The Three Most Covetable Holiday Gift Sets at Sephora (in my opinion)

Too Faced’s The Sweet Smell of Christmas Lipstick Collection

Too Faced’s The Sweet Smell of Christmas Lipstick Collection. $25.

I am a huge fan of Too Faced lipsticks, anything holiday scented, and can we talk about this packaging? It’s adorable as is the Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette. I’m loving the whole holiday lineup by Too Faced this year. The formula is the Melted Matte and the shades are totally wearable not only for the holidays but all year. Love it. I’ll definitely be gifting myself this set!

Too Faced holiday 2018 Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette and Melted Mate lipsticks photo by Trend Mood.

Of course I’d love the palette too but I can’t justify the price. I’ll probably buy it anyway! πŸ™„

Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler

Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler. $65

I’ve been getting so into perfume lately which is a passion I’ve had for a while but which faded in recent years. For some reason, it has been reignited, and I blame youtube and free samples from Ulta. I’m really into warm and sweet scents and vanilla, coffee, woodsy, and feminine notes. Occasionally I like natural fragrances like fruity coconut or apricot and also floral if it’s tasteful. It all depends on my mood.

I’m into Black Opium by YSL right now and looking for more wearable everyday fragrances. I know I already love Marc Jacob’s Daisy, so that fits the bill. I can’t wait to try Kat Von D’s Saint and Sinner and Nest’s Black Tulip. love that you get to try 15 perfumes and redeem the voucher you get in the set for a full size of your favorite. What a genius idea! I can’t wait to try them all. I’ll most definitely be buying this for myself and other perfume lovers.

Drunk Elephant Agent Ellie Day Kit

Agent Ellie Day Kit by Drunk Elephant. Image from drunkelephant.com.

Considering all the rave reviews Drunk Elephant gets, I feel like there’s no reason not to try their products. I just watched a video by Wayne Goss where he describes the amazing turnaround his skin had after a troubling period of breakouts.

Image from Sephora.com.

My skin is very sensitive and I’ve been meaning to try these products, some of which are already on their way to me. This is such an amazing value I’m definitely getting it anyhow, as Drunk Elephant products are pretty pricey on their own.

What holiday gift sets and products are you eyeing at Sephora and hope to buy yourself or receive this holiday season?

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The Emily Edit Palette Review and Everyday Fall Tutorial

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Though I hadn’t heard about Emily Noel until recently, I was absolutely thrilled to be able to support her launch with Makeup Revolution! I found out about her and her channel through other Youtubers and my heart was filled with warmth and fuzziness when I heard her story. She is definitely an OG beauty Youtuber in every sense of the term.

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The Needs Palette by Emily Noel X Makeup Revolution. $15 at Ulta.

She began her channel whilst working as a news anchor and it has evidently evolved alongside her life. Her passion and dedication to beauty and her channel are evident and her humility and overall to earth-ness is refreshing. Her Midwestern drawl is adorable and her personality is so relatable you feel like you’re hanging out with an old friend when watching her videos. Her love for her family is apparent and it’s amazing to see how her family has grown alongside her channel. Overall, I love her and love that she achieved this dream!

Aside from how awesome the creator is, the product is fantastic and would be welcome in any makeup lover’s collection.

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The Needs Palette by Emily Noel X Makeup Revolution. $20 at Ulta.

Emily came out with two palettes, The Wants and The Needs. The Wants is a huge palette with enough shades to cover almost any type of look you’d like to achieve, from simply everyday looks to glam looks for nights out, and everything in between. The Needs is a palette for absolute essentials that you could travel with and even carry around in your purse for daily use.

I had to get the Needs Palette as soon as I saw reviews go up. It has so many delicious shades for fall as well as amazing everyday shades I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of. I’ve created countless glam looks and work looks already.

I began by using the colors Hobby and Midwest in the crease. I then deepened it with the gorgeous deep burgundy Cheer. I intensified the outer corners with the plummy purple Family, one of my favorite shades in the palette. Lastly I patted Eve Rose on the inner half of the eye and blended it into Pizzazz on the middle.

This has quickly become one of my fav palettes for fall! This is my first palette from Makeup Revolution but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the brand and now I want to try their foundation, concealer, and other eyeshadow palettes. I got a free palette, Fierce as Fire with my purchase which was a nice perk as I loved the blush and bronzer in there.

Overall most of the shades in The Wants palette were pigmented, some more than others, but all were super blendable and creamy. Loved it overall and I’m so happy about how huge the mirror as it’s so useful and such great quality.

