FOTD 3/28/17: Testing Out ColourPop Pressed Shadows!

I was pretty excited when ColourPop released new pressed shadows. There is a huge range of colors and quite honestly it was a little overwhelming to choose what shades I wanted. I went with 6 colors to test for now, but in this look I’m wearing two of them: High Strung and 143.

High strung is really gorgeous. It’s a chocolatey rose gold, which doesn’t make much sense, but yet seems oh so accurate!

And here’s what else I’m wearing:

EYES
Colourpop 143 in the crease, LORAC Sand Castles on the brow bone
NYX Tame & Frame Gel in Brunette
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Smoke
Butter London Iconoclast mascara

FACE
Clinique Superbalanced Silk Makeup in 08 Silk Canvas
MAC Make You Mine blush
Lily Lolo highlighter
Marc Jacobs Omega Bronze in Tantric

LIPS
MAC Give In lipstick

I will definitely report back on the ColourPop shadows once I have had a chance to wear all of the ones I purchased. So far I think High Strung is going to become a favorite!

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Conspiracy

*sample (not PR)

Conspiracy is one of the new Vice lipsticks in the “metallized” formula. It looked very dark in the sample pod, almost brown, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Having not read any reviews previously, the color certainly surprised me when I put it on! Instead of being brown, it’s more of a deep shimmering plum that is easy to sheer out or build up. I think it’s still leaning a little brown in these photos due to poor lighting (natural light, no sun), but in person it is definitely more plum.

I really liked the formula of Conspiracy. It is sheer but if your lips are dry, it’s pigmented enough to show on dry patches. I definitely need to exfoliate before wearing this lipstick for that reason. Another perk is that it looks glossy instead of satin or matte. I personally liked the finish of Conspiracy, but if you don’t want a glossy, metallic look, you may not like this.

The formula is not long wearing (a few hours) and it actually reminds me of Clinique Black Honey in many ways, so if you like that, you will probably like Conspiracy.

Both swatches are Conspiracy

Overall, I think Conspiracy is a beautiful color and a lovely formula! I don’t think I would wear it enough to purchase the full-size lipstick; however, if you like reddish plum colors it is worth checking out.

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March 2017 Beauty Favorites!

*purchased by me, except the Wedderspoon lip balm, which is from my job

March has definitely been a “spring awakening” of sorts in my beauty life. I have been taking better care of my skin, thinking about how to improve my tiny space on the internet, and changing my personal approach to beauty. I could probably write several blog posts on these topics alone, but I’ll save that for another day if there is interest and I am inclined to do so. 😉 For now, I’m here to share some products that truly stood out to me during the month of March!

First is the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation. My shade is 203 Nude Beige, and I am having a serious love affair with it. I want to review this in a separate post, so more on that later!

I have three brush favorites this month:

  • Make Up For Ever 108 brush
  • Royal & Langnickel BX-80 brush
  • Eddie Funkhouser eyeshadow brush

The MUFE brush I love with the L’Oreal foundation, and the other two are fantastic lid brushes.

We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Makeup Remover Oil is an incredible eye makeup remover. It is soft, gentle, and removes better than what I was previously using (Neutrogena).

MAC Really Me lipstick. Recently reviewed. 🙂

MAC Caramel Sundae Quad– An oldie but a goodie. I have been really enjoying this little quad from back in the day! The colors make for a great natural look and I especially love the third shade, Caramel Sundae. It doesn’t appear to be anything special, but it has a lovely milky sheen that I can’t help but adore!

Wedderspoon Organic Lip Balms with Manuka Honey have been my new saving grace. I’m very particular about lip balms since I have the driest lips ever, and I love these! I received these from my job, but not to review or anything like that–simply an overlap in my professional and personal life. 🙂

Aloepure Time Repair Serum from Aloette is something I received in a Boxycharm last year. I have used 1/3 of the bottle so far and I really love this serum! It is hydrating and gentle.

NARS Olympia Contour Blush– I have grown to love this as a blush. It is very subtle and natural looking, and the texture of NARS powders is simply phenomenal.

I always want to bust out the bronzer when it gets the slightest bit warm out, so I’ve been enjoying Bare Minerals The Beach is Waiting, which is a bronzer palette that I believe was limited edition a couple summers ago. I use this a lot and it barely has a dent in it!

What products have you been enjoying this month?

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Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew

*sample

In a recent Sephora order I picked out a sample of the Bite Beauty Multistick that came with three different shades. Right away I had an interest in the shade Cashew, described as “rose taupe.” This is my first experience with the Bite Multisticks ($24), and they are an all-in-one product for eyes, lips, and cheeks.

The color is stunning and exactly as described. I was very surprised at how pigmented this product is; I expected it to be more sheer and need building, but it is quite the opposite. Not much is needed to get the affect you desire.

Since this is an all-in-one product, I decided to test it out on a lazy Sunday afternoon to see what kind of look I could achieve with only the Multistick, a little bit of mascara, and a brow pencil. No foundation, powder, or anything else. My question was, “Can I bring only this on a vacation?”

I’m not usually one to wear ONLY a cream product on my eyes. I didn’t even use a primer, because I wanted to see how long this lasted. Surprisingly, it lasted around 6 hours without a primer, which is impressive for me since my lids can get oily. It was also long lasting on the lips (not uncomfortably) and especially my cheeks.

I prefer the Multistick as a blush, but you truly can multitask with it. I actually had two samples of this so I scooped both of them into a little jar to use up the rest of it; that is how much I liked it!

Now to answer my question about going on vacation. I would be completely comfortable bringing something like this in place of separate eyeshadow, lipstick, and blush products. I didn’t have a problem wearing it without foundation or a primer on my skin, but if you apply it this way, I recommend doing it while your moisturizer is fresh on your skin, otherwise it can be a little tough to blend.

I see myself purchasing one of these in the future, although I would like to try other shades, maybe something lighter and peach toned. Do you have any color recommendations from this line?

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Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick

*purchased by me

Julep’s skincare is highly underrated. I’ve been a Julep subscriber for years, and although I skip the boxes the majority of the time, I stay a subscriber so I can get deals every once in awhile, mostly on their Rock Star hand cream and other skincare products. Julep skincare is also available at Ulta, and the Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick retails for $28. I’m already a huge fan of Julep’s cleansing oil, so I wondered how this product would fare.

The product is housed in a twist-up container and it smells lightly of citrus; sweet and fresh. I use it by wetting my skin with warm water, and sliding the stick all over my face. I also give the stick a little rinse if there is makeup residue left on it.

There are so many things I love about this cleanser. First, it is very gentle and removes every ounce of makeup, even heavy duty mascara. Mascara is always the hardest part of makeup removal for me. My skin feels clean when I’m done using it, but not parched. I love using it with a konjac sponge, but it works fine on its own as well.

Another perk is that this isn’t a liquid, which makes it very easy to travel with! The cleanser does soften up when you use it, so I do not recommend keeping this in a warm place, like the shower. I use it at night only, so that isn’t an issue for me.

Overall, this is a very gentle cleanser and it does an amazing job removing makeup!

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