BB Cream -Boots - No 7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm
blooiejagwa 8/28/2012 10:40:00 PM
Edit- sampled the famous MAC strobe cream today- realized it is the exact same thing as this! Lol --- This is an amazing amazing product. i WISH it had more hype surrounding it, it definitely deserves it. I use it like a base, before powder foundation--or i mix it into ANY liquid foundation.. and it makes my skin look amazing. (Flawless, glowing, radiant. NATURAL. Not fake or overdone.) The foundation gives coverage, this gives the most amazing luminescence. It's such finely milled shimmer, much more finely milled than any "highlighter/illuminator" i've tried at sephora's or anywhere. . It has a bit of pinkish purple tinge to it, but when you smooth it onto skin it makes you look subtly glowing, radiant, healthy, and kinda like you're blushing. I used this on a girl when i was doing her prom makeup, the second i put this on (no other makeup), her skin was transformed--her mother was standing by watching and had to know the name of this product. . Recommended to ALL THE GLOW-OBSESSED MUA-ERS! edit: noticed this is categorized under "bb cream" it is so not! it's just an illuminating lotion, no tint or long term skin benefit properties.
Quite nice. The sparkles are a bit big, but it looks pretty. Makes a good highlight colour, for any blue or turquoise look.
This is a beautiful pale gold. I love it and the texture is very fine. This gold suits my complexion and I will likely repurchase. One of the few Fyrinnae pigments that I prefer NOT to use with Epoxy, because it is so much sheerer and more flattering on me that way.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Loose Eye Shadow in Rapunzel Had Extensions
blooiejagwa 8/26/2012 11:38:00 PM
Mmm...I was excited for this one but I ended up liking it the least from my whole order. I expected it to shimmer both pale pink AND gold, not just a gold. I know a good dupe of this and it's Annabelle's Golden Pink pigment. Dead on aside from pigmentation - Fyrinnae's is more golden-ish sparkle than actual colour, Annabelle's is both a subtle peachy-pink and gold, Annabelle's also has better lasting power. For these reasons I will not be repurchasing this particular colour. In terms of value for money, Fyrinnae's RHE is a better deal, you get a full jar for about 5 dollars; Annabelle's is more like 7 dollars. It's nice, but the pink is nigh invisible, and I find it just looks like a sheer, blah sparkle. I wanted better pigmentation. I'm giving it a 3.5
I feel well qualified to rate this after taking a catnap. I woke to find my eye makeup in perfect shape where normally it would have smudged off. I find you need to apply a tad more pigment than normal, build up the colour in 2 or three goes rather than one, with this. This makes pigments go on smoother, and you can apply with eyeliner brush, then the pigment, to create a foiled liner look. I also found that it helped my Mac Patina stay on better than it usually does, so it definitely works with pressed, regular eyeshadows too.
Greyish coppery brown, i SUPPOSE. Hard to pin down. Sounds complicated, yet it's so well-blended that it's more subtle than stark. It makes my brown eyes look so pretty. I used it with lots of eyeliner and a bit of Te Amo. Made for a really *smouldering* look, reminiscent of Monica Bellucci. Except poor Monica, face of boring old Dior, doesn't seem to know about Fyrinnae, so her makeup will never be so special.
The other reviewer described it perfectly. I don't have much to add. It's got a lot of sparkle and shimmer to it, and the colour is complex plummy pink with copper tones.
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Arcane Magic eyeshadow in Evocation
blooiejagwa 8/23/2012 8:28:00 PM
A sweet, pale, silvery taupe, with a gentle, barely-there, lavender/pale green "colour shift" (more of a gleam than a full-on obvious shift). I recommend this to whoever wants a soft colour, that is more of a highlight on the lid than a darker taupe would be. . It's a perfect neutral! I paired it today with Mac Patina in the crease and a soft black eyeshadow as "eyeliner"--match made in heaven, it looked soft and defined without being harsh. . I'm hardly seen without dark smokey eyes--even in the daytime--but this will DEFINITELY be my new go-to, everyday look. I was so happy with the look, I went right away to MUA to post this review (and record the e/s combo).
