Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meow Ghosts of Christmas Past - 7 swatches

Seven swatches from Meow's Ghosts of Christmas past collection.

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Meow's Color Descriptions
Vixen - sparkling pure white with red glitter, silver glitter and metallic gold sheen gold sheen
Cheers! -
platinum with bright flashes of red sparkle and metallic gold sheen
Fancy Feline -
ultra rich pure platinum with silver sparkle
Winter Coat -
complex and sophisticated soft lilac with pink sheen
Santa Baby -
metallic sparkly magenta
Fruitcake -
Gilded grape fused with pure metallic gold
Midnight Kiss -
a holiday explosion of color and glitz! A dark grey/black base sparkling with red gold, pink and silver glitter.

Hope you find the swatches helpful.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Meow Cosmetics Sugarplum Collection Swatches

I received my Meow Sugarplum Collection samples in the mail yesterday. 5 samples for $5, in a cute little gift bag. The full size collection includes a mineral lip gloss as well, $49.

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Meow's Color Descriptions
Sugarplum Blush - mid-toned neutral plum / rose
Ballerina Blush - ultra soft neutral toned pink

They don't have descriptions listed for the shadows. My thoughts - keep in mind I suck at describing color, and if you heard the ridiculously loud banging going on at my house at the moment, ughhhggg, no wonder I can't think! (more on the banging later)

Fairy - it's more reddish/violet/berry than the other two shades, not quite metallic, sorta jewel toned, loads of multicolor shimmer. It looks cooler in my picture, but warmer on my skin. I think it's a "Still in Hollywood" shade that both warm and cool ladies will be able to wear.


Vision - more blue compared to the other two shades, multicolored shimmer. It's one of those shades that could work well for those who like blue or purple. I'd definitely try to use other shades to coax out the purple, since I'm not a blue lover.

Nutcracker - nice solid purple with multi shimmer. This would look great either applied delicately with a fiber optic brush or darker with taklon brush.

Sugarplum - I know it says "plum / rose" but I'm just not sure on this one. I don't know whether it's the shimmer or the base, but it's a bit warmer than I'd normally wear. The shimmer looks slightly darker pink, possibly red, also a hint of yellow & green in there. The again, I could be hallucinating after staring at it for so long..... I think this shade would look good on neutral ladies.

Ballerina - it's hard to see on my swatch, but that's what I like about it. I prefer a super soft sweep of color, and this is a very delicate pink with a little light pink shimmer. I have fewer and fewer days that I can actually wear blush (due to rosacea) and when I do, I want a light shade that doesn't scream "Hey, rosacea, front and center!" - I want a pale hint of color to dust on top of my cheekbones to reflect light. This shade might be hard to see as a regular blush on anyone with a regular skin tone (ie, not the angel of death shade mine is) but try it on the tops of your cheekbones instead.

Hope you find the swatches helpful.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Meow Glacial Grove 7 swatches

Seven swatches of Meow's Glacial Grove collection.

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Meow's color descriptions:

Permafrost - pale peachy mauve with silver sparkle
Icebound - shimmering icy pale lilac
Wild - medium toned silver shimming plum
Brisk - demure pink with silver shimmer and silver undertone
Gloaming - glistening magenta with russet undertone and silver and gold sparkle
Howl - light milk chocolate beige with pink and silver shimmer and iridescent shine
Woodlands - deep cocoa with rose iridescent undertones and pink and silver shimmering sparkle

I think Icebound and Woodlands will be good shades for me to use in a neutral look. I like Gloaming too, one of those deep berry type shades that I tend to use often.

Hope the swatches are helpful. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Meow Holiday WIshes 4 swatches

Meow Holiday Wishes swatches.
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Huge thanks to Phyrra, technical extraordinaire, for helping me with yet another round of dumb questions. She's always ready to help me out even when she's got a gazillion things on her plate. Love you, sweetie pie!!!

Now I can go fix my older posts, label everything, and hopefully keep playing around to make the photos a wee bit bigger without having major screw ups again.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meow Xmas Rant and 12 Pains Swatches (4 of each)

**Apologies for the constant screwing around w/ pics, trying to get this to work. I've deleted the pics with the text and used the originals. **

A few shades from Meow Cosmetics XMas Rant and 12 Pains collections.

Xmas Rant

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12 Pains

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Grab bag and Drunken Relatives are much more blue than I thought they'd be - very pretty colors though! I'll wear Grab bag with other purple shades to enhance the purple, but Drunken Relatives is a bit too blue for me.

Noise is a really pretty soft pink, which I love. Debt will get plenty of use as well.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fyrinnae Lip Lustre - 11 swatches


I received my Fyrinnae order on Friday. I ordered 11 lip lustres, a new Pixie Epoxy, full sizes of Immortality and Dinosaur Plushie, and received a free sample of Moon Child (another of my faves!). Yet again, I didn't get home early enough to do daytime swatches, and I know my weekend will be swamped.

