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.

Want to get $5 off of your next Colourpop order? Just follow this link 🙂

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

xoxo

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Boxycharm: January 2018

Its the last day of January, so what better way to finish the first month of 2018 than with a Boxycharm review! I seriously can’t believe that January is already over. It seems like it was just yesterday I was finishing my finals and getting ready for Christmas and now I’m back in school getting ready to take some midterms. Though it was a little late this month, my Boxycharm arrived at the perfect time. I was definitely in need of a little boost to get me through the month.

If you aren’t familiar with Boxycharm, it is a monthly makeup subscription box. For just $21 a month you receive 5 full sized products. Honestly, you can’t beat that! You can check out how to sign up here.

The products

This month we received TWO palettes, a primer, eyebrow pencil, and liquid lipstick.

The first palette is the Crown Pro Glam Metals Eyeshadow Palette ($29). This palette has 9 shimmer/metallics and two mattes.

Overall, this palette is okay. Would I ever spend $29 on it? Not a chance. But I am happy to have it. The shimmers are pretty and a few are rather unique to what I already have in my collection. The mattes are really terrible. They are not pigmented at all. The palette is super cute and I will continue to use the shimmers on the lid, inner corner and lower lashline.

The second palette we received is the PUR Bronze & Brighten Cheek Palette ($34). This palette contains an Afterglow highlighter, Mineral Glow bronzer, and a new blush in the shade Blushing Glow.

All three of these products are super pigmented! Also, they all contain shimmer. The being said, I think this is a really great, versatile palette. All three shades are super creamy and would be beautiful on the eyes. I also really love using these on the face, just make sure to use a less-dense, fluffy brush. Considering I can use this on the face and eyes, I think this is a great palette for any girl on the go.

Guys, I was SO EXCITED when I say this primer in my box! I have heard so many people rave about the regular one, I couldn’t wait to try the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer ($38). When putting this on the skin, it felt hydrating and sunk in without leaving a weird film. I noticed my pores looked smaller and I was definitely luminous. My foundation applied beautifully. The only thing I noticed was my foundation breaking up really badly after a few hours. I’m not sure if it was the primer or something else. I will keep trying it with other foundations and update later.

From It Cosmetics, we received the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24). The tip on the pencil isn’t super fine, but for me that is okay. I only have a few places I like to fill in, so I do not need anything too precise. My only problem with this product is it only comes in one shade, “universal taupe.” While this shade may work for most light skin tones, I have a feeling it would look really ashy on medium to deep skin tones.

The final item in the box was a Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in Posh ($23). I have never tried anything from Girlactik and was excited to give this a shot.

The color was really pretty, but nothing overly exciting. The formula went on smoothly and pigmented. It dried down after a couple minutes and was transfer proof. This lasted through me drinking coffee and eating. It only started to fade after I ate some greasy Mexican food. It was really comfortable to wear, though it did make my lips look a little dry. I would be open to purchasing more colors if they ever had a good sale.

final thoughts

We received three HUGE brand name products this month from PUR Cosmetics, It Cosmetics and Dr. Brandt. Overall, this month’s box had a total retail value of $148. To me, it was totally worth it! I love Boxycharm because you get to try so many brand name products for an incredible price.

What product were you most excited for this month?

xoxo

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Tarte Holiday 2018

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I love Tarte Cosmetics. I can’t think of a product from them that I have tried that I didn’t like. I especially love their blushes and the Hybrid Gel Foundation. One thing that I enjoy about the holidays are all the cosmetic releases. So many brands release value packs for discount rates, it makes it hard to decide what to pick up. Tarte is one of those brands, but they go above and beyond. They have so many great releases and exclusives for every beauty supplier. What really caught my eye were the Lip Luxuries Deluxe Lip Sculptor Set, Limited Edition Box Set and the Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat.

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I am a huge fan of the Tarte Lip Sculptors! They are a lipstick and gloss duo that is perfect for traveling.

