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Sephora VIB Birthday Gift Set

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Sephora VIB Beauty Gift: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugen and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

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Left to Right: Rikugien and Cruella

The month of October finally arrived meaning I could go to Sephora and get my VIB birthday gift. I’ve been so eager to try these lip pencils out since this birthday set was announced back in January. They are both sample sized sets with 1.8g & 1.7g of product for Cruella and Rikugen, respectively. They both glide on the skin nicely, however, I thought Rikugen was going to be slightly more purple but it’s more of a sheer glimmery pink. Either way I’m excited to put these lip pencils to the test and see how they wear on the lips. Don’t forget to become¬†Sephora Beauty Insider even if you barely purchase there because you always get birthday sets like these for free! ūüôā

-Products were given to me free through Sephora’s rewards program-

October 15, 2015
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ColourPop Eyeshadow Swatches

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

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Metallic Finish

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Metallic Finish

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Satin Finish

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Pearlized Finish

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Ultra Metallic Finish

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Metallic Finish

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Packaging

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From left to right: Amaze, Sequin, Bandit, Bae, Empire, Game Face

ColourPop Cosmetics is a brand new company who created these eye shadows with a unique formula. When you touch the shadows, the texture feels like a moist sponge rather than the texture of a pressed pigment. You can easily make dents in the shadows if you are not careful due to their fragile consistency. The texture can be compared to Maybelline’s Bouncy Blushes but these ColourPop shadows are even softer. There are seven different finishes available in this collection and I found that the most pigmented finishes out the six that I own was satin and ultra metallic. The shadows are so soft and buttery that they are best applied with your finger rather than a brush.

I’ve only tested one of the shadows for wear time and that was Amaze, a metallic finish shadow. The eyeshadow started to crease after four hours of wear even with Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics primer. The other thing I noticed was since Amaze is such a shimmery shadow, there were¬†specks of glitter all over my face and the glitter easily transferred. After allowing the arm¬†swatches¬†to dry, I decided to rub my fingers over the swatches to see if they would smudge and to my surprise, none of them moved one millimeter.

If you’re looking to purchase any of ColourPop’s shadows I recommend trying the satin, ultra metallic, and¬†matte finishes. They just released their matte finishes less than a week ago and I’m going to assume the pigmentation will be very similar to their satin’s pigmentation. Each shadow is only $5 which is very inexpensive for pretty good quality¬†products especially since their shadows have such a distinctive¬†texture. If you’re interested in purchasing these shadows or checking out their other products you can click here. So there’s my first impressions of these shadows and honest short review. Hope this helps you guys out, peace to the outt.

P.S. My initial purchase had two eyeshadows with a manufacturing problem so I contacted customer service and they sent me two replacements for no extra charge. I really enjoyed interacting with their support team!

-Products were purchased by me-

January 19, 2015
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First Impressions on Milani Bella Eyeshadows with Swatches!

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Milani Bella Eyeshadows

Hi everyone, I was dying to try these new Milani eyeshadows ever since they were released and I was finally able to obtain some! The Walgreens I went to¬†only had six shades available¬†since apparently everyone got to the shelf before me so you will see that most of the colors are browns. This new collection by Milani is famous for it’s gel to powder formula and there are¬†three different finishes which include: satin matte, shimmer, and iridescent metallic. Since my choice of shades was limited, I was only able to get two out of the three finishes. I swatched each color on my arm from left to right using the following methods: bare finger, flat shader brush, and applied wet with flat shader brush.

*Keep in mind that I did not use any primer or base for the swatches.*

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Satin Matte

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Satin Matte

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Satin Matte

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Satin Matte

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Shimmer

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  • Bella Black: Very pigmented shadow regardless of method used, does have some fallout in the pan but nothing too crazy, and applies really smoothly.
  • Bella Caff√©: Blends into my skin so could be used as a transition shade for medium and tan skin tones, sheer, best color payoff when applied wet, however, the color changes completely and becomes extremely shiny.
  • Bella Espresso: Applies smoothly, overall great color payoff, and some fallout in pan.
  • Bella Navy: Beautiful strong blue, best applied wet, but slightly chalky.
  • Bella Pink: Extremely sheer, looks more white than pink, and moderate fallout in pan.
  • Bella Sand: Sheer and color depends¬†mostly on method used to apply shadow.

Overall, some of these shadows are hits or misses but applied wet seems to get the best color payoff for most of the shades. I have heard that the iridescent metallics are the most pigmented in the collection so do not lose faith if the swatches did not amaze you. Bella Navy is probably my favorite thus far but truth be told when I tried to create a look using four of these eyeshadows, I did encounter various issues. When I would try blending one shadow with another it seemed as though the lid shade would completely come off after a few seconds of blending the crease shade regardless of what shade I was using. I tried putting Bella Navy on my lid and blending in Bella Espresso into my crease but the navy shade became super sheer and transferred right back onto my brush. In addition, when combining two or more shades, the eyeshadows just started to look muddy but yet again, I did not use a base or primer, so perhaps they need these in order to work properly? Either way, I am going to try to find which method gives the best results and I will report to you guys once I do! These shadows can be bought on Milani’s website or at any drugstore that sells Milani Cosmetics. They retail for $3.99 each, which I believe is a fair price for the amount of eyeshadow you receive. Let me know if any of you have tried these and if you have found a method to get these eyeshadows to work in the comments below! I would love to hear if any of you have tried the metallic finishes and if they’re worth buying. Thanks for reading! Peace to the out.

-Purchased by me-

August 7, 2014
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