Monday, April 10, 2017

Carpe Noctem Minerals!

Good evening zombies!

I'm coming at you tonight with a new indie makeup company new on the scene called Carpe Noctem Minerals which can be found on Etsy. Carpe Noctem is run by Veronica who use to own a popular indie brand a few years back. She's returned with a new company and a new vibe.

Carpe Noctem means "Seize the Night" and this is the new mission statement for Carpe Noctem:

"We specialize in the glamorous and the daring! Our products are specifically designed with the nightlife in mind!! Here you will find versatile, bold color and sparkle galore! We have what you need for your inner diva to shine bright like a diamond and slay, slay, slayyy!!

We are currently adding inventory, so keep checking back! Our stock includes many Limited Edition items that will never be seen again, so if you find something you like, jump on it!! Because once it's gone, it could be gone forever.

But never fear... We also have many core items and shades that will be available at all times! :)

Feel free to message us with any questions!

We love and appreciate all of our customers so much! We hope you all continue to slay the day and SEIZE THE NIGHT!!!"

Veronica was sweet enough to reach out to me and ask if I'd try out her new products. She sent me 3 full sized eyeshadow (10 gram sifter jars with 1.5 tsp of product) and a "GLITZ", which is CNM's name for cosmetic grade glitter (15 gram shaker jar). (That's a TON of glitter!)

(Click images for maximum AWESOME!)

I received the following:

Morgana's Fate: A shimmery silver purple
Siren's Blood: A bold, wine red with ethereal blue sparkle
Leviathan: A sparkly green on a blackened base

Mermaid Life Glitz: blue, purple, pink, and green sparkles 

Swatches! (All of my swatches are over Fyrinnae Cosmetics "Pixie Epoxy".

Natural Light

That glitter tho!

Blurred to show sparkles and dimension

Again, blurred to show the sparkles!

My thoughts!

Considering that I was a huge fan of Veronica's last company, I can say that these eyeshadow are on par, if not better than her last creations. I was a little nervous when I first received the products because the jars looked like standard private labeled eyeshadow. It wasn't until I opened and swatched them that I realized (immediately) that yes, Veronica hand blended all of the shades. There is so much sparkle, shimmer, pigment, dimension and personality in each one. You can tell she's put a lot of thought into these new eyeshadow and her new company. The three shades I received (plus the glitter) and gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE "Siren's Blood". Like, I love it with a fiery passion. The blue sparkle throughout is just amazing. "Mermaid's Life" is also such a stunning glitter and perfect for your inner mermaid! I can't wait to try it out. I'm so pleased with the new products and excited to see Veronica thriving again and making a come back. 

Each eyeshadow and GLITZ is $10.00. She only offers full sized products at this point but you get a lot of product and wonderful quality! I feel like it's a great deal if you find something you really love from the shop. She also offers a lot of Limited Edition items that once they sell may be gone forever, so if you see something you adore, you should probably pounce on it!

Go check out Carpe Noctem and tell her MakeupZombie sent ya!  

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills/Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit!

Hey zombies!

So, I purchased this glow kit the day it was released and as per usual, am just getting around to making a post about it. "IT" is the beautiful and highly coveted Glow Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills in collaboration with Nicole Guerriero! This is my first ever glow kit and I'm 100% happy with my purchase. The kit retails for $40.00 and can be purchased on the ABH or Sephora websites. It can also be purchased in Sephora stores.

The kit comes in a sparkly pink palette which is encased in a sparkly pink sleeve. Each highlighter pan contains 4.5 grams of product and there are 6 highlights in the palette. Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the back of the palette and sleeve. (I'm blogging rusty.) Nicole's glow kit is Vegan and Cruelty Free. The reason I *had to* have this palette was because the colors in this spoke to me over any other glow kit from ABH and from swatches looked to be colors that would work on my skin tone. It's even better than I could have imagined.

Sleeve of the glow kit

Front of the palette

That holo tho!

Look at the beautifulness! LOOK!

Descriptions of palette and shades per the ABH website:
Limited edition Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit featuring six metallic powder highlighters created in collaboration with YouTuber Nicole Guerriero. Layer multiple shades or apply separately on face and body for a luminous finish. Ideal for use with Brush A23. For added radiance, apply with a damp makeup brush or sponge.

Six shades for highlighting the eyes, face and body
Buildable metallic-luster formula
Can be applied wet or dry
Kitty Kat – Pink with a platinum reflect Forever Young – Pink pearl with a silver reflect
Daydream – Coral with a white gold reflect
Forever Lit – Platinum with a lavender reflect
Glo Getter – Champagne with a rose reflect
143 – Rose gold with a bronze reflect



I am seriously over the moon about this palette. While Glo Getter and 143 seem to dark for my face, if I use just the smallest amount, they give me a warm shimmery glow and can also be used for eyeshadow. Forever Lit has the slightest blue tint to it and is one of  my favorites from this palette. Kitty Kat and Forever Young steal the show for me because I'm a sucker for rosy golden shades and they look great on my pale skin. Daydream is the only shade in this palette that I'm having a hard time deciding how to wear and will probably end up used as an eyeshadow. It's still such a beautiful, glowy color. I feel like all of these highlighters can be used on any skin tone and that it just depends on how much you apply. They are VERY buildable and while they may seem pretty sparkly in the pans, the sparkle doesn't transfer as much as I thought it might onto the skin. This is a huge win for me as I'm not a fan of disco ball sparkle highlighters.

This palette is great for any collection and this is coming from someone who is very particular about what highlighters I buy because I don't really want to spend money on something that will be *too much*. It's a different story for eyeshadow and lipstick though. ;)

Do you own the Nicole Guerriero glow kit? Do you love it as much as I do? Or was it a miss for you?