I know that matte lips have been all the rage, but I definitely need something more moisturizing, especially while I was on Isotretinoin. These are the perfect product. They are creamy and pigmented. They stay put without the need of a lip liner and make your lips look luscious.

Normally, one of these is $24 but in this set you get 5 travel sizes for $29. If you are the type of person who likes to wear a different lip color each day, this is the perfect set for you. Or, if there are only a couple color you would wear you can always break apart the pack and give the extras to others.

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I travel a lot and I love it. One problem that I have is that I have a tendency to over pack especially when it comes to my makeup. When I first saw this set at Ulta, I thought it would be the perfect set to travel with. It includes 25 eye shadows, two blushes, highlighter, bronzer, matte lip paint, glossy lip paint, sex kitten liner and tarteist mascara.

   

I used every shadow in the palette and I was fairly impressed. The only shades I did not like were bangle and treasured. Otherwise, I used the shadows in every row to create a look to demonstrate the palette diversity.

 

I really enjoyed the blushes and highlight. They were smooth and blended well. The only powder product I did not like was the bronzer because I think it is too light for most skin tones.

As I said earlier, I enjoy a glossy lip. This set included a mini of both the matte and glossy lip paints. They were not patchy and were comfortable to wear. I like to top the matte lip with the glossy lip when it starts to get too dry.

Overall, this little box has been great to travel with. I took it with me to Punta Cana and it had every thing I needed for a complete look. Sadly, this one was an Ulta exclusive and is no longer available. However you can pick up a similar one from Sephora or Macy’s.

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Lip toppers have been huge the last few months. It seems like every company is coming out with one. Personally, I have stayed away from them. I really dislike glosses that have sparkle in them because they have a tendency to feel gritty.

This topper is different. It is fairly sheer and has very fine gold and pink/purple glitter. It makes my lips look so juicy without being sticky or feeling gritty. It also doesn’t upset the liquid lip I wear underneath. I think this will be so pretty in the spring and summer or topped over a holiday red for a festive look.

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What can I say, Tarte killed it again! I really like all of these product. The only things I was not a huge fan of were the Sex Kitten Liner and the bronzer. Other than that, every thing works so well. If you can only get one thing, I recommend the lip sculptor set. New to makeup or travel often? Definitely give the palette a try.

What product do you like most?

Xoxo Sammie

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Natasha Denona Holiday 2018: Aeris

I feel like Natasha Denona eye shadow palettes are the Porsche of the beauty world. They are stunning, high quality and way beyond most peoples’ price range. When the Lila Pallet was first released, I wanted it so bad. Luckily, I found the the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette satisfied my need for purple shades. However, since the first press photo of the Aeris pallet, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I have to be honest, it was mostly the blue shade. Luckily, the Sephora VIB sale came around and the palette was in stock at my local store.

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This is a five pan palette and is said to consist of “metallics, mattes, duo-chromes and sparkling chroma crystals.”

To me, I see only three formulas. Burnt Terracotta is a matte while Ice Blue, Red Bronze and Nude are metallics. The final shade, Peach Bronze, is a sheer glitter and I believe it is considered a chroma crystal. All of these were swatched dry with no base or primer.

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When I review palettes, I try to make looks using only the shades that are in the palette. All of these looks were created only using a mix of the five shades in the Aeris palette.

I LOVE this look! I started with Burnt Terracotta in the crease. I went in lightly at first and built it up lower in the crease. I went in with a tiny flat brush and Red Bronze on the outer two thirds. On the inner one third, I laid down NYX glitter primer and topped that with Peach Bronze. I took Ice Blue on a pencil brush and took it all across the lower lash line. For the inner corner, I wanted to brighten things up with a little Nude.

For this look, I wanted something more daytime but still glam. The best part? It is SO EASY to replicate. I started with Burnt Terracotta lightly in the cease and then packed all over the lid. I also smoked it on the lower lash line. I took a little concealer and blended it on the center of my lid. Then, I topped that with Nude and blended the edges with Burnt Terracotta. I added more Nude on the inner corner and the center of the lower lash line. Add some winged liner and you’re done!

