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Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

Hey guys, hope you all are doing well!  In Seattle today, it is absolutely gorgeous!  It’s a beautiful sunny day, there’s a light cool breeze, and not a cloud in the sky.  Some of the trees are already turning colors and I am in love!  However, that’s not what I came to talk about today.  Today is my review on the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation.  I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months now and I feel I have a pretty good grasp on the foundation.  So if you are curious as to what I think about it, then let’s get into it!

Note: This post DOES contain affiliate links.

FLOWER Beauty, if you don’t know, is actually Drew Barrymore’s brand. It started off in Walmart and is also now carried in Ulta.  The foundation comes in a glass bottle with white and rose gold packaging, has a pump, and comes with 1.01 fl oz of product.  On Ulta’s website, it retails for $13.99 US and they offer 12 shades.  Referencing Ulta’s website, the foundation is supposed to have buildable coverage, a soft luminous finish, and feel weightless on the skin.

With the basics out of the way, let’s get onto the actual review, shall we?  For the application, I prefer using a sponge.  I’m not a fan of brushes, but I did try both with this product.  With a sponge, you definitely get less coverage, but for me, it is not significantly less.  The brush side looks really nice as well but a bit streaky so I just smoothed it over with a sponge. Upon first use, I did not use any primer, I just washed and moisturized my face as normal.  Everything applied evenly and smoothly.  Right away I noticed how dewy it was.  My skin looked so glowy but not greasy.  I have normal to combination oily skin.  I get really oily on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin.  I put on a small amount of concealer, just under my eyes then set my entire face with a translucent powder.  I finished the rest of my makeup and went throughout my day.  Within about 3 hours, my oils started really showing through and it was downhill from there.  I didn’t look glowy, I looked greasy.  I kept this foundation on for about 11 hours that initial day and by the end of it, I looked like I sank my face in a tub of oil.  HOWEVER, this foundation did not break down anywhere.  Not my nose, not in between my eyebrows, not my chin, nowhere.  It stayed fully intact.  I was THOROUGHLY impressed.

Fast forward to roughly 2 months later.  I have tried this foundation several ways, with different primers and have tried mixing it with other foundations and here is what I learned.  For one, I do really love and enjoy this foundation but I cannot wear it on its own (but I will try on its own during the winter time to see if I have the same results as in summer).  I like it best with a pore-filling, mattifying primer in my oily spots and mixing it with an extremely matte foundation.  My favorite foundation (holy grail status) is the Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate.  When mixing the Light Illusion foundation with the Fiona Stiles, it did take a little longer for my skin to appear greasy.  However, mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation, my skin had more of a demi-matte finish initially and had a bit better control on keeping my oils at bay.  Also, quick side note, I fucked up and grabbed the wrong shade of both the FLOWER Beauty foundation (L2 which is too dark) and Kat Von D (L42 way too light).  Mixing them together not only gives me an ideal finish but an ideal shade!

So, for this review, I am going to showcase it in my ideal method which is mixing it with the Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It Foundation and a little bit of the Milani Pore-Filling + Mattifying Primer.  I did a little over a 10-hour wear test, with no touch-ups, blotting, or powdering throughout the day.  The only thing I changed was my lip color.  Also, these photos are unfiltered, and the only “editing” I did was cropping, adding the borders, and text.  I did not touch up the photos in any way.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 8:15am Initial Application

I applied my foundation at about 8:15 in the morning with a beauty sponge.  Overall, it looked really smooth, didn’t look heavy or cakey anywhere, but I did notice it looked a little weird on the top of my nose.  I did set my face with a light translucent powder all over to help set the foundation because it was still a bit tacky and because I do get oily.  As you can see from the pictures above, I feel my skin has a demi-matte finish and looks really smooth, and did not feel heavy on the skin.  Quick side note, don’t mind the crazy hair.  It’s been dyed black and I had a side head shave and am now growing it out to my original color… so I’m going to be having crazy hair pictures for a while.  Plus, I don’t mess with my hair anyway.  It always goes up in a ponytail.  Anyway, all of my products, concealer, powders, etc. blended out and melded onto my skin without any issue.  I also want to note, I always set my face just to meld all the powders together, but for this one, I just used a basic setting spray, that didn’t affect wear time or finish.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 12:45pm First Check-In

