Monday, December 16, 2013

Performance Colors - 8 lipstick shade swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.

I purchased a bunch of lipstick samples from Performance Colors  a while back, and finally got to swatching them.  Valentine and Vertigo are both Semi Matte Opaque lipsticks, while the other 6 shades are all Restorative Lipcolors.

All shades swatched on bare arm using a lip brush.  They can look a bit darker applied directly from the tube using some pressure.

Color descriptions are from Performance Colors:

Valentine is a highly pigmented opaque full force deep dark and mysterious classic valentine blood red rose color.  This is a semi matte opaque which goes on very smooth and creamy, not the usual stiff matte.

Vertigo is highly pigmented opaque dark violet brown color  This is also a semi matte opaque, goes on very creamy and smooth.

French Red is a supersaturated, warm red carpet red.

Ruby is highly pigmented, cool ruby red like the burmese ruby gemstone.

Beaujolais is  highly pigmented, in deep mocha with purpley red tones, semi-sheer.

Black Cherry is a deep berry red color full of red sparks.

Black Rose is a very black red packed to the max with red sparks that catch the light.

Vamp is a highly pigmented, dark gothic black-purple with slight red tone, semi-opaque.

These are all nice and creamy (even the mattes!) and feel wonderful.  I hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

LORAC Rockin' Red Hot Lip Gloss Collection Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I picked up the LORAC Rockin' Red Hot Lip Gloss Collection at Kohl's for $27 the other day.  Kohl's coupons don't apply to this brand,  but I was mesmerized by the purple gloss and had to buy it.

Image courtesy

Swatched on bare skin.  Photo taken by the window, no flash, kind of overcast.

Here's the color descriptions on, my thoughts in parenthesis:

Rock n' Roll is pink nude (with subtle multi shimmer)
You Rock is plum (more a deeper dusty pink, subtle multi shimmer)
Rock On is rose (with subtle multi shimmer)
Rock Star is an exclusive violet shade (I see a pale lilac, no shimmer)
Easy Rock is fuchsia (I see cotton candy pink, no shimmer)
Rock It is coral (a warmer coral pink, more distinct multi shimmer than the others)

4 of the shades - Rock n' Roll, You Rock, Rock On, Rock It - seem as if the color is completely blended into the gloss base, it's solid.  The other two, Rock Star and Easy Rock, are much more sheer and when I hold the tubes up to the light and remove the lid with attached brush applicator, it almost seems as if the color is not completely part of the gloss.... it seems like there's blobs of color within the tube that aren't fully mixed in.  I realize I'm not accurately describing this, but suffice to say I'm disappointed with both of them.  I bought the set because I loved the way the two shades looked in the box, so how's that for irony?  Oh well, just goes to show that sometimes you're happier with shades you don't think much of, and the ones you look forward to don't live up to your expectations.

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MAC Punk Couture Winter 2013 lipstick - Studded Kiss, Instigator, Punk Couture, Hautecore swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.

Yesterday I posted swatches of the four shades from the Punk Couture collection, which were applied on bare skin using a lip brush, two light coats.  I did my usual by the window, no flash.  It was snowing out. 

I redid the swatches today, applying both with the lip brush and then applying directly from the tube, going back and forth and applying some pressure.   Pictures are again no flash, by the window, but today it's sunny and they're a bit brighter.

I was disappointed when I saw the color on my arm yesterday, and then wanted to kick myself when I redid them and saw how much more intense they were when I skipped the brush.   The edges are a bit gloppy from the tape, sorry.  

Anyway, I hope these swatches are much more helpful than yesterday's.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 6, 2013

November Recolor with Manic Panic Violet Night, Pravana Chromasilk Black

My November recolor was exactly 4 weeks after my October one, but for some reason my regrowth seemed far worse.  This picture is 2 weeks after the color.

I did bleach the regrowth for the purple areas, which I don't do every time.  I pulled out my bin of hair supplies and felt like mixing a bit, so I poured mostly Violet Night into the mixing bowl, then added maybe a tablespoon of Purple Haze and a teaspoon of Ultra Violet.   I did the black regrowth the following day, in what can only be described as the world's fastest touch up.  

The back of my hair is tucked into the sweatshirt I'd pulled on.  I had been grocery shopping, took off my coat to unload the car, but threw on a sweatshirt and forgot to pull my hair out of the back.  I'm way past due for a haircut.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fyrinnae Winter 2013 Swatches (plus Scarlet Macaw)

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the items shown. Scarlet Macaw was a free sample.

I jumped on Fyrinnae's Winter 2013 collection and it arrived yesterday.  I tried to take some photos both yesterday afternoon and again this morning, but it's overcast and not good picture taking weather.   I'm going ahead and putting up these two pics, even though neither really show how lovely the shades are, and will attempt photos again when the sun is out.

