Buxom City Slickers Set

 

Thanks to Sephora Friends and Family I got to pick up this neat set! Though after getting to play with it I think it’s more than worth paying full price. The Buxom City Slickers set includes four of the Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Sticks and four Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polishes. Buxom Lip Sticks are supposed to work as lip liners and lipstick all while plumping your pout. The Buxom Lip Polishes are sheer color that can be used alone or layered and they also have some plumping action going on.

So far my experience with lip-plumpers only extends to the Lip Venom line from DuWop. (I love the Pure Venom Berry! ) That did not prepare me for what the Buxom products felt like, however. When I applied the Buxom lip sticks and polishes I got the tingly feeling but it lasted the entire time I had them on my lips. The sensation fades as the lipcolor fades but until then you will have an intense “cooling” sensation. If minty were a feeling rather than a flavor then minty is how these feel on my lips! It’s a bit intense but it’s not unpleasant. When I wore the Lip Stick in combination with the Lip Polish I noticed that my lips did look a bit fuller. I think that is probably partly the formula doing what it claims and the rest is the gloss just making your lips appear fuller.   As with any lip-plumping product, your mileage  may vary. I kind of like that you can feel the minty-ness the whole time they are on because I know when I need to reapply without looking in a mirror! 😉  These had decent wear-time on me but don’t expect them to last through meals or anything hardcore. With only drinking from a straw I got about four hours of them looking great before needing a little touching up. I wasn’t careful about blending when I used one of the lip sticks to line my lips and after eating a meal only the lip line remained, so be sure to blend and soften edges while lining.

Buxom Big and healthy Lip Sticks LtR Top to Bottom-Marrakech, Bombay, Fresno, Vienna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Sticks LtR Top row first- Michelle, Vienna, Marrakech, Fresno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish LtR Top Row then Bottom! Amber, Michelle, Brandi, Denise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish LtR Top Row first- Amber, Michelle, Brandi, Denise.

The set is designed so that each Lip Stick is paired with a Lip Polish similar in color. In the Set the Lip Sticks and the Lip Polishes are paired up in this order- Bombay and Michelle, Vienna and Denise, Fresno and Brandi and Marrakech and Amber.   The colors really compliment each other (as do the formulas!) but it’s fun to mix and match with them too. The Buxom City Slickers set is $39 available at Sephora

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Meow Egyptian Treasure Collection Swatches Pt.2

Swatches LtR top row first- Bast, Sand Dune, Treasure, Temple,Giza, Royal. Taken in direct sun, no base, dry.

This is my second set of swatches from the Meow Egyptian Treasure collection.

I’m so in love with this collection. The more I use them the happier I am. When I’m rushing to get my makeup done I usually use a matte neutral all over with some eyeliner and mascara. I’ve been using a touch of any one of these colors in the middle of my lid and it makes my whole face seem to light up. When I have time I use two or three of the colors to do an entire eye look and I love it.!  The collection is limited edition so I’m thinking of ordering full-sizes because I think I’d cry when I run out of some of these colors. Royal , Giza and Sand Dune are my favorites of the ones in this post.

LtR Top Row first- Bast, Sand Dune, Treasure, Temple, Giza, Royal.

This picture is intentionally a bit blurred- It shows a different dimension of the colors, one I wasn’t seeing in the first picture. Check out Giza- center bottom row…it looks like it’s glowing.

LtR Top Row first- Bast, Sand Dune, Treasure, Temple, Giza, Royal.

The Egyptian Treasure collection is available from Meow Cosmetics and as always, samples are $1.00

Do You Believe In Magic?

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base, that is.

Thank you to LeGothique for the review or I may never have picked it up!

As far as I’m concerned, I have the perfect primer for use underneath liquid makeup and to prolong the wear of my foundation. That primer is Make Up For Ever HD color correcting primer in Neutral. Until recently I was using it underneath my mineral foundations as well and while it’s  fine for that, I was suffering from large-pore woe and it wasn’t quite covering me in that department.

I tried samples of Urban Decay’s Pore perfecting primer and Too Faced Primed and Poreless. I also have a sample of Benefit’s the Porefessional which I didn’t even bother using because it felt just like the other two. I also played around with Dr. Brandt’s Pores No more. The thing is, all these Pore Targeting Primers feel the same- they are slippery, and once you work them a bit they become quite thin in texture and borderline greasy-feeling.  Having something greasy and slippery underneath my makeup with my skin already being oily was like the opposite of what I want a primer to do.  I felt my makeup sliding off my face and that’s never happened to me before.

