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Morphe x KathleenLights Palette Review

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I’m here with another Morphe review, specifically for their new collaboration eye shadow palette with Youtube beauty icon KathleenLights. I’ve heard so many good things about the Morphe eyeshadow formula, so when I heard one of my favorite Youtubers was doing a collaboration with them I was stoked to try them out. I was even more stoked at the $14.99 price tag!

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Unlike my last Morphe review, you can check it out here, I am here to give an ecstatic two thumbs up stamp of approval! I was thrilled to see that the eyeshadows which get so much hype from so many Youtube beauty channels actually do live up to their reputation. The metallic shades are buttery smooth and their matte shades blend out so smoothly. You can watch Kathleen’s video here where she talks about her palette and the reasons behind the colors she chose.

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The eyeshadows actually have some pretty impressive longevity. I wore one look for 11 hours the other day and didn’t have a bit of creasing, fading, or smudging. What’s more impressive than the quality of these shadows is the price. I don’t know how they make their products so affordable, but you just keep doing what you’re doing Morphe team! The palette is currently sold out (it sold out in two days!) but I’ve heard that Kathleen is lobbying to get the Morphe team to bring it back one more time for another round since it sold out so quickly.

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What really seemed to put Morphe on the market were their 35 color palettes, which retail for only $22.99. They also have a few smaller palettes including some new minis with 8 eyeshadows for $9.99. If you’ve never tried out their products, I highly recommend their eyeshadows and their brushes! They are absolutely fantastic and you just can’t beat the prices for the amount of product that you get. Hautelook is currently having a sale on Morphe with a lot of their 35 color palettes marked down to $15.00, among other things. So if you are interested in checking out the brand the sale goes on for four more days.

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I recreated this tutorial from Jaclyn Hill and I love the way the colors work together! My only issue, which really doesn’t have anything to do with the eyeshadows, is that shimmer shades transfer up into my crease. I know it’s because I have hooded eyelids, but if you know of a solution to this I would love to know!

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Row 1

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Row 2

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Row 3

I love all the shades in this palette! All of the matte colors, with the exception of the neutral cream color, are unique to my collection. I love that I get to play with some orange and burgundy transition colors especially since it’s the fall season when these colors are so trendy and stylish, but I’ll wear it all year long because who cares about “seasonally appropriate” makeup looks and colors. Makeup is just for fun anyway!

I love that there are a variety of transition shades ranging from warm to cool, which is one of the great things about this palette. It is definitely tipped towards the warmer spectrum of color, but the plum, purple and burgundy shades lend themselves very well towards a cool eye look if so desired. Even the greens are great for a cool look, though they work quite well for a warm eye. Another great staple is that this palette has a matte black, which I think is just as crucial as a matte vanilla/cream shade for just about any look.

Have any of you tried any Morphe products before? I’d love to know what your favorites are if you have! Have a wonderful week!

 

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: Hit or Miss?

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Is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar worth it? Umm, yes! A thousand times yes! I love this palette so much; the quality of the eye shadows is outstanding and all the colors go together beautifully. Continue reading

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Dupe Alert For LVX Nail Polish Serene

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I don’t know about you but I am just such a fan of dupes! There is something so supremely satisfying about finding a product that is the same color or formula (or both) and at a significantly lower price! Continue reading

Marble Nail Art

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Marble Nails

I was scrolling through Instagram one day and came across this really easy looking marble nail art tutorial. I decided to try it out and see if actually was that easy, because don’t they usually make it look so easy and then once you try it you wonder who possesses the special magical powers to make their nails look like that? Luckily for me and you, it was easy and all it takes is supplies you already have at home!

Supplies

  • Nail polish, two different colors
  • Saran wrap
  • Piece of paper

 

Begin by painting your nails with the base coat of polish. I used Pop Beauty in Mint Magic. Be sure to let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Take a small piece of saran wrap and wad it up into a little ball. Add a small drop of the second nail polish color to the paper. Here I used Sally Hansen in 110 Wedding Glitters.

Take the saran wrap and dab in the nail polish. Working quickly, dot saran wrap onto dry nails and keep dabbing until the “marbling” effect is to your liking.

After all nails are done let dry completely. Clean up any nail polish on your skin with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. I changed up my middle finger and ring finger and painted them gold instead of the turquoise. I like how it changed up the effect ever so slightly!

Add the top coat of your choice and enjoy your own at home salon quality nails! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you try it out and what color combinations you come up with. Have a great hump day!

