A loose shimmer eyeshadow can really change any look and give it that extra pop you may be looking for. I’m a huge fan of them and a strong believer that you don’t need to splurge to find the perfect shimmer shade.
NYX Loose Pearl Eye Shadow | $3.00 – This is the first shimmer shadow I picked up in a loose form years ago, so it’s probably way past its expiration date (oops). I immediately was blown away by how pigmented and gorgeous the shade was. You need the smallest amount to cover your eye lid, hence why this has lasted me so long. I can no longer see the shade name but I believe it’s in the shade pearl which they describe as a pale pearly pink. I love this for a bright lid look or as an inner corner highlight. There are 15 shades listed on their website, ranging from this pearl to deep neutrals and even bright pops of purples and blues.
J. Cat Beauty Shine Your Day! Shimmery Powder | $3.45 – I picked two of these up in my most recent order from Ulta and already love them. They’re very similar to the NYX powders, they even come in the same packaging, but these are available in much more neutral shades. The one pictured above is in the shade Earth Mango which is a gorgeous golden bronze shade. I love these colors and can’t seem to stray away from them.
Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics Pure Pigment Eye Dusts | $4.99 – What makes me gravitate towards this product more than the other two is the packaging. The product is so much easier to get out and work with when it’s in this sort of packaging with a sifter. These type of eyeshadows tend to be quite messy, and this packaging helps prevent spills and excess product coming out. I have the shade Cafe au Lait which is another warm bronzey shade.
Recently I’ve found myself getting a little-tired out and overwhelmed by all of the collaborations between brands and beauty influencers. Most of the products seem over done and not so great quality. When I saw that Desi Perkins and Lustre Lux were coming out with a collection of products from Dose of Colors, I knew I would have to stop myself from buying everything. I like both of their styles so much that I knew I would love their products. They’re both people you know are not going to release a collaboration unless everything is exactly how they want it. This is Dose of Colors first collaboration as well which makes me feel confident they didn’t just crank this out as fast as possible for money. I love Dose of Colors liquid lipsticks and was excited to try other products from their brand.
Highlighter and Eye Palette
I really feel like I picked these up on a whim but I’ve been so incredibly blown away. First of all the packaging is absolutely gorgeous. I love the rose gold and the textured outside of the products. It looks almost like glitter but does not leave a trail the way real glitter would. I almost feel like they blew a lot of their budget on the outside packaging and chose to keep it cheap and simple on the inside. Once you open the product, the inside is made up of rose gold cardboard. I, for some reason, just really oppose cardboard packaging. It seems cheap, flimsy and takes away from how nice the actual product is.
The Girls Eye Palette | $28.00
They described this palette as containing four ‘wow’ shades that could be used as lid colors with your favorites transition shades. I like that they kept this palette small, straight to the point and cheap. I’m not one who gets offended when a palette doesn’t have everything I need in it. I already have those palettes and when looking at eyeshadows want something that compliments my favorites. It contains four colors which are great for everyday looks or a more sultry smokey eye.
On the top row, the first color on the left is Suz. This is such a bright, look at me cream glitter shade. This one is probably the most chunky out of the four and is recommended to be used wet. I really enjoy this shade as I tend to gravitate to these kinds of colors on my lid. This would also be a beautiful inner corner highlight.
Second, on the top right is Noli. This is a perfect golden bronze shade. I think this will be the most used shade in the palette because you can easily just use this quickly all over the lid.
On the bottom row, Turbosan is on the left. This is a really unique deep purpley brown shade. I can’t wait to try this out with a smokey eye but out of all the colors, this one lacks in pigmentation. I think you’ll really have to pack the product on your brush to apply it to the lid and look as beautiful as it does in the pan.
Lastly on the right is Harpoon. I’m really excited to try this out as well in a more smokey eye look. This one is also recommended to be used wet and it’s gorgeous. It’s a green shade with gold and green shimmer.
Fuego Highlighter | $28.00
Since this is the same price as the eye shadow palette it was little harder for me to justify buying another highlighter but I’m sure glad that I did. This is a beautiful light golden champagne shade. What I love about it, and what really sets it apart from my other highlighters, is how non-glittery it is. This gives your skin that wet look instead of looking like straight glitter on your cheekbones. I’ve been using this every day since I purchased it.
