Rose Taupe-iary

Just a quick EOTD today. After all that drama and brightness over the weekend, I figured that today I’d scale it back with a nice neutral-ish eye. For my lid color, I used Entangle, an incredible metallic champagne/taupe from Aromaleigh’s Elemental Lustre collection. Seriously, these eyeshadows are amazing if you’re into metallics. You might still be able to snag some during Aromaleigh’s final clearance later this week.

In the crease, I used a sort of rosy color that I mixed myself with micas from TKB Trading. I loved it when I created it, then discovered to my horror that it’s one of those colors that, when worn on the lid, makes me look like I’ve been weeping for days. But it’s gorgeous as a crease color with Entangle, and here are the swatches to prove it! My frankencolor on the left, Entangle on the right.

Direct sun:

This next one is probably the most accurate, color-wise.


The color I mixed isn’t nearly as reddish/coppery as it looks here. It’s really pretty rosey, with a sort of taupe undertone to it.


So, here’s what we have:

  • UDPP
  • Aromaleigh Entangle on lid and under outer lower lashes
  • My frankencolor in crease
  • Urban Decay Sin to highlight
  • UD 24/7 liner in Whiskey on upper lids
  • Clinique High Impact mascara in black/brown over UD lash primer
  • Silk Naturals Kisser Slicker in Birthday Suit on lips

A note about the Kisser Slicker. The Silk Naturals website describes this product as a scented lip gloss stick. Now, it is many things–pretty, flattering, moisturizing–but a “lip gloss stick” ain’t one of them. Nor is it particularly scented, from what I can tell … I can’t discern any fragrance at all, other than the usual lipsticky one. In my opinion, it’s more like a very moisturizing sheer lipstick than a gloss. The color is wonderful, though, a sort of raisiny nude. I love it. It’s a great product, I just wouldn’t call it a lip gloss.


Natural light (check it out, I’m glowing like I opened Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase … it’s sunlight reflecting off the building next door):

So, there it is. In other exciting news, the USPS’s horrible tracking system claims that my latest Fyrinnae order is out for delivery. So you can expect more Fyrinnae madness after I get back from vacation!

Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm  Comments (8)  
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In Which I Get All Dramatic On Your Ass

Today is Saturday, and as such, the Mister is off consorting with his BFF and BFF’s baby. Therefore, I’ve had a goodly amount of time on my hands with which to eat salt and vinegar potato chips, look at makeup at Target, and play around with the sort of eyeshadow colors that make the Mister go “… Huh! It’s, um, DARK.” I’ve been pining for a pink and black/gray eye lately, so I decided that today was the day.

For this look, I followed Leesha’s Black and Gold Glamor tutorial, although obviously I used pink rather than gold, and mine came out a bit more goth than glamorous. Which is fine. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I used to do my makeup back in my goth days, and what I’d do differently if I knew then what I know now. So this is a bit of an homage to my roots, if you will.

Click all photos to embiggen. This first one is in natural light, the rest are flash.

In her tutorial, Leesha foils a gold loose shadow onto the inner 2/3rds of her lids (that is, applies it wet mixed with a mixing medium). She then uses a matte black shadow on the outer lids and in the crease, and finally pats a silver glittery shadow over everything. I did basically the same thing, except I foiled Aromaleigh’s Jolie (a nice, sparkly, almost fuchsia pink), used a different black, and used Lisette (a lighter pink, also by Aromaleigh) as my “patting color.”

I also did a sort of winged eyeliner thing, which you can’t see super-well in these pictures. I don’t actually own black liquid eyeliner (I know! WHAT?), so I wetlined the same black eyeshadow I used in the crease with a mixing medium.


  • UDPP
  • Aromaleigh Jolie, foiled over inner 2/3rds of lids and applied dry under lower lashes
  • Urban Decay Creep on outer lids, in crease, wetlined on upper lids, and under lower lashes
  • UD Gunmetal above Creep to blend
  • Aromaleigh Lisette patted lightly over lids and into crease
  • UD Virgin to highlight
  • Silk Naturals Mixing Medium used for foiling and wetlining
  • UD 24/7 eyeliner in Zero on waterline
  • DiorShow mascara over UD lash primer
  • Sonia Kashuk Ultra Shine Sheer Lip Gloss in Luscious

Which reminds me! I think I might have found my new favorite nude lip gloss! It’s Pixi Rose Lip Treat in LipNude. I picked it up at Target this morning and I love it. I might actually have to go get a backup, in case they decide to yank it like Benefit did with The Gloss in Big Magic. Bastards.

So there you have it. Something dramatic-looking from me for once.

Published in: on September 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm  Comments (14)  
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