Friday, September 11, 2015

Life's Entropy Galaxy Glow Illuminator Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I ordered sample sizes of five of the eight Galaxy Glow Illuminator shades a while back.  I can't remember why I didn't get the other three shades, whether they were out of stock or what, but I'd definitely grab samples with a future order. 

"Galaxy Glow Illuminators are liquid highlighters with fine light-reflecting particles that create an illuminating effect on the skin without being too glittery or greasy."  I haven't worn them yet, just the swatches, but I agree, they're not greasy and have the right amount of shimmer without being glittery.

I simply dipped a fingertip into the clamshell and swirled it onto bare skin.  Both photos were taken outside, no flash.  The first is indirect sunlight.

direct sun, a bit too bright to clearly see the shades

Here's Life's Entropy's color descriptions:

Light Year – bright pearl white  (this is a great bright white, I'd use this a lot)
Nebula – pearl white that shifts pink-silver-green (my favorite of the bunch, much more pinky/silver, almost lavender as I move my arm)
Comet - opal peach
Solar Flare - rose gold
Aurora - pale pink (probably use this as much as Light Year, great pink)

Comet and Solar Flare are both pretty, but a bit more peach than I like for myself. 

The shades I didn't get are:
Solstice - pale gold
Constellation - golden pale pink
Celestial - pearl white that shifts gold-copper-red

Full sizes are $12 to $14, for 16g.  Samples are $1.50 to $2 for 1g.

I hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fyrinnae Lipstick Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product and received one free sample with order.

I jumped on the Fyrinnae lipstick shades when I saw them.  I only purchased samples to start, and lemme say that I really appreciate the sample sizes.  These were packaged in 5g jars, so easy to dip the brush in to try them.  There's enough for several uses.  Samples are $1.50, full sizes are $10.

When I ordered on August 3rd, there were seven shades.  Since then, three additional shades - Pumpkin Spicy, Indulgence, and Space Western - were added.  Fyrinnae graciously added a sample of Pumpkin Spicy to my order.  That's another positive, they're happy to include a new shade with orders.  Note my order arrived on August 12th.  I also ordered a full size shadow (Moon Child, since mine's nearly empty) and a mini of Marshmallow Puffs shadow.

Here's my quick & dirty swatches, applied on bare skin.  Lipstick was applied using a wet/dry brush, brushed over the samples several times to pick up enough product, then brushed it over my arm 4-5 times to make sure it was dark enough.

First photo inside, no flash

Here's an outside photo, although you can see the sky is kind of an odd color for 10:30am.  Sort of overcast, but the flash didn't go off. 

Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions:

Witchcraft - A solid version of our extremely popular Wizardry Liquid Lipstick, this is a burgundy base with a shimmer highlight which turns from turquoise to pink to reddish, depending on the light and angle. Please note that the color and effect will not be as intense as the liquid lipstick

Misfit -  Light metallic "grape soda" purple. Sheer at first but easily built up

Empower -  Deep, warm mahogany plum, coordinates with Saharan Princess blush. May appear brown on some skintones  (this does look sort of a cross between plum and brown on me)

Pumpkin Spicy -  A "My Lips But Pumpkiner" shade, this is an autumn pumpkin spice color, which may work as a good warm nude on some skintones.

Drawn that Way - Vibrant rich red which doesn't lean particularly warm or cool. Can be built up to a deeper shade.

Purr -  Light cool mauve, coordinates with Bewitching and Temptation blushes

Elven -  A light, milky peach-pink, coordinates with Nordic Angel blush. This shade may be best suited for light skintones.

Legendary -  Rich bright pink, leans warm. Coordinates with Greek Goddess blush.

I thought the red shades would be my favorite, but I love the way Purr looks.  I haven't worn them yet so no thoughts on feel / wear time, etc.  They do apply sheerly but can be built up, as stated in their color descriptions.  After wearing liquid lipstick almost exclusively for the past few months, it's strange to put on a regular lipstick.  But I'm glad they're making them, and can't wait to see additional shades.

Hope the photos helped, and thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sharing from S.O.P.H.I.E.

Sharing from S.O.P.H.I.E.

Today is a quiet day of reflection as we mark the 8th anniversary of the hate fuelled attack that led to the death of Sophie. Sylvia knows you join her in remembering Sophie over the next 13 days leading to the tragic anniversary on the 24th. Together we are strong as a community who fights this hate and prejudice. Sylvia sends you much "Love and Light" .. X

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Swatches - Trap, Solow, Tulle, Avenue, LAX, Creeper, Zipper

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I ordered several of the new ColourPop Ultra matte lip shades, as who doesn't love a matte lip?    Although the initial release was a bit of a fiasco, I was able to place an order for many shades just before midnight (eastern time) for myself and a makeup friend.   I received an email that my order was scheduled for shipment only four days later, surprisingly fast for such a big release, and received it a few days after that.  

Swatches done on bare skin, photos outside, no flash, slightly overcast.

I've been wearing one shade each day, so far Trap, Solow, and Tulle.  Now I know there's this whole procedure for a matte lip, and so many friends have given me the shocked "are you kidding me?" speech when I tell them my application method.  It's called open lipstick, slap it on bare lips, done.  If I can find my clear liner I'll use it, but that's only about half the time.   I know for "optimal results" I'm supposed to exfoliate, prime, balm, do the chicken dance,  powder, blot, and pray to the lipstick gods for positive results, but frankly, I'm too old for all that crap ;)  I just want to put it on and go. 

Trap and Solow are NOT my colors.  I don't know why I occasionally buy these shades, when I know I'll never wear them.  But they've already been claimed and will go to a good home.  They are a bit dry upon application, but after about 10 minutes I didn't even notice.  I didn't bother putting any balm over them (again, that whole "I couldn't be bothered" applies) and they held up fairly well.  Trap held on through lunch but after dinner, which involved half a cheeseburger, pickled watermelon rind (something I will not eat again), and an arugula and watermelon salad with dijon vinaigrette, only about half the color was left.  With Solow, I forgot I was wearing it and didn't check, but was surprised to see it was still on when I removed my makeup that night.  Tulle also held up fairly well but I took it off earlier than normal (after maybe 5 hours).  No flaking on my teeth with any of those shades.  I did only put on one coat with each of these shades, Trap and Tulle I used UD Ozone multipurpose pencil as a liner only.  I don't have much of a problem with feathering, but figure it's worth it to put it on.  With Solow, I wore it alone, no liner.

I suspect the darker shades will be a bit more challenging.  You can see in the photos that they're not quite as even, Avenue and particularly LAX look like they'll need a second coat for even coverage, and from all the comments I've read, that's where things start to get squirrely.   I'll fill you in once I do wear them.

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ColourPop Addict and Blood Lippie Stix Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

These lippie stix are from the Rumor Has It collection.   I didn't get Pinch, but probably should have bought that instead of Addict. 

First two are outside, no flash.  Slightly overcast.

Next two are inside, no flash

ColourPop's color descriptions
Addict - super light nude in a creme finish
Blood - deep burgundy red in a matte finish   I'd consider this more a blue based red, an everyday red. Great shade, just not burgundy in my book.

plus the third that I didn't buy
Pinch - light pinky-beige in a matte finish

I'll wear Blood often, it's a great shade that I'd wear daily.  This is my idea of a regular red, but I do tend to favor darker lip shades.   Addict will be passed on to a friend who can easily wear nudes.

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.