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Latest Favorites 2016

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Latest 2016 Favorites

Latest 2016 Favorites

I have a Favorites post for you today.  I haven’t done a Monthly Favorites post for a few months because I didn’t feel like I had enough diversity in the products that I was using.  So instead I decided to do more of a seasonal favorites for the products that I’ve been loving for the last few months.  Some of these items have been featured in recent reviews, but most of them are new.  Let’s take a look.

Ofra Silicone Primer Gel

Ofra Silicone Primer Gel

First and foremost, I have really been loving this Ofra Silicone Primer Gel.  I have always been a fan of silicone primers, and my usual go-to option is the Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer.  The Ofra Silicone Primer Gel has a great, silky-smooth formula.  It’s much more lightweight than the Smashbox primer, but still fills in my pores and wrinkles.  It really makes foundation glide on smoothly and last all day.  It also has a cooling sensation when applied that feels great and is nicely invigorating.  I am a huge fan of this primer, and am glad that I gave it a try.

 It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream is nothing new to the market, but I had never tried it.  I picked up a deluxe sample after a friend recommended it to me, and I really enjoyed it.  The next time Ulta offered me a 20% off coupon, I had to purchase the full size version.  I love the formula.  It has great coverage, but still looks casual and natural.  It’s the perfect foundation type product for the summer to look like you put in some effort but not too over-done.  It also has SPF 50, so it offers some good sun protection.  It’s a cult favorite for a reason, and I love it.

Makeup Revolution Blushes

Makeup Revolution Blushes

I recently discovered Makeup Revolution Blushes, and I am so impressed with the formula and pigmentation.  It shouldn’t be a surprise, since I love Makeup Revolution Blush palettes, but sometimes the formula differs between palettes and single products.  That’s not the case here.  I started with The Matte Blush in the shade Fusion.  The pigmentation is off the charts here.  I use a duo fiber stipple brush to apply my blushes, so I love a blush with some really good pigmentation.  It is very finely milled and super smooth.  I’d say that it easily holds up to blushes that are 2 or 3 times the price.  Fusion is a lovely warm shade that looks great on my skin.  Next, the Makeup Revolution Baked Blusher in Make Love Instead took me by surprise.  I bought this blush on a whim because it is not my usual fare, but it is so pretty.  My cheeks just glow with it on.  I am way more likely to opt for something fun and shimmery in the summer, and this blush has been perfect.  It’s not as good quality as the matte blushes, but I’ve been enjoying it.  I have been so impressed with the Makeup Revolution brand in general, and these blushes have done nothing but keep the brand in high esteem.

Lorac Pro 3

Lorac Pro 3

It should be no surprise for you to see the Lorac Pro 3 Palette in this mix.  I love the Lorac Pro palettes, especially Pro 2, so when Pro 3 came out, I had to play with it.  I did a full review with swatches in June, so I am not going to get into too much detail here.  You can go ahead and click the link to get all of that information.  Let’s just say that the palette is great, surprisingly versatile, and definitely worth checking out.

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette

I reviewed TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette earlier this week, so again, I won’t get into too much detail.  These shadows are really nice.  They will be especially good to have as we transition into Fall, but I’ve been enjoying them now too.  I definitely like this matte palette better than the previous matte palette from theBalm.  It’s laid out so much better and I feel like I will reach for it way more often.  In general, I think that theBalm is an underrated band, but this is a solid palette.  Be sure to check out my review post.

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé

Is there any better time than summer to wear the BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés?  They are so gorgeous, and I think that the smooshy gel to powder formula is pretty unique.  I got these on a super sale, but I think that they are worth the splurge even if you do have to pay full price.  I apply them with my e.l.f. Small Stipple brush, and they go on smoothly over foundation and powder for a radiant look.  I am especially loving the Watermelon/Moonstone shade (left), but the Papaya/Topaz (middle) is a fantastic shade for that bronzed goddess look.  I also have Raspberry/Opal (right) which has a cooler tone, but is just as lovely.  I know that that they are rather splurgey for this blog, but they are so beautiful.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

I am still loving the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble.  It’s so good!   I love how transfer proof it is.  I hate it when lip product gets on my straws or glasses when I drink water (which I do all day long).  I am not going to reach for an ultra matte lip all the time, but I do love how I can put this on and forget about it.  I know that it won’t budge on me.  I also love this dusty terracotta color.  It looks so good with my skintone.  I need to pick up a few more of these.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

A few months ago I pulled the trigger on the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette.  I’ve used it several times now, and I really like it.  This is an obvious drugstore take on the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning products that are ridiculously priced.  This handy little gadget is about $15, which some of you may still think is ridiculously priced, but you can use the Ulta $3.50 off coupon to knock it down to $11.50.  With two brush cleanser samples included, I thought it was a reasonable price to try it out.  Anything to make brush cleaning faster and more efficient.  It really works.  It fits comfortably on my hand, and the little nubbies do a great job of agitating the bristles to get a deep clean.  The lip catches water nicely and it is dishwasher safe so you can keep any residue from building up.  Thumbs up.

