Monday, October 31, 2011

Super Awesome Indie Halloween Sales!

Some of my favorite indie companies and a few I've been itching to try are having some great sales. Most are for today only so don't delay!

  • Detrivore started their 10 eyeshadows for $20 and 3 10 gram blushes for $10 sale early, so head on over! This sale lasts until Novemberr 20th, so you have some time.

Darling Clandestine
  • For today only (Oct 31), my favorite indie perfumer is having a buy one, get one free sale on their full-size bottle and perfume solids. Type "Everybody scream!" in your message to seller, plus your choice of free perfume.

Candy's Sweet Treats
  • I haven't tried this company, but for today only you can get 65% off anything is their etsy store with the code HALLOWEEN.

Morgana Cryptoria
  • Today is the last day of their Customer Appreciation Sale. I placed my first order a few days ago for 4 of their new gel lipsticks and 3 lipglosses.

Black Rose Minerals
  • Another shop I haven't tried, but have had my eye on for awhile. Until midnight tonight, get 25% off your entire purchase of $25 or more using coupon code Bloody. The only exclusion is the going going gone category.

Pollen Cosmetics
  • This isn't a Halloween sale, but a grand opening sale! I loooove their eyeshadows and it's definitely worth picking some up. Until November 5th, use code GrandOpening to get 15% off your order.

Hi-Fi Cosmetics
  • I have a bunch from Hi-Fi that I still need to swatch, but I can tell you everything looks pretty in the jar! Haha. To get 20% off your order for today only, enter the code HWNBDAY at checkout.

Kiss My Sass
  • I love KMS's lipglosses and their eyeshadows are great, too. Use code Halloween2011 to save 31% on any order over $31 from now until 10/31/2011!  Not valid on Memberships.

      Sunday, October 30, 2011

      Halloween Nails with China Glaze Fortune Teller

      For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to wear my Halloween nail polish the week before Halloween. I haven't worn China Glaze's Fortune Teller in at least year and forgot how much I love it. It's the perfect Halloween polish and one of my favorite from China Glaze. In fact, it was my first China Glaze ever. I remember going in to Sally Beauty Supply just to get it like 5 months after my nail polish obsession began. I just wish it hadn't been limited edition!

      My nails still aren't in great condition, but I love this polish so much I had to share.

      China Glaze Fortune Teller
      Fortune Teller is famous for how amazing it looks matte. It is actually my favorite way to wear it.

      China Glaze Fortune Teller
      I've seen Fortune Teller on eBay for around $10, so if you really love the color it might be worth it.

      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Saturday, October 29, 2011

      FOTD: Unashamed Visionary

      Ugh, I'm sick. I'm pretty sure it's tonsillitis due to the fact that my right tonsil is swollen 3 times its normal size, but I refuse to go to the doctor. I guesssssss I'll go if I don't get better. My boyfriend had to be hospitalized when we were in high school because his tonsillitis was so severe. If I remember right he passed it on to me, too. Now it's my time to return the favor, MWAHAHA! Ow, the maniacal laughter hurt my throat. :(


      •  Tarte emphasEYES cream eyeshadow in Shimmering Taupe on lids
      • L'Oreal HiP pigment in Visionary on inner third of lid
      • MAC Mauvement pigment on outer two thirds of lid
      • L'Oreal HiP pigment in Unashamed in the crease and below lower lash line
      • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Corrupt on water line and upper lash line
      • A mix of CoverGirl Lashblast mascara and Wet n Wild MegaLash Clinical Mascara on lashes
      • Physician's Formula Canyon Classic quad matte eyeshadow in brows (darkest shade)
      • Physician's Formula CircleRx concealer in Fair Light under eyes
      • CoverGirl Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in 205 also under eyes
      • Physician's Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation in Translucent Light
      • Detrivore blush in Concubine
      • Pixi Lip Twin in Coral Camellia
      • Kiss My Sass lipgloss in Caribbean Escape

      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Friday, October 28, 2011

      Team Pink Eye Project for Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure AND A GIVEAWAY!

      It's the end of October and almost the end of the month long celebration of all things boobs. Oh wait, that isn't what this month was about? By now, everyone and their moms, grandmas, great-aunt's sister's cousin's dogs know about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So I guess that means that the awareness part is working. But sometimes we need to do more than just be aware. Being aware of a disease never saved anyone. It's just the first step. To take that first step even further Project Pink Eye was developed to raise money to support breast cancer research through Susan G Komen for the Cure.

      I am hosting a giveaway (sponsored by Cinnamon Cosmetics and Team Pink Eye, not Susan G Komen) to help raise money for research. Other blogs are hosting giveaways as well, so keep reading to see how you can enter them all.