 

 

KathleenLights and Colourpop Are Back At It!

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Colourpop x KathleenLights haul: Alyssa, November, Mr. Bing, and Krinkle

Once more KathleenLights and Colourpop have teamed up again for a new collaboration! I was so excited when Kathleen announced that she was coming out with some new products with Colourpop! She ended up doing three new lip colors in Colourpop’s Ultra Satin lip finish, a creme gel color (potted eyeliner), and a creme gel liner. I ended up snagging two of the lip colors and the eyeliner pencil and I am just in love!

Colourpop: Alyssa, November, Mr. Bing, and Krinkle

 

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I picked up the Ultra Satin lipsticks in Alyssa and November and the creme gel liner in Mr. Bing, as well as a Supershock shadow in Krinkle. (Not a collaboration item.) I have tried the ultra satin formula before and absolutely love it, so I knew I would love the lipsticks, but this was the first liner I had tried from Colourpop. I am so impressed with it! It glides on so smoothly, without any of the tugging or pulling that can sometimes happen with other eye liners, and it is quite long-wearing. I’m really itching to pick up a few more of their liners now after trying this one!

The eye shadow in Krinkle was just an impulse buy as I was about to check out. It’s a really pretty silver blue with lots of silver reflects in it. I’ve got this look in mind of a dark halo eye with this in the center. That’s definitely more of a special occasion look for me, so I don’t know how usable this shadow will be, but it’s fun!

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The creme gel liner, Mr. Bing, is described as a rich warm brown in a matte finish. In the picture above I used it to line my upper lash line and my water line. I love how warm and rich the color is and it wears like a dream! I’m also wearing November on the lips. I actually posted this picture on Twitter and Kathleen retweeted it! Aaaahhh! Craziness! Let’s just say it made my day!

As you fellow Friends lovers might have picked up, this liner is indeed named after Chandler Bing, specifically from the scene where Monica is pretending she’s not sick and tries to seduce Chandler by calling for “Dr. Bing to the bedroom”. I cracked up when Kathleen explained the name for this one! Someone mentioned that if Kathleen does another collaboration with Colourpop, she should name something “Mrs. Chanandler Bong”. I would die laughing if that happened! Brilliant idea nameless person whose comment I happened to see on Instagram! I wish I could give you proper credit.

Alyssa is described as a dusty neutral pink. I love this shade as it’s a lovely everyday neutral color. It’s one of those that if you’re not sure what lip color to pick, just pick Alyssa because it will go with everything.

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November is described as a mid-tone warm peachy pink. This is just the perfect pretty pink, which is something I was lacking in my collection oddly enough. I love how much life it brings to my face when I wear this shade.

That’s it for my Colourpop x KathleenLights haul! I hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out the Colourpop website as well as Kathleen’s Youtube channel. Colourpop is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite affordable brands.

I’ll see you soon in my next post! Have a great day!

 

 

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette Review

I got the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette early in the year as a gift from my mom. Seriously, it’s one of the best gifts ever! She said she bought it on a whim and then decided she didn’t want it because it didn’t have a black eye shadow, which is a staple for her in picking out palettes. I was more than willing to take it off her hands!

The Chocolate Bon Bons palette is the third installment in Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette collection. It retails for $49.00. I will go through each of the colors and show swatches of all the eye shadows as well as give you my overall opinion of the palette itself.

Overview

The packaging is like all the other Too Faced palettes with a sturdy metal case that feels heavy and secure. For travel purposes I like a nice sturdy feeling palette like this, so I don’t feel like I have to worry about my eye shadows breaking up. It is held shut by a magnetic closure and I haven’t had any issues with it popping open like I know can sometimes be a problem with magnetic closures on palettes.

When you open the palette it has a nice sized mirror and the eye shadows are in heart-shaped pans, except for the two highlight shades which come in larger rectangular pans. The only complaint I have on the interior is that a few of my shadow pans pop out sometimes and skitter all over the place. I don’t know if a lot of people have had this happen or if it’s just a default in mine. I can easily glue them down, but it’s still a minor irritant.

The color arrangement is surprisingly versatile with a range of cool tone transition colors to warm neutral shades. There are a few pops of color to add a little fun as well. There are 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer/metallic shades. (I’m sorry for how janky my palette looks. My 2 year old got into it one day and savaged it so it’s pretty messy #wasntme)

The pigmentation of the eye shadows is on par with all of the other Too Faced shadows. They have a very rich, easily blendable formula that does not crease on me even after 8 hours of wear.


