Mia Adora Bold Lash Extreme Effect Mascara

Hey there, How’s it going? I am doing as good as can be at the moment. I was recently sent the Mia Adora Bold Lash Extreme Effect Mascara Gel to try, and to review. This is not a sponsored post, this mascara was sent out of no obligation and with “no strings attached.” All opinions of products sent to me or otherwise, are honest, and my own. Okay, now that we got that part out of the way, let’s get on with the review…

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The link that I was given for this mascara is linked to Amazon. I had never heard of Mia Adora Beauty, but they do sell some other products as well. The packaging is black, simple, and the design of the wand makes it easy to hold onto. The brush is bigger and the bristles look shorter in the photo above, but in person they’re not that short. I just think they’re placed closer together, which really helps with separating your lashes. Their description claims that this mascara has a new and improved formula. They claim it’s clump free, smudge proof, water resistant, and Paraben & SLS free. It’s supposed to have a special formulation that adds “incredible length, volume, and curl.”

Here is a picture with the left eye coated with the mascara and the right eye without…
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A picture with both eyes done…
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I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this mascara, but I was quite pleasantly surprised!  ALL of the claims do seem to be true! I had found myself in a little bit of a mascara slump lately, until I tried this one. My natural lashes are very light, short, and sparse. They usually won’t hold much of a curl and will stick out straight. I found this mascara to be very lengthening, volumizing without being overly clumpy, and the wand did a great job of separating my lashes as well.

In the pictures above, I only really used one coat of mascara on each eye. It didn’t seem to take forever to coat my lashes. Normally, I just loathe the process of applying mascara because it seems to take forever! Another claim is that this mascara is supposed to be made for all day wear, I didn’t experience any flaking, and this mascara is listed on the Amazon link as being cruelty-free. I didn’t have much of problem removing this mascara either. It can be removed with gently wiping your eye with eye makeup remover or warm water with your usual cleanser.

If you’re interested and would like to purchase this mascara, you can click here to check it out. This mascara retails for $9.97 on Amazon. I was given a discount code as well. You can get 25% off using the code MIA25NOW. I don’t get paid if you use it or anything, it’s just a discount code they gave to me to give to my followers.

Well that’s it for this post. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a great week and take care! ❤

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September Boxycharm: Featuring the PÜR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Hello there, how’s it going? I’m finally getting this post up! I realize it’s October already, and I’m just now posting about a September box. Though this post might be helpful to you if you’ve been considering purchasing the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. I will also be talking about the other items in this box as well. I have tried everything, except for the MAC brow liner. I don’t use brow liners anymore really, and stick to my Milani Brow Fix Kit. I do have a picture of a swatch of the MAC brow liner, and can try to tell you what my first impression is from that alone. The theme for the September Boxycharm box was Boxy Baddie.

For those of you that don’t know about Boxycharm, this is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $21/month, but you receive 5 (or in this box’s case 6) items a month. The items are usually a mix of makeup, skin care, hair care, or even a nail polish. These are usually  full-sized items. There might be a rare deluxe size, but I can’t recall that happening. September’s box contained $141 worth of products! That is a great deal for only $21/month. There is usually a waiting list that can last a few weeks or up to a month or so. 

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First, we’ll take a look at the PÜR Soiree Diaries palette. It’s definitely the star of September’s Boxycharm.  This palette retails for $34. It contains 4 matte shades, 4 satin shades, and 4 shimmer shades.

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This palette is a good mix of neutral, copper, and bronze shades. I read that you can use the colors in the vertical rows, from top to bottom, to create different looks. That does make it easier if you’re not sure what colors you want to put together. The pictures down below are pictures of each row with pictures of their swatches underneath. These are all finger swatches done without primer.

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Most of these shadows are very pigmented. When I say most, I’m talking about the first 2 rows. The bottom row of shimmers do look pigmented in the finger swatches. However, I had a hard time using a brush to apply the shimmer shades. I had to use my finger, but it was still a little difficult to build up the color on my lids. I felt like I had to really dig in there. I am not fond of whatever formula they used for the shimmer shades. I really like the other shades. They blend well and I had no trouble with applying those. I will still keep playing around with it, It’s a nice neutral palette to have.

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The next item, is the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. This size retails for $20. I really like this one a lot. After shampooing, you just apply this to your hair and leave it on for 10 minutes. I like this a lot because it’s not too heavy. I have a lot of hair, but it’s more fine. This mask doesn’t weigh down my hair and it’s just the right amount of conditioning if you deal with oily roots. It won’t make your hair feel greasy at all. I liked it so much, that I bought another online from the Briogeo website for a backup for when this one runs out.

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This is the bareMinerals Face Perfecting brush, it retails for $28. It was meant to be used with the bareSkin liquid foundation. It has a “fluid reservoir” that is designed to hold your liquid foundation…

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This brush contains synthetic fibers and is very soft. I was really excited to get this brush. It’s really convenient to be able to pump your foundation on this brush and I think it works well. It’s not my most favorite face brush to use. I would rather use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush instead. I feel like that one works better when it comes to buffing out my foundation. This brush was more difficult to clean. The foundation would get caught deep down in the middle, and you really have to get down in there to get it cleaned properly. If you received a different variation of September’s box, don’t feel too bad. The other variation contained some eye brushes I believe.

