Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadows - Head Key, Eye of the Tiger, Plant, Give the Devil His Due & Skunk Ape Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Eyeshadows - Head Key, Eye of the Tiger, Plant, Give the Devil His Due & Skunk Ape Swatches & Review

It's high time I reviewed some more Notoriously Morbid eyeshadows! NM is one of my favourite indie brands and I'm also fortunate to work with them as a promo girl, so I've accumulated quite a few over the past year. 

Most of the shades reviewed below are permanent, but one is a past COTM (colour of the month), so I'll note the availability with each mini review.

There are plenty of eyeshadow sizing options to suit everyone's preferences and budget. The sample size ($1.25USD) contains approx. 1/4 tsp of product in baggie, the mini-size ($2.75USD) has approx. 1/3 tsp of product in a 3g jar, the full size ($5.50USD) has approx. 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of product in a 5g jar and finally, the deluxe size ($7.50USD) has approx. 1 to 1 1/4 tsp of product in a 10g jar. Personally, I always opt for the mini size, except where full size is the only option, as I find jars easier to use than baggies and it's rare for me to finish an eyeshadow!

Formula overview:
I really enjoy Notoriously Morbid's eyeshadow formula. They're easy to work with, blend well, and are often completely unique to what's being put out by mainstream brands. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Head Key

Notoriously Morbid Head Key eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Head Key eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Head Key eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Head Key eyeshadow swatches & review

Head Key (permanent) is described as a 'semi-metallic rose-gold that leans more pink and has a ton of golden shimmer.' I've mostly used this as an inner corner highlight to date (which I always apply dry) but I really need to give it a crack on the lid with a sticky base soon too - check out how sparkly that right hand swatch is! Head Key performs much better than mainstream eyeshadows with a similar glitter-imbued finish, even without a sticky base I don't experience fallout. It comes from the Alpha & Omega collection which is based on Joe Hill's Locke & Key comic book series.

Notoriously Morbid Head Key eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used heaps of Notoriously Morbid shades for this look - Mistress of the Dark (July 2015 Vanishing Cabinet) on the centre of the lid, Nearly Headless Nick on the inner third, Philosophy of Time Travel (March 2016 VC) on the outer third and lower lashline, Head Key on the inner corner and He's Going Through Changes on the crease. Not my best effort, but live and learn! The lashes are once again, Ardell Demi Wispies.

Notoriously Morbid Head Key eyeshadow swatches & review

Eye of the Tiger

Notoriously Morbid Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

Eye of the Tiger (permanent) is described as 'a gilded orange with purple and gold flecks'. It comes from the Winchester Gospels collection (based on Supernatural) and represents Dean's fighting spirit. The description is spot on, if you love warm bronze eyeshadows you'll definitely want to check this out.

Give the Devil His Due

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due eyeshadow swatches & review

Give the Devil His Due (December 2015 COTM) was described as 'a burnt gold with red sheen and sparkle.' It's a total glitterbomb and absolutely needs an adhesive base to lock all that sparkle in place but it's SO worth it. I'm so glad I was able to pick it up!

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due & Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due & Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Give the Devil His Due on the inner half of the lid for this look, with Eye of the Tiger on the outer half and on the lower lashline over smudged out liner. I used Mister Unlucky (November 2015 Vanishing Cabinet) on the crease and He's Going Through Changes for the transition. The inner corner highlight is Owl and the lashes are Sarah Jean SJ001s.

Notoriously Morbid Give the Devil His Due & Eye of the Tiger eyeshadow swatches & review

Plant

Notoriously Morbid Plant eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Plant eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Plant eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Plant eyeshadow swatches & review

Plant (permanent) is a 'deep green with green shimmer'. It gets the most colour pay off with a sticky base and is a bit more subdued without it (applied dry on my lower lashline in the look below), although still very pretty. Like Head Key, it comes from the permanent Alpha & Omega collection.

Notoriously Morbid Plant eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Plant on the outer half of the lower lashline and outer third of the lid here, with Take A Chance (August 2015 Vanishing Cabinet) on the centre of the lid and Brad Power (August 2015 VC) on the inner third of the lid. I used Gypsy Curse and Mayor Monster on the crease and He's Going Through Changes for the transition and finally, Crybaby (May 2016 VC) on the inner corner. I also used Teeez Sea Glare on the inner half of the lower lashline. The lashes are Ldianer 208 'mink' lashes from Ebay.

