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Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit – The Wants

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Hey everyone!  I am so excited about today’s post, I have truly been looking forward to it.  Today I am giving my review on the RevolutionXEmily collaboration, The Emily Edit.  For this post, it’s going to be all about The Wants palette.  I have been playing with it for almost 3 weeks at this point.  Now, before you say anything, I know that I said it was in my September makeup basket, but I’ve been playing with it since the day it was delivered, which was before the makeup basket was posted.  Just wanted to clarify that.  So, if you are curious what I think about this palette, let’s get into it!

Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

First off, let’s talk about the packaging.  I ordered both palettes (The Wants and The Needs) from both the Revolution Beauty website as well as the Ulta website.  Yes, I have two of each, no I am not crazy.  Both palettes were individually wrapped in lots of bubble wrap from each retailer and not a single item was damaged.

The Wants palette weighs in at just under a pound (13.16 ounces), I would say is a light peach color, and has a full-size, high-quality mirror.  Even though it is on the larger side of a palette, it is still quite thin and I feel very travel-friendly.  It contains 24 shadows which include 13 mattes and 11 shimmer/metallic shades.  Revolution Beauty is certified Cruelty-Free by Peta.  This palette is NOT vegan, however, because it does contain Carmine.  Each shade contains about 0.03 ounces or 0.85 grams of product, making the total amount of product you get 0.74 ounces or 20.4 grams of product.  It retails for $20 US on both the Ulta and Revolution Beauty websites and is apart of Revolution Beauty’s permanent line.  I repeat this is NOT limited edition.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Before I continue, I would like to give you a little information about Emily, just in case you don’t know who she is.  She is a Beauty YouTuber, her tag name is EmilyNoel83.  She has been on YouTube I believe 11 years this upcoming November.  For me to try to accurately describe what type of videos she puts up I feel would be a disservice to her and her channel.  She does it all.  Not too long ago, she did a video trying to dupe lip colors in her collection that matched Disney princesses.  Oh yeah, she went there.  Click here if you’d like to check out that video.  For me, she is just such a positive light to YouTube, one that when I sit down with a cup of coffee, I don’t feel I’m watching a YouTuber, I feel as if I’m listening to a friend.  I don’t know how else to describe her, other than just wonderful.  Her daughters are some of the most PRECIOUS kids I have ever seen.

 

Now, back to the palette.  From my understanding, Revolution Beauty gave Emily free-range on the creation of these palettes.  When creating the Wants, she was looking to create a “Complete” palette.  Meaning, she wanted to be able to have light shades such as “the cream,” mid-tones for great transition work, to set up the looks, and rich deep shades that don’t muddy up or lose strength is pigmentation.  She wanted each shade to be able to stand out amongst whatever look someone might create.  To get a full background and full understanding of the palettes, I HIGHLY recommend you check out Emily’s video, which I will link here for you.  She goes more into depth about the palettes, what went into the thought process of the palettes, tips and tricks, and so forth.

Before I get into the review, I will give you some swatches.  I will do it by rows from left to right.  I did the best I could to give acurate swatches, but this is not really my forte.  If you want to know the inspiration behind the names, I don’t want to take that joy away from Emily.  I highly recommend you just watch her reveal video, again I will link that here for you.  At the very end, I will showcase a few eye looks that I have created using this palette so you can see some of the shades in action.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

We have The Cream, Hobby, Prayer, Grateful, Good Vibes, and Side Hustle.

 

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Up next we’ve got Midwest, Dues Paid, Eve Rose, Belle Violet, Capricorn, Pi Phi.

 

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Here we’ve got Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Pizzazz, Family, Top Story, and Apartment.

 

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Last we have Cupcake, Laughcry, Cheer, Heartbeat, Corduroy, and Dark & Early.

 

Now onto my review of the palette.  Like I’ve said in the intro, I have been playing with this palette for about 3 weeks now and I have used every single shade.  Let me just get this out of the way, yes I know I love Emily and that automatically is going to make me somewhat bias to this palette, I understand that.  However, I am still going to be honest about this palette, give the pros and the cons regardless of how I feel about her.  So you can take that information how you will because I really do love this palette.  If something happened to this palette, I would 100% go out and purchase it again.  Once I get into the pros and cons of this palette, I think you will understand why.

For one, there are no repeat or similar shades.  If you look at the palette, you might think Midwest, Dues Paid, and Prayer are similar.  Nope, all completely different and all 3 do show up completely different on the eyes.  With every shade, I did not have a single problem with blending.  There was no patchiness, skipping, or muddying of shades.  It was extremely effortless.  They are all pigmented but not overly pigmented.  What I mean is you don’t have to be afraid of accidentally getting too much and be fearful of ruining your eye look or not being able to blend them out.  All of these shades were meant to be built up.  So you grab a little bit, place the shadow where you want and then you can bump up the intensity.  From what I remember, Emily wanted this palette easy to use and beginner friendly.

