Beauty, Makeup Baskets

Shop My Stash: December Makeup Basket

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Hey gang, hope all is well!  Currently, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is playing in the background and it is a beautiful, chilly day here in Seattle.  For dinner, I’m making Hot For Food’s Vegan Carbonara with Zucchini Cream Sauce, something hearty, warm, and delicious.  But that is not what this post is about, although I could talk about food for DAYS, today I am bringing you my December makeup basket.  I cannot believe we are in the last month of the year and personally my favorite month of the year.  Today is my 2 month anniversary with my boyfriend, believe it or not, he is the one that brought it up, my niece’s 4th birthday, on Wednesday it is Lil’ Bean’s birthday, the 15th Xandria’s birthday, the 16th my birthday, then we got Christmas, then New Years!  What a busy, busy month!  Anyway, let’s get into the makeup I plan on playing around with this month, besides my project pan items!

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For my primer’s, I decided to keep working on my Milani Prime Shield Pore Minimizing + Mattifying Face Primer because I SWEAR I am almost finished with this bad boy, and I pulled in my deluxe sized sample of the Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer & Complexion Perfector (do you think they could have done a longer name?)  I’m pretty sure PTR is not cruelty-free so I’d just like to work through another product that is not cruelty-free and get it out of my collection.

 

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Spoiler alert, I am just about done with my Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Brightening Powder, so I wanted to pull in a couple of powders to work on throughout the month.  One of them being my beloved Milani Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder and one that I’m currently trying out which is the Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder in 105 Ivory.

 

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For bronzer, I pulled in my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronzer.  Luckily I’m not a huge bronzer hoarder, I only have 4 bronzers in my collection, least that I can recall, and one of them has pan showing.  So it would be nice, although unlikely, to hit pan in this bad boy.

 

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Highlighters are definitely something that I have way too many of.  So, rotating them is important.  For this month, I decided to pull my Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals for more of a blinding highlight and for a more soft, subtle daytime highlight I pulled in the Catrice Cosmetics Highlighting Powder in Champagne Campaign.

 

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Moving onto eyes, starting out with an eyeshadow palette, I wanted to show some love to my Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette.  This palette is such a great high-end palette yet such a wonderful bang for your buck!  I think it runs about $27 and the eyeshadows are standard sizes.  The reason for pulling this palette in is because I can get some great daytime appropriate looks as well as go more dramatic for the holidays.  You bet your ass I’m going to be utilizing that silver for New Year’s Eve!

 

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For mascaras, I’m playing around with my two new Covergirl mascaras.  I have the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown, as well as the Covergirl Lash Exact Waterproof Mascara in Very Black.  I go for Waterproof due to being a dog groomer.  I do not want to risk my mascara running if I get soaked.  And yes, just because I am a dog groomer doesn’t mean I can’t wear makeup to work.

 

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Lastly, we have the brow category!  I have so many different brow products it is not even funny at this rate.  However, in my defense, I tend to blow through most brow products pretty quickly.  I’m still working on my Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil in the shade Light Brown.  I think I have about one more month, maybe a month and a half left on that product.  I’ve also pulled in my NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara in Black, as well as the Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade in Black.  I pulled in the pomade, even though I’m not a huge fan of them (just because of how long it takes me to do my brows), for use when I do more intense glam style makeup.  When the holiday season rolls around, I tend to do more “Glam” makeup just for the occasion.

 

So that’s everything, well everything excluding the stuff that is currently in projects.  If you are curious as to what other makeup items I’m using I will link both my Movie Madness Project Pan and my 12 Pans of Christmas Project Pan for you.  I’m curious to know what items you are pulling in to your monthly makeup basket, let me know in the comments!  I also want to know, if you celebrate Christmas, have you got your Christmas shopping done yet or are you a last minute procrastinator?  For years past I’ve been such a procrastinator, this year, however, I have about 90% of my shopping done and all of those gifts are wrapped, sitting under the Christmas tree!  Well, that does it for me, I hope you guys have a great rest of your day and until next time!  Thanks for stopping by!