      Here is what you can win- a four piece eyeshadow collection from Cinnamon Cosmetics. According to the owner, Candace, "I'll be giving away "The Sirens Collection" which includes the colors Audrey, Bettie, Lana and Julie.  The colors are a collection of pinks and purples all inspired by Hollywood sirens. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these eye shadows go to benefit the Susan G Komen Foundation through Team Pink Eye all year long."

      Giveaway Information:
      • What you could win- A special awareness eyeshadow collection, called The Sirens, from Cinnamon Cosmetics, pictured above (pictures courtesy of Cinnamon Cosmetics).
      • How to enter- You must go to the Team Pink Eye page on the Susan G Komen website and donate at least $5 (Click here to be taken to the donation page). This one donation will allow you to enter all giveaways this week. You then comment on this blog post stating that you donated and give the email address you used to donate. *IMPORTANT* You will need to donate under the name you you will be commenting under so that the those in charge of this project can verify your donation. Now you are free to go comment and enter giveaways on other blogs. (Click here to see a list of other blogs participating in the project this week. Some might not be updated with their posts yet, so keep checking back throughout the day).
      • How long you have to enter- Giveaways will run from the time they are posted until 10 PM CST Sunday October 30th.
      • Additional information- You will not be contacted by me if you win the giveaway, but by one of the ladies in charge of Team Pink Eye. Winners will be chosen by and will be notified by email in the next few days after the giveaways end.
      This is for a good cause so please spread the word through, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can!


      I was really excited about the pink makeup look I was planning for this post, but then I got sick and wasn't able to do it.  So I have something else for you guys instead. I absolutely love pink eyeshadow and indie makeup companies, so I wanted to share my favorite pink eyeshadows I own from indie companies. All of the below are swatched over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy.

      1. Antoinette's Revolution Cosmetics- Dusty Rose
      2. Detrivore Cosmetics- Death Valley
      3. Detrivore Cosmetics- Sexualis
      4. Evil Shades- Phyrra's Fantasy
      5. Kiss My Sass Cosmetics- Tea Rose
      6. My Pretty Zombie- My Pretty Zombie Eyeshadow (same name as company)

      7. Pollen Cosmetics- Future Sunrise
      8. My Pretty Zombie- MnG #1
      9. My Pretty Zombie- MnG #2
      10. My Pretty Zombie- MnG #3
      11. Persephone Minerals- Mars Crystal Power
      12. Persephone Minerals- Pink Sugar Heart Attack
      13. RockABettyBeauty- Cupcake Not A Muffin

      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Thursday, October 27, 2011

      My Current Nightly Skincare Regimen

      I rarely, well never actually, talk about skincare on this blog. Mostly because I really have no clue about it and have just barely begun to realize that "hey, I have skin!" and maybe I should start taking care of it. What has freaked me out the most is all the fine lines under my eyes that are cropping up and I'm not even 25 yet (only a little over a month, eep!).

      I decided I should star some semblance of regular skin care and this is what I came up with at night. It's still a struggle to actually get myself to follow it every night, but I'd say 5 or 6 nights a week I succeed. And my skin already is looking better!

      This isn't a review post, besides me just saying that all of these products work for me. I may get around to reviewing them eventually if I can motivate myself to do so, haha.

      Black Magic Soap from One Hand Washes the Other
      Black Magic Soap from One Hand Washes the Other

      Burt's Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner
      Burt's Bees Repair Serum

      I was my face with a little scrubby cloth and Black Magic soap. Then I  use a cotton pad soaked with the toner and wipe down my face (I'm not sure this step is completely necessary, but I do it anyway). Last I use a few drops of the serum on my whole face including below my eyes and on my eyelids. And that's it!

      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Wednesday, October 26, 2011

      The Only Skinny Jeans I Will Ever Fit In- Thanks to Benefit's Creaseless Cream Shadow

      As much as I love Benefit's Creaseless Cream eyeshadows, I can't believe that I've never posted about them. They are one of my most used products in my makeup collection. I use them as a base for other eyeshadows, by themselves as a quick eye look, or depending on the color, as a liner or highlight shade.

      The reason they are one of my holy grail products is because they don't crease on me even without primer, they don't fade, and they apply evenly and are build-able, and they're just simply pretty. I recently bought the color Skinny Jeans and I think it may be my favorite one yet. They formula is the most creamy Creaseless Cream eyedshadow I've ever used from Benefit (the formula reminds me of Estee Lauder's cream eyeshadow formula). The color is opaque but can be sheered out. I just wish that Benefit would come out with brighter, bolder colors as many in the line seem to be more muted or neutral.

      Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans
      Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans
      Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans
      The color looks a lot lighter in the pot than it does on my skin.

      Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans
      Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Skinny Jeans


      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Tuesday, October 25, 2011

      Detrivore Cosmetics' Blushes Swatches and Review

      I loooooooove Detrivore (click here and here for previous swatches). Not only is their makeup amazing, but their prices are as well. From time to time they also offer some of the best sales I have seen. I bought these blushes during one of those sales. A new sale starts November 1st. 10 gram jars, including blushes will be 3 for $10 and 5 gram jars, including eyeshadows, will be 10 for $20.

      One problem I have with indie blushes is that many of them tend to be too glittery and pigmented. They almost just seem like eyeshadows in a bigger jar. These blushes are perhaps my favorite indie blushes. The finish is matte, but they aren't chalky, and almost have a satin-y look about them. They're build-able, but you can wear them more sheer as well. I love the soft, buttery texture. Despite being a powder, they don't look powdery on my skin at all.My only complaint is that I find the pictures for the blushes on the Detrivore website to be inaccurate. The tone is correct, but they look a lot darker/bolder than they really are.

      From left- Poison, Concubine, and Spoiled
      Detrivore Blush in Poison
      Detrivore Blush in Poison
      Detrivore Blush in Concubine
      This one looks kind of scary in the swatch, but I really like the way it looks on my cheeks. It's subtle, but pretty.

      Detrivore Blush in Concubine
      Detrivore Blush in Spoiled
      Detrivore Blush in Spoiled

      So what do you guys think? Even without the 3 for $10 sale, these are still a great deal.


      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Monday, October 24, 2011

      Essence Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipglosses Swatches and Review

      I am a complete ho (wait, am I allowed to say ho? ;D ) for good quality, cheap makeup. I'm a bit of a completionist at heart so anytime I can afford to buy one of something in every color I get excited. So, Essence is a brand that gets me excited often. Their products are generally good to great in quality and will only set you back a few bucks. In fact, these lipglosses are only $2.29 and a freakin' awesome to boot. TO BOOT!

      Essence Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipglosses
      Look at dem purty colors!

      Essence Stay With Me Long-Lasting Lipglosses
      The applicators are kinda odd. They're fuzzy like a traditional doe-foot applicator, but these are barbell shaped. Or "two balls on the ends of a stick"-shaped, if you prefer. My ONLY issue with these glosses is the inconsitencies in the "give" of the applicator. Some are fairly stiff and hardly bend at all, while others flop around like a limp, um... yeah. Something limp. The stick/limp applicator thing is just a minor annoyance and doesn't affect my extreme, rabid love for these glosses.

      From left- Me & My Ice Cream, Candy Bar, Trendsetter, I Like Cotton Candy, Berry Me!, and Kiss Kiss Kiss
      One thing I like about these is that the opacity is buildable. You can apply them very lightly for a hint of color or layer 'em on for a bigger punch of color. And they really are long lasting (for a gloss). They fade evenly and keep my lips feeling moisturized for the duration. The texture is smooth and on the thicker side. I didn't find them sticky at all. I always compare everything to MAC Lipglasses as far as stickiness and these don't come close to that. Like most of Essence's lip products that I've tried these have a fruity scent. I'm pretty particular with my scents and I actually like this one. To I think it helps that they're unflavored/unsweetened. These are all creme finishes. I really like this line, so it would be cool if Essence introduced some shimmers, too.

      Me & My Ice Cream
      Candy Bar
      I Like Cotton Candy
      Berry Me!
      Kiss Kiss Kiss


      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Sunday, October 23, 2011

      The One Where I Get My Boyfriend to Talk About Makeup

      I actually had a conversation about makeup the other day with my boyfriend that HE INITIATED. This is a big deal guys; this is a man who wouldn't even know I wore makeup if I didn't talk about it incessantly. He actually told me, "I like your makeup today." My first instinct was to squint at him suspiciously and ask if he wanted something. He looked at me confused and repeated himself and added, "I like the green eyeshadow on you." This is the guy who when I asked if my lipgloss looked okay he asked me why I was wearing slime on my lips. So after I remembered to thank him for the compliment on my makeup I asked him, "So,  green eyeshadow looks best one me?" And he thought a moment (and this is normally a topic that bores him to tears) and answered, "Yeah I think so, I don't like when you wear bronze. It doesn't look good." And by bronze he means all metallic eyeshadow except for silver. Not that I care that he doesn't like it; I wear it anyway. I ask him, "Do you think bronze eyeshadow looks bad on everyone or just me?" His answer, "Well, everyone mostly, but I think on you it looks weird because your skin is so pale." And because none of my friends care about makeup, that was the most exciting makeup conversation I have ever had in real life, haha. Oh! And the other day we actually had a few sentence conversation about eye shadow primer. After I explained to him what it is and what it does he said, "That's pretty cool. I bet more girls would like makeup if they knew how to make their eyeshadow stick to their eyeballs longer."  It's so cute that he makes an effort to be interested in my hobbies for my sake. Just wanted to share. Does anyone else have any stories involving makeup and their significant others or other clueless guy friends? Story time!

