Thursday, October 6, 2016

Notoriously Morbid Slay Me Wave 7 and September 2016 CCCotM and CotM Swatches

Today, I have swatches of Notoriously Morbid's newest wave of the Slay Me collection as well as some Color of the Months from September.  I've separated the swatches into two groups - mattes and shimmers.  Slay Me is an all matte eyeshadow collection based off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and sometimes it features some alternate finish shades.  Notoriously Morbid's current TAT is 5-10 business days.

Disclaimer:  I am a promoter for Notoriously Morbid.  All items were purchased with my own money using a promoter discount unless otherwise stated.  All opinions are honest and my own.

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

Curds & Whey
Curds & Whey:  lavender

Mr. Library
Mr. Library:  gray blue

Cute. Weak. & Kittenie
Cute. Weak. & Kittenie:  moss

Notoriously Morbid Burnt Flowers Fallen Fall 2016 Mystic Matte Swatches

Hello, everyone!  I'm excited to finally share swatches of Notoriously Morbid's newest Mystic Matte collection.  It's called Burnt Flowers Fallen and inspired by Type O Negative.  There are eight new colors overall as well as one extra Gift with Purchase color that isn't available for purchase (sorry!).  Notoriously Morbid's current TAT is 5-10 business days.

Disclaimer:  I am a promoter for Notoriously Morbid.  All items were purchased with my own money using a promoter discount unless otherwise stated.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Bare lips
Burnt Flowers
Burnt Flowers on face
Burnt Flowers:  metallic copper

GoGo Trance
GoGo Trance on face
GoGo Trance:  medium pink with blue sparkles

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Notoriously Morbid September 2016 Vanishing Cabinet - Death is Becoming Swatches and Review

Welcome back!  I'm so excited to show the swatches of Notoriously Morbid's September Vanishing Cabinet!  It's inspired by the movie Death Becomes Her; I haven't watched it yet, but it seems right up my alley.  NM's current TAT is 5-10 business days, though the Vanishing Cabinet ships out on its own schedule.  The Vanishing Cabinet is $13.25/month and includes several mini sized products from NM as well as a surprise guest indie product sometimes.  September's box included three mini eyeshadows and a deluxe sized Changeling top coat!

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

Why am I in the Morgue?
Why am I in the Morgue?:  gray silver with blue sparkles

Forever Young
Forever Young:  absolutely beautiful red with gold sparkles and red shimmers

Spray Paint
Spray Paint:  taupe with gold sheen and red and green shimmers

Touch of Magic
Touch of Magic:  pale pink Changeling with blue sheen.  This was the first Changeling top coat to be featured in a Vanishing Cabinet.  Changelings are very thin and are supposed to be applied on top of lipsticks, mainly NM's Mystic Matte liquid lipsticks.  They change the color of whatever lipstick they're applied on top of.  

Why am I in the Morgue?, Forever Young, Spray Paint, Touch of Magic

Bonus EotD!

Why am I in the Morgue? (lid), Spray Paint (outer corner and crease) and Forever Young (lower lashline)

Overall, I really enjoyed September's Vanishing Cabinet!  The three eyeshadows were amazing and were beautiful on their own.  I found Why am I in the Morgue? to be really smooth and shimmery!  Forever Young was absolutely stunning on its own and I really want to use it as a full lid color someday.  It was such a hit for me and I absolutely can't wait for October's box ;)

- Jolie ♥

Hello Waffle Cosmetics September 2016 Visage - Robin Hood Swatches and Review

Happy October, everyone!  Today, I have swatches of Hello Waffle's September 2016 Visage box!  Their current TAT is 10-15 business days, though the Visages operate under their own schedule.  September's box is inspired by the legend of Robin Hood.  This month includes three full sized eyeshadows, one mini blush/highlighter, and a full sized lipstick from Howl Cosmetics.

Now, Howl Cosmetics had closed up shop a bit earlier, but Hello Waffle acquired the recipe for their lipsticks and will continue to produce and sell them in their shop.  I've really liked Howl's lipstick formula as well as their packaging, so I was happy to know someone else will be carrying them.  This month's Visage is the first Howl lipstick to be released through Hello Waffle.  Unfortunately, I have a lot of gripes about the lipstick and hope Hello Waffle will produce better ones in the future after learning about the mistakes from this round.  I will expand more on it later on.

UPDATE 10/6/16: The owner, Christine, has made an announcement on Hello Waffle's Facebook page regarding the lipsticks and is offering a replacement or refund for those affected.  Please email her if you've had a problem with your lipstick.  I've chosen to get a replacement because I really like the color and would love to wear it throughout the season.

