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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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Kylie Cosmetics : Hot or Not

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

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

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

Hot and Bothered, Hopeless Romantic

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

 

Cotton Candy Creme, Strawberry Shortcake

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

Smooch Duo

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

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Burgundy Palette

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

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Holiday 2016 Palette

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

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Kylie’s Diary

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

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

Until next time!

xoxox

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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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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

beauty

Jaclyn Hill Palette – Worth the Hype?

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I’m going to start this post with a few disclaimers:

1.) Yes – I’m aware of the hype surrounding this palette.

2.) Some people think Youtuber collaborations are never good – I will be shortly posting a whole article on this topic.  I am a fan of Jaclyn but if the palette wasn’t great, I’d let you know!

3.) While I am a fan of Morphe, they’re not my number one brand.  I love the palettes I own but I would never go as far to call them my favorite.

Now that those are out of the way, I’m just going to say I am IN LOVE with this palette.  First of all, the packaging is beautiful.  While white packaging obviously gets trashed pretty quickly, I kind of love it.  It reminds my of my Lorac Mega Pro 3.  I personally love when my palettes look used, as it seems like they are loved.

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The palette is currently sold out, however it will be re-stocked.  I waited for about thirty minutes to check out when purchasing during the launch, it sold out in about forty minutes. It retails for $38.00 and you can always find Morphe affiliate codes (and of course Jaclyn’s) all over Youtube if you want to save some money.

The actual color layout of this palette is phenomenal.  First of all you have a ton of warm tones.  I live for a warm eye and this palette doesn’t disappoint.  However, there are pops of purple and teal that are beautiful.  I feel like you have almost everything in this palette : warms, cools, pops of color and smokey tones.  My one complaint is that for my fair skin, there is no good cream or white shade to set down my primer.  Nevertheless, I have enough shadows in my collection to use in conjunction, or I can always use a setting powder.

Now for the actual formulation.  This took Jaclyn two years to create.  Each shade was formulated differently.  I personally think it shows.  The mattes are super blend-able as well as pigmented.  What I’m even more impressed with is the pigmentation of the metallics.  I typically enjoy Morphe’s shimmers over their mattes, but I feel like these metallics are even superior to their typical shadows. I used the bright teal the other day and did not need to apply a setting spray at all to wet the brush.  The eye appeared foiled without being wet.  You will be able to see in my swatches just how concentrated and pigmented the shadows are.  I will also add that the mattes perform better than they swatch!

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These will be swatched from left to right, seven across for five rows!

Enlight, Beam, Silk Creme, M.F.E.O, Faint, Sissy, Little Lady

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Creamsicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, Queen

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Obsessed, S.B.N, Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, Cranapple

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Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, Chip, Mocha

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Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, Abyss

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I also included a side by side comparison of the Jaclyn Hill palette and the 35OM as some people have voiced that they felt it was basically a copy of the 35O (I don’t own the original to compare it to, only the matte version).  I personally feel as though they are both pretty different!

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I totally recommend this palette and I hope you can get your hands on it!

Until next time!

xoxox

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Ulta Haul!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time!

xoxoxoxox