NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Liquid Lipstick Set Review

Each holiday season brands put out numerous holiday gift sets and make it seem like it’s a “deal” or a special that comes around once a year. It leaves many of us wondering, is it a gimmick and is it really worth it?? Well today I am putting one holiday collection to the test! I gave in and purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio. I have ALWAYS wanted to purchase ABH liquid lipsticks but haven’t wanted to throw down the money. I’ve known people to swatch them and the swatch is still on their hand the next day… and that’s AFTER showering. Or so they claim, hahaa. Just kidding.

Anywayyyyyy

ABH is known for their liquid lipstick formula consistency and brilliance. Everyone I know is obsessed with them. I’m so fortunate I got a steal, 3 mini liquid lipsticks for $25. Some may not think this is a steal but however, I think it will be. & this is why…..

First off you only need to take the brush out once to get full pigmentation and the formula is long lasting so all you need is one swipe for the whole day. Secondly, the application was sooo easy! The shade bittersweet (my favorite) is a hard formula to master, it’s described as a “Swiss chocolate” but to me has a slight purple/burgundy undertone. This happens to be my favorite lipstick color in general, most lipsticks this color do not have a consistent formula, this, however, was not patchy at all! No second coat was needed as well.

Time to break down what you actually get!

You receive 3 miniature liquid lipsticks that contain 2.3 grams of product for $25. The claims are that it’s a “full coverage pigment, comfortable matte formula and has a rounded applicator for lining and applying lip color.” The shade descriptions are in order to lightest to darkest and the description in parenthesis is my personal opinion 😉

Left to right: Hudson, Dazed, Bittersweet <3333

Hudson – Deep peach (perfect for every day)
Dazed – Redwood (classic red)
Bittersweet – Swiss chocolate (perfect for the holidays)

My absolute new favorite color in the whole entire world is now Bittersweet, it’s absolutely perfect! Unfortunately the shades Hudson & Bittersweet are new to ABH and is only sold in this holiday trio. But if you are loving the shade Dazed it’s available for individual purchase at its full size.

Sooo my final thoughts….

Gimmicky? Maybe. Worth it? YESSSSSS.

If you love all three shades I say go for it! I think most people will fall in love with Bittersweet because it’s so unique and the formula is perfect which is hard to master for a shade that color. Hudson is perfect for everyday but is a little basic, but hey it’s an everyday color that’s transfer proof and small enough to take everywhere 🙂 Dazed is a classic red, this will definitely be my go-to date night red lipstick since it’s transfer proof! $25 for only 3 mini liquid lipsticks sounds like a lot but considering the formula there’s no question about it 😉

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NEW Colourpop Concealer, Pressed Bronzer & Highlighter Review

EVERYDAY.

FOR ONE MONTH.

A YOUNG WOMAN WAITED FOR THIS PACKAGE TO COME IN THE MAIL.

AND THAT DAY HAS FINALLY COME 🙂

Hi loves! Today I have a very exciting post for you all, I am SOOOO excited! I hope you all are as well (: I have been waiting ever so patiently for a month to receive my most recent Colourpop haul in the mail, I went allllll out for their new collection. I pretty much have everything except for their collabs which I believe were sold out at the time and I am also missing their new amethyst setting sprays which I really wanted to try. 😦

I bought two concealers with the intention to use one for a full face of concealer without foundation so I could test the coverage to the best of my ability and the second concealer I purchased was intended to be used for contouring. After seeing the word “intended” a few times I’m pretty sure you guys get where I’m going here….. My plan simply did go through the way I hoped.

The shades I purchased were light neutral and medium 30. When Colourpop sent the full collection to influencers it appeared to oxidize on camera and many of them had to use lighter shades because of that reason, so during my purchase I bought shades slightly lighter as well. This was not a good idea… the shade light neutral was extremely pale and didn’t get darker on my skin. The shade medium 30 was MUCH lighter than I anticipated it to be and was actually a close match to my regular skin tone, so it would definitely not work out as a contour shade. I ended up using the shade medium 30 as an all around face conceal and light neutral to brighten up under my eyes and conceal blemishes.

These concealers shocked me…

I used the Real Techniques buffing brush to give it a natural finish, when I usually use this technique with foundation it does not cover my blemishes, well this concealer covered my blemishes (a red one at that) while using the buffing brush. I was SO SHOCKED. I then used light neutral on specific areas and under my eye with a flat, dense concealer brush by It Cosmetics and the coverage was amazing! My face was looking pretty pale but the coverage was full just using a $6 concealer, it did not appear cakey, it did not feel heavy, the consistency was out of this world. I don’t want to call it out yet, but this could be a potential dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer which was literally sent from the heavens! I did a wear test on this for 5 hours and my skin did get oily, but it wasn’t too bad for being outside in humid weather. I’m EXTREMELY IMPRESSED. 

