Why I Started Panning

Hello again! Happy Thursday! When trying to decide what I was going to post about today, I decided to do kind of a “get to know me” post. I touched on this in my intro blog post when I started this blog, but it’s going to be the focus of today. I have always loved makeup. I remember getting my first real makeup in middle school and just being so excited about things like mascara and eyeshadow. Eyeliner was a HUGE love for me, which is funny because nowadays I kind of hate it, just because I struggle to make it perfect. In the past couple years, I started going to Ulta and I learned about a whole new world in the makeup industry. Before that, I only knew of mac as a high end makeup brand. I had mac gel liner and a gel liner brush my mom bought for me in high school and I was obsessed. But Urban Decay, Too Faced, Tarte? I had no idea they even existed. So when I learned about them, and I tried their products, I was blown away at the quality of a lot of their things. Suddenly, I could TRY ON foundation before I bought it. I could have eyeshadow palettes that had a huge variety of colors and that looked absolutely amazing. It was mind blowing to me. And so, I became a little obsessed. I started wanting so many different eyeshadow palettes. I couldn’t believe how many options there were! I love being creative with makeup, and I think that played a part in me wanting a collection. I liked the option to have many different eyeshadow look possibilities in front of me. And I enjoyed playing around with different formulas and different brands. It’s so crazy how fast your collection grows without you even realizing it. I don’t know what my maximum amount was, but it was a lot. I also had a LOT of lipsticks. Different formulas, different finishes. But like 70. That’s insane. Makeup expires. And realizing this helped kind of wake me up a little bit. I have all these things that are going bad faster than I can keep them. I also had eyeshadow palettes I never used because I forgot about them. That’s crazy, guys. I don’t do makeup professionally (yet!) so having all that makeup for me only was just insane. So then I decided to add up what I had and see how much my collection was worth. I had already gotten rid of some things, but I was pushing almost $1800 worth of makeup. I also had quite a few repeat shades in shadows and lipsticks. Now, I haven’t spent that much on my makeup (I’m a bargain hunter in all aspects of life. Most of my purchases are on sale, with a coupon, or with Ulta points) but that’s still a lot. So I decided to destash. I went through and got rid of things I never used, things that were repeats, and things that were expired. It’s been a process but I have been getting rid of a lot of things and replacing them with fewer items that are better curated to what I’m looking for in my collection. I am working on getting my collection down to under $1000 and I think by the end of the 12 Pans of Christmas, I will be there. I’ve made goals for myself. They started small but have grown each time I sit and do a destash. I purchased organizing things for my vanity. If a product doesn’t fit into the designated spot for that type of product, it’s not purchased. I’ll probably do another post about this and go into more detail about it, because it has really helped me visualize what my collection looks like. I have also started panning my makeup, from oldest to newest in each category (especially face categories!!). I used to be almost “scared” of panning makeup because I didn’t want it to be gone. Then one day, I realized it meant that I could just replace it. Makeup is replaceable. Even if you can’t get the exact product, you can get something similar, especially in today’s market. Since I’m currently on a replacement only low-buy, panning items is like a challenge. If you pan something, it means you get to replace it. You get to go buy a shiny new thing at Ulta or Sephora or wherever, and you get to know and love a new makeup product. Makeup is fun to me, but I was beginning to get overwhelmed. Making the decision to go through, destash, and then pan what I have kept has completely changed my opinion of makeup as well as the beauty industry. When you’re trying to talk yourself out of a new product, it becomes easier and easier, because you start to realize how much companies are trying to just get your money, and how most new releases are just copies of old releases. It’s rare I see something unique and original. That has been eye-opening to me. Deciding to pan has changed how I look at makeup, and it has made makeup fun again. I am in a constant battle to be happy with what I have, especially when I’m feeling down or anxious. Forcing myself to minimize what I own and really get to know my products and try different looks it letting me be happy with what I have. You don’t need 50 eyeshadow palettes to be happy. If you love makeup, then you should give your purchases the love they deserve. Hit pan on that eyeshadow palette you’ve had forever. Remind yourself why you purchased it in the first place. When a new release catches your eye, go sit at your vanity and look at what you already own. You’ll be surprised how often you havea dupe for what you want in your collection already, you just have to look at your products a little differently. Don’t keep falling for the “more, more, more” mentality of today’s society. Enjoy what you have, Love it and use it up. Remember, there’s always more when you empty what you have.

