July 31, 2014

A Very Purple First Fyrinnae Haul & FotD

Fyrinnae has always been a mega hyped brand within the indie makeup community. Despite it's reputation, it just never appealed to me. That said, some time last year I considered making an order from them but got put off by the estimated delivery date which at the time was around 40-48 business days. When I recently discovered that Fyrinnae had a purple blush, I decided to make a small order and try a mixture of products including the legendary Pixie Epoxy, one of their Lip Lustres and the dualcolor shadow that got me interested to start with, Mephisto. I was pleased to find that it doesn't actually take as long as the estimated delivery dates on the front page of their site, and received my parcel in just over 2 weeks.

Fyrinnae's Royalty blush is a vibrant violet blush that doesn't blend down to a warm shade. I decided to pick up a full size ($6.25) version of this because I clearly need so much purple blush in my life. I accidentally applied this on too heavily the first time using it resulting in a very blue toned purple cheek. After removing all the makeup on my cheeks and reapplying, I found it looked somewhat grey when applied lightly on my cheeks. It's easily the most unique blush I own.

The lip lustre in Romantique is a semi-sheer soft warm pink with gold shimmer. I believe their lip lustres are glosses with the pigmentation of lipsticks, so liquid lipsticks without drying to a longwear matte. I picked up a cute little trial size of this for $2. Whilst I do like the color and it looks amazing on others, I feel as though my naturally dark lips ruin the end result so I don't see myself getting a full size tube when I finish it.

Romantique Lip Lustre, Royalty Blush, Debonair, Mephisto, Mephisto over Pixie Epoxy

Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy ($7) is a translucent/clear sort of glue base that is meant to help sparkles in pigments and loose eyeshadows stand out. It's meant to achieve the foiled look without foiling. The doe foot applicator makes it super simple to apply, as it's not a primer I only use this over one and I only use the tiniest amount on each lid. I'm very likely going to write up a longer review on this one but I found that it not only increased pigmentation and sparkles with loose shadows but I also felt as though I could cover a larger surface area with less product.

Mephisto is a dark royal blue loose eyeshadow in a metallic finish with a vibrant metallic red sheen depending on how the light hits it. This is currently the most complex shadow I own (in full size - $6.25) and although that makes it a little tricky to use, I adore it. If you use too little product, Mephisto is blue but when built up or applied over a wet base, it's a coppery red.

I was given a free sample of Fyrinnae's Debonair in my order. It's a gorgeous warm, shimmery lilac with a glowing coppery highlight. The amount in the free sample is a lot smaller than the purchasable sample sizes ($2.25). I adore this color and plan on getting a full size pot.

I used all of my Fyrinnae products in the look. After priming my lids, I blended Fyrinnae's Mephisto into my crease for the blue-purple shade. Next, I used Shiro's Little Bird Shadow in the inner corner and then decided to dab on some Pixie Epoxy on the lid (ideally I would have done this just before using Little Bird) and used debonair all over the lid. After blending everything, I lined my eyes, dusted the Royalty blush lightly on my cheeks and used Romantique on my lips.

Overall, whilst I'm not 100% sold on the lip lustre shade I picked up, I have fallen in love with their loose shadows, have become ridiculously obsessed with how wonderfully unique they truly are and would definitely recommend their Pixie Epoxy if you have any pigments that contain glitter or sparkles. 

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July 29, 2014

Current Top 5 Lipsticks - Summer Picks

Apparently it's 'National Lipstick Day', which I, along with wikipedia, had no idea even existed so I thought I'd post this today instead of sharing a small Fyrinnae haul. These 5 lipsticks aren't necessarily summer themed but are just lipsticks I've noticed I've been using a lot lately. I've never been one for seasonal trends and I'm happy to wear a dark or bright lipstick at any time of year. 

Neve Panna Cotta, Too Faced Melted Nude, Sleek Fuchsia, MAC Heroine, Lime Crime Wicked

Neve cosmetics desert a levres lipsticks are super moisturising whilst not particularly long lasting. Out of all three shades that I purchased, Panna Cotta is the shade that grew on me the most, it's a lovely cool nude that I'll reach for on those days my lips are feeling dry. 

