LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

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LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

LUSH Emotional Brilliance is a product that's always caught my eye in store but remained undabbled with until a short time ago, when I attended a LUSH event and was allowed to pick an item of my choosing. At the event we played with the LUSH colour wheel, which involves spinning the wheel and then picking out three colours that stand out to you as soon as the wheel stops spinning, without consciously thinking about your choices. Those three colour picks are supposed to represent three aspects: your strength or weakness, your subconscious and your ambition. I got Fantasy, Power and Ambition, which led me to conclude that I am secretly an evil queen. 


...And I'm okay with that :D 

If you haven't heard of the Emotional Brilliance range, they're a collection of eyeshadows, eyeliners and multi-tasking lip and cheek products, each named for a particular emotion or trait. They're sold in identical 5ml vials, with the eyeshadows and lip/cheek products including a doefoot applicator and the eyeliners having a skinny brush tip. They're all laid out by colour in the store and alphabetically on the NZ website, so there isn't really an easy way to identify which colour might be for this or that function, short of opening each vial or clicking into each product listing on the site. To save you a bit of time, I've collated their uses below:
  • Lip & cheeks: Ambition, Believe, Bubbly, Charm, Confident, Decisive, Drive, Glamorous, Passionate, Perspective, Power, Strong, Vibrance
  • Eyeshadow: Focus,  Happiness, Lifted, Sophisticated, Wise
  • Eyeliner: Calm, Control, Dynamic, Fantasy, Feeling Secure, Healthy, In Charge, Independent, Intuitive, Motivation, Quietly Motivated, Success
When it came to choosing one to bring home with me, I decided to opt for Power, a warm gold-shimmered red because I love a multi tasker and let's face it, when red is on the table, I'll always go for it. Because red lipstick is life.

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

Power is a rich, warm red with intense golden shimmer and great colour pay off. It's a very emollient formula, which makes it ideal for blending out seamlessly on cheeks, but lets it down when applied to lips, where it slips around and is difficult to even out completely. It's a shame, because the golden glow is absolutely STUNNING! I'll layer this over a lipliner or a similar lipstick next time I wear it because I love the final effect too much to let it go, but I think LUSH need to tweak their formula a little more to find that perfect half way point. 
Points for general ease of application though - the doe foot applicator was easy to control for a defined lip shape and can be used to dab the products on cheeks, too. I found a little went a very long way as a blush and that I could blend it out with my fingers without displacing the foundation beneath. A stippling brush works great too.
When I tested Power for wear, it lasted for just under eleven hours on my cheeks and four and a half hours on lips. It was drying towards the end of wear when used as a lipstick, but I didn't experience any issues with feathering - surprising, given the emollience! This has a very faint scent of roses, though a touch greener.

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

LUSH Emotional Brilliance - Power Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Excellent colour pay off
  • Blends out beautifully on cheeks
  • Wears for just under eleven hours on cheeks, four and a half hours on lips
  • Doesn't feather or migrate on lips
What I didn't like:
  • Super emollient formula makes it difficult to even out the colour completely on lips
  • Drying towards the end of wear on lips
Where to buy:
  • LUSH products can be purchased at LUSH Online (NZ) or you can find your nearest LUSH store using the store locator. International readers can find their local LUSH site here!

Have you tried any of the LUSH Emotional Brilliance products? I'd love to hear your thoughts on them.

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Fire Faeries, Bronze Dawn, Bubbles, Tapestry of Obscenities, Triple Dog Dare and Jaycee-Boo Who Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Fire Faeries, Bronze Dawn, Bubbles, Tapestry of Obscenities, Triple Dog Dare and Jaycee-Boo Who Swatches & Review


Hey guys,

Darling Girl are retiring a bunch of eyeshadows to make way for new colours, so I thought I'd better get my butt into gear and share some of the ones I have before they're no longer available! There are three holiday collections that are being retired with plans for them to return each holiday season, but one collection, One Hit Wonders, is getting the axe permanently so I encourage you to scoot on over and pick up any wishlist items before it's too late! The last day they'll be available is the 31st of January. Some of the shades reviewed below are permanent so I'll not whether they're permanent or retiring with each review.

Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($6USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($2.50USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 5 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $4USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!

