Monday, January 8, 2018

Kat Von D x Billie Joe Armstrong Basket Case Anti-Precision Eyeliner

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Anyone who knows me or has followed me on social period for any amount of time will know that Green Day is my favorite band of all time, ever. I am also a huge fan of Kat Von D and her makeup line, so for me this Basket Case liner was a match made in heaven.
The box has the same design as the pen itself, which has "Basket Case" printed on it in the Dookie album font. The shade is called "Insomniac Black," which leads me to wonder if we will see more shades in the future? Fingers crossed!

The tube is a twist-up style, my favorite kind because that means you don't have to sharpen it. I find sharpening eye and lip pencils EXTREMELY annoying because they always break on me! Now, this is called "anti-precision" because it's meant to be bold and thick. The crayon is super soft and makes for a great eyeshadow base or smudgey liner. You have enough time to smudge it and work with it when you need to, but once it's set, it does not budge! I've found I need an oil based makeup remover to fully take it off. And it is DARK. Think Kat's Trooper liner, but in soft crayon form. It's awesome.

Because it's so long lasting, I don't have as much of an issue with it disappearing off my waterline like I do with most other liners. I've seriously stopped bothering wearing liner on my waterline for that reason - now maybe I can start again!
It started off with a pointy tip, but of course as I've been using it, the point is becoming a nub and will soon be a big smudge stick type tip. It does have a sharpener on the end that pops off, in case you want to get the point back!
I apologize for my super dry hands, but here are a couple of swatches! That is just one swipe on each of them - just the tip was used on the left, and I used the side of it for the one on the right.

Bottom line is, if you want a big, bold liner that doesn't budge and lasts all day, this one is for you. It works GREAT as an eyeshadow base when you're doing a bold smoky eye!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo. Today I bring you a review of the Argan shampoo. 

This is an 8 oz. bottle and retails for $9.99. It's for all scalp types and is meant to help build thick, luscious locks, nourish the hair and scalp, rejuvenate hair to make it softer, moisturize, repair dry/damaged/brittle hair, help in stopping hair loss, and make hair more manageable.
The formula lathers up really well, just like the Tea Tree shampoo does. I love it when I get a lot of luxurious suds from a shampoo, and this one definitely delivers that! It has a very, very light scent to it - just enough to say "hey, that's pleasant," but it doesn't overpower or scent your hair much at all.
I would definitely recommend this if you're having issues with dry hair, because it moisturizes really well and helps your hair to feel much softer. I tend to use heat tools a lot on my hair, and this definitely helps the fly-aways and frizzies that come with it!

You can purchase the shampoo here:

You can request a free sample from them here:

And for a good read, check out their post about dermarolling!

*Disclaimer: This products was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Lime Crime Diamond Dew in Pixie

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The Lime Crime Diamond Dew Liquid Glitter Eyeshadows were very intriguing to me, so I knew I had to try at least one. I went for Pixie, which is a pale purply pink with a greenish duochrome. Lots of sparkle and dimension to this color! 

I have a love/hate relationship with this product. The outer packaging is a cool iridescent box, similar to the packaging that their Hi-Lite palettes come in. The component itself is a little jar with a doefoot-like applicator.
The applicator has an indentation in the middle, that really doesn't make a difference. While the product doesn't crease, it doesn't really work well if you're just using it on its own. It's very sheer and shows up best over darker colors. Of course I can only speak for this shade, but there's no "dark" shades of this product yet, as they're all meant to be toppers. 

I find that I need to use my fingers, otherwise the applicator just wants to wipe off any shadow that I'm applying this on top of. If you lightly tap it where you want it with your finger, you're good. I do love the sparkle that this gives, so it is pretty! It dries down pretty quickly, but be careful not to open your eye all the way until it does, otherwise it will transfer to the top of your eye, where you don't want it (especially if your eyes are hooded!)

The thing I dislike most is the way it's packaged. The little wand is not going to be able to reach all of the product, so once it stops picking up, I'm going to have to remove that rubber stopper to get to the rest of the product, which I'm sure will cause it to dry up sooner than it should. The concept behind this product is great, I just wish they had done different packaging. Honestly, a squeeze tube would have been better.

