Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Melt Cosmetics Impulsive Pressed Pigment Palette

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The Melt Cosmetics Impulsive Pressed Pigment Palette is the latest palette from the brand. I haven't purchased anything from them in quite some time, and the colors in here really caught my eye, so I figured I would give it a go!
The palette itself is VERY heavy. I was not expecting it to be so weighty when I received it in the mail. It also drives me nuts because with the way it closes like a book, the shadows basically lay on top of each other. There's no divider between them to keep fallout from one shade getting into another, and I find that really annoying. It did come with 3 little plastic strips that were placed inside, so what I've done since with mine is taped the plastic strips in there on one side so that I can flip them back and forth and they'll stay in place. Then I won't have to worry as much about shadow contamination with the different shades.

That being said, that's my big negative for the palette - the packaging. The colors, however, are excellent!

This first half of the palette is more matte/colorful shades.
2012 is a matte mustard yellow.
Rule Breaker is a matte orange.
Go Getter is a shimmery corally pink.
Dream Big is a matte brick reddish brown.
CEO is a metallic medium brown.
Boss Lady is a matte plum.
Game Changer is a matte bright green.
Profesh is a matte olive green.
Bold is a matte burnt orange.

The second half of the palette has more muted/metallic shades, no mattes.
Makeup Junkie is a mauvey metallic pink.
Warehouse Partyis a metallic dusty coral with gold and green reflects.
Poppin Bottles is a baby pink with green shift.
Shots is a metallic grey with pink shift.
Tipsy is a metallic blue with multicolored sparkles.
Cross Faded is a deep metallic periwinkle.
No Regrets is a greyish lavender with pink and green shift.
Morning After is a metallic mulberry with blue reflects.
Drunk Text is a metallic charcoal with iridescent reflects.

While I do find most of the matte shades in here to be very dry, they still perform well. I think because it's a "pressed pigment" palette, that's to be expected. The metallic/shimmer shades are all SUPER smooth and pigmented. I really enjoy the shades on the whole right side of the palette and have been leaning more towards those since I got it, but I do quite like the colors on the left side as well. I think if you are a fan of Melt this is definitely a must-have. I just wish they had thought the packaging through a little more because for anyone like me who is super careful about not getting shadows mixed together, the fact that they sit on top of each other when you close the palette drives me batty!

Tips To Avoid Foreclosure

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Tips to Avoid Foreclosure

According to the latest statistics as revealed by the ATTOM Data Solutions Q1 2019 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, there were nearly 162,000 properties undergoing the foreclosure process. Of course, that’s one statistic that few homeowners would ever want to be part of, but it can and does happen to some of the best of it. Perhaps you purchased a home among Hamilton real estate a few years ago, or refinanced to meet expenses, and find yourself unemployed due to lay off or a medical condition. Or, you could be one of millions of Americans who took out a subprime ARM (adjustable-rate mortgage) and are set to have your interest rates raised to a much higher percentage.
The better news is that these tips can help you avoid foreclosure so that you can stay in your home.

Understand Your Rights

Go through all your loan documents and read them thoroughly so that you understand what your lender might do if you are unable to make your payments. Find out about foreclosure laws and timeframes in your particular state by contacting the State Government Housing Office, as each state is different.

Contact Your Lender ASAP

If you think you’re headed to foreclosure, be sure to reach out to your lender as soon as possible, before your credit is seriously damaged. If it already is, you won’t have as much negotiating power. Most new programs aimed to help people avoid foreclosure are targeted to those who aren’t dealing with credit problems. Keep in mind that the further behind you get on your mortgage payments, the more difficult it will be to reinstate the loan, and the more likely that you’ll end up losing your house.

Speak to a HUD-Approved Housing Counselor

A housing counselor, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, can help you understand your options and the law. They can also help you get your finances organized and even represent you in the negotiation process with your lender.

Consider Selling Assets for Cash and/or Getting a Second Job

If you have assets like jewelry, a second car, whole life insurance, etc. that can be sold for cash to help reinstate your loan, you may want to consider doing so. Think about what’s most important, for example, having a roof over your head and occasionally having to walk and perhaps use public transportation or losing your house altogether. If you don’t have anything you can sell, think about getting a second job. Either effort demonstrates to your lender that you’re willing to do what it takes to stay in your home.

