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 πŸ–€ 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 πŸ–€ 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 πŸ’€

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A very late BoxyLuxe unboxing!

I have dropped the ball recently.

My motivation has not been present and I didn’t not want to just throw up junk posts. My motivation may not be all the way back, but I wanted to get this unboxing up before I lost any inkling of motivation again.

Cover FX Perfector Face Palette “Light/Medium” $45

I think this was one of the most anticipated items in the box. For good reason, Cover FX makes amazing quality products, it’s cruelty free, and I mean look at it.

I am in a Boxy Charm swap group, and I saw a lot of people got the wrong shade or palette, so I was relieved when I got the correct one. This did not come in a box, like it would when you purchase it…I just feel uneasy about that for some reason.

Moda Brushes Powder and Soft Glow Set $29.99

I have said it 100 times and I will say it again, I love getting brushes in these boxes.

Moda brushes are very nice quality, soft and sturdy. The packaging of the brushes also says that they are 100% vegan, yay!

Iconic Eyebrow Cushion “Medium” $40

This is an interesting product. I feel like it is going to take some work to get a handle on using. It also maybe a bit too dark for me currently.

Wander Beauty Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask $34

My room mate and I tried this mask right after I opened the box and we both love it!

I have been using it frequently since I received it and my skin has never looked this good! My skin is clearer and my complexion over all looks really nice.

Lily Lashes Exclusive Faux Mink Gaia Lashes $24.99

I very rarely wear lashes. I do want to start wearing them more though.

The lashes look dramatic, but not over the top. Not something I would wear every day. But, definitely for a night out or an event.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream transforming Moisturizing Super Cream $48

I love this Cream. I think this along with the mask are doing great things for me. I think I am going to have to repurchase it when I run out. Well worth the $48 that it costs!

Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love “Chocolate” $24

This lipstick shade is right up my alley.

The formula is moisturizing, the shade is nice, the packaging is pretty. I think this one is a win.

Morphe 15 Shade Artisty Palette “15D Day Slayer” $16

I am one of those people who genuinely likes Morphe. Which is a little unfortunate, they get into a lot of sticky situations it seems.

HOWEVER, I don’t like this palette. When I used it it seemed like all of the shadows just muddied together. I may give it another try, but I doubt it.

Deborah Lipman “O’Donna and Modern Love” $20

I rarely paint my nails. These shades are both really pretty though and smaller bottles so I may end up getting use of them! I usually pass on Nail polish, but I am actually gonna keep these.

Bonus: BoxyCharm Train case $20

I will never say no to a good train case!

This BoxyCharm one is rose gold faux leather. The material and stitching appears to be nice quality. I think this is a great add on.

Over all, I think this box was well worth the $49.99!!!

Here is a picture off all the products on my face.

What was in your BoxyLuxe?

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 readingπŸ–€

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    January 2019 Empties

    January ended up being a hell of a month for me. I turned 23, had a week long hospital stay, and finally got a full diagnostic evaluation done.

    Now that it is a new month, and I am going through some major changes, it is time to do this empties post and throw all this trash away.

    Sheet Masks

    The Crème Oh Deer! Detoxifying Lemon Sheet Mask

    This mask was a gift, and I did enjoy it. I had a great makeup day the day after use. My skin was softer and brighter than normal. If I saw it I would pick it up.

    Jeju:en You can’t handle this sheet

    This mask came to me in Ipsy last month. It was neat, there was flames on the check area. The name is hilarious as well. However, I didn’t notice it do anything.

    Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mask

    This is my favorite Sheet Mask. Will always repurchase.

    Biobelle #Beautysecret

    This mask was great, made my skin very soft and moisturized. Which is a lovely perk to have in the harsh winter months.

    C’est Moi Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes

    I was sent these wipes to try out and i really like them! One wipe removed a full face of makeup, they are loaded with product to remove the makeup. They didn’t irritate my eyes either and most wipes do. I believe Target is beginning to sell this brand, I will be picking more up.

    VeΓ­se Hydrating Face Wash

    I was also sent this product to try. I works great, my face was more clear than it has been in ages thanks to this wash. It is also a very clean product. However, I just cannot handle the apple cider vinegar smell. If smells don’t bother you, I recommend it.

    Fortune Cookie Soap You’re the One That I Want Microdermabrasion Scrub

    I loves this scrub. It made my skin feel great! I am probably going to purchase another if they have it on the FCS site.

    Peter Thomas Roth 24 K Gold Mask

    This mask was cool to use because it was gold, but I did not notice it do anything. I wouldn’t spend the money for the full size.

    MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base

    I got this sample in Ipsy. I really enjoyed it, made my base makeup look great. I would purchase the full size if MAC was cruelty Free.

    FCS Sugar Rush Solid Sugar Scrub

    Solid sugar scrubs are my new favorite thing. It’s so much easier to use and less of a mess than traditional body scrubs. This one smelled like candy! I will repurchase another solid scrub from FCS.

    Farmacy Eye Dew Sample

    The cream is really thick and made my under eyes feel very moisturized. I have another sample to go through, after that I may pick up the full size.

    It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara mini

    I love this mascara, it is my current holy grail. I have already purchased the full size.

    That is is for this months empties!

    What did you use up this month?

    Thank you for reading πŸ¦™

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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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