Friday, April 11, 2014

Glamour Doll Eyes Swatches and Review

Hi everyone, I have a review of Glamour Doll Eyes today!  The owner, Vanessa, had put up a status on Facebook asking if there were any bloggers interested in reviewing her products.  Obviously I jumped at the chance; I've purchased from GDE before and enjoyed it.  I shot her an email and she responded really quickly asking which shadows I already had so she wouldn't send me duplicates.  I received my goodies soon after and was pretty stoked that she sent me something from her Super Shadows! collection (I love comics).

She wrote me a cute thank you on my baggie :D

The jars all come individually shrink wrapped to prevent leakage.

Soul Sisters
Soul Sisters:  shimmery champagne with blue sparkles

Unveil:  matte cranberry with purple and red shimmer

Junkie:  bright red with TONS of pink and orange sparkles

Bella Donna
Bella Donna:  shimmery seafoam green

Bird? Plane?
Bird? Plane?:  blue with gold sparkles.  The name really made me chuckle haha.  This color actually reminded me of Shiro Cosmetic's TARDIS; I have a comparison swatch below.

All Nighter
All Nighter:  beautiful purple with blue shimmer.  This was my favorite one and I thought it was similar to Notoriously Morbid's Poisoned Grapes.  I also swatched them side by side below.

Daylight:  Soul Sisters, Unveil, Junkie, Bella Donna, Bird? Plane?, All Nighter
Flash:  Soul Sisters, Unveil, Junkie, Bella Donna, Bird? Plane? All Nighter

Daylight:  Shiro's TARDIS, Bird? Plane?, All Nighter, NM's Poisoned Grapes
Flash:  Shiro's TARDIS, Bird? Plane?, All Nighter, NM's Poisoned Grapes
Flash:  TARDIS, Bird? Plane?, All Nighter, Poisoned Grapes
As you can see from the comparison swatches, TARDIS is a bit cooler, bluer, and more sparkly.  Since TARDIS is supposed to be a limited edition color, Bird? Plane? still might make a good enough dupe.  They're both very pigmented and sparkly.  With All Nighter and Poisoned Grapes, I found that Poisoned Grapes is slightly bluer/cooler and shimmery.  They both seem to have the same base purple color , Poisoned Grapes just has a LOT more blue shimmer (as you can see in the third picture) which gives it a bluer sheen.  Since Poisoned Grapes has been discontinued for awhile, All Nighter is a great dupe if you're itching for that beautiful cool purple.  

I'm really glad I was given this opportunity to try this company again.  I love all the different colors that were sent to me and they were all nicely pigmented.  The sample sizes were also very generous and I can get so many uses out of them.  If you haven't checked out Glamour Doll Eyes yet, I strongly urge you to.  There are a lot of color and size options.  Vanessa is also very quick to respond to emails which is a great thing for a company owner.  I hope my review and swatches helped you!

- Jolie ♥

Friday, April 4, 2014

Notoriously Morbid Slay Me Collection - Review and Swatches

It seems like I'm making a Notoriously Morbid every week now - which wouldn't even be an exaggeration since they have a Free Day Friday deal every Friday.  Anyway, they released a Buffy inspired collection called Slay Me on Friday and it's going to be released in waves; I'm guessing because there are just so many cool characters.  It's an all matte collection and the first two waves were released on a Free Day Friday, so every order got a full-size of Where the Kids and the Vamps Go.  If not for the Friday deal, then you can ONLY get that exclusive color when you buy a full-set wave (it's not listed on the website separately).  

I ended up getting a few colors in each wave (most of the colors actually...) and a few samples that I had been missing.  I'll be splitting this post into two parts to showcase the Slay Me collection by itself.

As usual, pictures are taken in daylight and swatches are done over bare skin (click to enlarge):

Shenanimonkey:  blush with gold sparkles.  I ended up really liking this color!  It's a great neutral, but I'm hesitant about pressing this because of the ultramarine blue in the ingredient.  I find it odd that it contains ultramarine blue since the shadow doesn't seem blue at all...

Poisoned Grapes
Poisoned Grapes:  shimmery light violet.  Now this was a color that had been discontinued long before I discovered the greatness of NM.  I'd always seen it in swatches and was a bit envious because it seemed like a beautiful color.  Carrie (the owner) messaged me and asked if I had this one, when I said no, she said she'll send it to me with this order!  I was so happy and touched and almost cried :')  Apparently a few people had asked her about this color so she was sending it to them and somehow thought of me too.  She mentioned it was a small batch that she had leftover, so I appreciate this gesture greatly.  This really shows how great NM's customer interactions are *_*  Something to note is that this shade contains both ferric ferrocyanide AND ultramarine blue - so I'm not even going to try pressing this.  I'd feel absolutely awful ruining it.


