Monday, September 17, 2018

Palette Obsessions: Coloured Raine and Makeup Revolution

I swear I can't stop buying eyeshadow palettes! When I heard that the original Naked palette was being discontinued, I was so tempted to get one since I got rid of mine like a dummy. Well I can now say I DID repurchase it from Macy when they had 15% off going on which I could use on top of the sale price. So score! It still might be going on at the time of this post. Here are some other recent palette purchases. I've used 3 of the 4 palettes already. So I can give some initial first impressions of the palettes. Yay!

The Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette was on sale on their website and I jumped on getting it. Two of my makeup friends have raved about this palette. I've done a few looks with it and so far I am enjoying it. My ONLY gripe is with the matte brown called Duchess. I wish it was a tad deeper but I still enjoy it and it's not like I don't have darker brown shades in my stash. I also wish the wine shade Lady Ship was a tad deeper as well. Again nothing major.

I kind of crapped on Makeup Revolution with some previous palettes I ended up returning. Well this time around I have purchased 3 *head palm*. One of my YouTube favs emilynoel83 has collaborated with Makeup Revolution and we have two palettes! If you have not seen her video on this collaboration, please check out her video. I couldn't be more happy for her. I've played around with The Needs Face & Eye Palette and The Wants palette. I picked up both from Ulta. If I could go back and edit my purchase I probably would have just picked up The Wants palette. I like The Needs palette but I don't see myself reaching for it a ton. The bronzer shade Courage I cannot use on my face. So I've used it an extra eyeshadow. Also a couple of the eyeshadows are really my jam but I'll use them. The Passion shadow is GORGEOUS! The Wants palette is BEAUTIFUL! It's not just a neutrals palette. It has a nice mix of shades. I have the same gripe with The Wants palette that I have with the Queen of Hearts of palette. I wish that the matte brown Apartment was a tab deeper. But the palette has a matte black as well. So I can mix Apartment with that and I'm good. Her palette are available at Ulta and the Makeup Revolution website.

I picked up the Tropical Paradise Palette from the Makeup Revolution website. This is another collaboration palette with MakeupbyTammi. She's a UK YouTuber that I stumbled upon. I've mentioned before I try to support WOC YouTubers when I can and if I like the product. This is a pretty mix of shades. I haven't dipped into it yet but I'm anxious to play around with it.

I'm hoping after this I can really do a no buy *sigh*. But all the holiday stuff is releasing. GAH! I quit this life LOL!!! Stay tuned for my next palette shenanigans.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

August 2018 Hit List

Can someone please tell me where Summer went? I am looking forward to Fall as always but after that comes Winter *sigh*. I hate Winter!

Here are my favorites for August. Some of these items came with me on my work trip to Chicago.

IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

I picked this up from QVC when they had a Today's Special Value (which I did order but I sent it back). What intrigued me about this product is that is a 3 in 1. It's skin-brightening radiance booster, anti-aging treatment essence and skin-softening micellar cleanser. I've mainly been using during my evening skin routine and I LOVE IT! It gets any extra dirt and makeup off my face, my skin has been brighter with continued use and my skin is super soft after using it. I'm always looking for something to brighten my skin and I've been wanting to add an essence to my routine. It's an easy product to incorporate into your routine. I also love the water like consistency. This month I have been using "thinner" products like this and I have really been enjoying them. Of course I opted for auto delivery. It also can with a mini Secret Sauce moisturizer but I have not tried it yet.

Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion

This is another "thin" product that I have added to my morning skin care routine. A friend was nice enough to pass this along to me. It is available at Sephora. I have been eyeing a matte face primer from this brand. This product combined with the next product below has done wonders for my foundation application. My skin in smooth and nicely matte not dried out. When I was in Chicago even my boss mentioned that my makeup looked good. I was like well then! I plan on repurchasing this product during the VIB sale in November.

