Tuesday, May 31, 2011

EOTD: I Have a Soft Spot For Greens

Shiro Cosmetics Bulbasaur, Link, Still Alive (three greens)
Dior Five Golds Palette (sparkly black)
Benefit Magic Ink (black liquid liner)
Urban Decay 24/7 eye liner in Covet (green pencil liner)
Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes (mascara)
Please ignore all the mascara flakies.  Boo them.  And the strands of hair that don't want to behave.

What I've Learned From Fashion Blogs #2

Chambray is stylin'!  (Or, give all types of materials a chance, even ones you would typically have avoided, like chambray).

Here's one of the clothing items I bought at Target a few weeks ago: Merona Petites Shirtdress - Gray Chambray (at Target here), for $17.48 (it's even cheaper now - $12.48!). I bought it in a small, and the tie right below the chest helps give it more shape.  It's a very comfortable material, and so budget-friendly!  One of my new favorites.
dress: Target
purse: Jessica Simpson*
black leggings: American Eagle
boots: DKNY

*Don't judge me!  There's a story!  We had gone to Pennsylvania for the holidays, and I realized that I had forgotten to pack a purse.  I couldn't find anything I liked in any of the department stores, so when I saw this at TJ Maxx, I scooped it up.  It's actually pretty cute, and usually keep the "JS" logo on the tag flipped around, haha.  It also doesn't look like cheap material, and is sturdy and has a good number of pockets. 

Here's the bag close up, as well as some of the accessories I wore.

sunglasses: Oakley Beckon
bracelet: Swarovski "Lucky You" Montana Ball (see here), gifted by S.
earrings: ??? gifted by my mum
I wore this to go shopping yesterday, on Memorial Day - there were some great sales!  Of course, I was very appreciative of people who reminded me what the holiday was really about - thanking the men and women who dedicate their lives to our country.  Cheers to them, and the memories of those who have come before us.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Summer Glow: Neutral Spotlight!

I know summer is typically a time to pull out all the stops and toss on every bright color imaginable, but this summer I'm actually really in love with neutrals - nudes (for my skin tone), browns, golds, bronze, taupe, beige - all of those colors.  I'm loving them on my nails, my eyes, face, and in my clothing and accessory choices.  I feel fresh and clean and summery when I wear these colors - guess I'm kind of going through a color minimalist phase. These are the products I'm going through most often right now - not all at the same time, of course!
1. EL Double Wear Stay-In-Place Powder in  2N1 Desert Beige: for days when I just want to wear powder foundation
2. Dior Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder in Aurora (review, swatches): lovely, all-over glow
3. Dior Hydra Life Skin Tint (review): beautiful, dewy finish tinted moisturizer that actually feels moisturizing
4. Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Liner: has a thin brush instead of a foam tip, which is...interesting.  Nevertheless, this is my go-to right now for thin, glossy black lines (winged liner!)
5. Tarte bronzer in Hotel Heiress: matte bronzer with staying power, used for contour or extra oomph over the Dior powder
6. MAC tinted lip conditioner in Soothing Beige (review coming): natural, barely there color that leans brown
7. Shiro Cosmetics eye shadows in Triforce (gold), [Subject Name Here] (peachy orange), Thinking With Portals (orange with blue glitter), Small Key (bronze), S.S. Anne (champagne) (review and swatches here and here)
8. MAC High Tea lipstick (review and swatches here): pearly pink gold wash - a lustre finish
9. Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liners in Underground, El Dorado, Zero, Bourbon
Close-up of the Shiro Cosmetics shadows.  I took the sifters out of Thinking With Portals and [Subject Name Here], because I got tired of banging them against the counter to unsettle the shadow and actually have it sift out - those mini-jars are packed!  I considered hiring a squirrel to bang them around instead (can't you picture a squirrel with a shadow jar instead of a walnut clenched in his little fists?) but then I decided to just take the sifter out.  As predicted, I made a mess. 
Here's everything, swatched on my arm.
(L-R): Shiro Cosmetics Thinking With Portals, [Subject Name Here], Triforce, S.S. Anne, Small Key
Tarte Hotel Heiress, Dior Aurora
MAC Soothing Beige, High Tea

Urban Decay El Dorado, Underground, Bourbon, Zero
Aren't they pretty browns, oranges, and neutrals?  You can click the swatch picture for a larger versionMy nail colors have been complementary too.
Review for Satin is here; review for Jules is here.

