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This is just a quick “look what I got” post lol. I literally can’t stop buying eyeshadow. I have so many. And I concluded awhile ago I should just stick to palettes because it makes more sense than buying singles. However… Colourpop was doing a last call sale on a bunch of singles, so broke down and bought a bunch haha. But I did buy a magnetic blank palette so it’s kind of like I bought a palette 🀷

I say this every time, but let’s talk packaging. Omg they have the best packaging! Even the box lid is freaking cute!!

Then they put in those cute little cards. I love them and save all of them πŸ˜‚

The pink box in the bottom picture is the palette! It is so sturdy feeling, closes with a magnet, and is super sleek. I love it. It has a really cute design on it and is light/pale pink.

These are the shades I bought! I would list all of the names but I’m too lazy to pick each one up πŸ™‹ If you want to know a specific one though I would be more than happy to tell you lol.

Now the best part…swatches!

So I love Colourpop because they are very affordable and have good stuff for the price. These aren’t the most amazing shadows I’ve ever worked with, but they keep me going back. They are buildable, blendable, and they have an amazing range of colors.

Here are two eye looks. Don’t judge them on these…I did these in like 5 minutes each.

Anyone else a Colourpop addict? πŸ™‹

-AV

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That title is long and maybe confusing…sorry. 🀷 So I thought my latest Colourpop splurge was coming today but I was wrong. So here we are with an idea. I was reminiscing on the Urban Decay Through the Looking Glass palette and how it has this shade that is just amazing and perfect. And that got me to this idea. So when I buy a palette, at least half of the time it’s because a specific (like, one) shade drew me in. And I decided I would buy the whole palette just to have that shade. Normally the rest of the palette is attractive to me also, but there’s this one shade that from swatches or just the picture…it looks different from anything else that I have and I’m just dying to have it. That’s the draw-in shade.

But…most times once I start actually using the palette, I end up with a favorite that’s different from the draw in shade. So I wanted to share a few examples πŸ™‚

Urban Decay: Through the Looking Glass.

This was limited edition and I almost died when my husband bought it for me for Christmas. I was dying to have that green Hatter shade. My favorite? Salazen Gum. I will cry when it dries up or I hit pan. I love love love this shade.

Anastasia BH Prism palette

I was kind of disappointed with this palette overall. I had a lot of trouble with the shimmers because they are like a chunky glitter for the most part. I was dying to have Osiris. My favorite ended up being the mattes in general, but I am particularly fond of Lure. It’s a perfect grey-purple

Urban Decay Born to Run

I was *living* for the three in the corner– Wanderlust, Radio, and particularly Big Sky (swatched). I do love these a lot, but my favorite ended up being Accelerate. The pigmentation blew me away

Morphe 24G Grand Glam palette

I wanted that bright pink shade (I couldn’t get it to look true to life in the picture for some reason…second row down in the middle, it looks bright pink IRL) so badly. I do love it, but I had the orange shimmer (three rows down, last one) and this dusty/dingy rose color (top row, last one) be my favorites and go-tos.

Crown Brushes Fuego palette

I did not buy this…it came in a BoxyCharm. But not everyone got it, and when I saw a picture, I thought…please let me get this palette!! I wanted the shade on the second row, first spot. I ended up being in love with the top row, middle shade. It’s a beautiful sunrise, golden-pink shimmer

Juvia’s Place The Dolce

So this is the exception. I wanted that mint green shade Macarons soooo badly, and it’s definitely my favorite shade. However, I was surprised by how much I ended up loving the light pink Creme.

Finally, Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Zodiac palette

This is another exception. I wanted this whole palette so badly but was disappointed with my sign’s shade (The Libra). However, (see my earlier post on this palette), I ended up being disappointed in the whole palette but loving The Libra and The Cancer the most. Both are beautiful light pink matte and shimmer shades respectively. I like The Libra all over my lid as a base. I picked The Aries as my draw in because I had the highest expectations for that shade.

Sorry…this was pretty long! With the unfortunate exception of The Zodiac palette and the Prism palette, I love the rest completely. But I thought it was interesting to reflect on my expectations vs reality πŸ™‚ Anyone e else have and love these palettes??

-AV

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Hello! I feel like my posting schedule has been off, so I apologize. But today I have two products from It’s a 10 to talk about. I got these from my last Ulta splurge and I have used them both several times. So this is not an initial thoughts review, but I also have only been using them a few weeks.

First up:

This is the product I chose to buy: Silk Express Miracle leave in spray. I once again did not double check the price because I’m lazy and forgetful, but I believe it was around $13-15. And this was the smallest/travel size. This brand is a bit pricey compared to what I normally spend on my hair. But… thankfully I love this stuff so far.

So you wash your hair like normal, then spritz this all over and comb it through to make sure it’s distributed evenly. Super easy and quick. It helps to detangle my hair, and while it has a strong smell initially, it’s a pleasant scent and it does fade. By morning I can barely smell it, and I am super sensitive to scents. It leaves my hair feeling and looking silky and smooth! And my hair has not been frizzy when I is it, but I only get frizzy hair from humidity and I have naturally straight hair, so I can speak for people with curly hair.

