Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Five

Inspired by this post on Aucuparia Brumalis. 

1. Sting's new song. Speaks/sings for itself.


2. Margaret Atwood and this poem. It's my goal to read everything Margaret Atwood has written until the end of the year. I already know that I will fail, so I approach her every work with attention and focus. Today this poem has grabbed my attention.

It's not late August, the air is not even warm, but there is no hurry and peaches burst sweetly in my kitchen. This poem brings back a memory of lingering and ripe Polish summers, syrupy sensations that I long for.

I found it on Pinterest, unsure of the original location:(
3. Peach cobbler. I made this peach cobbler today and very happy with the result. Next time I will substitute lemon zest for lemon juice though, zest adds unnecessary bitterness to this overall very sweet dessert. Check out the recipe I used on Delicious magazine website. 


4. Rain. Capricious rain doesn't bother me, considering the fact that it creates a strong barrier against my loud neighbors, this way they don't even peek outside.

Rain on my chives. 
5. This palette. I was spoilt this week and given Shu Uemura's Smoky Velvet palette that was released for Christmas 2012. The person who gave it to me knew well I would love it...

She is called creepy Dora. I find her quite cute!

Very inspiring choice of colors.
I love wearing mint green with the red (even though it's a blush!). 




Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: NARS Eyeshadow Base

Empty Art Deco base

I'm very lucky to find that most of the makeup products I buy are really nice. I suppose it's a result of my need to research everything before spending my money on it. Because my Art Deco eyeshadow base, which I initially didn't like due to the cologne like smell of it, was clearly and quickly running out, I decided to try something new.

I gave in and bought the very much raved NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. 

I got it from John Lewis website and spent £19, hoping that I would like it as much as other eyeshadow bases I've tried. What a disappointment! 

Packaging 

NARS base comes in the standard NARS packaging. When you open the black box, you find a satin feeling bottle with a rubberized cap. 

Brand new NARS base 



In the bottle you have 8g of product. When you unscrew it, you will see that the bottle is actually filled with product to the brim. That's a sign that you have not been robbed. How considerate of NARS. 


Applicator 

The applicator is very standard, looks like many doe foot lipgloss wands.


Product 

When applied, the product is off white (1). When spread over the eyelids and blended, it turns clear, somewhat (only) slightly wet looking (unlike Urban Decay Primer Potion that seems to have a skintone color) (2). It means that if you have any discolorations or visible veins on your eyelids, it won't cover them. But this is not what I wanted it to do anyway. 


(1)
(2)
There are a few things that a good eyeshadow primer needs to do. Firstly and most importantly, it should extend the wear of eyeshadows, prevent them from creasing. Secondly, make the eyeshadow a little more vibrant and intense. A primer should also smooth out the eyelids and "help" us with blending the product we have just applied. 

According to the NARS website, this primer does all of the above and a little more: "No smudging, creasing or caking. This lightweight eye primer is the insider trick of the trade, creating a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder color looking brilliant, fresh and just-applied all day long. A polymer and mineral-powder blend establishes a firm grip on color ensuring hours and hours of gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base dries on contact and keeps the delicate eyelid smooth and prepared for color application."

Test

I have oily and hooded lids which means troubles getting (any) eyeshadows stay fresh and creaseless the whole day. 

What happens when I, a problematic user, put the NARS primer to a test? 

a) Eyeshadow vibrancy


Take a look at the pictures on your left hand side. For this quick swatch test I picked one of my favorite eyeshadows, Catrice's It's Toffeeful, a shimmery beige/golden neutral (in the photo next to some other Catrice eyeshadows).

I swatched the same eyeshadow on my arm twice. On the left I used a little bit of NARS primer and on the right I didn't use any base. As you can see, where I used the primer underneath, the eyeshadow seems definitely more opaque.

You are bound to think "Well done, mr. NARS".

Well, a strange thing happens when I actually apply the primer on my eyes and layer eyeshadow over it. It seems like the primer makes eyeshadows more muted (almost muddy!) than they really are. 

