Thursday, June 18, 2015

Colourpop eyeshadow review and swatches

I recently bought some of the eyeshadows from colourpop cosmetics to try them out. They are very popular in the youtube beauty community so I though I would check them out. I picked out 13 colors and one of their pre packaged sets. Each eyeshadow is only $5 which is an awesome price. I quickly fell in love!
Here all all of the 17 colors I picked up. As you can see above I ordered mostly neutral colors because they are my favorite!

 The first shadow has a matte finished and is called COP A FEEL
Cop a feel is described on the website as a "cool toned creamy beige."

 The next two shadows below have a pearlized finished. The left shadow is GIRLY and the right is PLUNGE.
Girly is described as a "creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish." It is truly a unique shadow! I love to layer this one over any pink eye shadow. It can be great if you want to take down the brightness of a hot pink and add a touch of shimmer. 
Plunge is described as a "light warm beige with a golden sheen." I like to think of plunge as an everyday, slap on one color and go eyeshadow. 

 Below on the left is EYE CANDY and that shadow has a metallic finish. On the right is I HEART THIS which on the website has no finish but I would say its a mix between a metallic and glitter finish.
Eye candy is described as a "cool toned ethereal lavender drizzle with tons of silver and pink glitter." This color is beautiful on its on on your lid or layered over any lavender purple color. 
I heart this is described as a "cool-toned silvery taupe with multi-colored glitter." This is one of my favorite shadows to layer over any neutral eye look. I like to jump pop a bit in the center of my lid with my finger over any eyeshadow look. When swatching it, it can come off or look a little flakey but it never appears that way on the lid. No fall out from it either when applied with my fingers.

The next few shadows below have a metallic or ultra metallic finish to them. Top row form left to right (TEA PARTY, BUBBLY) Second row from left to right (SEQUIN, BIRTHDAY GIRL, AMAZE) Bottom row from left to right (LA LA-ultra metallic, GAME FACE-ultra metallic, SO QUICHE)

Left (Tea Party) Right (Bubbly)
Tea party is described as "a versatile soft peachy pink with gazillion silver glitters and subtle hints of pale pink glitter." I like to think of this color as a melon type of color. This shadow works best when layered over another shadow. It is pigmented with sparkle but when swatching it, it comes off a bit more sheer. 
Bubbly is described as "a truly angelic pink with tons of silver and bright bubble gum pink glitter." Just a beautiful pink. I love to layer this color over MACs swish eyeshadow, or any soft pink color.

Left (Sequin) Middle (Birthday Girl) Right (Amaze)

Sequin is described as "a copper penny like shade with silver and gold glitter." 
Birthday girl was a free gift with purchase that came with my order for their 1 year anniversary. It is very similar in color to Amaze. It is not available permanently for purchase so I am sorry about that. I am not sure if they will bring it back at all or have it again for another one of their anniversaries.  
Amaze is described as a "metallic rise gold with multi-colored multi-dimensional glitter." This is a pretty popular color, especially in the youtube beauty community. This color is gorgeous layered over ANY neutral shadow. You can wear it on its own but to really make it pop, it works best layered. One of my favorites!

Left (LA LA, ultra metallic) Middle (Game Face, ultra metallic) Right (So Quiche)
 La La is described as "a true rose gold in an ultra metallic finish." Boy is this shadow pigmented! A very gorgeous color that I love to layer under amaze. That combo makes a beautiful rose gold lid! 
Game Face is described as an "intense penny copper with a liquid like ultra-metallic finish." When swatches this color i could not believe the color that came off on my finger! No layering needed with this color, the pigmentation is crazy! 
So Quche is described as "a soft olive with a highly reflective gold and pink violet glittery dup chrome metallic finish." When I read this description online I knew I had to pick that color up and it did not disappoint! The glitter in this shadow is just so beautiful and it stands out so much against the olive brown base color. Also one of my top shadow picks.

 These are the four shadows from where is the lights set. The website describes the set as "a foursome created by the one and only Kathleen Lights perfect for creating her signature look: warm, bronzy gold smokey eyes. You can go bold or subtle with these shades!" If you don't know Kathleen Lights, she is a YouTube beauty guru who makes awesome makeup and beauty videos. You can check out her channel by clicking Here 
 The first color on the left is called GLOW and it is described as a "creamy vanilla." To the right is CORNELIOUS and it is described as a "mid-tone warm caramel." Both of these shadows have a matte finish.
On the left is COCO and that is described as "a bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter." This shadow has a metallic finish. The shadow on the right is the star of the show, KATHLEENLIGHTS and it is described as "A bright golden copper." It has a pearlized finish but it looks more like a ultra metallic finish to me.

