NYX: Random Lipstick Swatches

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Products: NYX Lipsticks in Echo, Iced Honey, Lala & Summer Love

Price: $4.00 at NYX Cosmetics (I purchased mine at a discounted price on Hautelook)

Official Description from NYX Cosmetics:

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick is our classic lipstick for all occasions. The mineral-based emollient formula offers a beautiful velvet texture, saturated color and it resists wear and smudging. It’s your go-to lipstick. From Pure Nude to Pink Lyric to Chic Red, Round Lipstick is available in a jaw-dropping variety of shades.

Echo: light caramel (cream)
Iced Honey: light pink with gold shimmer (frost)
LaLa: mauve-plum (cream)
Summer Love: beige with soft pink undertones (cream)

My Thoughts:  Overall, these are good lipsticks at a great price.  I love Lala for a nice light berry lip for fall.  Summer Love is a great nude/pink shade that pairs perfectly with a smokey eye.  Iced Honey is a bit too frosty for my taste and unfortunately, Echo is just a horrible shade on me!

Photos & Swatches: (products are swatched on bare skin)

Sweetpea & Fay: Customer Service Review

I decided to place an order with Sweetpea & Fay on Sunday 9/1/2013.  I ordered 2 eyeshadows & 2 lip products and the shipping was a reasonable $2.99 (flat rate for orders under $50 in the US).

On Friday 9/6/2013, I received a PayPal shipping notification with the following info:

Shipper None
Tracking number No Shipment Tracking
Shipping status Shipped

as well as a shipping notification from stamps.com with the following info:

Shipped To: removed for privacy
Mailing Date: 9/6/2013
Est. Delivery: 1-3 days
Service: First Class (R)
Signature: Not Required
Tracking: 9400111899560427256728

According to the stamps.com shipping notification, I should receive my order in 1-3 days.  I’m guessing closer to 1 or 2 as I’m only one state away from Sweetpea & Fay (and I’ve received packages from CA to PA in 3 days).  On Tuesday 9/10/2013, the tracking number still only said that electronic shipping info has been received.  This means a shipping label was printed but that the package hasn’t been accepted into the USPS system yet (wasn’t dropped off at the post office).  I politely emailed Sweetpea & Fay on Tuesday 9/10/2013 asking them to check on the package for me since it wasn’t accepted.  I never heard a response :(

I politely sent a second email on Thursday 9/12/2013 asking them again to check on the package since it still wasn’t accepted into the USPS system.  Once again, I never heard a response from them :(

I decided to try a different contact method.  So on Friday 9/13/2013 I sent them a message on Facebook asking them to check why the package wasn’t accepted into the USPS system.  Again, no response at all!

On Monday 9/16/2013 (I should have already received my package by now but it still hasn’t been accepted into the USPS system) I opened a PayPal dispute.  Keep in mind, I have already tried contacting them 3 times the week before and have never received a response back.  The next day Tuesday 9/17/2013 SweetPea & Fay refunded my money and closed the dispute with absolutely NO COMMUNICATION WITH ME!

I didn’t want my money back, I just wanted them to check and see why the package wasn’t accepted into the USPS system.  While I’m glad now that I received my money back and I don’t have to deal with a company like this anymore, I’m sad that they can’t take a moment to respond to a customer about their order.  If a company can’t take the time to contact a customer when there is a problem with their order, I can’t take the time to order from them anymore!  I’ll be giving my money to indie companies that enjoy communicating with their customers!