Unfortunately I have no proof for you, so you need to trust me:( 

b) Eyeshadow blending

NARS primer definitely fails on the vibrancy front. However, it makes blending eyeshadows easy and effortless, as if we were working with air rather than with powders. 

c) Eyeshadow longevity

With this primer, I get 4 to 5 hours of decent looking eyeshadow and after this time (half way through the working day), the eyeshadow starts to fade and crease. I was told that in order for this product to perform well, you only need a tiny bit smoothed over the eyelids. But I've tried it all. The amount I use doesn't make a difference in terms of extending the wear of eyeshadows. It looks like Art Deco base, Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance just work better for me. 

Final thoughts

I've been using this eyeshadow base for a few months now. I've had enough time to find out that it unfortunately doesn't live up to the hype it gets, but I will keep on using it until I find something better. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Is it too late for 2012 most loved products?

Hello?

Is anybody there?

*hears silence*

*clears throat*

Hello in 2013!


I've been planning this post for ages, but haven't managed to pull it together until now which is due to my lack of motivation and lack of sun (I simply can't stand taking pictures in artificial lighting). I know many bloggers narrowed down their choices by writing about their 12 items of 2012, I am in awe and bow to their feet.

*takes a sip of water*

Because 2012 was the year of trying out new lipstick formulas and discovering many beautiful lip products, I just couldn't take this minimalistic approach. To your dismay, you will find no cheek products, foundations or powders in this selection. Although I do like some of them, some I even repurchase, I have a hard time finding anything that stands out, stands the test of time AND my very complicated skin. For this very reason, there are just a couple of "skincare" products below (if blotting papers fit this category).


Family picture
Say "cheese"!

Lip products 

2011 was the year when I struggled with my lips, at the end of it I mostly used just balm, because I was unable to find lip products I could wear comfortably. 2012 was the year of great lip discoveries, from balms, to lipsticks. 

Thanks to my American friends, I was able to put my hands on Jack Black lip balms. Unlike many balms that fade away and disappear after five minutes, Jack Black stays on the lips for a few hours, it locks moisture in the lips and makes them happy. It replaced Aquaphor as my go to lip balm too! 

Some people hate them, some people love them, I happen to be under their spell. I must admit that I used up a few mini version tubes of Fresh treatment in Rose last year, simply because: a) I love the formula, b) the shade seems perfect, c) they are very soft and melty (which is the only downside really!). 

I usually stay away from mint flavored lip products, they seem to dry my lips out, so I was surprised to like Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains from Revlon. But now I have six of these and wear them all the time, especially Honey which I pictured above. 

If you've never tried Hourglass lipsticks before, go and indulge yourself! I love their heavy packaging (which is a bit dangerous as I always seem to snap the tip of the bullet whenever I open it for the first time), slightly powdery vanilla scent and creamy formula. Fresco was one of my most worn lipsticks in 2012 for sure, mostly because it's such a flattering rosy shade on my lips. It's a very hardworking lipstick and you can clearly see the proof of that in the picture. 

Lavshuca is one of those obscure brands that can only be bought in Asia or from Asian based online shops such as Adambeauty.com. As much as I adore their eyeshadows, their lipsticks, which they sell a few formulas of, are real standouts. I particularly love Dramatic Memory Rouges, *especially* PK2 which is a light warm pink (see photo). I won't write about it here, because I would like to post a review of all my Lavshuca lipsticks, but this was definitely my most worn lip product in 2012 and I can only thank Kate from Drivel About Frivol  for this suggestion. 

Let's just finish this chapter with some Dior. If I could, I would buy and wear an entire range of Dior Addict Extremes, but I would secretly always return to my first one, Lucky (gorgeous vibrant pink, see photo). Dior Addict Extremes are not as creamy as other lipsticks I go for, they have somewhat harder consistency, but apply easily and don't feel drying (bear in mind I always apply a lot of lip balm before all my lipsticks). I can't get enough of them, so surely you will hear me rambling more about them in the future. 

