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Review/Haul: Dark Hearts Design

**Update** Sadly I wrote this blog after the new year and completely forgot to upload it. =( So, I’m uploading it now and if you have any questions about the colors please just leave a comment. Also, the DarkHearts store has reopened onto store envy, so here is her new link http://www.storenvy.com/stores/16608-dark-heart-designs-cosmetics

So today I received a much anticipated package from Dark Hearts Design. I’d link you to the website because it’s currently closed down but go like them on Facebook so you’ll be updated on the status of the store https://www.facebook.com/darkheartdesigns. I first heard about them from @Triciafitz88 on twitter when she mentioned getting an order from them. Of course the name drew my attention, then it was the 50% sale they had during November, and I was finally sold by the adorable packaging (yes, I’m a package whore) and great colors. I only picked out a few things because I currently have so much make up and so much of it doesn’t get used. I placed my order a couple days before black Friday and was sure I’d receive my package with in just a few weeks, but unfortunately it took almost a month and a half to receive it. Since it took so long to receive it I didn’t even remember what I bought and since the store is shut down I can’t link you to the products. I actually had even forgotten about the order because it took three weeks to get an email about being behind on orders. So, I got some samplers of the gel liner/eye brighteners, two eye shadows, a sample of blush, and a liquid shimmer/glitter. I immediately fell in love with the colors.

When I first looked at the gel liner/eye light I was worried that they would smudge terribly. After I swatched them and took pictures I rubbed vigorously and they didn’t budge a bit, which made me happy. I absolutely adored the two eye shadows that I got and even did a new eye look as soon as I was done taking pictures. I haven’t worn make up since Christmas because of getting migraines that lasted till New Years eve and I’ve been feeling sick for the past two weeks but I just couldn’t help but get excited by seeing the colors. What’s even weirder was that it was a yellow color that excited me and I don’t think I’ve ever done a look with yellow.

My review of the company: I didn’t like that it took well over a month to receive my product, I didn’t like the lack of communications, or the excuse that she was working crazy hours at her job because of the holiday, which was why she was behind. HOWEVER, her products are quite amazing. Besides the cute packaging, which is so different from many of homemade cosmetic companies, the products are great in quality. The eyeshadow does not crease (with primer) and the gel liners, like I mentioned, were smudge proof. And although I haven’t ordered from her since I definitely plan on ordering again.

My entire order

Love the packaging

Love the packaging

Liquid shimmer/glitter~Minotaur’s Strength
Sorry it’s a bad picture but it’s a white gel in a glass bottle and it did not play well with the flash on my camera.

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My two eye shadows
Vampire Heart on right
Carnival Queen on left

I used the Here Comes the Sun eye lighter and Carnival Queen on top.

I used the Here Comes the Sun eye light and Carnival Queen on top.

New look

I was sent a small cute sticker that I immediately put on the upper right corner of my planner.

I was sent a small cute sticker that I immediately put on the upper right corner of my planner.

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Review: Popsugar

A while back I watch a video  from Cora (VintageorTacky) about another new monthly subscription. This one is a bit different because it’s not just beauty products but different products the editors of Popsugar feel are must haves. This can range from must have foods, must have home, and must have fashion and those are just some of the categories. It’s also a bit more expensive at $35.00, though I was charged $37.89, but the value is around $100.00. I felt Cora describe this package perfectly calling it a care package. I know when I opened the box and saw the tea and cups and sweets it really felt like one. Below I will add pictures and the cost of each item. I also want to let anyone know that I was sent a $5.00 off coupon for friends to try Popsugar, so if you’d like to give it a try this would be an excellent code to use. Don’t worry about being roped into a subscription because even though it is reoccurring monthly subscription you can cancel at anytime online. The link  http://popsu.gr/KlQ and the code is referfriends and works for first time orders only.

The only problem I have with all monthly subscription is that they always come mid to end of the month. The problem for me is the items are often themed for that month. So, when you are receiving the package later into the month it doesn’t really help you if you’ve had plans or parties. For example, this month definitely seemed geared towards holiday parties with the $30.00 off rent off the run way site and the mini emergency kit.  I got this package while I was on vacation, so I’m not exactly sure when it came, but I know it was between the 18-22.  Even if I wasn’t on vacation I could not have order anything from the rental site and get it in time for Christmas. I’m not sure why they come out late but it seems like it would be simple to work a couple months ahead of time so that the December box would have been completed by mid November. This way you can send the boxes out over the next couple of weeks depending on how long it takes for that customer to receive the package. I mean, tons of industries work like this because who wants to have to wait to buy a swimsuit till August? No one! Fashion comes out months ahead so you can prepare. Another problem is that some of the products I got would have made great Christmas gifts but it was impossible to order in time for Christmas.

So total value of this box to me was $76.98 because I don’t include those dollar off “gift certificates” because usually it’s a site that doesn’t have a whole lot to offer for me. If you loves those kind of things then the box has a $106.98! Maybe I’ll turn it in for a bracelet that I can wear while doing laundry lol.

Front of the package

Front of the package

Inside

Handblown Muges the set retails for $30.00 for the 10oz. mugs www.bodum.com

www.pinchprovisions.com $15.00 This cute kit is claimed to have 52 solutions packed into the adorable bag.

This includes hairspray, mini sewing kit, chapstick, tampon, stain remover, safety pins, deodorant towel, earring backs, clear nail polish, make up remover towel, breath drops, polish remover, double sided tape, tooth picks, and band aid. Another great thing is the site just started selling refill sets for your bag.

www.bogonschocolates.com $3.99. These delicious sticks melt so quickly.

www.teaforte.com $12.00 These teas are really good and really cute!

