ELF- New EyeShadow Palettes!

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I was so excited to find out that ELF had come out with new palettes, especially a matte palette since I am a such a huge fan of their prism eyeshadow palettes. But i was kind of sadly disappointed in all of the palettes except the matte palette. I found that color payoff was lacking in all of the palettes except the one matte palette and that they are not really worth picking up, at least the two that are not all matte. So in less you are looking for a cheap mediocre palette I would say pass on these palettes.

Below are swatches

need it nude

need it nude

everyday smoky

everyday smoky

mad for matte

mad for matte

As you can tell from the swatches the matte palette or the last palette shown is the palette with the best color payoff and also the palette I feel I will get the most use out of. Sorry this was such a short post but I just wanted to get the info and swatches out there in case anyone was interested in buying these palettes!

xoxo

-Courtney

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MAKEUP BRUSHES FOR LESS! DUPES

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Now I have made it my duty in life (apparently) to own as many makeup brushes as possible. I own far too many and I don’t even use half of them. But the good thing about owning so many of them is that I can give you the low down on what I think is worth it and what I think you can pass on. So let me give you the low down on brands. At least the ones that I own.

Sigma- I used to think they were the best thing since sliced bread, which is why I shelled out big bucks for their brushes, but let me tell you. A few years into owning their brushes they began to fall apart. the handles fell off of almost every single big brush I owned from sigma, and even though I loved the brushes for the amount of money I…

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Brush Essentials! The Brush Starter Kit.

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many brushes in the world, and which out of all the brushes are actually necessary? Well I’m here to help! I’ve created a list of what I personally believe are the brushes that help you the most if you are a beginner! So lets cut to the chase!

  • The Eye Brushes

e.l.f crease brush

A small crease brush best for smaller eyes. $3.00

e.l.f eyebrow duo brush

eyebrow brush, duel ended, perfect for the beginner. $3.00

bdellium tools shading blender- 773

This is the perfect brush for packing color on the lid! No matter what level you are you NEED this brush! $8.80

bdellium flat eye definer- 714

flat shader brush, great for the lower lash line. $7.04

bdellium tapered blending eye- 785

A larger crease brush, for really blending and creating a soft look. $7.48

(optional) bdellium tools pencil…

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Brush Essentials! The Brush Starter Kit.

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many brushes in the world, and which out of all the brushes are actually necessary? Well I’m here to help! I’ve created a list of what I personally believe are the brushes that help you the most if you are a beginner! So lets cut to the chase!

  • The Eye Brushes

e.l.f crease brush

A small crease brush best for smaller eyes. $3.00

e.l.f eyebrow duo brush

eyebrow brush, duel ended, perfect for the beginner. $3.00

bdellium tools shading blender- 773

This is the perfect brush for packing color on the lid! No matter what level you are you NEED this brush! $8.80

bdellium flat eye definer- 714

flat shader brush, great for the lower lash line. $7.04

bdellium tapered blending eye- 785

A larger crease brush, for really blending and creating a soft look. $7.48

(optional) bdellium tools pencil shaped blending- 780

A pencil brush, for help blending out the lower lash line, I don’t think it is 100% needed because you can your flat definer, but if you are willing to shell out a couple extra bucks, get it! $7.92

Now for the face you can apply your foundation in two ways and I would suggest the first two means as a way to be successful in doing so.

  • The Face Brushes

e.l.f- ultimate blending brush

Way one is by brush, this brush is new to e.l.f and I really like it! It actually is quite nice, although it does suck up a little more product than my more expensive face brushes. $6.00

Real Techniques- Sponge

The sponge, now I’ve used the beauty blender and I’ve used the RT sponge and frankly   I go for the RT sponge more because of the flat edge, so I say go for the RT sponge. Buy the set of two off of Amazon if you purchase these puppies its a much better value! $10.99

Real Techniques- Powder Brush

Its a powder brush, everyone needs one, and I have found this one is the softest for the amount of money that you pay for it. $7.59

e.l.f- small tapered brush

This is a great one for setting your under eye makeup, it is also great for highlighting! $3.00

Real Techniques- blush brush

I LOVE this brush for bronzing my face! But I also love it for a soft wash of blush, either way this brush is a must! $6.45

Real Techniques- setting brush

This brush is fantastic for blending out under eye concealer, although e.l.f makes one specifically for under eye concealer go with this one, its a couple dollars more but its softer and I find that it gets the job done better. $5.99

So there you have it folks, those are my must have brushes! Comment down below what your must have brush is I really would like to know!

xoxo

-Courtney

Let’s talk BRUSH DUPES! Jessup Brushes

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So in my previous post I talked about the Real Technique brushes that I had bought off of eBay that frankly I feel are just as good as the real thing, and today I am coming at you with another dupe I’ve found on eBay that isn’t as good as the RT brushes but I feel if you are looking for cheap brushes for a banging price, these will most definitely hit the spot. I am talking about Jessup brushes, now these brushes can be purchased off of eBay and ill leave the seller I have purchased from down below. Now let me tell you ladies their face brushes are good! They are actually really good, if you are looking for an inexpensive foundation and concealer brush I could not recommend that you check out Jessup more, their brushes are soft and I have found that I have had none to minimal shedding. Which for the price you pay, is pretty astonishing, now when they first arrive they do have a factory smell, but I found that the smell went away immediately after I washed them.

