Monday, February 28, 2011

Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? LOL of the Day

I have a face on my face!
WARNING:  Not your average makeup!

I don't think I'll be making a habit out of this or anything, but I had this weird idea in my head that I wanted to try out (but probably not wear out) and it makes me giggle!
I used (in no particular order):
Kamikaze - Fyrinnae
Prestige liquid eyeliner in Popstar
Physician's Formula 2-in-1 Ultra Black liner pen
Integra's Dog I - Archetype Cosmetics
Beetle - Detrivore Cosmetics
Black Rose Bath - My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics

 The best part of this look, is when you blink it looks like the mouth is biting! Heeee! Omnomnom rawr.

 I won't mind if you question my sanity, but do comment!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

GotW - 450 Enchanting

Here is Sunday's Geek of the Week look, "450 Enchanting"! You'll probably notice it's made up of colors similar to the Baby Vampragon look... this won't be the case for most of the GotWs though, don't worry.
In WoW, the enchants that are put on weapons usually make them glow, glimmer, or something similar. Also, you can disenchant, and recieve many pastel-colored dusts. Here's kind of a tribute to both those, with the dusts as the shadows and the enchants as the liner...
A picture of enchanted weapons in the Dalaran shop:

Stuff being enchanted:

I used:
1. Sugar - Hi Fi Cosmetics
2. Futuristic Glamrock - Fyrinnae
3. a. Spun Sugar - Archetype
3. b. Pixie Poop - Archetype
4. Physicican's Formula 2-in-1 liner Ultra Black under Real Wild Child - Hi Fi Cosmetics
5. Sex, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll - Hi Fi Cosmetics
6. Futuristic Glamrock - Fyrinnae
7. Golden Fair matte base - Everyday Minerals

I wish I'd managed to capture the glitter better....

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Geek of the Week?

Haven't I gotten carried away with enough themed looks already? NO! But this one has me planning tons of new stuff to hurtle into. I've noticed several blogs have a day or two that they set aside for a specific kind of look, etc... for example, Leesha (xSparkage) has Fierce Fridays and Wearable Wednesdays. You get the idea. But I'm a bit more of a geek than I guess I tend to let on. Until now! All that is about to change. From here on out, I plan to have Geek of the Week looks on Saturdays and Sundays every week. Here's hoping I manage to do that every weekend! Most of you who are familiar with my blog know I'm an avid WoW fiend, but I'll be branching out a bit in these looks. They may not be restrained to well known games. But to start off these looks, I'd like to introduce the first to you today...

Baby Vampragon! This is a cute little pet that will fight by your side if ever you summon it in Adventure Quest!
"This very young vampragon attacks with water or wind and heals you a little on its special attack! Babies heal more than adults."
Here's the Baby Vampragon: Inneeee cuuute! Look at those tiny teeth.
And here's the look and what I used (new makeup, yay!) :
1. Sex & Candy - Archetype Cosmetics
2. Lethe - Archetype Cosmetics
3. Pixie Poop - Archetype Cosmetics
4. Physician's Formula 2-in-1 Ultra Black
5. Lethe - Archetype Cosmetics
6. NYC Black liner
7. Golden Fair matte base - Everyday Minerals

 So tell me what you think of this crazy new tangent I'm on and have an awesome weekend!

Could it be...? Prelude to a swatchfest

I couldn't believe what showed up in yesterday's mail. Can you guess? Yep, that's right, my Archetype Cosmetics order from aeons ago. All 44 samples.
Now what really kills me about this is that I know I'm not going to be able to make the samples last forever. And there are some incredibly unique and beautiful colors! But I can't really say I'm up for placing an order for any full sizes because I may be in my mid fifties before they actually arrive. More on that later though, because I may cave still in hopes that this order from them was just particularly bad. Yes, I'm aware that's called denial!
Now, some of you may ask how I actually managed to recieve my order. My answer? Since I began to worry about the questionable existence of my order, I called her at work (Star Center Antique Mall in Snohomish, for those of you who want to Google the number). Every. Week. And harangued her (politely) at every opportunity. I don't plan to make a habit out of that. But that's what I did.
Anyway though, I'll have the swatches up soon, which was supposed to be my main point in this post... So keep a lookout! Have a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oceanwater EOTD

This is the first EOTD I've done in a while... sorry, but I was really reluctant to do any looks or swatches without my holy grail Pixie Epoxy. Now it's here, so I'm taking full advantage. This is a look I did today (mind you, I'd been wearing it for several hours before I took pictures... and look how fresh it still looks! Thank you, Fyrinnae!) using two of the new shadows I got. I'm calling this EOTD Oceanwater cause of the seagreen-ness. It's not intentionally a themed look, but I'm throwing it into the Water Trilogy themes anyway. Here's what I used:
1. Sugar - Hi Fi Cosmetics
2. Eternal Innocence - Fyrinnae
3. Electric Stardust - Fyrinnae
4. Physician's Formula 2-in-1 liner in Ultra Black
5. Dragon's Wing - Fyrinnae
6. NYC Black liner
7. Golden Fair matte base - Everyday Minerals

That's all for now. Tell me what you think and thanks for reading!

