Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet

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That’s right, I managed to get a subscription to Notoriously Morbid’s Vanishing Cabinet! I was pretty excited!  She will be adding a couple more for those that wish to subscribe this next month so more people will have a chance to pick on up.  Her site can be found here and the Vanishing Cabinet info is here.  I know this is my second post in 2 days but I figured you’d like to see the August Vanishing Cabinet in August…right?

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Such pretty wrapping!

This months Vanishing Cabinet not only featured a tinted balm (!!!) but also featured another of my favourite brands, Innocent+Twisted!

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All the pretties!

To the swatching!

I was super stoked when I found out about the tinted balm, Glass Apples, that was going to be included in the August VC; it was actually the little push I needed to subscribe to this subscription.  I love the formula of the Coffin Kissers and I really wanted to try out the tinted balm.  Tinted balms are my favourite thing to pop in my purse.  It’s a lip balm and a lip colour, I mean how can you go wrong?! Moisturizing your kissers while also making them look pretty and kissable!  This balm is being added to the permanent collection so if you missed out don’t you worry! You can scoop it up to add to your own collection pretty soon and trust me, you’ll want to grab at least one!

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A dark berry red in the container…

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A sheer berry red on the lips!

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My bare kisser for your reference 

The eyeshadows for this month are Seek Not Revenge, Stories by the Fire, Time is Fluid Here, and Moments that Illuminate.  The Innocent+Twisted shadow is Graceful Torment and the extra samples are Wadsworth and Fierce Poison.

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Are you ready for these?

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I+T always delivers such pretty shadows

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Who would have thought these colours would work so well together!

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Indirect Sunlight. From Top to Bottom: Moments that Illuminate, Time is Fluid Here, Stories by the Fire, and Seek Not Revenge.

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Direct Sunlight. From Top to Bottom: Moments that Illuminate, Time is Fluid Here, Stories by the Fire, and Seek Not Revenge.

Seek Not Revenge is a beautiful plum with red sparks that photographs a bit blue.  It is a really pretty colour with a pop from the red shimmer.

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Look at those sparkles!

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Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

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Direct Sunlight

Bare skin really doesn’t do this shadow justice! The Shadow Insurance shows off the plum colour with just a hint of the sparkle and the Glitter Glue grabs onto those sparkles to put them right in the spotlight.  The red sparkles really balance out the blue in this plum shadow.

Stories by the Fire fits it’s name perfectly.  It is a burnt orange with gold and red sparkles that is supposed to be reminiscent of the embers of a dying fire.

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Doesn’t it remind you of telling stories around a fire? Now we just need some marshmallows!

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Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

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Direct sunlight

The gold really pops with the Glitter Glue while the red is a little more subtle, making it more of a copper colour.  The Shadow Insurance brings out the base (such a pretty burnt orange) and the red sparkles don’t have to compete as much with the gold.

Time is Fluid Here is a deep charcoal grey with a slight copper shift (which was pretty impossible to photograph) and multicoloured sparkles.

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Almost black with sparkles, the perfect liner or smokey eye look!

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Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

The copper shift is very difficult to capture with the camera and is pretty subtle in real life as well.  The sparkles give the shadow a bit of dimension so it is not just simply a deep grey.  This will make an awesome liner!

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Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance Blurry to capture sparkles

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Direct Sunlight

You can almost see the copper shift in the sunlight but the real stars are the multicoloured sparkles.

Moments that Illuminate is the iciest of blues with a pink shift, and gold shimmer and sparkle.

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I need a sweater just looking at this shadow!

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Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

With the Glitter Glue, the gold really pops out making this a stunning shade.  This shadow really needs a glitter primer like Glitter Glue or Pixie Epoxy; Shadow Insurance just doesn’t cut it for this one.  The pink in this shadow adds that little extra and I know I will get lots of use from this shadow!

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Indirect Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin. Blurry to show sparkles

In the sunlight the sparkles dance, they are mesmerizing!

