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Top 3 Indie Alternative Makeup Brands

Have you ever been on the hunt for an eye shadow palette or lipstick shade that would take your beautifully spooky look to the next level? Large scale makeup companies have neutrals galore but not much in the way of pastels or beautiful dark, rich shades to achieve the quintessential vampy/witchy look. Independent small businesses are where it’s at for the alternative crowd; here are my top 3 favorite indie alternative makeup brands*.

*In no particular order. Article contains affiliate links & discount codes.*

Wicked Sisters Cosmetics

Created by best friends Lisa and Wendi in the fall of 2017. They offer vegan, cruelty free products (all made in California). Wicked Sisters Cosmetics offers everything from eye shadow palettes, foundations, perfumes and accessories. Many of their palettes are movie themed.

Website: wickedsisterscosmetics.com

Instagram: @wickedsisterscosmetics

Curst Kosmetics

Curst Kosmetics was established in 2018. They offer a beautiful range of cruelty free eye and lip products. Code MELISSAT at checkout will save you a little $$$.

Website: curstkosmetics.com

Instagram: @curstkosmetics

Medusa’s Make-Up

Medusa’s Make-Up is vegan and cruelty free. They offer everything from eye and lip products to hair dye. If you’re looking for a monthly subscription box that offers 5 premium products that will suit your vampy needs, Medusa’s Make-Up has you covered. The Beauty Box starts at $18.95 per month (depending on country). Code lipstickandgore will get you 10% off.

Website: medusasmakeup.com

Instagram: @medusasmakeup

Be sure to check into these beautiful companies. I will be expanding this list as I try more brands.

Product Review: Voodoo Doll Shop “Black No 1 Perfume Oil”

Finding the perfect scent is difficult, and usually pretty expensive, especially if you have “unique taste”. Thanks to a creative, spooky girl named Cassie and her Etsy store Voodoo Doll Shop, you can smell like Halloween without breaking the bank. 

I recently purchased the Type O Negative inspired perfume oil rollerball “Black No 1”  just to see how closely the scent she created came to what the song describes, she nailed it. 

As described in the product description, this perfume oil has notes of Absinthe, smoke and cinnamon.  When I applied it to my wrist, the first scent I noticed was spicy, a lot like cloves (clove cigarettes perhaps), but the scent changed quickly. While keeping a touch of the clove/cinnamon spice scent, notes of smokiness and fall came in. The longer I had it on, the more the scent changed, and with every change came a new, very pleasant, almost addictive scent.

This oil embodies Black No 1 to say the very least. Not only is the scent witchy and reminiscent of fall/Halloween, it is extremely long-lasting. Ia applied this oil to my wrists around noon and could still smell it around 9pm.  Another plus to this product, I have extremely sensitive skin, and a lot of times even expensive perfumes can cause irritation and redness, but this does not.

I would expect such an intoxicating, long-lasting perfume oil to cost much more than it does; the rollerball comes in at just $9.75. There are other forms of this scent and many others available in the shop. 

If you are interested in this bewitching scent or want to check out the other amazing products and want to support small business, check out Voodoo Doll Shop

*Disclaimer: perfume oils smell differently on almost everyone, so you may experience the scents differently than I did. Note that this does not reflect on the product or the quality of the ingredients, but the chemistry of your body.*