Thursday Guest Post

A Mixed Bag of Purple!

Hello all! This is Remonstrater from tryallthecolours!  This is my first guest post ever (yay!!).  So what do I have for you today? I couldn’t decide so I grabbed some of the odd ball items I received in the past month to do a mixed bag of reviews.  Today we have Performance Colors Zombie Bride lipstick, Siren Song Cosmetics Black Magic Beauty eyeshadow, Spectrum Cosmetics Iris lipgloss, and Solstice Scents Lavender Vanilla.

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Notice a theme?

First up, Zombie Bride!

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Can you see the shimmer?

This is a sample size of this colour from Performance Colors and it is very generous! You can easily get a couple wears out of this to decide if you like it!  Zombie Bride is described as a “deep dark berry black red with red sparks”.  This is a beautiful black cherry colour, a very wearable purple/red for those who are a bit more daring.  It can also be applied with a lighter hand for those of us who may be a little less adventurous. The online swatch is pretty accurate although the colour is more purple in the shade/artificial light. Swatches!

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Lightly applied, Indirect natural light
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Lightly applied, Direct natural light

Applied with a lighter hand, this colour is a light black cherry colour with a hint of blue shimmer.  It’s a wearable statement colour that, depending on your occupation, could be work safe.

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Heavily applied, Indirect natural light
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Heavily applied, Direct natural light

When layered for fuller opacity, this is a deep purple with lots of blue shimmer giving it a frosty look.  If you’re looking for a real statement lipstick, this is worth a try! You can more swatches of this and other Performance Colors lipsticks here.

Black Magic Beauty is the first eyeshadow I have had the fortune of trying from Siren Song Cosmetics and after swatching it, I plan on trying many more!

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This is described as a “Orchid purple with a subtle pink and red glittery shift” on the website.  The eyeshadow is nicely pigmented and applies with minimal fallout.  This is a vivid colour when used with a primer and it has a very subtle pink and red shift.  The online swatch is more pink than I found the shadow to be and captures the red shift better than my camera was able to, but it is there!

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Left to Right: Darling Girl Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Indirect natural light

Over the Shadow Insurance, this colour is slightly more blue than over bare skin or Glitter Glue.

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance Indirect natural light

You can see a slight bit of red here! The shadow photographed a bit patchy but did not appear patchy in the slightest in real life.

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Darling Girl Glitter Glue Indirect natural light

Such a pretty purple for all you purple lovers! Lots of sparkle in this one!

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Left to Right: Darling Girl Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Direct natural light

Iris, at the sound of the name my mind immediately goes to blue and purple and this colour did not disappoint.

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This beautiful gloss from Spectrum Cosmetics is described as “a semi sheer purple gloss with beautiful blue violet iridescent tones!”  The swatch on the Etsy store isn’t the best but it does give you the general idea of the gloss although I found it to have a bit more of a purple sheen than the swatch shows.

The formula reminds me of Shiro’s beloved glosses; smooth without being sticky, and moisturizing.  The swatches are over bare lips but this works very well over other lipsticks, adding a purple/blue sheen.

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Lightly applied, indirect natural light
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Heavily applied, indirect natural light
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Heavily applies, direct natural light

Soooo pretty! I’m not a big gloss person, but I love this one.  This has been reached for a couple times already and I may have to buy a full size soon.

Solstice Scents: Lavender Vanilla

P1010337Lavender…purple…it works!  The description for this one is long but the general gist of it is that it starts out as a powerful but calming, smooth lavender scent scent tempered by vanilla and french vanilla scents, drying down to a vanilla with the “ghostly memory of lavender.”  Now, I don’t actually usually like lavender but this sample went straight into the ‘Need a Full Size’ pile!

To start out it is a bright floral lavender with sweet vanilla dancing around the edges.  It isn’t over powering but it is unmistakably floral.  After a bit it morphs slightly with the lavender stepping back and allowing the vanilla to come through.  The vanilla softens the lavender, making it a creamy, warm floral.  After about 45 minutes this dried down to a scent that can only be described as a creamy floral; warm, creamy vanilla with lavender dancing in the background.

Sillage was very good as usually my skin gobbles up scents.  I was catching whiffs of this floating around me for 4 hours before it started sitting closer to my skin.  In total this scent lasted about 8 hours (!!) and was still slightly noticeable the next morning.

This is a great scent for those who prefer warmer scents but that also want the femininity of a floral perfume.  On my skin it is the perfect balance of floral and vanilla. Loveeee it!

Final Thoughts

These are some great purple products for those of you who love purple.  I was really excited to share these reviews with you today and hopefully y’all enjoyed it as much as I did!

For these and other products by these brands, follow these links:

Siren Song Cosmetics

Solstice Scents

Performance Colors

Spectrum Cosmetics

All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. I have not accepted payment for any of my reviews.

