6 Drugstore Beauty Products I can’t Live Without

Makeup can get expensive. But, you don’t always have to break the bank to find some amazing products.

I am going to share with y’all, my beautiful readers 6 of the drugstore products that I just cannot live with out!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint $10 mo Buy it here!

I have talked about this brow tint in a recent empties. I haven’t had time to run to Ulta to grab a new one, my brows are not the same. This product is great for quick brows, but I also love to set my brows with it. It gives great hold and more tint. I do like my bold brows!

ELF Acne Fighting Foundation $6 Buy it here!

In the beginning I did not have high hopes for this product. All my initial opinions were wrong. The foundation is infused with salicylic acid and witch hazel. My skin has never been so clear! It has definitely made a huge difference in my skin. The coverage isn’t full, but it is just right for me. It doesn’t wear off all gross and patchy through out the day. I would almost go as far as to say that, at this moment, the ELF Acne Fighting Foundation is my favorite foundation.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Liner $9 Get it here!

I initially tried this liner because of Soph Does Nails on YouTube. It’s great. She’s right. It’s pigmented, dries down matte. The tip is felt and flexible, which makes it easy to work with. There is also something about the shape that makes it so easy to hold and control. I prefer this liner over my higher end ones.

ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder $6 Get it here!

This is my favorite setting powder in general. It makes my under eye area so smooth, and really helps to set the rest of my face. It also does not cake when you reapply it through out the day to control shine.

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder Fiji Matte $4 Get it here!

I have gone through so many of these through out the year. The shades are perfect for my skin tone and really packs a punch.

Morphe Continuous Setting Spray $16 but the $3.50 off $15 ulta coupon does apply! Get it here!

This is another product that was in a recent empties. I love this setting spray. To me it works just like Urban Decay All Nighter, for like half the price!

Those are a few of my drugstore favorites! What are some of yours?

I want to apologize if all of the images do not upload. I am having some technical difficulties.

Thank you for reading 🐰

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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 πŸ¦‡

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Dose Of Colors x Desi x Katy | Friendcation

I wasn’t going to fall prey to the appeal of this collection, then I saw it in store and here we are.

I picked up two items from the Friendcation collection. The eyeshadow palette $55 and the highlighter in Fuego $28.

I thought about picking up their new liquid velvet lip formula. But why change a good thing? I LOVE their original liquid lip formula. I ended up getting one of the shades on their regular line “Supernatural” $18.

I don’t watch Desi or Katy, no real reason why. But, I do love Dose of Colors, they are a fantastic cruelty free brand with beautiful products.

I do have to say, the packaging for this line is very pretty. It’s gold an elegant and seems very sturdy. It also isn’t bulky, which is great. I hate bulky packaging.

I really enjoy that the lids do have magnetic closet.

The Eyeshadows

There are ten shadows 5 mattes and 5 metallic finishes.

Row one:

  • Basic- a matte cream
  • Cheens- a dark matte warm brown
  • Necessary- a light matte brown, literally the best transition color ever.
  • Dirty Money- a metallic green with gold.
  • A Moment- a metallic blue with purple.

Row 2

  • Try Me- a stunning metallic copper
  • Just a Kiss- a metallic gold
  • Girl Bye- a matte almost burgundy. I don’t really know how to describe this.
  • Churro- a midtone warm matte brown
  • Game over- deep metallic blue with black

The Look

  • After priming my eyes I went in with Basic all over my eyes.
  • I went into Cheens and used it as my transition shade.
  • Next I deepened the crease up a bit with Just a Kiss
  • On the outer third of my lid and my outer crease I applied Girl Bye.
  • All over the rest of my lid I applied Dirty Money.
  • Obviously there was a lot of blending done. I used mainly Morphe and ELF brushes.
  • I also applied the worst wing I’ve done in ages.

  • I used Churro in my inner corner.
  • Under my eyes I used the same matte shades I used in my crease in the same order in essentially the same way.

The Highlighter “Fuego”

I decided to pick up Fuego because I had heard Jkissa raving about it. She said it doesn’t apply as dark as it looks like it would. I figured from this that it may work on my light skin tone.

