Medusa’s Makeup Bag March 2017

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Hey lovelies,

Long time no chat. Quick life update: I feel like I’m still adjusting to having 3 kids. There are some days where I feel like I have things handled, and other days where I’m sitting in the floor wondering, “Will this ever get easier?” So, that’s why I randomly pop in and out of here.

I do have a quick unbagging that I want to do. I’ve been subscribed to Medusa’s Makeup for several months now, and if you’re not new to my blog you probably already know that. Their subscription is still relatively new though. It’s a vegan/cruelty free option and costs $15.95 per month. I usually receive 3-4 full sized products. Typically, I’ve received a good mixture of eye and face products every month and a lip product. This has quickly become one of my favorite subscriptions!

Okay, let’s go over what I received in March.

  1. Stick it eye primer- At first I thought this was a previous item I received, but I mistook it for the glitter primer which comes in the exact same packaging. I love the glitter primer and I can’t wait to try the stick it eye primer! I prefer tacky primers when applying loose shadows on my lid.
  2. Lipstick in “Lydia”- this is a GORGEOUS lavender shade that’s perfect for Spring. I really love Medusa’s Makeup lipsticks and the packaging, so I’m happy to add another to my growing collection.
  3. Loose eye pigment in “Wasabi”- Green! Because of March! Okay, I truly do love shades of green eyeshadow so I know this one will get used. I love these loose shadows, especially under a dark base like Nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in black bean.
  4. Lip paint in “Get Lucky”- This is a new item to Medusa’s Makeup! I was so excited to try out their liquid lipsticks….but this one is bright pink. We all know how I feel about bright pink lipstick. However, I am curious about this formula so I will likely try it out one day when I’m at home doing nothing to see how it wears.

Overall thoughts: This bag was almost a total winner for me other than the bright pink shade of lipstick. I always feel that I get a good variety of products from this subscription, and I have not gotten bored yet with it all being the same brand. If you’re subscribed to this bag, what are your thoughts on it? I would love to hear them! If you want to sign up yourself, just go to medusasmakeup.com

They even take paypal, which is another plus for me and for anyone else that dislikes putting credit card info on sites.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this short and sweet little unbagging. Feel free to chat with me about anything in the comments.

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Medusa’s Makeup Bag January 2017

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Hello Beauties,

Another day, another unbagging. If you’ve been on my blog before, you’ll know that Medusa’s Makeup is the newest beauty subscription I started to try, and it’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

Medusa’s makeup sends out 4 full sized products every month for $14.95. This brand is a vegan and cruelty free brand, and sells an amazing amount of varied products.

This month, I received two full sized eye products, a full sized lipgloss, and a cute little thing of beauty oil.

Spark Note (White glitter)– I have used this glitter constantly since I got it. You all know I love a glitzy and bold inner corner, and this is the perfect shade for me. It’s bold and it’s not too chunky so it adds the right amount of “ummph” to my smokey eyes. This is probably my favorite item this month by far, and I will likely run out of it.

Purple Rain (full sized eye pigment)– Ow, my heart has still not recovered from losing Prince. I love the name of this pigment, and the shade. Purple is probably the one color outside of neutrals I feel comfortable working with. I love how it looks against green eyes. In general I love the eye pigments from Medusa’s Makeup and I’m always happy to see them included in bags.

Space Kitten (gloss)– Okay, as much as I’m trying to use gloss more…I’m a little tired of getting them. I have several sitting around at this point and I’m looking at them like, “what do I do with you?” I might try the new eye trend and use it on my eyes though and see how that works. I just can’t stand the feeling of most glosses on my lips. I will wear one at some point and then go weeks without picking one up again.

Maracuja Oil– This looks like a tiny sample, but with oils that are 100% a very tiny bit is going to go a long way. I’m always happy to get beauty oils in my subscriptions bags. I have very dry skin so I use oils for about everything from skin care to blending out cream products on my face. I’m happy to add this one to my little stash.

That was everything in my bag from January. What are your thoughts on this subscription? I don’t have a referral link or anything, but if you’re interested in signing up, just go to medusasmakeup.com. It’s so easy, and they even accept paypal! I’m happy with this bag in general, and I always love getting full sized products that I know I will use.