As I mentioned, I am in love with Ice Blue and I wanted to use it in a different way. I took Burnt Terracotta and fluffed it all over the lid and blended into the crease. I applied NYX Glitter Primer on the inner two thirds of the lid and topped it with Peach Bronze. For the lower lash line I used Burnt Terracotta and added more Peach Bronze to the inner third. The look is finished with Ice Blue on the inner corner.

This final look I wanted something festive for a holiday party. I look Burnt Terracotta lightly in the crease, outer corner and on the lower lash line. I used my KVD Tattoo Liner to create a wing and topped it with NYX Glitter Primer. I then took Red Bronze to create a metallic red wing. I finished with Nude on the inner corner. This look is beautiful with a red or nude lip.T (2)I really enjoy the colors in this palette. That being said, it isn’t really a stand alone palette. There is only one matte, so you are limited there. Luckily, the colors all work well together.

The one matte shade is beautiful. It is smooth, blendable, and buildable. It works great as a transition and to create a warm smokey look. Nude and Red Bronze are beautiful metallic shades. They apply best with a damp flat brush or with your finger. Ice Blue is a little more sheer and needs to be built up a bit. I definitely prefer to use my finger or a small, stiff brush with the blue. The final shade is Peach Bronze. At first this shade was disappointing because it was so sheer. However, now that I know how to use it, I like it. It works best topped over another shadow. Also, you will want to use a tacky base and your finger to get the most opaque application. I love using it on the inner corner, lid and lower lash line.

Do you own anything from Natasha Denona?

Xoxo Sammie

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

I know everyone LOVES warm eye shadow palettes but for me I am kind of over it. Personally, I haven’t really been drawn to the orange and red shades like everyone else. I own Modern Renaissance by ABH and that has been good enough for me. That is until I saw the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette.

What really drew me in were the purple shade and shimmer shades. It was more than just the typical warm tone palette. The shades were so interesting to me and I knew I had to have it.

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Here are all of the shade swatched left to right, top to bottom. All are dry finger swatches done on bare skin.

The palette includes 8 mattes: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Oud, Amethyst, Saffron and Blazing; 6 shimmer shades: Blood Moon, Celestial, Nefertiti, Royal, Cashmere, and Turkish Delight; 3 duo chrome toppers: Twilight, Retrograde and Angelic; and one pressed glitter: Cosmo.T (4)

For this first look, I really wanted to use Twilight. I started by fluffing Desert Sand all over the crease. Next I went in with a little Eden as a transition shade. To add some definition, I used Amethyst on the outer corner and then swept it all over the lid. I also used Amethyst smoked out on the lower lash line. To finish the look, I put a little glitter glue on the lid and inner corner and then topped that with Twilight.

For this look, I started with Desert Sand as my base and went in with Musk as a transition shade. Then, I took Blazing a little lower in the crease. To add definition, I used Saffron on the outer corner. I also took a little bit of Musk, Blazing and Saffron on the lower lash line. On the inner 2/3 of the lid, I applied Cashmere with a damp, flat brush. For the inner corner, I applied a little glitter glue and finished the look with the Cosmo glitter shade.

For this final look, I started with Desert Sand as a base. It just works perfect with my skin tone. I then used Musk as my transition shade and went in with Amber a little lower. I also used these two shades on the lower lash line. Next, I took Oud all over the lid making sure that it was darkest on the outer corner. On the inner 2/3 of the lid, I placed a little glitter glue and topped that with Retrograde. The look is finished with Cashmere on the inner corner.T (2)

This palette has quickly become a daily go to! I just love the variety of looks you can do. You can create something colorful or go more neutral; flashy or casual. One of my favorite quick, easy looks is to use Saffron all over the lid and blended into the crease with a lighter color on the inner corner.

