Mani Monday!

Mani Monday Forget Now Fatal Attraction

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

Nail color
Sinful Colors Forget Now #1031 x 2 coats
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fatal Attraction x 2 coats

Top coat
CND Super Shiney x 1 coat

Seriously. I.LOVE.THIS.SO.MUCH. :HBEAT: Sophie is the best. I cannot wait for the day when I can get more. One day… one day.

Luna

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Geekton Abbey

Swatches: Geekton Abbey Crow, Gypsy, One Who Knocks, Satellite of Love, Tom Servo & Yeah Science

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purchased by me blogger discount

I made a little purchase from Geekton Abbey a few months ago. I got one full size jar and 3 sample baggies. Kiira threw in an extra because she ran out of jars, though I didn’t have to wait that long at all! It was really sweet. Swatches!

Official descriptions
Crow is a bright golden color with shimmer.
Gypsy is a rich royal purple with slight glitter.
One Who Knocks is a deep money shade of green with slight glitter.
Satellite of Love is a rich sliver color with slight glitter.
Tom Servo is a deep burgundy red with a hint of bronze shimmer.
Yeah Science is a bright & vibrant blue with slight shimmer.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2g by weight for $4.00 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ½ teaspoon by volume for $1.50 USD per baggie.

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

Crow is a metallic copper with a gold sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc, Sillicon Dioxide, Copper Powder, Tin Oxide, Carmine, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANlip safe

Gypsy is a matte royal purple with aqua and pink sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyandie, Carmine, Manganese Violet, Ultramarines, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

One Who Knocks is a mossy green with green and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Iron Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANlip safe

Satellite of Love is a darkish silver with blue and silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanuim Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANlip safe

Tom Servo is a dusty metallic red with bronze sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANlip safe

Yeah Science is a vibrant cerulean with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, FD&C blue 1, hydrogenated polyisobutene, palmitic acid, Megnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

These are some pretty shades! Very simple, but a great formula. I can’t wait to see what she does with future collections! I really liked Crow and Gypsy. But you know how I like my purples. :D Which ones did you like? Will you pick any up? Geekton Abbey is fairly new. The labels were handwritten on the sample baggies and jar. I can’t wait to see what she does as her company grows!

Geekton Abbey can be found here. You can find Geekton Abbey on Facebook here. You can contact Kirra here. She also offers some nail polish!

Luna

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Pretties!

Swatches: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Efflorescence, Faerie Fire & Genesis

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Yay more Femme Fatale Cosmetics swatches! These were also purchased some time ago and never swatched, oops! They are swatched now! Here you go, lovelies. :D

Official descriptions
Efflorescence is a light orchid purple with violet tones, and a soft green shimmer.
Faerie Fire is a soft lavender pink with cool undertones, highlighted by a electric lime gold sparkles.
Genesis is a soft sea foam turquoise with light golden shimmer.

Ordering Options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1.2-1.5g by volume for $6.44 AUD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 2×2″ baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $6.05 AUD per 5 baggies or $12.10 AUD per 10 baggies.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar without a sifter, packed .7-.9g by volume for $3.63 AUD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar with a sifter, packed .7-.9g by volume for $3.63 AUD per jar.

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

Efflorescence is a purpley bubblegum pink with a green sheen and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Manganese Violet (Pigment Violet 16), Ultramarines, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Faerie Fire is a light pink with a yellowy-green sheen and yellowy-green sparks.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Silica, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet (Pigment Violet 16), Mica, Synthetic Fluorophlogopite, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANnot lip safe

Genesis is a turquoise-y mint green with gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (778161), Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid, Ultramarines (Pigment Blue 29), Magnesium Stearate, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

These colors are gorgeous. Seriously. :HEART: How can you not love them? What’s your favorite? Going to pick any of these up? You must!

You can find Femme Fatale Cosmetics here. Sophie can be contacted through her contact form here. Find Femme Fatale Cosmetics on Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a Facebook group for Femme Fatale that you can find here! It’s pretty active and the people are really nice. :) You get to see sneak peaks and all sorts of things.

