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Boxy Thoughts (I never did unboxings September through November lol)

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Before I do my Boxycharm unboxing that I received this month, I thought I would give my thoughts on some random products that I never got around to unboxing from, oh I don’t know, September to December!

Whoops! Life gets in the way sometimes!

One product I got in November I believe was the Cover FX illuminating setting spray. Typically I just purchase my Urban Decay all-nighter spray, however, I enjoy trying different setting sprays on my dry skin. This one works beautifully. The mist is super fine, and leaves a dewy finish on the skin. I would for sure purchase this again.

Another product was the KNC beauty sheet lip mask. Three of these jelly like masks came in a box. They were supposed to hydrate and plump. These were slightly hydrating but I didn’t feel like they did anything drastic. I would not pick these up again.

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I got a few lippies through the months. The top burgundy one shown is “Storm” from Laqa and Co. cosmetics. This is a gorgeous color, and the matte formula is actually super comfortable. However, the applicator is super thick, which makes application difficult. The middle shade is the Tarteist lip paint in “Salty.” I actually like this matte formula. It’s fairly comfortable and applies well. I also really enjoy the color of this lipstick. It’s a nice peachy nude, and I think it will be perfect for spring. The last shade is “Stripped” from Colourpop’s satin lip range. I love this formula and have several, so I was super pumped to get this beautiful nude shade.

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One product I was super glad to receive was the Becca pressed highlight in “Prosecco Pop.” While I already had this in the Jaclyn Hill palette, I was super pumped to receive a single of this. I love a true gold highlight and this color is gorgeous. Plus you can’t beat the formula of Becca’s highlights. In addition, the price point was awesome, as it was almost double what boxycharm costs on its own!

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In addition, I received the Winklux Kitten palette. I nearly died at the packaging. Cats and pink, my two favorite things. This is actually a super nice palette. I really love the color range, it’s a bit more unique than what we’ve seen on the market recently. In addition, the shadows blend and apply really well. This was definitely a hit product for me.

I hope I didn’t miss anything! I’ll have this months Boxycharm up soon! I truly love this service!

Do you guys get Boxycharm? What has been your favorite product thus far?

Until next time!

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2018 Project Pan

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Hello, it’s been a bit!  The end of 2017 was absolutely crazy.  However, I’ve been thinking a lot about my collection.  While I love having a huge collection, I feel like there are certain items that I just don’t need anymore.  So, I’ve decided to do a project pan for this year!  Before I tell you what I will be panning, I wanted to break down my different reasons for getting rid of products.  In addition, I hope to post some updates throughout the year.

One big reason I want to pan some of these products is because they are not cruelty free.  When I decided to go cruelty free in 2017, I did not get rid of all the non-cruelty free products in my collection.  Since I had already spent the money, I felt that it would be wasteful to get rid of them.  So, I’ve been trying to use these specific products up.

Another reason I am panning some of these products is because they’re just mediocre, and don’t get enough use.  I’m constantly purchasing new makeup and I find that it’s a total waste if I’m not using my old things.  So, without further ado, here is what I am going to attempt to pan this year!

Disclaimer – some of these products either have pan or are somewhat used up.  I felt like this would be helpful since this is my first time attempting a project pan.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance: So i’ve already hit pan on two shades.  This is my absolute favorite palette, and I’ve actually already purchased a backup.  Before I open that one I want to use this one up!

Naked Basics: This is the first high end palette I ever purchased.  While I loved it, I just have too many neutral shadows.  Plus I have four full died naked palettes, so I just do not need this little guy in my collection anymore.

Colourpop “Making Moves”: I was accidentally sent this shadow twice.  It’s a nice orange toned eyeshadow and I feel as though I can hopefully use it all up.

Colourpop “Goody Two Shoes”: This shadow is one I purchased and I do not think I have used.  I’m not sure if I can completely finish this guy up, however, I would love to just see some pan on this.

Benefit “Hoola”: This is a pan version of the Benefit classic.  I have the box o’blush version, and I do not need two of these bronzers.  This is a nice everyday bronzer and I think I can hit pan.

