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Dark Candy, Nashor Clause & Silent Night over Glitter Fix

Swatches: AFK Cosmetics Christmas on the Rift

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Dena from AFK Cosmetics sent me her holiday collection to swatch! It’s been up in the shop, but I’m just now getting around to posting it. xd I’ve had a lot going on between everyone being sick and then there has been a lot going on with Sascha and school. He’s having a hard time this year. =[

Official descriptions
Dark Candy is a semi sheer dusty mauve, with a bright blue sheen.
Nashor Clause is a medium red based purple with a blue green sheen, and green sparkles!
Silent Night is a deep, velvety brick like red with minimal shimmer and just a hint of glitter.
The Earnest Elf is a light and bright green with a subtle blue seen
The Festive Treant is a bright, but still earthy green that is filled with rainbow ‘christmas light’ inspired sparkles!
Winter Wonderland is a very bright cerulean blue, with lots of silver sparkles.

Lip balm
Sleigh Belle is a bright, red based orange with just a hint of gold sparkles.
Tiny Evil Santa is a simple deep blue based red, that borders on a wine like red.

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 $1.50 per baggie.

Lip balm
You will receive cream product in a standard size lip balm tube, packed 0.20-25 ounces by volume for $5.00 USD per tube.

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

Dark Candy is a light lavender with a blue sheen and blue sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Bismuth Oxycholride, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

Nashor Clause is a deep purple with a greenish sheen and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Silent Night is a satiny dark red.
Ingredients: Mica, Copper Powder, Silicon Dioxide, Red 40, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANlip safe

The Earnest Elf is a bright sea foamy green.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Chromium Oxide, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

The Festive Treant is a bright grassy green with rainbow sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Iron Oxide, Titanium Oxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxides, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Winter Wonderland is a cerulean blue with silver sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Tin Oxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ultramarines, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Carnauba Wax. VEGANnot lip safe

Sleigh Belle is a bright pumpkin orange.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera oil), Candellila Wax (Euphorhia Cerifera), Sweet Almond oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima), Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Red 40, Silica,Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Vitamin E Oil, Flavor. VEGAN

Tiny Evil Santa is a deep red.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera oil), Candellila Wax (Euphorhia Cerifera), Sweet Almond oil(Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis), Red 40, Mica, Iron Oxide, Carnauba Wax, Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima), Vitamin E Oil, Flavor. VEGAN

My favorites are Dark Candy and Sleigh Belle! Dark Candy is just this amaaaazing purple. I love the color shift. Sleigh Belle is the most amazing orange lip color. It’s very opaque as a lip balm and I really love that. What are your favorites? Did you pick any up yet?

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Review: Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder from Kiss Me Organics

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Official description

  • ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha
  • CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body’s metabolism
  • LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder arrives in an easy-to-use airtight health grade packaging allowing for as much or as little use as you need for any occasion. Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen cupcakes or simply add a small boost to your morning smoothie
  • 137x ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE 110% MoneyBack – If for some reason, you are not satisfied with our Organic Matcha we provide a no-hassle no-questions-asked refund. Yes, we are that devoted to your happiness! :)

Where to buy
From Amazon – 4 ounce bag of culinary grade matcha powder for $25.00 USD.

Directions
This has no directions.

Packaging
This comes in a silver foil bag that is re-sealable. It has a green and white design with product information on the package and some pictures of the powder and what you can make with it.

Scent and formula
This smells like green tea powder. I’m not really sure how to describe what green tea smells like! xd It’s a very bright pretty green. The powder is very fine and silky smooth.

Ingredients
Organic Matcha.