Unlike to cardboard packaging in the eye and highlight products, these lip products feel luxurious all around. I love the matte outside with the rose gold font. Both of these products feel really great in your hand and love how they’re slightly different from their normal packaging but you still know they’re from Dose of Colors.
Hot Fire Liquid Lipstick | $18.00
I love the liquid lipsticks from Dose of Colors and reach for them all the time. They feel comfortable on the lips and have such a great color payoff. I’ve recently been looking for a bright orangey red liquid lip because I don’t currently have one in my collection, so when this came out I was all over it. I absolutely love this color and formula. I can’t rave about it enough.
More Creamier Please | $16.00
I haven’t tried their regular lipsticks yet so I was excited to pick up one of the bullet lipsticks that launched. They had two nude shades and I decided to go with the darker one because I like darker more cool toned nudes on myself. Unfortunately, I’m not head over heels with the color and kind of wish I picked up the lighter one but all together I don’t really like nudes that give you the ‘concealer over my lips’ look. I think some people may really enjoy this, if you want more of a nude that matches your skin tone. I do really enjoy the formula though! It’s matte and long-lasting but still incredibly comfortable.
During the summer months, I feel like I’m always so busy. Happy hours after work, outdoor concerts and movies, date nights. Because of this, I love having a quick go-to makeup look, that I can rely on to beat the heat. I think I’ve found my perfect combo of products. These are products that have slowly found their way to the back of drawers, where I’ve quickly forgotten about them. I’ve been playing around with some of my older products and forgot why I ever stopped using these.
This is a product I used to use so much that I actually finished one and repurchased it. My new High Brow, pictured above, I showed no love. With the increase of highlighters and everybody searching for that ‘blinding’ glow, this subtle pink cream just seemed out of style. Using this recently, I completely forgot why I loved it. It’s such a blendable product that looks great on the brow bone and inner corner to really brighten up your eyes. It’s matte and subtle but still brightens your eyes perfectly. It does unfortunately only come in one color so I don’t think this would be great for deeper skin tones.
I loved the original color tattoos in the pots, so when these were launched I immediately picked this color up. I thought I would love it more because it seemed easier to apply but the first time I used it I hated this product. I just thought it dried down weird and was hard to look blended on the eyes. Using it again, I feel completely different about it. It so smooth on the eye and all you need to do is use a finger to blend it around in your crease. They do dry down so I recommend doing one eye at a time. When they do dry though, these aren’t going anywhere – great for hot summer days. The color I have is bronze sheen which I think is perfect for every day and brings out my blue eyes.
I don’t know what took me so long to try this mascara out. It is such a great drugstore product! I actually picked up a three pack on a whim during Amazon Prime Day. It makes my lashes look so long and voluptuous without applying coat after coat after coat. It is also the blackest mascara I think I’ve ever used. I won’t lie, I’m the kind of person that applies 100 coats of mascara and uses three different tubes. With this mascara I really only need a couple of coats, making it a quick and easy product to use.
Recently, I decided to venture into the world of The Ordinary skin care. If you haven’t heard of this brand I would definitely recommend checking them out. They have great skin care products at such an affordable price. Deciem, the company that makes The Ordinary, has several other beauty/skin care brands on their site. I hadn’t heard of most but their products were so original that I really wanted to try some other things out as well. One of the things that I was most excited about was Pore Delete by the brand Hylamide. This is another skin care brand but they do have several primers in their collection.
I have large noticeable pores on my cheeks that can sometimes by emphasized by certain products. I’m always looking for good primers and products that hide or cover-up the pores on my cheeks. I’m really careful about where I apply blush and highlight to avoid emphasizing these problem areas on my cheeks.
Pore Delete | $18.00
The product itself is a light liquidy cream. It comes out as a white color but when blended in quickly turns to clear so it doesn’t leave any sort of white cast. The directions say this product can be used alone without makeup or patted in over your problem areas on top of liquid foundations but underneath your powder products.
