Archive for December, 2018

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette was the first palette I opened from my Christmas gifts, and I would have been happy only getting this! I wanted it the second I saw pictures of it 😩 There are so many shades that I loved, and there was more than one green! Greens are my favorite shadow color.

I forgot to get a picture of the box, but it’s a pretty shimmery pink. My only complaint on the whole entire palette so far is that it is a little not-stacking friendly. I don’t want to say it’s clunky because it is a thin palette, but the eyes pop out on the cover. It looks and feels good quality and I think that adds to that feeling, but I could have gone for flat eyes.

The palette is held shut with a magnet, and there is a decent sized mirror in it. And look at this shade range!! 😭

I was initially so drawn to it for the obvious greens: Alien, Area 51, and Abduction. However, Phone Home and X-Files are my favorite kind of neutral mattes, and I also fell in love with Martian Soil, Space Cowboy, and Probe upon usage.

There’s a perfect “setting” color (Titan), a good brow/inner corner highlighter (Pluto), and darker mattes (Black Hole and Ghost OG).

Some of the swatches look wonky but I think it’s me because all of the colors I’ve used so far are great. They are pigmented, and they blend. I didn’t notice any patchiness. I actually managed to use a lot of colors so far. Please keep in mind I do my idea of “mom makeup” in that I have limited time in between mom things like baby crying haha…so they are not blended to perfection.

Titan, Martian Soil, and Space Cowboy

Abduction, Flying Saucer, and Probe

Titan, Phone Home, X-Files, and Moon Rock

Titan, Area 51, Ghost OG, and Alien

If you get the chance to grab this, I highly recommend it! What do you guys think of this palette?



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I hope everyone had a great holiday! Or if you don’t celebrate anything, I hope you had a great normal Tuesday haha. If you don’t follow my Instagram (Avlovesmakeup), let me fill you in on what my amazing husband bought me: lots and lots of Jeffree Star Cosmetics!

The best part is that I only talked about really wanting to try his makeup because I had heard such great things about it. And the Alien palette (his most recent) came out right after I swore no more eyeshadow palettes for a long time. And I was so sad because it looked right up my alley lol.

The first package I opened from my husband was the Alien palette and I was so excited. I then proceeded to open every palette JS has as well as lip scrubs, a set of liquid lipsticks, the infamous star mirror, some highlighters, and a makeup bag

He also bought me a Wet n Wild box set from the Fire Dragon vs Ice Dragon! I was just blown away. He’s the best gift giver and just so generous to keep my addiction to makeup going 😂

So I’m excited to start doing reviews of all of my new makeup products! I know JS is controversial to a lot of people, but I’m going to focus on the makeup. If you really don’t like him, I will apologize ahead of time (I dislike someone enough that I don’t buy their products anymore, so I get it).

On an ending note, my husband’s last gift to me was an actual vanity! The lighting is terrible in my room right now, but I’m working on setting it up and fixing that 😊

Are you guys interested in JS Cosmetics? Do you own anything?


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So I have found some cool stuff at Marshall’s, and this was another find that I snatched right up. It’s the Cargo palette Chill in the Six.

I don’t know what that name means, though 🤷 But one, the packaging is beautiful and just screams Christmas time! I love it. The box matches the inside thankfully, although I am known for keeping the box lol. The actual palette has a flap that is magnetic that holds it closed, which I like. It’s not clunky and it definitely feels sturdy.

And I loved the colors inside! I don’t have many cool toned shadows, and I love that the whole palette is different from anything I have. I googled the palette quickly and saw a few prices like from $15-$22, but I got this for $8!

I’ve only worn it a few times so far, but overall I like it. It’s not a palette I would reach for every day, especially not in warmer months, but I’m going to have fun coming up with some different eye looks 🙂 The colors are very pretty, and there’s not a shade I don’t like. It seemed to blend and later well.

I also like that they show some different combinations you can do on the back of the box 🙂

What do you guys think of Cargo? I would definitely try some more of their products!


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I have wanted this palette since it launched for several reasons. One, I love Colourpop. Two, I like small palettes. Three, I LOVE pink. Four, it launched on October 3 for Mean Girls (We wear pink on Wednesday), and that is my birthday…so I was destined to get it eventually! 😁 I bought it around the Black Friday sales, but the first one had a completely smashed pan. It was the glitter one, and there was so much fine glitter everywhere that I ended up tossing it after taking pictures of it. I tried cleaning it but it was not working. Customer Service was great and they quickly sent a new one (you do have to send pictures for a damaged item).

Like…awful. I love glitter but not when it’s literally everywhere.

Let’s talk packaging. It’s super pink lol. Which I love. It’s sturdy feeling but it is a plastic palette. It does have the mirror, which appreciate. It retails and is still available on their website for $12. I got it for $9.40 I believe.

