A Closeted Goth Girl Trying to Make it in the Professional World

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fyrinnae Review and Eyeshadow Swatches

Quite some time ago, I made my first order from the well-known independent makeup company Fyrinnae. I have also ordered a couple of times since then. Here are my thoughts on the company and their eyeshadows (I may review Pixie Epoxy and their Lip Lustres another time).

THE WEBSITE/STORE:

-Fyrinnae products are available through a webstore.

-Product photos are clear but do not capture the true colours well. This may be due to the complexity of the colours of many of their products. I would recommend searching blogs for swatches rather than picking colours based on the pictures on the website.

-Some products have swatch photos and some don't. The swatch photos are more accurate than the product photos.

-All products offered on their website are vegan which is excellent.

-All products offered are lip safe unless otherwise stated in the product description.

-Ingredients are listed on product labels and are also listed on the website.

-In general, the website is easy to navigate. You can sort eyeshadows by finsish, colour, etc.

THE ORDERING:

-A rather long TAT has often been stated on their website since I started investigating it (about a year ago). HOWEVER, I got my orders in a MUCH SHORTER TIME than was stated on the website. I have placed three orders with them and have received them very quickly each time.

-I had no problems with customer service.

-I got one free sample with my orders. NICE!

SOME PROBLEMS:

-The website is closed A LOT.

-When the website is open, I have tried to order on SEVERAL occasions and my cart would not work and it would not let me purchase anything.

-Product availability is inconsistent. It took me so long to order from them because I wanted to wait until their lip lustres came back. (I ended up making the order that I'm showing in this post long before they came back.) Eyeshadow colour availability is also inconsistent.

-When one goes to check out after ordering, a message over top of one's cart tells you that all international (outside of the US) orders over $50 will be cancelled. I wish that this was listed on their shipping or FAQ page such that I would have known that prior to filling my cart. There may be a good reason for this but I have no idea what it is.

-I realize that this is an independent company and whoever runs it may have a hard time keeping up with demand. The demand for Fyrinnae's products seems to be very high but it just seems to me like the owner(s) have a REALLY hard time keeping up. (NOTE: I know nothing about who/how many people run the company or whether they have personal/health issues or things like that. I do understand that things happen in life and that it is hard to run a small business.)

-All of the above reasons have prevented me from ordering more from their website.

THE PACKAGING:

-Products arrived very securely packaged in cardboard and cute tissue paper.

-Jars for Arcane Magic eyeshadows have black rims and all other shadows are packaged in clear jars.

-Jars have non-water resistant labels bearing the name of the eyeshadow printed on it. Some have ingredient lists printed on them, some don't.

THE PRICING:


-Arcane Magic eyeshadows are $6.48 CAD and $2.04 CAD for a mini sample size which comes in a jar.

-Regular eyeshadows are $6.02 CAD and $2.04 for a mini sample size which comes in a jar.

-I feel that the pricing is very reasonable. Shipping costs are very low.

THE PRODUCT: EYESHADOWS 
(I also ordered Pixie Epoxy but I will cover that in another post)


Fyrinnae offers two different kinds of eyeshadows: Arcane Magic and their regular shadows.The Arcane Magic shadows are colour shifting and look different depending on lighting. I would say that many of their regular shadows have this effect as well.


THE GOOD: After trying these out, I see that there is good reason for the hype surrounding Fyrinnae's eyeshadows. I've heard so many awesome things about them and I was not disappointed. The colours that I ordered are complex and unique; you won't find shadows like this from anywhere else! They apply smoothly, are highly pigmented, and have great wear (they passed both the Goth Club and the Weekday tests with no creasing). An interesting thing about these eyeshadows (especially the Arcane Magic ones) is that they look different when applied in different ways. For example, if you rub some of them down they look different than they would if you patted them on. When you apply them with Pixie Epoxy (also from Fyrinnae) they look SO FREAKIN' COOL!!! There are a wide variety of colours to choose from so there is definitely something for everyone.


