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Thursday Guest Post

Thursday Guest Post- All About Bobbie

Hey there, everyone! My name is Bobbie, and I’m your guest poster today! I suppose I ought to introduce myself- I’m a 122-year-old textile artist from eastern Canada. My hobbies include knitting, weaving, drawing, and listening to loud music. Of course, I also blog about indie makeup at All About Bobbie, which is the main reason why I’m here.

I was having a bit of trouble figuring out what to do for this post- most of the companies I would do an overview of would just be reposted information from my blog anyway. Then, as I went to put on lipstick after having my photo taken for a picture ID, it hit me. If there’s anything I know about besides really bad movies about sharks and music about how hard it is to be a teenager that no girls love, it’s blue lipstick. While I dabble with other colours, I can’t get over my love for the blues. They were what led me to indie in the first place, and now here I am. So, may I present to you, Bobbie’s Current Top Five Favourite Blue Lipsticks!

I must note before I start in that this is 100% my opinion. For example, there are very few lip glosses I like ever, so blue gloss is kind of unrepresented. There are a bunch of nice ones out there, but I’ve not fallen madly for any of them yet. As well, I’m half-vampire, so light blue shades don’t look that great on me and there aren’t any here.

Honourable Mention- Shiro’s Robe And Wizard Hat Intertube

I put on my robe and wizard hat. On my face, that is.

I put on my robe and wizard hat. On my face, that is.

This one doesn’t get a place on the list since you can’t actually buy it anywhere. It’s kind of a pity, since this is my go-to blue on days when my lips are really gross and chapped. For an opaque blue, it has a surprisingly moisturizing formula, and the subtle gold sparkle is a nice touch.  If someone randomly offers you this on the street corner or something, take it, it’s nice.

5- Alchimia Apothecary lipstick in Abyssal

When you look into the Abyssal, the Abyssal looks into you.

When you look into the Abyssal, the Abyssal looks into you.

Available here. Alchimia is also discontinuing their cosmetics, but the lipsticks are still available. Their formula is quite nice- a good blend of going on opaque and staying around for a while. Sometimes you have to build up the colour, but it’s a pretty good deal. Abyssal is a very bright blue with a bit of shimmer, but not as much as Robe And Wizard Hat.

4- My Beauty Addiction’s HD Lip Paint in Indigo

It's hard to make a pun about indigo.

It’s hard to make a pun about indigo.

Available here. MBA actually has a lot of different blues, but Indigo is one of my favourites. It’s a bright blue with warm purple undertones. I really do like the Lip Paints- they have a nice, thick, creamy formula that stays opaque for ages. The only issue is that it tends to stain the lip. Since I wear lipstick every day anyway, it’s less of an issue for me, but if you need to not look like a zombie bare-faced, the HD Lip Paints might not be for you.

3- BeautyBarBaby’s Opulent Opaque Lipstick in Frozen

Ice, ice, baby.

Ice, ice, baby.

Available here. I’m a new convert to BeautyBarBaby’s lipsticks, but I really do like the highly pigmented formula. If you live anywhere warmer than here you might need to refrigerate them once in a while, but mine are good at room temperature. This is another bright blue, but it’s a bit more tone-down and cooler than the others. For, you know, your low-key blue lipstick days.

2- Fierce Magenta’s Midnight Sky

Goin' up to the spirit in the Midnight Sky.

Goin’ up to the spirit in the Midnight Sky.

Available here. It was hard trying to figure out which of my Fierce Magenta lipsticks would make the number 2 spot, since anyone who knows me knows I will talk about them at any opportunity. The lipsticks are among the best indie lipsticks I’ve found. They’re creamy, moisturizing, and last a respectable amount of time. It eventually came down to “which is the most stereotypically goth” and Midnight Sky easily won that category. It’s a shimmery dark navy blue that’s almost black. It’s still one of my go-to colours.

1- Melt Cosmetics’ DGAF

I'll stop the world and melt with you.

I’ll stop the world and melt with you.

Available here upon occasion. Melt is often sold out of this, as well as other shades like 6six6 and Bane, which I also desperately want. It’s also a bit pricier than the rest. I don’t know if I would have it if it wasn’t gifted to me. That said, I am so happy I do. It’s a matte royal blue, and it’s actually one of the longest-lasting lipsticks I own. This has lasted me through pasta before. If you can get your hands on it, do so- you won’t be disappointed. (And if you are, I’ll buy it off you, since I can always do with a spare.) The colour is lovely, the formula is lovely, and even the packaging is nice and nonoffensive.