There were only a couple of shades that took me a bit more building than the others and that was Hobby, Corduroy, and Side Hustle.  When dipping my brush into the shades, only one had a little bit of kick up and that was Dues Paid, however, it still performed without issue on the eye.  The only other thing that I noticed was when using some of the shimmer/metallic shades.  Belle Violet and Heartbeat got a little bit of a hardpan when using my fingers to apply the shades (as you will see below).  I got a little hardpan on Cupcake and Grateful when using my fingers, but not as much as with Belle Violet and Heartbeat.  However, Emily recommended in her video using a flat brush, then press and swipe the color onto your lid for best results.  So just keep that in mind.  I use the ELF Professional Eye Shadow Brush ($1 US) and have had no issues since sticking with the brush.

For my personal tastes, this is a perfect all around, complete palette.  It helps get me out of my comfort zone and use color, without feeling overwhelmed.  There is a wonderful mix of cool, warm, and neutral shades, and excellent balance between matte and shimmers, a light cream shade and a matte black.  Seriously, she thought of it all.  For my tastes, this palette is not missing anything.  For others, if you love more blue, pink, or yellowy shades, this might not be your jam.  However, not every palette is going to please every person.  You need to evaluate what you have in your collection first, then look at a palette that is interesting you.  I highly recommend going in store if you can before purchasing, that way you can get an up-close look at the palette as well as possibly touch and swatch before deciding if you want to buy it or not.

Let’s also discuss staying power.  For one, I use my concealer as my eyeshadow primer, but I don’t use an actual designated eyeshadow primer.  I set my lids with a shadow close to my skin tone, then I go into creating an eye look.  With all the shadows, I did not have any trouble with fading or creasing throughout the day.  The shadows were just as vibrant as when I put them on.  Let me give you a little bit of info on what I put my makeup through.  I usually put my makeup on around 5:45 am and take off my makeup around 8-9pm at night.  I am a dog groomer, so I deal with heat, humidity, dog hair, dander, wind, water, EVERYTHING.  These shadows have stayed put, have not creased, and have not faded.

Overall, I truly feel this is a fantastic palette that so many people could get great use from and a wide multitude of looks.  I’ve gotten glam looks, everyday looks, fall, spring, this palette truly can do it all.  Yes, it is not a perfect palette, it has a couple of flaws, but it does not take away from this palette in the least.  Also, the price is phenomenal.  You get such an amazing deal with this palette.  If you are apart of the Ulta rewards system, you can get coupons and money off, making it an even better deal.  Also, you are further supporting a truly genuine person who put their heart and soul into this palette and I feel it absolutely shows.

So that’s it.  That does it for my review on the RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit The Wants Palette.  Is there anything I missed?  If you have any further questions about the palette, go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  I’m not trying to promote that you need to go out and buy this palette.  However, if you were already debating on purchasing this palette, have looked through your collection and didn’t find anything similar and were wanting to pick this palette up, I truly feel you will not be disappointed.  Sorry for such a long post, but I just wanted to make sure I covered everything.  Well, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check this post out and until next time!

The Wants Palette on Ulta ($20 US)
The Wants Palette at Revolution Beauty ($20 US)
Emily’s Reveal Video

 

A few looks I have created using this palette.  Remember, I am NOT a makeup artist.  Just your average, everyday makeup wearer.  Shit ain’t going to look perfect, so just FYI.

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants

For Look One, I first used a shade close to my skin-tone to set my lid.  Then I took the shade Oh Heavens! all over the lid, into the eye corner, up into the crease, and on my lower lash line with a flat eyeshadow brush.  Then, I took Capricorn on smaller crease brush and worked that into my outer V, slightly blending it into the crease, and onto the lower lash line.  I then took Oh Heavens! under the brow bone.  This look was inspired by smokey looks done by Charlotte Tilbury.  I notice she does a lot of shimmer work into the crease and the models look so beautiful.  I just wanted to give it a try.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 2)

For look number 2, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I took Hobby on a fluffy crease brush and worked that into the crease.  Then on a smaller, denser crease brush, I took the shade LaughCry on the outer third of my eye, mostly the outer V area and packed that on as well as smudged in on the outer half of my lower lash line and connected it to the upper eye area.  Then, on a small shader brush, I picked up the shade Cupcake and worked that over the rest of my lid and pulled it into the inner corner.  I also smudged it on the inner part of my lower lash line.  On a very small brush, I picked up a little of Oh Heavens! and placed that on top of Cupcake in my inner corner.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

Review: RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit - The Wants (Look 3)

For look 3, the last look I’m going to share, after setting my concealer with a powder close to my skin tone, I picked up Dues Paid and worked that into my crease with a fluffy crease brush, then took a denser brush and worked that same shade on the outer V area.  I also pulled that shade on the outer half of my lower lash line.  Then for the lid and inner corner, I kept it simple and pulled in Oh Heavens!  This is the type of two shadow look I would wear to work often.  To finish off the look, I threw a little nude liner on my waterline and added a coat of mascara.

