Haul: Essence Blossom Dreams Collection

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It’s been a little bit since I’ve reviewed an Essence collection and to be honest, that’s largely due to there not being a collection that really interested me. A lot of their more recent collections have been quite bland or nothing revolutionary so I’ve not bothered to try anything. However, on a trip to target with a quest to purchase appropriate theatre attire, I stumbled into the cosmetics department and saw a newer Essence collection! I don’t know how long it’s been available because I don’t find myself popping in to Target too often, but it was new enough for there to still be a vast majority of the collection. However, they were all able to be opened and weren’t sealed to avoid contaminated product. I swear Target don’t even know what to do with a cosmetics section, it’s ridiculous how often things are trashed, but that’s a rant for another day. Today I’m sharing the products that I picked up from the Blossom Dreams collection! I hope that you enjoy!

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Review: MAC Evening Rendezvous (LE)

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Today, for my birthday, I wanted to share with you a piece from the Magic of the Night collection that is in stores today! I picked up the limited edition lipstick in Evening Rendezvous and I am so thrilled that I was able to pick it up online. You are still able to pick it up online, as far as I know, or you can brave the shops today and pick it up. I know it might be a bit of a bloodbath though because everyone and their dog wants the highlighter, Oh Darling! haha. And side note, this collection always makes me think of the Phantom of the Opera song Music of the Night, which is one of my favourite songs from the musical 🙂

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As soon as I’d seen this colour in teaser photos, I knew that I needed it. As you are all well aware, I looooooove purple lipsticks. I was so pleased when someone shared the link to the collection on the MAC website, because as we all know, MAC don’t ever announce when they’re going to release a collection, which means people miss out on items that they want. I was so worried that I’d miss out on this lipstick like I missed out on the MAC Cinderella lipstick in Royal Ball.

Here is a swatch of Evening Rendezvous next to my other new lipstick, Blankety!

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I really love the colour and I also love that it is matte, so it’ll stay on and it will stay in place. I am honestly so happy with it and if you manage to get your hands on it, I know that you’ll love it too.

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I hope that you are having a really lovely day. On Wednesday I’ll be sharing my birthday post of everything that I did today and a few things from Saturday’s party with my family.

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My Makeup Geek Collection!

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This week I thought I’d have gotten more posts up but because of AVCon and some other posts falling threw, I wasn’t able to post what I wanted to! If you follow me on Instagram then you’d have seen what I got up to! I will be making an AVCon post soon with a video and I’m hoping that that will be up soon, just waiting to get a few more photos back from shoots and things. But today I’m here to talk about my MUG collection!

Prior to my recent purchase, I’d bought 6 shadows that acted as dupes for the MAC x Cinderella Stroke of Midnight palette. I never made a post about them for some reason so I thought I’d just make a post about everything I have now! Especially since I have a palette to store my shadows in. During the free shipping sale, I took advantage of getting a few things that I probably wouldn’t have if I’d have had to pay for shipping. I believe that Makeup Geek doesn’t have flat rate shipping, so this free shipping sale was a pretty big deal for people outside of the US.

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Here’s what I picked up in my most recent order:

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So, I decided that I definitely needed a z-palette and I was tossing up between a few different colours but lavender is my favourite colour so it was really a no-brainer. Despite knowing the size, It was still bigger that I’d expected it to be. This will fit 27 eyeshadows, so I should be set on a place to keep my MUG shadows!

I also decided to pick up three eyeshadows, Vanilla Bean, Barcelona Beach, and Twilight. I bought Vanilla Bean because I wanted a shadow that matched my skin tone so that I could use it as a base. Prior to this order, I sort of had an add on palette rather than an all in one eye shadow palette, and that was what I was really looking for. Since NYX Taupe blush has been discontinued, I was looking for an alternative. Marlena always talks about using Barcelona Beach as a contour powder so I bought it for that and because it looked like a super useful shadow. I have since used it as a contour powder and it is very pigmented but if you apply it lightly, it does work! I will have to practice with it and at the moment, NYX Taupe is still my preferred contouring powder, but that might be because I’m familiar with it haha.