I especially love wearing a gold/bronze/neutral (toned down and natural - sun-kissed, if you would, not full on shimmery/oily) face with a light, beige colored blouse I have, and with the nude pumps or the wedge sandals I purchased lately.  But I've been wearing variations of the same face (tinted moisturizer, Dior Aurora, neutral shimmery gold/bronze eye combos) with all of my outfits recently, which is kind of amusing only because I have so many bright new Shiro Cosmetics shadows to play with - and I only want to wear neutrals!  Haha.  I'm still looking for a nude lip color - any suggestions?  I'm thinking maybe MAC Freckletone.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

What I've Learned From Fashion Blogs #1

Belts are more than just a means to keep your pants from falling off.  They're an accessory, and should be styled as such.
blouse: H&M
skirt: Banana Republic
belt: from a Charlotte Russe blouse
sandals: Nine West
handbag: Nine West

This is prolly going to be an ongoing series up mine (though I don't know how often I'll update it), showcasing fashion tips and style tricks I've picked up from fashion blogs.  There are lots of ways to wear the same pieces that I never would have considered if not for the fashion gurus, like this one!  I've always only worn this skirt with a long blouse over it, but I think it's cute like this, too - and it makes me feel more stylish.

Here's a close up of some of the day's accessories:
sunglasses: Burberry
earrings: ??? (stolen from my mum, I think, haha)
lipstick: MAC Hot Tahiti (review here)
(And I wore this variation of a neutral eye look)

So, what fun things are you doing this holiday weekend?  Yesterday we just ran errands and stuff (this outfit is from yesterday), but today we're heading north to the wine tasting rooms!  We've been up to a couple of them before, and it's always a lot of fun - tasty wines, and beautiful landscapes.  Let me know what your fun plans are!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

EOTD: Basic Neutral Eye

Today's EOTD, because I feel like it.

Shiro Cosmetics: [Subject Name Here], S.S. Anne, Ganondorf
Benefit Magic Ink and Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Bourbon
Smashbox Layer Lash Primer + Tartes Lights, Camera, Lashes
Worn with Dior Aurora powder, MAC lipstick in Hot Tahiti.

Sinful Colors: Satin

I will wear pretty much any nail color, though I tend toward brights (neons, creamy pastels, intense vampy colors) rather than "ladylike" soft pinks and neutrals.  Lately, though, I've been looking for neutrals in my makeup and clothing, and when my local drugstore had a sale on Sinful Colors (2/$3), I scooped up Satin.
It is a beautiful taupe with a very subtle shimmer - just enough to keep it from looking flat - and is fully opaque in three coats (you could get away with two, but some of my nails have ridges and two coats wasn't enough to cover those, so for consistency's sake I used three coats on all of them).  I am in love with a neutral!
Zoya Ridge-filling base + 3 coast Satin + Zoya top coat
Sorry these pictures are so blurry!  Not sure what was up with me that day.
The formula seemed a little more watery than I'm used to in Sinful's polishes, but still applied evenly and dried fairly quickly.  They are a 3-free company, and for $1.50 a bottle, how can I have complaints?  When they're not on sale, they're still only $1.99 for 0.5 fl oz.  (Also, from the promo images and swatches that I've seen on Vampy Varnish and Temptalia, Satin looks like Shay from Zoya's new Touch collection).  Sinful Colors typically wear for 4-5 days on me with minimal tip wear, but I am pretty hard on my nails, so you may have them last longer.

