Aromaleigh Swatches, featuring Gorgon!

Today, I have for you a handful of swatches from my most recent Aromaleigh order. I placed the order specifically for the Gorgon lip gloss, but ended up grabbing a few shadow samples while I was there, too.

Gorgon

Gorgon

In the tube, Gorgon looks like a dark, cool-toned purple with very strong aqua green shimmer. It looks a bit intimidating. But fear not! It applies much lighter. Continue reading

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A Whole Bunch of Fyrinnae Swatches!

I have lots of swatch posts building up in my backlog. This one contains my two most recent Fyrinnae orders, including a handful of shadows, plus Witchcraft & Wizardry lip colors.

Here’s how I did my swatches for this round, and, aside from my yet-to-have-been-posted swatches, I’m probably going to be doing going forward: the top row is bare skin. The middle is over a black liner, to show duochromes. The bottom is over primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance).

The first batch are some of  the Exquisites, which are basically very sheer, chunkier multichromatic sparkles that look best layered over other colors, although I’ve worn them multiple times now over lighter shades just for some shimmer, and they look great that way, too. Note: you will need some kind of sticky base (Pixie Epoxy, Glitter Glue) to keep the sparkle from raining down your face.

Princess For A Day, Beyond This World, Elegant Revelry, Fantasy Creatures

Princess For A Day, Beyond This World, Elegant Revelry, Fantasy Creatures

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Swatch post! Indie Iridescent Purples

Hey all! This is a quickie swatch post to include recently-released iridescent purple shades, as well as some similar ones in the color family for comparison. I plan to have full-face shots of Witchcraft, Wizardry, and Gorgon soon (Sorceress and Faerie Wings have already been reviewed), but I wanted to get the swatches out now for anyone thinking of getting them. All shots were taken in diffused natural lighting on an overcast day.

So, without further ado:

Fyrinnae Witchcraft, Fyrinnae Wizardry, Aromaleigh Gorgon, Darling Girl Faerie Wings, Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Fyrinnae Witchcraft, Fyrinnae Wizardry, Aromaleigh Gorgon, Darling Girl Faerie Wings, Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Fyrinnae Witchcraft, Fyrinnae Wizardry, Aromaleigh Gorgon, Darling Girl Faerie Wings, Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Fyrinnae Witchcraft, Fyrinnae Wizardry, Aromaleigh Gorgon, Darling Girl Faerie Wings, Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Bare lips, if you prefer a shot for pigmentation.

Bare lips

Bare lips

Darling Girl Faerie Wings 3D Balm Gloss: the least pigmented, a slightly grapey gloss with pretty but subtle blue sparkle. A very wearable lip. Low fuss.

Darling Girl Faerie Wings

Darling Girl Faerie Wings

Aromaleigh Gorgon: a nicely pigmented, mid-opacity grape purple with noticeable green shimmer and pinkish tones (on me). Definitely not as dark-looking as the tube. Non-sticky and very pretty.

Aromaleigh Gorgon

Aromaleigh Gorgon

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress Mystic Matte:  Full-face here. A pink-leaning mauvey purple with very noticeable blue shimmer. The matte makes it really stand out. This lipstick continues to be my jam.

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Fyrinnae Witchcraft: A plum with brown undertones and aqua shift. Very wearable, and nice for fall.  Nowhere near as dark as Wizardry, and the shift is a little more muted. Smells like vanilla, decent formula. Not waxy, not stiff, but not slippery-creamy, either.

Fyrinnae Witchcraft

Fyrinnae Witchcraft

Fyrinnae Wizardry: A cool-toned dark purple with a brown undertone, and bananas aqua blue shift. Patchy as all get out on the first layer, evens with a second. Very gothy.

Fyrinnae Wizardry

Fyrinnae Wizardry

Bonus shot: Fyrinnae Witchcraft tube!

Fyrinnae Witchcraft

Fyrinnae Witchcraft

FOTD featuring Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte in Sorceress

Yesterday, I decided to do a look and swatches for one of my favorite recent lipsticks, Sorceress by Notoriously Morbid. It’s a deep magenta with a very vivid blue shift. GORGEOUS. I sort of rolled the dice on this one– most matte liquid lipstick formulas don’t play nice with my lips. They tend to dry me out and give me wrinkly old lady lips, or they flake off after an hour. I wore this to dinner on Sunday and had none of those problems. While it’s certainly not emollient or moisturizing, I didn’t feel parched, and I only had to lightly reapply after 3 hours. It is not transfer-proof, so keep that in mind. And a clear liner (I like Urban Decay’s Ozone) will keep it from smudging outside the lipline.

FOTD 7/14/15

FOTD 7/14/15

 

I really liked this look– I rarely do smoky eyes because it generally doesn’t agree with my coloring, but I though it looked nice with this bold lip. My husband even complimented me twice on my eye makeup, so. Success!

Face: A mix of Kat Von D Lock-It foundation and the new Urban Decay Illuminating Naked Skin (review forthcoming).

Cheeks: Rituel de Fille cream blush in Desire (review forthcoming), Darling Girl Cosmetics Lumos Shimmmering Pearls in Celestia as highlight (review forthcoming).