ULTA Regular Instant Nail Polish Remover

Ulta Regular Instant Nail Polish Remover

My final favorite is this Ulta Regular Instant Nail Polish Remover.  I have never used one of these sponge removers, so I’m not sure how the Ulta version compares, but it is so good and only $4.  It easily takes off my polish, even when I’ve done some stamping and there are several layers of polish and topcoat, or if I am wearing water decals.  I don’t find the smell particularly offensive, which I appreciate.  The cuticle dauber is great for stubborn spots and can be used on toe nail polish if you so desire.  I’ve been using it for a couple months, and it is still going strong.  I will definitely repurchase when this tub is gone.

That’s it for what I have been loving lately.  I am not someone who feels like I have to stick to seasonal trends, so they may not necessarily be summer specific products.  But they definitely are great products that I can not get enough of.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.

Monthly Favorites and Fails for April 2016

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April 2016 Monthly Favorites

April 2016 Monthly Favorites

We are already into the first week of May, and that means that it’s time for a Favorites post.  How can it possibly be May already!  This year is flying by.  Today I have my April Favorites and Fails.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get.  I’ve been preforming with my band at the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire all month long.  We have a stage show, so my makeup has been very specific to go with the guidelines that our costume designer has set forth.  I’ve been playing with some new items, and also busted out a few old favorites that I hadn’t used in a while.  Let’s take a look at what I’ve been reaching for all month long.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

My first Favorite that I want to talk about is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.  This stuff is amazing!  I had a sample from Sephora around the Holidays that introduced me to the product.  I loved it so much, that I featured it in my December Favorites post.  I have chronically dry lips, and this lip treatment makes a huge difference.  I am going to say right off the bat that this formula is not going to be for everyone.  It is thick and waxy when you apply it, but once it warms up on the lips it melts into the skin.  This isn’t a lip balm that you throw in your pocket.  It is definitely an overnight lip treatment mask.  The main ingredients are lanolin, agave nectar, and jojoba oil.  A little does a long way, and even though the tube is only half an ounce, I am sure that it is going to last me a year.  I don’t love the $26 price tag, but I think that for my lips it is worth the splurge because it is wonderful.  (Although, I lucked out because I had a gift card to Sephora, so thanks Sarah, I put it to good use. 🙂 )

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

Speaking of lips, a surprising Favorite for the month was the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble.  I really did not expect to love this product so much.  I was worried that the ultra matte formula would be too drying and uncomfortable on my lips, but it really isn’t.  With long hours that I’ve been spending out at Faire, I wanted a lip color that would stay all day through singing and drinking a lot of water.  I also can’t stand it when my lip color transfers to cups or straws.  Bumble does not budge, and it is exactly what I was looking for.  As long as I don’t eat anything greasy or oily, then I am golden.  (Oil breaks most long-lasting lip colors down.)  These lip colors go on as a liquid lip color and definitely dry down completely matte.  You can see a reflection is this photo where the swatch was thicker and hadn’t quite dried yet, but the rest of the swatch is matte.  ColourPop describes Bumble as a “dusty warm terracotta” shade.  It is beautiful, and has been the perfect lip product for me this past month.

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir

NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir

I’ve been playing with some different primers lately, and I rediscovered my NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir.  I forgot how much I liked this primer.  It has a creamy, lightweight formula with a fresh, unassuming scent.  It infuses the skin with CoEnzyme Q10 that brightens and softens for a flawless foundation application.  NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is especially lovely for those with slightly dry or mature skin.  The added moisture boost will leave your skin soft and supple, but not so much so that it mucks up your foundation.  CoQ10 boosts collagen and elastin production, which wains once you leave your twenties behind.  The Renew Skin Elixir will help to temporarily gain a smooth, bright, and youthful appearance.  I think that NYX Q10 Renew Skin Elixir is targeted at those with normal to slightly dry skin or mature skin.  The Elixir does a great job at smoothing out flakes and rough patches so foundation doesn’t get stuck on them.  The formula absorbs quickly and does not leave skin tacky or sticky.  It feels lovely and my foundation lasts all day.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Another surprising Favorite for me is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.  For years I have said that I prefer flat-top kabuki brushes to apply my foundation.  I’ve tried beauty sponges, including this sponge, and never understood the draw.  My skin went through a period where it was rebelling, and I’ve had some texture issues.  I just wasn’t liking the way my foundation was laying on my skin, so in desperation, I tried the Real Techniques sponge again.  You guys, seriously, I don’t even know what to say.  It’s like someone flipped a switch in my brain and I suddenly get it now.  I have seen the light and I am freaking loving this silly little sponge.  I’ve been using the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation for it’s staying power, and the sponge applies it beautifully.  The foundation lays really well when I use the sponge, even over texture issues.  I am not saying that I will be giving up my flat-top kabuki brushes forever, but beauty sponges in general, and this Real Techniques sponge in particular, will definitely be a part of my regular rotation from now on.