If you have any vegan/cruelty free beauty subscriptions, send me some recommendations. I always love hearing from you all.

As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you decide to stay for awhile if you’re new to my blog.

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January Ipsy 2017

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Hey beauties,

Long time no talk! I know I have been MIA from here for a very long time, but I truly wanted to soak up every moment I could with sweet Lyrik while she was a newborn. She is the last daughter we will be having, so I decided to step away from Youtube and my blog to really focus on her and myself. However, things are calming down and she’s finally sleeping more on her own, so I have more time to come back to blogging. And what better way to come back than with an unbagging?

If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a monthly beauty subscription that costs $10 per month. I normally receive my bags mid month, and there are 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized products in each bag.

This month’s theme was Metropolis. The bag is supposed to resemble skyscrapers and such, which is cute, but not really up my alley at all. I will likely give the bag itself to one of my daughters to play with.

  1. Trust Fund Beauty lipgloss in Method to the Madness– this is a deluxe sample, but it still has a lot of product in it! Normally, glosses are not my thing…or nude lip shades. However, I’ve been into trying new shades lately and really trying to push myself out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to try this product out, regardless.
  2. The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer– this is a product that is constantly talked about in the beauty community. I see it raved about often on Instagram and Youtube. The Balm is one of my favorite brands! I just dislike these tiny face samples. There’s no easy way to get a brush on them for one, and two, they just get lost in all my things and I always reach for full sized products over them. I will give this a try though and see if it works on my fair skin. Most bronzers don’t work for me though.
  3. Ciate London top coat nail polish– I am constantly painting my nails, so I find this product to be one I will definitely get use out of, and it’s full sized!
  4. Pacifica blush in Wildrose– I LOVE Pacifica products. They’re one vegan brand I am always down to try, and this blush is so gorgeous. How did Ipsy know rose shaded blushes are my favorite? How sweet of them.
  5. Real Chemistry 3 min luminous peel– I have been really into peels and face masks lately. My hormones are still settling back 3 months post partum and my skin has been suffering the biggest blow from mother nature. I’m excited to try this, and can totally do a separate review on this for anyone interested since I do have sensitive skin.

Overall, I am happy with the products I received in my bag this month! I feel that by consistently reviewing my products every month I have finally started to get more products I will for sure use. I will say I’m making a more active effort to use up the teeny samples chilling out all over my house this year. It’s one of my beauty resolutions for 2017. If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, I have a referral link.

If you’re also an Ipsy subscriber, feel free to tell me what you received in your bag lately or what your favorite thing from them lately has been! I’m always happy to chat with you all in the comments.

I know this post has been short and sweet, but I promise I’m back for real. I can’t wait to catch up with everyone! As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. Have a lovely day!

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Lip Monthly August 2016

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Hey lovelies,

I have another subscription unbagging today! I’ve been subscribed to Lip Monthly for awhile now, over a year or so. I’ve mentioned my thoughts on them numerous times. but I do highly enjoy their monthly subscription service.

For $12.95 a month (also ships international), you get four normally full sized products. There’s usually three lip products and one “makeup mix up” which can be about anything. Sometimes it’s hair/skin care and other months it’s eyeshadow or blush. I always look forward to this bag and I find myself actually trying the items in my bag since they’re full sized. Tiny samples can get lost in a deep abyss of “try later” stashes hidden around my vanity. Full sized products are just easier to see, in my opinion.

If you want to save 55% on your first bag, enter the code Kayla55!

Anyway, this month I was sent four products. Two of which can be used on the cheeks and lips! Anyone else love multifuncitonal products? I do. I like to stick them in my bag if I’m running errands all day or if I’m super busy. It saves room in my purse and I cut down on the “hand to purse” time looking for products to quickly freshen up my face. Okay, enough, rambling, let’s get on to what was in my bag:

1. Hikari Cosmetics Dual Color Stick $15– This is one of the multitasking products I mentioned before. This can be used on the lips or on the cheeks as a cream stain. There were a couple of different shades sent out, and I received the orange one. I’m not too sure how I feel about the shade. I know I’m shaped like a pumpkin right now, but I don’t want to relive the “pumpkin face” days from my childhood with orange cheeks. The shade would definetely work on someone with a deeper skin tone though!

