Monday, November 10, 2014

The Chequered Lily "Vampiric Vignettes" Collection!


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Good morning zombies!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I had the pleasure of reviewing The Chequered Lily's new "Vampiric Vignettes" Halloween 2014 collection for you! I'm positive there is something in this collection that you'll HAVE to have. Trust me. ;) 

This collection contains:

Eye Shadow #162 Silent As The Snow: Icy metallic pearl white with silver sparkle.
Eye Shadow #163 Form Of Mist: Warm semi-sheer metallic pewter with lavender undertone.
Eye Shadow #164 Bloodflower: Rich metallic burgundy-red with red shimmer.
Eye Shadow #165 Memento Mori: Metallic charcoal grey with dark maroon undertone.
Blushing Powder #B07 The Sinking Night: Cool lavender-tinted matte medium grey.
Glitter Blend #G12 Nightchilde: Ruby & crimson glitters blended with black and silver.
Nail Polish #NP03 Teeny Tiny Bat: Clear polish base with shredded black glitter, grey and pearl white hex glitters, and iridescent blue glitter.
Nail Polish #NP04 Empress Of Shadows: Sheer black polish base with large red metallic dots, smaller transparent red glitter dots, black hex glitter, and small ruby hexes.

I received samples sizes of all but the nail polish, as well as a few more the glitter blends to try out. Kim also sent along a mini custom blended nail polish.

The extra glitter blends I received are:

Wicked Jack: Burnt orange and copper with gold, pink-violet iridescence.
Ozymandias: Sheer Gold & Bronze Glitter with Gold Iridescence
Silver Bullet: Bright Silver w/Blue and Blue Iridescence

The packaging is adorable.


All the goodies!


SPARKLE!


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Altogether now!



"Sinking Night" blush would be perfect for an "undead/zombie" look. It's also very build-able or you can tone it down for just a hint of the lavendar.


A custom blended nail polish. This has a red base with different sized glitter pieces. I swatched it over a black nail polish. Sadly, the larger glitter bits stuck to the sides of the bottle so I was unable to get them onto my nail with the brush. Next time, I'll use a toothpick to get some out. ;)


So glowly!


This Halloween collection is gorgeous! "Momento Mori" was the wildcard in the lot in my opinion, In the baggie it looked almost like a burnt/brick red, but once swatched, it took on a life of its own! I also really love "Silent as the Snow!" It's such a pigmented silver and will be awesome for a super wintery makeup look. As always, the eyeshadow from ACL are pigmented, smooth and so easy to blend.

My favorite products from this lot however are the glitter blends! The glitter is so fine and do not have a gritty texture to them at all. I am so stoked to get these on my balls! "Wicked Jack" and "Nightchilde" are both just flipping awesome! I feel like I need every single glitter blend from The Chequered Lily!

A quick note on the glitter blends that I found one of the listings (for those who are curious):

Please note: At this time, the FDA has not approved any glitter product as a color additive for any cosmetic formulation. You can find more information here: http://www.fda.gov/ForIndustry/ColorAdditives/ColorAdditivesinSpecificProducts/InCosmetics/ucm110032.htm near the bottom of the page. Glitters have a very long history of safety when used properly in cosmetics formulations. I only use the finest sizes of glitter for these blends, all of which are .004” or smaller. That said, by purchasing this product, you agree that you understand the FDA's stance on cosmetic glitter and will use this product at your own risk. Please discontinue use if irritation develops. If you'd like to help indie formulators like me get glitter formally approved for cosmetics, you can sign this petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-states-food-drug-administration-accept-cosmetic-grade-glitter-as-a-color-additive-and-set-usage-standards?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign 

Eyeshadow: "Mini" size container consists of a short 3 gram jar with black lid and sifter, packed with .50g of loose powder eye shadow. The “Full Size” option is a 3gram tall profile jar with sifter, packed with 1.50g of loose powder eye shadow (3x the product of the mini size). Sifters will come sealed, simply peel off the sticker before use. Mini sizes are $5.25 and Full Sizes are $11.00.

