Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Jinx Inspired Look

Another for the Dark Side of Beauty monthly challenge. Week 2 is Jinx, a new champion that I've never actually played. But I do like the character design (somewhat impractical clothing or lack thereof aside) and she seems like tonnes of fun. Plus this gave me a chance to try something a bit fun.

Jinx lives to wreak havoc without a thought for consequence, leaving a trail of mayhem and panic in her wake. A manic and impulsive criminal, she despises nothing more than boredom, and gleefully unleashes her own volatile brand of pandemonium to the one place she finds dullest: Piltover. With an arsenal of deadly toys, she unleashes the brightest explosions and loudest blasts - all the better to shock and surprise the hapless authorities. Always just out of the law's reach, Jinx's favorite game is to toy with Piltover's finest - especially Vi.
from the League of Legends wiki. Her full lore is actually pretty long and interesting so do pop over there to read it!

for this I used: Victorian Disco Arda (pink) and Evenstar (blue) over the right and left lids respectively. For crease colours I used Black Rose Minerals Annabele Lee (blue) and Shiro Wheeeeeee! (pink), brows are Shiro Wheeeeeee! (pink) and Geek Chic Little Albatross (blue). For liner I used Barry M black glitter kohl liner.The glitter on the lids is Victorian Disco Barrett (blue) and Darling Girl Freaky Friday (pink)

This was tonnes of fun! What do you guys think? Are you LoL players and if so have you played Jinx yet? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Darling Girl Haul and Swatches

So this is an old haul, most of these shades are from the Darling Girl Easter collection. Oops! Unfortunately this means that all the easter shades have now been removed from the website and are no longer available for sale, apologies for that. Still, you can admire the prettyness? 

Anyhow, on to the swatches. As per usual all shadows were photographed in natural light, but this time the swatches are done with only primer on the left and pixie epoxy on the right. Let me know if you prefer this over the old way (just pixie epoxy except for mattes). 

Darling Girl Chicka Chicka Boom Swatch

Chicka Chicka Boom - Pale golden champagne with soft pink glow and in certain lighting a green shift

Darling Girl Chickster Swatch

Chickster - Light caramel with silvery green sheen and in the right lighting you might just spy the prettiest soft pinky purple.

Darling Girl Chicks Dig It Swatch

Chicks Dig It - Mint green with pink to green shift purple sparkle. 

Darling Girl Chick Me Out Swatch

Chick Me Out - Green tinged yellow (just shy of chartreuse) with green to peach shift. 

Darling Girl Turning Japanese Swatch

Turning Japanese - Golden champagne with pink to green shift and green and gold iridescence. 

All of the above together, left to right: Chicka Chicka Boom, Chickster, Chicks Dig It, Chick Me OutTurning Japanese.

Darling Girl Cold Comfort Swatch

Cold Comfort GWP (no description) – pretty shimmery tan

Darling Girl Die, Die My Darling Swatch

Die Die My Darling - Gorgeous olive green with pinky red undertones and glimpses of gold and pink sparkles.

Turning Japanese and Die, Die my Darling can both be purchased online at Darling Girl Cosmetics. Prices range from $2.50 to $5.90 depending on the size purchased. Full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product. Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product. Samples are packaged in 2x2 zip lock baggies with approximately 1/8 tsp of product. (Samples are available as sets of 5 Mix and Match for $4.00)

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Favourites (of the past several weeks!)

Blog Love:

  • It's summer and protecting your skin, while important all year round, really comes to the forefront of everyone's minds in prime sunburn time. Perfect time to read these posts from A Model Recommends and Phyrra
  • I never want to have children from Blue Haired in Belgium tackles a (slightly) controversial topic in a far more brilliantly put way than I ever could (I never want sproglets either).
  • I can't be the only one who finds the Google Analytics dashboard overwhelming, luckily xo misse is here to help
  • I think this is a must read while this post is focused on the youtube community (and ASMR on youtube in particular) I think HeatherFeather is extremely wise and well spoken and gives great advice for anyone who faces trolling or rude comments on any platform.
  • Blogger Envy, we've all had it at one time or another, and I thought this post from Tea Party Beauty tackled the subject eloquently and with plenty of useful information

