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Thursday Guest Post

Notoriously Morbid Swatches and Mini Reviews by Kaylee Bee

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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Swatches: Aromaleigh Cosmetics Sol Invictus Collection Part 2 Lua Saturni, Luxuriae Maniae, Opalia & Oscilla

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And here we have part 2 of my Sol Invictus swatches from Aromaleigh Cosmetics! These are some of my favorites of the entire collection. =d

Official descriptions
Lua Saturni is a heathered deep indigo/violet (will change from more blue to more violet depending on your viewing conditions) with dominant blue to teal sparkles that color shift to fuchsia/red.
Luxuriae Maniae is an imperial purplish mauve with chestnut tones and a strong and sparkling color traveling duochrome effect that ranges from gold, bronze and copper.
Opalia is a delicate opalescent pink with bountiful pink to blue color shift.
Oscilla is an exquisite shimmering peach with oodles of icy blue, pink, copper and gold color traveling sparkles.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.2g by weight for $6.50 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.00 USD per baggie.

You can buy the entire collection in full size jars for $78.00 or in sample baggies for $12.00.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool, Leather, Fuchsia Fever, Painted Purple & Edgy Emerald and bare skin.

Lua Saturni is a purpley gray with a violet sheen and blue, red, pink and aqua sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Luxuriae Maniae is a taupey-coppery-mauve with gold, copper and bronze sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Opalia is a sheer light pink with pink and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Oscilla is a peach with pink, copper blue and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

I really like all four of these shades but Lua Saturni was my absolute favorite. It’s so sparkly and shiny and pretty and Oooooo. It’s just amazing. All four shades are so sparkly with amazing color changing sparks. They are just so pretty. Opalia is an amazing highlight, so is Oscilla! Luxuriae Maniae is just a beautiful, rich color. I love the red and bronze and copper in it. Have you picked any of these shades up yet? Will you? I want a full size of Lua Saturni and Luxuriae Maniae so much!

You can find Aromaleigh Cosmetics here. You can contact Kristen on her contact page here. Find Aromaleigh on Facebook and Twitter!

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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Dark Candy, Nashor Clause & Silent Night over Glitter Fix

Swatches: AFK Cosmetics Christmas on the Rift

press sample

Dena from AFK Cosmetics sent me her holiday collection to swatch! It’s been up in the shop, but I’m just now getting around to posting it. xd I’ve had a lot going on between everyone being sick and then there has been a lot going on with Sascha and school. He’s having a hard time this year. =[

Official descriptions
Dark Candy is a semi sheer dusty mauve, with a bright blue sheen.
Nashor Clause is a medium red based purple with a blue green sheen, and green sparkles!
Silent Night is a deep, velvety brick like red with minimal shimmer and just a hint of glitter.
The Earnest Elf is a light and bright green with a subtle blue seen
The Festive Treant is a bright, but still earthy green that is filled with rainbow ‘christmas light’ inspired sparkles!
Winter Wonderland is a very bright cerulean blue, with lots of silver sparkles.

Lip balm
Sleigh Belle is a bright, red based orange with just a hint of gold sparkles.
Tiny Evil Santa is a simple deep blue based red, that borders on a wine like red.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2-2.5g by weight for $5.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 per baggie.

Lip balm
You will receive cream product in a standard size lip balm tube, packed 0.20-25 ounces by volume for $5.00 USD per tube.

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

Dark Candy is a light lavender with a blue sheen and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Bismuth Oxycholride, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Nashor Clause is a deep purple with a greenish sheen and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Silent Night is a satiny dark red.
Ingredients: Mica, Copper Powder, Silicon Dioxide, Red 40, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

The Earnest Elf is a bright sea foamy green.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

The Festive Treant is a bright grassy green with rainbow sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxides, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Winter Wonderland is a cerulean blue with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ultramarines, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Sleigh Belle is a bright pumpkin orange.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera oil), Candellila Wax (Euphorhia Cerifera), Sweet Almond oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima), Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Red 40, Silica,Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Vitamin E Oil, Flavor. VEGAN

Tiny Evil Santa is a deep red.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera oil), Candellila Wax (Euphorhia Cerifera), Sweet Almond oil(Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Red 40, Mica, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima), Vitamin E Oil, Flavor. VEGAN

My favorites are Dark Candy and Sleigh Belle! Dark Candy is just this amaaaazing purple. I love the color shift. Sleigh Belle is the most amazing orange lip color. It’s very opaque as a lip balm and I really love that. What are your favorites? Did you pick any up yet?

You can find AFK Cosmetics on their brand new site here! You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Swatches: Aromaleigh Cosmetics Sol Invictus Collection Part 1 Aureum, Io, Saturnalia!, Lord of Misrule & Munera

press sample

I have part 1 of my Sol Invictus swatches from Aromaleigh Cosmetics! This collection is inspired by Saturnalia! It’s an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn. =d This collection is gorgeous!