*applies balm*


 Eye products (mostly eyeshadows)


Yes, I was most excited about the lip products, but I also found real gems in the eye category in 2012. 

I've already written about my favorite liner here. The dip in my Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer is much bigger now as it was definitely my most used eye product of 2012. I would love to try more shades from this range!

Shiseido eyeshadows were like a revelation to me, when I got Jungle in my hands, I already wanted more of their trios...Although these shadows don't swatch very well, at least on me and without a primer, they become more vibrant and beautiful on the lids. And they are a dream to work with. If I ever decide to purge my eyeshadow stash, I will only buy Shiseido. 

That's a big thing to say. 


Lavshuca eyeshadows are not far off the silkiness of Shiseido, but they have an advantage of being much more reasonably priced than Shiseido. They are smooth, blendable, brightening. Unfortunately, color combinations are much more boring, but then again, I do wear boring makeup most days. 2012 staples. 





You might remember this post where I wrote that I have possible dupes of this eyeshadow. Yes, I already have similar things in my collection, but nothing with texture as smooth and deliciously luxurious as Fudge. Yes, Addiction eyeshadows are very pricey, but if you have a chance to try, please get at least one and I'm sure you won't regret it. 

In 2011 many people raved about Chanel Illusion d'Ombres, I joined the crowd, bought, fell in love with Epatant and Illusiore. Then in 2012, Chanel came out with d'Ombre in the shade Riviere which became one of my birthday gifts. As you can see from the picture, it's been very much loved, especially during the summer, who could not love this pale shimmery blue green?



Brushes

2012 was definitely the year of Real Techniques and Inglot brushes for me. I can't imagine applying my foundation with something else than RT Buffing Brush, putting on blush or contour without my Contour Brush. They are nicely priced, good quality, I only wish they were selling all of them individually, as well is in sets. This was I could replace them easier in the future. 

Being a big fan of Inglot eyeshadows, I'm surprised that I only discovered Inglot eye brushes in 2012. One of the reasons for this must be the fact that whenever I'm at the Inglot store/stand, the brushes look tired and frayed (well, people do fondle them, right?). 9S is my go to laydown brush, it has just the right shape and size for my eyelid. 80HP is a wonderful crease brush, great for adding eyeshadow to this area, but also for blending a little at the same time. It's dense, soft, but not too soft, just perfect. I use 23T for gel liner every single day, despite the hard work I put it to, it still has the shape it had when I bought it last summer. I have hooded lids and like my eyeliner line to be thin which 23T excels at creating. 

Nailpolish

Essie became my favorite nailpolish brand in 2012 (two of my most used polishes above). Essie polishes chip like all other brands of polishes I've tried, I can't help it, but I love the shade selection in their range. Opaque and creamy, just how I like my nailpolishes to be. 

Other things

Clean and Clear blotting papers must be in my makeup bag at all times, these are the best ones I've tried and I've tried a lot.

Hourglass Mineral Veil primer seriously deserves to be in my top of 2012. No, it doesn't do too much in terms of oil control, but it does make my skin look poreless and smoother. I only wish it was cheaper and that the effect lasted longer.

If someone asked me to choose my most  favorite product of 2012, I would go for Mandom Barrier Repair masks. There is nothing else more soothing and calming on my flushed face than these masks. You will definitely hear about them from me soon. 

I think it's time for me to take my mask off and go to sleep.

Speak to you soon!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Tag

So Lonely in Gorgeous posted a Christmas tag entry on her blog and since I love Christmas, I thought I would give it a go:)

What is your favorite thing about Christmas?
Traditions and being with the ones I love. 

What is your favorite make-up look for the festive season?

I tend to go for paler lip products at Christmas, purely because I'm convenience driven, I don't want to constantly think about what's on my lips and how it performs/looks. I choose darker and more sparkly eye makeup though:)

Real tree or fake tree?

