Happy Friday! During National Lipstick Day a ton of different beauty brands were having great sales, so I had a little look around and found a few things I wanted from Huda Beauty. I ended up picking up two of their liquid matte mini sets, I also picked up a sample of the Legit Lashes mascara, and I’m going to be talking about them in two different posts.
This was my first time buying straight from the Huda Beauty website and I have to say I love their packaging. When I opened the box I was greeted with tissue paper with lips on it and the products themselves were in a bubble wrap envelope. The bubble wrap itself is in the shape of hearts which I’ve never seen before and I think it’s adorable.
So the set I’m going to talk about today is the Au Naturel Nudes. This has a plastic sleeve over it and Au Naturel Nudes is written in metallic rose gold.
In these sets you get four minis and this set in particular is between peachy and brown, warmer nudes if you will, in shade range. I have a few of the Huda Beauty matte liquid lipsticks and I really like formulation, they have great staying power, they’re nicely pigmented and they don’t feel heavy on the lips. The first shade we have is Girlfriend. This is a deeper shade, somewhere between peach and brown.
The next shade we have is Trendsetter. This is more of a true brown.
The second to last lipstick we have is Sugar Mama. This is peachy in color and it’s what I would call more of a true peach.
And the last liquid lipstick in this set is Bikini Babe. This is the lightest shade in the set and this is a really light nude. I have a two other liquid lips in shades similar to this and I really like it.
That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys have this set or any of these lipsticks I’d love to know what your favorite shade is/what shade you have.
Until next time, have a good weekend and you can never have too many liquid lipsticks :).
The other day I received my BoxyCharm Add-Ons order, so I thought that today would be a good day to go through it. There wasn’t too much that I wanted in the Add-Ons sale for July, but I did end up buying a set of brushes from a brand I’ve been wanting to try out.
What I picked up is the Moda Pro by Royal & Langnickel 5 piece Deluxe Eye Kit. This is a brand I’ve seen in BoxyCharm before I was subscribed and watched unboxings on YouTube, which I still do because I like to see which variation of the box people get. But I hadn’t tried them out myself. So when I saw them in the sale I decided to do just that.
These brushes are black with a textured handled. On the front of the brush it has the Royal & Langnickel logo which is R&L with a crown on top and under that it says Moda Pro, all of that is written in silver. On the back of each brush it says what type of brush it is, also written in silver and the brush heads are black and white. They feel good in the hand, they’re nice to grip and they feel nice and soft.
The first brush we have is the BMX-466 Shade brush. This isn’t as dense as some shade brushes, but I don’t mind that.
Next we have the BMX-430 Crease brush. This is fluffy and has a little point which is the general shape I like for a crease and blending brush.
Then we have the BMX-420 Detail brush. This is a small, dense brush with a slightly pointed tip and I don’t have anything quite like this.
The second to last brush we have is the BMX-402 Smudger. This is a small densely packed brush that is slightly rounded in shape.
And the last brush we have is the BMX-498 Liner brush. This has a chiseled edge and they recommend this for not only lining your upper and lower lash lines but for filling in your brows. All of which I’m going to try and see what I like it for the best.
The BoxyPopUp is coming up next week. Early access for Premium and Luxe subscribers opens on Monday August 10th and all access, for all subscribers opens Tuesday August 11th. Based on the sneak peeks I’ve seen it looks like there’s some great items in there.
That about wraps it up for this post, if you’ve tried Moda Pro brushes I’d love to know your opinion. If you haven’t tried Moda Pro brushes but you did shop the July Add-Ons sale I’d love to know what you got.
Until next time, have fun shopping and you can never have too many brushes :).
As it’s the end of the month I thought it would be the perfect time to do my July favorites. I have a pretty fun mix this month, so let’s get into it.
Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my July BoxyCharm box and if you haven’t read that I’ll leave a link below. My first BoxyCharm favorite is the Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This has pineapple, watermelon and green tea extracts and it’s supposed to brighten your complexion, protect against UV damage and help reduce signs of aging. I’ve been using this since I got it and I really like it. I can feel and see a difference in my skin. This also smells really good and it says on their website that it’s good for normal, oily, combination, dry and sensitive skin. So if you’re looking for a new element in your skincare routine I recommend this.