Eye Shadow -Fyrinnae - Loose Eyeshadow in Snow Leopard
blooiejagwa 8/22/2012 3:02:00 PM
A perfect glowing neutral that isn't boring. Instant HG taupe! I bet it'd pair well with ANY eyeshadow. I tried Te Amo with it today, in the crease. It's lovely.
edit: tried it with Pixie Epoxy, it's still not looking good. Initially, yes. After a few minutes go by, it starts going blah again. Perhaps i need more practice? Dunno. I also tried applying Pixie Epoxy with a pointy eyeliner, in a thin line, and then pushing on the Mephisto like a powder liner. it didn't work, nor wettened. It just blurs into a nondescript dull purple/grey. I don't have oily lids, and I DO wear a primer-- it's the shadow, methinks. Pity. . I tried many ways to make it work, it is just so-so. The colour looked delicious in online swatches and on the back of my hand. Like crushed velvet. On the eyes, it looks bad. Like a patchy, greyish-purple bruise. Very difficult to blend the edges. I've tried watching youtube videos of how to blend Fyr shadows, but the methods don't work with Mephisto. It just looks bad. Patting it on, it doesn't apply evenly or look good. The little glitter flecks that give it that lovely complexity fade off really fast. It also creases no matter what, which is not a problem I've usually had with other Fyr loose e/s, or other brands' loose e/s. . Also applying wet/dry, whatever. it doesn't work out well. I know people will say "oh, but WITH epoxy, it's great, hence you should still give it 5 stars"--um.. IMO t's really off that to make one product work, you have to buy another. It should still be somewhat decent on its own, with any other base. If the colour is a zero without the epoxy, I can't in good conscience rate it highly. How come other dark loose shadow in other brands work fine without any kind of pixie epoxy? why should it require only one holy grail level product to look even remotely decent? The only way I can make it work is as a liner, with a mixing medium. And even then it fades off fast.
I like the original Tresor. I think it's one of the most beautiful fragrances on the market. This one, in comparison, would get a zero. However, approaching it as a separate, unrelated perfume, it gets a 2 or 3 from me. It fades fast on me, and it smells very alcohol-y as though it's been very diluted, like a Bath and Body Works perfume. It's not unpleasant, but it's nothing special. It has a bitter edge to it, which I don't like. My mother really loves it, and wears it regularly (her other favourites are Gazzaz -not available outside of saudi i don't think- Creed's Fleurissimo, Stella by Stella, and Valentina by Valentino-- i only mention these because if you like any of the above, you might like this).
I've bought 3 bottles of this over the past few yrs- not because I ran out, but bcuz in all my moving, I kept misplacing them! This is a very good product. For summer, a little blob mixed into my tinted moisturizer looks beautiful. The 'C' shape highlighting technique is also good. For people who found this too obvious for their taste, Lorac's luminizing powder looks more natural 'glowing from within'-- or u could apply high beam , then face powder- it will give a more subtle effect. Another more subtle liquid version of this is Boots No 7's beauty balm a.k.a instant radiance eclat. I use all of these in turn, depending on the effect I'm going for. High beam is getting more use in summer, in winter and fall, the other two work better for me. . By the way, if you are on a budget, an iridescent (finely milled shimmer) eyeshadow swept onto cheekbones/down center of nose, with a fan brush, will give the same effect! In fact, someone gave me Dior Amber Diamond and I realized it gave basically the same look as the eyeshadow technique! what I'm trying to say is that High Beam is not a must-have by any means. It's nice to have but honestly depending on the effect you're going for, you might find the above options better for you, or maybe smthin' else. In terms of blendability, mixing a drop into foundation works best for me.
This is my no-brainer for gift-giving. The bottle is pretty, which gives a good impression. More importantly, the fragrance is perfect for summer/spring, and very comforting. Fresh, uplifting. People LOVE getting this. You know when you give someone a gift and the person actually uses it? It's a great feeling. And the girls I have given this to, so far, they all use it and like it. I think, if all my brainstorming fails, I will continue to get this for all the birthday girls in my life :D
Dark mossy green. Black base, so if you blend it too much, you will lose the green and just get a smokey grey. / It makes the best subtle smokey eye, very quickly. Works for both day and night. I use an "eye sweep" brush from wal-mart (exactly like the Bobbi Brown eye sweep brush), because it's the only one I can use with this without losing the colours, and still get the smokey, blended effect. With Fyr eyeshadows, I find it's all about the brushes you use, as you don't have much room to blend. So a brush that will apply and blend for you is best with this.
On their website, it says that this is a replacement for Medieval Haunting, but with multicoloured sparkle rather than just silver/gold. So that might be helpful to someone? By the way the swatch on their website is different to how it looks on my skin. Anyway OMG this is soooo beautiful. / I'm a gold eyeshadow expert, I own tons, both loose powders and regular ones. This one is unique. It's a darker gold, with finely milled sparkle in rainbow colours! I got it as a free sample, and I am going to order the full size. / It looks REALLY good with my dark brown eyes, makes them look lighter somehow. The thing with it is, it will not apply as smoothly as, say, MAC Woodwinked. But it looks really good on top of it! Like say, if you follow the pixi2woo Adriana lima tutorial--she uses Woodwinked and Romp, with a loose e/s on top--but replace Antique Gold with Shenanigans? AWESOMENESS! Also pairs well with darker Fyrinnae colours.