Archive for September, 2018

Has anyone tried the Jelly Much eyeshadows from Colourpop?? I was a little skeptical as to whether I would like these even after I saw some videos on YouTube. But Colourpop had another free shipping weekend, so I grabbed a new bright orange super shock shadow I had been eyeing up, and decided to take the plunge and grab what looked like the most unique shade of the Jelly Much shades.

The top shade is the Jelly Much. It is actually a jelly consistency. It comes with a pull off top, and you are supposed to keep the lid so it doesn’t dry out so quickly.

The top swatch is the jelly much swatch. The bottom is the super shock shadow 🙂

So it went on easily. I use a fingertip and patted it on, and then swiped it across the lid. I used a primer like normal. It did not crease on me (the longest I wore it so far was 6 hours), and it didn’t move around. I was careful to keep my eye looking downward and did not look up until after about 10 seconds so it had time to dry.

I was so happy with this shade that I went ahead and purchased another shade to try 🙂

Anyone else try these? Colourpop is very quickly moving to my three favorite brands!


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So tonight I went a little crazy with my makeup. I thought about what look I wanted to do all day as I hasn’t posted a look to my Instagram in awhile. Then when I started actually doing my makeup, it just took off in a whole new direction.

I used to write short stories and poems as a creative outlet and still try to, but I always loved the idea of drawing and painting…but I am just not good at it. So instead of it being a relaxing past time, it would just make me feel inadequate. Not great for relaxing lol. I’m so glad I discovered what a huge world of makeup there is!

Every color imaginable for eyes, lips, and face. I keep thinking that I wish I had gotten into it all sooner but I think this is a great time to be getting into the beauty industry. It really seems to be blowing up and there is a complete influx of high priced and low priced products. Pretty much anything you could think of!

But even though I’m not “beauty guru” status, I definitely see myself getting better the more I practice. And not only that, but I do find it relaxing to blend and swatch and stare at pretty colors every night 🙂 Even if I don’t have time to do my makeup, just opening a palette and putting a few swipes on my arm cheers me up.

I felt like I was getting a little frustrated trying to think of what to do the other night, though, and that’s not what I want. So I didn’t do my makeup specifically for a post and just let myself think on it for awhile. I think I needed to remind myself that even though I wouldn’t go out in public with too dramatic of a look, there’s nothing wrong with going outside the box when I’m just staying inside and playing around! Who says you can’t wear green eyeshadow and red lips together? 😂 Here’s my look of the night.

So even if you find yourself doing neutrals every day to go out, go a little crazy in the evenings and see what you come up with! Makeup can be fun as well as practical 🙂

-AV (list of products used on Instagram Avlovesmakeup)

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I bought these two palettes awhile ago when Ulta had a “spend X amount and get a free gift” going on. I bought the Strobe palette for I believe $15 and got the Radiance palette for free. Unlike the eyeshadow palette I reviewed on my previous blog, I have been using these off and on since I got them…I just never got around to really talking about them.

I couldn’t use my little ring light because the cases are so reflective. They both came in boxes which I forced myself to throw away (I love holding onto packaging for some weird reason). The cases are plastic and snap closed. They are decently sturdy and pretty travel friendly. They aren’t overly bulky or anything. I actually don’t care for how reflective the cases are though because all of the inevitable finger prints drive me insane lol. Both also have mirrors inside.

The top one is the Strobe palette and the bottom is the Radiance.

So I mostly use the first swatch you see. The other two show up better on my face as a highlight than what the swatch suggests; however, that first one is the only one that seems “strobing” to me. The other two are pretty but a little more subtle.

The Radiance palette is what I expected from the name. All three are more of a subtle glow. The third one is obviously not meant for my skin tone but I think it’s the prettiest shade 🙂 I use the middle shade the most.

I honestly don’t mind these palettes. I don’t think I would have bought both at full price. I saw both of these at Marshall’s for like $6 and I would recommend either for that price. They aren’t the best highlighters in the world but they are by no means the worst I have seen! Which palette would you prefer? Anyone else use these?