And, just to tease you, here are the other three bottles I picked up; all together, four bottles of nice polish for $6!
Why yes, I was feeling glitter.  Left to right: Nail Junkie, Smoking Hot, Let's Meet, Satin.  And yes, that's our red Wii in the background :D  Sorry for all of the clutter.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Tarte EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner

Lest you think that I fall in love with every product I come across, I decided to show you something I don't love.

This guy.  Tarte's EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Plum.  $18 for a pen, 0.003 oz.

Let me start off with a caveat - I don't really like gel liners, in general.  They smudge in a few hours, no matter what kind of primer I use, and I just don't like the look of them.  For a smudgy, smokey effect, I prefer pencils, and for clean lines, you can't beat liquid liners.  I've tried just a couple of gel liners (L'oreal's HIP and Smashbox's version) but I didn't like them, and this was the last shot - I thought perhaps the pen form might suit me better.  Not really.
The problem is, this is still a gel liner, even though Tarte has tried to shape it into a pen.  You get a nice chiseled tip to start off with, but the pen tip is so soft, a single use will smoosh it down.  Yes, smooooosh.  Tarte warns you not to advance the tip too far out (yes, it will break) but even when you creep the tip out just a millimeter or so above the rim, it's gone, rubbed flat in a single use.  And, with gel liners in pots, you can use a thin angled brush to get nice, thin lines, but this will go on thicker than a flat pencil tip.  Not good.
Flat tip, see?  As soon as you press down with this, it'll smudge out - I think I must go through two or three turns of the pencil in order to line both eyes.
It does feel amazing going on - kind of cooling, and very soothing - but it's so hard to get even lines (it's like a crayon, really; I have to use a thin brush to smooth them out, and even then, it's still pretty messy), and the color payoff isn't great - it's kind of a dull purple.
See how product clumps together in spots?  And yes, I make my faces without noses.  Noses on smiley faces look weird to me.
It tends to wear off on me by the end of the day, even with primer underneath.  I also think it's really pricey; $18 would get me a Urban Decay pencil liner that would last forever.  Yeah, it's not a gel liner, but it doesn't smudge on me and it comes in a wider range of colors.

So, if you're a gel liner person, I'd stick to the Bobbi Brown pots or the Stila smudge pots or all of the other popular gel creations.  I really can't see this one working for anyone.  Let me know if you've had better luck with it - this one generally sits unused and unloved in my case.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Thursday Post

Nostalgia 77 feat. Alice Russell: Seven Nation Army cover.  I enjoy good covers, because it's always interesting to hear how different groups can change a song.  I like this version - it's feisty.

Also, I've been venturing into the realm of EOTDs lately, though I feel like all of my attempts are so sub-par.  I'm usually pretty happy with my eye makeup in general, but I have never tried to capture it in pictures before, and that is proving to be quite difficult.  My eyes are not photogenic!  And so many other bloggers are much better at it, haha. This tutorial from Keiko Lynn is gorgeous, and I need to try it. 

Please make this cake, and then invite me over.  Thanks.  Mmm, strawberries.  Mmm, cream.  Mmm, cake.  Where can you go wrong?

S. made buffalo chicken pasta.  Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.  He used this recipe.  He made risotto last week, too, with fava beans and broccoli (Fava beans are kind of weird - high security legumes, those.  They have tough pods with fuzzy lining, and then each individual bean has its own casing that has to be removed.  What the heck?  What overly ambitious human decided that we should eat these?)  That was also delicious.  We like carbs, can you tell? :P  And I have a deep and personal love for risotto.  So.  Good.

Also, last week, I took Friday off and went shopping instead.  I picked up some Sinful Colors polishes, another MAC tinted lip conditioner (in Soothing Beige), and some cute clothes from H&M.   Expect reviews for the polishes and the lip conditioner.  I'm most excited about the new clothes, though :D  It's also been warm here, lately - can it finally be summer?