For me, the mattes all blend beautifully. The shimmer shades are reflective and apply best with a finger or flat brush. For the duo chrome toppers, I find that they really do best topped over a glitter glue. It helps to get the best pigment with the least amount of glitter fallout. These also apply best with a finger but a smaller flat brush works well too. For the pure glitter shade, most definitely use a glitter glue and either a finger or tiny brush. My favorite glitter glue to use is the NYX Glitter Primer. It is inexpensive, doesn’t irritate my eyes and keeps my glitter in place all day.

Will you be picking up this palette? Are you still a member of the warm tone shadow craze or are you ready for something new?

Xoxo Sammie

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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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NYX In Your Element Palettes

When I first saw the images for the NYX In You Element Palettes, I was instantly drawn to both Earth and Metal. Something about them just spoke to me and they were so different from the reds, oranges and yellows that everyone seems to be coming out with. The best part,l is NYX is a drugstore brand so I figured that I would be able to pick up both for somewhere between $30 and $40 USD. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.


On launch day, I rushed to my computer and anxiously waited for the NYX Cosmetics website to load. When it did, I was shocked. They were changing $30 PER PALETTE! Considering they sell $5 single shadows and other affordable products, I was dumbfounded. I decided that I would be much better off saving my money and picking up one higher end palette instead of spending $60 on two drugstore palettes.


So I waited and I am so glad I did. Right now, Ulta is having a sale September 24-30 and the NYX In Your Element Palettes are on sale. With the $3.50 coupon, they are only $17.50 before tax. Still a little pricey, but a bargain considering what they cost before the sale. So, I decided it was time I picked up both the Metal and Earth Palette.


The Earth In Your Element Palette was the first one that caught my eye in the press release pictures. The color selection screamed fall to me and gave me ABH Subculture vibes. While this is most certainly not a dupe, it is a good alternative if you had problems with the ABH formula or you were too concerned to purchase it.


When I swatched this palette in store, I was concerned. The colors seemed to be patchy and ill pigmented. I didn’t even pick it up at first and almost talked myself out of it. But, I kept thinking of how pretty the colors where and how it was on sale. I told myself that worse come to worse, I could always return the palette if I didn’t like it.


In the end, the palette performed much better than it swatched. The mattes were buildable and blended well. In the first look, I used colors 1, 3, 10, 4, 6 and 11. For the second look, I used colors 1, 8, 7, 2, 9, and 5. I didn’t have any problems with any shade in particular. The shimmer shades apply best with a stiff or damp brush and the green shades need to be packed on to show their true color.


Out of all six element palettes, Metal seemed to be the most fun. It is a palette of 12 different shimmer shades. So, obviously this is not a stand alone palette. But the colors seemed fun and unique.


When swatching all the colors, it became apparent that a couple of them would be used best as a topper or inner corner highlight as opposed to a stand alone shadow. The two that would be best as toppers are 1 and 5.


Also, I found that the shades did not work well with a brush. I tried with a dry flat brush, damp flat brush and with my finger. I decided to show how two different colors applied with each method. These can be placed directly on the lid, but will benefit being placed over the top of glitter glue or a tacky base. I found that there was a little bit of glitter fallout.


I do enjoy both of these palettes and think they are pretty. The colors definitely perform better than I expected after swatching in store. Both palettes did have a little bit of fallout but nothing too crazy. So the big question, are they worth the price?


In short, the answer would be no. At full price, it is ridiculous to pay so much for something from a historically drugstore brand. Where I think NXY went wrong is by partnering with social media influencers. Each palette was designed by a different influencer and the price reflects that. I wish NYX had created the palettes without the collaborations and kept the price around $20. However, if you see one that you like then I would definitely pick it up while it is on sale.

Do you plan on picking any of these palettes up?

