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Colourpop Haul – New Releases!

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Hey guys!

I’ve been working on some longer posts (Subculture and favorite high end products), but they’ve been taking me a little longer than expected.  I want to make sure I give a thorough review.

Anyways, I put in a Colourpop order at the end of July.  It was super delayed but it finally came today.  This will not be a full review or anything as I’ve only swatched these products.  However, I thought I’d show you guys some of the new releases.  We shall see if they make it into my favorites for the month!

First off I grabbed their new “No Filter” concealer.  When I heard they were releasing concealers, I was thrilled.  Several of my favorite drug store concealers are not cruelty free, so I’ve been looking for an affordable option.  I have heard good things about these, but also that they oxidize.  I grabbed the shade fair neutral, so I’m hoping it works.  If it’s too deep, I don’t mind spending an extra $6.00 if the product is good!

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I also picked up a pressed powder highlight in “Ruffle My Feathers.”  The yellow gold shade is right up my alley.  I enjoy their powdered duos, but those highlights were not poppin.  This one, at least the swatch, is way more promising.

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In addition, I bought the pressed powder bronzer in “CA Dreaming.”  This is a warm toned bronzer and I cannot wait to try it out.  I am so excited that the brand has released pressed powders.  I couldn’t get into the supershock face formula.  The other cool thing is that these powders go for $8.00 in the compact, or you can save a buck and grab just a pan.  If you love creating your own palette than this will be great for you!

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For an older product, I grabbed the eyebrow pencil in “Blondie.”  I had purchased this formula before but I bought a shade that was way too warm.  This one will hopefully work better for my brows.  I am excited to have a cheaper alternative to my Anastasia Brow Wiz.

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Finally, I grabbed my first Colourpop eyeliner.  I have been really into using different liners on my waterline.  I love a nude or white for the day, and for more intense looks, I’ve been loving burgundy and black.  So, for the day, I picked up “HoneyDude.”  I hope this formula works out!  I think the color is perfected I can’t wait to try it.  For five dollars, if this is a good formula, I will defiantly pick up more colors.

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Do you guys like Colourpop?  I’m obsessed, they are certainly one of my favorite brands!  I want to grab the pressed shadow palette and highlight palette!  Also, cannot wait for them to hit Sephora this November!!  What’s your favorite product from them?

Until next time!

xoxox

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Youtube Collabs, Worth Your Money?

It seems like there are always new products coming out.  Over the past few years, I’ve come to find several Youtube collaborations appearing.  I watch several Youtubers, and I certainly get sucked in.  Over the past year and a half or so, I’ve purchased several of the collaborations.  I thought I would give you my thoughts about how these collabs stand up to the normal quality of the brands!

I personally think it’s really cool that brands started collaborating with Youtubers.  It gives people that truly love and appreciate makeup a chance to create something special.  I think it’s a really neat idea.

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One of the most recent collabs to hit the scene is the Jaclyn Hill Palette from Morphe.  I am absolutely obsessed with this palette, and you can read my full review here.

Another release from Morphe came about in October 2016.  This was the Kathleenlights x Morphe palette.  These shades were selected by Kathleen and not handcrafted as the Jaclyn Hill palette was.  However, this was my second Morphe purchase, and is what made me fall in love with the brand.  I love the color selection in this palette, and feel like it’s perfect for Autumn, with its cranberry and green tones.  However, the mattes are what sold me.  They blend really nicely, and made me want to try out more from the brand.

I believe the Graveyardgirl (aka Bunny) Swamp Queen palette came out last Summer, but you can still get it on Tarte’s website!  This is an eye palette, and also includes a blush, bronzer, and highlight.  First of all this is some of my favorite packaging of all time; it is so cute!  The eyeshadows are nice; they do have some fall out but I don’t mind that.  I really enjoy the mix of warm golds and purples.  As for the face products, the blush is beautiful.  I do enjoy the highlight but I wish it wasn’t as glittery and chunky.  I love the color of the bronzer, however, it is just too pigmented.  If you don’t go in with a super light hand, it can become very muddy looking quick.

The Mannymua Makeup Geek palette came out last year I believe; I cannot remember for certain.  While it is discontinued, I have linked a damaged one you can purchase!  This palette is primarily made up of permanent Makeup Geek shadows.  Some of my favorites such as “Frappe” are included.  There are three or four specially created shadows for this palette.  I love the super warm tones included and I feel like I can create several looks with this palette.  I also love the size of this and have taken this palette with me to travel several times.

NikkieTutorials recently came out with a collaboration with Ofra.  You could buy the entire collection, or individual products.  I picked up the liquid lip in the shade “Coven.”  I saw the name and the color of this and I nearly died.  I live for Halloween (growing up by Salem, MA), and anything witchy.  The name was everything.  I also love 1990’s brown grunge shades, so I knew I had to have this.  This is more of a metallic finish, and I love how it appears on the lips, it’s perfect for Fall.  I haven’t gotten around to trying any other liquid lips from Ofra but this makes me want to!

