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

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:


PROS:
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
longwearing
inexpensive


CONS:
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):
MORPHE BRUSHES 35W eyeshadow palette

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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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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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review

I recently purchased a Z Palette (still en route) and realized that in addition to the crazy depotting experiments that will be going into the palette, it would be the perfect time to buy some single shadows from Makeup Geek to put in it. I’ve read rave reviews about MUG eyeshadows and I really love their creator, Marlena, so I was also excited to support the brand. Of course the MUG shadows showed up before the palette itself, but that’s ok. I can still share some thoughts with y’all while I wait for a place to actually store these things.

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(It’s here! Yay!)

First of all, the shipping was (clearly) fast. I placed my order Wednesday night and it showed up on Friday. This might be the quickest I’ve ever received anything other than from Amazon, which is pretty amazing considering Makeup Geek is a small business and Amazon is a huge mega-corporation. You do pay for your shipping with MUG, however it was only $1.99 to ship my 5 eyeshadows, so I don’t feel bad about it at all. The box was extremely well packed to ensure nothing broke in transit, which I appreciate.

OK, so eyeshadows. I got one matte shade, one with light shimmer, one full shimmer, and two of the foiled shadows. In other words, I got the sampler platter of finishes.

As I alluded to with the Z palette comment, the shadows come in pans without any outer casing. This is very efficient and saves a lot of space, which I love, but also means that the shadows are floating around loose and unprotected until my palette gets in. As soon as I get my Z Palette (an empty magnetic palette where you can mix and match all of your favorite makeup to create your own ultimate makeup collection) I’ll show you how they fit. The shadows arrive to you in cute little art deco-inspired envelopes (gold accents for the foiled shadows and white for the regular line). The foiled shadows are $9.99 each and the regular line are $5.99 each. All totaled, this mini-haul cost me $39.94 for 5 shadows plus shipping and the shadows promise to be high-end quality. So far so good!

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Here are the individual shadow pans themselves and the website’s shade descriptions:

Flame Thrower ($9.99) “True brightened warm copper with a foiled finish.”
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Starry Eyed ($9.99) “Light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish. Pinky-beige champagne.”
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Cosmopolitan ($5.99) “Rose Gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish.”
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(FYI the ding in this shadow is my own fault- I scratched it when I was opening the pouch it came in. These shadows all arrived in perfect condition.)

Hipster ($5.99) “Dark sand and light taupe tan with slight shimmer.”
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Bitten ($5.99) “Matte deep maroon red”
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Swatch time!
L-R: Starry Eyed, Flame Thrower, Cosmopolitan, Hipster, Bitten.
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Initial reaction:

So I’ve heard rave reviews about the foiled shadows. I agree that they are very nice, but I think they have been overhyped a bit. In my opinion they aren’t some magical pixie dust the world has never seen the way some people have described, but they are still high quality, very pigmented metallic eyeshadows. I would compare them to the look of a loose powder pigment, but in an easier to use pressed format. I thought Flame Thrower was more intensely metallic than Starry Eyed, and Flame Thrower did have a slightly more slippy, silky feel than a traditional eye shadow where Starry Eyed’s texture was a little more commonplace. Starry Eyed wasn’t that different from most other champagne metallic shadows for me (very similar to Stila’s famous Kitten shadow). Again, that doesn’t mean they’re bad (at all!). I do think they are comparable in both color and quality to shadows that cost a lot more (Starry Eyed is similar to Stila Kitten, and Flame Thrower makes me think of MAC’s Amber Lights- both of which used to be fixtures in my makeup kit).

As for the other OG shades, Cosmopolitan and Hipster both blew me away with their initial swatches, but Bitten seemed a little under-pigmented and streaky. Part of the reason for that is that these are finger swatches. Ironically, finger swatches often look better than what you can produce with a brush (your finger’s surface picks up more concentrated color than a brush because a brush is meant to diffuse the harsh lines a bit), but I found that Bitten picked up far better with a brush and looked amazing when applied! I’m really glad, because that was the shade I was most exited about.

I tried swatching again this morning over primer to see what would happen and the difference was startling. You can see how Bitten wasn’t doing so well on its own, but comes to life over the primer. The other regular shadows benefited slightly from the primer and the foiled ones looked the same either way. This is all fine by me because I always use a primer anyway.