Don’t Pay a Company to Negotiate with Your Lender

There are for-profit companies out there who are likely to contact you with a promise to negotiate with your lender, for a hefty fee. While they may be legitimate, don’t fall for it. The money that you give them could be going towards your mortgage payments. Why would you do that when you could get help through a HUD-approved housing counselor, which, as mentioned, is free.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

ColourPop Blue Moon Palette

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The ColourPop Blue Moon Palette is their latest in the monochrome line of palettes and this one is a blue theme!
I've really been enjoying the monochrome palettes from ColourPop lately. Wasn't psyched for blue being the next one because the makeup world is kind of drenched in blue palettes lately, but I couldn't pass on it because I've got all the others, right? (That's what I tell myself anyway lol)
This is definitely a true monochrome palette here. Every shade is a shade of blue!

Lumi is an iridescent blue shimmery highlight shade.
Da Ba Dee is a matte cornflower - slightly chalky but when you blend it a bit it looks much better.
Moonlite is a pale baby blue matte.

Starry Eyed is a matte bright blue.
Billie Jean is a metallic denim.
Tide Pool is a shimmery bright aqua-blue.

Mad About U is a metallic medium blue.
Fine China is a matte true blue.
Clued In is a matte deep navy.

Da Ba Dee and Clued in both need a little layering to help them reach their true potential, but other than that this palette is great quality-wise. We always see a great selection of finishes in ColourPop palettes, and I really have to hand it to them for being able to do that with every palette they put out. That being said, this one for me is not personally a "one and done" palette that I could grab and get my full look out of unless I was specifically going to do crazy blue eyes. Whenever I use blues I like to pair browns with them to tone it down, so in using this palette I definitely have to grab another one to use along with it, or single shadow or two from my collection. Not a huge deal, just thought I would mention it! On the other hand, if you are into a full blue eye then this is definitely going to be a fave of yours!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ColourPop Main Squeeze Palette and Birthday Treat Super Shock Shadow!

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I was super excited to see that ColourPop's new Main Squeeze palette was a RED one! I figured we weren't going to get this until at least Valentine's Day next year...but they made it a watermelon palette and gave it to us! So, for all my fellow red shadow lovers, here it is. I also received a free Super Shock shadow in the shade Birthday Treat because it's their 5th birthday already!
Unfortunately mine arrived broken, but because of its squishy consistency, it's really not hard to press bag together and therefore isn't a big deal. Still works the same! Birthday Treat is a really pretty glittery copper-orange. Definitely an awesome color for summer!

The Main Squeeze palette is super cute - all red with gold seeds on it.
There are of course 9 shades (this is one of their smaller palettes, just like their pink, purple, and green ones) and most of them are shades of red.
Frose' is a matte coral.
Juicy Fruit is a reddish orange with metallic gold.
Home Slice is a satin pinky red.

Like It's Hot is a matte bright red.
Maraschino is a red with gold sheen.
Big Gulp is a matte orange.

Seed Money is a matte terracotta.
Bay Watch is a metallic copper.
Red Bottoms is a matte brick red.

All of these shades are great. Like It's Hot is an awesome bright red, slightly patchy but can be built up. I only wish they had named that one Red Bottoms instead, because the ACTUAL Red Bottoms color is more brown than anything. That's my one little gripe with it - other than that, these shades are awesome! At $12, you can't beat these little palettes!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Formulate Shampoo + Conditioner

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A while back, I was contacted by Formulate and asked if I would be interested in testing their custom shampoo & conditioner. I've put together this blog post to talk about my journey with Formulate! There's also a giveaway at the end of this post so be sure to enter for your chance to win your own set! (Or you can order HERE).

The first thing I had to do was take the survey. It was super quick and simple, just asked a few questions about my hair (color, thickness, texture, etc.) and what I was looking for in a product. I said that I wanted help with split ends, color protection (since I dye my hair regularly), thermal protection, frizz, and curl definition. I have really thick, kinky-curly, course hair that drives me bonkers and never does what I want - so I knew this would be a good product test!
For starters, here is a picture of my natural hair:
It's often pretty frizzy, I have a hard time defining my curls without a ton of products, and tend to straighten it a lot to make it more manageable! So that is how we started out.