Wrapped in adorable tissue paper! My last order arrived with the same paper, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  (note original photo of my order is lost, thankfully the swatches are still here!)


Indoors with flash, click to enlarge.
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Sorry for the shadow in the last pic. Will try to redo this week.

I took pics with similar shades together - but between my indoor pics with the flash and my iffy picture taking, the pictures didn't clearly show differences in the shades. There are differences - you can see them in person when they're swatched side by side. I felt it would be an injustice to Fyrinnae - didn't want people to look at my pics and end up NOT ordering a shade because they thought shades were the same.

I am going to begin the hunt for a new camera. I usually buy a new one every 2 years or so. I don't buy expensive ones, and always pass my old ones to family members. A camera buff friend let me borrow one of his last year, but it was just too complicated for me. When I look at his pics, I'm amazed at how crisp and clear they are compared to mine. So it's time I learned how the hell to work a camera! It may take a while before I buy one, but it is in the works.

Meanwhile, hope these swatches help. Really though, you all need to buy all the lip lustres. They're all fantastic.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Illamasqua Cream Foundation CF110 and CF115 Swatches

I've had a few requests to show swatches of Illamasqua's cream foundation. This will sound kinda silly, but I'm not exactly sure what's the best way to go about it, since the foundation matches my skin really well, and doesn't stand out in a photo!! If it was liquid, I'd put a little blob on my arm, but that really isn't gonna work with cream.

Here's a pic of the two shades I bought, on the left is the CF110 and on the right is the CF115. CF110 is "white with pink undertones" and CF115 is "very light skin with neutral undertones."





I put a pretty heavy swatch on my arm using the foam applicator, took a few pics, and realized it would be tough to see where the foundation was. I grabbed a jumbo black liner and drew a box around each shade to help you see where it is.

I put the swatches in the opposite order on my skin, sorry for any confusion. The CF115 is on the left, CF110 on the right.

Inside (can't remember if the flash went off, sorry!)



Outside, no flash



I really can get away with either shade. The CF115 leaves me with a slight beige tinge to my face, but it's not enough to make me crazy, especially since most foundations don't come close to matching. The CF110 really disappears right into my skin, and looks like I have no makeup on at all. If you want more info, my review is here. I find myself using the cream foundation more than the liquid since my original review. It took a little practice, but now I find it easier to swoosh on the cream!

I do use the CF115 to help minimize redness around my cheeks. Sometimes I'll apply a smidgen of that first, then go over my whole face with the CF110, other times I'll do my whole face with the CF110 and just dab a little CF115 on the red areas. No real rhyme or reason, just whatever I feel like doing that day.

Hope these pics are helpful to those of you who asked for them!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fyrinnae Favorites - Equality, Dinosaur Plushie, Immortality

These are my three favorite Fyrinnae shades....at the moment, anyway! Gotta love the sparkle. I usually wear Equality dry but the other two over Pixie Epoxy.

Top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. Shades left to right. First pic inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Click the pics to enlarge.

Equality - Dinosaur Plushie - Immortality





Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions
They're long, but these shades are complex and breathtaking in person. Pics really don't do them justice....so if you don't already have them, go order them!

Equality - Not simply a pearl or an iridescence, this shade, that upon first glance is similar to our Platinum, encompasses shimmer and sparkle of all hues and sizes in a mock-holographic effect. Looks best under indoor lighting, not sunlight. Everything happily exists together to form one beautiful array of colors. Can be an opaque metallic when applied wet, or a sheer sparkly shadow when used dry.

Dinosaur Plushie
- A flamboyant, eclectic dinosaur covered in glitter, perhaps. Name is unrelated to shade...as usual. This shadow is very similar to, but out-sparkles Equality, and is a true bright silver, not taupe-hue. Dinosaur Plushie is filled with much more multi-colored sparkle, some of which can change hue in different light. Transparent over most primers or applied dry (don't apply this dry unless you're going for that all-over disco queen look), but over sticky base, like our Pixie Epoxy, it is a gleaming metallic silver with many flashes of colors.

Immortality
- Literally a rainbow of sparkle in black! Not pitch-black like Fyre & Ice, but soft and blendable, though opaque enough to show off the colours. One of our most striking, sparkly shades, the sparkle hues include pink/red, orange, gold/yellow, green, blue, and purple.

So....is it a bit too over the top to wear all three at once????

4 Fyrinnae Dia de los Muertos swatches

Sorry, the photos from the post have been lost.


Four of the Dia de los Muertos shades from Fyrinnae. Swatches are top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. Shades are left to right. First pic is inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic is outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. CLICK the pics to enlarge.