MAC “Well Dressed”: This is a really pretty blush, and will work well layered with other blushes.  This is a MAC non-cruelty free item, and I’m just trying to move it out of my collection.

Nars “Orgasm”: Another non-cruelty free blush, however, I have already began to hit pan on this.  I love this blush but I certainly have similar shades.  It’s time for this baby to move on.

Coty Airspun Powder: This is another non-cruelty free item.  In addition, it’s not my favorite loose powder, and I would love to try some better loose powders this year.

Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Duo: I used to love this product for travel.  However, the pan detached from the plastic and it is now difficult to transport.  Again, this is not cruelty free and needs to go.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: I’ve been through a few of these and I have plenty of other powders.  It already has major pan and needs to leave the collection.

Benefit “Sugarbomb”: This product is super old, and I have another one in a palette.  It’s a stunning blush but I do not need two.

NYX Eyeshadow Base: My favorite eyeshadow prime is the two faced shadow insurance.  I don’t feel as though I need a large collection of eye primers and this one is just alright.

Colourpop “Crimper”: I have a million super shock shadows.  I love them, but kind of forget about them.  So, as this one is not my favorite shade, I want to try to use it up.

MAC Strobe Cream Mini: This is a product that is close to being gone.  I like mixing this in with primer.  It’s another non-cruelty free and it needs to go.

Benefit Professional Mini: This is very similar to my strobe cream.  It’s gotta get out, and in addition, I’m not a huge fan of the silicon type primers.

Este Edit Pore Vanishing Stick: This is almost gone as well and it’s very mediocre to me.

NYX Total Control Drop Foundation: This is about halfway gone.  This foundation is alright.  I felt like it was overpriced and I would just like to move it out of the collection.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: I had a few of these concealers, and I loved them.  However, it’s not cruelty free and I shouldn’t hold on to it any longer.

I’m really hoping that I can use these items up!  Are you guys into project pans?  Are you trying to get rid of anything this year?

Until next time!

xoxox

beauty

December 2017 Boxycharm

 

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Hello all!  Today I wanted to share what I received in my December 2017 Boxycharm.  I have been the worst with this blog and I missed unboxing from September to November.  I will have a post up this week which talks about some of the products I received in those boxes.  Without further ado, here is what I got for December 2017.

The first thing I received was the “Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara” ($23.00).  I was super excited to get this.  I had tried a sample from Sephora as a point perk a long while back, and I remember really enjoying this.  Also, I never really buy full sized high end mascaras to try (except my beloved Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes).  I can’t wait to give this a go when I run out of my other mascaras!

The next thing that was in my box was the RealHer blush kit ($32.00).  I wasn’t sure if I would love this when I first opened the palette.  On one hand, I’ve been loving shimmery blushes lately.  However, when I first swatched this, the colors did not seem vibrant, and the consistency seemed chalky.  Yet, I have been enjoying this so far.  The colors are nice on the cheeks.  It’s not my favorite product ever, but I do like it.

The third product I received was the Bellapierre concealer palette.  I’m not sure if this has been discontinued but I cannot find this online.  I actually still really enjoy color correcting, even though the trend has kind of died down.  During the winter my red, dry skin needs some serious help.  This palette is pretty nice.  I’m not a huge fan of the orange, but the green in my Stila Correct and Perfect palette has seen better days, so I was thrilled to receive another green shade.  I will say the packaging on this is horrendous.  It is super difficult to open the compact up.  But, all in all, I enjoy this product.

I love when I receive brushes in my Boxycharm.  This month I was lucky enough to get the Crown blush brush.  This brush is dense, which is a bit different than my typical Real Techniques blush brush.  The bristles are certainly soft.  The handle feels a bit cheap, but I enjoy the look of the brush over all.  Brushes are something I never buy, so I love trying out new ones.

Finally, I received a very exciting product.  I am finally able to try Pretty Vulgar, with the “My Lips Are Sealed” ($24.00) liquid lip in “Weeping Willow.”  I have yet to try this product on the lips, but I’ve been wanting to try the brand for quite some time since its hyped up Sephora launch.  This color is stunning, and reminds me a great deal of Ofra’s “Coven”, so I can’t wait to actually wear it.  In addition, the packaging is just stunning.