THE BAD: One thing about the eyeshadows that I didn't like was that it is hard to know what they will look like on when you look at them in the jars. When you are making up looks and you've never used them before it certainly makes it hard to know if one colour goes with another. Also, they look so cool in the jars that I was almost INTIMIDATED by them. This may sound kind of stupid, but when I first looked at them I was like, "Oh my god, I have NO IDEA how I am going to use these!!!! WHICH ONES GO TOGETHER???!!" Just so you know, I am NEVER like that. I try out weird colours and crap all the time. Another bad thing is some of the glittery ones have a bit of glitter fallout if you don't use them with PE but it's nothing worse than any glittery shadow one might try.


THE VERDICT: Fyrinnae's eyeshadows are complex, unique, and beautiful. They apply and wear well and are probably some of the best indie eyeshadows that I have ever tried! I would probably order all of them if there weren't so many issues with the website and if they didn't limit the dollar amount of international orders.

THE PACKAGING


THE HAUL


THE EYESHADOWS

The eyeshadows look so neat in the jars that I decided to take macro shots of all of them. For once in my life, my photos actually turned out okay! I took these in a hotel bathroom when I was bored working out of town.

Conjuror (Arcane Magic)


Dark Magik


Faerie Glamour (Arcane Magic)


Glitterboi (Arcane Magic)


Madam & Eve's (Arcane Magic)


Monarch Butterfly


Princess of Darkness


Pumpkinfire



Pyromantic Erotica (Arcane Magic)


Sequined Master (Arcane Magic)


Sorceress (Arcane Magic)


Wicked (Free Sample)


THE SWATCHES
I usually do dry swatches but I have done dry swatches on the right and swatches with Pixie Epoxy on the left. Since Fyrinnae makes PE, I figured I would demonstrate what it can do. The difference that it makes is striking!


From left to right: Faerie Glamour, Dark Magik, Conjuror.


From left to right: Monarch Butterfly, Madam and Eve's, Glitterboi.



From left to right: Pyromantic Erotica, Pumpkinfire, Princess of Darkness.


From left to right: Wicked, Sorceress, Sequined Master.

In summary, the eyeshadows are FANTASTIC. I would almost go so far as to say that they are the most unique and complex colours from an indie company that I have ever tried. However, I am not too impressed by the fact that the website is closed so often. I would recommend their products and their customer service is good, but I would feel a tiny bit hesitant to recommend the company to others due to the frequent closures of their website, the cap on international orders, the inconsistency of product availability and the cart issues I had with ordering.

AVAILABILITY: http://www.fyrinnae.com

DISCLAIMER: Products in this review were purchased by me. I am not affiliated with this company in any way. If you have further questions regarding my reviews, please refer to the BORING CRAP ALERT page of my blog.

So what do you think? Do you like their products? Do the issues that I mentioned in my review bother you?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wall of Flames: Goth Club Look

Do you ever feel kind of lazy when doing makeup? Even though you're completely and totally obsessed and consumed by it most of the time? When I did this look, I was feeling kind of lethargic. I am pretty sure that this is the smallest amount of products I have ever used for a goth club look. I was planning wearing orange and red dreads so I decided to crack out the Sugarpill Burning Heart palette and do a very obvious look. I blended together the colours of flames: yellow, orange, and red. I am pretty sure this is the easiest colour combo to come up with when looking at a palette with the word "burning" in the name. Regardless of the fact that something very similar to this has probably been done a million times before, it still looks pretty cool. I tried layering Hourglass Siren over top of Illamasqua Pristine and that looked pretty cool as well, despite my crappy application that one can see in my close-up lip picture.

FACE: MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15.

BROWS: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Stud.

CHEEKS: Evil Shades Blush in Brazen.

