PRODUCT REVIEW: Black Milk Clothing // Game of Thrones, Lannister Shooter

Ever since I discovered Black Milk Clothing a couple years ago, I’ve been dying to get some of their clothes. Black Milk is an Australian-based clothing brand that specializes in leggings, dresses, tops, and swimsuits. They often feature crazy designs and patterns, typically with a general theme with each release. Along side original designs, they have collections from famous entertainment, such as the movies Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, to the video game Mass Effect and the beloved comic book character Batman.

For a long time though, I just couldn’t get myself to make the plunge but I was dying every time I went to the website. Then they introduced their Game of Thrones collection and I knew I had to finally do it.

What immediately caught my eye was the Lannister Shooter, a jersey for one of the most infamous families on the show (I would try to explain the show but that’s a little too complicated for this blog post). The design jumped out at me the instant I saw it, and my comfort level doesn’t reach for enough for me to order the nylon type spandex dresses and shirts, so I figured an athletic type jersey was the perfect choice for me. Unfortunately I stalled in my purchase when it first came out, and in traditional Black Milk fashion (pardon the pun), they were out of stock in my size. Devastated, I decided that it was not meant to be.

Regardless though, I put my email down to be notified when the jersey was to be restocked and hoped for the best. It turns out that the best meant that it would be restocked just after my 20th birthday. It was while I was in Italy that I sent in the panicked order, terrified that somehow ordering through my phone would mess it up. And then I waited for the package from Australia. Then just ten days later, my mom woke up from a nap with a black package in hand. Winter may be coming, but my order had arrived.

bmlannisterjersey01I instantly fell in love. The shooter looked the exact same in person as it did on the website. The quality of the manufacturing is amazing and I couldn’t believe the overall quality of the product, which is good because Black Milk is unfortunately pretty expensive. However, it didn’t take long for me to appreciate that this product is well worth the cost.

I ordered a medium, which is slightly large on me. While I’m sure I could technically fit into a small, I felt that a medium was best for this particular style.

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The jersey is incredibly lightweight as well, even with it’s main color being black. Along with the package came a couple other things. One in particular I loved – a letter from Black Milk’s creator. It was both a funny letter and briefly informative, giving me a heads up on the washing (stick with cold water if possible) and that if in doubt when it comes to matching it with other colors, “you really can’t go wrong with black.” Along with all of this, I finally got to see Black Milk’s social media at it’s best. From everything I’ve heard, they are fantastic as a company when it comes to dealing with social media and interacting with their customers (affectionately called Sharkies). With my jersey came the hashtag #bmlannistershooter for when I upload photos to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With it were the links to all of the sites that Black Milk is a part of and where to find them. As well as the letter, I received a Black Milk sticker and a business card, as well as the official announcement about their new American location!

Overall, I’m so excited about making this purchase. It’s everything I was dreaming it would be and more, and I know that I’ll definitely make sure to have a piggy bank dedicated to my next purchase from them.

 

MAKEUP REVIEW: Almay Shadow Stick

Ever since I began to wear makeup, I started to have an obsession with it. I loved the ability to transform with it, as well as just do just simple enhancements. While it may have started out as a shield to hide behind, I’ve now grown confident enough that I wear makeup purely for fun and to experiment with.

My typical look tends to be over-dramatic cat eye, but lately I’ve been branching out and trying to find other looks. Recently I had a bunch of coupons for makeup products, and took the opportunity to try out different brands. One of those products was Almay’s “Shadow Stick” – a type of eye shadow product it appeared. I thought it would be a fun idea to try a makeup review of the product and see how that goes!

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The one I bought is specific for brown eyes, which I always appreciate since it feels that brown is the constantly overlooked color. The brown side is a highlight, while the green is the base/main color. The instructional video that Almay posted described it as “build-able color,” which is a great way to put it. First on, the green is very light in color and needs to be layered on. I didn’t have a problem with the extra times it took to get a solid build up, probably because I was picturing that it would work as a good hint of color to add. The highlight is very difficult to see but I suppose that’s the point.

Both colors went on very smoothly and I didn’t feel like I was having to drag it across or irritate my eyelid at all, which was an initial concern.

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These photos are just of the Almay shadow stick by itself. All I have on otherwise is a bit of primer underneath (which is what I do for all of my looks). I would never wear the look by itself as it’s a little bare for me, and a strange color to leave alone. I was pleased with how easy it was to apply. So from there, I applied some of my trusty other makeup products to the look to see how well it blended with or how well it would make its way into my every day looks.

IMG_3117 IMG_3118While less of a “typical” look for me, I thought the green worked really well with a neutral smokey brown addition to it. I instantly liked the product much more once the look was finished. It muted the glittery extra-greenness of the initial shadow and made it much more wearable, while still being fun and different. It’s not too lime green or even forest green and I have to agree that it does work well with my brown eyes.

Overall I was impressed! I don’t know how many more I would actually buy of the shadow sticks (more out of lack of need for more makeup), but I definitely like the product. It was easy to apply, easy to build up, and works well as a finished look. I don’t advise wearing it by itself, but together with other products it looks good. This was my first Almay product and probably won’t be my last!

PS: It says that it’s hypoallergenic which for a lot of people could be really good! That’s not something that applies to me but can be very important for people to look for!