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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

Switching It Up For Fall – Making Up My Makeup Bag

September is here and so is the unofficial start of Fall. As the seasons change, so do the makeup shades I reach for. When the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter, I find myself wanting to feel warm, comfy and cozy. The makeup shades of Fall often mimic this, meaning the brights get shoved to the side in favor of warm chocolates and deep berries. So in preparation for the dwindling daylight and the hint of winter chill in the air, it’s time for a makeup bag makeover! To see a few ways my makeup bag changes for the season, keep reading! J


Nails are the first thing that come to mind for me. I ditch the loud, bold hues for the more traditional Fall berries, rich neutrals, and deeper tones of navy and green. My favorite of the moment is Zoya’s Moxie (which also happens to be the name of one of my cats! Not gonna lie, that’s kinda why I bought it). It’s a beautiful berry that’s not too dark, nor too bright (Try as I might, I couldn’t get the picture to look less red and more berry as it is in person). Regardless, it’s absolutely gorgeous and I’d highly recommend it, especially for this transitional portion of Fall!

Moving on to the face. In the Summer, my blush is all about the corals, peaches, pops of pink and just all around brighter tones. Like most, when that telltale crisp chill enters the air, I almost immediately grab for the berries and an occasional reddish hue. Are we noticing a trend here? J One of my favorite berry-toned Fall blushes is from 100% Pure and it is their Fruit Pigmented Blush in – shocker here – Berry.” These blushes are 100% Natural as well as Vegan, and “Berry” is just a gorgeous shade that’s not tooplummy, but not too bright either. I also really love Tarte’s 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in “Natural Beauty” for more of a reddish I-just-came-in-from-the-cold kind of flush. Both are beautiful choices and perfectfor chillier days filled with multi-colored leaves crunching under your feet.
Sticking with the berry trend, I’m gonna move on to lips. The many pinks and the occasional bright I favor in the Summer collect dust, while I haul out the berries and reds. For a softer, subtle lip that still has that berry tone, I love Lipstick Queen’s Hello Sailor Lipstick. I reviewed it earlier this week, so you can see that here, but don’t be shocked to see that the lipstick is actually blue! It gives a beautiful wash of berry that’s perfect for anytime of day in the Fall. If you’re looking for a more full-on color, try something like Butter London’s new Lippy Moisture Matte Lipstick in “Ruby Murray.” Not only is this lipstick gorgeous, but it is one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks I have ever tried! For my favorite red, I’d probably go with the Lip Tar in “Stalker” from OCC. Kind of a pain to deal with since it needs to be applied with a brush, but it’s worth it! Whether you prefer a subtle lip or more of a statement, these are definitely my favorites this time of year!
Eye liner is a bit more boring in terms of a change…at least for me. I tend to grab for my standard blacks and browns, but to mix things up a bit I like adding in a navy like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in “Minx,” which is a deep, rich, matte navy. It’s still dark, but has a subtle hint of color and will help make the whites of your eyes look whiter! Some other shades to try out this Fall are metallic bronzes, coppers and golds. I feel like these shades are always fantastic for a Fall eye. If you’re looking for more color, swap out the bright teals for jewel toned deep greens and rich, smoky purples. Basically, if you’re seeing it in Fall fashions, it’s probably a decent color to try on your eyes…at least as an accent.
There are two eye shadow palettes that I feel are perfect this time of year. Both of them give you tons of options and can be worn day or night. The first is Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Palette. Though it is a pretty neutral palette, it has a fantastic pop of burgundy, a medium purple, and some gorgeous bronzes, chocolates and golds. Not to mention the chocolate scent that just screams warm and cozy. If you love your neutrals, but want some colorful jewel tones as well, I can’t think of a better palette than Urban Decay’s Smoked Palette. It’s an absolutely gorgeous palette that fits the bill for colorful Fall eyes, as well as more neutral looks that can be either daytime appropriate or built up for a night out. Either way, you’re getting amazing quality shadows in Fall-appropriate shades. Win, Win!
Finally, though I’m not much a fragrance girl, I definitely hunger for a change in scents as the leaves turn. Again, the warm, cozy and often foody type scents win my heart. A fantastic cruelty free scent option that I love this Autumn is from Pacificaand it is their Mexican Cocoa Perfume. It smells so good! Pacifica describes it as a mix of Mexican Cocoa with bitter Almond, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Vanilla. The scent doesn’t last all day, but it’s worth reapplying. And mix it with a bit of vanilla (try Pacifica’s Island Vanillaor The Body Shop’s Vanilla) for a fantastic custom blend! You will smell delicious, unexpected, and a bit exotic! J

That pretty much does it for my Fall-ready makeup bag. Nothing earth shattering in there, but I definitely crave a change with the ever-changing weather. I think we can agree that the theme here is brights are out, berries are in. JI’d love to hear how your makeup bag changes with the seasons. And if you have any recommendations, please leave them as a comment since we all need inspiration to feed this addiction! J Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this rifle through my Fall makeup bag.