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The Zodiac Palette by Colourpop X Kathleen Lights Palette Review +

As soon as I found out Kathleen Lights was doing a Zodiac Collection with Colourpop I pretty much did a backflip. I’ve been interested in astrology since I was 12 and have always liked everything astronomy and space related. I’m as Aquarius as you can get. You might say I’m Aquarius AF which is why I’ve been so interested in the astrology to begin with. I’ve observed others and found so many instances like this as well.

Beauty guru Kathleen Lights is obsessed with astrology too and the collaboration with Colourpop was a no brainer. It was one of the most requested palettes ever and I’m here for it. In fact, I’m absolutely in love with the palette and collection.

I have only gotten the palette, only because I’m on a no makeup buy and really don’t need any more makeup as my makeup drawers and vanity are clogged enough as it is.

I bought the pallette as soon as it dropped as I’d never forgive myself for not doing so. I knew I’d love it even before I touched it.

My favorite shades so far are The Gemini and The Pisces though I love them all.

The quality and blendability of the mattes are similar to those in other Colourpop palettes, in other words, amazing for the price of $18. The shimmers are absolutely gorgeous with some being satiny while a few being more pigmented and brilliant than others. In my opinion, those are The Gemini and The Pisces though they’re all gorgeous.

As you’ve probably seen allover Instagram, the packaging is absolutely stunning. I’m all for it as you know, I’m obsessed with space and constellations. It’s unlike anything Colourpop or any Youtuber in collaboration with Colourpop had released before.

I’m most drawn to the blue and purple family and the shimmers, though there’s something for everyone. Kathleen mentioned how well this palette pairs with the Dream St. Palette and that’s absolutely true. I created the look above with solely the Zodiac Palette, while I used both Dream St. and Zodiac for the one below.

For this look, I primed my eyes with Kokie concealer, used The Virgo and The Taurus in the crease, The Gemini on the inner half of the eye, and The Pisces on the outer half. I intensified the crease and outer corner with The Capricorn and Water Bearer from Dream St. I then lined my lower lash line with The Capricorn and Water Bearer and popped The Pisces into the inner corner and inner half of the lower lash line.

All of the matte shades in Dream St. pair beautifully with the shades in The Zodiac Palette. I’m thinking of doing a fiery look with The Leo and The Aries and the matte red in Dream St. next. The possibilities are endless.

For the look above I also primed my lids with the Kokie concealer. I then used The Sagittarius in the crease. I placed The Aquarius all over the lid and blended it into the crease and into Sagittarius to create a gradient effect.

I highlighted my brow bone with The Cancer and also placed it in the inner corner and on the inner half of my lid. I lined the inner half of my lower lash line with The Pisces and the outer half with The Aquarius and The Capricorn. So far this is my favorite look I’ve created with this palette. I can’t wait to try it with glitter eyeliner.

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So far this palette is everything I wanted in a zodiac palette. Regarding Wet n Wild and BH Cosmetics’ release of a zodiac collection around the same time, I think it’s just serendipity and no malice was intended by any brand. Obviously, no collection is extremely similar to another in this case and honestly, it’s clear how much effort Kathleen put into hers, probably because of her sincere love of astrology. Being an astrology junkie, I totally get it. I love both Wet n Wild and BH Cosmetics dearly so I’ll probably end up buying those too.

What did you think about the palette? I heard some people had trouble with fallout, and while I had some, this really doesn’t bother me as I do eyes first. Love it overall!

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Love + Light

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July Boxycharm Review and Christmas in July Glam Bronze Tutorial

Somehow I came up with a holiday look with my Boxycharm this month and I can’t say I’m mad about it. As you all know by now, I’m a fall and winter kinda girl and warm tones make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, like a cup of hot chocolate on a wintry day.

I can’t decide if I like the look I came up with better with an orangey rust lip or bright true red lip but I’ll be wearing both a ton for sure in the coming months.

Crown Brushes’ Fuego Eyeshadow Palette

The highlight of most people’s Boxycharm this month was most likely the Crown Brushes Fuego eyeshadow palette. It got five stars by reviewers on Boxycharm’s website and like many warm toned eyeshadow palettes, it’s impossible to not like. Fuego is an apt name as the shades are pure fire, my favorite being the bronzy red metallic I used all over my lid.

