Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Indie Cosmetics review & Swatches...Impulse Cosmetics...

Alright ladies here are a few new swatches and looks for the Indie cosmetic company Impulse Cosmetics. Talk about your amazing all around indie cosmetic store! Now I only purchased a few shadows but this store has it all! The carry unique lipsticks, Custom nail polishes, and even solvent resistant glitters. And OMG the prices are AMAZING! Nothing in this shop is over $8.99 and that is for a custom made polish. Eyeshadows are only 3.99 for a 5g sifter jar. Premade polishes are only 3.99!! And Lipsticks are 6.99 and the colors are just amazing! You just can't beat that!! Shipping was timely and reasonable rates.

Ok so since this was a test run for this company I just bought some of the sample baggies  offered in the store. These are always a great way to try out a new company. Impulse has probably the best rate I have ever seen for samples to date. You can choose from 2 to 25 samples in your order which I think is just awesome. Sample prices start out at just $1.80 for 2 and run up to $22.50 for 25. That's less than $1 a sample baggie!!

I opted to pick up 5 samples this order and bout the following colors...
AlchemyTormalineWitching HourScramble, & Slayer (it seems this is not in the 
shop anymore).

Alchemy is a duochrome teal with a dark base and gold, silver, and blue shimmers.

I didnt use any primer for this look.Alchemy is the outer corner color.
Also used: BH Cosmetics California Collection in Malibu (Center), Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Penny (inside corner and under eye liner, MAC Mineralize shadow in Unsurpassable (Right above the crease, Loreal paris Wear Infinite shadow in Sweet Chemise (At brow line), And Elizabet mott It's So Big Mascara..

Next is Tormaline. Tormaline is an emerald green that shifts into teal with aqua and lime sparkles. OMG...How I wish this color captured better! It really is a gorgeous dark emerald color!

Yall know I love me some green cause it totally bring out the green in my eyes. Again I used no primer for this look.

I used the Tormaline in the crease. I also used My Pretty Zombie eyeshadow in Bettie, A white shimmer shadow above the crease to my brow (no idea the brand LOL), Kat Von D Autograph eye pencil in Eyegasm, and Elizabeth Mott it's So Big Mascara.

Next we have Scramble. Scramble is a duochrome purple that flashes into aqua/teal with blue and teal sparkles.

I don't recall using a primer with this look but if I did it was Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

Scramble I used in the crease, The inside of my lid I used Glamour Doll Eyes shadow in Candy floss, and above the crease I used My Pretty Zombie Lulu Cupcake shadow. I finished the look with Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner and Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara.

 For this look I also used Scramble along with the stunning Witching Hour. Witching Hour is a silky, matte black loaded with purple, teal, and magenta pink sparkles. This shadow really is a sparkler!

For this look I know I used Pixie Epoxy as a primer and I would not recommend using it with these shadows. I had an impossible time getting this look smooth as it all just kept pulling off the primer.
Witching hour is in the outside corner, Then Scramble. The inside corner and above the crease is MAC Venomous Villians in Her Alter Image. I also used Urban Decay liner in Zero and MAC Haute & Naughty mascara.

For the final look and my absolute favorite I used Slayer. Way sad this isnt currently on the shop but I am gonna write her and see if she still has the color. It is a fantastic Deep red shadow! And I can't live without my reds LMAO. 

Isn't this look just AWESOME! LOL. I am obsessed with it and have worn it a few times since I did this look. 
I used Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy for my primer.

Ok so on the ouside corner I used Witching hour. Inside that is Slayer. I also used shadows from the now defunct Altered Ego Cosmetics. Unfortunately these do not have color labels. Basically there is a shimmery rose pink and the inside corner and above the crease is a shimmer peach. At the brow line I used Urban Decay Polyester Bride. Under my eye I used Urban Decay 24/7 glide on liner in Riot. On the top lid I used Blackheart Revolution Liquid Liner in Black Holo. I finished the look with Guerlain Cils D' Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara.

Will I buy  from the store again...ABSOLUTELY!! Next time I needa grab some lippies and polishes!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

January Ipsy Bag....

Ok so this month I gotta do this a bit different since I really didnt get enough makeup products in the bag to do a full look. That said I still loved my Ipsy bag bunches this month!
This month's Theme was New beginnings so These products did seem to fit the theme well!
The bag is a duo tone blue with makeup silhouettes that I found just to cool!
The first product is a smooth shadow creamy eye pencil From Elizabeth Mott. The Color I received was Penny which is a fantastic sparkly bronze color. I am pretty sure this is full size!
(ARV: $14.99)

Next up is Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. This is a pretty good size product as well. They sent a 1 oz. Jar.
(ARV: $5.20)

Then we have Mica beauty Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in #5 Natural.There is not size info on the package but I do think it is approximately 1/2 the size of the product online.
 (ARV $15.00)

Next is the Nourish Organic Lightweight Moisturizing Organic Face Lotion with Argan & Rosewater. This is a .05 oz tube so it's approximately 1/3 the usual size.
(ARV $7.30)

Finally we have something that is a must have for me! Makeup Cleaning Tissues. These ones are from A! Absolute! and feature cucumber extract. This is a travel size 10 ct. pack.
(ARV $2.49)

So from what I can tell this month I paid $10 for approximately $45 in products. And this is why I just adore ipsy LOL!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Awesomely Easy DIY Candle holders/Centerpeices for the holidays

Ok so every year around the holidays I start looking for a fun project I can do to give out to some of my work acquaintances and such. This year I found a simple moderately priced project  and wanted to share. Here is my final outcome....
Kryolon Glitter Blast spray paint (I choose red and white but this comes in loads of colors.)(One can does approx. 3 or 4 short candle holders.)
Kryolon Glitter Blast Clear sealer. (This keeps the glitter from peeling as bad.) (I only bought 2 cans of this to like 6 or 8 cans of the paint)
Glass ware was all bought at Dollar tree.
Curling ribbon
Velvet bows
Wired Garland
Mini xmas ornaments
Any other elements you may like (I used glittered leaves and snow flakes)
Masking Tape

First lay down your newspaper to protect your work surface.

Next use your masking tape to tape off the glassware in the pattern of your choosing. You can also cut the tape into thinner strips or leave it for wider. Tape off the glass.

Add 2 or 3 thin coats of the Glitter paint depending out how opaque you want the glitter to appear. Allow plenty of dry time between each coat and use thin coats each time to prevent the paint from dripping.
(I think I waited about 30 minutes between coats)
Allow to dry overnight or so.
Apply 1 or 2 coats of the clear sealer and allow to fully dry.

CAREFULLY remove the tape or it will pull up your edges. (they can be pushed back against the glass if need be.)

Apply one last coat of the sealer.

This is what you should have now....

Next we decorate! I used the Garland as the base of my project.
You are gonna want an extra inch or so over the size of the glass so you can twist the edges down in the back.
So this is the first batch I started...
As you can see added the garland to the glass first. I did change my method after the first few as I found it much easier to add the elements to the Garland then just twist them around the glass.
I then tied the curling ribbon around the front center of the garland and used my scissors to curl it.
Next I added the large velvet ribbon over the front center of the garland.
From here all the glasses varied. Some had the branches, Some Ornaments, Some just bows. I just played with my elements til I thought they looked good LOL.

Here are a bunch of the results. I sure hope you have a great time making these.