That’s what I received in this months Boxycharm!  Do you guys get Boxycharm?  What variation did you get!?

Until next time!

xoxox

beauty

Kylie Cosmetics : Hot or Not

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I thought it would be fun to write about a fairly controversial brand.  It seems like people either love or hate the Kardashians.  I’m not a huge fan of the family, but who doesn’t love a good Kris holding the handgun meme or some Rob drama?  However, when Kylie cosmetics first launched, I was so over it.

When the brand first launched, you practically had to give up your first born child to get a lip kit.  The waits were huge.  It was a huge pain, and there was talk that the kits were the same exact product as the Colourpop ultra-mates.  I just did not want to feed into the hype.  However, once the brand cooled down a bit, and the reviews of the Burgundy palette surfaced, I just knew I had to try some products out.

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I currently own three lip kits (left to right, they are “Valentine: (limited edition), “Pumpkin” and “Trick”).  I love love love the formula of these mattes.  I personally find them to be comfortable on the lips.  Furthermore, they last forever.  Seriously, I have gone to bed after a night out, not taking off my makeup, and my lips are still flawless.  I honestly love them, and the corresponding lip liners are fantastic and buttery as well.

Hot and Bothered, Hopeless Romantic

I also own two single blushes, along with two that came in the Valentines palette.  I know some people don’t love these matte blushes, as they are not very pigmented.  I personally enjoy that!  I have been gravitating towards more natural blushes, and these work perfectly.  I have particularly been loving “Hot and Bothered,” since it’s a perfect coral shade for the Summer.

 

Cotton Candy Creme, Strawberry Shortcake

The highlights have been another point of contention.  These are not my favorite highlights for an intense glow.  But, I do enjoy them for a more subtle highlight.  They’re kind of in between a “lit from within” vibe and a “wham bam” glow.  I don’t regret purchasing them, and I may pick up one or two more.

Smooch Duo

The Smooch Duo was a limited edition item.  I don’t know if these shadows are as high quality as the full palettes, however it’s a nice duo for a quick, vibrant look.

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Burgundy Palette

The Burgundy palette was the first item that started my addiction.  Obviously these colors are something I would live for.  I love the mattes, they’re very bendable.  The metallics could use bit of work, but perform wonderful with some setting spray.

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Holiday 2016 Palette

The Holiday 2016 palette is one that is unique to my collection.  Rather than bright jewel tones, they are muted.  I felt like I didn’t have anything similar that I already owned.  In addition, the silver is the most metallic silver I have ever used.  I seriously love it and am forever reaching for it over others.

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Kylie’s Diary

The Kylie’s Diary palette is another fun addition.  The bright matte pink in the center is such a fun shade.  I absolutely love that you can create purple or pink looks with this palette.  I also am obsessed with the blushes.

Honestly, I love Kylie cosmetics.  Although many people may find it to be overhyped, I feel like the quality is there, and many of the prices seem very reasonable to me.  I’ve linked all permanent products if you would like to check them out.  Do you guys like Kylie Cosmetics, or is it too overhyped?

Until next time!

xoxox

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Benefit’s “Cheeky Sweet Spot Set” (Christmas in July?)

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Hello all!

I’ve been obsessing over this stupid product for months.  And that product would be the Benefit “Cheeky Sweet Spot Set” featuring six of the company’s best selling powders.  Ugg.

I asked for it for Christmas, and alas, my Ulta did not carry it.  It was added onto Benefit’s sale a few weeks ago, and sold out.  I was heartbroken.  But then, it came back, and I jumped on the opportunity to purchase.  For $30.00, I was able to get “Hoola”, “Dandelion”, “Bella Bamba”, “Coralista”, “Rockatuer”, and “Sugarbomb” (which I had already owned in a full size).  But, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a total hoarder, and this was the perfect way to collect some of the Benefit blushes.  While they’re not full size, they are more than half sized, and really, that’s all I need.  It also came with a small version of “Watts Up” highlighter, as well as one of their signature brushes.

