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Hey, all! Destiny from Bellibone Beauty here for Guest Post Thursday! I’m so excited to be posting on Toxid Lotus, and Luna is a doll for having me.

If you know me, I’m fairly obsessed with Once Upon a Time. My tumblr feed consists of swarms of CaptainSwan gifsets and fanfics, and I have no shame. So, naturally, when indie companies release Once Upon a Time inspired products, I vacuum them up unabashedly. I’ve been rewatching the show to fill the sad void between seasons, and today I decided to share my little hoard with you! I’m swatching Darling Girl’s Fairy Tale Romance Collection and the shadows from Notoriously Morbid‘s May Vanishing Cabinet. Darling Girl has released a companion collection to Fairy Tale Romance, named Wicked is Coming, but I haven’t received my order yet. I wait impatiently.. 

Let’s dig in, shall we? All products purchased by me, and all opinions are my own. Swatches are taken over bare skin and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on the top row, and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on the bottom. Italicized information is taken directly from the corresponding brand website.

02 If I Only Had a Heart

 

If I Only Had a Heart (Darling Girl): pale cream with gold sheen and gold iridescence

Inspired by the short-lived Sheriff Graham, this is a pale highlighter shade with a subtle golden iridescence. I use this as an inner corner highlight as well as a facial highlight.

03 Dearie

Dearie (Notoriously Morbid): description unavailable

Who hasn’t ever looked at Rumple’s crocodile skin and wanted an eyeshadow with that gorgeous golden glow? This is a muddied olive-brown with an antique gold shine.

04 Misthaven

Misthaven (Notoriously Morbid): description unavailable

Though it’s commonly referred to as the Enchanted Forest, the actual name of the realm is Misthaven. You only hear it called that once or twice, don’t ask me why. This is a muted forest green with a murky cornflower shift to it.

05 Hot as Baelfire

Hot as Baelfire (Darling Girl): mid tone matte plummy brown

While some may have been smitten by Charming or Graham, I was head over heels for Baelfire. Charming and sincere, and oh lordy that smile. This is a matte plummy brown, and I have no idea why I thought it would be a good idea to swatch it over Pixie Epoxy. It was a nightmare. (Mattes and glitter adhesive do not mix for obvious reasons.)

06 Always the Queen

Always the Queen (Notoriously Morbid): description unavailable

Oh, Regina. I am so often conflicted by you. At the very least, I love to hate you, and I might never trust you. This is a cranberry-toned red with a strong metallic copper shift. If you don’t apply this shadow over a glitter adhesive, you’re missing out! (Why my Pixie Epoxy swatch picture turned out so warm is beyond me..)

07 You Want Darkness

You Want Darkness? (Notoriously Morbid): description unavailable

Being so heavily influenced by fairy tales, Once Upon a Time deals with a lot of common themes, including the constant battle between your inner darkness and light. After the Season 4 finale, I am ready to embrace the dark side. This is a smokey purple with silver shimmer, and it reminds me of the purple smoke that is associated with dark magic in the show.

08 Let's Hook Up

 

Let’s Hook Up (Darling Girl): blackened green base with holographic gold sparkle and green and orange sparkle

Mm mm mm. Once Killian Jones stepped into the ring, I forgot all about Baelfire. Sultry, passionate, and surprisingly classy for a pirate. His eyebrow raises induce embarrassing amounts of squealing. This is such a perfect shadow for Hook! It’s a deep black base with gold and green sparkle. This is a crazy glittery shadow, so anyone without a glitter adhesive has now been forewarned. It gets everywhere.

That wraps up my guest post today! Thank you so much for reading, and thanks again to Luna for having me! 

