Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Peacock Pie - Custom Pendant + Extra Goodies!

Hi guys!!! Happy Halloween! By far the most fun day of the year in my opinion - even if we don't celebrate it much in New Zealand, its still Halloween at my house!
A couple of week ago I asked Serra from Peacock Pie if she would be able to paint me a bat pendant - I said I wanted 3 bats, one for each of my kiddies lol. When she asked me why my kids are bats, I have to admit - I didn't know how to answer, but I came up with 'Because they're awesome... and noctornal'. Anyway! Look what I received!
Peacock Pie NZ Nail Polish Jewellery
*squeal* I love it so much! And how adorable is the little peacock charm? Its even better than I had pictured. I left it up to Serra to come up with the backing polish - I gave her the guidline of 'purple' lol, and I think she did a fantastic job. This is Nostalgic Lacquer 'Rayanne'. And as if that wasn't enough, today I received this in the mail:
Peacock Pie NZ Nail Polish Jewellery
"What magic is this?" you ask? Why thats a bat RING to match my bat pendant! I am overcome with happiness, Serra is so lovely and talented! What a lovely Halloween pressie :)
Peacock Pie NZ Nail Polish Jewellery
Oh, and look at my special extra! This is a pendant painted with Emily de Molly 'Dark Forces' - I think this looks amazing, I sat there and stared at it for a while when I first got it lol.
Peacock Pie NZ Nail Polish Jewellery
If you would like to see what else Serra has available, or order your own custom pendant you can visit her on Etsy here, or follow Peacock Pie on facebook here. All pendants are handpainted in New Zealand using only cruelty free polishes, and her prices are amazing - starting at only $9 NZD + post.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, and have a fantastic halloween!!!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Notoriously Morbid 'Gallows Hill' Collection (Plus a few extras!) - Swatches & Review

Hey guys! I have some more Notoriously Morbid swatches to share with you from the recent 'Gallows Hill' collection! This is going to be a permanent collection in the NM lineup. I also have some blush swatches from the 'Rippers Rouge' blush collection. You can view the rest of the blushes in the set here :)

I ordered one full size in 'Cry Innocent' and the rest in sample sizes but I'm definitely going to have to go back for some more full sizes! Honestly, keep reading ... you'll see why :P
Notoriously Morbid Gallows Hill
Eeee! Look at that label <3 What is it about trees that I find so spooky and appealing? No clue! But I do, so lets accept that and move on :P
Notoriously Morbid Speak to the Devil
Notoriously Morbid Speak to the Devil
Speak to the Devil: 'A brown based golden olive with a green highlight.'
That description is spot on, I dont even know what else to say... just enlarge the picture and drool. 

Notoriously Morbid Cry Innocent
Notoriously Morbid Cry Innocent
Cry Innocent: A deceptive purple that flashes blue.
This may be my favorite shade from Notoriously Morbid yet... and if you're a regular reader of my blog then you know thats quite a claim! Purples are always my favourite, and I don't own another purple like this. The shade is beautiful and application is smooth and pigmented.

Notoriously Morbid More Weight
Notoriously Morbid More Weight
More Weight: A brown based metallic silver.
There is much more to this one that I was expecting! As you can see from the pic it has a greenish tinge to it. I'm really liking it :)

Notoriously Morbid Gallows Hill Swatch

Notoriously Morbid I Am Afflicted
Notoriously Morbid I Am Afflicted
I Am Afflicted: A metallic rusty red with a dark brown base.
This has a beautiful metallic red glow to it that just did not want to show up in pictures, but its there, and its gorgeous!

Notoriously Morbid No More a Witch
Notoriously Morbid No More a Witch
No More A Witch: A very dark brown based metallic green.
Runner-up for my fave in the collection. Another glowy shade, love it.

Notoriously Morbid Gallows Hill Swatches

Bonus swatches from other collections!
These are swatches from various other Notoriously Morbid collections that haven't made it into a post yet so I thought I would include them here :)
Notoriously Morbid Andorian Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Andorian Swatch
Andorian: A shiny green with an icy duochrome.
This one needs to be seen in person to appreciate - the duochrome is stronger than it shows here.

Notoriously Morbid Crimson Horror Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Crimson Horror Swatch
Crimson Horror: A gorgeous deep red with a hint of metallic and a little sparkle that is sure to get you noticed!
Ok, I admit that I only bought this shade because its part of the Dr. Who collection - I was not prepared for my reaction when I started applying it. This is a family blog so I won't repeat what came out of my mouth lol, instead I will just say that if you like red eyeshadow, buy this one. Oh and FYI - it pairs up beautifully with Phoenix Flame! I know I've said that Cry Innocent is my favourite NM shade, but it definitely has some strong competition here.

