Friday, June 28, 2013

Fyrinnae Pride 2013 - 4 swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.

I ordered minis of both loose shadows, Agenda and Wizards' Wedding Cake, and full sizes of both lip lustres, Queer Theory and Fashion Disaster.  The collection also includes pressed shadows Hitched Eye (metallic warm red) and Unicorn (iridescent transparent lavender).  I wanted Unicorn but when I ordered it was sold out.  It's back in stock as I type this.

Shadows were applied with a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Lip lustres were swatched on bare skin using the doe foot applicator.  Note the lip lustres stain skin temporarily.

First 5 photos are all inside, no flash
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Agenda is a "multi faceted deep grey with fine highlight of pink throughout.  Not quite taupe, and low enough shimmer that it verges on a satin finish."    This is a greyish shade that I see on other people and love and have never been able to find one that I like on me.  This looks fantastic on! 

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Wizards' Wedding Cake is a "bold icy blue shimmer which changes to a pink closer to light or at an angle, is set on a deep chocolate brown base."   I haven't worn this one yet, but it's lovely!

The remaining photos are all outside, no flash
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I've never posted lip swatch photos because I think mine always look terrible.  I feel if I apply it on my lips, it looks like I've colored outside the lines, and if I put it on quickly then I've missed pieces.  So forgive my terrible lip swatches.   These lustres go on very smooth, btw, and shall I mention they're highly pigmented?

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Queer Theory is a "very bright warm pink without shimmer."   Bright lip fans, you need this.  I like it and I am the furthest thing from a bright lip person you'll find.  It's nearly fluorescent on me so I'll wear it over something darker.

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Fashion Disaster is a "bright cool pink, leaning toward Azalea Pink with a touch more purple.  Similar in hue to the old Shangri-La, but more bold and without shimmer."  I wore this one all by itself, both with a nude eye and with Agenda.  It's a 'kick ass & take names' pink.   Yeah, you need this.  I ate a 10" tuna sandwich (the whole thing, with lettuce, onion, roasted peppers, cukes, and spinach.  I was starving.), some iced tea, and half a snack cake for lunch, and my lips were still bright.  Even after I came home & wiped them with tissue, they're still much more pink than normal.  This isn't a bad thing if you're not able to touch up your lips after eating!

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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Recolor with Manic Panic Ultra Violet and Purple Haze

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.

I received two compliments from strangers on my blue hair - which was nice, but it's purple!  I figured this meant I'd better add something to the Ultra Violet to make it a bit less blueish.  Sally's had Manic Panic on sale - $2 off - plus I had a 15% off entire purchase coupon, so I stopped and picked up Purple Haze, as well as a few other supplies.  I must say I'm impressed with the sales associates at my local Sally's; the two young ladies that are usually there are friendly and knowledgeable.

I did a 50/50 mix of Ultra Violet and Purple Haze.  I sectioned my hair, brushed it in, used the hair dryer on it for about 10 minutes (I really need to buy a bonnet type dryer) and then let it sit for a couple of hours, to freshen up the color. 

These pics were taken the next day, outside, no flash.   The first two are of the left side of my head, first picture in the sun and the second in the shade.

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Next two are the right side, first photo in the sun, second in the shade.

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It's really easy to throw a little color on now that I've stopped trying to do nice neat highlights.  I part it in the center, then make additional parts about halfway between the center and where a side part would be, and that's the hair that I purple-ize.  If I pull my hair back & twist it into a jaw clip,  it looks like it's just a stripe right down the center.

I still love Pravana Chromasilk Vivids, but the Manic Panic, even though it fades like crazy and means more frequent recolors, gives me more options.  I've even looked at some other colors and found myself thinking about them!

Thanks for looking.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments - 5 Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.

I bought 5 of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment shades while shopping on Saturday, $6.29 each.  There were two displays, one in the Maybelline section and another on the aisle's end cap, and both were pretty well picked over.   I would've liked to get Barely Brazen, but there weren't any.  There were multiples of shades Forest Fatale and Wild Gold, but all the others only had 1 or 2 of each.

Shadows applied with dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.

inside, no flash

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outside, no flash - it was crazy bright when I was trying to take photos!
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close ups are all inside, no flash, plus my thoughts on the colors.

