Thursday, April 16, 2015

Aromaleigh April 2015 Ephemera - Swatches and Review

Woooo, I've gotta say, I really do look forward to Aromaleigh's Ephemera box every single month.  Their packaging and presentation is always impeccable.  For the month of April, the inspiration comes from Floralia, and all of the shades are very light and springy.  We got two eyeshadows, two face products, and a cream eyeshadow from Glamour Doll Eyes.  

Information on this month's box

Pictures taken in daylight and swatched over Notoriously Morbid Shadow Bind (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Locus of Desire
Locus of Desire:  shimmery warm pink with gold sheen

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Dark Matter Makeup Women of Science and Gravity Primer Swatches

Ohhhhh boy, is this review late.  Dark Matter Makeup released their version of the sticky base and primer combo awhile back and it's taken me this long to post because I did want to test it before reviewing.  Along with the primer release, their collection inspired by women of science also debuted, so I picked that up.  As usual, shipping was very quick after ordering so I received my package in less than a week.  

I also have to mention the inclusion of several sponge tip applicators with my order!  I was pretty impressed with that because it's been hard for me to get my brushes in the cute centrifuge vials and have expressed that several times, despite really liking the shadows.  I used the sponge tip applicators in my swatches and found them very useful, even though I used to always hate getting those in my drugstore palettes.  

Proof that Dom reads reviews!  USPS has been notorious for taking a long route to NYC, but they got to me quickly this time.  (Psst Dom, maybe they heard you ;) )

Pictures taken in daylight and swatched over Dark Matter Gravity (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Gravity primer
Gravity:  white toned, slightly tacky primer.  I've used this several times and had varying results.  If you put a light layer on, glitters don't adhere too well, so it's almost no different from using a regular primer.  However, if you put on a thicker layer, it tends to crease if you don't wait for it to set.  I made the mistake of putting a semi-thick layer on my lids, applying shadow almost immediately, and seeing creases within an hour.  I suggest waiting at least 15 seconds for this primer to set before applying eyeshadow so it can dry down a bit.

Emmy:  shimmery rose gold

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Notoriously Morbid March 2015 Vanishing Cabinet - Gods Be Good Swatches

Once again, I'm late with my post; what's new, eh?  Today I have swatches of Notoriously Morbid's March Vanishing Cabinet "Gods Be Good".  It's inspired by the popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" and corresponding TV show "Game of Thrones".  I've been watching GoT for awhile and while I'm not a huge, huge fan, it's still entertaining to watch.  This month includes five shadows, one face highlighter, and a sample shadow from another indie company!

Pictures taken in daylight and swatched over NM Shadow Bind (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Lover's Sigh
Lover's Sigh:  lavender with pink sheen

Ipsy March 2015 - Floral Fantasy

I have a short review today of my March Ipsy bag!  The theme was Floral Fantasy and I was actually pretty happy with the bag I received.

Cute floral themed bag

Pur-lisse Cleanser:  I actually did like this cleanser since it's supposed to remove makeup.  It does an okay job, better than a lot of non-scrubby cleansers.  It still doesn't remove my tough liquid eyeliners, but does a great job on everything else.

Coolway Hair Oil:  this was my first time using a hair oil as I've always been too scared to weigh down my hair even more.  I'm not sure if it works for my hair, but my coworker has commented on how nice I smelled with it on haha.

Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer:  I got this concealer in the shade Medium.  It matches my skin tone really well and is super pigmented.  I've been using it to cover my under eye circles and I really love it!  I'm very tempted to purchase this once I run out because of how well it's worked for me.  I don't like the squeeze tube though, I'd rather have it be a wand applicator so I can put it directly on my face.

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Duo:  this is a pigmented, soft golden champagne and a moderately pigmented and soft bronze with gold shimmers. I was actually unsure of whether or not it was a face highlighter and contour or shadows (turns out it's eyeshadows).  Although it's good quality, I have several similar shadows, so I'll probably give this away.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops:  medium pink rose.  I was actually really excited to get this lipstick!  I've heard so many good things about NYX's lip products and this lipstick was a perfect MLBB for me.  It was also a full sized product, so that was the cherry on top.

