New My Pretty Zombie Swatches (& day 42!)

I placed another order with My Pretty Zombie.   I’ve really been enjoying playing with the pigments and MPZ has some really amazing spring colors.   I purchased full sizes of Thundernuts, Unicorn Pee, Lulu Cupcake, Disquiet and Miasma.   I didn’t swatch Miasma because I’d already included that in a previous post.    No. 996 and New Bruise wre both free samples.

All swatches were done over Pixie Epoxy and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

RockABetty Beauty Swatches (& day 74!)

I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate from RockABetty Beauty last week and got my goodies today!   I figured I’d swatch them for you guys since I got samples of the “Not A Hunger Games” collection.   There are a couple of really pretty stand out colors for me.  I got samples of all the NAHUG collection, a small pot of Four Horsemen lip gloss and a bottle of The Wet Spot.    I also got a free sample of Mary Shelly.

If you see anything you like, please go and check them out!

These were all swatched over Pixie Epoxy and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

Wonder Beauty Products Review (& Day 82!)

Last week I bought a couple of jars of nail polish from Etsy.  The colors looked super amazingly glittery and pretty and very lush.    I bought two polishes from Wonder Beauty Products, Liam’s Galaxy and Cherries Jubilee.   The shipping was very fast as I ordered on 3/28/12 and received my order on 4/3/12.   Everything was packaged nicely with no spills or messes.   Along with the jar of polish I also received a stirring stick, and a top coat of sorts which were all wrapped up in an organza bag.

Immediately that night I whipped out Cherries Jubilee and got ready to do some nails.  The first thing I did was watch the YouTube tutorial.   The tutorial didn’t actually show you how to use the product, it basically just talked about how wonderful the products were and explained the components of the kit that you’d receive.   Hmmmm.  I decided to give it a whirl and messy madness ensued!

In order to use these polishes you have to stir the jar with the little stick provided, then quickly dip the brush from the clear coat into the colored glitter polish and apply.   I found you had to do this with each nail you polished and it was messy and time consuming for sure.  I hadn’t applied a base coat and only did two coats of the Cherries Jubilee.   Because it was so lumpy I applied two coats of the clear polish provided and found it not to be very shiny at all.

After my less than stellar experience using the product I went and checked the etsy feedback for Wonder Beauty Products and found a few neutral reviews that were similar to mine.   Basically the same issues, colors not the same, hard to use, difficulty getting opaque color etc.   The reviews were fair and I was vindicated in my difficulty in using the products…..I wasn’t totally inept!  Ha!

Yesterday I decided to try the next color, Liam’s Galaxy.   I went back to Etsy to check the feedback I’d seen about this polish and I couldn’t find it.   WTF?  I know I’d read a neutral feedback about how it wasn’t the same color at all and didn’t look like the photos and was difficult to use but now I couldn’t find that feedback.   Hmmmmmm.

I got to work on my nails but this time I used Seche Vite base coat, three coats of the actual color and Seche Vite top coat.   The results were marginally better but still nothing like the photos.  The blue color is completely different than the photos and much darker in person.

I’m pretty sure that I’d never purchase any more of these polishes but I’m willing to give them a couple more shots and see if I can get the application down.    The part that really bothers me is the disappearing feedback.   Where did it go?  I KNOW I read it as I remember specifically some of the issues the buyer had.   I chose not to leave negative feedback as I hadn’t contacted the seller at all about the issues I’d had.  I guess I could have gotten my money back but in light of the disappearing feedback I decided to leave neutral but honest feedback.   Apparently the seller was not happy and in turn left me slightly snarky feedback.    I thought it would be more useful for people to be able to read the feedback.   My experience wasn’t negative per se, the customer service and shipping were great.    I just felt the product didn’t meet expectations.

4/9/12 6:54pm Edited to add that the seller has offered me a full refund in which both of our neutral feedback will be removed and I have accepted.

