City Color Cosmetics Highlighter Haul + Review

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have a review outside of my normal palette review! I wanted to share some highlighters that I bought from City Color Cosmetics during their Memorial Day sale.

I had seen so many people rave about their highlighting trio a few months back when Ipsy sent them out to others, but I did not get one in my bag, unfortunately. I love highlighters! I already know I’m not the only one. They’re very trendy right now, and I am too pale to play around with too many contouring products. However, I’m always down to douse myself in highlight and blind everyone with my shiny glazed glam.

I always love trying out affordable and cruelty free items. Highlighters seem to be something many are willing to drop $40+ on, but do we always have to? Surely, there’s some amazing high end quality highlighters out there that don’t make my bank account heave.

So, that’s why I wanted to order some City Color Cosmetics highlighters during their Memorial Day sale. The eyeshadow is technically not a highlighter, but I saw a post where Dupe That compared it to Becca’s Pearl and I wanted to give it a try on my face.

I ended up getting the highlighting #1 trio which retails for $8.99 on citycolorcosmetics.com. This comes with 3 different shades, which is essentially $3 per highlight at full retail price.

Overall thoughts: I am really loving this trio! I have reached for it so often this past month. I can’t really pull off the gold shade with my skin tone, but the other 2 shades in the palette still make this worth it for me. If you have very fair skin like I do, you will probably also love the pinky and champagne shades in this trio. The pink one isn’t super pink so it still looks semi natural, and the champagne one isn’t too warm or a champagne for my cool toned skin.

Here is a photo of this trio on my cheeks:

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I find this trio to be buttery smooth and so easy to blend! So, you can pack that glow on and you will still be able to blend it into your skin properly. I use the Japonesque slanted contour and highlighting brush most of the time when using this trio.

Next up is the city chic eyeshadow in Skinny Latte. This retails for $4.99 on their site. I have never truly used an eyeshadow as a highlight, but this one was a great one to start with! Out of both items I purchased, I have used this one the most. It’s such a perfect shade for fair skin. I don’t find it to pull too white, it has a slight champagne sheen to it which makes it perfect.

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It is a bit more of an “In your face” highlight, but that’s what I like, especially in the Summer.

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Swatches from top to bottom: Skinny Latte, Highlighting Trio

As you can probably tell from the swatches, these shades are so smooth!

I am highly impressed with these highlighters, and I recommend them to anyone wanting to play around with some affordable products to make your skin glow!

If you have ever tried these, what do you think of them? Will you be ordering any for yourself? Give me some of your cruelty free and affordable highlight suggestions in the comments!

I hope you all enjoyed this quicker review. As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days!

 

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Quick Review: City Color Shimmer Shadows

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If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably already seen this picture. I put together a short and sweet little swatch post, but I also wanted to touch on a few other things here on the blog because I personally don’t like having 100 line Instagram captions.

To be clear, even though I am an affiliate with City Color, I purchased these shadows myself last weekend during a sale. City Color had a sale every week last month, and one weekend these shimmer shadows were 50% off. These are already very affordable at $6.99 each, so when I saw they were $3.50 I snagged the shades I’ve been wanting to try.

If you follow Dupe That on Instagram, you’ve more than likely seen these compared to the Kat Von D shimmer shadows which are a whopping $21 each. Don’t get me wrong, they’re gorgeous, but single shadows have never been something I’ve felt inclined to spend that much money on.

The City Color ones are $6.99 each at regular price, and there is 3.65 grams of product in each pan. That is a lot of product. You’re definitely getting a lot for your money with this.

I do enjoy the packaging. The lettering rubs off after a bit, but I have found these easy to store in my acrylic organizers on my vanity. Because they’re flatter, they can be stacked by twos in the little containers that found from Ross.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I got these, but the first time I swatched them, my heart nearly stopped. These are so buttery. Like to the point where I feel as if I poke my finger too hard in the pan the product would crumble. I don’t believe it would, but I don’t know what other way to describe how soft the texture is.