 

 

 

Beauty

YouTube Made Me Buy It: EmilyNoel83 Edition

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition

Hi everyone, how was your weekend?  Do anything fun or interesting?  Or were you like me and had to work?  Well, whatever you had to do or had the pleasure of doing, I hope it was enjoyable!  I thought today I would do another edition of YouTube Made Me Buy It, this time talking about products EmilyNoel83 influenced me to purchase.  I absolutely adore Emily and just to give you a heads up, this Wednesday I am bringing you my review on The Emily Edit, The Wants Palette.  So if you’ve been wondering about that, stay tuned!  But enough blabber, let’s get into it!

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LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Em Cosmetics True Gloss

EM Cosmetics True Gloss ($17 US)
She absolutely SOLD me on this formula.  This shade isn’t up her alley, but it is up mine!  The shade I have is called Truffle Haze, a sheer grey nude shade.  This gloss is comfortable on the lips and not sticky, which I fucking hate.  I’ve been getting into lipsticks and glosses lately, shocking I know, but I’ve been selective on what makes the cut.  This gloss definitely makes the cut.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick

Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick ($22 US)
The color I have is Red Velvet 1946 which is described as a mid-tone neutral red.  Oh, and it is absolutely STUNNING.  Besame Cosmetics is a brand dedicated to recreating vintage shades in modern formulas.  Their packaging also stays true to that.  I absolutely love the look of the 1940’s era and I wish I could pull off a red lip, but sadly I don’t feel comfortable in a bold red lip, but I will NEVER get rid of this.  It is way too beautiful.  It also has a very comfortable formula.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush

Morphe M506 Tapered Mini Blending Brush ($6 US)
Now I am not particularly a fan of Morphe but when Emily recommended this brush, I picked one up the next time I was at Ulta and man, this brush is a game changer.  I never thought a brush like this would work so well and never thought I would actually need a brush like this.  I can perfectly get into my outer V without going overboard and completely blowing out a look too far.  It’s a perfect brush.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder

Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US)
This powder has reached holy grail status for me, no lie.  It sets my makeup without it looking powdery on my skin and still gives me this natural, slightly radiant finish without looking greasy.  I cannot be without it.  I haven’t used it in so long and I’m dying over here.  I’m trying to currently use up the other powders in my collection before returning back to this one.  I’m counting down the days.

LeahERaven.com | YouTube Made Me Buy It: Emily Edition - RevolutionXEmily The Emily Edit

RevolutionXEmily: The Emily Edit
The Wants Palette ($20 US) & The Needs Palette ($15 US)
Now, I’m pretty sure you KNEW this one was coming.  With how excited I was about her surprise launch and how much I love this girl, you knew this one was coming.  I know I can support her by just watching her videos, commenting, liking, yadda, yadda, yadda, but I wanted to also support her makeup collaboration.  She’s never done one before and even though these are permanent, I had to pick them up right away.

So that does it for today’s post.  I know I’ve asked this before, but if you watch beauty YouTube, what are some products that you purchased that were influenced by some of your favorite YouTubers?  Any regret purchases or did you find some holy grail products?  I would love to hear about them in the comments, maybe we can have a discussion!  Thank you so much for your time today, I really appreciate it.  Definitely stop by Wednesday if you’d like to read my review on The Wants Palette.  Fair warning, it’s going to be a long one!  Until then!

Beauty

Makeup Inventory – Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes

Hey there, how’s it going?  Hope all is well where you are.  Today is going to be part 5 in my Makeup Inventory Series, where I am going through my entire collection and noting what I have.  We are over the halfway mark, which I am really excited about.  Well, I haven’t had a short but sweet intro in a hot minute, so let’s get into the palettes!

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Total: 15

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette ($42 US)
I know, I know.  The amount of backlash over this palette was absolutely insane.  Personally, I felt it was a bit overkill and overdramatic.  But hey, that’s me and my humble opinion.  I actually really love this palette.  Quality wise I feel it is fine.  It is extremely pigmented, so a little bit truly does go a long way.  The only problem I had with this palette was one shade not blending well, the Destiny shade, other than that, no issues.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette

BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette ($24 US)
There has been so much buzz and hype around this palette and for good reason.  When I picked up this palette, it wasn’t talked about at all yet.  I solely picked it up because it was based off the Zodiac (huge Astrology buff here).  I was absolutely blown away by the pigmentation, blendability, and the brilliance of the metallic shades.  I saw Charlotte Tilbury just upload a video showcasing her new Pillow Talk quad and did a look.  I plan to recreate that look here using this palette.  I definitely think it’s possible!  So be on the lookout for that!

