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So I have done several looks with this palette–Morphe’s 24G Grand Glam palette. I am kind of mad that I didn’t buy this sooner because I probably wouldn’t have bought some other palettes that I have that I was underwhelmed with. This palette is perfect for me (and I feel like a lot of people). There are a lot of light and dark nude colors while also having pops of color and pops of glimmer. I realized at some point I was buying all of these colorful palettes and didn’t really have a good range of neutral colors anymore. This solved that!

Also, the colors apply smoothly and blend beautifully. What more could you ask for? 😁

So I naturally did not keep pictures of all of my looks. I have a really bad habit of deleting my pictures before realizing I still need them. πŸ™„ I did an orange look which is up on my Instagram if anyone is interested (avlovesmakeup). I did a soft brown with a glimmer that looks almost olive green over the weekend. I did a look with the red shimmer. And I did a pink look which I do have:

I am thoroughly pleased overall. The palette is $29. It is very big length wise (it is thin though). It’s on Morphe’s site and Ulta online right now. Again, my only two complaints are no mirror and the shade names are on the plastic that I know a lot of people don’t keep. I do because I’m particular πŸ˜‚

For the above look, I used Creamer, Glitz, Spiffy, and Glossy. I actually used the second from the top for a highlight too!

Anyone else have this palette? Or another Morphe palette you can’t live without?

-AV

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June’s Ipsy Bag

I can’t believe it’s the middle if June already!! I was excited to see my pink package in the mail on Thursday. I was a little less excited about the bag when I pulled it out lol. Yellow is one of my least favorite colors, so I was hoping for a different color (they are doing a rainbow theme for–I think–pride month). However, that’s a very, very minor complaint πŸ™‚ I can use it or gift it to my niece or a friend.

So what’s inside?

So I was most excited for the MAC primer. It’s a face primer, and while the tube is super small, a little product goes a long way. I usually only put primer on my cheeks where my pores are bad, so I don’t need a ton. I was surprised it was a little almost sparkly when I swatched it, but it maybe just added some sheen to my face (in a good way) once I smoothed it on. I have never used a MAC product, which is why I was excited. It felt nice when I put it on. I only used it for a few hours so far.

My second most excited for product was the eyeshadow palette! I have not heard of this company, but the colors are very pretty.

Again, I only wore these once so far. They were nice but nothing out of this world. They blended nicely and the green and copper shimmer and orangeish matte had good pigment. The other ones were just ok. It would be a nice, throw in my purse on the go kind of thing.

I used the exfoliator once also. First, always read instructions 😁 My usual one, I wet my face first. This one, you wet after you put it on. So it smelled really nice. Scents *really* bother me if they are not light and fruity. This almost reminded me of pineapple, one if my favorite fruits. I wasn’t thrilled with the application, but my skin felt smooth afterward. And it didn’t aggravate my skin at all.

After that, I have not tried the brush (I have so many face brushes…I might give this away) and I didn’t try the lip moisturizer, but it smells light and fruity also, so I’m sure I will enjoy it.

I meant to upload this last night and got distracted! Anyone else who gets Ipsy…any different products? I’m honestly not sure I want to keep going on with ipsy. I actually signed up for BoxyCharm because I saw they dropped the wait list for now. I’m not sure if I will like it better or not. I liked my ipsy bag, but at the same time, I’m not finding myself reaching for the products after I test them out. 🀷 I don’t know anyone who does BoxyCharm, so let me know if you do and your thoughts!

-AV

Instagram: avlovesmakeup

So I’ve been wanting try a Morphe palette for a long time. I’m not sure why I was putting it off. At any rate, I had some money left on an Ulta gift card and they had a Morphe palette I had been eyeing for a long time (I think it was only available at Ulta online, just fyi). For $29 I got the 24G Grand Glam palette.

First off, this palette is huuuggee! I was not expecting that even though I saw pictures. I always assume they make it look bigger in the pics. It came in a matching box with bubble wrap and arrived safely! The palette is big because the pan sizes are big! I don’t have any palettes with such large pans. I think they went wider rather than deeper. So this isn’t super travel friendly. It is thin though! I also don’t like that it’s not held close by a magnet or anything.

Another small con: unless you’re weird like me and keep all packaging (I really do and need to stop.. I keep the plastic covers and outside boxes for everything), you won’t know the names. The shade names are printed on the separate plastic cover. There is also no mirror.

So what do I like about this?? Um, the shades are GORGEOUS and very creamy! I only swatched and wore one look so far, but I know I’m going to love it. There wasn’t a lot of kick up, and I had no fallout on what I used so far. The shades I used blended very easily.

I went with an orange look because that’s why I bought this palette. I love oranges and thought that this palette had so many pretty ones.

Anyone else a fan of Morphe? I will definitely keep using this palette. I’m hoping my initial love doesn’t fade!

-AV

I’m also on Instagram Avlovesmakeup

If anyone wants to try some ELF products for super cheap, check out their summer sale! Their stuff is hit or miss for me, but overall I love the brand.