Fake tree all the way. As much as I love the smell of the real tree, I do hate to gather up needles from the carpet once the tree starts to lose its freshness. 

Giving or receiving presents?
Both, but as I grow older, I prefer to give them. 

Do you open your Christmas presents morning or evening?
Traditionally in Poland we open presents after our Wigilia, festive supper on Christmas Eve. This is how we roll in my household too. 

Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
I always buy charity Christmas cards. I don't think I have enough patience to make my own cards...

What is your favorite Christmas film?
Nothing specific really, but we tend to go back to cartoon classics such as Toy Story during Christmas. 

What is your favorite Christmas food? 
Barszcz z uszkami (borscht with small mushroom dumplings), pierogi, herring, sałatka jarzynowa...basically everything:) 


My first gingerbread house ever!
I'm quite proud of myself:)

Roof of my gingerbread house
(made of Graham Crackers cereal). 
















Have a wonderful Christmas time, 
whatever your plans are!

And I TAG YOU:)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Activities of November 2012

I know we are almost half way through December, but I've had this post in my head and in my drafts for a while now, so it would be a waste not to publish it. This month I wanted to share not the standout products with you, but the activities that I was obsessed with.

1. Highlighting inner corners and cheeks

Apparently highlighting the inner corners helps your eyes appear bigger and more awake. I'm not sure why I rarely did this until recently! I have several favorite eyeshadows I've been using for this purpose, all of them are shimmery (but for under the brow area I would use matte exclusively). All shown below.



Urban Decay Virgin is one of my most used eyeshadows from Urban Decay's Naked palette (the only palette I've not depotted yet), in fact one of the most used and versatile Urban Decay eyeshadows in my collection. It's not overly sparkly nude shade which I could classify neither as cool toned nor as warm toned shadow (this means it will go with all sorts of looks and different skintones). I wouldn't use it under the brow bone as I prefer matte highlight shades for that area, but it's perfect for brightening the inner corner. 

Silk Naturals Sonic was a spontaneous purchase with a small skincare order with Silk Naturals and I'm not disappointed. It's described as a light golden copper and a clone for MAC's Vanilla pigment. I wouldn't call it copper, but it definitely has some gorgeous copper sparkles in it. I've not only been adding it to inner corners, but also layering over some boring and flat eyeshadows (for example Fyrinnae's Snow Leopard) to give the eye an extra dimension. 

Lavshuca Melting Eyes palettes are my staples, I am due to write a longer review on  them (or maybe not, maybe I should keep these precious items just for myself *insert evil laughter here*). The lightest shades from them are particularly great and in November I loved placing them in the inner corners of my eyes. 

I also started highlighting my cheekbones a bit more often, even though I have oily skin and aim at getting rid of the shine and sheen most days. It took me a long time to figure out where to place highlighters on my cheeks because I wear glasses, but I think the final effect, no matter how subtle it is, is worth it. For my face I prefer cream/liquid highlighters over powder ones, they are just easier to work with and look more natural. I don't have any full sized ones, but thankfully whenever I buy from Zuneta, I also order free samples which the last time was Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone from Becca. And I think I may order a full size of this product once I run out of the sample (although I've heard gossips Becca is going out of business!). Moonstone looks yellow in the jar, but transforms into a light gold on the skin. Despite the fact it's a liquid highlighter, it doesn't make me feel oily or sticky, the glowy effect it gives stays on most of the day...I couldn't ask for more!

The lightest shade from Lavshuca BR1 palette seems more true to life in the picture above than in the first photo. I'm working with temperamental winter lighting here, so please forgive me:)
Cooler lighting
Warmer lighting
To show you pretty sparkles in Sonic. Same order as above. 

