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Not just nails, but makeup hoarding too?!

*hangs head in shame* It’s true. Although, I still have more polish than makeup, but it turns out I just want all the pretty colours and glitter and shimmer. I am a  Magpie. No judging 😀 Thought I’d do a quick blog post on how I store my makeup, what I do, and a quick organisation in progress 😀

This is my makeup case, not sorted out (although I have grabbed out stuff that I am destashing to my sister, but this is a bit of a mess). I keep my foundation/blush/concealer, eyeshadow palettes, and lipsticks and glosses in here. I also use a hanging storage thingy that I bought from a second hand shop to hang my daily moisturiser, brushes, and other misc makeup weaponry.

makeup unorganised

I am absolutely wearing a baggy jersey and trackpants. Just be grateful I’m not more in the mirror 😀 And yep, the tape on the mirror is there on purpose 😀

Taking photos of it made me tidy it up, so here it is again, better organised 😀 YAY!

case a bit more sorted

the mess in the middle is from a body shop brush on bronzer which spontaneously combusted one day. Gah. Everything was bronze and sparkly for AGES

I have a box on my drawers with untried eyeshadows in it – I try and use one untried and at least one tried eyeshadow at a time – spread the love around 😀 The sad thing is, I don’t wear makeup everyday and when I see all these pretties I feel like I’m a greedy cow who should be slathered in coloured powder every waking minute. Ah well.

untried eyeshadows

And this is my drawer with loose eyeshadows … the indie eye shadows. I have them in little plastic food containers arranged by colour, to make it easier to find one I want.

eyeshadows in drawers

This is them, opened 🙂 I find it pretty interesting to see what colours I gravitate towards… purple, blue and green – same as the polishes – I have more brown eyeshadows than polishes though, which makes sense with my eye colouring. The only reason I have as many blues as I do is because I adore the colour so much 😀


And finally – I have a lot of samples of shadows – in little baggies, which are awesome to test colours but a pain to store, so I’ve stashed them in these – one is a CD holder (has the cool toned colours) and a business card holder (warm toned shadows).

sample storage

So many pretties – not enough face. If anyone sees me on the school run painted like an Avatar native you’ll know I’m trying to utilise more of my shadows… 😀

Have a great day!


Notoriously Morbid Haul :D

I went back for more. I have no guilt 😀 Carrie from Notoriously Morbid has some GORGEOUS eyeshadows and lipbalms, and some amazing customer service too. What’s not to love?

NM haul

and… lollies!!!! 😀

Quick swatches! In all of these pictures, the middle section is over Dark Hearts primer. The tops and bottoms are over bare skin. Primer seems to make these stay on my eyelids longer, but these shadows are super pigmented even without primer, as you can see 😀

The green/golds: from left to right: Rain on Cold Glass, Andorian, and Kilgharrah. I know I’ve swatched Kilgharrah before. But it’s so pretty, I wanted to swatch it again 😀

NM greens shade


NM greens sun

Rain on Cold Glass: VEGAN. Lovely cool toned gold, with what looks like silver and lilac/pink shimmer. Can’t wait to pair this with Kilgharrah!

NM Rain on Cold Glass

Andorian: VEGAN.  Very pigmented green with a teal blue undertone, and a lighter leaf green interference shimmer. I think this will be an amazing eyeliner.

NM Andorian

The darks: from left to right, shade: 13 Black Rainbows, Hearts of Black Lace, Velvet Hammer

NM purples shade


NM purples sun

Velvet Hammer: VEGAN – plum base, looks deep purple in the packet. However, on the skin that amazing lavender interference shimmer dominates, so a much brighter purple overall.

NM Hearts of Black Lace

Hearts of Black Lace: NOT VEGAN. Wow. I need to get a full size of this, too! The overall effect is one of a deep copper toned brown, but.. no, not quite! When I was applying it I noticed a very blackened base, and the pigment was duochromatic red and gold – when blended it looks copper chocolate brown. I adore this!

NM Velvet Hammer

13 Black Rainbows: VEGAN. Estelle gave me a little sample of this, which I decanted immediately into a small plastic pottle, and bought another sample to top up that pottle 😀 Looks plain dusty black in the bag, but mixed in with the pigment is plenty of teeeny tiny iridescent blue/purple /green / orange (the glitter I buy for my polish they call it a rainbow mix) flakes. I mean tiny, too. So, this is not a glitter, it is out and out stunning.

