Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wet n Wild Sweet as Candy Trio Swatches

I picked up Wet n Wild's Sweet as Candy trio for under $5.  This trio contains the usual foam applicator plus a small brush.

Shadow applied dry with a wet/dry brush over Evil Shades nude primer.  Photos taken inside, no flash.

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Browbone shade is a shimmery cream


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Crease shade is a shimmery gingerbread brown

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Eyelid shade is a shimmery soft pink.  It's a bit light for a lid shade, but I've worn it over a white base to show the color a bit more.  These shades are good for a soft, subtle look.

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Definitely worth the $5.   Hope the swatches are helpful, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

L'oreal Infallible Primped & Precious and Liquid Diamond Swatches

I've had Liquid Diamonds for a while, but a friend just gave me Primped & Precious.  Here's side by side swatches for you, since they're both silvery shades.

Shadows applied with a dry brush on bare skin.  I'm using my new camera but still fiddling around with it - using the flash competely washes out the shadows, but there needs to be enough light so they show up.   It's overcast but the sun poked out for a few moments so I grabbed the opportunity to take a few quick pics.


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This photo was in my kitchen, no flash
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Still no flash, but these were taken in the dining room with the sun coming through the door, so much brighter.

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This last photo is a little out of focus, but it's easier to see the shimmer that way.

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The Primped & Precious is a darker charcoal silver with multi shimmer, while the Liquid Diamond is silver with a hint of pinkish in it (much more obvious in person) and multi shimmer.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Attitude Quad Swatches

You're probably sick of hearing this, but it's 12/12/12, so I've scheduled this to post at 12:12 just to be silly.

I purchased Revlon's Colorstay Quad in #545 Attitude for $5.97 the other day.   The shadow is supposed to be "16 hour" shadow, but I can't say whether that's true or not, since I've only left it on for less than 10 hours each time I've worn it.   But no fading or creasing, which could well be due to using a good primer or base underneath.

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The shadows were applied with a dry brush over Tick:Tock Cosmetics Prime of the Times primer, which is a multi purpose primer for eyes, face, or lips.  It's slightly milkish white in the container but goes on clear.  Pics were taken inside, no flash.

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Shade 1 (browbone shade) is a soft shimmery baby pink

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Shade 2 (lid) is a shimmery taupe, much nicer in person than in the close up.


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Shade 3 (crease and/or vee) is a pearlescent chocolate brown

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Shade 4 (crease) is a not quite matte dark brown, it's not "flat" but not quite the finish of the #3 shade.  You can also see a bit of the clear T:TC primer in this photo, just above the shadow swatch, where it looks sort of damp.  I hope that makes sense.  

I've worn these shades a couple of times and am quite pleased with the colors, although I do favor shade 4 and usually skip shade 3, rarely wearing two shades in the crease area.  They're great neutrals with just enough shimmer to keep them from being plain.   Well worth the $6 and great to toss in your purse for a fast touch up if needed.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you've found the swatches helpful.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wet n Wild Silent Treatment Swatches

I picked up a Wet n Wild Trio, Silent Treatment, the other day while searching for some neutral shades.    I think it was around $3.

Hubby bought me a new camera for Christmas, and since he's been pestering me to use it and see how I like it, I'm using it for these. It's an overcast day and although the camera does take very nice close ups, I'm still figuring it out.

 These photos were all taken inside, no flash. Shadows were swatched over Evil Shades nude primer.

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The browbone shade is a shimmery pink shade.

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The crease shade is a deep brown with shimmer

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The lid shade is a dusty rose taupe shade, also shimmery

**I wore the lid and browbone shades this afternoon, after writing up this post, and the lid shade appears much more taupe than pinkish on my lids when applied over Tick:Tock Cosmetics' Infinity Shadow Base in Super Nova. (edited this in a few hours later)

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 The crease shade appears quite dark compared to the other two, but can be applied lightly. All three work well together. For around $3, it's a good neutral palette to have. Thanks for looking, and I hope you've found the swatches helpful.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Recolor using Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Violet

My hair appt was November 15th, and my roots are already showing.   I didn't get a cut last visit, simply changed the color, so my bangs are in dire need of a trim.  I asked the stylist to do fewer foils, but make them thicker.   I prefer chunkier strips with the purple.

photo taken outside, no flash, but in direct sunlight

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Still no flash, but in the shade.  You can see the purple clearly but it's not as obvious as in the light.