Overall thoughts:
  • These shadows are amazing and are different and unique unlike any regular eyeshadow.
  • These shadows have a more damp texture rather then a dry eyeshadow. It is important to make sure after every use that you close the lid tight so they don't dry out. The damp texture helps with the pigmentation as well as helping the glitter to not flake all over the place.
  • They are best applied with your fingers to get the most pigmentation and benefit.
  • If you had to pick only a few I would look for shadows that have a ultra/metallic or pearlized finish.
  • If you had to skip any I would say skip the matte shadows. They were great but I like using matte shadows for blending with a brush and these eyeshadows are hard to work with using a fluffy blending brush (thats just my opinion!)
  • These shadows are BEAUTIFUL for layering, They really make any ordinary eyeshadow pop!
  • Check out their website here and be sure to sign up for their newsletter. You get a code for $5 off your next order. Thats basically a free item!
Check out my youtube video about these shadows for close up video and real time swatching... click this link to check it out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Ultimate Bridal emergency kit

The ultimate bridal/bridesmaid emergency kit! It has everything you will need in a pinch on your big day.

I put all of the items into this box by the brand livinbox from the container store. Check it out here -> Livin Hobby box There are a bunch of different sizes and styles depending on how many things you want to use.

Everything fits neatly inside and there was still room for more in my box!

Now for the important stuff… in the right side standing up section

  • body lotion
  • hand lotion
  • perfume
  • hair spray
  • Colgate wisps
  • Altoids (mints)
  • granola bar/kind bar
  • tums
  • water bottle
  • bug spray (outdoor wedding)
  • deodorant
  • wrinkle reducer spray
  • lint roll
  • gum
  • mouthwash
  • contact solution
  • itch stopping spray (outdoor wedding)

  • straws
  • benadryl
  • lots of tissues
  • nail polish removing pads
  • sewing kit
  • sunscreen
  • hand sanitizer
  • fashion tape
  • lip gloss
  • tide to go pen
  • brow gel
  • makeup setting spray
  • hair ties
  • lip balm
  • life savers
  • neosporen
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids
  • makeup wipes
  • nail file
  • oil absorbing sheets
  • pads
  • feminine wipes
  • pepto bismol tablets
  • tylenol/advil
  • brush/comb
  • q-tips
  • clear nail polish
  • flossers
  • alcohol wipes
  • bobby pins
  • wet wipes

Thats my list of everything i had in my box. Hopefully you can get some ideas of what you would want to have in your own kit. I am always looking to improve so if you have anything else that is good to have please let me know in the comments below!

For the advil, tylenol and pepto I ordered them from Amazon in the individual packets just to save space. The packets also went into the hospitality bags that we put into the hotel rooms of the guests that were staying over after the wedding.

If you have any questions please comment below and I will get back to you! Thank you for reading this post and I hope it was helpful to you!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Brand review/comparison Color lipstick balms

This is my comparisons of the different brands of lip butters, balms and gloss balms. I tried out a few different colors from the cover girl gloss balms, Loreal color Riche lip satins, Maybelline color whispers, revlon lip butters, and the Loreal color riche balms. I wanted to see which ones were the best before I picked out more colors I liked.

                                                                  Covergirl Gloss Balms
                                                                Moisturizing             ✓ ✓ 
                                                                Feels great on lips     ✓ ✓ 
                                                                Easy application       ✓ ✓ 
                                                                Long wearing           ✓ ✓       
                                                                Color payoff             ✓ 
                                                                Color variety            ✓ ✓ 
                                                                Shine                        ✓ 
     $6.99 at most drugstores

                                                          Loreal Colour Caresse by Color Riche
                                                                    Moisturizing               ✓ 
                                                                    Feels great on lips      
                                                                    Easy application        ✓ ✓ 
                                                                    Long wearing            ✓ 
                                                                    Color payoff              ✓ 
                                                                    Color variety             
                                                                    Shine                        ✓  
           $9.99 at most drugstores

