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.

Watch the tutorial to see the products in action!

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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!

 

Watch the video to see application and wear test

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Mariah Michelle ❤

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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Mariah Michelle ❤

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette Review & Swatches

Let me start off expressing how much I LOVE glitter, I was so excited when I saw that Too Faced was coming out with a palette exclusively for glitter. Don’t get me wrong I love a variety of mattes to add dimension to the eyelid but glitter and shimmer is what always draws me to any look. Sooooo I just had to get this palette despite the limited and somewhat negative reviews.

This palette has a total of 8 glitter shades, mainly cool tones. The blue and purple shades in this palette are stunning and is perfect for a pop of color for the summer season. The white and black shades on the sides are used as a base to make the glitter colors pop. Below are swatches with and without the bases, you pretty much need to use the base if you want the colors to show up as they truly appear in the palette.

The first time I attempted to use this palette I used it without glitter glue and it honestly looked like loose sparkly particles rather than actual glitter. So the next day I raced over to Ulta to purchase glitter glue after watching the Too Faced tutorial on how to actually use the palette, which was a fail on my part for not following instructions. That same night I was so excited to give it another shot and it made a HUGE difference. There was actual pigment, it was extremely shimmery and stood out with the base on my eyes.

I’m not a fan of the lightest colors in the palette, it didn’t really stand out on my eyes even with the base (“fairy dust, rosé all day & confetti”)  I tried “work it” with the white base and it looked great, I also tried it with the black base and that made it really stand out. The other shades are absolutely gorgeous with the black base, my favorites are “glitter goals, splash & hot damn.” The gold-ish shade in here worked out very well and gave off tons of pigment.

The fact that I leaned more towards the cooler shades in this palette surprised me, I always go for the warm tones shades and glittery pinks for the lid but this palette broadened my horizons. The light shades may work out well for some but for me it personally didn’t pan out. There is nothing wrong with these shades at all, they are beautiful and am sure people love them.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Is it really worth it? For a solid $45 I don’t believe it’s worth it if money is tight. I’m not saying it’s a miss but it’s not a hit like I thought it would be. I find that most people are disappointed rather than just not liking it all together. I think the name is a little misleading, even with the glitter glue primer and bases the colors aren’t a true glitter to me, but is rather highly pigmented shimmer shades with small glitter particles. I think if you are a true shimmer lover and wanted to step up your shimmer game and loved every shade in this palette, this would be for you.

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No base or flash
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Base with flash
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Brightening base (white)

I know the bright base is only for the lighter colors but I wanted give it a shot!

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Intensifying base (black)

I know the intensifying base is only for the darker colors but I wanted to give it a shot!

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“Fairy dust, rosé all day, work it, hot damn, splash & glitter goals.”
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“Oh it’s on, splash & glitter goals.”

 

Watch the application of all shades in action below!