Colourpoppin’ Into Spring: Brows and Ultra Satin Lip Review

 

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Happy Spring everyone! Sorry I’ve been a little makeup-post MIA, but my skin was freaking out over the past month and I finally got it to behave. Listen to your Momma when she tells you less is more; I swear with all the skincare obsession you see on Youtube and social media you want to just pile it on. That’s not to say skincare isn’t important, but just remember if a simple routine works for you don’t feel the need to add this oil and that cleanser and a toner to the mix, but do always add a sunscreen for daytime. I’m loving the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel in SPF 15; it’s light, doesn’t smell like sunscreen, hydrating and doesn’t break me out! Anyway, on to this post which is all about my favorite affordable brand, Colourpop. I swear each season they kill it even more. Read on to hear my stance on their new brow and Ultra Satin lip products!

Review and Swatches

 

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Colors from left to right: Petit Four, Marshmallow, Lost, Cozy, Lyin’ King, Tansy, Frick ‘n’ Frack, Echo Park, Magic Wand

Colourpop’s Ultra Satin Lips retail for $6 and hit the market right as many bloggers and makeup lovers started to lose faith they’d get a long-wearing lipstick that didn’t dry the shit out of their lips. Well welcome the best formula I have ever worn, and I mean ever. I purchased nine shades in a variety of colors, and not one color wears any less than the others, which can often happen with darker colors that aren’t a matte. Speaking of, these lipsticks are not transfer-proof, but they do stay put on your lips for about 6 hours with eating and drinking. They are honestly the perfect lipstick. You get that longevity you love from a matte without the crusting and drying of a matte liquid lipstick. Seriously, I would hitch these things if I could. All the shades are great, but particular standouts for me are Frick ‘n’ Frack (I wear this almost daily), Cozy (the perfect spring coral with a hint of spice), Magic Wand and Lyin’ King (best name ever). 10/10

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Brow pencils in: Black N’ Brown and Bangin’. Brunette Bangin’ Brunette brow color.

So for the brows, the pencils retail for $5 each and the brow color retails for $6, I still am working with these to see how much I really like them. The pencils are much creamier than say the NYX Microbrow Pencil, and if you’re not careful you can get really heavy-handed. I personally use Bangin’ Brunette (the lighter pencil) in light strokes in the beginning of my brow through the arch. Than I use Black N’ Brown towards the tail, and brush through it all with the spoolie. I like to use the brow color if I’m going out, I think it’s  a bit intense for everyday. The one thing I don’t love about these is how long the handle/twist up is, it makes it really awkward to hold and you can only get a little product out. Overall, for the price I think these are a win, but if you don’t mind spending the extra $5, I still prefer my NYX microbrow pencils7.5/10

Makeup Look and Products

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Moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Foundation: Fiona Stiles Luminous Concrete Foundation in 01 Porcelain 

Concealer: NYX HD Concealer in CW01 Porcelain

Powder: Maybelline Masterfix Powder

Brows: Colourpop Brow Pencils in Bangin’ Brunette and Black N’ Brown with NYX Espresso Brow Mascara

Eyeshadows: 

Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic

Liner: Jordana Cat Eye Liner in Black Leather and L’Oreal Silkissime in Black

Lashes: Ardell Demi Wispies (remember to cut your lashes to fit your eye shape)!

Blush: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette– Hush

Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Lips: NYX lipliner in Ever and Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Frick ‘n’ Frack

Top: Express

Nameplate necklace: Baublebar

 

Icy Blue Holiday Look: Colourpop Blitzed Collection

ice blue holiday makeup look

It’s that time of year, where dramatic and glittery makeup looks are out to play. I’m of course talking about holiday makeup looks. There are countless options for holiday makeup looks this season, you could always go with the classic red lip and winged eyeliner, or you can try something a bit off the traditional path like the look above. Holiday looks have become even easier to create, and more glam than ever before with the slew of holiday palettes that hit the market this time of year. Just check out your local Sephora or Ulta and start putting beautiful palettes on your wishlist.

The palette I used is actually from my all-time favorite affordable brand, Colourpop Cosmetics. It’s their holiday Blitzed Palette, which features six stunning Supershock Shadows. The shadows are actually more cool toned, accept one spellbinding gold, and it was fun experimenting with the cool grays and blues. Not gonna lie, this look has Winter Wonderland written all over it, and is perfect for any party. I really love this for a Hanukkah look because of the stunning blues. As always,  swatches and makeup details are below. Have a great holiday, I’ll have more looks coming!

 

Product

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This palette retails for $30, and the case is super nice and strudy. This must be new packaging for Colourpop and I love it. There’s a magnetic closure and mirror, which is perfect for travel, you could even mix and match your favorite Colourpop shadows and store them in here. The quality, like always, is on point. You can’t go wrong with buying this for a Secret Santa party of for yourself, teehee.