I blame Shiro Cosmetics for this, but I really wanted to play Zelda again (and Spirit Tracks just wasn't cutting it :P), so I bought Ocarina of Time on Wiiware (my brother has Master Quest at our parents' house, I think, but I wanted Ocarina of Time NOW, no time to wait on USPS :P).  I can't believe that I was in elementary school when it came out.  It's just as much fun now, and it still remains one of my favorite games.  And can you believe S. has never played it?  Or any other Zelda game, for that matter.  I know, I know, I can't believe I'm marrying this kid.

And if you're a gamer, please tell me you read Awkward Zombie.  Her comics are hilarious.  This week's is about Portal 2, and well, I've never played Portal (one or two), but most customers of Shiro Cosmetics seem to have...I'm jealous.

Have a good Friday and an even better weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

EOTD: Sing the Blues?

Just kidding, I won't sing anything for you - you'll thank me, trust me.

I ordered all kinds of pretty goodies from Shiro Cosmetics, so I decided to play around with them the other day.
It was not sunny outside; sorry for the bad lighting :(
I pulled out nearly every blue I now own.  Here's the look.
Trying something new, here.  Is this too overwhelming?  So many eyeeeees!
I applied UD Primer Potion in Eden first, then patted Desu (pastel blue) all over the lid.  I applied Emancipation Grid (pale shimmery blue) over the inner third of the eyelid, and added Squirtle (bright teal) along the inner corner and lid to brighten it up.  Then I blended Veran (dark blue with sparkles) in the outer third and in the crease.  I patted Gyrados (bright blue) very lightly in the middle, and then lined my eyes with Benefit's Magic Ink first (liquid liner) before finishing up with UD Flipside (teal) on the inner half, and UD Binge (navy blue liner) along the outer half of the eyelid.
In sunlight.  Yay blue!
These blues are so pretty, I have to play around with them some more.  I have a couple other blues kicking around, too, which I'll have to dig out.  From seeing many other EOTD posts from other bloggers, I've realized that my own "bright" looks are pretty subdued - I like to blend blend blend!  Haha.  But a lot of that has to do with eye shape and eye color and skin tone and you know, phase of the moon or whatever.  I wish I had S.'s eye color - they're a gorgeous brown-green-hazel combo that appear to be different colors depending on what he's wearing.  He has long, full, curled lashes too.  What the heck?  Haha.  Don't you hate that?  What use do boys have for pretty eyelashes?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


 Survey time!  I've seen this one everywhere, and I am now bored, so I decided to fill it out.  I like to read other folks' responses, so hopefully you'll have fun reading mine :)

A. Age: I always forget - who really thinks about how old they are, daily?  I think I'm 24.

B. Bed size: Double. 

C. Chore you hate: Taking out the trash and vacuuming.  Happily, S. does these now, since he doesn't mind them.  I do things I don't mind, like sweeping/mopping, the dishes, etc.

D. Day: Friday.  We climb on Fridays, and at that point the week is pretty much wound down and it's relaxing time!

E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast.  I need to eat very soon after getting out of bed, or I'm even more grumpy than normal.

F. Favourite color: I don't have one.  I like most colors, but it depends on my mood.

G. Gold or Silver: I prefer the quality of gold, though I like the color of white gold better than yellow.  My engagement ring has both white and yellow metals in it, though, because I like having the color of my ring match my earrings, and this way I can wear either color of earring on any day.  I'm crazy, I know.

H. Height: 5'3".

I. Instruments: I've played the piano since the fourth grade, and I played clarinet in band during middle and high school.  I much prefer the piano, though.

J. Job title: Graduate student/research assistant.  In the science/engineering fields, you typically get paid to go to school.  Neat, huh? :D

K. Kids: Someday.

L. Live: Why yes, I do.  (???  What an oddly phrased question/category/thing).

M. Mum’s name: It's not common, so I won't share it.  My dad's nickname for her is Charlie, though, which I think is fun.