In about a week and a half after filling out the survey and placing the order, I received the products:
They were packaged really nicely, with much appreciated pumps included (seriously, I LOVE shampoos and conditioners with pumps. Less fumbling in the shower!) The scent I chose was "At Dawn," which is a nice floral scent. It also let you choose the intensity of the fragrance, which I really liked. I chose the strongest, because I like my hair to smell good and almost be "perfumed!"

They send a pamphlet that talks about what you chose, along with an ingredients list, and some info about the main ingredients. But, if you go on their website under your account, you can see all of the ingredients used, an explanation of what they do, etc.  
The main ingredients in this first set were Pumpkin Seed oil, Broccoli Seed oil, and Lactic acid. The scent was amazing, and I've been referring to it as a "time-released scent," because I always catch whiffs of it randomly when I'm just sitting still. I LOVE that about it! They do warn you beforehand that your hair might get greasy at first until it adjusts to the formula, and to give it a fair try by using it for 6 washes. I did this and my hair just wasn't getting used to it. It felt pretty heavy and weighed down, like I had a lot of product in it, and it was very greasy. Here is a photo for reference:
So I had been in touch with the Formulate representative who had originally contacted me, and I let her know my hair just wasn't adjusting. She went ahead and reformulated for me, and a couple weeks later I received another set. Same fragrance, different main ingredients. This second set had Polyquaternium-37, Argan oil, and Hemp Seed oil as the main ingredients. 

With this second set, I immediately felt a difference the first time I used it in the shower. My hair felt clean and light, not weighed down with product like it had before. It still had that same awesome scent that I liked from the first batch, so I was happy about that as well. My hair seemed to adjust to this set immediately. It was pretty cool that they nailed it on the second try!

I really enjoy that the shampoo and conditioner are formulated for my curls, because during the summer I haaaaate straightening my hair! Any time I can find something to make my curls look good, I embrace it and wear my hair natural during the hot months. Who wants to mess with heat tools when it's 90 degrees outside? My hair is soft and my curls are defined without me having to glop a bunch of gel and curl scrunch mousse into my hair, and I really appreciate that.
It's important to note that through this whole journey I was in contact with a representative from Formulate that made the process so easy to understand and helped me out a lot! They are super responsive when you email them, so if you have any questions you will definitely receive a response in a timely manner.

Now for the pricing info and all that jazz! The bottles are 14 oz. and it is $49 for the set. There is a lot of work that goes into getting your formula right so that it actually works for you. If you are interested, you can order here.

Enter to win your own set here: formulate.co/u/sullenxriot182

*The products were sent to me for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Jeffree Star Blue Blood Palette

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The Jeffree Star Blue Blood Palette is finally here! This is such a unique looking palette, in both the color story and packaging, that I knew I had to snag one. I LOVE blue eyeshadow, even though I don't wear it too often because a lot of blues can be tricky to work with. I like that there's a lot of "different" blues in this one, colors you don't see too often in palettes. The palette itself is coffin-shaped and the little baby blue chrome clasp on the front is gorgeous! I initially thought the palette would be plastic from all the photos I had seen, but it is in fact cardboard. Very sturdy and well-made, though. There is a large mirror inside. The palette is pretty big, as it is the same length and width as Blood Sugar but slightly thicker because of the raised top to give it that coffin look.

Now let's get into what the inside looks like!
There are 18 shades, and some of them have cute little designs stamped on them just like in his last few palettes. As you can see, there are some neutral shades in here which are much needed in a palette like this to help blend out and tone down the brighter, harsher shades.

Cullinan is a shimmery white.
Mintea is a matte pale mint green.
Crystal Flesh is a metallic pinky champagne.
I'm cold is a matte baby blue.
Untouchable is a matte baby pink.
Priceless is a matte pale peach.

Power is a matte blue-gray.
Blue Blood is a matte bright blue.
Deceased is a metallic aqua blue.
Ice Tray is a metallic icy cornflower blue.
Blue Monday is a matte bright blue. This one is a drier texture and pretty patchy.
Fluorishing is a matte bright teal.

Wealthy is a matte cream.
Celebrity Skin is a matte beige.
Entitled is a metallic teal.
Ocean Ice is a glittery metallic deep blue.
Cremated is a matte greenish grey-blue.
Undertaker is a matte deep navy.