IMATS NYC Haul!!! Inglot, Bdellium Tools, OCC, Cailyn, Stila

Since all I did while at IMATS was shop, it only makes sense to do a haul, right? I know it’s a bit late, but it took me forever to get all of the pictures taken. I’m not going to go into detail about everything. There’s a lot to see, so on with the haul!

My first stop on Saturday was at Bdellium Tools because I really wanted to try out the new Pink Bambu line. I incorrectly thought they might not be too busy, but it was mobbed! I’m glad I stopped relatively early because they ran out of things pretty quickly.

I picked up just a handful of Face brushes from the Pink Bambu line on Saturday. The heads of all but the fan brush are still wrapped up, so you cannot really see the shape. The brushes are:
955 Duet Fiber Finishing
959 Powder Blending (this reminds me of the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush)
942 Slanted Contour
925 Duet Fiber Fan

Unwrapped to show shape (1st 2 brushes are reversed from above)
(last brush is from Sunday purchases)

I also picked up quite a few eye brushes from the Pink Bambu line. They are as follows:
781 Crease (I wish I had gotten more of this one!)
775 Duet Fiber Shader
776 Blending (I picked up 2)
777 Shadow (I recently started using the Green Bambu version and I LOVE it!!! I picked up 2)
766 Angled Shadow
710 Eye Liner

 

I went back to Bdellium Tools on Sunday to find very little stock left, but they had a few brushes I had decided I wanted to add.
964 All-Purpose Blusher (Green Bambu)
778 Large Shadow (Pink Bambu)
760 Liner/Brow (Pink Bambu)
542 Bold Lip (Green Bambu)

 

I wandered to the Cailyn booth because they had some beautiful loose pigments last year. They didn’t have them there this year, but they did have these incredibly pigmented (just as saturated as a lipstick) and beautifully textured (feels just like a balm) Tinted Lip Balms. I picked up two – 03 Sunburst & 04 Autumn Sun.

Sunburst (back) & Autumn Sun (front)
Sunset & Autumn Sun

At some point I decided I had to brave the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics line. I wanted to try their airbrush makeup. No, I don’t have an airbrush system, but I’ve heard the foundations can still be quite nice when applied like any other foundation. Besides, I love looking at their Lip Tars and Loose Color Concentrates. So here is what I picked up from OCC on Saturday:
OCC Skin Airbrush Makeup in R0 & R1
Lip Tar in Black Dahlia
Loose Color Concentrates in Platonic (farthest back) & Glisten (middle)
Cream Color Concentrate in Trick (front)

Clockwise from Top Left: OCC Skin in R0, Loose
Color Concentrate in Platonic, OCC Skin in R1,
Loose Color Concentrate in Glisten, Cream Color
Concentrate in Trick & Lip Tar in Black Dahlia

 

Glisten (left), Platonic (center) & Trick (right)

I went back on Sunday because I had asked for a second Lip Tar, but I guess they missed it. Plus, I wanted to try the Cream Color Concentrate in a flesh tone as an eye primer. So, Sunday I picked up the following:
Loose Color Concentrate in Technoir (beautiful navy blue)
Lip Tar in Vintage (yea! they still had it!)
Cream Color Concentrate in John Doe

Clockwise from Top Left: Loose Color Concentrate in
Technoir, Lip Tar in Vintage & Cream Color Concentrate
in John Doe

 

Technoir

On Sunday, I caved and bought two of the Color Balm Lipsticks at Stila. I hesitated because the discount wasn’t that great, Stila is pretty much everywhere, and I really didn’t need more lip colors. I picked up Isabelle, a nice neutral, & Avery, a beautiful bold peach.

Isabelle (right) & Avery (left)

 

Avery & Isabelle

And last, but my most anticipated stop, was Inglot. Inglot was mobbed at all times. I stopped there both Saturday and Sunday, although they were out of tons of stuff by Sunday afternoon. I’ll start with Sunday’s purchase because it’s smaller – I picked up:
Freedom 4 Eye Shadow Palette (I wanted to have a quad I could change around & would be more convenient for daily use)
Freedom Eye Shadow #11
Freedom Eye Shadow #52
Freedom Eye Shadow #55
Freedom Eye Shadow #407
Freedom Blush #27 (rose)
Freedom Blush #32 (shimmery rose)

I actually wanted the regular blush in #32, not the Freedom System version, but this is a nice shade that I’m sure I’ll use as well. I wanted to get a Freedom 4 Blush Palette too, but they were sold out.

