Tutorial Tuesday; Pride Inspired the B in LGBTQ

Hey, guys! you’re witnessing the birth of a new (possible) day of content! That I conveniently posted on the wrong day…  I want to get myself more comfortable with doing tutorials and makeup related things, since I’ve been getting evidently really, really into it. I’ve been coming up with looks left and right and this is one of my favorites. At the time of writing, I’ve worn this one 3 times this week when ordinarily I do whole new looks for my ‘me’ looks that don’t tie in with challenges. I almost never revisit looks. So, that’s a miracle and calls for a tutorial.

This one very well may be basic, I did just learn that I can literally use my face as a pallet and mix shadow colors on my face. I don’t know how I forgot color theory, but I did. It was a game changer! I was dipping in to every color, where now I need every other color. I feel so bad that I had no idea!

For this tutorial, I used the James Charles x Morphe Pallette, Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, Too Faced 3 in 1 spray, Eyelure Accents, and BH Cosmetic Brushes. 

Onward to the Tutorial!

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In that last picture please excuse my weird blotchy cheek! I was playing with yellow blush for my Pikachu look for my Starter Pokemon Challenge… Guess I didn’t wash it off. It’s okay, though! I don’t think it’s too noticable, but just enough to apologize for.

I know to people who do makeup all the time, this look is so, so basic, but I was really proud of it and I hope you like it too. This might be an ongoing thing, or maybe just when I’m proud- who knows? I wanted to have fun, and share it with you! Also, go check out Skokey Glow on youtube, she was the inspiration for this naming!

Unboxing; Possibly the Most Useless Allure Box May 2019

Unboxing; Possibly the Most Useless Allure Box May 2019

Hey guys! First off, Happy Veterans day and thanks to all of you who may be Veterans, for your service! Formalities aside, can I get right to the complaining? I got what is very possibly my last Allure box for a while and they ended it on such a regrettable note. Now, I want to say that this is bad for me personally and may not be all around a bad box.

Unboxing; Ipsy May 2019

Unboxing; Ipsy May 2019

Hey guys! I’m in the midst of doing youtube filming, but I still wanted to get this Ipsy post up for you guys. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get the June bag, so this may be the last one for a while so I definitely wanted to enjoy it. This particular month was at least better than last month’s. Which is a relief, as I really don’t want to leave Ipsy on a sour note!Β 

Unboxing! April 2019 Ipsy

Unboxing! April 2019 Ipsy

Hey there guys! I hope you guys are having a fantastic Thursday afternoon! Today is a lazy day for me, because since I lost my job I have been running like I’m on fire. I know this post comes way late, since we have the May ipsy now, but better late than never! This particular shipment wasn’t too impressive, sadly. In any event, let’s get to it!

Unboxing; Yes Oh Yas! One Last Shot!

      Hey guys! Happy on time Monday! The first in…. well, a while. I’ve been getting the same ol’ subscription boxes for the last couple of months, but for whatever reason I haven’t been writing on them. What can I say other than I dropped the ball. This post is a special farewell to Yes Oh Yas, which I’ve been paying for since the middle of last year. I haven’t been impressed by the names included in my shipments.

     This could be a thing that’s just me- but if I’m paying upwards of 20 dollars a month, I want big names. Not these unknown little things, you know? I have nothing against indie brands or anything, but honestly, the quality hasn’t blown me away with these. It’s been a consistent disappointment, much like Sephora play. And like Sephora play, this one is also canceled.

    This particular shipment had a small, colorful palette from Amorus. The palette was called Lady Boss and is a somewhat juvenile pink, cheetah pattern. Honestly, that’s just me being petty, but I wasn’t a fan of the packaging. I did like the color story of the palette, as it had a nice smattering of colors that looked promising. There was a liquid liner, that I was curious about, that had the usual felt tip. A cute little tube of liquid lipstick, and a lip brush. There’s also a detox bath from Dosi, that I’m super curious about.

    For the testing phase on this shipment, I used the palette, liner and lip product. The palette, in all was unimpressive. The colors lacked pigment and did not want to blend. I was was a little happy with the orange which did brighten up the crease a little more than I was expecting. The black in the lower right corner was woefully underperforming, I was a little heartbroken with that turn of events. The liner from Studiomakeup was…. likewise displeasing. I found it a bit hard to work with, with admittedly could be user error, but I did also notice that it dried up on the nib very quickly. The last of the items I used, was the lipstick, and it smelled terrible. A very… rubbery? smell. I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but I wasn’t too into it.
 

I wanted to show you guys the look I came up with for this particular box. I had to literally dig into the colors to get the pigmentation that we have there.  Also, I want to extend an apology for my aggressive looking brow. I’m not sure what to say except for- “oh”. 
 
