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 ♥

Notoriously Morbid April 2017 Vanishing Cabinet - Sour Ground Swatches and Review

Happy spring, everyone!  I have swatches of Notoriously Morbid's April Vanishing Cabinet today!  It was inspired by Stephen King's Pet Sematary.  The VC included four mini eyeshadows and a lip shimmer that can be used together for a cohesive look.  In a recent poll about the VC, many customers said they wanted VCs that they can create full looks with and the owner, Carrie, delivered!  NM's current TAT is 14 business days, though the VC 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)

Wanna Play with You
Wanna Play with You:  semi loose light pink with gold and red shimmers

Sometimes Dead is Better
Sometimes Dead is Better:  matte greige

Soil of a Man's Heart
Soil of a Man's Heart:  gorgeous medium warm pink with gold sparkles and red shimmers

Each Buries his Own
Each Buries his Own:  matte dark chocolate brown with red tint

Bare lips
Resurrection on face
Resurrection:  semi sheer purple balm with blue shimmers.  This lip shimmer is delightfully grape scented and gives my lips more of a fuchsia glow.

Wanna Play with You, Sometimes Dead is Better, Soil of a Man's Heart, Each Buries his Own, Resurrection

Overall, I was really happy with NM's first semi full face Vanishing Cabinet.  I like that I don't have to think about how to use my shadows and it's great for rushed mornings.  The only problems I have with collections like these are their tendency to include similar colors in each month (i.e. transition shades and dark outer corner color).  I usually end up with a good amount of similar shadows with only a differing lid shade.  Hopefully NM won't do full face VCs every single month to avoid that, but I do like the convenience when I do receive them.

Jolie ♥