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

From the Rich to the Poor
From the Rich to the Poor: shimmery champagne with green duochrome.  The duochrome doesn't show up too much in the swatch, but it's pretty obvious in real life.

A Band of Merry Men
A Band of Merry Men:  tawny with green duochrome and gold sparkles

A Good Outlaw
A Good Outlaw:  matte brown

Marion:  satin champagne pink blush

Will Scarlet
Will Scarlet:  brown red lipstick.  This was the first lipstick that Hello Waffle made using Howl's formula.  Howl's lipstick formula is known for being a bit stiff, but the stiffness worked well as it was secure in the base and lasted awhile on the lips.  Hello Waffle ended up incorporating more butters into the formula, probably to make it softer and more comfortable.  However, it did not work well at all with Howl's original lipstick bullet packaging.  

The picture you see above is how I received the lipstick, bumpy, with an insecure base, resulting in the lipstick leaning to one side.  The bumpiness was most likely due to the lipstick not coming cleanly out of the lipstick mold, which I usually don't mind as long as the product is still usable.  The lipstick bullet itself was pretty wobbly in the tube and I suspected it would not hold up to any sort of application.  I was right.  As soon as I swatched the lipstick on my hand, the bullet moved at the base and smashed into the side of the tube.  I also knew applying it straight to my lips would be almost impossible as well, because the formula is still stiff enough to require a bit of pressure on the lips, enough force to move the lipstick bullet from the base.  I finally tried applying it with a lip brush, which I don't usually like doing.  Using a lip brush still produced the same results and made the bullet wobble around the base and smash onto the sides of the tube.

I've come to the conclusion that this lipstick is unusable in the original Howl packaging.  I said before that the stiffness worked with the packaging.  The inclusion of more butters made the lipstick too soft and movable, yet it was still stiff enough to require pressure for application.  Any amount of pressure on this lipstick results in movement.  If Hello Waffle wants to continue producing Howl lipsticks, then either the formula or the packaging has to change.  I've already reached out to the owner about the situation and sent her pictures.  She's said she will work on the formula.

From the Rich to the Poor, A Band of Merry Men, A Good Oulaw, Marion, Will Scarlet

Overall, I did like the colors in the September subscription.  All of the eyeshadows were beautiful and cohesive and the blush/highlighter was gorgeous.  The lipstick, Will Scarlet, is such a beautiful color and something I would wear extremely often if it weren't for it being unusable.  I think the only way I can save it is to depot and melt it into another container (probably a jar), which is time consuming.  One thing to note is that this is the second Visage in a row where I've been unhappy with the lipstick.  Last month's lipstick fell apart and resulted in clumps on the lips whereas this month's lipstick can't apply without breaking.  The lipstick in the Visage is one of the main things I look forward to receiving and to not be able to use them makes me sad.  I'm crossing my fingers and hoping next month is different.

- Jolie ♥

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy September 2016 Subscription Swatches

I know I've fallen behind on blog posts again, but I'm trying to catch up!  I have swatches of Innocent + Twisted Alchemy's September subscription box!  I+TA's current TAT is 14-18 business days, but the subscription doesn't operate on that schedule and instead ships out around the same time every month.  It's $18/month for three to four mini eyeshadows and a full sized guest indie product.

This month features a theme inspired by the Sonata Arctica's "The Boy Who Wanted to be a Real Puppet" and includes four mini eyeshadows and one full size eyeshadow from a guest indie.

Now for a bit of sad news, earlier this week, I+TA announced that they will be discontinuing their subscription box after December 2016.  I've been subscribed for three years and will be sad to see it go.  Getting the package from them each month was such a good surprise and I was always excited to see what was in store.  I'll still be keeping tabs on their new releases and wishing them well :)

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

Knife!:  white silver with silver sparkles

Master + Puppet
Master + Puppet: golden orange with gold shimmers

Voice of the Master
Voice of the Master:  metallic pink coral with gold and red shimmers

Blind Greed
Blind Greed:  beautiful dark purple with blue and red shimmers

All the Limbs
All the Limbs:  maroon with blue, red, and gold shimmers.  This was a full sized exclusive eyeshadow from MPZ Cosmetics.  I really enjoy their products, especially their duochrome eyeshadows.  However, I don't like their square jars because they tend to get very messy.  I do really recommend checking them out though, they have pretty great deals and most of their products are science themed!

Knife!, Master + Puppet, Voice of the Master, Blind Greed, All the Limbs

- Jolie ♥