Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy May 2017 Subscription Swatches


Welcome back, everyone!  I have swatches of Innocent + Twisted Alchemy's May subscription.  The mini subscription box is $10/month for US subscribers and includes a full sized product and a deluxe product.  This month, we received a deluxe shadow and an extra large blush (seriously, it's humongous).  I+TA's current TAT is 7 - 10 business days, though the subscription ships 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)


Even Tide
Even Tide: dark purple with gold sparkles and red and green shimmers




Dusk
Dusk:  beautiful rosy peach blush with red and gold shimmers; swatched heavily over bare skin


Even Tide, Dusk

Overall, I was pretty satisfied with this month's subscription.  The blush included is the biggest one I've ever received from any indie company and was such a surprise to me.  Contrary to my previous post on I+TA's subscription, the owner has stated that the subscriptions do loosely follow a theme.  I'll stick with this subscription for now, especially if we'll be getting more face products like Dusk!

- Jolie ♥

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Notoriously Morbid April 2017 Resurrection Shadow, Gift with Purchase, and Crypt Creation Swatches


Happy May, everyone!  I have a short swatch post of some April exclusives from Notoriously Morbid.  Their current TAT is 14 business days, though it may be slightly extended due to the owner having attended a convention the past weekend.  Anyway, NM has been bringing back some popular eyeshadows that were either limited edition or discontinued.  Last month, Misery Loves Company from the Daria inspired Vanishing Cabinet was resurrected.  I was pretty happy about that because I like the color, but the original jar was a bit leaky, so I never liked opening it.  Now that I purchased the resurrection shade, I'll be pouring the old shadow into this new jar.

NM also decided to revamp the Customer Created Color of the Months into Crypt Creations.  Instead of customers submitting ideas on the NM website and being chosen randomly, customers in the Crypt page can now submit their ideas for a vote.  The first Crypt Creation winner was a Mystic Matte called Under the Moonspell.  There was also a Gift with Purchase eyeshadow within that time frame, so I included the GWP in this swatch post as well.

Disclosure: I am a promoter for Notoriously Morbid and purchased these products using a promoter discount.

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


Siren Song
Siren Song:  semi loose periwinkle with green shimmers.  This was the Gift with Purchase of my order and is a delightfully mermaid-y shadow.




Misery Loves Company
Misery Loves Company:  charcoal with tons of red shimmers.  This was April's resurrection shade and is very deceiving!  It looks light in the jar, but swatches and applies much darker.






Bare lips
Under the Moonspell
Under the Moonspell on face
Under the Moonspell:  gorgeous dusty purple with tons of red shimmers.  This lipstick is really unique and gorgeous, but I found that it can turn slightly powdery when the lips are pressed together a lot.  You can see cracks start to form in the lip swatch.  The cracks are not noticeable from a distance though, so I don't mind as much.  I also found it interesting how similar the lipstick was to Misery Loves Company, as if they were made for each other!


Siren Song, Misery Loves Company, Under the Moonspell

- Jolie ♥

Notoriously Morbid April 2017 Mystic Monthly - Tituba Swatches


Welcome back, everyone!  I have swatches of Notoriously Morbid's April Mystic Monthly!  The Mystic Monthly is a subscription service that caters to lip product lovers.  Each month includes one full sized Mystic Matte liquid lipstick as well as another lip product.  Notoriously Morbid's current TAT is 14 business days, but the Mystic Monthly bills on the 20th of each month and ships two business days later.  

April's MM was inspired by Tituba, Salem's first accused witch.  It features a gorgeous Mystic Matte liquid lipstick as well as an exclusive Night Kiss balm.  


Pictures taken under LED bulb and swatched over bare skin




Bare lips
Tituba
Tituba on face
Tituba:  dark cool toned purple with red shimmers and blue sheen.  I found it slightly patchy with only one layer and needing a second layer for full opacity.  It's definitely a pretty and unique color.

Witch Cakes: vanilla cake scented balm.

I'm pretty happy with April's Mystic Matte.  It's not a shade I normally wear, but I thought it paired well with the eye look above and may wear that out one day.  I still need to get used to darker lip colors and Tituba is definitely a pretty one to experiment with!

- Jolie ♥

1UP Box ACTION vs Super Geek SHRINK vs Loot Crate INVESTIGATE vs Loot Anime HUMANITY April 2017




1UP Action

Avatar/Pirates of the Caribbean/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover shirt

Vision Mopeez

1UP Box exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy watch

Avatar lanyard

Pirates of the Caribbean sticker (love the annoyed skull)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy April 2017 Subscription Swatches


Hello, everyone!  Guess who's back?!  Innocent + Twisted Alchemy's subscription boxes!  After taking a three month hiatus, I+TA is back doing subscription services!  Their new sub is significantly smaller and cheaper than their previous one and doesn't follow a monthly theme.  It's $10/month for US subscribers and includes a full sized eyeshadow and a deluxe shadow.  Their current TAT is 7 - 10 business days, though the subscription ships 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)


Morning Dew
Morning Dew:  gray toned mint with gold sparkles and red and green shimmers




Dirty Flirt
Dirty Flirt:  burgundy with red, green, and gold shimmers


Morning Dew, Dirty Flirt

Overall, I'm a bit on the fence about this new subscription.  I really enjoyed the themes and thoughts that went into the previous subscription service.  I still enjoy I+TA's eyeshadow formula so I'll be giving this a few more months until I come to a final verdict.  I'm hoping for face products in future boxes because I find I+TA's face products underrated and have always enjoyed them!

Jolie ♥

Notoriously Morbid Slay Me Wave 8 and April 2017 CotM Swatches


Hello, everyone!  I'm really excited to show swatches of Notoriously Morbid's 8th wave of the Slay Me matte collection!  I feel like it's been awhile since their last wave and one of the shades in this wave is a huge, huge hit for me.  The owner, Carrie, actually sent these to me for official swatches and I'm blown away by how easily they blend.  NM's current TAT is 14 business days, though I received these ahead of time for swatch purposes.  She also sent me the Color of the Month so I included it in this post as well.

Disclosure:  I am a promoter for Notoriously Morbid and I received these for free to swatch and review.

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


Knights of Hack & Slash
Knights of Hack & Slash:  matte light gray




So Pure
So Pure:  matte grass green




Live to Serve
Live to Serve:  matte rosewood




Bumping Auras
Bumping Auras:  matte coral




Best Bunch of Months
Best Bunch of Months:  matte jam




Mom, Mom, Mommy
Mom, Mom, Mommy:  matte dark brown.  This one was, without a doubt, the standout for me.  I've been needed a super dark brown for awhile.  I like dark colors to deepen my outer corners and the one I've been using for awhile was Bloody Awful Poet.  Bloody Awful Poet is an extremely dark matte black and gets the job done wonderfully, but I don't want a super dark look all the time.  Mom, Mom, Mommy fills that gap and blends so effortlessly.




Swallow Up the Flame
Swallow Up the Flame:  orange creamsicle with pink sheen and blue shimmers.  This was April's Color of the Month that was included in the package.


Knights of Hack & Slash, So Pure, Live to Serve, Bumping Auras, Best Bunch of Months, Mom Mom Mommy, Swallow Up the Flame

Jolie ♥