Glitter: “Mini” size container consists of a short 3 gram jar with black lid and sifter, packed with .50g of loose glitter. The “Full Size” option is a 3gram tall profile jar with sifter, packed with 1.50g of loose glitter (3x the product of the mini size). Sifters will come sealed, simply peel off the sticker before use. Mini sizes are $5.75 and Full Sizes are $12.25. 

Have you tried any of the products from the new "Vampiric Vignettes" collection?

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


Friday, October 31, 2014

Lionesse Beauty Bar "Eye Shimmers".

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Happy Halloween everyone!

I hope you're having a nice day and getting ready for tricks and treats!

This afternoon I am going to reviewing 3 of the new eye shimmers (loose eyeshadow) from Lionesse Beauty Bar. I received the following shades- SH-10, SH-15, and SH-10. Because is isn't much of a description on the website regarding what the letter/number combos stand for, I'm going to assume that the "S" stands for shimmer. The three shades I received are PACKED with sparkle.





The website lacks descriptions for each shade so I've given you my descriptions.

SH-30 is a warm berry with tons of silver sparkle
SH-15 is a beautiful taupe with lots of silver sparkle
SH-10 is a soft rose with silver sparkle




Each jars contains 2.5 grams of product and cost $15.00 per jar. I say for $15.00 you are definitely getting your money's worth. While the colors don't have me squealing with delight, I do like the sparkle throughout each shade and I also love how blend-able and surprisingly pigmented they are, especially SH-30. I see this trio being wonderful for every day wear or for those who love a more neutral color palette. I also see these jars lasting a very long time!
My only complaint is that the website offers no descriptions for the shades and the eyeshadow do not have names to refer to, nor does the website inform you what the letters/numbers stand for. I hope that's something that Lionesse will be working on.

Lionesse also offers an array of other makeup and skin care products! Check them out!

What do you think of the colors I've swatched today?

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sugar Skull Minerals "Bejeweled Collection"!


Good evening Zombies!

I have swatches of the latest "Bejeweled" collection from Sugar Skull Minerals. Bejeweled was released on 10/03 so it's brand new!

There are 6 jeweled toned shades in this collection- all shimmer, no heavy sparkle.



Chocolate Pearl - Light chocolate/tan with multi-colored reflects.
Verdelite - (vegan) A light, shiny emerald green.
Amethyst - Dark amethyst purple.
Garnet - Deep dark red.
Star Sapphire - (vegan) Royal blue
Citrine - (vegan) A rich goldenrod.





I am in LOVE with Garnet. It is such a rich garnet shade and so easy to blend! Next up in my favorite is Amethyst, because purple. These shades are lovely and pigmented and each have a nice sheen to them. None of the colors are overly sparkly and are perfectly "bejeweled."

You can grab the entire collection in sample baggies for only $7.25 or individual jars! Check out the Etsy store for more!

Do you see a color here that you'd like bejewel your eyes with?

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


Friday, September 26, 2014

Lionesse Gem Skin Care! *Black Onyx*


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TGIF everyone!

Today, I have a review for you on the Black Onyx skin care line from Lionesse Gem. When asked to review these products, I was able to choose from 5 *precious gem* inspired skin care lines by Lionesse. I chose Black Onyx due to it's protective properties.

*I agreed to the review before seeing the actual price of each product as the *Gem* lines had not yet been released. After seeing the price of each product, I'm a bit on the fence about these.

What is Lionesse Gem? 

