Colourpop Sandstone

Here’s another colourpop look!

The Sandstone palette may be just another neutral with a yellow but I still love it!

Available on Colourpop’s website as of 10/16/2020

This palette has 4 mattes, 7 mattes that have glitter particles and 7 metallics/shimmers.

I find that these particular mattes that have the glitter through them apply with more of that glitter on the lid that previous versions have. I’m ok with it so I actually still apply these as if they were just mattes.

  • MAC paint pot in soft ocre
  • Vortex in the crease to brow
  • Oasis in crease, keeping it lower
  • Canyon Loop on outer half of lid and into lid
  • Big Butte in outer third of lid and softly into crease
  • Templeton in the outer edge, in a V shape with a tighter brush. Then take a fluffier brush to blend it out and slightly blending it into the crease
  • Pueblo on lid – dip brush into color, spray with setting spray then apply to lid
  • Blend between Pueblo and outer lid colors
  • Lower lash – Canyon Loop, Big Butte and Templeton
  • Desert Sky in the inner corner, dip brush into the color, spray and apply
Brushes used, you can see the different densities

New Colourpop Lippie Stix

Colourpop recently released four new lippie stix with their Sandstone palette release and I picked up all four!

Each lippie stix retails for $7 or you can get the set of 4 for $26.

It took me a while to get the hang of, or get used to, the lippie stix formula. It seems like a combination of a lip pencil and lipstick, it has longer staying power that a lipstick but not as mucb as a liquid lipstick.

These are supposed to be a “blur” formula but I’ll have to confirm what they actually show on the box. From my experience with the four, only one pops out as having their “blur” effect which was Hike House. I really had to build up Hike House to get good and even pigmentation and it did enhance the dryness of my lips.

The other three shades were easy to apply and went on pigmented and smoothly.

Overall I really like this set and would definitely recommend Verde Valley, Coyote Ugly and Prarie Home. If you really like the color, you can make Hike House work, you’ll just need to make sure to give your lips some extra TLC.

“Halloween” Makeup!

As much as I love seeing creative holiday looks and would like to be more adventurous and editorial with my makeup I don’t foresee myself doing it anytime soon. That doesn’t mean I can enjoy a good Halloween collection though!

Last year Makeup Revolution released the Forever Flawless Haunted House palette and, after missing out on it the first go around, I decided to purchase it. Even if it was just because of the tin, oops >.<

Not only is the tin eye catching but the names are perfectly fitting for the theme!

Fortunately, the color story is something I can work with and the quality matches the rest of their Forever Flawless line.

I don’t limit palettes to seasons so have used this throughout the year but I did chose this as one of my monthly palettes for this month.

Something I noticed and was excited about it, is that within this palette I can see how my comfort levels have changed.

Last year I wound have completely stayed away from Decrepit, Petrify, Creepy and Undead but this year they were the first colors I gravitated to!

  • Peril in the crease blending up towards the brow
  • Decrepit in the crease, keeping it lower than Peril and blending it in the outer 1/3 of my lid building it up on the outer 1/3
  • Added Petrify to 1/3 of my lid to darken it up more, blending it towards the center of my lid
  • I used NYX Glitter Primer on the inner half of my lid focusing it more in the inner 1/3, patting it on. Wait a few seconds to let out dry
  • Apply Creak over primer with my finger or flat brush gently swiping it when you get to the center of the lid towards the outer edge to blend between the shimmer and matte shade
  • Clean up under the eye for any fallout, do remainder of face
  • Peril all over lash line
  • Decrepit in outer 1/3 lower last blending towards center
  • With my eye closed I took a small dense brush and applied Nightmare at my upper and lower lash line to darken it up a bit and give a blurred liner look
  • Afterwards I took a thin flat liner brush and tight lined my upper lash with Decrepit (but the brush and product tight into my lash line)
  • Applied Phantom between Peril and my eyebrow
  • Took a lip brush, I like these because they’re small and tightly packed which makes them perfect for picking up and precisely placing product in an area, and used Creep in the inner corner to add some brightness to the look

Did you pick up this palette? Or are you picking up this year’s?

Hope everyone has a great rest of their day and week!

Colourpop Disney Makeup

If you’re a Colourpop or a Hocus Pocus fan you know today Colourpop is releasing a Hocus Pocus collection!

I’ve really enjoyed their previous Disney collabs (yup, Hocus Pocus is Disney!) so in honor I did my makeup with as much Disney as possible

Products used:

– Horse and carriage highlight
– Dr Facilier lipstick and Shadow Man gloss
– It’s a Princess Thing Eyeshadow Palette : Chip/Grumpy/Triton/Beast/juju/prince charming
– Misunderstood Eyeshadow Palette: Devious/sing/underworld
Tarte prize and peppermint mocha (I forgot the Disney collection comes with blushes as well as the Mulan blush)

Do you have any of the Disney collaborations?

Will you be picking this one up?

Colourpop Green/Teal SSS look

I can’t remember when it was but, I purchased the Colourpop “Is This Real Life” Super Shock Shadow vault when it first released. First, because I’m a sucker for vaults and second, I really enjoy the formula. However, because it was a “limited edition” release (it’s since been abatible two or three times again) I hadn’t really touched the set.

For reasons we won’t speak of (oops), I finally started using the SSS in this collection


For the eyes I used: Colourpop Candy Castle – Rainbow trail in the crease as the first color and Lord Licorice to blend after I applied the SSS

From the vault I used Left on Thread and Take me Higher SSS

I was impressed that even after so long the SSS were creamy and color rich.