I didn’t plan to get 4 eye shadows for the palette, I just happened to find 4 more shades that I decided to purchase. I guess that works well. I should have gotten a massive palette to consolidate all the shades I already have! 🙂

Clockwise from Top Left: #55, #52, #407 & #11

On Saturday, I picked up a wide array of products from Inglot. I’ll start with the face products:
Mattifying Loose Powder #32
Mattifying Pressed Powder #302
Freedom System Cream Concealer in “Peach”
Sparkling Dust
Face Blush in #29
Freedom System AMC Blush #58 (plummy rose)
Freedom System AMC Blush #68 (bright coral)

Sparkling Dust

 

I also wanted to try out their lip products, so here’s what I decided on:
AMC Lip Gloss #542 (these look so cool in the tube that I had to buy one!)
Lipstick #199 (out of box)
Slim Gel Lipstick #57 (I keep getting compliments on this color!)
Matte Lipstick #419

Top to Bottom: Slim Gel Lipstick #57, AMC Lip
Gloss #542, Matte Lipstick #419; Left: Lipstick #199

And finally, I had to get some more eye shadows. I also wanted to try their Gel Liner, so here are the eye products I picked up:

AMC Gel Liner #77
AMC Gel Liner #74 (out of box)

Freedom System Palette, 10 Square

Freedom System Eye Shadows, Top Row (left to right):
#441 Pearl (pinkish-purple duo-chrome)
#399 Pearl (rosy brown)
#154 AMC Shine (medium brown w/gorgeous shimmery sparkle)
#393 Pearl (pale apricot-gold)
#30 AMC Shine (pale white-gold w/subtle sparkle)
Bottom Row, Left to Right:
#325 Matte (deep grape)
#450 Pearl (reddish rust)
#366 Matte (coral)
#428 Pearl (navy blue)
#395 Pearl (pale white-gold)

And that whopping bunch of stuff I really don’t need, but desperately wanted, is my haul from IMATS! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed! 🙂 I certainly had a lot of fun finding it all! 😉

Best of 2012 – Favorites for Eyes, Lips and Brows

Today we have the most exciting part of makeup – the colorful stuff! In case you missed my favorites for creating a perfect canvas, you can find them here. My favorite skincare of 2012 can be found here, and my favorite body & hair care products are here. Now onto the fun!

My all time favorite eye shadows have always been from Urban Decay. Now that they have reformulated them, they are even better! Highly pigmented, wonderful texture and so many wearable – and not so wearable – shades! I also love that you can now customize your own Urban Decay palettes as well.

However, I think I may have a new favorite in Inglot’s eye shadows! Inglot’s formulas are amazing and they have a huge selection of shades. As if that were not enough, they are pretty affordable as well! The only drawback is that there are very few places in the US where you can actually see the products in person.

For eyeliners, again my favorites of 2012 have been from Urban Decay. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils come in a vivid assortment of colors and glide on so beautifully, yet last forever! These liners do not budge after about a minute. They are really wonderful, high quality eye liners. My go-to shades are “Demolition”, a deep matte brown, “Rockstar”, a slightly shimmery deep eggplant, “Zero”, basic black, and last but not least, “Perversion”, the blackest of blacks.

Demolition, Rockstar, Zero & Perversion
I guess I should have sharpened them!

A really nice, affordable alternative to the Urban Decay 24/7 liners – they’re pretty much a dupe for them – are the NYX Slide-On Eye Pencils. They are really beautiful liners that are also available in a wide range of colors. I only have one at the moment in “Tropical Green”, a beautiful emerald green color. The NYX Slide-On Pencils are definitely my favorite new find in the eye liner department!

Back to higher end pencils, the Stila Smudge Sticks are also one of my favorites. They glide on beautifully, can be smudged easily for a minute or two, then they stay all day. The shade selection is not too impressive, but the colors that are available are wonderful basics. “Moray”, a khaki green with a hint of shimmer is one of my favorite shades, and not a color you see too frequently.

The mascara I kept going back to in 2012 was the Smart Amazonian Clay Mascara from Tarte. It seems to be pretty good at all things, while not being damaging to the lashes. I will say that I am still searching for the perfect mascara, but I imagine this will be a lifelong quest! J

For my eyebrows, which need a fair amount of help, I discovered the Brow Wiz pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I really like this pencil because it comes in a wide range of shades, including one light enough for my over processed hair, “Ash Blonde.” Best of all, it looks really natural and wears quite well. I like the ease and portability of a brow pencil too, so I consider this just about perfect for my brows! J
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Ash Blonde”

Lip products have been a bit tough this year because my favorites were almost all from Revlon. Since Revlon now sells in the Chinese market where animal testing may occur, I am doing my best to avoid companies that are now available in China. So, what remains in my arsenal of favorites for lips?

Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm has been a life saver! It is inexpensive and available almost everywhere. It has a slightly medicinal scent, but it works wonders. This balm keeps my lips soft, smooth and prevents chapping. I can’t ask for much more than that!

Despite having a good lip balm, exfoliating my lips is still necessary to avoid occasional flaking dry bits. Yum! My hands down favorite is the Maracuja Lip Exfoliant from Tarte. It is gentle without being completely ineffective. The maracuja oil keeps the sugar from being too harsh, but it is not so moisturizing that the sugar just slides off. Tarte has found the perfect balance between scrubbing and moisturizing. I suppose this is a bit of a luxury product in that you can make your own similar lip scrub, but it is very difficult to make one that works as well as Tarte’s, so it’s a luxury I will continue using!

The lip color I have probably used the most in 2012 is likely a tie between Bite Beauty’s Lush Lip Tint and Tarte’s LipSurgence pencils. Both are kind of a balm-tint hybrid that lasts without drying out lips. My favorite shade of the Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint would have to be “Orchard”, which looks like a nice natural pink flush. My favorite Tarte LipSurgence is “Amused” which is a bright fuchsia that is still subtle enough that it doesn’t scream “look at my lips!” Both are very comfortable to wear and last a good length of time.

Bite Lush Lip Tint in “Orchard”

Tarte LipSurgence in “Amused”

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil in Deep Teal from Tarte Cosmetics – WOW!

Recently I was looking for a smudge-able deep green pencil eye liner that was not olive, but not a light mint or too much of a true kelly green either. In my search, I stumbled upon the new Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner Pencils from Tarte and found the perfect shade – Deep Teal! It does have a slight hint of blue to it, but it is a nice deep greenish-blue and exactly what I was seeking! Only problem? I had heard nothing about these new pencils so I took a chance and ordered one hoping for the best in terms of formulation.

As with many of Tarte’s new products, this liner’s formulation includes Amazonian Clay among its beneficial ingredients. This wonder clay helps the liner to last longer and to absorb excess oil while it nourishes lids and intensifies pigments. The liners are supposed to be budge-proof, smudge-proof, waterproof and melt-proof. The natural carnauba wax contained in these pencils is partially responsible for its long-wearing qualities, as well as making the product waterproof while it softens the skin for a smoother application. Do how well does this wonder-liner live up to these claims?

The answer: it lives up to its claims very well! It lasts all day without budging and glides on smoothly. Water does not seem to bother this pencil and the color is highly pigmented and very true. It can be worn darker or smudged for a softer look. Smudging can be a little tricky since it must be done quickly. I recommend applying the liner to one eye at a time if one wants to smudge out the look and have found that a brush designed for smudging, like the Sigma E20, works quite well. The Sigma E20 does not remove too much product like a cotton swab can and gives a nice look that blends evenly, especially if used with a bit of shadow on the brush. If left un-smudged, the pencil creates a nice distinct line that can rival any other pencil that comes to mind, but it will stay put much better! I am unsure about the oil-absorbing qualities of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Eye Liner since my lash line has never given me trouble with excessive oil, but I can say they are definitely at least water-resistant and they do not budge on the waterline. As far as Tarte’s claims about their new Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner Pencils, they seem remarkably accurate!
Sigma E20 Smudger Brush
Deep Teal

The Deep Teal is beautiful! I love this color! I wanted a greenish shade that did not scream green and this color, though definitely teal, is deep enough that it is not over the top. The pencil is really pigmented and super creamy which makes it glide very nicely over the lids. These pencils are available in 6 other shades that include Olive, Golden Plum, Black, Brown, Navy and Plum. Though I have not seen any other shade in person, the swatches look beautiful and very wearable.

 

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Liner Pencils come in a sleek, thin pencil form. The packaging is a twist up plastic tube and the liner itself is quite soft, though I had no trouble with it being prone to smushing. I am not a huge fan of twist up tubes as the point always disappears quickly, but this liner is thin enough that I am not terribly bothered by the lack of a sharp point. This liner still seems to apply in a pretty precise line. I really cannot complain about the packaging and design of the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner.
Overall, this pencil has been great and lives up to its claims! Whether you are looking for a neutral shade, or want something a little different as I did, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liners are worth a look! And I would highly recommend trying the Deep Teal if you are looking for something a little different!
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner is available in 7 shades and is currently available from tartecosmetics.com and http://www.qvc.com/ and retails for $18.00.
Smudged Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Teal

If you are looking for a great brush for smudging this, or any liner, I would recommend checking out the Sigma E20 which is available from sigmabeauty.com and retails for $9.00.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Tarte Cosmetics or Sigma Beauty in any way, nor have I been compensated for this review.

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