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! 🙄

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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Fall Glam with Dollar Store Eyeshadow Palette

Going to the dollar store and trying to buy makeup for a look is like going on a treasure hunt, except is like a corn maze through a dump of random forgotten or overstocked cosmetics. To me, this is a fun proposition, though I can understand why many would think otherwise.

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I’ve been wanting to try the brand Profusion from Target after hearing many beauty lovers and gurus rave about certain products. I have also seen Profusion products at TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, and Marshalls, but have always decided to skip it, not being very impressed by the packaging or look of the products. When I saw a whole display of Profusion at my local 99 Cents store recently, I thought why not?

Somehow, they had their entire holiday 2017 collection of eyeshadow palettes. If you feel iffy about using old makeup, I don’t blame you. I took a chance and haven’t seen any weird reaction from my skin to the product. Apparently they didn’t sell very well in my area. I’m totally not mad about the look I created with the palette I picked up, as I loved most of the shades. Unfortunately, these palettes aren’t in stock anywhere else, so if you want to try it, I highly suggest Profusion’s other paletts, like their popular Siennas palette.

Interestingly, some shades were amazing while others were disappointing. I’ve quickly become addicted to the first shade in the palette, a neutral toned champagne shimmer. I thought the palette and the shades looked pretty boring at first, and only got it because I wanted to see what look I could come up with using dollar store makeup. I actually loved the look I am wearing in this post and used only dollar store and drugstore makeup!

On my lids is the Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeshadow by NYX in Multiverse, which in my opinion is practically a dupe for the Stila Glitter and Glow eyeshadows. The shade I got is a smoky brown taupe and how cool is the name by the way? I’m a sucker for anything space related.

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The other shades are: Polished Pin Up (a gold beige), Imaginarium (a charcoal), and Poppy Fields (reddish cranberry). (From top to bottom)

I can’t wait to try the other shades as I found Multiverse to be extremely creamy, pigmented, and opaque and only needed two coats to reach a desired level of glitter on the lids.

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.

Thanks so much for reading! Love you all!

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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!

Thanks for reading

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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!

Sending you love + light 🌟💕

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

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!

Thanks for reading

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June Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Sorry for posting this bag a bit late but what can I say? I have three jobs this summer! 😅

I’m loving the June Ipsy Glam Bag theme, Flying Colors. I’m not only an eternal lover of bold color, but the theme is in line with Pride month. I’m all for it. Love is love. Live and let live. Plus, the bag is too cute.

As for the products…

My favorite was hands down the…

Moisturizing Eye Bomb by Belif

Moisturizing Eye Bomb by Belif.

I was beyond stoked to get this in my bag in June. I saw a few other people had received it and kept my fingers crossed I would too. As someone unwilling to shell out exorbitant amounts for skincare products I’m not sure will even work for me, I’m totally down to try any for a fraction of the cost. Let me tell you, this does what it claims to. Though I haven’t been using it long enough to say I see a totally different person, I can see the difference in my under eyes. They are refreshed and plumped every time I use this and it is so nice for the summer due to how cooling and refreshing it is. I need to try more K Beauty and purchase a full size of this asap.

Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush in Primadonna

Kaleido Cosmetics’ Skin Blush in Primadonna.

As a lover of peachy glowy blushes, I feel like this blush is a perfect fit for me. As an added bonus, it is “100% cruelty-free, vegan, talc-free, phthalate-free and para ben-free.” Yay! The formula is glowy, creamy, and buildable. I will definitely be using this a lot and already have. Also, the creator is pretty awesome and the company’s team took the time to comment and reply to me on ig, which is so cool!

In the words of Ipsy,

“We’re kinda obsessed with the founder of Kaleido Cosmetics and her relatable, fun-loving attitude. In her own words: “I have lots of fun with the product descriptions and shade naming, most of which are done over a glass of wine with a big bowl of nachos and guacamole with my fantastic girlfriends!”

So me!

Ferdinand Lipstick Mini Lipstick in Rose Gold

I love the color of this lipstick, and anything rose gold, but it’s not the best formula honestly. It’s not as opaque as I’d like and requires many layers to look close to how it does in the tube. On the plus side though, it’s super creamy which I’m all for. I’ve been layering it with liquid lipsticks to make them more comfortable on the lips. It’s perfect for sticking in your purse for an easy lip.

Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Serum

Bareminerals’ Skinlongevity Vital Power Serum.

As someone past the age of 21, which I’m honestly not too sad about as 21 wasn’t my best moment, (bad friends and boyfriends are a toxic combo), I’m stoked to finally have a skincare routine. I would always look at the Lancome and Clinique counters with wonder as a kid and want to slather all of my mom’s skincare all over just for fun. Now I can do it for real and I have totally seen a difference in my skin. I’ve only been using this for two weeks along with everything else I’m using, but I love my skin’s renewed looking texture and how refreshed it looks. Ipsy’s description says it all:

“It packs a special blend of ginger extract which helps brighten, and antioxidant-packed California poppy which protects your skin from damage like fine lines and sun spots. Even though it’s concentrated, it’s really lightweight and sinks into your skin immediately—so right after applying you’ll feel fresh, hydrated, and super glowy” I would have to say that so far, that’s pretty accurate and my skin is super sensitive and prone to breaking out and I’ve been happy with it.

Kokie Cosmetics Be Bright Illuminating Concealer

Be Bright Illuminating Concealer by Kokie Cosmetics.

I’ve been wanting to try this, and like with so many products, Ipsy seems to read my mind. After hearing my girl Tati rave about this in so many videos, I was sure I’d love it as I usually agree with her. It’s not as full coverage or matte as I’d like as a girl with acne scars and who is oily, but surprisingly, I like this for a no makeup makeup day. It’s prefect for under the eyes and to highlight for natural glowy skin. This is great for the summer, when you don’t always want to wear a full heavy face of makeup. I’ve been wearing it to work and love it combined with my L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte. The combination works well for me.

Overall, I am happy as I really needed to boost my skincare game even more and I received two great skincare products. I’m obsessed with the blush, can totally make the concealer work, and the lipstick is a great color but wish it was more pigmented. Still great for easy makeup days.

In terms of boxycharm vs. Ipsy if have to say this month, it’s a toss up! Loved both.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag? Any goodies? Any flops?

Love you all!

Love +light

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