Saturday, September 21, 2013

Star Crushed Minerals Review and SWATCHES!

Happy Saturday Zombies!

Halloween is getting closer! I can feel it in the air. This is my most favorite time of year, as you probably already know. I watched a hot air balloon fly over my house this morning, that sealed the deal for me. Fall is here!

Randomness aside, I'd like to introduce you all to Star Crushed Minerals- an Etsy based indie cosmetic company. I placed a small order a few weeks back during a Grand Opening sale, and the owner graciously added a few extras for me to try out.

Per Etsy store:

"I am a one-woman shop and appreciate your patience, support and understanding. xoxo
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.
100% natural, handmade mineral cosmetics.
Nothing you see is re-packaged. All of the colors you see are a unique combination made out of a conscious effort to bring you vibrant, long lasting colors!
Welcome to Star Crushed Cosmetics!
Cruelty free (the only animal I test it on is my husband! LoL!) I joke! That was his idea! ;-)
Paraben, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Talc, Cornstarch, Bismuth Oxychloride, Fragrance, Chemical and Preservative free. (Preservative free means they will not go bad!) "

*as always, please click images for maximum awesome!

The super cute packaging!

I ordered samples of (descriptions from the Etsy store):

Purple Tulip: Duo-chrome. Soft violet with orange/gold undertones.
Olive Pink: Semi opaque shimmery golden olive with soft pink shimmer / undertone.
Neptune Star: Green-Blue shimmer color.
Royal Blue: Semi opaque deep blue color with a metallic blue shimmer..
Teal: Teal blue with gold undertones. Soft shimmer.
Skinny Dipping: Sheer nude color with an iridescent shimmer.
Orchid Shimmer: This is matte purple color with pink undertones. Semi opaque.

I was also sent:

Star Crushed eyeshadow primer: This emollient rich eye shadow primer is designed to not only prep your eyes for eye shadow application but to moisturize as it does so. Neutralizes eyelid color.
Milky Way: Almost black deepest purple with gold shimmer throughout.
Red Blackberry: Shimmery Rich Purple with red, gold & violet undertones. Opaque.
Black Amethyst: A deep purple color with black undertones. Deep violet shimmer with violet sparkles throughout. Semi opaque.
Teal Blue: Opaque almost black base with several shades of teal blue shimmer and sparkle.
Black Garnet: Semi opaque color with red and black undertones. Red shimmer.
Black Emerald: Semi opaque color with green and black undertones. Green shimmer.
Mini Pomegranate nail polish: Bright red polish with multi-colored micro shimmer.

All the goodies! I love the jar lids!

Pretty pretty eyeshadow!

Eyeshadow primer. This is what I used as the base to swatch all of the colors.

Mini nail polish. I think this was just a fun extra.

All eyeshadow watched over Star Crushed eyeshadow primer.

Outside- direct sunlight

My thoughts!

I loved the cute packaging that everything came in!  Incorporating stars was a cute touch, so before I even opened the box, I was already slightly giddy. I'm a sucker for packaging which looks like great care was taken in it. Once I opened the box, my jaw dropped. I was expecting sample baggies and was pleasantly surprised to see all the jars nestled within the box. Each lid had the logo of the company on it, and there were sifter stickers on each jar.

Once I swatched the colors, I was pretty much hooked. I used the Star Crushed eyeshadow primer for the swatches and was pretty amazed at how pigmented each color came out on my skin over the primer. It also allowed for the sparkles to shine through in those eyeshadow that have sparkles.

I'm quite impressed with the eyeshadow that have a black base from Star Crushed. When you blend out the eyeshadow, the color shift is still strong and does not blend down to just black. I espeically love Black Garnet and Black Emerald because of this.

My favorites of this lot are:
Royal Blue. I mean just look at the shimmery blue!
Purple Tulip. I just love the gorgeous flash and shimmer in this eyeshadow.
Black Garnet. The PERFECT vampy, fall color. Freaking love!
Neptune Star. This eyeshadow is so pigmented and blend-able and the color is so very lovely. 
Black Emerald and Black Amethyst. I love the flash of purple and teal on these black based eyeshadow. Gorgeous!

I'm really impressed with everything I received from Star Crushed. The eyeshadow are buttery and pigmented and really easy to blend. Hand blended to perfection!  I was very very happy with the eyeshadow primer as well. It made the colors hold true to how they looked in the jar and allowed the sparks and shimmer to shine! The eyeshadow also lasted a long time once applied over the primer. Primer ingredients: Ingredients: Olive Oil, Carnauba Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Micas.

Right now, Star Crushed is having a 50% off sale. I encourage you all to go grab a little something. Samples do come in jars, which I personally love. ;)  They also offer nail polish, blush, and foundation. Follow them on Facebook HERE as well!

Do you see something you that catches your interest?