N. Nicknames: Most of them are various truncates of my first name. 

O. Overnight hospital stays: Um...I don't think I've ever stayed overnight.

P. Pet peeve: People who repeatedly press the walk signal button.  You only need to press it once!  If that - some of them are placebos, I'm convinced.  :P

Q. Quote from a movie: "I don't cook!  I'm a scary and powerful fire demon!" (Howl's Moving Castle)

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: a younger brother who's...oh, hell, I don't know - I already told you, I'm bad with ages.  He's roughly five years younger than me and is in college.

T. Time you wake up: The alarm goes off at 6:45 am on work days.  Whether we actually get out of bed then...is an entirely different story.

U. Underwear: I like comfortable but girly underwear.  I also really like boy shorts.

V. Vegetables you dislike: Parsnips.  They taste sort of like carrots and sort of like potatoes but not enough like either or both...very confused vegetable.  Dislike.

W. What makes you run late: S.  He has absolutely no concern with what time it is, ever.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Dentistry-related ones, and a few others.

Y. Yummy food you make: I can't cook, but I like to bake! :D  I think my favorite recipes are fruity ones.

Z. Zoo: I love zoos!  We try to go once a year.  My favorite exhibit is prolly the penguins!

Okay, I'm sure most of you have already done this one, but if you haven't, please do! 

MAC High Tea Lipstick

I love this one.  It's a dusty pink gold on my lips, but very understated and barely there.  The pearly finish in the lipstick translates to a subtle shimmer on my lips - not too frosty - and it feels smooth going on and wears comfortably.
MAC High Tea
Ingredients; click for larger.
Fairly sheer pink gold, with a pearly finish.  Lovely.

$14.50 for 0.1 oz at MAC; this is a permanent shade, and quickly becoming a favorite with me.  I've also tried patting on some lip-safe eye shadows (from Shiro Cosmetics) like Thinking With Portals (orange shimmer with blue glitter), and the effect is gorgeous.  I don't think this is quite the "neutral/nude" shade that I was looking for, but it's a lovely color nonetheless, which still suits my craving for summery colors: gold, coral, bronze, peach.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20

It's time to break out your tinted moisturizers, my dears.  I reviewed Tarte's Smooth Operator here, and said that I find it only mediocre.  Even so, I was determined to use it up, but, um, then I bought this.  Let's not talk about it anymore.
Let's talk about this instead.  From what I can find, it seems like this is a Dior tinted moisturizer (TM) that is exclusive to Sephora; it comes in three shades and is $39 for 1.7 oz.  I do want to point out that the names of the shades in store are different than the ones online; for example, I bought the lightest shade, which is called "1 Cream" online, but the label on my box and tube are "1 Natural."  Not a big deal, but a bit curious all the same.  I wonder what I would have received if I ordered it online?  Oh well.
Ingredients; click for larger.
Again, this product seems to be afflicted with Dior's tendency toward needlessly long names, but I guess the idea is that it's supposed to be moisturizing, anti-aging, sun-protecting, and provide some coverage.  It actually does at least three of those four things (I'm sure you understand that I can't gauge anti-aging effects in any sort of quantitative way) and I'm pretty enamored with it.
It has a slight fragrance to it, which I can't quite identify, but which reminds me of many Asian skincare and makeup products.  It fades shortly after application, but I actually find it quite pleasant - and it's not too strong.  The tube packaging is nice; it's flat and it's very easy to squeeze out a controlled amount of product.  I use my fingers to apply it, and as I rubbed a bit into my skin, I immediately noticed a difference - my skin was dewier, definitely, both in look and feel.  I really like these kinds of finishes.  There is a fine line between "dewy" and "oily," but this falls on the nicer end of that spectrum, thankfully.
Despite the limited shade range, this TM actually provides a fair bit of coverage - I was impressed.  Definitely more than the Smooth Operator, and maybe even more than some light liquid foundations I've tried in the past.  It evens out skin tone without being heavy, though I will admit that your skin will be moist to the touch - not powdery dry.  It's hard to explain, but it's kind of the difference between wearing liquid foundation or just wearing powder, and it's noticeable here.

