ColourPop Eyeshadow, Highlighter, & Lippie Stix: Review + Swatches

 After seeing ColourPop all over youtube & various blogs, I decided to finally order some of their products for myself. Their products are decently priced, but it adds up quickly, trust me! I wish I could have recorded my reaction to swatching these for the first time, the consistency and texture of the eyeshadows/highlighters are just so different & creamy…yet powdery? I literally said “oh my GOD” out loud the first time I swatched an eyeshadow.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: $5.00 Each

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow – Tassel (Metallic), Girly (Pearlized), Fringe (Metallic)

My favorite out of the 3 is definitely Tassel, its the most beautiful inner corner/lid color ever! I also love Girly as a brow highlight and base color, its a little less shimmery, as you can see.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow – Liberty (Ultra-Metallic), I Heart This (Metallic), Get Lucky (Metallic)

If you like a subtle shimmer without the BAM in your face eyeshadow look, I Heart This is for you! It gives off just the perfect nude shimmer look. I’ve also been loving Get Lucky & Liberty to add that pop of color to the center of the lids!

Don’t get me wrong, these highlights are great & I do think they are worth the $8. But, in retrospect I probably should have splurged else where since I already have tons of highlighters. I don’t see these ever replacing my Mac Soft and Gentle or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I will use them, just probably not super often. If you are looking for a cheaper, good quality highlighter, I definitely recommend checking these out!

ColourPop Highlighters: $8.00 Each

ColourPop Highliter – Stole The Show (Pearlized), Lunch Money (Pearlized), Highly Waited (Pearlized)

Stole The Show definitely stole the show for me! It’s my favorite out of the 3 with Lunch Money following closely behind. I feel like Highly Waisted is just not the right color for my skin tone, it would be really beautiful on someone who was a little darker or tan.

Yes, the famous ColourPop Lippie Stix. These were the first products I had heard of from ColourPop & I’ve been wanting to try them out for so long. I’m not really a bright lipstick kind of girl, i’m usually always wearing a nude lipstick or a pale pink. I wanted to try and step outside my comfort zone a little bit with these. But as you can see, most of them are still pretty nude or muted.

ColourPop Lippie Stix: $5.00 Each

ColourPop Lippie Stix – Cookie (Matte), Skimpy (Glossy), Bound (Glossy), BFF (Glossy), Easy (Glossy), Cupid (Hyper-Glossy)

My Favorites out of group are Skimpy, Cupid, and Easy. But I also really do like BFF and Bound. I find that Cookie is very dark looking on my pale skin. So again, if you had a darker complexion it would be fantastic for you. Often I mix Skimpy & Cupid/Easy together to get a pretty nude peachy/pink lip. I love love love the formula and pigmentation of these lippies!

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow & Blush Review & Swatches

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Back in November, I purchased 14 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and a large Z Palette to put them in. It ended up being a pretty big purchase, $130. After hearing so many people rave about these shadows and seeing them in almost every single one of Jaclyn Hill’s Youtube videos, I decided to finally get some myself. I really had no idea of what I wanted, I looked at every single color and looked up swatches and favorites from other bloggers/youtubers. I’m really happy with the ones I picked out, and I have marked a few of my favorites for you all below. My “favorites” have a heart above the swatch, most of them I use every single day. I do love all of the colors though, just some are better for everyday wear. For some reason, I didn’t take a picture of the blushes in this palette before I started using it, but there is a swatch of them at the bottom!

Eyeshadow Pans: $5.99 each
Blush Pans: $9.99 each
Large, Black Z Palette: $20.00

firstIce Queen: Love this shade for inner corner and under the brow highlight!
Peach Smoothie: One of my all time favorites! I use this almost everyday as a transition and blending color.
Glamorous: Beautiful bronzy-shimmer color for the lid!
Cocoa Bear: Another all time fav, I personally use it in the outer edges of the eye. It’s the perfect warm-tone brown.

secondMocha: Usually use this color in my crease, and to create the “outer v” shape on smokey eyes.
Vanilla Bean: Gorgeous off-white color, looks beautiful on the inner half of the lid and under the brow.
Beaches & Cream: LOVE THIS SHADE. It’s few shades lighter than Peach Smoothie, I use this one too as a transition/all over lid color.
Creme Brulee: Another perfect warm brown color. It’s not as dark as Cocoa Bear, but very similar.

