ColourPop Golden State Of Mind Pressed Powder Shadow Palette

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I have another Colourpop Palette from my early January haul to review.  I have reviewed almost all of the palettes I received.

This is the Golden State of Mind palette .  This is usually $26, but is on sale now for $20.  I think most of the site that isn’t on sale is 20% off if you spend over $50 right now.  That code is GET20.  I don’t think this is included since it’s already on sale.

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This beauty is made up of metallic and shimmer shades.  It’s super sparkly and gorgeous!  I was very lucky because I picked it up at a time where if I spent $50, I got this palette for free.  Here are the shades from top to bottom:

Golden Egg: pinky beige with turquoise glitter
Pay the Piper: icy blue
GRLFRND: pink with violet glitter
Zero Clue: vibrant warm yellow
Watch Out: golden ivory with pink glitter
Drizzle: icy baby pink
Uptight: rose gold
Can’t Stop: icy champagne ivory
Sparkler: silvery bronze
Unsupervised: pink champagne
Lust in Time: medium cool rose
Mind Tricks: icy blackened purple
Wing Woman: red brown with green and gold glitter
Heads or Tales: icy cranberry
Tinker Time: blackened antique gold with blue glitter

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I thought the first row of pastels was going to be my favorite, but I love this last row.  The colors are so gorgeous and dramatic.  These swatch so nicely.  I thought they needed to be applied with a finger because a brush wouldn’t pick up the pigment, but if I dig in with a harder brush, I can apply them pretty well.  Fingers do work, though!

What surprised be about this palette is that I thought I would use it as an accent to other shadows, especially mattes.  But, I have been able to create complete, if shimmery, looks. They are nice used with mattes, though!

I do like this palette.  It is not one I reach for daily, but it’s nice for weekends and speciall occasions.

I’d have to say pressed powder palettes are my favorite ColourPop products.  What’s yours?

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review – February 2018

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I just received my BoxyCharm February 2018 box a couple of days ago, and I wanted to share it with you.  I really like this subscription.  You get a lot of makeup for a great price!

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.

Here’s what I got this month:

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This was a variant item.  Subscribers either receive this palette with the blush or Naked Cosmetics Highlighter Palette.  

I wanted the highlighter palette.  I’m not the biggest fan of variations because I always seem to get the item I don’t want, LOL!

The blush included with this is Winter Rose Glow, a warm brown with subtle shimmer. It’s not really a shade I would wear.

The palette itself is fine, I guess.  It’s a little flimsy, and I don’t have anything to put in it.  But I might use it some day.

img_0410.jpg Besides the highlight palette I didn’t receive, this is the item I was most excited about.  It’s a really pretty lavender color.  It is buildable too.  With two layers I got a really shimmery look and ot stays all day.

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The brushes are very soft and have a nice indent in them to make them easier to handle.

They are meant to be used for contouring — the smaller one can be used for concealer, the middle one contouring and the larger one for powder.  I’m looking forward to using them and seeing how they work.

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This exfoliator is a surprise win to me!  It not only exfoliates my lips, it hydrates them too.  It has a nice fruity taste, too.

IMG_0408 I don’t usually wear black eyeliner, but this is really pigmented and glides on smoothly.

All in all, this is a pretty good box.  I can see myself using the Cover FX Shimmer Veil, the brushes and the exfoliator.  I will probably keep the eye pencil in case I want to wear black eyeliner.  I don’t know what I will do with the Ofra palette.  I might purchase some shadows to put in it.

Do you get BoxyCharm?  Which products did you get in yours this month.

 

ColourPop You Had Me At Hello Palette Review

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, can you believe it?  I like to do a makeup look with pinks and reds, or similar colors on Valentine’s Day.  So I thought this would be the perfect time to review this palette!

This is the ColourPop You Had Me At Hello eye shadow palette.  It’s only $18 and comes with a mirror! I purchased this at the end of December in a ColourPop haul.

