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Hi guys! I’m Emma, a new baby blogger that is slightly obsessed with indie makeup. I post semi-frequently and regularly over at In Pursuit of the Perfect Petticoat. I was super excited to be invited to guest post over here about indie cosmetics.

Since it’s January I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Color of the Year- Marsala. As pretty as the Sephora/Pantone collection is, I find that I always like the indie version better. I’ve put together a quick round-up of some of my favorite marsala-esque shades and products from indie companies. Some of the products lean more red or orange, this was intentional in order to help produce a list most people can find at least one thing that would suit their coloring. Personally, I cannot wear orange-based marsala but the red/burgundy shades look delightful on me!

First up is eyeshadow. I’m slightly apprehensive of anything remotely red near my eyes, but it looks like Pantone wants to break me of that this year

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Left to right, top to bottom: Brazen Cosmetics “Free Spirit”, Detrivore “Apocalyptic”, Glamor Doll Eyes “Chilvarist”, Beauty for the Win “Starbucks Lovers”, Kiss my Sass “Sunburn”, Dreamworld Hermantica “Risky”, Femme Fatale “Blood Moon”, Shiro Cosmetics “Goron Ruby”, Shiro Cosmetics “What’s This Lever Do?”, Beauty for the Win “Amsterdam”, Shiro Cosmetics “Queensguard”, Shiro Cosmetics “Ziggy”

My favorites are definitely Starbucks Lovers and Blood Moon of the shadows, now if only I can get the courage up to wear them….

Next up is blush, a much more wearable approach to the marsala trend.

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Top to bottom, left to right: Parlo Cosmetics “Call Me Baby”, Beauty for the Win “Anne”, Silk Naturals “Galaxy”, Notoriously Morbid “Numerology”, Aromaleigh “Gaussa”, Baroque Cosmetics “I’d Hate Toulouse You”.

My favorite from this line up is definitely the Baroque shade- though I think the Aromaleigh shade provides an interesting shade.

 

 

 

This part is my favorite: lip products. I got into lipstick long before I learned the basics of eyeshadow beyond “skin tone on the lid for some shimmer” and marsala is just so wearable and approachable this way, even for those who normally shy away from red. I personally run towards red with my arms outstretched, so that last part was just a guess.

MarsalaLipsClockwise from the left: Silk Naturals “Script”, Performance Colors “Coco Loco”, Fyrinnae “Naughty or Nice”, Fierce Magenta “Brick”, Parlo Cosmetics “Token”, Limnit Lipsticks “Ms. President”.

From this set you can’t possibly expect me to pick favorites. My answer is “all of them”. Those Fierce Magenta and Silk Naturals shades will be mine, ASAP.

I’m sure I missed piles of beautiful marsala shades, so leave me a name or link in the comments so I can add more things to my ever growing wishlist! Check out my blog next week for a review and swatch post of my vaguely marsala-esque shades in my personal collection, indie and non-indie alike.

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5 Marvellous Mattes CollageHi everyone! We’re the team from Indie Know, and today we’d like to show you our favorite indie matte products. A huge thank you to Luna for giving us this opportunity to share! This is an adaptation of the Colors of the Rainbow blogger tag that we’ve been featuring over at Indie Know.

Detrivore LilithAG’s pick – Detrivore Cosmetics’ Lilith

When I think of my favorite indie mattes, I immediately think of Detrivore’s matte blushes. To me, the standout shade in this beautiful lineup is softly purple Lilith. I cannot recommend this shade enough for pale folks who want something that’s a little unusual but still safe to wear to the office. It comes in Detrivore’s excellent matte formula, which means it’s blendable, creamy, and has just the right amount of pigmentation. It’s one of many Detrivore blushes I’ve ordered in full size, but it’s definitely my favorite!

naked-3-dupe-analog-limitLisa’s pick – Silk Naturals’ Analog

Mattes are the unsung heroes in my eyeshadow collection. I’d like to say I mostly use shadows with shimmery or pearly finishes because I love them (and I do!) but really it comes down to skill. Shimmery shadows simply are more forgiving when you lack a skilled blending hand. But behind the scenes I fall back on a few trusty mattes for highlights and creases, and one of my heavyweight champions is Silk Naturals’s “Analog,” a dupe for the Urban Decay “Limit” shadow from their Naked 3 palette.

Analog is described as a “dusty rose matte” but with a light hand it turns into an excellent transitional crease color. I have pinkish undertones to my skin, so I do have to be careful and not apply too much or else I look like I’ve lost a few nights of sleep! Between the finely milled formula, the classic rose color, and its buttery-smooth blendability, Analog is a staple that could easily fit in anyone’s collection.

