Monday, January 31, 2011

Venomous Cosmetics - Review

Venomous Cosmetics

A little while ago Anastasia from Lipstick and Lightsabers <3 did a post on Venomous Cosmetics here with some fantastic and tempting swatches. So of course I had to place a small order... really small being on a "no buy" even though I keep breaking it!

I sent a question to the owner Tracy asking about a holiday collection to see if it was limited edition because I'm all about wanting to get those ones first before hand. She responded to me shortly after which was great so I placed my order and got one full size of Mistletoe which is a holiday pressed shadow, 1 sample of Monster Under Your Bed loose shadow, and 1 sample size of Cobalt Blue pressed shadow (although she was kind enough to send me a full size even though there was a wait on the sample).

I placed the order on Sunday Jan 16th, received a shipping notice shortly after letting me know the package was shipping Monday Jan 17th, and on Wednesday Jan 19th I had my package and even though the post office damaged the package the contents were still in one piece because of how well they were wrapped! I was completely impressed by how quickly I got the products and the fact nothing was broken.

To my surprise I also found a few other items sent to try out and review for my readers. :) I was of course inclined to immediately swatch them so I could check out the color pay off and textures.

Now for the swatches...

Note: top is swatched over bare skin bottom is over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Note: Below I took some pictures for comparison on sizes. :)

I love the cute sample pressed shadow size, enough to try out +! The textures on all the shadows I tried out are very smooth and the color payoff is great! I actually fell in love with Bermuda Triangle even though I'm not very much into yellow shades so I definitely want a full size of that. I also love Candy Heart(which is a valentine palette eyeshadow so hopefully will still be around when I can afford to buy more!), Monster Under Your Bed, and Pegasus!

The site was easy to use and the pictures of the colors were very accurate (at least from what I noticed since I know monitors can vary).

They also have lip products called "Lip Poison" I've yet to try those but they look very intriguing and pretty (damn the no/low buy *looks around wondering if she can sneak in more orders without the fiance noticing!*). 

Price? definitely reasonable, pressed samples are only $2, loose samples $1, full size pressed $6.50, full size loose $7.50.

Packaging? neatly packed, nothing broken even though the post office crushed the box, (wish there were palettes but from the site they will be adding that soon!!), I don't own any 5gram jars so can't say on how those are packaged.

Product? Vibrant, goes on smooth and the color payoff is great.

Would I purchase again? Definitely! Gorgeous colors from what I have seen, they apply very smoothly, and the prices are reasonable.
  
Disclosure: I received some of these products complimentary from Venomous Cosmetics for review, however this review is my own honest objective opinion on these products.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

*****CLOSED******Valentine's Giveaway for a Karmin G3 Salon Pro Touramline Hair Straightener

Yep, I am starting yet another giveaway, this one for an early Valentine so it will end on Valentine's Day! This one will be for a Karmin G3 Salon Pro Touramline Hair Straightening Flat Iron.

Extra special thank you to flatironreviews.com on this one. <3
Karmin Salon Pro Features:
  • 1" Pure Tourmaline Ceramic Plates
  • Ionic Technology for shiny, healthy hair
  • Infrared Heat
  • Maximum temperature of 420° and a minimum temperature of 180°, perfect for all hair types
  • Straighten, Curl, Flip and Wave Styling
  • Flash Quick Heating
  • Free Heat Mat/Carrying Case Combo worth $25
  • Instruction Manual
  • 3 Year Manufacture Warranty
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4. Please do not comment multiple times...leave everything you do in one comment.
5. The giveaway will run from January 25th to February 14th 2011 11:59 EST 

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This item will be mailed out to the winner from flatironreviews.com 

I will be validating all information for additional entries as well as ensuring you are a subscriber. Also continue to follow me for more giveaways, no one likes when someone subscribes just to win the loot and run. ;)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Winter Inspiration...

Yesterday it was snowing and my backyard (which sits by a nature preserve) looked like a winter wonderland... so I got inspired. This is also going to be an entry for a contest.



Not sure why but the lighting/camera made my eyes insane looking... although I do have eyes that change color depending on what I am wearing I'm still totally shocked at how it turned out lol.

Eyes:
UDPP
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Nyx White shadow
Fyrinnae Digital Faerie
Fyrinnae Winter Again
Sugarpill Lumi
Sugarpill Afterparty
Sugarpill Royal Sugar
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline 
MAC Kohl Liner in Feline 
Maybelline Big Falsies Mascara
Maybelline False Lashes

Face:
Dinair airbrush makeup in Vanilla
Sugarpill's Royal Sugar
Sugarpill's Afterparty

Lips:
Morgana Cryptoria Lipstick in Subzero
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Ryunome
MAC Reflects Blue Glitter

Dinair Airbrush Makeup
Morgana Cryptoria
Fyrinnae Cosmetics
Sugarpill Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics
Nyx Cosmetics
Urban Decay
Maybelline

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

wet N wild Pride Palette Look

So the fiance' and I were grocery shopping and I came across the the wet N wild Pride palette and Lust palette. I couldn't decide which to get so I let the guy pick and he went for the blues so I ended up with Pride. I had heard and seen a lot of people using and talking about these palettes so I wanted to give it a go and review it. The review and swatches will come shortly but for now here is a look I did using just the palette. :)

Note: These were taken in two different light settings because the one below just didn't show the true color/vibrance.