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Palette of the Week (x2): Naked Heat and Naked 3

Hello again! I know it’s been a little while since I’ve done a Palette of the Week update and I am sorry! The last two Saturdays have been a little hectic, and Palette of the Week posts are hard to pre-write. Anyway, enough excuses. I’m catching you all up today on both Palette of the Week posts that I slacked on, so worry no more! Let’s start with Naked Heat, who I featured a couple weeks ago.

I purchased this palette last year, when it was super popular. It was my first really warm toned, red-orange palette, and it was very much out of my comfort zone. Because of this, I never wear it as much as it deserves, so it was nice to spend a week with it. I was actually surprised because I thought I didn’t like the formula but I was actually (pretty much) incorrect about that! It was fun to play around with this palette for sure! I tried my best to work with every shade in the palette at least once, just to get a really good feeling about them all. I love all the shades, and they all provide something different to your look. The only one I’m a little iffy on is Lumbre, and that is only because it seems to be so hard in the pan, and so it’s pretty difficult to work with and build up on the eyes. But if you press into the pan, it works okay. This sucks, of course, because it happens to be one of my favorite shades in the palette. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. This palette has very few “neutral” shades, in the sense that you have 4 whites and browns, and they’re all light. This palette is definitely made for warm red and orange looks, with just the transition shades you need to start out. This has it’s pros and cons if you’re not huge on all red eye looks, but I don’t mind it. A pro of this is that there’s no true black in this palette. The two darkest shades, Ashes and Ember, are deep plum brown like shades, Ashes being a matte and Ember being a gorgeous shimmer. I really like this aspect of the palette because it seems to really make every shade in the palette easily usable. I don’t know about you, but I struggle to give a classic black shadow as much attention as every other shadow color, so this is a nice change of pace for sure! Overall, I really like this palette. It makes me step out of my comfort zone, but not so much that I can’t make it work and look “like me.” It’s a win and I am so glad I added it to my collection.

Last week, I worked with the Naked 3 palette. If you remember, you know I purchased this palette earlier this month, shortly after purchasing the OG Naked palette. The Naked 3 palette is a palette I have always loved the look of. I love the rosy neutral color story this provides; kind of a rose gold that my basic white girl self loves. I purchased a dupe for this palette a couple years ago, because I couldn’t bring myself to spend over $50 on an eyeshadow palette. That was the biggest waste of $7. The shades were a good match, but the formula was not good. The mattes did well, but the shimmers were all hard and crumbly. I ended up throwing the palette away. Time passed, and once I played with two other Naked palettes, I decided to make the jump. I am so glad I did. I absolutely love this palette. Ever since I bought it, I couldn’t wait for its week to come around so I could get to know it. I love every shade in this palette, honestly. I love the formula, the colors, the payoff. Every. Thing. I love that you can create a complex look, or you can pick one of the many great standalone shades, and just throw it all over your lid if you’re in a hurry. I tried this with 3 of the shimmer shades last week, and I loved each one. I honestly have no negative things to say about this palette, which I know is a little rare around here. This is possibly my favorite, or at least in my top 3!

This week I’m working with Nudie Patootie from Laura Lee Los Angeles. It’s been kind of interesting working with 4 “neutral” palettes back to back, and being able to compare them so closely. So come Saturday (I promise!!), I will update you all on how this week is going! See you all Thursday!

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The 12 Pans of Christmas: Intro

Hey guys! As you know, I kind of take an “unconventional” side of the beauty blogger industry. I have been streamlining my makeup collection to make sure that I only own what I love and what I use. Because of this, I have become pretty active in the panning community, especially over on my instagram page! I have joined a few awesome ladies in a panning project, and I will be documenting it on my instagram, but also going in a little more depth here on my blog as well! The purpose of this panning project is to pick 12 products and pan them. It starts today, the 20th, and goes until December 20th. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my intro post. However, I have substituted a couple products and I will explain that as we get on down the list. So today, I’m just going to introduce you to my 12 products I picked out!

