Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fyrinnae Summer 2014 Collection!


If you've been a long time reader of MZ, you probably already know that Fyrinnae is one of my favorite indie companies. So anytime a new collection comes out, I *try* to snag it the same day. The summer collection is no exception, especially since.... BRIGHTS!!!

(Please clink images for maximum awesome!)

Descriptions per the Fyrinnae website-  

Inappropriate Popsicles: Bright, rich purple, nearly matte, with a very slight satiny finish. May appear darker over certain bases or primers.   

Fallen Angel Food Cake: Bright tangerine yellow, nearly matte but with a subtle hint of fine shimmer.

Drunken Gummy Bear: Vibrant lime green, nearly matte but with a barely-there fine shimmer.  

Admiral Ferret: Bright cobalt, nearly matte, with a very slight satiny finish. May appear darker over certain bases or primers, and may temporarily stain skin.

Vicious Garden Gnome: Vibrant rose pink, nearly matte with with a slight satiny finish. 

Gaiety (free sample:) Gleaming, glittering, cheerful aqua! A light but vibrant shimmering blue-green is further enhanced with plenty of coordinating sparkle.

Before I move on to the swatches, I wanted to mention that when I first opened up the jars, I was a little taken aback. (Apparently it's been a little while since I placed an order.) I was expecting to see the typical Fyrinnae formula I'm use to: smooth, buttery, powdery and sparkly! I was almost disappointed in the small, round ball formations I was seeing in the jars and hoping that because most of the shades are nearly matte, that they wouldn't be impossible to apply.

Then I read this on the website:

*** In January 2013, Fyrinnae's loose eye shadows were reformulated (orders shipped in the last eight days of January onward will have the new version). This will most likely reduce fallout (during application and wearing) and may increase wear time. Product will appear clumpy in the jar. This is also likely to affect pressing results for those who do so at home. Ingredient list below was updated to reflect the changes. ***

These are not "pigments", but powder eye shadow which aren't pressed to be solid. Our highly concentrated loose eye shadows/liners weigh approximately 3 grams (full size--this is not the size of the jar, but the weight), and are packed in clear jars. Some settling may occur during shipping but at the time of packaging, they are packed down firmly and filled to the top. The Mini jars are smaller, and the 1/3tsp mini size (does not fill jar) is about .4 to .7 gram in weight. Click here for a size comparison photo.
Please keep in mind that the majority of Fyrinnae colours are complex and "layered", they are not repackaged mica. This does alter the application methods for many shades vs. traditional shadows. As with all of our products, all shades are created in our studio/lab then tested by us. We never use glitter in our shadows.
Regular loose eye shadow ingredients:Mica, Styrene/PVP Copolymer, Myristyl Myristrate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide, Copper Powder, Bronze Powder, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #5, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Silica. 

So for those of you, like me who have been long time Fyrinnae fans and are surprised at what you see in the jar, it's a GOOD thing! :D

Swatches! (swatches over pixie epoxy)

Vicious Garden Gnome is my absolute favorite from this collection. It's smooth and beautiful it's such a *me* color. Absolutely awesome.  Fallen Angel Food Cake is another favorite, look how bright it is! It has subtle shimmer within, so it's not completely matte and it applies like a dream. Really, the only shadow in this collection that wasn't as easy to work with was Inappropriate Popsicles. It didn't seem to want to blend evenly, even in a patting motion, so it took a few coats to get even. But once it is applied and even, it's gorgeous! Lookit Admiral Ferret and Drunken Gummy Bear! Both so bright and cheery and summery. I can not wait to play with this collection.

And O M G Gaiety is fantastic! It's sparkly and buttery and a freaking wonderful aqua color!

Taken outside when my Iphone 5s

Indoor light

Sample jars at Fyrinnae are $2.25 for 1/3 tsp and full sized 3 gram jars are $6.25. Go get some!

*products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.


Friday, June 20, 2014

BftE "Summer Raes" Collection!

Good evening zombies!

Tonight I have for you a peek at the "Summer Rae's" 2014 Summer collection from Beauty from the Earth for you to drool over. 

Per the BftE website:

2014 Summer collection has 6 full-size shadows. The play on the word 'Rae' is to honor my Mom whose name is Rae. She also has her birthday in Summer. These 6 shades are all things she loves and have to do with Summer.
(Click images for maximum awesome.)

This collection includes:
Fresh Cut Grass: a light and bright green with light green sparkles.
Liquid Sunshine: a slightly marigold yellow that blends into a soft golden sheen and hints of yellow and magenta sparkles.
June Bug: a light bronzed taupe with green and magenta sparkles. On the bottom row:
Picnic: an eggplant shade with a very slight brown tone and, packed with red sparkles.
Pink Lemonade: a very opaque vibrant, warm pink with pink sparkles. 
Catchin' Some Raes: a bold and icy blue with two different blue sparkles throughout.


