Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Falloween with Darling Clandestine : Tiny Ice Bees, Don'tGoPleaseStay,The Moon Is Leaving for the Wheels

Look at that candy haul with those cutsies
Hello everyone! I hope you are loving the fall season, and the wonderful things that are coming out of the woodwork from all your favorite brands now. For me, my wallet is crying because this is my favorite season in the makeup and indie world... so I am broke, but happy.

Evonne released her Falloween collection a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to get some of the goodies! They were flying out of the shop, so I was very pleased with myself that I even snagged them. I got two new oils in "itsy bitsies", and a bitsie in the perfume balm.

I love, love, love the labels on these oil itsy bitsies! They have the names neatly and clearly printed on them, with a beautiful bit of label artwork. A majority of the fragrances offered come with pictures for reference, instead of names. However, I have -so- many, that I only really remember the names of my favorites. Then, I have to go search the site to see which pictures means what. I have some of the even older bitsies, which labels have jumped off of completely. They are now wonderful little mystery perfumes, but I won't know which to reoder when the time comes. The solid perfume also doesn't have the name, but for the time being it's the only one like it I have.

Remember! As with all perfumes, particularly Indie ones, they react differently to everyone's body chemistry! What works for me may not work exactly the same for you, and vice-versa! If something reacts badly on my skin, it may not be the same story for you!! These are just MY experiences and MY findings :) This is why I love samples, you get just enough to test them on your skin to see how it will turn out!

Look at those cute little itsy bitsies

Tiny Ice Bees - You would think from the name this would clearly be a honey type scent, but not so much. To me this is the "before" the honey. You have fruit and what-acts-like-floral notes that are wonderfully unexpected, and a little magical. First whiff is a lightly floral pineapple note, which is  sweet, clear, and beautiful. This has a juiciness to it  with bright citrus notes teasing me, but the soft and airy"floral" keeps if from being too sweet and foody. That particular note really reminds me of wet laundry, if that makes sense (It's lovely!)  They blend beautifully as they warm and unfold on the skin, become a wonderful dance of soft sophistication, with an unexpected pop of the effervescent pineapple. They take turns coming to the front, and then bowing back for their partner to take the lead. It might be early in the relationship, but I think I'm in <3

Don'tGoPleaseStay in bitsie form

"A little note to folks who are new to "natural" perfumes: Don'tGoPleaseStay is infused with all organic botanical ingredients, so the fragrance isn't as intense as that of blends containing synthetic elements. It's meant to cling close to your skin and cuddle." -DarlingClandestine

DontGoPleaseStay - A soft, sweet kiss of Cocoa powder on your skin, with a spinkle of juniper to give it  bit of flair. It's a warm and cozy scent, and very much hugs close to the skin. I didn't know if I would like this scent, to be honest, so I bought the smaller "bitsy" to try it out. I can't stop sniffing myself while wearing this one, it's just such an intriguing scent like nothing I have in my collection. I -need-  the full size!
My neice says it reminds her of sipping on warm cocoa ( the kind with the teensy-weensy marshmallows, she says ) at Christmas time. I don't dissagree, I could picture that quite clearly when sniffing my wrist like a crazy person.

The Moon Is Leaving for the WheelsWhen first applied, my nose picked the blackberry scent out right away, which wasn't hard. It's bright and juicy, and not that fake cloying smell we have gotten used to from places like Walmart.  No, this is much different, and much better. e. You can smell the damp forest air handing heavy around you as you select another plump blackberry from the thicket, carefully collecting your prizes in a woven bed of dry grasses at your feet. You are so focused on your task, you haven't noticed the eerie silence that has fallen on the woods around you. Someone...or something... is watching. This one does not stay overly fruity, it is tempered by the woods and has a mysterious aura about it. I really am enjoying this one!

All of the sharks that went out trick or treating were wearing costumes!

The huge handful of saltwater taffy that Evonne included was ultimately consumed by my neice when she came home from school - I managed to grab an orange one before they disappeared.  She had never had salt water taffy before, but she quickly discovered how yummy it is!

Now, this was a limited edition release... but as I said it was not an easy thing catching these little darlings in the shop. From what I spied on the DC Facebook,  Evonne has graciously decided to extend the fall release for one whole week when DarlingClandestine comes back from vacation mode.  So, if you are like me, you will be keeping you eyes peeled! The Etsy shop says September 14th, so stay tuned for updates at the DC Facebook page.

Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

Items purchased by me, all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora : Review & Swatches

Yup, I still love that packaging.