When the Too Faced melted liquid lipsticks released in the UK, I settled on trying only one shade, melted nude and it surprised me how much I loved it. It's become my daily lip color and because it's not moisturising, I'll swap it out for Neve's lipstick if I'm feeling too dehydrated.

I used to be terrified by bright lipsticks until I tried out Sleek's Fuchsia Lipstick and although they aren't particularly long lasting on their own, I find pairing this with a lip liner prolongs it's wear time for quite a while. On days that I'm not feeling a bright pink lip I'll mix Sleek's Fuchsia with a certain purple lipstick...

MAC Heroine is the lipstick that made me sell out and finally own something by MAC. It's one of the more subtle purples in my collection which is precisely why it's gotten a lot of wear. 

I picked up Lime Crime's Wicked Velvetine at IMATS and it's the only reason I've started wearing red on my lips again. I adored my Lime Crime red velvet and love this deeper alternative ten times more. Although I've yet to review it, it's actually received a lot of love.

As I failed massively at my spending ban pre-IMATS, I'm on a low buy for the rest of the year where I allow myself one online and one in-store purchase per month, including necessities. As Debenhams have a special £5 off lipsticks offer for National Lipstick Day, I was very close to purchasing a YSL rouge volupte lipstick and had violet incognito and fuchsia in rage in my basket. Writing this post hope actually helped remind me I don't need more.
#winning #makeuprehab #owaitthisisntinstagram.

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July 27, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie Full Collection Swatches

One of the major reasons my IMATS haul wasn't too ridiculously large was because I had managed to spectacularly fail at my spending ban due to deciding that I needed all 12 of NYX's Macaron Lippies. I had originally planned on purchasing 9 of them but because I purchased these on eBay where they tend to offer the products in bundles of 1, 3, 6 or 12, it actually ended up cheaper for me to purchase 12 than a bundle of 6 and another bundle of 3.

I adore the packaging on these and how easy it is to find the shade you want with the clear bit in the middle. I found that whilst applying these the lipsticks would often get pushed down and even whilst taking photos, some of the lipsticks would randomly go back into their tube. You can 'click' the lipsticks into place by twisting the entire bullet out or in though.

Top: Citron, Orange Blossom, Rose, Black Sesame, Lavender, Violet

Citron is a yellow lipstick that applies a lighter shade of yellow than the color in the tube. It applies a little sheer so if you were hoping for a more opaque yellow for makeup art I would try OCC instead. I found it photographed better than it actually looks. Wouldn't recommend unless you just want it to have all the colors in the rainbow like yours truly.

Orange Blossom is described as orange but it comes off as a pastel orange on my arm but looks slightly neon when on the lips. I had to layer a bit for opaqueness but couldn't achieve full intensity it did apply slightly more evenly than Citron did. I was hoping for a different shade of orange similar to Lime Crime's cosmopop but with my skin tone it just looks neon.

Black Sesame is a light grey which reminds me of Chinchilla without the purple undertones, you could probably mix this with Lavender to achieve the same color though. It definitely reminds me of zombie lipstick and the color of clay. Found it to be super creamy and rather opaque (very opaque compared to citron/orange blossom), however still requires some layering for intensity.  

Rose is described as a lavender pink but I consider it to be that strawberry milkshake lipstick shade that I feel so wrong in but looks wonderful on so many others. It's rather opaque and creamy just like black sesame. I'd give it a 9/10 rating if I didn't dislike the color so much.

Lavender is described as, you guessed it, lavender. Whilst I adore purple lipsticks, I've generally avoided light/pale purples and lilacs intentionally due to my tanned skin. However, it's not stopped me from lusting after one, since the brand was so affordable, I figured why not? It was very easy to achieve an opaque lip, it felt like the formula was extra creamy and it caused a bit of the lipstick to shift around.

Violet is described as a Royal Purple and is easily my favorite. It's the least creamiest of them all but still creamy and so I had zero shifting problems with it. It applies super opaque and is one of the only shades I'd get away with wearing quite often in the Macaron set. It's my must have shade out of all of them (I may be biased though).

