Saturday, December 8, 2018

ColourPop Rendezvous and Sweet Nothings Palettes

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The ColourPop Rendezvous Palette is one of two Ulta exclusives for the holiday season. I spotted them as soon as I walked into the store the other day, and had to snatch them up!
12 shades, $16. I say it all the time but you can't beat that! I always rave about the quality of ColourPop eyeshadows and of course this one is on par with all of the others.
There's not much to say that I haven't said already in previous ColourPop reviews, so let's just get into the swatches!

My Treat - shimmery super pale pink
Our Secret - metallic pink berry
Style & Grace - matte medium pink
Want You Back - matte mauvey brown

Shake It Off - matte cranberry (a little dry/patchy)
Catch - metallic pumpkin orange
Release - glittery teal
Fling - golden champagne

Two Birds - metallic gold
Textual - matte deep reddish berry
Never Never - metallic purply brown with gold sparkles
Let's Do It - matte black

The standout color to me in this palette is definitely Catch. It is the prettiest, boldest orange I have seen so far in one of their palettes. Absolutely love that one! Shake It Off is the only one that gives me a little bit of a patchiness issue, but that's probably because it's got that drier-than-usual feel to it.

The other palette, Sweet Nothings, is a little less bold and more neutral.
It also has 12 shades and is $16. Above is a photo with flash, below is one with no flash.

Outta Luck - matte cream
11:11 - metallic peach
Canele' - shimmery lilac with a gold sheen
Pretty Cruel - matte mauve with gold glitter

Come and Get It - metallic rose gold
On the Rise - shimmery purple
20 Something - metallic peachy gold
Upon a Star - metallic rose

Sparks Fly - matte deep brown
Popular Demand - matte caramel
Tuile - matte dusty plum
Mousse - matte blackened purple

This is an all-around solid palette. Very pigmented, all the mattes are great! That rose gold Come and Get is shade is so ridiculously pretty, I've been using that as an all over lid color and it is just so glowy and gorgeous!

Both of these palettes are available online at Ulta and in Ulta stores!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Jeffree Star Alien Palette

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The Jeffree Star Alien Palette was a must for me. I used to be obsessed with alien stuff when I was a kid (as most 90s kids probably were) and the colors in this one are so gorgeous. I've got to say, Jeffree's palettes are all very different from one another color story-wise, and I really respect that. We're not seeing the same batch of colors regurgitated into different palettes. I snagged mine from Beautylish!
The box that it came in is pretty cool - it's a metallic purple galaxy print. The palette itself kind of gets my OCD going because it's hard to store. The shape of it is awkward, and the eyeballs are 3D so it doesn't lay flat against anything. I do think it's neat looking, I just hate that it's difficult to store with the rest of my palettes.
There is a decent sized mirror on the inside, and the lid folds all the way back in case you want to flip it underneath the palette and not use the mirror while you do your makeup.
There are 18 shades, very cool toned, a mix of mattes and metallics. It's definitely got a lot of neutral options, but has bold pops of color in there as well. The formula is amazing, and probably my favorite out of all of his palettes so far. He mentioned that they're the same as Blood Sugar's formula, but I think these are even more creamy and blendable. Let's check out some swatches!
Pluto - shimmery iridescent peachy pink
Titan - matte pale cream
Alien - metallic lime
Interstellar - gray duo-chrome shade that has a bit of gold/green shift to it
Abduction - matte neon yellow green
UFO - metallic deep gold
Gravitea - matte beige
Martian Soil - matte mustard yellow

Flying Saucer - matte true green
Phone Home - matte mauve
Moon Rock - metallic olive
X-Files - matte medium brown
Ghost OG - matte blackened olive
Area 51 - matte bold purple
Space Cowboy - metallic reddish brown
Probe - reddish brown base with a strong turquoise shift
Tall Grey - matte grey
Black Hole - matte black

The entire palette performs amazingly. That Flying Saucer shade is the only one that needs some building up, but even then it performs pretty well. I definitely love the colors in here, love that it's not something you see too often, and love that the mattes are so creamy!! This one is definitely worth checking out if you've been eyeing it!