ThirdLatte: Yet another warm toned brown. Although these all seem similar, they each give a very different look when applied onto the eye.
Barcelona Beach: This one isn’t as warm in tone, and it looks really good when going for a darker eye look.
Shimma Shimma: FAVORITE inner corner highlight. It’s just so beautiful and shimmery, I LOVE it.
Cinderella: Very similar to Shimma Shimma, just tinted pink. It’s very beautiful and girly.

fourthCosmopolitan: I’ve gotten SO many compliments on this eyeshadow. I use my Mac Fix+ to wet it after I have some on a brush, and just pack it onto my lid. It looks beautiful in combination with Coca Bear!
Mercury: Although I don’t personally use this shade much, it is a really pretty space grey/silver color. I have been trying to stay away from super dark colors and black…since that is all I used to wear in high school!
Spell Bound (Blush): I fell in love with this blush the first time I used it. Its the most perfect shade for me and looks really good with the shadows I marked as favorites.
First Love (Blush): When I ordered this, I expected it to look different when actually wearing it. Personally, I don’t think this blush can be worn alone. Sometimes I mix it with a little bit of Spell Bound, or use it as a soft highlight right above Spell Bound, but never alone. It’s just way too pale in my opinion.

I’m so glad I finally ended up purchasing these. Although it can start to add up in price, in the long run you will save money because you are just buying shades that you want. I know I have tons of palettes that have 8+ colors in them and I only use 2-4. Now I can pick exactly what colors I want and when I hit pan, I can just order another one for $5.99! Can’t beat that!

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All Over Lid & Crease: Peach Smoothie, Beaches & Cream
Inner Corner/Lid: Vanilla Bean & Shimma Shimma
Outer Lid & Crease: Creme Brulee & Cocoa Bear
Liner: Stila Stay All Day WaterProof Liquid Liner & Urban Decay Perversion
Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black

Ready To Wear Cosmetics: Review

I recently discovered a new brand on Hautelook, Ready To Wear Cosmetics. I love Hautelook because it gives me the opportunity to try new brands for literally half the price! I purchased a blush/highlight palette and a foundation, which I will be reviewing for you here.

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– Ready To Wear New York, Glam Collection Face Palette:

I’m in LOVEEEEEE with this little blush palette. It includes a matte pinkish apricot blush on the left, a shimmery peach blush on the right, and a beautiful shimmery gold highlighter in the middle.

Take a look at these swatches to really see how gorgeous the colors are:

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I’m especially loving the matte apricot blush for the fall time. I feel like its perfect for this season, just as the shimmery peach one is for summer. I could rave about the highlighter all day, it’s just so pretty when applied. You can even use these shades for eyeshadow, they are very versatile, especially the highlight color.

– Ready To Wear New York, Aqua Crème Hi-Definition Hydrating Foundation Light:

At first, I was a little freaked out by the consistency and feeling of this product. It’s 25% water, so it is REALLY hydrating as the name states. Your face will look like a wet sticky mess, but let it dry for about 5 minutes and apply a setting powder and you will look flawless. A setting powder is a MUSTTT for this product. Don’t even bother with a setting spray, powder powder powder all the way. If you don’t powder it enough you will find it smearing and moving with the littlest touch. That being said, when you get used to it, you will love it. I tend to have dry skin on my nose, and some foundations make it look flakey and cakey. But not this one, it hydrates the area and makes my face look so smooth and flawless.

If you’re ever browsing Hautelook and see Ready To Wear, I really recommend at least taking a look! Hautelook is awesome to try out new products, since they are so heavily discounted. They post new deals every single day. Just remember, they only last a few days and sell out quickly for some brands/products!

Urban Decay – Naked On The Run: Swatches & Review

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Ahhhh, I LOVE Urban Decay! I own every Naked palette and will probably continue to own them in the future, they are by far my most favorite eyeshadows. I pre-ordered my Naked On The Run palette from Sephora.com the day it was released. It costs $54 and includes 6 eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, lipgloss, eyeliner, and mascara. I think its an awesome palette and it’s so convenient to have it all confined to one simple case!