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

A new item that has become a fast Favorite is the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette.  I promise to do a full review with swatches soon.  In the mean time though, let me just say that you all need this palette.  According to Ulta: “New-Trals are the new Neutrals! Upgrade your new natural eye looks with the new generation of natural shades in Makeup Revolution’s New-Trals vs. Neutrals.”  I bought this palette because the shades looked similar enough to the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to allow me to resist temptation.  The shadows are gorgeous and they apply smoothly.  I don’t have issues with flaking or fading, and I think that the Makeup Revolution formula is really nice.  The formula reminds me of the Wet N Wild 8-pan palette shadows.  Bonus, this palette is only $10 and you can use the Ulta $3.50 off of $10 coupon, so you can get it for $6.50.  Seriously, put this palette on your list.

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Cream

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Cream

My final Favorite for April is The Body Shop Brazil Nut Shower Cream.  It’s an odd scent for this time of year, I know, but it smells so good that I can’t resist it.  I love the Shower Cream formula.  It is so moisturizing.  The formula is silky and smooth, and so luxurious on the skin.  I love the Brazil Nut scent, though it’s hard to describe.  It’s like caramel, white chocolate, or vanilla, but… not.  It’s sweet and nutty and delicious.  I’ve really been loving it.  (So, I got this bottle a while ago and didn’t realize until today that The Body Shop has discontinued the scent.  You can still get it online, but not from The Body Shop.  Sorry about that.)

That does it for my Favorites, now onto my Fails.

LORAC Color Correcting (CC) Cream

LORAC Color Correcting (CC) Cream

I only have one Fail for April, but it was such a disaster that one was definitely enough.  I’m talking about the LORAC Color Correcting (CC) Cream.  I got the CC Cream as an Ulta 21 days of beauty special, so it was only $15 instead of the full $30 that it normally retails for.  This product is straight up horrible.  The CC Cream is supposed to “instantly neutralize redness and imperfections with a natural-looking, semi-matte finish. This 6-in-1 specially-tinted makeup neutralizes, primes, moisturizes, brightens, soothes and helps your skin look healthy and youthful. CC Cream is oil, silicone, paraben and fragrance free and is suitable for all skin types.”  What the CC Cream really does is apply streaky, sinks into pores, and emphasizes every flaw.  I got the “Light” shade, and it is very light with highly yellow undertones.  I tried it on two separate occasions, applied once with a brush and once with the RT sponge I mentioned above, and both times were so disastrous that I had to completely remove my makeup and start over from scratch.  Am I missing something?  Do any of you have this CC Cream and like it?  Please tell me your experience and let me know if you have any tips because it didn’t work for me at all.  It’s like my skin was rejecting the formula.  I really don’t know what LORAC was thinking.

That’s it for my Favorites and Fails for April 2016.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I still can’t believe that it is already May.  I’ve been super busy and will continue that way for at least another month or so.  Things should ease up over the summer.  I don’t know if I mentioned it here on the blog, but I injured my knee pretty seriously over the Holidays, and I am still healing.  I am doing much better now, but I am still using a crutch or a cane and keeping my knee in a brace.  My difficulty getting around makes me so much more tired and makes it a lot harder to get things done.  I’m sure that you’ve noticed that my posts have been pretty few and far between lately.  I’ve just been having a hard time over the last several months and I’ve had to let go of the blog a bit.  That’s the way it goes sometimes.  Anyway, what were some of your favorite products for April?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

ColourPop Haul Including the New Ultra Satin Lips

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ColourPop Haul

ColourPop Haul

Surprise, it’s a ColourPop haul!  My last ColourPop haul was back in June, and I had some mixed reviews of the products.  I really loved the blushes that I bought, but I found several of the shadows too glittery and messy.  I am on their mailing list, and I have seen some very tempting collections come through in the intervening months.  I finally decided that it was time to try some new products from ColourPop and give them another chance.  I also really wanted to try the new Ultra Satin Lips that just launched.  This haul is mostly lip products and a couple of shadows that I could not resist.  I have swatched everything for you, but have not had the chance to try the products, so I can’t say whether or not they are any good.  I can say that they swatch beautifully.  Take a look.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Grunge

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Grunge

The biggest temptation for me was this past Fall when ColourPop released their 90’s collection.  I love the 90’s and I wanted everything, but I held off because I was saving up for Christmas presents for my friends and family.  They still have several of the items available, so I chose to pick up the Lippie Stix in Grunge.  ColourPop describes Grunge as a “cool-toned plum brown in a Matte finish“.  I’ve seen people wearing this color in Youtube videos and it always look so nice.  I haven’t tried any of the other Lippie Stix yet, but this shade really called to my inner 90’s kid.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Central Perk

