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🖤

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    ILuvSarahii x Colourpop Collection | Review and Swatches

    I have to say. I love Colorpop. Their formulas, packaging- everything!

    To be honest, I haven’t watched much of ILuvSarahii, but the collaborations I have seen her put out just speak to me.

    I bought the bundle on Colourpops website for $39, it is currently on sale for $31.20!

    You can also purchase all of the products separately.

    Through My Eyes 16 pan eye palette $23 currently on sale for $18.40

    First and foremost, the packaging is really cute, and totally my aesthetic. It is they typical sturdy cardboard packaging.

    There are a variety of shades. You can get a ton of looks out of this palette. Neutral, blue looks, red looks. It has everything you need in a palette, in my opinion anyway. I have traveled with it and it was perfect.

    Row one:

    • Lúcido: A champagne metallic.
    • Wild Soul: A matte mustard
    • Mesmer-eyez: A metallic Gold
    • Sandalwood: A light matte brown

    Row two

    • In a wink: A matte cream
    • Euphoric: A matte red orange
    • Canela: A warm brown with some glitter
    • Lomo: A shimmery red

    Row Three

    • Emerald Dream: A metallic emerald
    • Muze: A metallic Copper
    • Divina: A deep matte purple
    • Flecks: A cool brown metallic

    Row Four

    • Nostalgia: A matte dusty rose pan, it when used pulls orange, no idea how it manages this.
    • Moody: A matte teal
    • Nocturne: A metallic Cranberry
    • Misbehave: A matte cranberry

    The shades are all pigmented and buttery, true to the Colourpop formula.

    I did want to show a comparison to the little ILuvSarahii x Dose of Colors palette. I think that they work great in conjugation. The Colourpop one really looks like a larger version. If you were thinking of getting the Dose of Colors palette, I would recommend skipping it for the Colourpop one. It has more options, works just as well, and is less pricey.

    Lip Bundle #3 $16 on sale for $12.80 you can also get them individually for $5.20

    This is ILuvSarahii’s third lip bundle with Colourpop. (I may pick up the other two.)

    It contains two Ultra Matte Lips and one Ultra glossy lip.

    • Sueño De Coco: A matte light brown.
    • Glass Lip: A neutral glittery gloss
    • Dulcet: A matte orange red

    I think Sueño De Coco is my new favorite liquid lip. The CP matte liquid lip formula is great. It is long lasting and inexpensive!

    The look

    • To prime my eyes I used the original Urban Decay primer potion. I set it with In a Wink.
    • I used a fluffy brush used Sandal Wood as a transition. I just placed it all over.
    • I used a bit smaller of a brush and used Wild Soul to add warmth to the look.
    • I then used a pointed crease brush and placed Euphoric on my outer corner and into my outer crease.
    • I then put some glitter primer on my lid and and put Emerald Dream all over my lid.
    • Lastly I popped Lúcido on my inner corner

    • I lined my lower lash line with Moody
    • I blended it out with Sandal Wood and Wild Soul.

    For my lips I used Sueño De Coco and layered Glass Lip over it.

    Over all:

    I love this collection! I can’t stop using it. If the colors speak to you like they did me, I would pick it up while it is on sale. You will not be disappointed!

    What is your favorite ColourPop palette?

    Thank you for reading🐧

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    Ace Beautē Grandiose Palette

    I have been so MIA lately. I have had no motivation. The Holidays are draining and I don’t particularly enjoy them.

    But. I do have a review for you! Of a palette that arrived in last months Boxy Charm.

    The Ace Beautē Grandiose Palette $24.99

    I was really excited when I received this palette. It is a brand I have wanted to try and I mean, look at it….

    It’s beautiful! So warm and pretty! A nice mix of mattes and metallics. All in shades I want all over my skin.

    Row One

    • Jasmine- metallic light gold (white gold?)
    • Clove- the perfect matte peach
    • Myrtle- metallic copper
    • Cinnamon- warm matte brown

    Row Two

    • Patchouli- a matte yellow-cream
    • Rose- a metallic pinky red
    • Poppy-a matte purple-pink. I know there is a name for this kind of shade, but it has currently escaped me.
    • Prime-rose – metallic gold

    There are 4 mattes and 4 metallic/shimmer shades. All are very pigmented and buttery.

    The Look

    • I set my primer with Patchouli. I also used this shade to buff rough edges out.
    • I then used Clove as my transition. And pretty far under my lower lash line. I just put it everywhere.
    • I defined my crease with Cinnamon.
    • I used Poppy to define my outer V and places it close to my lower las line.
    • I then places Rose all over my lid.
    • I placed Primerose on the center for a bit more pop.
    • For my inner corner and brow bone highlight I used Jasmine.