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I bought this palette about a month ago at Marshall’s. I got it for $5.99, and it retailed for $12. It is the Makeup Revolution London Flawless Matte 2.

I wasn’t very impressed at first, so I didn’t do much with it at first. I’m wondering if it was maybe a little old because it swatched horribly the first time. But after playing with it a little, I have grown to like the right half of the palette.

On my skin, most of the left half just either looks the same or doesn’t really show up. But for $6…I can find some use for it. I think I would have been mad if I had bought it for $12… I really like the oranges, blues, and greys, and there are a couple of purple shades that are nice. I just tend to go for brighter, more stand out shades.

I was too lazy to do a row and wipe it off haha, so you get me twisting my arm in a semi painful way to show all four rows at once 😂 To be honest, it would have been underwhelming to do each row separate.

I have a highlighter palette from them that I really like…I would try more shadows from them I think. Especially if they are on sale lol

What do you guys think of Makeup Revolution London? Good drugstore brand or just kind of meh?


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So I’ve only gotten four BoxyCharm boxes so far, but three out of the four palettes they’ve chosen have been great. I thought I would do a little update on the palettes since I seem to post what I got and then no update!

First off…the third palette I received which is not pictured here is Laura Lee Cosmetics Party Animal. One, it’s not pictured because I gave it away and didn’t keep the pictures on my phone. They are in a previous post if you would like to check it out. Two, I hated the palette, which is why I gave it away. That whole box was pretty worthless to me tbh.

My favorite palette so far is….

Alamar Cosmetics Reina Del Caribe Vol 1. I love love love this palette! It retails for $28 and I would 100% recommend it for that price. The shimmers are gorgeous…they are best applied with a fingertip or a wet brush. The mattes don’t swatch amazingly but they do apply and blend very well.

My second favorite palette so far is…

Crown Brushes Fuego palette. This originally retailed for $30 but when I just googled it for the price, I saw it was on sale on the Crown Brushes website for $9.99! I was going to say for the price of BoxyCharm ($21), I would 100% recommend this. But for $9.99…go get this palette! Again, the shimmers are beautiful…that middle one on the top row is my absolute favorite. It’s like a pink gold and reminds me on a sunrise 🙂 The mattes again don’t swatch the greatest but they apply and blend well.

My third favorite palette is then, of course…

Pretty Vulgar’s Nightingale palette. This retails for $35. I think that’s a bit steep. I would not buy it at that price, but it was totally worth the price of the box. If you find this one sale, and you need some cool tones, I say grab it. I don’t have a lot of cool tones and it was a nice change from the usual palettes. I really like the grey shades. Some of the shades aren’t the greatest (like the first white does not even show up on my skin), and some of the mattes really need built up. I’m enjoying it so far over all.

Anyone else still using these palettes. Which is in your favorite stack? I’m just so in love with the Alamar palette. I can’t wait for another one from them! 😍


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I’m quickly starting to once again feel I need to drop ipsy and just with BoxyCharm. It’s fun getting both, but other than last month, BoxyCharm just blows ipsy out of the water. My ipsy should be here tomorrow, but I did the sneak peek to see what I was getting already.

This is just an overview of the box. I will hopefully do updates on what I like and how everything works 🙂 If you don’t know… BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription. If you pay monthly like I do, it’s $21/month. You can do bundles like 3 months, 6 months, or a year, and you do pay less a box. However, if you do a bundle, you can’t cancel and get a refund. If you do monthly, you can cancel monthly.

This month’s theme was Wild Child. My box added up to $117 with 5 full sized products. There are always a few product variations.

I was not excited for the eyeliner. It’s from Butter London and is a stroke of wow roll on liner. It doesn’t look super opaque to me and I know I will not be able to use it lol.

The blush is Laura Gellar Baked Blush-n-Brighten. It’s very pretty and is a little shimmery, but I’m excited to try it.

The liquid lipstick is Hank & Henry. I love the color and it does dry down matte.

The brushes are from Alamar Cosmetics. They had their palette a few boxes back and it’s amazing, so I’m glad to see the brushes 🙂 They are pretty!