La Noche - Catrina Cabaret - Sugar Skulls - Calavera Cupcakes






Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions
La Noche - Deep sapphire blue, dark like an Autumn evening sky, yet gleaming when light catches it.
Catrina Cabaret - deep cool teal frolics with a fun pink-purple highlight and sparkle
Sugar Skulls - Vibrant deep pink, leaning warm but not overly so, with a glimmering orange (not gold!) highlight that adds dimension.
Calavera Cupcakes - glimmering metallic silver topped with sprinkles of vivid pink

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fyrinnae Sugar Skulls, Chaotic Evil, Kitten in Heels, Dark Magic Swatches

Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.

Some lovely pink shades from Fyrinnae! I was going to title it "pinks" but since people usually search for a swatch using the shade name, I did it that way. So a bit long, but hopefully helpful to anyone looking for a swatch.

Swatches are top row dry, bottom over Pixie Epoxy. Colors are left to right. First pic inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic outside no flash, fourth outside with flash.

Sugar Skulls - Chaotic Evil - Kitten in Heels - Dark Magic





Fyrinnae Color Descriptions
Sugar Skulls - Vibrant deep pink, leaning warm but not overly so, with a glimmering orange (not gold!) highlight that adds dimension.
Chaotic Evil - Brilliant shimmering pink loaded with silvery sparkle. Leans to neutral-cool
Kitten in Heels - A bright fuchsia with violet and blue shimmer. Works great in lip gloss. May stain temporarily when used wet.
Dark Magic - Shimmery deep metallic red with blue sparkle. Turns slightly coppery when applied wet.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fyrinnae Damn Paladins, Shinkirou, Moon Child

Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.


A few more neutral shades from Fyrinnae. Note Moon Child is the new version, here's the notation from their website "Formerly one of our Professional Colours from 2006, this was modified into eye shadow form in 8/2010 and added back into the catalogue (and yes the chemist named it for the Gackt/Hyde vampire film). " I loved the original and am so happy it's back in shadow form!

Top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. Shades left to right. First pic inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Click the pics to enlarge.

Damn Paladins - Shinkirou - Moon Child





Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions

Damn Paladins - Soft, satiny taupe with a gentle light blue highlight.
Shinkirou - Gleaming, sparkly sheer highlight.
Moon Child - Soft glimmering ivory shade with just the right amount of shimmer, not big sparkle

Saturday, October 30, 2010

5 Morgana Cryptoria 2010 Haunted Eyes swatches


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.


Morgana's 2010 Haunted Eyes collection, only 5 of the 8 shades (I skip the greeny ones).

Top row dry, bottom over Pixie Epoxy. Shades are left to right. First pic inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Click on pic to enlarge.

Harbinger - Cryptic - Zombie Tramp - Bloody Mary - All Holos Gleam







Morgana's Color Descriptions
Harbinger - Deep metallic wine with flecks of aqua
Cryptic - blackened plum with aqua, pink, and violet sparkles
Zombie Tramp - Charcoal Plum with glowing sparks of pink, copper, and gold
Bloody Mary - Warm & nearly matte red. Not a true red, NO Carmine in it
All Holos-Gleam - Metallic navy with holographic sparkle

Fyrinnae Parental Advisory, New Moon's Light, Nevermore, Sennyo, Meerkat

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Some lovely purple/raspberry shades from Fyrinnae! Top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. Shades are left to right. First pic inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Click the pics to enlarge.

Parental Advisory - New Moon's Light - Nevermore - Sennyo - Meerkat






Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions
Parental Advisory - Vivid shimmery royal purple. Almost two-toned because it has a blue base, yet the shimmer takes on a slightly iridescent reddish hue.
New Moon's Light - Rich violet, just between royal purple and royal blue, slight satin finish
Nevermore - A nearly-matte vibrant purple, fairly neutral, but leaning to pink. Slight satin finish. NOT lip safe.
Sennyo - Vibrant, shimmery, sparkling pink-hued purple. Fyrinnae notes it does not work well over Pixie Epoxy
Meerkat - Vibrant pink-purple with gold shimmer and sparkle highlight.
Part of the 2008 Endangered Collection. Fyrinnae notes this shade does not work well over Pixie Epoxy.

Illamasqua Cream Foundation

I finally tore myself away from Illamasqua's Rich Liquid Foundation to try the Cream Foundation that I ordered at the same time.

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I ordered the CF110 (on the left) from Sephora a few weeks ago, the CF115 (on the right) from Beauty Bay after that.

Prices vary for the 0.28 oz compact with handy mirror and foam applicator. Sephora's price is $34.00 Beauty Bay is $28.10 and Illamasqua's site is £21.00, roughly $29.35 (obviously conversion fluctuates). Illamasqua offers this foundation in 16 shades, Sephora carries 8 and Beauty Bay carries 11.