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Pink Rebel is a nice mid / orchid pink, multi shimmer

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Potent Purple is a multi shimmer medium lavender, not quite amethyst

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Buff & Tuff is a champagne beige, very shimmery

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Downtown Brown is a shimmery gingerbread brown, almost metallic

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Black Mystery is a deep smoke with multi shimmer.  The blue & green shimmer really stands out which usually annoys me, but I kinda like it in this shadow.

inside no flash
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I haven't had a chance to wear these yet, just wanted to swatch the shades for you.  Hope the photos have been helpful, and thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hair Recolor with Manic Panic Ultra Violet and Pravana Chromasilk Black

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products mentioned myself.

Sometime in late April / early May, I decided to switch from Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Violet and try Ion Color Brilliance in Purple, partly due to difficulty finding Vivids Violet regularly and for a reasonable price.   On my hair, there was no comparison.  The Pravana was a lovely shade of purple, held well.  The Ion turned very brown within 10 days even after two applications using a full tube, it was barely noticeable indoors, and only outside could you see any purple-ish.  I didn't realize the Ion should've been mixed with either pink/magenta or blue to prevent it from turning brown.  

About 10 days after coloring with Ion Color Brilliance in Purple
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While picking up supplies at Sally's, jars of Manic Panic classic formula caught my eye and I bought one jar of Ultra Violet and one jar of Virgin Snow toner.  I put it in the closet with other hair products (two tubes of Pravana, one tube of Ion) that I already had, and realized I needed to think it through before doing anything.   I decided to give the Manic Panic a try; although I hadn't used it in years and know it fades, I felt the ease of purchasing, cost, and good color selection were all reasons to try it again.

Look, I brushed my hair!  Hey, I do that when I'm recoloring. This photo is with flash, but you can see the purple is barely there.
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I used Colour B4 Extra (for dark tones and color build up) remover, following their directions carefully, as I'd never used this brand of remover before.  It took out what was left of the Ion Purple, most of the Pravana Violet that was in other spots, and even some of the Pravana Chromasilk Black that had gotten mixed in.   It didn't remove the dark areas that had been recolored many times, you can see below where that line was, BUT -

I should've used two boxes to fully saturate my hair.  I thought since I was only doing a small section one box would've been enough, but it really wasn't.  The darker bottom half wasn't wet through.   This stuff smells awful, btw, but it worked where it fully permeated.  If your hair is long, thick, or both, purchase an extra box just in case.  Better to have an extra and not need it, than need it and not have it.  A second box likely would've helped remove more of that built-up color.

After using Colour B4 Extra
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I applied bleach, mixing a 1 ounce packet of Ion Color Brilliance on/off scalp powder lightener with 1 ounce of 30 volume developer and 1/2 an ounce of 20 volume developer.  I left it on for about 20 - 25 minutes, then rinsed.

After Bleach Round 1
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I applied a second round of bleach the next day, using the same measurements of everything, but this time left it on for about 12 - 13 minutes.  I could've gone longer but decided to err on the side of caution.  The second round helped even it out a bit more.  I didn't think I needed to go any lighter, but I know many ladies like to get it as light as possible to ensure the best results.

After Bleach Round 2
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There's a white clip holding my bangs, since I wanted to keep them black. I washed the bleach out, dried it, and applied Manic Panic's Virgin Snow toner.  I wasn't really sure if I needed to but figured it couldn't hurt.  I left that on for an hour and a half, maybe an hour and 45 minutes, then washed that out and dried again.

I applied Manic Panic Ultra Violet, wrapped it up, used my hand held hair dryer on it for about 10 minutes to "bake" it.  I left it in for almost 3 hours, then rinsed.  The color was very blueish violet at first.   I usually wash my hair every 3 or 4 days, but held out and waited 6 days, using dry shampoo on the non purple hair on day 5.

Although I really needed to recolor the black, particularly since I'd lightened some pieces that shouldn't have been, I didn't get to this for another 13 days.   I figured since I'd be sitting around with dye on my head, might as well throw a little more Ultra Violet on, so I applied a bit more and wrapped that up so the two colors wouldn't touch.

I added a packet of Ardell's Unred to the Pravana Chromasilk Black, to help minimize redness.  Even though it's a 1N neutral black, after a couple of weeks I see red tinges coming through, so I wanted to try the Unred.   Both colors were on for about 30 minutes, so just enough to get any spots I'd missed previously with the Ultra Violet.  Washed that all out, and finally, I was finished.  The Unred did work well, the black was nice and dark.  I'll have to see how well it holds up, and I do have a couple extra packets for next recolor.   This photo was the next day, so back to my usual messy, slept on hair.

After recoloring black and a brief second round of Ultra Violet
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Closer to my roots looks a bit lighter but it's just the sunlight, which was ridiculously bright.

