This year I decided to cancel my boxycharm subscription so I can focus on the products I have, including all the products I’ve received via boxycharm and Ipsy; the only two subscriptions I’ve had for several years.
I am keeping my ipsy subscription because you can skip months and I like the sample subscription.
Using January’s products and a palette previously received in Boxycharm I came up with this look
The Ace Beauté Scarlet Dusk palette came in the January 2020 boxycharm box but I hadn’t used it at all so I pulled it out for this look. The a Kevyn Aucoin mascara came in the Boxycharm premium May 2020 box.
I like the formula of Ace Beauté’s shadows and I have a palette that I purchased on my own. The shadows apply pigmented and are easy to blend. Using a glitter primer I was able to apply a shimmer shade (Hibiscus) without having to wet my brush.
I think the Kevyn Aucoin mascara is ok. I like it but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. The brush is small with tight bristles that seperates lashes nicely and with a couple of layers it made my lashes look nice.
The January ipsy bag came with a blush and highlighter and blush, along with some face masks, a color correcting cream and a hyradte and glow oil. I didn’t think to use the color corrector but I did use the highlighter and blush.
I was surprised at how much I liked the Ciaté London Glow to Illuminating Blush in Matchmaker. Overall I have not been impressed with this brand so I didn’t have high hopes, plus I prefer matte blushes but this was a nice blush. The pigment is perfect for a blush and it isn’t glittery.
The highlighter is Catrice Luminous Highlighter in Lumi and it gives a beautiful wet highlight look.
I haven’t used the other products I received in the ipsy bag but I’m happy about the products I received.
I liked being able to use the products in my bag and enjoyed shopping my subscription box stash for this look.
I picked up a black liquid line, Numero Uno, regular price $8, to get to free shipping. This was the first time I purchased this style liner.
I have to start with saying, I hate CP’s pot liners. They’re hard to work with, they’re chunky and I can’t get them to apply smoothly no matter what deity I pray to. The pencil liners are fine, nothing special to be honest, so I wasn’t expecting much.
The most important thing for me when it comes to makeup is that it has to be easy. So, to test this out, I decided to use this liner for the first time in a moving car.
OK, it wasn’t planned but that’s how it happened.
I’m not the best at applying eyeliner, something to keep in mind, but overall, this eyeliner was pretty easy to apply. I did have to shake it a few times, and shake it in between applications, but it didn’t leak or apply too much.
I like the matte black finish and that I was able to apply a thin precise line but I’m interested in seeing how long it’ll take before it’s “empty” or too dry to use.
My eyeshadow is a combination of Makeup Geek and Sydney Grace singles and Colourpop SSS on the lid.
Have you used these liquid liners before? What do you think of them?
Here I am again with another colourpop palette, oops 🙂
I’m sure there are others who, like me, make impulsive purchases knowing they might not use what they buy or try to go out of their comfort zone.
I liked almost everything from the Take it to Baroque collection with the exception of the lux liquid lip glosses (3 in the collection) and the Baroque palette so the collector in me got the entire collection. >.<
So, I have this palette with colors I never use, now what. Well, guess I’ll just put some colors on my lids
I used Bébé in the crease, applies softly and blended out. I had a little bit of issues with this being patchy but I was able to blend it out after a couple of layers.
Then I applied Lounge to the outer third and blended it into the crease
I applied Secret all over the lid, first with a pencil then tapped it into my lid to try to get some of beautiful periwinkle glitter on the lid. The sequence formula doesn’t really transfer that well out of the pan.
I used some NYX glitter glue over secret and applied Ritzy over it from the middle to the inner corner.
Then I applied Noble over the middle towards the out third.
Once I applied Ritzy and Noble I loved the look.
I used Bébé across the lower lash and added lounge to the outer third lower
My final first impression thoughts on the palette are that the formulas are easy to use, pigmented and blend out nicely. The colors are beautiful and the colors story is perfect together.
Even if you don’t use these colors often, I’d recommend giving this palette a try!
The Sandstone palette may be just another neutral with a yellow but I still love it!
This palette has 4 mattes, 7 mattes that have glitter particles and 7 metallics/shimmers.
I find that these particular mattes that have the glitter through them apply with more of that glitter on the lid that previous versions have. I’m ok with it so I actually still apply these as if they were just mattes.
MAC paint pot in soft ocre
Vortex in the crease to brow
Oasis in crease, keeping it lower
Canyon Loop on outer half of lid and into lid
Big Butte in outer third of lid and softly into crease
Templeton in the outer edge, in a V shape with a tighter brush. Then take a fluffier brush to blend it out and slightly blending it into the crease
Pueblo on lid – dip brush into color, spray with setting spray then apply to lid
Blend between Pueblo and outer lid colors
Lower lash – Canyon Loop, Big Butte and Templeton
Desert Sky in the inner corner, dip brush into the color, spray and apply
Colourpop recently released four new lippie stix with their Sandstone palette release and I picked up all four!
Each lippie stix retails for $7 or you can get the set of 4 for $26.
It took me a while to get the hang of, or get used to, the lippie stix formula. It seems like a combination of a lip pencil and lipstick, it has longer staying power that a lipstick but not as mucb as a liquid lipstick.
These are supposed to be a “blur” formula but I’ll have to confirm what they actually show on the box. From my experience with the four, only one pops out as having their “blur” effect which was Hike House. I really had to build up Hike House to get good and even pigmentation and it did enhance the dryness of my lips.
The other three shades were easy to apply and went on pigmented and smoothly.
Overall I really like this set and would definitely recommend Verde Valley, Coyote Ugly and Prarie Home. If you really like the color, you can make Hike House work, you’ll just need to make sure to give your lips some extra TLC.
As much as I love seeing creative holiday looks and would like to be more adventurous and editorial with my makeup I don’t foresee myself doing it anytime soon. That doesn’t mean I can enjoy a good Halloween collection though!
Last year Makeup Revolution released the Forever Flawless Haunted House palette and, after missing out on it the first go around, I decided to purchase it. Even if it was just because of the tin, oops >.<
Fortunately, the color story is something I can work with and the quality matches the rest of their Forever Flawless line.
I don’t limit palettes to seasons so have used this throughout the year but I did chose this as one of my monthly palettes for this month.
Something I noticed and was excited about it, is that within this palette I can see how my comfort levels have changed.
Last year I wound have completely stayed away from Decrepit, Petrify, Creepy and Undead but this year they were the first colors I gravitated to!
Peril in the crease blending up towards the brow
Decrepit in the crease, keeping it lower than Peril and blending it in the outer 1/3 of my lid building it up on the outer 1/3
Added Petrify to 1/3 of my lid to darken it up more, blending it towards the center of my lid
I used NYX Glitter Primer on the inner half of my lid focusing it more in the inner 1/3, patting it on. Wait a few seconds to let out dry
Apply Creak over primer with my finger or flat brush gently swiping it when you get to the center of the lid towards the outer edge to blend between the shimmer and matte shade
Clean up under the eye for any fallout, do remainder of face
Peril all over lash line
Decrepit in outer 1/3 lower last blending towards center
With my eye closed I took a small dense brush and applied Nightmare at my upper and lower lash line to darken it up a bit and give a blurred liner look
Afterwards I took a thin flat liner brush and tight lined my upper lash with Decrepit (but the brush and product tight into my lash line)
Applied Phantom between Peril and my eyebrow
Took a lip brush, I like these because they’re small and tightly packed which makes them perfect for picking up and precisely placing product in an area, and used Creep in the inner corner to add some brightness to the look
Did you pick up this palette? Or are you picking up this year’s?
Hope everyone has a great rest of their day and week!