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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.






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.


Burned: Smashbox Edition

One thing that really sucks when you’re poor is to spend a lot of money on high end make up and it doesn’t turn out well. So, Smashbox is a highly rate very popular cruelty free cosmetic brand. They are  out of my current price range, but I saw two great boxed kits I thought would be good to try. One was the Complexion Perfection and I felt like you got a lot of great travel size products for $49. The second was only $19 and you get a wide variety of trial size items. Since I was new to the brand I really didn’t know what to try and thought both of these kits had a wide variety of items and that it would give me a good feel for the company. It did do that, but not in the way I was hoping. In the end I decided I will most likely never buy from this company again. *Below I did list the links so you may check them out for yourself.

I’ll talk about the Complexion Perfection first since that one upset me the most. One thing that immediately made me nervous was that besides choosing fair, light, and medium you couldn’t pick your colors. I’m pretty light skinned, but not quite fair skin, so I thought the swatches on the light skinned box looked like it would be a good match. I was soooooo disappointed when I actually received the product. Just about all the products are incredibly dark and don’t blend well. I have such a hard time believe this is considered to be for light skinned. I even tried writing to the company but after waiting for over a week I received an email from CONSUMERCARE-US saying they were unable to address my concern!?! Thanks for the great customer service Smashbox! Besides the colors being terrible I tried it anyway. The primer made me break out really bad, which I thought was odd since I’ve never noticed my skin being sensitive before. I stopped using the primer after a few days. I notice after about a week and a half my skin just wasn’t clearing up. During this time I was trying the foundation. It seem liked no matter how much I blended or buffed it in I couldn’t get rid of the orangey glow I had. So I was mixing it with a much lighter foundation to try and lighten it up. I realized that this foundation, even though I was using a minuet amount, was actually making me break out. I’ve never broken out from cosmetics before so this really surprised me. So I stopped using all the products. One other thing that is frustrating about this set is that I noticed they have a large selection of fair, light and medium shades. Yet, they chose one of the darkest shades for the light!?! I looked into the fair kit, because I thought about exchanging it for that if I ever heard back from customer service. Well in the fair kit they put the lightest possible foundation!?! I thought it would be better to choose a middle shade, because it’ll be easier to light up or darken. Who knows. I’m no professional.

Online Swatch

The second from the top is the color I got. The larger swatch to the left is suppose to be my foundation.

Real life Swatch

This is what I actually got

Top is Foundation blended out; Bottom is powder blended out

Now on to the Try it Kit, which again I thought this was a good deal, and again most of the products were a bust. I didn’t bother with the primer since I knew that it broke me out. The eye liner smudged badly. I’m used to the eyeliner running on my waterline, but it didn’t last well on the upper lid either. I even tried setting it with a powder and it still looked terrible after just a few hours. The mascara was a joke. It didn’t do much of anything except for darken my lashes. I’ve gotten better results from my Lacura brand that’s 99 cents at Aldi’s. The only thing that I liked and still use is the lip enhancing lip gloss. It’s a beautiful color, conditions well, and lasts. The only thing I did not like was when my lips were badly chapped to the point of peeling the glitter in the gloss actually hurt my lips.

So in all I would personally never buy any of these products again. Not only did most of their products break me out, but I was also majorly disappointed in the customer service. When I’m spending over $70 I do expect a lot from the company and the products, but that could just be me. My advice for anyone else interested would be to buy the sample kits first. I would go to a place like Sephora or Ulta where you can actually try the foundations on yourself so that you can make sure the color will be a good fit. I recently found out that Make Up Forever has a similar kit that is a bit more expensive, but you can at least choose your own color.  As for the barely used products and products not used at all maybe someday I can do a blog sale. Since, there are a lot of people out there who do like their products and have not had the issues I’ve had.

Try It Kit


Complexion Perfection


Introduction get to know me =D


<3 Introduction <3

I’m 29 (ugh almost 30) and live in the Chicagoland area. I am a full-time student, and I currently work part-time at one of Chicago’s most visited attractions. I’m far from a professional, but I just love playing with make-up and talking about it. I first started this blog under the name beauty by msdarkmetal, but I quickly found that the title just doesn’t work well for me. As I mention I don’t work often, which means, I don’t shop often. I’m finding it hard to keep up with a beauty blog when I don’t jump on the new craze bandwagon till much later, don’t shop often, go through long periods where I don’t where make up, and frankly I’m sick of buying a crap ton of make up that I don’t use. Plus, I tend to be all over the place with my hobbies. So, I believe this blog is in a desperate need of a change of direction. This is why I changed the name to randomness by msdarkmetal because I feel it will fit with the direction of blog.

So what do I plan on doing with my blog? Well, I’ve become quite into pinterests and would love to share my board of I don’t just pin it, I do it. Along with the success and failures I’ve had with various items I’ve tried on pinterest. I’m also a big thrifter and am interested in doing more vintage/clothing/thrifting hauls.

If this is something you are not interested in I won’t be offended if you unsubscribe and I thank you for following me. If this is something that sounds interesting to you, please feel free to email me, leave a comment, or subscribe.


F.A.Q.’s –made up by moi
How long have you been into makeup?
I’ve been wearing make-up since I was in high school, but didn’t get super obsessed till about two years ago.

What is your style?
I’m not a high fashion person. I don’t follow the trends. I wear what I like and what I feel comfortable in. My make-up looks have quite a bit of color, but are on the darker side. I do love color and use a lot of purples, blues, hot pinks, golds, and greens.

What are you hoping to accomplish by this?
-Well, self, that’s a good question. I always thought it would be fun to get involved in blogs and youtube, even if I only connect with a few people. I’m not aiming to have 200,000 subscribers or anything. I just want to share knowledge and experiences I’ve had since playing around with make-up, and hopefully meet some really cool people.

What inspired you?
-I didn’t use youtube much unless I was looking for music videos. Then one year my boyfriend and I went to a Zombie Prom and I was massively disappointed in the “professional” make-up job I received. So I was determined to learn how to do some easy FX make-up. I then discovered a whole community/world of make-up on youtube. Ever since then I became even more obsessed with make-up and have learned so much. Besides youtube I’m constantly inspired by pinterest and beauty bloggers.

Who do you follow on youtube?
I’m always looking for new and interesting people who have a unique look or different advice. Below are the following people who looks are unique and offer a lot of great advice.

The unique Heather http://www.youtube.com/user/sokolum79?feature=g-u-u
The lovely Cora http://www.youtube.com/user/vintageortacky?feature=g-u-u
The bitchtastic Petrilude whose name I believe is Josh http://www.youtube.com/user/petrilude?feature=watch
The knowledgeable Emily http://www.youtube.com/user/emilynoel83?feature=g-u-u
Last but not least the amazing Angie http://www.youtube.com/user/goldiestarling?ob=0

WARNINGS I am extremely sarcastic and may use strong words.

*Chicagoland- People from the North, West, and South suburbs who don’t really live in the city, but they want you to think they live really friggin’ close. Hell that term is even used by folks who live in NWI.