Monthly Post Recap

Monthly Post Recap: July 2014

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Hooray it’s August! (as of two days ago) XD So let’s have a recap of what happened last month!

Also have been adding more bloggers to the indie blogger list! So if you blog about indie products(makeup, skincare, perfume, whatever) let me know so I can get you added! I am also starting to work on my indie shop lists. I have more to add to the cosmetics, then I will be working on perfumes and so on. So if you know of an indie shop that should be on a list let me know. There’s an awful lot of them. XD Also please let me know if you run across a blogger or shop link that is broken! Thanks so much!

Luna

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July 2014 Monthly Makeup Challenge: Cat’s Eye

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So I started doing makeup challenges in Makeup Monstrosity again! Yes it’s an odd time to start, but that’s how things go. This last months theme was Cat’s Eye. A couple of ladies participated and you can see their looks below! If you’d like to participate feel free to go join Makeup Monstrosity and take part! There are lots of new shiny faces!

Thank you Dreadfully Divine and FACE by Emily for participating! Hopefully more people will participate this month! This months challenge theme is Unicorns! hehe

Luna

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Sparking Lemonade Shower Gel

Review: Happy Bath Sparkling Lemonade Shower Gel

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purchased by me

Earlier this month I ordered a tube of Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream from RoseRoseShop. With that, came lots of samples. One of them was for the Happy Bath Sparkling Lemonade Shower Gel. I just ended up using it tonight and man I wish I had more. T.T

I immediately went to RoseRoseShop to find out they don’t have it. To Google! Google tells me that only one place has it right now. D: You can get it from Cosmetic Love. I’ve not ordered from Cosmetic Love before, but I have read positive shopping experiences online. I sent RoseRoseShop a message, hopefully they’re planning on carrying it in the future! Official Happy Bath website is here.

Official description
Orange extracts makes skin lively. Antioxidant effect of lemon extracts. Apple extracts give vitality to skin.

Where to get
From Cosmetic Love – 300mL pump dispenser for $15.53 USD. Shipping is free.

Directions
Get appropriate amount onto wet shower sponge and work up a rich lather. Massage over body and rinse with water.

Packaging
Standard foil sample packet. The label is really bright and fun. It’s a matte yellow and features a lemon slice in the name. The font is red, white and green.

Scent and formula
It seriously smells like carbonated lemonade. It smells amazing. The scent isn’t overpowering though. About an hour after showering I can faintly smell the lemon. It’s a clear gel much like any other shower gel. It was super bubbly and soft.

Ingredients
I can’t translate the packaging or the website. :(


The sample packet was way more than enough to clean my entire body, a few times over with my puff! This left my skin feeling soft and not dry at all. I can still smell a faint hint of the scent on my skin. I unfortunately can’t find ingredients at the moment. Hopefully in the future I can edit this with those!

Luna

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Thursday Guest Post

Dreamworld Hermetica Swatches and Review!

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Hello everyone!  I’m Jolie from Etherealize Me and I’m so excited to be featured on Luna’s blog.  Toxid Lotus was one of the first blogs that got me into indie makeup!  I used to blog about inexpensive drugstore makeup, but my content has shifted almost exclusively to indies.  I really enjoy the community of independent makeup and being able to try out little samples before committing to a full-sized product.  I also love interacting with brand owners and I feel much comfortable asking questions about their products because I know I won’t be receiving a cookie-cutter answer from someone who knows nothing about the product.

Anyway, today I have a review on an indie company called DreamWorld Hermetica.  This isn’t my first time trying their shadows, I actually have an older first impressions review I did when the owner, Ellie, sent some samples of her new formula to me to test out here.

I enjoyed their semi-loose eyeshadow formula immensely because they’re pigmented and long lasting.  Dreamworlds was having a pretty big sale so I decided to finally use that opportunity to pick up a shade that I had been eyeing for awhile (Black Flamed Candle).  Mini-jars normally sell for $2.75 for 1/4 tsp, and full-size jars range from $6 to $8 depending on the collection and formula.  I was also interested in one of their CotMs (Color of the Months) called Plummy Penny.  However, I completely forgot it when I was making my order because it wasn’t in the “Eyes” section of the website.  I only found out afterwards on the indie subreddit and was pretty disappointed that I missed it.

My order came in pretty quickly, I forget the exact time because I’ve decided to stop obsessively checking tracking information (which used to stress me out a lot).  When I opened my package, I noticed this Thank You post-it from Ellie.  I was wondering what surprise she meant…

It turns out this sweet woman saw my post on the sub and decided to throw in a full-sized Plummy Penny in for free!  I was blown away and really shocked that she actually connected my Reddit account to my order.  This was amazing and I’m extremely grateful.  It really is a beautiful color (thank you /u/daisyismydog / Rebecca for suggesting it!) and you’ll see how pretty it is in the swatch below.

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Swatches: Backstreets Makeup Co. Freaks & Geeks

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press sample

In total there are 8 shades in the Freaks & Geeks collection from Backstreets Makeup Co., I however only have 4 of those at the moment that April sent me to swatch!

Official descriptions
I Flossem is an orangey red with copper shift!
Meatloaf Again! is a matte brown base with copper, red, and gold swashes of sheen.
Parisian Night Suit is a glowing white shimmer bomb that’s bright and light and glittery like a fresh disco ball.
Teenage Wasteland is a mild rose coloured base with a lovely gold shift.

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 $5.00 per 10 baggies.
You will receive loose product in a clamshell, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $5.00 per 5 clamshells.
You can also purchase the full size collection for $35.00.

All photos taken outdoors in direct sun light and swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer.

I Flossem is a bright orange-red with a coppery sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitrate, Iron Oxides, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristrate. VEGAN

Meatloaf Again! is a rich brown with gold and copper sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Carnauba Wax, Boron Nitrate, Iron Oxides, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristrate. VEGAN

Parisian Night Suit is a sheer white with aqua and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitrate, Iron Oxides, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristrate, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite. VEGAN

Teenage Wasteland is a pale peach with a pinky-gold sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Boron Nitrate, Iron Oxides, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristrate. VEGAN

Out of these four I really liked Teenage Wasteland and Parisian Night Suit. What color did you like best?

Find Backstreets Makeup Co. on Facebook and Twitter. You can reach April through her contact page here.

Luna

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