ELF Rose Gold-Sunset | A review and a look

Hello there!

It has been a little while since I have done a palette review. I thought, why not start up again with something affordable!

The ELF Rose Gold – Sunset eyeshadow palette retails for $10. See ELFs’ website.

This eyeshadow palette is cruelty free!

This is a warm palette, as the name would suggest. You get 10 shadows

Swatches

The shadows are rather powdery, so expect fall out during application. The formula feels very smooth.

The metallic shades all swatched beautifully. For the most parts, the mattes didn’t not appear too impressive during swatching.

The Look

I would normally walk you through the look, however; these shadows do not have names. Making that process a little complicated. So here is an example of a look you can create with this palette.

Over all thoughts

I had a bit of a hard time working with the palette, because the shadows tended to blend away to nothing. I got them as built up as I could, and thought the look turned out okay.

For me, this eyeshadow palette is a miss. However, if you like quick super natural looks, I think that you may really enjoy this palette.

But, don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself!

What is your favorite ELF product?

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Ipsy February 2020 | Feel The Love

I am sure as soon as you got a post notification from me, you assumed it was an unboxing. Well, congratulations! You were right!

Today, we have Ipsy Ultimate! It retails for around $50 a month and you get eight full sized items and 4 sample sizes. I do want to point out, I never use everything I get- but the things I don’t use I usually pass on to my little sister, and I just love being able to give her makeup!

Another note, ipsy’s card is, again useless. It contains no information, like AT ALL. So forgive me if I am a little off on a few things. My app has also been having issues. I’m not sure what their problem is lately, but they need to step it up.

The Bag

This months bag is velvety, and a pretty shade of pink. It is the perfect size for a night away from home. It seems to be nicely made as usual. I have to say, the bags I have been getting in the ultimate box have been very impressive!

Callyssee Better Bean Clean Coffee Facial Cleanser

Our first product is one of the sample sizes. I have tired face masks from this company before and enjoyed it. Hopefully I like this cleanser just as much.

Feel Harmony Rose Petal Facial Mask

This mask itself is definitely interesting looking. Have you seen the Fresh, I believe, Rose toner? It looks just like that, rose petal pieces and all, just in a jelly format. I am excited to give it a try. Nothing has been helping my skin lately, maybe this new mask will.

Pacifica Rose Water Makeup Removing Wipes

I have tried these wipes before and really enjoyed them. I am glad that I now have a little packed that I can use for travel.

Shainab Brush set

These brushes seem very nice. They feel nicely put together and the bristles them selves are very soft. I think they are going to make eyeshadow application a dream.

Grace and Stella Rose Roller

I have never understood the hype around these, but I am willing to try anything. If anything it’ll look pretty sitting on my vanity.

Catherine Malandrino Dream Perfume

Since the card contains no useful information, I have no idea what the actual notes are of this fragrance. I can tell you that it smells rather floral. I surprisingly really enjoy, and I’m sure I will be using it a ton.

Douccee Punk Volumizer Mascara

This is a mascara that I have always been a little interested in after seeing so many other people get it in their subscription boxes. I am excited to be able to try it for myself.

Trèstique All Over Starlighter “Ultra Violet”

This highlighter stick is a powder, which is nice. I think the purple undertone is pretty, but I have so many highlighters like it. This might be one product that I decide to pass along.

Fully Fire Matte Manipulation Creamy Matte Lipstick “Sunset BLVD”

This formula feels very hydrating. And the shade is really pretty. It doesn’t wear too long- as expected. I might give this lipstick a few more tries before I decide if I want to pass it on or not.

Nature’s Cartel 3 piece Cream Shadows “Champagne Scandal” “90’s Nude” “Tan Line from Tahiti”

Cream shadows aren’t for me, but I do like the shades. They would make great one a done shadows. I may actually give these babies a try!

Violet Voss Berry Burst Fun Sized Eyeshadow Palette

If you have been follow my blog for a while, you would know that I LOVE the VV shadow formula. They are so easy to work with and the looks always come out beautiful.

This color story is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Even though I won’t be celebrating, I can still do my makeup for myself and whatever food I order.

That is it for my Feb 2020 Ipsy Ultimate! Over all I thought it was a great box, I just wish they would include more information!

What are yours thoughts? What was your favorite that you got in your Ipsy?

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Doki Doki Crate | November 2019

I was surprised to see this box on my porch when I arrived home from work, as I have actually cancelled this subscription to go back to a different one.

But, for one last run, here is my November Doki Doki Crate unboxing. Will I miss it? Or course I will. But, I felt it in my soul that I needed to go back to the Glamour Ghoul box. So I switched out this one, for that one.

