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Hi guys! I’m Emma, a new baby blogger that is slightly obsessed with indie makeup. I post semi-frequently and regularly over at In Pursuit of the Perfect Petticoat. I was super excited to be invited to guest post over here about indie cosmetics.

Since it’s January I’m sure you’ve all heard about the Color of the Year- Marsala. As pretty as the Sephora/Pantone collection is, I find that I always like the indie version better. I’ve put together a quick round-up of some of my favorite marsala-esque shades and products from indie companies. Some of the products lean more red or orange, this was intentional in order to help produce a list most people can find at least one thing that would suit their coloring. Personally, I cannot wear orange-based marsala but the red/burgundy shades look delightful on me!

First up is eyeshadow. I’m slightly apprehensive of anything remotely red near my eyes, but it looks like Pantone wants to break me of that this year






Left to right, top to bottom: Brazen Cosmetics “Free Spirit”, Detrivore “Apocalyptic”, Glamor Doll Eyes “Chilvarist”, Beauty for the Win “Starbucks Lovers”, Kiss my Sass “Sunburn”, Dreamworld Hermantica “Risky”, Femme Fatale “Blood Moon”, Shiro Cosmetics “Goron Ruby”, Shiro Cosmetics “What’s This Lever Do?”, Beauty for the Win “Amsterdam”, Shiro Cosmetics “Queensguard”, Shiro Cosmetics “Ziggy”

My favorites are definitely Starbucks Lovers and Blood Moon of the shadows, now if only I can get the courage up to wear them….

Next up is blush, a much more wearable approach to the marsala trend.



Top to bottom, left to right: Parlo Cosmetics “Call Me Baby”, Beauty for the Win “Anne”, Silk Naturals “Galaxy”, Notoriously Morbid “Numerology”, Aromaleigh “Gaussa”, Baroque Cosmetics “I’d Hate Toulouse You”.

My favorite from this line up is definitely the Baroque shade- though I think the Aromaleigh shade provides an interesting shade.




This part is my favorite: lip products. I got into lipstick long before I learned the basics of eyeshadow beyond “skin tone on the lid for some shimmer” and marsala is just so wearable and approachable this way, even for those who normally shy away from red. I personally run towards red with my arms outstretched, so that last part was just a guess.

MarsalaLipsClockwise from the left: Silk Naturals “Script”, Performance Colors “Coco Loco”, Fyrinnae “Naughty or Nice”, Fierce Magenta “Brick”, Parlo Cosmetics “Token”, Limnit Lipsticks “Ms. President”.

From this set you can’t possibly expect me to pick favorites. My answer is “all of them”. Those Fierce Magenta and Silk Naturals shades will be mine, ASAP.

I’m sure I missed piles of beautiful marsala shades, so leave me a name or link in the comments so I can add more things to my ever growing wishlist! Check out my blog next week for a review and swatch post of my vaguely marsala-esque shades in my personal collection, indie and non-indie alike.


press sample

Dun dun dun! I have for you the Liars Keep Secrets collection from Kiss My Sass Cosmetics! This collection is in collaboration with Glamour Doll Eyes and releases on December 2nd! So Elizabeth had a little giveaway for Glamping in her Facebook group and I won. Woo! When I received my package she’d included samples of the other products from the collection! All in all there is 1 lipstick, 1 lip tint, 1 cream shadow and 3 loose shadows. I have swatches for all of you today!

Official descriptions
Friends Share Secrets is a shimmering peach with golden flecks. [do action=”u-2″]Based on Allison.[/do]
Hope Breeds Eternal Misery is a light peachy nude. [do action=”u-2″]Based on Spencer.[/do]
If Lying Was A Crime is a bronzed plum with purple & bronze shimmer. [do action=”u-2″]Based on Emily.[/do]

Cream Shadow
If The Feather Fits is a sheer black base with turquoise & purple shimmer. [do action=”u-2″]Based on Hanna.[/do]

Lip Tint
Parties & Body Bags is a sheer dark plummy purple. [do action=”u-2″]Based on Aria.[/do]

Glamping is a dusty rose with hints of mauve. [do action=”u-2″]Based on Mona.[/do]

Ordering options

You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $5.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 2×2″ baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

Cream Eyeshadow
You will receive cream product in a 29mm pan compact with mirror, packed 3g by weight for $8.50 USD per compact.
You will receive cream product in a clamshell, packed 1g by weight for $2.50 USD per clamshell.

Lip Tint
You will receive loose product in a standard size lip balm tube, packed 4.5g by weight for $5.00 USD per tube.
You will receive cream product in a clamshell, packed 1g by weight for $2.00 USD per clamshell.

