Friday, 29 November 2013

Notoriously Morbid - 'Sealed Judgement' Black Friday Collection - Swatches & Review

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview in my recent parcel of the 'Sealed Judgement' Black Friday collection from Notoriously Morbid - and I am so excited to share them with you. I had high hopes for these, as the last matte set from Notoriously Morbid (the Lady Lovely Locks Collection) has become one of my favorite sets. 

From the Notoriously Morbid site:

"Black Friday Exclusive Set: A completely matte set with (4) 5g Jars and one sealed letter. Each letter represents one of the horses of the apocalypse and inside has a unique code that gives you a year long discount with unlimited uses until Black Friday 2014. This discount will range from 25% to 40% depending on which "horse" you receive. The higher percentage codes will be unique and can not be shared."
Sooo.. want some swatches? :) These are all shown over UDPP and photographed in natural light.

Notoriously Morbid Conquest Swatch
Conquest: 'An ivory matte'
I was excited to see that this was ivory rather than white, because I don't own another matte shade like this one, and I can think of lots of ways to use it :)

Notoriously Morbid Pale Rider Swatch
Pale Rider: 'a gray violet matte'
If you read my blog often, you know I love my purples, and this is no exception - I love the dusty look to it, makes it nice and versatile.

Notoriously Morbid War Swatch
War: 'a brick red matte'
In my opinion, the star of the collection. I definitely don't own another matte in anything similar to this, and its gorgeous. Look how pigmented it is!!!

Notoriously Morbid Famine Swatch
Famine: 'A deep black matte'
Ahh a nice solid, non-chalky black. Always handy to have one of these in the collection! This is a lot smoother than the previous matte black I was using, so I'll be switching :)

Notoriously Morbid Swatches

This set did not disappoint! I love it just as much as the Lady Lovely Locks set and I know I'm going to get a lot of use out of them. The formula is perfect, they are the smoothest mattes I've tried and blend amazingly well. The pigmentation is fantastic. As usual Notoriously Morbid has exceeded my expectations, I can never praise this company enough. Its obvious a lot of time was spent perfecting this formula, its beautiful.

'Sealed Judgement' is only available until the end of Monday (December 2nd), so if you like these head on over to the storenvy or etsy now and snap them up! You can follow Notoriously Morbid on Facebook to keep up to date with the flash sales running over this weekend (with discounts up to 60%!). This set is excluded from the discount, but there is a magical new christmas collection (A Dark Christmas Dream) to check out, and it is eligible for discount. And yup, its actually magical - check out the color changing shades!!!

Use coupon code BLKF40 for 40% off your order until December 3rd @ 12am.

Thanks for viewing my post, enjoy your weekend of shopping! xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy - Subscription November '13

Hey guys! Today I have my first subscription parcel from Innocent + Twisted Alchemy to share with you. I was so excited when Linda launched her subscription service, I've known it was coming for a while and I'm so happy its finally here :) The subscription is available in two options:

- 3 deluxe sized samples that are exclusive ONLY to the subscriptions.
- 20% off coupon code
- BONUS! Surprise items

Full Sizes:
- 3 full sized products that are exclusive ONLY to the subscriptions. 
- 25% off coupon code
- BONUS! Surprise items

I've gone with the sample option for now, but I'm hoping to upgrade to the full size after Christmas :) Here is what I received in the first package:

Innocent Twisted Alchemy Subscription
Look at her gorgeous drawings!! That is amazing presentation. She has included a sheet that lists all the ingredients of the shadows, a note about this months box, and websites for all of the other companies she has provided samples of. Those clamshells... so cute... look at the little faces... *dies*

Innocent Twisted Alchemy Subscription

The Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Shades:
Innocent Twisted Alchemy Chastity Hymn Swatch

Chastity Hymn: "a warm taupe that has green and gold shimmer and blue sparkles"
Innocent Twisted Alchemy Broken Silence Swatch
Broken Silence: "Smoky Purple that has a golden sheen and purple and green sparkles"

Innocent Twisted Alchemy Purity Harvest Swatch

Purity Harvest: "Neutral orange that has a golden sheen and green and blue shimmers"
Innocent Twisted Swatch
Look at them! I don't even think I can pick a fave! I do have a soft spot for Purity Harvest though, I wore it today and its so pretttty - I love getting surprise shades, because I get things I wouldn't normally pick for myself and they end up as favorites :) Linda has stated that she made a bit extra of these three shades, and will be releasing the remainder to her shop, so if you get in quickly you might be able to snap some up! I almost feel sad that they're not permanent shades... but I do feel special to have them so I'll get over it :P

The Bonus:
The bonus items I received were sanple bags from 5 other indie makeup companies. I just want to say... I think its so awesome in so many ways that Linda did this for us. First of all, the fact that she is using her own subscription service to promote other indie companies just shows how much she cares about the indie community in general. Also, I'm loving the chance to try a bunch of different companies in surprise shades! This must have a lot of time to organise, and I really appreciate it. 