Any how, let’s get into the box!

It appears that this months theme is Snow Bunnies, which ends up being super fitting.

Rabbit Chopsticks

These are some very cute well made chop sticks. They will be going to sushi with me, which is on most weekends, from now on. I am really bad at using chop sticks. Other wise I could use them more often.

Rabbit and Carrot Pencil

This is just a cute little mechanical pencil. I can’t decide if I want to keep it for myself or give it it my little sister. It is very cute though.

Petanto Rabbit Plush

Such a cute fluffy little bunny, that I thought was a bear. She has taken a spot among my other plushies.

Sailor Moon Accessories Case

I have this case storing all the perfume samples I have accumulated. The case is made of a pink acrylic plastic and very sturdy.

Bunny Rilakkuma Mug

This mug is precious! I have been using it for my morning coffee. It is smaller than a traditional mug. But, it is doing its job. I may end up using this to store some type of makeup brushes or pencils.

Over all thoughts?

This box was very cute and very to theme. I will miss Doki Doki Crate, but I just don’t benefit from it currently.

What did you think of this months crate?

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Jeffree Star Mini-Breaker Palette | Did I waste my money?

*We all know J Star is a controversial character. We are focusing on the makeup for this post, not his antics. *

I caved a purchased a few of Jeffree’s palettes. I had been eyeing them for some time, and finally decided to just do it. But, were they all even worth purchasing? Though out different posts we are going to explore the different palettes, I thought it best to start off with his least expensive option. The Mini-Breaker Palette.

This 9 pan palette retails for $28. There are 5 mattes, one matte with some glitter in it, and 3 metallic shades.

Double Scoop: A light matte orange

Orange Crush: A matte orange with some glitter in it.

Foreplay: A matte mauvey pink

Oral: A metallic purple with a blue shift

Purple Punch: A matte blue based purple

Slice: A metallic orangey gold.

Bubble Gum: A matte Bubble Gum pink

Bite Me: A metallic true purple

Hot Fudge: A more brown based gray, matte.

  • With a fluffy blending brush I buffed Bubble Gum into my crease and a little bit over.
  • With a smaller crease brush, I blended Foreplay straight into my crease.
  • To add depth to my outer V I applied Purple Punch with a shading brush, that is a bit fluffier than normal.
  • With my finger I applied Oral over the remainder of my lid.
  • On my lower lash line I applied Purple Punch with a pencil brush right on the lash line.
  • I then repeated the same step, but with Foreplay.
  • To blend that all together I ran Bubble Gum on a small fluffy brush under my lash line.

Over all thoughts?

I think it is cool that Jeffree has a less expensive, less bulky option in his eyeshadow palette collection.

The mattes are very buttery and easy to blend. When applied with your fingers, the metallics really pack a punch.

You can do a variety of looks with just the nine shadows offered. I can even do more posts on this palette showing off some of the other looks that this palette inspires me to do.

I do think this palette is worth the $28, and I am happy to have it. Granted, I could get similar looks with other palettes in my collection. But, the quality of these shadows are so nice that I will be picking this one up over those.

If you have been thinking about picking up this palette, I say take the leap and do it!

What is your favorite Jeffree Star palette? Comment below!

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Ipsy x Tetris Block Party Palette | Sub Box Win or Whomp

I love Tetris. It is a nice way to relieve anxiety and relax after a long day. Of course, a Tetris themed makeup collaboration was super exciting to me. While I was excited, life got in the way and I had not been able to play with the palettes.

Well, I finally played around with Block Party, and I have some two cents to throw at y’all.

The packaging

The packing is made of a sturdy card board. The out side sports Tetris shapes in different shades of purple and pink. There is a magnetic closure.

Fun fact: purple is my favorite color! As well as my Mama Tams, and my Mama Kathy’s who recently passed away. Please expect a post discussing Lupus and how it has affected my family. I want to spread awareness, she would want me to.

Back to the point.

The inside is decorated with different colored hearts, the palette name and a nice mirror. The shade names are also included.

Over all, super cute packaging and it isn’t too bulky.

The Swatches

  • Skyline: A matte cool brown. I would say it is right in the middle of a basic transition and a defined shade. It did work for both of these purposes.
  • T-Spin: A Metallic silver. Very pretty swatched, but I had a lot of trouble working with it. Wet or dry. It just wanted to fall all over the place.
  • Top out: A royal blue metallic. This ended up being my favorite shade. A bit difficult to work with, but it looks beautiful on the eyes.

