Monday, 27 February 2012

Aromaleigh V 2

After hearing that one of my fave mineral makeup companies, Aromaleigh,  was closing down, I was devastated. I'd only tried the eye shadows and lipsticks, but there were so many unique gorgeous colours, it was a shame to see the owner close shop, due to personal reasons, that need a whole blog post to itself to cover everything!

When these beautiful creations were being discontinued at a cheaper price, you can imagine my disappointment when international shipping was not offered. This closing down sale went on for months. Just when I'd begun to put my disappointment to rest, I found out some absolutely fantastic news, not only were Aromaleigh products being offered to international customers, the shop reopened, under slightly changed name..Aromaleigh V 2, Kristen may not own the company, but she still plays a vital role.

Taken from the site "
Aromaleigh is a cutting-edge cosmetics company at the forefront of the independent mineral makeup revolution. Our micro-formulated products are formulated with pure ingredients, innovation, over a decade of industry experience and creativity... to give you unique, quality makeup.




Our products are never tested on animals and are proprietary formulations, never repackaged.


Women worldwide enjoy our colorful and affordable line of mineral makeup.




Aromaleigh has been providing natural products online since 1998.


Aromaleigh closed in December of 2010, but as of October 1, 2011, Aromaleigh has reopened under new management. Aromaleigh's founder, Kristen Leigh Bell- is now acting as the company's Creative Director and Head of Product Development."


Seeing as I could now place an order, I did, well maybe more than once. I won't put all the purchased eye shadows in one post, but over 4, as I bought current collection products also..how could I not?? ;)


This post is a review of discontinued eye shadows. Some may still be available, but most are now sold out. They're going at $3 each at the moment, so it's worth checking :)


My eye shadows were wrapped in the trademark tissue paper.



Typical sized shadow jars with sifters are used. The label on the bottom includes a list of ingredients.


Now to the important part..the product! :)


PURE EYES MATTE: (No skin swatches, as these eye shadows were too light to show up on my skin)

STARFISH: Orange based neutral.



MAGNOLIA: Plummy brown.



Palmetto: Pale green.


Pine: Mossy green.


FROST COLLECTION:

REGIFTED: Golden copper.




MYTHOS COLLECTION-


EOS: Multi-shimmered neutral.



HESTIA: Dusty pink shimmer.



CHRONOS: Dark taupe shimmer.



SPELLS COLLECTION-


IMPERVIOUS: Shimmery silver.



CRUCIO: Plum with fuscia and gold shimmer.




The eye shadows have fantastic pigment, adhere well, and are easy to work with.

Now for some EOTDs:



Lid- Regifted, below brows- Starfish and crease- Pine.




Lid is Hestia and in the crease is Magnolia.

Did I tell y'all that I love Aromaleigh??? :) Stay tuned for some future swatches!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

To repurchase, or not to repurchase- St Ives Green Tea Cleanser.

 I recently finished a bottle of St Ives Tea Tree cleanser. I had been given this cleanser to review, thanks to beauty forum, Beauty Heaven. I had only been using this cleanser in the morning with my Clarisonic cleansing brush, as I prefer to use foaming cleansers with this deep cleansing tool.



Here's my thoughts after trialling this cleanser:
"
The Green Tea Cleanser comes in a 200 ml bottle. I love that it is clear, so you can see just how much product you have. The cleanser is dispensed by simply depressing the top, which reveals an opening, for fuss-free application.

It's a transparent green gel. The scent is what caught my attention. It is so fresh, just smells divine! I look forward to using it every morning.

Upon application, the gel foams, feeling luxurious on the skin. For the amount of foam I get, it surprised me at how easy it was to wash off my skin. The product disperses quickly to reveal clean skin that does not feel at all stripped.

Salicylic acid is combined with green tea to fight break-outs whilst soothing the skin. So that even those with sensitive skin can enjoy the benefits of this cleanser.

