Monday, February 25, 2013

Review: Detrivore Cosmetics Heathen, Fungus and Cyprium

Time to shower a little more local love on Detrivore Cosmetics.  Detrivore Cosmetics is a indie beauty brand based out of my neck of the woods in the Pacific NW and they have gorgeous shadows with creepy, morbid names  *squeal*

Last time I received a package from Detrivore, my husband came in and said "You got some more of that bug makeup"  Loved it!  And really, I love the Detrivore packaging, it just makes me happy.

If you follow Detrivore on Facebook, you will get notifications when they have their 10 for $20 sale.  This deal is not always active on their website, but when it is, you can score 10 full sized shadows for $20 (excluding LE shadows which are clearly noted on the sale page)  It is a very good deal!

Detrivore shadows are pigmented, easy to apply and come in fun colors like Lab Rat, Filth and Putrid.  This time I will review Heathen, Fungus and Cyprium.


Detrivore Cosmetics Heathen

Heathen is a sweet potato color  with golden sheen and gold sparkles.

Detrivore Cosmetics Fungus 

Fungus is a pea green with gold sparkle


Detrivore Cosmetics Cyprium
Cyprium is rich russet brown with a copper sheen and pink sparkle

Final Thoughts

I will continue to take advantage of the 10 for $20 sales whenever possible.  The quality of the shadows is solid.  I've only had two that I felt were dry and tough to apply.  The colors selection is good and a few like Scar and Abnormal are both unique and to die for gorgeous.  It'd enough to keep me coming back for more.

Where to buy: Detrivore Cosmetics
Price: $1.00 for a sample bag  $4.00 for full sized in 5 gram jar ( I need to check what the product volume is, I am guessing 1-3 grams, I will find out for sure)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup: 2/22

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cult of Taupe 1 Year Anniversary Shady Lady Palette Giveaway

How about we celebrate (belated) the 1 year anniversary of Cult of Taupe with an awesome giveaway!  I am excited and proud of how far Cult of Taupe has come since my first post back on December 19, 2011.  I've met so many amazing people and had my eyes opened to many fun new products.  It's been hard work, but rewarding work.

Most of all, I am grateful for my readers, whether new or returning, you've made this blog fun to write.  I hope you'll continue to stop by from time to time.

This is only the first of a few giveaways I have planned to celebrate our 1 year anniversary.  I've spent the last year gathering some of my absolute favorite products to share with my readers.

First up The Balm Shady Lady Palettes!

Although I've never reviewed these on the blog, they are hands down my favorite palettes out there. (Sorry Naked Palette 1-56) Each palette has 9 gorgeous, highly pigmented, buttery shadows.  The color range of each palette is wonderful, containing must have neutrals and bright pops of color.

The winner of this giveaway will win not one, not two, but all three Shady Lady Palettes! That's 27 eye shadows!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

There is no purchase necessary to enter the raffle. Must be 18+ to enter and a resident of the United States. I will only ship to US addresses.  Use the widget to enter.  All items are brand new, never opened and purchased by me for the purpose of this giveaway.  Once the raffle is over, I will select one winner at random to receive the prize. If your name is chosen, you will have 48 hours to claim your prize (I will do my best to find you, but please make sure the contact info gathered in the widget is accurate!) If the winner does not claim the prize after 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and so on.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Blush in Chosen

More goodies from Whip Hand Cosmetics.  If you've not noticed, I'm a huge fan of Whip Hand Cosmetics.  I first became aware of them last year, at that point it was just a photo of two gorgeous women fighting over a clutch.  Since then they've started to catch fire with makeup artists all over the world for their innovative products.  The rest of the beauty world is starting to take notice as well.

Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme Blush in Chosen was actually one of the first products I ever tried.  Sadly I lost all my product photos and finally gave up the ghost and re-shot them all. 

Whip Hand Cosmetics Chosen Creme Blush
Whip Hand Creme Blushes are highly pigmented, easy to apply, long lasting and come poured into 3 oz pans which are easily popped into your palette of choice.  I love using them with Z Palettes since they need no additional magnetic stickers, just take out of the plastic clam shell and pop into the palette.

Whip Hand Cosmetics Chosen Creme Blush
The Whip Hand Creme Blush consistency falls between the creaminess of their Lip Cremes and the tackiness of their Creme Shadows.  The result is a product that applies and smooths easily across the skin, while having enough grip to give it staying power.  Unlike other creme blushes I've tried, Whip Hand Creme Blushes are not prone to being absorbed into the skin.

