Spotlight on: Shiro Cosmetics!

18 May

Happy hump day! It’s mid-week again, love this time of the week. I am getting excited more and more for weekends now that the weather has improved. We will be out swimming, fishing and jet-skiing in no time! What are your favorite summer activities? I couldn’t like without the water!

I wanted to share with you some mineral eyeshadows that I purchased last year, but are still available now. On twitter someone had posted a link to a company called Shiro Cosmetics, and that she was selling mineral eyeshadows on etsy that were Zelda themed. The first thing out of my mouth was probably “OMG” but second thing was probably “I want that.” And so I ordered several of the shades that I had interest in by color and by name. You can find The Legends collection here. My order shipped fast, I think I had it about 1 week from ordering.

I love the colors, the names and the formulation. I went through a huge mineral eyeshadow phase last summer and these were probably my favorite. Anyway, I have swatched them for you today. I am not getting paid or anything for this post. I am writing about it purely with the Zelda fandom that resides within me. Gamer or not, you have to appreciate the beauty and complexity of these shades!

L-R (dry,wet): Ocarina, Kokiri Forest, Link

L-R (dry, wet): Temple of Time, Goron, Trifoce, Mastersword

L-R (dry,wet): Midna, Moajora's Mask, Zora

L-R (dry,wet): Epona, Deku, Puzzle Cube, Zelda

L-R (dry,wet): Boomerang, Ganondorf, Moosh

See? I mean check out Ganondorf? It’s a blackened purple-red that’s never quite any one color. Midna is also a gorgeous shade with light blue shimmer, which I don’t see too often. Another favorite of mine is Mastersword, which is a golden taupey silver shade (I know!). Deku is really cool because it’s a reddened brown that has, get this,  light green shimmer!!!! Zelda is the most everyday color, but it’s a pretty peachy shade in it’s own right. If you are looking for green, Link is about the greenest green shade I have ever seen, not for the faint of heart! Quite surprisingly, the shade I have used most is Goron. It blends so well into my skin tone and acts like MAC soft brown does in evening out harsh edges.

I am super happy about owning these shadows because I have loved the Zelda games since I was little. You’d had to be a player of the game to understand the names here, but any makeup lover can appreciate the amount of time and effort that must have gone into creating these shades. I really give them a big A+!

Have you tried any ‘Indie’ makeup companies? What are your favorites?

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Name That Blush!

15 May

I have decided to inject a *little* fun over here at Bloomin’ Beauty and start a new series called “Name That….” I will fill in the blank each week (or as often as I can) with a swatch either on my face or on my wrist of a product, and you try to guess what it is! How fun! I love games and I love trivia, cheers! There is no prize for winning, except the satisfaction that you are a bona fide makeup queen if you get it right! Answers will be posted 1-2 days after the original post. Enjoy!

Do you know what shade I am or what company makes me?

UPDATE: This powder blush is from MAC’s permanent line, Fleur Power! Wasn’t this fun? 🙂

TAG: Not Worth the Hype

14 May

Hi ladies! I thought before I debut my super nail polish swatch-a-thon post that I would do a little write up of some products I have tried and just didn’t like or they just didn’t work for me. Most of these products have been endlessly hyped up on blogs and YT everywhere, which is what led me to them in first place.  Please PLEASE understand that the items that made my list didn’t work *for me*, which is not to say that they are necessarily not able to work for others.  Keep in mind that we all have different skin tones and types and that our tastes may be completely different.

Alrighty, then, with that out of the way, I present the products I regret buying, or that were  “not worth the hype” for me.

  1. Benefit Sugarbomb “blush”

Benefit Sugarbomb- Image from Sephora.com

I bought this in April sometime after seeing video after video of how this was someone’s “go to” blush and was their all time favorite and so on and so forth. I just don’t get it. My skintone doesn’t seem too far from those making that claim so why it *barely* showed up on my cheeks, I won’t know. There was absolutely, positively nothing special about this blush for me. So uneventful in fact that I didn’t even manage to take a photo of it and swatches before I took it back to Sephora. I have $3 blushes from ELF that are better than this. I honestly and seriously cannot see how someone of my skintone could ever wear this as a blush. Someone with VERY fair skin could probably do it, and well perhaps. I wouldn’t be so hard on this blush if it weren’t for 2 things: the hype and the price. I would be ok paying may $5-$10 for this blush. But certainly not $28, which is more than MAC, NARS, Tarte, or Sonia Kashuk which make far superior blushes to this one.