Kathleenlights came out with one ultra matte and three ultra satins from Colourpop.  From left to right we have Point Zero (satin), Alyssa (satin), November (satin), and Lumiere 2 (matte).  I absolutely love the satins from Colourpop, and these do not disappoint.  Point Zero is a super unique color, as it’s a cool-toned brown.  I have nothing else like this in my collection and I love it for certain looks.  Both Alyssa and November are beautiful everyday colors.  I use these two constantly for natural days.  Lumiere 2 is the baby sister to the original Lumiere, which will be discussed below.  This is the ultra matte version.  I love this shade, it appears mauve on my lips, and it’s beautiful with several different looks.

Kathleen also released lippie sticks, which were her first launch with Colourpop.  From bottom to top, we have Taurus, Aquarius, and Lumiere.  If you have not tried the lippie sticks from Colourpop, you are missing out!  For five bucks a pop, they have tons of colors and I highly enjoy the quality.  Taurus is a beautiful, deep chocolate brown, again perfect for Fall.  Aquarius is a natural brown, and it works great with everyday looks.  Finally, Lumiere is a similar shade to it’s baby sister.  This is again a mauve, purple-toned shade.  It is truly beautiful and I highly recommend these!

Finally, we have Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with Becca.  First she came out with the cult classic, Champagne Pop.  Since the champagne-toned highlighter did so well, the brand released a whole collection.  I purchased the face palette.  It came with the classic shade, and also a new highlight, “Prosecco Pop.”  I actually prefer this, it’s more of a true gold.  The palette also came with three blushes, Pamplemousse, Amaretto, and Rose Spritz.  These were the first blushes from Becca I have tried, and I am dying to try more.  They go on super smoothy.  In addition, the Becca highlights are some of my favorites.

Do you guys get sucked into these releases?  I know I love them!

Until next time!

xoxox

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Z-Palette – Single Shadow Collection

I’m such an eyeshadow palette hoarder.  I have probably over forty palettes.  Although I love them, there are few that actually have every single shadow I need.  I feel as though the majority of my palettes are missing a nude color, a highlight or a good transition color.

As of recent, I’ve been loving single eyeshadows.  On days where I don’t feel inspired, or I’m just in a rush, I love reaching for my handmade palettes.  Since every color is hand selected, I don’t feel like I’m struggling to create a look.  I also love buying single shadows, since it’s a more affordable way to try out colors that seem out of your comfort zone.

I currently have two palettes: a warmer, peachy toned one and a pink/purpler cooler tone.  I would love to expand my collection into a neutral, warm, pinks/purples and blue/greens.  I currently have them in Z-palettes.  I know there has been poor customer service going on at Z-palette but at the moment, I can’t bring myself to spend money on a different option.  (If you have any suggestions for the future though, please let me know!)

My collection consists of Colourpop, MAC, Makeup Geek, Urban Decay and Coastal Scents.  They are labeled down below.  Enjoy!

* Disclaimer – Some of these swatches suck.  I’m sorry!  Some of it’s my fault and some of them perform better than they swatch!  Also, I’m super pale and some shades just don’t show up on me!  I’m going to keep working on my swatch photo-taking though, stay tuned for improvement! *

Warm-Toned Peachy Palette:

Colourpop “Let Me Explain” –  This is a perfect light gold highlight shade.  It is a very pale yellow gold and would look stunning on several different skin tones.

Colourpop “Firefly” – This is a matte bone shade.  It’s uber pigmented and perfect for setting down primer.

Colourpop “Locked and Loaded” – This is a matte pale yellow.  Again, I love using this to set my primer and really brightening up the lid.

Colourpop “Tiki” – This is a satin golden yellow with gold flecks.  This is a great lid color, especially in the spring and summer.

Colourpop “Paper Tiger” – This is a gorgeous mustard toned yellow-brown shade.  I love this both on the lid and in the crease.

Makeup Geek “Peach Smoothie” – This is a pale peach shade that is a beautiful transition color.

Coastal Scents “Pumpkin Pie” – This is a very pale mustard tan color that is another great transition shade.

Coastal Scents “Caramel” – This is similar to “Paper Tiger”, but lighter.

Colourpop “Take A Break” – This is a bronze metallic shade, that leans rather pink.  It is stunning all over the lid.

MAC “All That Glitters” – This is a metallic bronze shade, yet this leans more towards the brown end of the spectrum.

Colourpop “Note To Self” – This is a mid-toned, warm brown.  This is a perfect crease shade for warm eye lovers.