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Central Perk

Also part of the 90’s collection is this Super Shock Shadow in Central Perk.  I like the ColourPop Super Shock formula but had trouble with the glittery shades.  Central Perk is completely matte, so I have high hopes for how it will perform.  ColourPop describes it as a “dirty maroon in a Matte finish“.  I’ve seen swatches, and it is the one shadow in the collection that repeatedly made me think to myself, “I need that.”  I’ve swatched it blow, and it is lovely.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy

The second Super Shock Shadow that I picked up is Telepathy from the Kathleen Lights “Where the Night” Is collection.  Telepathy is “A bright gold with a green undertone in an Ultra- Metallic finish,” according to ColourPop.  Though it is hard to tell in the swatch below, the green is definitely a factor making this shadow so unique.  This shade is bad-ass, and I had to have it.  Here are the swatches of Telepathy on the left and Central Perk on the right.  I can not wait to use them together.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy (L) and Central Perk (R)

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Telepathy (L) and Central Perk (R)

 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble

I have been really hesitant to try the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips, despite their popularity.  I have naturally dry lips, so the idea of putting an ultra matte liquid lipstick on makes me uncomfortable.  I have been performing a lot with my band, though, and we have some all-day faires and festivals lined up.  I wanted a lip color that would stay all day through singing and drinking a lot of water.  I also really hate transfer to my cups or straws.  I decided to give the Ultra Matte Lip in Bumble a try.  ColourPop describes it as a “dusty warm terracotta” shade. You can see a reflection is this photo where the swatch was thicker and hadn’t dried yet.  No worries though, these lip colors definitely dry down completely matte.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips in Lost (L) and FrickNFrack (R)

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lips in Lost (L) and Frick N’ Frack (R)

I wasn’t sure that my lips were going to be able to handle the Ultra Matte Lip, so I also really wanted to try these Ultra Satin Lips to see if they would be better.  They are brand spankin’ new, but I have seen reviews from those who got a pre-release from ColourPop.  Though the Ultra Satin Lips do transfer (sigh) they are supposed to last a really long time.  I chose to get two shades, Lost and Frick N’ Frack.  Lost is described as a “warm-toned brown red lippie,” and Frick N’ Frack is a “rosy terracotta.”  I can’t wait to test these two out.

That’s it, and I hope you enjoyed my haul.  All of the products look gorgeous, and I am excited to give them a try.  Have you tried any of these items from ColourPop?  I’d love to know what you thought about them.  I definitely plan to review the Ultra Satin Lips.  Do you want to see reviews of any of these other products?  Let me know in the comments below.

Monthly Favorites July 2015

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July 2015 Monthly Favorites

July 2015 Monthly Favorites

It is time for my July Monthly Favorites post.  Can you believe that it is August already?  This year is flying by.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  July was birthday month for me, so I had a very busy month.  I’ve been testing several new products (OMG, I feel so behind on my reviews).  In the midst of that, however, I definitely have some products that I just kept going back to.  So let’s get started.

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Mask

I am going to kick off my favorites talking about skincare.  I could rave about the whole line of Michael Todd True Organics products that I have been using, but I am going to limit myself to just two, the first of which is the Pumpkin Mask.  Confession time.  I have been really lax about my skincare for the last several months.  Ever since I got that bad bout of stomach flu followed by the severe cold that knocked me out for the entirety of April and into May, I have been a total slacker skin-wise.  My skin has been suffering from my lack of attention, so my goal for July was to try to get things back on track.  This Pumpkin Mask is exactly what I needed.  The glycolic acid in the mask really helped to get rid of all of the dry flaky patches as well as cleared out my pores, and helped my skin look and feel a lot healthier.  It cleared up any beak outs that I was having.  The best part is that the mask smells so amazing, just like pumpkin pie.  I really love this mask, and recommend it to anyone.

Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Treatment

Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Treatment

The other skincare item that I loved all through July was the Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Eye Treatment.  It’s been a while since I used this product, and I forgot just how great this eye treatment is.  It feels so luxurious.  It is packed with moisture and is silky soft.  I can not say enough good things about the formula.  It makes my eye area feel extremely smooth and hydrated.  Michael Todd makes great products, and this is one of the best in my opinion.

 

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner

My next favorite was from my July Ipsy bag.  I have been loving this Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner.  It smells heavenly, and feels like I am putting coconut oil on my lips.  It leaves them moisturized and lasts pretty well.  At least, it seems to me that I am re-applying less often than usual.  (I tend to go through lip products like crazy, so anything that lasts on me even a little is saying something.)  Well done Ipsy- this was a great product to include in my bag.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

If you read my ColourPop review from last week, you will know that I have been testing the Super Shock Shadows for a while now.  They were hit and miss for me, but one Colourpop Super Shock Shadow that was a big hit was the shade Get Lucky.  It is molten gold, and looks gorgeous on the lid.  I have been loving it for golden Summer eye looks.  Get Lucky is definitely a shade that is worth getting.  Be sure to check out the review for more details.

TheBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette

TheBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette

Because I have been testing the ColourPop shadows, I have been reaching for TheBalm Meet Matte Nude Palette over and over to balance my looks out.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t gotten a lot of use out of this palette until recently, and that’s a shame.  Meet Matte Nude is a great palette.  It may not look as inspiring as some other matte palettes, which was my initial issue.  But it has been an excellent complimentary palette.  The shadows work really well with other products.  Another bonus is that those wells are huge, so it will take years to get through this palette.  I have been way more inclined to use matte shadows over the last six months or so, and I plan on keeping this palette handy.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball

Finally, I like to wear bright, fun colors in the Summer.  What is better than a bright lip?  Enter NYX Butter Lipstick in Fireball.  This shade is so much fun.  It is a bright, orange-toned coral shade that goes on surprisingly sheer, but quickly builds up for very bold color.  I love the versatility of being able to wear it sheered out or more bold, depending on my mood.  The Butter lipstick formula is really comfortable on the lips.  If you haven’t tried them yet, you really should.

And that wraps up my July Favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked and might want to check out for yourself.  I am excited that we are progressing through summer rather quickly.  It is my least favorite time of year, but I love Fall and Winter and can not wait for Fall to arrive.  One exciting thing to look forward to in August though, is that I will be celebrating my 4th Blogiversary.  Crazy, right?  I can’t believe that it has been four years here at BeautyinBudget Blog.  Anyway, that is it for my Favorites.  What have you been loving in the last month?  Let me know in the comments below.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows Review and Swatches

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Colourpop Super Shock Shadows + Pigments

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

I am finally ready to do my review on the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.  Unlike the Colourpop Super Shock Blushes that I loved instantly, it took a long time for me to suss out how I feel about the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.  The formula is complicated, wonderful and tricky at the same time.  I feel like the finish really makes a huge difference with how these shadows perform.  So let’s talk about what I think of these shadows, look at some swatches, and see whether or not ColourPop shadows are worth the hype.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows + Pigments

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

For those who are not familiar, ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have a squishy cream-to-powder formula.  They come in plastic jars with a screw-top lid that look kind of cheap.  They are all stamped with a quilted pattern that disappears as soon as you use them.  Here are the application tips that ColourPop recommends: “For maximum coverage: Use fingertip and tap shadow onto eye lid. A flat, fine tip synthetic brush will work fabulously as well and is actually better for a more detailed application close to the lash line. However, your fingertips make for the most intense application. To blend: Use a fluffy brush that has good movement, dip tip of the brush into the shadow and blend with a “wind shield wiper” movement throughout the crease of the eye. This will make your shadow softer and more diffused (like a total pro). When finished, close that sucker up tight! Don’t leave the jar opened for long periods of time, you may lose some of the magic that makes the Super Shock Shadow so amazzzing.”  ColourPop Super Shock Shadows have great pigmentation, and they are truly gorgeous shadows.  You will want to play around with them to see which application method works best for you.  I have four regular ColourPop shades, and one Limited Edition shade.  Out of the five, three are metallic finish, one is ultra-metallic, and one is pearlized.  Like I mentioned above, the finish makes a huge difference in the way these shadows perform.  Interestingly enough, the cream-to-powder formula works on my eyes best without using a primer first.  I do not have oily eyelids, so keep that in mind.  I don’t really know why, but the shadows seem to adhere best to bare skin.  I don’t have any issues with fading or creasing that way.  Otherwise, I have tried a few different primers and ColourPop works better with primers that have some slip or tackiness.  They do not perform well over dryer, concealer-like primers (like the MICA Beauty Eye Primer for example) and end up fading quickly.  So you definitely have to be mindful of what you put under them.  Before I go into more detail about finish and formula, I want to show you the shadows that I purchased with the shade description that ColourPop provides.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Get Lucky

Get Lucky– “Intense ultra-metallic, liquid-like true gold, this shade is so on-point you are sure to “get lucky” *ahem*.”

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze

Amaze– “Metallic rose gold with multi-colored multi-dimensional glitter. Whether you fancy yourself a girl next door or a sultry vixen, this shade will satisfy your craving for unique shimmer that flatters in any light.”

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

So Quiche– “A soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery duo chrome metallic finish…there are no words in the dictionary to describe this. Not even urbandictionary.com .  Aka: this shade is hotter than hot – the F**king Queen of shadows.”  I actually disagree a little with ColourPop’s description.  I don’t see the olive at all.  To me So Quiche looks like a taupey-brown base with a ton of violet purple glitter.  It’s a very unique shade.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Partridge

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Partridge

Partridge– “A Saddle brown undertone with a green duo chrome finish in a Pearlized Finish (pear tree not included).