 

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The kids and I got to go to Autism Society of Oregon’s 13th Annual Autism Walk at Oak’s Park on Sunday! Here are some pictures from my camera. Sascha and Fumiko also took pictures with another camera. I haven’t even uploaded those yet. lol They took a lot! I wore Aromaleigh Cosmetics Neurodivergent eyeshadow. It was very fitting! It’s one of their autism awareness shadows and it’s gorgeous. Also I have to gush about Lunatick Cosmetic Labs primer. My friend Kat sent me a sample because it’s what she uses. I have oily lids and it’s hard to find a primer that works for me. Well I applied my makeup around 7am on Sunday. The photos I took of my makeup were at the end of the day. There was no creasing or missing eye makeup. It looked just like it did when I first applied it. It’s magic people. MAGIC. It’s kind of amazing. After the walk we got to ride the rides at Oak’s Park. The favorite was the tilt o whirl and the spider and another one I can’t remember the name of. They were all of course spinning rides. xd It was awesome and the kids had so much fun. I fell apart when we got home. I ended up getting sunburned on my chest, shoulders and scalp. yep!

Face
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in 10 Porcelain Ivory
Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions BB Cream Silky Green

Cheeks
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush MDMA

Brows
Sugarpill Cosmetics Tako
Sugarpill Cosmetics Smitten
Sugarpill Cosmetics 2am

Eyes
Lunatick Cosmetic Labs eye primer
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
Dark Heart Designs Cosmetics Dark Magic Eyelixer
Aromaleigh Cosmetics Neurodivergent – all over the lid
Glamour Doll Eyes Manequinn – crease
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Legion – liner

Lips
Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kisser

If you like this post do me a favor and like it up there on the top right! :UP:

Luna

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Hey! My name’s Wakenda, and I love colorful indie eyeshadows. If your like me, you probably have a few colors in your stash that you’re not quite sure what to do with. Sure, swatches are gorgeous on your arm, but how do you use them on your face?

Wakenda's Red Shadows

Red eyeshadow is one of those colors that can be totally intimidating. When I first got into indies I had no idea what I would ever do with it. But as I’ve branched out, it’s developed into one of my favorite colors to wear, in part because it’s bolder and more out there than the neutrals and purples I used to stick to. So today I’d like to share some ideas on how to use the red eyeshadows sitting in your stash.

Wakenda's Peachy Red Look

Look 1: Subtle Peachy Look with Red in the Outer V, using Hello Waffle‘s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23

This is pretty much the first look that I ever did with red eyeshadow, and it’s a great place to start if you’r new to the color, because it’s simple and pretty and the red’s there, but not too bold. It reminds me of the patch of red on a delicious fresh peach!

Wakenda's Peachy Red Shadows

For this peachy look, I used Hello Waffle‘s Cortexiphan, Fey and 23. I primed my lids and then applied Fey, a gorgeous peachy rosy gold, all over my lid, concentrating on the inner portion. 23, a pinky gold, goes on the outer third to half of the lid.  Then I used a very fine tapered brush to carefully apply a line of Cortexiphan, a warm red with a satin finish, directly into the outer half of my crease. I angled another line of red up and out from my outer corner to meet the first line in a V. Then I used a clean, fluffy blending blush to blend, blend, blend! The goal is for the original line of red to be entirely diffused. When all the harshness of the red is blended out, you can stop blending, add some winged liner and mascara and call it done!

Wakenda's Smoky Red Look

Look 2: Matte Red and Black Smoky Eye, using Notoriously Morbid‘s Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse

This one is a pretty classic smoky eye look, with red added to the lid. With my more hooded eyelids, the red stays pretty subtle when my eyes are open. I feel very gothic, but that’s appropriate for a look that uses shadows named after two vampires and the hellmouth on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Wakenda's Smoky Red Shadows

For this smoky eye, I used three colors from Notoriously Morbid‘s Slay Me collection, Boca Del Infierno, Bloody Awful Poet and Gypsy Curse. As always, I primed my lids before I began with the shadows. I pressed Boca del Infierno, a matte burgundy red, all over my lid, making sure the coverage was rich and even. Then I used a q-tip dipped in some facial lotion to tidy up the edges and made sure the shape was flattering to my face and even on both sides. This left crisp edges to be blended out later. Then I used a flat brush to press Bloody Awful Poet, a matte black, into my upper lashes and on top of the outer corner of the red, like I was tracing over the bottom edge of the shape I’d drawn with the red shadow. I blended the two together. Next I took a round blending brush and used Gypsy Curse, a matte taupe/grey, to blend out the entire top edge of the red shadow, eliminating any harsh edges. I lined my upper lashes and lower waterline with black pencil liner, and then smudged some more red below the outer third of my lower lashes. I finished with curled lashes and a heavy coat of mascara.

