March 28, 2014

Madd Style Cosmetics: Aaahh! Real Monsters! Collection + Tardis Swatches

Back in January I won an amazing giveaway hosted by the owner of Mudd Slinger Ceramics and Crafts - part of the prize being a gift code to spend at Madd Style Cosmetics! :)
Since Madd Style Cosmetics is currently having a huge clearance sale (yes, a sale on sale!), I thought that I would go ahead and be a bit of an enabler by posting some swatches of what I had picked up with my gift code last month. ;)
Yep.. this is basically just a quick post to show you how lovely the 'Aaahh! Real Monsters!' Collection is, as well as a swatch of 'Tardis' because.. well, I couldn't pass it up either. And it's gorgeous. haha

All shadows are swatched over Tick:Tock Cosmetics Infinity Eyeshadow Base in 'Milky Way' and were photographed outside in natural sunlight. Click on the photos. Seriously.
Ickis has a beautiful slight pink shift to it, and you can kind of see the pretty aqua sparkles (much more apparent in person, hard to pick up on camera), Krumm has an amazing blue duochrome - in person the base color almost matches my skin tone (slightly more peachy) but the duochrome is strong and gives this shade a beautiful soft blue overlay. You really have to see these in person, my camera doesn't do them justice!

Madd Style Cosmetics 'Oblina' on the left,
and 'Ickis' on the right

Madd Style Cosmetics 'The Snorch' on the left,
'The Gromble' in the center,
and 'Krumm' on the right

Madd Style Cosmetics 'Tardis'

As I am typing this - ALL of these colors are still available in the sale section on the Madd Style Cosmetics website. Collections on sale are currently down to $15, and single eyeshadows on sale are down to $2.50! Are you planning to pick anything up (or did you already shop the sale)? Let me know in the comments! :)

Thanks for stopping by <3 <3

FTC: These products were paid for in part by using a gift code I had won and any remainder was paid for by myself/by my boyfriend. I am not being compensated to write this post, these are my honest opinions on the products and company. All photos were taken by me in natural lighting, &are unaltered aside from cropping.

March 27, 2014

Ipsy Quick Look: March 'Destination Beauty' Glam Bag

My bag contents this month:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette in 'Barefoot In The Sand' - 3 x 0.035 oz
  • Chella Eyeliner Pen in 'Indigo Blue' - 1ml/0.034 fl oz
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in 'Get Ready' - 1.5g/0.05 oz
  • Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer - 12ml/0.4 fl oz

Kind of obsessed with the print of the bags this month, and I absolutely love the idea behind it! I hope that this will be a continuing theme with Ipsy featuring more artists for future bags. :) Also really pleased with the items I received this month. I feel as though these are actually products I would have chosen to try this month if given a choice.. just coincidence or ipsyMatch hard at work? I'm not sure.. but, I love it!
Okay, so.. bad news first? When swatching the NYX Eyeshadow Palette, I found that the colors weren't very pigmented. I actually had a hard time trying to build up the color. :( This was pretty unusual for me because I always use an eyeshadow base (or more specifically.. a primer and a base!), and it generally makes even the dullest of colors POP. However, I swatched this trio over my Tick:Tock Cosmetics Infinity Eyeshadow Base in 'Milky Way' and still couldn't get them to show up very well.. I probably wouldn't purchase one of these trios, but I am glad I was able to try this product and am not disappointed to have received it. They are still very pretty colors, even though they are quite subtle.
I was pleasantly surprised by the bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick. I really didn't think I would like the color at all, but it's quite lovely and looks absolutely nothing like the 'swatch' on their website. It also feels super moisturizing! I think I might actually check out the other colors available from this line. ;) My hands-down favorite product from my bag this month is the Chella Eyeliner Pen in 'Indigo Blue'. Words cannot even begin to express how much I loooove the color of this eyeliner! Such a nice break and much needed surprise after receiving countless black eyeliners between Birchbox and Ipsy. haha  As for the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer.. I have yet to try it, but I have high hopes because it says that it is 'hydrating' - fingers crossed!

Here are my quick swatches this month:

NYX Love in Rio Eyeshadow Palette in 'Barefoot In The Sand'

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in 'Get Ready' on the left,
& Chella Eyeliner Pen in 'Indigo Blue' on the right

Are you an Ipsy subscriber (if no, why not!?)? ;) Which items did you fall in love with this month and which products could you have done without? Let me know in the comments! :)

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Thank you for viewing! <3

FTC: This subscription is paid for by myself/by my boyfriend. I am not being compensated to write this post, these are my honest opinions on the products and the subscription company. If you choose to use my referral link, I will receive referral points on the Ipsy website. The photos were taken in natural lighting and are unaltered aside from cropping.