Kathleen Lights x Colourpop

I am a huge fan of Kathleen Lights. I mean, how could you not like her? She is so sweet, kind, funny and down to earth. She has stayed so genuine and authentic. Honestly, she is one of the few YouTube beauty gurus that I feel I can trust 100%. When I first saw her newest collab with Colourpop, I thought it was stunning! I actually held off on buying it for awhile. Of course, once I saw everyone using it, I caved. I purchased both the Dream St palette and the Dream Team lip bundle.

If you are not familiar with Colourpop, they have collaborated with Kathleen Lights several times. They are known for offering quality products that are cruelty free, on trend and very affordable.

the products

The product I was most excited to try from the Kathleen Light x Colourpop collab is the Dream St eyeshadow palette ($16). This palette contains 12 shades with a mix of matte, satin and metallic shades.

Colors: Shooting Star (matte), Magical (matte), Star Dust (metallic), Twinkle (metallic), Sweet Dreams (metallic), Water Bearer (matte), Potion (matte), Spark (matte), Kaleidoscope (metallic), Elfish (matte), Moony (satin), and Mermaid Boy (metallic).

What I was most drawn to in this pallet was the interesting mix of colors. I loved that there was a true coral (Spark), a gold and silver (Sweet Dreams and Kaleidoscope), and two beautiful teals (Water Bearer and Mermaid Boy). Beyond that, it looked like there were a good mix of transition, highlight and lid shades.

The second half of the Kathleen Lights x Colourpop collab is the Dream Team lip trio ($16). Colourpop has a TON of different lip formulas ranging from glossy to satin to ultra matte. This bundle contains one ultra glossy lip and one ultra satin lip.

The ultra glossy lip is in the shade Moon Child ($6). This gloss is really smooth and not sticky. Moon Child is a pinky nude with very tiny flecks of gold glitter. It is fairly pigmented and looks beautiful on its own or over the top of a liner or lipstick.

The first ultra satin is in the shade Dreamy ($6.50). Dreamy is a peachy pink and is a really pretty neutral color. The other ultra satin lip, Rêver ($6.50), is a neon orange red. Both shades are really beautiful and would be perfect for spring and summer. They are comfortable to wear and, while not transfer proof, they do last a good amount of time. My only problem with the ultra satin lips is that they seems a little patchy to me. However, these would be perfect layered over a matching lip liner.

The Looks

As with every eyeshadow palette review, I wanted to create a few different looks using only the shadows in the palette.

For this first look, I really wanted to keep things simple. I started with Shooting Star as my transition shade. Next, I went in with Spark all over my lid and blended into the crease as well as on my lower lash line. Then, I put a little Elfish on the outer corner of both the lid and lower lash line. Finally, I put Stardust on the inner corner.

I wanted this next look to be all about the teal. I used Shooting Star for my transition shade followed by Water Bearer in the outer half of the crease. After everything was blended, I packed Water Bearer on the outer third of my lid, making sure to blend any edges. Next, I packed on Kaleidoscope on the inner half of my lid and used Mermaid Boy to blend the silver and teal together. I mirrored the same shades on the lower lash line followed by Moony and Kaleidoscope on the inner corner.

I love a halo eye. They are just so fun and pretty. I used a Spark as my transition shade and on the lower lash line but went back in with Magical to blend it out. Next, I packed Water Bearer all over the lid and smoked out the lower lash line. Make sure to blend any edges. Take some of your favorite concealer, and add to the center of the lip and lash line to create a halo. Top the concealer with Twinkle on both the lid and lash line. I then used a little Mermaid boy to blend Twinkle and Water Bearer followed by Moony on the inner corner.

final thoughts

Of the two products in the Kathleen Lights x Colourpop dream collection, I highly recommend the Dream St eyeshadow palette ($16). The colors are beautiful, blend well and are perfect for spring. I think this palette has all the shades you would need for a complete look and is small enough to travel with.

As for the lip products, they were all good. Personally, I will wear Moon Child Ultra Glossy Lip ($6) the most. The other two are really pretty, but definitely need a lip liner base in my opinion. Plus, I am not sure how much use I will get out of a neon orange red lippie.

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Which of these products speak to you? Will you be picking any up?

xoxo

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KVD Saint & Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

I have been a fan of Kat Von D for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching her tattoo on tv and was always mesmerized by her process and talent. When she came out with her makeup brand, I was so intrigued because of her unique style. Since then, her eye shadow formulas have become one of my favorites. Each palette is so unique and she always manages to come out with interest colors, cool names and new ideas.


When I first saw the teasers for her holiday release, I couldn’t wait. I knew it was going to be beautiful but trust me, it is even more stunning in person.

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“Experience divine dimension with three fearless finishes: electrifying metallics, velvety mattes, and shimmering pearls, plus two new special effect glimmer shades. Rightfully placed at the peak of the palette, these transformative super-glimmer shades amp up any eye look with prismatic micro-pearls that catch the light with every movement. Each cushiony shade is blendable and buildable. Kat Von D’s signature high-performance, long-wear eyeshadow formula creates next-level eye looks that deliver major impact. Whether you’re feeling saintly, sultry, or a little of both, you’re sure to find endless inspiration within this show-stopping palette of epic proportions. ”


Within the Saint & Sinner eyeshadow palette, there are 12 Saint and 12 Sinner shades. They can be mixed and matched to create a huge variety of looks. Most of the shades are are a shimmer, metallic or pearlescent formulas but there are 7 true mattes. The colors range from black to neon green with a little of everything in between.