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The pressed bronzers and highlighters…

Are out of this world. For the amazing price point of $8 you get the most adorable travel friendly (not sized) packaging that includes a decent sized mirror! Sayyy what! The texture and consistency of the bronzer in “Rodeo Drive” was smooth, the formula is amazing and can be compared to a high end product. Rodeo Drive is a cool toned bronzer with a medium red-brown undertone. This easily fixed my pale face and gave me a healthy coloring that matched the rest of my body. The highlighter “Boy Next Door” is described as a “light warm gold.” The shade was absolutely stunning with the bronzer, they sat on eachother so beautifully. When initially touching it, it feels powdery and chalky but on the skin it’s stunning, there are bits of glitter particles but I happen to love that look. I’m sure many people won’t like how it feels but I think if it looks good on your skin- that’s all that matters.

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The question I keep asking myself…

Why did I wait so long to try out these amazing pressed eyeshadows? The pigment is extreme! You barley have to tap your brush into the pan and you have a bold color on your eyes that blends like a dream. I KNOW I will save so much eyeshadow because you don’t need much at all. I got the shades (in order pictured left to right) cannonball (a matte burnt orange,) crisscross (a matte brick orange,) popular demand (a matte red-brown), and stay golden (a matte raspberry). I also got a super shock shadow in the shade sequin (a rose penny copper.) I got each shade for $4 ($1 off) and received a free magnetic palette to put my shades in (: I believe they always give a free palette with the purchase of 4 pressed eyeshadows.

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Overall 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I’m beyond satisfied with my purchase, I bought so many things and loved each and everyone of them. I usually don’t like every single item I buy but I loved them all. Even though the concealers were too light I think I can find other ways to put them to use. The formula for everything is amazing and goes well when all used together. If you plan to purchase concealer don’t be afraid to go a bit darker if you have a light-medium skin tone similar to mine, both shades I bought from the light and medium section on their website. I might do another haul soon and pick shades from the medium dark section to match my skin and the dark section for contouring. Please comment your thoughts below and if there are any items that have intrigued you on their website list them below so I could include them in my next haul.

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Wet n Wild Photo Focus Collection Wear Test & Review

This OVERLY HYPED affordable drugstore collection has been raved about for months on social media and especially YouTube. Yesterday I put the collection to the test with the face and eyeshadow primer, concealer for brightening and contouring, and of course the foundation. The only thing I did not have from the collection was the setting powder.

The product doesn’t claim to last hours or reduce oil control- which is what I would look for if I wore primer on a daily. But hey, we are not all the same! The claims on the Wet n Wild website is that it” minimizes pores, fills fine lines, brightens complexion, and evens skin tone!” As well as “prevent caking, creasing, and smudging.” I put this to the test with a full 9 hour day of work and running errands. The results…..

I’m not impressed.

While putting this on I noticed right away that it was a full coverage foundation, it hid a few marks on my chin which most foundations don’t do for me. It didn’t look cakey at first……. this changed moments later. I expected it to oxidize after a few minutes but instead it became very pale and cakey looking. The color was much lighter on my face than it appeared in the bottle, I got a medium shade so I was very shocked at this. I don’t dislike the photo focus concealer for brightening under the eye, it’s okay but nothing special and I find it to separate throughout the day even with setting it. One thing I’m not a fan of is contouring with the concealer- it dries fast, is hard to blend and had an orange tint.

I will point out that it looked better on camera than in person, while I was filming I thought it looked decent after I fixed the foundation and concealer with my elf contour kit and makeup revolution shimmer bronzer. Even during my 9 hour check in, the camera did not catch all of the oil and seperation. The foundation claims” light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photo and is tested under 7 light conditions with and without the use of flash.” So the claims aren’t inaccurate, however, the average joe is more concerned about how they look in person than on camera.

Final thoughts….

On my oily skin, it was a huge miss. It separated, was cakey, oxidized hours later, emphasized pores and had no oil control whatsoever. My face felt heavy and extremely slick throughout the day. I do love the eyeshadow primer though ❤ I have used this in the past. This collection is very affordable and accessible with great deals so if you have dry-normal skin, don’t plan to wear this long, or if you’re simply on camera often this may be a great and affordable collection to check out. It just didn’t work out for me but we are all different and can be excellent for some people!

 

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Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette Review and Swatches

It has been nearly two months since the highly anticipated JACLYN HILL X MORPHE palette was released. I purchased this after it was sold out so I’ve played with this palette for a good month now.  There has been HUNDREDS of mixed reviews on this palette,  many beauty bloggers shaming it on purpose and many Morphe affiliates claiming to love it. So what does that leave the average joe to believe?

Like all of the average joe’s out there, I was torn between what to do. Should I purchase this palette, it seems like a good deal right? You get 35 uniquely pressed shades for $38, but then after you add the shipping charge of nearly $8 the palette goes up to $46 before taxes. You can use an affiliate code but in this situation it would only save you about $4 anyway. You can get a higher end palette for the same price in stores and not have to wait for it at all! The downfall to that is that it won’t have 35 shades, but hey maybe you won’t use all of them anyway.

The other alternative is that you can spend over $70 to stock up on makeup or gifts and use an affiliate code for 10% off. That’s the route I took with this, I got a palette for myself and gifted another. If you’re a beauty blogger (which I wasn’t then) you can purchase multiple and do a give-away!

So my thoughts on this palette…

IT’S FREAKING AMAZING!

