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Ten (or so) standout beauty products of 2015

By on January 1, 2016
Standout products from 2015
Standout products from 2015

Over the past year, I did a lot of traveling, moved across the country, and got married, which sometimes got in the way of trying lots of new products. After quitting birth control last fall, I also spent much of the year struggling with new hormonal acne woes, which at times kept me from feeling super motivated when it came to certain kinds of experimentation. However, as I was going through all of the products I tried over the last year I was surprised at how easy it was to identify a bunch of standout products that made a big impact on me and became staples in my collection.

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Pressing loose eyeshadows: notes on 5 different brands

By on September 1, 2015
Pressing Concrete Minerals, Shiro Cosmetics, Fyrinnae, Dreamworld Hermetica, and Victorian Disco Cosmetics
Pressing Concrete Minerals, Shiro Cosmetics, Fyrinnae, Dreamworld Hermetica, and Victorian Disco Cosmetics

When I recently pressed my collection of loose eyeshadows, I took some notes on what I did with different shades and brands so that I’d be able to discuss the process and results with some level of detail. Things turned out pretty well in general, and I have some notes and swatches from my experiences with Shiro Cosmetics, Concrete Minerals, Fyrinnae, Dreamworld Hermetica, and Victorian Disco Cosmetics to share.

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Pressing loose eyeshadows: the basics

By on August 29, 2015
My experience pressing loose indie eyeshadows
My experience pressing loose indie eyeshadows

I’ve had a pile of loose eyeshadows that I’ve kept in a drawer, and I knew I needed to deal with them as I’ve been reorganizing my makeup since moving into a small Manhattan apartment. Pressing them and keeping them in magnetic palettes seemed like a great space-conscious solution, plus I knew that it’d help me reach for them on a more regular basis. I’ve gone through and pressed eyeshadow from five different brands and thought I’d show you the tools and process I used to do it.

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Fyrinnae birthday purchase

By on August 13, 2015
Fyrinnae eyeshadows x8, blush x1, and Lip Lustres x2
Fyrinnae eyeshadows x8, blush x1, and Lip Lustres x2

I’ve had a little wish list going on Fyrinnae’s website for a while, and since my birthday was at the end of July I thought I’d grab myself a few things. I bought 10 products in total and received a free shadow sample, as well. A few of these shades are newer to Fyrinnae’s lineup, and some of them are cult favorites. I’m also trying two shadows from their Arcane Magic line for the first time.

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Fyrinnae Lip Lustres in Winter Romance, Meloncholy, and Dragon’s Blood

By on February 27, 2014
Fyrinnae Lip Lustres in Winter Romance, Dragon's Blood, and Meloncholy ($7 for a full size or $2 for a trial size)
Fyrinnae Lip Lustres in Winter Romance, Meloncholy, and Dragon’s Blood ($7 for a full size or $2 for a trial size)

In my recent Fyrinnae purchase, I grabbed three trial size Lip Lustres and was really excited to give these a go. I’ve heard great things but didn’t entirely know what to expect, and it was so wonderful to be able to purchase $2 minis in order to become more familiar with their qualities and shades. I decided to try Dragon’s Blood, Meloncholy, and Winter Romance!

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Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel

By on February 10, 2014
Wearing Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel ($6.50 for 6 gm)
Wearing Fyrinnae blush in Nordic Angel ($6.50 for 6 gm)

When I went to make my first purchase from Fyrinnae, one thing I was absolutely sure I wanted to stick in my cart was the blush from their Winter 2013 collection called Nordic Angel. Fyrinnae describes it as a vibrant peachy pink, and the shade is oh so wearable. It has wonderful pigmentation, a matte finish, and a budget-friendly price of $6.50.

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Fyrinnae eye shadows: Sloth Snuggles and Monarch Butterfly

By on February 6, 2014
Wearing Fyrinnae Sloth Snuggles and Monarch Butterfly ($2.25 mini jar or $6.25 full size)
Wearing Fyrinnae Sloth Snuggles and Monarch Butterfly ($2.25 mini jar or $6.25 full size)

I recently received my first purchase from Fyrinnae in the mail, and I’ve been enjoying playing around with them. Two of the eye shadows I picked out were Sloth Snuggles and Monarch Butterfly, both of which were from their 2012 Endangered collection. Fyrinnae has a really strong reputation, and I’m pleased to say that the products I’ve purchased have been living up to my high expectations!

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Fyrinnae goodies!

By on January 28, 2014
My first Fyrinnae purchase, all wrapped up
My first Fyrinnae purchase, all wrapped up

One of my resolutions for the new year was to try more indie cosmetics, and Fyrinnae is certainly one of the most famous indie brands. I’ve been browsing their website for a while now and tried to make an order over a few weeks, but after their holiday rush their website’s been up and down, closing periodically or with certain products becoming temporarily unavailable. However, I received my first order in the mail today and have some photos and swatches of all the products, including eye shadows, Lip Lustres and blush!

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