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This is the Studio Makeup Luminous Loose Blush. There is no shade name listed, and it’s not listed for sale on the actual Studio Makeup website. The only place I could find to purchase this blush, is on the Boxycharm website or on Amazon. This blush retails for $35. It’s such a beautiful shade! I would normally not be too thrilled to get a loose blush because of the mess, but it’s so worth it! It looks very natural and is long-lasting. I feel like this shade is very flattering for my skin tone, and it’s the perfect shade I’ve been looking for, but I just didn’t know it! Some of the other Boxycharm subscribers received the Studio Makeup Translucent Loose Face Powder.

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Everyone received a Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in various shades. I’m not a fan of the Ultra Matte formula, but I do like the Ultra Satin and Glossy formulas. This retails for $6. I got the “greige” shade Mess Around. When I opened my box and saw this shade, I was kind of excited to try such a different shade. I normally go for nudes, pinks, or peachy shades. I tried it on though and was disappointed. It just did not look how I imagined it. I just don’t think it’s right for my skin tone, and I probably won’t be wearing it again. There are a lot of people that can pull off this shade, but it wasn’t for me…

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Lastly, is the MAC eyebrow pencil in the shade Lingering. This retails for $18. I had heard that we were going to be receiving MAC in our boxes, but I was surprised to see a MAC eyebrow pencil. There were two different shades that you could get in your box. The other shade is Spiked, which is a much darker shade. There are a total of 10 shades on the Mac website. I haven’t used this on my eyebrows because like I said, I have been really happy with just using my Milani Brow Fix kit. I like using powders because they just look more natural on me. I”m not sure if I will ever actually use this pencil. I’ve only swatched it (picture down below), and it feels a little more on the drier/stiffer side. Though that is just my first impression from swatching it.

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Here are a couple of pictures of myself wearing some shades from the PÜR cosmetics palette, and I’m wearing the Studio Makeup blush. I used the shades Mogul, Gala, Twinkle, and Stunner. As you can see, the Twinkle doesn’t really show up on my lids. My lids are not twinkling…

Well that’s it for this post. I really do like Boxycharm and I highly recommend them. You can check out their website here. If you didn’t catch it, you check out my August Boxycharm post here. As much as I do love Boxycharm, I have decided to cancel my subscription for now. I canceled it because I feel like I’m pretty overwhelmed with makeup right now. How can that happen right? I will probably sign up again sometime in the future. The only subscription that I’m getting right now is Ipsy. I can do a post on this month’s Ipsy bag, let me know if that’s something you would like to see and read. Feel free to ask any questions about this post in the comments. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Take care! ❤

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***Edit: After seeing a November sneak peek, I re-subscribed to Boxycharm. It happened sooner than I thought!***

Boxycharm August 2017: Beach Please

Hello there beautiful faces! I think I’m on a little roll with this weekly posting thing. That’s my goal, it’s great to set goals. I hope everyone is enjoying their week. Who got to watch the eclipse on Monday? My Mom had purchased the special glasses way ahead of time, so she shared them with me. I got to check it out without burning my eyes. There will be another one in 2024 actually. If I get to travel to Toledo, OH for it, then I would be right in the direct path! So exciting!

In this post, I’m sharing what I received in this month’s Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription service. You get 5 full-sized items! No deluxe or small dinky samples here. Though, deluxe samples can be nice too. This subscription is $21/month. Taxes are applied to Florida and Connecticut residents. The shipping is free in the United States, but it is an additional $5 for each box for Canadian subscribers. Boxycharm only ships within all 48 contiguous states and all provinces/territories in Canada.  They state on their website that they hope to ship internationally in the future. There is a waiting list usually, though I only had to wait a few weeks when I resubscribed this past winter. Occasionally, they do wave the waiting list…it doesn’t happen too often, but it’s great when it does.

I think this subscription is a great deal because you get about $100 worth of product for only $21/month! Sometimes it could be a little over $100, or maybe a little less. Either way, you get to try out some more “high-end” brands such as Tarte, PÜR Cosmetics, Ofra, and even a couple of more affordable brands such as Colourpop. The CEO/Founder announced himself, that a few of the brands that we will see in boxes for the remaining of this year (2017), will be MAC, Becca, Cover FX, and more! There is also supposed to be more Dr. Brandt as well.

This month’s theme is “Beach Please.” The Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette (Volume II) is perfect for this theme. The Tarte palette is definitely the “star of the show” in this box. Some people love Tarte eyeshadow palettes, and some not so much. I love them very much, so this palette is such a treat for me. ❤

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Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow palette

This is a limited edition palette, it contains 8 cool-toned shadows. There are volume’s I and III palettes as well. On the Tarte website, it claims that these shadows are a crease-free formula, and a very creamy formula. Since this is a post just about what I have received in this month’s box, these are my first impressions that I get from the finger swatches done without primer…

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Going from top to bottom are the shades: pearl (white shimmer), rip tide (steel blue), breezy (shimmering slate), siren (dark brown), seaside (chestnut), marina (caramel), sunset (yellow gold), and conch (off white). 

Judging from the finger swatches, these shadows look really pigmented, and they did feel creamy to the touch. I’m really excited to add this palette to my collection. I love the cool tones in this palette, even though I tend to gravitate more toward warm tones. I like having something a little different in the mix. This palette retails for $36 on the Tarte Cosmetics website.  However, it is listed for $18 at this moment on the Sephora website. I am not sure how long it will be listed for that price.