All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Fire Faeries

Darling Girl Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fire Faeries (Permanent) is described as a mid-tone purple with shifts from pinky red to gold. It's sheerer and more purple when applied to bare skin, but once you get it over a sticky base it really coems to life with gorgeous, glowing shimmer. Definitely my kind of purple, I loved matching it with the fuchsia sparks in Bronze Dawn, which you'll see further down the post. I found the texture a little drier than I'm used to from Darling Girl's formula, but it didn't pose any application issues.
Bronze Dawn

Darling Girl Bronze Dawn Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bronze Dawn Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bronze Dawn Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Bronze Dawn (permanent) is a rich ruddy mauve with a strong golden bronze shimmer overlay and larger particles of pink sparkle. I know I'm predictable, but I absolutely love this one! How have I overlooked it on the site for so long?! Bronze Dawn knocks it out of the park with strong colour pay off and a smooth texture. It looks a lot more shimmery in the swatch over the sticky base (on the right) but when I patted it on the lower lashline with a flat shader brush and no base, it was still just as shimmery, so definitely pat instead of swipe this one for maximum sparkle.

Bubbles

Darling Girl Bubbles Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bubbles Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bubbles Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Bubbles (permanent) is a sheer pinky beige with blue and green colour shifting shimmer and iridescent sparkle. I know I'm repeating the word 'gorgeous' a lot here, but dammit, it is! Works perfectly alone or over an adhesive base; I used it alone on the inner corner in the look below and loved how glowy it still was, even without any kind of base to bolster it. Definitely pick this one up if you've been wanting to play around with some duochromes.
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Darling Girl Bubbles, Bronze Dawn & Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bubbles, Bronze Dawn & Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bubbles, Bronze Dawn & Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look I used Bronze Dawn on the outer thirds of the lid and along the lower lash line, Fire Faeries on the center of the lid and Bubbles on the inner corner. I also used the LORAC Pro palette for the crease, transition and blending shades, and the lashes are Ardell Wispies.

Darling Girl Bubbles, Bronze Dawn & Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Bubbles, Bronze Dawn & Fire Faeries Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Tapestry of Obscenities

Darling Girl Tapestry of Obscenities Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Tapestry of Obscenities Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Tapestry of Obscenities Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Tapestry of Obscenities Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Tapestry of Obscenities (retiring) is a light golden bronze with multicoloured colour shifting glitter. If you love sparkly neutrals, you need this right now. It's so beautiful and will work for so many skintones and makeup looks. Plus it doesn't need a sticky base to shine!

Darling Girl Tapestry of Obscenities Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here I paired Tapestry of Obscenities with MAC Preening eyeshadow, using Tapestry of Obscenities on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline and Preening on the inner half. I also used the Sleek Storm and LORAC Pro palettes with Ardell 305 lashes.

Darling Girl Tapestry of Obscenities Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Triple Dog Dare

Darling Girl Triple Dog Dare Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Triple Dog Dare Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Triple Dog Dare Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Triple Dog Dare Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Triple Dog Dare (retiring) is a murky green with blue undertones and pretty pink shimmer. In certain lights, the shimmer turns a vibrant emerald green - I can't to wear this all over the lid to make the most of the shift! Like Fire Faeries, I found Triple Dog Dare a little drier in texture, though no less easy to work with. It applies sheerly but evenly on its own (as shown on the lower lashline in the makeup look further down) and really needs a sticky base if you want to get the most out of the pink sheen. 

Jaycee-Boo Who

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Jaycee-Boo Who (retiring) is a shimmery taupe with gold and silver sheen and pink sparkles. It's not quite as blingy as the macros on the site listing might suggest, but still a beautiful eyeshadow for anyone who likes their neutrals with a heavy dose of shimmer. This applied perfectly with and without a base, the sticky base just emphasising the sparkle.

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look, I used Jaycee-Boo Who on the centre of the lid, We Were On A Break! on the inner third, Impervious on the outer half, Triple Dog Dare on the lower lashline, Morbid Angel Spectral Shift on the inner corner, Slave For Sensation on the crease and Kilt-y Pleasures to deepen the outer V. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store (use code LR10K31 for 10% off).

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who, Triple Dog Dare eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Jaycee-Boo Who, Triple Dog Dare eyeshadow swatches & review


Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.

Which of these eyeshadows is your favourite? 

