I recently decided to do, and post, eye looks even if I don’t do an entire face of makeup.
This gives me the opportunity to share looks, and have them for future reference for myself, without the commitment of doing a full face then removing all that makeup. Which, let’s face it, is what I feel most lazy to do.
This also makes me feel better about the amount of making I have because I’m actually using it instead of having it sit around waiting until I have an excuse to use it.
For this look I reached for the Colourpop Good For Hue collection. My goal is always to maximize the products used but you can definitely achieve beautiful looks by using only one quad/palette.
I used the Hot Chocolate and Cream Soda quads and for extra spice I used a shade, Token, from the Lucky Penny palette too.
Cream Soda is perfect for very subtle and shimmery looks, while Hot Chocolate makes for great smokey eye looks. I used both for something in between.
I started with Milkshake in the crease, added Token to slightly darken the crease and built up the depth with Choc Full and Ur Hot.
I could have stuck to the Hot Chocolate quad and used Fun Factory with a fluffy brush and light hand in place of Token.
For the lid I placed Half Sweet on the center of my lid, going over the out edge a little to blend it, and Malted in the inner corner portion, going over Half Sweet a little to blend the shades. I applied both using my fingers.
I quickly did my brows and went in with Soda Shop between my brow and crease.
Morphe continues to hold a special place in my heart as the first eyeshadow brand I used.
I’ve only kept four eyeshadow palettes, which is still probably three too many, and I try to make it a point to take these out every now and then.
Tonight I decided to dip into 35C to play with some colors
The mattes in this palette are amazing. They blend well, wear well and have nice pigmentation. Some of the shimmers/metallics are also gorgeous. They’re super buttery and have great pigmentation. Some of the shimmer/metallic are a little powdery and lackluster.
Here is an example of both:
In the left I used Harper, a nice, chocolatey, bronze metallic that goes on smoothly with great opacity in one swipe.
On the right side, I used Sydney. This is a firetruck red with a sheen finish. It’s probably not actually “firetruck” red but for some reason it reminds me of firetrucks from childhood books so, that’s what I’m calling it.
Which look do you prefer?
Who else sits around randomly using makeup just to play with it? Its my favorite thing to do late at night when I should be sleeping, lol.
These days my car selfies are looking a little different
My car lease was up and I’m trying to decide if I want to get another car or use alternative transportation given how little I leave my house and how close my job is (and working from home plays a big impact too)
I want to try to test this out for a month or two and how I feel afterward. I’m also hoping that not being able to just jump in my car and go somewhere will help curb my spending habits. Fingers crossed!
Maybe I’ll get a moped or scooter, haha.
Here is what I look like under the mask today
Lancome Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid (gifted)
Supergoop Mineral Sheer Suncreen spf 30 PA++ (gifted)
Not sure if the previous Colourpop palette posts count but I’m calling this V1 because I’m using shadows I’ve depotted and placed into one large palette.
This is the x-large palette I used to combine several of my small Colourpop palettes. It wasn’t an easy decision, especially since most of my Colourpop impulse buys are due to the packaging, but I love being able to see all my options.
I did have to label the shadows myself and at some point I stopped including what palette they were from but it is easy to Google the shadow name and see what palette it was in.
Shadows used :
Champs from Yes, Please
Top Notch from All I See is Magic
Hard from Double Entendre
Elfish from Dream St
Money Tree from Fortune
The highlighter is a recent Jaclyn Cosmetics loose highlighters and the bronzer is from the Tarte Ave Princess palette.
These are the two latest palettes from LA Girl, VIP Desert Dream and Main Stage Desert Dream.
(what’s a PRE-PS? I’m not a color expert) The Main Stage palette has a nice colorful color story with some pastel and darker jewel tones. The VIP palette has warm, neutral tones which are more my style.
Of the three mattes I used for this look, thr yellow and rust were pigmented and easy to blend. The dark brown that I used in the outer corner took more layers to build up to the darkness I wanted.
The metallic shade I used has an interesting texture. I think the best way to describe it is like soft chunky glitter. I found the best way to apply this is to go in with you finger, lightly rubbing the pan to get product on your finger, then applying it to the lid. I used NYX glitter primer on the area where I applied that shade to get it to stick on better and reduce fallout through the day.
Overall, I like these larger LA Girl palettes. They usually retail for $15.99US and are available at Ulta, Target, CVS and Walmart to name a few stores and they go on sale pretty often for 40-50% off.
The only think I would change, and this is a personal preference, is the front of the palette has a plastic, jelly like texture.
Have you tried any of the LA Girl 16 pan palettes? What do you think of these two palettes?
Both palettes were gifted but reviews and thoughts are my own honest opinions.
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.
When I first saw the ND Glam palette I didn’t think I’d add it to my stash. This is too cool of a color story for me but, a friend and my love for her shadows quickly changed my mind haha.
The biggest difference between this palette and others is that the shades don’t have names, instead they’re labeled by what part of the eye it’s recommended to be used on. I’m not the biggest fan of this but I can see how it would be helpful to someone starting off.
One of the my favorite thing about Natasha Denona is how many tutorials she puts out using her palettes. Between those and the labeling here it’s a great palette for someone starting or for a quick look.
I’m curious what others think of this naming convention. Would you prefer names or do you like this method?