I really love mermaids, and I feel like this palette will look really nice with my mermaid beauty decor I’m going to set up. Just look at the packaging of the palette itself in the picture down below…

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I am just loving the sea theme! ❤ Excuse my little quilt as the background. I haven’t gotten to the store to pick up some new white boards for my photos. I really had wanted to have tested these products out for this post, but I have been feeling under the weather this week. It’s been a really rough week for me concerning my health. I just thought I would do a post to talk about Boxycharm the subscription itself, and share what I got this month. You will recognize the feature image from Instagram. I like to reuse those for posts when I can. I am also reusing photos from my instastories/snapchat. I thought why not, I’m not feeling up to retaking new pictures, so these will have to do.

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Beauty Crop #GRLPWR Matte Liquid Lipstick in Date Night

Next up, is the Beauty Crop #GRLPWR Matte Liquid lipstick in the shade Date Night (rasin brown). Beauty Crop claims that this liquid lip is intensely pigmented and long wearing. It’s also supposed to be comfortable to wear, it contains shea butter and Vitamin E. It’s not supposed to “cake, flake or dry out.” This is such a beautiful shade!

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In the picture above, it’s freshly applied and hasn’t quite dried down matte yet. I think this will be beautiful to wear in the fall, or anytime really! I;m excited to try out the formula and I hope that it lives up to the expectations of being a comfortable matte. This lipstick retails for $14.95 and can be purchased on the Beauty Crop website. ***Edit: Reviews on this liquid lipstick aren’t very good at all. I’m reluctant to even try to apply it. Everyone says it comes off & balls up very quickly, and it’s very drying. Such a bummer!*** 

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Moda Pro 3-piece Brush Set by Royal & Langnickel

You not only get one makeup brush, but a set of 3 makeup brushes! This set contains a pointed blush, chiseled blender, and a crease brush. These brushes are very soft and can be used with both wet and dry products. The Moda Pro brushes, will not be available until this fall on the Royal & Langnickel website. The Boxycharm website lists this brush trio for $26. You may have seen some of the Moda oval brushes at your local Walmart store. I actually have a set, I just haven’t gotten into them yet… #beautybloggerstruggles

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Pro Eyelashes by PÜR The Complexion Authority in Diva

Next, we have the PÜR Pro Eyeslashes in Diva. These are cruelty-free luxe lashes, and these are “handcrafted by the finest luxury silk to provide ultra-lightweight, natural looking, fuller lashes.” Is being made from silk cruelty-free? Or maybe it’s “faux-silk,” does that it exist? I don’t know too much about silk…but these are supposed to be durable, reusable, and safe for contact lens wearers. If anyone has any insight about silk or “faux silk,” let me know in the comments section. These retail for $14 on the PÜR Cosmetics website.

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Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Ebony

Last but not least, the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel liner in the shade Ebony. Bellapierre claims that this eyeliner is creamy, waterproof, and lasts all day. It’s supposed to glide on smoothly and is “formulated with pure minerals, natural waxes, and antioxidants-making them hypoallergenic and safe for all skin types.” This eyeliner comes in 6 different shades on the Bellapierre website, and retails for $15. From the little swatch that I did on my hand, it looks like a typical black or black/brown gel eyeliner. I probably wouldn’t pay $15 for it. It is cruelty-free, so you could factor that in as well.

Well that’s all that came in the box. I hope to use these products soon and post a look with them on social media. I could also come back and do an update post on what I think after actually using these products. I would like to start including what I receive from my monthly subscriptions each month. I would also like to be sure to try out the products ahead of time to give you my opinion on them. I hope that is something that you would like to read about. I always love reading and seeing what everyone gets in their monthly boxes or even what they purchase in their ‘hauls.’ If you would like to subscribe to Boxycharm, you can click HERE on my referral link, you don’t have to. I hope that you enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week! 🙂 xxoo

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Jouer Springtime in Paris

Hey there beautiful faces! ❤ How’s your week going? Mine hasn’t been too eventful. My boyfriend and I recently took my Mom out to lunch for her 60th birthday. That’s quite a milestone! It seems like there are a lot of people I know that have their birthdays in August. Anyway, enough with the small talk. We’re here to talk about the Jouer Cosmetics Springtime in Paris Eyeshadow palette. Jouer is a new favorite brand of mine. You might recognize the feature image from my Instagram. I just recently ordered and purchased this palette from the Jouer Cosmetics website. *I am only starting to use it, so as a disclosure, my thoughts in this post are only my initial thoughts.* I also ordered the powder highlighter in Rose Gold and the high pigment lip gloss in the shade “Champs-Élysées.” Champs-Élysées is an avenue in Paris, France by the way. I’m not really THAT sophisticated, I just googled it.

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This palette was inspired by the cherry blossoms lining the streets of Paris. it contains 12 shadows. There are 8 matte shades, 4 metallic shades, and 1 satin shade. I think that’s a pretty nice mix myself. The plastic packing is a light blush pink with a shiny gold design on the cover. This palette seems like it would be very easy to keep clean, which is nice. There is a nice-sized mirror inside the palette, and I think this palette would travel well. A couple of times, when I tried to open it, it was a little bit of a struggle. So, it’s pretty secure!

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The shades in this palette are wearable for any time of the year, and you could get many looks from it. I see myself using the darkest shades more as liner shades. For some reason, I always get a little scared to use dark shades on my lids themselves, maybe this palette will help me overcome that fear.