Pumpkin & Poppy: Meet Me in Montauk Collection

Product: Meet Me in Montauk Collection by Pumpkin & Poppy Cosmetics

Price: $44.85 at Pumpkin & Poppy Cosmetics on Artfire (when you buy the full collection)

Official Descriptions from Pumpkin & Poppy:

Night Picnic Eyeshadow – 5 gram jar, 1 gram product (sifters available upon request)
Ingredients (NOT LIP SAFE; SAFE FOR FACE & EYES): Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Ultarmarines (77007), Iron Oxide (77499; 77491;77492), Red Lake #40, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Myristrate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*

Montauk Eyeshadow – 5 gram jar, 1 gram product (sifters available upon request)
Ingredients (NOT LIP SAFE; SAFE FOR FACE & EYES): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Ultramarines, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Hydrated Chromium Green Oxide, Chromium Green Oxide

Blue Ruin Cream Eyeliner – 5 gram jar
Ingredients (NOT LIP SAFE; SAFE FOR EYES & FACE): Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ultramarine Blue, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Jojoba Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sumac Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Red Lake #40, Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Manganese Violet, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Myristrate, Iron Oxide (77499), D&C Black #2, Polyester 3, Tin Oxide

Joley Cream Eyeliner – 5 gram jar
Ingredients (SAFE FOR EYES, FACE, & LIPS): Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ultramarine Blue, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Hydrogenated Jojoba Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sumac Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Iron Oxide (77491, 77499), Maranta Arundinacea (Arrowroot) Root Powder, Manganese Violet, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Myristrate, Nylon 12, ,
D&C Black #2, Polyester 3, Tin Oxide, Red Lake #40

Red Menace Cream Blush – black compact with a mirror in a 37.8 mm pan
Pumpkin and Poppy cream blushes contain rice powder to help the product last longer on the skin. This formula contains non-comedogenic oil (fractionated coconut oil) and no mineral oil. Suitable for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Ingredients (NOT EYE SAFE; SAFE FOR FACE & LIPS): Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Jojoba Wax Esters, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Barium Red #6, Red Lake #40, Red Lake 27, Mica, Magnesium Myristrate, Tin Oxide,

Clementine Lip Gloss – .33 oz
Ingredients (NOT EYE SAFE: SAFE FOR LIPS & FACE): Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Oil, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorophylogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Yellow Lake #5, Yellow Lake #6, Mica, Iron Oxide (77491)

My Thoughts: I love all the shades in this collection.  Red Menace Cream Blush is very bold but can be applied with a light hand for a nice flush to the cheeks.  It also works great as a lip stain too!  Clementine Lip Gloss is bold in the tube but more subtle on the lips.  It has gorgeous sparkles & a love scent too :)  Both eyeshadows and both eyeliners are great staples for everyones collections.  Joely is great for daytime if you don’t want black while Blue Ruin is fun and makes your eyes look whiter.  Night Picnic is a good medium shade of brown while Montauk is a gorgeous gray that could be paired with black for a nice smokey eye.  Overall this is a great collection and very wearable!

Photos & Swatches: (photos are clickable / products are swatched on bare skin)
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Shiro Cosmetics: Custom Lipglosses

**I purchased these products**

Product: Custom Lipglosses by Shiro Cosmetics

Price: $7.50 for sheer & moderate and $8.00 for opaque

Official Descriptions from Shiro Cosmetics:

Choose a lip-safe eye shadow or blush color and we’ll blend it into our much-loved lipgloss base to create a special gloss just for you! For those who haven’t had the chance to try our seasonal glosses – the base is smooth and moisturizing and non-sticky and smells lightly of pure rich chocolate. Mmmmmmmm.

Glosses come in a 10-mL squeeze tube labeled with color name and opacity.
Eye shadow / blush choice MUST BE LIP-SAFE. Discontinued colors (including the “Derps”) are NOT available. Limited edition colors (including current Colors of the Month) are fine. Any requested colors that are not allowed will be substituted with the most similar allowed color we carry. Whether or not a color is lip-safe is stated on their ordering pages, but please email if you have questions!

Please Note: Since these are custom and very time-consuming to create, unless the product you receive is faulty, no refunds can be given on these items.

Ingredients (base only): hydrogenated polyisobutene, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, meadowfoam seed oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E.