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The purple has faded a little due to a recent clarifying shampoo, and it's been 4 weeks since the appt.   I've had good luck with Pravana in the past, both the Chromasilk and Chromasilk Vivids.  The new stylist used an NN super dark brown shade with a glossy demi perm on the ends, but I'll switch to regular old black on the next recolor.

My shortest layer is just below my chin, if I pull it straight, so I need to let that grow a few more inches so the weight will pull it down and not out.   Almost there lengthwise, just a little more time.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wild Wednesday (a day late!)

Sorry the Wild Wednesday post is a day late - I forgot what day it was!

Here's a male Red Bellied woodpecker on the left, smaller female Hairy woodpecker on the right, and a  Tufted Titmouse (sex unknown, I can't tell them apart) on the top.

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Here's the two woodpeckers again, this time with a Carolina Wren above.  I can't tell the difference between males and females in those either.

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I think this is the same male Red Bellied woodpecker, but who knows!

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Hairy woodpeckers - male on the right, female on the left.  Note the male has a small red patch on his head, the female doesn't.  I put fresh suet in the left side feeder the day before, these birds sure can eat!

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In the first few photos I had clasps on the feeders.  I'd put regular suet cakes out and the raccoons had a rather loud party on the deck in the middle of the night, then ran off with the cakes and half the feeders.  I switched to hot pepper suet but left the clasps on for a few extra weeks just to make sure.   Mammals are sensitive to capsaicin (what makes the peppers "hot") but birds can happily consume it, so one paw on the hot pepper suet discouraged the raccoons mighty quick.

We have smaller Downy woodpeckers, which look very similar to the Hairy woodpeckers, but are a few inches smaller with shorter beaks.  They tend to shy away from the feeders when there's other birds about.  The Red Bellied woodpecker pretty much doesn't move for anyone.

We have Red Headed woodpeckers in the woods, but they don't seem to come to the feeder (they're omnivores, and we have plenty of insects and mice for them to devour).   They're a threatened species, Photo below courtesy conservewildlifenj.org.  


We also have the very large - 19 inch! - Pileated woodpecker.  Photo below courtesy Cornell Lab of Ornithology's AllAboutBirds.org website.


There's a "sound" feature on this site, so you can hear what birds' calls sound like, as well as their very loud drumming.   We don't see the Pileated woodpecker often - although whenever I see one flying it never fails to impress me - but we hear them all the time, drumming and calling.   

Bird watching is a great activity, from the comfort of your own home, walking through a park, or strolling through the woods.  A simple field guide will help you learn to identify birds, particularly if you find one that's for your area.  I use the Birds of New Jersey Field Guide by Stan Tekiela.  Ian carried this book around from the time he was old enough to walk, and we've gone through multiple copies over the past few years.  It's color coded, so you can easily go to a section and begin to figure out which bird is which.

I hope you've enjoyed the pictures.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons - middle & bottom row swatches

Here's the middle and bottom rows from the Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons palette.  The top row swatches are here; I broke the swatches into two posts because there's so many photos.

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Shadows swatched over Evil Shades nude primer, photos taken inside, no flash.  Here's the middle row.

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Close ups
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Peach Fuzz - peachy gold

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Hot Cocoa - chocolate

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Candy Rose - pink sparkle

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Lovey Dovey - sable brown

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And the bottom row, shadows swatched over Evil Shades nude primer, photos taken inside, no flash.

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Close ups

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Nude Beach - no TF color description; on me, a sparkly light true gold

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Cinnamon Sugar - no TF color description; on me, on me, a sparkly darker coppery gold

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Marzipan - no TF color description; I think it's supposed to be nude.  It's an odd color, a hint of orange and slight greenish tinge on my skin.  Definitely one to wear before making any decision about.

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Licorice Latte - black with bronze sparkle

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Too Faced, what's up with no color descriptions for some of these shades on your website?  I know everyone sees color differently, but a simple description for all the shades would be appreciated.

Overall, I'm happy with the shades.  The middle and bottom rows do lean a warmer than I'm used to wearing, but I can easily mix most of them with cooler shades to bring them into my comfort zone.   I think the only two I won't wear are Nude Beach and Cinnamon Sugar, they're just too gold for me.  But I think I'll get plenty of use from the rest of the shadows.

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