Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Eyes, Face, Lips, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
Today I’m going to finally share my thoughts about the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette. I’ve had this palette around for a long time and realized I never posted a review! The details $32 from Sephora’s website Cruelty-free and vegan 4 x 0.05 oz/ 1.53 g Holographic Shades in Emerald (green), Saphyre (blue), Amethyst (ultra-violet), Opal (pink) Packaging This palette has some of the coolest packaging of any palette in my collection. It’s a white and iridescent triangle with an embossed A design. It’s cardboard but feels reinforced because of the plastic coating. It has a magnetic closure that really stays shut. Inside, it has a mirror and a smooth matte covering around the pans. It feels similar to something like NARS or ELF packaging but doesn’t pick up…
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Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Face, Product reviews
I was way too late to try out these Wet ‘n Wild MegaGlo highlight powders, but at least we’re here now! I’m a huge fan of the brand. They have amazing lipsticks and highlighting powders. Plus, they’re cruelty-free.  A lot of new products have come out from Wet ‘n Wild recently, such as their liquid lipsticks. I have quite a few highlighting powders already so I dragged my heels when they came out with this line. But, I knew I’d snag one eventually, and I had a hard time deciding which I wanted. They have a great range of six shades that seem geared towards all skin tones. I eventually picked up the shade 321B Precious Petals. I justify this purchase because it's rose gold, and I didn’t have any…
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Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

Face, Product reviews, Skin
I'm back with another face product review! I've been using this Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment for a few months now. Let's dive in... About the Product This product comes from a line of tiger grass products. The others seem to be full skincare products, while this color corrector crosses over into makeup. This brand isn't cruelty-free, unfortunately. Don't mind the dirty label... This product gets a little messy! The marketing for this tiger grass line of products focuses on how this particular type of grass helps your skin heal, which is proven by how tigers rub themselves in it to help heal their wounds. I don't know how much I believe that, but I was swayed to buy this product because it's basically skincare that can…
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Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette

Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush Palette

Face, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
I recently picked up the Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Gallery Blush palette at Sephora. The artistic packaging is cool, but I was drawn to the simplicity of a bronzer, highlight, and two non-similar blush shades. Also, this palette is limited edition and has a lot of great reviews online, so of course I was curious!   The shades are X-Rated (bright pink), Now's the Time (highlight), Jawbone (bronzer), and Noho (mauve). X-Rated is available as a single blush. The other three seem to be exclusive to this palette, but you can get similar shades separately or in the Naked Flushed palettes. Packaging This palette is canvas-covered cardboard with the logos and crown design embossed. Some of the artwork is raised as well, which makes this palette nice to hold and…
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NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation

NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation

Face, Product reviews
NYX's Stay Matte but not Flat foundation has been a loved product in the makeup community for a few years. I grabbed mine quite a while ago, but I got caught up in other products and didn't get around to spending some time with it for a review. In fact, I think mine is so old that the packaging now looks slightly different. About the Product This is a powder foundation with a matte finish. The description for this product emphasizes flawless skin and a flawless finish, but doesn't provide more detail about what the "not flat" part of the name means. It comes in 25 shades, and I have the shade SMP02 Nude, the second shade from the lightest. A handful of the shades are available online only, so…
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Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak

Face, Palettes and sets, Product reviews
I'm always a fan of compact, multi-use products, so it was inevitable that I would try one of the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes. It comes in six different shades, and I chose Streak because I liked the warm, coral-toned blush. Packaging I love how sleek yet sturdy this packaging is. It's similar to the packaging for the Naked Basics palettes, but it's a thin, hard plastic instead of a slightly rubberized finish. It also has a magnetic closure, which most of the Naked and Naked Basics palettes don't have. There isn't any wasted space in this palette. There is a full-size mirror in this palette (a lifesaver when traveling), and the pan takes up the entire compact. You get 0.49 oz of product, which is quite large. This makes…
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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

Face, Product reviews
Hi! I've been using this product for some time now, but I finally got around to posting a review. I've reviewed a few IT Cosmetics products, but Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream is definitely a very close second to the Celebration Illumination foundation (only because I use the powder foundation much more often). This product is a color-correcting cream that you can wear alone or underneath a regular foundation. I've found this product to be so pigmented that I normally wear it alone. It's thick, creamy, and buildable. However, it can be difficult to blend, especially if you accidentally use too much. This pot is very small, so the sticker shock is high when you see what you're getting. Take a look at the size of this pot compared…
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Pare Down: April Update

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Lifestyle, Lips, Organization, Palettes and sets, Product reviews, Videos
Another month already? Man, this month was rough. My routine was thrown off a lot and I had some intense work deadlines, so tidying was straight-up not a priority for me. I can't help but think I could have tried harder or pushed through, but I needed that time to focus on my work and my family and friends, and I'm much happier for it in the end. This is a fantastic lesson in expressing understanding towards myself -- it's something I offer freely to others but don't extend to myself. I got on and off track with my daily tidying goal and my strength training. I managed to cook about three meals per week. I packed lunches fairly regularly instead of buying (a luxury in downtown SF). I got all the…
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A Big Bag o' Empties

Empties and purges, Eyes, Face, Nails, Product reviews, Skin, Tools
Woohoo -- it's time to review my trash! I've been saving up these empties for a loooong time. So this video is quite long. To help you skim through it, I put text on the screen so you can find the products you're most interested in. https://youtu.be/seC2TXfoa_w I hope you enjoyed all those reviews. I haven't done an empties post or video since 2014, I think... Oh, and if you're curious about my makeup, I'm wearing the same face as my recent FOTD post ;)
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IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation

IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation

Face, Product reviews
I have a confession to make. I've been wearing this IT Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation basically daily for months, and I never actually reviewed it. *facepalm* This will be the best-researched review I've ever written, as I've worn this foundation hundreds of times. This foundation is a powder foundation, but it has a teeny bit of a glow to it so your skin looks youthful and healthy. You can wear it alone or over a liquid foundation or concealer for more coverage. On its own, it's about medium coverage, but can be put on sheer and built up where you need it. The packaging is a thin compact with a mirror and secret brush compartment inside. The compact has a little iridescence to it, which I think is a nice touch. I've only…
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VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

VIB Rouge Exclusives: Info, Dupes, and Similar Products

Beauty hauls, Beauty steals, Comparisons, Face, Lips, Nails, Product reviews, Videos
I'M SO GLAD THAT THIS VIDEO + BLOG POST ARE FINALLY SEEING THE LIGHT OF DAY. I've been working on this since February. That's right, February, as in five months ago. Basically, finding dupes takes time, and every time I thought I was done, Sephora kept coming out with more VIB Rouge exclusives! Not to mention all the traveling and the fact that I work full-time. Even at the time I'm posting this, there's been at least one more item added, continually out of stock, and I'm NOT waiting another five months! I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me... I'm sure you understand the dreaded "out of stock" message anyway! VIB Rouge exclusive products are certain shades of popular products that are exclusive to VIB Rouge members. I…
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MAC Chris Chang Collection

MAC Chris Chang Collection

Beauty hauls, Face, Lips, Product reviews, Seasonal, Summer, Videos
Hi all! I purchased a few items from the MAC x Chris Chang collection a few weeks back when it first came out. And now I finally have a video trying it all on! Here's what I got: Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Lipstick in Cloud Gait (Lustre) Lipstick in Plum Princess (Matte) Lipstick in Vermillion Vee (Matte) https://youtu.be/OER5zbUP-kg I had so much fun trying on these bright colors! As of this posting, the collection is still available at MAC's website. Did you try any of these bold shades? Anyone brave enough for that yellow?
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