Friday, 27 April 2012

Madison Street Beauty Eye Shadows

Hey guys! There is something you may not know about me. I have very very sensitive skin. I have several allergies that make my face swell up like crazy (adhesives for one), and moderate eczema around my eyes. This makes it very difficult for me to wear makeup. I can't use eye makeup remover because the oils in the removers make my eyes swell up. Even putting on eyeshadow can trigger more severe eczema on my eyes, so I generally don't, which makes me sad.

I found Madison Street Beauty Eye Shadows on Etsy ( and was excited to try their eye shadows. [Please note: They are currently on vacation, but will be returning soon!] This is how they described them:

*Handmade *All-Natural *Chemical-Free *Never Expires *Never Tested on Animals *Hypoallergenic *Sustainable * Fragrance-Free *Oil & Talc Free *Non-Comedogenic *Safe for Sensitive Skin

We guarantee our mineral make-up will never contain anything artificial or bad for your skin. Our makeup contains absolutely NO: synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, chemicals, parabens, fillers, additives, talc or fragrances.

Well obviously I ordered 12 different colours to try. To be fair, they do come in small sizes so it hurts your wallet less to go nuts like I did.

I ordered...


Heliotrope - Opaque purple, looked a little more reddish on my skin than the photo on their site.

Mermaid - A lot more green on my skin than the pic on their site! I still liked it though.

Tiffany Blue - Light blue shimmery, but more green than I would have liked.

Royal Blue - Incredible shimmery bold blue.

Electric Periwinkle - Super opaque bold blue.

Frost - Soft shimmery icy blue.

Indigo Night - Not as black when it goes on skin, so good for smoky eye looks.

Black Orchid - Super opaque black. Great for eyeliner!

Silver Star- Opaque silvery grey.

Skyline - Shimmery sheer silver.

Cotton - Opaque white, almost creamy.

Stardust - My favourite! Incredible sheer shimmery white.

First and foremost,  I love the names. Very cute!

They come in loose powder form, and in tiny shrink wrapped pots. Here they are with their lids on! I should mention that some pots are half-filled because they were smaller sample sizes. The full sizes (1-1.5g) were full TO THE BRIM.

So how do they look? Well, depends on which one you're talking about. Some are shimmery and some are more opaque. The shimmery ones (such as stardust) were just stunning. Here's some pics:

How long do they last? Well, this is hard for me to answer. I regularly rub my eyes due to itchiness, and although I definitely tried to avoid it as much as possible, I may have rub my eyes once or twice. I wore Royal Blue and Frost for 8 hours and Frost seemed to hold up a bit better. Royal Blue faded a lot faster. I recommend using a primer first to hold onto these great colours. One is available at their shop. Since I cannot use makeup remove, I just slept with them on to no ill effect and they were gone in the morning.

How did it react with your skin? The short answer is that they did not. Other than mild irritation (which I get no matter what I put near my eyes), I experienced minimal itching and reaction. I can honestly say that these eye shadows are THE most gentle product I've ever put on my eyes.

What is the price range? Very reasonable. It's about $5 for a 1-1.5g sample, which should last you a few months. I will definitely be ordering more when they get back from vacation!

Overall - 9/10, awesome and gentle on the eyes, some colors fade faster than others but when used with primer this is not an issue, plus great price.

Recommendations - Wear a primer! For Madison Street Beauty - Make some neon colours if possible, and I will be a customer for life! 

Day at the Beach

Guys, let me be honest with you. I went totally, totally nuts yesterday with the resin. I'm talking like, over 40 items, including mustaches, skulls, bones, fish bones, diamond rings, and lifebuoys. Yup.

So today I'm going to feature some of my beach/ocean themed pieces! As usual, click the pics to see them in my shop, where my listings have more pics of the same item. I should also mention, if you see anything that you like but you want a different color, or added glitter, or beads on the chain, etc., please contact me! I can pretty much do anything, cuz I'm awesome like that.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Bracelet Sale!!!