2. Manna Kadar Lip Crayon $24– This is the second Manna Kadar product I’ve gotten through Lip Monthly, and I’m not complaining. The last item was a gloss and I ended up liking it so much I took it to the beach with me and wore it everyday as a quick nude. I love the shade of this crayon and it’s totally one I can see myself wearing while running errands or for everyday wear around the house.

3. Seraphine Lip/Cheek Gel $20– This brand is a vegan and cruelty free brand and I highly enjoyed the lip stain we received from them a few months ago. I love the packaging, and the gel consistency of this product blends out really well, so I know I can wear it on my cheeks and on my lips if I need a quick wash of color. The shade of this one is one I can wear as well. It’s a deeper pink, but I think this will look lovely in Fall. Flushed cheeks, anyone?

4. Lord & Berry Lip Liner $10– I have received quite a few products from Lord & Berry, and I really love their lip products! This lip liner is a rose shade, and it pairs perfectly with the lip crayon this month! I’ve already used this liner, and it applies so smooth, but not too smooth like the Colourpop ones, so your lipstick is going to stay in place and not feather out throughout the day.

Overall Bag Value- $69

This month’s bag was very high value! I am excited for every product in this bag, and I will even try the Hikari one out just to see if I’m wrong and I can find a use for it. I’m most excited for the lip crayon and pencil though. I’ve been able to try several brands through Lip Monthly that I had never thought to try myself, which is one of the biggest reasons why I’ve remained subscribed.

I hope you all enjoyed this unbagging. If you’re subscribed to lip monthly, let me know your thoughts in the comments! I have more posts regarding this subscription if you type “lip monthly” into the search bar on my blog page. It will show you previous bags and reviews from over the course of a year.

As always, thank you for stopping by and reading this post. I hope you’re all having wonderful days.

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Glamour Doll Eyes Review

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Hey lovelies,

I have an indie brand to review today! Someone from Glamour Doll Eyes was kind enough to contact me and ask if I would be interested in reviewing and using some of their eyeshadows. I agreed after reading Phyrra rave about these and discovering that they are indeed cruelty free and have vegan options. We all know I’m an indie brand fan girl, especially with my eyeshadows.

I was sent 6 loose shadows of my choice to try. Their loose shadows are $6 each for full sized, and they have sample size options starting at a little over $1, which is something I love about quite a few indie brands. I have never used a whole eyeshadow…ever. It’s rare that I even hit pan on any. So, having an option to try a sample out is amazing, because then if I truly love it I can commit to a full size without feeling guilty.

First off, the packaging is pretty adorable. I love the little photo and logo on the lid. These also arrived without a sifter, which is a plus for me. I actually hate sifters in anything. I don’t know why, I find them to be super annoying. Maybe that’s just me.

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When I opened these up it was very reminiscent of my other loose indie brand shadows. Finely milled and super pretty. I tried to pick out some neutral matte and shimmer shades and a couple of fun shades to get a feel for all their formulas.

This is an online brand, which means you can only find them on the Glamour Dolls website.

My review: I found these eyeshadows to be easy to work with and blend out overall. They lasted all day on my eyes with primer, and are very pigmented. Loose shadows tend to be more pigmented, in my opinion, simply because it’s easier to get product on a brush. Now, as always with loose shadows, I recommend tapping your brush or putting your eye makeup on first before your face makeup. This will prevent fallout ruining your face makeup if you’re new to loose shadows. I’ve always enjoyed loose shadows though and own quite a few!

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Swatches from bottom to top:

Catrina: Not vegan. This is a gorgeous light purple with a blue/gold duo chrome effect. This shade is pretty light by itself and needs a glitter primer or white base to show up more true to shade.

Chivalrous: Vegan. Red with gold shimmer. This one was a little harder to swatch with a brush. Still a gorgeous shade if you love reds and gold.

