My Recent Makeup Favorites | Cruelty Free and mostly inexpensive!

It has been ages since I have shared my current favorite makeup products.

Now seemed to be as good a time as ever!

Omitting two products, all of the products are in the drugstore price range, and all are cruelty free!

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Blur Primer $8 Here

Not only do I use this primer to improve the look of my pores, but I love using this primer all over my face.

It minimizes the look of my pores in my problem areas, but always helps to create a blank canvas on the rest of my face.

Kokie Be Bright Illuminating Concealer “Light” $8 Here.

I believe that I received this product in a past Ipsy bag, and I am glad I did!

The shade allows me to cover spots, and the illuminating properties also make it great for the under eye area, with out creasing!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation “Snow” $36 Here

To be completely candid, I HATED this foundation at first. But, with recent medical and medicine changes, my skin has gotten more oily than it ever has been.

Now, I am in love. It lasts through out my work day and actually seems to control oil as it claims.

Well worth the $36 price tag!

I 🖤 Revolution “Rose Gold Glow” $7 Here

I was attracted to this product at first due to the packaging. It is a pink and rose gold chocolate bar! But it really is the product that gets me.

Inside the compact you have a nice mirror, the packaging is sturdy. For $7 these highlights are fantastic! They won’t blind you from space, but they are more than subtle.

On the face, both shades work with my light complexion.

I 🖤 Revolution “Bronze and Glow” $7 Here

Have I mentioned I am obsessed with bronzer lately? Because I really am.

The packaging for this product has all the perks as the “Rose Gold Glow” duo does…

But, with the benefits of a matte bronzer! The shade of this bronzer is perfect for my skin tone, and so is the highlight!

Did I mention that this particular duo also smells faintly like chocolate?

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss “Pink Cadillac” $6 Here

The shade itself is a super light pink. It does not show up on my lips, but this is what I want for how I use it! On no makeup or light makeup days, I love this gloss to give my lives a little life and plumpness.

The gloss does make my lips a bit fuller, but it doesn’t make them tingle or burn like I have found other plumping glosses to. The smell is not over powering, and it isn’t as stick has I find other glosses to be!

Black Moon Liquid Lipstick “Warrior” $18 Here

The formula is long lasting and comfortable. It’s so comfortable that it’s easy to forget that you even have lipstick on!

The shade “Warrior” itself is a pretty dusty nude, that leans pink. It looks more mauve in the tube than it applies on me. But, I think the shade that it does come out as is stunning.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip “Sueno De Coco” $7 Here

This liquid lip is part of the Colour Pop and I Luv Sarahii collaboration.

It is the typical Colour Pop Ultra matte formula, which I really enjoy. In fact, I really like all over the Colour Pop liquid formulas!

The shade is a ready nude and I am obsessed with it. This is probably the lip product that I have been wearing the moss recently.

Here are the products all on my face! For my lips I went with “Warrior”. And yes, that is the lighter highlight from the “Rose Gold Glow” popping in my inner corner!

Now I want to know, what are your recent Cruelty Free favorites?

Thank you for reading 💀

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ColourPop Ooh La La | Review and Swatches

Tonight, I bring you another Colourpop review, I recently made a big order, so expect more to come.

I love how affordable Colourpop is, and they are cruelty free. The fact that they come out with such colorful palettes makes me happy.

The Ooh La La Palette has a pink theme, perfect for the month of February. Pink by far is not my favorite color, but I found myself drawn to this palette.

The packaging is hot pink and made of a hard sturdy plastic. There is a mirror inside, perfect if you feel the need to travel with a pink eyeshadow palette.

Ooh La La is $12 and you can get it on the ColourPop site Here!

The Swatches

Tickled: A very light pink with a purple a blue flip to the glitter.

Soft Core: Matte warm pink

Poodle: Matte true pink

Big Sugar: Shimmer bubble gum pink with a silver sheen.

Opulent: Bright fuchsia shimmer with a blue sheen.

Sandbar: Matte bright pink

Trove: Matte raspberry

Caddy: Matte deep purple

Moon Struck: Metallic peachy gold.

The Look

* please ignore the mascara on my lid, I didn’t notice it until I took the pictures.

  • I primed my eyes, did not set it.
  • I used a big fluffy brush and applied Soft Core to my crease area.
  • I used the same brush and repeated the same step with Poodle.
  • I took a pointed crease brush and applied Sandbar to the outer part on my lid and the blended it in to the crease
  • I took a smaller pointed crease brush and applied Trove to my outer V.
  • I applied Opulent to the outer two thirds of my lid.
  • I applied Big Sugar to the remainder of my lid.
    • I lined my water and tight lines with a pink liner.
      I used a liner brush and applied a mixture of Trove and Caddy to my lower lash line.
      I blended it out with a mixture of Soft Core and Poodle.
      I popped Moon Struck in my inner corner and topped it with Tickled.
  • Over all thoughts

    The shadows do not swatch the best, but what is important is the application. The shades apply like a dream and blend out beautifully.