  • Face brushes- B
  • Shipping does take awhile, I mean its coming from China.

Now their eye brushes if you are new to makeup and you don’t have any brushes I would go for them they are decent, but not near as good as their face brushes. If you have a lot of eye brushes already you might be like me and find that you never reach for the subpar Jessup eye brushes.

  • Eye Brushes- C-, these brushes are subpar, good for beginners, just starting out and looking for some good cheap brushes.

The following is the URL of the eBay seller I use for all of my Jessup Brush needs!

http://www.ebay.com/usr/misskingdom001?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754

xoxo

-Courtney

MAKEUP BRUSHES FOR LESS! DUPES

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Now I have made it my duty in life (apparently) to own as many makeup brushes as possible. I own far too many and I don’t even use half of them. But the good thing about owning so many of them is that I can give you the low down on what I think is worth it and what I think you can pass on. So let me give you the low down on brands. At least the ones that I own.

Sigma- I used to think they were the best thing since sliced bread, which is why I shelled out big bucks for their brushes, but let me tell you. A few years into owning their brushes they began to fall apart. the handles fell off of almost every single big brush I owned from sigma, and even though I loved the brushes for the amount of money I paid for the brushes their is no excuse for them to be falling apart like that. I will say this about sigma though, every time one of their brushes began to fall apart, I emailed sigma and told them about the problems I was having, and they sent me a replacement brush. So if you have to buy sigma go for the eye brushes they are great quality and I have had great luck with mine, no shedding, and no detaching of the handles. So my final thoughts on sigma.

  • A+ for customer service
  • C- for quality, their brushes should not have fallen apart for the price I paid for them

Morphe- There has been a lot of buzz about Morphe lately and I want to set the record straight on my feelings on the company. Morphe although everyone on YouTube says it is as good as Sigma I would have to agree and disagree. I having purchased only eye brushes so I cannot speak on how good or bad their face brushes are but I would have to say that some of their eye brushes are scratchy. This I found was true with the M503, I found it was very scratchy. But the MB brushes I have found are actually quite nice. I really like their gun medal line as well. I would say skip the flawless collection having bought a couple of those and I found them quite scratchy. I also bought the M165 and M204 and never find myself reaching for them so I say pass on them as well because they are pretty cheaply made.

  • B- Customer service shipping takes awhile
  • C Brushes are a hit or miss

Real Techniques- Now here lies my secrets, now ladies you can’t go telling everyone I told you about this. But you can find real technique brushes on eBay, for a fraction of the price, yes you read that right, a fraction of the cost! Now yes, they wont say real techniques on them but they are they same exact brushes and they I have found are the same exact quality. The brushes I have bought have held up great, and I can’t even tell the difference between the dupes and my real RT’s. I will paste a URL to the seller I buy from on eBay in case you are interested in buying and don’t know who to buy from. But back to quality, my RT have great quality, and yes they lack eye brushes but I don’t need any of those. But for face brushes these are my go to!

http://www.ebay.com/usr/mingxuejun

  • A- Great quality

Elf- Oh elf you have my heart, I have been a lover, a hater of elf and pretty much everything in between. So what do I think of elf brushes, I think the one dollar line is crap, stay away! But I think the studio line for the most part has some real hidden gems! My favorite being their crease brush, eyebrow duo brush, small tapered brush their new blending brush and their ultimate blending brush. So if you’re looking into Elf skip the one dollar and stick to the studio line.

  • A+ They replace all broken products received in the mail no questions asked
  • C- The one dollar line is no good.

Bdellium tools- I LOVE these brushes, true I only own three but for the price they are great brushes! I would defiently recommend you check out the 773 (a complete dupe for the mac 242) and the 783. They are great quality with no shedding!

A- Great quality! I’m super impressed with these brushes!

Catch you next time where I tell you which brushes I feel are the absolute essentials!

xoxo

-Courtney

The Chocolate Touch

The Chocolate Touch.

First, let me explain my absence, I am so sorry I have been gone! School had gotten the best of me and I needed a break, but I’m back and I’m in full force!

So let’s talk chocolate, let me start off by saying that with these palettes I like one more than the other, so I don’t think you need both! I have both only to help you ladies figure out which one is the best of the best! So let us get down to business, the palette that in my opinion is better is the first. I believe it is better due to the fact that when I swatch the palettes side by side as you will see down below the original palette swatches better, and it blends a little better on the eyes. But I will admit I like the colors in the second palette more than I like the colors in the first palette. These palettes retail for 49.00 at Ulta and Sephora, and I believe that is a good deal for what you are getting. You are getting 16 eyeshadows, two of which are larger for your highlight which I believe is a genius idea since we use those shades everyday.