These do not crumble though. That is actually a pet peeve of mine with shimmery shadows. I don’t enjoy the little crumbles that some can leave behind, and these don’t do that. In my opinion, the closest comparison makeup wise I can make regarding texture would be to the Makeup Geek shadows.

Very smooth. Super pigmented. Not a pain in the ass to work with.

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Swatches from top to bottom: Cheers to Life, Marsala, New Year New Me, Bubble Bath, Homecoming Queen

I have seen Marsala compared to KVD’s Raw Power, and they are almost spot on dupes. Marsala and Cheers to Life are probably my current favorites because they are amazing Fall shades, but New Year New Me is gorgeous as well, and doubles as an awesome highlight! It’s a very pale white-gold type of shade, making it a highlight that multiple skin tones can use, including fair skin tones like myself.

I like to put a few shades over top of my tattoo because it truly shows how pigmented products are, and these shadows are no exception. These were all swatched in natural light and with no primer underneath. 

There are so many more affordable brands that are stepping up their game and bringing out some high quality products. It’s really exciting to me! I love splurging, but I also love saving a bit of money when I can, which is why I follow so many pages that find dupes. Ha!

I do have a coupon code that will save you 10% on top of every sale City Color has, and you get free shipping at $25. My code is lunafayebeauty 🙂

Though I am now affiliated with this brand, my opinions are still very honest. I’ve been a huge fan of City Color for a long time now, so naturally I was excited to have my own coupon code to share with you all in case you’ve been wanting to try a few things.

If you have these shadows, what are your thoughts on them? What are some of your favorite shades? Comment and tell me all about it!

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Lip Monthly August 2015

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Hey lovelies,

Another month, another beauty subscription! Today, I will be going over what I got in my Lip Monthly bag! If you’re new to my blog, Lip Monthly is a monthly beauty subscription that costs $10. Typically everyone receives three lip products and one “makeup mix up,” and on average each bag has been valued at close to $50 lately.

I had to include the little card in the photo this month. I thought it was really pretty! The card stated that this month’s theme is “the end of summer” and the products are supposed to reflect that. Honestly, I’m glad the Summer themed bags are almost over with everyone. I can only handle so many glossy and pink things.

Mirabella Lip Pencil $25– This is a bright orange type of shade. I don’t own many Mirabella things, and this color looks so pretty and swatched very smoothly! It’s very pigmented, though I’m not sure if I can pull off orange. Maybe I just need to open myself up to it more.

City Color Lip Butter $3.99- This lip butter looks pink, but it is sheer. It’s not included in the swatches because there’s not a point. I’ve gotten a lot of lip balms and butters this summer, and I think I’m set for a few years. This one is really cute and I am always happy to get things from City Color in my subscription bags.

So Susan Light Diffuser $18- I’ve gotten quite a few things from So Susan through Lip Monthly, and I have to say that I always love their packaging! I love highlighters, so I know I will use the highlight shade in this. It’s a bit gold, which might not look great, but I’m gonna try it anyway. The bronze shade is cool toned, but has a bit of shimmer in it, but it’s not a lot so I might be able to blend it out and use this as a light contour for everyday use.

Starlooks Matte Lipstick $7- This is in the shade “dragon fruit” which is a pretty neon shade of pink. I dig it. Because this looks more like a lip pencil to me, I might end up using it to line my lips before applying the one bright pink lipstick I own. I think this could also work well for ombre looks if I do an Instagram look or something.It swatched very well, and is very pigmented.

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Left to right: Light Diffuser Contour, Highlight, Mirabella pencil, Starlooks “dragon fruit”

Overall value of the bag: $54.99

I’m pretty happy with this month’s bag. I’m not as excited as I’ve been in previous months, but I am looking forward to trying the light diffuser and orange lipstick. If you get this subscription, let me know your thoughts down below! I would love to chat!

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