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Direct Sunlight. Left to Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin.

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Blurry to show off the sparkles…and look at them. Soooooo Pretttttty

The ‘Others’.

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Top – Bottom: Fierce Poison, Wadsworth and Graceful Torment.

Fierce Poison is a dark army green with a slight red duochrome. This colour is pretty with a primer and without, although for the red duochrome to show up you do need a glitter primer.

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Indirect sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

In the sun, the red pops up and dazzles you!

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Direct Sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Wadsworth is a special sample, it’s the sneak peak for next months Vanishing Cabinet! This is another burnt orange but this has a strong green duochrome.

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Indirect sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

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Look at that duochrome!

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Direct Sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

Graceful Torment is almost 2 different colours deepening on whether you use a glitter glue or regular primer.  This is a reddened pink with a violet shift.  On the Shadow Insurance you can see the reddened pink but with the Glitter Glue, this shadow transforms into a beautiful red-violet.

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Indirect sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin, Shadow Insurance

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Direct Sunlight. Left – Right: Glitter Glue, Bare Skin

Final Thoughts

The Vanish Cabinet has some really pretty and unique colours.  The tinted balm was easily my favourite! For $17 USD for an international subscription ($12.90 for domestic) this subscription is well worth it! Now, what do you think the clue Wadsworth represents?  Guess we’ll have to find out!

Ipsy August Subscription

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I’m squeaking this review into the last days of August! Can you believe September is this week!? It’s crazy!  Well, for this months Ipsy bag I wasn’t completely wowed to be honest.  It had a collection of nice things but not much I would have bought on my own.

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The Bag

This month my goodies included an Absolute Lip Balm in Grape, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo in Fresh and Elegant, and Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in 1001 Silk Black.

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The Goods!

The Reviews!

Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More pore refining primer is up first.  I have some decent sized pores and having a product that would hide them would be nice and if it helps my makeup stay longer than all the better!

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The formula is light and much like a mousse.  It goes on easily although it is a bit dark in colour so if you’re a ghost like me, you’ll need to make sure you don’t get ring around the face.

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Light and Fluffy!

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Pores before

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Pores after

It goes on easily and doesn’t feel overly heavy on my face.  My BB cream applied well overtop and  there wasn’t any balling or creasing.  My BB cream lasted all day and didn’t become powdery looking or sink into my lines. For a primer it’s about average and it’s pore refining abilities are about the same.  This wasn’t anything I felt the desire to run out and buy but it was still a nice product to use.  I give this a 7/10 as it was a nice product but I did not feel it was anything special.

Next up is Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara.

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My issue with this mascara, as with most of the others I am not a major fan of, is the brush.  It grabs a lot of product that then has a tendency to gob up on my lashes.  I was actually really disappointed that this did not work for me as I love Urban Decay’s products and have really liked using some of their other mascaras.  This particular one left a bit to be desired in my opinion.

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Typical mascara wand, nothing really wow or different.

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This gets a 6/10 from me.  I didn’t like the brush but the formula did not flake or smudge during the day. If I could have gotten it to go on evenly and not needed to brush my lashes out every time I used it, it would have scored a much higher grade.  Unfortunately it just didn’t work for me.

Absolute You’re the Balm lip balm.  This lip balm smells very strongly of artificial grape so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to scents or don’t like the sickeningly sweet scent of fake grape.  It looks pretty solid in the tin but it becomes super soft and applies evenly over lips.

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If you look close, there are sparkles!

The balm applies clear but leaves a high gloss shine and lots of sparkles.  We’re not talking a little bit of shimmer here, we’re talking glitter sprinkled into the balm.  They add a little extra oomph to the balm if that’s something you like.