  1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray, 4oz: I would like to finish this product. I like spraying it on my face on days I don’t wear foundation because my skin can get dry sometimes, and this helps it feel a little more refreshed
  2. Regis Design Line Olive Oil Leave in Conditioner: I would like to finish this product as well. I actually won this at school and use it every time I shower, but I have some more leave in products I need to work through, so I would like to start really working through the collection
  3. Tarte blush in paaarty: You all already know this is well on its way to being panned, but my goal is to have it completely gone by the end of the year. I have no doubt this will be my easiest pan of the 12.
  4. Tarte highlighter in exposed: I also have been working hard on this product and want it gone by the end of the year as well. It’s definitely not my favorite highlighter so I would like to finish it so I can move on to bigger and better things
  5. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: This is a relatively new product for me and it has a lot of product to work through. Because of this, my goal is to work through enough of this product that the design gets erased from the top of the product.
  6. VS Pink Warm and Cozy body spray: I have a LOT of body sprays. I want to empty this one completely since I wear it pretty much every day. Then I can start really powering through all these sprays. It’s a little excessive.
  7. Urban Decay eye primer: I would like to finish this product. I can tell it’s getting close to its expiration date and would like to empty it before it goes south completely.
  8. Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick in Sell Out: This replaced the colourpop ultra matte in Frick n Frack which was in my original line up. I went through all my lipsticks and threw out all the expired ones, which included Frick n Frack. This left Sell Out as one of my two oldest lipsticks, so I figured it was a good replacement to try to finish, so that’s what I’m going to do!
  9. Ulta Beauty Juice Infused Lip Oil: This replaced my Tarte Shape Tape concealer in the project because my shape tape is very very close to empty, so it didn’t feel fair to include. I wear this lip oil every time I wear little to no makeup, so I would like to finish it as well.
  10. Benefit KaBrow!: This is the product that never ends. I am praying I’m able to hit pan (or glass, lol) on this product by the time this project ends. Please. I can’t get over how long this product has lasted.
  11. Perfectly Posh Lotion: This is a lotion that I don’t love but I don’t hate. However, it’s kind of old so I’m going to try to completely empty it.
  12. Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover: This is my holy grail eye makeup remover, so I plan to be able to work through and finish this brand new bottle by the end of this project.

I will update you all around the 20th of every month with details of how my panning experience is going. On the 20th of every month, I will post photo updates of all 12 products on my Instagram, so make sure you follow me on there to keep up to date on everything! See you all Saturday for a special double feature palette of the week post!

xoxo

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Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation: First Impression Review

Hello hello! How is everyone doing? For those of you that have been following me from the beginning, you know that foundation has become a huge issue for me. I’ve been trying to find a foundation that works for my face and that lasts a long time. I’ve been going through a lot of drugstore and even higher end foundations. Well, now we have another one I’ve been trying out. I watched thataylaa’s Foundation Friday on this foundation after she talked about how much she liked this one compared to the Dew You foundation that just came out. I love everything I’ve used from the peach line, so I figured I would give this a shot!

First, the product details. This is a foundation that can be purchased at Sephora or on Too Faced’s website. As an Ulta-loyal girl, this was a hangup for me for just a moment, but I figured it was worth it to try this foundation. The price for this foundation is $36.00, but you get 1.6oz of product. So, while the price point is right up there with other foundations in the same category (Urban Decay, Tarte, etc), you get 60% more product than your average foundation, which usually comes in at exactly an ounce. That is definitely a selling point! It comes in a tube but it has a pump on it, which I personally really like because it makes it easier to control your liquid products in my opinion. On their website, they have 20 different shades. I personally got matched to the shade Snow by the Sephora worker I asked, and it seems to be a really good match for me. Snow says it is a very fair foundation with rosy undertones. Y’all, this foundation does not look like it has rosy undertones at all. If you’re pink, I would probably stay away from this unfortunately. Their foundations pull yellow and this is no exception. I would call this more a neutral undertone, which works for me because I have a pretty neutral undertone.

Now, the claims of this foundation. According to Sephora’s website this foundation is “a transfer-resistant, medium-coverage foundation that creates a smooth canvas for flawless, comfortable, matte wear that is never cakey or mask-like” Those are quite the claims. Sounds like pretty much everything that anyone would want in a matte foundation. It also says it’s oil free, has 14 hour wear, and controls oil. But does it really live up to the hype? Well, we’re gonna find out!