Bottom: Blue Velvet, Earl Gray, Pistachio, Key Lime, Coconut, Chambord

Blue Velvet is described as Electric Blue, the name sounds very Lime Crime influenced. It's very opaque but the lipstick shifted a little. It's the only one that I experienced staining with, it made my lips look like a blue ball point pen leaked on to my lips.

Earl Gray is described as a powder blue and once again it shifted a fair bunch but I found this to be one of the more opaque shades. I'm unsure how I'll every make use of this shade as a baby blue isn't a lipstick color I'd ever want to use. It doesn't apply 100% evenly so I had to go over it quite a few times.

Pistachio is described as a mint green that looks like a bright jade on my lips. It's one of the shades I was most excited to try, I found it to shift a lot due to it's creamy nature. It definitely looks a little crazy on me though.

Key Lime is a lime green that I wanted to fall in love with but couldn't as it applied awfully. Whilst the color itself is lovely it just won't get on my lips evenly. Despite constantly layering over it there are bits where the lipstick won't apply and I couldn't get an intense lip. 

Coconut is a white lipstick that was also difficult to apply, it's naturally semi-sheer but this didn't bother me too much as I wanted this to lighten certain lipstick shades.

Chambord is a black lipstick that didn't apply especially black on it's own. I've swatched it next to Lime Crime's Styletto (not pictured) and found Styletto to be much blacker. However, if you use a black lip liner, you can get a very dark black lip color.

Overall, I found all of the lipsticks to be rather creamy with Violet being the least creamy out of the lot and also my favorite formula. A lot of the lipsticks had a habit of shifting around on the lips which was annoying but a lip primer does help fix this problem. The worst performing lipsticks were easily Citron, Orange Blossom, Key Lime and Coconut. Coconut could be built up better than the rest whilst the other three were still only semi opaque.

Despite all of it's flaws, I'd say that if you've wanted to try out odd lipstick colors without spending a fortune you should definitely try these out. Despite needing some work, they're fun, affordable colors that would be excellent for weird cosplays or shoots. NYX are also coming out with what I think will be called the Wicked collection which will have a lot of darker shades that look like decent dupes for certain shades that Melt Cosmetics do too.

You can purchase NYX Macaron Lippies for $6 at Ulta or if you're in the UK, you can purchase them from eBay like I have.

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July 25, 2014

Birmingham July Blog Meet

Last weekend I made my way into central Birmingham for a lovely blogger meetup organised by Katrina of Beautrina and Jess of dungarees and donuts. It was soaking wet outside with some heavy rain so I ended up being a wee bit late to the event. After some tweeting, I managed to find and catch up with people. Soon after, we split into 2 groups as I wanted to visit the local comic book store to pick up a comic before regrouping with everyone at Lush.

We then gathered at Pizza Hut where we received not one but two generously filled goody bags along with some custom marshmallows for the event which I gladly nommed on whilst waiting to order. Since we had disbanded into little groups throughout the day, this was where I managed to mingle a little with everyone. After our meals we were treated to some macaroons and were introduced to products by local indie company Harlequin Cosmetics by Becky.

Soon after, we headed home and I was finally able to check out what we had received in the two bags. If you see anything you'd like me to review soon or first, do let me know. This was the smallest blog meet I've been to, giving it a rather intimate feel. The event had a casual feel to it despite receiving two goody bags. It's so far been my most enjoyable meet too so major kudos to Jess and Katrina for organising the event and arranging awesome goody bags.

If you're looking for new blogs to follow, why not check out everyone's blog:

Jess
Katrina
Chloe
Char
Sam
Charlee
Zoe
Becky
Jemma
Ellie
Laura
Tasha

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July 23, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics Randomly Generated Collection Swatches & Looks

I'm currently in love with everything that the independent geek themed makeup company, Shiro Cosmetics has on their site. Despite never actually managing to get into Minecraft due to being too lazy to learn and read everything up online whilst it was still in beta, I can appreciate the collector edition cube jar packaging option that's only available for this set. As tempting as all 15 shadows in the collection were, I ended up settling on 4.

Swatches with UD PP You Dropped Your Zod, That's a Nice House, Steve, I'll Move That For You

You Dropped Your Zod is a metallic bronze over a black base and filled with golden sparkle

That'ssss a Nice House is a bright grass green with brighter green sparkle

Steve is a bright, lightly shimmery turquoise.