Whip Hand Cosmetics Chosen Creme Blush Swatch
Chosen is part bubble gum, part rose petals with silver sparkle throughout.  This is one of their lighter shades and makes a stunning highlighter.  Even with my fair skin, this is not quite dark enough to work as a blush on it's own. I prefer to apply a shade like Benefit Hervana to my cheeks and then apply Chosen to my cheek bones.  The combination of the light pink and the silvery sheen gives you a bright youthful glow without looking like you just stumbled out of a rave. I wish I were better at photographing color on my cheeks because the effect is beautiful!

Final Thoughts

Whip Hand Cosmetics Creme products are one area where they really shine and the Creme Blush is no exception.  So much of what makes these products great are the textures.  This feels like no other creme blush I've tried.  I am used to creme blushes that either feel too waxy, too emollient or too thin.  The wear time is excellent without a primer, the pigmentation lasts 8hrs+ with only minimal fading. When I wear this over Set the Stage Face Primer,  it looks exactly the same 10-11 hrs after application.

The small size of the pan takes some getting used to.  It is palette friendly, but I wish it was a little bigger.  When I hit pan it will be tougher to get the product out of the sides since I am a finger, not tool applier.  I am currently going through that with my Thermal Creme Shadow, it's a bit of a pain given the slightly tacky nature of the products.  I warm the products with my finger before application, so getting those last bits out is a challenge.   It's not a deal breaker by any means and honestly this stuff lasts so long you have a good long while before it will be an issue.

These are NOT lip safe or eye safe.

Where to buy: Whip Hand Cosmetics
Price: 9.00 for 2.5 oz

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I want your feedback!!

I want to give you a chance to tell me what types of reviews you'd be interested in seeing more on Cult of Taupe.  If you have an idea not on the list feel free to leave me a comment.

I value your opinions!

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Review:Detrivore Cosmetics Ghoul, Ashes, Prey and Baleen

It's Detrivore time again!  Here are a few more from the last order I placed.  It's getting addictive.

This was my first time trying out their more matte finishes. 


Detrivore Cosmetics Ghoul
Ghoul is a shimmering celadon with multi colored sparkles


Detrivore Cosmetics Prey
Prey is a warm mahogany over a charcoal base and copper sparkle.


Detrivore Cosmetics Prey
Baleen is a matte/satin spruce blue green with turquoise sparkle


Detrivore Cosmetics Ashes
Ashes is a matte burnt umber with orange and gold sparkle

Final Thoughts

This was another solid offering from Detrivore.  The only issue I had was with Prey.  The color is beautiful, but I found the texture was a little dry and had the tendency to be patchy. I'd probably pass on this color, which sucks because it was very pretty when it worked.  Loved the turquoise glitter in Baleen.  It really enhanced the blue undertones in the green. I love mattes with sparkles!

Where to buy: Detrivore Cosmetics
Price: $1.00 for a sample bag  $4.00 for full sized in 5 gram jar ( I need to check what the product volume is, I am guessing 1-3 grams, I will find out for sure)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Pigments Decoy and Crush

This is another Whip Hand post from the vaults.  I had purchased and photographed a pile of Whip Hand Cosmetics products months ago and for the life of me I can not find the photos.  So I re-photographed one and added a new shadow with it!

Whip Hand Cosmetics Crush and Decoy
I'm thoroughly obsessed with Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Eye Pigments.  The best word I can use to describe them is sumptuous.  They are richly pigmented, have a plush, buttery texture and come in over 40 shades.


Whip Hand Cosmetics Crush
Crush is marigold orangey yellow with a subtle pink iridescence.


Whip Hand Cosmetics Crush and Decoy
Decoy is deep rich black with a warm brown/olive undertone and delicate multi colored sparkle

Final Thoughts

Whip Hand Cosmetics Loose Pigments keep me coming back for more.  The payoff and texture is top notch.  The color selection is impressive, including vibrant bold colors and so subtle neutrals.  At first glance the price of these vials may seem expensive, but trust me, these vials are cram packed with product. 

There are not that many companies that get my enthusiastic return business.  This is one of those companies.  I've been nothing but impressed with the service, quality and passion they put into their products.