At this point I was not too confident.

I do think it applied nicely. It is very smooth and pigmented.

When applied and blended out I do this it looks rather nice and I have been reaching for it frequently!

Over All – The Palette

I think the palette is beautiful. All the mattes are fantastic and i really like Dirty Money and Game Over as far as Metallics go. I do not like the other three metallics much, I just don’t like that chunky glitter texture where the shadows seem almost flaky.

So, would I purchase this again? No. Am I glad I have it? Yes! I will still be able to get a ton of great looks, but for $55 I want to love every shade, not just most of them.

Over All- The Highlight

I love it.

I have nothing but good things to say. It is buttery, pigmented, and easy to apply and blend out. It works great as an inner corner and brow bone highlight also.

I am very glad that I picked this up!

What is your favorite Dose of Colors product?

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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Storybook Cosmetics Wizardry and Witchcraft Palette | Slytherin Green Look

I FINALLY GOT IT. As soon as I heard Storybook Cosmetics was on the Ulta website I ordered the palette. I couldn’t let it get away from me.

Storybook Cosmetics is a company started by three sisters and is Cruelty Free!

Slytherin is my house, so naturally I had to do a Slytherin Look first. It also works for St. Pat’s!

The Wizardry and Witchcraft palette retails for $55 and has 12 shades of multiple finishes.

The palette contains a very nice mirror, and let’s be honest this packing is precious. I comes in a super cute burgundy velvet bag and looks like a book. You could store it on a book shelf and it would blend right in!

The Shades

  • Broomstick
  • Sorcerer
  • Cloak

  • Potions
  • Prophecy
  • Salem

  • Merlin
  • Bewitched
  • Cauldron

  • Spell Books
  • Charms
  • Jinx

The Look

  • I primed my lids with my Manakadar Step One Eye Primer. I then set that with Wet N’ Wild ” BrΓ»lΓ©e “.
  • I used a large fluffy brush and buffed the shade “Charms” onto my eye as the transition shade. I like the warm tone with the green shadows.
  • I used a regular crease brush to buff “Cloak” into the crease and on the lid some.
  • To deepen the outer crease I used a small dense crease brush to buff in “Broomstick “.
  • I used a shader brush and packed “Potions” all over my lid. I love this green.
  • To deepen my outer corner I layered on the shade “Cauldron”
  • I popped “Jinx” in the inner corner for a silver pop.
  • I highlighted my brow bone with the shade “Prophecy”.
  • REMEMBER TO BLEND WHEN NEEDED
  • For my wing I used the Ulta Fine Tip liner in black.
  • My mascara is Tarte Tarteist Mascara in Black.
  • I used Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Perversion to line my tight and water lines.
  • REMEMBER TO BLEND WHEN NEEDED

  • For my lower lash line I placed “Potions” as close as I could get it to my waterline. Which is right in my water line, but I know not everyone can do so.
  • I blended that out with “Cloak”

Final Thoughts

Each shadow formula is fantastic. The softness, the pigment, how easy the shadows are to blend, all of it. I have no gripes! The only complaint I have is how bulky the packaging is, but I understand that is for the novelty of the product. If you are looking for a more neutral look, obviously this palette is not for you. If you are a literary fan I recommend checking out this brand.

🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 out of five top hats recommend this palette. I WILL be ordering more from Storybook Cosmetics!

Check them out on Ulta.com!

What book do you want to see made into a palette? I want The Great Gatsby and War of the Worlds!

Thank you so much for reading πŸ’•πŸ’•

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Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Palette | Review and Look

I am sure you all know about the original Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette. It is an all Matte palette separated into 4 quads. It is fantastic and has became a favorite amongst the beauty community.

But, did you know that Kat came out with a Shimmer version? Because I didn’t until I say it in Sephora. It is essentially a shimmery sister to the OG Palette.

Visually, shade layout and packaging wise, this Palette is very appealing to me. The packaging is a hard plastic, and you get a fantastic mirror. The design of the palette is simple yet beautiful, in true KVD still. The shades are displayed in a very cohesive manor, which makes the palette easier to navigate.

