Natasha Denona Love Palette

I was excited to see Natasha Denona’s latest release was another mini palette and that it would be Valentine’s Day themed.

As soon as I saw the preview I was excited to try it but because of my low/no buy I didn’t think I would get a chance.

Fortunately for me, my wonderful partner understands how I feel about Natadha Denona and bought the Love Palette for me! (He has not been this understanding on previous desires, lol)

It arrived Thursday evening and I immediately took my eye makeup off to start playing with this.

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I tried to use several colors to see how they applied and blended.

  • Colors used
    • Intense
    • Soul
    • Heartbeat
    • Heart
    • Trust
    • Pure Love

With the exception of Heart, all of the colors went on pigmented and were easy to blend. To apply Heart and have it show up I used a densely packed brush, once packed on, I was able to blend the color into the other colors used.

I can’t wait to continue to use this!

Are you picking it up? If not, why?

New Bite Beauty!

I received the new Bite Beauty face and reformulated lip crayon thanks to Influenster and I absolutely loved everything!

Included in my voxbox were the new Changemaker Skin-Optimizing Primer, Supercharged Micellar Foundation, Flexible Coverage Pressed Powder and Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon

The primer is a white moussey consistency that leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. I do need to use a pore filling primer in my tzone but you can get away with using only this if you don’t have larger pores.

The foundation is fantastic! It’s fluid enough that I only used a brush to apply it to avoid having too much product soak into a sponge. It applies wet but as it sets it gives a nice, natural dewy finish. I have oily combo skin so I had to set this foundation. It does have a slight scent that lingers, it’s not very strong but it’s good to make note of in case you’re sensitive to scents.

The pressed powder is perfect to set the foundation! It gives a nice soft matte look. I applied it with a powder blush for a light layer to set and I used the puff to tap the powder around my tzone for more oil control. The only thing I would change is the puff that comes with the powder, it’s too flimsy and doesn’t feel like it will last, but you can easily change that out.

I’ve used the lip crayons in the past and found this new formula to be soft and creamy but definitely not matte. It also has a slight scent that lingers.

Overall I would highly recommend these products!

2020!

Happy New Year!

I don’t do resolutions because I forget them and break them, haha. But this year I have goals I’d like to work on.

  • No makeup spend. I’m keeping two subscribtion boxes and probably have enough backups that I won’t need to repurchase anything. If I can achieve this goal I’ll shop the last Sephora Rouge 2020 sale. I oscillate between a low and no spend but I’ve decided my goal is a complete no spend.
  • Blog more and blog consistently
  • Get my debt under control. I feel like my first goal will have a big impact on achieving this goal
  • Travel more

Do you have resolutions? Goals? What are you looking forward to this year?

“Bubble Bubble No more Trouble”

I’m the kind of person that hates washing my face. There, I said it.

There’s something about having product in my face as I blindly splash water up in the hopes of rinsing everything clean.

When I saw The Creme Shop carbonated bubbling oxygen clay mask I was intrigued. I’ve used bubbling sheet masks in the past and have liked them, but this one was more than just a sheet mask.

Here are the claims off their website:

All-in-one cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores.

Our Bubble Bubble, No More Trouble Carbonated Bubbling Oxygen Clay Mask is a powerful all-in-one that deeply cleanses, exfoliates skin of dead skin cells, blackheads, and unclogs pores by removing dirt, oil, and sebum.

Additional nutrients like Collagen, Green Tea, and Lavender replenish and smooths the skin for a soft complexion and youthful glow.

That’s quite a bit of action!

I had a CVS 40% off coupon so I decided to try it. I thought maybe the bubbling action would make it exciting enough for me to want to wash my face.


Day 1: I wasn’t sure what to expect so I applied a layer just thick enough to cover my face. I rubbed it on using my fingers and waited for it to do its magic. It didn’t take long to start to tingle, not in a bad way, and bubble and soon the five minutes were up and it was time to see the results. I could tell it had removed all of my makeup, avoid eye contact (and make sure your mouth is fully closed, this doesn’t have a pleasant taste) but it left my skin feeling dry.