Daylight:  Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer, Mineral Duo, Butter Lipstick in Pops
Overall, I was really happy with this month's bag!  I've been going back and forth between cancelling or not, but they keep pulling me back in.  This month has definitely secured their spot again!

- Jolie ♥

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Shiro Cosmetics Swatches and Review featuring The Blood of My Enemies Gloss

Welcome back, everyone!  I have swatches and reviews of a tiny haul I received from Shiro awhile ago.  When they released their Battle of the Boy Bands collections, I was a bit excited because the winning band would get a victory color and I was rooting for Backstreet Boys.  However, NSYNC won instead and they got an eyeshadow called "Crazy For You".  It was limited edition, so I quickly made an order including some glosses and blushes from that collection.  My order shipped fairly quickly and I played with the glosses as soon as I received them.

Return of the Totoro!  I asked Caitlin to draw me Totoro bouncing around a field of flowers.  I think she nailed it :P

Pictures taken in daylight, swatches done over Notoriously Morbid Shadow Bind (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Crazy For You
Crazy For You:  shimmery pink-toned copper, almost like a dark rose gold.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Corvus Cosmetics Kinder-und Hausmärchen Collection Swatches

I have some exciting swatches for you today!  Corvus Cosmetics recently released their Kinder-und Hausmärchen collection, which is based off of classic Grimm fairy tales.  I'm actually a fan of the classic, non-Disney ones, since they are much more morbid and gruesome and the villains actually get what they deserve.  I've been a fan of Corvus ever since their inception and their owner, Noel, is such a funny girl!  The quality of the eyeshadows is superb and the themes so far are really up my alley.

Now their debut collection, Year 3000, based off of Futurama, ran into some copyright issues.  Instead of renaming the collection and hoping for the best, Noel decided to incorporate those shadows into Kinder-und Hausmärchen with different names.  Since I bought the whole Year 3000 collection when it was first released, I didn't buy them in this order.  Instead, I looked through every individual listing to find the new ones.  That made it ten times more fun because Noel actually put up the stories that inspired each shadow and they're extremely interesting to read!  (I literally just spent about ten minutes reading all the stories.)  I've swatched the new shades of the collection in this post, but for the other shades in the collection, feel free to refer to my first impression post here.  I also purchased the March CotM inspired by St. Patrick called "Banished", which is featured here as well.

Pictures taken in daylight and swatched over Notoriously Morbid Shadow Bind (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Banished:  green with gold sparkles.  This is March's Color of the Month and inspired by the snakes that were banished from Ireland.  It's a lighter green that I normally wear, but I'm going to have fun incorporating this into a look!

Notoriously Morbid Slay Me Wave 4 - Swatches and Review

Welcome back, everyone!  I have swatches and reviews of Notoriously Morbid's Wave 4 of their Buffy inspired "Slay Me" collection today.  It came out in February and also marked the return of their Color of the Month series.    A new Glass Tint was released as well and I have that for you here (spoiler alert - I really like it!).  Last but not least, with the release of Wave 4 came two Gift With Purchases (GWPs) - a color for each of Buffy's men.  Since I got a full mini sized set of Wave 4, I received both GWPs!  Fans were also asked to vote for which one they liked more, the Spike shadow, or Angel shadow.  I haven't finished the series, but I always loved Angel and Buffy's love story, but Spike's shadow was just too gorgeous to pass up, so I chose Spike :x

Onto swatches!  

Pictures taken in daylight and swatched over NM's Shadow Bind (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

That's Why Her Hair is so Big, It's Full of Secrets
That's Why Her Hair is so Big, It's Full of Secrets:  gorgeous tawny with strong green sheen.  This was actually a Morbid Mistake of the color "She's Full of Secrets", but Carrie decided to make the name more Mean Girls-esque.  I was lovin the idea and was ecstatic to find out a Mean Girls collection may be coming out in the future!