Jordana Spring 2016 New Products

Today I bought three of the new Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color ($4.99) and five of the six Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadows ($4.99)! I got all of these at walgreen’s, but they are also available at K-Mart. So far, they aren’t available for purchase online.

Let’s talk about the lips first. I’m really into these. I’ve become a liquid lipstick hoarder and this is a great formula for a very low price. They dry quickly to a matte finish that is lightweight and comfortable. They do get drying after a while, so if that bothers you, they also layer well over or under balms although that will reduce wear time. On their own with no balm, I was able to eat lunch and drink a coffee without any transfer, but they are not entirely smudgeproof, and will smudge if rubbed (but only if you rub them fairly hard, not just accidentally touching them).

What’s even better is that while I can’t personally confirm, I’ve seen pictures online that show the shade Creme Brulee is an exact dupe of the Kylie Lipkit shade Koko K, but for sooo much less (and also not constantly sold out).

Here are the shades I purchased: (swatched L-R) 01 Creme Brulee, a dusty pink; 07 Tiramisu, a rusty nude and 05 Mango Sorbet, a bright orange.

So those are really fun, but good inexpensive matte liquid lipsticks are becoming pretty common. What’s truly different are these metallic Liquid eyeshadows. Wowwww, i am in love with these (which is why I ended up buying every color the store had in stock). They’re super metallic and easy to apply. I used to like liquid eyeshadows in the early 2000’s, but they were always in little squeeze tubes that made them super hard to use. This version is a little creamier and has a paddle applicator that makes the much easier to apply.

I like to dab a little on my eyelids, let the cream set up for a few seconds, then tap the color with my fingers to blend. I add more as needed until it’s as vibrant as I want. I really like these, although I don’t know why they don’t have a better shade variety. They’re worth it either way. I’m obsessed with these. The swatches from L-R are 01 Forever Sand, 02 Not A Wink Pink, 03 Immortal Metal, 04 Uphold Gold, and 05 Dusk ‘Til Bronze (the 6th shade was sold out).

Here’s a final look with the shadows in Eternal Sand, Uphold Gold and Eternal Metal and lips in Mango Sorbet:Jordana Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadow Review look mango sorbet sweet cream

Anastasia Self Made Palette Review

Hi friends! I’m behind, as usual. I have so many fun products that have been in regular rotation lately and I feel bad for not reviewing them sooner.

First up is my current favorite, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self Made Palette ($35). This has sort of been my ride-or-die palette lately. I’m really sad that this is limited edition (it’s already sold out at Sephora) because I think this one is an incredible value. The shades are really diverse but they work together well, the shadows are great quality and it’s only $35 (compared to an Urban Decay Naked palette that will run more than $50). These shadow s are on the soft, powdery side, but they still apply really well and still maintain excellent pigmentation. The included brush is decent, and the pallete itself feels sturdy, plus it has a mirror. Almost every shade is great, although the eponymous Self-Made shade is ironically sort of mediocre. Pink Champagne, Sherbert and Blush are my current favorites, but all of the shades are nice and lend themselves to interesting combinations.

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One weird thing I noticed is that the expiration date for these shadows is only 6 months (that’s what the open jar icon in the image below stands for). maybe it’s because these are particularly soft? I’m not sure, but most pressed shadow lasts at least a year, so I can’t believe this has such a short shelf life. I’ll probably keep using it past that date because it really seems unreasonable.

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But seriously, check out these swatches. How much fun is this pallete?

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And here they are in practice. This is a sampling of the looks I’ve put together over the past month with this palette. I’m getting my money’s worth for sure!

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Colourpop Fall ’15 Collection Review

Ok, time for some Colourpop realtalk. When it comes to this brand, internet opinions seem to fall into either a LOVE IT or HATE IT camp. I’m in neither camp and I want to tell you what these products (particularly the eyeshadows) are and are not good for. I ordered the Colourpop Forever Freshman eyeshadow set, two extra shadows, a matte lipstick and two ultra matte liquid lipsticks to get a feel for the brand. I purchased them last Monday and they just showed up today, so I wanted to get this review out while it was fresh in my mind.

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First of all, in case you are not yet acquainted, Coulourpop eyeshadows are weird hybrid mousse-cream shadows. There’s some debate over whether they are creams or powders or whatever and while they are a little different than a traditional cream, I would still call this a cream shadow for sure.

Because of this, they don’t apply well with brushes and work better with your fingers. A lot of people in the makeup community hate this about the shadows. I’m neutral about it, because there are benefits to that. Here are the pros and cons to these shadows:

very pigmented
lots and lots of cool colors to choose from
blend very smoothly
fun to work with
can create extremely quick looks on the go
very pretty metallic shimmers

Don’t play well with brushes, so they’re not precise
difficult to create multi-colored looks
if you try to use glitter and matte the glitter gets EVERYWHERE
color sheers out when you try to diffuse
all of the sets include exclusive shades that can’t be purchased separately
sets do not cost less than buying the shadows separately
Not much product in pan
Some of the glitter shadows have glitter that’s too chunky

What does all that mean mean for you? Basically, the main issue is that the shades are difficult to blend together in a precise way. That means that hooded “smoky V” type eye that I like to do is all but impossible without a brush, but these shadows also don’t work well with brushes. So there’s that.