Charming Society: Vegan. Sheer/White (on my skin tone) shade with green, blue, and gold shifts. This looks so stunning as an inner corner highlight! Probably my most used shade so far from what I have tried. Highly recommend.

Martini Olive: Vegan. Deep matte green. This shade is so lush and a must have if you love green and olive shades. This is my second most used shade because I have a thing for deep olives and forest green.

Unveil: Vegan. Deep almost maroon red with a slight purple shift. This shade is right up my alley for the crease and outer corner. Creates a gorgeous maroon smokey effect!

Undead: Vegan. This is described as a black shade, but in my opinion this is more maroon with hint of purple. This is still so lovely though! If you’re into intense shades this would be a great alternative to black in a smokey eye.

Overall, I love the shades I picked out and will definitely be purchasing some more myself in the future. I kind of want to check out some pressed shades. Many of the loose shadow shades are also in pressed form, which is pretty neat.

If you’re interested in purchasing any shades I mentioned here or in anything (except pressed products) I do have a coupon code. It’s not an affiliate code, just one specifically for my followers! Use the code lunafaye at checkout to save 15% on your entire order!

If you’re purchased from this brand before, what are your thoughts? Will you be making an order for any of these shades?

Tell me about your favorite indie brands in the comments! I’m always up to try new indie brands.

As always, thank for stopping by. I hope you all enjoyed this review!

Bonus photo: Sailor in a chair

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Kat Von D Shade & Light Quads Review

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Hey beauties,

Ready for another palette review? I actually have two to review today! I picked up two of the new Kat Von D Shade & Light quads a couple of months ago, close to when they were first released.

Obviously, these little quads are spin offs of the original all matte Shade & Light palette, which we all know I’m obsessed with. I’ve had it for over a year now and still use it several times a week.

So, because I’m a Kat Von D beauty fan girl and because I love the original Shade & Light palette so much, I needed to try the quads.

First thing’s first, these quads can be found at Sephora or on katvondbeauty.com. They retail at $26 each for four shades and are cruelty free. I believe the only quad that is vegan friendly is the plum one.

Okay, so the packaging is actually really cute and compact. These little quads fit perfectly in my acrylic drawers. My only beef with the packaging is that the mirror doesn’t fold all the way back. It only goes up halfway, and it kind of bothers me. That’s probably just because I’m weird though.

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First up is the sage quad. This is advertised for those with brown eyes, but I love green so I’m gonna slap these shades on my green eyes, anyway.

I love the shade choices in this one. The transition shade is perfect and that’s the biggest pan, which makes more sense to me than having the base shade on the far right being the biggest shade. I know some will disagree with me on that, but when you have several palettes with huge cream shaded pans…how the heck am I supposed to use all of them? I personally use transition shades more than anything else.

There’s also a cool toned defining shade, and of course that gorgeous forest green shade. I will admit that the sage shade looks lighter in the pan than it swatches. However, if you’re into greens I think you’ll love this quad.

Swatches:

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Swatches are done over no primer.

I noticed when swatching the sage quad that these mattes feel different than the other ones Kat Von D has released. I don’t know if it’s a formula inconsistency or if she wanted to appeal to those that said the original Shade & Light shades were too hard to blend. I humbly disagree with that though because I hate super buttery mattes. When matte shades are too easy to blend, it becomes difficult to create a layered an defined look because you’re having to add more of a shade to try and make up for easily blending your work away. That’s what I loved about the Shade and Light palette to begin with.

 

 

This is the look I created with the sage quad. These worked really well on my eyes though I had to add the sage shade several times to my crease to create a defined look. Overall, I’m happy with it.

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Next up is the plum quad. We all know that purples and plums are my favorite shades to work with. They are very flattering on green eyes, and coincidentally this quad is advertised for those with green eyes. This is also the only vegan quad out of the four quads released.

I’m definitely loving the shade choices in this. I was worried that pink toned transition shade would pull too pink on my fair skin, but it’s actually a lovely deeper mauve toned pink.

Swatches:

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This quad swatched better overall than the sage quad, in my opinion.

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This is the look I created with the plum quad. It was pretty easy for me to layer the shades and create a defined and layered smokey eye with it.

