Monday, March 28, 2011

Silk Naturals- With A Cherry On Top!

This weird thing happens to me where I start to work on a paper but realize that it's absolutely vital I do a blog post instead. I can't control it, so I'll just have to go ahead and post some swatches! Karen from Silk Naturals generously sent me 8 of the 14 colors from her new spring collection. She also sent me some awesome stuff from the permanent line, which I'll be reviewing in the next few days. The Collection is called 'With a Cherry On Top', here's the cute promo image:
Just an FYI, some of the colors look a little uneven or patchy, but this is NOT a reflection of their quality- it's because I used some q-tips to swatch. Everything is swatched over Concrete Minerals Electric Eye Primer. Top 2: Juiced, Cloudberry Bottom 2: Daiquiri, Sweet Tea I really like Juiced, it makes a great highlight color if you apply it sheerly. I love Cloudberry as a neutral lid shade (I've been on a neutral kick lately), I think the second picture is the most color accurate version of it. Top 2: Tingle, Neuron Bottom 2: Pink Lemonade, Watermelon Isn't Watermelon AWESOME? It's a very pink-based red, I can't wait to use it in a look. This isn't my official review yet, but I do think the colors are pretty and VERY reasonably priced ($4 for 3/4 tsp in a 5g jar). I think all the rest of the colors in the spring line look absolutely gorgeous as well, Makeup Zombie and Phyrra both have swatches up with some of the other colors. Phyrra is also having a giveaway of some of the spring colors! You can purchase the Silk Naturals 'With a Cherry On Top' eyeshadows here. Disclaimer: I was sent the products in this post free to review.

Friday, March 25, 2011

I'm still here!

Everything is really hectic right now as I've just gotten back to Illinois and I am not happy at all with how things are going. But I'm here, so I will resume regular blogging in the next few days. I'm planning reviews of Venomous Cosmetics, Silk Naturals, the new lip glosses from Darling Girl, and hopefully some FOTD's if I stop being too lazy to put on makeup... if you want to contact me, feel free to tweet me or drop me an e-mail :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My nail polish collection as of 03/19/11

I've been packing stuff up and haven't really had time to do any looks or swatches, but I wanted to post something before I'm gone for the next few days. I decided to take a couple pictures of my nail polish collection before it got all packed up again. The sad part is I haven't used probably half of these because I bite my nails down so much it would be pointless to even try. I'm making an effort once again to stop the biting, but it's such a habit for me now I don't even notice that I do it. If anyone has any tips that have helped them stop biting, I'd love to hear them. For comparison, here was my collection a little over a year ago. I hope everyone continues to have a good weekend and a good week next week, I'm not sure exactly what day I'm moving back so I probably won't be able to post again until the end of next week.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Three really excellent giveaways

I very rarely post about giveaways, but there are three really awesome ones going on right now that I think are worth sharing! Reggie from Color Me Obsessed is doing an Aromaleigh giveaway, and there will be 2 winners! Sophie from Ethereal Beauty is having a giveaway as well. Part of the prize is an Inglot pigment of your choice! Wendi from Makeup Zombie is also having a giveaway with tons of awesome indie makeup! Check these out, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Another Darling Girl EOTD

The other day I wanted to try out some Darling Girl samples I bought quite a while ago but I hadn't yet used (except Electric Lady). I'm really on a Darling Girl kick lately! Mojito is on the inner lid, Exhale on the outer lid, and Electric Lady in the crease. Exhale has a neat blue sheen to it that IMO perfects the look, but of course I couldn't capture it. No full face pictures, as usual lately it seems, because I really dislike taking pictures of myself where my hair is up. Sometimes I get one that's not too bad, but not this time. :P And I have to keep doing my hair up because my blowdryer is broken and right now with everything else going on it doesn't seem worth it me to go buy a new one to have to pack it up in a few days.