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My first check-in was about 4 and a half hours later around 12:45pm.  I did notice a slight oxidation throughout the day, I’d say about half a shade darker but not super noticeable.  At this time, it did start looking oily on my T-Zone area and was getting slightly cakey looking around my mouth, but nothing excessive and it was wearing off the tip of my nose only because I kept messing with my nose.  Looking really up close, the foundation combination was not breaking apart due to natural wear.  It still, in my opinion, looks really good, I actually like the level of dewiness up to this point.  It also still felt very lightweight on the skin.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In

My final check-in was about 6:30pm, which was a little over 10 hours of wear.  I started getting a migraine and wanted to wash everything off and go to bed.  Looking up close at the foundation, it was still a bit cakey looking around my mouth area, but it looked about the same as the first check-in, so it did not seem like it got worse throughout the day.  My oils were definitely poking through at this point and I did look pretty greasy.  It also wore off a little around my mouth because I ate a very messy sandwich, which who can really blame any foundation for wearing off then, right?  However, just like in the first check-in and every time I have worn this foundation, it did not break apart ANYWHERE on me.  My nose was still intact, cheeks, forehead, it didn’t get weird or patchy anywhere.  I could not believe how well this foundation held up.

LeahERaven.com | Review: FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation - 6:30pm Final Check-In - Powdered

I also wanted to show you guys how it looked powdered.  Besides the mouth area, putting just a little bit of powder in my really oily area toned down the oils significantly and least, in my opinion, looks almost as good as when I first applied it.  What do you think?

Overall, I really love this foundation.  I’m excited to try this foundation by itself in the winter time and see if my oils don’t pull through as quickly as during the summer.  I was absolutely blown away by the fact that my oils did not break apart the foundation when wearing it alone or mixing with other foundations, because most of my other foundations do.  I would say this foundation has about a medium coverage, but buildable.  When wearing it alone, when I went to build up certain areas, I was able to get a bit more coverage and the foundation did not bunch up, look cakey, or move around the first layer.  I would recommend this foundation, if you can find your shade and if you like really dewy foundations.  I think this would be great for extremely dry skin up to combo oily skin.  I have a few dry patches around my nose and I did not notice it emphasizing the dry patches or texture on my skin.  If you are straight up oily, I think you might like it, but you would need to be diligent about powdering or blotting every few hours.  I’m not a chick who blots my makeup or powders throughout the day.  The only thing I ever touch-up is my lipstick.  Whenever I run out of this foundation, I will absolutely pick it up again, this time in the right shade.

Well, this was yet another long review.  I tried to be as thorough as possible and I hope I covered all the points.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments and I’ll try and answer you as soon as I can!  If you have tried this foundation already, let me know what you thought of it.  Do you love it?  Hate it?  So, so?  Let me know!  Also, do you have any cruelty-free foundation recommendations?  I also love trying new foundations, although I do need to get through with some in my collection right now, I don’t mind making a list of to-try.  I feel I have blabbered on long enough.  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

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Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation

On November 3, 2017, I picked up the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation* in the shade 110N Angel Food for $40 US on the Sephora* website.  Needless to say, I have had plenty of time to try it out and determine if I like it or not.  Let me say, I have yet to use it up.

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With it now being July, I feel I have truly tested out this foundation and have found a decent amount of pros and cons with this foundation.  But the biggest question for this post is would I repurchase?  Long story short, no.  Let me explain.

First off, there is a pretty well-done shade range, but there is always room for improvement.  This I feel is a broken record, but with the variation of fair to medium, there should be the same variation for deep to dark.  I know I am not alone in that.  The shade I picked up was 110N Angel Food described as “Ultra fair skin tones with neutral undertones.”  Working through and owning so many different foundations, I have learned that I like foundations with a more grey undertone.  They don’t tend to pull warm or pink on me.  Any typical cool-toned foundation looks straight up pink on my skin, then pulls crazy orange.  Any warmed-toned foundation looks straight up yellow on my skin.  Before I went cruelty-free, my ideal foundation was the L’Oreal Pro-Glow Foundation* in shade 202 Creamy Natural, because it was more grey-based and I fucking loved it.  Anyway, back to this foundation.