Considering I had tried these brands that would be considered high-end compared to L’oreal and that they were all specialized products for large pores, I didn’t hold much hope for something from the drugstore. It didn’t even have the word “pore” in it’s name-  I mean, really, what good could it possibly do?  😉

Immediately when I felt it between my fingers I noticed that the texture was much thicker and less slippery. The others I tried were beige-tinted which I thought would be good because it would be extra coverage but in reality it made my skin look dull. The light pink hue of the Studio Secrets base doesn’t exactly show up on skin but it does seem to brighten my complexion. It’s not a miracle- it doesn’t erase my pores but then again my pores are really large. I’ve never seem anyone besides my mother with pores as large as mine. It does make them much less noticeable though. It does work better than the higher-end pore targeting primers.

I’ve only tried it with my mineral foundations so far. This is because I notice my pores are more noticeable when I’m wearing mineral makeup as opposed to my liquid foundation. I use MUFE with my liquids and now I have the Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base for my mineral foundations. I think this would look fabulous under liquids as well though so when I try this out I will update!  The mineral makeup glided over the base evenly and it looked so nice, smooth and almost airbrushed compared to how it looks on bare skin. I like how it looks on bare skin anyway so this is pretty impressive. I ended up using less of my foundation too. I understand what people talk about now when they say something gave their skin a “soft focus effect.”  That’s exactly what this does. If my skin was less red, I can imagine using a foundation with less coverage because of how wonderful the base makes my skin look.

All in all, this was a win. Walgreen’s currently has $2 off in their little booklet that they have at the door. Also, they currently have a Buy one get one 1/2 off on all L’oreal products.

Meow Cosmetics Egyptian Treasures Swatches PT.1

LtR starting at the top-Scarab, Pharoah, Tutankhamun, Ra, Cairo, Artifact.

 

Taken indoors w/ no flash. This one shows the copper overtone in Artifact- for some reason the other pics didn’t pick it up much. It shows the vibrancy of  Ra better than the others too.

I recently placed my third order with Meow Cosmetics. I have been looking for a gold shadow and when I asked them for some recommendations they suggested “Ra” and a few other colors from their Egyptian Treasures collection. When I order shadows from mineral companies I usually make random selections based on what appeals to me but this time I decided to order all from one collection since this particular one was all too tempting. I like anything ancient Egypt-related plus the combination of the finish and the shades piqued my interest.

Outdoors in the sun. LtR- Scarab, Pharoah, Tutenkhamun, Ra, Cairo, Artifact. (swatched dry no primer)

 

 

 

 

Artifact is darker than I expected it to be. They recommend using it wet as an eyeliner and I can see how that’d be pretty- I look forward to trying it!

There will be two more posts of swatches from this collection coming up soon!

http://www.meowcosmetics.com/egyptiantreasures.htm

Fyrinnae Lip Lustres- Review & Swatches

Fyrinnae is an indie makeup company that offers unique, vibrant vegan makeup. Their eyeshadows are sold loose. They are incredibly pigmented and some of the shades are also quite complex. They also offer blush, bronzer, highlighters, lip “lustres” and a few miscellaneous helpful offerings such as Pixie Epoxy- a specially blended “primer” for their shadows and a few carefully selected and crafted powders and primers that serve a variety of clever purposes. They put a lot of work into every aspect of their business- the site, the products, the names of the shades, etc. Also, everything still costs less than most drugstore cosmetics.

The description of the Lip Lustres from the website description is as follows: “Please keep in mind that these are NOT intended to be like lipgloss. This product is a non-sticky lipcolour “stain”, leaving moisturizing colour on your lips but no goopy tackiness. These are made to be opaque, as in not transparent, though the semi-sheer shades, usually the very pale ones, are noted in the shade description. They are a relatively dry product because we pack as much colour into them as possible, but the ingredients are not drying. No silicones, no beeswax, no dyes. This means, due to the high concentration of natural butters, they are thinner in a warm environment, thicker when it’s cool. Use care when opening if they have been cold (i.e; in a mailbox in winter).