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The hype is well earned! I know many reviews can come off bias because of all the affiliates and bloggers getting free items. I am un-affiliated, not sponsored in anyway and paid for this with my own hard earned money like the rest of you. ANDDD I honestly love the palette. It wore exactly the same on my eyes for nearly 13 hours through rain and humidity! I was so surprised!!! I have the 35F palette by Morphe and it does not wear long at all but this palette did. Jaclyn did an amazing job on how it was packaged and I believe thats what made the wear time last so long.

The shades in this palette don’t feel as buttery-soft as they do in the other Morphe palettes. The shimmers don’t appear to be as shimmery as the other palettes, but that is easily fixed if you apply it with your finger and press it on or use and setting spray or water on a flat shader brush or heck, even with your finger! The mattes in here blend very easily, the only problem I had with this is that they can easily be washed out in the crease. A trick I learned with them is to apply certain colors you don’t want to get washed away with a dense brush, yes even in the crease. I typically use soft brushes in the crease but with this palette I go back in with a dense brush to make the colors pop. My favorite shade Cremescicle in this palette is one of those shades so if you’re having issues with that one getting washed out try that tip 🙂 When I first tried this palette and noticed shades getting washed out I was a bit bummed out but you just have to learn the right technique to apply the shades and they come out beautiful. And to everyone complaining about the palette being white and getting dirty, it comes right off with a makeup wipe 🙂

This palette no doubt is one of a kind, 35 shades of warm and cool tones with unique pops of color- thats something I’ve never seen tied into one palette. All I can say is Jaclyn slayed as she always does ❤

Swatches WITHOUT flash

 Swatches WITH flash

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Fast and Affordable makeup for back to school or work

This is for all my hardworking students and workers out there on a budget! Those no makeup days for summer are now past us and school/work is back in session.

Let’s face it ladies, we don’t have hours to get ready before school and work. Most of us are in a rush and only want to spend 5-20 minutes on our makeup. However, makeup brands are making this harder by consistently releasing new makeup items that create extra steps in our routine. Yes, I’m talking about things like face and eye primers, liquid drops, highlighters, liquid highlighters, palettes, etc.

I recently filmed a Youtube video specifically for this topic, I had all of these affordable eyeshadow palettes in front of me but I just couldn’t choose which one I wanted to use. A lot of us have so many different items that before you know it you’ve already spent 10 minutes trying to figure out what eyeshadow colors you want to use and from which palette!

So as I was filming I got the idea to use the bronzer/blush duo from e.l.f that cost only $4 and used it as my eyeshadow too! I used the bronzer in my crease and the blush on my lid and it came out pretty good. I also went in with a NYX pencil stix to make it more metallic and topped it off with the highlighter that I used for my cheek bones. All of this took a total of 3-5 minutes (if that) and I didn’t have to go searching for my eyeshadow. If your a fan of matte shadows, you don’t have to go in with that last step of using the highlighter on your lid. Or if you’re the opposite and a shimmer lover like me, ❤ you can just go in with the highlighter on your eyes and skip the bronzer/blush.

The highlighting brick I used by Makeup Revolution was only $7 and comes in a layer of multiple colors. The top half is lighter while the bottom half is darker, but all shades are white, pink and brown. I used the lower half as my bronzer and it can even be used as a blush while the white color can be used as the highlight. These are amazing multi-tasking products from the drugstore 🙂 that would make any students life much easier when getting ready!

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Try it out and let me know how you guys like it and if there is any other multi-tasking product out there comment down below

Check out the video to see the multi-tasking products in action! ❤ 🙂 

 

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NEW Urban Decay Naked Heat Review & Swatches

Urban Decay is famous for their Naked line of eyeshadow palettes and are considered the best shadows on the market. Many people are left wondering if the hefty price tag of $54 is worth it. All Urban Decay palettes come with 12 shades, the original and second Naked palettes are filled with everyday neutrals while the third is full of gorgeous pink and purple shades with both cool and warm toned colors. The Naked Smokey palette is perfect for a night out, so what makes the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette stand out?

It’s full of warm toned shades of burnt oranges, light and deep reds, siennas, burgundies and the perfect crease shade “sauced” which is light brown with a tint of orange. On the rare occasion I’m not using this palette, I always go back in to use “sauced, cayenne and en fuego” as crease and transition shades.  This is the go-to palette for any day or night look. The blend-ability is out of this world, you can do a dramatic look in a matter of minutes. It blends like a dream and cuts the time in half, leaving you with an amazing look that will make you stand out from the crowd. Another reason I love this palette is because it has ZERO fallout, so you can do your face makeup first and not worry about a mess at the end.

If I had a dream palette it would be the Urban Decay Naked Heat, it’s perfect for summer and fall. I’m positive the reds will look great during the Winter season as well. So is it worth it? YASSSS! Even on a budget, saving for this palette is well worth it. I will definitely use this more than 54 times and knowing I can get quality results in a matter of minutes when running late puts my mind at ease. If you are having doubts, shove them away because the hype is for a reason!

Here are some swatches with and without flash, I also added the first look I did with this.

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Mariah Michelle ❤