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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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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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Becca Highlight Comparison 

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Today I just wanted to upload a quick post!  Later this week, I will be uploading my Subculture palette review.  That review will be quite detailed (spoiler, I love the palette but still have some issues with it!) so I didn’t want to rush into it tonight.  Anyways, I thought I would do a quick comparison post about some of my favorite products, Becca highlights (shimmering skin perfectors pressed).  These are certainly tied with my Anastasia glow kits for favorite highlight.  I own most of the line so I thought I would give a quick description and swatches.

These highlights retail for $38.00 a pop, so they are fairly pricy.  However, I personally feel as though they are worth the price tag.  They give an intense glow without being glittery or leaving a harsh stripe on the cheek bone.  They’re natural but really pop.

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(Bottom to Top: Prismatic Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Pearl, Moonstone, Prosecco Pop, Champagne Pop, Rose Gold)

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Prismatic Amethyst is on of the newest shades, and limited edition.  This is a purple duo-chrome.

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Rose Quartz is a limited edition shade, and is a true pink.

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Pearl is perfect for fair skin tones, as it is a stark white.

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Moonstone is a light, yellow gold, and probably my most used shade.

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Prosecco Pop is one of Jaclyn Hill’s shades, and it is a true, yellow gold.

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Champagne Pop is a champagne, pink-toned shade, and a bit darker.  It is beautiful for several skin tones.

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Rose Gold is a deeper highlight, and as the name states, it is a true rose gold.  I received this mini in a Sephora kit I purchased.  It is a bit too dark for me however I enjoy it nonetheless.

Do you own any of these?  What are you favorites?

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!

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Anastasia Glow Kit Comparisons 

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Although I have quite the highlighter collection, some of my favorites come from the Anastasia Glow Kits.  For $40.00 a pop, you’re getting four or six good sized highlights.  There are countless options.

I own six of them currently.  I have “Gleam”, “That Glow”, “Sun Dipped”, “Sweets”, “Moonchild”, and the Nicole Guerriero.  While I won’t take this this post to talk about each shade individually, I will show you swatches and give you some quick thoughts on the kit over all.  Some are easily available and some you may have to search online for, but hopefully you will be able to see what kit may fit your needs the best.

These highlights are not for the faint of heart.  These are not your “glow from within” kind of products.  But, if you like a wham bam in your face glow, you need to snatch up one (or all) of these babies up pronto!

“Gleam”

Hard Candy, Mimosa, Starburst, Crushed Pearl

This was my first kit.  If you love pink tones this will be right up your alley.

“That Glow”

Sunburst, Golden Bronze, Bubbly, Dripping In Gold

This is kind of the plain Jane one to me.  Beautiful and the quality is amazing as always, but kind of boring.

“Sun Dipped”

Bronzed, Summer, Tourmaline, Moonstone

This is of course perfect for the Summer, and may be suited more for deeper skin tones.

“Sweets”

Marshmallow, Sassy Grape, Butterscotch, Taffy

This is a more natural way to play with color, and bring a little fun into your routine.

“Moonchild”

Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe, Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, Blue Moon

This is my favorite kit.  I love layering it with a white or gold highlight.

“Nicole Guerriero”

Kitty Kat, Forever Young, Daydream, Forever Lit, Glo Getter, 143

This is my least favorite kit.  While I adore the color scheme the formula seems a bit different and a little chunky.

Do you have a favorite kit?  Or, do you feel like highlighters all look pretty similar?

Until next time!

xoxox

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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!

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