Tuesday, April 7, 2015

March 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Indie Subscription - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! It seemed like spring had sprung here, but alas, we still have some chilly weather to slog through unfortunately.

For this post, I wanted to share with you my March 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE from here on out) Of The Month (OTM from here on out)! I got mine a little late last month due to post office concerns (I feel bad throwing the post office under the bus since my husband worked as a letter carrier for a while and it's a pretty demanding job, but lately it just seems like they don't really care anymore and I've had more issues with getting packages delivered than I care to deal with), but it came and it was totally worth the wait!

The GDE OTM is a monthly subscription service offered by the indie cosmetics company Glamour Doll Eyes. GDE is one of my favorite indie companies because Vee, the owner/creator, runs a tight ship and my orders are processed and received quickly and efficiently and the formulation of her products is top notch, especially for the price! This subscription is $10 a month (which includes shipping!) and includes a special, full size eyeshadow made exclusively for that month along with some other goodies. Along with some candy!
It's a great subscription service and is very popular; so popular, in fact, that there are very few spots open each month and you have to enter a raffle (which you can do at the OTM website) in order to win a chance to purchase a subscription.
The theme for the March 2015 GDE OTM is Liar's Keep Secrets (at least that's what I remember it being called; that might be the name of the eyeshadow collection Vee made) and is inspired by the show Pretty Little Liars. Admittedly, I've never seen the show and I know nothing about it, so I don't get all the references to the theme in this bag. But that's okay because it's still awesome!
Most OTMs come in these cute drawstring bags (though some come in boxes or even special bags such as the stocking we got for the December 2014 OTM) and they are mailed in a regular, white padded envelope. As long as they fit, everything will come tucked safely in the bag, though we have gotten special "extra" items that are too big and come outside the bag and in the envelope.
In each OTM, there are always a few business cards (at least one GDE card and sometimes there are cards for the vendors of the extras) and in 2015, each month with also get a sticker that fits the theme! I'm really digging these stickers, though I suffer from "this sticker is so cool and unique that I will never stick it on anything thus rendering it useless" syndrome.
Also in every OTM there is candy! This month we got butterscotch disks; I know it's weird, but I actually like old-timey candies like these. My top three candies are Mary Janes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Werther's Original so. Yeah. Old lady candy is delicious.
Vee has also been throwing in a cute charm in each bag this year! She put an anchor charm in the first bag because she thought it needed a little more pizazz and we (the Facebook group; if you love GDE I highly recommend joining!) all commented that we hoped it would be a monthly collectible thing. Vee wasn't sure if she would financially be able to include a charm in every OTM, but so far she has! For March 2015 it's a cute little tube of lipstick!
The information cards this year are styled to match the theme and are a little big bigger than they were last year (I think before they were the same size as the business cards; I'd have to go look at my old ones and see). They are very informative and well designed; even though this is a subscription service by a fairly small (though well known!) indie company, it is very professionally put together! On the front of the card is the name and description of the OTM shadow (along with Evolution Of A Foodie modelling it!) a super fun section called "TMI: Try More Indie" and a sneak peek at what the theme for next month is (which is Crazy Cat Lady and I am way, way too excited for it).

This month's TMI is for ForGoodnessGrape and is shareable so I can share the special promo code with you guys! ForGoodnessGrape has a wide selection of products including lip balms, soap, and wax tarts and you can get 20% off all perfumes with a $25+ purchase using code ILOVEINDIE until April 30th. ForGoodnessGrape is currently on break, but will open up again on April 10th!

Now for the star of this subscription: the OTM eyeshadow! The shadow for March 2015 is named Ezria, which is probably a reference that I don't get.
It is described on the card as a "navy blue base with slight emerald sheen and a plethora of rose sparkles". This is another shadow I wouldn't pick for myself based on how it looks in the jar but I love how it looks when swatched (Be My Anchor from January 2015 was like that).
This is a dry swatch on bare, unprimed skin. Uh, sorry about the state of my hand, this was right after work one day and my skin was dry. You can increase the intensity of both the color and the sparkle of this shadow (as with most loose shadows like this) buy foiling it, using it over a primer, or both!
On the back of the info card, we get some info about the two extras we got in this month's bag!
The first extra is a full size (at least I think) Shhh... Sheer Lip Glaze in the color Light Rose Gold by the brand Kiss My Sass. I've gotten products from this brand before and love them, so I'm more than happy to get this lip glaze!
As you can see in the first picture, this product came sealed and it has a screw off cap with a furred doe foot type applicator.
Ingredient-wise it's pretty minimal, also it's vegan! It does have peppermint essential oil so this is a product you might not want to let a little one play around with; the peppermint essential oil does give it a minty scent/taste, which I'm not the biggest fan of, but it smells more like those melt-away buttercream mints that you often see at weddings/bridal showers and less like mint gum, so it's not the worst.
This is definitely a sheer glaze and it provides just a wash of shimmer and light glitter either over your naked lips or on top of another color. I'm starting to get into these types of sheer glosses; I'm moving away from glosses as a means to put color on and am using them more for enhancing/changing finishes of my lipsticks. Definitely excited to give this a try!
Finally, we got a pair of Miss Adoro false eyelashes! I believe everyone got the same kind, #5. I've heard of Miss Adoro lashes, but I've never purchased/owned any, so I'm not sure how they are quality versus price or what other types of styles they come in or anything. It kind of weirds me out that they're 100% human hair, but I have other lashes that are also made out of human hair and I assume that makes them better quality than, say, plastic lashes.
According to the package, these are made in Indonesia, but again, my knowledge on Miss Adoro (and all false lashes, really) is pretty minimal so I don't know if this is a good/neutral/bad thing. Not that the location of manufacture is ever really a "bad" thing, it can sometimes just give hints as to what things like QC and ingredient sourcing might have been. I really, really, want to step up my lashes game so I'm glad to get another pair to play around with.

And that was my March 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month! Overall I'm again very pleased with my bag; I think it's totally worth the $10. The shadow alone is a $6 value and I like the idea of having a product that's exclusive and (sometimes) difficult to obtain. If you're interested in trying an indie subscription service, I would highly recommend trying to get a spot in the GDE OTM (if you don't, there are other good ones out there you can try...though those are probably kind of tricky to get into, too).

Thanks for reading! <3

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