Here's a couple of swatches to show how gorgeous this is:
I think I'm going to try it as a super sparkly highlighter on my cheekbones, because it would definitely work well for that! I love that it doesn't crease - I've worn it all day long on several occasions and haven't had any issues yet.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream St. Palette

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The Kathleen Lights collaboration with ColourPop, the Dream St. palette, is probably their most pigmented palette yet. Every single shade in here, if you just LIGHTLY touch it, gives intense color payoff. I did notice that it' had the reddish coral shadow all over the outside of it (you can see some in the upper right hand corner in this picture) so I was afraid something was broken inside. Luckily nothing was smashed, but I have heard a lot of others say their palette arrived the same way. I think that because ColourPop produces so many palettes so quickly, that they might overlook things like that.
You'll notice on the inside that that same shade was overfilled, so there's an outline of it on the inside of the lid. I would never complain about "too much" product, so it's not a big deal, just looks a little messy. That could also be why that color was all over the outside of it.
I really love the colors in this palette. It's an interesting selection, and one that makes you think a little bit more when you're coming up with a look. The fact that those dark matte shades are so insanely pigmented but still blend nicely, that is such a hard thing to achieve with shadows. ColourPop is on top of the shadow game! I have mattes that are much more expensive that don't perform as well as these do.

Shooting star is a matte tan.
Magical is a matte warm peach.
Star Dust is a glittery copper (slightly chunky)
Twinkle is a metallic light brown.

Sweet Dreams is a sheer sparkly peach.
Water Bearer is a matte deep teal.
Potion is a matte burnt orange.
Spark is a matte reddish coral.

Kaleidoscope is a pale metallic taupe with a silvery duochrome.
Elfish is a matte chocolate.
Moony is a super soft satin cream.
Mermaid Boy is a blackened teal duochrome.

Kaleidoscope is such a unique shade, and really hard to describe! It's my favorite all-over lid shade from this palette. And Moony is so insanely soft when you touch it, it's crazy! It looks matte in the pan, but definitely has a satin finish. 

I know I say it with pretty much every ColourPop palette review, but the quality of the shadows is INSANE. They definitely beat out a lot of other companies, to me anyway, in their pigmentation and blendability. I find myself reaching for my ColourPop palettes almost every single day, and that is saying a lot because my makeup table is overrun with palettes from all different brands!

ColourPop All I See Is Magic Palette

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I had skipped the Golden State of Mind palette (but let's be real, I'll probably break down and buy it eventually!) but I just HAD to have the All I See Is Magic palette, especially since it was on sale on Cyber Monday. Their pricing confuses me, because this one is only $20 where the Golden State of Mind is $26, and they look to be the same size to me. I'm wondering if it's just because Golden State of Mind is also at Sephora, so they had to raise the price? There must be some kind of logic behind it, but I'm just not seeing it lol
 The packaging on this palette is so wintry and pretty! It's got an airbrushed light blue all over it, with some gold confetti. There are 15 shadows inside, and they're all absolutely gorgeous! I love the color selection here because there's a good mix of neutrals and pops of color. 
My absolute favorite shade here is the 4th one in the middle row, which looks a lot like MAC's Blue Brown pigment. It's beautiful!

Go Wish is a matte warm peach.
Now and Zen is a metallic white gold.
11:11 is a metallic rose gold with silver sparkle.
Treat Yourself is a satin cream.
Top Notch is a matte chocolate.

Tinsel Town is a matte deep burgundy.
Twinkle Toes is a metallic olive green.
Something Special is a metallic plum with pink and orange sparkle.
Wishful Thinking is a brown with turquoise duochrome.
Pitter Patter is a metallic copper.

Save It For Later is a metallic warm gold.
Big spoon is a matte bright peach.
T-Cup is a matte mauve.
Imperial is a matte coral.
Never Never is a metallic deep brown with gold sparkle.

As with most of ColourPop's palettes, I have no issues with any of the shadows in here. Tinsel Town is so pigmented it's crazy, so a little goes a long way with that one since it's such a dark shade! That entire middle row, I'm just in love with. I've already created so many looks with just that row alone. I think $20 for this palette is a steal, and I ended up getting it for $16 on Cyber Monday, which is just crazy! That's how much their 12 pan palettes normally cost. I can't say it enough, definitely invest in a ColourPop palette if you haven't tried one yet - you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ColourPop Double Entendre Palette

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Another palette from ColourPop! The Double Entendre palette is a pretty neutral one, so it's definitely one of those go-to everyday wear type palettes. 

The first thing I noticed was that it has the exact same packaging as the I Think I Love You palette, which I thought was a little odd. All the others so far have all had different packaging. I thought they had sent me the wrong one at first, but nope!
As with all the ColourPop palettes, they really put a good mix of textures in here. Definitely makes for a versatile palette that you can get a variety of looks from!