There are no parabens or phthalates, potentially cancer causing chemicals, so that's a definite plus! I was surprised to note that there is sodium laureth sulfate, however it is not a huge concern of mine because I do love the foam that this ingredient helps to create.

I must say that I would get this product again. Enjoying a product that cleans, fights break-outs and soothes my skin, at such a reasonable price, very happy indeed!
"

 At the moment I have a foaming cleanser in use, but I would not be opposed to replacing with this one, especially at a budget price of around $10, can't argue with that! Knowing me, tho, I'll want to try something different! :)

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Nevermore Body Company

I just cannot get enough of perfume oils! I came across Nevermore Body Company through Heartsy. There was a possibility that Heartsy vouchers were going to be available for this Etsy store so I decided to make a purchase to try out some samples (and a FS!). So far they haven't featured yet, but I'm not disappointed that I gave this seller a try.



In the parcel, as there often is, was the company's card. Bigger than a normal business card, this one cleverly includes a list of products and prices on the back.



I like the labelling, it seems to have an old gypsy-like feel. This theme is universal, carrying across from the perfume oils to lotions, scrubs, soap and the like. The labels on the perfume oils, full sized and samples, appear to be water-proof, which is a definite advantage, as oils can sometimes be messy, running over onto the labels, which I have lost many this way. Can be annoying when a perfume can't be identified due to a missing label!


The full sized perfume oil I purchased was-


Koffin Kake: *Enjoy a mouthwatering fresh baked pumpkin pie with notes of cinnamon and clove covered with a delicious streusel topping as you luxuriate in the scents of Koffin Kake.
A delectable bakery scent. I can imagine the smell of a cake, just as I'm taking a bite of the rich, moist vanillary goodness. Upon drydown, the fragrance develops a creamy quality, as if a huge dollop of thick cream has been added to the cake. Yummmm...

Samples-

MADAME: *Madame’s golden days of Cabaret brings back the warm and sophisticated, yet subtle blend of apple and oak, with a spice mahogany bouquet, soothing hints of vanilla, cinnamon and dark wood, ripe tones of sweet figs and infused with a blend of tobacco, black tea and fruit spices.
Mysteriously floral and feminine. A sexy, slightly spicy fragrance. Intoxicating.


CHAPITEAU: *The wild, musky scents of the Big Top Circus are combined in Chapiteau as you take in Patchouli and musk accented with hints of violet and sandalwood.
Begins as sweet, sugared flowers. On the skin, I notice an earthiness. All too quickly, this lovely and feminine perfume fades, and I can only smell it on my skin.

VAUDEVILLE: *Freak shows, concert saloons, carnival show and Vaudeville captured in one fragrance of sweet chocolate base with spicy pepper, fresh brewed Espresso and a mouthwatering Merlot wine bouquet of wild grape, strawberry stems and a hint of spice.
To me, this one smells like Black Forest Cake. Rich dark, dark chocolate with sweet syrupy berries. After wear, the chocolate begins to fade, but the rich syrupy berries remain. Nice, and I'm happy to report lasts on me.

BURLESQUE LOUNGE: *True to its name…this musky combination of Patchouli, black leather and tobacco with a floral hint of Frankincense, violet and amber is perfectly blended in fresh lemon, mandarin, juicy plum, red apple, cinnamon and fresh clove, dipped in vanilla and cherry cordial.
Smoky, sweet spices. I can detect fruit, especially apples. I quite like the contrasting notes, that after wear, blend into a soft perfume. Cinnamony sweet fruit, with a smoky edge. I like!

SHERLOCK: *With the rich floral aromas of an English garden experience the scents of damask rose, geranium, patchouli, sweet lavender all combined in a sweet blend of orange honey and smokey vanilla.
Begins quite smoky and spicy. A sweetness emerges after wear reminding me of syrupy fruit. This is similar to Burlesque Lounge, only heavier on the spice. Not as masculine as I was expecting. I like it!

