Can You Make Your Own Duochrome Eye Shadow?

((Pssst…before we start in, I’m having a Cult Nails Polish giveaway. Check it out here.)

Once I get new makeup and have taken photos of the pristine, unused look of it, I start to experiment. I play around with shadows, mixing them and swatching them. Yes, a grown woman playing with makeup. But I know I’m in fine company in this community. ūüôā

I posted about a few L A Colors palettes I picked up at the Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago. You can see my haul post here. My experience with LA Colors has been positive and I couldn’t wait to work with this palettes.

This one shade from the Sand Dune palette got me to thinking and, the wheels started turning. I was thinking, can I make a duochromatic shadow?

Here’s what I started off doing…

The purple shade on the far right is the one I concentrated on to make other shades seem like a duochrome.¬† The shadow, itself, is gorgeous…

(Let me know if photos of used makeup skeeve you. It does for me.)

¬†It’s got some duochrome effects all by itself. These photos are taken in front of the sunny window. I’ll point out the few that were not.

Here’s the teal shade I swatched first…

Now, together…

The next one is a blush. I’m really embarrassed to tell you that this blush was from my makeup artist kit, and it is old; I’ll just leave it at that.

First, a simple swatch of the blush…

And mixed with the purple shade…

Next, I wanted to see how it would look mixed with a pink. So I choose this purply-pink from the new LA Colors palette, Tiki Punch…

Gorgeous palette, don’t you think? Here’s the purplish-pink I swatched by itself, then with the purple shadow mixed…

This one shows more of the duochrome effect. Here are some different angles and various lighting looks…

 Non-direct sunlight from the sunny window.

Then, I wanted to try it with a bronzy-gold, so here I used that shade from the Boardwalk palette…

¬†The gold swatched alone…

And here, with the purple shadow…

One last experiment. Remember the must-have palette of last Christmas, Wet ‘n Wild’s Night Elf? I wanted to give that ‘rad’ red and matte black a try…

¬†Swatched alone…

Now adding in the ‘catalyst’…

That the pink swatch at the top of the above photo was a swatch from the light pink from the Tiki Punch. Here is it with the purple shade mixed with it, as well as all the swatches.

The very bottom swatch was using a lighter hand with the matte red. It made a softer version and less blotchy swatch then the first one, that’s second one down on the left.

And that was my franken shadow swatches. Some gave off more of a duochromatic flare than others, of course. However, that’s what experimenting and playing with makeup is all about; creating, mixing and enjoying the fun.

Do you like to experiment with your makeup or do you just use straight, as is? Do you think the purple shadow made the second shadow swatches look duochrome? Share your thoughts, I’m always reading and listening.

Orly’s Fall Color with ‘Rock the World’

I’m gaga over the Fall collections this year. Rich cremes, velvety shimmers and gorgeous glitters. I’m happy but broke. I’m looking good but looking for more work to pay for these pretties.¬† Ah, I’m not going to complain. Enjoy these with me.

Orly’s Mineral FX is one hot Fall collection. I grabbed ’em up! Let me show you why…

Check out ‘Rock the World’. Oh, yea!

Velvety, shimmery burgundy purple. I have on three coats here with one topcoat of Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker.’

I don’t know if anyone else is calling this a duochrome but if I can see burgundy one way and then copper another way…that’s my description of a duochrome. This copper flash is what ‘Rock the World’ does in the shade.

 Now look back at it in the direct sunlight. Back to burgundy.

A closer look and you can see the copper/antique gold micro-glitter in this. And there is a LOT.

I got mine at Ulta, but you can also find this at some Sally’s.

I will admit, this did ‘Rock the World’ for me. I love it. This is one that could be revisited for the Christmas holiday as well, making it more worthwhile to purchase.

Would you like to add this to your Fall wish list?

I’m Lucky To Be Irish

Happy March 1st!  I have a lot happening this month, how about you?

I’m going to share a lot of green polishes and makeup with you through St. Patrick’s Day.¬† I align myself with my Irish heritage.¬† I have German and Scottish blood as well.¬† However, I look so Irish and love all that is Irish, that it seems the dominant lineage for me.

And, I sometimes do get a bit of the luck of the Irish!¬† I felt lucky when I finally purchased this lemming…

Can you hear it screaming ‘DUOCHROME!!’¬† You betcha!¬† This is Claire’s ‘Venomous.’¬† I’m taking it to be a play on MAC’s Venomous Villains collection.¬† Did you notice that all the villains were women?¬† That didn’t seem fair.

Anyhoo…I found this to be one fascinating and interesting shade.¬† It makes me think of a fly’s eye color.

Does it want to be green?  Does it want to be purple?  How about both.

I have 3 coats of color followed by a coat of Seche Vite from a brand, new bottle!¬† Yea, that’s always a ‘yippie’ feeling to start a new bottle of Seche Vite!¬† I thought I had picked up the Seche Clear at first because it wasn’t a thick, goopy mess.

Just a bit of bubbling going on.¬† That’s on me, though.¬† The third coat came on too soon.¬† Nevertheless, I loved wearing ‘Venomous.’¬† I had some (nice) fun at my husband’s expense with this shade.¬† He’s the only audience I have to blatantly show off my new manis to.¬† He plays the ever-supportive role and oh’s and ah’s on cue.¬† I asked him ‘what color is this?’¬† Poor man is blue/green color-blind.¬† He couldn’t say what color it looked like.¬† I asked ‘Green?’¬† I asked ‘Purple?’¬† The ever-a-politician answer was ‘I guess.’¬† I delighted in telling him he was right; it’s all those colors!¬† Are we not just the most exciting pair?

Although it is not an out-and-out green, it starts off a foray into the Luck of the Irish fest.¬† I just realized that the myth about St. Patrick’s Day has to do with St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland; snakes; venomous; get it?¬† OK, I groaned too.

Do you have a St. Patrick’s Day manicure?

Is There Anybody Out There, Space Cadet

“The” colors to have this fall were from Orly’s FX Collection.¬† It seems a majority of the nail blogs I read liked ‘Space Cadet’ the best.¬† Here’s why…

I understand the name of ‘Space Cadet’ but why a ‘spacy’ name for such a totally complex shade?¬† I think I can see about 4 to 5 different colors that flash in this one.

You bet this is the same polish, the same manicure.  First is the outdoors shot.  Next is indoors by the sunny window.  Is it purple?  Is it green?  Yes!  Oh, and magenta too.

I knew I’d hate myself if I spaced out and didn’t get ‘Space Cadet.’¬† What I have done is the basic manicure I do: 1 BC, 1 Seche Clear, 2 color coats, 2 Seche Clear with Seche Vite last.¬† No one has asked me and maybe no one really wants to know, however, I use that many coats because my nails are not strong and the extra coverage helps.

This is a serious beg…if you did NOT get ‘Space Cadet,’ you need to go get yourself a bottle STAT!!¬† This will end up with a cult status, I predict.

Orly went overboard with this one.¬† There is just no way I can explain this color.¬† The photos do a better job.¬† I think this one is best left up to a visual rather than verbal.¬† There was no trouble getting this to apply.¬† Two coats and it was sensational.¬† Of course, the Orly bottle and that rubberized top are standard coolness.¬† The polish dried quickly for me and after that last Vite, I was running to some light to experience the ‘wonderful, magnificent, magical effect that transformed my digits into a spectacular experience in nail polish world.’¬† I used DisneyWorld ads for inspiration on that sentence.

‘Space Cadet’ is almost derogatory too.¬† How about calling it ‘Major Tom‘?

Anyone ever call you a Space Cadet? (raises hand up slowly)