Lining with Shadow: Kjaer Weis Eye Shadow in Onyx


Last week, I had the honor of being featured on No More Dirty Looks in the “What’s in my Makeup Bag” feature they do on Mondays. I reviewed what I use on a daily basis and in doing so, I complained about not being able to find a good, clean eyeliner pencil. At the time I wrote the piece, I was using a Tarte dual-ended liner. It was raccoon city, so I gave up and got rid of it. I haven’t pulled the trigger on any replacements yet. The problem is that when you shop for “clean” makeup, you’re going to be doing so on line. If you’re like me, you read reviews and often wind up not buying anything. Why? Because inevitably, someone brings up a deal breaker: it runs, it fades, the pencil is too hard, the pencil is too soft. It just takes one mention to plant the seed of doubt. I know what you’re thinking: she is the freaking Goldilocks of eyeliner. Well, you’re probably right. I like my first-world problems to be as frivolous as possible, thank you very much.

So what am I doing while I wait for the clean eyeliner problem to be worked out by the gods? Well, I ain’t going without eyeliner if that’s what you’re thinking. Mama likes her cat eye/doe eye/winged liner. I have been using Kjaer Weiss Onyx eye shadow. It works well with a wet fine liner brush for a defined look or a dry fluffier liner brush for a softer line. You can even wet the fluffy brush for a soft, darker line. The possibilities! The softer color makes your mascara-ed lashes pop. KW describes Onyx as “a beautiful iridescent slate color, an ‘almost black’ shade, with gorgeous texture, giving beautiful definition to evening make-up. Onyx is great for creating a smoky eye, as the darkest, finishing color. The iridescent sparkling effect of Onyx adds life to black; it is a vibrant shade that is wonderful for all skin tones.” While it does have some sparkle, it is so finely milled so it’s not obvious at all. It is lovely and the photos above don’t do it justice—sorry!

Here’s what is in it:

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Zinc Stearate. May Contain +/- Mica, Iron oxide (CI 77491), Iron oxide (CI 77492), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891) Certified Natural by the CCPB, Italy (KW eye shadows contain bamboo which grows in the wild not in a supervised area, therefore not accepted as organic by the CCPB. 70% of the raw materials in this eye shadow are certified ORGANIC which qualifies it as certified NATURAL).

So all good news so far right? And we haven’t even touched on the now famous packaging—it’s even been likened to Cartier packaging. The shadow costs $44 IF you get it in the packaging. I did not. I bought the refill for about half the price and put it in a Z Palette. I think if you get the foundation—and more on that later—you should get the packaging. Since I knew I wanted to build a palette of clean shadows, I decided I could get twice as much by buying refills. So that’s my story. My clean eye shadow palette is coming along. I’ll post about that soon. In the meantime, you can read the blog post (by Lilly of Genuine Glow) that inspired me to start a palette.

PS: Don’t forget to enter the cheap thrills raffle!


Cheap Thrills Raffle!


I am excited to announce my first-ever raffle. I will be accepting entries through noon on Friday, March 14th. I am using Rafflecopter for the first time, so bear with me! The contest is open to readers who live in the U.S. Once the reader is selected on March 14, I will make the announcement and the winner has 48 hours to respond with an address. Otherwise, a new winner will be selected. Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

-The Ecotools concealer brush and tapered blush brush (reviewed here)
-A Dew Puff kojac sponge (not pictured above; reviewed here)
-A tube of Waxelene (reviewed here)

Enter today!

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Summer on Your Lips: Ilia Lip Crayon in Karma Chameleon


Daylight savings time happens this week and I couldn’t be happier to lose an hour of sleep. Spring is finally going to happen and after that sweet, sweet summer! Think about it: finally saying goodbye to your winter coat, sunny days, bright colors, sandals. Maybe that is why I purchased the lip crayon by Ilia in Karma Chameleon ($24) in the dead of winter. I needed something to brighten my mood. And this lippie fits the bill. It’s described at a fiery coral—definitely an accurate description, particularly if you’re fair. And if you are fair, this color will be optimal in spring and summer when you’ve got a little bronzer action going. Right now, I have a little windburn (read: pink face) action going, so I tone this Ilia lip crayon down with a bit of RMS Lip Shine in Bloom. In the photo above (on the right) you can see Ilia Karma Chameleon at full strength and toned down with a bit of RMS Beauty’s Bloom. (Read my review of RMS Lip Shines.)

Here is what’s in it:

Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Trisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuaba) Wax*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Carica (Papya) Seed Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Red 7 (CI15858), Iron Oxide (CI77499, CI77492, CI77491). *Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.

I own two of Ilia’s lip crayons and one lipstick. I’ll get to all of them at some point. I really love the texture of the lip crayons. It’s just right—they aren’t glossy, nor are they dry. They are not perfumed–another plus in my book. Ilia describes itself as a “prestige line of natural and organic beauty products that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics. All ILIA products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients that nourish the skin and help aid in its repair.” The line has a great reputation and it’s week-deserved. Whether you’re a label-reading greenie or not, this is a fab line. Check them out!