Let’s look at some swatches!

Quad one

  • Porcelain A staple Matte Cream Shade. The only Matte in the Palette
  • Copper when swatched appears as a shimmery Gold.
  • Bronze a bronze shade. More powdery then the last larger glitter chunks.
  • Sterling a sheer glitter cream shade with Silver glitter. Seems like more of a shadow topper.

I enjoy the first two shades in this quad. The other two I find hard to work with.

Quad Two

  • Dusk a light shimmery neutral brown.
  • Cinder a neutral brown Shimmer, green under tone.
  • Onyx a black with chunky glitter. I found this shade very dry.
  • Glacier a white glitter shade. Another one that seems to be more like a shadow topper.

Again, I only like two of the four.

Quad Three

  • Dune shimmery light orange shade
  • Rust a shimmery orange-red
  • Jasper shimmery light warm toned brown. Chunky glitter.
  • Quartz a very light orange with chunky glitter. Again, appears to be more like an eye topper.

I bet you can guess that I only like two of the four shades in this quad as well.

The Look

  • I primed my eyes with the NYX Glitter Primer to stop a foreseeable disaster, and set it with Porcelain. Porcelain is also the shade I used to blend out harsh lines.
  • For my transition and blending I pulled in the lightest brown in the KVD OG shade + Light Eye Palette. This is the only time I dip into other palettes.
  • I tried to deepen up the crease with Dusk.
  • I placed Cinder on my outer corner and blended it into the outer crease ever so slightly.
  • For my lid, I placed Dune all over it.

  • For my lower lash line, I lined it with a black liner. Then applied Cinder as close to the lash line as possible.
  • Blended that out with dusk.
  • Then I blended that out with porcelain.
  • Lastly, I popped Glacier in my inner corner.

Over all thoughts

For $49 you get 12 shades. 6 of which I dislike. The other 6 I really enjoy. The 6 shades I did not like were hard to blend, due to how powdery they are. I also found that the ones that were reminiscent of eye toppers were hard to build (and blend), because they have such a slick almost cream like texture.

I love KVD and I hate to say it, but if I could find the box to this Palette I would return it. For almost $50, technically over $50 after tax, I want much more than half the shades to work. I think the concept of the palette was great, but I find that it is really unnecessary and not worth the price.

🐝🐝 out of five bumble bees. The packaging and the shades I liked earned it the two bees.

Have you tried this Palette? What are your thoughts? Comment below!

Thank you for reading πŸ’œ

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Too Faced Sweet Peach | Look and Review

Happy new year!

For our last post of the year, we are going to finally discuss some stuff from the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection.

We have; the glow palette, the Papa Don’t Peach Blush, and of course the Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette!

Firstly; yes, everything smells like artificial peaches. The packaging on all the products is adorable, metal, and very sturdy. Each item also comes with a nice mirror.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow $42

Our first item up for discussion is the highlight, Blush, and bronzer kit.

Unfortunately, I think the Sweet Peach Glow Kit was a dud. There are peaches pressed into the product. This caused the product to become pressed extremely hard. Know what this means? That very little pigmentation comes off. All three of the products take a lot of work and building up. I wish that this wasn’t the case, I think the bronzer would have been nice for my light skin tone and the highlight is very pretty. I am pretty sure the blush in the kit is as same as the Papa Don’t Peach Blush.

πŸ‘one out of 5 peaches. This product just does not work. The only way I would say you should pick this item up is if you are a collector.

Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush $30

Not all the face products are duds! I love this blush.

It gives a beautiful peach glow to the skin. It isn’t too much, but it is enough that you notice it. I really do think it is my new favorite blush!

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ out of five peaches!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette $49

Here it is, the eyeshadow palette that started the craze. The Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. For $49 you get 18 shadows, in Matte, glitter, and shimmer finishes. All named after peach related things and southern terms of speech. I have to admit, the names are precious.