Natural indoor lighting


What a fun, sparkly collection! As always with BftE, the eyeshadow is buttery, pigmented, and blendable. I love 'June Bug', especially in the sunshine, as it glows from the inside out! 'Pink Lemonade' has a subtle blue shift, which makes me swoon and 'Catchin' Some Raes' is an awesome bright, bold blue with tons of sparkle. The shades in this collection are perfect for Summer!

"Summer Raes" is available right now through July 5th on the BftE website and is $32.50 for 6 full sized jars. Go get yourself sum! ;)

*products in this post were provided for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

MAC "Pure Heroine" !

Good evening lovely zombies!

I am a SUCKER for purple everything, especially purple lipstick. I snatched up "Heroine" a few years ago when MAC teased us that it was limited edition; before it became permanent. So, when I heard that they were releasing "Pure Heroine" with the Lorde collection, I knew it had to be mine.

I also decided to go one step further and compare it next to Heroine for you. There is a reason for this decision. I went into MAC last week (after I'd already purchased Pure Heroine online) just be see if they had a display for me to swatch. I'd seen swatches online, but you makeup junkies know there's nothing like seeing it in person. I didn't think it my counter would have a display as this collection was an online exclusive, but it couldn't hurt to try and any excuse to visit MAC is a good one. ANYWAY, the rude MAC sells associate (it takes A LOT for me to consider a retail sells person "rude". I'm a pretty empathetic person!) tells me that that "Pure Heroine is just Heroine in Lorde packaging." I looked at her with the deer in the headlights expression, mumbled an "mmmmk" and just moved on. It felt like she was just blowing me off but in retrospect, I should have said something to her- politely of course. 1. Pure Heroine and Heroine are two very different colors; even if similar. 2. they are different formulas- Heroine is matte and Pure Heroine is Amplified and 3. Pure Heroine isn't in special or unique Lorde packaging.

I did send MAC a polite email regarding my experience. I really hope that MAC rethinks the training their employees are receiving and hope they revamp the customer service aspect.

Let's just move right along to the good stuff, shall we?

Pure Heroine is on the left, Heroine on the right. As you may be able to tell from the use Heroine has seen. ;)

MAC descriptions-
Pure Heroine: Deep, rich plum
Heroine: Bright purple

Pure Heroine on mah lips!

I adore both of my pretties. I love that they are similar, yet enough different that it doesn't feel or look like I'm wearing the same lipstick! Pure Heroine has a subtle plum tone that makes it darker on my lips than Heroine. Heroine is much brighter and blue toned on my lips!  I will say that if you're expecting Pure Heroine to look as dark and rich as it does on Lorde in the promo photos, it's not that intense or deep and you may be disappointed if that's the color/look you're hoping for. Other than that, if you're a purple lover like me, you NEED both of these bad boys!

Heroine is part of the core line, Pure Heroine is limited edition, but STILL in stock on the MAC website.

*products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Etsy Spotlight: Sugar Skull Minerals

*knock knock knock*

Is anyone home? I am so sorry that I've neglected the blog for so long. I've had so much going on in my personal life, that blogging seems to have faded to black. Now that things have calmed down quite a bit, I *hope* to get into the groove of things again. Who knows gets in the way sometimes. ;)

So in the meantime, I DO have an awesome post for you today. I received a few samples from Sugar Skull Minerals to play with and review for you, so let's begin shall we?

First up, Victoria from Sugar Skull Minerals, sent me a couple samples from the core SSM line!

*as always, click images for maximum awesome! 

(descriptions from Etsy shop)

Karma: Golden yellow highlight with chartreuse reflects
Conundrum: Chocolate brown with a shimmering green shift.
Mars: Ruby red with purple reflects.
Classy: Darker mauve tone, glitter free.
Bedroom Eyes: Pink based lilac with gold reflects.

Je t'aime blush: Muted mauve with red base and a golden highlight.

Everything is swatched over a sticky base except the blush.

I LOVE Bedroom Eyes and Mars; they are my favorite shades from this group. They are both buttery and blend exceptionally well. Karma makes an amazing highlight color. Classy has no shimmer or glitter, so it's on the matte side, but still very easy to blend and apply. Conundrum is an interesting color. In the baggie, I did not see the green shift, but once applied it's very pronounced. Je t'aime is a GORGEOUS blush!

Next up is the "Pool Party" Collection from SSM. This collection is a limited edition collection and will be available for purchase on July 4th. If you pre-order this collection or shades from the collection, you will receive 30% off your order; as long as you place to order by June 23rd. The pre-order discount is currently on the Etsy Shop.

Cannon Ball: A bright, electrifying blue with blue glitter.
Pina Colada: A golden white with copper reflects.
Beach Ball: Darkened lemon yellow with golden glitter.
Margarita: Bright light green with indigo reflects and green glitter.
Deep End: Teal with tons of gold reflects
Marco Polo: Deep lavender with blue and purple reflects as well as gold and chartreuse glitter.
Bikini: Bold pink with a minuscule coral tone and red reflects as well as red glitter.