The Story of Pixie Epoxy, and other news

Right, this is gonna be a fairly strange post because lately my fantasy fiction writing has started to spill into my reviews. Some of you may have noticed. I'm kind of having a blast with it. But anyway, earlier today I was thinking about the wonder that is Pixie Epoxy. Why? Well because I've gone weeks without it and it's like.. you know when they touch up the color in old movies? The Wizard of Oz, for example, and they peel back this dull looking clip of the movie to show the same clip in vibrant colors? Going without Pixie Epoxy, for me, is like that in reverse. It's still beautiful, but that mesmerizing sheen and complexity is just muted and seems to fade away. Like, you can't appreciate Glinda's soap bubble when it's all greyish.
Enough references, though.
I got my new lovely full sized Pixie Epoxy tube in the mail today (along with some sample sizes which will all be swatched and posted some time tonight I hope) and it's just fantastic. So I was thinking, why Pixie Epoxy? Here's what I've come up with...

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away known as Washington, there lived a King of the Pixies. But he was lonely. He had no wife and no heir. He was plagued daily by his worries. Would he live out his life without knowing love? Who would rule when he departed this world? One day he decided to clear his mind with a journey through the lush forests. As he flew along enjoying the scenery, a pint-sized wood nymph caught his eye. They gazed at eachother. It was love at first sight. The king announced their marriage soon after, and nuptial celebrations were planned. But soon another problem arose. While he could bestow upon his lovely bride the gift of Pixie Dust, it only lasted a few hours and the home of the Pixies lay in the ever-present clouds above Washington. Stricken by fear that one day he would not re-Dust her in time and she would fall from the sky, he went to his friends, the legendary magicians of Fyrinnae, for help. The wizards worked day and night concocting a magical glue that would enable the new queen to rule safely in her new realm without eventually succumbing to the dangers of gravity. This glue would keep the Pixie Dust from slowly wearing off.
Overjoyed with the wizards' creation, the king flew back to his bride and presented her with the gift. They were able to live and rule together among the clouds. Eventually they bore a son (a Nixie?) to continue their line, and they all lived happily ever after.
The End.
Thus, Pixie Epoxy came into being! Hope you enjoyed! Tell me what you think? XD

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Man, that's a mouthfull. But if it works it'll be worth it! As to what it does... I think the super long title kind of explains that, but if you want more info just click here.
I've only tried the pen twice so far. And I got carried away with the swatching of it because it's just so fun to draw with. It's very precise and it's a legit brush tip, not felt. Everything about it is very sleek. It makes me think of those Japanese calligraphy pens, and I've always been jealous of artists so I felt very pro handling this liner pen and did a little doodle myself: It's a murloc! Hehe.
Now I've heard some funny rumors that this eyeliner/lash lengthening duo keeps people up at night. To me that just sounds weird to the extreme. That's like saying your favorite lipstick is such a gorgeous shade but it makes you hear white noise. I just don't buy that. So I put this to the test (god forbid I should ever sleep in my makeup!) and applied some after washing my face last night. Are you ready for the truth!? Honestly, I slept like a baby. Myth BUSTED! I think a more likely explanation would be that this liner is so sleek looking it could honestly belong in a spaceship and maybe some aliens are jealous and want it for themselves, so they deprive the original owners of sleep in hopes that the liner will get thrown out and they'll be able to take it for themselves! Well it could happen right? I never claimed it was reasonable :)
On to the actual FACT that it is sleek:
Here's the liner pen, all shiny and aerodynamic for alien space travel:
The nice, accurate brush tip (the bristles don't come apart during application either, they stay streamline which I think is a pretty great thing):
And some various lines I drew:
I guess it looks a little sheer here, but let me assure you, I have been using loose shadows with water to line my eyes for a while now and this pen definitely creates a darker, more controlled line. Also, this product is advertised to be waterproof and smudgeproof. And they mean it! I had to get my doodles off with soap and a loofah. Miraculously though, it wasn't so hard to get off my eyes... and I guess it's usually easier to remove if you apply primer and shadow first (it's worth mentioning I didn't try legit makeup remover with this). But this stuff stays and stays!
Pretty fab huh? I'll review a bit more when 2 or so weeks pass to share how well the lash boosting works.
Tell me what you think! Have you tried this liner pen? Did it work for you, or did the aliens take it?
Nighty night folks! Mrgl?