Let’s take a look at how all of the products performed:

Crown Brushes Fuego Eyeshadow Palette

Crown Brushes Fuego Eyeshadow Palette. $29.99

Yes I have tons of similar shadows in my makeup collection, and I’m sure you can find one or two, but considering the retail price is $29.99 and the fact that you’re getting this and three other full size products for & 20, I’m pretty happy with it. The quality of the shadows is excellent and the metallic shades are the most stunning out of the palette. The pigmentation is intense and they are all very blendable. I kind of wish there was a pop of color in the palette but other than that, I can’t complain.

Note Cosmetics Luminous Silk Compact Blusher

As you probably know by now, peachy blushes are so my thing so I was pretty pleased with this one. It’s creamy and so pretty for the summer with dewy skin. You get a pretty big pan size so it’s easy to dip your brush into it and a good amount of product. This retails for $11.99, so again, it’s a steal. Love it.

Dr. Brandt No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Dr. Brandt Skincare. I don’t really need de puffing except for when I don’t catch enough Zs or when I’m super stressed. I tried this under makeup and over moisturizer and I liked how hydrated it made my under eyes feel. The only thing I will say that you should be careful with is warm it up on your hand a bit and don’t rub it or rub concealer in over it unless it’s completely melted into the skin. I tried that and it crumpled into pieces like some primers do. It retails for $42 so I’m stroked to keep trying it and put its claims to the test;

Within minutes, this advanced formula provides a tightening effect and smooths the under-eye contour to visibly reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles for an immediately brighter, well-rested look. It also works over time to renew the under-eye area for a consistently smooth and improved appearance.”

Hmm, I’m down for that.

Wander Beauty Un lashed Volume and Curl Mascara

Though I low key wanted the Tarte primer other Boxycharmers got, I wasn’t too disappointed with this. I’m not much of a fan of mascara in general, as I only wear it with glam looks, this one gave my lashes just enough volume for everyday but not much length. It’s perfect to throw in your bag for everyday looks.

Love you guys!

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What did you get in your Boxycharm? Did you love it, hate it, or is eh

July Ipsy Glam Bag Review

July Glam Bag. All photos in the post are from Ipsy.com.

The July bag is super cute and reminds me of a pool sparking in the sun. It’s got a fun holographic shift too. I’m sure it’ll be used as another makeup bag to throw in my purse for my endless stash.

I have to say though, this month’s bag isn’t among my favorite glam bags, though I did receive a couple products I liked a lot, the reason being that I seem to be getting the same types of products repeatedly and can’t seem to use them all up and would like more variety. I will change my preferences overall, but still, opening my Ipsy bag every month is still something I look forward to.

Dr. Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm (**4 Out of 5**)

Though you can totally use this to hydrate sore or dry nips, I haven’t used the balm for this purpose as I’ve been slathering it on my eternally dry lips ever since I opened my bag. According to Ipsy’s description, moms and runners need extra hydration on the nipples, but you can also use it as lotion, to shape the brows or men can even use it to shape their mustache, so if you hate it, give it to your bf or friend if he’s got one.

There are a few other uses they suggest. I love how creamy and hydrating it is though it is a bit creepy that the wax it’s made of comes from the glands of domestic sheep as noted in its description on Ipsy. At least it’s cruelty free but I was happier about it before I found that out. Beeswax is a commonly used product so I don’t know, maybe it’s not so weird? What do you think?

Tapered Blending Brush by Elizabeth Mott (**5 out of 5**

This is by far my favorite item out of the bag. I absolutely love getting brushes in my Ipsy bag, especially high end ones, as it makes the ten dollars I’m paying totally worth it and then some. (This one retails for $16 so yay!) Even if the rest of the bag sucks, brushes always make up for it. This one is an amazing blending brush, which you can never have too many of. You can also use it to contour your nose, which I’m going to try next.

Eyeko Skinny Travel Size Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (**4 Out of 5**)

As I’ve noted before, I don’t really use eyeliner anymore so I don’t have a use for this unless I’m doing a glam look once in a while. I’ve received so many from Ipsy, I really don’t need another one. I used to do cat eyes like every day in high school so maybe I’ll recreate some of my teenage looks. I like the brush, as it’s nice for making a precise line. I also like that the ingredients are nourishing to the eyelids, as noted in Josh’s description:

“It’s made with nutrient-rich algae extract that helps hydrate and soften the delicate skin on your lids and gives it a smooth, glossy finish.”