Luzern La Defense Urban Protect Daily Moisturizer

I thought I had talked about this before but apparently not. Another product that my friend passed along to me. It can be purchased from their website. I've mainly used this when I travel for a daytime moisturizer and I forgot how much I really like it. It protects your skin from all the bad stuff we encounter everyday like pollution and such. It absorbs nicely into the skin and I feel like mattfies, smooths and plumps out my skin. It feels perfectly moisturized. So this combined with the Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion...HELLO! As much as I love it I highly doubt I'll purchase it when I'm done mainly due to the cost. I mean it's $85! But never say never. Stranger things have happened.

Tarte Tarlette in Bloom Palette

I went back and forth on what palette to travel with and I settled on this one. This is an awesome palette for travel. I think it's the third time I've traveled with it. It's super easy to use and I had no trouble with my looks lasting all day. Also the dark matte shades in this palette are everything! I think this may be my go to palette for travel.

Urban Decay Darkhorse Eyeshadow

I took the Urban Decay Rollergirl palette with me to Chicago mainly for one eyeshadow. I used Darkhorse a lot. It's the perfect dark brown eyeshadow. It's described as a deep mocha . I'm tempted to get in a single shadow. Or repurchase the original Naked palette I destashed since the palette is being discontinued and is currently on sale. I could wear a dark brown eye look everyday and be happy.

MAC Blush in Notable and Raizin

If you've been following me along these two blushes have been long time favorites. Both are matte blushes Notable is muted brick rose color. It's hands down my favorite pink blush. Raizin is golden reddish-brown. These two blushes go with almost any look that I do.

ColourPop Bardot Blush

I just mentioned this blush last month. I was about to put it away but still kept reaching for it in August. I may leave in rotation come Fall. I think it'll pair nicely with my favorite dark lippies! It is described as rusty red copper

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick & Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss in Rapture

These two were impulse buys while I was in Chicago. I forgot my Beso lipgloss that I also talked about last month. So I was going to buy another gloss. Sephora doesn't carry Beso. So instead of walking out of the store, I picked up not one but two new lippies *head palm*. Rapture is described as a dusty rose (lipstick) and rose mauve (lipgloss) and it is beautiful! I pretty much wore this lippie the entire week. I paired with a purple line and a berry liner and it looked good with both. I may have finally ordered Backtalk during the recent Sephora Insider Appreciation sale too *twirls*.

OLEHENRIKSEN Balance It All™ Essentials Set

This more of a surprise item vs favorite. I picked this set up from Sephora. I had a sample of the cleanser and I really liked it. I got this set to get more of the cleanser and to try the toner and moisturizer. I used these products on a super hot day were I was sweating a lout. Also I went to Sunday brunch and the AC in the restaurant I was in didn't seem to be working or due to the huge windows letting in all the sunlight in overtook the AC. I thought I would be a greasy mess when I got home but I wasn't! I was shocked. I did use another serum and SPF with these items but then didn't interfere with the OLEHENRIKSEN products. I'm going to pull this set back out and use it in September since it's still hot out.

And there you have it. A nice mix of products for the month. Let's see what September brings!

Here's the view from my room in Chicago.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

July/August 2018 Out of My Face

Hey hey hey. Hi hi hiiiiiiii!

I know things have been lackluster around here with just empties and favorites *shrugs*.  It may change then it may not. I'm still struggling with my beauty self. Yes I'm still buying and trying stuff but I'm also trying to identify go to products and such. And I'm also trying to scale back and get rid of stuff/use what I have. So basically I'm still all over the place lol!

Here is what I've used up for July and August!

  • Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser
  • Serious Skincare Glycolic Extreme Facial Peel 
  • Serious Skincare Reverse Sereum
  • Serious Skincare  Serious C3 Plasma C Serum
  • Serious Skincare Ultra-Mare Serum
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique
  • Clark's Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask
  • Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil
  • Cosrx Good Morning Cleanser
  • Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion
  • belif the true cream aqua bomb .33 fl oz
  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frambos Glycolic Night Serum 
  • Derma E Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil
  • Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
  • Bliss Naked Body Butter
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Spray .50 fl oz
  • Korres Vanilla Cherry Body Butter 1.69 fl oz
I think the only newbie to the list is the Bliss Naked Body Butter. I picked it up from Ulta. It was decent. I don't need any more body moisturizers right now. Even if I did I wouldn't rush out to repurchase it. It pained me to use up the Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleaner. I had it in the old packaging but it so good! I don't need any more facial cleansers right now but I am definitely repurchasing during the November Sephora sale!

