Another Purple vs. Purple Madness


L: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, R: Primer In-direct Natural Light 

When I first got into indie makeup I made a purchase from Dawn Eyes, a lovely little shop with beautiful and affordable shadows.  Don’t be fooled by the website, these shadows are fantastic.  As a purple shadow gal, I love her purples!  A Redditor recently messaged me about a comment I made in a thread saying that I own both Purple Madness and Another Purple.  She was flip flopping between the two and I was able to swatch them to help her decide! Now, these swatches are here for anyone else that may be interested in the shadows.


T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer Direct Natural Light

All photo’s are taken with my natural daylight lamp due to the ugliness of winter outside.  They are swatched over Glitter Glue, bare skin, and NYX Primer.  I found that these shadows actually performed better over the normal primer and the Glitter Glue made them more muted.  This is not usually the case with other shadows but the results are still very pretty.

Another Purple


Direct Natural Light L: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, R: Primer

This is a pretty colour described on the website as “A greyish lilac when applied dry, bursts into a bright shiny lilac over primer with subtle sparks of blue”. The online swatch is pretty accurate, especially as this is an incredibly difficult shadow to photograph.


T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer In-direct Natural Light


The purple sheen leans pink with very subtle blue sparkle.  Over the Glitter Glue, the shadow is a softer grey purple-pink.


T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer In-direct Natural Light


T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer Direct Natural Light




Over primer, the colour is more vibrant and the purple comes out a bit more.  The sparkles are there but the sheen of the purple steals the show, ensuring that the shadow isn’t a complete glitter bomb




This is a beautiful colour and easily my favourite of the Dawn Eyes shadows that I own.  Depending on how you use it, it can be a muted everyday colour or a show stopping purple.




Purple Madness


Direct Natural Light L: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, R: Primer

This purple is described as a “pearlescent greyish lavender shimmering with fine pink, blue and violet sparks.”  The online swatch of this shadow is lightly more silver.


T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer Direct Natural Light


This shadow is a dusty purple and for those of you looking for a more silvery shade, this is one to pick up! The sparkles are subtle but really make this shade memorable.



T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer Direct Natural Light




Over the primer, this shadow is also more intense than it is over the Glitter Glue but less so than Another Purple. The shadow over Glitter Glue is more grey and over the primer it is more purple.




T: Gitter Glue, M: Bare, B: Primer In-direct Natural Light


Those sparkles though!  They add extra dimension and drama to the shadow. This is a pretty silver purple with a little extra oomph.






These shadows can be found in the Clearance Section for $2.75 and the shipping is really reasonable (orders over $10 are free in the US).  Dawn ships things super fast and these products have a tendency to sneak through customs like ninjas too! I don’t know how she does it, but I have never had to wait longer than a week for my shadows to get to me in Canada.

The shadows are pigmented and easy to use. If you’re waffling over which one to choose, for $2.75, I’d pick up both of them! Unless you’re on a low/no buy…then don’t.  These have been available since this summer when I purchased them so don’t let the clearance section fool you.  Dawn also will recreate a shadow she no longer sells if you ask, so if these shadows do happen to disappear there is always a way to get them.


Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet


That’s right, I managed to get a subscription to Notoriously Morbid’s Vanishing Cabinet! I was pretty excited!  She will be adding a couple more for those that wish to subscribe this next month so more people will have a chance to pick on up.  Her site can be found here and the Vanishing Cabinet info is here.  I know this is my second post in 2 days but I figured you’d like to see the August Vanishing Cabinet in August…right?


Such pretty wrapping!

This months Vanishing Cabinet not only featured a tinted balm (!!!) but also featured another of my favourite brands, Innocent+Twisted!


All the pretties!

To the swatching!

I was super stoked when I found out about the tinted balm, Glass Apples, that was going to be included in the August VC; it was actually the little push I needed to subscribe to this subscription.  I love the formula of the Coffin Kissers and I really wanted to try out the tinted balm.  Tinted balms are my favourite thing to pop in my purse.  It’s a lip balm and a lip colour, I mean how can you go wrong?! Moisturizing your kissers while also making them look pretty and kissable!  This balm is being added to the permanent collection so if you missed out don’t you worry! You can scoop it up to add to your own collection pretty soon and trust me, you’ll want to grab at least one!


A dark berry red in the container…


A sheer berry red on the lips!