Lionesse Gem offers it all to you; from pearls to sapphires, amber to black onyx, and even diamonds. So you can indulge yourself in opulence while spoiling your skin. Skin care products energized with the extravagance of gemstones make you feel like a queen. Inspiring these feelings in women is what brought about the birth of Lionesse Gem. Lionesse Gem wants all women to feel confident and strong in their own skin. We are all about inspiring women by helping them achieve empowerment from the outside in. We can apply makeup to change our looks and feel more confident but what are we left with when we wash it all away? Unlike makeup, great skin is forever, a reminder with every look in the mirror of the strong woman within. Choose Lionesse Gem and bring out your inner royal with glowing skin.

Let's start with what comes in the Black Onyx collection- image and descriptions per website.


What is Black Onyx?

Black Onyx is a gemstone that has been said to have a powerful protective energy. While we can’t promise to repel negative forces, you will be amazed with the improvements in your skin when you use the Black Onyx Collection. Formulated with cutting edge anti-aging ingredients, you’ll forget the past and love the skin of the present.

Black Onyx Serum: $600.00
Do away with lines and wrinkles! Formulated with DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate), Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), and Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), this silky serum reduces the signs of aging while nourishing your skin.
 
Black Onyx Mask: $1000,00.
When applied to skin this unique formula has an instant warming effect to help eliminate dirt, oils and other skin damaging pollutants. Infused with Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Seed Extract) the skin will feel immediately softer to the touch. 
 
Black Onyx Silk: $600.00
It’s not black magic but that can be our little secret. With this luxurious gel-cream, your skin will immediately feel firmer, yet soft with the help of potent ingredients such as Vitamin B (Panthenol), Aloe and Vitamin E. Younger, more elegant looking skin can be achieved today. 

Black Onyx Cream: $800.00
Behold ageless skin! The rich yet non-greasy cream reduces the appearance of aging with its advanced ingredients. Formulated with Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) and Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate) this cream will improve the appearance of inelastic skin.

Full set: $3000.00

The products came packaged in this fancy boxes.
 

Directions, ingredients and a little bit of information about each product is nicely printed on the back of the boxes.

 

 

 

I like that the bottles have a pump applicator.


I have been able to test out each product for the last few weeks to give a pretty good account as to how I feel about them and how well they perform. (For the price, I'd hope they are filled with magic.) 
 
Pros:
  • Each product is lightly scented. There is absolutely NO overpowering scent or smell which I find to be a pleasant surprise for a face product.  
  • Product feels light on the skin. 
  • The Black Onyx Mask feels amazing once applied to the skin. It has a warming effect that soothes the skin and feels amazing. My face felt so soft the day after use! 
  • The idea of different gem stone themed facial products is fun and I like the way they broke down each collection with different descriptive meanings. 
  • Ingredients in each product are beneficial to the skin
  • Not one of the products made my skin feel oily or greasy after use
  • No animal testing 
  • Paraban free .
  • Since using the Black Onyx mask just last night, paired with the Black Onyx serum, my skin already feels healthier and softer this morning. There is also a healthy glow to my cheeks.
Cons:
  • Hefty price tag. I personally would never spend $1,000 on a face mask or $600.00 on a face cream.
  • Packaging is big and bulky
  • The ingredients/directions are not printed directly on each jar
  • My skin freaked and broke out for a few days after using these products repeatedly and consistently for a week. I am hoping this was just due to using a new skin care product and  that these products were drawing the "bad" out of my skin.
It is going to take me a few months to make a concrete assessment on whether these products are worth $3,000.00 as a set. I will be doing a new post in the coming months with an update. I also update my Instagram frequently @makeupzombie so be sure to check me out there too! 

Do you like the idea of gem themed skin care? Would you purchase any of these products?
 
*products in this post were sent by Lionesse Beauty Bar for review and consideration purposes only. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sugar Skull Minerals Fall 2014 Collection!



Happy Friday Zombies!

It's beautiful and overcast here in New Mexico today. The perfect weather to blog about the new Fall Collection from Sugar Skull Minerals!  I was lucky enough to receive samples from Victoria of this collection to play with an swatch for you all. Here we go!

