Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Pursuit of Fabulous-Review of Natural Big Eyes Lenses - Dolly Eye - Pop C Light Violet

Hello my lovelies,
    I am back again with another circle lens review for you. This time I am reviewing Natural Big Eye Lenses Dolly Eye Pop C in Light Violet. I originally purchased these lenses from EyeCandy's Store but for some reason they are no longer in stock. AS I have stated before I have really dark brown eyes and while some lenses look amazing in the photos on the website they don't live up to their images when you get them out of their vials and into your eyes. While I am sure that those lenses may look jaw dropping amazing with people with lighter eyes not so much on us dark eyed ladies and gents. But not so with these lenses, you can tell the difference and the actual color from a distance. If you are looking for a lens that stands out in a crowd these lenses are for you. I love dramatic looking lenses and makeup so these were right up my alley.
Without flash on an overcast day

With flash., just look at the amazing color.

Enlargement- 8 out 10 bats
  These lovelies are huge. Large enough to draw attention to you but not too big that people will think that you are some strange alien from another planet. People will glance your way and do a double take. So be prepared. 

Color and Design- 8 out of 10 bats
   The color of these lenses are amazing. The pigmentation is dark enough to stand out against my dark eyes and up against my dying camera. They are really vibrant! If you are looking for a more subtle or natural violet eye, then these are not for you. They are quite dramatic and stunning. But then again, I love the strange and unusual.

Comfort- 7 out of 10 bats
   While these lenses are comfortable my eyes were being to tire and dry out after about six to seven hours. If you are thinking of wearing these beauties all day/night take some eye drops and your case in case they dry out too much.

Overall- 7 1/2 bats out of 10
    While I loved the color and enlargement of these amazing lenses, I wish they were a bit more comfortable for me to wear longer without drops. People will do a double take and stare at these lovely lenses since they are so striking and really draw attention to your eyes. I still can't rave enough about how pigmented they are to stand out from a distance on my dark eyes. So if you are looking for a gorgeous violet lens that will draw attention go out and purchase these.

It appears that after I composed this blog entry, my sad sick little camera has finally given up the ghost and died a horrible death. Which, I will say, is all for the best since it could no longer take decent close up pictures. So, since the camera gods have spoken, I will be purchasing a camera after the holidays and I will be back with better (and clearer) pictures and I will be revising the tutorial with new images and of course more reviews and tutorials. So have a wonderful holiday season and I will see you all in 2013. Until next time my dears...

Monday, December 10, 2012

In the Pursuit of Fabulous-Neutral Big Eye Makeup

Hello my lovlies~

  I am back and this time with my first every makeup tutorial. I figured that I would start off with an everyday  neutral look complete with theBarbie Puffy Three Tone Brown Lenses from my last review. While I am more a dramatic makeup fan there are days when I really love a neutral look.I know that my pictures aren't the best but my camera is limping along on its last legs and I am hoping it last through the holiday season. Perhaps I will be lucky and Santa will bring me a new one.  But now on with the tutorial. 
**Updated with new cleared pictures thank to my new camera and Santa. ^_~**
Neutral Big Eye

 What I used for this tutorial:
Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance, Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Milk,  Manly 120 Professional Palette , Mac's Embark, Makeup Forevera Aquashadow in Matte BlackMAC's Liquid Last Liner, your favorite mascara and some lashes Red Cherry 103 (optional).

Manly Makeup Palette

Mac's Embark

Step 1: First use Too Faced Eyeshadow insurance over your entire lid and then apply your NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk and blend. Apply under your eye as well since we will be adding color under your eye to tie in the look.

Step 2: Now that the first color marked on the Manly 120 Professional Palette and pat over your lid.

Step 3: Take the second color marked on the Manly Palette and apply in and above your crease also bringing it down and under your eye midway to tie in the look. Don't worry how blocky it looks we will be blending it out in the end.

Step 4: Take Embark and apply it in the outer corner of your eye in a sideways v shape. Use as much or as little as you would like but remember it won't be as bold as when you first put it on due to blending.

