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Hello! It’s a miracle…I bought something that’s not a palette 😂 I have been on the hunt for my perfect blush for over a year now, and guys… I think I finally found it!

I was eyeing this from the first announcement I saw on trendmood (on Instagram if you’re not familiar). These looked just beautiful!! There were 6 blushes and 2 bronzers.

These retail for $38 a piece. I was going to wait until I could see these in the store, but then I saw That Girl Shae on YouTube use them in a video and I was on board 100%. I actually was planning on buying the pink one and her video changed my mind to peach, which I think was the right decision!

The packaging is not very wow-ing I will say. It’s nice, and it’s very sturdy. It’s a heavy, little compact. It’s just a plain white though. I wish they had made it a little flashier lol.

There’s a nice mirror inside. There are two pans inside. One side is the matte formula, and one side is a shimmer. Both are just beautiful 😍 They are buttery, and pigmented, and blend beautifully either on their own or together! I love that you can wear it as blush and highlighter or you could put them together for a beautiful all-over glow! The shimmer is not overwhelming at all. It really does look like a nice glow.

I tried to take pictures, but my camera is not good. Sorry, y’all 😭

Here are the swatches. Bottom is both layered, then the matte, then the shimmer

Here are some on my cheek. The side with my nose rings is them layered, and the side without is just the matte. They honestly looked way more pigmented in real life.

Here’s the back if you’re interested:

Do you guys plan on picking these up? I believe they are available at Sephora as well as Ulta and Cover FX. They have a nice range of colors 🙂

-AV

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Hello!

I swear I’m taking a break from buying palettes after this 😂 Everytime I say that, I find an amazing deal 😂 Seriously, this palette was on my Favorite’s list in the Ulta app for awhile, and then Ulta put this at 40% off for their spring haul event. On top of that, I had a 20% off coupon. At $25 originally, I got this for a little over $10. I literally couldn’t pass it up!

As the name suggests, it’s not a huge palette. I put a regular shader brush beside it for comparison. The palette is made of thick cardboard. It is very sturdy feeling. If you have any Juvias’s palettes, I think they are all the same. There is no mirror, but I love that they have a beautiful picture on the inside.

This is a 16 pan palette, obviously lol. The top two rows are beautiful, bright colors, and the bottom two rows are beautiful, neutral colors. I love how versatile this palette is. There’s something for everyone. It would be easy to take this palette on trips just because you can have easy day-time looks and then smoky night-time looks, fun day-time looks and dazzling night-time looks.

I don’t look at ingredients much, but I actually noticed after getting this palette that some of these are pigments! So take note of that. If you aren’t familiar, that mostly means they may stain your skin if you have sensitive skin. The pink did stain a tiny bit on me.

Swatch time! I did the neutrals first because I get more excited about the bright colors. Lol

Bottom to top, first row (left): Giza, Burkina, Cairo, and Ada

Bottom to top, second row: Dahia, Zulu, Casablanca, and Fulani

Bottom to top, first row (left): Chi, Mali, Dalia, and Zola

Bottom to top, second row: Makes, Zobo, Calabar, and Bori

I will say Chi threw me for a surprise. It looked very blue to me in the palette, but it came off as more indigo on my skin. I love it more as indigo because I don’t have any shades like that! The green disappointed me only because it’s similar to the mint in the Dolce palette for me. I like it, but I wish it was a little more different.

I’m sorry, let’s get a close up of those colors 😍

Here are some eyeshadow looks.

What Juvia’s palettes do you guys have? Anymore I should add to my collection?? 🤔 I have The Dolce, The Zulu, and this one so far!

-AV

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well 😊 I thought about uploading another personal blog but decided to stick with a makeup one tonight. More people seem to enjoy the makeup ones, but you might be seeing a personal blog soon. Real life has been a little bit of a struggle lately 🤷

Anyways, onto the main attraction! I will say this, my husband is a really good listener right when I start to accuse him of not hearing a word I say 😂😂 He might not hear me say anything about chores, but he heard I’ve been struggling and that I’ve always wanted to try Natasha Denona. Wouldn’t you know, he took a half a day last Friday, saw a movie, and went into a Sephora kiosk and bought me this:

I really was floored 😭 It’s the Mini Lila palette. He said they only had this mini and one that “was boring skin colors” 😂😂 I’m assuming the Star palette (I think it’s called?) I remember there was an all neutral palette. If I wanted to spend the money, this mini or the Lila full palette are the ones that caught my eye the most, as well as that tropical one she put out.