Luna

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Even Glow Serum smoothed out

Review: Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum

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I was given the opportunity to try the Valentia Skin Care Even Glow Serum through BrandBacker! I was sent a full size bottle of Even Glow Serum about a week ago. I’ve been using it once a day every day since then. Earlier this year I switched my skincare over to primarily asian skincare products. I was however lacking a Vitamin C serum, so getting to try this product was really great!

Official description
EVENS SKIN TONE: Vanquish dark spots and skin discoloration with this new generation Vitamin C Serum. Quickly refresh uneven and ill-textured skin with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that leaves you looking flawless and ageless.

INCREASES GLOW & RADIANCE: Revitalize your skin with essential fatty acids that leave skin smooth and visibly brighter. Smooth skin capable of reflecting light will give your skin a youthful glow and a brilliant shine for that well-rested and refreshed look.

ABSORBS RAPIDLY: Moisturizes skin due to the capacity of the hyaluronic acid to absorb water, thereby increasing fluid between cells, giving your skin a smoother and younger appearance. This intense water absorption means no more dry, peeling or cracked skin, even in extreme weather.

BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION: The presence of Organic Rosehip Seed oil to support Vitamin C increases collagen production so your skin retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevents skin sagging associated with aging. Enjoy smooth and supple skin that takes years off your appearance.

REDUCES WRINKLES & FINE LINES: Reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of our foundation 20 % Vitamin C. Special ingredients such us Hyaluronic Acid and Organic Sea Buckthorn oil work to plump up the skin, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles in the skin so it is smoother, clearer and younger.

Vitamin C: With a 20% concentration does more than boost the body’s immune system; it also provides many benefits to keep the skin tight, smooth and looking ageless. Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin, including sunburn, sun spots, redness and wrinkles.

In addition to helping reduce the signs of aging, Vitamin C is essential for everyday maintenance to strengthen and smooth out the skin, as well as neutralizing free radicals before they can damage the skin.

ORGANIC ROSEHIP SEED OIL & ORGANIC SEA BUCKTHORN OIL – These oils promote skin hydration and lock in moisture to protect your skin from signs of aging and improve its beauty and youthfulness. Rosehip Oil specifically has been used in medical communities around the world for those with serious skin ailments and only recently has North America learned to embrace natural solutions from our ancestors. These two organic oils are full of antioxidants and therefore act as the perfect supporting cast for our best friend – Vitamin C

RESISTEM (Plant Stem Cells) – This provides the perfect mix of protection from stress-related aging and promotes skin detoxification. Resistem will help your skin regenerate faster while protecting it from environmental stressors.

HYALURONIC ACID(Botanical) – Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin ,there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the market today. Penetrates deeply, and actives collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, and brighter complexion

GREEN TEA EXTRACT – The catechins in green tea are a potent antioxidant which also contribute to the overall anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant benefits of this ancient health and beauty secret.

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Pretties!

Swatches: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Hallowed Ground, Obliterate & Poison

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Hello lovelies! I have pretties from Femme Fatale Cosmetics. I bought a couple of these ages ago… as you can see by the label. XD I just never swatched them. Oops. I have a few more I’ll be putting up in another post as well.

Official descriptions
Hallowed Ground is a pale asparagus green with stunning red shimmer.
Obliterate is a muted cerise eye shadow with a subtle colour shifting shimmer which alternates between aqua, pink and soft green.
Poison is a vivid chartreuse green eye shadow with a scattering of golden shimmer.

Ordering Options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1.2-1.5g by volume for $6.44 AUD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 2×2″ baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $6.05 AUD per 5 baggies or $12.10 AUD per 10 baggies.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar without a sifter, packed .7-.9g by volume for $3.63 AUD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar with a sifter, packed .7-.9g by volume for $3.63 AUD per jar.