-AV

So I did not know what Micellar water really was or what it did until about a month ago. I got some in an ipsy bag and finally googled it but it still took some time for me to actually try using it. Funny enough I had gotten a decent sized bottle of it with the Philosophy face cleanser I use, so I decided to start trying it.

Before I was using Pond’s face cleanser/makeup remover to take off my makeup, and it did a decent enough job. It’s cheaper than buying makeup removing sheets constantly. But it didn’t do much for my mascara and definitely not for a liquid lip. The day I finally tried it, I was trying to remove my Colourpop Star-Crossed liquid lipstick. It’s bright red and it was smeared all over my face πŸ™„

This stuff really worked!! I found some cotton balls, dumped some Micellar water on, and did some gentle circles. Came right off! πŸ’πŸ™Œ Am I the only one late to this party? I tried it the next day on my eye makeup. One cotton ball took off my eyeshadow, liner, and mascara. I was amazed lol.

Heres the back. I am not educated in ingredients, so I don’t know if there’s something terrible in it that makes it work so well LOL but I hope not. I haven’t worn any waterproof items so I don’t know how it works on them.

Anyone have a favorite brand? I am definitely going to keep a bottle on hand!

-AV (Instagram avlovesmakeup)

So ELF did a 50% off sale a few weeks ago and I made a few purchases. Here are my buys and initial thoughts as I’ve now worn some of it a few times.

Starting with the big fail for me. So the color was actually spot on; however, if the description said this had a scent, I completely missed that. This has a floral scent to it. It’s not unpleasant, but once I had it on my face I instantly had a horrible headache and was getting nauseous. I have a pretty bad sensitivity to scents. I washed it off within 3 minutes so I can’t say more about this 😦

Some would say this blush is way too dark for me 😸 I just applied with a very light hand! It was too pretty to pass up!

This bronzer is very pretty and it’s really creamy.

I liked this powder but I think I liked my Wet n Wild mattifying powder more. But I will keep using this.

This is the other item I didn’t really try yet! I have visible blue veins around my eyes that I’m hoping the yellow will fix. If anyone has tried this, let me know what you think!

Loved this highlighter! It’s a very pretty shimmer that has a natural look to it.

I was so excited to buy this and so far I am liking it! It clips right on your phone and there are three brightness settings. It seems to help because my camera takes bad pictures.

The rest were brushes! I got all face brushes for contouring and different powders. I already knew I liked their face brushes πŸ‘

I think everything came to like $50! The only regret is the foundation 😦 What is everyone’s favorite ELF product?

-AV

Hey, guys! I want to thank Nava @neviews for nominating me to do this! I love her blogs, so go and check her out πŸ™‚ ❀️ She does beauty and makeup blogs and is a very sweet person!

Questions:

If you could describe your blog in one sentence, what would it be?

My blog has recently focused mainly on makeup reviews!

What attracted you to blogging?

I have always loved writing. I have written stories and poems since I learned how to write. I majored in English in college. And I wrote for a friend’s online magazine for about a year. I love the idea of making videos but writing is much more my forte πŸ™‚

What is your favorite social media platform?

I would say Instagram. I still use Facebook but so many of my friends post angry political stuff. I love just seeing pictures of everyone’s lives πŸ™‚

What is your favorite place to visit and why?

My favorite place is my house, hands down 😁 If I have to leave and visit anywhere, my favorite would be my mother’s house. It’s the house I grew up in.

What product/item would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren’t going to sell it anymore?

My absolute favorite lotion is Udderly Smooth Udder Cream. It’s called that because it started out as a cream for chapped cow’s udders!! πŸ˜‚ But it’s amazingly hydrating, not sticky at all, and there’s no scent. I would buy a truck load if they discontinued it.

Which TV, film or book character would you say is most like your personality and why?

I’m going to say April Ludgate from Parks and Rec πŸ˜‚ I like to be stand-offish and pretend I don’t care about anyone but inside I care too much. I also have her sense of humor haha. Also she she loves animals 😁

Whose advice do you always listen to?

I try to listen to my mom’s…she’s been around long enough to know a thing or two lmao

What food do you crave most often?

Sweets, unfortunately! I love chocolate 😭

If you could switch places with someone for a day (can be a real person or fictional character) who would it be and why?

Haha, so I have a for real girl crush on Mila Kunis, so I would trade places with Ashton Kutcher so I could hang out with her for a day πŸ˜‚

Which animal do you think you are most like?

Cat, through and through 🐈

What piece of advice would you give to someone who has just started blogging?

Write about something you truly enjoy! If it’s a struggle to keep at it, you’re not writing about what you really love. I think this is a great creative outlet. It should never be a chore! And most of all, be yourself ❀️

Here are my nominees:

Daniejean20 @beautyonadime

Offbeatvenusian @theoffbeatvenusian

Morgan Elizabeth @makeupwithmorgan

-AV