Notoriously Morbid Somebody To Love Tribute Trio Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Somebody To Love Tribute Trio Swatches & Review

Now and then, Notoriously Morbid release Tribute Trios, which are sets of products inspired by Carrie's favourite bands and musicians. Somebody To Love was inspired by Queen and the names are taken from some of their most popular songs. My kids absolutely love having a boogie to Queen, it's excellent rocking out in the lounge on a lazy Sunday music! Pat's favourite song is Don't Stop Me Now and his dance moves are very cute.
Tribute Trios are limited edition, but occasionally Carrie re-releases products for special events, so you never know!

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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Baroness

Notoriously Morbid Baroness Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Baroness Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Baroness Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Baroness Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness
Killer Queen - Queen

Baroness is a wine red with copper shimmer. It swatches well enough but when I came to use it on my eyes, I found it disappointingly sheer (see the outer half of my lower lashline in the picture below). It definitely needs a sticky base to shine and I do like it applied that way, but it's not up to Notoriously Morbid's usual standard.

Notoriously Morbid Baroness Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I used Visions on the inner third of the lid here with Power of Orange Knickers on the centre of the lid and inner half of the lower lashline, Protective Aggressor on the outer third of the lid, Baroness on the outer V/outer half of the lower lashline, 5 by 5 on the crease, He's Going Through Changes as a transition and Harlequin highlighter on the inner corner. The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies.

Notoriously Morbid Baroness Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Naughty Nanny

Notoriously Morbid Naughty Nanny Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Naughty Nanny Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Naughty Nanny Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Naughty Nanny Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Hey I was just a skinny lad
Never knew no good from bad
But I knew love before I left my nursery
Left alone with big fat Fanny
She was such a naughty nanny
Heap big woman, you made a bad boy out of me
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen

Naughty Nanny is a medium purple loaded with sparkle. This is insanely gorgeous, I can't get over how much I love it! It packs more of a punch over a sticky base but can absolutely be used without one, as I've shown on the lower lashline in the look below. Can't wait to use this again!

Notoriously Morbid Naughty Nanny Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used Gender on the inner half of the lid, Raisin Girl on the outer half of the lid, Logic Boy on the crease, Billiwhack on the inner corner and Naughty Nanny over smudged out liner on the lower lashline. The lashes are these ones in the #WSP style.

Notoriously Morbid Naughty Nanny Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Super Sonic Woman

Notoriously Morbid Super Sonic Woman Cosmic Gloss Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Super Sonic Woman Cosmic Gloss Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Super Sonic Woman Cosmic Gloss Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Super Sonic Woman Cosmic Gloss Swatches & Review

I'm burning through the sky Yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I'm traveling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic woman of you
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

Super Sonic Woman is a light pink gloss with fine pearly shimmer. I was impressed with the smooth, lightweight and non-sticky texture which covers evenly and doesn't sink into lines. Super Sonic Woman lasted three and a half hours on me and was hydrating. 

Notoriously Morbid Super Sonic Woman Cosmic Gloss Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Playland Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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MAC MONDAY | Playland Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Released in 2014, MAC's Playland collection was made with the bright lipstick lover in mind. It contained six lipsticks alongside a selection of co-ordinating Lipglasses, pigments, Casual Colours and Chromagraphic pencils. With the exception of Playland, the lipstick colours were all very 'me' shades so I have gradually picked them all up. I couldn't resist Playland for long though, as the idea of a gold lipstick really intrigued me! Would you wear one? Keep on reading to see swatches of everything,

MAC MONDAY | Playland Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Formula overview:
The Playland lipsticks are exclusively Amplifieds and Frosts, typically not my favourite of MAC's many lipstick finishes, but they absolutely knocked it out of the park with this collection! My reasoning for often shying away from these finishes is that the Frosts can occasionally be drying, while the Amplifieds' slip and shine makes them prone to feathering on me.
MAC lipsticks have a vanilla scent.

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Playland

MAC Playland Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Playland Lipstick Swatches & Review

Playland is described as a 'frosted yellow gold' and has a Frost finish. This is an interesting shade, probably created more with layering in mind - that's why I picked it up, anyway, albeit in a sample tube from TheBodyNeeds, before they shut up shop (RIP). Playland applies reasonably evenly although it is quite sheer and the Frost texture causes it to grab onto any uneven texture. I was surprised that it really didn't look that terrible when worn alone, not what I expected at all! Playland lasted five hours on me and wasn't drying.

MAC Playland Lipstick Swatches & Review

Sweet Experience

MAC Sweet Experience Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Sweet Experience Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Sweet Experience Lipstick Swatches & Review

Sweet Experience is described as 'bright pink' and has an Amplified finish. I don't often reach for light pink lipsticks but this warm, cotton candy pink is just adorable, I absolutely love it. It sinks into liplines a little but I have no other complaints about the formula; it feels very comfortable on the lips and wears for five hours one me. There was some light pink staining after the colour wore off. 

