REVIEW | COLOURPOP COSMETICS + SWATCHES

Based out of LA, ColourPop Cosmetics is a favourite among people who are in with the beauty trends of Instagram and following all the beauty gurus of Youtube. It’s known as an affordable alternative to many higher end products like the Kylie Lip Kits, and has also done multiple collaborations with inflencer personnels like Jenn Im and Alexis Ren. When I saw that there was free international shipping, I jumped right on that and ordered a few things to try for myself. With the price being so affordable, basically a drugstore equivalent, I wanted to see for myself if the formula and quality of the products were as good as many people claimed them to be. Call me skeptical, but how can products be that cheap and that good?! I’m the type of girl that when it comes to makeup and its a tried and true favourite, it’s very hard to make me stray away to try something new, price tag doesn’t matter if it makes my life easier. I’m a busy person who can’t be bothered with too much fuss on a day to day basis with complicated makeup so I like to have reliable products I can use on the go to look a little bit more put together.

For this order I decided to try a few different items to get an all around feel, focusing on items I could easily incorporate into my daily routine. I ordered some highlighters, liquid lipsticks (because that’s what ColourPop is hyped up about on those social media channels), a lip gloss, lip pencil and one of their new blotted lips. Upon opening the box, you’re greeted with a colourful patterned interior, a pamphlet booklet of the different types of products and a printed hand-written note with the items ordered wrapped under tissue paper. For the price I paid, I was impressed with the packaging as even when ordering items from Sephora (which is has a higher price range), you’re not greeted with the same un-boxing experience. Truly felt like it was a makeup Christmas morning!

Read on for a full review of the items purchased!

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DIY | LIP SCRUB & LIQUID LIPSTICK SWATCHES

Liquid lipsticks have officially finally become my lip product of choice for doing my makeup when I’m going out or just in the mood for a little bit of colour. I just love the longevity of liquid lipsticks and the matte look for winter. What I don’t love so much is how chapped my lips get after wearing them so here is an easy DIY to have a super delicious lip scrub on hand to get rid of dry flaky lips and say hello to a luscious pout. I have been guilty of licking this off my lips instead of wiping it off, but it tastes soooooo good!

 
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REVIEW | REVLON SELECTS

I’ve had these Revlon products for a while now from their Revlon Selects promo and after finally using them all, I have to say that I like the majority of them.

Eyeshadow PhotoReady palette in Metropolitan: love the neutral tones, the dark brown may look shimmery but it actually applies quite matte which I like. I originally thought that the primer in the pallette would be creamy kind of like my UD eyeshadow primer but its more of shimmery wash of colour to even out the skin tone, so I was slightly dissapointed by that but I loved all the colours. The only thing that was annoying was the glittery topcoat, because the primer wasnt sticky/creamy it had nothing to stick to and had a lot of fallout; but when paired with my UD primer it looked great.

Nail Expressionist nail art duo: love the dual ended thing going for it. I’m a HUGE fan of nail art and I love the thin brush applicator with the gold. I wish both the blue and gold were more pigmented so I didnt have to apply multiple coats.

Nail polish moon candy duo: The flaky top coat is okay, I have others from china glaze and essie which I prefer because the flakes are more evenly distrabuted and smaller. But this one does pair well with the matching polish. Looks great on top of black as well.

Diamond Nail file: LOVE IT! I’ve been meaning to get a new nail file for a while, and this worked great. Love the silver glitter (I like shiny sparkly things, so sue me :P)

Lipstick ColourStay Ultimate Suede: Love the dark colour, I’m not one to wear lipstick a lot so I use this more as a stain and apply is by dabbing the colour onto my lips for a light sheer application. I’ve been keeping this in my purse and grabbing for it a lot! It stays REALLY well as a stain, I don’t know about it being actual lipstick…I’ll have to test it out. I find that it does dry my lips a bit, but applying balm over top doesn’t smudge it and will keep your lips moisturized so it isn’t really a problem for me.

Overall: Products are pretty good, highlight of the package for me would be the introduction of the nail expressionist dual ends, I love that nail art is becoming more main stream! I’d most likely repurchase them in all the different colours and the lipstick. The palette, I may try in a different colour but I would prefer more matte colours.

If you’ve tried out these products, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

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New in:: Terra20

Here’s a mini haul post as promised here from Terra20. Walking into the store I made a bee-line for the LARGE cosmetics section and tried just about everything in sight. Terra20 carries the largest eco friendly cosmetics section I’ve ever seen in any store and it was a lot of fun playing with the tester products. Wandering into the rest of the store, they had some cool eco-friendly clothing and accessories.

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Daniel Thompson Brush Set: I was in dire need of a new blush brush, my old one was literally on its last leg, it looks pretty sad. So in lieu of getting a new brush, which was $60, why not spend an extra but and get the full set? They’re unbelievably soft! Super dense, antibacterial and should last me, well, forever!

Blush: Super pigminted, and give my cheeks and nice natural looking flush. I may just have to pick another one up! I’m usually an eyeshadow person, but lately I’ve been looking at my blush collection (which consists of 2) and decided it was lacking and needed some new friends.

Batucada Necklace: It may not look like much in the packaging, but on, it looks like one hell of an awesome tattoo. Made in Paris, France; the designers created it out of recycled rubber like car tires. Can’t wait to wear this with a v-neck top!

Daniel Thompson Skincare Set and Eco Brush tools are for other people, I won’t tell you who, in case they read this and realize that it’s for them!

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Me and My Pink Hair!

First off, sorry for not blogging lately! Work got really hectic and now onto the rest:

No, I didn’t dye my hair.

It’s done with chalk pastels!

I’m in love with the ombre hair and dip dye trend. Its so pretty! But I’m very hesitant about dying my hair, especially since it’s so dark! I have jet black hair, as black as it can go! And while I love my black hair, sometimes I wish I had blonde hair, it would be so much easier to do semi-permanent dye jobs.

Hair chalking became really popular after Lauren Conrad posted a tutorial of it on her blog site. It’s a great and easy way to add a pop of colour in your hair for a day or two. Most people think it’s not possible to hair chalk dark hair, but it works, and quite well! Hair chalking will last until you wash it out. You can pick up chalk pastels at your local craft store in a variety of colours. I chose pink, purple and blue to create a ombre magenta effect and I LOVE IT! It’s so much fun!!! Perfect for summer and its perfect for a party I have tonight. I can’t wait to try this in a turquoise/blue/green colour palette.

Cheers,
Charlie

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