Monday, March 14, 2011

EOTD with Hi-Fi Cosmetics

The other day I really wanted to use Hi-Fi's "Mug Shot", but I couldn't decide what to pair it with. So I copied the style that Silhouette Screams has been doing lately, and just put it in the crease with a white shadow on the lid (Hi-Fi's "Disco"). I also used Milani's Infinite Liner in the shade "Infinite". I was just at home so I didn't put on any face makeup, so no full-face pictures. You can see in that last picture how bad the liner looks close up. I am terrible with most liquid liners, and these Milani ones have gorgeous colors, but I find them particularly difficult for me to apply. And here's MAC's "Athena's Kiss" lipgloss that I wore with it. I know everyone has seen it, but I wanted to show you how shiny and sparkly it is ^_^ How purple it looks really depends on the lighting, it looks very pink here. Oops, a few little clumpies! I am moving back to IL this weekend, so from the end of this week until sometime next week I probably won't be posting at all, just a head's up.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Handwriting Tag & my pets

I grabbed the handwriting tag over from Wendi at Makeup Zombie! Here's how it works: Answer the following 8 questions in your own handwriting: 1. What is your name? And your blog? 2. What's your blog URL? 3. Write: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. 4. Favorite quote. 5. Favorite song? 6. Favorite band/singers? 7. Say anything you want. 8. Pass this along to a few bloggers. You can click it for full size. I also thought I'd post pictures of all my pets, because I've been saying I've been going to do it for a long time. I think over time I've posted pictures of all of them except my chinchillas. So here everyone is :) My dog Ginger is 8 now, I can't believe we've had her so long. She has Cushing's Disease, but she's doing fine and is the sweetest dog in the entire world. People who don't like dogs love her. She sits next to the table whenever anyone eats and begs for food :P Ivy is 4, we got her when she was still a tiny little baby who was scared of everything. Now she's a killer :P She's sleeping on my bed in this picture. I'm trying to think how long I've had Gravy... I think 2 1/2 years. That wall behind him is all torn up from him chewing on it T_T He's a pretty cuddly boy. I've had Wellington for about a year and a half... he used to live with some college guys who I don't think took very good care of him, because he's extremely nervous all the time. He's still very sweet :) Boyfriend just started showing up at our house this past summer. First he hung out outside, then he started coming in the sunroom and eating the food we left out for him, and now he's part of the family :) And Gloria, of course, is my new baby girl! She is the cuddliest cat IN THE WORLD. Her favorite toy is the plastic seal off of the juice jug :) I love looking at people's pet pictures so you should post them or leave a link in the comments! And I invite everyone to do the handwriting tag as well.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

FOTD w/ Darling Girl & Shiro

I seriously can't WAIT for Susan to re-open Darling Girl next month... maybe by then I'll have some money and be able to buy "a few" things. A few things about this EOTD... the lid color/highlight is "Whisper", which I am OBSESSED with. It is a perfect neutral eye color, very light, but it shows up more brown in these pictures than I think it looks IRL. I use it sometimes all the way from my eyelids to my browbone. I need a full size! The crease color is Scarecrow, but it turned out basically just black as I did the makeup, which is odd as it's actually really beautiful and complex and not black at all... It either got too muddy from being put on top of Whisper, or my brush was too dirty. Weird. I foiled Witch's Brew and used it as a liner (the pretty sparklies only show up ok in one picture). My liner on my waterline had already worn off by the time I took the pictures ^_^; So, the eyes didn't go quite as planned, but I still liked it. It was a different look for me. On my lips is Leeroy Jenkins from Shiro, and as you can see it's basically the best thing ever. I've started curling my lashes with a little cheap-o curler from an eyebrow kit my mom sent me. It makes a BIG difference in how my lashes look after I apply mascara. They stay really separated and don't get clumpy. I really liked this FOTD, I never do neutral eyes or colorful lips so it was a step outside of my comfort zone, which seems to be happening quite a bit lately. I am hoping to get caught up on blogs tomorrow!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Yellow & Teal EOTD with Fyrinnae

Hey guys! Sorry it's been a week, if you follow me on Twitter you know things have just been incredibly hectic for me lately (especially midterms, boo). I really haven't had much time to catch up on blogs, hopefully I will be able to do so soon. I wanted to use some Fyrinnae last week to do a nice and bright EOTD. I actually brought the colors below my waterline, which is something I barely ever do. It really goes out of my comfort zone for some reason, which is weird since I have no problem wearing super-bright shadows. The inner lid color is Banana Mochi, outer lid is Bali Mynah, and I think the crease is +20 Beautification. The green liner is MAC's Greenplay. I am so glad I bought this at the CCO, I use it so much more than I thought I would. Hope you had a good weekend!