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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.


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


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!


Just had to show you how adorable the packaging is.



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.


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.


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.


I feel like I’d waste my breath if I apologized for being gone for so long. I’m sure it’ll happen again. I go through periods where I don’t really have anything interesting to blog about. Or when I do I just don’t have the time to sit down and type it out and take pictures. I go to school full time and work, so I really only have one day off a week and that is usually filled with errands, chores, or spending time with my man. That one day off definitely doesn’t feel like enough to get everything done. So anyway I’ve been building up some interesting topics I wanted to talk about that range from reviews on website like hautelook and justfab to product reviews. I even thought about doing posts revolving around pinterest, which is a site I’ve become mucho obsessed with.

This time, however, I’d like to talk about this interesting new site called bzz that I heard about from Auttyw. On the site you fill out surveys and they try to match you up with certain campaigns. For instance since I have a Keurig (that I awesomely won at a cancer charity bowl called Boobie Bowl….great name, huh?) I was able to try a new product from Green Mountain Coffee. It’s called the wellness collection and has an antioxidant blend that includes vitamin C and E and a focus blend that includes 50mg of L-Theanine. I was super excited to finally get invited on a campaign and eagerly jumped at it, but then worried about having to give it a bad review. I’ve had this Keurig since April and haven’t been able to find a coffee that I actually like. I’ve even tried Green Mountain and didn’t like it. I’ve found plenty of tea! But with coffee it always came out lukewarm and quite bitter. I almost wish there was a temperature setting but at least on my model there isn’t one.

Product description
Antioxidant blend
A healthy choice doesn’t have to be a hard decision between what’s good, and what’s good for you. Your coffee can be both deeply satisfying and a good source of antioxidant vitamins C and E in every 8FL. Oz serving.

Focus blend
….is a rich well-balanced brew with 50mg of L-Theanine in every 8fl, oz serving. It’s an inspirational blend that zeros in on the things that matter most.

I cautiously tried the focus blend first since I’ve been having a real hard time focusing on my school work, which I wasn’t happy about. So, I popped in a focus blend and was extremely shocked at what happened next. It came out extremely warm and had a nice strong scent that bought back childhood memories of when my dad used to make his coffee and let me have a sip, which is probably not one of the best things you can get a child hooked on. I took a sip and was so happy with the taste I could believe it. I really have spent quite a bit and tried so many different brands and tried adding so many different things to get the coffee to taste good. I only added my normal non-dairy creamer and sugar and it was just fine. Now did this give me extra focus? I would say that I felt more alert and focused while drinking it, but I do notice that drinking coffee in general gives me that alert feeling because of the caffeine. I do know that I’ll definitely buy it again just because it’s the first coffee to taste soooo good.

Now the antioxidant really didn’t taste good to me. It wasn’t just that it had a slight bitter taste but I felt that the taste overall seemed a little off. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the L-theamine or not, but it’s one I probably won’t buy unless it comes packaged with the focus blend. Though I will try it again since I did use a different milk product that is new to me.

I loved the package I received from bzzagent. They really sent a lot of product which I liked because I was able to try it a few times and get a feel for it. I got three boxes and they had two of the focus blend and the antioxidant blend with tons of coupons. Each box came with a $3 off coupon plus they threw in four additional coupons. I don’t even need to use up all three boxes to decide that this is definitely a great product. So, if anyone is interested in trying it out I would be willing to send out one box along with additional coupons. ** Coupons are valid on Green Mountain Coffee’s website only!** Now you can only use this if you have a keurig that uses K cups. If anyone is interested I’ll take the first person to request it. If I don’t hear from anyone in a few weeks I’ll just finish drinking it myself =D

Interested in checking out bzzagent for yourself? Follow the link or do a google search for it. If you have any questions feel free to ask =D I will probably do a post about the entire bzzagent website.


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


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