My Pretty Zombie:
My Pretty Zombie is already one of my fave indie brands, my top shade of course being Violet Bites which was named after my daughter (read the story here). I received a sample of blush in the shade 'MDMA' - I hear about this blush all the time, its got a bit of a following in the indie world :)
MDMA: "rosy pink with a gold afterglow"
My Pretty Zombie MDMA

Notoriously Morbid:
Ok, if you read my blog regularly then you know I'm already a huge fan of this company. Again, I have had a sample of this shade before and swatched it already so I'm going to re-use that swatch here. Notoriously Morbid is a fantastic company with a superb formula, great color range, fast TAT, and all around excellent customer service. I am just about at the point of owning every color they produce, I love them that much.
Belle's Bounty: "A dark metallic gold with gold sparkles."

Kiss My Sass:
Another brand I really like - Linda has good taste! I also currently subscribe to Kiss My Sass's monthly subscription also, and I find that her products to be consistently of a high quality and she comes up with some gorgeous shades!
Aurora: " lilac with an intense turquoise shimmer that shifts to blue & violet in different lighting"
Kiss My Sass Aurora Swatch

Oslo Cosmetics:
I was excited when I saw this - it is a brand I've been wanting to try for a while, and since I haven't reviewed them before I took a few extra pics.
Orphicus: "Dark, shimmery deep forest green."
Oslo Orphicus Swatch
Oslo Orphicus Swatch
Oslo Orphicus Swatch
The description is spot on and the color is rich and pigmented. The only issue I had is with application. Oslo shadows are semi-loose - their base contains oil, which is why they have a different kind of texture and tend to clump into little balls or flakes. I found that I really had to press my brush into the flakes to pick up product, and then kind of squish them onto my skin to break them up and apply them evenly. The only other semi loose shadows I have are Fyrinnae, which I find are slightly softer and easier to pick up and distribute on the skin. However, this review is only based on this shade - I haven't tried any others so this is just my initial impressions. I'm still interested in giving a few more a go, especially given the end result.

Black Rose Minerals:
My previous two posts were on this company so you've probably figured out I'm quite a fan, I love the formula and they have an enormous range of colors. I was excited to see this particular shade, as its been on my wishlist for a while!
Fearless: " rich lavender that shimmers away with aqua sparkles"

Phew! If you've made it this far, here is your reward: Linda has told me that she'll be running a Tragic Tuesday sale this year (she doesn't do Black Friday sales because she works a lot over that weekend). The sale will be 40% off for one day beginning Dec 3rd @ 1am and ending Dec 4th @ 1am PST. I have begun compiling my list... lol, I'm grateful for a bit of notice so I can save!

I am so excited about this subscription! I can't wait to see what next month brings :) If you would like to subscribe, click here. Innocent + Twisted Alchemy store can be found here, and you can follow on Facebook for news and specials here.

Thanks for reading! :) xx

Monday, 18 November 2013

Black Rose Minerals - Swatches (Part 2)

Hey guys! Turns out the weather didn't agree that I should have this post up yesterday, because there was no sun to be seen! As soon as it peeked out today I ran off to finish up these swatches! You can find my first few swatches and overall review here. The 30% off sale at Black Rose Minerals is on until Monday at Midnight PST, so you still have a bit of time to get an order in :) In the interest of getting this post up speedily I'll leave out my comments on each shade, and just tell you my faves at the end. I will include the offical descriptions though. On to the pretties!!!

Black Rose Minerals Into the Void
Into the Void: "Black base glitters with violet and green sparkles"

Black Rose Minerals Lady of Light
Lady of Light: "A sheer white with a golden sheen"

Black Rose Minerals Crazy on You

Crazy on You: "A soft green with a golden glow reminiscent of the moonlight. And a bit of silver sparkles sprinkled throughout."

Black Rose Minerals Follow You into the Dark
Follow You into the Dark: "Dark grey with warm sparkles."

Black Rose Minerals Blood Moon

Blood Moon: "An eerie ethereal bluish-lavender with loads of red and purple shimmer and a pinkish/reddish/coppery/purple shift."

Into the Void, Lady of Light, Crazy on You, Follow You into the Dark, Blood Moon
(Left to Right: Into the Void, Lady of Light, Crazy on You, Follow You into the Dark, Blood Moon)

Black Rose Minerals Venom

Venom: "This shimmery violet has magenta hues shimmering under pink iridescent glitter"

Black Rose Minerals Nobodies

Nobodies: "A deep, shimmery electric blue"

Black Rose Minerals Hell Hammer

Hell Hammer: "This bright bloody red shimmers with highlights of red sparkles"

Black Rose Minerals Wise Wizard

Wise Wizard: "A silvery grey with a white sheen."