Here are some watches. These are finger swatches without any primer. That’s how I usually do my swatches.  Here are the top row swatches…

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Middle Row…

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True Gold (warm metallic gold), Camel (warm matte light brown), Midnight (cool metallic navy blue), and Rouge (warm metallic burgundy).

Bottom Row…

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Cinnamon (warm metallic chestnut), Ash Brown (deep matte ash brown), Amethyst (warm satin purple), and Slate (cool matte graphite blue).

I listed the shade names and their finishes according to what the Jouer website lists them as. It seems like some of the mattes still have some traces of fine glitter in them. I’m wondering if that’s just because they are stored with metallic shadows, and it spreads around in the palette? Let me know what your thoughts are on that. The shade Midnight, isn’t as pigmented as I thought it would be when I swatched it. Of course, add some primer or use a wet brush, and it could be just fine on the lid. I did use it as a liner shade on my lower lash line. You will see that in the pictures down below. I probably should have sprayed some setting spray on my brush to get Midnight to pop more on my lower lash line, and maybe even extend the wear time.

Jouer claims these shadows are crease resistant and are long-wearing. Well, I totally screwed up testing that…After I got home from lunch today, I took a nap in the afternoon. I fell asleep for 5 hours! The shadows were still there when I woke up, and still visible on my lids. I did’t notice too much creasing either. However, since I was sleeping, it’s hard to really judge their performance. I’m so so sorry for that! I was really tired!

Tip: If you’re ever having trouble with a shadow’s pigmentation: A) Be sure to use a good eyeshadow primer. My favorite is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. B) Try applying the shadow to your lid using your finger. Not the most ideal way to apply shadow, but it definitely helps in some circumstances! (C) Try wetting your brush, spray your makeup brush with setting spray before application.

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For my eye look: I used Petal as an all over base, Camel as a transition/crease shade, True Gold all over the lid, Ash Brown for the outer corner, Crème as a brow bone & inner corner highlight, and Midnight on my lower lash line.

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I didn’t use any liner on the top lid, I didn’t want it to take away from the eyeshadow.  I used Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on my Top lashes, and Tarte’s Maneater mascara on my bottom lashes. The Maneater mascara seems to work great for that, and it’s also great to use for when you’re applying false eyelashes.

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The True Gold shade didn’t show up too well on my lid in this picture. It shows up more like a gold “sheen.” I was just going for a more neutral everyday look, with a pop of color on the lower lash line. On my brows, I used the Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light and the Essence Make Me Brow gel in blondy brows.

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For the rest of my makeup…I used the Glossier Moisturizing Primer, Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation in the shade N0, W3ll People Bio Brightener Invisible Powder, Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in dollface, Bareminerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder in Glow, and Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray to set my makeup. On my lips, I used the Jouer High Pigmented Gloss in Champs-Élysées, which I love! ❤ The perfect “my lips but 10x better” shade. It’s very smooth, creamy, and pigmented! I love that it’s NOT sticky whatsoever! I completely forgot to use the Jouer highlighter in Rose Gold. It slipped my mind! Maybe I will do a post on highlighters soon.

Overall, I love the Jouer Paris in Springtime palette.  I feel like it was worth it, and am so glad I purchased it! I thought about getting the newest Jouer Shimmer Foils palette, but I’m not quite THAT fancy! Haha! 😀 Maybe I will change my mind about it later…I don’t know. A link to the Jouer Paris in Springtime Palette is HERE. That’s it for this post! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! Have a great week!

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New Product Favorites

Hey there! I am back writing a post…finally! I meant to get this post up sooner, but I had a lot going on. It just seems like summer has been really busy with moving and everything. I wanted to get a post up today, because I am going out of town for a couple of days this weekend with my boyfriend. We’re finally doing something fun on his days off. We’re going somewhere neat, and maybe I will post some pictures on here next week. 😉

In this post, I just wanted to share some new favorites of mine that I’ve tried recently. These aren’t products that I’ve been using long-term, I’ve just been using them for a little bit. So my thoughts on these products are sort of like first impressions. I just wanted to disclose that. I thought I would choose 5 things that I’ve been using lately and am really loving!

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First up, is the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation. What drew me to wanting to try this foundation, was that it claimed to have a natural finish. I am more into natural finishes and satin finishes. With my skin type, I feel like a matte finish isn’t as flattering on me. Matte foundations are great for oily skin or even for combination skin. I guess my skin is more Normal to Dry. So when I put on a matte foundation, I feel like my face is stiff and and it just looks all wrong. I am getting older now and am in my 30’s, so I have some fine lines beginning to form. I feel like matte foundation just accentuates that on me.

This foundation is a water-based foundation. It is hydrating, and actually leaves you with a beautiful dewy finish. It’s very light feeling on the skin, and is buildable for a medium-full coverage. This foundation is meant for Normal to Dry skin types. However, I’m thinking they have other foundation(s) suited for Oily to Combination skin. This foundation contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to protect your skin from free radicals. This foundation does NOT contain sunscreen, so definitely apply some sunscreen to your face beforehand. This foundation does NOT Contain Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, or Talc.

