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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics- Spring 2012: Flora & Fauna Collection Swatches

I picked up a few of these colors with my last order and I was given samples of most of the others from this collection. This is NOT the complete collection. I'm missing: Lily of the Valley, Bluebell, Rununculus and Morpho Menelaus. I've really gotta get those that I don't have. I hate not having a complete collection! Anyway, on to the swatches!

All are swatched over LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer in sunlight.

Poppy-"Bright, brilliant, hot orange with a red heart and a golden glaze. Dripping with color-shifting sparkles that range blue/aqua/violet and pink/gold." 

 Water Lily- "Dusty medium green lies under a fine pale pink patina, very pearly and sometimes tinged with violet. Bright glitter with a range of color from blue to aqua to violet, aqua the most prominent, darts through it like dragonflies!" 

Redbud-"A bright metallic beige with the barest hint of green, loaded with color-shifting sparkle of pink/violet to copper/gold. In direct light it looks very beige overlaid with pink, but the color changes subtly at the right angle."

Crocus-"Bright Royal purple head on, glittering with purple sparkle. Change the angle to a deep plum, glittering with gold. And is that a flash of violet/pink glitter over medium dark purple satin in the other direction? Why yes, it is all of those things!"
Peony-" Bright peony pink loaded with green and aqua shimmer to the point where it's almost a patina! Pearly rather than satin or metallic, bold but somehow subdued."

Azalea-" Pink, a very hot pink that at the right angle has the slightest hint of orange. With a satin finish and scattered with glitter that changes from blue to violet to pink, this brilliant shade is bold and beautiful!"

Leptotes Marina-"Another beautiful butterfly, this satiny semi-metallic deep brown, is rich, luxurious, and very sparkly with the blue/aqua/purple color-shifting glitter. Perfect for a stroll in a spring garden!"

 Daffodil-"Brilliant yellow gold satin, shimmering with gold and silver sparkle, like the bright sunlight of an early Spring afternoon."

Green Tulip-"A sassy medium green loaded with color-shifting sparkle that runs from pink/violet to copper/gold with hints of blue. This shade look almost coppery from certain angles. Very pretty and spring-like!"

Pansy-"A rich medium dark purple satin, sporting beautiful green/gold and bright pink glitter in abundance. A good color for a smokey eye with some pizzaz!"


All of the formulas with these are great. I had no problems what-so-ever. If you'd like to purchase these, they are on clearance and can be found HERE!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics- The Winnie the Pooh Collection

Hi everyone!

I ordered this collection (in samples) with my Dawn Eyes Cosmetics order. I never really cared for Winnie the Pooh and all of his pals (even though I do think they are cute) so I passed over this collection a few times, but something told me to look at the swatches on the website again. I liked the colors and decided to order the collection.

I'm SO happy that I did! These colors are amazing! The application is amazing, the colors have great pigmentation, and the shimmer/glitter tops it all off. I'm just going to go ahead to the swatches so you can see what I mean!

All swatches are done over LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer/Base and padded on.

 Pooh-"A low sheen gold with a red shift overtone and bright copper glitter in 2 tones."

Eeyore-"A medium grey matte base with a glowing pink overtone and sparkling blue glitter."

Rabbit-"A pale yellow with a pink overlay and brilliant golden glitter."

Kanga & Roo-"A taupe brown with blue overtone and loaded with pink glitter."

 Christopher Robin-"A peach and blue duochrome sporting lots of golden glitter."

Tigger-"A shimmery cream base with an orange overlay and bright copper sparks."

Piglet-"A matte beige base with strong fuschia sheen and sparkling with purple gleams."
Owl-"A shimmering metallic copper tan, drenched in copper and golden glitter!"

 All of the colors are gorgeous and match the characters so well. If you'd like to buy any color individually or the entire collection, they are on clearance and you can see them HERE.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics Review

Since I'm always looking for new indie makeup companies to love, I came across Dawn Eyes Cosmetics.

Here's a little more about the company from the website:

"Dawn Eyes Cosmetics is a very small mineral makeup start-up located in mid-Missouri, USA. The inspiration for Dawn Eyes Cosmetics was the closing of a mineral makeup company from which I used to purchase all of my eye shadows. An investment in raw ingredients from the closing company brought more than I could possibly use in a lifetime, and so I started making eye shadows for friends and family. Once I had started I couldn't get enough of creating gorgeous shades: simple day-to-day shades, pearly and soft shimmering shades, and all-out glittery creations that I love to wear day or night."

I'm not exactly sure how many colors there are in her company, but if I had to guess it would be over a hundred. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but it is definitely worth looking through each section and at each color. Once I saw that there were so many choices of eyeshadow, I quickly made a purchase. Samples are $1 and full sizes are $6 (unless noted). Clearance shades are $2.75 and shipping is free if your order is over $10.

I purchased a Reviewer pack, samples of the Winnie the Pooh collection and a clearanced full size. Once I ordered I never expected my products to be packed up all nice and pretty within a day! That's truly amazing! I believe the shipping was 2 days (excluding the weekend). I received everything in a padded envelop enclosed in a sachet bag. All of my samples were neatly tucked away in little ziplock baggies. No spills what-so-ever. I also received 5 free samples with my order!

I loved absolutely EVERYTHING I received. I know I will be ordering again soon!

I'll have swatches of everything up very soon. The first collection that will be up is the Winnie the Pooh collection! Keep your eyes open for it!


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Your Eyeshadow Base/Primer Matters!

I was recently thinking about all the bases and primers I had for eyeshadow and this led me to think; how important is your base/primer? I know some people don't use anything and just apply eyeshadow dry while others have a whole routine for their eyeshadow. Well, I brought out all my current bases/primers and realized how great other things were. I recently got a tube of LA Splash Eyeshadow sealer/bases and wanted to test it out and compare. Here's my photos (Click pictures to read what each base is):

Femme Fatale Cosmetics- Spark of Life

My thoughts on each:

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- Milk- I'm not exactly sure how to feel about this. I like that it is a bit sticky and holds the color and glitter pretty well. I don't like how "heavy" it can be even though I made a thin layer and you have to "dab" on eyeshadow instead of brushing it on since it's so thick/sticky. Also, it's a bit of a pain to remove completely if you're just using soap and water although it does stay put through just water.

Dry- This really isn't the best method (in my opinion). It easily brushes off, doesn't stick, lots of "fallout", will possibly crease and doesn't show off the color to its full potential.

Wet- I've been swatching wet for a while and I did like it although it doesn't look the greatest. It can become a bit clumpy if too wet and will smear. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion- I've always loved UDPP. It will not let eyeshadow crease (I recommend this if you are having a problem with eyeshadow creasing). It holds glitter fairly well also. 

LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer/Base- This is my newest favorite product. Overall this is the best for all the eyeshadow I've tried. It holds glitter very well, doesn't crease and I had no trouble with "fallout". You will need to let it dry completely before applying eyeshadow or it will drag and turn into a mess. Drying takes ~15 seconds, so it's not too big of a deal. You only need a tiny amount when using this. Also easy to remove.

Overall I find myself loving the LA Splash sealer more than the others. I do like UDPP, it is a very close second. I'll also be doing swatches with LA Splash sealer as a base from now on! :)

I hope this was helpful for anyone with questions about great bases.