Locked & Loaded - matte pale peach
Uninhibited - metallic golden copper
Hot Bod - matte chocolate brown with gold glitter
Flasher - cream satin

Nekkid - matte peach
Extra Curricular - matte warm peach
Hard - matte red toned brown
Draft - metallic copper

Keep It PG - shimmery champagne
Nip Slip - matte camel
Send Noodles - matte nude
Teddy Bare - matte dark brown

This palette as a whole is super blendable and pigmented. I find the mattes in this one to be a little bit creamier than their previous palettes. I haven't had an issue with any of them being patchy or crumbly, which is a huge plus! I did get a little bit of fallout with the Teddy Bare color, but that's to be expected with any super dark, soft matte shade. All in all I would say this palette is a winner!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette

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The Kat Von D Metal Crush Palette is our first taste of highlighters from KVD (I'm so excited for the others to launch!) Just look at that holo packaging! It's gorgeous!
Now, I'm going to start by saying this is definitely NOT for everybody. All 3 shades are very, very glittery and more of a sheer glitter dust than anything else. They're a soft, creamy-feeling formula and look beautiful on the skin, and I've been using them as shadows too!

Gammaray is a peach base with pink and gold glitter.
Helix is a white base with gold glitter.
Roseshock is a pink base with pink and orange glitter.
Here they are swatched with no flash:
And with flash:
The base colors in all 3 of the shades are very "glowy," so while you're not getting a metallic, blinding highlight, they all have that more natural glow to them. However, the glitter kicks it up a notch and makes it something that you can't really be subtle with, even though the colors themselves are sheer.

While this is definitely not an everyday highlighter palette for me, I do appreciate how pretty the shades are and do like it a lot. I am hoping that the highlighter singles that are coming will have more of the "metallic" effect rather than the glitter, so, fingers crossed!!

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Shampoo

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I have a great shampoo to review for you guys today - this was sent to me from Maple Holistics to try out, and I'm very thankful that they reached out to me because I've been loving it!

The bottle I received is 8oz. The formula isn't too thick or too thin, and it creates an awesome amount of suds. It is sulfate free, and I should mention that I have colored hair and it has not made my hair fade any faster than it normally would.
The scent is hard to describe - it's very "naturally" clean smelling, you can definitely get a plant based scent out of it, and it also smells a bit menthol-y. My favorite thing about this is that I've been having an issue with itchy scalp (as soon as the cold weather hits, my scalp hates me, and the shampoo I was using just seemed to make it even worse!) and I noticed an immediate difference after just the first use. It says right on the side of the label that it clears away dead skin and soothes scalp blemishes, and it has definitely calmed my itchy scalp. Nothing drives me crazier than washing my hair and then feeling super itchy like I need to wash it again the next day.

They have a ton of different products on their site if you'd like to check it out - I'm thinking I'm going to have to grab a conditioner to try out as well because I'm so pleased with the shampoo so far!

You can purchase the shampoo HERE and check out their free sample program as well!

Monday, November 27, 2017

ColourPop Element of Surprise Palette

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I keep gushing over the ColourPop palettes lately, but I can't help it! This one, the Element of Surprise, is one of my absolute favorites, because it's a mix of colorful, fun shades and neutral every day shades. 
While this was released on the same day as the You Had Me At Hello palette, it doesn't have a mirror on the inside like that one does. Kind of weird that they did one and not the other, but not a big deal. 
The shades in here grabbed my attention right away (look at that PINK!) and it's just an all-around gorgeous display of colors.
Feels - iridescent pink with pink sparkles
Late Night - metallic warm copper
Silk Street - matte fuchsia berry
Rayon - muted orangey brown with a greenish duochrome

Go With the Flow - matte peach
Subdue - metallic lilac with blue sparkle
Opulent - iridescent hot pink
Labyrinth - matte pale mauve

Blank Canvas - matte cranberry
Sea Stars - matte camel
Details - matte purply brown with pink sparkles
Peace of Mind - metallic brick red

There's not much more to say about their shadows because I feel like I repeat myself all the time - they come out with so many palettes, it's hard to give different descriptions of them because all their palettes have been pretty consistent quality-wise! Rayon is a really cool, unique color that I don't have anything like. It's hard to describe too, because it's orangey yet brown, and has this cool green sheen to it. Opulent is such a bright, pigmented pink but still has a little bit of an iridescent effect to it - absolutely my favorite shade in here! I highly recommend this palette if you're a fan of color, because you will love playing with it!