My Thoughts: These lipglosses are great!  They aren’t as sticky as Stila Lip Glazes or MAC Lipglass but they aren’t slippery and oily either.  They are the perfect texture for me as I don’t like the super sticky glosses.  I love that you can choose the level of pigmentation as well.  Sometimes I want a gloss that’s sheer to layer over other shades and sometimes I want a shade that’s opaque enough to use on its own.  If you haven’t tried the Custom Lipglosses by Shiro Cosmetics, you are missing out!
Moon Prism Powder (sheer): This is my favorite of the ones I have tried so far.  I chose sheer to use it as a layering gloss and it’s beautiful for that.  It’s a light ivory/almost translucent base with a green sheen and gold sparkles.
I Survived the Apocalypse (moderate): This is a really pretty color but may be slightly too metallic on the lips for my taste.  It’s a pretty bronze shade.
Dammit Moon Moon (opaque): This is a gorgeous dark purple with multi-colored shimmer, perfect for fall.  I chose this in the opaque formula and it is definitely opaque.  I like to wear this shade w/ a pale neutral eye and heavy mascara :)

Photos: (photos are clickable)

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the Balm: Bahama Mama Bronzer

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Product: Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder by the Balm

Price: $20.00 at the Balm (0.25oz / 7.08grams) (I purchased mine at a discounted price on Hautelook)

Official Description from the Balm:

Finally, a Caribbean getaway in a compact! This matte bronzer creates the look of beautifully tanned skin without any orange undertones for a fresh-off-the-beach glow. Bahama Mama also doubles as the perfect contour powder and matte brown eyeshadow. Yes, this tropical beauty keeps busy!

How to Apply
Sweep Bahama Mama onto your nose and the hollows of cheeks with our Powder to the People brush to create definition, or dust all over for a wash of warmth.

 

My Thoughts:
This is great as a bronzer as it’s not too shimmery but has a nice glow to it.  I personally wouldn’t use it as a contour powder though as I prefer to use completely matte powders for that.  I haven’t tried it as an eyeshadow yet, but I’m sure it would work great for that as well.

Photos & Swatches: (product is swatched on bare skin)
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Pumpkin & Poppy: Little Black Dress Collection

Product: The Little Black Dress Collection by Pumpkin & Poppy Cosmetics

Price: $48.00 at Pumpkin & Poppy Cosmetics on Artfire (when you buy the full collection)

Official Descriptions from Pumpkin & Poppy:

Party Girl Lip Butter (Cool Toned Pink w/ Silver Shimmer) (NOT EYE SAFE)
Lip Butters comes in a slimline black liptube with a water resistant label on the cap. It contains 2ml of product and has an angled slant for easier lip application. Perfect size for travel and on the go touch ups!

Beauty Sleep Cream Eyeshadow (Satin Aqua “Tiffany Blue” Shade, with gold shimmer) (NOT LIP SAFE)
Divinely Happy Cream Eyeshadow (Matte Warm Taupe Grey) (NOT LIP SAFE)
Cream Eyeshadows comes in a small, classy black compact with a mirror for easy touch ups on the go. The cream eyeshadow comes in a 29mm, slightly larger than the typical 26mm pans on the market for eyeshadows. You can apply cream shadows with your finger or a brush. Use an eyeshadow primer underneath to prolong the wear; I recommend starting out with a light, sheer layer especially if you have oily lids.

Lula Mae Loose Eyeshadow (Velvet Peach with Pink Undertones) (NOT LIP SAFE)

Incognito Cream Blush (can also be used as a lip tint!) (Semi Matte Red Orange) (NOT EYE SAFE)
Pumpkin and Poppy cream blushes contain rice powder to help the product last longer on the skin. This formula contains non-comedogenic oil (fractionated coconut oil) and no mineral oil. Suitable for those with sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Incognito cream blush comes in a classy black compact with a mirror in a 43.2mm pan.

Little Black Dress Cream Eyeliner (matte black) (NOT LIP SAFE)

My Thoughts: I absolutely love this collection.  The lip butter is a beautiful shade w/ a nice smooth, non-sticky texture.  The cream  blush looks very vibrant & bold in the pan but can be applied very sheerly for a gorgeous glow.  The eyeliner is a staple in anyone’s collection!  The cream eyeshadows are great, divinely happy is my favorite item in the collection.  It’s a gorgeous taupe (grey/brown).  The eyeshadow is the only item in the collection that I’m not super excited about.  It’s a nice color with great color payoff, it’s just not a color I will wear very often.

