Friday, December 12, 2014

Best of Indie - Reader's Choice Awards Nomination Period

Hi everyone!

For the holiday season, I wanted to do a Reader's Choice Awards series specifically for indie brands. There are tons out there that focus on mainstream cosmetic brands but there really isn't one specifically for indie brands.

The way I have it set up is that you can nominate your favorite indie brands and indie products, with a focus on handcrafted products. This means that brands like OCC, Sugarpill, and Makeupgeek wouldn't be applicable since their products are not manufactured in house by the owner. That's not bad of course (especially on the scale that they operate), but I'm wanting to focus on the smaller, handcrafted brands.

The nomination period starts now until the 26th (or until nominations peter out). After the nomination period, I'll compile the results and let everyone vote on the brands and products for another two weeks. After everyone votes, I'll announce the top three winners for each category and will hopefully have it up by January 12th. By then, most indie shops will have returned from their winter hibernation and you'll all have new shops to purchase from!

All nominated brands will be included as long as they handcraft their products, I won't be including them if they utilize a lab to manufacture their products. For ease, I've generated a Google Form that you can use. Feel free to fill out as few or as many categories as you'd like. There's no real "prize" to the award but I do hope this gives many brands the opportunity to get the adoration that they so richly deserve! The focus is primarily on makeup brands but there are a few categories for handcrafted perfume and bath and body products.

If there's a category you'd like to see added during the nomination period, please leave me a comment and if enough people want to add it, I'll be sure to edit the Google Doc. I'm focusing on specific products and not colors at this point. The complete results will not be public as I don't want to hurt the feelings of brands who may not have received an expected number of votes. I will include all brands in the nomination period (again, excluding brands that utilize a lab).

Friday, December 5, 2014

Colourpop Lippie Stix in Flawless - Swatch and Review

I Purchased This

When I got my two Supershock Eyeshadows (swatches and review here), I also picked up a Lippie Stix in the shade Flawless. Flawless looked so beautiful as a red-violet and I was so intrigued considering it was only $5. It also looked hella slick and it's been so worth the $5.

colourpop flawless lippie stix product photo (1 of 3)

Where to Purchase: Colourpop
Price: $5.00 for 1.0 grams/ .0352 oz of lipstick
Do they test on animals?: The company does not.
Packaging: The lipstick comes in a white plastic twist up tube with a holographic label. The packaging is similar to what you might get with an eyeshadow pencil, it actually reminds me of the old MAC Shadesticks. The bullet has an angled tip. 

colourpop flawless lippie stix product photo (3 of 3)

Keep in mind that the price is proportional to the amount of product you get. It's about 1/3-1/2 the size of a regular lipstick so $5 is pretty reasonable. I also like the packaging since the bullet has an edge and is slim enough that you can apply it without needing to use a lip brush. It's very travel-friendly since it's got such a slim profile.

Flawless is described as a "deep red violet in a satin finish".

Click here to see my swatch and read how I feel about the formula!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Q-Tips Holiday Glam Look and Beauty Cleanup Tips


Today I've partnered with Q-Tips to share my Q-Tips Holiday Glam look and also tips for after you've done your beauty look. Creating a beauty look involves not only the creation but also the refinement at the end. If you need to sharpen up your look, Q-tips® Precision Tips™ and makeup remover are an economical way of cleaning up makeup messes without the need to use up a whole makeup wipe. You can also use q-tips to clean up your nails too so it's incredibly multi-purpose so you're covered from head to toe!
Q-tips Holiday Glam Look

Here are the ways I use q-tips to complete up my beauty look:

Eyes: Inner Corner Cleanup

I use a Q-tips Precision Tip to create a clean edge and to make sure my eyeshadow starts and ends exactly where I want it to. After I've applied the eyeshadow all over my eyelid and on my inner corner, I use the q-tip to clean up the shape and make sure it doesn't look messy. It also helps to clean up any eyeshadow fallout. Eye look complete!