Then we have:

I got this as a free sample for purchasing the other product which was awesome! So I never looked up the price because I’m not sure you can even buy it in this size. It seemed like most of their stuff was between $15-$23 for the small sizes. I used this as a deep conditioner. First, it did make my hair incredibly silky and soft. I also would skip washing my hair the next night and my hair felt great for the day after too. I am not going to use this all of the time though, as I’m kind of an in and out of the shower person due to time constraints. But you can use this as a normal conditioner if you want. And this can be used for a hair mask obviously, but I definitely don’t have time for that lol.

Overall, this is pricey but at least worth it if you want good products for your hair. This brand has a huge line so I’m sure there’s something for everyone. I tend to not do much for my hair, so it was nice to spend a little more on it for once!

Any other products from It’s a 10 I should try?

-AV

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Tomorrow is already breaking my heart. It should be the first year birthday of my best friend’s baby. Baby Jade passed away before her 6 month birthday of medical and genetic complications. I remember holding her like it was yesterday and I remember seeing them carrying her tiny white casket down to the church graveyard like it was yesterday. Life is not fair. If you pray, pray for my best friend. Not only is it her baby’s birthday but she also has to start her job again tomorrow. Also not fair πŸ˜– She’s a teacher.

March 21st, 2018

The snow just kept falling down.

The picture through the window was bleakβ€”

Cold, the lake melted into the trees melted into the sky.

We drove on.

The snow just kept falling down,

But it was fitting.

It blanketed the sounds of muffled sobs

And shushed sniffles. The church

Was cold that day. Everything was cold

And grey.

The snow kept falling down,

But the stained glassed windows hid it.

I could feel it though,

Constant, cutting, real.

The words droned on, meaningless.

The snow kept falling down,

And it was covering everyone.

The circle huddled closer together

As the wind slashed through black clothes,

But the snow wouldn’t relent–

Hair was frozen, shirts were now white,

Toes were numb. All eyes were on that

Spot, though, the spot not covered by snow.

The snow kept falling down,

As the prayers continued on,

As the tears kept trailing,

But that spot was still waiting.

As everyone turned away,

It would slowly be covered by dirt.

And then, only after the last shovelful was tossed….

Then you, too, would be covered by snow.

Ground melted into sky melted into the heavens.

How does one say goodbye?

-AV ❀️ Hold your babies close and tell them you love them every day ❀️

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So I have casually mentioned a thousand times that Urban Decay is my favorite high end makeup brand. I appreciate a lot of lower cost makeup but I think I’ve only bought one item from UD that’s let me down and that was a face spray for hydration. Just didn’t do much for the price. The quality of makeup is great, and they are cruelty free. I know they have some vegan products as well. My only complaint is they are a tad costly.

So I have *terrible* pores. Even when I went through a weird time of very dry skin, my pores were huge and very noticeable. I don’t lie about having bad skin but I like covering it up when I go out. I had acne bad for many, many years and it’s a security thing to at least wear foundation if I leave the house.

So I’ve been on the hunt for great coverage that looks natural. For some reason, last time I tried full coverage foundation it looked very cakey despite my oily skin.

So I decided to try the UD Optical Illusion face primer. It retails for either $32 or $34 (sorry…I could have googled that lol) and it’s like a whipped cream consistency. If you use a small amount and pat it in, I think it really does well as a pore filler. I will keep buying this unless I come across something better.

But it wasn’t enough. So I bought the Naked Skin foundation that is supposed to blur pores. It’s $40. I don’t find that it does much on its own. If I was just going to use foundation, I’m not sure it’s worth the price. It reminded me of the Maybelline Fit Me Dewey. It goes on nicely (I use a beauty blender), but it’s a tad tacky and I can definitely still see my pores. The only plus to the other foundations is that it seems to last longer before rubbing off or breaking apart from oil.

So I finally broke down and bought The Velvetizer. It’s a mix in powder for the Naked foundation. It’s supposed to give your skin a velvety finish. It retails for $34. You only use a dime size, mix it in, and apply like normal. You can also just use it as a setting powder. I read a lot of bad reviews on Ulta. If you do not have oily skin, I can see this making your face very cakey looking. It’s also very easy to waste product. I want to get a piece of glass to mix it on, because some of it soaks into the back of my hand before I can use it. For how much it all cost, that sucks. But…I do like this personally. I tried it with my Maybelline foundation and didn’t like it as well surprisingly. But with the Naked foundation, it did give my skin a very smooth, not sticky, velvety feel to it.

So I have pictures. Please keep in mind: my camera sucks. I tried to have my face in the same position, but…you know, human error. I used the same lighting but one picture looked darker to me for some reason. And I only put product right on my cheek where my pores are the worst, so don’t judge the rest of my face lol.

My face with no product:

My face with just the Naked foundation:

With the foundation and primer:

Finally, foundation, primer, and Velvetizer mixed in with foundation:

What’s everyone’s favorite foundation, pore filling primer, and powders?