This Matcha powder is so awesome! I have used random brands in the past and I liked them okay, but this. This is better. This Matcha powder is organic and is from China. It’s a beautiful, beautiful, bright spring green! It blends really easily and it isn’t bitter like some other Matcha powders I’ve tried. I’ve used it to make several smoothies and green tea latte’s! I am planning on making matcha cupcakes with it. I just haven’t gotten around to it. Oops. xd I have noticed when I use this in my smoothies I feel a little more energetic and less tired with it. I haven’t noticed that using regular green tea. I personally haven’t noticed any improvement in my skin since using it, but I haven’t been using it for long and I think that is something that would occur with longer use. =] Overall though I like this Matcha powder. It tastes good and gives me some energy. Even the kiddos like the smoothies I’ve been making with it. Definitely check it out! I believe this is available exclusively at Amazon.

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
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Summary

Pros
Tastes good
Gives energy
Available online
Organic

Cons
Only available at Amazon
Expensive

Final thoughts
This is a bit pricy, but I think it's worth the cost. It tastes great and boosts energy!

Buy or not
I will definitely purchase this in the future when I am in need of Matcha powder.

4.4
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The makeup bag!

Review: Makeup-Display Sheet Bag

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Official description
The Display Cosmetic Bag makes it easy to find your stored beauty accessories. Open the bag, pull out the Display Sheet (Patent pending), and pour the bag’s contents onto sheet for easy searching. When you’ve found what you need, just pinch the corners and slide the rest of the items back inside!

Sized perfectly to fit in your handbag and useful for traveling. Nylon bag keeps any spills away from your handbag’s contents and material is easily cleaned.

Where to buy
From Display – for $6.99 USD.

Directions
Open the pouch. Pull out the display sheet. Pour the pouches contents onto the sheet. When done, pinch the corners and slide the items back into the pouch!

Packaging
The pouch is a navy blue color made from nylon fabric. It measures 4.5″ diameter x 5.25″ tall closed, or 15″ tall with display sheet fully extended. It has a black nylon cord for closure.

So this bag was pretty cool! It holds a lot of stuff and is easy to use.  I like that it is made out of nylon for easy cleaning. The one thing I would change with this bag would be to have one of those little contraptions on the nylon cord that you can use to keep it securely closed. When it’s super full it tends to open up. This is a small bag, but it actually holds most of the stuff I keep in my every day makeup bag.  So what fit in it?

That’s a lot! It could have fit a lot more small things. If I’d taken out the palette it could have held even more. This is a pretty cool makeup bag and it’s really cheap. I am hoping they add more colors. I’d love a pink or purple nylon bag! This makes doing my makeup a lot easier. I don’t have to hunt through my normal makeup bag for stuff. I’ve found lipsticks with no lids and had stuff leak from rummaging around! Definitely check this puppy out. =d

Makeup-Display Sheet Bag
  • Packaging
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  • Pricing
  • Availability

Summary

Pros
Inexpensive
Works well
Washable
Available online

Cons
Only available online
Limited colors
Doesn't stay closed when full

Final thoughts
This bag is really awesome. I like it a lot. My only complaint is that it needs something to keep it closed!

Buy or not
If they make these in pink or purple I will definitely be picking one up!

4.5
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Swatches: Aromaleigh Cosmetics Sol Invictus Collection Part 1 Aureum, Io, Saturnalia!, Lord of Misrule & Munera

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I have part 1 of my Sol Invictus swatches from Aromaleigh Cosmetics! This collection is inspired by Saturnalia! It’s an ancient Roman festival in honor of the deity Saturn. =d This collection is gorgeous!

Official descriptions
Aureum is a richly shimmering soft warm gold with color traveling sparkles of gold/green and red/violet.
Io, Saturnalia! is a smooth rich teal blue with prominent gold/copper/red color traveling sparkles.
Lord of Misrule is a gorgeous taupe base with really strong orange-red-violet color traveling iridescence.
Munera is a rich taupe-y shade with brilliant aqua/gold/copper sparkles.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.2g by weight for $6.50 USD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $1.00 USD per baggie.

