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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 🙄😂❤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¸

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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 ❤ī¸ follow me on Instagram! Avlovesmakeup

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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?

-AV

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Good evening! (Morning/afternoon/night!) 🙂 I made a small purchase on Ulta a few weeks ago and thought I would finally post my new items for a first impressions/mini review.

This is the main reason for the purchase! This little Urban Decay set was on sale for $19.50! I have been wanting to try new eyeliners, especially glitter liner, so I jumped on this. I think they are still available if you’re interested! The shades are Midnight Cowboy, Starfire, and Volume. I will put swatches at the end. Considering one full size glitter liner is $21…I was all for this set! So far I’m happy with it. If I had paid $21 a piece, maybe not so much. Sometimes each stroke of the brush isn’t super precise with how much glitter comes out. I read reviews that some people had a burning sensation afterward…not sure what that’s about but I definitely didn’t!

And then let’s be honest… I love that free shipping 😂 I saw Nyx was having a little sale as well and I don’t use a ton of their products, so I thought–why not?

I don’t have a white liner currently, and I’ve been wanting more green products. So I grabbed these automatic pencils from Nyx. I think they were $5/each due to the sale? Maybe even less. They are creamy and very pretty 🙂

Im super excited about this liquid liner from Nyx! I didn’t realize it was water proof, but it’s ok. I love it. I’ve finally managed a half decent wing with this! I will definitely repurchase. I hope they have a none water proof, but even if not, I would repurchase. I went over it a couple of times to make sure it was super opaque, but it really applied beautifully!

Then, for the sale prices, I couldn’t pass up finally trying a glitter glue and the mixing medium! I haven’t tried the glue yet. I don’t use glitters too often but I get annoyed when I do because of the fallout. So far I used the medium once and did not like it ☚ī¸ I used it with the zodiac loose pigments I have and it literally cracked off of my lid very quickly. I’m going to read up on it in case I did it wrong lol…but I plan to give it a shot at maybe using for a liner next.

Finally, I had to grab this from Ulta beauty! I have used this before and my only complaint is I wish it came in a squeeze tube! I literally love this. It’s $3, smells great, peels off easily, and makes my skin so smooth. I get 3 uses easily out of it. I just roll the packet down to avoid drying out. Make sure to use a thin layer so it dries evenly. It was not painful at all to peel for me!

Here are the liner swatches 🙂

What is your favorite type of liner? I do like the mechanical ones but I might turn into a felt tip quickly with that Nyx one!

-AV (Instagram Avlovesmakeup) ❤ī¸

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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 đŸ¤Ļ 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!

-AV

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Hey, guys! I’m excited to share my first blog collab today 😊 If you don’t follow Tayler’s Edit already, you need to go to her page, check out her post for this collab (and her other posts!!), and subscribe to her! We’ve been blogging buddies for awhile now and she runs a beauty blog also. She updates great quality posts very regularly 👍 ❤ī¸ She’s very sweet and has top-notch content 💁

(So sorry, I didn’t notice until uploading I made a shadow on the bottom of the palette đŸ¤Ļ)

I did a first impressions kind of blog on the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien palette in January, and I’ve used it quite a bit since then! It’s one of the best palettes I own! And wouldn’t you know, I talked Tayler right into buying it 😂 So we decided on one color to both use: Alien, the beautiful, almost lime-green shimmer. Then we used a random numbers generator to pick 4 other shades to create a look (separately)! This is the first time I’ve done this and I will say, it was fun! It made me think more creatively. The numbers Google pulled for me were:

12 (X-Files), 8 (Martian Soil), 18 (Black Hole), 10 (Phone Home)

At first I struggled. These are not shades I would have picked for one look. However, I think I actually made it work! Afterward, I realized I was actually very lucky. There are a few shades that really would have been hard to incorporate lol.

First, I used Phone Home all over, kind of to set the primer but also for my main crease shade:

Then I used X-Files in the outer corner and blended up just a little into the crease. I struggled a little with keeping this as a noticeable color once I put the black on, so I kept going back and packing it on.

Then I went for it lol. I don’t use black eyeshadow that often and for a long time it scared me, especially before I knew how to blend 😂 I blended Black Hole onto the lid but not clear into the inner corner.

Then I added Alien! I like that the black made it grungy!

Finally, I added Martian Soil to underneath my eye because I had no idea what to do with it!! Here’s the finished look:

I also threw on the JSC Velour lipstick in Posh Spice with a gloss over top. What do you guys think? Where/how would you have used all of these shades? What’s your favorite shade in the palette?

Tayler’s look ended up so pretty! Definitely check it out 😊

-AV

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So while I did buy another eyeshadow palette, it was 50% off and was under $20, so for once I did follow my no buy/low buy rules 😂 And I’m so glad I did! I believe the Hush app is going to be no more soon. They are selling everything at discount and not long after I bought this, it was sold out. I put off buying this palette for a long time because I had something else of theirs that didn’t impress me. Spoiler alert–not having that problem with this one!

So I’m actually pretty sure this came because of the Tarte April Fool’s Day post. You know, where they created an image of a green and blue palette and pretended it was their next release– and it completely backfired because people were genuinely excited for it 😂

First off, this retailed at $14 and I got it for $7 plus some shipping. Packaging– amazing. The box is that soft feeling material, like it’s partially suede or something. The actual palette is sturdy with a mirror! The names of the shades are printed. I was nervous because Tidal (bottom left) seems very soft/crumbly and it seemed a little upset from shipping, but it held together.

Okay, let’s just call it as it is– It swatches horribly. It does. I don’t know why, because they all feel buttery and smooth. They do not perform horribly, though! I am amazed by how much I fell in love with this palette. I’m sorry it’s sold out because I would have bought a back up lol.

Here are a few looks I created with it. The first one is the greens, the second one is the blues, and the third one I used an orange from UD Born to Run with some of the blues:

Please note I am attempting to learn to put on falsies lol so if they aren’t the best… I’m trying!

What do you guys think? Love it or too much?

-AV

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