Illamasqua's blurb - "Create a base that brings out the bold in you. Illamasqua Cream Foundation works with your skin to cover and enhance. It blends easily, allowing you to vary coverage as much or as little as you need, effortlessly balancing uneven skin tone and giving you the control to create a flawless finish."

This foundation has a light scent. I double checked some reviews and a few ladies mentioned it had a vanilla scent. I liked it. I could actually smell it on my face when I went to work, which isn't a bad thing. It was faint, but it was there, so if you're sensitive to scented products, go sniff it at Sephora first.

The Feel - This is really hard to describe. When I applied it I wasn't really crazy over it, it did feel a tad heavier than I wanted. It could have been the foam-type applicator that was throwing me off, the way I brushed it onto my skin. But it didn't feel mask like after a few minutes, and then it felt like any other foundation. It did glide on quite nicely, and only a small amount is needed. (see "Staying Power" for more) Keep in mind my skin is quite dry.

The Color - Use Illamasqua's color chart to decide which shade. Just roll over the shade and you'll get a picture of two people wearing that shade, which I find very helpful. I also love that they use both male and female models to show their foundation. Guess I'm just a sucker for a guy in makeup....

CF110, which is white with pink undertones, was perfect. It goes on very light but within a minute or two disappeared right into my skin. CF115 seemed to match better when I first put it on, but after a couple of minutes I could see it wasn't right. The usual beige tinge, the tell tale sign that it's the wrong shade. But I knew it would be not-quite-right, I bought it to use with the CF110 to minimize redness. There are reviews that suggest CF110 is not a natural looking shade. It's probably not on most people, but those of us who have to mix in white mineral foundation or various color correctors to make a shade light enough, it's heaven sent.

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Coverage - I expected this to be a heavy coverage, but I felt it was more average coverage. It didn't conceal my rosacea as well as the Rich Liquid Foundation. I needed to apply a little cream concealer to minimize it. This foundation would work well for those who do not have rosacea or other skin issues. I didn't find it to be mask-like or heavy at all.

Staying Power - I've worn this foundation for a few days (4?) and I think the staying power is fine. It didn't crease around my eyes or fine lines. It looked great at the end of the day.

Since it's been an eternity since I used a cream foundation, the first try ended up with too much product on my face. It's easy to think you need more than you do on the foam applicator, but remember the "less is more" and you can always add if needed. I buffed the excess and was careful with how much I put on the applicator on subsequent applications. I gave it a minute, then applied a dusting of green tinged finishing powder. I rubbed my face on my shoulder and did not have any product transfer to my black t shirt. But keep in mind, it's very easy to apply too much product, which will definitely cause transfer.

Tweaking - No need to tweak the color, but as mentioned above I will need to use a cream concealer to minimize rosacea. I also plan to use the CF115 to help minimize redness.

Overall - I wasn't sure whether I wanted to like this or not, because I'm so happy with the Rich Liquid Foundation. But overall, I do like it, more so each day. It's nice to have more than one option, and not have to be mixmaster general to get the right shade. I plan to use this foundation on my light rosacea days, and stick with the Rich Liquid Foundation on the medium to heavy rosacea days.

And of course - don't forget Illamasqua supports the Sophie Lancaster Foundation with the sale of its Sophie black liner pencil, wristbands, and "click to donate" option. I also purchased their Gleam Cream and Light Liquid Foundation. I've been itching to try the Gleam Cream, but wanted to use this Cream Foundation alone for a few days so I could review it. I can see Illamasqua is going to put a bit of a dent in my makeup budget!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Morgana Cryptoria Matte & Bloody Mary swatches


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.


I do love mattes. Here's some swatches of Morgana's matte collection, along with Bloody Mary. Ian insisted I swatch it, and he wanted it between Blush & Barely Lilac. He's got a cold, and a sniffly 5 year old deserves a bit of indulging! Although I normally swatch dry and over Pixie Epoxy, for these shades I just applied them over Urban Decay's Primer Potion.

Colors are left to right. First pic is inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic is outside no flash, fourth is outside with flash. Remember to click the pic to enlarge.

Snowsheen - Blush - Blood Mary - Barely Lilac - Grape - Bistre - Graphite





Bloody Mary is from the 2010 Haunted Eyes collection, and is a warmer red than 2009's "Old Bloody Mary", which is more cool toned. The 2010 Bloody Mary is vegan, contains NO carmine. Old Bloody Mary does have carmine. Both options are lovely, and always nice to have that choice!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fyrinnae La Noche, Victorian Vamp, Mephisto, Princess of Darkness, Darling Misfit

Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.