Lips: Red Lipstick Cleanup

During the holiday season, everyone whips out the red and dark lip colors but these can be particularly unforgiving around the lip line. A lip brush can only do so much if you've got unsteady hands. After applying a red lipstick, I use some makeup remover or concealer around the edge to get a clean line. Red lip look complete!

Nails: Nail Polish Cleanup

Like red lipstick, red nail polish often comes out for the winter season. Reds can be unforgiving when the nail polish floods your cuticles or the sides of your nails. It's hard for me to cover my whole nail so I'm always cleaning up afterwards. I also did a nail look combining a gold foil nail polish with a red creme nail polish. I dabbed on some of the gold using a piece of plastic wrap to get a slightly marbled look.

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and here's my final look. Eyes, Lips, and Nails all put together for a party!

q tips campaign 3 (2 of 2)

I hope my look inspires you when you're gearing up to do your makeup for a holiday party or gathering! Neatness counts and the details really do matter. Feel free to visit Q-Tips' Instagram for lots of inspiration and Holiday Glam looks!

Disclosure: I was compensated by Q-tips to create this post. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Wishlist, Picks, and Recommendations: Indie Beauty Version!

In light of the numerous Black Friday sales list, I wanted to personalize my list a bit by sharing not only my wishlist but also my sales picks and recommendations specifically for indie cosmetics. Not only are a few brands having a fabulous sale, many are also releasing a few new products too! My picks are shown below. If you're looking for a more comprehensive list, feel free to check out Phyrra's list and this list on reddit.

Darling Girl Cosmetics

Part One: Flash Sales on Saturday 11/29/14, they will be 15 - 30 minutes each and will be starting at 25% of which is the highest discount I’ve ever offered and tapering down to 10%. You will have to keep an eye on our Facebook page as this is where the announcements for the flash sales will be.

Part 2: Black Friday event will be a 20% sale on gift certificates, so if you buy one for $25 you will be issued one for $30 etc. on up to $100. The catch you won’t be able to use these until the shop opens up in January

My Picks: Santa's Sneaky Sleigh Liquid Stardust (their take on the LORAC Liquid Lustres), Kerfluffle Pucker Paint (their liquid to matte lip color)

Indigo Bananas

20% off sale starting 11/28 9AM EST through Monday 12/1 9pm PST. Code is PAINTITBLACK. Code not applicable for Limited Edition items.

My Pick: Putting on the Ritz Nail Polish

Life's Entropy Cosmetics

Starts 11/28/14 12:00AM EST to 12/1/14 11:59PM PST. Orders below $25 get 10% off. Orders above $25 get 20% off. New product releases include a brow pomade, their reformulated foundation elixir, and limited edition lipsticks.

My Picks: Light Brown or Medium Brown Brow Theory Pomade (whichever is ashier), Milky Way Lipstick (the color is supposed to be a dupe for MAC Soar and the formula is supposed to be a dupe for the NARS Audacious lipsticks

Limnit Lipsticks

Sale beginning Black Friday and running through Cyber Monday. Everything will be marked 20% off, and the first 100 orders will receive a free lipstick sample.

My Picks: I don't plan on picking anything up from the sale since I already have most of the colors but I can recommend Abracadabra, Castle in the Sky, and Olly Olly Oxen Free. (Swatches herehere)

Silk Naturals

Starting now-December 5th. Use code cyberweek14 for 5% off and through Dec. 1 you can get a special double-stack eye duo with a $20 purchase.

My Picks: Their Kisser Slickers and Eyeshadows

Sugarpill Cosmetics (affiliate link)

TBA but it's usually a % off your order!

My Picks: Any of their palette or loose eyeshadows. I particularly love Goldilux!

theBalm Cosmetics

50% off Cyber Monday Sale from December 1st-December 2nd.

My Picks: Any of their eyeshadow palettes and their Instain Blushes

Are there any particular sales you're interested in?

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