Stake of Holly
Stake of Holly:  medium grass green with blue sparkles

Daylight:  Shenanimonkey, Poisoned Grapes, Stake of Holly
Flash:  Shenanimonkey, Poisoned Grapes, Stake of Holly

Slay Me Collection (Matte)

Quiet Storm
Quiet Storm:  lilac.  It has some unblended red and black pigments in the bag as you can see in the picture below.  It would probably be fixed after pressing.

unblended red pigmented in Quiet Storm

She's Got Gidget Hair
She's Got Gidget Hair:  pastel peach

Comic Relief
Comic Relief:  orange

He's Going Through Changes
He's Going Through Changes:  light coral pink - this might make a good matte blush.

Boca Del Infierno
Boca Del Infierno:  oxblood.  This is beautiful and pigmented, but tends to stain a little bit.

Daylight:  Quiet Storm, She's Got Gidget Hair, Comic Relief, He's Going Through Changes, Boca Del Infierno
Flash:  Quiet Storm, She's Got Gidget Hair, Comic Relief, He's Going Through Changes, Boca Del Infierno

Gypsy Curse
Gypsy Curse:  mauve taupe.  This is very pigmented and just a perfect taupe.

Teacher in Tweed
Teacher in Tweed:  army green

She Names the Stars
She Names the Stars:  blurple.  It reminds me of a matte Morgana.

Hesitant Heroine
Hesitant Heroine:  dark blue.  This one, like Boca Del Infierno, stains.

Bloody Awful Poet
Bloody Awful Poet:  intense black.  This one also stains, but I love the intensity of it and hope I can use it as a liner.

Where the Kids and the Vamps Go
Where the Kids and the Vamps Go:  shimmery dusty pink.  This is gorgeous and reminds me of Carly.

Daylight:  Gypsy Curse, Teacher in Tweed, She Names the Stars, Hesitant Heroine, Bloody Awful Poet, Where the Kids and the Vamps Go
Flash:  Gypsy Curse, Teacher in Tweed, She Names the Stars, Hesitant Heroine, Bloody Awful Poet, Where the Kids and the Vamps Go

Overall, this is a wonderful matte collection - I'm only missing two from the first two waves but I ended up purchasing that in another order.  I'm not an avid fan of Buffy so I don't know how well these colors go with the characters, but seeing how much the ladies at NM love their fandoms, I can assume these colors won't disappoint fans.  NM is also have a 40% sale on their website as a thank you for having reached a thousand Facebook fans.  The code is '1000YAY' and has no minimum, so I ended up pre-ordering their new eyeliners and some blushes that I've been looking at.  Stay tuned for those goodies :)

- Jolie ♥

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy April 2014 Subscription - Review and Swatches

Okay, I think I deserve a huge round of applause this time.  I received my package TODAY and I'm already blogging about it (woot woot!).  I'm pretty sure this is the fastest I've ever gotten a blog post up..  

Anyway, this is a review on my April subscription box from Innocent + Twisted Alchemy.  After reading her product and company list, I was super stoked to see that Little Sparrow Cosmetics was one of them.  I had read rave reviews on their Lip Jellies and have wanted to try for so long.  I eagerly tore open the goodies and found that there was a mini Lip Jelly included - YAY!

As usual, i+t's owner, Linda, gives us 3 new colors and samples from a bunch of other companies.

Pictures are taken in daylight (click to enlarge)

Saccharine Nectar
Saccharine Nectar:  shimmery champagne-orange.  This has a silky and fluffy texture.

Empyrean:  shimmery light blue with silver sparkle

Fathomless Chasm
Fathomless Chasm:  shimmery blue gray.  I had a lot of problems with this one, and after seeing other swatches on reddit, it seems I'm not the only one.  There was a bunch of unblended black pigment that distracts from the gorgeous color; you'll be able to see it in the swatch pictures below.

Sand Castles
Sand Castles:  gorgeous satin burnt orange with fuchsia sheen.  Sand Castles is a sample from Candii Blossom Cosmetics.  It was such a surprise because it looks like a normal matte orange in the clamshell; I ended up really liking this one!