I'll Move That For You is a blackened amethyst with bright purple sparkle

Instead of just swatching these shadows, I also created two different looks using them to see how well they perform. I used that's a nice house and Steve for the eye look on the left and I used you dropped your zod and I'll move that for you along with an entirely different brands' gold pigment in the inner corner of the eye.

Like all other Shiro shadows that I've tried, all of these aside from Steve were super pigmented and long lasting. Despite all of them swatching well on my hand, I had to build Steve on my lid as it applied a somewhat sheer. It was long-lasting but definitely needed a base over the eye primer for full opaqueness. Out of all four, you dropped your zod is my favorite. 

Again, despite not playing Minecraft, the cube jars and artwork made this an instant buy a few months ago. They looked pretty online but they're so much cooler in person. My only problem with the packaging is that it's not particularly secure. A bit of eyeshadow managed to escape all 4 jars when I opened up my parcel despite it still being sealed. So I wouldn't travel with these shadows or place them in my makeup bag in case of spillage.

If you wanted to get a cube jar from the collection it costs $8.50 per shadow and comes with 2g. However, if you weren't interested in the collector edition packaging you can still purchase the same amount for just $6. Shiro also sell sample bags ($1) and mini jars ($3.50) if you wanted to trial certain shadows first.

Have you tried anything by Shiro? What should I try next?

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July 21, 2014

American Apparel I Heart LA Glitter Nail Polish

When I visited Selfridges Birmingham's new Beauty Hall last month, Rose pointed out a really cute 'glitter' nail polish from American Apparel. Instead of glitter, you get tiny pink and red paper hearts. I've generally been rubbish with nail art in the last year, even when I try they don't seem to come out right at all but I thought I'd just go ahead and try anyway.

As the polish was under the 'glitter' category, I thought I'd add some actual glitter and use one of my Violet Voss glitters from IMATS. I decided to just go for my pot of red glitter (Rose) but in retrospect the purple or copper would have worked too as it'd help the hearts stand out more.

I started off with painting the tips of my nails red (rather messily as pictured above). Then I used the I Heart LA polish as a top coat by wiping off the hearts on the inside of the bottle. Immediately after, I began adding a heavy coat of glitter on the tips of my nails and a lighter layer in the middle. I did these two steps one nail at a time. Finally, I used the I Heart LA glitter polish on the nail and pushed the hearts around to wear I wanted with the nail polish brush.

Whilst the nail polish is adorable it's also a little tricky to use. You don't get a lot of hearts that come out at the same time which is handy if you wanted a minimal look. However, if you were hoping for heavy layers then you'll have to put some work into it. If you're a perfectionist, you may find yourself struggling whilst trying to align them all in the same general direction. On the plus side, it is a very unique polish and something I'd expect from an indie nail polish brand.

I can't seem to find a link to it online but I picked mine up from Selfridges for £7 and if you're in the states it may be worth visiting your local American Apparel store.

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July 20, 2014

Melt Cosmetics Lipsticks in Blow & By Starlight

I've finally come around to reviewing these two wonderful Melt lipsticks that I shared months ago on Instagram. I've already done a rather long review on Melt's cobalt blue lipstick DGAF which is slightly more detailed than this one. Like DGAF, the two shades I got are also one of the more bold and even outrageous shades available in the Melt range, Blow and By Starlight. 

Melt do some very interesting descriptions for each of the colors. Blow, which is a forest green lipstick with a teal undertone to it, has a strange little poem. By Starlight, which is a somewhat dark cool-purple lipstick with a hint of pink to it, has the funniest description, "Remember that one time when the love of your life kissed you under the moonlight and you gazed into each other's eyes and you just knew it was for eternity...yeah neither do we." If you're still unsure, I've done looks with Blow and By Starlight on along with comparing each of them to the other green and purple lipsticks in my collection.

Being one of the new shades, Blow had a creamier formula than it's predecessors, however, I found that it really pulled on my lips when applying. I experienced no pulling with By Starlight with it's matte finish but you will definitely need to scrub any dryness on your lips as it tends to cling on to the dry bits. I adore how little transfer occurred whilst drinking and eating, these were surprisingly durable. These easily lasted around 6 hours on me.

