Sunday, February 12, 2017

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Woo Me Valentine's 2017 Swatches

Hi, everyone!  I decided that since I was on a roll, I might as well continue with it.  I have swatches of Innocent + Twisted Alchemy's newest Valentine's Day collection.  The set is called Woo Me and consists of four beautiful, shimmery shadows.  I had actually ordered samples of the quad and requested Tomio as the free sample, but the owner, Linda, had generously upgraded my order instead!  I was actually very confused and assumed I had gotten someone else's order until I read the invoice.  Thank you so much, Linda!

I+TA's current TAT is 14 - 18 business days, though I got my order way sooner.  Way, way sooner!

Pictures taken under LED bulb and swatched over ELF Glitter Primer (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Tomio:  satin cream with red sheen

Candied Hearts
Candied Hearts:  warm pink with gold, green, and red sparkles

Fragile:  shimmery golden orange

Moments:  beautiful rose copper with gold sparkles

Bear, Bear
Bear, Bear:  purple with gold, green, and red shimmers

Tomio, Candied Hearts, Fragile, Moments, Bear, Bear

Overall, the Woo Me quad is beautiful and Tomio actually fits right in with the theme and color family.  The set has wonderful lid shades and I will have to pull in some outside colors for a well rounded eye look, but I don't mind that at all.  I have an abundance of darker matte shades and would rather have more unique lid colors instead.  Moments is definitely my favorite of the bunch as I love coppers and rosy tones.  I'm glad I+TA is still releasing new collections since discontinuing their subscription box as I've missed getting their products monthly!

- Jolie ♥

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Monthly January 2017 - Mother Waterhouse and LE 2016 Shadow Swatches!

Welcome back, everyone!  I'm so excited to be showing swatches of Notoriously Morbid's first ever Mystic Monthly!  Mystic Monthly is a brand new subscription service catered to lip products, most notably, their popular Mystic Matte liquid lipsticks.  The subscription costs $10/month and it includes a full size exclusive Mystic Matte and another full size lip product.  It bills on the 20th of every month and ships two business days afterward.  The Mystic Monthly have an overarching theme for the entire year instead of a different theme per month.  For 2017, the Mystic Monthly theme is "The Witches' Inn" and each month will reference a different famous real life "witch".  

The witch for January's MM is Mother Waterhouse and the box included one full sized Mystic Matte and a full sized Night Kiss lip balm.  I also have swatches of NM's last eyeshadow from 2016 which was made with all the discontinued ingredients.  There were very limited quantities available for purchase and I was lucky enough to score one!

Pictures taken under LED bulb and swatched over ELF Glitter Primer (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Bare lips
Mother Waterhouse
Mother Waterhouse on face
Mother Waterhouse:  metallic deep berry with red shimmers.  This is an extremely beautiful color although the formula is a bit more drying than most other Mystic Mattes.  It's not uncomfortable by any means, it just feels like I haven't applied lip balm on all day and I'm an avid lip balm user!

Sathan:  light strawberry frosting scent

GTFO, 2016!
GTFO, 2016!:  antique gold with red sparkles.  As stated before, this shadow was made using all the discontinued ingredients and cannot be made again.  It's gorgeous and pigmented!

Mother Waterhouse, GTFO 2016!

Overall, the Mystic Monthly is looking to be an extremely fun and valuable subscription!  There were many customers, including myself, who clamored for more Mystic Mattes and I'm glad the owner, Carrie, finally succumbed :D  I'm really looking forward to a new lipstick (and more) every month to satisfy my NM urges since they've scaled back their releases recently.  If you're interested in subscribing to the Mystic Monthly, there's currently a waitlist to sign up, but it's very worth it once you get in!

