WetnWild Midnight Mermaid Review & Tutorial

When I sat down to do my Wet’n’wild Midnight Mermaid collection review I was really drawn to the Metallic Liquid Eyeshadows. I love the idea of just swiping on glitter without the mess of multiple products. It seems like the kind of thing you could even throw in your makeup bag to take you from day to night. I was determined to try these just about every way I thought people might use them, so I used them on my eyes, brows and my lips. I did smile and rub tests to see if the lipsticks would kiss off, and rub tests to see if the eye glitter would rub off. I’m pretty sure I tested the wetnwild mermaid collection every which way- and I want to make it clear that I know these are not intended for the lips, so I don’t hold it against them that they don’t wear well there- it was super pretty while it lasted though!  I hope this helps you decide what you’d like from this collection before you buy, or perhaps explains some issues you have, if any.

the Metallic Liquid Eyeshadows on the lips- so much fun!

I felt like a goth mermaid Brigitte Bardot!

glitter and dots

Siren’s Jewel Liquid Catsuit lipstick is simply gorgeous!

 

 

BEST LUXURY LIPSTICK! Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick Review

 

Pat Mcgrath Mattetrance lipstick the luxury makeup I’ve been searching for! I bought three lipsticks to review for you guys, one from each of the trios. The Trios were $95, while singles are $38, so buying these individually was $114, however these were the colors I felt the most drawn too. There are 4g with is larger than the average lipstick size of 3g. The texture of these lipsticks are lovely- silky and smooth and matte and velvety. The don’t “set” really dry, so to get a longer wear you’ll want to use a lip primer but that’s true of all traditional lipstick. I have lips with poorly defined lip borders, and I have a lip scar, so in order to have a crips perfect look I typically need to use lipliner. For this review I opted to just use the lipstick and a lip brush, and it worked out pretty well. McMenamy was a little bit fussy, but that type of color always is for me, and once I applied it carefully I was so impressed! I’ve worn one of these everyday since I filmed this review, and I’ve continued to be impressed by the color impact, the shades themselves, how they make my teeth look whiter, and how fancy I feel toting them around. The packaging is elegant and whimsical, and I feel like a boss when I reapply.

WTF is going on with the Subculture Palette?? | Comparing Eyeshadow Formulas and Ingredients

In order to fully understand the issue people are having with this palette, I recommend you want my video. I think I’ve discovered the reason why, and it clear as day if you ask me. In the video I share swatches, and a demo of me using the eyeshadows. No time? here’s the TL;DR : The Subculture Palette eyeshadows aren’t living up to Anastasia Beverly Hills reputation because they are a completely different formula. The are missing key ingredients that ABH shadows normally have. When one compares formulas, it’s clear as day, that missing ingredients are contributing to the issues people are having.

below I’m sharing the ingredients list I found on the ABH website. This is a pretty simplistic blogpost because the majority of the info is in my video itself, this is just what I couldn’t share in the video for time/clarity.

First up, we have Modern Renaissance. Just about every shadow in this palette has a slightly different formula, but since Warm Taupe is the most similar in color to what’s in the Subculture palette, that’s what I using as a basis of comparison to the matte shades; for the shimmer shades I’ll be comparing Vermeer and Primavera, which had the same formula.

SHADE: WARM TAUPE MICA, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZINC MYRISTATE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL, MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1512349>*CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE. 

SHADES: VERMEER, PRIMAVERA MICA, DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL,

MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) CARMINE (CI 75470), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) <1512350> *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE. 

And finally we have the Subculture palette:

 Matte Texture, AXIS, DESTINY, MERCURY, DAWN, ROWDY, FUDGE, ALL STAR, EDGE, NEW WAVE, ROXY, UNTAMED

TALC, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SILICA,

MAY CONTAIN: YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.

 

SHADE : ADORN TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,

MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

CUBE: TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, SILICA, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN,

MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

And then lastly, for comparison sake, Here are two shadows that are in the ABH MR palette, that are also sold as singles with an slightly changed formula. This is what I’m talking about, a slight change isn’t a big deal, but Subculture isn’t a slight change, it’s completely different.

Standard ABH Love Letter

INGREDIENTS
DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, ZINC STEARATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC MYRISTATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL,

MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR: (+/-) CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742) <1510317>*CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.