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Subscription May 2015 Swatches & Review

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Subscription May 2015 Swatches & Review

Last May I decided to sign up for the Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists subscription as a birthday treat to myself. And I've been getting it ever since and loving it, but I haven't been blogging about it because I have really struggled with eyeshadows the past year! I buy them, I swatch them, but my routine has become such that I tend to stick to neutrals for swatching sessions so that I know that the twenty or so lip products I swatch in one of those sessions will likely go with them. Meanwhile, the rest went neglected. I'd become so ingrained in my routine that I'd entirely forgotten that it was a bed of my own making! My swatching sessions began when my children were smaller and far less independent, so I'd try and do a bunch at once a few times a week, usually after they'd gone to bed. They're now at ages where I can actually sit down and put on makeup each day if I want to but still it's taken me a stupidly long time to realise it! But the penny has finally dropped and that means a lot of catching up, so you'll see a lot more eyeshadow features going forward. 

I+T Alchemists is a monthly subscription from one of my favourite indie brands, Innocent + Twisted Alchemy. It comes with three Innocent + Twisted shades which are exclusive to the subscription (although overstock is occasionally sold in the store for anyone who missed out) and a surprise selection of bonuses from guest indie brands. Whether you're a fan of the brand or just want to try out a bunch of indies, it's a really a fun subscription service which delivers great value and I look forward to it each month!

The sample size (which is what I have) is $12USD per month within the US or $16USD internationally. There's also a full size version which is $18USD per month in the US or $22USD internationally. All of those prices include shipping, so it's a pretty sweet deal, particularly when the additional samples are often very generous.

The theme for the May 2015 subscription is the Alien movie franchise, which as someone who is perpetually terrible with horror movies, I have limited experience with. In fact, the only time I've seen an Alien movie was when Alien VS Predator was in theatres way back in 2004. I went with my crush and his friend in an effort to seem cool and totally not at all scared of horror movies, or at least go for the "I'm scared, can I hold your hand?" move. It didn't work at all, I was far too busy hiding behind my hands from the gorefest! I'm just not cut out for horror movies, to my husband's equal chagrin and delight (it's an endless source of teasing). But that hasn't stopped me enjoying the shades in this wee collection! And before you think I'm too mean showing you these, all three of the Innocent + Twisted shades are still available on the website.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Subscription May 2015 Swatches & Review

Linda, the owner of Innocent + Twisted Alchemy, does a lot of the artwork for her labels herself, which I really love. For this theme however she turned to her brother to draw the Alien design and it came out very cool! The sample jars are packed full in 3g jars.

The Innocent + Twisted formula is one of the best ones around; while some indies apply sheerly alone and really need a sticky base to pop, Innocent + Twisted Alchemy eyeshadows are wonderfully pigmented and easy to work with on their own. I do still like to use a sticky base most of the time for maximum sparkle and duochrome action, but it's nice to know that they can be hastily swept on the lids as you're running out the door and they're still going to look good.

All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Face Hugger

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Face Hugger Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Face Hugger Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Face Hugger Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Face Hugger Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Face Hugger is a soft golden brown with subtle green sheen and red sparks. The base colour is warm, but when you see it on the lid, as I've used it before, the green shimmer gives it a slightly cooler, lemon hue. It's quite the chameleon! 

Ripley

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Ripley Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Ripley Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Ripley Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Ripley Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Ripley is described as a warm brown with green sheen, and it definitely blends out that way even though it looks quite cool in my arm swatch. I must pull this out again and try it as a lid shade.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Ripley Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I paired Ripley and Face Hugger together for this look, on the crease and lid respectively, with Ripley also used on the lower lashline. The LORAC Pro palette was used for the rest and the lashes are Ardell #110s.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Ripley Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Drone

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Drone Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Drone Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Drone Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Drone Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Drone is a charcoal grey with green shimmer which gives it a dark teal look overall. Super shimmery and very well pigmented, this is a nice one for lining or for smokey eyes. 

