Maybelline City Mini Palette Review & Demo

I have seen so much hype over the Maybelline City Mini Palettes. I can’t lie, the packaging was very intriguing. It took me months to debate if I should give in and buy it. The palette itself is very small, it retails between $7.99-9.99 and you get 6 shades so the shades are priced approximately $1.33 per shade. I picked up the “Urban Jungle” palette which has various shades of greens. This is perfect for the fall season and would favor those especially with brown or green eyes.

First impressions…

These shades are extremely hard to blend, they have the same formula and consistency of their other eyeshadows. It seems like the same exact thing only packaged in a more appealing and eye-catching pattern. The colors are very beautiful in the palette, but there are two shades that are very similar to each other. The gold shade barley shows up on the eyes. You MOST DEFINITELY need setting spray to make these shades even show up, the dark black shade and the matte green shade are the only colors that actually shows up without it. I would have to say those two performed best on the eyes, but were still hard to blend. The other green/gold shimmery shades did not show up at all with a dry brush or finger. The white shade is extremely powdery and chalky, I thought it looked horrible as a brow- bone/inner corner highlight. The shade is way to pale to begin with, the other 5 colors are warm toned and deep- a champagne or off white color would have been a much better match for this palette. Like I said, I honestly believe they threw shades they already had into this palette. The only unique shade to me was the black that had small green glitter particles in it- but the glitter fades away in short time.

Above are shades on the tan part of my arm and my inner arm, I wanted you guys to see how differently they show up on different skin colors. The pictures above are with and without flash. I attempted to re-create this look and removed one eye with makeup remover and re-set it with concealer, powder and primer. It still did not come out the same, it made the shades even more hard to blend and the gold color didn’t really show up at all- even with setting spray. I’m not sure what the makeup wipe had to do with it exactly but it did not apply the same afterwards.

Final thoughts…

If you can find any of these City Mini Palettes on sale I believe it would be worth it. I personally think these are overpriced for drugstore eyeshadows, there are many better options with higher quality priced the same or even lower. I’ve noticed drugstore brands raising their prices increasingly over time, I thought maybe they were changing the formulas a long with it but honestly most of the products have the same formula and aren’t worth the hype. Comment below your opinion of the Maybelline City Mini Palettes, have you tried this one or a different one?

Watch the palette in action below!

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“No Makeup-Makeup”

So what is the “No Makeup Makeup” trend exactly and does it really look like you’re not wearing makeup when it’s all said and done??

Well today I am putting this to the test.

Since I live in an extremely high humidity environment I usually don’t wear heavy makeup during the summer, but I never thought wearing light makeup would become a trend. Is mascara and eyeliner excluded? Can you still bronze up the face? Are only nude colors allowed? What do most people consider this trend to be??

For years I used to only wear the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer with no liquid foundation and Bare Minerals face powder over it. It actually looked all natural, as if that was really my natural skin. Well it’s sad to say but those days are now over, there came a point where buying $30 concealer every 2-3 months for a college kid just wasn’t in the budget anymore.

I changed over to drugstore makeup where I fell in love with the Maybelline Matte and Powerless foundation, it kept my skin matte but didn’t leave me looking matte. It still gave me a natural, hydrating finish and it didn’t break the bank. I used this in my “No Makeup Makeup look” video along with the aqua water infused bronzer/blush by elf, highlighter, and some bronzy eyeshadow. I made sure to use a bronzy-shimmery eyeshadow close to skin tone to make it all look natural. I did press pressed powder into the face to keep my face from turning into a grease ball throughout the day (I have extremely oily skin and live in the South) do others consider this breaking the rules from a no makeup look?

Is this what you would consider a no makeup look? Do you guys think I achieved this by the video &/or picture?? Please comment down below and share you’re opinion on this trend 🙂 I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Mariah Michelle ❤

Colourpop coming to Sephora!

YES the title is indeed correct, this is not a rumor. I repeat this is not a rumor. I am full of excitement right now and words cannot express it enough. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I was hesitant about Colourpop’s formula at first but they have improved so much recently with the consistency of their products. They have been killin’ it this year, they definitely deserve this! I think this will bring them so much more clientele if their prices remain the same (which it is rumored to.)  I have made multiple purchases from them over the years, but with them being in a higher demand recently I have been waiting nearly 2 weeks just for a confirmation of processing for my order.

I put an order in on July 27th for their new “No Filter Concealer” and “pressed bronzers and highlighters”  the email explained that it would take 4-5 business days for my order to be processed since they are in high demand. They actually just responded to me today which is 12 days later people!! 12 days!!! The email did not confirm that my order was processed, instead it stated that there would be a delay in the arrival of my order due to high volume. So I have no idea when my order is coming, I really wanted it ASAP so I can review their new products. But we will see.

So for that reason, I am SUPER stoked that they will be sold in store at Sephora. No more waiting 🙂  It’s rumored that this will all go down in November, which is the good news! Only 2 more months!! Bad news, it’s also rumored that the whole line may not be up for grabs in stores 😦 bummer!

I don’t know about you guys- but I will definitely be at Sephora the day Colourpop items are up for sale. ❤

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Mariah Michelle ❤