Thursday, June 12, 2014

Etsy Spotlight: Sugar Skull Minerals

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Is anyone home? I am so sorry that I've neglected the blog for so long. I've had so much going on in my personal life, that blogging seems to have faded to black. Now that things have calmed down quite a bit, I *hope* to get into the groove of things again. Who knows gets in the way sometimes. ;)

So in the meantime, I DO have an awesome post for you today. I received a few samples from Sugar Skull Minerals to play with and review for you, so let's begin shall we?

First up, Victoria from Sugar Skull Minerals, sent me a couple samples from the core SSM line!

*as always, click images for maximum awesome! 

(descriptions from Etsy shop)

Karma: Golden yellow highlight with chartreuse reflects
Conundrum: Chocolate brown with a shimmering green shift.
Mars: Ruby red with purple reflects.
Classy: Darker mauve tone, glitter free.
Bedroom Eyes: Pink based lilac with gold reflects.

Je t'aime blush: Muted mauve with red base and a golden highlight.

Everything is swatched over a sticky base except the blush.

I LOVE Bedroom Eyes and Mars; they are my favorite shades from this group. They are both buttery and blend exceptionally well. Karma makes an amazing highlight color. Classy has no shimmer or glitter, so it's on the matte side, but still very easy to blend and apply. Conundrum is an interesting color. In the baggie, I did not see the green shift, but once applied it's very pronounced. Je t'aime is a GORGEOUS blush!

Next up is the "Pool Party" Collection from SSM. This collection is a limited edition collection and will be available for purchase on July 4th. If you pre-order this collection or shades from the collection, you will receive 30% off your order; as long as you place to order by June 23rd. The pre-order discount is currently on the Etsy Shop.

Cannon Ball: A bright, electrifying blue with blue glitter.
Pina Colada: A golden white with copper reflects.
Beach Ball: Darkened lemon yellow with golden glitter.
Margarita: Bright light green with indigo reflects and green glitter.
Deep End: Teal with tons of gold reflects
Marco Polo: Deep lavender with blue and purple reflects as well as gold and chartreuse glitter.
Bikini: Bold pink with a minuscule coral tone and red reflects as well as red glitter.

Sunkissed blush: Shimmery peach.
Sunburnt blush: Mauve/lilac hybrid that blends out to an almost matte magenta.

*Cannon Ball

My favorites from this group are Marco Polo, Bikini, and Pina Colada. Marco Polo has a ton of lovely sparkle throughout the lavender base. Bikini is a lovely hot pink with a ton of red sparkles within. Such a fun color! Pina Colada is another wonderful shimmery highlight color!
I really like Sunkissed blush. It's pigmented and blends down very well. It's also buildable depending on how much coverage you'd like. Sunburnt was a little harder to work with. It seems to be a bit on the matte side with less shimmer, so it didn't want to blend as well as it's counterpart. It's still a nice color.

All of the shades were soft and pigmented and easy to apply and blend. Everything is hand blended and most of the shades at Sugar Skull Minerals are Vegan unless noted otherwise on the shop. There is definitely something for everyone! 

Pigments and blushers from Sugar Skull Minerals sell for:

**3 Color Stacker, w/sifters: (1 1/2 tsp total) ~~$15
Large Jar, no sifter: (1 1/2 tsp) ~~ $14
Small Jar, w/sifter: (1/2 tsp) ~~ $6
Large Sample Baggie: (1/4 tsp) ~~ $2.25
Small Sample Baggie: (1/8 tsp) ~~ $1.25

Here I am wearing Cannonball (main), Mars (above crease and lower lash line), Marco Polo (in crease and inner corner), and Karma (highlight):

I also did a short Q&A with Vicky! Check it out!

Victoria, tell us a little about Sugar Skull Minerals and how it came about. 
Well, I have always been extremely intrigued with makeup. I loved getting into my Mom's as a kid!!! When I moved into my own place, I didn't have the "extra money" I was used to spending on my growing passion which was a problem!! I began looking into ways to save some money. I started solely buying drugstore brands (which I LOVE), but the colors available weren't as bold as I preferred! I was watching YouTube tutorials and saw a review on Glamour Doll Eyes and fell on love! I was always intrigued with mineral makeup, but felt the shadows sold at Sephora and Ulta were "boring".... Then, when I discovered I had the ability to blend my very own mineral shadows and blushes using micas and glitters--I was BESIDE myself!! I love Urban Decay and MAC as much as the next girl, but this was so exciting! 
So, I used money I had gotten for my birthday and purchased all kinds of goodies! As I began wearing my creations to work (I was a waitress), I would get tons of compliments and inquiries on what eyeshadow brand I was using.... And then the company just simply began. At first, I would just bring little baggies of new colors to work, and the girls would buy them. Then I started getting repeat customers requesting items.. I did that for a few years and then was asked to get my shadows online, and so I did!! I have well over 200 recipes, all custom blended with love!

What is your main objective with SSM; considering all the different indie companies on the market?
Honestly, as cliche as it may sound, I just want to share my creations with people! That, and I want girls to be unafraid of what is in the cosmetics they use ingredient wise. It's not so much about profit. I love evoking excitement in people and seeing what kinds of looks people create with my products - Especially when they step outside of their boundaries!! 

What is the turnaround time after placing an order? What's your shipping policy?
On my site I have the listed turnaround time as 1-2 weeks. I have never actually taken that long to ship anything - I just want people to be prepared to wait JUST IN CASE I get backed up or need to reorder supplies. Besides, it's always nice to get shipment confirmation a few days after ordering when you're expecting I wait a couple of weeks! Everything is shipped in bubble mailers (USPS). I want everyone to be completely happy with their orders. My goal is perfect feedback, and I will do whatever I have to in order to get that! 

Do you have a favorite SSM product? What is it and why?
I would have to say Granny Smith eyeshadow is one of my all time favorites. That eyeshadow is great for just a sheer wash of color, but can also be built up. I love the way it shifts from green to light brown to pink! 

What does Victoria do in her spare time?
During the week I am a stay at home Mommy and love spending time with my 10 month old baby girl. Of course I am always thinking of ideas as far as Sugar Skull Minerals is concerned and love creating new colors! I am also a fan of cooking, collecting vinyls and anything crafty! The weekends are spend with my husband and daughter, we are always visiting zoos, the aquarium and other fun places!!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am just so happy that people enjoy what I make, and are taking the time to share my company with others!! I hope that SSM will grow so I can dabble into glosses and other fun things!! If anyone ever has a question, suggestion or wants to see an eyeshadow look using certain colors -- I am here :)
I hope you all partake in a few shades from the Pool Party collection! They are so bright and summery that I doubt you'd be able to live without at least one of the colors! ;) 
*products in this post were sent for consideration and review purposes only. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.  

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