  • Back-to-back: A matte cream shade. I think this is a great staple shade for palettes to have. Great for setting primer, great for blending.
  • Line Clear: A Metallic hot pink. This shade works best with the fingers and is very pretty. The fallout is crazy though. Other metallic shadows I have do not do that.
  • High Score: A metallic Purple. This is the shade my eye draws to, however, I could not get it to appear on my eye as it does in the pan and the swatch. Disappointed.

The Look

The look I did was super simple.

  • I primed my eyes with concealer and set it with Back-to-back. I would continue to use this shade to blend out harsh edges.
  • I used a fluffy brush with Skyline to create a transition, I also used a more packed brush to define the crease using the same shade.
  • Using my finger I placed High Score on the outer part of my lid.
  • Using a different finger I placed Line Clear on the rest of my lid.

  • I placed t-spin on my inner corner.
  • For my lower lash line I applied Top Out, which really popped!

Over All Thoughts?

I have to say, for me, this is a whomp. The color story is beautiful and I love the nostalgia of Tetris, but I just had to much trouble working with this palette. The lattes are great, and the blue is a dream, but I have all these shades in other palettes, in formulas that work for me. I will be passing this palette along to a friend or family member. I am currently unable to find the price of the palette, but if my memory serves me right, I believe it was in the mid $20 range.

That being said. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. If it sparks your interest, people are selling theirs on eBay and Mercari and much lower price points. Just because someone else doesn’t like something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go if you are interested!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading 🦇

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Doki Doki Crate | October 2019

My very first box has come in for the month of October!

Doki Doki Crate is all Kawaii goodies, and is $35 a month. If you need a Kawaii fix like I do, but live in an area where that is near impossible, I highly recommend this box!

Ghost Sponges

This sponges can be used for cleaning, or for crafts. I will most likely be using them to clean. Even though they are too cute to mess up! Coty and I have been collecting things for when we move with in the next few months, into the box the sponges go!

My Melody and Kuromi Bowl

This bowl is adorable and made of very sturdy plastic. It appears to be Day of the Dead themed. I love it. Spooky and cute.

Halloween Cat Washi Tape

I know you are meant to use washi tape to make planners, notes, or packages cute. But to be honest, I have found that washi tape works the best for me when I am having trouble getting my winged liner right. It doesn’t stick hard to the skin, which is perfect. I am sure I will be using this tape though to decorate some packages I send out, it is too cute not to.

Kuromi Spoon

The perfect soup spoon! It’s so cute that I don’t want to use it, but I will be using it. Again, this plastic is very sturdy, it appears to be dishwasher safe as well.

Pumpkin Shiba

Is this not the cutest plushie?! A little Shiba Inu dressed like a jack-o-lantern! I will have my new little friend on display all year long!

Over all thoughts

This months box was precious and very true to the Halloween theme. Halloween is my favorite Holiday, so I am a sucker for anything Halloween themed!

What was your favorite item in this months box?

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Makeup Empties | August 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog!

During the month of August, I finished a nice little amount of makeup items, so I figured I could take this opportunity to make a dedicated makeup empties post.

I am going to give you my thoughts and we will see if any of these products will find their way back into my shopping cart.

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation shade Y225 *Sample Size*

I did enjoy this sample. The foundation is full coverage and did not break me out. However, MUF is not cruelty free. Therefore, I will not be purchasing the full size of this foundation.

Wet N Wild Skinny Mascara

I thought this mascara was going to work well for my water line, but it did not really do much. Even if WNW has not lied about their CF status, I still would not purchase this mascara.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power “Universal Taupe”

I got this brow pencil in a subscription box, and it did its job very well. The shade matched well and I enjoy the consistency. I don’t agree with paying $20+ for brow products, but if the Brow Power pencil was on sale, I would purchase it!

Butter London Power Up Mascara

This is another subscription box item. This mascara was amazing. I really enjoyed it. However, there are cheaper ones that I enjoy more. If I were to see this mascara on sale, I would probably pick up a tube. It made my lashes look very full, which is hard to do.

Essence Brow Pencil

This is a $2-3 brow pencil that I love. I purchase multiple at once and always have one in my makeup bag. It is inexpensive, cruelty free, and does its job well. I will be repurchasing. Side note; would any of you be interested in a more comprehensive view of the brand essence?

Ulta Beauty Brown Tint In Soft Brown

This brow tint is great! It is a nice alternative to products like the glossier boy brow. I bounce between the shades soft brown and auburn. This is another brow product I always have on hand and will be repurchasing. I believe it is around $9? It is, of course, cruelty free!

Another side note; would any of you be interested in a more comprehensive review of the Ulta Beauty in house brand?

That is it for my makeup empties for August!

What is a makeup item you panned or used up this month?

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