I like the sound of the body butters, so it seems I will need to place another order ;)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Symbolic Imports

Delving into the indie perfume world brought me to Symbolic Imports. Some of the perfume oils caught my eye, plus the fact that I'm going through so much lip balm lately, I decided to put a couple in my "shopping cart". Along with lip balms and perfume oils, on offer are, soaps (bars and whipped), sugar scrubs, hair care and lotion.



I chose Chai Tea and Coconut lip balms. They are moisturising without being too heavy on the lips. The scents are subtle, yet noticeable. There is no taste.

I ordered 4 roll-on perfumes, each being 7ml:

COCONUT LIME: *The ultimate refresher - zesty lime and creamy coconut make this classic scent irresistible.
As expected, I could detect a tart note, which seemed to outshine the coconut. After wear, the coconut appeared, not a sweet artificial note, but warm and creamy. It is a nice simple scent, which unfortunately, disappears too quickly.

DRAGON'S BLOOD: *Dragons Blood is a soft Oriental blend of Patchouli and Rose on a warm sweet musk base. Very sexy and sophisticated!
Powdery exotic spices combined with intoxicating florals. Feminine, sexy and sweet. This one lasts on me, and I love it!

GINGERBREAD COOKIE: * Sweet, spicy, warm and comforting blend of ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, and rich buttery vanilla. An aroma of fresh baked gingerbread cookies. A perfect Holiday fragrance!
I am a sucker for anything gingerbread related. If there's a gingerbread fragrance, I must try it! This perfume is just the right blend of sweet spice and cookies. I can't stop sniffing this delish perfume, if only it had more throw, my skin just eats this one up! :(


PUMPKIN PIE: *Fresh pumpkin pie scent so good you'll swear your grandmother baked it! Rich, creamy pumpkin and vanilla mixed with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.
Heavy on spice, syrupy sweet pumpkin and the bakery goodness of flaky pastry. This one is indeed foody, as to be expected. A perfect blend, where no note outdoes another. I love it!

The labels are simple. yet effective. Included are company name, product name, ingredients and website address. The labels are paper, but are shrink wrapped, making them water proof, which is preferable  with oils.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

SweetPea and Fay Cosmetics

With a name like SweetPea and Fay, how could I resist purchasing a voucher through Heartsy for this indie makeup seller. Owners Katrina and Amanda Farnsworth describe themselves as: "We love anything unique or vintage. Our store reflects our quirky style while also offering all natural cosmetics that are fun and bright!"


(Pic taken from Heartsy site)

I only purchased eye shadows with my voucher, but this online store also stocks liquid lipstick and foundation. Purchases over $20 come with a free eye shadow, and there's a COTW eye shadow on offer cheaper than the normal eye shadow price. Their website is easy to navigate, and to place an order from. The eye shadows come in the usual size jars, with a simple label. Shipping/processing time was good.



Now for the swatches, I was on a neutral colour kick, so no exciting bright colours, but I was happy with my order :)

SCALYWAG: Bronzed taupe shimmer


93 PHOBIAS: Taupe with a muted pink hued shimmer


WOE IS ME: Dusty rose shimmer


SHROOMS: Silvery taupe shimmer



MOTH DUST: Rusted pink shimmer



AUSSIE KISSES: Dusty wine shimmer


BUELAH (sample baggie) Neutral matte


EOTDs:







Lid- Shrooms, Under brow- Beulah, Crease- Aussie Kisses.






Lid- Woe is Me, Under brow- 93 Phobias

I found the shadows well pigmented and easy to work with. Looking at their liquid lipsticks, they look similar to OCC Lip Tars, so I must make another purchase to try one or two..for reviewing purposes, of course!! ;)

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Poison Apple Apothecary

 When I'd seen previously that there was a possibility of perfume seller, Poison Apple Apothecary being listed on Heartsy, I decided to purchase some samples. I'm so glad I did, because with the voucher that became available after my samples had arrived, luckily, I was able to buy a couple of full sizes previously sniffed. My purchase consisted of 2 full sizes, and of course the temptation was too great not to grab some samples as well. The parcel came in black paper, with a cute red ribbon.




