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EOTD: My Little Pony…
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun - Comments (6) - February 12th, 2012

My on-going fight with depression continues, which is why the EOTDs have been few and far between around here lately. I’m going to try to remedy that, because actually doing my makeup does make me feel better. But it’s hard to talk myself into making the effort, and then I feel bad, and then I really can’t make the effort… cycle, meet vicious. ANYWAY. I promised myself I wouldn’t let this week’s Toxid-Lotus makeup challenge go by though, and also I don’t want Luna to yell at me. HI LUNA! LOOK, I DID IT!

This week’s theme is My Little Pony. I was a HUGE fan of My Little Pony when I was a kid in the 80′s. I had several. My eye makeup isn’t based on any one pony, but rather just an homage to the bright fun colors.

I put Seedless from Madd Style Cosmetics in the inner corners. Seedless is a bubble gum pink with green glitter and a green duo chrome. Next, I used Linnaeus Cosmetics’ Pollywog in the center of my eyelids. Pollywog is a light aqua with a greenish golden shimmer. The outer corners are Ru Blue, a medium shimmery cobalt blue, also from Linnaeus. I put Linnaeus’ Reef (a shimmery coral color) in the crease. Unicorn Pee, from My Pretty Zombie, is the highlight. I couldn’t NOT use Unicorn Pee, when the theme is My Little Pony, right??

I used Poison blush, from Detrivore Cosmetics. The lipstick is Viva Glam Gaga, from MAC.

Next week’s makeup challenge is Butts. I’m doing Daffodils. So There.

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EOTD: Dragons!
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun - Comments (3) - February 5th, 2012

It’s been kind of a rough week in Claire-land, so I didn’t really do much makeup. But I was bound and determined to do this week’s Makeup Challenge from Toxid-Lotus, because it was Dragons. And Dragons rock. I decided that my dragons were going to be greenish and bluish and sparkly. So that’s what I did.

I used Electric Stardust from Fyrinnae in the inner corners. Electric Stardust is bright, cheery, shimmery mint green that can change to a lighter aqua depending on the light. The outer corners are Poseidon from Black Rose Minerals. Poseidon is a teal base with a high shimmer finish and turquoise glitter. It’s one of my favorite teal colors. The crease color is Cyranose from Linnaeus Cosmetics. Cyranose is a dark green with a lot of green sparkle. The highlight is Divinity from Persephone Minerals (which is on clearance right now, go buy it!!!). Divinity is a pale, glowing green highlight glistening with sparkles of green, silver, & green-gold. In order to make all this stick, I used Pixie Epoxy as well.

On my cheeks, I applied Morgana Cryptoria’s Mysterious Veil, for a green sheen. A light dusting of Bare Escentuals’ blush in Secret went on top.

The lip color is Ultra Phantom Lip Lustre from Fyrinnae. Ultra Phantom is a sheer aqua sparkle that turns to pink in different light or angles. It’s an awesome color, since it’s sheer so you can go light, or pile it on for an almost frosty look.

Dragons was fun. I kind of want to do a red-orange-green dragons look too. Maybe next week.

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5 Things: Makeup Palettes
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun, Shopping - Comments (1) - February 1st, 2012

I love palettes. Since I’ve gotten so much into loose powder eyeshadows and blushes, I don’t use them as much as I used to, but I still really love them. Put it in a palette, and I’m especially going to be a sucker for it. This 5 Things is a list of the three palettes I HAVE, that I really love, and two that I WANT.

1. Urban Decay Ammo Palette is one of my favorites. It has ten eyeshadow colors, which are in my opinion some of the best UD makes. You can do both bright and more neutral looks with this palette, so it’s quite versatile.

2. Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Kit is my go-to palette when I want an all-in-one thing for travel, especially if the reason for the travel is something that requires more neutral colors (like work). I really love the soft, almost creamy quality of the colors in this set. This palette has four eyeshadows and two blushes.