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

Here is a look at all four shades swatched next to each other.  When I ordered, ColourPop was celebrating their one year anniversary.  They offered a special that included a new LE shade of Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Girl for free with every order.  I don’t want to spend a lot of time on it because it was only available for, like, one weekend but here it is.  It’s a champagne shade with a lot of silver glitter.  Very pretty, but not as unique as some of the other shades available.  Birthday Girl came in pink packaging instead of the white, and the lid has a little cupcake design.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Girl

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Birthday Girl

I wish that I had been thinking ahead when I ordered and had gotten a matte finish shadow to test out, but no dice.  For me, the deciding factor in whether or not I liked a particular ColourPop shadow turned out to be directly based on the amount of glitter it contained.  Now please understand, I like shimmery shadows.  I like to sparkle, and I love pairing ultra shimmer with mattes for a look that is both sophisticated and playful.  I am not afraid of glitter, but I like to keep it on my eyes and not all over my face.  The “metallic” finish shadows are actually glitter finish, and they aren’t kidding around with the sparkle.  It is a little easier to control the glitter when using a brush to apply, rather than your fingers, but it still gets everywhere.  The glitter shadows are so beautiful, but after an hour or so, it looks like you’ve been rolling around with some unicorns.  It’s crazy.  So, if you are a glitter lover, ColourPop is your jam.  Otherwise, you need to be very careful about the finish that you choose when ordering.  So Quiche and Amaze are such beautiful shadows, but at the end of the day I couldn’t handle all of the glitter fall-out.  Now, Get Lucky is an “Ultra-metalic” finish, and it is a completely different story.  Instead of having even more glitter, it is has a liquid metal finish that is truly stunning.  Partridge has a pearlized finish, and I found it to be the easiest shadow to work with.  I really like both Get Lucky and Partridge.  The ColourPop Super Shock Shadow formula is problematic.  Again, I had no issues with fading or creasing over bare lids, but I don’t know how well they would perform on oily lids.  And that unruly glitter fall out really is a deal breaker.  Unfortunately, easily half of ColourPop’s collection of  Super Shock Shadow comes in that glittery “metallic” finish.  For me personally, I think ColourPop is worth trying out.  I want to get a few more Super Shock Shadows in matte and pearlized finishes, which I think I will greatly enjoy.  They are only $5 each, and they contain 2.1 g of product.  ColourPop is not available in stores, and you can only get ColourPop by ordering online at colourpop.com.  Are  ColourPop Super Shock shadows worth the hype.  No, I don’t think so.  Are they good shadows?  For the most part yes, some of them are fantastic. But some are not so great.  Would I buy more ColourPop Super Shock Shadows?  Yes I would, especially because the blushes were amazing.  If I am ordering more cheek products or trying out some lip products, I would throw in some more shadows and give them another chance.  I really think the main issue for me is the finish.  I hope that helps.

Monthly Favorites, June 2015

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June 2015 Favorites

June 2015 Favorites

It’s Monthly Favorites time!  I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy reading Favorites posts and watching Favorites videos on Youtube.  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  I’ve got some lifestyle favorites to include this month in addition to the usual beauty favorites, so let’s gt started.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

My first favorite was a bit of a surprise.  This is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in the shade Fair-Light Neutral.  The foundation came in a Tarte kit that I purchased in May.  I don’t usually use powder foundation.  I feel like I need more coverage than most powder foundations give because of my rosacea redness.  But, since I had it already, I figured that I’d give it a try.  I am so glad that I did.  The Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation lives up to its name.  It has great coverage, and I can actually wear it alone (over primer) and be totally comfortable with how well it conceals my redness.  It is very finely milled, and gives my skin a slightly soft focused look.  It doesn’t dry me out at all.  This is a pretty heavy swatch so that it could show up on camera.  Obviously you wouldn’t apply the powder this thickly, but you can see how opaque it is.  I am not a connoisseur of powder foundation, so I am going to share what Tarte has to say: “It’s like airbrushing without the air! Powered by Amazonian clay and infused with natural, light-reflecting gemstones, this unique waterproof foundation gives skin rich dimension while invigorating the complexion for a youthful-looking appearance. The full coverage, weightless powder formula is offered in a range of skin-matching shades and lasts for 12 hours. Using the unique, custom mesh delivery system, simply pick up and buff on just the right amount of moisture-rich powder for a flawless airbrushed effect while allowing skin to breathe.”  I still prefer liquid foundation as my go-to, but have been enjoying the Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation so much more than I thought that I would.  I really like it a lot, and if you are in the market for a powder foundation, you may want to give Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation a try.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Next up is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light.  I mentioned in my previous post that I had one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders.  If you missed it, here is the description of the powders: “Ambient Lighting Powder is a groundbreaking collection of finishing powders that capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on skin. Unlike traditional powders, which merely cloak imperfections, Ambient Lighting Powder utilizes photoluminescent technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. The powders deliver a multidimensional luminescence to every skintone, making it appear softer and lit from within. The finishing powders enhance skin in any type of light, including flash photography. With three universal shades available in the Ambient palette, you can create any desired effect.”  I have had this powder for a while now, but I use it very sparingly.  Even though I love how it looks, it is so expensive that I don’t want to use it up.  Lately, however, I decided that I was being a bit stupid taking this Fine China approach to it.  Why have it if I’m not going to use it, y’know?  So I have been using it a lot more, and am really enjoying it.  I have the shades Diffused Light, which is described as “A soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity—like a soft ray of morning light.”  The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders are pricey, but they are beautiful.

