My top 5 colourpop lippie stix

Colourpop has gained major popularity lately and with good reason. They are a great, low cost product whose quality stands up to some of their pricier competition. Bonus, they’re cruelty free and all they’re lippie stix and lipliners are vegan! Needless to say, I am a huge fan. With so many colors, it’s hard to pick just one favorite so here are my top five colourpop lippie stix!

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(left to right) Cami, Hype Girl, Polite Society, Cookie, Aquarius

5. Cami (matte x)

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This one is definitely the most different of all the shades that I’ve chosen. It’s more of a  mauvey berry color and, as you saw from the swatches above, the rest of the colors fall more into the peachy and nude family. I love wearing this color when I’m dressing up more or going out at night. This is this is the only shade I own in their matte x formula of lippie stix but I love this formula and intend to get more of it. This one dries more than their regular matte formula (without drying out your lips!) to give you a really true matte finish while still leaving your lips so, so soft. Buy it here

4. Hype Girl (matte)

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A really beautiful peachy/ coral shade with a slight blue undertone to it. This one is a great everyday lippie. Honeslty, most days this spring and summer I’ve just been rotating between these shades and my NYX matte lip creams, depending on my mood. Buy it here

3. Polite Society (matte)

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Perfect spring/ summer lippie. It’s a beautiful coral color with orangey undertones. A shade like this can be used to brighten up a natural looking summer face or even be paired with a brown smokey eye for a more dramatic look. I don’t see it on their website right now, so maybe this one has been discontinued, I will look into it and update it when I find out.

2. Cookie (matte)

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I have found my perfect nude lippie! Other nude lipsticks tend to be a little too light on my, or too brown. This one is absolutely perfect. I love pairing it with a nude eye for a sweet, natural look or with a really dramatic eye. It honestly is so versatile! Buy it here

  1. Aquarius (creme)

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Browsing their website, I immediately loved the name of this one! I’m an aquarius and the name is honestly what sold me on this color. This is the only creme lippie stix that I own (I’m normally a matte girl) but I really love it. This shade is a really nice dusty rose and the creme formula gives it a nice, smooth finish with just a hint of shine. This is one of my go to lippies as it goes with such a wide variety of makeup looks. Buy it here

What are your favorite coourpop shades? Do you prefer the lippie stix or are you more of a fan of their lip creams? Let me know in the comments?

Haven’t discovered colourpop yet? Check out their website here

 

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Dupe tester: Benefit brow zings VS E.L.F brow kit

Brows are HUGE right now! Everyone wants their brows to be perfect and personally,  I believe that a good brow pulls your entire look together. There are millions of different products for framing and filling in your brows out there but my personal favorite are waxes and powders. The most convenient is brow kits/ boxes which feature a colored brow wax or pomade, a powder,  and a brush. Benefit cosmetics has a great one called brow zings! Their version contains wax,  powder,  a double ended brush,  and a mini pair of tweezers.

This set is amazing and so easy to get your brows to perfection status quickly and easily. Unfortunately,  this kit is also a little pricey.  At $34 for one set, it does set you back a pretty penny. So obviously,  when I realized that my E.L.F brow kit that I had sitting around the house was essentially the same thing,  I decided to compare them.

Now obviously,  as far as packaging goes,  Benefit wins by far.  It’s just a lot more fun and inviting looking. If I was going off of looks alone, I’d reach for  brow zings.

Internally,  you can see that the products are fairly similar (for comparison I got a medium shade in both) the wax and powder in the E.L.F kit have a much higher  contrast  between them than the Benefit ones do. However,  once applied, the colors look almost identical.

The right brow has the Benefit brow kit and the left has E.L.F. As you can see,  the colors are pretty similar though I think the Brow Zings matches my natural brow color a little better.

Both of these formulas apply fairly smooth and easily. I prefer the brow zings brush because it’s more precise and is longer so it makes it easier to use. The E.L.F formula applies a little more smoothly but doesn’t stay in place as well or as long.  The wax/pomade can run if you sweat too much unless you set it really well.

In general,  I think the Brow Zings is definitely a higher quality product and I prefer it over E.L.F’s brow kit. However, the Benefit kit is $34 where the E.L.F one is only $3. So, when you take this into account I’d say that this is still a pretty good dupe if you’re looking for a low-cost alternative to a higher end product without sacrificing too much quality.

If you’d like to put this dupe to the test yourself, here’s where you can find Benefit brow zings and here’s where you can find the elf eyebrow kit

NYX soft matte lip creams swatches and review

I have an obsession.  I love lipstick. More specifically,  any sort of liquid lipstick.  Love,  love,  love. 

NYX is one of my absolute favorite drugstore brands.  The high quality and consistency throughout their products is well worth the (very reasonable) price.

