Thursday, June 5, 2014

Portland Black Lipstick Co. Review and Swatches

Recently, on one of my many late evenings on Makeupalley, I saw a post about Portland Black Lipstick Company, someone just asking about them. I had never heard of the company, so I quickly felt compelled to research them. If there is one thing I love, it's "Indie" cosmetic companies. So within a couple of hours I ordered some sample.

If you've seen my some of my other posts, you know I have terrible sensitive and easily dried out, peely lips. 99% of the lipstick on the market dries my lips out so badly that I cannot wear it even for a few hours, let alone daily. I didn't wear lipstick for years, and then when I started, I was eliminating formulas left and right. The only brand that didn't get burned at the stake and was easily accessible at Ulta I found was Poppy's Lipstick Queen.

I am extremely sensitive to ingredients. A lot of chemicals really just don't agree with me. I was never a pusher of more natural products until I discovered that natural products were the only thing that didn't cause my skin irritation.

Now on to the Review,

I believe when I initially made my order the Company was on a Holiday, and I was unaware. They were slammed with orders when they got back. I did pop a quick message to make sure everything was okay and I got a delightful and professional reply within 12 hours from the owner Kim Damio. She sent everything out promptly and even took the time to confirm everything with me. Normally, they ship out within 3 days ordering. I recieved my order from Usps a day earlier than scheduled. Which is fantastic because I was DYING to try them.

Basic ingredients for some/all of their lipsticks:

Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, May Contain Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, other FDA approved mineral pigments, and/or carmine.

It looks like a list of ingredients for a Balm. It feels like a balm, but I assure you they are 100% lipstick awesomeness. Yes this will be a Glowing Review.

I ordered 4 samples:
Coffee Black, Black, Undead Red, and Blood Red.

Now for Swatches!
My Bare Lips (my bare lips stock photo lol):
I want to make a quick note that the center of my lips is THE most difficult spot for lipstick to apply and stay on my lips (besides the outside corners). It usually will not adhere well and lipstick (even the most "glorious" and "high end" apply patchy here. I did not have this issue with Portland Black, which is fantastic, but you will see in the Last photo that nothing lasts in that area, so you can see the line from the inside lip and mouth wear more clearly. Portland Black still did a better job holding up than any lipstick I have ever tried.

Coffee Black, up close:I attempted to take the photos at different angles and different in Natural Light to give the best result I could
I never wear browns, but this one spoke to me, I actually think I like how this looks on my complexion more than Black. Coffee is going to become my new dark lip lover.

Black, up close

Undead Red, Upclose

Bonus: My lovely decided she wanted to see the lipstick upclose as well

And then curl up in my legs while I photographed

Blood Red, up close

Blood red after 4 hours of drinking and 90% humidity outdoors:

Now since these are samples, I applied them with a lipstick Brush, my skills with a brush need fine tuning, but I did my best to attempt clean lines but my lips are often difficult to work with (scaring on my the left upper lip causes uneven application but apparently most people don't see it) I applied these Opaquely  for photos, but I wore Blood red until there was nothing left and then applied it again blotted down. It was divine (no photos though as I was barefaced at that point). 
The Formula is amazing. This is THE best lipstick I have ever worn. My hunt for the Perfect Dark and the Perfect Red is completed. 

Have you tried Portland Black Lipstick Co. or any other Indie lipstick Brands? What where your thoughts and experiences?

And as always Thank you for Looking ^_^

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Soap! and an Update

If you haven't noticed my last few posts: 

I have been spending my time and nervous energies hobbying like a mad woman. It's been quite an adventure and still very much in the "experimental" and "testing" phases. I am making cosmetics for myself and anyone else who might be interested in some "custom made" cosmetics. I have made myself a highlighter (<3 Turquoise opal) and custom made a shade for someone who was interested in a violet version, As well as Lipsticks, Lip Balms (Mother Day), and several super simple super amazing Lip glosses (posts will come eventually...?). 

The Cosmetics were a side effect of my bigger(?) plan. Soap Making.

Each year, I sort of decide a theme gift for Christmas. One year was paintings, another, was hand knitted gifts. The knitting for 10 people took about 6 months. So did the paintings. This year, it will be Soaps and Lotions (there will still be knitting, and paintings). 

Cold Processed Soap (Using lye. ...yes like fight club) takes about 4-6 weeks for the soap to "age". Translation of "age": the lye will still burn. It takes 4-6 weeks for the finished soap to become a pH balance that is soothing and useful to the skin, verse being harsh, burning, drying, and possibly damaging. So it takes TIME. 

Also I know me, I love doing something myself, but in order to do it right, it takes me many, many times. The first few batches of soap were a success. One very much wasn't. I checked off each step but I missed something (forgot to add an oil), and made a dangerous batch of soap. Too much lye not enough oil = it will burn. I caught the mistake moments after finishing the batch. Had to wait for it to harder and remove from the mold, and it went into the trash the next day. 

BUT do not fret! I said to myself. 

Making soap isn't something you can do in a rush. You have to have hours. I'd say at least 3 hours. For prepping, measuring, mixing, Mixing together, and then clean up. Longer, if you want to make more than one batch. 

Today, I made one very large batch (10lbs) WHILE rebatching a soap that didn't fit into little peeps (like the marshmallows) mold as successfully as I originally hoped. When they are ready (dried, cut, and aged) I will post pictures ^_____^

Here are pictures of a successful and aged batch. However, I missed important information in the process of adding the colourant. Even though I read it 4 times. I added too much of the colourant. Just means when you suds with this soap the suds turn a grey color. But it isn't so bad that it will stain skin or anything, though it is obviously too much colour. 