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Just had to show you how adorable the packaging is.

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So this “gift certificate” is for $30.00 off a rental from their site. Because I didn’t get till later in December it was past all the big holiday parties =( Also, if you’re plus size don’t bother unless you want to borrow jewelry or a purse because their largest was 12 I believe.) So, I won’t be using this code.

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www.marianellasoap.com $14.00 I didn’t care for the scent but it left my skin feeling extremely soft and the scent didn’t linger. These soaps are made with antiaging argan oil, soothing oatmeal, and vitamin rich shea butter. There is also honey which adds antioxidant powers and vanilla bean that is a light exfoliant.

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www.goswype.com $1.99 These wipes get the toughest smudges off my laptop, phone, and camera screen. They not only get the smudges off but they also up to 98% of the germs and bacteria. Plus they’re extremely cheap and I think they would make great stocking stuffers for next Christmas because they have a ton of different designs.

Not for Doc’s eyes

I love this time of year! I love the music, movies, decorations, buying gifts, giving gifts, wrapping gifts, parties, baking, and all the different traditions. As I’m writing this I have my fully decorated, lit Christmas tree next to me with a Christmas scented candle burning and Christmas movie in the background. I feel like I need to make a cup of coco to complete this holiday picture, but enough of that.

I got a package in the mail today that I have been waiting forever for. My boyfriend Doc is terrible about updating his amazon wish list, which is an amazing tool if you add their “add from any site” wishlist tool bar, and couldn’t find anything decent on it. So, I told him it’s his fault if he doesn’t like his gift though I think that I found something on Sephora that most men, at least ones that grow facial hair, would appreciate.

It’s called the Finest Shave kit and comes with seven decently sized samples of highly rated products. The package is quite manly with a leather case looking box (I do wish they would have left off all the Sephora branding). The products come in a sturdy slide out drawer and the back of the box flips open. When you open in it they have a white sealed envelope that has the product booklet and certificate, which you can apparently turn it in for favorite  full sized product from the kit. I do not want to open the envelope, but I do hope the certificated either doesn’t have an expiration date or that you have a year to turn it in. Just because I know Doc is, as many men are, growing in his winter beard. So I know most of the products won’t get fully tested for a while.

I felt you got a lot with the kit and it cost $25.00 and was considered a $65.00 value. What I also did was made one of my free samples another shaving item. That day they had Jack Black – Supreme Triple cushion shave lather available, so I snapped that up.

Products in no particular order
1. Anthony Logistics for Men – advanced formula lip balm SPF 25 3.5 g/ 0.25oz
2. The Art of Shaving – shave cream sandalwood 30 ml/1 fl oz
3. Lab Series Skincare for Men – maximum comfort shave cream 30 ml/1 fl oz
4. Anthony Logistics for Men – shave cream 59 ml/2 fl 0z
5. Clinique Skin Series for Men – face scrub 15 ml/ 0.5 fl oz
6. Jack Black – beard lube conditioning shave 30 ml/ 1 fl oz
7. Shaveworks – the cool fix 29 ml/ 1 fl oz

I was a very naughty girl and bought myself a rather large item. I’m terrible at buying myself gifts when I’m shopping for others! Little Miss Cora talked me into the Tarte holiday set. Not really but I loved her review of it, which is surprising that it excited me because I felt the few products I’ve gotten from them were terrible. (I’ll go into that some other time since this will be a long blog on its own) I can already tell that I love the packaging and I think it’ll make a great carrying case when I travel. There are tons of great reviews and pictures so I don’t really feel the need to do a review since so many have. But if you’re interested in hearing my opinion I’ll share. Of course I’ll do a review if I feel what I have to share is very different from other reviews.

Oh and you may have noticed I changed my name and will try to talk about that in the next blog I made.

Thank you for your time!

Haul: Mini lipstick Haul

So while shopping today at Jewel* for the big snow storm, which I’m sure will turn into nothing, I came across a nice Wet n Wild sale. They had the entire line was 40%, but since I’m trying to use up my eye shadow I decided to look at their lip products. As usual it’s fairly cheap feeling package that I came to expect from Wet n Wild and I don’t care. As long as it’s good quality I will forgo nice packaging. The only thing that is a bit different is the lids, which are extremely tight and almost hard to get off. The super tight lids have made me ding my lipstick just a bit, but oh well the lipsticks are worth it. They are very creamy and both have a nice intense color. Sorry I can’t tell you how long these last. When I do wear lipstick it’s not for long, because I’m always drinking water and my boyfriend won’t kiss me with anything on my lips. Not that I blame him. I also finally picked up one of the Milani lip flashes which I have been looking at forever. They were also 20% off today at Jewel. I just had to pick up 06 Flashy because that is the one that has always jumped out at me. Though I believe I tend to wear a more dramatic eye makeup than most people I usually don’t wear much on my lips. So I’ll be saving this for a girls night out or concert.

~Leece

Wet n Wild- 915B Spiked with Rum, which is a nice low gloss (almost matte) muddy red.

Top is 915B Bottom is 919B

Wet n Wild- 919B Vamp it up that is such an intense dark purple it looks almost black.

Milani lip flash – 06 Flashy It is a much more vibrant pink, but my camera is washing it out making it look like a baby pearl pink. It’s a nice hot pink with pink glitter.

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*Jewel is a popular grocery chain in the midwest just  in case you didn’t know