I have the shade N0, which is for fairest porcelain skin with neutral undertones. They have 40 shades, and cater to a full range of skin tones. They have shades for pink, neutral, and golden undertones. You can check them all out here. They have shades for deep skin tones for women of color, and shades for very fair skin like mine. I am really impressed with their shade range. Here is a picture of a swatch of the Cover FX in the shade N0, compared to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in 0.5, and L’Oreal’s True Match in Porcelain W1…

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The Urban Decay foundation has pink undertones, while the Cover Fx is more neutral. Of course, the L’Oreal has more of a yellow undertone. It was hard to get a good picture. I took this picture in natural light. Cover FX is listed online as being cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a great foundation, I think I like it even more than my Urban Decay Naked Skin. I’ve used a blending sponge and a brush to apply this foundation. They both worked really well, I didn’t feel like one worked better than the other. It was easier to achieve a more fuller-coverage using a brush. It just depends on your preference.

 Next up, is the W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Invisible Powder. It’s an ultra-fine loose powder that is supposed to look invisible, and it’s supposed to be a universal shade. It claims to blur fine lines, and soften imperfections. I think it definitely lives up to those claims. I like to use this with the Cover FX foundation, I’ve only used this combination together. My foundation does last a long-time, so it could either be the foundation itself and/or the powder helps as well. This powder is hypoallergenic, chemical free, cruelty free & noncomedogenic. It does NOT contain parabens, gluten, GMO’s, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance, pheonoxyethanol, dimethicone, PEG, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, lead, mineral oil, or talc. In the photo below, I blended some in on my hand. I didn’t want to blend it in too much, so it would still be somewhat visible, if that makes any sense? I don’t know, maybe I should’ve blended it in more so you can see it being invisible…

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It actually really does blend into the skin very well. I ordered this from the Target website. You can also order it from the W3LL PEOPLE webite as well. On the W3LL PEOPLE website, you can order the full size pictured here, or a mini size. It does cost a couple more dollars ordering from the Target website. W3LL PEOPLE is not only a cruelty-free brand, but also a natural brand.

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This simple little palette is the Bh Cosmetics Matte Warm Eye To Go Palette – 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette. Unfortunately, this palette is no longer available right now on their website, which saddens me. I’m really sorry about that! I got this as a free gift when I ordered their Solar Flare Baked eyeshadow palette. They have other 6 color eyeshadow palettes here. I’m hoping that they will bring this one back though. Bh Cosmetics makes some great eyeshadow palettes that are budget friendly, and they’re another cruelty-free makeup brand. I do have to say, some of their products can be hit or miss. Just do your research though and read reviews. 😉

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Here are the swatches. All of these shadows are matte, as you can see. They’re nicely pigmented, blend well, and I think this little palette is nice to have when you want to create a simple look, and it would be nice to take along with you when you travel. I like using the cream shade as a base color for all over, and I like using the upper right corner shade in the palette and the lower left corner shade to use as a transition shade and as a crease shade. It’s nice to have something that I got as a free gift work out so well for me.

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This is the Glossier Cloud Paint in the shade Dusk, this is a blush with a gel-cream formula. If you don’t normally like cream blushes, you might actually even like this! It’s not greasy at all, it’s lasting, and blends into your skin so nicely and seamlessly. You can just use your fingers to blend it in. There are a total of 4 shades you can choose from. I also have the shade Beam, but I would love to get Puff eventually. You can check out the shades here.

In the pictures above, is the cloud paint in the shade Dusk. I have it blended out on my hand, so you can see kind of what it looks like blended out. You really don’t need to use very much and you can keep building it up to how you want it to look. The cloud paints were inspired by the NYC gradient sunsets. Glossier is another cruelty-free brand as well.

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Last but not least, is the Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bare With Me. Bare With Me is a peachy pink nude shade. I am normally wary of matte lipstick because of how drying it can be. I didn’t think this one was too drying. It was also long-lasting, though it did wear off toward the center of my lips, but that usually happens with most lipsticks. It felt light on my lips, I did notice slight transfer when I kissed my boyfriend on the cheek. It held up nicely though through eating and drinking.

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This is such a beautiful shade! I highly recommend it! I purchased this shade along with the shade Stone, from the Ulta Beauty website. Dose of Colors is only available online. You can also purchase from the Dose of Colors website. Dose of Colors is a cruelty-free brand as well!

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In this picture, I am wearing all of the products I talked about in this post. You may recognize this photo if you follow me on social media. My cheeks look extra rosy in this picture because of my flushing from Rosacea…I just wanted to mention that real quick. Every product mentioned in this post is cruelty-free. I don’t buy all cruelty-free, but I am trying to be more aware of my purchases. Well that’s it for this post. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section down below. I will do my best to answer any questions. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! ❤

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Taking a break…

Hey there! I just wanted to write a post here to let you know that I’m taking a break from the blog for a little while. I haven’t been able to spend time on it as much as I’d like to. I just have a lot going on lately and will be back when things settle down. 

I have had some health stuff going on lately, no worries though, I’m okay. I’ve had a lot of appointments though, and in between the appointments, I’m just trying to take care of myself. 

On top of that, I’m also apartment/townhouse hunting. I have a list of places I’m interested in, but have yet to get out to actually look at them, and go there in person. My significant other has some vacation time starting next week, which would be the best time to finally get out and look!

 I’m looking to move as soon as possible. So in the meantime, we have to start some packing and get a head start on that. I’m not moving very far, just would like more of an “upgraded” place to live. 

