Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Matte Attack lipstick and other badassery from BeautyBarBaby!


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

Good evening Zombies!

Tonight I'd like to take another look at a company I reviewed a few years ago called BeautyBarBaby, which is an Etsy based indie cosmetic company.

BeautyBarBaby just recently came out with brand spankin' new new lipsticks called "Matte Attack" liquid lipstick. The owner was offering them on a presale basis in her Facebook group, so I grabbed two: "Girl Crush" and "Poison Apple". I also picked up "Naked Dolly" pressed highlighter and "Champagne Cocktail" cosmetic glitter. Nicole was kind enough to add two more glitters and her "Bling Bling!" glitter/eyeliner sealer to my order.



Take a closer look at the products! All descriptions are from the BBB Etsy store.

"Naked Dolly" highlighter:  A pale champagne colored powder with pinkish gold reflecting highlights.


Ohhh, sparkles!


Dreadfully Divine: a custom blend of opaque black & transparent multidimensional purples (named for one of my favorite ladies on the beauty block!)
Champagne Cocktail: a super sparkly neutral champagne holographic glitter
Kirsten: a multidimensional medium purple glitter

"Our Glitters are top quality microfine/ultrafine cosmetic grade glitters & are perfect for face, body & nail art & are custom blended in house to insure uniqueness. .004/.008 particle size"

*The tubes rolled just as I was taking the picture and I got a little bit of "Poison Apple" on it's tube. #FAIL

Girl Crush: Semi Metallic vivid purple with pink shimmers
Poison Apple: Semi Metallic blackened red
Bling Bling! glitter sealer: Our Glitter/Eyeliner Sealer can be used to adhere your loose glitters to your face & body & also doubles as a eyeliner/wet liner sealer! Just mix a few drops with your loose mineral eye colors to make a liquid eyeliner

The lipstick come in a cylinder tube with a doe foot applicator, which is my favorite. 


Swatches! (I used Bling Bling! under the swatches of glitter.)




Top photos in each set are with flash.






I can't even begin to explain to you the love I feel toward "Poison Apple". When I first saw it in the tube, I thought it might just have a little too much of a brown undertone for my liking. Once I applied it to my lips, I was blown away at just how amazingly gorgeous it really is. Nicole blew this one out of the park. I have a very extensive lipstick collection and I do not own a color even similar to this one. Not only is it pigmented, it lasts a really long time on the lips. The only note worth mentioning is that you will need to apply lip balm prior to putting this on your lips as it's just a touch on the dry side. Other than that, I'm amazed.

"Girl Crush" is also super beautiful. It's one of those lipsticks that needs to be built up on the lips and once 2 or 3 coats are applied, it becomes such a gorgeous shade of purple with a pink undertone. It's unique and bold and the perfect purple for me.

I also want to touch on the highlighter. I've been looking for a nice rose gold highlighter that won't break the bank but that still has pigmentation and staying power to it. I've tried several different brands and although "Naked Dolly" isn't the rose gold I was hoping for, it's flipping GORGEOUS! It leans a lot more white gold and champagne to me, but it stays on my skin and it shows up without looking like I'm glowing. I will 100% be purchasing a few more of the highlighters from BBB. I'm super impressed. Nicole let me know that "Ballerina" is the rose gold highlighter in the shop. I'll be ordering as soon as I can.

I also purchased"Champagne Cocktail" glitter to go with my champagne highlighter and "Poison Apple" because I'm a freak. I have a feeling the 3 of those products will work great together to create and awesome sparkly look. (Hopefully I'll actually have time soon to do that and show you all!) As far as cosmetic glitter go, I like the size of BBB's. Some cosmetic glitter these days are super sketchy and I'd put them no where near my eye, but I'm comfortable with the size and the consistency of Nicole's glitters. Plus, sparkle! I have not played around much yet with the Bling Bling! glitter adhesive, but I intend to in the upcoming weeks and post some looks on my Instagram: @makeupzombie.

Overall, I am so happy with my order. "Poison Apple" and "Naked Dolly" will be getting a lot of use this Fall!

Product pricing:
"Matte Attack" liquid lipstick are $13.95 each for a 4.5 ml tube.
Pressed highlighters are $10.99 for  or you can get them in loose pigment form (3 grams in a 20 gram sifter top jar) for $10.00.
Glitters are $7.00 for 4 grams of glitter (that's a lot of sparkle!)
Bling Bling! is $4.50 for a 5ml squeeze bottle 

Do you own any products from BeautyBarBaby? What are your favorites?



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Impulse Cosmetics Duo-Chrome lip gloss swatches!


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

Good evening Zombies! I hope you're all having a fantastic week.

Tonight, I'm going to show you three new duo-chrome lip glosses from Impulse Cosmetics! Their website sure has grown since the last time I took a look at it. They seem to have a lot more products to offer up!

 


I received three clam shells with product. The gloss is pretty thick, and stuck to the top of the lids.

The colors are: (descriptions per website)
Venture: Venture is a magenta purple shade with a blue duochrome effect.
Crusade: Crusade is a blue shade with a green duochrome effect.
Endeavor: Endeavor is a rosey pink shade with a gold duochrome effect.