On the other  hand, they are really great for an all-over wash of color or a simple two-shade gradient. Those are very doable and they are quick, easy and beautiful. Plus you get to apply with your fingers and that’s fun.

My takeaway from all of that is if you really like complicated “beat face” eyeshadow looks, you will hate these shadows. If you like doing simple eyes sometimes or you are really intimidated by the idea of expertly blending four different shades into your crease and want a shortcut, then these are worth your time.

There’s also some really nice pigmentation to be had if you stick with these. Check out my swatches:

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This is the Forever Freshman set ($30) from the new, ’90s-inspired Fall 2015 collection. It has three mattes and three shimmers. The Shades swatched L-R are Baby-T, Melrose, As-If, 90210, Koosh, Crimper.

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These are two single shadows I was drawn to, Shark Attack and I Heart This ($5 each).

For my part, I have been a lot more into one or two tone washes of color offset by bold lips lately, so I’m actually pretty into these. I also think the cream shadows lend themselves to a particularly lovely sparkle that is hard to recreate in a powder shadow. For that reason, I think Colourpop super shock shadows also make a good base tone when you do want a cut crease look. You’ll just need to use a powder-based contrast tone in the crease.

Lippie Stix in Lumiere ($5).

This is ok, but I’m not wowed yet. It feels good, but looks sooo dry in the pictures. It feels like a Maybelline Creamy Matte (love those) and the Jordana Modern Matte, but I don’t think it looks as good on. It might just be this shade, I dunno. I also may have just needed to moisturize (I was in a hurry to get these swatched and reviewed TODAY, so shortcuts were taken). The packaging also seems  needlessly long.

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Ultramatte liquid lip in Beeper ($6).

This stuff is great! Ok, so it looks REALLY dry on my lips (as basically all matte liquid lipsticks are wont to do) because I didn’t adequately moisturize first, but what I’m so hyped about is that it feels extremely light on. This is the first liquid lip that I can actually forget I’m wearing because it doesn’t feel heavy and tight. It’s comparable to Kat Von D, but for a quarter of the price. I just need to be sure an plump up my pout before swatching next time.

Alright, let’s do some looks!

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This is Shark attack and I Heart this blended together. This is the sort of easy wash I was talking about, this is where Colourpop shines.

Then there’s this wayyyy too subtle look-
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That is an example of trying to smooth out the lines of an eye contour and blurring it into nothingness. Believe it or not, that was at one time As If, 90210 and Crimper from the Forever Freshman set (check the initial swatches and let me know if you expected that).

The problem was that I couldn’t get a balance of pigmentation and smooth lines. Blending the shades with any precision other than just an allover lid color is not going to happen.

After that, I tried to really challenge myself to make it work by adding the rest of the shades in, and this was the best I could do.

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Also pictured: the Lumiere Lippie Stick.

Ok, so to salvage that sad look, I smoothed the crease out with a little bit of Busted from Urban Decay’s Naked 2 and added liquid liner. After that I felt way better about my super shocks.

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Also pictured in this set: Beeper ultra matte lip.

Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow Review

I’m really excited about today’s review! This post has been in the draft stage for far too long, but I want to finally put in my two cents about Morphe Cosmetics. I had been stalking Morphe Brushes’ site for a while a couple months ago since they get rave reviews from beauty bloggers, but I kept stalling because I don’t need any more eyeshadow. While that is still true, I eventually caved because the eyeshadow palettes are only $20, so I somehow justified it to myself.

So first of all, these palettes look suspiciously similar to the kind of palettes you can get from sites like bh cosmetics, crown brush and coastal scents, among others. While all of those companies have branched out into creating more of their own unique products, their original focus used to be importing those Chinese 120 color palettes that were once only available through eBay. I’ve reviewed the 120 palettes before and I really like them, but they’re generally best for extremely bright looks. The reason being that while those eyeshadows are typically pretty vibrant, they also have a somewhat dusty, chalky texture. I love them because they have a great range of pigmented brights and they’re very affordable which is good since I don’t use colors like that often, but they don’t feel as good to work with. For neutral colors that I use a lot, I prefer to go with higher end shadows that are nicer to work with and easier to blend.

These palettes are NOT the same as the eBay palettes. They are made in America and the eyeshadows are (mostly) smoother and better quality. This is also a female-owned small business, so I feel good supporting them. I ended up with the 35W palette for $19.99. Weirdly, it has the exact same shades as the 35N palette, except that pallette is all matte while this had some shimmers mixed in. I actually wish I had waited to buy this because they just released some new 35 pan palettes that look amazing (the 35P plum palette, 35K smoky neutral palette and 35O orange-toned palette), but whatever. For $20 I can always buy another. Let’s talk about the one I have for now.