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


Hallowed Ground is a minty sage green with a gold shift.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (77861), Chromium Oxide Green, Methicone, Carnauba Wax, Magnesium Stearate. VEGANnot lip safe

Obliterate is a dark pinky-red with color shifting sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide (778161), Ferric Ferrocyanide, Silica, Magnesium Stearate. NOT VEGANnot lip safe

Poison is a bright chartreuse with gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Chromium Oxide Green, Glycidoxphenol Propane / Bis Aminomethyl Norbornene Copolymer, Magnesium Stearate. Contains preservatives. VEGANnot lip safe

These are all so pretty. I don’t think I’ve ever received a thing from Femme Fatale I didn’t like. Poison is just amazing. FFC does amazing duochromes. *fangirl*

You can find Femme Fatale Cosmetics here. Sophie can be contacted through her contact form here. Find Femme Fatale Cosmetics on Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a Facebook group for Femme Fatale that you can find here! It’s pretty active and the people are really nice. :) You get to see sneak peaks and all sorts of things.

Luna

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Thursday Guest Post

Thursday Guest Post: Comparison of Indie Lip Balms

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Hi everyone!  I’m Daisy and I love talking about indies over at  /r/indiemakeupandmore.  Luna kindly agreed to let me do a guest post and I’ll be sharing my experiences with indie lip balms.

To begin with, I should probably tell you something about my lips: They’re really awful.  They crack, peel, bleed, and in general just look awful even if they’re not having a bad day.  And yes, I’ve tried drinking more water.  In elementary school, on multiple occasions, I would have teachers offer me Vaseline on little spoons  because they felt their lips peeling just looking at mine.  And those were on the good days.

I’ve since learned how to manage my finicky lips and along the way come to the conclusion that lip balms are incredibly personal. Different people take to various ingredients (the same lip balms that leave me peeling are some of my sister’s favorites while she can’t stand any of the ones I use).  There’s a lot of textural variation (soft, waxy, etc.) and personal preferences as well.

To get a reference of my personal preferences and how my lips behave here are some mainstream lip balms/ingredients that have worked for me:

  1. 100% Lanolin – holy grail, and so far the only thing I’ve encountered that actually seems to moisturize my lips rather than simply prevent them from chapping too much
  2. Blistex – prevents my lips from getting worse, possibly just a waxy barrier to trap moisture in
  3. Smith’s Rosebud salve – if my lips are already doing okay (from lanolin) then this works to maintain them at that level, otherwise it doesn’t do much for actually chapped lips

Here are some mainstream items that haven’t worked for me:

  1. EOS – these feel nice on for about 5 minutes, start to dry out my lips after that, and by 30 minutes my lips are worse for having them on
  2. Softlips – great to apply, very smooth but needs constant reapplication and dries out my lips similarly to EOS
  3. 100% Vaseline – unfortunately those teachers were just exacerbating the problem as Vaseline tends to make my lips crack as soon as the glossiness wears off
  4. 100% Shea butter – I need to reapply this about every 5 minutes, dries out my lips spectacularly fast

Now armed with a bit of information about my lips, we’re ready to talk indies!  In order of softest to hardest, here’s my list and thoughts:

  1. Detrivore Embalming Tubes: Extremely soft, this is not one you want if you ever store your lip balms in your pocket. I try to apply this by barely touching my lips. It is very buttery, feels rather oily and looks like a gloss upon first application. It sinks in after a while (30 or so minutes if you leave your lips alone, in about a minute if you rub them together) but only really maintains my lips at a decent level instead of improving them.
  2. Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers: Soft, but not insanely so like the Detrivore ones. This doesn’t particularly improve my lips but doesn’t make them any worse. If you like a soft lip balm that sinks in quickly, this would be your best option.
  3. Kimberly Noel Cosmetics Lip Lotion: (Full disclosure: I received this as a gift from Kimberly Noel although she didn’t know it would be featured in this guest blog post.) This is very soft and applies just as thickly as the Detrivore embalming tubes, with a gloss-like finish. However, it feels more wax-like and after checking the ingredients list I realized my HG lanolin is the 2nd one listed.  I like this one quite a bit, although I was sent “Mint Peppermint” and I find menthol a questionable inclusion. I also personally don’t like the cooling/burning sensation.
  4. noto

