Sunday, March 31, 2013

Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey Collection

I Bought This

In honor is tonight's return of Dr. Who, I thought I would do a review of a few shadows from the Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey Collection.   For non Whovians, allow me to explain how this time thing works.

Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey Collection

"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect... but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff"

Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey Collection

It also provides the basis for some totally kick ass eye shadows!  Now if I could convince my husband to let me paint the door leading from our kitchen to the garage to look like the TARDIS.   Then I could open it and tell everyone "It's bigger on the inside"  Come awesome would that be!?

S*xy In Suspenders

Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey

S*xy in Suspenders is a light silvery pink with a blue sheen and blue sparkles

Bigger on the Inside

Geek Chic Cosmetics Bigger on the Inside

Bigger on the Inside is a dark colonial blue with a gold overlay and gold sparkles.  It's hard to describe the effect, it's not green, it's more of a swirling of gold and blue. Kinda like a time vortex.

Bad Wolf

Geek Chic Cosmetics Bad Wolf

Bad Wolf is a medium violet with golden shimmer and gold sparkle

We Are Coming

Geek Chic Cosmetics We Are Coming

We Are Coming is a very complex dark brown with a golden, copper shimmer and red and blue sparkles

Final Thoughts

More winners from the gang over at Geek Chic Cosmetics.  We Are Coming, which I reviewed once before, is in my top five shadows of all time.  The complexity and beauty of this color can not be overstated.  Bad Wolf is a very nice midtone purple that doesn't pull blue or red. I love it as a crease color or brushed over a cream eyeliner.  Sexy in Suspenders is a great highlight color for cooler skintones and also works well to brighten up the inner corner of your eye.  You could also wear this on your cheeks and give yourself an ethereal glow.  The only sketchy color was Bigger on the Inside.  When it works it is stunning, but the golden shimmer has a tendency to separate from the blue base. 1/2 the time I get the color pictured above, the other 1/2 I get the blue base with a weird patchy golden halo. I have a few shadows that give me the same effect (usually a gold over a green base) and I will say Bigger on the Inside gives me less trouble then all the others.  Just take care when applying.

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

My question to you... who is your favorite Dr and Companion?  You can mix and match!

For me, I never thought I'd say it, because 10 (David Tennant) was iconic and brilliant, but I think 11(Matt Smith) is my favorite.  There is a weariness to him that compels me, no small feat since he is also the youngest actor to play the Dr; and boy did he have some big shoes to fill. He also pulls off the Dr's quirks and danger without making him as unstable as 10 was.

Favorite companion?  No contest, Donna Noble! All the fun and emotion with zero romantic drama.  Katherine Tate's chemistry with David Tennant was electric.  That pairing ended much to soon in my opinion.

I Bought This

Friday, March 29, 2013

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup: 3/29

Goodbye Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin'

As many of you know, a few well known ways to follow your favorite blogs are going away. Google Friends Connect/Google Reader and Hello Cotton are closing up shop. It seems going forward the preferred method for following blogs will be Bloglovin'. Bloglovin' makes it easy to import the blogs you follow with GFC over to Bloglovin', so no need to go back and re-follow your favorite blogs.

Here is a link to blog post with great step by step instructions for importing your GFC list over to Bloglovin'. 

I hope to see you all over at Bloglovin'!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fyrinnae Classics: Book of the Dead, Trickery and Serendipity

I Bought This

I was cleaning and sorting my makeup a few weeks ago and rediscovered some Fyrinnae shadows I had stuffed into a "to be reviewed" box that I completely forgot about.  They just happen to be some of my favorite Fyrinnae shades. 
Fyrinnae Book of the Dead, Trickery, Serendipity

Fyrinnae has developed a cult following for their complex, multi-tonal and frankly stunning shadows. They take a little extra care to get them looking their best, but once you try a few trust me you will be hooked.  These three shadows are some of their best...Serendipity (formerly Te Amo) practically has a cult following all it's own.  I will endeavor to do these beautiful shadows justice. 

Book of the Dead
Fyrinnae Book of the Dead
Book of the Dead is a shimmering rich warm gold with silver sparkles

Fyrinnae Trickery
Trickery is a golden tan with a very strong green cast.

Serendipity (Formerly Te Amo)
Fyrinnae Serendipity
Serendipity is a fiery golden coppery rose over a charcoal base.

