Friday, July 28, 2017

Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter

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Today I have the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter to review that everyone has been going crazy over.
I could not find this anywhere because it was out of stock for a while, but Ulta finally got it up on their website and I made sure I snagged one right away!

This highlighter has a cool pattern on it, which definitely caught my eye right off the bat. The formula is great - it is a powder, but it's so smooth and glides/blends so nicely that it feels creamy.
The only downside is that for me, it's too dark. I have to use it veryyyyyy lightly to get it to work for me, but that's no fun because I want to glow and get that metallic effect!! I have been mixing it with Becca's Pearl to get a more champagne shade, and that's been working very nicely for me. So just a tip for those who are super pale like me - you can still make it work! Here is a one-swipe finger swatch:
And here it is blended out:
It's definitely pretty and worth it because the formula is great! I'm hoping that I can get a little bit of a tan this summer so I'll be able to use it in all its glory lol!






ColourPop Aquamarine Collection

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I recently purchased one of the 3 piece sets that ColourPop released when they came out with their crystal collection. I hadn't heard much about any of the items before I saw them on the site, and by the time I got to them a lot of the singles were sold out, so I picked up this 3 piece set. I was super excited for the liquid highlighters, and am hoping to grab some more in the future because I LOVE this one! This 3 piece set was $18, which is a pretty good deal.

The first item included was the Crystal Setting Spray. This comes in a glass bottle, which I like but at the same time I'm a little worried about dropping it and breaking it because I'm a klutz! The spray doesn't have much of a scent to it, but it does leave your face feeling super refreshed after using it. I have been spraying it on myself even when I'm not wearing makeup, just because it feels so good! I don't find that it makes my makeup last any longer than usual, but it is a nice refresher for these summer months.

Then we have the Crystal Lip Balm, which I ended up liking SO much more than I thought I was going to! Seriously, I'm impressed with this little guy!
It looks like a white lipstick, but it has an opalescence to it. When applied to the lips, it gives them a purple sheen. It has a slight citrus scent and is super moisturizing!

Last but not least, we have the liquid highlighter:
This also comes in a glass bottle that has a little pump - and believe me, a little pump of this goes a long way! It's incredibly pigmented, which I wasn't expecting because it didn't look like it would be on the ColourPop website.
As you can see, you can definitely sheer it out. This gives such a beautiful purply glow to your skin, it's unreal. When you first apply it, it definitely has that silicone feel to it, but it dries down and stays put. I really love the formula of this, especially since it works well on my oily skin!

So there you have it - a little look at some of the new items ColourPop has released (and since writing this post, they've also released concealers and brushes that I'm going to have to check out - wheee!)






Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Game Face Grooming Wipes

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 Today I have some awesome face wipes to review for you guys! These are from a brand called Game Face Grooming, and they have several different kinds of wipes. These happen to be their cleansing ones, and they have a really nice, fresh, citrusy orange scent to them.

The wipes are marketed towards men, so I was sure to have my husband try them out. It's very hard to get him to try any type of skin care, but he liked the scent of these wipes and they really help his oily skin (especially since it's been in the 90s lately!) They feel cool and refreshing, and really do make your face feel clean without drying out your skin. They also have underarm wipes available on their site, which I think is a great idea for throwing in your bag if you're going to the gym or playing sports and don't have a shower handy.

Of course I had to try them as well, and while they're not marketed as makeup remover wipes, they still took my makeup off pretty damn well!

The wipes are thick and durable, and they're huge! They're much larger than the size of an average makeup/face wipe, and they're very thick which is really nice. You get 25 wipes per package for $7.99, or they also have monthly package subscriptions on their website. You can pay $10 a month for 2 packs of wipes of your choice to be delivered to you, or $20 a month for the "care package" that includes more wipes and other goodies.

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*Disclaimer: These were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Kat Von D Shade & Light Glimmer Palette

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With as much as I love the Kat Von D Shade & Light palette, I knew I had to get the glimmer one as SOON as it hit Sephora! It has basically all the same shades from the first Shade & Light, but in shimmer/metallic formulas.
The packaging is made of a sturdy plastic and the words "Shade + Light" are raised, so it looks really cool! The "Kat Von D Eye" part of it is holographic, which just adds to the awesomeness of this palette.
The back of the palette has all the names of the shadows laid out, as her palettes normally do.
Inside are 12 gorgeous shades! The 3 base shades at the top are more of a satin finish, while the other vary between metallic, shimmery, and glittery. 

The first of the large shades on the top is called Porcelain. This is a cream color with a satin finish.

