Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Very Purple First Fyrinnae Haul & FotD

Fyrinnae has always been a mega hyped brand within the indie makeup community. Despite it's reputation, it just never appealed to me. That said, some time last year I considered making an order from them but got put off by the estimated delivery date which at the time was around 40-48 business days. When I recently discovered that Fyrinnae had a purple blush, I decided to make a small order and try a mixture of products including the legendary Pixie Epoxy, one of their Lip Lustres and the dualcolor shadow that got me interested to start with, Mephisto. I was pleased to find that it doesn't actually take as long as the estimated delivery dates on the front page of their site, and received my parcel in just over 2 weeks.

Fyrinnae's Royalty blush is a vibrant violet blush that doesn't blend down to a warm shade. I decided to pick up a full size ($6.25) version of this because I clearly need so much purple blush in my life. I accidentally applied this on too heavily the first time using it resulting in a very blue toned purple cheek. After removing all the makeup on my cheeks and reapplying, I found it looked somewhat grey when applied lightly on my cheeks. It's easily the most unique blush I own.

The lip lustre in Romantique is a semi-sheer soft warm pink with gold shimmer. I believe their lip lustres are glosses with the pigmentation of lipsticks, so liquid lipsticks without drying to a longwear matte. I picked up a cute little trial size of this for $2. Whilst I do like the color and it looks amazing on others, I feel as though my naturally dark lips ruin the end result so I don't see myself getting a full size tube when I finish it.

Romantique Lip Lustre, Royalty Blush, Debonair, Mephisto, Mephisto over Pixie Epoxy

Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy ($7) is a translucent/clear sort of glue base that is meant to help sparkles in pigments and loose eyeshadows stand out. It's meant to achieve the foiled look without foiling. The doe foot applicator makes it super simple to apply, as it's not a primer I only use this over one and I only use the tiniest amount on each lid. I'm very likely going to write up a longer review on this one but I found that it not only increased pigmentation and sparkles with loose shadows but I also felt as though I could cover a larger surface area with less product.

Mephisto is a dark royal blue loose eyeshadow in a metallic finish with a vibrant metallic red sheen depending on how the light hits it. This is currently the most complex shadow I own (in full size - $6.25) and although that makes it a little tricky to use, I adore it. If you use too little product, Mephisto is blue but when built up or applied over a wet base, it's a coppery red.

I was given a free sample of Fyrinnae's Debonair in my order. It's a gorgeous warm, shimmery lilac with a glowing coppery highlight. The amount in the free sample is a lot smaller than the purchasable sample sizes ($2.25). I adore this color and plan on getting a full size pot.

I used all of my Fyrinnae products in the look. After priming my lids, I blended Fyrinnae's Mephisto into my crease for the blue-purple shade. Next, I used Shiro's Little Bird Shadow in the inner corner and then decided to dab on some Pixie Epoxy on the lid (ideally I would have done this just before using Little Bird) and used debonair all over the lid. After blending everything, I lined my eyes, dusted the Royalty blush lightly on my cheeks and used Romantique on my lips.

Overall, whilst I'm not 100% sold on the lip lustre shade I picked up, I have fallen in love with their loose shadows, have become ridiculously obsessed with how wonderfully unique they truly are and would definitely recommend their Pixie Epoxy if you have any pigments that contain glitter or sparkles. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Current Top 5 Lipsticks - Summer Picks

Apparently it's 'National Lipstick Day', which I, along with wikipedia, had no idea even existed so I thought I'd post this today instead of sharing a small Fyrinnae haul. These 5 lipsticks aren't necessarily summer themed but are just lipsticks I've noticed I've been using a lot lately. I've never been one for seasonal trends and I'm happy to wear a dark or bright lipstick at any time of year. 

Neve Panna Cotta, Too Faced Melted Nude, Sleek Fuchsia, MAC Heroine, Lime Crime Wicked

Neve cosmetics desert a levres lipsticks are super moisturising whilst not particularly long lasting. Out of all three shades that I purchased, Panna Cotta is the shade that grew on me the most, it's a lovely cool nude that I'll reach for on those days my lips are feeling dry. 

When the Too Faced melted liquid lipsticks released in the UK, I settled on trying only one shade, melted nude and it surprised me how much I loved it. It's become my daily lip color and because it's not moisturising, I'll swap it out for Neve's lipstick if I'm feeling too dehydrated.

I used to be terrified by bright lipsticks until I tried out Sleek's Fuchsia Lipstick and although they aren't particularly long lasting on their own, I find pairing this with a lip liner prolongs it's wear time for quite a while. On days that I'm not feeling a bright pink lip I'll mix Sleek's Fuchsia with a certain purple lipstick...

MAC Heroine is the lipstick that made me sell out and finally own something by MAC. It's one of the more subtle purples in my collection which is precisely why it's gotten a lot of wear. 

I picked up Lime Crime's Wicked Velvetine at IMATS and it's the only reason I've started wearing red on my lips again. I adored my Lime Crime red velvet and love this deeper alternative ten times more. Although I've yet to review it, it's actually received a lot of love.

As I failed massively at my spending ban pre-IMATS, I'm on a low buy for the rest of the year where I allow myself one online and one in-store purchase per month, including necessities. As Debenhams have a special £5 off lipsticks offer for National Lipstick Day, I was very close to purchasing a YSL rouge volupte lipstick and had violet incognito and fuchsia in rage in my basket. Writing this post hope actually helped remind me I don't need more.
#winning #makeuprehab #owaitthisisntinstagram.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippie Full Collection Swatches

One of the major reasons my IMATS haul wasn't too ridiculously large was because I had managed to spectacularly fail at my spending ban due to deciding that I needed all 12 of NYX's Macaron Lippies. I had originally planned on purchasing 9 of them but because I purchased these on eBay where they tend to offer the products in bundles of 1, 3, 6 or 12, it actually ended up cheaper for me to purchase 12 than a bundle of 6 and another bundle of 3.