Where to buy: Whip Hand Cosmetics
Price: $14.00 for 3grams

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fiery Milani TEXTURE CREAM Gradient Mani.

Hey all, thought I would post a picture of the gradient mani I did last night using the new Milani TEXTURE CREAMS Nail Lacquers .  I am still new to gradient manicures, but I think it turn out ok.

For this look I used Milani TEXTURE CREAM Nail Lacquer in Spoiled in Fuchsia sponged over the top of Essence Wanna Be Your Sunshine.  With the macro setting you can see the white of the gritty texture bumps on the nails, but in person it just looks pink.  I did a top coat of Seche Vite which negates the cool factor of the matte finish, but my hands take a beating at work and I'd like this to last a few days.

Are you a fan of the gritty nail trend?

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup: 2/15

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Milani TEXTURE CREAMS Specialty Nail Lacquer Review and Swatches

I was walking through a local store, hoping to find a Milani display.  Milani is still had for me to track down so I was excited when the sales woman in the cosmetics aisle said they were preparing for a full Milani display that was to be installed Monday. I asked if it would include Limited Edition items..that's when she took me to a stand where I found these!  Milani TEXTURE CREAMS Specialty Nail Lacquer.

Milani Texture Creams Specialty Nail Lacquer

I grabbed the woman...I actually seized her arm and gasped. I then fell to my knees and started stuffing them all into my basket.  I'm not ashamed, I never, ever get lucky when it comes to finding Milani.

I love the texture and the fun variety of colors.

Spoiled in Fuchsia

Milani Texture Cream Spoiled in Fuchsia

 Spoiled in Fuchsia is a bright magenta

Purple Streak

Milani Texture Cream Purple Streak
Purple Streak is a deep red based purple

Aqua Splash

Milani Texture Cream Aqua Splash
Aqua Splash is a turquoise that leans slightly more green than the swatch

Shady Gray

Milani Texture Cream Shady Gray
Shady Gray is a sooty charcoal gray

Tainted in Red

Milani Texture Cream Tainted in Red
Tainted in Red is a bright orange based red

Yellow Mark

Milani Texture Cream Yellow Mark
Yellow Mark is a bright canary yellow, leans slightly more orange than the swatch

And just for fun I thought I would layer A-England Ascalon over Shady Gray to make a textured holo.

Final Thoughts

These were so much fun to use.  With the exception of Aqua Splash they all applied in two coats.  Aqua really should have been 3 coats.  Shady Gray was close to opaque in one coat.  The formula was easy to use.  With the exception of Aqua Splash, which was runnier then the others, the polish was fluid, never goopy. These all have a matte finish.

I would recommend all the colors except Aqua Splash.  It was a little harder to use and the color just wasn't as bold or vibrant as the other shades.  Spoiled in Fuchsia was my favorite.  It is like happy in a bottle.

I love the gritty texture, the biggest issue I had was that I couldn't stop touching my nails.

Where to buy:  Milani  or you can look at your local  Meijer, Walgreens, HEB and Fred Meyers
Price: $4.99 (I found mine for $4.49 at Fred Meyers)

Worried about removal?  Don't be.  Check out my tutorial on how to remove stubborn glitter polish in 5 mins using only 2 cotton balls!  I used this method and the polish removed quickly and easily.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Geek Chic Cosmetics Scapers Collection Reviews & Swatches

Warning, I am about to geek the f*ck out.  There are no words for how excited I've been for this collection.  I've literally beaten the dead horse from the moment I found Geek Chic Cosmetics.

Before it was announced: Are you going to make a Farscape collection?   You should totally make a Farscape collection.   You know what I love....FARSCAPE! 

After it was announced  OMG FARSCAPE!! When is it coming out?  I am going to buy the shit out of this collection.  Is it ready yet?  What exact minute will you release it?

After it was  released:  *SQUEAL*  When is it going to ship.? Can I get it shipped faster??  Did it ship yet?

After it shipped:  My box is like twenty mins from my house....I should just drive over there and knock on their door, they'd be totally cool right?  That's not weird.

Today Bliss!! Geek Chic Cosmetics Scapers Collection finally arrived in my mail box.

I love me some Dr.Who,  Star Wars..absolutely.  I have an 80 Warlock, Druid, Shaman, Priest, Paladin and Rogue on WoW.  I know my way around geekery and sci-fi and I think the Farscape universe was meant for Geek Chic Cosmetics.