    Over all thoughts

    I really love the formula, but the packaging isn’t the best, one of my pans just fell out.

    But that is an easy fix.

    If I could buy this in a store I probably wouldn’t mind the price tag. But to be honest, I don’t trust online shopping and knowing one of my pans fell out of a lightly used palette- it makes me worry.

    I would love to try more from the brand, but I can get the same look with ColourPop shades- and their small palettes are like $12 and just as nice.

    Have you tried Ace Beatuē? What pallets should I get from them if I try another?

    Thank you for reading!

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    BoxyCharm April 2018 | Eye Candy

    My Boxy Charm has arrived! I have to admit, it sat on my vanity for like a week unopened. I really need to get it together and find motivation again.

    As you can tell, this months theme is “Eye Candy”. Apparently each item is a favorite of 5 different women. I’m not sure who any of them are, but they are all very pretty (there is a picture of them on the card.)!

    Let’s dig into the box and see what products these ladies recommend.

    Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter “Sparkler” $29

    I keep getting Liquid highlights in these boxes…but I never use any of them. I have a hard time working with Cream products, I really need to learn how!

    This shade is too dark for my skin tone and has a bit too much glitter for me. I am going to pass this product along to a friend who will get some use out of it.

    ColourPop “You had me at hello” palette. $18

    Yay, I love ColourPop!! I was so excited when I learned that a ColourPop palette was going to be in this months Box, when I saw I got one I was going to try and purchase any way I was even more excited.

    The shades are really pretty and the palette has a really nice mirror. I did notice that the shades are pressed kind of strange, but that hasn’t been an issue yet.

    Here are a few of the shades swatched. All great quality.

    Dr.Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner $47

    I have the worlds worst pores. Especially now my nose. So I wouldn’t mind all the gunk being sucked out of them.

    I wanted to make sure to mention that I smelled this mask when I opened it and thought it had a sulfur like smell. We will have to see how that goes.

    The Brow Gal Instatint Brow Gel “Brown” $22

    I have used this brow gel a few times now and I love it. The color is a decent match. It makes my brows look more defined and the spooly is the perfect size.

    Adesse Liquid Lipstick (I can’t find the shade anywhere!!) $24

    I knew Adesse made nail stuff, but I had no idea they made makeup. This shade, who’s name I can’t find, is perfect.

    This liquid lip dose not dry matte, but lasts a long time. It lasted through eating. I was highly impressed.

    That is it for my box this month. I am happy with 4 of the 5 products, so I am happy with the value!

    Help me y’all! What kind of posts do you want to see???

    Thank you for reading💜

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    ColourPop Yes Please Palette | Look and Review

    After Christmas ColourPop had a pretty big sale. Of course I had to pick up somethings I have had my eye on. I picked up a few palettes and a few single shadows. No lip colors or face powders, the ones I wanted we all sold out. 🙄

    Tonight, we are going to be focusing on the “Yes Please” Palette.

    This Palette retails for $16 and was included on Nylon’s Hit List!


    The packaging is made of a sturdy cardboard. I am not sure why the front says “Cute AF”, and the palette name is smaller and on the back. The shade names are also on the back, I would prefer them in the palette, but at least they are there. There is no mirror.

    The palette is very sunset-esque. I have heard that it is a dupe for the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette, I wouldn’t know I have never even swatched it.

    Row one

    • Bling shimmery almost metallic copper
    • Champs Matte Light Peach
    • Big Cocktails matte orange
    • Full Zip Matte Cream

    Row Two

    • GNO Matte copper
    • Spoiled Matte red
    • Butter Cake metallic yellow-y gold
    • Louie metallic orange

    Row Three

    • French Kiss deep warm brown
    • Chauffeur metallic peach
    • Note to Self warm light brown
    • Mischief matte yellow

    The Look

    • I primed my eyes with the NYX Pigment Primer and set it with “Full Zip”. I also used this shade to blend out any harsh lines.
    • I took the shade “Champs” on a fluffy brush and used it as a Transition
    • I took a smaller fluffy brush and placed the shade “Note to self “in my crease and just a bit on the lid.
    • Taking a more dense crease brush I placed “GNO” just in the crease
    • With a fluffy shader brush I put “Louie” on my outer corner
    • With a flat shader brush I put ” Chauffeur” all over the lid
    • Using the same brush I placed “Butter cake” in the center of my lid.

    • I placed “mischief” in my inner corner.
    • I used a pencil brush to put “GNO” as close as I could to my water line.
    • I blended that out with “Champs”

    I lined my eyes and applied some mascara. Bam eye look done!

    Over all

    I am actually very happy with this Palette. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I do. More than worth the $16!

    🦎🦎🦎🦎🦎 out of five lizards!

    Have you tried the Yes Please palette yet?

