Monday, October 31, 2011

100+ Follower Giveaway Winner!!


It's here!! The moment you've all been waiting for! It's time to announce the winner of my 100+ Follower Giveaway! First I wanted to say thank you to all my readers and fans! This would not have been possible without you.  Now on to the results! I had 404 entries into this giveaway and Random.org chose #221 as the winner of my giveaway.




The lucky #221 on my list is....LadycrowX!!! Congrats Amy in winning my 100+ Follower Giveaway! You have 48 hours to reply to my email! Thanks to everyone who entered!!




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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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My Pretty Zombie Haul

It's been a few months since I've ordered from MPZ but I was finally prompted to order from Andrea again when she released her new line of blushes. I was particularly excited about the MDMA blush which was a custom shade for Manda at Toxid-Lotus. Manda showed off some swatches of her blush and I knew I had to have it!


A couple of new things to note about MPZ. Andrea has changed the labeling on her jars and I think it is a definite improvement on the previous labels.  Originally the company name, quote and eye shadow name were labeled around the sides of the jars. Now, the company name and quote is on a nice label on the top. The shade name has moved to the bottom of the jar along with the ingredients, weight, and address. I had mentioned previously that the bottom label was difficult to read and these new labels are perfect.


The blushes come in larger 8g jars with sifters and contain about 3.5g of product. The small size of these jars makes it a bit difficult to use a blush brush in the lids but it's either this or upgrade to a 20g jar which I do prefer for my loose blushes. Currently Andrea offers samples as well as the 8g jar and I would totally love if she also added a 20g jar option. =)

Labeling on the blush
Jar comparison blush vs. eyeshadow

Anthrax - Bright grape purple with a strong iridescent green shift. This is one of the most unique purples in my collection. I <3 it!
Hoof and Mouth - Red based purple with a pink shift.
Mad Cow - Medium violet with a blue shift.
Amacyst - Dark blue based purple with purple and blue sparks. This looks more blue in pics than it is in real life.



Law Firm Lamb Cake - Sheer white with a strong pink shift and white and holographic sparks. This is a sister shade to Unicorn Pee but I still prefer Unicorn Pee to this one.
My Pretty Zombie (sample) - Hot pink with pink sparks. Now this is a HOT pink!
Disquiet (sample) - Shimmery sea green with a very slight blue shift.


MDMA blush - Candy pink with gold sparks. I <3 <3 <3 this blush! It's sooo pretty and much more so in real life.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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StellaStarish Cosmetics Swatch Spam

The ever lovely Stella had another awesome sale last week where she offered 12 pigments for $35.00. I couldn't resist because there were quite a new few shades I really wanted. I also purchased a pair of adorable lashes with tiny pink Hello Kitty bows on them!

How cute are these?!?
I <3 the bows!
Ok on to the main event...the swatches! I know that in these pics the browns look almost exactly the same but in reality they are not that close. Hopefully the descriptions help you imagine what these colors look like better than just the pics by themselves.



Dew - Bright white with a blue shift.
Ursa Major - Dark warm brown with blue sparks. Really unusual to see blue sparks in a brown shadow.
Omega - Matte brick red with a blue sheen.
Martian - Bright grass green with gold sparks. I'm not really sure why it's showing up silvery in the picture but it's really gold spark



Pisces - Creamsicle orange with silver sparks. Looks more yellow than it is in real life.
Aries - Milk chocolate bronzey brown with a gold sheen
Epsilon - Almost - matte bright pastel purple with a pink sheen. This totally reminds me of a My Little Pony color.
Zeta - Bright shimmery fuchsia. This is one of my favorites!



Milky Way - Dark warm brown with silver sparks
Brianna's Blizzard - Bright pastel blue with white and silver sparks. This almost seems like a sister shade of Epsilon.
Cassiopeia - Bright reddish pink with tons of gold sparks. I really like the balance of the gold and pink in this shade.
Virgo - Gorgeous shimmery ivory with silver and gold sparks. This is the perfect highlight color!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy First Purchase!