I have a few different formulas of lippies from NYX but the one I have the most of is their soft matte lip creams. I have 5 different shades of these lip creams,  shown in the swatches below. 

The formula of these lip creams smells great,  like vanilla or cupcakes. They are fairly pigmented though they are thin which can be tricky during application.  You have to be sure your lips are exfoliated or the formula just will not stick. Also, I feel like the formula is inconsistent between the different shades that I have.  Some apply easily, in one layer and go on smoothly.  While others I need to apply multiple layers and I have trouble getting the color even across my whole lip. 

Though there are some negative aspects to these lip creams,  all in all I feel that they are a great introduction to liquid lipsticks both with their price and ease of application.

Swamp queen palette swatches and review

This is going to sound insanely cheesy but the second I laid my eyes on a picture of this palette,  I was in love. 

I had already fallen in love with Tarte back in December through their tartelette palette and have since then dreamed of owning Every. Single. Palette. In case you’ve never used tarte cosmetics before,  their formulas are insanely smooth, pigmented,  and stay on for hours. Did I mention they’re all natural and cruelty free? Yeah,  literally perfection. 

Anyways, when this palette came out online I was like okay do I really  need another palette? Sure,  it was beautiful,  but I wasn’t sure it was something I needed to buy.  Well, fast forward to Nicol Concilio’s review of this palette.  It was the first video I watched of her’s and the first time I saw this palette in action.  I fell deeply in love with both. But, by the time I finally decided to buy it, it was sold out online everywhere.  Darn. So,  I had to wait until the in store release.  Fast forward again to a few days ago. I was walking past Sephora on my lunch break,  remembered it had just come in the day before,  screamed SWAMP QUEEN,  then ran inside to buy it. Now,  as a result of this long rambling story, I bring you my review of Grav3yard Girl X tarte swamp queen palette. Enjoy! 

First reaction, the packaging is pretty cute,  like most all tarte packaging is. I love the magnetic closure on this,  it makes it super easy to open when you’re rushing around trying to do a million things at once. Also,  it easily snaps closed almost automatically so you don’t have to worry about your palette not getting closed all the way as I do with some other palettes. 

Now, on to the inside. I love that it comes with a brush! The shades are all gorgeous and shimmery,  the mirror is nice and big (mirrors inside palettes are always an added bonus for me)

This was one of the easiest swatches I have ever done. The shades are so smooth and pigmented that most of these were honestly just a single swipe. 

There is very little fallout from this palette,  and the shades apply very smoothly with the included brush. I used eyeshadow primer and setting spray and my shadow stayed on all day long! 

For this look I used natural peaches as a base,  sassy bun on the inner corners,  and mancat on the outer corners. Sorry it’s not the best quality picture,  I just snapped it really quickly in the bathroom at work. 

Here’s my full face from that look. I also used the blush,  bronzer,  and highlight that come in the palette on my cheeks then used the highlight on my nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin.

So far,  I think this palette is amazing and everyone should try to get their hands on one.  It has such a great range of colors it will work with a variety of skin tones. I may even buy myself a backup 😉

NYX strobe of genius palette swatches and review

Let’s be honest; strobing, highlight,  and illuminator are all HUGE trends right now. Every makeup company is coming out with their own highlight or strobing kit. And every makeup lover is trying to find the very best one. However,  some of those highlighters can get a little pricey and I don’t have an ever fleeing makeup fund (I wish) so whenever I find a high quality and low cost product, I’m thrilled.  Enter NYX cosmetics.  Time and time again I am impressed with their quality and LOVE the low price tags. So naturally,  when I saw that NYX had this strobe of genius illuminator palette,  I snatched it up ASAP.

First impressions,  the packaging is nothing special but it works just fine. You can see all the shades through the window on the top, like most NYX palettes. The shades all look really nice inside the tray,  and there is a nice variety of colors to choose from. 

All of these shades swatch pretty nicely, though it did take a few swipes to get this  amount of color payoff. As you can see from these swatches,  these highlights are a little powdery, especially the 4 smaller trays. I have experienced some fallout from these shades but all in all,  if you use a good primer and setting spray they last you the full day. 

There is so much you can do with this palette, I end up using most of the shades on a fairly regular basis. What I love about this palette is that the shades blend together beautifully. For example,  I love using the middle bottom shade blended with the fat right top shade as blush and then blend together the two other  bottom shades as highlight.

In these pictures,  I did the blending combinations that I mentioned above then,  used the shade second to the left on the top on the tip of my nose and cupid’s bow for added highlight. 

All in all, I think that this palette is well worth the price,  despite the slight fallout and powderiness. It’s a great introduction to strobing and playing around with highlight for the first time and I definitely recommend giving it a shot!