Friday, November 16, 2018

HUDA Beauty The New Nude Palette

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This is my first ever HUDA palette! I know, I know - where have I been? Truth is, I've talked myself out of the previous HUDA palettes because let's face it - I have WAY TOO MANY eyeshadow palettes! But this one was too pretty to pass up. I was super intrigued by those chunky looking shades, and just wanted to try it for myself. The New Nude Palette is a beautiful everyday, subtle-to-glam palette that I think most makeup lovers are really going to love.

The packaging is simple - and has a giant mirror on the inside, which is always a plus. The whole palette is very rose gold/mauve, which I really, really love. There are 2 pressed glitters, four of those crazy looking chunky shades, and in the lower left you have a super sticky concealer/base for really making the shadows pop.
So the first thing I was curious about were those chunky looking shades. Which, in fact, aren't chunky at all! They apply so smoothly and have a lot of dimension to them. They even pick up great on a flat brush, which I wasn't expecting because of how they are pressed. I thought sure I would have to apply them with my finger for the best results, but they perform beautifully with the brush!

The concealer/base is something I wanted to try right away too, because those things never seem to work for me when brands stick them in palettes. And guess what? This doesn't crease on me at all! If you've followed my blog for a while, you know I have super oily lids and there are only really 2 primers that I ever use because none of the others work. This one happens to be super sticky too, which really grabs onto those glittery shades.

Now let's get into the swatches!
For the first row from left to right we have:
Bare - matte light cream
Crave - metallic warm copper
Play - matte peach
Fantasy - metallic plum
Love Bite - matte blackberry
Spanked - matte cranberry

Lace - matte pinky lavender
Daydream - metallic warm pink
Tickle - matte warm pink
Excite - coppery red pressed glitter
Infatuated - peach/gold/copper pressed glitter
Kinky - warm plum pearl

Concealed - cream colored concealer base
Secret - matte warm peachy pink 
Tease - matte deep mauve
Raw - matte warm brown
Charmed - metallic warm brown with a pink pearlescence 
Teddy - matte warm beigy tan

I really, REALLY enjoy this palette. The mattes are up there with my favorite formulas. Everything blends amazingly and applies like a dream. The pressed glitters aren't the best, but to be honest I never use pressed glitters anyway. I may try to work these into some looks for the holidays. The rest of the palette is an absolute dream and I'm so glad I finally tried out something from HUDA Beauty!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

cariPRO by Smile Br!lliant

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I recently received the new cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush from Sm!leBrilliant to try out and review for you all. This is an amazing toothbrush (and way more affordable than others on the market!) 
The first thing I noticed is the look - it's super sleek and fancy looking! It's not too heavy, has a nice long neck and feels good in your hand. The brush itself is waterproof just in case you're someone who likes to brush in the shower. It's also got a charging base that is included in the box - at full charge the battery will last 30 days.
The brush heads are really nice because the backs of them have the tongue scraper - definitely eliminates the need to have an extra tool sitting around. It also comes with a charger/stand that doesn't take up too much space:

There are 5 modes on the brush that all do different things.
Clean: Standard mode for daily cleaning
White - Most powerful cleaning mode for removing surface stains, polishing and vigorous deep cleaning
Massage - Gentle gum pulsation for gum stimulation. For complete coverage, use this with another cleaning mode.
Gum Care - Gum mode for gentle cleaning along the gumline. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.
Sensitive: Ideal for users who find the default clean mode slightly too aggressive. This mode is tuned well for those who have sensitive gums and teeth.
My take:

I myself have pretty sensitive teeth, but don't find the default clean mode to be too much to handle. It is definitely strong, but not bothersome. My whole mouth feels like I just had a cleaning at the dentist after I use it!

The white mode is definitely the most powerful - you really feel like you're getting a deep cleaning when using this one.

Massage mode is really invigorating for your gums. Again, I feel like I just went to the dentist when I use this along with the regular cleaning mode.

