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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

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Colourpop Yes Please Palette, I Think I Love You Palette, and My Little Pony Palette Reviews!

Hello all! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have noticed Colourpop has been releasing products like there’s no tomorrow. I am a huge fan of their pressed shadows, so when they started releasing pressed palettes, my wallet opened immediately. I currently have three to share with you, the “Yes Please”,” the “I Think I Love You,” and the limited edition “My Little Pony.” I use all of these frequently and am dying to grab the “Dream Street,” “You Had Me At Hello,” “Element of Surprise,” and the “She” palettes if I have the chance. I just can’t get enough! But, I thought I would share my thoughts on the three I own. Just so you’re aware, all of these palettes are available on colourpop.com for $16.00.

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The “Yes Please” palette pretty much broke the damn internet. I almost grabbed this on its first launch, and then decided to be more responsible with my money (lol). I picked this baby up in September I believe and I haven’t regretted it one bit. If you’re a warm toned lover, you need this in your life. Unlike some warm toned palettes, this one really packs a punch. You get bright yellow, oranges and reds, along with a few neutrals to tie your looks together. In fact, this palette contains the shade “Note to Self,” which is one of my favorite colourpop shadows. It’s a gorgeous warm brown. While you can get a subtle look with this palette, I certainly reach for it more when I’m going out than for a typical work day. The colors are powdery, but blend like a dream. I like powdery shadows, but just be aware there’s a good amount of kick up if that’s not your thing.

I wore this so so much in October. I felt like it was such a perfect fall time palette, and kind of screamed Halloween. The colors definitely pop, but without being too neon. The mattes are phenomenal, as mentioned, and the shimmers are nice. I recommend using a setting spray to really intensify the shimmers (which I typically do) but I don’t find it to be a necessary step. I will say, and this is to all companies, white packaging sucks! This palette is getting pretty dirty, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. All in all, if you’ve ever thought about picking this palette up, just do it!

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The next palette, the “I Think I Love You,” was bought on kind of a whim. I wasn’t super wowed by the shade selection when I first saw this palette. However, after watching reviews, I decided I needed it. I’ve been really into bronze tones this fall. I’m not sure if it’s because of my job change or what not, but I have been going for a more neutral eye. In addition, this palette includes mostly shimmers, so I was a bit turned off at first. Nevertheless, I picked this baby up. Like the “Yes Please,” the shimmers are great, but can of course benefit from some fixing spray. But I really wanted to talk about the mattes. At first, I felt that I couldn’t get a complete look out of this palette. But, we have the shade “Bel Air” (another one of my favorite colourpop singles!), a beautiful neutral brown that can act as a crease shade. Then we also have the deeper brown and black, which can give the look dimension. There is also the white shade, which is one of those strange matte with glitter situations. This works perfectly as a brow bone highlight, so the palette can definitely be utilized on its own.

This palette isn’t the most exciting, but I love it for the work day. It’s very neutral, but glam at the same time. Quickly touching on packaging, the outside aesthetic is to die for. Rose gold is life and makes the product look a bit more expensive.

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Finally we have the “My Little Pony.” I may be a 1990s baby, but my siblings are ten years older and you bet your sweet ass I am I my little pony fan. These are the original ponies featured on the packaging and I knew I needed this, if only for a collectors piece. As a side note, I purchased all three glossy lips from this collection and I highly recommend. This is a colorful palette, and is appropriate for even more serious work environments (example, I work in a school and like to keep it low key, but I feel like this still works perfectly).

I don’t want to call these colors pastel, but they’re muted. I have yet to try those for gorgeous greens on the bottom, but I’ve worn the berries and corals so much. Like all colourpop shadows, I find the mattes to blend beautifully. Although there are colored mattes in here, they are no exception and work like a dream. The shimmers are stunning, and the lavender purple has been a low key obsession. In addition we have some duo-chrome situations in here, which I am so here for. I honestly bought this palette as a more collectors or special occasion product but I’m so happy to report I have been using it quite a bit and I highly recommend if it’s still available.

Do you guys like colourpop shadows? What’s your favorite? Are there any you recommend?

Until next time!

Xoxox

 

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ABH Subculture Palette: Worth the hype or the drama?

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Hello all!  I haven’t posted in a hot minute.  I’ve been crazy busy, and will be starting my first education job tomorrow!  Anyways, I need to get on a better posting schedule and figure out my life.  Butttttt, just because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean I haven’t been buying!  I’ve been working on this post for quite some time, so, here we go!

