Thursday, June 27, 2013

Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics! Review and SWATCHES!

Happy Thusday Zombies!

Today, I have for you swatches from a new and upcoming indie cosmetic company called Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics! I was given the opportunity to review a few eyeshadow from their core line. 

I received my samples with a cute letter on the above letterhead.

The samples arrived in baggies. There was a ton of product in the baggies however. Samples are $1.50 in the Notoriously Morbid store.

Descriptions from webstore:
Welcome to Vinnland: A semi matte dark green that borders on going black. Still packed with light green sparkles 
Andorian: A shiny gray blue with an icy duochrome.
Doc Brown: A glorious dark brown with copper and gold sparkles, blends out brown with a rose tint.
Zinthos: A dark grey purple with blue and pink sparkles.
Silence: Silence a very dark grey boarding on black except this bad baby has a crap load of sparkles to lighten your eyes!
Mint to Die For: A semi matte mint for an added twisted classic look.
Morgana: A beautiful purple that is very deceiving, it goes on blue with a purple duochrome.
Kilgharrah: A deep rich brown with gold and green sparkles and a green duochrome.
Neno: A dark metallic brown with lots of wow factor!

Back of baggie- ingredients

Front of baggie- labels have eyeshadow name and disclaimers

The swatches! (Please click images for maximum awesome.)

Do you see Morgana? DO YOU SEE IT?! It's a beautiful blue/purple (blurple) with a fantastic sheen to it. It is by far my favorite of the lot. Andorian comes in a close second because it's a beautiful teal shade- and semi duochrome. I also adore Zinthos- a lovely light purple with sparkles and Welcome to Vinnland- deep green with TONS of sparkle! Most of the samples I received have lots of sparkle and shine except for Mint to Die For- which is a matte mint green. :D Each color really does have a life and personality of it's own.

I'm really excited about this company. Not only are the shades super pigmented and fun, a lot of them are Doctor Who (and other geek fandom) related! A full sized 5 gr jar from Notoriously Morbid is $5.50.All shades are hand blended and nothing is repackaged- as per the owner. I agree that the shades are unique and adhere wonderfully to a sticky base or wear nicely on their own. (I use Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy for swatching.) Notoriously Morbid can also be found on Facebook HERE.

I highly suggest everyone *at least* run and purchase Morgana, especially if you are a purple lover such as myself. :D 

*Products in this post were sent to me for review purposes from Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics. All opinions are my own and 100% honest! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Mexico Sunset, LOTD.

Good morning Zombies!

I actually did a full makeup yesterday and wanted to share it with you. I was inspired by my love of the New Mexico skies. Though I didn't incorporate all the colors you'll see in a sunset here, the more I added to this look, the more it reminded me of a summer evening sky here. So, that's my story.

Remember to click images for maximum awesome!

(crappy iPhone pics ahead)

The Goods:
TFSI as primer
NYX jumbo pencil in "Milk" as base
Sleek Makeup Curacao palette for blue/turquoise main lid and lower lash line colors
Sleek Makeup Sunset palette for copper colors above crease- also the matte black to deepen crease
randm liner and mascara

Milani Minerals blush in "Luminous"

NYX lip liner in "Mauve"
Stila "Hibiscus" lip gloss on top

I hope you all have a wonderful day today!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Evil Shades Cosmetics- Buyer Beware

Good afternoon Zombies!

It's with a heavy heart that I have to write this post. In the last few months, I've noticed a decline in the customer service from Evil Shades Cosmetics. What was once a thriving indie cosmetics company with wonderful products and fantastic customer service/product turnaround has now turned into yet another indie business gone awry. I've put off this post for a few weeks, as the owner of Evil Shades Cosmetics and I were pretty close friends. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt that maybe she was having a rough time and therefore her business was suffering. Maybe, she'd turn it all around and get those refunds and orders out from November 2012. :/

But, I believe I have been fooled. I've noticed a growing number of loyal customers going without promised orders or refunds by reading the Evil Shades Facebook fan page, emails being ignored by Evil Shades, customers being blamed for their orders going missing, USPS being blamed for stealing/losing packages, etc. All of it is no longer making sense to me and sadly, I have come to the conclusion that quite a few people have been swindled.