Rating
2.5/5

I don’t think I have to say too much about this rating, since I kind of tore into them, honestly. The subscription service is not bad, by any means and maybe I was unfair. My biggest gripe is that I feel like the cost isn’t quite justified at $17.00 or more for each shipment, I’m not able to say it’s worth it. I’m moving over to Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, which is like 4 dollars more and looks to include some of the high-preforming items I’m more interested in. Maybe I’m just boujee?

Long Overdue Spring Anti-Haul! Not today Satan!

              Hey guys! I’m not dead, I swear. I’ve been prepping for the trip and studying, mainly. It’s going to be a long, long 42 days. I’m really feeling the drudgery of everyday life, especially now with this huge neon sign to look forward to! Thankfully, to break up the monotony, I’m planning to attend a 1920’s party this weekend, with my sparkly new Flapper dress, I’ve kept that bit under wraps. So, we have that to look forward to on Monday’s post! 

      I’m going to follow the lead of the Beautubers I aspire to follow, and share my Anti-Haul, because I legit need to learn how to stick to my Low Buy. Especially with my latest obsession being the idea of a macbook. Why? I don’t know. Honestly, it’s pretty. Do I need more reasons?

Kat Von D-oh no

  First up. is this black compact from KVD. I mean, aside from the controversy surrounding our alleged antisemitic former-tattoo-artist, I’m just not into this. Black? Really? What kind of spring are you a part of, Kat? It’s a kind of cute design, but this is definitely going to be a no from me. We still don’t know what it is, but if it’s eyeshadow- we have plenty of blacks shadows. And, that’s the only thing that makes sense. C’mon.

Please Stop…

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Continuing the Makeup munchies πŸ˜‚πŸͺ🍦 More #SneakPeeks πŸ‘€ From the upcoming Collection inspired by Diner and Fast food πŸ”πŸ¦πŸŸπŸͺ by #bombshellcosmetica πŸ’— The #MaltParlour #Collection Includes eyeshadow palettes, Bomb Burger Palette, Fresh Baked Eyeshadow, Strawberry Milkshake Eyeshadow palette, lashes: Smize Surprise ( in style Cavity) 🍟 Hot Diggity, Lash-Lola, Donut Shoppe and more . . #ComingSoon Online @bombshellcosmetica *use code: TRENDMOOD 20% off Will keep u updated . . This is Fun !! πŸ₯›πŸ“this collection will also launch in 4 big retailers in the US!! What are your thoughts? πŸͺπŸ”πŸ”₯ XO #TRENDMOOD THANK U for this beautiful update: @jasurias @sarahh.beauty_ 😘 . . …#makeup #makeupart #makeupartist #motd #makeupoftheday #makeuplover #makeupobsessed #makeupaddict #beauty #instabeauty #instamakeup

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Honestly, this is just here because I feel like I have to or else I’ll try to buy it. I’m living for the milkshake palette. But really, being realistic, I already have the colors. I have no need to gamble on a brand I don’t know about, and besides the fact that I bought the pizza palette and haven’t even broken into it. Why did I even buy it? This entry is an attempt to talk myself into self-control and bolstering myself for the release.

Sephora… why?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I can’t even make sense of this. I feel like I’m jumping on the hate train, but choo choo- I hate it. Guys, what? This collection looks so gimmicky. The shadow palette looks like something I’d give a child to play with. The black panther highlight palette doesn’t make any sense either. I feel like they should have made something a bit more universal, because that looks like something that would work on fair-light complexions, but not so much for mid-dark tones. Sephora, seriously. I’m all for mixing niches, but Marvel and Makeup? Nah.

Yawn… Next

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sharing here a beautiful!! palette, perfect for summer πŸ˜β˜€οΈπŸ’—βœ¨ The Sydney Bathers Palette by @nomadcosmetics Kiss of Sun Palette Includes: Balmoral Beach – Powder pink Highlighter with glistening pearls Tamarama Beach – Golden rod Illuminator with champagne pearls Bondi Beach – Glowing warm Bronzer with golden pearls Manly Beach – Rich chocolate matte Bronzer & Contour Powder Formulated with extra-fine pigments making each shade smooth, blendable & buildable. Infused with Macadamia Oil to help skin feel soft and moisturized. $27 #crueltyfree #vegan . Available now on their website . . . I also love mixing the colors together to create new Shades 😍✨ Did u get yours? Please share your favorites from the brand β˜€οΈπŸ’—XO #TRENDMOOD . . #healthy #makeup #beauty #bbloggers #beautyblogger makeupoftheday #motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint

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This is just…. so boring. Most of us probably have these shades in triplicate. Browns? So inspired. So innovative. Wow. Of course it’s perfect for the summer. It’s literally a neutrals palette.

