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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 🙄😂❤️

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 😦 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) ❤️


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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 ❤️ follow me on Instagram! Avlovesmakeup

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Hello, blog world! I’m going to do a different kind of blog today. One year ago on April 7th, I actually started my makeup Instagram page Avlovesmakeup! I had posted a few pictures on my personal page, but I actually have such bad anxiety that I was embarrassed to have my real life friends and family see my pictures. So I created a new Instagram and felt like it would be a neat little side hobby 🙂 After awhile I did post something on my actual Instagram and had a few people in my life follow my makeup Instagram, and that made me feel really nice.

But on to the actual blog! I thought I would perhaps amuse some of you with how much I did not know when I decided to launch full force into the makeup world 😂 Here is the first picture I posted on April 7, 2018.

It’s not that I thought I was really good or anything, but it’s almost embarrassing 😂🤷

So I remember 100% what makeup this is from looking at it lol! The eyeshadow is the blue from the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne palette, and the lipstick is a Katy Kat lipstick.

To apply that eyeshadow, I literally used one of those sponge applicators. That’s the only way I knew how to put on eyeshadow! I just swiped the sponge applicator across my eyelids…and done.

This was a few months later. I was starting to use actual brushes at this point but I think I was still using a sponge across the lid. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to get pigmentation like everyone else did. I bought my first brush set on Amazon. It was cheap but I actually still have it and like them.

So you know what I did? I started watching YouTube videos like crazy! My favorites: Tati, Kathleen Lights, ThatGirlShae, and Alexandria. I also started getting an ipsy bag, and then started getting BoxyCharm in June.

This was about August time. I started buying more products and following blogs and Instagrams. I started having regular interaction with some people, too, which was really nice!! Some people dropped off the blogging world, but I gained a few new friends ❤️

I started learning how and when you apply eyeshadow with a finger, with a wet brush, and with different kinds of brushes. I started appreciating and becoming obsessed with blending brushes 😂 It helped that my husband was and is very supportive too. My biggest obstacle was time. Between a full time job and a very clingy and active baby, I had maybe an hour to work on my makeup every night.

I soon started learning about how to apply bronzer, blush, and highlighter. No, I did not know how to do that lol. I put on highlighter by literally swiping a brush in a straight line down my cheekbone, and putting blush right on the apples of my cheeks which is fine for some people, but didn’t work for my face.

I actually have started to learn how to apply eyeliner, fake eyelashes, and to fill in my eyebrows 🙂 That’s about where I am now. Going forward, I’m hoping to keep learning how to blend better, apply a wing better, and put on lashes better.

It was interesting to me to see my progress. I still get discouraged because I was hoping to be better than I am, but I also recognize that I’m a perfectionist and also that I’m not very artistic. I have never been able to free hand draw very well, so I’m never going to be like some of the big Instagram people who draw huge landscapes on their faces 🙂 And that’s ok! This is still a hobby for me, and it’s something I find fun and relaxing.

If you made it to the end, thank you for reading and for your support! ❤️


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Hey, everyone! I’m just posting a small review today. I’m running into a lack of extra time lately unfortunately 😐

But I got the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Strength and Moisture Leave-In Mask in a previous BoxyCharm. This is one product I actually had no intentions of really using and it’s almost empty 😁

It wasn’t a huge bottle (2oz), but I was surprised I did end up liking this. I spritz a little on each side of my hair, on top and underneath, after washing my hair. Then I comb it through my hair. It’s been lasting quite awhile, but I keep my hair pretty short! I imagine if you have long hair, it wouldn’t last long lol.

I know that’s not the greatest picture lol. And it occurs to me as I’m writing this that I could have taken pictures of my hair with and without this in 😂🤷 Sorry, everyone. It’s amazing what stress and anxiety does to the brain/memory 🤦

However, I will say despite having straight, not very thick hair, my hair tends to get frizzy and “puffy”, especially after my shower. With this stuff in, though, it’s very sleek and straight. My hair looks noticeably nicer after using it. If I know I’m going out the next day or anything special, I definitely use this!

Has anyone else tried this? I know Ulta doesn’t have it… I am interested in buying one after this is completely gone! 🙂

Check out my Instagram at Avlovesmakeup for looks almost every day! ❤️


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Hello, blog world! Sorry, I’ve been a slacker this week. I had to work some OT at work and then my husband and I got hooked on a show that we have to watch after the baby goes to bed lol. Anyway, with all of the millions of new products Colourpop is dropping, I thought it would be fun to look at the different formulas of eyeshadow (and I threw blush in there too) they offer in case you aren’t that familiar with Colourpop!

First, of course, they have pressed powders. I have eyeshadows in matte and shimmer shades, as well as a blush in a powder. This brand is one of the best affordable brands I can recommend to people. Their shades are all buttery, pigmented, and blend well. I’m sure you can find better ones in the more expensive brands, but with an exception of two shades in a particular palette, I’ve had no complaints. This palette I built myself. The blush is Soul Mate from the Zoella collab.