Some Fyrinnae swatches. All are top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. Shades are left to right. First pic is inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic is outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Click the pics to enlarge.

La Noche - Victorian Vamp - Mephisto - Princess of Darkness - Darling Misfit





Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions
La Noche - Deep sapphire blue, dark like an Autumn evening sky, yet gleaming when light catches it. Not lip safe. Part of the Dia de los Muertos collection.
Victorian Vamp (formerly Black Plum) - Deep, dark plum shade with a little white sparkle
Mephisto - deep royal blue with a vibrant metallic red sheen that's quite striking when the light hits it. Metallic finish, not sparkly.
Princess of Darkness - rich berry-magenta with a slight satin finish.
Darling Misfit - deep magenta-pink with a contrasting aqua highlight.

Mephisto - all the colors you think you see in the swatches really are there. This color is more purple dry, but over the Pixie Epoxy it's mesmerizing!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Meow Cosmetics Shattered Equinox 7 swatches


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.


I ordered 7 samples of Meow's Shattered Equinox collection which arrived weeks ago but I've been so busy I haven't had time to do swatches, or the weather hasn't cooperated. Trying to get lots done today though!

My swatches are done top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. Shades are listed left to right. First pic is inside no flash, second is inside with flash. Third pic is outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Remember to click the pics to enlarge.

Bane - Perverse - Dour - Melancholy - Morose - Purpuraceous - Violaceous







Meow's Color Descriptions
Bane - intensely opaque, creamy metallic buffed silver with a soft buffed finish
Perverse - muted golden plum berry
Dour - midnight plum with golden sheen
Melancholy - understated quiet plum with golden sparkle and rosy sheen
Morose - smokey sultry eggplant with metallic sheen
Purpuraceous - bright juicy grape with soft metallic cherry sparkle
Violaceous - brilliant aubergine with wine undertones and berry sheen

The other 7 colors all look really pretty, but I just don't do blues, greens, yellows, golds, or coppery/bronze shades.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Morgana Lipstick Swatches - Rosy Plum, Apple Plum, Cotton Candy, Twinkling Rubies


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.

I received a small Morgan Cryptoria order last week but haven't had much time for swatches. It's overcast today so tough to get a good outside picture, but hopefully these will be helpful.

From Left to Right:
Rosy Plum, Apple Plum, Cotton Candy, Twinkling Rubies

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Outside no flash

Outside with flash


Color Descriptions:
Rosy Plum - Earthy rose with a metallic plum sheen
Apple Plum - A rich red with pink-plum sheen
Cotton Candy - Bright pink with silver sparkle and a metallic silver-pink sheen
Twinkling Rubies - Red with shifting sparkles of pink and gold. Light Strawberry scent.

There's more "coming soon" shades listed on Morgana's site, can't wait to see them!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

I've been eyeing up the Illamasqua cream foundation for a while now. I wasn't sure about the liquid simply based on reviews I'd read. Sometimes you have to really puzzle over reviews to figure them out. Sometimes you get some good info, other times not so much. But lovely Phyrra convinced me to give the Rich Liquid Foundation a try.

stock image courtesty Illamasqua, shade 100



Sephora offered one of the two shades I wanted to try: RF105 but not RF115. RF105 is a white with pink undertone shade. RF115 is "for very light skin with neutral undertones". Sephora did offer RF120 for light skin with pink/rosy undertones, but frankly, the swatches on both Sephora's site and the Illamasqua site - which did not look at all the same, btw - didn't look right. I went with the RF105.

Sephora's price is $34 for 1 fluid oz, Illamasqua's is £21 (about $33.40 currently). Their blurb - "Lock away your inhibitions and bring your confidence to the fore. Loved by professional make-up artists, Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation provides maximum, long-lasting coverage without feeling or looking heavy. It blends easily and hides problem areas perfectly. Create your canvas, then paint your work of art."

The original swatch photos from this blog post have been lost, but I've added some later photos in you may find helpful for color comparison. 




The Feel - this really is "RICH" - it's quite thick, much thicker than most traditional liquids. I gave it a good shake, and had to squeeze to get a drop out of the bottle. It didn't feel greasy on my skin, but keep in mind my skin is exceptionally dry. While I didn't think the LORAC Breakthrough Performance foundation felt greasy either, in comparision, the LORAC does feel a bit oilier to me. When I apply the LORAC using a makeup wedge, it glides right over my skin. With this Rich Liquid Foundation, it required more effort to evenly apply with the wedge, but that's not a bad thing to me. It's definitely a heavier/thicker formula, but again, did not feel at all greasy/oily to me. It also gives my skin a matte look.

Note this foundation DOES NOT have any sunscreen protection in it. I use a separate sunscreen daily, never relying on protection from my foundation. Sunscreen may give your face a slight sheen - some of mine do.

