Monday, July 28, 2014

Mani Monday: Swatchapalooza with Lucky 13 Lacquers!

Hello Lovelies!
  I am back again today this time with a swatchapalooza of the new D&D collection from Lucky 13 Lacquer!  I managed to get four of the lovely collection to swatch and give you a sneak peek so I am super excited out it. There were so many pretties to choose from! I want them all!

Yup that's right I busted it out old school.
Some of you may remember the classic Saturday morning D&D cartoon which I loved!
    That is right Dungeons and Dragons! Tabletop gaming at it's finest and on of the essential Geekdom of holy grails. So needless to say that inner geek was super excited...
Yup I was that excited.

And then I actually learned about the collection that is what I would deem a mix and match collection. You have your three colors based off aligment (good, morally neutral, evil),  three more glitter toppers to round out alignment either lawful, ethically neutral, chaotic and three glittery jellys of things you either need or have happen to you (health potion, mana potion and critical hit). So you can wear your aligment on your NAILS and no one will be the wiser as you plot their death. Wait did I say that out loud?

Here is an aligment chart that help map out the possibility of fabulous nails!

    So I set out to swatch these babies and make them look as fabulous and for my first attempt I was determined to do this. However the sun decided to hide from me that day and all of my photos were horrible dark.

Yup this sums up my first swatchapalooza attempt.
  However it do cooperate with me the second time and I was victorious. Just take a look at these awesome swatches.

Just look at Lawful! 

Close up shot.  Two coats.

Lawful is a beautiful purple glittery top coat with hexes, circles , squares and dots. I didn't have to go digging for the glitters they just layered on beautifully. I did this glittery top coat without undies so that you can see how much glitter is really packed in there!

Health Potion.

Close up shot!  3 coats
 Health potion is a beautiful vibrant devilishly red jelly jam packed fully of red circle, hex and dot glitters. This is just so pretty and bright.

Evil! My favorite alignment to play.

The sun strayed from this shot as if knowing I was showcasing evil (3 coats) so you can't see all the glittery goodness.

   Evil is my all time favorite alignment to play when I am playing D&D and that shouldn't really be a stretch.. I really liked how Jess decided to make Evil a little different than the traditional black. Evil is a deeper darker red, which remind me of old blood...(like the blood of my enemies...bwhahaha!) with lot of hint of glittery red and gold sparkles that just looks amazing in the sunlight.

Last but not least Mana Potion! Something you always need as a caster!

Mana Potion will  make you feel like you can take over the world with these pretty nails!
   Last but definitely not least is Mana Potion and if you have ever played a caster you now how important this is. Mana Potion is a lovely cerulean blue jelly packed with hexes and circle glitter of various sizes. While I loved all four of the new collection this one by far is my favorite out of all of them due to the color of the jelly!  I felt as pretty as Legolas from Lord of the Rings.

Yup I felt as pretty as Legolas' hot elven self. 

   This collection is live NOW so head over to Lucky 13 Lacquer right away and take a look at all of her amazing collections. You can find her also on Facebook and the Facebook group! I know I will be picking up some more soon and priced at $8.50 for a full sized bottle you can easily mix and match to create your own alignment. I hope that you enjoyed this Mani Monday Swatchapalooza with Lucky 13 Lacquer and until next time lovelies!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In the Pursuit of Fabulous : Siren Song Cosmetics

*Purchased and Press Samples*
Hello Lovelies!
   I am back again with another indie shop review. This time I am reviewing an indie makeup company called Siren Song Cosmetics. I first heard about this shop when I ran across a thread on Reddit about what series or shows would we like to see makeup collections based off of.  I had just recently finished Attack on Titan! and I was desperate for more!

   For those of you who haven't succumbed to the Attack on Titan Frenzy the plot is basically 100 years before the series starts Titans appeared and started eating people with not reason or remorse and nearly wiped out all of humanity. The series starts where the remainder of humanity resides in peace behind giant walls to keep the Titans out. And from what you can see in the picture above you can piece together what happens next. There is currently only one season out (which is on Netflix) however if you want to read more you can find the manga.

   So this series is SO amazing I had to have more and I wanted awesome Attack on Titan Makeup too. So I was directed to Siren Song Cosmetics by some amazing people on Reddit and I squealed and danced around  like a school girl.