*some products in this post were purchased by me and some sent to MZ for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% my own and honest. 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Darling Girl Cosmetics "Oh the Horror" collection!

Hey Zombies!

Happy Hump Day! It's been cool and rainy in my neck of the woods and this makes Wendi and extremely happy girl!

In my last order with Darling Girl Cosmetics, Susan threw in a few samples of the new Halloween 2013 "Oh the Horror" collection for me to try out. I swatched them for you all! They rock. ROCK!

*Please make sure you click on each image for maximum awesome! 

Descriptions from website:

Attack of the 50ft Woman: Bright sunny yellow with a gorgeous pinky red shift and pink color shifting sparkles
Lonely Assassins: Soft ashy grey with pink to golden green shift.
King Kong: Black with strong turquoise flash and silver and gold sparkles.
The Invisible Man: Lavender with turquoise to violet shift.
I Am Pain: Pale icy blue with golden green to blue shift and glimmering green sparkles.
The Count: Royal purple with purple sheen and color shifting lavender iridescence. The purple sheen gives it a lovely glow
Pumpkinhead: Ruddy red with strong green flash

Barbarella (extra sample from core line): metallic melon-y gold with a red/orange flash.

Holy shiz do I love them all!  My favorites from this lot are Pumpkinhead and The Count. They are all so buttery and super sparkly. Pumpkinhead, The Invisible Man and Attack of the 50ft Woman each have an over the top duo-chorme that's hard to miss. As always, there is a delicate feel to Darling Girl shadows and each are so pigmented and unique. I think this is my favorite Halloween 2013 collection yet!

Grab yourself a petite jar (1/4 tsp) from this collection for $2.50, a full sized jar (3/4 tsp) for $5.90 or grab the entire collection (petite jars) for $49.50!

Do you see something you can live without? I dare you to try!

*products in this post were sent to MZ for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tawdry Terrier 'Autumn in the Barkshires' collection!

Happy ass Monday Zombies!

I have 3 pretty fantastic nail polishes to show you all tonight from Tawdry Terrier! I was sent 3 new colors from the 'Autumn in the Barkshires' collection!

*image from Etsy store*

I received:

Sassy Squirrel: a molten copper glass fleck polish with gold, copper, and red shimmer
Pawsome Pines: a pine green glass fleck polish with heavy blue and green shimmer
Hahvahd Hound: crimson metallic glass fleck polish with a mix of red, orange, and golden yellow glitter

What amazing packaging.

Each polish arrived in an individual box with tissue paper wrapped around it.


Each color swatched with two coats of polish.

How amazing is Pawsome Pines? I mean's gorgeous! A blackened teal with blue and silver glass flecks? Be still my heart! To my eye, Sassy Squirrel is a fantastic old gold scattered with red and gold sparkles. In the sun, it shines like no other! Hahvahd (Harvard) Hound is a fun crimson color with gold and red hex glitter pieces. A little on the chunky side, but it becomes opaque with just 2 coats. As always, Tawdry Terrier's packaging is beautiful and looks like great care was taken in the presentation. Everything arrived safe and sound and in a timely manner. I adore the bottles and labeling and overall, the whole experience with this company.

This entire collection is beautiful! I'm totally eyeballing Poke a Nose Purple and Howling at the Moon!  Each bottle of polish is $10.00 (USD) or you can get the entire Autumn in the Barkshires collection for $60.00.

Do you see something from this collection that you can't "bark" to live without? ;)

*products in this post were sent to MZ for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% my own and honest. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Impulse Cosmetics Halloween 2013 Collection!


And so it begins...that time of year when all the fun and ghouly makeup/cosmetics and bath and body collections begin getting released in the indie world. Fall is my favorite time of year and with all the fun Fall/Halloween collections, it makes it that much more wonderful for me.

First up, I have the Halloween Collection from Impulse Cosmetics swatched for you.  I was also sent two lippies to try and a cosmetic glitter.

It's been overcast the last week, so some of  the pictures aren't as bright as normal.


Per the Etsy store description:
 You will receive (1) fullsize, 5 gram jar (with a sifter) of each shade:

"Incantation" cosmetic glitter (a mix of purple, orange, and green holographic glitters)
"Fright Night" eyeshadow (red with a gold/lime colorshift)
"Bump in the Night" eyeshadow (midtoned grey with a green colorshift)
"Pick Your Poison" eyeshadow (bright yellow with a lime green colorshift)
"Poltergeist" eyeshadow (midtoned grey with a icey blue color shift)
"Braainz" eyeshadow (charcoal with a red duochrome and green shimmer)
"Ghoul's Night Out" eyeshadow (blue-ish purple with a red/pink colorshift and gold/red/pink shimmer)
"Monster Mash" eyeshadow (purple with an emerald green colorshift)
"Macabre Moon" eyeshadow (Blue with a royal gold colorshift)
"Hocus Pocus" eyeshadow (blue with a red colorshift)

Each jar contains roughly 1/2 tsp.