Overall, I enjoy these little quads. I only got the plum and sage ones because I do feel the other two resemble the original shade and light palette a lot.

If I had to only keep one, I would keep the plum quad. I think it’s very flattering on my skin tone and eye color, and it was easier to work with than the sage one, though I do enjoy the sage quad as well.

I think they both cover what you would need for an easy look. They both have transition shades, base shades, and defining shades to take a look from daytime to nighttime. Both of the defining shades can also create a lovely cut crease look.

If you have these quads, what are your thoughts on them? Do you think they’re worth the price?

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One Shadow, Five Ways

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Hey lovelies.

Today, I wanted to do something a little different and show how to wear one incredible eyeshadow five different ways.

I know I’ve mentioned My Pretty Zombie Cosmetics a few times on my blog and on my youtube channel over the past couple of years. Her brand is one of the very first indie brands I ever ordered from, and it was love. This brand helped pave the way for what is now an obsession with indie brand makeup.

If you’re never been to her site, she sells a lot of badass loose pigments, blushes, and other face products. Sometimes she will release sets that include lipstick and nail polishes, and I mentioned one that was done for a charity not too long ago that you can read about here.

I was originally turned on to this brand by Victoria of Biohazardous Beauty. As soon as she said in one video a few months back the shade Brisket was one of her all time favorites, I knew I needed it.

The shade Brisket is the one I’m featuring today. It’s probably one of the most unique shades in my collection thus far. Which is saying something because we all know I have a plethora of palettes and single shadows.

I have used it on my Instagram page:

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I used Brisket on lids for this look, and it really pulled the eye look together, in my opinion. This is a shade that pulls burgundy/gold/red/orange depending on the light. It’s beyond duochrome. It’s magic.

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This is Brisket applied with a flat brush five different ways.

From bottom to top: over the hard candy eye primer, over nyx’s jumbo pencil in yogurt, nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in french fries, nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in rust, nyx’s jumbo eye pencil in black bean

I think this is why I love duochrome eyeshadows to begin with. It’s so easy to change the primer or base and create a different effect. It’s like having several different eyeshadows!

I really wanted to share Brisket today because it was one of those eyeshadows that I wanted for so long and it was definitely worth the wait. I am so happy with it!

If you’re also interested in getting Brisket or anything else from My Pretty Zombie, just enter myprettyluna at checkout to save some money. The site is myprettyzombie.com

What do you all think of smaller posts like this focused on one single product? What do you think about this eyeshadow? Comment down below! I love hearing from you all.

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you’re all having wonderful days!

*disclaimer: this product was sent to me, but all opinions are honest and my own

 

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Worth the Hype? Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review

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Hello beauties,

I have another palette review today! If you are on Instagram or really anywhere beauty related, you’ve probably seen the hype behind the limited edition Too Faced Sweet Peach palette. It’s a touchy subject for some, and it was for me for a few weeks. I collect palettes, Too Faced palettes are some of my favorites, and I knew I wanted to try this one. I missed every release for a week, and I’m normally a beast at online releases. Finally, I was able to snag one on HSN. I had to wait for a month for it to arrive to me. A MONTH.

So, is it worth all the virtual hype? That’s part of what I will be going over in today’s review.

First off, the packaging is your standard cuter-than-life Too Faced packaging. It comes in the long tin, much like the Chocolate Bar, and has a peachy ombre color to the front of it. If you’re a collector like myself, this packaging is already very aesthetically pleasing. I expect nothing less from Too Faced, their packaging is always very cute while remaining practical in terms of storage.

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When you open the palette up, before you can even take a look at the shades, your nose is graced by the smell of delicious peaches. I love the chocolate bar palette because it smells heavenly, and this one smells even yummier to me. I absolutely adore the scent of peaches, and I typically smell like a walking peach all year long.

Next you’ll probably notice that this palette is laid out a bit different than other Too Faced palettes. Normally, the food type palettes have 2 longer shades so the palette only has 16 shades, while this one has 18 shades, all in the same sized pans. I personally like this lay out so much better. Less space taken up equals more shades. It’s so rare that I would ever go through a shade that the longer ones normally are, so I definitely prefer to have more shades to play around with.