So, there you have it. My six go-to blues, out of the many blues I own. Thanks for reading- I’m going to go look over all the lipsticks I have and try and figure out why I have so many.

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Thursday Guest Post

Thursday Guest Post: Shiro Cosmetics gloss swatches + flavour reviews

Hello all!
I’m dictura/Jasmine and I’m most pleased to be your guest blogger for today. About me: I’m a recovering academic and chronic geek with an indie makeup obsession. I am also a stereotypical Canadian. I blog at Shimmer is Coming, or something. And I’m pretty starstruck to be in the company I’m in right now, so. Let’s get on with it before I start apologizing!

Today is a day for new Shiro gloss swatches and first impressions, some of my thoughts on many (though not all) of Shiro’s flavour options, and a quick comparison.

Plausible Walrus custom gloss (moderate, cherry pie flavoured)

I am once again and for always a jerk for posting swatches of things that can no longer be purchased. Plausible Walrus was a colour of the month that did not make the high scores. It does, however, make a kickin’ lip gloss so maybe Shiro will come up with something like it in future. (You can see a swatch of the eyeshadow right here on this blog, if you like taunting yourself.)

Shiro described the eyeshadow as “a right poppy-pink with a violet shift.”


The gloss comes off to me as a warm, bright pink, slightly coral-tinged (is that poppy-pink? I thought poppies were red? has Remembrance Day been lying to me all along?), with a strong violet shift. No picture I have taken has accurately portrayed the strength of this shift. It’s surprisingly wearable, though, and even more so if sheered out a bit, as the violet is more evident when the gloss is more heavily applied. …and this is all useless information unless they bring this colour back. I am so sorry.

But. Onwards–to the things you can buy!

Cognitive Recalibration custom gloss (moderate, cinnamon flavoured)

My first thought when I saw the Hawkeye-inspired eyeshadow in the The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes collection was: “I want that on my lips.” This is because I am the world’s biggest sucker for lip products with blue shifts. I’d been planning to order another blue-shifting shadow, Heart Attack, as a gloss for ages, but found that others’ swatches showed very little duochrome in the finished product. Sadness.

Shiro describes Cognitive Recalibration as “medium burgundy with a strong blue shift.”

I’d say the gloss almost fits the bill–the blue shift in this one isn’t nearly as strong as the violet in Plausible Walrus, and these are both moderate opacity glosses, so I feel it’s fair to compare. I found the website swatch of the shadow quite purple, so I expected that initially, but the base colour here is clearly burgundy, or in my layman’s terms, a purpled-red. This is surprisingly wearable and not too bad to work with for a darker colour.
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Augustus Waters

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics CoTM Dance of Death, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Moon Prism Power, Cheshire Cat, Augustus Waters & Damnit, Moon Moon

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More CoTM swatches from Shiro Cosmetics! I know I said I’d post them yesterday, but I fell asleep in the middle of editing photos. >.> Oops. So um here they are today! XD Today I have Dance of Death, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Moon Prism Power, Cheshire Cat, Augustus Waters and Damnit, Moon Moon. Remember these are available until the end of the month, then POOF! Dance of Death and Cheshire Cat are not available. Also am baking Amish sugar cookies. Yum. And mushrooms are soaking for miso soup!

Official Descriptions
Dance of Death is a emerald green with subtle teal duochrome and silver and purple sparks. October 2013 CoTM.
Yzma’s Essence of Llama is a dark plum purple with llama-colored duochrome. September 2013 CoTM.
Moon Prism Power is a pale, lightly pinkish cream base, with a strong opalescent green shift and bright golden sparkle. September 2013 CoTM.
Cheshire Cat is a medium grey with a strong green-blue shimmer. August 2013 CoTM.
Augustus Waters is a vibrant turquoise packed with golden and aqua sparkle. August 2013 CoTM.
Damnit, Moon Moon is a Medium red-toned purple packed with gold glitter. June 2013 CoTM.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5-2g by weight for $6.00 per jar.