(You can see it on the surface of the soap the pale grey/milky water marks from just washing with the soap)

I still think it is a success and I am VERY happy with it. Though I don't know if I will give this batch away as gifts. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Adventures in Lipstick making

First lipstick attempt
It was inspired by pictures of Lipstick Queen Limited Holiday Edition of Monarch 

Back of the hand swatch

Different lighting Swatches

So far it stains. It is also moisturizing like a lip balm. I want to try making different colours next ^_^

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Highlighter Attempt #1

I am attempting to create Highlighters.
This is made with a set of pearlescent "interference" colours.
Very satin in Application.
This is the result of the First experiment.
I attempted to make a Satin Finish opal colour sheer highlighter.
Extremely small particulars and multi-colour Glow is almost impossible to photograph.
I warn you this is Picture HEAVY.
Out Door Light at 1900 hours (7:00pm) 

Indoor light

 If you look at the dust in the palette that's from the highlighter, it's soft, fluffy, pan stable, and you can see the colours of "shimmer" from the highlighter in the dust behind my finger.
Pressed in Pan

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Purely Beautiful Carmine Dye (Not for the Vegan hearted)

1/2oz of Carmine Dye in Liquid Form (purchased from Tkb Trading) Just hit my door step seconds ago. I thought I would share this Beautiful color with you all.

Twos dots on the back of the hand, one Blended out, took what was left and dabbed it straight on my lips.

Here is the Proof::

Please ignore the state of my face, attempted to play with a color tattoo as a liner and it did not work out as planned  DX

My lovely Cat Miss Patches also wanted to look at the pretty color:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Updated Blogsale

Brand New in Box Items, As well as a small handful of lightly used items that need loving homes!

Thanks to my loving Grandmother who supplies me with Gift Cards for every occasion ::laughs::


My Seller Guide Lines (terms and conditions) 

1. Email me Kntroyon at Gmail dot com if you would like to make a purchase with the subject Blogsale. I have sold many unused items on Amazon. You can find that link here, feel free to check me out.

I am also ladykolie on MUA.

2. I will provide detailed pictures (to the best of my camera's ability) of the items for sale as well as a description of the use that the item has received to the best of my abilities. Pictures are to show usage of product only. Please Google swatches for the item. I cannot give a truly accurate color description with my camera.

3. Payments are accepted from Paypal only. Be 100% sure of your order before you place it. I will not hold items, it is first come first serve with payment. Items are "Yours" once payment is cleared.

4. Shipping will be USPS. 

Right now I am offering FREE SHIPPING within the US only.
$8 dollar minimum Purchase Please. 
Shipping Costs start at $1.93 at 0-2 ounces and goes up from there. Paypal Fees, Shipping Package, Tape, bubble wrap, Printing Shipping Label on Paper, Printing Ink, and Such ALL come out of my pocket. This Makes any purchase Less than $8 bucks rather pointless. 

Canada and International PLEASE READ
Right at this moment (05/20/2014) I am NOT able to ship internationally right now. I am hoping this will change soon

Payment must clear before shipping. Items may be insured at an additional cost to you. Please note that shipping itself may be a little cheaper but that this price includes all the supplies for packaging, Bubble wrap, Tape (extra padding if needed and is certainly needed for eye shadows). I do not reuse old packaging because I do not keep old packaging. 

5. Once a payment has been verified, I ship out within 24 to 48 hours of purchase. This does NOT include weekends. If you purchase on a Friday, your item will be shipped the Monday directly following.

 6. I keep my cosmetics clean. I mist my stash with alcohol once a month. None of the items will be cleaned further from what is in the photograph. I know some people are very peculiar about how they want their items cleaned, and I do not want any loss of product or accidents between now and the purchase.

7. I come from a smoke free home. I do have a cat, but she isn't allowed in the room that I keep and use my cosmetics. My stash is kept in a train case. All of the Items for sale are sealed in a Large Ziplock Bag inside of a box with a lid at the top of my closet.

::PLEASE NOTE :: I take care and every precaution in packaging items. I am not responsible for lost packages, That would be an issue with the postal service, so please keep this in mind when you make a purchase. If you would like your items sent with insurance so that you can get your money back (if the items are lost or damaged by the postal service) please let me know, it will be an additional fee to you. I am not a company, I am a person. All Sales are Final, No Returns, NO Refunds, please.

(This sale will be active until updated to specify that it has been closed permanently, I will also update postings immediately after each sale.)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Right now I am offering FREE SHIPPING within the US only.

I like to put $ my asking price next to ($ the original price)

Lightly Used Drugstore

  Loreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in #103 Blushing Harmony - $4 ($9.99) - Used once
Loreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color in #500 Molto Mauve - $5 ($9.99) - Brand new not opened or tested
NYX above and beyond full coverage concealer in Shade #04 Beige - $2 ($4.99) - tested once

Physicians Formula Mineral Airbrushing Blush in Natural - $5 ($11.95) - used 3-4 times

Elf angled liner brush - $1 ($3) -  Good condition used once

 Almay Shadow Softies by Intense i-Color in Petal - $2 ($4.99) - Used twice
Almay Shadow Softies by Intense i-Color in Smoke - $2 ($4.99) - Used once

NYX Dark Circle Concealer shade 02 - $2 ($5.99) - Used 4x

OR EVERYTHING Drugstore (not crossed out)

 Lot $12! $10 if gifted!

Thank you for looking ^_^