Speaking of Boring…

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Available Now! πŸš¨πŸ™€LINK ➑️ BIO online @stilacosmetics . ✨NEW Big #EyeshadowPalettes 🎨✨ each one includes 12 shades $52 #LimitedEdition 1. Happy Hour Eye Shadow Palette Daiquiri: Marshmallow matte Old Fashioned: Rose quartz matte Highball: Seafoam shimmer Cosmo: Cranberry glitter Sangria: Amethyst glitter Gold Label: Deep gold shimmer Black Book: Deep grey matte Neat: Nude matte On The Rocks: Silver shimmer Tiki Bar: Lilac glitter Sapphire Sizzle: Sapphire glitter Top Shelf: Aubergine glitter 2. After Hours Eye Shadow Palette Toast: Champagne glitter Last Round: Nude matte Sunset SoirΓ©e: Burnt orange shimmer Pink Bubbly: Baby pink shimmer Velvet Rope: Garnet glitter Cash Out: Jade glitter Bellini: Light peach shimmer All Nighter: Chocolate matte Bright Lights: Butter gold glitter Anything Goes: Espresso matte Tomorrow’s Tale: Reddish brown matte After Party: Smoky quartz glitter . . Which one did u get ? 🎨😍✨ XO #Trendmood #stilacosmetics THANK U for sharing this amazing!! Pic: @jennifer_q85 😘 . . ..#cosmetics #eyeshadow #motd #makeupoftheday #makeup #maquillaje #beauty #bbloggers #beautyblogger #instabeauty #fashion

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Have you guys seen this? I’m a little torn, because I’m so basic with my makeup. I also like Stila, so I think to myself, ‘what’s so bad about these?’ After thinking for a moment, I realized that I was bored already. They are such basic and safe colors. Stila does great with the liquid shadows that I’m almost tempted to try these. But, truth be told, I can dupe every color.

Packaging: 10 Execution: 3

 

 
 
 
 
 
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How is cute!! Is this NEW #Spring2019 #Collection πŸ¦‹πŸ˜ by #zoevacosmetics The #MelodyCollection Graceful and delicate, yet strong enough to withstand a total metamorphosis, the butterfly is a powerful symbol of transformation πŸ¦‹ Inspired by these winged beauties, celebrates a woman’s ability to transform herself with lightness and ease. Includes: #EueshadowPalette 5 #Glosses Hand Mirror . . Will be available ➑️ MARCH 25TH online @zoevacosmetics . . .#ByeByeMoney πŸ’Έ this packaging is so beautiful and I love that they added the hand mirror!! πŸ˜πŸ¦‹βœ¨ What are your thoughts? XO #Trendmood . . . . . .#motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint #makeuplook #makeuplove #makeuptalk #makeuptutorial #makeuplover #makeupaddict

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 I love the design of this. The sophistication of the packaging, and the sparkly, shifting butterfly. The mirror? Love it! That pop of purple? Love it. Wait. That’s the only color I like in the palette. Well that’s not fair. I also like that pastel pink in the lower left. Those glosses are pretty, too. But, this just doesn’t spark joy beyond the thrill of the aboslutely stunning packaging. I. Need. To. Stop. Buying. For. The. Box.

No Natasha

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A #closeup 🚨 😍 She is going to be your best friend! NEW! @natashadenona #EyeshadowPalette πŸ‚πŸSay hello to The Biba Palette!!! All Neutrals πŸ˜πŸ™€πŸ™ŒπŸΌ it includes cream and powder formulas, mattes, also this is her first palette that includes a black shade in cream powder *permanent $129 πŸ–€πŸπŸ‚ . . . . Will be available ➑️ TOMORROW Online & in stores @Sephora / APRIL available in all retailers . . . I just love her clean packaging ! Always simple and elegant and of course her eyeshadows!!! The cream powder formula (4 shades) is so smooth, soft and blends beautifully just like the other shades and finishes! Stunning and super!!! Wearable palette for everyone #ByeByeMoney πŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ Is it on your list ? πŸ‚πŸπŸ˜ XO #Trendmood #natashadenona . #motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint #makeuplook #makeuplove #makeuptalk #makeuptutorial #makeuplover #makeupaddict #trendmoodholidays2018

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I’ve developed a love for the higher-end products lately, with my growing collection of Pat McGrath and Natasha Denona. I guess I’m in that ‘Collector’ mindset. As much as I like Natasha’s formula and general aesthetic, I can’t. I just… can’t. Not for a neutral palette, and not even for Natasha.