I didn't crop the first one because Photobucket is being wonky and making things blurry when I crop, so sorry for the picture that looks like I was a mile away.

This one was inside, without Scarlet Macaw.  I was in such a rush yesterday to get a photo for some friends that I didn't even realize I'd put that shade on my arm.  The excitement of Fyrinnae shades can make one lose their mind.

So again, sorry my photos aren't very good, but I hope they help if you haven't ordered yet. I can say I'm glad I ordered minis of all the shades, even though I don't wear some of these colors they may make guest appearances.  I'm also pleased with Nordic Angel blush, and the only thing wrong with Winter Romance is I should've ordered two full sizes and not just one.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Look?

Nothing to disclose.

I think I'm going with a very light look for Halloween.  I'm dressing as a witch, and don't want to do my usual heavy dark eye and I don't want a green tinged face.  Here's the trial run, done for a makeup group challenge.

I look annoyed here but it's just the sun blinding me

Eye close up - we all know what a pain it is to photograph glitter

lip close up

I wonder if I should add a hair fall?  The purple in the fall matches my own purple quite well, except the fall is much wavier than my own hair.   I might wear a smaller hat mounted on a plastic headband if I do wear the fall, since I don't think my regular witch's hat will fit over it!

Didn't need much for this, here's what I used:
Too Faced primed & pure primer
Illamasqua Cream Foundation in 110

Fyrinnae Pure Sugar patted all over
Glamour Doll Eyes Hollywood glitter patted over Pixie Epoxy as liner, top & bottom
Too Faced black mascara
Meow Spellbinding shadow brushed into brows with dampened brush

Chinovi Artemis shadow on tops of cheekbones
Meow Tombstone shadow in hollow of cheeks

Morgana Shifting Violet lipstick
GDE Hollywood glitter patted on top

Black lenses
HeadRazor wavy hair fall in black & purple in last picture

I think I'll skip the white powder in my brows for Halloween and do my usual dark shade.  Might add a purple gloss over the lipstick too, haven't decided yet.  

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Virus Insanity Duochrome Shadow Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product (split an order with a makeup group friend).

You all know Virus Insanity's's some swatches for you. These were all applied with a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin. Photos taken inside, no flash.

this one's blurry but it shows off the sparkle. Yes, I also have that labeled in the photo, but let's face it, everyone looks at the pics and doesn't read the text!

Duochromes are not the easiest shadows to photograph, as you all know.  They can look very different in various lighting and angles.  Here's Virus Insanity's color descriptions, in case you're looking at the pics thinking "now what color is that?"

Caramel Machiatto is a bronze color that shifts from brown to a reddish gold

Hazelnut Cappucino is a soft golden brown that shifts from a reddish to a coppery to a golden color
Vanilla Latte is a very light peachy neutral with golden tones and iridescence that shifts from purple to red to silver
Sookie is a shimmery natural pinkish golden color with gold and silver glitter and iridescence that shifts from greenish gold to silvery green to blue
Peppermint Latte is a light pinkish neutral with iridescence that shifts from silvery green to silvery red to greenish gold

Next set, sorry I didn't get all the Coffee Collection shades in one set of photos.

and a "down the arm" type photo to try & capture the sparkle.  You can see how different Demon Bunny looks in this photo versus the straight on ones.

Clawdeen is shimmery medium brown with iridescence that shifts from green to gold to purple
Gingerbread Man is a coppery brown with iridescence that shifts from rose to green
Demon Bunny is a slightly blackened brown that shifts from brown to reddish gold to bronze
Reindeer is a deep brown with iridescence that shifts from red to lilac
Cinnamon Cappucino is a warm, dark brown with iridescence that shifts from gold to copper to red

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cargo Essential Eye Shadow Palette Cool Neutral Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the item shown.

I stopped by Kohl's last week and discovered they've added several cosmetics brands to my local store, including Cargo, the Balm, Lorac, Pur Minerals.  The cosmetics section was also moved to the front of the store during a remodel. The department is very well lit with about three times more items than they carried prior to the remodel. I picked up a Cargo Essential shadow quad in Cool Neutral for $34.  Kohl's website states that this is a prestige brand and "not eligible for some discounts" so double check to see which, if any, coupons they'll accept.  Kohl's cash may be applied to the product.

I first applied the shadow dry, over TFSI, but it was overcast and the two lighter shades were barely visible.  A little while later the sun poked out, so I tried a second time, this time applying the shadows using a dampened wet/dry brush but on bare skin.  These photos are inside, no flash.

This one is outside, no flash

I haven't worn the shadow yet, but the browbone, lid, and crease colors are all shades I wear often.  I do like the outer corner color but would wear it less often, probably applied with a very light touch using a dry brush.

If you have a Kohl's near you, pop in and see what brands they carry!

