Monday, 27 March 2017

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Choke Review

Please note, I cannot recommend ordering these products from Lime Crime's own online shop due to people having problems with customer service!


I bought a Diamond Crushers lip topper from Urban Outfitters at San Francisco. The product seemed unique, I've never seen something like this, and even though the brand is not among my faves due to bad customer service, it felt safe enough to try a couple of products bought directly from a store.

The lip toppers are meant to be worn as is on lips, on top of other lipstick, on cheeks as highlight and on brows, according to the Lime Crime site. I tried Choke on its own and on top of Kat von D liquid lipstick in Echo, which is a dark blue. I have the feeling I should have swiped the product on my fingers and patted it on my lips instead of applying straight from the wand on top of another lipstick. Applying with the wand resulted in a very thick application, even when I tried to pat it a bit to get the product to go on evenly. It did not melt the lipstick underneath, which is great.

I have to say I'm a bit confused with the name, as it seems to be a plural.

Diamond Crushers in Choke
 In the tube Choke is light pink and shimmery. On its own the base is see-through and the glitter is lavender, pink and green, but seems to shift with the base colour. The doe foot applicator is bright pink, which made me first think that the product is bright pink too, but it seems to be just the colour of the fluffy end of the wand.

The glitter is very hard to capture in the tube

Choke on bare lips


Choke goes easily on bare lips and dries to a non-sticky finish. The glitter is intense and shows well and does not feather or otherwise escape to other areas, which is great! So the natural next step was to try Choke on top of another lipstick.

On top of Echo, a dark blue, all the pink seems to vanish and Choke looks more silver and blue. It goes on quite thickly, but isn't too bad to wear.

Lime Crime Diamond Crushers in Choke on top of Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo

Choke in direct sunlight on top of Echo
Even when layered on top of another lipstick Choke does not make my lips sticky, as the gif below tries to artfully demonstrate. You can press your lip together without the lipsticks shifting on transferring.


I like this product. It's very unique and I have a soft spot for all things glittery. I also own lots of liquid-to-matte lipsticks and these kinds of products might help me get some extra out of my collection! Choke does what it is supposed to do and gives me a way to wear glitter without having to fiddle with loose glitter and mixing liquids, and the finish is long lasting. I might even get this in another shade eventually!


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary

I was super excited that the Sephora I visited in San Francisco carried the new "nude" shades of Kat von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. I love the formula and many older shades have been excellent on my complexion, so I did some shopping and ended up with Hawkwind, Sanctuary and Crucifix. Sanctuary was the one I was on edge about and almost passed it by. Now I'm so happy I didn't, as it is becoming my favourite of these three! Sanctuary looks a bit grey-ish in the tube, but on my lips it turns to more of a pinkish beige. Quite natural and very easy to wear, even if there's some wear in the middle, it's not obvious.

The formula is once again great, stays well on my lips and does not feather or smudge. I feel these lipsticks are not as drying as most liquid-to-matte lipsticks. I use oil-based make-up remover to wipe the lipstick off.

So here's Sanctuary freshly applied on pale skin with yellow undertones!

Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Sanctuary


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Corset Photoshoot Make-up and Hair

Life tends to get in the way of blogging! I went on a business trip to San Francisco and the jet lag was devastating for a whole week, whew. Can't wait to try out all the new lipsticks I brought from the trip!

In the meanwhile, here's more detailed pictures of the corset photoshoot look Anniina_E did. It's so wonderful to have friends who not only have the skills to do awesome make-up and hair, also have the creativity to come up with wonderful things and the time to work with me!



The hair-do is a high ponytail with the base wrapped and sections done with a crimping iron to give the hair more texture. In the back is a braided section. I kept the jewellery very small and unnoticeable, so the corset and make-up would be the things that really shine. The jewellery should not compete for attention in this shoot.

I really, really love the way Anniina did my brows! I've been going for a somewhat similar style in my everyday look since the shoot, but her take on the brows is just amazing <3


Here you can see the braid, lovely! I'm growing out my shaved side, so the hair on this side is shorter.
The braid is an excellent way to hide it.




The brows are just <3 I do also like the subtle contouring and the glittery eyeshadow!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

ColourPop Pressed Powders Look

Having fun with ColourPop again! This is High Strung patted over a base of Come And Get It, with Hear Me Out as the highlight on the brow bone and inner corner. I really like how the very metallic, coppery High Strung blends into the rose gold Come And Get It on the edges of the darker area!