Eenie, meenie minny No

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#REVEALED 🚨Round 2 🏁This time it’s with #Minnie What a CUTE! #Collection β€οΈπŸ–€ NEW! Collaboration #doseofcolors X @disney #MinnieMouse #DisneyAndDoseOfColors . . Includes: 3 Lip products 3 (looks like glittery eyeliners or maybe liquid eyeshadows) 1 Face Palette . . Will be available ➑️ MARCH 18TH online @doseofcolors . . What are your thoughts? πŸ–€β€οΈXO #TRENDMOOD THANK U for this beautiful update: @godsdaughterluv @adilenyc @kellyhdv @sophiel_mu @anahit.08 @ulalala_ss @annapetrosianfc24 😘 #makeupoftheday #motd #makeupoftheday #mua #ilovemakeup #makeup #makeupaddict #makeuplover #makeupblogger #makeuponpoint #onpoint #makeuplook #makeuplove #makeuptalk #makeuptutorial #makeuplover #makeupaddict #makeupaddiction #makeupdolls #onpoint #onfleek .

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As cute as the Minnie collection is, I can’t commit. I impulse bought the Mickey palette and I love it. It’s more my speed, and I have the Sultry palette. Which saves me if I want a neutral look with a pop of color. I love the colors in that palette and the blush is such a gorgeous color. But, I’m going to have to pass. 

Burger Up!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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O-M-G! πŸ™€Fresh off the grill πŸ”₯πŸ˜‚ We are now Calling out all the #Burger / #MakeupLovers πŸ”πŸ˜ There is a NEW palette… The #BurgerPalette πŸŽ¨πŸ…πŸ”πŸ§€ by #glamlite Includes 16 Toppings / Shades with different flavors / finishes: ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomato πŸ…, pickles, avocadoπŸ₯‘, bacon πŸ₯“, and a variety of cheeses! πŸ§€ And that’s not all… it’s a Full collection!!! inspired by America’s favorite fast foods. Here are some hints: πŸ”πŸ§€πŸŸπŸ¨πŸŒ­πŸ₯“πŸ•πŸ— . . #ComingSoon Online @glamlite *use code: TRENDMOOD 10% off Will keep u updated . . Makeup is Fun πŸ˜‰ And we love food, the perfect combination What are your thoughts? πŸ”πŸ”₯ XO #TRENDMOOD THANK U for this beautiful update: @mary.thefitmom.malone @jasurias @hellooooo_._nurse @annax1091 😘 . . #LoveU …#makeup #makeupart #makeupartist #motd #makeupoftheday #makeuplover #makeupobsessed #makeupaddict #beauty #instabeauty #instamakeup

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How can I hate on food palettes without shaking my head at the company that I view as repsonsible for the fad? The realistic burger is a turn off. The FOMO in me wants it, but I literally haven’t even opened the pizza one aside from just looking at it. So, I won’t be jumping on this one. Youtube be damned, I won’t be buying this.

     With that, guys, I’ll shut up about what I won’t be buying. This post could have been longer, but I figure I’ll save the long Anti-Hauls for youtube just so I don’t beat you with text! What things have released that you’re not feeling? 

Ready for Adventure! Here’s my Travel Kit, What’s Yours?

         Hey, guys! How are ya? As I make the final preparations for the youtube channel we make the preparations for our adventure to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My camera batteries are charged and my makeup bag is curated! Most of this was stuff I was able to decide on immediately, with one item being a final addition and replacing its predecessor. Now guys, before I get into it, can I emote for a minute?

     I’m literally so incredibly excited. Things are kind of looking up and if they weren’t, it’s okay for one reason: adventureWe haven’t gone on a big trip since our impromptu trip to North Carolina before I had this blog. So of course, we have to go back… for the content and in no way because I want to. I’ve never been to Tennessee and my one gripe is how far away Gatlinburg is from Nashville. I imagine we’ll head there eventually, too!

Travel Kit spread
Shamelessly using Java’s Bunny Chair for a Travel Kit holder

       On to the essentials for our trip… y’know, if you can consider cosmetics as essential. I want to feel pretty, okay? My little travel kit turned out more robust than I had intended… I really didn’t know I used that many things on a near daily basis and once I figure out how to do lashes quickly, they might find their way into the kit too. Let’s get to it! 

For the sheer volume of items, I’m going to tackle this as a list!

