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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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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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

Galaxy Halo Eye Tutorial and Review of Sahi Cosmetics’ Cream Metallic Foil Eyeshadow

I was inspired to do a halo eye because I received a gorgeous shimmery metallic shade in my Ipsy bag a few weeks ago, Sahi Cosmetics’ Cream Metallic Foil Eyeshadow in Doha. I had never heard of this brand or product prior to this but as with many Ipsy products, I’m so happy I did.

Sahi Cosmetics’ Cream Metallic Foil Eyeshadow with Jojoba Oil in Doha. $22. Sahicosmetics.com.

The shadow is so unique. The formula is similar to Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadows and is certainly a cream. The color is gorgeous and flecked with large and a small reflects but it doesn’t appear the least bit chunky on the eyes. It’s very reflective when it catches the light and glam.

The description on Ipsy’s website says it all:

“Doha is a coppery gold shade with crushed pearls that’s inspired by the city of Qatar’s skyline at sunset (and we can totally see why).”

Seeing it on my vanity and not being able to use it for my day to day work looks made me feel like I wanted to go all out with my makeup this weekend. I wish I could convey how cool this look looked in person.

I definitely need to research what cameras are best for beauty photography.

I have never thought to do a halo eye with so many shades but I visualized this look and thought, “Why not?” I was inspired by space and cool illustration I’ve seen on Instagram. I began by priming my eyes with concealer.

I used the matte ivory shade in Colourpop’s Yes Please palette to set the lids. I then used the peachy shades in both the Yes Please and Dream Street palettes as transition colors.

The peachy shade remains my favorite transiton shade ever. I always feel like I get the steps in a halo eye wrong but the more I do them the easier it’s been getting.

I then used the matte deep teal shade in Kathleen Lights X Colourpop’s Dream Street palette to start building the halo eye effect on the inner and outer portions of the eye. I used Lisa Frank’s single eyeshadow in Heartthrob to further intensify the whole crease and outer corner.

I cut my halo eye shape with Wet N Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer. I used a trick I learned from Nicole Guerriero’s Youtube channel to do this. She places concealer on the middle of her lid then looks up. She blends the concealer up to wherever it lands.

I placed the purple shade from Makeup Shayla X Maybelline’s City Mini Palette on the outer corners of the cut crease and blended into the teal.

I love the combination of the purple against the teal. It reminds me of the milky way. I then added more teal and extended and smoked out the outer v of the eye look. I then patted Doha in the center of the lid where I applied concealer with a brush and then with my finger.

I used the ivory color in the City Mini Palette to highlight my browbone and went over it with the shimmery champagne shade Moony in the Dream St. Palette. I highlighted my inner corner with it as well and went over it with the gold shade in the City Mini Palette.

I smoked out my lower lashline with the purple shade.

For lipstick I used Fifty Kisses Locking Lip Color in Beige Bite by Laura Geller. I went over it with the plumping gloss by Smoke and Mirrors.

I definitely give the Cream Metallic Shadow by Sahi Cosmetics an A+ and I can’t wait to try out more shadows by the brand.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial

Purple Blown Out Glam Eyes + Ulta Haul & Reviews ( Benefit Brow Service, Essence, Colourpop, Peter Thomas Roth & more)

Every time I go to Ulta I get roped into trying new products. It’s too tempting not to, especially since they have some of my faves, including Colourpop now.

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Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in Stereo. $5. Ulta & Colourpop.com

One of the to dos on my bucket list is to own every Super Shock shadow. It’s my favorite eye shadow formula ever, hands down. At five bucks a pop for intense beautiful pigments, you can’t lose. This sparkly reflective purple plum with glitter flecks above, Stereo, caught my eye.

Swatch of Stereo found on Pinterest.

When I saw Essence’s 1.99 single shadows, I thought Black as a Berry, a gorgeous blackberry shade would pair beautifully with Stereo.

After hearing so many YouTubers rave about Essence, I’ve really been wanting to give the brand a try. I can see the reason for the praise. For 1.99, this shade packs a punch. Though a tiny bit patchy on my left eye, it really didn’t give me much issues blending out and creating some smokiness so I’m definitely going back for more.

I used the peachy shade from the Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette I reviewed previously to start building the crease. I used the brown shade in the palette to build the intensity.

Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Palette in Tan/Deep. $39.99 at Ulta, Sephora, etc.

I then used the Black as a Berry shade in both the inner and outer halves of the eyes to create a halo effect. I patted the Stereo shade on the center of the lids with both a flat brush and then my fingers.

Another product I’ve been wanting to try forever is the the Procisely My Brow pencil by Benefit. Again, I can see why so many people love it. If you don’t like brow pencils I say give this a try anyway. It’s so easy to use and the product is just waxy enough. As someone with extremely unruly brows and lots of sparse patches, I can see myself using this a lot.

Also I decided to try a brow trim by Benefit as my brow hairs have been pointing and growing every which way lately and I’m pretty impressed what a $6 trim can do. If you’re like me and have sparse but thick brows, give it a try. It’s nice to have a second pair of eyes to spruce up your brows sometimes.

I filled them in with the Precisely my Brow pencil and set them with Essences Make Me Brow. I’ve tried better brow gels before like Maybelline’s Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer, which I love. The wand is not very big and you have to go back into the tube about three times to coat your brows throughly, but for $2.99 it’s a nice brow gel to have to throw in your bag and use in pinch.

Make Me Brow Eyebrow Mascara by Essence. $2.99 at Ulta, etc.

To apply my foundation, (Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless), I thought I’d give e.l.f’s Kabuki Brush a try. Though I’m still a die hard beauty sponge lover, I love how fast it blended out my foundation and think this would be great to get ready for work or whenever I’m running late. It did a pretty decent job of providing coverage as well.

Of course after a long day of using tons of makeup, you have to take care of your skin.

I ran out of cleanser so I thought it’d be fun to put this Peter Thomas Roth anti aging cleanser to the test. Though I’m not aging rapidly quite yet prevention is always key. I have a few fine lines and smile lines so it’d be interesting to see if this makes a difference. So far I love the peachy smell but can’t comment on this obviously as I’ve only used this once. I may do a full review. It did a good job of taking all my makeup off and giving it that nice squeaky clean feel is oily girls appreciate.

What products are you loving lately? Love you all!

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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.