    Thank you so much for reading 💜

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    What is in my Z palettes?| Bonus: My go to look!

    I love the idea of Zpalettes. They allow you to make your own custom palettes, which I think is really fun. If you aren’t a fan of single shadows, you can depot single shadows that do strike your fancy and place them in your handy Zpalette.

    ZPalettes obviously vary by size and price. Anywhere from $5 for palettes that hold 3 shades, to around $30 (maybe more) for double sided palettes. Now, other brands do make their own magnetic palettes, and there are ways to make your own. I just happen to only own Zpalettes, because they are easily accessible. I live in St.Louis, so there are a lot of Sephora and Ulta’s around me. Thank God!

    Let’s jump into my Zpalettes!

    Palette one

    This is a large Zpalette, and it retails for $20. I got an orange one because I never see orange ones on others social media platforms, so it intrigued me. Sorry for the mess, I dip into these shadows a ton!

    Row one:

    • ColourPop Locked and Loaded
    • ColourPop Bel Air
    • ColourPop Come and Get it
    • ColourPop Take it Slow
    • ColourPop Note to Self
    • ColourPop Cloud Nine
    • ColourPop Take the lead

    I love the ColourPop singles, and I do plan to purchase more and their palettes. I would say they are one of my favorite shadow formulas.

    Row Two:

    • ColourPop Criss Cross
    • ColourPop Paper Tiger
    • ColourPop Popular Demand
    • ColourPop Stay Golden
    • ColourPop Get Out
    • ColourPop Top Notch
    • Make Up Geek Anarchy

    The ColourPop mattes are amazing, so creamy and pigmented! I am going to be honest, I only have two Makeup Geek shadows, and they aren’t as good as the ColourPop. 🤷‍♀️

    Row Three:

    • Makeup Geek Mirage
    • Ofra Millennium Gold
    • Ofra Bohemian
    • Ofra Buttercup
    • Ofra Smoke
    • Ofra Iron
    • Merle Norman Poolside

    The Ofra shadows are alright, I probably wouldn’t purchase anymore. The Merle Norman Shade was a gift and was actually supposed to be a bronzer sample. I just use it as a shadow, it isn’t the best, isn’t the worse. I like using it as a transition.

    Row Four:

    • Merle Norman Mist
    • Merle Norman Bare
    • Urban Decay Black Out
    • MAC…I am not sure of the shade name, I’m a savage and didn’t put it on the back of the pan.
    • MAC Cork
    • Ofra Truffle

    Black Out is my all time favorite black shadow! I set liner with it a lot and use it in Smokey eyes. The Mac shades are nice, I have heard MAC is going back to fully CF, not testing where required by law. I pray this is true!

    Palette Two

    This is a baby Zpalette sold at Sephora. It retails for $10. It is perfect for travel. I am still in the process of really organizing my Zpalettes.

    • Jane Iredale, again I am a savage and didn’t write the shade down.
    • Anastasia 10k
    • Anastasia Topaz
    • UD Fireball
    • Pink Pewter Kua Bay
    • Han Romance
    • Han Sunset
    • DLS Tease
    • Younique Trusting
    • Nomad Cosmetics, shade name unknown. This one is listed in my single shadow collection before I depotted it, if you really want to know!

    I love the Anastasia shadows. There are a ton at TJMaxx, so keep that in mind!

    Palette Three:

    This Palette was a collab with BoxyCharm. I believe the retail price was $10. I intended to use this one for shadows, but this highlighter would not stay in the pan.🙄

    • Ofra Rodeo Drive
    • UD Sin

    I really love both of these highlighters and reach for them often.

    Bonus Look:

    • I set my eye Primer with MUG Mirage. I also used this shadow to blend out any harsh lines.
    • For my transition shade I used ColourPop Belair. It isn’t too warm or cool, it is a great basic transition shade.
    • For my lid I used CP Come and get it. I wet the shadow with Fix Plus, just to give it extra shine, you don’t have to do that though, it’s great dry as well.
    • For my outer corner I used MUG Anarchy. I really concentrate it on the outer corner.
    • To deepen up my crease I used the CP shade Cloud nine. I concentred this towards the outside of my eye as well.

    • For my inner corner I used the CP shade Take it Slow.
    • On my lower lash line I used CP Get Out.

    That’s the eye look I tend to do when I don’t want to think about it. The shadows I use do change up depending on the day. I really enjoy how it makes my green eyes pop!

    Thank you so much for reading.💜💜😍

    What is in your Zpalettes? What are your fave CP singles or palettes? Comment below!

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    Ipsy Nov 2017 | All you

    A few nights ago I had a dream that Ipsy started to include product info and prices on their cards. I am here to tell you that dreams don’t always come true and that the card is still pointless.