 Step 5: Take the shadow marked 4 on the Manly Palette and apply to the brow bone as your highlight. Now take a brush and blend, blend, blend, and BLEND until you get the desired transition of color. Remember to use your brush in a side to side windshield wiper motion. If needed take a makeup cleansing cloth (or baby wipe) and wipe away any fall out.

Step 6: Line your eyes. I used Makeup Forever's Aqua shadow on my waterline(which I set by placing some black matte eye shadow on top of it--I found that by doing that it makes it last longer) and used MAC's Liquid Last liner on my lid and apply lashes Red Cherry 103 (optional).

**Now I find it easier for me to do my eye makeup first and then the rest of my face. It works out best for me in this way since I draw/paint on my brows. But everyone has their own way of doing makeup do what is easiest for you**

You are done and you look fabulous! 

Well my lovelies, I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Until next time my dears...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

In the Pursuit of Fabulous-Barbie Puffy Three Tones Brown from Unisqo

Hello my lovlies~
   I am sorry that I have been away for so long. A lot has happened since I last posted ,the two major events  that occured were that we got a new boxer puppy which my children have named Cody and I participated in my first NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November. For those of you who haven't participated in NaNoWriMo it is basically a writing frenzy all month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days and I am proud to say that I met the goal but I didn't do anything else. I was a mad writing hermit during the month of November. But I am back with a review of the Barbie Puffy Three Tones Lenses in Brown from Uniqso. I bought these lenses several months back due to the fact that the company was having an amazing sale on this brand and I wanted some new lenses to review. I wasn't quite sure about buying brown lenses since I all ready have dark brown eyes but I am honestly thrilled with how these lenses look. While I am normally drawn to more drastic lenses these didn't fall flat at all. While the color change isn't as shocking or unusual as yellow lenses would be, I found myself admiring these beauties every time I passed a mirror.
If you look closely you can see a slight reddish or pink ring around the pupil opening. I love this and it gave my eyes more "depth" instead of just a solid colored lens.

My crappy camera fails to capture the gorgeous hues in this lens.
Enlargement- 6 out of 10 bats
  These lenses did make my eyes larger but it didn't give an alien appearance. However you will notice the slight difference in your eyes. 

Color and Design- 7 out of 10 bats
  These lenses are gorgeous in the vials and out. There is a slight pinkish/red inner ring where the pupil opening which explodes into a frenzy of different browns and ambers and ends with a soft brown outer ring.The lenses are what I would consider natural but they are anything but boring. While personally I love the strange and unusual colors and patterns, I really love the look of these lenses.

Comfort- 9 out of 10 bats
  These lenses are EXTREMELY comfortable. I wore them for a full eight hours and I didn't have any complaints. They did what I want from a pair of lenses. They stayed in place with no hassle that I forgot that I was wearing them.

Overall- 7 out of 10 bats
   Needless to say, I really loved these lenses. While they didn't make my eyes as large and alien looking as I would like, I couldn't stop admiring these lenses throughout the day. The color and design were gorgeous especially giving the brown so much more depth and the comfort was out of this world.I was pleasantly surprised at the new shade of brown my eyes achieved and I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing another set of Barbie lenses especially if they are as comfortable as these. I do have this same lens in blue so I look forward to seeing how well the blue stands up against my dark eyes.

Until next time my dears...