After my initial review, I went right back to I+T and ordered 4 more full size shadows. I ordered a full size of I <3 When Angels Cry because I loved that one so much as well as 3 other colors that I had not tried before. Now that I've actually ordered I can report on her TAT. I placed my order on Oct. 16 and received a shipping confirmation email the very next day! I received my package on Oct. 19 so she's got the fastest TAT of any MMUC I've ordered from. It does also help that the owner lives only 2.5 hours north of me. ;)

My order was packaged the same as it was before and in addition to the 4 full sizes I ordered I received 2 sample baggies. I really really love Linda's shadows. They're all very unique and nicely pigmented. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!


Venomous Kiss - Indigo blue with purple and gold sparks. I don't have any color similar to this one which is very nice.
Innocent + Twisted - Black based plum with a hint of red shift and purple and red sparks. I think this is my favorite of this lot. =)
Silent Lucidity - Periwinkle blue with red and blue sparks.


Heavenly Agony (sample) - Creamsicle orange with pink and blue sparks. It looks more yellow in the picture than it is in real life.
Cardio - Blemish (sample) - Deep pearl red with blue and black sparks
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Dawn Eyes Cosmetics Swatch Spam

I purchased all of these back in August when Dawn was having a huge sale after hitting 500 fans on Facebook! I ended up purchasing 12 full size jars and 7 samples in all. I did not swatch all of the full size jars as some of them I had swatched from the samples I previously received. Dawn's shadows are seriously some of the most sparkley shadows I own and the pictures do not do them any justice. You really have to see them for yourself to appreciate them! Enjoy the swatches!


Metallic Teal - Dark metallic teal with a green shift a blue sparks
Hot Pink Rainbow - Pearly medium pink with purple, pink and holographic sparks
Kings Robe - Royal purple with blue, purple and iridescent green sparks
Holographic White - Silvery white loaded with holographic sparks



Help Me - Bright coral with red and gold sparks
Amazing Base - Sheer white with holographic sparks
Glittering Aquamarine - Dark teal with a gold shift and blue, aqua and green iridescent sparks


Lady Sings the Blues Holographic - Dark denim blue with navy and holographic glitter
Faerie Dance - Medium golden brown with holographic sparks
Sparkling Jade - Gorgeous bright jade green with green sparks


Glittering Hibiscus - Bright pink with pink sparks
Purple Velvet - Black base filled with blue and purple sparks
Lemon Ice - Lemony yellow filled with silver sparks



Deep Blue Seas - Deep navy with holographic sparks
Orange Sherbet - Creamy bright orange with gold sparks
Very Hot Pink - Bright metallic pink
Super Sparkle Black Rainbow - Matte black base filled with every color spark imaginable! The pic does not show of how gorgeous this shadow is in real life. Very glittery!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Spellbinding Nails Giveaway!


If you're into nail art stamping then you MUST enter this giveaway! Go check out Spellbinding Nails for your chance to win this amazing package!
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Monday, October 17, 2011

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Darling Girl Cosmetics Giveaway!


The lovely Susan of Darling Girl Cosmetics is having a little giveaway on her blog! Go check it out because you don't want to miss out on the one of a kind aqua liner she's giving away as well as a big grab bag of samples! http://tinyurl.com/3h79ymk
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

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100+ Follower Giveaway!! (CLOSED)


In honor of having reached over 100 followers on my blog and Facebook page I've decided to have a giveaway!! This is going to be my best giveaway so far! One lucky winner will receive one brand new set of Fyrinnae's Halloween 2011 minis!! The set includes 6 Arcane Magic eye shadows and 3 regular eye shadows. You do not want to miss out on this giveaway because the colors in this collection are absolutely amazing!! Check out my swatches below (I swatched these with my own set, not the one you will be receiving)!!






Giveaway Rules:
  1. This giveaway will begin now October 16th and end at 11:59pm PST on October 30th.
  2. Giveaway is open internationally. If the winner is international you will be responsible for any customs charges imposed by your country.
  3. One entry form per person! If you mess up the form please email me and let me know so I can delete the old form.
  4. Winner will be chosen via random.org
  5. I will announce the winner on my blog and via email within 24 hours after the end of this giveaway.
  6. Winner has 48 hours to reply to me or I will choose another winner.
  7. I am NOT responsible for the package once it has been mailed
  8. Good Luck!
**All products were purchased by me with my own money. This is not a sponsored giveaway.