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Huda Beauty

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Huda Beauty

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette ($65 US)
I’ve used this palette a handful of times now and I really enjoy it, however, I only use a handful of shades.  I am not a fan of purples and definitely not interested in Cosmo (it’s a pressed glitter).  I’m debating about making this palette my Pan That Palette for next year because I want to become better versed with using different shades, shades out of my comfort zone.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette ($27 US)
I fucking LOVE this tiny palette! I have used every single shade and love them all.  This is a very simple palette, but very easy to use and create pretty looks out of.  There is not much more I can say about it.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Kat Von D Beauty

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette ($48 US)
This was my first high-end palette purchase and it is the original one with the original packaging.  Yep, I have had it forever.  I absolutely adore this palette, although I definitely need to pan it due to its age.  I took this picture a little bit ago and since then I FINALLY hit pan in the shade all the way at the end, Latinus.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke

Kat Von D Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Quad in Smoke (discontinued)
I have used this quad only one time but I am happy I picked it up.  I’m aiming to finish up my Shade & Light palette first before moving onto this one.  I tend to enjoy more greys on my eyes than any other shade.  That’s why I knew this quad would be perfect for everyday makeup for me.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Milani Soft & Sultry Palette

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Milani Soft & Sultry Palette

Milani Soft & Sultry Palette ($14.97 US)
This has been a more recent purchase.  When these bad boys just launched, I was getting my oil changed at Walmart and saw these on a display.  I could not say no to the Soft & Sultry palette, because I have been looking for more cool-toned palettes that did not revolve around purples, blues, and pinks.  Milani answered that prayer for me, lol.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - NYX Professional Makeup

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Cool Neutrals

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette Cool Neutrals ($17.99 US)
First off, I have not used this palette yet.  It’s been sitting in my collection because honestly when I received it, I was completely turned off by it.  Online it looked so different than in person.  It also is a lot smaller than I anticipated.  Maybe next month I will pull it into my makeup basket and give it a go before I completely write off this palette.  I will say, it did have really good reviews on Ulta’s website, so.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter in Gloomy Days

NYX Professional Makeup Perfect Filter Gloomy Days Palette ($19.99 US)
As with the previous palette, I have yet to actually try this palette out on my eyes, however, I am really excited about it.  The colors came out more vibrant on the swatches and there is enough of a difference between shades that I don’t think they will muddy up amongst each other.  I will make it a point to use it soon!  Also, quick side note, I did NOT pay full price for either of these palettes.  I picked them up when NYX was 40% off at Ulta.  Always wait for sales if you plan on purchasing something.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel The Emily Edit

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel The Emily Edit The Needs Palette

Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel: The Emily Edit – The Needs Palette ($15 US)
Seriously, The Needs is a perfect name for this palette.  I have used every shade in this palette and they all work wonderfully!  It is a phenomenal all-in-one palette and is not complicated.  Love this little gem!

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel The Emily Edit The Wants Palette

Revolution Beauty & Emily Noel: The Emily Edit – The Wants Palette ($20 US)
Oh, The Wants.  I don’t want to go into too much detail, because a full review is coming.  I have used EVERY SINGLE SHADE on my eyes, multiple times.  Just know, it is great.  Period.

 

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Dragon Scales (Limited Edition)

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Dragon Scales ($2.99 US Limited Edition)
I’m going to be honest, this is yet another palette I have not used, but it is newer.  This, along with the Fit For A Queen quad was apart of the Fire & Ice collection.  I picked it up because it was apart of the Fire side and because of the green shade.  Once I use it, I will let you know my thoughts on it, if you’d like.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow in Fire (Limited Edition)

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow in Fire ($4.99 US Limited Edition)
Yet another one that I have not used.  I’ve swatched and they look beautiful, but I only bought it because it was apart of the Zodiac collection.  Fire being my element.  If you have learned by now, I’m a huge sucker for anything related to the Zodiac focusing on Sagittarius and anything dealing with Fire.  Can’t help it.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Fit For A Queen (Limited Edition)

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Fit For A Queen ($2.99 US Limited Edition)
Haven’t used this one either.  Picked it up because it was apart of the Fire side on the Fire & Ice collection and it has a BOMB red shade.

LeahERaven.com | Makeup Inventory Part 5: Eyeshadow Palettes - Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Lights Out

Wet N Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadow Quad in Lights Out ($2.99 US)
Oh look, another palette that I have not used.  Clearly, I went on a drugstore palette rampage and just grabbed them all and have yet to try them.  I will trust me.  If you want me to do an update on them, what I think of them, let me know, because I most certainly can.

 

So that’s it.  That does it for my palettes currently in my collection.  I’d love to hear about what palettes you have in your collection!  Do we share any?  Let me know.  Also, let me know which ones are your absolute FAVORITES, like you could not be without this ONE palette, just for curiosity sake.  Well, I thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check out my palette collection.  I hope you have a great day, or night, wherever you are and until next time!

Beauty

August 2018 Empties.

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties

Hey there!  Hope you are doing well today!  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my August Empties!  I have quite a few products this month to share with you!  I switched up how I took my pictures to see if it’ll make it a bit easier to write as well as read, so let me know how you like it!  Without further ado, let’s get into the empties!

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Home

Let’s start with home products.  I’m trying to work through my backup stash of my candles and room sprays.  So, this past month I was able to work through 2 Mainstays 20oz Candles in Pumpkin Spice ($4.86 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and work through a Febreze Room Spray in Harvest Pumpkin ($4.94 US 2-Pack Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  As I’ve said before, I love these scents.  I’m such a basic white girl when it comes to anything pumpkin, but sadly, they are not cruelty-free.

