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Thursday Guest Post!

Two easy-to-do indie EOTDs! (Guest post by Sarah)

Hi guys!  I’m Sarah, and I’ll be your guest writer for today. Today I’ll be sharing with you two looks!

First up is an office-safe mermaid inspired look.

Step 1: Blackbird Cosmetics “Dog Days”, medium-light matte brown, lightly blended into crease.

Step 2: Ten Three Lab’s “The Buttler”, a deeper matte brown, blended into outer V for depth. (Fun fact: I did the label art for this collection )2ttlb

Step 3: Dawn Eyes “Beloved” patted on the inner to mid lid.  There was some debate at the studio the day I wore this as to whether it leaned more green or more blue, but it’s officially described as a “tealy golden blue” on the Dawn Eyes website.  It’s a perfect mermaid color IMO!

Step 4: Add some winged liner and mascara!

The final look under two different lightings.
The final look under two different lightings.

The end result is a very subtle pop of color.  Just enough to liven up your eyeshadow while in situations that call for a more reserved dress code!

This second look was born out of necesity to pack light while traveling.  Samples are super convenient for travel with so I thought it’d be a good opportunity to try out 3 new samples I haven’t had the chance to wear yet!    (Please forgive the drop in photo quality for these, I left my camera at home so all I had to work with was my phone.)

The samples featured are Shiro’s “Kaepora Gaebora”, Blackbird’s “Vintage”, and Dawn Eye’s “Mantle”.

Step 1: Blend “Vintage”, a mauve matte, into my crease and outer corner.

Step 2: Pat “Kaepora Gaebora”, a silvery taupe, onto the inner to mid lid section.

Step 3: Add “Mantle”, a deep purple-brown, to the outer V and lower lashline.  Finish up with mascara!

All in all, 3 sample baggies and a mascara wand is all you need to pack for this look…. hardly a burden!

Hope you guys liked the looks!  And thanks Luna for the feature!

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Thursday Guest Post!

Ways to Wear Red Eyeshadow (Guest Post by Wakenda)

Hey! My name’s Wakenda, and I love colorful indie eyeshadows. If your like me, you probably have a few colors in your stash that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Sure, swatches are gorgeous on your arm, but how do you use them on your face?

Wakenda's Red Shadows

Red eyeshadow is one of those colors that can be totally intimidating. When I first got into indies I had no idea what I would ever do with it. But as I’ve branched out, it’s developed into one of my favorite colors to wear, in part because it’s bolder and more out there than the neutrals and purples I used to stick to. So today I’d like to share some ideas on how to use the red eyeshadows sitting in your stash.

Wakenda's Peachy Red Look
Look 1: Subtle Peachy Look with Red in the Outer V, using Hello Waffle’s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23

This is pretty much the first look that I ever did with red eyeshadow, and it’s a great place to start if you’r new to the color, because it’s simple and pretty and the red’s there, but not too bold. It reminds me of the patch of red on a delicious fresh peach!

Wakenda's Peachy Red Shadows

For this peachy look, I used Hello Waffle’s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23. I primed my lids and then applied Fey, a gorgeous peachy rosy gold, all over my lid, concentrating on the inner portion. 23, a pinky gold, goes on the outer third to half of the lid.  Then I used a very fine tapered brush to carefully apply a line of Cortexiphan, a warm red with a satin finish, directly into the outer half of my crease. I angled another line of red up and out from my outer corner to meet the first line in a V. Then I used a clean, fluffy blending blush to blend, blend, blend! The goal is for the original line of red to be entirely diffused. When all the harshness of the red is blended out, you can stop blending, add some winged liner and mascara and call it done!

Wakenda's Smoky Red Look
Look 2: Matte Red and Black Smoky Eye, using Notoriously Morbid’s Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse

This one is a pretty classic smoky eye look, with red added to the lid. With my more hooded eyelids, the red stays pretty subtle when my eyes are open. I feel very gothic, but that’s appropriate for a look that uses shadows named after two vampires and the hellmouth on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Wakenda's Smoky Red Shadows

For this smoky eye, I used three colors from Notoriously Morbid‘s Slay Me collection, Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse. As always, I primed my lids before I began with the shadows. I pressed Boca del Infierno, a matte burgundy red, all over my lid, making sure the coverage was rich and even. Then I used a q-tip dipped in some facial lotion to tidy up the edges and made sure the shape was flattering to my face and even on both sides. This left crisp edges to be blended out later. Then I used a flat brush to press Bloody Awful Poet, a matte black, into my upper lashes and on top of the outer corner of the red, like I was tracing over the bottom edge of the shape I’d drawn with the red shadow. I blended the two together. Next I took a round blending brush and used Gypsy Curse, a matte taupe/grey, to blend out the entire top edge of the red shadow, eliminating any harsh edges. I lined my upper lashes and lower waterline with black pencil liner, and then smudged some more red below the outer third of my lower lashes. I finished with curled lashes and a heavy coat of mascara.

Wakenda's Red White and Blue Look
Look 3: Red, White and Blue with Sparkly Red Liner, using Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake!

I wanted to pair red liner with a contrasting color. As I was looking through my stash, Shiro’s Glowstick of Destiny caught my eye, so I decided to go with a patriotic red, white and blue look. I love how sparkly and fun this look is, and will probably wind up wearing something similar when the Fourth of July finally rolls around.

Wakenda's Red, White and Blue Shadows

For my Fourth of July-inspired look, I used Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake! I primed my entire eye area and then carefully patted Fyrinnae‘s Pixie Epoxy, a glitter fixative, onto my mobile lid. I waited 20 seconds for it to set and then patted plenty of Glowstick of Destiny, a pale blue with a strong gold duochrome, on top. I used my highlighting brush to sweep Cake!, a white with a reddish sheen, from my crease up to my brow. Then I applied black liquid liner along my upper lashes, winging it out at the outer corners. I mixed Unforgettable, a sparkly red, with Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum and used a liner brush to trace the mixture along the upper edge of the black liner. I also mixed some Superstar Serum with Cake and applied it on the lower waterline. I finished the look with a coat of black mascara.