LIPS: Illamasqua Pristine with Hourglass Siren over top.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Inner Lid: Sugarpill Buttercupcake.
Middle Lid: Sugarpill Flamepoint.
Outer V: Sugarpill Love+.
Waterline: UD Perversion.
Upper and Lower Lashline: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner.
Mascara: Maybelline One By One.
Falsies: Spider Lashes (Halloween ones).


THE EQUIPMENT


THE LIPS


THE EYES







THE LOOK


HAHAHAHAHAH this picture made me laugh. I forgot to use the shower curtain as my background like I usually do. I look like I'm in the shower with my clothes on or something. Anyway.......

THE OUTFIT


Synth Dreads: I made them
Headband: Le Chateau
Bat Collar: My friend got it made for me by her friend who makes leather accessories.
Top: From Diabolik in Montreal
Mesh Shirt: Le Chateau
Skirt: Tripp NYC
Spike Bracelet: WalMart
Tights: Ebay
Boots: Demonia

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Illamasqua Pristine!!!

Last summer I ordered Illamasqua Pristine from the blog sale of the gorgeous and classy Sonia from Red Lips, Black Hair. She sent me a lovely card with gold embossed corsets on the inside along with my new lipstick! How awesome!! (If you don't follow her blog go and do it!!) I was very excited about this lipstick as it was my first time trying Illamasqua and I had been looking for a high end black lipstick since I missed Black Knight from MAC Style Black a couple of years ago.  I love the packaging and the quality of the lipstick is amazing. This isn't your waxy, sheer, Halloween store black lipstick. It applies smoothly, opaquely, and wears well through my club nights. I barely need to even touch it up!

ILLAMASQUA PRISTINE



THE SWATCH


THE LIP SWATCH



ON MY FACE


I've seen a couple of posts with delicious Illamasqua lipstick colours from from RobynLillian, and Jerry. Check their posts out to see what they thought of the lipsticks. I've only tried one and the formulation seems to vary somewhat between the colours. Also, feel free to link to any swatch pictures you might have!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Hourglass Siren!!!!!!

I GOT HOURGLASS SIREN!! I had been lusting after this for awhile when I bought it this summer. It is such a pretty colour; it is an orange-y red with an almost pinkish gold shine to it (my pictures do it no justice, I am a crappy photographer). Also, it is METALLIC!!! I love metallic lip colours!! Despite the fact that it is metallic, it is surprisingly wearable. It looks awesome on its own and I have also tried layering it over lipsticks. It is expensive ($28 US) but the texture and formulation are nice and it wears very well and does not feather or bleed. The one thing I don't like about it is the scent. It smells like sugary sweet icing and I HATE that smell!! Also, the doe-foot applicator is hard to re-insert into the tube which is a bit irritating. There are many other less extreme colours in the Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lipgloss line but I only wanted this one because it is metallic.

THE PACKAGING


THE SWATCH


THE LIP SWATCH



ON MY FACE

Excuse the funny look. I was doing a swatch marathon and this was like picture # 10000.
Siren is a popular colour from this line, does anyone have any of the other colours? Please link to your swatches if you do, I wouldn't mind seeing them.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Keeping it Classy: Convocation Banquet Look

This look is from my convocation banquet. This was back in June when I finished my second university degree. I didn't even want to attend all of the ceremonies and banquet type things because I had done it before and found it quite boring. However, I DO love a good excuse to dress up and my younger sister was getting her degree in nursing and my parents came so I went. At my class banquet after the convocation ceremony, they always do a bunch of speeches where people go on about all the great times everyone had together. Many times, stories about specific people are mentioned. Strangely enough, I got mentioned in a speech by one of my professors. Basically he said that he wasn't too sure about me when I walked in with a bunch of piercings (I have a trillion earrings which used to be visible when I had a different hairstyle) and a tattoo but then eventually he realized I was a classy lady. Uh....I'm not sure whether I should have been offended or if I should have taken that as some kind of compliment. Are people really that freaked out by tattoos (mine is not particularly visible most of the time) and piercings? They are common in this day and age and I am FAR from being heavily pierced or tattooed (my whole back is done but this is not visible most of the time). Anyway, here was my attempt at looking classy EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TATTOOS AND PIERCINGS OMG!!!!

