January 31, 2012

NOTD: Crimson Flakes -- shiny & matte

Hello, Beautiful!

I did this NOTD a few weeks ago, before I had my surgery. I just haven't gotten around to sharing it with you all until today. On this particular day, I was in a red polish mood but also wanted to use flakies. I knew I'd reach for my Barielle polish in Elle's Spell, but it's rather sheer so I layered that over a red creme base. In addition, I wanted to use one of the Finger Paints Special Effects polishes, which I decided to layer over top everything. In the end, I liked the mani but I still wasn't satisfied. I went matte and loved it a lot more.

I prefer this look matte, but which do you like better? Matte or shiny?

Shown above matte, and below shiny.

To re-create this NOTD:

  • One coat of Zoya Anchor base coat.
  • One coat of China Glaze polish in Ruby Deer
  • One coat of Barielle polish in Elle's Spell
  • One coat of Finger Paints polish in Twisted
  • One coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
  • To go matte: one coat of Hard Candy Matte Top Coat

Then I went matte....

January 30, 2012

Mahya Mineral Makeup Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow - shades: Fairy Tale, Elegant, Passion - swatches, pics, review

Hello, Beautiful!

Not long ago I showed you pics and swatches of the Mahya Mineral Makeup Lustrous Mineral Eye Shadow, but in this post I'm going to show you the Mahya Mineral Makeup Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadows. I have three shades to share with you: Fairy Tale, Elegant, and Passion. I've been using Elegant and Fairy Tale the most.

Check out my pics, swatches, stats, and review...

Mahya Mineral Makeup
Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow
Shades: Fairy Tale, Elegant, Passion
Continue scrolling down for more pics on each individual shade.

Mahya Mineral Makeup
Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow
Shade: Fairy Tale
Shade Description: A shimmery light golden champagne.

Mahya Mineral Makeup
Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow
Shade: Elegant
Shade Description: A shimmering smokey brown.

Mahya Mineral Makeup
Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow
Shade: Passion
Shade Description: A copper red shimmer with very fine glitter.

Mahya Mineral Makeup Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow PRO's & CON's:
PRO's: great color selection, applies nicely, multi-use (use as a shadow, liner, on lips and even as nail polish)
CON's: not for those that don't like shimmer

Basic Stats for Mahya Mineral Makeup Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow:
Formula: loose pigment shadow
Wear: average to above average
Coverage: buildable
Shade Info: currently available in 26 shades
Cost/Availability: $9.99 (0.052 oz/5 g full size). Available on the Mahya Mineral Makeup website.
Packaging: round jar, twist-off lid, sifter
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses

These loose pigment shadows have a glimmering effect; meaning they are shimmers and slightly glitters (depending on the shade). Elegant and Fairy Tale are more shimmers and Passion is more of a shimmer with fine glitter. I do find they are more sheer than the Lustrous Mineral Shadows, but you can build up the color or apply them wet to get the intensity you want. Use as an eyeshadow, eye liner, lip gloss, or even nail polish.

Average to above average wear depending on your eye lids. I had no issues with wear, but I did use with a primer.

They are on the sheer side when applied dry, but easily build up to the pigment level you desire. Apply them wet for the best color pay-off. I found the shade Passion was the most sheer out of the three I have.

Shade Info:
Currently available in 26 shades on the Mahya Mineral Makeup website. There are other beautiful shades I want to own, such as: Cheers, Flirt, Lilac, Mahya, Ocean Star, Show Girl, Sensual, and You And Me.

$9.99 (0.052 oz/5 g full size). Available on the Mahya Mineral Makeup website.

Round jar with twist-off lid and sifter. If you prefer, you can easily remover the sifter (I like to remove the sifter but others prefer to leave it in).

Mahya Mineral Makeup Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadow Review:
I'm really falling in love with the Mahya Mineral Makeup brand! Their Glimmering Mineral Eye Shadows are great because they apply nicely and look beautiful on my eyes.

I've been using Fairy Tale whenever I want my eyes to look bright and awake. Elegant is a gorgeous brown, and that's saying a lot coming from me because there aren't many browns I like to wear. I've been wearing both Elegant and Fairy Tale together, using Fairy Tale all over my lids and Elegant on the mid to outer corner of my lids. The shade Passion isn't really my cup of tea, as I think it's just a little too red for me, but it's a gorgeous shade on its own. I plan to use it with clear polish to make a nail polish out of it.

Overall, I really like these shadows and would recommend them! I think I prefer the Lustrous Mineral Shadows just slightly more, but only by a small amount. They're both great formulas!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these shadows? Which shade is your favorite? Discuss in the comments below.