My bare kisser for your reference 

The eyeshadows for this month are Seek Not Revenge, Stories by the Fire, Time is Fluid Here, and Moments that Illuminate.  The Innocent+Twisted shadow is Graceful Torment and the extra samples are Wadsworth and Fierce Poison.


Are you ready for these?


I+T always delivers such pretty shadows


Who would have thought these colours would work so well together!


Indirect Sunlight. From Top to Bottom: Moments that Illuminate, Time is Fluid Here, Stories by the Fire, and Seek Not Revenge.


Direct Sunlight. From Top to Bottom: Moments that Illuminate, Time is Fluid Here, Stories by the Fire, and Seek Not Revenge.

Seek Not Revenge is a beautiful plum with red sparks that photographs a bit blue.  It is a really pretty colour with a pop from the red shimmer.


Look at those sparkles!


Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance


Direct Sunlight

Bare skin really doesn’t do this shadow justice! The Shadow Insurance shows off the plum colour with just a hint of the sparkle and the Glitter Glue grabs onto those sparkles to put them right in the spotlight.  The red sparkles really balance out the blue in this plum shadow.

Stories by the Fire fits it’s name perfectly.  It is a burnt orange with gold and red sparkles that is supposed to be reminiscent of the embers of a dying fire.


Doesn’t it remind you of telling stories around a fire? Now we just need some marshmallows!


Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance


Direct sunlight

The gold really pops with the Glitter Glue while the red is a little more subtle, making it more of a copper colour.  The Shadow Insurance brings out the base (such a pretty burnt orange) and the red sparkles don’t have to compete as much with the gold.

Time is Fluid Here is a deep charcoal grey with a slight copper shift (which was pretty impossible to photograph) and multicoloured sparkles.


Almost black with sparkles, the perfect liner or smokey eye look!


Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

The copper shift is very difficult to capture with the camera and is pretty subtle in real life as well.  The sparkles give the shadow a bit of dimension so it is not just simply a deep grey.  This will make an awesome liner!


Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance Blurry to capture sparkles


Direct Sunlight

You can almost see the copper shift in the sunlight but the real stars are the multicoloured sparkles.

Moments that Illuminate is the iciest of blues with a pink shift, and gold shimmer and sparkle.


I need a sweater just looking at this shadow!


Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

With the Glitter Glue, the gold really pops out making this a stunning shade.  This shadow really needs a glitter primer like Glitter Glue or Pixie Epoxy; Shadow Insurance just doesn’t cut it for this one.  The pink in this shadow adds that little extra and I know I will get lots of use from this shadow!


Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin. Blurry to show sparkles

In the sunlight the sparkles dance, they are mesmerizing!


Direct Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin.


Blurry to show off the sparkles…and look at them. Soooooo Pretttttty

The ‘Others’.


Top – Bottom: Fierce Poison, Wadsworth and Graceful Torment.

Fierce Poison is a dark army green with a slight red duochrome. This colour is pretty with a primer and without, although for the red duochrome to show up you do need a glitter primer.


Indirect sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

In the sun, the red pops up and dazzles you!


Direct Sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Wadsworth is a special sample, it’s the sneak peak for next months Vanishing Cabinet! This is another burnt orange but this has a strong green duochrome.


Indirect sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance


Look at that duochrome!


Direct Sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Graceful Torment is almost 2 different colours deepening on whether you use a glitter glue or regular primer.  This is a reddened pink with a violet shift.  On the Shadow Insurance you can see the reddened pink but with the Glitter Glue, this shadow transforms into a beautiful red-violet.


Indirect sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance


Direct Sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin

Final Thoughts

The Vanish Cabinet has some really pretty and unique colours.  The tinted balm was easily my favourite! For $17 USD for an international subscription ($12.90 for domestic) this subscription is well worth it! Now, what do you think the clue Wadsworth represents?  Guess we’ll have to find out!

Ipsy July Subscription


After coming back from the city (work trip, yayyyy) there was a bundle of packages sitting in my mail box, including a familiar pink bubble mailer! I opened it up right away to find my goodies!  This month I received a hair treatment, a sunscreen moisturizer, eyeshadow, a lip/cheek tint, and another mascara. The makeup bag isn’t my favourite due to size and quality but it’s not really a big deal since it’s really the makeup we get the subscription for!

P1000834 P1000835 The Products!