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Here are all of my MUG shadows together in the z-palette:
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The shadows that I have as dupes for the MAC x Cinderella Stroke of Midnight are; Ice Queen, Shimma Shimma, Preppy, Unexpected, Mesmerized (Foiled), and Drama Queen. I even talked to Marlena about it around the time that MAC had released that palette and she said that she thought that they were definitely the closest dupes from MUG.

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Here is the palette swatched on to my hand:

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Top: Ice Queen, Shimma Shimma, Preppy, Unexpected, Mesmerized
Bottom: Drama Queen, Vanilla Bean, Barcelona Beach, Twilight

There are some shades that I will definitely be picking up soon, like Bitten *grabby hands*. I definitely think my palette needs some variety now that I have my base shades done and some mauvey colours. Makeup Geek is my favourite makeup brand. They have cheap, good quality products and fantastic customer service. I also think that Marlena does a fantastic job representing the brand and they go above and beyond to have the customers involved in the brand and things like that. I just can’t get enough of Makeup Geek! I also can’t wait for their liquid lipsticks to be released.

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My Shiro Cosmetics Collection

I received another Shiro Cosmetics order and I thought that since I haven’t posted at all about Shiro Cosmetics, that I would share my collection. I’ll indicate which pigments are new and which are not. This is one of my favourite brands and I think that everyone who loves more ‘nerdy/geeky’ things and makeup, should get around this brand.

Shiro Cosmetics is a company that make loose pigments, lipglosses, lip balms, and face products and they all are themed. The biggest selection on the website is the loose pigments but you can make any lip safe, loose pigment a gloss! This company is just so cool and I’ve been buying from them for 2 years. Also! My bag smelt of Reese’s chocolate and that’s because with every purchase, you get some lollies! I especially like that because the lollies are American and its harder to find American lollies in Australia.

Here is what I own from the company:

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I own 10 full-size loose pigments and 4 sample size pigments. I did have another one but I must have misplaced it.

I have pigments from the Game of Thrones collection, The Hobbit collection, Color of the Month, and The Legend of Zelda collection. There are also a few other collections on the website!

So here we go!

The Seven Kingdoms Collection:

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L to R: Mother of Dragons, Women’s Weapons (new), Maiden Queen (new)

When this collection first came out, I wasn’t very invested in Game of Thrones and I wasn’t really interested in buying anything from the collection until I fell in love with Mother of Dragons. After purchasing, I started watching the show properly and I’m now up to date with the show and I’m loving it. I have only read the first book of GoT, so I apologise for not being a super fan of the series but I certainly love it enough to want to purchase pigments that are Game of Thrones themed.

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Mother of Dragons is made for Daenerys Targaryen and it is a really interesting colour because the sheen is a really cool toned purple/lilac colour but when this is blended, you can see the warmer brown-purple undertones which make this very pretty. You could essentially wear it on its own because its a statement colour and when blended, it makes its own crease colour. Pretty neat. I’ve taken it travelling with me and that’s why there’s lots of product sitting on top of the filter. This colour is not lip-safe.
Women’s Weaponry is made for Cersei Lannister and is a strong red wine colour with soft golden shimmer. This colour is mostly matte though, as you can see in the swatch. It reminds me a lot of one of the dresses that she wears in the show and I’m sure that is part of what it was based on. I don’t particularly love Cersei as a character, but I really loved this pigment when I saw photos of it. This colour is lip-safe.
Maiden Queen is made for Margaery Tyrell and is an emerald with a bright aqua shimmer and golden-rose sparks. It is inspired by Highgarden. I remember debating on whether I should purchase this colour because I don’t know when I’ll wear it but Margaery is my favourite character on the show so I had to have it. I’ll find a way to make it work. This colour is lip-safe.