I write this post based on fact- several close friends are Evil Shades customers waiting on an order or a refund from Evil Shades- some as old as November 2012. I too had placed an order in early October 2012 hoping to receive it before Halloween. Halloween came and went- Christmas came and went. I finally had to ask about my order, to which I received a "It was returned to me" response. The tracking # she sent me never updated once electronically, so I didn't understand how it would have come back to her without at least updating on the USPS website. She assured me another one was being mailed out- still no updates on the tracking # after weeks. January 2013 approached and I finally told her to just send me a refund as clearly the package was never going to make it to its destination. I did finally receive my refund of $12.00 and some change- but some people have just not been as lucky. (I also did receive a package from her- and the tracking # on the package wasn't even one that had been generated and emailed to me.)

Another close friend of mine (I've met her in person and have no reason to doubt her and was given permission to tell this story) entrusted the owner of Evil Shades (Andrea) with a fair amount of money to purchase some limited edition nail polish that Andrea had for sale- Andrea was having a rough time of it and had to make a cross country move to Colorado so was selling off some of her nail polish. Andrea had my friend PayPal her the funds on March 30th, 2013 (including shipping costs) and assured her she'd ship them that same week- they too met up once and had a nice time together in Colorado, so my friend really trusted Andrea. Weeks came and went and no polish. To this day, still no polish and no refund. Andrea told my friend that the polish was shipped to another customer on accident and that said customer would return it and Andrea would ship it to my friend. Not an update since, with the exception of Andrea telling my friend that she'd open up a claim with USPS (after asking my friend for her tracking # to check on it. Isn't that something she should have had?) to investigate where the package ended up. IF, she'd accidentally sent the package to a customer who was going to ship it back, why the need for a claim with USPS? Things are still not adding up to me.

I've also received a number of messages to the same effect- people missing orders from months ago, being told they'd receive a refund and not getting one, getting the run around and excuses from Andrea, etc. All of this going on, and an email notification went out recently for a Memorial Day's Sale at Evil Shades. Why on earth would she run a sale with the state of the business it is in was beyond me. Andrea claimed the email was sent out on accident and cancelled that sale. Why was the cart still functioning? Why hadn't she closed it down in order to get caught up on older orders? These are questions people had been asking and getting no direct response to. Finally on June 10th, 2013- I noticed that the Evil Shades website had been suspended.

I hope that Andrea has shut down the website in order to get caught up and all existing orders and refunds and intends to make it right by her customers. I realize sometimes life throws us hard times that are out of our control and that we must first take care of that before our business, but updating your customers is NOT too much to ask in those cases especially with indie customer/owner relationships these days. In the meantime, if the website opens again, I'd be very wary of placing an order until there is clear evidence that customers have been taken care of. 

Please read this post as well regarding Evil Shades Cosmetics.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rainbow Polish "Escape" Collection- 3 new shades!

Good evening Zombies!

Rainbow Polish- and Etsy based indie nail polish (all hand blended) company recently came out with a new collection called the Escape Collection. I was lucky enough to receive 3 new shades from said collection to swatch for you all. And yeah, I squee'd when I opened the package.

Please be sure to click images for maximum awesome! 

I received the following polish for review: (descriptions from Rainbow Polish Etsy store)

Stinging Jellyfish: Floating through the sea then OUCH!
This polish reflects the soft colors of the jellyfish and tiny bar and slice glitters just like tentacles. Pinks, blues lavenders and more.

Wild Orchid: Pretty pink polish that reminds me of bright tropical orchids. This polish has a fuchsia pink jelly base with micro shimmering glitter, dark pink glitters and lavender glitter.
Tahitian Waters: My "one day" vacation place is Tahiti. The waters are so beautiful in all the photos I have seen.  The light blue waters and pink sunsets inspired this polish.

All together now!

I am in LOVE with Stinging Jellyfish. Over black, this polish is freaking amazing. I sponged it on my nails when I did these galaxy inspired nails! The different color and sizes of glitter just pop over the darker base. It sparkles and shines in the sunlight! Wild Orchid is a beautiful hot pink base filled with fun  blue and pink glitter and became opaque in 2 coats and is better on its own as opposed to covering a dark base. Tahitian Waters is a gorgeous light blue based polish with tons of fun pink and silver glitter. This polish takes longer to become opaque on it's own, but the glitter over a dark base pop instantly.

Wild Orchid with Tahitian Waters on accent nail. 3 coats of each..

The Escape Collection is awesome! You can purchase each polish alone for $8.50 (USD) plus shipping or purchase the entire collection for $49.00 (USD) plus shipping. I suggest you run and purchase at least one of these bad boys now! ;)

*Products in this post were sent to me for review purposes from Rainbow Polish. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!