Photos & Swatches: (products are swatched on bare skin – click photos to view in a separate window & click a second time to see them full-size)
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The All Natural Face: Nude Lipstick & Milk Diva Stix

**I purchased this product**

**Please Note: This is NOT a positive review.  I’m not trying to bash the company, I’m just showing what I received from the company.  I paid for these products, they were not sent to me for review purposes.**

Product: The All Natural Face Lipstick in Nude & The All Natural Face Diva Stix in Milk

Price: The Lipstick is $8.05 and the Diva Stix is $4.88 (I placed my order on Black Friday (2012) so I didn’t pay full price as they were having a sale).

Official Descriptions from The All Natural Face:
Nude Lipstick: The lipsticks are finally here I worked long and hard on this recipe I wanted to release the perfect lipstick. This lipstick is perfectly creamy with just the right amount of shine and stays on for a long time.  Nude was a request It is the color of makeup. Numerous customers with yellow skin tones and darker complexions have requested this color. NOTE! it is the color of makeup so if you have lighter skin it may appear whitish. It is a matte color and doesn’t have shimmer.  Ingredients:all natural goodness and love, sweet almond oil, castor oil, coconut oil, candelillia wax, mica and oxides
Milk Diva Stix: These Diva Stix are eyeshadow crayons and can also be used as eyeliners!  Milk is a pure white color:).  Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Candelilla Wax, Mica and Oxides

My Thoughts:
I purchased other items as well but after seeing these two items, I won’t be using any of the items purchased.  I also won’t be ordering from this company again and I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone :(  I’ve heard good things but after receiving items that look like this, I can’t trust the company!  I also want to mention that most of the products in this order did NOT come labeled w/ the ingredients which is against FDA regulations.

The Diva Stix has fuzz/hair on it as well as dirty finger prints on the outside of the pencil.

The Nude Lipstick has fuzz/hair IN it (IN the actual lipstick, not just stuck on the outside of it) as well as unblended pigment bits & fingerprints on the actual lipstick bullet (not the packaging, the product itself).  I can overlook the unblended bits as it happens sometimes, but the fuzz & hair?  The following is a direct quote (via email) from the owner, Crystal:

“sorry that you received things the way you did.  the lipstick may have been packaged accidentally.  the tubes are loaded with gloved hands…so if there was a fingerprint it didnt occur during the making of the lipstick.  i personally load all the tubes and i dont know what happened with the lipstick.”

Photos: (click on the photos to open in a new window, then click again to see them full-size)

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Lorac: Multiplex 3D Eye Shadow Palette (swatches)

 

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**I purchased this product**

Product: Lorac Multiplex 3D (3-dimensional) Eye Shadow Palette

Price: I’m not sure if this is available anymore.  I got lucky and found in on Hautelook (affiliate link) for $8.00!

Official Description from Hautelook (affiliate link):
N/A anymore

My Thoughts:
All of the eye shadows in this palette are gorgeous!  They all have a nice texture and great pigmentation too!  There are both warm & cool shades in this palette so anyone can create a fabulous look!  My favorite shades are the gold and the red-brown/turquoise duochrome shade!  If this palette ends up on Hautelook (affiliate link) again (or any other site) at a reasonable price, grab it while you can!

Photos & Swatches: (product is swatched over KMS Cosmetics Eye Primer in Ivory)

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Glamour Doll Eyes: February OTM in Toxic Grape

Product: Toxic Grape Eye Shadow (loose) by Glamour Doll Eyes

Price: $6.00 at Glamour Doll Eyes

Official Description from Glamour Doll Eyes:
A deep purple with light pink undertones and gold & blue sparkles.  Safe for: Eyes, Nail & Face (NOT lip safe).  NOT Vegan.
Ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, carmine, ferric ferrocyanide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, tin oxide

My Thoughts:
A beautiful dark plummy purple with sparkles in varying shades.

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