There are 8 beautifully blended earth toned colors in this collection.  (descriptions from Etsy store)

Apple Jack: Metallic pink/mauve with lots of silver reflects. (vegan)
Maize: Orange/gold with a warm mauve base. (vegan)
Whiskey Tango: Orange/brown with red/gold reflects. (vegan)
Rust: Metallic gold/copper with lots of copper reflects. (vegan)
Cider: Copper toned light brown. (vegan)
Candle Lit:  Light shimmery champagne gold. Great as a highlighter! (vegan)
Dusty: Muted gray/green with teeny blue reflects. (contains Carmine)
Blood Moon: Maroon/brown. (contains Carmine)

Sushi (free sample): Matte black base with red sheen and lots of chartreuse reflects.



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Shade!



In the sunshine!


Shade!


In the sunshine!


"Sushi" in the shade


"Sushi" blurred. Just look at that crazy sparkle!


More sparkles! ALL THE SPARKLES!


I also posted a swatch video on Instagram. Click HERE to see the colors in action.

Man, I adore this collection! The colors are so typically "Fall" and I love the names. What's neat about this collection in the amount of sparkle some of the shades give off. Each color is unique and very easy to apply and also very pigmented. I've tried several colors from SSM and I have to say, this is so far my favorite lot of colors.

"Dusty" has tons of blue sparkles that show up around the edges of the shadow. "Candle Lit" kind of glows from the inside out. "Apple Jack" is an awesome maroon shade with lots of sparkles and "Whiskey Tango" is an great rusted brown shade with TONS of sparkle. It's so pretty!

Of course, I have to touch on "Sushi" as well, because, LOOK AT IT. Usually eyeshadow pigment with a heavy matte black base tend to blend down into a dull mess. This eyeshadow has so much dimension and sparkle that even with blending, it held it's color and sparkle. I was amazed.

I'm pretty sure everyone needs something from the SSM Fall 2014 Collection!

Small sample size baggies are $1.25 for 1/8 tsp of product.
Large sample size baggies are $2.25 for 1/4 tsp of product.
Small jar with sifters containing 1/2 tsp of product is $6.00
Large jar with sifters containing 1 1/2 tsp of product is $14.00

Check out Sugar Skull Minerals on Facebook as well!

What do you think of this collection? Do you see anything that catches your eye?

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


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fyrinnae Magic...I mean Exquisites!


Happy Hump Day my lovely readers!

As most of you know, Fyrinnae is by far my favorite indie cosmetics company and has been since I first started blogging. So when they post about new products, I jump on it like a kid getting candy! I was SUPER excited to hear about the new Arcane Magic "Exquisites" line and decided to purchase one of each, as well as a few other shades I've been lusting after.

"Exquisites are a new variation of our popular Arcane Magic eye shadows.

These new shadows have stronger color shifts without depending on an opaque base hue, making them stunning alone or over many other colors. The transparency makes them suitable for a wide variety of skintones without compromising color.
A sticky base is highly recommended.

They are packed in the same size jars as our other eyeshadows, and weigh a little less (about 2.3 grams) due to lighter weight ingredients. As with all our Arcane line, the initial color description is from about an arm's length away, then closer and near an indoor light source (sunlight can wash out the shades and effect). A full size jar, which is packed down and filled as much as possible, holds over 5x as much as the Mini jar contains.

Ingredients: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Magnesium Stearate. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Ferric Ferrocyanide."

I had a few issues placing my order via the website. I'd get to the payment page and get an error each time I tried to pay my invoice. :( Fyrinnae helped to cancel my order so that I could start all over, and once I'd added my selections to the cart and went to check out, I received the same error. I was distraught and had pretty much given up to wait to try a week or so. Much to my surprise, the order shipped that same week and I received it in 2 days. Per my invoice, Fyrinnae had shipped my order gratis due to the trouble with order. I was floored and SO excited. I love the customer service at Fyrinnae and the extra care they take to make things just right.



