Today my boyfriend surprised me with a cake to celebrate 5k followers on Instagram.
This gesture means so much because instagram has been an up and down ride between us.
No one tells you what it means once you decide you want to strive for a larger media presence. There isn’t a book on how it will affect your relationships and how much time and mental effort it will take. I started last year with less than 300 followers and have increased to now 5,300.
Every day I try to find balance between what I want to do online, on my phone, and what I already have in real life. My relationships, my 9-5 and my free time all require attention and it’s easy for some things to fall to the wayside between the commenting and the likes.
So, thank you to my partner for being supportive, and thank you to everyone virtually supporting me.
This is the third time I’ve used this palette and each time I love the formula, colors and ease of use so much.
This time I stuck to a purple look instead of pink.
Commitment is a dark purple with shimmer that is perfect for depending a color. It is a very soft formula, I accidentally tapped my flat definer brush too hard and I took a chunk out of the shade. The formula is like a Colourpop super shock shadow so you need to pack it in then blend.
I’ve also been using the Tati Beauty Blendiful for the last week or so and I’m really enjoying being able to do all my face makeup (minus blush) with one tool.
If you’re interested in seeing how I use the blendiful check out my video on Instagram.com/asquard 💙
I did not order the blendiful when it was first released because, to be honest, Tati’s first release was very underwhelming and I expected this to be too.
Then as it popped up all over YouTube I was convinced to give it a try. I do a lot of traveling so having one product that could do so much was very appealing.
My package arrived Sunday, today is Monday so I’ve had three days to use it. Here are my thoughts:
It is not an intuitive product to use. It’s great that it’s large and can be bulky and hard to handle easily
It applied my Tatcha primer nicely, I enjoyed being able to really press it into my skin
I enjoyed that it felt like I was applying my foundation with my hands without the hassle of getting my hands dirty
I absolutely loved that I could, technically, do my entire face with it from primer to powder oroducts
Washing it is also not intuitive. Imagine washing a stuffed animal trying to get stains out of the cloth. Each time I’ve used a different soap hoping something would work easier but the most noticeable thing is that after having been washed it’s left feeling a bit stiff. It’s almost like I should have used a conditioning soap with it.
It didn’t seem to absorb much of the products used
I was going to hold off on a review until I felt more comfortable using the product so I could “give it a fair chance” but after Tati released her video on how to use it, I felt like I should review what my first experiences were.
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.
I tried to use several colors to see how they applied and blended.
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 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.
I’m finally going for it! My goal is to make the Colourpop PR team!
First off, it’s hands down my favorite brand. I wound say 75-80% of what I own is Colourpop.
I love their products, believe they are great quality and most importantly (to me) they’re based and manufacture out of California.
I’ve learned so much in the time I’ve spent growing my social media. I’ve learned the confidence makeup can give a person, I’ve learned how makeup can bring strangers together and I’ve learned makeup can bring out so much in someone. I believe that Colourpop is a company that also understands and emphasizes this which is why I would love an opportunity to represent them.
I’m keeping all my fingers crossed and will continue to support the brand regardless, but wish me luck and hopefully this is a goal I can achieve this year!
If you’d like to support me my Instagram is Instagram.com/asquard 💙
For the first time in a few months my boxycharm arrived before the end of the month and I’m so excited for most of what I received!
I’m on a no buy but I am keeping the boxycharm base and premium subscriptions, for now. I also get lux every three months but I’m thinking of getting rid of it.
This month’s base box:
I was instantly in love with the Ace Beauté palette, the colors are totally my vibe and I love the brand. We’ve received it in the past and I loved it so much I purchased additional palettes on my own.
The only item I’ve tried is the glow recipe sleep mask, which I like and use now. Even though this is the travel size, and not a full size, I’m still pretty happy with it because it’s easier to travel with.
For once, I’ll be keeping and trying out the entire box. I’m always happy to get mascaras in boxes and I’ve heard some good reviews on the concealer as well.
Are you subscribed to Boxycharm? How do you feel about this month’s box?
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
Do you have resolutions? Goals? What are you looking forward to this year?