Look at that amazing shift of blue in "Venture". I can't get over just how pretty it is. "Crusade" is a gorgeous blue/green, which swatched really green on my skin but photographed really blue. I had to take a few pictures of the gloss on my lips, to show the true color. "Endeavor" is a really lovely rose gold in my swatches, but once on my lips, it was very sheer. I decided to try these glosses over a darker base color, so I swatched them each over MACS "Cyber" lipstick.

"Cyber" swatches are heart shaped.


The gold in "Endeavor" really shines through on a darker base and "Venture" pops with blue and purple. "Crusade" becomes a richer green with gold peeking through.


Lips swatches. I swatched in both natural light and used the flash. I used a lip brush to apply the gloss.

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I received my lip gloss in clam shells, so I believe that would be a "sample" size, which is $2.50 on the website. (Samples come in hinged-lid, "clam shell" jars & contain approx. 1/4tsp of product.) Full sized glosses are $7.50 and come in a 10ml tube with a doe-foot applicator. The was no scent or taste to these glosses and they were a little thicker than I prefer, so, a little of these go a long way. They are gorgeous colors however, especially "Venture". I love how the blue sheen transferred to my lips and showed up in the photos. The gold sparkles in "Endeavor" get a little lost once applied to the lips, but over a darker base color they will pop! "Crusade" is such a unique color in that it really does change color depending on the lighting and I love the gold sparks throughout.

Overall, these lip glosses are fun and unique, like most of the IC products!

What is/are your favorite product(s) from Impulse Cosmetics?




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag! August 2015


*products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Hey zombies!

It's that time of month again! I received my ipsy glam bag in the mail! If you don't know what ipsy is: It's a monthly subscription service and for $10.00 a month, you'll receive a makeup bag with 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized beauty products. I'll be posting the bags each month, so stay tuned to the blog. :)

The theme for August is: Prep School!

(click images for maximum awesome)



While I'm not super thrilled with the theme, the bag on the other hand is AWESOME! It feels like duct tape and has an interesting texture to it, as I tried to show you in the following photo. 



I received:

Hikari Cosmetics full sized lip gloss in the shade "Salsa". It's a fiery tomato red and it's surprisingly pigmented for a lip gloss.
CityColor Cosmetics HD loose finishing powder. I'm guessing it's a deluxe sized sample.There is 4 grams of product.
Starlooks full sized Luxe Longwear eyeliner pen which is black.
La Fresh sample sized eco-beauty good night. night cream which has .5 oz.
Briogeo sample (1oz)of Blossom and Bloom volumizing blow dry spray. It smells SO good and clean.




I did a little research to figure out how much the products in this months bag were worth and here is the breakdown.
 
Hikari lip gloss $13.00 on their website.
City Colors HD powder is $5.99 for 7 grams. The sample is 4 grams. So, less than $1.00 for this sample. 
Starlooks full sized Luxe Longwear eyeliner pen $19.00 on their website.
LaFresh eco-beauty night cream. The full sized retails for $40.00 and has 1.7 oz of product. You'll have to do the math on that one. LOL!
Briogeo volumizing blow dry spray retails for $18.00 on their website for 5.1 oz of product. The sample I received is 1 oz. This sample is roughly $3.50. 

As you can see, just ONE of the full sized products in this month's bag pays for the whole month.

I'm really excited about the eyeliner pen. It was a little runny upon first application and took a while to dry, but once it was dry, it did not budge! I love the applicator tip and can't wait to try it on my eyes. I also really like the Volumizing blow dry spray from Briogeo. It smells just like the Satsuma scent from the Body Shop. Yes! I have a gazillion lip gloss in the color I received from Hikari, so I'm kind of MEH about that and the night cream sample. My skin is really sensitive to new products and it freaks out on me. I love to try them, but usually hate the results. I'll carefully tread the waters with this night cream. I really want to try the HD finishing powder as well. The white scares me as I'm pale as it is, but I know with matte finishing powders, a little goes a LONG way. 

What did YOU get this month? I know some people aren't very happy with ipsy lately, but I've enjoyed my bags for the last two months. I don't put too much expectation into it, so I think that's why I've been pleased with my products.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics REVISITED!


*products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. 

Good evening zombies!

I hope you are all well. School starts soon for my littles and I'm excited for both them and for me! ;)

A few years ago, I did a review on an up and coming indie cosmetic company Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics. Their business has grown exponentially since then, and I decided I'd like to order a few goodies to see how things are going with them these days.



The goods!


(descriptions from the NM website)

I ordered mini sized eyeshadows in:
 **The jars came sealed but had no sifters.

Philosophoscope: A plum toned burgundy with intense red/gold shift.
Chaos Reigns:An eggplant purple with INSANE gold and green sparkle atop a slight red sheen.
Love Reigns: A salmon pink with cool blue sheen.
Pure Passion: A ruddy brown with gold, blue and green shimmer.
Speak to the Devil: A brown based golden olive with a green highlight.