Black Rose Minerals Grape Drank

Grape Drank: "It doesn't get much more purple than this. If this were a drink, it would taste purple."

(Left to Right: Venom, Nobodies, Hell Hammer, Wise Wizard, Grape Drank)
Black Rose Minerals Leela
Leela: "this electric violet shimmers with female charm and prowess. Not for the faint of heart, this one is sheer and sparkly dry and a deep glowing violet when wet."

Black Rose Minerals Bittersweet
Bittersweet: "A mid tone orange with slight pink highlights and greeny gold sparkles." Note: The green hid from my camera, but it was there and it was so pretty!

Black Rose Minerals Bender

Bender: "This silver shines with a touch of blue."

Black Rose Minerals Luna

Luna: "A sheer ethereal light purple with lots of blue, red and purple shimmer."

(Left to Right: Leela, Bittersweet, Bender, Luna)
Phew! Lucky that sun hung around for a bit :P Hopefully this helps you make your decision on what to order from Black Rose Minerals, as I said yesterday I really recommend this company - the formula is superb. 
My faves of this bunch are: Into the Void (makes a great liner), Lady of Light (great highlight), Follow You into the Dark, Nobodies, Hell Hammer and Blood Moon. As you can tell I had some trouble narrowing my faves down lol, they're all great shades!

Thanks for viewing my post, hope you're having a great day :)

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Black Rose Minerals - Swatches & Review (Part 1)

Hey Guys!! Today I was talked into swatching a few of my Black Rose Minerals shades for a friend that is wanting to place an order in the 30% off Birthday Sale, so I thought I would put them up here for you all to see! I ordered from Black Rose Minerals a looong time ago (well by long I mean early this year, but since then my makeup collection has escalated lol), they were one of the first indie makeup brands I tried. I loved everything I chose, and I've had a list ready for my next order sitting on my desktop for a couple of months. I will definitely be placing an order during this sale! Swatching these reminded me how much I adore these shadows. Looky! I even found my haul pic! This makes me happy because look how beautifully everything was packaged:
Black Rose Minerals
Eeee, look at all those pretties! Yes yes, a new order is imminent.  Anyway! I swatched 5 of the shades today and will do my very best to get the remaining 11(?) swatched tomorrow before the sale ends. These are shown over Pixie Epoxy because thats how I tend to wear my shadows, but I have tried these over regular primer and they performed well :)

Black Rose Minerals Hecate Swatch
Hecate: "light lavender with a slight green duochrome"
Hands down my fave BRM shade. That duochrome... Application was super smooth on this one, and I luuurve it.

Black Rose Minerals Hemera Swatch
Hemera: "A sheer, light bluish gray with a captiavating light violet shimmery duochrome"
This one reminds me a little of 'The Garden' from Kiss My Sass, but the base is a more blue-green and its a bit more sparkly. I love The Garden, and I love this - I'm happy to have them both in my collection :)

Black Rose Minerals Thirteen Swatch
Thirteen: Wear it dry for a mid-tone shimmery violet with slight blue highlights. Wear it wet for a deep violet hue with a metallic blue sheen.
As a fan of purple I am in love with this one, the blue sheen on it sets apart a bit in my collection. How could I have let this sit unused? *puts the jar aside to use tomorrow*

Black Rose Minerals Disintegration Swatch
Disintegration: A grey base with blue undertones and aqua sparkles.
I received this one as part of my Mystery Pack and I was thrilled, its definitely a 'me' shade. It has the almost ghostly look to it that always appeals to me.

Black Rose Minerals Black Math Swatch
Black Math: This hue has supreme color coverage with a fantastic red shimmer. It can look brownish depending on skin tone.
I wore this a lot when I received it, in fact I may need a full size.. it is incredibly pigmented and a little goes a long way.

Black Rose Minerals Black Math Swatch

I am very impressed with Black Rose Minerals. I find that their shadows have a superb formula, application is always smooth, and I haven't had any problems with wear time. I am actually glad its taken me so long to review these, as I can quite honestly say that out of all of the indie brands I've now tried (thats a lot), BRM has one of the best formulas. I am particularly fond of their duochrome shades - I will be trying to include as many as possible in my next order.

The branding is fantastic, the website is easy to navigate and their product range is HUGE. There are some fun collections listed including collections based on: Edgar Allan Poe  (A Collection of the Perverse), Lord of the Rings (The Collection to Rule Them All), Bleach (Space Cowboy) and Adventure Time (The Righteous Collection).

Why haven't I placed another order yet? I'm going to have to remedy this! Now is a fantastic time as BRM is running a sale for their 3rd birthday - 30% off using code 'THIRD', and they have also just released a new birthday collection.

Black Rose Minerals have a website here, a Storenvy site here and you can follow them on Facebook here.

Thanks for reading my post, sorry for any damage done to your wallets! :)