2. Going back to my old favorites


I've been seeing La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo coming up in many monthly favorites of November. I wonder why that is? Anyway, it's been one of my solid must haves for at least a year now, but I rediscovered it especially this past month, because my skin seems to be angry with me. It would be too drying to use everyday, so I apply it every two days before going to sleep and my skin feels much better the next day. I think it's the salicylic acid, with its exfoliating properties, that makes such a big difference when my skin is in critical situation.

If you are a regular on my blog, you know I spent a lot of time with my loose Fyrinnae eyeshadows. I thoroughly enjoyed playing with them and can definitely say my little project has made me appreciate them more.

3. Drinking tea


I drink tea all year round, several cups a day, usually favor sencha over any other teas, however, this month I loved variety. Above you can see a few teas I reached for the most, from strong smoky yerba mate, to rich and fruity Bora Bora. 

But the real winner is the tea pictured below which was sent to me by a lovely friend in October. When I saw it in the box, I sulked. 

She didn't know I HATE ginger with passion.

Despite my attitude to ginger in edible goods I put in my mouth, I decided to give it a go and  now, from 50 bags I only have 1 left! I must tell you that thankfully I can only detect hints of ginger in this tea. The spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves seems to be quite distinct, but also mild at the same time, none of the ingredients stands out. Oh, how I wish I had easy access to this brand!

The Republic of Tea Pumpkin Ginger Tea

I like coffee too and in November I loved adding maple syrup to it instead of sugar. Speaking of products that are not readily available to me...The can on the right contains the best maple syrup I've tried so far, to my knowledge can only be purchased in Canada. No, I'm not picky and easy to please at all! *rolls eyes*
November maple syrup empties;)
4. Watching

I was on holiday for a week in November, so could indulge in lots and lots of watching.  I swallowed the first season of Once Upon a Time in under a week and I'm left hungry for more. Even if it means more of this:


My attention span is quite short these days and I get distracted easily, because of this, watching longer films seems more of a chore than a pleasant activity. But I sat through Another Earth. It took me by surprise, made me feel emotional and made me think. We are all told that there are living creatures out there, somewhere in the darkness of the sky, but what would we do if they turned out to be our doubles living on a planet just like ours? What would I do? What would you do? Would it be our chance? A chance for what?

I don't want to spoil too much, so please watch Another Earth and tell me what you think about it. 


5. Disappointment: Essie Dive Bar


I was oohing and ahhing over this nail polish everytime I saw it in the bottle. Until I saw it on my nails. This delicious blue and purple duchrome transforms into a very dark navy (almost black) with some shimmer when applied. Not what I expected at all! *pouts*

Monday, November 26, 2012

Yumeko’s Photo Challenge – Makeup Colors Edition

This challenge was started by Yumeko, but I've wanted to take part in it since I saw that The Driveller did it this summer. Forgive the crappy pictures, it's really is dark and wintry outside today!


1. Black



I honestly don't have much black in my stash, so figured I could add MAC's Blot as the case is black (I don't think they make the product itself as dark as black).

* MAC Blot Powder
* Art Deco eyeshadow base
* Essence Midnight in Paris gel liner
* Majolica Majora Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara
* Inglot 80HP brush (I love it!)
* Urban Decay Perversion eyeshadow

2. Brown



Picking brown products was much easier than the black ones as I have quite a lot of brown eyeshadows (in the picture just a few random ones).

* Inglot bronzing powder 76
* Urban Decay Roach
* Too Faced Sexpresso
* Catrice Go Charlie Brown
* Inglot 363 (my all time fav crease color)
* Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird (since bronze fits this category too!)
* Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink gel liner
* China Glaze Chocoholic
* Shu Uemura drawing pencil in brown

3. White



You would think that white is so basic, but there are actually not many products that can be placed in this category! 

* Suqqu cotton
* Silk Naturals Ultimate Luxury Powder
* Yaby White
* MAC Summer Rose 
* Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
* Hourglass Mineral Veil (my CP from the US with a new bottle of this can't come quicker!)
* Iwostin Rosacin (my day cream)

Suqqu cotton. It's soft, absorbent,
but  doesn't fall apart when you use it. 
4. Orange [since Sephora named it color of the year this year]



As you can see in the picture, I'm a huge fan of orange. I like it on my eyes, cheeks and lips. I even found a lovely orange nail polish. 