Swatched with no primer on top and a strip of primer on the bottom:
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Enough about swatches, let’s see these bad boys in action.

I’m really sorry for how tired my eyes look in the first set of pictures. I look so tired because I was really, really tired. I took this set last night and it was way past my bedtime. I was just that excited about these shadows that I HAD to play with them before I could sleep. In these, I’m wearing a wash of Starry Eyed on the inner 2/3 of my lid with Flame Thrower blended from the outer third. Since it was late I just slapped this one with my fingers without primer or anything, but I still thought they blended really nicely (and as mentioned above, the foiled shadows do very well without primer).makeup geek starry eyed and flamethrower foiled eyeshadow look makeup geek starry eyed and flame thrower foiled eyeshadow

Ok, here’s today’s look where I was actually awake. I did kind of a grungey, ’90s inspired mostly matte eye without much else going on.
I’m wearing Bitten all over the lid with Hipster just barely blended into the crease as a transition shade and Starry Eyed in the inner corners again.

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Dat pigmentation tho.

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I think I’ve told you guys before that I LOVE red tinged eyeshadow.


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Comin’ at you straight up out the ’90s.

I failed to include a look with Cosmopolitan, but that will be coming in a post soon, so I’ll be sure to link when I put it up (update: here it is!).
As for my final thoughts, I want to confirm the hype (for the most part, since I mentioned earlier that some people have gone a little overboard). These eyeshadows were all great to work with, blended super well and had great pigmentation. MUG provides a variety of finish levels as well as really well thought out colors. They are all a great value, but in my opinion the regular old non-foiled shadows are actually the winner. They are phenomenal to work with (even though some require primer), they are pigmented, and they are only six bucks. All of the shadows are high end quality, but the regular line will give you the most bang for your buck. I’m definitely going to be placing a second order in the near future. Thanks for creating such an awesome product line, Marlena!

Pony 3 Eyeshadow Palette and Lipstick Review

Hi friends! I’ve got a new Memebox product that was sent for me to review. This time it’s the latest collaboration between Memebox and amazing Korean makeup artist and blogger PONY. They’ve collaborated several times in the past, and this iteration is called “Shine Easy Glam 3,” AKA Pony 3, and the collection is inspired by spring flowers. I was sent the “Brown Bloom” Eyeshadow Quad ($18) and “Orange Dahlia” Lipstick ($12).

First of all, I was immediately taken in by the packaging.

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The boxes are so cute, and the holograph lettering on solid white and gold cases for the makeup feel simultaneously edgy and luxe. Both products have a nice weight to them and they seem higher-end than the price would suggest.

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Minus the hologram, it makes me think a little of Tom Ford cosmetic packaging- not that I can afford anything by Tom Ford.


I was a little surprised at how glittery the eyeshadows themselves were. The color pairings are nice and they all complement each other, but I was expecting a more matte definition color instead of the very shimmery dark brown in the eyeshadow quad. They are beautiful though, aren’t they?

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When swatched, I found the two light shades to both be fairly sheer while the orange and brown shades were much more heavily pigmented.

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At first I didn’t know what to make of that glittery beige shade because it’s sheer, but incredibly sparkly. It quickly became my favorite of the bunch because I realized I could use it to transform other shades. I tried wearing all kinds of eye looks and tapping that shade lightly on the center of my upper eyelid for a glistening effect (it looked extra good on a smoky eye). Of course I took no pictures of these experiments (vacation life), but I’m sure there will be future posts using the shadow that way.

One problem I noticed was a lot of glitter fallout on my cheeks after applying these shadows (mainly the sparkling beige and the peachy orange), but I corrected this by applying my eyes before my concealer/foundation/whatever so I could dab the glitter off my cheeks with makeup remover without destroying anything. This worked well for me and I didn’t experience any additional fallout after the initial application.

I’ve included a couple shots of the shades in action, but I’m afraid these pictures don’t do them justice since I was working with some pretty bad lighting while I was out of town. The real thing was much prettier (and more pigmented), but at least you can see that the shades blended well together! The glitter was so fine that it blended into a really nice liquid looking sheen that I always loooooove.