    This bag though, is super cute. I love the blues and the fabric and zipper seem to be of great quality. 👍

    Crown Brush C141 Chisel Blush

    I love getting brushes in subscriptions. I feel like I can never have enough. This blush brush is very soft. It is quite a bit smaller than the brush I usually use for blush, but I’ll give it a go.

    Skyn Iceland Berry Lip Fix

    Skyn Iceland is a brand that I am always glad to try. This lip fix is going to come in handy, I get very chapped lips during the colder months. I have used it once so far and love it. The berry taste is not overpowering and it made my lips tingle a little!

    ColourPop Ultra Satin “Calypso”

    I love the ultra satin formula, so I was really excited to see this in my bag.

    The shade is really nice, I will definitely be getting my use out of this liquid lip.

    Tarte Blush “Feisty”

    I only have one other Tarte blush, even though I love the formula. I was stoked to open my bag and see this little baby wrapped in bubble wrap. Was really hoping for the Lisa Frank bronzer though.

    Carl decided to photobomb my swatch photo. I am a bit concerned that this blush will appear too orange on my fair skin, but I think if I use a light hand it will turn out nicely.

    Naked Cosmetics “Mother Nature”

    I love Shadow pigments. The color pay off is always amazing. Naked makes some pretty great pigments. Their shadow stacks are pretty pricey and use to be all the rage. Always glad to get one of their shadows!

    I am in love with this shade. I cannot wait to use it!

    That is it for my Ipsy bag! 100% worth the $10 this month. Not a single dud product!

    What did you get in your Ipsy bag? Comment below!

    Thank you so much for reading!💕

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    My ColourPop Super Shock Shadow Collection|Just Swatches

    In honour of CoulouPop dropping at Sephora, I decided now would be an awesome time to share my Supe Shock Shadow collection with all of you! 

    I am going to be honest, I have fallen off the ColourPop wagon recently, but I can feel myself wanting to hop back on. Comment below or snap me what products I NEED to try!!

    **All products may not still be available **

    • Blaze
    • Weenie
    • Glow
    • Kathleenlights

    This was Kathleen Lights first Shadow collab with CP! 

    • Cornelius
    • Porter
    • Midnight
    • Telepathy

    This was Kathleen’s second Shadow collab with CP! She is one of my favorite Youtubers, she just seems so sweet!

    • Birthday Girl
    • Girl Power
    • Stereo
    • Luckfully

    • Slave2Pink
    • Flower Shop
    • Summer Lovin’
    • Koosh 

    • Valley Girl
    • So Quiche
    • Belladonna Lily
    • Puppy Love

    • Knight
    • Wattles
    • Bites
    • Elixir

    • Cat Nap
    • Boy Band
    • Dare
    • Liberty

    • Amaze
    • Nillionaire 
    • Vanity Fair
    • Pop Rocks

    • Prickly Pear
    • Fizz
    • Alchemy
    • Glow Stix
    • Doe-a-Deer

    After swatching all my shadows, I made a few decisions. I’m in love with the metallics and satins, but the matters are very hit or miss. This led to a VERY SMALL de clutter.

    • Slave2Pink- it’s a pressed pigment, but isn’t as pigmented as other pigments like it that I own.
    • Glow- I have more pigmented mattes of the same shade.
    • Bites- Again, I have more pigmented mattes of the same shade.
    • Cornelius-Good transition shade, but I have more pigmented colors that are exactly the same. 
    • Girl Power- I am on the fence. It’s a beautiful shade, but not that pigmented. If I can find a shade in my collection that is the same I will pass it on.

    Thank you so much for reading💜😌. What are your favorite super Shock shadows? Which ones would you like me to include in a look? Comment below!!!

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    A Pop of Teal | FT. Colour Pop Cosmetics

    I have a ton of the Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows, but I very rarely use them. I wanted to make a point to start, which resulted in this fun look!

    I used three of them for this look, and a few of their pressed shadows!

    Weenie, Glow, and Flower Shop

    • I primed my eyes with Wet n Wilds Photo Focus eye primer. I set it with CP “Locked and Loaded”.
    • I then used CP “Bel Air” as my crease transition shade.
    • After that I put “Weenie” all over my lid. I love this shade!
    • To deepen everything up a bit I but CP “Top Notch” in my outer corner and outer crease.
    • After that I used “Glow” to really blend everything out and highlight my brow bone.
    • To make my lower lash line Pop I used a light blue liner then went over it with the beautiful shade “Flower Shop”.
    • To make my inner corner Pop I used CP “Take it slow”.

    I am really in love with this look.😍

    I hope you enjoyed this post thank you for reading!

    Should I review the new pressed shadows or do a post of my Colour Pop super shock shadows? Comment below!!

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