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Direct Sun

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Indirect sunlight, you can really see the sparkles

I almost felt like this balm either needed to not have sparkles at all or to have more.  There weren’t quite enough for them to apply evenly and you were left with little sections that had lots of sparkles and others that had none.  The formula was a bit greasy and it sat on top of my lips but never seemed to sink in.  This balm gets a 5/10 from me.  It works nicely over lipstick for a little extra shine (although cuts wear time down considerably) and the glitter adds a little bit extra to a look.  The formula didn’t dry out my lips but I also found that it didn’t really moisturize them either.  This is probably due to the balm never really sinking in and instead just sitting on top of the lips.  Overall it was okay as a balm but I prefer my Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers and EOS balms.

Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil in 1001 Silk Black. You should see my eyeliner collection, it is starting to get a teensy bit out of control.  I swear they’re starting to breed; they must be talking to my eyeshadows and lippies, and getting ideas!

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This might’ve been the only real winner in this months glam bag.  I liked this liner quite a bit.  It was easy to use and I as able to get pretty crisp lines for a pencil liner.  The formula is a bit dryer and more pencil like than I am used to (I usually use Urban Decay liners which are very smooth and easy to apply) but I think the colour payoff makes up for that.  The formula also doesn’t transfer onto my lids like some other eyeliners do so that makes up for any dryness.

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Using the liner for the day. Nice thin, clean line!

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Later in the day, still looking strong!

This liner advertises itself as easily smudge-able to accentuate a smokey look as well as providing a crisp dark line.  I have to agree with these claims as it was very easy to blend out, while still providing a crisp, dark line.

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Blended out on bottom.

This gets a 9/10.  It would have been a 10/10 had the formula been a bit creamier.  If I happen to ever run out of black eyeliner then I may pick this one up should it be available.

Finally we have Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo in Fresh and Elegant.  Fresh is on the left of this mini palette and Elegant is on the right. I’ve heard some pretty good things about Coastal Scents but this is the first I have been able to try from them.

 

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Fresh on the Left and Elegant on the Right.

Swatches have patted on blush (top) and blended out (bottom) and are on bare skin.  First is Fresh.  This blush has a hint of shimmer and sparkle that you can see in the second image.  It’s a light fun pink that would be a perfect spring and summer colour.

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Indirect Sunlight

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Direct Sunlight

Next up are the swatches of Elegant.  This blush is a warm orange that would be nice for a formal occasion, a little less fun and cutsie than Fresh and more grownup.

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Indirect sunlight

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Direct sunlight

Both these blushes were nice wearable colours.  They had okay pigmentation but don’t really compare if you are used to using highly pigmented blushes (like those from Fyrinnae).  I found that I had to make a couple passes to get the desired payoff but this is fine it you prefer to build up colour slowly and have a more muted look.  The colour blends well and the bit of shimmer in the colours give a nice glow.  I give these blushes a 7/10.

Final Thoughts

This months bag was just okay but that’s the risk you take with a subscription service isn’t it? Overall the products were okay, they mostly just didn’t work for me.  Everyone has their own preferences and unfortunately not many of this months products fit mine.  I’m still loving this subscription and can’t wait to see what I get next month!

(All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated)

Brazen Cosmetics UltraGlaze Lipgloss

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P1000887I purchased a mixed lot of makeup from a user on Reddit and was excited to receive 2 samples and a full sized gloss from Brazen Cosmetics! These are the UltraGlaze™ High-Performance Antioxidant Lipgloss made by Brazen Cosmetics and they boast being thick and creamy without being sticky, while having intense colour in just one swipe.  The glosses are described as not being a “run-of-the-mill gloss” as they have antioxidants, vitamin E and C plus green tea extract to give you younger looking lips.

 

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Bare Lips for Reference

Say My Name

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One swipe top and bottom

This is a limited edition colour that is currently still available (here).  It is described as a “rich intoxicating copper with bright red tones, slightly metallic and sparkling.”  The description is pretty accurate although when they say it is slightly metallic and sparkling they really mean slightly.  This is not matte by any means but it has just a tiny amount of a metallic appearance and it only barely sparkles.  It is a lovely colour that has a huge colour payout; the swatch is with only one swipe! The formula is nice and smooth, not sticky at all, and wears very well.  The colour lasted for 3 hours before starting to fade.  It lasted through 3 glasses of water and a snack.  The colour wore off very evenly so you were not left with uneven colour around the lips.