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Skin Care

I was able to use up a sleeve of cotton rounds, this is the 80 count that I pick up from the Dollar Tree.  They fray a little bit but I can deal with it since it’s only a buck.  I finished off a deluxe sized sample of the Laneige Water Bank Essence ($36 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I actually really enjoyed this, however not cruelty-free.  I used up yet another Kroger Makeup Removing & Cleansing Cloths.  I pick these up from my local Fred Meyer.  I’m not sure if they are cruelty-free or not, I haven’t been able to easily find that information.  Therefore, once I’m done with my backups, I will not be repurchasing.  Also, they do sting my eyes and I don’t have sensitive eyes, so that worries me. Lastly is a moisturizer by the brand Body Merry.  It’s called the Super C-22 Moisturizer ($19.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and Hallelujah, they are cruelty-free!  I have a couple of moisturizers/moisturizing products in back stock and once those are gone (unless I miraculously like those more) I will definitely be repurchasing this product.  It perfectly moisturized my combo to slightly oily skin, but I noticed a reduction of wrinkles and texture.  I felt for all the good ingredients in this product, it is well worth the price for me personally.

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Perfume

Something else I am super proud of this past month was finishing off two rollerballs!  I know that may not seem like a big deal to some, but I have a very hard time finishing perfumes.  I’m trying to work through my Michael Kors one currently and I am not enjoying it.  The two I finished were the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon ($28 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst ($28 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Amethyst was in my 13 by Halloween Project Pan and I ended up enjoying this scent in the end, once it melted in my skin and the powderiness dissipated, but not enough that I’d repurchase.  Bourbon, however, I would absolutely repurchase!

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Empties: Makeup

Last, but certainly not least, the makeup!  I always enjoy makeup empties and this month, I have a ton for me!  Several of these products were in my project pan, well, most of them.  So if you happened to check up my update, these may be redundant to you, but let’s get into it.  The Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is a great drugstore option for setting sprays, although you don’t get too much bang for your buck.  The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony ($21 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is one of my favorite brow pencils, would definitely repurchase after I work through my massive eyebrow pencil backup stash.  I also have the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomeade in Granite ($18 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  This product is actually a declutter.  I’m so tired of using it, I have had it for YEARS, and even though I have made a crazy amount of progress on it, I just can’t anymore.  It is too inconvenient for me, so I am letting it go.  I definitely feel I got my money’s worth from it though, so I am happy with decluttering it.  Yet another Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof Mascara ($4.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), an amazing drugstore mascara.  I finished up the Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup in 1.5 ($40 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) (my holy grail foundation), the Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder ($5.49 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), and the Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I know the highlighting side is still there, but I cannot make that work for me.  It comes across chalky on my skin and it’s not worth it to keep working on it for me.  I feel I truly got my money’s worth out of that product.

 

So that’s it, that’s my garbage for the past month.  Do you keep your trash to see what you’ve used up?  If so, let me know what you used up this past month!  Anything you are super proud of?  With as much makeup that I have attained this past month, shamefully trust me on that, it’s nice to know I’m actually moving products out.  Well, I think that does it for me.  Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check out my trash.  Until next time!

Beauty, Makeup Baskets

September 2018 Makeup Basket.

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope all is well on this fine day for you.  Today’s post is one that is super exciting for me, my September Makeup Basket.  Now, let me start off by saying my No-Buy/Makeup Detox is not going so well for me.  I’ve bought quite a bit of makeup the past couple of weeks.  I’ve allowed myself to be sucked in.  Although, now I truly feel safe to say I have everything I need to last me quite a bit… although we could argue that I had plenty before then too.  Oh well.  I don’t plan to make another haul post, because I feel I have had too many of those recently unless you truly wish to read about it then let me know in the comments.

Anyway, to tie in why I’m excited about this months makeup basket and my recent purchases is because I picked up the new launches of Makeup Revolution and EMILY NOEL!  I’ve been watching Emily for over 6 years now and her Beauty Broadcast.  She kept her palette launch so hush-hush that when I found out she was launching something it was on the 22nd, there was no way I was going to miss out on it.  So this month, I’m going to be using the shit out of it!  But enough of this chit-chat, let’s get into the products now, shall we?

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket: Primer & Foundation

If you aren’t aware, I’m currently doing the 13 By Halloween Project Pan so I won’t be mentioning any of those products in this basket but onto primer and foundation.  It has still been somewhat warm here in Seattle, so I’ve been really utilizing the Milani Prime Shield Pore Filling + Mattifying Face Primer ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Plus I’m almost done with this bad boy and since fall is coming (Halle-fucking-lujah) I won’t be needing this during the cooler months.

For foundations, I’m still getting a feel for the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Foundation ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) so I want to keep playing around with that one.  I also decided to throw in the Wet N Wild MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15 ($8.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation ($10.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I bought the Wet N Wild foundation on my previous Ulta haul and when I picked up the Emily palettes, I picked up the Catrice foundation.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket: Face Powders

Onto the face powders (excluding highlighters obviously) I’m trying to use up the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Really beautiful powder, but once gone, will not be repurchasing.  Once I finish my Wet N Wild Brulee shadow, I want to finish up the fair shade in the Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette ($49 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), start making progress on the yellow middle shade, and make more progress on the contour shade.

