Friday, July 30, 2010

Fyrinnae: Swatches and First Impressions

So I placed a small order with Fyrinnae, a make up company (but not mineral make up!) that I have literally not heard ANYTHING but great things about. I ordered 4 eyeshadow samples(and got one freebie), one lip lustre, and a full size tube of this stuff called Pixie Epoxy. It's a clear almost gel looking stuff that claims to give your eyeshadow that "foiled" look without the mess.

I haven't gotten the chance to play around with what I got very much but I swatched what I have for you. Top line is bare skin, 2nd line is over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and the bottom line is over Pixie Epoxy. As you can see, it works pretty darn well.

I don't like how the picture without flash made "Shinigami" look. It's not brown at all, it's a really lovely deep, sparkly purple.

I did, however, try "Rapunzel Had Extensions" and "Shinigami" today and I tried out the Pixie Epoxy. Here's what it looks like.

OH. MY. GOD. I don't want to really RAVE just yet because I plan to do a full review soon, but wow. Rapunzel Had Extensions may be the prettiest color EVAR. Yes, ever with an A. I don't really know how to describe it. This picture really does it no justice. It's kind of a pinkish goldish shimmery peach. I don't know, but it's great.
I'm also loving the lip lustre I got. I'll go into more detail about it when I do my review, but let's just say I'm already planning to get more colors.

'til next time! :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New jewelry, sales updates and whatnot

So in case you didn't already know this, I make and sell jewelry on Etsy. I've been selling jewelry for about a year now but have been making it literally for as long as I've had fine motor skills. Check out my store here to see what all I've got for sale! :)

I make all kinds of things, but my most popular items are glass tile pendants. This cute Totoro pendant is my most popular item, I really can't keep them!

Even though I love making these and I'm super happy that people have responded so well to them, I miss selling my beaded type stuff. That's what I really love doing but it just isn't as popular. These days I like to do "Victorian" themed stuff. This is my latest design, but it hasn't been getting very much attention.

I don't know, we'll see if it picks up. Again, I'm happy that my glass tiles get so much attention because they are adorable and so easily customizable. I just miss being able to get super creative is all. Until next time, guess I should get to work on some glass tile pendants!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Glamour Doll Eyes: A Review by a Regular Person

*Please Note: This entry was imported from my Xanga account. It was originally written on July 18, 2010. All items mentioned were selected and purchased by me. Nobody asked me to write this review, or sent me anything for free.

I recently made a small order with a makeup company called Glamour Doll Eyes. I hadn't heard much about them, and what I did hear was mixed reviews. Hopefully this review will help you in deciding whether or not you want to order from this company, as these are my honest opinions.

I had heard that their shipping was somewhat slow, but I received my items in exactly one week. That's a really reasonable amount of time to wait in my opinion. Everything came in a bubble mailer and all the jars were inside a large Ziploc bag. There were several business cards included. Shipping is FREE for orders of just samples (which is what I did) and for orders over $30.00. You can choose your shipping method otherwise, so I don't know the exact prices.

The Stuff
I ordered four sample jars of eyeshadow. The sample jars are small and come with about 1 gram of product for $2.50. This is actually a pretty good deal if you ask me. You can also purchase sample baggies for $1.50 that contain 1/2 gram of product. You automatically received 2 free sample baggies of 2 random colors with your purchase, so that's pretty cool. The full size jars contain 2-2.5 grams of product (without sifter) and 1.5-2 grams of product (with sifter). It's good that you can choose to get a sifter or not, because I know a lot of people like having them. I personally think they get in the way. The full size jars are $6.00.

I got Immature (bright green but not neon), Unicorn(a pretty shimmery purple-pink color), Veteran(navy blue with red sparkles), and Family Secret(a bright shimmery white). "Family Secret" is a "Twi" shadow from a collection of shadows that are based off of the characters from Twilight. While I am not a fan of Twilight, I thought the name "Twi-shadows" was adorable and the color looked really nice. I'm pretty sure you can order the entire Twilight collection for a discounted price, as well as some other collections.