These powders all range in the amount of product you receive, just like their full size counter parts.  But, these babies are still over half the size of a full sized product.  So, you can get over half of six of these powders for the price of one full sized one.  I think it’s a great deal.

From Benefit’s boxed powder line, I curently own “Georgia” (a discontinued all over powder), “Dallas” (a dusty rose bronzer which I personally use for a blush), and “Sugarbomb” (which comes in this set as well).  So, now that I’ve purchased this set, I only need “Hervana” (andddd if I can work a miracle aka pay a ridiculous price on Ebay, hopefully I can own Throbb too), to complete my collection.  This set has really helped my blush collection out (not that I needed it).

I wanted to tak about the powders individually, as well as the packaging and how I switched it up.

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“Hoola” : I have been dying to try “Hoola” recently, since I’m in my bronzer phase (obsession) at the moment.  I’m not a huge fan of warmer toned bronzers, so I’m super excited for this.  I haven’t tried this on my face yet, but it swatches really nice and it’s not too dark (aka it will work for contouring and not make you look like a Skeleton).  This is a matte bronzer which is perfect for countouring.  So far I love the look of this product.

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“Dandelion” : This is probably the powder I was least excited for.  It’s a very pretty soft pink.  Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice color, but I don’t think I would want to pay the $28.00 for the full sized product.  This is probably the most dupable color from the lot.  Nevertheless, it’s a nice shade of pink and I will for sure be using it when I do a bolder lip or eye.  It’s nice, I just personally do not think it’s anything special.

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“Bella Bamba” : This powder was probably one of the ones I wanted the most.  Recently, this blush has been disappearing from stores and I feared I would not be able to add it to my collection.  Luckily, I was able to obtain this baby.  It’s a watermelon toned pink, perfect for the Summer.  But I’ve read reveiws that this powder in the set is actually different from the single version.  So, I think I’m going to try to pick up the individual version of this as well before it’s hard to find.

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“Coralista” : This is the second blush that has a different tone than the original, and I will for sure be grabbing a single of this one at some point as well.  The individual blush is supposed to be a bit more pink.  However, the powder that comes in this set is more orange.  I actually really enjoy this shade.  I don’t have many true coral colors in my blush collection, so this is a nice edition.  Since “Coralista” is one of Benefit’s most popular shades, I’d assume they made a color change on purpose, so that people wouldn’t have duplicates.  I really am pleased with the shade in this set!

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“Rockateaur” : I was also so excited for this blush.  “Rockateaur” is a rose gold color and it is stunning.  I’m sort of biased, as rose gold anything is my favorite.  But this is such a pretty color.  I feel like this will be great for all seasons, especially for going out looks. This is a huge hit.

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“Sugarbomb” : This was actually the only powder I had previously owned, and I absolutely love it.  This blush is not super pigmented, but it gives a nice flushed look.  That’s the only way one can describe this blush; it’s not pink, orange, or brown, just flushed.  I love wearing this shade with a bolder eye or lip, it’s so pretty!

“Watts Up”: I actually had already owned another mini version of this cream highlighter as well.  I normally hate cream products, but this looks super natural while being shimmery.  It’s not too shiny, but not without any glitter either, which I love!

Packaging: So the one downside to this set is that the packaging is a no go.  This literally comes in a cookie tin.  While the tin is really cute (and I kept it for decoration), it is bulky and clunky.  This was not ideal for traveling to and from school.  So, I took the plunge and bought a Z-palette.

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I’m really weird about Z-palettes.  Like it also stresses me out when people mix different brands in their Z-palettes.  But, since this would only be Benefit products, I decided to depot my blushes.  The empty palette cost about $20.00, but it’s great quality and I’m really pleased with it.  I totally think it’s worth it.

De-potting: The only other things I have depotted have been MAC products and let me tell you, those are a pain.  But these blushes, easy-peasy.  I just ripped the foam part away from the blush pans, and twisted those suckers right off the pacakging.  Just don’t use a knife, you don’t need one and you may crack your powder.

I hope you guys enjoyed this little Christmas in July kind of review!

Until next time!!

xoxoxoxo

 

 

 

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Walmart Haul : The Good, The Meh, and The Ugly

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Hello all!