My next Boxy favorite is the Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray. I cannot say enough good things about this, I love it. It’s infused with fresh coconut extract so you get that nice tropical, summery smell and has micro pearls so you get a glowy and dewy finish. It also comes out in a really fine mist and I prefer that in a setting spray. This dries down pretty fast and doesn’t leave you with a sticky or tacky feeling, it does lock in your makeup and the glow you get is enough that you can see it but it’s not over the top. I definitely recommend giving this a try if you haven’t.
My last Boxy favorite is the Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner. This is a spongey brush cleaner that you swirl your brush on and it removes the pigment. I’ve been using this since I got it and I think it’s a great little tool to have. It picks up the pigment pretty quickly and basically does exactly what it says on the tin. I appreciate that this is easy to clean, you wash it with your favorite cleanser and let it dry before putting it back in the container.
And my last beauty favorite is my 4th of July makeup look. I did do a post all about this look and how I did it, which I’ll link below, but I had a lot of fun with this look and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Moving on I have a gardening favorite and it’s my sunflowers. Last summer I grew sunflowers for the first time, but when I got them they were starts and this year I decided I wanted to try and grow them from seed. I bought a packet of the heirloom sunflowers so when they bloom they should be multicolored, which I’m excited about. This year has been a little rough on them, in the beginning slugs really ate them and I was convinced they weren’t going to grow at all but I searched a ton of different gardening websites and they all recommended using copper tape which I did buy. Since putting the copper tape around my planter the slugs are gone and the sunflowers have really grown and I’m super happy with them.
And my last favorite, a music favorite, is the reissue of Paul McCartney’s Flaming Pie album, this album has also been remastered. Although the massive reissue doesn’t come out in full until July 31st, there have been a few songs released already. Flaming Pie isn’t an album I’ve listened to a lot over the years, I know a small handful of the songs, but I’m excited about the reissue as a whole. There are different versions of the reissue you can get, the lavish collector’s edition includes five CDs, two DVDs and four LPs. The deluxe edition includes five CDs and two DVDs. You can also get individual editions in the form of three LPs, two LPs and two CDs. It will also be on Spotify and other streaming platforms. If you haven’t heard of the Flaming Pie album I would definitely recommend giving it a listen.
That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.
Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great July :).
Today I thought it would be fun to give a first impression and full review of a palette I received in my July BoxyCharm box, the Pur Cosmetics Festival 2.0 palette. When I did the BoxyCharm unboxing I included swatches of the palette but didn’t give any real opinion because I wanted to do this post. I’ve currently done two looks with the palette, I’m wearing it today, so I have some opinions.
The packaging is very different from the first festival palette, the first one is oranges, ferris wheels and very much Coachella. This one has silver swirls with a holographic shift and ‘festival 2.0’ is outlined in various colors.
You get 12 shadows in this palette, 6 are shimmery/glittery shadows, 4 are mattes and there’s 2 satins. You get a nice size mirror as well. When I first saw this palette I was immediately interested in it because I thought the color story was really versatile. You do have the bright shades and more out there colors, but there’s also some nice neutrals and transition shades. Like I mentioned, I’ve already done two looks with this, they’re vastly different from each other and just looking at it a few more instantly come to mind.
Now for some swatches, I swatched on my arm and did them row by row as they appear in the palette. The first row starts with Euphoric, cream toned glitter. Then there’s Pure Bliss, a medium toned gold glitter. Next to that is Photo Op and that is a matte in a light orangey brown. The last shadow in the row is Dreamland, a matte peachy salmon shade.
The second row starts with one of the satins, Turn It Up. This is a vibrant hot pink shade. Next to that is Insta-Worthy, this is a matte pinky brown. Then there’s Vibes, I think this is similar to Insta-Worthy but this a glitter and has more purple in it. The last shadow in this row is On Set which is a matte more chocolatey brown.
The last row is the most colorful and it starts with Utopia, a lighter blue glitter with flecks of white and yellow glitter. Then there’s Electric, a deep blue glitter, based on the swatch alone, this might be my favorite shadow in the palette. Next to that is Fantasy World, the other satin, and this is magenta-ish in shade and the last shadow in the row is VIP Pass. I called this shadow complex and it really is, it’s a deeper green but it has gray undertones and flecks of silver glitter.
