Saturday, December 10, 2016

October 2016 Julep Maven - Dark And Stormy Nights - Unboxing & Review!

Another month of Julep Maven! Minus when I first subscribed, I think this has been my longest streak of not skipping a month; I really appreciate Julep upgrading my subscription to be customizable, while still letting me pay the original price.
I ended up with quite a lot of products this month! Along with my three base items, I added three extra items, got a freebie item for doing so, and Julep gave everyone who got a box in October an additional special holo topcoat!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October 2016 Allure Beauty Box - Season's Best - Unboxing & Review!

I don't know if it's always been this way, but I just discovered that Allure lists the credits for the front and back cover photos of the Beauty Box mini mag next to the spine on the page with the Letter From The Editor. I think it's a photographer credit (there are two models on the cover, but only one name credited), but still--no more mysterious photos!
The October 2016 Allure Beauty Box shipped a bit late this month due to a special limited edition item. Allure sent out an e-mail letting everyone know that the boxes would ship late; I did start to worry when it got to October 17th and I still hadn't gotten a shipping notification, but my box arrived safe and sound two days later. On a side note, the Allure Beauty Box is probably one of the least consistent boxes when it comes to ship/arrival dates; when I first subscribed, it came almost on the 1st of the month, but now it can be anywhere from the first few days to within the first two weeks.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 2016 Birchbox - Revive & Restore - Unboxing & Review!

One of my favorite things about subscription boxes is the mystery; the idea that you might get something worth a lot more than you paid is very appealing! While I now appreciate both mystery and non-mystery boxes (I always spoil the Allure Beauty Box for myself, but I never look to see what I'm getting in my Birchbox nor Ipsy Glam Bag), I still love the little thrill I get when opening a mystery box.
...which makes it especially weird when I go with the non-mystery curated Birchbox! I really liked the items in this box, which is why I went with it instead if my regular mystery box, but I kind of regret it since Birchbox tends to sell these boxes in the store for $10, so I could have gotten this box and a normal Birchbox for only $20. Hmm.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set - Swatch & Review!

When I first saw that Kat Von D was going to come out with a mini set of Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks for the holidays, I was super excited. I really like Kat Von D (KVD) as a brand, I've always heard good things about her liquid lipsticks, and I've enjoyed using the few that I have (I've never owned a full size, but I have a couple minis). I purchased this kit the day it launched at Sephora online and, at $49 for eight minis, the kit is a great deal (each mini is about half the size of a full size lipstick, which retail for $20 each).
I was feeling oddly apprehensive about this purchase while it was shipping and, while I do still think this is a good kit for people who love KVD and the Evelasting Liquid Lipsticks, it fell a little short for me and, spoiler alert, I ended up exchanging it.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Sugarpill Kim Chi Liquid Lipstick - Swatch & Review!

We're living in a golden age for indie makeup; thanks to the internet, it is very easy for a smaller company to get their name out there and for consumers to get their hands on more niche products that may not be quite so readily available from mainstream companies. With the rise of consumer desire for more unique products, smaller indie companies can grow and thrive and turn into what I like to call 'semi-indie' companies; companies that still make products in smaller batches or that are not sold in retail stores, but that have corporate offices and a larger staff of people to help them run their business. One of my favorite semi-indie companies is Sugarpill, a super cute cruelty-free brand from California owned and operated by a very lovely lady named Amy (she goes by Shrinkle on social media). Sugarpill makes amazing cosmetics; they're best known for their eye shadows, but they recently branched out into lip products. I already own and love one of their liquid lipsticks, the elusive Trinket, so I was very happy when they announced that they'd be releasing a second called Kim Chi.
 I was prepared to fight tooth and nail to get it when it launched, but due to the issues I had when ordering Trinket (this was when it was limited edition; they've brought it back as a permanent color), I was given a special code to order it early. Yay!

Darling Clandestine Early Fall Release Haul - Dewlap Valentine, Fire Eater, Dulcinea, Hotel Clandestine Set - Review!

Like most people, I like to smell good. But smelling 'good' just isn't enough...I need to smell magical. Smell is a very important sense to me, and I love exploring new and interesting fragrances; there are some really great mainstream perfumes out there, but generally, they all tend to blur together and nothing ever really stands out to me. Which is why I prefer to purchase indie fragrances!
Out of all the indie fragrances I've tried, my favorites by far come from Darling Clandestine! There's just something about them; they're complex and interesting, and they invoke a lot of memory and emotion. Evonne, the owner/creator of Darling Clandestine (DC) is master at her craft, and she and creates some very impressive blends!

September 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Comic Book Girl - Unboxing & Review!

Let's take a look at the September 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month!
Glamour Doll Eyes is an indie cosmetic company that makes a variety of face and eye cosmetics, with a focus on loose shadows. It was one of the first indie companies I was introduced to, and one of the first (if not the first) that I purchased from. While the Of The Month wasn't my first indie subscription (I used to get the Rainbow Honey monthly mystery bags, though I never actually subscribed), it's the one that I've been getting the longest (over two years now!).