Official descriptions
Aureum is a richly shimmering soft warm gold with color traveling sparkles of gold/green and red/violet.
Io, Saturnalia! is a smooth rich teal blue with prominent gold/copper/red color traveling sparkles.
Lord of Misrule is a gorgeous taupe base with really strong orange-red-violet color traveling iridescence.
Munera is a rich taupe-y shade with brilliant aqua/gold/copper sparkles.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.2g by weight for $6.50 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.00 USD per baggie.

You can buy the entire collection in full size jars for $78.00 or in sample baggies for $12.00.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix, Wet n Wild Fergie On Edge Longwearing Eye Pencil in Ex-Stacey, Violet Femme & HyperSky and bare skin.

Aureum is a burnt gold with red, gold, purple and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Io, Saturnalia! is a blue teal with gold, green, copper and red sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Lord of Misrule is a dark taupe with a red sheen and purple, red and orange sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Munera is a sandy leaning taupe with aqua, copper and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Let me just start off by saying I like this collection so much more than the Diavoli collection, and I really liked Diavoli! I love that it’s inspired by Saturnalia and the colors are amazing! My favorite is Io, Saturnalia! followed by Lord of Misrule. Ugh so pretty. Do you plan on picking any of these shades up? Aromaleigh is currently having a sale so you might want to head on over and check things out! ;)

You can find Aromaleigh Cosmetics here. You can contact Kristen on her contact page here. Find Aromaleigh on Facebook and Twitter!

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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Spirit of the Sprite

Swatches: Leesha’s Lacquer Spirit of the Sprite & The Dominator

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Official descriptions
Spirit of the Sprite is a purple based Jelliter that has a gold to purple shift with gold and purple holo glitter.
The Dominator is a shimmery grey base with small red hex glitter.

Ordering options
You will receive nail lacquer in a 5mL bottle with nail brush, for $3.50 USD per bottle.
You will receive nail lacquer in a 12mL bottle with nail brush, for $7.00 USD per bottle.

Both polishes applied over Wet N Wild Wild Shine Protective Base Coat and under Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat! I used 5 coats of Spirit of the Sprite and 3 coats of The Dominator. Photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb.

Spirit of the Sprite is a silvery purple jelly with lots of gold and purple holo glitter and a gold shift.
Ingredients: Suspension Base (Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl, Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Silica, N-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Violet 2), Glitter and Mica. VEGAN

The Dominator is a shimmery gray base with holographic shimmer and red glitter.
Ingredients: Suspension Base (Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl, Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Silica, N-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Violet 2), Glitter and Mica. VEGAN

Leesha was looking for people to swatch her new polishes and posted a form to fill out on reddit, I of course filled it out. I don’t get to do much nail-wise on my blog! She sent me little bottles of Spirit of the Sprite and The Dominator. I fell in love with Spirit of the Sprite as soon as I saw it. It’s just gorgeous! The Dominator was pretty, but it wasn’t until I put it on and the holo shimmer went crazy that I was totally wowed! Leesha is coming out with two new collections, the Enchanted collection inspired by mythical and magical creatures of folklore and a collection inspire by the different seasons of American Horror Story! The Dominator is from Season 1 of American Horror Story!

So Spirit of the Sprite is a jelly glitter. The base is sheer and I used 5 coats to get it opaque. It’s a beautiful polish and the gold shift is crazy pretty. I really like it on its own, but I think it would be gorgeous over other polishes. I have a couple in mind I’d like to try it over! The Dominator actually only needed 2 coats to be opaque, but I threw a 3rd one on there because it’s just habit. In the bottle it looks like a shimmery gray polish with red glitter, but once you get it on you can see the gorgeous holo shimmer. It’s so pretty! I really like both formulas and I want to try some of her other polish. =d I can’t wait to see the rest of the colors in the collections. Both collections release on November 25th!

Which color did you like best? Will you pick either up! Have you tried Leesha’s Lacquer before? What did you think?

You can find Leesha’s Lacquer on Etsy. You can contact Leesha through her contact on Etsy. Find her on Facebook and Twitter!

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I run this blog! This blog is a personal blog for all things beauty related. I love swatching, reviewing and hosting giveaways. I’ve been blogging since I was 16 years old… That’s uh a long time. I am now 32! Sometimes I like to blog about my life and what is going on, but not often anymore. I hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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Thursday Guest Post

Grisly Grimoires by Notoriously Morbid

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!

