Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contouring Palette + Highlighting Palette & Blush


If you’ve been following me for a long time now, you’ll know that I have always been intrigued by Flower Beauty. Well get ready because the new releases for 2017 are here!!! 🙂 Given that the price point isn’t the lowest at the drugstore (or Walmart in this case), I was rather choosy with what I picked up this time around. My biggest interest? The new blushes and highlighters! Not wanting to go too crazy while flying blind, I started out with the Lift & Sculpt Contouring Palette because it included a bronzer, blush and highlighter – and all looked promising! So how did they turn out? 😉

ColourPop Has Gone International! – Guide to All Things COLOURPOP!

Good news for all you International babes out there…ColourPop is now shipping overseas (minus Turkey & China)!!! I absolutely adore ColourPop, though I am constantly frustrated with their never ending roll outs of this and that’s (KathleenLights from YouTube literally just released another collab with them). The good news is that it’s pretty hard to truly break the bank with ColourPop and they have so many options – both in color choice and in type of products! If you’re looking for fantastic, fun, and affordable color cosmetics, you needn’t look further than ColourPop! I tried doing an Overview of ColourPop before, but the brand has grown so much even since then that I feel a need to update a bit. So, to help all of you who may be new to the brand, I’m going to try and give a bit of an overview of the brand’s offerings and mention some of my favorite formulas and colors. Try may be the key word here as there is always a lot to cover! 😉

To make things a bit easier should you be interested only in a certain category, you can jump to each section of the page by clicking the links below (after clicking “Read More”), or just read straight through for all the deets! 🙂
Super Shock Shadows
Lippie Sticks & Lippie Pencils
Super Shock Cheeks (Blushes, Bronzers & Highlighters)
Ultra Matte Lips
Creme Gel Liners
Brow Colours & Brow Pencils
Ultra Satin Lips
Sculpting Stix
Ultra Metallic Lips & Ultra Glossy Lips

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette – Worth It?


As you may be aware, Gwen Stefani recently teamed up with Urban Decay to create her own collection of makeup! I was slightly disappointed by the Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here), so my hopes for the UD x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette were not terribly high. The shades all appeared quite similar in reviews and most of them, like the eye shadows, seemed rather light in tone. Still, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did because – spoiler alert – the Blush Palette is fantastic!!!

Favorites & Feeling Festive ~ September 2015

Well September is over and Fall is officially here. Despite the shorter days and the dropping temperatures, I’m kind of enjoying this transition into Fall. It’s been a relatively good month and I have a decent collection of Favorites to share with you today! I may not be a huge fan of the Autumnal chill, but I have to admit that I loveFall makeup!!! JSo let’s take a stroll through the most fantastic of the beautiful things that Fall had to offer this month. JI present to you my September Favorites!

For the Love of ColourPop – My Pathetic Overview of the Brand

ColourPop is an amazing cruelty free and mostly vegan brand that I have mentioned many times on this blog, yet it’s a company that I’ve never actually reviewed products from. There is a simple reason for this – I can’t figure out how or what to say! I guess first and foremost is that I absolutely love their products…not to mention the attitude that seems laced throughout their names and the sense of humor laced throughout their website descriptions. Seriously, check out a description or two and look at the FAQ section and you’ll see what I mean. J They are, of course, cruelty free and they make so many vegan products that their list of vegan products is actually the few items that are notvegan. Perhaps because I love the brand and the products so much, I really feel like a review needs to do them justice and I just don’t think I can! The products are so hard to describe – from the actual shades to the really unusual formulations. How do you explain the texture of a shadow that feels like nothing you’ve ever touched? So, I’ve been stumped. And as I struggle with how to discuss them, they keep inventing more and more types of products…plus the new shades never stop. It’s truly impressive…and frustrating! J This long winded intro is my way of letting you know that, a) ColourPop is amazing, and b) I’m going to massively fail at trying to discuss ColourPop Cosmetics today! J

Summer Worthy Makeup Staples – Quick & Easy Color

Since Summer has officially arrived (yea!), I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of the types of products I seem to turn to year after year when the weather heats up. I don’t tend to have a specific “Summer routine,” but there are definitely certain types of products that I gravitate toward when I’d rather be enjoying the sunshine than messing around with makeup. The general rule seems to be that it must be quick, easy and relatively sweat-proof.

One change that I do tend to make in the Summer is to change up my lip colors. This happens both via formula as well as the types of shades I reach for. I’m going to start with formula. As you may have guessed from my Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick review (found here), I love more of a semi-sheer formulation when the sun comes out. Lip stains, tinted balms and lip crayons are often my go-tos. Obviously the Sheer Revolution Lipsticks are among my absolute favorites, but some others to check out are the Endless Summer Lipsticks from Lipstick Queen, the Butter Lipsticks from NYX, the Colour Crush Shine Lipsticks from The Body Shop, the Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick in “Fuchsia-Ristic” is perfect, and the NARS Christopher Kane Lip Glosses are absolutely ideal for a transparent wash of staining beauty (see that review here)! Basically if it’s a “no muss, no fuss” kind of product, I’m up for it! J

Moving to the opposite spectrum of lip colors, I also love a bright, bold lip in the Summer. Oranges, bright reds, loud pinks and corals reign supreme. They give the impression that you’ve tried without actuallyhaving to put in a lot of effort. J Lately I have been absolutely hooked on the ColourPop Lippie Stix. They are insanely opaque, the mattes and satins are surprisingly comfortable and solong wearing, plus they come in so manyintense shades ranging from green and black to totally nude and everything in between. Since they are only $5 each, they are an affordable way to try out shades you may ordinarily be terrified to wear. I can’t tell you how many new favorite shades I’ve found by just thinking a color looked pretty, purchasing it and being pleasantly surprised by the result! J When going bright, they do require a bit of care when applying, but these wear beautifully with minimal touch ups required. Obviously ColourPop isn’t the only super-opaque lipstick around, but they are definitely stand-outs in my book.
Top to Bottom: Fighter, Frenchie, Toucan, Julep, Juicy, Chi-Chi & Topanga
Moving on to cheeks, a good long-wearing blush is essential for me when the weather heats up. I always prefer something that lasts, but with the sweating, the potential for heavy rain and water-time fun, something that stays put becomes even more important. Again, I often favor bolder colors, but I also love sheer stain-like products as well. Often these are lip-cheek hybrids, but I rarely find them as nice on the lips as on the cheeks. Some of my favorite flush-inducing products include the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelees (reviewed here), Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blushes, the BECCA Beach Tints, and again from ColourPop, the Super Shock Cheeks (blushes). The ColourPop Blushes don’t really create a sheer, stained flush, but they are super easy, long-wearing options in gorgeoussummery shades.
For the eyes, I favor shadow crayons and cream shadows. They are just so quick and easy to apply, blend out nicely and generally wear quite well. I usually just use my fingers for quick, easy, or even a messy application. Bronzes and coppers reign supreme, but again, it’s more about the formulation than the color. Some of my favorites are the Milani Shadow Eyez Pencils, more recently the Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Sticks, the Flower Beauty Color Play Crème Eye Shadows (though they discontinued some of my fav shades), and again the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows rock my world. I have been addicted to the insane beauty of ColourPop’s “Dare” and “On the Rocks” lately. So quick, so easy, yet still so pretty! Basically if I can apply a single shade with my finger and rush out the door, I’m sold! J
Summer is a time for carefree fun in the sun, and I guess I seek the same things in my makeup products. J I hope this helps if you’ve been looking for some super Summer-worthy makeup formulas this year. I’d love to hear what you reach for when the sun comes out and the temperature rises too!!!

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