    If you really enjoy pink, I would say this is a wonderfully palette to add to your collection. It is also a great palette if you usually wear neutrals and want to add a pop of color to your looks.

    For only $12, the Ooh La La Palette is a great, inexpensive piece to pick up!

    What is your favorite Colour Pop palette?

    Thank you for reading🖤

    Find me on IG @_ notan_alien

    Revolution Emily Edit | The Needs

    I spent all day thinking it was Wednesday, sadly it is Tuesday.

    But, not sadly, we get to talk about inexpensive cruelty free makeup!

    Not only is this face and eye palette only $15 and cruelty free, but It was created with an amazing YouTuber.

    I have been watching EmilyNoel83 since i was 13 years old- almost ten years. She is the person who taught me most of what I know about makeup, how to take care of my skin and hair, and really helped me discover my love for makeup.

    She is a fantastic role model. A strong woman and she has the most adorable little family. She really is a wholesome, amazing person and I am proud to say that she is someone that I really look up to!

    Enough of my rambling, typing that was making me emotional hah!

    The inside

    As you can see my palette is already getting a ton of love. I wanted to really play with it before I have my opinion.

    The Packaging

    The palette itself s a light baby pink, I am not one for pink but this is cute.

    It is made of a hard sturdy plastic and has a GREAT mirror.

    I am very impressed with the packaging for how inexpensive it is.

    The Face Products

    • Courage- a darker bronzer, don’t be afraid it is really easy to sheer out and make lighter.
    • Joy- a warm toned blush. I actually found this blush to be patchy, but if you work with light layers it looks pretty
    • Gratitude- a subtle very light gold highlight. This isn’t my usual highlight taste, but it makes sense to be in this palette because Emily loves subtle highlights.
    • Kindness- A light under eye setting powder. I love that this is included in this palette, it makes it even better for travel. The powder works great.

    Over all I really enjoy the face products. At first I didn’t like the blush or bronzer. But, using a light hand with a fluffy brush they look beautiful.

    The highlight isn’t for me, I like BAM highlights, I have been using Gratitude to highlight my brow bone and inner corner a lot though.

    Like my giraffe shirt? I got it at TJ Max!!

    The Eye Shadows

    • Honesty- a matte orange peachy shade
    • Passion- a dark purple with glitter
    • Peace-a mid tone warm cream
    • Faith- a warm brown
    • Hope- a chocolate brown
    • Love- essentially the same shade as kindness.

    All of the shades are matte, besides passion. I wish love would have been replaced with something like a light pink shimmer. You really don’t need the shade of Love with Kindness in the palette.

    I really like the formula of the shadows. They are easy to blend and pretty pigmented for the price. Definitely Emily shades!

    Please ignore the mascara dot on my eye, I couldn’t be bothered with cleaning it up.

    I do this simple look with this palette most days when I have work. On this day I had family stuff.

    • I start with blending Peace high in my crease and all over my lid
    • I then take Faith more in the crease.
    • I deepen up my outer edge with hope.
    • I place Honesty all over my lid
    • I highlight my inner corner and brown bone with Gratitude.

    Super quick and easy look.

    Over All

    If you don’t mind learning a bit to work with the blush and bronzer I think this palette is a fantastic deal. It is really all you need as far as powder products for travel.

    The formula is nice and it is only $15!! I have to say I have just been crazy and Revolution Makeup recently.

    🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of 5 pumpkins. You have to work with the blush and bronzer and Kindness and Love are too similar.

    But, over all I really do enjoy this palette and, as you can see in the pictures, I use it a lot.

    You can pick it up Here!

    Have you tried this palette yet? What did you think?

    Thank you for reading 🎃

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    The most BASIC Halloween Makeup!

    I love spooky season. Honestly though, all year is spooky season to me!

    I found a shirt I bought ages ago with Freddy and Jason on it and it inspired me to do the most basic AF and easy Halloween look.

    Literally SO easy!

    I used two inexpensive eye palettes to do this, and any higher end products I used can easily be replaced with drug store products.

    The palettes I used

    Morphe X Jaclyn Hill “Ring the alarm” $15

    I used Access as my transition and Secure to deepen the crease a bit.

    BH cosmetics Festival Palette currently $10.80 at Ulta!!

    I placed Hippie all over my lid.

    I used Spirit to high light my brow bone.

    I used Kandi as my inner corner high light.

    I then used Access and Secure on my water line. I also tried to pack Hippie closer to the last line.