We will start with the mascara for this review.  I received Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara and as you all know, I am always looking for good waterproof products!  An added plus is that Pür Minerals is a cruelty free company that also has a wide range of paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly products. P1000836The packaging is pretty nice, very reminiscent of my MAC Aquatic lipstick with the water droplets on the top part! It’s a nice size and the colour means I can easily tell it apart from the rest of my mascaras (pretty much all black packaging). Now, normally colour would just be a cosmetic thing but it is really handy to be able to tell my waterproof mascaras from my normal mascaras.  When I know I am going to be in the pool I don’t want to have to dig through my stash to find a mascara that will work. P1000837After removing the wand I am a little unsure how easily it will be to put on as the wand grabs a lot of product! The guard at the opening of the container is supposed to stop any clumps from being on the wand but it didn’t seem to do anything.  If the mascara is clumpy on the wand, how will it be on my lashes? P1000846 The colour seems to be a nice opaque black but you can really tell that the wand holds a lot of product! Normally I wiggle my wands into the base of my lashes to get nice coverage but with the amount of product on this wand, this was really not a good idea.  I don’t advise it, it was a mess! Try #2 was a little better and I used a much lighter hand.  The results were better but I still had a couple bunches of lashes stick together and eventually had to pull out my lash comb.


As for the waterproof test this isn’t the worst I’ve tried but overall it isn’t my favourite either.  It is waterproof in that it didn’t run down my face and give me major racoon eye. I found that instead, once in the water it flaked off and transferred a bit onto my upper lid but keep in mind that I am in the water much longer than the average person so my wear tests are at the extreme end.  If you were only out for a leisurely swim or a nice hot tub party, this wouldn’t be a bad choice but if you’re hoping to have mascara left on your lashes at the end of the night, this isn’t the best mascara out there for that. I give this a 6/10 and I would not personally buy this on my own.  I found that it was difficult to put on and did not give me the volume or the length I would’ve liked from it.  It gets a little bit of a higher rating for its performance in the water as it lasted longer than most and didn’t run down my cheeks but it did flake off.  Easier application and lashes that looked less spider-leggy would have landed this mascara a much higher rating.

Next up is the Marrakesh Endz hair treatment! P1000838 Usually I’m not big on oil treatments because I find them to be pretty messy and leave my hands feeling covered in oil that ends up everywhere! This one was not as expected and was closer to a leave in conditioner than the oil treatments I’ve tried. P1000939


Hair Before!

The instructions say to use on wet or dry hair, combing through and concentrating on the ends before styling as usual. I used the treatment on damp hair and was very pleasantly surprised!


Hair After! Look at that curl!

I found that the formula was very light and not at all sticky.  It was easy to distribute evenly through my hair and did not leave a residue on my hands.  The light formula did not make my hair heavy or leave it looking greasy, instead it defined my curls and left my hair feeling soft and light. My hair was soft and fluffy all day but the real test was to see if my hair felt dirty or grimy the next day as I find many leave in treatments are great on day 1 but leave my hair feeling dirty and looking dull on day 2.  Day 2 and day 3 (!) were just as good as day 1 with my hair feeling super soft and looking glossy.  I was very impressed with this product and this is something that I would buy in a full size for sure! I give this a 10/10 and will be looking to pick up a bottle to add to my hair stuffs! Pur~lisse Pur~protect Essential Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 for normal to dry skin is next on the list! P1000839First thing I have to say about this is that it smells awesome! It’s kind of citrusy and fresh and it’s great for first thing in the morning to brighten your day.  It also applies really nicely and doesn’t leave a white cast or feel greasy.  It sinks into the skin and leaves a soft dewy look without leaving you looking like you need to wash your face.  If the dewy look isn’t your thing a finishing powder toned it down quickly and it also worked really well under foundation. The formula is nice and light so you don’t feel like you have a heavy layer of sunscreen on and yet you get some pretty good protection from the SPF 30.  This moisturizer didn’t clog my pores and my very sensitive combination skin loved it! It was very moisturizing and I find myself reaching for this every morning now.  I want a full size of this product and I give it a 10/10!

bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Inspiration (shade)

I love my indie makeup but loose pigments do not travel exceptionally well and they can be pretty bulky to carry around.  I love little compacts of eyeshadow and blush that I can easily take with me on a short trip so that I don’t need to worry about loose pigments.


Pretty little cardboard packaging.


Quarter for size, so cute!

This cute little compact is the perfect size for me to take with me on a short weekend trip!


