Midas Cosmetics Decaf Chocolate Raspberry Quad

Today, we are doing a little look and review with the Midas Cosmetics Decaf Chocolate Raspberry Quad. This quad retails for $12, though it is currently sold out. However, I still wanted to give it a little attention.

You get 3 mattes and a shimmer. All pinky berry shades.

  • Whole Bean- A pink matte
  • Soy Milk- A matte pink-berry
  • Drip- A shimmery Pink
  • Roasted- A deeper berry matte

For some reason the shades are showing up a bit more orange in the swatches than they actually are.

  • I primed my eyes and set it with a matte cream shadow.
  • I used a fluffy brush and worked Whole Bean into my crease and a bit on my lid.
  • I used a more tapered blending brush to work Soy Milk just into my crease.
  • I used a shaded brush to place Roasted on my outer corner and crease.
  • I placed Drip over the rest of my lid.

  • I used a more pointed pencil brush to place Roasted close to my lash line.
  • I buffed that out with a mixture of Soy Milk and Whole Bean.
  • I popped a random highlighter in my inner corner.

I am in love with this little quad and have been getting a ton of use out of it. $12 very well spent!

The formula is very buttery and the pigmentation is top notch.

I highly recommend keeping your eye out for this little guy!

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Karity Picante Palette | A look and Review + Swatches!

Look! A post that isn’t subscription box or empties related!

Today, I am going to give y’all my thoughts on the Karity Picante Palette.

It is a warm toned palette, with beautiful splashes of berry and purple.

The Picante palette retails for $29, Pick it up here! It is cruelty free and vegan, as well as paraben free. There are 21 shadows, coming out to $1.38 a shadow.

  • Delia- Matte Peach
  • Fearless- Shimmery Champagne
  • Dune- Matte Mustardy Brown
  • Embers- Shimmery yellow gold
  • Pimento- literally a matte version of the orange shade in Pimento cheese.
  • Bronzed- Shimmery Bronze
  • Mornin’- Shimmery Gold

  • Sunrise- Shimmery orange gold
  • Bobbie- Warm matte brown
  • Fuego- shimmery reddish brown
  • Harvest- A very warm matte brown. Lots of orange
  • Hayley- shimmery copper
  • Flamenco- A matte warm brown, a lot of red undertone
  • Fahrenheit- This one is hard to describe. A shimmery reddish brown but deeper.

  • Spicy- Matte Berry
  • Passion- Shimmery berry
  • Epice- Matte purple
  • Sass- Shimmery lighter purple
  • Flora- Shimmery basic purple
  • Aish- another warm matte brown, midtone.
  • Bittersweet- matte deep warm brown

As you can see, there are a lot of warm browns in this palette, you will never need another warm blending shade in your collection.

Every single one of these shadows is very buttery, pigmented, and easy to blend. This palette is a breeze to work with!

* Peep my boyfriends Hawaiian shirt I wore for the luau themed rehearsal dinner for my brothers wedding!*

  • I started off by priming my eyes and setting them all over with Delia.
  • I then used a really fluffy brush to buff Pimento into my crease.
  • I used a less fluffy brush to buff Flamenco into my crease and outer corner just a bit.
  • I then used a flat brush and placed Sass all over the lid.
  • I popped Embers into the center of my lid with my finger.

  • I used a liner brush and placed Epice as close as I could to my lower lash line.
  • I used a clean fluffy brush to buff Epice out, using a mixture of Dune and Delia
  • I popped Fearless into my inner corner.

I promise one day I will start listing the actual brush I used. Just know they are mostly Luxie.

I LOVE how the look turned out. I highly recommend this palette. It’s so easy to work with and the shadow quality is phenomenal. This has quickly become my most reached for palette. Honestly, it’s probably one of my favorite palettes in my collection!

Have you ever tried this palette or another one from Karity? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

Thank you for reading 🍷

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What’s Inside a Walmart Beauty Box? | Spring 2020

For $5 a quarter you can get a beauty box from Walmart, full of drugstore beauty samples. I decided to check it out!

Hello Charcoal Infused Tooth Brush

Funny this is, I already have this tooth brush and I love it. I am happy to have a replacement when it is time.

Hello Naturally Whitening Toothpaste “Farm Grown Mint”

I have never tried a tooth paste from Hello, and it’s always fun to try something new. This is also a hefty sample size!