Price: $49

Accessibility: Good luck trying to find this palette right now.

I’m honestly not trying to be a smart ass when I say that. This palette has been a pain in the butt crack for so many people to get, to the point I’ve read people being in tears over not being able to get one. I have never seen a palette this hyped up and in high demand before, and I’ve been collecting palettes for awhile. I hope that Too Faced makes this palette permanent, maybe this is the soft pregnant heart of mine speaking, but I do wish everyone that wants this palette can get it.

Swatches:

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Bottom to top: white peach, luscious, just peachy, bless her heart, tempting, charmed I’m sure, nectar, cobbler, candied peach

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Bottom to top: Bellini, peach pit, delectable, peaches n cream, georgia, caramelized, puree, summer yum, talk derby to me

These were all swatched with no primer underneath and beneath indirect daylight bulbs.

My personal favorite shades in this palette are bellini, peach pit, puree, and summer yum. Peach Pit is such a rich and luxurious shade of brown. I die over it.

I found that all of these shades swatched much like the shades in my Chocolate Bar palette, smoothly and I was able to get a lot of product with little to no effort. This is why I love Too Faced shadows in general.

I do enjoy that there are lighter and deeper shades in this palette. This is something that I harp on a lot during reviews. I think the perfect palette has the potential create daytime and nighttime looks. Many palettes just kind of skip on the deeper tones, and that’s just weird to me. There are 4 true matte shades in this palette, but white peach can be blended out to a matte if needed, so more like 5 mattes, which is pretty decent, in my opinion.

As you can probably see, this palette is very warm toned. I’ll admit that I expected a few more true peach shades, but I found myself happy with the shades they did include. There’s peachy shades for more toned down looks, and a brighter one (candied peach) for those more daring. I also love the inclusion of purple in this palette. For some reason, peach and purple look so gorgeous together. It’s a color combo I didn’t expect to personally love.

I have played around with this on my eyes.

For this more simple peachy smokey eye, I used the shades puree, summer yum, bellini, white peach, and peach pit. All of the shades applied well with a brush and I had no trouble blending them out, but I was still able to create a layered look easily. Once again, this is why I personally love Too Faced shadows in general. For the most part (some flops here and there) I have always been impressed with how smooth their shadows apply on my lids. I have a feeling that I will be reaching for this palette often in the Summer. I am not one to wear just bronze shades or golds, but peaches I feel are flattering on fair skin. Though if you have a deeper skin tone than me, I feel this palette would be stunning on your eyes because there are several deeper shades and some beautiful bronzes.

Do I feel this palette is worth the hype? Yes and no

Yes, if you’re someone like me that loves collecting palettes and is a Too Faced fan girl. If you are able to find this at your local Ulta or Sephora, I do feel this is a palette worth picking up and trying. Even if you don’t like it, it’s so wanted right now that you could sanitize it and resell it easily to someone else that is searching for it.

No, if you’re truly frustrated and do not want to fool with it. I understand 100%. I lucked out when I bought mine. About 1 min after I placed my order, it was sold out once again. I think a lot of the shades in this palette can be duped. I know that Nyx’s golden peach prismatic shadow is pretty close to the Bellini shade in this palette. Also, the Morphe 35O (another favorite of mine) is a very warm toned palette with peaches and oranges, and that palette is permanent, whereas the Sweet Peach palette is limited edition. Warm shades and peachy shades are so trendy and in demand right now that I do feel this palette is pretty easy to dupe. If you’re feeling down, check sites like Makeup Geek and Morphe for single shadows, you’ll probably be surprised at what you can find, or take a look in your collection.

With that being said, I do not regret this purchase. As I mentioned before, I do collect palettes, and Too Faced is a brand that I do enjoy collecting from. This palette did satisfy my collector’s soul, but I am also happy with the quality of it. Too Faced did not let me down this time.

If you have this palette, what are your thoughts on it? I love reading your all’s diverse opinions regarding products. Also, if you don’t have this, do you want it? Or do you think you’ll pass on this very hyped palette?

I hope you all found this review informative or entertaining in some way. As always, thank you all for reading, and I hope you’re all having lovely days.