Hello everyone!
I just keep going back and picking more of these damn lipsticks up when I go to the mall. But... they're just so nice! So that is why they are all on seperate posts ;) Not to be annoying, but because I won't just buy them all at once.
Why is it that red lips are just so attractive? Is it primal instincts? Or is it the fact that red draws the eye? Because, I would look just as hard... if not harder... at bright green lips.

Adora's Tramp Stamp
Regardless, there is just something fierce about someone wearing a flattering red lipstick, it just makes a whole look go pow!
Adora is one of those reds. The shade itself is very flattering on myself, and I could see it working on so many skintones. It's bright, but not neon. It's neutral toned, not too blue, not too orange. And the subtle golden metallic shimmer gives your lips depth and a luscious look.

This one is another keeper! The color is awesome, and the formula is very comfortable to wear. Again, I didn't hit anywhere near the "10 hour wear" that they say it has. It needed refreshing about 4-5 hours in to keep it looking nice. Of course, I didn't use primer or liner, so it might go longer with those helpers.

In case you want more, find more Kat Von D lipstick reviews here

You can pick these lipsticks up for $21.00 a tube at Sephora like I did, just make sure to use Ebates to get some money back! I wish you could take Ebates to the store with you, don't you?

Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

All items purchased by me, all opinions are my own.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics : Nightfury & No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio

Hello everyone! I hope you are as excited about the latest color of the month from Shiro, Nightfury! I absolutely love Toothless, the adorable dragon from How To Train Your Dragon. His cute expressions remind me of my dogs, and the movie itself is just so cute! I haven't seen the second one yet, when I had planned to go I actually came down with food poisoning... so yeah, that didn't happen. But I will buy it as soon as soon as it is released on dvd!

Ugh, so cute.

Nightfury patted over a sticky base
Nightfury is shimmery blackened purple with bright flecks of green.

 This is a deep, grapey purple that is sparkling with flashes of green. I love this color, it is especially flattering for the brown eyed folk like myself (plus is looks nice with my red hair). Nightfury looks awesome by itself, or to ground a lighter eye shadow in a look. It's smexy.

Hurry and grab it before it's gone! Snag it up in all it's glory for only $6.00 at the Shiro Cosmetics website.

I also picked up the older COTM shadow No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio that I never bought the first time around. I just need the sequel to go with it! Unfortunately, I don't think it's available anymore on the website - but if it pops up again, snag it! Immediately!!

No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio is a warm bronzed shadow that has a metallic sheen, and lots of sparkle.

Patted over a sticky base

Mmmm. Such a pretty shade.

I really do love both of these shades, but you can only pick one of them up at the time being (sorry!) unless someone accidentally makes another batch ;)

Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

All items purchased by me, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wonderchilde : Review & Swatches

Holy duochrome! . The Sephora website calls this a "Iridescent Neon Violet", and it's definiately a shifty color. It bounces back and forth between fushia and violet, and has a lovely blurple flash. Wonderchilde has a dry finish, not moist or creamy. Close in texture to matte but very comfortable to wear. It is supposed to have the same finish as Lullabye, but this is leaps and bounds better than it is.
 I wore this for several hours, and while it it long lasting... it's no miracle lipstick. I did have fading/patching in some spots, so you will have to reapply; My point was at the 4 hour mark after eating and drinking, and by 6 hours I could feel some product on my lips, but the color was gone and only a little glitter was really left by then. I also was longing to swipe on balm at that point, so there's that.
But that being said, I love the color so much that I don't mind pulling out my badass looking lipstick to reapply and keep it fresh. This was without primer or liner, so with something else to anchor it, you will probably have a longer lasting lip. Take care to make sure you close it well, my lid came off a time or two in my purse. I ended up moved it to a cosmetics bag, and put that in my purse to keep it from being bounced around too much.

This swatch beautifully captures a range of colors that Wonderchilde shifts back and forth between.

I went ahead and posted two pictures of myself wearing this lipstick, just so you can see that the color really go back and forth depending on how your lips are catching the light.

*more pink*

*more violet*
Seriously, this is amazing. If I could only pick one from this collection so far, this is it. Hands down. It. I love the shade, the wear, everything. And have we talked about that scent yet?? Holy cow it smells amazing. It's a luscious vanilla type ( supposedly Creme Brulee but I don't know how that smells) that is actually better than a MAC lipstick. Yup. It's good.

(See other Kat Von D lipsticks)

Have you had your eye on any shades from the Studded Kiss collection? Tell me which one I should look at!

Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

Item purchased by me, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Femme Fatale Mineral Blush in Hot To The Touch & Burning Low

Hello everyone! Yes, I -finally- got a chance to try one of the brands that I have been rooling over for quite a while. Femme Fatale Cosmetics is located in Australia, so I just have been holding back on purchasing because of the shipping. Which, I will admit, was a stupid reason! The eyeshadows and blushes that I ordered were all fantastic, high quality and smooth.
Both of these blushes are from the Post-Apocalyptic Collection, one warm toned and one more neutral.