                                                                 Maybelline Color Whispers
                                                                   Moisturizing            ✓ ✓ 
                                                                   Feels great on lips   ✓ ✓ 
                                                                   Easy application     ✓ ✓ 
                                                                   Long wearing         ✓ 
                                                                   Color payoff           ✓ 
                                                                   Color variety          ✓ ✓ 
                                                                   Shine                     ✓ ✓ 
                                                                     $5.49 at most drugstores

                                                                     Revlon Lip butters
                                                                 Moisturizing              ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Feels great on lips      ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Easy application        ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Long wearing            ✓ 
                                                                 Color payoff              ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Color variety             ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Shine                         ✓ 
                                                                    $6.49 at most drugstores

                                                                 Loreal Color Riche Balm
                                                                 Moisturizing            ✓ ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Feels great on lips   ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Easy application     ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 Long wearing         ✓ 
                                                                 Color payoff           
                                                                 Color variety          
                                                                 Shine                     ✓ ✓ 
                                                                 $7.95 at most drugstores

Overall my top three favorite brands were the Revlon lip butters, maybelline color whispers and the cover girl gloss balms. They really give you great color on your lips and they feel very moisturizing. They also are on the lower costing side of the different balms I compared which is great. 

Rating system: The more checks the better. Three means Amazing, two means good, one means okay.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment below!
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Influenster Beauty Bloggers voxbox 2012

Yay! I received my Beauty Bloggers voxbox from Influenster a few weeks ago! I was so excited because I knew this box was going to have some awesome stuff in it! It arrived in the mail in a plastic bag with it labeled that it was received damaged. The box sounded like there were a million pieced of shattered glass in it and I though uh oh! I carefully opened it to find a mini candle in a million pieces! :(

I love Bath and Body works candles so I was a bit sad but it ok because these things happen! It was a bit tricky to clean up cause some of the pieces were so tiny and managed to get all over my counter somehow! But I cleaned and wiped the wax off of everything and then I was ready to get started trying out my products!

RIP candle :(

 This box came with some awesome goodies! As I am writing this post I am still trying out some of the items so there will be more individual posts coming up!

 The first item is from the haircare brand Goody. They are these amazing spiral metal pieces that replace bobby pins! I have them already and love them! My hair color is dark brown and these are for light brown so I am going to keep them to gig to a friend or put them in a giveaway! They really are awesome. You just twist your hair in a bun and then twist them into the bun on opposite sides. Your bun stays perfectly in tact! They are quick and easy and great to have on you if you want to throw your hair in a nice bun quickly.

 The next item are these Kiss eyelashes which I have not tried yet. It is actually a whole starter kit that comes with the glue. I am going to try a look using them and another product I received in the box. I will do a separate post on that.

 The next product is by Not Your Mothers. and it is a curl defining hair cream. I am excited to try this because I have straight/wavy hair. I recently got it cut and it is layered so it tends to be more wavy now. I will do a separate post on this product to let you know how it works for me!

 This eyeshadow set is by NYC and I plan to play around with it and do a look using this palette and the lashes! I can't wait to try it out! I comes with a primer and illuminator! I will do a separate post and review on my look I come up with!

 These two items are by No7. I have never tried this brand but I have always wanted too. The left one is a cleansing lotion which I have never tried one before. On the right is a night cream. I have been trying them out the past couple of days and I have to say I am very happy with them. I absolutely LOVE the night cream! Its smells amazing and feels great on my skin. I don't like my night creams to be very heavy and I find that this one is perfect for me. It is not too heavy but not too light. Once I run out of the night cream I am using I think I might have to pick this one up! The cleansing lotion is a new concept for me. The directions say to put it on and then wipe it off. I have tried it a few times and it does feel really nice on my skin. It is almost like a gel lotion that doesn't absorb. you wipe it off and it just cleans and refreshes your skin. I think it would be great to keep in your purse or for travel. you don't need water with it which is pretty cool.

 This little product id called E Boost and it is supposed to be one of those powders you just add to water. It give you energy and immunity. I have not tried it yet but I will add my review to another post once I get the chance to try it out!

Lastly would have been my candle but obviously it broke :( I did get a great coupon thought! I love love love bath and body works candles! The fall scents are my favorite!! Leaves is a must, Autumn, Autumn day, farm stand apple, and marshmallow fireside are staple fall scents for me!! Go check them out!

