Monday, November 26, 2012

Make-Up Monday: Ulta Pressed Eye Shadow Singles

Don't buy these. That is a terrible way to start a review but seriously. Don't buy these. The packaging and colors look nice enough and they have cool names. You are there in Ulta going, "these are nice colors with cool names and they're not too expensive, I'll grab one or five." I've never had great luck with them. I'll be showing you Mesmerize and Deep Sea (which I somehow have 3 of. Apparently I'm drawn to the color though I never wear it).

Mesmerize is the most deceptive of the lot, it has that cool duochrome! DUOCHROME! Take my money, Ulta! I want a duochrome green/beige! Also not how it is scraped? Yeah, this is my second time using this
As you can see the duochrome does not come through when on your face. Considering Urban Decay, Morgana Cryptoria and Evil Shades have all done great duochrome shadows there is no reason for this to happen other then them being cheap/just not caring. Mesmerize is by the brow, Deep Sea is by the lash and Urban Decay omen is in the corner because I wanted some freaking duochrome gosh darn it.

Price: $2.99-$7 depending on the sale
Package: 4/5
Sturdy, lets you view the color. Looks alright. I care most about it being sturdy and it is.
Quality: 1/5
You will get color, you will have to work for it but you will get it. You won't get duochrome. And it'll do that thing pressed shadows do where they kind of turn to rock and your brush can barely get any color off of it. Sucktastic. The shadow itself is prone to shatter/explode if you drop it too. Peachy, ne?
Value: 2/5
You'll get color. You'll work hard for it and be annoyed but if it is this or no shadow on my eyes I'd grudgingly use this.
Overall: 2.3/5
Suuuucks. Don't waste your money unless this is a matter of life or pantslessness. And even then, you're in an Ulta or on the internet, there are other options. Even other budget options. And are you really saving money if you buy crap you won't use? Exactly.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Make-Up Monday: Smakers Disney To-ki-o Treats Eyeshadow duo in First Love

There's a reason I try to not walk past the cosmetic aisle when I go to the store. Something will catch my eye and I'll buy it. The to-ki-o treat display was so cute, all the packaging was cute. I thought about getting both shadow duos (the other has Daisy on it!) but I didn't know if I'd like the shadow. Smackers makes good lip gloss and balm but I'd never tried any of their other stuff before.

I've been using it for a while now, please excuse the powder. I actually suggest using a brush in place of the sponge applicator though. Brush works awesome. Applicator not so much.

And here I have the two colors swatched. I got First Love because I need some more super pale options for my eye shadows. I really like both, they are great and since they are pressed they travel well (used this at Afest).

I used the milky color right by my brow, pink below and then the bottom is Evil Shades Drakon. You can switch in just about any brown or tan for the bottom and get a great soft eye. The shadow stays in place well (I use primer) and is easy to apply. I really like it and will probably pick up City Nights next time I see it too.

Price: $5
Package: 5/5
Cute, easy to view the shadow and easy to get the shadow out. It is also sturdy. This is about everything I could want from packaging (except making it heart and jewel shaped, why don't we get canmake here?)
Quality: 5/5
Easy to apply, stays and doesn't explode in the container (oh Ulta eye shadows, always a party). I dig.
Value: 5/5
$5 for two decent sized plates of shadow is a good price, especially when the packaging is cute and the product is good.
Overall: 5/5
I hope Smackers expands their shadow offerings! I've always dug their cheap but nice and cute lip stuff so I'm really open to more from them! Sadly I know they'll never do anything but pastels since it is meant for preteens. *sigh*

Monday, November 12, 2012

Make-Up Monday: Morbid Makeup Purple Glitter Eyeliner Pencil

EDIT: Hot Topic no longer carries this make up brand any more. If you have an unused black eyeliner or find one at your Hot Topic, I'm willing to pay double sticker price (so $4) plus shipping per pencil. I know this sounds silly but OMG I don't think I have it in me to hunt down a new everyday eye liner. T^T

Make fun of me all you want but I still hold that the goths have it right when it comes to eyeliner. I picked up the purple glitter one since it was in the clearance bin for $.69. And purple brings out the green in my eyes.
It applies just as smoothly as the regular black though while applying it can feel a little tickly/scratchy. Scratchy isn't quite the right word since it isn't really irratating it just feels weird.