Swatches! Make sure you click each image to see the colors better.

This collection is SO fun! I love the duo-chrome of several of the colors, while a few gave me a bit of trouble. Hocus Pocus and Macabre Moon have a heavy royal blue base and each color wanted to blend down to just the base. I used Pixie Epoxy from Fyirnnae for my swatches, which is good at adhering glitter and sparkle to the skin. Both of these colors would separate the base color from the sparkle of duo-chrome color. I figured out that by patting the color on instead of swiping it on the skin gave me much better results. Each color is so lovely, but the base color tends to overpower. Braainz had a similar issue, but not quite as apparent. As for the rest of the shades in this collection, each one was super pigmented, blendable and had quite the duo-chrome effect. I believe Monster Mash just might be my favorite of the lot, followed closely by Fright Night and Bump in the Night.

Now, let's talk about Incantation. Everyone loves sparkle, myself included. And the more glitter the better! I love the different colored glitter pieces that make up this blend. Description per store: Incantation is a custom blended cosmetic glitter, comprised of holographic purples, oranges, and greens. 

I also know that several people, myself included, are a little worrisome when it comes to cosmetic glitters and what is or is not considered eye safe. I contacted Madison the owner of Impulse to confirm her glitter blends were safe for eye wear. This was her response: "Anything that is not the approved particle size for eye use is noted (it will say: Not approved for use on your eyes). Otherwise, yes. :)"

And my thoughts on this. Yes, I do believe Incantation is ok to wear on or around the eyes. To the touch, the glitter is fine and does not feel gritty at all. The particle size is teeny and super fine. I personally can not WAIT to wear this for Halloween- or really, any other time of the year. :D

Madison also sent along two of her lipsticks for me to try out and swatch. She sent me Two Timer and Melancholy. Two Timer is a matte bright cheery red with a blue flash and Melancholy is a matte deep blue based purple.

Clam shells for sample lipstick

Two Timer awesome! My swatch is two swipes, but I could have achieved full and opaque average with one. It's bright and smooth, creamy and pigmented. It lasted on my lips forever. I love that it dried down to a matte finish without being drying.  There is a slight blue flash which I love about this lipstick. This was a total winner for me.

Melancholy is....beautiful but slightly more difficult to apply. I don't own such a rich dark purple shade and when I had it on I felt super bad ass. The issue was getting it to apply evenly to my lips. I used a lip brush for both swatches, but you'll definitely need a brush for this one (unless you get it in a tube) not only for cleanliness and sanitary reasons, but because to me it was the best way to get it to spread evenly. My swatch of Melancholy was 3 swipes and it took a lot of work to get the middle portion of my bottom lip covered. I love love love the color and I'm willing to work with it a bit more to get it to work for me. I will try warming the clam shell up slightly in my hand next time before application. I'll keep everyone posted! :D

Overall, I'm super excited about the Halloween Collection from Impulse and I'm excited to use them in different looks to test them out further. You can purchase the entire Halloween Collection for $35.00 or buy them individually (full sized 1/2 tsp) for $3.99.

Do any of the shades scream your name?

Make sure you follow my Instagram: @makeupzombie or Facebook: MakeupZombie to see any looks I do use with these products. 

*products in this post were sent to MZ for review purposes only. All opinions are 100% my own and honest. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Am Pain, LOTD!


Monday? Again? Wasn't it just Monday last week?

I did at least do a little makeup this weekend, because I actually had a bit of extra time. I wanted to use the new Jordana eyeshadow pencils, and some of the new colors from Darling Girl's Halloween (Oh the Horror) 2013 collection so I came up with the following look. 

I WILL have swatches of the colors that Susan sent me from the 'Oh the Horror' collection soon! PROMISE! 

The Goods:

TFSI as primer
Jordana Made to Last eyeshadow pencil in "Stay on Black" as base. My base did not crease or cake my eyeshadow. Impressed!
Darling Girl "I am Pain" patted over black base all over lid
Darling Girl "Invisible Man" inner corner
Darling Girl "The Count" added to crease and blended
Darling Girl "I am Pain" blended above crease
Fyrinnae "Moon Child" for highlight (this is my favorite highlight color of all time)
Jordana Made to last eyeshadow pencil in "Aqua Last" added to waterline and lower lash line
Darling Girl "I am Pain" patted over "Aqua Last" on lower lash line
Random liner and mascara to finish

Stila "Garden Bliss" all over shimmer powder

Darling Girl "Bewitched" lip gloss. (This was from a few Halloween collections ago.)

There is just something about deep blues and bright pinks that I love. I can't put my finger on it.

Do you own any colors from Oh the Horror? What are your favotites?