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You can tell by the messy palette that I have been using this palette a lot! The shades are:

The Knot: metallic cool-toned ivory
Moon Struck: metallic soft gold
Two Peas: matte peachy beige
Candygram: metallic pinky red with gold duochrome
Winning Ticket: matte dusty mauve pink
FBO: metallic pink violet
Look-See: matte cool-toned plum
Fool’s Rush: metallic golden bronze
Pulling Strings: matte warm saddle brown
Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown
DTR: metallic silvery taupe
Sparks Fly: matte deep plummy brown

Here are the swatches:

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These shades are all so gorgeous and versatile.  The mattes are really creamy in the palette and all of the shadows are well pigmented.  I think it would be perfect if it had a light, matte shade.  But, this will make a gorgeous Valentine’s look!

Have you tried this palette, or any others from ColourPop?

 

BECCA Ultimate Perfection Complexion 5-piece Kitchen

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BECCA Cosmetics and QVC had a recant Today’s Special Value, the BECCA Ultimate Perfection Complexion Kit .

It was on sale for $59.96 for one day, and can still be purchased for $65.96.

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Includes:

  • 0.5-fl oz First Light Priming Filter
  • 0.16-oz Under Eye Brightening Corrector
  • 0.28-oz Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
  • 1.01-fl oz Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Shell, Cashmere, Nude, Noisette, Tan, Amber, Tobacco, or Mink
  • 0.18-oz Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss

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This BECCA Ultimate Perfection Complexion Kit included everything  to achieve the iconic BECCA glow from start to finish. Customize your kit by choosing your shade of Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme and its corresponding Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss.

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There are 8 shades in the foundation available — Shell, Cashmere, Nude, Noisette, Tan, Amber, Tobacco and Mink.  Sephora sells 20 shades, so their were some gaps in there.  I purchased Cashmere, but it is a bit dark for me.  It also has a drier texture.If I blend it really well, it works.  I might save it for summer time. But I am a bit disappointed in it.

First Light Priming Filter claims to help brighten the skin and create a canvas for long-lasting makeup wear. It has almost a watery texture, and it goes a little bit of a glow under make up. I think it’s OK and I will keep trying it.

Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a full-coverage creme that color-corrects the appearance of under-eye darkness. It is infused with ultra-fine, light-reflecting illuminators. I like this a lot. It’s just the right shade to go under my eye, it’s a little bit lighter than my skin tone. It helps cover my dark circles and give us a bit of a glow.

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The Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter is in the best-selling Opal shade. The creamy, luminizing powder veils skin in a soft glow to amplify natural-looking radiance. I think this is so gorgeous! I’ve been wanting a BECCA highlighter since last fall’s BoxyCharm. I was sure I was going to get the powder highlighter but I ended up getting the liquid one. And it’s just sitting there not being used! So, I am so happy that I have the powder and I love how shimmery it is!

Champagne Cocktail Lipgloss is a luxurious lip gloss that gives the perfect kiss of light and shine to your lips. I didn’t think anything about this when I purchased it, but I really think it’s an amazing lipgloss! It is light and not sticky at all. Plus it gives the lips a little color and shimmer.

Here are swatches of the products:

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Primer, foundation in Cashmere, the undereye corrector, highlighter in Opal and the lip gloss in Sparkling Rose.

I can see myself purchasing the highlighter and lip gloss in other shades.  I might repurchase the under eye corrector, but probably not the primer and foundation.  Which is sad, because I bought the set because I need a new foundation!

Do you like BECCA Cosmetics?  Which are your favorites?

Beauty Prep For Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  It’s time to prep skin and get makeup ready for the big day.

Below is a brightening skin serum plus pink and red liquid lipstick and nail polish to help get ready for a big night out — and in!

ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum
ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum

ISDINCEUTICS Flavo-C serum ($84 USD) —  This serum protects against damaging free radicals caused by UVA, UVB rays and pollution. The serum evens skin tone for a firmer, brighter complexion thanks to the extremely powerful combination of two anti-oxidants: Vitamin C and Gingko Biloba.