Wakenda's Red White and Blue Look

Look 3: Red, White and Blue with Sparkly Red Liner, using Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake!

I wanted to pair red liner with a contrasting color. As I was looking through my stash, Shiro’s Glowstick of Destiny caught my eye, so I decided to go with a patriotic red, white and blue look. I love how sparkly and fun this look is, and will probably wind up wearing something similar when the Fourth of July finally rolls around.

Wakenda's Red, White and Blue Shadows

For my Fourth of July-inspired look, I used Shiro’s Unforgettable, Glowstick of Destiny and Cake! I primed my entire eye area and then carefully patted Fyrinnae‘s Pixie Epoxy, a glitter fixative, onto my mobile lid. I waited 20 seconds for it to set and then patted plenty of Glowstick of Destiny, a pale blue with a strong gold duochrome, on top. I used my highlighting brush to sweep Cake!, a white with a reddish sheen, from my crease up to my brow. Then I applied black liquid liner along my upper lashes, winging it out at the outer corners. I mixed Unforgettable, a sparkly red, with Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum and used a liner brush to trace the mixture along the upper edge of the black liner. I also mixed some Superstar Serum with Cake and applied it on the lower waterline. I finished the look with a coat of black mascara.

Wakenda's Red Looks for Toxid Lotus

So there you have it. Three ways to actually wear your red eyeshadows, from the mattes to the sparklebombs. Are any of these looks you’d consider? I think the third one’s my favorite, which definitely surprised me. It just feels fresh and fun. If none of these looks are your style but you have reds you’d like to find a way to wear, check out my blog. I have a bunch more red eyeshadow looks over there. Thanks for reading, and thanks for having me, Luna!

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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

.MarsalaEyeshadow1

 

 

 

 

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.

MarsalaBlush

 

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.

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Hello wonderful people of the interwebs! My name is Kaylee Bee, and I am this weeks guest poster. I just want to thank Luna for the opportunity to do this. I am so very excited and I hope you all enjoy!

Today I will be doing swatches and reviews of my favorite indie brand, Notoriously Morbid. When I first got into indies, about 6 months ago, this was one of the very first brands I tried. It was love at first swatch! So without further ado, I present to you some of my NM collection!

 

Captivated: A metallic olive green with copper sparkles

Captivated

over Darling Girl Primped & Primed

Captivated

bare

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

 

 

Swatched: Over Darling Girl Primped & Primed. There was no major change over glitter glue and pixie epoxy.

My thoughts: I adore this color to pieces. It’s definitely not one I wear to work, but it’s so much fun to put on for a day out on the weekends! I’m a sucker  for greens, especially olives, so I couldn’t resist this one.

 

 

 

 

Teacher in Tweed:  An olive brown that practically screams librarian.

over DG Primped & Primed

over DG Primped & Primed

bare

bare

 

top (primped & primed), middle (pixy epoxy), (bottom) bare

top (primped & primed), middle (pixy epoxy), (bottom) bare

Swatched: Over Primped & Primed, pixy epoxy, and bare. Being a matte texture, it does not take well over a glitter glue.

My thoughts: This is a really nice matte brown color. It’s much darker in person and looks much different depending on what base you decide to put it over, as shown here. I like that it’s so versatile, and really changes colors over primers. So experiment and find a combination you like! I personally like to pair it with pixy epoxy!

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Juju:  A warm, coraly magenta with an airy lavender duochrome.

Bad Juju

Over glitter glue

bare

bare

Bad Juju Comparison

top (primped & primed) middle (glitter glue) bottom (pixie epoxy)

 

Swatched: Over elf glitter glue. Primped & Primed (top)  and Pixy Epoxy (bottom) also shown for comparison. Glitter glue brings out the lavender duo chrome more.

