Colourpop Makeup look

Here’s a quick makeup look using mostly Colourpop products.

Some of the products are no longer available so I figured I’d provide swatches in case anyone wanted to recreate the look or use similar colors!

At Forest Sight eyeshadow palette
ALT lippie pencil (as liner)
Best Intention Lippie Stix
Flynn lux liquid lipstick
Tick blush
Main Attraction highlighter

I appreciate that I’m able to use the lippie pencils as eyeliners because I would never use green as a lip color lol.

I love the blushes and highlighters and wish they were still available. I feel like I’ve used these products so much, and the highlighter is on my pan project, but I haven’t hit pan yet and barely made a dent!

I wish Colourpop had a bronzer I could use but I’ve found their bronzer to be too light, too orange or too stiff and hard to blend.

Let me know if you own any of these products!

Indie Lee Retinol Alternative Cream

I recently received this Indie Lee Retinol Alternative cream to test.

“This high-performance cream is formulated with Natural Retinol Alternative Rambutan for improved appearance of elasticity, firmness, fine lines and wrinkles. Paracress extract reduces the visible signs of aging while Squalane and Orange Milk Tree extract plump skin and boost moisture retention.” Indie Lee website

The first thing I noticed is the packaging. This product comes in a refillable outer pump package. This means you can purchase a refill for a smaller cost. Both packages are plastic and if you look at the website, the company’s goal is to use at least 50% PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic in all of their packaging by 2023. I wasn’t able to find, and didn’t think to check the packaging, if this product’s packaging is PCR plastic but it’s still great that the company is working towards sustainable packaging. In addition, they have a recycling program that earns you points for money off your orders.

Now, for the product. It’s a nice thick, scentless cream that absorbs quickly without feeling heavy or thick. I haven’t noticed adverse reactions to adding it to my existing skincare routine which includes a toner, some facial oils and a spf cream.

As for results. I can’t say that I’ve noticed a difference, but I’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks. I always forget to do “before and after” pictures but to be honest, I try so many new products that it’s hard to do a true comparison. Which might make you wonder why you should trust my review…

This is a first impression in case the brand is something you’ve seen or are interested in. At $72US it may be too expensive to trust a first impression review so I will try to focus on using this product and report back on results.

I received this complimentary to test with no obligation to post about it.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Foundation

I received the Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Matte Foundation from Influenster free for testing. I really like the Prisme Libre loose powder so I was excited to try the foundation.

It’s described as: “A skincare-infused, long-lasting matte foundation that is lightweight and natural while blurring and addressing imperfections for up to 24 hours.

It definitely is matte and I would describe it as full coverage even though Sephora’s website describes it as medium coverage. I would recommend starting with a small amount and build it up.

I also noticed that if I didn’t moisturize well enough, it would make my skin look a little dry, and I also had to go in very light with a finishing powder.

Once I figured out the right amount to use and how to set it, I enjoyed the foundation.

For a high-end brand, I don’t think $49US is too expensive, you get the standard 1oz, it’s a pump bottle and has a nice frosted glass look.

I’m still on the fence about whether or not I would buy this on my own. I have many other foundations I enjoy more but I didn’t dislike this one. I’ll continue to use the foundation and will try to remember to provide an update once I’ve gotten more use of it, especially in the warmer summer months.

Have you used this foundation? Are you interested in trying it?

Don’t forget the Sephora sale is coming up soon and it would be a great time to pick this up!

If you are interested in joining Influenster to receive a chance to test a variety of products you can do so here:
http://www.influenster.com/r/2171317

CP At Forest Site and Morphe Jaclyn Hill Vol II look

Today I really wanted to use the Raw Beauty Kristi Colourpop collab but I also really wanted to use the second Morphe Jaclyn Hill collab. Fortunately, the two compliment each other!

I pulled crease colors from the Jaclyn Hill palette and the lower lash line color.f

From the Colourpop palette, I pulled darker colors to add depth to the look and the lid colors.

I wanted to blend Evergreen into West Coast to the out end but West Coast was too yellow gold for what I wanted to i layered Evergreen on top instead.

Other products used:

  • WetNWild Photofocus foundation dewy in Golden Beige. I usually go for matte but this has the perfect satin finish, not dewy at all!
  • Maybelline age rewind in 120 light. I used to really like this but lately it’s been feeling dry on my skin
  • Marc Jacobs Finish Line powder
  • Doll 10 Popstar Peach. I usually use this under powder but I forgot and figured I’d try it over. I didn’t notice any affect on my foundation but it made for a much brighter blush when I layered a powder over it. This was a Jen Phelps, on YouTube, recommendation and it’s hands down one of the best formulas. In not sure how I feel about the scent though. It’s a nice, yummy vanilla but it feels weird applying it to my face. I haven’t noticed it affecting my skin though
  • WetNWild Mellow Wine blush over to set (can skip two blushes but I don’t)
  • Smashbox Cali Contour palette for bronzer/contour and highlight. I like but don’t love. I want to love this palette so I keep it around
  • Urban Decay Horchata lipstick – the vice lipsticks were reformulated and the new ones are some of the most hydrating matte lipsticks I’ve tried
  • WetNWild Brow Sessive in Medium Brown. This is $1.99 on Target’s website and Amazon. I’ve really been loving this pencil, it’s soft and blends is perfect for my needs – which is just to fill in and brush out
  • Essence lash princess mascara – the purple one

Hope everyone has a happy Thursday

Colourpop Misunderstood Palette Look Vol III

This isn’t a palette that I look at and immediately have a look pop out at me but I’m always able to put together a look that I love.