It also notes that Alexa Chung loves this product and is a spokeswoman for the brand so that’s awesome, as who doesn’t love her? She’s hella cool.

Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming and Tender heart (**5 Out of 5 Stars**)

I love that this blush duo is infused with coconut (I love everything coconut) and that this brand is vegan, cruelty free, and owned by women. I’ve tried their foundation and liked it for a no fuss no makeup makeup day. I wasn’t too thrilled with the eyeshadow I received in a different Ipsy bag by Pacifica, as the colors were just not my cup of tea. Regardless, I absolutely loved this blush and bronzer duo as both tones are absolutely stunning, creamy, and totally colors and formulas I gravitate towards.

I’ve received so many blushes I love from Ipsy, I wish I’d get more eyeshadows, primers, and lipsticks. Regardles, I’m thrilled to try this as I know I’ll be using it a ton.

Pureheals’ Black Charcoal Peel Off Mask (**5 Out of 5**)

I absolutely love charcoal for purifying the skin. I have another mask from CVS that’s practically identical to this K Beauty one so it’s not anything I haven’t tried before but it did the job and performed as well as Ipsy claimed it would. I’ll definitely use this up quick in these hot LA months when I need extra pore cleansing, and have been using this type of mask regularly anyway as I have super oily acne prone skin.

Though I absolutely love the blending brush, the lip balm, and the blush, I wouldn’t mind getting more face products, lipsticks, and eyeshadows, as I’ve gotten a ton of eyeliners and blushes. Still, overall, I still think Ipsy is a worth it for a true makeup lover. This month, the brush was my fave and made it worth it.

What did you get in your bag? Was it something you will use? Did you love it? Hate it?

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Drugstore Makeup Haul /How I Got Makeup at CVS Almost for Free / Opal and Violet Eye Tutorial

I always get so excited to get makeup basically for free. I’m here for drugstore makeup and I’m all for drugstore savings, especially when you’re on a budget. With amazingly affordable brands like Wet n Wild and e.l.f at the drugstore, there’s no reason to forego quality because you can’t afford high end makeup.

I found two intriguing products by e.l.f at my local drugstore. One inspired me to do this look, the Stardust Glitter Eyeliner. Both the name and the look of the product lured me in. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about opals, stars and starry astronomy related things, and of course, also glitter.

Stardust Glitter Eyeliner by e.l.f in Pink Opal. $4. ElfCosmetics.com, CVS, Target, etc.

It looks way cooler in person and has intense pink reflects. It looked amazing swatched and paired beautifully with the other new e.l.f product that intrigued me, the No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold.

E.l.f’s No Budge Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. $4 at CVS, Target, etc.

This product is supposed to be a no budge formula. Though both the liner and the shadow stick were very pretty, they both definitely creased on me throughout the day so I suggest using a very full coverage thick concealer with them as eyeshadow primer, like Bye Bye Undereye by It Cosmetics or Shape Tape by Tarte.

Wet n Wild’s Megacushion Foundation. $7.89 at Target, CVS, etc.

At CVS, I used $5 of Extra Bucks, a 15% off coupon, and a $3 of $11 off makeup coupon, and I scored the e.l.f eyeliner and shadow stick for $1 and change. I was stoked. I then went back a few days later to get the Wet n Wild Cushion foundation with $3 Extra Bucks I still had.

Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Sun Glaze. $1.93 at Walmart, CVS, etc.

Since I ended up spending $10 on Wet n Wild makeup on the foundation and a lip gloss, I got $5 more extra bucks.

Brush Shampoo by e.l.f. $4 at CVS, ElfCosmetics.com, etc.

I then got $3 more at checkout so I went back and got an e.l.f liner brush and brush cleaner for a dollar and change. I haven’t washed my brushes in a hot minute so I’m looking forward to be getting the gunk out of them.

E.l.f’s small angled brush. $3.

Needless to say, it’s been a good week for drugstore savings for sure.

This look was easy to do but took tons of layering to get the pigment to where I wanted it. I haven’t used the eyeliner for its actual intended purpose, but I will give it a try. I began by priming my eyes with Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer.

Kokie’s Be Bright Illuminating Concealer. $8 at Walmart.

I actually really like this for the undereye but for this look, a thicker more full coverage matte concealer would’ve been better.

Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo. $5. Ulta, colourpop.com etc.

I then used the shadow stick allover the second half of the eye. I cut my crease and filled the entire inner half of the eye with the eyeliner.

Essence’s Single Eyeshadow in Black as a Berry. $3.