As you can see there are a couple colors in both that don’t swatch the best, but in my personal opinion I would go with the original. It’s beautiful, and the colors allow for a multitude of looks. Also the palettes smell like chocolate, which is a definite plus so that puts these palettes above all my other palettes due to pigmentation, blend-ability and color selection!

xoxo

-Courtney

COLOURPOP, Where the Light is. Review and Swatches

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To begin with let me say if you know me, you know I love to watch KathleenLights on YouTube and I love  me some neutrals so this combo was kind of a no brainer for me when it came out and let me tell you for 20 dollars I was not disappointed. This was the first time I had purchased from Colourpop and it will definitely not be the last. Instead of being a powder eyeshadow these are a cream and like nothing I have personally ever used before, but let me be the first to say, I love them. They are extremely pigmented and easy to blend and there is truly nothing bad I could say about them. I do have to say though that for these eyeshadows are best to use your fingers, to apply them with.

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Below are swatches of these beautiful eyeshadows they are so easy to blend and create simple looks with. But I will be the first to say the looks that can be created with this particular quad are limited so I like to mix these colors with some of my other eyeshadows, and by doing this the possibilities are endless. I love these eyeshadows, they are truly like no eyeshadow I have used before, and while being a cream, they are just so well creamy and buttery.

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In this order I also ordered Kathleen’s lippie pencil in lumiere and let me tell you I’m obsessed! I can not even begin to tell you how much I love this thing! I love the color first off it’s beautiful, but for being a matte it isn’t drying at all, also it lasts surprisingly long! This one lippie pencil is making me want to go on the site and buy all the lippie pencils but I’m going to limit myself to 5 okay maybe 10 haha. But really for 5.00 this is a steal let me tell you. I always thought that colourpop just got a lot of hype to get hype but now I know why the obsession is real. So go to the site and pick a couple of things (or more than a couple, no one judges here) and let the obsession begin!

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xoxo

-Courtney

Is Matte Where it’s at? Sonia Kashuk, Eye Couture Eye Palette.

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So finally my friends, I am getting around to the post all about the palette I believe would be the perfect sister palette to the L’Oréal palettes that I had talked about in a previous post. Yes, this palette may to some not seem like much, but ladies and gents let me tell you it is beautiful, not only does it swatch fantastically but the colors are both pigmented and creamy. I feel for everyday you can never have too many matte shades and on that end this palette delivers! There really isn’t much I can say about this palette so I am just going to show you it’s beauty and let you be the judge for yourself on why you should buy it.

Up Close and Personal You Can See You Have A Variety Of Neutral Shades To Choose From.

Up Close and Personal, You Can See You Have A Variety Of Neutral Shades To Choose From.

Before I finish with the swatches of all the shades in the palette. I’m going to tell you that this palette retails for 19.99 at Target and that it is worth every penny. If you are a matte lover and are looking for an everyday matte palette to use to coincide with one or both of the L’Oréal palettes I had featured earlier this palette is for you, or if you are just looking for great transition shades palette that blends beautifully look no further! These shadows will look great with any shadow with a little shimmer.  The pigmentation is there with these shadows and the quality is great for drugstore, so if you are on the fence about this palette I say go for it, it is definitely a good buy for the money!

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The Swatches Of All The Shades Top To Bottom.

The Swatches Of All The Shades Top To Bottom.

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So that’s all I have for now folks, I’ll leave you with that and a look I created using just this palette.

On my lips is Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina, a product I have been loving by the way.

xoxo

-Courtney

Some Things Are Worth Getting Melted For! Too Faced Melted Lipsticks: A Closer Look.

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From left to Right Fig, Peony, Berry, and Melted Chihuahua

I recently just picked up four of the new melted lipsticks from the Sephora VIB sale and let me tell you I’m in LOVE! No, they are not as long wearing as I would like but the colors let me tell you are to die for and the formula on the lips is absolutely heavenly. They have shades for every different type of color you may be into, personally I am more into darker colors with the occasional pink thrown in (as you can tell by my picks). Melted Chihuahua is definitely my favorite due to the fact that it is dark and kind of gives me that Kylie Jenner lip, I know, but I like the look( I can’t help it). My only suggestion I would give is when picking which color you want is DO NOT go by the tubes, the tubes are deceiving and definitely do not give accurate depiction of what the actual colors will look like. You need to actually look up actual swatches online of what the colors look like or actual go to a store and look at the colors in person. You will see from my swatches below that the colors do not really look like the tubes. But the colors are beautiful none the less.

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In conclusion I give these bad boys a 7.5 out of 10 yes, I love them due to that they are super creamy and feel great on the lips, but I do think they have a few hiccups, such as having to reapply them so often. I mean if I have to shell out 21 bucks for a lipstick it better be pretty long wearing.  Now that is all for now ladies and gents. I’m sorry I was gone for a couple days but not to fear i’ll be coming back at you soon with a new post on the sister to the L’Oréal palette don’t worry I didn’t forget!

xoxo

-Courtney