My favorite eye shadows in this palette are Divinity and Satin Sheets, which are the two in the large rectangular pans. Divinity is the most beautiful subtle highlight shade that has the slight sheen to it that really brightens up the eye. I love to use it under my brow and in my inner corner for a subtle highlight. Satin Sheets is a beautiful pinky frosty champagne color that is super pigmented and looks great as a pop of color on the lids!

The colors that I feel aren’t easily wearable, especially to the non makeup artist like yours truly are Cotton Candy and Totally Fetch which are two of the pink shades in the palette. If you have any suggestions on how to use these I am all ears!

Let’s dive into the swatches starting with the first row:

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Second Row:


Third Row:

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Final Thoughts

I think this is a unique and surprisingly versatile palette. At first glance it seems like very few of the colors will work well together but it is a beautiful blend of cool tones and warm tones.

Having already purchased the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette I was not planning on purchasing this one, but I lucked into it and as a makeup junkie I’m really glad I have it. That being said, would I have bought it for myself? Probably not, but not because it isn’t a beautiful palette, but since I already owned one of the Chocolate Bar palettes I didn’t see myself buying anymore. So, practically speaking, unless you are a major Too Faced fanatic or like to collect their palettes, I don’t think I would buy this if you already own one of their other palettes.

I hope you enjoyed this review and that I covered everything I needed to. Let me know if you have any other questions!

 

 

DIY 3 Ingredient Makeup Remover Pads

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I have tried numerous other at home makeup remover recipes in the past and had pretty much lost hope that they could actually work as effectively as store made removers. They either took off hardly any makeup, basically rendering them ineffective, or they would spoil and separate and not blend well. I stopped buying makeup remover wipes a few months ago because I got so tired of spending all that money on something I felt like I should be able to make at home myself! I started using Purity facial cleanser to remove my makeup, which does a great job at removing almost everything but the most stubborn gel eyeliner and mascara.

I decided to give the whole DIY makeup remover thing another go, and this recipe nailed it! I already used up a whole batch and have made another one. This recipe is very simple and I already had all the things at home that I needed. Another huge bonus for me is the fact how inexpensive it is do make this at home yourself!

Price Breakdown

  • Mason jar – $0.66/jar in 12 pack
  • Coconut oil – $0.18/tablespoon
  • Baby shampoo – $0.09/three-fourths tablespoon
  • Cotton rounds – $0.75

Cost – $1.68

Cost of Leading Drugstore Brands

  • Equate Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (40 sheets) – $3.48
  • Pond’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (30 sheets) – $4.66
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 sheets) – $4.47
  • Neutrogena Natural Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 sheets) – $6.25
  • Aveeno Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (25 sheets) – $5.99

Here’s how to make the makeup remover:


Supplies

  • 1/2 pint (8 oz) mason jar
  • 4 oz water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 tbsp baby shampoo
  • Cotton pads

First measure out enough water to fill whatever jar you use half way. Boil water and then add to jar. Stir in coconut oil and shampoo and stir together.

Add cotton pads, a few at a time, allowing makeup remover to absorb into pads before adding more. Enjoy your makeup remover pads!

 

 

Totally Nailed It: Favorite Nail Polishes!

I’ve always had a healthy (or unhealthy?) obsession with nail polishes. When I was a teenager I used to do my nails several nights a week for the longest time! Talk about that social life, eh? Oh the problems of a home-schooled-lives-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-introverted-kid. I am still in love with painting my nails, though I don’t quite get to do it every night nowadays. My kids solved that little issue for me! Through the years I’ve accumulated a lot of different colors and I’d like to share my favorite nail polishes with you to date.

L to R: Zoya Aggie, Sally Hansen Shoot the Moon, Sally Hansen Gilty Party, Sally Hansen Wedding Glitters, Essie Penny Talk, POP Beauty Mint Magic, LVX Serene

These are the polishes I always gravitate towards when I get a chance to do my nails and, trust me, those chances don’t come easily with my little ones! Nothing will ruin that perfect manicure faster than having to get juice for a crying 2 year old who wants to be held at the same time. I usually just have to sacrifice an hour or two of sleep and do them at night after the kids go to bed. I always grab these colors for a quick manicure if I’m not doing any nail art.

