Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Glamour Doll Eyes Vigilante & Recruit

I hope you are having a great Wednesday! 
I decided to play with a few of my Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE) shadows. I have so many eye shadows by them & I rarely play with them because I find loose powder/pigments harder to work with. I am not gifted with loose shadows!  
Here's a look that I created:

  Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion

MAC Studio Fix Finish Plus in NC40
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20
MAC Gingerly
ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium
MAC Cork 
Urban Decay Primer Potion
GDE Recruit (eyelid)
GDE Vigilante (outer corner & crease)
MAC Shroom (highlight)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline (upper/lower lashline)
NYX Slim Pencil in Pearl White (lower waterline)
Maybelline Turbl Lash in Blackest Black (waterproof)
NYX Slim Lip Liner in Rose
MAC Hue Lipstick
(I got this as part of the Super Shadows Collection)
GDE Says:

Vigilante is a darkened blue with black undertones and a silver sparkle throughout. You know that chill you get down your spine when you're doing something you shouldn't be in the dead of night? Chances are that's Batman breathing down your neck. Bruce Wayne may not have superhuman powers, but he most certainly holds the title for most-feared crime fighter.

Full Jar (No Sifter): 2-2.5 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Full Jar (With Sifter): 1.5-2 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake, Hydrogenated Polybutene, Iron Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide.
Approved For: eyes, face & nails. 

Full Size is $6.
Sample Jar is $2.50.
Sample Bag is $1.25.
(I got this as part of the Super Shadows Collection too!)
GDE Says:
Recruit is a rich teal with silver sparkles throughout. If anyone has been around the block, it's James Howlett (or as he calls himself these days, Logan). From wars to Weapon-X, Wolverine has seen it all. I'd stay on his good side if I were you; he's got a wicked temper. Oh, and did I mention he's slightly indestructible? 
Full Jar (No Sifter): 2-2.5 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Full Jar (With Sifter): 1.5-2 grams of product in a 5 gram jar.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5, Blue #1, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, Aluminum Powder, Silicon Dioxide.
Approved For: eyes, face & nails. 
 Full Size is $6.
Sample Jar is $2.50.
Sample Bag is $1.25.
All in all, I really love both of these colors. I wish I would have had a little more time for blending but I was already running late. One thing I have learned with loose shadows in to pat them on as opposed to rubbing them in. The Pixie Epoxy is also a must have for shimmery/sparkly shadows. It is a tacky base that makes the colors pop! You can read a little bit more about the Pixie Epoxy here.
Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

MAC Blue Brown Pigment Swatches & Dupes

Today, I will be reviewing/swatching MAC Blue Brown pigment. 
The Basics:
Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Does not streak or cake. Easy to blend and long-lasting. Please note: Pigments are sold by weight not volume. Containers can appear to be less than full due to settling of the products.
MAC describes Blue Brown pigment as a brown w/ blue/green pearl (Frost). Pigments come in 4.5 grams/.28 oz for $21.00 on MAC's website (discounts for Pro members). 
The container comes with a twist off lid & a sifter. It can be quite messy to work with & I had fallout all over my vanity table!
I have had my eye on this pigment for a few months but I have so many mineral eye shadows & other loose eye shadows that I rarely use. Once I googled the images, I was sold. This color is amazing. They offer so many different pigments that it's hard to make a decision. I have MAC Club & I love that color, this is a brighter bolder MAC Club.  
It's so hard to get this color to photograph right. This color is a duochrome, so in the container  it is a reddish brown (like show above) but when the light hits is a certain way it reflects a green/teal color. I personally love duochromes because you can completely change the color with different primers & bases. It's like getting two eye shadows in one!
(Look at this color!)
I have quite a few colors that are close but still very unique. I purchased Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE) Dino Spotz quite some time ago but it became a favorite very quickly. They do look completely different in the container. I feel as though GDE Dino Spotz is a finer consistency, however, when applied it isn't as bold.
Next is Wet N Wild's "Comfort Zone" Palette's definer. This is the right side's definer & as soon as I saw this color I loved it. Again, this is a dupe for MAC Club, which is the eye shadow version of MAC's Blue Brown pigment. It have that same chocolate/reddish base with the teal shimmer.
This is MAC's Club. You can see that this color and Wet N Wild's definer color are so close. 
Onward to the swatches!
This is just MAC's Blue Brown Pigment swatches with different primers.
(From left to right)
1. No Primer
2. Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy (AMAZING!)
3. Urban Decy Primer Potion
4. Foiled with BFTE's Mix & Seal
Obviously, Pixie Epoxy makes this color look gorgeous. 
Fyrinnae's description of Pixie Epoxy:
The original! A must-have for shimmery, sparkling shadows! This is not an eye shadow primer, or really a base. It is to keep sparkles on and/or to make shimmery shadows appear "glossy": a foiled look without foiling. 
Originally developed and formulated in 2007, this unique "glue" is designed to hold the sparkliest, most shimmery eye shadows in place, minimize "fallout", and also to easily create a foiled look without foiling. Don't worry, it's easily washed off, and while keeps shadows in a water-resistant state, the product itself is water-soluble (no silicones or oils).

Here are the swatches of the Dupes:
(Front left to right)
1. MAC Blue Brown Pigment (no primer or base)
2. GDE Dino Spotz (no primer or base)
3. GDE Dino Spotz foiled with BFTE's Mix & seal
4. WW Definer from "Comfort  Zone" palette (no primer or base)
5. MAC Club (no primer or base)
Even though each color is close, they are still very different. GDE Dino Spotz is really close when foiled but still more red, less bold & when dry does not show as much teal. The WW definer is closer than MAC Club. In all honesty, Club doesn't really compare. It deosn't pull the teal tone unless foiled, it's closer to a red brown when applied dry.  
All in all, I love this pigment. I'm hoping to play with it later this evening & get a look to show you!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, June 6, 2013


I hope you guys are having a fantastic Thursday!
This haul is from last week, I have done 3 weddings in 3 weeks & I always try to put 25% of my earning back into my makeup kit. So, I hit MAC's online store for some basic eye shadows and a few other things. 
So I ended up purchasing:
 Blue Brown Pigment
Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
Melba Blush
Lipstick in Hue (my new favorite!)
Eye shadows in the following colors:
Satellite Dreams
Swiss Chocolate
Naked Lunch
I also purchased a Fluidline in Dipdown.
Here's a look I did using some of the new products. I used Bronze on my eyelid, Naked Lunch on my brow bone & inner corner. I used Dipdown on my lower lash line & topped it with Guacamole. I also used the Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus & Melba blush.
I love Guacamole. It's such a gorgeous teal colored green, perfect for just a pop of color. 
I'm also very excited to announce that I became an aunt on 5/23 for the fist time! My brother in law & sister in law welcomed a healthy baby boy, 8 pounds 1 oz & 20.5 inches long. His name is Dane Lee & I could not be more excited! This is his big sister & him 3 days after he was born. (Please forgive my makeup less face, I slept late & had NO time!)
Have a great day!