Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Some more Darling Girl swatches

 *I purchased this*
 I made a little Darling Girl Cosmetics order as soon as the shop opened a few weeks ago after a hiatus; Glitter Glue had been sold out when I ordered previously so I had to order again because I needed a new tube. :)
I only ordered the blogger pack and Glitter Glue so I picked 5 colors and got the free GWP as well. Check it out:
Top row, left to right: It's a Magical Place (GWP), Leaping Lizards, Sirena. Bottom Row, left to right: Snuggle, Adoration (new formula), Bodice Ripper.
You can see how the colors change depending on light and angle; these first two pics were taken in natural light.
 In direct sunlight:

With flash:
I think I swatched everything over Glitter Glue except Bodice Ripper since it's matte. Adoration is a pearl finish so it could be used over GG or not, depending on what you want. I usually use it just over primer or base as a blending/highlight shade. Love it, use it every time I do makeup.

 Site descriptions:
Leaping Lizards - At a glance a medium grey with golden green sheen that shifts to a grey with red/violet sheen and because everything is better with sparkle a sprinkling of color shifting ultra-fine shimmer.

Sirena -  Dusty lilac with green shift and blue sheen/sparkle.

Snuggle - Golden beige taupe with a satin finish.

Adoration - Lightest tan satin pearl.

Bodice Ripper - Soft dirtied plum, more on the plummy side than brown.

I also got a free sample of this new Spring blush called Mermaid's Dream, a "bright coral red"; here I have it heavily applied on the left, and blended out on the right. It's so fresh and pretty! This pic was taken with flash.
Everything is so pretty! I can't wait to use Snuggle, I have a weakness for pretty golden/peachy colors and this one is perfect. I've already used Bodice Ripper in a look and I ADORE it. It's perfect for using in my crease and outer corner. I feel like plummy shades bring out the gold in my eyes :)
I'll be posting my look using some Darling Girl shades including Bodice Ripper so watch out for that, coming soon!

Thanks for reading!♥

 *All products purchased by me, all opinions are my own. Links are for convenience purposes only, I am not being paid for this post.

Monday, March 24, 2014

SALE! My sister's original artwork

*prices shown are NOT sale prices*
 Hey guys! Some of you know my sister Becky Penn Art is an artist; she has a Zazzle shop full of fun items featuring her original artwork, and right now everything is on SALE! There are mugs, notebooks, t-shirts, pillows, stickers, keychains, magnets, hats, totes, laptop accessories, watches, necklaces, playing cards, and even cute pouches for your makeup!

*prices shown are NOT sale prices*
 Her art is super pretty and ethereal; she does a lot of watercolor and marker/pen sketching, and loves to paint nature scenes as well as beautiful female figures in her own personally developed anime/manga-esque fantasy style.
*prices shown are NOT sale prices*
The items vary from super affordable to more expensive so there's surely something to fit your price range, and again, everything is on SALE until tomorrow!

 This is me wearing her Celestial Star Girl Design Shirt! (This one is a size XL, fyi)

The prices you see in the screenshots are NOT the sale prices; to view sale prices, simply enter the code SPRINGSFLING at checkout and you will then be able to view all the sale prices. My sister gets a commission for each item sold and would love your support. You can view her entire shop here!

Again, the sale ends tomorrow so please check it out! Thank you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Look: Fresh Holiday Greens

  *All products purchased by me unless marked with an asterisk (*); all opinions are my own. Links are for convenience purposes only, I am not being paid for this post.
 Last weekend I did a green and gold manicure, completely forgetting it was almost St. Patrick's Day so actually it was very appropriate. :) I wanted to do a makeup look to go with my nails so this is what I ended up with.
You can click the pics to view full-size:

-Reviva Labs pimer
-Wet n' Wild Coverall Cream Foundation in 815 Fair
-Wet N' Wild Coverall powder (lightest shade)
-Darling Girl Cosmetics blushes in Orange You Glad To See Me?, Cherry Bomb, and Neon Trees
-Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, Faint as contour (medium golden brown)
- mark. eyeshadow in Latte (used as bronzer/contour shade)
-Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Tako (matte white) as highlight
mark. eyeshadow in Whisper (used as highlight)
-*Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
-Milani Shadow Eyez pencil in Almond Cream (all over lid as base)
-Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue on lids
-Darling Girl Cosmetics eyeshadow in F*Bomb on inner lids
-BFTE Cosmetics eyeshadow in Illusion (teal green shimmer) on outer lids
-BFTE Cosmetics eyeshadow in Grassy (matte yellow-green) on inner crease and outer lower lashline
-BFTE Cosmetics eyeshadow in Ornamental (pale gold shimmer) on tearducts
 -mark eyeshadow in Latte (matte light pink-toned taupe) on crease and lower lashline
-theBalm eyeshadow in Presto (matte chocolate brown from Rockstar palette) on outer corners
-Darling Girl Cosmetics eyeshadow in Adoration (nude pearl) to highlight browbone and inner corners and blend edges
-mark. eyeshadow in Whisper (light cream satin) to highlight browbone and inner corners
-MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (tightline)
  -Prestige My Blackest Lashes mascara
-Ardell lashes (not sure what number)
-Duo Dark lash glue
-theBalm eyeshadow in Presto (dark brown)
-NYX slim lip pencil in Orange (inner lips) and Tangerine (outer lips)
-MAC In Sync lip pencil
-NYX Mega Shine gloss in Sweetie Pie
-Finger Paints polish in Wild Child (jade/kelly green, 2 coats)
-China Glaze Gold Crackle
 I didn't get to take a product picture because by the time I had to stop taking pictures I felt really sick. I was kind of out of it for the rest of the day and just couldn't bring myself to get everything together. I'm making this list from memory but I think I got everything, lol.
Because I was feeling so sick I didn't get the pictures as nice as I would have liked. Anyway, I liked how the look came out; mostly I wanted to use Illusion because it is the most gorgeous jewel-toned teal you can imagine. 

Hope you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!♥

 *Some products purchased by me, others were a gift or sent for consideration and are marked with an asterisk (*); all opinions are my own. Links are for convenience purposes only, I am not being paid for this post.
 **Some or all images were lightly edited using Aperture and/or Photoshop; for details, please read the photo editing disclosure widget at the bottom of my right-side bar.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wildly Natural: Swatches and Review

 *Products sent for consideration, all opinions are my own. Links are for convenience purposes only, I am not being paid for this post.
Recently I was contacted by Meagan of Wildly Natural, a KS based indie company. Meagan herself is a licensed esthetician and all her cosmetics are handmade with natural minerals to be gentle on sensitive skin. You can learn about Meagan and how she started her company in the About section of her site here.
Meagan offered me the opportunity to try some of her eyeshadows which I'd like to share with you today, so keep reading for more pics and my thoughts! :)
The samples came in these fat clamshells and have professional labels on front and back, as well as the company logo and product name/ingredients.
Sample sizes on the site cost $1.00 which is nice; I love being able to try a product before committing to purchasing a full size. I assume the ones she sent me were standard sample sizes; I don't know the technical amount of product in the samples but there's more than enough for several applications.

Eyeshadows were swatched with my fingers on bare, lotioned skin. Photos were taken in direct sunlight:
Top row: Vegas Strip, Tiki, Sky Fire. Bottom row: Aloha, Toxic, Chameleon.

Site descriptions:
Vegas Strip is a light gold eyeshadow with soft gold-orange shimmer. It makes an excellent highlighter. Texture: shimmer & shine. I looooove this color, it's probably my favorite of the group. Description is accurate; I love that it's not super shimmery, just creamy with a delicate satin sheen. The orange-gold shimmer is visible, giving this shadow a uniqueness over the many light gold colors in my collection. Can't wait to use this as a highlighter! (Due to the creaminess of this shade, it performed better over bare skin.)

Tiki is a bronzey pink eyeshadow. Texture: shine. My second favorite of the bunch, this is definitely a bronzey pink. I've been very into pink neutrals lately and I love using colors like this as a lid shade. It's very pigmented with a nice shiny finish. Out of curiosity I compared it to BFTE's Dusty Rose, one of my go-to staple shades; they are similar but Dusty Rose is more peach-toned and Tiki is more pink-toned. (Performed the same over Glitter Glue and bare skin; preferred over bare skin.)