Notoriously Morbid 13 Black Rainbows Swatch
Notoriously Morbid 13 Black Rainbows Swatch
13 Black Rainbows: A black matte with a crap load of rainbow glitter.
I have to agree with that description! So much more colorful than it appears here, my camera just couldn't handle the awesome... *hangs head in shame*

Notoriously Morbid Mary Jane's Demise Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Mary Jane's Demise Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Mary Jane's Demise Swatch
Mary Jane's Demise: A raisin red shimmer.
For me this is the perfect red - a red for people that are scared to wear red! It gives me a natural looking flush rather than the 'just slapped' look I get from most red blushes. I love this one and I've already used it a lot. It blends out well and has just the right amount of shimmer.

Notoriously Morbid Catherine's Woe Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Catherine's Woe Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Catherine's Woe Swatch
Catherine's Woe: An Intense Burnt Orange Matte. (pic shows a sample tipped into a 3g jar)
This shade packs a punch!! A little goes a long way with this one - 'intense' describes it perfectly :D

Notoriously Morbid Elizabeth's Burden Swatch
Notoriously Morbid Elizabeth's Burden Swatch
Elizabeth's Burden: A Lovely Golden Tan Highlight
I seem to have lost my shade pic of this one! However just imagine the same thing, less sparkle and you've got it :P This is so incredibly beautiful, that gold shimmer is amazing. It makes me think of Galadriel from Lord of the Rings lol... I can't help it, just does! I'm so glad I bought this.

So there you have it, another Notoriously Morbid rave-fest. There is just nothing negative to be said about this company! Customer service is always fast and friendly, the products are high quality and the color range is extensive. Gallows Hill is my favourite collection from them so far - its so unique and I love the idea of them all having a brown base. I'm quite smitten with Notoriously Morbid, and if you haven't given them a go yet, I highly recommend you try out a few samples - just be prepared to go back and grab the full sizes :) You can shop on Storenvy here, Etsy here, and follow on Facebook to keep up with releases and sales here.

Thanks for getting this far! I hope you enjoyed the post xx

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Makeup Monstrosity Link Love

  • AG gives us an overview on A-England. 
  • Check out Luna's post about de Leon Cosmetics balms and glosses! 
  • Linda swatches some products from Notoriously Morbid. 
  • Estelle shares products from Dreamworld Hermetica. 
  • Jess writes an informative post about Project Undefined. 
This link love is brought to you by the facebook group Makeup Monstrosity! Come check us out.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Dreamworld Hermetica 'Hocus Pocus Collection' - Swatches & Review

Dreamworld Hermetica (formerly Dreamworld Minerals) are a family owned cosmetics company that produces Gluten Free and Vegan Products. Recently they were running a deal where you could get a whole bunch of their products to try for only $5. I jumped at the chance because its a brand I had been thinking of trying before. I exchanged a few emails with the owner, Ellie, (who was extremely helpful and speedy with her replies) about shipping and foundation shades and placed my order. Guys.... look what she sent me:
Dreamworld Hermetica

How incredibly generous and sweet! So many foundation shades to try! Its certainly given me a great feel for her products, and I have been very impressed so far! But I will try hard to organise my thoughts into 2 or 3 posts lol. First up I decided to swatch the 'Hocus Pocus' Halloween collection so that I could share it with you guys before it disappears. Ellie has said it will be available until November 1st. This collection includes 16(!) eyeshadow shades and 2 blush shades. Click on the pics to see them bigger :)

Dreamworld Underground Crypt Swatch
Underground Crypt: 'a pretty green with bluish undertones. Satiny finish!'
This is probably my favourite of the bunch, that green sheen with the muted base is stunning.

Dreamworld Hocus Pocus Swatch
Hocus Pocus: 'multi-colored, multi-demensional. Put it on and see every color in the rainbow from one color! Very sparkly without the usual fall out!'
I have to agree with her claim, there was very little fall out on this for such a sparkle-tastic shade. :)

Dreamworld Young Virgin Swatch
Young Virgin: 'A gorgeous blue color with shifting colors in the undertones!'
I saw this as more of a purplish shade in person - either way, its a good one!

Dreamworld 1693 Swatch
1693 - deep purplish brown in color.
An unexpected hit with me, I loved the range of colors that that came through on this!

Dreamworld Girl with the Yabbos Swatch
Girl with the Yabbos: 'a pretty brown to green shifting color...or is it green to brown! Only you can decide!' 
Ellie! I've made a decision - its brown to green! ;) Another fave of mine.