Eyes: Ten Three Labs shadows in Hayden and 7 Hills, Darling Girl Cosmetics Lumos Shimmmering Pearls in Celestia, Darling Girl Cosmetics ChromaGlow in Jupiter Rain (review forthcoming), Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Asphyxia, BareMinerals Lash Domination mascara (review forthcoming), and Stila liquid liner (NOT cruelty free!). I did my brows with an older Kat Von D brown eyeshadow and set them with a clear Nyx brow gel.

 

Here’s Sorceress by itself:

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte in Sorceress

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte in Sorceress

When I opened it up, a volcano of lipstick kersploded all over me. Weird pressure bubble or nastygram from the makeup gods? You decide. At any rate, it did come out of my pants, thankfully.

I also thought it looked nearly identical to Ten Three Labs’ Heartbeat Bridge in the tube, so I swatched them. Thankfully, they look nothing alike when worn!

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress Mystic Matte vs Ten Three Labs Heart Beat Bridge

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress Mystic Matte vs Ten Three Labs Heart Beat Bridge

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte in Sorceress vs Ten Three Labs Heartbeat Bridge

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte in Sorceress vs Ten Three Labs Heartbeat Bridge

If you are on the hunt for gorgeous duochrome lipstuff, DEFINITELY check out Sorceress, even if matte isn’t usually your thing. I was pleasantly surprised!

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

Notoriously Morbid Sorceress

 

Ten Three Labs: Phantasmagoria, Projection Two

A new-to-me company, Ten Three Labs, recently began doing a limited-release box called Phantasmagoria, each “Projection” of which centers on a haunted town, and features a selection of eye shadows, lip products, and perfume. I was THRILLED when I found out that Ellicott City, MD would be Projection Two. Ellicott City is one of my favorite places on earth. It’s a special date night spot for my husband and I– if you’re relatively local, you should definitely stop at Pure Wine Cafe for their truffle fries and their chocolate pot de crème. And the Bean Hollow is hands-down my very favorite coffee shop in all the land. Plus, we are lovers of haunted history, and whoa can you feel it in Ellicott City! So when I snagged a spot on the Projection Two list, I did a happy dance.

My box arrived on Saturday. I picked up the mail on the way out of the door, and like the impatient lady I am, opened it in the car. And promptly lost my list of what was what. Oops. Well done, self. Luckily, Indiedulge posted shots of her box, including the list, so I’m gonna crib off of her for the descriptions!

Without further ado:

Phantasmagoria, Projection 2 - Ellicott City

Phantasmagoria, Projection Two – Ellicott City

The shadows: the left swatch is over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, the right over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. Continue reading

Inaugural Order with Notoriously Morbid, Featuring the Daoine Sidhe Collection!

Ugh, you guys. YOU GUYS. I am so sick right now. I thought I had dodged the horrible cold my husband had last week, but it is not to be. I look and feel TERRIBLE right now. I can’t work on commissions for other people, so I decided to drag myself out of bed to do a few swatches. (I hate being bed- or couch-ridden. I get so stir-crazy!)

Considering my order from Notoriously Morbid came on Saturday, I decided to swatch their new collection, Daoine Sidhe, based on faerie lore. My favorite! I got the entire collection in sample sizes (though they bumped me up to a full size for one of them), as well as a smattering of other shades and a Coffin Kisser lip balm. They also included a freebie from an upcoming collection.

Customer service-wise, I was pleased. They were moving offices during my TAT, and they sent me an email to ask if it would be okay if they could extend the TAT by two days due to some snafus. Totally okay with me. I have no issue waiting as long as there’s good communication. (Said the woman whose own TAT is being mildly affected by a mega-cold.) Everything arrived promptly and was nicely packaged, along with a coupon code as a thank you for patience. Woot.

Daoine Sidhe Collection

Daoine Sidhe Collection

On with the swatches. SI = swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. PE = swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. If you really want to see the sparkle, expand the photos to full size!

Love Reigns

Love Reigns

Love Reigns

Love Reigns

Love Reigns:  A salmon pink with cool blue sheen.

Love reigns was a petal pink with a nice blue shimmer. It darkens a bit over the Pixie Epoxy, but the shimmer was evident in both swatches. Continue reading

Brazen Cosmetics – Hot To Trot UltraPlush Liquid Lipstick

Brazen Cosmetics - Hot To Trot

Among one of my orders from The Rhinestone Housewife was a lovely gift– a lipstick from Brazen, a brand I had never before heard of. What an awesome extra! (And talk about knowing your audience!)

It has taken me entirely too long to get swatches of it up on the blog, but the shade I received was Hot To Trot, a “scrumptious flirty bright coral pink with flirty gold shimmer.”

Brazen Cosmetics - Hot To Trot

I’m not sure if the color was reformulated at all or not, but the shade I received looked neither like the swatches on their site, nor fit that description, exactly. It’s definitely a bright coral, though it does not lean (on me) hot pink the way it does on the site. In addition, the shimmer in my tube is definitely pink, not gold. There’s so much shimmer, in fact, that it leans quite frosty. Continue reading