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A 30-something working professional and confessed makeup & polish addict. I am stepping into the awesome world of beauty blogging/vlogging. I am hoping to put my spin on it and hopefully impart some good ideas/advice, provide some great reviews and at least pretty pictures to look at. There also will be life posts from time to time.
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Thursday Guest Post

Femme Fatale Reviews and Swatches

I simply can’t get enough of pretty, shiny, duochrome eyeshadows, and I find the ones made by indie companies to be better than the ones made by “mainstream” brands, and generally cheaper too! The only problem is the cost of international shipping, which can make a beauty bargain become totally unfeasible. Lucky for me (and my tiny wee wallet), I discovered the amazing Femme Fatale Cosmetics, based in Australia. Since I’m just a stones throw away in New Zealand, shipping is much cheaper than products sent from Europe or the States (or anywhere else in the world!) – and they have recently reduced international postage rates.

They also (until very recently) offered very handy sample sizes. I’ve owned mine forever and used them many, many times, and they just won’t end (which is a good thing). However, don’t let the lack of sample baggies put you off – the mini and full sizes are so reasonably priced, they are definitely worth getting! International shipping is also quite inexpensive.

I appreciate how carefully they label each product, making it very clear which are vegan-friendly (many, although not all are vegan. None of their products are tested on animals though!), and which are lip-safe. Their eyeshadows look gorgeous over lipstick, so I find this very helpful to know!

I find my Femme Fatale shadows look best with a coat of black mascara on my top lashes, and black eyeliner underneath.

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1 – Illuminator – Silver Sage (Vegan and lip-safe)

This is a versatile product which I’ve had lots of use from. You can use it as a highlighter – I like to mix some with my Thin Lizzy Mineral Foundation (Miss Von Dita shade) and brush it over my face. I sometimes use it as a highlight on my lips and eyes too.

2 – Eyeshadow – Flowers From Flames (Non-vegan and lip-safe)

This is my personal favourite, quite a unique colour and I don’t own anything else quite like it. This is a gorgeous orange, with hints of green. Unusual, but absolutely amazing.

3 – Eyeshadow – Deepmoss (Vegan and non-lip-safe)

I’m a huge fan of green (incase you couldn’t tell!), and I really like Deepmoss. It’s a beautiful cross between blue and green (although definitely looks more green on me). Really wish this was a lip-safe colour!

4 – Eyeshadow – Exorcism (Non-vegan and non-lip-safe)

I love purples but this went quite bruise-like on me. I do find it easier to wear with some Silver Sage (or any white, iridescent shadow) on top.

5 – Eyeshadow – Emerald Dream (Vegan and non-lip-safe)

A very pretty, sparkly green – one of those eye-catching colours that people always compliment me on. A good colour for blending with other greens, golds or highlighters.

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6 – Eyeshadow – Elitist (Vegan and non-lip-safe)

This is probably the one I wear the most, due to being so easy to wear and goes with anything… it’s as close as I’ll get to ‘neutral’! A shiny bronze/brown, with lots of subtle layers of colour involved.

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7 – Eyeshadow – Haunt (Non-Vegan, for use on eyes only)

Same as with Exorcism this went quite bruise-like on me, so I tend to mix it with other shadows to make it more wearable. Nice colour, just doesn’t work well for me.

8 – Eyeshadow – Dispersion (Non-Vegan and lip-safe)

I love the uniqueness of this shade, I wanted a red eyeshadow for awhile and thought this would fill the void. The only thing about it is it has a tendency to look a bit like a bruise. I do love it but sometimes find it hard to wear. Great colour, but maybe it’s just not right for me. Red with hints of blue.

9 – Eyeshadow – Inner Madness (Non-Vegan and non-lip-safe)

I was looking for a replacement for Sugarpills ‘Hysteria’ and thought this could be a good match. It’s not close enough, but nice anyway.

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10 – Eyeshadow – Temporal Shift (Vegan and Lip Safe)

I love the look of this colour, but for some reason it looks quite muddy on me. I can’t get away with dark shades like I used to, I think! It looked green online, but comes up more brown on my skin, and tends to stain me a bit. I actually prefer to use it on my lips rather than my eyes, since it is lip-safe.

Please forgive my swatches – this is my first time swatching! Sorry for the goosebumps (I was cold!), but I have a no-touch-up policy I intend to stick to, so I don’t want to edit my skin in these photos. The colours are as accurate as I could get (taken in natural light) but do not do justice to how they really are – please visit Femme Fatale’s website for a closer look at them.

A big thank you to the lovely Luna for letting me guest post on her wonderful blog!

I’m Artemis, a creepy, kooky, spooky (and occasionally ooky) girl living in New Zealand (the bottom of the world).

I currently have a blog called The Dream Factory, where I review beauty products and talk about cosmetic related things. I love things that make my life more beautiful, and my blog is where I can share some of these things with you.

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