It stays in place all day just like the black variant and washes off easy-peasy too. Have I mentioned how much I love this eyeliner?

Price: $1.99 (or lower since clearance and all)
Packaging: 5/5
It is a very easy to use pencil and the silver with the black fishnet over lay and aluminum cap is kinda pretty.
Quality: 5/5
Easy on, stays put (barring rubbing) and washes off easy. It is perfect.
Value: 5/5
Any good eyeliner under $5 is a hit with me but $1.99 for the best? I almost gave it a 6/5.
Overall: 5/5
Per. Fec. Tion.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Make-Up Monday: Morgana Cryptoria Lip Gel in Pentacle

This is a different type of lip gel than the stuff that came in the slim balm tubes, this in fact comes in a squeezy tube. The lip gel seems to be replacing her lip gloss (sadness! That gloss was perfection.) so I figured I'd give it a try. For science.

This packaging solves the problem of the product melting out of the tube but to be honest this needed to be in a lip gloss tube with a doe foot applicator. Why? Because you either have to use a lip brush or your finger to spread the product on your lip. Now I know plenty of people already use lip brushes for everything but
I only have two travel lip brushes and cleaning them constantly is a pain. The carmex like applicator works for clear colors because you don't have to worry about perfect application. This product is anything but clear.

The product itself is like a liquid lipstick, it is as opaque as a lipstick but gooey like a gloss. This sounds awesome in concept except one of the great things about her lipsticks is that they have great staying power and one of the great things about her glosses is that they fade in a very natural way as you eat and go about your day. This product does neither of those things. This product doesn't stay put. You'll leave a big glob on your coffee cup and it'll look patchy pretty quick. The only saving grace for this is that is doesn't feather. I'm not really a fan of this product. And the color is nice, not quite a full purple but def not a red.

Price: $10 a tube
Package: 2/5
It won't melt all over your purse but requires an extraneous lip brush.
Quality: 3/5
It smells nice and feels nice but doesn't do great otherwise.
Value: 3/5
$10 a tube for something you'll have to keep touching up? Eh....
Overall: 2.66
Not a fan and I don't think I'll be buying any more lip gels. And I didn't even luck out like last time where I was able to repurpose it (that purple one from the last batch is hands down my fav blush).

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Outfits of the Fortnight v.9

It's still staying pretty cool so more loli-ing about has been done. :3

Even Cool Enough for a Sweater!
We've had some freaking crazy weather. Like so cold I am cranking up the electric blanket to 9 some days (since they don't light our heaters til mid to late November) and then hitting 90 or so a few days later.
Tie: Bodyline
Blouse: Offbrand
Bolero: Offbrand
Socks: Offbrand
Shoes: Offbrand

Brave Hair
It was so humid that day I went to see Brave that I was rocking some serious Merida hair. Happy to go fullstop lolita though! :D
Headbow: Offbrand
Blouse: Offbrand
Socks: Offbrand
Shoes: Offbrand

But It's Got Kitty Ears!
That'd be the justification for buying Meta's Card Playing Kitty hoodie. I so need the JSK in black. So so need.
Hoodie: Metamorphose
Blouse: Offbrand
Skirt: Offbrand
Socks: AatP
Shoes: Offbrand

Laaaayers are for Cold Weather
Look at dem layers. But it has been freezing here so loli is the only way to stay warm dontcha know? ;D
Everything is offbrand.

Loli! Hatoful Scarecrow

I love Hatoful Boyfriend. Like, you come for the crazy pidgeon dating sim and stay for the feels. It is an oddly well written story. And I thought why not loli-fy the Scarecrow/Labor 9 for the ATX Lolitas' Halloween Tea. I forgot my arm armor though. D:
Hood: Handmade
Shoulder armor: Handmade
Sweater: Offbrand
Blouse: Offbrand
Gloves: Offbrand
Skirt: HMHM
Socks: Offbrand
Boots: AatP