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions feel free to comment below!!!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Deal alert at Sephora!

While in Sephora one day I came across this neat little package. It comes with a bunch of full sized items. I am always on the hunt for the best deal I can find and I could not pass up this one! $45 for 9 items and a neat bag! Some of the items are even full sized!

Here is what it looks like online and in the store. It comes with the products in the bag and a sleeve  over the bag with the picture.

 The bag it comes in is very pretty! It can be used as a makeup bag or even an evening clutch! It is not too small but not too big and it is a good quality bag.

 In the bag it comes with a Nars Body Glow, A sephora by OPI nail polish in looks like rain dear, A bare minerals eye color in good fortune, Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Argan Mascara in Black, Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Gold, Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color - Wet/Dry in Black Karat, Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Trail Blazer, Stila Duo Shimmer Powder in Kitten, and a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Starfish

I am going to test out some of the products and do another blog post about it! Let me know if there is anything you would like to see!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Beauty gift guide holiday collections 2012

Hello my lovelies! Its been WAY too long! Just a little update on me. Sorry I havent been posting in a few months. I starts my full time student teaching and boy does that take up all my time! I am busy working with my little first graders and I love it! For those of you lovely ladies who have full time jobs and keep up a blog, props to you because it is tough to do!

I am off from school today due to hurricane Sandy :( so I have time to blog a bit. I put together this post of all of the holiday collections and palettes that are available to purchase for gifts. There are quite a few of them that I have on my list :). I mean I really want them all though!

Urban Decay

Urban Decay has a few sets and palettes out that look pretty awesome. The big palette is called the Vice palette and then they have a few smaller palettes and gift sets. You can check out the Feminine Dangerous and Fun Palettes which retails for $36. Check out The vice palette which I have on my list. Is retails for $59 and comes with 20 eyeshadow colors! I absolutely love Urban Decay shadows and liners! They are one of the best!


The tarte holiday collections are to die for! They always come out with some awesome gift sets! I really want the The big thrill box set which is on the left. It is an awesome deal! It is sold exclusively at Ulta and is only $48! You can also check out their fantastic foursome 4 piece amazonian clay 12 hour blush enthusiast set if you have not tried them yet. They are awesome and its a great deal to get 4 of them for $35.

Sephora just came out with their Disney Cinderella collection. Let me just say I want it all! There is a palette for $55, Listick set for $25, and a nail polish set for $24.50. There is also a perfume and a smaller palette. You can check out the whole collection at Sephora.

NARS came out with their Andy Warhole collection with some very unique palettes. I love NARS products and they make great gifts! They can be a bit on the pricy side for me. You can check out the collection at Sephora.

 Bare minerals
Now that Bare Minerals have their new ready collection I am in love! I want all of their new palettes! Their shadows are SO pigmented and gorgeous! The bottom palette is called the Fired Up palette which retails for $54. Check them out at Bare Escentuals If your looking for the Palette at the top right you check it out at

 Smashbox has some great palettes out. They always give you a ton of colors to work with. The palette at the left is the Studio eye pop palette which retails for $49. The palette on the left is the Studio pop ultimate palette which retails for $59.

 Stila has a nice holiday collection out. The palette on the left is the Snow angel palette which retails for $39. You can check out all of the items in the collection at

Lorac has a set of palettes called the eye candy full face collection which  is a set of 6 different palettes. 4 are eye shadow palettes, 1 is a cream eyeliner palette and the last one is a lip and cheek cream palette. This retails for $59.
 Benefit has a lot of great sets that come with a bunch of different products. You can try out all of their new lip glosses in this high flying lip gloss set that retails for $26. They also have a great set that has a bunch of different products for you to try out. It would make a great gift for someone who is not familiar with the brand. Its called the Sexy little stowaways and it retails for $34.

Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier has a neat little essentials palette called the glamour wardrobe dual decker palette. Its on the pricy side retailing for $98 but its a great brand of makeup. It is a very nice gift to give to someone who is starting to get into makeup.

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown has some really nice palettes and sets out for the holidays. The ones I have my eye on are the uber nude lip and eye palette. Its a neat palette that comes with three eyeshadows and three lip colors including a gloss. There is also a smokey palette like this. They retail for $30. Bobbi Brown is one of my favorite makeup brands. If I could, I would put all of her holiday sets on my list of things to buy this year!