It came with some instructions for a simple look.


Left – Right: Urban Decay Potion Primer in Eden, Bare Skin, Darling Girl Glitter Glue


Left – Right: Urban Decay Potion Primer in Eden, Bare Skin, Darling Girl Glitter Glue

After using indie makeup I have pretty high expectations for pigmentation and application.  The colours in the The Inspiration compact are decently pigmented and the sheer gold colour applied very smoothly.  The purple colour applied nicely but had some gold in it that showed up more in some spots than others.  Both of the shadows require a primer of some sort but both blend very well.

I will definitely use this but probably won’t buy more due to personal preference. I give this compact a 8/10 as the colours are nice but the gold in the purple doesn’t apply very evenly and the colours aren’t really anything special.

Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry


This is a dual purpose tint that is supposed to work on both cheeks as a blush and on lips as a stain.  It is a light liquid formula with a doe foot applicator.


No product….lots of freckles though!


Tint on the checks blended out.

Apologies for the different lighting; the sunlight kept changing! For application on the cheeks I applied it directly to my face in the general area, not using too much as it does blend out and I didn’t want blush down to my chin. It was a little bit difficult to blend out as I am not really used to using a tint on my cheeks but it left a nice light pink colour.  It wasn’t sticky and worked well over foundation when I used it for my normal makeup.  Application is a little easier if you use a sponge; apply tint to the sponge and then dab on desired areas before blending out.


Bare Lips


1 swipe of tint on top and bottom

On the lips the tint works really well as it is not sticky and dries very fast without leaving your lips feeling dry.  It stains the lips a nice pink and lasts about 5 hours before wearing off.  When it does wear off it wears pretty evenly leaving only a hint of ‘ring around the lips’. This is a pretty nice product that works well on both the lips and the cheeks. I give it a 9/10 as I loved the way it dried and didn’t leave a sticky feeling, it didn’t dry out the lips, and could be built up to a brighter stain.  It was a little difficult to figure out application on the cheeks so that it didn’t end up all over but that just takes practice.


This months subscription was awesome and I will actually use most of the products.  It was a lot of bang for my buck and I will be buying some full sizes.  So far I am pretty impressed with the Ipsy subscriptions and I can’t wait for my August glam bag!

All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. 

Innocent+Twisted Full-sized Subscription: June


Yay subscriptions! I love opening my mailbox to find goodies waiting for me there.  I managed to get myself on the list for InnocentTwisted’s subscription.  If you’re going to do this, you have to subscribe pretty much as soon as it goes live since they disappear super fast but so worth it!


This months subscription was a little bigger than usual from what I understand, due to the blush issues from last month.


The whole lot!


The full sizes!


The samples!


The Goodies!


L-R: Twinkle Squinkles, Alkali, Sparkling Wail


My shadows are mislabelled so I sent an email to double check the names.  Alkali is the teal, Sparkling Wail is the purple/black and Twinkle Squinkles is the pink.  Swatches are on Glitter Glue on the left, Bare skin in the middle and on Too Faced Shadow Insurance on the right.


Top-Bottom: Twinkle Squinkles, Sparkling Wail, Alkali


Top-Bottom: Twinkle Squinkles, Sparkling Wail, Alkali



This is a pretty teal with golden sparkles.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance


Top-Bottom: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Sparkling Wail


This one is a deep purple with a black base and sprinkled with amber and purple/blue sparkles. I love this in the jar and have my fingers crossed it looks as beautiful on my face.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Without a primer or glitter glue, this shadow doesn’t seem like much but with either, it morphs the whole shadow.


L-R: Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

On Shadow Insurance, the black base stands out most but the sparkles are there.


L-R: Glitter Glue, and Bare skin

You can really see the sparkles when it’s applied over Glitter Glue, especially the purple/blue ones.  I really like this one and the glue really makes the sparkles pop.

Twinkle Squinkles


A pretty pink with a silver/blue(?) shift, and pink and green sparkles.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

On bare skin it just looks like a nice coral colour but when you put it over a base the beauty comes out.  On Shadow Insurance you are able to see the sparkles but the shift is still absent.  That Glitter Glue though! The shift comes out to say hello and those sparkles sure shine.


Top to Bottom: Bare Skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance.


Top to Bottom: Glitter Glue and Bare Skin

Extras Included


BFTE Cosmetics Blueberry and Raspberry Eyeshadows.


