Review: Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte Lipsticks In Sacrifice and Sorceress

Notoriously Morbid is an indie makeup company out of West Virginia. Their products all have a macabre theme to them, and many are inspired by books or tv shows like Supernatural, or mythical creatures like the Loch Ness Monster. They have eye, lip, and face products available, and even a monthly box subscription service.

I sampled four eyeshadows: Bigfoot, Coven Muffin, Maple Bacon Bronze, and Sister Solstice. Their sample bags came with a generous amount of product inside, which made me happy. Bigfoot is a grey shimmer shadow. Coven Muffin, perhaps the most unique shade, is a duo chrome that is a combination of purple and pink, with a bit of gold shimmer. Maple Bacon Bronze is an average bronze shadow. Sister Solstice is a light purple shadow with a pearlescent effect to it. The shadows wore pretty well without a primer, so that’s good news. Sizes range from sample bag size ($1.25), to deluxe ($7.50). Notoriously Morbid Shadows In Bigfoot, Coven Muffin, Maple Bacon Bronze, and Sister Solstice

I also bought a matte lipstick duo, which included two shades – Sorceress and Sacrifice. Sacrifice is a deep red, similar to the popular shade Unicorn Blood by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Sorceress, however, is a pink shade with an aqua-gold shimmer that makes the color look purple. They wear well enough, but don’t last through a meal like Pad Thai. The matte lipstick duo was $8.00.

Notoriously Morbid also makes lip balms! Like I didn’t have enough lip balms already, I decided to add to the problem by trying their Birthday Cake balm and Bloody Velvet Cake balm. Both are comprised primarily of coconut, apricot, and jojoba oils. The moisture lasts a long time, and yes, the Bloody Velvet Cake really does smell like red velvet cake. The balms run about $3.00.

Visit Notoriously Morbid online at: notoriouslymorbid.com.

Review: My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics

My Pretty Zombie is an indie makeup company that’s been in the biz since 2008. Found online at myprettyzombie.com, there’s a wide variety of eye shadows that are more complex than the average drugstore shade. Brisket is a copper-gold shade with a lot of shimmer. Everything Looks Better On A Meat Hook is a earth tone shade with an aqua shimmer to it. Anthrax is a purple shade that has a gold shimmer. Weird Dent is a bright gold color. All of the shadows are loose shadows that come in a small jar. Take care when applying, it may be best to do your eyes first then apply face makeup. Also, the shadows wore well without a primer. Most eyeshadow sets are $20, which is cheaper than any Urban Decay palette (no shade! no pun either!).

My Pretty Zombie Package

MPZ also has blushes and setting powders. MDMA is a light pink blush, and Reclusa is a peach shade. The setting powders come in white, mint, or violet and can be used for color correction. Mint would combat redness, violet yellowness, and neutral – which is a white powder – would be for people with neither red or yellow undertones.

The best bet would be to check out MPZ’s Best Sellers set. You’ll get three sample pouches, and three full sized eyeshadows. Plus, a full sized blush. Besides, it comes with a free pin, free sticker, and some Pez candy! Everything is available online only. Also, My Pretty Zombie is NOT to be confused with Pretty Zombie Cosmetics, the former only selling liquid lipsticks.My Pretty Zombie Swatches 1

Pictured top to bottom: Brisket, Everything Looks Better On A Meat Hook, Anthrax, Weird Dent, MDMA blush, Reclusa blush. The last two are very faint to see, and this was taken in the best light my apartment had. 

DIY Lip And Sugar Scrub

DIY Sugar Scrub + Lip Scrub

Sugar Body Scrub

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. coconut oil

1 tsp. honey

6 oz. container

bowl & wooden spoon

This is a recipe I’ve used when I’ve tanned too much and need to exfoliate. Mix sugar and coconut oil together in a bowl. Add in honey. Make sure mixture is thick and viscous. If the mix is too liquidity, add more sugar. Place in container and seal tightly. Keep in room temp. place (cabinets are ideal). Use after sun exposure, but not when you’re burnt.

Lip Scrub

2 Tbs. Honey

2 Tbs. brown sugar

3 – 4 oz. small container

spoon

This is my Jamaican friend’s recipe for a DIY lip scrub that she swears by. Add the honey and sugar to the small container and mix together. Apply to lips, then rinse off.

sassy kiss

Review: Queen Bee Trading Co.

This is an indie company out of Rockwell, North Carolina. I discovered her Etsy shop on a blog for indie and cruelty free makeup called, Phyrra – Beauty for the Bold. I looked through her products and coincidentally realized I did need some face wash and deodorant.

Since I have sensitive skin, I’m always wary of purchasing new products, especially natural ones which may overuse essential oils. I decided to try the Chamomile & Cucumber Sensitive to Normal Facewash. For 4 ounces, it cost $9.00. I think Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Cleanser runs close to that at $7.99 anywhere you go. When I first used the face wash, I was glad it wasn’t so thick and creamy like the Burt’s Bees one, which has a tendency to be difficult to rinse off. It didn’t have a particular odor to it, and did a good job of getting off any mascara I missed the night before. The only downside may be the price for just 4 ounces, but, you are buying something that is handmade and not created in a lab and shipped to the store – and kudos for that.

Queen Bee Apothecary Deodorant and Facewash

The second product I tried was the Strawberry Natural Vegetable Deodorant. It cost $8.50 which is the same price as any of the long-lasting sports deodorants by the big companies. I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did I smell fine by the end of the work day, when I reapplied before boot camp (HIIT training) class, I didn’t smell gross afterwards. This deodorant goes on clear and actually smells like strawberry shortcake. I’d definitely buy it again. It even stood up to Healthy Deodorant’s LaVanilla scent, which is like $11 at Sephora, and one of the only other non-chemical laden deodorants out there that works.

Check out this shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueenBeeTradingCo

DIY At Home Hair Treatment

Hair Treatment

Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil, small cup

Inspired by Roots Hair Treatment by LUSH Cosmetics, I decided to create my own hair treatment recipe. Peppermint oil is known for disinfecting the scalp and encouraging hair growth. Jojoba oil helps relieve scalp dryness. Coconut oil helps prevent breakage. So, twice a week I do this treatment as a treat for my hair. All the ingredients can be found at a health food store or Whole Foods, and vary in price.

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil & 3-5 drops of peppermint oil in a small cup
  2. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and massage between your hands to soften, then spread from mid-length to the end of your hair
  3. Take the Jojoba/Peppermint mixture and massage into scalp
  4. Leave in for 20 minutes
  5. Shampoo & condition like normal

Desert Essence JoJoba Oil And 365 Organic Coconut Oil

Helpful Links:

https://www.lucybee.co/beauty/beauty-index/coconut-oil-hair-growth/

https://www.desertessence.com/top-uses-jojoba-oil

http://www.4chairchick.com/benefits-of-peppermint-oil-for-natural-hair/