Samples in:
Grindhouse: not listed on website (to my eye it's a dark peach color with tons of sparkle and gold flash)
Reali-Key: not listed on website (to my eye, it's a light sea foam green with a gold sheen)
The Grand Empress: More than just a purple, The Grand Empress is a dark blue with a mad dash of red on top. Making it a velvety purple to deep red duo-chrome.
I received a sample in She's Full of Secrets: A sweet classic pink, but not for long. The cool blue shift overpowers the pink the more you build.



SUCH SPARKLE! MUCH WOW!



Swatches! I used Tick:Tock Cosmetics "Milky Way" base under my swatches.




"Chaos Reigns" is HANDS DOWN 110% my favorite from this lot! It's a deep purple with a gold sheen and tons of sparkles. The sparkle also transfers from jar to swatch, which I love. It's a gorgeous color. My second favorite is "Speak to the Devil". In the jar it's nowhere near as unique looking as it is once swatched. It takes on a far more olive color on the skin, and is again, FULL of gorgeous sparks. "Love Reigns" has an amazing green flash to it, which sets it apart from the others in terms of being unique, as does "She's Full of Secrets". I'm a sucker for a good duo-chrome. The most pigmented from this lot (and they are all pretty rich and buttery) is "The Grand Empress". It's like, 6 colors in one. It's got red, and some blue, some purple, and some gold in it (if you looked I'm sure you'd see a few more colors in there). It's SUPER pigmented and lovely. A little of this shade goes a long way. Overall, I'm really happy with the quality and the shades from my order. Everything is pretty spot on to their descriptions from the websites and the colors are insanely beautiful.

And what's even cooler about Notoriously Morbid, is that the eyeshadow are all very reasonable priced. Here is a break down of cost and quantity:

Sample size-approx. 1/4 tsp of product in baggie- $1.25
Mini-size-approx. 1/3 tsp of product in a 3g jar- $2.75
Full size-approx. 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of product in a 5g jar- $5.50
Deluxe size-approx. 1 to 1 1/4 tsp of product in a 10g jar- $7.50


In my opinion, the sample sizes are pretty generous and you can easily get quite a few looks from them. I'll probably never go through ALL of my mini sized jars that I ordered from them, as they are also nicely filled with product.

NMC doesn't just have eyeshadow. They also carry a wide variety of face products such as bronzers, blush and highlighters and lip products such as top coats, lip gloss, lipstick, and matte liquid lipstick. My next order will consist of lip products as I've heard wonderful things about them. AND, their products are all themed, so it's fun to look through the names and find things that are familiar to you and your geeky/gothy/girly side. There is something for everyone!

Have you tried Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics? What are some of your favorite products from them?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tick:Tock Cosmetics "Infinity Eyeshadow Base"!


*products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. 

Hello gorgeous zombies!

I hope you're all having a great week. I've had a very busy, and eventful week, and I'm glad school is starting soon for my littles. :)

Recently, once of my favorite indie companies, Tick:Tock Cosmetics reopened their doors after a brief hiatus! I was bummed when they closed because they have the *best* eyeshadow bases, in my opinion, out there! When I heard they reopened, I hauled ass to the website and purchased the full sized jars of black ("Black Hole") and white ("Milky Way") bases. (They also have a brown base called "Super Nova". At the time I placed my order, they were offering a full sized random eyeshadow for every $10.00 order placed, so I also received "Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom" which surprisingly I don't already own! Check out their Facebook group HERE to hear about special deals and new products.

(As always, please click images for maximum awesome!)



A quick note about these bases, is that unlike a few other creamy, white or black bases that you put under your eyeshadow, these do not (at least not on me) crease! 

INGREDIENTS: Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Carnauba Wax, Dimethicone, Microcrystalline wax, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E

Check out the sparkle in "Tick, Tick, Tick Boom"! WOW!



I'm not sure if the formula has changed with "Black Hole", but this time around, it wasn't AS creamy and pigmented as the last time I purchased these. It took a while to build up to the swatch you see above, but it did dry really fast and stayed put! 

I decided to do a little test for you all using a sparkly light lavender eyeshadow on each base to show you how they can make a difference in your eyeshadow colors and also how they can make colors POP! I used Espionage Cosmetics "Epic" eyeshadow.



Do you see that gold sparkle? DO YOU! Look how the two bases change the way the sparkle comes through. On "Milky Way" you can see much more of the gold flash within the eyeshadow and on "Black Hole", a lot more of the blue base in the eyeshadow comes out. These are just a few of the reasons I always wear an eyeshadow base under my eyeshadow.



I'm still drooling looking at this picture! Now, I need to actually DO this on my eyes!

"Black Hole" and "Milky Way" are $6.00 each for a 5 gram jar packed full of product. It looks as if T:TC will soon be offering mini sizes of the bases as well. Full sized eyeshadow from T:TC are $5.50, which also come in 5 gram jars with sifters and stickers. T:TC is currently offering up a $12.00 grab bag that contains 3 random full sized eyeshadow. What better way to try them out if you haven't already. :)

I can't wait to play with my eyeshadow again, now that I have my reliable, trusty bases again!

Have you tried Tick:Tock Cosmetics? What are your favorite products from their store?