* Essie Orange, It's Obvious (can't believe how opaque this is!)
* Maybelline Fierce & Tangy (makes a good base for orange powder eyeshadows)
* Hourglass Muse (it looks red in the tube, but orangeizes on the lips)
* Catrice Carrots of the Carribean (muted orange, on par with other Catrices!)
* Inglot AMC Shine 10 (more vibrant IRL)
* Inglot 108R
* Sleek Lantern blush
* Ziaja Sopot Spa sunscreen
* Revlon Sizzle gloss
* Ellis Faas L304


5. The most popular color in your makeup collection.

Pink?


I really thought I could go for mint greens, but wanted to include some lip products and obviously I don't have any mint green lipsticks. 

* Sleek Pomegranate
* Korres Quince
* Essie Tour de Finance (the first shimmery pink polish I actually love and that doesn't look ugly on my ugly nails!)
* Real Techniques Stipple Brush (I use this one with pigmented blushes, such as Pomegranate)
* Revlon Balm Stain in Lovesick (can't rave enough about those!)
* Dior Addict Extreme Plaza 
* Yaby Berry Splats

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Tale of One Week of Fyrinnae That Turned Out To Be Two Weeks

Reasons behind my project

I've mentioned before that after months of neglect, I decided to do a week of appreciation for my loose (not only) Fyrinnae eyeshadows. Because they are loose and might get messy sometimes, I just didn't use them enough. Plus, they live in a drawer far away from where I do my makeup everyday (well, like two steps away LOL), they are not in any of my  palettes, so tend to be forgotten. 

But that is now going to change and I'm even plotting a new Fyrinnae order!

About Fyrinnae 

Fyrinnae eyeshadows can be bought from here. Although they sell a variety of products from lip lustres to blushes, primers and finishing powders, the eyeshadows are their bestsellers for sure. Reasonably priced at $6.25 for a full size and $2.25 for a mini size (which is usually 1/3 teaspoon in a jar), they are a big bargain. 

My Fyrinnae eyeshadows

What attracted me to them at first was the price and how unique they appeared to be in the pictures and swatches I had seen. Fyrinnae has a wonderful range of vibrant bright shades, but also work safe eyeshadows that are not your average neutrals. Because I mostly wear neutral eyeshadows (by this I mean anything that can be called champagne, taupe, gold, bronze, brown and green), so the ones you will see can be placed in this category. 

Project

The aim of the project was to wear most if not all my Fyrinnae eyeshadows in the course of one week. I extended this to two weeks, because I realized one week was not enough considering the fact I don't wear makeup on Sundays. Because Fyrinnae doesn't have a good matte highlight shade in the range, throughout the whole project, I used WnW Brulee for this purpose. Occassionally I would wear my favorite matte brown eyeshadow in the crease, Inglot 363, as I don't really have darker browns from Fyrinnae that are suitable for wearing in that area. 

I started my project having 16 Fyrinnae eyeshadows from which I purged 7 as I feel they are either harder to work with (eyeshadows with a black base) or simply don't look good on me (such as Fire Opal, Envy Me or Polar Bear). 

Here is the  final selection of the eyeshadows I decided to keep.

My Fyrinnae family 2012
Detailed pictures and descriptions

Sacred


Fyrinnae website describes this eyeshadow as a light gleaming taupe. But I would say this one is an old gold leaning taupe. It's a good eyeshadow for those who like Maui Wowie from Urban Decay, but find the glitter overpowering – there is absolutely no fallout from Sacred, but you just need to remember to pat it on, not swipe. 