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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Melt Cosmetics Belladonna 2, 6six6, By Starlight Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I purchased three shades from Melt Cosmetics, Belladonna 2, 6six6, and By Starlight.  I do like the formula, they seem to go on fairly nice, creamy, slightly dry but not nearly as much as others I own.   These were $19 plus shipping.

I realized I hadn't done swatches of these and did the fastest ever, in the 20 minutes I had while waiting for the bus, and in the front yard.  At least it was sunny out.

First, the arm swatch, applied on bare skin, photos taken outside, no flash.

and now some lip swatches.  I suck at lip swatches, I think mainly because I can't seem to apply my lipstick properly.  I feel like if I apply it to the edge of my lipline, it looks as if I've colored outside the line, so I usually screw up and miss half my lip.  One of these days I'll get it right.....

Belladonna 2 is  "Belladonna's long lost little sister. She's bluer. She's ultra electric. She's the prettiest pinky-red you'll ever put your lips on."  I got hooked by the "she's bluer" and felt maybe it would be similar to MAC's RiRi Woo.  It looks ok in the pic, but in person, I'm really not too happy with it.  I am NOT a bright pink lipstick fan, and far too hot pink with a hint of red on me.  I wish I'd skipped this shade and bought a different one.

6six6 is my favorite of the three, and although this shade isn't what initally made me look at the Melt site, when I saw their swatch I knew I had to have it.  It's gorgeous.  It's the deep red shade that I love and can never get enough of. 

By Starlight - I do like the color, but this does not look like Melt's official swatch.  I'd been warned that it was lighter, but frankly, it's way off.  The swatch on their site is a gorgeous deep purple, this is what I'd call orchid or lavender.  Don't get me wrong, I do like it, but I want the shade they have in their swatch.  I'll add a matte black lipstick under it or black gloss over it to darken.  I'm just disappointed.

All in all, completely in love with 6six6, ok with By Starlight, not happy with Belladonna 2.

Hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Chinovi Cosmetics Nude Matte, Autumn Salad, Cranberry Sauce swatches

I purchased Nude Matte and the three Costume Shop shade,  and received complimentary sample bags of both Autumn Salad and Cranberry Sauce with my order.

Nude Matte is described as "a soft 'my skin but better' shade. It is definitely more of a sandy beige color."

Autumn Salad and Cranberry Sauce are not yet listed on the site, both bags say they're from the Fall 2013 collection, so keep your eye out for it!  These are some lovely autumn shades.  Autumn Salad is a soft green with loads of golden shimmer, and Cranberry Sauce is a lovely berry shade with shimmer. 

Shadows were applied using a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos taken with no flash, first two indoors and last was outside.

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chinovi Cosmetics Costume Shop Ghost, Witch, Zombie swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I purchased Ghost, Witch, and Zombie from Chinovi's Costume Shop Halloween collection.  There's 6 shades in this set:

ET  - alien skin green with gold shift and copper sparkle
Ghost - light taupe with purple sparkle
Goblin - brown based green, gold and green sheen with green sparkle
Vampire - bright red with silver shimmer and sparkle
Witch - soft medium purple with blue and teal sparkle
Zombie - almost black dark silver with lots of bronze and purple sparkle

Shadows were applied with a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos taken with no flash, first is inside and the next two are outside.

These three are shades I'll definitely get a lot of use out of.  I hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Fall 2013 - Just Beige, Nude Pink, Matte Brown swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I didn't even realize there were three new limited edition Color Tattoo shades for fall when I found the display at Bed Bath and Beyond.  They were $4.99 each.

Shadow swatched on bare skin.  Photos taken outside, no flash.  Sorry the pics aren't very bright, I did try to brighten them a little without throwing off the shades.  It's overcast with a tornado threat, of all things.  I know a lot of people are looking for swatches of these new colors, so I wanted to get them up asap.

I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of these shades!  They are LE's so grab them while you can.  Thanks for looking, and hope you've found the photos helpful.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Coloured Raine lipstick swatches - Boudoir and Arabian Night

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I ordered two lipsticks from  Coloured Raine Cosmetics  a few months ago after seeing a swatch of one of their shades.  They have a lipstick color guide on their site, which I find very helpful.  Boudoir is described as a 'Cranberry Plum' shade, while Arabian Night is a 'Deep Purple.'  I favor these dark shades over bright or light ones.

Boudoir goes on creamy, nice and smooth.  Arabian Nights isn't as smooth, but still pretty good.  Purple lipsticks often have this issue, so not a big deal for me.  I simply apply it using two light coats to make sure it's as even as possible.

Lipstick was swatched on bare skin. First picture is inside, no flash, bright sun coming in the window.

Next is with regular sunlight coming through the window, no flash.

Last is outside, indirect sunlight, no flash.

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