Farscape follows the story of IASA astronaut John Crichton, who during the maiden flight of an experimental aircraft of his design, is accidentally shot through a wormhole into the farthest reaches of space.  He is picked up by a group of escaped prisoners who hijacked a Leviathan, a living ship, which had been their prison transport.  Over the years, they grow into a loving and totally dysfunctional family who wander the stars, avoiding those who seek to destroy them, all while trying to find their way home.  It's funny, it's heartbreaking and it has amazing sets and characters from Jim Henson Studios.  I am a big, big should be too!

Ok, makeup!!!

The first group introduces us to Scorpius, Pilot and Chiana

Harvey in my Head

Poor misunderstood Scorpius, half Sebacean, half Scarran and completely obsessed with John and his worm hole technology.  Eventually, even this menacing bad guy becomes a companion...of sorts.

Harvey in my Head is a satiny dove grey with a whisper of lilac and red sparkles 

Bonded to the Stars

Pilot is a voice of reason and a den mother to the crew of Moya. Bonded to a leviathan physically, Pilot and Moya are part of a symbiotic relationship.  They share each others pain, emotions, fears.

Bonded to the Stars is a shimmering yellow green with a golden cast and green sparkles.


Chiana is a Nebari girl, infected with a virus and voracious sexual appetite.  Designed to be a weapon of mass destruction, she matures into a loved member of the Moya crew, who is not afraid to get her hands dirty to save her friends.

Frell! is a shimmering satin white with a slight pink iridescence and blue sparkle

The second group introduces us to Ka D'Argo, Aeryn Sun and Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan

Sensitive Warrior
Ka D'Argo a fierce Luxan warrior falsely accused and jailed for the murder of his Sebacean wife, yearns to be reunited with Jothee, the son he left behind. Eventually D'Argo shows his true nature, loyal, kind, and strong.   I'm Your Daddy!

Sensitive Warrior is a shimmering peachy tan with a gold reflect and green sparkle

Guiding Star

Aeryn Sun, trained since birth to be an elite Peacekeeper soldier, is deemed  irreversibly contaminated by Peacekeeper command and sentenced to death.  She takes a chance that American space cowboy John Crichton was right when he told her she could be so much more than just a soldier.

Guiding Star is a black based aubergine with blue and silver sparkle

Anarchist Priest

Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan, a Delvian Priestess and spiritual guide to the Moya crew harbors a dark secret, one that led to her imprisonment on Moya.  And I'm not talking about the fact that she is a plant.

Anarchist Priest is a rich cornflower blue with bold blue sparkles

The final group introduces us to Dominar Rygel XVI, John Crichton and Moya


Rygel XVI is Dominar to over 600 billion loyal and adoring subjects, that was until he was deposed by his cousin Bishan.  Now just another prisoner, Rygel uses his persuasive charms to get the Moya crew out of some sticky spots, although, he'll still sell you to the enemy if the price is right.

Yotz! is a hot raspberry pink with a slight blue iridescence and blue and pink sparkle

Find A Way Home

John Crichton, IASA Commander and brilliant scientist is now just another criminal, lost in space and hunted by Scarran and Peackeepers alike for the knowledge that lies locked inside his brain. John is honest, loyal and acts as a moral compass for the crew on Moya. He is also ridiculously hot!

Find a Way Home is a GORGEOUS warm satiny caramel copper with a golden pink cast and copper and gold sparkle


Moya is a living bio-mechanoid ship.  Enslaved by Peackeepers and fitted with a control collar, Moya is as much a fugitive as prisoners she carries. Moya loves and protects the lifeforms living within her walls. Starburst, her one defensive capability, helps keep them one step ahead capture.

Starburst is a complicated glitter bursting with blues, cobalts, blacks, silvers, greens.  It has so many layers and levels of sparkle that it is nearly opaque

Final Thoughts

This is like finishing the last page of a great novel. I am glad it's here, but I am sad it's over.  Geek Chic Cosmetics did a fantastic job.  I knew my beloved Farscape was in good hands. On top of all that geek bliss,  Find a Way Home could very well be my all time favorite shadow. I think I did a good job photographing this shadow and trust me, it is so much prettier in person.  It shifts from orange, to copper, to caramel with hints of pink and gold.  It applies like plush velvet and you can blend and blend and you never lose the complexity.  It softens, but it keeps that fire.