 

Serene and Mint Magic are both matte colors while Penny Talk, Wedding Glitters, Gilty Party, Shoot the Moon, and Aggie are shimmers. As a rule of thumb go for shimmer/glitter colors if you want a polish that doesn’t chip very quickly. The shimmer/glitter in the formulas makes them hold up a lot better in my experience.

I love each of the formulas, though I’m certainly not very picky when it comes to nail polishes. If it’s cheap and I like the color I’m sold. I’ve never minded chipping because I do my nails so often anyway, plus I can’t stick to one color too long or I get bored. Pretty much the same way with my hair. I’ve had many people tell me they never know what color my hair is going to be next time they see me!

I hope you’ve found a few new favorite polishes of your own! What are some of your favorite nail polishes?

*Disclaimer: Some links are Amazon affiliate links.

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Battle of the Setting Powders

One of the absolute most important steps in my makeup routine is setting my under eye concealer because otherwise it will be a creasey mess! For a long time I just used a powder foundation but in a past Ipsy bag I received a small Tarte Amazonian clay setting powder that I ended up loving and am still using that small sample to this day. That’s the good thing about loose powders! They will last forever!

I have since ended my Ipsy subscription service and have now signed up for Boxycharm. For June Boxycharm sent out an Ofra pressed powder that can be used for setting your makeup. It is for oil control so I didn’t think I would be able to use it until I realized I could use it to set my under eye. I have normal to dry skin so I wasn’t sure if this would work for me or not.

I decided to pit the two powders against each other and see which one worked better for setting my concealer. I took photos periodically throughout the day to see how each one was holding up and here are my results:

I used the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay setting powder under my left eye and the Ofra Oil Control pressed powder under my right eye. Initially I like the look of the Ofra powder as it is brighter and lightens my under eye a little more than the Tarte powder. However, with it being so white I’m sure there would be a white cast in photos.

Here is how the powders are looking at the 3 hour mark. They are both holding up well and I didn’t notice too much of a difference.

This is after the 6 hour mark. Both powders seem to be doing well. I haven’t had to smooth any creasing under the eye, which I sometimes have to in summer if I’m sweating a lot, but I was mostly working indoors that day so I didn’t have that issue.

This is the final checkpoint at the 9 hour mark. As you can see, this is where it started going downhill.

I had a tiny bit of black smudging under my left eye with the Tarte powder, but not enough that I’m offended, especially after 9 hours. The right eye though…I mean I don’t want to have to be worrying about looking like a hot mess with mascara trailing down to my cheeks. No. Do your job!

Final Thoughts

The Tarte setting powder definitely won the day on wear time and functionality. The Ofra was great as an under eye brightener, so I’m wondering if I could use it over the Tarte powder if I wanted a little more brightness on certain days.

Another factor to consider with the Ofra setting powder is that it’s designed for oil control whereas I have normal to dry skin. Sometimes my T zone is oily and other times it’s dry as a bone. (I’m noticing in my check up pictures that my forehead looked a bit shiny so maybe I should have gone in with the Ofra powder!) So, do consider that if you have oily skin and are looking for a powder. It might work perfectly on someone with a different skin type.

Here are the prices and weights of each powder:

  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay setting powder (0.30 oz) – $33.00
  • OFRA Oil Control Pressed Powder (0.35 oz) – $39.95

They are similar in price as you can see. I think when I run out of my Tarte sample (in 2 years I bet) I will order the RCMA No Color Powder which is highly recommended by Kathleen from KathleenLights and several other Youtubers that I’ve watched. It’s 3 oz for $12.00 which is an insanely good deal, especially if it works as well as they say it does.

I hope you found this post useful! Let me know if you have used either of these setting powders and what your thoughts on them are. What’s your favorite setting powder? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful hump day y’all!

 

Lipstick Dupes

My absolute favorite thing in the makeup industry is when people sniff out some really good dupes. I absolutely love finding cheaper dupes for fairly expensive products. I wish I could underline love three or four times, but wordpress limits me to one. Because seriously I love it! If I can get the same basic product at a significantly lower cost and comparable quality, well sign me up already!

One of my favorite Instagram accounts is Dupethat (@dupethat). As the name implies they do almost nothing but find color dupes in the makeup industry today. Yeah, it’s like candy for me! So if you’ve got some time I highly recommend you go scroll through their feed. Be warned though, it’s addicting!

