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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The Mary Kay Look: Influenster Glamour VoxBox

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Hello beautiful readers! I’m a bit late to the game but I haven’t yet posted my review and pictures from the Mary Kay VoxBox I received from Influenster! I got 5 full-sized products to test out. The Mary Kay brand is one that is known to me to be very reliable and have quality (if a bit pricey) products, so when I found out I had qualified and would be receiving the below cosmetics, I was very excited!

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Included were Lash Primer, Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (which is new according to that catalog), Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm, Cream Eye Color/Concealer brush, & True Dimensions lip stick in Pink Cherie.

I will tell you right now that I don’t have pictures or swatches of the lash primer or mascara. I don’t understand the primer’s purpose–I didn’t notice a huge difference. But this could be because I already have long-ish and thick lashes and don’t particularly need a large amount of lash products–if I forget mascara sometimes, no one notices.

HOWEVER I will say that if you love Clump Crusher, it’s very similar. The brush is identical, the application is identical, the only difference is the brand/price tag.

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The top swatch is the eyeshadow. I love it! It’s very smooth and has only a slight purple tint–a more accurate title would have been LAVENDER storm 🙂 With my normal primer it lasted all day and didn’t crease, and blends very well with my other shadows. Unfortunately due to my sub box obsession the $22 price tag is beyond my budget.

The bottom swatch is the lipstick. I LOVE THIS. You can see it actually on my lips in one of the pictures from my last post (paired with a lip liner from my Ipsy bag). It goes on butter smooth and blends nicely with my natural lip color. The container itself is innovative–I haven’t seen a similar tube from any other brand.

As for the brush, it is very nice. I didn’t have anything of similar size/shape in my current brush collection so it was a welcome addition. It seems sturdy and didn’t lose any bristles when washed.

OVerall, the total value of this box was $80.00, so how could I be anything but pleased? To be 100% straight with y’all, one of the best parts was this page in the catalog that actually shows different looks to try! I just substituted the items I didn’t have (most of them) with approximate items from my collection!

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Thanks and shout out to Influenster for the opportunity to test out these great beauty products from Mary Kay! Also it’s really important to note that “I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.” Which you already knew, if you knew anything about Influenster and its VoxBoxes.

Thanks for stopping by!