 

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BH Cosmetics and Shaaanxo Palette

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have a palette review! I feel like I haven’t done one of these in awhile, but I still have a ton of palettes to review for you all. I wanted to start with the Shaaanxo and BH Cosmetics palette because it’s very new, and youtuber collar palettes are some of my favorite to review in general.

Why? I like seeing the thought process that goes into the palettes themselves, honestly. A lot of times youtubers will create a color scheme that closely matches their own style while trying to make it friendly for everyone to use, and I know that must be tough to do in general. That and I love supporting other bloggers and youtubers, but that’s no secret.

I actually love Shannon from Shaaanxo. Her style is the actual opposite of mine, but I love her lipstick reviews and swatches. That and she’s one of the few youtubers with a couple million followers that is consistently putting up content on a schedule. I look up to her persistence and work ethics as a whole. I feel she genuinely loves what she’s doing, and that’s admirable in itself.

Okay, so moving on to the actual palette, this is from BH Cosmetics. BH Cosmetics is a cruelty free brand that focuses on creating affordable products for makeup enthusiasts and professionals alike. I’m very familiar with their brand and their eyeshadows, and I will have other reviews linked at the end of this post.

Price of this palette: Currently $14.50, but sometimes they will lower in price after a few weeks down to $12.

What’s in this palette: 9 eyeshadows and 9 shades of lipstick

What this palette claims: Allergy tested, paraben free, non irritating, hydrating lip colors, pigmented shadows

What the inside looks like: 

This is a dual sided palette, meaning on one side there’s shadows, and if you flip it over, there’s the lipsticks. The packaging itself is very simple and pretty, it’s very feminine, and that in itself just says Shannon to me. The material of this palette is a tough cardboard, much like the Carli Bybel one. This palette is a bit smaller and thicker, which is actually nice because I personally don’t like having a ton of bulky palettes.

Right off the bat, you can probably see the shadows are very neutral. Remember when I said I was going to try and buy less neutral palettes? Forgive me, I can’t help myself. Now, I will admit that at first I didn’t know how I felt about the lipstick side. I personally don’t enjoy lipstick palettes. I have so many lipsticks that I don’t find myself reaching for that side often.

However, I feel this palette would be amazing for someone that wants to get into lipstick, but doesn’t want to drop a ton of money on separate tubes. One of the cool things about lipstick palettes is you can mix shades on the back of your hand. If you’re weary of lipsticks in general, or you’re wanting to play around with natural and bold shades, I think you might enjoy the lipstick side of this palette more than myself.

With that being said, I do enjoy the variety of shades in this. I feel there’s a shade for about everyone, including those of us with darker makeup souls.

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These are all 9 shades of lipstick swatched. As you can see, these are all a bit on the glossier side. That’s another reason why I don’t foresee myself reaching for this side often. I do not personally like glossier formulas. I am a matte type of gal. I do think these are very pretty shades and relatively pigmented.

I’ve seen a lot of people say the shadows are very similar to the oh so popular Manny Mua and Makeup Geek Palette. I have that one too, and while they have similarities, they are very different. If you are wanting a blue brown shade like Insomnia, the Shaaanxo palette has that duo chrome loveliness. I do find that the Shaaanxo palette might be more suitable for beginners and those looking for an everyday palette. While I love the Manny Mua palette, I don’t think the vast majority of people wear red shadow too often.

Another thing I love about the Shaaanxo palette is that there is an almost black shade included in the palette. I love when bloggers think to include a shade like this because it can take any look from daytime to nighttime in  just a few brush movements.

shaaanxo palette

These swatches were done over no primer and under daylight bulbs. 

I really didn’t have to work very hard to get these swatches. The shades are very pigmented and felt smooth to the touch! I honestly love the matte shades in this palette. They are very “me” shades for Spring and Summer.

I have used this palette on my eyes several times, and I am highly impressed with the overall quality.

With this look I used quite a few shades from the palette. I used the matte cream shade, both brown matte shades in the crease, the champagne shade on the lid, the blackish gray on the outer corner, and the blue brown on the lower lash line. I really love how this turned out! The shades were easy to work with. I was able to wet my brush and get a more reflective look with the champagne shade as well.