The dupes I’m going to share with you today I happened upon all on my own, which gave me a bazaar amount of satisfaction like I’d just solved some long forgotten cold case, and they came from my current lipstick collection. Lipsticks seem to be the easiest to spot for me, but I’m curious now after going through each of my lipsticks to see if I have eye shadow dupes as well. I’ll have to do that as my next dupes post if I find anything good.

These pictures are comparing Colourpop Echo Park, The Balm Committed, Stila Vivienne, and Urban Decay Liar gloss (product not pictured since it’s a gloss and not a lipstick like the others) The products are labeled in the caption of the picture so you know which is which.

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From L to R: The Balm Committed, Colourpop Echo Park, Urban Decay Liar gloss

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Direct Sunlight L to R: The Balm Committed, Colourpop Echo Park

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From L to R: Stila Vivienne, The Balm Committed, Colourpop Echo Park, Urban Decay Liar gloss

 

From L to R: Colourpop Echo Park, Pacifica Nudie Red

It seemed to me that Stila’s Vivienne was just the slightest bit more red than neutral like the other colors, but I decided to include it because Stila is a higher end brand and I thought it was close enough to include.

I don’t know why I had so many of the same color! I was like, hey I found two that look alike! Oh this gloss is similar and would be a great topper. Well, this other one is really similar…and this other one looks the same…Why?! To be fair I only purchased the Stila and Colourpop ones many years apart without realizing how similar they were. The Balm and the Pacifica lipstick were both in a past Ipsy bag.

These neutral pinky nudes are my jam, and I love to wear these shades everyday. Obviously, I will be able to wear this color for a long time since I flippin’ have four that look alike! *face palm*

  • Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip: Echo Park ($6)
  • The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes: Committed ($17)
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Lipstick: Nudie Red ($10)
  • Stila Color Balm Lipstick: Vivienne ($22)

I absolutely love the formulas on each of these. They are each different, but I love the wear of each one for different reasons. The Colourpop one is so comfortable and lasts so long on my lips. The Balm is a matte liquid lipstick and it has a bit of a minty feel and smell to the lips. It’s a very comfortable wearing matte lip, and I really like this! The Stila lipstick is a regular lipstick and it has some peppermint in it. I love the feel of it and it smells so good! The Pacifica lipstick is very smooth, but I haven’t worn it too much. It looks they don’t this shade for Pacifica anymore but I included a link to their other lipsticks.

From L to R: Too Faced Melted Melon, Maybelline Coral Burst

I waffled back and forth on whether not to include these two. The Too Faced shade is more of a true coral while the Maybelline has a kiss more pink to it. I wasn’t sure if the differences were minute enough not to matter, so I thought I’d share it with you guys. What do you think? Is it close enough not to matter with the price gap and all, or do I need to go back to my Lasik surgeon and demand a refund?

The wear of these is very similar. The formulas are obviously very different, but they are comfortable wearing and I like the shades. I have to reapply both of them pretty often, which doesn’t bother me that much, but if it bothers you I would stay with matte liquid lipsticks.

  • Colourpop Lippie Stix: Bichette ($5)
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Cruella ($26)

This was the first dupe I ever found. I got this Nars lip pencil as a Sephora birthday gift, so it wasn’t full sized. I fell in love with it quickly, but since there wasn’t much there I tried to use it sparingly. I was dreading the day it ran out because I did not want to cough up the money for a color I knew I wouldn’t be wearing on a daily basis. I decided to try and find a similar color one day and ended up going through a ton of lipsticks online, not really finding anything that looked that similar.

Now, when I go on the hunt for something I get just a smidgen intense. I had the Sephora site pulled up with Nars Cruella zoomed in. I had another window with the other sites pulled up and I was constantly going back and forth, trying to compare shades as best as I could with the pictures provided. It’s a bit overwhelming with the sheer volume of lipsticks on the market, lemme tell ya! I hopped over to Colourpop’s site and then I found Bichette. It looked so similar so I took the plunge and ordered it and it payed off big for me! I absolutely love this shade of red on my skintone!

The wear of both of these is very similar. I would say that Bichette is just a bit better than the Nars one, but that’s probably biased because of the $21 difference! I don’t care though! If I’m saving that much money and the formulas are extremely comparable, I’ll go for the cheaper option every day!

That’s it today for my lipstick dupes. I hope you found some colors that piqued your interest! Let me know in the comments any dupes that you’ve found, lipstick or any other makeup. I love learning about new dupes all the time!

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