Makeup Geek “Frappe” – This is similar to “Note To Self.”  The shadow is extremely bendable and again amazing in the crease.

Colourpop “Bel Air” – This is a neutral medium brown.  It’s not only perfect for the lid and the crease, but can work with both warm and cool looks.

Colourpop “Top Notch” – This is the first of three very similar shades.  This is a deeper, very warm brown.  I’d say this leans more towards a red brown.

Coastal Scents “Oktoberfest” – This is another warm brown, but I find it to be a little more yellow toned.

Makeup Geek “Cocoa Bear” – This is another red toned warm brown.  I love all three and I love them for deepening up a look.

Coastal Scents “Deep Cider” – This is a warm black-brown with flecks of gold, yet comes off pretty matte.  This is great for deepening up the crease.

Colourpop “Issues” – This is a peach transition shade, similar to “Peach Smoothie,” but much more warm.  If you love peach toned eyes, go and buy this A$AP.

Colourpop “Centerfold” – This is a neon matte peach.  I love this in the crease.

Colourpop “Wait For It” – This is similar to “Centerfold” but it leans more pink and not as neon.

Colourpop “I Owe You” – This is a soft nectar matte shade.  This is again beautiful in the crease.

Colourpop “ Making Moves” (Duplicate) –  I received two by accident, but I don’t mind!  This is a matte hot red-orange shade.

Colourpop “Slim Fit” – This is a neon deep peach matte shade.

Colourpop “Cut Outs” – This is a matte red-toned medium peach shade.

Makeup Geek “Morocco” – This is a matte burnt orange shade, and again, is lovely in the crease.

Colourpop “Pinky Promise” – This is a metallic burgundy shade, and is gorgeous on the lid.

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Let Me Explain, Firefly, Locked and Loaded, Tiki, Paper Tiger, Peach Smoothie, Pumpkin Pie

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Caramel, Take A Break, All That Glitters, Note To Self, Frappe, Bel Air, Top Notch

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Oktoberfest, Cocoa Bear, Deep Cider, Issues, Centerfold, Wait For It, I Owe You

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Making Moves, Making Moves, Slim Fit, Cut Outs, Morocco, Pinky Promise

Cool-Toned Pink/Purple Palette:

MAC “Filament” – This is a horrible chunky silver shadow, but it was my first product from MAC, so I keep it for sentimental value.

MAC “Gesso” – This is a matte white.

MAC “Brule” – This is a matte nude shade, which is great for setting down primer.

MAC “Omega” – This is a matte, light cool-toned brown.  This is a nice transition shade for a cool toned look.

Coastal Scents “Deep Merlot” – This is a metallic purple-grey, which is perfect for the lid.

Colourpop “Cloud Nine” – This is a matte, deep plum toned brown.  This is great for deepening up the crease.

Colourpop “Goody Two Shoes” – This is a gunmetal metallic grey.

MAC “Digit” – This is a pale lilac satin, and beautiful for a Spring eye look.

MAC “Beautiful Iris” – This is a more lavender satin shadow, and is again beautiful on the lid.

Coastal Scents “Antique Lilac” – This is a pale matte purple, and would make for a nice transition or crease shade.

Colourpop “Silver Lining” – This is a grey toned purple, and would be stunning in the crease for a purple eye look.

Colourpop “143” – This is a pink toned purple (it reminds me of Barney) and is a fun pop of color without being too crazy.

Coastal Scents “Deep Grape” – This is a matte bright violet, and a beautiful way to incorporate purple into a look.

Colourpop “Piece of Cake” – This is a matte cerulean blue.  It is a bit patchy but defiantly workable.

Urban Decay “Scratch” – This is a metallic baby pink, and stunning on the lid.

Coastal Scents “Baby Pink” – This is a pale satin pink.

Colourpop “Labyrinth” – This is a matte mauve toned pink, and a beautiful crease color.

Coastal Scents “ Love Spell” – This is a bright pink matte.

Colourpop “Fair Play” – This is a hot red-toned matte pink.

Colourpop “Stay Golden” – this is a burnt pink-red shade.

Colourpop “Checkmate” – This is a harder shade to work with, but it is a matte pistachio green.

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Filament, Gesso, Brule, Omega, Deep Merlot, Cloud Nine, Goody Two Shoes

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Digit, Beautiful Iris, Antique Lilac, Silver Lining, 143, Deep Grape, Piece of Cake

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Scratch, Baby Pink, Labyrinth, Love Spell, Fair Play, Stay Golden, Checkmate

I absolutely love my collection, and can’t wait to let it continue to grow!  Do you have handmade palettes?  What is you favorite way to organize them?!

Until next time!

xoxox

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Favorite Summer Palettes

Honestly I don’t understand how July is flying by.  While I’m literally dying for fall and will put up Halloween decorations in August, I feel like I still need to squeeze out more Summer!  I’ve only hit the beach once!  Today I wanted to talk about my favorite Summer palettes.