My throughts: I didn’t think I’d love this color as much as I do. The shift looks a bit more blue in real life, but it’s lovely when it hits the right light. This is subtle and natural enough to wear in a work environment in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

Pale Rider: A dusty matte purple

Pale Rider Primed

over Primped & Primed

Pale Rider bare

bare

 

Pale Rider Comparison

top (primped & primed)

 

Swatched: Over Primped & Primed and bared. As with Teacher in Tweed, avoid sticky primers cause it will clump if you’re not too careful.

My thoughts: This is by far my favorite of the lot. These pictures don’t do it justice by any means. It’s hard to capture the true color of this, but it’s exactly as described with grey undertones and it is beautiful.

 

 

 

 

Crimson Horror: A gorgeous deep red with a hint of metallic and a little sparkle that is sure to get you noticed

DG Primped & Primed

over DG Primped & Primed

 

over Fyrinnae Pixy Epoxy

over Fyrinnae Pixy Epoxy

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), bottom (pixy epoxy)

 

Swatched: Over primped and primed, glitter glue, and pixy epoxy.

 

My thoughts: So I am a HUGE red fan. Before the Venus palette (which is awesome but I don’t support Lime Crime), all my friends would make fun of me for the unusual color choice. So when I saw this color I had to have it. Plus Doctor Who. I love to wear it over Pixy Epoxy, as it really brings out the red.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued or out of stock, but as of right now I cannot find it on the site.

 

 

 

Mint To Die For: A matte mint with a tiny amount of glitter for an added twisted classic look.

over primped & primed

bare

bare

 

top (primped & primed), middle (glitter glue), (pixy epoxy)

 

 

Swatched: It shows up pretty much the same over all three primers

My thoughts: This is a really beautiful mint color. As much as I love mint, it just doesn’t work with my skin tone. However, if you can work pastels and love spring, this is definitely a color for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS LIMITED EDITION SWATCHES!

Northman from the Deadlove collection

Northman

over glitter glue

 

 Merlotte from the Deadlove collection

over glitter glue

over glitter glue

 

Carmet & Paesh the Black Friday ’14 GWP

over glitter glue

over glitter glue

 

 

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed! This was my first time swatching with tape so I hope I did it right and if you like what you see, feel free to follow me on my brand new blog! It’s still under construction but it should be up and running soon!

 

Kaylee Bee

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Hello Y’all!

Thank you to Luna of Toxid-Lotus for allowing me guest post today! I debated on what I should review and decided on items that I received from my /r/IndieMakeupandMore exchange with /u/Kitty_Party, which by the way was wicked fun and she was amazing in her generosity! Clearly from the title I am reviewing the Grisly Grimoires, 2014 Halloween collection, by Notoriously Morbid which is a company that is near and dear to my heart.

Product CollageNow I need to preface that winter has seriously come to Utah and by time I get home it is dark, so all product swatches are taken under an OtteLite (basically an overpriced daylight lamp). I also did all of these swatches over e.l.f primer.

Just another brief note, I recently received some fabulous advice from /r/photography about ‘freelensing’ and macro filters which I will be doing on all future blog posts so my swatches will be much better! YAY!   Ok enough rambling on to the products!!

This was a limited edition release of 6 full shadows, a mini blush, coffin kisser and a charm. I have to say I am pretty much in love with all of this collection and I opened them in no particular order, or did I?

Kicking off with the Coffin Kisser:

The formula of Notoriously Morbid‘s CK is well known and if you don’t know…you are missing out! This one was colorless lip balm that smells like candy to me and my unsophisticated nose (according to the site it is brandied apricot) and as expected nice and hydrating, perfect for Antarctica winter err I mean Utah winter.

Clavicule of Solomon

Clavicule of Solomon

Surprised I stared with the pink color?? No surprise here, pink colors are my jam and this beautiful pink with a fabulous purple-gold shift.  I am planning to try out a look with this and Teacher in Tweed from their Buffy inspired, Slay Me, collection.

