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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life's Entropy Lip Theory Swatches + Combinations

Life's Entropy is a newer indie cosmetics company that has an awesome science theme. Seriously, I mean just look at these names! I geeked out hard core when I went shopping. 

These are the swatches of some of the lip theories, a satin finish liquid lipstick that's similar to OCC's Lip Tars. 

The full sizes retail for $8 each for 10g of product

Samples are $1.50 for 1g of product

Colors range from traditional to nontraditional so there's something for everyone

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Palm Kernal Oil, Carnauba Wax, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Kaolin Clay, Peppermint Oil | May Contain: D&C Red #6, D&C Red #7, D&C Red #27, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.

The coolest thing about LE's Lip Theories is that she also sells these mixing tubes for those who want to make their own custom blends. You can buy a 3 piece set for $5 so they're extremely reasonable. 

She even sells a clear version for those who want to mix their favorite lip-safe eyeshadow or loose blush into a custom lip gloss

Swatches!     (Click the images to enlarge)

Reviews of the Colors

Enzyme - ZOMG I love this shade. It's amazing. It's a very pretty natural peachy My Lips But Better 

Crystal Violet - a pretty violet (stains magenta so watch out for that) that I probably wouldn't wear alone but is great for mixing with other colors (this was my free sample)

Coralation - I have a love/hate relationship with this color. I LOVE the shade in the tube. But this is a pressure sensitive color. When you apply moderate pressure it deepens and becomes a very fluorescent, hot coral. It's still pretty, it's just a bit bright for me. I do really like it though. I might wear it around the house to see if I can get used to it.

Big Bang Theory - a very pretty blue based red. This was the hardest to apply because of how dark it is so I'd recommend using a lip liner with this color. But I love the shade and it's perfect for fall!

On to the Experiments!

 I decided to play around and make some new colors. I did an approximate 50/50 blend by layering them in the order that they're listed. I really like how they turned out! I'm going to pick up some full sizes and tubes and get to work making my own colors :D

Overall Thoughts

I love the idea of these liquid lipsticks. I haven't worn them except to swatch so I can't speak to their dry down process or longevity. I tried an OCC Lip Tar once and it was a patchy mess that settled into the lines of my lips. I haven't had that problem with LE's Lip Theories, so I'm really happy to try them out and see if they work for me. 

I was disappointed with Coralation, but the shop warns you that it's pressure sensitive so it's not the creator's fault that I didn't read the description. I was just too excited when I saw coral. I'm a sucker for coral. It's still a lovely shade.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

So I graduated from nursing school and went a little haul crazy

So, I just completed nursing school. Yay! Now I'm studying for the NCLEX. Boo! My parents got me the Canon Rebel t5i as a graduation present and I'm so excited to finally have a good camera! So of course I immediately used it to take selfies and swatch photos. heh

My hauls included Shiro, Detrivore, Life's Entropy, Fyrinnae, and Pumpkin & Poppy. I'll post the Detriovre stuff and the Life's Entropy Lip Theories later since I didn't get any photos yet.

The Damage

Swatches are over NYX's White Eyeshadow base (left) and bare skin (right)

Look at that glow on Glowsticks of Destiny! Hnnng

I'm super impressed with the opacity of Life's Entropy. You don't need a primer or base at all!

Sooooo sparkly. These shades are gorgeous. I don't have any of Stila's Magnificent Metal Foils but I believe that Fyrinnae's Gaiety could be a good dupe if applied wet.

Now for the contour swatches! I'm obsessed with contouring now.
Heavy swatch followed by blended swatch

I've been using NYX Taupe but haven't been too happy with how pink it turns on me. My skin brings our pink tones. My face is cool/neutral but my body is neutral/warm so I always feel like I struggle with foundation and contour colors.

Life's Entropy - Proton
Life's Entropy in Proton is marketed as a neutral taupe for pale skin tones. It definitely appears more warm/yellow toned, though. I'll try contouring with this but I'm afraid it will be too warm for my face. I might end up giving this to a friend who is a little more tan/yellow. It blends well and I like the formula.

Pumpkin & Poppy - Oak Bark
Pumpkin & Poppy's Oakbark is marketed as a cool-toned taupe for fair and cool toned skin. It's definitely cool! It looks grayish in the jar and swatches gray/taupe when it's heavily applied but when it's sheered out in normal application it looks great.

NYX - Taupe
This is what I've been using, but I felt like it was too pink for me. I also bring out pink tones in stuff, so it may just be my skin. Most people have good luck with this asa contour.

B&A with Pumpkin & Poppy Oak Bark

(p.s. I'm wearing Shiro's I loved a maid, no men like me, the truth, climbing chaos, and dwarf in the flask)

Here's how I'm doing my swatches now. Scotch tape creates clean borders for even spaced swatches. I use NYX's White Eye Primer/Base now instead of primer or glitter glue.