The Color
- RF105 is white with pink undertones. Illamasqua offers 16 shades, Sephora carries 9 of them. If you plan to order online, definitely use Illamasqua's color chart. Roll over the shade and you'll get a picture of two people (male and female) wearing that shade, which is quite helpful. I've worn it 4 times before writing this review, and am quite pleased to say it absolutely matches my skin. When first applying, it goes on very white, and I thought it wouldn't work. But I always allow a few minutes for my foundation to "settle in" - mineral foundation in particular always turns darker on me after a few minutes. This was no different. About 5 minutes later, it was like I had nothing on my face. WOW! I've read several reviews that said this shade is not a "natural" looking shade. It probably isn't on most people, but for those of us who have to mix in Meow's Snow Lynx or any color corrector to lighten up liquid, this is it.



Coverage - This is a full coverage foundation. I had a light rosacea day and a medium rosacea day, and on the light day it covered everything perfectly. On the medium day, it covered much better than anything else I've used with only one application. On heavy rosacea days, I'll probably need to apply a little cream concealer, but I'm so used to doing that it's no big deal. I felt it evened everything else out well.

Staying Power - lasted all day & well into the evening with no creasing around the eyes or any fine lines. I read a few reviews that said this foundation transferred easily but I did not find this to be the case. A small amount is all that's needed (the amount on the wedge above is what I used for my entire face), and buffed in with a makeup wedge, there should be no rubbing off. I could see how applying too much and not removing any excess would cause it to transfer.

Tweaking - no need to tweak on normal days. I can't believe I just said that! Really, it's amazing. I've NEVER had a traditional foundation match my skin, ever. A light dusting of green tinged finishing powder is all I've been using over this.

Overall - guess you all know I'm completely in love with this foundation. While I've been using the LORAC Breakthrough Performance Foundation for the last few weeks, I still need to apply a lighter mineral foundation over it or mix it in to get a better color match. No need to do that anymore! The very notion of applying a foundation right out of the bottle - what a novelty. I also bought the Illamasqua's Cream Foundation, so if I can tear myself away from the liquid for 5 minutes, I'll review that as well.

But even better - I've known about Illamasqua for some time - I have friends in the UK that use various Illamasqua products. But one thing that I really like about them is their SOPHIE page. They offer the SOPHIE pencil, £12.50 for a 0.05 oz black liner pencil, and donate £3 from the sale of each to the Sophie Lancaster foundation. They also offer SOPHIE wristbands, and have a "£1 DONATE TO SOPHIE" option. If you don't know about Sophie Lancaster or the foundation, just click here.

Hope you've found this review helpful!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Meow Cosmetics 6 Alien Abduction Swatches


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.

Next up - Meow's Alien Abduction! I only ordered 6 of the 19 shadow shades, since you all know I don't wear many colors. Plus I really am trying to stick with the low buy (the NO buy is out the window).

Swatches are left to right, top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. First pic is inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third is outside no flash, fourth is outside with flash. Remember to CLICK the pics to enlarge.

Probe - Mind Control - Abductee - Sighting - Close Encounter - Vivisection







Meow's Color Descriptions
Probe - sparkly sheer silver/gray
Mind Control - soft lusty lilac with a blue iridescence undertone
Abductee - silver sparkly muted thistle (LE shade!)
Sighting - rosy hued violet shining with raspberry iridescence
Close Encounter - crystal clear purple crocus with iridescent luminous blue undertone
Vivisection - dark cabernet wine with velvety red sheen and sparkle

I love Probe - dry, it's soft and super shimmery, and would make a wonderful highlight shade. Over the PE, it's more silvery, better for midtone/crease use. Fantastic either way!

Sighting - it really pops over the PE, super vivid and fantastic! Even though I'm not big on blue, it's gorgeous in person.

There's a few others I should have ordered - don't know why I didn't. Maybe it's because I usually order around 1 to 2am, my brain must've been elsewhere. UFO, Xenophobe, Gray Matter, and the Radiation glow powder, you're next on my list!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Meow Cosmetics 5 Sunless Sea Swatches


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.


I ordered five of the nine shades from Meow's Sunless Sea collection. Swatches are: Top row dry, bottom row over Pixie Epoxy. First pic is inside no flash, second inside with flash. Third pic is outside no flash, fourth outside with flash. Remember to CLICK the picture to enlarge!