Swatches

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Makeup Look

 winter makeup look

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Powder: Revlon Aqua Ready Translucent Powder

Brows: NYX Micro Brow in Brunette, Maybelline Master Brow Pro Palette in Deep Brown, and L’Oreal Brow Plumper in Medium to Dark

Eyeshadows: 

  • Crease: LORAC Pro Palette Taupe and Black on the outer crease (can use any matte light brown and black)
  • Lid: Colourpop Blitzed shadows- Inner lid- That Girl (silvery blue). Middle of the lid- Fan Girl (whimsical purple blue, my favorite shade!). Outer lid- Roller Girl (sparkly blue-black).
  • Inner corner: CP Blitzed: Valley Girl
  • Brow Bone: Morphe 35O palette beige shimmer shade (any shimmer beige will work)
  • Lower lashline: Fan Girl mixed with LORAC Pro Palette shade in Slate. Similar: Nvey Eco Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue.

Eyeliner: Top liner- Jordana Cat Eye Liquid Liner in Black Leather. Bottom liners- Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Crystal Flame (I’d probably use NYX Milk next time, this was shimmery and stung a bit). I then used Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner in black on the outer waterline.

Lashes: Ardell Glamour Demi Wispies in 105. L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black on the lower lashes.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro.

Highlighter: Becca Cosmetics Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter. Used on nose, tops of cheek bones, and cupid’s bow.

Lips: NYX Sand Pink Slim Lip Pencil, MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick, and BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Birthday Babe, which I believe you can only get as an Ulta birthday perk, but any pinky shimmer gloss will do. Similar: BareMinerals Spark Plug Lipgloss  or Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in Always Lovely.

Extras: Crop Top Turtleneck Forever 21 (these are the same style in different colors, my color was in-store)

Warm Orange Makeup Look Using Morphe 35O, Plus Swatches and Review

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I must admit, I had never purchased a Morphe palette before this one although the Queen of Youtube, Jaclyn Hill raves about the brand. She’s always talking about how buttery, pigmented, and affordable Morphe’s eyeshadows are and once I saw the 35O palette, I wanted a taste of the Morphe pie. Like many other makeup obsessed girls, this orange infused palette became a fall dream palette for me. The palette which retails for $22.99 has sold out multiple times because of its popularity. This item is permanent though and will be back in stock soon according to Morphe’s page. So do Morphe’s eyeshadows live up to Jaclyn’s and many other beauty bloggers hype? I’ll give you all the deats below! Also, this makeup look is great for an office Halloween party or festive Halloween look!

Product and Review

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Firstly, this palette features 35 shadows which is a great deal for the price. The shadows come in a pretty flimsy plastic palette which I don’t love, it feels like it could easily snap, but for the price point I’m not surprised. There are a wide range or mattes and shimmers in this palette which makes it very versatile, but I will say the shimmers perform about three times better than the mattes in my opinion.

I love the last two rows which is why I really bought this palette and they definitely performed the best. The brownish colors, especially the matte shades, need to be built up for strong pigment. I also felt a lot of the shades were extremely similar, but the uniqueness of the orangey hues made this palette worth it. The shadows I used blended nicely and were very pigmented.

My verdict: If you want affordable eyeshadows, these are a nice option, but I really only think the last two rows with some various other shades are worth it. You can see in the below swatches the lack of pigment/smoothness in some of the shadows. You could get the browns with better pigment by drugstore brands; I like NYX’s Matte Shadows. I’d give this palette an 8/10. I know I’ll get a lot of use out of many shades and hopefully some of the mattes work better on the eye than in a swatch. P.S. Morphe sells many similar shades individually if you don’t want to buy this palette for a few shades.

Swatches

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First and 2nd row of shadows (lightest shades starting from wrist up to darkest)
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3rd and fourth row of shadows
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5th and 6th
Morphe 35o swatches
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Makeup Look

fall makeup look with orange shadows full orange eye look

Products:

Primer:  L’Oreal Lumi Primer

Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way in Porcelain

Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Brunette, Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown (I really like these powders, they’ve replaced my Brow Bar)

Eyeshadows: To prime I used my concealer. Below is a photo of the colors and a detailed bullet point of each part of the eye I used each shadow on. I’m counting rows across the top to down, not across horizontally.

  • Crease- Last row 1st and 3rd shadow, blended out with the 4th row’s 3rd shadow
  • Lid- Last row, last shadow with 2nd to last row last shadow on the outer lid and 4th rows first shadow on the inner portion.
  • Inner corner-  2nd row, 2nd shadow down
  • Browbone- 1st row, 1st shadow
  • Lower lashine: 5th row, 3rd shadow, blended out with 4th row, 3rd shadow

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Eyelashes: Ardell 120 Demi Wispies, L’Oreal Telescopic

Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Gold, topped with Tarte SmolderEyes in Brown

Blush: Covergirl Instant Cheekbones (named rubbed off, it’s the peachy one!)

Highlight: Colourpop Highlight in Butterfly Beach topped with The Balm’s Mary Lou-Minizer

Lips: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Miami Fever by Kathleen Lights (hands down takes the cake for best liquid lipstick I’ve ever used. Not drying at all and stays all day). Kathleen normally has 40% off these, this color is well worth it, I haven’t tried any others but I really want to.