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For me, this foundation doesn’t pull neutral, it pulls yellow.  Granted, I’d take a yellow-based foundation over a pink-based foundation any day, but that is beside the point.  The packaging is fine, no complaints from me.  It comes in a pump and is in plastic packaging, which I have heard complaints about, but honestly, as long as the packaging works (ex. the pump) I don’t care.  I care about the product.

The consistency is very thick and I feel one pump is sufficient to cover my entire face.  However, the fragrance is a bit much.  I like the scent, don’t get me wrong, hell, I would even own a fragrance that smelled like this, but for my foundation, no thank you.  That is screaming for an allergic reaction.  It is a strong, floral scent.  Almost rosy, it is a very sexy scent in my opinion.  Personally, I don’t put fragrance on my face.

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Using this foundation over time, I have learned a few things about it.  I can make this foundation work and work quite well, but there are some stipulations.  For one, I cannot wear it by itself.  On my skin, it looks extremely heavy and cakey.  I have used both a brush and a dampened sponge.  I have not set it with powder and set it with powder.  This foundation alone is too heavy for me.  One hour in, regardless of application and whether or not I set it, it looks even more heavy and cakey.  I get build up along the sides of my nose.  On my forehead and around my mouth it looks like it is sitting on top of my skin.  I have worn this on hot days, cool days, dry days, and wet days.  This foundation just looks awful no matter what, by itself.  HOWEVER, as I have said previously, I have been able to get this foundation to work and work really well, by mixing it.

If ever I can’t get a foundation to work for me, I try mixing it in with other foundations.  Because if I have already bought it, I want to do what I can to work with it.  If I mix this foundation with a more luminous, dewy, or skin-like foundation, it works beautifully.  I have mixed it with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Foundation* ($40 US), the Fiona Stiles Beauty Luminous Foundation Concentrate ($30 US), the CYO Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof* ($7 US), and the Physician’s Formula The Healthy Foundation* ($12.99 US).  All with spectacular results.  By mixing, it has great staying power, a skin-like finish, no build up of product, and no cakiness.

Here’s the drawback to even that.  It is difficult to wear to work and difficult to wear consistently.  As a dog groomer, I deal with high heat and humidity, along with wind, dog hair, and dander.  Even with it mixed, in that environment, the foundation combination, regardless of whatever combination, starts breaking down, looking heavy and cakey and just looks like makeup.  I have worn the foundations I mix it with alone at work and don’t have that problem.

The other problem is if I wear it consistently, I get breakouts and it dries out my skin.  Now, I am immensely lucky to where my breakouts consist of one or two tiny pimples.  I don’t tend to get pimples ever, only when aunt flow is in town.  So when I wear this foundation and it causes me to break out when I NEVER break out, it is a slight problem.  The other part is that it dries out my skin and I don’t have dry skin!  I start noticing flaking along my nose and around my mouth.  Again, I know for a fact it is not the foundations I mix it with.

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All in all, I can work with this foundation and I plan to use it up.  However, I do not recommend.  The amount of work it takes to get this foundation to work, dealing with the breakouts, the heavy fragrance, it is not worth it.  Once I moved back down to Texas I’m going to try and use it mixed during the summer time and see if I have better results, but besides that, this foundation is not worth the time and effort it takes to make this work.  If you have purchased it and love it, that is awesome and I am happy for you!  Another beautiful reason of how our bodies and skin work differently.

I hope you found this review(?) somewhat helpful.  If you have used the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation before, let me know what you thought of it.  Or, if you didn’t pick it up, what your reasons why were!  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!

