Sampling Saturday: Intro to Gloom Naturals

I know this post comes late in the day but I CANNOT have you wait another week to meet this new brand! Gloom Naturals offered to send me some samples to review and naturally I agreed–but wait until you see what she sent. My little package was way beyond what I expected.

Also, if you are reading this lovely, I do owe all an apology for the quality of my pictures, here and lately. My camera is dying and my lighting is going downhill. I ordered a lightbox and am looking at cameras but I MAY need to use my phone for a bit because I took sooooo many more pictures I couldnt use!

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Everything came packaged in a bubble mailer. Then there was this note inside letting me know which shades she was sending me, as well as links to the Facebook page and Etsy store. 

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First surprise: Eyeliner! I was expecting 3 lipstick samples and the first thing I pull out is this giant tub of black cream eyeliner!

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This is it open, for size. There is also an ingredient list on the back. From the shop listing: ingredients: local beeswax, castor oil, jojoba oil, black oxide, kaolin clay.  I was definitely impressed, but more on that later. DSCN7796 

I attempted to do some arm swatches but it looks much better on my eyes. DSCN7799

Second Surprise: 3 FULL lipsticks! L-R Olde English 800, Faster Pussycat, and Nice Girls Dont Wear Cha Cha Heels. DSCN7800 

These ar the colors, same order, cranked all the way up. Comparable to any store bought lipstick! They are molded well and the packaging is very professional. 

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Closeup of the extended tubes. 

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Arm swatches of the lipsticks.

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Eye swatch of the liner, applied with a Starlooks angled liner brush. It glides very smoothly–i had to work the brush a little bit to pick up product the first time i used it; however this has not been a problem at all since this first time and I’ve been using the liner for about a week now. 

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Olde English 800. I was actually concerned how a gold lipstick was going to work but it starts on the sheer side and you build it up as you want.

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Faster Pussycat.The listing describes it as matte coral but its more orange-red to me, or at least on my skintone. 

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Nice Girls Don’t Wear Cha Cha Heels! There isnt a listing up in the shop currently for this color. Its a bright pink that leans ever-so-slightly purple. I feel like my spirit animal, Nicki Minaj. 

 

Day Trials! This week I used the eyeliner every day and used different lipsticks to test against eating, drinking, daily work grind wear, etc. 

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Day 1 Products used. 

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Day 1 Eye. The eyeliner is actually pretty buildable as well. It applies with a medium coverage but if you go over it again its super black. love it!

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The whole look. The lips today were Faster, Pussycat. Here is also a prime example of stupid camera syndrome. DSCN7822

 This is my face after a full day of work–approximately 10 hours after application with no touch ups. You can tell my lips hae work but unless you are quite close up and examining it just looks like a lip stain or more sheer coverage.  DSCN7836

Day 2! Today was Nice Girls. Again, I use the eyeliner and had a little fun with my electric palette. DSCN7840

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Again I really don’t know whats going on with the camera. It’s on its last legs.    

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Day 3 Products. It was Olde English 800 day so I used less products since I felt the lipstick would be bold.DSCN7858

 

 

So there you have it! Sorry the look pics are so terrible–I go to work before the sun rises and my camera no longer plays nicely with the bathroom lighting. My overall impression of the products is very positive! The eyeliner especially may be my new favorite liner and the jar appears to hold quite a lot of product, which is 1/2 an oz per the shop listing. Faster Pussycat definitely was the longest lasting shade, Olde English 800 the most buildable, and Nice Girls the creamiest with the fullest coverage. The packaging is very professional, right down to the labels.

If you are interested in trying any of the products out, the coupon code GLOOMANDDOOM is good for 20% off until Sept.1st in the Etsy shop! I’m looking forward to more great things from Gloom!

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Manic Monday: Model City Polish Ghost Stories & UO Bon Bonz

 

Hello readers! I have another great indie for you today, Model City Polish! I used a glitter topper from Urban Outfitters called Bon Bonz. I love neon glitter over holos!

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Manic Monday- KB Shimmer Don’t Pink Twice

Here we are again! Only a few weeks left in summer so I thought I would bring you one of my new favorite summer neons, Don’t Pink Twice by KBShimmer! This neon dries to a matte finish, but you can gloss it up with topcoat if you so desire 

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It’s difficult to see in the first pictures but I ATTEMPTED to do a matte/shiny french manicure by using topcoat on the tips. It was subtle IRL too…but just really didnt show up well in pictures. Also if you look closely at the bottle, especially in the first and last pictures, you will see there is an ever-so-slight blue shimmer

 

Whats your favorite neon? Whats your favorite KB Shimmer??. 

Subscription Box Sunday: New Review–Rainbow Honey Mini Subscription July 2014

I was first introduced to the Rainbow Honey brand, ironically, in my first Wantable makeup subscription box. Rainbow Honey is known particularly for glitter-packed polishes and scented topcoats. 

Rainbow Honey offers their subscription in both fullsized and mini. I currently subscribe to the mini–mostly for space-saving reasons! Each month comes with 2-3 polishes and several other beauty & nailcare goodies. If you want to test it out with out committing to a subscription you can also purchase prior months individually.

 

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Each package comes with a fun insert describing all the products! July I received 3 mini polishes, perfume, cuticle balm, and aloe cooling gel. 

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Also in the package was a coupon to celebrate the release of their summer collection!DSCN7282

 

L-R: Deep heart sea, Viridis, Chemical Plant. 

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L-R: Cuticle balm, perfume, and cooling gel.

Each month the scents are usually on a theme–July everything was midori scented–a summery fruity melon scent that makes me crave a midori sour. 

You can visit their website here to purchase your own! Fullsized is $25 and mini is $10. You can also currently purchase individual packages of July and August while supplies last. 

 

Happy shopping!!

Manic Monday: Summer French Leopard

Good evening readership! I was actually just discussing one of these polishes today so I decided this manicure would be today’s subject! I used a 4 polish combination of both indie and mainstream to create this dazzling (and freshly scented!) masterpiece!

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brands are Model City Polish, Finger Lickin’ Lacquer, Sinful Colors, and Julep.DSCN7301

Bottle shots.

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Color names! Toasted Marshmallow, Call Me Meg. Tidal Wave, & Michele. Call Me Meg by FLL is cucumber-melon scented! (but don’t worry, you can buy unscented versions if you are sensitive or allergic to fragrance! )

Finished Product with flash:

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Without flash:

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I really love using leopard print in my manicures. It always looks fancy and complicate but is actually very simple to execute with a dotting tool. 

What are your faves from these brands? Any other cool leopard idea to try?