It’s been a while since I’ve made an order from Shiro Cosmetics, but I revisited their site on Black Friday and spent some time shopping their newer eyeshadow collections. I ended up buying the full 5-piece #JustLegolasThings eyeshadow collection and 7 of the 15 eyeshadows released in the Into the Unknown collection. Overall, I picked up a really lovely autumnal color palette. I’m also trying a face finishing powder for the first time, although this is an older product from the brand. These products are still really new to me but I have swatches of each of the eyeshadows and general first impressions to share.
Over 2016 I generally reduced the amount of cosmetics that I purchased and really scrutinized new releases, which means that a Beauty Loon year-end wrap up can be quite succinct and focused. There were a few specific brands that became new loves for me, so you’ll see some brands repeat in my product picks, and I’ve gone ahead and broken down the favorites into 10 product categories. Ok, let’s go!
I have one more batch of purchases to share, and this time it’s indie cosmetics from three different brands: Shiro, Detrivore, and Femme Fatale. This was really all one order from Shiro Cosmetics, though, as they sell what seems to be a growing collection of other small brands, and I love that I can combine the different brands in one order and only worry about reaching one shipping threshold. I bought highlights, blushes, eyeshadows, a nail polish, and a tinted lip balm.
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.
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.
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.
I recently wrote about blush and highlight from Shiro Cosmetics, and today I’m chatting about the products that most influenced my first purchase from their site – their Game of Thrones-themed eyeshadow collection. Are you excited about the season 5 finale?! I think it’s nice to have some makeup to play with to fill the void once the show is off until next year, and today I have five full-sized jars as well as two samples to write about: Little Bird, I Loved a Maid, Climbing Chaos, Women’s Weapons, Maiden Queen, Mother of Dragons, Salt and Stone, and No Men Like Me.
Shiro Cosmetics is a brand I purchased from for the first time this past Black Friday, and I grabbed a handful of eyeshadows as well as these two face products: the blush in 1-Up, a gold-toned pink, and highlighter in Curaga, a pearly cream. Both are extremely easy to work with and have a pretty glow without being over-the-top. At $8 per jar, they’re also really affordable.
I went to visit my family on the east coast for Christmas, and had a lot of goodies waiting for me. My boyfriend and I are in the middle of a move and don’t have a permanent address at the moment, so to play it safe I had some purchases sent to my parents’ house for me to pick up when I was in town. My parents also gave me a bunch of really wonderful beauty-related gifts, so I’m excited to go through everything and share some photos.