When I hastily unwrapped my package, I discovered that my samples were stored in an adorable labelled tin.









As seen in the pic above, the full sized perfumes ordered were:
HATTER'S TEA PARTY- This bottle boasts a cup of tea, a dash of spices, a crisp butter cookie, and a generous helping of blood orange.
This is a fun, bright, fragrance. Tart, sweet and slightly bitter. I love how it conjures images of a tea party hosted in the warm sun, surrounded by lush green grass and a flurry of guests devouring tea and cookies. After wear it powdered down to a softer scent, yet all the elements are still noticeable.


STAR CROSSED: *(not listed at time of post)
Feminine floral fragrance. A somewhat green herbal quality at the beginning, not too bitter or sharp, but crisp. This soon softens and becomes soapy, for want of a better word, as it is far from a bad perfume. Like a fresh, just washed scent, nice and mild.


Total sample perfumes that I've tried:


PUMPKIN COACH: *(not  listed at time of post)
Bakery and heavy on spices. This scent is foody but not cloyingly sweet. The sweetness of the pumpkin appears after drydown...YUMMMM!


WHITE RABBIT- *This perfume is sweet and creamy with notes of White Chocolate, Sassafras, Caramel, and Cognac.
Milky white chocolate. So smooth, delectable and easy to wear. Soft and creamy. Such a dreamy fragrance. It's so unfortunate that my skin eats this one up, and it disappears way too quickly :(

QUEEN'S RED RAGE- * Sharpest red roses, tempestuous clove, and deep vanilla musk.
As I was expecting, this scent has spice. It is well blended with intoxicating florals. On me, it is quite close to the skin. I get the occasional lovely wafts of perfume. Beautiful and feminine scent, with a little bite. Reminds me of some TMTM's spicy florals, with less throw.

SWEET ALICE- *Black currants, a generous scoop of sugar, and strawberries growing wild throughout the forest.This blend evokes the sweetest qualities of our dear curious Alice in a blend of rich buttercream, tart.
Not only is Alice sweet and fruity, but she develops a smoky side. A sexy fragrance!

GILDED- *(not listed at time of post)
Tart lemony fragrance that is also rich with syrupy goodness. Dries down to a lemon sugar. Nice simple scent. Bright and sweet.

LADY VICTORIA- * (not listed at time of post)
Smells to me like heady, sweet roses. She's an intoxicating perfume that powders down after wear. Soft and feminine.


MADAGASCAR- *(not listed at time of post)
Rich, super sweet, syrupy vanilla. Too cloying for me, gave me a headache.


DECEMBER POISON- *Deep purple figs offer a sweet top note while golden amber and fragrant myrrh offerings round out this perfume.
Frosty florals. These floral notes have a touch of bitterness, but there is enough sweetness to make this fragrance easy to wear. A feminine and rich earthy blend. Very nice.

QUEEN BEE- *(not listed at time of post)
Dripping honey with a hint of florals, maybe blossom. Lovely soft, clean scent. Becomes powdery on me.


PIRATE ANNE- *A bit of timber, a swig of rum, a dash of patchouli, and a soft vanilla dry down combine to create this bawdy blend.
She's boozy, woody and spicy. This perfume is raw and sexy. For such strong notes when wet, on me this fragrance is quite mild, without much throw. All too quickly, this perfume resembles soap, nice, but too close to the skin.




Online store owner Angela Rogers describes her store in her own words as " We are a darkly romantic perfumery with our roots in haunted Savannah, GA. We offer a large selection of hand blended artisan perfume oils, sugar scrubs, and whipped soaps. Don't forget to pick up some of our very own Embalming Cream, our rich body butter concoction that is a cult favorite among our customers. Our one of a kind scents are inspired by folklore, ghost stories, and bygone eras. We hope that you can find something to love!"

I found shipping fast, service good and I just loved the product labelling and packaging.

I would really like to try the Embalming Cream..so I guess another purchase will be in order :)