Since I’m the most indecisive human on the planet, I wasn’t going to do a seperate Walmart haul, but then I decided, why not?

So anyways, I decided to talk about some things I picked up at Walmart.  Most of these products are only found at Walmart (though some can be spotted at Target as well).  All of these products are constantly talked about  on both Youtube and various blog sites as kind of “holy grail” drugstore products.  But, I wanted to tell you guys what I thought about these products.  Some are great, and some will be peacing out of my makeup collection pretty soon.  But without further ado, here we go!

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Hard Candy Ombre Baked Blush in “Sunburst” : This is for sure one of my hits.  I believe this blush cost about $7.00, which isn’t too expensive.  This is a perfect blush for the Summer.  It’s incredibly shimmery, so you have to be careful about what other products you’re pairing it with.  This is seriously gorgeous though!  I meant to pick up “Punch”, which I’ve heard quite a bit about, but bought this color instead by mistake.  I’m glad I did, it’s a perfect color for my collection, and I really did not have a blush shade like this before.  I would absolutely recommend this blush for a beautiful glow.

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Wet n’ Wild 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in “Comfort Zone” : Ugg.  I am so annoyed about this product. This is possibly the most raved about products from the drugstore.  And this really is a beautiful product.  Many colors are dupes for higher end shadows.  But the formulation is not great.  When I first tried this out, I didn’t love the look that I got out of this product, but I figured I’d try again.  Wrong.  About a day later I got a terrible allergic reaction to this!  If you have sensitive skin I would be leary of this palette.  If your skin is alright, try it out!  There are some really nice colors in here and I will most certainly be passing this on to a friend with less sensitive skin.

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NYC Bronzer in “Sunny”: Again, basically every beauty junkie on Youtube owns this little guy, and for only a few dollars, I had to as well.  This is a really pretty bronzer, but a bit too warm for me to contour with.  I’ll be using this product more in the Summer, for a nice flushed look.  So, while it’s not personally my ideal bronzer, it’s still a nice purchase.  It has a nice pigmentation and formula.  I would for sure recommend this bronzer.

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Hard Candy Bronzer in “Tiki”: I am so incredibly obsessed with this!  I’ve heard so many great reviews of this being used as a highlight, and it truly is worth the hype.  It’s so shimmery and gives you such a nice, radiant glow.  It’s about $9.00, which beats the price of brands such as Nars and Hourglass.  If you don’t prefer a real shimmery highlight, you may not love this.  But, I for one am absolutley loving this highlight, and it’s slowly becoming a favorite, staple product of mine.

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Wet n’ Wild Contouring Palette: I’m truly terrible and ripped off the name, so I’m not quite sure which color this is.  But, I can say this is a nice product for the price.  The bronzer is very similar to “Taupe” by NYX, one of my faves.  The highlight is a little bit too matte for my liking, but it is nice for a more subtle contour.  This disk is also fairly compact, with a lot of product, so it’s ideal for travel.  I believe this sells for about $4.00, so I think this is totally worth it.  Plus, the formula is nice and I’ve had no problems with it.

All in all, I can understand all the hype surronding these products!  They all have great attributes for a great price.

Until next time!

xoxoxoxoxox

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Ulta Haul!!

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Today I went into Ulta to pick up a few essential drug store products before I head back to school, and naturally, I bought more than I anticipated (because I might actually be a hoarder) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  The store was having some great sales, as well as buy one, get one for 50% off deals, so  I thought I’d share what I got, and my first impressions!  I’ll start off with my re-purchases, aka what I was actually supposed to get.

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Maybelline Baby Skin: This is by far one of my favorite primers, which was why I was re-purchasing.  This is a great primer that sells for an even better price.  It’s a bit similar to Porefessional by Benefit, but it’s clear.  I love this for days when I have a lighter makeup look.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer: So this is my kinda-sorta re-purchase.  I’ve been a huge fan of the Rimmel face primers for awhile, but this is a newer one for me.  Rather than being skin toned, which I typically purchase, this primer is white and matte.  It will be interesting to see how the matte works out for me.  So far, it swatched fairly well.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: Recently, I’ve been loving my air buffed BB creme by Too Faced, and wanted a new pressed powder to try with it.  This Rimmel one, in the color “transparent”, was on sale, and I figured I’d give it a go.  It swatches nicely, so if it seems to work well with my BB creme, we’ll have a winner!