I used my Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer palette because I was having trouble coming up with a look. One of my makeup strategies is: "When all else fails, CRACK OUT YOUR 88 PALETTE!!! THERE ARE 88 FREAKIN' SHADOWS IN IT, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING!!!!" I also decided to tone it down a bit and wear a sparkly gloss rather than a red lip colour which I was originally going to do.


FACE:  MAC Prep and Prime, MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NC15, MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC15.

BROWS: Annabelle Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown.

CHEEKS: Sobe Botanicals Duochrome Blush in Nouveau (AWESOME NEUTRAL BLUSH!!!)

LIPS: MAC Superglass in Fab Frenzy.

EYES: Base: UDPP and MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre.
Shadows: The circled eyeshadows from the Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer Palette (J6, J7, K5, K6, K7) to create some kind of brown neutral yet sort of dramatic look or something.
Lower Lashline: UD Corrupt.
Upper Lashline: Maybelline Black Liquid Eyeliner.
Waterline: UD Perversion.
Mascara: Maybelline One By One.
Falsies: Ardell Accent lashes in 305 Black.

THE EQUIPMENT




THE LIPS


THE EYES





THE LOOK


THE OUTFIT


Hair Flower: Le Chateau
Earring and Necklace Set: Le Chateau
Dress: Le Chateau
Waist Belt: Le Chateau
Silver Bracelet: it came with my Black XS perfume
Buckle Bracelet: Le Chateau
Studded Strappy Shoes: Spring

I tried to add a couple of goth-esque touches to my outfit (studded shoes, corset waist belt, black rose in hair) while still keeping things classy.  I got a lovely bouquet of black roses from my husband-ish person for my convocation! I'm not a big flower type of girl but I certainly don't mind the odd black rose here and there!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blogger Issues

I just figured something out. I have been having a few issues with Blogger lately and I had heard talk of a Google Chrome browser. Now that I have downloaded it, I am having no problems at all. If you are having any issues, try downloading Google Chrome. I am kind of irritated that I am pretty much forced to use Google Chrome now but at least stuff is working now.

Late to the Party MAC Swatches: MAC Me Over, Posh Paradise, and Gareth Pugh for MAC

Here are some swatches of lip products from some recent (sort of ) MAC collections! I picked up some lipsticks from MAC Me Over and Posh Paradise as well as some glosses from the Gareth Pugh for MAC collection. I love the colours that I got but I am KICKING myself for not getting Runaway Red from MAC Me Over!

THE SWATCHES




From left to right: Smoked Purple (MAC Me Over), Prince Noir (MAC Me Over), and Potent Fig (Posh Paradise).

OH MY, I have to say that Prince Noir is probably the best lipstick colour EVER!!!!!! I DIE FOR IT!!!!! I wasn't that happy with Potent Fig, however. It was supposed to be a Mattene lipstick which means the finish should be semi-matte. It is not matte AT ALL. I think there may have been something wrong with the one I got because I have another Mattene lipstick from MAC and it is semi-matte. The one I got is very shiny and creamy and slippery (you can see this in the swatch photos). It was hard to apply evenly to my lips because it was so creamy and it didn't last long AT ALL. It's really too bad because it is a fantastic colour.

POTENT FIG






SMOKED PURPLE AND PRINCE NOIR


SMOKED PURPLE



PRINCE NOIR




I also got some of the Gareth Pugh for MAC lipglasses. I loved the packaging! Too bad the glosses looked way more interesting in the tube than they look on!

THE PACKAGING




THE SWATCHES






Left: Vacant. Right: Outrage

VACANT




OUTRAGE