Notoriously Morbid Plant eyeshadow swatches & review

Skunk Ape

Notoriously Morbid Skunk Ape eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Skunk Ape eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Skunk Ape eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid Skunk Ape eyeshadow swatches & review

Skunk Ape (permanent) is described as 'a deep orange with intense green shift and silver sparkle'. It comes across as a warm medium brown rather than an orange base to me, but I'm not arguing about the rest of the description - that green shift and sparkle are amazing! I used it dry on the lower lashline in the look below so you can see how well the shift still shows up without a primer or base, the formula is excellent. Skunk Ape is part of the ongoing State of Fear collection, which features mythological creatures from each of America's 50 states.

Notoriously Morbid Skunk Ape eyeshadow swatches & review

Here I used Skunk Ape on the lower lashline, I Hate You on the lid, Mister Unlucky (November 2015 VC) on the crease, He's Going Through Changes for the transition and He's Not Coming to the Meeting (What We Make in the Shadows Black Friday 2015 collection) on the inner corner. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store and the eye pencil is MAC Chlorafill.

Notoriously Morbid Skunk Ape eyeshadow swatches & review

Notoriously Morbid are available from their website and from Femme Fatale Cosmetics. I recommend joining the Notoriously Morbid Customer Crypt on Facebook for all the latest news.

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Jamberry X So Nailicious French Twist Wraps Review

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Jamberry X So Nailicious French Twist Wraps Review

Here's something cool for the nail lovers out there! Nail art is something I've enjoyed dabbling in in the past but struggle to make time for in between running after two busy little boys these days. So, missing my manis, I was swayed by the quick fix idea of Jamberry when I was contacted about it recently. If you've not heard of Jamberry, they're a multi-level marketing company that produce adhesive nail wraps in hundreds of different designs alongside nail lacquer and gel polish. Like many MLM companies, they do suffer from a large quota of pushy sales reps, but if you find a rep you like or choose to purchase directly from the NZ site, the products are well worth trying.

As with anything new, there's a bit of a learning curve and I'll be the first to admit that my first go with them was not my best handiwork ever. My nails have quite a pronounced C-curve which made it difficult to get the wraps to lay flat and to smooth them out - this is a problem I've had with other brands of wraps too. To apply, you first cut your chosen size of wrap in half and then warm it with either a Jamberry heater (I have the mini heater, the purple unit pictured above) or a hairdryer for a few seconds until it becomes pliable. Once warmed, you align the wrap and stretch and press it into place, using firm pressure to adhere it and smooth out the wrinkles. It took me the first nail to get the hang of warming the wrap for long enough and my results were much better on my right hand, but I didn't get a picture because unfortunately my right hand can't pose to save its life! (What's up with that, anyway?!).

Jamberry X So Nailicious French Twist Wraps Review

For my first Jamberry manicure, I decided to use Mint French Twist as part of a skittlette design. I used the wraps on my index and ring fingers, and matched them with Essence Chuck on my middle nail and Color Club What A Drag on my pinky. The wraps easily wore for a week before I grew bored of them, but probably would have gone longer!

Mint French Twist is part of a limited edition collaboration with Australian nail artist, Maria Vlezko, and there are three other designs in the collection, which are pictured at the top of the post. Geo French Twist is white and black with gold accents, Mod French Twist is white and grey with mint accents and Suave French Twist is in different shades of pink with a metallic accent. I'm really loving these for accent nails at the moment, especially as it pushes me to dig out more of my oft-neglected nail polish collection to match with them, though of course they'd be lovely for a full manicure too.

Each set of wraps retails for $28NZD with 18 wraps in two sets of different sizes contained in the pack (which you then cut in half to apply, furthering the number of applications). They're available for a limited time from Jamberry NZ.

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Baby Groot, Move It On Over, Eclipse, Brocade, Prom Queen Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Baby Groot, Move It On Over, Eclipse, Brocade, Prom Queen Swatches & Review

Time for the next batch of Darling Girl eyeshadows! Today's selections are mostly neutral and include two of my favourite COTMs to ever be released, along with one of my favourite makeup looks I've done in a long time (to toot my own horn!).