When I was swatching these shadows what I gathered was that the mattes seemed really smooth and they went on really well. The glitters were really pigmented, caught the light nicely and didn’t seem to have any chunky glitter which can be a pain to deal with. Upon using them I found out that my first impressions were correct. All the shadows are pigmented, the mattes are buildable and blend out really nicely, the glitters are nice on the eyes. The color comes through and you get that pop when they catch the light. This is a palette I would recommend and I do recommend it because it’s just that good. This is a very versatile palette and I think for a 12 pan palette it’s well priced. I did a little research on the first Festival palette to see the difference between the two and I think it’s safe to say I’ll be placing an order for the Festival palette sometime soon.
That about wraps it up for this post, I will be doing a Recent Looks post about this palette so look out for that. If any of you guys have the Festival 2.0 palette I’d love to know what your favorite look is that you’ve done.
Until next time, have fun creating different looks and you can never have too many eyeshadow palettes :).
Over the weekend I received my July box from BoxyCharm and I thought that today would be the perfect day to go through it. The theme for this month is Boxy Sunshine and being that we’re in the middle of July and the middle of summer, it’s the perfect theme.
The first product we have is the Chella Slanted Tip Tweezers. These have stainless steel slanted tips and a no slip coating. I haven’t used these yet, I just did my brows, but I like the way these feel in my hand. They’re good shape, comfortable to hold and it seems like they’ll really get in there and get all the little hairs.
Next we have the Lavish Quick Color Switch Dry Brush Cleaner. This is one of those spongy brush cleaners that you swirl your brush on and it removes the pigment. I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a while, I actually almost bought one a few weeks ago and I’m glad I didn’t. You can take the sponge out of the container to clean it, so it is reusable, it says to clean just wash with your favorite cleanser and allow to air dry before putting back into container. I will definitely let you guys know what I think of this.
Moving on we have the Clean Skin Club Vitamin C Brightening Booster. This was my choice item for this month. This has pineapple, watermelon and green tea extracts and along with brightening your complexion it helps to reduce signs of aging and protects against UV damage. I really like vitamin C serums, my skin really likes them and this one smells really good. The packaging is also really nice, it’s in a very pretty glass bottle.
The second to last product we have is the Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Spray. This is infused with fresh coconut extract, has micro pearls to give you glowing and dewy finish and comes out in a really fine mist. I’ve been using this since I got it and I absolutely love it, it’s the perfect summertime setting spray. The coconut makes me think of the beach, tanning and all the things you associate with the season. This dries down pretty fast which I appreciate, doesn’t make you feel tacky or sticky, locks in your makeup and the glow you get is really nice. The packaging of the whole Everyday Vacay collection is super pretty and this is one of those products that you would want to put in the front of your makeup collection so it could be seen. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a good setting spray.
With this palette you get 12 shadows, 6 are shimmery/glittery shadows, there’s 4 mattes and 2 satins. You do get a good size mirror with this palette as well. I’m going to be doing a first impressions post about this palette as I’ve already used it, so I won’t be giving away too much of my opinion on it now.
Starting with the top row, the first shadow we have is Euphoric and this is a cream glitter. Next to that is Pure Bliss, a more golden glitter. Then there’s Photo Op, a matte light almost orangey brown and the last shadow in the row is Dreamland and that is a matte salmony/peach shade.
Starting the second row we have Turn It Up which is a bright hot pink in a satin finish. Next to that is Insta-Worthy, a matte pinky/brown. Then here’s Vibes, a glittery shade that is similar to Insta-Worthy in color but with more purple in the glitter and the last shadow in the row is On Set, a matte deep chocolatey brown.
The last row starts with Utopia, a super pretty light blue glittery shadow with white and yellow glitters in it. Next to that is Electric, a very nice deep blue glitter, this is one of my favorite shadows in the palette. Then there’s Fantasy World, which is a pinky purple, magenta-ish if you will, in a satin finish. And the last shadow in the row is VIP Pass, this is a very complex shadow. It’s a deep green but you can see it has some gray in it and some silver glitters.
That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your July BoxyCharm boxes let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.
Until next time, enjoy your products and I can’t wait to see what I get in my August box :).