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There are still some pieces that are slightly reddish that had been lightened during the color removing and bleaching.   I mixed them in with the purple when they should've been recolored black, oops!  It's not enough to bother me, and I'll get them next time.  But all in all, I'm happy with the results - now to see how long the Manic Panic will stick around....

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BftE Baked and Mississippi Mud Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.  Links are not affiliate links.

I purchased these two full sized shadows from someone in a makeup group who was doing a small destash.  I'd been eyeing up Mississippi Mud and decided to grab that and Baked when she listed them.

Shadows are swatched with a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos taken with no flash.

First is inside.
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and outside
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There are no color descriptions on BftE's website, which I am not crazy about.  I know that color can be perceived differently from person to person, but a general description would be really helpful.

On me, Baked is a light shimmery beige, almost golden.  The word "champagne" comes to mind with this one.
Mississippi Mud is a deep dark brown, like the darkest chocolate bar melted down.

another inside, "down the arm" so you can see the shimmer in Baked.

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Urban Decay Moonspoon and Desperation Swatches

I selected this UD sample packet as part of my three free samples with a Sephora order not too long ago.   It contained Moonspoon and Desperation shadows and some Primer Potion in the original shade.

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Shadows applied with dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos taken inside, no flash.

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Moonspoon is a "medium gray with bright silver sparkle", from the Moondust eyeshadow collection.  On me, I didn't think it was very grey, more taupe with the sparkle, but still a pretty shade.

Desperation is a "grayish taupe brown, matte satin", from the regular shadow collection.  I liked this shade from certain angles, but there's a sort of blueish cast on me that I'm not crazy about.  Still a nice shade though!

I used all of the Moonspoon for this swatch, but only about half of the Desperation.  I didn't use the Primer Potion, but will save that for another day. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Yet Another MAC RiRi Woo vs Ruby Woo Swatch

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products.  Link is not an affiliate link.

I realize by now everyone and their aunt has posted pics of MAC's RiRi Woo versus Ruby Woo.  I took my pics back on May 13th and forgot all about them.  Since I was swatching other lipsticks, I decided to reswatch them, but they came out terrible so I used the first set.

All photos taken with no flash, outside, except the last one which is inside. 

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RiRi Woo is a tad more blue than Ruby Woo.  Both are matte, but RiRi Woo is a retro matte and goes on slightly easier and a touch less drying than Ruby Woo.  I like both shades, but both do not want to go on smoothly on me, as you can clearly see in my swatches.  Given the choice between the two, I'd take RiRi Woo, for that extra hint of blueish and the nicer formula.

Here's a last photo, taken inside with no flash.

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

MAC Punk Couture Darkside and Cyber Lipstick Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products.  Link is not an affiliate link.

I ordered a couple of lipsticks from MAC's Punk Couture collection, Darkside and Cyber.   I really love both of these shades, they're both deep and gorgeous.

All pics taken with no flash.   First is inside.

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Next is outside

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Darkside is a deep burgundy amplified cream
Cyber is an intense blackened purple satin

These were $15 for 3g / 0.1 oz, and are made in Canada.  These are nice saturated shades, applied smoothly and evenly.

One last inside photo

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Illamasqua Underworld and ESP Lipstick Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.  Link is not an affiliate link.

I took advantage of the recent 50% off flash sale at Illamasqua and snagged a couple of lipsticks.  There were a few other shades I wanted, but was trying to keep my order reasonable, or as reasonable as one can be at 50% off!

All photos taken with no flash.  First pic is inside.

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Next is outside

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Underworld is an iridescent blueberry violet with a shimmery finish
ESP is a vivid violet matte finish

Sephora sells Illamasqua lipstick for $24 each, but they don't carry all the shades.  Ordering direct they're £16.50.  The conversion rate changes daily, but as I type this on 6/6 it's $25.73, so you have an idea.  These lipsticks are made in Germany.

I like the creaminess of the lipsticks.   I'll definitely order more lipsticks next time there's a sale, or if Sephora restocks some additional shades.

One last inside pic.

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

Small Destash Complete!

I did a fast destash on June 5.  It was really easy, partly because I've done this before and partly because I knew which items I wasn't using.  I listed things for sale in a makeup group and everything was sold within a few hours.   I didn't sell any lip products though, I didn't feel it was sanitary since they had doefoot applicators and I'd used them all.  I did put the empty containers into the Terracycle bin!  I did put the Tarte 5 pack of maracuja lip whips aside for my friend's daughter, who will love them.  I tossed a sample sized Benefit For Real mascara, since it's a pain in the ass to remove!