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Rimmel Natural Bronzer: Surprise, surprise, this is another Rimmel product.  I’ve recently gotten into contouring, and have become interested (obsessed) with different bronzers and highlights.  I grabbed this Rimmel bronzer in the color “Sunshine” because it was also on sale.  I’ve seen Rimmel bronzers on “top drugstore bronzers” lists, so I figured I’d give it a go.  When I swatched it, I realized it’s definitely too warm for me to contour with, but I think it will be a really nice glow.  I’ll for sure be wearing this when I don’t contour and want a quicker makeup look.

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NYX High Definition Blush: Speaking of countouring, I was on the hunt for this NYX blush in the color “taupe.”  I’ve heard it’s a perfect contour color for fair skin.  So far in my personal current makeup collection, I don’t feel like I have great contour colors at this point, so I’m very excited to try this bad boy out.

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NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder: I’m a lowkey kind of makeup junkie, so I’m slowly moving into the eyebrow territory.  I figured I’d try a simple, cheaper powder.  I’ve worked with this a little bit and I really like it so far.  The wax gives your brows a nice hold without being stiff, and the powder gives a little definition.  When I get my brows done in a few weeks so they aren’t messy (aka heinous) anymore, I’ll be sure to play with this again.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal: So I’m going to guestimate that the last time I purchased one of these babies, they had just been released.  As in I was still in high school and purchased colors like green and purple not knowing what the frig I was doing with makeup.  It’s safe to say I haven’t used these as a primer in probably, I don’t know, uh never.  But, I was getting sick of using a boring primer every single day.  When I saw this color, “Barely Branded”,  I figuered it would be great as an eyeshadow base.  I swatched this on my hand a while ago and it’s still vibrant and sticking, so I feel it will work great as a primer.  It also has a slighly pink undetone, which matches my skin tone fairly well.

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NYX Sex Bomb Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette: Ever since this palette came out I’ve been high key obsessing over it.  It’s only seven dollars, so I’m not sure why I never purchased it before, but today I finally did.  This just screams “going out on the town” at me.  I am dying to wear it out.  The red shadow scares me a little bit, but I’ll be playing with it!

I hope you guys enjoyed that, stay tuned at the end of July to see if any of these turn into favorite products!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox

beauty

MAC Palettes and Keeping Organized

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Over the past few years of obsessivley collecting makeup, I’ve acquired quite a bit of MAC.  But, the problem is, MAC’s packaging, although it looks great, consumes a fair amount of space.

I love my MAC blushes and shadows, but with traveling to and from school in the South, bringing single powders seemed to become a hassle.  Plus, they single packages took up too much room in my small bathroom.

Also, as I collected makeup, I realized I enjoyed palletes more than single products.  So, I figured what better way to combat my problem than to put my MAC products into palletes.

How It Works:

MAC recently switched up their palettes.  Instead of coming assembled with spaces for specifically blushes or shadows, you purchase your own inserts.

They can be purchased here, and there are several options to custom create your own pallete.

So, if you don’t have too many products, but still would like to consolidate, you can put a blush insert in one halve, and an eyeshadow in the second, etc.

There is also a plastic divider in between the two halves, keeping your product from touching.

Personally, I have a blush palette and an eyeshadow palette.  While they’re still slightly thicker palettes, having alll my products in one place is ideal for travel.

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Saving Money:

If you buy your MAC products in pan form, you can save money as well!  A pan blush is seventeen dollars as opposed to twenty two.  So the bottom line, is you can collect more from MAC at a cheaper price, and kee them more condensed.  What’s also great is that you can keep all different types of products together.  For example, my blush palette houses the regular blushes, pro-long wear, and creme blushes.

Depotting:

While depotting your product may seem like a hassle, it is actually quite simple.  All you need to do is melt the back part of the inner plastic to push out the pan.  Videos of how to do this can be seen on youtube, and those gurus can show you better than I can tell you!