Xoxo Sammie

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Ulta Beauty Cosmetics Part 2

I love shopping at Ulta. They are continuously adding more brands to their shelves and their rewards system is the best. I mean who doesn’t want to earn money off of their next purchase just for buying things you were going to get anyway? What a lot of people do not realize is that Ulta has their own in house brand. It ranges from makeup and skincare to hair and body products. I recently received a bunch of these products as a gift with purchase. I figured, why not make a part two to my Ulta Beauty review. You can check out part one here.


With my recent Ulta Beauty purchase, I received an eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, mascara, face palette, lip primer, matte lip crayon and a lip gloss. Along with the makeup there was also a compact mirror, pencil sharpener and blush brush. All of these products came in a pretty purple watercolor makeup bag.


In my first Ulta Beauty Haul, we received a matte tinted primer. I loved it and still use it daily. In this bag we received the Tinted Eye Primer in Satin Blush. The tube is full sized and has a ton of product. The primer is a pink shimmer. The color is so pretty, but I would use it as a lid color or base for another pink shade. You wouldn’t be able to use this as a primer over your entire eye unless you want to look like you have pink eye.


The eyeshadow palette contains four matte shades and two shimmer. I was impressed with all of the shades, though the mattes were a little dry to the touch. The mattes included were Plum Pop, Desire, Say What and Buzzword. For the price, these blend much better than a lot of drugstore shadows. The shimmers, Sunshine and Fearless, are very pigmented and creamy. I used Say What to set my primer, Buzzword in the crease, Plum Pop on the outer corner with Fearless on the lid and Sunshine on the inner corner. I love the look as it reminded me of a sunset.


We received a pencil eye liner that is double sided. On one end is a liner in Blackout and the other end is in Plum. I am not a fan of these liners. I think they they are too stiff and not pigmented enough. That being said, I really enjoy the Ulta Beauty Gel Liners.


The final eye product is the Ulta Beauty Maximum Lashes Mascara. This mascara claims to be defining and lengthening. I already have fairly long lashes, but this product impressed me. It really helped to lengthen and define my lashes without being too wet or clumpy. It was also very black.


Along with the eyeshadow palette, there was a face palette that included a translucent powder, bronzer and highlight. The Ulta Finishing Powder in Translucent is great. I haven’t used setting powder in a while because it has been too drying. However, this one sets my concealer without making my under eyes super dry. As for the bronzer,  I usually prefer something cool toned. But, I do like the Ulta Matte Bronzer in Warm. It isn’t too orange and it blends really well. The only product I did not like in this palette is the highlighter. The Ulta Illuminator in Radiant Diamond was just too stiff and chunky for me. It was also subtle and accentuated texture. However, it can be pretty as an eyeshadow when built up and applied with a damp flat brush.


The Ulta Lip Primer claims to enhance the color of any lip product. I thought that it would act as a concealer on the lips, but it applied clear. I am not sure that it enhanced the color of my lipstick, but it was very hydrating and helped the product to go on smooth.


The final two products were both for the lips. The first is the Ulta Matte Lip Crayon in Soiree. The color is very pretty and the formula is pigmented and smooth. I found it to be comfortable to wear, but not long wearing. It is also hard to apply because the tip is so fat. Also included was the Color Rush Lip Gloss in Olivia. This gloss is so pretty, smooth and pigmented. It feels hydrating and looks great on the lips. I would recommend wearing this over a lip liner to keep it from feathering.


Overall, Ulta continues to surprise me. A lot of their product I have tried, I have really liked. Their eye shadows have proven blendable and pigmented while the lip products are comfortable and smooth. I am excited to see what this brand will come out with next. I have my fingers crossed for a Stila Magnificent Metals dupe.

Have you tried anything from Ulta Beauty?

Xoxo Sammie

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Boxycharm: August 2018

I am part of a really cool group on Facebook called Boxycharm Beauties. Here, you can buy, sell and trade items you receive in your box. But, the best part has to be that the CEO is a member of the group and frequently gives us sneak peaks. So, when I heard that we would be getting a palette from Tarte, I was so excited!


