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It seems every post is a new Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette, I know! I swear I’m almost through the initial review process with them 😂 This is another home run for me!

As with the Alien palette, I have one con– it is so clunky. Even moreso than Alien. It’s set up like a trunk which is a cute concept… But it’s so thick and bulky. The good side to that is that it’s very sturdy! The outside box is a white sleeve with the star emblem. Then the actual palette is faux red leather. There are two metal clasps that hold it closed much like on a typical trunk.

There is a mirror inside. I covered it because I was getting a bad glare from my ring light, but it’s there! The initial draw are the reds, of course. But I was pleasantly surprised at how many color combinations there are! There are neutrals, pinks, purples, as well as the reds! So far I have not had any staining, but I am pretty sure this is a vegan palette, which means the reds are dyes and have the potential to stain (if you’re not familiar, non vegan reds use beetles which do not stain…some red dyes can stain sensitive skins).

My surprise I love this shade shades: Cake Mix, Tongue Pop, Prick, and O Positive. To be clear, I love all of the reds… But these three looked so boring to me in the palette but swatched/applied sooo beautifully. O Positive looked grey to me but it’s my favorite kind of neutral–a greyish purple 😍

Everything has blended perfectly so far and no complaints with any shades! Here are so looks so far. Please keep in mind I’m a beginner and I unfortunately have to do quick makeup due to baby and work time constraints lol

What do you guys think of this palette?

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I’m slowly making my way through trying out all of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics palettes! This is the first brand that I have all of their palettes, and it’s interesting to see how the brand evolved from first to last.

This was the first palette from the brand that really caught my attention. The packaging is cute, but it was the actual shades that drew me in. But this is a much more stacking/handling friendly palette than the Alien one. It’s very slim and durable with a mirror inside.

I’m not sure how my picture ended up off center lol but here we are. (I’m hoping to up my blog picture game soon once I get my vanity done!)

I love these shades!! It’s probably not the most usable looking palette to a lot of people, but I’m so excited for those pastel colors! I’m so into Bitch!, Submerge, and Splash! And Divine is a perfect silver sparkle.

This will be perfect for summer if it ever comes back lol.

What do you guys think? Interesting or intimidating?


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So I started this back in the middle of December, but I have been pleasantly surprised to see several other bloggers posting similar stories haha. So maybe it won’t be so hard since I’m not alone! 🙂

So last year I found myself in unfamiliar territory: I suddenly got both a raise and a promotion very close together. I was suddenly making more money than I ever have, and even though I still have debt, I actually had some money left over after paying my normal bills! And… Yep, I went a little crazy. I hit Platinum status at Ulta in like two months from basically no purchases lol. Not good.

So back in December, I wrote in my little phone note pad my plan for beauty product purchases from then until *at least* May 18. I picked that date because it’s my wedding anniversary and my husband and I always go to Erie for the day to go shopping. I hope to write a similar plan for after then too though.

I couldn’t promise a no buy, so I’m doing a low buy. I wrote out some exceptions: I can replace any skin care products I regularly use, I can buy a foundation as long as I use up one that I have now, if I need a beauty blender, refills of eyeshadow primer or face primer, or any makeup removal products. Finally, I gave myself a specific exception: if any product I have one a favorite list (Ulta or Sephora app) goes on sale for at least 50% off the regular price, I can buy it. I had to add that as I watch my favorite lists like a hawk 😂🤷

Is anyone else going on a low buy? Or a no buy?! There’s no way I could do that lol. I’m hoping to do a kind if part two to this post soon for tips on saving money/budgeting. I used to be good at it lol and I had a very serious plan to pay off my debt this year! Which means no crazy and frivolous purchases!

Here’s a picture of some pretty blue makeup 🙂 Check out my Instagram for more! (Avlovesmakeup)


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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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This will be 1 of 2 for my Ulta Black Friday weekend purchases lol. I bought these online on Thanksgiving night. Since I spent a certain amount, I got free shipping and a free makeup bag.

My main reason for the purchase: Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Face wash:

These were special limited edition due to the price. You can buy these anytime from the brand at Ulta, but I have a 4 oz bottle that I’m pretty sure cost $12-$15. These are 12 oz bottles for $15/each, so I went ahead and got two, which will literally last me at least a year. This is my favorite face wash. It’s gentle enough for every day, smells so good, and I swear it made my skin so much better.

Then I grabbed Living Proof dry shampoo

I want to go back to not washing my hair every day, so I grabbed this for $11 to try. It seems to work so far, because my hair is pretty oily if I don’t wash it. I will say, though, the scent is very strong at first. I am sensitive to scents and it gave me a headache until it faded a little, but I could smell it most of the day. It was kind of floral-y, but it was just too strong.