I will say, I tend not to wear as much makeup in the Summer.  However, because I am a makeup junkie, I do wear a full face at least three to four times a week, if not more.  So don’t you worry, my collection gets some love.  Eyeshadow palettes are one of my obsessions and there are certainly some I gravitate more towards in the Summer.

Colourpop Blow Me Away Quad: Okay, so although I bought this as a quad, I threw these shadows into one of my Zpalettes.  However, I’ve been using this combo of shadows literally alllllllll the time.  First of all, if you haven’t tried Colourpop’s pressed shadows, open up a new tab immediately and go try some.  They’re five bucks a pop and the quality is really great! These four colors are phenomenal though.  The one metallic is “Take a Break,” and it’s basically a better version of MAC’s “All That Glitters.”  I’ve been using it all over the lid for a bronzed touch.  The next shade, “Issues” is very similar to Makeup Geek’s “Peach Smoothie” but, I love this one so much more.  It’s more peach toned and vibrant, it’s become why new favorite transition shade.  I’ve made such a dent, I’ve already bought a backup!  The next shade is “Centerfold” and it’s a matte neon peach.  I’ve enjoyed popping this and the last shade, “Slim Fit” (a matte neon orange-red) into the crease to really create a Summery eye.  I personally pull in a warm toned brown just to really deepen the crease, but this palette has truly been my favorite thing this summer.  In fact, the whole nectar collection has been one of my favorite launches!  The super shock shadow “Flipper” and the pressed face palettes are also favorites.

 

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea (“Limited Edition” – It’s still kicking around Sephora’s website): When this palette came out last year, a lot of people were unimpressed.  I however, have really enjoyed this palette.  If I want a super glam look, I would never reach for this.  There are only two matte shades and then all shimmers/metallics.  However, I love this for traveling and low-key Summer days.  This palette is a very different formula than Tarte’s other products.  The shadows are a gel-like consistency and make them super easy to glide on to the eye.  I typically don’t create eye looks with too much dimension with this palette, but it’s something I reach for on the regular in the Summer for a quick wash of color on the eyes.  It’s neutral and perfect for subtle looks.

 

Anastasia Shadow Couture World Traveler (Limited Edition):  This little guy holds such a big place in my heart.  This was limited edition but most shadows housed in this palette are part of Anastasia’s permanent collection, so you will be able to find them.  This was one of the first high end palettes I ever purchased.  More importantly, this is what caused me to fall in love with warm toned shadows.  I was so scared at first to use “Morocco,” but once I attempted, I fell in love with warm toned eyes and I have never looked back.  I love this palette for it’s peachy neutrals and pops of color.  It’s perfect for day or night looks, and I find myself grabbing for it most often in the Summertime.

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach:  I feel like this palette is the most drama filled thing in my collection.  When this first launched as limited edition, people were so angry that this sold out!  I personally did not get mine until Christmastime so I’ve been really enjoying this palette in the Spring and Summer months.  Some people think Too Faced is going down the tubes, but I disagree.  When people hated their holiday collection, I absolutely loved their “Merry Macaron” palette.  I think it’s all about preference and I’ve been a Too Faced fan since my junior year of high school.  Anyways, if you couldn’t tell from my description of the Colourpop quad, I’m obsessed with peach tones.  This palette clearly doesn’t lack, plus it smells like peaches.  It’s heaven.  My one complaint with this palette is that I wish there were more mattes, but you can still obtain a full look with the Sweet Peach.  I personally recommend and I find it similar to the “Chocolate Bar” palette formula.

 

Lorac Pro 3:   Now, I agree that this is not formulated as well as the first and second Lorac Pros.  However, this is my favorite color scheme (not including the Mega Pro 3).  The earthy tones are so great for Summer.  When I want natural and light face makeup, this is a palette I always reach for.  I find that it enhances the eyes without making them the focal point, which is perfect for a quick Summer look.  In addition, I literally live for the amount of transition shades included in this palette.

 

Morphe 35OM:  I wish I had purchased the original 35O.  But alas, I purchased this when I was in my “I have super hooded eyes so I’m convinced I can only wear mattes” phase. *eye roll*  Anyways, I still get a great deal of use of this palette.  I love pairing this with Colourpop super shock shadows on the lid, or the Morphe 12S, an all shimmer palette.  This palette is fantastic as it holds both cool and warm browns.  But, the real reason I love this palette is for the reds and oranges.  It screams sunset to me, and there’s countless looks to be made.

 

Summertime to me means relaxing, having fun, and using some bright colors!  These are personally my favorite palettes for the Summer season.  What are your favorites, and do you cycle through your makeup based on the season?

Until next time!

xoxox