to post a picture of what I am talking about:

Anyway, I really liked how the shadow performed. It …

Indie Produtcs Round-Up

Hi all!

Today I thought I would share all of the powder products (and some misc) I have purchased from indie brands. Now, I love indie brands. I love that many times you get a great value, interesting designs and concepts that you would never see (although times are changing) typically in major cosmetics brands. I also love the fact that perhaps if there is a color or product you once wanted but was discontinued, or too expensive, indie companies might have your back. That being said, I don't think that just because a company or product is indie, it is inherently better than a larger makeup company. As you will see below, I myself have only really dipped into indie products, but I feel I have come away with some hits and some misses.

1.) Light Grey Contour Powder from Lunatick Cosmetick Labs. This I use mostly in the winter, when I really need to take away warmth from a bronzer. Because I did order a product that was too light, I cannot use this on its own. It is a light grey powd…

EoTD with Maybelline's City Mini Palette

Good morning/afternoon!

I will eventually make a makeup organization post, but for now I will say that my current system of organization has really been inspiring to me, and has reminded me of what I have and can do.

For instance, I was reminded that Maybelline's City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunrise is one of the best drugstore palettes that I have used in a while, and I wanted to use it again today.

Downtown Sunrise, as well as the other palettes in the collection, is a smart assortment of shades and finishes. It is not the most neutral palette in the collection, but it is on the more neutral side, with also pops of color. I have previously reviewed this palette, and did take off points for pigmentation. However, I do not think that a worth or value of a palette can be determined by pigmentation alone. I am still drawn to this palette because it can be built up, and I love the texture of the shimmers.

Today's look used all the colors in the palette, as well as one shade from…

July Favorites

For this month I don't have any lip, eye, or powder products that really stood out to me. Throughout the month I continued to rotate my collection, and for the most part everything discussed on this blog has been (if stated otherwise) a favorite.

I also don't have any fails, which is kind of a bummer because I love watching and reading about product fails, but nothing really tanked. I could talk about how I suspect I lost more than half of my Sephora play items due to the sheer fact that they are teeny. But that's it.

That being said, this month I heavily relied on the following products:

 1.) Wet n' Wild setting spray. This is my second purchase of this, and I can affirm that I am nearly onto the third. Wet n' Wild, in lieu of all their special and new releases, needs to re-package this. Sell it for 1-2 more dollars (it currently retails for $4-$5), and include more product, in a bigger bottle, and with a proper vaporisateur. I do think this keeps my face from get…

EoTD with Tarteist Pro To Go

Today's eye of the day is a really neutral look that is sort of my default look. However, to get this look  I used mainly my new palette: the Tarte Pro to Go. I also used one shadow from a Marc Jacobs seven-pan palette all over the lid, as well as Matt Rosen from The Balm's Meet Matt(e) Nude palette on the outer corner. More on that in a little bit.

Here is the palette:


First I'll go into the pictures (no hilariously bad prezis this time), and then I will detail what I used and how I think the shadows performed.

Ta da! I am just now noticing in the last picture that I didn't really narrow my liner down enough on the right eye. Oh. well.

To begin, I needed to use the shade from the Marc Jacob's palette because the Pro To Go does not have a light enough shade for the browbone. That's fine, though. For the crease I used Crisp, which is a lovely color and a fitting name. It reminds me of fallen and crunchy autumn leaves, and it blended nicely.

On the lid I u…

Eyeshadow Files, pt 2: Pulp Fiction Palette

For my second installment of Eyeshadow Files, we have a very interesting palette from Urban Decay. When this palette came out I was really was taken with it, being a Quentin Tarantino fan, but I was not so into makeup, nor did I have the funds, to purchase it. This is the all-matte palette- the Pulp Fiction Palette.

A couple of years later I found one being song on ebay, so I bought it! This palette relaxes me for some reason. It is not demanding, the shadows are easy to work with; it is just a damn good palette.

Let's take a look:

Panned Shades:  none
Heavily Used Shades: Righteous- the only one with a significant dip in it. This is a little warmer than my skintone, but it makes an excellent base. 
Moderately Used Shades: Tyranny: Very useful for the crease. I have many shadows similar to this in my stash.   Vengeance- Dark brown with hints of shimmers. Blends beautifully. Why don't I use this?!

Rarely Used Shades: Furious- I used to blend this in the very outer corner to create a gra…

Eyeshadow Files, pt. 1 : Modern Renaissance

I am officially on a makeup no-buy until I begin work again in September. This is not too daunting for me, because I think I have too much makeup. As I do my makeup in the morning, I am now trying to use consciously reach for products that I haven't used in a while.

So I thought I would use this time to look at some of my eyeshadow palettes, and analyze shade by shade. What have I panned, are close to panning? What have I never touched, and why?

These really won't include swatches, but rather pictures of the palettes and anecdotes of my own experiences.

Today's palette comes at an opportune moment. The failure of Subculture has caused many to re-evaluate their experiences with its "golden" predecessor: the Modern Renaissance (MR). Now, I've had this palette for a year, and I do think it still is an excellent palette, though prone to fallout.

MR was the first high-end palette that I bought and really liked.

As of today, this is what my palette looks like:


Stila Customer Service Whinge

So I did try to cancel my order of Kitten, which had been languishing as "processing" for more than a week. I emailed customer service last Sunday to cancel the order. I received an email back Monday saying that they needed my order number.

Now, I accidentally put in the wrong email when I filled out my order through paypal. So, I told them this, and gave them the rest of my order info that was available from Paypal.

Well, magically, they were able to recover my order information and magically my order shipped that day! Even though there was no record of that via paypal.

I already decided I will be gifting Kitten. I don't need it, and I am just so annoyed.