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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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

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?

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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.

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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Neutral Eye and Red Lip Tutorial and Bésame Cosmetics Review

I was beyond pleased when I was gifted Bésame Cosmetics’ Classic Color Lipstick in Victory Red, their super cute lip brush, and their Brightening Violet Powder as not only have I been wanting to try their products forever, but they are so alluring! Their products are cruelty free and are exceptionally high quality.

Classic Lip Color in Victory Red. $22 at Sephora, etc.

They’re sold at Sephora and also at smaller individual boutiques.

The classic red lip is perfect in every way, in my opinion. The packaging is beyond gorgeous and so feminine and luxe. It makes me feel a Marlene Dietrich-type elegant Hollywood starlet when I pop it on.

According to the Bésame Cosmetics website, “Bésame Cosmetics was founded in 2004 out of a fascination with art, history, and beauty; a vintage makeup brand which honors the style, spirit, and sensibility of female beauty.”

I love that.

The formula is super creamy, which I love, but definitely not transfer proof, which I totally don’t mind. I know some people do, so if you’re one of them, this may not be for you. The color payoff is rich and pigmented.

The scent has a slight vanilla edge to it and both the scent and formula reminds me of Milani’s lipsticks, which I love. I felt like I wanted to let the red lip shine so I did a simple peachy neutral eye, mostly with e.l.f’s Mad for Mattes palette in Summer Breeze. I haven’t been able to put this down since I got it.

e.l.f’s Mad for Matte palette in Summer Breeze. $10. CVS, Ulta, etc.

I worked the lighter peachy shade into the crease and placed the darker peachy rosy shade in the outer corner to deepen it up. I then placed a gold shimmer shade on the inner half of the lid from RK by Kiss’ Dear Diary palette in Sunset Kiss.

RK by Kiss Dear Diary palette in Sunset Kiss. $3.95. CVS, etc.

To finish off my face I used the Violet Brightening Powder and I was surprisingly happy with the results. I was a bit worried the powder would give off a purple hue but it simply brightened my skin and smoothed out my pores.

It didn’t provide any coverage as it’s supposed to be a translucent powder, and beware of putting it on over oily patches like your nose as it may appear more purple on these zones once you’re greasy. It’s perfect as a setting powder though.

Brightening Violet Powder. $22. Besamecosmetics.com.com

I also love that it cancels out red tones, which I have a lot of.

Bésame Cosmetics Travel Lip Brush. $15.

The travel lip brush is ideal for outlining lips and getting precise areas perfect, like the cupid’s bow and inner edges of lips. I love that you can just slip it in your purse too.

Overall, I loved these products and I can’t wait to try more Bésame Cosmetics!