Finally we have the palette! It’s from Pretty Vulgar and is the Nightingale palette. I actually was looking for grey shades, so this was great to get. It looks like the mattes will need built up, but I’m ok with that if they blend well and do their job 🙂

Anyone else get BoxyCharm? What was your favorite product? So far I’m most excited for the lipstick. I think it will look nice on!


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I want to throw in some mental health posts or similar topics amongst my makeup posts. I feel like I find a lot of kindred spirits who are in the same or similar position to me.

I am only speaking on being a working mom because that’s all I have experience in. I am in no way or shape purposefully excluding the issues stay at home moms have…I just can’t personally speak on that topic.

In summary: man it is tough some days. Some days I have the most stressful days at work, then I pick up Genevieve (who is currently 17 months old)…my mom says she was a peach all day but then she just throws fit after fit all evening. I’m already riled up from work and it’s so draining to switch from work mode to mom mode. I can’t snap or be short with anyone at work, and I most certainly don’t want to with my baby. So all that frustration just stays inside. Super healthy.

Then there’s the guilt and longing. I want to be a stay at home mom. I long to do that while also feeling guilty that I’m not. Genevieve has started screaming and grabbing my legs when I drop her off at my mom’s house in the mornings. So I start my days sad and again, feeling guilty.

Then there’s the sadness. I’m working away and get a text…she just said a new word! Here’s a picture of her smiling away and playing. I want to be there, but I’m staring at this report on my computer.

I feel like this post kind of isn’t going anywhere, but days like today I just feel kind of scattered and sad. I had to call off work because I had no one to babysit and I had such a great day. I wasn’t nearly as stressed out as normal and Genevieve seemed happy to play with me all day. And I wasn’t trying to put cleaning up the house and doing errands into the 3-4 hours after work that Genevieve is with me and awake. I did stuff throughout the day and didn’t feel rushed. And I actually got some tasks done I had been putting off.

It’s hard to find time to post in my blog or take Instagram pictures or read up on new makeup. But I will just keep trucking along the best I can!

So to the working moms…I feel you. Keep doing your best! And cherish the time you do get to spend with your babies ❤️


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This is just going to be a short blog today. I believe I did a favorite blushes a few months ago, but since then I have gotten quite a few more. I actually don’t wear blush super often but I have been trying to wear it more often since I have accumulated so many! It seems both Ipsy and BoxyCharm like blushes, and I have bought some myself along the way.

My current absolute favorite is from Note Cosmetics in Desert Rose. This came in a BoxyCharm and I wasn’t excited until I tried it on. It’s a beautiful coral-y color and looked great on!

I picked this up from Wet n Wild. It was from their Birds collection (I can’t remember the whole collection name) but this is the shade Hummingbird Hype. I have to be wearing pretty neutral everything else because this is shimmery bright orange-coral! But man is it beautiful!

This is a pretty summery shade but I might sneak it in as long as I can 😁 This is Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia. If you are seeing a trend…it’s a beautiful pink-coral color. It does have a tiny bit of shimmer to it, but it’s nothing crazy. I took a picture of the packaging because mine magically shattered inside 😢 I still use the pieces though! I also bought this myself.

Next is Steve Laurant Cosmetics in Rose All Day. (It’s Rose with a little dash over the e…I can’t get my phone keyboard to type it!) I got this in an ipsy bag. I love that even though it’s a travel/sample size, it still has a mirror! I’m not super crazy about pink blushes. They can look weird since I am pretty cool-toned. But I do like this one with a light touch!

Finally we have Pixi by Petra, shade Beach Rose. This also came in an ipsy bag and I was so excited when I pulled it out! It is so buttery and smooth. It’s more of a neutral color on me than the name implies, but it’s nice for a natural look!

The swatches: (from bottom to top, Note Cosmetics, Wet n Wild, Benefit, Steve Laurant, and Pixi is at the top/nearest to my wrist)

These are “double dip” swatches. I swatched, dipped in my finger again, and swiped a second time. Each of them are pretty pigmented on the face with one light brush dip.

What’s everyone’s favorite blush?


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