Here it is in different lighting. I personally love all of the colors. There are 5 mattes, 2 glitter, and 2 satin. I think if anything you could complain there isn’t a super light matte or a super dark/deep matte, but I’m ok with that. I have a million of those shades.

The swatches did not impress me. These were just single finger swatches. They all felt nice (smooth and creamy), but it made me worried about performance. So I went ahead and slapped some on. I say that because I literally spent 5 minutes on it and used zero other makeup except some eye shadow primer, which I always use!

And I liked how they performed! Again this was very quick and simple, but they went on pigmented and were blending for me.

Also, can we please once again commend Colourpop on these postcards they send with every purchase?? They kill me. I was sooo happy they even sent a new one with the replacement palette because I save every one 😂

Does anyone have and love this palette? If you don’t and you love pink, I recommend it! 😊


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It’s the last BoxyCharm of 2018! I actually got this on Wednesday but I am starting to get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I need to do this month, so it’s been a little struggle to keep up on my blog and Instagram posts 😦

But I was actually planning on cancelling my BoxyCharm after this month and this box drew me back in! I had seen the palette they put out and was underwhelmed with it. However… I didn’t get the palette! I was so confused when I opened my box lol but then excited 🙂

They always have a “theme” but I usually don’t get how all of the products tie into it lol. That doesn’t matter to me though.

Favorite product–Pretty Vulgar matte setting powder. How beautiful is this packaging?? If I had a vanity, this would be sitting out on display. It’s a huge container with a little powder puff inside. I put it on one time over my BB cream and it did not make me look cakey, which is a feat this time of year! And it retails for like $32!

Surprise item– PYT mini hair straightener! This is what I got instead of the palette I believe. And I literally just said to my husband I need a hair straightener for my layers. I have pretty short hair that is basically straight, but sometimes my layers flip out funny. This worked perfectly for that…and it retailed $75?!?

Last three products I have not tried but I’m excited for them as well. I got a Tartist lip gloss, a Bodyography lip liner, and a Cosmedix face mask.

Here is the card with the description.

What did you guys get in your BoxyCharm? If you got the palette, did you like it?


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I finally picked up some Stila makeup! I snagged a primer from Ulta during Cyber Monday, and then a few days later I randomly came across a bunch of their makeup in Marshall’s that I couldn’t pass up!

Packaging is nice! It looks nice but it’s nothing that I’m blown away by.

The One Step Primer I grabbed on sale for $18, which I believe was half off. It’s not my favorite but I like it so far. It did feel hydrating on my face but it didn’t do anything for my pores, which are a problem area.

The matte lipstick I got in shade Jolie. To be fair, it may have been old since it was in Marshall’s. But I found it very dry, and the shade was too pink for me. However, I put a pink gloss over top of it and it worked perfectly!

I also grabbed the eyeliner in Midnight Blue. I love this so far! It’s a beautiful color and went on very smoothly. I would try more if I find them on sale 🙂

Finally, I got a liquid eyeshadow which is what I feel they are best known for. I have wanted to try their liquid eyeshadow forever, but I don’t like a lot of liquid formulas, so I didn’t want to drop $21 on one. I was excited to grab this for $8! And when I looked it up on their website, it said it was a limited edition color. The shade is called Freedom, and I do love it. It’s a very beautiful shimmer sky blue. It went on well and stayed on without creasing (I used my normal primer).

What are your favorite Stila products?


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I currently have three new mascaras in my collection. And I think that’s enough for now since it takes me awhile to get through mascara.

Fun fact: Apparently you’re only supposed to use a mascara for like 3-6 months! That was fun to find out when I know I used to use the same one for well over a year lol.

But I digress.

They are all prestige brands. I actually did not get any of these through conventional purchase, but they are in the $25-$30 range I believe. Which I do think is a lot for a 6 month product, but I am very picky on mascara so if I find one I like, I will be handing over my money!

Too Faced Better than Sex. I got a sample from a purchase, which was perfect because I was going to purchase it anyways. I already went through a tube and love it. I know there’s some bad feelings surrounding the brand, but I do love this mascara. It makes my lashes look very full without being clumpy. I will say though at this small size, it is hard to use lol.

It Cosmetics Superhero. This is my first product from this brand minus see brushes. I got this in a BoxyCharm and finally started using it. My only complaint is that it is “wetter” than what I normally use so I had some mascara dots on my lids before I learned to let it dry before blinking 🙄 However it does look nice on! I don’t think it does enough for me to repurchase though.

Tarte Maneater. This is my first Tarte product unless I’m forgetting something! I bought this on Ulta Black Friday for $10. This has my favorite packaging out of all of them, but it’s probably my least favorite of the three in this post. It looks nice on, but it doesn’t wow me (yet anyways…I plan to keep trying it).

I will say, so far, Wander Beauty Unlashed is standing as my favorite mascara so far. I just emptied it not that long ago and am thinking I will grab another as soon as I toss one of these. But out of these three, Better than Sex is my only repurchase.

What’s your Holy Grail mascara??


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