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Naturade, VeganSmart, All-In-One Nutritional Shake, Vanilla

Review: Naturade, Vegan Smart, All-In-One Nutritional Shakes

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I received these Vegan Smart, All-In-One Nutritional Shake packets from Naturade for free to try!

Official description

  • Plant Based
  • Vegan Blend
  • Whole Food Complex
  • Non-GMO Protein
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Omega 3
  • Probiotics
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Great Taste
  • Low Calorie
  • Dietary Supplement
  • 15 Servings
  • 20 g Non-GMO Protein
  • 6 g Dietary Fiber
  • No Cholesterol
  • Zero Trans Fat
  • Dairy & Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Naturally Flavored & Sweetened
  • Quality Assured Purity
  • Certified Vegan

All-In-One Nutritional Shake for Optimal Health

Everything you need in just one serving:

  • Complete Protein Blend – Contains 5 different non-GMO plant based proteins providing all the essential amino acids in precise proportions, readily usable by the body, for building and repairing tissue and muscle.
  • Whole Food Complex – Includes 9 different healthy colorful fruits and vegetables offering naturally occurring polyphenols, antioxidants and flavonoids to support overall wellness.
  • 22 Vitamins & Minerals – Act as catalysts in thousands of biochemical reactions every day to support normal and healthy cell function.
  • Fiber & Omega Blend – Provides 6 grams of dietary fiber to help keep you regular. Also contains over 200 mg of Omega-3 (DHA) to support a healthy brain, heart and circulatory system.
  • Probiotic Blend – Contains 1 billion colony forming units, of “good” bacteria, for supporting digestive health and maintaining healthy intestinal flora.
  • Digestive Enzymes Blend – Assists in digesting foods more completely for greater absorption of nutrients and the good health that goes with them.

Where to buy
From Naturade – 22.75 ounces for $34.99 or 12 1.51 ounce packets for $35.88.

Directions
Mix two level scoops of VeganSmart™ All-In-One Nutritional Shake in 9 to 11 ounces of ice-cold water, juice or non-dairy beverage, shake well and enjoy.

Packaging
These come in giant tubs or single use packets. I received single use packets. They are your standard foil on the inside packets, paper outside with product information and supplement facts. The packets are white with black text.

Formula
Both were standard protein powder formulas. The powder was easy to blend.

Ingredients
Chai – Organic cane sugar, sunflower oil, natural flavors, medium chain triglycerides, cocoa powder, stevia extract, xanthan gum.
No acesulfame K, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, no MSG, no soy, gluten free, no egg, no dairy. Manufactured in a facility that processes milk, soy & eggs.