As to that weird squawky noise I just made...

Hehe I'm glad no one heard that. I have to apologize for being all un-posty recently. I'm so sorry! Things have been CRAZY around here! I think I'm back now though.
So, back to the title. I can't believe I haven't posted about this already, but I placed more orders with Fyrinnae! I ran out of Pixie Epoxy last week (imagine that!) and I've been dying without it. If you've never noticed the difference in your shadows since you bought your first Pixie Epoxy let me tell you... it looks like I mixed my shadows with dust before I applied them. The foiled-look-without-foiling is gone, my friends. But as I said I ordered more. Salvation is on its way! Now I placed my order earlier this week. Fyrinnae's TAT is currently 26-28 business days. So I was all prepared to settle in for a longish wait and just deal with the lackluster eyeshadow payoff. BUT! Have I mentioned the guys at Fyrinnae are not only wizards who recieve the dragonscales that go into their eyeshadows straight off the organic vine of the tofu-dragon (no real dragons though cause after all they ARE vegan, so no real dragonscales) but they are also masters of QUICK SHIPPING!? Well, they are. I got an email today saying my order had already shipped. Thank you Fyrinnae, you've done it again! I was so happy I actually did make some weird bird sounds... so if some of you are still confused by the title of this post... ^.^
So that's my raving for the day over with, but I had to put that out there! Fyrinnae is most definitely my top favorite cosmetics company of all time.
I'll have the swatches and stuff up as soon as I recieve my incoming orders. Also, my Hi Fi order (well, one of them anyway) arrived, as did six sample shadows from My Pretty Zombie (and they're all stunning) so those review/swatches should be up within the week. I also placed an order with Glamour Doll Eyes today. Not sure when that will get here. That pretty much sums up all the stuff I've gotten and will be getting so far.
I also got that Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black last time I was in CVS. So at some point in time I'll post a review on that... but I'm gonna wait and see if it works for now. It's a nice liner pen so far!

Enough of my babbling though. Comment! And have a great week :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Moonrise Studio / The Chequered Lily Review With Swatches! Plus EOTD

Okay, so I only just found my camera today. Sorry! But here are all the pretty swatches of the Moonrise Studio (soon to be called The Chequered Lily Apothecary) eyeshadows, and this post will be a bit picture heavy. Enjoy!
You can find this company on Etsy, or you can just click here ^.^
A lot of these shadows are very glittery, so I swatched all of them over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy. Also, I labelled the free samples that I got, those weren't labelled when I got them. I guess I'm a little OCD about my makeup organization haha :) As for customer service, it was great. Kim is super nice, and convo'd me on Etsy after my order. It shipped within a matter of days and arrived the same day as my Fortune Cookie Soap order.
Honestly, I love all of these shadows. They have wow-factor for sure and they're pretty complex. I keep trying to narrow down my favorites, but I end up giving up because I can't choose. So here are all the lovely colors! I like that the labels all say which you should use with primer and which aren't lip safe. Saves checking.

Here are some pictures showing about how much product comes in each sample baggie. Kim says it's 2-3 applications, but I've got a feeling I can make them last a bit longer. This is the shade Sushi Ginger.

 On to the swatches! I did these a little differently than I usually do; just two at a time so I could show off the detail better. Some of these have more than one picture, depending on how well my camera captured them the first time.
Candy Floss and Sushi Ginger:
Kali and The 13th (see the pretty magenta shimmer!):

Charlotte and November (have I mentioned how pretty all the eyeshadow names are?):

Jareth (this looks the color of Nutella in the baggie, but it's actually gorgeous PURPLE!) and Oakmoss:

Terra and A Dustland Fairytale:

Fragile and Neverwhere:

Silk and Snow, Glass, Apples (SUCH an awesome color!):
Naïve and Stormbreak:

Milky Way (filled with crazy awesome holo-glitter) and Stormbringer:

Black Valentine and Oxalis:

And here's a soft EOTD with some of the shadows I got. Everything's from Moonrise Studio unless stated otherwise:
1. Naïve
2. A Dustland Fairytale
3. Fragile
4. Beetle - Detrivore
5. A Dustland Fairytale
6. Sable Brown - Rimmel
7. Golden Fair matte base - Everyday Minerals

Pretty pictures:

So I give this company major points for blendability, uniqueness, and overall awesomeness. Go check it out, buy, and post reviews! Happy Friday and weekend :)