From Left to Right:
Urania, Erato, Clio, Calliope, Polyhymnia






Meow's Color Descriptions:
Urania - silvery pearlized taupe
Erato - creamy vanilla hued biscuit
Clio - bronzed buffed neutral
Calliope - shimmery golden rose toned fawn
Polyhymnia - soft pastel plum with silver sheen

These are all really soft, pretty shades, and all super shimmery! Urania and Erato are both great for highlight/browbone shades applied dry. Over the PE, they're much more vivid, good for a bolder look. Clio, Calliope, and Polyhymnia would all be good for either a mid-tone lid shade or applied wet for a crease color.

I didn't get the other four shades - Thalia (pale pink w/muted coral), Melpomene (true denim blue), Euterpe (pale pearly pistachio - say that fast 10 times!), and Terpischore (shimmery salmon rose) since I don't wear blues, greens, or salmon/orange tinged pinks. They all look good - I was going to get them just to swatch but I got a bunch of Meow's Halloween shades instead!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Meow Cosmetics Feliner Swatches

Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.

I purchased these Meow Feliner samples over a month ago but hadn't gotten around to swatching them. I put a small amount of each powder into a paint palette, mixed a few drops of water into each, swirled with cotton swab & applied on my arm. Since it's raining out I can't seem to get a decent picture with no flash, there's just not enough light.

All pictures from left to right: Lightning - What the Cat Dragged In - Catwoman - Alleycat - Neurotic - Thunder - Sex Kitty - Abracatadbra

Inside no flash



Inside with flash


Inside with flash


Outside with flash (raining out)


My Color Descriptions:
Lightning - pure white opaque - frosty, multicolored shimmer. Yay for white liner!

What the Cat Dragged In
- a medium matte grey

Catwoman
- medium dark black liner with multicolored shimmer. Great for when you want black but not super dark black!

Alleycat
- charcoal grey with multicolored shimmer. It's a lighter shade than Catwoman, and the shimmer is more intense.

Neurotic
- Black with "gold, green, and blue shimmer." The gold comes through the strongest on me, but I really don't see blue - I see gold, green, and red. When I mixed it with water the base really looked much more gold than the other shades. I'm not a gold/yellow person, but for those of you who are, this would be perfect!

Thunder
- Wonderfully dark black black! It says matte but my sample bag has a smidge of shimmer in it. It's not overwhelming, but just enough to make it perfect.

Sex Kitty
- Meow's description says purple black with lots of shimmer - on me, it is a very dark almost eggplant purple. It appears very black in normal indoor lighting, but under stronger light, outside, or with the flash it's far more purple than black. I shook the sample baggie before applying, but the shimmer is only slight. Thunder, swatched right next to it, appears more shimmery in person. I actually like it with less, and I could easily add some glitter to it.

Abracatabra
- a really pretty light/medium lavender/purple shade with gold & silver shimmer.

These are all really pretty shades. Makes me want to try some of their other colors, especially since I haven't felt like black liner too much lately.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Artwith Latex - latex jewelry

I'm not much of a jewelry wearer, but I do love the latex pieces I have from Artwith Latex
(updated with current link)

What is it? From their website - "Each piece of ARTWITH Designs Wearable Latex Art is a handcrafted original, signed and dated by the artist, no two pieces are exactly a like. We do not use molds or die cutting, everything is squeezed out of a "squeeze" bottle: a combination of drawing, sculpting and painting."

I've had most of my pieces for years. I just wash them in hot water, rinse well, blot excess water, and air dry thoroughly. It's helpful to gently place them on a flat surface so they don't bend. Keep out of sunlight! Artwith recommends shining pieces with Armor All or other silicone based shiner.

I wore a necklace Tuesday. Yes, my hair does tend to get a little tangled in it, but my hair gets tangled in everything. This is the "Ovilla" style.





I have an "Original Green Vines" necklace that I love!


My "Dangle Choker"


My favorite choker - closeup so you can see the material/design. I should've taken a pic of the whole necklace, since it's no longer on their website. I need to Armor All this one.


I only have one bracelet, the Brac 13 style. Here's their stock photo.



If you're interested in buying a piece, check their handy size chart before ordering. Prices vary, more intricate ones are more expensive, but still quite reasonable. They last, are unique works of art, and look damn good on. I think I may have to treat myself to a new piece.....now which one???

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Honoring Sophie




24 August marks the third anniversary of Sophie Lancaster's death. I have lit a candle to honor her, and ask that you please take a moment to think of her.

If you don't know who she was or what this is all about, wondered why the link was on my blog, please take a minute to read any of the links below.
Information can be found at the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, as well the organization's Facebook page, and on MySpace as InMemoryofSophie. You can also do a google search and find news articles that will tell the entire tragic story.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Morgana Minerals Swatches - LE shadows & lippies

Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.



Some fast swatches of three Morgana Minerals LE shadows!