Other things I've been loving this week:

  • I just found this shop but I want to buy everything! JanineBasil at Etsy
  • Creatures from Dreams for all your beautiful, creepy and fantastical creature needs
  • My own place. Teething problems and the minor hassle of pulling out a sofa bed every night aside it's really cool to have my own space. I haven't quite put everything away or really made it 'homey' yet, but it is mine and that's kinda awesome. If anyone has any tips on living alone on a budget or recipes (or can recommend me any awesome blogs to follow!) then I would very much appreciate them. This is also why I've sucked at blogging and commenting this week, so much to do!
  • My sister graduated! :D I am so proud of her, she has a BSc Hons in Psychology and Criminology now and I think she is awesome.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Goth Annie

I'm taking part in the Dark Side of Beauty Monthly Challenge again! Well, when I saw it was League of Legends related I couldn't really say no. Admittedly I haven't played any games in a long time but I did enjoy it back in uni and I do like the aesthetics, even if most of the female champions suffer from female game character syndrome (unrealistic figures and extremely revealing outfits).

The character for week 1 is Goth Annie. Annie being the champion and Goth Annie being one of the available for purchase skins, which got a visual upgrade not so long ago as she was one of the original characters and as such had some very basic graphics. I have played Annie as a character fairly often, and she's immense fun, her ultimate can be pretty lethal - darned bear!

In the time shortly before the League, there were those within the sinister city-state of Noxus who did not agree with the evils perpetrated by the Noxian High Command. The High Command had just put down a coup attempt from the self-proclaimed Crown Prince Raschallion, and a crack down on any form of dissent against the new government was underway. These political and social outcasts, known as the Gray Order, sought to leave their neighbors in peace as they pursued dark arcane knowledge. The leaders of this outcast society were a married couple: Gregori Hastur, the Gray Warlock, and his wife Amoline, the Shadow Witch. Together they led an exodus of magicians and other intelligentsia from Noxus, resettling their followers beyond the Great Barrier to the northern reaches of the unforgiving Voodoo Lands. Though survival was a challenge at times, the Gray Order's colony managed to thrive in a land where so many others would have failed.Years after the exodus, Gregori and Amoline had a child: Annie. Early on, Annie's parents knew there was something special about their daughter. At the age of two, Annie miraculously ensorcelled a shadow bear - a ferocious denizen of the petrified forests outside the colony - turning it into her pet. To this day she keeps her bear ''Tibbers'' by her side, often keeping him spellbound as a stuffed doll to be carried like a child's toy. The combination of Annie's lineage and the dark magic of her birthplace have given this little girl tremendous arcane power. It is this same girl who now finds herself as one of the most sought-after champions within the League of Legends - even by the city-state that would have exiled her parents had they not fled beforehand. via League of Legends
(I do love that her last name is Hastur, Lovecraft references <3)

Used: Barry M Kohl pencil in Black glitter as a base over the entire lid, lipline and for the liner on the lower lid. Victorian Disco Halloween Town over the liner as a black shadow. Black Rose Minerals Unicorn in the center of the lid with Victorian Disco Riot Shield glitter patted over it (kept in place using Darling Girl Glitter Glue). Center lip colour was Shiro Cosmetics Yo Dawg.

As you may have guessed I took inspiration from the makeup Annie herself wears, with a bit extra glowy purple to add a little pzazz,

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

This is the look I wore to go to the cinema on my own and watch The Fault in Our Stars. I loved the book (and I think John Green is a great writer and generally caring person). The film was amazing by the way, they stayed pretty true to the book and I sobbed my way through it. Totally worth the £11 it cost me (it would have been £8 but I did buy a drink...).

Used: Geek Chic My Mind Palace across the lid, Victorian Disco My Feels as liner on the lower lashline, Victorian Disco SCAR-H glitter and I can't remember in the crease. Liner is the Eyeko one that came free with Glamour last month, can't remember the mascara. My brows are Victorian Disco Godric.

I went for blue, black and white for this, inspired by the cover of the book. 

Have you guys seen the TFiOS movie or read the book? What do you think?