I have combo dry skin, but I love matte foundation so I have been on the hunt for a matte foundation that doesn’t cling to my dry spots. Obviously, your foundation is only as good as the primer you put it on. I have been using the Too Faced Hangover Rx primer. If you have dry skin, check this out! I may do a review post on this as well, but we’ll see! Anyway, I put that on and set it with my Coty Airspun loose powder in the areas that I have trouble with, namely where my glasses sit and the bottom of my nose. Then I applied the foundation. I use between 1.5 and 2 pumps to get my face evenly covered. The Sephora employee suggested using a damp beauty sponge to apply this because a brush can make it streaky, so I’ve been using my Real Techniques sponge. This foundation is at least medium coverage, but I feel it can definitely be built up to closer to full coverage. I then set it all over with my Coty powder and used the Too Faced Hangover Rx 3-in-1 spray as my setting spray. This is the routine I follow for all products, so I wanted to make it as equal to other types as possible. Then, I went to work and I did a wear test. If you don’t follow me on Instagram you missed my wear test, but I will add pictures in here so you all can see how it went!

I used different lighting in each picture as well, so you could see how it was doing. Overall, I was impressed with the wearing of this foundation. My nose area is my biggest issue, without a doubt. While it didn’t stay flawless when it started breaking down under my nose it wasn’t very noticeable. The bridge of my glasses left an imprint, but I have yet to find a routine that stops that regardless of the foundation, so I’m not counting points against it for that. Everywhere else, I feel it wore really well. By the end of the day, you knew I was wearing makeup but it didn’t look bad which is an improvement to all the other higher end foundations. Also, I know the scent is something that keeps people from trying this sometimes. I think it smells different than the peach palette, not quite as strong. The scent is definitely there, but I don’t notice it within an hour of putting it on my face. If you’re sensitive to scent, it may be an issue, but if not it’s worth checking out!

Now, for the claims. As I said earlier, this foundation gives quite the list of heft claims. But do they hold true? Here’s what I found in my personal experience:

  1. Transfer Resistant: I honestly took the sleeve of my sweater and pressed it on my face multiple times during the day, and I didn’t seen any transfer at all. That is pretty dang impressive if you ask me. I also scratched my face and didn’t end up with a whole lot of product under my nails like some foundations do to me. So for me, this is true!
  2. Comfortable Matte Wear: My skin felt like my skin all day. It almost didn’t feel like I had makeup on for most of the day. Towards the end of the day, around hour 12 or 13, I started to notice I was more aware of my makeup on my skin, but nothing unbearable. I still felt like I could touch my face and not have any issue. So overall, this is true as well.
  3. Not Cakey: Y’all. This didn’t cake up at all. I mean, there was a little build up around my glasses bridge but if you wear glasses, you know this is pretty common. But even that wasn’t super noticeable! I was blown away. I’ve never had a matte foundation wear this…not cakey.
  4. 14 Hour Wear: I didn’t make it quite to 14 hours, but when I took my makeup off, I would definitely say the foundation had some life left in it. So I would say this is accurate as well!
  5. Oil Controlling: Now I’m not super oily, but I am pretty oily around my nose and I did notice less breakdown and less oil as the day went on, so this seemed true as well!

Also good to note is that this foundation is paraben free, vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free. So it has a lot of good going for it for sure! Overall, I am very impressed with this foundation. I like how it wore and felt on my face, I feel it is a very good value for the amount of product you get in the tube, and I think that the shade works really well for my skin tone. I definitely suggest going into Sephora and getting matched and maybe even getting a sample, because my shade was not the one I would have picked off the shelf for myself. But if you have neutral or yellow undertones and are looking for a good matte foundation, I would definitely check this one out!

What’s your favorite foundation? How did you like this post? Would you like more reviews like this? Let me know in the comments!

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Products I Just Can’t Get Into

Hey hey, happy Thursday! I don’t know about you, but I find it so interesting how different everyone’s taste of makeup is. Obviously we have the trends that are popular, but the products we use to execute those trends can really vary. This got me thinking about how there are a few “popular” products that I just cannot get into, no matter how hard I try. So I figured I’d let you all in on my top 5.