Final Thoughts

It took me way too long to discover Fyrinnae golds.  Their golds shimmer and flash dramatically.   Trickery is a perfect lid color since it changes from tan, to gold to green depending on the light.  With every blink you will see a different side of this versatile color.  Serendipity, what can I say to describe how perfect this color is?  It is like a prismatic fire.  The charcoal base is subtle, so no matter which way you look at this shadow you will see it shift from pink, to gold, to copper, to peach.  If you like Fyrinnae Fire Opal, then you will love Serendipity.

Fyrinnae shadows work best when patted over a sticky base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or my favorite Whip Hand Cosmetics Thermal Creme Shadow

What are your Fyrinnae must haves?

Where to Buy: Fyrinnae
Price: Minis $2.25 (for 1/3 to 1/4 tsp in 5 gr jar) Full Size $6.25 to $6.80 (for approx 3 grams in a 5 gr jar)

I Bought This

Monday, March 25, 2013

Essence Fruity Collection Polishes in One Kiwi a Day and Very Cherry

I Bought This

After the rich dark hues of Fall and Winter I am aching for something light and springy.  Enter The Fruity Trend Edition from Essence Cosmetics.  I happened upon this display a few weeks ago and picked up a few colors to try out.

One Kiwi a Day

Essence Cosmetics Fruity One Kiwi a Day
One Kiwi a Day is a softly shimmering honeydew green packed with blue micro glitter

Essence Cosmetics Fruity One Kiwi a Day
Close up

Essence Cosmetics Fruity One Kiwi a Day
One coat on the left, two coats on the right

Essence Cosmetics Fruity One Kiwi a Day
This color is true to the bottle color and was nearly opaque in two coats

Very Cherry

Essence Cosmetics Fruity Very Cherry
Very Cherry is a softly shimmering peachy princess pink packed with purple micro glitter

Essence Cosmetics Fruity Very Cherry
Close up

Essence Cosmetics Fruity Very Cherry
One coat on the left, two coats on the right

Essence Cosmetics Fruity Very Cherry
This color is true to the bottle color and was nearly opaque in two coats

Final Thoughts

Another one of those "why didn't I buy them all"? moments.  The polishes have everything going for them.  The polish is smooth and easy to apply.  Two thicker coats will get you to opacity or you could opt for three thinner ones.  The glitter in both is evenly distributed through out the polish, so no fishing for glitter is needed.  Also, the glitter doesn't bunch up or look gunky as you layer the polish.

I experienced excellent wear time with both polishes.  3-4 days with minor tip wear.

Contrary to the name, these do not have a pleasant fruity scent, however this collection does have a scented topcoat you can layer over the top.

Where to Buy:  ULTA (not sure they carry Trend Editions) Fred Meyer, H-E-B
Price: $1.99

I Bought This

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Hard Candy Meteor-Eyes Baked Shadow in Lunar Eclipse

All items purchased by me.

In my daily life I spend countless hours looking at eyes.  It's kind of my job.  Well last week the most amazing eyes walked through the door.  In this circumstance I usually wouldn't ask someone about their makeup.  However, I knew if I let this person leave without asking I would regret it forever.

Hard Candy Lunar Eclipse  Meteor-Eyes Baked Shadow
What was this singularly stunning shadow?  Hard Candy Meteor- Eyes Baked Shadow in Lunar Eclipse,  I was thankful she remembered the name.  So with this knowledge in hand, the hunt was on!

Hard Candy Lunar Eclipse  Meteor-Eyes Baked Shadow
Now I've been on the receiving end of several fruitless searches for Hard Candy products.  My local Wal-Marts are usually picked clean of most things I am looking for.  I made one last ditch effort yesterday and SCORE!

Hard Candy Lunar Eclipse  Meteor-Eyes Baked Shadow

Lunar Eclipse is a rich velvety olive with shifts of golden shimmer and beautiful gold glitter.

Hard Candy Lunar Eclipse  Meteor-Eyes Baked Shadow
My beauty informant told me she was using the shadow over a heavy black base.  I decided to try it out over NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown.  The creamy base grabs the pigment and pumps up the gold shimmer.

Final Thoughts

The only regret I had was not buying more, as it is, this was the last Lunar Eclipse on the shelf so I count myself lucky for finding it.  This is one gorgeous eye shadow.  It is richly opaque in one application, there was zero fall out and the texture was not dry, like many other baked shadows I've tried.  Best part?  It's $6 for 3.15 grams or 0.11 oz

Where to buy: Wal-mart
Price: $6.00

What is you favorite product from Hard Candy?


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Geek Chic Cosmetics: Big Damn Heroes

I am still pissed Firefly was canceled, and lets face it some things you just never get over.  And while Joss Whedon is still under appreciated in my mind (recent blockbusters not withstanding) some of that Firefly awesome lives on in the Geek Chic Cosmetics collection Big Damn Heroes.