In general, I find that I really like Dior face products (I love the finish of the Airflash, which I had used on me before the allergy situation) and wish they had more paraben-free options.  I'm actually interested in trying more of the Hydra Life skincare line, now, but they are pricy so it may have to wait for a while.  I love wearing this paired with the Dior Aurora summer powder - such a beautiful, healthy glow.  This one's staying in constant rotation, and it provides enough moisture that I'm really curious to see how it holds up in the winter, too.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

MAC Viva Glam II

I'll tell you right off: I didn't keep this one.  It didn't wear comfortably, and the color was not at all flattering when I gave it a test run (I'm not sure what I was thinking when I tried it on in the store).  I exchanged it for High Tea (a lustre finish).  However, I will show you a swatch, so you can see what it looks like on someone with my skin tone, and possibly see why I exchanged it.
Anyway, here is MAC's Viva Glam II.  I was looking for a nice neutral lipstick, but colors that are too brown or tan make me look dead.  Dead's not a good look.  Unfortunately, that's the look that this gives me.  It's pinky mauve, and opaque; it settles into my lip lines and even feels a bit dry going on.  It ends up looking flat when I wear it, as well.  Apparently satin finishes are not for me.
Ingredients; click for larger.
Satin lipsticks seem to be opaque - almost matte - and not at all glossy.  This is definitely not as creamy or comfortable as the other three that I own (which are a glaze, lustre, and amplified creme - I didn't realize that they were all different, haha).
Viva Glam II; it pulls fairly pink/mauve on my lips, but it actually looks more pink here than in person.  Either way, it made me look like a zombie. o_O
$14.50 for 0.1 oz wherever MAC cosmetics are sold, though I just learned that 100% of the Viva Glam series costs are donated to the MAC AIDS fund.  This made me feel really bad that it didn't work out for me.  I'll have High Tea up later; it has a pearly finish, which initially made me pause, but it's actually really lovely.

Just for kicks, here is a post from Cosmetosaur with all six of the Viva Glam lipsticks swatched.  I found it difficult to find swatches of Viva Glam II (all of the blog posts seem to be about Viva Glam Gaga II, which is impossible to edit out of my search), so this is a handy reference.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

YSL Teint Radiance

I bought YSL's Teint Radiance foundation (in 04 Sand) when I was on the hunt for a new liquid foundation.  I think I like Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau (review here) better, but they're actually pretty different, so I do rotate through them.  This one contains SPF 20, and has a faint (watermelon?) scent that I don't find unpleasant; it also doesn't linger past the initial application.
This one is heavier than the Lingerie de Peau, and my biggest gripe is the pump.  Pumps are a good idea, in general, and I love them on other bottles, but this one is rather finicky and takes quite a bit of pressure to work.  You can't moderate the amount that comes out, either - this one reminds me of the MUFE cream blush pumps, though it has a lot more resistance.  One pump gives you a ton of product - it's enough to cover your whole face and then some, in my opinion.  Trying to control the amount that comes out just makes it squirt, which causes a mess - yuck.
This is one pump.  Kind of excessive, isn't it?  It's definitely enough for your face.  And your hand.  And your elbow.
Yeah, try blending all of that out on your hand.  Bad idea.
Fully blended.  Kind of glowy, no?
Other than the packaging gripe, it's a medium coverage foundation that blends well into my skin; I don't know that I would call it moisturizing, but it doesn't appear cakey or powdery when it dries down.  I like the finish of it - rather matte, but still "radiant," as promised.  However, I've noticed that in photos, it does give that white cast to your face.  In the winter, it does tend to settle into dry patches in my skin, so I wouldn't recommend this if you have drier skin - mine tends to be normal/combination in other seasons, and this suits pretty well during those times.  In comparison, Lingerie de Peau gives lighter coverage and also feels lighter on my skin, I think, but the YSL isn't uncomfortable by any means.  It really depends what you're looking for in your foundation.