The first time I tried this, I used it exactly how the directions said, patting it in over top my foundation on my cheeks. It did immediately start moving my foundation around so I decided to use a sponge to help blend the product back around. This helped and it does take some patience but eventually, my makeup looked as good as new, but with fewer visible pores.
Now the second time I used this I put it on as a primer. It looked great at first, really making my skin look blurred. But the second I started putting my foundation it all went down hill. The foundation was bunching up and sticking to certain places of my face but not the other. It was super weird and I’ve never had a product act that way on my skin. now obviously this isn’t how the product is supposed to be used but since it did look so great on bare skin I thought it would act as a great primer – do not try this.
Whenever I’ve used this since, I’ve waited until I’m finished with my foundation and concealer then tap a small amount on my cheeks with a beauty blender. It does require some patience and effort but afterwards, there is a difference in your skin.
Does It Work?
Although I do see a difference in my skin after using this product, I can’t say I’m obsessed with it. It takes a lot of effort to get your makeup to look good after applying this on top and the difference is so slight, I can’t decide if it’s worth it. I really only use this product when I have the time to take however long I want doing my makeup and I don’t necessarily care how perfect it looks. It doesn’t completely ‘delete’ your pores but it does minimize them, enough that I don’t regret purchasing this product but I definitely won’t be repurchasing.
I haven’t been this excited over a makeup launch in a long time. This just seemed like such a unique (and ‘on-trend’) idea from Colourpop, a very affordable brand. Colourpop announced they were releasing four setting/priming sprays, four liquid highlighters, and four lip balms that contained either Amethyst, Aquamarine, Aventurine, and Rose Quartz. I’m not someone who’s very into crystals or could even tell you the difference between some of them but this just seemed like such a different idea that hasn’t been done yet.
These collections come in four different bundles for each crystal that contains their coordinated spray, highlighter and lip balm for $18. When I made my purchase I was more intrigued with the Rose Quartz collection but unfortunately, that one was sold out. I decided to purchase all three products anyway but from different crystal collections. I settled with the rose quartz priming spray because it stated it was hydrating. I also chose the Rose Quartz highlighter due to it being the most wearable color for me. I then wanted to switch it up and selected the Amethyst lip balm because of how pretty the purple shade seemed.
Rose Quartz Priming Spray | $6
The priming spray comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a standard mister. The mist does come out a little strong, but since this is priming spray I won’t be worried about it impacting my makeup. It has a great grapefruit smell and is supposed to boost hydration before applying makeup. This also promises to leave a dewy effect on your skin. This spray has a pink tint but when applied to the skin this is not noticeable what so ever.
Rose Quartz Liquid Highlighter | $9
This is the product I was probably most nervous about and figured I wouldn’t get that much use out of it. I really only use liquid highlighters to mix it with my foundation and thought this shade wouldn’t work well with that. This product comes in a similar bottle to the spray but has a different nozzle and is a little smaller. A little bit of this product goes a long way so I’m sure this will be lasting me awhile. It comes out as a beautiful pink-gold shift when worked into the skin. I think this would look radiant mixed into foundation or just on the cheeks as a highlighter. This could also be mixed in with moisturizer and worn on its own. I’m very excited to get some good use out of this product.
Amethyst Lip Balm | $5
I thought this lip balm would be just another product I would use occasionally but kind of forget about it in a bag or a drawer. But boy was I wrong. This product blew me away. First of all the packaging is so much sturdier than I imagined and feels much more expensive than just $5. The product itself is so creamy and feels wonderful on the lips. It also smells amazing! The advertise this to be used alone or on top of a lipstick which I can’t wait to try out due to how beautiful the color is. It really just transforms your lips and gives it a pink/purple opalescent sparkle. For $5 you really can’t beat this product.
I’ve been slowly trying to venture into the world of Korean skincare. They have so many different and unique products that it can seem intimidating. Luckily Ulta has recently started carrying a larger variety of Koren skincare brands, one of those being Skin Food. This brand has such unique products from a Sake Pore Serum to a Pineapple Peeling Gel and even a Gummy Bear Hand Gel. With so many different products to chose from I thought starting off with their masks would be the best and safest bet.
