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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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Meatloaf Again! over primer

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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Obsidian over primer

Swatches: Backstreets Makeup Co.

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press sample

April from Backstreets Makeup Co. was looking for people to do swatches, so I shot her an email and she sent me some of her shades! So I have 21 shades swatched for you! I shall be posting the Freaks and Geeks collection shadows I have in a separate post. :)

Official descriptions
(love) is a lovely teal green.
(thirsty) Thursday is a mild shimmer champagne that depending on application can be champagne, to shimmery peach, to a light burnt shiny orange.
Animagi is a deep purple with a blue undertone, it’s very rich.
Bruised is a deep plum with brown undertones.
Carnival is a lighter based emerald.
Coraline is an orange leaning coral with pink and minor sky blue reflects.
Corcra is a beautiful bright purple with shimmery eye-catching pink/purple shimmer.
Crown is a mid tone brown with blue undertone and shimmer.
Deoch-an-Dorus is a lovely purple with a seriously true turquoise sheeny-shift that’s almost metallic!
Dirty Reggae is a blackened brown with good red undertone and red and black glitz.
Flabbergast is a dark purple undertones deep brown with beautiful purple and lavender shimmers throughout.
Goldenpie stay gold, Ponyboy! This golden dream isn’t too bright, isn’t too muted, and packs a wicked shimmery sparkly punch!
Kricka is a nice deep grey with serious aqua shift.
Laissez-Faire is a black base with an orangey-copper-red sheen except in certain lights where it somewhat has a minor purple shift Originally named Asset Manager.
Lugh’s Chain is the prettiest black you’ve ever seen.
Obsidian is a black base with serious purple/violet sheen.
Raven is a matte black.
Tangerine is the bold orange that doesn’t look like a terrible mistake.
The Mintalist this mint has lots of shimmer, no glitter.
Usky is a bright blue with serious aqua/green sheen.
White Lie is a shimmery barely-off-white.

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.

All photos taken outdoors in direct sunlight. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer.


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Milani Totally Cool

NOTD Color Club Insta-Nail & Milani Cosmetics Totally Cool

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Base coat
Nail Tek Ridge Filling Base Coat Foundation II x 1 coat

Nail color
Color Club Insta-Nail #5786 x 1 coat
Milani Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Totally Cool #119 x 1 coat

Top coat
CND Super Shiney x 1 coat

I love this color combo. <3
Luna

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Influenster!

Review: Influenster #TLCVoxBox

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So Influenster sent me the #TLCVoxBox to try out and review! Inside was a coupon for a free Breyers Gelato Indulgences, Shell Fuel Rewards Network card, Puffs to Go, Neosporin Neo to Go, Ivory Bar Soap and Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother. Oh by the way, if you want an Influenster invite just leave me your email and I’ll send one out to you!
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