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!

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Swatches: innocent+twisted alchemy LIVE or DIE collection

press sample

Linda from innocent+twisted alchemy sent her LIVE or DIE collection to swatch! It’s based off of the SAW movies. I’ve only ever seen the first one. >.> It was too scary to see the rest. Maybe one day…

Official descriptions
Acid Drop is a pale Olive with a copper duochrome.
AMANDA is a flamingo pink that has a golden sheen and has blue shimmers.
BILLY is a charcoal gray that has red and aqua sparkles.
CROOKED COP is a muted purple that has blue, red, and gold shimmers.
Flaming Antidote is a coral with a strong purple duochrome.
Gideon is a soft peach that has a purple sheen.
INSIDES OUT is a smoky purple with a copper sheen and has bright blue sparkles.
JIGSAW is a warm taupe that has an aqua duochrome.
Needle Pit is a frosty off-white. Has a very subtle green undertone.
Pendulum of Justice is a metallic deep green with a grayish undertone.
Reverse Bear Trap is a taupe with aqua shimmers and has a green and slight purple sheen.
SCALPER is a soft clementine with a strong purple duochrome.
Shotgun Carousel is a warm brown with an orange undertone that has a red sheen and blue and copper sparkles.
S.U.R.V.I.V.E. is a cement gray (like wet cement) that has a violet duochrome.
THE SURGEON is an icy blue that has a gold duochrome.
THE WIDOW is a soft bronze that has a red sheen and soft green shimmers.
Twister Revenge is a smoky gray with a purple undertone and has copper, red, and blue shimmers.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed full for $6.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 0.05 ounce clamshell, packed full for $3.00 USD per clamshell.

You can also purchase the full collection in full size for $96.00 USD or in samples for $48.00 USD.

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

Acid Drop is a light olive green with a copper shift.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (77007), Chromium Oxide Green (77288), Tin Oxide (778161), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Amanda is a bright pink with a gold sheen and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491), Carmine (75470), Talc, Zinc Stearate, Tin Oxide (778161), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Red #40, Bismuth Oxychloride. NOT VEGANlip safe

Billy is a dark gray with pink and aqua sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide (778161), Polyethylene Terephthalat, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Crooked Cop is a royal blue/purple with red, gold and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Iron Oxide (77491, 77499), Tin Oxide (778161), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Flaming Antidote is a bright coral pink with a purple shift.
Ingredients: Mica (12001-26-2), Titanium Dioxide (13463-67-7), Iron Oxide (1309-37-1), Manganese Violet (Pigment Violet 16)(77742, 10101-66-3), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Gideon is a peachy yellow with a pinkish sheen.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (778161), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Insides Out is a purple-ish navy blue with a coppery sheen and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Blue #1 (42090:1), Red #40 (16035:1), Ultramarines (77007), Tin Oxide (778161), Silica, Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Jigsaw is a taupe with an aqua shift.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491), Tin Oxide (778161), Manganese Violet (Pigment Violet 16)(77742, 10101-66-3), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Needle Pit is a slighty greyed white with an aqua sheen.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Tin Oxide (778161), Iron Oxide (77491, 77499), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Pendulum of Justice is a blackened green with a green sheen.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499), Tin Oxide (778161), Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Reverse Bear Trap is a purpley taupe with an aqua shift and green sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (77891), Mica (77019), Iron Oxide (77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (778161), Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Scalper is a muted yellow orange with a purple shift.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Tin Oxide (778161), Iron Oxide Blend (77492), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Shotgun Carousel is an orangey brown with a coppery red sheen and blue and copper sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77499, 77491, 77492), Tin Oxide (778161), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

S.U.R.V.I.V.E. is a dark gray green with a purpley shift.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (77007), Chromium Oxide Green (77288), Blue #1 (42090:1), Yellow #5 (19), Tin Oxide (778161), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

The Surgeon is an ice blue with a gold shift.
Ingredients: Mica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Tin Oxide (778161), Ferric Ferrocyanide (77510), Iron Oxide (77499), Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGAN not lip safe