The two lipsticks did have the same odd scent that reminded me of coconuts that I experienced with DGAF (don't take my work on it being coconuts, I'm terrible with guessing smells). I can imagine it being offputting to some but whilst I don't like the smell, I don't hate it either.  

My main disappointments though were that both Blow and By Starlight weren't quite the shade of green/purple I was expecting. Whilst Blow is a gorgeous shade in itself, I was gutted that it was nowhere near as dark as the promo images. It is possible it's just one of those lipsticks that looks different depending on whose wearing it though. By Starlight gets a free pass though as although it's not the shade of purple I was expecting, it's 100% still definitely purple and not pink/berry/brown like certain high street 'purple' lipsticks are.

These lipsticks on their own are awesome at just over £11 each, even if you were to ship these from the states it'll cost around £17 which isn't bad. However if you were to order more than one it's possible to get a customs charge which surprised me. It seems Royal Mail have lowered the threshold on what can incur a customs charge, I felt ripped off as it would have been more cost effective to purchase these in separate orders, so do be strategic when buying.

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July 18, 2014

Subtle Triple Winged Eyeliner

Today's makeup is an odd mix of subtle and dramatic, it's a triple winged eyeliner look that's disguised as two. It's a nice look to wear that seems like the general eyeliner and bold lip combination but with a bit more to it to avoid odd stares when you're out.

 After applying eye primer, I just used a 'my lids but better' eyeshadow all over the lid and added a highlighter shade beneath the brow. Next, I used silver liquid eyeliner where I would normally have my cat eye but only applied the wing. Next, I lined my eyes with black liquid liner and then created a wing both beneath and above the silver wing. Then I used a silver eye pencil for my lower lash line. After a little tightlining, I applied mascara and false lashes. I finished the look with Pretty Zombie Cosmetic's liquid lipstick in purple poison, which is the only lip product I own that someone will always end up complimenting.

Products Used
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper (Not pictured)
Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette Shadows in Lunar Lights & Glasswing
Lime Crime Uniliners in Quill & Reason
Urban Decay 24/5 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Cuff & Perversion
YSL Mascara + False Lashes
Benefit Fakeup in Medium
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation mixed with
Maybelline Superstat Better Skin foundation in Sable Sand
Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Purple Poison

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July 17, 2014

Holy Grail Products #2 NYX Jumbo Pencils in Milk & Black Bean

I may be cheating a little by including two shades, this post was originally going to only about Milk but Black Bean deserves a mention too. NYX's jumbo pencils are often compared to Urban Decay's shadow pencils and whilst the quality for Urban Decay's is superior, NYX still win on color range, price and the fact that the shadow pencils seem to be discontinuing.

What is it?
They're essentially chubby eyeliners that you can also use as an eyeshadow. The formula is creamy with a mixture of mineral oils and powder to help avoid any tugging or pulling on the lid.

So why is it holy grail worthy?
Milk makes an excellent white base for any troublesome eyeshadows, especially pastels or the usual culprit color, yellow. It helps intensify bright neon eyeshadows as well. For those of you who don't touch or own any bright shadows or pastel shades, it may not be for you. However, you can also use Milk and Black Bean on the lid to create eyeshadow shapes which Jangsara did a very indepth piece on. Black Bean is great for pigments, especially ones with a subtle duochrome to it like Illamasqua's Static (pictured above) or Sugarpill's loose shadow in Lumi.

Application Tips
While I do adore these, they aren't perfect. If you apply a heavy layer you can get creasing however applying eyeshadow over it or a sheer powder to mattify it would solve the problem. Personally though, I tend to smudge it all over the lid with a brush or clean finger as you would with eyeshadow primer.

Price & Availability
This may be a slightly overhyped product, I'd be surprised if you've never heard about how much you need NYX's milk jumbo pencil. At £5 it's extremely affordable and I can't imagine finding a cheaper alternative. If you happen to be in the states this sells for only $4.50 and I personally only spent around £2.50 for mine back when I was in the middle east. If you're currently in the UK and haven't already heard, NYX has been available in certain Next stores for a while now and is also available online at nyxcosmetics.co.uk.

Have you picked up anything from NYX now that they've finally landed in the UK?

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