Alternative: Benefit Bella Bamba which is my favorite Benefit blush.You can see my review here.

2.  Dior Amber Diamond

Dior Amber Diamond

Ok, I get it. It’s Dior, it’s pretty, it’s soft, the packaging is cute. But this did not give me that “natural” glow that so many people have talked about this giving. It gave me a more subdued  frosty shimmer. It certainly wasn’t ugly on my cheeks, but it wasn’t any better or any different than my Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips, which are around $9 compared to Dior’s $44 price tag. In my opinion, this is worth no more than $15-$20 at best, and the rest is paying for the Dior name. Maybe it’s because I had heard so much about it that when I eventually tried it my expectations were so high that it could never possibly live up to it. Kind of like when I finally watched the movie ‘The Ring’ years ago. Climatic build, huge let down. Whatever the reason, I tried it for two weeks and returned it to Sephora. I am not opposed to some day trying out a different shade if they ever choose to make more. But $44 is an awful lot to spend on a highlighter, so when I do drop that cash it needs to be *Ah-mazing* and this just fell very flat for me.

Alternative: Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold which is by far the best highlighter I own, period, end of report. It gives me the natural glow I want, with the cream formula I love. Or, if you are looking for a powder, try the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips–they make several shades and they are a bargain at $9.

3.  MAC Feline Kohl Liner

I had heard that this the THE black eyeliner to have. It was the blackest, and therefore the best. Not true, ladies. I don’t normally have issues with liner staying put for me. I use an eye primer and have several liners that don’t budge all day. I am not kidding you when I say that MAC Feline smudges on me EVERY single time I wear it. I end up looking  like a hot mess in short order with this liner. I don’t know what it is about it that either doesn’t last or doesn’t agree with my skin, but it is quite possibly the worst eyeliner it was ever my misfortune to purchase. Unfortunately I still own it because I didn’t realize how bad it was until several weeks into owning it. Trust me when I say you don’t need to hunt this one down. There are so many others out there that work so much better!

Alternative: Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Perversion is just as black and stays put on me on all day. For a gel liner, try MAC Blacktrack fluidline, which does last on me or Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner which is lovely as well.

4. EOS lip balm spheres

EOS Lip Balm Spheres

At first when I saw these cute little “dumplings” I was oh so excited to try them out. I mean, really, I love the presentation. But unfortunately for me, this were all show, and no substance. They really don’t do anything for moisturizing my lips at all. The red one actually made my lips for more dry than they did prior to using it. I don’t think I will ever purchase another because these two were just so uneventful. Unless they change the formula, these are complete duds.

Alternative: My favorite lip balm/chapstick is my Blistex Medicated lip balm. It soothes, protects, and moisturizes. It’s definitely not as cute as the EOS, but it performs like a star.

5 & 6.  Benefit Benetint and Posietint/ Tarte Cheek Stains

Benetint and Posietint

I am sorry, but these were  just plain bad for me. The Tarte Cheek Stains are equally bad on me. I don’t have them pictured here, but I have quite a few minis that have come in sets and the only one I like is ‘Eco Cheek’.  The Benefit ones have a horrendous taste which immediately rule them out for use on the lips. On the cheeks they don’t blend well and they dry so super fast. The Tarte stains are so sheer that you have to keep swiping and swiping for color. They are sticky and greasy as well. They slip and slide on my skin and never quite feel like they have ‘set’. I actually had to dig through my drawers to find them because they are buried in the abyss–which says something about a product for me when it’s at the bottom and the back of the drawer, ya feel me?

Alternative: I actually enjoy the Stila Crush lip and cheek stains immensely and own a couple of them. I can do a review if you are interested. Not budget friendly, but I enjoy the Beaute Flouron stain as well. The Body Shop made cheek and lip stains last year and I picked up an orange-y one. I am not sure whether they still make that shade or the line at all, but it is very nice.