Monday, September 3, 2012

In the Pursuit of Fabulous..Review of Fresh Look Color Blends Gray

Hello my lovelies,
    I am finally back again with another lens review after a whirlwind adventure of moving into my new abode. While moving and unpacking can take on a person's sanity, (How the hell did I acquire this much stuff and did it breed while moving are two of the questions I found myself constantly asking.) I figured before I drowned in an ocean of cardboard, I should do a review of some sort in order to break the monotony of trying to unpack and find a place of all this STUFF. So in order to start off the month of September properly, I decided to do a review of the FreshLook ColorBlends Gray lenses. Why the color gray and not something more vibrant? Well there are two reasons really.First,while I do have some more vibrant lenses to review (which I am drawn to more) I really haven't seen a lot of reviews about grey lenses. Yes, there are reviews of grey lenses but not as many as greens, blues and even browns which I found interesting. And second, it has been nothing but gray here with storms and winds from Hurricane Issac making landfall. Now, I am really sad to report that I am really not overly impressed with these lenses. Essentially I was extremely excited to get them and try them on but once they were in my enthusiasm deflated like flaccid balloon. Now I will warn you ahead of time, these are about as natural as they come (which may be part of my disappointment even though I was wanting natural colored lenses).To quote the Princess Bride, I was hoping for eyes that looked liked "the sea after the storm"and all I got was what appears like gray foggy patches on my eye. O.o So now when I wear these I appear to have some strange eye disease. Could this be because my eyes are darker? Possibly? But never the less, these lenses make my eyes look dirty and like I should be quarantined due to this new eye plague. I didn't even ask my husband what he thought of these since I was afraid he would all the Centers for Disease Control after looking at my eyes.
I don't have an eye disease, honest. Freshlook gray lenses in natural light.

While they do look slightly better inside, I still look like there is something wrong with my eyes.

Enlargement-  2 out of 10 bats
  These lenses are as natural as they come. They even have the subtle brown ring at the outer edges of the gray. So if you are looking for lenses that make you eyes appear larger even the slightest bit try a different brand.

Color and Design- 3.5 out of 10 bats
   The lenses look lovely in their jars. The grey appears nice and opaque with the soft brown outer ring. After putting them on you will do a double check at the foggy appearance which reminded me of my lovely dog Zyllah's developing cataracts when she passed away at the age of 14 years. Now, I will state again that I have dark brown eyes. They may look amazing on people with lighter eyes. I just look like I have an eye disease with these in.

Comfort- 3 out of 10 bats
    As if these lenses didn't have enough going against them with making me appear to have eye cooties (as my 8 year old would say) they really aren't as comfortable as my other lenses. They don't conform to my eye as well as other brands that I have and  I can constantly tell that they are in. I really hate that. When I wear a lenses I want to forget that they are there and enjoy the day.I don't want to be constantly be reminded about the floating piece of plastic that is hovering on my eyeball.

Overall- 3 out of 10 bats
   While the naturalness of the size of the lens didn't bother me at all since I was looking for a pair of "natural" colored lenses. The color, design and comfort were a huge flop. The pigmentation of the coloring against my natural eye color failed completely. The color didn't cover up or blend very well it just gave me the appearance that I have foggy disease ridden patches on my eyes and the comfort just wasn't there. I will not be purchasing these lenses again and I will continue my search for the perfect gray colored lens.

Until next time my dears...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Controlling Chaos- Moving and other lapsing moments of sanity