Overall, I do recommend checking the palette out and possibly adding it to your BH Cosmetics cart in the future. I think it’s a cute and fun everyday palette to have in your collection. I think Shannon did a lovely job with this collaboration. Even though I’m not a total fan of the lipstick side, I still think the eyeshadow side is worth it for me.

If you have this palette, what are your thoughts on it? I would love to know! If you don’t have it, will you be adding it to your wishlist?

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April Ipsy Unbagging 2016 “Dreamers”

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Hello beauties,

It’s been a minute since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging on here, so that’s what I’m doing today!

This month’s theme is “The Dreamers.” I’m not entirely sure why, but I rarely don’t question their motives for themes.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription that arrives monthly to your mailbox for $10. On average, everyone gets 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized products. These can  be makeup, hair care, or skin care products. Usually, I get a little bit of everything each month! Personally, I enjoy receiving small samples of multiple products so I can try out over the course of a few months, and I’ve actually repurchased several full sized items after trying them thanks to Ipsy! I’ve been subscribed to them for over 2 years now.

Anyway, this month I think I scored some nice things! So, let’s get right on into what was in my cute little tie dye-esque bag this month:

  1. Tarte’s LipSurgence Creme in Wonder– I’ve actually never tried too many Tarte lip products before, but I love getting Tarte products in my bag! I have swatched this, and it’s very creamy and has a pretty red tone to it. I’m normally not one to wear more sheer and glossy lip products, but I think this one would be nice to have in my bag in the Summer time if I need something to put on quickly that’s not going to feel dry.
  2. Probelle nail polish in In or Out-Most of the time I dislike every shade ever sent to me in terms of nail polish, I’m picky, and I’m not very colorful and I usually get pinks and blues. However, I enjoy purples, and this is a very cute purple shade. I’ve tried this brand in the past when I was subscribed to Beauty Box 5, and it’s actually a decent nail polish.
  3. Nomad Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Desert Sands– I love receiving eyeshadow normally, but I don’t wear gold shadows very often. I’m so pale that I feel gold can quickly overwhelm my face. This shade is nice though and seems like a great quality shade. The little package is cute and even has a teeny tiny mirror. This might be a product I pass on to a friend, however. Nothing against the brand, it’s just not my type of shade.
  4. MorrocainOil Treatment– I love getting oil samples in my subscription bags! I have a mini stash of them, and I cherish them. Oils can be pretty pricey, but they do have multiple functions. I use them on my face, in my hair, and I even blend my liquid products out with them at times. If you have dry skin, oils are going to be your best friend. I have heard that using oil can help those with oily skin as well, but I have never had oily skin a day in my life so I can’t attest to that. This little precious oil sample is going in my stash though.
  5. Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlight Brush– I was so ecstatic to see this in my bag! I love Luxie brushes, and I have received several thanks to Ipsy now. I think the blue handle on this is so cute, and it’s so soft! I may post about it on Snapchat soon, so if you’re not following me there and want to, make sure to add me! Not gonna lie, I have a thing for highlighter brushes. I have about 5 now and I use all of them for different highlighters. Don’t judge me. I can feel you judging me.
  6. Too Faced Waterproof Better than Sex Mascara-This was a point perk I redeemed last month and I’m just now getting this month. This is a full sized product, and it’s brand new to Too Faced! I love the Better than Sex mascara, and with Summer coming up I wanted to try a waterproof mascara. I have wimpy natural lashes, and the original Better than Sex is the only one that gives me volume and length. I’m pretty excited to try this one, and more than likely I’ll be doing a video on it!

That’s everything I got this month! Overall, I’m really happy with most of the products I received. Just a friendly tip for anyone subscribed to Ipsy, always review your products at the end of the month. It’s helped me substantially and I have been happy with most of the products in my bags the past 5-6 months.

If you’re subscribed to Ipsy, let me know in the comments what you got! I would love to chat!

If you’re not subscribed and you want to be, I do have a referral link: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=p_share_ref&sid=link&refer=1qkf

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