Too Faced Hangover Prime/Set/Refresh Spray

I got this so long ago, or it feels like a long time ago. When I absolutely first got started in this little cosmetic thing. I literally haven’t used it since I got it, because I also got the other primer from Too Faced at the same time and quickly decided I preferred the cream. Now I much prefer my Tatcha Silk Canvas, but I don’t want to take the chance of losing their weird little disk. I suppose the cream primer from Too Faced irritates my skin, because of the itching, but I haven’t noticed the same with this spray primer.  
     This one actually makes me curious about the Mac Fix Plus I’ve heard so much about! This one made it into my kit because the size is perfect! So far over the course of my test runs with my kit, I’m not disappointed!

Anastasia Foundation Stick (banana)

      This is a very new find. In fact, I’ve seen it at TJ Maxx for months and passed over it for so long. The thought of a stick foundation didn’t appeal to me, and surely they never had my shade. Right? They only had this weird shade called “banana” and eventually, I got curious. I swatched it on my jawline and… I was shook. Legitimately shocked that it was a nice match for my skin. It makes me look nicely awake and conceals the redness in my cheeks. Best of all for my travel kit, it’s very compact. It blends out well with my paddle brush up there, and fairly effortlessly too. I regret not picking this up before because I can’t find them anywhere now. 

Tarte Shapetape

     You guys have probably heard how loved this particular concealer is. You can’t browse youtube Gurus without hearing about this one at least 10 times. I caved and had to try it. The shade I have is a little light for my skin (surprisingly), so I transitioned to using this under my eyes to just priming with it. Something about that ecstatic look of super bright under-eyes doesn’t appeal to me. This works as a great lid primer and gives (most) of my palettes great lasting power. I also like to highlight my forehead and nose with this a little to add a touch of dimension.

      I want to offer a quick word of warning; don’t bake this with Bare Minerals Loose Powder. I’m totally open to the fact that this a huge learning experience for me, and this has been one of my most noticeable mishaps. The bare minerals powder severely oxidized and darkened the heck out of my undereye. It was not flattering. I tried to bake it, because it creases fairly badly on my skin. And, not only did it darken the area… it still creased! 

Natasha  Denona Sunset Mini Palette

      I think I do my makeup in a strange order right now, since I’m listing this out in the order I use it you can probably guess that I interrupt my face routine to do my eyes. This one is my late addition, I had been playing with the Kathleen Lights x Colorpop Collab, but despite how much I love that palette, I found the lasting power severely lacking. Something had to be done- how I can go on vacation and look drab? This little palette makes some gorgeous looks with some amazing lasting power. I found the application so mind-blowing in comparison to some of my other palettes. I will say that you need to be gentle with this one. It deposits a lot of pigment really quickly. 

     This was my first experience with Natasha Denona, and my curiosity with their other palettes is only getting worse. For now, I’m okay with my little workhorse here! 

Urban Decay Naked Skin

        This one actually replaced my Shapetape as my general use concealer. I like how close it is to my skin tone and makes me look alive without making me look insane. It’s a super down-played concealer look and looks nice and natural. I generally do my concealer after my shadow. I really don’t know why I do it in this order, but hey, it works for me. This one also creases, sadly, but I still prefer the tone under my eyes, so I make do. I’m super open to any tips on making concealer or not crease!

MUA Brow Gel/Makeup Revolution Brow Pencil

      I’m going to be honest- like with most things makeup related, I have no idea what I’m doing with my brows. I’m absolutely confused. Do I fill in the natural shape? Do I make a new one? I’ve been filling in the front of my brows with the gel and using the pencil on the tail. It looks decent, or I think it does. Definitely passable, at least until I start getting hate on Youtube for my admittedly abysmal brow-game. 

Kat Von D Dagger Liner

       I know there’s a lot animosity for KVD lately, and I definitely don’t want to insert myself into anything as far as that’s concerned. I purchased this before I was aware and, guys, I’m going to get my money’s worth. Also, this is the liner I learned I can use my non-dominant hand to apply liner. It has nothing to do with the liner, I’m just proud. I find that this liner has nice lasting power and doesn’t smudge. Being supr black, it adds a great emphasis to my lash line and looks great with mascara filling in the rest. I literally couldn’t not include it since it’s my favorite for the moment- I do intend to get the Benefit Roller Liner as soon as I’m able to, because from the sounds of it that one might replace this KVD liner!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

     This is literally my favorite mascara right now. I found it and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Better than sex, who now? Prior to LCL I was using Lash Paradise, and this one blew it away. There’s no way this one wouldn’t be in my travel kit. I find this one holds the curl beautifully and lasts all day, assuming I have the wherewithal to apply this after my setting spray, it doesn’t transfer. If I neglect that and put it on whenever, like I usually do, it leaves an obvious shadow under my eyes. I’m not too mad, because, as strange as it may sound it never mattered to me before.

