Matte neutral

Testing some new eyeshadows.  yay!

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Review: MUFE Brow Correcter in 3

So, I already have been mixing 0(pale reddish brown) and 1(medium reddish brown) for my brows, but I got #3(dark brown with a few reddish tones) to fill out my makeup kit.  I’ve used it a lot, and actually taken to mixing it with the other shades for the perfect not-too-red brow filler color.  I do love that the MUFE brow correcters can be easily mixed for custom shades.

You can use them a LOT of different ways—it is intended to be an all-in-one brow finisher.  No layering powder to fill in, adding wax or clear gel overtop to keep hairs in line…..  Just apply it and(if desired) comb a bare mascara wand or brow comb through the brows to set hairs in line.  It works beautifully!  I’ve even had luck using a powder to fill in the brow, and then using a mascara comb to apply it to the brows, for even more naturally textured shading(In that case, my model had BLACK hair, but her brow hairs were pretty much transparent, and VERY finely textured. I filled in her brows with MAC Carbon eyeshadow, a matte black, and then used #3 to make sure the hairs texture showed through, with very faint brown highlights.  It looked flawless on camera.)

It is marketed as being waterproof, and I’ve NEVER had a problem with it migrating, smearing, etc. once it has set from the initial application.  Even with makeup remover, I find my brows tend to have a permanent tint from using it near-daily.  It REALLY stays put with absolutely no fussing!  It’s quite pigmented, and a teeny bit goes a long way.  I find an amount about as big as the head of a large sewing pin is plenty to finish both eyes.  It doesn’t set extremely quickly, so it is easy to apply it in broad lines, and then go back with the brush to spread it thinner, filling out the area.

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dreaming of Hawaii(eyes only)

So, I wore this to yesterdays photoshoot.  THe full-face was fairly bland and simple.  I’m still testing a pile of new NYX’s lipsticks, grumbling ferociously about the rose-chemical smell and taste.  This photographed well, but it did look a bit overdone in person.  It’s fine though, since I was doing neutral-smoky makeup for the shoot.  I like to wear something different to my shoots, if just to give a subtle reminder of my versatility.

I am SO ready for our weird cold-spell to end.  Rainy pacific northwest is bad enough without SNOW!  My face is covered in red hives and itches, from allergic reactions to the rock salt i use at work.  I don’t really want to show it to the world, or apply foundation over it right now.  PLEASE let the itching END!  Olive oil can only do so much to calm it down!

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Review: OCC Lip Tar in Tarred

I love my lip tars! Tarred is a simple black, and isn’t as wearable as some of the other shades I’ve reviewed.

Tarred is definitely one of the more fidgety lip tar colors, although it has the same beautiful pigmentation as the rest of the line. It is a rich, glossy black. The problem is that it separates MUCH faster than the other shades. Even after vigorously shaking it, I still find that half the time I get an amount of clear gloss dispensed with NO pigment, if it has been sitting in my makeup case unshaken for more than a few days. This is DEFINITELY something to be aware of. I think I’ve wasted about four applications worth of the gloss simply because of that short separation(Case in point-most of my other OCC colors NEVER separate, no matter HOW long it is between being moved. It seems to be only the white, black, and one of the coral shades that routinely do it.)

This is may not be wearable on its own, but it helps a lot for blending new colors, or experimental effects. Bear in mind that it will darken a shade, but to actually tweak the color itself, you’ll still want to add the main shades complementary color.(With a red like NSFW, I add a small amount of Botanical(dark green) to get a deeper red rather than a fire-engine red). It’s a useful color, I just am confused why the formulation seems so much more prone to separating in storage. I don’t use it as much as I’d hoped to, because that annoys me, and I’m scared of wasting more of it.

It is $12.50, and isn’t absolutely necessary unless you intend to mix your own lip tar colors. Lip tars have a thin consistency that does NOT blend with lipsticks or thicker glosses.

I find it stays on my lips a decent amount of time, though you want to use the smallest amount possible, or else it will end up on your teeth. It is VERY glossy for the first hour or so, and after that it is a more satin-style of gloss, as it fades down. It does NOT fade down evenly, so be prepared to reapply. I do find the formula a bit drying on my lips, so you may also want to keep a good lip balm on hand(I like Caudalie or Jack Black)

Shown here next to the rest of their holiday 2010 Mixmaster set—Lip Tars in Feathered, Traffic, Stalker, Rx, and Tarred)

Gardenia cut-crease(eyes only)

I like this in pictures, though I didn’t like it for daily wear.  That’s fine.  Please pretend you don’t see the redness in my face. I’ve been trying to avoid wearing foundation since Im having some severe reactions to some of my work conditions, and haven’t wanted to cause the irritation to get worse.  How many full-face shots have I done this week?  Not many.

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Focus On: Fyrinnae Crimson Ghost

Focus On is a work in progress. Have you ever talked yourself out of buying a product because the color was too odd, and you wondered how often you would really be able to use it? Or, you know those colors you LOVE because of some hidden versatility that you never imagined when you bought it? I do that ALL of the time. In the interests of loving what I HAVE, and learning its limitations, rather than relying on the influx of new colors, I will be doing this post every Saturday, focusing on a new color from my collection, with examples of past work, ideas for other uses. Please feel free to suggest colors you wish to see, or uses for the ones listed, or let me know what your favorites are for future posts.

Crimson ghost is a very beautiful pale base, with pink/red duochrome.

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watercolor waterlilies

I love the color palette for this. It mostly looks like a navy smoky eye, but the pink just POPS with facial expressions.

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Fruit Punch(Eyes only)

There are so many things wrong with this look it’s not even funny.  I did it to test a few new products, and see if I could get better wear out of my NYX eyeshadow pencils.    Good news, GREAT wear.  Bad news, my lids looked dry and leathery, especially in motion.  Further bad news, NYX glitter liner didn’t apply well at ALL because it was so thick, and the brush was VERY uneven, and had bristles sticking out at all angles.  I am NOT impressed so far.

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Review: Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume mascara

I do have to admit that I like this mascara.  The brush has slightly sparser bristles. though it’s a traditional pipe-cleaner shape and works well for separating lashes.  The formula stays put pretty well, though I did notice a little flaking about six hours into wear.

It DEFINITELY did seem to separate and add volume to my lashes.  Not so much length, but it created a very flattering effect.  The lashes had a slightly stiff look, but they also seemed to hold a curl slightly longer(my lashes are VERY stubborn and rarely hold a curl for more than a half hour, tops.)

It’s not the best mascara I’ve tried, but it may be best if you have lashes that resist curls.  That was the nicest thing about it.  Otherwise, both Buxom mascara and Fresh Supernova mascara have better wear, and also nice volumizing attributes.

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Periwinkle(eyes only)

Testing NYX eyeshadow pencils.  So far they have creased WAY more than I would like, even under eyeshadow.  I’m hoping that a less sticky primer will help it stay better, but so far my lids just look a bit dry/leathery from that product layering.  Ah well

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