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.

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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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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.

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

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

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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

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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 Guaraná extract and a cocktail of Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí 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.

Peachy Summer Smoky Eye Tutorial + Mini Stila and TJ Maxx Haul + Stila Review

It’s always a good day when you find a $40 palette at TJ Maxx for $7. I had to part with my coins for this one.

Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette in Tan/Deep by Stila. $39.99 at Ulta, Sephora, etc.

The Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek palette is formulated to suit your skin tone and comes in three categories, Fair, Medium, and Tan/Deep. Though my skin tone is warm light to medium, I don’t care and got tan/deep because not only is that the only one my TJ Maxx had but I love the tones. Honestly I’m not drawn to the ones in the fair or medium palettes anyway.

Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette by Stila in Fair.

I think these would be ideal travel palettes as they are compact and contain all you’d need for a quick, easy, and cute eye look for both day and night. Also, I’m sure I’m going to be using this a ton for work as it’s very neutral yet perfect for just enough definition for the eyes.

Swatches of all the shadows and blushes from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palettes. Stilacosmetics.com

I was even more stoked when I saw the rave reviews online on Ulta and Sephora of the product. Of course when I saw Stila lipsticks, I had to get one too.

Color Balm Lipstick in Sadie by Stila. $22 at Stila Cosmetics, Ulta, etc.

This lipstick looks much peachier in person and is described as a “mid tone peachy coral” which is most definitely my cup of tea.

I really like the peachy look I got out of this palette and it paired perfectly with the lip. I know I do a ton of peachy looks but what can I say? They’re peachy.

I found these shades to work ideally together and they’re all super creamy and blendable.

Believe it or not I didn’t prime my lids. Funnily enough, the description on the product claims the shadows are so finely milled and pigmented that you don’t need primer. I’m pretty sure the shades would’ve been even more vibrant with primer but I’m totally not mad at how it came out.

I used the top left shade, a peach shade as my main crease color. I then I intensified it with the left blush color, a coral pink. I love this combo by the way, and never think that you can’t use blush or bronzer as eyeshadow. I highlighted my inner corner and browbone with the champagne color.

Lastly, I intensified the outer crease with the darker blush and brown shades and smoked out the lower lashline with those two shades. I love the lipstick’s shade but I wish it was a bit more opaque. It is labeled as a balm though so I get it. It’s perfect for summer as an easy thing to throw on and put in your purse.

Here are all the palettes in the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue collection side by side. The quality of the tan/deep palette is worth $40 so I’m so happy I found it. The only shade that was slightly patchy was tge darker blush but it is a blush, so totally not a big deal. Everything else was awesome. I wouldn’t mind scoring the medium palette at TJ Maxx.

Overall, I’m very pleased.

Have you found any steals lately at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s?

I’ve been inspired to go on the hunt for luxury makeup at these stores because of all the fun videos in YouTube where people luck out. I thought I’d try my luck and I’m glad I did.

Laura Geller Summer Goddess Collection Review and Tutorial

When you find a gem like quality high end makeup at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s it’s worth freaking out over. I wouldn’t judge you for shrieking to yourself right there in the makeup aisle. That’s just what happened to me at Burlington Coat Factory, my latest favorite for deeply discounted makeup and skincare. Sometimes you get duds, but most of the time you find steals like the Laura Geller Summer Goddess Collection I got for $10.

Laura Geller Spackle Under Makeup Tinted Primer in Champagne. $32 at Ulta.

Honestly I was just searching for a primer and didn’t feel like shelling out my money on my latest fave, Benefit’s Porefessional Primer, for a tube I’ll go through really quickly. I love the formula and everything about the product but it gets pricey to use it every day so I sometimes switch to cheaper options to get me by. I was stoked to see Laura Geller’s Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Champagne in the set.

Though I’ve never used it, I instantly googled some reviews and found almost nothing but praise. I thought it was worth a shot and the formula intrigued me. 🤔🤔

I also thought “$10 for four products?! Yay!”

I’ve tried and tested them all and paired them with a sunset makeup look I did the other night for a birthday party.

If you like glowy primers that still keep your makeup looking fresh, I think you’d like this primer. I’m not much of a glowy girl since I’m really oily but I was shocked my makeup stayed put. I think this would work for all skin types.