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Here’s the back information for anyone interested, just click the picture to see a larger version of any images in this post!

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I know I don’t have the best quality pictures, but for what it is, the color payoff is great. I’m happy they included matte shades to balance out the shimmery ones. These colors will create an amazing smokey eye, I’m beyond excited to start using it often!

– 0.4 oz Eye Shadows
Dive (metallic rose/gold micro-shimmer)
Fix (soft taupe matte)
Resist (medium metallic taupe)
Dare (medium brown matte)
Stun (metallic bronze/light gold micro-shimmer)

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– 0.3 oz Bronzer
Medium bronze matte

– 0.3 oz Blush
Vibrant pink/light shimmer

– 0.07 oz All-over Eye Shadow
5050 (cool bisque satin)

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lipgloss– 0.13 oz Full-Size Naked Ultra Nourishing Gloss Lip Gloss
Sesso (rose/pink shimmer)

eyeliner– 0.03 oz 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
Stag (deep brown satin)

mascara– 0.13 oz Perversion Mascara
Blackest Black

Overall, so far I am completely happy with this palette. At first, I thought the bronzer was going to be very light and have an orange tint to it, but when I actually tried it on it was just perfect. I love love love the blush in the palette too. The 5050 shadow is being mistaken by some people for a highlight, but it is indeed an eyeshadow. It can be used as a highlight tough, I suppose! I was super excited to get another Perversion Mascara. I previously had gotten a sample size from Ipsy and instantly fell in love with it. I’m also really stoked to try out the new Stag eyeliner. It will complement these shadows so well. Definitely worth the money for me!!
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It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette: Review

I recently purchased the It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette, it was an impulse buy that I do not regret! It currently retails for about $38 at Ulta. I got mine when it was first released on QVC.com and was on sale in a bundle. I love that this palette encompasses /almost/ everything I would need to complete an everyday look. It’s perfect for travel since it is all confined in a slim case. The palette includes CC+ Bronzer, Blush, and Brightening Powder.

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My favorite product out of the 3 is definitely the blush! It’s a gorgeous matte pink shade that can be warn to look natural, or built up to your preference. Same with the bronzer, I’m very fair so I don’t like bronzers that are SUPER dark. This bronzer is perfect for that, especially on days I’m just going to school and don’t want to appear too over done. As for the brightening finishing powder, I don’t really notice anything, as seen in the swatch below you can’t see it much. But I do still use it under my eyes and other places I might want a subtle highlight. It doesn’t make my concealer crease or anything like that, so I like to use it as a setting powder over concealer in places that tend to become cakey.

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TheBalm: Highlighter, Bronzer & Blush

If you avidly watch youtube or follow beauty bloggers, I’m sure you’ve heard of TheBalm at least once. I’ve been wanting to try their products forever….but to my knowledge they could only be purchased online so I was a bit iffy. A few weeks ago I was shopping at Kohl’s when I saw it….TheBalm products in their beauty department. After I concealed my excitement so I wouldn’t embarrass myself, I went over a went on a mini shopping spree. I decided to review a few of my favorites, and most talked about products in the collection, so here we go!

 

Mary-Lou Manizer: Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer $24.00

Oh. My. Gosh. I’m in love with this product. It’s SO hard to find drugstore highlighters, or any good highlighters in general! I love the soft golden undertones and shimmer in this highlighter. I use it daily on my cheekbones, chin, cupids bow, nose, and forehead. Sometimes I even use it to highlight my brow bone and inner corner of my eyes. It’s gorgeous and versatile. Note, if you’re looking for the ‘Kim K’ bright under eye highlight, this is not your product. You are looking for a matte white/yellow powder! A little goes a long way here. Definitely my favorite TheBalm product thus far!

 

Hot Mama: Blush & Shadow $20.00

This blush is BEAUTIFUL. It’s a bit on the shimmery side, but thats what I like. I love these light peachy-pink colors, especially for summer! Using this alone with give your cheeks a tiny highlight, or it can be paired with the Lou Manizer’s. I could even see myself using this blush on the inner half go my eyelids. I’ve heard many people say Hot Mama is a very similar dupe for NARS Orgasm….and some even say its better. It’s worth giving this blush a try!