     Though I will admit to a bit of agitation when I see the transferrence whenever I pass a mirror. Talk about going to a 10 to a 0 in no time flat.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer

   I don’t always do this, but when I do my incentive is the scent. Too faced is so irresistible to me with their candy scented products. You guys might have picked up that I have quite the sweet tooth on me. I love sweet scents, sugar… anything sweet. I… also don’t know how to bronze. I’m trying to figure out what I like with it. I like to keep my face looking really youthful, so I don’t carve out my cheeks or anything. I just use a light dusting around the borders and under my chin. It’s subtle but looks really good to me sometimes. 

Lancome x Sonya Rykiel blush

     I found this blush at TJ Maxx and was kind of obsessed the moment I saw it. Admittedly, it was the design got me. I really like a hand-drawn aesthetic, and this is right up my alley. The blush color is gorgeous and much, much lighter than it looks in the compact. I will say that it’s really, really easy to go too strongly with this due to the formula. I, for some reason, like a little blush across my nose, so I won’t use this for that purpose. I think I like to apply this with my fingers and then blend it out with my paddle brush, because I generally don’t like the applicators that come with things like this.

 

Laura Gellar Highlighter

      My recent favorite step to my routine is highlight, and guys, I’ve amassed a fair collection of highlighting palettes with little standalone ones sprinkled in. This particular one, is a gorgeous champagne color that’s nice and subtle but can be built up. I didn’t include it in the picture just above since it’s visible in the first picture and has a transparent top. I remember being so pumped to get this, and then I stopped using it. Since I’m getting ready for youtube, I’m planning to try to make use of a lot more of my collection. 

     I think this little highlight is one of their travel sized one? It’s definitely pretty tiny, especially in comparison to the Anastasia Amrezy highlight. I wouldn’t call it a slouch!

All-Nighter Setting Spray

       This one was suggested by one of my best friends during Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty. I snagged it the moment it went on sale for 15 dollars, and I haven’t looked back since. I love this. I was lucky enough to get a sample size to throw into my travel kit, since the larger bottle won’t fit in my bag. I have no idea what I’m going to do when my sample bottle is empty… unless I pour some of the other bottle into it, but who wants to take the chance of spilling this holy grail?

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lips

     I have 2 colors of this right now, big bang, which is a gorgeous glittery pink, and backtalk, which is a perfect light pink. Backtalk is almost kind of a nude for my lips. The color on backtalk lasts an insanely lont time. I will never regret buying either of these because they’re stunning. I included both for our adventure for a day and night thing. I might add a more red-toned one before out trip for our inevitable date nights. I just have literally no idea which red to pick. Why do I have so many red lipsticks???

Estee Lauder Translucent Powder

    This is literally something I don’t use on the daily. I got it on a whim because in my head, I associate Estee Lauder with basically something akin to the lap of luxury. Who doesn’t like luxury? I feel like I’ve used it once or twice to control the oil that pops up in my T zone through out the day. If I recall correctly, that’s how it earned a place in my travel kit! It doesn’t oxidize or darken, it just controls the shine.

     I did include a Neutrogena Lip Gloss there too, but not for any special reason. Just for the times when I want to just wear a gloss. I can’t wait to share our trip with you guys, so be sure to follow on Instagram @Java_and_Jeans so you don’t miss any of the fun! I have no idea what’s in store for us in Tennesee, but I’m so incredibly ready! If you guys have a dedicated travel kit for your beauty routine, share that in the comments below! 

 

Unboxing; Surprising Discovery From Yes Oh Yas

     Hey guys, I’m back with a little bit of a late unboxing for December 2018. No joke, I got this on December 29th, so it was almost a little too late. This box actually had a brand I was familiar with, and that you may remember from a long ago post. The Wholesale Makeup Event I covered a few months ago. Beauty Creations. I know I was pleasantly surprised by their quality from that sale, but since getting them I haven’t revisited them.
 
 
     Maybe that’s a shame, because even though they appear to be a knockoff brand, they seem to have a pretty solid formula. I applied this makeup at about 6:30 AM to get ready for work. And the gold shadows I went with were phenomenal for what they are. I’ll admit that I do need to brush up on my eye shadow technique, but barring any obvious improvements I can make, I quite enjoyed these shadows.
 
   The thing that had me a little confused was the color correcting concealer palette- I don’t think I liked that too much. I just don’t see the purpose of them over actual concealer like my trusty shapetape. The only one I got any real use out of was the Peach tone, which I put under my eyes. Overall, I wasn’t digging the effect.
 