Dreamworld Little Witch Swatch
Little Witch: 'a satiny warm color that is great as a highlighter, but also on the lid. It's a white, with bronze and yellow undertones!' 
This came through as very bronze for me, I don't see it as a white. Lovely though!

Dreamworld Bloody Witch Swatch
Bloody Witch: 'middle sister of the evil witches! A deep brownish black with shifting reddish undertones.' 
It looks a bit like sparkly chocolate! Ok, now I want chocolate :-/ This is a brilliant rich brown and is one of the most pigmented in the collection.

Dreamworld Evil Witch Swatch
Evil Witch: 'A medium greenish color with blue undertones!' 
Ok maybe this one is my fave... I dunno... either this or Underground Crypt... I can't choose. Try them both if green sheens are your thing. :)

Dreamworld Siren Witch Swatch
Siren Witch: 'A deep satiny cool purple.'
Another pigmented and deep shade, went on so smoothly!

Dreamworld Spellbook Swatch
Spell Book: 'is a deep burgundy with multiple shimmers to indicate the spells that were used!'
This one was a tad more shimmery in person - more striking than it appears here. I did see it as more of a brown than a burgundy though.

Dreamworld Ice Swatch
Ice: 'A fun bluish silver color that is sparkly and light so makes a great highlighter!'
This one is sooo sparkly! I need to pair it up with Siren Witch, I think it would be a great look. :)

Dreamworld Black Flamed Candle Swatch
Black Flamed Candle: 'purplish brown with yellow undertones.' 
I swatched this too close to Angry Zombie... because once I swatched Angry Zombie I kept overlooking this one, I felt they were quite similar but I had a preference for AZ. 

Hallowed Ground: 'a soft irridescent green with a warm undertone.'
This one has a bit of a ghostly look to it which I think is quite fitting!

Dreamworld Angry Zombie Swatch
Angry Zombie: 'a mixture of copper, bronze and tan that has created a beautiful deep bronze color.'
Like I said above, I thought this was a gorgeous brown, such a fantastic shade of copper.

Dreamworld All Hallows Eve Swatch
All Hallow's Eve: 'a pretty warm metallic with pink undertones that shift.'
Ok, I mucked up this swatch a bit - sorry! :-/ Sort of a lighter version of Angry Zombie. Don't judge this one by the terrible swatching (the kids were getting impatient with me lol). The application is lovely and even - what you see here is user error :P

Dreamworld Cursed Boy Swatch
Cursed Boy: 'deep black with copper undertones!'
Prettier in person! Trust me. See that copper sparkle in there? Thats more of a sheen in person, and its gorgeous.

And the two blushes in the set:
Dreamworld All Hallows Sunset Witches Sunset
Witches Sunset: 'while it looks reddish on site, it has deep purplish undertones and is a lot of fun to wear!'
All Hallows Sunset: A soft peachy cheek color with pink undertones! Can also be warn as a shadow quite easily. 

I've shown the blushes applied heavily and blended out. They are both lovely and would co-ordinate well with the shadows in the set. I didn't really see the purplish undertones in Witches Sunset, it came off as more of a deep orange/red for me. I really like the shade that it is though.

Well! That was a lot of sparkles :)

So what do you guys think? My opinion is that this is a gorgeous collection with shades for everybody. My personal favourites are Underground Crypt, 1693, Girl With the Yabbos, Evil Witch and Siren Witch - they're all shades I can see myself reaching for. I'll definitely be placing an order for a larger size of some of these before they're gone. Application wise the shades were fantastic, some would have behaved better on regular primer than pixie epoxy (Cursed Boy being one that comes to mind). I found the pigmentation of all shades to be great, I worked harder with some to get them looking even, but again that is likely to be Pixie Epoxy not playing nicely with certain shades. I can happily recommend these eyeshadows - quality, customer service and range are all fantastic. Its obvious that Ellie knows what shes doing!

Dreamworld Hermetica offers such an enormous range of products on their website, and samples are available for most products. I can't wait to talk about some more of the products I received in the next post. I've had so much fun playing with everything!

Check out Dreamworld's facebook page as there are often specials listed there and shop the fantastic range on the website here :) I really don't have anything negative to say about Dreamworld, from the contact I've had with the owner, its obvious she is committed to providing quality products and she is always happy to help her customers with any questions they have. She also seems to be interested in constantly improving and expanding her line, its great to see when brand owners really take customers feedback into consideration!

Thanks for reading my post, hopefully you've seen something you like! xx