Dragon Rouge

Dragon Rouge

I actually wore this the day after I received my exchange package. I am still in my obsession with coral shadows and this fits the bill! I wish I had snapped a FOTD, I paired this with Femme Fatale Wild Vine and a main stream brown from Tarte Cosmetics on Monday.  There is at least to my eye isn’t a full duo-chrome shift but more a lovely gold shimmer from within. I may horde this for my wedding since we are going to Hawaii and this really says beach to me!

Book of Honorius

Book of Honorius

This color is the exact reason why I need to get a macro lens. There is a great purple shift, IMO. I believe the site mentioned a red shift but it came across more purple to me.

Book of Shadows

Book of Shadows

This color is AMAZEBALLS. I know that I do not own anything like this color in my collection. I really want to just paint it all over my face so everyone can see this amazing dark purple with bright green duo-chrome.

Necronomicon

Necronomicon

This blackened purple is going to be a great lid color and I want to try it as a liner as I am working on improving my liner skills. I thought I had something similar in my collection but so far I have not found an exact dupe which of course is awesome!

Magus

Magus

Such a bright sparkling blue with a pinkish-purple shift. I think this will be so much fun during the holiday season to wear. It really makes me think of Elsa from Frozen, lol.

And the last piece ….

Grand Oracle Blush

Grand Oracle Blush

It was almost ironic that right before my package arrived I was realizing that I have about three blushes that I wear almost exclusively out of the 5 that I own. The three that I wear really are summer type blushes that worked well in the perpetual summer that is Phoenix. I was debating about adding a few winter colors to my collection and then this beauty arrived. The only down side to this blush, it is not apart of the NM core collection…hint hint Carrie ;) . This matte blush is to die for! I love me a good matte blush and the mauve color is perfect for winter and for sure is a color that I do not have and I am really glad it is now in my life :) .

Sneak Peek:

Included was a Black Friday Sneak Peek in

Nothing Is Trivial

Nothing Is Trivial

This is a shimmery silvery blue that really would make a lovely highlight shade.

 

DO NOT MISS THE BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Notoriously Morbid does a limited year long coupon among other amazing LE items. Fine them here!

Thank you again Toxid-Lotus allowing me and my humble blog come hang out for the day!

Hugs!

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FACE
Etude House Pore Wonder Freshener
Mizon Snail Recovery Repair Gel Cream

CHEEKS
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush MDMA

BROWS
Sugarpill Cosmetics ChromaLust Smitten
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Amethyst

EYES
Wet N Wild Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer
My Pretty Zombie Mad Cow – all over lid
Fyrinnae Unicorn – inner corner & outer corner
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Nude – crease

LIPS
Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kisser Rotten Rainbow

My skin has been acting wonky, so I haven’t been using any bb creams! I am grateful my skin is doing better overall. Fumiko’s Mamu and Ojiisa got the kiddos school shoes and clothes! Now to wait for them to arrive. :d Fumiko and Sascha also skyped with her Mamu the other day. It’s been a looong time. Jamie(Mamu) told Kai that the kiddos were doing good and skyped with them and got them school stuff. So he emailed me and wanted to pick the kids up today and spend time with them. The kids wanted me to go so we all went to Target. Kiddos got some toys and the rest of the school supplies they needed. Then walked around the mall for a bit waiting for Olive Garden to open. He got us lunch at Olive Garden, which was good and it’s also been a looong time since I’ve been there. Then we went to the park and went down some trails, then came home. It was nice and civil. I was worried. But all went well. Hopefully this will be a good beginning and things will remain okay. He wants to see the kids again next week. We shall see what happens. I am very tired now and my heart is doing a tap dance. d= Stupid tachycardia. I must now edit photos. Wee.

Luna

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Hi everyone!  I’m Daisy and I love talking about indies over at  /r/indiemakeupandmore.  Luna kindly agreed to let me do a guest post and I’ll be sharing my experiences with indie lip balms.