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You can sort of see the shimmer here:
pony 3 memebox brown bloom eyeshadow look

Overall, I thought this eyeshadow palette was a great value and glitteryness made it a bit different than other similar comparable American palettes. The matte beige shadow was lacking a bit in pigmentation, but it still worked well as a base color and blending tone, so I didn’t mind.


As for the lipstick, this stuff blew me away! I’ve noticed with a lot of the makeup I get from Memebox that the eyeshadows are good, but the lip products are GREAT. This $12 lipstick was as creamy and moisturizing and opaque as something at least twice as much.

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and finally we have a couple full face shots for the complete look!

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All in all a great addition to my spring makeup collection!

April Ipsy and Birchbox reviews

I thought I would do one of these rundowns again after my overly long hiatus. In case you were wondering, I definitely did get some good stuff over the last few months, so that’s not why I was slacking. I just got these this week, so I’m not that late for once. 😉

First of all, can we take a moment to just appreciate how far both of these companies have come in terms of packaging? Soooo cute, especially the Rifle Paper box!
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You come a long way, ladies.

Ok, review time! Let’s talk about ipsy first. This month had a bohemian theme.
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First is Gállány Cosmetics Lipstick in Petal ($21.50). This lipstick was a pretty color, although I have a few dupes of this shade. It was kind of average. Nothing super special about it, but not a bad product. Not worth $21.50.
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Next was Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek Tint ($22).
I was excited about this, but it had almost no color at all on my lips, and my lips are pretty pale. I could detect the tiniest hint of color and that was it. Other than that, it had a nice slick but not sticky feel and was very glossy.

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theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Fit ($36 for the full palette).
A sequel to my Nude ‘Tude palette! I really liked the first one, and this edition seems comparable. The shades seem reeeeally similar to the original palette, just warmer. The first palette was good that naturally this extremely similar one is also going to be a good nude palette option. Pretty much everything theBalm makes is a winner. They are one of my favorite sleeper brands that doesn’t get the love they deserve.

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(it’s the bronzey shade in my crease below)
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MicaBeauty Eye Primer ($44.99)
This is a good primer. It’s a large pot, with a very solid feeling formula that would last a long time. It looks good on my skintone and while that means it would be pretty light on darker skin, that can make bold colors stand out really well so it isn’t a bad thing. However, this primer is not worth $45. This was great as a sample, but there’s no way they can be serious with that price.
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L-R, a swatch of the Nude Dude single, then a swatch of the primer, then both.
nude dude fit eyeshadow swatched over primer

JulieG Nail Color in Damsel ($3.99)
Hot pink! This swatch is only one (admittedly thick) coat, and it’s super smooth and opaque! Not a color I would normally wear, but the polish quality is good. It was worth sampling for sure.
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And now onto Birchbox:

april 2015 birchbox review

jane iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink – $25
I like it well enough. It’sone of those “magic” products that goes on clear and adjusts to the right shade for your lips/cheeks. It was very natural looking although it felt slightly waxy on my cheeks. Still looked good, though. You can also see it on my cheeks in the final full face picture at the end of this post.
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Number 4™ Hydrating Shampoo – $34
This stuff is way expensive, but it smells and feels nice. Not in my budget.
Temple Spa Peace Be Still Calming Face & Body Balm – $29
A good, non-greasy moisturizer. Again, a bit pricier than anything I’d buy. I save my splurges for eyeshadow.

Harvey Prince Yogini – $55
I don’t love fragrance samples as I’ve said time and time again with my birchboxes. I also don’t love Harvey Prince fragrances. However, I actually liked this one! I probably wouldn’t buy it, but it was nice. Probably because this one has notes of grapefruit and I’m a big citrus fan.

Supergoop!® Daily Correct CC Cream ​SPF 35+ in light to medium – $32
I’m already a fan of the Supergoop line (you know I am OBSESSED with SPF and that’s kind of their thing) so I was excited to try this. It felt good, covered well and it had a natural finish that made my skin look so smooth. Unfortunately, this was a shade too dark and made me look like I had a spray tan. Fortunately, they make a lighter shade, so I’m interested in buying that once I use up my 5,000 other foundations and BB creams.

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