Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Moi Minerals review + Swatches

I was first interested in Moi Minerals, owned by Holly, mostly because it is the first Canadian indie make-up company I have come across. I was browsing the Facebook page when I came across a picture of some pressed shadows in a pretty palette that Holly made and sold a while back and I was interested. I first sent a message through Facebook to ask about creating a custom pressed palette, waited a week or so, no response. Then I emailed Holly through her companies e-mail, STILL no response! I was a bit insulted to be ignored twice so for a while I ignored the company, but the colours looked really nice so about a month later she had a free shipping sale so I decided to take the plunge anyways and ordered 10 samples.

She shipped out a fair while after I ordered, but I received in an acceptable amount of time (I am in Canada though and I have heard some U.S. customers complain about shipping time).

The baggies are pretty cheap, they rip very easily.

No free samples, I was surprised by this as every company I've bought from in the past have always included at least 1 free sample.

With all this said though I do really like most of the eyeshadows I got. Here are the shades I got, swatched over a thin layer of PE and in varying degrees of sunlight:

Chrome Blue: I really like this blue, it is chrome-ish but not as metallic as the name would suggest.

Risque: This colour is a nice, basic teal colour.

Hot as Hell: Another nice but basic colour, I have a few shadows that are similar to this one.

Snap: I really like this bright green!

Diego: Now this one is neat, I don't own anything like it. It's a taupe base with blue duochrome, stunning over a black base.

Cactus sun: Also a neat colour, a sort of sand-colour base with a green duochrome, also looks great over a black base.

Mercy: This is my favorite colour of the bunch! It's hard to explain the colour as it changes but it's a very metallic shade which I LOVE. It' sort of pinkish/brown.

Zombie Princess: Now this one I really did not like. It was not as dark as the listing suggested, it was also chalky and difficult to apply even just to swatch.

Crazy Bitch: I really like this colour, it is very similar to Evil Shades Cerberus but not quite as pretty.

Pluto: I really like this purple very dark and not like anything I own, and I own a lot of purples!

Would I buy again?: Maybe. The shadows seem to be pretty hit or miss, some are standard while some are really neat. I am considering getting full sizes of Mercy, Pluto, Diego, and Cactus Sun, but I'm still a little miffed at having my e-mails ignored.

I also went ahead and bought all the supplies from TKB, including the same palette, to press the shadows myself.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meow Xmas Trees swatches

I love greens so when I saw these I had to get them! Pictures taken in overcast daylight on top of a light layer of Pixie Epoxy.

Taken with flash:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Little Hiatus

Hi everyone! So I'm not taking a complete hiatus but I just wanted to let you all know I won't be posting very often from now until after the Holidays and that is because I am in exam period at University and then I will be visiting my parents and in-laws for a good part of the Holidays.

I will try my best to post here and there and I promise to post more after the Holidays, I have SO many swatches and reviews to post!

I will be posting the Meow Holiday shadows that I got soon! I got the full Xmas trees sample set and the full X-mas Rant sample set plus a few other random samples from the Holiday series.

Hugs & Kittycats,


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS day FOTD

This is my FOTD for world AIDS day.

Sorry for the blurry and dark pictures, it is very dark and dreary outside today, and I have no idea why all my pictures were coming out blurry today, I really need a tripod!

This picture is my attempt to better show the Frosty Water by Yves Rocher that I used to highlight my cheekbones.

What I used:

UDPP lid to eyebrow
Pixie Epoxy on lid
Hi-Fi Hot Rod on lid and above crease
Evil Shades Zombie in crease and outer vee
Kryolan aqua colours wet to line upper lashline
UD 24/7 liner in Zero on lower lashline and waterline

Fyrinnae lip lustre in Okinawa Beauty

Meows Purrrfect Puss in Inquisitive Sphynx
Yves Rocher Frosty Water

Hugs & Kittycats,


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Evil Shades eye primer VS. Urban Decay eye primer

I've been looking for a cheaper, indie alternative to the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion for a while now, so when Evil Shades released one I pounced on the "naked" version since I love all of Andrea's eyeshadows and lipsticks so much.

I hate to admit this, but I was dissapointed.

When I first received the primer I was worried there might be disappointment, the jar came in all oily and no matter how much I wiped it, it left a ring of oil wherever I set it down for a while. Then when I opened it up I could see it had not been well blended. I still had my hopes up so I blended it myself and decided to give it a go.