The Anastasia Subculture palette has been one of the most dRaMaTiC products of 2017.  I just don’t get it.  I’m going to start out this review saying that I actually ADORE this palette, but I do understand people’s certain issues with the palette, and the marketing.  I know this review is sort of late to the game.  However, I wanted to use this palette for quite some time to give you my real thoughts.  I used this every single day for work for a week.  In addition, I used this Friday night for more of a going out look.  If you guys are still interested in this palette keep reading!

First of all, when I first saw this palette leak, I nearly died.  I live for Fall, and although I love a good Burgundy palette, I feel like I have so many.  This palette reminds me of late October and early November when the leaves are in full force and Winter starts coming in.  The palette has warm tones, cool tones, and neutral tones.  In my opinion I find it to be more versatile than the Modern Renaissance (my all time fave).  I used this palette every day for a week and also for a nighttime going out look.  I just feel like the color scheme works well for several situations.  It’s both on trend while still being different from other palettes on the market.

In addition, I appreciate this palette due to the matte to non-matte ratio.  There are two duo-chromes (one which I personally find to be more metallic) and one metallic.  Eleven mattes round out the palette.  I hate when there are not enough matte shadows in a palette, as I find that it becomes to difficult to create different looks.  I really cannot say enough good things about the color scheme.

As for issues with the palette (and my counter thoughts on some of them), I do agree that the marketing was not the best.  This palette was marketed as a sister to the Modern Renaissance.  While I still like the formula of Subculture, I do agree that it is different.  This palette contains more of a pressed pigment situation and that can lead to difficulty blending etc.  While I love it, and see how the colors complement the Modern Renaissance, I cannot agree that it is totally a sister palette.

As for the fall out, I find that there was more drama than fall out.  When I first received my palette after seeing horrible reviews, I took the brush the came with it and dipped it into both the Subculture and Modern Renaissance.  I noticed the same fall out.  I personally love more powdery shadows and find them easier to work with.  In fact, I tested out the palette against Colourpop and Lorac shadows, and felt that the fall out was comparable.  I just don’t understand why people were swirling their brushes around and creating the kick up.  The shadows are super pigmented and you just need a bit on your brush.

As for the blendability, I do agree that some of these shades are a bit difficult.  I find the the blues/greens/reds are difficult to blend out, however, it can be done.  You just need to spend time building up the color. These are colors that I would typically use for a night out so that doesn’t bother me too much.  More neutral colors like “Dawn” and “Roxy” work well for me, especially in the crease.  This isn’t the easiest palette to work with but I don’t find that it’s impossible.  I really love the looks I’ve been able to create.

People also felt that the staying power wasn’t there.  I totally disagree!  I’ve worn these shadows to work and they’ve lasted all day long.  I have used the shimmer and duo chromes with a setting spray so that they appear more intense, but these colors have worked well for me.  I typically use the Anastasia concealer and then a primer on my eyes when applying shadow, and I felt that this worked just as well with the Subculture.

All in all I actually love this palette so much.  I do certainly see people’s points about the fall out and blending.  However, I can look past that.  I find that this is such a great Fall palette that’s a bit more unique to my collection.

Did you guys get this or are you so over it?! let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Until next time!

xoxox

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Makeup With a Big-A$$ Price Tag That’s Worth Busting Open Your Piggy Bank For

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As I wrap up testing out Subculture (literally have been trying that baby all week), I thought I would share with you pricy products that I really enjoy.  Some products, I look at and immediately regret shelling out the cash for.  However, there are several products in my collection that I paid a pretty penny for, and I find them to be totally worth it, and most of them worthy of re-purchasing.

I love drugstore products so much, but, some makeup is just worth spending a little bit more money on.  Quick disclaimer, there are several Marc Jacobs beauty products.  In my opinion, it is a luxury brand that’s worth the money.  Sorry for the repetition, but I truly enjoy them. That’ll be discussed below.  Here are some of my favorite high end products that I don’t regret purchasing!

I first want to touch upon a contour duo.  I prefer duos to kits, as I feel contour kits are not super useful for most people.  At most, I only use one of two contour shades.  I just feel as though duos are much more practical.  My favorite contour duo is the Marc Jacobs #Instamarc powder.  First off the colors are perfect.  The yellow is typically the only highlight shade in a contour kit that I actually use, as it really brightens up the under eyes.  I absolutely love the bronzer shade in this duo.  It’s extremely neutral.  When a color is too cool, it can appear muddy, but if a contour is too warm, it doesn’t create a shadow on the face.  I think this color is perfect for a natural, light contour.  This is a product I use in an everyday, low key makeup situation. In addition, these powders are super finely milled and are creamy when applied.  Although $49.00 is a bit much, I truly believe this product is worth it.  This was a birthday present to myself last year and I am so happy I purchased it.