The Hobbit Collection:

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L to R: War of Five Armies (new) and Lingered in Twilight

I love Lord of the Rings and since the Hobbit movies came out, Shiro made this collection to go along with the release. I purchased Lingered in Twilight after the release of the first installment of the Hobbit movies and it was another, ‘when will I wear this’ shade but it is seriously beautiful and my baby Thranduil is on the sticker so I needed it.

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War of Five Armies is a colour that I just needed for my collection. I wanted something that was matte or near matte because even though I love me some sparkle, I wanted something more toned down that I could wear and still feel special knowing I was wearing my Hobbit themed makeup. It is a darkened red-brown. It is also lip-safe!
Lingered in Twilight is such a beautiful colour, it is a blackened blue and green tones with slightly metallic shimmer. I found a way to wear it successfully all over my lid so I don’t regret this purchase at all. I probably still wouldn’t regret it even if I couldn’t wear it because I just love wearing it. It is not lip-safe.

The Color of the Month:

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Top: L to R: I Tried (new), Ghosts of Colors Past (new), Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon.
Bottom: L to R: Yzma’s Essence of Llama (new), Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio.

All of these colours, at one point, where the Shiro Cosmetics Color of the Month. Four of these are still available in either the Color of the Month section or the High Scores section of the website. I love the Color of the Month ideas! For example, this month’s colour is Aurora Borealis which reflects the beauty of the northern lights but it just makes me think of that episode of the Simpsons.

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I Tried, I believe, was for New Years, one year. It was meant to reflect the broken New Year’s resolutions. It is a rose gold and I bought it because it also reminded me a lot of MAC’s cult favourite pigment in Melon but I didn’t want to spend a truck-tonne of money on a MAC pigment when I could just buy a Shiro Cosmetics pigment for next to nothing! This colour is lip-safe.
Ghost of Colors Past was a colour that was introduced in October/November and is still available. It is a colour made from previous Color of the Months and I thought that that was pretty cool! The colour is a sparkly, neutral brown colour and I really love it. It is unsurprisingly, not lip-safe.
Nic Cage Raking Leaves on a Brisk October Afternoon was my first purchase from Shiro Cosmetics, back in October 2012. I cried laughing at this because the name is perfect and the colour was really nice too so I bought it. It is a deep, rich coffee brown-black loaded with gold and red sparkles and I’ve taken it travelling with me and that’s why there’s lots of product sitting on top of the filter. This colour is lip-safe.
Yzma’s Essence of Llama was just a really interesting colour so I knew that when I saw it, I needed it. Plus, its Disney. I plan on wearing this for Emperor’s New Groove day on the 15th of December. It is a dark plum purple with llama-colored duochrome haha. That’s the description on Shiro Cosmetics. I can’t wait to share how it turns out on ENG Day. This colour is not lip-safe.
Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio is a follow up colour to the shade No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio was introduced a few months before these. I think that they were made after the award shows. I had to buy this when I saw it because I love the colour and I love Leonardo DiCaprio. It is a champagne gold and I am not sure whether it is lip-safe or not but it is unavailable anyway so you won’t be able to purchase it on Shiro Cosmetics. The same can be said for No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio.

Samples:

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With every purchase from Shiro Cosmetics, you will receive a sample loose pigment. I used to have a sample of Epona from the Legend of Zelda collection but I’ve either lost it or used it all up. It was a standard cool-toned medium brown. I think that this is a really great way to try out colours that you maybe didn’t want to buy in full size. You can purchase sample sizes of all the available shades on Shiro but I didn’t buy any of the ones that I own.

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My favourite of all of the shades is Ganondorf, from the Legend of Zelda collection. I was thinking of purchasing this myself so I am glad that I was given a sample of it. Here is a close up photo of it because it looks black in the first photo.

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That’s all of the things that I have from Shiro Cosmetics. I really love the brand and I believe that they should deserve to be much more popular. I think that a lot of people buy the products, regardless of whether they would use them or not and I just think its so funny but so relatable.

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