Blueberry Eyeshadow

My Blueberry eyeshadow exploded a little bit in transit but thankfully everything was well taped.


My Pretty ZombieQuinsy eyeshadow and Eccentric Cosmetics Heartbeats eyeshadow.

Swatches are done from left to right on Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance.


Top to Bottom: Blueberry, Raspberry, Quinsy, and Heartbeats.


Such vibrant colours!

Eccentric Cosmetics: Heartbeats


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

This is a pretty copper that has some darker red and purple undertones when applied over Glitter Glue.  There is a little bit of a copper sparkle that pops in there to say hello too!  The colour is not available on the website as far as I can tell so I am unable to compare it to a description but the other shadows in the Etsy shop are stunning! If they are anything like this one then they are sure to impress.


Top to Bottom: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

You can see the sparkle a little bit in this image.  It isn’t in your face sparkle but adds a little extra oomph to the colour.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin.

On the Glitter Glue you can pick up some of the darker shades in the colour.

My Pretty Zombie: Quinsy


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

This is quite a bright colour with a base or without but the Glitter Glue really transforms the colour and brings out the shift.  Over bare skin and Shadow Insurance this shade is a bright lime green but over Glitter Glue a blue shift appears.  This is described as a spring green with a blue sheen.


L-R: Glitter Glue and Bare Skin

Over the Glitter Glue the colour mellows out and becomes a blueish sage green.  The shift really softens the colour.


Top to Bottom: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Without the Glitter Glue this is a very vibrant lime green and is very close to how it appears in the baggie.  Over the Shadow Insurance you can see a hint of the blue but it isn’t as strong as it is over the Glitter Glue. The swatch on MyPrettyZombie’s website is done over Urban Decay’s primer potion and appears to be more grass green.

BFTE Raspberry


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

This is a bold pink with a little bit of shimmer. I was unable to get a description as this does not show up on the website but this may be an unblended pigment (not custom to BFTE). The Glitter Glue really amps up the shadow but it is still pretty although more subtle on the Shadow Insurance.


T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Over the Shadow Insurance the colour is more sheer with just a hint of shimmer.


L-R: Glitter Glue and Bare skin

The Glitter Glue really shows off the shimmer and the colour becomes more of a metallic pink.  It is very bright and is definitely a statement shadow!

BFTE Blueberry


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

This is described as a very vibrant blue with medium sheen and is a unblended pigment.  Being unblended, this means that it is not a custom colour made by BFTE. Essentially this is a repackaged mica from the suppliers. Even so, this electric shade demands attention and both with the colour and the shimmer.


T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare skin and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Over the Shadow Insurance the colour is a bit more muted and would be more wearable for someone that is just dipping their toes into brighter colours.


L-R: Glitter Glue and Bare skin

Over Glitter Glue this becomes a Bam Pow! colour with a metallic sheen.  It’s a beautiful colour and a great option for those who like to make a statement with their eyeshadow or for a bright eyeliner.



Included are 4 blushes to try out! 2 of the blushes, Whispering Spells and Vacant Smile, are replacement blushes from the May subscription as there were some issues with the pressed blushes. Besides the 2 replacement blushes from Innocent and Twisted, there’s Psychotic Embers (also from Innocent and Twisted) and Malva from Hello Waffle!  We all know my love for Hello Waffle has no boundaries but I have only actually been able to try 1 of her blushes (Coral, which quickly became my HG blush colour!)  Swatches are of the blushes patted on and blended out, and are in indirect natural light.  At this point I started losing the light so I apologize!


Psychotic Embers on top and Malva on bottom with containers for colour comparison.


Psychotic Embers on top, Malva on bottom


Malva Blush: Patted down on the left, Blended out on the right.

This is described as a matte warm orchid on the Hello Waffle website but when I swatched it I found that it came out more as a lavender than a pink.  Even in the baggie it looks more purple than on the website.  It is still a very pretty colour, just not quite what I see on the online swatch. Other reviews of this subscription also have a more purple swatch.


Psychotic Embers: Patted down on the left, Blended out on the right.

This blush packs a punch both with colour and with sparkle. I personally am not a fan of sparkles in my blush but this is eye safe and would make a stunning eyeshadow!


Replacement Blushes!


Whispering Spells: Patted down on bottom, Blended out on top.

Whispering Spells is a coralish pink with a light shimmer.  It builds nicely for those that like a heavier blush but is also easily blended for a lighter colour.