Here is a look I did using Unicorn on the lid, Immature in the outer V/crease, and Family Secret in the inner corner. Immature doesn't look as bright in this photo as it is in real life, it's actually a really lovely bright green.

For this one I used Unicorn on the lid(can you tell I love this color?) and Veteran in the outer V/crease and as an eyeliner with Family Secret in the corner. Unicorn is so "me" and Family Secret is the PERFECT shimmery highlight color. I absolutely love it. Veteran is also a really great color, I had been searching for a good dark blue for a while. I used a primer for both of these looks.

For my two free small sample colors I received "After Prom" which is a "pinkish purple with a slight black undertone and pink/silver sparkle," and "Behind the Scenes" which is "a metallic-ish brown with gold and bronze sparkle." Behind the Scenes isn't a color that I would order on my own but after trying it I love it! It's very true to the description.

Just testing out Behind the Scenes. I didn't use a primer this time. Even though I have no problem wearing bright colors in the middle of the day, I would say this is a very wearable color, perfect for wearing to grandma's while still being very pretty and not boring. I'm thinking of ordering the bigger size in this when my sample runs out.

I really, really like Glamour Doll Eyes. I would definitely order from them again, and would recommend them to anyone. I think these eye shadows are really pretty and blend like a dream. They also have a fairly large selection of colors to choose from, with colors to suit any look or personality. Also, most of their shadows are vegan unless stated otherwise.
I definitely recommend this brand. I recommend getting the $2.50 sample jars! The sample sizes are so generous(even in the baggies) and if you decide to order the full size in a color you already have sample for, you can specify this and the price of the sample is subtracted so you only end up paying $3.50 if you got the jar and $4.50 if you got the baggie. Cool, right? I think that's a very nice feature. I'm all about saving money without losing quality along the way, and I definitely think GDE have quality shadows, or at least the colors I tried.

I hope this review was helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any questions! Now go try out Glamour Doll Eyes for yourself! :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gradient Teal Eyes

Here's a teal-ish look that I wanted to share with you all that's really easy to do and is quite "wearable." That word doesn't mean much to me as I have no problem wearing ridiculous make up, but I know a lot of you are shy :)

-Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base.
- Morgana Minerals "Lady of the Lake" all over the center of the lid (turquoise)
-Glamour Doll Eyes "Veteran" in the outer corner/crease (navy blue)
-Glamour Doll Eyes "Family Secret" in the corner and on the brow bone (sparkly white)

After you apply those colors just a get a fluffy brush and gently blend them together. I used a damp flat brush and a matte black eyeshadow for eyeliner. I like to do this because it's not as harsh looking as liquid eyeliner.

And that's it! Super easy to do. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Black Lipstick = Evil. (Sarcasm)

Why is it that so many people have such a problem with black lipstick? Sure it's not natural looking but neither is red lipstick, or purple eyeshadow. Black looks good on everyone and the same goes for make up, INCLUDING lipstick. I love it. I think it looks elegant.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Glamour Doll Eyes - "Family Secret" all over lid
Kryolan "Oil Slick Black" as an eyeliner all the way around my eye

EOS Lip Balm
Morgana Minerals vegan lipstick in "Licorice" (I LOVE these lipsticks, try them ASAP)

Wearing black (or any dark color) on your lips shouldn't automatically make you a "goth." Don't stereotype! Wear what you like, be open minded!

Not Actually New

Hi, so, yeah I'm not really a new "blogger." Just new to this particular location. It seems as though no one uses Xanga anymore, so here I am.

I will transfer my previous "beauty" related blogs over to here because I'm trying to create a beauty blog for REGULAR people. Ever notice the gurus on youtube and blogs are always telling you how great stuff is, then you go check it out and realize how expensive it is? I wish I knew where they got all their money from but I don't have it and I happen to know lots of other people don't have it either. Here I will discuss products/companies that are affordable and easily accessible to the average lady. Hopefully this won't be another wasted blog account.
Until next time.