As far as the quality of the shadows, this palette is pretty on par with the Blood Sugar palette (which still happens to be my absolute favorite from JSC). However, there are a few that have a drier consistency and take a bit more work to get them to apply well. The first is Blue Monday - that looks like a super bright blue in the pan, but feels dry and applies patchy. It's definitely the worst in the palette. Ocean Ice is another that feel pretty dry and gritty because of the larger glittery particles, and does not really pick up on a brush. However, it is BEAUTIFUL applied with your finger. It's almost like once it's blended on the skin, the larger particles just melt into a metallic awesome finish. And lastly, Undertaker is a pretty dry one as well, but it isn't too terribly hard to apply. Just needs a little extra blending and it's great!

I really enjoy the palette so far and I'm happy that shades like Wealthy, Celebrity Skin and Priceless were included to help blend the darker shades! It is DEFINITELY not a palette for everybody, but I've got to say it's beautiful and something unique and different to add to my collection!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

ColourPop Disney Villains Collection

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I picked up a few things from the ColourPop Disney Villains collection, so I figured it might be better to put everything into this one post rather than review the items separately. I picked up the Misunderstood eyeshadow palette, the Ursula collection, the Just Your Voice Jelly Much eyeshadow, and the Do I Look Like I Care Glitterally Obsessed.

This is the first Glitterally Obsessed glitter I've tried, and I've gotta say, I am impressed! It is essentially a thick glitter paste that dries down and becomes pretty budge-proof, but still is easy to remove. This one is described as a multi-dimensional silver with a coppery rose gold flip. It's got so much glitter packed in, some holographic, and so many colors it's absolutely GORGEOUS! It does say that it is for body use only, so that is definitely worth noting. It's got all different sizes of glitter in it, so I would use it with extreme caution if you're putting it anywhere near the eyes.
I tried to get it from a few different angles so you could see how pretty it is!

I also had never tried a Jelly Much shadow before, so Just Your Voice is my first! I have never been a big fan of cream or gel-type shadows, but this formula is really nice. It does feel sticky at first, but dries down and doesn't crease. The color itself is a black base with a shimmery turquoise shift. Really cool!

Now the mini sets come with a highlighter, lipstick and Ultra Glossy Lip. The Ursula highlighter is called Poor Unfortunate Souls:
It is a pale shimmery iridescent lavender that gives the skin a really nice glow. Definitely looks more purply in the pan than it does on the skin, but that's not a huge deal to me because if it were more purple on my face I think it'd look odd!

The Ultra Glossy Lip in this collection is called Sad But True. It's a clear gloss with a blue iridescence that really shows up better over a dark lipstick.
The gloss smells like vanilla cake and has a nice little brush tip applicator.
This is the first gloss I've tried from them, and I really like it! It wears for a good amount of time without being too sticky.

The Lux Lipstick in the Ursula Collection is called Ursula, and it is a matte blackened plum shade.
I love darker colors like this for the fall, so I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of it right now. But I love this formula! It's very comfortable and not drying. It also glides on nice and smooth.

Now for the eyeshadow palette:
This is a 15 pan palette and it's got a great color selection! The first row to me is pretty neutral, then we've got some color, and the bottom row is all darks/jewel tones.

First row from left to right is:
No Spots - matte white
Mongrels - metallic champagne pink
Diablo - metallic lime
Devious - matte terracotta
Tragic - matte soft beige

Underworld - metallic bronzey copper
Pain & Panic - metallic gold with pink flecks
Forest of Thorns - shimmery orchid
Flotsam - metallic pale pink with blue glitters
The Fates - matte deep blue

Revenge - deep black with silver glitter
Sing - metallic dark brown with hot pink/gold duochrome sparkles
Jetsam - metallic blue-black with teal shift
Facile - metallic deep olive green with gold flecks
101 - matte charcoal

I've reviewed so many ColourPop palettes at this point that I don't know what else to say - I always love them! The Pain & Panic shade feels sort of gritty with those pink glitters in it, but it doesn't seem to hurt its performance. That's really the only thing that stands out to me as anything negative. The 101 color is described on the ColourPop site as a matte black, but it's definitely more gray than black. Other than that, everything applies and blends beautifully! I really like that there's a little something for any look in this palette. There's enough matte and neutral shades for a minimalistic daytime look, and then you have the really sparkly dark shades for a fancy night time eye! Definitely pick this one up if you're a fan of the colors - they won't disappoint!