Sky Fire is a brilliant copper shadow. Texture: shine. For some reason I'm really drawn to coppery eyeshadows even though I don't think I've ever actually worn one, lol. I love metallics in general but something about this called my name. It's a gorgeous copper, a little more pink-toned versus other straight-up orange coppers in my collection. Very pigmented and shiny, plus I adore the name! (Performed the same over Glitter Glue and bare skin; preferred over bare skin.)

Aloha, gorgeous! This dreamy eyeshadow is coral pink with gold shimmer. Texture: shimmer. Brilliant red-pink base with gorgeous gold shimmer. To me, the base seemed almost matte and slightly difficult to work with, but you can see that it's a pigmented eyeshadow and the gold sparkles against the pink is super gorgeous. The shimmer did a pretty good job of staying dispersed through the swatch instead of gathering all around the edges; it would probably work even better patted on the eyelid with a brush. (Due to the matte-ish base, this color worked better over bare skin.)

Toxic is a mossy green eyeshadow. Texture: shimmer. I'm not sure what shade to call this one; the base seems like a yellowish limey green, but there appears to be some blue in the shimmer which gives the shadow a cooler more minty glow. It's a little more sheer than the others but still pigmented enough, especially over Glitter Glue. (Works well over Glitter Glue or bare skin; Glitter Glue preferred.)

Chameleon - This shadow is named after the Chameleon because of it's color shifting nature. The brick red shade transforms to a brownish tone & is suddenly accented with blue and green glow. Try foiling this one, you will fall in love! Texture: shimmer. I rarely wear colors like this either but I just had to see it in person. The shadow to compare it to would be the MAC Blue Brown pigment which I don't have, or the Wet 'N Wild dupe that's in many of their palettes, which I do have. I tried to swatch it next to this shade for comparison but I couldn't even get the Wet 'N Wild one to show up on my skin... no idea why since it's a very creamy and pigmented shadow. It just didn't want to transfer onto my skin. Anyway, this color is of a similar sort and very gorgeous and pigmented; over Glitter Glue the shift comes out even more, though it is still visible without a base. Below I have swatches both with and without Glitter Glue. Very pretty!

Chameleon on bare, lotioned skin.
 (Please ignore the orange blotch; I was swatching a new lip tint :P )
Chameleon over Darling Girl Glitter Glue.

These pics were taken with flash:
With flash.
With flash.
All in all I'm very pleased with these eyeshadows! The only negative thing was that there are no swatches on the site, and since it's a relatively new company there are hardly any swatches available anywhere yet. Choosing colors might be a little difficult because of this but the product pictures for each color seem pretty accurate, as do the descriptions. Hopefully Meagan will get swatches for each product up soon which I'm sure will be a big help to customers.

There are a whole lot more on the site and it was hard to choose just 4 to try. If I had to pick favorites I'd say the top row, plus Chameleon; I think I'll wear Vegas Strip and Tiki a lot and I really want to try playing with Sky Fire. Chameleon is so pretty with the blue shift!
I really want to try Bombshell, Couture, Electric, High Tide, Mermaid, Penny, QueenB, Smokin', Untamed, and Vintage. 

Full size eyeshadows are $7.00, samples are $1.00. In addition to eyeshadows, Wildly natural also offers blushes, foundations and veils, lip balm, and various brushes.
I recommend Wildly Natural if you're looking for an indie company to try with plenty of color choices, and if you're on a budget the $1 samples are a great deal.
Thanks for reading!♥

 *Products sent for consideration, all opinions are my own. Links are for convenience purposes only, I am not being paid for this post.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Darling Girl Cosmetics swatches and EOTD

 *I purchased this*
Today I want to share swatches from my most recent Darling Girl Cosmetics order. I swatched all of these as soon as they came so they're not the cleanest but definitely show the colors well. They're all swatched with my fingers over Glitter Glue because I believe most DG shadows look best over Glitter Glue. These photos were taken in direct sun without flash, and you can click them to view the larger images.