To begin with, I should probably tell you something about my lips: They’re really awful.  They crack, peel, bleed, and in general just look awful even if they’re not having a bad day.  And yes, I’ve tried drinking more water.  In elementary school, on multiple occasions, I would have teachers offer me Vaseline on little spoons  because they felt their lips peeling just looking at mine.  And those were on the good days.

I’ve since learned how to manage my finicky lips and along the way come to the conclusion that lip balms are incredibly personal. Different people take to various ingredients (the same lip balms that leave me peeling are some of my sister’s favorites while she can’t stand any of the ones I use).  There’s a lot of textural variation (soft, waxy, etc.) and personal preferences as well.

To get a reference of my personal preferences and how my lips behave here are some mainstream lip balms/ingredients that have worked for me:

  1. 100% Lanolin – holy grail, and so far the only thing I’ve encountered that actually seems to moisturize my lips rather than simply prevent them from chapping too much
  2. Blistex – prevents my lips from getting worse, possibly just a waxy barrier to trap moisture in
  3. Smith’s Rosebud salve – if my lips are already doing okay (from lanolin) then this works to maintain them at that level, otherwise it doesn’t do much for actually chapped lips

Here are some mainstream items that haven’t worked for me:

  1. EOS – these feel nice on for about 5 minutes, start to dry out my lips after that, and by 30 minutes my lips are worse for having them on
  2. Softlips – great to apply, very smooth but needs constant reapplication and dries out my lips similarly to EOS
  3. 100% Vaseline – unfortunately those teachers were just exacerbating the problem as Vaseline tends to make my lips crack as soon as the glossiness wears off
  4. 100% Shea butter – I need to reapply this about every 5 minutes, dries out my lips spectacularly fast

Now armed with a bit of information about my lips, we’re ready to talk indies!  In order of softest to hardest, here’s my list and thoughts:

  1. Detrivore Embalming Tubes: Extremely soft, this is not one you want if you ever store your lip balms in your pocket. I try to apply this by barely touching my lips. It is very buttery, feels rather oily and looks like a gloss upon first application. It sinks in after a while (30 or so minutes if you leave your lips alone, in about a minute if you rub them together) but only really maintains my lips at a decent level instead of improving them.
  2. Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers: Soft, but not insanely so like the Detrivore ones. This doesn’t particularly improve my lips but doesn’t make them any worse. If you like a soft lip balm that sinks in quickly, this would be your best option.
  3. Kimberly Noel Cosmetics Lip Lotion: (Full disclosure: I received this as a gift from Kimberly Noel although she didn’t know it would be featured in this guest blog post.) This is very soft and applies just as thickly as the Detrivore embalming tubes, with a gloss-like finish. However, it feels more wax-like and after checking the ingredients list I realized my HG lanolin is the 2nd one listed.  I like this one quite a bit, although I was sent “Mint Peppermint” and I find menthol a questionable inclusion. I also personally don’t like the cooling/burning sensation.
  4. noto

  5. Performance Colors Lip Repair: This is soft and applies smoothly, but is more on the waxy side than oily. It doesn’t apply with a gloss-like finish, seems to be absorbed easily and is one of the more moisturizing lip balms I’ve tried.
  6. Silk Naturals Matte Lip Balm: Slightly waxier than PC lip repair, I really enjoy applying this as it truly just glides on, even over my chapped lips. It’s not quite as moisturizing as I would like (keeping in mind my ridiculously dry lips) but it’s fantastic for when my lips are already in good condition. It also does not apply matte as advertised. It doesn’t have the same glossy or wet finish, but there is certainly a (natural-looking) sheen to it.
  7. Haus of Gloi Lip Balm: These do glide on but you do have to apply a bit more pressure to get it on your lips than with the SN lip balm. Personally, sometimes I do find this one a bit easier to use since with the other options you have to be careful not to apply too much.  It’s the most moisturizing indie option I’ve tried save for the PC lip repair.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the indie balms out there and there are certainly some that I’d like to try eventually. If you have any that you adore, please feel free to share in the comments.

Otherwise, I hope this provided some ideas for your next lip balms!