Vanilla – Organic cane sugar, sunflower oil, natural flavors, medium chain triglycerides, stevia extract, xanthan gum.
No acesulfame K, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives, no MSG, no soy, gluten free, no egg, no dairy. Manufactured in a facility that processes milk, soy & eggs.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Scoops (43 g)
Servings Per Container: 15
Amount Per Serving %Daily Value
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 45
Calories from Saturated Fat 10
Total Fat 5 g 8%*
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%*
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5%*
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24%*
Soluble Fiber 5 g
Insoluble Fiber 1 g
Sugars 5 g
Other Carbohydrate 3 g
Protein 20 g 50%
Vitamin A (as vitamin A palmitate) 2500 IU 50%
Vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate) 30 mg 50%
Vitamin D2 (as egrocalciferol) 600 IU 150%
Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 40 mcg 50%
Thiamin (as thiamin hydrochloride) 0.75 mg 50%
Riboflavin 0.85 mg 50%
Niacin (as niacinamide) 10 mg 50%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 1 mg 50%
Folate (as folic acid) 200 mcg 50%
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 9 mcg 150%
Biotin 150 mcg 50%
Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate) 5 mg 50%
Iron (as ferrous fumarate) 9 mg 50%
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 75 mcg 50%
Zinc (as zinc oxide) 7.5 mg 50%
Selenium (as sodium selenate) 35 mcg 50%
Copper (as copper gluconate) 1 mg 50%
Manganese (as manganese sulfate) 1 mg 50%
Chromium (as chromium chloride) 60 mcg 50%
Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate) 37.5 mcg 50%
Sodium (as sodium chloride and sodium citrate) 240 mg 10%
Potassium (as potassium citrate) 120 mg 3%
Complete Protein Blend
Pea Protein Isolate, Hemp Protein, Chia Protein, Potato Protein, Chlorella Protein
23 g
Whole Food Complex
Apricot Fruit, Mango Fruit, Raspberry Fruit, Carrot Root, Pineapple Fruit, Broccoli Flower and Stem, Cabbage Leaf, Beet Root, Spinach Leaf
320 mg
Fiber & Omega Blend
Inulin (from Chicory), Flax Seed Powder, Bamboo Fiber, Pea Fiber, Apple Fruit Fiber, Borage Oil
6 g
Probiotic Blend
Bacillus coagulans
1 billion CFU
Digestive Enzyme Blend
Bromelain, Protease, Amylase, Lipase
300 mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
†Daily Value not established.
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Scoops (43 g)
Servings Per Container: 15
Amount Per Serving %Daily Value
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 45
Calories from Saturated Fat 10
Total Fat 5 g 8%*
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%*
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5%*
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24%*
Soluble Fiber 5 g
Insoluble Fiber 1 g
Sugars 5 g
Other Carbohydrate 3 g
Protein 20 g 50%
Vitamin A (as vitamin A palmitate) 2500 IU 50%
Vitamin C (as sodium ascorbate) 30 mg 50%
Vitamin D (as egrocalciferol) 600 IU 150%
Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 40 mcg 50%
Thiamin (as thiamin hydrochloride) 0.75 mg 50%
Riboflavin 0.85 mg 50%
Niacin (as niacinamide) 10 mg 50%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride) 1 mg 50%
Folate (as folic acid) 200 mcg 50%
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 9 mcg 150%
Biotin 150 mcg 50%
Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate) 5 mg 50%
Iron (as ferrous fumarate) 9 mg 50%
Iodine (as potassium iodide) 75 mcg 50%
Zinc (as zinc oxide) 7.5 mg 50%
Selenium (as sodium selenate) 35 mcg 50%
Copper (as copper gluconate) 1 mg 50%
Manganese (as manganese sulfate) 1 mg 50%
Chromium (as chromium chloride) 60 mcg 50%
Molybdenum (as sodium molybdate) 37.5 mcg 50%
Sodium (as sodium chloride and sodium citrate) 230 mg 10%
Potassium (as potassium citrate) 100 mg 3%
Complete Protein Blend
Pea Protein Isolate, Hemp Protein, Chia Protein, Potato Protein, Chlorella Protein
23 g
Whole Food Complex
Apricot Fruit, Mango Fruit, Raspberry Fruit, Carrot Root, Pineapple Fruit, Broccoli Flower and Stem, Cabbage Leaf, Beet Root, Spinach Leaves
320 mg
Fiber & Omega Blend
Inulin (from Chicory), Flax Seed Powder, Bamboo Fiber, Pea Fiber, Apple Fruit Fiber, Borage Oil
6 g
Probiotic Blend
Bacillus coagulans
1 billion CFU
Digestive Enzyme Blend
Bromelain, Protease, Amylase, Lipase
300 mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
†Daily Value not established.

I received some single serving packets of Vanilla and Chai Naturade, Vegan Smart, All-In-One Nutritional Shakes from Naturade for free! Initially I mixed these in plain water and wasn’t very fond of the flavor. It wasn’t awful, drinkable but it didn’t taste good. Then I tried mixing it with apple juice and banana and tasted a million times better! I found while I was drinking these I felt a little better energy wise during the day. I wasn’t as hungry either. The vanilla was my favorite of the two. Now that I’ve been out of these for awhile I miss them. When I have funds again I’ll be picking up the vanilla since it’s so much more versatile! I don’t have a lot of experience with protein or meal replacement shakes, so I can’t compare these to other drinks, but these are great! I also had no stomach issues drinking these. If you know me, then you know I have lots of stomach issues.

This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbiased thoughts.

Review: Naturade, Vegan Smart, All-In-One Nutritional Shakes
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Taste
  • Ingredients

Summary

Pros
Gives energy
Curbs hunger
Tastes decent
Okay price

Cons
Chai tastes strange

Final thoughts
While the Chai tastes funky, the vanilla is nice. The formula is good and definitely does what it's meant to do. It's very healthy.

Buy or not
I definitely want to pick up the vanilla when I have funds!

4.4
User Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
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Luna

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Life. How does it work?

Life Post, Sick

ALL THE SICK! Ugh. Still not doing well from the cortisone shots. My heart is not happy and my bloodsugar has sky-rocketed. I also found out I have a UTI. So much fun. I had lots of posts planned but I have been out of commission. My chest was settled down a bit today, so that’s good. Fumiko has been home sick with an awful sore throat and fevers. I’m not sure if my fevers have been from the UTI or if I’m getting what Fumiko has.

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So I have been watching Orange is the New Black. So far I like it a lot. It’s funny. Hopefully tomorrow I can do some swatches or at least get a review up.

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Monthly Poll: What Percentage of your Makeup Collection is Indie?

My makeup collection is about 85% indie. XD What’s yours?