Then they have two different formulas. They have their Super Shock Shadows (also available for blush and highlighter) as well as their Jelly Much eyeshadows. From left to right above: Super Shock Cheek in Drop of a Hat, Super Shock Shadow in Coconut, and Jelly Much in Into Focus. The Super Shocks apply best with a finger in my opinion. They are very smooth, very buttery, and very pigmented. They will dry up and dry up much faster if you don’t keep the lid on as much as possible. The Jelly Much I also apply with a finger, but I’ve had success using a flat shader brush as well. They are literally a jelly like consistency. I let mine dry at least 20 seconds before blinking, and they don’t budge on my eyes (I always wear primer btw).

The two blushes:

The eyeshadows:

Swatch bottom to top: pressed powder matte in Team Captain, pressed powder shimmer in Fault Line, Super Shock Shadow in Coconut, and Jelly Much in Into Focus.

If you get individual eyeshadows they are $5 to have the little compact come with it, the SSS and Jelly Much are $8 I believe. I recommend grabbing a SSS and Jelly Much if you haven’t tried them!

Do you guys love Colourpop? What’s your favorite formula?


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Well, I decided to try out BoxyLuxe finally! I wasn’t super drawn to the last one (which I think was the first one they released), but I accidentally saw a sneak peak that led me to take the plunge.

If you don’t know, BoxyLuxe is an extension of BoxyCharm. BoxyCharm is a makeup subscription box that is monthly. If you buy it monthly (rather than by bundle), it’s $21 plus tax. BoxyLuxe is every three months, and it comes in lieu of the regular BoxyCharm. It is an additional $38 (approximately) for a total of $50 that month. It’s supposed to be at least $300 in value.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. This is what I signed up for. I am currently using this and was going to repurchase it. It is retail $48 so I thought…may as well try the whole box! 🤷😂

Let’s next do the products that were just okay:

I literally just bought a whole collection of nail polishes, so I was kind of meh on that. I wouldn’t turn down a brush lol but I just don’t really need a powder brush right now. The bag was really nice…it’s huge. I just have a million bags right now! The eyebrow product I haven’t tried, so I guess I shouldn’t judge lol. But I am not good with my brows so I don’t have high hopes lol.

The product I loved but can’t use lol:

I was sooooooo sad to get an email from BoxyCharm telling me they knew they sent me the wrong Cover FX face palette. I got the one for medium to deep skin tones and if you didn’t know, I’m so pale im basically see through in the winter 🤦 It’s gorgeous though. I found a friend who wanted it, so I was happy to pass it along so it will be appreciated.

Products I was most excited for:

I’m getting into fake eyelashes so I’m excited to try a new brand!

I got the Morphe 15H Happy Hour palette. There was four variations, and I was happy to get this one. I love, love, love oranges. I like the palette so far. The packaging is very sturdy and it has a mirror!

I have had some Wander beauty products so far and liked all of them. I also like face peels, so I was excited to try this. I used it once and I definitely used too little. I had some trouble getting it off and panicked a little 😂 But my skin felt nice afterward!

Finally, I haven’t tried a Becca lipstick before! It’s in the shade Poppy. I definitely wouldn’t have picked this color if I had seen it at the store, but I think it’s actually very beautiful.

Here’s my card!

What do you guys think? My original plan was to have BoxyCharm for a year and evaluate if I thought it was worth it. The would be June I believe, which would be the next BoxyLuxe. So I think I’m going to stick with that plan for now and see how I feel about the next few boxes!


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I don’t think it’s a secret anymore that Colourpop Cosmetics has quickly risen to the top of the list for me. If I was actually rich, I would buy one of everything they have 😍😅

So when they announced their new 9 pan palette…who could resist? 🤷 And naturally I had to get free shipping….

I HAD to get the Just My Luck palette the literal minute it dropped. Green is my favorite color for everything to include makeup. I don’t care that I have green eyes and am supposed to wear other colors to make them pop… I’m all for the green!

Its the same size and cost ($12) as their other 9 pan palettes. Colourpop pressed powder eyeshadows have pretty much always performed the same for me. I really like them. They sometimes seem patchy in swatches but I had no issues blending anything out.

Then I went ahead and grabbed a few more items I had been eyeing up. My best friend is obsessed with Zoella and I talked her into trying Colourpop to get the eyeshadow, so I went ahead and grabbed the blush. It’s really cute and looks very pretty on. The shade is Soul Mate.

I also grabbed a No Filter foundation Stix. I only tried it once and it made my skin look horribly dry. I’m going to use it more with a hydrating primer underneath, and if that doesn’t work, I will wait for spring when maybe my skin won’t be so dry 😕

Finally, I’ve been wanting to try their new lip balms. I got the flavor Peach Bellini. To be honest, it doesn’t have much scent to me, but I’ve been having allergy issues. It is nice and thick without being sticky though!

What do you guys think? Anyone else grabbing the Just My Luck palette?

-AV (check out my Instagram for more pictures! Avlovesmakeup)

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