      And just so this isn't a picture-less post, here is a swatch of my current favorite lip combo- Evil Shades Féline's Kyss over NYX Fig lipstick.

      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!

      Saturday, October 22, 2011

      Evil Shades Cosmetics Swatches and Review

      Well, this isn't much of a review because I absolutely love everything about Evil Shades. The owner, Andrea, is amazing, as is her makeup. I don't know why I waited so long to order from them! And why I've waited so long to post this review. Evil Shades is one of those dream Indie companies- the owner is accessible, listens to feedback, and will go out of her way to make customers happy. If you haven't ordered from Evil Shades, you must! Stick around for proof.

      My order came inside this pretty hot pink drawstring bag.

      I ordered a Large Gift Set for $23 ($30 value) that includes your choice of 3 eye shadows, 1 Hardcore lips, 1 Deviant lipstick and 1 Blush and a Blogger Review Set ($4, and an additional $4 for shipping, but you must include your blog/youtube channel to order) that included 4 eyeshadow samples, 2 blush samples, and 3 lip product samples.

      Evil Shades Eyeshadows from left- Bittersweet Symphony, Heartless Queen, Nightshade, Phyrra's Fantasy, Reondite, Victorian Night, and Zombie

      The eyeshadows are all very lovely and much more nuanced than you see in my pictures. They swatch well and wear well. I find the colors are pretty unique, or have an unexpected touch that makes them unique. You would think Phyrra's Fantasy is just your standard pink, but it has really pretty aqua shimmer.

      The shadows are priced well at $1.25 for a 1 gram sample in a clam shell, $5 for a 5 gram jar with no sifter, and a pro size that is $9 for a 10 gram jar with a sifter. The only thing I wish is that there were swatches of each color on skin so I could get a better idea of what the color looks like!

      Evil Shades Eyeshadows from left- Bittersweet Symphony, Heartless Queen, Nightshade, Phyrra's Fantasy, Reondite, Victorian Night, and Zombie
      Evil Shades Blushes in Atomic, Day Dream, and Skön
      I really love Evil Shades blushes. A lot of the times I find that indie blushes can be too sparkle for me and give me disco ball cheeks, but I didn't find that the case here. Even Atomic, which looks scary bright on my skin works for me. The only one that doesn't is Skön, which is sadly too dark for me, no matter how lightly I apply it. It makes for an absolutely gorgeous eyeshadow, though.

      The blend well, aren't cakey or powdery, and last forever on my skin. Samples are $1.50 in a clamshell container, regular sizes are $6.50 in a 10 gram jar with sifter, and pro sizes are $12.50 for a 20 gram jar with sifter.

      Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in Devilista, Fearless, and Primrose Path; Evil Shades Harcore Lips in Féline's Kyss and Not Your Barbie
      The lipstick formula is great. It's opaque, smooth, and creamy. While they don't feeling drying on my lips, I just had the teensiest issue with Primrose Path feeling a tad bit dry. I never mentioned it because it wasn't a huge deal, and I usually wear a lip gloss over it anyway. Samples are $1.25 for a clamshell container, while a full size in a .07 tube is $4.75.

      The lipglosses are lovely as well. Féline's Kyss is the perfect gloss that will pair will any lipstick or goes with any makeup look, while Not Your Barbie is the most gorgeous bold, hot pink gloss ever. It's like the Fearless lipstick in a gloss form. I haven't tried it yet, but I bet they would look fabulous together. Samples are $1.50 in a snap tube that holds 1.5ML and full sizes are $5.75  for .20 fl oz in a tube with a doe-foot applicator.

      Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in Devilista
      Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in Fearless
      Evil Shades Deviant Lipstick in Primrose Path
      Evil Shades Hardcore Lips in Féline's Kyss
      Evil Shades Hardcore Lips in Not Your Barbie

      And a bonus-
      Féline's Kyss over Primrose Path

      I love, love, love Evil Shades. Head on over to their website and check them out!

      Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!
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