Vacant Smile: Patted down on bottom, Blended out on top

Vacant Smile is beautiful! It’s a soft purple with a hint of pink and a faint shimmer.  The shimmer is perfect for a blush; accenting the colour without being obvious. I love this colour and wish that it was eye safe as it would look awesome as an eyeshadow.

Final Thoughts

This was a great subscription and it featured some new brands that I hadn’t tried. Full size subscriptions are $18 (USD) or $22 (USD) for international customers and sample sized subscriptions are $12 (USD) or $16 (USD) for international customers.  The June subscription was more than worth the $22 and I am super excited to see what the July subscription has to offer.

If you are interested in a subscription you have to act super fast! The subscriptions for July sold out within the hour! The main store is closed but after it reopens July 1 she offers trial subscriptions so you can try it before committing to the continuous subscription.  If you can get a continuous subscription I recommend it though! You can always unsubscribe.

When she reopens in a couple days she will be selling what she has left of Twinkle Squinkles and Sparkling Wail. So prepare for the mad rush for those colours and maybe pick up a few other things.  You can find her Facebook page here for updates and sneak peeks.

Shiro Color of the Months



Hello ladies and gents! With just a little bit left before they disappear, I received and swatched my colour of the months from Shiro!  Every year, Shiro brings back the past years colours of the month in June and for a limited time you can buy all of them before they disappear again.  This year Cailtin brought back a couple of older favourites and after seeing swatches I knew I had to nab them!P1000707 P1000708

I bought Jareth’s Tight Pants, Dammit, Moon Moon, Chinchilln’, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Doge, and Butts.  All swatches are done on Glitter Glue (left), bare skin (centre), and Too Faced Shadow Insurance (right).  These pictures are taken in indirect sunlight with a couple pictures in direct sunlight to show off the sparkles!


Top to Bottom: Jareth’s Tight Pants, Dammit, Moon Moon, Chinchilln’, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Doge, and Butts

Shiro’s pigmentation and smooth texture always catches me off guard.  I know that I should just expect such great quality from them by now, but I am wowed every time I try a new shadow.  The colours are beautiful and although I tried my hardest I wasn’t fully able to capture their complexity.


Direct Sunlight. Top to Bottom: Top to Bottom: Jareth’s Tight Pants, Dammit, Moon Moon, Chinchilln’, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Doge, and Butts

Jareth’s Tight Pants


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

This shadow is described as a dove-grey colour with white sparkles.  This is a really pretty colour, something I could use everyday.  It almost appears a bit brown but I like it all the same.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Bare skin doesn’t really do anything for this colour so I highly suggest using a primer of some sort.  The Shadow Insurance picks up the base colour but the Glitter Glue really shows off sparkles.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Dammit, Moon Moon


Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Too Faced Shadow Insurance

This is a beautiful red-toned purple packed with gold glitter.  On Glitter Glue this colour is very close to the online swatch.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

This shade really needs the Glitter Glue in my opinion as bases like Shadow Insurance aren’t able to capture the depth of the purple.  Dammit, Moon Moon looks almost the same over the Shadow Insurance as it does over bare skin, just a little more sparkly.  Without the Glitter Glue the shade is much more red and leans more towards burgundy than purple.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Applied over Glitter Glue, the colour leans slightly more blue/purple and the sparkles are spectacular.  They’re like little flecks of fire shining out from the shadow.



L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

This was a very difficult colour to photograph and so I have included photos taken by both my camera and my phone.  This is a gorgeous colour! If I needed anything from Shiro right now and I didn’t already have so many purples I would buy another jar of this! It’s just such a lovely colour! This is described as a velvety heather grey with strong purple duochrome and sparkle.  The duochrome is brilliant and I love it!


T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Much like Dammit, Moon Moon this colour needs the Glitter Glue to fully capture its crazy awesomeness.  Over Shadow Insurance it is just a sheer, pretty purple leaning grey with a bit of sparkle.  Over Glitter Glue the duochrome jumps out and transforms the shadow.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

You can see a bit of the shift here and can really tell how much of a difference the Glitter Glue makes.


Direct Sunlight. T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Look at those sparkles! This shadow is loaded with them!

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iPhone photo. L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

I found my iPhone captured the colour of this shadow more accurately.  You can really see the purple duochrome here and how much the Glitter Glue amps up the colour.  Seriously, you need to get some Glitter Glue or Pixie Epoxy for this shadow!