Another product I love is the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation.  This is a product I usually only for going out or special occasions.  This is a super full coverage foundation.  Four small drops is all you need.  This is too full coverage for my day to day routine, as I prefer a very light base on a normal basis.  However, I really love this for full glam.  While the price is $55.00 (eek!), I think this is worth it (but you best believe your girl went into Sephora to get color matched).  You don’t use this product up quickly as it covers a great deal.  I also snagged mine when I had a $20.00 off coupon so it helped ease my wallet’s pain.

I also adore the Hourglass ambient lighting palette.  This retails for $62.00.  I had my eye on this for ages, and decided to pick it up when I had a gift card.  I love this face palette for two reasons.  I love the shade Dim Light (far left) for setting the whole face when I don’t need long wear coverage.  It gives the skin such a glowy effect and is truly beautiful.  I use the other two shades as a highlight and bronzer for days where I don’t wear foundation and want a simple makeup look.  These powders are so finely milled and apply to the face to easily.  If you don’t want a full palette I recommend picking up one of the full sized palettes.  They’re truly great quality, and I want to try the blushes and bronzers so badly.

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The Laura Mercier translucent setting powder if a cult classic.  There is definitely a good reason for that.  On the daily, I’ve been using the Koty air-spun powder for setting my under eye area.  It’s not my favorite, and is not cruelty free so I will not be re-purchasing. That powder has nothing on Laura.  The Laura Mercier is just so much softer.  I find that my skin never looks cakey when I use this powder.  I also only use it for my under eyes, as mentioned, so it doesn’t run out super quickly.  It feels and looks great on the skin.

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I also swear by Becca Highlights.  You can see my comparison and collection here.  These highlights give an intense glow.  However, with the Anastasia glow kits (check out that comparison here), I feel like they leave more of a stripe on the cheek bone.  I don’t get that effect with my Becca highlighters.  They are just a tad bit more natural.

If I had to pick one palette to use for the rest of my life, it would be the Anastasia Modern Renaissance.  First off, as a warm toned lover, the colors are to die for.  But the real reason to love this palette is for it’s formula.  I love a more powdery shadow, and these certainly fit that category.  They are pigmented, blendable, and pretty much a dream.  Everyone, even cool toned lovers should pick this baby up.  Honestly, there are a million reviews on this palette but I totally recommend shelling out the $42.00 and trying it for yourself.

One more Marc Jacobs product (whoops)!  I only own minis of the Marc Jacobs lipsticks, but they are amazing.  I purchased the Christmas set that contained five of them last season, and they do not disappoint.  The formula is extremely creamy, applies smoothly, and is opaque.  No matter whether you are using a nude or a deep, vampy shade, the colors do not apply in a patchy manner.  These are worth it in my book.

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Finally, for brows, I could not live without Anastasia Beverly Hills.  My brow routine for daily makeup in typically a brow powder for the tail end, and Brow Wiz in the front.  For the nighttime, I switch my powder with dip brow.  I certainly use other powders, but I just feel as though the Anastasia applies smoothly, and is very soft.  The dip brow is an awesome pomade for really taking your brows to the next level.  Finally, Brow Wiz applies so naturally, and can be used totally on its own as well.  Honestly, I have other brow powders and products, but I just don’t feel that they compare to ABH.
Do you guys feel like some things are just worth the extra money?  Or do you stick to affordable options?  I personally need a good mix of both!  Keep an eye out for a post about my favorite affordable options!

Until next time,

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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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Eyeshadow Palette Collection

I am a total eyeshadow palette junkie. If it’s warm toned, I gotta have it. If it’s limited edition, I gotta have it. If it’s new, I gotta have it. Over the last several years, I have acquired quite the collection. So, I figured that I would show you all my collection. Sine they’re are so many, I will only include a small blurb. If I have already reviewed it, I will link my article. I will also try to provide links for all the permanent products mentioned.

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Z-Palettes: You can find a full description here.

 

Anastasia World Traveler Shadow Couture (Limited Edition): I love this for the Summer.  There are several permanent shadows in here.  It’s a beautiful warm toned palette with pops of color.

Anastasia Modern Renaissance: This is my favorite palette in the entire world.  I love not only the warmth, but the quality of the shadows.