You can buy the entire collection in full size jars for $78.00 or in sample baggies for $12.00.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over NYX Eye Shadow Base in Skin Tone, Glamour Doll Eyes Glitter Fix, Wet n Wild Fergie On Edge Longwearing Eye Pencil in Ex-Stacey, Violet Femme & HyperSky and bare skin.

Aureum is a burnt gold with red, gold, purple and green sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Io, Saturnalia! is a blue teal with gold, green, copper and red sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Lord of Misrule is a dark taupe with a red sheen and purple, red and orange sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Munera is a sandy leaning taupe with aqua, copper and gold sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Ferric Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Carnauba Wax, Silica, Copper/Bronze Powder, Calcium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Blue #1 Al Lake, Yellow #5 Al Lake, Red #40 Al Lake, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Palmitic Acid. VEGANlip safe

Let me just start off by saying I like this collection so much more than the Diavoli collection, and I really liked Diavoli! I love that it’s inspired by Saturnalia and the colors are amazing! My favorite is Io, Saturnalia! followed by Lord of Misrule. Ugh so pretty. Do you plan on picking any of these shades up? Aromaleigh is currently having a sale so you might want to head on over and check things out! ;)

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Thursday Guest Post

Guest Post from The Lazy Laquerista: Contrary Polish Bright Lights, Small City Swatches & Review

Hello Toxid Lotus readers!

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to take over the blog for the day. Today I have a polish from Contrary Polish to show you. Bright Lights, Small City was part of the July 2014 A Box Indied from Llarowe. I managed to snag one for myself a couple weeks ago from a stash sale.

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Bright Lights, Small City features a navy jelly base with a coppery-red shimmer throughout. Don’t freak out when the first coat is super streaky. It does layer up very nicely. It took me three coats to reach opacity but I feel like if I were a bit more careful I could have done it in two. Photos show three coats of Bright Lights, Small City with one coat of CND Super Shiney top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.

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The only thing that left me wanting with this polish was the shimmer. It was a lot more apparent in the bottle than on the nail. I feel like if I did two coats instead of three it would show through more though. A balancing point is the wear time. I’m on my fourth day of wearing this polish and there’s not a chip to be seen. It seems to play very nicely with my base of Duri Rejuvocate and CND Super Sticky base coat. You can’t buy this polish directly anymore but you can still find it floating around in sale and swap groups. You can find Contrary Polish at:

I hope you enjoyed my post today and I’d love for you to come visit me in my natural habitat over at www.thelazylaquerista.com.

Happy polishing,

– Michelle

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All-Around Oxy

Review: Zep Commercial All-Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser and Quick Clean Disinfectant

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Official descriptions
All-Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser
Versatile multipurpose cleaner with Oxy action to tackle tough stains and Degreasing action to break up grime. Perfect for daily use in kitchens, bathrooms, and throughout the home, yet safe on delicate materials such as upholstery and granite. Great on the following stains: Red wine, blood, fruit juice, food stains, urine stains & dirt. No harsh fumes!

  • Quickly cleans virtually any hard or soft surface
  • Powers out stains & grease
  • Safe on granite, upholstery and more
  • No harsh fumes

Quick Clean Disinfectant
Clean, Disinfect, & Deodorize, in one easy step. Quick Clean Disinfectant Kills 99.9% of bacteria in just 5 seconds*. Additionally, Quick Clean kills Rhinovirus, causative agent of the common cold. Safe on virtually all hard, non porous surfaces, Quick Clean is perfect for disinfecting kitchens, sinks, stove tops, appliances, bathrooms & floors.

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 Seconds
  • Kills common kitchen & bathroom bacteria
  • Effective virucide, kills cold (rhinovirus) & flu virus, HIV, Canine Parvovirus
  • Cleans, disinfects, deodorizes in one easy step
  • * Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Klebsiella pneumonia

Where to buy
All-Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser
From Home Depot – 32 ounce spray bottle for $2.97 USD.