The Exquisites: (descriptions per Fyrinnae website)

Elegant Revelry:  Varying shades of green and turquoise sparkle on a transparent light reddish brown base hue away from direct light. Closer to light or at certain angles, it becomes light blue and ruddy pink. Very sparkly finish.

Breathtaking: Away from direct light, vibrant pink sparkle and shimmer appear to glow on sheer beige. Closer to light or at certain angles, it shifts to a bright golden peach shade. Very sparkly finish.

Dreamwoven Luxuries: Away from direct light, this appears a complex blend of red and blue hues. Closer to light or at certain angles, it changes to shades of green and gold. Shimmery finish, somewhat metallic when foiled or over a sticky base. This shade is the most opaque of the new five.

On Wings of Silk: Pink sparkles mingle with a transparent pale bronze away from direct light. Closer to light or at certain angles, it shifts to gleaming greenish gold with with hues of peach and lime. Very sparkly finish.

Princess for a Day: Turquoise-blue sparkle tops a sheer burgundy hue for a striking effect. Closer to light or at certain angles, it turns vivid pink. Very sparkly finish.

Core line:

Sakura: Varying hues of pale lavender shimmer make this shadow a great glowing highlight. Try applying over a black base (shadow, cream liner, etc) for a great effect.

Oh, My Stars: Brilliant lime green filled with violet and purple sparkle.

Witchy Woodland Creatures: Glimmering, multi-faceted cocoa taupe. Shades of copper and silver, with hints of pink, gold, and green shimmer on a neutral taupe-brown base make this shadow suitable for a wide range of skintones.

When I Grow Up (free sample): This shade is a "glowing" multi-hue lavender. It's not pastel, but a semi-sheer sparkle shade much like Electric Stardust and Otherworld.

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Outside


Shade
 

Indoor natural light


Outside- blurry to show sparkles


SO much sparkle!


Let's just talk about "Princess for a Day" for a moment. It's so so beautiful and sparkly. It photographed differently each time I took a picture. The base is a rose color and it's topped with wonderful blue and pink sparkles that shine. It's amazing, I just can't even stand it. I did have to use a really sticky base for my swatches (Pixie Epoxy) to get the sparkle to adhere and minimize fallout.

Here I am wearing "Princess for a Day" over a black base!


My second favorite in this lot is "Breathtaking". It's a gorgeous rose/gold and it shifts to different colors depending on the angle. Again, very sparkly and pigmented!  "Elegant Revelry" is another uber sparkly shade, with lots of dimension and shine. I love it! Honestly, I really do love them all. They are all pigmented, shimmery, blend-able and the new Fyrinnae formula makes them almost a creamy consistency that is so easy to apply to the eyelid.

"Oh, My Stars" is also a really fun lime green shade with gold sparkles. I bought it mainly for it's name and because it's lime green. ;) "Witchy Woodland Creatures" is a fabulous neutral shade with a punch of sparkle. Beautiful.

I'm extremely happy with the Exquisites line and I can't wait to see what's on the horizon for Fyrinnae. If you'd like to read more about the Exqusities- check out THIS post.

A mini sized jar of these shadows are $2.75 (1/4 tsp) and a full sized jar (3 grams) is $8.00- the prices are based on (per the Fyrinnae blog):
 
"The determining factor on keeping these and building upon the collection will be how well they sell for the "second round". With every new release, there are rapid sales in the first few days. Sometimes more than others (Royalty, the new purple blush, sold astoundingly well in the first 2-3 weeks, much to our surprise). After the initial rush, if there is still demand and response is good, we shall keep going with them. The price will be higher due to the considerably higher cost of specialized colorants and the ratio in which they are used."

Please help support Fyrinnae to keep the Exquisites line alive!

Do you own any of the new Exquisite shades? What is your favorite Fyrinnae eyeshadow?

*products in this post were sent "gratis" due to errors in the order process. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.