Geek Chic Cosmetics Big Damn Heroes
Geek Chic Cosmetics is a ridiculously fun indie brand that delivers complex and beautiful eye shadows, based on the guilty pleasures of all things geeky.

Geek Chic Cosmetics Big Damn Heroes
This 5 shadow collection is based off the single season cult fave Firefly.  I've chosen my 3 favorite colors to review for you today.

Inevitable Betrayal

Geek Chic Cosmetics Inevitable Betrayal
Inevitable Betrayal is a golden greyish sage with multi color sparkle


Geek Chic Cosmetics Ambassador
Ambassador is a plum raspberry with gold sparkle

Very Fine Hat

Geek Chic Cosmetics Very Fine Hat
Very Fine Hat is a strong blackened base with a hint of bronze over it and copper sparkle

Final Thoughts

Each of these colors is a solid winner.  My favorite is Ambassador.  The maroonish shade is neither too bright, nor too dark.  It makes a wonderful crease color and looks specially lovely when paired with golds.  Inevitable Betrayal is one of those workhorse neutral shades you just can't go wrong with.  Very Fine Hat is the only shade I was a little shaky with, but this stems from my own challenges with black based colors.  I've seen this this color look like a jeweled golden olive in other swatches, on me the black is very dominant...but I have this problem with almost every black based shadow I own.  All that being said, I still think it's a beautiful color and I love using this on the outer crease to deepen a neutral eye.

What's your favorite Geek Chic Collection?

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

Sunday, March 17, 2013

BFTE Color of the Week: Wizard's Wand

Just putting up a quickie post about the BFTE COTW (Color of the Week) which is currently Wizard's Wand.  If you are unfamiliar, each week BFTE offers a COTW deal.  For $6.00 ($10 shipped) you get a full sized jar of the COTW + 3 samples of your choosing.  It's a super deal, and a great way to build your collection.

Wizard's Wand is an achingly beautiful taupe.  It is a perfect blend of brown, purple and pink.  This is one of my top taupes ever.  If you use any neutrals at all, this needs to be one of them!

Where to buy: BFTE
Price: COTW Deal $6.00 for Full sized COTW and 3 samples.  Full sized jars are regularly $6.50

COTW changes Friday mornings.  So you have a little less then a week to score this deal.  COTW will change 3-22

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hot Product: Essence Cosmetics 3D Duo Eyeshadows

Essence Cosmetics is one of those inexpensive beauty brands that consistently delivers quality products at a very pocket friendly price.  But every now and again they put out a product that puts pricier brands to shame.   Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of those times.

Essence 3D Duo Eye Shadows

Essence 3D Duo Eyeshadows are a brand new product that may remind you of similar raised relief shadows released by MAC Cosmetics and Sephora.  Essence 3D Duo Eyeshadows have a 3mm relief design with a corresponding accent shadow that can be used wet or dry.  And I will tell you up front these are not good shadows.  They are phenomenal!

*All swatches done dry over Whip Hand Cosmetics Thermal Creme Eyeshadow

Irresistible Chocolates

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Chocolates
Irresistible Chocolates light relief taupe with a dark brown accent

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Chocolates
Irresistible Chocolates is a light rosey taupe (relief) and a dark golden brown with sparkle (accent)

Irresistible Mermaid Kiss

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Mermaid Kiss
Irresistible Mermaid Kiss light relief teal with dark teal accent

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Mermaid Kiss
Irresistible Mermaid Kiss is a light aqua (relief) and a deep turquoise (accent)

Irresistible Caramel Cream

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Caramel Cream
Irresistible Caramel Cream light relief tan and a medium brown accent

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Caramel Cream
Irresistible Caramel Cream is a light silvery tan (relief) with a deep golden amber brown (accent)

Irresistible Purr-ple

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Purr-ple
Irresistible Purr-ple  dark relief purple and a light accent lilac (does not look this blue in person)

Essence 3D Eye Shadow Irresistible Purr-ple
Irresistible Purr-ple is a medium grape w/ blue violet sheen (relief) with a silvery light lilac (accent)

Final Thoughts

Essence 3D Duo Eyeshadows  could be the finest product Essence Cosmetics has ever put out and....AND it is part of the standard line up which means you can find this on most Essence Cosmetics displays and at ULTA for those not lucky enough to have a local Essence Cosmetics retailer.