  1. Individual Eyeshadows
    I know this probably sounds kind of ridiculous, but hear me out. I love eyeshadow palettes because they are all nicely packaged with colors that you know go together, and it just makes it to where you need to do a whole lot less thinking when you do your makeup. I can have the same color, one in the palette, and one as an individual, and I will use the heck out of the palette one and never touch the individual. I have had quite a few individual eyeshadows, and most of them have been gorgeous, but I always end up destashing them. Palettes are just how my brain works I guess, and that’s okay.
  2. Cream Contour Products
    I don’t know how you all use these things. They make my face feel so sticky and I have the hardest time blending them out. I feel like powder contour just looks more natural, at least on me, and it is so effortless to apply. I’m all about the easy application, so I just find these too difficult to work with.
  3. Contour Palettes
    I know this seems kind of strange since I love eyeshadow palettes, but hear me out. Contour palettes come with like 3 shades of brown at least. I personally don’t change color a whole lot during the year, because I have no time to get tan. What a life right? So to me, it is a waste of money to buy a palette and use one or two colors out of it. I actually had one from Makeup Revolution that I enjoyed pretty well. The highlighter was amazing and if i mixed two of the contour shades together, they worked pretty well. So I hit pan on a couple of the shades and then threw the rest of the palette away. That is so wasteful. So I changed to just buying myself one large bronzer and my life is so much better for it.
  4. Dewy Foundation
    I know this is probably wrong of me. I have dry combination skin, so you would think a dewy foundation would be my best friend. And honestly, it probably should be. But I cannot stand the feeling of it on my face. I’m a matte girl for life, and I really don’t think anything will change my mind. I don’t even really care if it would look better on my face, I can feel it all day and nobody wants that. Pass.
  5. Lashes
    I want to. This is the one that I honestly wish I was into. I love how dramatic they look and how they really pull a look together. But I cannot apply them for the life of me. I’ve tried to learn and I just can’t. They end up looking so bad or coming off so fast every single time. It’s honestly really annoying. I hope that one day I can take this off of my list but for now, it’s a no from me.

Was this post informative? No. Was it helpful? Probably not. But hopefully it was entertaining in some way. What products do you dislike that everyone else can’t seem to get enough of? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all Saturday!

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10 favorite products under $10

Hello everyone, happy Tuesday! As the makeup industry becomes more and more saturated, I feel like a lot of products fall through the cracks. Drug store priced items, especially, seem to get looked over for the next best thing from the high end brands. This got me thinking. Drug store brands deserve more recognition. So then I began thinking of my 10 favorite beauty products you can purchase for under $10, and I figured I’d share them with you (in no particular order)