Apparatus:  lavender with red sheen.  This was a sample from Detrivore Cosmetics (which is now being distributed by Shiro Cosmetics).  That actually caused quite a stir in the indie community because Detrivore's products were well-loved, but had a super long TAT.  Shiro's owner, ended up buying distribution rights and now sells Detrivore products on their site.  It was good news for everyone who loved Detrivore's products.  This color however, was quite sheer - it also reminds me a lot of their other color, Scar, and of Notoriously Morbid's Forgotten Dreams.  I'll have to do a comparison swatch sometime soon.

Celtic Sunset
Celtic Sunset:  dark brown loaded with copper, red, and orange shimmer.  This was a sample from Dreamworld Hermetica which I had a chance to try out before.  Celtic Sunset is absolutely stunning, and it ends up having a greenish tint along with everything else that was described.  I couldn't get my eyes off it and wanted to keep swatching.

Raspberry Tart
Raspberry Tart:  raspberry tinted lip balm.  As I mentioned before, this is a Lip Jelly from Little Sparrow Cosmetics.  I've been wanting to try this so badly and I finally can!  This is as moisturizing as a lip balm and gives nice color payoff.  I also adore the cute little packaging!

The Beast You Made
The Beast You Made:  This is a perfume sample from the newly opened Antimony Blue.  I'm pretty terrible at describing scents, so I won't even try to go in depth.  To an untrained nose, this comes off as incense-y but it's not too overpowering at least.  I like the overall theme of this company and wish them the best of luck.

Swatches (taken in daylight over bare skin):

Daylight:  Saccharine Nectar, Empyrean, Fathomless Chasm, Sand Castles, Apparatus, Celtic Sunset, Raspberry Tart
Flash:  Saccharine Nectar, Empyrean, Fathomless Chasm, Sand Castles, Apparatus, Celtic Sunset, Raspberry Tart
What I mentioned before with the unblended black pigment in Fathomless Chasm, I hope you can see that in the swatches.  The black streaks makes it difficult to blend out and I'm really wondering what happened :(  Other than that, I enjoyed my subscription this month (seriously guys, get Celtic Sunset NOW).

- Jolie ♥

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Huge Victorian Disco Cosmetics Haul - Crystalline Affections, February 2014 Sub, and Adventure Time Swatches

This review has been a long, long time coming, but it's a pretty new record for me.  This huge haul was actually two separate orders from Victorian Disco Cosmetics awhile back.  The first one was when they released the Crystalline Affections collection for Valentine's Day, which features eyeshadows inspired by the couples of Final Fantasy.  The eyeshadows only came in full-sized jars and could not be separated.  What I found hilarious is that they included an AerisxCloudxTifa trio for the infamous love triangle (although you could always buy CloudxAeris or CloudxTifa).  My second order was for their subscription for February, this is the first time I'm trying their subscription and I figured I might as well try because the Adventure Time collection also released.  I threw in a few samples from that collection when I made my subscription order.

I asked the owner, Ashley, if she could ship them together since the Crystalline Affections order was not out yet.  She has amazing customer service so of course she said yes.  However, she was pretty overwhelmed with orders so this took awhile to get to me and USPS held my package for TWO weeks before they processed it.  Since this is a pretty big haul, I'm splitting it into three parts (all within this post), the first will be Crystalline Affections, then February Subscription, then the samples.  

As usual, pictures are all taken in daylight and swatches are done on bare skin:

Rosa:  white gold with pink sheen.  This is a gorgeous color, unfortunately it spilled a little bit during the transit.  The sifter sticker was still intact, so I'm assuming it spilled out of the sides of the sifter.  The jar also came half empty, so I messaged Ashley and she's sending me out a deluxe sample baggie to make up for it.  She offered to send me a full-sized replacement, but I declined, since I still had half a jar left; I wouldn't want to take advantage of her kindness.

Cecil:  light (almost white) blue with white sparks

Celes:  light orange with gold sparks.  This was another one that spilled ever so slightly, but the jar was half empty.  I was so confused, but Ashley is sending me another deluxe baggie so yay!

Locke:  dark brown with a red tint and microshimmer.  I couldn't quite make out what color the microshimmer was, but this is a pigmented eyeshadow.

Aeris:  pigmented and soft lilac-pink.  Oh Aeris.  You're my favorite and I root for you, but you always die on me.  As soon as I opened my package, I found that Aeris had spilled out of the jar and onto all of the other jars.  It was even worse when I opened her, as you can tell from the picture, it's pretty messy and there's more of that on the lid.  Surprisingly enough, there was still a whole bunch of product left in the jar so I didn't have to get any replacements.  