For blush, I’m using both the Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Raw Power (discontinued) and the Kat Von D Lolita Single Shadow ($19 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I decided to pull out Raw Power because Amber F has mentioned using it as a blush and I thought I’d give it a whirl.  Yet another way to multitask a product.

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket : Highlighters

Oh highlighters, probably one of my favorite steps in my makeup application.  For September, I wanted to go a bit cooler with the highlight, because again, ready for fall here.  So I decided to pull the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Natural ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), just in case I wanted to go icy, pinky, nude, or more gold.  I also decided to keep in my Essence Single Shadow in the Grammy Goes Glammy (discontinued shade, $1.99 Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Last but not least, my all-time fave, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Starlight Illuminator (discontinued).

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket : The Emily Edit - The Wants

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket : The Emily Edit - The Wants

On to the item I am the MOST excited about.  This bad boy above.  The Makeup Revolution and Emily Noel: The Emily Edit: The Wants ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  No picture does this palette justice, it is so gorgeous in person.  I feel Emily did an amazing job on the color selection in this palette and I truly feel you have everything you need to create a full look.  I’m beyond stoked to play with this palette, I just can’t contain myself!

 

LeahERaven.com | September 2018 Makeup Basket : Lip Products

To go with this palette, I wanted to pick more mauve toned lip products, a solid nude shade, a gloss, and a bold red.  Mostly because those are shades (not these particular ones mind you) Emily tends to go for (besides berries) and I thought it would be another great little homage to her.  For liquid lipsticks, I pulled the EM Cosmetics Infinite Lip Clouds in Rose Nude ($16 US Regular Link), Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks in Flirt and Spice Girl ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Noohz Fur Atoo ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I only pulled one regular lipstick and that is Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition in Celebrity Skin ($18 US Regular Link) and for gloss the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Madeline ($4.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | August 2018 Makupe Basket

Well, with how excited I am about September’s makeup basket, why don’t we talk a little bit about how August’s makeup basket went.  I made some more progress on my Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette ($48 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), but still no pan showing on any of the shades.  I also realized, that even though the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is an incredible product, an amazing bang for your buck, it’s just not for me.  It takes too much time to perfect my brows and even though in the long run brow pencils are more expensive, I prefer them greatly.  Although, if the ELF Brow Pencil ($2 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) keeps working out for me, I might not have to ever spend that much again!  Also, a quick side note about the ELF pencil, it has almost 3 times the amount of product than my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the Kat Von D Signature Precision Brow Pencil ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

The only dud really has been the NYX Professional Makeup Worth The Hype Mascara ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and honestly, it wasn’t terrible.  The only issue I had with this mascara is that I’ve already had to revive it because it dried up and it does not hold a curl.  However, it did look nice on my lashes and didn’t flake but my Essence mascaras are less expensive, usually around the $5 mark, volumizes and lengthens them better, and holds a curl.

 

Well, surprise surprise, another lengthy post.  I guess when I get to typing, I just go.  Doesn’t surprise me because I tend to be a chatty Kathy in general.  I want to know though, do you do monthly makeup baskets?  And if so, what products are you pulling in this month and why?  Also, if you are in the northern hemisphere, are you as ready for fall as I am?  Halloween, Fall, and Pumpkin freak over here.  I am READYYAY FALL!  Would you be interested in me doing some fall looks at all?  I’m not a makeup artist in anyway shape or form, but I enjoy watching everyday makeup wearers showcase looks they come up with.  Let me know, I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.  Thank you so much for your time today, I hope you come back Wednesday, and until next time!

Beauty, Project Pans

13 By Halloween Project Pan – Update: 1

LeahERaven.com | 13 By Halloween Update #1

Hey guys!  Hope all is well!  I cannot believe we are already at the first update for this project pan, it is just insane to me.  But man, do I have some crazy progress to show you guys!  I think it is both amazing and just crazy the amount of progress you can make on your products if you just focus on them.  I will say if you haven’t checked my intro post to this project, I will leave it here for you.  Without further ado, Leah shut the hell up and move on to the progress!  Haha.

 

LeahERaven.com | Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Liquid Makeup

1. First up, we’ve got the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Makeup in 1.5 ($40 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I completely finished off this bad boy.  This is holy grail status for me on foundation.  It looks good in hot, humid weather and cold weather.  It does not break apart on my skin, look cakey or get funky.  It is a solid foundation for my skin through and through.  Once I use up my other foundations, I will definitely be repurchasing this product.

 

LeahERaven.com | Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Treatment Concealer

2. Product number 2 is the concealer that won’t die.  I mean, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Treatment Concealer in Fair ($ US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  This is a very good concealer, you need very little product, and it doesn’t look heavy under the eyes.  However, as I said in the intro, Maybelline is not cruelty-free and I do have better concealers.  I have made good progress on this product.  I don’t think I’ll be finished by the next update, but hopefully, by the finale, I will.