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This colour does not appear to be available on the website and I was unable to find a description to compare it to. This has a lot of gold in it and has full opacity with very little product. I’m really loving this formula and how long the gloss wears.  This lasted about 3 hours before starting to wear and lived through a meal and 1 bottle of water.

Summary

I love these glosses! The formula is awesome; long wearing and not at all sticky.  The colour payoff is fantastic and you require very little product to achieve full opacity.  I also really liked how the samples came in a pot with a screw off top instead of a clamshell (creations of the devil).  Currently the glosses are on sale on Brazens website for $10.99 (USD) for a full size (regular $12.99) if you so desire to grab a couple.  I’m thinking of picking up a couple more and trying out the liquid lipstick they offer…because I need more lip stuff right?

(All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated)

Ipsy July Subscription

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After coming back from the city (work trip, yayyyy) there was a bundle of packages sitting in my mail box, including a familiar pink bubble mailer! I opened it up right away to find my goodies!  This month I received a hair treatment, a sunscreen moisturizer, eyeshadow, a lip/cheek tint, and another mascara. The makeup bag isn’t my favourite due to size and quality but it’s not really a big deal since it’s really the makeup we get the subscription for!

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We will start with the mascara for this review.  I received Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara and as you all know, I am always looking for good waterproof products!  An added plus is that Pür Minerals is a cruelty free company that also has a wide range of paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly products. P1000836The packaging is pretty nice, very reminiscent of my MAC Aquatic lipstick with the water droplets on the top part! It’s a nice size and the colour means I can easily tell it apart from the rest of my mascaras (pretty much all black packaging). Now, normally colour would just be a cosmetic thing but it is really handy to be able to tell my waterproof mascaras from my normal mascaras.  When I know I am going to be in the pool I don’t want to have to dig through my stash to find a mascara that will work. P1000837After removing the wand I am a little unsure how easily it will be to put on as the wand grabs a lot of product! The guard at the opening of the container is supposed to stop any clumps from being on the wand but it didn’t seem to do anything.  If the mascara is clumpy on the wand, how will it be on my lashes? P1000846 The colour seems to be a nice opaque black but you can really tell that the wand holds a lot of product! Normally I wiggle my wands into the base of my lashes to get nice coverage but with the amount of product on this wand, this was really not a good idea.  I don’t advise it, it was a mess! Try #2 was a little better and I used a much lighter hand.  The results were better but I still had a couple bunches of lashes stick together and eventually had to pull out my lash comb.

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As for the waterproof test this isn’t the worst I’ve tried but overall it isn’t my favourite either.  It is waterproof in that it didn’t run down my face and give me major racoon eye. I found that instead, once in the water it flaked off and transferred a bit onto my upper lid but keep in mind that I am in the water much longer than the average person so my wear tests are at the extreme end.  If you were only out for a leisurely swim or a nice hot tub party, this wouldn’t be a bad choice but if you’re hoping to have mascara left on your lashes at the end of the night, this isn’t the best mascara out there for that. I give this a 6/10 and I would not personally buy this on my own.  I found that it was difficult to put on and did not give me the volume or the length I would’ve liked from it.  It gets a little bit of a higher rating for its performance in the water as it lasted longer than most and didn’t run down my cheeks but it did flake off.  Easier application and lashes that looked less spider-leggy would have landed this mascara a much higher rating.

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Hair Before!

The instructions say to use on wet or dry hair, combing through and concentrating on the ends before styling as usual. I used the treatment on damp hair and was very pleasantly surprised!

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Hair After! Look at that curl!