Full face, the lips are Kat von D Lolita.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Corset Photoshoot for Ihmemaassa

Yay, I did a photoshoot finally! It's been some time, I've been so busy with work and social life that I've neglected my dear hobby of getting pretty and being in front of a camera. Luckily Liisa from Ihmemaassa asked if I would be interested in doing a photoshoot in a made-to-measure corset. Yes. please!

She created an awesome underbust piece with lovely pink and grey rococo style pattern and black satin, and a matching skirt to go with it. I bought the fabric so that I could make some accessories with the left overs from the sewing project. I insisted that I want to add some rhinestones to the corset, simply because I like working with the hotfix tool and it gets my mind off everything.

This was quite a long project, as it took me some time to do cute little pasties and a little hat to match. We were in luck when I thought to ask my friend Anniina if she might be interested on doing make-up and hair for the shoot, and she did have the time to participate. I've only been to a couple of shoots where hair and make-up was provided and it feels like a luxury! I was proud to be the canvas to such talented people as Anniina and Liisa <3

So, the pictures! We did some with a basic top on, so they can be used in many places easily, and a couple with just the bejewelled pasties I had made. I bit more revealing, but I think the wonderful shape of the corset needed some base skin to really bring it out.

Model: Me
Corset and skirt: Ihmemaassa
MUA and hair: Anniina_E




Note the floating modesty panel! Those are the best, no more trying to keep a flap straight
while you tighten the corset.




Monday, 20 February 2017

Nyx Lid Lingerie in Night Glow Review

When I came across the Nyx Lid Lingerie at Sokos department store, I immediately wanted to try it out. Usually cream shadows don't work well on my oily lids even with primer, but Lid Lingerie seemed more like a mousse with its very light consistency. Basically it's a mousse eyeshadow in a jar with a wand for application. I don't know how it is supposed to work with just the wand, I dab some shadow on my lid and pat in with my fingers to spread and blend. Night Glow is a metallic taupe, and those usually work on me as light smoky eye shades. I think it might be tricky to blend a couple of these for a look with many shades, but for a smoky look mine seems to work fine.

Nyx Lid Lingerie in Night Glow

Nyx Lid Lingerie in Night Glow
I consider my lids to be quite difficult when it comes to eyeshadow. They are very oily, so proper primer is needed to prevent all of the eyeshadow from ending up as lines in the crease. On its own the Lid Lingerie had no chance (well I had to try anyway!) but with Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath it lasts at least as well as powder shadows do.

Lid Lingerie in Night Glow with out blending on top and patted with fingers below. I really like how metallic the shade is!

The package. The top seems sturdy and I don't see any potential for leaks. As the product is not liquid, but mousse-like, it likes to stay in the tube.

The applicator. It's good for dabbing the product on to the lid, but not for much else.

Full face with Nigh Glow on lids. It's not very dark on me, but a nice light wash
of color.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

ColourPop Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Review


Pressed shadows! How excited can a person be over small metal pans with pigment in them? ;D When ColourPop released the pressed shadows I immediately made an order. I like their shades and the quality of the super shock shadows is good, but I don't want to dirty my hands when doing my eyes, as I don't keep my make-up in the bathroom but in a vanity. So I need to get up, go wash my hands, and then continue. Pressed shadows seemed perfect, and they even came with a free empty palette per each four pressed powders you buy. I settled on ten shades I wanted and got two palettes.

It seemed like a waste to only have four pans in one palette, and I heard some people had taken the cardboard from the palette out to fit in more pans, so I tried the same. The glue is pretty sturdy, but the results are good. On one palette the cardboard came clean off, but on the other it ripped the magnetic plate with it, but I simply proceeded to tear off the cardboard (well, my husband did, because he's super nice and I didn't want to break my nails) and glue the magnetic part back.



Let me start with saying that the palette is very nice! The design is pretty, not too busy, the magnetic area is strong, pans stay easily in place, and the plastic window is small, so your shadows are safe. The window is usually the weakest point of a cardboard palette, but it's needed so you can see what it holds without opening the palette.

A ColourPop Pressed Powder empty palette out of the box.

A ripped out cardboard and foam insert.

The glue is quite strong, but it can and will come off if you want to! If the glue is stuck on the magnetic plate, your can just roll it off with your fingers.