Going along with my health stuff, I’ve been diagnosed with Rosacea recently. I just started treatment for that a little over a week ago, and am trying to stay away from trying any new or different makeup/skin care products for a little bit. My skin routine is definitely more simple and gentle now. I plan on trying to only wear makeup on special occasions for a little while. 

Not that I haven’t bought and hoarded my share of makeup lately…Though, I need to chill for a while and go on a no-buy/low-buy. Anyhow, I will still be active and present on social media of course. I have some pictures and things to share on Instagram as per usual.

I also have the WordPress app on my phone and will still recieve and reply to notifications. Though I don’t get too many comments these days, due to my lack of effort I’m sure. I do apologize for that as well. Thank you to those of you that do read my posts and comment. It’s very much appreciated! I hope that everyone has a great weekend! I will be back soon! 💋

P.S. You can connect with me on social media if you would like to, if you don’t already. There are icons in my side menu. Also, if we’re friends on Instagram, don’t forget to check out my Instastories. I post random things and makeup things on there often. ❤ xo

The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Hey there! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty uneventful, as usual it seems. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get this post up, because my laptop was being slow, but my boyfriend fixed it. Thank goodness for our significant others that have skills! I am going to be talking about one of my top favorite eyeshadow palettes in this post. My best friend Brooke, the bestest friend in the whole wide world!!! Got me this palette for Christmas, along with a few other nice things…some bare minerals things! I just want to give a shout out to her, and say “Thank you!” again! Brooke is a fellow blogger/youtuber. You can follow her here: Brooke-Leanne ❤ She also has a YouTube channel, which you can find on her blog. I believe her most recent post has a video in it.

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I have been using this palette for quite sometime now, and have used most of the shades in it. I’m sure many of you have read many reviews on this palette already. It’s not exactly brand new, but it’s new to me and maybe it’s something new to you. These gorgeous shades are infused with the sweet smell of peaches! If you are really sensitive to scents, then you might want to forgo this palette. I notice a light scent, nothing overpowering that I can detect. I don’t notice a scent lingering after application either. This palette contains 18 shades, and all of the pans in this palette are the same size. I’ve noticed in other Too Faced palettes, they have a couple of bigger sized pans for certain shades. Down below are pictures of what each shade looks like. These are finger swatches applied without a primer.

The First (Top) Row

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Left to Right: White Peach (matte vanilla cream), Luscious ( pearl peach champagne), Just Peachy (shimmering peachy pink), Bless Her Heart (Golden Moss), Tempting (Bronzed Black), and Charmed I’m Sure (matte medium cool brown).

2nd (Middle) Row

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Left to Right: Nectar (pearly peach cream), Cobbler (peachy pinked bronze), Candied Peach (matte coral with violet shimmer), Bellini (gilded peach), Peach Pit (satin perfect raisin), and Delectable (matte smokey amethyst).

3rd (Bottom) Row

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Left to Right: Peaches n’ Cream (matte milky peach), Georgia (matte peachy pink), Caramelized (dark gilded bronze), Puree (metallic dark bronze), Summer Yum (matte gingerbread), and Talk Derby to Me (shimmering black violet).

Aren’t those shades gorgeous!? Warm peach shades are some of the most flattering shades I can wear (I think so anyway ha!). Just looking at this palette gets me excited for the spring/summer time. These shades are very pigmented, apply beautifully, and blend out nicely. I find myself reaching for this palette A LOT! Not only is this palette beautiful, but the packaging is too cute! It’s set in a sturdy metal/tin type of palette. Though mine does have a little dent on the bottom…I don’t know how that happened, but oh well! I don’t know if it’s supposed to have a magnetic clasp, but mine doesn’t stay shut too well. So that is a downside, and something to think about if you plan on traveling with this palette.

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As you can see in the picture above, there is a mirror with the cute little sweet peach design. I don’t mind that it kind of blocks part of the mirror, I don’t usually use the mirrors too often in my palettes. In the next couple of photos, I am showing you a picture of my eye look that I created, and will have details about my makeup listed below as well.

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Makeup Details

Face Primer – Jouer Anti-blemish and Matte Primer.
Foundation – Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour wear hydrating foundation in 0.5.
Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape in Fair.
Powder – Maybelline Better Skin in Porcelain.
Bronzer – Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer.
Blush – Essence Satin Touch in Satin Coral.
Highlighter – Wet n’ Wild mega glo in Precious Petals.
Brows – Milani Brow Fix Kit in Light. Essence make me brow gel in blondy brows.
Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
Eyeshadow – Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette. Base – Peaches n’ Cream, Transition/Crease – Puree, Lid – Candied Peach, Outer Corner – Delectable, Patted on the center, Brow bone, Inner corner – Bellini, and Lower Lash Line – Puree toward the outer corner to the middle and Bellini from the middle toward the inner corner.
No eyeliner.
Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational.
Lips – Realher liquid lipstick in Lady Love, and Realher lip pencil in I Am Unstoppable.
Setting Spray – Urban Decay Chill.

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This palette is available at Ulta, Sephora, and of course the Too Faced website for $49. I also have the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting palette, if you’re interested in a post about that. If you have any questions about this palette or any of the makeup I used listed under the ‘makeup details,’ feel free to ask me in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Jouer Long-Wear Liquid Lipstick

Hello there! Long time, no blog! Well I don’t think it’s been too long, but long enough anyway. Who knew spring was going to come early this week? I hope you have the same warm and sunny weather I’ve been having here. I have a positive review for you here today, on the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick. That’s the longer name for it anyway. I didn’t want to write ALL of that in the title of this post. Not that I haven’t had long post titles.