ColourPop Supershock Blushes

ColourPop Supershock Blushes

Anyone who read my review of the ColourPop Supershock Blushes shouldn’t be surprised to find them here in my Favorites post.  They are pigmented.  They apply smoothly and evenly.  They are really beautiful, and they are reasonably priced.  You should definitely check out my review to see swatches of theses shades and to get more details about the formula.  All in all, though, ColourPop Supershock Blushes are the bomb.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

When I wasn’t using ColourPop, I’ve been using the Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose.  I love this shade.  It is a muted, nude rose shade in a similar color family to Tarte Exposed.  It is a very subtle color, but it looks gorgeous on the skin.  The look is minimal and natural, but oh so lovely.  And of course, I can’t mention this blush without talking about that beautiful embossed rose.  It’s the kind of product that you want to keep out because it’s so pretty to look at.  Bottom line, you need this in your life.

*I have a question for you.  I finally bought two shades of this Milani Rose Powder Blush, and I am debating doing a full review.  I know that they have been out for a while now, but it took me until this past month to finally get them.  Let me know in the comments below if you want a review and swatches of the Milani Rose Powder Blushes or if you think I should skip them.

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer's Dream

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream

My final beauty favorite this month is the Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette in A Midsummer’s Dream.  You may remember the haul I did featuring swatches of the new Sleek Eye & Cheek Palettes.  Be sure to check it out to see how the sades swatch and to see the other palettes.  I know that A Midsummer’s Dream looks like a good palette for late summer/early fall, but something about this palette has been so appealing to me lately.  I have really been loving playing the cool gray and the warm coral off each other.  That matte blush actually makes an excellent shadow.  I’ve gotten both subtle and pretty dramatic looks with this palette, and both approaches look great.  I definitely recommend it, especially for those in the UK who can get Sleek easier than we can here in the States.

Now, onto my non-beauty favorites.  I don’t do this every month, but sometimes there are things that I really want to share with you that aren’t beauty products.

Archer Farms Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites

Archer Farms Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites

So I was Target one day, and I came across these Archer Farms Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookie Snack Bites.  OMG you guys, these are so freaking good.  I am a peanut butter monster, and these Snack Bites are perfect.  They have peanut butter chips, chocolate pieces, peanut butter candies, and cookie pieces all rolled together in a delicious snack bite.  They are sweet and dense, so only a couple bites are necessary to satisfy.  If you like peanut butter treats, you have to try them.

My final Favorite for June is Ingrid Nilsen’s (missglamorazzi) coming out video.  I have been subscribed to Ingrid’s channel for several years now and watch off and on. With over three million subscribers, if you are a part of the Youtube beauty community at all, you have probably heard of her.  Ingrid came out earlier this month, and I think that this video is actually really important for several reasons, not the least of which is the huge platform that she has to say that it is perfectly fine and normal to be gay.  I am going to try to be brief as I explain why I think this video is so great.

  • Even within the LGBT+ community, there are stereotypes and boxes that people get forced into, and that is nothing to what stereotypes they face in our heteronormative society.  Ingrid is a cute, femme, girly kind of girl who loves makeup and fashion.  Just like NFL player Michael Sam who shattered the expected boxes of what a gay man (supposedly) looks like, Ingrid shows that a lesbian can come in every shape and size, even with curly hair and petite lace dresses.
  • In the video, Ingrid explained how hard it was for her to be honest about her sexuality because of her fears of not being accepted and loved by family and friends who were not okay with gays.  She talks earnestly about how miserable she was as she tried to deny her feelings and how she felt that she didn’t deserve love.  The target audience for her channel is on the younger side, so she has many viewers that are still trying to figure out who they are.  I think that it is so important for them to see someone who may have had the same struggles that they are dealing with so that they know that they are not alone.  Also, when Ingrid talks about learning to love herself and the warm reception she got from her true friends when she came out to them, I think it sends a clear message that it gets better.  You can clearly see how relieved she is and how happy she is to finally be living an authentic life.  Her video has been viewed over 9,000,000 times There are so many young people getting the message “I’ve been there. I know it hurts, but it gets better.”
  • Because Ingrid tried to force herself to be straight for a while, she has had boyfriends and relationships that were public on youtube.  I think it is great that she addresses this in her video.  Sometimes I think people are so quick to dismiss another person’s truth just because they have had a past.  Yes, she has dated men.  No, that doesn’t mean that this is a “gay phase” or that she doesn’t have a right to call herself a lesbian.  No one has the right to define someone else.  Going back to my first point, in this area as well, Ingrid is busting out of the boxes other people are trying to put her in.  I think that’s great.