3. The Cargo PlantLove Green Glamour Kit contains 18 eyeshadows, a mix of pearly colors and mattes. The colors are all very wearable and flattering. This palette is the one to grab when you’re not sure what you’re going to want to wear so you better bring ALL THE COLORS!

4. The Cowboy Junkie set from Urban Decay falls under the “don’t really NEED it but really WANT it” category. It has four eyeshadows, an eyeliner, and a lipgloss and at $24 is currently A STEAL. I may give in and order it…

5. This Sephora palette of neutral colors is SO PRETTY. ME WANT.

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My Top Ten Favorite Indie Beauty Companies
Best Of, Makeup Fun, Shopping - Comments Off - December 3rd, 2011

A while back, Luna from Toxid Lotus tagged me to list my top ten favorite indie beauty companies. I’ve been very lazy about doing it, so today, I bring you MY top ten favorite indie beauty companies. These are in no particular order…

1. Linnaeus Cosmetics. The lovely Miss Marin is wonderful and awesome and her eyeshadows are just the bees knees. These are colors I reach for again and again. Her customer service is amazing and I can’t wait for her to open again in 2012.

2. Black Rose Minerals. So many of Rosa’s colors are also staples for me, like Skink and Minky. She also made Theo for me, my dream taupe-y color with a green duochrome. She has a great selection of colors!

3. One Hand Washes The Other makes Black Magic Soap, which will save your face from evil. Becca also makes some of my now favorite scents to wear, like Pasticceria and Victuals. You NEED to check out her solid scents if you haven’t already!

4. My Pretty Zombie makes some of the most creative colors I have – like Thunderpants, Unicorn Pee, and the whole Animal Husbandry set. I love her duochromes, and the owner is a sweetheart. She has awesome customer service.

5. Detrivore Cosmetics makes the Best Blush Ever. No, really. Poison, Thing, and Clotted are colors I reach for ALL THE TIME. In fact, I’ve had to make myself reach for others just so I use them up. As if that wasn’t enough, Distorria also makes beautiful eyeshadows (Lobotomy, Cremains…) and now she has good smelling things too!

6. Meow Cosmetics has been a favorite mine for a long, long time. I have so many eyeshadow colors from them, and they are all beautiful. They also make excellent blushes and I really love the crystalline glow powders. They have sales and free shipping quite often, so it’s worth it to get on their mailing list so you get the notices!

7. Silk Naturals is a new favorite. Everything I’ve tried has been excellent, from blushes to eyeshadows to my favorite, the Kisser Slicker Lipgloss Sticks.

8. Fyrinnae. Yes, I know, half the time you want to shop they’re not there and that’s frustrating. BUT! Pixie Epoxy is a holy grail item for me, and I love their Lip Lustres and eyeshadow, so they’re on my top ten list.

9. Brazen Cosmetics makes some of my favorites lip glosses EVER! I also really like their eyeshadow, and I want to try some of the face powders too, like the night time formula.

10. Hmm. I don’t have a tenth right now.

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What’re You Waiting For?
Makeup Fun, Shopping - Comments (3) - November 26th, 2011

I couldn’t go as nuts as I might have liked this weekend with the After Thanksgiving sales, but I was able to order a few things I’m excited about.

I have two lippies coming from Morgana Cryptoria – my favorite lip balm color Hibiscus in a gloss form, and a new lip balm color called Willow. I’m SO EXCITED about Hibiscus lip gloss!! Morgana Cyptoria’s sale is still going on, so go check it out!

I ordered some samples of the new holiday colors from Persephone Minerals. They are SO PRETTY, and I especially like the sweets & treats theme. Persephone has a 30% off deal going, so now is the time to try!

I ordered a few more eyeshadows and another blush from Detrivore Cosmetics. Detrivore is having an AMAZING 50% off your $20 or more purchase! Go get some blushes!

What hauls did you make this weekend?

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EOTD: Iced Monarch
Complexion, Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun - Comments Off - November 21st, 2011

A super-sweet friend of mine sent me some stuff from a few makeup companies that I haven’t tried yet (yay for de-stashing! I need to do this too…) so today’s makeup is using two new colors on my eyes, as well as a new cheek color. The new companies are Minna Cosmetics, Darling Girl Cosmetics, and Mae Minerals.