Let’s start with pictures of the palette itself!

In bright daylight (quarter shown for scale):
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Artificial light.
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The second image in artificial light looks closer to what the shades look like in real life, but I thought it was helpful to show both pictures to give a better idea of which shades have shimmer and which don’t.

I also swatched every single shade, so here they are, shown in the same order they appear in the palette. Each swatch is done over a strip of primer, so you can see how each one performs with and without it.

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Based on my swatches, I made this chart indicating the best and worst performers. The shadows with the stars are really nice, smooth, buttery, and high-end feeling. The ones without any marks are decent, like higher quality drugstore shadows (think NYX or L’Oreal) and the X’s are for weak shadows that work like low quality cheap shadows.

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Only 4 real duds here. That’s not bad for the money I spent, right? I have had had a little trouble blending some of the shades, but overall I found the palette versatile and good to work with. The only problem I had was keeping track of which shadows I preferred working with over others. The really good ones are so smooth to work with, but sometimes I’d accidentally grab a muddier one and end up having to start my eye look over.

Here are a couple of looks to give you an idea of how they work in practice.

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Quick Review- Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick

Hi friends! I’ve been so busy but I have so many things I still want to share with you! Today I’m trying something different, I’m doing an out-of-pocket review from my desk since I’m never at my home computer anymore. The lighting here is so unflattering, but I really wanted to tell you guys about this lipstick regardless of how sallow I may look.

Other than nearly-lethal servings of coffee, my primary work stress reliever is to go makeup shopping during lunch (how surprising) and my biggest vice is collecting drugstore lipsticks. My desk seriously has SO MANY hiding in it right now. This was getting expensive quickly, so I was really pleased to find Jordana’s Modern Matte Lipsticks. These are not fully matte, they have more of a satin finish, but the color is really intense, they’re comfortable to wear and they’re only $2.49. I also love how they look very light-textured, like a stain, instead of thick and heavy on the lips. There’s no real need to layer these, but if you do they stay very thin and comfortable. The color is bold no matter what!

Right now I have Matte Bare, a nice nude shade that works well for pale girls and Style, a fantastic blue-based red for anyone and everyone. Today I’m wearing Style:




This color looks pretty bright in the office lighting but can be a bit darker in lower light. The
shade actually reminds me of the MAC Marilyn Monroe lipstick I tried out a while ago, but the texture is much more comfortable! You can’t beat that. I will definitely be picking up more of these lipsticks.

The next day I wore the bare shade and thought I’d share that, too. It’s a very pretty pink-brown color that I am just loving. The finish is a little more satin-y than Style but is still mate-ish. Very comfortable to wear.



90s-Inspired Rusty Plum Venus Palette Dupe Look

You guys already know that 90s beauty is EVERYTHING to me. It’s probably because I was coming of age in that era, so that was my first exposure to caring at all about makeup and it’s always going to have a special place in my heart. As a result I’ve been kind of obsessed with the colors in Lime Crime’s Venus palette ($48). The palette was like something I would have put together myself, but I was a little concerned about the widespread allegations of unprofessional behavior and quality control from the company, plus I only really cared about half the shades since I already have several of them. Instead, I ended up just getting dupes of the shades I didn’t have and making my own version of the palette. That’s what my Makeup Geek order from a while back was all about.🙂

The warm peach and brown tones in the palette were nice, but the berry shades are the real standouts for me (hello Makeup Geek Bitten!). It’s a shame it’s so hard to find good berry shades; a lot of people worry they’ll look sickly in them but (at least in my opinion) they look gorgeously dramatically and flatter every eye color so beautifully. They make brown eyes look complex and mysterious, green eyes super vibrant and intense and blue eyes pale and ethereal. Whay aren’t more people wearing these colors?

If you’d like to see my take, here’s my Venus palette-esque look using Cosmopolitan ($5.99), Bitten ($5.99) and Starry Eyed ($9.99) from Makeup Geek.

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I also ordered LA Splash’s Lip Couture liquid lipstick in Latte Confession ($14), which is supposed to be a dupe for LC’s Riot Velvetine Lipstick, but for $6 less. Matte liquid lipsticks are everywhere these days, and this is a good option. It does have a tendency to show every crack in your lips, so pre-moisturizing with a nice balm is a good idea (this can be said for all liquid lipsticks). This formula is really opaque, applies well, doesn’t separate into lines and lasts forever and ever. Seriously, my makeup remover wipes won’t take this stuff off at all, the only way I could get it off was to apply petroleum jelly over it and wipe off after 30 seconds. Beyond the formulation, I am just obsessed with this color. It’s an amazing dusty brown-red shade that looks unbelievable. Loooove.

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Basically I’m wearing all of my favorite makeup colors in this look, so I kind of had to post too many pictures. Hope you like my budget conscious 90s homage!

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