Skin Food is known for creating products centered around the benefits of food. They had so many unique masks to pick from but I settled with the Egg White Pore Mask, Black Sugar Strawberry Mask, and the Wash Off Rice Mask. I was originally only going to purchase the egg and rice masks but the strawberry mask sounded too intriguing to pass up.
Egg White Pore Mask | $10.50
This mask is probably my favorite out of the three. It’s a very thick opaque white cream. You need a small amount to cover your entire face, which is nice because this product is going to last for a long time. This mask is supposed to clean your pores while tightening and smoothing them. It also promises to control oil and provide anti-aging benefits. I really think this mask stands up to all those claims, except the anti-aging one that’s a little harder to measure. After using it my face feels so clean and refreshed. It’s soft to the touch and my pores are visibly less noticeable. This is a great mask to use before doing your makeup because it really does help control oil. This will help your makeup glide on smoothly over your pores. Another bonus that I was nervous about, this mask really doesn’t have any sort of egg smell or feel like your just putting egg whites on your face.
Black Sugar Strawberry Mask | $11.50
This mask, on the other hand, feels exactly like you’re taking muddled strawberries and smearing them across your face. It smells and looks exactly like that as well. If you have any sort of sensitivity to strawberries, or just don’t like them, this mask is not for you. The only thing this mask promises to do is hydrate and nourish leaving it “fragrant with a strawberry scent.” Not once in my life have I wished for a mask to make my face smell like strawberries, and that’s pretty much all this mask does for me. Yeah, it does leave it feeling hydrating but I have much better, and less fruity, masks that do the same thing.
Wash Off Rice Mask | $10.00
This is another one I have been enjoying. The texture of this mask is a little more chunky nd not as opaque as the egg mask. This mask promises to hydrate and brighten your skin. Although I haven’t noticed drastic differences in the brightness of my skin after using this mask, it does hydrate it and leave it feeling clean and smooth. This mask contains Odae rice water which is featured in many of their brightening products. When using this mask, you want to massage it into your skin before leaving it on for 10-15 minutes. It’s a much lighter mask than the egg one and doesn’t dry down completely. this is great for people who have an issue with masks drying out their skin too much.
I’m sure by now everyone’s seen or at least heard about this palette created by Jaclyn Hill with Morphe. Before I even jump into my thoughts on the palette, I want to say this is the first Morphe eyeshadow palette I have ever tried so unfortunately, I can’t compare it to their regular shadows. I’ve been a big fan of Jaclyn’s for awhile now and have really been excited for the amount of success she’s developed in the YouTube community. That being said, I was definitely disappointed when I found out her much hyped up collab was going to be with Morphe. This is a brand that just never really excited me. I have a couple brushes from the company that I bought through Hautelook but that’s my only experience with the brand.
Purchasing the palette:
Unfortunately, right now the palette is sold out but Jaclyn’s said multiple times it will come back in stock soon. This palette costs $38 but you can use her or any YouTubers coupon code with Morphe and receive 10% off. The biggest reason I wasn’t going to buy this palette was shipping for Morphe in the US is around $8, making the palette closer to $50 after taxes as well. For $50 you can buy a much higher quality palette from a much more trusted luxury brand. During the initial sale of this palette, they offered free shipping if you bought two palettes. Luckily, I had a friend who was also interested in purchasing it so we went in together to avoid the shipping costs.
How it performs:
As of now, I’ve owned this palette for a little over a week and I can say I am thoroughly impressed! I ‘ve used it every day I’ve worn makeup and I’ve really been blown away on how the colors perform. There are 35 shades and most of them are some of the best shadows I own. They are so creamy, pigmented and blend beautifully with hardly any effort. There are some duds in the palette which I find mostly with the darker matte shades. The black shade, Abyss, is just a pretty average black and so is Chip, a deep warm brown. The shimmers are beautiful swatched but I find on the eyes they look much better when foiled with something like Mac Fix+. To be fair though I do this with pretty much every shimmer I use.