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“This weightless, long-wear liquid lipstick offers full coverage color with a soft-touch finish that glides on smoothly and lasts all day.” – Jouer website product description

I only have the shade Bronzed Rose so far, but I recently just ordered 2 more! Funny thing, is that I saw these on the Forever 21 website in the makeup section. They’ve actually added quite a few different brands. I was really surprised to see Jouer on there, and I had been curious about these liquid lipsticks. Last I knew, they still had the shade Penny on there, but that was it. I also ordered that shade from the Forever 21 website as well. The 2nd shade I ordered, was Dulce De Leche from the Nordstrom website. So, I am excited to try those shades as well.

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The Bronzed Rose, is a gorgeous metallic cool deep rose shade. It is full-coverage and goes on very smoothly. It feels light on the lips, dries down quickly, and really is long lasting. It lasted through eating and drinking. It’s not overly drying on the lips. Obviously, it’s going to be a little drying because it is a liquid lipstick. I normally don’t like liquid lipstick, but I am making an exception for this one. I just loved it so much, that I needed two more in different shades! I am really anxious to see if they perform as well as this one.

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The packaging is clear with a black top. The wand is a doe foot applicator, it’s a nice size, and it’s easy to use. Normally liquid lipstick has round packaging, where this one does not. It has kind of an indent on one side. I am thinking you can connect these together? I’m not completely sure, but I assume that’s why it’s there. If anyone knows for sure, let me know in the comments. I guess I will find out one way or another when I get the other two I ordered.

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The picture down below, was taken before I went out to dinner. So lipstick is fully intact. I paired it with my Laritzy lip liner in the shade Roseberry. Though I really don’t think you need to wear a lip liner with this lipstick.

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Here is a photo with how it looked after. It wore off a little bit toward the center of my lips. I really don’t think it looks bad though. I think it’s just the lighting in the picture and the shine on my lips that make it appear as though it came off more. If you look at my picture above, it pretty much looks the same, same lighting and all.

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Overall, I really love this liquid lipstick. I love it enough to buy two more, when they’re priced at $18 each. You might recognize my before picture from Instagram. Be sure to follow me on there, I will be posting what the other two shades look like. Well, that concludes this post. I hope you enjoyed it! If you have tried the Jouer liquid lipstick, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Also, don’t be afraid to just say hello! 🙂  Thanks for reading! ❤

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Thank You Hippy Lip!

Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’ll admit, that mine has had a bit of a rough start. I was meaning to get this post published much sooner, but it’s better late than never right? I won this amazing giveaway in December from Kristy from her blog Hippy Lip. She sent me the Sephora Favorites – Give Me Some Bold Lip set, along with a full-size Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in the shade Stepping Out. She also included a Colourpop highlighter in the shade Churro, which is extremely generous! Thank you so much Kristy! ❤

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First, I’m going to talk about the Give Me Some Bold Lip set. I will go over each shade and tell you my thoughts…

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[There will be swatches at the end of the descriptions. I am going in the order of most favorite to least favorite…I can’t tell you how long they wear for, these are just my initial impressions.]

Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in R49 Belly-Dancing – This one was my favorite out of the bunch, and has become my perfect shade of red ❤ The formula is very creamy and very hydrating. I loved it so much, that I ordered the full-size. I also really want to check out the other shades in this collection. I highly recommend that you do too.

Ciate London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick in Head Over Heels – This shade can be described as a “fuchsia berry” shade. I really liked this one as well. It felt really comfortable on the lips for being a liquid lipstick. I was really surprised with how smooth my lips looked after applying it. If you have a problem with liquid lipstick because it’s too drying, definitely give this one a chance!

Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Yaassss -This was definitely an interesting shade of purple to try. It is described as being Lavender. This one was lightweight, but a bit more on the drier side. Good exfoliation and some lip balm can help out a lot when wearing this lippy.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Aubergine – Aubergine is a nice deep eggplant shade. The formula is matte yet hydrating. It doesn’t seem too over drying. I feel like Sephora picked some great options for bold lips with this set. This crayon is supposed to be waterproof, and I am looking forward to testing that out later.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in An Affair -This shade is very similar to the Bite Beauty Aubergine crayon. You will see that when we get to the swatches down below. This shade is described as being a deep plum. The Bite Beauty is perhaps a little bit deeper of a shade. This lipstick is very moisturizing and has a satin-matte finish. I absolutely love the color of this one! The only reason that I put this lower on the list, is because it does bleed a lot. I didn’t use a lip liner, so obviously, you will need to use a lip liner with this lipstick.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned – This is one made it to the bottom of the list, not for it’s super dark color, but because it’s very patchy when you’re trying to apply it. That can happen with darker shades though, and this shade is described as black cherry. Does this put me off from trying other shades of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick? No. I really want to try one of the lighter shades and see how well that performs. I heard the lighter ones work much better.

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Finally! The swatches! Going from left to right: Tarte’s Yaassss, Ciate London’s Head Over Heels, Sephora’s Belly-dancing, Bite Beauty’s Aubergine, Laura Mercier’s An Affair, and Kat Von D’s Damned. All of these shades were pretty hard to remove from my arm, especially Damned. That one did not want to budge!