    I lined my eyes and did a TRASH wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. (The NYC Epic Ink liner is a good replacement at the drugstore.)

    Crazy easy, but still Halloweeny, as Coty called it.

    I hope you enjoyed this short post and easy AF eye look!!

    What is your favorite fall eyeshadow palette?

    Thank you for reading 🖤

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    B.H. Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette | 2 Looks and a Review!

    Today…has been a day. But, I have found a new to me YouTuber that is awesome! Her name is Lacie and her Channel is Spooky Lips and Fat Hips. You need to check her out!

    Now to the point. The Desert Oasis palette from B.H. Cosmetics.

    This palette retails for $22 at Ulta, but is currently 25% off on the BH Cosmetics site for only $16.50.

    Here for 25% off!

    This palette has 15 shadows and 4 highlights. It is cruelty free, and lets get to the reason I actually picked it up- Tati was raving about it on her YouTube channel.

    The palette itself is beautiful. There are 5 matte shades, which are really the only matte shades you need, as well a some beautiful shimmers and lovely pops of color. The highlights vary from light to darker, which is nice as well.

    The Shadows

    • Moonscape- a shimmery champagne
    • Quartz- a light shimmery rose
    • Canyon- a matte warm brown
    • Sand- a matte bone shade
    • Terrain- a shimmery gold
    • Prickly Pear- a duo chrome red brown

    • Cactus- a duo chrome green brown
    • Dune- a darker matte brown
    • Nightscape- a chocolate brown
    • Turquoise- an icy blue
    • Mineral- a shimmery light pink
    • Sandstone- a matte orange pulling a bit brown. I am not sure what descriptive words I am looking for right now!
    • Heatwave- a metallic bronze red
    • Hot Spring- a metallic blue

    As you can see, all of the shades are very pigmented and those mattes are amazing. But, do not let finger swatches speak for how well a shadow will perform.

    The Highlights

    • Serenity- a very light pink
    • Bliss- a light gold
    • Mirage- a darker gold
    • Utopia- a bronze
    • Hideaway- a darker bronze

    I am sure you can tell that the highlights have a lot of glitter in them..

    Look # 1

    • I started off by priming my eyes and setting it with Sand. I think Sand is my new favorite thing to set my lids with.
    • I pulled it a lighter random transition shade to give a bit better of a gradient and blended it into my crease starting with the middle then going out.
    • I repeated this step with Sandstone
    • After that I went in with canyon the same way I did with the other shades but didn’t go as high up.
    • I went back in with Sandstone and placed in on my inner and outer lid.
    • I repeated the previous step with Nighscape a blended a bit into the crease.
    • I placed Cactus on to the center of my lid.
    • I popped Moonscape into my inner corner.

    I went on my lower lash line with all the matte shades going from lightest more blown out, to the darkest right on the lash line.

    I am also sure you can tell, I got tired of blending. Not that these shades don’t blend well, I was just tired and it was 6 in the morning.

    The highlight I used this day was bliss, I did not spray a setting spray on before applying.

    Look # 2

    • After I primed my eyes, I used Bone again to set it.
    • I started with Sandstone as my transition to really make the Look warm. I blended all all through my crease, on some of my lid and blew it out.
    • I then went in a little tighter into my crease with Canyon.
    • I used Nighscape on my outer V
    • I placed Hot Spring on my lid, leaving the inner lid open.
    • I placed Turquoise on my inner lid, inner corner, and down to my inner lower lash line.

    • I used the mattes on my lower lash line in the same order as before.

    This day my highlight was Serenity and Mirage. I sprayed setting spray before and after I applied them.

    Thoughts- Shadows

    The mattes are pigmented and easy to work with. The shimmer and metallic shades are really pretty and don’t require a wet brush to show up boldly.

    When you dip your brush into the shadows there is a lot of kick up. This isn’t too big of a deal to me, just tap your brush off.

    There is quite a bit of fall out on the face during application. This isn’t an issue for me, I always do eyes first.

    I am very impressed with the shadows for how inexpensive the palette is.

    Is it a must purchase for the shadows? No. It isn’t exactly unique to the market now a days. But they are nice and if Desert Oasis does strike your fancy the shadows are great.

    Thoughts- Highlights

    I am disappointed. I was really excited for these because of how much Tati and a few other people raves about them.

    I think they are chunky and a bit too glittery to me. They added some texture to my skin as well.

    I DO like the shade Mirage, which is the largest pan. I am not sure why, but it isn’t as chunky as the others.

    The highlights do make good shadows though.

    Over all

    If this Palette is already on your radar, I would try for the shadows. Especially since it is 25% off right now. Hell, you may love the highlighters as well-other people love them I just don’t.