This all adds up to a lip product unlike any I’ve come across. The first two I picked up were mini-sizes which they don’t offer any longer but the full-size is still quite affordable at $4.50 for a 5.8ml tube. You don’t need to pile it on to get the color to show either, it only takes a swipe or two so a tube should last you awhile.

Most of the shades are either shimmery or metallic, some sparkle and some are fairly matte.  The shades offered are almost equally divided between wearable colors and  fun/funky ones. They weren’t kidding when they mentioned that the thickness of the formula can fluctuate- when they aren’t thin from being warm they feel thin but not watery. They feel like they would slip off but I’ve never experienced any bleeding or feathering problems despite the texture. If you do, a lip liner would fix that right up.

The shades I have now are (from Left to Right) Trickster, Ryo Pinko, Acidic Cherry, Shangri-La,Pink Guitar,Bloodstains.

Pink guitar is much more pink and less peach and bloodstains is a bit more red than it looks in this pic. The next one shows those a bit better.

LTR- Trickster, Ryo Pinko, Acidic Cherry, Shangri-La, Pink Guitar, Bloodstains.

They all go one smoothly, and can be worn alone, together or over lipstick. They will dry down to a stain and the effect becomes more noticeable with repeated applications throughout the day.  Pink Guitar has become an everyday color for me. It’s so quick and easy to swipe on when I’m rushing out the door. I was a little disappointed with the two darker shades because they didn’t apply completely even. They were a little streaky. I wanted to love Acidic Cherry because I have never seen a lip color like that but it just didn’t look right with it being so uneven and splotchy. Bloodstains wasn’t as bad as Acidic Cherry but I don’t think it looks as nice as the lighter shades- it’s a little streaky. I’ve been wearing it lightly applied over a regular lipstick and it looks good that way. I’m hoping that maybe when it thickens up in the cold weather it might look better.

Overall, I think they’re pretty great. I will  be trying more shades of the Lip Lustres. It’s incredibly rare to find something so unique in the world of makeup so you should check them out if only because of that. I’m willing to bet that once you try anything from Fyrinnae, you will be hooked!

http://www.fyrinnae.com/index.php

Speculation-Cowboy Junkie Set from Urban Decay

Why haven’t I seen this written about all over the place yet?

It seems like whenever Urban Decay puts out any new palette it gets hyped up like crazy.  I just happened to come across this after randomly going on UD’s website.

Here’s the description taken from the site-Cowboy Junkie Set: Midnight Cowboy (pink champagne w/ lots of silver glitter), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (golden beige w/ bronze, gold & silver glitter), Midnight Cowgirl (subtle golden-beige w/ gold glitter), Romp (deep silvery grape), Lip Junkie Lip Gloss: Midnight Cowboy (sheer nude sparkle), 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Whiskey (dark brown).

Midnight Cowboy was one of the first non-drugstore eyeshadows I purchased. It was after I saw Jessica Alba for the first time on the cover of Jane magazine wearing Midnight Cowboy and looking awesome. I loved how it looked like little disco-balls on her lids. I knew I had to have it. Fast-Forward to 2010 and us Urban Decay fans are a bit jaded as Midnight Cowboy’s latest incarnation- Midnight Cowboy Rides Again has been in nearly every palette they release and we are frustrated by the glittery-fallout mess it makes when applied.However, Midnight Cowboy somehow remains one of their best-sellers and now we have a palette with three versions of Midnight Cowboy in one place.

Now that they made a palette with all three of them in one place maybe they will stop putting them in all the other palettes. Maybe this was a way to neatly solve that problem. Bloggers and beauty junkies alike complained all over the net about the prevalence of this shade in palettes, just as they complained about the primer potion’s genie-style bottle and Urban Decay listened to us then. The Primer Potion is now available in a squeeze tube. So maybe this is their way of answering us on the Midnight Cowboy Issue.

This palette is $38  @ UD’s website.

Find Me On Etsy To See My Favorite Shops

Please look me up on Etsy- I’ve been saving lots of goth-y, dark and unique clothing, accessories and home decor in my favorite shops with the intent of sharing it on here. However, please don’t judge me because of all the food. I haven’t actually ordered any, I’m on a diet so I guess looking at it is like food porn for me. Anyhow,  Feel free to look me up: DarkestSunrise.

I have a post coming with swatches that’s taking longer than I expected.