Row 1:

  • White Peach
  • Luscious
  • Just Peachy
  • Bless her Heart
  • Tempting
  • Charmed, I’m Sure

Row Two:

  • Nectar
  • Cobbler
  • Candid Peach
  • Bellini
  • Peach Pit
  • Delectable

Row Three:

  • Peaches ‘N Cream
  • Georgia
  • Caramelized
  • Puree
  • Summer Yum
  • Talk Derby To Me

The matte shades are great, as are most of the shimmers. True to rumors the purple shades suck. The shades with glitter in them are patchy and terrible. Quite frankly, I don’t understand why this palette is so hyped up. For $49, there are 5 of the 18 shades that are just terrible.

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ out of five peaches. I don’t think it is worth the money. Especially considering how great the Chocolate Bar Palettes are.

The Look:

  • I primed my eyes with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I set it with the shade “Peaches ‘N Cream”. I also used this shade to blend out the harsh edges.
  • I took a fluffy brush and blended “Georgia ” into my crease to act as my transition shade.
  • After that I took a more dense less fluffy crease brush and buffed in “Puree”.
  • Taking the same brush, but more focused on just the crease rather than part of the lid as well, I buffed in the shade “Summer Yum” to warm the look up.
  • Blend
  • I then took “Charmed, I’m Sure” and put it on the outer corner of my lid and a bit into the outer crease.
  • For my lid I placed the shade “Peach Pit” all over it. Once I realized there wasn’t any purple to this like I thought, I placed “Delectable” over it. This shade also gave off no purple.
  • Blend
  • I then did a wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo liner in “Trooper”.
  • And applied the Tarte Tarteist Mascara.

  • I popped the shade “Nectar” in my inner corner.
  • On my lower lash line I applied “Summer Yum” right on my lash line.
  • I buffed it out with “Puree”
  • Then I blended that out with “Georgia”.
  • I used the highlight and bronzer from the Peach Glow kit.
  • I used the Papa Don’t Peach Blush.

I wanted to make sure I used the purple, so I could really see if they were as bad as I heard. I wish the shades would not have been so patchy. And that they would have been true to color.πŸ™„

The highlight and bronzer could be better, much better. But, the Papa Don’t Peach Blush is something I think would make a great edition to any makeup collection!

Thank you for readingπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Have you tried the Sweet Peach Collection? What are your thoughts?

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New Wet N’ Wild Eyeshadows | Looks, comparisons, and review!

I firmly believe that you don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to get good Cruelty Free Makeup. A big reason I believe this is because of the brand Wet N Wild. Their eyeshadows have always been fantastic, their blushes are great, and their lipsticks are amazing. Like all brands they have their duds, but lately they have been blowing it out of the water. On top of that, the Wet N Wild brand is very inexpensive!

When I heard they were reformulating their eyeshadows and releasing new shades, I admittedly got a little too excited. I picked up all of the 10 pan palettes, 2 of the quads, and 3 of the singles. By the way, the prices haven’t changed!

This post a going to be very long, so bare with me, and let’s play with some eyeshadow!

Comparing the old and the new:

“Comfort Zone” $4.99

I am sure you have all heard of the “comfort zone” Palette. It’s a neutral green palette, that contained a few MAC dupes, more specifically I contains a dupe for what I believe is the shade blue green. (I THINK that is the name.)

In the new palette there are two matte shades added, the layout of the shades is different, the blue/green shade is sadly gone, and replaced with a metallic brown/gold.

The new packaging is much sturdier than the old packaging. Hopefully it will be much harder to break and the shadows won’t shatter with the slightest bump. I have had that happened to me a lot with the old formula, because it was so soft. I do want to point out that the price point did not change!

The old palette is the top row, and the new palette is the bottom. The new palette is not as powdery as the shadows in the old one are. They are also more pigmented, the shimmery and metallic shades feel and preform a lot like what typical “metallic” shadows do now. You can definitely tell there was a formula change. Two new shadows were added, making it 10 pan instead of 8. Really, the only way the new palette has disappointed me is by excluding that blue/green shade.

The new palette is on the left eye, the old is on the right. You can tell just by looking at the pictures that the new palette doesn’t clump up as much as the old one did. I think it was due to the excess powder, sense the formula was so soft. The new formula is so much easier to blend!