Top over Pixie Epoxy, bottom dry, left to right. First two pics inside, no flash.
LE #4 (light lavender), LE # 10 (rosy pink), LE #10 (white)



inside with flash


Lippies left to right - Azalea, Watermelon, Nightshade, Plumeria gloss

inside no flash


inside with flash


Hope you find these swatches helpful.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Morgana Pirate Collection Black Eyes


Sorry, the photos from this post have been lost.

A girl can never have too many black shadows!

I wanted to do a black eye using Morgana Minerals's Pirate Collection. I didn't wear this eye this morning to Ian's tumble class because I didn't want to scare the bejeezus out of the other parents. I did it later on, so I could scare my coworkers when I stopped by.

Face

cream concealer in pink under eyes
Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss Snow Lynx *

* Normally I mix Inquisitive Siamese with Snow Lynx, but I was having a particularly pale day today and Snow Lynx straight worked fine.


Eyes (in order of application)
gel liner in Black Out
L'oreal Double Extend mascara in Blackest Black (no primer)

Everything below added after tumble class
cream shadow in Carbon
Pirate Colletion Black Spot on lid, under eye, in brows
Pirate Collection Jolly Roger tapped over that
Pirate Collection Piece of 8 in crease, up towards browbone
Winter Collection Snowball's Chance browbone
Aromaleigh Sylph near inner duct

Lips
MAC Style Black lipstick in Black Knight along edges
NYX Cosmetics jumbo lip pencil in #715 Burgundy

Pirate skull scarf to match the Pirate Collection shadows. My hair's a wreck as usual.

Pics taken outside early evening, no flash




Jolly Roger is super sparkly but I'm not a good picture taker, so despite abut a dozen close ups, I couldn't capture the shimmer. I patted it on fairly heavy, but that was around noon and the pics were taken at 5:30pm.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fyrinnae Order 6/15


Sorry, the photos from this blog post have been lost.


I placed a small Fyrinnae order on 6/9 at around 11pm and it arrived today, super fast! Wrapped in a cute pink satin bag with floral tissue paper, a nice touch. I ordered a full size Pixie Epoxy, 5 lip lustres (actually 6, I got two of the same color, duh), and a free sample of Victorian Vamp shadow.

All pics are left to right: Reincarnation - Sheer red enhanced with tiny reflective sparkles (not gritty glitter!). The sparkles are varying hues of blue and purple, changing to pink/orange in some lighting, making this a multi-dimensional shade.

Sugar-Coated Revenge - Deep plum-hued purple, enhanced with tiny reflective sparkle (not gritty glitter!). The sparkles are varying hues of blue and purple, changing to pink/orange in some lighting, making this a multi-dimensional shade

Beloved - Semi-sheer mauve-pink enhanced with tiny reflective sparkle (not gritty glitter!). The sparkles are varying hues of blue and purple, changing to pink/orange in some lighting

Candy Decadence - Looks quite green/teal, or rather forest green on purple in most light, but changes to a deep shimmering plum with pink shimmer at different angles and closer to light, or in sunlight. Looks good layered or alone especially on deeper skintones.

Shangri-La - Vibrant, azalea purple-pink.

Victorian Vamp shadow - Deep, dark plum shade with a little white sparkle.

Outside, sunlight, no flash. Swatched on my arm, ouch, sunburn!


Indirect light (outside), no flash


In shade


I wore Shangri-La today, cotton candy scented. Great color, not sticky, nicely scented without being overpowering. Can't wait to wear the others!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? NOT YOU!!

This has been irritating me for a while now. What the HELL is up with women insisting that their skin is "super pale" when in fact, it is not?

Recently I've seen loads of pictures posted in various forums (makeup mainly, but social networking sites, forums with a mish-mash of topics) where women go on and on about how fair skinned they are, how all the drugstore (or makeup counter) brands are just too dark for their skin, blah blah blah. They are thrilled to discover both theatrical makeup and a few mineral makeup companies that offer very fair (or even white) shades and swear up and down that it matches their skin perfectly.

Then you look at their necks, ears, or places that they haven't got the foundation, and NO IT DOESN'T MATCH. It's too light, and often times WAAAAYYYYY too light. First I brushed it off, thinking, well, maybe the flash washed them out. But nope, it's simply that they are wearing the wrong shade and just can't admit it.

There's no trophy for having the fairest skin out there. Believe me, I'm pretty fucking pale and I'm FAR from the palest person I know. So, to these ladies, please, stop trying to impress everyone with how light a level foundation you wear. I've seen baby bats with white powder caked on their faces that matches their real skin better than some of the pics I've seen lately.

When someone gives you advice to try a darker shade, maybe they're politely trying to tell you something. Don't stand there and argue "but I'm too pale for that!" because you're not. I should start linking to these pics so you can all see specific examples that are completely crazy.... but for now I'll be nice and just yell.

Whew, I feel much getting that out of my system.