Sunkissed blush: Shimmery peach.
Sunburnt blush: Mauve/lilac hybrid that blends out to an almost matte magenta.

*Cannon Ball

My favorites from this group are Marco Polo, Bikini, and Pina Colada. Marco Polo has a ton of lovely sparkle throughout the lavender base. Bikini is a lovely hot pink with a ton of red sparkles within. Such a fun color! Pina Colada is another wonderful shimmery highlight color!
I really like Sunkissed blush. It's pigmented and blends down very well. It's also buildable depending on how much coverage you'd like. Sunburnt was a little harder to work with. It seems to be a bit on the matte side with less shimmer, so it didn't want to blend as well as it's counterpart. It's still a nice color.

All of the shades were soft and pigmented and easy to apply and blend. Everything is hand blended and most of the shades at Sugar Skull Minerals are Vegan unless noted otherwise on the shop. There is definitely something for everyone! 

Pigments and blushers from Sugar Skull Minerals sell for:

**3 Color Stacker, w/sifters: (1 1/2 tsp total) ~~$15
Large Jar, no sifter: (1 1/2 tsp) ~~ $14
Small Jar, w/sifter: (1/2 tsp) ~~ $6
Large Sample Baggie: (1/4 tsp) ~~ $2.25
Small Sample Baggie: (1/8 tsp) ~~ $1.25

Here I am wearing Cannonball (main), Mars (above crease and lower lash line), Marco Polo (in crease and inner corner), and Karma (highlight):

I also did a short Q&A with Vicky! Check it out!

Victoria, tell us a little about Sugar Skull Minerals and how it came about. 
Well, I have always been extremely intrigued with makeup. I loved getting into my Mom's as a kid!!! When I moved into my own place, I didn't have the "extra money" I was used to spending on my growing passion which was a problem!! I began looking into ways to save some money. I started solely buying drugstore brands (which I LOVE), but the colors available weren't as bold as I preferred! I was watching YouTube tutorials and saw a review on Glamour Doll Eyes and fell on love! I was always intrigued with mineral makeup, but felt the shadows sold at Sephora and Ulta were "boring".... Then, when I discovered I had the ability to blend my very own mineral shadows and blushes using micas and glitters--I was BESIDE myself!! I love Urban Decay and MAC as much as the next girl, but this was so exciting! 
So, I used money I had gotten for my birthday and purchased all kinds of goodies! As I began wearing my creations to work (I was a waitress), I would get tons of compliments and inquiries on what eyeshadow brand I was using.... And then the company just simply began. At first, I would just bring little baggies of new colors to work, and the girls would buy them. Then I started getting repeat customers requesting items.. I did that for a few years and then was asked to get my shadows online, and so I did!! I have well over 200 recipes, all custom blended with love!

What is your main objective with SSM; considering all the different indie companies on the market?
Honestly, as cliche as it may sound, I just want to share my creations with people! That, and I want girls to be unafraid of what is in the cosmetics they use ingredient wise. It's not so much about profit. I love evoking excitement in people and seeing what kinds of looks people create with my products - Especially when they step outside of their boundaries!! 

What is the turnaround time after placing an order? What's your shipping policy?
On my site I have the listed turnaround time as 1-2 weeks. I have never actually taken that long to ship anything - I just want people to be prepared to wait JUST IN CASE I get backed up or need to reorder supplies. Besides, it's always nice to get shipment confirmation a few days after ordering when you're expecting I wait a couple of weeks! Everything is shipped in bubble mailers (USPS). I want everyone to be completely happy with their orders. My goal is perfect feedback, and I will do whatever I have to in order to get that! 

Do you have a favorite SSM product? What is it and why?
I would have to say Granny Smith eyeshadow is one of my all time favorites. That eyeshadow is great for just a sheer wash of color, but can also be built up. I love the way it shifts from green to light brown to pink! 

What does Victoria do in her spare time?
During the week I am a stay at home Mommy and love spending time with my 10 month old baby girl. Of course I am always thinking of ideas as far as Sugar Skull Minerals is concerned and love creating new colors! I am also a fan of cooking, collecting vinyls and anything crafty! The weekends are spend with my husband and daughter, we are always visiting zoos, the aquarium and other fun places!!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am just so happy that people enjoy what I make, and are taking the time to share my company with others!! I hope that SSM will grow so I can dabble into glosses and other fun things!! If anyone ever has a question, suggestion or wants to see an eyeshadow look using certain colors -- I am here :)
I hope you all partake in a few shades from the Pool Party collection! They are so bright and summery that I doubt you'd be able to live without at least one of the colors! ;) 
*products in this post were sent for consideration and review purposes only. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.