Don’t miss this | Metallic green winged liner

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Check out the post here or by clicking on either of the images!

Products used

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Primer Potion, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (base), MAC Matte2 Eye Shadow in Blanc Type (lashline to brow), Smashbox Matte Eyeshadow in Smoke (brows and outer third), Senna Matte Eyeshadow in Fusion (middle of the lid & blended out)

Eyeliner: Ellis Faas Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Marcelle LUX Metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Jade (layered together)

Lips: GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Darling (patted on very lightly)

Cheeks: MAC Powder Blush in Harmony (Matte; to contour)

Two on Thursday: GOSH, that’s gorgeous!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I’ve had these two cult GOSH items forever (yes, old-camera lip-swatches-at-weird-angles forever*) and always meant to review them, but I just never got around to it! Well, now’s as good a time as any.
*by this we mean “for a while, like maybe six months.

GOSH Velvet Touch lipstick 
in 134 Darling

Aside from having the cutest name on the block (GOSH, Darling! That’s just gor-jus!) I’ve a bit to say about Darling. It’s basically the most hyped drugstore nude ever, which sets the bar high… and unfortunately, I don’t find it’s all peaches and cream. 

(different lighting and angles)

First off? The good stuff: starting with the tube! I just love the sleek, matte black tube, and the shiny GOSH label keeps things interesting. The formula touts a light vanilla to cover up a waxy base scent, and the finish has a bit of shine and lustre to it.

one layer
 two layers 

And then, the bad: while the formula feels like it would be hydrating at first, with a nice amount of slip… it’s not. I actually find it to be drying, and (on already dry lips,) the colour has a tendency to catch on dry bits and settle into lines if you’re not careful. As for the “one size fits all” nude shade? Yah, not so much. I think it works pretty well on my skintone, but I can think of plenty of people who Darling wouldn’t look so hot on.

Including some people who love it.

‘sall I’m saying.

image from this FOTD.

The verdict? I do think it’s a nice nude, and it’s not like I’m going to stop using it — but it’s not the be-all-end-all that it’s hyped up to be. Because I don’t wear nudes often, my search is (at least, for now,) ending here. If I did wear them more than once or twice a month, though, I’d keep on looking! The drying formula is a dealbreaker for me, unfortunately.

A darling tip: she plays well with others! I love using this to lighten up other lip colours, or even as a light base when I’m mixing a number of colours to create what I’m looking for.

GOSH Exteme Art Liner 
in 07 Black

Again, a much-hyped product! Unlike it’s Darling counterpart (I promise, I’ll stop with the Darling puns… eventually,) I think this one very much deserves the hype. The shade range is awesome, and these wear like metal!

 wet/dry. Such a lovely, saturated black!

Seriously. METAL. They are so !@)$*@$%* hard to get off completely, even with oil-based waterproof eye makeup remover.

Anyhow, there are the downsides: The thick formula takes aaages to dry, leaving me awkwardly looking down for about five (!!) minutes. Seriously, the drying time is epic. The other problem is the applicator — while I’m fine with the brush tip, I know that a lot of ladies (especially those new to liquid liner) have troubles with controlling it, even though it’s not a wild bear. So, for a beginner, it may not be the best bet! (Also, so not loving the $16 price tag. I picked mine up on a 40% off sale, so I’m not complaining!)

The verdict? I love this like I love chocolate cookies. It’s great for long hours and perfect for events — but I wouldn’t reach for it on a daily basis, seeing as lots of cookies make you fat it’s a huge PITA to get off at night and takes forever to apply. However, if you’re into long-wearing makeup, or you’re even a little into makeup artistry, I think this is well worth having in your kit. They’re even great for things like body art and (so I hear,) nail art!

compared to some other liners. GOSH on the top; Annabelle Black Out liquid liner and Lancôme Noir Artliner below, respectively.
slightly similar comparison post here.

Well, that’s all for today! I know it’s a lot for one post, and I hope we didn’t overwhelm you ;) Questions, comments, and so fourth are always appreciated in the comments!

Ingredients behind the cut.



