About a week ago, I was checking my email and noticed a message from the submission form on 365 Days of Makeup. That is a pretty rare occurrence. I think I've received maybe four submissions through the contact form (one from a friend, two recent ones as comments on another review), so I was all like OOOOO WHAT IS DIS.
The message was from a woman named Zoe, a marketer at Glambot. She said she found my blog on Reddit and reached out because Glambot was interested in doing a promotion with me.
Who is Glambot, you ask? Good question. Glambot is a makeup upcycling company based out of San Francisco. They carry new and gently used makeup across a gamut of brands at about 5-10% cheaper than standard retail. Anything that isn't a newly packaged product is inspected carefully by their team before making it on board as a re-sellable item. I actually found out about them a couple of months ago, so now we have come full circle with one another.
There was a lot of enthusiasm in Zoe's message, which I really appreciated. It was, like, the first "legit" connection derived directly from the blog. I break a lot of conventions with this project and walk a path hardly traveled, so to speak. What I mean is that most makeup blogs are very content-dense and populated with tutorials, reviews, and just a lot of stuff. I aim to keep mine pretty minimal and elegant, and it kind of flies under the radar. To have someone from a makeup company contact me and say "hey, we really dig what you're doing and want to partner up with you" is a big honor.
Since I don't do tutorials, vlogs, or haul videos (which I dislike very much), the best idea I had was to develop a promotional code for 365 Days of Makeup readers to get a discount on their purchases from Glambot (linked at the end of the post). Zoe got the code set up that day, and also gave me a mini shopping spree so I could pick some products to try. This was a great opportunity for me to get some eyeshadow palettes I'd really been wanting. Zoe, if you're reading this, thanks for such a generous offer.
So, without further ado, I present to you: the Sugarpill Heartbreaker Palette; the Lorac Little Black Palette; and MAC Prep+Prime for lips *cue heavenly chorus*
Sugarpill holds a cult status in the makeup world for those who need ALL THE COLOR. As a bonus, they are cruelty-free and vegan! I picked this palette because I have practically no experience with Sugarpill products and it was a great opportunity to get one of their coveted palettes. I recently bought their Chromalust pigment in Goldilux and used it in this look. To see some crazy Sugarpill-based makeup, take a look at their Instagram feed.
From left to right and top to bottom, the colors are: Acidberry, Velocity, 2am, and Mochi. This is one of three heart-themed eyeshadow quads. The others are Sweetheart and Burning Heart. After just a day's experience with Heartbreaker (I'm wearing it as I write this, but that'll be tomorrow's look), I'll definitely be buying the other two.
What makes it awesome: the decadent texture of the eyeshadows and the insane color payoff without needing a white base. For the sake of this post, I swiped my fingers in each pan to run the shadow across my hand to swatch the color, and I was amazed at how intense the pigmentation was, even with just a couple passes. It has been my experience thus far that neons or brights often require a white base to really make them pop, but that wasn't the case here. I can only imagine what a white base would do to amplify these hues. Plus, touching the pans was like touching baked silk- their texture is UNREAL. These eyeshadows are so buttery.
Part of my agreement with Glambot is to commit to a week of look's using the makeup they gifted me, so starting 6/18/14 keep your eyes peeled for a few days' worth of looks using Sugarpill's Heartbreaker palette. These colors are definitely bright, so I'll be mixing up really punchy and brazen looks with softer, more wearable ones for those who are a bit faint of heart when it comes to color. I think this palette is definitely for those who embrace bright makeup, but my plan is to show you how to wear it in multiple ways. Color is your friend!
Lorac is another brand I've been dying to try. If you know anything about makeup and brand loyalty, you're probably familiar with the everlasting debate of Lorac vs. Urban Decay when it comes to neutrals palettes. Personally, my (biased) loyalty lies with Urban Decay, but only because I tried their neutrals (aka the Nakeds) palettes first. Thus, I had a hard time justifying getting more of the same kind of product, so instead I took to Reddit threads and read a lot of opinions on both brands. Lots of people seemed to root for Lorac, and while my interest was piqued I still didn't want to buy another neutrals palette.