I used e.l.f.’s Mad for Mattes Summer Breeze Palette, one of my latest favorites. I know I’ve mentioned it before but it’s imposible to put down and has every matte I would ever need.

e.l.f’s Mad for Mattes Palette in Summer Breeze. $10 at Ulta, Target, etc.

I thought the look would pair well with the burned salmon nude lip the set came with and the bronzer. I’ve never tried a marbled bronzer like the one in the set but I’m kind of obsessed with these now because they’re like a bronzer, brush, and highlighter all in one so they’re great if you’re in a pinch.

The Baked Body Frosting Face & Body Glow in Tahitian Glow “…(mélange of swirled tan, cream and pearly pink) (0.32 oz)” as noted on LauraGeller.com is beachy, summery, and just enough glow. It would look lovely on most skin tones but if you’re very Fair it’s definitely going to need to be used with a light hand. If you have a very deep skin tone this will only serve as a highlighter with a light glow most likely.

Baked Body Frosting Face & Body Glow in Tahitian Glow. $45 at Macy’s, Sephora, etc.

I love the cute puff but won’t ever use it for my face. I’ll give it a go on my collarbone.

As a lover of nude lipsticks, I fell in love with the burned salmon shade. As a person with extremely dry lips I shy away from liquid lips even though I love how they look. I was surprised that I could get through half the day without retouching and my lips only cracked when I forgot to put chapstick or lip balm underneath. With a few coats of something moisturizing underneath, I was good to go.

I feel like this lip is perfect for every day as it’s not only long wearing, but appropriate for both work and for going out.

I was inspired to create the eye look by Tahiti, the name of the collection, and summer vacations. I pictured myself on a tropical island.

I first primed my eyes with concealer. I then placed the peachy shades from the summer breeze palette in the crease. I intensified it with the reddish rust color and smoked out the outer corner with the purple shade. I used the lightest peachy shade to go over the crease for a gradient effect.

I used the mascara from the collection and I thought it provided just enough volume for everyday looks but it was t anything super glam. I’m not much of a máscara girl though, so don’t take my word for it. It’s hard to capture on camera but I really liked how the whole look turned out.

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Mini Haul and Golden Peachy Halo Eye Tutorial Using 99 Cents Store Makeup

When I first saw Smoke and Mirrors makeup in a bin at the 99 Cents Store I was pretty reticent to try it as I haven’t had the best experiences with makeup priced this low, as is to be expected.

Then I thought, “It’s a dollar; even if it sucks it’s not like I’m breaking the bank. Hopefully it doesn’t give me a rash.” I haven’t seen this brand anywhere before, but with a bit of research found that it’s available on Amazon. Some other 99 Cents Stores carry the brand as well.

I got a pretty peachy palette by Smoke and Mirrors. The brand didn’t even attempt to hide its resemblance to Too Faced’s Just Peachy palette, naming it in fact, Just Peachy. 🍑🍑🍑 As I thought, the similarities didn’t extend much farther than the name and colors.

At first swatch, the shadows are creamy and pigmented. Once on the eyes, it was a bit of a different story and heavy layering was required to get the shadows to show up.

With some work, I got a decent look out of the palette.

I also got a plumping lip gloss. At first glance, you’d think it would give off some color payoff but it’s simply a clear gloss. It didn’t do much plumping as far as I could tell but I liked that it gave a tingly slightly minty feeling.

I’m not one for lip plunping, but I do love good gloss.

Though the color payoff on the eyea wasn’t as vibrant as the colors in the pan, you could definitely get some use out of the Smoke and Mirrors palettes. The burgundy plum shade was the one I was most excited for and as expected, it was a bit dusty.

Surprisingly, the peachy matte shades weren’t too bad. The orange matte shade makes a great transition shade. The shadows did fade a bit over time so I suggest using a heavy base like It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Under Eye or Tarte Shape Tape as eyeshadow primer.

I used the orange matte shade as a transiton color. I then used the burgundy shade to intensify the outer corner. I created a halo eye by taking the transition shade and burgundy shade into the inner part of the eye and leaving the middle blank. Lastly I used the shimmery golden shade on the middle of the lid.

The yellow golden shade was the most vibrant out of everything, and this palette is worth more than a dollar for this shade alone as I really think it’s pretty and unique.

It’s always fun to see what treasures you can find at the dollar store, and if the treasures turn out to be garbage at least you can say you only spent a dollar or two.

Have you found any amazing makeup when bargain hunting?

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