    There was an ENTIRE collection, The Merciless Collection, of 12 beautiful shadows based off the series. I NEEDED them all instantly however due to evil makeup budgets I was only able to pick out a few for myself to try out. However the owner Dee was so kind enough to send me some extra samples ,which were not part of the collection, that really made my day . But don't take my word for it... Take a look at these swatches. All of them were taken outside in sun over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Primer.

104th Squad
 This is a gorgeous shimmery golden sandy brown. It is described as a soft sandy brown on the site but I love the hint of gold with makes it more that just a sandy brown. This color is perfect for an everyday neutral eye.
Black Magic Beauty
 Black Magic Beauty is described as an orchid purple with a subtle pink and and red glittery shift. This looks much lighter in the container than it does in person so don't let that fool you. It really is a lovely color and the combination of the purple, pink and red makes it more than just orchid.

Eternal Calm
 Eternal calm is described as a mint green with a soft sparkle. It is what I would consider a soft mint green with a hint of shimmery golden sparkles. It is perfect as a part of a look (like the green look below) or just an accent to give your eyes the extra sparkle.
Fathoms Below
   I also have a horrible weakness for blues lately and when I ran across this color on the site I literally gasped and ohhed and ahhed over it. It is described as a deep and shimmery midnight blue. Which it is but it is also so much more. It is almost metallic and a metallic blue just makes my little goth heart a flutter. If you also didn't guess this was another of my favorites.
Forbidden Machina
 Forbidden Machina is described as a rustic bronze gold. It reminds me of what I would think ancient Mechs were made of. It is a gorgeous right soft metallic bronze.
Humanity's Strongest
 This was another one of my favorites from the site that I knew that I HAD to have. It is described as a blackened emerald green. It is that and so much more depending on the light. When applied it can look either black or emerald and often a combination of both. I am always looking for a beautiful emerald green and this is one of my favorites.
Illegitimate Aristocrat
 This is described as a shimmery white with coppery pink shift and gold sparkles.  This is a soft light white with gorgeous golden sparkles and when the sun hits it just right you can capture the gorgeous shift.
 When I saw this color on the site I instantly feel in love. I have such a weakness for reds and Merciless is no exception. It is described as a dark shimmering blood red of a certain scarf. It is a gorgeous shimmery dark blue based red that is just simply perfect.
Road to Dawn
   Road to Dawn is a new unreleased color with is just simply gorgeous. I was super excited to get this sample since I love getting sneak peeks of upcoming collections! I would describe this color as a lovely taupe color which hints of pink and gold. This is a perfect crease color for a neutral eye to give it extra depth.
The Basement
 The basement is described as a blackened olive green with hints of gold sparkle. It is really dark almost black in color but when the sun hits it just right you can see that it isn't really black but green and the gold sparkles give it an amazing POP!
The Fayth
The Fayth is described as an ancient metallic bronze toned gold. This is much darker and richer than Forbidden Machina and even more metallic. I would have to say that this is more of a true bronze metallic.
Thunderstruck is described as a shimmery copper brown with a pink shift and a golden sparkle. It appears much more red on my monitor when I first saw it so I contacted Dee about the swatch to make sure I had the right one. This is the right color and it is notoriously hard to capture (which I can attest to since I look a TON of photos to get this one right) I would say that it is a pinkish soft copper with a hint of gold. Either way it is gorgeous.

While swatches are always awesome to look at I always like to see how the shadows are used in looks to give me a better feel of them. So here are a couple of looks I did with Siren Song Cosmetics..

Forgive the derp eye. I wanted to capture the shift of the colors here.
 I also wanted to do more of a neutral eye for everyday wear. However I couldn't resist placing Fathoms Below as the liner.

 Now I know this is a SUPER long post filled with a ton of pictures but we are finally in the home stretch with the ratings!

Color and Pigmentation: 9.6 out of 10 bats
   I have to say that I am really impressed with the color and pigmentation of Siren Song Cosmetics. Not only are the colors vibrant and gorgeous, they also apply and blend like a dream.

Shipping and Turn around Time: 10 out of 10 bats
  I RARELY EVER give 10 out of 10 for anything since I hate seeing constant 10 out 10s. If you get a ten from me you worked for it and Dee definitely did. When I placed my order I got a mailing confirmation the NEXT day. Yup, you heard me right ONE DAY turn around. It doesn't get more epic than that.