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy

I can't remember how I heard about this company Innocent + Twisted Alchemy (I+T). I think I may have randomly stumbled upon it on Etsy one day and then googled reviews on it. They are a very new company and so far have 12 beautiful eye shadows. I was interested in trying the eyeshadows but put it off because there were a lot of other companies I wanted to purchase from. Linda, the owner of I+T contacted me and asked if I would be willing to write a review for her. I jumped at the chance since I was definitely interested in the company. Linda allowed me to choose the colors I wanted for 1 full size, 2 clamshells and 2 baggies that she was going to send me.


Once I had let her know what colors I wanted it took her 2 days to send the package out to me and then another 2 days for mento receive the package. I believe her normal TAT is between 5-8 business days which is about average for many small MMUCs. My package was sent to me in a small yellow bubble mailer sealed with pretty pink tape. Inside was a cute cellophane bag with pink and red hearts printed on it that contained the products and was also sealed with pink tape.



Inside the cellophane were the shadows I was sent along with an invoice, a photo with the logo and website address, ingredients list for each shadow and another sheet of paper containing the store's policies and FAQs. The art on all the info sheets were created by the owner which is awesome! She also designed the logo but had someone else draw it. 


Her full sizes are 5gr jars without sifters and filled to the brim which she sells for $6.00 and her sample sizes are the clamshells which are also filled to the brim and are currently sold for $2.00. At this time she doesn't sell sample baggies in her Etsy shop and at this time are only used to send out free samples with purchases. Her prices are quite reasonable and on par with many other MMUCs especially for the amount of product you are receiving.

Full to the brim 5gr jar
Full to the brim clamshell

Linda has taken great care in the labeling of her products. The sample baggies were completely labeled with the logo, ingredient list and whether or not the pigment was lip safe. The clamshells have a small sticker with the logo on the top and the name of the pigment and whether or not it is lip safe on the bottom. The 5gr jars have a gorgeous sparkley logo sticker on the top and the name of the pigment and whether or not it is lip safe on the bottom.



I love the beautiful sparkley label on the full sizes!
Now on to the eye shadows themselves. All of them are beautifully pigmented and very silky smooth with minimal fallout. The colors are also quite unique and I don't think I have anything else like them in my collection.


Melodies in June - Really gorgeous medium blue/green with a gold shift and orange sparks. I'm am so glad I got this as my full size!
I <3 When Angels Cry - Pearly baby pink with blue and green iridescent sparks. This is a stunning color and I definitely want a full size of this.
Twisted - Dark violet with green iridescent sparks
Poisoned Tears - Pearly baby blue with red and green sparks. This is a fairly unusual blue and is quite lovely.
Consumed by Agony - Dark gray (almost black) with a gold shift and green and gold sparks.

I would definitely love to purchase more from Linda in the future and would highly recommend that you do so as well! Her selection is small but gorgeous and very well made. I love the attention to even the most minute details. The branding and all the little extra touches are just so gorgeous! Have you heard or tried I+T? Which shadows would you like to try?

5 out of 5 Glittery Bubbles

**Eye shadows in this review were sent to me for consideration by Linda, the owner of Innocent + Twisted Alchemy. This does not in any way affect my review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion of this company and their eye shadows
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Friday, October 14, 2011

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Rock A Betty Beauty Entire Core Line

I just happened to be on Facebook when Ber decided to have an extraordinary sale of 50% off everything in her shop. I decided I'd just go ahead and buy her Obsessed and Loving It Collection which basically includes every shade in her core line. The normal price for all 38 lid luster eye shadows is $100 but with the 50% off I was able to purchase it for $50.00 which is a steal! I basically paid about $1.32 for each shadow!