I did want some more purples in my collection. There is a bright berry matte, a purple shimmer with green specks in it, a raisin colored matte, a soft gold shimmer, and a camel colored matte. I will say, for being so small, there are a good number of different looks you could pull off with just this. If using just the neutrals, though, I would want a deeper brown from something else.

I do love this but I have to say… I’m just still not sure why this brand is so expensive. I’m assuming at this point you’re literally paying for the name. It’s nice, but if Colourpop had this for $25 I would say they are off their rocker. It didn’t perform any better than stuff I typically use now. I know her full sized palettes are huge, but man, $150? I had trouble justifying spending that before but I think this actually made me really think I wouldn’t put down that much for a big one. She has beautiful palettes, but I can buy Jeffree Star or even Colourpop for a lot less.

What do you guys think? I would pick up another mini if I really liked it, but unless my husband goes fully crazy for our anniversary and surprises me, hahaha, I am not planning on purchasing a big one still. If you have and you love it, I’m not knocking it! I just wish she would chop off about $50-$60 ☚ī¸

-AV

Hello! If you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful Easter. If you do not, I hope you had a wonderful Sunday 😊

I swear this is my last “look what I got from Colourpop” post for awhile haha. If I buy more from them, I will hide it for awhile 😂 Seriously, though, they have just been hitting it hard with eye catching releases lately. The most complaints I see toward Colourpop is please stop releasing so much at once because I can’t afford it 😂

We will first acknowledge the card 😂 I was so excited that I got a different one even with my orders being placed so closely together. My dad used to be a bee keeper, so I especially liked this one.

Colourpop released 8 pressed glitters and 4 neon pigments. I actually had no interest in getting the pigments especially because I already had one shade in another palette (Sandbar); however, the math made me buy them. To get the palette with all 12 was $40. Each glitter was $5. So…. I’m not good at math, but it gets better when it involves makeup 😂

Let’s talk packaging. Each shadows came individually in these cartons which are gorgeous considering they are meant to be thrown away. The palette that came to put them in is the Orange Desert one I picked for BYOP and I was happy about that! I think it’s a gorgeous look

And here they are!

Gorgeous, right? How could I pass them up? I honestly don’t have many glitters and definitely none like these. Don’t shove your finger straight into one or it will be a mess. You can see the orange one looks funny because I did that. They are not loose…they have a clear gel which is why you don’t really need a glitter glue…but they are soft enough you want to go in gently. Here are swatches, which I found hard to do lol. I didn’t want to use a sh*t ton of product to make them opaque for swatches. Colourpop has swatches on their website if you don’t like these! But this is from swirling my finger once, twice for just a few:

Some of them are one color with another color glitter added in. So in different lights, they look different–which I love. The pigments are said to work best if you put a white base down.

I watched someone do both plain and white base on YouTube, and they are definitely more vibrant with white.

Glitters across the top, then bottom: Hungry Ghost, Light Show, Palooza, Boombayah, Free Bird, Renegade, Indio.

Pigments across: Keep Scrolling, Sandbar, OOO, Seeing Stars.

I literally have glitter all over me just from carefully getting shade names from them 😂 I love how glitter looks, hate how messy it is! There was some fall out as the day went on, so you could use a glitter glue as reenforcement. My favorite glitters are all of them 😂🤷 My favorite pigment is OOO!

Also, FYI, the pigments will stain. See my below pic with the liners.

Now, they also released a box set of neon liners (you can buy individually $5, box is $20):

They are mechanical (you twist and more comes out). They are creme gel liners. They do feel creamy and glide on easily. One word of advice: don’t go in too hard. I literally broke the tip off of two so far 🙄😭 I like them, though.

I used Hungry Ghost and the neon yellow liner!

What do you guys think? Do you like glitter? Or neons? Does Colourpop need to slow down??!