A palette without the cardboard insert. The whole black area is magnetic.
And the shadows I got? There weren't many colourful ones that I usually go for, but I've been using a lot of neutrals lately and many appealed to me. I chose these ten: Fire Fly, High Strung, Take it Slow, Come and Get It, Cute Alert, Liar Liar, Backseat, Cloud Nine, Let Me Explain and Hear Me Out. Quite a mouthful!

Instead of four you can fit ten pans close to each other. Shadows on top row left: Take It Slow, Let Me Explain, Liar Liar, Cloud Nine, Fire Fly. Shadows on bottom row from left: Come And Get It, High Strung, Backseat, Cute Alert, Hear Me Out.

All the shadows in their cardboard sleeves. Cute Alert had moved a bit in the packaging, but arrived intact.

The sleeves are not taped shut, they have a little tab you open.

You can see the back of the pan through a hole in the sleeve, so no labels are needed on the sleeves.

Inside the sleeve the pans are protected by clear plastic packaging that also closes with a tab rather than tape on glue, meaning that you could easily put the pans back if you want to sell them or pack them very securely for a trip.

A pan out of the packaging. They are about 2,5 cm wide.

On the back of each pan is a label stating the name of the shade.

Cute Alert

Come And Get It

High Strung

Backseat

Take It Slow

Let Me Explain

Liar Liar

Cloud Nine

Fire Fly

Hear Me Out
And then swatches! These are done over foundation (Missha Perfect Cover BB-cream), powder (NYX HD Studio Finishing powder) and Urban Decay Primer Potion with fingers. Some of the lightest shades were insanely difficult to photograph, but I did my best!

From top to bottom: Cute Alert, Hear Me Out, Fire Fly

Top to bottom: Backseat, Come And Get It, High Strung peeking from the bottom.

Top to bottom: Come And Get It, High Strung, Cute Alert

Top to bottom: Take It Slow, Let Me Explain, Liar Liar

Top to bottom: Liar Liar, Cloud Nine.
All of the shades are of very nice quality. Creamy, lots of pigment, blend easily. They all work well on my green-blue eyes, especially the reddish dark browns Cloud Nine and Cute Alert really bring out the green. The only one I might not keep is Fire Fly. I ordered a couple of skin tone shadows so I could try them and see how they work on my skin tone, as you can never be sure of photos and monitors and all that affects how the shades look in the shop. Skin tone shadows can have the tiniest differences that have a huge impact on how they work on each person. For me Hear Me Out is the perfect skin tone that's just a little bit lighter than my skin, so I can use it as a highlight on tearducts and brow bone. Fire Fly is very close and just as light, but has pink undertones, where my skin leans more towards yellow. There's nothing else wrong with the shadow, the shade is just not for me, I'll always go for Hear Me Out when I need a skin tone highlighter.

So far my absolute favourite is Come And Get It. It's a warm medium rose pink with a gold shift. Very much like NARS Orgasm blush, which I also adore, and the pink once again brings out the green in my eyes. A light, very easily usable shade, and works with every other shade in my palette, except maybe for Backseat.

Take It Slow, Let Me Explain and Liar Liar are very nice light shimmery skin tone shades, easy to combine with almost anything and work as highlights if you like shimmery highlight. I usually go for mattes for highlights (on the eyes), so I've used these on the lid and put something darker in the crease and outer part of the lid for a very easy everyday look. Not unique shades, but handy to have in a palette.

Backseat is more blue and less green than I expected. I though based on the shop pictures that it would be a sea green or more of a petrol shade, but on me it looks plain blue. I'm not good with blues, but it is a lovely medium shimmery blue, if that's your thing :)

High Strung is a lovely copper. Very red, very metallic. It works as a crease shade with Come And Get It, but I like matte shades for the crease better to get some depth there. It could make for a wonderful smoky eye with green eyes, but I have yet to try that.

All in all I'm very happy with the shadows and the palettes. Everything works like it should and 5 dollars per pan is a steal for this quality. To me it seems the quality is equal to my Naked 2 palette, but then again the Naked 2 has 12 shades and costs about 50 dollars, so per pan the shadows are actually cheaper than ColourPop. I do appreciate being able to customize my palettes and to be able to take just a couple of pans with me to trip if I don't feel like hauling the whole lot, so the price is justified in my opinion. Shipping was fast and everything arrived well packed and in time. So once again ColourPop has made me happy!
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