I found that the formula was very light and not at all sticky.  It was easy to distribute evenly through my hair and did not leave a residue on my hands.  The light formula did not make my hair heavy or leave it looking greasy, instead it defined my curls and left my hair feeling soft and light. My hair was soft and fluffy all day but the real test was to see if my hair felt dirty or grimy the next day as I find many leave in treatments are great on day 1 but leave my hair feeling dirty and looking dull on day 2.  Day 2 and day 3 (!) were just as good as day 1 with my hair feeling super soft and looking glossy.  I was very impressed with this product and this is something that I would buy in a full size for sure! I give this a 10/10 and will be looking to pick up a bottle to add to my hair stuffs! Pur~lisse Pur~protect Essential Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 for normal to dry skin is next on the list! P1000839First thing I have to say about this is that it smells awesome! It’s kind of citrusy and fresh and it’s great for first thing in the morning to brighten your day.  It also applies really nicely and doesn’t leave a white cast or feel greasy.  It sinks into the skin and leaves a soft dewy look without leaving you looking like you need to wash your face.  If the dewy look isn’t your thing a finishing powder toned it down quickly and it also worked really well under foundation. The formula is nice and light so you don’t feel like you have a heavy layer of sunscreen on and yet you get some pretty good protection from the SPF 30.  This moisturizer didn’t clog my pores and my very sensitive combination skin loved it! It was very moisturizing and I find myself reaching for this every morning now.  I want a full size of this product and I give it a 10/10!

bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Inspiration (shade)

I love my indie makeup but loose pigments do not travel exceptionally well and they can be pretty bulky to carry around.  I love little compacts of eyeshadow and blush that I can easily take with me on a short trip so that I don’t need to worry about loose pigments.

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Pretty little cardboard packaging.

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Quarter for size, so cute!

This cute little compact is the perfect size for me to take with me on a short weekend trip!

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It came with some instructions for a simple look.

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Left – Right: Urban Decay Potion Primer in Eden, Bare Skin, Darling Girl Glitter Glue

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Left – Right: Urban Decay Potion Primer in Eden, Bare Skin, Darling Girl Glitter Glue

After using indie makeup I have pretty high expectations for pigmentation and application.  The colours in the The Inspiration compact are decently pigmented and the sheer gold colour applied very smoothly.  The purple colour applied nicely but had some gold in it that showed up more in some spots than others.  Both of the shadows require a primer of some sort but both blend very well.

I will definitely use this but probably won’t buy more due to personal preference. I give this compact a 8/10 as the colours are nice but the gold in the purple doesn’t apply very evenly and the colours aren’t really anything special.

Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry

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This is a dual purpose tint that is supposed to work on both cheeks as a blush and on lips as a stain.  It is a light liquid formula with a doe foot applicator.

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No product….lots of freckles though!

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Tint on the checks blended out.

Apologies for the different lighting; the sunlight kept changing! For application on the cheeks I applied it directly to my face in the general area, not using too much as it does blend out and I didn’t want blush down to my chin. It was a little bit difficult to blend out as I am not really used to using a tint on my cheeks but it left a nice light pink colour.  It wasn’t sticky and worked well over foundation when I used it for my normal makeup.  Application is a little easier if you use a sponge; apply tint to the sponge and then dab on desired areas before blending out.

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Bare Lips

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1 swipe of tint on top and bottom

On the lips the tint works really well as it is not sticky and dries very fast without leaving your lips feeling dry.  It stains the lips a nice pink and lasts about 5 hours before wearing off.  When it does wear off it wears pretty evenly leaving only a hint of ‘ring around the lips’. This is a pretty nice product that works well on both the lips and the cheeks. I give it a 9/10 as I loved the way it dried and didn’t leave a sticky feeling, it didn’t dry out the lips, and could be built up to a brighter stain.  It was a little difficult to figure out application on the cheeks so that it didn’t end up all over but that just takes practice.

Summary

This months subscription was awesome and I will actually use most of the products.  It was a lot of bang for my buck and I will be buying some full sizes.  So far I am pretty impressed with the Ipsy subscriptions and I can’t wait for my August glam bag!