-AV

Colourpop BYOP

Good evening! (Morning/afternoon/night!) So my blog is a little Colourpop heavy lately…sorry! They are my favorite and I find it hardest to pass up their new launches…which is bad because that’s literally every other week 🙄😂❤ī¸

But one deal they run off and on is a BYOP deal! You pick an empty palette…they normally have different patterns and a few different sizes, and then you fill it! The overall price is 50% what it would be if you normally bought their empty palette and then individual items to fill it. I almost did a 2 blush 9 shadows palette…but I ended up with a 12 pan eyeshadow palette.

First off … I will always say this. I LOVE the postcards they include. I literally hang them up everywhere 😂🤷 But I went with the orange desert palette because it was the prettiest for me 😁 I love orange. Btw, I did buy some creme liners…but I ended up going back for the set, so they will be in my next blog lol.

Here’s my creation! I titled it, Neutral Out of Sight, Neutral Out of Mind 😂😂😂 I crack myself up. Seriously, though, I have so many neutrals… I wanted colors that went with each other but also filled in some colors I don’t really have elsewhere.

As a side note, once you click to fill the palette, they take you to a particular page of items. It might not include every shade they have… I never tried to compare.

From top left across and down to the last one: Tiki (matte), Paper Tiger (matte), Oh Ship (matte), Lost and Found (matte), Piece of Cake (matte), Backstage (matte), Quantum Sleep (shimmer), Silver Lining (matte), Paradiso (shimmer), Formation (matte), Conjour Up (matte), and Superzoom (shimmer).

I’m not sure why, but the swatches came out a little fuzzy đŸ˜Ļ Like every picture I took. Anyways, they performed like you expect from Colourpop. Sometimes their mattes don’t swatch the best, but so far none are patchy or have given me any kind of trouble on the eye.

What was I thinking? First off, I had to have Silver Lining. I love purple-grey shades, and I consider that shade my favorite kind of neutral. It’s not really, but I think it is lol. I wanted some blues to go with my Atlantis palette (and because I didn’t get the Blue Blood palette 😭). I love oranges and didn’t have any hot orange colors like Oh Ship. I am lacking on yellows and teals as well. And I have so, so many shimmers!! So I only took the three I saw that looked different from what I have.

So what do you think of this deal? I believe this cost $35? I could look through my past orders but I’m lazy 🤓 It was no more than $40. They do run this off and on throughout the year if you’re interested! Sign up for their emails and they definitely alert you. I’m not sure if it’s still going on but you can check out their webpage to find out 🤗 A lot of the empty palette styles were sold out last time I looked though.

-AV (Instagram Avlovesmakeup) ❤ī¸

Hello! It is no secret that Colourpop went from being that brand I wanted to try to my favorite overall. I constantly purchase and review their stuff, and I think once I was disappointed and one product hasn’t worked for me. Overall, they are affordable, creative, and driven. By that last one, I mean over the last year they have been pumping out new products, new shades, new formulas, new collections, and new collabs. It’s been exciting and overwhelming lol. I had to pass on a lot of stuff I thought was awesome because there was so much one after another that I just couldn’t afford everything despite their (in my opinion) reasonable pricing.

Their biggest hit last year was probably the Disney Designer princess collab they did with Disney. It sold out instantly, came back and sold out again, and now they finally have stuff still sitting for purchase if you were late to the table. Last month they came out with a Disney Villains Collection as a part II. I have one small set I picked up to show you, but I wanted to offer some thoughts on the collection as a whole and how I think they could have done stuff a little differently. Btw, last I checked, Ulta had two collections and the palette in stock, and Colourpop has *everything* in stock. I think maybe two items were sold out ever and they already restocked them.

The Evil Queen Collection

I actually got this from Ulta because I was placing an order anyways and wanted free shipping 😂 It was $25 and came slightly damaged. Since it was just the packaging, I’m not returning or complaining.

Colourpop knows how to package. I love the overall look of everything they do.

Each set has a lipstick, highlighter, and lipgloss. The whole collection had 6 collections, a palette, a jelly much shadow for each villain, and 2 glitterly obsessed glitters. You could buy the PR kit for $250, the collection minus box for $200, or each set was $25. You could get each item individually as well. The villains were: Hades, Evil Queen, Ursula, Dr. Facilier, Malificient, and Cruella.