Wakenda's Red Looks for Toxid Lotus

So there you have it. Three ways to actually wear your red eyeshadows, from the mattes to the sparklebombs. Are any of these looks you’d consider? I think the third one’s my favorite, which definitely surprised me. It just feels fresh and fun. If none of these looks are your style but you have reds you’d like to find a way to wear, check out my blog. I have a bunch more red eyeshadow looks over there. Thanks for reading, and thanks for having me, Luna!

Hi! I’m Wakenda, and I write a blog about how to use your indie make up. I love bright colors and winged liner, but am still intimidated by lipstick. When I was new to indies, I would see a ton of posts featuring beautiful arm swatches that made me lust after all the pretty sparklies, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them once I had them. So I now that I blog, I post looks using the shadows from a specific collection, ideas on how to use certain colors and FOTDs complete with instructions on which shadows went where. I want everyone to not only love their indies, but to actually use their indies.
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Thursday Guest Post!

Favorite Inner Corner Highlights

Hello everyone! I’m Carissa and I run The Indie Makeup Blog. Luna was nice enough to allow me a spot as her guest poster today.

You know how people say that adding mascara ties a whole look together? Well for me it’s a nice bright eyeshadow placed in the inner corner. Even when I just wear liner, I still add an inner corner highlight. It makes you look more awake and I love the effect it gives. Although there are plenty of eye-brightening shades out there, I have a few in my regular rotation that are my tried and trues. I applied these without primer or a glitter fixative because I wanted you to be able to get a better idea of how it would look worn in the inner corner.


Fyrinnae Sled Puppies is a white gold shimmer with subtle blue sparkles. This is my #1 shadow that I reach for to highlight. Pigmented, smooth, and the white gold shimmer seems to complement nearly any look. I’ve also used this as a cheek highlight and it’s very pretty worn that way.


Hello Waffle Sweetie is a shimmery off-white with blue iridescence. The blue shimmer is more apparent in person. This eyeshadow was part of the limited edition Kitty Kingdom collection. For those who don’t know, The Kitty Kingdom collection was inspired by the pet’s of members from Hello Waffle’s Facebook fan page. A portion of the proceeds were given to a local pet shelter in Christine’s area. I like this shade a lot because of the blue sheen. I use this all the time with other blue eyeshadows such as Femme Fatale Dreamstate and Hello Waffle The Great Catsby.


Fyrinnae Crimson Ghost is a soft white with a prominent pink shift. The shift can look red or pink depending on the lighting and this one is pretty pigmented. It is easily one of my favorite shades from Fyrinnae and I highly recommend picking it up. One of my go-to looks is Fyrinnae Repunzel Has Extensions on the lid, Fyrinnae It Beautifies! in the crease, and Crimson Ghost on the inner corner.


Femme Fatale Perspect-Illusion is a soft pink with a strong blue shift. The blue shift is so intense that it often appears blue instead of pink. Femme Fatale is known as one the best makers of duochromes in the market, and I absolutely agree. This shade is stunning. I like to pair it with Femme Fatale Prismo.


Hello Waffle Snow Bees is an off white with subtle creamsicle shimmer. I wish I had more sunlight the day I swatched these so you could see the shimmer more, but trust me it’s there in person. I tend to use this one with orange shadows such as Hello Waffle Fauxlivia. 


Shiro Moon Prism Power a white gold with a green shift. This is part of Shiro’s High Scores collection and is pretty loved in the indie world. Plus, Sailor Moon. How can you go wrong? This and Femme Fatale Planeshift make the most beautiful combination!


Femme Fatale Bone Dust is a greyed out lilac matte base with pink shimmer. Hello long description! But seriously, this color is so cool. Femme Fatale has a few shadows in the matte base + shimmer formula and I really like them. I don’t have anything like this in my collection and it’s light enough to wear in the inner corner or on the lid.


Aromaleigh 100 Years of Winter is a sheer grey with heavy silver sparkle and a subtle pink shift. This color was actually made to be used as a multipurpose highlighter so I wear it both as an inner corner shade and as a cheek highlight. It was part of the first Aromaleigh Ephemera Subscription box.

That wraps up my most used highlight shades! Hope you guys enjoyed. Thanks again Luna for allowing me to be your guest poster today :)

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Thursday Guest Post!

Thursday Guest Post: Emma from In Pursuit of the Perfect Petticoat

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






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.



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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Leeeeeroy Jenkins

FOTD Blood Moon Unicorn

Dude, ignore that giant ass zit on my lip. d= I took a nap today and when I woke up BAM there it was. Today was the kids first day of school! Both had a good day. Fumiko is super excited that she gets lunch at school now. Also tomorrow is Mochi’s birthday. She shall be 3. :) Kiddo’s got to see Kai today after school. He got them some toys at Toys R Us then took us to see Guardians of the Galaxy. I liked it. The kids enjoyed it. I am very tired, but cannot sleep, yet again.

Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions BB Cream Silky Green


Sugarpill Cosmetics ChromaLust Smitten
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Amethyst

Wet N Wild Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer
Black Rose Minerals Blood Moon – all over lid
Fyrinnae Unicorn – inner corner & outer corner
Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara

Shiro Cosmetics Intertube Leeroy Jenkins

I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 33! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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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.


Canadian goth, a bit too obsessed with indie makeup, with a knitting degree and a touch too much hair.
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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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indie makeup blogger / geek / recovering academic / stereotypical Canadian / owner of cat
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