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So Much Love for Roses

So Much Love for Roses

 Eyes:  Colourpop Lo Key Palette and Cloud Nine eyeshadow Mac Cosmetics Carbon eyeshadow Urban Decay All Nighter Eyeliner  Buxom mascara topped with Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade and Clear Brow Gel, Pixi Contour Powder  Face:  MAC Studio […]

My Lip liner Addiction

My Lip liner Addiction

I love lip liner, and I always have (even before Kylie Jenner made re-popularized it). The secret to my everlasting red lip, the first makeup look I claimed as my own, was layering lip liner beneath my lipstick. I still swear by this technique. Whether […]

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it out of the ballpark. It is  my favorite eyeshadow formula to date; I hope they keep releasing more shades, because I want them all!


I ordered the Lo-Key and Hi-Maitenence. The physical shadow palettes are actually very nice: cardboard packaging with a magnetic closure. I popped the eyeshadows out of this palette (which is very easy to do) so I could put them in the Makeup Forever palette I use for travel. However, the packaging is nice, so I saved it for future use. I also purchased some individual eyeshadows, which are just as nice as the palettes. The palettes are just a slightly better deal, if you’ll use all the colors.

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review
Swatches of Colourpop Lo-Key

The eyeshadows themselves are absolutely perfect as far as I’m concerned. Soft and creamy, pigmented but blendable and easy to use. There’s a little fallout, but not too much. The shade range is gorgeous. I mostly have warm shades, but I would love to pick up some cooler shades as well. I was really blown away by the formula! Plus, the price point is actually very affordable. I would say that these eyeshadows are more similar to MAC eyeshadow than Makeup Geek eyeshadow, but the formula falls somewhere in between in terms of creaminess.
The Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows are 10/10, 5 stars, A+. I would highly recommend them; they’re my favorite eyeshadows, regardless of price, but considering the price they are an absolute can’t miss for makeup lovers! I hope they keep releasing new shades. The Colourpop website often has sales and promotions, so if you watch out for a discount you can get them for an even more affordable price.

 

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Best Mascara 2017

Best Mascara 2017

I adore mascara. Whether my makeup look is subtle or glamorous, nothing polishes it off like mascara. I’ve never liked false lashes (they’re just too heavy and uncomfortable for me) and because my lashes are long already, I find that mascara flatters my eyes. There […]

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealers for Summer 2017

Concealer is my most-loved makeup staple. I’ve tried so many over the years, and I’ve finally landed on a few favorites. Summer often brings light makeup days, so it is the perfect season for an easy wash of concealer and flip flops. However, I still […]

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

I adore Anastasia Beverly Hills; their highlighters and eyeshadows are some of the best I’ve ever tried. But Anastasia Beverly Hills is best known for its brow products. ABH is the reigning makeup brand for brows, in part because it was the first brand to offer a wide-range of brow specific products in every color. I have tried many ABH brow products, and as a devotee to the line I can offer a guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products. 

Brow Definer: The Brow Definer is so easy to use; the unique twist-up applicator has a long, thin pencil head. This may sound odd at first, but it is perfect for creating brush-like strokes and defining the brow. It’s my favorite brow product, period. The cream-to-powder formula also makes it very bendable, so by running the spoolie through the brow you can blend any thick lines to imitate real hair.

Brow Wiz: Another ABH classic, the Brow Wiz is a reigning brow pencil. It has the same cream-to-powder formula as the Brow Definer, so it is super bendable. The tiny retractable pencil draws fine lines, so you can create a detailed and natural looking brow. This is a great product, I just find that I can do my brows more quickly with the Brow Definer. Also, if you press to hard on your Brow Wiz you can break it, so don’t get too carried away while drawing on your arches.

Dipbrow Pomade: This is the most unique Anastasia brow product. The Dipbrow Pomade is a thick pomade; it has a waxier feel than the brow pencils. However, it is perfect for creating a really bold brow. It can be blended with a spoolie, but it doesn’t blend out as easily as pencil products. I like the Dipbrow for full-glam looks when I want my eyebrows to look as bold as the rest of my makeup. However, I find it takes me a long time to do my brows with the Dipbrow Pomade.

Brow Gel: The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel is the superglue of brow gels. One swipe of this gel and your brows are locked in position all day long. One tube lasts for a long time (at least a year, I’d say), so it’s worth the investment.

A Guide to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products

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Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Easy Contour and Highlight Routine

Contouring is a makeup trend that it seems won’t disappear any time soon; I admit, I love the look of chiseled cheeks. Though contouring scared me at first, it’s become one of my favorite makeup techniques. I’m not huge on nose contouring, but I contour my […]

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

Best Bronzers for Summer 2017

I love bronzer, because it gives warmth and dimension to my fair skin. I wear bronzer most every day; it’s even more integral to my routine than blush. A matte bronzer can be used for all-over glow or contour and a bronzer with shimmer can […]

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette (Review & Swatches)

The Tarte Pro Glow to Go Palette was a gift from my sister, and it’s been rocking my world. This little palette is perfect for me, because it is travel sized (but has a really nice mirror) and has perfect shades for fair skin tones. It would probably be pretty on medium skin tones, too, though I am sure that the contour shade is too light for deep skin tones.

I opted for the Pro Glow to Go instead of the Pro Glow Palette (which I’m sure is fabulous) because the Pro Glow has several highlighter shades that are too dark for my skin. If your skin tone is darker than mine (and it probably is, because I’m very fair) it would be great for you. Tarte makes high quality products, and I have heard great things about the Pro Glow Palette. I’m sure it is excellent!

Tarte Pro Glow to Go (Review & Swatches)
Chisel, Burst, Gleam

There are three shades in the Pro Glow to Go Palette. My favorite shade is “Chisel,” the contour shade. Oh my goodness, this contour shade is amazing. It might be the best contour shade I have ever tried. It is pigmented and creamy; often contouring products are powdery, but this one is so smooth. And the color is perfect; it’s slightly warm, but it still looks very natural on my skin. I want this in a giant pan!

The two highlighters have very different textures, but they’re both good products. Gleam is my favorite, because it is more buttery and cool-toned. Burst is a champagne shade and a little powdery, but it applies smoothly on the skin. Burst is also especially fine-milled. I often mix the two shades on my cheeks.

This palette is such a great product; the two highlighters are lovely, and I think they would be flattering on many skin tones. And the contour shade is positively divine– seriously, the best I’ve ever used. I adore Tarte, and I highly recommend this palette. It isn’t too expensive, because it is travel size, but that makes it perfect for everyday use or traveling. The packing is also very high quality (the mirror is actually quite large). I just have so much love for this palette!

Tarte Pro Glow to Go (Review & Swatches)

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review

I’m just a girl on the hunt for her perfect foundation, and for the past few months my go-to has been the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  NARS is one of my favorite luxury brands, and their products both high quality and sleek. I […]