NM 13 Black Rainbows

I also bought a full size of Mystique – Carrie sent a free sample of that with my last order, and I knew I needed a larger version 😀  Also two lip balms (coffin kissers) – Vanilla Veil (deep smooth vanilla scent – with a floral note??) and Strangely Charming Cherry – which is cherry scented and yes, charming. Not strangely. It’s just lovely 😀 The moisturising qualities of these last a long time on my lips, the shine doesn’t so much, and they aren’t sticky at all, but the slip and smooth lasts for ages. (about an hour at a guess? Goodly long time!)

Here is what my arm looks like now. Every time I do one of these I want to keep my arms all stripey and colourful all day. There must be a way we can do that 😀

NM all of the pretties

Have a lovely colourful day!


Disclaimer: I bought all these, or they were free samples as she does because she is lovely, there is no kickback for me for writing this, or in saying check out her shop! So… check out her shop, ok? 😀

Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadows: Swatches and Review – VERY Picture Heavy

So many pretty colours! Once again Estelle from Serenity blog let me know about something worth drooling over, in this case, makeup from Notoriously Morbid. We chatted a bit on Facebook to Carrie, the owner / creative wizard behind Notoriously Morbid, so I can say that not only is her range good value, large and awesome quality; she is also a very lovely person.

Anyway! Haul!


Full Sized eyeshadows: all swatches are the eyeshadow, dabbed on with my finger, over Dark Heart Designs primer.

NM 1

Goodbye Sweetie (sniffle). Ok, the sniffle was my add-on 😀

NM Goodbye Sweetie

Swatch: Shimmery pale off white, with a slight gold tone.

NM Goodbye Sweetie Swatch

Snow Queen’s Return. Looks similar in the pottle to Goodbye Sweetie, however…

NM Snow Queens Return

Completely different in swatch. This is almost a very, very pale ice lilac, with tonnes of beautiful shimmer.

NM Snow Queens Return Swatch

Lycan’s Revenge

NM Lycan's Revenge

Gorgeous russet red. Not vegan. I’ll admit, I didn’t check, and a fair few of these contain carmine. Which I normally steer clear of, but hey, I have these now. They are beautiful. I won’t buy more with carmine in it, and I’ll note all of these which do – but the ingredients are clearly listed on her website (as I said, she’s amazing), so just read a bit more carefully then I did, if it’s a concern of yours 😀

NM Lycan's Revenge Swatch

Look Upon Me (not vegan)

NM Look Upon Me

Sorry Swatch is blurry, but I think the blue shimmer which shows so beautifully throughout is still visible. This is stunning.

NM Look Upon Me Swatch

Shadow of Things

NM Shadow of Things

perfect name! A gorgeous grey base with teal shimmer, which is the predominant colour on the skin. Very pigmented.

NM Shadow of Things Swatch

I also got one of her lipbalms, called Coffin Kissers (chortle). This one is Rotten Rainbow, which is apricot, and…. there is a scent, I can’t pick it, but it’s not your average straight apricot/fruit scent. No, not rot! 😀 A nice, deep tone. So, nice aroma, goes with the theme. And it’s one of the nicest balms I’ve tried, so silky!

NM Rotten Rainbow

You can see by the label that there was a tiny bit of leakage, but it’s High Summer here, so this is nothing. AND she’d separately bagged it,  so worse comes to worst there would be no damage to anything else. That’s thinking ahead. 😀 Also, the shape of the tube is different than normal, is a flattened oval, and the twist up dial is in the center of the base. Very stylish!

NM Rotten Rainbow 1

Samples now. These come in the standard little baggies with name and ingredients on the label, and have a really decent amount in them. I bought these ones 🙂

Nudist – not Vegan. This is almost matte, and darker than it looks in the baggie. This may be a prefect crease colour!

NM Nudist

Tenorman’s Tears – very pretty, though sheer, seafoam shimmer. I bet this would also look gorgeous layered.

NM Tenorman's Tears

Melancholy One – Not Vegan. Lovely shimmery grey.

NM Melancholy One

Crimson Horror – Not Vegan. Really nice vampy red

NM Crimson Horror

Snow’s Fury – brown base, but with a super pretty purple shimmer that changes the whole look to a blackened purple.

NM Snows Fury

These samples were part of the blogger pack I also bought (I wanted the rainbow of colours, I got it! YUS!) and a couple of free samples Carrie popped in there, too. Love! 😀 I’m not sure which are which, so here they all are!