That’s it for my June Favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  What have you been loving in the last month?  Let me know in the comments below.

ColourPop Supershock Blush Review and Swatches

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ColourPop Supershock Blush

ColourPop Supershock Blush

A few weeks ago I posted a ColourPop haul and now I feel like I have had enough time to review the ColourPop Supershock Blushes that I ordered.  I still need some more time with the shadows, but I am solid with my opinion of the blushes.  I ordered three shades, two mattes and one satin finish, and based on these three blushes I can say that the ColourPop Supershock Blushes are great.  I think that they are absolutely lovely, and they perform really well on my skin.  I should say upfront that ColourPop is not available in stores, and you can only get ColourPop by ordering online at colourpop.com.  Let’s take a closer look.

ColourPop Supershock Blush

ColourPop Supershock Blush

ColourPop Supershock Blushes have a rather unique cream to powder formula.  I don’t want to compare them to Maybelline Bouncy Blushes, because in my mind there is no comparison, but they do have that smushy clay-like quality to them.  They are all stamped with a quilted pattern that disappears as soon as you use them.  They come in white plastic jars with a screw top lid.  I am not a fan of the packaging, which looks cheap to me, but it is functional.  Be sure to keep that lid screwed on tight because the product will dry out eventually.  Keeping a tight lid on them will help to extend their life to about a year or so.  The ColourPop Supershock Blushes are 4.2 g (twice the size of the eyeshadows) and retail for $8 each.

As far as the formula is concerned, I really like the ColourPop Supershock Blushes. I thought that they apply smoothly and easily, with great pigmentation.  ColourPop recommends using your fingers for bold full color coverage, and a brush for a more sheer application.  Personally I like to use my e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush for any cream cheek product, and the ColourPop Supershock Blushes are no exception.  I stipple the product on first, and then give it a few circular blending motions for a smooth application.  They apply equally well over cream or powder products, and they don’t disturb the foundation or face powder I have underneath.  I haven’t had any issues with fading throughout the day.  On the contrary, once set the ColourPop Supershock Blushes stay put and don’t budge.  Speaking of setting, you do want to apply the blushes in a timely manner.  They don’t set so quickly that you are racing the clock, but you don’t want to take too long either or you will have more difficulty blending them out.  The ColourPop Supershock Blushes are very pigmented, but you should note that the color of the blush is not true to pan unless you really build it up.  From the swatches that I have seen online and with the three blushes that I purchased, the color in the pan is much darker than they apply.  You can build the color up quite easily if you want a dramatic cheek, but if you have fair or light skin, don’t get scared.  You can still wear many of the blushes.  Be sure to look at as many swatches as you can online before you buy so that you know what you are getting into.  Now let’s look at the three shades that I got: Between the Sheets, Bonus, and Quarters.

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Between the Sheets

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Between the Sheets

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Between the Sheets (Matte finish): ColourPop describes Between the Sheets as “A mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish, be a lady in the streets or a freak in the sheets.”  Between the Sheets is a neutral, muted nude-pink.  It’s not too warm, not too cool, and perfect for a wide range of skin tones.  It may look a little dark in the pan, but it is actually a lovely shade for fair skin.  Between the Sheets is a gorgeous everyday shade.

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Bonus

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Bonus

ColourPop Supershock Bonus (Matte finish): ColourPop describes Bonus as “A mid-tone true peach in a matte finish – wham bam thank you ma’am BONUS!”  Bonus is a beautiful warm peach with orange undertones.  It is kind of the spunky younger sister to Quarters, which I will get to in a minute.  Applied lightly, Bonus is sweet and fun, but you can build up the color for a bright, bold look.  It is the perfect shade for this time of year.  (Please excuse the gouge mark.  I dropped Bonus as soon as I opened it and my thumb nail took a chunk out when I tried to catch it. sigh)

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Quarters

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Quarters

ColourPop Supershock Blush in Quarters (Satin finish): ColourPop describes Quarters as “A Mid tone dusty coral in a satin finish – in remembrance of the OG drinking game.”  To me, Quarters is more of a burnt peach shade.  It has a very subtle satin sheen, but it may be more appropriate to call it demi-matte than actually satin.  It has warm tones, and although it may be a little dark for fair skin, it will look gorgeous on light-medium skin and darker.  I love Quarters, and definitely recommend this shade.

ColourPop Supershock Blush (L-R) Between the Sheets, Bonus, Quarters

ColourPop Supershock Blush (L-R) Between the Sheets, Bonus, Quarters

Here is a swatch of all three shades, from left to right Between the Sheets, Bonus, and Quarters.  This is one swipe of each.  See what I mean about them applying lighter than what is in the pan?  Again, you can definitely build up the color with a second pass, but they are pretty well pigmented without building.  I know that there is a ton of hype surrounding ColourPop, and you may be wondering if it is deserved.  I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, but I can say that I am a big fan of these ColourPop Supershock Blushes, and can’t wait to order more.