If you are unfamiliar with Boxycharm, it is a monthly suscriptiom box. You pay $21 a month and receive at least 5 full sized beauty products. This month I received:  falsies, gel eye liner, face paint, 3 brush set and an eyeshadow palette.


The first thing that everyone received is a pair of false eyelashes from PÜR. There were two different styles that you could receive. I received the style Diva and they retail for $14. I personally do not wear false eyelashes but will be saving these to put into a future giveaway.


The next product everyone received was a set of three Pro makeup brushes from Royal and Langenickle. These brushes are so nice! They have a good weight to them and they are comfortable to hold. They are also super soft. The crease brush is fantastic because it comes to a nice point for more precise application. The tapered blush brush is also great for contour. The only brush I wasn’t a fan of was the chisel brush, though it could be good for undereye concealer or baking. You can find more information on the brushes here, they will be released for sale this fall.


The final universally received product is the Rainforest of the Sea Volume 2 palette by Tarte. This eyeshadow palette comes in a beautiful compact with mirror and retails for $36.


This is a really great everyday palette. It has 3 shimmer shades and the rest are satin mattes. They claim that you don’t need primer or a brush with this palette and I find that to be true. The formula is really fantastic. While you can use your finger for application, I prefer a brush if I want to have a more precise application.


Now is where the products can differ from box to box. I was needing a new black liner, so I was excited when I received the Waterproof Gel Eyeliner by Bellapierre which retails for $15. It came to a very fine point which turned out to not be a great thing as it was too sharp to use on my waterline. After I wore it down a bit, it worked better. However, I’m still not a fan. It is not black enough and it tugs when you use it. I don’t foresee myself using this much in the future.


The final product I received is the Aloette Face Paint in Pink a Boo which retails for $35. This cream pigment is great for cheeks and lips. The color is buildable and you only need the tiniest bit. I really like this for a sheer wash of color and for every day looks.


Here is a picture of me wearing all of the products. This month’s box was really great! I loved all of the products with the exception of the eyeliner and chisel brush. I’ve seen some spoilers for the rest of the year, and they are going to be awesome. If you aren’t signed up yet, I highly suggest you do it soon.

What were your go to products this month?

Xoxo Sammie

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Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette

This palette. Let me tell you, it’s crazy. It’s been so hyped and beauty lovers all over the world have been waiting months to get their hands on it. The launch party was huge and the YouTube reviews are numerous. It was so in demand that it sold out in just 45 minutes. It will be coming back (date tbd) but I was able to get my hands on it. I’ve been using it for over a week now and I fell that I have a pretty good idea of how all the shades blend and perform.


Just a quick note about the packaging. It is a white cardboard as opposed to the typical black plastic Morphe is known for. While it looks nice in the pictures, I am not the biggest fan. I would prefer to have a sturdier packaging. That being said, it is pretty to look at.


Now, here are all the swatches starting with the top row and working left to right. I found that each shade swatches really well. I barely touched my finger to the pan and only swiped across my arm once. They felt so smooth and soft. The only exception is a few of the shimmer and metallic shades. They feel a little more gritty when they are swatched. It isn’t too bad though and they still look beautiful. 


There are so many shades in the palette, the looks you can create are limitless. I love the options for a colorful smokey eye using the reds, blue, green or purple. There are also so many neutrals and warm tones. Here are some of the looks I’ve created over the last week, just to give you an idea.

While each shade has a name, it is not printed on the box. There was supposed to be a small card that had all the shades and names but one was not included in my package. The palette retails for $38 on the Morphe website and you can use Jaclyn’s affiliate code (JacAttack) to save some money.

Overall, I’m really impressed. I went back and forth on wether I would get this palette or not because I did not like how it was hyped and advertised. That being said, I am so happy I decided to get it. The colors are beautiful and the formula is perfect. I honestly see myself using this palette for a very long time. 

Have you picked this palette up yet or are you planning to?

Xoxo Sammie

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