Lorac Pro: This is a great, classic palette to own.  It’s neutral enough without being too boring.

Lorac Pro 2: I used to use this alot more.  This palette is really cool toned but I still love using it on occasion.

Lorac Pro 3: I love this super neutral palette.  It’s perfect for a quick look.

Lorac Mega Pro 3 (Available Again For a Limited Time): If you can get your hands on this, get it now!!  This is such a great palette with so much variety, however, every color is wearable.

Lorac AfterGlo (Limited Edition): This was one of my first highend palettes.  I don’t use this too much but I love it for a pop of color.

Tarte GraveyardGirl Swamp Queen (Limited Edition?): This is a beautiful warmtoned, rosy gold palette.  It includes blush, bronzer and highlight, making it great for travel.

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom: If I have an interview, work etc., this is the palette I reach for.  The quality is amazing and the color scheme is timeless.

Tarte Rainforrest Of the Sea Volume I: I love this for the Summer.  The formula is gel-like and super easy for a quick look.

Tarte Maneater (Limited Edition): This should be permanent!  This is a beautiful warm palette with pops of cranberry.

Tarte Don’t Quit Your Day Dream (Limited Edition): This is another great palette.  It’s similar to the Maneater, but more neutral.  This is one of my favorite travel palettes for a weekend trip.

Morphe 35OM: This is such a handy palette, containing cool and warm browns, with reds and oranges.  It is completely and great for pairing with other shadows.

Morphe X Kathleenlights (Limited Edition): This palette made me fall in love with Morphe.  I love the color scheme as well as the quality.

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette (Limited Edition): Check out a full review here.

Morphe 12S: This is a complete shimmer palette, and this little guy lives on my vanity for when I need a pop of shimmer.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar: I love the formula of this palette and is perfect for everyday wear.

Too Faced Sweet Peach: The smell of this is amazing and I love the Springtime tones I get from this palette.

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip (Limited Edition): This is a alright palette.  It’s great for travel but not my favorite, however, I can’t seem to part with it! It’s too darn cute!

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly (Limited Edition): I love this.  The smell is everything and the shade “Nuts About You” is the perfect warm matte.

Too Faced Country (Limited Edition): This is an OG palette in my collection.  I don’t use it too much now but its super pretty and I live for the names.

Too Faced Merry Macarons (Limited Edition): Alot of people hate the Too Faced holiday collections but I actually adore this particular palette.  The matte’s are super soft.

Too Faced Grande Cafe Hotel Palettes (Limited Edition): These are the Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte, and Gingerbread Cookie palettes.  I love the face products and some of the eyeshadows are decent.  Not my favorite but I love how Christmas they are.

Urban Decay Naked: This is a classic, however, my newest Naked palette.  These palettes are nice qulity but just do not have enough mattes.

Urban Decay Naked 2: This is my least favorite Naked as it has more cool tones but it is nice quality.

Urban Decay Naked 3: I still love this palette.  I think the colors are super complimentary and stunning.

Urban Decay Naked Basics: I love this for pairing with other palettes, and mine is beat to hell!

Urban Decay Vice 4 (Limited Edition): I love the jewel tones in this palette.  I feel like it needs a few more mattes but I really enjoy this.

Urban Decay Electric Palette (Discontinued): I probably have like one occasion to wear this per year but I love the quality of these shadows.  When I do get a chance to use it, the look always comes out really cool.

Kylie Burgandy: I love love love this.  It’s beautiful for the Fall time.

Kylie Holiday 2016 (Limited Edition):  I love how unique the muted jewl tones in this palette are.  In addition, this is the best silver I have ever used.

Kylie’s Diary (Limited Edition): I think this is a super fun addition to my collection.  The hot pink in the middle is gorgeous.

Kat Von D Serpentina (Limited Edition): I love this palette as well.  The jewel tones are everything!

Kat Von D Metal Matte (Limited Edition): I wish this palette was permanent.  The amount of product and the quality is amazing.

Kat Von D Pastel Goth (Limited Edition): This is also beautiful.  Kat Von D totally perfected the matte pastels!

Makeup Geek Manny MUA (Limited Edition): Between the warm tones and Makeup Geek quality, this palette is one of my favorites.

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever: I need to use this palette more but I felt that this was a fun drugstore addition to my collection.

I hope you enjoyed my collection! If you would like to see swatches and a review of any of these palettes, please let me know! What’s your favorite palette?

