Love in London V2 look and life

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.

Have you tried any BH Cosmetics products?

Love in London palette look

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.

Do you have any of these palettes?

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.

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.

Violet Voss Flamingo Palette

I’m not sure what it is about the brand but whenever Violet Voss comes out with a palette I need it.

I managed to hold off on the Flamingo Palette until a couple of months ago when it was on sale through Boxycharm (Violet Voss’s shipping is OUTRAGEOUS). Even then it took me this long to use the palette.

I’ve become a lot more comfortable with color over this last year so I was eager to use Beach Ball.

I started with Lemonade, added Beach Ball then tried to darken with Sandals because I wasn’t feeling confident enough to pull off the green.

I immediately regretted adding Sandals but I kept going and added Tidal Wave, over NYX glitter primer. Once Tidal Wave was down I darkened the outer third with Beach Ball again and loved the result.

I have to remind myself to trust the process and I’m so glad I stuck with this look!

How do you feel about using color in your look, makeup or clothes?

Natasha Denona Glam Palette

When I first saw the ND Glam palette I didn’t think I’d add it to my stash. This is too cool of a color story for me but, a friend and my love for her shadows quickly changed my mind haha.

The biggest difference between this palette and others is that the shades don’t have names, instead they’re labeled by what part of the eye it’s recommended to be used on. I’m not the biggest fan of this but I can see how it would be helpful to someone starting off.

One of the my favorite thing about Natasha Denona is how many tutorials she puts out using her palettes. Between those and the labeling here it’s a great palette for someone starting or for a quick look.

I’m curious what others think of this naming convention. Would you prefer names or do you like this method?

ABH Subculture 3 looks

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette is probably my favorite, despite the negative reviews it received.

I wouldn’t say that I have a favorite palette but if I did, I think it would be this one. Anytime I pick up this palette it’s easy to continue to use it day after day.

Here are three looks made using this palette

Look #1: I used Dawn to set my base (MAC pro paint pot in Soft Ochre), then I used Edge in the Crease, darkend the crease and applied to outer V with Mercury and finally Rowdy. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and applied Adorn. I used Edge all across the lower lash and Mercury in the outer lower lash.

Look #2 : I used Dawn to set my base (MAC pro paint pot in Soft Ochre), then I lightly applied Mercury in the crease, added Destiny to outer V and used Untamed to smoke out the look. I used NYX glitter primer all over the lid and applied Electric. I used Destiny all across the lower lash and Untamed in the outer lower lash.

Look #3 : for look #3 I pulled in the Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder palette. This came in a BoxyCharm last November and I haven’t used it much. The color story is very similar to Subculture and it paired nicely.

Again started with Dawn to set the MAC Soft Ochre base, then went in with Edge, Mercury and Zero Gravity. I was hoping Zero Gravity would darken the outer V but it’s didn’t add much to a mercury so I added Storm Dust to add depth to the outer V. I used NYX glitter primer and applied Eternal Light but it wasn’t very pigmented so I layered Cube over it.

I like the variety of looks I was able to come up with and am still loving this palette.

Colourpop Liquid Eyeliner

I’m back on that Colourpop, lol.

I picked up a black liquid line, Numero Uno, regular price $8, to get to free shipping. This was the first time I purchased this style liner.

I have to start with saying, I hate CP’s pot liners. They’re hard to work with, they’re chunky and I can’t get them to apply smoothly no matter what deity I pray to. The pencil liners are fine, nothing special to be honest, so I wasn’t expecting much.

The most important thing for me when it comes to makeup is that it has to be easy. So, to test this out, I decided to use this liner for the first time in a moving car.

OK, it wasn’t planned but that’s how it happened.

I’m not the best at applying eyeliner, something to keep in mind, but overall, this eyeliner was pretty easy to apply. I did have to shake it a few times, and shake it in between applications, but it didn’t leak or apply too much.

I like the matte black finish and that I was able to apply a thin precise line but I’m interested in seeing how long it’ll take before it’s “empty” or too dry to use.

My eyeshadow is a combination of Makeup Geek and Sydney Grace singles and Colourpop SSS on the lid.

Have you used these liquid liners before? What do you think of them?

Rust eyeshadow palette

Happy Black Friday if you’ve gotten up, or will get up, in hopes of finding all the good deals.

I’m a little sad to say there isn’t really anything that has captured my attention this year. It could be because I still have so much unpacking to do that adding more boxes seems like too much, lol.

For today’s look I used the Melt Cosmetics Rust palette. These gorgeous colors are perfect for fall looks and the quality is superb.

The colors I used were (in order): Erode/ Rust/ Mar/ Rott along upper and lower lash line

The shimmers are all beautiful, even though I much prefer the mattes in the palette, but I wanted to use something brighter.

For the lid I used Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Campfire; part of the collaboration with RawBeautyKristi.

I was able to use Rott on a flat definer brush as eyeliner and I loved the effect it had.

For my highlight I used the Jaclyn Cosmetics highlighter quad. I used the Colourpop lippie stix Beeper and CP CA Love lux lipstick.

How was your week? Are you doing any shopping this Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Morphe 18B look

I intended to have this up Friday but, I forgot >.<.

My plan is to post at least every Mondays and Fridays and sometimes Wednesdays. Check back Monday to see if that happens! Lol

For this look I used the Morphe 18B, Making Bank, palette

This is an 18 pan palette that comes in a cardboard palette and has a mirror. It’s no longer available but it was an $18 palette that I probably purchased on sale.

Overall, I enjoy Morphe eyeshadows. They are a bit on the dry side, you can see how dusty the upper left olive color is, but I find them easy to work with.

I love the way the crease colors blended together with the yellow and olive to lighten up the look but the star is the bottom right color. I applied the color over NYX glitter primer on the inner 2/3rds of my eyelid. It doesn’t look like much in the pan but it has a duochrome finish that shifts color depending on how the light hits it. This look reminded me why I love Morphe shadows so much.

I used my standard Essence Lash Princess mascara and this face trio by Pop Beauty that I got in a Boxycharm pop-up sale. The bronzer and blush look shimmery in the pans but when you apply them they have a nice finish, not shimmery or glittery and it doesn’t emphasize texture.

  • Morphe 18B shades: Check Please/ Cash or Card/ Jackpot/ C-Note/ Make It Rain/ Bazillionaire/ Rake It In/ Deposits
  • Beauty by POPSUGAR Trio Time Face in Coffee Break
  • Essence Lash Princess Scultped Volume