The second is Dusk, which is a light taupe. This is one of my favorites!

The third is called Dune, which is a warm tan.

Then I swatched the others in sets of 3:
Copper is a chocolate brown with a metallic finish.
Bronze is a deep brown with gold sparkle.
Sterling is a light cream with gold and silver sparkle.

Cinder is a deep metallic brown.
Onyx is a matte black with silver sparkle.
Glacier is a white with silver sparkle.

Rust is a metallic red brown.
Jasper is a medium brown with gold sparkle.
Quartz is a metallic champagne with silver sparkle.

All of the shades in this palette are absolutely gorgeous. I did notice that the Onyx shade isn't as dark as her black shadows normally are, but with a couple swipes I was able to build it up to be super dark, and the sparkles do show up and transfer nicely. When I first started playing around with it, I was worried that the super sparkly shades might be trouble to pick up on a brush, or that they might have a lot of fallout, but that hasn't been the case at all. I know a "glimmer brush" came out with this palette but honestly, every brush I've used with it has worked just fine. If you love shimmery shadows as much as I do, this palette is a MUST! It definitely gets two thumbs up from me - gorgeous!!

I purchased mine from Sephora, but it is also available at katvondbeauty.com.


Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette

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The Too Faced Glitter Bomb Palette was something that caught my eye as soon as I started seeing sneak peeks of it. A whole palette of glitter shadows? Yes, please! I saw this get a lot of not so great reviews but honestly, I LOVE this thing!!
The outside is really cool because at first glance, it just looks like glitter letters. It's actually loose glitter that shifts around behind clear plastic!
Inside, you get a matte white brightening base, a matte black intensifying base, and 8 gorgeous, glittery shadows.
The brightening base isn't super pigmented, it's just a nice matte white.
Fairy Dust is a pale pink with gold sparkle.
Rose' All Day is a pale peach with pink and gold sparkle.
Without flash:
With flash:

Confetti is a purply pink with pink and gold sparkle.
Hot Damn is a purple with pink sparkle.
Work It is a coppery orange with orange and pink sparkle.
Oh, It's On! is a gold with greenish duochrome.
Without flash:
With flash:

Glitter Goals (my personal fave) is a gunmetal with multicolored sparkle.
Splash is a teal with gold sparkle.
The Intensifying Base is a matte black.
Without flash:
With flash:

Now here are all the colors swatched over the brightening base, without flash and with flash:
And over the intensifying base:
Personally, I like just using the shadows on their own. I don't find that the bases do much for me. The black base definitely makes the colors look more gemtoned, but I think they're so pretty on their own that I rarely use them with the bases! There isn't too much fallout with these, which is great. They definitely intensify if you use a glitter glue or sticky base, but it's not absolutely needed, because most of these shades have pigment to them and aren't just loose and glittery, so they work well either all over your lid or over other shadows.

What I really like about these is that they're not hard to pick up on a brush. As much as I love the Urban Decay Moondust shadows, those things are a pain in the you-know-what to get pigmentation out of unless you apply them with your fingers. These give the same effect, but with less hassle!

I purchased mine from Sephora, but you can also grab it from Too Faced and Ulta!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jeffree Star Chrome Collection

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I have 2 items from the Jeffree Star summer Chrome Collection to review today - one is awesome, one not so much! The first is this liquid lipstick in Candyass.



 It picks up a lot more red on camera for some reason, but in person it is a metallic light pink. It's a very pretty color, and the scent of it smells just like Jeffree's Strawberry Gum lip scrub. Apparently the 2 metallic lipsticks have that scent, and the rest of the ones in the collection are unscented. This wears amazingly and is really hard to get off, but I love the color so much!

Now I also picked up a Skin Frost and I don't know why I keep getting them, because I really don't like the formula. This one has got to be one of the worst. I guess I just keep hoping that they'll finally change the formula because the texture is just awful! The shade I picked up is Crystal Ball, a white with pink and purple duochrome:
The packaging is gorgeous - it's mirrored pink chrome. But the product itself is chunky and unblendable. You swatch it and it just wants to stick to your finger and not blend out. 
I found that layering it and layering it with a brush gives a better result, but it's honestly too much work for what these are priced at.

Final thoughts? I love the lipstick, hate the highlighter. I keep seeing so many people praise the Skin Frosts and I just don't understand it. This is the 4th one I've tried, and they all have this horrible texture that won't blend, like there's too much dimethicone in it. At any rate, I hope you guys enjoyed this review!