I used it again the next day, this time using a thicker layer of product


I noticed more bubbles this time, and it was easier to rub off as I rinsed my face but again, it left my skin feeling very dry and stripped.

I’ll have to continue using it to see if it’s something my skin needs to adapt to or if it’s too harsh for daily use.

Overall I think it’s a cute idea that works well. I can’t decide if I would recommend this yet because of how dry my face is left.

2020 Low Buy

After spending a large amount of time trying to figure out how to organize my collection I realized I’m in desperate need of a no buy.

A small look into what I’m dealing with 🙈

I’ve always had a habit of overspending and needing to complete collections but this year I’ve become overwhelmed with what I have and the thought of having things to go bad before they’re used.

Being realistic though, I’m setting a low buy for 2020 instead. I’m working to start now, in November, so I don’t quit cold turkey.

I started by unsubscriping from all makeup and skincare emails, if I don’t see it I won’t need it, right?

Next, I’m handing my cards over to my boyfriend. I know the temptation is too strong for me to stop myself so I’m removing part of the temptation by cutting myself off financially.

Third, I’m going to focus more on following people who are also on no/low buys and focus more on panning.

Next, I am keeping my Ipsy and BoxyCharm subscription, there’s no way I could go without ANYTHING new lol.

The last thing is I’ve set a goal for myself. Since I enjoy the perks I get from being Rouge at Sephora, I’m going to save up for some luxury items to purchase during the Rouge sales, limited to two sales a year. This way I can keep my Rouge status and finally satisfy my curiosity regarding some of these high tag items.

Wish my luck!

Natasha Denona makeup

This year, at Sephoria, I learned Natasha Denona has primer and foundation so during this holiday Rouge sale I picked up the Magic Primer, the Foundation X+ and the Contour Sculpting Powder.

I’ve used the sculpting powder twice and the primer and foundation three times and here are my thoughts:

  • The primer works well and does what it says. It kept my face from looking shiny and felt hydrating. I used it on my t-zone only, as recommended and used a hydrating primer everywhere else
  • The foundation is great, it’s matte and full coverage so I only used a little. You have to shake it very well before using because it does separate. I was a little concerned because some of the reviews stated that it ended up seperating by the end of the day but I did not experience that at all. I have an oily t-zone and dry outer face.
  • I got the sculpting powder in warm and this works as a perfect bronzer for me. It’s best to start with a light hand and build up. It blended well and lasted all day

I think the price point for these are all fairly reasonable and comparable to other high end products.

Overall I would definitely recommend these products!

Colourpop Disney Midnight Masquerade Collection

I have to start by saying how surprised I am to have gotten my order so quickly!

Being such a Disney fan I knew I was going to get this as collection as soon as they announced it so I placed my order first thing Monday morning and by Tuesday evening (today) it was here!

I didn’t purchase the eyeshadow palette because I needed something to ask for as a Christmas present, lol!

The packaging on these is so beautiful.

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ince they just arrived I haven’t had a chance to try everything so I’ll only be reviewing the Zero to Hero collection.

The highlight is a beautiful sheer Lilac highlight with a small amount of glitter. It’s a pressed highlight and does feel and look a little more powdery than their super shock highlights. I wasn’t able to get a good picture of a swatch but here are the swatches from Colourpop’s website

The collection includes highlights and blushes. If the blushes are anything like Colourpop’s typical pressed blush I know I’ll love them.

I was intrigued by the liquid lipsticks given that they’re a new “Lux Liquid Lipstick” formula

This is Wonderboy

I love the color and the feel is so soft! It feels almost moussey? It glides on very smoothly and pigmented. It has a very, very light smell, almost vanilla but it’s so light I might be making that up.

It isn’t transfer proof and I can tell I’ll have to reapply throughout the day but the formula feels light enough I don’t think I’ll mind.

Overall I would highly recommend the lux liquid lipstick and I’ll have to use the highlighters and blushes to see if I recommend them.

If you’re a Disney nut like me though, you’ll probably get the collection too!