 

LeahERaven.com | Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

3. Up next, we have the Rimmel Stay Matte Long-Lasting Powder ($5.29 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Another non-cruelty-free item, but another completed item!  I did have to repress this product about 2 weeks into the project, then it went like crazy.  One of the perks of repressing products.

 

LeahERaven.com | Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Warm Light

4. The Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder in Warm Light ($4.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) doesn’t have too much progress to showcase, but that’s because I was focusing on the Rimmel powder and once that was used up, I moved on to this.  I’m pretty confident I will have this done by the finale.

 

LeahERaven.com | Milani Make It Last Setting Spray

5. Number 5 is the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I don’t know how well you can tell from the picture, but it is completely empty.  I really love this setting spray, I just hate that when you get to the very end it kind of splatters, honestly to be expected, so I usually spray it on my beauty sponge then dab it in.

 

6. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony ($21 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) was number 6, was being the keyword.  Finished this bad boy off.  I love this brow pencil.  This was the first brow pencil I ever tried (obviously not this specific one) and still a love of mine.  I don’t have a picture of it because you can’t really tell that it is finished, you just see the top, but it is all done!

 

LeahERaven.com | Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance

7. The Catrice Prime and Fine Professional Contouring Palette in 010 Ashy Radiance ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is also next on my completed list.  Now, in the intro, I mentioned I wanted to hit pan on the highlighting shade before I called it quits with this product, but I really don’t enjoy using it and that is saying something.  It is a bit too chalky for me and looks weird, so I’m just calling this one done.

 

LeahERaven.com | No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand

8. No7 Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand ($12.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is just like the Maybelline concealer.  It just won’t die.  Hell, I have yet to even hit pan.  Granted I did expect this one to be a challenge.  Watching so many panning videos and seeing different Instagram posts, bronzers seem like one of the hardest products, besides blush, to hit pan and get through.  However, the outside pattern is definitely worn down more and you can see the outline of the pans more clearly.  I hope by next update to have some pan showing, but you just never know.

 

LeahERaven.com | PUR Correcting Primer in Illuminate & Glow

9. I don’t have much to show with the PUR Correcting Primer in Illuminate & Glow (discontinued) mostly because I didn’t realize I could see through the bottle once I lifted it to a bright light.  So, there is a line there now to hopefully measure progress.  The other thing is I haven’t been reaching for it.  It has been incredibly hot here in Seattle, so I’ve been really needing a mattifying primer.  Hopefully, with fall around the corner and it cooling off a little bit here, I can get some more use out of it.

 

LeahERaven.com | Wet N Wild Single Shadow in Brulee

10. I am so close to finishing this Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) I can just taste it!  I did have to repress this because most of the product was at the sides and difficult for my brush to reach to.  So I did repress it recently and I’ve already re-hit pan.  I’m pretty sure by the next update, it will be completely gone.

 

LeahERaven.com | Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber Fragrance Mist

11. The first non-makeup item in this project is the Bath & Body Works Sensual Amber Fragrance Mist ($14 US Regular Link) and I have made some killer progress on this bad boy.  In the past, it has been difficult for me to use up fragrances and body mists because I never think to reach for them and use them.  With this being in a project, I’ve actually been reaching for it and look at the progress!

 

12. I decided to also throw in an actual perfume, this one the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Amethyst Rollerball ($28 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  And believe it or not, it is all gone!  Oh my gosh, I’m so excited about this!  I ended up really enjoying this scent in the end, but I still would not repurchase it.  It stays powdery on my skin for about an hour and them melts into my skin, smelling slightly sweet but musky.  Quite lovely, but I cannot get over the hour of powderiness.  I would have posted a pic, but you can’t see through the bottle well enough on camera.

 

13. Last but not least we have the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo ($28 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  As I said in the intro, I only bought this because I love Nirvana Black, however, I do NOT reach for dry shampoo, EVER.  I was my hair once a week and I can deal with dirty hair for that long because I keep my hair in a ponytail almost 24/7.  Sometimes I switch it up and put it in a bun.  I hardly ever have my hair down, like seriously ever.  I can’t really measure progress with this one visually, hence no picture this time around.  I think I’m about halfway done with it, but I am confident it will be done by the finale.

Completed: 6/13 products

 

So that does it!  That completes my first update for my 13 by Halloween Project Pan.  I’m really enjoying doing this project and working through some products.  I’m really excited about this upcoming empties.  I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I have a decent amount of makeup products!  Anyway, if you are also doing the 13 by Halloween project pan or any other type of project pan, let me know about your progress!  If you have a blog post, Instagram post, or video, leave the link the comments!  I’d love to check it out!  Are there any products you’ve used up this month that coincides with a panning project?  Let me know!  I think that does it for me today, thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

Beauty

Full Face CRUELTY-FREE Drugstore.

LeahERaven.com | Full Face Cruelty-Free Drugstore

Hey guys!!  Hope all is well wherever you are.  Last week, or maybe it was the week before last, I posted my Holy Grail makeup items and I received a comment from Immy.  She asked me if I had any drugstore or inexpensive makeup items that I was surprised by or really liked and it got the wheels turning.  I love drugstore makeup but I think because of YouTube I’ve been sucked into purchasing more high-end products and forget about the wonderful drugstore finds.  So, for today, I thought I would do a full face of drugstore makeup, cruelty-free of course.  If that sounds like something you’re interested in, just keep on reading.  And thank you Immy for the question and inspiration!