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Drone Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I used Drone on the lower lashine here with Breaking Down (from the June subscription) on the lid and Chirp Cosmetics Rainbow Bit (July bonus item) on the inner corner. The Chi Chi Extravaganza palette was used for the rest.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy I+T Alchemists Drone Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Siren Song - Our Story

Siren Song - Our Story Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Siren Song Cosmetics - Our Story eyeshadow swatches & review

Siren Song Cosmetics - Our Story eyeshadow swatches & review

Siren Song Cosmetics - Our Story eyeshadow swatches & review

Siren Song Cosmetics isn't a brand I'd heard of before (and sadly it's now closed up shop!) so I was curious and excited to try Our Story out. It's a dark blue with green undertones and a heap of rainbow sparkles which make it absolutely mesmerising over a sticky base. Unfortunately something about some blue and green pigments make them stain the skin horribly if you apply them over sticky bases and Our Story definitely suffered from this - you can kind of see that the edges of the swatch on the right are blurred. That's the stain peeking through! I had a teal stripe on my arm for about a week after swatching this, so I wasn't really game to encourage that on my eyes, sparkle or no sparkle. Instead I applied it without any primer or base on the lower lashline in the look below and it still held up well in terms of colour pay off and blendability. Shame about all that wasted pretty glitter though!

Siren Song Cosmetics - Our Story eyeshadow swatches & review

Here I've used Siren Song Our Story on the lower lashline, with Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Tragic Chord (no longer available) on the lid and the LORAC Pro Palette for the rest. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

Siren Song Cosmetics - Our Story eyeshadow swatches & review

Femme Fatale Xenomorph

Femme Fatale - Xenomorph eyeshadow swatches & review

Femme Fatale - Xenomorph eyeshadow swatches & review

Femme Fatale - Xenomorph eyeshadow swatches & review

Femme Fatale - Xenomorph eyeshadow swatches & review

One of my other all time favourite indies appearing in my first I+T Alchemists subs definitely felt like a sign from the universe! :D Femme Fatale Xenomorph is a shade that was created exclusively for this subscription and is no longer available, but Night in Werewolf Woods, another Femme Fatale shade is very similar. It's a dark indigo purple with a strong copper shift and a thin but blendable texture. I puzzled over how to wear this for the longest time before I finally grabbed a bunch of shades and just threw them on with very little planning. I should let loose more often because this wound up being one of my favourite eye looks I did in 2015! 

Femme Fatale - Xenomorph eyeshadow swatches & review

I used Xenomorph on the outer third of the lid, lightly along the outer V and then over smudged out black liner on the lower lashline here. I also used Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Movie Fun (October 2015 sub) on the centre of the lid and Notoriously Morbid Gasoline. Blow Torch. No Problem. on the inner half of the lid. Blending and highlighting shades were all from the LORAC Pro palette and the lashes are Ardell Wispies

Femme Fatale - Xenomorph eyeshadow swatches & review

Aromaleigh Quarantine

Aromaleigh Quarantine eyeshadow swatches & review

Aromaleigh Quarantine eyeshadow swatches & review

Aromaleigh Quarantine eyeshadow swatches & review

Not sure why that first swatch looks so weird, sorry! The second one is more colour accurate. Aromaleigh Quarantine is also a shade exclusively created for the May 2015 subscription  and it's a beautiful tarnished olive with strong shimmer and golden sparkles. Again, no complaints about texture and opacity here! It may look a little subdued in the bare skin swatch on the left but I wore it without any primers or bases on the lower lashline in the makeup look below and it held its own perfectly.

Aromaleigh Quarantine eyeshadow swatches & review

Here I've used Aromaleigh Quarantine on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline and Femme Fatale Hall of Images on the inner half of the lid. I used Chirp Cosmetics Rainbow Bit (July bonus item) lightly on the inner corner and the LORAC Nude Skinny palette for the rest. 

Aromaleigh Quarantine eyeshadow swatches & review

Limnit Extraterrestrial

Limnit Lipsticks - Extraterrestrial lipstick swatches & review'}

Limnit Lipsticks Extraterrestrial is a warm brown semi matte shade with a name perfectly suited to the theme for the May subscription. I've been really digging these warm nineties brown lipsticks shades over the past year or so and I hadn't tried Limnit prior, so I was quite excited to try this. The formula is lightly creamy and super opaque, requiring minimal effort to apply, even when using a lip brush and the jar version. Speaking of these little jars, they retail for $4.60USD for 0.07oz from Limnit's Etsy store, plus there are full size tubes available too. I'm definitely keen to try more shades now!


While finding gifs for this post I found myself reading up on the Alien wiki to understand the references, which has convinced my husband that we need to watch the Alien movies now. Help!!

If you're keen on trying out the I+T Alchemists subscription, you can sign up here, or check the store for one month trial subscriptions. I also recommend joining the Innocent + Twisted Atelier Facebook group for sneak peeks and news.

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