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Here are some swatches of the palette. Keep in mind, these are all finger swatches. There is no powder or primer base and no use of water or a setting spray.

         

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For this look, I started out with Amen as a base and in the crease. Then I went a little lower in the crease with Crucifix. To create a smokier look, I mixed a little bit of Crucifix and Sabbath for the inner and outer corner, as well as the lower lashline. For the actual halo, I used Vestment on the center of the lid and center of my lower lashline. The look was finished with a littler Heaven in the inner corner.

 

I was inspired by this look created by Kristen Leanne. I started with  Baptism as my base. For the crease, I went in with Martyr followed by Crucifix to darken the outer corner. I also used these on the lower lashline. For the lid, I used Worship as a base and went over that with Rapture and a little glitter glue. I also took a little bit of Worship on the inner 2/3 of my lower lashline. The look is finished with Exodus on the inner corner.

 

I wanted to go for something a little more day time. I used Amen as my base and went in with Martyr in the crease and on the outer corner. I also went very lightly with Crucifix to darken the outer v a little more. On the lid and lower lashline, I used Chalice.I finished the look with a little Relic on the inner corner.

 

 

Finally, I knew I needed a sunset eye. With Amen as my base, I took Martyr and Devil in the crease. For the outer v  and lower lashline, I used Crucifix. I took Rosary on my lid and on inner half of my lower lashline. Finally, I used Sacred Heart as my inner corner highlight.
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Overall, I really love this palette. I think it is absolutely perfect for people who love to experiment with bold looks or like to incorporate pops of color. That being said, for most people it is not going to be an everyday or stand alone palette. For the looks above, I did only use shades within the palette and I was happy with how they turned out. However, I find that  I like to mix this palette with mattes from my Tarte Clay Play or KVD Pastel Goth Palette.

Almost every shade is the palette was fantastic. What I will say is that Sabbath is not the blackest black, but it can be built up. Also, the top two shades, Absolution and Rapture, are glitter shadow toppers. These do best when applied over a glitter glue. All of the other shimmer or metallics shades I was able to apply with my finger or a damp, flat shadow brush.

Overall, I am in love with this palette. Kat killed it again. If you’re interested, you better hurry. This is a limited edition holiday release.

Do you like to play with color? Will you be picking up this beauty?

Xoxo Sammie

 

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KL Polish: Summer ’17

I love painting my nails. Ever since middle school, it has become something that I enjoy. I even use to do my own nail art. Many times, while painting my nails, I get sucked into watching YouTube. This is where I first came across Kathleen Lights. I fell in love with her bubbly, down to earth personality and her amazing makeup skills. When she first released her own nail polish brand, KL Polish, last fall I was so intrigued. So far, all three of her collections have been beautiful. But, I am so particular about my nail polish and was a little hesitant to purchase them online. However, I finally decided to bite the bullet and picked up her whole summer collection for 2017.


This collection includes 6 bright, creme finish polishes that are perfect for summer. Each formula is 5-free and cruelty free as well as being made in the USA. Right now, polishes cannot be shipped by plane, so they are only available in the USA and Canada. This collection is inspired by Kathleen’s home of Miami, Florida.


Here are the first five colors, starting with my thumb. The first color is Magic City which is described as a “poppy red shade will make your nails hot like the summer heat.” I was able to achieve full opacity with 2 thin layers.

On my pointer finger I am wearing MIA. KL Polish describes it as “not your normal hot pink” as it has blue undertones. I really enjoy this color, but it is not as glossy and it took 3 thin layers to make it fully opaque.

The next color, on my middle finger, is South Peach. It is described a “creamy peach” shade and would look beautiful on all skin tones. It is the perfect summer nude, in my opinion. While this shade was beautifully glossy, it did take 3 coats to have it be opaque.

On my ring finger is 305. This is definitely a statement shade and is described as a “true chartreuse.” While this color may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I find it so pretty and very unique. It is bright, bold and a beautiful mix of yellow and great. Again, this took 3 coats to achieve the desired color.

Finally, I have Ocean Drive on my pinkie. This has to be one of my favorite colors because it reminds me of mermaids. KL Polish describes it as “shimmery teal.” It is so beautiful and only took 2 coats. However, without a base coat it did stain my nail.


The final color is Porter Miami. This color is described as a “wearable cobalt blue.” This color reminds me of blue jeans and summer skies. It is so pretty and only took 2 coats.


Honestly, I am very impressed with all of the shades. After taking the initial swatch photos, I decided to continue to wear them all to see how long they would last before chipping. Without any base or top coat, they lasted a full 5 days before showing any major wear. For me, this is basically unheard of. The only other time I have seen such great results is with the Essie Gel Couture polishes. I am so happy for Kathleen and very impressed with these polishes. I will definitely be getting future collections.

What is your favorite nail color?

Xoxo Sammie

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