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I got to have lunch with Kharizma today at Arawan! It was really nice. :d Also my nosebone fell out somewhere between sleep and shower and I can’t find it anywhere. t.t

FACE
Pixi Beauty Flawless & Poreless
Holika Holika Petit BB Moisture
My Pretty Zombie Dr. Pickles Miraculous Beauty Dust Mint

CHEEKS
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush MDMA

BROWS
Sugarpill Cosmetics Smitten
Sugarpill Cosmetics Tako

EYES
Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime
Maybelline instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Neutralizer
Oslo Cosmetics Pyxis – all over lid
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Gypsy Stone – outer v & crease
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Gypsy Stone – inner corner & brow highlight
Dark Heart Designs Cosmetics Dark Heart Eyelixir
Sugarpill Cosmetics Mochi – mixed with Dark Heart Eyelixir for liner
Nyx Cosmetics Slide On Pencil Jet Black – tightline upper lid
L’Oréal Paris Miss Manga Mascara Blackest Black

LIPS
Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kisser Rotten Rainbow

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I don’t know why but I keep hitting c instead of n at the end of Merlin. *boggle* I have Notoriously Morbid swatches, and just a few of many! From the In Camelot collection I have Young Merlin. Velvet Hammer is from Show A Little Burlesque. Boe is from The Doctor. Witch With a Wand is from Trip to Oz and Jupiter Rain is her RAINN shadow. Carrie donates the net proceeds of Jupiter Rain to the RAINN foundation. Onto ze swatches!

Official descriptions
Boe is a metallic copper brown with a golden sparkles.
Jupiter Rain is a teal with gold sparkles.
Velvet Hammer is a metallic purple with red and blue sparkles.
Witch With a Wand is a neutral light brown with a bit of pink and a surprising sheen.
Young Merlin is a dark brown with rainbow sparkles and a blue sheen.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by volume for $5.50 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ¼ teaspoon by volume for $1.25 per baggie.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar without a sifter, packed ⅓ teaspoon by volume for $2.75 per jar.

All photos taken indoors in direct light and outdoors in direct sunlight. Swatched over bare skin, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me and Detrivore Cosmetics Eyeshadow Primer.


Boe is a coppery brown with gold sparks.
Ingredients: magnesium myristrate, copper powder, silcon dioxide, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

Jupiter Rain is an aqua teal with gold sparks.
Ingredients: magnesium myristrate, mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, ferric ferrocyanide, silica, blue #1 A1 Lake, Hydrogenated polyisobutene, palmitic acid, preservatives, chromium oxide green. VEGAN

Velvet Hammer is a metallic grape purple with red and blue sparks and a blue sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, tin oxide, carnauba wax. VEGAN

Witch With a Wand is a light, shimmery brownish peach.
Ingredients: magnesium myristrate, mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, iron oxide, carmine, silica. NOT VEGAN

Young Merlin is a dark chocolate brown with a blue sheen and rainbow sparks.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN
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I love Jupiter Rain and Velvet Hammer! They’re so pretty. RAINN is a foundation dear to my heart, so that helps. I like all of them a lot, they’re all pretty. What do you think? Which ones do you like?

You can find Notoriously Morbid on Facebook here and Twitter here. You can contact Carrie on her contact page here.

Luna

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So I have some lovely things from Notoriously Morbid to review! This will be in three parts since there’s a bit! So for the first part I have the lovely blushes. :d I shall be doing full size jars of shadow next and then the last post will be on the samples. I’ve been wearing these blushes a lot since I received them. I really like them. Just a quick note to say that these were all shrink wrap sealed, as well as the shadows and the coffin kissers.

Official Descriptions
Annie’s Agony is a Victorian Pink shimmer with a gold shift.
Elizabeth’s Burden is a Lovely Golden Tan Highlight.
Mary Ann’s Misery is a mauve shimmer with a red to orange shift.
Mary Jane’s Demise is a raisin red shimmer.

Ordering Options
You will receive loose product in a 20g jar with a sifter, packed 4-4.5g by volume for $8.50 per jar.