-AV

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So back when I started my blog I used to post about pretty much anything, and I know I talked about mental health/conditions off and on. I was hesitant to make this post since I’ve recently steered it completely in the path of beauty and makeup, but then I was like…it’s my blog πŸ€” Plus I believe my tag says MOSTLY makeup πŸ˜‚

So I’ve suffered from a slew of things over the course of my life, both mental/emotional and physical. One of those things is panic attacks.

I can’t really say when they started. For some reason I can’t put a time in my head. I remember my first bad one. It was my first week at college. There was a meet and greet thing for English majors. I of course didn’t know anyone but I walked from my apartment clear to the campus by myself to go. I didn’t think anything of it until I walked into the building and heard people talking and laughing down the hallway. And it just hit me. The restroom was right across from the door I went in and I just ran into the bathroom. I cried while staring at the mirror for a long time. I want to say 10-20 minutes. And I finally managed to walk out and leave.

I kind of knew what happened but sadly thought it was just me being overwhelmed by the newness.

From that point on I’ve had them semi regularly. I can go awhile without them but then will have them repeatedly for awhile. Most of them are not debilitating. I would feel them coming on at work and I learned how to get myself through them. When I had an office job I would put headphones in and listen to music or get up and go into the bathroom for a few minutes.

So what prompted this blog is that I had a pretty bad one a few nights ago. I get so frustrated now. I used to be nice to myself and calmly talk myself through it, but now I have a baby. Like I can’t just throw her down and cry in the bathroom for an hour if no one is around.

Luckily my husband was home. What set me off would probably sound dumb but it was something on TV. I kind of felt funny when the episode started and didn’t like the feel of it. But then this scene came on… And I lost it. The other thing is…I normally feel them coming and there’s almost like a build up. This one slammed into me. I actually saw the edges of my vision go black, everything felt tight, and I felt nauseous and like I was going to throw up. And I just started sobbing. My husband who is normally helpful said, Allie, it’s not real.

Which as you can imagine, did not help. I felt stupid on top of everything else. I blurted out, watch her (the baby), and ran out of the room. I basically hyperventilated in my bedroom for 20 minutes.

And I just didn’t feel right for a good 24 hours. My whole face was puffy, I felt sluggish and dull, and everything was just slow and not life like.

And the best part: I just picture what set me off over and over again in my head. Especially right before bed. I’m scared I’m going to dream about it, because I have very vivid nightmares that mostly involve me dying or getting hurt.

So it’s been a struggle still to be normal. I don’t feel like writing. I don’t feel like creating new makeup looks. I have been watching the beauty community drama like it’s my job on YouTube as a distraction.

In conclusion, if you have made it this far: panic attacks suck. If you suffer from them, you are not alone. If you can, get help. I will someday. I have other issues that I’m letting prevent me from doing so. And if you read this all, thank you πŸ™‚ I will go back to my normal blogs!

❀️AV

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I got a small bonus at work, so I told myself I could buy a few things from Ulta that I had been eyeing up. I buy makeup all the time (obviously πŸ˜‚), but there were two things I was putting off because one product I wasn’t sure would live up to the hype and the other is pricey and had multiple negative reviews.

It’s amazing how fast it all adds up. πŸ˜”

The expensive product: Urban Decay Velvetizer

This is a loose powder medium that was created to mix into the Naked foundation. Since I just bought one of the Naked foundations, it was a good time to finally break down and buy it. It retails I believe $34. It’s a pretty big jar but you do lose some product between dumping it out and mixing it; however, I was happy with the end result! While I liked the Naked foundation, this made my face feel really smooth. It did not look cakey on me (the biggest negative review), but I do have very oily skin lately.

The will it live up to the hype product: Juvias Place The Douce palette, retails around $20-$25 (I can’t remember). I looooovvveee this. The only negative reviews I saw were based around the Brand’s customer service so once Ulta started selling it on their site, I knew it was time! They are so creamy and blend beautifully! I love the colors. The pans are huge. My only complaint is that I do like when they have mirrors in them. But it was packaged well and I have tried multiple shades with no issues. The mint green is the reason I picked this one!

Next product: Wet n Wild highlighter in Diamond Lily, retails $4.99

I love Wet n Wild but for some reason their website does not take my debit card 😦 So I wait until I find stuff on Ulta. I think I’m going to try buying a prepaid Visa because there are some brushes and sale items on their site I really want! But I love their highlighters. Very pretty and creamy.

Next: It’s a 10 silk leave in spray, and as a bonus, I got a free sample of their hair mask treatment. Travel size spray was around $11.

This is an expensive brand but I hear great things about it. My hair has been very frizzy and not great feeling, so I’m hoping this helps. It has a floral smell but fades eventually. It doesn’t make my hair feel tacky or sticky or anything. I’ve only used it twice but I’m not sure I noticed a difference.

Lastly, a repurchase of my Philosophy Purity face cleanser

This is the smallest size, around $12. It lasted me almost 3 months, not using it every day (I have other face products). It smells great, feels great, and I have no complaints on this!

I really want to buy more Juvias Place palettes…I wish free shipping was less than a $50 purchase. 😦

Anyone else have and love these products??

-AV

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