    For me this palette gets 🌵🌵🌵 out of 5 Cactuses. For me the highlights were a huge pull, and they were duds. But, they shadows are great, so they earned back some of the Cactuses.

    What drugstore products should I try or Review next?

    Thank you so much for reading 🌵

    Find me on IG and SC @Manda_janette

    Morphe x Jaclyn Hill | Dark Magic

    I am sure you have all heard of the Jaclyn Hill Vault from Morphe by now. And all the drama surrounding it.

    I will be honest, I am not sure what exactly the drama is, just that it involves the log and Becca Cosmetics log from their collection with the same influencer.

    But, this post isn’t about that, it is about one of the palettes from the vault. The Dark Magic palette.

    The Dark Magic Palette cost $15 individually at Ulta.

    The Dark Magic palette contains 10 shades. They are rather cool and very blue and green heavy- which really caught my eye.

    The palette is matte for the most part, but there are 3 very nice metallic shade.

    Top Row

    From wrist up.

    • Poof: a light matte shade that pulls rather warm. I would describe it as a creamy light orange.
    • Power cut: A metallic silver
    • Shhh: a matte lighter brown
    • Trickery: a metallic green, I have nothing else like this I don’t believe!
    • Diversion: a metallic brown, I almost want to say copper, but not quite.

    Bottom Row

    From the wrist up

    • Potion: matte hunter green. I think this is one of my favorite shades in this palette
    • Busted: a matte blue. Which is a perfect blue.
    • Inside Job: a matte navy blue
    • Mojo: a matte dark brown
    • Temptress: a matte black with glitter in it, but I don’t find that the glitter really translates

    The Look

    • I primed my eyes with NYX Glitter Primer, which is my favorite eye primer. I set it with a matte skin tone powder.
    • To start in on my transition I used the shade Poof. I put it all over- from lash line to brow bone
    • I then went in on my crease with the shade Potion. I started in the middle and blended it out from there. I also placed it on my inner and outer corner of my lid.
    • To give my crease some dimension I used the shade Shhh. I again started in the middle and blended from there.
    • Do great more of a halo to my eye I placed the shade inside job on the inner and outer corner of my lid and blended through my crease to connect the two.
    • To create the halo pop I placed Power Cut right in the center of my lid.

    • I tight lined with a black and put a nude on my water line.
    • I buffed Poof all under my lower lash line as a transition.
    • I then placed Potion closer to my lower lash line.
    • After that I placed Inside Job right on my lower lash line.
    • For my inner corner I Used the foiled again shadow from the balm in the shade Locked up.
    • I finished up with mascara.

    I have to saw, I am very pleased with the look!

    Over all thoughts?

    The palette is inexpensive and from a brand, that what I can deduce from other bloggers, is Cruelty Free. Two major a pluses right there.

    The shadows are all very pigmented and after a night out the held up strong for the most part.

    I think this Palette is worth the purchase! I only purchased two of the palettes, but I think I will be purchasing the other two!

    Have you tried The Vault palettes yet? What are your thoughts?

    Thank you for reading 💜

    Find me on IG and SC @manda_janette

    Ipsy July 2018

    This post will be quick and to the point. I am having one of my bad days, but did want to get a post up.

    I need to start doing more than unboxing posts, but my inspiration is little to none.

    *Ipsy is $10 a month. It contains 4-5 deluxe to full sized beauty items.

    Callyssee Caffeine Sheet Masks x2

    I do love Sheet Masks. I have a coffee bean eye cream that I think works well, so I have high hopes for theses.

    The brand is cruelty free.

    Elizabeth Mott Tapered Blending Brush

    The handle is purple, the brush is very soft, and the brand is cruelty free. What is not to love?

    I really enjoy getting brushes in my subscriptions.

    Ella Eden Eye Shadow “Harmony”

    I am probably going to depot this and put it in an empty palette. I do love single shadows though, they can be kind of fun. Just grab one and base a look around it.

    The shade is really pretty and I don’t believe I have anything quit like it.

    The brand is cruelty free.

    Pacifica Coconut Blush

    I love Pacifica. It is a fantastic cruelty free and vegan brand with some beautiful products.

    Their coconut blushes are great. They are soft and pigmented.

    I do like the shades that were in my duo. I could even use one as a bronzer. The shades are Beaming and Tenderheart. There is even a mirror on the back of the duo.

    Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lip “Stepping Out”

    I have never tried one of the Be Legendary Liquid lips, but I have wanted to.

    I think the shade I got is the perfect starter shade for me,

    I gravitate towards darker pinky or brown nudes.

    Smashbox is Cruelty Free.

    I am very pleased with my Ipsy bag this month. I look forward to see what next month brings.

    What was in your Ipsy bag?

    Thank you for reading.

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