7. Guerlain Meteorites

Guerlain Meteroites in Beige Chic

Ahh, one of the single most disappointing products ever. When I just entered “make up addict land”  MakeupAlley was the place I found first, because mostly I was looking for plain vanilla swatches. This product was one I saw frequently on there. Girls who had all the shades, loved them etc. So when Sephora (2 years ago?) had a set for sale that included this baby, I snatched it up, full throttle. Actually, this has a bit on sentimental value because I bought it in Vegas 🙂  at the Sephora just outside the Venetian. But upon trying it I could not see what so many others see in this product. The price is outrageously expensive, and again I think this is more “paying for the name” than anything else. I think the price is around $56 for a full size. Are you kidding me? Plus, I really *really* don’t like the smell of them. I would never buy another of these.

Alternative: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Translucent powder gives me the glow I thought I would get with Guerlain. Plus, the smell is 100x better. Better still is the fact that it costs around $11.  🙂

8. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer

Rimmel Fix & Perfect

I don’t know that this can fall into the category of  “Hype” or not, because I don’t know that I have really heard a lot about it. What I can tell you is that this is a truly awful product (my experience) and I would never recommend this to anyone, especially oily/combination skin ladies. It did nothing in the way of smoothing or making my face feel more ready for foundation in the way of other primers, like my beloved Guerlain (review here). It made my face feel worse and like I had this heavy layer of moisturizer that was quite greasy. It was cheap and performed poorly. I really ought to just throw it away. I just have a problem wasting it. Do you ladies get this way too even if you absolutely hate something? Blech.

Alternative: Certainly loads more expensive, but I love my Guerlain primer. For a more budget friendly option, try Laura Geller Spackle ( I really enjoy this) or Smashbox Photo Finish primers.

9. MAC Nail Polishes

MAC Polishes Mean & Green, Bad Fairy

I can’t say whether it’s MAC’s formula or whether it’s me but these are probably the worst polishes for wear time ever. They chip so easily! It doesn’t matter what kind of top coat or base coat I try, they never last. When OPI, China Glaze and Essie are half the price and last 3 times or 4 times as long there really is no comparison. This is one MAC product I have zero interest in. The colors are gorgeous, but I expect (who knew) to be able to at least get through one day without any wear ‘n’ tear on my nails. Never happens when I wear MAC polishes, which is why I haven’t touched them at all in 2011. <—-not kidding 😦

Well, I suppose I will end with that. Mostly, I have had fairly good if not great experiences with makeup and beauty products. The occasional fail does not stop my quest or my love for trying new things! I think it’s important to remember that beauty is subjective and ultimately lies in the eye of the beholder. How about you, what products have you tried that didn’t meet your expectations?


A little bit of “Eye Candy”

12 May

Hello ladies! Almost Friday! You know, every time I say ‘Friday’ now, I think of that horrible awful song. Yes, it really was traumatic and I really wish I could un-listen to that song. If you haven’t heard it, you are lucky!

Anyway, I have some new products to share with you *ahem* for the eyes if you’ll pardon the pun in my title. Just a few things that have come to me lately that I may not have swatched for you guys yet.

New Eye Candy

L-R: Milani Infinite Liquid Liner in #01, Stila 24kt, MAC Groundcover, Stila Kitten Glitter Liner

  •  Milani Inifinte Liquid Liner in 01 Infinite: A glowing bright blue! These babies really are long wearing. It says up to 24 hour wear! Although, I don’t have any intention of wearing it that long, I wore it on my eyes for a whole day and it didn’t budge. I also had a swatch on my arm and tried washing it off with soap and water–trust me when i say you will need more than that to remove this! lol.  I plan on getting more for the summer. They are waterproof, perfect for a quick swipe before the beach or swimming!
  • Stila 24kt Shadow: Received in this month’s BirchboxIt is the shade of gold I have always wanted from an eyeshadow but have never quite found. This pairs a great, blendable formula with the yellow gold color I love. It remind me of a more pigmented version of Greed, which you will see below. If you love golds, this color will be right up your alley.
  • MAC Groundcover (LE) : From Fashion Flower. While it does go on more pigmented on the eyes, I am not impressed with this shadow at all. I have been craving greys like no one’s business and this just did not really fit the bill for me. That swatch (albeit without primer) is like 15 swipes, I am not kidding. I wore a lot of the flower imprint away getting it to show up on my skin. The formula isn’t that great either. If you didn’t get this in Fashion Flower, don’t feel bad. You aren’t missing some super-pigmented great grey shadow here. I will work with it, and it does go nicely on the eyes, just not exactly what I hoped for.   😦
  • Stila Glitter Liner in Kitten: Finally a glitter liner with color and LOTS of tightly packed glitter. It doesn’t flake off on me and really adds nice sparkle to my eyes for something a little special. I like the shade because it’s so much more natural and wearable for the daytime, unlike many other glitter liners. Lasts all day on me!