I should also mention that palettes can be pretty expensive (correction: when you buy makeup often, then palettes seem expensive). Since I buy and have a LOT of makeup, I kept telling myself "I know I have all the colors in this palette elsewhere in my collection". But with the Glambot promotion, I used the chance to get one of the cult favorite Lorac palettes: the Little Black Palette. I must say, I am a fan.
The first thing that stands out about this product is the packaging. I mean, they took the idea of a LBD and ran with it from start to finish. The palette's exterior is a glossy black with LORAC embossed in a raised gold (not real, but still) bar across the front. The front opens by flipping a magnetic flap to then reveal the beautiful interior, which is a surface of frosted gold encasing four shimmery eyeshadows and a small tube of eye primer. Not captured in the photo above is the sizable mirror included. This is a really elegant palette, and the experience of using it is part of the whole charade.
Why it's awesome: aside from the packaging, the shadows themselves are like goldspun kitten fur made from the softest hands of the most magical seamstress. GAWD. They feel almost like liquid when they glide across the skin. The swatch photo above was one in one pass per color, and look at how even the coverage is. Plus, VERY SHINY MUCH METALLIC. Seriously, I actually made a little gaspy/remarking noise after I swatched each color because the metal finish per shadow is unbelievable. All four of these colors are meant to work in harmony, and I'm going to create the most metallic smoky eye in the history of smoky eyes. This palette is a great addition to your neutrals kit simply because of the metallic factor. A funky finish makes an otherwise safe look a little more daring and fun.
After doing a few days with Sugarpill, I will be switching to this palette to create both dramatic and more ordinary looks to show how versatile four colors can be. I'll also report on the quality of the included eye primer. I can already imagine the looks I will create.
This product is a truly out-of-the-ordinary tool for me. I got it just so I could push my boundaries and try something new.
When it comes to priming, I only prime three things: my nails, my face, and my eyelids. There are primers for your eyelashes in addition to lip primers, but I don't use the aforementioned two because ain't nobody got time for that. I fully acknowledge that some people probably need and find benefit in eyelash and lip primers, but I've never thought them necessary in my routine. I prime my nails because: you need a solid barrier between the nail bed and the polish. I prime my face because: it makes the skin much more receptive to product. And I prime my eyelids because: eyeshadow will stay on longer and more evenly. With my oily skin, I definitely need the face and eyelid primers.
But I've never thought about lips or lashes in the same way, so I got this primer to challenge my thinking and experiment with longevity. I totally love lip products, but despite the overflow of many lipsticks in many hues, I do like to keep it simple: maybe a clear liner, and then a few swipes from the tube, and done. With this product, I want to test its purpose to see if it really does make a difference.
Encased in a thin black tube and smelling lightly of vanilla, MAC Prep+Prime for lips touts itself as a "color-free base to wear under lipstick". It lightly moisturizes and smoothes lip lines so the lipstick/other product doesn't settle. I've read it does wonders under matte lipsticks, so I'll be testing that out all week as often as I can. While I'll alternate between the Sugarpill and Lorac palettes, this primer will be a daily addition so I can observe its power over the course of seven days. If all else fails, I just scored a dope, sexy lip balm.
All right. You've made it to the bottom of this winded post. Your bonus is: this link for your 10% off with special code 365DOM. You must click this link each time you want to use it, because their checkout space does not have a coupon or code field. On the homepage, you'll see a message on the bottom that says "10% off your order has been applied". The discount will automatically get factored into your basket as you add products.
Thanks for reading! I really appreciate your time. The code is valid for quite a while (months), so know that you can use it again and again. In fact, I did just a few days ago when I ordered a bunch of MAC pigments. Make sure you bookmark it, and I hope you have as great a Glambot shopping experience as I did!