Hello my lovelies...
   I haven't posted anything recently due to the fact that we have recently moved into our new home. While being first time home owners is horribly exciting and wonderful. It also is truly sucks and is terrifying beyond all belief. Essentially we had lots and lots of volunteers to help us move, however we picked the shittiest weekend to move due to the fact that it RAINED, everyone else was either sick with the Exorcist like plague 4 out of the 5 of us had the week before, or their in-laws were moving or they were on vacation. Go figure. Leave it to us to plan to move on a weekend like this.
    Now the week before my poor hubby took a week of half days from work and painted like a madman in order to get rid of the "soul sucking" brown paint that the previous owners decided to paint EVERYTHING (with the exception of the kitchen which is a hideous shade of cheap dog food red vomit). We let the boys pick the color of their rooms, our oldest loves the color yellow and his younger brother wanted his room just like his brother's. Then the living room and the hallways had to be painted, our daughter's bedroom, our room ( no self respecting goth can have a soul sucking brown bedroom..while "soul sucking" sounds sinister and cool, it just looks horribly tacky and like someone painted dog poo on the walls) and the study/guest bedroom. We decided that we would have to do the rest of the painting after we unpacked everything (HA! Like that is ever going to happen. ). Needless to say,we did have two people help us, my dad and Kevin (Mike's friend from work). I have to give kick ass kudos to Kevin for coming to help us in the morning and afternoon and then going to help his in-laws move into their house later that evening.
     While they unloaded the truck, which was later involved in a fender bender (a surprise moving expense--there were a couple), I was stuck entertaining three children and trying to pack the rest of our items at our former house. Packing with three kids awake and running around is the equivalent of trying to do liposuction on yourself with a vacuum cleaner. Initially it sounds like a good idea, however right after you start you realized that this is much more trouble than it is worth and someone may end up going to the emergency room. So, needless to say I hardly got any progress done on the smaller items with my children fighting for helping rights with the tape gun or throwing random stuff in boxes to "pack with mommy".
   Now as if moving, getting utilities turned on and renting a U Haul wasn't enough money quickly disappearing out of our bank account, Mike got into a small fender bender in the rental truck. Apparently he stopped a little too far over the white line while slowing to a stop at a red light. He checked both mirrors and no one was there so he decided to back up a little bit. Yes, he shouldn't have backed up. But if you were in a little car would you pull up on the butt of a GIANT 24 foot rental truck? And once you saw the truck was starting to back up wouldn't you honk to let them know you were there before it hit your car? Well not if you are on your cell phone (I hate people driving and talking on their cell drives me nuts and texting? Don't get me started. But ANYWAYS....) For my husband's poor lack of judgement and this woman tale gating the truck so close he couldn't see her we now have to pay for a $166 dollar ticket my husband acquired for backing up "improperly" into a woman who was right up on a HUGE U-Haul trucks ass. GREAT.
   But of course, shit always happens to us in threes. Our last stroke of luck was the fact that our fridge died and refused to cool.It was running and the lights turned on but there was no cool air coming from anywhere. Thankfully when I called Sears I opted for the more expensive repair package which gave us a 500 dollar voucher in case our fridge was dead. So after living out of a cooler and eating fast food (which is horribly disgusting  for three days we went to Sears to pick out a new fridge. Now Mike  researches EVERYTHING. He obsesses. I just want it to save energy and keep my food cold and my frozen stuff frozen. So, he had all ready picked out two he wanted to get from the reviews. We loaded up our horde and drove to Sears to look at refrigerators.Our three children apparently had lost their minds in the move and decided to act like wild hooligans in the store while we looked at appliances. After contemplating selling our children to gypsies and then realizing they wouldn't take them, we picked out a fridge which was the cheaper of the two and that would fit into our "fridge cubby" (where the tinest shelves are located on top of the fridge area which you can never get to comfortably even with a chair--seriously what the hell do you put up there except for things you rarely ever use?). Sears, of course, came in scratched the new paint on the wall while taking out the old fridge. Thankfully we have paint for touch ups.We placed all of our food in it and all was wonderful, until Mike attempted to get ice and water. He hates the levers on the water and ice dispenser and dislikes the layout of the fridge's lack of shelves. So, in order to have some sort of sanity and to prevent me from braining my honey with a cast iron skillet five years down the road while he is still bitching about the fridge lack of shelves he is researching for a replacement. He has less that 30 days to find a replacement (the return policy) or he is stuck with it. He is still trying to get my convinced that a refrigerator only unit and a deep freeze is the way to go. But I refuse to give up my new ice maker and filtered water feature and I refuse to by more appliances to have them. So he is still searching. Well my younger ones are waking up from their naps so until next time my dears...