L-R: Lorac 3d Liquid Lustre, blended, under Stila 24kt, Stila 24kt alone

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre was a bit of an impulse purchase at Ulta (shocker, I know) sometime in early April. It kind of stood out to me as a unique product and idea, plus the price tag was right (around $15 I think). It really adds a shimmer lustre to any shadow. I will do more swatches with shadows under them in a seperate post so you can see how this really transforms them. Is it 3D? I don’t know about that, but it certainly punches up my shadows, can make matte shadows shimmery and definitely gives them new dimension. A caution here–use primer underneath this on your eyes, if you don’t it may crease on you depending on the type of shadow you are using. You can see a clear difference between the Stila shadow with and without the lustre. Isn’t it pretty?

L-R: Mally Evercolor Stick Champagne, UD 24-7 Shadow Stick Midnight Cowboy, UD 24-7 Shadow Stick Rehab, UD Greed Primer Potion

I have a confession. I have been getting SUPER lazy with my eye looks and want something that is literally “swipe, swipe, go” and these next products give me that for sure.

  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick: I saw this in a YT video from Emily Noel (Beauty Broadcast, link in sidebar) and loved the way it looked. I got this from QVC. I really want more of these because is one lasts all day, is easy to blend out and doesn’t drag on my eyes. It was a little pricier, I think in the mid $20 range, so the UD pencils are a bit better of a deal.
  • UD 24-7 Shadow Pencils in Midnight Cowboy and Rehab: I am absolutely over the moon for these. I have my eye on Clinic and Wasteland next. I love the colors, formula and the fact that I can literally swipe, swipe and go with these. You can sheer them out or build them up to whatever your desired shade is. Definitely check these out at Sephora or Ulta if you haven’t already. They stay put without primer and dry fast.I wouldn’t mind owning them all.
  • UD Primer Potion in Greed: Of course I would want the yellow gold primer because I love yellow gold on my eyes. Although it is more sheer in color than I would care for, it gives a nice gold wash to my eyes  when I’m in a hurry, and is great for underneath gold, brown and green shadows especially. I have had Greed since it first came out a few months ago, but have just now started using it again. If you like Sin, you will like Greed. Just be aware that it is not going to be as pigmented as Sin is.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense L-R: #8 lightly, regular; #4 regular, lightly

Ahh, the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense shadows. You gals have seen these before, so I don’t need to go there about how wonderfully awesome and amazing these are. Yes I love them, yes they are worth it, and yes I am getting more. I mean, that “regular” swatch is literally one swipe, no primer, not wet, nothing. They are stunning! They have a similar feel to the Lancome Ombre Magnetiques if you own any of those. These just pack more punch 🙂

Laura Mercier Black Karat: Dry (L) Wet (R)

And the last and latest edition. The new Laura Mercier Baked Shadow in Black Karat. I was looking at a new Stila liquid liner in a khaki color at Sephora a week ago and the SA asked if she could help. Of course! I wanted a color that looked like the liner but that was actually an eyeshadow. Ever the helpful staff at my Sephora, she led me to the new Laura Mercier baked shadows and plucked up Black Karat. She swatched it dry, and I swooned. She then took a bottle of water and sprayed it directly onto the shadow, and swatched it wet. Then it was over. I knew she was going home with me. I wanted the perfect “not quite khaki, not quite bronze, not quite gold” color and this is IT. It stays put all freakin’ day! I used this as liner the other day and loved it. I have used it as shadow as well, both wet and dry. It is lovely, and I can see myself wearing this all summer long with a tan!

Well, thanks for playing along ladies. What are some of your recent finds for eyes? Do you have a favorite of the ones above?