Sensitive Warrior is another stunner.  It has that same warm shift to it that Find a Way Home has.  It is another versatile color, much like another favorite from Geek Chic Cosmetics,  Kingslayer.

I liked Harvey in My Head more then I thought I would.  I am surprised, this particular shade of light grey is not easily duped.  Like Find a Way Home, it has that plush, velvety feel. It has enough sheen to keep it from looking flat and the red sparkle is fun!

I was disappointed by Anarchist Priest.  The color is beautiful, but it applied patchy and thin.  I am not a big fan of blue shadows, but if it had been more opaque, I might have worn this one.

Guiding Star is a lovely blackened purple.  Their use of glitter gives it a little extra flair, but it is not a completely unique shade.  If you don't already have a black based purple, this one is worth picking up.

Frell! is a perfect highlight shade.  It's shimmery, not frosty.  The slight pink cast would look great on cooler skintones.

Bonded to the Stars is another shade that while pretty, isn't terribly unique.  If you already have a few light greens, then you probably don't need this one.

Yotz! if you like bold, party colors you will love Yotz! I am willing to bet this would be great used wet as an eyeliner.

Starburst makes me want to run out and buy some of Geek Chic Cosmetics Glitter Grenades.  I wish I wore more blues because I've never seen a glitter with so much pigmentation and intensity.  If you are a glitter gal....get it! And check out their other glitters here

Where to buy: Geek Chic Cosmetics
Price: Samples $1.25 in a plastic clamshell or Full Sized $5.99 in a 5 gram jar

Milani Announces Texture Creams Specialty Nail Lacquer

Looks like textured creme polishes continue to be the hot trend going into spring.  Milani just announced their Limited Edition line of TEXTURE CREAMS Specialty Nail Lacquer. They should hit stores in March and retail for $4.99.  This collection will be available at Meijer, Walgreens, HEB and Fred Meyer or can be found now directly from Milani.

The colors in the Textured Creme Specialty Lacquer Collection are Tainted in Red, Spoiled in Fuchsia, Aqua Splash, Yellow Mark, Purple Streak, Shady Gray.  I can't wait to do my own textured pedicure.Yellow Mark and Aqua Splash scream summertime...or how about a textured gradient mani?  I can't wait!

Which color are you going to try first?

Worried about removal?  Don't be.  Check out my tutorial on how to remove stubborn glitter polish in 5 mins using only 2 cotton balls!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: Hard Candy Fox in a Box Blush in Sweet & Spicy

I'm fairly new to the "blush in a box" concept.  I only bought my first Benefit box blush last year.  I quickly became a fan and have since purchased more.  So when I saw this Hard Candy  Fox in a Box blush I couldn't resist, I had to see how it compared to my favorite Benefit blushes.

Fox in a Box Blushes come in a hinged box similar to Benefit box blushes.  They are slightly smaller and contain a little less product.  .20 oz for Hard Candy vs .28oz for Benefit

I love the color scheme and design of these box blushes, very feminine and bold.   They have four different blush quads and two different blusher/bronzer duos.

When you open the box there is a cute, yet very scratchy brush attached to the lid by an elastic strap. Much like the Benefit blushes, I just immediately toss the brush into a drawer awaiting fates unknown.  Unlike the Benefit blushes, Hard Candy Fox in a Box blushes do not have a mirrored lid.

Sweet and Spicy is a combination of four colors. A bronze, a pink, a watermelon and a peach

On the left you can see a combination of the four colors, followed by bronze, peach, pink and watermelon individually.  With a little finesse you could use these separately.

Here is a closeup of the final combined swatch.  Each color was soft, but not too powdery and very pigmented.  However, I noticed that even when swirled together the bronze came off patchy and could overpower the other colors.  I was able to buff the colors together on the cheek with a minimal amount of effort, but you need to be aware of this or you could easily walk out the door with patchy, spotty cheeks.  The wear time was good, 6-8 hrs with very little fading, even better when worn over a primer.

Final Thoughts

If the color payoff was more even this would be a slam dunk.  As it is, I still think this is a really good buy.  At $6.00 vs $28 for a Benefit blush, I think you can forgive a little patchiness.  I don't know that I would go out of my way to buy more, but if I were to find myself in a Walmart I would absolutely get a few.

Where to buy : Walmart
Price: $6.00 for .20oz