I got rid of 17 lippies, 12 mini shadows, 1 shadow sample, 3 mini highlighters, and the Missha BB cream that wasn't a good color match.  I sold all 8 of my Color Tattoos.  I like the product and the shades, but I don't reach for them.  I'd used Barely Branded three times, and a couple others only twice.  Some I'd only swatched.  So off they went, with a mental note to not buy any new ones.  Finally, I sold the Too Faced Romantic and Naked Eye palettes.  Again, these are lovely shades, but not quite the shades I want.  The Naked Basics palette I'd sold a few days earlier, as well as the L'oreal Infallible shadows.

Someone please attach a sign to me that says "do not allow this person to purchase any palettes" whenever I leave my house.  I keep telling myself this and one always grabs me and promises that I will fall completely in love with it, but it never happens.  I did buy what I want to be my last palette during the recent Illamasqua flash sale.  I haven't swatched it yet though.....I'm almost afraid to!

Here's what I started with on this destash.

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And although I failed to get it all into the new organizer, I'm pretty happy with the results.  Everything is neat - or it was, you can see my son's hands on the side, he had to pick up some of the items and look at them (the Milani pencils in particular, which I got for Mother's Day).  It's much easier to take this one organizer out of the closet and put my face on rather than four separate ones.   I also have one Too Faced primer (NIB) that's not pictured, but the one in the pic is almost empty.

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Lippies have their own container.  I'd like to get dividers and stand my lip products up so I can really see them better.  I don't want to just stand them up and put them in a different sized container, I'd prefer the dividers.  You know I have a bit of an obsession with things being properly stored.

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I do still have my sample binder, but I did not pour any more shadows into baggies and put them in the binder.  I find myself reaching for my binder less and less, at some point I'll whittle down my samples again and maybe someday I won't even need a binder.

Destashing is not an easy process for many of us.  It sucks! Who wants to give up their beloved products?    I always suggest making three piles - keep, maybe, toss.  Pick up each item, give yourself 5 seconds, and put it in one of those piles.  Really, it's easier than it sounds.  You'll know immediately what you absolutely cannot live without, and some items you'll find easy to let go.  The maybe pile is always the toughest for me.  Those are the products and shades that I like, but find myself not wearing for whatever reason.

The maybe pile is the one you need to reswatch the shades, or wear them to make a final decision.  You just have to keep chipping away at it, little by little, and at some point, hours, days, or weeks later, you'll find the maybe pile has been sorted through and is no longer. Always take your time with the maybe pile, so you feel confident you're making the right decisions and not letting something go that you'll regret later on.

You'll feel good when the whole process is finally over.  And if you can pass items along to a friend, or sell it within a makeup group or blog sale, you'll make someone else very happy to get a reasonably priced item.

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

Friday, June 7, 2013

OCC Lip Tar - 12 Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products myself.  Links are not affiliate links.

I did some OCC lip tar swatches back in August 2012, but I was re-swatching things as part of my destash.  I figured I'd take some pics and show you, since there's a few additional shades since the last photos.  There's also a couple no longer available, but if you find them somewhere, grab them!

I skipped the tape to keep things straight because it makes my arm all red & blotchy.  All pics were taken with no flash.  First one is inside.

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This one is outside
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OCC color descriptions:

Strumpet is deep red-burgundy
Demure is  deep purple with intense fuchsia undertones (discontinued)
Pretty Boy is super rich fuchsia
Lydia is darkroom plum
Ophelia is petal pink flush
Hoochie is vibrant magenta
Katricia is creamy rich violet (discontinued)

Lydia is breathtaking in person.  I've had it for months and this was the first time I tried it.  I need to wear this daily.  When I'm not wearing purple or an amazing red, anyway.  Damn lip tars, too hard to decide which to wear.

one last inside pic of these shades

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Next set of colors!  Super NSFW appears a bit more pinkish in the pic, in person it's more red with gold shimmer, but didn't photograph so well for me.

First is an indoor pic.
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OCC color descriptions:

Black Dahlia is blackened red
Super NSFW is a gold laced red
NSFW is true, balanced red
Stalker is pin up blue based red
Psycho is true blood red

I know we all see color differently, but Psycho looks much more orange than red to me and on me.  Whenever something is described as a "true red" I nearly always find it too orange.  I try to stick to blue based reds.  NSFW is the only red with "true" in the description that I love.  Maybe that "balanced" is what I should look for?  Whichever, it kicks ass.

one last inside pic
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Hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!