MAC Sweet Experience Lipstick Swatches & Review

Toying Around

MAC Toying Around Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Toying Around Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Toying Around Lipstick Swatches & Review

Toying Around is described as 'hot coral pink' and has an Amplified finish. Well, it's coral and if you're a regular reader of the blog then you'll know I've never met a coral MAC lipstick that I didn't like. I'm predictable that way but more importantly, it's a colour they do pretty darn flawlessly. Like its no doubt legions of dupes (hey, I said flawlessly, not uniquely), Toying Around applies and wears superbly, lasting six hours on me.

MAC Toying Around Lipstick Swatches & Review

Happy-Go-Lucky

MAC Happy-Go-Lucky Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Happy-Go-Lucky Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Happy-Go-Lucky Lipstick Swatches & Review

Happy-Go-Lucky is described as 'hot pink' and has an Amplified finish. Another one that's just too cute to resist. The Amplified finish gives it a more youthful vibe compared to similar permanent shades like Candy Yum Yum and Pink Pigeon (both matte) but streaks slightly due to the slipperiness of the formula. Not visible from a normal viewing distance and something I can easily look past but as usual, your personal preference may be different. Happy-Go-Lucky lasts six hours on me and stains pink.

MAC Happy-Go-Lucky Lipstick Swatches & Review

Red Balloon

MAC Red Balloon Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Red Balloon Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Red Balloon Lipstick Swatches & Review

Red Balloon is described as a 'hot fuchsia' and has an Amplified finish. I'd call this more cerise than fuchsia but that's my only point of protest because everything else about Red Balloon is wonderful. Opaque finish, super smooth application and a six-hour wear time with some fading towards the end of wear. It wasn't drying, either.

MAC Red Balloon Lipstick Swatches & Review

Head in the Clouds

MAC Head in the Clouds Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Head in the Clouds Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Head in the Clouds Lipstick Swatches & Review

Head in the Clouds is described as a 'red with pearl' and has a Frost finish. Compared to some of MAC's other shimmery reds it is sheerer (though it can be built to opacity as shown) and a little more slippery, causing it to feather very lightly on me. The colour is so cheerful and jewel-like, though, that I don't mind using a lipliner to sidestep those small niggles. Head in the Clouds lasts for five hours on me.

MAC Head in the Clouds Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Most shades have great colour payoff
  • Wear time is between five and six hours
  • Non-drying
  • Most shades didn't feather
  • Most shades apply well, with even colour payoff
What I didn't like:
  • Head in the Clouds feathers lightly
  • Playland emphasises uneven texture
  • Happy-Go-Lucky is slightly uneven
  • Sweet Experience sinks into liplines
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Did you pick up anything from the Playland collection when it was available?

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Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

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Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

Mixing mediums open the door to so many creative opportunities in your makeup collection, don't they? I can't believe I'd never tried one before Darling Girl's Superstar Serum. I'm totally converted now and I expect you will be too because this baby makes it so easy to transform loose eyeshadows into eyeliners or create a stunning foiled eyeshadow look. My favourite use for Superstar Serum is glittery eyeliner, it's a really fun alternative to my usual black liquid. This is $4.50USD for 6ml, so not only does it not run any risk of breaking the bank but also I'm maybe 7/8ths through mine after plenty of use, so it's bound to last you a long time. Keep on reading to see Superstar Serum in action!

Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

The labelling has undergone a bit of revamping since I received my bottle of Superstar Serum, it's now outfitted in a colourful, stripy label, resplendent with stars. The packaging itself is a squeezy bottle with a small tip dispenser, the same format as eye drops.

Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

To use Superstar Serum, you mix a little eyeshadow with a drop of SS on a mixing palette or another clean surface, adding additional drop/s of SS until you get the desired consistency. You want to aim for a wet sand texture, if too wet, the resulting mixture will be sheer while being too dry will make it more likely to transfer as well as being less impactful. 

Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

Here I've swatched We're All Mad Here, the March COTM, three ways to show the difference. Left, over bare skin, you can see it's sheerer than the other two but still well pigmented and sparkly, with more of the maroon base colour showing. Over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, in the middle, the maroon base is still visible but is dominated by the shimmer and sparkle. Mixed with Superstar Serum, on the right, the maroon base is difficult to see as the purple shimmer takes over.
Superstar Serum has a negligible effect on wear time for me.

Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

For this look I've used Superstar Serum to foil I <3 Candy More, #breaktheinternet for the transition and outer half of lid, Kilt-y Pleasures (old version) on the crease, Gerard on the inner half of the lid and inner corner and Troll Bridge on the lower lashline (all Darling Girl). The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies.

Darling Girl Superstar Serum Review

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

Have you tried any mixing mediums before?

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