You will receive loose product in a slimline lip tube, packed 2g by weight for $7.00 USD per tube.
You will receive cream product in a clamshell, packed 1g by weight for $2.50 USD per clamshell.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix and bare skin.

If The Feather Fits is a metallic blackened blue with turquoise and pink sparks.
Ingredients: caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, ricinus communis seed oil (castor), iron oxide, euphorbia cerifera wax (candelilla), zinc oxide, oryza sative (rice powder), silicon dioxide. VEGANlip safe

Friends Share Secrets is a light peach with gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, boron nitride, tin oxide, nylon 12, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide. VEGANlip safe

Hope Breeds Eternal Misery is a matte peachy tan.
Ingredients: ultramarines, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, mica, nylon 12, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, boron nitride, silicon dioxide. VEGANnot lip safe

If Lying Was A Crime is a shimmery plum brown.
Ingredients: mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, manganese violet, nylon 12, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, boron nitride. VEGANlip safe

Parties & Body Bags is a sheer plum wine.
Ingredients: ricinus communis seed oil (castor), euphorbia cerifera wax (candelilla), mangifera indica seed butter (mango), simmondsia chinensis seed oil (jojoba), manganese violet, orbignya oleifera seed oil, iron oxide, tocopheryl acetate, mentha piperita oil (peppermint essential oil). VEGAN

Glamping is a dusty rose.
Ingredients: ricinus communis seed oil (castor), euphorbia cerifera wax (candelilla), mangifera indica seed butter (mango), simmondsia chinensis seed oil (jojoba), titanium dioxide, orbignya oleifera seed oil, manganese violet, iron oxide, red #40, tocopheryl acetate, menthe piperita oil. VEGAN

Ah these colors are lovely! I love If The Feather Fits and Glamping! Also If Lying Was A Crime. They are are lovely. What was your favorite? Will you be picking any of these up?

You can find Kiss My Sass Cosmetics here. Find them on Facebook and Twitter! You can contact Elizabeth on her contact page here. There’s also a group on Facebook you can join here! Lots of sneak peaks and some giveaways and discounts! Let her know I sent you! ;)


Bats & Cats


Dude. Guys. I am so tired. SO TIRED. Too much today with not feeling well. I made stir fry vegetables with fish and rice noodles for lunch, and put on my face, and then we did pumpkins. By we I mean I cut and gutted Fumiko’s and gutted Sascha’s. I made him cut his own shit. But my shoulder that was already sore is way sore and it hurts to move it in any general direction. xd There were lots of pictures which shall be posted tomorrow cause that ain’t happening tonight. Then grocery shopping. See. I typed grocery stopping. Cause I need to stop. I have been nearly falling asleep since like 6pm. Only 18 more minutes until a certain small child’s bedtime appears. THANK THE WORLD. I took a bath and fell asleep in it. Oops. I got stuff for shepards pie and tacos. Woo. Also Fumiko is sick. Argh. Whhyyyy. Yesterday when she got home from school she had a horrible sore throat. Like she came home all was well then she just started screaming that her throat was hurting and yeah it’s a biggy. So she’s been hopped up on herbs and that nasty throat spray that numbs your throat for like .5 seconds and some fever reducer/pain killer syrup. Luckily a box arrived today with dye free berry flavored Children’s Advil. Cause I was almost out of the other stuff we’ve been using. When she’s reaaalllly sick fever reducer/pain relievers are miracles. So thank goodness for that. She HATES the taste of the other one. It’s awful, it smells awful. She actually liked the Children’s Advil. Which I am forever thankful for. There’s nothing more fun than forcing a sick, cranky child to take nasty red syrup that apparently tastes like death. 12 MORE MINUTES. Anyways. I did pumpkin-y colored eyes because it was pumpkin carving day.

Mizon Snail Recovery Repair Gel Cream
Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions BB Cream Silky Green
My Pretty Zombie Dr. Pickles Miraculous Beauty Dust Mint
Mehron Barrier Spray Fixer and Sealer

Glamour Doll Eyes Blush Hot For Teacher – blush

Sugarpill Cosmetics ChromaLust Smitten
Sugarpill Cosmetics Tako
Sugarpill Cosmetics 2am

Wet N Wild Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer
Aromaleigh Cosmetics Malebranche – all over lid
Aromaleigh Cosmetics Alichino – outer lower lashline
Coastal Scents Hot Hot Vanilla Sky – crease & brow highlight
Glamour Doll Eyes Static Line Gel Liner – upper lashline
Dark Heart Designs Cosmetics Dark Magic Eyelixer
Fairy Drops Scandal Queen Mascara