I adore the packaging on these and how easy it is to find the shade you want with the clear bit in the middle. I found that whilst applying these the lipsticks would often get pushed down and even whilst taking photos, some of the lipsticks would randomly go back into their tube. You can 'click' the lipsticks into place by twisting the entire bullet out or in though.

Top: Citron, Orange Blossom, Rose, Black Sesame, Lavender, Violet

Citron is a yellow lipstick that applies a lighter shade of yellow than the color in the tube. It applies a little sheer so if you were hoping for a more opaque yellow for makeup art I would try OCC instead. I found it photographed better than it actually looks. Wouldn't recommend unless you just want it to have all the colors in the rainbow like yours truly.

Orange Blossom is described as orange but it comes off as a pastel orange on my arm but looks slightly neon when on the lips. I had to layer a bit for opaqueness but couldn't achieve full intensity it did apply slightly more evenly than Citron did. I was hoping for a different shade of orange similar to Lime Crime's cosmopop but with my skin tone it just looks neon.

Black Sesame is a light grey which reminds me of Chinchilla without the purple undertones, you could probably mix this with Lavender to achieve the same color though. It definitely reminds me of zombie lipstick and the color of clay. Found it to be super creamy and rather opaque (very opaque compared to citron/orange blossom), however still requires some layering for intensity.  

Rose is described as a lavender pink but I consider it to be that strawberry milkshake lipstick shade that I feel so wrong in but looks wonderful on so many others. It's rather opaque and creamy just like black sesame. I'd give it a 9/10 rating if I didn't dislike the color so much.

Lavender is described as, you guessed it, lavender. Whilst I adore purple lipsticks, I've generally avoided light/pale purples and lilacs intentionally due to my tanned skin. However, it's not stopped me from lusting after one, since the brand was so affordable, I figured why not? It was very easy to achieve an opaque lip, it felt like the formula was extra creamy and it caused a bit of the lipstick to shift around.

Violet is described as a Royal Purple and is easily my favorite. It's the least creamiest of them all but still creamy and so I had zero shifting problems with it. It applies super opaque and is one of the only shades I'd get away with wearing quite often in the Macaron set. It's my must have shade out of all of them (I may be biased though).

Bottom: Blue Velvet, Earl Gray, Pistachio, Key Lime, Coconut, Chambord

Blue Velvet is described as Electric Blue, the name sounds very Lime Crime influenced. It's very opaque but the lipstick shifted a little. It's the only one that I experienced staining with, it made my lips look like a blue ball point pen leaked on to my lips.

Earl Gray is described as a powder blue and once again it shifted a fair bunch but I found this to be one of the more opaque shades. I'm unsure how I'll every make use of this shade as a baby blue isn't a lipstick color I'd ever want to use. It doesn't apply 100% evenly so I had to go over it quite a few times.

Pistachio is described as a mint green that looks like a bright jade on my lips. It's one of the shades I was most excited to try, I found it to shift a lot due to it's creamy nature. It definitely looks a little crazy on me though.

Key Lime is a lime green that I wanted to fall in love with but couldn't as it applied awfully. Whilst the color itself is lovely it just won't get on my lips evenly. Despite constantly layering over it there are bits where the lipstick won't apply and I couldn't get an intense lip. 

Coconut is a white lipstick that was also difficult to apply, it's naturally semi-sheer but this didn't bother me too much as I wanted this to lighten certain lipstick shades.

Chambord is a black lipstick that didn't apply especially black on it's own. I've swatched it next to Lime Crime's Styletto (not pictured) and found Styletto to be much blacker. However, if you use a black lip liner, you can get a very dark black lip color.

Overall, I found all of the lipsticks to be rather creamy with Violet being the least creamy out of the lot and also my favorite formula. A lot of the lipsticks had a habit of shifting around on the lips which was annoying but a lip primer does help fix this problem. The worst performing lipsticks were easily Citron, Orange Blossom, Key Lime and Coconut. Coconut could be built up better than the rest whilst the other three were still only semi opaque.

Despite all of it's flaws, I'd say that if you've wanted to try out odd lipstick colors without spending a fortune you should definitely try these out. Despite needing some work, they're fun, affordable colors that would be excellent for weird cosplays or shoots. NYX are also coming out with what I think will be called the Wicked collection which will have a lot of darker shades that look like decent dupes for certain shades that Melt Cosmetics do too.

You can purchase NYX Macaron Lippies for $6 at Ulta or if you're in the UK, you can purchase them from eBay like I have.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Birmingham July Blog Meet

Last weekend I made my way into central Birmingham for a lovely blogger meetup organised by Katrina of Beautrina and Jess of dungarees and donuts. It was soaking wet outside with some heavy rain so I ended up being a wee bit late to the event. After some tweeting, I managed to find and catch up with people. Soon after, we split into 2 groups as I wanted to visit the local comic book store to pick up a comic before regrouping with everyone at Lush.

We then gathered at Pizza Hut where we received not one but two generously filled goody bags along with some custom marshmallows for the event which I gladly nommed on whilst waiting to order. Since we had disbanded into little groups throughout the day, this was where I managed to mingle a little with everyone. After our meals we were treated to some macaroons and were introduced to products by local indie company Harlequin Cosmetics by Becky.

Soon after, we headed home and I was finally able to check out what we had received in the two bags. If you see anything you'd like me to review soon or first, do let me know. This was the smallest blog meet I've been to, giving it a rather intimate feel. The event had a casual feel to it despite receiving two goody bags. It's so far been my most enjoyable meet too so major kudos to Jess and Katrina for organising the event and arranging awesome goody bags.

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