Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's Electric, oooh, it's Electric

Sorry, I can't use my Urban Decay Electric palette without the Metallica cover of "It's Electric" running through my head. Anyway, I used the Electric again today, but I paired it with a few Sugarpill shades. I can't tell you all how much I love this palette. I think I've used at least one shade from it every time I've done my makeup since it came in the mail.

Eyes: Savage, Slowburn, and Jilted from Urban Decay, @#$%! and Buttercupcake from Sugarpill
Cheeks: Cosmo Canyon from Geek Chic Cosmetics
Lips: Rhythm Box from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette

I'm sure, by now, you've all heard the hype over Urban Decay's latest palette, the Electric one. I know they used to be well known for their bright, edgy eyeshadows. Hell, I had a dozen back in high school. While I love my Naked 3 and Basics, I am glad to see them come out with some "in your face" shades. I will note that four of the shades in Electric are not intended for use in the immediate eye area, I believe this only applies to the US, but I'm not 100% sure. Either way, if you choose to use Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, or Urban on your eyes, you are doing so at your own risk. If you have sensitive eyes, I would avoid using these shades around the eyes. I don't have any issues, so I used them around my eyes. I'm a rebel like that. ;)

Yesterday I used Thrash, Freak, Fringe, Gonzo, Chaos on my lid. Blending out I used Jilted and a little bit of Urban and Savage. On my lips I'm wearing Naked gloss in Naked. Blush is Geek Chic Cosmetics Mistress of the Dark.

Today I used Savage, Jilted, and Urban on my lid. Blended out with Gonzo, Chaos, Freak, and Thrash. For my waterline, I used Perversion 24/7 liner and Crave from the Naked Basics. Again, I'm wearing Naked gloss in Naked on my lips. Cheeks are Geek Chic Cosmetics Cosmo Canyon blush. Lego lightsaber earrings came from Comic Con, I can't remember the vendor's name.

*I bought and paid for this with my own money. I'm not being endorsed in any way. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Indiana Comic Con

I'm gearing up to head to the Indiana Comic Con this weekend, it runs Friday thru Sunday and I'll be there all three days. I have two epic custom gowns I'll be wearing, so expect some amazing, over the top, dramatic makeup to be blogged next week sometime. I'm bringing my camera along and hope to see some great cos play to blog about as well. I've never been to a 'con of any sort, so I'm very excited to attend and see what's what.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I'm on a roll here!

What's this?! Two posts in about a week?! What is this madness? Today, I'm sharing a look I did for work using Geek Chic Cosmetics.  The shades I used are from the Supernatural inspired collection called Superneutrals. As it sounds, the collection is full of neutral shades that pack a bit of a punch. For this look I used Morningstar, The Trickster, Born Under a Bad Sign, Most Loyal (discontinued) Angel of Thursday, King of Hell, and Rock Salt to hilite. On my cheeks, I used Maybelline Glaze blush stick in Make a Mauve. On my lips is Mac Cosmetics RiRi Woo.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My Current Obsession

I have a pretty extensive makeup collection. 400+ loose pigments, 20 or so palettes, countless lippies, 200+ bottles of polish, you get the idea. But there are is one item I reach for on an almost daily basis. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) makes a WONDERFUL lip product called Lip Tar that now comes in three finishes, Matte, Metallic, and Gloss.

My latest OCC obsession is their spring '14 release, Rollergirl. OCC describes it as a vibrant lavender and I tend to agree. If neon lilac were a color, it would be Rollergirl. I was worried it wouldn't work well on my olive/yellow skin tone, but I absolutely love it.

I was excited for this shade because I thought it would be more similar to a discontinued shade from a few years ago that I missed out on, Belladonna. This shade is much lighter and brighter than Belladonna and I happen to like it a lot more.

Here's a picture of Belladonna for comparison sake, a friend sent me a sample.

I have a special spot in my heart for purple lippies and Rollergirl has taken the current top spot, over Mac Heroine and others.What is your favorite purple lippie?

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Sort of Update

Some of you may know this, but many of you probably don't, but I lost my dad 2 1/2 years ago to a sudden massive heart attack. He was 59. I turned 30 in January and had an "Oh shit!" moment. I couldn't let this be the start of the last half of my life. I've always enjoyed hiking, and would do that at least once a week. I started trying to go hiking more last year and kinda failed at it, I was lazy and just didn't feel like putting a whole lot of effort into it.

Then I hit 30. I made a New Year's resolution to stop drinking soda (hahahaha), stop eating as much fast food, and start working out more. I did stop drinking soda (for two months) and have cut down on my fast food intake. The one I thought would be the hardest to keep is the one I've stuck with the most. I don't do a lot of upper body stuff, but I do run three times a week. When I say "I run three times a week," I don't mean two miles, I've managed to up my distance to at least 7 miles a run. It makes me really happy. Running has become my preferred stress relief.

May '12

May '13 after my first 5k

August '13 after Warrior Dash 
Me and my medal

Jumping the fire.

April '12 on the left and Sept. '13 on the right

Not only has running helped relieve stress, I've also lost almost 30 pounds! Weight loss isn't my goal, but it is a nice side effect of trying to be healthy. By this time next year, I'd like to be training for the Chicago Marathon. I'm not sure if I have what it takes to do it, but I'd sure like to give it a try.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Compare and Contrast Time!

Every once in a while, I'll buy an eyeshadow that is shockingly similar to one I already own. I've done one compare and contrast post already, you can find it here. Today, I'll be comparing three different purple/aqua/teal duochrome shadows. Who doesn't like a good color shifting shadow?

Let's get to it. Today's contenders are: Impluse Cosmetics Narcissa, Tick:Tock Cosmetics Once Upon a Time, and Virus Insanity Eyeshadows Lafayette. All of these are lovely in their own right, and all work well together in one look, but they are all very different.


Once Upon A Time

As you can see, in the pot they all look fairly similar. Once swatched the differences are more apparent.

L-R: Once Upon a Time, Lafayette, Narcissa



Once Upon A Time
Of the three, OUaT and Lafayette are my favorite. Narcissa applied very patchy, I'm not sure if that's due to not enough base ingredients or if it wasn't blended enough. OUaT and Lafayette both applied smoothly, with no "bald" patches. As you can see in the swatches, the base purple is the lightest in OUaT and a bit deeper in Lafayette, Narcissa has the deepest purple base shade. They are all nice colors, but I'm slightly disappointed with the patchy application of Narcissa. I was also a bit disappointed that once it was on my eyelid, none of the shift in Narcissa was visible.

Inner to outer: Once Upon a Time, Lafayette, and Narcissa
Which of the three is your favorite? Did you find this post helpful?