Have you tried the formula? What are your thoughts?

Do you have a certain makeup item you don’t use out of fear of using it up?

Morphe 35C

I told myself I didn’t need or want this palette but here we are.

I personally love most of Morphe’s palettes and this one is no exception. Even though it is much cooler toned than I’m used to, I still find this easy to use and combine colors with.

Full list of products used:

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer
Natasha Denona Magic primer
Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil
Mamonde Floral Hydro Cream
CYO Cosmetics Foundation
Measurable Difference Concealer correction
Maybelline Age Rewind in 112
Laura Mercier Loose setting powder in translucent
Almay loose setting powder in 200 Light
Morphe 35C Cute Shoes/Total Mood/My Pleasure /Thx It’s New /Fashionably Late
Lower lash: Call Me Gorg/On You
OFRA Pink Lady very lightly layered over a lighter pink blush
It Cosmetics Humble (matte)

How do you feel about Morphe palettes? Do you have this one?

Morphe 35 O3 Look

Primer: Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas primer and Marc Jacobs Under(Cover) Perfecting Coconut primer
Face: Covergirl Full Spectrum Matte Ambition All Day Foundation. I think I have the lightest shade in this collection, definitely made for more melanin rich peeps.
Measurable Difference Concealer Collection. We received this in a Boxycharm box three years ago and I’ve kept this since then, still plastic wrapped. I love how well this product performs! I used it for contouring, bronzing and concealer
Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder for under the eyes and NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop powder for all over
ABH Contour Kit powder
Smashbox Bronze Lights Warm Matte
Colourpop Interstellar pressed blush
Marc Jacob’s Gilty O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer NYX glitter primer for the lid area where I applied the shimmer shade
Shadows: Tempting/ Flame Game/ Red Alert/ Power Play/ Trance
@nyxcosmetics Fill and Fluff in Espresso
Tarte Big Ego Mascara
Kylie Cosmetics Madeline

The NYX glitter primer made a big difference in how the shimmer shade applied and how long it stayed on!

Colourpop Wild Nothing Collection

Colourpop released a whole new collection last week and I instantly knew I’d have to get a few of the items (I’ve completely abandoned my no spend, oops).

Photo credit: Colourpop.com

Being a desert girl with a succulent collection almost as abundant as my makeup this packaging sucked me in instantly!

As with most Colourpop launches, items sold out almost as soon as they were listed. Fortunately for me I was grabbing food and was able to park right at 10 to place my order.

I picked up the palette, three of the new creme shadows, all three blushes and for the heck of it one of the lip oils. I’m not one for a glossy lip but curiosity got the best of me.

Purchased items

I’ve seen a few people talk about how the colors of the palette don’t match the theme but I personally think it’s dead on. The desert isn’t vibrant or bright.

I forgot to use the cream shadows but I here I used as many of the products from the collection as possible

Shadows used: Top lid- Top Down/Morningside/No Bounds/Alcove /Spirited. Bottom Lid – Come Together/ Sea Shells. Inner Corner – Salton
Blush On The Horizon
Hot Shot lip oil

Alcove is a nice shimmer shade and Spirited and Salton are super shock formulas.

The blush has glitter specks in the pan but it applies with a nice sheer glow that doesn’t emphasize texture.

The lip oil! I am so happy I picked this up! It feels so soft and hydrating. It’s not sticky at all and doesn’t have that gooey thick feel some oils can have. It has a very light scent that goes away once applied and doesn’t have a taste (I accidentally licked my lips, haha).

Overall I really enjoy the products and color story released.

Natasha Denona Metropolis Look

Yesterday I was watching Alicia Archer (kinkysweat on YouTube) do two looks comparing the Natasha Denona Bronze and Metropolis palettes and she inspired me to use the Metropolis palette.


I love the way Symbol, Shield and Imperia blended into each other.
I used Rhizome in the crease to blend the colors up

Other products used:

  • Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10
  • Wet N Wild Photofocus Loose powder
  • The Balm Time Balm concealer in Medium
  • Natasha Denona Sculpt and Glow palette
  • Chanel Bronze Makeup Base (discontinued and reformulated)
  • Colourpop Top 8 matte liquid lipstick and Cruel Intentions SSB
  • MAC Totally Taupless
  • Chantecaille Elephant Smitten

Natasha Denona Tropic Palette

I have been wanting the Tropic palette since it launched but because it received such bad reviews I held off.

It went on sale this year for 50% off so I thought about getting it during the Sephora Beauty Insider sale but my friend kept reminding me of the bad reviews so I held off some more.

Finally, now in July, I was no longer able to resist it.

As with all my Natasha Denona palettes I was super happy to open this baby up and just play with it.

The first day I didn’t do a full face but played with some of the colors.

I used Gusti and a lid shade and, just as expected, it was a very sheer, shimmery topper. I wanted to play with some of the colorful shades so I used Laguna on my lower lash and was surprised at how pigmented it applied. I used Limoncello as an inner corner highlight and it applied beautifully!

My second day I did a full face of makeup and tried other colors. To my surprise I was very happy how everything turned out.

I did use my finger to apply the green and I had to get quite a bit of product on my finger but it applied nicely and I didn’t have to worry about fallout.

So far I’m really enjoying this palette and for 50% off (at Sephora) I would definitely recommend it!