Checking out a GOSH duo

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What it is: a GOSH shadow duet in D 81 Golden/Chocolate. Can you believe that, with the 40% off sale (on top of the sale price, though I don’t know why the duos were on sale further) it was only $3.25?? In retrospect, I should have picked up more for stocking stuffers :P Made in Denmark, which I thought was kind of cool.The pigmentation: these shadows are fairly soft, with decent pigmentation — better than the GOSH quads, but not as good as the singles. This was nothing amazing, and if I had paid the regular $12.50 for this I would have been disappointed. However, at $3.25 it was a great buy. I’d put this on par with the famed Maybelline quads (the “good ones,” though, as I know some of the quads are better than others,) maybe a tiny bit better, but certainly not as good as MAC or (my favourite) Senna shadows.The shades: see for yourself! I love both these shades, and you could definitely do a whole neutral eye with just this duo. On their own, one is a gorgeous nude and the other a rich chocolate… mixed together, they’re a pretty brown-taupe. (These swatches were done dry directly on my arm — no base — with a fingertip, and I had to go over each two or three times to get this level of pigmentation.)

Wow, this is a dark swatch… sorry guys! I haven’t seen the sun forever:(

The verdict?
So worth it for $3.25, but the most I think I’d pay for the duos is about $6. Catch them on sale and they will serve you well!

Aren’t you just a doll — more avant-garde makeup

Monday, October 19, 2009

So this is pretty much my favourite look since, um… ever. It was insanely fun to do, for some reason. I think because it’s so UNwearable, and I always get such a kick out of doing unwearable looks. All images can be clicked on to be enlarged, as per the usual. Enjoy!

Lips without, then with, gloss.

White base — NYX Milk jumbo pencil
Pink — MAC Pink Fuchsia lip liner
Light blue — Jordana Tahitian Blue eye liner, Coastal Scents Blue Diamonds
Green — MAC So There Jade eye liner, Senna Glo Green
Violet — MAC Mauve lip liner, Korres Plum eye shadow
Dark blue — GOSH Pretty Petrol eye liner, Senna Blue Note eye shadow

Full look — without gloss.

Blush: Iman Rubor
Eyes: Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender mascara, MAC Vanilla pigment
Base: TimeBalm concealer in Lighter Than Light

note: It is SO MUCH FUN to take photos pretending to be a doll. Look vacant, dah-lings. It’s VAhnder-ful!

Full look — with gloss.

Gloss: VS Beauty Rush Minty Lip Shine, MAC PRO 321 brush.

That’s all! Perhaps you can put a spin on this for Halloween or something… just be sure not to lick those lips! Try sealing with something like Benefit’s She Laq, if you do choose to try out a lip look.

Dark (but colourful!) lips

Monday, October 5, 2009

I tried my hand at a photo I saw in a Kevyn Aucoin book a couple months ago — but you know me! The photos have been sitting around on my computer until now. So why pick “now” to post them?? Easy! These photos go along with the Style Black collection pretty darn well. Hope you like the look! I had a ton of fun doing them.

The lips: purple in the middle, then blue and black.

We started with this (MAC Blacktrack, GOSH Pretty Petrol, and Smashbox Smashing Mystic)Then added two glosses: a blue one (clear gloss mixed with Senna Blue Note) and a purple one (clear gloss mixed with MUFE 92 and Senna Destiny).

Figured it might be more fitting to show a little more tooth :P Alors, my bottom row! Yes, I have them. You probably haven’t seen them before, though.

Full face (I didn’t do anything special for the rest. It’s just what I happened to have on that day… concealer, blush, and that’s probably it.)
The inspiration
My hand!
Talk about stains — some of this stuck for like, two days!

Hair show FOTD

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I’ve finally gotten around to cropping and resizing these, so here you go! Unfortunately, it was grey and windy by the time I got home, so my curls were mostly out and a lot of the photos were blurred (my camera has some trouble focusing in low light conditions.) This is the look, after about six hours!

Vanilla pigment all over the lid, Fiberwing mascara, and a mix of GOSH Pretty Petrol and some Coastal Scents sample on the lower lash line. Quick and easy – I didn’t want any possibility of having to retouch during the day. (And I didn’t have to. This simple look held up great!)
Lancome Rose Fresque on the cheeks, MAC Harmony to contour. This is my favourite cheek combination right now, which is why you’re seeing it so often! Bare lips.
Because I’m freaking awesome (well, not really – it’s because of good planning) this is all I had to take with me! Small baggies of the pigments, an angled brush (all in one zippered bag, might I add) as well as some concealer, mascara, and silica powder (which I wanted my friend to try for her oily skin).

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