Not a lot used up this round but it'll do! Next up will be my August favorites! Someone please tell me where did summer go!?!?!?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Palette Obsessions: MAC, Tarte, Juvia's Place

This post is a haul/first impressions of sorts. These are recent purchases. I've done a look or two with them (except for one palette). So far I'm liking them put they haven't reached favorite status yet but I wanted to talk about them. So here they are!

After using the MAC Aaliyah Age Ain't Nothing palette, I've been eyeing other MAC eyeshadow palettes. I picked up two quads from one of the PatrickStarrr's releases. I got both of these on sale. One I got from MAC and the other I got from Macy's. I'm not sure if they are still available. I picked up Glam AF and Goalgetter. Both are super pretty and have some classic MAC shades. Then I picked up the Burgundy Time Nine palette when The Style and Beauty Doctor mentioned it in a post. She said it's a second cousin to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but with deeper shades and I totally agree. I like that it has deeper shades. I feel like they work better with my skin tone. I've considered traveling with some of these for my upcoming work trip. We shall see if they make it into my makeup bag.

I went in Ulta to return some skincare. Of course I can't walk in, make a return and walk out of the store. I looked at the Urban Decay On the Run collection that I was set on getting but seeing it in person, I was like meh. Looking at the Tarte items I came across the Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eye & Cheek Palette. When I saw it, I'm sure my eyes got big. It instantly gave me Urban Decay Naked 3 palette vibes but I like this one better! I've played around with this palette the most and I have really been enjoying it. The packaging is also too cute and I'm typically not a sucker for packaging.

It's safe to say if Juvia's Place comes out with a new palette then I'm getting it! They recently released the Afrique palette and like the rest of their palettes it is gorgeous! I haven't dipped into this one yet oh but I will! It's currently sold out. Check their social media for the restock or you can get emailed when it's back in stock.

And there you have it!

I typically post hauls to my Instagram. So follow me along there if you'd like!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

July 2018 Hit List

Here are my favorites for July!

Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Cleansing Bar

I hadn't used this in a while then one of my favs, ThisThatBeauty mentioned loving it in a blog post and it remind me to pull it back out. My skin was all over the place in July and this helped get me back right. I had more breakouts in July than usual and with breakouts come dark marks. This helped clear these marks up and brighten my skin overall. I also would use it as a mask and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off my face. I want to try their clear skin cleansing bar. I may pick that up in the next month or so. So if you skin needs some brightening check this cleansing bar out. The line is now at Target.

Serious Skincare Mega Force Liquid Exfoliant

This is another product I added back into my skin care rotation that helped get my skin back right. This liquid exfoliant helped get dirt and dead skin off my face along with keeping it smooth. Getting dead skin of face helps with those pesky dark marks and helps to brighten the skin. It also has Salicylic Acid which helps my skin when it comes to breakouts. This bad boy will not be put to the side again!

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly

I've been curious about this ever since seeing crystalis007 mention it on her Instagram page. I read several reviews saying this is great for oily and combination skin needing moisture. After using it I totally agree! It is lightweight and sinks right into the skin but doesn't make my skin feel greasy. I got this size as gift with purchase from Sephora. But this size is available to purchase for $5! There are two other sizes available as well. If you skin is craving moisture then check this out.

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Shape & Fill in Brunette

I went to Ulta to the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer which is my new favorite brow pencil. I thought I mentioned it recently but I guess I haven't. I accidentally picked up the L'Oreal Brow Sytlist Shape & Full and I was like oh ok! I really like it! I have thick brows and I feel like sometimes I can over do it with a thinner brow pencil. A few quick swipes of these and I'm down and my brow looks natural which I love! So score for picking up the wrong product LOL!

