Not sure if the previous Colourpop palette posts count but I’m calling this V1 because I’m using shadows I’ve depotted and placed into one large palette.
This is the x-large palette I used to combine several of my small Colourpop palettes. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially since most of my Colourpop impulse buys are due to the packaging, but I love being able to see all my options.
I did have to label the shadows myself and at some point I stopped including what palette they were from but it is easy to Google the shadow name and see what palette it was in.
Shadows used :
Champs from Yes, Please
Top Notch from All I See is Magic
Hard from Double Entendre
Elfish from Dream St
Money Tree from Fortune
The highlighter is a recent Jaclyn Cosmetics loose highlighters and the bronzer is from the Tarte Ave Princess palette.
I’m not usually picky when it comes to mascara, in fact my favorite mascara is an Essence Lash Princess mascara that’s $4. However, when it comes to this WNW mascara, it is awful.
I picked it up hoping it would be another great inexpensive mascara (also because I didn’t have a mascara on me and didn’t want to spend money on one, haha), but it’s not. It feels greasy, maybe it’s the “protein”, and it doesn’t do much for my lashes. It actually clumps them up and makes them look sparse. Even though it stays feeling greasy, it does get hard to comb through which is how I’ve managed to get my lashes to look decent.
I’m trying to use this up, because I’m stubborn and because I hope it somehow becomes better. Once this is gone I’ll be sticking to my Essence mascara.
Oy, it feels like it’s been a year since I last posted. I’ve been trying to stick to a Monday and Friday schedule but even that seems to be too much for me. I’m going to continue to keep that as a goal but more than anything I want to keep blogging because I want to, not because I feel obligated.
With that said, here is a look using BH Cosmetics Love in London palette in different lighting.
I’m surprised at how much I’m loving this cool toned palette. It’s been so easy to combine shades and they’re so wearable.
The BH Cosmetics Travel Series collection has several location eyeshadow and highlighter palettes and so far these are the only palettes I’ve tried. The destination theme is a little sentimental because they can be of places you’ve traveled to or want to travel to, which is exactly how they got me *face palm*. Once I tried the first palette I was hooked and purchased a couple more palettes.
Today’s look is using the Love in London palette. This palette has a more neutral, lighter color story than I typically gravitate towards.
The palette is about half matte and half shimmer colors. The mattes build up nicely and blend out easily. They are a little powdery but that doesn’t affect the quality.
The shimmers are nice and buttery. They can be applied with a wet brush or over a sticky primer to show up more pigmented.
I used the two mattes, Cheers and Picadilly, in the crease and to darken the crease and outer part of the crease/lid. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and went in with Duchess on the outer part of my lid, over Picadilly, to smoke out the look more. Then I applied Biscuit over the rest of the lid and finished the look with Palace in the inner corner.
I used Picadilly and Duchess on the lower lash line.
I loved how this look turned out and am excited up try out more looks.
These are the two latest palettes from LA Girl, VIP Desert Dream and Main Stage Desert Dream.
(what’s a PRE-PS? I’m not a color expert) The Main Stage palette has a nice colorful color story with some pastel and darker jewel tones. The VIP palette has warm, neutral tones which are more my style.
Of the three mattes I used for this look, thr yellow and rust were pigmented and easy to blend. The dark brown that I used in the outer corner took more layers to build up to the darkness I wanted.
The metallic shade I used has an interesting texture. I think the best way to describe it is like soft chunky glitter. I found the best way to apply this is to go in with you finger, lightly rubbing the pan to get product on your finger, then applying it to the lid. I used NYX glitter primer on the area where I applied that shade to get it to stick on better and reduce fallout through the day.
Overall, I like these larger LA Girl palettes. They usually retail for $15.99US and are available at Ulta, Target, CVS and Walmart to name a few stores and they go on sale pretty often for 40-50% off.
The only think I would change, and this is a personal preference, is the front of the palette has a plastic, jelly like texture.
Have you tried any of the LA Girl 16 pan palettes? What do you think of these two palettes?
Both palettes were gifted but reviews and thoughts are my own honest opinions.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Walmart (we don’t have any conveniently near us) but I ran out of a couple of items so I took advantage and found one to go to.
I repurchased the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. Theywere out of Sand which is what I’ve been using so I grabbed one shade lighter to try out. I felt like sand was a little too dark anyway so I think this one will be good.
I was also repurchased the WetNWild Photofocus loose powder in Banana. This is hands down my favorite powder and yesterday I fianlly ran out, I even removed the plastic stopped to use up every last dust spec lol. I contemplated holding off on replacing this one since I have a few others to use up but I couldn’t resist it.
The WetNWild blush is an existing shade, Mellow Wine, that was repackaged in this Valentine’s Day packaging.
I grabbed the elf mascara for about $2 to give it a try and the highlighter was $5 I believe. I like the highlighter, it gives a nice golden glow without any glitter. The mascara is ok, I’ll have to keep testing it because it’s still too new and too wet to really decide how I feel about it.
I couldn’t resist the cute little Caboodles tote. I’m always looking for a convenient way to carry my motd through the house as I look for a comfortable place to apply it lol. It comes with several compartments for brushes and makeup products. It’s actually a nail kit tote but it works for this too. The center compartment comes out for easy cleaning.
The last (actually it was the very first lol) item I picked up was a cute fluffy sloth for my niece.
I hadn’t done a matte look in a while and this past week I did three!
I find all matte eye shadow looks to be more intimidating because there’s no shimmer to hide application or product imperfections but, this Colourpop palette demanded I try.
I’m talking about the Lil Ray Of Sunshine palette
This color story is so pretty to me, and maybe it’s because yellow is supposed to bring instant happiness but whatever the case, it makes me want to just use all the colors.
I started by priming my eyelids with a neutral base, close to my natural eye lid color. I added the last shade on top from my crease up to my brow.
Then, to make sure it would have a good base layer (or something) I added the yellow shade all over my lid. To be honest, I was not satisfied with how this color was applying. On one lid, there was a patch in the center of my lid that I could not get the pigment to stick to. So I went in with a pigment primer and tried to add the color on top again. I ended up having to start over on one eyelid because the yellow was showing up as a brown yellow and super patchy.
Once I cleaned up the lid and started over, I was happier with the way the yellow looked. I then used the bottom row to darken up the look by adding it to the outer lid and softly bringing it into the crease.
I finished off the look using CP liner Joy Ride (which applied beautifully!).
Here are my thoughts:
Nice color story but may need accompanying products since it’s all mattes
I rarely do all matte eye looks, but this week I’ve been wanting to use red lispticks and want to keep the focus on the color so I decided to give it a go.
Sydney Grace: Dirt Road, Be The Sunshine Makeup Geek: Cocoa Bear, Dark Roast, Mocha Coloured Raine: Gingerbread Colourpop: She’s in Bold, Liquid Courage, Overtime
I had to really build up Dirt Road on the lid, and go back in after I darkened the look. I think it may just be too light for my skintone but in the end I liked the way it blended out and came through.