Saturday, July 19, 2014

Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet July 2014 - Out to the Black

It's time for Notoriously Morbid's monthly Vanishing Cabinet again!  I'm so excited for these since it means more NM, more often!  This month's collection is called "Out to the Black" and it is inspired by sci-fi lovers' favorite show - Firefly, and by extension, the movie Serenity.  Firefly was a great show about a crew travelling through the universe visiting several different planets.  It's a lot better than I'm explaining, I swear.  Each product corresponds to a character in the crew and it also marks the first appearance of NM's first nail polish (Morbid Mani), cosmetic glitter (Phantom Glam Glitter), and the second appearance of the lip gloss (Lipcraft Glosses).  

Everyone who had snagged up an order got a choice of the Morbid Mani or Lipcraft Gloss.  Because of international shipping rules, the Morbid Mani was not available for anyone outside the country and they automatically received the gloss instead.  For US residents, we got a choice and I decided on the Mani even though I would use the gloss more.  I figured I HAD to try their first nail polish and I was hoping to pick up a lip gloss if/when there are extras leftover.  Good news:  there were glosses leftover so I picked one up and I will update this post with swatches when I receive it!

The cabinet came in a white envelope this time.

Pictures taken under daylight bulb and swatches done over ELF Essential Primer (click to enlarge)

Free Samples

Morpheus:  shimmery light purple taupe with red and silver shimmer.  This is actually a sneak peek color into next month's Vanishing Cabinet.  I wrongfully guessed The Matrix so that makes me even more excited about the true inspiration!  I'm thinking something Greek myth related so I will definitely love it even more.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics CotMs and Avengers Haul - Swatches and Review

I'm review another Shiro haul today; I know it seems like I just made one recently...and I did.  I made an order during their 4th anniversary sale without realizing they would put up their CotMs up for Spring cleaning.  This time, I ordered the remaining CotMs I didn't have yet and two more Intertubes (which were being discontinued).  Shiro also released the Avengers collection, so I picked up several samples of those as well.

This time, I asked for a drawing of Totoro and a chincilla together because 'chincilla' was the Chinese phrase for Totoro.

Pictures taken under daylight bulb and swatches are over ELF's Essential Primer (click to enlarge)

Dammit Moon Moon
Dammit Moon Moon:  lavender with rainbow sparkles.  This CotM had actually been discontinued awhile ago, but due to the overwhelming popularity of it, Caitlin decided to bring it back for this sale.  I'm so glad I got a chance to pick this up since I'd missed the last one.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Aromaleigh Cosmetics Okeanides Collection - Swatches and Review

Hi everyone!  I'll be doing a review of Aromaleigh's new Okeanides collection - a mini 10 shadow collection inspired by the daughters of Oceanus from Greek mythology.  Now this is really exciting for me for two reasons, one - I'm a huge Greek mythology buff, and two - I got these for free!  When Aromaleigh gave a sneak peek of this collection, I knew I had to have them all when they officially release them.  There was a contest on their Facebook page to win a sample set of the whole collection and I ended up winning by chance.  It was so exciting for me!  Shipping took awhile because USPS messed up the route a LOT and it was pretty annoying, but Aromaleigh's representative kept checking in with me to see if I received it or not.

I finally received it about a week ago and swatched them immediately.  I really enjoy the satin metallic texture of some shades.  I really hope they expand this collection because I really love this theme!

Pictures taken under daylight bulb and swatches done over ELF Essential Primer (click to enlarge)

Galatea:  sheer golden nude with red sparkles

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy - July 2014 Subscription

Welcome back everyone!  It's time for another Innocent+Twisted Alchemy subscription box!  For any new readers, this is a monthly subscription where you get three to four eyeshadows from I+T and several samples from other indie companies.  They are sold in two sizes, a sample size (I don't remember the exact price, I believe it's $12/month), and a deluxe size ($16, I believe).  The sample size includes sample sized eyeshadows, which are normally priced at $3/each and deluxe size includes full-sized eyeshadows, which retail for $6/each.  Either way, this is a really great deal and I love trying out products from other companies as well.

This month is different because it has a mermaid theme.  The owner, Linda, hand draws everything and they're always beautiful.  The picture you see below was drawn by her and the label art were drawn by a friend of hers.  As usual, we received eyeshadow from I+T and other companies, but this month also had a blush, liquid shimmer, and a beautiful lip gloss!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Notoriously Morbid Calling Corners, Sealed Judgment, and Superstitio Collection - Swatches and Review

Look at all those goodies!  I'm so excited to bring to you this review which features not one, not two, but three separate collections!  Because of this, the review will be super picture heavy.  I had actually made two separate orders, but Carrie decided to ship them together for me, which was an amazing surprise :)  

Early on in the month, Notoriously Morbid introduced a new feature called, "The Vanishing Cabinet".  It is their take on a monthly subscription.  Each month, there's a new limited edition collection released and you can choose whether or not to buy it - they sell out quickly!  This is a great option for people who don't like the actual commitment of subscriptions and want to be able to skip collections that they don't like.  

For their first Vanishing Cabinet, the collection "Calling Corners" is based off of the movie "The Craft".  I had seen this movie a few years ago and I wasn't a die-hard fan.  However, there's no denying the influence it had on later supernatural series such as "Charmed" (which I am a fan of).  I placed an order as soon as it was released; it was also eligible for Free Day Friday, which included free samples of the whole Sealed Judgement Set that was released during Black Friday last year.  I had regretfully missed out on the set when it released so it was wonderful that Carrie decided to bring it back for a bit :)

Lastly, a permanent collection was released on Friday the 13th.  It's called "Superstitio" and the eyeshadows were influenced by various superstitions!  I really loved everything and can't wait to show you the swatches!

My order came in this cute and durable paper bag this time.  I love the new packaging!

This tiny bag (with cute glittery skull sticker) stored my free samples :D  I love it!

Cool box which housed my Vanishing Cabinet

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ipsy June 2014 - Pretty in Paradise

So it's almost officially summer and it's warming up a lot in NYC!  I'm so excited because we've had such a long winter and a very long period of rain.  Anywho, I got my June Ipsy bag last week and I really like it!  If you remember last month, I didn't like my bag at all.  Those sentiments were apparently shared with a good amount of Ipsy subscribers (seriously, water in a can?).  They definitely made up for that blah bag this month.  I found myself liking most of the products :)

The theme is Pretty in Paradise and we got this gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff designed bag!
Pictures are taken in daylight (click to enlarge)

Beach Spray
Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray:  This is the second beach spray I've gotten from Ipsy.  The first one was from last summer's bag and I believe it was from the company Sexy Hair.  It did not work out for me, but I'm excited to try this one!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy - June 2014 Subscription

It's that wonderful time of the month again; time for another round of Innocent + Twisted Alchemy's subscription box!  Now this box is a little fuller than the others because Linda resent last month's blushes in this box.  Apparently, a horrible chemical reaction happened with the pans and the glue in last month's box which rusted the pans.  This month, she included loose versions of those blushes and gave an additional mini-jar of a new blush.

How cute is this bag?
Pictures are taken under daylight bulb and swatches are done over ELF $1 Primer

Twinkle Squinkles
Twinkle Squinkles:  pink with purple and gold sparkles.  What a cute name!  It makes me think of a pig for some reason ^^