     The other items being that liquid lip and a brush, I’ll speak on the liquid lip. I liked the color, I didn’t however, like that it felt like it never completely dried down. It remained tacky until it finally wore off 4-5 hours later. All things considered, that’s not bad lasting power.  I did replace it with my Glitterflip while at work because I forgot to bring this one. 
 
     This post is little on the simple side for me, and guys, I apologize for that. I have some matters that I’m currently dealing with, but I didn’t want to leave you guys high and dry. I think I’ll end this post with the wear-test results!
     Honestly, I wanted to try a gif this once, to show off the eye shadow. I feel like taking the pictures with the whole eyes-closed thing is super awkward. The liner is KVD Dagger liquid liner and obviously held up fairly well. I bought it before I knew of the controversy, but I’m determined to get my money’s worth out of it. 
 
     My basic feelings about this shipment from YOY, is that it feels low-value in comparison to IPSY, which delivers recognizable larger brands. The quality in these products did surprise me. And I do want to note quickly, that I don’t know much about brushes so I can’t really speak on this one. As well as the mask, which I haven’t had occasion to use it yet in the course of everything going on. 
 
    I do hope to bring you guys some travel content soon as we prepare for potential first out-of-state Weekend of Content! Stay tuned for Thursday!
 
 
 
 

Early Christmas Gift with Allure December 2018 x Nikkie Tutorials

 

Hey guys! I know this one is going up a touch later than I usually post. I’m not going to lie, I crashed hard last night. We had a dinner party with our close friends, so I had scarce time to prep today’s post! Today is going to be slow day, kind of revisiting beauty boxes. On that note, I did get my December Allure Box, which I was so excited for. In case you may be out of the loop with Allure, they did a Collab with NikkieTutorials, a huge beautuber. Needless to say, I was excited

     If you click that link, it’ll take you to her December 2018 video where she discusses this particular box! She’s currently doing her own blogmas sort of event on her channel that I highly recommend if you’re into festive Beauty content. And guys, she goes all out.

     Nikkie is the girl that turned me on to Ofra highlights, so I was hoping I would be getting one this month. Seriously, I just knew I wanted more Ofra. So I got the email sometime last week that my box had shipped. Excited, I kept checking the tracking history until the big day!

Isn’t that beautiful? In this box, I got a tiny The Nubian palette from Juvia’s Place, Nyx Lip Lingerie, Ren Clean overnight moisturizer, a single Neutrogena makeup remover, LaSplash Architect liner, and the Ofra All the Highlight highlighter.  On first glance, I was pleased to see that all of the items in this month’s box are cohesive.  I knew that my girl Nikkie would take care of us.

    The Nubian Palette has loads of warm neutrals that I was so excited to play with. Juvia’s Place has really affordable products at high quality that I had previously only heard tell of.  You can find Juvia’s Place Palettes at Ulta at around 20 dollars, give or take a couple dollars. Or click the image below for more information about this particular product

I think with the appropriate face products you could make a passable holiday face with these items- which is exactly what I did end up doing. Though, since I am just getting really started with cosmetics, it’s not exactly what I wanted it to be. But, I do think I did a decent job! 

The Nyx Liquid Lip looked a little warmer in the tube, but on application it cooled significantly to a subdued brown. I thought that color wasn’t particularly holiday approved, so I tapped on some KVD Everlasting Glimmer Veil in Gold Skool to liven it up just a little. 

   Before looking closely at the eyes, I thought that the liner was better. That is purely a user error. I did find that the liner performed well and was somewhat easy to work with. I’m still getting my bearings with liquid liner, I’m sure I’ll get there eventually! One thing I will say is that I was pretty proud of the way these lashes came out. I tried full-strip lashes for the first time since I failed with the magnetic ones. These are the Ardell Studio Effects custom lashes, these things definitely have a learning curve and I’m still not sure how to get the glue off of them afterward. 

    The last thing I’ll bring up is the highlighter. Wow. It’s definitely something. My gripe with it is that the deepest copper tone is almost too pigmented and didn’t look right on my skin tone. I had to go over it with the remaining foundation on my beauty blender and then put on a little concealer before it chilled out. Even then there was still some obvious highlight showing through. I think my mistake was that I did mix all of the colors for my highlight and it’s a mistake I won’t be making again. I’ll definitely be trying this again to get a better feel for it.

  I know today’s post is a little lacking in the Christmas Spirit, aside from the cameo appearance of our first Christmas tree in the photo of my loot. I do hope you guys are having a great Holiday break and that you get everything on your wish list. I’m still crossing my fingers for that Tatcha Primer on my end!

On that note, I’ll leave you guys until tomorrow where we get one day closer to Christmas!