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Next, I’m going to be talking about the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out. I have the other Sephora Favorites Lip set that has the mini of this lipstick. So it will be nice to have a full-size to keep at home, and a mini one to throw into my purse. This shade is described as being a deep nude. To me it is a very brown-toned nude, but it’s a gorgeous shade! This lipstick has a matte finish, and claims to be long-wearing as well as waterproof.

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Such a gorgeous creamy formula! It’s very lightweight too! I also love the wand, which I have pictured down below…

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Now I’m going to finish up this post by talking about the gorgeous Colourpop highlighter in Churro…

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Churro has a pearlized finish and is a coppery peach shade, with gold shimmer and silver glitter. Colourpop’s highlighters are so smooth and have buildable pigment. Down below is a picture of what it looks like as a swatch and blended out.

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I have a couple of other Colourpop highlighters as well, let me know if you would be interested in seeing those. I could do a post, or even just some swatches on social media. OR I could even share with you all of my collection, which would have to be done on Insta-stories, or it would be a really long post to write! Anyhow, what are some of your favorite bold lip products? Or Colourpop products? Let me know in the comments down below. Thank you again to Kristy from Hippy Lip, I really appreciate everything you sent me! ❤ Definitely check out Kristy’s blog and give her a follow. She is an amazing blogger! 🙂 I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

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Rose Tones: The L.A. Girl Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review + Other Drugstore Comparison Swatches

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” I don’t know why, but that William Shakespeare quote came to mind when I was typing out the title to this post. In today’s post, I am going to be talking about a newer rose toned eyeshadow palette. I will also have some pictures of swatches from other similar drugstore palettes for comparison.

So yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. I guess I just got caught up with the holidays and then got off track a little bit. I am sorry about that. I’m still trying to find my balance. I have my personal life, a little bit of a social life, and then there is this blog/social media life. You all get it, I’m sure. Anyhow, let’s get on with this post…

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Hmm, this palette might look a little familiar to some of you? It looks like the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to me, but it’s not. It’s the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. It could be a possible dupe, though I cannot say for sure since I don’t own the Naked 3 myself. This palette is apart of the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection. There are 3 other palettes in this collection, but they don’t resemble any of the other Naked palettes. The packaging isn’t my favorite. It’s like a flimsy cardboard, glued on to this plastic palette. It does have a mirror in it, but it’s not the greatest. Part of the flap has a little window to see the shadows, and the other part is a mirror just big enough to see your eyes when looking at it. There is a magnetic closure which is nice. It comes with an eyeshadow applicator/small flat brush. I’m sure some of you makeup snobs are turning your noses up right about now, but don’t discount the sponge tip applicator. Sponge tip applicators are extremely useful when packing shadow onto the lid.

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The picture above, doesn’t really do much justice for how it looks in person, but these shadows were surprisingly pigmented. Yes there is fall out, but I have yet to find a good eyeshadow that has none. That’s really not an issue for me though. This eyeshadow palette is very inexpensive, and contains 12 shades. On the L.A Girl website, this palette is only $10, and you can find L.A.Girl in select CVS stores. However, I didn’t get mine that way. My boyfriend was placing order on Amazon, and this palette showed up as an add-on item for only $6.49. He thought I would like it, and added it to his order. He did very good! Normally, I don’t recommend ordering makeup online if it’s not from the company’s website or a reputable website like Ulta/Sephora. This palette came from Amazon itself and not some other seller, so I thought it would be okay, and I’m still alive!

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I really love this palette! It’s one of my new favorite palettes now. It blends out nicely, not that I’m a blending expert…but I feel like I will get a variety of looks from this palette. According to the L.A Girl website, they state that they’re cruelty-free, and they do not test their products on animals. I went to the PETA website, and they are listed as not testing their products on animals.

The L.A. Girl website only ships within the U.S and Canada. Though don’t be too bummed out just yet. If you visit ikatehouse.com, you can get a majority of their products shipped internationally, and they are an authorized reseller.

Comparison swatches from other similar drugstore palettes…

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3

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I really love this palette too. It’s very similar to the L.A. Girl Nudes palette. You get 12 shades in this palette as well. This palette is only $7 on the Ulta website.

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Maybelline Blushed Nudes

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I’ve had this palette for a long time now. I thought I really loved it at first, until I tried other similar eyeshadow palettes. Honestly, I don’t ever reach for it. It’s my least favorite of the palettes I mention here. Only a few of the shades are pigmented. This palette costs a little more, it’s listed for $9.99 on the Ulta website. I don’t think it’s really worth it though. Some shades, you can’t even really see…

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Covergirl TruNaked Roses 

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This palette is newer to me, and I picked it up not too long ago. It only contains 8 shades, but I really do like this one a lot. I also have the nudes and the jewels version. I guess the only one I don’t have, is the goldens. This palette is listed for $11.99 on the Ulta website. It’s the most expensive one that I mention here. These shades are pretty pigmented, with the exception of the 3rd shade from the left blending into my skin tone. This is the only palette in this post, that has actual shade names. From left to right: Almond, Champagne, baby, rose gold, copper rose, dusk, mauvergine, and mousse.

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I’m sorry I don’t have the greatest picture quality in this post. I’m going to try to work on that. I think I need to try to work more with natural light. I am just more productive at night it seems. Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed reading this post. I also hope that everyone is having a great start to 2017!

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