  1. Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Concealer $7.oo, Ulta
    I used to be dedicated to Shape Tape. Let me tell you, I swore that there wasn’t a better concealer on the market. As videos showcasing this concealer began popping up everywhere, I was intrigued but I had my doubts. Then a couple weeks ago, a friend of mine suggested I try this concealer. Once someone you know suggests something, you know it’s worth your time. So I took my happy little self to Ulta, picked this up, tried it out, and returned my backup Shape Tape the next day. The formula is amazing and I love the coverage. I haven’t had any issues with it being cakey or creasing or anything that you tend to run into with concealers. The bottle is about a third of the size of Shape Tape, but buy 3 and you’re still saving money. That’s a no brainer to me. Plus, they are coming out with a larger size apparently, so that issue will be a thing of the past here soon.
  2. Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder $5.99, Target
    This powder is a game changer. I have gone through a few different powders in my time as a makeup lover. I’ve tried loose powder, pressed powder, colored powder, translucent powder, everything. I see recommendations and try them, but it never fails that it doesn’t do what I want. I was using Ulta’s pressed translucent powder for the longest time, and it was doing okay in the sense that there was no flash back, which is a nice feature for powder. However, my face felt sticky constantly and my makeup did not wear well. A friend turned me onto this powder (same one who turned me onto the concealer; she obviously knows what’s up) and for the price, I figured it was worth a try. I was blown away! This powder helps set my makeup so well. No matter the finish of the foundation, this powder helps make it not sticky and have a nice flawless finish. Also, you get so much product for such a low price. I will never use another powder, this is the powder to end all powders.
  3. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara $9.99, Ulta
    I am very picky when it comes to mascara. If I can feel my mascara, I pick it off. It’s a nervous habit of mine that I wish I could break, but I haven’t figured it out yet. I have gone through so many mascaras, trying to find something that works really well. I find some that will work for a while, but they get clumpy or they dry out. Or some just don’t work from the get go. High end and drug store, I have no discrimination when it comes to mascara. But there is one that works the best, and it is Lash Paradise. A lot of people rave about this mascara, and for good reason. It makes your lashes look wonderful, it doesn’t dry out crazy fast, it doesn’t clump up and give you spider lashes. It’s just a win.
  4. Wet n Wild Brushes $0.99-$7.99, wetnwildbeauty.com
    I have never been one to spend a lot of money on brushes. I have a couple really nice ones that came in subscription boxes, but as far as going out and spending money on brushes, I’ve only spent over ten dollars ONCE and it was a foundation brush that I had a mini of already. Other than that, I buy brushes as cheaply as possible. I’ve never had an issue with the quality of Wet N Wild brushes. e.l.f. brushes are nice as well, but their prices are a little more spread out than Wet n Wild, and I’ve had quite a few fall apart. But I have a lot of Wet n Wild brushes and they are all wonderful quality, they look cute, and they work very well. They have sets as well, but individual brushes are super cheap everywhere. Pro Tip: Check your local Dollar Tree for these, because they tend to carry them often if not always!
  5. AOA Liquid Lipsticks $1.00, shopmissa.com
    I learned about this website through Youtube. After I saw a few videos, I figured it was worth my time to try this stuff out. So I placed an order and I waited. I didn’t wait as long as I expected, but for a little bit. I ordered a ton of stuff from their AOA Studio line, which is apparently the only way to go. Everything I got has impressed me, but it was the liquid lips that really blew me away. For $1.00, you can get a liquid lipstick in pretty much any color imaginable. The packaging is nothing super remarkable, and you do have to kind of build up a couple layers sometimes, but for the price you absolutely cannot beat it. Think Colourpop Liquid Lips, these are similar. But a lot cheaper, so you can get more 😉
  6. NYX Liquid Suede $6.99, Ulta
    Staying in the same category, NYX Liquid Suede is one of my favorite lippies. As far as NYX goes, I could live without the brand as a whole. But I love the formula and the color selection of this line of lipsticks. You can get anything from nude to pink to black to bright blue. Some of the darker shades need to be built up a little bit and they definitely start turning around their recommended shelf life end, but they are a great lip option for anyone looking for a crazy variety of shades!
  7. Makeup Spatulas $5.00, Ulta
    This isn’t makeup, I know. But it is something I wish I had known about a long time ago. You know when you have a liquid product you love but you just can’t seem to empty it all the way and it feels like you are just wasting so much product when you throw it away? Those days are over! I purchased a set of two spatulas from Ulta but you can find them on Amazon as well. I am getting so much more use out of my almost empty liquid products! Especially with those higher end products, this definitely gets you your money’s worth. So be cheap like me and get every drop out of those bottles!
  8. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $4.99, Ulta
    I know this is a well known product in most circles, but it still deserves recognition on this list in my opinion! I remember a couple years ago, I wanted a Beauty Blender so bad. We were so broke back then so I knew better than to try to convince my husband to spend $20 on a makeup sponge (honestly, he would still laugh in my face, even though we have extra money these days). So I was on a hunt for a good sponge. This one came to me highly recommended, so I checked it out. I love it. I’ve been using it (not the same one, I’m not gross) ever since. I find it works very well for kind of setting in my powder products, but it also works really well for liquid foundation and concealer. But please, for the love of everything good, wet your sponge before you use it.
  9. Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette $10.00, Ulta
    This is a product that honestly blew me away a little bit. For reasons you’ll learn more about Thursday, I no longer have this but this palette is what got me into contouring. I did not touch a bronzer or a highlighter until I bought this palette about a year and a half ago. And now I can’t imagine makeup without either, especially highlighter. This palette gives a great range of shades and has one of the best cheaper highlighters I have ever used. If you can’t bring yourself to spend the money on a higher end contour kit, do yourself a favor and get this one. I promise, you won’t regret it. This is one of the first products I hit pan on, if that tells you anything.
  10. Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil $9.00, Ulta
    This is a product I got as part of my birthday gift from Ulta this year. I got the Cranberry and Pomegranate “flavor” (which I haven’t noticed that flavor but whatever). This stuff makes my lips feel healthy and happy and I love to put it on if I’m hanging around the house, or if I’m just going for a very very basic makeup look to run to the grocery or something. There are 5 different flavors and I even saw tinted versions while doing my research for this post. I may have to try one of those out! This is a go to, and I’m glad I got it!

I know there were quite a few lip products in this list but I just feel like cheap lippies don’t get the attention they deserve! I had some other things I wanted to add in but they were between ten and fifteen dollars, so I couldn’t! But the moral of the story is check out the drug store for your makeup, check out the brands you can use that $3.50 off coupon on at Ulta. There’s some great products hanging out on those shelves! What are your favorite products under $10? Let me know in the comments! And I’ll see you all Thursday!