Lizard on a Window Pane: Not Vegan. Very pretty light shimmery tan with strong green shimmer. Not as sheer as the photo makes it look, that’s mostly the reflection off that shimmer 😀

NM Lizard on a Window Pane

Kilgharrah – doesn’t know if it’s green or brown! Brown base, deep forest green shimmer, I’d put it, but man, I’m buying a full size of this. It’s STUNNING is what it is.

NM Kilgharrah

More Weight – deep chocolate brown with an icy blue/green shimmer.

NM More Weight

Spirit of All Three – looks like mustard powder in the bag, has the most beautiful gold shimmer. I’m sorry, I had to swatch this on my hand (hence the bumps, tendons!) it deserved better than that! I’ll be wearing this today, this is not your standard gold eyeshadow (though I do like gold eyeshadow, but I have plenty), this has a depth and edge that is new to me.

NM Spirit of All Three

Pornographic Priestess: Not Vegan – pretty dusty rose with shimmer – and I LOVE the name 😀 Makes me giggle like a fiend :D:

NM Pornographic Priestess

Tempest: Not Vegan – bright pink with deeper pink shimmer. Didn’t get a good photo of the label, whoops

NM Tempest

13 Black Rainbows – this is CRAZILY intensely pigmented! And super pretty with the multicoloured shimmer in the black base.

NM 13 Black Rainbows

Close up swatch, hopefully catching some of the shimmer, though in real life it’s at least 4 times are pretty.

NM 13 Black Rainbows 1

And there we have it! Kudos to anyone still reading 😀 I’d definitely recommend Notoriously Morbid, they are excellent quality and very good value, I got these during her last big sale, which made them ridiculously inexpensive. So, I’d say check out her website, like her Facebook page if you are so inclined, and have fun!

Have a great day


Dark Heart Designs Makeup Review

I bought some makeup from a new-to-me Indie makeup creator (website pointed out by Estelle of Serenity blog, check out her swatches, they’re amazing!). Tina from Dark Heart was having an amazing pre-Christmas sale, so I went and bought a few things, and they’ve arrived today (very quick, all considering postal holidays and transit distance to NZ!) Here are my quick and nasty swatches, over bare skin and Dark Heart eyeshadow primer.

Dark Hearts 1

Left to Right – Glinda. Peachy pink with a really pretty shimmer.

Deal:  Looks grey brown in the jar, but has a really awesome coppery shimmer, can’t wait to try this one on my eyes 😀

Eva: Smaller swatch because I got a mini of this, but it’s a nice purple grey.

And the goopy looking gold shimmer is something different, totally, to your normal powder eyeshadow. It’s called Centaur’s Wisdom, and it’s a liquid shimmer. With an eyedropper.

eye dropper on the shimmer

eye dropper on the shimmer

See? How funky is that?! Even though my camera focused on the primer, whoops.

dark heart 3

This is a big bottle too, should last forever. The directions are to put a couple drops onto your brush, and dab on. I did put some on this morning, and the shimmer is sparser than I’d thought, making it more wearable for the everyday. I’ll layer it over another shadow tomorrow, as per her instructions, and see how that goes. Neat idea, and I can see it working as a cheek shimmer too if that’s your thing. The eye Primer… this is the first eye primer I’ve tried that’s not clear or white. It’s a putty colour, but is invisible on the skin. I’ll have a proper play with this later, but it certainly holds the colour on my hands just fine 😀

Dark Hearts

And lets look at the jars the full sized shadows come in. These are the coolest shaped containers! They have a standard shifter in them, but they just look and feel awesome.

dark heart shadow

I also love that they have that thick edge, the colour/clear difference appeals 🙂

Tina also added two free samples in little baggies, Frost (white, hyper shimmery), and Shudder (slightly brown toned purple shimmer).

dark Heart samples

I did laugh, because shuddering is what I do when I see frost toned nail polishes 😀 But Frost will make a great inner eye highlighter colour, and I think I’ll be wanting a full size of Shudder, it’s stunning.

The whole lot arrived in an organza bag, there was an ingredients list, little note, business card, and a handwritten note saying thanks, written on paper with seeds in it. That’s just… amazing. I love that so much. And she sealed the post bag with a wax seal (oh, and the normal sticky seal, yes!). Full of amazing touches. I’d highly recommend checked her site out!

Have a great day