Tifa:  dark chocolate brown.  This is extremely similar to Locke without the red tint, as you will see in the swatches, and it's pigmented as well.  

Cloud:  pigmented dark base with blue shimmer.  It's no surprise why this guy has two ladies wanting him - he's gorgeous.

Daylight:  Rosa, Cecil, Celes, Locke, Aeris, Tifa, Cloud
Flash:  Rosa, Cecil, Celes, Locke, Aeris, Tifa, Cloud

-----------February Subscription-----------

OP OP OP OP!:  white with rainbow sparkles.  This is supposed to be the exact opposite of AY SEXY LADY!! which is a black with rainbow sparkles.  It certainly does the trick, and the jar has a hilarious image of Psy from the music video.

Ben and Jerry's the Only Men I Need
Ben and Jerry's the Only Mean I Need:  milk chocolate brown with caramel shimmer.  I guess this is keeping with the Valentine's theme, sort of.  I really like it though, it really does seem very ice-cream-y :P

Everything.  No...seriously.
Everything.  No...seriously.:  greenish gray with tons of rainbow sparkle.  I wasn't really sure what this color was supposed to be and the name didn't really give any clues.  Perhaps it was just a gigantic mash-up of extra colors?  Either way, it's beautiful and the sparkles are mesmerizing; definitely one of my favorites from this haul.

Snowberries:  freshly drawn blood red gloss.  I wasn't sure what this is inspired by, but it's very beautiful.  It's pigmented and isn't sticky at all.

Daylight:  OP OP OP OP!, Ben and Jerry's the Only Men I Need, Everything.  No...seriously., Snowberries
Flash:  OP OP OP OP!, Ben and Jerry's the Only Men I Need, Everything.  No...seriously., Snowberries


Minty Butler
Minty Butler:  sheer white with blue sheen and red & white sparkles.  

BMO is Eyeshadow
BMO is Eyeshadow:  shimmery and pigmented aquamarine.  When Ashley first hinted at an Adventure Time collection I was SO excited because BMO is my favorite character (BMO and Marceline, actually), so I hoped she would have a color inspired by the cute GameBoy thing.  Lo and behold, she did!  This is the PERFECT color for BMO; I love it so much ahhh.  Aquamarine isn't something I usually wear, but I couldn't resist and I definitely lovelovelove it.

1,000 Years, No Moral Code
1,000 Years, No Moral Code:  beautiful and pigmented blurple with red sparks.  Yay, a color inspired by Marceline!  This is another favorite of mine and very, very reminiscent of my favorite vampire queen.

Bus Stop
Bus Stop:  pigmented chocolate brown with red and yellow sparkles.  I had put off getting this color for such a long time because I have enough browns to last me a lifetime.  I really wanted to own a CatBus color though, so I gave in and finally added it.  As soon as I swatched it, I said, "CatBus, you minx!"  I'm aware that CatBus might not even be a female, but godddd.  You guys need this color; it applies beautifully and is absolutely STUNNING.

Sailor Mars (Rei)
Sailor Mars (Rei):  pigmented charcoal base with red sparks.  The resulting color looks like a beautiful blackened burgundy.

NOPENOPENOPE:  metallic pale reddish gold.  It's almost rose gold, but not quite.  This has the best texture; it's buttery and pigmented.

#yolo:  matte acid green with gold sparkles.

Daylight:  Minty Butler, BMO is Eyeshadow, 1,000 Years, No Moral Code, Bus Stop, Sailor Mars (Rei), NOPENOPENOPE, #yolo
Flash:  Minty Butler, BMO is Eyeshadow, 1,000 Years, No Moral Code, Bus Stop, Sailor Mars (Rei), NOPENOPENOPE, #yolo

Whew, that's finally over!  I'm glad I finally got my packages and everything was super impressive.  Ashley was also a really great sport when I kept ranting to her about USPS (sorry, Ashley!).  I really have to emphasize how she completely blew me away with BMO, Marceline, and CatBus shades because they were pretty important to me.  It made the wait so worth it and I just want to hug BMO over and over ^_^  Also, for those who are worried about Victorian Disco's long TAT; Ashley is now focusing full-time on the company so the TAT has been shortened drastically.  I really recommend her products and she's a wonderful person to contact if you have any concerns.

- Jolie ♥