Then I thought The Body Shop body lotions looked nice

My skin gets horrendously dry during the winter, so I will need these. All three smell delicious 😁

Finally, I grabbed a Tarte Maneater mascara

Ulta had a bunch of mascaras for $10 so I grabbed this one to try. I like it so far. I don’t love it, but I’m not mad at paying $10 for it. I’m not sure I would repurchase at full price though.

Finally, the free Ulta bag:

You got the bag, an eyebrow tint, an eyeshadow palette, a bronzer/highlighter palette, gel liner, eyeshadow primer, lipstick, liquid lip, brush, and a $5 off coupon from an Ulta collection purchase. I’m glad this was free, because not much impressed me. The bag is cute, and I like the color of the eyeshadow primer. I also liked the gel liner. I would try that in full size. Other than that, it’s kind of a pass. The brush was so bent up I gave it to my daughter to play with. The eyeshadow is not pigmented at all. The lipstick had the consistency of Vaseline.

Swatches: on top is the bronzer and highlighter, with the eyeshadow primer right below them. Then there’s the eyeshadows next (3 on top, 3 on bottom), the liner, the liquid lip, and the lipstick. I used all 6 shadows to do two different eye looks, used both lip products and the face products, and I am wearing the Tarte mascara.

Do you love any of these products? 🙂 What’s your favorite face wash?


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So with Christmas coming up and more importantly, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales 😁, I decided to clean out and reorganize my makeup. I threw out some stuff that was pretty old and/or dried up, and I made a little pile of makeup I decided to pass on to a friend (or friends if she doesn’t want it all lol). I at least tried everything except the one item.

Let’s start with the palettes. I bought the Makeup Revolution x Soph palette not that long ago and was pretty excited at first. Honestly, I never picked it back up or even thought about it after the post I made with swatches. The shimmers were underwhelming to say the least. Then there’s the Absolute palette I found at Marshall’s. It actually swatched really well…but for some reason I never was inspired to even try it on my eyes. Finally, there’s the Makeup Revolution Strobe highlighting palette. I actually did like this, but after picking up a few Ofra highlights, I just don’t reach for it anymore.

Then there’s a set of Profusion eyeliners that just didn’t impress me much. The Clinique face wash didn’t do much for me, and I’m having huge success with Philosophy.

The Lace a Peel masks are the only thing I didn’t try because they kind of scared me lol! I received them from BoxyCharm. I have pretty sensitive skin and I was afraid they would irritate my skin.

The CoverFX drops…I feel bad to give away because they retail for a lot! But I got them in BoxyCharm also, and I have literally no idea what to do with them. The ELF mist I’ve used before, but I actually got this as a free gift from my last order through them, and I rarely use setting spray.

There’s a few other items from subscription boxes in there, but those are the main ones. Do you have and love any of these items? That’s one of the best parts of makeup… everyone has different skin and looks and preferences, so what works for me might not for you and vice versa 🙂 I’m not bashing on anything here!


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Since I missed my beginning of the week post, I decided to do another quick post before the weekend hits. I have a feeling my blogging schedule is not going to be super consistent with the holidays coming… But I will still be around 😁

So I used to love painting my nails, but I would get so frustrated with how quickly it would chip and look ugly that I stopped painting them except for important events.

Which means I’ve been using the same nail polish I’ve had for like…ten years or more 😬 I don’t throw it out until I have to haha.

Recently I randomly grabbed the Wet n Wild Gel Nail Polish to try because I loved the color (it was Pretty Peas, a beautiful light mint color that I’ve been obsessed with…I realized I own 100 items in that color after I bought it lol). And magic! Where have I been on new nail polish formula?? That stuff didn’t chip for like 4 days! It used to chip on me in 1 hour!

So naturally I went crazy haha. I decided I would throw out all of my long expired nail polishes and update my collection. Wet n Wild actually offers some grouped sets for a cheaper price on their website, so check it out! Otherwise, they are only $4.99…very affordable!

So far I’ve used the Pretty Peas one and the Taupe’s a Joke…both of which I love. I forgot to keep a picture of the mint one, but here’s Taupe…

I feel it’s more of a grey purple than taupe… Like taupe is grey brown, right? But don’t get me wrong, I am super into this color!

What are you favorite nail polish brands? I really want to try KL next! (Kathleen Light’s brand) I almost bought her Zodiac collection but then didn’t… It was kind of expensive at the time 😦


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