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: 

Lately,
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. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Good Soldier

For your ears. If you are into this kind of thing. Cause I am. I so am. And it's getting me through my work day.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Suqqu Creamy Glow Lipsticks - a review-

Now, I must say that I longed for these for quite a while.

After months of weighing all the possible pros and cons. Once I decided to make the financial plunge in investing in these lipsticks I spent months researching any and all kinds of swatches I could find online for what colors I think might work my complexion.

I decided on Tsuyazaura (aka #3) and ichijiku (aka #17). I only went with two because, lets face it I am not made of money, these are the most expensive lipsticks I have ever purchased and I wanted something I could wear for red days and something I could wear everyday.

Now I assume that you are here because you have hear of Suqqu. I only became aware this company existed through the lovely forum community of makeup enthusiasts at Makeupalley. Suqqu, encase you have no knowledge of them, is a Japanese Cosmetic company, that for the average person is quite expensive. Also, they are only available in the UK and Japan. They are not available in the US. If you want to purchase Suqqu there are about two or three online companies that sell it at an ::cough:: insane mark up, or ::cough cough:: insane shipping. Thankfully, I was able to get mine the cheapest way possible, getting someone in the UK to make a custom purchase for me. Which still, these lipsticks high priced. I very well thanked the lady who was kind enough to help me make this purchase.

Now for the Eye candy. Photos and swatches from the first day I received them.

 An Ingredients list for anyone who might be interested in this information

 Close up of the packaging... because I am like that

 Another packaging close up. They are rounded edge square smooth black tubes. My goodness they are sexy.

 On Top is #3 Bottom is #17

As you can see in this picture #3 is a warm pink and #17 is a bricky red


Figure swatches are supposed to be accurate in terms of how it will apply on your lips (I don't know how true that is, but I like finger swatches none the less. 

Arm swatches with #3 on the left and #17 on the right. They are absolutely beautiful.


Now that your eye have had a fest I will give you my opinion of these highly sought after lipsticks.

I am in love with the color. Seriously. I think they are both exactly the colors I have wanted and I made the right selection when I made my purchase. But in terms of lasting time on my lips, I honestly didn't have very much luck. Why, when so many other review talk about decent lasting power? Well, because I am picky. My lips are babies, and with out tons of moisture they dry right up. When I put on these beauties I found my lip got uncomfortable rather quickly. My lips are BIG BABIES. Seriously... So I tried adding moisture before i put them on to no avail. My lips were still dry feeling. The more moisture the more the product wouldn't last on my lips as well. Now I am the kind of person that prefers that her makeup never makes her uncomfortable ever, because if it does, I honestly won't reach for it. And if I don't reach for it? Well that makes it a waste of space. As much as I honestly love these colors, and worked very hard to save the money and talk someone into helping me get them, they just make my lips uncomfortable. Now I know a lot of woman who love their Suqqu lipsticks, but the formula just does not love me back.

For example, I cannot wear Mac anything, OCC liptars, Illamasqua, Shiseido Perfect Rouge, Givenchy, Guerlain, Lancome, Any Nars... I mean Dior addict lipsticks made my lips dry. So keep that in mind when taking my word for anything.

Sad day for me. Oh well, maybe I can find them a happy home with lips they will love back. :D

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Forced Artistic Expression? Maybe?

I love making things. 





So here is a quick sneak peek to a post I have planned in the Near Future.


Eye Candy Colors :D 

I plan on sharing a great deal of photographs of art work that is finished and another posting of what I need to finish (mostly to remind myself/force myself to work on them). 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

LIPSTICK MADNESS!


Today I went through all of my lipsticks. 


So this is going to be a very picture heavy post today. Beware.



I didn't realize how many I had "collected". Though it isn't the largest stash of lipsticks, it is far, far more than I need. However I cannot decide which ones I don't need. So many shades are similar but still lightly different making my ability to make a decision even more difficult.



Anyway I thought I would share all of the photos and swatches so here you go: 


First my bare lips 

I went for a more natural look today as not to clash with each lipstick

::Quick Note:: My arm swatch photos are not the most accurate. They were taken with indoor light and therefor are a little off in the photo. My lip swatches were taken with soft outdoor light as the source so are more accurate but are influenced by my existing lip color. 

First up is my Lipstick Queens

From Left to Right :: Lipstick Queen in Smitten, Trance, and Moment

This first swatch isn't very good, but I formed a system in a few minutes you will see and hopefully find it helpful

 Lipstick Queen in Smitten

  Lipstick Queen in Trance

   Lipstick Queen in Moment


From Left to Right :: Lipstick Queen in Sinner Pink, Sinner Coral, Sinner Sunny Rouge, Sinner Rouge

 
Lipstick Queen in Sinner Pink



 Lipstick Queen in Sinner Coral



 Lipstick Queen in Sinner Sunny Rouge


 
 Lipstick Queen in Sinner Rouge


From Left to Right :: Lipstick Queen in Upper East, Medieval, Saint Sunny Rouge, Saint Rose


 Lipstick Queen in Upper East


 
 Lipstick Queen in Medieval


 Lipstick Queen in Saint Sunny Rouge


 Lipstick Queen in Saint Rose


From Left to Right Lipsticks in :: Shiseido OR341, Shiseido PK343, Laura Mercer Coral, Laura Mercer Rose

Shiseido Perfect Rouge in OR341

 Shiseido Perfect Rouge in PK343


Laura Mercer Creme Lipstick in Coral

 Laura Mercer Creme Lipstick in Rose

From Left to Right Lipsticks in :: NYX Bonfire, NYX San Paulo, OCC Liptar Momento, OCC Liptar Grandma

 
NYX Xtreme Lipcreme in Bonfire


 
NYX Soft Matte lipstick in San Paulo


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics LipTar in Momento 


 
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics LipTar in Grandma


From Left to Right Revlon Lip Butters in :: Red Velvet, Candy Apple, Wild Watermelon, Juicy Papaya, Pink Lemonade

 
Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet


 
Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple


Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon



Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya


 
Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade


From Left to Right Lipsticks in :: NYX Angel, NYX Merlot, Givenchy Rose Dressing, Mac Please me

 
 NYX Matte in Angel

NYX Matte in Merlot

Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose Dressing

Mac Matte in Please Me


From Left to Right (not counting the very first one) :: NYX Alabama, NYX Snow White, Mac Viva la glam I, (Comparison swatches next to NARS Shanghai Express and Fire Down Below)

 
NYX Matte in Alabama


 
NYX Round in Snow White


 
Mac Matte in Viva La Glam I


Thank you for powering through ALL OF THESE PICTURES. I hope you guys enjoyed.