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NYX, Wet N Wild, & Bitter Lace Beauty Haul & Mini Reviews

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As you could probably tell by now, I am a lover of makeup.  Just not the stereotypical, Instagram beat type of makeup.  My glam is not the “typical” glam.  When I mean “typical” glam, I mean the makeup plastered on many popular Instagram accounts as well as brand accounts.  Now, if that is your thing, power to you.  You do you.  I’m more into the different and obscure type of beauty.  If you read My Makeup Aesthetic Tag, you already know.

Well, I did a little bit of shopping in the past month and a half and that I would do a collective haul for you guys as well as mini reviews.  As you may or may not know, I am working on my collection to be fully cruelty-free.  So, moving forward, any makeup product I bring into my collection must be cruelty-free.  Enough with the blabber, let’s get onto the makeup!  Although, grab a drink or a snack for this one.  It may be a long read.

Bitter Lace Beauty
Bitter Lace Beauty is an Indie brand.  You may have heard of them when their Rainbow Highlighter went viral last year.  Highlighters are what they are known for and offer and I picked up 3 different highlighters.  Unfortunately, 2 were limited edition and the third is being discontinued.  Sad face.  I’ll still show them off anyway.  First, let’s talk about the package the products were shipped in.

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Everything was securely wrapped.  The box was pink and had beautiful floral detail on the inside.  There was even a cute little card with Holographic detailing and a mermaid sticker.  Super cute.

Bitter Lace Beauty Highlighters | LeahERaven.com

The first highlighter I picked up was SLAY, a limited edition Halloween Kill-uminator.  Oh am I a sucker for the play on words with this one.  They describe it as “A white gold flecked base with an intense metallic blood red splatter.”  Next is Blood Lust, a limited edition Valentine highlighter, which is the exact red from the SLAY Kill-uminator.  It is described as “A blue-based red with a slightly warm amber shift.”  Quick note, this one is scented and it smells amazing!  It’s a combination of sandalwood, amber musk, and vanilla.  Bitter Lace Beauty, if you happen to be reading this.  I need that fragrance.  Like, pronto!  Thank you in advance!  Lastly is the discontinued shade of Deadly Nightshade (it is still in stock ATM and for only $9 US).  The ONLY reason I picked up this highlighter was for the Nightmare Before Christmas reference.  That’s it.  They describe it as “a cooler toned gray beige that has hints of pink and green undertones that appear silver in the pan.”

All three are quite beautiful on the skin.  The texture is incredibly soft and buttery.  I will say SLAY is slightly, slightly more powdery to the point you might consider it being crumbly, but if you use it very lightly, there is no problem.  Now, don’t think just because I recommend pressing into them lightly you are not going to get off a killer pay off, because you are wrong.  These are incredibly high shine.  I mean, HIGH SHINE.  They are blinding.  I personally don’t care for SLAY or Blood Lust as actual highlighters but on my eyes and inner corner.  Damn.  You can’t miss it.  Blood Lust is almost exactly like Kat Von D’s Raw Power Metal Crush Eyeshadow (discontinued).  Blood Lust is a bit more blood red, while Raw Power leans more towards a rust red, but in swatches, you cannot tell much of a difference.  Also, Raw Power tends to have more of a gold reflect than Blood Lust.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoy these products and have not been disappointed.  Again, I don’t use these as actual highlights, I enjoy them more for eyeshadow purposes.  If these are your cup of coffee, then I highly recommend!

NYX Professionals Makeup
There have been a few products by NYX Professionals Makeup that has caught my eye that I wanted to give a go.  Before picking up these few items, I have the Faux Blacks Eyeliner in Oxblood ($7.99 US, fucking LOVE this product), the Epic Ink Liner ($7.99 US), and a couple of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks ($6.99 US).  I’ve used quite a few NYX products and overall been really happy with the brand.  What I have been super intrigued and excited to try the Vivid Brights Creme Color in Bad Blood ($9.99 US) and the Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale ($7.99 US).  So, besides grabbing those two items I picked up the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien ($6.99 US) and the Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie ($4.99 US).  When I made my order they threw in a Worth The Hype Mascara ($7.99 US).

