Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Notoriously Morbid August 2014 Vanishing Cabinet - 'Writer of Dreams' Swatches and Review

Today, I have a review of Notoriously Morbid's August 2014 Vanishing Cabinet.  This review was actually further down my schedule, but since it's an August box, I figured I should post this up before August ends.  Every month since its release, the Vanishing Cabinet has been selling out within the hour, so to make things easier for us diehard fans, Carrie has made it into a subscription service.  You can bet I got my hands on that as soon as it was released...  Now I won't have to worry at all about not getting my goodies!

August's VC was named "Writer of Dreams" and was inspired by Neil Gaiman's works.  The eyeshadow "Morpheus" was snuck into several orders last month as a sneak peek.  I was surprised to not see it included in the package when the info page went up; Carrie confirmed that Morpheus was only made as a clue and not meant to be included in the VC.  The week it went up was also the week of a Free Day Friday and the item was one free mini shadow for every order $10+.  Since our boxes automatically fulfill that requirement, all subscribers got a mini shadow.  I asked if I could possibly receive Morpheus as my mini and Carrie graciously said yes!

The bag it came in was really cute and got me geared up for Halloween!

A bit of information about Writer of Dreams.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ipsy August 2014 - Beauty Schooled

It's time for another Ipsy review!  The theme for the month of August is "Beauty Schooled", and I suppose the products are supposed to give you a "no-makeup makeup" look that's suitable for school.  All the products I got in this bag were either colorless, or very lightly colored.  The bag was also very cute, it's round and looks like an adorable pencil case.  I think I enjoyed this month's bag a little more than last month's.  I received five products and at least two were full-sized.

Pictures were taken under daylight bulb and swatches were done over bare skin (click to enlarge)

Cute pencil case styled bag

Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo:  This is a dry shampoo from Klorane.  I do enjoy getting dry shampoo because I feel like it's something that I might actually use.  I tried it once (half-heartedly because my hair wasn't that dirty) and I don't feel like it did anything.  Admittedly, I don't have much experience with dry shampoo as I find most don't work and baby powder works a lot better.  I look forward to giving this more tries since I don't wash my hair every day.

Pore refiner primer
Primer:  This was a sample from Dr. Brandt.  I don't know why this was included in my bag as I don't use face products, especially not primers.  I also don't have visible pores, so I might give this to my friends.

Lip Balm
Anti-aging Lip Conditioner:  This was a lip balm from Jersey Shore Sun.  I've never heard of this brand before and I was really sick of getting lip balms.  However, I decided to open it and it smelled delicious!  I got it in the scent Mandarin Green Orange Ginger.  It smells a lot like orange zest and I love it.  The texture is thin and slippery, not something that works well with my lips.  I prefer a waxier, thicker texture, but I know this texture works for plenty of other people.

Perversion Mascara:  This was a mascara sample from Urban Decay.  I was extremely happy to receive this sample because Urban Decay is one of the companies I want to try but don't have enough money to do so.  This mascara works well for lengthening, but not volumizing.  I haven't experienced any clumps yet, but I do enjoy using it.

Eyeshadow:  This is an eyeshadow called "Half Naked" from J. Cat Beauty.  It's a shimmery cream color that would do well as an inner corner highlight or as a sheer wash of color all over the lids.  The eyeshadow section can actually be flipped up to reveal a tiny mirror and sponge applicator inside.  I thought that was absolutely adorable!

Daylight:  Half Naked
Flash:  Half Naked

Even though I didn't get any crazy new makeup products or colors to try out, it was a nice understated bag for lazy days.  As nice as the eyeshadow is, I will probably give it away due to me having tons of similar colors.  I really like using Perversion mascara and enjoy smelling the lip balm daily.  I've also already found use for the Ipsy bag itself.  I love receiving Ipsy bags because I use them to organize my other makeup. 

- Jolie ♥

Wet n Wild LE Summer 2014 Collection - Summer Festival Swatches and Review

Hi everyone, is it just me, or did the summer go by really quickly this year?!  I found it a bit odd when my favorite drugstore brand, Wet n Wild, didn't release new summer shadows like they did last year.  However, they actually did and I was just very, very late to the game!  I noticed the empty displays in late August and basically rushed to find the whole collection before stores ran out.  After much traveling, I finally got everything, which included 6 eyeshadow trios, 4 nail polishes, and 2 new balm stains!  The collection is called "Summer Festival" and looks very similar to last summer's "Pop Art Craze" collection.

Without further ado, let's get to the pictures.

Product pictures are taken under daylight bulb, swatches are done over ELF's Essential Primer and taken under daylight (click to enlarge)

Eyeshadow Trios

Sun-Set to See
Sun-Set to See:  matte cream (soft and silky); satin finish tawny; matte pumpkin orange with faint silver shimmer

Monday, August 25, 2014

Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadows - Swatches and Review

I'm still trying to catch up with the plethora of reviews I have lined up.  Today I have six shadows from Glamour Doll Eyes.  Their owner, Vee, called out to bloggers asking if we were interested in reviewing their shadows.  I was definitely interested, but I had reviewed their shadows before and asked if it was okay to do another.  Vee responded and said it was fine, so we sent a few emails back and forth with my color choices.  GDE has a lot of color choices and it's a bit overwhelming to pick just six, luckily Vee sent me a link to the Bestsellers section and that was very helpful.  I chose six out of the Bestsellers and she had it packed and ready to go soon after.