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Monthly Post Recap

Monthly Post Recap: August 2014

This last couple of weeks has kicked my butt. I’ve been sick off and on and dealing with some bad migraines, then Friday when I went in to see my doctor she gave me some cortisone shots in my lower back and hips. I also got a shot in my butt cheek to numb things. When that wore off I had the most god awful stomach pain. I also developed this hot red rash on both of my arms which is gone now and my stomach is finally eased up today. I’m really glad because the shots have eased the pain in my hips and pelvic region. I have to contact the ENT I saw a few months back for a biopsy to see if I have temporal arteritis. Anyways. Last months posts, Go!

I have some more indie shop pages up! Besides cosmetics I have bath & body and perfume up. I have a lot more shops to be added, but it’s a start! If you know of a shop that should be added feel free to leave me a comment! Alternately, if you find a broken link or a boo boo please let me know. :)

Luna

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In Rust & Noxious Agents over Foil Me

Swatches: My Pretty Zombie Charnal House Splendors

purchased by me

I love this collection from My Pretty Zombie. It’s very pretty! Though I have never been disappointed by a shadow Andrea has created.

Official descriptions
Blue Fungus on Corpses is a blackened blue with green sparks.
Demons are my Bitches is a shimmer white with a peachy sheen.
Homemade Death is a grey violet with blue sparks.
In Rust is an apricot with yellow green shimmer.
Noxious Agents is a greenish gold with blue sparks.

Purchasing options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $20.00 USD per set.
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $5.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a standard baggie, packed ¼ by volume for $3.00 USD for 3 sample baggies.

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

Blue Fungus on Corpses is a blackened blue with gold and teal sparks.
Ingredients: mica, iron oxide, titanium dioxide,ferric ferrocyanide, magnesium myristrate. VEGANnot lip safe

Demons are my Bitches is a white with a peach sheen and peachy sparks.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, magnesium myristrate. VEGANlip safe

Homemade Death is a charcoal gray with a purple sheen with blue and silver sparks.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carmine, ferric ferrocyanide, tin oxide, ultramarines, magnesium myristrate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

In Rust is a light orange with a green sheen with gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, iron oxide, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, magnesium myristrate. VEGANlip safe

Noxious Agents is a gold-bronze with green sparks.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, bronze powder, silicon dioxide, magnesium myristrate. VEGANlip safe

This collection is gorgeous! I love In Rust, Homemade Death and Blue Fungus on Corpses. In Rust is just amazing! What colors do you like? It’s so pretty all over the lid. Do you think you’ll pick these up?

You can find My Pretty Zombie here. You can contact Andrea on her contact page here. Find My Pretty Zombie on Facebook and Twitter.

Luna

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Thursday Guest Post

Dreadful’s Mani of the Day: Always..

*Purchased*

Hello lovelies!

It is Dreadfully Divine doing another guest posting for Luna today!  I wanted to do a mani post for Luna’s blog since not only am I obsessed with indie makeup I have been bitten by the indie polish bug.

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OMG Polish? WHERE?

My oldest is reading Harry Potter series and we are having a wonderful time going back and rereading the series together with him.  While he hasn’t gotten to the last book yet, I will have to admit that it is my favorite.  It wasn’t until then did we learn the full story of Severus Snape’s history.

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**SPOILER ALERT** In case you haven’t read the books or seen the movies just skip ahead to the polish photos and ohh and ahh over them. Then IMMEDIATELY go read the books THEN watch the movies cause we can’t have you living under a rock any more. ^_~ ***

It was then you learned that Lily was Severus’ one and only true love and that he still loved her after all these years. always1

His heartbreak when she died….

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Everything that Snape did to Harry was to keep him safe for Lily.

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I don’t care who you are, there is some serious feels and tears. Because no matter what happened even after she married James he always loved her.

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Yup I cried like a baby at this part and you did too…

This word, always, now forever reminds me of Snape’s love for Lily and when I discovered that Lucky 13 Lacquers created a polish that embodies all the feels that this word triggers I had to add it to my collection.  Now I have seen lots of Harry Potter collections both makeup and polish, however I think that Lucky 13 got Always simply perfect! Just take a look…

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Always is a sheer silver topcoat magically packed full of aqua microflakes that glow bright blue in the dark. Yup, you read that right they glow bright blue like the Patronus . So since it is a naturally sheer topcoat you will need undies to get the look that I have ( I used Sinful color’s What’s Your Name   )or you can rock the top coat all during the day without anyone knowing you have glowing Patronus nails until night.

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While sadly, I didn’t capture any decent glow in the dark photos for you,  when you check out the polish on the main site you can see a glow in the dark shot.  You can purchase Always from Lucky 13 Lacquer’s main site for $8.50 You can also check out their Facebook page and their Facebook Fan Group. I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you liked this post please be sure to check out my blog! Thanks to Luna for hosting and until next time lovelies!

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