Annie’s Agony is an antique rosy gold pink with a gold shift. This is a very flattering shade and surprisingly my favorite of the bunch. I thought Mary Ann’s Misery would be my favorite. :) The formula is really silky and blends really well. This is definitely a shimmery formula.

Ingredients: Mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, magnesium myristrate, tin oxide, carmine, iron oxide. NOT VEGAN

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Elizabeth’s Burden is a sheer gold highlight. This is such a pretty highlight. The formula is silky and goes on like a dream.

Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Tin Oxide. VEGAN

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Mary Ann’s Misery is a purple mauve with a gold shift. Another really pretty blush. Very silky formula and easy to blend.

Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, mica, magnesium stearate, carmine, tin oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, iron oxide, manganese ammonium pyrophosphate. NOT VEGAN

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Mary Jane’s Demise is a light brick red. This is listed as a matte but it’s more of a satin finish. Super silky formula and easy to blend.

Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, mica, magnesium stearate, red #7 ca lake, hydrogenated polyisobutene, palmitic acid, preservatives, iron oxide. VEGAN
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These blushes are a dream to use. The formula is super silky and they all blend really well. I definitely recommend trying these out. They’re beautiful colors and I love them all. DO BUY!

You can find Notoriously Morbid here. You can contact Carrie via her contact form here. Find Notoriously Morbid on Facebook.

Also! The new collection “Little Melancholies” is released. All weekend long receive 40% off your entire order of $10 or more using code “LM40OFF” across all store fronts, 40% off coupon expires 12AM EST Feb 3rd.

ALSO any order placed between Jan 31st through Feb 13th will be entered to win a $30 gift certificate to Notoriously Morbids new site. Drawing will take place on Feb 14th and winner will be announced here! Link to that site is in the comments.

Sailor Moon! MOON PRISM POWER!Luna

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FACE
Homemade Rose Water Mist
Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream
Holika Holika Petit BB Moisture
My Pretty Zombie Dr Pickle’s Miraculous Beauty Dust Mint

BROWS
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Vampy

CHEEKS
Notoriously Morbid Ripper’s Rouge Mary Jane’s Desmise

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Flesh Tone – all over lid
Oslo Cosmetics Carinae – outer lid corner & crease
Milani Cosmetics Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner No. 04 Prismatic Purple – upper liner
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara No. 001 Black

LIPS
New York Color Big Bold Gloss No. 467 Pleasantly Plump Pink

Sailor Moon! MOON PRISM POWER!Luna

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FACE
Homemade Rose Water Mist
Sibu Beauty Repair & Protect Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit
My Pretty Zombie Dr Pickle’s Miraculous Beauty Dust Mint

BROWS
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Vampy

CHEEKS
Notoriously Morbid Ripper’s Rouge Elizabeth’s Burden – highlight
Notoriously Morbid Ripper’s Rouge Mary Ann’s Misery – blush
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me LSD – contour

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Urban Decay Dust – all over lid
Fyrinnae Serendipity – outer v & crease
Urban Decay Strange – inner corner & brow highlight
Urban Decay Blackheart – upper liner
Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara Blackest Black

LIPS
Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kisser Rotten Rainbow

Sailor Moon! MOON PRISM POWER!Luna

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FACE
Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream
Holika Holika Petit BB Moisture
My Pretty Zombie Dr. Pickles Miraculous Beauty Dust Mint

BROWS
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Gypsy Stone
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Gypsy Night

CHEEKS
Notoriously Morbid Ripper’s Rouge Annie’s Agony – blush
Notoriously Morbid Ripper’s Rouge Elizabeth’s Burden – highlight

EYES
de Leon Cosmetics Eye Primer
Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste No. 1 fair
NYX Cosmetics Eye Liner in Pure White – blended over lid
Oslo Cosmetics Pyxis – inner lid and middle lid
Fyrinnae Serendipity – outer v and crease
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Nude – brow highlight
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Tea Rose Pink – inner corner
Milani Cosmetics Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner Black Vinyl – upper lashline
Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara

LIPS
de Leon Cosmetics Have I Ever Let You Down? Balm – one layer, blotted once, this was 6 hours after applying with no touch ups.

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