O Rly?, Sovereign (GWP), Lonely Assassins, My Little Pony, F*Bomb, The Count, I Am Pain, Jeweled Taupe, Making Merry, Still At the Nerd Table, Razzles, Smarties, Double Bubble, The Boogeyman, The Invisible Man.
Site Descriptions:
 O RLY? - Medium silver grey with red glow and gold iridescence. This was my free baggie sample with the order and I love it! The red and gold shift gives it an overall impression of a neutral.

Sovereign - Satiny blackened red with gold iridescence. This was the GWP shade and it is very pretty. Maybe we will luck out and Susan will make it permanent someday? :)

Lonely Assassins - This was part of the Oh The Horror collection but I can't find it on the site; maybe Susan discontinued some shades, I'm not sure. 

My Little Pony - Pale, pastel lavender with green shift and aqua and pink iridescence, but hold it close to a light source and it takes on a coppery rose color. This is one I've wanted to try for ages so I finally ordered it. I never really loved colors with green shift so I wasn't sure how I'd like it, but when I saw it in person it's super sweet and very wearable. It was the first color from this order that I used, I wore it to church yesterday. I'll post the eye look at the end of this post.

F*Bomb - Blue-ish green base with strong golden sheen and sparkling iridescence that shifts from gold to blue. I love this color! Some of you know my affinity for green eye makeup; it's always been my "comfort color", aka the color I reach for when I want a quick easy look but don't want to worry about what color to wear, etc. Interestingly enough I get the most compliments when I'm wearing green eyeshadow or nail polish; I guess green loves me, too!

The Count - Royal purple with purple sheen and color shifting lavender iridescence. This is such a gorgeous sparkly blurple! In person it looked a tiny bit more purpley, I think since the shimmer was more visible.

I Am Pain - Pale icy blue with golden green to blue shift and glimmering green sparkles. I'm a sucker for iridescent icy blues, and this one is gorgeous. To me this one doesn't have as much shift as others I own, which for me is actually good when I want more of a straight-up light blue.

Jeweled Taupe - An amazing, metallic, bronzey taupe with multi-colored shimmer like tiny little jewels ribboned through it. This is probably DG's most popular and beloved eyeshadow; I've heard so much about it, I decided it was high time I tried it myself. I wasn't prepared for the metallic beauty of this shadow, can't wait to see it on my eyes!

Making Merry - A reddish-purple pearl. An accurate description; the blueish pearl really comes out over glitter glue, and in my swatch there even appeared to be some purple shimmer. So pretty!

Still at the Nerd Table - Deep eggplant with red iridescent undertones. A very rich eyeshadow; looking forward to trying it as an outer corner shade.

The Boogeyman - Sandy taupe with orange sheen and red sparkles. One of my faves of the bunch, the orange sheen is really visible over glitter glue; absolutely stunning!

The Invisible Man - Lavender with turquoise to violet shift. You may have seen this color on my blog before; I got a sample and had to get myself a jar because it's so pretty!!

"Spectral Shifts:  Spectral Shifts are silky, sheer, iridescent, multipurpose shades that can be used as eye shadow, face highlighters, or depending on your complexion, blush.  Don't let the colors fool you -- the shift makes them very wearable."
Razzles -  Dusty periwinkle with copper shift. Exactly that, very nice.
Smarties -  Sheer candy pink with green to gold shift. This color is super cute! It's just the right shade of pink and the green iridescence is very visible over glitter glue. My sister Becky loved this one as well.
Double Bubble -  Sheer bubble gum pink with copper shift. I love this too! Such a glowy shade, it'll be perfect for spring! I kinda wanna try it as a blush as well :)
I love the Spectral Shifts, they're so creamy and delicate.

My eye look yesterday using My Little Pony on the lid and BFTE's Belle of the Ball, a matte dusty purple on the outer lid. I didn't use Glitter Glue, just my primer and Milani Almond Cream pencil as a base. It looked quite pink, maybe because I didn't use the glitter glue. I love the green flashes.
Speaking of glitter glue, I need another tube soon, mine is almost gone! D:
I hope you enjoyed the swatches! Did you see anything you need? ;)

Thanks for reading!♥

*All products purchased by me, all opinions are my own. Links are for convenience purposes only, I am not being paid for this post.
 **Some or all images were lightly edited using Aperture and/or Photoshop; for details, please read the photo editing disclosure widget at the bottom of my right-side bar.
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