Gum Care is really helpful, as I feel like it really gets in there along the gumline and cleans everything out. My dentists throughout the years have always told me how I'm prone to tartar buildup and my enamel is soft, so I always try to keep up with flossing and gum care. This brush just makes it easier!

Sensitive mode is a little gentler than the normal clean mode. Like I said, I can get away with clean mode but if you have pretty sensitive teeth, this mode will be your best friend.

I am so happy with this toothbrush. Keep in mind that I'm a pretty "rough brusher," so I had to get used to letting the brush do the work for me. Once I got the hang of it, this has become my favorite part of my night and morning routine. I had been using a Spinbrush for a few months and wow, what a difference. I love that this is so much more powerful, because it actually gets the job done. Years ago I had an electric toothbrush that had the interchangeable heads that my whole family used, and it worked pretty well but was more expensive than the cariPRO, as were the refill heads. So for this to be $119 for the individual package and $13 for the 2 pack of replacement heads, it's awesome. I think with the holidays coming up, this will make a great gift for people as well!

Like what you see? You can get yours now at Smile Brilliant
Have questions? You can also check out their FAQ page!

 You can also take 20% off the toothbrushes when you use code sheputshermakeupon20 at checkout.

Would you like to enter to WIN your own cariPRO? Giveaway Link: Enter to Win!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PUR x The Grinch "Good Enough to Steal" Palette

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I happened across this adorable palette when I was in Ulta, and couldn't believe I hadn't heard anything about it yet. PUR Cosmetics did a Grinch palette! They also have a few other items in the collection - a face mask, liquid liner set, a set of 4 mini masks, and then China Glaze did a Grinch nail collection as well.

The palette is an all-in-one - it has a highlighter, blush, 2 pressed glitters, 8 shadows, and a lip balm. I swatched it in store and was very impressed with the quality - I've never used any PUR palettes before, so I was pretty excited for this!
The palette is set up like a gift box - you lift the lid and there's a little 3D pop-up Whoville scene inside. Then you pull the palette out from underneath. It does have a cute heart shaped mirror inside the lid that says "The Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day."
The palette is shaped like a heart, and does pull all the way out so that you have easier access to all the shades.
The "Moody" lip balm is so cool - it's green, but goes on pink and stains your lips so it's pretty long lasting. It has sort of a spearmint smell to it, so not your usual peppermint scent.

From left to right we have:
Feeling Frosty (highlighter) - White golden champagne
Mr. Grinch - metallic green pressed glitter
Cave - matte beige
Maaaax! - metallic champagne
Sly One - matte cranberry
Leave Now - black with rainbow sparkles

Heart of Who (blush) - medium pink with slight golden sheen
Naughty - metallic cranberry pink pressed glitter
Who Cares - olive green with god shimmer
Loathe - warm metallic gold
Cindy-Lou Who - satin cranberry
Booorring! - brown with gold shimmer

All in all, I think this palette is pretty adorable AND works really well. The "Sly One" shade is the only one that's a bit patchy - everything else performs beautifully. I will absolutely be using this for all my holiday looks this year!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

ColourPop Ooh Lala Palette

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ColourPop marketed this Ooh Lala! Palette as part of a Mean Girls collection, so I had to grab it! It's a mostly pink shadow palette, which I feel is not for everyone, but the colors are great!
It's a small 9 pan palette, so it was $12 (a few dollars less than their regular palettes).

The shades are:
Tickled - a pink and champagne sparkly topper (it's pretty sheer)
Soft Core - muted matte coral
Poodle - matte medium pink

Big Sugar - hot pink with peachy shimmer
Opulent - bright fuchsia
Sandbar - matte hot pink

Trove - matte berry
Caddy - matte deep violet
Moon Struck - metallic peachy champagne

It's a gorgeous little palette! The Caddy shade does need a bit of layering to build up the color, but all the other shades are wonderful. I do love that ColourPop does mattes so well, because that Sandbar is the matte hot pink I've been looking for for a very long time!!