Bahama Mama: Bronzer, Shadow & Contour $20.00

 Okay…I’m not the tannest girl around, honestly I’m probably closer to the palest girl around. A lot of bronzers look very fake and orange on me, which is not flattering. One thing I absolutely LOVEEE about Bahama Mama is….there are no orange undertones! It looks so ‘natural’ and luminous on my skin. I love using it for contouring my cheekbones, jaw, nose, forehead, and temples. I even use it to warm up the crease of my eyelid sometimes. Hands down, this is probably my new favorite bronzer of all time.

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Full Face Drugstore Favorites

RIMMEL LONDON Stay Matte Foundation ($4.99)

I was SO weary about this foundation at first, I mean…it’s probably the cheapest foundation I have ever seen. But, I had heard a few reviews on it which were positive so I decided to give it a try myself. When you first squeeze it out of the tube it seems VERY thick, it’s basically a cream. A little goes a long long way. Honestly though, I really do love it! It has amazing coverage and although it’s “matte” it doesn’t make my skin look awful. I don’t really have dry nor oily skin, but I don’t like the dewy look, I feel like it just makes me look gross and sweaty. So for that reason this foundation gives me the perfect finish.

REVLON Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer Treatment ($12.99 YIKES)

First off, $12 is quite a bit, for me, to be paying for a drug store concealer. I definitely was looking at the wrong price tag and did not realize until I was already home later that day. But…it is a really good concealer and I use it every single day. I purchased the lightest shade in the line, and its tinted a bit yellow. It’s great for highlighting underneath your eyes and hiding dark circles. I also use it on any blemishes I have that may be red or dark. The yellowness in the product really helps with canceling out these colors.    

RIMMEL LONDON Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($4.99)

I’ve used this powder way before I ever purchased the foundation. It has always been one of my favorites for setting my foundation and concealer. As I stated earlier, I do not like the dewy look to my skin. So patting a bit of this powder over my face really reduces the shine that I dislike. You can get the powder in a translucent color, but i prefer the colored version just to add that little extra touch of coverage!  

NYX Powder Blush in Pinched ($5.99)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these blushes! It was really hard to just pick one for this post. I had to go with Pinched- I mean I accidentally bought it twice because I loved the color so much. It’s a beautiful peachy color, many say its a dupe for NAR’s Orgasm. Hands down these NYX blushes are some of my all time favorites, I use them every single day.

 

  

 NYX Matte Body Bronzer ($8.99)
Honestly, I have yet to find a drug store bronzer that i absolutely love. If I had to   choose one though, it would definitely be the NYX matte bronzer. It can look a bit orangey on some skin tones hough, so be careful! I use this bronzer to contour my cheekbones, forehead, nose, and jawline. If you’re not looking to contour, just simply give your face some color, this is not the bronzer for you.

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki ($9.00)

BEST (only??). DRUGSTORE. HIGHLIGHT. EVER. Not exaggerating here, this product is awesome. It gives off just a touch of gold shimmer, but isn’t over powering at all. I apply it to the tops of the cheekbones, center of my nose, cupids bow, brow bone, and the inner corners of my eyes.      

L’ORÉAL Telescopic Mascara ($9.99)

This mascara is probably my favorite one ever. The length it will give your lashes is UNREAL. The thin brush ensures that you will hit every single lash, and makes it super easy to coat your bottom lashes too! I went back and forth on whether or not to buy this product, I mean I have TONS of mascaras already so it felt like just a waste of $10. I’m SO glad I did! Not a day goes by that I don’t use it. You can pair this with a volumizing mascara if you really want your lashes to pop.

    NYX Round Case Lipstick in Pure Nude ($3.99)

Another product by NYX that I’m in love with! I have tons of these lipsticks. They are amazing and so so so affordable! I absolutely love nude lips- especially pink and peach nudes. This lipstick is peach based and is just beautiful. (Honorable mention to my other favorite lipstick shade in this collection: Harmonica, such a pretty frosty pink color!).

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel ($4.99)

Yes I know, you’ve probably seen these suckers everywhere. But really, they are amazing. I love this shade because it’s neutral and doesn’t block out the color of the lipstick underneath. These can even be worn alone and give off the perfect amount of color. Definitely pick up a few if you ever get a chance!

Let me know your current drugstore favorites!

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