 

MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, CARMINE (CI 75470), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891) *CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE

Standard ABH Vermeer

INGREDIENTS
DIMETHICONE, BORON NITRIDE, NYLON-12, ZINC STEARATE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, SILICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, ZINC MYRISTATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, ISOPENTYLDIOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, POLYSILICONE-11, TOCOPHEROL,
MAY CONTAIN/: MICA, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)

 

 

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette Makeup Tutorial

GLAMLOVERS, this is for you. Long chatty get ready with me makeup tutorial lovers, this one is for you. If you love it when I break into song, this one’s for you. For everyone who wants to see my feeble attempt at roller skating, this one is for you.

GLAM LOVERS, this is for you. Long chatty get ready with me makeup tutorial lovers, this one is for you. If you love it when I break into song, this one’s for you. For everyone who wants to see my feeble attempt at roller skating, this one is for you.

 

My insanely long list of products to make the magic happen coming soon 🙂

Pat McGrath Makeup Tutorial: Darkstar 006 | Vintageortacky

Unboxing, Swatching, Makeup Tutorial-izing Pat McGrath Darkstar 006! This collection of 7 products is a bit unique, it contains 3 baked shadows, one pressed pigment, and eye gloss, a bullet-proof eyeliner and a brush- all packaged in a bag of couture-quality sequins. If you’re savvy/crafty/a magpie, then the sequins are sort of the 8th product, because buying this many holographic sequins would be really expensive. There are two versions of this kit, and both are identical save for the pressed pigment; In the other kit it’s brown instead of the Violet. I really wanted the brown pigment, but I wasn’t about to shell out $130 twice just to cure my case of “gotta catch em all”. Today I’m doing something a bit different, I’m sharing with you every detail from first rip of the bag, first look and swatching,  attempting to recreate the look on Pat Mcgrath’s Instagram, to going full-on Pris from Blade Runner! The concept and structure of this video I’ve been wanting to do for a long time- it’s way longer than your average video, but I like the idea of showing the mistakes, pitfalls, joys and sucess of playing with new makeup. Please hit me up with feedback on the format, & tuck in for a long video guys, and enjoy all the little bits of Rocko sprinkled throughout!

One thing I really enjoyed about this makeup kit is that through blending the various products together it was easy to switch it up and create a whole new look. I went from a glittery smoky eye, to dramatic cat eyes, to Pris-level realness. This would be epic for a photoshoot or even just playing with makeup for your own enjoyment rather than as a means to an ends. The amout of each product is generous, and the packaging is minimal. While I’m a sucker for cool packaging, I really appreciate the no-bs approach of minimalism, and if you want pretty- here’s a whole bag of holo sequins. Useable. Smart. Unique.

The Black Smudgeliner Kohl is a BAMF- hella black, blends well (without primer; with primer it was a bit tougher) and with the satin black from this kit it’s not my favorite way to rock a black smoky eye. I ADORE the satin black texture of Dark Matter. It’s not hella pigmented and that’s what I like about it. I’m a geek for texture and something that’s truly black, but kinda translucent, and hella blendable.  I’ve been waiting for this product for a long, long time. Thank you Pat Mcgrath. The Ultraviolet Blue Pigment is unreal, puts all similar colors in my collection to shame. It’s incredibly pigmented and just a stunning color.  It stains- you’ve been warned.  Astral White Pigment is more glitter that pigment, and I tried it on my face as a highlight- it was more like a smattering of uber-fine glitter. It’s better packed on the eye. Mercury Pigment is a dirty silver-gold, and it more shimmer than base color. This will be fun to experiment with the black shadow and liner I think. I really don’t have much of an opinion one way or the other of the brush tbh. Cyber Clear eye gloss is really interesting to me. It dries down, but it doesn’t “set” if that makes sense. You definitely feel the gloss but it’s not icky, and in a way, the mildly gooey texture adds mood and attitude to your movement while wearing it.

Below is a plethora of photos of the various looks I achieved in my first playtime! You can definitely see that this is makeup intended for creative people who just love playing around and enjoy the process, and are completely disinterested in perfection. If you’ve ever wanted to try the grungy, glossy eye- this kit is amazing.

cheers to stained and gooey lids

-xoxo Cora

PS- Happy Birthday to the best mother in law in the word, Love you Deb!

 

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If you liked the ambient/Sci-Fi Music in this video, please check out the artists!
“But Enough About Me, Bill Paxton”, “What Does Anybody Know About Anything”, “Dark Glow Of The Mountains”, and “Direct to Video” by by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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