I stuck with the green side and did pull in other random mattes, since the old palette had no mattes.

Walking on Egg Shells $2.99

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Another favorite of a lot of people is the, what was a trio now a quad, “Walking on Egg Shells”.

There is a new matte shadow added to the palette, other than that there is no shade change!!!

As before the old palette is on top, and the new is on bottom. So far the new formula is consistently more pigmented.

My left eye was done with the new palette, and my right was done with the old. Again, the new formula is much easier to blend!

Ignore my Blush please, I have no idea what I’m the world I did.

Single shades “BrΓ»lΓ©e” and “Nutty” $.99

“BrΓ»lΓ©e ” and “Nutty” are staple shades. The new “BrΓ»lΓ©e ” is much more pigmented, I used it to set my eye Primer and it did a fantastic job at getting rid of the blue veins on my lids. The original “BrΓ»lΓ©e ” never did this, it was just a nice way to set the Primer and blur out harsh lines.

The new “Nutty” has a bit more shimmer to it, but I can’t notice that big of a difference.

I also picked up one of the glitters in “Nudecomer”. I wanted to see if it was just a glitter spray over a clear gel. It is not! It is consistent glitter and pigment all the way threw! No, it isn’t as good as a high end glitter would be. But, it is a start…. and only $.99.

As before, the top is the old and the bottom is the new formula. That first shade is the glitter!

I am really impressed with the new formula!!

New palettes

RosΓ© in the Air $4.99

We are talking about the second palette in the top row.

Rosy and mauve shades are all the rage recently. Obviously Wet N Wild had to jump in on the action.

I really enjoy this Palette! It reminds me a ton of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. But, it is only $4.99!!

If you have toyed with the idea of getting say the MR palette or the Violet Voss HG palette, but don’t want to shell out the cash for it, I would pick this palette up as soon as you see it!

Not a Basic Peach $4.99

We are now talking about they very first palette. The peach with a pop of blue!

This is the only palette that disappointed me. I love peach with blue, but it’s hard to find a Cruelty Free blue AT the drugstore. I was hoping this Palette would be here to save the day. However, the blue is really lacking in pigmentation. You can build it up and use a setting spray or something to Wet it and make it more vibrant. It is just strange that everything else is so pigmented, then we get this wimpy blue. *look to come *

Nude Awakening $4.99

Now we are talking about the first palette in the second row.

This Palette is cool toned with some pink and a maroon. This Palette is really pretty. Everything in it is constantly pigmented. A great neutral palette, with some essential mattes. If you are a beginner and want to pick up one of these to really get you started with eye shadow, this is the one I would go with. *look to come*

Hooked on Vinyl $2.99

The peach and teal mattes in this quad really caught my attention. For some reason this blues and greens with peach really make me feel some kind of way!

In person you can tell the darker shade is more teal. The mattes are very creamy and pigmented. And that gold. OMG the gold! Feels like a high end metallic when you swatch it. I can not want to use this quad on my eyes! *look to come*.

This collection doesn’t officially release in stores until January, but I was able to find the shadows at my local Walgreens! There is a ton of other products being release as well. Lipsticks, primers, cushion foundation, Wet N Wild is coming out with so much new stuff!

What do you think of the new Wet N Wild shadows? Comment below!

Thank you so much for readingπŸ’œ

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FAST Glam

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I haven’t written any post recently that contain looks that I have done. This is for many reasons. I am not too happy with my skills and my camera situation is kind of, well…crap, at the moment. But, I decided to go ahead and throw a post up showing a look I did with my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.

I call it”Fast Glam” because it doesn’t take long to achieve (duh) yet it still some what looks like it did.

Base:

After Priming with my Too Faced Hangover RX I applied the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and concealer.

  • I use a thin layer of foundation and blend it out with a beauty blender. I do the same with the concealer

To set my face I used the Rimmel Stay Matte on a powder brush. Specifically, my ELF kabuki brush. This is my face setting brush of choice! As for the powder, I am actually not the biggest fan of it, I am just trying to use up my last bit of it.

