Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BareMinerals The Star Treatment and The September Issue: Swatches and Review

bareMinerals really hit a home run where they switched to pressed eyeshadows. I had so many pots of their loose eyeshadow, but they have all been replaced by palettes now. So much more user friendly!

The Playlist Palette is from last year, but it is a favorite still. The September Issue and The Star Treatment are both more recent releases.

The 8 pan palettes have smaller wells of shadow than the 4 pan palettes. The smooth and intense pigment is on par with the 4 pan palettes though.

The Star Treatment is a warm palette with shimmery neutrals.

Lazy blogging full of no shade descriptions.......

The September Issue has a few neutrals mixed with some bright pops of color.

I highly recommend bareMinerals new pressed palettes. They have a lovely combination of colors and wonderfully smooth pigment.

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Enchanted Narcissist FOTD

I am using Tom Ford Narcissist blush and Enchanted eyeshadow palette, and I think it made for quite an appropriate title. I am sorry that I can't seem to take face pictures without giving a full view of my nostrils.

 

Later I switched my lip color to Becca Palm Breeze Ultimate Color Gloss:
 

FACE

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in 01

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder

Tarte Dark Circle Defense in Fair/Light

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash in Clear to set brows

 

EYES

NARS Smudgeproof Base

Tom Ford Enchanted Palette

-taupe all over lid

-light pink on inner lids

-light cream on inner corners

-deep brown in outer V and crease

YSL Black Cream Liner

Majolica Majorca Lash Frame Expander Plus Mascara

 

CHEEKS

Tom Ford Narcissist

 

LIPS

Dior Swan Rouge Nude Lip Blush

and

Becca Palm Breeze Ultimate Color Lip Gloss

 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches and Review

Next from the Tom Ford fall collection, I bring you the Enchanted quad.

Enchanted is composed of three lighter shimmery colors and one deep brown.

The actual quad is larger than I thought it would be, but it feels substantial in a good way.

From my (lame) pictures, the quad appears ordinary and pretty boring.

The colors come alive on the skin though.

The lightest color is a pale shimmery cream. The pink is actually slightly iridescent, almost like MAC Vanilla Pigment. It also has some larger pieces of silver shimmer. The purple taupe is slightly grey. The deep brown has a subtle reddish shimmer. This color felt terrible when I swatched it, but was perfectly pigmented on the eyes.
Here are some similar colors from recent releases:

Chanel Harmonie du Soir has a much more cranberry color. The taupe is deeper and greyer than Enchanted. The pink color in the Chanel palette is similar but less complex than Enchanted.

Burberry Rosewood is deeper and less shimmery than the taupe in Enchanted. Burberry Mulberry is more purple and also lighter than the deep brown in Enchanted.

The texture of Enchanted is soft and smooth. It is easy to blend and gives a subtle glow to the eyes. If you are looking for a classic neutral palette for your collection, Tom Ford Enchanted is a winner!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tom Ford Narcissist Blush: Swatches and Review

I recently took the plunge into Tom Ford with the fall collection. Hot pink blush and a quad of neutral eyeshadows are always a safe pick for me.

Narcissist is an intense fuschia that gives a fresh pink glow when applied.

It is definitely the brightest pink I own!

Chanel Rose Tourbillon is more sheer and has silver shimmer. Illamasqua Hussy is less blue based and more faded.

Narcissist applies beautifully with a light hand and lasts all day on me. The lovely texture and intense pigment make it worthy of a splurge.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shu Uemura Karl Lagerfeld Holiday Palettes: Swatches and Review

Creepy Dora has arrived.
Shu Uemura looked to Karl Lagerfeld for their holiday collection inspiration, and he has given us Mon Shu Girl, Dora's younger and sluttier sister.

Mon Shu Girl is watching us, even when we apply our makeup. See the silhouette on the mirror?

Outer weirdness aside, these palettes are gorgeous on the inside.

Both are a combination of rich shimmers and complex glitter shadows. Each have a tiny blush pan as well.

Smoky Velvet is definitely the more glittery palette.

Starting on the left, the first pan is a black with bluish glitter. The middle pan on the left is a blingtastic white glitter with blue and green iridescence. The bottom left pan is a yellow gold glitter. The top right has my favorite shade in the palette, a rich olive green with golden shimmer. The middle right is an iridescent mint green. The bottom right is a pinkish berry meant to be used as blush.

The colors in Smoky Velvet are gorgeous and all were so smooth upon application- even the glitters! I think the massive glitter will keep it from being an everyday palette. I do wish the black was a matte. I can't wait to use the gorgeous greens on the right though.

When I swatched Prestigious Bordeaux, I could hear the angels singing. I have never touched such smooth and buttery pans of eyeshadow.

The top left pan is a rich warm purple with amazing shimmer. The middle left color is a pink tinged lilac shimmer. The pan on the bottom left is a light coppery gold. The top right is an amazingly bright copper shimmer. The middle pan is a soft satin beige. On the bottom right, there is a warm red matte blush pan.

I don't want to be unfair to Dora, but if I had a favorite child, her name rhymes with Brestigious Cordeaux. I hope Smoky Velvet doesn't kill me in my sleep now......