Affordability: 9.7 out of 10 bats
   Siren Song Cosmetics are extremely affordable. From samples in clam shells (yay for clam shells cause I hate baggies!) starting at  $1.15 and full sized packed full jars at $5.49. Theses prices are fantastic and will make you come back for more.

Customer Service : 9.7 out of 10 bats
   As I mentioned above I contacted Dee about my Thunderstruck looking slightly different from the color on the site. Monitors do alter color so I wanted to make sure. She was super quick and helpful to respond and honestly wonderful to work with.

Overall :9.8 out of 10 bats
   I have to say that I am extremely impressed and in love with Siren Song Cosmetics. Not only does she have some gorgeous colors created from kick ass fandom series the quality is really top notch. The turn around time is AMAZING, the prices are fantastic and the customer service can't be beat. I HIGHLY recommend you check Siren Song Cosmetics out and pick up some of her gorgeous colors. You can find Siren Song Cosmetics here, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Run, don't walk over to Siren Song Cosmetics and pick up some fabulous shadows!
I hope that you enjoyed this review and until next time lovelies!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mani Monday: Take a Drink Michael...and drunken bat stamping..

Hello Lovelies!
   Welcome back to another installment of Mani Monday! Today I am featuring the custom color, Take A Drink Michael from Carpe Noctem Cosmetics. Now if you are anything like me with a love of vampires and vampire movies, this color will instantly make you completely fangirl (or fanboy) out completely...

Did someone say The Lost Boys?

Yes, lovelies this polish was originally done as a special request custom order for one of her customers and I had seen swatches of it in the Seize the Night fangroup on Facebook and instantly fell in love. Cause I don't know about you, but The Lost Boys is still one of my all time favorite horror movies of all time.

Who didn't want to live forever as a bad ass vampire like David ?

   There was some talk of this becoming a part of her collection around Christmas time and she was clearing out some of her stock and there was a bottle or two of  Take a Drink that she still had left. I wasn't able to order it then and it made me a horribly sad panda that I missed out on this collection. I could feel David judging me.
I could sense his disappointment when I didn't pick up the polish.

  So, I recently ordered a mystery grab bag offer that she has on her site. I messaged her and asked if by chance she still had a bottle of Take a Drink Michael with the slight chance that there still was one bottle of this gorgeous polish and to my joy there was! I could have awesome amazing Lost Boys inspired polish adoring my fingers and toes!

Can you tell that I was hot for David in the movie?
**SEMI SPOILER if you haven't watched this movie... so stop reading and go watch this movie NOW then continue reading this blog. ^_~ **

 Take a Drink, Michael is a gorgeous reddish purple holo that captures the moment in the movie where Michael takes a drink from an old wine bottle thinking that it is wine but it is secretly is drinking David's blood.

David was a rocking hottie even IF he was sporting the dreaded mullet.
Just take a look at it!

Outdoor and overcast
 Since the sun wouldn't agree with me due to the storm system that is moving through the area I was forced to take my photos inside.
Check out that gorgeous reddish purple goodness. So Vampy but also so wearable during daylight!

Check out that holo bottle shot! It is almost as if someone ground up a Cullen and put it in a bottle.

Now I couldn't be a complete creature of the night without adding some bats to my nails. So, I dug through my stamping plates and found two lone bats and I needed to add them to my nails. Now, if you read my last Mani Monday post you know how much I truly suck at stamping. But I couldn't have my Lost Boys mani without the bats so I took the plunge and busted out my white stamping polish and went to town.
Let's do this!

 Surprisingly, my stamping worked (as you seen in the photos above) however if you take a look apparently I stamped my bats upside down so they are drunk bats...So the stamping gods and I are currently at a stalemate since I could get the stamp to transfer but it is upside down. O.o

Yup, that is the stamping gods giving me the finger...
  If you are dying for this polish, never fear it is set to return as part of the upcoming Halloween collection but as a linear holo instead of a scattered. So you can either gather your pennies and wait until it is released then and allow David to judge you as well. Or you can take the plunge and order a custom polish and have Carpe Noctem Cosmetics make you one right away. You are find CNC on Etsy, Facebook and even their fan group on Facebook. Hope that you enjoyed this installment of Mani Monday (and my horrible drunk stamping) so until next time lovelies I am off to watch the Lost Boys again!