Kiss My Sass Cosmetics Lipstick Glamping

Bats & Cats


purchased by me

So this is my October Subscription Box from Kiss My Sass Cosmetics. I received 5 gram jars of Antique Lace and Melancholy, and clamshells of Eyepoxy Cream Base in Little White Lies and Blank Canvas Eye Primer in Nude. :d In the video I say November box… Yep totally mean October. Antique Lace and Melancholy are not currently up in the shop but will be added soon. :)

Official Descriptions
Antique Lace is a light nude pearl.
Melancholy is a
Little White Lies is a creamy matte white (no shimmer, sparkle, pearl or frost).
Nude is an almost translucent light to medium skin-tone shade.

Ordering options
The Monthly Subscription box is $14 for US residents or $18 for International residents.

You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1g by weight for $6.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 2×2″ baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $2.00 per baggie.

You will receive cream product in a 10g jar without a sifter, packed 9g by weight for $10.00 per jar.
You will receive cream product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 4.5g by weight for $6.00 per jar.
You will receive cream product in a small clamshell, packed 0.5g by weight for $2.50 per pod.

All photos taken under a daylight bulb and swatched over Kiss My Sass Eyepoxy Cream Base, Blank Canvas Eye Primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue, NYX Eyeliners in White and Black and over bare skin.

Antique Lace is a lovely peachy champagne satin. It actually looks matte in the jar. It rubs down a bit shimmery. I think it’s definitely going to be a go to shade for me. I may try pressing it to use in a palette so I don’t have another jar in my makeup bag. xd

Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, silicon dioxide, nylon 12, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, boron nitride. VEGAN


Melancholy is a stormy dark purple with a violet shift and silver sparks. It’s a bit shimmery but more of a satin shadow. It looks really pretty over a black base.

Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, zinc oxide, ultramarines, silicon dioxide, aluminum powder, iron oxide, nylon 12, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, boron nitride. VEGAN


Eyepoxy Cream Base Little White Lies is a white matte cream base. It works really well and doesn’t crease on mah balls. It doesn’t rub off at all, must wash. Which is a good thing. I can’t use NYX jumbo pencils because they crease on me. t.t It looks shiny in the photos on the shop page but I guarantee it is not.

Ingredients: Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, titanium dioxide, caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractioned coconut oil), silicon dioxide, euphorbia cerifers (candelilla) wax, nylon 12, magnesium myristate, magnesium stearate, boron nitride. VEGAN


Blank Canvas Eye Primer Nude is a an almost sheer nude eye primer. I imagine it would be pretty much colorless on someone who isn’t quite so pale. It’s very silky smooth and almost powdery feeling, but not dry and it doesn’t crease on my oily lids.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone, euphorbia cerifera wax, mica, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, iron oxide, hydrogenated polyisobutene, silicon dioxide. VEGAN


I’ve used Kiss My Sass before and thoroughly enjoy Elizabeth’s products! This is my first time trying her Eyepoxy base and I have to say I really like it. When I can I’m going to be picking up full-size jars of the white and black since I plan on using them for swatches and I’ll be picking up a smaller jar of her champagne Eyepoxy cream. All in all I liked everything I received and am glad I subscribed to her box. :d I would definitely recommend checking it and KMS out. You can contact Elizabeth here. Find Kiss My Sass on Facebook and Twitter.




Elizabeth from Kiss My Sass Cosmetics contacted me at the beginning of July to see if I would try some of her products. Happy days! I received a whole bunch of goodies and am just getting to them. Today I have Diamonds & Pearls, Drama Queen and Minx. Diamonds & Pearls is a lovely sheer pinky color with gold/silver sparks. It really is a lovely shade and makes a nice brow highlighter. Drama Queen is sheer but not as sheer as D&P. It’s a pretty pink/peach shade with lots of gold sparks. It almost looks like it has a gold shift. Minx is gorgeous. It’s SO pretty. It’s a dusty, milky chocolate brown that shifts from a pink to green shift. It’s so pretty. :d I’m sad I couldn’t capture the shift very well. :(

Diamonds & Pearls is a sheer nude/creamy white with a copper sheen and a few silver sparkles.
Drama Queen is a sheer nude with a heavy golden sheen.
Minx is a light tan/beige with shimmer that shifts between pink & green.

These were swatched over bare skin, Kiss My Sass Cosmetics Ivory Matte Eye Primer and Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue. Photos were taken indoors under a daylight bulb.



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