MBA OCDJeannie’s pick – My Beauty Addiction’s O.C.D.

When it comes to bold, bright lipsticks, I feel much more comfortable rocking a pink lip than a red lip (even if it looks super ’80s!) My Beauty Addiction’s O.C.D. HD Lip Paint is described as a “a super bright & vivid pink with a matte finish.” On my skin, it appears lighter and a little more Barbie-pink than in the swatch on the website, where it looks more hot-pink. Texture-wise, it’s not as drying as many matte lipsticks I’ve tried, but I recommend making sure lips are exfoliated and moisturised before applying because this can highlight lip imperfections. Try out a few samples if you’re on the hunt for opaque, pigmented matte lippies!

13451658494_a49ab45f54_kKristin’s pick – Madd Style Cosmetics’ In the Buff

One of my favorite all time mattes is from Madd Style Cosmetics. In The Buff is a perfect nude shade for me and I use it to blend out harsh edges. I’m so sad that MSC is going out of business! But before they close, they’re having a huge blow out sale. They’re selling 8 eyeshadows for $28! I’d definitely recommend checking out their line before they’re all gone. I’ll be picking up a few extras of this shade for sure.

Detrivore TombValentine’s pick – Detrivore’s Tomb

Back in the olden days, long before the customer service issues that ultimately landed Detrivore in a distribution partnership with Shiro Cosmetics, I ordered the whole Graveyard Collection, which was a set of 20 matte neutral eyeshadows. My favorite of the whole batch was Tomb, which is still available via Shiro. Tomb is boring (it’s from a collection of neutrals, after all) but something about the color just hits a sweet spot for me–it’s a mid-toned cool taupe brown that leans slightly towards lavender-rose in the same way as mainstream eyeshadows Burberry Rosewood or NARS Lhasa do on the other end of the price spectrum. I’ve swatched it here heavily over Urban Decay Primer Potion.

What are some of your favorite indie matte products?

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Hi everyone!  I’m Daisy and I love talking about indies over at  /r/indiemakeupandmore.  Luna kindly agreed to let me do a guest post and I’ll be sharing my experiences with indie lip balms.

To begin with, I should probably tell you something about my lips: They’re really awful.  They crack, peel, bleed, and in general just look awful even if they’re not having a bad day.  And yes, I’ve tried drinking more water.  In elementary school, on multiple occasions, I would have teachers offer me Vaseline on little spoons  because they felt their lips peeling just looking at mine.  And those were on the good days.

I’ve since learned how to manage my finicky lips and along the way come to the conclusion that lip balms are incredibly personal. Different people take to various ingredients (the same lip balms that leave me peeling are some of my sister’s favorites while she can’t stand any of the ones I use).  There’s a lot of textural variation (soft, waxy, etc.) and personal preferences as well.

To get a reference of my personal preferences and how my lips behave here are some mainstream lip balms/ingredients that have worked for me:

  1. 100% Lanolin – holy grail, and so far the only thing I’ve encountered that actually seems to moisturize my lips rather than simply prevent them from chapping too much
  2. Blistex – prevents my lips from getting worse, possibly just a waxy barrier to trap moisture in
  3. Smith’s Rosebud salve – if my lips are already doing okay (from lanolin) then this works to maintain them at that level, otherwise it doesn’t do much for actually chapped lips

Here are some mainstream items that haven’t worked for me:

  1. EOS – these feel nice on for about 5 minutes, start to dry out my lips after that, and by 30 minutes my lips are worse for having them on
  2. Softlips – great to apply, very smooth but needs constant reapplication and dries out my lips similarly to EOS
  3. 100% Vaseline – unfortunately those teachers were just exacerbating the problem as Vaseline tends to make my lips crack as soon as the glossiness wears off
  4. 100% Shea butter – I need to reapply this about every 5 minutes, dries out my lips spectacularly fast

Now armed with a bit of information about my lips, we’re ready to talk indies!  In order of softest to hardest, here’s my list and thoughts:

  1. Detrivore Embalming Tubes: Extremely soft, this is not one you want if you ever store your lip balms in your pocket. I try to apply this by barely touching my lips. It is very buttery, feels rather oily and looks like a gloss upon first application. It sinks in after a while (30 or so minutes if you leave your lips alone, in about a minute if you rub them together) but only really maintains my lips at a decent level instead of improving them.
  2. Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers: Soft, but not insanely so like the Detrivore ones. This doesn’t particularly improve my lips but doesn’t make them any worse. If you like a soft lip balm that sinks in quickly, this would be your best option.
  3. Kimberly Noel Cosmetics Lip Lotion: (Full disclosure: I received this as a gift from Kimberly Noel although she didn’t know it would be featured in this guest blog post.) This is very soft and applies just as thickly as the Detrivore embalming tubes, with a gloss-like finish. However, it feels more wax-like and after checking the ingredients list I realized my HG lanolin is the 2nd one listed.  I like this one quite a bit, although I was sent “Mint Peppermint” and I find menthol a questionable inclusion. I also personally don’t like the cooling/burning sensation.
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  5. Performance Colors Lip Repair: This is soft and applies smoothly, but is more on the waxy side than oily. It doesn’t apply with a gloss-like finish, seems to be absorbed easily and is one of the more moisturizing lip balms I’ve tried.
  6. Silk Naturals Matte Lip Balm: Slightly waxier than PC lip repair, I really enjoy applying this as it truly just glides on, even over my chapped lips. It’s not quite as moisturizing as I would like (keeping in mind my ridiculously dry lips) but it’s fantastic for when my lips are already in good condition. It also does not apply matte as advertised. It doesn’t have the same glossy or wet finish, but there is certainly a (natural-looking) sheen to it.
  7. Haus of Gloi Lip Balm: These do glide on but you do have to apply a bit more pressure to get it on your lips than with the SN lip balm. Personally, sometimes I do find this one a bit easier to use since with the other options you have to be careful not to apply too much.  It’s the most moisturizing indie option I’ve tried save for the PC lip repair.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the indie balms out there and there are certainly some that I’d like to try eventually. If you have any that you adore, please feel free to share in the comments.

Otherwise, I hope this provided some ideas for your next lip balms!

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Woot! Distorria from Detrivore Cosmetics put up her Halloween Collection! You can purchase the entire collection for $27 or you can buy them as singles for $5 each. :)

What you get:
Samhain: a black satin with gold shimmer
Toxicity: A dark brown satin with blue and red shimmer
Crocodilia: a dark satin teal with heavy shimmer
Cavern: a matte pink
Acid Test: an off gold satin
Filth: A satin taupe with a heavy purple shimmer
Absent: a reddish orange satin with gold shimmer
Cadaverine: a light reddish beige matte. Part of the Graveyard Collection.
Memento Mori: a dark plum matte. Part of the Graveyard Collection.
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Swatches of all the Detrivore Cosmetics teals/aquamarine. At least the ones I have. I’ll be updating this to add to the new teals/aquamarine I get(I’m sure there will be more, trust me.) All swatches are swatched over Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue.


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Swatches of all the Detrivore Cosmetics purples. At least the ones I have. I’ll be updating this to add to the new purples I get(I’m sure there will be more, trust me.) As a note, Catacombs from the Graveyard Collection looks more winey/brownish over Glitter Glue than it does dry. At some point I’ll be swatching it dry and replacing the swatch photo. Or I may just add it without removing the other. Anyways! All swatches are swatched over Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue.


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I have quick swatches over bare skin with flash from Detrivore Cosmetics! I have the May limited editions: Cetacea, Baleen, Mollusk, Lividity and Incantation. I also have some random shades that I purchased along with the May LE’s. I have Lotus, Starlet, Brine, Kraken, Arachnid, Diabolical, Mushroom Blue and Decomposition. And last but not least the new Lilith blush. I’ll be swatching all of these properly when I’m feeling better. I just wanted to get something up since Detrivore is having their 10 for $20 sale. Keep in mind that you can’t use it for any of the LE shades.


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Full Disclosure Policy: All products mentioned in this entry were purchased by me. There are no affiliate links and there is no financial compensation included in this post.

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Distorria from Detrivore Cosmetics is doing her famous 10 for $20 sale right now. It’s running until July 4th. :) Also you can see my swatches here.

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So first day I’ve put makeup on since I was in the hospital! Also this is for the bi-weekly makeup challenge which is inspired by frogs. :d

FACE
Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB Cream
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder

CHEEKS
Black Rose Minerals Blush Radical – highlight
Detrivore Cosmetics Thing Blush – highlight

BROWS
Black Rose Minerals Spirits

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Glamour Doll Eyes Circus Collection Oddity – middle & outer lid/lower outer lashline
Glamour Doll Eyes Circus Collection Big Top – inner corner/inner lower lashline
Glamour Doll Eyes Circus Collection Fiji Mermaid – outer lower lashline/crease/outer lid
Glamour Doll Eyes Circus Collection Electric Chair – brow bone/highlight
Private Label Gel Eyeliner Shimmer Black – upper lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Zero – tightline/waterline
essence I  <3  Extreme Volume Mascara

LIPS
Detrivore Cosmetics Lip Gloss Lament
Detrivore Cosmetics Lip Gloss Coralline


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Weekly Shop Challenge!