- Jolie ♥

1UP Box FORCE vs Super Geek Box VALOR vs Loot Crate ORIGINS vs Loot Anime DIMENSION January 2017

Welp, my procrastination is surely kicking the year off to a good start, eh?  I was actually pretty happy with most of the things I received from all four boxes barring a few items here and there, but what's new?  Hope everyone had a happy New Year and are still sticking with their resolutions! :)

1UP Box Force

Mario and Star Wars crossover shirt

Yoda plush.  This is REALLY creepy and I'm definitely giving this away to my coworker's kid.

1UP Box exclusive mini Suicide Squad rubix cube

Awesome Bowser face mask

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dawn Eyes Cosmetics New Year's 2017 - A Feast for the Eyes Swatches

I'm so excited to finally show swatches of Dawn Eyes Cosmetics' newest collection!  It's a New Year's collection inspired by various food and beverages.  As a self proclaimed foodie, this appealed to me a lot and really gave the names some meaning.  Dawn Eyes doesn't have a turnaround time stated, but they generally ship out within one or two business days.  Due to a family emergency, my order shipped out a few days late and I was notified (and apologized to) via email by the owner, Dawn about the delay.  

Pictures taken under LED bulb and swatched over ELF Glitter Primer (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

Sparkling Lemonade
Sparkling Lemonade:  bright yellow with gold sparkles.  Now I'm not one for yellows at all, but this one was just so unique in my collection and I'm really excited to use it in a look!  

Cherry Cordial
Cherry Cordial:  lavender with pink sparkles

Fresh Salad
Fresh Salad:  grass green with gold sparkles and blue shimmers

Blueberry Muffin
Blueberry Muffin:  gray purple with pink sparkles and gold shimmers.  This shade is a bit sheer over regular primer, so I strongly recommend using a sticky base.  I used this in a look recently (over a sticky base) and absolutely loved it!

Coconut Soup
Coconut Soup:  greige with silver sparkles.  This one is also a really unique color in my collection and I don't think I have anything quite like it!

Notoriously Morbid January 2017 Vanishing Cabinet - Come Up and Try My New Parts Swatches

Happy New Year, everyone!  Can you believe it's almost February already?  I have swatches of Notoriously Morbid's first Vanishing Cabinet of the year.  It was inspired by cult classic film, Repo! The Genetic Opera and co created by a fellow NM promoter, Andrea.  I had been interested in the movie for years before I actually watched it.  It has an intriguing plot and an amazing cast.  The movie ended up being really laughable and ridiculous, but I still love it and the song "Zydrate Anatomy" is always stuck in my head.  Anyway, this box includes three mini eyeshadows, one mini highlighter, and one exclusive Changeling topcoat created just for the box.  I think Andrea did an amazing job coming up with these colors and they really reflect the film's dark and blue toned atmosphere.  NM's current TAT is 14 business days, though the VC operates on a different schedule.

Pictures taken under LED bulb and swatched over ELF Glitter Primer (top/left half) and ELF Essential Primer (bottom/right half)

I Look Like a Crime Scene, Dad
I Look Like a Crime Scene, Dad:  periwinkle with slight red sheen and gold and green shimmers

I'll Keep Those Vultures Guessing
I'll Keep Those Vultures Guessing:  spruce blue with blue sparkles 

Grave Robber
Grave Robber:  brown with green duochrome and pink and gold sparkles

I Thought I'd Seen a Ghost
I Thought I'd Seen a Ghost:  lavender highlighter with gold sparkles

Zydrate:  baby blue lipstick topcoat; cotton candy scented.  Changelings are best used lightly patted over (already dried) matte lipsticks.

I Look Like a Crime Scene Dad, I'll Keep Those Vultures Guessing, Grave Robber, I Thought I'd Seen a Ghost, Zydrate

Overall, this month's box has some stellar products.  The quality of everything was amazing and the colors were beautiful.  The Grave Robber color is unique and sexy, like the man himself.  Seriously, did anyone else have a crush on that guy??  And I don't know how often I'll use the Zydrate Changeling, but I love having my own little glass vial ;)

- Jolie ♥