My belated birthday gift :)

Thank you so much to reddit user aikoekadan who i first got in contact with because she was offering decants of the Shiro 3spooky5me collection, which sold out in like one day and it was highly sought after. I asked her to write happy birthday on the envelope so my husband wouldn’t know i’d bought MORE eyeshadow and she said she’d send me a few things. So I got a lovely little letter from her and a bunch of samples.

I love samples… 😀

What a haul!!!

What a haul!!!

Where to start? I guess let’s do the eyeshadows since they’re soooo pretty on.

all the shadows!

All the shadows! With NYX Milk base on top, naked skin in the middle and Urban Decay Primer Potion on the bottom.

So from left to right we have Shiro spiber, Shiro zompey (both from the 5spooky3me collection), Detrivore Institution, Shiro When the Thrush Knocks, and Black Rose Minerals Kon. ooooooo shiiiny.

A closer look...

A closer look…

So let’s start with Spiber. This is a lovely blue based shadow with some light green looking glitter. I think, it’s so shiny, especially on the milk. The white base makes the colors pop wonderfully. It is almost pulling a bluey purple on the UDPP base. Oh spiber, why did you have to be so limited edition? You are beautiful.

Zompey is this cool color you can’t judge in the sample baggie at all, in the bag it looks almost brown with purple shift but then you put it on and blam, the purple comes right out. It’s more wearable for me on a daily basis than spiber since it comes off a little less sparkly.

Institution is a spring green satin, almost a kelly green. It seems to have a slight gold shift, this is really a lovely color. The gold shift is more pronounced on the UDPP  while the green is much more vibrant on the milk. I will wear this for sure.

A closer look...

A closer look…

When the Thrush Knocks is still a current shadow in the Shiro cataloge from the Hobbit collection. I can see why. On the site it is described as “Late afternoon sunlight: soft coppery yellow-gold with light shimmer.” I can’t say I agree with that description, and i don’t know if it’s because of my complexion or what but on me it’s a lovely rich copper with not so much gold but I don’t even care because it’s beautiful on.

Kon is my first Black Rose Minerals ever. I like the formula and the shadow seemed to have the average high quality workability I come to expect from independent makeup. It doesn’t do nearly as well on the milk base as the rest did, On the milk it looks… one dimensional? But on the UDPP it looks like a lovely gold satin, really really nice. It even shows up fairly nicely on bare skin for a super subtle gold glow. Really really pretty, it makes me want to get further into this brand.

Whew, so there is the eyeshadows. They’re so pretty, i really love the richness of color in them.

But wait, there’s more!

Intertubes in Shoop da Whoop and Rickrolled, and Pacifica natural mineral eyeliner in Gun Metal

Intertubes in Shoop da Whoop and Rickrolled, and Pacifica natural mineral eyeliner in Gun Metal

Oh Intertubes, I found you way too late and didn’t buy enough of them before they were discontinued. If you want a really tinted lipgloss then intertubes are your friend. They have since been discontinued so getting these samples was super happy for me.

Shoop da Whoop is an slightly orange leaning pink on me while Rickrolled is more orange. I am excited to experiment with these shades since i’m working more oranges into my lip wardrobe.

The liner is pretty much what I expected it to be, it has nice smooth application and a nice subtle, wearable color for me. I will report back with how it holds up to tight lining 🙂

So happy birthday to me and thank you again aikoekadan! I have already enjoyed swatching these and I will enjoy wearing them.

*Note: all swatches were on my skin which is YSL BR20, which is a cool, pink toned light complexion.

Smelly Yeti – first purchase of indie perfumes

Hey everyone, so it’s been a while, life got very busy and things got complicated and I fell behind in posting. But today I got something that’s worth blogging about. I ordered from a newbie on the indie perfume scene called Smelly Yeti. This is my first ever indie perfume purchase, but everyone’s been talking about it so I wanted to play too.

I love how this was hand-decorated.

What is this? I love how this is hand-decorated.

This came at just the right time for me, the last week has been horrible, just shitty. I needed something that would make me smile.

Hand drawn yeti with each order. The amount of time and detail in each order is awesome.

Hand drawn yeti with each order. The amount of time and detail in each order is awesome. I’m glad I got a happy yeti, I need some happy after this week.

The Goods, with samples and candy.

The Goods, with samples and candy.

I always carefully cut out and save the brand stickers. I swear I'm not a hoarder.

I always carefully cut out and save the brand stickers. I swear I’m not a hoarder.

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Vegan suckers!

Vegan suckers!

I love this, two fake tattoos and a little dino toy. I need to get another to reenact the opening scene of Firefly

I love this, two fake tattoos and a little dino toy. I need to get another to reenact the opening scene of Firefly

The actual perfumes

The actual perfumes

The actual perfume samples I ordered

The actual perfume samples I ordered

So I got a nice mix of scents with their sample pack, I ordered not the bees, unicorn collector, hey mcfly, pan galactic gargle blaster and pipsqueak, demon magnet was my free sample.

Not the bees – oh… muh… gawdddddd… this is the first scent I tried out of the batch because I love a nice sweet scent on me, and this was sweet but not too sweet. I certainly got some honeysuckle in the mix and it lasted a super long time on my skin. Will buy full sized of this.

Demon Magnet – it smells like lemongrass soap on my skin. It’s not offensive to me but my skin chemistry doesn’t bring out all the wonderfulness of this perfume. It actually works a bit better on my husband but he says he will never wear it.

Hey, McFly – This one is ‘not bad’ on me, I smell the root beer and kind of this musty, familiar scent. Hard to describe.

Unicorn Collector – This perfume just reaffirms that I really like sweet girly scents. I get the vanillla notes and tonka bean with just enough fruity citrus to make the scent complex. I really like this one.

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster – This one I guess I had low expectations because I didn’t like the description of it on the website but once I got it on my skin it turned into this really clean citrus boozey scent. It’s not my normal jam for scents but it’s kinda the perfect scent to go play some DnD with my friends at night.

Pipsqueak – This is described as a ‘teeny’ scent but on me it’s like a candied citrus with an almost almond undertone. I quite like this one and i will consider getting the full sized of this one as well.

So at the end of the day of the 6 scents I received I am only going to be trading two. I am already planning my next haul for Black Friday. Probably a full sized “Not the bees” and another sampler pack. Going through this last one was really fun and is getting me to try scents I might not normally pick up. Smelly Yeti is an awesome company to start off with and I look forward to my next order.