ColourPop Bardot Blush

ColourPop has gotten quite a bit of my money this year. This blush was  on sale then ColourPop sent a 20% off on sale items and I said why not. It is described as rusty red copper and I wore this blush a lot in July. It an easy to wear blush. I slapped it on and had the prettiest color and glow on my cheeks. It's perfect for summer and I can't wait to wear in the fall with some dark lippies!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

This product has made the rounds on YouTube and Instagram. Everyone has raved about it. I finally picked up to try for myself from Sephora but then it sat. I forgot I bought it *head palm*. Once I remembered I had it, it went into my evening skincare routine. It is so good! It's not sticky or greasy. I wake up in the morning and my lips are soft, plump and hydrated! On weekends when I'm bumming around the house during the day I'll throw this on my lips.The only downside it I don't like that it's in a jar. Other than that it's great!

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss in Beso

I was curious about some of the pink glosses in this line. My makeup loving sorority sister raved about this shade. It's her go to and she buys multiples of it at a time. I was like well let me check this one out. I'm so glad I did. I love it! It is described as a deep pink-mauve cream. It's a little darker than my natural lip color. It's not too much color for day time yet perfect as a nighttime lippie too. I've raved about the formula in previous post. I may check out Backtalk next which crystalis007 has raved about.

Buxom Lip Polishes and Creams

Recently I picked up Crystal (berry which really in purple *shurgs*), Margaret (mocha rapture) and Blushing Margarita (lip cream - rosy nude). Lately if I top a lipstick with a gloss, a Buxom one is what I am reaching for. I also love wearing these on their own with a lip liner. I think it's safe to say that these are my #1 favorite. If  could own all of them I probably would but there are like a 100 of them. So yea I don't think that's happening lol!! I have however been looking at the shade selection and any holes I want to fill in my lip gloss stash. So let's see what other colors I pick up! *twirls*

And now on to the not so favorites.

Maybelline Fit Matte + Poreless Foundation in Truffle 362

I was going to mention this last month but forgot. A lot of people have raved about this foundation. So I was excited to try it especially when they added more shades to the line. I snagged this from Walgreens when I had some reward dollars. It applied nicely and when I was done with my face it looked nice. However this did not keep me matte or poreless throughout the day. I tried it with various primers and powders I had on hand and it just did not look good at the end of the day. I was a greasy mess and it emphasized my pores. So this is a definite no go for me.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick 

I picked up two of these lippies in their new Les Chocolats line from Ulta. I got the shades 70% Yum (dark chocolate) and Box O Chocolate (pinky brown nude) They smell really good and that's the only good thing about them. I was so excited about 70% Yum and it was terrible! It was on patchy and I knew it would look like a hot mess by the end of the day. I layered the Buxom gloss in Sarina over top and it saved it. Box O Chocolate wasn't as bad since it a lighter shade. It's a kinda weird shade. I went heavy on using a brown lip liner and I also topped it with a gloss. I think used Buxon's Blushing Margarita. Adding a gloss defeats the purpose of wearing a liquid lipstick and I do love a matte lip. But adding a gloss also saved my lips because the formula is super drying and not comfortable to wear. So I say skip these. There are much better liquid lipstick formulas out there.

July was fun playing around this and that. On to August!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

June 2018 Hit List

Finally just one month of favorites! Here's what made the list in June.

OLEHENRIKSEN Find Your Balance™ Oil Control Cleanser

I got deluxe sample size of this cleanser as a point perk from Sephora. This is a really nice cleanser. I've used mainly in the morning. I love the minty scent and the tingle. Once I rinse it off my face doesn't feel completely stripped of moisture. The other items I apply on my skin after sink right in. Also throughout the day my skin didn't seem as oily. Now I'm curious about the other items in this line. I would definitely repurchase this cleanser.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Makeup Stick SPF 21

Back in November 2016, I mentioned I was done with this foundation when it broke off. Wellllll lol! I had a Sephora gift card that helped offset part of the cost. This is a pricey foundation. So I decided to give it another go. It was favorite and I really did like the foundation. I was just irritated with the "delivery system". This time around I have been very careful with it. This is such an easy foundation to use. Swipe it, blend it and go! I love the finish. Your skin looks like skin. You do't look made up. Let's hope that this one doesn't break off.