All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. 

Shiro Lippies!

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I’m baaaaacccckkkk! Featured today is my entire collection of lip stuffs from Shiro.  We’ve got some glosses, some intertubes, and some of the lip tints!

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Lip Tints:

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L-R: With Eyes Unclouded, A Girl and a Cat, It’s Called Love, and Who Swallowed a Star

I love a good lip tint; something with good colour pay off but that moisturizes the lips.  If you’re going to use a lip balm, why not add a pop of colour at the same time?

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Bare Lips for Reference

With Eyes Unclouded

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With Eyes Unclouded: one swipe on top and bottom.

This is described as a “sheer brick red with a slight brown undertones” on the website and I think the description is bang on.  This is a nice browny red that you could match to an old brick building.  It reminds me of the brick masonry of my elementary school! This goes on smooth and I find that the colour lasts 1-2 hours depending on what you are doing, and it is quite moisturizing.

A Girl and a Cat

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A Girl and a Cat: one swipe on top and bottom.

This purply red is described on the website as “deep purple in the tube, applies as a medium-sheer berry”.  I find the description to be a bit ambiguous as berry could mean any number of colours.  Is it the bright red of a strawberry? The deep red purple of a raspberry? Or the deep purple of a blueberry?

In my opinion this is the colour of the juice left at the bottom of the bowl after you have enjoyed a piece of shortcake topped with a berry medley.  You know the medley you can buy in the frozen food isle? It has blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries and when they defrost they drip with a mixture of juices. That’s this colour!

This balm also lasts 1-2 hours depending on what you are doing, and did a good job keeping my lips soft and smooth.

It’s Called Love

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It’s Called Love: one swipe on top and bottom.

This was a balm I was really excited to try as it is supposed to be a match for Why Not Zoidberg (which I bought an extra of when intertubes were available because I loved the colour so much!). It is described online as “a summery medium coral, a match for our former Why Not Zoidberg colour”.  This is a great summer colour as it is a medium toned coral with just the right amour of orange while still being pretty pink. This lasts about 1-2 hours depending on how much work your mouth is doing (eating is the death of these lip tints) and leaves your lips feeling soft and smooth.

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Why Not Zoidberg on the left and It’s Called Love on the right.

I compared It’s Called Love and it’s colour match Why Not Zoidberg side by side just to see how close the colours really are.  It’s Called Love appears on the right in the photo and it does seem to be a bit deeper but this may be because it is a sheer balm and lip pigmentation will affect the colour.  I find that on my lips Why Not Zoidberg is a little bit pinker than It’s Called Love although they are very close! I love both colours and when my tubes of Why Not Zoidberg eventually bite the dust, it is nice to know that there is an almost exact colour match available.

Who Swallowed a Star

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Who Swallowed a Star: one swipe on top and bottom.

Shiro’s website describes this colour as a “bright coral-orange in the tube, applies a bit pinker than you might expect”. The description speaks the truth as this colour is much more pink on the lips that in the tube. On the lips this isn’t very coral at all and I do not get any orange. It is a medium pink that is just a bit bolder than a natural lip colour. This does stain the lips a little bit so the colour lasts for about 3-4 hours even though the balm usually wears off in 1-2 hours.

Intertubes

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Smashing and Shoop Da Whoop

I picked up 2 other intertubes before they disappeared and swatched them for your viewing delight.  My other inter tube swatches can be found here.

Smashing

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Smashing: One swipe on top and bottom.

This was described on the website as “pinky-purpley-smashingness” and it is a pretty accurate description.  I don’t normally do purple and to be honest I can’t even remember why I decided that buying this one was a good idea. I think I just added it to the cart with the thought that if I didn’t like it then someone else could have it.  Boy do I wish I had bought a back up! This one was the surprise winner of the bunch and although I really didn’t expect to like it so much, I fell in love as soon as it was on my lips.