Eyes:
UDPP
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (inner corner over UDPP)
Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Horseradish (all over lid)
wet N wild Dark Blue matte (crease/blended above crease/outer V)
wet N wild shimmer Light Green (lid)
wet N wild matte White (inner corner/lower lid/above brow bone/highlight)
wet N wild shimmer Dark Blue (outer conner/crease blended in/outer lower lid)
wet N Wild shimmer White (lightly just below brow arch to highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (upper lashline)Urban Decay 24/7 liner Zero (waterline)
Japanese brand Mascara 

Face:
Pur Minerals 4-1 pressed mineral makeup in Porcelain

Nars blush in Orgasm 

Lips:
OCC Lip Tar in Hush

Obssesive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC)
wet N wild Cosmetics
MAC Cosmetics
Pur Minerals
Urban Decay

Sunday, January 16, 2011

CLOSED*********January Giveaway (Updated) 01/17/2010

(UPDATED) To make this a little more fun and allow people who already own a brush I've changed up the prize options so check them out below. Even if you don't win check out the companies for great products!

If you've already entered but have more that you've done for extra entries then please just delete your old comment and submit (1) new comment ensure that you DO delete the old one though please to make it easier for me to count. :)
Thank you to all my followers and good luck! 

I was waiting to start this giveaway until after the current one ended, but decided I needed something to cheer me up and giving to others always does that for me. 

The winner of the giveaway can choose ONE of the following prizes:

$50 Mac Gift Card
$50 of Sugarpill Products
$50 Fyrinnae Products

$50 Glamour Doll Eyes Gift Card

 $50 Morgana's Cryptoria Gift Card

Pretika Sonic Dermabrasion Facial Brush

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To Enter the Giveaway FOLLOW my blog and LEAVE a COMMENT (no anonymous comments you must be a follower) on this blog post with all the info below that you complete.
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2. You must leave a valid e-mail in your comment that I can contact you at.
3. If you win I will send you an e-mail and you must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be picked.
4. Please do not comment multiple times...leave everything you do in one comment.
5. The giveaway will run from January 16th to February 17th 2011 11:59 EST


For Additional Entries:
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You must be 18 years of age or have your parents permission to enter, this is open worldwide but if you are international it may take a little longer to receive your package depending on shipping.

I will be validating all information for additional entries as well as ensuring you are a subscriber. Also continue to follow me for more giveaways, no one likes when someone subscribes just to win the loot and run. ;)

Note: This item is being purchased by myself and with the help of my wonderful fiance' <3.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream Review

 A couple weeks ago I received a sample of of the Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream in the mail to review from Beautystat.com. I was pretty excited about trying this out because my skin is very, very dry right now because of the winter and it's harsh winds followed by bitter cold temperatures outside. I normally use Yes to Carrots skincare which seems to keep it from drying out too much although this year has been really bad for my skin for some reason since the weather has been really weird.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream
$72  1.7 oz

What it is formulated to do:

  • This restorative essential combats the effects of an aggressive environment, reducing the signs of dryness, roughness, and fine lines as it re-hydrates. Antioxidants fight skin-aging free radicals to protect against wrinkles. It is recommended for all skin types.

I used my normal face wash which is Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser then I applied this at night following and I would wake up in the morning with very soft skin. I didn't notice the fact that it diminished or "combated " my fine lines in this case but then again it's winter and my skin is crying right now from blasting the heat which in turns drys out my apartment and then my skin, that partnered with the wind and bitter cold doesn't help.

 I do like how it makes my skin feel and I don't feel I've had enough time to notice the difference yet to say if it does help with fine lines, for $72 though I'm unsure if I would repurchase this as it seems a little high for a cream but I will giving it another go when the weather is a little more forgiving.

Would I repurchase? Not currently, but I will give it another try later on.

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Disclosure: I received this sample product complementary from BeautyStat.com for review, however this review is my own honest objective opinion on this product.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sugarpill Cosmetics Swatches




I adore Sugarpill Cosmetics, the colors are bright, I love the detail on  the packaging, customer service is fab, and I could honestly go on and on but I've already reviewed them prior. :)

Here's my swatches of what I own so far, I have 2 more pigments (Lumi and Weekender) on the way that I bought. I would of bought all of them but I'm currently tight on money so I will have to wait to buy them and show the rest of the swatches. :(

 Note: Burning Heart Top swatched over UDPP Bottom swatched over Nyx Jumbo Pencil in White.


Note: Sweetheart Top swatched no base Bottom swatched over UDPP

 Note: Top swatched without a base Bottom swatched dry over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy

I really want to get Paperdoll, Stella, Tiara, and Magpie... ok well I want to get all of them to add here/review but that will have to wait for now lol!

If I had to suggest only one I'd have to say "I love, love, love Royal Sugar!!!". This is a color I could never live without, in person it's even more gorgeous and sparkly!