Happy Friday! Today I thought it would be fun to share with you a couple of looks I’ve did recently with the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette. I’m gonna be honest, I did do an additional look and completely forgot to take a picture of it, but the next time I use this palette I’ll recreate the look and put it on Instagram. That being said, let’s get into it.
When it came to my eyes I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before and I’m super happy with the way this came out. The first thing I did was prime my eyes with the Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Eyeshadow Primer. Then I went in to the Cocoa Blend palette and the first shadow I used is Substitute For Love. This is a lighter brown and I lightly applied that in the crease. Then I went in with Freshly Toasted, a rusty matte brown and lightly applied that in the crease as well. Then to build some depth I did a light layer of Beans Are White, a matte black that isn’t too deep and when you do a little amount like I did the gray in it comes through. On the outer corner of my eye and about halfway on the lid I applied Warm Notes which is berry-ish sparkly pink, a really pretty shadow. Then on the other half of my lid I applied Bitter Start which is a light matte nude. I lined my eyes using the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper and topped off the eyes using the Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I wanted a nude lip, so I went in first with the Model Co Illusion Lip Liner then used the KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Muneca and I set the whole look with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I will say that I messed up my swatches because I was trying to do them lightly and they ended up looking weird.
For the rest of my face I first went in with the Benefit Hoola bronzer, then I applied the Too Faced Daydreamer blush and topped it off with the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in Molten Rose Gold.
For my eyes I first primed them with the Pretty Vulgar Uncaged Eyeshadow Primer. The first shadow I used from the Cocoa Blend palette was Substitute For Love and I put that in the crease. Then on the outer corner and in the crease a bit I pack on Freshly Toasted. On the rest of my lid I applied Pure Ganache, this is such a gorgeous shadow. It’s a sparkly copper and it’s super pigmented. It might be my favorite shadow in the palette. I lined my eyes with the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and topped off the eyes with the Benefit BADgal Bang! mascara. I wanted a neutral/brown lip so I first lined my lips with the Beauty Vaulte Lip Liner in Kozy Kira then applied the Too Faced Peach Kiss Comfort Matte Long Wear Lipstick in the shade Sex On The Peach. I set the whole look with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I did almost forget to take a picture of this look so I grabbed the one that was on my Insta Story so ignore the random caption.
That about wraps it up for this post, if any of you guys have the Cocoa Blend palette I’d love to know what your favorite look is that you’ve created with it.
Until next time, have fun creating different looks and you can never have too many eyeshadow palettes :).
Happy Friday! Today I thought it would be fun to share with you the makeup look I did for the 4th of July and how I did it. I had quite a few ideas leading up to the 4th about what I wanted to do and ultimately I’m really happy with the one I chose.
When it came to my eyes the first thing I did was prime them using the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. For this look I wanted to use a palette I hadn’t fully explored, so I went with the Too Faced Pretty Rich Diamond Light Palette. The first shadow I used, as a base, was It’s Designer, a matte nude shadow. Then I went in with Coal Under Pressure, this is somewhere between a medium and deep black and it has flecks of silver glitter in it. I put this in the crease, on the outer corner of the eye and brought it in about halfway on the eye. For the rest of the lid I applied Set The Jewel Tone, which is a really pretty shimmery sapphire blue. Then, for a little extra fun and sparkle, I dabbed Diamond Life on my entire lid. When I originally saw this glitter I thought it would be a great topper and it is. It has a mix of white, blue, black and a darker silver glitter in it. And for a little brightness I put Clutch Your Pearls in the inner corner of my eye and under my brows. To line my eyes I applied the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooperand I topped off the eyes with the Too Faced Damn Girl mascara, it really does give you lashes for days. I knew I wanted to do a red lip so I looked through all of mine and decided on the Beauty Vaulte liner in Natty Nat and on top of that, the Sephora Collection LipStories Matte Lipstick in 23, After Hours. This is a great deep red that I wear a lot during the holidays and college football season. And to set the look I used the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.
That about wraps it up for this post, I always like doing posts like this, so look out for more in the future.
Until next time, have fun creating different looks and you can never have too many makeup products :).
The other day I received my purchases from the June BoxyCharm Add-Ons sale and I thought that today would be a good day to go through them with you. By the time I was able to shop the sale the eyeshadow palette I originally wanted had sold out, but I was able to find a couple other items in the form of two lipsticks.
