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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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!

Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription: November 2014

 It’s that time of the month again…IPSY BAGS have arrived! If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, basically it is a beauty/makeup subscription service that charges $10 a month. Your $10 gets you 4-5 beauty items and an adorable bag. Some months they are awesome, and others are just a miss. This month the theme was Girl Meets Glitter, and I was quite satisfied with the products I received! I personally think it is worth the $10, the bags alone would cost you that at a store. You fill out surveys and questions about the products you receive, and then they try to give you more products that you actually like. I would definitely check it out if you haven’t already! If you want, click HERE to go to the Ipsy website via my referral link.

• Be A Bombshell Cosmetics: Eye Base- Submissive

This shade is absolutely GORGEOUS. I used it the other day before doing a neutral smokey eye, and I loved it. It’s just a very pretty bronzy-gold color with some shimmer. It’s perfect for me! Probably my favorite item from this months bag!

           

• J. Cat Beauty: Wonder Lip Paint- Red Potion

I’m not a red lipstick kind of girl at all. I think I’ve tried it maybe twice, and took it off immediately. I just don’t like how it looks on me, I prefer nudes, pinks, and peaches so much more. I was looking on the J. Cat Beauty website and they have tons of gorgeous colors in their Lip Paint’s. I really wish they would have given out something I would actually wear. That being said, I loved the formula and you can’t beat the price of these ($4.99)! I might end up buying a few in colors that I like just because of how awesome the product is.

•Elizabeth Mott: you’re so FINE Eyeliner- Glitterati

Okay, I’m totally down to try anything that has the word glitter in it. Basically, this liquid eyeliner is a jet black color with silver glitter in it. I really liked it for just normally lining my eyes, but when i tried to do a cat eye, it was a disaster. I will probably end up using it in the future just as a lash-line liner!

•TEMPTU: S/B Highlighter- Pink Pearl

I was SOOO excited when I saw I was getting this in my bag!! I absolutely love highlighters and this is the best liquid highlighter I’ve ever used. I really don’t like the Benefit High Beam because, for some reason, it always just messes up my makeup wherever I put it. But this TEMPTU highlighter doesn’t effect the underlying makeup at all. It’s so gorgeous and subtle too. I have a feeling I’ll be using the whole bottle very soon.

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•Marc Anthony: Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray

Although getting a hairspray in your bag may seem boring, I personally love getting the little baby bottles of products. I always save mine and use them for when I travel or might need to carry one somewhere.

Be sure to check out Ipsy and get on the waiting list NOW so you too can start getting bags in the upcoming months!!

Thanks for reading,

Wantable Makeup Subscription Box: October 2014

I’ve been seeing advertisements for this new subscription box, Wantable, over the past few months. After viewing the website dozens of times, I decided to try a box with a 50% coupon they were advertising. Usually, the boxes are $40 a month, so I only paid $20 for mine. Forty bucks is reallllllllly steep….especially for 4 products that I could definitely live without! Personally, I don’t even think they were worth the $20 I paid. You are able to get partial refunds with Wantable, so you can send back the products you are not happy with. I will be returning the lip liner and nail polish for a $10 refund. Which means I am keeping the highlighter and mineral foundation, which I ‘technically’ now paid $10 for. The boxes they had in the past looked way better, so maybe this one just wasn’t for me? I wouldn’t be against trying them again, but like I said $40 is super expensive (to me at least) for items that I could possibly not even like! Even after filling out a 10 minute survey on my likes and dislikes, I’m just really disappointed!

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☻ Liberty Republic Nail polish – Premonition ($14)

☻  Three Custom Color Lip Liner – Salmon ($16.50)

☻ Medusa’s Makeup Loose Highlighter ($12)

☻ Marsk Mineral Foundation – Nude ($55.20)

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Marsk Mineral Foundation – Nude ($55.20)

I do like this product, it reminds me a lot of the Bare Minerals products, just for about double the price. I would consider actually buying it if it were sold in a drug store, but for $55? HA, no way! I use it more as a setting powder over blemishes than an actual foundation. It does have good coverage, which is why I like using it in certain areas!

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Medusa’s Makeup Loose Highlighter ($12)

This is definitely my favorite product from my box. It reminds me a lot of the TheBalm highlighters. I use it mostly on my cheekbones, nose, and cupids bow. It makes for a beautiful eyeshadow too! Especially on the inner tear duct. I had never heard of this brand before, but after looking them up their products are all cruelty free, made in the USA, and vegan!

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☻  Three Custom Color Lip Liner – Salmon ($16.50)

Ugh….I was so so so excited when I saw I was getting a SALMON colored lip liner. Now, does this look salmon to you? I would have expected a peachy color…not this horrendous brownish red thing! I will never ever use this color, I even tried it on and it just looked awful! I’m beyond disappointed. I feel like it was just thrown in the box because no one would actually buy it! It’s so disappointing because the formula is so creamy and smooth, I love that part of it. Just very let down by the color.

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Liberty Republic Nail polish – Premonition ($14)

Okay, I understand its fall and halloween is approaching. But I would have appreciated something I would actually wear. I’m not even sure what color this is, its mainly black with a tiny tint of blue. Again, something I would never even use. It seems as if all the colors from this collection are very dark too. They have a bunch of super cute colors that I would love to try one day, it just would have been nice to get one in my box!

I hope my post didn’t come off as too negative.. Like I said, I was just really disappointed. I was expecting to have a much different experience with Wantable based on their past boxes and what they were advertising. If the price wasn’t as steep, I wouldn’t be apposed to trying them out again!

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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Well, Hello!

5efb6bb2c90a56def3de27b255e8b50eSo…Where do I begin? I don’t really know what I’m doing or what I want to become of this blog. I have high hopes that I’ll post frequently and effortlessly get tons of readers…but I think we all know thats not how it works. Though it would be nice. I’m just a typical girl with an unhealthy obsession with makeup and beauty. No really, I love it to the extent that I should probably talk to someone about it. Which is how I’ve found my way here. I really do hope this will not be another 1am idea (yes it is actually 1am) that will never be touched again. I just need to stay motivated!