The Widow is a bronze with a red shift and green sparks.
Ingredients: ica (77019), Titanium Dioxide (77891), Iron Oxide (77491), Bronze Powder (77400), Silica, Tin Oxide (778161), Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Twister Revenge is a purpley gray with blue, red and copper sparks.
Ingredients: Mica (12001-26-2), Titanium Dioxide (13463-67-7), Iron Oxide (77499), Tin Oxide (778161), Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Oxide, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Dude these colors are so pretty! My favorites are Crooked Cop, Jigsaw, Gideon, Reverse Bear Trap, Scalper and Insides Out! They are just awesome. I really, reeally like Jigsaw. These colors are buttery and smooth and apply so well. Will you be picking any up? Which colors did you like the most?

You can find innocent+twisted alchemy here. You can contact Linda through her contact page on Storenvy here. Find them on Facebook.

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Wishtrend November Codes and New Products

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New Wishtrend codes for November! With a purchase of $55 or more get 10% off with code WISHNOV2014. For this months gift with purchase, Blackhead Silk Finger Balls use code WISHGIFTNOV2014. Also don’t forget if you sign up with my referral and make an order we both get $5. And now onto the new products! ^.^

[KLAIRS] Gentle Blacksugar Charcoal Soap
KLAIRS Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil $22.90 USD
This has 3 black oils in it that are great for your skin. Black Bean Oil helps control sebum production, provides skin elasticity and soothes the sin. Black Sesame Oil prevents dehydration and skin aging. It also provides antioxidants like beta-carotene, rinolenic acid, sesamin, sesaminol and tocopherol. Black Currant Seed Oil strengthens the the skins protective layer to prevent moisture from evaporating from the skin. It provides antioxidants and promotes skin cell regeneration! It’s recommended for you if you have dry or sensitive skin and if you are looking for a cleanser to help with pores.

[KLAIRS] Gentle Blacksugar Charcoal Soap
KLAIRS Gentle Blacksugar Charcoal Soap $12.90 USD
This is a natural charcoal soap that is made by master craftsmen who have been making soap for over 25 years! It’s made with charcoal, Ghassoul from Morocco, pine oil and black sugar! Charcoal eliminates dead skin cells. Pine oil and Black Sugar soothe skin and offer hydration. Black sugar also contains glycolic acid which helps exfoliate skin. Ghassoul draws sebum out of the skin! This is recommended for people who have excessive sebum production and oil skin and are looking for a natural soap!

[COSRX] Acne Pimple Master Patch
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch $3.90 USD
This is a hydrocolloid patch that prevents secondary infections while healing. You can use these to cover up pimples or any other unsightly skin problems! It helps speed up healing while preventing other infections. These are available in different sizes. These are recommended for those with acne or other skin problems.

[MISQS] Wonderful Cheek Blusher
MISQS Wonderful Cheek Blusher $15.99 USD
These lovely little things come in 4 shades! They contain Micro-particles that help create a long lasting look! These are made without parabens and are manufactured with a straight dough method, by kneading one color at a time. It comes in Juicy Apricot, Strawberry in Love, Pink Sherbert and Lavender Bong Bong! These are all pearl free, matte shades.

[SWAGGER] Face Optimizer : All-in-One Lotion
SWAGGER Face Optimizer : All-in-One Lotion $33.00 USD
This is a hydrating all in one skin lotion for men! It’s a rapid absorbing lotion which means no stickiness! It contains hyaluronic acid in it which helps moisturize skin and promotes skin elasticity. It has 7 natural extracts in it such as grapefruit, portulaca, papaya, witch hazel and allatoin. It’s a toner, essence and lotion all in one. It’s recommended for men with dry skin.

[SWAGGER] Face Terminator : All-in-One BB Cream
SWAGGER Face Terminator : All-in-One BB Cream $27.50 USD
This is a colorless BB cream for men. It’s colorless, but brightens skin, evens out skin tone, locks in moisture and conceals pores and dark circles! It also has an SPF of 50. It’s made with aloe, organic olive oil, organic green tea, organic avocado oil, centella asiatica extract and shea butter. It’s recommended for men of all skin types.