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iPhone photo. L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

So pretty! Must fight urge to buy moarrrrrr!

Yzma’s Essence of Llama


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

This one fought me during the swatch and I could not get it to cooperate over the Shadow Insurance.  For some reason it just didn’t want to show the duochrome. This is described as a dark plum purple with llama-colored duochrome but on the Shadow Insurance it’s just a dark plum purple with patches of llama-coloured duochrom.


T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

I apologize for this ugly swatch! I tried a couple times but it just didn’t want to give me anything!


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

There’s the duochrome we all know and love! This is a lovely colour but I find that it is more copper in real life than it is in the swatch on Shiro’s website.  Over Shadow Insurance it is closer to the online swatch but it is more blotchy and not as pretty in my opinion.



L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

This is “slightly pink-toned shimmery creamy dogey wonderment” and I love it.  I am pretty pale so without the Glitter Glue it is harder to see but it’s great for a more neutral look for me.  The little bit of pink gives it a little extra oomph and the sparkles pop up when the light hits it just right.


T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Over Glitter Glue Doge is a bit more pink than over Shadow Insurance and it shows off the sparkles more but for a more subtle look this is nice over Shadow Insurance.


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

The Glitter Glue really picks up the bit of pink in this shade.  I like this one as it is just a hint of pink and doesn’t overwhelm the shadow.

 Butts (Captain Malcolm Reynolds edition)


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

This is a khaki-tinted beige loaded with shimmer! I like this over over all surfaces and found it didn’t differ a whole lot over the 2 different primers.


T-B: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance


L-R: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

It is hard to tell in indirect light but this shade does have quite a lot of shimmer.  You can see here on the bare skin there that the colour has a bit of sparkle but it’s not so strong that it’s the first thing you notice.

Direct Sunlight


T-B: Jareth’s Tight Pants, Dammit, Moon Moon, Chinchilln’

Look at that sparkle! You can see the shift in Chinchillin’ here too.


T-B: Jareth’s Tight Pants, Dammit, Moon Moon, Chinchilln’


T-B: Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Doge, and Butts

You can see the plum base to Yzma’s Essance of Llama well here as well as the strong duochrome.  The pink in Doge is also pretty stron in the direct light.


Dammit, Moon Moon and Jareth’s Tight Pants


Yzma’s Essence of Llama and Chinchilln’


Butts and Doge


These are great colours and they will be gone soon! I can tell why some of the previous colours were brought back as I haven’t seen dupes that quite capture them (Dammit, Moon Moon looking at you!) Both Intertubes and the COTM’s will be gone in a couple days so if you’re interested in trying Shiro or have fallen in love with one of the colours you can find them here.

Custom Shadows with Hello Waffle Cosmetics!


So I have a pretty exciting post for you all today!  I have recently delved into the world of indie makeup and have lots to show you all but what better way to start of my indie makeup posts than to show off my wonderful custom shadows!?

Christine, the amazing owner of Hello Waffle, will be adding custom cosmetics to her shop! I’ll give you all a moment to squeal in delight and do a mini happy dance.  Yup, it’s awesome!

I was looking to do custom shadows as a gift for my sister but wanted them to be from a store I was familiar with.  I had just received my latest order from her and loved everything (so pigmented and smooth!) so I figured I would ask Christine if she would do custom shadows for me, worst she could say was no right?  She replied right away saying that she could definitely do the custom shadows and it is something she has been considering adding to the shop!

I told her the names of was thinking of, and described the colours I had imagined and she gave me input of what else might work.  We decided on 3 colours to do that would fit with the names and she started right away, which I didn’t expect with the recent sale in her shop!  Christine sent me swatches of the colours as she worked on them so that I could add in my input, she was super accommodating and I really can’t say enough about how much fun I had working with her.  I can be a little of a control freak to be honest and she really made me feel comfortable with being involved.  I never felt like I couldn’t say no or was pressured to accept something I didn’t like.  She really seemed to just get my vision for these colours!  She even told me I was laid back and fun to work with!!! Yes, that deserves extra exclamation points, I told my mom that and she laughed.  I’m one of those people that thinks teaching someone how to do something means just doing it myself.

But seriously, this was a super fun experience.  One of the shadows didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to and Christine was the first to say she didn’t think it fit my vision.  She has this ability to really see what you see and was just as disappointed that it wasn’t going to work out.  We moved on and she created another amazing shadow that is so much better than what I was originally thinking.