The first is the KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Sanctuary. I have a couple of these in various brown and peachy/pink shades, but I had nothing like this one. This is a coffee brown with purple-ish undertones. I’m wearing this today and I really like it. The formula is great on these lipsticks, they feel really light on the lips, the staying power is fantastic and they don’t dry out your lips like some mattes can. The shade range of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks is pretty expansive and there’s a ton of interesting colors.
The second lipstick I picked up is the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Feelin’ Myself. These Melted Mattes have been some of my favorites for years and I have quite a few in various colors. This one in particular is a medium coral shade and it’s really pretty on the lips. The shape of these bottles is really unique, the formulation is fantastic, they’re long wearing and highly pigmented.
That about wraps it up for this post, the July BoxyCharm Add-On Sale begins July 13th for Premium and Luxe active and waitlisters and July 14th for everyone else. If you guys have any of the Everlasting or Melted Matte lipsticks, I’d love to know which shade/shades you have.
Until next time, have fun shopping and you can never have too many liquid lipsticks :).
As it’s the last day of the month, I thought today would be the perfect time to do my June favorites. There were so many things I tried and liked this month, but didn’t include because I have them set aside for other posts. I do think I still have a pretty good mix though, so let’s get into it.
Starting with beauty, I have a few favorites from my June BoxyCharm box, and if you haven’t read that post I’ll link it. My first Boxy favorite is the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm. This is a very hydrating primer that leaves your skin super smooth and gives you a lasting glow. I like that it’s enough of a glow that you can see it under foundation but it’s not too much. If you want more of a glow you can apply multiple layers of it to build it up. It also sinks in to the skin pretty quickly and it smells really good.
My next Boxy favorite is the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Coco Bling. This is a loose highlighting powder that has a good amount of shimmer and pigment. This comes in a bunch of different shades, but Coco Bling is a light silver. I find this to be great for face and body and it’s very buildable. I don’t have any other highlighters in this shade or tone, so I’m really enjoying this.
My last Boxy favorite is the Beauty Vaulte Circadian Lip Liner Trio. I really like these. I’ve worn all three of them as liners and as all over lip colors, they go on really smooth and creamy and they have great staying power.
The first one we have is Kozy Kira and it’s a nice medium brown, this is a brown shade that I didn’t already have as a liner, and I’m glad I do now because it goes with so many of my brown lipsticks.
Then we have Beau Babe and this is a rusty brown. This is a perfect match for the Too Faced Gingerbread Man Melted Matte Lipstick.
Then we have Natty Nat. This is a deep red and it’s a really good red, I like it a lot.
And my last beauty favorite is the e.l.f. Bite Size palette in Cream & Sugar. This has a nice range of light to dark neutral mattes and shimmers. These are colors I tend to gravitate towards when doing a neutral look and I’ve already gotten a lot of use out of it.
Moving on I have a couple of fashion favorites. The first is a black and white American flag shirt from Tactical Pro Supply. I always buy myself new America gear, so I have options not only for July 4th, but for any time of the year. Tactical Pro Supply is a veteran owned company who donates a portion of their proceeds to a charity that’s important to them and I really like that. This shirt in particular is black with a white flag on the back that’s sitting in a cool way, a flag on the right arm and an eagle on the left side on the front.
My second fashion favorite is a Team Penske hoodie. Now that racing is slowly but surely starting back up, I thought it was time to treat myself to some new gear. I’m always rooting for the Penske cars in IndyCar and IMSA, and I have so much respect for Roger, I mean he’s The Captain for a reason. But I didn’t have gear to support, so I went to the website and found quite a few things that I’ll probably go back and purchase at some point, but I liked this hoodie a lot. It’s dark grey with the red line and ‘Team Penske’ written in white. It’s so soft on the inside and it keeps me warm and cozy but it’s also really light so I can wear it all year. Additionally it has the holes for your thumbs, which I like.
And my last favorite is a music favorite and it’s Let Me Love You Baby by B.B. King and Eric Clapton. This is the second previously unreleased song from their album Riding With The King. This song is straight up two blues masters doing what they do best and it’s just so good. I highly recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t heard it.
That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what your June favorites were.
Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you had a great June :).