In true Jaclyn form, I did a warm smokey eye to show this palette off. The biggest thing I find missing in this palette is a neutral cream matte shade which I normally always use all over my eye to set my eye primer. With this palette though I had to mix a little bit of Beam and Silk Creme together, which worked but wasn’t ideal. One thing this palette isn’t missing is an array of transition shades. You can find one for any look you want to create. For this one, I first used M.F.E.O (made for each other) in the crease, then followed up with Pukey, Roxanne and a little Jacz in the outer corner. I took a small amount of Hunts on a really soft blending brush just to blend everything together and really add some more warmth. All over the lid, I foiled Firework with some Mac Fix+ and a flat eyeshadow brush. Finally, for my browbone and inner corner highlight, I used Enlight.
Since there are 35 shades in this palette and many swatches all over the internet I didn’t want to swatch every single shade for the purpose of this post. But I did want to show off how some of the shades swatch versus the others and give some of the brighter shadows their moment.
So you can see how beautiful the shimmers are like Royalty that deep purple and Diva. But then some of the mattes like Jada, Enchanted, and Chip are just a little more chalky and stiff. These were all swatched with my finger and one swipe down my arm.
Altogether I have been really enjoying this palette and think it has great options for everyone in it. One of the biggest things about this palette I don’t enjoy is the white packaging. Mine has already gotten extremely dirty and I had to try really hard to get it clean to photograph it. I can’t imagine what it’s going to look like in a couple months. When it does come back in stock, I do recommend finding a friend who also wants to purchase the palette and buy it together to avoid the shipping fees.
Cleaning my makeup brushes is the definition of a chore to me. It’s something I brush off (no pun intended) until it absolutely needs to be done, much like laundry or vacuuming. As my collection expands, the amount of time between washing each brush grows as well. This leads to me having tons of brushes to wash at the same time, causing this ‘chore’ to take up a big chunk of my afternoon. The two most important things, in my opinion, when washing your brushes is a good brush cleanser and washing your brush the correct way. A good cleanser gets them clean but isn’t too harsh on the bristles. This doesn’t need to be insanely expensive, my favorite cleanser at the moment is Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo. Secondly, when washing your brushes it’s imperative to prevent water from going up inside your brush head. This can cause the glue to deteriorate and your brush head to fall off.
How I Wash My Brushes
I was sent over The Brush Bar and The Brush Board from the company The Brush Bar to test out while I clean my brushes. I was blown away by how easy these products were to use and how much of a difference they actually made to my cleaning routine. First, the packaging is perfect. They come in these velvet sleeves that you can keep to store them in or to use while traveling with them. Both products feel sturdy in your hand and well made. They’re slim enough to store in your drawers and travel with but big enough to use with a large collection of brushes. The Brush Board is used while cleaning your brushes and The Brush Bar is used while drying them.
I have seen a ton of different variations of products like this. I haven’t actually tried one of because they just seemed gimmicky to me. Because of this, I don’t have anything to compare to this product. I was shocked though at how well this was able to get my brushes quickly cleaned. The Brush Board is double sided and has six different surfaces that each serve a different purpose.
Cylinders (the first section of the left): Gentle yet effective clean
Pyramids (the middle section): 4 edges and a point of the deepest clean
Cones (the section of the right): Deep cleaning cones double as a bristle comb to separate bristles for quick drying
Triangular Prism (on the other side, opposite of cylinders): 3 edges for a medium scrub
Ridges (opposite of pyramids): Dual purpose scrubber and scraper
Waves (opposite of cones): A waved scrubber and scraper
Washing My Brushes
Like I said earlier, I love using Baby Shampoo to clean my brushes. It’s gentle on the bristles but gets the job done. I use lukewarm water to get the bristles on the brush I’ll be washing wet and place a small drop of cleanser on the section of the board I want to use. The more gentle sections I use for smaller eye brushes and the harsher sections I use for face brushes that need more of a deep clean. I then swirl my brushes gently on The Brush Board, using multiple sections for a better cleanse. This truly has cut the time I spend washing my brushes in half.
Drying My Brushes With The Brush Bar
The Brush Bar contains these small prongs that are hidden away when the product is closed. These can be flipped outwards and used to flip your brushes upside down while drying.