Ingredients (from Sephora.com): Aqua / Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Glycerin, Isododecane, Pentylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphates / C9-15 Fluoroalcohol, Phosphate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Titanium Dioxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Lauryl Peg/Ppg-18/18 Methicone, Fructose, Glucose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum / Fragrance, Silica, Dodecene, Poloxamer 407, Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alanine, Alumina, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, [+/- May Contain] Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Mica

Teint Radiance runs $48 for 1 fl. oz, wherever YSL products are sold. 

Friday, May 20, 2011


Shiro Cosmetics released "The Science Collection" when they launched their new webstore, and of course I had to pick up some new colors.  I ordered 30 mini-jars, but I ordered them across collections, because there were some in the Legends and Super Effective collections that I still wanted (I ordered 15 mini jars across both of these collections last time).
My package arrived four business days after I ordered it, packed neatly and with care.  I will note that when I took Veran out, my fingers came away covered in blue shiny awesomeness; the seal didn't look like it had come off or had broken, so I'm not sure what happened there. 
I think I'll swatch in three posts; this one will be for the ones from The Science Collection, since that's the newest release.  I have to confess, I've never played Portal (we don't own an Xbox360 or a PS3), so I don't know any of the references.  I googled the game, though, and it sounds super awesome - makes me want a PS3 even more, now (I refuse to support the evil M cooperation :P).

I don't think there's any sort of rhyme or reason to the colors I bought, and since there weren't any swatches yet, I pretty much just picked them based on pictures of the product in jars.  I don't regret that at all - they're all gorgeous!  On to the swatches!  You can click all of these for a larger version.  I tried to take them in two kinds of light - direct sunlight, and indirect sunlight.  They were swatched dry, on bare skin (no primer). 
All sixteen Portal colors that I ordered, swatched on my arm.
In natural light.
In direct sunlight.
Outright Fabrication: pearly white with red glitter
Incinerator: Rusty red with silver sparkles - super pigmented
Unsatisfactory Mark: Matte orangey red with super fine silver sparkles
Wheeeeeee! (I had to count the e's :P): shimmery coral-pink with fine gold sparkles
Test Subject: burnt orange matte with fine gold sparkles; also strongly pigmented
For Science: sheer peachy gold shimmer with lots of gold sparkles
Thinking With Portals: Macaroni and cheese orange shimmer with iridescent blue sparkles
Indirect light.
Direct sunlight.
[Subject Name Here]: Pearly, opaque peach-gold.  Really gorgeous, very pigmented.
Still Alive: Shimmery sea foam green, fairly sheer, with green sparkles
Enrichment Center: Dusty, silvery teal, fairly sheer, with silver sparkles
Emancipation Grid: Frosty, baby blue with iridescent blue sparkles
A Neat Gun: Shimmery cobalt blue with orange glitter
In indirect light.
In direct sunlight.
Beta: shimmer green-black with silver sparkles
Deadly Neurotoxin: shimmery green-brown with silver sparkles
There Will Be Cake: copper shimmer with gold/copper sparkles
Party Escort: fairly sheer gray with red and silver glitter

I love all of these - some of them are very complex, with beautiful duochromes and glitter.  I haven't had a chance to use all of these yet, but some of my favorites are: [Subject Name Here] - a beautiful peach gold that's a perfect neutral for me; Deadly Neurotoxin - lovely, lovely dark brown with a green tinge; Incinerator - rich red; Wheeeeeee! - beautiful coral pink.

Here's a simple look I did for date night (worn with a coral blouse and a tan blazer):
[Subject Name Here] on the inner lid, Thinking With Portals on the outer crease, UD Underground as liner, UD Eden as primer.
I'll try to take better photos, but I'm having trouble finding good lighting.
I tried to swatch them all with the same amount of product to keep things consistent; the ones that are more sheer can prolly be built up for more color, though sometimes a sheer wash is also useful.  I love the quality of Shiro shadows - they are beautiful across the board.  Did you pick up any new Portal colors?  Which are your favorites?