MeepUp is today! *squee* Having a fun day in Portland with meeples from California, Washington and Oregon. ^.~

FACE
Benefit Cosmetics “that gal”
Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB Cream
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder

CHEEKS
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush LSD – contour
Detrivore Cosmetics Thing Blush – highlight

BROWS
Black Rose Minerals Spirits

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Shiro Cosmetics Puzzle Cube – inner corner/crease/brow highlight
Shiro Cosmetics Mockingjay – inner corner
Shiro Cosmetics Unforgettable – middle lid
Shiro Cosmetics Gengar – lower outer corner/crease
Shiro Cosmetics Star-Crossed – upper lashline
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Asphyxia – lower lashline/waterline
essence long lasting eye pencil 01 black fever- upper waterline
essence I  <3  Extreme Volume Mascara

LIPS
Shiro Cosmetics Intertubes 40 Cakes


Luna

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Weekly Shop Challenge!

FACE
Benefit Cosmetics “that gal”
Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB Cream
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder

CHEEKS
None

BROWS
Black Rose Minerals Spirits

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Shiro Cosmetics Puzzle Cube – inner corner/brow highlight
Shiro Cosmetics Ever In Your Favor – inner corner/middle lid
Shiro Cosmetics Sweet Honey – outer corner
Shiro Cosmetics Baker’s Boy – lower lashline/crease
Madd Style Cosmetix Double Rainbow – upper lashline
essence I  <3  Extreme Volume Mascara

LIPS
Shiro Cosmetics Intertubes 40 Cakes


Luna

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Weekly Shop Challenge!

FACE
Benefit Cosmetics “that gal”
Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB Cream
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder

CHEEKS
None

BROWS
Black Rose Minerals Spirits

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Shiro Cosmetics Puzzle Cube – inner corner/brown highlight
Shiro Cosmetics Huntress – inner corner
Shiro Cosmetics Wildflowers – middle lid
Shiro Cosmetics Beyond the Fence – outer cornere
Shiro Cosmetics Gengar – upper lashline
Shiro Cosmetics Baker’s Boy – lower lashline/crease
essence long lasting eye pencil 01 black fever- upper waterline
essence I  <3  Extreme Volume Mascara

LIPS
Shiro Cosmetics Intertubes Over 9000


Luna

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Weekly Shop Challenge!

FACE
Benefit Cosmetics “that gal”
Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB Cream
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder

CHEEKS
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush LSD – contour
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush MDMA – apple of cheeks

BROWS
Black Rose Minerals Spirits

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Shiro Cosmetics Puzzle Cube – inner corner/highlight/crease
Shiro Cosmetics Mockingjay – inner corner
Shiro Cosmetics Clefairy – middle lid
Shiro Cosmetics Star-Crossed – outer cornere
Chinovi Cosmetics Unicorn – upper lashline
essence long lasting eye pencil 01 black fever- upper waterline
essence I  <3  Extreme Volume Mascara

LIPS
Shiro Cosmetics Intertubes 40 Cakes


Luna

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I don’t know if you’ve heard or not but Distorria from Detrivore Cosmetics just released her lip gloss today! There are 4 shades, Apparition, Lament, Banshee and Coralline(yes it’s spelled right).

Apparition is a clear and sheer lip gloss with white shimmer.

Lament is a rosy taupe lip gloss.

Banshee is a bright pink lip gloss with pink shimmer.

Coralline Coralline is a deep purple lip gloss with purple shimmer. Named after a gorgeous type of algae this is one of my favorite glosses.
Detrivore Cosmetics Lip Gloss! Откъде да купя икона

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Weekly Shop Challenge!

FACE
Benefit Cosmetics “that gal”
Holika Holika Moisture Petit BB Cream
Detrivore Cosmetics Pallor Mortis Dehydrating Powder

CHEEKS
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush LSD – contour

BROWS
Black Rose Minerals Spirits

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Shiro Cosmetics Puzzle Cube- inner corner/highlight/crease
Shiro Cosmetics Ever In Your Favor – inner corner/middle lid
Shiro Cosmetics Rebellion – middle lid/outer corner
Shiro Cosmetics Gengar- crease/lower lashline
essence long lasting eye pencil 01 black fever- upper/lower waterline
wet n wild H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner #881 Ultra Black
essence I  <3  Extreme Volume Mascara

LIPS
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre < 3 Less Than Three [gallery link="file"] Luna

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