Just an FYI some of these pictures may look flatter than normal and colors may seem dull and less vibrant. This is because I was battling with the clouds for the sun's attention all day so it was a bit difficult to photograph these as well as I usually do. I'm probably going to end up re-swatching some of them just because I'm a perfectionist and I want these to look as true to life as possible. For now though I'm going to post what I have.



Relic - Mustard yellow
Hella Stellar - Bright white with rainbow shimmer. And yes I did misspell it in the photo.
Archangel - Yellowy beige
Riddle Box - Shimmery medium dove grey
Changeling - Peachy pink with gold shimmer. Reminds me of NARS Orgasm blush but in eye shadow form.



Lady In the Water -Medium blue with blue and silver shimmer
Hellhound - Metallic light bronze
Quarantine - Gorgeous lime green with green shimmer
Lycanthropy - Milk chocolate with gold shimmer
Vampire Boyfriend - Light satin pink with silver shimmer


Earth Girls Are Easy - Pearly white with purple glitter
Chainsaw Massacre - Silvery grey with green and purple shimmer
Mary Shelley - Satin medium pink with green and pink iridescent shimmer
Soylent Green is People - Grass green with a gold shift



Incendiary - Peachy orange with gold and red glitter
Good and Evil - Matte black with orange glitter
OHBSYM - Shimmery sunflower yellow
Hallucination - Shimmery pearly white



Vertigo - Light sheer yellow with blue sparks
La Llorona - Sheer shimmery white with a hint of pink shift
Wendigo - Coppery brown with silver sparks
Insomnia - Very light pearly baby pink

Bleeding Heart - Blood red with blue and purple sparks
Beware Falling Houses - Bright primary yellow
Crossroads Demon - Sparkley black with rainbow sparks
Cthulhu's Lover - Metallic orange with blue and green iridescent sparks


Merzombicon - Metallic light sage green with purple and green glitter
Cannibal - Medium bubble gum pink with purple and pink glitter
Ashes to Ashes - Light dove grey with purple glitter
Nutella Whore - Chocolate brown with gold sparks and a hint of gold shift. Gotta love Nutella!


Cupcake Not A Muffin - Light shimmery pink with a hint of red shift and red glitter. Really pretty pink and I love the name!
Death Becomes Her - Gorgeous blackened plum with a red shift. This is a really pretty vampy purple.
Imaginary Friend - Bubble gum pink with green iridescent glitter.
Cemetary Road - Gorgeous light chocolate brown with green iridescent glitter and a green shift.



Desenestration - Dusty blue-based violet. This is an almost-matte shade
Requiem - Gorgeous olive green with a gold shift and copper sparkle. This is one of my favorites. Really gorgeous and unique!
Macabre - Purple based pink with holographic glitter
Heartless - Light baby blue with blue sparks
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Fyrinnae Halloween 2011

I started drooling over the Fyrinnae Halloween 2011 collection when I saw Grey post swatch pics on her blog. I spent a few days stalking the Fyrinnae website and was lucky enough to be able to purchase the entire shadow collection before they shut down the cart again. In case you're wondering did not purchase either of the lippies that were also released with the shadows.

You honestly have to see this collection to really appreciate how complex these colors are. Pictures really are a poor representation of these amazing creations! I did swatch these over a regular primer rather than PE or Glitter Glue because I was just way too excited...hehe. Enjoy the swatches!


Book of the Dead - Bright golden champagne with green and purple sparks
Dorian Gray - Blackened navy with blue and green iridescent sparks
Purgatory - Dark velvety black-based red


Steampunk - Unexpected blackened pinky bronze with gold glitter.
Are You My Mummy? - Dark sea foam green with green iridescence
Alchemist's Curse - Gorgeous blackened plum with purple, pink and blue glitter. The pics make it appear that this on is similar to Steampunk when in reality they're quite different


Raven's Prophecy - Amazing black base filled with blue, purple, orange and yellow glitter. This reminds me of a dark starry night.
Wake Not the Dead - Vibrant purple filled with gold and blue glitter
Bride of Frankenstein - Vibrant blue with a green shift filled with blue and green glitter
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