"Burning Low is a vibrant orange blush with slight coral tones, and orange-gold shimmer." 
Burning Low is a warm, tangerine blush with some peachy tones, and a golden sheen. This one has some ruddiness to it, but I think that helps keep it a little more natural... natural for orange, anyways. This one was a bit too gold on my skintone as a full on blush, but looks nice lightly applied across my cheekbones over another color. That trick get's a bit of dimension in there, and you get to use a fun blush you might not have otherwise.

"Hot to the Touch is a gorgeous coral blush with a hint of rose and apricot tones, and complimenting golden shimmer."

Hot to the Touch is seriously drool worthy. This blush is a gorgeous, flushed shade that is very complimentary to my skin tone. It has a more natural sheen on the skin than Burning Low . It is very pretty, and very flattering. The shade is a beautifully complicated rose shade with coral to peachy overtones. If I had to choose between the two, I would say this is my favorite! I also think it might be flattering on a wider variety of skintones than Burning Low overall.

You can pick up your own blush at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics website, These blushes are retailed at $8.25 AUD for a Full Size 10g jar with a sifter. They also offer sample sizes of blushes, which are 1/8 tsp and can only be purchased as part of a sample set. And fun fact, samples ship free! Everything else varies.

I do have a few more samples of blushes that I will be putting up soon. But of these two, I would go back and buy Hot To The Touch all over again. Can you tell I like it?!?

Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

Items were purchased by me, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lullabye : Review & Swatches

Yup. Another one. This is Lullabye, a new shade in the Kat Von D Studded Kiss line. What can I say, I am a sucker for the awesome studded packaging. I mean, how cool is it to pull this out of your purse?
 Lullabye is a "sparkling iridescent magenta/violet" that has a fine iridescent glitter throughout the product, which gives it a gritty texture. The fine glitter can actually be a little painful if you rub your lips together firmly, so I do not recommend doing that. At all.
But then again, maybe it's more hardcore because it hurts. Right? If you apply a balm under it, or a gloss over it, you can help ease that glittery pain... but as the day wears on, the glitter disappears some anyways, so you could do like me and tough it out.

The color is beautiful. No denying that. It is a hot fushia lipstick that has electric violet blue flashes. So freaking lovely. Just depending on the light and angle you see it from, you can see different colors. I bet you lucky girls with nice full lips will be able to see all the colors at once, ugh. So lucky. I definately recommend giving your lips some prep before wearing it. Exfoliating, moisturizing, primer - the works. You will appreciate the extra TLC you put into it afterwards because of the nature of the product.

Bonus, it makes your teeth look super white! I really love the shade, I think it is gorgeous... but the texture is just not my favorite. I might end up swapping it out for a different shade in the end. But I will give it a few more chances to see if it grows on me, and if I can get past the texture part.

The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks retail for $21.00, I picked mine up at Sephora. Some Sephora's in JCPenny locations wont be recieving the entire line, so you might be better off ordering online (with Ebates) :D
 ( See other Kat Von D Lipsticks)
Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

Product purchased by me, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wolvesmouth : Review & Swatches

One of the new Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks that I picked up is this wonderful berry shade named Wolvesmouth.  The website describes it as a metallic berry, and it's just delicious.Personally, I though it was pretty awesome how close to my hair color this shade was! And I liked the name. A lot. Is there something specific this refers to? Please let me know! *apparently it's an underground LA restaurant!*
When you look closely, you can see the eensy weensy metallic sparkles in the product. The metallic finish is so lush! Argh, I love it.

I love how the lipstick has a tramp stamp :P
I can't get over this shade.

Wolvesmouth might not be an exact dupe for my hair color, but that's probably for the better. It's more purple toned, and I am a sucker for purple makeup in general! The texture was really nice, I preferred this over the glittery or matte ones that I have from the same Studded Kiss line. Though the matte is very comfortable, this was just better. I didn't find it too patchy to apply either, though I heard some people did. It will probably last longer if applied over a primer or lip liner, but I did the whole slap it on and go test for you. This lasted well for about 5 hours for me before needing a bit of refreshing, with me drinking and talking.

The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks retail for $21.00, I picked mine up at Sephora. Some Sephora's in JCPenny locations wont be recieving the entire line, so you might be better off ordering online (with Ebates) :D
( See other Kat Von D Lipsticks)
Thanks for reading!
Xo's -Sharon

Product purchased by me, all opinions are my own.


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