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Product Review: Wicked Sisters Cosmetics' Shining Inspired '237 Palette'

Two of my biggest passions are makeup and horror, and when they combine the world is so much better. An independent company called Wicked Sisters Cosmetics is combining wonderful quality makeup with some of horror’s biggest classics; one of their newest additions is the Shining inspired 237 Palette.

The 237 Palette includes 9 gorgeous shadows:

  • Twins- a beautiful frosty blue shimmer
  • 1921- a rich, deep brown shade
  • Wendy- an orange/brown shimmer
  • Shining- a stunning, rich gold shimmer
  • Care Taker- a plum/black matte
  • Hotel- vibrant orange mate (like the shade that can be found in the iconic Overlook carpet)
  • Doc- light brown/taupe matte
  • Dull Boy- off-white/cream matte
  • REDRUM- a stunning red glitter

To accurately review the palette, I had to try it out of course. For the look below, I used the following:

  • Hotel: crease/transition/inner corner of lid
  • Care Taker: socket/blended through crease/outer lid
  • Dull Boy: brow bone/diffuse crease color/under bottom lash line
  • Wendy: center lid
  • Shining: lower lash line
  • 1921: outer lash line

This is hands down my new favorite palette, and I own quite a few, including big brands. The colors are highly pigmented, so you don’t have to keep adding more product to achieve the desired look. The formula is INCREDIBLE, it is silky and blends effortlessly on the eyes. The colors all compliment each other so well, so if you wanted to really go in and add all 9 for a super bold look, it could be done flawlessly.

Shimmer shadows are really difficult to work with sometimes; they are usually far less pigmented, hard to blend and tend to create a lot of fallout, but the ones in the 237 palette are perfect. None of the shades produce much fallout at all which is really impressive for a palette that only costs $24, I have paid a lot more for other brands and have had to do a lot of cleanup.

As previously mentioned, the 237 palette is $24, and if you are a makeup junkie, you know how pricey palettes can be. For 9 shades, including the combination of matte, shimmer and glitter with a formula as good as this one, $24 is a steal.

Bonus mini review: to finish the look, I also used their 3D Fiber Waterproof Mascara-Lasher. I have very stubborn eyelashes, so I struggle to find mascaras that actually do what the packaging promises, but this one is AMAZING. One coat and my lashes were fuller and longer, it looked like I had just applied falsies.

I am going to have to highly recommend both of these products. Wicked Sisters Cosmetics is a win for the makeup obsessed for sure. If anything in this review strikes love in your wicked little heart, or you just want to browse the extensive list of products offered on the site, visit wickedsisterscosmtics.com.

Be sure to also show some social media love by liking Wicked Sisters Cosmetics on Facebook and by following them on Instagram (@wickedsisterscosmetics).

Glamour Ghoul Box: A Subscription Service for the Spooky

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There seems to be a subscription service for everything nowadays, movies, video games, makeup; you name it, there’s probably a box for it. Most of these boxes cater to mainstream brands and people, but thanks to Glamour Ghoul Box, there is now a subscription service for the spooky.

Not only is the box unique in its spookiness, it is also a way to discover new, independent brands. The Glamour Ghoul Box features all handmade products from Etsy sellers and every product is guaranteed to be cruelty free. Each box has a clever theme; past boxes include a Labyrinth theme and future boxes include The Addams Family and Cthulhu. Boxes are $30 plus shipping.

The theme for the February box is “The Truth Is Out There”; a mix of extraterrestrials and the X-Files. A sneak peak was already given to one of the products that will be found inside this box, a face hugger soap from Sick Soaps. Pre-order for this box will close on January 16th and it will ship out at the end of February.

Not only is the Glamour Ghoul Box cruelty free and supports small business, they are also against bullying. They are a proud sponsor of the nonprofit organization Don’t Be A Monster which emphasizes on bullying prevention.

To learn more about the Glamour Ghoul Box, be sure to give them a like on Facebook.

 

 

Makeup Review: Medusa’s Make-Up Triple X Lipstick

The makeup world is one that is thoroughly saturated by companies that promise their products are the next best thing and often times are not what they advertise. Big industry makeup companies over charge and frequently offer repackaged versions of older products that they promise are cruelty free and or vegan (many times they are not), but there are a host of independent companies popping up to offer better products for a much better price, and one of those companies is Medusa’s Make-Up. The makeup that they offer is 100% vegan AND cruelty free. Medusa’s Make-Up offers 12 vibrant lipstick shades; the shade in the spotlight is Triple X– a super bright pink shade.

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Packaging is a major selling point for any product, but the makeup industry leaves a great deal more room for design creativity. Medusa’s Make-Up offers sleek black packaging with their logo in gold. The artwork on the lipstick tube is simplistic yet unique.

Bright pink lip shades can be a hard craft to master; they turn out either gaudy and overly pigmented or too opaque, there never seems to be a happy medium. Triple X however has the balance that is frequently missing. It is a vibrant bright, borderline neon pink, but it is still everyday wearable. In terms of comparison, it is an affordable dupe for MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum (Triple X is cruelty free and vegan whereas MAC products are not, so added bonus).

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Nothing is worse than stick lipstick that applies greasy looking or makes your lips look like they are dry and cracking. The finish after application is neither matte or gloss, it is a nice combination of the two. Triple X is smooth and creamy without the greasy, sticky aftermath. It seems to have conditioning properties leaving lips feeling smoother after removable than before application; likely due to the vegan ingredients.

There is only minor transfer after application; it leaves a small trace but won’t come off completely or leave you looking like Pennywise or someone’s crazy grandma. Wear time, depending on whether lips are primed and the lipstick is set with other products and how much eating and drinking you are doing, is roughly a couple hours without reapplication (it will last longer obviously if set).

Anyone who has ever purchased makeup, lip products in particular, knows just how expensive they can be. It is not uncommon to walk in and drop $25 or more on a single lipstick. Triple X is only $12, roughly half the cost of most high-end brands.

All in all, Triple X by Medusa’s Make-Up is a solid product that is well worth the mere $12 you’d pay. Great quality for a great price is nothing to complain about.

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