The product contains two large prongs, six medium and two small for different size and weighted brushed. The Brush Bar sits easily on the edge of a vanity, sink or counter and keeps your brushes secure while they dry. This a great product to use while drying your brushes as it prevents water from running upwards into the handle of the brush, therefore prolonging the life of your brushes. Another added perk that makes me love this product is it prevents my cat from getting my brushes! Whenever I leave them out flat on a towel to dry, she loves stealing them and biting the handles.
With the summer months coming up my makeup routine has been all about doing quick, easy looks with as few products as possible. While traveling I usually carry around a small makeup bag so I can easily apply my makeup in the car or on the go. This has lead to me rediscovering my all time favorite drugstore eyeshadow formula. I’m all about doing a quick wash of color over the lid throughout the summer and Colourpop is one of my favorite brands for this, but I’ve recently fallen back in love with the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows.
How They Perform:
These L’Oreal eyeshadows are very similar to the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows in their formula. They’re super creamy and feel almost wet to the touch. These shadows come with a small plastic piece that says “do not discard” that prevents the shadow from drying out. I think this is the biggest difference between the Colourpop shadows. My Colourpop ones have dried out noticeably after a couple of months compared to the L’Oreal ones which I haven’t noticed a change in the formula even after owning these for over a year.
These are advertised to last for 24 hours. I personally haven’t worn eyeshadow for that long ever but I can testify that these do last for a very long time. I would recommend using a primer, which I do with every eyeshadow, as it will increase the wear time of the shadow and prevent it from having fall out.
These apply best with a flat eyeshadow brush that I would use for any sort of pigment or glitter. My two favorites which can be seen above are the Urban Decay Shadow brush, which I think I may have received in the Naked palette, and the Sephora #25 brush which is very similar.
These L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows come in 18 colors so there’s one that’ll fit whatever you’re looking for. I own four of them: Perpetual Purple – a deep, shimmery plum, Gilded Envy – a moss color with shimmer, Amber Rush – a great sparkly copper, Iced Latte – the perfect cream highlight shade. The shades really range from deep blacks and grays for the perfect smoke eye to lighter shimmery shades such as Iced Latte. All these shades are shimmery or kind of metallic making them beyond beautiful to use all over the lid.
Where to Find Them:
I’ve seen these shadows at pretty much every drugstore. Unfortunately, I can’t find them online right now at Ulta but they are listed on Walgreens website. The shadows run for $8.99 and you receive 3.5 grams compared to the Colourpop Super Shock shadows that run for $5.00 and you receive 2.1 grams.
I’m a huge fan of the ‘all-in-one’ palettes. You know, the ones with all your staples. A good blush, bronzer, and highlight all in one place. These are great to save space while packing on vacation. If you’re like me, I tend to over pack and when it comes to my makeup that means bringing three different peach toned blushes I probably won’t wear. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love having options so finding a palette with several different choices in it is always a plus.
My go-to travel-friendly palettes:
These are probably my top three palettes to travel with. They’re all sturdy enough so I’m not afraid of them shattering and cover all my bases makeup wise.
1.It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Complexion Perfection | $42
This palette has all your essentials, the perfect pink blush, a super easy to blend bronzer and an everyday appropriate highlight. What makes me love this palette so much is the addition of the pressed translucent powder. This is the only palette I’ve seen with this addition and I think it’s a great touch, making traveling that much easier. Not to mention this also includes a huge mirror which is always a plus.
Like I side earlier, I’m all about having my options. I’m probably the most indecisive person I know so having three blush options on a trip is my dream. Benefit’s Cheek Parade supplies just that and even has two different toned bronzers so at the beach when I start off ghostly white and leave with a tan glow, this palette has me covered. You can also use the lighter shade as a bronzer and the darker shade as a contour shade. The only things this palette is missing is a highlight but since two of the blushes have shimmer, I usually skip the highlight while wearing them.
This one definetly gives you the most bang for your buck and includes some of my favorites formulas. You get one bronzer, two blushes and three highlights which are all beyond creamy and beautiful on the skin. I like how you have different options with this palette and it’s small enough to throw in any bag. The palette folds back making it easy to do makeup on the go and also includes a mirror! Really what more could you want?