Available at Isdin.com/us

Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on. Rimmel London introduces Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour, ($5.79 USD) a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear. Shades shown are Fire Starter and Heartbeat.
Purchase at mass market retailers near you

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri® Nail Color ($4.99 USD) — This newly upgraded 3-in-1 formula with built-in base and top coat offers shiny, extended wear in a single step. The new Insta-Dri is housed in an updated bottle adorned with a gorgeous new logo and comes complete with color-matched caps for a modern, sleek feel and easy shade navigation. The revamped formula delivers an extra day of wear and chip resistance, so you can take that nail look to go- anywhere, anytime. With up to 33% longer wear and chip resistance, up to or almost 3x as many consumers preferred the new formula versus the former. Get ready on the go with Insta-Dri’s brush that covers in one stroke. One stroke, one coat, and you’re done! Shades shown are Peppy Le Fuchsia, ASAP Apple, Watermelon Wizz

Purchase at mass market retailers

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation and Breathable Concealer Review

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I received samples of Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Breathable Foundation ($7.99 USD) and Concealer ($5.99 USD) for my honest review.  Here is some info on the foundation:

The lightest long-lasting formula available on the mass market. This special formula builds and blends with ease to ensure a flawless canvas with every application. Formula & Benefits: 25HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, SPF 18 to protect skin, built-in ergonomic cushion applicator.
Available in 16 skin-true shades: 081 Fair Ivory, 100 Ivory, 101 Classic Ivory, 102 Light Nude, 103 True Ivory, 200 Soft Beige, 201 Classic Beige, 203 True Beige, 300 Sand, 302 Golden Honey, 303 True Nude, 400 Natural Beige, 402 Bronze, 502 Noisette, 503 Mocha, 504 Deep Mocha
Here’s a look at the foundation applicator:
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It’s a large doe foot wand applicator that is flexible and cushiony. I use it to dot or stripe the foundation on my face and then I blend in with a brush or sponge.
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The swatch on the left is the concealer in the shade 200 Light.  It’s a little dark for me know, but will work really well for the summer time.  Next to it is the foundation in 100 Ivory, then 101 Classic Ivory.  They both work really well on my skin.
I like the foundation a lot, it is very light on and looks really natural.  It can be built up for more coverage and really does last all day.  I do feel that it is not caked on and is breathable.  I’m not really into full coverage foundations (I have pretty good skin for my age), so I will be wearing this often!
The concealer squeezes out of the tube in a stream, can be applied with the sponge or with a brush or fingers.  Here’s the info on the concealer:
The formula is transfer and sweat resistant so it lasts when you need it most. Best part? It doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy.  Formula & Benefits: Cushion applicator, 25 HR wear, sweat and transfer resistant, Ultra-smooth breathable formula.
Available in six skin-true shades : 001 Light Ivory, 100 Fair, 200 Light, 300 Medium, 400 Medium Dark, 600 Dark
This covers well, I almost think it’s a little more full coverage than the foundation! It lasts all day and will be perfect when it is hot and humid in the summer!
Have you tried either of these products?  What do you think?

Julep Maven February 2018 Subscription Box Review

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My Julep Maven box recently came!  This is the February subscription box. The cost is $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription).

I have been a subscriber for almost 5 years.  And I love it!  You don’t have to take a box each month, you can skip if you want to.  Which is so nice if I’m short a month or if I’m not feeling any of the items.  I skipped December, because I was a bit short of cash and I didn’t really need any of the products.

I also love that you can customize your box.  When I first started subscribing, I could choose from curated boxes, but now, I get to curate my own!  This month I chose the So Awake eye cream and Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer.  I also got nail decals since I had a little room left in my selections.

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So Awake Depuffing Gel Eye Cream ($38, $30.40 Maven) — From the website — A lightweight, multitasking eye cream that handles all your everyday eye woes. It hydrates and depuffs the delicate eye area as it reduces the look of dark circles. Plus, illuminating micro-pearls perk up the look of tired eyes instantly.

I’ve only used it a couple of times, but I love the texture and how quickly it absorbs.  It’s called a gel, but it’s white and creamy, so I was a bit confused at first.  It is very light, though, and refreshing.

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Eyeshadow 101 Crème-to-Powder Eyeshadow Stick ($18.00, $14.40 Maven price) — A waterproof, crème-to-powder shadow stick on top with a spongy smudger on the other end. Expect huge color payoff and crease-proof, stay-all-day power.

The color I chose is Champagne Shimmer.  It’s a gorgeous light neutral.  It’s super shimmery and so versatile.  This does stay all day and looks so pretty one.  I think I might have to pick up a darker color next month to try a complete look.

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?  What did you get this month?