The colour is a lovely purple pink colour and provides smooth coverage.  I didn’t get any of the grittiness that was an issue with the older formulation and the colour lasted through dinner and drinks (!!!) for a total of 3 hours.  It would probably last longer if I hadn’t put it to the test with drinks and yummy food.  This colour can also be applied lighter than it appears in the swatch but I find that it loses the purple tone when it is applied too lightly and it becomes more pink on my lips, losing it’s purple magical-ness.

Shoop Da Whoop

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Shoop Da Whoop: one swipe on top and bottom.

This was described as a “bright hot red” and it is definitely a bright hot colour! I find this to be a slightly orange tinted red that applies very bright, even when using a light hand.  If you want a statement colour, this is right up your alley.  I don’t normally do colours this bright but I have received compliments on this colour when I have worn it out so apparently this colour likes me! The colour lasted about 3 hours and was not drying.  It also faded evenly and didn’t leave a ring of colour around the lips. It has great colour pay off and I am loving the new formula.

Glosses

I have heard rave reviews of Shiro’s gloss formula but hadn’t actually tried any of them so when I made my last order I added a sample of Nic Cage Nibbling Petit Fours in a Posh Victorian Tearoom to my cart.  I was also lucky enough to receive a full sized Red In My Ledger gloss in a lot of makeup I purchased from an awesome user on /r/indiemakeupandmore (a fantastic subreddit).

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Red In My Ledger

P1000885This is described online as “blackened mulberry, a slightly darker take on our old Team Buffy colour, flavored with deep fruity black walnut”.  First off, the swatch online is incredibly accurate! The colour is almost dead on in real life.  For me it was a little more red but this could be due to the lighting.  It is a really deep colour that is great for a dramatic look or an evening outing.

As for the flavour, I didn’t really find that it tasted like much but I found it to smell very strongly of liquorice.  At first the scent is a bit overwhelming but after a little while it dissipates (or I just got used to it).

The formula is very smooth but I found it a little difficult to achieve even coverage with this colour.  It is a bit sticky but this gloss really lasts though! I clings to your lips and stays on there longer than it seems possible for a gloss.  This even lasted through a shower…yeah. Pretty crazy. This lasted on my lips for 4 hours! This is unheard of for any gloss I have tried.

Nic Cage Nibbling Petit Fours in a Posh Victorian Tearoom

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Online this colour is described as a “moderately opaque dusty rose with a gentle pearl finish, flavoured with fancy pink frosting”.  The colour description is pretty close and I love the pink frosting flavour! The gloss smells strongly of sugar and cake but the scent isn’t overwhelming.  To be honest, I would love a perfume that smells like this!

I applied this colour with a lighter hand and as such, the colour is lighter than the swatch online.  If you are looking to achieve the deep colour that is depicted online, it does build up to that depth but I found that when it achieved that deep red colour, it was also very thick and sticky on the lips.

Summary

All in all, I love Shiro.  They are known for their great products and they haven’t disappointed me yet! Fingers crossed the intertubes make another appearance in the shop in the future but until then, I will enjoy my glosses and lip tints!

They just released a new Detrivore collection and some new blush colours so head over there to check them out!

All reviews and statements are my honest personal opinions. I have purchased all the products I have written about unless otherwise explicitly stated. 

 

 

Notice: I haven’t forgotten you all!

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Hello all!

Just a quick note to let you know that I have not forgotten about this blog space and that I am still committed to reviewing products!  I know there haven’t been any posts for a while so I thought I’d give you a little update and explanation why.

As of June, this summer has been pretty crazy for me! I am currently working 4 jobs (apparently I am insane) and although I have been testing new products and using my subscriptions, I have been unable to compile everything into a post as I have not had time to take photos and write a post.

There will be posts coming! I’m almost done reviewing the products from the latest Ipsy bag and when I have time to do swatches, I have a whole stack of things that I will have posts for!

Thanks for sticking around, I’ll have some posts for you soon!