I’m always excited writing these posts because I absolutely love getting my indie subscription boxes. They always contain some of my favorite products, and I’m surprised that it’s taken me so long to write this one up. It’s especially surprising since this Vanishing Cabinet has a nod to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This month’s theme was Dark Cheshire, inspired by Tim Curry’s films. Tim Curry is a fantastic actor – he really commits to the characters he portrays which is really inspiring. I am a little disappointed in myself that I don’t understand half of these references, but I suppose that’s what happens when you’re not allowed to watch his films until you’re 16, and then don’t really have access to them.
This month came with four Notoriously Morbid mini shadows, a sample as a clue for the next Vanishing Cabinet, a discovery sample from AFK Cosmetics, and an extremely opaque red lip gloss.
Posted in Beauty, Indie Cosmetics, Makeup, Notoriously Morbid's Vanishing Cabinet, Subscription Box Review
Tagged afk cosmetics, dark cheshire, notoriously morbid, officer friendly, once in a purple moon, review, september 2014, solace of shadows, swatch, they all float, toxic love, vanishing cabinet, wadsworth
Happy 15th anniversary, Chantecaille! I’ve only recently been lucky enough to play with your makeup, but I promise you, I’m hooked.
I participated in a makeup swap with Diana from Sparkling Pink, and she picked up something that has been sitting on my wishlist since I stumbled upon it: Chantecaille’s blush in Bliss. It’s another neutral blush in my inventory, but I was sold because of the rose pattern.
A few months back, Sephora had a bunch of point rewards that I found appealing. I got the Marc Jacobs one, which was a disappointment, as well as the Hourglass one which was pretty fantastic. In the Hourglass point rewards, the mascara was something I’ve been wanting to try for a few months and since mascara samples are some of my favorite things I opened it up pretty quickly.
It’s a pretty standard brush – nothing crazy or special like the MAC Studio Sculpt. It has the packaging reminiscent of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – looks like it’ll be heavier than it is with a deep brown with pearl finish.
I’ve been on the hunt for more natural looking blushes, especially with fall coming just around the corner and my love for dark berry and purple lips require a more natural flush look in order to bring some warmth to my face to an otherwise dark look. So, when I was placing my order for the Rouge Bunny Rouge Chronos palette (review), I decided to throw in a blush as well. And since I’ve been looking for a nude blush, Delicata was absolutely the perfect choice.
When it came and I opened it, I was thrilled to see it that it was exactly the shade I was expecting. It doesn’t match the photos on the website, but it does match the description.
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I found my perfect lipstick. If I could stop wearing any other lipsticks, I would wear this one. The only problem is that it’s from one of the more luxe brands out there – Tom Ford.
My first Tom Ford purchase was two things – an eye shadow quad in Orchid Haze and this lipstick : Indian Rose. I’ve used Indian Rose a few times, and I have to say that it’s the most comfortable and moisturizing lipstick I’ve ever come across.
Inglot seriously needs to open a store in Texas. As much as I love buying stuff online, it’s much harder to buy from a brand like Inglot. The hundreds of choices is just overwhelming, and I don’t want to frivolously be adding shadows into my cart without thinking. I need to be in a store, swatching and contemplating whether or not the shadow works for me. When I was in Vegas, I decided to finally make an Inglot purchase. 10-pan palette, but two of the shades I wanted were out. Well, fine, I made a note of them and left with 8 shadows.
Today’s post is about the top row of my palette – the neutral browns.
Posted in Beauty, Mainstream Cosmetics, Makeup
Tagged 07, 25, 327, 329, 355, eye shadow, freedom system, inglot, review, swatch
A few weeks ago, Ajevie from Dolly’s Polish posted a Reddit thread in my favorite indie makeup subreddit asking for bloggers/swatchers for her upcoming fall polish release. She decided to take the first five people who responded, and I was one of the lucky few! I’ve only tried Fandom Cosmetics when it comes to indie polish, and even though Femme Fatale’s polishes are on my radar, it’s harder to get them because shipping polish overseas is pretty much a no go. I was super excited to get these polishes to test out.
Sugar Skulls – This is a sugar candy white with hexagon shaped pastel glitter. It’s not quite matte, and the base reminds me of those sugar candy dipping sticks that you’d get with Fun Dip. The glitter is all different colors: I noticed lavender, baby blue, spring green, red, and yellow hexagons. It took two coats for opacity, but I think that if you do that it winds up getting a little murky. I would recommend a white base, with this layered on top. With chunky glitter, you would assume that it would be a major pain to get off, but surprisingly everything removed really easily.
So I’ve run into the problem of having too many indies that I’m not using. I’m ordering because they’re gorgeous, and I wind up not using them. I recently pressed all of my Femme Fatale, Notoriously Morbid, the majority of my My Pretty Zombie, and a few other companies. Since they’re all pressed and in palettes, I’m working through each brand to use every single shadow I own. I have 107 shadow samples I’m working through from Femme Fatale, and the first 8 are showing up today! All posts labeled as Testing Everything will have a set of shadows – trios or quads – that I used together.
First up, a neutral brown look!
From top left clockwise: Moonrest, Cake, Wizards Only, Fools, and Time Lost.
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Tagged cake, divinity, femme fatale cosmetics, moonrest, review, royal tarts, swatch, the art of peacocking, time lost, ultimate wizards, wizards only fools
IT’S HERE!!!!! My Innocent+Twisted Alchemy monthly subscription has gotten into my mailbox and after seeing spoilers all over Reddit and from other wonderful bloggers, I am beyond excited. As a reminder of how the I+TA subscription works, you have two sizes. I subscribe to the sample size since I have more indies than I could ever want, which costs $12. You get 3 to 4 new Innocent+Twisted Alchemy shadows packed full in a clamshell, as well as a small assortment of various products from other indie shops floating around the world (as far as I recall, they’ve all been based in the US).
This month’s theme is the Woodlands, which is really perfect for the start of fall. Since it’s September, and Labor Day has passed, it’s fall, right? RIGHT? It is. Pretty much every item included reminded me of fall, including the perfume balm. I also got to try out some brands I’ve randomly seen but never tried.
Posted in Beauty, Indie Cosmetics, Innocent + Twisted Alchemy, Makeup, Subscription Box Review
Tagged alchemy, innocent, monthly subscription, review, september 2014, swatch, twisted
Apparently Jules over at The Brauhaus and I are on the same page as to what we’re reviewing today. Bite had a limited edition run with a set of Matte Cream Lip Crayons a few months ago, which I swatched and reviewed here. After they disappeared, and after the release of the beautiful Deconstructed Rose lipsticks, they’ve come out with another collection of matte crayons.
From what I can tell, these are permanent. There were two rounds to this release; I think Bite decided to release the more commercially friendly shades first, and then shades that are more brown based in the second release. In the second release, the only one I think is interesting is Aubergine, but that’ll come in a later post.
Posted in Beauty, Mainstream Cosmetics, Makeup
Tagged bite beauty, fraise, framboise, matte creme lip crayon, peche, review, sucre, swatch, tatin