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21 February, 2014

Indie Friday: 4 Current Beauty Favorites

Bought It

Rather than show you a specific collection this week, I thought I'd highlight a few indie beauty items I've been reaching for extra-often. No theme or anything, just stuff that I like a lot or that's grown on me recently.



1. Darling Girl Glitter Glue ($6.75, 10ml):

darling girl glitter glue

I've mentioned this product in previous swatch posts, but here's the basic gist: Glitter Glue is a sticky fixative for sparkly eyeshadows. It is not a replacement for regular primer (I still use regular primer under it to prevent creasing), but it will help make your sparkly eyeshadows look more vibrant when they're on, plus reduce the amount of glitter fallout that happens throughout the day. Fryinnae Pixie Epoxy is another indie product that's fairly similar to this, but personally I find Glitter Glue to be a bit easier to work with, so it has earned my love and a regular spot in my makeup drawer. This is a must-have for anyone who uses sparkly loose eyeshadows.


2. Darling Clandestine "Supernova Sway" Fragrance (prices/sizes vary, all under $20.00):

darling clandestine fragrance oil sample

I guess there are a lot of "Darling" names in the indie world, eh? Anyway, Supernova Sway is a fairly new addition to the Darling Clandestine lineup. I got a sample of it with some other stuff I ordered last month, and it might be the weirdest perfume I own. I hated the way it smelled in the bottle, but once I tried it on... wow. The shop description is "Dark and bright and dark and bright again, deep musks streaked with mint, black resins with subtle flashes of orchid and buttery honeysuckle." That may sound a bit ridiculous, but I think it's an accurate description. Subjectively, I would say this smells like a dark, non-sweet flowery purple. I don't even know if that makes sense. Darling Clandestine's fragrances are so difficult to describe (I really struggled with this post). In any case, Supernova Sway is something special.


3. Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kissers ($3.00):

notoriously morbid rotten rainbow coffin kisser

Lip balm with a nondescript container and an amusing name. So far I've tried "Rotten Rainbow" (apricot sherbert flavor) and the new "Strangely Charming Cherry" (cherry fizz) flavors. Both of them smell scrumptious, and they're nice and slippery without feeling too heavy or waxy on the lips. I've reviewed Notoriously Morbid's eyeshadows a couple of times before (here and here), and if my reviews convinced you to pick up some samples then I'd also recommend throwing one of these in your cart while you're at it. Unless you're one of those crazy people who hates lip balm. And while we're on the subject of Notoriously Morbid eyeshadows...


4. Notoriously Morbid eyeshadow in "Young Merlin" (sizes/prices vary, all under $5.50):

notoriously morbid young merlin eyeshadow

I swatched/reviewed this a few weeks ago as part of a collection. I liked it but didn't love it at first, but it's really grown on me since then. Young Merlin one of those magical shades that looks very different over different bases... it can appear brown, reddish brown, or even purple depending on what's underneath. I've really grown to appreciate its versatility. Oh yeah, and have I mentioned that it's really pretty?


Have you tried any of the items listed above? What indie products have you been digging lately?

17 comments:

  1. That Glitter Glue is a really good idea! I always find loose eyeshadows annoying and never end up finishing them because they just get everywhere (although that doesn't stop me buying them...)! I also wanted to comment because a) I love your blog (obvs) and b) I think it's great you support local, independent cosmetic brands. There's so much out there, and it's great to think outside the box. This was a nice refreshing read for my Saturday morning, thank you! :)

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  2. I wonder how I would like Supernova Sway considering dark purple is my favorite color...? Haha.

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  3. Young Merlin is one of my faves too! I love rereading your Notoriously Morbid posts because your swatches are amazing :)

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  4. That's what I was thinking, too! I might just order it and try it out.

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  5. Great post! I love indie cosmetics (until they go under and I can't find my HG foundation anymore but I digress). I especially love the idea of having a perfume that's totally unique.

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  6. I haven't tried any of these, but they make me curious. The Notoriously Morbid lip balm looks really fun. :)

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  7. Those lip balms sound great, especially the sherbert one! I just ordered some Hemp seed oil from an Etsy shop and can't wait to try it out.

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  8. I have not tried any of these but I will say you got me curios!!

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  9. I just got a coffin kisser in the order I bought! It was thrown in as an extra, but it is amazing!!! I am going to have to order a bunch more once my spending ban is off. I also really want to try the glitter glue now!


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  10. I just received my order of DGC Glitter Glue in the mail and have only used it once, but I think I agree with you that it's easier to use than Pixie Epoxy.

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  11. Awesome, glad to hear it's working for you! I've read on a couple of forums that Glitter Glue is also better to use with matte shadows... I haven't really experimented with that because I don't usually use a base like that under mattes, but I guess that's another thing to be mindful of?

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  12. I hadn't heard that! I will definitely try it under some matte shadows. I figured it would make blending them more difficult.

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  13. I thought that too! But people on the internet say it's possible, so... maybe it works?

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  14. You may or may not have sold me on trying these out! A sample vial would be just perfect.

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  15. It was from Novak's Micro Farm, but I haven't tried it out yet. They also sell homemade soaps.

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  16. I guess it's time to play with some eyeshadows! Yay!

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  17. Oooo I'll keep that in mind! Thanks! :)

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