Monday, August 6, 2012

In the Pursuit of Fabulous...Review of Ifairy Style Hanabi Blue Circle lens

Hello my lovelies,
     I am doing another Circle lens review for you today. Today I am reviewing Ifairy Style Hanabi Blue Circle lenses. As being a brown eyed beauty, I longed to have the striking combination of blue eyes with black hair. This combination has always been truly stunning with mixture of darkness and light. So naturally I needed to try this out on myself to see how I liked it.These are the first blue circle lenses that I purchased and I am extremely pleased with them. Having really dark brown eyes I was concerned that the color wouldn't be noticeable from a distance, but I was pleasantly surprised. While you can make out that the lenses are blue from a distance but the bright blue color and pattern isn't really noticeable until you are close up and in bright light. I asked my husband what he thought of the new lenses and he responded, "Their blue and they look weird." I am guessing that "weird" is going to be the standard response for circle lenses due to the enlargement. He should be used to weird, he is after all with me. My camera and the light were apparently working against me today. So until the budget allows, my camera will continue to call my bluff on throwing it away from something new.So Dreadful gives Ifairy Style Hanabi Blue the following ratings..
Natural light inside
Sunlight outside
Enlargement- 9.5 out of 10 bats
   Theses lenses are larger than my Candy Magic Big Size Green. They are 15mm, so you will notice a considerable difference. The lenses do give you an alien or doll like appearance. So people will look at you and try to figure out what is different about you.

Color and Design- 8 out of 10 bats
    While these lenses do stand out against my dark brown eyes, I really wished that they were more vibrant from a distance. The swirled pattern is quite striking against the blue but I wish I could see it a bit better on my eyes. Similar to the Candy Magic Big Size Green these may be more vibrant on lighter eyes.

Comfort- 8 out of 10 bats
   These lenses are quite comfortable, however I do get a bit of a haze in my peripheral vision which can be slightly annoying.

Overall- 8.5 out of 10 bats
   The color and design are gorgeous and you will have an doll like appearance with these lenses,however the hazy peripheral vision may be irritating.

Until next time my dears..

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pursuit of Fabulous-Makeup Forever Aqua Shadow

Hello my darlings,
    Today I am reviewing Makeup Forever's Aqua Shadows. I must admit, I was a little hesitant over the initial cost but since I am in search of a new makeup sealer for my eyebrows (that will be another post for another day) I decided to take the plunge. I will admit that when I first saw them on Faces by Sarah 's blog I had to try them out. I purchased both the black (#0E) and the jade (#8E) featured in Sarah's tutorial and honestly, they are well worth the money. I have used them both as a quick eyeliner and couldn't be happier. The shadows go on smooth with a creamy feel, unlike some pencil shadows which drag roughly across the eyelid. I can even line my tightline with these shadows which is saying a lot. I hate the feel of eyeliner dragging across my tightline so I hardly ever line it. But These shadows are simply amazing and they last all day long. In addition to their staying power, they are virtually smudge proof against little (or even big) fingers and waterproof.  So Dreadful gives Makeup Forever's Aqua Shadow the following ratings...

Pigmentation- 8 out of 10 bats
  The colors are highly pigmented. I often find that pencil shadows/liners are never as vibrant as they appear online or often you have to cake them on in order to achieve the desired color. This is not the case with Aqua Shadows. They may be a little bit difficult to blend so be warned.

Staying power- 9 out of 10 bats
   I'm hard on my eye makeup. I have allergies, little fingers that want to touch my eyes, and I also wear contacts so I am constantly either touching my eyes or someone else is trying to. So if Aqua shadows can put up with the things that happen to my eyes and stay on without making me look like I am a raccoon or that I have been punched in eyes, I am impressed.

Affordability-7 out of 10 bats
  While I love the product and I would love to have all the colors, it is really steep for my budget. They are twenty dollars USD a pop and with twelve different beautiful colors the average person is going to have to pick and choose which ones to buy. Due to the color, feel and staying power really makes these shadows worth it. I would rather have one amazing lasting shadow which doubles as eyeliner that is a bit more expensive than the cheaper one that I have to cake on and use twice if not three times as much in order to achieve the same look.

Overall rating- 8 out of 10 bats
    The pros outweigh the con for this product.While they are expensive, they last and are super pigmented and glide on the eyes like a dream. So go and pick out the color or colors that you really want and enjoy.