This was a very simple look but the shimmers are so pretty and really pop.

I lightly packed Devious in the crease and blended up to the brow. I applied Sing to the outer V of my eyelid, Underworld to the center and Pain and Panic to the inner 1/3.

I used my fingers to apply the shimmers and then I took small brushes to softly blend the shimmers together.

I took a small fluffy brush and brushed back and forth in the crease, with no additional product, to blend the shimmers.

I went back and packed on a little more Devious to the outer V to bring back some depth.

What are your thoughts on this palette? What kind of look would you do or would you like to see next?

Hair care

Let’s get into this like it hasn’t been over three weeks since I last posted 😅

My hair was never the priority in my grooming, mostly because I just didn’t know how to handle it. It’s thick and tends to get frizzy and poofy and overall always looked dull.

About ten years ago (omgosh I’m old!) I started really taking care of it, getting regular cuts, trying heat protective products, leave-in conditioners, the works.

Most recently, I’d say about three years ago, I stopped blow drying and using any kind of heat in my hair almost all together. Mostly it was because I got lazy and just didn’t want to “do” my hair. The plus side is, my hair started looking and feeling a lot healthier. I trained it so wasn’t washing it as often and my natural waves were really coming through. The one thing I did change is I bleached and dyed some of it and fortunately I didn’t get any of the frying dead looking hair I was scared of.

Then covid hit and I went an entire year without cutting or bleaching my hair, I could still touch up the color at home, and my hair went straight into nothing but buns. There were many days I didn’t even brush my hair. I struggled with wanting to brush my hair because it was always so tangled. No matter what products I use, which I try to keep minimal to avoid build up, I have this spot at the base of my neck on the right side that gets so matted.

Well, now that I’m having to interact with people again it’s time to get my hair back into shape.

A cut and color touch up went a long way but I was still dealing with how tangled my hair would get.

In a moment of desperation and curiosity I picked up a “tangle free” plastic/silicon brush and let me tell you, it’s been life changing!

I don’t know what it is about this brush but whether my hair is wet or dry this brushes through it so nicely! I’m able to get rid of the matted parts at my neck with a lot less breakage and tears.

This entire post has lead me to this: if you find yourself struggling with your hair, and haven’t found something that helps with brushing, try this out!

I found mine at my local TJ Maxx for about $5.

Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment review

I was gifted this cleanser through Octoly a couple of months ago and I’m hooked!

This is a no-rinse cleanser that offers skincare that “refines the look of pores , and protects the skin’s barrier with prebiotic inulin” for clarity.

What is inulin? In ways I was able to understand: it acts as food for the good bacteria that lives on our skin which makes sense why it claims to protect the skin’s barrier.

I love that this removes my makeup and doesn’t leave any kind of residue but does hydrate and soften my skin.

This is a product I’ll definitely be purchasing and highly recommend even if it’s used after or along with another cleanser.

LA Girl VIP Desert Dream look

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.

Mini Walmart haul

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.

Subscription box look

This year I decided to cancel my boxycharm subscription so I can focus on the products I have, including all the products I’ve received via boxycharm and Ipsy; the only two subscriptions I’ve had for several years.

I am keeping my ipsy subscription because you can skip months and I like the sample subscription.

Using January’s products and a palette previously received in Boxycharm I came up with this look

The Ace Beauté Scarlet Dusk palette came in the January 2020 boxycharm box but I hadn’t used it at all so I pulled it out for this look. The a Kevyn Aucoin mascara came in the Boxycharm premium May 2020 box.

I like the formula of Ace Beauté’s shadows and I have a palette that I purchased on my own. The shadows apply pigmented and are easy to blend. Using a glitter primer I was able to apply a shimmer shade (Hibiscus) without having to wet my brush.

I think the Kevyn Aucoin mascara is ok. I like it but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. The brush is small with tight bristles that seperates lashes nicely and with a couple of layers it made my lashes look nice.

The January ipsy bag came with a blush and highlighter and blush, along with some face masks, a color correcting cream and a hyradte and glow oil. I didn’t think to use the color corrector but I did use the highlighter and blush.

I was surprised at how much I liked the Ciaté London Glow to Illuminating Blush in Matchmaker. Overall I have not been impressed with this brand so I didn’t have high hopes, plus I prefer matte blushes but this was a nice blush. The pigment is perfect for a blush and it isn’t glittery.

The highlighter is Catrice Luminous Highlighter in Lumi and it gives a beautiful wet highlight look.

I haven’t used the other products I received in the ipsy bag but I’m happy about the products I received.

I liked being able to use the products in my bag and enjoyed shopping my subscription box stash for this look.