I put Evileyes on my right eye, your left in the following pictures, and UDPP on my left, your right. Evileyes goes on very silky and smooth, I do love the texture. I then put on some shimmery shadows (Shiro Cosmetics Rupee and Deku). Right away I could tell a difference, Evil Shades makes the shadows MUCH more sparkly and shimmery. Here is a picture in the morning immediately after doing all my make-up, you can see the Evileyes side is more vibrant and shimmery.

Picture taken in morning sunlight.

I wore this all day and when it came time to take it off I was disappointed to see the Evil Shades had creased and my shadow had faded a lot compared to UDPP.

Picture taken at night under fluorescent bathroom lighting.

Then I decided to test a bunch of different shadows on my hand and discovered that it is NOT compatible at all with matte shades, I decided to re-test and take pictures, you can see below that the first three matte shades don't work at all they gum up and look gross. On the other hand it does make the shimmery shadows I picked look very vibrant and helps to hold the sparkles.

The shadows I swatched are these: Kryolan pressed matte shadow colour AB42 (turquoise), L'Oreal Hip Duo in Flamboyant (the purple colour), Evil Shades Heartless Queen, Evil Shades Reondite, and Shiro Cosmetics Midna.

And here comes my biggest disappointment of all for me, Pixie Epoxy does not work AT ALL with the Evil Shades primer. PE rolls and gums up, it never becomes tacky and just plain does not work, I've tried applying them both all sorts of ways but nothing worked.

- Silky texture.
- Makes shimmery and glittery shadows more vibrant.

- Creases and fades faster than with UDPP.
- Does not work with matte eyeshadows.
- Does not work with Pixie Epoxy.

Would I buy again: No
I have very oily lids so this may work for other people, but I could not make it work with matte shadows or PE.

I almost did not write this review because I love Andrea, she has fantastic eyeshadows and even greater lipsticks. In the end though I had to write this, I couldn't pretend it just didn't happen. I knew when I started blogging that I might have to write posts like this.

I'm still hoping I got a bad batch but I would not buy the primer again, I will however remain a loyal customer for her eyeshadows, blushes, and lipsticks.

Hugs & Kittycats


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

FOTD Hollow Advisory

I am absolutely in LOVE with this look! Makes me think of Peacocks!

What I used:

(I used all Fyrinnae eyeshadows)

UDPP all over lid and above crease
Pixie Epoxy all over lid and above crease
Parental Advisory on lid
Sleepy Hollow above crease
Snow White on lower lashline
UD 24/7 liner in Zero on waterline
Kryolan aquacolours in black to line upper lashline
Nyx Dolleyes mascara

Bane from Evil Shades

Mix of Pampered puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese and Sphynx from Meow Cosmetics.

Hugs & Kittycats,


Monday, November 22, 2010

Some Etsy jewellery wants

Just some things I came across on Etsy that I would love to own. Click on the pictures to go to the listing.

Feather earrings from Still Tree Jewellery:

Untamed Menagerie:

Random rings:

Hugs & Kittycats,

Minou :3

3rd Evil Shades order + swatches

This is the second half of my Evil Shades orders, my S.O. bought me a Winks and Kisses set and some samples :) The top three swatches are the full sizes I got and the rest are samples.

Once again the lippies are already swatched here.

Everything is swatched over a thin layer of Pixie Epoxy and photographed under natural light.

Hugs & Kittycats,

Minou :3

Sunday, November 21, 2010

EOTD Teal + waxed eyebrows

Last Friday's EOTD. I really like these colours, I think they suit me very well well :3

This also shows my finally waxed eyebrows! This was the first time I ever did anything to my eyebrows. As you can see it's made me break out a little bit but OHWTO's Black Magic soap is really helping to calm that down (I will review the store and that soap soon!). I bought some Revlon tweezers and I hope to continue my eyebrow upkeep by just tweezing instead of going back to get waxed all the time.

What do you all do for your eyebrow upkeep routine?

What I used:
(All eyeshadows used are by Evil Shades)
UDPP all over lid and above crease
Pixie Epoxy all over lid and about crease
Elf Star in inner corner
Reodite on lid and slightly blended over crease
Wanderflower in outer V and slightly above crease
UD's 24/7 liner in Zero
Nyx Dolleye mascara

I should have lined this look, I think it would have looked better.

Hugs & Kittycats,