One of my favorite things in life are duochrome products. I absolutely love the magical shift of colors, whether it be makeup, decor, or the pigments I use in my own jewelry work. So when I happened upon Darling Girl Cosmetics, I was in duochrome heaven.
In the end, I purchased several shades, and I also received a free blogger pack for review. All of my thoughts on these products are completely honest and my own.
My desire to have white and black pencils were twofold. For one, I wanted to have them for swatching. As you’ll see in an upcoming swatch post, there are some shades that are made for layering, and some duochromes really come alive over white or black. for two, I wanted shades that I could use on my waterline on the rare occasions that I color them in. It’s a good look for stage, but I have fairly sensitive eyes, so I don’t do it all the time.
I purchased these at Walgreens, when I was in a hurry. It wasn’t until I got home that I actually noticed that I hadn’t bought matte black and matte white. But no matter. I’m flexible.
I’ve long heard much ado about a beloved drugstore lipstick shade, part of Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick line. As you might already know, I’m talking about Cherries In The Snow. I first read about it on Lipglossiping, but since then it seems like I’ve heard it referenced by everyone and their mom (literally: on my way to AOTB this weekend, my troupemate Lyra told me it’s her mom’s favorite). It makes sense– it’s been around since the 50’s, and was apparently a preferred shade of Marilyn Monroe’s. So, you know, I had to try it.
Well damn, this was unexpected! The full-size mascara from Buxom that I got this month’s PopSugar box is abso-freaking-lutely phenomenal. I love it so much that I feel comfortable calling it my new Holy Grail mascara. It will be repurchased.
I am, of course, talking about the Sculpted Lash Mascara, which retails for $19.
Whew! I have shimmied until I couldn’t shimmy no ‘mo. I had a wonderful extended weekend of workshops with the magnificent Jill Parker, performed fun sets with both of my troupes, shopped more than I should have, and took in amazing shows by some of my favorite dancers. I am now super tired, and slept in much later than usual. Trying to wake myself up with coffee so I can ship out jewelry orders that came in my absence and take care of loose ends so I can get down to business this week.
But first! I thought it would be fun to show you my stage makeup. From the close-up, I actually don’t know if I was wearing enough makeup for the stage I was dancing on (which was biiiiig), but then again, this was taken with a crappy camera phone, since I didn’t want to lose my good camera in the mad scramble.
This was makeup #1 for my set with Transcendence Tribal. We are an ATS troupe who decided to pay homage to the roots of “tribal” bellydance in the US by emulating the look of Jamila Salimpour’s Bal Anat troupe. There was lots of black with accents of cream, nude, and maroon, with lots of texture, like lace and oodles of assuit fabric. Assuit. Droooool. The pink sash is actually not part of my costume, but a cover-up, since it is considered rude to wear your costume uncovered while another performer is on stage. My hair was worn deliberately low and sashed because I knew I would not have enough time to change both hair AND costume for my second set with Verve Tribal, in which I’d have to balance a sword on my head and dance at the same time.
The eyes were done with the Urban Decay Naked palette, foundation was two full pumps of Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation for ultimate matte opacity, and lips were also Kat Von D- Hellbent, which I got in mini form from a set last Christmas. I also put Rimmel’s black ScandalEyes liner on my waterline. For my second set, I added Makeup Forever’s Plum Holodiam Powder all over everything for a glittery teal wash.
Final bit of makeup-y goodness from AOTB: my fortune, taken on my way out of town as we stopped for sushi. Nails are Zoya’s Faye.
This week has been an intense week! I have been doing lots and lots of work, and preparing for a busy weekend with two of my bellydance troupes. We’ll be traveling to Ocean City, MD to take workshops and perform at the Art of the Belly festival, so this week has also been full of final rehearsals and costume prep.
I have lots of fun stuff for next week– swatches and reviews of some really pretty stuff from Darling Girl cosmetics, Milani textured nail polishes, two Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids lipsticks, and some stuff you already know is coming down the pike.
Can’t wait to resume swatching on Monday!
As I was getting ready to go out this week, I found myself running low on time but wanting colorful looks nonetheless. I turned to three products I’ve reviewed recently because they were handy– Fyrinnae eyeshadows in Herbivore and Meerkat, and the gold from the BareMinerals September Issue palette. I decided to use these three products in two looks– one simple, and one more dramatic.
Here’s the simple look– for it, I used Meerkat in the crease and outer corner, Herbivore in the inner corner, and a soft pop of gold in the center. I used one of Stila’s Smudge Stick eyeliners in Purple Tang, then smudged it gently. I kept the mascara to the tips for a softer look. I didn’t even bother with penciling my eyebrows.