Looking to order? You can order Makeup Forever's Aqua Shadows here .

Until next time my dears...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

In the Pursuit of Fabulous- Review of Candy Magic Big Size Green

Hello my lovelies,
     While I have always been obsessed with makeup, I have just recently come across the world of Circle Lenses. Circle lenses are colored contact lenses that give the eye a bigger almost doll like appearance. The really great thing about these lenses is that they are cosmetic so you don't have to pay an arm or a leg for them. And as an added bonus, you don't have to visit an optometrist and jump through hoops in order to get a prescription. Now if you need a prescription, never fear my lovelies, lots of styles are available with prescriptions. So for all you dark eyed beauties (like myself), you can now have the stunning bright brilliant lighter colored eyes you have always wanted on a decent budget anytime you want. 
   I recently ordered the Candy Magic Big Size Green from EyeCandy Lens . For years, I have always wanted brilliant emerald green eyes and I had to have them. The shipping was decent, especially coming from overseas.( Now remember if you order from them you will have to be home to sign for the delivery or go pick it up directly from your local post office.) I promptly tore open the package and opened the precious little vials and anxiously waited while my lenses soaked overnight. I popped these lovelies in.While they were extremely green and vibrant in the vials, I was slightly disappointed that they did not show up as brightly as I wanted against my dark brown eyes. The green is noticeable close up in bright sunlight or from the flash of a camera but not from a distance. They were extremely large and even though my husband couldn't notice the color difference when I first put them of he did mention that my eyes looked "weird". My eyes are gigantic in these lenses. Now in all honestly I thought that these lenses were going to be really uncomfortable due to how large they are.Surprisingly, these lenses are extremely comfortable. I have worn them for hours without any irritation.  So, Dreadful gives the Candy Magic Big Size Green Lenses the following ratings..

Enlargement-9 out of 10 bats
  My eyes look almost alien in these lenses. People will do a double take, even if they can't tell the color, from the size of your eyes.

Color and Design- 7 out of 10 bats
   The color of these lenses are really beautiful but didn't show up well against my dark eyes unless in sunlight or from the flash of a camera. However, I do think that these lenses would be absolutely stunning on someone with lighter colored eyes.

Comfort-9 out of 10 bats
  These lenses are quite comfortable to wear. They did initially float around when I first placed them in, hence the 9 out of 10 bats.

Overall- 8 out of 10 bats
  They are quite comfortable and will enlarge your eyes, however if you have darker eyes they will be as vibrant in regular light from a distance.

Until next time my dears...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In the Pursuit of Fabulous..EOTD- Blue Storm done with Sugarpill cosmetics

     Welcome to the first installment of  In the Pursuit of Fabulous. Today, I am doing a review for Sugarpill cosmetics. I honestly can't say this enough, I love Sugarpill cosmetics. While I would be surprised if there were some people out there who haven't fallen in love with this amazing brand and jumped on the bandwagon. But, just in case you are late to the party don't despair.
   Shrinkle, the owner/creator of Sugarpill, is a complete visionary. I remember running across Shrinkle, several years ago on Ebay (we won't go into how many), where she was selling Kryolan makeup. The colors where bright, outrageous and were simply gorgeous (not to mention they lasted FOREVER-seriously, I still have some in my makeup horde). However, it took a bit of practice to work with it. But it was well worth it. She took the brilliant and vibrant colors and created her own line of cosmetics and what can I say? They are AMAZING! So instantly when she opened up her online shop I had to purchase some. Not only is her customer service and shipping extremely professional, the quality of the makeup is simply perfect.There have been other brands which claimed to have vibrant color and fall flat on their faces.But, Sugarpill never fails to impress me every single time I wear it. So, if you don't have any, go get some, right now. Enough gushing about the makeup and on to the EOTD-Blue Storm.

Colors used: Tako and Afterparty from the Sweetheart pallet and Royal Sugar and Stella loose shadows.