Blush, Bronzer, yada yada…

I used a few more new items for this part!

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  • I used the bronzer in my ELF Bare it All face palette to warm up my pale face.
  • To contour I used MAC Harmony, which I haven’t done in ages!
  • I mixed together the 2 blush shades. It ended up creating an addicting pinky peach hue.

If you haven’t gotten this palette you need it, especially if you are fair complected. Every part of it is great, especially the $6 price tag. ELF is having a huge sale right now, so now would be the time to pop over to their page, by the way!!

  • For my highlight I used Colour Pop “Hippo”. I am pretty pleased with this guy. I put it on with my finger over powders and it didn’t seem to create any patchiness. I was almost 100% certain it would. I really like how different it looks, almost lavender in tone.
  • After shaping and warming up my face I spray my Glossier Soothing Facial Mist to help it all sink in to my skin.

Brows:

  • I am currently trying out the ELF brow pencil, no real opinion on it yet. I used it to out line my brows.
  • I filled them in with a cool toned matte brow from the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye palette. I really love using shadows for my brows, highlight, blush and so on because it makes me feel like I am getting more bang for my buck. (Post on this coming soon)
  • To set my brows I applied my Glossier Boy Brow in “Blond”.

Eyes:

  • I started of by priming. I have dark lids, so I prefer a skin tone tinted primer. Sometimes I even use concealer. This time, however, I just used my Urban Decay primer potion. I wore this look to work, so I wanted to use a primer I knew would last.
  • I the set my primer with the same setting powder I used on my face. I tend to do this more than I tend to use a shadow. I use the ELF Flawless concealer brush, it is fluffy and helps to cover surface fast.
  • I started off my putting “Salted Caramel” in my crease to act as the transition shade.
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  • I used the shade “Milk Chocolate” to deepen up my crease and define the outer third of my eye. (I couldn’t find an image of this shade to include, and everyone I took was sooo terrible.)
  • For my lid shade I used “Marzipan”. Absolutely beautiful lid shade.

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  • For my brow bone highlight I decided to use the shade “Matt Lin”, from The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette. I have actually reached The Balm palette way more than I initially thought I would. Anyway, the Chocolate Bar palette doesn’t have a light enough matte cream that I can use on my brow bone.
  • I also popped “Matt Lin” in my inner corner.
  • For my liner I used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in “Trooper”, as per usual.
  • I used both wand settings of the Pacifica Dream Big mascara to get my desired lash effect. Not using falsies is what I think makes this look faster, you still have the glam going on, but not the hassle.
  • I went back in with “Milk Chocolate” and “Salted Caramel” on my lower lash liner.

Lips:

  • Before I did any makeup I exfoliated my lips with the Lush Bubble Gum lip scrub and applied some of the Glossier Rose Balm Dot Com.
  • For my actual lip color, I used the Colour Pop lippie stick in “Grunge”. I have to admit, “Grunge” is more of a fall shade, but who ACTUALLY follows make-up rules, right?

I gave my face one more good Glossier spritzing, then I was done!

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Do you enjoy these types of posts? What type of posts would you like to see? Have you tried any of these products? Let’s discuss!

XoXo Manda

Cranberry Wing

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I was looking through my eye shadows when I decided that I wanted to do something I have never tried to do before, a colored wing.

I misplaced my Inglot Duraline, so I couldn’t use a regular shadow and decided to try it with a Colour Pop shadow, in this case “Porter”. This is one of Kathleen Lights shades, and it is beautiful!

  • I used it very lightly and defused on the outer third of my eye and the crease.
  • I then took the more shimmery white shadow from the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette in my lid.
  • I used the Essence Super Fine Eyeliner pen to do the thicker black strip on my eye and did a small wing with it.
  • I then went in with porter again and an angled liner brush to make a bigger wing . I did go around the small black wing with it, in person due to the over lapping it created a really pretty omber effect.

 

I know it isn’t the best, I was just sort of messing around. I really hope to improve my skills so I can do more fun looks like this (but better).

Thanks for reading. What are your favorite colorful shadows?

XoXo Manda