BiorΓ© Rose Quartz and Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser

I have never heard of Rose Quartz being in a cleanser, so I am kind of excited to try this. It says it is great for oily skin, deep cleanses, and radiates self love. How cute.

Head & Shoulders Supreme Nourish and Smooth Conditioner

This conditioner, is of course, meant to help the scalp. It is made with Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil. This isn’t a brand I would normally use. But, I’ll give it a try.

Calm Magnesium Supplement

I am drinking this supplement as we speak. It’s sour as heck! Hopefully it helps make me calm. Lord knows I need that.

NYX #thisiseverything Lip Oil “Sheer Sky Blue”

As you can tell from the swatch, the tint doesn’t really show up. Which in this case is a good thing. I’m not sure that this is a product I will really use, but it’s cool that it was included in such an inexpensive box.

Overall thoughts?

I think for $5 this was a pretty cool little box. I may just keep my subscription and see what the next season brings?

Have you ever tried a beauty box from a store?

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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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Breaking News: Wet N’ Wild is no longer Logical Harmony Approved!

I had another post planned today, but in light of recent news, I thought that this update was an important piece of news to share.

It appears that beloved brand Wet N’ Wild has been selling in stores in main land China despite claiming to be cruelty free.

What does this mean? This means that by Logical Harmony standards Wet N’ Wild is NOT cruelty free.

Why? When selling in store in main land China, brands subject them selves to post market testing. Meaning, at any time the government can pull the products from shelves, with out alerting the brand, for animal testing.

For more updates and more of an explanation, please watch the latest logical harmony video on YouTube. Here!

For a complete list of Cruelty Brands please visit The official Logical Harmony website

The image above is my collection of Wet N Wild makeup. What is used I will be passing on to family and friends. What is not I will be donating to a local women’s shelter.

Other brands to try:

Jordana

ELF

Makeup Revolution

Milani

Cover Girl

Thank you for reading πŸ‘½

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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 readingπŸ–€

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    Makeup Slayve Autumn Equinox Palette | Indie Spot Light

    The more I watch main stream brands come out with more releases, the more redundant everything seems. Which has propelled my journey into Cruelty Free Indie Beauty brands.

    I have made posts about indie brands in the past, but I am going to be exploring more!

    To start we are going to talk about Makeup Slayve. I purchased their new Autumn Equinox palette and their highlighter pan in Snow Queen.

    Autumn Equinox $35

    The packaging is very cute and compact. Instead of a mirror there is a a quote that reads,

    ” Take time to watch the leaves turn.”

    I quite like that.

    The shade names are on the back of the palette.

    This palette contains 6 matte and 3 shimmer shades.

    The matters are literally the MOST buttery mattes I have ever felt in my life!

    The shimmers, unfortunately are pretty basic- nothing to write home about.

    Starting from the wrist back

    • Fuzzy Flannel- a shimmer teal
    • Cherry Blossom- a matte mauvy pink
    • Pumpkin Pie- a matte orange
    • Spiked Cider- a matte mustard yellow
    • Trick 4 Treats- a purple shimmer
    • Jean Jacket- a matte navy blue
    • Witch please- a matte purple
    • Cranberry Sauced- a matte brown mauve
    • Ugg Boots- a shimmery taupe

    The matte shades are spectacular, I don’t think I have better matter shadows than these.

    The shimmers, as I said, are pretty basic.

    There is a ton of powder kick up, but that’s because they are not pressed as hard as most shadows.

    The Look

    • After priming my eyes I buffed “Spiked Cider” all over my lid and almost up to my brow bone.
    • I did the same thing with “Pumpkin Pie” but not as high up.
    • I then placed “Cherry Blossom” on the inner and outer third of my lid.
    • I placed “Cranberry Sauced” on top of that
    • Tons of blending
    • I placed “Fuzzy Flannel” in the center on my lid.

    I repeated these steps on the lower lash line.

    I popped “Ugg Boots” in my inner Corner.

    For my High Light I used Snow Queen

    It is a really pretty stark white highlight. It is not pressed hard and it really packs a punch!

    It is also only $10!

    Over all

    I am buying more of their shadows, particularly the mattes. I just can’t get over how awesome they are!

    I also plan on ordering more of their highlights. I also want to try their blushes.

    You can purchase their products Here.

    What is your favorite Indie Brand?

    Thank you for readingπŸŽƒ

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    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.

    πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ 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 πŸŽƒ

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    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 πŸ–€

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    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 🌡

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