I blended the two shades into each other to get rid of the harsh lines. I placed Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo on the outer corner and used Essences’s single shadow in Black as a Berry to line the lower lashline.

I would’ve liked the look to have more shimmer and glitter but I made the products work, and it’s good for an everyday glam kinda day.

What products have you scored at the drugstore lately?

Love & light!

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First Boxycharm + Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe Palette Review and Tutorial

Photo from mysubscriptionaddiction.com

I gave in to my Boxycharm yearnings finally!

I’ve swooned over the Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe palette since I laid eyes on it. My favorite beauty guru, Kathleen Light’s, close friend created it and I’m all for it. It’s an homage to her Cuban heritage and all around a sick palette.

I’m pretty sure a lot of makeup lovers were thinking the same thing I did if they signed up for Boxycharm this June for the first time like me; the box pays for itself as the palette alone is $28. Boxycharm is $21 a month for four full sized products so yes, I was totally in.

Reina del Caribe Palette by Alamar Cosmetics

Alamar Cosmetics’ Reina del Caribe palette. $28. Alamarcosmetics.com

The colors are absolutely drop dead gorgeous, totally up my alley, and perform beautifully. They are hyper pigmented and super creamy and blendable.

Swatches on deep skin from alamarcosmetics.com

These alluring summery shades would definitely work on every skin tone. It is clear it was made to do so and a lot of care and thought was behind the making of this product. I love it and can’t say enough good things about it from the packaging, to the shade names, to the quality.

Swatches on fair skin from alamarcosmetics.com

The other products I received were not shabby at all though the palette was my fave for sure. My second favorite was a set of three Luxie brushes, which I’m sure you’ve seen in Boxycharm unboxings. I’ll give you my thoughts anyway.

Three Piece Luxie Face Brush Set: Precision Foundation 660, Tapered Highlighting Face Brush 522, and Duo Fiber Powder Brush 516

Image found on poshmark.com.

Luxie brushes are some of my favorite ever, so I was ecstatic to see them in my box. I’m in dire need of some face brushes so I’m living my best life with these. Though two of them do basically the same thing, they are supposed to be used as a foundation brush, a highlighting brush, and a powder brush. I use them both for contouring and blush at the moment, but I’ll have to try them for foundation and powder. I’m very happy overall with them.

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream by Sol de Janeiro

This cult favorite smells absolutely delicious and is extremely creamy and moisturizing. As noted on the Sol de Janeiro website,

Infused with all-powerful caffeine-rich GuaranΓ‘ extract and a cocktail of CupuaΓ§u Butter, AΓ§aΓ­ Oil, and Coconut Oil, this fast-absorbing cream with our addictive Pistachio and Salted Caramel fragrance“.

I probably would never pay $40 for the full sized product, as you can find similar products for way less, but if it. really tightens the skin as the company claims, it may just be worth it. I’ll have to put this to the test. As addictive as the smell is, it may be worth it just for this.

Jonteblu Eyeliner Pencil

Jonteblu Eyeliner pencil in Charcoal. $5.00

This is the product I was least excited about or interested in. To be honest, I don’t really wear eyeliner anymore. The rare times I do, I prefer a creamy formula and I am not fond of pencils as I find that they’re rough on the eyes. I may just give this to a friend, as overall it’s a pass for me.

Ofra Cosmetics’ Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Verona

Ofra Cosmetics’ Liquid Lipstick in Verona. $20. www.ofracosmetics.com/

As a self professed makeup addict, I can’t really call myself one without owning some Ofra, but up until now I hadn’t tried their products but wanted to after hearing so many people rave about them. I couldn’t be more happy, as I think I’ve finally found the only liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry out my lips! This is pretty awesome. The shade is totally me and I need to try out many more by Ofra.

Battington Beauty’s Monroe Eyelashes

Battington Beauty’s Monroe Eyelashes. $28.

Much like with eyeliner, I don’t really wear eyelashes, unlike most beauty addicts. I feel like I’m happy most of the time with my lashes as they’re one thing I was blessed with. (Thank God). Nonetheless, sometimes I want a bit more drama, and though these are on the tame side for most lash wearers, they’ll probably be just right for me.

I am completely happy with my first Boxycharm, and loved every product except for one, which is totally not bad for the value you’re getting. If you’re a makeup lover, there’s no way you’ll be disappointed getting four full sized products for $21 every month. I suggest if you do, you cut back on your regular makeup purchases.