I will be reviewing the cleansing oil in the next month or so! I’m just waiting on it to arrive. :D

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Weekly Poll: No. 4 Do you have a must have item for Autumn? What is it?

It’s a new poll! Do you have a must have item for Autumn? Yes? What is it?

My answer
I do not! Though this year I’ve been loving dark vampy lips. I don’t have a must have item though!

What's your favorite type of lip product to wear?

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He really liked his costume

Happy Hallow’s Eve!

Fumiko was a witch and Sascha was a skull ninja! We only trick or treated for an hour and the kids had full bags. People were just giving out candy by the handful. It was crazy. I hope everyone is having a safe and happy Halloween!

On Fumiko’s face:
Eyes
Wet N Wild Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer
Backstreets Makeup Co. Mallow, Corcra & Deoch-an-dorus
Milani Ultrafine Felt Tip Liquid Liner Black Vinyl
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara by Lashblast Very Black

Blush
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush Morphine

Face
Glamour Doll Eyes a mix of greens
My Pretty Zombie Zombify foundation
Holika Holika Petit BB

Lips
Me Now Generation II Long Lasting Lip Gloss #25

On Sascha’s Face:
Face
My Pretty Zombie White Lines & Bride
My Pretty Zombie Zombify foundation

Eyes
Random black gel eyeliner

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The kiddos

Pumpkin Carving Day!

A couple of Saturdays ago we carved pumpkins! Which means I did all the carving and de-gutting of Fumiko’s pumpkin and de-gutted Sascha’s pumpkin. Anyways they both turned into cat pumpkins! Sadly the pumpkins only lasted a couple of days after they got carved. D: they rotted and fell apart.

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Eucalyptus Soap

Review: Wholly Hemp Eucalyptus Soap

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Official description
Surround yourself in the calming aroma of fresh eucalyptus. Clear your senses (and your sinuses!) with a cooling tingle that melts away the stress of the day. This pH-balanced face, body, and hair bar hydrates and refreshes skin while eucalyptus acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial cleanser.

Where to buy
From Wholly Hemp – A 4 ounce bar for $5.00 USD.

Directions
To use as shampoo, work into a lather and apply to hair, then rinse.

Packaging
I received a sample. It came in a clear, sealed baggie. It’s labeled with its name and the shop.

Scent and formula
It smells like castor soap and eucalyptus. It lathers decently, the bubbles are a little watery, the lather isn’t thick. The bar itself is kind of a pale ywllowy olive green color.

Ingredients
Saponified hemp-coconut-palm-sunflower oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary extract.

I received this sample for free! Awhile ago Wholly Hemp offered free samples of soap on reddit and I jumped at the chance to try it! I received my sample in less than a week. It smells good. I got the Eucalyptus scent, but they offer many other scents. It smells like castor soap and eucalyptus. It lathers well. I used it on my body and as a shampoo. As a shampoo it cleansed really well, though it did dry my ends out. They are dry and damaged from bleaching. As a body soap I found that it dried my skin out. I already have dry skin that reacts oddly to things. I was expecting it to dry my skin, but hoping it wouldn’t. I ended up giving the sample to my daughter who loved it and used it up. For her it worked great and actually moisturized her skin! My skin is just weird. I have read lots of good things from other people about the soap. Even though it didn’t work for me think it’s a really good product and you should try it out and see if it works for you. :) Chances are you’ll probably like it!

Wholly Hemp Eucalyptus Soap
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Summary

Pros
Great ingredients
pH balanced
Cleanses well
Smells good
Moisturizes

Cons
Can be drying

Final thoughts
While this dried my skin out, it worked great for my daughter and was moisturizing for her!

Buy or not
I'll be buying some for my daughter in the future!

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Wholly Hemp has other skincare products! I want to try their deodorant and lip balms. When I am able to make an order in the future I am most likely going to order some soap for my kiddos. Also they have a subscription box full of goodies each month! Find them here. They’re on Facebook and Twitter! You can contact Wholly Hemp on their contact page here.

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