The pigmentation is some of the best of any pressed shadow I've used.  They all have a shimmery finish.  I was afraid these would be super frosty but they stop just on the verge of frosty.  There was almost zero fallout. The only one with any fallout was the relief shade in Irresistible Purr-ple, but it was negligible and I almost didn't notice it.  They apply and blend beautifully and are opaque with one application.

The relief and accent shades are perfectly matched.  Each duo makes a beautiful, polished look. I did a super simple purple smokey look with Irresistible Purr-ple that brightened my brown eyes and made them pop!  Irresistible Chocolate is another pairing that offers a great day to night-time look.  The dark accent color is a wonderful neutral tone brown that everyone needs in their arsenal.

I'll be honest, I have not tried these wet yet, but I imagine it will make you squeal with excitement.

My biggest regret is I didn't purchase the other 2 combos, Irresistible First Love (pink/grey) and Irresistible Smoky Eye (grey/black). I had no idea I would love them as much as I do.  Rest assured I will be going back to buy them!

Which duo are you dying to try first?

Where to buy: ULTA  or Fred Meyer, H-E-B
Price: $3.49 for .09 oz or 2.8 gr

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Essence Fruity Blush Sorbet in Smoothie Operator

Recently I managed to stumble upon a brand new Essence Trend Edition display going up in a local store.  It was for a collection named Fruity and it was filled with the most amazingly yummy sounding products, like the Fruity Blush Sorbet in Smoothie Operator.

Essence Fruity Smoothie Operator Blush Sorbet
Let me start by saying this product smells so.........freaking........amazing!  It has the most perfectly, fruity berry smell.  It reminds me of a giant fruity berry Jamba Juice.   You really want to eat this stuff....but don't.

Essence Fruity Smoothie Operator Blush Sorbet
The texture of the blush sorbet is that of thick pudding.  Cool to the touch, it isn't runny or spongey like the Maybelline Bouncy blushes.  It spreads easily like a cream and gives you a decent amount of time to blend it out before drying to a nice satin finish.

Essence Fruity Smoothie Operator Blush Sorbet
Smoothie Operator is a deep watermelon/coral shade with a subtle golden shimmer.   On my arm it went from sheer to intense with ease.  On my cheek, the same.  It left a gorgeous rose water stain look.  Again, buildable with extra application.  It dries down nicely and gives your cheek a youthful glow. The gold shimmer in the product is not in the least overpowering.

Final Thoughts

The only drawback of the Fruity Blush Sorbet  was the way the blush streaked when used over a powder foundation.  It looked a bit patchy when used on top of my Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss Foundation.  It's not a deal killer for me at all.  I would just try it out over powdered foundations to see how your application turns out.  I'll be sticking to using this over cream/liquid foundations or over bare skin. Overall, I loved this product.  And the smell is driving me crazy...I just want to sit and smell it pretty much non stop.  No worries if you are fragrance sensitive, the scent disappears quickly after application.

Where to Buy:  ULTA (not sure they carry Trend Editions) Fred Meyer, H-E-B
Price: $3.49

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: BFTE Full Moon Rising, Guipure, Clara and Spirit

Who else is sick of dreary and drab winter?? Honest to God if I don't get some warmth on my skin I think I am going to have a huge screaming fit.  So before that happens, let's clear some of the murk away with some beautiful gold shadows from BFTE!

Beauty From the Earth Golds
BFTE have pigmented, high quality shadows in over 400 colors!  Some of my very favorites are the golds.  Each is unique and I never get sick of trying out a new shade.  These are the last group I tried.

Full Moon Rising

Beauty From the Earth Full Moon Rising
Full Moon Rising is a shimmering silvery blonde gold (Part of the Halloween 2012 Collection, now Permanent)


Beauty From the Earth Guipure
Guipure is a shimmering light gold with gold sparkle


Beauty From the Earth Clara
Clara is a shimmering gold with greenish gold sparkles and slight green cast


Beauty From the Earth Spirit
Spirit is a satin light buttery marigold with blue sparkles

Final Thoughts

Love them all!  The standout is Spirit.  The yellow is just so damn happy and the blue sparkles are a cool twist to the color.  Full Moon Rising and Guipure both make great highlight colors and Clara is a wonderful medium gold, not too yellow, not too orange.  If your not already a BFTE fan, you really need to be.  Their selection can't be touched.  Their customer service can't be surpassed. Seriously it is not unheard of for your order to ship the same day of your order.

They have a weekly COTW deal.  For $10 shipped you get a full sized jar of the COTW and 3 samples of your choosing.  The color changes every Friday. It's a nice way to build your collection without going into to debt.

Where to buy: Beauty From the Earth
Price:  Samples $2.00 Full Size $6.50