I promise, while time consuming, it’s easy to depot your product and saves such a great deal of space.

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All in all, I love having my MAC products in palette form, they’re condensed, travel friendly, and easy to see all together.  Hopefully this post can help you keep a bit more organized as well!

Until next time!

xoxoxoxo

beauty

BH Cosmetics Floral Duos : Swatches and Review

Hello all, and happy fourth of July weekend!

Today I wanted to talk about the BH Cosmetics floral duos.  I’ve purchased brands like Coastal Scents before, but never BH, so this is my first go with the company.  I saw these blushes  shown in a makeup collection on youtube, and I was dying to get my hands on them.  Specifically, the lilac one caught my eye, since I’m a total sucker for any lavender type color.

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Ok, so I totally broke my own rule with this purchase. I didn’t try any of them, and literally bought the entire line. But, BH was having a ridiculous sale, and these babies were going for four dollars a pop. Aka I got the whole line (ten blushes) for twenty dollars. It was a steal!!

I just received them today, so I haven’t actually worn them on my face yet.  But, I have swatched them all and I’m really pleased.  The colors are super pigmented and smooth to put on.  The packaging is also to die for, it’s so pretty and closes really nicely (they remind me of thebalm packaging).  Also, some of the duos have colors that lean more towards a bronzer or highlight, which is also exciting!  Plus, they’re a lot larger than I anticipated which is a plus.

Below I’ve attempted to swatch them all for you.  I’m sorry the quality is not great, I’m still living the iPhone 4 life for a few more weeks!! Here’s the link to the BH site as they’ll provide nicer photos.

Here are my swatches and from the top, they start with the right pan and then the left in each product.  They are as follows; Iris, Tulip, Rose, Daisy and Lilac.

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Iris: Wow I am obsessed with this duo.  I can’t wait to rock it in the Winter.  The right pan is a great everyday color, a soft shimmery pink. While it’s nothing too specical on it’s own, it’s a great color to have in your collection, as well as to mix with the left side of the duo.  The left side is a deep berry, a bit similar to MAC’s Fever, but I find it to be a little more wearable, and perfect for the Fall and Winter seasons.

Tulip: I was really excited for this duo, and while it is not excactly what I expected, I think I will really be enjoying this one.   The right pan I think is definetly a bronzer color for me, I find it way too brown-toned to be a blush.  But, it will go absolutley amazing with the left side of the duo.  It’s a bright coral type of pink, ideal for summer, yet the duo strikes me as being great for the Fall as well.  This side is much more matte as well, which with balance out the shimmer of the bronzer perfectly.

Rose: I’m thriled for this one (I guess I’m thrilled with all of them though!).  The right side is another bronzer type shade, but I am actually in love with this one!  It’s a fairly light, shimmery brown, perfect for lighter skin tones, and nice for the Summer time.  The left side, which is more of a blush, is great as well.  It reminds me of MAC’s Dollymix, but it definitely goes a bit lighter on the skin and will work great for an everyday or going out look.

Daisy: I also really love this one as well, and once again I’m thrilled it’s not just two pink-toned blushes.  The right pan is a candy pink, that is sort of reminisent of MAC’s Pink Swoon (which by the way, IS MY FAVE BLUSH, WHICH WAS DISCONTINUED BUT NOW IS BACK ON THE MAC WEBSITE AND EN ROUTE TO MY HOUSE!!!!).  Anyways, it’s a great everyday color, and totally amazing for Spring and Summer.  AS for the left side, Im really excited for this.  It’s a sandy-golden color, and I think you could really use this as a great blush, highlight or bronzer, depending on your skin type and what look you’re going for.

…and finally, the one that started it all;

Lilac: This one did not disapoint!!  The right side is one of the softest pinks you’ll ever find, and could be a great highlight or blush.  The left side is just, ugg, so beautiful!  It’s the perfect shade of orchid, which will be great for everyday looks in the Spring, and also great for going out.

All in all, these are basically amazing!  The sale ends tonight at midnight so go grab them for four dollars a piece while you still can!!

Until next time!

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