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The Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss in Femme Fatale is immensely glossy and black.  I didn’t have to build this up much to get full-color payoff.  The effect is wonderful.  The downfall is this lipgloss is heavy on the lips and it does bleed.  Would definitely recommend a lip liner with this product.  The Butter Gloss in Black Berry Pie gives a very similar effect to the vinyl lip gloss.  It is not as thick as the vinyl lip gloss and it does need to be built up in order to reach full opacity.  Like the vinyl lip gloss, I would totally recommend a lip liner.  Also, you don’t need both.  I would say pick up the Butter Gloss, you get almost 3 times the product and it is $3 cheaper.

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The Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien is exactly as its name states.  It is a cream liquid lipstick.  It does mattify a touch, but it is not transfer-proof.  On my lips, it kind of comes across as more of a blue-based black.  It is very liquidy in consistency, but it is comfortable on the lips and not overly drying.  I enjoy it, but if you are looking for something transfer-proof, this would not be the product for you.  Lastly is the Vivid Brights Creme Colour in Bad Blood, the item I was most excited about.  Unfortunately, this is a bit disappointing for me.  I haven’t tried mixing some of my Inglot Duraline in with it yet to see if it improves the texture at all, but as is, the creme is extremely dry.  It is hard to pick up a decent amount of product with a brush or your finger and it is almost clumpy.  Also, with it being so dry it takes a bit to blend out.  It also takes quite a bit of building in order to get a good color payoff.  I am going to keep playing around with it to see if I can get it to work, but for right now, sadly I don’t recommend.  If you have tried this and got it to work, let me know how you did it in the comments section!  Maybe I’m just using it wrong.

Wet N Wild Beauty
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has to be my favorite drugstore brand, hands down.  Especially nowadays, Wet N Wild has been stepping up their game.  Their highlighters work incredibly well, their Liquid Catsuits are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas, their price tags are amazeballs, they are just great.  My favorite nude lipstick is from Wet N Wild, I love Wet N Wild.

This time around I picked up a total of 3 new Liquid Catsuits ($4.99 US) (I know there is only two in the picture, I will explain why shortly), a MegaLast Lip Color in Black Out ($2.49 US), a MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven (Limited Edition $4.99 US), and a Pro Brush Line Tapered Highlighting Brush ($5.99 US).

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Now, let’s talk about the Liquid Catsuits.  I originally ordered 3 DIFFERENT shades of Liquid Catsuits.  So Noir Cool, the black, Sleepy Hollow, a medium blue based grey shade, and Widows Peek, from what the pictures show, a dark grey.  Nope.  It’s black.  I even opened it and swatched it.  Widows Peek is a black shade, not dark grey.  I mean, I’m not super mad, can never have enough black lipsticks in my opinion, but was definitely expecting a dark grey.  Le sigh.

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The formula for So Noir Cool and Sleepy Hollow are consistent with Nudie Patootie, a more moussey texture, but on the slightly thinner side.  Didn’t have to build these in order to get full opacity.  One dip in the tube was all it took.  Wear time, same as usual.  Pretty decent without eating too many greasy foods.  Layers decently, but not the best, can get a little crumbly.  The MegaLast Lip Color is a standard lipstick in my opinion.  It does not come out the blackest but does have decent staying power and I did not notice any bleeding.  It ends up being more of a matte finish on the lips and is slightly drying.  All three lip products I enjoy and would recommend.

Lastly is the Goth-o-graphic MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in White Raven.  I am going to be honest with you.  I only bought it because it was apart of the Goth-o-graphic collection and it had Raven in the title.  I’m not going to get much use out of this highlighter because it does have a purple shift to it and I am not a fan of purple.  However, the formula is very smooth and buttery and the pay off is quite brilliant.  If you like a purple shift to your highlights and you can still find this one, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Holy shit this took a lot longer to type up than I was anticipating.  I did say this was going to be a long one.  If you are slightly curious why I purchased so many black lip products, in the future I am going to be doing a black lipstick showdown.  Which brands have the best black lipstick, liquid lipstick, gloss, etc.  So I am collecting!  Well, I hope you found this somewhat interesting or helpful if you did let me know in the comments down below.  Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts on them?  Thanks for stopping by and until next time!