Calavera Cupcakes

I've just tried to find this eyeshadow on Fyrinnae website, but I don't think it's available anymore. Yes, Fyrinnae discontinue their products before you make up your mind to buy them (I'm still bummed I missed out on Anemone!). Calavera Cupcakes is a metallic silver with pink sparkles. I remember loving this eyeshadow last holiday season just on its own with some black liner and bright pink lips.

Platinum


Another one of those sadly discontinued eyeshadows which I would appreciate having a full size of. This one is hard to describe, an eyeshadow on the verge between silver and gold? Definitely not as cool as Calavera Cupcakes, but not as warm as Sacred. 

Aztec Gold


I have it in loose form, but at the moment it's sold in pressed for only. The description from Fyrinnae website is pretty accurate: "deep metallic gold over a rich olive green base". It definitely appears to be more green in the jar, but when applied, it turns out into the most beautiful gold ever (you will see it in the swatches below). 

Sea Turtle


I could swear I saw Sea Turtle on Fyrinnae's website yesterday! I can't believe it, this post is turning out into post that should be entitled "My favorite discontinued Fyrinnae"...
If a sea turtle was meant to become an eyeshadow, it would become this duochrome, cool green, bluish shade with lavender sparkles for sure. I love this one paired with Shinkirou, but you'll read about this later on. 
Damn Paladins


Fyrinnae renamed this eyeshadow to Work Safe Blue. It's a soft taupe with only hints of blue that are not very obvious, hence work safe. I think this one might look a little dull on my eyes, so I like combining it with a sparkly eyeshadow either patted over the center of the lid or in inner corners (my sparkle of choice would be Silk Naturals Sonic). If your undereyes, like mine, tend do be gray/blue, you might want to use this trick too. 

Te Amo


Recently renamed into Serendipidy. I'm not happy that the picture above doesn't do the justice to this eyeshadow, but it will have to do for now. Plus, the swatch will show how beautiful and unique it is!
It seems like a little boring brown taupe in the jar, but when swatched and applied on the lids, it just glows of copper, rose and gold. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind neutral, please try this one! 

Shinkirou


I am always drawn to such eyeshadows: sparkly, gleaming pale beige/champagnes. It must be because they are so easy to wear. Shinkirou looks gorgeous just on its own, but I especially love it with Sea Turtle. If it reappears on Fyrinnae website, please, do yourself a favor and grab it, it will brighten up your day and your eyes. 

Equality


Can you see how sparkly Equality is? 

If not, take a look at swatches and picture below. I accidentally spilled some of this eyeshadow on the cushion...It seems that this undesirable event must have had some purpose as now you can see multi colored sparkles quite well. 


In my world, this eyeshadow is the queen of sparkly. The base of it is neutral, along the lines of Platinum or Sacred (maybe it's a more extravagant sister of these two?), but the top layer consists of holographic shimmer, thankfully, not chunky glitter. Definitely a must have!

Swatches

All of these eyeshadows were swatched over Pixie Epoxy, sort of an eyeshadow primer/glue that helps those eyeshadows  to stay on longer and enhance the color.

All of my Fyrinnae together:


More detailed pictures:








I even made a short video to show off the sparkles! 
video



Favorite combos

As a prize that you've managed to come thus far, let me share with you my favorite Fyrinnae combos I came up with in these two weeks. My everyday looks are not elaborate, I usually wear 2 or 3 eyeshadows, anything more than that would not fit my morning time management, ESPECIALLY if I want to wear liner on that day. 

a) Shinkirou + Sea Turtle




Eyes: Fyrinnae Shinkirou + Sea Turtle, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer gel liner,
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus.
Lips: Dior Addict Extreme Plaza.
Face: Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, MAC Summer Rose beauty powder as blush,  Graftobian corrector palette on redness and blemishes, can't remember which powder, oh, and Hourglass Solar Tan primer which I believe has made me tanned indeed D:

 b) Platinum + Sacred + Aztec Gold


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This is all for now about my Fyrinnaes and my little project.

Hope you found this post somewhat useful and entertaining!