Highlight in Fairest of Them All, lipgloss in Bad Apple, and lipstick in Evil Queen.

Okay, so I grabbed this one because I’m addicted to red lipstick. I actually really want Dr. Facilier’s collection because the lipstick looks gorgeous, as does the gloss, and I wanted Hades only because Hercules is one of my fav Disney movies. I like everything. The highlight might be too gold for me, but it’s pretty and I will try to use it anyways 😂

My thoughts:

I’m not knocking Colourpop. Obviously a lot went into this. The main thing that kept me from buying the whole collection was I didn’t need 6 new highlighters. I just don’t lol. Also, I don’t need 6 new glosses. I don’t wear gloss much as it is, and they had tons of glosses in the Disney princess collection. I think they could have done much more with this. I think, to make it a little more different from the princess collection, each of the Villain set should have had a liquid lip, a lip liner, and the jelly much shadow. Or! They could have done a liquid lip, jelly much, and different colored eyeliners. I would have bought the whole set.

The palette I think is beautiful. I almost grabbed it. I love the jelly much shadows. I think they could have played with color some more, too. Hades’ set should have all had blue tints. Pale blue highlighter, pale blue lip gloss, and a “medium” blue lipstick. Evil Queen was good with red. Dr. Facilier’s was all rather nude/neutral which sells, but I think they should have went bolder for villains. Ursula’s highlighter and lipgloss should have been pale purple.

So I’m not sure if they really stocked up this time or if it didn’t sell as well as the princess set, that it’s just been in stock (to include PR). 🤷 I might end up grabbing some more from the set, but we will see.

What were your overall thoughts? Do you think Colourpop needs to sleep more? 😂 I went to double check prices and it took me a minute to find this under New Arrivals because there’s been like 4 releases since then! 😲

-AV ❤ī¸ follow me on Instagram! Avlovesmakeup

Hello and salutations 🙂 I know I’ve been slacking on my blog. I’m finding life a little stressful lately. However, I have gotten a few new things which have perked me up– one being April’s BoxyCharm!!

Theme: Peace, Love, and Boxy. I think it was centered around the upcoming Coachella (is that even how you spell it? I’m too old for such things 😂). Every time I feel it’s time to cancel, I end up getting a box I mostly love and I figure I will hold out a little while longer! Over all, I am happy with my box this month.

BoxyCharm is a $22 a month makeup subscription box. It used to be $21 but last few months, it was $22 and some change. Not sure why, but for right now I don’t care.

Item #1: Luxie brushes. For being an expensive brand of brushes, I seem to get them off and on in subscriptions. They are decent brushes. The card states they retail $28 but I would never pay that. I like the color and they work well.

Item #2: Luscious brand Angel Eyes eye primer. I have never heard of this brand but I have to wear eyeshadow primer so I’m happy to get stuff like this. It is not clear however. Mine is in shade nude which is fine; however, I had no idea how little I needed to use. I put what I thought was a tiny dab on, but it literally covered my eyes up to my eyebrows and then down and around like concealer 😂 I haven’t done a wear test yet. Retail: $14

Item #3: Artist Couture loose highlight in shade Purple Dream. I was kind of dubious because I’ve never used a loose highlight before and the packaging made it look orange. And then I had the *worst* time opening it lol. But omg…it is GORGEOUS 😍 I’m in love. I have never heard of this brand before but I’m sold. Retail: $27

Item #4: Appeal Cosmetics Holographic Lip Gloss. This is the only thing I wasn’t thrilled about. It’s supposed to be retail $21. I don’t know about that. If you love glosses, I’m sure you will like it. I’m not huge into glosses, and it’s clear so not too exciting to me 🤷

Item #5: Pur Festival pressed pigments palette. I heard this was made for Boxy but I’m not 100% sure on that. I didn’t think I would love this but I do 😁 The colors all work well, and the glitters are very pretty.

There are no overall unique colors, but I’m liking it. I will definitely get some use from it. It’s supposedly retail $36.

Here are swatches, followed by a look 😁

See what I mean about the highlighter?! I have the gloss on with a pink lipliner underneath.

What did you guys get in your boxes?? Anything different? Do you still love BoxyCharm?

-AV (Instagram Avlovesmakeup) ❤ī¸