My Top 11 Products of 2018!

Welcome to day 2 of our 12 days of Christmas here at Java and Jeans! Yesterday we explored my personal wishlist and invited you to share your own, today we’re going to break down my top products for the past year!

2018 was the year I started to explore the wonderful (and confusing) world of cosmetics in earnest and I picked up a few proucts from older releases to holiday sets! Let’s get to it!

11.  Tarteist Pro Remix

    This was a product I was so on the hype train for. Literally. I tried to preorder it but was met with an out of stock notification. Dejected,  had to wait. On my first experiment with this palette I found that the red shadow, ‘grafitti’ didn’t seem to have the lasting power of the green ‘color explosion’ I paired it with for a holiday look.

That minor disappointment aside, the other shades perform admirably and blend nicely. There’s lovely pigment and the formula, in Tarte fashion, is phenomenal. 

10. Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

I can’t mention Tarte without bringing up my new holy grail mascara. Lights Camera lashes gives definition and curl that is unparalleled by any product I’ve tried previously. On top of that praise, the packaging is adorable. I highly recommend this mascara if you can spare the cost!

9.  ABH Norvina Palette

   At first, I wasn’t sure which of the ABH palettes I should put on this list, and after a recent day-wear of Norvina its position on this list was cemented. I love the buttery formula of these shadows and they build so well. I was able to build wild child, the bright shimmery pink, to a very nice level. It’s a nicely versatile palette that I recommend for those who like shimmer and champagne hues!

8. ABH Dream Glow Kit

This glow kit was on my list for such a long time. I wanted it so bad because of the ethereal shimmers and I finally got my hands on it for black friday. I couldn’t believe my luck that the one glow kit from  ABH that was dying for was half off. On playing with it, I found it right up my alley. I love colored highlights and while I usually prefer warmer champagne toned glow, this kit is perfect for cool toned looks and adding some ice for the winter.

7. Ciate` Glitterflips

These. are. amazing. I first heard of these on Tati’s channel. I think during a collab with James Charles or something… maybe Thomas Halbert? Anyway, I thought the price point was excessive but for the quality of product you get, I think it’s worth it! On one swipe you have opaque color that initially dries down almost matte. If you press your lips together while it’s still tacky, this beautiful, fine glitter appears. Their colors are gorgeous too!

6. ABH Sultry Palette

I was on the fence with adding this one, but with as much a I obsessed over this bridal looking palette, I figured it deserved a spot. This palette is lowkey, except for ‘Bloom”. I see this as less of an everyday wear, and more of a wedding or date palette. You can make gorgeous looks with or without the pop of color and go as glam as you’d like.

5. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Urban decay delivered 10 stunning pressed pigments that deliver vibrant, long-lasting colors and a multitude of possibilities. Admittedly, I’m a little late on the train with this one since it’s on the way out. I may be more timely next year! If you like super bright neon looks, definitely look into this palette. Right now, at the time of writing, it’s on sale on Urban Decay’s website for $15.

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is one of the end-all-be-alls for a reason. It’s phenomenal. After finding it, I use this almost everyday and every time I apply my makeup. I try other ones, but just fall flat of All Nighter’s staying power. I love the subtle scent and the matte finish. This one is worth a try if you want more out of your setting spray!

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I tried Tarte’s shapetape and I think I got a shade too light for me, because it makes me look frantic when I use it under my eyes. I opted to try a new concealer rather than buy another full Shapetape. Naked Skin was the one that caught my eye. The color is perfect for evening out my under eyes and makes me look alert as well as adds some warmth. I like to use the two in conjunction, but Naked Skin is my favorite!

2. Too Faced Born this way Foundation

I spent years wearing Ivory foundation without giving a thought to the fact that it was far too yellow for my skin and that it aged me significantly. Finally, I went to Ulta, disheartened after realizing the shade was so wrong. I was thrilled to shade matched with the shade “Snow”.

Wow. The difference it made. It adds a beautiful, natural finish to my skin that looks gorgeous. It doesn’t feel heavy or confining over my primer. All around my favorite foundation!

1.  Eyelure lashes in #005

I was at a loss for what to put at the number one spot, when it finally hit me. My favorite falsies. I always have a terrible time trying to apply strip lashes with the end results not working out. Until I found these gorgeous accent lashes. 

I can actually get these to apply well, in about 15 minute. Which is a far cry from the half an hour spent on other methods and 3 days with the magnetic lashes. 

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   We’ve made it through our top products of 2018! I know some of them were old news, but they were all new to me regardless. What were some of your favorite releases or finds of 2018? Comment your items below, or your experiences with anything in today’s post!

Check out day one if you missed it!