The lid color is Iced, from Minna. It is a peachy tan shimmer. I really, really like it! It is quite sparkly, so use a sticky base to maximize the sparklage, or don’t for a more subtle look. It seems like a nice formula, I didn’t have to go nuts to get good pigmentation, and it adheres well. Then again, I am using it on top of Pixie Epoxy, so I guess I’d have to try it without to really speak to that for sure. The crease color is Monarch from Darling Girl. It seems that Monarch is a GWP color that you can’t buy by itself. It’s like a wine-brown with tons of sparkle. It’s amazingly pretty, and is really making me want to investigate Darling Girl further. They are one of those companies I’ve been meaning to try forever, but get distracted by something else. The highlight is Vanilla Bean from Candy’s Sweet Treats.

The blush today is from Mae Minerals. This is actually the first time I’ve heard of Mae Minerals! They have been doing business since 2006, as Mae Minerals since 2010. The product I used on my cheeks is called a MVP, which stands for Mae Versatile Powders. You can use them on your eyes, cheeks, and in some cases, lips. The color I used is called Temptress, a pink and silver color. It’s very subtle, but pretty I think. I definitely will try it as eyeshadow too, I think it would be great.

My lipgloss is Morgana Cryptoria Lip Gloss in Silver Rainbow, blotted.

I’m excited to be trying out things from new (to me) companies!

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New Companies On Etsy
Etsy, Makeup Fun, Shopping - Comments Off - November 8th, 2011

There’s a whole slew of interesting new mineral makeup companies on Etsy I’m hoping to explore over the next few months. Here’s a look at them!

Pumpkin and Poppy is quite new and quite small, but I really want to try her foundation! The formula has stuff in it I’m looking for (like silica) and it just looks really appealing. Her blushes and eyeshadows are pretty too.

Cocovana Cosmetics has some very pretty looking lip products and some very pretty eyeshadows.

Muse Minerals has softer looking colors, that are still quite appealing nonetheless. I think this set of four is particularly pretty.

Simplicity Cosmetics has been getting some nice reviews (see here) and her colors also look lovely!

Pollen Cosmetics has some an excellent brand image, and the products also look wonderful. I’ve read good things about them too.

Innocent Twisted has been on my to-try list forever! I really need to check them out.

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EOTD: Cheshire Cat?
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun - Comments (4) - October 30th, 2011

I was playing around today with colors, and while at first I thought I’d only managed to produce a hot mess… I think it turned out okay actually. I wanted to do something with Detrivore’s Dissipate, because I haven’t used that color a lot (and I’m trying to “shop my stash”). I also thought it would be fun to use Black Rose Minerals’ Coma Black because it’s a blackened purple color. It kind of went a little nuts from there!

Dissipate is a deep rose eyeshadow with pink shimmer. It is really, really pretty. I used Dissipate on the lid, and above the crease color. Coma Black is dark, dark violet color. I used it in the crease. I put mNg No. 1 from My Pretty Zombie in the inner corners, and Detrivore’s Lobotomy to highlight.

When I was finished, it reminded me of the Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland (the Disney version). Once I did the rest of my face it looked a little more pulled together. I used Stila’s Convertible Color in Orchid on my cheeks and I’m wearing MAC lipstick in Aristocat. My sister lent me her cat ears (I need to get my own pair) to complete the look.

Now, some pimpin’ for my favorite ladies! Detrivore Cosmetics started a kickass sale today – 10 for $20 eyeshadow and 3 for $10 blush! You need to go buy some blush RIGHT NOW!! I wear Poison, Thing, and Clotted ALL TIME TIME. Get some eyeshadow while you’re at it. Cremains rocks my socks regularly.

Speaking of MPZ, they are having an EPIC GIVEAWAY to celebrate getting 1000 fans on Facebook. Go check it out!

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