Colourpop Sandstone look

Sandstone is one of my favorite palettes despite having so many of the matte with tiny glitter shades.

I think the mattes with the glitter apply nicely and blend easily. If you tap your brush you can tap off most of the loose glitter. You can also apply the color with a brush then tap it on with your finger to apply/keep the glitter on. I wound also recommend using a glitter or loose pigment primer.

I love the metallics/shimmers in this palette and love this color story in general. Here is a step by step on this look.

The palette is currently on sale for $11 as part of Colourpop’s “last call” sale so if you’re interested, now’s the best time to buy!

Purple shimmer look

Recently I’ve gotten more into single shadows and depotting my palettes.

I love being able to see so many options to chose from.

Sydney Grace, Coloured Raine, Makeup Geek and Colourpop

Buying singles also gives me the opportunity to try more brands, especially indie brands that only sell single shadows.

This is also a great way to utilize more than one palette and brand.

For than look I used the following shadows:

  • Colourpop – Zested, West Side
  • Makeup Geek – Cocoa Bear, Steampunk
  • Sydney Grace – Golden Wheat, Aim High

To bring out a little more of the lilac I used Colourpop Piggy Bank gel liner.

I’d love to know what others think of using singles!

Colourpop Eye look V1

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
  • Juicy Fruit

The highlighter is a recent Jaclyn Cosmetics loose highlighters and the bronzer is from the Tarte Ave Princess palette.

How do you feel about depotting palettes?

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.

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?

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.

Wander Beauty Mascara

If you have any kind of beauty subscription you’ve probably received some variation of the Wander Beauty mascara more than once.

This gold packaged volume and length mascara is the latest one I’ve tried.

I used two coats on top and one on the bottom. Overall I like the way it made my lashes look, it wasn’t too wet when first opened and it gave me good volume. I did notice that in between the two coats, which I applied one eye then second eye, back to first eye then second eye, seemed to dry fast.

The one thing I can’t get down with is the packaging. I’m sure it’s better than a tube, because you can squeeze the last of the product onto the wand, but it’s too unconventional for me. The other thing I noticed, which it didn’t say on the packaging, is that this is waterproof, which I prefer not to use.

I like the mascara and would recommend it if you’re looking for a volumizing waterproof mascara.

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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