My Etsy shop (CalliopeKitten) is having a bracelet sale! Buy any 3 bracelets, and get 1 free (any bracelet value $15 or under). Just make an order and in the checkout memo, tell me which you'd like for free! Treat yo'self!

Here's some new bracelets, and as usual, click 'em to see them in my shop!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Blogger Meetup

Last weekend I had a chance to meet up with a very talented jewelry maker - Cindy from Icy Crystal Galleria.

We went to bead shopping, and went nuts! Well, I went nuts. Cindy carefully selected her items. I basically just threw everything I could see into my basket. She has been totally great in helping me work on some new designs, including the skull bracelets from my earlier posts. Cindy knows a lot about gemstones, semi-precious stones, and jewelry design, which you can totally tell from her bracelets!

Check this bracelet out that she made which is part of her upcoming Giveaway:

She even made me this gorgeous cell phone charm to commemorate our first meetup. 

Here is a pic of us having sushi and bubble tea :) 
Aren't we gorgeous? Haha.

A little about Cindy and Icy Crystal Galleria:
Icy Crystal Galleria started with CC’s jewelry shopping addiction.  One day, CQ couldn’t deal with her craziness so she suggested to CC that they should start making their own to save $$!  And that’s how ICY CRYSTAL GALLERIA was born.  All of their jewelry are made of Swarovski crystals, natural gems, and sterling silver components.  Although they do not have an Etsy store set up, you can definitely contact them if you love their creations!

With both CC & CQ’s creativity, they come up with all jewelry for everyone.  Whether you work in a conservative office in Toronto or a laid-back California Girl in Los Angeles, there’s always something for you! 

Check her blog here!!

Check Out this Interview

Hey everyone!

I am a member of the Toronto Etsy Street Team, and I recently did an interview for their site.

Please check it out and leave some comments :)

Thanks :)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fun with Resin

I don't have any particular theme for this post, I'm just sharing some new resin necklace items I made recently. Check out my newest creation, a sprinkle "diamond ring"! As usual, click on the pic for more details!

Time for the Beach!

With the summer months coming up soon, the factory elves and I are getting prepped for the beach. In between intense TurboFire BeachBody workouts, we've been making beach-ready jewelry. 

Here's the one piece - we call it the Buoy Oh Buoy Purple and Navy Ombre Necklace ($25).

And here's another, the Saving Lives in Color Necklace ($30).

By the way, this necklace can be made in almost any color that exists in the world, with about 25 shades of glitter, or with about 20 different sprinkle mixes. Please contact me for more details!

Thursday, 19 April 2012



Today I'm taking a quick break from jewelry making, (and sewing, and glass painting, and...etc.) to promote my fellow bloggers! Two of my favourite bloggers are having upcoming giveaways...details below!

SpilledPolish - Maddy will be giving away one of my jewelry pieces to be determined, and possibly some make-up and nail polish! Wowee. Follow her for a chance to win!

Icy Crystal Galleria - The girls at Icy Crystal are giving away this amazing bracelet, called the Blue Sea Bracelet:
Love it :) Would go great with a fancy outfit or jeans and a t-shirt. Follow them for a chance to win!

I will be posting my new wine glasses later so check it out!


Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Stackable Bracelets!

Today I had an inspiring conversation with Cindy from Icy Crystal Galleria. She told me about how at Holt Renfrew, they're selling skull bracelets for over $200! I found a bracelet online using the same beads as I have, selling for $40. Woweee. So here's a few bracelets I made before going out to watch the Blue Jays game tonight (go Jays go!)...Click the pics to see them in my shop...and check out Icy Crystal Galleria for beautiful jewelry!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

New Mustache Style - Black & Mysterious

Check out my new line of more subtle mustaches...Click the image to see them in my shop! All $10.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

April Earring Sale


I am having a sale on earrings this month! Use code APRILEARRINGS on checkout and receive 10% off your order. Here are some samples!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Glass Bottles

I found some neon glitter sand at the dollar store the other day. So, naturally, I bought all of it.

Here's what I did with some of it! And also there's neon candy.