Quick Clean Disinfectant
From Home Depot – 32 ounce spray bottle for $2.98 USD.

Directions
All-Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser
Hard surface directions: Spray, wait 1 minute then wipe and rinse.
Soft surface directions: Soak up excess liquid or resideue from stain. Spray product generously and let stand for 3-5 minutes. On deep pile carpets, work All-Around Oxy into the carpet pile with a clean rag. Allow to dry and then vacuum area.

Quick Clean Disenfectant
General Cleaning: Spray soiled area then wipe with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth.
Sanitize non-food contact surfaces and deodorize: To sanitize/deodorize hard, non-porous surfaces, hold container six to eight inches away from the surface to be treated. Spray area until it is covered with the product. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 5 seconds. Let surface dry. For heavily soiled surfaces, a pre-cleaning step is required. For surfaces that may come in contact with food, a potable water rinse is required.
Disinfecting/Deodorizing: Remove gross filth or heavy soil prior to application of Zep Commercial Quick Clean Disinfectant. Apply product with a hand pump trigger sprayer. Hold sprayer six to eight inches from the surface to be treated. Spray area until it is covered with the product. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes. No scrubbing necessary. Allow treated surfaces to air dry or wipe off with a clean cloth.

Packaging
I received sample bottles of these. They are 4 fluid ounces each. They came in white round spray bottles with a white label with blue and yellow design. The labels have the product info and directions.

Scent and formula
The smell is just a regular sort of chemical smell. It’s very faint. The Oxy formula has a bit of a fresh scent to it. Both formulas have a clear watery consistency.

Ingredients
I can’t find an ingredient list for either product.

So I’ve been using both of these products for a few weeks now and I am very happy with them. Let me give you a little history. I despise cleaning products. Why? Asthma. Most cleaners kill my lungs. I generally use alcohol or diluted bleach to clean everything. >.> The alcohol scent is gone in seconds and it cleans damn well. When I was sent the Quick Clean Disinfectant and All-Around Oxy cleaner to try I was skeptical. However I got really lucky, because neither of these products bother my lungs. Neither have a very strong smell, they smell like cleaner, but it’s faint and the oxy cleaner has a sort of fresh smell. Once used you can’t smell anything at all. When Sascha had his birthday party I made burgers on the stove. Holy oily mess batman. I used the All-Around Oxy cleaner to clean the stove. Dude. Seriously. I sprayed it, let it sit for a few seconds and wiped it away with a paper towel… I only had to do it once. It killed the oily crap and cleaned it without needing to scrub or go over it again with the spray. I was super impressed. I also use it to clean the counters and the kitchen table. It cleans extremely well and it doesn’t leave any residue. It dries totally clean and non-sticky. It’s pretty awesome.

Now I shall tell you of grossness. Our toilet sucks. It needs to be cleaned every couple of days because it will start to get this black moldy looking stuff inside. So I decided to try something! I sprayed it with the Quick Clean Disinfectant let it sit for a minute and then scrubbed it and flushed. Then I cleaned the whole toilet with the All-Around Oxy. It lasted a week before starting to get any junk in it. I was impressed. I’ve also used the disinfectant on all the door handles and sink handles and chairs and refrigerator handles and so on. It has been a whirlwind of sick so any help is help. I just really like these products. They are easy to use and don’t bother my lungs, which is a huge, huge plus for me. They are also very inexpensive and available in a lot of stores. If you check out Zep’s website you can see where you can get all of their products both online and in stores near you. Definitely check these out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

All-Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser and Quick Clean Disinfectant
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Application
  • Pricing
  • Availability

Summary

Pros
Cleans and disinfects well
Inexpensive
Doesn't bother my asthma
Doesn't stink

Cons
none

Final Thoughts
This stuff cleans really well and doesn't stink. The disinfectant does a great job as well!

Buy or not
Yes! Buy! I will be picking some up when I run out of these little bottles!

4.5
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