Until next time!

xoxox

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beauty

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

beauty

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Collection

 

The colourpop super shock shadows are some of my favorite lid shadows.  The cream to powder formula is very unique in the makeup world and makes for some bold colors.  I typically use them with a densely packed flat brush to pack color onto the lid.  At five dollars a pop, I have created quite a collection.  I thought it would be fun to share with you which colors I own and which are my favorites!  Enjoy!

Golds :

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(Crimper, Get Lucky, Telepathy)

Crimper = Not my favorite shade.  It’s rather sheer coverage but might make for a nice inner corner highlight.

Get Lucky = I highly recommend this shade.  It reminds me of Urban Decay’s “Half Baked” and it is a true gold.

Telepathy = This is one of my favorites.  This is from the Kathleen Lights “In the Night” collection and it is such a unique color.  While it shifts gold, it is a chartreuse yellow-green type of shade.  It’s one of the ultra-metallic finishes and I cannot recommend it enough.  I have some similar shades but nothing quite like it.

Rose Golds :

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(Weenie, Friendship File, Catnap, Birthday Cake)

Weenie = This is another favorite.  This is a true rose gold and is a pearlized finish.  It’s perfect for a glam eye look.

Friendship File (Hello Kitty Collection Limited Edition) = This is a rosy gold metallic.  It has quite a bit of glitter.

Catnap (Limited Edition – May come back) = This is a metallic and somewhat purple toned as well.  This is beautiful all over the lid with taupe shadows.

Birthday Cake (Limited Edition) = This is an ultra-glitter.  This leans more pink and again looks stunning on the lid.

Pinks & Purples :

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(Puppy Love, Small Gift, Eye Candy)

Puppy Love (Limited Edition – May come back) = This is a pearlized baby pink.  It’s very pale and leans a tad peach.

Small Gift (Hello Kitty Collection Limited Edition) = This is a metallic.  This is a salmon shade that would work beautifully with warm browns.

Eye Candy = This is one of my least favorite.  This is a lavender metallic, however, it is rather sheer.

Peaches :

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(Flipper, Kennedy)

Flipper = I love this shade.  This is a metallic tangerine shade and looks phenomenal with the blow me away quad, or any peachy tones.

Kennedy = This is a matte peach.  While I typically don’t love the super shock mattes I enjoy putting this on the lid while using a warm brown in the crease.

Reds & Burgundies :

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(Baby Talk, Fooling Around, Drift, Porter)

Baby Talk (Valentines Day Collection) = This is one of their pressed pigments.  This is a vibrant red which is mostly matte with flecks of glitter.

Fooling Around (Valentines Day Collection) = This is another pressed pigment.  This is a shimmering merlot shade that is absolutely stunning.  If you love super warm tones you would love this.

Drift = This is a pearlized burgundy.  This is a perfect fall or winter shade.

Porter = This is also from the “Where the Night Is” Collection.  Theses a similar color to drift, but a metallic burgundy.  I prefer this one to drift.

Blues :

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(Belladonna Lilly, Flowershop, School Bus, Luckfully, Partridge)

Belladonna Lilly = This is another matte that I love.  This is a classic Tiffany blue, and a gorgeous Spring time color.

Flowershop = This is a pearlized shade.  In addition, this is a perfect mermaid shade.  It’s a beautiful teal which I feel is unique to my collection.

School Bus (Hello Kitty Collection Limited Edition) = This is  pearlized navy.  I need to use these types of shadows more.  It’s a nice color but does not get too much use.

Luckfully = This is a pearlized cobalt.  It’s super pigmented and I would recommend if you want a blue in your collection.

Partridge = This is a duo chrome shade.  It is similar to MAC’s blue-brown pigment and a great addition to my collection.

Neutrals :

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(Rainbow, Cornelious, Kathleenlights, Bandit, Midnight)

Rainbow = This is a glitter sheer shade.  It is an icy white.  I don’t love the sheerness but love the tone of this white.

Cornelious = This is a matte mid-toned brown that was released with the “In the Night Collection.”  It’s nice to have but not my favorite.

Kathleenlights = This is obviously from Kathleen Light’s “In the Light” collection.  This is one of my favorite shades.  It is a pearlized bronze and is a great shade to use all over the eye for a quick look.

Bandit = This is a super warm matter brown.  I really enjoy this shade on the lid while using softer browns in the crease.

Midnight = This is another “In the Night” release.  This is a black with tons of gold flecks in it.  I don’t use this shade enough but I really love it.

I hope you enjoyed my collection!

Until next time!

xoxox