 

LeahERaven.com | Base Products

For the base, I started out with the Milani Prime Shield Pore Filling + Mattifying Primer ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It’s a good, basic primer.  Does help me stay more matte throughout the day.  I must like it somewhat because I’m about to finish off my second tube of it.  It is not very pore filling though, just a good basic mattifying primer.  For foundation, I’m still getting a feel of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  A full review will be coming in the future, but I’m trying to get a feel for wear time, how it mixes with other products, how it works with a primer/without, etc.  Concealer, I pulled out my Wet N Wild Photofocus Concealer Wand ($3.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I love this concealer, it works very well for me.  Although not brightening because it does match my skin tone, but does help cover the darkness around my eyes.  To set my under eyes, I’ve been using the Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Brulee ($0.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  For my skin tone, it works beautifully.  To set the rest of the face, I use my much loved, ride or die, Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  I won’t stay too long on this part if you want to know more check out my Ride or Die post, but just know I fucking LOVE it.

 

LeahERaven.com | Face Products

Now let’s move on to the rest of the face.  For bronzer, the Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronzer ($12.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is the way to go.  The Light Bronzer shade pulls too orange but Bronzer I can get to work beautifully on my skin.  It blends like a dream, gives enough bronze to the face, and smells divine!  For contour, I’ve been trying out the L.A. Girl Just Blushing Powder in Just Because ($5.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It works well for my fair skin but on any deeper than me skin tones, I feel it would pull too grey and ashy.  Blush, well, you can’t go wrong with the Wet N Wild ColorIcon Blush in Mellow Wine ($2.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  Blends great, long lasting, and is $3 PEOPLE!  For highlight, I pulled out a blinding but goodie haha.  The Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural ($13.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It is blinding, but oh so gorgeous.  You can blend any shades you want in this to create any type of highlight you need.  To set, I did about 3 to 4 sprays of my Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray ($9.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  This stuff is potent stuff, spray too much and you will look super greasy, 3 to 4 sprays are all you need!

 

LeahERaven.com | The Eyes

LeahERaven.com | Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

Onto the eyes!  I’m using the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette ($14.97 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  To start, I take the shade “Bare It All” all over the lid with a fluffy brush.  Then in the crease with a smaller fluffy brush, I take “Smokin’ Hot” and sweep that back and forth from the outer part of my eye to the inner part.  On the outer corner, aka outer v, I take “Untamed” and concentrate that more on the outer part of my eye, then lightly bring the leftover product into the crease.  On my lower lash line, I take the deeper shade “Untamed” and run that close to my lash line, then blend it out with a bit of “Smokin’ Hot.”  For my inner corner highlight, I tap in a little bit of “Diamonds & Pearls.”  To finish off the eyes, I take the Physicians Formula Killer Curves Mascara in Black/Brown ($10.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and line my waterline with the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Pencil ($4.49 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | Brows Baby!

Moving onto brows.  Now, if you have been reading a few of my posts, you know how much I love the Kat Von D Signature Precision Brow Pencil ($20 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link), however, that is definitely not drugstore.  However, the ELF Cosmetics Instant Lift Brow Pencil ($2 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) is most definitely drugstore, one hell of a deal & value, and fucking amazing!  If you can find a shade that works for you (they only have 3, I know, I know) it is a pretty great brow pencil.  The pencil itself is thicker than most other pencils I have tried, so if you have super thin brows you might have difficulty with it, but I have thinner brows and it works great for me.  It is a little waxier than the Kat Von D product, so if you are a beginner you might enjoy this a lot more because I feel it would be easier to work with.  To set those bad boys I used the NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eye Brow Gel in Clear ($5.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).

 

LeahERaven.com | Luscious Lips

Last, but certainly not least are the lips.  For this look since I went more cool-toned, I decided I wanted to do a regular lipstick instead of my usual liquid lip so I grabbed out the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner ($3.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link) and the matching Suede Matte Lipstick in Moonwalk ($7.99 US Affiliate Link | Regular Link).  It is described as a greige, but it is a deep purple greige shade.  Reminds me a lot of MAC Stone.  And that’s it!

So that complete’s my full face using all cruelty-free drugstore products.  As you can see, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on makeup to look good.  I know on here I have talked a lot about higher-end makeup, but that’s because most I have already had in my collection.  Plus, my goal is to use most of my higher-end makeup up and stick to mostly drugstore products because I truly feel you don’t need to spend that much money on makeup.  Are there any cruelty-free drugstore makeup items that you love and swear by? Let me know in the comments!  I’m always looking to try and find some great drugstore products!  Well, that does it for me.  I hope you found this interesting or helpful.  Also, let me know, do you want me to show my face with the products on the skin, or is how I made this post okay?  I was trying something different, still trying to figure things out, so please, if you don’t mind, let me know what you’d prefer.  Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time!