All photos taken indoors in direct light and outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over bare skin, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me and Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime primer.

Dance of Death is a bright jewel green with silver and purple sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, blue #1 lake, yellow #5 lake, ferric ferrocyanide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Yzma’s Essence of Llama is a burgundy with a bronze-ish sheen.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, ultramarine blue, copper powder, silica. VEGAN

Moon Prism Power is a super pale cream with a slightly gold/green shift and gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Cheshire Cat is a medium gray with an aqua sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate and silica. VEGAN

Augustus Waters is a bright aqua/turqoise with gold and aqua sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Damnit, Moon Moon is a reddish purple with gold glitter and gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN
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More pretties! Unfortunately Cheshire Cat and Dance of Death are not available anymore, but I hadn’t previously swatched them, so. :) Which colors are your favorites? Are you picking any up? Which ones?

Shiro Cosmetics can be found on Facebook here and Twitter here. You can contact Caitlin through her contact page here.

Luna

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Chinchillin'

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics CoTM Chinchillin’, Plausible Walrus, Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio, You Snow Nothing, TARDIS & Doge

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I have many of Shiro Cosmetics color of the month shades and am finally getting around to swatching them. XD Caitlin has added some older CoTM shades back into the shop until the end of the month. So I suggest you go take a look and grab them before you miss them! Onto ze swatches!

Official descriptions
Chinchillin’ is a velvety heather grey with strong purple duochrome and sparkle. June 2014 CoTM.
Plausible Walrus is a right poppy-pink with a violet shift. May 2014 CoTM.
Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio is a shimmering rose-tinted champagne with bright silver sparks. April 2014 CoTM.
You Snow Nothing is a iridescent crow’s wing blue-black, kissed by fire. December 2013 CoTM.
TARDIS is a lightly shimmery royal blue with bright purple and green sparkles. November 2012 CoTM.
Doge is a slightly pink-toned shimmery creamy dogey wonderment. November 2013 CoTM.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5-2g by weight for $6.00 per jar.

All photos taken indoors in direct light and outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over bare skin, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me and Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime primer.

Chinchillin’ is a darkish gray with a purple shift and purple sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, synthetic fluorophylogopite, silica. VEGAN

Plausible Walrus is a bright pinky coral with a purple shift.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, yellow #5. VEGAN

Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio is a pale rose-gold champagne with silver sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

You Snow Nothing is a satin black with orange and gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

TARDIS is a bright cobalt blue with purple and green sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, ultramarine blue, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Doge is a shimmery, barely pink champagney cream.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, aluminum powder, silica. VEGAN
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These colors are beautiful as usual. Caitlin does amazing things with makeup. ^.^ You must go BUY ALL THE THINGS! I shall be posting some more shades tomorrow. :)

Shiro Cosmetics can be found on Facebook here and Twitter here. You can contact Caitlin through her contact page here.

Luna

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I Survived the Apocalypse, Moon Prism Power & My Cat is My Valentine Custom Lip Gloss

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lipgloss My Cat is My Valentine, Moon Prism Power & I Survived the Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Eyeshadow

purchased by me

Hey lovelies! I’m sure by now most of you know that Caitlin from Shiro Cosmetics does custom lipgloss, if not well you best crawl out from under that rock. XD You can turn any lip-safe shade into a custom lipgloss. You can even choose the opacity of your gloss, from sheer to moderate to opaque. I’ve only purchased a few, but they’re really nice and I like ‘em. So here are some swatches of mine.

Official Descriptions:
My Cat is My Valentine is a creamy light pink with bright white sparkles.
Moon Prism Power is a pale, lightly pinkish cream base, with a strong opalescent green shift and bright golden sparkle.
I Survived the Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Eyeshadow is a rosy champagne with lots of gold and silver sparks, very celebratory!

You will receive custom lipgloss in a 10-mL squeeze tube labeled with color name and opacity for $7.50. There is an added .50 ¢ charge for choosing the opaque option.

Also adding this little video so you can see how pretty they are.

Base Ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, meadowfoam seed oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E. VEGAN

Overall I’m very pleased with the custom lipglosses! The formula is plush and creamy and only slightly sticky. I definitely recommend trying them out. You can find the listing here. You can contact Caitlin Here. Find Shiro on Facebook!

Luna

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