My Pretty Zombie LE Easter Swatches & WTF

As usual, I got lightning fast shipping from My Pretty Zombie.   I just couldn’t resist the limited edition Easter colors and once I read the story behind the WTF set I had to get those too.  Plus, I think it’s always good to have a set of beautiful neutrals.   I also received three free samples in Miasma, Disquiet and Pzcdiot.  These swatches were done over Pixie Epoxy with no flash, just a nice bright light.

Limited Edition Easter Colors (stand outs are Deviled Egg, Ham, Rabbit's Foot)

Limited Edition Easter Colors

Limited Editon Easter Colors

Limited Edition Easter Colors

Limited edition Easter colors.

WTF? Colors

The duochrome/colro shift on Miasma is insane and super cool!

My free sample colors

The colors that I received as free samples are NOT colors I would have bought and boy would I have been missing out!   All of these shadows are easy to work with and have great color pay off.   My Pretty Zombie is fast becoming one of my favorite indie companies.   I will definitely need a full size of Miasma.

If you like the Easter colors, don’t wait as they are limited edition…..get them now!

Victorian Disco Swatches And Review

Victorian Disco is a new indie makeup company for me so I was super excited to find them.   First of all, I *love* all things disco and when you throw in some Sci-Fi geekery then I couldn’t say no.    I ordered the fifteen sample pack from the etsy shop on 2/20/12 and received my order on 2/25/12.   All arrived safe and sound and I also received two free samples.

I ordered samples of:  Droids, Tatooine, Leia’s Bikini, Baroque, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Mars, Sailor Moon, Sailor Venus, Sailor Saturn, Godric, Zoey, No Mercy, Keith’s Truck, Francis and Jockey.   I received free samples of Sailor Pluto and Revolutionary Ball.  All swatches were done over Silk Naturals Stick Em Primer.

The adorable little package.

Samples of goodness.

The Sailor Scouts Collection

Sailor Scouts

Sailor Scouts

Galaxy Down The Street Collection

Galaxy Down The Street

Galaxy Down The Street & Revolutionary Ball

Brains 4 Beauty

Initial thoughts:  Shipping was lightning fast!   I didn’t particularly care for the way the sample packets were folded and sealed with the label.   I found it creased the bags and made them hard to open and store, however all the labels are marked whether the pigment is safe for use on lips so that was really cool!  I was able to unfold them and keep the label on the baggie.

I found a couple of the colors to be a bit lacking in the pigment department (Droids and No Mercy) but several of them were pretty amazing.   Stand outs for me were Revolutionary Ball, Godric and Sailor Venus.  I have not yet had a chance to actually try them on my eyes so I’ll be sure to feature a few EOTD’s.    I’m guessing that with a bit of tweaking to the formula these pigments would be quite outstanding.   At the present time these would be best applied over a very sticky or tacky primer like Pixie Epoxy or Lucky 107’s Concrete Primer.

Be sure to check out the wonderful geekery goodness on etsy!

Haute Under The Collar Photo Shoot

We had a wonderful photo shoot for some new Haute Under The Collar ties.   We lucked out and got some of the most amazing models!   Paul O’Connell of POC photo took all the wonderful shots and I’ve got a few sneak peeks for you all before I start listing them on etsy.  We always try to have fun at our shoots and just let our amazing models roll with whatever is it they want to do!

Vincent Drambuie


"Party Boy' Peter!


Avery and his wonderful wardrobe!


Paul "hulking out"., Ernie Von Schmaltz.

Beauty Marked

Been seeing all the hype about mineral makeup and have no idea where to start?   Have you wanted to order from indie makeup companies online but want to see swatches or reviews of products first?   Are you concerned about ingredient and FDA compliance due to sensitivities or allergies?     Beauty Marked might be your answer.

Beauty Marked is a fun forum filled with knowledgeable members.    We’ve got information on mineral makeup, skin care, etsy sellers, etailers and everything in between!   Stop on by and stay awhile, we’d love to see you there.



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