I have a good amount of GDE shadows from past purchases, press samples, and samples from subscription boxes so I was aware of how nice the shadows were.  I also like the fact that they each come individually shrink wrapped to prevent leakage.  They also have no sifters and I find that it's much easier to work without since I find that product tends to collect at the rims and spill out.  Anywho, onto the swatches!

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

Flawless:  shimmery light peachy pink

Vulnerable:  shimmery rose champagne

Flaunt:  beautiful taupe with slight red sheen

Fiji Mermaid
Fiji Mermaid:  beautiful shimmery blue-green.  This color is very oceanic and I absolutely love how much it glows.  I wasn't going to get this one because blues don't go well with me, but there's enough green to offset that.  I'm so glad I got this one as it's become a favorite of mine!

Feline Fatale
Feline Fatale:  pretty purple. It's very reminiscent of the old school Catwoman outfit.  I mainly got this shade because I'm a huge fan of Catwoman and I usually have to get anything inspired by her.  I do think I prefer her newer black outfits though, they make more sense for a cat burglar..

Undead:  gorgeous matte black base with red shimmer.  I also can't resist shades like this; it's so pigmented and beautiful.  I love how I can see the redness even without a sticky base!

Daylight:  Flawless, Vulnerable, Flaunt, Fiji Mermaid, Feline Fatale, Undead
Flash:  Flawless, Vulnerable, Flaunt, Fiji Mermaid, Feline Fatale, Undead

I'm really thankful that Vee let me do another review for them and I hope this one didn't disappoint!  All of these shades are amazingly pigmented, smooth, and silky.  If they are anything like the other shades I own, they are most likely easy to blend also.  My favorites out of this bunch are Flaunt, Fiji Mermaid, and Undead.  I know I'd be ordering more from GDE if not for the sheer overwhelming number of choices, but the Bestsellers list is a great place to start!  I'm very excited to wear these out and I'm sure Fiji Mermaid will make a stunning lid color.

- Jolie ♥

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Shiro Cosmetics No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio, Lavender Town, and Nightfury - Swatches and Review

I have a small Shiro review for you guys today!  Awhile ago, someone from Shiro's team "accidentally" blended a batch of old CotM "No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio".  Now I'm not sure how accidents like that happen, but I'm super happy about it.  No Oscar was actually released and discontinued before I discovered indies, so I didn't have a chance to get it then.  Several of the Super Effective shadows also got discontinued and the leftovers were blended together to create the lovely "Lavender Town".  I used this chance to pick both of those up as well as the current CotM "Nightfury", a Minecraft sample that I'd been looking at for awhile, and a sample of her famous Finishing Powder.

I'm used to waiting weeks upon weeks for Shiro to ship my order, however, this time they shipped it lightning fast.  I believe I waited about two business days before I got my shipping notice!  In my order, I had asked for Detrivore samples and a picture of Doraemon sitting on TARDIS.  As usual, Caitlin did not disappoint:

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

No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio
No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio:  shimmery bronze with red sparkles.  I find this hilarious as it's a running joke how Leo really deserves an Oscar yet it always escapes him.  I really can't wait to pair this up with Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio.

Lavender Town
Lavender Town:  dusty -almost taupe- lavender with silver shimmer

Nightfury:  pretty purple with green sparkles.  Now I was really happy this finally got made because I remember it was in the running a few months back but lost.  I guess with the recent release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the need resurfaced.  I was actually a tiny bit disappointed with how light the color was.  If you've seen the movie, you know Toothless is almost black in color.  My swatch picture actually came out darker than it is in person.  It's definitely a pretty color though, and if you're a fan of the movie, then I would recommend picking it up.

What's That Smelt?
What's That Smelt?:  purple-toned silver with gold sparkles

Finishing Powder: Fatality
Fatality Finishing Powder:  feels a bit gritty on my skin and leaves a slight white cast

Azura:  sheer matte blue with silver shimmers; it took several layers for it to show up this well over primer

Blush:  Beloved
Beloved Blush:  silky matte coral.  I actually really like this color and used it already.  If I didn't have so many blushes in my collection, I would definitely pick up a full size jar of this.

Daylight:  No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio, Lavender Town, Nightfury, What's that Smelt?  Fatality, Azura, Beloved
Flash:  No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio, Lavender Town, Nightfury, What's that Smelt?  Fatality, Azura, Beloved

I'm very happy that I got my hands on the coveted No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio!  It's definitely a lovely neutral and would go well with the others in my collection.  I'm really happy with both Lavender Town and Nightfury also, I think they would pair nicely together with What's that Smelt? in the inner corner!  If either of the limited edition eyeshadows are still on Shiro's website, go get it now!  

- Jolie ♥