Some of the shades reviewed below are permanent, while others are discontinued or past COTM (colour of the month) shades, so I'll note their availability with each review. Last year Susan did a Pink Friday sale where she brought back selected COTM and GWP shades for a limited time and I really hope she does the same this year.

Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($6USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($2.50USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 4 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $5USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!

Formula overview:
Darling Girl's eyeshadow formula is incredibly consistent. I've never come across a dud in the range (and like I said, I've accumulated an embarrassing amount); they are, on the whole, very pigmented and easy to work with. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Baby Groot

Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

Baby Groot (Feb 2015 COTM) is described as a 'medium reddish brown with green sheen and golden green iridescence'. It's one of my favourite Darling Girl eyeshadows ever, although it must be said that I'm always partial to warm brown with a green duochrome! The formula of Baby Groot is excellent, a total breeze to work with.
It was rereleased in the Pink Friday sale last year so I'm not sure if that discounts it for future Pink Friday sales, but MAC Green Brown, Femme Fatale Witchwood and Impulse Cosmetics The Huntsman are all similar shades. 

Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

For this look I used Donger Need Food on the inner half of the lid, Baby Groot on the outer half of the lid, Dream Within A Dream on the inner corner, Occupation... Dinosaurs on the lower lashline and #breaktheinternet on the crease. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.
Darling Girl Baby Groot eyeshadow swatches & review

Prom Queen

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review

Prom Queen (permanent) is described as a 'reddish brown with bronze iridescence with shifting pink holo-sparkle'. It comes from the Queens of Horror collection and features Carrie from the classic horror film on the label art. Prom Queen holds its own nicely, but for maximum sparkle I'd definitely go with a sticky base. It's just so magical applied that way! 

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Prom Queen on the outer half of the lid here, with Honey Pot on the inner half of the lid and Princess Conseula Bananahammock just above the inner corner. April Showers Spectral Shift was used on the inner corner, Kilt-y Pleasures and Between the Sheets on the crease, #breaktheinternet for the transition, Ginger to blend out and Could I Be Wearing Anymore Clothes? on the lower lashline. The lashes are from QVS.

Darling Girl Prom Queen eyeshadow swatches & review


Move It On Over

Darling Girl Move It On Over eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Move It On Over eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Move It On Over eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Move It On Over eyeshadow swatches & review

Move It On Over (November 2015 COTM) is a golden brown absolutely loaded with sparkle and dimension. I will be forever wishing this was a permanent shade, it's just so unbelievably gorgeous, and the formula is wonderful too. 

Darling Girl Move It On Over eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Move It On Over on the outer half of the lid and on the lower lashline, with Smell the Fart Acting on the inner half of the lid, Jet Aplee Blooo Spectral Shift just above the inner corner, Crave on the inner corner, Kilt-y Pleasures on the crease and #breaktheinternet for the transition. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store (use code LR10K31 for 10% off).

Darling Girl Move It On Over eyeshadow swatches & review

Eclipse

Darling Girl Eclipse eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Eclipse eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Eclipse eyeshadow swatches & review

Eclipse (discontinued) is a dusty dark purple base with crimson shimmer that is most vibrant over a sticky base. I really didn't do it justice in the makeup look below (not sure what I was thinking with that colour combo tbh) so I'll definitely have to try it out again soon! 

Darling Girl Eclipse eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Eclipse on the lower lashline for this look, Naughty Olive Wonder Wand on the lid and ColourPop Rebel to blend out. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

Darling Girl Eclipse eyeshadow swatches & review

Brocade

Darling Girl Brocade eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Brocade eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Brocade eyeshadow swatches & review

Brocade (permanent) has a 'violet base with strong metallic gold overlay'. It changes so much when applied over a sticky base, yet the purple still comes through. It's just gorgeous. I think this was one of Darling Girl's best sellers for a long while and is definitely one every Darling Girl fan should have in their collection.

Darling Girl Brocade eyeshadow swatches & review

I used Brocade on the inner third of the lid and Femme Fatale Pretty Trinkets on the outer two thirds of the lid, with Too Faced Chocolate Bar for the rest. The lashes are Ardell Wispies.

Darling Girl Brocade eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend joining the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.

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