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Palette of the Week: The Naked Palette

It’s that time of the week again! Another palette has had its time to show me what it’s made of. If you didn’t catch my post earlier this week, this week was supposed to be The OG Jaclyn Hill palette from Morphe. I planned out the looks for each day this week and everything, and I just couldn’t do it. I felt so overwhelmed by the 35 shades in both that palette and the Morphe 35F that I ended up destashing them both, and replacing them with the Naked 3 palette, which I will focus on in a couple weeks. That puts me at 10 eyeshadow palettes, which is a nice round number and a number I am comfortable with staying at I believe! But enough about palettes that don’t matter, let’s talk about the one that does.

If you don’t know, Urban Decay announced a couple weeks ago that they are discontinuing the OG Naked palette. This has caused quite the uproar in the beauty community, that’s for sure. Of course, I was one of the ones that fell for the hype. I had always eyed the Naked palettes as something that seemed so amazing but so unrealistic to purchase, especially this one. $54 for a neutral palette? Yeah okay. I have the Naked Heat palette and have never regretted it, but I was always hesitant about the first three. I purchased and destashed an Urban Decay palette last year (the name escapes me!) that had Half Baked in it, which is one of my  favorite shades period. So obviously, when the Naked palette went down to $27, I had to purchase it, even if just for Half Baked. Believe it or not, I didn’t have a palette like this one, so it filled some holes in my collection palette wise. It has 12 shades, way more shimmer than matte. I know that bugs some people, but I love shimmers so I’m here for it. I know a lot of people have kind of left this palette in the dust for newer palettes, but I honestly really like it. I was surprised how much I did, though I don’t know why since I have loved every Urban Decay shadow’s formula. I haven’t gotten to use every shade, I’ve missed out on Sidecar, Dark Horse, Hustle, and Gunmetal, but I will review all the shades I have used!

Virgin: This is everything a light, primer setting shadow should be. It lightens my eyelid and makes my primer a little less tacky, which is nice for blending. Really, what more could you ask for?

Sin: This is what every highlighting shade should aspire to be. This looks GORGEOUS on the brow bone, and even as an inner corner highlight. Urban Decay’s shimmer formula is one of my absolute favorites of all time, and this is no exception. I have nothing bad to say about it.

Naked: The palette’s name sake. A nice, matte tan-ish shade. This is a great crease shade, but it would probably work well all over the lid as a setting shade as well. It’s a little light, but there’s colors that you can blend it with to really make it live up to its best potential.

Buck: Speaking of shades that help Naked out, this is Naked’s bff in my opinion. It’s a little darker than Naked but still a gorgeous matte and it deepens your crease so nicely.

Half Baked: Y’all already know. I love this shade. It is such a beautiful gold. Pop that sucker onto the middle of your lid and you are ready. The formula is amazing and I feel like the color is just so bright and pigmented and I’m just here for it. My favorite in the palette, without a doubt.

Smog: This is a nice counterpart to Half Baked. It’s kind of a shimmer medium brown. I don’t really know what else to call it. It’s the middle road between Half Baked and Dark Horse. It makes a beautiful all over lid color, or just adds a little sparkle to your look.

Toasted: This color gives me Naked 3 vibes. I feel like it almost doesn’t fit into the palette, but it gives kind of a pop of color in a way. Definitely still a neutral color, but it’s got some pink going on that I just love. I actually cheated and wore this last weekend while I was out of town, and I just wore it all over my lid with some mascara on my lashes and it gave me just enough color to really look put together. This is a good standalone color, but it also works great in a full look as well!

Creep: As if you all don’t already know this, I used this as an eyeliner. This is the only color that I have anything negative to say. I feel as if it wasn’t quite pigmented enough to make the liner look work, and that may be due to the glitter aspect of it, but I struggled at first to make it work. It just took some TLC, but honestly don’t all black shadows? It wasn’t bad enough that I dislike it, it just wasn’t as amazing as its counterparts, but that’s okay.

8 out of 12 shades isn’t too bad, especially since I’ve been a slacker and only worn eyeshadow twice this week. These 6am-2pm shifts leave me wearing next to nothing makeup wise. But overall, I love this palette. I think it will work for literally anyone from beginners to experts. Should I have fallen for what I’m sure was a marketing ploy? Maybe not. Do I regret purchasing this palette for half off? Absolutely not! I think this is going to become a new favorite of mine!

Next week’s palette is Naked Heat. I adore this palette but never use it much, so I’m very excited to spend a week getting to know it better! Until next time!

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