OPI Cajun Shrimp

I haven't talked my about nail polish lately. I was going to do a post on some recent favoritism. I still might. I randomly grabbed this polish when I was looking for a bright pink polish. This is definitely not pink lol. It's a very pretty bright coral shade and I love it against my skin tone. I wore it several times in June which you know means it's a favorite. I definitely want to wear this on my toes for my next pedicure.

belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb

I got this from Sephora as a point perk or a gift with purchase. I can't remember which one. This has be on my loves list for a while now. So I was excited to try it in a deluxe sample size first. You get a nice amount of product in this size 0.33 fl oz. I think I have been using it for 2 or 3 weeks and there's' still a good amount of product left. If I can grab another one then I will for my travel bag. This is a gel moisturizer and I've had good results using gel skincare items. This sinks right into my skin, it kind of mattifies my skin and helps keep my oil at bay during the day. It's the right balance of moisture for my oily skin. It also plays well with whatever SPF I put on top of it. I have not used this at night yet. If you're an oily girl looking for a good moisturizer then check this one out. There also a version (The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb) for drier skin that has good reviews. I'm curious to check out to use as a night cream. I will definitely purchase a full size of the Aqua Bomb.

MAC Aaliyah Collection

I know this collection just came out but I love it and I'm already plotting on what backups I'm going to get. Not like I really "need" them but that's not the point LOL! I got everything except the Follow Your Heart lip liner. I loved Aaliyah and was absolutely crushed when she died. So when I heard a collection was coming, I was so excited. If anything has caught your eye in this collection then get it! I would recommend Hot Like... lipstick. It's a fantastic red lipstick. I'd also recommend Li Li's Motor City lipglass. It is the perfect coral colored lip gloss. I also really like the Age Ain't Nothing eyeshadow palette. It's tiny but is a great mix of shades that'll take you from day to night. Now let me finalize my backup shopping list!

Childish Gambino - This is America

Courtesy of YouTube/Vevo

I haven't mentioned a song in a while. This song is one I've had on repeat in the car. I mean on repeat for my whole commute going to work. I heard it when he performed on Saturday Night Live. The video however is what brings the song together. The imagery in it is pretty intense. I've only watched the video 2 or 3 times. It's a lot to take in. If you have not heard the song then check it out.

Short and sweet! Now on to my birthday month! *twirls*

Thursday, June 28, 2018

May/June 2018 Out of My Face

Now this a good set of empties! I'm excited that a lot of skincare items were used up. I'm really trying to pair down my skincare stash to the items I really like using. Plus I can try a new item or two but not a TON of items.

Here's what I used up in May and June!

  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid
  • Make-up Designory Facial Cleanser & Make-up Remover
  • Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil
  • Michael Todd Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Toner
  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strenght & Shine Leave-in Conditioner
  • Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel
  • philosophy supersize 3-in-1 shower gel in The Ice Cream Man
  • Serious Skincare Retinol Renewal Gel Overnight Reveal
  • Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal Cream
  • Serious C3 C Serum
  • Boscia Blotting Linens in Pink Peppermint 100 sheets
  • Palmer's Coconut Oil Hand Cream
  • philosophy Whippedd Body Creme in Pure Grace
  • Covergril Queen All Day Flawless Foundation in Mocha Q835
  • philosophy Body Lotion in Lemon Custard
  • Serious Skincare Body Souffle in Ginger
  • Serious Skincare Retinol Renewal Gel
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR Serum
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in Mad Max Brown 
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub
  • philosophy Hand Cream in Lemon Custard
  • Clinique Take the Day of Cleansing Balm
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid
  • Serious Skincare A Eye XR  Retinol Eye Cream
  • Serious Skincare 4 Million IU A Cream XR SPF 30
  • Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
The Palmer's Coconut Oil Hand Cream is a newcomer to the list. I really liked the scent. Some coconut scents can smell fake or sickeningly sweet. The was nice and light. The hand cream itself was just ok. It wasn't moisturizing enough for my liking. I don't plan on repurchasing it

Does anyone have any dark brown liquid liner recommendations? I have one more Kat Von D one to use up and after that I'm not purchasing it or any other items from her brand due to some recent comments she made.

Let's keep moving right along!