The complex shimmer and buttery textures in these Shu Uemura palettes makes it hard to go wrong with either one. For further beautiful swatches, please visit Drivel About Frivol. For a look showcasing Prestigious Bordeaux, visit Mira Sundari.

 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nathan and Katie

This is my 6 year old Nathan with his favorite chicken, Katie. Katie was a bit more relaxed in the first few pictures, but little brother was trying to get in the picture and Katie wasn't too happy about that. Nathan is also holding a caterpillar in his other hand. He has a lot of bug friends, and he is the best at catching bugs and lizards according to his older brother Samuel.

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Daemon's Tail FOTD

For my first Fyrinnae look this week, I chose purple and gold. Add in some pink for the lips and cheeks, and you have one of my favorite combinations!

FACE

Tarte Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 140 N

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder

Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer in Fair/Light

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear

 

EYES

NARS Smudgeproof Base

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Fyrinnae Daemon's Tail all over lid

Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions on inner corners

Chanel Magic Night in outer V

YSL Cream Liner in Black

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Liner on lower lash line

Loreal False Fiber Mascara in Black Waterproof

 

CHEEKS

Illamasqua Naked Rose

 

LIPS

Tarina Tarantino Cameo

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Extra Dimension FOTD

Here is a look with the new MAC Extra Dimension eyeshadows. I topped it with Feminine Edge Fluidline for extra glitter.

 

 

FACE
Tarte Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H in 140 N

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Loose Powder

Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer in Fair/Light

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear




EYES

NARS Smudgeproof Base

MAC Stylishly Merry on lid

MAC Round Midnight in outer V

MAC A Natural Flirt on inner corners

MAC Feminine Edge Fluidline on center of lid

YSL Black Cream Liner

L'oreal False Fiber Lash Mascara in Waterproof Black




CHEEKS

Illamasqua Naked Rose

Becca Gypsy Pressed Shimmer Powder




LIPS

Dior Holiday Addict Extreme

L'oreal The Mystic's Shine Le Gloss

Fyrinnae Loose Eyeshadow Swatches

 

I am sure I have swatched my Fyrinnae collection a long time ago, so I thought I should update with a more recent set of pictures. I wish I had gotten better pictures, but some of the complexities are hard to catch in a photo.
Dinosaur Plushie is a light silver that mainly consists of blue and purple iridescent glitter. This one is pure bling that works well as an accent. Moon Child is a light white gold color with a satin finish. This is an excellent inner corner brightener. Platinum in a golden pewter metallic shade. Damn Paladins is a light grey with blue shimmer. This is a very unique color, and it can be subtly patted on or built up for more impact. Envy Me is a brownish taupe with a soft greenish sheen that I failed to capture.
The Amo is a light grey with coppery pink shimmer. This color looks like a glowing sunset when patted on over Pixie Epoxy. Steampunk is a deep brown with silver and gold shimmer. Fire Opal is a deep brow n with intense bronze shimmer. This is an absolute favorite that I should probably use more often. Kung Pao is a softer brown with coppery shimmer. Conjuror is an Arcane Magic color which means that its has an intense color shift. It is a reddish color with a greenish blue shift. Sake & Sashimi is a shimmery copper bronze with blue sparkles.
Polar Bear is a light shimmery gold. Rapunzel Had Extensions is a light peach with golden shimmer. Pyromantic Erotica is an intense yellowed gold with an orange duo chrome effect. Red Panda is a shimmery red orange. Sugar Skulls is a warm pink with golden shimmer. Daemon's Tail is a dusky purple with copper shimmer. It is everything that MAC Trax wishes it could be. Dark Magik is an intense fuchsia tinged burgundy color with blue and lavender sparkles. This one is so intense.

Herbivore is bluish purple with aqua shimmer. Meerkat is a warmer purple with gold shimmer. Cupcake Sprinkles is an intense lavender with aqua shimmer. Leshii is muted greyish purple with very subtle shimmer. Sleepy Hollow is a deep turquoise with green shimmer. Dragon's Wing is a shimmery grass green. We're All Mad Here is a shimmery Chartreuse green. Lucky Charmed is an antique gold color with some green tones.

 

I will be posting some looks with my Fyrinnae in the next week. I love rediscovering old favorites!

Monday, November 5, 2012

MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadow: Does Size Matter?

I absolutely loved MAC's first release of Extra Dimension eyeshadows, and I wish I had picked up a few more colors before they were gone. Typical MAC Limited Edition nonsense.

I decided to try a few from the recent holiday release.

The formula is a powder and cream hybrid that imparts an intensely shimmery finish. The new size is less than exciting. They are about half the size, but the price remains the same. Lame.

Rich Core is a burgundy plum from the first release. Round Midnight is a deep plummy brown with a low level of shimmer. Stolen Moment is a purplish silvery taupe. Modern Pewter is a golden pewter color from the first release. Stylishly Merry is a bluish fuchsia. A Natural Flirt is a light golden peach.

All of these applied smoothly with minimal fallout. The finish is gorgeous and long lasting. If you can stand the size decrease and limited edition hype, these are worth tracking down.