The Colours!


The names come from nicknames for my sister.  She has a name that is hard to make fun of and Turkey Toes is part of a rhyme we used to bug her when she was little.  Her other nickname was Pirate but she hated that one, plus I couldn’t think of a shadow that would fit the name and that she would like. June Bug is because she’s a June baby and Ary Rose is a shortened version of her name…it’s the nicer version of what I call her! I’d tell you what that is but she might kill me, so I think I’ll play it safe.


June Bug: I asked for a pinky coral colour with a blue green shift.  Christine had me send her some images of what I was thinking for the coral colour, which I though was brilliant. She nailed the coral I was imagining and the shadow ended up being a coral with a hint of blue sparkle and a blue/green shift.


Ary Rose: A light pink with a purple shift is what I imagined.  Christine delivered with the most beautiful shadow! It is pink with a strong violet duo-chrome! Love, love, love this colour!


Turkey ToesSo I was thinking of a brown with a green duo-chrome but when Christine tried to create it, the pigments and mica fought her.  The duo-chrome made the brown look ashy and grey so she added some copper and it ended up being a copper brown with green qualities and green sparkles.  It is still a lovely colour, my sister just wouldn’t get very much use out of it. So, we changed our minds and came up with a whole new idea!  By then I had received an idea from my sister for a colour after asking her what she normally wore. I quote, “Sagey golden green, you know, like a pretty blue green with gold.  Like moms kitchen!”  So there it was, I asked for a golden sage green and the colour came out beautifully! Christine is a colour genius.

Alright, on to the good stuff! The part I know you have all been waiting for, the swatches!

Swatches from Hello Waffle!

These are the swatches that Christine sent me along the way!


First Image: Top swatch is Ary Rose, bottom is June Bug.  These were done over Glitter Glue.  Beautiful huh?  Christine mentioned that June Bug would make a great blush and I think it would be super pretty! So maybe, just maybe, you should watch for that 😉

Second Image: Top and bottom are Ary Rose (top on Glitter Glue, bottom on Shadow Insurance), Middle is June Bug with a little more blue shift added.

photo-19This is the first attempt at Turkey Toes.  It’s a really pretty colour, just not quite what I was thinking. Top is over Shadow Insurance, bottom is over Glitter Glue.


This is what Turkey Toes became!  Both are over Glitter Glue. The second image is of the final colour as I had requested she add a smidgin more blue.  It’s such a beautiful colour, I’m tickled with how it turned out.  It doesn’t necessarily match it’s name but I figure there has to be a turkey out there with greenish looking toes…

My Swatches

I was so excited to get my hands on these! Christine was nice enough to include some of the extra so that I could have the shadows as well! So you guys get swatches and my sister gets unused eyeshadow.


Artificial light: Turkey Toes on the left, Ary Rose, then June Bug on the right. Top is over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, middle is bare skin, and bottom is over Glitter Glue.

P1000478Indirect Natural Light: Turkey Toes on the left, Ary Rose, then June Bug on the right. Top is over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, middle is bare skin, and bottom is over Glitter Glue.

Turkey Toes: Left is over Glitter Glue, middle is bare skin, and right is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. First 2 pictures are indirect natural light, last picture in artificial light.


P1000479 Look at that gold shift! So pretty!


Ary Rose: Left is over Glitter Glue, middle is bare skin, and right is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  Indirect natural light for the first 3, last 2 are artificial light.


Look at that pretty shift! And you can see the sparkles a bit too!



The Glitter Glue captures the colour the best for sure.


Definitely needs the Glitter Glue although it is still pretty over the Shadow Insurance.

P1000499 P1000502 June Bug: Left is over Glitter Glue, middle is bare skin, and right is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  Indirect natural light for the first 3, last 2 are artificial light.


That Glitter Glue! Really makes the colour shine.



Look at dem sparkles!

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So yeah, this was a fantastic experience.  Christine is awesome, the colours are fantastic, and my sister loves them!  I can’t say enough about how super lovely Christine is so instead I will just send you all in her direction! Her shop is Hello Waffle and you can buy her wonderful cosmetics, including lip stuffs and blushes, here!  Seriously, go buy stuff.  Her products are beautiful.  I’ll be posting the rest of my haul soon! Yes….there’s more.