Beauty

Ulta Haul: July 2018

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Now I know I talked about needing to do an update on my Sephora Haul and Black Moon Cosmetics Haul and I promise those are coming.  However, I recently ordered some things from Ulta that I want to share with you and be honest about.  For the most part, the items I picked up were cruelty-free.  However, I did pick up 2 lip products that are not.  I really was intrigued by the colors of these products and fell to temptation.  I’m not perfect, I know this, but I am not going to come on here and showcase some of the items I picked up and hide the fact that I picked up 2 non-cruelty-free items.  I’m an honest person.  So, with all of that being said, if you are interested in what I picked up recently at Ulta, just keep on reading!

Since I mentioned that I picked up two items that are not cruelty-free, I will go ahead and get those out of the way now.  The first non-cruelty-free item was the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Chocolate* in Sweet Tooth ($9.99 US).  It is a pale nude shade and I will say I do not have anything like it in my collection.  The other item was a MAC Lipstick* in the shade Stone ($18.50 US).  This shade I have wanted for years but never got around to purchasing it.  I happened to get a wild hair up my ass and ordered it.  Honestly, I really love the shade but I am happy to say I have dupes in my collection.  With those two out of the way, we can get onto the rest of the good stuff!

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The only other “high-end” product I picked up from this haul was a BareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Laquer* in the shade Yaaas ($19 US).  I also picked up Bae, but I ended up returning that shade because it was super pinky/peach and I cannot stand those colors on me.  Yaaas is described as a light nude beige.

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From here on out is all drugstore baby and I am super excited!  Physicians Formula was on sale for buy one, get one half off, so I picked up two of their new Killer Curves Voluptuous Curling Mascara* in Black and in Black/Brown ($10.99 US).  I’ve been on a hunt for a new mascara since I am on my last tube of the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise* ($9.99 US).  I grabbed this one because the description of the product and the shape of the wand is very similar to the L’Oreal one, so I’m hoping it gives near the same effect.

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Next up are items from FLOWER Beauty.  FLOWER Beauty has been on my radar for a while, but for some reason, I have been hesitant to pick anything up.  Well, I don’t know if hesitant is the right reason, more so because the products don’t see to work with my aesthetic.  None of the lip shades I would wear, I don’t need any more highlighting items, the eyeshadows look pretty, but I have quite a few in my collection now that I don’t even use, and the blushes aren’t colors I would wear either.  That leaves very little options.  So, with that being said, I picked up the Light Illusion Liquid Foundation* in L2 Ivory ($13.99 US), although once I got it home I’m thinking I should have grabbed L1, but I can make it work.  The other product I picked up from this line (buy one, get one half off mind you) was the Seal The Deal Hydrating Setting Spray* ($12.99 US).  Both of these items I have heard really good things about, so for my first time trying out the brand, I went with these!

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The last two items were the NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner* in the shade Moonwalk ($3.99 US) and an M506 Brush from Morphe* ($6 US).  The lip liner seemed like a perfect pairing for not only the Stone lipstick, but other lipsticks in my collection since most of them run on the greige side.  They apparently have a matching lipstick and before I go on a No-Buy, I am thinking about picking it up.  It seems like it will be a great drugstore dupe for Stone by MAC and Laced by Melt Cosmetics.  The brush I grabbed because Emily Noel from YouTube recommended it.  Since I was there, I picked it up.

Oh, I lied!  I forgot one more item!  I also grabbed the Wet N Wild MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15* in the shade 106A Light Ivory ($8.99 US).  I’ve been really curious about this foundation as well, several of my favorite YouTuber’s have raved about this one and I thought I’d give it a go.  I wasn’t a fan of the Photo Focus Foundation* ($5.99 US) at all.  It did not mesh well with my skin.  This one seems like it is more skin-like, so I’m super stoked!

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So that completes my latest makeup haul from Ulta.  I’m very excited and happy about my purchases and can’t wait to use them.  Of course, I will do an update in the future, but it might be a bit longer than what my updates for the Black Moon Cosmetics Haul and Sephora April VIB Sale Haul was/is.  I’m currently working on a project pan and that includes a foundation and setting spray.  I also already have two mascaras opened and I don’t want to open the Physicians Formula ones until those are completed, so again, might be a bit.

Well, I hope you found this haul interesting!  If you have any of these items, let me know what you think of them!  The items I’m most curious about are the foundations and the mascara.  I’m hoping they will work out.  That does it for me!  Thank you so much for stopping by and until next time!

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Beauty, Reviews

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.

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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!