  5. Performance Colors Lip Repair: This is soft and applies smoothly, but is more on the waxy side than oily. It doesn’t apply with a gloss-like finish, seems to be absorbed easily and is one of the more moisturizing lip balms I’ve tried.
  6. Silk Naturals Matte Lip Balm: Slightly waxier than PC lip repair, I really enjoy applying this as it truly just glides on, even over my chapped lips. It’s not quite as moisturizing as I would like (keeping in mind my ridiculously dry lips) but it’s fantastic for when my lips are already in good condition. It also does not apply matte as advertised. It doesn’t have the same glossy or wet finish, but there is certainly a (natural-looking) sheen to it.
  7. Haus of Gloi Lip Balm: These do glide on but you do have to apply a bit more pressure to get it on your lips than with the SN lip balm. Personally, sometimes I do find this one a bit easier to use since with the other options you have to be careful not to apply too much.  It’s the most moisturizing indie option I’ve tried save for the PC lip repair.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the indie balms out there and there are certainly some that I’d like to try eventually. If you have any that you adore, please feel free to share in the comments.

Otherwise, I hope this provided some ideas for your next lip balms!

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Swatches: DreamWorld Hermetica Medieval Grendel’s Mother, Mistletoe, Sonnet & Windsong and Eye of Ra in Eye Dew

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Ellie from DreamWorld Hermetica had asked awhile ago on Reddit for people to test her new mattes and semi loose shadows. I contacted her about her semi loose shadows as I don’t use a lot of mattes. I completely forgot she’d sent these to me to try. D: I’m sorry! I ran across these last week and felt really bad. T.T So I have them swatched as well as comparisons between her Eye of Ra Eye Dew and Foil Me from Glamour Doll Eyes. Eye Dew is a tacky primer that helps keep glitter on and enhances eyeshadows.

Official descriptions
Grendel’s Mother is a deep mauve with lavender undertones.
Mistletoe is a soft gold that shifts to bluish white.
Sonnet is a soft pink that shifts to green and back again!
Windsong is a deep pink.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with or without a sifter, packed 2g by weight for $6.00 per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 1.5×1.5 baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.00 per baggie.
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar without a sifter, packed 1g by volume for $3.25 per jar.

Eye of Ra Eye Dew
You will receive gel product in a tube with doe foot applicator, packed 6g by weight for $5.39.

All swatches were taken outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Primer, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me, DreamWorld Hermetica Eye of Ra Eye Dew and bare skin.

Grendel’s Mother is a bright magenta with a purple sheen.
Ingredients: Zinc Stearate, Kaolin Clay, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). VEGAN
lip safe

Mistletoe is a light gold with a bluish to white sheen.
Ingredients: INGREDIENTS: Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). VEGANlip safe

Sonnet is a champagne pink with a slight green shift/sheen.
Ingredients: Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492). VEGANlip safe

Windsong is a slightly pale metallic red.
Ingredients: Zinc Stearate, Kaolin Clay, Tin Oxide, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492). VEGANlip safe

Eye of Ra Eye Dew is a cloudy white gel.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Glycerin (veg), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Acrylates/C-1o Alkyl Arylates, Phenoxyethanol and Caprylyl Glycol. VEGAN

I bet you have no idea which color was my favorite! >.> I love, love, love Grendel’s Mother. It’s so pretty! I also really like Sonnet. The Eye of Ra Eye Dew is really nice. As you can see in the photos there’s a very slight difference in the way the shadows look between the Foil Me and Eye Dew. It performed very well and indeed enhanced the shadows! The eyeshadow formulas are very nice. They are creamy and smooth and very opaque with no primer at all. Definitely check these out. There are a couple of other colors I’d like to pick up! What color was your favorite?

You can find DreamWorld Hermetica on Facebook here and Twitter here. You can contact Ellie through her contact page here. Also I wanted to let you know that because she has foundations, you can contact her for help with finding a foundation to match your skintone, so definitely take advantage of that!

Luna

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